Friday Reading Day - The Ancient
Friday is here! This week I'm reading from Kathy Griffith's The Ancient, which is a vampire story, but to say only that doesn't do it justice... Come have a listen. :)
by Kathy Griffith
Alasdair Connery has seen a lot in ten thousand years.
He’s the first of his kind; the father of all nightwalkers. Together with his trusted assistant Edgar, he trolls for victims to feed from at his time of blood lust. When he’s invited to a wedding, he meets his perfect choices—a married couple. Bruce and Jules have their own sets of insecurities and secrets. She hides a wealth of insecurities under a shield of bravado, and Bruce? He hides the fact that he can’t stop thinking about the love of his life—his college flame Dr. Jeffrey Bayfield. With Alasdair’s powers of seduction working a little too well, he finds that both of them are growing somewhat dependent on him.
Growing increasingly annoyed at their emotional baggage, some of which he is responsible for, he’s willing to put up with their games for a short time, but something has to happen before his blood fever is over for another fifty years and he has to go back to donors once again, unable to kill humans for their red gift. He rather likes the killing part.
And what is he going to do about Edgar’s own growing feelings for him?
About the Author:
Kathy Griffith is a mom of three daughters and a grandma to six young adults; she resides in Denver, Colorado. She accepted a dare from her middle daughter to write a vampire novel, and The Ancient is the result. Twelve books and short stories later, here she is :) She's working on her first contemporary m/m story.
For more info about Kathy's work please visit:
Happy Friday, everyone! A little while ago, I read a bit from the first book in this series for you, A New World: Contact. Today we have an excerpt from the second story - and Faa. :D
A New World-Conviction
by M.D. Neu
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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.
After the attack on San Jose, Todd is appointed to Special Envoy for Terran Affairs by the nentraee, a position many world leaders question. Undeterred Todd wants to build bridges between both people. However, this new position brings with it a new set of problems that not only he, but his new allies Mi’ko and Mirtoff must overcome. Will the humans and nentraee learn to work together despite mistrust and threats of more attacks by a new global terrorist group, or will the terrorists win? Will this bring an end to an already shaky alliance between nentraee and humans?
Hooray! The second Offbeat Crimes box set is out this week. :)
This one has both of Alex and Jason's stories and the second Carrington and Erasmus one (though that's also everyone's since it wraps up the series arc.)
Happy Friday, everyone! Today's reading is from Erik Schubach's lesbian Urban Fairytales, Red Hood: The Hunt. A nice, calm opening sequence for you with guns firing and werewolves breaching the walls. :D
Red Hood: The Hunt
Urban Fairytales 1
by Erik Schubach
A third of the world's population are cursed to become werewolves on the full moon, and walled cities like Seattle protect the Clean Bloods. People like Detective Daria McQueen protect the gates of the city to stand against the packs of wolves, three nights a month.
When Daria discovers a breach in the wall while on her patrol, and saves a family from infection by three hungry wolves. Daria herself is saved by a Wolf Hunter she had believed to be nothing but an urban legend, the Red Hood, Maireni Damaschin. The mysterious woman in a red cloak seems to possess inhuman abilities.
Daria and Maireni find themselves caught in a tangled web of deception that goes back centuries, which could spell the end to Clean Bloods and throw the world into servitude.
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Aaaaaaaahhhhhhhh! The Hunt for Red Fluffy is done. The End. She's now with the faithful beta readers and it shouldn't be too much longer before we see a release date.
This is the longest Brimstone yet, at about 39K before edits. Huh. My little novella series is trying to turn into novels.
We're counting down now - less than a month before the release of The Mage on the Hill - eeeeee! I have blog posts to write and things to do, but I'm very excited to announce that Mage will also be launching in German. :D
Der Magier auf dem Berg should be available on or about the English language release date.
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.