Thursday, October 18, 2018

Pact Day: Out-Of-Office Sneak Peek at Constant #ValespainPact #Constant


I am at GRL this week! Whoot! Like last week, I postponed my planned blog post, instead giving you a quick look at Constant the next book in the Valespian Pact series. Enjoy! *cackles evilly*

Copyright Lexi Ander


Prologue

Ashari thought the arrangements for Azaes his and Ariafella's commitment ceremony were coming along well. Ariafella knew what she wanted but was still flexible when needed. She did not want a lot of frills and Ashari had to talk her into adding flower arrangements to the core. Ashari smiled as the last attendant left with their to do list.

Her future daughter-in-law was sorting through swatches of colored spyder silk, her white scales gleaming in the morning light. If someone had told Ashari ten summers ago that her eldest son would fall head over heels for Ariafella, she would have laughed them out of the palace. Azaes's first meeting with his future bride had ended with Azaes demanding Ashari not allow our Ariafella around Zeus. The summer before, Ariafella and Zeus had become fast friends, despite their age difference, when the twins had been away on a trip with Warlord Sohm'lan. Azaes had been extremely jealous of the attention Zeus gave to her, his attitude bordering on being unforgivably rude.

Ashari had put a stop to Azaes's behavior, but every time Ariafella visited he tagged along with Zeus, grumpy but civil. Then Zeus and Rathmar became friends.  Azaes did not act out but accepted Rathmar readily enough. Only Ariafella did he hold barely concealed… At the time Ashari thought it was animosity. She was sure of it when Azaes pushed Ariafella into the water fountain when he was twelve summers. He always claimed it was an accident, but Ashari did not believe him. Then, during Ariafella's stay at the palace when Azaes was fifteen summers, something changed. Zeus and Ariafella had been kidnapped while Sohm'lan had taken them to the market. Ariafella and Zeus had been found quickly, but Azaes… Azaes returned with them changed, swearing that he would one day marry Ariafella. He worked hard to win her over, and now, years later they would join their lives together.

Ashari adored Ariafella, always had, and believed she would fill the role of Empress well. Her years spent abroad at her father's side made sure Ariafella could negotiate any political situation with expertise. Her father, Tymon, was Atlainticia's ambassador to the Proxima Heann Coalition. When Zeus had taken to Ariafella so quickly upon their first meeting, Ashari had considered arranging a mating between the two if they were still close when Zeus turned fifteen summers. Azaes did not need to know how close he came to losing Ariafella. Ashari hid a smile.

Ariafella gave a long sigh and slumped in the high back chair.

"What troubles you?" Ashari crossed to the table and took the seat next to Ariafella.

"The head of House Cordyll is vile." As if realizing what she had said aloud, Ariafella quickly glanced at the door. She slumped even further in her relief to see it closed. Anyone who wanted to enter would need to knock first.

"He is not the most pleasant bull to be around," Ashari replied, alert. "Has he done anything to you?"

"Oh, no, it is not that. His two youngest did not come from the Academy after they graduated, and they have not contacted him. He is sure Rathmar knows where they are and he made a scene at market yesterday. Rathmar is almost as tall as Sohm'lan now, and yet he refuses to defend himself against Timsah." Ariafella hissed her frustration. "I know Azaes does not approve of my friendship with Rathmar, but Rathmar and Zeus are the only real friends I have. I do not know what happened between Zeus and Rathmar, no one will tell me, and as far as I am concerned if they cannot say why they suddenly revile Zeus's best friend… I am not going to cut Rathmar out of my life just because Azaes says so. And Rathmar!" Ariafella threw the colored blocks of silk into the carved wooden box. "He is no better than Mestor or Azaes, carrying guilt around and no longer confiding in me. I want to help him get out from underneath his father's abuse and away from those people. I know he has been waiting for his youngest siblings to leave. And now that it seems that they have… why is he still there? I do not understand why he would stay in an abusive situation."

Ashari looked away, her own guilt eating at her. The next time she contacted Valdor, she would insist that Ariafella and Azaes were finally told about Rathmar.

"Rathmar was with me when I received the message about Zeus being kidnapped by pirates from the space station. I thought he was going to pass out. As soon as Zeus comes home, I am going to make them sit down and resolve this issue. It has gone on long enough."

Ashari frowned. A couple days ago, they had received communications from Azaes letting them know that the situation with Zeus was not what they thought it was, and that all her children were safe. Did Ariafella give Rathmar the news as well? 

"The outcome might not be what you wanted to be," Ashari cautioned.

Ariafella's large, red eyes blinked several times. "I know that, but I hope for the best for them. Things have been so lonely with Rathmar distancing himself from me and Zeus being gone. Azaes is taking on more and more responsibility from his father. He has Mestor ever at his side. How do you do it, Ashari? Do you not thirst for friends or companionship? Are you lonely?"

"Of course I can be, but I have head the youngling's. Valdor and I learned how to make quality time for each other. Sure, all my younghood friends are on the other side of the continent and we grew apart over the years. You will have better success. You have traveled extensively with your father and are much more outgoing than I ever was at your age. I have every confidence that you will find a balance. I also think you will feel better once Zeus returns home."

Ariafella nodded, not really looking like she agreed. "I think I am going for swim. Want to come?"

"Let me wrap a couple things up and I will meet you there." Ashari watched Ariafella leave, her gold trimmed white robes billowing behind her in her haste.

Ashari sighed. Being the empress of Atlainticia was never easy. Throughout the years, she and Valdor had kept things from the younglings. Sometimes, they were simply too young. But the secret they kept these last five years had been the hardest. At the time, it seemed the best course of action. She and Valdor should have brought Azaes and Mestor into the secret four years ago, but her sons were not the best at hiding their feelings. There was the concern they would give away everything when they lost their temper. The twins had to learn to mask their emotions, and they had gotten better, but Valdor would not wage the life and welfare of others on the youngling's dubious ability to keep their thoughts to themselves. She would be glad when this nasty business with House Cordell was complete and she could speak to Azaes and Mestor openly about everything.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Assassin's Retirement Chapter Twenty-Eight, Part Two #blogstory #Gentleman #ION #amwriting


Welcome back to Assassin's Retirement. I've tried to come up with an intro to the last half of chapter twenty-eight but everything seems to give spoilers. So, go forth and find out what the shade will do!


