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Staged (Belonging #3) by Kim Fielding

Staged by Kim FieldingStaged (Belonging #3) by Kim Fielding

Released on July 18, 2016

Published by Riptide Publishing

Pages/words count: 255 pages, 67,600 words

Categories: romance, sci-fi, alternate world/alternate universe, m/m, multiple partners


Once the second-prize winner on My Slave’s Got Talent, Sky Blue has spent the past few years singing at a failing New York nightclub. While Sky has never had control over his fate, his life seems to take a turn for the worse when he’s torn from the familiar comfort of performing and sold to a rich and enigmatic man.

Morgan Wallace takes his newly purchased slave to San Francisco, his intentions unclear. On the one hand, he treats Sky with more kindness than Sky has ever known—treats him like a real person. On the other hand, he shares Sky at parties hosted by his sadistic new friends.

A confused slave is an endangered slave, and Sky isn’t even sure of his master’s real name. Is he Morgan Wallace, wealthy and cruel, or Mackenzie Webster, caring and compassionate? Caught between hope, fear, and an undeniably growing attachment, Sky struggles to untangle which parts are real and which are merely a performance. His future, his heart, and even his life may depend on it.

Reader discretion advised. This title contains the following sensitive themes:

dubious consent
explicit violence

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Our thoughts:

Having read both previous novels in the Belonging ‘verse, I was anxious to see what Kim Fielding would bring to the world that intrigues and saddens at the same time.

The Belonging ‘verse began with Collared by Rachel Haimowitz. That novel haunted me for days after reading it, but it sets the stage for readers so I believe it is a good place to start, in this series of three individual standalone novels.

This world is a cruel one. There are freemen and slaves. If you’re a slave, you are made to believe you have a genetic defect. A flaw that predestines you to a life of slavery. If one parent is a slave, you are a slave. You can never buy or earn your freedom. Born a slave, die a slave. A slave has no soul and is incapable of free thinking, deep feelings, or even taking care of themselves. At least that’s what free folk tell themselves to push away any guilt they might have over years of legalized slavery.

Sky Blue was born to a slave women in a brothel. Rumored to be the son of a famous singer, Sky has spent his whole life a slave, singing for his owners. His third owner decides to sell him off and thus begins his journey into the unknown.

Treated like a scourge, or worse, Sky is held in a warehouse in deplorable conditions until his new owner buys him. The man is a mystery. Not really telling him much about what he expects from Sky or what the new rules are. Sky’s new master seems nice but also harsh at the same time. He also seems wealthy. He’s even kind. It’s like he’s never owned a slave before. The lack of direction leaves Sky off-center. Before he knew the score. Sing. Entertain. Sing. Now, he’s clueless.

Morgan Wallace is doing a job and he must acquire a slave to get in the door with some new clients. That’s how he comes to acquire Sky. This is just a means to an end. Hopefully in a few weeks, the job will be done and Sky can go somewhere and live the rest of his life singing in a leisurely club or something. Unfortunately, two things happen. One, Sky must endure torture and rape at the hands of the clients Wallace must get in good with. No matter how sorry Wallace is, he’ll never be able to forgive himself for bringing Sky into this situation. The last thing is that he’s falling hard and fast for Sky. He likes his company. He likes his singing and his gentle way. He enjoys seeing him discover new things. Sharing a bed is glorious and they don’t even have to do anything but hold each other and be together.

In an effort to keep him safe, Wallace (Mac) doesn’t tell Sky anything details about his mission so you can imagine how terribly bad this has the potential to get for everyone involved.

I think the trust is where it’s at for these two. Even through the secrets and bad meetings Sky endures with Mac’s contacts, there’s trust. Sky has to trust that there’s a reason why Mac does what he does. Mac has to trust that Sky will come out of this alright and that the ends justify the means.

I loved seeing Sky become ‘free.’ He gets to discover his world for the first time, thanks to Mac. He’s also given the chance to choose for himself and even speak out and act out. The dynamic is definitely pushed past what was expected. I was even surprised in the end when Sky doesn’t just fall and blindly follow. He does what he wants and gives himself time to process.

A profound addition to the Belonging ‘verse. I’m thrilled there was an addition to the series and hope to see more in the future.


GUEST POST and SPOTLIGHT: Rarity from the Hollow by Robert Eggleton

Today we take a step outside of the norm for us and bring a book a little different . We’re open to many genres. We might not be able to review every book, but we hope we can at least spotlight those we cannot. As the reader, you get to decide what appeals, but you have to know what’s available first!

