Sci-Fi tale not to be missed #contest

Here’s a sci-fi tale not to be missed.

Hawk’s here to give us a sneak peek, and he’s hosting a great contest – a $25 Amazon/BN GC!

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The Bleikovat Event – The Cairns of Sainctuarie

by Hawk MacKinney

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Among the close-kin clans of western rural Malfesian Murians, farming and gelf ranches are long held traditions.  Times are good…full barns, fat gelf calves and large families thrive among the sprawling grain fields and hamlets and the river from which they derive their name—the Feldon.  Word comes with the trade caravans that times are not so good in the regions far to the east of the Feldon River:  tumultuous changes stir among the remote province of Bleikovia.  Old timer Feldovats shrug it off as one more squabble between clans over boundaries or water rights…too distant to affect the Feldovats.

The western clans learn too late, however, it is no local squabble.  Outnumbered and unprepared, Feldovats resist a hoard bent on plunder and conquest.  Days of battle along the Feldon River stain the riverbanks in green Murian blood.  In the finals days of exhausted fighting, Judikar Klarvko Celo, leader of the Clan Klarvkon and the Feldovats, is fatally stabbed with the slow-acting sevon poison.  The Judikar’s consort, Etikaa Klarvkaa, becomes Regentkaa, and with Celovat Field Commander Korvo Celo serving as her advisor, she leads the demoralized Feldovat survivors on a gruesome ill-prepared winter trek through high mountain passes of ice and blizzard snow in an attempt to elude the Green Dragon forces of the Bleikovats.

Etkaa’s only son, Klarvko Celo II, helps spirit Feldovat young across a remote mountain exodus to the west toward Eedov Province. The battered, starving Feldovats reach the Malfesian coast at Eedov City only to be confronted with their implacable enemy determined to destroy the remaining Klarvkon rabble.  Taking passage on crowded lumbering Maalonovion freighters, Feldovats and Malfesian refugees set sail.  On arrival in Maalon City they are welcomed among their Maalon hosts, and settle into a new life.

But famine and a pandemic pestilence stir old hates and nurse former ambitions.  The enraged Overseers of Bleikovia move against the Klarvkons, this time bringing bloodshed to Maalonovia.  The exiles from the Feldon must fight once again, but starvation and plague across the Planete Myr make it a different war from the battles along the Feldon…a na’ä blikovat…the Bleikovvat Phenomenon…an event with unexpected consequences and outcomes none could have foreseen.

Before the vendetta killing is exhausted, the Regentkaa Klarvkaa and her son are swept onto the Maalon throne, setting the Klarvkon Dynasty and the Murians toward an intergalactic golden age, and a star-flung destiny the once-agrarian Feldovats could never have envisaged.

Excerpt:

There had been warnings; far from the Feldon River, across the flat prairies and far-flung farming settlements, in the grain fields and remote gelf ranches of the far-west reaches of Feldon provinces. Most dismissed them, “…idle gossip from those with too little to do.”

The onslaught struck late and faraway during the last harvesting moons of the growing season, and once again unsettled whispers passed. Among the markets and along trade routes far from the fields and farms of the Feldovat fiefdoms the word spread.

That was before dispatch riders and message runners on ponderous muscled claks brought more disturbing news: Heavy raids and ambushes all along the hinterlands this side of the Bleikov-Bormeikovat frontiers.

One grizzled Murian farmer’s slit-pupils narrowed to thin slivers. Gently tightened the reins, hooked to the plough. The lumbering gelf plodded to a stop. He laid the planed-wood handles of the plough sidewise onto the fresh furrow. Without moving from the trenched rows the gelf reached its thick neck to nibble the green tufts around its feet. The weathered work-aged farmer carefully slipped the reins off his shoulder. Fingered the split creeping along one sweat-stained handle, muttered, “…get this to the woodworker before spring ploughing times. Get it braced before I have to barter for a new plough handle.” Pulled off his wide-brim woven hat; wiped his forehead. Uncorked his gelf-leather water pouch; took long slow swallows. Spit a bitter-chewed slurry of brown chakklu; scowled,”…ill-tempered uplander Bleikovats.” After another long swallow he re-plugged the pouch. Bit off another twist of dried chakklu.

Coming up the next furrow behind him, his nephew pulled the harrow to a stop across from his uncle. Kicked loose a couple of big weeded clods wedged under the harrow frame and brushed dirt off the mottled green scab on the back of his hand he had cut yestermorn while sharpening the plough. Reached for his water bag. “Bleikovats are sure stirring a big fuss.” Put down his water bag to help stack the shocks; hefted another bound sheaf.

