Friday, May 25, 2018

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

What have I been up to? Well, I took some much needed time off. I was feeling a bit 'meh' about my stories and knew I needed some me time. Came back Wednesday feeling more energized. 

While off work, I did read through Anne Bishop's Others series that started with Written in Red. Amazing series.

So what else is on the Reading Radar? Honestly, not much. I haven't been looking through the new releases. I bought a couple of audiobooks which I'll list, but I haven't really been looking. 

Title: Dance only for Me
Series: Dance with the Devil, 4
Author: Megan Derr
Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
Publisher: LT3 Press

Genre: Urban Fantasy / Gay / 

Notes: I have read this book before. It is in one of the series I often reread, but to have it also in audio? I'm there!

Blurb:

Jackie is a sorcerer of no small skill from a family of renowned sorcerers. He is frequently called upon to track down lost items or deal with paranormals others can't, and those that don't fear his magic do fear the alchemist-made revolvers at his hips.

Tired of living several states away from his lover Roman, Jackie decides to surprise him with a move to Roman's city - only to find himself the victim of an unhappy surprise and suddenly alone in the city he'd wanted to call home. Then he's unexpectedly hired by a paranormal detective who could use his help and finds himself dragged into a fight that started in the midst of the Civil War.



Title: In The Wreckage
Series: Metahuman Files, Vol. 1
Author: Hailey Turner
Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
Publisher:

Genre: Futuristic / Sci-Fi / Gay / Erotic Romance

Notes: I finished listening to this Thursday night and I enjoyed it. But there is a lot of sex that is very explicit. 

Blurb:

A Marine with honor.

After surviving a horrific chemical attack that turned him into a metahuman, Captain Jamie Callahan got a second lease on life. For three years he’s been working for the Metahuman Defense Force and leading Alpha Team - all against the wishes of his family. The job requires his full dedication, so it’s no surprise Jamie doesn’t have time for a relationship. An enticing one-night stand with a gorgeous stranger is all it takes to show Jamie exactly what he’s been missing. When a mission to take down a terrorist cell brings that same stranger back into his world, Jamie’s life gets complicated.

A soldier with secrets.

Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan was only looking to relieve some stress after a long mission. He didn’t know the hot guy he picked up at a bar was the leader of the MDF’s top field team. When Kyle and his partner get seconded to Alpha Team to help fight a terrorist threat, he has to balance his desire for Jamie against his duty to keep his secrets safe. That gets harder and harder to do amidst regulations both are tempted to break.

Two men trying to survive.

Giving into passion could cost both their careers. Abiding by the rules will only result in heartache. An attack on MDF headquarters brings with it a choice Jamie and Kyle can’t escape - duty, or love?



Title: Lion Mistress Collection
Series: 
Author: R.A. Steffan
Length: 37 hrs and 29 mins
Publisher:

Genre: Poly Romance / Bisexual / Fantasy 

Notes:

Blurb: The gods promised her a savior.

The gods are a bunch of lying bastards.

Instead of delivering her from a life of slavery, they ripped away everything she ever cared about.

Now, Kathrael must choose. Lie down and accept her fate, or risk her life and try to change the future.

Destiny is calling, but she won’t face it alone. She has a gentle seer, a crazy lion-shifter, and the ghost of her dead best friend on her side. Of course, none of them have the faintest clue what they’re getting themselves into. But that’s all right. Because Kathrael of Rhyth has chosen to fight for freedom.

And as far as she’s concerned, the gods can either step in line, or get the hell out of the way.

The Complete Lion Mistress Collection is a reverse harem/poly romance trilogy with an exclusive bonus epilogue story. It clocks in at over 300,000 words, and the ending is HEA.

A special note for reverse harem lovers: I had never heard the term "reverse harem" when I wrote this series. It was always conceived as a poly romance story, just like The Horse Mistress. That said, it features one amazing woman who ends up with three adoring men at the end, and she is the glue that holds the four of them together.

