Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Assassin's Retirement Chapter 10, Part 1 #gentleman #amwriting #blogstory

Welcome back to Assassin's Retirement. We switched to Alonzo's point of view and get to see Zane from his eyes and learn a little bit more about the mysterious cowboy living on Zane's ranch. And there is the el Chupacabra. What will they do with him? This chapter was almost 4k so it's been split in two.

If you have stumbled onto this blog story and want to start from the beginning, I have added a Table of Contents at the bottom of this page with links to the other chapters in the story.

Copyright Lexi Ander


Chapter Ten – Gathering Allies

Alonzo stopped at the end of the hallway, the sight of the gun barrel pointed at his center mass giving him pause. Carefully, not making any sudden moves, he held his hands out to the side, showing Zane he hadn't brought his riffle. He'd left it in the garage certain he could contain el Chupacabra by strength alone if the boy escaped his bindings. In his current form, the boy was no more powerful than a normal human, having all the regular human weaknesses. Now, Alonzo was glad he'd left the gun behind. He didn't want to accidentally give Zane a reason to plug him full of holes.

"Hey, amigo, are you okay there?" he asked amiably.

Zane blinked but didn't answer right away. His didn't seem to be in shock and his gun hand was steady as a rock, which was saying something. Not many people would be this calm after seeing el Chupacabra. Zane not only faced the creature down but brought them home. The question became why. Why had el Chupacabra crossed Zane's path? What had he intended by bringing them here? Alonzo could sense their tainted on el Chupacabra, and as such,  they were more deadly than normal.

He took a closer look at Zane Snow. When the property manager had notified him the ranch had been sold, the only thing he'd worried about was his contract and if he still had a place to live during the winter. He'd only seen Zane a couple of times from a distance before catching him at the pancake house. That one meeting had intrigued Alonzo. On the surface, Zane was nondescript. Most people might not notice him. After sharing breakfast with Zane, Alonzo couldn't help but sense there was hidden depths to Zane. He was a man of few words. He moved with a confident predatory grace that spoke volumes to Alonzo and anyone else adept at reading body language. His aura screamed danger, but Zane portrayed himself as kind and generous.

What was a man like Zane doing living on a mountainside? No one visited. When Zane went to town, he spoke to people in passing but he made no friends. The property manager claimed Zane was a songwriter. Songwriters didn't bring bodies home with them.

If Alonzo was honest with himself, he didn't care what Zane was or wasn't. But in order to protect the man, Alonzo needed to know what was going on.

"Did one of them scratch or bite you?" he asked softly. He ignored the gun and kept his eyes on Zane's while slowly making his way to Zane's side. "If they did, you run the risk of infection, especially with the ones you brought home. That smell indicates there is something wrong with them—him."

Zane gulped but Alonzo still sensed no fear. "I don't… No, the only time I came in contact with them was to put them in the truck. They were corpses then."

Alonzo's cautious steps ended when he was inches from the gun. Curiously, Zane's expression didn't change, remaining bland, no emotion showing.

"I'm not your enemy, amigo. I would do nothing to bring harm to you," he reassured.

"I don't know you," Zane replied.

"Nor I you. For all I know, you are a vile hunter whose life mission is to murder people like that boy in there. But I'm willing to trust you until you prove my faith is misplaced."

Confusion flashed across Zane's face before it was quickly hidden. If Alonzo hadn't been watching so intently he would have missed it. "My gun is pointed at you. You should be afraid and yet I can see you aren't even concerned."

"No more than you are," Alonzo reached up and curled his fingers around Zane's wrist. "I'm following my instincts. They have never let me down. What does yours say?"

He counted to twenty, giving Zane time to consider what he said, then gently tugged on Zane's wrist, pushing so that Zane lowered the gun. If Zane didn't trust him, at least partially, then Alonzo wouldn't have been able to touch Zane at all. Seeming to come to a decision, Zane tucked the gun behind his back, his dark brown eyes not moving from Alonzo.

"No one is willing to answer my questions."

So there were other people involved. Immediately, Alonzo's blood began to heat. Zane's eyes widened as if he saw Alonzo's rage, even though he kept his voice soothing and even. No paranormal, much less a group of el Chupacabra, would reveal themselves to a human. "Someone brought you into the middle of their shit and didn't tell you anything? Pinche culero."

