Saturday, January 20, 2018

What's on the Reading Radar? #wishlist #TBR

What am I doing? I'm back after a two week vacation that probably wasn't a vacation since I worked my butt off. I'm getting back into the swing of things in my new office space *happy wiggles* and the days are flying by. 

I sent Devil's Heart out to be beta read. I'm going through the second draft of Constant (The Valespian Pact, 3). While on vacation I thought of some things that I needed to change or add, so there are several places where I need to do some rewriting. With luck, I could have this subbed to LT3 Press by mid-February. Y'all just don't know how awesome that is. :) 

Title: Cloaked in Shadow
Series: (The Dragori Series Book 1)
Author: Ben Alderson
Length: 330 pages
Publisher: Oftomes Publishing; 1 edition (December 5, 2017)
Genre: Epic Fantasy / Dragons / Elves / Royalty / Romantic Tension / LGBTIAQ characters / 

Notes: I cannot remember if I posted this one. It's been a couple of weeks since I worked on a Reading Radar so my memory is a bit fuzzy on what I've already done. :)

Blurb: Dragon Shifters. Magick. Elven Royalty.

Zacriah Trovirn is concerned with two things in life: hunting and dodging Petrer, the boy who broke his heart.

Heartbreak becomes a distant concern when Zacriah is taken to the Elven capital of Thessolina, where he is forced into King Dalior’s new legion of shapeshifters. But Zacriah isn’t a shapeshifter. In truth, he doesn't know what he is.

Zacriah joins forces with new friends and they soon find themselves embroiled in a clash between the three Elven continents. With war on the horizon, Zacriah must learn to use his latent magick to fight and protect those he loves before they are destroyed.

“Romantic tension, heartwarming friendships, thrilling pacing, all wrapped in the fantasy world of elves you’ve been waiting for. Alderson deftly paints a world that’s rich in intriguing magicks and peoples. Once Zachariah’s story pulls you in, you will not be able to put this down!” - Elise Kova, USA TODAY Bestselling author of Air Awakens.

Title: Messenger
Series: (The Shifter War Book 1)
Author: KK Ness
Length: 150 pages / 41,000 words

Genre: New Adult / Fantasy / Action / Adventure / Paranormal / Gay / Romantic Elements /


Blurb: For centuries, the deadlands have separated the kingdoms of Roldaer and Amas, enforcing an uneasy truce. But the deadlands hold their own secrets.

Danil is a deadlands scavenger, his days spent scouring a barren land for ancient battlefield relics and mage-crystals. When the brutal magi of Roldaer take over his village, Danil becomes the key to unleashing a powerful enemy set on plunging both kingdoms into war.

Desperate and on the run, he finds unexpected aid from the Amasian shapeshifters. Among them is Hafryn, an irreverent shifter who fights the magi with sword, tooth and claw. But safety with the shifters cannot last. As the magi set their plans into motion, Danil will have to embark on a terrifying mission to a broken citadel where an ancient enemy awaits. Failure to stop the magi may cost him far more than his life, and Danil discovers that courage and determination may not be enough…

Title: The Dragon Sword
Series: (The Usurpers Saga Book 1)
Author: John R. Phythyon, Jr.
Length: 242 pages

Genre: Epic Fanatsy / Gay / Dragons / Magic / 


Blurb: A murdered mage. A legendary sword. A chilling destiny.

Calibot thought he’d escaped his domineering sorcerer father. Now a poet in the court of an influential duke, he finally has everything he ever wanted – comfort, approval, and the love of the perfect man. But when his father is murdered, Calibot’s idyllic life is shattered. He must retrieve the body from a distant city and lay it to rest. If only it were that simple.

Everyone wanted his father dead, and now they’re after Calibot. His only defense is the legendary dragon sword, Wyrmblade, his lone bequest for a miserable childhood. Enchanted within the sword’s steel are the secrets to unlock even greater power, perhaps even mastery of The Known World itself. But using its magic could cost Calibot his soul. Worse, this may have been his father’s intention all along.

As he struggles to complete the mad last wishes of the father he loathes, everyone with a stake in The Known World’s future will try to stop him – his power-hungry uncle, the murderer, even an earth fairy bent on revenge. If Calibot fails, he dies. If he succeeds, he’ll lose everything he’s ever loved . . . including himself.

The Dragon Sword is the first book in John R. Phythyon, Jr.’s sweeping epic fantasy series, The Usurpers Saga. Packed with unique characters, insidious intrigue, and plentiful magic, The Dragon Sword is perfect for fans of A Game of Thrones, The Lord of the Rings, and Forgotten Realms. Buy it today to discover your next epic fantasy obsession.

Originally published as The Sword and the Sorcerer

Title: Knightsgift
Author: J. Hebpburn
Length: 66 pages
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Lesbian / Trans / 


Blurb: Three knights, each bearing the Knightsgift that gives them power and life, ride to the aid of a small village where people are disappearing in the forest. One knight seeks the aid of a herbalist, a sharp-witted, strong-willed woman, who can tell him what the Sheriff will not...