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:

With postgraduate degrees and faculty appointments in several medical universities, Hawk MacKinney has taught graduate courses in both the United States and Jerusalem. In addition to professional articles and texts on chordate neuroembryology, Hawk has authored several works of fiction.

Hawk began writing mysteries for his school newspaper. His works of fiction, historical love stories, science fiction and mystery-thrillers are not genre-centered, but plot-character driven, and reflect his southwest upbringing in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma. Moccasin Trace, a historical novel nominated for the prestigious Michael Shaara Award for Excellence in Civil War Fiction and the Writers Notes Book Award, details the family bloodlines of his serial protagonist in the Craige Ingram Mystery Series. Vault of Secrets, the first book in the Ingram series, was followed by Nymrod Resurrection, Blood and Gold, and The Lady of Corpsewood Manor. All have received national attention.  Walking the Pet is Hawk’s latest release in the Ingram series. The first book in another mystery-thriller series is scheduled for release in 2015. The Bleikovat Event, the first volume in The Cairns of Sainctuarie science fiction series, was released in 2012. Its sequel, The Missing Planets, has just been released.

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Character Interview – Anthology #mythology

Leigh Ellwood is with us today. She has a character interview to share with you, and a new work in the anthology Mythologically Torqued.

Read on for more, and be sure to leave a comment to show your love. :)

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Leigh Ellwood – Interview with The Ferryman

Quite shortly an anthology in which I am featured, MYTHOLOGICALLY TORQUED, VOL. 1, will go up for sale. You can pre-order at Torquere Press and Amazon right now, though. My contribution, “Styx & Stone” , is the story of the lovelorn ferryman of the Styx River. It’s a great job, but it gets lonely at times. One day, though, it doesn’t.

While we’re waiting for the book to release, I sat down with Charon, the ferryman, for a quick Q&A.

I’m sure everybody really wants to know what happens when you die. Is there a tunnel, a bright light, something else before they come to you?

Charon: shrugs Hard for me to answer, since I’ve never experienced death myself. I’ve always been on the other side. I ask around, but I get different answers, so your mileage may vary.

Have you ever wanted to step out to the mortal side, even for a day?

Charon: Oh, yeah. I don’t know if I’d want to do it right now, though. Doesn’t seem like people have much fun, staring into their phones and tweeting and whatever. Now, if I had a time machine I’d go back a ways so I could visit CBGB’s or Whiskey a Go-Go in their prime.

You really like mortal rock music, it’s evident in this story. Who have you ferried over?

Charon: chuckles Well, I’m not one to name drop. Even people in the afterlife like their privacy. Let’s just say a fair number of Woodstock vets and others crossed the Styx on my watch.

Anybody from the 27 Club?

Charon: One or two.

How is Stone adjusting to the afterlife?

Charon: He’s good. He says hello. I think he’d like to take the boat out on his own once in a while, but it’s not doable. He’s not a Ferryman.

He could be, though.

Charon: That’s up to Hades. He runs the show.

Is he a tough boss?

Charon: He has a lot to manage. The other side is infinite compared to Earth. Things you never thought possible. He must have a damn good organizational system to keep track of it all.

It’s not a job you’d want, I take it.

Charon: No, no. smiles Leave me with my boat, a cooler, and a warm day.

And Stone.

Charon: That goes without saying. winks

About the Book

Mythology, whether classic or modern, has always taken readers on a magical ride. Mythologically Torqued, volume I, takes those tales from days of old, or more recent history, and places a unique spin on the beloved lore.

The gods of Olympus make appearances, as do deities from Japanese, Norse, and other belief systems. With rampant sexual desires, these gods manage to slake their thirst for passions of the flesh in a rather untraditional manner…if the oral traditions passed down from generation-to-generation were at all accurate.

These fifteen short stories are penned by both seasoned scribes and new authors; the anthology provides readers with the perfect opportunity to explore offerings from their favorite storytellers as well as find a new favorite or two. And, a unique perspective on the stories we enjoyed—or were forced down our throats at the hands of a sadistic English teacher or two—in our youth.

About Leigh

Leigh Ellwood writes romance and erotica. She enjoys reading and binge watching 70s-80s British TV. She is active on Twitter and invites you to drop her a line at @LeighEllwood.

