Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Leap of Faith: Part Two NSFW #blogstory #MM #gay #contemporary

Welcome back to Leap of Faith! A quick apology. When I created the blog posts, I split the story paying attention to where it stopped for suspense, not noticing where the sections started. Which means this drops you right into the nudity/sex scene in the first paragraph. Sorry, not sorry. :D

Copyright Lexi Ander

Part Two


Dropping a kiss on the small of John's back, Javier stepped away. His erection pointed at Sam's face. Sam brushed sandy hair out of his eyes before he placed a condom in his mouth, and then expertly rolled the latex down Javier's shaft.
"Oh, yeah, babe, just like that," Javier started pumping in and out of Sam's mouth. "Yeah, you like taking my dick, suck me, suck me hard." Javier grabbed Sam's hair and actually started choking Sam on his cock.
Ben cringed but Sam seemed to eat up the rough handling.
"Javier, don't forget about me," John whined, wiggling his ass at Javier, which garnered him a stinging slap on the butt.
After pulling out of Sam's mouth, Javier added lube to his sheathed cock and John moaned aloud as Javier pushed inside him and started a slow steady rhythm. Sam hopped to his feet, rolling on his own condom. Javier paused as Sam gradually slid into him.
"God, babe, you're so fucking tight on my cock. I'll never get tired of the way you feel," Sam groaned loud and clear.
"Need you, Sam, need you to pound me with your fat cock. Don't stop, don't ever stop," Javier gasped as Sam set a hard, fast rhythm that shoved Javier into John.
Ben stood there frozen, watching as his life tumbled down around him. How long had Sam and Javier been lovers? How many employees had Javier fucked at the office? How many people who worked for him knew and either pitied his naiveté or laughed at his blind stupidity? How had he not noticed something had been going on? How could he not have picked up on the nuances between Javier and Sam? Was he that oblivious? His stomach rolled as he watched the two most important men in his life betray him.
Sam had been his best friend since childhood. They'd come out to their parents together. They'd shared everything, and it appeared, he'd been sharing Javier with Sam too. He felt inexplicably lost, set adrift, and he didn't know what he'd do. He trapped a ragged sob behind clenched teeth but it didn't stop the tears from falling.
"The stripper's here." Someone called from behind him, pulling him out of his thoughts.
"Good, have him come over here and put his cock in Javier's mouth," Sam called.
Ben's legs were rooted to the spot and refused to cooperate. He mind screamed for him to move, to hurry before anyone recognized him. He wanted to hide, to be invisible. All his dreams were gone, stolen, taken away by secrets and lies. Shouldn't he be mad? His mind said he should be but all he felt was a body-numbing chill that made his heart feel too large for his chest. He didn't want to be seen or talk to Javier right then. But at that moment, Sam glanced over his shoulder and the happy bliss drained from his face as he recognized Ben staring back at him.
Coolly, Ben turned and walked out the door. He strode on wooden legs down the hall to the elevator. Pressing the call button with more restraint than he felt, he watched the progress of the elevator in the numbers overhead. He wondered if it would be quicker if he used the stairs. Forty floors were too many to attempt at any other time, but now the need to leave nearly made him throw away caution.
A tall, dark-headed man who carried a heavy leather jacket and motorcycle helmet approached from the opposite direction. The guy's visual perusal reminded Ben of the ridiculous costume he wore. How did he ever think these sequined boy shorts would turn Javier on? Now he had nowhere to go with a muscular hunk walking toward him. The biceps on the guy would crack Ben's paper-pushing ass in half just by flexing. He watched the man from the corner of his eye. He never knew how people were going to react. A straight man wouldn't be caught dead in the outfit he wore. The last thing Ben needed was to get his ass handed to him if the guy was offended.
"Some party." The stranger placed the helmet under his arm.
He wasn't as tall as Ben had thought. They were about the same height, though the guy was wide, very wide, with much more shoulder width than Ben… and the most amazing crystal blue eyes.
"I guess you could say that. My fiancé appears to be fucking his way through our employees and my best friend is fucking my fiancé." Ben stopped breathing. Had he just blurted—yes he had.
Fan-fucking-tastic.
The man held his helmet out to Ben and he automatically accepted it. He didn't know why. Maybe it was the way the stranger didn't blink when Ben said his fiancé was a man. The guy pulled on his heavy motorcycle jacket.
"I guess the upside is you found out before you got hitched."
He rested the helmet against his stomach, attempting to hide his body while swallowing back his anguish. The elevator dinged and the doors silently slid open. The stranger motioned for Ben to enter first before following.
Ben heard his name being called and he couldn't help the way he flinched. Sam slammed his hand on the elevator door to keep it from closing. His chest was bare and sweaty, Sam's jeans hung loose on his lean hips.
"Ben, wait, let me explain."
He could only stare at his best friend. What did Sam think there was to discuss? There was no way he could misconstrue what had been going on.


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Saturday, April 27, 2019

What's On The Reading Radar? #WishList #TBR #amreading

What's going on? I'm in a reading slump. Nothing is really holding my attention. I cann't say how many books I have started, put down to do something like make dinner and then just moved on to another story. I have already re-read some of my favorites (this week has been Anne Bishop) and still looking for something new to ignite my imagination. I hate this when it happens. Nothing really grabbed me from the list so it's short today. Just wish list and to-be-read offerings today. 


Title: Sometimes Demons Whisper
Series: WCPC Paranormal Consultants Book 1
Author(s): Lynn Michaels
Length: 13 pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books Inc (March 1, 2019)
Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Gay /

Notes: 

Blurb: Kayden and Bryan find a way to deal with the demons that the consultants at WCPC can’t handle.

WCPC handles all your paranormal needs. Poltergeists, ghosts, or mystical apparitions, we can help. We employ the most talented wranglers who can control even the toughest demons around. Call the consultants of Watercrest Cannon Paranormal Consultants to help.

Broody wrangler and tactile psychic take on the mystery at Brown-Blythe Manor - Sometimes Demons Whisper.




