Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sneak Peek Part One: Lucky Charm

Started back on Lucky Charm this week. Because I didn't finish it in February, I'm behind on my writing schedule (by a lot). To remind myself where I am, I'm transcribing what I've written so far. It's going much better than I thought it would.

I talked a little bit about Lucky Charm last year. Just a mention of a project that I was working on with a group of authors. We're sharing a science fiction world based around the belief that humans are lucky to aliens. The series name of the collaboration is Have Human Will Travel. Our stories are due in June of this year. I hate working on a deadline so I'm working on the story now.

I don't have a blurb to go along with this. The direction of the story has changed a couple of times so I won't attempt one until after I've completed the story. I've decided to post what I have on Chapter One over two days, since it's so long. It hasn't been edited so please excuse the issues. I also thought it would be cool to put up the part of the Lucky Charm playlist that corresponds with the chapter. Enjoy!

Lucky Charm
Copyright © 2017 Lexi Ander

Chapter One

The Jurgal planet of Estheon one year ago.

In all his years, Navinder Japo had never felt such overwhelming pain. As one of his people's saint-soldiers, he was no stranger to physical suffering, but this agony covered his entire body, every nerve screaming and obliterating his ability to think clearly. Pinned to his chair like he was, all he could do was feel. He fought the need to open his mouth and release the wail building at the back of his throat. If he freed the scream he might not be able to stop or the action would alleviate some of the pain threatening to drag him into the dark. A small voice warned he wouldn't be coming back if he allowed the black to claim him.

With great effort he worked to control his ragged breathing, gradually pushing back the angry static that kept him from thinking about anything but the pain. He was so very tired, but he was a master Khalsayla, the chosen of the Golden Temple, he reminded himself. A whole planet depended on him to keep them safe.

He swiped at his face to better clear his sight, moving aside a heavy wet garment. The dangling overhead light burned his eyes and he snapped them closed again. Knowing not to look straight up again, Navinder peeked at his surroundings, this time casting around to get a picture of where he was. Flight chairs and instrument panels lay jumbled about the compartment.

Carefully, he internally took inventory of his body. The cockpit's control panel pinned him at the waist below his diaphragm. He couldn't sense his limbs below that point. He pushed down the silent panic that arose when he briefly considered why. Thankfully, he could move his arms but they felt weighted down by lead weights.

He and his podmates recently became the chosen of the people. They had toured the globe after winning the tourney. People gathered in large crowds to greet them at every stop, craning their necks to look upon those awarded the honor the quest for the Seed of Life. Then they toured the two moons, meeting with and listening to the people, sharing langar with them before they returned to the capital on Estheon. They were supposed to study with Guru Saga for one year before they began their journey. But something happened to the shuttle midflight. Navinder wasn't sure what.

Before he thought about the consequences, Navinder stupidly pushed at the console holding him down. Bellowing in pain, he blinked at the black spots filling his vision. He had no choice but to wait. He would need help to get out. Where were his pod mates? He remembered the violent shaking that had woken from sleep. He had been slumbering with his family and had to crawl out from underneath Mahi, Atam, and Mond. When he had stumbled onto the bridge the Captain yelled at him to sit down and strap in. He'd barely snapped the buckle when the warning sirens screeched. Thinking about his pod mates not in their safety seats had his heart hammering with barely contained fear. He'd thought to return to their quarters to wake them but the pilot cursed, the shuttle lurched, and the ceramic cup the copilot had been drinking from flew across the space and smacked Navinder in the temple.

Dazed, he didn't recall much after that. The pilot sent out a mayday. People screamed. The loud screech of metal had deafened him, followed by a bone-jarring hit that Navinder thought was the landing. Unconsciousness had swallowed him and he did not know how long he'd been out. Now he smelled the pungent odor of the coolant leak and heard the steady drip of fluid. He prayed to the Immortal One it wasn't anything that would catch the shuttle on fire.

He rubbed his face again belatedly realizing the purple skin of his fingers was covered in his blood. He was not surprised to feel the raised ridges along his forehead and brow. His race, the Jugals, had a physical manifestation when experiencing high emotions such as lust, stress, or anger. The smooth plains of their faces developed ridges that pushed the skin up, giving them a fierce countenance. As a saint-soldier, this bodily reaction was one of the first things about himself that he learned to control at will. He would be ashamed later over his loss of control. At the moment, he needed to get to his podmates and ensure that they were well. They had to be. He could not live without them. But first he needed to free himself from the panel. The sound of distant voices gave him hope. Had the pilots escaped, bringing back help?

Heartened by the sounds, Navinder listened hard for the voices of his lovers and only heard that of strangers. Why weren't Mani or Atam calling for him. Where was sweet, tender-hearted Mond? If they weren’t causing a ruckus, then they had to be severely injured. Navinder squeezed his eyes shut, trying to beat back another wave of panic. He needed his pod like he needed to breathe. They'd grown up together among the hundreds raised in their clutch, bonded together as first friends, then later as lovers, family. Winning the tourney, being award the honor as seed bearers for the Sacred Tree had been tempered by their loss of their podmate, Saga. He'd been chosen to be Guru Granneth Saeb, becoming the spiritual leader of all Jurgals. Giving up Saga meant Saga would make all Jurgals his pod. Navinder didn't think he could bear losing another podmate. Jurgals need their pods, and to be without one doomed the solitary to die a slow agonizing death. A thought suddenly came to Navinder. Perhaps the static that seemed to go hand in hand with his physical pain was caused by metaphysical damage to the bond to his pod.

