Saturday, October 28, 2017

What is on the Reading Radar? #WishList #TBR

What am I doing? I've been working on Constant for the majority of the week with Bespoken in between times. I did lose a couple of days to a migraine that messed with my eyesight. Blek. I've also started plotting a flash fiction serial with a holiday bend. It'll basically be smutty times with a small smidgen of romance. :)

Title: Seed of Harmony
Series: (Harmonic Empire Book 1)
Author(s): C. Arthur Shuey
Length: 574 pg

Genre: Science Fiction / Profanity / Extensive Violence / Limited Sexual Content / Some romantic involvements / Space Opera Classification / Gay / 

Notes: I love this cover!

Blurb: A powerful Galactic Empire—devastated by a mysterious plague—lost in antiquity.

Terran Colonists—fleeing an Earth void of life and pursued by a hostile alien aggressor.

Two young Terran Explorers and their psychically bonded, genetically enhanced Panther teammates, are marooned on an unexplored planet when their ship is attacked. Injured and cut off from any hope of rescue, Jar'ek must save his friend and shipmate, Kallehn from imminent death. The Ranger team will need to use every bit of knowledge and skill they possess if they want to survive.

Unknown to the Ranger Team, this Planet is not as uninhabited as their surveys had indicated. Something else is there…. Something old beyond counting—watching—waiting—judging them. When Jar'ek and his team set foot on Jaden-325-4, they set into motion a future they know nothing about—yet may shake the very foundations of civilization.

This book is recommended for Sci-Fi enthusiasts 14 to 99.

Title: Sentinel's Dagger
Series: (D'Vaire, Book 2)
Author(s): Jessamyn Kingley
Length: 277 pages

Genre: Romance / Gay / Fantasy / 

Notes: I love this cover. I still need to read the first book in the series...

Blurb: Sentinels are as dangerous as they are mysterious. Not satisfied with the rumors that abound, the two necromancers at the Dragon Court of D’Vaire make the courageous decision to summon their soul bound assassins only to discover the two are mates. Ripped from isolation, Gavrael and Gedeon were never taught about matebonds. They quickly realize their old lives have ill-prepared them to understand the complexity of their new connection. Before the pair can grapple with the concept of loving, an old foe returns intent on settling the score against Grand Warlock Dra’Kaedan and the D’Vaire family. Gavrael and Gedeon soon discover it takes more than their trusty daggers to finally lay the past to rest.

Title: Axios
Series: A Spartan Tale
Author(s): Jaclyn Osborn
Length: 362 pages

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Ancient History / 


Blurb: I am Axios of Sparta, and I was born to kill. At age seven, I left home to train with other boys where we were taught obedience, solidarity, military strategy, and how to withstand pain. My harsh upbringing stripped me of my weaknesses and forced me to become strong. Ruthless.But, I craved something greater—a life I could never have.

Against all odds, and the toughest training a warrior could endure, I found an unexpected love in the arms of a fellow Spartan. He was the very air I breathed and the water that sustained me. Fighting side by side with him, we were invincible. Where he went, I followed.

However, there was no place for love in Sparta. Feelings were for the weak. The only life for a Spartan was one of battle and brutality with no guarantee of tomorrow. In times of war, all men were put to the test, but the greatest challenge for us was not one of swords and spears, but of the heart.

Title: Dream
Series: Aisling Trilogy, 2
Author(s): Carole Cummings
Length: 354 pages
Publisher: DSPP Publications

Genre:  Fantasy / Romantic Elements / Gay / 


Blurb: Aisling Trilogy: Book Two

To reveal the intricate machinations threatening them, two men must learn to trust each other. But how can they, when their hearts and minds—their realities—are subject to manipulation?

When he set out to escort the prisoner Wilfred Calder back to Putnam, Constable Dallin Brayden didn’t anticipate the political betrayal and malicious magic threatening their lives at every turn. To his surprise, he slips into the role of protector—and it’s more than duty compelling him to ensure Wil’s safety as they’re haunted by strange dreams. But does Wil dare put himself in the hands of a man he believes wants him dead?

Wil’s past weighs heavily on him, tainting his perceptions as he struggles his way through a tangle of lies. With both will and magic as his weapons, he fights desperately for survival—and his soul. For the Aisling is coveted by more than the Guild and the Brethren; ancient gods and soul-eating spirits also want what lives within him. His only chance might be Dallin and his goddess, the Mother, who Wil has been taught to despise above all others.

