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No, it was better—I could laugh out loud in delight as I turned the pages without fear of scaring the birds. Declaring himself a victim of birding compulsive disorder, Cashwell, an English teacher in Virginia, does an excellent job of describing his fascination with observing and listening to birds. Not much that is even vaguely related to the avian world escapes his pen. As he travels along woods and marshes, college campuses, seashores and library shelves, he shares adventures and observations some few acerbic, some funny, some irreverent, all entertaining. AMITY follows the life of a reclusive, apathetic-yet-likable anti-hero as he works to become a member of a group of online troublemakers, then, realizing how horribly cocked they have made his life, tries to detach himself from them before he ends up in a shallow grave in the Las Vegas foothills.

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But these are adventures and dramas in which character , rather than science, is the dominant feature. Another take is this is a grand Goddess tale. Some of you may still remember my earlier novels, not least Karma Affair , A Hostage for the Hinterland , The Purgatory Zone , my novella collection A Splendid Freedom , and my short stories and novellas published in Galaxy , If , Analog and elsewhere. On a winter night outside a small town in northern Michigan, a woman is found hanging in a tree filled with shoes.

The woman in the tree, Gracie McBride, has lived a mysterious and troubled life since leaving the town of Starvation Lake eighteen years before. Feel the chill in Michigan winter and in the rich complex characters that populate the little town of Starvation Lake. Think faeries are all goodness and light? Think again. The Bad-Ass Faeries Anthology Series takes you back to the day of malevolent, mischievous, and warlike faeries…transported into the modern day.

Hardcore Negotiations Have Begun! Whether it is dirtside or up among the stars, the battle lines are drawn, which side are you on? Find out in the Defending the Future Anthology Series. Four anthologies with my short stories out this year and all are fine, fun reading of many new voices in the field of horror, superheroes, science fiction, and shared world fiction. Both are from Wizards of the Coast and available in bookstores or online. City can even be loaded onto that fancy new e-book reader that your favorite geek is getting for Christmas. The final book of my Blood of the Southlands Trilogy came out earlier this year.

The How-To will be released by Bellarosa press later this month. Teya is a captive of a king, until an ambassador from another country decides to rescue her. All she must do is take him to her homeland. It sounds too good to be true, and she realizes she might only be exchanging one prison for another. Sunset Tuttle, in ECHO, was armed with a starship and a loyal pilot, He spent his life trying to find a civilization out there somewhere. Naturally everybody laughed at him. Eventually he gave up, retired, and ultimately died in a boating accident. Thirty years later, evidence surfaces that Tuttle may have found something.

But if so, why did he keep it quiet? Antiquities dealer Alex Benedict starts asking questions, and finds he has started down a strange and dangerous road. Happy Holidays from Charmaine Gordon. Augustine, FL. Samuel Harrigan is a murdering lowlife. Isiah needs Samuel to keep looking for the crystal skull, so he has to protect Sam and keep the Devil at bay.

Available at Amazon and all the other places John mentioned above! It should have been a simple enough task, but the Sorcerer has more followers than Isiah ever imagined, and a plan bigger than anyone could have dreamed. With the help of some powerful new friends Isiah desperately tries to track down the Sorcerer and his cult of blood before they manage to change the world forever.

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There have been vampire books, werewolf books, mermaid books, dark faery books, steampunk books, and dystopian books, but latina paranormal pearlescent skeleton superheroines ala Dia de los Muertos? Consuela is a typical suburban Latina teen until she unwittingly slips into the world of the Flow.

She can remove her skin and create new ones out of anything—air, water, feathers, and fire—and a mission to save ordinary people from dying before their time, Consuela joins other teens with extraordinary abilities, bound together to safeguard a world they can affect, but where they no longer belong. Yet when murder threatens to undo the Flow, the Watcher charges Consuela and the elusive, attractive V to find and stop the mysterious killer when all Consuela really wants is to get back home alive.

Each book is complete in itself and follows different characters as they each must join in the battle to save Crosspointe from invasion and destruction. These books have a slightly Dickensian, darkly urban feel. They can be read in any order. The last series is The Horngate Witches series. The first is Bitter Night and is available now, and the second, Crimson Wind, comes out in a few weeks. These books are set in the modern world. Max, my main character, is stuck in the middle as she seeks to free herself from enslavement to a witch, while at the same time protecting the people she loves.

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The Valisars are vested with a unique magic that has remained dormant for scores of decades but is re-awakened when barbarians from the Steppes, led by the warlord Loethar, begin their invasion to dismantle all the royal families of the Set to forge an empire out of blood. But a courageous few set in motion the battle to return the Penraven throne to a Valisar. This is a complex trilogy of shifting alliances, terrible sacrifice, and I promise some surprises for readers with a tale that twists and turns to the last page. The whole trilogy is now published and available worldwide.

Happy reading, happy holidays and I hope everyone who is on the move travels safely. I have my pen and paper out jotting notes over theses great recomendations. Okay now for a little pimping of my own. The tension between the Aeternus, an ancient vampiric people, and humanity has been mounting for over a century. But when rogue vampires begin to drain humans in order to achieve an illegal blood-high, all bets are off. After the death of her parents, Antoinette Petrescu devoted her life to becoming one of the top Venators, the elite hunters who destroy the rogue Necrodreniacs.