"Mahi!" Navinder called weakly, unable to go another moment without hearing their voices. "Atam! Mond! Answer me!" He choked when he attempted to call out louder, his lungs straining to draw in more air.

The only sound answering him were the renewed shouts or rescue workers making their way to him. He craned his head toward the corridor leading back to their temporary quarters. Wall panels were wedged into the opening, bright light slicing through the gaps. He closed his eyes against the wave of dizziness and swallowed against the accompanying nausea. A warm breeze brushed his skin. How had he not known the hull had been breached? Or had he passed out and that was the hole the rescuers had cut to retrieve him?

Navinder drifted, listening for the voices of his loved ones.

"Navinder?" Warm hands cupped his cheeks and he dragged his heavy eyelids open, startled to see Saga bending over him. When he went to ask how Saga came to be there, his former podmate shushed him. "Don't speak. Save your energy."

He drank in the sight of his beautiful Saga. It had only been a few months since his pod had lost Saga during The Choosing but the pod had keenly felt Saga's absence.

Saga's amaranthine skin was covered in dirt, dark streaks smudged his forehead as if he kept rubbing there. The thick follicles of his red hair had been released from the Khalsahla bindings to be swept up into the wide jeweled band atop his head, proclaiming to all he was a holy man. Instead of laughing blue eyes, Saga's gaze only held worry and fear. Navinder wasn't the only one who'd lost control over his ridges. Saga's prominently expressed his stress even as he murmured softly to Navinder.

"You need to lie still. We have to initiate a stasis field as soon as the panel is lifted. At the moment, it is the only thing keep you from bleeding out." Saga clasped Navinder's hand, his palm so warm against Navinder's cold one. "I'm not going to lie, it will hurt, but I need you to stay conscious. Concentrate on me." Males worked around Saga as he spoke, clearing a wider path to the hull breach. Though Navinder wanted to believe all would turn out right, that Saga would take care of everything, there was a small part of him that whispered he'd been stuck in the wreckage for far too long if Saga was by his side.

"No, Navinder." He glanced back to Saga, surprised at the silver tears that glistened in Saga's gaze. "Keep your attention on me." He nodded, squeezing Saga's hand weakly.

Saga called something over his shoulder and a team of medical personnel swarmed in. Navinder didn't attempt to follow the conversation, only held Saga's gaze. They didn't demand that Saga move but worked around him as if he weren't in the way. Navinder gave a small grin. Just because he'd sorely missed Saga didn't mean he hadn't been proud Saga had been chosen to become guru. Seeing the respect the people now gave him, only caused Navinder's heart to swell more.

Too caught up in his thoughts, Navinder didn't register something pressed into his jugular until he was hit by the sharp discomfort. Almost immediately, the pained he'd been fighting lessened, but as if on cue, the others lifted the panel and Navinder lost his breath with the immediate thunderous return of agony.

"Stay with me," Saga pleaded. Navinder was trying but the black spots returned. The med-tech placed a heavy metal disc on Navinder's chest and a current of energy zipped across his exposed skin as the containment field snapped into place. The barrier between Navinder and Saga shimmered, fluxing icy green to blue like faint stained glass Navinder could easily see through.

"Your hand is caught," Navinder observed.

Saga choked on a sob. "You aren't ridding yourself of me, mighty chosen."

"Didn't want you to go in the first place," Navinder rasped, alarmingly short of breath.

Tears spilled from Saga's eyes as he glanced down Navinder's body. From his expression, Navinder didn't need Saga to say what was left of Navinder wasn't good. Other than the sharp pain in his midsection when the panel was removed, Navinder felt nothing below the waist. A sick sort of curiosity nudged him and Navinder weakly raised his head to see the damage for himself.

Saga's grip on his hand tightened and he hissed vehemently at Navinder. "I said keep your eyes on me!" When Navinder returned his gaze to Saga, his crimson lips trembled though his eyes held a fierce almost maniacal light.

Navinder swallowed thickly, terribly thirsty but unable to quench it. "Promise me you will ensure Mahi, Atam, and Mond will… they will need you when I'm gone."

The planes of Saga's face hardened. The line of his ridges had been faint before, but now they thrust out in sharp relief, reminding all that before Saga became guru he'd been Khalsayla—a fierce and deadly saint-soldier. "Enough of this talk. I will not lose you, too." Saga snarled. "You will survive if I have to hold your light to your body myself. You have no other choice but to fight to live. You are Chosen, the strongest, the most unmovable force among Jugals. You will tap that core of strength and use it."

Navinder grinned wanly. How he'd missed his fiery, bossy podmate. Of all of them, he'd thought Mond, sweet gentle Mond, would've been appointed guru. Battle hardened Saga was the last person Navinder thought the Scared Tree would chose as the Jugal's spiritual guide.