Title: Drawn to Her Warriors
Series: (Her Warriors Book 1)
Author(s): Rebecca Baelfire
Length: 49 pages

Genre:  Romance Serial / Reverse Harem / Sci Fi


Blurb: Curvy sci fi romance author Rayne Kincade can’t escape her reoccurring nightmares. The visions of death and destruction feel so real they even disrupt her waking hours. Living an isolated existence in a ratty New York apartment, she’s the last person who should be captivated by a vision of an exploding alien spacecraft. She knows aliens aren’t real.

Title: Obsidian Son
Series: (The Temple Chronicles) 
A Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller Book 1 Author(s): Shayne Silvers
Length: 318 pages
Publisher: Argento Publishing, LLC; 2 edition (October 8, 2012)

Genre:  Urban Fantasy / Comedy / Roman & Greek Mythology / Dark Fantasy / Thriller / Paranormal / Magic / Angels & Demons /


Blurb: A city that doesn’t believe in magic. Bloodthirsty weredragons. Good thing this reckless playboy has superpowers…

It’s been said that monsters cry when a good man goes to war. But they should run screaming like little school girls when that man is secretly a wizard, and maybe not necessarily good…Nate Temple’s all-consuming quest to avenge his parents is temporarily put on hold when shape-shifting dragons invade St. Louis. And perhaps cow-tipping the Minotaur for answers might not have been Nate’s smartest opening move, because now every flavor of supernatural thug from our childhood nightmares is gunning for him. Nate learns that the only way to save his city from these creatures is to murder his best friend…

Nate’s choice will throw the world and his own conscience into cataclysmic chaos: avenge his parents or become a murderer to save his city. Because to do either, he’s going to have to show the world that magic is very, very real, and that monsters are very, very hungry… To survive, he might just need to take a page from the book, How to Win Friends and Influence Monsters.

If you like Jim Butcher, Kevin Hearne, or Patrick Rothfuss, you will LOVE the first installment of The Nate Temple Supernatural Thriller series.

Title: Chasing His Cottontail
Series: (The Hoppity Series` Book 1)
Author(s): A.R. Barley
Length: 108 pages
Publisher: MLR Press (May 17, 2017)

Genre:  Romance / Paranormal / Gay /


Blurb: Peter's been half in love with Luke Holland for as long as he can remember, but his best friend's very human brother has always been off limits…but when werewolves come to town this bunny shifter is going to have to decide whether he's ready to fight for what he's always wanted.

Luke Holland is tall, dark, and human. He's also off limits for daisy obsessed bunny shifter, Peter. But when werewolves start hunting Peter in the woods around New Hope he's going to need Luke's help to fight the intruders. Of course, when Luke discovers the truth about Peter he's never going to stop chasing his cottontail.

Title: Quinn's Destiny
Series: (A Companion's Tale Book 1)
Author(s): Emily Jean
Length: 224 pages

Genre:  Romance / Fantasy / Paranormal / Gay /


Blurb: Never Question, always obey.

The world is cruel for a companion whose sole purpose is to fight beside his warlock masters in the heat of war.

A war that rages between warlock and vampire.

A companion must be their mater's shield as well as their submissive, and a warrior who chooses otherwise will receive a cold-blooded punishment. Quinn is a companion who serves his master in any way that he desires, and always without question. Specifically created by the warlocks from a combination of magic and life essence to win the war, Quinn is the perfect companion to use in order to gain the upper hand against their blood sucking enemies.

But when Quinn's master perishes from a vampire attack, he finds that the warlocks no longer have a use for him, and Quinn is left with a choice. Run, or be disposed of like his brothers and sisters before him.

The world is cruel for a companion who chooses to run away, but when an enticing and dangerous vampire begins hunting Quinn for answers he may or may not be able to fulfill, his fate dangles by a thread. 

Will he choose to escape the clutches of the warlocks and try to survive on his own? Or will his submissive nature take over and let the warlocks choose his destiny for him, putting an end to his freedom and the vampire who seeks him?

Title: In The Shadows
Series: Metahuman Files, 3
Author(s): Hailey Turner
Length: 368 pages

Genre:  Romance / Gay / Fantasy / Sci-Fi / 


Blurb: Take a chance.

Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin doesn’t trust easily, and he most certainly doesn’t trust spies. He’ll work with them if ordered to, but that doesn’t mean he has to like it. Except Agent Sean Delaney is proving to be the exception to the rule. There’s something about Sean that gets under Alexei’s skin and won’t let go. Alexei would be lying if he said he wasn’t interested in what lay beneath the agent’s mask. When they’re assigned together for a mission, Alexei vows to keep Sean safe all while trying to coax the hot agent into his bed.

Hold onto hope.