Title: All is Fair in Love and War
Series: (Forbidden Loves Book 1)
Author: Ezra Dawn
Length: 41 pages

Genre: Romance / Gay / Vampires / Paranormal /


Blurb: (This is kind of a paranormal retelling of Romeo and Juliet with a twist. It's also a standalone story within a series of stories that have a recurring theme of classic paranormal feuds.)

Vlad Dracul the Third comes from a long line of noble vampires. The name Dracul stems from the original Dracula. The first of all vampires. Vlad is the heir to the throne, set to lead the next generation.

Title: Broken Pieces
Author: Deja Black
Length: 257 pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books (December 8, 2017)

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay / Magic /


Blurb: Remi Devereaux is a Louisiana born detective working murder cases in Louisville, Kentucky. While shopping for game-day with the guys, he spots the most amazing person he has ever seen. Peter is a man Remi wants with his whole being, a man he just can’t let go.

Peter Romanoff is a photographer who possesses the spirit of two creatures. Two beings that are slowly tearing him apart. He needs a Supruga, a mate, to help give him balance. When he meets Remi, there is a magnetic pull he can’t deny.

The next in line to lead a powerful coven, Peter is hunted, and the people he knows and loves are being killed. It will take Remi’s love and Peter’s skills to combat the enemy after them. Can Remi be the balance Peter needs before the coven destroys them both?

Title: Runebinder
Author: Alex R. Kahler
Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (November 1, 2017)

Genre: Fantasy / Alternate world / Young Adult / Gay / 


Blurb: Magic is risen.

When magic returned to the world, it could have saved humanity, but greed and thirst for power caused mankind’s downfall instead. Now once-human monsters called Howls prowl abandoned streets, their hunger guided by corrupt necromancers and the all-powerful Kin. Only Hunters have the power to fight back in the unending war, using the same magic that ended civilization in the first place.

But they are losing.

Tenn is a Hunter, resigned to fight even though hope is nearly lost. When he is singled out by a seductive Kin named Tom‡s and the enigmatic Hunter Jarrett, Tenn realizes he’s become a pawn in a bigger game. One that could turn the tides of war. But if his mutinous magic and wayward heart get in the way, his power might not be used in favor of mankind.

If Tenn fails to play his part, it could cost him his friends, his life…and the entire world.

Title: Zercy
Series: The Nira Chronicles, 2
Author: Kora Knight
Length: 672 pages

Genre: Erotic Romance / Sci-Fi / 


Blurb: Emergency landing. Uncharted planet. Erotic captivity of epic proportions. Right when Captain Alec Hamlin thinks it can’t get any crazier, his team is sold to their captors’ mighty sovereign. King Zercy of the Kríe. Ruler of the planet’s most formidable species. Man, is he imposing. So regal and larger than life. And way too savagely handsome for Alec’s liking. From the first moment he laid eyes on him, he knew the Kríe was trouble, knew he needed to steer clear of him at all costs. But when Zercy chooses Alec to be his personal pet, all plans to dodge the male fall by the wayside. Alec is forced to spend each evening in the alluring king’s company, each night bound to the seductive king’s bed. Wholly at his mercy. Utterly defenseless, in his own mind and most especially his restless body. His struggle is real. Because the more Alec gets to know Zercy, the more he realizes two things. The Kríe king is damaged—unstable, not right, making him unpredictable and highly dangerous. But he is also innately kind beneath the raging storm that torments him. Kind and genuine, with a sad but beautiful soul. Something Alec fights with all he is, not to acknowledge. He can’t fall for Zercy. Zercy is the enemy. The captor of both Alec and his team. Which means Alec needs to get them out of there, before it’s too late. Before emotions overthrow logic and take control of the wheel. If only his body didn’t crave Zercy so fiercely, and his heart didn’t want him just as badly. 

With Search and Rescue due any day, and Alec’s team getting antsy, Alec is forced to make a decision. He can’t have it both ways. Is he the captain of his men, bound to obligation, or is he a man in love with a Kríe? 

Warning: Contains explicitly scorching gay sex with exotic and shamelessly kinky males of otherworldly descent.

Title: Swarm
Author: Raven de Hart
Length: 172 pages
Publisher:  Loose Id LLC (December 11, 2017)

Genre: Romance / Dystopia / Gay / Paranormal /


Blurb: Zayne's life is hell. Cursed with the Swarm, a murderous, sociopathic spirit, he lives under constant abuse and threats. Even in his sleep, the Swarm stings away at the edges of his soul. Now he's crossed the ocean for a new life, a chance to disappear in the endless streets of Sorngard. But can he hold out against the demands of the Swarm, or will a new city and new, fresh victims be too much?

