Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Assassin's Retirement Chapter 9; Part 2 #gentleman #amwriting #blogstory

Welcome back to Assassins' Retirement. For your convenience, I have added a Table of Contents at the bottom of this page that has links to the other chapters in the story.

Copyright Lexi Ander


Chapter Nine, Part 2


After several tense seconds, "Surrender," came the raspy reply.

"I'm going to climb in the bed and hogtie him," Alonzo said in English. "Don't shoot me." Even with the abnormal events of the evening, there was hint of laughter in Alonzo's voice. Something about that fact made Zane like Alonzo more even if Zane was still suspicious. He hoped Alonzo would be more willing to answer his questions than the band members of Crimson Comet were.

Rolling to his knees, Zane was on his feet before Alonzo let down the tailgate. Was Alonzo taller, wider than before? His hair had a wildness to it. The curl of body hair on his forearms and above the collar of his shirt hadn't been there the other times Zane had glimpsed Alonzo with his shirtsleeves rolled up. And he'd done his fair share of watching. But between one blink and the next, Alonzo suddenly appeared normal. If this night had been ordinary, Zane might have questioned his sight, but tonight was anything but. After this night, he wouldn't question his senses again.

Alonzo climbed into the bed with a length of rope some cowboys carried when they rode the range. Zane rounded the tailgate getting his first glimpse of what hid in his vehicle. The creature looked completely human now, his dark features covered in blood and grime, still stinking to high heaven. He glared at Alonzo with hate-filled eyes. The person could have been more than four or four and half feet tall, looking no older than a teenager. No matter how non-threatening the boy appeared Zane knew better. His gun didn't waver as Alonzo did exactly what he said, tying both ankles together before securing the boy's wrists to his feet behind his back. The position had to be uncomfortable, but Zane couldn't scrounge up a lick of sympathy.

A claw-tipped hand stuck out from underneath the heavy canvas. Alonzo kicked the material aside, revealing the headless corpse of a winged creature. Something in Zane eased to know they could be killed by at least one method. Skyld had taught him to fence in his youth but he hadn't picked up a sword in a great while. There had been no need. He didn't even own a blade longer than a bowie knife which he would soon remedy.

"Where in the hell did you come across three El Chupacabra, amigo?" Alonzo rested the long barrel of his rifle against his shoulder, finally meeting Zane's gaze. He saw curiosity and wariness in Alonzo's dark brown eyes but not fear or mistrust. Huh, curious.

Zane shivered from the cold. "That is a long story," he hedged, not sure he could trust Alonzo but knowing he would have to in order to get Alonzo to answer his own questions. Between Alonzo and the band members of Crimson Comet, he knew Alonzo better if only slightly. Alonzo had worked on Zane's property for years, trouble free. For now, Zane would allow that to count for something until Alonzo did something to prove otherwise.

"Well," Alonzo sighed as if put upon. "Let's get this one inside before the both of you freeze to death. We can figure out what is going on afterwards."

Zane wrinkled his nose at the thought of the stench filling his house. "We're throwing him in the shower."

Alonzo nodded. "I'll get him there for you and then come out and take care of the body."

Zane wanted to argue. He didn't want Alonzo out of his sight but neither did he want to leave this El Chupacabra alone in his house.

Alonzo put one hand underneath the juncture of ankles and wrist, lifting the boy as if he weighed nothing. Zane watched in amazement, and a small bit of jealousy at the strength displayed, when Alonzo jumped out of the truck bed as if he carried no burden whatsoever.

Hurrying ahead to open doors, Zane guided Alonzo through his house to the guest bath. Zane had a sinking suspicion that after tonight he would never regain the normalcy he'd fought so hard to have. Now that his eyes were open, he would never be able to unsee this otherworld that had been hidden from him. He would look at every individual and wonder if they were who they portrayed themselves to be or if there were something else altogether. The more he thought about it the more pissed he became. Briefly, he considered the possibility that he was insane, that he had hallucinated the whole evening. But the rank smelling boy in the bath tub proved he wasn't crazy.

With an angry snap of his wrist, he adjusted the temperature of the water and pulled the leaver for the showerhead. The boy lay on his stomach, snapping and hissing like a cat as Zane directed the spray at the back of the boy's head.

Well, if he wasn't crazy, then he needed help. He listened intently as Alonzo left the house to take care of the corpse. Zane stepped back to the doorway of the bathroom, still clutching the handgun, and fishing the cellphone out of his pocket. He punched in a number he had memorized years ago, a number he didn't dare write down or record in his contacts.

