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Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5) by Leslie Lee Sanders

Darkness Eternal (Refuge Inc. #5) by Leslie Lee Sanders
A standalone in the Refuge Inc. series
Released: 1 March 2016
Published: LLS Books
Pages: 165 Pages

Blurb:

As above, so below, except when referring to the underground Refuge Inc. compound.

A century after an asteroid impact and merely fifteen years after a second collision that turned the world into a noxious wasteland, Cadet Connor Nichols and other Refuge facility residents are making the most of their spherical underground utopia they call home.

But when a breach threatens to poison the occupants with toxic air, Connor is forced to make life-altering decisions in an attempt to save lives and his only home. With help from best friend and training partner, Vince Moore, he’s reminded that good leadership requires responsibility.

His struggle intensifies as everything he knows about the facility, the leaders, and himself becomes twisted, distorted, and turned into the unimaginable when his efforts exposes shocking secrets that threaten their future.

*A standalone in the Refuge Inc. series

Author website: http://leslieleesanders.com

Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/LeslieLeeSanders

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01A00QBCU

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Our Thoughts:

Darkness Eternal is a dystopian, science fiction story about a group of people living underground in a sphere. A big event forced them into this pod of life with its multiple levels.

Unfortunately, their leader started to feel the need to be the ultimate decision maker in everything. Anyone who disagreed with him would be sent on missions sure to result in death. He was selective in his choices for who entered the sphere from the beginning. No couples could conceive and the young were raised in the manner that Dr. Randolph felt best served his purpose.

It isn’t until two cadets, Vince and Connor, that Dr. Randolph’s  perfect society begins to falter. One fated mission put them on the path of truth. Randolph, Vince’s dad, has been manipulating everyone and left hundreds to die. Now the two cadets and the people left behind must do what they can to stop the course Randolph has set into motion. All before he collapses the whole sphere that provides their safety and every need.

The suspenseful element was written really well. We don’t know how things will proceed or turn out. It’s like we’re stepping through everything right alongside Connor. His descriptions are vivid and his thoughts are clear. Connor is a bit naïve because of the way he was raised and manipulated. I felt this brought a lot of interest to the story. It’s like we’re all experiencing what is happening at the same time as Connor. Only a few really know the truth and they’ve been exiled. Now, transparency is real.

Vince was a strong man. His feelings for Connor had been suppressed by his father and their societies silly rules against same-sex relationships. Seeing these two fight their urges and then eventually give in was sweet and a nice side to the main action. Tamara, their friend and fellow cadet, brought a great attitude and a sharp tongue. She was the perfect relief at the right moment. Whether it was words or wisdom, sass or concern she was always there with perfect timing and her loyalty was strong.

Overall, the world building was just right for this story. Just enough to know what was going on, but not an information dump. I found this to be an interesting story of survival, hope, and potential for a better world.

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!

BOOK BLAST: Intimate Betrayal (Psychic Menage, #4) by Houston Havens

Today we welcome author Houston Havens to 3 Chicks After Dark to share the latest in her Psychic Menage series with you. Enjoy!

It’s awesome to be here with you on your blog today. Thank you for having me. I hope to entertain and intrigue your viewers with my Psychic Ménage Series.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Intimate Betrayal (Psychic Menage #4) by Houston Havens 1000x1500Kindise Wyatt escapes her Star Rider captor and returns to Earth. With the help of a sexy Old World Mole and his mysterious friend, she’s determined to uncover the whereabouts of her lover. Instead, she finds nothing but betrayal and her captor in pursuit.

On the lam after betraying his evil ruler, ex-Dirt Dweller and drifter Jaden Valenti confirms his name is on a hit list. Finding what he believes will be safety amongst the Airbornes, he recreates himself and hides his past until trouble walks back into his life in

the name of Kindise Wyatt, the woman he was ordered to assassinate and didn’t.

Due to the obsessions of a Fae woman Sori gave up his hard-earned royal title and left his homeland of Elfame. Love is the furthest thing from his mind until he is sent in Jaden’s place to pick-up some cargo…human cargo in the form Kindise Wyatt. He feels the Fae magnetism of his soulmate in her. Problem is; she’s in love with someone else.

Will Jaden fulfill his orders to kill Kindise and get his name removed from the list, or will his secret be exposed and betray the friendship he has with Sori? Does Sori help Kindise find her lover, or will a love between them have a chance to flourish before a fatal

attraction and a determined captor rip their love asunder? Will Kindise find true love or will betrayals at every turn crush the fight out of her? Can she find her inner strengths to keep fighting and lead The Freedom Fighters to defeat the Dirt Dweller elites, once and for all?

