Monday, February 18, 2019

Ostakis: a Sci-Fi/Fantasy #Romance by Angelica Primm @MissPrimmWriter

Their secrets threatened their survival

The Human Planets Collective sent young Ambassador Kaj Deder to the former colony planet Ostakis to establish relations. But in the twenty-five hundred years since Earth lost contact with Ostakis, the people of that colony have dramatically changed. Kaj is tasked with finding the reason for these changes while he forges trade links between the HPC and Ostakis. Without trade with the HPC, the dwindling resources of Ostakis will ultimately end human life on the planet. But his mission faces a huge obstacle in the form of Most Reverend Thyenn Sharr, the head of the Faith Progressive Church, who sees Kaj's arrival as the beginning of the end of the Church. Kaj’s powerful attraction to Trademaster Klath’s son, Arlan does not smooth relations.

Arlan Klath, the son of the Trademaster of Ostakis, bears the secret that the pious people of his planet want to hide from the homeworld and the HPC. The Curse of the Unspoken, wrought through the unspeakable acts of the First Colonists, afflicts all Ostakians, but some more strongly than others. Arlan is totally Cursed, considered born sinful, and he lives without legal rights or property. Thyenn Sharr focus' his attention on Arlan enraged Arlan’s father defiantly refuses to submit Arlan to a cruel act to “redeem” Arlan’s soul. The stakes ratchet when Arlan and Kaj form a relationship that Thyenn Sharr considers ample justification to usurp the Trademaster position through the legal power of his Church.

Author: Angelica Primm
Release Date: February 18, 2019
Format: ePub, Mobi, Print
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Category: Romance
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Word Count: 52600
Book Length: Novel
Sex Content: Explicit
Pairing: M/NB
Orientation: Gay, Bisexual
Identity: Cisgender, Genderqueer/NonBinary


The characters called out, held my muse hostage and brought me kicking and screaming to the keyboard and I had no choice but to write the story. Kaj, the primary protagonist, showed up in not just one but two of my dreams. He haunted my nights, and I needed my sleep. To banish him, I wrote the first chapter of a man debarking from his transport on the way to his first, and probably only, diplomatic mission. Usually, that does it, but not for Kaj.

My day job is ghostwriter. I spin out tales for mortgage money for the romance trade. So when a set of characters command my attention to scribe for them, it has to be an extraordinary story. And they were relentless in pursuit of my attention. If I didn’t complete a chapter a day, then I felt unhappy and didn’t produce the work that paid the bills. So I wrote.


After the last presidential election, the LGBTQ community was deathly afraid of losing hard-won rights. It turns out the LGBTQ folks were right.

Injustice makes me crazy. It also makes me write.

I kept shaking my head while I wrote it. Who would pick up a SciFi M/M Romance disguised as action-adventure? It seemed unlikely to find a home though I could always self-publish.

But I pitched it during a Twitter Pitch event. One agent who looked at it turned it down. Nine Star wanted a few small revisions which I made, and it took a few months to get back to me after the second submission, but it was a yes, so yeah!


The broader theme of Ostakis is "a society in denial precipitates its destruction." It is a timely and important theme, because collectively, as a species, we've let tribalism rule our governments. You can look at nearly every society on today's Earth and find an "us vs.them" mentality in the politicians, managers, and administrators of that government. But our planet has grown too small for tribalism.

Our present-day societal crisis now is we keep fighting that we no longer can afford our "us vs. them" tribalistic societies. We can no longer afford to keep our blinders on to the suffering of others. We can no longer say, "it's okay to repress certain segments of society to keep this vision of a homogenized society we've created." Denial is also the societal crisis in Ostakis, brought to a head by dwindling planet resources and HPC ambassador Kaj Deder's arrival.

Ostakians believe themselves human when they are not. Outwardly they appear human, but their biology twines with that of original inhabitants. The humans on Ostakis now have a third gender, one that carries both male and female reproductive parts. Such individuals Ostakians call “Cursed by the Unspoken,” or Cursed for short. Their society considers them born sinful and that they will lead men to sin. Most families hide their Cursed children. Cursed have no legal rights and are subject to physical abuse especially in the ritualistic and physically abusive church Shamings performed to redeemed the Cursed person’s soul.

