Thursday, December 13, 2018

Top Polyamorous Books of 2018 List #favorites #booklover #polylist

Every year the number of my top favorite books increases and I struggle to keep it to ten. This year I devised a plan. I'm splitting the audiobooks away from the ebooks. The ebooks I'm splitting between romance and poly romance. I'm also going to do a top 10 favorite authors. 

So this post is going to be all about the polyamorous romance. With the exception of Joely Skye Burkhart and Megan Derr, these authors are new to me and I considered them great finds. I'm pretty hard on poly romances because I need a balance in the relationships, even if there is no sex between some members of the relationship. I guess I look for a genuine family feel to the story. The ones with a slow burn are sometimes harder for me to judge whether it will have that family-feel. These had me coming back for more.  


Their Vampire Queen series by Joely Skye Burkhart still remains on my favorites list. This year she released Queen Takes Queen, Queen Takes Rook, and Queen Takes Checkmate. The story follows Shara Isador as she learns what it means to be a vampire queen and how to protect those she loves from the pit of vipers/other queens. It is action packed, has smexy times, and loaded with intrigue. I love the different ways she kicks ass. I have reread this series time and again, I even bought the audiobooks as they came out. Queen Takes Checkmate was supposed to be the last book of the series. I was pretty sure she couldn't wrap up both the Triune and Ra plotlines in one book. I was happy to hear there were would be more, not only for Shara and her men but for other queens in this world who I really liked. I'm not sure that I will ever get tired of this world.


A Life of Shadows is a slow burn poly romance with M/M sexual situations... eventually. This is the first book in The Redemption Saga trilogy. Sawyer is a hard, kickass woman. She struggles to trust, with good reason. She lives off the grid with two sides to her personality. One is the woman who takes in troubled kids and teaches them how to stand against adversity. The other is an assassin and thief. She gets caught and to protect what she holds dear, she agrees to their terms, which on the outside looks like a good deal but I had my doubts. There is action packed with loads of secrets and a very slow burn romance.


Four Psychos is the first book in the Dark Side series. It is labeled as a dark romance because this series deals the realm of Hell. The second book in the series had a trial where the characters had to make it through an underworld obstacle course and it wasn't for the squeamish. I didn't mind it at all though. This first book, Keyla is a ghost trying to become a real person again. I don't usually like stories with ghosts, but this one drew me in and I was hooked. There is a lot going on and at times it is funny. The twist was great.


I waffled about putting Hyena Queen on my favorites list. The story telling isn't perfect, but the author created this Hyena culture and lore that incorporates transgender and intersex characters with the hyena shifters that are interesting and I would really like to see where it goes. There are other types of shifters in this world and there is treachery and danger. I liked that they were portrayed as dangerous rather than simply humans who could change shape. I'm hoping that the series continues.


Technically, I wouldn't call the Dragos War Chronicles a 'romance'. There is a poly relationship (and many sex scenes to go with it) but there is also a slow burn romance between Danica and another dragon. What that means for her and her lovers is uncertain. Danica is essentially the last female dragon and she has been in hiding because male dragons are alpha-asses. She has built a network of support and has a small clan of her own comprised of different shifters (there is a whole lore about the creation of the shifters and their purpose and how the dragons have just forgotten/misused them). There are more secrets than the ones Danica carries. Oh, and be wary, there is a huge cliffhanger at the end of this that left me screaming at midnight. The next book was out so I stayed up reading just so that I could get to a place that didn't give me a heart-attack. 


This was unexpectedly good. I have a fondness for alien romances. I love the difference between humans and other species, not only physically but mentally and culturally. If there is a good plot as well, then I am all in. 

Unleashed by Tiffany Roberts fits the bill perfectly. When I started this, I didn't know that this was part of a shared universe between several authors. I will definitely be checking out more by Tiffany and looking into the other books set on this planet. In Unleashed, Nina is born with psychic abilities which causes fear in people. She was adopted by a loving couple and grew up hiding away from people until one day she decides to go to one of the nearby cities and find a mate. She gets trapped in an underground maze, incidentally freeing Aduun, Vortok, and Balir from a thousand years of captivity. Though they suspect she is working for the enemy, they must learn to rely on her and each other in order to live through the trials the maze throws at them. In the end, she was stronger than even she knew.


Dragon Magic by Megan Derr was fantastic! There are four main characters who crossed paths briefly years before and when the city is attacked, are the ones who drive the monster away. Now they are bound by an ancient oath. They have secrets not only from each other but from the world at large. There is political intrigue, assassination attempts, and... I'm struggling to describe this without giving away spoilers. I loved the in-depth look we get of each character as they grow to care about each other. It's not a quick read. I bought the paperback, too.  