Her kill count is legendary and her skills superb. But now the serial killer who killed her parents has returned. And to stop him Antoinette must join forces not only with the Aeternus, but also their most legendary killer. One that is both dangerously attractive, and involved in buried secrets of her past. More dangerous still, a dark attraction grows between them—one that could doom both races. Together — and with dire consequences — they bring back to the light something meant to be forgotten. A world away in London, an absent father, haunted by the voice of a banished angel, presents his daughter with an impossible friend — a clockwork ballerina.

For two centuries a bullet-removal specialist has wielded instruments of angel bone in service to a forgotten power… and now he vows to find someone else to shoulder the burden, someone with a conscience of their own, a strong mind and a broken will. For a hundred years he has searched for the perfect contender, and now he has found two: a brother and a sister, Walter and Hope. Either will do. Now he travels the dark road between worlds, no longer entirely boy nor wholly beast, but with one goal in mind: to prevent his sister from suffering the same fate as he.

Only the creature he has become can save Hope. But is it too late to save himself? Synopsis A sizzling collection of short stories about creative ways three people can enjoy erotic adventures together. I wish there were more. The entire selection was sexy and intriguing, and I truly was entertained by them all. Jaycee Manz has been on the run since her sixteenth birthday. After growing up fast and depending on no one, how is she supposed to handle three male werewolves who claim to be her mates?

Can she learn to trust them or will she continue to run? Dane Glassgo, alpha of his clan and a special ops commander, specializes in tracking. Nothing or no one will stop him from claiming Jaycee, not even her fear…. But he is bound and determined to stop anyone from hurting her…. Mark Glassgo shares alpha duties with his elder brother, but when Dane finds his mate, Jaycee, he is shocked to learn she is also his mate.

Alpha Remi LeBlathe, one of the most powerful weres in the country, has always protected what is his. When Jaycee comes into his life, mayhem erupts around them, but Remi is used to mayhem and uses it to his benefit. Together, all four try to find peace, and the most powerful alphas in the U. But can the independent Jaycee be claimed? In this sizzling werewolf menage story, love, lust and power take center stage in the struggle for ultimate survival.

Reminder once again to keep the descriptions compact. The longer the comment, the more likely it is to get skipped. Trust me on this. As Imaginary Jesus opens, our hero, Matt Mikalatos, is sitting in a coffee shop. At his table is Jesus, listening to an iPod, his sandal-clad foot bouncing in rhythm with the music. Jesus gets himself out of there as fast as he can which, being Jesus, is really fast.

And thus a most bizarre chase begins…. Imaginary Jesus follows Matt on a wild ride through time, space, and Portland, Oregon, in a quest to find the real Jesus, destroy all imposters who stand in his way… and finally get an answer to the question that has haunted him for years.

You can download the first chapter for free here. And of course it would make an excellent holiday gift as well. The politics involved Frank Hague, the greatest political boss in U. The murder grew from a bloody labor war that erupted during construction of the Skyway.

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He loved women in all their many varieties, even going so far as to marry, not once but twice. In spite of their diverse sexual orientations, in spite of time and distance, the two men were best friends. Now, that friendship will be tested, as Tom makes a request, and Jack seriously considers it. Friends and Lovers can be found on Amazon. A portion of proceeds is being donated to the National Eating Disorders Association. Jackie Morse Kessler is one of the most talented authors I know.

It is a great book. It is funny and sad, brilliant and tragic, and most of all, it speaks truth. Now I adore it. And an all-human cast. You can get it in audiobook as well. Another of my books, The Baby Bonding Book For Dads co-written with my husband is a perfect book for moms or grandparents to buy for the new dad in their life. On Amazon. Visit my Smashwords page for info and buy links for all of my books including my latest Writing instruction guide. Roan McKichan is just your standard sarcastic, hard boiled detective.

Except he exists in a world where a werecat virus has altered society in key ways, making the afflicted pariahs, or objects of worship amongst the members of an extremely delusional cult. He was born with the virus, one of the few to survive such a thing, and he finds himself between worlds, solving crimes against the infecteds as well as crimes against the normals, and never quite having the quiet life he wanted. Also, he may not be completely human, which for some reason he finds a complete pain. Infected: Bloodlines will be out December 17th. In my previous pimpage comment, I forgot shame, shame!

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Mythlogical Maori creatures, not so mythological, and about to give newly-awakened magician Ellie Spencer a very bad week. Can she ally herself with mysterious hot guy Mark and save the day, not to mention three million lives? These are books about the Alphabet Players, who are selfish and egocentric and fight like children…and then they do it all again for Halloween.

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When Emma Brodie, local prophet and mother of three, steals a boat and exiles herself to the middle of the bay for seven days and seven nights, she sets about a chain of strange and wonderful events in the sleepy village of Garfax—a village no longer listed on any official government document. Feel free to buy the first two, to catch up, and all. Blurb: The murder of a popular Indian on the reservation, a suspect with the unlikely name of Jesus Running Bear, four friends of the victim who are out to avenge the death, a militia group with a secret agenda, lead Deputy Tempe Crabtree in a race to find the true killer before someone else dies.

The reader truly gets a feel for the balancing act Tempe engages in every day between her job as a law enforcement officer and her Native American heritage. Available in trade paper or as an e-book. In this third book of the Forest Song series Judy Baumann and her friends survive death-defying exploits along the Polish-German Corridor during World War II, overcoming betrayal and loss with courage, cleverness and humor—all the way to the block-busting ending!

