Here is an excerpt from my latest novel in the Mortalis series: Over three hundred years had passed since the Mortalis first colonized other worlds. It was the year A.D. 3496 and Marion was now the overall Supreme Galactic Commander of more than five hundred colonies in eighty-six star systems. Her headquarters, located in the distant Benelux star system, was near the center of the boundaries laid out in the alliance. She was in command of over two hundred thousand Black Warrior soldiers and seventeen system commanders. It had been a time of trial, error, and sacrifice for everyone involved as they continued moving out amongst the stars. Until now it had been a time of peaceful coexistence with their distant neighbors, but that was about to change.