"Stay with me." Saga's plea had a hard bite. Navinder blinked at the bright sunshine overhead, gladdened to be under open sky. When had they moved him from the wreckage?

Saga jogged next to the stretcher that carried Navinder, his hand still trapped by the stasis field. Navinder noticed the deepening red line in Saga's skin, small rivulets of blood running down the field. He was worried about the state of Saga's arm but relieved he had Saga's hand to hold when he glanced back to the shuttle… or what was left of it. Debris was scattered everywhere, the twisted shell of the cockpit the only section not pulverized and strewn across a field of orange flowers.

"Saga?" Navinder's voice warbled. "Where are our podmates? They were in the sleeping quarters." When he turned to look at Saga, panic welled at Saga's grim remorseful expression. "Are they—" Navinder didn't know if he could finish the question, or if he even wanted the answer.

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Release Blitz *Snapshots by Addison Albright* #giveaway

Welcome Addison Albright to the Loving Without Limits blog for your release blitz of Snapshots!


I love short stories. Sometimes a brief “snapshot” taken from a couple’s larger story is all that’s wanted. The narrative of “how they met” is the focus of six of the shorts in this set—quirky tales ranging from meeting at a charity fundraiser, to college kids pranking each other, to a mishap at a XXX adult video arcade.

Also included is a story featuring a well-established couple’s wedding dilemma, a friends-to-lovers tale, a coming-out-of-the-closet drama, and a continuation short that follows one of those how-we-mets. Rounding out this collection is an account revisiting the main characters from my full-length novel, ’Til Death Do Us Part.

All of these stories are contemporary, although one has a bit of paranormal flavor to it. Heat ratings range from “fairly sweet” to “rather steamy.” Excepting the final story, all were originally written in 2008 and early 2009. One (“Photo Shoot”) started out as a prompt word ficlet that I later fleshed out to a more complete story. Each has received a thorough overhaul, some more extensive than others. I hope you’ll enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.

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Title: Snapshots
Author: Addison Albright
Release Date: February 25th 2017
Genre: MM Contemporary Romance


Whatever your romance reading preference — gay virgin, opposites attract, friends to lovers, or simply fun how-they-met stories — this collection contains a variety of sweet, contemporary, short gay romances, sure to make you smile.

Rewritten and re-edited, these stories were previously published singly and are available now in one collection!

Contains the stories:

* Cow Pie Bingo
* King Kong vs. The Skinny Pirate
* Born to Be Wild
* The Straggler
* Now and Forever
* Moving On
* Moving Along
* Dropping Quarters
* Nevermore
* Photo Shoot
* Okay, Then

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“Okay, then.” That’s what Sam had said. His leg had bounced like it always did when he was nervous. It was endearing, and one of the things that drew me to him. His grin was another. I melted a little each time he leveled it in my direction, which had made it incredibly hard to hide my attraction. That ship had now sailed. For better or for worse, Sam now knew of my interest, and had agreed to a date.

His words had come at the end of a conversation we’d had at breakfast yesterday morning after we’d cleared up a misunderstanding regarding my intentions when I’d previously asked him out. Well, I suppose technically I’d asked him back to my room for a drink, so I couldn’t actually fault him for not understanding that I truly wanted to date him, not just have a fling while we were here in Honiara collecting research data.

“I’m sorry, Henry,” Sam said now as we approached Mambo Juice’s entry. “I wasn’t thinking straight, obviously.”

Perspiration dripped down my face. My pits felt more than a little damp, and sweat matted my chest hairs. The shower I’d taken right before we’d left the Solomon Kitano Mendana Hotel, where we were staying a few days before heading to the smaller islands in the chain, had been a complete waste of time. But even if I’d known Sam would suggest we walk a mile to the Mambo Juice, I probably would have bathed anyway. I wanted to impress the man, after all.

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About the Author
Addison Albright lives in the middle of the USA with three peculiar cats. Her stories are gay (sometimes erotic) romance, and tend to be sweet man-love in contemporary settings. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, french fries, "open window weather," cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

What's On The Reading Radar? #wishlist #TBR

How can February be almost over? I haven't accomplished much this month. Bespoken hasn't been touched. Lucky Charm is crawling past the 6k mark. I'm hoping to keep it to 40k, but Navinder is more emo than I am right now. I've been editing which hasn't been bad. I didn't write the blog posts I wanted to. Glad they weren't time sensitive. What I need is another February but the gods are going to ignore my time travel plea so I won't get my hopes up. :)

I haven't been book hunting this week so I'm pulling from my saved folder (which has several future releases) and my poly folder. And yes, you have to suffer through some of the MF alien sci-fi finds... LOL. Sorry, not sorry. They've been fun reads. I read a mostly non-angsty book this week and I still cried twice. My heart is really tender right now and I'm not apologizing for those "fluffy", "frivolous" books. They make me feel good. :)

Title: Twilight
Series: Dance With The Devil, 7
Author(s): Megan Derr
Length: 77k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Gay / Poly / Paranormal / Historical / 

Notes: This is one of those future releases. It's not due out until April. I whimpered when I saw this come up on the Coming Soon page. I love this series like nothing else.