Jesse James Dawson was an ordinary guy well, an ordinary guy with a black belt in karate , until the day he learned his brother had made a bargain with a demon. Jesse discovered there was only one way to save his brother: put up his own soul as collateral, and fight the demon to the death. Jesse lived to free his brother—and became part of a loose organization of Champions who put their own souls on the line to help those who get in over their heads with demons.

But now experienced Champions are losing battles at a much higher rate than usual. Someone has changed the game. Watch the trailer or read an excerpt. I happen to have a book that meets this criteria. My website has links. Think Harry Dresden with more angst. Can she survive long enough to get free? And will the world ever be the same again? These will be particularly attractive to those older YA and adult readers who like the scenario of a typical Earth teen being swept away into a fantasy world.

Seabird focuses on the adventures of Cara Marshall, a high school senior of summer vacation at the beach, when this happens. In Earthbow, the sequel, her brother Xander is similarly brought to Narenta at a time of crisis. His story is interlinked with the adventures of two Narentan young people—the initiate enchanter, Harone up against more than he believes he can handle, and the young fighter, Coris, who has just been knighted a few weeks before his personal world starts falling apart. Its knock-out cover represents weather witches, the Wendigo, an iconic silent film image and an immortal film setting in Wichita, Kansas.

For excerpt, etc. As some are solved even more are uncovered. Each progresses logically from the last, dishing out surprise after surprise. This is Vegas, baby. All the while, the least likely character watches, coveting the pet rock for her own sneaky agenda. What part does Socks the parrot, wisecracking pet of Headmaster Bumbling Bore, play in all this?

Will Revolting dare the ultimate villainy and spoil the book? Will this novel waste your entire morning? Now with over pages of new hilarity! Get the entire 2 book series today! The characters in each story have personalities that will entertain both the younger listener and older readers. Check it out on Amazon! His countrymen despise him and his own kind distrust him.

Caught up in the plots of the powerful, Jhared must confront what it truly means to be Shorn, if he and his beloved country are to survive. I was engrossed in the unfolding tale, and I look forward to the continuing journey! Niec has created a fascinating world, peopled it with vivid characters, and woven an epic tale of adventure and political intrigue with thoughtful themes of duty versus desire, bigotry versus acceptance, and the truth of history that hides behind the self-serving accounts written by the victors.

An intelligent and captivating novel by a new writer of promise. To quote PW:. Starred Review. Logan, whose business venture in Boston has just failed, is looking for a change of pace, and hopes to find some meaning by taking up temporary residence in the house he grew up in.

A living history group recreates the life of a knight and his household in in text and photos. We had some fun composing some of the photos to mirror specific medieval manuscript illuminations.

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Reviews and more information here:. If you are writing about the period or a related medieval fantasy setting, this will help a lot. Crichton cites the first edition in the bibliography of Timeline. I would feel better about that if I thought he was actually paying attention when he read it. In a world where justice is achieved through careful customs of vengeance, Gundack, the main character, pursues love and the preservation of his honor. Yet vengeance threatens all Gundack holds dear. Can he break the cycle of vengeance?

Can he and others reach into their personal darkness and find the light of reason? Auel, Robert J. Sawyer and Kim Stanley Robinson. Would you like to read a sample first? For more than years, she has traveled the Seven Systems, slipping in and out of Cold Sleep. She is a free-trader, the aristocracy of con artists, able to fleece the dishonest with their own greed. The woman is known as Silver, when she is named at all —- and she may be the finest free-trader living.

But even she is not prepared for the reality of Nuala, planet of deadly radiation levels, humans who heal by touch, and the rarest platinum group metal in the known galaxy. Eighty percent of the citizens are sterile, and the wealthy send their children out to seek mates and find others willing to expand the planetary gene pool.

A Nualan can smell a lie at fifty paces. Truth, honor — and their children — are everything to the people of Nuala. On Nuala, for the first time, Silver will be forced to use her real name —- Darame Daviddottir — and she will walk the thinnest line between truth and lie of her long and varied career. Now Darame has just one decision -— which group of Nualans will she support in the days to come? Mere chance threw her into the camp of the Atares, leaders of the largest clan on Nuala. Will she help them? Thwart them? Wait for the dust to settle? The tipping point may have already occurred.

A reclusive professor and medical doctor, unprepared to rule, Sheel Atare needs all the allies he can get. Tainted Blood is a mixture between gay romance and murder mystery, peppered up with fantasy elements. My novel is a mix of political thriller, historical fiction, and alternate history, called The Usurper. The Kindle version has been selling very well, and has 4 star reviews so far. Ever wonder what would happen if our worst fears were realized and we elected someone who was willing to destroy the USA, even if he was destroyed himself?

The Usurper is that novel. It is a fictional account of what would happen if the Soviet Union and KGB were given the chance to take down the United States from within. They use the American political system, education system, terrorism, and commit environmental disasters to achieve these goals. Soviet Premier Khrushchev authorizes the KGB to embark on an ambitious, decades long plan to destroy the United States from within through the corruption of American politicians, the American education system, terrorism, and environmental disasters.

