Weekend Writing Warriors~ Merry Solstice Threeve

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Happy Solstice!  Time for another round of Weekend Writing Warriors sensational snippets.  To celebrate the upcoming two weeks of revelry and overabundance and to say thanks to all the readers and writers who’ve given me so much friendly support this year, I’m giving away a hot holiday short story.  Just click the widgety thing on the side bar to get your free copy. You can also read the flash version over on my Midwinter Madness Flash Hop post. Please note the Xtended version contains hot m/m action.

Also in honor of the season, I thought I’d share a snippet from a solstice-themed short story I’m working on involving Axel Blackwood and Liam Alloway from To Catch a Threeve.  Liam has brought back a few odd traditions from his time with the threeves, which occasionally puts a strain on Axel and Liam’s relationship.  On Solstice eve, they might face their biggest challenge yet!  (If you like the snippet, stay tuned. I’ll probably post the entire story on New Year’s Eve.)

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When Axel turned on to his lane, the sight of a candle in the window and smoke curling from his chimney warmed his heart. He pushed open the front door and was enveloped by the scent of burning cedar in the hearth, some sort of spicy stew simmering in the cast iron pot and rather oddly, the sharp bite of pine pitch, fresh melted snow and mud.

He stepped inside and the wide smile on his face became rigid as he blinked at what appeared to be a monstrous tree in his great room. Liam balanced precariously on a chair he’d placed on top of a chest, leaning in to the dark green mass, a star of woven reeds and ribbons in his outstretched hand.

“You’re early!” Liam cried and began to topple forward into the branches of what Axel could no longer deny was indeed a tree. The tree shimmered and tinkled as all manner of shiny objects shook and knocked together.

Axel rushed forward, seized Liam around the waist and rescued him from the arms of the evergreen. Axel lowered Liam awkwardly to the floor and keeping his arms firmly around him, asked,

“What in holy hounds is that?”

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Happy Monday~ Hop Winner~Interview

Hey, here’s a quickie post to say thanks to everyone for playing along on the Halloween Hop, My Book Blast and The Haunted House of Manlove Flash Hop. It’s been a busy week!

The winner of my Halloween Hop is JeanMP!  Jean wins a lovely $10 Gift Certificate from Loose Id.

There’s still time to enter My Book Blast Giveaway.  Visit Pride Promotions here.

And last but not least, today I’m interviewed by K. Ferrin over on her website. Check it out here.  Next monday, I’ll be interviewing K. so don’t forget to stop by.

 

Howloween Hop

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Welcome to the Howloween Paranormal Romance blog hop, hosted by Hops With Heart (www.hopswithheart.blogspot.com).  Don’t forget to keep on hopping to discover amazing writers, enter to win prizes, and sign-up for the grand prize drawing of a $50 Amazon gift card!  Enter my own give-away by leaving a comment with your email below my post.  I’ll randomly draw a winner after the hop is over.

 

 

Release date October 28th!

Release date October 28th!

 

True love or wicked trickster? In my new novel, To Catch a Threeve, two men play a game of dark desire, neither knowing if the other offers danger or deliverance, love or death.  My Howloween post considers the allure of  falling in love with the enemy~

 

Dark Desire by Alexis Duran

“Love is giving someone the power to destroy you but trusting them not to.” Unknown.

Sex and violence. Love and hate. Trust and fear. Protagonist and antagonist. Hero and villain. When opposites collide, sparks fly. All we have to do is look at two of the most popular TV shows of all time, Game of Thrones and The Sopranos, to see how popular those conflict-generated sparks are. There’s no arguing that these elements are intricately entwined within the human soul and so naturally, they make their way into our stories. As a writer of erotica drawn to explore the dark side of desire, I’ve occasionally questioned the value of such stories.

As early as my pre-teens, I remember flinging my sister’s Harlequin romances and “bodice-rippers” against the wall in disgust when the so-called “heroes” forced themselves on simpering heroines who then promptly fell madly in love with their abusers. Rubbish! Crap! Horror!

Imagine my embarrassment when the editor of my new novella Touch of Salar informed me that one of my sex scenes was actually a rape, and that Loose Id prefers their romantic heroes not to be rapists. Apparently no does mean no. A few subtle shifts of language and voila, acceptability is attained. But how in the world did this come about? Why did I write my characters into such a situation? Why would a writer who should know better feel compelled to send her characters into the murky realms of sexual violence?