The line rang three times then clicked as it was redirected, ringing another two times before the line was picked up. There was no fancy codewords to say. The person on the other end would recognize his voice or not.

"Have you ever come across El Chupacabra?" Zane asked. "They are smelly as hell, can dodge bullets, and well, fuck if I know… rise from the dead? I thought they were dead when I put them in the back of my truck, but two came back to life. I'm not sure anymore." He didn't expect an answer. Skyld would help or not.

"Fuck," his mentor swore softly.

"Yeah, that's what I said… a lot. I'll probably say it a few more times." Zane paused, knowing he would reveal how vulnerable he was. "This night has been more than weird. I feel as if I opened a door to an alternate world and now it won't close. Nothing is what it seems."

"Can you leave?" Skyld's voice sounded rough, as if he'd been asleep.

"I could…" And the thought of leaving Crimson Comet to an assassin and his… leaving them in danger felt like the wrong course of action.

"But they have already snagged you. Fuck."

"What do you mean?"

As was typical, Skyld ignored Zane's question. "Where are you now?" Zane told him. "Is this place safe?"

"As it can be."

"I'm on my way. Secure your building the best that you can. You'll know when I'm close."


When Zane hung up he heard the garage door close and then Alonzo entered the house. He stepped into the hallway where he could see both the boy in the bath tub and down the hallway. He raised his gun in the direction Alonzo would come from. Better safe than sorry, he thought as he waited.


Table of Contents
Chapter Six, Part 1 - Harbinger of a Nightmare


Chapter Seven, Part 1 - Stolen Answers
Chapter Nine, Part 1 - Dead is supposed to be... dead
Chapter Nine, Part 2 -

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Progress Report! Valespian Pact Book 3 #constant

I've been super busy this week, pushing to finish a book and didn't make time to set up the Reading Radar blog post. With Luck, tomorrow morning I'll have time to put that together. In the meantime I have a progress report I thought ya'll might like.

If you follow the blog, it's possible you have seen the posts about 2017 difficulties. It was a crap year and I struggled to write. What I did instead was edit because it didn't require me to create the story and I did some serious world building. 

About the time Molly went into hospice that January, I was 50k into Bespoken. Realizing the book wasn't going to be the 80k I had forecasted, I bumped up the word count a couple of times until I thought 150k could be the length. (I am still not sure. Any longer and I will have to figure out how to split it up.) I also realized I had holes in my world and in some of the character development. The Valsepian Pact is simply too complicated to partially write by the-seat-of-my-pants like I was trying to do.


As you know, I stalled out on Bespoken and the other four books I attempted to write last year. I turned my attention toward fixing the problems. I also decided that plotting would be crucial to ensure I didn't run into an issue later on, that upon fixing, meant extensive plot and/or character reorganization for the following books.

I got crazy detailed with the world building. I had a list of questions I searched for answers on. I wrote backgrounds for characters, built planetary cultures, and even taped a bunch of graft paper together so I could draw a star chart. This is how Thursday's Pact Day started. When I finished the list of species and races who were a part of the Valespian Pact, including  those who would be instrumental in the final bit of the plot arc, I had planned to update a page here on the blog. I had put up a short list up after I wrote Striker. The updated species/race list had over 25k words, so I decided a weekly reveal would be better. :)


I am really glad I had the time to plot out the rest of the series. Don't get me wrong, I had ideas of what the plots would be since I named the books and indicated which characters would be the leads. But when it came to the final book, Legends, I only had this vague, 'wrap up all the storylines', in the description. I wasn't sure how the peoples of the Valespian Pact were going to win the day. It was the same with the last book of Sumeria's Sons. I basically wrote in my notes, 'Big Fight. Tristan kicks ass... Brian and Ushna, too, for balance.' 

Yep. That was the total amount of plotting I did for the last book of Sumeria's Sons. It wasn't until I sat down to write Releasing Chaos that I realized I had screwed myself, not in a good way. That book took time and patience to write and a couple of trashed first drafts. 


So this time around, the last book of the Valepsian Pact was plotted. I had my evil moments, where I relished adding heart twisting moments, because hey, it's the last book of the series where the final battle takes place and there is a reason I titled it Legends. Big shit happens that will be remembered for a long time to come. 