They raise him from birth to hate everything about the United States, indoctrinate him, and introduce him to terrorists across the world, where the KGB dictates all terrorist attacks. When Gary is a teenager, he is sent to the United States to assimilate and begin his mission. Nothing will deter his goals of completely and utterly destroying the United States. When the Soviet Union dissolves, he is given a choice, and he decides to continue with the mission. Every social interaction carries the threat of mind-control. A stray thought can burn a building to the ground.

Does Maddie have what it takes? Guess which one freaks her out the most? Come find out more about the Ganzfield books at Ganzfield. It feels a bit like a regency holiday, is romantic and fairly sweet without making your teeth hurt, and very well received by readers and reviewers. William and Tasmin have never met, but, thanks to a spell, are engaged to marry. When William is accused of murder, Tasmin, who has gotten to know him over the years through his letters, decides to travel to the other side of the kingdom and find out the truth. I want to make sure that you have a great present to give to your loved ones.

Most of my readers find the Deveran Conflict Series an intelligent exploration of issues related to relationships and morality. My stories overflow with action, adventure, and smoldering romance. If you enjoy well-written science fiction and fantasy, the Deveran Conflict Series will bring many hours of reading enjoyment in paperback form, or as e-books, available in several formats that you can download for free. Autographed copies can be ordered from the Newadventure web site:. My first novel, Bitter Seeds, debuted in April. Nazi superheroes vs. British warlocks. With explosions. Our magnificent host let me write a Big Idea piece about it, here.

Blurb: Special Lieutenant Jewels Enbran, a human telepath unable to shield her mind from thoughts, uses telepathic anchors who protect her vulnerable mind. Her current anchor, Colonel Jeremy Lingley, is nearing burnout. His people wage a constant war against their enemy, the Lupinious empire. But the tide of battle is turning and his people seek help from a new source: the humans of Earth. With an interstellar war looming, Jewels and Dex seek salvation for their planets and find their destinies changed forever.

Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Laylah Le Croix has a rich father, mansion, and servants. Yet she is lonely and neglected. Her father would rather work than speak to her. At the academy she is bullied and mistreated. When Weres attempt to kidnap Laylah, she is saved by the mysterious Donil Silentshadow. Confused by these emotions, she seeks answers from those closest to her and is rebuffed. She must make a choice. Available in print and as ebooks. In Like Mayflies in a Stream , a daring priestess in ancient Mesopotamia must risk her life and reputation to save her family—and society itself—from destruction at the hands of the tyrant Gilgamesh.

More than just an exciting adventure, the novel explores questions that still trouble the modern world, such as which takes precedence, loyalty to country or to kin? The novel is available in hardcover and trade paperback and as a Kindle download. I co-wrote the book with Jack Covert in and in the book we selected and review the best business books of the last 40 years. Imperfect is the story of Carol Mathers.

She has built a great life for herself with her partner of twelve years, Alexandria. Carol and Alexandria face prejudice as a lesbians, and as an interracial couple. Fighting tragedy and sometimes finding triumph, both of the women live day to day. During her tumultuous life, Carol discovers that she has acquired AIDS as a result of her childhood transfusion. Now, they face even more obstacles, prejudice, and a new life as AIDS patients.

Carol learns just how much her chaotic past has affected her, and how she can never really escape it, even as she tries to move on with her life. Oop — late to the party here! Elegy Beach is the sequel after, ahem, 26 years to my novel Ariel. It came out in paperback in November. Salvatore, Kevin J. Bron kissed her in the hollow below her chin, while Zaron caressed the back of her neck. Syn shivered. She never felt such love and care. Zaron lifted her T-shirt over her head. Bron knelt and unfastened the button of her jean shorts and struggled with the zipper.

Is it designed to inhibit lovemaking? Syn kissed his head. Bron kissed the scar. You should have no reminder of such horror. Zaron unfastened her bra and took the straps off her shoulders. He rolled down her panties and took them from beneath her feet. A small blond head pressed against the transparent viewer of the private ground transport, or PGT. The series of low wood and glass style dwellings whizzed past as the vehicle progressed through the Ulna Heights. Clustered around the Warrior Academy, the architecture of the heights blended with the landscape. Here the trees towered over the sky paths with trunks the diameter of the transport.

Teal needle-like leaves proliferated, letting the sunlight filter through to the ground. The transport left the heights and glided over flowing grasslands, Tierest trees, and acres of wildflowers indigenous to the high country. As they reached the lower elevations, the tree line gradually changed. Nafer wiggled and turned toward the distinguished, chestnut-haired Sarran Elder who sat across from him.

Nafer scrunched up his impish face; which carried the imprint of the viewing window. He seemed to be to be lost in thought. Bron knew his offspring. The inquisition was about to begin.

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Poppie and the Mommie are going to worry. The fact that Nafer spoke aloud drew dramatic attention to his level of concern. Goddess, both Zaron and I spoiled Nafer after losing Nara and Nessie and it really began to show when Zaron went on the Brightstar mission. Poppie has things that must travel home in the PGT. Unless you wish to go home without him, we cannot teleport to Ulna.

Do you want to scare the new fem who, as yet, do not know how advanced our psy is? It would also put us all at risk, if our enemies discerned PsyOps Secrets. Bron sighed and motioned his wiggling offspring over to sit on his lap. But Nafer almost melded his face to the glass in an attempt to see more of the outside.