A big thank you to author Robert Eggleton for giving us some insight into his complex and unique book Rarity from the Hollow.

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Rarity from the Hollow is adult literary science fiction filled with tragedy, comedy and satire. The content addresses social issues. It’s a children’s story for adults, not for the prudish, fainthearted or easily offended.

Lacy Dawn occupies the body of an eleven year old and sounds like one, but she has evolved under the supervision of Universal Management for hundreds of thousand of years. She is not a typical little girl, and if you think of her as such, you may be shocked.

She lives in a hollow with her worn-out mom, her Iraq War disabled dad, and her mutt Brownie, a dog who’s becoming very skilled at laying fiber optic cable. Lacy Dawn’s android boyfriend, for when she’s old enough to have one, has come to the hollow with a mission. He was sent by the Manager of the Mall on planet Shptiludrp (Shop ’till You Drop) to recruit Lacy Dawn to save the universe from an imminent threat to its economic structure. In exchange, Earth would be designated as a planet that is eligible for continued existence – granted immunity. Will Lacy Dawn’s magic enables her to save the universe, Earth, and, most importantly, her own family.


From chapter 13, Mom I’d Like to Introduce You to My Fiancé:

…..…Jenny (the mother) walked up the hill to Roundabend. She called Lacy Dawn’s name every few yards. Her muddy tennis shoes slipped and slid.

I hear her voice. Why won’t she answer me?

“Sounds like she’s talking to someone,” Jenny said to the Woods.

Nobody responded. The trees weren’t supposed to since Jenny was no longer a child.

Her former best friends had made no long-term commitment beyond childhood victimization. They had not agreed to help her deal with domestic violence in adulthood. She hugged the closest tree.

I will always love you guys.

Jenny quickened her pace, stopped, and listened for human voices. A few yards later, she stopped again.

Now it sounds like she’s behind me instead of in front.

Jenny looked to the left of the path.

There ain’t no cave Roundabend, but there it is.

She walked toward the entrance. The voices grew louder and she looked inside. Lacy Dawn sat on a bright orange recliner. Tears streamed down her face.  Jenny ran to her daughter through a cave that didn’t exit and into a blue light that did.

“All right, you mother f**ker!”

“Mom!” Lacy Dawn yelled. “You didn’t say, ‘It’s me’ like you’re supposed to (a traditional announcement mentioned earlier in the story).”

DotCom (the android) sat naked in a lotus position on the floor in front of the recliner.  Jenny covered Lacy Dawn with her body and glared at him.

“Grrrrr,” emanated from Jenny.  It was a sound similar to the one that Brownie (Lacy Dawn’s dog) made the entire time the food stamp woman was at their house.  It was a sound that filled the atmosphere with hate.  No one moved.  The spaceship’s door slid shut.

“Mommmmmy, I can’t breathe. Get up.”

“You make one move you sonofabitch and I’ll tear your heart out,” Jenny repositioned to take her weight off Lacy Dawn.

Stay between them.

“Mommy, he’s my friend. More than my friend, we’re going to get married when I’m old enough — like when I turn fourteen. He’s my boyfriend — what you call it — my fiancé.”

“You been messin’ with my little girl you pervert!” Jenny readied to pounce.

“MOM!  Take a chill pill! He ain’t been messing with me. He’s a good person, or whatever. Anyway, he’s not a pervert. You need to just calm down and get off me.”

Jenny stood up. DotCom stood up. Jenny’s jaw dropped.

He ain’t got no private parts, not even a little bump.

“DotCom, I’d like to introduce you to my mommy, Mrs. Jenny Hickman. Mommy, I’d like to introduce you to my fiancé, DotCom.”

Jenny sat down on the recliner. Her face was less than a foot from DotCom’s crotch and she stared straight at it. It was smooth, hairless, and odor free.

“Mrs. Hickman, I apologize for any inconvenience that this misunderstanding has caused. It is very nice to meet you after having heard so much. You arrived earlier than expected. I did not have time to properly prepare and receive. Again, I apologize.”

I will need much more training if I’m ever assigned to a more formal setting than a cave, such as to the United Nations.

“Come on, Mommy. Give him a hug or something.”

Jenny’s left eye twitched.