I decided it was time to take a look at the role of villainous lovers, submissive heroes and what happens when combatants fall in lust.

Dark Fiction takes us into the breach and over the cliff on our own writer’s journey through hell and damnation. Others on ShadowSpinners* have explored the function of horror, mayhem and death in fiction. They found value in the impulse to endanger lives, threaten comforts, kill off gods, upend reality and kick over rocks, and so too have I found rewards in the risky behavior so often present in dark erotica.

In fiction we can safely press beyond the confines of reason, rationality, common sense, political correctness. We can send our characters back into the haunted house or into the arms of Mr. Oh-So-Wrong. What if the protagonist falls in love with the antagonist? Now there is some delicious conflict.

When I first allowed myself to write about terribly flawed characters with a penchant for dangerous partners, I discovered that the challenges of loving a villain, of forcing my characters to the edge of reason, is every bit as compelling as threatening them with death, loss, and destruction in other areas of their lives. There’s no scene quite so intimate, so revealing, as a sexual encounter that challenges everything a character believes about themselves and the other person. They know it’s “wrong” and they do it anyway. Through this self-sacrifice and self-abandonment, perhaps the hero will learn the truth and come out stronger.

And what about the villain/lover? Is she a flawed hero? A wounded aspect of the protagonist? A dangerous other who threatens to bring out the worst in everyone they encounter? The Dark Man or Dark Woman does not have to be a malevolent outside force but a catalyst, a key to unlock passions buried within, a mirror of repressed longing. The dark lover might be the one person who can help the hero experience a sexual freedom they cannot achieve themselves.

And so we conscript our characters to wrestle with deeply buried desires that can’t be acknowledged by the rational mind. There are a hundred reasons not to give in to the dark lover, but reason has little to do with the decision to risk everything. Our characters can be stupid. Our characters can be scandalous.   Our characters can embrace vulnerability and overcome fear. Usually it is society that must be defied, along with constraints of fear, shame and propriety, but often it is one’s very own demons blocking the road to liberation and any author worth her salt knows the benefits of confronting those bastards.

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So do you love it or hate it when the hero falls for the bad guy?  Leave a comment and you’ll be automatically entered into a highly scientific Names in the Hat drawing for a $10 gift certificate to Loose Id!  

Don’t forget to enter  the grand prize drawing : here’s the link to the  Grand Prize Drawing Rafflecopter Dingus!

Continue the hop with more chances to win neat stuff at Hops With Heart!

 

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*This post was first published on ShadowSpinners.Wordpress.com

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Official Blurb for To Catch a Threeve ~ Release date October 28th ~

Axel Blackwood catches a thief and is astounded to see that he closely resembles Liam Alloway, the love he lost seven years ago in an attack by the evil woodland folk known as threeves. Axel suspects he’s fallen prey to dark magic, but can’t help becoming infatuated with his prisoner. He’s overwhelmed with the hope that he can at last bring his lost lover home, despite everything that warns him it’s all a diabolical trick.

Bryn Darrow, the half-threeve, half human orphan sent to trick Axel and rob him of much more than a simple gem finds himself equally as fascinated with his handsome human captor and the lure of someplace to call home, but he knows deep down that the constable is in love with a dangerous illusion. When he’s commanded by the threeves to murder Axel and steal a witch’s powerful grimoire, he’s forced to decide between the only family he’s ever known and the one person who might rescue him from a life of isolation and pain.

Will Axel and Bryn be forced into a deadly confrontation before they can discover the truth?

Weekend Writing Warriors #33

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Hello and welcome to another week of Weekend Writing Warriors!  I’m all a twitter today because Tuesday is release day for To Catch a  Threeve and I’ve got all kinds of promo stuff lined up.  Don’t forget to pop back in for chances to win stuff.

So today will be my last snippet from To Catch a Threeve, in which I hope to leave you all breathless and wanting more.  In last week’s snippet, Constable Axel Blackwood, in a moment of weakness, allowed desire to overcome logic when the thief he’d captured unexpectedly kissed him.

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A hot tongue probed Axel’s mouth, and he became aware of hands behind his neck, pulling him down as if the two of them could possibly get any closer. Even the slap of the dangling manacle against his collarbone didn’t wake him from his passionate trance. His hands fumbled through the folds of the cloak, desperate to touch the body he’d never stopped dreaming about.