While trying to be an evil mastermind, I decided I would incorporate a side love story for Mestor. I was asked by a friend to write a romance for Mestor and I'd said yes. Then I wondered how I was going to do it. So, I set the idea off to the side, figuring I would need to write a standalone novella that took place after the series closed. I was going to write a standalone for Canry in the same time period, so why not? But as I plotted, I realized I could insert it throughout the remaining books of the series. I really liked the idea and added Mestor and his beau's storyline into the mix.


The one issue was their story actually started right before the princeling twins leave to pick up Zeus at the space station. I thought I could write two or three flash fictions for Prince Mestor and Warlord Sohm'lan, covering the beginning of their romance. But after I wrote and posted the third or fourth flash fiction, I understood their story could be a novella, about 35k. I decided to make it an official part of the series and concentrated on writing the novella. 

On December 31st, I finished writing Constant, making it the only story I completed in 2017. Then I took a two week vacation! LOL! That was a good move because while I was on downtime I had several ideas. When I came off vacation I jumped back into the book. Scenes were added while others were completely rewritten. This week I was pushing to get it finished. Last night, I remembered I needed to insert one last scene near the beginning, then the epilogue. After that, Constant, the third book of the Valespian Pact, will be finished. I'm calling it, 'the book I didn't know needed to be written.' I still need to do another editing pass since I added so much material. The book went from the 35k novella to a 57k novel. It will probably be over 60k after the scene and epilogue are added. (Dear god, someone give me some fireworks!) (Thank you, Lexy!)


I cannot say enough how excited I am to be this close to finishing a book. It feels so good to have that part of me back, you know?

For those who have the question, "When will it be released?" I will have beta readers look at this before I submit it to the publisher. If it is accepted, then the release will be based on their schedule and I won't know until they tell me. 

In the meantime, I need to write a 500 word summary and figure out what I would like to see on the cover. That last one is hard because the majority of the book takes place in space. I need to think of something that will fall in line with the covers of Alpha Trine and Striker.

And that's it! Constant is almost done, and I will be getting it ready to submit. Bespoken is back on the writing block. I will continue to write weekly chapters of the blog story, Assassin's Retirement. And I'm plotting out the next books in the I.O.N. series. 

Being busy feels terribly good.




Thank you for stopping by and reading!!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

#PactDays : Kracciam #ValespianPact


Welcome to Thursday's Pact Days! Today, we have the Kracciam.

The Kracciam hasn't been introduced yet, so there isn't a character that I can talk about. They are large, sentient dolphinlike race who has a symbiotic relationship (not host related) with the Otaria. Enjoy!


A couple of side notes: For a list of species that have been posted so far, see the The People of Valespia page. I'm placing these in alphabetical order so I won't unintentionally place importance on any specie. I will leave off information on the species that will spoil future books. My standard sheet has the same categories for all species. So there will be blank categories just because that species didn't need them.

Species: Kracciam [krak-see-am]
Planet: Hhrota (means Mother)
Other races on the planet: Otaria
Planetary Terrain: 92% water, rocky land
Capitol: Hoiyama
Country:
Patron Ryo Pardeep:

Description: Average height between 5 feet and 9 feet. Telekinetic. Resemble oversized dolphins. They are paired with another being that can live on both land and water. The Otaria speaks for the Kracciam.

Tribes are centered around an elderly female who in most cases is the mother of most the females within the tribes. There are no territorial boundaries. Tribes are nomadic, migrating were they will, meeting and interacting with other tribes for breeding or tooling. Their young are born in litters of one or two family/tribal units consisting of two to six females and their cubs as well as numerous unattached males.

The Kracciam is not physically fearsome. They have the highest level of telekinetic ability of any known species. They use it when dealing with their hostile environment. In battle, they have pulled objects off the ocean floor and hurtle it 300 mph. They can manipulate up to 10x their body weight/mass through telekinesis. Can create unique and individualized tools. Can telekinetically retool ores in groups. The devices they create cannot be replaced because each one, no matter how complex, is always made of a single piece. Tooling is considered a great social event. Several tribes will gather close to the shoreline to work

They have no use for money or material goods. Their services cannot be bought by Terrens. They bestow these devices as gifts at their digression. The tools are extremely valued.

They communicate in shrill whistles and chirps. Mildly telepathic. The Otaria communicate for them when offworld or when dignitaries visit the planet.

They are excellent navigators and serve on many of the most prestigious starliners.

Some leave their homeworld to satisfy curiosity.

Little to no material culture.