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That's all that I have for the poly reads. If you have any suggestions, I would be more than happy to hear them. I'm always looking for new favorites. 


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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Assassin's Retirement: Chapter Thirty-One Part Two #amwriting #ION #gentleman #blogstory


Whew! I was scrambling around to get this finished. I put it off until the last minute, almost. But still, I lost track of my days and realized that I hadn't set up this post. I had meant for the last week's post to be the whole chapter but after I looked at it, I added more to the chapter before starting a new one. (It just seemed odd to have a chapter with only 700 words.) Zane and the guys are going to sit down and have a meal with Tezcatlipoca, and basically get some ground rules. 

Just a short note, this whole story has not gone anywhere I thought it would. I keep getting surprised by what comes up while writing. Although, with Tezcatliopca hanging around, there probably won't be a dull moment.

Copyright Lexi Ander


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Time passed strangely in Tezcatlipoca's… Zane wasn't sure what to call it. Realm? Dream? Dimension? He wasn't sure where exactly they were at, but when he woke from his doze it was to find the day had passed and it was once again night time. He could've sworn he only shut his eyes for half an hour, but when he looked around, he realized he and the guys had been moved inside to the massive bed. This time Alonzo was wrapped around him and not missing. He'd hoped that by allowing himself to rest, he would wake up back at home, but it seemed that Tezcatlipoca was not ready to let him go.

Across the room a man plucked foodstuffs from the banquet table and put them on a large plate. Careful not to rouse anyone, and still naked he noted, Zane left the bed to speak to the stranger. Perhaps he knew how they could get back home. It was a little disconcerting that he was not alarmed at the man's presence. Before he could cross the room, Alonzo was sitting up and scowling at him. After that everyone else woke with a jolt. Looking around with heavy lidded eyes, when they noted Zane was not in bed, they all scrambled up and came to him, making him smile.

Alonzo reached him first. "Why are you up?"

He motioned to the stranger. "I thought I would ask how we could get back home."

As if hearing Zane's whispered conversation, the man turned and looked at him. His skin was a rich red-brown, but his face was striped with yellow and black paint. He only wore a hide loincloth that was decorated with colorful beads. Feathers adorned his tightly-woven black braids. The only thing that was odd was his right leg, from the knee down, was made of obsidian.

"Come and fill your plates. Then join me for meal." The stranger swept his hand over the banquet table laden with a wide variety of food.

Alonzo bowed, and Zane quickly mimicked him. " We are humbled by your generosity and are honored to share a meal with you, Tezcatlipoca."

Zane blinked. How many forms to the god have? He supposed Tezcatlipoca could have as many forms as he had names. The thought of learning them all was a bit daunting, but he guessed he had time, didn't he?

At the mention of food, the guys made appreciative noises. As they passed Zane, each gave him a thorough morning kiss. Well, except Skyld who snorted and shoved Zane playfully. Alonzo took his hand and they crossed to the table. He hadn't realized how hungry he was until he got a whiff of the food. From that point, his only thought about how much he could get on his plate until Alonzo sat him next to Tezcatlipoca. Cord took the seat across from him and the rest grabbed places around the table. They were wary of Tezcatlipoca at the head but allowed themselves to be preoccupied with their food.

As delicious as everything smelled, Zane could only stare at his plate.

"What is wrong?" Alonzo asked. He hadn't picked up anything yet, but Zane suspected that was because Alonzo was waiting for him.

At the question, everyone looked at him. He didn't want to be rude to Tezcatlipoca or shun his generosity but… "There are stories about places where if a person accepts food or drink they are bound to that place and not able to go home."

"Fairy food," Cord said, staring down at his own greasy fingers, his eyes wide with no small amount of alarm.

Tezcatlipoca grinned, so Zane hoped he wasn't offended. "I have heard of such places on islands in the far north. It takes a strong people to live among such devious tricksters. You can eat and not worry, young Zane. Though I find the notion amusing, I will not be keeping you here."

The group's collective sigh was rather loud, making Zane grin with his own relief. He didn't second-guess Tezcatlipoca's assurance and ate steadily, watching his men. His possessiveness should give him pause, make him rethink everything that had happened. He'd been alone for so long that he should be uncomfortable with this many people now relying on him, but he only felt settled.