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Series Genre: Sci-Fi Erotic Romance, Ménage (MFMM/MFM), PNR, Fantasy, Futuristic, Suspense, Dystopian, Erotic, Post-Apocalyptic, Sci-Fi, Mystery

Themes with a light touch: Voyeurism, Spanking, BDSM, Anal, Psychic, Fae

 

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EXCERPT:

“Oh God–”

“Mmm, so you like that.” He set her butt back on the railing as he continued his steamy kisses while moving his hands in a seductive path up her back, enticing her to go with the desires heating up between them.

“Yes.” She returned his kisses with the same hunger and devotion she felt in his. He groaned in obvious pleasure, deepening the passion in his touch. She moaned at the withdrawal of his mouth from hers.

He lovingly whispered against her lips. “One look and I wanted you.” He glided his smooth hands up under the skirt of her dress, tracing a rakish path up the outside of her full but firm thighs until she released a wistful cry. His intoxicating scent teased and tempted as he leaned into her. “One look and I wanted to make you mine. Forever.”

He found her mouth again, kissing her with a heat and yearning she never dreamed a man was capable of possessing let alone expressing. A kiss so gentle yet so intense her own buried needs sparked, bursting wide open, demanding to be met right now. It was a burning lust she didn’t know lingered inside her. Once again, she entwined her arms behind his neck, pulling him closer, kissing him with her own sultry desires, before murmuring, “I want you too.”

“How badly?” His hands gripped her rounded hips and pulled her crouch against his erection. She gasped. His eyes shined with the devil’s light as he rubbed the inches of his cock against her. “Do you want me this much?”

“Yes.” She breathed in heavy pants as she wrapped her legs higher around his back, encouraging him to thrust his cock against her pussy again.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Houston Havens picHouston Havens retired from a successful modeling career and an adventurous jet-set lifestyle to set the world on fire with her erotic romance books. A tenacious Irish lass, she strives to entertain with seductive stories created from her decadent imagination and traces of a provocative lifestyle she may or may not admit to.

Her interest in the paranormal, fascination with quantum science, passion with myths, and the lure of her mysterious Celtic Irish-Druid bloodlines are combined with generally unknown truths, strange facts, and questionable fiction. Her novels reflect a mix of the past, present, and future, with sexy blends of futuristic science fiction, paranormal fantasy, western romance, and always love everlasting. An author of six romances, a seven book erotic romance series, and numerous articles in literary magazines, she has two award winning blogs. Stop by for a visit and leave a comment at http://houstonhavens.com.

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BLOG TOUR: Bane by Amelia C. Gormley

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Today we’re thrilled to host Amelia C. Gormley and the Bane Blog Tour! There’re some really exciting things happening on this tour, including Refuge bonus content! Be sure to leave a comment to enter the giveaway. Without further ado, welcome Amelia C. Gormley!

Hi, and welcome to the Bane blog tour!

I don’t think it’s any secret that a lot of readers, in the wake of reading Strain, wanted more of Darius and Rhys. Already by that point I was brainstorming the pre- and peri-apocalyptic story that would become Juggernaut, but the further along I got on that, the more I realized the situation Zach and Nico were in couldn’t be resolved in the timeframe of Juggernaut. They needed developments that would only make sense to happen after the events of Strain. The plot also required Rhys to have matured a great deal since the end of Strain. Altogether, it gave me a beautiful opportunity to bring closure and an HEA ending (or at least as close to one as you get at the end of the world) for both sets of protagonists.

Thus we have Bane.

Over the course of the Bane blog tour, I’ll be sharing a free post-Bane short story, Refuge. How far post-Bane? Well, you’ll have to read and see. Some developments that happen in Bane are referenced, but not in any great detail, which means the reader should only encounter a few very broad, non-specific spoilers. Obviously, though, it will be best enjoyed if you’ve read Bane already (and Bane, of course, is best enjoyed after Juggernaut and Strain.)

Refuge introduces us to three new characters, Kal, Billie, and perhaps my favorite, Zeus. It’s a completely sex-free story, so you’re safe reading it at work. If my nebulous thoughts on how to continue the Strain universe ever take shape, it’s very possible a lot of material in this short story will be folded into a larger plot with Kal and Billie as the protagonists, and if that happens, you’ll find the smut there.

Each day, at least one stop on the blog tour will contain a section of the story. These segments may end or begin a little abruptly or clumsily at times, as I tried to split them in such a way that no one section would be to long and cumbersome for a single stop on the blog tour. In its linear form, it would simply be a five chapter story. By the end of the tour, all the sections will have been posted. If you need to catch up, you can check out the blog tour page (linked above), or my website, or the “Extras” tab on the Bane product page at Riptide for sequential links to all the posts.