Blurb: More than seventy years have passed since Neirin du Lac was banished from the dragon clans he called home. Though he misses them, he and his dragon Troyes have built a happy life with his lover Barra, and their friends Devlin and Midnight. It is a not a life he would ever trade, not even for a chance to return to the clans.

Then the very last person he ever expected to see again comes begging for help: Prince Avalon Pendragon, ruler of the clans, a man Neirin once called friend, once wished to call lover. When Avalon tells him why he needs Neirin's help, it's not a request he can refuse, nor can his friends refuse to help him.

But the people bold enough to steal from the clans are not to be trifled with, and in the midst of fighting for their lives Neirin also finds himself caught between the man he loves now and the man he never truly left behind...

Title: The Princess SOS
Series: (The Ravager Chronicles Book 1)
Author(s): Sara Page
Length: 236 pages

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Alien / Royalty / 

Notes: I don't know if this book is poly but the others in the series are.

SOS... Is there anyone out there listening? Please help...

If you're receiving this emergency distress signal, my name is Princess Ameia. My escape pod has crashed. I am marooned.

I've encountered only one other intelligent life form. He's big, purple and I think he wants to eat me. He watches me and is preventing me from leaving the pod.

All attempts to communicate with the hostile alien life form have met with failure.

I'm running out of supplies. I'm dangerously low on food and water. I don't know how much longer I can go on like this. I need help. He's approaching the pod, it...

SOS... Is there anyone out there listening? Please help...

Title: Blood of the Delphi
Series: The Harmatia Cycle, 2
Author(s): M.S. Vaughan
Length: 627 pages
Publisher: Mag Mell Publishing; 1 edition (February 28, 2017)

Genre: Fantasy / Mythology / LGBTIAQP Characters / New Adult / 

Notes: Releases February 28th. I don't remember if I posted the first book in this series before. If not, it's The Sons of Thestian


“Praise Harmatia, it is a city of gold and light. Praise it until it crumbles to dust.”

Rufus Merle is a wanted man. After twelve years on the run, raising the infant Prince Joshua in secret, the last of the Delphi line now stands in grave peril. Sick, friendless and out of places to hide, Rufus and Joshua are hunted by dangerous alchemists, a deranged assassin, and a powerful faerie goddess, who will do everything in her power to turn Rufus into a living weapon.

With the net closing around them, and the sparks of unrest and rebellion igniting across the Kingdom, Arlen Zachary is forced to question his own allegiance between the Crown, and the people he swore to protect. As the gods play their hands, and the ancient Sidhe prepare to settle a century old feud, Harmatia trembles under the tyrannical rule of a King, whose only commitment is to the dead.

Book Two in the Epic Fantasy series The Harmatia Cycle

Title: The Gaia Protocol
Author(s): Alec Nortan
Length: 268 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press (February 6, 2017)

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Dystopia / Mythology / Gods / Fantasy / 



Long ago, the Gods came back to earth and banished all science from Earth. When Prome finds an amulet in the ruins of an ancient city, he doesn’t expect it to take him and his friend Malia on a quest to discover the long forgotten secret of the Technologists, to meet someone who awakens feelings of love in him, nor to defy the Gods themselves.

Title: Wild City Life
Author(s): Live Rider
Length: 127 pages

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Shifters /


Blurb: One apocalypse was enough--can two rival shifters work together before all is lost again? 

Elliot Novak and Dominik Askov--heirs to the Leopard and Tiger packs--have been clashing for years. But when the Leopard pack is brutally attacked, it's time to put their rivalry aside.

Elliot knows that taking Dominik with him to confront the threat might be the only way to ensure their alliance holds. But even in the middle of terrible danger, he's not sure he can keep someone with Dominik's keen senses from noticing the attraction he's long hidden.

Dominik doesn't mess around when the safety of his pack is at stake--even if it's the first time he's had a chance to spend time with the man he secretly admires. He's determined to keep his long-concealed feelings for Elliot under wraps and his tiger's instincts under control.

But when they embark on a journey to find the attackers, they forget the power of the rising moon. Under its influence, they might reveal everything their human selves would rather hide. Can they fight both the animal instincts pulling them together and the enemies bent on destroying them?

Wild City Life is a standalone M/M Tiger shifter/Leopard shifter romance. No cliffhangers!

Title: Singe
Series(Guardian Protection Book 1)
Author(s): Aly Martinez
Length: 314 pages

Genre:  Romantic Suspense / Alpha Male / Bodyguard / Second Chances / Contemporary / 


Blurb: She was my nightmare. Every time I closed my eyes, I watched her fall into that inferno. Over and over, I failed to save her.

I hadn’t been able to reach her, and the guilt only burned hotter over time. Four years later, I was the unreachable one.

Heroes aren’t always saints. Sometimes, we’re nothing more than jaded sinners driven by sleepless nights and hearts full of darkness.

And then I met her. She was a dreamer who managed to soothe my scars and heal my wounds.