The pace is medium burn, and the books contain explicit sex with strong LGBT content. If you dislike M/M, you’ll dislike this series.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Pact Days: T'Sali #ValespianPact


Welcome to Thursday's Pact Days! Today, we have the T'Sali.

They were introduced in Alpha Trine. A T'Sali had been with the V'Saar who attempted to kidnap Zeus.


Enjoy!  

A couple of side notes: For a list of species that have been posted so far, see the The People of Valespia page. I'm placing these in alphabetical order so I won't unintentionally place importance on any specie. I will leave off information on the species that will spoil future books. My standard sheet has the same categories for all species. So there will be blank categories just because that species didn't need them.


Species: T'Sali
Planet: Capelli 5.5
Other races on the planet:
Planetary Terrain: Barren, Mountainous
Capitol: T'Spuna
Country:
Patron Ryo Pardeep:

Description: Average height: 4'5 - 6'4, copper blood, looks like large praying mantises, thick armored plated chitin exoskeleton, coloring can range in colors of red/orange/pink/coral with spots of contrasting color, four arms, 3 clawlike fingers and opposable thumbs they clack together, small chest, distended abdomen that arches backward segueing into 2 sets of hind legs, huge green eyes protruding from the side of the skull/head. The face forms a sharp V (triangular) tipped with mandibles instead of a shin and mouth/lips. Soft skin between the joints of the exoskeleton. The eyes don't blink.

Males love bright robes, gaudy costume jewelry, and slippers for their feet. The more flashy the outerwear, the better to attract females. They conquer by buying the universe. Eats everything given the chance. Cowards. Rely on androids for menial work.

Hive queens are 2x the size of normal T'Sali. They jealously guard their privileges and always looking to destroy the other queens. Less than 2% of females will develop into queens and are automatically hunted by their sisters.

The T'Sali take their wealth with them in death. That leads to grave robbing. Assassination is common place in their society. They will prey upon greed in other cultures to inflate economic Systems. No one trusts them. Will only cooperate with each other in the interest of profit but will turn on each other if that is profitable. Very greedy.

They obey the Council of Neighn laws so they can have a say = protection of profit. They travel outside of the Cypress space to other alliances to gain their profit.

Females are very protective of young until five years old when they are considered mature.

Common Occupationtrader, diplomat, assassin, merchant,

Government SystemsHive queen trio of the most powerful houses

Current Leader:

Council of Neighn of Memberthe 3 weakest/newest hive queens. When they have made a name for themselves and their status raises they usually leave and forge their path through T'Sali society/culture. But the last three rotations have turned up queens who have stayed bureaucrats. They have aspirations to change things for their people (and to take the hive queens power for themselves)

AlliesTerrens, Erdaians, Dire D'Noss, Quell,

Star SystemEta Comae System

Other planets occupied by species:

Military Leader:

Cultural names and terms specific to species:

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Assassin's Retirement: Chapter 18, Part Two #amwriting #blogstory #gentleman

Welcome back to Assassin's Retirement! Zane and I have been going back and forth. I want him to be calm and he swears this is calm for him. I'm wondering if we have two different understandings of the word. 'Cause really, this was not what I had in mind. In so many ways, this story has not gone in any direction I thought it would. :)

If you have stumbled onto this blog story and want to start from the beginning, I have added a Table of Contents at the bottom of this page with links to the other chapters in the story.


He wanted to walk away...
Fate wouldn't let him.

Copyright Lexi Ander


Chapter Eighteen, Part Two

Zane's answering smile made Alonzo's knees weak. When Zane pursed his lips and stretched his neck, Alonzo answered the silent request. He was hyperaware of the other scents Zane now carried. Before he could pull away, Zane cupped the back of his head and opened his mouth, deepening the kiss. There he found Xander and Anson's flavor. If this was the type of morning greeting Zane gave out, Crimson Comet would have to line up behind Alonzo.

When Zane finally released him, Alonzo grabbed the counter, holding onto it as if it was a life preserver. The stench of burned butter and bread jolted him out of the momentary stupor. As he scrambled to remove the scorched pancakes, he didn't miss Zane's thoroughly smug expression.