Title: Omega for Rent
Series: 
Author(s): Liam Kingsley
Length: 153 pages
Publisher:

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Accidental Pregnancy / Billionaire Romance / Gay / Mpreg /

Notes: Not sure if I have read this author before

Blurb: It’s better to fake a relationship than be forced into one… But what happens when the fake relationship starts feeling like everything you never knew you wanted?

Chase Cartwright has a problem—his dad needs him to date the omega son of an important businessman in order to close a deal. But omegas often form intense emotional attachments with alphas and Chase, commitment-phobe, isn’t willing to take that risk. He just needs to figure a way out of it…

Riley Lewis is an omega for hire, and he offers a specialist service—he can take an alpha knot without any of the emotional baggage. And now he’s got a client, a rich alpha who needs him to be a fake boyfriend. But Chase is adamant it’s just business. A fake relationship for show, to keep his father off his back. No sex. Definitely no knotting.

But what’s Chase supposed to do when the immediate connection he feels for the omega turns into a soul-deep craving to be close, too overwhelming to ignore? It’s all-consuming and beyond any kind of human bond, and the alpha will tear apart the world to keep it safe—both Riley, and the new life they’ve created within him.

Because there’s a new danger lurking on the edges of their happiness, another alpha who’s obsessed with Riley, and he forces Chase into an impossible decision: How much is Chase willing to sacrifice to protect the man he loves and the baby he carries?</i?




Title: Protector Dragon
Series: 
Author(s): Liv Rider
Length: 228 pages
Publisher:

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay /

Notes: 

Blurb: Shifters ruined his life. How can he be falling in love with one?

Growing up the only human in a shifter town, Joel has been an outcast his entire life - not even his own family let him forget how weak humans are. Running away was his only chance at a normal life, and he's been avoiding shifters ever since. But when his job working in a coffee shop puts him in a room full of shifters, he has to confront his worst fears. He's just not sure if he should be alarmed or happy that the hottest guy he's ever met is determined to talk to him. After all, everyone knows shifters aren't attracted to humans.

Dragon shifter Thomas Rollins thought nothing could be more difficult than resolving arguments between the shifters in his district. But when he meets his fated mate Joel, he has no clue how to get the suspicious human to talk to him for more than five minutes, never mind go out on a date. When he learns about Joel's past, he's determined to prove shifters and humans can get along very well.

Just as Joel is starting to let his guard down, his family finds him and forces him to come back to a place he refuses to call home. Can the trust Joel and Thomas have started to build survive the ultimate test?

Protector Dragon is a m/m paranormal dragon shifter/human romance with a HEA and no cliffhangers


Title: Luka the Thief
Series: 
Author(s): Darina Smith
Length: 145 pages
Publisher:

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Luka, a young thief, steals from anyone he can to support his family. When he decides to make it a habit by stealing from a jeweler in a faraway village, things get out of hand when the man catches him. Trying to escape, he runs into the sword-maker of that village. 

Stild, on his way back from the town, meets a young boy named Luka. Luka asks for his assistance, and Stild, being the kind-hearted man that he is, decides to help him. Stild has no idea of the consequences that he will have to face in helping a thief. When strangers come to the village, having their eyes set on Luka, Stild can’t help but wonder what it is they want. But soon, he realizes that if he has to protect a thief, instead of going to the authorities, he will have to take matters into his own hands.


Title: The Sapphire Scythe
Series: The Order of the The Red Shadow, 1
Author(s): JB Trepagnier 
Length: 218 pages
Publisher:

Genre: Romance / Urban Fantasy / Gothic Vampire / Bisexual / Poly / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Born in battle, my birth brought peace. But peace is boring and so is the warlock I’m betrothed to.

Real Name: Aria Emanuele

Code Name: The Sapphire Scythe

Supe Status: First vampire/Succubus hybrid. Heir to the Aeternae clan.

Military status: Top spy and assassin for the Universal Army.

I’ve been running from my duties as the heir to the supe kingdom to marry Cade, my intended, and create more hybrid children for centuries. I’ve been playing soldier, spy, assassin, or whatever takes me close to the action instead. My parents and my people think I just need time to sow my royal oats, but I love this too much to give it up.

Humans have brought themselves to World War Three. My mission in the Universal Army is to get close to the dictator who caused it. I already suspect he’s got a supe close to him, but I’m keeping it to myself for now. I want to do this myself. I had a mark close to Zimin, the dictator. My mission was simple. Extract information, then kill him. Something went horribly wrong that night. I wake up in a hotel room with a Lycan, a vamp, and a warlock. All trained assassins like me. Seems my dear parents sent them here.

There’s also a little catch in there. According to the men in my hotel, nature has given me three mates instead of one. Nature and my parents expect me to pick. Nature has sick sense of humor and seems to know my horrible taste in men. There’s Ronric, the huge Irish Lycan, Rainer, the dark Egyptian Warlock, and Kalon, the swarthy Bulgarian vampire. I had a lot of fun in all three countries before swearing off men from any of those places and refusing to go back.

Now, I’ve got 3 beautiful men in front of me with all the qualities I want in a man and I have no idea how I’m supposed to pick.


Title: Pendulum
Series: (Kingdom of Night Book 1)
Author(s): Joel Abernathy
Length: 463 pages
Publisher:

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

Notes: cliffhanger warning with notes about the rest of the series being released by the end of April 219

BlurbTorn between brothers, torn between worlds.

All I wanted was a fresh start when I left my abusive ex-boyfriend behind in Austin. What I got? A den of wolves.

No, I mean literal wolves—moon worship, fangs and all.

Sebastian and Victor? One’s troubled and dangerous, the other’s as overprotective as he is overpowered, and they’re both alpha males. Speaking of alphas, each of them thinks I’m his “fleur.” Which I’m guessing is another term for “omega.”

If I wanted anything to do with the wolf pack or its super-exclusive “gentleman’s club,” I’d be flattered that the twins are fighting over me like a scrap of meat, but I’m not that kind of guy no matter what they insist I am and there’s nothing gentlemanly about the wolves who run the Lodge.

Problem is, they’re not the only ones who are after me. Keeping the wolves at bay is hard enough, but when a vampire from my past comes calling, I’ll have to choose sides—and a mate—just to survive.