But, as the flames closed in around us, I feared I wasn’t the right man to save her. That is until I realized she was the one woman I’d burn the world down to protect.

Title: Chosen by the Vampire Kings
Series: The Chosen Series, 1
Author(s): Charlene Hartnady
Length: 487 pages

Genre:  Romance / BBW / Paranormal / Vampires / Menage-Sharing / MFM / Fantasy /


Blurb: Every hundred years, tradition dictates that all eligible females in Sweetwater assemble for the choosing ceremony. Two vampire kings have separate territories within the surrounding countryside. Both are eager to pick their future brides.What a waste of her freaking time.

Tanya is among the many women at the choosing ceremony. As far as she’s concerned it’s an outdated, sexist event and if it wasn’t mandatory she so wouldn’t be here. It’s not important that the two males are ridiculously rich and handsome. 

Deep down she knows a plain Jane like her will never be picked by one of the kings anyway. Many of the women in the town square are stunningly beautiful and model thin. Most seem enthusiastic about being a queen even if it means being mated to a blood sucker, which suits her just fine.

Imagine her surprise though when King Brant sets his sights firmly on her. Once a vampire king has decided, there’s no going back. But her home is in Sweetwater. Being forced to live amongst the vampire species…big gulp…forced to mate with a vampire…is not what she had in mind for herself. Maybe she can convince him to let her go, to pick again. If not, she’ll have to find a way to escape his - very muscled and rather delicious - clutches. 

This novel is 129,000 words. 
No Cliffhanger!! The story contains strong sexual themes/language and is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

Title: Feast of Love
Series: Croft Holiday Series, 3
Author(s): Ceri Grenelle
Length: 101 pages
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (December 12, 2016)

Genre:  Romance / Bisexual / Poly / MMF / Paranormal / Holiday / 

Notes: As far as I know, this can be read as a standalone.

Blurb: Armie Croft has just lost the last of his vision, something that proves problematic as he bangs his head against the side of the JCA public pool. Luckily, Leighanne Misra, the nighttime lifeguard, jumps in to rescue him, followed by Mitch Karmi, who is in a suit and has no training when it comes to performing CPR. Soon after laughing at Mitch’s soaking wet clothes, and double checking to make sure Armie is alive and well, a steamy connection is forged between the three acquaintances.

Mitch wants to hide their ménage from the public, much to Armie and Leighanne’s dismay, but he negotiates and asks they at least have the week leading to the first night of Hanukkah to themselves. The three lovers are stronger together but sometimes you never truly appreciate what you have until you’ve lost it.

Publisher's Note: Feast of Love is the third and final installment in the Croft "Three for the Holidays" series.

Title: Something Like Magic
Author(s): Max C. Payne
Length: 131 pages
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre:  Romance / Bisexual / Gay / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / Private Investigator /


Blurb: John Cunningham is a private investigator looking into the disappearance of his friend's son, but he hits a roadblock because there's no evidence and the perpetrators are thought to have used magic. For assistance, he's pointed to magical consultant Orion Kensington, and asks for his help despite John's bad history with magic and reluctance to have anything to do with it.

But as the case grows more dangerous, and his unexpected attraction to Orion stronger, John soon realizes it's his own reluctance and hesitation that might get them killed long before magic and demons do it.

Title: Warlock in Training
Series(Studies in Demonology Book 1)
Author(s): T.J. Nichols
Length: 244 pages
Publisher: DSP Publications; 1 edition (February 14, 2017)

Genre:  Romantic Elements / Gay / Fantasy / Demons / 


Blurb: Studies in Demonology: Book One

Angus Donohue doesn’t want to be a warlock. He believes draining demons for magic is evil, but it’s a dangerous opinion to have—his father is a powerful and well-connected warlock, and Angus is expected to follow the family tradition.

His only way out is to fail the demon summoning class. Failure means expulsion from the Warlock College. Despite Angus’s best efforts to fumble the summoning, it works. Although not the way anyone expects.

Angus’s demon, Saka, is a powerful mage with his own need for a warlock.

Saka wants to use Angus in a ritual to rebalance the magic that is being stripped from Demonside by warlocks. If Angus survives his demon’s desires and the perils of Demonside, he’ll have to face the Warlock College and their demands.

Angus must choose: obey the College and forget about Demonside or trust Saka and try to fix the damage before it’s too late. Whatever he does, he is in the middle of a war he isn’t qualified to fight.

Title: The Mark of the Vampire Queen
Series(Vampire Queen series Book 2)
Author(s): Joey W. Hill
Length: 388 pages
Publisher: Berkley (February 5, 2008)

Genre:  Romance / Paranormal / Vamprie / Hunter / BDSM / Suspense / 


Blurb: Full servant. With his new title, Jacob must attend to Lady Lyssa's every need, venturing into a world of passion darker than he's ever known. As a vampire hunter he wasn't prepared to embrace a world where humans are sexual commodities, but he has adapted. Now he finds the integrity of his soul challenged as he serves his Mistress's needs as fully as he services her desires.