A sharp, sparkling sensation blossomed at the base of Axel’s neck. He’d barely registered it before a flash blinded him. Paralyzed, he tumbled forward when the thief leaped to his feet, leaving behind an icy rush of air. Axel hit the ground face-first, unable to even curse his stupidity as the spell swept through him and rendered him helpless.

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This post is part of an ongoing blog hop hosted by Weekend Writing Warriors. Every Sunday, participating authors post eight sentences from a published work or perhaps their current work in progress. Then we hop to our fellow warriors’ blogs and check out all the fabulous fiction that’s happening! I heartily invite you to participate as a reader, writer, or both. It’s a great way to discover your next favorite book. Click here or copy & paste this address: http://www.wewriwa.com

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Official Blurb for To Catch a Threeve ~ Release date October 28th ~ This Tuesday! 

Release date October 28th

Release date October 28th

Axel Blackwood catches a thief and is astounded to see that he closely resembles Liam Alloway, the love he lost seven years ago in an attack by the evil woodland folk known as threeves. Axel suspects he’s fallen prey to dark magic, but can’t help becoming infatuated with his prisoner. He’s overwhelmed with the hope that he can at last bring his lost lover home, despite everything that warns him it’s all a diabolical trick.

Bryn Darrow, the half-threeve, half human orphan sent to trick Axel and rob him of much more than a simple gem finds himself equally as fascinated with his handsome human captor and the lure of someplace to call home, but he knows deep down that the constable is in love with a dangerous illusion. When he’s commanded by the threeves to murder Axel and steal a witch’s powerful grimoire, he’s forced to decide between the only family he’s ever known and the one person who might rescue him from a life of isolation and pain.

Will Axel and Bryn be forced into a deadly confrontation before they can discover the truth?

Guard Your Heart

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Welcome to the Halloween edition of My Sexy Saturday ~Don’t forget to click the link and keep hopping for a spooktastic selection of steamy fiction.

It’s been awhile since I participated, but I couldn’t resist the spooky theme. Also, it just happens my erotic fantasy, To Catch a Threeve, will be released this Tuesday, so I thought I’d share a selection of seven paragraphs in which Constable Axel Blackwood and Threeve Bryn Darrow “get to know each other”.  Despite knowing perfectly well that threeves are dangerous and diabolical folk, Axel can’t help being attracted to the thief he’s just caught, who resembles Axel’s lost love, Liam.

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He snorted and wriggled against his bonds. Nothing about his body language was like Liam. Liam had been graceful, easy, and relaxed in his strength. This sneak was strong, but more like a coiled snake, ready to strike.

Like a threeve, Axel thought. Drummond had suggested half-threeve. Was that even possible?

Now that he looked at the sneak with eyes adjusted to the dark, he noticed more threevish attributes. The large eyes were slanted, almost like a fox’s. The tips of his ears poked out of the thick hair, longer and pointier than any human’s. Had Liam looked like that?

“You’re a chatty one.” The sneak stretched out his spine and looked around. “Why do you hate threeves?”

“Why do you work for them? Why do you work their dark magic?”

“I asked first.”

To Axel’s irritation, the sneak smiled. It transformed him from strange forest creature to beautiful young man. Guard your heart, Axel.

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Release date October 28th

Release date October 28th

Official Blurb for To Catch a Threeve ~ Release date October 28th ~

Axel Blackwood catches a thief and is astounded to see that he closely resembles Liam Alloway, the love he lost seven years ago in an attack by the evil woodland folk known as threeves. Axel suspects he’s fallen prey to dark magic, but can’t help becoming infatuated with his prisoner. He’s overwhelmed with the hope that he can at last bring his lost lover home, despite everything that warns him it’s all a diabolical trick.

Bryn Darrow, the half-threeve, half human orphan sent to trick Axel and rob him of much more than a simple gem finds himself equally as fascinated with his handsome human captor and the lure of someplace to call home, but he knows deep down that the constable is in love with a dangerous illusion. When he’s commanded by the threeves to murder Axel and steal a witch’s powerful grimoire, he’s forced to decide between the only family he’s ever known and the one person who might rescue him from a life of isolation and pain.

Will Axel and Bryn be forced into a deadly confrontation before they can discover the truth?