Why wasn't Zane afraid? Losing his mind, trying to pigeon hole the supernatural into the something he would consider natural? He wasn't acting like a human. All humans feared what they didn't know or understand. They struck out. They ran. They demonized. Some even went insane, unable to acknowledge the truth or to cope. But not Zane.

Alonzo's anger seemed to crack Zane's façade. His expression turned grim. "You could say that. I was eating supper with… colleagues." Alonzo held back a snort. A stretch of the truth, he thought. "Someone attempted to kill one of them. Prince and I gave chase and I ran across the three…” He waved a hand at the bathroom. “El  Chupacabra. After the fight was over, I put the bodies in the truck. If other people saw them, all hell would break loose, and there would be a witch hunt. Authorities from all the alphabet organizations will show up and poke their noses where they don't belong." Zane glanced into the room where the shower was still running.

Alonzo heard what Zane didn't say. Zane had something to hide otherwise he wouldn't worry about the authorities.

"I thought they were corpses." For the first time, Alonzo saw Zane's shock. "Nothing comes back from the dead."

"Very little does," Alonzo replied, stepping into the bathroom. "If you thought they were carcasses, then they had been injured enough their bodies had shut down to heal."

"El Chupacabra are—were—urban legends." Zane didn't follow Alonzo, remaining in the doorway.

"Tasmanian tigers were once considered myth until they were caught and photographed. Not that discovery did that people any good. El Chupacabra have been around for a very long time." Alonzo started working on the buttons of his shirt. Zane's gaze dropped, his eyes heating as he watched Alonzo slowly undress. "There have been reported sightings of el Chupacabra in Northern Mexico, the southern United States, Puerto Rico, Chile, even the Philippines and parts of Russia."

Zane pointed an accusatory finger at the boy in the bathtub. "Sure, but the explanation was always dogs with a disease like mange, attacking goats and other farm animals."  He dug in his pocket. He withdrew a slip of paper and several bone darts. "He doesn't—didn't look like a dog. He had wings and bony spikes that I think shot these from his back for Pete's sss-sake."

Alonzo loved seeing Zane stammer to a stop, losing his train of thought when he unbuckled his belt and pushed his jeans down his thighs.

"Ww-what are you doing?" Zane's hand pressed against his stomach as if attempting to settle butterflies.

Alonzo hid a smile. "Someone has to get in and scrub him down." He gestured to the young man in the tub who glared up at Alonzo like a drowned rat. "Cleaning him up won't take away all of the stench but it will help."

He kicked off his boots before stepping out of his jeans. Alonzo kept his briefs on, more for his own sake than Zane's. He wouldn't put it past the boy to bite and Alonzo didn't want to tempt el Chupacabra with his tender bits.

"Stay away from me!" the boy screamed in Spanish, choking on the water pouring onto the back of his head.

"Calm down, Chico. We are only going to wash you." Alonzo replied, letting the captive know he could speak and understand the language.

"I am no boy!" he sputtered.

Alonzo chuckled. "Only stupid boys get hooked on Devil's Breath." He moved the spray to the boy's shoulders. By human standards, he looked as if he was fifteen or sixteen, but Alonzo had seen his other form and suspected he was an adult by his people's standards. The boy should already have a family of his own, possibly children.

"How old are you? Late twenties? Early thirties? Where is your troop, your familia? Did you abandon them when your addiction took over?"

The boy snarled and thrashed the best he could while hogtied, cussing at Alonzo with much venom and malice.


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 -
Chapter Ten, Part 1 - Gathering Allies

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

What is on the Reading Radar? #wishlist #TBR

What am I doing? Going through Constant one last time. Beta reading. Trying to figure out when I can spare some time updating the blog schedule. Regular stuff.

Reading-wise, I have been listening to a ton of audiobooks. Yay, library. Still dealing with back pain so finding comfort is still hard. I'll be so glad when it finally heals.