He loves her, though other servants warn against giving her his soul. Everyone knows that Vampires have no regard for humans, so why would a Vampiress bother treating a mere sex toy with respect? But Jacob knows a human servant is far more than that. His Mistress needs a warrior, a friend and a lover. A man who will serve her in all ways, even if he has to betray the priceless treasure of her love.

Title: Down Came A Blackbird
Author(s): Barbara Karmazin
Length: 276 pages
Publisher: Liquid Silver Publishing

Genre:  Romance / Sci-Fi / Space / Female Alien / Multicultural / MFM? /


Blurb: Travel to a distant asteroid where mining is not the only difficulty. When human males and a thought-to-be imaginary creature meet, can they breach the cultural boundaries and discover the pleasures in the mating of three? Or will danger from unseen forces bring it all crashing down?

Cait O'Keefe's mother is human and her fathers are Sidhe, their sisterline's last remnant of a once proud and populous people. How does she make friends and find suitable mates when most humans believe the Sidhe are imaginary creatures from old folk tales? And how does she explain to her prospective mates, who are also part of the advance team to mine an asteroid alongside her and know nothing about the Sidhe, that Sidhe culture expects every woman to have at least two husbands? And can the three of them stay alive long enough to mate at all?

Title: Ours To Love
Series(Wicked Lovers series Book 7)
Author(s): Shayla Black
Length: 402 pages

Genre:  Romance / Erotic / Menage-Sharing / Brothers / MFM / Contemporary / Sagas / 


Blurb: Between two brothers… 

Xander Santiago spent years living it up as a billionaire playboy. Never given a chance to lead his family business in the boardroom, he became a master in the bedroom instead. His older brother, Javier, inherited the company and worked tirelessly to make it an empire. But while cutthroat corporate espionage took its toll on Javier, nothing was as devastating as the seemingly senseless murder of his wife. It propelled him into a year of punishing rage and guilt…until Xander came to his rescue.

Comes an irresistible woman…

Eager to rejuvenate Javier’s life, Xander shanghais him to Louisiana, where they meet beautiful London McLane. After a decade of tragedy and struggle, London is determined to make a fresh start—and these sexy billionaire brothers are more than willing to help. In every way. London is stunned to find herself open to every heated suggestion…and desperately hoping that her love will heal them.

And inescapable danger.

But a killer is watching, on a single-minded mission to destroy everything the Santiago brothers hold dear, especially London. As fear and desire collide, every passionate beat of her heart could be her last.

Title: Wolfmanny
Series: Nose to Tail Inc.
Author(s): Julia Talbot
Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Poly / Paranormal / Children / 


Blurb: Three hot werewolves, sexual tension thick enough to cut with a knife, an impending Colorado winter, and a rambunctious pack of werewolf pups. Stand back and watch the fur fly.

When Kenneth Marcon loses his nanny to a bite from one of his inherited kids, he knows he needs someone strong to contain five werewolf children. What he finds isn’t a stalwart nanny, but a werewolf manny named Jack. Kenneth and his assistant, Miles, aren’t sure if Jack is what they need, but he’s what they have to work with.

Jack’s got what it takes to keep the kids busy—and attract both Miles’s and Kenneth’s attention. The two old friends have been circling each other for years, but with Jack as the final piece to the puzzle, it’s time to finally act on those urges. When Kenneth is forced to travel instead of solidifying the bond with his new mates, Jack and Miles take desperate measures to get him back, even as they save the kids from one disaster after another. Amidst the chaos, they have to learn how to become not just a pack, but a family.

Title: The Wolf and the Moon
Author(s): Kayla Bain-Vbra
Length: 71 pages
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Fantasy / 


Blurb: Dag's life is an endless series of battles, as he fights Challenge after Challenge for the amusement of others, his interest in life lost when he killed his own lover. But then, in the middle of his latest Challenge, he encounters a familiar face...

Title: Dragon Soul
Author(s): Katie MacAlister
Length: 353 pages
Publisher: Forever (March 29, 2016)

Genre:  Romance / Paranormal / Dragons / Humor /



Sophea Long knows that escorting her octogenarian client to Europe will be an adventure. Mrs. P has a habit of stealing anything shiny, and the former "hoochikoo dancer" is a lot faster than she looks. But Sophea hadn't counted on Mrs. P leading her right into the arms of a smoldering, dark-haired stranger who kisses like a dream. If only he'd give up all this nonsense about Sophea being some kind of dragon...


There's a reason Rowan Dakar is known as the Dragon Breaker. The last thing he needs is to fall for a woman who literally sets him aflame every time they kiss. After all, he has a mission-one that will finally free him of dragonkin for good. He can't afford to be distracted by the funniest, most desirable woman he's ever set eyes on. But no prophecy in the world can ever stop true love . . .

Title: Ruwen
Series: Mated to the Alien
Author(s): Starr Huntress, Kate Rudolph
Length: 226 pages

Genre:  Romance / Sci-Fi / Alien / Curses / Fated Mates / 

Notes: Honestly, why couldn't I have thought of a cool pin name like Starr Huntress?

Blurb: Running out of time...

Ruwen NaNaran knows he's a goner. The curse of his alien species has put a countdown on his life, and he'll be dead before the month is out. Unless he finds his denya, the only woman in the universe who can save him.