Copyright Lexi Ander

"I see…" Cord started, his breath hitching. "sunshine and warm days. I smell gun metal and hope. I see the promise of… love… of belonging... of…" Cord twitched his fingers, desperately wanting to grasp onto the words spilling over his lips and never let them go. Zane's gaze turned to Cord, his 
brown eyes warming with welcome and perhaps understanding. "I see relentless courage… strength… unbreakable… a compass, as if Zane is true north. The rock I want to build my house on."

He pulled his gaze from Zane and looked to Alonzo. He was massive, now filling the entrance to the hallway as if he were an unmovable wall. " I see an odd sort of innocence… unquestioning loyalty… incorruptible… happiness… the promise of so much joy." His breath hitched again, gods above, he wanted that so much.

He wanted to be happy and not feel guilty that it wasn't the type of happiness the Valkyrie found. He was tired of not being what he was supposed to be. He wanted to be himself without fearing reprisals. He was tired of being found lacking by the very people he wanted to love him unconditionally. And now, with his dragon half on the verge of waking, he might never achieve the happiness he desired. When he became a Grendel there was a ninety percent chance he would be lost in the transition and his family would have to put him down before he hurt anyone. He hated putting the band in that position, asking them to stay with him because he was terrified of being alone. But if they stayed, they might have to do the unthinkable and kill him.

The shade's husky laugh caused Cord's body to break out in goosebumps. "
The most powerful part of you is close to waking fully. And even as you change, with possible death nearing, you want Zane and Alonzo to join your house." The Shade stroked something deep within Cord and he sensed again his dragon-self shift sleepily. Cord's nose burned with the scent of hot metal and the taste of smoke clung to the back of his tongue. 

"What would you do, halfling, if you could have both life and your house," the shade whispered in his ear.

What would he do? "Grab on with both and hands and not let go."

"And these Valkyrie you allow to torment you? Are you strong enough to walk away, never to return to the realm of your birth? For if you become mine, your blood will belong wholly to me and no one else."

Cord dragged his gaze from Zane and Alonzo to the side where his vision was clearing, allowing him to see the rest of the room. His mother argued with Myranda Anatha. Judging by the crackle of power in the air, the priestess's goddess was close to the surface once more. Saja didn't seem to notice or perhaps she didn't care.

"Valkyrie," Myranda snapped. "Outside!"

They didn't dare disobey even though Saja suborning remained. Cord looked at the woman who had given him life, who
, against the odds, had worked tirelessly to make sure he stayed alive. He'd yearned for her approval for so long and he realized he would probably never have it. Did he really need it? No, not really. The knowledge still hurt though. He and Saja didn't have a mother-son bond and never would, despite what he sometimes wished. In her own way, she cared for him, her protectiveness was evidence of that. But he could not hold what wasn't in her nature against her, just as reaping the best warriors was not in his nature.

"Yes," Cord finally replied. "I can walk away." As he said the words, he'd realized they were true. After he left Asgard, he had built the family he had needed.

He glanced at the top of Raine's head, surprised to see Raine looking back up at him with concern. The shade had dropped down, though still wrapped around them. He cupped Raine's stubble cheek, and was rewarded with a hesitant smile that stretched under Cord's thumb. Raine, Anson, Xander, Prince, and Midnight were what Cord needed. If Zane and Alonzo joined them, would that be enough for him? For them?

"That is for the tribe to decide as whole," the shade said before billowing up in the middle of room, the outline of a four-legged animal becoming clear.

Upon seeing it, Saja attempted to draw her sword. Myranda hissed angrily, flicking her wrist and sending Saja flying backward to slam again the front door. In a daze, she slumped to the floor.

"You will obey me, Saja!" The icy calm in Myranda's command hinted at the danger lurking under her veil. "Or you will be replaced and sent back to Asgard in shame."

Saja flinched as if struck, but Myranda didn't release Saja from her unrelenting gaze until Saja nodded. Turning, Myranda inclined her head to the smoky creature. Her eyes blazed gold and Cord quickly glanced away, wary of being knocked unconscious again. "Greetings Father of the Night Sky, I am sorry you have been awakened from your slumber."

The creature sat on its hind legs, the posture regal as the shade brimmed with power. "I have been aware for many weeks, the danger to 'he who is loyal' was like a persistent gnat that would not leave me be. I have never cared about what transpires across the great ocean, but this north blood clan has caused me to consider visiting their house. They pose a danger to what belongs to me and I will not tolerate their overreaching grasp for power."

Myranda sighed in resignation. "I thought as much." She looked to where Zane was being held, Alonzo whispering urgently to him. Both of their expressions were unreadable. When Myranda looked at him, Cord was surprised the impact wasn't what he'd anticipated. Somehow the shade had shielded him. What did the shade's protection mean?

"Is there any way I can persuade you to allow me to handle House of Odin's Runes?" Myranda inquired almost as if she didn't care about the answer.

The shade-creature looked to Zane. "I will send a Tohil Guard with my patron instead of going myself." The 'for now' hung heavy between the shade and Myranda. "Also, tell your people I have claimed these men as well as the brother of my patron."

The possessiveness of the statement spurred Saja to stand on shaky legs. "You cannot have Cord, he's mine!" she practically shouted.

"He is not someone you can possess like the souls you tear from human bodies. He has never belonged to your realm regardless of how you have tried to make him fit. Your willful ignorance cripples your blood, makes you weak." The shade rose to four legs and paced, keeping Saja in its line of sight. "His talents are being wasted on the north bloods. I have no wish to change him or bend him to my will. He is perfect as he is." The shade's power crackled in the air. Cord swore he heard distant thunder.

"I will not let you steal him from me," Saja drew her blade.

A crack of lightning shook the windows and the smoke billowed, rolling over Cord and completely covering him as well as everyone around him. He felt as if he drifted in nothingness, but Raine's unbreakable embrace grounded him, letting him know he wasn't alone, helping to keep Cord's panic at bay.

"You will never be alone again," the shade promised. "You are now mine, and you will always be able to find me in the dark."