Agent Sean Delaney has spent his entire adult life living a lie for his country. When the MDF tasks him with finding evidence of criminal wrong-doing against the owner of a private military company, Sean knows exactly how to play the game to get what he wants. He just doesn’t know how to handle Alexei’s advances, nor his own attraction to the younger soldier. Being a spy is lonely work, and Sean knows he should keep his distance, but saying no to Alexei is impossible from the moment they first kiss.

In a world of lies, the truth can be deadly.

When the mission takes a turn for the worse, the only thing left to do is run. In the wake of betrayal, and in the path of danger, can their fragile trust survive the battle?

In the Shadows is a 104k word steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a HFN ending that skirts HEA. There is military violence within the story that may not be suitable for everyone, as well as explicit intimate scenes not suitable for readers under the age of 18. This is a direct sequel to In the Ruins and reading the previous books in the series would be helpful in enjoying this one.

Title: Incubus Bonded
Series: The Incubus Series, Book Two
Author(s): A.H. Lee
Length: 350 pages
Publisher: Pavonine Books (August 28, 2017)

Genre:  Romance / Paranormal / Fantasy / Poly / MMF / 


Blurb: A sorcerer and his summoned incubus are mortal enemies...unless they find the right woman.

Mal is a summoned incubus, trapped on the mortal plane by Azrael's magic. When he finally escapes with Jessica's help, they spend four glorious months abroad, visiting exotic places, enjoying other people and each other. However, they’re tired of traveling, and they both miss Azrael more than they expected.

When the sorcerer shows up on their doorstep, they’re excited to see him. However, Azrael hasn’t come on a social call. He needs Mal’s magic for a difficult task. Mal isn’t willing to wear Azrael’s collar again for free, no matter how he feels about him. Mal’s price: “You. No wards. Anything I want. And Jessica gets to watch.”

Jessica has misgivings. A night together could be bliss…or it could be a disaster that will break hearts and ruin everyone’s chances of the home they desire. As they work together to build a magical gate, dodging hostile wizards and fairies, can Mal and Jessica gain Azrael’s fragile trust and find their way into his heart?

The Incubus Series is an MMF bisexual shifter romance with lots of steamy scenes. Adults only.

You can read this series out of order, but it will have more emotional impact if you read in order.

Title: Chasing Destiny
Series: (Silver Tip Pack Book 2)
Author(s): Megan Erickson
Length: 224 pages

Genre:  Romance / Paranormal / Gay /


Blurb: Some live on memories...

Almost dying during a pack uprising has a way of shaking things up. I'm no longer Mr. Laid Back now that there's an itch under my skin I can't scratch.

On a volunteer mission that goes beyond the walls of our compound, we enter the territory of a pack long thought dead, and find ourselves on the business end of their spears.

What I'm not prepared for is what I find within their walls--The one shifter I never thought I'd see alive, the one I'd mourned twice, the one I'd always loved. He is alive, and if I have anything to do with it, he'll stay that way. But he's got secrets, and exposing them could lead us to an enemy worse than the bloodthirsty undead shifters wanting to kill us all...

**This is book two in the Silver Tip Pack series. While it is standalone, I recommend reading book one first--DARING FATE**

Title: The Oaf Prince
Author(s): Sienna Sway
Length: 209 pages
Publisher: Djinn Publishing; 1 edition (September 23, 2015)

Genre:  LGBT Romance / Fantasy / Adventure / M/M / Comedy / Epic Fantasy


Blurb: Mistaken identity, kidnap, impending war and forced marriage to an ogre... What is a prince to do?


When Prince Nemir is forced to leave his cushy homeland to make nice with a neighboring kingdom, he knows the trip will be unpleasant. He's not much of the outdoorsy or adventurous type and Tasnia is known for its roughness, its chimera, swamps and worst of all, its oves...


Soluc is the leader of the militia of the oves, the ogre-elf hybrids of Tasnia. But controlling a group of half monsters who want nothing more than to draw blood and have fun is proving more complicated than he expected. Especially when there is an extra prince in the kingdom just to confuse him. Not to mention a jealous brother, willing to stop at nothing to take his place...

Thank you for stopping by and reading!!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

#PactDays : Chtichlians #ValespianPact

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

In Alpha Trine
, they are the same species that Zeus's parents took him to in order to have his sight repaired. And well, took something special from Zeus. They are seen again at the end of Striker but the reason they were at Haven was not given. Muwa-ha-ha-ha! 

A couple of side notes: 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: Chtichlian
Planet: Chniar
Other races on the planet:
Planetary Terrain: Rocky, jungle
Capitol: Kolloa
Patron Ryo Pardeep:

Description: resemble spiders, thick, hard cool exoskeleton, four of their eight legs have clawlike fingers and three fingers on each leg opposes each other like pincers, exoskeleton covered in stiff hair, footfalls a hard take on most floors.