It could be worse. If Nafer concentrated, he could teleport out of the transport and be at the Ulna Depot in an instant, by himself and out of the reach of the two unbonded PsyOps Security Officers, Garlance and Stoker, who saw to their safety in the absence of Juraens. He pulled his offspring into his strong arms; which even now rippled with muscle as if he still worked at the forge with his own Zadda and Poppie. Both he and Nafer were dressed in the traditional Sarran vest and light trews. While Nafer wore soft slippers with reinforced soles, Bron had donned his black Nathrian leather boots, knowing that Zaron liked the way they shaped his calf.

Bron and Zaron had experienced a period of distance in their relationship since the passing of their fem and femspring—Nessie, and Nara with their unborn child. The heat of Planting and Harvest gave way to the Barrens, Sarran winter. In their mutual grief, they retreated behind their mental shields, each only allowing the other entrance for the benefit of Nafer.

Bron found comfort in knowing that Nafer blamed the Zyptz and not his sires for the emptiness of their encounters. Both he and his Bonded felt unsure of where they stood with each other after three cycles of withdrawal. He needed what they both so carelessly threw away.

These thoughts took only a mot to fly through his cerebellum. Mommie makes things called cookies with chocolate chips and you sit in front of the tube with the kitty on your lap, and eat cookies and drink milk. The Mommie makes you midtine meal in a lunchbox with a Warrior who is a spider. She plays chess, poker, and gin rummy. We need the Mommie and the Mommie needs us. That was a long speech for his son and he expended much effort in trying to explain to Bron what apparently was something best understood by experience.

He and Zaron had barely found themselves again. To BondStir a second time was almost unheard of in the canons of the Sarran Codex. However, a man could fall into a large laptard pit ignoring the space between the words almost and never. The loss of Nara, Nessie, and the bebe left him and Zaron with a hole in their Psy that they seemed unable to fill. To Bond again with another fem felt sacrilegious.

He palmed the device in his pocket. Should he activate the signaler? It would get him through the first set of blocks. His tendency toward diminutives and pet names always made Nara and Nessie smile. His offspring looked up, interested in what came next. However, we cannot afford to hand our enemies knowledge that we worked for millennia to conceal. People fear what they do not understand. The other council planets developed bio-machinery, genetic slicing, and genetic re-coding. After the initial incident that brought more than two thousand years of war, and the blessings of Triad from the Goddess Ulna, we vowed to use only natural methods to enhance our abilities.

We kept that promise up until we lost our fem. Deliberate, yes, but also ethical. If we did not give them the modification with the antidote, the vaccine would fail. Their whole planet would have been as ours and two humanoid civilizations devoid of fem. Yet we cannot let them feel pushed.

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Bron then knew himself to be defeated in a debate with a child of six cycles. Maybe it was time to activate the signaler. It was ten p. We ran out of roses two hours ago. I can make an arrangement with those along with some greenery. Otherwise I can sell you a chocolate candy heart filled with homemade truffles. What do white flowers symbolize? He had the slightly disheveled look of a man who just got out of bed after getting laid.

Justin felt the urge to defend the absent wife. He went into the back and took his time making a beautiful arrangement in a lovely square crystal block. He hated this holiday. It was a panacea for fools. He let the customer out the door and locked it behind him, turning the sign on the door to read closed. Justin had thought he could make a new start today.

He is very good at his job and will stay extra hours to make sure a customer is satisfied because he plans to buy the store someday soon. Now Justin thinks the day is only for fools who believe in love. On his way home Justin stops at a small bar that serves food two doors down from his shop.

There he meets the owner, Rafe Santiago who looks at Justin like a dream come true. However, Rafe is a patient man. Bull Raleigh takes no prisoners. His approach to life is very basic, train other Doms and avoid twinks. Then Jamie takes a job at Indiscreet as an accountant and is placed in the office next to his and Bull blows his cool. Jamie set out to prove him different. Bull has to take in Jamie and the twinkiest cat in catdom, a White Persian named Mischief.

Flowers and Chocolates. That was the day that his ex-boyfried and his brother broke his heart. He wanders in a bar in search of something to eat and finds Rafe Santiago who believe Justin is worth more than he know. Exhausted, he stops in to the bar two doors down where he finds Rafe Santiago, a man who wants to become more than a willing ear.

Little did they know that the Buzz each of them felt in their heads was a muted BondStir. Muted because of psychic blocks place on each other for mission security. However Zaron and Bron have to deal with their psychic separation and Syn has to deal with her past. Bull took out a thin cane.

Your cane needs to strike exactly where you plan, not a half inch over or above. Seriously, using any instrument with which you are unfamiliar without practice is very foolish and could cost you your sub. Jamie stood looking straight ahead. Bull put down the microphone and picked up the cane. The room fell silent. Jamie adjusted his stance and loosened his shoulders. He shook his head. He listened to Bull move the cane in the air, testing the feel of it and Jamie readied himself for the first strike.

Jamie heard the whistle of the cane just before it struck his back. When the sixth strike came, Jamie bent his knees and adjusted his stance. Bull used the cane to caress his back. Each of these three welts is exactly two inches from the others. The last three overlaid the first to make a diamond pattern on his back. Jamie is a sub who can take pain. Your own sub may only be able to take one or two strokes before they safe word. These are clues to tell you when your sub has had enough. Will everyone give Jamie a round of applause while I take care of his back?