 

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May HOT Guy – Free Romance #contest

My May HOT GUY Contest is still going on.

Your chance to WIN one of 19 ROMANCES – contemporary, paranormal, menage, suspense. Read on for details!

Welcome to my May Hot Guy Contest – hot hunks – free books.

After you’re finished drooling over the guy and licking the screen, read on for your chance to enter and win! :)

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“What’cha lookin’ at down there?”

Rules: Simply leave a comment about the above picture and yummy guy AT THIS LINK: http://www.tinadonahue.com/monthly-contest-2/ – and you’re entered in my May Hot Guy Contest – WINNER CHOSEN AT RANDOM.

Duration: Contest begins May 1 and runs through May 25 – Winner announced May 26

Prize: Winner chosen randomly and will receive her choice of one of my following books:

1. Lush Velvet Nightsebook – Reviewer’s TOP PICK the Pagan & the Pen; 5 ANGELS Fallen Angles Reviews; 5 STARS JERR

GOLDEN NIB AWARD – MIZ LOVE LOVES BOOKS

FINALIST – EPIC 2011 COMPETITION

2.  Adored ebook – 4 stars Romantic Times; Second Place Winner NEC RWA contest!

FINALIST – EPIC 2011 COMPETITION

3.  Deep, Dark, Delicious ebook4 stars Romantic Times; nominated for Book of the Week Whipped Cream Reviews; 5 Stars, Reviewer TOP PICK – NOR

FINALIST – EPIC 2011 COMPETITION

AWARD OF MERIT – HOLT MEDALLION 2011 COMPETITION

4.  In His Arms – ebook6 FIVE STAR REVIEWS – recommended read TwoLips Reviews

FINALIST – DDRWA PICTURE PERFECT CONTEST

4 STARS – ROMANTIC TIMES

5. Sensual Stranger ebook Book of the Year 2010 (erotic category) Blue Moon Reviews

Recommended Read TwoLips Reviews – Best Book rating Whipped Cream Reviews – Five Siren Stones Siren Books Reviews – 5 STARS Top Pick Night Owl Reviews

4 STARS – ROMANTIC TIMES

6. The Yearningebook – Bestseller

AWARD OF MERIT – HOLT MEDALLION COMPETITION (2012)

Recommended Read Two Lips Reviews; Nominated for Book of the Week Whipped Cream Reviews; 4.5 Stars Sensual Reads

7. Take Me Awayebook

2nd Place Winner – 2012 NEC RWA CONTEST

Hot Stuff – #1 Pick – Miz Love Loves Books; 5 Stars – Romance Writers Reviews; 4.5 Hearts – The Romance Studio; 4 Stars – JERR; 5 Siren Stones – Siren Book Reviews

8. Unending Desireebook

Best Book Rating – LASR (Long & Short Reviews) – Nominated for Book of the Month; 4.5 Stars Sensual Reads; Recommended by ARe (All Romance ebooks); Library Journal reports, ‘…a tale so steamy, it comes with a warning’

9.  SiNNebook

Magnificent!! – Romancing the Book; 5 Stars – Mary’s Naughty Whispers; 5 Stars – Sensual Reads – Nominated for Book of the Week – Whipped Cream Reviews

10. Sinfully Wickedebook

Magnificent!! – Romancing the Book; 4 Stars – The Romance Studio; 4 Stars – LASR (Long and Short Reviews)

11. Claiming Magiqueebook

Top Pick – NOR; 5 Stars – Erotica for All; 4 Stars – United by Books; Recommended by ARe

Claiming Magique by Tina Donahue

12. Illicit Desireebook

4 Stars, Romantic Times; 4 Stars/5 Flames, The Jeep Diva


13. Come Fill Meebook

5 Stars – A True Gem, Guilty Pleasures; 4 Stars/5 Flames, The Jeep Diva

14. Losing Control – ebook

4.5 Stars – Sensual Reads; 4 Stars – The Romance Reviews

15. Shameless Desire – ebook

4.5 Stars – The Jeep Diva; 4 Stars – Sinful Sunday Book Reviews

16. Illicit Intent – ebook

4 1/2 stars – Sensual Reads; 4 Stars – NOR

17. Deep Within Me ebook

4 Stars – Romantic Times

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18. Seven Sensuous Days – ebook

Four Stars – Long & Short Reviews

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19. Stolen Desire – ebook

Four Stars – Romantic Times

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Good Luck!!!