They give off an energy that Zeus can sense that is part of the species mentalist abilities. (as a child, Zeus called this magic because he hadn't yet learned the types of energies he could sense. Plus, he didn't know that 'magic' is used in a derogatory way—something that came from Rothmar.)

What they smell like: spicy scent, sweet soil, and potent energy

Voice: sibilance and hard clacks

Spyders: created creatures that resemble themselves but are much smaller. These creations are made with a specific purpose in mind. For instance, they made a special kind for the ContiQuan planet. There are also breeds of spyders that make the best silks (spyder silk) in the Andromeda galaxy.

From Zeus's eyes: "They resembled the spyders they created with hard exoskeletons covered in bristly hair and distended abdomen's splashed with a rainbow of bright colors, the designs unique and beautiful, despite their form. The three largest Chtichlians were so tall their knees came to within a meter of the high ceiling. Beneath the Chtichlians scampered their attendance. They too were arachnid in shape, knee-high to Zeus and devoid of color. Their bulbous black eyes were trained on his father…"

Their average lifespan is around five hundred years (or so they claim)

They have long been space firing raced. They have not only mastered travel through space and other dimensions, they have experimented with time travel. The only other species known to hold the secret of time travel are the L'Eema.

Their technology is organic mixed with their mentalist (psionic) abilities.

Their starships are made from their own spun spyder silk. The vessels use solar cells and their very secretive about the type of engines that power their ship. Secretive about their technology .

They don't normally meddle in the affairs of other species.

Six thousand years ago, they were involved in a war where they lost two thirds of their population. The picked up what was left of their species and fled that federation. After observing those species involved in the creating the Valespian Pact, they asked to be included. Since then, they have kept a much lower profile in interstellar affairs, preferring to watch and act carefully so as to never again be involved in such destructive conflict.

They witness the devastation the V'Saar had reaped on other galaxies and they wanted to avoid that fate for the Andromeda galaxy.

Common Occupation: genetics, sciences, silk making, space engineering
Government Systems: counsel collaboration
Current Leader: Tyche
Council of Neighn of Member: Tyche

Allies: Gaziniti, Edraian, L'Eema, Fal'Amoric, Conti'Quan, Giante, Dire D'Noos, Ice Trans, Orion, Syrryn, Wolfine

Star System: Crux Calesius System

Other planets occupied by species:

Military Leader: they do not have a military. They normally retreat from a violent confrontation. Their ships can jump very quickly.

They have four primary starships:

Fate: Aisa, Moirai, Parcae
Destiny: Nona, Decima, Morta
Xxxx: Clotho, Lachesis, Atrepes
XXX: Tekmo, Ananke, Dike

Cultural names and terms specific to species:

They use child for other people's young. They call parents guardian. 

Thank you for stopping by and reading!!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

What is on the Reading Radar #WishList #TBR

What am I doing? Working on Bespoken (that is going to a theme for the next several weeks.) I worked a little bit on Constant and have gotten nowhere on the next Valespian Pact flash fiction. For the last part, I will probably change the MC of the flash fiction from Ariafella to Axis. Let's see if that frees up my mind.

I have a couple of books on my reading wish list...

Title: Bomosexual
Author(s): Daryl Banner
Length: 668 pages

Genre: Romance / Gay / Contemporary / Friends to Lovers /

Note: So I read this yesterday and really liked it. It's sweet and funny with low angst. I would definitely reread it. It made me happy.

Blurb: Stefan Baker, my former best friend and bro, is straight, gorgeous, and cocky as hell. And he's about to ruin my life.

With his backwards cap, lopsided grin, and ripped bod gifted from the gods, he struts around town like he owns it.

But I won’t let him own me, no matter how hot he's gotten over the past eight years since he went off to become a pro baseball player in the major leagues - and since we had our brutal falling out and everything fell apart.

When a hard night lands him at my front doorstep - desperately in need of a place to stay - I get one look into those fierce blue eyes of his ... and realize our story is far from over.

My former "bro" and I are about to define a whole new term for the steamy, beautiful mess that's destined to happen between the two of us.

* This is a stand-alone, angsty, slow-burn M/M romance with a guaranteed HEA and no cheating.

Title: The Stone
Series: (Lockstone Book 1)
Author(s): Seb L. Carter
Length: 485 pages

Genre: Romantic Elements / Gay / Urban Fantasy / 


Blurb: A stone holds an ancient secret—and the key to present-day terror.

A murder-suicide was only the beginning.

Seven years ago, Liam’s father picked up a gun, killed his family then himself. Liam was left behind to carry the burden and the guilt.

