Welcome to Friday! This week's excerpt is from author M.D. Neu and involves one of my favorite topics - first contact between aliens and humans. (Just getting over a cold, so please forgive the stuffiness.)
A New World - Contact (Book 1)
by M. D. Neu
Nine Star Press
A little blue world, the third planet from the sun. It's home to 7 billion people with all manner of faiths, beliefs and customs, divided by bigotry and misunderstanding, who will soon be told they are not alone in the universe. Anyone watching from the outside would pass by this fractured and tumultuous world, unless they had no other choice. Todd Landon is one of these people, living and working in a section of the world called the United States of America. His life is similar to those around him: home, family, work, friends and a husband.
On the cusp of the greatest announcement humankind has ever witnessed, Todd’s personal world is thrown into turmoil when his estranged brother shows up on his front porch with news of ships heading for Earth’s orbit. The ships are holding the Nentraee, a humanoid race who have come to Earth in need of help after fleeing the destruction of their homeworld. How will one man bridge the gap for both the Humans and Nentraee, amongst mistrust, terrorist attacks and personal loss? Will this be the start of a new age of man or will bigotry and miscommunication bring this small world to its knees and final end?
M.D. Neu is a LGBTQA Fiction Writer with a love for writing and travel. Living in the heart of Silicon Valley (San Jose, California) and growing up around technology, he’s always been fascinated with what could be. Specifically drawn to Science Fiction and Paranormal television and novels, M.D. Neu was inspired by the great Gene Roddenberry, George Lucas, Stephen King, Alice Walker, Alfred Hitchcock, Harvey Fierstein, Anne Rice, and Kim Stanley Robinson. An odd combination, but one that has influenced his writing.
Growing up in an accepting family as a gay man he always wondered why there were never stories reflecting who he was. Constantly surrounded by characters that only reflected heterosexual society, M.D. Neu decided he wanted to change that. So, he took to writing, wanting to tell good stories that reflected our diverse world.
When M.D. Neu isn’t writing, he works for a non-profit and travels with his biggest supporter and his harshest critic, Eric his husband of nineteen plus years.
Hello again and Happy Friday! This week I'm reading an excerpt from the exciting conclusion of Scott's science fiction trilogy, The Oberon Cycle. Ithani launches February 19!
Oberon Cycle 3
by J. Scott Coatsworth
Barnes and Noble
Time is running out.
After saving the world twice, Xander, Jameson, and friends plunge headlong into a new crisis. The ithani—the aliens who broke the world—have reawakened from their hundred millennia-long slumber. When Xander and Jameson disappear in a flash, an already fractured world is thrown into chaos.
The ithani plans, laid a hundred thousand years before, are finally coming to pass, and they threaten all life on Erro. Venin and Alix go on a desperate search for their missing friend and find more than they bargained for. And Quince, Robin, and Jessa discover a secret as old as the skythane themselves.
Will alien technology, unexpected help from the distant past, destiny, and some good old-fashioned firepower be enough to defeat an enemy with the ability to split a world? The final battle of the epic science fiction adventure that began in Skythane will decide the fate of lander and skythane alike. And in the north, the ithani rise….
Hello everyone and Happy Valentine's Day! You'd think this would be a romance author's favorite day, right? Eh. I've always been a little ambivalent about it. This probably explains why I only have one Valentine's Day story and that one was written as a challenge. (Angel, we're all SO surprised!)
Hey, no need for sarcasm. It was a fun challenge, though, with certain elements required as part of the story such as: an office party setting, an MC who hates Valentine's Day, an argument about Bert and Ernie's relationship, and an incompetent cupid.
It's a short story at about 8K, but it's also only .99 ;)
Enjoy the day if you have fun plans and enjoy your Thursday if you're not into the whole thing. Either way, Michael's virulent hatred of the day was fun to write.
Hearts and Flowers: A Tale of Hayfever and Bad Decor
Mischief Corner Books
Barnes and Noble
Michael Sarver hates Valentine's Day. Between the flowers, the tacky decorations and his sleazy boss, he's certain he's about to experience the worst costumed office party in history.
But Cupid's minions and a certain Hawaiian god have other ideas. Let the mayhem begin.
Happy Friday, all! Today's reading is from TN Tarrant's SF/Fantasy Killian, book 1 in the Whispers From a Hidden World series. (Love this cover!)
Whispers from a Hidden World 1
by TN Tarrant
Barnes and Noble
Regent Killian Larrestes survived a harrowing attack and the betrayal of his family by his mother, and has since worked to help them all recover, learning the complexities of protecting and commanding a large, sprawling Clan.
Shiloh Zahirris is seeking Sanctuary from a marriage he doesn't want when he ends up under the protection of Killian Larrestes. Killian takes him in, and they find themselves falling in love. But will social objections, personal insecurities, and someone seeking revenge destroy their chance at happiness?
People ask me a lot of questions, but most of them are along the lines of Have you seen my keys? or Where's the cat? so I'll try to stick to questions relevant to current writing work and related items:
I'm very excited for the release of this story on February 5 for so many reasons. :) Our Reading Day excerpt is just a little longer this week - come with me to Thailand!
Waiting On The Rain
by Freddy MacKay
One young man desperate to make things right for the monks who raised him. Another looking to escape the limelight. The two best friends stuck in time because of promises.
A couple looking to make a bigger unconventional family—one young woman who wants to help the world become a more beautiful place, one transwoman looking to put down roots for the both of them.