Isaiah's always hungered for peace. His spirit told him as much as a child. But with his parents dead and Sorngard in the throes of a years-long civil war, someone had to step up. All Isaiah wants now is an end to this conflict and harmony back in his city. When word of the Swarm comes to him, he sees the end available. All he needs to do is convince the Swarm to fight. Can Isaiah see past the weapon and the reputation and find the man, or will he too be caught up in the Swarm?

Title: Minotaur's Secret
Series: (Claiming the Crown Series Book 1)
Author: Shiloh Saddler
Length: 50 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (September 8, 2017)

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay / 


Blurb: Theseus travels to Crete to stab the Minotaur's heart only to have the half-bull shifter lay claim to his heart instead.

After King Minos' death, Theseus travels to Crete to slay the Minotaur and end the Athenian tribute to the monster. His plans are cut short when he meets Asterion and finds out that he is not the monster everyone claims the Minotaur to be but a wronged, demi-god bull shifter.

Asterion was cursed by Poseidon because of his parents' offenses. Trapped in the labyrinth when he was sixteen by his step-father, he's waited three years for his freedom. When Theseus enters the maze, he sees his chance for a normal life.

But can a demi-god live a normal life with the Athenian prince?

Title: Velvet Claw
Author: LJ Hamlin
Length: 160 pages
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / 


Blurb: Evan Kidd journeys to a small town to solve the mystery of what's making children sick—but only cat people are allowed in the town without permission, and Evan's permission is granted on the condition he be constantly escorted by a guard.

Rene is assigned to be Evan's guard, and he doesn't like humans, and he especially doesn't like doctors. But Rene is also lonely, and despite his best efforts, hating Evan is not as easy he'd assumed it would be.

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

#PactDays : GyrFalconi #ValespianPact

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

From both Alpha Trine and Striker, Axis de la Rynch is the navigator of the Oethra 7. Chosen is the book after Bespoken and will be about Axis and the Chimera triplets. (no, the triplets don't have sex with each other) I'm looking forward to writing Chosen. Adventure, suspense, and love. :)  

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: GyrFalconi
Planet: Aries 7
Other races on the planet:
Planetary Terrain: Rocky, Mountainous
Capitol: Skyfall (can only be reached by flying)
Patron Ryo Pardeep:

Description: Average height between 5'5" – 7' (feet) (Axis is 2.3 meters)

Bi-ped, humanoid, brightly feathered plumage instead of hair, Eye color: black ringed with yellow, brown, or green – great eye sight, especially for long distances.

Skin: brown. Four-toed feet – 3 at front, one rear. Most will go barefoot planetside. For those who go offworld have specially made boots that give them the flexibility they are used to. Both hands and feet have strong sharp nails. Nose covered with a hard, wide bony plate that makes them appear almost flat-faced. Immune to psi-attacks, sensing & probes.

Naturally sense, on a galactic scale, where they know where they are at all times in relation to their home planet. Fiercely independent with the exception of the Nesting Males.

Three sexual identities: breeding females, breeding males, and nesting males. Females who don't want to breed hold office or leave the planet. The nesting males bond with a breeding female and will keep the nest/home, raising the hatchlings from their bonded female. Breeding males are only interested in breeding. When they grow old, they will join non-breeding females in government or become spirit trackers.

Nesting males are never breeding males. They don't have the drive to procreate. They have no desire for sex and don't care that the female's egg is fertilized by another. They often help the female choose her breeding partner. The nesting male makes and keeps the nest. They are paired with a female by their parents. The female and nester will form a bond while young, growing up together. Then they build a nest/home together. When the female is ready to lay her egg. She will line up with the male and pass the egg from her cloaca to the nester's cloaca. He will hold the egg within his body where it will incubate until it is ready to hatch, at which point he will lay the egg. Once the chick hatches, the hatchling is his responsibility. The female provides for the nest but doesn't contribute to the rearing of the chicks. The chicks are very close to their nesting parent, and that closeness never dims.

When the nester matures and is able to successfully hold an egg in his cloaca, he molts all of his feathers. The new ones that grow in are brilliant and colorful like a peacock's. Of the three, the nesters are stunning, the most beautiful. Nesters will stay in their parent's nest the longest because they take longer to mature.

Culture and Faith: Old breeding males who don't go into government will become spirit trackers, finding lost souls. The cultural leaders are philosophers and physical adepts. If a person dies off world their spirit will return and the "Ovaload" (Divine Egg) will be reborn in another body. If the spirit is lost or trapped, a spirit tracker is dispensed to find the lost. Speaking to the spirits before they enter the Ovaload is considered normal, and much information about the universe is garnered. If a GyrFalconi is murdered, the spirit notifies its kinfolk so the death will be avenged.

GyrFalconi believe that if they die anywhere in the universe their sprite will return to Aries 7. Spirit Trackers can find lost souls to ensure this happens.