"Jesus Christ," Skyld muttered. "This is going to be a circus."

Zane laughed before pointing a finger at the dining table. "If you wanted to eat at my table, you will contribute. The dishes and silverware can be found there. And—" Zane paused dramatically. "Everyone wash their hands. I don't know if smelling like sex is an Other's thing or if its an invitation or if it's a flag saying, 'guess what you missed last night'. I don't care about the why, just don't bring it to my breakfast table."

Raine barked out a laugh and he rose to his feet. Xander and Anson followed him down the hall to the guest bathroom. Cord, Prince and Midnight set the table and rummaged through the refrigerator for milk, juice, and condiments. Zane stepped up to the kitchen sink and turned on the water, thrusting his hands under the spray. Alonzo plated the edible pancakes and Midnight put the scrambled eggs and bacon on a platter. The hashbrown casserole was pulled from the oven and set in the middle of the table.

Alonzo kept glancing at Zane, hyperaware of his every movement, every nuance. It was that state of alertness that allowed Alonzo to catch Zane freezing when he turned off the faucet. He as staring out through the window over the sink. Zane's expression remained blank but Alonzo could practically hear alarm bells ringing. The view would be of the patio. Beyond that, the expanse between Zane's home and the cabin Alonzo rented.

Without looking away from the window, Zane pressed his fingers against a vertical strip of molding between the sink and cabinets. The slat popped out and angled down revealing two hand guns held in custom racks. Alonzo turned off the griddle.  He was peripherally aware that Skyld's body language had changed as well. He too watched Zane closely. Alonzo pulled his sweater over his head, followed by the long-sleeved t-shirt. He toed off the tennis shoes and unbuttoned his jeans. He hadn't changed his size this much in years. Now that he had someone to protect, he needed to invest in a disposable wardrobe.

"Zane?" There was confusion in Cord's voice as he watched Alonzo strip.

Zane removed the guns from their hiding place. Calmly, as if he was talking about the weather, Zane said, "Cord, you and your guys get on the ground and take cover. This will be ugly." He popped out the molding on the other side of the sink. "Skyld," was all he said as he headed to the kitchen's back door.

Alonzo spared a glance for Skyld and his blood ran cold. Whereas Zane seemed bored… Skyld's expression was devoid of all emotion, his eyes promising death as he pulled the weapons Zane had offered.

"Do as he says!" Skyld barked when Cord seemed unable to move.

Alonzo dismissed everyone but Zane from his thoughts. Zane threw open the door, his eyes narrowing. "Elle, what a surprise." Then he raised both hands and fired his guns, walking boldly forward.

Alonzo hurried to follow. Behind him, Sklyd cursed in what sounded like Danish. He didn't have time to worry why as he readied to shield Zane if necessary. When he stepped through the door and onto the cold, snow covered stones of the patio, the sight that met his eyes wasn't something he'd seen in several years. In the area between the house and cabin, a half dozen winged Valkyrie were spread out. They took the formation when they didn't expect to be attacked, and it seemed they were momentarily taken off guard by Zane's actions.

Alonzo had met quite a few of these particular women warriors while working for the organization, I.O.N. Usually, they only escorted high-profile people. What they were doing here was anyone's guess. But the situation begged another question. Only Others or the dead could see Valkyrie, and Zane was doing his best to plug one of them full of holes. The figure in the middle seemed to be the target of Zane's rage… or perhaps it was the person shielded by the enormous white, metallic wings that Zane wanted to eliminate. The sharp pings told Alonzo the bullets were being deflected and he prayed he wouldn't get hit by a ricocheted. Snapping out of a stupor, two Valkyrie rushed to assist their sister in shielding their charge. The other three took to the air.

Alonzo inhaled and held his breath. His jeans grew too tight and he grunted with the sudden pain of the constriction until the material split. More quickly than last night, Alonzo took on height and bulk since the threat to Zane was imminent. His body hair quickly lengthened, protecting him from the bitter cold. While he grew, the Valkyrie made a concentrated attack, diving for Zane. Alonzo had seen the maneuver before and at the right moment he jumped and grabbed the end of a Valkyrie's wing and threw her into her companions.