Anyone who follows along on the tour will qualify to win store credit at Riptide. To enter the drawing, leave a comment on this post including a way to contact you (email, Twitter, or Facebook.) Each stop along the blog tour that you visit offers you another chance to enter.  Be sure to check the Riptide blog tour schedule for a complete list of other stops. The contest will close 9/26/15. Any entries made without a way to contact the winner will be invalidated, so please don’t forget to provide your email, or your Twitter or Facebook address.

Good luck, and enjoy Refuge!

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*Author’s Note: Refuge is completely unedited and un-proofed. What you’re seeing here is essentially a first draft, and like any first draft, it often may be clumsy to read or contain extraneous world-building and info-dumping that would be trimmed and streamlined during the editing process. Actually, I kind of like sharing it with you this way, if for no other reason than to allow readers to see just how much world-building happens behind the scenes and in my head, but doesn’t ever actually make it onto the page.

And of course, there will be typos. Oh so many typos.

*****

REFUGE – CHAPTER TWO

Kal woke as the sun was coming up to find Zeus gone. That was typical. The border collie/something mutt sometimes went hunting or roaming or whatever the hell it was he did in the early morning. But he usually returned by the time Kal had stoked the fire and boiled some water to have with his breakfast.

Unease began to prickle the back of Kal’s neck when Zeus failed to appear at the usual time. Kal loved exploring the old, crumbling cities, and Zeus was a great companion for it, alerting him to dangers he hadn’t picked up on. Aside from wildlife, there was little risk, not since the companies had concluded their sweeps of the cities and located every survivor and revenant it was possible to locate. But there was always the chance that they had missed someone, possibly even a revenant if one could have survived this long, especially this far north. Zeus was used to humans, though; did that mean he might try to be friendly with a rev? It had never been a question he’d had to wonder about before.

When Zeus still hadn’t come back by the time Kal was done burying his fire and packing up everything for the next day’s hike, unease had turned to alarm. The weather had turned a couple days ago and he needed to get back to the Refuge before the mountains were impassible. It might already be too late; hopefully this frost was just a temporary cold snap and not the onset of an early winter. If that was the case, he’d be hard-pressed to find shelter and lay away adequate provisions before snow began to fall.

He couldn’t afford the delay to search for Zeus, but there was no way he was leaving his dog behind.

Shouldering his pack, Kal followed the faint track where the overgrown grasses of the countryside had been parted, broken while they were still frosted over and brittle. His breath fogged the air in front of his face, but he had hopes the weather would warm up again soon. Occasionally he shouted for Zeus and once he thought he heard a muted bark responding, but it had been too far off to get an idea where it had come from.

The frost had melted and the day was getting warm enough for Kal to remove his coat and stuff it in his rucksack by the time he heard a familiar bark and saw Zeus charging toward him in the distance. Instead of meeting him halfway, though, Zeus stopped once he caught sight of Kal, barked until he was sure Kal had spotted him, then turned around and galloped back in the direction he’d come from.

Kal had no choice but to chase after him, and since that seemed to be exactly what Zeus wanted, he did.

Zeus checked in several times to make sure Kal was still coming before dashing off, and finally Kal could hear him barking from inside a house. The door had been broken open—not a difficult feat these days when half the buildings around were rotting for lack of maintenance, especially cheap old tract houses like this one. His brain chased that tangent. Not prefab, but poorly constructed nonetheless. It probably dated back almost a hundred years, to the early or mid-21st century, before the corporate tenements had done in what was left of America’s suburbs.

Focus, Kal.

Setting his pack down, Kal pulled out a hammered-tin lantern and a short candle to put in it. It was risky, lighting a candle in one of these old buildings, but he didn’t have much hope of seeing well in there without it, and hopefully the lantern would keep it from torching anything. Zeus’s barking had grown almost frantic now, punctuated by shrill whines as he dashed between Kal in the doorway and whatever was inside. His distress and urgency conflicted with Kal’s need for caution. The floor yielded a little when he stepped on it, springy and creaking alarmingly under his feet. He walked carefully around the edges, where it would be stronger. When he got past the foyer to peer into the shadows of the greatroom, he discovered the massive chasm surrounded by frayed carpeting.

It would figure that Zeus’s barking was coming from that hole.

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Bane CoverThe weapon that nearly destroyed humanity may be their only salvation.