Jamie unclenched his fingers from the ring and let Bull help him to the aftercare room located downstairs and used only for demonstrations.

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Bull laid Jamie down on the bed on his side. Jamie moved to rise. Bull pushed down on his shoulder. Lay with me. There were condoms and lube in the cabinet, he picked them up when he went for the cream. When he came back to the bed he stuck them under the pillow. His own was nine. Jamie and he both carried substantial girth. Bull was going to enjoy fucking Jamie. Remember Bull, fucking, not making love. My short story from MLRPress. Here is a blurb:. Link to follow. Before Syn Sinclair got her education with a PhD in psychology, she was a prostitute and heroin addict living on the Philadelphia Streets.

Can Syn be the Fem her Warriors need with her shady past? Will love triumph through the Triad and the Goddess Ulna. Jamie wants Bull, Bull wants no part of Jamie. Jim and Brian had tea every weekday morning at precisely ten. Jaime stood in front of both men looking sheepish. Jaime had finished training two months ago and his crush on the Dungeon Master was on its way to becoming legendary. Bull was looking for a sub and Jaime was determined to fill that position. Jaime, although buff, was slender with the build of a runner while Bull had played as a linebacker at Annapolis and kept his body in peak condition.

Jaime had hair as black as midnight, pulled back in a pony tail that reached his waist. He looked sixteen on a good day, and on a bad one, nowhere-near-legal. In that debacle, Bull lost his military career, his health care and his pension. Bull was a bitter man. This made him a very tough Master and few subs wanted to take him on, even the big, burly, ones that he favored. When Jamie and the other new submissives were introduced to the club, there was another twink and two other men, Masato and Greg.

Jamie knew that Bull made an offer for Greg. I can take pain. I have my own money, a legacy from my grandma. Outside of the way I look, I meet none of the typical criteria for twinkdom. There must be another way of getting him to notice you other than pushing yourself into his face every time you see him. But if it comes to a choice between the Dungeon Master and a service sub…well you know the answer to that. Would that make a difference? You never touch the principal. If Jamie can do the books and relieve Reed of the general paperwork, Reed could manage the club more efficiently.

Then if Bull complains, Reed and Bear would have an excuse not to listen. He got up and moved around the counter to start the dishwasher. You stay with Brian, Jamie. Reed sat behind his desk with papers stacked all around him. I talked to Jamie. Bear scratched his chin. He must have some money. Membership here is cheaper for subs but still costs a pretty penny. Does he have his own funds? He was willing to spend the legacy and risk unemployment to get Bull to pay attention and if we hire him as the accountant, membership would be included.

May I sit, Master? Bull is short with everyone since he lost his bid for Greg. Thank God that Bull knows enough to stay away from Greg now that Cisco has him.

Cisco has turned out to be one jealous son of a bitch. He is proprietary about the hospital, what made you think he would be any different about someone he came to love? I should know. Seeing you with that Caleb character set my teeth on edge. Does that sound reasonable? Now that Jim came up with the idea; I find myself anxious to get rid of all of this.

Jamie is stumped on how to get Bull to notice him and see past his Twinkie appearance. Enter the unholy trio, Brian, Jim and Greg. From then on Jamie and Bull are stuck together until a sex slaver goes to jail. The Blue Hall teapot stood on the table between them as Brian spooned tea into the pot and poured the water. It means Greg can finally join Indiscreet. He insisted on paying the fee himself. With the dogs in the yard, Jim came in and sat down.

The night that Mrs. To get me to talk; he told me about he felt about Cisco. Some twink should have glommed onto him by now. Bear Drummond and Reed Davis sat in two chairs in front of Dr. Cisco to his friends. They were in his office at St. Reed took a sip of his coffee and grimaced. It would certainly make me more eager to face the endless bullshit that comes from our recalcitrant hospital board. It will give our area excellent local treatment for even the worst cancers instead of forcing the patient to travel to Philadelphia, North Jersey or New York.

If everything goes as planned, North Jersey and New York will come to us. Besides, as the state capitol, Trenton should have a top notch medical facility. Change of subject…are you going to the club tonight? Bear and Brian will be there as well as me and my boy. You might have some luck finding a boy of your own. The service subs are for general use by the membership and they play with all of the unattached Doms until they receive a contract offer.

The subs who buy membership are looking for a relationship not a sugar daddy. They are more discriminating and are not obliged to play with any Dom that asks. Although subs get a discounted rate because most clubs are Top heavy, you know a sub that pays for the privilege is really into the lifestyle and bound to be more into pleasing his Dom. Reed finished his coffee. These guys are legitimately into the lifestyle.

We always introduce new members on the first Friday of the month. Bull Raleigh assures me that both the new members and the service subs have successfully finished their training. Bull always trains off-site so that the subs are ready to service Doms as soon as they arrive at the club. As you know the training to be a Dom is much more extensive. He will want at least six months to assess the situation. But love, love is a deal breaker. You should know that.

You never know, you might be the one who falls for him. The men climbed the stairs to the second floor office. Bear shook his head. Greg is intelligent, charismatic and well trained with skills that any of the Dominants out there would be happy to claim. If you insist on no emotion entering the relationship, you might as well take any one of the twinks we have as service subs. They would be more than happy to meet your conditions to get a sugar daddy. Put in any terms and conditions you think Greg would need to protect his interests.