Midnight fed Skyld a tortilla dripping with honey. Zane's brother blushed, but opened his mouth, going so far as to suck on Midnight's fingers. He'd never seen Skyld with his guard down. He spent years thinking of Skyld as a mentor and friend, but finding out they were brothers was actually thrilling. He didn't have to be alone anymore and neither did Skyld. His brother must have sensed him watching because he looked up and blushed harder, is fair skin turning a bright rosy-red before he gave Zane a rude gesture.

"Before I send you back, I would discuss some things with you." Tezcatlipoca said softly.

Zane's food suddenly felt like a brick in his stomach. He put his tortilla down, giving Tezcatlipoca his full attention.

"All of you are a tribe. Zane's tribe." Tezcatlipoca's gaze met the eyes of everyone sitting at his table before giving Zane his full attention. "You are stronger together than apart. The ritual not only lengthened your lives — and I know some of you are already long-lived — but it bound you together. Alonzo will be able to guide you and answer any questions you have. Zane is your patrón, your leader, and you will follow his laws, as he follows my will in all things. You question him then you question me."

"Excuse me," Raine said, wiping his mouth. He glanced at Alonzo. "That's a lot of power to give Zane. Didn't a patrón do something to lose Alonzo?"

Tezcatlipoca tilted his head in acknowledgment. "You have a valid concern. But rest assured that I would not put my Most Trusted in the care of just anyone. Zane will serve you well. If you doubt, then all you need do is seek me out in the darkness. I will hear your question, and answer."

The guys squirmed in their seats, seemingly disconcerted by the idea. Or perhaps not. Cord smiled at Tezcatlipoca, soft and hopeful. Zane scowled and Tezcatlipoca chuckled as he placed a hand over Zane's fisted one.

"Have no worries. He is not for me. I would not take any of these men from you." Tezcatlipoca's dark eyes not only held mirth but a promise that said Zane was the only one whom Tezcatlipoca would be taking, if he so desired. "Now that you understand, I would discuss what is to come. There will be times when I will call upon you and my request will require bloodshed. But before then, a blood sacrifice will be needed to cement my bond to you as well as your bond to them. Until then, the sex sacrifice will hold us together."

Zane gave a negligent shrug. He was no stranger to death and though he had an idea that the bloodshed Tezcatlipoca spoke of would be something new to him, he would not form an opinion until after accomplishing his first 'mission' for Tezcatlipoca.

Something tickled against his mind and when he glanced into Tezcatlipoca's eyes, he was caught. "You will be my blade, the plague I send against my enemies. Through you I will pass judgment against the despicable children of the House of Oden's Runes. My jaguar warriors will stand at your side, and you will have the vengeance you thirst for."

Zane's grin was slow, and perhaps a bit wicked, if he went by how Cord did a double take, his eyes widening with his alarm.


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

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

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

What am I up to? Slogging through my WIP. Never give up! Never surrender! And worked on Assassin's Retirement blog story. I need to get some more chapters under my belt. Perhaps the break from the WIP will help. 

The cool happening this week is that Songs of the Earth released on audio. Twin Flames left Tristan in the middle of the river between an ancient goddess and a shirdal. Now he can get out of the water.  :)

Also, some shameless advertising, all my titles with Less Than Three Press are 20% off. Check them out here.

As for reading... I haven't read much on the list. I've been sort of blah with reading, too. Am I burned out with reading? Perhaps. Usually, when that happens, I'll do something different in the evening like gorge on video games. I might have to play Dragon Age over again. 


Title: The Omega Objection
Series: San Andreas Shifters, 2
Author(s): GL Carriger
Length: 317 pages
Publisher: GAIL CARRIGER LLC; 1 edition (November 4, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay

Notes:

Blurb: A werewolf walks into a bar. 

Tank is working as a bouncer when he notices something odd about the sexy-as-sin bartender. He’s odorless, he’s amazingly popular with shifters, and he’s terrified.

A man without a smell.

Isaac is trying to escape his past. He hides in San Francisco because everyone knows that there are no werewolves in the Bay Area.

Until one walks into his bar.

Can a gentle werewolf with a trampled heart show a man who’s been running scared that sometimes there are monsters worth running towards?

New York Times best selling author Gail Carriger (writing as G. L. Carriger) brings you the next in her charming gay werewolves series. The San Andreas Shifter books stand alone and do not need to be read in any order. ut if you're a stickler this book comes after Bryan & Max's story, The Sumage Solution.

Delicate Sensibilities?

This book contains M/m sexy times and horrible puns. If you get offended easily, then you probably will. San Andreas Shifter stories include blue language, dirty deeds, and outright admiration for the San Francisco Bay Area. Not for the faint of heart or mouth or tongue.