Rhys Cooper’s unique immunity to all three strains of the virus that nearly annihilated humanity has brought him the unwanted attention of Clean Zone scientists. They’ve summoned him for testing—ostensibly in the hopes of finding a vaccine—but Rhys’s partner, Darius Murrell, has good reason not to trust any government. He and his comrades in Delta Company were unwitting test subjects for Project Juggernaut, the military experiment that gave them superhuman abilities and unleashed the pandemic. Doubting the government’s intentions, Delta Company refuses to let Rhys go alone.

Fear of infection has kept Zach Houtman and his lover Nico Fernández apart for a decade. They meet rarely, just long enough to coordinate their spying on the head of the government’s virus research division. Secretary Littlewood is a vicious predator, and they suspect he’s trying to acquire the strain of the virus that would make him superhuman. To stop him, they need the perfect bait: Rhys.

For Rhys, helping them might cost him his relationship with Darius—or his life. For Zach and Nico, even if their plan succeeds, they still face the ultimate question: can infected and uninfected people ever live together safely?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Amelia C. Gormley published her first short story in the school newspaper in the 4thgrade, and since then has suffered the persistent delusion that enabling other people to hear the voices in her head might be a worthwhile endeavor. She’s even convinced her hapless spouse that it could be a lucrative one as well, especially when coupled with her real-life interest in angst, kink, social justice issues, and pretty men.

When her husband and son aren’t interacting with the back of her head as she stares at the computer, they rely on her to feed them, maintain their domicile, and keep some semblance of order in their lives (all very, very bad ideas—they really should know better by now.) She can also be found playing video games and ranting on Tumblr, seeing as how she’s one of those horrid social justice warriors out to destroy free speech, gaming, geek culture, and everything else that’s fun everywhere.

You can find her self-published Impulse trilogy almost anywhere ebooks are sold, and check out her catalog of Riptide Publishing releases at their website.

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Juggernaut by Amelia C. Gormley

A couple weeks ago we participated in the Juggernaut Blog Tour to share the prequel to Amelia C. Gormley’s Strain with you. Today we’re back talking all things Project Juggernaut once again to bring you our thoughts on this riveting story.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Juggernaut CoverThey helped destroy the world. Now they have to survive the new one.

For rentboy Nico Fernández, it’s a simple job: seduce a presidential advisor to help cement approval to launch Project Juggernaut. He’s done similar work for General Logan McClosky before, and manipulating people for his favorite client beats the hell out of being trafficked for slave wages in some corporate brothel.

Zach Houtman feels called to work with the most vulnerable outcasts of society. But his father, the Reverend Maurice Houtman, insists that Zach work for him instead as he runs for Senate. Zach reluctantly agrees, but is horrified to see his father leave behind Christ’s mandate of love and mercy to preach malicious zealotry and violence instead. Zach even starts to suspect his father is working with fundamentalist terrorists.

When Project Juggernaut accidentally unleashes a deadly plague that claims billions of lives, Nico and Zach are thrown together, each bearing a burden of guilt. With only each other for safety and solace, they must make their way through a new world, one where the handful of people left alive are willing to do anything—and kill anyone—to survive.

OUR THOUGHTS: 

Juggernaut has all the action, excitement, chaos and confusion I’d expect from the prequel to Strain. I’m going to try hard not to make this review a huge, gushing lovefest for Strain, but I can’t deny the impact that story had on me as a reader. It took me months to kind of shake those feelings and get out of that world, and now Juggernaut has thrown me right back. I love seeing where it begins, how it all goes wrong and how these characters have to cope. They are fighters, there’s no denying it. Just like Strain, the situations and consequences they must endure are at times unsavory, but the impact and importance to the story is unquestionable. Gormley sets a very definite tone; for those who’ve read the first book, I think you’ll find the pace, tension and emotion very comparable.

As if to really up the ante, Gormley introduces religious zealots into the mix. There’s very little separation of church and state when it comes to these people, adding a delicious complication. Trying to discern who’s right and just in a post apocalyptic world is nearly impossible; these conditions are enough to challenge someone and ultimately reveal his true character.  Then there’s the pairing of Nico and Zach – I swear to you, I love these guys. Each has strengths and weaknesses, and I definitely loved seeing them work together and fight to survive. I realize how sadistic that sounds, but it’s so, so true. :)

Ultimately what Juggernaut has taught me is that I can expect nothing but terrific writing and top-notch storytelling from Amelia C. Gormley. The consistency in this series with it’s fast pace and quickly evolving, complex world is really impressive. I’m very much looking forward to what’s to come in Bane when all these characters converge.

RATING: STILETTOS!