Down on her luck and lost in space...

Lis Jaynx just wants to go home. Kidnapped from Earth by unknown foes, she's dropped on a inhospitable planet with little food and no hope. She'll do anything to find a ship to take her back to Earth, but Polai is hostile to all alien life, and Lis is running out of places to hide.

An unexpected chance...

From the moment he sees her, Ru knows Lis is his denya. But she's already wounded and distrustful of aliens, even those who claim they want to help.

Will the explosive chemistry between them be enough to topple Lis's fears? Or will their bond break before it even forms, leaving Ru a dead alien walking and Lis all alone in the black of space.

Complete story, no cliffhanger!

Title: Husbands For Peace 2
Author(s): Twisted Hilarity
Length: 468 pages

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Sci-Fi / Humor / Domestic Discipline? / 


Blurb: The Jenerans and their human 'recruits' are running into issues even before they land planetside! Malfunctioning machinery leads to harrowing events that have some people re-evaluating their relationships, and troublesome foreseeings and forced multiple marriages cause chaos and some rather sticky situations!

Title: Taming Teddy
Series: Made Marian, 2
Author(s): Lucy Lennox
Length: 238 pages

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Contemporary / 


Blurb: Teddy: If there’s one thing I don’t do, it’s commitment. You don’t become an award-winning photographer by staying in one place. I’m always on the road, looking for the next shot, the next award, the next hot body. Which is how I end up on Dr. James Marian’s front porch in the middle-of-nowhere Alaska. He’s known as the Wildlife Whisperer, and I want to photograph him in action. He’s reluctant at first, but I can be persuasive. 

Soon enough I have him in bed saying yes over and over and over again, but my ability to shoot and scoot is frozen by a Denali snowstorm.

Jamie: I always thought of myself as the marrying type. Until I got left at the altar. Now I have a new motto: never commit and never fall in love. So when a cocky nature photographer decides I’m the key to his next masterpiece, it seems like the perfect arrangement: the hotshot’s only in town for a brief assignment and then he’ll be gone. No commitment, no strings, and no chance of getting my heart broken again.

There’s just one problem: I think I’m falling in love. Now I’m afraid that maybe I’m the marrying type after all. And he definitely is not.

Fair warning: Jamie and Teddy's story contains scenes of delicious man parts touching, Aunt Tilly dropping F-bombs, and two stubborn hearts finding each other in the wilds of Alaska.

While it can also be read on its own, Taming Teddy is the second in the new Made Marian series. Each book tells the story of one of the Marian brothers' search for true love. The first in the series, Borrowing Blue, is available now on Amazon.

Title: Chronos
Series: Dragon Warrior
Author(s): Jamie Phoenix
Length: 245 pages

Genre:  Romance / Sci-Fi / Alien Weredragon / Invasion / Kidnapped / Suspense / 


Blurb: Meagan Cooper has spent her entire life safely tucked away in her father’s Court. As the President’s daughter, her life has always been more or less decided for her. Just six months shy of marrying her fiancé Daryn, a high-ranking military man, she can’t help but begin to feel trapped in her monotonous routine. But, when Earth is invaded by the Samou, a race of dragon-shifting aliens from one of the Empire’s mining planets, her life suddenly takes a very drastic turn. 

Kidnapped by the human rebels who have joined forces with the Samou, Meagan is ripped away from the security of her home and thrown into the parallel universe of life outside the Capital city. Terrified and alone, she somehow finds comfort in the one person she never expected to.

Chronos is the Samou lead warrior. A muscular, exotic, aggressive man, he takes it upon himself to challenge Meagan. He forces her to face the reality of corruption and greed that permeate the Empire she so loyally continues to defend. 

As the tension between them grows, so does the attraction. The lines between anger and desire quickly become blurred, and in the end, Meagan will be faced to choose between the man she can’t resist and the life she’s always known.

Title: To Freeze A Flame
Series: Dawn-Dirge Saga
Author(s): Mackenzie Morris
Length: 598 pages

Genre:  Romance / Gay / New Adult / Fantasy / Elves / Epic / Suspense / 


Blurb: After the murder of his parents by an elven fire mage, the young Cyrus, master of House Dawn-Dirge, takes the son of the assassin as his slave to save the half-elf teenager from execution. With his new friend, Arin, at his side, the two of them begin their search for a legendary sword that was stolen from Cyrus on that very night. Across the seven provinces of the Kingdom of Delayne, master and slave travel, all the while keeping their friendship a closely-guarded secret from the guards who would break them apart.

Political tensions are high with the recent death of the king and growing hostility from the elven archmage ruling the Fae Lands to the south. When Cyrus is summoned to the capital city for a meeting with the queen and Arin discovers they are being followed by demonic creatures, the two friends must band together or face a dark future filled with secrets, war, and an endless winter.

