Spotlight & Excerpt: The Unbreakable Soldiers + Giveaway

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The Engineered Throne

Unbreakable Soldiers Book 1

by Megan Derr

Genre: LGBTQ Fantasy Romance

 

Lord Vellem is desperate to escape. His father hides from his problems in alcohol, his mother hides from her misery in drugs, and his brother fled to the relative safety of the royal palace. Vellem found solace in the Royal Army Corp of Engineers, but true escape from a life of violence remains out of reach.

Then his brother provides him with an unexpected chance: marriage to a prince of their country’s oldest enemy to help bring about peace once and for all. The marriage promises Vellem not just a fresh start in a new land, but a challenge to his famed skills in building roads and bridges.

But before he can settle into his new life, tragedy strikes, and Vellem isn’t certain he’s up to rebuilding the ruin left in its wake.

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Bertin sighed. “What do you want?”

Eldquest replied, “We were hoping for a word with you, regarding His Majesty.”

“If you have a matter involving His Majesty, take it up with him. I do not speak for His Majesty. I merely aid him as he requires and liaise with the Tallidethen throne.” As they damn well knew, so why were they wasting his time?

“It’s nothing like that,” Vry-Stone said hastily, breath misting in the morning air. She leaned forward ever so slightly, better showing off her tits in a morning gown cut more like an evening gown. Bertin didn’t roll his eyes, but it was a near thing. Even if he was sexually attracted to people, her tits weren’t good enough to overcome her glaring character flaws. “We were wondering about his birthday celebration, and thought you’d be the best to ask without taking up his valuable time.”

He couldn’t wait to see the look on Sesta’s face when he recounted this conversation later. If they worried about wasting his time, Bertin was Moon-born. “His Majesty isn’t interested in such things, as he’s said several times already. I’m not sure why you think you’d get a different answer from me.” He believed Sesta’s exact words were that he would rather go back to being a slave than engage in one more detestable spectacle of debauchery like all the previous birthdays he’d been forced to endure, but that didn’t precisely bear repeating.

Vry-Stone’s eyes tightened, but she kept her miserable attempt at a smile in place. “He always was before. His birthdays are the talk of the town, year after year. People wait breathlessly for each one. Given all the recent upsets in the kingdom, something as familiar and welcome as a birthday party for our beloved king would be well in order. You have his ear. Convince him to change his mind.”

“What in the Moons makes you think I of all people could change his mind on anything? Last I checked, even your precious Sun couldn’t do that. Leaving that aside, I don’t take orders from you, and you’ve given me no reason to indulge your requests. In the future, if you want something from me, I suggest not referring to me as dirt behind my back right before you make your request. Good day.” Bertin slung his rifle over his shoulder, tucked his handguns away in their holsters, and shoved through the pair, deftly lifting a couple of pieces of jewelry in the process.

Old habits died hard and all that.

Back in the palace proper, he kept to servants’ halls and lesser used hallways so nobody else would bother him about the birthday party. They only person more sick of hearing about it was Sesta. It had been everyone’s favorite topic for the past month, and he was long wear of it. There were vastly more important things to worry about than how drunk everyone could get at a party none of them had to pay for.

Given the reparations and fines that Ruemri was still paying, it might behoove them to remember His Majesty didn’t have nearly as much money as usual to spend, especially on such asinine frippery.

Not that it was really his problem. He was here to make certain Ruemri didn’t try to go to war or start some other trouble. Whether or not they remained sober while they sulked and whined wasn’t his concern.

Was one stupid party really worth all this fuss? Surely these people didn’t require this one particular party to get drunk and fuck each other? They did that on a nigh-daily basis. Maybe it was one of those things that made sense to people who felt sexual attraction. Moons knew he’d seen lust cause people to do the craziest, twice-damned things. Why wouldn’t it also drive them to obsess over one single party?

Ugh, it was too early in the morning for all this nonsense. He’d tell Sesta, let him deal with it, and go back to ignoring the matter as much as possible. He wasn’t here to help whiny nobles; he was here to watch and assist Sesta.


The Painted Crown

Unbreakable Soldiers Book 2

 

Prince Istari has spent his life reviled: his parents wish he had never been born, the royal court of Belemere avoids him for fear of angering the king, and everyone else is kept away by his notorious reputation as a deadly sharpshooter. Now a hostage of peace in Tallideth, he is subjected to their hatred as well—even that of Regent Vellem, who once considered him a comrade in arms.

Unexpected solace comes in the form of Lord Teverem, a sad, quiet lord who assumed the title when his brother was killed in the explosion for which Istari’s father is to blame. He is kind and sweet and a sorely needed bright spot in Istari’s life—until Istari meets his family and learns of a dangerous family secret with unexpected ties to Istari’s past, a secret that could drag Tallideth and Belemere right back into war…

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The Stolen Court

Unbreakable Soldiers Book 3

 

Bertin is a liar and a thief. Once an orphan on the street stealing purses, his life was forever changed when he saved a boy’s life—and then became that boy to the rest of the world. But one lie always leads to another, and life as a Belemeren spy planted in the Engineer Corp has led him to the role of liaison in Ruemri, a kingdom he helped Ruemri’s enemies steal.

His primary duty is to watch King Sesta, which means he is himself watched by the whole of Ruemri’s royal court. For a man used to being overlooked and ignored, the situation is a living nightmare. That situation is further worsened when he receives word of an unspecified terrible event that is going to take place—and then the last person he expected arrives, bringing Bertin’s past and secrets with him.

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Megan is a long-time resident of queer romance and keeps herself busy reading and writing it. She is often accused of fluff and nonsense. When she’s not involved in writing, she likes to cook, harass her wife and cats, or watch movies. She loves to hear from readers and can be found all over the internet.