Title: Fangs for the Memories
Series:
Author(s): Julia Talbot
Length: 174 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (November 6, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay

Notes:

Blurb: One wolf lost his memory, but they’ll both lose their hearts.

Bitten werewolf Tom owes the folks at the Dead and Breakfast big for saving his life. So when they ask for help with a rogue wolf on the premises, he’s happy to do his part….

Though he isn’t quite prepared for what he’ll find.

Werewolf Nathan lost everything to a sadistic kidnapper—his freedom, his memories, and maybe even his ability to be human. But as soon as he meets Tom, he knows he might be able to reclaim his life. And even a turned wolf like Tom feels the mating call. The trouble is, Tom isn’t the only one who wants Nathan, and they’ll need help from all their supernatural friends at the D & B to defeat a powerful enemy and keep their love—and themselves—alive.




Title: Bayou Dreams
Series: (Rougaroux Social Club Book 1)
Author(s): Lynn Lorenz
Length: 204 pages
Publisher: Hartwood Publishing (November 20, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay /

Notes: This series has been on my read list a while and I'm glad that it is back on the market. 

Blurb: Sheriff Scott Dupree’s got more problems than he can handle. He’s alpha of his small werewolf pack and coming up for re-election as sheriff in a year. On top of this, his mother is casting love spells to find Scott a mate. It’s all Scott can do to keep the town and pack under control, let alone his urges to mate.

Ted Canedo is openly gay, a disgraced ex-cop from New Orleans. His patrol partner was killed on duty, and Ted took the blame for taking protection money from the store owner to save his partner’s wife and kids grief. No one knew Ted was in love with his partner, not even his partner. Having him die in Ted’s arms killed something inside Ted too.

When the moon is full, and Scott’s momma works her magic, Ted’s erotic dreams and his work as a PI bring him to St. Jerome and sexy, straight Scott. Scott’s stunned to learn his wolf is gay and wants to mate with Ted.


Ted refuses to become involved with a straight man, much less a werewolf, terrified to risk his heart again if it means he has to watch Scott fight to the death for his right to claim Ted as his mate.




Title: Dragon's Lair
Series:
Author(s): Daniela Jeffries
Length: 190 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (February 26, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Asexual / Bisexual / 

Notes:

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

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




Title: Claw Marks & Card Games
Series: Stallion Ridge # 2
Author(s): Maz Maddox
Length: 265 pages
Publisher:

Genre: Romance / Wild West / Centaurs and Other Paranormals / Gay

Notes: I'm reading the first book of this series, Heartache and Hoofbeats.

Blurb: Cooper Woodlock is a man who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Between his gambling debt and being a widowed father, he can never seem to get Lady Luck back on his side.

Desperate for a winning hand, Cooper starts hitting saloons and tempting fate in order to keep the bloodthirsty Spades at bay.

When a black-clad gunslinger enters the game promising a slice of freedom, Cooper realizes all too late what he is actually playing for.




Title: Traveler
Series: Equinox, 1
Author(s): Lily Harlem
Length: 105 pages
Publisher: Lily Harlem (November 27, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Poly / 

Notes:

Blurb: After escaping a fate worse than death, Uma Nixon knows she’s one lucky woman.

She also knows Earth is no longer a safe place to be.

Not wanting to fall into the same trap twice, she uses her skills to secure a job aboard Equinox as it travels between Earth and Planet Athion.

Some might say it’s a grinding job. A long journey in hyperspace as a cognitive traveler isn’t for everyone. But throw four sexy guys into the mix—human and alien—a cheeky parrot, and a whole lot of flirting and desire, things soon get interesting out there in the abyss.

When jealousy, curious quirks of evolution, and danger rears its head, Uma wonders if she’ll be able to handle the heat and the excitement. And if she can’t…there’s nowhere to run.

Planet Athion is a shared world contributed to by multiple authors. Discover more about this exciting Reverse Harem, Sci Fi Romance series today! Travel over to planetathion.blogspot.com for more information.




Title: Roam
Series:
Author(s): Dez Schwartz
Length: 208 pages
Publisher: NineStar Press (October 1, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Gay / 

Notes:

Blurb: Ethan Roam suffers from night terrors and vivid daydreams, which lead him to the doorstep of the eccentric Dr. Grady Hunter, who thrusts him into a world of supernatural misfits. Ethan quickly learns that there’s more reality to his dreams than he suspected.

As Ethan unravels the truth behind his nightmares and falls into his first experience with love, he also finds himself the target of a sinister plan.

Ethan’s trust in his new companions will be tested and he’ll have to decide who he can rely on and who he must defy in order to survive a fatal Halloween night.