They went over the financials as Cisco laid out his terms to Bear. Cisco de Loria as his Master. If Greg ever mentions love, the contract is terminated. I know that Marketing is a necessary evil. I have the social media, Yahoo Groups, covered on daily basis. I tweet and could manage my facebook page better but lack the technical expertise to do what is necessary to make that a vital gun in my marketing arsenal. I used to be technically savvy when I worked in an office environment. Now they must be writing the manuals in Chinese because they are not easy to read and have no logical steps to follow, just an information dump.

Give me the manual sitting on my lap any day of the week. What about these new phones and iPad type computers? I may have enough stock photos in my marketing folder that I beat out the Republicans with their fake people in print ads and TV commercials. The book was released by a publisher who went under. I hope that my marketing efforts are improving along with my health and my ambition. I think that this old dog can learn some new tricks if properly coached.

So, I intend to try to sign up for marketing class the next time Marketing for Romance Writers has a class; no matter what it is about. You can read my journal at www. It was difficult even to write my once a month blog for flirtyauthorbitches. But the muses are fickle. Two months ago the log jam broke.

So in summation I wrote over two hundred and eleven thousand words in eight weeks. Jim, a collared sub owned a percentage of Indiscreet, along with his Master, Reed Davis and their mostly silent partner, Donald Bear Drummond. Jaime finished training two months before and his crush on the Dungeon Master became legendary in record time.

Jaime, although buff, was slender with the build of a runner while Bull played as a linebacker for Annapolis and kept his body in peak condition. Jaime had hair as black as midnight that was pulled back in a pony tail that reached his waist. Jamie big blue eyes, fair skin along with his slight build made him look as if he would blow away with a strong wind and misrepresented his true age of twenty-two.

He looked sixteen on a good day, and a on bad one, barely legal.

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In that debacle Bull lost his military career, his health care and his pension. This made him a very tough Master and few subs wanted to take him on, even the big, burly, type that he favored. When the new submissives were introduced to the club along with Jamie there was another twink, a blonde and two other men Masato and Greg. It was a close call because Jamie knew that Bull made an offer for Greg. This story follows the trials of Dr. Greg Harris and his pursuit of his Master and colleague Dr.

Cisco de Loria. Greg accepts a contract with Cisco knowing that Cisco neither trusts nor loves him. Mark Stern was a minor character. However, as I began to write Mark assumed more and more importance until he was in most scenes and became the most important secondary character. The character of Mark is so interesting because he has an interesting Back story. Mark was singled out on Earth as having highly developed psychic abilities. His parents literally sold him to the government and he spent his childhood working with government agents, especially General Robert M.

With the insurance from his parents, he was able to go through college and medical school which he finished in five years. Secretly he was also a covert agent for the CIA. The Sarran Plague has many secondary characters that will eventually get their own story. Cynthia Sinclair will meet her WarriorPair in February of Mark Stern and Juraens will find their fem sometime after. It was my first book. The story is of the world of Sarran where mating is done in Triad for life.

To come home from war and find all of their fems dead or dying left the planet in despair, facing extinction as a people. The Sarrans had Psy power. In order to keep it they had to mate with humanoids whose DNA has not been altered. They needs fems for their dying planet. They found them, on Earth. A planet wide deadly virus lost the Sarran any hope of survival. The Sarran found Earth and they began ti believe that there was a chance for their population to survive by importing Earthen fems. The Sarrans are the Warrior and protectors of the Galaxy and mate in Triad.

The Sarrans need to mate with fems who have unaltered DNA because else their psychic powers would be lost. The Sarrans have a vaccine and an antidote and seek the strongest government on the planet to help distribute the vaccine in return for the right to recruit the fems. Two thousand four hundred and sixty two fems including Dr.

Anya Forrest, who has already mated with Jonal and Tonas in their mind through a psychic connection. The story takes place aboard the Brightstar the command ship of the Sarran Fleet. In order to get home to Sarran Jonal and Tonas must fight a reluctant mate, a traitor, a rejected suitor of Tonas and the murderous Zyptz. This is a romance, science fiction and action adventure story and a very good, fast read for a summer beach book. For more information and an excerpt; visit my website at ackatt. I hate the book. It needs major rehaul because I decided to follow numerous plot bunnies and got Bugs Bunny.

I have a new computer and tried to move Schrivner to my new machine. I wrote back and they said they sent me both. Have a great time shopping for the holidays, everyone. I might get a chance to post a holiday blog about the characters from A Matter of Trust, so I hope you look forward to it. Using Location, Ambiance and Food in novels to set a particular mood is a very useful way to get a point across.

Donald caressed the smooth texture of the silk as it slid beneath the pads of his fingers. He loved the look, feel, and texture. The other day I had a lawyer in the house discussing an accident I had last year. The truth is that writing a novel was on my bucket list. When I started to write my first book I was in the recovery phase of an incident that caused my whole body to shout down. My kidneys, my liver, my heart all failed and I was about as close to death as you can be without really dying.

My physician, Dr. This continued for about two months. One day I read a really lousy book. I complained about the plot, the characters and the execution. In my teens I had journalistic ambitions that were sidelined by marriage and motherhood. In that position, I was required to write marketing material, newsletters and ad copy. I thought about what my husband said and determined, why not? I wrote a science fiction because it seemed to be socially unacceptable to write a story where the men were involved with each other exclusively. The only way I could see writing the men as a sexual unit was to involve a woman.

