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Sunday Snippet, December 10 2017

Returning to Song and Sword for a while, until I decide on something else to torture you with.

“What’s wrong?” Pashevel asked. They were walking side by side along a mountain road that led through a forest, sunlight filtering through freshly opened leaves, their unicorns ambling beside them. “You’ve been… tense and edgy for the past week or more.”

“We’re too close to Drow territory,” Marlia burst out. “The raids… Please, Pashevel…”

“Mar –” Pashevel’s response was cut off as the unicorns suddenly stopped and tossed their heads, fidgeting nervously.

“What is it, Sonata?” Pashevel reached for her horn but only got a sense of unease, that something was not right. He looked over at Marlia who seemed to be receiving a similar message. 

“It’s nothing that they are seeing or hearing,” she said. 

“Let’s mount up,” he said tersely, and she nodded.

They were barely in their saddles when both unicorns charged forward in a full gallop, racing along the road as if demons were about to leap from behind the trees and eat them alive. Neither animal slowed until they burst from the tree cover and into open air. They stopped and stood, trembling, still tense, as their riders surveyed their surroundings.  

 

 

 

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Blurb:
Pashevel: a simple Elven Bard — and the Crown Prince

Marlia: a Paladin of Arithen, the Elven God of Justice – seeking vengeance for the destruction of her village

Dakkas: heir to the Drow throne — if his father and elder half-brother don’t kill him first

Kashrya: raised among a tribe of nomadic Humans, she is unaware of her true heritage — or of the prophecy that made her mother an outcast

Their goal: build a bridge between the Elves and their outcast brethren, the Drow, reuniting them and undoing the damage caused in a time so far gone that history has become legend and legend has become myth.

But first, they have a problem to solve:  how do you stop a war that hasn’t started?

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Rainbow Snippet for 12-9-2017

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

I’m posting excerpts from Doll, a little F/f BDSM story that I started back in January of 2014 for Siobhan Muir’s Thursday Threads Flash Fiction Challenge. It got a little over the word limit, but I liked it, so decided to keep it as the start an eventual novel. Maybe.

I don’t normally write in first person so I have no idea how this happened.  I’m blaming the writing prompt.

I also don’t normally write non spec-fic.

I also have no idea where this is going. It was and will probably continue to be) written in snippet form. (I was writing a few lines a week back then for another snippet group.)

We weren’t given a choice.

Not that we wanted one.

I dared a quick glance at the others who knelt beside me. 

To my left was Lissa: waist-length black hair, almond shaped light brown eyes, high cheekbones, olive complexion – she was an exotic beauty and she knew it, and the black leather collar with its brass studs and rings did nothing to diminish her haughtiness. She was here to learn her place, to learn to submit – to submit fully, not just when it pleased her to do so.

To my right was Jake: perfect bronzed body, sandy brown hair, hazel eyes – he was certain that he would become the favorite, and wore the collar as if it was some sort of prize that he had won. He was here hoping to earn a permanent place in the household – preferably in the owner’s bed.   

Me? I’m not important. Just call me Doll. The plain leather collar around my neck rankled; it wasn’t what I normally wore. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, November 26 2017

Thought I’d give you all a break from Song and Sword (I’ll probably come back to it in December) and spend the month posting excerpts from whatever I’ve written for NaNoWriMo the previous week.

I’m working on a prequel to the Academy of the Accord series. The tentative title is Creating Accord and it’s set a few generations before the series.

Boyin and Zin have met for the first time and Boyin has agreed to be Zin’s personal bodyguard. What neither one knows or understands is the bond that is forming between them already.

(In the series it is established that some warriors are “Warders” (I will find a better name for that) who have an instinct to protect wizards. And sometimes a Warder finds his wizard (or vice versa) and they form a special – and very deep – bond. Boyin, however is the first Warder, and he and Zin are the first bonded pair.)

“I will.” Boyin nodded and turned toward the door of the wagon, finding that he was reluctant to leave.  This wizard had been on his mind since the first time he saw him and now that he’d found him…

So, I’ve found him, now what? he asked himself, shaking his head. He’s just a wizard, someone I just met, just my employer…  He sighed. He wasn’t fooling himself and he wasn’t used to avoiding a problem.