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World Building Bible #ResourceBook

Kayelle’s back here today with her outstanding world building bible, the Tarthian Empire Companion.

You don’t want to miss this. She’s also hosting a giveaway. Read on for details! :)

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The worldbuilding magic that makes Kayelle Allen's Tarthian Empire tick. 10k years of future history, peeks behind the curtain, a quick tour of the empire, and a surfeit of secrets for fans, all in one volume. Illustrated by Jamin Allen and Kayelle Allen.
The worldbuilding magic that makes Kayelle Allen’s Tarthian Empire tick. 10k years of future history, peeks behind the curtain, a quick tour of the empire, and a surfeit of secrets for fans, all in one volume. Illustrated by Jamin Allen and Kayelle Allen.

Naming Scifi Worlds by Kayelle Allen

Kayelle Allen is the author of the best selling Tarthian Empire Companion, an illustrated World-Building Bible and Guide to Writing a Science Fiction Series.

All authors build worlds. Some recreate the world of Regency England. Others prefer the Highlands of Scotland, the battlefields of World War II, or fantastic starways and planets across the galaxy. Whatever you write, you create a setting for your characters. Here are a few things to consider when doing so.

Consider that place names have a history. Is it called the Mill Road because there’s a mill? Is it still a functioning mill or was it torn down centuries ago and no one knows why it’s called Mill Road anymore? Are any place names called by family names of current characters? Towns are sometimes named for prominent families, and that can carry over into present day and cause havoc for characters whose families might not have been on the best terms with the founding clan. Conflict is the heart of a story, and sometimes your characters can create it simply by being in a place with a history they’d rather avoid.

Record family names and places for use in future stories. A chart with meanings is handy. Like all things pertaining to world building, don’t take it so far that you never write the book. Use it to build the background and develop the characters, setting, and conflict.

Compound words link known words to create a new meaning, as in my word “bagbot.” A bagbot is a robotic suitcase. Although the word itself might not relay the meaning, using it in context conveys enough so the reader is comfortable with its use. For example, if a character is going on a trip, and packs a bagbot with his belongings, the concept and use become clear. When the bagbot follows him around the starport and becomes a closet when he deploys it, readers will not only understand, they’ll want one.

Taken from the Tarthian Empire Companion, an illustrated World-Building Bible and Guide to Writing a Science Fiction Series. Original art by Jamin Allen and Kayelle Allen.

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Giveaway

Download the free “Top Stops” edition of the Companion and visit the most popular sites in the Tarthian Empire. Illustrated, 24 pp

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About the Companion

Genre Non-fiction, Reference

Author Kayelle Allen

Book heat level (based on movie ratings): G

For the science fiction writer, this volume teaches you how to build believable worlds, track details of your story, organize your writing, and lay out your story bible. Novice or experienced, you will pick up tricks and tips here. This EPIC eBook Award winning writer shares organizational tips, links to marketing sites, groups supporting writers, science fiction groups, and more. Material from the author’s 90+ page website is included.
For the science fiction fan, the Companion reveals the worldbuilding magic that makes Kayelle Allen’s Tarthian Empire tick. She shares every character in every book, 10k years of future history, offers inside peeks at scenes and stories, lays out a quick tour of the Empire, and dishes up a surfeit of secrets, all in one illustrated volume. Original art by Jamin Allen and Kayelle Allen.

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About the Author

Kayelle Allen is a best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author. Her unstoppable heroes and heroines include contemporary every day folk, role-playing immortal gamers, futuristic covert agents, and warriors who purr.
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About the Illustrator

Jamin Allen is the founder of Nimajination Studios, and is known as “Volgraza” on the popular YouTube channel V^2Gamers, which features game play, advice, and update information for games such as SpaceEngineers, and other games on Steam. He is the son of Kayelle Allen.

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Free Romances – Contest #contest

If you like free romances, I’m running two Rafflecopters on my site right now. Click here for details. Contests are at the top of the page – you can’t miss them.

Help me celebrate the release of Erotic TakeoverAnd don’t forget, the more you enter, the greater your chances of winning! Good luck. :)

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Fun Stuff to Make You Smile #quotes

This post was written by Jean Hart Stewart one of the resident Divas at my other site Sweet n Sexy DivasIt has so much fun stuff, thought I’d share. :)

Found an unusual book of quotes at the second-hand store the other day. It’s called Positive Quotes for Every Day, by Patricia Lorenz. Naturally you guys get to be the first to sample it. I’m currently quite enthralled by it.