They bond in sexual pairs, but the relationship is not lifelong. A typical adult will bond 20-30 times in the course of their life.

Devices they have created:
Healers: Healing devices of unknown capabilities.
Pushers: starship drives the size of a basketball
Weapons of all kinds

Help the Giantes with special projects.

Common Occupation: Miner (Chemistry, Crystallography, geology, Invention, Jeweler, Mason, Mining), Navigator (Computer operator, computer programing, math, mechanical operations, quantum physics, read/write, astronavigation, astronomy), and Teacher (anthropology/sociology, biology, bluff/bribe, chemistry, dancing, diplomacy, etiquette, historian, interrogation, lore, math, memorize, psychology, sage, knowledge, imitation/mimicry, storytelling)

Government Systems: Matriarchal and Matrilineal "Wise Mother"

Current Leader:

Council of Neighn of Member:

Allies: Alpha-Zetamite, Giante, Numina, Ophion, Orion, Asani, Gaziniti, GyrFalconi,

Star System: Vela Zephyrus System

Other planets occupied by species:

Military Leader:

Cultural names and terms specific to species:


Tooling: the making of devices to be given to alien individuals deemed worthy.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Assassin's Retirement: Chapter 9; Part 1 #blogstroy #gentleman #amwriting

Welcome back to Tuesday's blog story, Assassin's Retirement. For your convenience, I have added a Table of Contents at the bottom of this page that has links to the other chapters in the story.


Copyright Lexi Ander


Chapter Nine - Dead is supposed to be... dead

With expertise, Zane navigated the winding, snow-covered road to his house. At the sight of the outdoor lights over the garage as well as those of Alonzo's cabin, he relaxed a little bit. His reaction startled him. He'd never lived in a place where he instinctively felt safe… until now.

As he drew closer, he spied Alonzo on his porch, the light making a halo around him in the dark, casting his features into deep shadow. He held a rifle in one hand which wasn't unusual. He and Alonzo lived on a forested mountainside where predator's roamed free and the corralled horses made tempting bate. As Zane drove by, Alonzo did the strangest thing. He lifted his nose as if… Was he sniffing the air?

Zane didn't give the action anymore thought as he approached the house. He was hoping he could dispose of the bodies right away, but with Alonzo out and about, he would have to wait. In the meantime, he contemplated parking the Dodge in the garage, but quickly decided against it. These creatures reeked and he wasn't going to have the smell polluting the house.

Decision made, he parked outside the garage, hitting the clicker for the garage door so he wouldn't have to trudge to through the snow to the front door. Hopping out of the truck, he was aware that Alonzo could see him clearly and he walked around the hood so that he too could keep Alonzo in sight. He needed to double check the tarp covering the three corpses. The stench was still overwhelming, and his eyes watered at the biting odor. If it was possible, the smell had gotten worse.

"Zane!" Alonzo yelled as Zane passed the passenger door, reaching the truck bed.  The fear in Alonzo's voice caused him to glance up at the cowboy who was no longer on his porch but running toward Zane. He griped the rifle with both hands, his expression filled with shock and no small amount of fear. "Get down!" Alonzo skidded, snow flying up as he came to a sudden halt, raising the gun to his shoulder.

He'd went on several contracts with his mentor, and had learned to followed certain commands without thought. Even as his training kicked in and Zane dropped onto his belly like a rock, an argument sat on the tip of his tongue. But as he lay in the snow, he swallowed down his questions as he listened to the screeching noise of claws scratching against the paint of the truck bed.

The explosive sound of gunfire was loud, echoing off the mountainside. One shot… two…

The scramble of claws caused him to wince and the vehicle rocked with movement from the bed. For the second time that night, he pulled his own gun from small of his back and rolled over, ignoring how the holster dug into his skin. He hadn't had a chance to reload. He no longer kept a stash under the seat of his car, so he only had a limited number of shots and he would have to make them count. He thought he'd made them count earlier. He could have sworn they were dead.

The snow crunched and he raised his weapon, searching for a target. Overhead, flying over the truck, was one of the creatures. Alonzo fired his rifle again. The creature dodged and hissed. The sight amazed Zane just as amazed as the first time he saw it. What could out maneuvered a bullet? He'd seen several weird things tonight, but that still took the cake. He aimed at the creature who was either unaware of him or ignoring him as it had done earlier when Prince deemed Zane needed rescuing. Either way, it was all well and good for Zane. This time he would shoot the thing in the head while it was preoccupied with Alonzo. Nothing could come back from a head shot… or so he hoped.