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
Chapter Seven, Part 2 -
Chapter Eight, Part 1 - No such thing as heroes
Chapter Eight, Part 2 -
Chapter Nine, Part 1 - Dead is supposed to be... dead
Chapter Nine, Part 2 -
Chapter Ten, Part 1 - Gathering Allies
Chapter Ten, Part 2
Chapter Eleven - Combustible
Chapter Twelve - Standing His Ground
Chapter Thirteen - Choices
Chapter Fourteen, Part 1
Chapter Fourteen, Part 2
Chapter Fifteen, Part 1 - To kill, or not to kill
Chapter Fifteen, Part 2
Chapter Sixteen - Maricoxi Guardians
Chapter Seventeen - Coincidence?
Chapter Eighteen, Part One - Guns Ablazin'
Chapter Eighteen, Part Two
Chapter Nineteen, Part One - Reckoning
Chapter Nineteen, Part Two
Chapter Twenty - Mercy
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Three
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 1

Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 2
Chapter Twenty-Six
Chapter Twenty-Seven, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Seven, Part two
Chapter Twenty-Eight, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Eight, Part Two


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Come and see me! GRL Week!


 Whew! I leave for GRL tomorrow. I'm driving (11 hours) so I won't get to my hotel until the evening. There are other early birds who are already there, and with luck, I'll meet up with some of them and orientate myself with the area. I am seriously happy that the hotel I'm staying at is across the street from a Starbucks. There is another cafe down the street according to my Tomtom. I won't be missing out on my coffee!! Whoot!

If you are going to GRL come and see me. I'm very approachable!

Where will I be?


10/18    1:30 pm to 1:45 pm         Portsmouth Ballroom 5     Author Reading
10/18    3:00 pm to 3:45 pm         Portsmouth Foyer – 2nd Floor      Author Lounge
10/19    2:00 pm to 2:45 pm         Portsmouth Foyer – 2nd Floor      Author Lounge
10/20    10:00 am to 12:30 pm    Portsmouth Ballroom 4 & 5– 2nd Floor     Featured Author Signing

During the author lounge(s) I will have a ton of things to give away. 

  • Ceramic coffee cups
  • Mood straws (that change with the liquids temperature)
  • Nail files
  • Pens
  • Trading cards and bookmarks, 
  • Sunder notebooks
  • And a select few canvas tote bags and mouse pads
  • Oh, and candy!


For the Author Signing, I thought I would do something different. I will be giving away a copy of Caledonia Destiny and Sūnder...

Yes, you heard that right! So make sure that you come see me for the Featured Author signing on Saturday.

What else is going on?

There is a ton of things to do in the evenings (list copied from the GRL websiteand I'm going see if I can catch a few.


THURSDAY EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
GRL Opening Day Supporting Author Booksigning

Portsmouth Ballroom V - Second Floor

Thursday morning, meet some of the new voices in LGBT romance. Take advantage of this time and get to know these rising stars and discover some hot new books! Readers are invited to bring their favorite books with them or, in many cases, books can be purchased directly from the author or publisher. Or, if you don't want to pack all that extra weight in your bags, come prepared with book labels or swag that the authors can sign instead.

7:30 - 9:30 PM

2018 GAYROMLIT OPENING NIGHT Pajama Party!

~Co-sponsored by GRL & MLR Press~

Holley Ballroom/Foyer - First Floor

We’re kicking off the opening night of our 8th year in the most comfortable way possible. You’ve been asking for a Pajama Party and we’re finally delivering! Come as you are or throw on your footy-pajamas, nightgown, flannel Nightshirt, or perhaps even that themed onsie you impulse-purchased and have yet to wear. Grab a plate and make your way through a full breakfast buffet! There will be coffee and hot tea on hand along with a cash bar for those who prefer to grab their favorite libation and chill with old friends and new – hosted by GayRomLit and MLR Press. Whether you're attending for the first time or back for a reunion unlike any other, the opening night event sets the tone for the entire weekend and is not to be missed.

9:30 PM – 1:00 AM
2018 THURSDAY LATE NIGHT Karaoke Slumber Party!

Portsmouth V - Second Floor

Join DJ Randy and your Karaoke MC's, Trina Lane and Ethan Day immediately following the opening night Pajama Party as we kick off a few hours of Karaoke goodness. Since you're already dressed down in your comfy-best and have a belly filled with a hearty breakfast, you can start this late night slumber party off on the right foot! Trade in your hairbrush for a microphone, gather a group of your besties and sing yourself silly along with the rest of your GRL family! We'll close out the tail end of the evening dancing with DJ Randy!

***We want to ensure that everyone attending this event feels comfortable participating without discovering a video of themselves on Facebook or You Tube the next day. For this reason, there will be absolutely NO live streaming or video recording allowed during the Karaoke event. As always, pictures are totally fine so long as you have permission from your friends to include them before posting.


FRIDAY EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Extasy Books Presents....For The Love Of Games 2018

Holley Ballroom - First Floor

BINGO is back by popular demand but that will just get us started! Some returning games from last year "Ping Pong Twerk", "How's It Hanging?", "They don't pop balloons like this in Sunday School!" and we will have a bunch of new ones as well! Join us for guaranteed FUN, LAUGHS and tons of PRIZES

FRIDAY LATE NIGHT EVENTS

9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Game Night Bonus

LEE * MADISON * JEFFERSON - First Floor

For those of you who couldn’t manage to get your fill of game night with eXtasy, we’ve had three of the smaller rooms within the first floor event space set up with table rounds and chairs. Gather up some friends and bring your favorite game or grab a spot to kick back and conversate with your fellow attendees! The bar is just around the corner for those who want to grab a cocktail and some snacks. *Space is limited

9:15 PM - 11:45 PM
Author Medley

AMPITHEATRE - First Floor

Join our rag-tag, mixed bag of Featured and Supporting Authors and Indy-Pros who’ve signed up for random blocks of time to do god-knows-what! That’s right, folks, gird your loins ‘cause the sky is literally the limit! You might get a naughty book reading from one author or narrator, followed by insight into a new release from another, or someone showcasing their unique talent for bird calls or ventriloquism the next! We don’t know what’s going to happen and neither will you unless you show up and see for yourself. *Seating is limited


SATURDAY EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
The Featured Author Book Signing

Portsmouth Ballroom IV-VIII - Second Floor

One of the Retreat's highlights each year is the big booksigning event on Saturday featuring the biggest names in LGBT romance. This year's iteration will feature the 90 featured authors in an all-star extravaganza not to be missed. Readers are invited to bring their favorite books with them or, in many cases, books can be purchased directly from the author or publisher. Or, if you don't want to pack all that extra weight in your bags, come prepared with book labels or swag that the authors can sign instead.