1. We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.    Ben Sweetland

2. Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.     Mother Teresa

3. I cannot help it that my paintings do not sell. The time will come when people see they are worth more than the price of the paint.

       Vincent Van Gogh

4. You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist.     Indira Ghandi

5. The intelligent man is always open to new ideas. In fact,  he looks for them.    Proverbs 18:15


6. Logic will get you for A to B.   Imagination will take you everywhere.   Albert Einstein


7. There ain’t no man can avoid being average.  But there ain’t no man got to be common.    Satchel Paige


Now you get to vote….I’d love to know which one appeals to you the most. Will one of them stick in your mind and perhaps make a difference to you in some way?  I’d love to think so. For myself, I tried to pick one and found it almost possible. Possibly Mother Teresa’s. but they’re all good.


Let me know!!!  And here’s the cover for my latest gorgeous and sexy elf….

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Freeing the Beast AWESOME Review #review

Received an awesome review from Long and Short Reviews (LASR) for Freeing the Beast – 5 STARS – woot!

5 Star Rating LASR

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Freeing the Beast by Tina Donahue
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Other: M/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Thistledown

No more Mr. Nice Guy.

Magic is Becca Salt’s business, but it ain’t happening in her bedroom. The half-witch proprietress of From Crud to Stud performs miracle makeovers for paranormal creatures. Once she’s done with them, they’re out the door hunting for hot babes, not hanging around for a too-curvy, plain Jane like her.

Her newest client is hot, hung, mouthwatering perfection. What could she possibly improve upon?

Eric Diletto. Descendant of Cupid, bred for courtship, courtesy, and all that other gentlemanly junk. What has it gotten him? Dumped time and again for bad boys. He needs Becca’s help for an entirely different reason—regression therapy to release his inner beast. Grrrr.

Two potions later, they’re crawling all over each other. Becca aches for a man who loves her as she is, not because he’s under the influence. But Eric isn’t as impaired as she thinks. And he intends to take Becca here, there, and everywhere—anything to convince her his desire isn’t just the potions talking.

Can true love be crafted by magic?

Becca runs a dating agency where out of control supernatural bad boys come to get whipped into shape, sometimes literally. When a client comes in and is mistaken for someone else, things get out of hand very quickly. Her normally indomitable control is shaken by this very sexy customer who happens to be descended from the Greek God Eros himself. Instant attraction, a pair of sexy underwear, cupid tattoos and some freaky potion magic make this book a page turning experience.

Eric is too nice and he hates getting dumped by every woman he comes across. When he stops in to the From Crud to Stud dating service and claps eyes on its curvy, sexy owner Becca Salt, he can’t think of anything better than to pin her to the table and douse his good boy image for good. Spellcasting hijinks ensue and Eric has to decide if his original intent is really what he wants or if she is already right under his nose.

Funny, sexy and ice melting, this book made me laugh, cry a little and want to keep reading long after the last page was done. A great mix of humor, seduction, mythology, witchcraft, bloopers and some good Italian food just rounded it off for keepers. Tina Donahue is now on my must read list and I really hope there will be more stories based on this novel. Loved it!

The sex scenes were hot, the humor just perfect and being a curvy girl myself, I can identify with some of the body issues Becca experienced. Could he really love her or is it just the potion talking? To find the answer to that is the biggest risk of all, but for true love it’s all worthwhile.

A hot read to melt your blah’s away!

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HOT MM Erotic Romance #nativetongue

You’ll want to check out this HOT MM Erotic Romance by Lucy Felthouse.

Read on for the steamy details…

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Out Now – Native Tongue – M/M Erotic Romance by Lucy Felthouse (@cw1985) #erotica #romance #military #interracial

Blurb:

They may be back on British soil, but the battle isn’t over.

When Captain Hugh Wilkes fell for his Afghan interpreter, Rustam Balkhi, he always knew things would never be easy. After months of complete secrecy, their return to England should have spelt an end to the sneaking around and the insane risks. But it seems there are many obstacles for them to overcome before they can truly be happy together. Can they get past those obstacles, or is this one battle too many for their fledgling relationship?

Author’s note: Although this story does work as a standalone tale, it’s recommended that you read the first instalment of the characters’ journey first—Desert Heat, which is available from all good retailers.