Now Liam only wants to finish college and live a normal life. But when he is handed a stone, a stone that appears plain, he is catapulted into an unknown world of mystery and magic…

…and mayhem.

A CIA agent finds himself a part of something with more secrets than the government he works for.

Patrick possesses a psychic ability to find people. Coerced to find Liam, their first meeting reawakens an ancient connection. Together, they find themselves in the midst of a culling, the destruction of a secret society formed millennia ago.

Destiny unites a group of strangers to face an antediluvian evil that has the world as its prize.

The Stone is a 142,000-word paranormal, urban fantasy adventure that involves a secret agent, a law man, and a gay guy who becomes a hero.

This novel features an LGBT relationship with a low-heat romantic subplot.

Title: Off the Beaten Path
Author(s): Cari Z.
Length: 202 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / 


Blurb: When Ward Johannsen’s little girl Ava shifted into a werewolf, she was taken into custody by the feds and shipped off to the nearest pack, all ties between father and daughter severed. Ward burned every bridge he had discovering her location, and then almost froze to death in the Colorado mountains tracking her new pack down. And that’s just the beginning of his struggle.

Henry Dormer is an alpha werewolf and an elite black ops soldier who failed his last mission. He returns home, hoping for some time to recuperate and help settle the pack’s newest member, a little pup named Ava who can’t shift back to her human form. Instead he meets Ward, who refuses to leave his daughter without a fight. The two men are as different as night and day, but their respect for each other strikes a spark of mutual interest that quickly grows into a flame. They might find something special together—love, passion, and even a family—if they can survive trigger-happy pack guardians, violent werewolf politics, and meddling government agencies that are just as likely to get their alpha soldiers killed as bring them home safely.

Title: Ante Up
Author(s): Kim Fielding
Length: 220 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Vampires / 

Note: releases Nov 15th

Blurb: Love is a high-stakes game.

A century and a half ago, Ante Novak died on a Croatian battlefield—and rose three days later as a vampire. Now he haunts Las Vegas, stealing blood and money from drunken gamblers and staying on the fringe of the powerful vampire organization known as the Shadows. His existence feels empty and meaningless until he meets beautiful Peter Gehrardi, who can influence others with his thoughts.

An attraction flares instantly, bringing a semblance of life to Ante’s dead heart. But the Shadows want Peter too, and they’re willing to kill to get him. As Ante and Peter flee, they learn more about themselves and each other, and they discover that the world is a stranger place than either of them imagined. With enemies at their heels and old mistakes coming back to exact a price, how can Ante and Peter find sanctuary?

Title: Apocalypse Alley
Author(s): Don Allmon
Length: 182 pages
Publisher: Riptide

Genre: Romance / Gay / Dystopia / 

Note: Whoops! Not out until Feb 2018

Blurb: Home from a six-month assignment to war-torn East Asia, genetically engineered supersoldier Noah "Comet" Wu just wants to kick back, share a beer, and talk shit with his best friend, JT. But JT's home has been shot up like a war zone, and his friend has gone missing.

Comet's only lead is a smart-mouthed criminal he finds amid the mess. His name's Buzz Howdy. He's a con man and a hacker and deserves to be in jail. Or in handcuffs, at least. The only thing the two have in common is JT. Unless you count the steamy glances they're sneaking at one another. They have those in common too. But that just makes Comet all the more wary.

Despite their mutual distrust, they'll have to work together to rescue JT before a cyborg assassin gets to him first. Racing down a miserable stretch of road called Apocalypse Alley, they must dodge radioactive spiders, a lonely cannibal, and a killer Buick. They also try to dodge each other. That last bit doesn't work out so well.

Title: Dream
Series: Aisling Trilogy, 2
Author(s): Carole Cummings
Length: 384 pages
Publisher: DSPP Publications

Genre: Romantic Elements / Gay / Fantasy / 


Blurb: Aisling Trilogy: Book Two

To reveal the intricate machinations threatening them, two men must learn to trust each other. But how can they, when their hearts and minds—their realities—are subject to manipulation?

When he set out to escort the prisoner Wilfred Calder back to Putnam, Constable Dallin Brayden didn’t anticipate the political betrayal and malicious magic threatening their lives at every turn. To his surprise, he slips into the role of protector—and it’s more than duty compelling him to ensure Wil’s safety as they’re haunted by strange dreams. But does Wil dare put himself in the hands of a man he believes wants him dead?

Wil’s past weighs heavily on him, tainting his perceptions as he struggles his way through a tangle of lies. With both will and magic as his weapons, he fights desperately for survival—and his soul. For the Aisling is coveted by more than the Guild and the Brethren; ancient gods and soul-eating spirits also want what lives within him. His only chance might be Dallin and his goddess, the Mother, who Wil has been taught to despise above all others.