DotCom put on clothing that Lacy Dawn had bought him at Goodwill. It hung a little loose until he modified his body. Lacy Dawn hugged her mother…

…(scene of Dwayne, the father, overheard by those in the spaceship while talking to himself)… “Besides, the transmitter was part of Daddy’s treatment. There’re a lot of other things that he did to help fix Daddy. DotCom is like a doctor. You can see that Daddy has gotten better every day. And no, there ain’t no transmitter in you. DotCom figured you out like a good doctor and the only things wrong are a lack of opportunity and rotten teeth that poison your body. You don’t need no transmitter. He just gave you a few shots of ego boost. I don’t know what medicine that is, but I trust him. You ain’t complained since the shots started — not even with an upset stomach.”

“He’s a doctor?” Jenny asked.

“What’s your problem anyway?” Lacy Dawn asked. “I know.  You’re prejudiced. You told me that people have much more in common than they do that’s different — even if someone is a different color or religion, or from a different state than us. You told me to try to become friends because sometimes that person may need a good friend. Now, here you are acting like a butt hole about my boyfriend. You’re prejudiced because he’s different than us.”

“Honey, he’s not even a person – that’s about as different as a boyfriend can get,” Jenny said.


Mommy’s right. Maybe I need a different argument.

A fast clicking sound, a blur of motion, and a familiar smell assaulted them.

“What’s that?” Jenny asked.

She moved to protect her daughter from whatever threat loomed. Brownie, who had been granted 27 / 7 access to the ship, bounded over the orange recliner, knocked DotCom to the floor, licked DotCom’s face, and rubbed his head on Jenny’s leg. He then jumped onto the recliner and lay down. His tail wagged throughout. Jenny sat down on the recliner beside Brownie and looked at Lacy Dawn.

“But, you were crying when I first came in. That thing was hurting you.” Jenny shook her finger at DotCom to emphasize a different argument against him.

“Mommy, I’m so happy that I couldn’t help but cry. My man just came home from an out-of-state job. I didn’t talk to him for a whole year. Before he left, he told me that he wasn’t even sure if he’d be able to come home. I still don’t know what happened while he was gone. We ain’t had no chance to talk. All I know is that he’s home and I’m sooooo happy.”

“Your man came home from an out-of-state job?” Jenny patted Brownie on his head, some more and some more….

It’s unusual for a man to promise to come back home and ever be seen again. Brownie likes him and that’s a good sign. Maybe she’s right about him helping Dwayne. Something sure did and it wasn’t me. It is a nice living room. They’ve been together for a while and I ain’t seen a mark on her. That’s unusual too. He ain’t got no private parts and that’s another good thing. Hell, if I get in the middle, she’d just run off with him anyway. I’d better play it smart. I don’t want to lose my baby.

“What about his stupid name?” Jenny asked.

“I’ve got a stupid name, too. All the kids at school call me hick because my last name is Hickman.”

“My name was given to me by my manager a very long time ago. It represents a respected tradition — the persistent marketing of that which is not necessarily the most needed. I spam…,” DotCom said.

They both glared at him.

“Dwayne is sure to be home. I don’t want him to worry. Let’s go,” Jenny said.

“Okay, Mommy.”

“I love you, DotCom,” Lacy Dawn stepped out the ship’s door, which had slid open. Brownie and Jenny were right behind her.

“I love you too,” DotCom said.

Lacy Dawn and Jenny held hands and walked down the path toward home. The trees didn’t smile — at least not so Jenny would notice. On the other hand, no living thing obstructed, intruded, or interfered with the rite.

Jenny sang to the Woods, “My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up.  My little girl’s going to marry a doctor when she grows up, marry a doctor when she grows up, when she grows up….”

Meet the Author:

roberteggletonRobert Eggleton has served as a children’s advocate in an impoverished state for over forty years. He is best known for his investigative reports about children’s programs, most of which were published by the West Virginia Supreme Court where he worked from 1982 through 1997, and which also included publication of models of serving disadvantaged and homeless children in the community instead of in large institutions, research into foster care drift involving children bouncing from one home to the next — never finding a permanent loving family, and statistical reports on the occurrence and correlates of child abuse and delinquency. Today, he is a recently retired children’s psychotherapist from the mental health center in Charleston, West Virginia, where he specialized in helping victims cope with and overcome physical and sexual abuse, and other mental health concerns. Rarity from the Hollow is his debut novel and its release followed publication of three short Lacy Dawn Adventures in magazines: Wingspan Quarterly, Beyond Centauri, and Atomjack Science Fiction. Author proceeds have been donated to a child abuse prevention program operated by Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ Robert continues to write fiction with new adventures based on a protagonist that is a composite character of children that he met when delivering group therapy services. The overall theme of his stories remains victimization to empowerment.