The citizens of Ostakis are in denial of who their combined genetic heritage. Why their denial? The colonists used the aboriginals shamelessly for their survival heedless that their actions nearly destroyed the aboriginal race. The intermix of genomes produced children that could survive Ostakis’ harsh conditions, but the colonists did not anticipate the creation of the third sex, outwardly male, who in their biological heats were irresistible to men. The repressive Faith Progressive Church rose with the belief that prayer and devotion would eradicate the stain of the third sex from Ostakian humanity. But the biological clock has run out on Ostakis, and their society must change. Refusal to do that spells the death of the human-alien hybrids of Ostakis.


Born in a century far less progressive than how her brain is wired, Angelica engages in occupations now considered now less than reputable, one of them being a ghostwriter of erotic and romance fiction. Since time travel is not an option, in her off time she contents herself with writing about people and places in a far distant future with the twists that only come with traveling to the stars.

Angelica lives in Connecticut with an odd assortment of cats and humans and putters at hobbies ranging from art to bird watching to studying lexical density in fiction when she’s not turning a phrase for her supper.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Whispers in the Dark: #Romance and #Suspense at an Archaeology Dig #MFRWHooks

Archaeology student Kylie Hafford craves adventure when she heads to the remote Puebloan ruins of Lost Valley, Colorado, to excavate. Romance isn’t in her plans, but she soon meets two sexy men: Danesh looks like a warrior from the Pueblo’s ancient past, and Sean is a charming, playful tourist. The summer heats up as Kylie uncovers mysteries, secrets, and terrors in the dark. She’ll need all her strength and wits to survive—and to save the man she’s come to love. 

“This book was a delight from start to finish!”

Whispers in the Dark, romantic suspense set in the Four Corners region of the Southwest, will appeal to fans of Mary Stewart, Barbara Michaels, and Terry Odell. This title stands alone and is not part of a series. It has 4.2 star-average with 55 reviews.

“This book kept me turning pages until the end. The plot was full of twists and turns, always keeping the reader rooting for the heroine. Excellent read!”

Hovenweep Castle by Greg Willis
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I hurried along the trail until I reached the canyon rim, where I stopped and grinned. The canyon cut across the land in front of me—maybe more of a ravine, really, several miles long but only a quarter-mile across and a few hundred feet deep. The bottom looked shady and cool, while the sun lit up the small ruin to my right. ...

I couldn’t wait to explore further. Of course, regular tourists weren’t allowed to leave the trail, but one of the perks of being an archaeologist was special access. For the next few weeks, this would be my playground.

The next site on the map was just a vandalized rock shelter, and the trail guide complained that people had torn down the walls before it could be excavated. Only part of one wall and a jumble of stones remained. But the guide also mentioned that the site might have yielded storage jars or food remains, had it been left for archaeologists. Since my interest was ancient food, I decided to creep down for a closer look.

I moved carefully, so as not to disturb the loose rocks, and squatted near the biggest pile of rubble. I gently lifted a few broken pieces, putting them back in exactly the same place after I’d examined them. I couldn’t do much with the fragments, but as always, I marveled over touching something from the ancient past.

Tomorrow would be soon enough for scientific method, for testing and hypothesizing. Tonight I only wanted to touch the magic of this ancient world. I closed my eyes and tried to feel some ancient presence, to hear whispers from the past.

The air seemed to tremble with possibilities. If only I believed in magic—

A shout slashed the air. I twisted so fast I tumbled onto my backside.

I gaped up at the man towering over me. Bare chest, muscular and bronzed. Black hair pulled back from a face full of sharp planes and angles. Dark eyes fierce under scowling brows.

My heart jolted painfully. I’d come face to face with an ancient warrior. He was gorgeous.

Cutthroat Castle, Hovenweep National Monument,
And furious.

At me.

“Don’t you read signs?”

I blinked at the apparition. “Uh....”

He gestured back at the main path. “The signs at every turn saying ‘Stay on the path’? The notice at the entrance telling you to leave artifacts alone? I could have you arrested and fined.”

Oh. I felt color flooding my cheeks. My pounding heart refused to slow yet, and the rush of adrenaline turned my arms and legs to jelly, but I rose steadily enough. I tried to ignore the heat in my face and the queasy feeling of panic in my stomach, which hadn’t yet accepted the message that I wasn’t in danger. “I’m Kylie Hafford,” I said coolly. “The archaeologist. Are you Danesh?”