Title: Corambis
Series: (Doctrine Of Labyrinths Book 4)
Author(s): Sarah Monette
Length: 444 pages

Genre: Non-Romance / Gay MC / Fantasy

Note: So this series has become a personal quest of mine. It was on a GR list for best Fantasy with Gay MC. It's out of print and the publisher isn't offering any of them except this one on kindle (and the price! OMG) I even checked with my library and they only had the last two books in the series. So I've been searching second hand stores for them and finally purchased all four... So now, I have to read them since I went through all that to get them. LOL

Blurb: The spellbinding conclusion to the brilliant fantasy series by the author of The Mirador and Mélusine.

Exiled from Mélusine for the crime of heresy, the once powerful Cabaline wizard Felix Harrowgate and his half-brother Mildmay, former cat-burglar and assassin, journey to Corambis to face judgment from a ruling body of wizards. Corambis, however, is a land plagued by civil strife. Kay Brightmore, the Margrave of Rothmarlin, is part of an insurrection to restore the monarchy in the southern half of the country. In desperation, Kay and his rebels seek out the engine of Summerdown, an ancient magical device rumored to have terrible powers. Once the engine is awakened, only a powerful wizard can stop its awesome potential for destruction. Felix and Mildmay arrive just in time for their greatest challenge-and ultimate destiny...

Title: Guardian of Magic
Author(s): Dominique Frost
Length: 115 pages
Publisher: LooseId

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Magic / Urban Fantasy / 


Blurb: When a god falls in love with a mortal, the entire world begins to change.

Guardian of Magic is a passionate paranormal romance with a dash of magic.

Brady is a witch without a familiar, which means that he can’t get a witchery license to practice magic professionally. Just when he’s about to give up on his dream job, he finally does get a familiar, but the little black cat that chooses him is far more than it appears.

Brady’s ordinary-seeming familiar is in fact a god in disguise, an ancient guardian of magic named Malachai who has been watching Brady for a long time...and is determined to make Brady his.

When Malachai asks Brady to become his eternal companion, Brady must decide between the freedom of being a mortal or the burden of immortality. Will immortality be worth it for a love that will last forever?

Title: Dragon's Gift
Series: (The Dragon's Gift Trilogy Book 1)
Author(s): Jasmine Walt, May Sage
Length:  pages
Publisher: Dynamo Press (October 6, 2017)

Genre: Reverse Harem Fantasy Romance

Note: There's a story behind this purchase. WTF is Reverse Harem? I followed a conversation on FB last week and I still don't know what it is. Are the guys sex slaves? If they are tied to her against their will? (then it's not a romance.) Are all three or four intimate with each other and not just the female MC, making the romance equal among all parties? Is this just another way of saying menage because for some reason they don't want to have it labeled as menage or bisexual or poly? Posh! So I decided that I would find out what Reverse Harem meant and bought a couple of different titles, this being one of them.

Blurb: Three dragons. One woman. A reverse harem fantasy that will leave you breathless and begging for more...

Dareena Sellis is a nobody. The orphaned daughter of a no-name farmer, she toils away as a serving girl at Hallowdale Inn, her only marriage prospects either shipping off to war, or pawing at her skirts with their grubby, gnarled hands.

But fate takes a strange turn the day a dragon huntress comes to town. Suddenly, Dareena is swept off to Dragon’s Keep, trading in her raggedy dresses for silken gowns, her closet-sized room for feather pillows and spacious gardens, and her miserable suitor for three very handsome, very virile dragon princes.

For Dareena is not a nobody. She is the Dragon’s Gift—the one woman chosen by the gods every century to bear children for the future king of Dragonfell.

Despite her pre-ordained path, Dareena’s fate is far from certain. The crown has not given birth to more than one son in nearly a thousand years, and the line of succession is far from clear. Neither of the princes are willing to cede Dareena to the other, and yet she must choose. For the enemy is knocking on Dragonfell’s door, and Dareena’s decision could either mean the kingdom’s salvation…

…or annihilation.

Don’t deny yourself the pleasure of this scorching hot reverse harem romance. Scroll up and start reading today!

IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a TRUE reverse harem romance, NOT a love triangle. Expect to see danger, intrigue, hot sex, strong language, and fire-breathing dragons between the pages of this book. For 18+ readers. You have been warned!

Title: The Contestant
Series: The Contestant, 1
Author(s): Myra Song
Length: 139 pages
Publisher: Now and Wren Publishing (August 10, 2016)

Genre: Romance / Bisexual / MMF / Contemporary /

Note: This was not labeled as reverse harem but straight up MMF Romance. There are three books in this series.