Pendulum is a 140k romantic fantasy and the first in a series of three books. This book has been re-edited and republished, V. 2.0. The first two books end in cliffhangers and the third (final) book ends in an HEA for Remus and the brothers. The entire series will be released by the end of April 2019. Please see inside cover for content warnings, audiences 18+ only.


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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Leap of Faith: Part One #blogstory #MM #gay #contemporary

The short story from Wentworth Salvage is over, and if you caught the blog post yesterday about the delay in the continuation of Assassin's Retirement, you know this next project is Leap of Faith. If you missed that post, you can catch up on the news here.

A little background on a Leap of Faith: I answered a submission call for an anthology back in 2012 and wrote a contemporary gay romance short story for it. The anthology has been out of print since 2013. It is the third story that I wrote and it does have it's issues which I never got around to fixing, expanding, and republishing. I haven't read through it in a loooooonnnnnngggggg while. I wrote it because I had always wanted to write a story about someone jumping out of a cake at a bachelor's party and the scene had been in my head for a while before I penned Ben's story. You'll be surprised that there are no running for you life, explosions, fist-fighting, or any action-adventurey stuff in this. It is strictly romancey. I hope you enjoy it, even with it's flaws.

Blurb: 


After building his business from scratch with his lover, Ben prepared to take the next step and marry Javier, the man he loved. How could he have known that being the surprise at Javier's bachelor party would change everything? Heartbroken and lost, a chance encounter with a kind stranger gives him a helping hand.

Dawson didn't realize giving Ben a place to stay for a couple of days would change his life or gain him a friend. He only wished Ben wanted more than friendship. A small misunderstanding makes Dawson realize he may have read Ben wrong. Does Dawson have time to correct his mistake before the past comes back and tries to take Ben from him?

Copyright Lexi Ander

Dedication

For Duane… just because.

Trademarks Acknowledgement


The author acknowledges the trademarked status and trademark owners of the following wordmarks mentioned in this work of fiction:

Clorox: The Clorox Company
A&D Ointment: MSD Consumer Care Inc.

Chapter One

Benjamin Hamilton squatted, hunched in the small confined box, for so long that sweat was running down his back. He estimated he'd been in the fake cake for five minutes or so but these things weren't made for a person's comfort. How had he thought this was a good idea for a surprise?
Oh, wait—it was Annie who'd talked him into doing this. His sister had picked out the outfit, if that is what you'd call the little bit of clothing he wore. He'd never seen so much glitter in his entire life. The sparkly stuff had gotten everywhere, and some of those places weren't remotely comfortable. His normally messy blond hair was carefully spiked, the tips bleached white. Annie had helped him with the eyeliner. Ben thought he resembled a raccoon but his sister swore his hazel eyes popped. He was sure that before he jumped out of the box that eyeliner would join the sweaty ooze of sparkly spackle and he'd appear truly hideous. Everything from his pits to his groin had been waxed, an experience he'd never put himself through again. Pain wasn't his forte and hair removal was painful no matter what anyone said.
How much longer did he have to wait before they rolled him into the bachelor party? In two days, Ben was marrying his fiancé and business partner, Javier Salvador. Five years ago, he and Javier started an advertising firm together. In that short time, the business had grown by leaps and bounds, making them very successful men.
Ben's family came from money but he wanted to make his own way. Even though his parents were dying to help him out, he steadfastly refused, despite Javier's worry they'd go belly-up in the beginning. Ben's stubbornness caused more than one fight with his lover but Ben was glad he'd stayed firm because now they were a successful independent firm.
Stable and profitable, the only thing left to complete his dreams was to marry his lover. Ben had proposed to Javier in front of family and friends at a private get-together at the home they'd built together in Malibu. Ben's parents were ecstatic. They adored Javier and treated him like a son.
Holding on to his patience as he waited, he pictured Javier's surprise. Ben imagined Javier with his suit jacket open, tie pulled loose, slouched tiredly in a chair. Javier would want to be home with him, and not drinking at a bachelor party, until Ben stepped out of the fake cake. Ben could see in his mind how his lover would run his hand through that silky black hair as lust-clouded eyes traveled down Ben's body. He anticipated lots of kissing, groping, and some very hot sex.
Recently, the wedding had caused tension between the two of them. Ben knew it didn't help that exhaustion from their hectic schedules had them falling to sleep as soon as they hit the bed. He missed the alone time with Javier, and he excitedly anticipated their two week honeymoon in the Caribbean. No work, no more planning, no more parties, only the two of them. The surprise would be the opportunity they needed to get a jumpstart on their honeymoon.
He braced himself to keep balanced in his squat position as the cake rolled down the hall of the hotel. The blare of music drowned out all other sounds. The knock on the roof signaled he'd arrived. His heart beat hard and fast as he counted down from twenty. He braced his feet, hit the switch, and carefully stood up. The switch released the walls of the cake, allowing them to fall outward as he stood up.
Words stuck to the tip of his tongue as confusion took over. The surprise he was going to shout stuck to the roof of his mouth. The scene that met Ben's eyes made him wonder briefly if he'd been delivered to the wrong room. He stood there in a pair of silver-sequined boy shorts and silver go-go boots. Covered in sweat and glitter, his skin now chilled outside the hot box, but that wasn't what had caused the goose bumps that peppered his body. His hazel green eyes slowly scanned the room with rising horror and trepidation.
This was unlike any bachelor party he'd ever gone to. Out of the multitude of faces, Ben recognized only a handful of people. There wasn't a body that wasn't actively engaged in a sex act. Men and some women writhed around on the furniture, the floor, any flat surface, and some vertical surfaces as well. He wondered dazedly why hotel management hadn't been called.
With a falling heart, Ben searched for his fiancé. Off in a corner, Javier had John Weis from purchasing over the back of the arm chair. Javier's golden brown skin appeared rich against John's pale complexion as Javier ate John's ass. Javier always balked at rimming Ben. He loved it when Ben indulged but refused to return the favor. Well—only with him because John, on the other hand, yelled like Javier was doing a damn fine job.
Ben's eyes began to burn and he noticed a fine tremble in his hand when he reached up to rub the back of his neck. He scanned the room, relieved he didn't see his best friend, Sam Nolan. He tried to block out the noises, ignore John's growing excitement as he spoke dirty words to Javier. Everywhere he turned there was sex, the potent smell of cum, the lurid sound of people engaged in fucking. Over all the activity he still heard John's whining, nasal voice prompt Javier to give him more, lick him deeper, to not stop. Ben blinked rapidly, struggling to draw a deep breath. His chest felt as if there were steel bands squeezing him and he knew he had to get out of there quickly. Ben started for the suite's double doors, struggling to control his emotions.
The door to another room opened and out walked Sam, bare-ass naked, carrying a box of condoms and a tube of lube. The pain of treachery bloomed in Ben's chest as Sam walked up behind Javier and palmed Javier's ass.