2:00 - 3:10 PM
The 2018 Featured Narrator Reading Event

Portsmouth Ballroom IV, Second Floor

Join us for this very special event highlighting some of the best in M/M or Gay Romance audiobooks and the award winning narrators who perform them. This moderated event will feature live reading selections from each of our 2018 Featured Narrators who will take the stage one at a time. There will be an opportunity for each one to take a few audience questions allowing attendees to get to know the individuals who bring the books you love to life with audio-performances that always leave you wanting more!

The 2018 GRL Fun Fair Events

If you enjoyed all the zany shenanigans of the Cockwalk or playing Red Hot Pictionary with the sassy lasses of GRL, you’re not alone! Whether part of a group or experiencing the Retreat for the first time, we know you’ll have a blast interacting at these events. This year the Fun Fair events will be held on Saturday afternoon in the Evergreen Ballrooms and will be 1 hour in length per event. Each Fun Fair event will have its own dedicated time slot and they'll be scheduled back-to-back with no other competing events occurring simultaneously.

3:20 - 4:20 PM
Celebrating Rock Star Readers

Portsmouth Ballroom I-III, Second Floor

Join ten of your favorite authors as they celebrate the fabulous readers of LGBTQ romance! Everyone goes home a winner during a fun-packed hour of games and giveaways. Collect raffle tickets as you help authors guess which of their characters are represented on their mystery cards, but be careful not to use any of the restricted words! The more raffle tickets you win, the more chances of nabbing one of the grand prizes! Emcee Michael Pauley will corral Alexa Land, Aimee Nicole Walker, Charlie Cochet, Hailey Turner, Kyleen Neuhold, Lucy Lennox, Macy Blake, Nora Phoenix, Piper Scott, and Sloane Kennedy with special guests Jeff and Will from The Big Gay Fiction Podcast.

4:30 – 5:30 PM
Fun and Games with RRW

Portsmouth Ballroom IV, Second Floor

The Rainbow Romance Writers are back with a different game and plenty of prizes! Come play Three Facts and a Lie and learn about RRW authors, have some fun, and pick up some great books and swag!

9:00 PM – 1:00 AM
THE 2018 TOTALLY TUBULAR EIGHTIES COSTUME PARTY

Portsmouth Ballroom V - VIII, Second Floor

Gear up for a travel back in time to the decade of decadence! You can come as you are or like...totally embrace the 80’s spirit! Grab your Jordache jeans, shoulder pads, leg warmers or parachute pants! Tease up that mall hair, sport a side pony and accessorize with a neon scrunchie or those massive Jody Watley hoop earrings! ‘Cause this costume party is way more than just a nice day for a White Wedding! Channel your inner Material Girl, preen around the room ala Prince in Purple Rain, sport your New Edition hi-top fade or your best Heavy Metal Hair Band, or you know, like, anything Michael Jackson wore...like ever! And if you fear all this fun will leave you Hungry Like A Wolf, no worries, kids, we’ve totally got your back! Nosh on an assortment of freshly baked cookies, fudge brownies, whole fresh fruit with assorted candy bars, chips & pretzels. You can wash all of that down with freshly brewed coffee, teas, assorted soft drinks, bottled water or grab your favorite libation from the cash bar. You won't want to miss this final opportunity to party down to all the greatest hits from the 80’s with your fellow GRL family on the final full day of the Retreat.


SUNDAY EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

8:00-11:00 AM
GRL Farewell Brunch

Holley Ballroom - First Floor

Enjoy the hearty breakfast buffet you've come to expect at GRL, then grab your besties to say goodbye while creating a few final memories and keepsakes before you head back home. This event is sponsored by GRL.



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Saturday, October 13, 2018

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

What am I doing? Packing... packing... and more packing. Trying not to take too much to GRL but also attempting to keep it at a manageable level. The goal is to come back home with less. I need to make sure all my music is loaded on the phone and ipad. I need to make sure I have some good audiobooks for the drive. Should I take me own coffee grounds?



Title: Ghosts and Grudges
Series: The Shaman Queen's Harem
Author(s): Jasmine Walt & J.A. Cipriano
Length: 332 pages
Publisher: Dynamo Press; 1 edition (December 4, 2017)

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Reverse Harem / 

Notes: I love this cover but it seems to be only available in paperback at this time. It's possible they are revamping the covers or the edits. 


Blurb: A hidden world. An ancient power. A trio of hunky, dangerous shamans. What could possibly go wrong? When an ancient spirit awakens a hidden ability within Aika, grateful is the last word that comes to her mind. Being able to summon monsters and spirits to do your bidding might sound cool in comic books, but in real life it brings nothing but trouble. And between chasing after a medical degree, caring for her ailing mother, and running the family business, she's got plenty to deal with. Unfortunately, Aika doesn't have the luxury of ignoring her new abilities. An ancient, powerful evil has taken her mother, and the only way to free her is for Aika to embrace her heritage. Luckily, a couple of hunky shamans have recently taken an interest in Aika, whose abilities are unique from others of her kind. They're willing to train her, and even fight by her side. But the more time Aika spends with her guys, the more she realizes that they might not be what they seem. The truth is just out of reach, and once Aika uncovers it, she'll either find the key to saving their world... ...or destroy the best thing she's ever had. 

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you can't stand the idea of a girl having relationships with multiple guys and who does NOT have to choose between them, this book is not for you. There's also a sprinkling of swear words, some hot kissing and sexual tension, and plenty of action scenes. You have been warned!