Buy links: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/native-tongue/

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25462496-native-tongue

**For those of you that haven’t yet read Desert Heat either, there’s a great value double pack containing both books available exclusively on Amazon (from 14th May), which is available for lending, and for Kindle Unlimited members: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/desert-heat-native-tongue/ **

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Excerpt:

Captain Hugh Wilkes drummed enthusiastically on the steering wheel of his car as he drove it up the M3 towards London. He sung loudly and tunelessly along to the song on the radio, too, but it didn’t matter. No one could hear him.

He’d surprised himself by being so chilled out about the volume of Friday evening traffic. He wasn’t the most patient of people, so the slow progress should probably have been increasing his blood pressure, if not leading to full on road rage. But, although he’d have loved to be actually achieving the speed limit, not bumbling along at a mere fifty miles per hour, Wilkes was just glad the traffic was moving at all. Britain’s roads, the motorways in particular, soon came to a standstill if there was so much as a tiny bump between two vehicles. So any progress was better than none.

Besides, what could he do about it? His only other options to get to London from his base in Wiltshire were a train, or stealing a plane, helicopter or tank. The latter might just cause a little bit of bother, and mean the end of his army career, not to mention criminal charges. The former meant cramming in amongst sweaty, disgruntled commuters. If that wasn’t bad enough, he’d be charged an extortionate amount to do so, probably wouldn’t even get a seat, and would likely be subjected to delays.

At least driving took him from door to door, with plenty of personal space. And if there were delays, well, he could sit them out from the comfort of his own vehicle, with the climate control set to the perfect temperature, and the radio blasting some of his favourite tunes.

The next song was even better, and Wilkes’ tuneless wailing became more enthusiastic, as did the drumming on the steering wheel. He was in one hell of a good mood, and if he was truthful with himself, he knew it wasn’t just the fact the M3 was moving at a nice pace. It wasn’t the Friday feeling, either. Sure, both of those things were contributing to his happiness, but the main reason he was grinning like a buffoon was the thought of what awaited him in the capital. Or rather, who.

Rustam Balkhi. His gorgeous Afghan boyfriend, whom he’d met out in Afghanistan while they were working together for the British Army. Now, with their tour of duty over and the forces’ presence pulled out of the country, the two men had returned to England. Wilkes had gone back to his regular army life in Bulford Camp, near Salisbury. Balkhi was in London, where he’d recommenced the medical training he’d postponed to become an interpreter for the Brits.

The past few weeks had been somewhat of a whirlwind. Wilkes’ return to the UK had been straightforward, but Balkhi had had to jump through some hoops in order to get back onto his medical course. He’d been willing to start from scratch, but it’d seemed like an awful waste of time, so Wilkes had spoken to his superiors, who’d explained to the university what important work Balkhi had been doing. Fortunately, they’d been persuaded of Balkhi’s commitment and character, and allowed him to pick up where he’d left off. That settled, Balkhi had to pack up, travel back to the UK, find somewhere to live, move in… and all before the start of the next academic term.

Wilkes had felt terrible. His return had taken place a few weeks before Balkhi’s, so although he’d been granted some leave for R&R, he hadn’t been able to either spend it with Balkhi, or to use it help him with his relocation. By the time Balkhi had set foot on British soil, Wilkes was back to work. And, given nobody knew about the two of them, or even that Wilkes was gay, he couldn’t exactly ask for more leave in order to help his boyfriend move into his new flat.

Life had conspired against them ever since, so this was the first opportunity they’d had to see each other since saying goodbye in Afghanistan all those weeks ago. They’d communicated via email, text message and phone calls, but it just wasn’t the same. Especially since they’d gone from seeing each other every single day for the best part of six months to not setting eyes on each other for weeks on end.

Wilkes had struggled terribly in the interim. Life had been tough enough while they were still out in the desert. After weeks and weeks of trying desperately to ignore their growing attraction, they’d finally given in to it. It had been stupid and risky, but, having quickly realised there was more to their attraction than the physical, they’d decided to carry on their relationship in secret while they were in Afghanistan, see how it went, and figure things out once Wilkes’ tour of duty was over. Balkhi had always intended to return to the UK for his studies, so they would, at least, be living in the same country.