The Reading Radar for today is about dragons. LT3 has a huge line up of dragon releases and I went bonkers, buying them all because DRAGONS. Just saying. I'm also a sucker for those MF and poly alien dragons shifters in space... the reverse harem dragon shifters stories. I've had to learn to "get the sample, get the sample, get the sample" because my dragon addiction is already expensive. So just in case I haven't been clear, today is all about dragons. :)

Title: Forbidden Enchantment
Series:
Author(s): Bran Lindy Ayres
Length: 98 pages
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay / Trans /

Notes:

Blurb: Sidhe cannot lie. Yet Cedric lies about everything from being happy to being human. Hiding his true appearance with glamor runes, he's managed to live quietly among humans for nearly fifty years. But as he journeys to the capital at the behest of the empress, a chance encounter with the first dragon to be seen in a thousand years threatens to reveal all his secrets.

Talfryn commits a taboo every time he leaves the mountains. Yet for an outcast, long banished from the dragons' last city, taboos are trifles. He's more interested in acquiring items for his hoard. Drawn by the scent of a rare enchantment, he'll risk everything, including his freedom, to find the source.


Title: Flamecaller
Series:
Author(s): Caitlin Ricci
Length: 10k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay / 

Notes: This title is available for preorder and will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 13, 2018.

Blurb: When the emperor has his father killed, it's the breaking point for Haruo, who sets out from the island of dragon shifters where he lives in search of revenge. The tournament being held to marry off the emperor's son seems like a perfect opportunity—what better way to get close to the father than through the son, afterall.

Title: Contemporary Draconic Hoarding Practices
Series: 
Author(s): Dea Richards
Length: 42k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Gay / For the Hoard /

Notes: This title is available for preorder and will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 27, 2018.

Blurb: While researching his thesis, Clayton's work leads him to Syralis the wise, a dragon and professor at the university where he studies. Syralis' hoard contains original manuscripts which are invaluable to Clayton's research. Clayton soon finds himself one of the few students to ever study under Syralis, and during their lessons Clayton learns not only about medieval art, but his own history and his unusual magical sensitivity as well.

Clayton also finds himself enamored of Syralis, but when that attraction proves mutual, not everybody is pleased...



Title: Cursed With Claws
Series:
Author(s): Asta Idonea
Length: 20k 
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Bisexual / Gay / Fantasy / For The Hoard /

Notes: This title is available for preorder and will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 27, 2018.

Blurb: A dragon dwells atop the mountain that overlooks Ode's village. Every year the surrounding villages gather to make an offering to keep the beast at bay: chests of gold and a human sacrifice.

When the wise men choose his beloved sister, Malle, as the latest sacrifice, Ode immediately offers to take her place. But instead of a dragon on the mountain ledge, he meets a mysterious young man.



Title: Evergreen
Series:
Author(s): Geneva Vand
Length: 45k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay / Pansexual / For The Hoard /

Notes: This title is available for preorder and will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 27, 2018.

Blurb: When Gabriel's sister, Ashley, falls ill, he is sent to the forest wise one for help. But instead of the frightening dragon he expects, he is faced with a shape-shifting, magical creature named Kym who is both kind and beautiful.

Kym instructs Gabe to bring Ashley to his canyon hideaway so that he can watch over her properly. As the two care for her, they grow unexpectedly close. But once Ashley is well, Gabriel must leave with her, and Kym cannot leave his forest...



Title: Heart of the Dragon
Series:
Author(s): Jamie Sullivan
Length: 49k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / For The Hoard / Fantasy / Gay /

Notes: This title is available for preorder and will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 27, 2018.

Blurb: When the dragon Madfall steals a basket from the castle, he expects it to contain gold—not a baby.

Seventeen years later, Richard of Benfro expects to meet certain death when he sets out to slay the dragon—but instead he finds himself face to face with a cute boy.

When the two worlds collide, Oenyn is caught between the loving parent who raised him and the human world to which he rightfully belongs. Luckily, being raised by a dragon means he's plenty stubborn. He won't give up what he loves without a fight.



Title: Smoke Signals
Series:
Author(s): Meredith Katz
Length: 29k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / For The Hoard / Urban Fantasy / Bisexual / Gay / 

Notes: This title is available for preorder and will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 27, 2018.

