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SPOTLIGHT: Bound by Fate by M.A. Church

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Half human and half Tah’Narian, Szin doesn’t fit with either race. His appearance is mainly human, but he’s able to have a young. Unfortunately, that’s his only Tah’Narian characteristic. He’s smaller and weaker than other young.

Szin’s eighteenth birthday has passed and time’s running out. He has to stop his childhood friend, Takeo, from making the worst mistake of his life: claiming Szin as a mate. Takeo deserves an equal who’s as fierce as he is, something Szin most certainly is not.

Since before Takeo was born, he’s known Szin was his. Nothing and no one, not even Szin, is going to stand in the way of claiming his mate. He understands Szin feels he isn’t good enough, and he’ll do anything to convince Szin otherwise. Including taking drastic measures to ensure his mate listens.

Takeo is the ultimate blend of human, Tah’Narian, and Onfrevian DNA. He’s pure predator, and his sights are set on his mate.

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“Takeo, you need to put me down.”

Takeo swatted Szin’s ass. “You don’t give the orders here.”

“How’s this, then? Either get me on my feet, or I’m liable to throw up all down the back of you. Not kidding here.”

A rumbling, ominous noise sounded, one Takeo wasn’t sure a body was supposed to make. That got his attention. Without hesitation he set Szin back on his feet. Szin turned green, and Takeo quickly grabbed Szin’s wrist and rubbed a spot on it.

Szin sighed and delicately rubbed his stomach.

“You okay now?” Takeo asked.

“Yeah, much. Neat little trick. I really thought I was going to spew.”

Takeo frowned. Szin was trembling and pale. A simple stun shouldn’t have done that, nor should have what he injected Szin with. “What did you eat last?”

“Um, I think….” Szin rubbed his forehead. “Icing off the birthday cake right before I went to bed.”

Takeo wanted to shake Szin. “Do you mean to tell me that after two big slices—with loads of that homemade ice cream your dad made—you were eating icing straight? No wonder you feel nauseated.”

Szin glared at Takeo. “Yeah, it couldn’t have anything to do with being stunned, then injected with something to knock me out, right? No possible connection there.”

M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.

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RELEASE DAY BLITZ and REVIEW: Beneath the Surface by M.A. Church

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BTS_ChurchTITLE: Beneath The Surface

AUTHOR: M.A. Church

PUBLISHER: OmniLit / All Romance eBooks, LLC

COVER ARTIST: Erin Dameron-Hill

LENGTH: 37,000 words

RELEASE DATE: April 01, 2016

BLURB: A whole different world exists beneath the surface.

The last thing Nisha expects while patrolling his territory is to find his mate, but his instincts tell him the handsome human diving into the surf is the one meant for him. Two bites and Kannon will be joined to him forever. But when Kannon’s father disrupts the mating process, Nisha releases his claim, hoping beyond hope his mate will one day return.

While free diving with his father, Kannon is bitten by a seductive merman. Although he swore to never go near the ocean again, the pull to return to the water and his mystery man remains strong. Finally, after fifteen years away, an impromptu wedding brings Kannon back to the Seychelles, and his destiny.

Kannon only plans to stay on the island for a week, but this time Nisha won’t let his mate go without a fight. Merfolk and human culture collide as the embers of Nisha and Kannon’s mate bond ignite, and Nisha must complete the mating before it’s too late.
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A whole different world existed under the sea—lighting, sounds, even the feeling of otherworldliness. No matter how clear the water, it still played tricks, even on experienced divers.

The colorful tropical fish, artifacts, and the remnants of history buried beneath the waves—along with a mysterious landscape mostly untouched by humans—always gave Kannon a thrill. Parts of the reef weren’t very deep, so he had no trouble freediving.

This year for vacation, Kannon and his dad rented a boat and guide to take them to the reefs around the Seychelles. This was by no means the first time he’d gone snorkeling. Growing up along the California coast guaranteed Kannon was comfortable in the water.

The guide had warned them to stay together, but Kannon had other ideas. Besides, he wasn’t going that far off. After investigating the colorful reef fish and interesting coral formations—and seeing his dad was distracted—Kannon slowly but steadily wandered off on his own. An outcrop of rocks covered in algae caught his eye, and he went to investigate.