Society: to get anywhere, GyrFalconi have to fly. Their cities and population centers are on locations that are high and cannot be reached on foot.

Deep hatred of humans– considering them weak minded, destructive & inferior. When asked they say humans have little regard for themselves and of their environment, things the GyrFalconi treat with profound respect.

History leading up to the invasion of Aries 7 and the Twenty Year War:

Year 160-170 – Terren markets slump, dangerously so. The companies force their people into labor camps to fill the positions abandoned by the escaped A.I. (Feteine). There are grumblings of unrest that the companies put down ruthlessly. People are dependent on the government for food, healthcare, and housing. Two of those fall through (healthcare and food) and many starve to death. There isn't enough labor or resources to provide more than meager baseline healthcare to the richest.

The 4 companies search for a solution to their money problems after subduing the riots and uprising. The people are forced to work in the mines, fields, and other jobs that were handled by the robots. One of the last surveys done by the Feteine for the Terrens was of Aries 7 which showed a wealth of M'Cathaian Crystals that were in high demand in the Andromeda Galaxy. They attack the world intent on claiming the crystals.

Year 171 – 174 – (3 years) They take over Aries 7 and force the GyrFalconi to work the mines. The Terrens attempt to keep their actions quiet. Word finally reaches the GP and they send ambassadors to the 4 companies, requesting the humans leave the planet immediately. The Terren leaders refuse and kill the ambassadors on live TV.

Year 175 – 200 – the 20 year war happens. The Terrens end up surrendering and calling for a truce.

Year 200 – 200 – Axis was captured in De-winged six months before the end of the war. He was 20 years old at the time.

After the invasion had a foothold on the planet, the GyrFalconi nabbed by the Terrens had their wings clipped so they couldn't escape. Later, the Terrens surgically removed the wings so they could be put to work into the mines. But the captives didn't last long in the mines, dying because they weren't meant to be underground. With their wings gone, they despaired of returning to the skies. When Galactic Patrol freed them from Terren suppression, those who survived were shunned, not allowed in the sky cities. Since so many were displaced, the Galactic Patrol helped to build modern cities on the ground, making sure the compensation the GyrFalconi received went to those affected the most by the invasion. Schools were set up and many who graduated joined Galactic Patrol as starship navigators and pilots just so they could fly again.

What were the Terrens wanting from Aries 7? M'Cathaian Crystals that are used by Psionic and Ritual Weavers alike.

Complications due to human experiments: underdeveloped wings to those forced to procreate in captivity. No one is sure what the humans did to the eggs to cause the hatchlings to be born as such. With the new rift in GyrFalconi society, the winged and the wingless, the winged eventually rejected these hatchlings when they realized they couldn't be made whole. The wingless took in these orphans.

Common Occupation: navigator, spirit speaker, spirit tracker, pilots,

Government Systems: Matriarchal - Empress

Current Leader:

Council of Neighn of Member: Deked Cul

Allies: Gaziniti, Ice Trans, Asani, Battion, L'Eema, Wolfine, Mar'Sani, Kracciam, Ryden, Shia'Marr, Conti'Quan,

Before the Terren Occupation and the Twenty Year War, The GyrFalconi were not spacefaring and so didn't feel the need to cultivate alliances, content in their isolation. Afterwards, those who sent the GyrFalconi aid they forged alliances with.

Star System: Cymopoleia Star System

Other planets occupied by species:

Military Leader:

Cultural names and terms specific to species:

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Assassin's Retirement: Scion of Beowulf Chapter 7, Part 1 #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 Seven – Stolen Answers

The trek back to where he'd left Prince didn't take long. Prince wasn't there, but the three dead creatures still lay where they had fallen in the middle of the road. If anything, they smelled worse than before. He wasn't sure if the neighbors would call the sheriff and report the shots fired. Even if no one came to investigate, a neighbor coming down the road would stumble upon the three bodies. Zane could only imagine the chaos and fear that would ensue. So he pulled the carcasses to the ditch for the time being and did he best to cover the huge blood stain where Prince obviously lopped the head off one. Fucking swords.

Did Prince return to the house or was he stumbling around in the woods? Conceding he wouldn't know until he went back himself, Zane made his way through the trees. The back-patio light was still on, making it easy for him to find his way. As he stepped out of the trees, he could see all the members of Crimson Comet in the dining room. Prince stood among them reading from a slip of paper. Had the shooter left something behind?

When he opened the door a wall of heat washed over him, making him shiver. All six men startled. "Zane!" Several exclaimed at once and while he greeted them, he was aware Prince pocketed the note.

"Are you injured?" Cord took one of his chilled hands between his, Midnight the other. They rubbed vigorously, amusing Zane with their care and worry.

He couldn't remember the last time when someone met him at the door, concerned for his welfare. Xander brought over a cup of coffee and reluctantly he pulled his hands from Cord and Midnight to take the mug.

"No injuries," he finally answered. "Just cold, as you can tell."