Title: Now and Then
Series: (Touch of Gray Book 5)
Author(s): Dakota Rebel
Length: 101 pages
Publisher: Supernova Indie Publishing Services LLC (October 1, 2018)



Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Shifter / Gay /



Notes: Sometimes it nice reading a straight up shifter romance.


Blurb: Brie and Calvin Grayson had what anyone could see was a typical suburban life. With two young boys and a thriving dental practice, they were happy and comfortable…by day anyway. At night, they were an extermination team, ridding their home town of monsters to ensure the safety and comfort of their son Bryce, and their adopted son Cole.

It’s been a rough year for the Grayson boys and their partner Sebastian, learning the buried secrets of their family history, coming to terms with the emotions and attractions that have been building between them for so long and trying to manage hunting and being supernatural creatures, things have reached a boiling point.

On the anniversary of their parent’s murder, the boys find themselves trapped in a dangerous situation, trying their hardest to keep history from repeating itself.




Title: Leopold
Series: Saga of the Bold People, 1
Author(s): MD Grimm
Length: 512 pages
Publisher:
Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Gay / Assassin /

Notes:



Blurb: How does a human survive in an alien dominated InterGalactic Community? By becoming an assassin, of course.

At least, that’s what Leopold thought when he became an assassin for the elite. Pretending to be an alien known as Voidstriker, Leopold feeds his appetite for vengeance, killing aliens as well as taking their money. It's a win-win to his mind. That is, until a bounty is placed upon his head.

With his true identity now revealed to the IG Community, Leopold knows it's only a matter of time before the powerful family members of his victims come for blood. Far worse is the fact that the one who put the bounty on his head, is the one he most fears.

A routine job three cycles ago brought him face-to-face with Mastrodai, a prince of the powerful Mrrog Nation. Not only did Leopold—accidentally—destroy part of Mastrodai’s moon, but one glimpse of the mighty alien had him feeling desire for the first time in his life. He ran, and like predator after prey, Mastrodai never stopped hunting him.
Leopold is convinced that Mastrodai wants bloody revenge. But when he finally confronts the mrrog, he is stunned to realize Mastrodai wants something very different. Something surprisingly intimate—the one thing that scares Leopold more than torture.




Title: The Complete Tempted Series
Series:
Author(s): Selene Charles
Length: 1025 pages
Publisher: SeleneCharlesPublishing; 1 edition (September 6, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / Demons /

Notes:



Blurb: This is the complete boxed set of all three books in the Tempted series, a spinoff of the Night Series which features a carnival of the damned, a grim reaper known as Dean, and Pandora, one of the seven deadly sins also known as Lust. There is a lot of crossover between both series, but you do not need to read one to understand the other. 

Book 1: Forbidden

Welcome to Whispering Bluff, Tennessee. Where the guys are hot. The girls are sweet. And nothing is what it seems...

Flint DeLuca is sick and tired of moving. She and her dad have moved three times in the past year. But that's the life of a carnie. Even an ex-carnie like her. Her father swears this is the last move. All Flint wants now is to graduate from High School and put the carnival life behind her. Unfortunately, one of the two ain't gonna happen. So now not only is she back in the life she can never seem to get away from, she's also met this guy who pushes all her "I totally hate you" buttons.

Cain. No last name. Wears shades in school. Dresses entirely in black. And only speaks to her when he's insulting her. She hates him. Hates him. And yet... there's something about the Goth boy that draws her like a moth to flame. God, she can't wait to graduate and get away from Whispering Bluff, only problem is she's pretty sure her high school is infested by vampires. Cain might be one of them. And for some reason, she seems to be on their menu.

Sometimes High School really sucks...

Book 2: Reckless

The day Flint DeLuca moved to Whispering Bluff, TN she thought her life was over...until she met the dark, brooding, and seriously hot Cain. And then things were epic. Until they weren't.

Prom night, her school is bombed by a pack of monsters known as hive, Flint's nearly killed in the explosion and her best friend Abel is kidnapped—all of it orchestrated by Cain's crazy mother, Layla aka The Hive Queen.

The race is on to find Abel before Layla can turn him into one of her twisted creatures. But when a sword keeps appearing and disappearing in Flint's room, one that bears strange markings on it and hints at a secret buried deep in her past, Flint's already chaotic life is turned upside down. Now not only must she find a way to save Abel, but everything she thought she knew of her world and her life is about to change forever...

Book 3: Possessed

Flint DeLuca had hoped that recapturing Abel from Layla's vicious clutches would have been the end of a very long nightmare, but she couldn't have been more wrong. She's taken her friend--now twisted into a thing of rage-filled darkness--deep below the earth to heal and recover from the atrocities his mother committed upon him, only to discover they've been tricked by the dark fae court and have been thrust into a game of high stakes. Where the winners walk away, but the losers die.

As if that wasn't bad enough, back on Earth, Cain's grappling with biblical end time prophecy, an Aunt who may or may not be the reincarnation of the Scarlet Woman doomed to tear open the Gates of Hell, and the loss of his mate and his brother.
Great sacrifices will be required of them both, losses will accrue on every side, will Cain and Flint find their way back to each other? Only time will tell...time neither of them have much of...




Title: The Good Shaman
Series:
Author(s): JE Lorin
Length: 207 pages
Publisher:

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay /

Notes:

Blurb:


In the fanciful world of Sendalar, where dragons dot the skies and magic is steadily giving way to industry, Raven’s Blood and Talman Goodearth meet in the tiny village of River’s Bend, where they become best friends. When a tragedy occurs, however, the boys are torn apart. Years later, they come back together at university. Love blossoms, but danger lurks in the shadows. Raven and Tal slowly discover that their love may come with a price too high to bear. 




Title: Conquered by the Alien Prince
Series: Alien Prince Series, 1
Author(s): KR Morrighan
Length: 24 pages
Publisher:

Genre: Erotic Romance / Sci-Fi / Gay / Short Story /

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Blurb: After years as flight partners, training aboard a spaceship fighting the Chuama forces, Acsel knows Xander better than he knows himself. However, Acsel has been keeping a secret from his partner for far too long: his feelings go beyond that of a fellow soldier. When Xander goes missing during a mission, Acsel worries he will never be able to confess his feelings. Thankfully, Xander returns, but something terrible has happened to him.