Love isn’t always easy, but the good kind is worth fighting for, even when others don’t understand it. The story of what becomes of their love is what will be passed down into legend. Because stories like this, people remember.
When Jira, Boon, Areeya and Fon come together to celebrate Yee Peng and Loi Krathong, sparks fly and dreams coalesce. But that’s only the beginning…
The Mage on the Hill: The Web of Arcana 1 comes out May 7! Pre-order is up at Dreamspinner and here's the gorgeous cover by Tiferet Design!
I'm very excited about this series and hope you'll come along for the ride. :)
The Mage on the Hill
The Web of Arcana 1
A young magic user who wants desperately to live. A jaded recluse who has forgotten what living means. They’re each other’s only chance.
Toby’s wild magic is killing him. The mage guilds have given up on him, and it’s only a matter of time before he dies in a spectacular, catastrophic bang. His only hope is an exiled wizard who lives in seclusion—and is rumored to have lost his mind.
The years alone on his hilltop estate have not been good for Darius Valstad. After the magical accident that disfigured him and nearly drowned Pittsburgh, he drifts through his days, a wraith trapped in memories and depression. Until a stricken young man collapses on his driveway, one who claims Darius is his last chance. For the first time in fifteen years, Darius must make a choice—leave this wild mage to his fate or take him in and try to teach him, which may kill them both. The old Darius, brash and commanding, wouldn’t have hesitated. Darius the exile isn’t sure he can find the energy to try.
Hi all! Special Saturday edition of Reading Day this week since this is a book that just (just!) launched. :D Come have a listen to a little bit from JM Wolf's Diablo: The Gifted Ones 2. (One correction - Diablo is on KU currently!)
Diablo: The Gifted Ones 2
by JM Wolf
Amazon - Kindle Unlimited
Trace Black hasn’t forgotten the tragic death of his parents and birth pack. His only focus since then was looking after his twin brother, Casey. Now that Casey has found his fated mate and started a family of his own, Trace has given everyone the cold shoulders, preferring the comfort of solitude. But one alpha who rescued him from being attacked by beta wolves changed everything for Trace, as he once again faces the monster who killed his family. Unfortunately, that same monster is also his fated mate.
A decision made in the heat of anger and vengeance changed Antonio de la Llama’s life, and not for the better. Now an alpha jaguar shifter and fire mage, Antonio spent the next four-hundred years unable to control the evil that burned within himself, thus granting him the name, Diablo. But one encounter with his fated Omega and Diablo has found more reason than ever to prove to Trace that he’s not the same monster who killed his family. That the strength which comes with love is greater than anger. But can Trace put his own anger for the alpha in the past?
An alpha who’s trapped in the flames of hell, and the omega who’s destined to set him free. Can these two troubled souls who’re still trapped by their past learn to let go, so they can face the future together? Will Trace be able to forgive the alpha who stole everything from him, and will Diablo find a new kind of strength worth holding onto?
This MPREG novel contains sexual and verbal adult content specifically made for adults 18 and up! This novel also contains a lot of action and violence, death, snarky ice wolves, sexy belly dancing, steamy fire play in the bedroom, and cute babies.
*** This is book 2 in the series, but can be read as a standalone story – no cliffhangers ***
Hi all! I had an open slot this week, so I thought I'd go delve into the backlist. I feel like I've read this scene before, but it's been some time and now there's Edgar. ;)
Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters
Offbeat Crimes 1
Barnes and Noble
Kyle Monroe’s encounter with a strange gelatinous creature in an alley leaves him scarred and forever changed, revealing odd abilities he wishes he didn’t have and earning him reassignment to a precinct where all the cops have defective paranormal abilities.
Just as he’s starting to adjust to his fellow misfit squad mates, Kyle’s new partner arrives. Tall, physically perfect, reserved, and claiming he has no broken psychic talents, Vikash Soren irritates Kyle in every way. But as much as he’d like to hate Vikash, Kyle finds himself oddly drawn to him, their non-abilities meshing in unexpected ways. If they can learn to work together, they might be able to stop the mysterious killer who has been leaving mutilated bodies along the banks of the Schuylkill.
The final chapter of Endangered Fae is here! No Fae Is An Island launched on Tuesday at all the usual outlets. Time to snag a copy.
In addition, I'm offering a few ARC copies for review in my FB group. If you are a member of that group, have read the other Endangered Fae books, and would like a copy for review, please go to the thread on FB and comment there. I have epub and PDF copies available.
ARC giveaway thread
No Fae Is An Island
Endangered Fae 4
Barnes and Noble
Three years ago, Danu banished Diego from the human world for a time. Three years and three days doesn’t seem that long to be away from home but time among the wild fae can change a man and the human world returns the favor by changing while he’s gone. There’s a vampire on Tearmann Island’s security force. A curious selkie’s followed him home. So much to do to keep the world safe…but Diego’s no longer sure he has the right to interfere.
Theo Aguilar started his vampire life on the wrong side of the law. He’s killed and knows he’s dangerous if he doesn’t stay in control every moment. But the fae took him in and Prince Lugh has given him a position of trust. So when Diego and Finn are arrested on a diplomatic mission far from home, he knows his duty. He’s striking out on his own to rescue them, a lone vigilante once again, this time for the good guys. The only glitch? The selkie, Limpet, can’t seem to understand the alone part.
Angel writes (mostly) Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around queer heroes. Currently living part time in the hectic sprawl of northern Delaware and full time inside her head, she has one husband, one son, two cats, a love of all things beautiful and a terrible addiction to the consumption of both knowledge and chocolate.