Slowly he squeezed the trigger. More ear-splitting scratching came from the truck bed and claw-tipped fingers curled over the side right above Zane. He changed targets when a head popped over the side and finished pulling the trigger. A high-pitched screech drew the flying creature's attention and Alonzo shot again, this time hitting the flyer and it swooped, spinning and yet surprisingly able to stay aloft. It, too, opened its mouth and gave a hair-raising scream before turning and fleeing faster than Zane thought should be possible.

Alonzo swore, or Zane thought he did. He knew very little Spanish, but the inflections and tone sounded like avid cussing to him. The situation might have been amusing if there wasn't at least one more creature hiding in his truck bed. He knew better than be lulled by the pitiful whimpers coming from his vehicle.

"Zane?" Alonzo called. Zane didn't take he gaze off the rim of the bed over him, but from the corner of his eye he saw Alonzo's boots approach, his steps slow and easy. As if there wasn't a walking nightmare between them.

"Here," he finally replied, not wanting Alonzo to accidentally shoot him, mistaking him for one of the creatures.

"Stay where you are for a moment."

Like he could go anywhere with a threat so close. "Wouldn't dream of moving." Something needed to happen soon though. His arms were beginning to tire which wasn't good for his reaction time. These creatures had proven to be cunning and quick. Zane couldn't afford even the smallest weakness.

Alonzo was talking again in Spanish. Zane listened hard, attempting to decipher what he could. Incredulously, he realized Alonzo was speaking to the creature as if it could understand what he said. Zane quickly processed the implications, grinding his teeth with sudden realization.

First, these creatures were people of some kind that comprehended language. He'd been willing to believed that they were animals he'd never come across before or that hadn't been identified... or advertised. It was a big world and people were still discovering things. But to acknowledge these creature weren't animals was hard to swallow.

Second, somehow Alonzo had known what they were and could speak to them.

Zane hoped they wouldn't have to kill this one. If it could talk, then he could get the answers that he needed. Oh, yes, he would have his answers one way or another.

The creature—person—answered Alonzo, more like cussed at Alonzo, and Alonzo snapped back a reply that even Zane understood. "Surrender or die."



Table of Contents
Chapter Six, Part 1 - Harbinger of a Nightmare

Chapter Seven, Part 1 - Stolen Answers
Chapter Nine, Part 1Dead is supposed to be... dead
Chapter Nine, Part 2 -

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

What is on the Reading Radar? #wishlist #TBR

What am I doing? Nothing unusual. Still recovering from injuring my back last week. (seriously, that sucks) Reading mythology encyclopedias. Working on Constant (The Valespian Pact, 3). Also working (struggling with) on another chapter of Assassin's Retirement. Fleshing out some world building and character backgrounds for I.O.N. 3. So, yeah, nothing out of the ordinary. I do wish it would snow a foot or so. *dodges the thrown shoe* LOL!

Here's what's on the Reading Radar!


Title: Blood Dance
Series: Alien Blood Wars, 1
Author(s): Samantha Cayto
Length: 287 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (February 13, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Gay / 

Notes:

Blurb: Book one in the Alien Blood Wars series

What lurks in the dark is not always a monster. Sometimes it’s your deepest desire.

A thousand years ago, Alex captained an alien ship that crashed on Earth. Stranded, he has tried to keep his men together while forging a new life. He’s locked into a never-ending war with mutinous crewmembers that makes unsuspecting humans collateral damage. That humans mistake them as vampires is all to the good. Humans are still not ready to learn aliens live among them. Alex has finally found some peace running a private club, but the memories of a human, loved and lost, keeps him alone.

Quinn Cooper was kicked out of his family when he came out as gay. Having travelled to Boston, he takes a job in Alex’s club. His boss and the men around him are large, scary and hard to ignore—as is his instant attraction to Alex. Becoming involved with the boss is always tricky. There’s something about Alex, however, that’s too sexy and compelling to ignore.

Knowing that seducing the vulnerable and virginal Quinn is a bad idea, Alex tries to keep his distance. He’s also trying to protect the boy and everyone else when the traitorous crew once more stirs up trouble. Alex’s and Quinn’s growing attraction leads Quinn closer to the frightening truth of whose bed he shares, while putting him in unfathomable harm’s way. Alex has to find a path forward to end the alien war for good or risk losing another love.