Prepare for shocking twists and steamy sex in K.R. Morrighan's debut novel, the first installment of the Alien Prince series.




Title: Corrupting Kross
Series: Terra Mortis Book 1
Author(s): JD Light
Length: 83 pages
Publisher:

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gargoyles / Gay / Comedy /

Notes:

Blurb: Larrin Brenner

I know there is more to Kross than most people see. I mean, it's not like I've been stalking the guy, but I may or may not have happened by all the places my hand-to-hand combat instructor goes and possibly watched as he played with the kids at the daycare and helped at the animal shelter in his free time. I also may be obsessed with the man, but as long as my friends keep me from making drunken confessions that will only prove just how much Kross is not into me when he rejects me like a bad check, all will be fine. Until one of the other gargoyles on Terra Mortis falls asleep a real girl and is rubble only hours later. Suddenly, Kross's protective instincts are in overdrive and as it turns out, that's because I'm his mate. As a member of the regiulapis bloodline of gargoyles, I was born without the ability to scent my mate, but Kross is bellalapis and had known since the first time we met. Though his reason for not telling me immediately is solid and becomes more so once I meet the man who raised him, I can't help but be hurt. And it might not matter, if the unknown person using forbidden magic against me succeeds in their mission to get rid of me completely.

Kross McCabe

A century is a long time to train for something, only to find out it was never meant to be in my life anyway. And that's exactly the shock I get, when I find my mate facedown on the sidewalk in front of the castle that serves as a training facility for special factions of immortal warriors. Terra Mortis is an island in the Caribbean where that training facility is located, and it's supposed to be the last milestone before I'm sworn in as a master for the Praemani, a group of men who devote their entire life to the study of immortal history and hand-to-hand combat. The problem is, I can't have a mate and be a master. Full devotion is needed for both. I've chosen my mate, but before I'm ready to claim him, I have to figure out who I am outside of the only thing I've ever known. And did I mention that celibacy is part of the full devotion to Praemani? So, yeah. I'm a hundred-year-old virgin. Can I convince my mate to accept me when I'm still struggling with being myself? And what if I'm the reason a practitioner of forbidden magic is targeting him? Can I forgive myself if I trusted the wrong person and my mate suffers for it? Can he?

Warning: Mpreg elements! (Though the MCs in this book aren't and cannot get pregnant, this is a spin-off series from my Chosen series. Occasional Mpreg characters might have cameos. You've been warned!)

Also, my books have little to no angst, and lots and lots of fluff! They are better read in order, because I kind of write them like a continuation of a story, and I don't like to repeat explanations over and over if I can help it. No cheating, because that makes my heart hurt, and I try to avoid things that make me sad like I SHOULD be avoiding carbs. Sorry, I just don't want anyone being disappointed if they like the angst filled heart-rippers. These read more like a romantic comedy than a romantic drama.




Title: Cerberus Confidential
Series: (Primordial Realms Book 1)
Author(s): Stacy Benedict
Length: 107 pages
Publisher:
Genre: Urban Fantasy

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Blurb: One missing woman. Two detectives. Numerous suspects.

Detective Niels Troelsen is nervous and excited about working his first case. Find a human woman who has been missing for a few days. Simple, right? Turns out his missing person was keeping secrets, along with everyone else in her life.


Niels and his partner, Detective Elan Cohen, use their Canine-shifting abilities to sniff out clues, but the case is tougher than they thought and bodies are piling up.


Can they find her before she, too, ends up at the morgue?




Title: Halloween Werewolf
Series: Holiday Shifter Mates, 1
Author(s): Kamryn Hart
Length: 135 pages
Publisher:

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Shifter /

Notes:

Blurb: A wolf howls on the mountain.
Austin’s heart skips a beat.

It’s been a long time since he heard that sound.
And it brings back memories.

Some are good.
Some are bad.
It was the usual Halloween fun.
Then it was two “werewolf” pelts flaunted on a viral video.

All of it conjures up memories of Mateo, Austin’s first love.

When Mateo disappeared four years ago, Austin tried to let him go.
He tried to forget about the “werewolves.”
But he couldn't.

Mateo is one of them.

That howling means Mateo is back.
And Austin has no intention of letting him leave this time.

Halloween Werewolf is a gay M/M paranormal wolf shifter romance with a guaranteed HEA at the end. This book works as a standalone, but it is part of The Holiday Shifter Mates series. For the best reader experience, the books should be read in order.

***This is a sweet and steamy romance. It contains a fire-hot wolf shifter guy with anger issues and his adorable human lover who happens to be a fantastic school teacher. Naughty language, intense scenes, and sexy times. For mature audiences only.







Title: After the Flesh
Series: (Dragon Borne Book 1)
Author(s): Fannie Price
Length: 335 pages
Publisher:
Genre: Urban Fantasy / Horror /

Notes: This cover is awesome. And the author changed it between the first time I saw this to this posting. It's billed by Amazon as horror, but it sounds more like a UF to me.



Blurb: Demons are real. 

The revelation tilts the world of Chicago's homicide detective, Veronica Sykes. Learning she is related to them, knocks it right off its axis.

A cambion.

Things go from bad to sideways when she catches the attention of the very demon she tries to protect her city from. With the help of Lachlan, a dragon liaison with a government task force, Veronica uncovers the demon’s purpose…

...break his master out of hell.

To stop the demon, Veronica makes a bold move. But when her bravery puts her in danger of embracing her demon half, she must rely on her new colleagues, and her own determination, to save her soul from the darkness within.






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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Pact Day: Out-Of-Office Sneak Peek of Bespoken #ValespianPact #bespoken


So I'm prepping to go to GRL next week and got overwhelmed with the number of things I needed to accomplish before I left. As such, the post I had planned about the insight to the Terrans will have to wait a couple of weeks. Instead, I have an excerpt from Bespoken. Beware, it is the rough draft and not edited. Otherwise, enjoy!!

Copyright Lexi Ander


"Nanny Peri, I do not understand what this is saying about the Galactic Emperors. How can they rule but not rule?" Prometheus looked up at Peri with his silver, sightless eyes.