Title: Only Human
Series:
Author(s): Meredith Katz
Length: 55 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press

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

Notes:

Blurb: Getting sick sucks, and magic sucks worse. So when Saul finds out that his sudden bout of sickness is actually a curse, he's understandably freaked out by being referred to a necromantic specialist. But the ordeal is made moderately better by the cute receptionist, Theo, who is exactly Saul's type—aside from the fact that he's dead. 

Sure, he's gray-skinned and put together from the remains of various corpses, but Theo is gentle, kind, and shares Saul's tastes in TV and video games. He knows all the right places for coffee, and enjoys long walks in the park. Maybe getting involved with the undead isn't so bad after all—and maybe you don't have to have a heartbeat to win someone's heart.




Title: Season to Shimmer
Series:
Author(s): Kim Katil
Length: 52 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (December 1, 2018)

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Holiday / 

Notes: Of the week, this is the only one that I read. It's a sweet romance between Nolan and Skylar (Shimmer). I loved that they knew what they wanted. It is also a story about brothers coming together to support their youngest brother. Two thumbs up!

Blurb: One morning close to the holidays, Nolan wakes up to two surprises: a distress call from his younger brother and a beautiful man in his bed. Nolan, an art gallery owner, has always been discreet about his sexuality, but when his baby brother plans to come out at the annual family gala, Nolan wants to have his back—and that means showing up with a man of his own on his arm. Nolan knows just the man for the job.

Skylar, who owns a karate studio in St. Augustine, can’t get his one-night stand out of his mind. When he runs into Nolan at his gallery he is more than happy to volunteer his services as arm candy. Out-and-proud himself with his striking blue/green hair, Skylar is all in. Their adventure means a fancy salon, family drama, lots of sex, a ninja hippo, and palm trees lit up in a very suggestive way. By the end of it, what started as a hookup might become much more.


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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Holiday Sales!


My publisher is having a month long holiday sale that includes my books. You can get 20% the books in the LT3 catalog. See below for details!

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Rock the Holidays 2018! This year, we’re giving you 20% off all books (ebooks, paperbacks, and an additional 20% off already discounted preorder pricing!) in the LT3 Book Market, we’re bringing back our ever-popular raffle, and will be holding $0.99 sales (announced on the LT3 twitter @LT3Press throughout the month)!

For every book you buy in the LT3 Book Market during the month of December, you’ll be entered into a raffle to win one the following fantastic prizes, including:

One Kindle E-readers
One of three $20 LT3 Gift Certificates
One of six free ebook prizes

Raffle details: Each individual book you purchase enters you into the raffle. Free books are excluded as raffle entries and box sets and bundles count as a single entry. Winners will be contacted through the email address associated with their LT3 Book Market account* and will have 72 hours to claim their prize before a new winner is selected. The Kindle Fire HD will be shipped directly from Amazon.com. Contest is open to all domestic and international customers. For full contest terms and conditions, click here.

*If your contact email is different, please leave a comment with your order with the email address you’d like to be contacted at in the case you win. This email address will not be used for any other purpose.


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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

New Audiobook Release! #PNR #fantasy #LGBTQ #takenonames


I am so excited! Songs of the Earth can now be found on audiobook! It is the second book in the Sumeria's Sons series and cannot be read as a standalone. Matt Haynes does such a phenomenal job with all the voices.

Links: AmazonAudible US | Audible UK | iTunes

Blurb:​
Thrust into the role of Prince of the Lycans, Tristan strives to find his footing in a life suddenly rife with secrets and lies--and danger. Betrayed by a Goddess meant to safeguard him, desperate to protect his consort and their growing tribe, he can only prepare for the worst and struggle to hope.

And then the worst comes to kill them...

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Did you miss the first book in the series?


Blurb: A Lycan descendant of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, Tristan is not as extraordinary as his ancestors. He is an average warrior, unremarkable throughout. But this fact does not trouble him because he has found his Twin Flame, the one person destined to be his, who will love him unconditionally, life after life.

Then his Flame betrays him, leaving him shattered and dying. Brokenhearted, Tristan dissolves the sacred bond and leaves. His best friend, Ushna, accompanies him, vowing to guard and protect him, and Tristan slowly comes to realize that love does not require a sacred bond.