Blurb: Mallory

I'm one girl. A girl who likes to pretend that she's someone else. Who likes to hide from a world who won't let her.

I'm one celebrity. I won a show by losing a bunch of weight. If I'd known the price of winning, I never would have played. Now my body, which has regained some of its former curves, is under a microscope. It feels like my identity is tied solely to the number on a scale.

It was one wrong number. I pretended to be someone I'm not and now? Now I'm in deep with two guys. Deep in lust and deep in trouble.

Jacob and Ares

We're two guys. Two fabulously rich, self-made friends.

We share a dark past. We share an apartment now, and a business we've put our backs and hearts into. We're going to share a future. When we see Mallory, with her vibrant red hair and delicious, curvy body, everything we have is at risk. Can we share a woman?

Two personalities. Jacob is a storm, dark and churning. He's a powderkeg, ready to blow. Ares is relaxed, golden like the summer sun. Cross him? He'll freeze you out. Two minds at odds, yet forever linked.

Three lives thrown together. Three mouths greedily seeking passion. Six hands that can't get enough. Twenty toes peeking out from covers. A hundred reasons why this is a bad idea.

Title: Covet
Author(s): Yolande Kleinn
Length: 240 pages
Publisher: Riptide Publisghin

Genre: Romance / Gay / Poly / Contemporary / 


Blurb: Jack Mason—graphic designer and unrepentant player—has never been interested in monogamy. He certainly isn’t looking for romance when he meets Professor Colin Sloan.

Newly single and not looking for anything serious, Colin is intrigued by Jack’s offer of a physical affair with no strings attached. Becoming friends wasn’t part of the plan, but as accidents go, this one’s pretty great.

Peter Mason is Jack’s identical twin. In a long-term relationship himself, Peter tells no one that he’s falling for his brother’s newest favorite, even as the secret creates tension with his girlfriend.

When Peter’s relationship falls apart, he seduces Colin, fully expecting Jack to forgive his transgression. But Jack is keeping secrets too—he hasn't told even Colin that he’s fallen in love. Suddenly the twins are feuding, and Colin is caught in the middle, blindsided by the revelation that he doesn’t want to choose between them.

Now all three must find a way to share, or they’ll tear each other apart.

Title: Angel Fever
Series: Of Heaven and Earth
Author(s): May Ridge
Length: 67 pages
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Gay / Paranormal / Urban Fantasy / 


Blurb: Angels and priests share the running of the country and tensions are high between the two species. Malachi, a prodigy healer angel, has been searching his whole life to find his mother. He enlists the help of the orphanage priest, Tobias, who decides to help when none of Malachi's records even mention a mother, and it seems someone wants to keep her identity a secret...

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Thursday, October 19, 2017

#PactDays : Chi-Lin #ValespianPact

Welcome to Thursday's Pact Days! Today, we have the Chi-Lin.

From Alpha Trine and Striker, the psi-healer Madux Manx is Chi-Lin. He'll have his own book, Boundless, a little down the road. Star Eater is smitten with him. There is a lot of mystery around his people so I had to be careful with this file so that I didn't give away spoilers for Madux and Star Eater's story.

A couple of side notes: 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: Chi-Lin
Planet: Amicron II
Other races on the planet:
Planetary Terrain: Forest, Jungle, Mountains, Seas
Capitol: Caith
Patron Ryo Pardeep

Description: Iron based blood. Height is 6 feet to 9 feet tall. Feline race with remarkably human features. Only fur on their body is their hair/mane. Hands and feet are humanoid. Strong retractable claws. Good night vision, superior hearing, keen sense of smell, stealthy.

80% of the population have psionic abilities which keeps them from becoming ritual magicians.

Chi-Lin are territorial with high inner-species aggression.

A large percentage of psi abilities centers on healing, tracking, hyper, and telepathy. Less than 2% are empathic. While only a very few don't have psi ability, they are not ostracized because of the lack. Instead they are protected and are often mediators. A low percentage of Chi-Lin have a wider psi ability outside the norm.

They have ritualized combat to deal with honor issues. Strict codes of personal honor.

There are 11 (eleven) males to every female. Their technology is highly psi based.

Questions from the Facebook Group:

QuestionIs it supposed to be "Keeps FROM" ? Wouldn't psionic abilities HELP them become ritual shamans?

"80% of the population have psionic abilities which keeps them from becoming ritual magicians."

Answer: There are three Mentalist categories: Psionics, Ritual Magician (Weaver), and Elementalist. 