Blurb: Mike St. George figured that working customer support during the Black Friday sale at SmokeSignals, a game distribution company, would just feature the usual sort of problem customers. He wasn't expecting an aristocratic, self-centered dragon to demand the company send someone to his house to install games in exchange for gold. And he definitely wasn't expecting that to somehow put him in charge of working with and protecting the digital side of the dragon's hoard of games.

But with a possible promotion in his future, Mike's ready to take on anything. And while the blue-blooded Zali'thurg might be egotistical and prideful, Mike's wrangled worse customers on a regular basis. At least this one's cute, albeit in an 'apex predator' sort of way.



Title: Havesskadi
Series:
Author(s): Ava Kelly
Length: 53k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / For The Hoard / Fantasy / Asexual / Panromantic / Pansexual /

Notes: This title is available for preorder and will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 27, 2018.

Blurb: Nevmis, the red dragon, is hunting her own. Up in the icy peaks of the northern mountains, Orsie spends his lonely days hiding from her, but eventually he is found and his dragon magic stolen. Cursed to wander the lands as a mortal unless he recovers his magic before twenty-four rising crescents have passed, Orsie embarks on an arduous journey. Spurred by the whispers in his mind, his quest takes him to a castle hidden deep in a forest.

Arkeva, a skilled archer, is trapped in an abandoned castle deep in the woods, his only company two companions—one kind, the other cruel. Then a stranger arrives, a young man who soon finds himself confined by heavy snowfalls—and in danger from what slumbers in the shadows of the castle.



Title: Dragon's Lair
Series:
Author(s): Daniela Jeffries
Length: 40k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / For The Hoard / Contemporary / Bisexual / Asexual / 

Notes: This title is available for preorder and will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 27, 2018.

Blurb: Newly divorced therapist Noir wasn't expecting to fall for criminal mastermind Dragon when he was assigned to weekly meetings with him in prison as part of his possible parole. But fall he did, and hard. 

Dragon, however, is no knight in shining armor. Like his namesake, he's a fiery beast that will do anything to protect his new treasure...



Title: Forward the Hunt
Series:
Author(s): Lotus Oakes
Length: 43k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / For The Hoard / Fantasy / Gay /

Notes: This title is available for preorder and will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on February 27, 2018.

Blurb: For as long as he can remember, Haruki has wanted to be part of the Great Hunt, the annual coming of age ceremony where the youth of Salfea are let loose to kill a dragon and bring it home as proof of adulthood. The larger and higher-ranked the dragon, the greater the reward. Held back for years by family obligation, Haruki has only ever been able to watch from afar until the opportunity finally comes to him. Desperate to prove himself, he's certain he'll do whatever it takes to have a successful hunt.

But on the first night of his Hunt, Haruki finds an injured dragon so highly-ranked that killing him could rocket Haruki all the way to the throne... if he can resist the dragon and his ways.



Title: Dragon Magic
Series:
Author(s): Megan Derr
Length: 97k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Poly / Fantasy / Demisexual / Bisexual / Gay / Trans /

Notes: This title is available for preorder and will be available at approximately 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time on March 27, 2018.

Blurb: Four strangers. A shared moment long forgotten. A bond forged in desperation.

On the first day of the Festival of Counting, the beginning of the royal census that takes place every ten years, the royal city is filled to overflowing. Everyone is happy, excited, and proud to be counted amongst those who live in the glorious kingdom of Orhanis.

Then a demon strikes, killing thousands in mere seconds and leveling the city. As the royal castle burns, only four men remain to drive the demon away—and in their desperation, accidentally bind themselves together in a legendary Oath, unable to part ways until they find and kill the demon once and for all.

Mahzan, the King's Jester, an orphan who clawed his way to the top and hides a fearsome magic... Sule, the notorious North Captain, who sacrificed everything to live as a strong, capable, highly respected man... Cemal, a priest who traveled the continent bent on revenge and now lives lost... and Binhadi, the mercurial shadow mage with a dark history and bloody ties to the throne...

Four men used to standing apart, standing alone, who must learn to stand together if they hope to save themselves and all of Orhanis.