In Good Conscience by Robert Eggleton:

After fifty-two years of paying into the U.S. Social Security fund, I had to make a deal with my conscience in order to feel okay about retiring so that I could concentrate on writing fiction. Here’s the why and how my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow, helps to prevent child abuse.

I was born into an impoverished West Virginian family in 1951. I started working as a child to help support it. My father was a WW II Vet, disabled with PTSD and night terrors. My mother did the best that she could to protect us four kids from his drunken rages – great guy when sober, but he couldn’t hold down a job. My mother’s love instilled a sense of duty, honor, hard work, caring about others….

Looking back, I guess that I was raised to be a social worker – to try to make the world a little better place. So, predictably, I got into civil rights, antiwar, poverty issues and other social causes as a student, and earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work in 1977. Afterward, my background and education directed me into child welfare where I have served as an advocate of children’s rights, especially a child’s right to be free from abuse, for over forty years.

During this period, many emotionally charged situations have tugged my heart strings so hard that child welfare became more than my job, more than a cause. It became a calling. In 2002, I accepted a position as a children’s psychotherapist for our local mental health center. I worked in an intensive day program for severely emotionally disturbed kids, many of whom had been abused. Part of my job was to facilitate group therapy sessions.

One day at work in 2006, around the table used for written therapeutic exercises, sat a skinny little girl with stringy brown hair. Rather that just disclosing her traumas caused by a very mean father, she went on to speak about her hopes and dreams for the future – finding a loving family who would protect her spiritually and physically. This girl was inspiring to me, and to everybody else who met her, staff and kids alike.

I’d not talked about it much, but I had a dream, too. Since winning the eighth grade short story contest, I had dreamed of becoming an author. I came home from work that day and told my wife that I’d decided to start writing fiction. We discussed themes. By the end of the next work day, my protagonist had a name – Lacy Dawn – a highly intelligent and powerful girl, an empowered victim who takes on the evils of the universe.

My wife named her Lacy Dawn because since the protagonist’s mother couldn’t afford to buy her daughter pretty things, she was determined to give her a pretty name at birth.

After experiencing some success in writing – three short stories published in magazines – I became increasingly torn between the two callings: writing fiction and ongoing commitment to help needful kids. I tried both by staying up late and submitting my fiction while going to work exhausted the next day. I knew that I needed to do something before I turned into a crispy critter. I had to either give up on my dream of writing fiction or on helping needful kids.

In 2012, I started rewriting my debut novel, Rarity from the Hollow. I had gotten a publisher interested, a traditional small press in Leeds. I could no longer use the excuse that I didn’t have enough money to self-publish. I drafted social commentary with a science fiction backdrop that was based on decades of my work in the field of social services:

Domestic violence;
Child maltreatment, including the meanest daddy imaginable;
Mental health concerns – including PTSD experienced by Veterans and the medicinal use of marijuana for treatment of Bipolar Disorder;
Satiric political ideology on Capitalism and Socialism, especially apt in America right now as Trump on the Republican side and Sanders for the Democrats pursue the Presidential primary election; And, touched upon the role of Jesus: “Jesus is everybody’s friend, not just humans.”

I was determined that the messages in the story would not advocate for anything specific because each of us have to find truths within our own hearts and minds.

I model the flow of the story after a mental health treatment episode:

harsh and difficult in the beginning as therapeutic relationships are established and disclosures are made; cathartic in middle chapters with more detailed disclosures; and, increasingly satiric and comic toward the end through an understanding that it is “silly” to live in the past, that demons, no matter how scary, can be evicted, and that nothing controls our lives more so than the decision that we, ourselves, make.

I know that it sounds weird, but I imagined victims benefiting from having read a science fiction story. Maybe I was trying to rationalize a balance between these two competing interests – writing and social work. In hindsight, maybe my idea wasn’t so off-base after all. Four book reviewers of Rarity from the Hollow have privately disclosed to me that they were victims of childhood maltreatment, like me, and that they had benefitted the story. One of these people publicly disclosed that she was a rape victim in her glowing review of the novel.   http://kyliejude.com/2015/11/book-review-rarity-from-the-hollow/

Anyway, the novel was published but after working with abused kids all day, I was too exhausted to do much in the way of promoting it. The small press that had published the novel didn’t have an advertising budget, so very few people were hearing about the existence of Rarity from the Hollow. This wasn’t my dream – to work all day and then stay up half the night trying to figure out how to market a novel. It sucked raw eggs, so I began again to look for a solution – to write fiction without turning my back on maltreated kids.