Zane's guns clicked, signaling his weapons were empty, but the sound of gun fire continued as Skyld stepped past Alonzo, weapons blazing as if they were at a wild west showdown. Alonzo had his hands full, not daring to release the wing he held until he was sure the Valkyrie was unconscious. He swung her, turning a circle and slammed her into the patio stones. One… Two… Three times. When she twitched, he swung one last time flinging her as hard as he could toward the tree line.

One Valkyrie flew after her sister, holding her arm to her chest and her ankle twisted at an odd angle. The third Valkyrie snarled at Alonzo, drawing a gleaming short sword. He searched for a weapon, noticing Zane knelt in the snow, the hem of his pantleg rucked up to reveal a holster around his ankle. Alonzo's gaze fell on the neat stack of fire wood and he snatched two logs from it. The pieces were a good ten inches around but looked like short batons in his massive fists. Instead of blocking a blow from the sword, knowing their weapons were enchanted to slice through almost anything with little to no effort, Alonzo chucked the first piece at her, followed closely by the second that clipped her temple, only making her angrier.

Skyld backed into Alonzo, pointing at the hovering Valkyrie. "Give me a lift and I'll take care of her. You help Zane." Skyld had a pair of bronze colored bracers that completely covered his forearms from elbow to wrist. He hadn't been wearing a moment ago and Alonzo didn't have time to wonder where they came from.


A panicked voice came from the open kitchen door. "Oh, shit! Mom?"

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


Thank you for stopping by and reading!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Pact Days: Terren #ValespianPact


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

They are talked about by those under the Valespian Pact and the worst of their history is known, giving a picture to others in the broadest of strokes. Are all humans apathetic to everything/one not of their species?


Enjoy!  

A couple of side notes: For a list of species that have been posted so far, see the The People of Valespia page. I'm placing these in alphabetical order so I won't unintentionally place importance on any specie. I will leave off information on the species that will spoil future books. My standard sheet has the same categories for all species. So there will be blank categories just because that species didn't need them.


Species: Terren
Planet: Primary Earth
Other races on the planet:
Planetary Terrain:
Capitol:
Country:
Patron Ryo Pardeep:

Description: Average height is 5'2" to 5'9"; small in stature than historically because of nutrient deficiency.

Vulnerable to psi attack/manipulation

The Terren Corner of the Milky Way is governed by four corporations allied un the Earth-Sun Alliance. Their sectors are comprised of colonized planets, moons, terraformed worlds, and some conquered planets.

Humans work for the companies and in return are rationed food and housing based on the type of jobs performed. The exception would be those planets that raise the food. These places are considered backwater, but they have better housing and food.

Desperate for better food, Terrens trade/barter for seeds and will grow plants in any available space they can. Land is valuable so hanging gardens and rooftop atriums are plentiful in the lower ranking parts of the cities.

The Terrens have been quarantined to their galaxy unless they acquire a license to leave. Must have very specific travel plans and are only allowed on certain flight paths. Those who do travel in space are usually employed by one of the companies.

There are other companies than the big four, but the don't have a say in what the Terrens do as a whole.

The Twenty Year War almost bankrupted the big four. They are required to pay restitution to the GyrFalconi for 400 cycles (a very long time). If the companies made war or destroyed sentient life on a planet, the galactic imperials would take over Terren space in the Milky Way and dismantle the companies.

There are places the Terrens aren't allowed to travel.

The Alliance is short for the Earth-Sun Alliance.

Qing-Nian Tech (Chinese, Russian territories)

Baldassare Operations (European, African, and Scandinavian territories)

Onocona Engineering (Originally the Native American Casinos, now covering the North, Central, and South Americas)

Democles Mining (Continent of South Africa and Antartica)


Employees are the companies customers; Elite Earth Families, reconstituted foods, consumable stores, entertainment, constructions, mining, farming, sciences.