But if he hopes to keep the love he chooses, they will first have to survive ancient secrets, lies, mythical creatures, and the return of absent gods…

Audiobook Links: Audible US | Audible UK | Amazon | iTunes 

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Assassin's Retirement Chapter Thirty-One NSFW #amwriting #blogstory #Gentleman #ION


Yay! More smexy times! :)

Copyright Lexi Ander


Chapter Thirty-One

Never had he been that… that… Zane didn't know how to describe what happened. Once his body recovered, he wanted to have another go. Gently he patted Alonzo's back, the silky hair soft to the touch. One of these days he would have Alonzo change into his giant form so he could lay on his hairy chest and bask in the sensation.

Tezcatlipoca moved off them, his smoky form floating to where the guys were fucking nearby. Someone had gathered blankets and pillows to protect them from the hard, stone floor. There was a perfectly usable bed inside… but then again, Zane had been fucked on the stone altar and strangely he was comfortable, but that may change when he moved.

With rising interest, he watched the others make love. Even Xander and Anson surrounded Skyld, their movements filled with languid purpose as they dragged throaty moans from Skyld. No quick one-offs. Zane recalled that Alonzo had said the tribes were made up of people who weren't related. That Tezcatlipoca had included Skyld in Zane's tribe should have seemed odd... but having Skyld with him felt right. Not that Zane wanted… yep, nope. He wouldn't be sleeping with his brother, but sharing the others with Skyld didn't cause jealousy to rise, so he wasn't going to overthink it.

Under Zane's palms, Alonzo's hair shortening to become more humanlike body hair. He lifted his chin, allowing Alonzo to nuzzle his neck. Alonzo's arms were still around Zane, one palm cradling his head. "Do you want to join them?" Alonzo murmured against his collarbone.

"Would it bother you if I did?" Zane asked cautiously. He'd never imagined having one lover, much less an additional six.

Alonzo licked up his neck. "No, they are our tribe. It is natural for us to share our bed with them."

Zane wrinkled his nose. "I don't have to sleep with Skyld, do I?"

The chuckle Alonzo gave made gooseflesh erupt on his skin. "No, my patrón. Our tribe is big enough that the others can see to his needs. Even I could. He will not be neglected."

Zane hummed, contented. Cord was pinned to the pillows by Prince, the sleek lines of their bodies gleaming in the torchlight and they moved together. The gray ash enhanced the definition of their well-honed muscles. Zane raked his gaze over them enjoying watching, one of many kinks he was discovering this night. Tezcatlipoca had joined Raine and Midnight. Raine moved languidly in Midnight, ignoring his lover's demands for faster, harder. That was until Tezcatlipoca covered them. Zane knew exactly what that felt like, seeing the moment when Tezcatlipoca penetrated Raine.

Zane's dick hardened again and Alonzo chuckled. "Come, my patrón, let's see to our tribe."

He accepted Alonzo's help off the altar, the growing warmth in his gut causing him to ache in new ways. Alonzo gave him a lingering look, running his palm over Zane's ass before heading toward Xander, Anson, and Skyld. Cord's whimper caused Zane to cross to him and Prince. When he knelt, Prince caught him behind the nape and claimed his mouth.

"Me too," Cord begged.

Zane smiled. "All you have to do is ask," he replied before kissing Cord hard, surprised when Cord surrendered completely to his touch. He ran his tongue over Cord's skin, nipping at tender places. The ash was slightly grainy but sweet, raising the heat in Zane's body and amplifying the ache.

Moving around he draped his body over Prince's back, sucking up marks on the tender skin beneath him. He didn't have any lube and was loathed to leave Cord and Prince to search for the clay pot Alonzo had earlier. Instead he rubbed against Prince, wrapping his fingers around Cord's cock. For the hours that followed, it was easy to become lost to lust and sensation. He suspected the ash had something to do with that. And, as if he needed proof he wasn't strictly human, he lost count of the number of times he came—which was fucking awesome, by the way.


With dawn lighting the horizon. Zane's exhaustion caused him to doze, unable to truly sleep in this strange place. He really needed to find a way back home but guessed they wouldn't be going anywhere until Tezcatlipoca was ready.


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
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part One
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part Two
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part Three
Chapter Twenty-Nine, Part Four
Chapter Thirty, Part One
Chapter Thirty, Part Two
Chapter Thirty-One


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Monday, December 3, 2018

Publisher Deals for December

For the month of December, my publisher, Less Than Three Press, will be having daily deals.

Check their Facebook page everyday for the day's $0.99 deal.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

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

What have I been up to? I've been trying to get Constant finished by the end of November, but I hit a wall this week. Not that I was close to being done, but still getting through the mental road block is ongoing. 

In other news, there are books!


Title: Saving Jax
Series: 
Author(s): LM Brown
Length: 290 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Dual Gendered Aliens / Felines / Gay / Mpreg / 

Notes: The other book in this universe is Loving Kit, which I loved and made my favorites list last year. I cannot wait to read this one!!