And this wizard was a problem. He had a price on his head and as military… Ex-military, he reminded himself; he was no longer under any obligation to turn the man in, although he could no doubt earn back his commission if he did so.

He couldn’t do it. He knew what fate most likely awaited Zin if the military got their hands on him and he simply could not bear the thought of that happening.  He shook his head. He didn’t understand it, but he was a warrior, a soldier. He didn’t have to understand it, just accept the truth of it and act accordingly.

And part of acting accordingly was getting back to the wizard as soon as possible. For some reason he found it almost painful to be away from him.

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Rainbow Snippet for 11-25-2017

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

I’m switching gears for a bit, taking a break from Onyx Sun and posting some excerpts from Sanguine, a science fiction semi-paranormal M/M erotic romance.

“I am so glad that you found me.”  Kaen stepped back and looked at him questioningly. “How did you know I was a vampire?”

“I’m a Hunter, remember? And in addition, you… You…” Gregor sighed, not having the words to explain, and finally shrugged. “You are my Blood Master… my family’s Blood Master. You… I had no choice but to respond to you, to go to you… It was so hard not to, the times that you would come to check on us…”

Kaen nodded slowly. “I think… I think I felt it… but I didn’t know what it was.”  He closed his eyes, remembering the feelings that had drawn him to the work sites. “I would go to check on the work being done, but that was an excuse. It was you. I – I wanted to see you. I didn’t understand why, but…”  He reached out and stroked Gregor’s cheek, awed by the connection the two of them shared.

Gregor smiled and kissed his wrist softly. “And now you are stuck with me.”

“And quite happily at that,” Kaen said, kissing him back. “Thank you, for coming to me.”

“I had no choice.” But Gregor’s smile said that he knew he was where he belonged.

“Do you want a choice?” Kaen asked quietly, searching Gregor’s eyes.

“If I had one,” Gregor replied, “it would be to stay with you.”

Blurb:
Kaen Yblis is a man with a past – if only he could remember it. He lost his memories in a duel with another vampire, and for centuries he has been alone, not even aware of all that had been torn from him.

Until he meets Gregor Vladescu, a young human who stirs desires and emotions that Kaen didn’t know he had, and whose blood brings back fragments of memories.

As Kaen returns to his ancient home, a threat from his past arises and threatens to once again tear away everything that is precious to him. Will ancient blood and ancient soul bond be enough to save them all or will they be the very things that destroy them?

(NOTE: Sanguine is a science fiction, semi-paranormal, M/M erotic romance. It contains sex scenes. You have been warned.)

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Sunday Snippet, November 19 2017

Thought I’d give you all a break from Song and Sword (I’ll probably come back to it in December) and spend the month posting excerpts from whatever I’ve written for NaNoWriMo the previous week.

I’m working on a prequel to the Academy of the Accord series. The tentative title is Creating Accord and it’s set a few generations before the series.

This snippet is the aftermath of a battle between wizards and soldiers. Aslir managed to get Zin away before the main fighting started and has gone back to check on the situation. He found a room full of dead wizards, with one bound to a chair in the center of the room.

“Panima,” he whispered softly, and her head came up.

“Where are you?”   

“Behind you. I’m invisible.”

“And Zin?”   

“Somewhere safe.”

“They’re looking for the two of you. Kraskir. Kraskir gave them your names, said you were the only two missing. He helped them. Helped them restrain me.” Her voice was flat, broken, with only a trace of bitterness.

“Yphier?”

“They killed him.” Tears filled the broken places in her voice. “He was the gentlest person I ever knew and he tried to stop the fighting and they killed him. He was a healer. He would have helped their injured if they’d asked but they killed him. And they left him here…”

Aslir followed her gaze to the body at her feet. Her brother’s dead face looked up at them and he knelt and closed his eyes. “I am so sorry,” he whispered.