Title: A Tiger's Tale
Series: (Arrowtown Book 1)
Author(s): Lisa Oliver
Length: 484 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay /

Notes:

Blurb: Seth Carmichael never did anything wrong, but instead of working at the local library, he was running for his life. His herd was hunting him and with few resources, Seth's options were fading fast. Until, that is, he heard the rumble of a motorcycle. Peeking through the tree he was hiding in, he couldn't believe his eyes. Had salvation come in the form of a badass biker?

Ra (no last name and proud of it) was a tiger on a mission. He'd scented his mate and then the little rabbit ran away before his teeth could engage. Ra heard the gossip around Arrowtown; he knew his mate was a hunted man. But if the sweet man was on the run, he needed someone to look after him; Ra figured he was the right man for the job.

A meeting, a mating and yet another meeting. What should have been a straight forward relationship turned into so much more on their very first outing as a mated couple. Now Ra has to count on the strength of his mate and the help of his friends, if he and Seth are ever to have the HEA they'd planned for. And what was with all these Fae turning up out of the blue?

Warning: Contains a tiger who keeps putting his foot in it; a tiny lop-eared rabbit who is stronger than he looks and a bunch of friends who’ll hide a body, no questions asked.




Title: Dead Speak
Series: (Cold Case Psychic Book 1)
Author(s): Pandora Pine
Length: 214 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Mystery / Paranormal / Gay /

Notes: this has trigger warnings

Blurb: Demoted to the cold case squad after shooting a suspect in the line of duty, Detective Ronan O’Mara knows that his career with the Boston Police Department is hanging by a thread. His first assignment is the case of Michael Frye, a five-year-old boy who has been missing for seven years. With no new leads or witnesses to interview, Ronan has to start from scratch to solve this mystery. When he sees a handsome local psychic on television, Ronan figures he’s got nothing to lose in enlisting the man’s help to find Michael. 

Psychic Tennyson Grimm is riding high after helping South Shore cops find a missing child. He’s even being courted by the Reality Show Network about a program showcasing his abilities. He has no idea that his midday appointment with a customer, who instead turns out to be a police detective, is going to change the course of his life and his career.

With the blessing of the BPD, which badly needs an image make-over, Ronan is allowed to bring Tennyson in to assist with the Frye case. Being thrown together in front of cameras is never easy, but add in an emotional missing person’s investigation, a tight-lipped spirit, and a cop who’s a skeptic, and it definitely puts a strain on both men and their working relationship. 


When the child’s body is found, the work to identify his killer begins. As Ronan and Tennyson get closer to solving the case, the initial attraction they feel for one another explodes into a passion neither man can contain.

Will working together to bring Michael’s killer to justice seal their fledgling bond, or will unexpected revelations in the case tear them apart forever?

Please be aware this book deals with the topic of child abuse, specifically, sexual abuse.




Title: Huntsmen
Series: (The Better to Kiss You With Book 2)
Author(s): Michelle Osgood
Length: 218 pages
Publisher: Interlude Press (April 13, 2017)
Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Lesbian /

Notes:

Blurb: Months after saving Jamie and Deanna from crywolf, Kiara and her brother Cole have moved into the city. While clubbing one night, Kiara is stunned to see her ex, Taryn, onstage. But before she can react, Jamie notices a distinctive tattoo in the crowd: an axe rumored to be the mark of the Huntsmen, a group of werewolf-tracking humans. The girls need to leave immediately—and since Taryn is also a werewolf, they need to take her with them.

The Huntsmen are more than a myth, and they’re scouring the city for lone wolves just like Taryn. Until the General North American Assembly of Werewolves lends a plan of action, Kiara’s small pack is on lockdown in a friend’s apartment, where she and Taryn must face the differences that drove them apart. Furthermore, the longer the group waits, the more it seems the Huntsmen haven’t been acting entirely on their own.




Title: Before Luck Runs Out
Series:  The Chanmyr Chronicles, 2
Author(s): TJ Muir
Length: 312 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Non-romantic / Fantasy / Gay / Coming of Age / Sword & Sorcery /

Notes:

Blurb: Orphan. Homeless. Half-breed. 

Jedda’s nimble fingers keep him fed and alive in the shadowy alleyways of Tatak Rhe. Until the day he gets caught holding the coin purse of Karrahk, one of the city’s most powerful rulers.

Jedda braces himself to be imprisoned, or worse. But Karrahk sees his hidden heritage, a potential Jedda isn’t even aware of, so he takes the thief under his wing.