History:

When the ancients approached the humans about donating genetic material so they could be a part of the Valespian Pact, they were a young race on the cusp of designing a space program. The Terrens attempted to confiscate the ships and properties of the Ancients. When the Ancients easily took back what had been stolen, the human leaders offered up their shunned ones as the genetic material in recompense. These people were accepted by the Ancient and later because the Fal'Amoric specie. The humans were found to be deceptive, dishonest, and greedy. The Terrens signed the Valespian Pact, but the ones who were offered up to represent the humans evolved.

Common Occupation:
Government Systems:
Current Leader:
Council of Neighn of Member:

Allies: T'Sali, Ryden

Negotiations with the Gaziniti.

Star System: Sol Star System

Other planets occupied by species:

Military Leader:

Cultural names and terms specific to species:

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Assassin's Retirement: Chapter 18, Part One #amwriting #blogstory #gentleman

Welcome back to Assassin's Retirement! This chapter has been on my mind for a couple of weeks. It's a look inside Alonzo's head after Zane's altercation with Crimson Comet.

If you have stumbled onto this blog story and want to start from the beginning, I have added a Table of Contents at the bottom of this page with links to the other chapters in the story.


He wanted to walk away...
Fate wouldn't let him.

Copyright Lexi Ander


Chapter Eighteen – Guns Ablazin'

Alonzo vibrated with nervous tension. Last night he'd told Zane about the Maricoxi, but he hadn't explained what it meant for Zane personally. He couldn't bring himself to say anything, not yet. He wanted to enjoy belonging somewhere for a little while before it was taken away.

As he tried not to worry, he flipped a chocolate chip pancake and kept an eye on Cord and his bandmates. Alonzo's nose twitched every time Xander got close, pheromones from sex and semen clung to him like a second skin. Xander had been busy last night. Four separate scents wafted from him, not to mention Xander gave Alonzo an eye-full a couple of times while he was on watch. It was as if Xander was making a silent offer, "Come here, and I'll worship your body."

If this was a Maricoxi clan, Alonzo might have taken Xander up on that offer, once he was relieved of his duty. But this wasn't a clan. He'd lived abroad long enough to know very few places practiced or even accepted polyamorous households. Besides, clans were much larger than typical households. For a moment, Alonzo indulged himself and imagined what it would be like if this was a small, humble clan. His heart ached with a yearning he never allowed himself to feel over these long barren years. He could never be a part of a clan again, but he had Zane, and he wouldn't do something that would spoil what they could have. So when he'd made his last rounds and Xander stood there in the window with all that olive skin on displayed, Alonzo had acknowledged Xander's offer then politely turned him down. 

He wondered if Zane knew the members of Crimson Comet were lovers. When Zane had returned to the house last night, he smelled of Xander, not sexually, but as if Xander had been close enough to mark Zane with his scent. While Zane had been trying to decide what to do with the band, Alonzo had caught brief flashes of arousal from Zane. Perhaps he would ask Zane about that later.

Everyone kept glancing up, watching for Zane as they talked. It seemed they had a holiday concert in Reno before the band headed back to the recording studio. When Xander stiffened, Alonzo listened hard, hearing one door close and then another. The band waited but Zane didn't arrive. Alonzo quickly removed the pancake before it burned completely. He set it aside for himself so it wouldn't be given to Zane.

"Do you need help?" Midnight picked up the fork for the bacon before Alonzo could reply.

He didn't say anything but watched Midnight from the corner of his eye. This man knew he was Maricoxi and a guardian. Very few Others remembered his people for they rarely revealed themselves to anyone. The Maricoxi hid, sometimes in plain sight, waiting for their God to call upon them. The world had been destroyed four times and four times their God had spared them, hiding the Maricoxi from the destruction. There where people, Others, who would take advantage of that. He wasn't comfortable with Midnight knowing who he was especially since Crimson Comet had manipulated Zane.

"I am originally from Columbia," Midnight said as he turned the bacon. "A son of La Madremonte."