Blurb: Jax has made mistakes in his life, the biggest of which was falling for Lyndon. His love died when Lyndon refused to claim him as his mate after Jax discovered he was pregnant. His feelings turned to hate when his babies were stolen from his care the day they were born. 

Reliant on Lyndon for the cream he needs to survive, Jax does everything he can to keep him happy and he lives for the day when he will be reunited with his children.

When Jax discovers he is pregnant for a second time, he is terrified his second litter will be taken from him, too.

Ty is a dual-gendered feline who dreams of carrying his own babies one day. If they are fathered by Cal, the sexy feline he feeds from, it would be even better. Ty’s parents have other ideas. They don’t wish the public to know that their high-born son is dual-gendered, and arrange for a mating festival to take place so Ty can choose a dual-gendered mate of his own.

Although Ty has no intention of submitting to his parents’ wishes, something about Jax draws Ty to him and when he and Cal discover Jax’s secret, they know they must help.

Ty and Cal offer Jax a way to escape Lyndon’s clutches, but Jax knows almost nothing about the two felines who have offered to claim him.

The stakes have never been higher and Jax must learn to trust again, or risk losing everything.

Note: This book contains non-graphic dub-con and brief attempted assault between one main character and a secondary character that some readers may find upsetting.




Title: Lord Vampyre
Series: 
Author(s): Wendy Rathbone
Length: 241 Pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Paranormal / Vampires / Poly / Gay / 

Notes: 


Blurb: When Lord Neverelle becomes a guest at Cliffside Keep, Vanni watches helplessly as Damion, the young man he’s grown up with and secretly loves, falls for the alluring and seductive stranger. Lord Neverelle is danger incarnate, and soon takes control of the household.

Not satisfied with Damion alone, Never uses a vampire trick called “the tempt” to compel Vanni, who is swept into a love triangle that includes fiery passion and nightly threesomes.

Now Vanni must ask himself, is any of this consensual? And what about Damion—does he really want to be with Vanni, or is it all a sensual play controlled by vampire compulsion?

M/M and M/M/M romance.




Title: A Time to Rise
Series: 
Author(s): Tal Bauer
Length: 344 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Vampires / Knights / Gay / 

Notes: 


Blurb: History says the Knights Templar were destroyed in 1307.

History is wrong.

Vampires haunt the sewers beneath Rome, revenants desecrate graveyards, ghouls devour helpless passersby, and incubi stalk dark alleys and seedy nightclubs in Italy's capital. Deep in the Vatican, a brotherhood exists, sworn protectors of the earth, and they stand against the darkness. Operating in secret and silence, they protect our world from the sinister, the etheric, and the evils that exist beyond the Veil.

But it's a lonely life, and Alain Autenburg knows that more than most. His lover was ripped from him years ago, and he vowed never to get close to another soul again. Even when the loneliness presses down on him, and his empty heart cries out for something more.

Something more comes in Cristoph Hasse, a new soldier arriving in Rome to serve in the Pontifical Swiss Guard. Young, brash, and fitting in at right angles everywhere he goes, Cristoph struggles in the murky, deceptive labyrinth of the Vatican. Propelled forward by a past he can't understand, Cristoph collides with Alain as both men crash headfirst into the darkest secret of the Vatican... and of the world.




Title: Ancient Whispers
Series: Humanity Lost, 1
Author(s): Sammi Cee
Length: 128 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Angels / Soul Mates / Gay / 

Notes: 


Blurb: Denny Langer feels like a man without options. Pretty sure that his uncle is exporting something far worse than drugs, but with no one else to turn to, he’s ready to either sacrifice his soul or end his life as he knows it.

Azorarth is the fallen angel appointed to guide Denny toward the right path. After centuries of it being paranormal law to hide his true identity, he’s conflicted when he meets Denny and senses that he is his suflet mwenza, or soul-mate.

Will Azorarth go against the laws of his realm to reveal his true nature to Denny and save his life, as well as countless others, or will he ignore the voice of the Ancient One and stay hidden?

Is humanity really lost or will salvation come one paranormal/human HEA at a time?

*This is intended for ages 18+




Title: Blind Fall
Series: (Stolen by an Alien Book 5)
Author(s): Amanda Milo
Length: 171 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Aliens / 

Notes: I have read the first two books in this series. Stolen By An Alien made my favorites list last year. The blind woman and her dog was mentioned in two lines in that book and Amanda said she got so many emails, people asking if the dog was all right. So she wrote this. I have already read it and LOVED it. Can it be read as a standalone? Yes, it can. 