He glanced at the guys over the rim as he took a couple of long swallows. He waited from someone to broach the subject of what had just happened. This wasn't as innocuous as an elk charging through the yard to battle lawn furniture.

Everyone but Prince avoided his gaze. So, it was Prince who he spoke to. "Why am I here? Really?"

"You're here because Cord thinks you can help us and—" Prince glanced at Cord who hadn't moved away from Zane. "He has a crush on you."

Zane disregarded the comment about a crush. It was unimportant. "What kind of help would you need from a song writer?"

Prince smirked. "Come now, we all know that you are more than what you appear to be."

Zane involuntarily stiffened before forcing himself to relax. He frowned, not liking the implications these men knew of his past one bit. Plus, he had the niggling feeling that Prince's disturbing answer was meant to shake Zane up. Why wouldn't he answer the question? What were they hiding? He'd been drawn here for a purpose. Was the shooter just a test? His instincts told him no. These men were in trouble of some kind.

He glanced at Cord to see both hope and guilt in his eyes. Midnight's expression was wary though Midnight still had a hand on Zane's waist. Xander smiled as if Prince hadn't said they knew Zane was an assas—retire assassin. Anson was tucked against Raine's side, looking expectant but Raine's expression said it all. He disagreed with everyone else and didn't trust Zane. His goading sneer demanded Zane either proved him wrong or to leave. Zane couldn't come up with a reason why he should prove Raine wrong. He didn't know these men or their true intentions. He'd been invited here under false pretenses. Someone attempted to kill Midnight. He'd shot creatures he'd never seen before. And when asked outright what they wanted from him, the answer was basically an assassin. The only people who searched out guns for hire were criminals who had something to hide from the authorities.

"I'm afraid you came all this way for nothing." He set the cup of coffee on the table. "I'm not who you think. I appreciate the food and hospitality. Have a good evening." Without another word, he headed to the front room, barely remembering to grab his jacket from the coat rack.

The door shut loudly behind him. In moments, he was in the Wagon and driving down the short drive to the dirt road. Instead of heading to the interstate though, he turned toward the lake. Not too far down the road, he approached the blood-stained snow he hadn't been able to hide. Stopping next to where the corpses lay in the shallow ditch, Zane turned off his vehicle and rounded the side to let down the tailgate.

A heavy tarp was folded and stashed under the toolbox. Just like the old days, Zane heaved the now stiff corpses into the truck bed and covered them with the tarp, making sure it was weighed down. The last thing he needed was for the heavy fabric to fly off as he passed a police officer while he drove home. He didn't need anyone looking in his truck bed. The creatures weren't human, so he wouldn't have to explain that sort of problem, but they were weird enough to garner a lot of unwanted attention. Circus, it would become a goddamn circus.

Before he left, he traipsed back through the forest to the back of the house. He examined the ground and trees until he discovered what he was looking for. A tree trunk where the bark had been torn up, and about eight feet off the ground, a tree stand.

Reaching up, he grabbed the back edge and carefully pulled himself up to the stand. There wasn't much room to maneuver but once he sat, he was looking through a scant few boughs at the back of the rental home. All the lights were blazing and even with the patio lights on, anyone on the outside could see everything that went on in the kitchen, dining room, and part of the living room that led to the front door. There were no drapes or blinds pulled shut.

"Fucking idiots deserved to be shot at," Zane murmured to himself.

Table of Contents

Chapter One - Retirement
Chapter Two - Normal is not supposed to be this hard
Chapter Three - Caught
Chapter Four - Crimson Comet
Chapter Five - Mountain Magic
Chapter Six, Part 1 - Harbinger of a Nightmare
Chapter Six, Part 2 - 
Chapter Seven, Part 1 - Stolen Answers

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Thursday, January 11, 2018

#PactDays : Giantes #ValespianPact

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

The info on the Giante is restricted because they pay a part in the next several Valespian Pact books.

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: Giante
Planet: Anatolia
Other races on the planet:
Planetary Terrain:
Capitol: Lycia
Country: Mycenea (Mycenaean people)
Patron Ryo Pardeep
Description: the minimum adult height is three meters. Most Giantes are around four meter tall. Dark brown skin. Single eye that sees not only substance but the energies of the aether.

Strong, quicker than they appear, stubborn, brute strength, and powerful. Formidable foes.

Master craftsmen of unusual weapons. If someone attempts to reverse engineer the devices without the master key, the device will self-destruct.

The fabled lion's gate are massive carved lions three time taller than the Giantes and so intricately carved the statues seem lifelike.

Giantes do not tolerate those who brought shame upon their families and people. They are disowned by the family and stripped of land and titles. If Giantes came upon such a person in space, they would abuse the individual.

Valuable items forged: Classically...
Silver Siege Rhyton – used for transportation of libation for sacred rites and rituals. Conical shaped and formed in the shape of an animal's head with an opening at the bottom.