Alonzo considered as he poured four more pancakes onto the griddle. Midnight's hair, black as pitch, was combed back from the forehead. It didn't touch his shoulders, but the ends curled forward, still slightly wet. His thick beard and mustache were carefully trimmed close but still looked soft to the touch. He could be who he said he was. La Madremonte, Mountain Mother, was a Colombian spirit much like an Irish banshee. Depictions of her varied, never portraying her in a favorable light. She was a powerful ally to have with her moderate control over the weather. In the past, she had caused invaders to become confused and lose their way. At night, mortals claimed they were chased by her screams and wails. If Midnight was who he claimed, then he may very well know a couple of Maricoxi clans, for some clans shared the mountains with her.

"You are far from home," he finally replied. He was suspicious of Midnight's reasons for speaking with him.

"As are you, amigo," Midnight pulled the bacon from the heat, moving the pieces to the paper towel covered plate before placing new, raw strips in the pan. "It is not natural for you to be alone." Midnight glanced at him, as if gaging Alonzo's reaction before minding the bacon again. "Xander said Zane didn't smell like you at dinner last night. You need more than one person in a clan."

"I have been living for years as mortals do and have been fine."

"But, ese, you are not mortal." Midnight leaned closer and lowered his voice. "Does Zane know you are immortal?"

Alonzo frowned and pressed his lips together. Of course Zane didn't know. He had barely touched on what Maricoxi were. Giving forty thousand years of history before bed was not feasible. Alonzo could not giveaway all their secrets, especially if Zane decided to turn him away.

He glanced out of the corner of his eye at Midnight, distrustful. Why was he even asking? But Alonzo was saved from answering such a personal question by the sound of Zane and Skyld coming down the hallway. He took the pancakes off the griddle that were ready, poured four more, and was wiping his hands on the tea towel when Zane rounded the corner.

Butterflies took flight in his stomach. Zane looked… Alonzo wasn't sure what adjective he wanted to use. It had been so long since he'd been around someone who gave him this deep sense of rightness. Everything about Zane called to him, pricking his instincts, giving him hope that he didn't have to be alone anymore. Sure, he was immortal, and Zane was not. He couldn't bring himself to care. Zane could draw his last breath tomorrow or seventy years from now. Alonzo's God could appear on the front lawn and call Alonzo to him. He would be swallowed and would not return to the world until the destruction was over. Destruction that would steal Zane away. No, there was nothing to be gained by worrying about tomorrow. The present was what mattered, and he would cherish every second he spent with Zane.

The band members of Crimson Comet all gazed at Zane with varying degrees of hunger, even Raine who sat sullenly at the dining table. Next to Alonzo, Midnight made a rough noise in his throat. "I hate it when Cord is right," Midnight muttered almost too low for Alonzo to hear.

Xander prowled like a wolf, his long curly black hair falling free to his waist. He cupped Zane's face in his hands and kissed him soundly. Alonzo waited but felt no jealousy prick him when Zane responded. He would have to explain to Zane that he was wired to see to a leader's—Zane's—and to the clan's needs… though these men were not a part of Zane's clan, he sensed the potential was there.

So when Xander back away, leaving Zane wide-eyed and panting, Alonzo gave Zane a slight nod and smile, letting him know it was all right.

"You have kissed him twice now," Anson groused before swooping in to steal one for himself.

Zane's cheeks flushed a bright red as he pushed Anson away. Rounding the island, Zane stopped before Alonzo. His gaze was direct and unwavering. Alonzo found that confidence sexy as hell.

"I woke alone. You should have to let me take a shift."

"I did not mind, bello." Alonzo couldn't keep the pleased rumble out of his voice.

"Well, I do. You don't need to carry such burdens alone." Zane's gaze held a fierce determination.

Alonzo bit back a groan of want. Did Zane realize what he was saying? No, of course not. How could he?

"Next time, I want to wake up with you."

"Okay." Alonzo didn't know how he would work it, but Zane would get his wish.



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 Eighterr, Part Two

Thank you for stopping by and reading!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

What's on the Reading Radar #TBR #WishList

What have I been up to? Going through the last bit of corrections the editor sent me for Caledonia Destiny before I forward the manuscript to the proofreader. 