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Rainbow Snippet for 11-18-2017

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

I’m switching gears for a bit, taking a break from Onyx Sun and posting some excerpts from Sanguine, a science fiction semi-paranormal M/M erotic romance.

Following from last week’s snippet, in which Kaen and Gregor were discussing anal sex.

 “We should wait,” [Gregor] murmured into the kiss, “until Trini has gone for the day.”

Kaen nodded, then took a deep breath. “I don’t want to wait.”

“Neither do I. But I also don’t want us to be interrupted.”

Sometimes,” Kaen replied, punctuating his words with kisses, “your practical streak is really annoying.”

Gregor laughed and kissed him hard, his lips hungry. “Kaen,” he murmured, and Kaen tightened his arms around him.

“I love you,” he whispered into Gregor’s ear.  “I can’t help myself.”

“Then don’t,” Gregor murmured back.  “Don’t stop.”

Blurb:
Kaen Yblis is a man with a past – if only he could remember it. He lost his memories in a duel with another vampire, and for centuries he has been alone, not even aware of all that had been torn from him.

Until he meets Gregor Vladescu, a young human who stirs desires and emotions that Kaen didn’t know he had, and whose blood brings back fragments of memories.

As Kaen returns to his ancient home, a threat from his past arises and threatens to once again tear away everything that is precious to him. Will ancient blood and ancient soul bond be enough to save them all or will they be the very things that destroy them?

(NOTE: Sanguine is a science fiction, semi-paranormal, M/M erotic romance. It contains sex scenes. You have been warned.)

Available at Amazon for Kindle
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Smashwords for everything else

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, November 12 2017

Thought I’d give you all a break from Song and Sword (I’ll probably come back to it in December) and spend the month posting excerpts from whatever I’ve written for NaNoWriMo the previous week.

I’m working on a prequel to the Academy of the Accord series. The tentative title is Creating Accord and it’s set a few generations before the series.

Zin isn’t the character’s full name but I don’t know it yet and [OLDEST SON] is because he doesn’t have any name yet. (Names are the bane of my existence. I think they are one step below blurb-writing on my most-hated list.)

I’m working on a prequel to the Academy of the Accord series. The tentative title is Creating Accord and it’s set a few generations before the series.

In this week’s snippet Zin has gone to the Fortress in response to a message from a friend. The morning after his arrival he attempts to go into town to the Messenger Station to send letters home. He runs into some trouble with a gate guard who won’t let him go, and the commander of the garrison – Boyin – intercedes and escorts him there and back. This conversation happens on their way back from the town.

 

Zin glanced at the commander. “So what is the real story on not being allowed to go into town to send my letters?”

“Orders from higher up. There’s been a change of command at the higher levels and they seem to think we’ve been too lax and easy going here. They’ve sent a bunch of new people, along with new orders relating to security.”

“But everyone in the tower is here of their own free will. They came here for protection.”

“I know. And we will protect them; that much hasn’t changed. It’s the way we go about it that they’re making changes to.”

“And you don’t like the changes?”

Boyin didn’t answer at first, frowning slightly as he weighed his answer. “I never had much to do with any of the wizards here, never even met any until you, but I never had anything against them either, and, like you said, they’ve all come here for protection because they don’t want any part of the wars.” He shook his head. “They came here for protection and the higher ups want to practically make prisoners out of them.”

Zin looked at him, startled. “Prisoners?”

“They’re not calling it that, of course, but I don’t know what else you could call it when they aren’t allowed to leave the grounds without an escort, and even that is being discouraged.”

“I have to leave,” Zin said. “I have to get home.”

“I’m not sure that’s going to be possible.”

 

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Rainbow Snippet for 11-11-2017

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Rainbow Snippets is a group for LGBTQ+ authors, bloggers, and readers to gather once a week and share six sentences from a work of fiction–a WIP or a finished work or even a 6-sentence book recommendation (no spoilers please!).   Check out all the other awesome snippets by clicking on the picture above.

I’m switching gears for a bit, taking a break from Onyx Sun and posting some excerpts from Sanguine, a science fiction semi-paranormal M/M erotic romance.