Mask of Agamemnon – funeral mask made of gold
Cup of Nestor – golden missing cup belonging to the King of Pylos.

Research Notes: From the hill the palace sits on, one can see across Argolid to the Saronic Gulf. The military stronghold dominated South Greece. Neighbor of the kingdom of Morea.

Burial in pits or cist graves and stelea surmounted the mounds.

Common Occupation: metal workers, weapons engineers, stone masons

Government Systems: Monarchy

Current Leader: King Eurymedon the Great Hearted (has explosive anger)

Council of Neighn of Member: Polyphemus Belliand

Allies: Fal'Amoric, Minotauri, Gaziniti, L'Eema, Chi-Lin, Chtichlian, Keygan, Daimoni, Kracciam, Mar'Sani, Shia'Marr, Syrryn

Star System: Aquarii Star System

Other planets occupied by species:

Military Leader: Periboea the White

Mukene Lions – Elite Warriors
Mukene is plural of Mukanai
Uniform: skintight black uniform, royal blue breastplate with a stylized lion in gold

Cultural names and terms specific to species:
Amadore – means "gift of love"
Battle Cry – "Meet Mukene Mercy!"
When overcoming an enemy – "Death to your family line!"
Common saying, "Our word is out bond, stronger than any metal forged."

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Blog Tour: Bleeding Like Me by Riley Parks #giveaway

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Welcome Riley Parks to the blog for their new release, Bleeding Like Me! We have an exclusive excerpt and make sure you scroll down to enter the giveaway!

Title: Bleeding Like Me
Author: Riley Parks
Release Date: November 21st 2017
Genre: MM Contemporary Dark Romance
Published by: Boroughs Publishing



Being gay in their neighborhood is perilous. Being gay in a street gang is unheard of. Being gay and in love with a man in a rival gang is a death wish. Through drug addiction, brutality, and seemingly endless peril, they remain; finding stability within each other that shouldn’t exist in their volatile world.


He didn't paint people; the curves of their bodies and angles of their faces never interested him as much as cityscapes. The circumstances of his life had compelled him to create new worlds that he could get lost in rather than reflect the features of the people he ran from. He constructed buildings from their foundations, making them taller and stronger than he was. He adorned the edifices with countless windows, always left open or cracked so hope could pour in and fears could seep out. Tree lined streets reminded him how to breathe, pumping oxygen through the atmosphere, off the canvas, and into his lungs.

He didn't paint people until the day he no longer desired the anonymity of his cities. The streets didn't feel like his escape anymore, not like him. Cerulean skies gave way to pale blue eyes and bus routes to pink pouts. Evan didn't paint people until he painted Jackson.

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Two weeks ago, he never would have imagined that he’d be making out with some dude on the couch in the living room that he once shared with Tamara. He’d lived a dangerous life for most of his twenty-three years, but had never felt so alive as when he was in Evan’s arms.

“Think of me,” Evan whispered, pulling back far enough so Jack could look in his eyes. “I want you to.” Evan searched Jackson’s face, clearly looking for a positive response. It was crazy how different Evan looked when he was this close; the freckles brushed across his skin, making him appear innocent and pliant, when Jackson knew he was anything but.

“Good,” was the only reply he could muster, wanting to say a million more things but not allowing himself to go there, realizing that as treacherous as an aloof Evan was, an earnest Evan was far more perilous. The more the redhead softened, the quicker Jack felt himself falling, and he knew the end result could be catastrophic.

Still, the way that Evan was holding Jackson’s hands, as if he would float away, proved that he wasn’t the only one with his head stuck firmly in the clouds. Evan was a dream that could easily become a nightmare, and as vigilant as he wanted to remain, Jackson wasn’t afraid to close his eyes.

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Riley has always loved to write, believing that life has the possibility to be its most beautiful when it’s portrayed on the pages of a book. Feeling the need to create and liberate in the midst of the political landscape, Riley writes novels that focus on LGBTQ protagonists, wanting to honor a community that deserves better representation depicting lives, loves and triumphs in all facets of fiction.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Assassin's Retirement: Scion of Beowulf Chapter 6, Part 2 #blogstory

Welcome back to Assassin's Retirement!

Copyright Lexi Ander

The ring of metal hitting metal sounded just before Zane broke into a clearing. He slid to a stop in the snow. Prince stood in the middle of a dirt road, swinging his sword at a figure who used their rifle to block each attack. The moonlight was strong here, making it easier for him to discern a figure covered from head to foot in snow camouflage. For all Zane knew, the shooter could be a resident of McCall who Zane saw on a regular basis. He didn't train his gun at Prince's opponent. He wouldn't get a clear shot with Prince in the way. Instead he concentrated on the three creatures that were now crouched low to the ground as they slowly stalked up behind Prince. The spines along the center of their back quivered, giving away their excitement.