With some careful grooming and polish, it doesn’t take long for Jedda to work his way into the most influential circles of the city, gaining trust and uncovering useful secrets. But he never imagined he’d begin to care for some of these rich, frivolous, fools. And when his magic finally awakens, revealing the motives behind each player’s façade, Jedda must confront the fact that Karrahk just might be the biggest player of all.

Can Jedda extract himself from the lies and deceit before his luck runs out, or is it just too late to make things right?




Title: Visioner
Series: (The Shifter War Book 2)
Author(s): KK Ness
Length: 214 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Magic / Gay / 

Notes:

Blurb: Sequel to Messenger, Book One of The Shifter War

As the first ever human custodian, Danil is sworn to protect the strange new magic threading across the deadlands. But the armies of Roldaer are stirring, and when an assassin nearly takes his life, Danil sets out to win the aid of the Amasian High Council.

With Hafryn by his side, Danil discovers that allies are rarely what they seem. Intrigue and betrayal haunt their steps, and soon Danil and Hafryn must use all their wits to stay alive. Meanwhile, a fearsome magic that has not been unleashed since the blackest days of the Great War is reawakened.

Using such magic could see Danil save the deadlands, or destroy it.




Title: The Alpha's Master
Series: (Venetian Hills Book 1)
Author(s): Ezra Dawn
Length: 83 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Shifter / Paranormal / Gay /

Notes: I didn't realize I had to read another series in order to comprehend some parts of this one when I grabbed the cover. I'll have to look them up, I guess.

Blurb: (This story ties directly into the Asphalt Bay Series and it is recommended that you at least read books 1-4 before starting this one.)

Joel McCray is the Alpha of the newly formed Venetian Hills Pack. After being forced from his old territory because of issues with another pack and a coven in the area he’s brought the pack back to the area he came from. When new issues arise it’s going to take the help of his ex-boyfriend and the local coven to get them sorted.

Alistair Vonderheide is the Master of the Venetian Hills Coven and an extremely old vampire although he doesn’t look it. He’s spent centuries waiting for his beloved so when he catches the man’s scent he’s more than excited. Until his second in command crushes that happiness with a single sentence. Refusing to be ‘that guy’ Alistair resigns himself to starvation.

Will Joel be able to solve his problems in time? Will Alistair die without ever knowing the love of a fated mate? Or will Fate decide to intervene before it’s too late?

(Warning: Contains sexual content, Man on Man action, and explicit language. Not recommended for those under the age of 18.)




Title: Rook
Series: 
Author(s): T. Stranger
Length: 218 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press, LLC (February 6, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Gay /

Notes:

Blurb: For killing his husband, Rook is sent to B-226—an alien planet populated by deadly creatures, where the average life expectancy for a prisoner is three weeks. Rook is relieved by the sentence—all he wants is to die and rejoin his husband.

Upon arrival on B-226, Rook is partnered with Stevie, who has beaten the odds and survived for several months. Rook is drawn to Stevie in a way he didn't expect in the aftermath of losing his husband. Before Rook can untangle the mess of his emotions, the already deadly situation on B-226 worsens, plunging Rook and Stevie into an even more desperate struggle to survive.




Title: Hearts Under Fire
Series: New Amsterdam, 1
Author(s): Kelly Wyre
Length: 233 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press, LLC (January 25, 2018)

Genre: Erotic Romance / BDSM / Contemporary / Gay / 

Notes:

Blurb: Ten years ago, Clark thought he would spend his life as a military man. But his world turned into a nightmare when a suicide bomber destroyed his career. It's been a long road to recovery, but Clark has finally found peace. His bar, Glow, is the place to be in New Amsterdam; the son of the mayor employs Clark as a confidential information man; and the BDSM club he part-owns is a profitable release. Clark's life is a good one, so long as no one gets too close.

Then Daniel walks into Glow, and what Clark expects to be just another handsome face proves instead to be the kind of challenge he's been avoiding—but he just can't seem to walk away.




Title: A Fiercer Heat
Series: (Assured Elites Book 1)
Author(s): Parker Avrille
Length: 243 pages
Publisher: Paris April Press (January 10, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Gay /

Notes:

Blurb: A new matchmaking service lands in the Big Apple, and no hot gay celebrity will go unpaired...

Rising singer Drew and former child star Traven have one thing in common― a desperate need for publicity to lift their careers to the next level.

