Welcome to another round of Weekend Writing Warriors. This has been quite the week for me; new book, new job, new allergies in full bloom. WWW has become my little comfort zone where I get to catch up with the characters I’ve become so involved with, discover new stories and new authors, and chat with my virtual buddies. Glad you joined me!
This week I thought I’d go all wacky and actually post the 8 opening lines from my new m/m fantasy, Blood of Salar.
Breaking one of the new rules he’d imposed as headmaster of the Order of Ka’alar, M’lan slipped out of his monk’s cell well before dawn and made for the edge of the temple grounds alone. Black shadows striped the moonlit path. Though trying to be quiet, he tripped often over gnarled roots and loose stones.
He knew perfectly well it was no longer safe to stray far from the protective eye of Ka’alar, and that was why he’d imposed the rule that no monk should wander in the forest without a companion. The rebellion that had started in the south of Rakkan now encroached on the local provinces, and instability eroded the control of the authorities. But M’lan’s calling to heal was stronger than his concern for his safety. When messages reached him pleading for medicine, he couldn’t say no.
If the king’s men discovered that the monks of Ka’alar Temple smuggled herbs and elixirs to the peasants, they might shut the temple down.
FYI, if you haven’t read Touch of Salar, Book 1 in the Masters and Mages series, I’ll be doing a book blast next Tuesday where I’ll be giving away a copy of Touch, plus a Loose Id GC so you can immediately buy Blood (or whatever your heart desires).
Blood of Salar blurb:
M’lan, headmaster of the order of Ka’alar and Jamil Jarka, king’s assassin, find their impossible love challenged to the utmost as a rebellion sweeps them apart, sending Jamil on a dangerous mission to assassinate the rebel leader, General Charvat. Unknown to anyone, Charvat is on his way to the temple to exploit the headmaster’s magical abilities.
When the rebel army arrives, M’lan is thrust into a struggle against political and sexual dominance as Charvat attempts to break his resistance. Violence and death mount, awakening within M’lan both the powers of destruction and the desire for revenge.
On the trail of his prey, Jamil begins to question his devotion to M’lan as his once innocent lover transforms into a mage and invades the assassin’s thoughts and dreams. The closer Jamil draws to M’lan, the more he puts his life and his very soul at risk. Jamil soon realizes that his lover might prove to be more deadly than the man he was sent to kill.
A final confrontation between assassin and monk might destroy them both, but Jamil is relentless in his determination to rescue M’lan, knowing that only his love can master the mage.
- Author:Alexis Duran
- Series:Masters and Mages
- Genre:LGBTTQ, Fantasy & Paranormal
- Cover Artist:Fiona Jayde
- Prev Book:Masters and Mages 1: Touch of Salar
- Available at Loose Id , Amazon, All Romance
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You paint a scary picture of him going out by himself. YIKES! And what a terrific monk, a healer who won’t stay away. Love the snippet.
ooohh. the detail in this with him at night on a moonlit path were very well done. Congrats on the new job but not so much on the allergies
Oh, you’ve painted such a vivid picture here and given the hints of an interesting story to follow. Love it!
Woohoo! Congratulations on the new release! Many happy sales!
As always you grab me with the first word. Great opening with lots of questions that leave me wanting more. Great 8!
Hmmm… and there’s trouble ahead. But how are you going to torture this character? 🙂 I wonder if it’s an ambush, or…
Excellent first 8 lines, Alexis. You’ve got me asking questions already. 🙂
Hint: it might be a sexy ambush 😉
Rules… are for other people. 😉
Of course M’Lan can’t stay away if he thinks his healing talents are needed. I really enjoy this character, can’t wait to read more. Terrific snippet!
Lovely, lush style. 🙂
He’s a very brave monk!
You used very descriptive words and make the reader actually feel the danger lurking. Great snippet.
Beautiful detail. I’m with him as he dodges shadows and tries to avoid danger. I can’t wait to read the whole story.