Blurb: I was gifted as a slave-bride to an alien giant.That’s the start of my day. At least I have my guide dog, Kota, with me. I’d be lost without her… literally.

Yes. I’m blind.


And our new alien owner is kind enough that he’s not holding me to the wife or slave deal even though that’s what I was intended for. We’ve basically been dropped into a scene from Little House on the Alien Prairie, complete with his one-room cabin, and he’s been the perfect gentleman. He’s pretty great, and I’m actually starting to wish I could take him home with me.


He doesn’t know it yet, but the threat of him going into ‘rut’ is no longer a deterrent...

**This book is a standalone--grab and enjoy! (Note: Explicit language and adult scenes are contained in this book.) 56K words.

***Heads up for readers of the Stolen series: this is an interconnected standalone, so hop in and have some fun “Aha!” moments with me!




Title: Hunter
Series: 
Author(s): JV Speyer
Length: 282 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Second Chances / Cops/FBI / Paranormal /

Notes: 


Blurb: Luis has spent his career chasing the darker side of life. First a vice cop, then an FBI profiler, now he lands in the Boston field office, and not by choice. He expects his case load to have a much lighter tone than he’s used to. 

He wasn’t counting on New England’s dark history, or their pride in it. He didn’t understand how close-knit the old towns could be, or how protective they were of their own. He soon finds he’s going to have to count on every skill he ever used in his time at headquarters, and a few skills he didn’t know he had, if he wants to keep body and soul together.

Complicating matters is a new case Luis has just been handed, working with the Mass. State Police. Luis has history there, and ugly history too. Detective Donovan Carey is the guy who broke Luis’ heart over a decade ago. He wasn’t willing to even peek his head outside the closet, certainly not for someone like Luis. Can they put their history aside to deal with a mystery centuries in the making?




Title: The Sea of Stars
Series: 
Author(s): Nicole Kimbering
Length: 388 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Royal Courts / Paranormal / Fantasy / Sorcery / 

Notes: 


Blurb: Desire. Destruction. Destiny.

Thomas Myrdin knows that intrigue is part of life at court, but that doesn’t make his king’s betrayal any easier to take. Yet heartbreak troubles him less than the apocalyptic visions that haunt him. Fiery premonitions that show the world burning in ruins—and the cause, the king’s daughter. Visions and vengeance awaken a strange new power within him, but not even he is sure if those visions are prophecy or madness.

Lord Adam Wexley harbors a secret longing for the elegant Thomas, but his duty is to protect the newborn princess. When a sudden threat arises, Adam seeks to procure the services of Grand Magician Zachary Drake. Even if it means sacrificing his own soul—and his body.

Drake has seen the worst of kings and courtiers. Now he protects himself with powerful sorcery and the adamant refusal to affiliate with any of the Four Courts. But the grand magician isn’t without weaknesses and Adam may be the one enticement that could draw him to ruin.

In a rising storm of magic with the power to strip away men’s souls, the thread of desire connecting three men could be the kingdom’s last lifeline…

(Series previously published as Ghost Star Night and Heir of Starlight now combined in one volume.)




Title: Shifting Shadows
Series: (Metal and Magic Book 1)
Author(s): Michelle Frost
Length: 136 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Shifters / Gay / 

Notes: 


Blurb: Something is moving in the shadows of Hanover Hills.

Being the lead enforcer of a werewolf pack isn’t the easiest job in the world, but Deckard Warren doesn’t trust anyone else to do it. Most days he doesn’t trust anyone, period. He leads his unit of Ironheld Wolves--defending their territory and protecting their alpha--with vigilance and a wrath as unforgiving as he is. When a man who doesn’t know his own name is chased into wolf territory by a rival pack, Deckard discovers something he thought didn’t exist for him and that he knows he doesn’t deserve.

Colt is running, but from what? And to where? He doesn’t remember anything before the moment he crossed the border into Ironheld Wolf territory with only the clothes on his back. After he leaps straight into the arms of the gruffest, most intimidating man he thinks he’s ever met, the werewolf seems hell bent on helping Colt get his memories back if only so he can send him on his way. With no other options, Colt takes Deckard up on his offer of refuge and sets out to figure out what happened to him even as proximity to the werewolf threatens to have him losing more than the recollection of his past.

But when the shadows shift and enemies are brought to light, will Deckard and Colt find a way to stand together or watch as everything around them drowns in darkness?

***Shifting Shadows is part of a continuing series and while the romance arc ends in a HFN, the overall story arc is ongoing and ends on a soft cliffhanger.***


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