Many of the multihued native fish swam past him, curious as to what he was. It was funny how they circled him. Kannon held his hand out. A few braver fish darted in, nibbled at his fingers, and then swam off. God, what a rush it was. Nothing was better than this.

He drew closer to the outcrop, surprised it was much deeper than he’d first thought. Huh, not an outcrop, but the mouth of an underwater cave. Cool. From a distance it appeared to be nothing more than oddly shaped rocks. Peering inside, he was unable to see past the murky blackness within.

Curious, he reached his hand out, stretching toward the mouth of the cave. His scalp prickled. A tingle washed through him. The water around him caressed his body as he hung weightlessly, staring at the cave entrance as his dick swelled in his trunks. What the…?

It wasn’t as if he made a habit of getting horny while diving, so what the hell? Torn between desire and unease, he hovered in the tropical water. Chills chased up his spine, and goose bumps broke out over his body.

His heart rate sped up—not a good thing underwater—and the feeling of being watched crept across his nerves. Something was in there, and his mind screamed at him to get away even as the urge to reach inside nearly overwhelmed him.

Kannon’s body swayed dangerously closer. His nipples ached as the water flowed past, and he had to force himself not to whimper as need struck him. He jerked back. There’s something waiting for me, just waiting for me to reach in so it can… what? So it can do what?

Jesus, he needed to get a serious grip on his imagination, and crap, he had to surface too. Lack of oxygen made the decision for him. All this panicking on his part had used up his air—stupid of him.

He surfaced and shook the hair out of his eyes. Wow, is that our boat way over there? Oh man, Dad’s going to kill me. Worried about the fit his dad was going to have, he was totally unprepared for the strange guy who popped up next to him, although “guy” might have been overly nice.

Kannon yelped, but the dude across from him just smiled. The androgynous, fey face wasn’t quite human. The long pointed ears were a good indication, as was the glimpse of sharp little teeth.

Oh, and the gills at its neck.

Azure blue hair floated in the water around shapely shoulders and cobalt blue eyes stared back at him. It was a visage that was hauntingly beautiful, otherworldly, and a tad disconcerting. The creature smiled slightly as if he agreed. It—whatever it was—scared the bejesus out of him.

Then it reached out and dragged Kannon under the water.

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BookReview

Oh my! Wow! MA Church knocked it out of this world with Beneath the Surface! A tale of a boy, Kannon, who is attacked in the ocean at the age of eighteen. It was a scary time, but deep down it was thrilling and seemed like more to him. All Kannon could remember were blue eyes, pointy ears and being bitten. He forgot the arousal and aching in his chest that never went away. A yearning of sorts.

Fast forward 15 years later, Kannon is back in the Seychelles. A place he kept away from since his strange experience in the ocean at eighteen. His best friend, Brett,  is getting married and he’s to be the best man. He can’t get out of this one. Nor can he get away from the enigmatic man with the beautiful blue and teal hair, yes teal. That man is soon to be Brett’s brother in law, Nisha.

Nisha is a force. He knows what he wants and he’s waited 15 years for his return, Kannon. His one true mate, the one he’s wanted and won’t let go again. Nisha knows he must push aside the ways of his people and win Kannon over the way they would in the human world. Good thing Kannon feels the attraction just as deeply. He doesn’t have to work that hard to seduce him and make Kannon his.

I loved the follow of the story. It was like being swept away by the ocean current. It was gentle, yet strong. Consistent. Nisha was forceful but in all the right ways. He wasn’t a mean, arrogant Dom. He was firm, ‘let me take care of you and make you scream in pleasure’ dominant. It was hot and sensual. Smooth, sweet and very erotic. Kannon was putty in Nisha’s hands.

Discovering the mermaid world was interesting with just enough to carry the story without feeling like there were huge gaps and needing to know more. Beneath the Surface has just the right amount of fantasy and romance. Just the right amount of sweet and sassy. Kannon isn’t a complete pushover, but he knows when to give in to make the heat level rise.

Yes, I’m going to say it, I flipped out over this novel! It was a swimmingly good time spent with Nisha and Kannon!

Rating: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

AuthorBio

M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!