Zane moved to the side, attempting to get into a position where Prince wasn't in his line of sight. As he sidestepped, their twisted backs evolved into a pair of leathery wings and they took to the air. Zane slipped and fell on his ass. He couldn't take his eyes from the creatures. "What the fuck is going on here?"

With steely resolve he raised his gun. The creatures circled over Prince as if searching for a weakness or an opening to attack. He shot first one then a second of the flying things. The third creature dropped to the ground so suddenly Zane wondered if it had been clipped. No such luck. It landed on clawed paws, burning red eyes turned on Zane. He scrambled to his feet, his jeans now wet from the snow.

Still, his heartrate didn't rise as he stared down the foul-smelling creature. He blinked. Surely the creature's eyes weren't glowing red. Nothing living had eyes that color, but no matter how many times he opened and closed his eyes, what he saw didn't change. The creature snarled, bringing Zane's attention to the insanely long fangs. The spines on its back rattled as they moved around, the ones nearest it shoulders inexplicably pointing in his direction. Zane fired his gun, shocked when he missed. The creature had somehow side stepped, the bullet bypassing it completely.

"Zane! Run!" Prince called, still struggling with the shooter.

An expression passed over the creature's expression that gave Zane the impression it understood what Prince had said. There was relish and naked anticipation reflected there, as if the creature loved to chase things. If he ran, he would die. Instead of heading away from the nightmare on four legs, Zane strode toward it, his arm raised, gun trained not on the face but body. The creature's tongue lolled out the side of its mouth as if laughing at Zane. With each of Zane's steps forward, it retreated.

"No, Zane!" Prince kicked the shooter in the chest and the person flew backwards at least ten feet before they hit the ground and slid into the trunk of a tree.

Annoyed that Prince thought he needed saving, Zane barely kept from snapping his teeth at the man. Incredulously, the creature treated Prince as if he was more of a threat than Zane, which Zane found deeply insulting. It turned and gave all its attention to Prince, completely ignoring Zane. Prince gave a battle cry before rushing to clash with the creature. Zane didn't move to help Prince. Only an idiot would try to help as Prince swung that long ass sword.

From the corner of his eye, he caught movement. The shooter was slipping into the trees. With a new quarry identified, Zane gave chase, ignoring Prince's cursing. Under the boughs of the forest, the heavy breathing and clomping footsteps of the gunman were loud, covering any noise that Zane made. The person moved as if they could see perfectly in the low light. He suspected the they had on night vision goggles or something similar. Zane followed, attempting to step exactly where the shooter did and was mostly successful, but frustratingly, he slowly fell behind. The person was fast, much faster than he had a right to be considering the unfamiliar and shadowed terrain.

When Zane broke through the cover of trees at the point where he had lost sight of the gunman. He found himself about twenty paces from the edge of the lake. For five feet or so, bedraggled tufts of snow covered grass were separated by rounded stones and gravel that went all the way to the shore. Unmistakable footprints marred the blanket of snow that covered the pebbled ground, leading unerringly to the water's edge. The ice along the shoreline extended out over the shallows. There it was broken into an obvious path leading deeper waters.

Zane searched the ground for other footprints or sign. No one could survive the water in winter. Unless the shooter had a wet suit and gear they needed to survive the ice-cold depths. The new snow wasn't disturbed in any other direction. Did the gunman have time to back track to follow the edge of the tree line? If he did, then could have reentered the forest to throw Zane off. With how heavy the shadows were in the area, he couldn't tell but he bet that was what the shooter had done. No sane person would take to the water.

Reluctantly conceding he had lost the shooter, Zane re-holstered his gun and walked to the edge of the lake. The moonlight glinted off the water like jewels, the wind biting. He searched the surface for a bobbing head or some sign that someone was attempting to swim to the opposite shore. Like he thought, there was nothing.

The skin between Zane's shoulder blades tingled. Just as when he'd first arrived, Zane sensed watchful eyes on him. He didn't detect malevolence or felt he was in immediate danger. They were simply watching as if waiting for him to do something. Was it the shooter laughing at how easily they had lost Zane? Or something else entirely?

Table of Contents

Chapter One - Retirement
Chapter Two - Normal is not supposed to be this hard
Chapter Three - Caught
Chapter Four - Crimson Comet
Chapter Five - Mountain Magic
Chapter Six, Part 1 - Harbinger of a Nightmare
Chapter Six, Part 2

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

On The Move... Oh, look! Constant is done! #ValespianPact

I don't have a reading radar for today. I tried to get a post scheduled before I started my vacation but I was working hard on getting Constant (The Valespian Pact, 3) finished. I wanted to have a book completed in 2017 and Constant was so close. I  finished Constant on New Years Eves with 5 hours to spare before midnight. Whoot! And then I started my two week vacation. Though I feel slightly guilty for taking time off, I need it. It's important that I take time for myself throughout the year or I burn out and it takes forever to get that spark back.