She had noticed that he had been responding to movement and expected he would soon begin to gain his sight. The Bespoken followed a different developmental path than most other Fal'Amoric's his age. He might be only five years old, but like the L'Eema, he mentally matured at the age of one. He thought, understood, and held the knowledge of someone older than his physical age. On average the Bespoken's eyesight developed between the age of five and thirteen. Soon afterwards, his sex would begin the maturing cycles that would last until he was twenty-five. Empress Asia pushed the development of the mental component, which was the only part the empress had any control over. Peri disagreed with Empress Asia, but that argument always went in circles. Peri wanted Prometheus to play more, allowed to be the child he was physically, but Empress Asia ignored Peri's pleas and insisted on the grueling lessons and constant testing.

Peri tucked Prometheus's dark blue hair behind his ear, revealing his sweet cherub face. "Their responsibility is primarily the maintenance of the grid. That duty takes up much of their time and energy. But they are members of the Cypress Council of Neighn, therefore they sit on the board and are the deciding factor when the council is unevenly split on a decision. Or they can overrule the council entirely, especially if the situation has to do with anything pertaining to the safety of the galaxy."

"So that is the reason I have to memorize all these trade regulations and their history?" Prometheus let out a bored sigh.

The empress had left the house an hour ago to attend meetings at the State House, and Peri was about to suggest a recess but her bracelet vibrated. She glanced down, narrowing her single eye at the display that announced an unauthorized entry. Suddenly the warning was replaced with an error message, then another announcing all was well.

Prometheus cocked his head, listening keenly. "There are eight people downstairs, trying to be quiet. I do not recognize the tread."

Peri rose from her chair and crossed to the beautifully carved toy chest with the glass front. Quickly and quietly she emptied the contents. When she turned back to Prometheus he stared in her direction.

"They are intruders. Do you remember our drill?" Prometheus's open trusting expression squeezed her heart. How many times had she almost taken him on a walk in the park in order to secret him away from this dry, loveless household? Empress Asia had approached the Giante king, Eurymedon, for help protecting the Bespoken. When given this assignment, Peri had not expected to fall in love with the child. Dutifully she had represented her father and people with honor, but here lately, she entertained dishonorable thoughts. Prometheus was in constant danger, and yes, he was well-kept and within the security of the empress's home. But he was also starving for love and affection, even though the empress pressed upon him to eschew all emotions. If Peri took him away, could she protect him on her own until he was needed at Knossos? Taking him would brand Peri as an abductor, a thief, a breaker of bonds and vows. Her father would have no recourse but disown her, strip her of title and lands, and her people would abuse her if they crossed her path outside her homeworld of Anatolia. Giantes did not tolerate those who brought shame upon their family and people. Their word was their bond, stronger than any metal forged.

Prometheus approached, bringing her out of her thoughts. She lifted the lid to the false bottom of the toy box. When she turned to pick him up, her hands engulphed his chest as if he was a newborn and not a child of five summers. The Fal'Amoric were a tall people, the average height around three meters for full grown adults, but Giantes were taller still at four meters. Peri was short for one of her people, but still towered over a mature Fal'Amoric and children Prometheus's size were like delicate dolls in her hands. She gently laid him in the box. They had worked diligently to teach him how to keep from panicking in tight spaces and she hoped those lessons served him well.

"Prometheus, you need to stay here and be as quiet as you can, just as we practiced. No matter what you may hear, do not come out or reveal your position," Peri whispered, keeping her voice calm. His sensitive hearing would enable him to discern what happened beyond the protective walls of his hideaway. She did not know if that knowledge would be a blessing or a curse.

He took the plush Valuzial Guardian toy she handed him and squished the doll to his chest. Taking one last look at him, Peri refrained from tucking his hair behind his ear, instead she closed the lid of the false bottom and piled toys he never used on top. The glass front revealed what the box held minus the boy.

From the armoire in the corner she withdrew everything she needed. With quick sure movements, Peri slipped her breastplate emblazoned with the Mukene lion over her head and pressed a sequence of buttons that caused it to reshape to fit snugly to her torso and hips. There was no time to don the rest of the ensemble. The creek of the second step on the first floor stairs gave away the intruder's location. She wished she had Prometheus's sharp hearing to know where the rest of the eight intruders were in the house.  Taking up her staff, she twisted the combination and sharp gleaming blades burst from the ends.

Crossing to the doorway, she halted and glanced over her shoulder at the seemingly empty nursery. "Stay here, my little one. I will return shortly," she whispered knowing only Prometheus could hear her.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Assassin's Retirement Chapter Twenty-Eight, Part One #blogstory #Gentleman #ION #amwriting


Welcome back to Assassin's Retirement. I think that this might be one of my favorite chapters. It's an in-depth look at Cord and who he is. Oh, yeah, there is a shade poking at his mind.


Chapter Twenty-Eight


Distantly, Cord heard his name called, could feel that he still held Raine. When he'd scooted back, he'd taken Raine with him and he was sure he had startled his lover. But he didn't have time to reassure Raine or anyone else as the shade pressed against his mind.

He threw up his mental barriers just as he'd been taught. Shielding hadn't come naturally to him as it had with other Valkyrie. When he was first learning, building mental walls was like trying to sculped water. He had a hard time grasping the intangible, that was until he reversed his perspective. Instead of shaping water, he was the water. Fluid. Clear or cloudy, he was the one who decided, his walls bending around what attempted to penetrate his mind. The waters darkening, always between him and this intruder. The last time his mother had tested him before he left Asgard, she tried to muscle through his liquid veil. His shield had flowed around her, causing her confusion until Cord had ejected her. Since then, no one had penetrated his shields.

The shade ran feelers over the veil Cord hastily put up. There was so much power in that fleeting touch that he gasped, trembling. The sensation was similar to when Myranda's goddess was near the surface, but where that primal power had repelled him, this beckoned to him, tempting him to allow the shade in, to bear himself to be sacrificed and devoured. Cord squirmed as his body shivered and dick hardened.