"I found them, babe. Here, stand up and I'll put it on for you," said Sam as he knelt behind Javier.


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Monday, April 22, 2019

Where is Assassin's Retirement?

I'm sure you have noticed that I have been posting stories other than Assassin's Retirement on Tuesday's blog post. Assassin's Retirement stopped a few weeks ago in the middle of a chapter (really, really sorry about that). I was struggling to concentrate on it and thought there was an issue with the scene/POV/or something other, and so I used Wentworth's Salvage's One Call Away to give me time to sort it out.

After looking at everything, I don't think it is the story but me. I have been pushing through this last third of Constant, and it is the only story my mind has been focusing on. I think once it is done, the characters of Assassin's Retirement will start talking to me again.

So the question becomes, what do I post on Tuesdays?

I have a slew of flash fictions that I sometimes use as fillers, but this pause in Assassin's Retirement is going to be another several weeks. I needed something that had some length, so I pulled from the depths of old saves and found a story that has been out of print since 2013. Leap of Faith was in an anthology so its not over 10k. It's a contemporary romance that RJ Scott once told me would be awesome if I expanded it to 40k (it's missing relationship growth in the middle), and that was my intention, but it was a story that was put on the back burner and never came off--obviously. So I 'm going to use it here even though it has its issues.

Tomorrow, will be the first installment of Leap of Faith. a story about a guy who is a day away from getting married and jumps out of a cake into an emotional disaster. I hope you enjoy it. <3

Short Blurb: Ben thought he had everything he wanted. A successful marketing business, a beautiful home, and a partner he wanted to spend the rest of his life with. That was until the ultimate act of betrayal crushed his dreams.


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Saturday, April 20, 2019

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

What happened this week? Me grumbling about April being more than half over. It was April 2nd yesterday.


Title: Earth Fathers are Weird
Series: 
Author: Lyn Gala
Length: 
Publisher:

Genre: Romance / Sci-Fi / Alien / Gay / mpreg /

Notes: I read and loved this! I will definitely be re-reading soon! <3

Blurb: Captain Maxwell Davis and his entire unit scrambled to engage alien ships over Iowa. The aliens snatched him out of his destroyed jet before they continued on their interplanetary hot pursuit. Then they informed Max that Earth was too far outside regular shipping lanes to return him to his planet.

So Max ends up in an alien spaceport looking for work. To afford a ticket home he can either spend three hundred years working with linguists to improve the computer's questionable ability to translate English or he can take a job as a nanny for an unpopular alien. That way he can afford the ticket in four years. The problem is that the computer may have mistranslated the word "nanny" and there might be a reason an alien is willing to pay such a high fee.




Title: Jailmates
Series: Maxim Colonies
Author: Lesli Richardson
Length: 309 pages
Publisher:

Genre: Romantic Sci-Fi / Alien / Mpreg /

Notes: I'm in the middle of reading this, so I haven't finished. I have words to say about someone's incorrect use of pronouns, but I'm waiting to see if it is supposed to be a character growth thing.

Blurb: This wasn’t in the contract.

Simon Quigley had no idea what to expect when he agreed to do this for the money, but the eight-foot-tall pink alien isn’t what he was expecting. For starters, Simon’s straight.


And Mohrn isn’t a girl.


The contract? It’s unbreakable.


It’s going to be a long five years…

[102k words, sci-fi, m/m, m-preg]




Title: Sing the Four Quarters
Series: Quarters, 1
Author:  Tanya Huff
Length: 338 pages
Publisher: JABberwocky Literary Agency, Inc. (August 4, 2015)

Genre: Fantasy

Notes: 

Blurb: The Bards of Shkoder hold the country together. They, and the elemental spirits they Sing – earth, air, fire, and water - bring the news of the sea to the mountains, news of the mountains to the plains. They give their people, from peasant to king, a song in common.

Annice is a rare talent, able to Sing all four quarters, but her brother, the newly enthroned King Theron, sees her request to study at the Bardic Hall as a betrayal. To his surprise, Annice accepts his conditions, renouncing her royal blood and swearing to remain childless so as not to jeopardize the line of succession. She walks away from political responsibilities, royal privilege and her family.

Ten years later, Annice has become the Princess Bard and her real life is about to become the exact opposite of the overwrought ballad her fellow students at the Bardic Hall wrote about her. Now, she's on the run from the Royal Guards with the Duc of Ohrid, the father of her unborn child, both of them guilty of treason – one of them unjustly accused. To save the Duc's life, they'll have to cross the country, manage to keep from strangling each other, and defeat an enemy too damaged for even a Bard's song to reach.




Title: The Jasper Soul
Series: 
Author: Bailey Bradford
Length: 
Publisher: Pride Publishing (April 9, 2019)

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay / 

Notes: 

Blurb: An ancient evil stalks the earth, seeking to finish what it started…

Matt Callaghan is pretty sure he’s just an average guy. His tragic past haunts him, and the only comfort he finds is something he’s not willing to explain to anyone else. The jasper stone he found as a child had been with him for over half his life, and he can’t be parted from it.

There’s more to the stone than Matt knows. Thousands of years ago, one man, the last of his people, was cast into the stone, his soul protected when his body could not be saved.

The evil that hunted him is still alive, still waiting for a chance to destroy the jasper stone.