After talking about it with my wife, I came up with a solution to the dilemma. I would donate at least half of author proceeds to prevent child abuse. And, that’s what I have done and will continue to do for as long as I live. A little over six month ago, I retired from my job as a children’s psychotherapist for our local mental health center so that I could concentrate on literature. I’ve been working more than full-time marketing the novel, such as obtaining and advertising book reviews that it has received. I’ve even started the second novel, Ivy, which is almost ready for ready for editing.

Rarity from the Hollow has received several absolutely glowing reviews and a couple of weeks ago it was awarded a Gold Medal by Awesome Indies, a major book review organization:

“…a hillbilly version of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy…The author has managed to do what I would have thought impossible; taken serious subjects like poverty, ignorance, abuse, and written about them with tongue-in-cheek humor without trivializing them…Eggleton sucks you into the Hollow, dunks you in the creek, rolls you in the mud, and splays you in the sun to dry off. Tucked between the folds of humor are some profound observations on human nature and modern society that you have to read to appreciate…it’s a funny book that most sci-fi fans will thoroughly enjoy….” http://awesomeindies.net/ai-approved-review-of-rarity-from-the-holly-by-robert-eggleton/

This and other book reviews have caused me to feel proud, but the best aspect of the entire situation is that I made a great deal with my conscience: I can continue to pursue my dream of writing fiction and still contribute to the welfare of abused kids just like always.

Author proceeds from Rarity from the Hollow have been donated to Children’s Home Society of West Virginia. http://www.childhswv.org/ It’s a nonprofit agency that was established in 1893 and now delivers services to over 13,000 children and families each year. I used to work there in the early ‘80s and stand behind its use of donations as intended: to help the kids who need it the most.

More information about this project is available upon inquiry. Just contact me though any of the links posted right here.

Purchase links:


Amazon UK

Dog Horn Publishing

Connect with the author:

Website: www.lacydawnadventures.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13603677-rarity-from-the-hollow

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/robert.eggleton2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Lacy-Dawn-Adventures-73354432693864/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

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


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!


Alpha Trine and Striker Audiobooks by Lexi Ander

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Today we’re thrilled to spotlight the audiobooks for the first two books in Lexi Ander’s Valespian Pact series! If audiobooks are your thing or you’re just looking for a new sci-fi read, thanks for stopping by to check them out. We’d love to know what you think!



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The sole survivor on a science vessel adrift in deep space, Zeus was adopted by the Emperor and Empress of the Mar’Sani, though he is both human and blind, and seen by most as unfit to join the royal family. Though they were able to repair his vision, Zeus does not trust his eyes and the nobles of his parents’ court refuse to ever trust a frail human.

Dargon Kal-Turak, along with his symbiote and lover Alpha, command one of the most dangerous ships in the stars. Narrowly escaping a trap, they dock in a space port to make repairs, but find that the Psionics hunting them are closing in fast. In desperation they kidnap the port Master Mechanic, unaware that the man they’ve brought on board is more than he seems, and will bring far more upheaval to their ship, their lives, and the stars than any of them could have imagined.

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Published by Less Than Three Press:
Ebook Release Date: September, 2013
Audiobook Release Date: February 2015
Genre: Sci-Fi/Gay/Poly

Alpha Trine was the winner of 2014 Rainbow Awards

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The peaceful respite for which Zeus and his intended, Dargon and Alpha, had been hoping is shattered when Zeus is unexpectedly drawn to the Waters of Poseidon and told that the safety they’ve been promised is a trap.

But the Fal’Amoric aren’t the only important cargo on the Oethra 7, and countless others are depending on the success of their mission. If Zeus hopes to break the silent siege on Valespia, and protect those most precious to him, he will need not just powerful allies but the fortitude to survive overwhelming odds.

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Published by Less Than Three Press:
Ebook Release Date: June, 2014
Audiobook Release Date: March 2015
Genre: Sci-Fi/Gay/Poly





Lexi Ander Promo PictureLexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.




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