Title: Tempted Sinners
Series: Sons of Sinners MC, 2
Author(s): Erika Reed
Length: 86 pages

Genre:  Romance / Motorcycle Club / Contemporary / MFM / Menage-Sharing /


Blurb: Jill Anderson was once the bored trophy wife of a rich and powerful corporate businessman. All the money in the world did nothing to alleviate the boredom of her tedious life. Gambling in the local casino eventually filled the void in her lonely life and the attention she lacked from her hardworking husband. Fed up with her actions, he divorced her, forcing her to work in one of the sleaziest bars in town. And to make matters worse, one night after work she was attacked and beaten in the parking lot. With no one left to turn to, she was forced to call upon the only two men who seemed to care about her. When she met Saxton and Bear for the first time, she knew they were honorable men who could help her get her life back in order. Jill just didn’t trust herself to not fall in love with the two rowdy bikers who would eventually steal her heart and win her over.

Saxton and Bear were members of one of the roughest MC clubs around. No one messed with the pair if they knew what was good for them. Saxton lived life to the fullest, enjoying the freedom he got from his bike and a warm, willing woman. He never expected to meet Jill, the woman who would knock his socks off. His best friend Bear was one of the largest men in the club; men feared him, and women adored his tender heart. All Bear ever wanted was to find a woman he and Sax could see themselves settling down with one day. 

It would take a lot for Saxton and Bear to win over her heart, but they both knew she was worth the fight.

Title: Dragon Void
Series: Immortal Dragons, 2
Author(s): Ophelia Bell
Length: 312 pages

Genre:  Romance / Bisexual / Poly / MMF / Paranormal / Dragons / Shifters / 


Blurb: A woman born on the wind...

A Turul princess, Evie North has waited long enough for her “one true love” — a man she’s stopped believing truly exists. She throws caution—literally—to the wind and decides to take matters into her own hands. She chooses a handsome stranger from a crowd and falls into bed with him, hoping love might find her in his arms.

A human man drawn to powers beyond his comprehension...

The only thing Marcus Calais knows is that he’s likely to die in a pointless war but also honor-bound to run into battle. At least until he meets an angel named Evie in Central Park who incites stronger desires than he’s ever had and whose songs drive him to levels of passion he never imagined. After just one night with the lovely, waifish beauty, he discovers he has so much more to live for. Will he sacrifice his principles to stay alive for her?

The immortal dragon who owns both their souls...

“Ked” is what his five siblings call him, but others simply refer to the huge black dragon as The Void. He is darkness personified, but nothing is darker than the enemy he is up against. It will take true darkness to fight the evil permeating his world, and to save the female Fate intended for him. But Fate has a funny way of switching things up when he least expects. What will he find when he ventures forth into the enemy’s lair in search of love?

What other surprises does Fate have in store?

Publisher's Note:Dragon Void is a full-length novel with a complete resolution between the characters involved. They get their Happily Ever After, but sometimes Fate doesn't make it easy.

Title: The God's Games
SeriesThe Gods' Games Series, Vol. 1 and 2
Author(s): Carter Quill
Length: 366 pages 
Publisher: MassChaotic (July 6, 2015)

Genre:  Graphic Novel / Romantic Elements / Gay / Fantasy / Sibling War? / 


Blurb: When Erick disappeared it wasn’t that big of a surprise. Ben’s drug-addicted, lowlife brother was always pissing off dangerous people, so it was easy to assume he’d made the wrong person mad. Sure it sucked, but Ben got over it.

Then one night, four years after Erick vanished, Ben comes face-to-face with a mysterious man with silver hair, the same person who was last seen with Erick. After a failed attempt to get answers from him, Ben becomes obsessed with finding the silver-haired man he’s sure killed his brother. Though who he ends up finding isn’t quite his brother’s killer, but an odd young man with pointed ears, who brings Ben to a new world that he’d never fathomed existed.

And all the more baffling, this strange-looking young man is telling Ben that not only does he need Ben to help him save their kingdom from a rebel king…

… that rebel king is none other than Erick.

Title: Once Upon A Prince
Author(s): Jaclyn Osborn, Nicky James
Length: 227 pages
Publisher: Encompass Ink (January 4, 2017)

Genre:  Romance / Gay / New Age Fairy Tale / Fantasy / Paranormal / 



Living in his twin brother’s too perfect shadow, Evander Galanis has struggled to prove himself a worthy heir to the throne. It seems the only thing he excels at is disappointing his father. Impulsive, spoiled, and surrounded by an air of entitlement, he doesn't yet understand what it means to be king. When he is left in charge one day in his father’s absence, he has the opportunity to prove his worth, but makes a grave mistake that costs him everything. Disgraced and stripped of his title, he flees the castle in a rush of anger.

Deep in the forest, alone and unwanted, lives a mysterious forestling, Mathias. Mathias isn’t like others. With the ability to foresee people’s death, he believes himself to be cursed. Feared and misunderstood by everyone, the only family Mathias has are his forest friends. Until, one day, a stranger wanders into his home and refuses to leave.

Two worlds collide when the entitled Prince and the naive forest boy meet. Evander and Mathias are like night and day, but they can’t fight the connection between them. When Mathias’ visions shed blood on his family, Evander needs to decide if he will risk the man he’s grown to love to save the Kingdom that cast him out, or leave them to their fate.

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