Title: Ties That Bind
Series: 
Author: Alex Whitehall
Length: 17k
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Romance / Paranoraml / Urban Fantasy / Poly / Gay /

Notes: releases April 24th

Blurb: For Chel, Tomlin, and Mathias, life is simple but good. They share a home and a love, and despite a few conflicts of personality, are happy. Mathias runs a magic shop, where he makes magic items and potions for his customers, and Tom is his familiar, helping supply his magic. Chel, who's not magical, works at a bookshop and makes sure dinner is on the table for his lovers.

When Mathias suddenly comes down with a mysterious illness, Chel and Tomlin seek out answers. As Mathias's familiar, Tomlin can sense that nothing is wrong with the magical parts of him, but when a trip to the doctor's indicates nothing is wrong with him physically either, they start to worry.

Then Mathias collapses, and the search to find the truth becomes urgent.




Title: Puck
Series: 
Author: TJ Land
Length: 144 pages
Publisher:

Genre: Romance / Fantasy / Gay

Notes: 

Blurb: Newly arrived at Oberon’s court, Puck has already made a name for himself through his wit, his wiliness, and his very nice legs. But he’s not interested in the envy of his peers; what he’s really after is the attention of the lord of all fairies himself. 

Seducing the monarch will surely win him power and prestige, provided he can withstand Oberon’s famously bad temper. Soon, though, Puck realizes that Oberon’s belligerent façade is just that, and his schemes of strategic seduction are submerged beneath budding infatuation.

Now, Puck will have to muster all his tricks, from sonnets to the lash, to win the fairy king’s heart—a task which becomes substantially more difficult when Oberon discovers that Puck has been consorting with mortals…




Title: The Long Past and Other Stories
Series: 
Author: Ginn Hale
Length: 228 pages
Publisher: Blind Eye Books (October 3, 2017)

Genre: Historical Fantasy / Alternate World

Notes: 

Blurb: 1858 –Warring mages open up a vast inland sea that splits the United States in two. With the floodwaters come creatures from a long distant past. What seems like the End Times forges a new era of heroes and heroines who challenge tradition, law, and even death as they transform the old west into a new world.

--In the heart of dinosaur country a laconic trapper and a veteran mage risk treason to undertake a secret mission.

--A brilliant magician and her beautiful assistant light up stages with the latest automaton, but the secrets both of them are hiding test their trust in each other and pit them against one of the most powerful men in the world.

--At the wild edge of the Inland Sea, amidst crocodiles and triceratops, an impoverished young man and a Pinkerton Detective must join forces to outmaneuver a corrupt judge and his gunmen.




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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Wentworth Salvage Part FIve #wentworthsalvage #shortstory #lgbtiaq

Welcome back! This is the final part for the short story, One Call Away. Thank you for following along with Max and Tac.

Part Five

One Call Away (Salvaging World)
Copyright  Lexi Ander



"Tac, why haven't you shared any of this with Arun or one of the other doctors. You do know they would've done everything in their power to make you comfortable?" Tac's movements became more agitated. Max was immediately sorry he'd pressed. He didn't want to upset Tac. Calling himself all kinds of stupid, he withdrew a small box from his bag, trying to figure out how he could redirect the conversation.

"I have… I don't trust anyone." Tac huffed out, sounding aggravated. "With you…" He glanced away, twisted his fingers together. "I know it makes no sense that I trust you. You're human and all I know about them is mixed with pain and despair. But… when I first heard you sing… then you spoke to me as if I wasn't any different than anyone else, as if you didn't care that I'm broken and my pieces aren't matching up quite right. The Vohnahs have been nothing but nice, yet I keep waiting for them to give up and shove me in another box because I'm too much trouble. I don't remember my life before captivity. I don't know how I'm supposed to act or feel. I keep waiting for the pain because there has always been pain. Ever since they woke me from cryo-sleep, this has all seemed like a dream. So I keep everything to myself afraid and waiting for the inevitable to happen."

Max blinked several times, his sight wavering as his throat closed over. He wanted to pull Tac into one of the famous Wentworth hugs. Instead he said, "Do you mind if I tell Arun so he can make you more comfortable?"

Tac didn't answer, only took the small case from Max's hands and opened the top to reveal several clear slender shields.

Max pulled out one. "I was looking around for some kind of ears plugs for you. You don't have ears like mine and a friend told me about these. They adhere to the skin around your ear holes and will filter out background noise. I didn't know how strong they needed to be so there are a variety. The ones you like the best, I'll order more of. I also brought some noise cancelling headphones that can hook into the playlist I made for you. Since you enjoy hymns, there is a variety of choirs you can listen to."

While Tac tried on the different patches, Max stood on a chair and screwed hooks into the cross beams. He wasn't sure if the center would allow Tac to keep the next gift. If they thought he would use it to hurt himself, then Max could be putting it up only for someone to come and take it down later. Hopefully, the devices Max had given Tac so far would make enough of a difference that Tac's anxiety and panic attacks would decrease. Max didn't dare hope that they would go away. But if the tools he'd given Tac helped, even in a small way, then Max would count it as a win.

"What is that?" Tac fingered the rope net, frowning. Max didn't think about how it would look. Was Tac captured with a net?

Quickly he hopped down from the chair and slid into the hammock, the netting hugging him on the sides. "You like to rock yourself so I thought you might enjoy something like this."

Tac stared down at Max with wide concerned eyes. "Doesn't it hurt?" He poked at the ropes again before Max answered.

"No. It's like laying in a cocoon. I can rig it to lay more flat if you don't like the sides touching you. But the best part—" Max reached out and used his fingertips to push against the wall, making the hammock sway. "The motion can be quite relaxing."

The last thing Max expected was for Tac to climb in the hammock with him. There for a moment he thought they were both going to topple out. He laughed in surprise and pleasure. Tac never touch anyone unnecessarily and here he was, cuddling against Max's side. He automatically looped his arm around Tac's shoulder and then held still waiting for Tac to wiggle away and dump both of them on the floor. Instead, Tac rested his head on Max's chest as if it was something they did every day. Relaxing, Max tapped his fingers against the wall and sent the hammock into a slow swing.