So, I started my vacation this past week--which in Lexi speak means I begin working on relocating my office. I have work space in the loft. It has one window facing the west and needs a lot of artificial light.

I faced a corner and as I've "grown", so to speak, I've run out of room and I'm just... the clutter makes me anxious. This year, struggling with depression, I couldn't make myself use the space. I moved down to the dining room table and have been there for most of 2017. The sliding glass door faces the east, so I had natural light and a great view of the back yard and a small copse of trees. My project materials came with me. I've taken up the whole table as well as a couple of spare chairs to hold my books and such since there isn't a spare shelf. It had gotten out of hand so I decided that I would move to the spare bedroom over the dining room that had a window with the same view. It was being utilized as my craft's room. 

All this week has been "labor intensive" as my husband put it. You would think that swapping the spaces would be easy, but yesterday was day 4 and we were about half way through. 

My husband crafted my desk to begin with. Giants could tap dance on it and it wouldn't break. But we are going from a corner desk to a desk with 8 feet of a straight top. Today's project is the installation of that top, which then will allow me to go into the final stage of the move and that is moving the office equipment in as well as shelving all the books. Again, that sounds easier than it really is because I have a ton of books.

Believe it or not, this is only a small portion of the books that need to be relocated. There are boxes in the master bedroom and stacks of books in the 3rd bedroom. The really fun part, at least for me, is sorting through the books and shelving them. I have always said that I had to have been a librarian in a past life because of how much I enjoy doing something like that. It's so calming.

So that is the news! After my vacation is over, I'll jump back into Constant, get it polished for submission. I did get the Tuesday blog story (Assassin's Retirement) and Thursday's Pact Days scheduled so you won't have to wait for those. Y'all have a great weekend!

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Thursday, January 4, 2018

#PactDays - Gaziniti #ValespainPact

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

In Alpha Trine you were introduced to two. The pilot of the Oethra 7, Gaex Seneca, and the medic, Mayra Seneca. They are a brother and sister who spend some time on the planet Catalan. Gaex is married to the Catalani assassin, Amlyn.

A couple of side notes: For a list of species that have been posted so far, see the The People of Valespia pageI'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: Gaziniti
Planet: Gazin
Other races on the planet:
Planetary Terrain: Swamp, Jungle
Capitol: Oris

Patron Ryo Pardeep:

Description: iron blood, average height between 2' to 4'. Feline in appearance but more closely related to primates. Both hands and feet are three fingered with opposable thumb. Covered in short fur that grows longer around the fringe of their head like a lion's mane. Large eyes with slit irises. Large pointed ears. Naturally nocturnal.

Peaceful, pacifists (evolved genetic trait, not voluntary), herbivores. Does eat some insects, or small mammals and birds when necessary.

Developed the exemplary planetary shields and personal force fields that makes them invulnerable to most attacks.

They live in a high-tech society. Their shielding is superior to other races with the exception of the Giantes.

One of the founding members of the Free Trade Organization.

They are much sought after for their highly advance medical skills and technology. The technology is traded with caution, only choosing those who sign contracts that prohibit the resale of the equipment. If they find the society has used the equipment for nefarious means or turned them into weapons, they take everything back along with any modified equipment and records. (They hire the Mercenaries Guild to have their property returned. And they will find and return every scrap.)

Their starships are built for speed and maneuverability since they flee hostile encounters.

The Gaziniti for family groups that usually stay together no matter where they go. They have as many or as few partners they want and cherish children. There is a secret group that searches for orphans and then will coax them to come live on Oris. Though they have evolved to be pacifist, they first chose to be and pass on these lessons to the young brought into their midst. They teach them how to deal with and respond to strong emotions, helping them to find an inner peace. If there are young that don't take well to the teachings, they are still loved and accepted as they are. There are rules that have to be followed for everyone's safety, but they don't turn anyone away.

Common Occupation: medical specialist, engineers, pilots

Government Systems: Council-Senate

Current Leader:

Council of Neighn of Member: Jayaraman

Allies: Asani, Battion, Catalani, Chi-Lin, Chtichlian, Conti'Quan, Dar Massaga, Daimoni, Keygan, Fal'Amoric, Giante, GyrFalconi, Ice Trans, Kracciam, L'Eema, Mar'Sani, Minotauri, Orion, Qrxzl, Reasaian, Ryden, Gaziniti, Syrryn, Ursid, Valuzial, Wolfine

Refuses to trade with the Terrens. They are in negotiations with the Erdaians and will trade with them on a case by case basis situations.

They are in negotiations with the Feteine, Quell, and Dire D'Noss

They only deal with the T'Sali through the trade organization. They are always looking for a reason to boot the T'Sali from the organization and barred from trading in the Andromeda Galaxy.

Star System: Ara Librae System

Other planets occupied by species: See Catalan

Military Leader: Defense specialist and relies on Galactic Partol

Cultural names and terms specific to species:

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