A Psionic's body produces a great amount of energy which their mind can manipulate. This is why if a psi goes to the Battion homeworld they have to have protection, otherwise they get terribly sick/dead. They are cut off from a vital part of themselves, the energy. 

Ritual Magicians (aka Ritual Weavers) do not produce energy but can utilize energy in certain crystals like the above mentioned M'Cathaian Crystals. Items like these crystals put out an energy Weavers can see, and through ritual weave to perform "magic". They often use their weaving for defense and protection. Abechan, the Shia'Marr on the Oethra 7 is a Ritual Magician. These weavers can also be found on Catalan, and the GyrFalconi homeworld. Those are also the homeworlds that have something similar to the M'Cathaian Crystals. 

The third Mentalist ability is Elementalist. They can see and manipulate the energy caused by elements like fire and water. 

So to answer your question, someone who is psi can only manipulate their own body's energy. Their abilities are different from a Ritual Magician in not only how/what energy they handle but in what they are able to do. They can be one or the other, they cannot be both. :)

Additional Info revealed for the question: There is a story behind the term "ritual magician". It came from the 20 Year War. When the humans fought against the dreaded Shia'Marr, the zealots looked at the Shia'Marr's dino-like bodies and their ability to create shimmering shields and other things, they dubbed the Shia'Marr demons and their ability as 'magic'. There is a faction of certain psi who sneer at the 'weaker' abilities of Weavers, thinking Weavers are inferior, and use Ritual Magician as a slur against Weavers. A portion of the Chi-Lin population carries this bigotry.

Common Occupation: psi-healer, hunter, imperial guard, pilot, engineer, trooper, ecologist

Government Systems: Queendom

Current Leader: Evreax Quix 

Council of Neighn of Member: Rheax Omphalox

Allies: Gaziniti, Ryo'Pardeep, Battion, Asani, Conti'Quan, Erdaian, Giante, Wolfine, L'Eema, Chtichlian, Orion, Ryden, Shia'Marr, Syrryn

Star System: Pergoni Solar System

Other planets occupied by species:

Military Leader:

Cultural names and terms specific to species:

Aye – Yes
Bumbee – Bad Fairies
Comeover – non-native
Middlin – tolerable
Skeet – gossip
Broogh – steep bank
Lhergy – high waistland
Cronk – hill
Bollan bane – mugwort
Bonnag – flat cakebread made with dried friut
Brabbag - warm the backs of your legs by the fire
Claddagh – land by the river
Crosh bollan – mouthbone of the ballan wrasse worn as a charm
Cruinnaght – cultural gathering
Dub – small hollow, pool, damp area
Ellan vannin – Isle of Mann
Farrain – hogwee
Keck – animal dung
Tramman – elder tree
Moaney – peatland
Mhelliah – harvest festival
Moal – literally slow, but used in the sense of ill
Jough – a drink
Litcheragh – lazy
Keeill – small ancient monk cell or chapel

M'Cathaian Crystals: hematite gray gem carefully cut into exotic shapes, the planes and angels meant to highlight/showcase the jagged electric blue lines. The gems look as if they have caught blue lightning in its prismed depth.

A Short History: Chi-Lin is rife with violence and territorialism. They developed psionic talent to adapt to the natural wildlife. As a consequence of the low level of empathy they gained, they stopped warring against each other because they felt each other's pain. Instead they developed a highly ritualized form of combat to deal with honor disputes and family squabbles. Male aggression was funneled into physical arts. Cities were built to be in harmony with the landscape. Their tech is psi-based and baffling to other species.

The Chi-Lin appeared on their planet, fully formed and obviously engineered. For what purpose? No non-Chi-Lin knows, and if they do, they aren't willing to say. Many speculate about where they came from. The Chi-Lin claim no knowledge of their creature—or so they say. The conversation came up again when Madux came away from the Waters of Truth on Qestaire unharmed.

Chi-Lin Names: (For future use) They always end in X

Margaux (Pearl)
Nox (god of night)
Obax (flower)
Obelix (pillar of strength)
Syrinx (water reed)
Amoux (eagle wolf)
Antrix (space, sky)
Arax (dau of king)
Bax (cheer, joy)
Calbex (shephard)
Calix (very handsome)
Cantrix (singer)
Ceyx (husband of Alcyone)
Chuslum-Moxmox (yellow bull, Nez Perce)
Dux (leader)
Eryx (son of Poseidon)
Fomax (goddess of bread)
Forfax (angel of astronomy)
Harbax (god given)
Inyx (spell)
Johanax (bestower of the world)
Kayarax (ancestor of King Kay-Khosraw)
La Roux (red head)

Chi-Lin Temple of… (??)

High Priestess: Calix Lynx

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