When not writing, she’s on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two grown children.

She was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, runner up in the 2015 Rainbow Awards, and is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

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BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW: Behind the Eight Ball (Fur, Fangs, and Felines #2) by M.A. Church

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Behind the Eight Ball by M.A. Church
Series: Fur, Fangs, and Felines Book Two
(Can be read as a standalone, but book one does give information about one of the MCs.)
Release Date: October 30, 2015
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Pages or Words: 76,000 words
Categories: Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal, Romance

Blurb:

A cool morning, a yard full of birds, and a kitty on a mission. What more could a werecat want? Beta Heller Wirth has it all, except a mate—a shifter mate, that is. The last thing he wants is one of those dangerous humans who kill without remorse. Heller knows about that firsthand. So what does the goddess Bast do? She gives Heller exactly what he does not want—a human: business owner Lawson Dupre.

Lawson hasn’t a clue what just happened in his car detail shop. One minute a cute client is about to pass out, then he perks up and starts flirting. Next thing, he runs out the door like the hounds of hell are after him. Learning that Heller is a werecat doesn’t freak out Lawson. He happens to be one of those rare humans who knows paranormals exists. He even lives with one. Watch the fur fly as Heller and Lawson battle hurt feelings, misguided beliefs, and a power shift in Heller’s clowder.

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A Three Chicks After Dark-exclusive excerpt:

It took forever to get home—and man, how much did I like thinking that? Home. I was going home to my partner. My mate. I parked in the drive and stared at the house for a moment. It was a lot like Heller. Beautiful on the outside. Perfect actually. But the inside was warm. Softly done and comfortable. Still there were areas that needed attention, just like the man. Hidden areas that cried out for love and attention. I was going to fill those areas up.

I walked in and set the wine on the counter and Heller turned from the stove. His apron loudly proclaimed he would cook for sex. Well now, wasn’t that just perfect? Heller glanced at the wine, then at me.

“Um, wine?” Heller squinted at the label. “A nice one too. Did I forget something? What are we celebrating?”

“Us.”

“I’m all for it, but…. Can you clue me in a little here? I’m kind of lost.”

I nodded at the apron. “I’m taking you up on that.”

“Huh?” Heller looked down at the words on this apron.

The scent of coconut washed over me. Oh, someone liked that, but I didn’t think he actually understood what it was I was saying.

“Aw man.” Heller groaned, palming his cock. “Lawson, that’s just mean. I told you I can’t…. We can’t have sex…. I might bite you and that would not be good, considering…. Shit. I’ll be right back. Watch dinner for me.”

I stepped in his way. “I don’t think you get it. I want sex, yes. I want you. I want the whole thing. You, the mating, being part of your clowder… everything. I want you as my mate. What do you want?”

Heller reeled back. “W-W-What? You want to mate with me? Mate? Holy fucking cow, yes!” Heller shut off the stove, grabbed me by my shirt, and hauled me closer to him. “Yes, yes, yes! Are you freaking kidding me? Yes! There’s nothing more I want than you as my mate too.”

My pleased grin lit up the room, and I leaned closer, our lips almost touching. “Excellent. I’m going to love you so good. Going to make you yell when I fuck that ass of yours.”

Heller’s eyes widened and he gulped.

Seeing Heller’s reaction, I swore softly. “Oh man, please don’t tell me you have a problem with bottoming. Heller, I like to top. Most of the time I do top.”

Excerpt:

Step.

Step.

Stop.

The rustling of dead leaves caught my attention, and I froze with one paw still in the air. Not moving and barely daring to breathe, I waited. My whiskers twitched as a cool October breeze disturbed the scent of decaying leaves and rich soil. The foliage trembled again as something rooted around.

I slowly lowered my paw. The disturbance wasn’t very noticeable except to my predatory gaze. The movement continued. Gradually, bit by bit, I crept forward, making sure my long fur didn’t disturb the surrounding mounds of dying leaves. It was times like these I wished my coat were short like Dolf’s. One thing was for sure—whatever was below those leaves was going to be mine shortly. All I needed was to cover a little more distance and I’d be close enough.

Step.

Step.

Crouch.