Kaen smiled and kissed him again, hungrily.  “Speaking of wanting,” he murmured, and Gregor laughed and slid a hand inside Kaen’s pants.

“Mm… I love this,” Gregor murmured. He started to kneel but Kaen stopped him.

“I want you inside me,” he said.  Startled light blue eyes met his dark blue ones, and he smiled. “I don’t dare do that to you yet, but I think it will be all right if you do it. And I want to know what it will feel like for you when I can finally take you that way.”

“You’ve never?”

“Not that I can recall.” Kaen kissed him softly. “For all intents and purposes, you will be my first.”

 

Blurb:
Kaen Yblis is a man with a past – if only he could remember it. He lost his memories in a duel with another vampire, and for centuries he has been alone, not even aware of all that had been torn from him.

Until he meets Gregor Vladescu, a young human who stirs desires and emotions that Kaen didn’t know he had, and whose blood brings back fragments of memories.

As Kaen returns to his ancient home, a threat from his past arises and threatens to once again tear away everything that is precious to him. Will ancient blood and ancient soul bond be enough to save them all or will they be the very things that destroy them?

(NOTE: Sanguine is a science fiction, semi-paranormal, M/M erotic romance. It contains sex scenes. You have been warned.)

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Smashwords for everything else

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Sunday Snippet, November 5 2017

Thought I’d give you all a break from Song and Sword (I’ll probably come back to it in December) and spend the month posting excerpts from whatever I’ve written for NaNoWriMo the previous week.

I’m working on a prequel to the Academy of the Accord series. The tentative title is Creating Accord and it’s set a few generations before the series.

Zin isn’t the character’s full name but I don’t know it yet and [OLDEST SON] is because he doesn’t have any name yet. (Names are the bane of my existence. I think they are one step below blurb-writing on my most-hated list.)

“Father? Are you all right? You got really quiet and you look sad.”

Zin smiled and ruffled his son’s hair. “I’m fine, [OLDEST SON]. Just thinking about something I have to do but don’t really want to.”

“But you’re a grown up.”

“Yes?”

“Grown ups don’t have to do things they don’t want to do.”

Zin shook his head and crouched down to be on a level with his son. “Sadly, [OLDEST SON], grown ups have to do a lot of things they don’t want to do. More than children, in fact.”

“Then what’s the point of being a grown up?”

(I have no idea how to answer that question, so if you have an answer feel free to share in the comments.)

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Rainbow Snippet for 11-4-2017

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I’m switching gears for a bit, taking a break from Onyx Sun and posting some excerpts from Sanguine, a science fiction semi-paranormal M/M erotic romance.

In this excerpt Kaen and Gregor have been discussing Kaen (he’s a vampire) feeding from other people. Kaen speaks first.

“They will never be to me what you are,” he murmured. “They are my people, but you… you are something more.”

Gregor closed his eyes, his love for Kaen overwhelming him. “It shouldn’t matter to me,” he said.  “You are the Master.  Who you feed from or who you…”

“No,” Kaen said sharply.  He stroked Gregor’s cheek with gentle fingers.  “I cannot imagine wanting anyone the way I do you.  It… it goes beyond physical pleasure.”  He kissed Gregor, softly at first, then with increasing passion until he finally felt Gregor yield and relax.

Blurb:
Kaen Yblis is a man with a past – if only he could remember it. He lost his memories in a duel with another vampire, and for centuries he has been alone, not even aware of all that had been torn from him.

Until he meets Gregor Vladescu, a young human who stirs desires and emotions that Kaen didn’t know he had, and whose blood brings back fragments of memories.

As Kaen returns to his ancient home, a threat from his past arises and threatens to once again tear away everything that is precious to him. Will ancient blood and ancient soul bond be enough to save them all or will they be the very things that destroy them?

(NOTE: Sanguine is a science fiction, semi-paranormal, M/M erotic romance. It contains sex scenes. You have been warned.)

Available at Amazon for Kindle
and at
Smashwords for everything else

 

 

 

 

 

 

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