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Book Blitz & Excerpt: What Lies Beyond the Veil + Giveaway

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What Lies Beyond the Veil
by Harper L. Woods
(Of Flesh & Bone, #1)
Publication date: February 22nd 2022
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Once, we’d worshipped them as Gods.

For nearly 400 years, the Veil has protected us from the Fae of Alfheimr. In their absence, our lives have shifted from decadence and sin to survival and virtue under the guidance of the New Gods. I’ve spent my entire life tending to the gardens next to the boundary between our worlds, drawn to the shimmering magic like a moth to the flame.

Then, we died on their swords.

All of that changes the day the Veil shatters, unleashing the fae upon our world once again. The magic of faerie marks those of us they mean to take, but the Mist Guard protecting Nothrek will kill us all before they let the fae have us. There’s no choice but to flee everything I’ve ever known, not if I want to live to see my twenty-first birthday as a free woman.

Now, they’ll claim what’s theirs.

But before they capture me, Caelum saves me from the Wild Hunt. Fae-marked and on the run, he is able to fight back in ways I only dream of. From tentative alliance to all-consuming passion, our bond strengthens as the fae close in and evil lurks ever nearer. With my life on the line, he is everything I shouldn’t dare to want and a distraction I can’t afford. I can’t seem to stay away, not even with something greater on the line.

My heart.

Author’s Note: This book is intended for readers who are 18 and older. It contains mature language, graphic violence, and explicit content with darker elements. This is book one in a series and ends in a cliffhanger.

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I lifted the first bite of cake to my mouth, flavors of vanilla and cinnamon on my tongue as I chewed. There was nothing hidden within it, just the sweetness of the cake itself as I watched the others around me chew theirs.

I was through my second bite before something struck my tooth and I raised a hand to my mouth to pull it out. The ring glimmered in bronze against my palm, a sign of the shackle I’d spent my entire life knowing was coming.

Death or prostitution were the only escapes from marriage in the Kingdom of Nothrek. Still, the clear symbol in my palm felt like a noose around my neck, like a death all its own.

“Congratulations are in order; I see?” Adelphia said, her voice tentative. There was no joy on my face at the prospect of my pending nuptials. It didn’t matter that I had no knowledge of who my husband might be.

Men were almost all the same, in the end. Looking for a warm place to stick their cock and a trophy to sow their seed.

“It would seem so,” I said, smiling and trying to shrug off the dread coursing through my veins. I’d never believed in the fortune tellers who worked at the market every week, predicting which of the thirteen lives a person found themselves on in the cycle of reincarnation before the true death. I’d never put any stock in the magical items a person could purchase if they spoke the right words at the right stands.

I wouldn’t start believing in prophecy just because it predicted something I’d always known was coming anyway.

There was a soft thump behind us, the group going still as they looked over my shoulder at the circle. I turned slowly, following their gazes to where a single candle had fallen off its stone and extinguished the moment it touched the grass, as if by an unseen force.

I swallowed, working out the placement for a moment before I turned back to the group with a shaky breath. The silence between them as they watched me rise to my feet spoke volumes about their belief in their Samhain traditions and the clairvoyance they brought.

“I should get home,” I said, looking at the sun just cresting the horizon through the trees.

Adelphia nodded, not even bothering to argue with me. There was nothing left to say.

The only candle that had fallen was mine.

 

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Enraptured by love. Captivated by fantasy. USA Today Bestselling author Adelaide Forrest writing spicy fantasy romance as Harper L. Woods.

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Book Blitz & Excerpt: Tentacle Temptation, by Eva DeMoan

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Tentacle Temptation

Naughty Films Inc #1

by Eva DeMoan

Fantasy Erotica

Date Published: February 25, 2022

Publisher: Razor’s Edge

WARNING: Tentacle Temptation is part of the monster erotica series Naughty Films Inc. There is little to no plot, not much in the way of character development, but there is lots of super hot sex of the taboo variety with seven kraken males and one human female. If you want a happily-ever-after, with romance and a strong storyline, this is NOT what you’re looking for. Please leave all concepts of reality here before proceeding…

I worked my way up the ladder in the Adult Entertainment industry, taking any jobs I could. Now my producer has come to me with an offer I can’t refuse — mostly because he didn’t give me a choice — a series of “monster” films with actors in elaborate costumes. But I’d never say no to the amount cash involved…

Except he lied. Those aren’t costumes!

I’m not only about to be claimed by the Alpha Kraken, but by his pod, too!

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I didn’t have a fucking clue what I was supposed to be doing, so I turned to face the counter and looked at the glass tubes set up. I lifted one and “accidentally” dropped it.

Oops! I’m so clumsy today,” I said, bending down to pick it up. The camera man zoomed in on my boobs, which nearly spilled from my shirt.

Doctor, your patient is ready,” a voice called out from off-set.

I turned to face the fake door, and my breath stalled when the most beautiful man I’d ever seen entered – propelled by tentacles! Oh, shit! When Carl said they’d spared no expense, he wasn’t kidding. This guy looked like he’d just come straight from the sea.

He approached, not even slowing, until he’d pinned me against the counter. “I’m finished being your experiment.”

I swallowed hard, my heart racing as he pressed his hard body against me. “What are you going to do about it?”

He grinned, exposing a mouthful of sharp, needle-like teeth. I nearly shuddered, but repressed my reaction. Barely.

You’ve poked and prodded me for months. I think it’s my turn.”

A tentacle slithered up my thigh. Oh, crap!


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Eva loves erotica, both writing and reading — the filthier and the kinkier, the better. While Eva has always loved monster books and movies, when she saw the World of Warcraft movie she fell head over heels for Durotan, the Orc Chieftan. That’s when Eva decided to start writing some monster stories of her own.

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