It took me a year to write my first novel and about two years to bring it to an acceptable level of competence. By that time, I began to look for and see many gay romances and publishers willing to take a chance and sell them. From that moment on, I decided to write almost exclusively gay romance. It was a decision in line with my convictions. I believe in equality among citizens, whether the difference is race, religion, sex or sexuality.

I decided to speak up and write what I believed. I took one of the most awful experiences of my life and pulled out an item from my bucket list, I wrote a book, then I wrote a few more. In doing so I found something in myself and tried to help others to find an open place in their beliefs. That is really how I started to write. It brought me full circle, back to the writer I always wanted to be. Your vote tells the government how you wish it to run.

On a local level it determines what businesses move into your town, the efficiency of your schools, the number of police and fireman that serve you neighborhood. On a national level, your vote determines the fate of medicare for you and your children and grandchildren. It determines whether or note medicare will exist for future generations, whether the poor have access to medicaid and who pays taxes and what they pay. Your vote determines foreign policy. It tells the politicians whether you want peace or war. It helps the government to decide with whom to make alliances and who to fight.

It decides whether the fight is with sanctions or troops. It decides the fate of the troops who come home, the quality of care from the VA, the ability of those troops to get retrained for jobs in the new economy. Your vote decides who gets to appoint a least two new justices to the supreme court, whether Citizens United stands or falters, whether Roe vs Wade is overturned. This is the election, people. This election decides the direction that this country pursues for some time to come. It decides whether we go to the far right, or the center. This is the election of the lifetime. Prologue — A Matter of Trust In slow degrees, the tow-headed boy woke up on the hard floor.

A faint moan, an eyelid twitch, a soft flutter of pale lashes, and then a blue eye opened face-to-antenna with a cockroach. The Sears Tough skin jeans he opened as his birthday gift two days ago felt wet around the crotch and smelled of both urine and feces. His new plaid shirt with the pearl cowboy buttons was torn and bloody. He swallowed hard, past the dry lump the size of a baseball stuck in the back of his throat. He opened his left eye, the one nearest to the bug. It looked as if his bone stuck out of his shirt, a handhold under his elbow; the right arm bent at an unnatural angle just below the tear.

It took a few additional seconds for the pain to hit, long enough for him to realize he did not know how he got here or why. Then, it struck, shock abated. He hurt, bad. The new company cleaned out the slave population. At this point, Jimenez was so injured by his master that he was sent to Celos both for reprogramming and for rehabilitation. During his treatment, a nurse asked him what he wanted to do as a free man and he said he wanted something as far away from people as he could get.

As a Celosian loneliest thing she could think of was away from family and friends, hauling cargo through the Nothing, a blank part of space near the galaxy arm. He liked the idea of the solitude, so he asked for navigation ports to be placed in his brainstem. He learned to fight during his time as a nav operator for a small fleet.

Space was so wide and he was able to go anywhere. As the supply shipments stop coming, Teo Houdin needs all his tentacles to keep his waystation bar open. Facing a riot by thirsty miners stranded in the backwater of the galaxy, Teo helps a greenie space pilot buy a ship in return for a regular haul of liquor. But he longs for the courage to invite the enigmatic spacer to fill his lonely bed as well.

Still smarting from his newly implanted navigational ports, Jimenez knows owning his own ship will prevent him from ever being bought and sold again. For a former slave, transporting cargo through the emptiness of space sounds like paradise, but after meeting the compassionate and sexy Teo, his heart feels empty, too. About the Author. Aidee is giving away a prize pack filled wth gift cards and lots of Kraken style goodies!

That boy turns 50 today. So if you want to assist me in being evil, send him an appropriate birthday greeting: dephal sbcglobal. Do you still have some last minute shopping to do? Remember that I donate all the proceeds from my self-published books to Doctors Without Borders. The two most recent releases would make especially good gifts:. The Festivus Miracle in a great audiobook version.

Do you have holiday plans? My family and I will be driving down near Palm Springs to visit the inlaws. I saw an old guy in a faded jeans jacket hitchhiking in the middle of the Mojave, and you know how that turned out. How about you? Whenever possible, I stay home from the day job on Fridays so I can maybe get some work done. Good grief! The worst of it is that what I really want to be doing is dealing with the round of Stasis edits that arrived yesterday or writing a novella about aliens.

Both those will have to wait. How do you feel about holidays? I alternate between Scrooge and Cindy Lou Who, depending on the day and my mood. What did we get this year? Hanukkah with whipped cream and sprinkles. He fears his relatives will put him through another round of criticism for his foolish choices and his nonexistent love life. I have to tell you, Nate and Gio were really fun to write. So these guys could be your go-to for a quick little bit of holiday cheer.

He fascinated me. One line, one command hardened my cock almost painfully, my balls tightening. I wanted to be on my knees at his feet right that very second. Not in the cage waiting. Broad in the shoulders, he was just tall enough to make me feel my submission. He had a thick, muscular chest, lightly dusted with hair that I wanted to run my fingers through and bury my face in. The leather he wore hugged everything and left absolutely nothing to the imagination. My asshole had clenched when he stepped up to my cage, the outline of his cock filling my vision.