I've also been working on the rewrites for Constant (The Valespian Pact, 3). Those aren't going as fast I want to them but it's the Valespian Pact. The world is intricate and detailed. Though I love the story and plot arc, it's a bear to write in which makes me glad that I have the weekly chapters for Assassin's Retirement. I need that break from the Valespian Pact even if it is only for a day or two weekly.

I haven't been reading as much and you can probably tell since the Radar list has shrunk to a handful of books. But all that doesn't mean that I'm not always looking for something new to read. :)

Title: Written In Red
Series: The Others, 1
Author(s): Anne Bishop
Length: 514 pages; audio: 18 hours and 32 minutes
Publisher: Roc; 1 edition (March 5, 2013)

Genre: Alternate World/ Urban Fantasy / Paranormal / Non-Romantic

Notes: This was recommended to me this week and I started it a couple days ago. I'm using it as reward at the end of my work days. This is really, really good. I didn't think I would like it this much.

Blurb: As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut—a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg’s Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard—a business district operated by the Others. 

Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job. First, he senses she’s keeping a secret, and second, she doesn’t smell like human prey. Yet a stronger instinct propels him to give Meg the job. And when he learns the truth about Meg and that she’s wanted by the government, he’ll have to decide if she’s worth the fight between humans and the Others that will surely follow.



Title: Songs of the Sea
Series: 
Author(s): Dean Frech
Length: 258 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Mermen

Notes: 

Blurb: Sartin’s amber eyes told his mother and the rest of the Sea People he was destined to become a great protector. Finding his mate at his twenty-third Winter Meeting, Sartin is overjoyed at finally being able to assume his destined role with Sommar by his side.

However, a freak storm soon takes Sartin far away from Winter Cove, and an injury to his tail prevents him from returning. Even worse, he can no longer hear the songs of his pod and his mate in his head.

Sartin finds love and acceptance from Maru, a member of the Land People, who nurses him back to health. When Maru’s people turn against him, Sartin faces a series of battles for his survival. Can the songs of Sommar and his fellow Sea People save him?



Title: The Diamond Dragon's Manny Mate
Series: The Jeweled King's Curse, 2
Author(s): Kiki Burrelli
Length: 162 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Romance / Paranormal / Gay / Mpreg / 

Notes: I haven't read the first one but this says it can be read as a stand alone.

Blurb: A Robin Hood conman, a cursed King and a brutal spell…

Flynn Stegman doesn’t love his life as a thief, but his nephew’s expensive asthma medication isn’t going to buy itself. Besides, after this last job, he won’t have to work again. The payoff is huge, but the danger involved is life-threatening. By impersonating another man, Flynn infiltrates the island of the recently discovered diamond dragons. He just needs to stay under the radar long enough to find the item he’s been hired to steal and to get out. Preferably before he’s found out and flung off the nearest cliff.

King Sebastian has spent the last five years in mourning. A horrible curse robbed him of his true love during childbirth and he can’t shake the grief long enough to run his country. Thankfully, his sister, the Guardian Princess Sorsha has taken control of the kingdom and keeps an eye on his daughter, but there is unrest, and a powerful old enemy is using that unrest to try to take the king’s power.

When Flynn accidentally saves the King’s daughter, his plan of staying out of sight goes horribly wrong. Five years old and full of more book smarts than should be possible in a kid her age, the little Princess has been left mostly on her own in the castle, until now. Flynn can now add, manny to a pint-sized Princess, to the list of things he’s endured while on a job. 


Sebastian can’t manage to ignore his daughter’s new manny, he feels a pull toward the man that Sebastian thought he would never feel again. A dragon doesn’t get two mates, so then why does Sebastian’s inner beast long for the sly human? Whatever the reason, Sebastian finds that simply being near Flynn is bringing him out of his grief, making him whole again. So, when he discovers that Flynn may not be who he says he is—and may actually be working with his most dangerous enemy—he’s torn between protecting the man he loves or protecting his kingdom.