Title: The Omega's Forbidden Child
Series: Dragon in the Wings
Author(s): Chris Savage
Length: 201 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Dragons / Mpreg / Gay / 

Notes: I read this book this week and really liked the story. I will be looking for more in the series. The title doesn't do the book justice. 

Blurb: Jacoby never trusted an oracle. They’re sneaky wenches, always speaking in riddles. So when a dragon king’s wise oracle prophesized that he was going to save the land, he wanted to laugh at them. How exactly would a half-breed with no dragon form accomplish this task?

As fate would have it, he’d cross paths with a prince. His life would never be the same.

Prince Azar wanted a break from the castle and its oppressive atmosphere, so he joined the Royal Guard. So when he meets Jacoby, he’s faced with a difficult decision.

A dragon determines his mate on sight. To Azar, it always seemed an unreliable system. What if your soulmate was elsewhere, and you never met.

Or worse…

What if your mate is a male, and an omega to boot?



Title: The Dragon's Heart
Series: Dragon's Blood MC, 2
Author(s): B.A. Stretke
Length: 173 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Motorcycle Club / Gay / 

Notes: I didn't realize this was book two in a series. The first book is Apex: The Dragon's Mate (Dragon's Blood M.C. Book 1)

Blurb: Dane has been searching in vain for his sister for five years. She vanished with a violent biker gang and now no matter what he does, he just can’t get close enough to find her. After a violent altercation with a gang of thugs hell bent on killing his friend Chance, Dane is at his wit's end, and he wonders if he will ever be able to piece his life back together. Everything changes when this large man literally charges into his life and saves him from certain death at the hands of the Night Whispers gang. He is swept into the strongest arms he’s ever known, and safety feels, for once, like more than just a daydream. Alrick Keith is an enigma to Dane. He’s a biker, Dane’s greatest fear, but he is also kind and brings Dane a sense of peace. Dane is still determined to find out what happened to his sister and he is willing to put himself in danger’s path to do it. Will Dane survive the same forces that have taken his sister or can Alrick get there in time and claim his forever love? 

Alrick Keith has been on a quest from his Dragon King, searching for his forever love. When Calum, his Chieftain, found his mate at a café in Laramie, Wyoming Alrick had hope that maybe his love wasn’t far behind. Finding his mate about to be devoured by a wolf shifter was not a part of the plan. Once the threat is dispatched, Alrick is loathe to let Dane out of his sight. Alrick must tread lightly, between the biker gang and his dragon secret he can’t risk overwhelming his already stressed mate. However, danger lurks, and a rogue gang is setting its sights on Laramie and Alrick’s mate. Can Alrick save his mate and have that real chance at forever?

The Dragon’s Heart can defy any odds.



Title: Rise of the Dragon
Series: Dragonstone Triology
Author(s): CK Gold
Length: 213 pages
Publisher: Lovelight Press

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Gangsters killed his family... and now the only man standing in the way of his revenge is the one who stole his heart years ago.

Over a decade of street fighting and brutal intrigue have left Fang, a gang enforcer, with few allies and even fewer friends. He has no time for love -- his loyalties are already complicated enough. His lone connection to a brighter past is Birch, the orphan he saved from the slums when they were boys. And when Fang lost his family, it was Birch who taught him how to survive.

Yet vengeance has its price. Fang let Birch, the best thing to ever happen to him, slip away in exchange for power. Now Fang is a lieutenant in the gang that murdered his family. All he has to do is wait for his chance. But a kiss that shouldn't have been, at a meeting that shouldn't have happened, forces Fang to decide what really matters.

Should he keep his cover or listen to his heart and join the man he loves?

When Fang's boss orders him to steal a magical stone from a royal ship, Birch demands Fang hand it over to him instead. The stone represents more than just wealth: it is the symbol of a people fighting back against the corruption running rampant through their nation. The poison that cost Fang his parents and Birch the only home he's ever known.

Fang is caught between the ultimate reward -- dueling his parent's murderer -- and his fiery passion for Birch. But the dragon stone has its own ideas. Its power recasts not just Fang's body, but his dilemma.

Will Fang choose power over love? Or will he leave behind the ghosts of the past and find love with Birch?

Warning: This adventure contains steamy sex scenes, fast-paced fights, naughty language, and a HEA! Read to the end for a preview of the next tale!