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Author Bio:

Lucy Felthouse is a very busy woman! She writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over 100 publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include several editions of Best Bondage Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica 2013 and Best Erotic Romance 2014. Another string to her bow is editing, and she has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies, and also edits for a small publishing house. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk. Join her on Facebook and Twitter, and subscribe to her newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9

 

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May is here…so think FLOWERS for our contest! ONE winner will get a $100 Gift Card for Amazon/B&N and FOUR other winners will split the  remaining prizes. Contest starts 1 May and ends 22 May at midnight ET. To enter: Find the 20 author/industry rep pages that have the FLOWERS icon like the ones you see above AT THIS LINK: http://www.romancebooks4us.com/Welcome.html (this page and the Welcome Page don’t count). Make a list of the names of those pages (ex: Marianne Stephens, Secret Cravings Publishing, etc.) and send your list to: contests.rb4u@gmail.com  Be sure to look at all author pages AND Industry rep pages!

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1. ONE $100 gift card for Amazon or B&N from RB4U.
2. $10 Gift Card for Secret Cravings Publishing from SCP.
3. Choice of ebook from backlist books by romance author Tina Donahue.
4. Choice of ebook from backlist books at website by romance author  Jean Hart Stewart.
5. Kindle copy of Bella’s Band from romance author Alina K. Field.
6. Kindle copy of When We Dance by romance author Alanna Lucas.
7. Ebook – The Promise of Tomorrow by romance author Sandy Loyd.
8. Kindle copy of my book Play It Again, Dan by romance author Tess Delacour.
9. Ebook copy of Book 3 in my Honeybun Heat series, Fast Track to a Honeybun by romance author Sam Cheever.
10. Ebook copy of Cowboy Up 2 by romance author Melissa Keir.
11. Ebook copy of my latest medieval historical romance, A Bit of Heaven on Earth by romance author Lauren Linwood.
12. E-book novella, It’s You & Me Baby by romance author Rose Gorham.
13. Autographed copy of Red Fury Revolt by romance author J. F. Ridgley.
14. Kindle copy of Maknab’s Revenge by romance author Anna Markland.
15. Print copy of the 2014 Summer Anthology with 5 short sweet contemporary romantic stories, to get readers in the mood for summer by romance author Stephanie Burkhart.
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Tempest Vengeance Romance #romance

Want a great, action-packed tale? Pick up Tempest Vengeance romance that rocks!

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Blurb:

A chain of tragic events cumulating in the shattering of the magical “dream bond” between Theo and Sar turns the lovers against one another, as Ulysses attacks from all fronts, hoping to destroy Devlin for good. The return of Lash reignites the fire between he and Sar, even as he saves her daughter Elle from certain death. Finally joined under Oath, Lash, Devlin, and Sar face the storm of Ulysses’s wrath, knowing it will take their combined strength and courage to save all they love from his tempest of vengeance.

Excerpt:

“You need to come with me now,” Devlin said. “Teleport us to Davy’s.”

I knew why instantly. “No,” I said, trying to walk away and getting nowhere. “I don’t want to see him.”

“I don’t care what you want,” Devlin said forcefully. “You are taking us there, and making up with him.”

“Fuck you, I’m not!” I yelled.

Devlin shook me hard, making my teeth rattle. “Listen, you bitch!” he growled. “Ulysses challenged me for my territory an hour ago. I need to fight him in a week. And I need you and Lash focused, because you need to help me prepare.”

I was quiet now, listening to his words and trying to process them.

“Teleport us there now,” Devlin said stridently. “Then just tell him you love him—”

“He doesn’t love me!” I screamed.

Devlin ignored me, and kept talking. “—and that you want him back.”

“You’re just like him, you know?” I said viciously. “Always trying to make me give another chance to someone who doesn’t deserve one!”

Devlin stared at me, looking so hurt I trailed off into silence. “You came back to me because he asked you to?” he whispered. “Not because you wanted to?”

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Bio:

Tara Fox Hall is an OSHA-certified safety and health inspector at a metal fabrication shop in upstate New York. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics with a double minor in chemistry and biology from Binghamton University. Her writing credits include over twenty short stories published in the nature magazines Catnip Blossoms, Meanwhile, and On The River. Her short horror stories have appeared in Deadman’s Tome, Flashes in the Dark, Halloween Alliance, and Ghastly Door. She also coauthored the essay “The Allure of the Serial Killer,” published in Serial Killers – Philosophy for Everyone: Being and Killing (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010). She divides her free time unequally between writing novels and short stories, chainsawing firewood, caring for stray animals of all species, sewing cat and dog beds for donation to animal shelters, and target practice.

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Tara’s Blog: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5286654.Tara_Fox_Hall/blog

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/TerrorFoxHall

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