It’s Release Day!!!
It’s out! It’s out! *waves arms erratically*
I’m thrilled to finally share the book with everyone. I’ve written about my thing with Mayr before, but seriously, he’s the type of character that’s gotten under my skin and made a home so deep in my heart I can’t shake him. And he comes with friends, so it’s a real party. He started with a teensy part in A Question of Counsel that grew and grew and has now staked a major claim in the series as a whole. Now he’s got Tash, and that guy… I’m hopelessly sold on them both.
Readers, beware: This is the first book of Mayr and Tash’s romantic journey. There’s so much more. They’re complicated. Their combined fate is a big thing and by the end of the series, this cryptic message will all make sense. I love them, and I’m hoping you fall in love with them, too!
(If you do, watch out for them in the next book, Blood Borne, and their second book, Soulbound. Blood Borne is coming out in 2017 and I’m hoping to get Soulbound done ASAP so it can also come out next year.)
To celebrate, there are a couple things happening.
(See the bottom of this post for the details, in addition to this helpful link to the Rafflecopter)
A party on Facebook next week, thanks to Vicki Rose at Platinum Promotions.
The Official Four Release Party
September 14 @ 6:30 PM – 8 PM CST
(that’s 7:30 – 9pm EST!)
On Facebook, so feel free to come in PJs!
Games, prizes, hanging out, stress-free time, and the occasional silliness.
Genres: Fantasy, romance
Series: The Republic
On the outside, Mayr seems to have it all: a successful career as Head of the Guard for a prominent politician, family and friends who adore him, and the attention of beautiful women. But appearances are a good way to bury secrets, including the fact that while Mayr is a romantic at heart, searching for the one person to share his life with, his lovers keep leaving him.
When his last girlfriend takes him back and suggests an intimate night with Tash, one of her lovers, Mayr reluctantly agrees. The last thing he expects is to fall hard for Tash, who is nothing like Mayr’s previous lovers—and about to undertake the Uldana Trials. If Tash fails, he’ll likely die. If he succeeds, he must give up Mayr, and become the latest to leave Mayr standing alone with a broken heart.
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He waited, not sure what to expect as an answer.
Tash played with the chain of his talon ring. “I really did have your interests at heart,” he said quietly. “And since we’re being honest: I didn’t come tonight just to be a priest. I was hoping to see you. I’d thought of visiting again, but worried it was too soon—that you wouldn’t want to see my face again. I was afraid you wouldn’t trust me or listen to anything I had to say.”
Don’t we make the pair? Mayr studied Tash’s face, tempted to brush Tash’s hair over his shoulder to see him better. Maybe there was a chance for them yet.
“One thing you said still confuses me,” Mayr admitted. “What did you mean when you said this wasn’t part of your plan?”
“It’s a priesthood thing. I’m going through for the next level soon, though it’s not yet set. I have to do some things before then and complete certain tasks. Prove my worth and how serious I am about committing to it.” Tash smiled sadly at Mayr. “That’s why I was with Sarene. I was having fun before I have to go through all of that. She offered something that wasn’t attachment, just pleasure. Since being an Uldana restricts me from intimacy, I thought it wouldn’t hurt.”
Tash shook his head. “But I hurt you, and that’s not right.” He laid one hesitant hand on Mayr’s. “I truly am sorry for everything. Sarene made it sound like you were fully into it. Meanwhile, I had the distinct impression you were serious about her even though she was playing you. She’s inept and too blind to fully comprehend what she had.”
Mayr threw blades of grass toward the hill. “You don’t need to apologize. You told me I could get out and I didn’t. I’m glad I stayed.”
And now for the moment of debilitating truth.
“You asked how I was taking it, what we did, and I didn’t answer. Because I couldn’t.” Mayr sucked in a deep breath. “I didn’t know how to answer you, but I’ve been working it out. I’ve had a lot of time to figure out my exact reply.”
Rising to his knees, Mayr ignored his doubts. Before he lost his courage, he pressed his lips to Tash’s, tugging gently on Tash’s bottom lip before offering his mouth fully. It felt right. Good. He should have done it before.
Tonight, he would not shy away. His fear of rejection would have to wait.
As Tash gripped his arm and pulled him closer, Mayr’s fears dissipated. When Tash’s tongue entered Mayr’s mouth, tasting and teasing, it sparked deep emotions Mayr had missed. Sincere desire, transcending the relationships he had accepted as all he could have.
Slowly, Mayr broke the kiss, satisfied with Tash’s ardent gaze. “Did I tell you that I’m really, really happy you’re here?”
Without waiting for Tash’s answer, Mayr kissed him hard, wishing Tash could feel what he did. He felt lit up, more than he had in a long time. The relationship with Sarene had become a chore. And before her, it wasn’t any different. I felt the same for the other women as I did her. Just going through the motions, telling myself they could be someone I could stay with for the rest of my life so I wouldn’t be alone. Convinced they would stay and he would be happy, he had given them everything.
All of it had been foolish desperation.
But Tash offered the things missing from most of Mayr’s relationships. Joyful intoxication derived from emotion alone. Breathtaking inspiration that made everything else in his life seem lacklustre. The restored hope that someone could consider him enough. Whenever Tash asked about him, his concern sounded genuine. In the smallest action, there was more care and respect than any of Mayr’s girlfriends had shown him. The idea of being with Tash was both thrilling and terrifying, but deep down in his tainted core, he needed it.
“I’m hoping that answers your question,” Mayr murmured. “Otherwise, it’s going to take me a while to convince you, and I still have things to do tonight.”
Tash leaned his forehead against Mayr’s. “No, you’ve made it clear. I won’t ask again.”
“Then I’ve got a question for you.”
“If I said I wanted to see where this could go, what would you say?”
Lips traveled up Mayr’s jaw and kissed a path to his brow. Arms encircled his waist, holding him upright against Tash’s side. “Yes,” Tash whispered against his temple.
The breathy reply wreaked havoc on Mayr’s body. A shiver shot through him from the back of his neck to his feet. To feel Tash’s interest was one thing; hearing it was another. They were worth every night he had agonized over an apology.
“I have to get back to the feast.” Mayr tilted his head. “Do you have a curfew? Do the other priests lock you up if you come home late?”
Tash chuckled. “No. That’s only for the Metahs. I’m free to do as I please. Why?”
“If you stay, we could spend time together after the feast is over. Maybe finally get around to knowing each other better?”
“Considering I came here mostly for you… there’s no place I’d rather be.”
“Also known as yes.”
And with one word, hope trounced Mayr’s fear into submission.
And then there was a G I V E A W A Y!
Here’s a chance to win stuff! The giveaway will run for the next 4 weeks, until October 5th. You must be 18+ years old to enter.
Prizes to be won:
* Winner #1:
$20 Amazon gift certificate
* Winner #2:
An eBook set of the first two stories in The Republic series: Won’t Back Down (with the novella, Rule Breaker) + A Question of Counsel
* Winner #3:
$5 Amazon gift card
* Winner #4:
An eBook copy of For the Clan
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