Heart thumping, I watched as the movement continued. My muscles tightened and my bottom started wiggling. Unable to wait, I sprang forward, claws extended. Leaves flew into the air as I landed on my target. Bugs scattered. Eyes narrowed, I searched for…. There! There was the little bugger. I growled at the big black beetle and trapped it with my paw.

Seconds passed. The bug wiggled under my paw, tickling me. Hunched down, I carefully lifted my paw and peeked. Dammit, can’t see. Unable to get a good look, I lifted my paw a little higher… and there it went, scuttling across the ground. Gleefully I slammed a paw down, trying to trap it. Slap. Slap. Slap. Arrgh! What’s the deal? I keep missing.

Looked like I’d found myself in a game of whack-a-mole, except with a beetle. And off we went. The bug scurried away with me hot on its trail. Every time I thought I had a paw on it, I ended up missing. Stupid critter was fast. I bounded along behind as it raced across the ground. Then it suddenly cut back and ran straight under me.

Surprised, I leaped in the air, all four paws coming off the ground. Whoa! Zigged when I should have zagged. I landed and nonchalantly licked a paw. Hope no one saw that. I had to give the bug credit. That was a smart move. The shrill cry of a mockingbird caught my attention. I lifted my head, searching for the little tattletale.

Up in a tree it sat, its warning cries echoing around the yard. I eyed the tree. Hmm, I could climb it, but the stupid bird will probably just take off. Still, might be fun. Maybe after I finished playing with the bug… and damn. The bug.

My attention returned to where it had been, my tail slashing. Great. Lost it. Stupid bird. I sat up and threw a glare over my shoulder at the bird. Standing, I turned my back to the little menace, tail held high. That’s what I think of you, buddy. I prowled around for a while, sniffing, enjoying the coolness of the morning.

In the early morning sunlight, the dew on the grass sparkled like diamonds. Maybe it was pretty, but the stuff was also cold and wet against my paws. I was glad for my fur. As I wandered back toward the house, my stomach growled. I was hungry and… I sniffed. Oh, was that a blue jay I smelled? Oh, oh, a blue jay. Yum.

The human side of me groaned, but the kitty part wanted to jump with joy. The noisy little shits were actually quite intelligent. Catching one was always a feat. Quick as I could, I hid in the bright fall foliage by the back porch. I stayed very, very still so the stupid bird three feet from me didn’t fly off in a panic.

I licked my lips, my whiskers twitching as I watched the little rascal across from me raise its head. Shit, shit, shit. What caught its attention? Come on already. It’s all fine, nothing to worry about here. No cat hanging around. Just go back to pecking around on the ground. Everything’s good. See? I’m not moving, not even breathing.

Crouched low, I waited while my breakfast relaxed and returned to looking for acorns. Other birds came and went, but I refused to get distracted. I knew the one I wanted. Inch by agonizing inch, I crept closer to my prey. My mouth watered and my heart thumped.

The chatter of the birds around me was easy and relaxed, no distress calls sounding. That’s right. Just keep on eating. Soon I’m going to be eating you. My body tensed, back legs ready to spring me into action….

And the phone in the house rang.

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Meet the author:

M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!

When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.

She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013 and is a member of Romance Writers of America, Rainbow Romance Writers, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.

Where to find the author:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ma.church3
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MA-Church/173797619379487
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nomoretears00
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/nomoretears00/
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B007A8JA4C
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5141393.M_A_Church

Our Thoughts:

WARNING! Possible spoilers from book one of series.

The series continues! It was nice to be immersed in the West Falls clowder once again. In the first installment, Dolf and Tal took in Kirk as their second mate. Unique enough but even more so since he was a human. This action forced the clowder to abandon some of its primitive thinking towards humans and their contact with them. It seems the clowder struggles with outdated and basically bigoted practices.

Kirk was accepted but the clowder is still learning. The most outspoken of the clowder allowing a human to mate into their clowder, was Heller. He loathes humans and lets his feeling be known. Even though he has a deep hatred, he still ultimately saves Kirk’s life.

Now, Heller finds himself in a vicarious position when he catches the scent of his destined mate. At first he thinks it’s a woman and is about to be sick over it. That’s nothing compared to what he discovers. His mate is male (Yay!) after all but he’s also human. What? Yes, human. This is more than Heller can take, so he runs. He literally turns tale and walks away. He needs time to process and think it through.