The Diamond Dragon’s Manny Mate is the second book in the Jeweled King Curse series. It may be read and fully enjoyed as a standalone. In this book, you will find excitement, magic, romance and love with a HEA while two men find their true fated mates.



Title: Creature
Series: A Bureau Story, 3
Author(s): Kim Fielding 
Length: 101 pages
Publisher: 

Genre: Contemporary Paranormal / Romantic Elements / Gay / 

Notes: 

Blurb: Alone in a cell and lacking memories of his past, John has no idea who—or what—he is.

Alone on the streets of 1950s Los Angeles, Harry has far too many memories of his painful past and feels simply resignation in facing his empty future.

When Harry is given a chance to achieve his only dream—to become an agent with the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs—all he has to do is prove his worth. Yet nothing has ever come easy for him. Now he must offer himself and John as bait, enticing a man who wants to conquer death. But first he and John must learn what distinguishes a monster from a man—and what a monster truly wants.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Pact Days: Syrryn #ValepsianPact


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

They haven't been introduce yet and play a part in Bespoken. Their society and structure isn't a part of the plot for the Valespian Pact so I was able to leave a good deal of information on the sheet. 


Enjoy!  

A couple of side notes: For a list of species that have been posted so far, see the The People of Valespia page. I'm placing these in alphabetical order so I won't unintentionally place importance on any specie. I will leave off information on the species that will spoil future books. My standard sheet has the same categories for all species. So there will be blank categories just because that species didn't need them.

Species: Syrryn
Planet: Syrrys Whyte
Other races on the planet:
Planetary Terrain:
Capitol: Jaynsuh
Country:
Patron Ryo Pardeep:

Description: average height 5'9 to 7'8". Hive mentality.

Three (3) distinct life stages to physical and mental development: Drone, Secondary, Primary

Drones: they have no individuality but are a part of a hive mind which serves both the Secondary, and the Primary who laid the eggs. Drones are blue-skinned, black eyes, and sexless.

Secondary: At a certain stage of development (usually 50 years of age unless the parent Primary chooses to initiate it artificially) the Drone will enter a chrysalis stage which they will eventually emerge as a secondary.

Secondaries, although more independent of thought and action, still live to serve the primary. Secondaries still have blue skin, but it is lighter in color and they are taller than the drones. Sometimes they have eye color other than black. However, they are still sexless.

Primary: Bald with unique spots and/or stripes running from their foreheads down their backs. Their eyes are large and pupil-less. Nose and ears are small. Their hands have elongated fingers with a 4th knuckle on each finger.

The primary is fully capable of independent thought and action. They are able to lay eggs in clutches. Since Syrryns never lay more clutches than they need servants and assistants, Syrryns may lay only one clutch in their lifetime, although they can still lay multiple clutches.

Syrryns see well into the infa-red range, and use heat variations to distinguish their environments rather than reflect light as humans do. Their sense of smell and hearing are not as developed as other races. Even though most Syrryns have a form of psi ability (how the hive communicates), they are completely incapable of mentalist abilities. Their average life span is 500 years.

Their culture focuses on science and the ways of science. Exploration, research, and physical analysis are the most important things to the typical Syrryn. No matter what an individual Syrryn's chosen field of study, they will go to virtually any lengths in order to advance personal knowledge and transmit that knowledge home. As a consequence, they will often consider their own life and lives of their colleagues to be expendable in the pursuit of such knowledge. However, they are not suicidal and will not go out of their way to destroy themselves. They are simply incredibly single-minded and determined.

Fond of the Terren Victorian age of clothing.

Common Occupation: Science Oriented, xenobiologist, exoanthropologist, planetary science, xeno medicine, engineer

Government Systems: Super Hive

Current Leader:

Council of Neighn of Member:

Allies: Gaziniti, Giante, Minotauri, Chi-Lin, Chtichlian,

Star System: Merydyan Star System

Other planets occupied by species:

Military Leader: they don't have their own military, only a planetary security force.

Cultural names and terms specific to species:

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