A few minutes went by before he heard Tac make a humming noise very similar to a purr. "You're correct, this is very nice," Tac said into the quiet.

"I had hoped you'd like it." He smiled, brushing a kiss on the top of Tac's bald head.

Max continued to rock them and he thought Tac had fallen asleep, but after about twenty minutes Tac asked, "Do you think Arun will let me go outside today? I think I'd like that."

"We can ask. We can even wait for dusk, if you'd like, and you can wear the goggles." Max thought of all the things he could show Tac. There was the possibility Tac would quickly become overwhelmed, at which point, they would return to the room. But with Tac voicing what he wanted, that was a step forward.

"You'd go with me?" Tac sounded excited.

"Sure I would." Before Max thought too much about what he was going to ask, he said, "If you wanted, we could eat with my brother and his partner, Sol. They would love to meet you, if you're up to seeing new people."

Tac hummed louder. Max didn't know if it was polite to ask if Tac was happy. He wanted to believe Tac was. Perhaps Arun knew what the sound meant, and Max made a note to inquire later.

Max was right on the edge of falling asleep when Tack spoke up. "Angel, what are we?"

With much conscious effort, Max kept from tensing up again. He didn't want Tac to think he wasn't welcome to ask any question, but this particular one Max had been struggling with since he stepped onto the flight headed to Genesis Nine. "We're friends, Tac."

"This is what having a friend feels like?" Tac's voice took on a warm quality, and Max realized Tac sounded happy. Not tentative or wary or shy. Happy.

He squeezed Tac's shoulders in a one arm hug. "Yes, Tac."

"You know, I like how you call me Tac, as if I'm special to you."

"You are special to me," Max relied immediately.

"Since you first met me?" He heard Tac's doubt. "That's when you first called me Tac. You didn't know me then. How could you think I was special?"

That was a hard question to answer. Some people simply clicked, but Max didn't know if he could explain something that happened on an unconscious level and not sound like an idiot. For Tac, he would try. "Intuition. Some would call it a human's sixth sense. I took one look at you and thought—well, I first thought you had pretty eyes. But I could feel your specialness and I knew I wanted to be friends. Sometimes there isn't a logical or an easily explained reason why we choose to have certain people in our life." Yeah, Max was sure he'd completely confused Tac. He wouldn't be the first person to think Max was stupid.

"Is this when a human would call 'bullshite'?" Tac didn't sound confused. Was he being teased?

Max sputtered out a laugh. He'd never heard Tac use foul language. "I would never lie to you about what I feel for you." That had sounded better in his head. Max shifted uncomfortably.

"I think I understand what you mean," Tac said after a long pause. "Humans haven't given me any reason to like them. Everyone that I met has hurt me in some way, and yet… I trusted you from the beginning when all the lessons I had learned told me I shouldn't. I just knew. I heard your voice and saw your smile. Your eyes were kind and you didn't treat me as if there was something wrong with me." Tac snuggled deeper against Max, the edge of his goggles digging into Max's chest, but Max didn't say anything.

He wanted to swear to Tac that he would never harm him, but there were other hurts that had nothing to do with torture or captivity. Life was full of them and Max couldn't in good conscious tell Tac he wouldn't experience disappointment or wounded emotions.

"How long can you stay, Angel?" Tac's voice took on a wistful quality, and Max wished he could read Tac's expression instead of looking at the back of Tac's head resting on his chest.

"Dad has a salvage out this way that I have to take care of. The crew will arrive in about five days." Max frowned, not liking the fact Tac would be left alone without a friend. Perhaps he could ask Toby to stop by and see Tac every day. Max could imagine how lonely Tac was. "I brought you a tablet you can use to call me when you want to talk. I'll be just one call away."

"One call away? I can reach you any time?" Tac's whole body tensed against Max's.

"Yes, anytime, but you don't have to worry about that now. In a little bit we'll go and talk to Arun, and make sure it's okay for you to leave with me tonight." Even if Max had to do a little begging or even invite Arun along. "Then we'll have dinner with Toby and Sol, if you're still up for the company."

Tac made a cute noise of agreement and relaxed back into Max's embrace. Soon, Tac's breathing evened out. Max continued to tap his fingers against the wall, keeping up the rocking motion. From what he'd heard from Toby, he imagined this was the first time Tac had relaxed enough to sleep. He enjoyed how Tac felt in his arms and knowing how much Tac trusted him to be this vulnerable with him. Max felt ten feet tall and protective of his new friend. He still wasn't sure if friend was the right word for their budding relationship, but for the moment, it was the one that fit.

Fine



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Sunday, April 14, 2019

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

What's up? Writing. Writing. And losing notes to the chapter I'm on that were prepared for the character months ago. That lead to hours (two days) of searching and a few tears over not finding said notes. I'm laughing, but not laughing, if you know what I mean. 

On the reading front, not doing so bad. I started a reread of Anne Bishop's The Others series, which I haven't listed because it's a reread.


Title: Murder Most Lovely
Series:
Author(s): Hank Edwards, Deanna Wadsworth
Length: 230 pages
PublisherDreamspinner Press (April 30, 2019)

Genre: Romance / Mystery / Contemporary /

Notes: Releases on April 30th

BlurbA killer at a small-town literary festival. Bumbling drug dealers. A kidnapped cat. Starting a romance among all this chaos might be the death of them.

Michael Fleishman is excited to meet his favorite mystery writer, Russell Withingham, at Lacetown’s Literary Fest. He is not expecting to cross paths with sexy hairdresser Jasper “Jazz” Dilworth—or become embroiled in a real-life mystery. As Lacetown’s only mortician and the county coroner, Michael is called to his first murder scene and is shocked to recognize the victim—Russell’s young lover.

Jazz only wanted to confront his ex, Russell, over his cheating. Instead, he meets the adorably awkward Michael and becomes a murder suspect. Soon Jazz is teaming up with Michael to clear his name. Along the way, they are helped and hindered by Michael’s sassy assistant, Kitty, the grumpy Sheriff Musgrave, Russell’s creepy PR rep, Norbert, and Michael’s lothario grandfather, who likes his manhattans strong and his women saucy. And of course, Mr. Pickles Furryton the Third….



