Synopsis: Xanthus Terrinass is a gorgeous, powerful mage with a bright future. As the heir to the Terrinass family, who possess the rare magic to transfer between worlds, he’s looking forward to the freedom his abilities will bring him. But power has its price, every mage is expected to marry and produce gifted offspring. Xanthus has managed to hide being gay, and has almost convinced himself to fulfill his obligations, when he meets Brice. Brice has spent his whole life waiting for the man of his dreams, literally. His magic has shown him glimpses of a beautiful, soul connecting love destined to end tragically. If he can trust his visions, being with Xanthus may lead to his death, which is reason enough to keep his distance. When Brice discovers his parents have sold his ungifted sisters into slavery on another world, Xanthus is the only man who can help save them. Every moment they spend together they fall more deeply, and more dangerously, in love. As they cross the worlds to rescue his sisters, Brice seeks not only their rescue but a way to change his own destiny with Xanthus.
Review: I simply loved this book. I can’t get enough of this series. Brice is definitely my favorite. He’s powerful, though he’s not mage specializing in battle like Xanthus. He’s determined and loyal, and will do anything for those he loves. Xanthus is young, but determined. He knows his sexuality, and knows the penalties in their society for it. But the attraction between these two is undeniable and they compliment each other well, even if it has to end in tragedy. The rest of the cast is interesting. Warren is a Cleric, and the irony is that the arcane mages are the ones that look down on homosexuality, not the clerics, followers of the god and goddess. They seem to have a bit more of a pagan ideal, that love is something to be cherished, and I have to say that is a very refreshing change. Ambrose, the thief of the story, has a lot more power than he’s willing to reveal and I look forward to seeing him grow and one day gain the type of love he saw between Brice and Xanthus. I have my opinions on who shows him such love, and I can’t wait to see if I’m right. The few editing errors I saw didn’t take away from the story at all. I was enthralled and simply must read book two.
So in case you missed it, I got a contract through an author house to take on my entire Journeys series. Some changes have been made to the story. It’s now an erotic paranormal romance. The series will always focus on Landon and Brian, and their love interests. Since this book is likely to be my next release, I elected to give you an excerpt from it. No release date yet, gotta talk to the publisher about that, but it won’t be too long.
During the night, Landon felt his dreams shift. He knew he was no longer in a dream. His spirit was being called home. He could not resist. An order from a Fey King was absolute, especially in the weakened state of sleep. In seconds, he stood before a large silver throne. On it sat a beautiful man, appearing closer to middle aged, with long black and silver hair. The head rested on the right hand and piercing emerald green eyes stared at him passively. The broad shouldered male was quite a bit larger than Landon and muscular. His beauty was almost painful to behold in the eyes of mortals. He was dressed in a simple, long silver robe, and knowing him he most likely wore nothing else underneath it. His full, red lips curved into a smile at the sight of Landon. The king of Avalon, Damien Adaire, was in a strangely amused mood.
“My lord?” Landon questioned, silently hating deferring to the older male.
“Your escapades with that mortal are most entertaining to watch. You have such prowess. It’s a shame I could not get you to lie with me in such a way.”
Landon scowled. “Firstly, that’s perverse that you’d be watching that. Secondly, I’m sure that’s not why you called me here when I could be waking up and doing it again.”
The king laughed. “Of course it isn’t, but I can always hope you’ll cave in. Besides, you are my warrior. I am always watching.”
“No offense, but don’t you have a queen to take up time with instead of watching me?”
Damien shrugged. “Yes, I do. And I will most likely take her once I am done with you. You have a task to do and you’re not moving about it fast enough.”
“It was my understanding that I was to live my own life as well as guard your son. He’s only half Fey. I can’t rush him into his heritage.”
“I’m aware of the terms of your time in the mortal world, but remember this. You owe me for covering up your dirty little secret.” Damien waved a hand and the normally dulled beauty Landon himself possessed came to the full surface. His eyes changed from their usual brown to a deep ocean blue. Cool energy flowed through his body, sharpening his muscle definition. His cheekbones were slightly higher and more pronounced and his skin held a slight sheen to it, almost a glow.
“Did you just release my power?” Landon asked.
“I released some of it, yes. It’s been so long since you’ve had it that you’ve forgotten how powerful you truly are. The fiercest of my warriors. Though this body you inhabit is young, you yourself are so much older. Your reincarnation into this form has been pleasing, but even reincarnated, you have innate beauty. Not the same as my own. You have more of a rugged look. Even released from the bonds you appear more human. That is why I chose you to bring my son to me.”
“I’m well aware of what you want me to do. But why the release?”
“Because the past will always catch up with you. I can’t have you dying on me. Try not to be a self-sacrificing fool this time.” The King rose from his throne. “There are other forces at work in the area. I need you to be able to face them. But keep the human at your side. He intrigues me.”
“You’re meddling. Do you know something more than what I know about this relationship?” Landon asked.
Damien chuckled. “So suspicious. I see no grand destiny, if that’s the type of answer you’re looking for. But he will be a source of strength for you.”
“He’s a mortal. No mortal, no matter how close I may be to him, will be a source of strength to me.”
Damien shook his head. “Do not try to act so cold and uncaring with me. I know better. My enemies are on the move and at some point you will need to return here. First, you must protect my son and his mother at all costs. Your past and mine endanger them. You’d do well to remember that.”
Before he could respond, Landon suddenly had the sensation of falling, right before his spirit slammed back into his body, shaking the bed in which he lay. Fortunately, Kevin remained asleep, merely pulling him closer. Landon sighed and waited for sleep to claim him again.
Gave you a taste of the paranormal side there. Hope you enjoyed. There’s a lot to this story and this series.
Synopsis: Tara just wanted to fit in, but she hated school. When the weird talking dog shows up in her room, Tara is convinced she’s studying too hard, but she can’t shake the feeling that something’s wrong. When her best friend is killed, Tara finally decides to listen to the dog, and finds herself in a world she only thought existed in books and movies. So just who is she? And who is the mysterious man with the hypnotic green eyes? Are myths really reality?
Review: Took me a few to get the flow here, but once I did, I was pretty hooked. First off, major point for me due to personal preferences is the fact that Tara is a red head. Red heads rock. Now, as for the actual story, Tara starts off feeling like a normal teen. Has no clue what she really is. She knows she’s adopted, but she wasn’t more than a year old at the time. She has a brother that she was found with, and she’s had a pretty privileged upbringing. She quickly finds herself thrust into a world she’d never have been able to imagine before, and now she’s got far bigger worries than getting passing grades in school. She’s a pretty important person.
The ending leaves me with a cliffhanger. Not that I didn’t see it becoming a problem, but it makes things so much more interesting later. So the only question is, where’s the next book?