A soft, dark chuckle rumbled in his ear. "You would love that wouldn't you?" The shade's words were accented and thick, almost like he'd woken from a deep sleep but wasn't quiet awake. Pressing more firmly against Cords shields, the shade didn't attempt to penetrate, testing yet playful. His body reacted as if he was underneath a lover, lightly restrained, submissive and waiting for a command. Lust swamped him, knotting his stomach, making him tremble and his mouth water.

He dropped his head back until it rested on the furniture behind him, mouth open. Cool fingers pushed past his lips and he moaned as he sucked on them.

"You may bear the blood of the woman warriors from the north, but your heart craves something different." The shade settled heavily on Cord. He couldn't tell if his actual body was covered or if the sensation was all in his mind. He struggled to pull his attention from the being, back to his veil. He found it had thinned but still held even though it was now clear instead of dark. Had he unconsciously allowed the shade to see him? The lusty haze cleared slightly as his heart rate picked up pace, the blood pounding in his ears.

"So young. So naive." A physical weight settled over him and he noticed Raine had quieted but hadn't release him. Cord suspected that if he opened his eyes, both he and Raine would be covered by the shade. "You couldn't keep me out if I truly wanted to take over your mind. You covet what belongs to me but before I make you mine, I would know your resolve, your loyalties. I have heard of these Valkyries, fetchers of souls, devourers of men. Their devotion to Odin is unbreakable, but it leaves no room for their own need. They slake their desires but hold none close, not even their children."

The noises from the room penetrated and Cord just barely discerned raised voices, the words of demand meaning nothing to him. The shade's fingers left Cord's mouth, a sharpness trailing lines over his chin where fingers wrapped around his throat and gently squeezed. He could still breathe but the hold telegraphed that could changed in a second. He didn't fight the shade but lay still, waiting.

"Let me in, halfling. I would rather not break your mind. My new son likes you and I would rather not damage what he is considering on claiming." The soft rumble that followed the request seemed to grip Cord's balls.

In a part of his mind where his consciousness watched with shock and alarm, that part of himself demanded Cord resist. But there was an equally noticeable part of him that rolled in its slumber under his skin, filling his nose with the scent of ash and molten metal, soft rumbles of approval. As far back as Cord could remember, he was always aware of his dragon-self, though it had slumbered since the day he was born. He feared this part of himself, suspecting that when the dragon awakened, it would steal his mind and drive him insane. Now it strained towards the shade and Cord didn't know what to make of that. His dragon-self never reacted to anything. Instead of retreating to the recesses of his mind, Cord lent an ear to this scary part of himself, ignoring his fear… and let down his shields. If he was to die, this would be a better way to go than becoming a rampaging monster and hurting his family.

The shade prowled forward, wrapping around Cord's mind, sinking into him. The being overturned his deepest secrets, pulling to the fore his unbridled fears and rifling through Cord's memoirs. Something quite like a purr, but not, soothed him. The shade lingered over his memories of his lovers, his family, stroking them almost fondly, approvingly. Something in Cord relaxed and loosened simply because finally, someone understood. He'd spent years with the constant guilt that he wasn't like other Valkyrie, enduring the disapproving stares over something that came as naturally to him as breathing.

"You have built a strong and mighty house." Cord wanted to bask in that approval. "I have not claimed any not of my blood for eons and yet your house temps me. I need a tribe for my most trusted and his new patron for the will they will need the security as well as the stability. Trouble brews and they must be secured before the storm breaks. What do you say, halfling? Open your eyes and tell me what you see."

He obeyed. His vision tunneled and he stared directly at Zane and Alonzo. Everything to the right and left was blurred, making it so he was unable to see what caused the commotion to his left… though he assumed it was his mother. As he'd suspected, the shade had not only covered Zane and Alonzo from the waist down but stretched across the floor to Cord. Only topmost of Raine's head laying against Cord's chest could be seen, the dark gray shadow covering both them. Was Skyld and the band enveloped as well? A sixth sense told him, yes.

Looking back to Zane and Alonzo, the yearning Cord felt when he first saw Zane's picture swelled within him, but this time he didn't attempt to squelch his need, nor did he allow himself to feel guilty over how he wanted Zane, and now Alonzo, in his life. In the long years he'd lived earthside, he had passed by many warriors of great renown. There were very few who had been irresistible, and those Cord had pursued with a passion until they became his. He treasured each and every one of them, valued their uniqueness, and was thankful every day they were a part of his family. He wasn't sure why he had to have only them and not all the warriors who pulsed with great power. What had drawn him to collect Prince, Xander, Midnight, Anson, and Raine?

Neither Zane or Alonzo looked at him. The shade patiently waited for Cord to answer the question. Yet, he didn't know how to answer. He'd never put into words what he saw. The Valkyrie and his mother had long ago quit listening when he'd tried to explain. They didn't understand, and if he was honest, they didn't want to… even his mother. He wasn't conforming to the other Valkyrie, so they didn't waste their attention on him.


Now this shade… this being wanted what his people did not. For several long moments, Cord's vision blurred and when he blinked, the tears spilled over the corners, making salty tracks into his beard. Why did that knowledge affect him so?


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
Chapter Seven, Part 2 -
Chapter Eight, Part 1 - No such thing as heroes
Chapter Eight, Part 2 -
Chapter Nine, Part 1 - Dead is supposed to be... dead
Chapter Nine, Part 2 -
Chapter Ten, Part 1 - Gathering Allies
Chapter Ten, Part 2
Chapter Eleven - Combustible
Chapter Twelve - Standing His Ground
Chapter Thirteen - Choices
Chapter Fourteen, Part 1
Chapter Fourteen, Part 2
Chapter Fifteen, Part 1 - To kill, or not to kill
Chapter Fifteen, Part 2
Chapter Sixteen - Maricoxi Guardians
Chapter Seventeen - Coincidence?
Chapter Eighteen, Part One - Guns Ablazin'
Chapter Eighteen, Part Two
Chapter Nineteen, Part One - Reckoning
Chapter Nineteen, Part Two
Chapter Twenty - Mercy
Chapter Twenty-One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Two, Part Three
Chapter Twenty-Three
Chapter Twenty-Four
Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 1

Chapter Twenty-Five, Part 2
Chapter Twenty-Six
Chapter Twenty-Seven, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Seven, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Eight, Part One


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