Title: The Redemption of Althalus
Series:
Author(s): David Eddings, Leigh Eddings
Length: 726 pages
PublisherDel Rey; 1st edition (January 23, 2001)

Genre: Fantasy

Notes: A friend recommended this to me last week and I picked it up at the used bookstore. Unlike some of the books by David Eddings, this is on kindle as well.

BlurbIt would be sheer folly to try to conceal the true nature of Althalus, for his flaws are the stuff of legend. He is, as all men know, a thief, a liar, an occasional murderer, an outrageous braggart, and a man devoid of even the slightest hint of honor.

Yet of all the men in the world, it is Althalus, unrepentant rogue and scoundrel, who will become the champion of humanity in its desperate struggle against the forces of an ancient god determined to return the universe to nothingness. On his way to steal The Book from the House at the End of the World, Althalus is confronted by a cat--a cat with eyes like emeralds, the voice of a woman, and the powers of a goddess.

She is Dweia, sister to The Gods and a greater thief even than Althalus. She must be: for in no time at all, she has stolen his heart. And more. She has stolen time itself. For when Althalus leaves the House at the End of the World, much wiser but not a day older than when he'd first entered it, thousands of years have gone by.

But Dweia is not the only one able to manipulate time. Her evil brother shares the power, and while Dweia has been teaching Althalus the secrets of The Book, the ancient God has been using the dark magic of his own Book to rewrite history. Yet all is not lost. But only if Althalus, still a thief at heart, can bring together a ragtag group of men, women, and children with no reason to trust him or each other.




Title: Two Fates
Series:
Author(s): Kari Gregg
Length: 207 pages
Publisher:

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay /

Notes:

BlurbJamie and Ian recognized they were destined mates as teenagers. Heedless of their pack’s objections, they loved fully and recklessly. When Ian perished in a senseless accident a decade later, Jamie’s grief was so consuming he almost died too, but in the years since, Jamie learned to cope. Though his heart is empty, he finds purpose in teaching shifter craft to pack whelps and carving bone to offer for trade. His is a quiet life, his peace hard-won. The pack seer’s alarming prophecy at Jamie’s birth assured Jamie he would love again, but what he shared with Ian...That magic only happens once.

Kenneth—pack newcomer and presumptive alpha—disagrees. Instinct led him to Kentucky after Ian’s death tore Jamie’s world apart. While Kenneth would’ve done anything to spare Jamie the agony of Ian’s loss, Kenneth will also never deny what drove him to Burnt Fork in the first place: Jamie is his destined mate.

Can one man have two fates? The pack lore Jamie teaches suggests that is possible, but Jamie alone must decide if finding the courage to love again is a blessing...or his curse.




Title: Bitter Blood
Series:
Author(s): Lyn Gala
Length: 218 pages
PublisherLyn Gala (May 19, 2018)

Genre: Paranormal / Romantic Elements / Vampires

Notes: This is not the typical vampire story. It was an excellent read with a strong female over the age of 40.

BlurbOfficer Paige Silver assumes that a serial rapist is the worst fate her small town of Oxbow could suffer, but then her rookie partner Brady appears on her doorstep with a taste for blood and a back covered in runes that have been carved into his flesh. Suddenly the mundane evil she thought she knew is nothing compared to the demonic forces that are gathering. Well, evil might have claimed Brady for their side, but Brady came to Paige.

Even without understanding his developing powers, he offers his loyalty to the woman he has admired and wanted for some time. The fact that they were partners at work kept them from ever acting on their mutual attraction, but now that Brady is no longer human, he is determined to earn a spot in Paige's bed and her life. And while ethics kept Paige from considering a relationship with Brady while he was alive, she's having more and more trouble keeping any sort of professional distance. Her only fear is that the evil that changed Brady may lay claim to his soul, and if she gives him her heart, he may drag her with him right into hell.




Title: The Wild Ways
Series:
Author(s): Tanya Huff
Length: 433 pages
Publisher: DAW; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Bisexual MC / Mystery / 

Notes: This is one of my favorite series. I was saving this audiobook because the next book isn't on audio yet, and I forgot why I was saving it. Imagine my disappointment when I finished this and went to buy the next audio... The book is out, but not on audio yet. I loved Alysha and liked Charlie in the first book, but I wasn't sure I liked Charlie enough to follow her as a main character. Charlie turned out to be so much more--more. I loved her and we got to spend more time with cousin Jack.

BlurbAlysha Gale's cousin Charlotte is a Wild Power, who allies herself with a family of Selkies in a fight against offshore oil drilling. The oil company has hired another of the Gale family's Wild Powers, the fearsome Auntie Catherine, to steal the Selkies' sealskins. To defeat her, Charlotte will have to learn what born to be Wild really means in the Gale family...

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019

New Release! The Aurora Conspiracy #scifi #lgbtiaq




Welcome to Aurora Mining Station located in deep space. A place where Regin makes an unlikely friend and is unexpectedly offered a second chance with the only person he ever wanted... if a conspiracy doesn't tear his world apart first.


Blurb:

Regin just wants to heal. After a terrible accident that maimed him, and nearly took his life and that of someone he loved, he's spent the last several years licking his wounds on a mining station. With only six months left on his contract, he hopes to start a new life.

Then he's accused of a crime he didn't commit, and a ghost from the past arrives, reopening old wounds and leaving him convinced that no second chances could ever really come his way. But sorting out himself and his personal life won't matter much if he can't prevent a second catastrophe and save a whole lot more than two lives.

Buy Link: LT3 | Amazon | B&N | Bookstrand |

For a limited time get 25% off through
 the publisher's website, LT3 Press

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Wentworth Salvage Part Four #wentworthsalvage #shortstory #lgbtiaq

Welcome back to One Call Away.

Part Four

One Call Away (Salvaging World)
Copyright  Lexi Ander



Max pulled a set of goggles out of his bag. He'd wanted something that would fit securely to Tac even though Tac didn't have a nose or ears. The straps were adjustable and Max glanced at Tac to gauge how close together to adjust the lenses. The pair resembled something he'd once seen at a steampunk convention. Damn if that hadn't been a fun three days and four nights. If Tac liked them then perhaps he could have decorations made that attached to the circumference. But he was getting ahead of himself. There was a chance he was wrong and the goggles wouldn't work.