I saw a satisfying flash of surprise and then guilt. Or maybe I had just imagined it, as his face settled immediately into a neutral mask. “Yes, I’m Danesh.” He hesitated before adding stiffly, “It’s nice to meet you.”

“The pleasure’s all mine.”

He must have caught my irony, because he almost smiled—I think. He said, “I’m sorry I startled you. I wasn’t expecting you yet, and....” He shrugged. “I’ve been noticing scuff marks in the ground, off the trail where tourists aren’t supposed to go. I figured someone was poking around, maybe looking for treasure.”

“And you assumed I was your treasure hunter?”

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Guest Heather Boyd with An Earl Of Her Own and a #Giveaway @Heather_Boyd

An Earl Of Her Own
Saints and Sinners series (Book 3)
By Heather Boyd
Heather is giving away a print edition of The Duke and I and A Gentleman’s Vow during the tour. Please use the Rafflecopter below to enter. Remember there is a chance to enter everyday so be sure to follow the Blog Tour. You may find the tour schedule and locations here About An Earl Of Her Own:
Marriage is about finding that special someone you want to annoy for the rest of your life!

Rebecca Warner’s devotion to her family is the perfect distraction from the loneliness of widowhood. Not that she’d ever admit a need for someone special in her life after her husband’s betrayal. With the responsibility of arranging her sister’s wedding falling into her lap, Rebecca has no time for a certain maddening earl bent on seducing her—until he proves her most ardent ally.

For Adam Croft, Earl of Rafferty, what began as an amusing pursuit—shocking Rebecca Warner—becomes something deeper when he recognizes how perfect a wife and mother she would make. Adam’s keenly aware of his loneliness…and that his habit to curb it with drink lost him Becca’s respect. He’ll happily change his ways to win her approval, but what more can he do to win her love?

Release Date: FEBRUARY 12, 2019
Length: approx. 300 pages
Heat: steamy regency romance
Digital ISBN: 978-1-925239-51-5
Print ISBN: 978-1-925239-52-2
AppleBooks ID: 1437218392

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“You are hurt, worse than you want to say,” Rebecca Warner whispered.

Her soft green eyes were filled with real concern, something Adam had never expected to see on her face. “Well, that is disappointing.”

“Disappointing?” Rebecca immediately began searching through his hair for the wound, and he chose to imagine it a sensual caress until she spoke again. “You have a gash to your head that has bled. Dear God, you could have died.”

“Always looking on the bright side,” he murmured, and then noticed how close the lady was to his body. He inhaled slowly, delighted in this unexpectedly rare treat. Mrs. Warner had never been the friendliest sort. “You smell nice.”

“Really, Rafferty,” she chided. She suddenly slipped her hand inside his coat, rummaged in his pockets and began to dab at his head with the handkerchief she found there. “This is hardly the time to worry about my perfume.”

“As you say, I could have been killed. Seems like an appropriate time for noticing the little things in life that please me.” He felt pain and hissed. Eager for a distraction, he dropped his gaze to her shoulder—now bare of the shawl, which had fallen away unnoticed by the lady. The respectable garment Rebecca had worn to church, so stylish and modest, was less so now thanks to the accident. The struggle out of the carriage seemed to have ripped the seam apart, and her pale skin looked very soft and inviting. He curled his fingers into the skirt of her gown and held it. “Lovely.”

She drew back to peer into his eyes again, and then she glanced down at his fist. “What are you doing?”

What was he doing? Adam had no idea, but he wasn’t of a mind to stop.

Saints and Sinners series:
Book 1: The Duke and I (Nicolas and Gillian) - Book 2: A Gentleman’s Vow (Gideon and Jessica) - Book 3: An Earl of Her Own (Adam and Rebecca) -
About the Author:
Determined to escape the Aussie sun on a scorching camping holiday, Heather picked up a pen and notebook from a corner store and started writing her very first novel—Chills. Eight years later, she is the author of over thirty romances and publisher of several anthologies too. Addicted to all things tech (never again will Heather write a novel longhand) and fascinated by English society of the early 1800’s, Heather spends her days getting her characters in and out of trouble and into bed together (if they make it that far). She lives on the edge of beautiful Lake Macquarie, Australia with her trio of mischievous rogues (husband and two sons) along with one rescued cat whose only interest in her career is that it provides him with food on demand. You can find details of Heather's work at

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