Title: The Sun Dragon's Mate
Series: (Dragon Sun + The Sun Dragon's Flight)
Author(s): Liv Rider
Length: 106 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Now available in one bundle – Dragon Sun and its companion short story The Sun Dragon’s Flight.

Dragon Sun:
Dragon shifter Griffith Rees finally meets the man who ignites his mating instinct—presumed human Noah Tine. But Noah has powers Griffith’s never seen, and Noah discovers he might not be so human after all. But is Griffith ready to open his heart to love? And does catching the man who killed his partner mean sacrificing Noah?

The Sun Dragon’s Flight:
When Griffith takes Noah to his family’s secluded lake house to learn how to shift for the first time, a flying lesson turns into a mating flight. But the Sun Dragon isn’t a force to play around with, and Noah may be deep over his head. Can he learn how to control his dragon with Griffith’s help?



Title: Dragonlinked
Series: (Dragonlinked Chronicles Book 1)
Author(s): Adolfo Garza Jr.
Length: 449 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Young Adult / LGBTIAQ MC / Fantasy /

Notes: 

Blurb: Many will be acceptable candidates, truth be told, and eventually, there will be hundreds, even thousands of dragonlinked. But there will be one who is first.

All fourteen-year-old Aeron wants to do is make his father proud, but the biggest bully in the Caer constantly torments him, he has yet to be allowed to practice his craft of choice, and he’s trying to ignore the increasing reports of deadly nahual attacks. When Aeron is finally invited to be an accepted in Magic Craft, things seem to be going his way.

His life is thrown into complete chaos, however, when he discovers an enormous egg, and unable to ignore its desperate cries, he helps the creature struggling within to hatch. Powerful magic bonds them together, mind and soul, and he wonders how he is going to care for her. Will he be able to do so and keep up with his Magic Craft lessons? And when she’s full-grown, how in Yrdra’s deepest hells will he keep a four-thousand pound dragon a secret?

Aeron’s search for answers in his now drastically changed world will lead to surprising discoveries and revelations, dangerous and distressingly close encounters with nahual, and the possibility of a greater, more fulfilling purpose for him—if he survives.

In DRAGONLINKED, volume one of Dragonlinked Chronicles, author Adolfo Garza Jr. introduces readers to the world of Lethera, where magic and a nascent Industrial Revolution will be the backdrop for several tales about dragons, their newly discovered roles, and the brave souls who are their bond-mates.

Note: Dragonlinked Chronicles is a young-adult fantasy series that is lgbt-friendly.



Title: Bride of the Dragons
Series:
Author(s): Selina Coffey
Length: 330 pages
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Menage / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Elokon and Siron have yet to find a mate. 

Elokon became the alpha of his tribe three months ago, and since then, the human towns nearby have sent a dozen women in tribute, and even the women of nearby dragon tribes have sought them out. Elokon’s tribe is powerful and any dragon would be pleased to bear a child of his bloodline.

But neither he nor Siron has seen a single woman that awakens the mating instinct. At long last, the High Dragon has passed down an edict: find a mate, or Elokon will be stripped of his power and banished. There is no place in the Dragonlands for an alpha who will not carry on the old bloodlines.

As the third daughter of an impoverished Earl, Adelina has no dowry and no prospects.

Desperate not to become a priestess, she makes a plan: when the High Dragon’s court comes for their historic meeting with the human king, she will be so alluring that she can steal the heart of one of the richest noblemen at court. She has worked late into the night, sewing herself a dress that will catch anyone’s eye.

During the festivities, she knows she can tempt someone into an indiscretion…

But much to her shock, that someone isn’t human. Furthermore, it’s not one someone, but two. And now that they’ve found their mate, Elokon and Siron aren’t planning to let her go.

Author's Note: This book contains mature language and themes, intended for adults only!

This is a standalone novel of 30,000 words with HEA.



Title: Dragon's Guard
Series: The Dragon Shifter's Mates, 1
Author(s): Eva Chase
Length: 218 pages
Publisher: Ink Spark Press (November 15, 2017)

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Reverse Harem / 

Notes: 

Blurb: The last of her kind. Four hot alpha mates. A legacy of bloodshed.