Heller has a good reason for being leery of humans but when his mate, Lawson, is threatened, Heller discovers that nothing will come between his heart and his mate. Not even a lack of a shifter gene. :)

There were many surprises in Heller and Lawson’s story. One being that Heller likes to give up control in the bedroom. His outward appearance and his true self are almost polar opposites. Pleasant surprise there. He can also be very sweet and caring. Heller really wants the normal, domestic life with a mate.

Lawson had a great attitude. He’s lived with shifter siblings for about 10 years so the paranormal thing wasn’t something he had to be introduced to. Lawson was strong, funny and a take charge kind of guy. He needs to be, to deal with and break through the whole ‘I hate humans’ attitude from Heller.

This series is entertaining, witty and packed with interesting characters. The next mating couple was introduced towards the end of the story so I’m anxious to see how they make things work. Behind the Eight Ball was packed with cameos from the first book. It’s always nice to be able to revisit favorite personalities from the first book. Book three should be a hoot!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!

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The Harvest, Book II: Journey’s End by M.A. Church

The Harvest: Journey's EndReleased 1 January 2015

Published by M.A. Church

Cover art by Lou Harper

Blurb:

Adapting is a word Dale Michaels has become familiar with. As he settles into his new life with the Tah’Narian starship captain Keyno, Dale has adapted to life with an alien, space travel, and having his body mutated so he can carry a young. He’s closed the chapter on his old life.
Living on Tah’Nar, Dale has a loving mate and good friends. He’s helped cement peace with the Onfre. Sure, being double-dosed during his harvest led to some serious drama, but that’s over. Dale’s happy.

But life is never that simple.

Even though Dale loves Keyno, he still struggles with the way the Tah’Narians harvest young males as mates. Dale finds himself hijacked by his own body, courtesy of his extra dose of Tah’Narian DNA. Then there’s the devastating secret his mate, Keyno, has hid all this time. And if all that isn’t enough, outside forces threaten to rip Dale’s hard-won peace apart as well.

Join Dale for a non-stop adventure and a love that crosses several worlds and transcends space.

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Our thoughts:

I’m not exactly sure what happened to my initial review of the sequel to The Harvest. Since it appears to have disappeared, I decided to re-read the series and post a new review for book two.

I loved revisiting Keyno and Dale. Their relationship is quite unique and tumultuous. It’s not like they started on the best footing for their union. Dale, taken or ‘harvested’ from his home world by the Tah’Narian, Keyno. Dale wasn’t the right age so Keyno made a rash decision to choose him regardless. Dale was sick from Leukemia and would have likely died before he came off age and the Tah’Narians returned for their next Harvest in seven years.

Fast forward past the Harvest, the double-dose of Keyno’s Tah’Narian DNA to cure him and change him as necessary for his new world. Fast forward past the learning curve of a new species and planet. Fast forward past becoming attracted to and eventually falling in love with his mate. Dale is now ready for the main reason he was chosen, reproduction. It’s time for him to cycle and he and Keyno to try for a family of their own. Their own young to raise and help populate the decimated Tah’Nar.

MA Church does a stellar job of world building. Everything is explained. Nothing is left out as far as detail. The picture of what the world is like and what Dale goes through is extremely vivid. I have to say, it was hilarious reading a male going through changes associated with pregnancy and childbirth. Dale is pretty comical in normal settings, he was even more so during this event.

Another positive was the friends and extended ‘family.’ The colorful cast made for interesting interactions and added dimension to Dale and Keyno’s everyday tasks and life. Friends help Keyno and Dale through good and bad times. Attacks, misunderstandings and happy moments too. New friendships, old friendships and bridging the gap between two worlds formerly at war. The extended cast adds depth and texture… and babies!

I honestly never thought I’d like a sci-fi series as much as I do this one. It’s unique; different in the best of ways. I would recommend anyone take a chance, whether fond or not of the sci-fi genre. Can’t go wrong with strong, possessive cat-like aliens with a knack for fighting and lovemaking. Add in some mpreg and we have ourselves a winner!

RATING: BAD ASS BOOTS!!