"I brought something you can wear over your eyes. There are a variety of lenses so you can adjust to the different light levels." Max said in a rush, suddenly nervous that he was completely wrong.

Who was he to assume he could actually help Tac? What did he know? He didn't have a medical degree just a bunch of useless knowledge he picked up reading on the long voyages. The only things he was good at was being a pilot and sex. In those few moments of panic, Max tried to tell himself that if Tac didn't like anything Max brought, then it was no big deal. But he worried. What if Tac hated the goggles or they made his problems worse? He hesitated but he couldn't throw the glasses back into the bag, pretending he hadn't said anything.

For some reason, ever since he'd met Tac, Max had the strong desire to help him. He thought of several reasons why, but they all seemed to fall flat. There was something about Tac, about his struggle and his quiet strength that Max admired. He found he'd really like to be Tac's friend. Max would never intentionally do anything to break Tac's trust. That Tac even spoke to him was amazing since he'd spent his life surround by twisted. Anyone else who'd walked in Tac's shoes would've been suspicious, filled with rage, and wouldn't call any human 'angel'.

Shoring up his courage, Max held out the goggles. "I'm not sure these will help you, but if you're willing, we can try them on to see." He waited patiently for Tac answer and when Tac nodded his head, Max stepped closer. "Will you allow me to put them on you?" Max never touched Tac without asking. In the past, Tac didn't have a say in when or who touched him. Arun explained that giving Tac the choice allowed himto have control.

Silently, Tac nodded, bowing his head as he wrung his three fingered hands. One time, when Tac seemed to spiral into an anxiety attack, he had allowed Max to hold his hand. Until that day, Tac had carefully avoided touching others. Since Tac loved Max's singing, he sang a song, hoping the soft, lyrical words would help Tac calm down. Tac's had grabbed Max's arm in a surprisingly firm grip, and Max had laid his hand over Tac's, lacing a couple of his fingers over Tac's. It was then he'd realized Tac's palms were covered in hundreds of mini suction cups. The soft popping sound Tac's hands now made by twisting them together, reminded Max of bubble wrap.

Without a word, Tac moved closer to Max, still squinting and not meeting Max's gaze. Softly, Max explained how to adjust the straps for comfort and what to do to change out the lenses. Gently, he slipped the goggles over Tac's slightly oblong bald head. Tac closed his eyes tightly, and Max carefully held the glasses in place while he tightened the band in the back.

"If the strap is too tight, let me know. These aren't supposed to hurt. If you don't like the material, we can look at others until we find something more suitable." Max held his breath even as Tac's quickened. His chest tightened knowing just how much trust Tac placed in him. Max didn't think he'd ever receive a greater gift. "You can open your eyes now."

A few second passed before Tac drew in a sharp breath, his head swiveling from side to side, taking in the room. The only disadvantage to the bulky goggles was Max couldn't read Tac's expression. He waited with bated breath, needing Tac to give him words, to tell him that everything was all right.

"Should I take them off?" he asked when Tac was quiet for too long.

Walking around the room, Tac ran his fingertips over the outer edge of the goggles. "Angel, what are these?"

"On Earth, some humans wear sunglasses during the day to protect their eyes from the bright sunlight. You are always squinting and shading your light sources. I thought they would help." Max shrugged uncomfortably. Now that he said what he'd been thinking for the last month, he sounded like an idiot. What had he been thinking? Tac didn't need a pair of sunglasses.

"Oh, Angel." Max stopped silently berating himself at the awed tone in Tac's raspy voice. "Things… images aren't breaking apart when I look at them. Sometimes the light made things jumps around. And you said I could change the dimness ? If there is a lens dark enough, do you think Doctor Arun will allow me to go outside. It's been so long since I've been under a sky."

The longing in Tac's voice had Max stepping forward, wanting to promise Tac he could do anything he wanted. "I think Arun would be thrilled if you wanted to go out. I brought a case with darker lenses. If they are insufficient, I bet Arun could find others that would work better." Internally, Max did an enthusiastic fist pump. Perhaps he wasn't too much of an idiot after all.

Tac moved to the mirror that hung on the wall above the small desk, removing the cloth that covered the reflective surface. Max thought that the goggles along with a flight cap and uniform would allow Tac could pass for a steampunk cosplayer.

Moving up behind his friend, but not too close, Max said, "We could have different frames made for the goggles if you wanted. Any colors or shapes you fancy." Max he wasn't able to hold back the grin as he watched Tac explore his room, as if for the first time. Perhaps he was. If he was light sensitive, then it was very possible Tac had focused on a single detail rather than the whole object or room. Tac kept glancing at Max's duffle sitting on top of the little desk. The lumpy sides advertising there was more items contained within.

"Did you bring anything else?" Tac ask, almost shy in how he held himself in check against the interest he seemed afraid to show.

Max grinned, crossing the room. "I brought a couple more gifts. You don't have to accept them if you don't like them," he added so Tac wouldn't feel pressured into taking anything Max offered. He rifled around for the small box, and soon Tac was looking over Max's shoulder. The first obvious act of curiosity Tac had shown.

"I noticed that sound is sometimes too much for you. If you were light sensitive, then I thought you could also be sound sensitive." The earlier doubts slithered unwanted into his thoughts. Max hastily pushed them away. It was too late to second guess himself.

Tac's wariness of Max's gifts was gone, replaced with an excitement Max hadn't seen Tac exhibit since knowing him. "Sometimes I can hear conversations at a distance and if there is too much background noise I can't think or concentrate. It's overwhelming and hurts. Trying to find something to concentrate on when so much is crammed in my head is like... Everything is clamoring for my attention at once."

"That was how you knew I was outside your door?" Max asked, though he already knew the answer.

"Yes, I heard you speaking to the doctor. I don't mean to eaves drop, I just can't turn it off." Tac glanced away from Max, his hand s fluttering with obvious distress. Max wanted hug Tac but he didn't dare.


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