When Ren Landis goes looking for excitement on her 21st birthday, getting kidnapped is a little more than she bargained for. So is finding out that shifters exist—and that she’s one too. As the last of the dragon shifters, she’s got a role to fulfill: Take the alphas of the four shifter groups as her mates and unite all shifter kind. No pressure, right?

Too bad Ren’s fate isn’t as simple as getting it on with four scorching-hot guys. Someone is out for dragon shifter blood, intent on finishing the massacre they started years ago. If Ren can’t figure out how to kickstart her buried powers, her life’s about to go down in flames.

*This steamy new reverse harem paranormal romance series is intended for readers 18+. Expect sexy situations, intense action, ongoing storylines, and a quartet of alluring wolf, bear, jaguar, and eagle alpha shifters you’ll wish you could make your mates.*



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

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Paranormal / Reverse Harem /

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.



Thank you for stopping by and reading!!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

#PactDays : L'Eema #ValespianPact


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

In Alpha Trine, Otho was introduced. He was the mechanic for the Oethra 7, later following Zeus back to Atlainticia. Otho's story doesn't stop there. How could it when he likes to make things explode? 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: L'Eema
Planet: Galaspia
Other races on the planet:
Planetary Terrain: Rocky, forested
Capitol: Hydros
Country:
Patron Ryo Pardeep:

Description: Average Height is 1 to 3 feet (.9 meters), Primate species, bi-ped mammals, large eyes with no whites and colors ranging from amber-blue-violet-green, fur coloring is gold-copper-spotted-silver-black-striped, skin color is gold-silver-copper-black, four double jointed fingers & two opposable thumbs, flexible spines, prehensile tail

Highly intelligent. They domesticated all the predators on their homeworld. Reaches maturity in one year. Quick learning, insatiable curiosity. Tested by elders every 2 years. Once they reach a certain intellectual maturity, they are recalled to their planet and trained to be a Time Guard. Only the oldest, most intellectually competent are allowed access to time travel technology. One of the two races that holds the secret of time travel.

Intelligence is the key ranking factor in L'Eema society. The most brilliant are automatically delegated to leadership roles (whether or not they want them). The brightest are placed in community position of authority, tailored to the L'Eema's expertise. Refusal of post is considered shameful and results in stiff fines as well as banishment from the homeworld until the next testing period.

Functions well in tight spaces & great engineers

Distinctive trait – to destroy themselves at 20 yrs old. The urge can be over overcome but they are banished & viewed as a disgrace. Strong rituals & taboos that glorify the instinct of self-destruction – must be spectacular, and when they try to ignore the instinct or don't get home on time, they find other ways to self-destruct, sometimes without regard to others near them. Hurtling themselves into their sun is optimal

They can overcome the urge to destroy them, but they would then be banished and their family disgraced. It is taboo to even acknowledge one.

L'Eema who do not destroy themselves: The Broken Ones "not many live past the age of 20. There is no honor revisiting what comes naturally to them. It is a part of who and what they are. They go willingly into the next life. Those who refuse to follow instinct, or the ones who are wired wrong and do not feel the urge, are believed to be doomed to be born L'Eema again. They spend the rest of their lives living in dishonor. Dead to their family, unable to return home, and ignored by those who cross their path travelling the galaxy." They become nothing to the L'Eema. They are ghosts. Their eyes change to a deep maroon. The longer they resist, the more unstable they are believed to become (rumors). All L'Eemas are required to learn about the Broken Ones. Some believe looking into the reasons why the Broken Ones do not destroy themselves with break them by association alone, as if it is catching.

Common Occupation: engineer, life time students, teachers, counselors, scientist, Time Guard

Government Systems: The intelligent leads. 5 advisors, one of those will be the next leader.

Current Leader:

Council of Neighn of Member: Rubis Velis

Allies: Asani, Battion, Chi-Lin, Chtichlian, Dar Massaga, Gaziniti, GyrFalconi, Shia'Marr,

Star System: Ostara Star System

Other planets occupied by species:

Military Leader:

Cultural names and terms specific to species:


Noises: chirp, squeak, whistles like song birds, chitter

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

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

Welcome back to 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, 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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