“Actor dates singer” is the oldest publicity stunt in the book. If they pretend to be boyfriends, the tabloid press is guaranteed to report breathlessly on their every move. All they have to do is be all kissy face for the camera in public and all hands-off professionals in private.

Easy, right? Except for one thing. Assured Elites fake boyfriends have a way of becoming the real deal.

It isn't long until Drew and Traven find themselves struggling with the “hands-off in private” part.

This 60,000-word full-length steamy gay romance novel features fake boyfriends, a menace from the past, and two men who learn how to make beautiful music together. No cliffhangers, no cheating, and always a Happily Ever After.

This is the first novel in the Assured Elites trilogy. Each book follows a different couple, so they can be read in any order.




Title: Riding Lightning
Series: Starcrossed Dragons, 1
Author(s): Erin Bedford, JA Cipriano
Length: 324 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Dragon / Poly / Psychics / Vampires / Magic /

Notes:

Blurb: One woman. Three men. All Dragons.

A sexy, action-packed reverse harem that will make your toes curl!

Maya Rose has a problem. She's the last in her line of dragon shifters, and if she doesn't produce an heir soon, it could be disastrous for her kingdom.

In order to remedy this, her father, the king, has gathered the greatest heroes from across the lands, and set them on a quest to not only save the kingdom, but to win Maya's love.

Should they succeed, they will become her husband and rule by her side. Should they fail to win her love, death is the only answer.

But with so many dashing men willing to do anything to win her hand, how is a girl to choose?

Then again, no one ever said she had to pick just one.

After all, the fate of the realm is at stake, and maybe this time, more is merrier.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT a love triangle. What you'll find inside is a reverse harem featuring hot sex, adult themes, dragons, cool weapons, action, adventure, a wise-cracking heroine, and much, MUCH more.



Title: Blackwelder 2164
Series: 
Author(s): Christopher DJ
Length: 185 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press (January 1, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Science Fiction / Gay /

Notes:

Blurb: When it comes to hitting his target, Spencer Blackwelder can’t miss. But when it comes to hitting the mark in other areas of his life, his aim is way off, which is definitely a problem when you’re a military sharp shooter preparing for war with an alien species.

As penance for past mistakes in friendship and in love, Blackwelder makes the bold choice to relocate to Fort Felix, a military base on Neptune’s moon, a decision that could end up costing him his life. Once there, he meets: Juan Miguel Arías, to whom he takes an immediate liking; Vernita Burton, a true friend; and the men and women of Brant Squad, a group of lovable losers that he eventually takes under his wing.

Blackwelder is surprised to discover he has something to live for again, but all of that is threatened when war finally arrives on Fort Felix’s doorstep. Can Blackwelder find the hero within in time to save his squad, his planet, and the man he loves?




Title: Ghoulish
Series: 
Author(s): Kat Bellamy
Length: 314 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Gay /

Notes:

Blurb: Colt Jager never knew what happened to the parents who abandoned him, and he never cared--until he inherited their ghoulish secret.

Raised as a human who had no idea he was anything but a blue-collar construction worker until the night of his 25th birthday, Colt finds it hard to adjust to life in the Kinship, a hidden world woven discreetly into human society.

After a grisly encounter with his true nature, Colt meets a family of human-friendly ghouls who teach him that there's a way to be inhuman without being inhumane. But things get complicated when he realizes that the "wolf attack" responsible for killing his boyfriend's brother was actually committed by a ghoul on the hunt.

When an elite family of especially monstrous ghouls called Alphas threatens the man he loves, Colt will have to lie to Jason to keep him safe. Can a predator ever truly be a hero, or will the man he loves become his prey?



Title: The Alien's Mail-order Bride
Series: 
Author(s): Ruby Dixon
Length: 84 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / 

Notes:

Blurb: Though still carrying the scars of his past as an intergalactic soldier, Emvor doesn’t mind the quiet of his chosen life as a farmer. He doesn’t even mind that most nights are lonely on remote Cassa, but he does need help around his farm. A mail-order bride from his homeworld seems like the perfect solution. She’ll be a tall, sturdy female to help with the chores and bear his children.

Unfortunately, the person that arrives is Nicola. She’s small, delicate…and human. She also knows nothing about farming, and she's lied and deceived her way across the galaxy to get to Cassa so she can hide from those that would capture her. She's a problem, and also the most enticing thing he's ever seen.

Now Emvor has to decide…can he keep the woman who’s nothing like what he asked for but is everything he needs?




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