Author Names: Bellora Quinn and Angel Martinez
Book Name: Kellen’s Awakening
Series should be read in order
Release Date: May 3, 2016
The staff at AURA has had a busy summer. Between chronic understaffing, dealing with warring goblin factions and an unusual number of hazardous Events, everyone is overworked. Sinistrus the incubus, newly hired as an AURA medic, actually enjoys his busy new life of responsible employee and faithful lover to his gorgeous police sergeant, Ness the centaur. Life would be perfect, except for a niggling suspicion about a colleague. Everyone else seems to disagree, but Sin’s certain something’s not right with that pixie.
Kellen, a pixie crossover, loves his job working in AURA medical, even if he is something of an outsider. His job and the friends he manages to make are happy spots in an otherwise dark and secretive life. As the rest of AURA tries to discover the root of the inexplicable rise in violence and large scale Events, Kellen fights to preserve his own life and what dignity he has left.
These two unlikely heroes must put their differences aside and navigate tragedy and ever-escalating disaster together in order to stop the sinister forces that hold Kellen in thrall.
Pages or Words: 69,000 words
Categories: Alternate Universe, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
“Before Kai gets lost in regaling you with wedding details…” Tenzin settled, then grunted as several flower fairies immediately popped into view around his head to land on his shoulders. “Our lovely Sin, now that we’re among friends and not at work, can you tell me why you insist on tormenting Kellen so terribly?”
“Oh, I dunno.” Sin picked up a spicy fried mushroom with his claws and popped it in his mouth. “I think I’m pretty good at tormenting him.”
Ness nudged him. “Be serious, love. Why do you pick on him? Even I’ve seen it.”
“Look, I just don’t like everyone, okay?” Sin spread his hands when everyone gave him side eyes. “Took me a bit to warm up to Val, right?”
“You had good reason to be angry with Val,” Ness said as he reached for an oat muffin. “I don’t think Kellen ever actually caused you harm.”
Sin heaved a dramatic sigh. “Fine. He’s absolutely useless as a paramedic.”
“Not everyone is suited for emergency field medicine,” Tenzin said gently.
Ness leaned over to kiss the top of Sin’s head. “You are because you’re brave and don’t stop to think.”
“Hey!” Sin swatted at an equine flank.
“Oh, dear. I didn’t mean it that way.” Ness flushed darkly while the others laughed. “You don’t overthink. When someone needs help, you just do instead of overanalyzing. Not everyone can be that sort of heroic.”
“Good recovery.” Sin grinned up at his flustered lover. “Yeah, I get it. He’s not the first responder kind. But the little guy’s just sneaky. He doesn’t look people in the eye. He flinches at the weirdest times. I don’t trust him.”
Tenzin frowned as he ladled vegetable panang onto a plate and set it in front of Kai. “Eat, beloved, before you waste away. About Kellen. I believe it’s deep-seated trauma, something so terrible that he doesn’t want to have to talk about it, since that would mean acknowledging it.”
“Tenzi’s so often right about these sorts of things.” Kai took up his fork, toying with his food rather than eating yet. “But this time, I have to disagree. There is something uneasy about him. Something beyond old fears.”
“You hardly see him thirty seconds out of any week,” Tenzin protested. “What could you possibly base this on?”
“Ah, love. A drow knows deception. There’s something not quite right about that pixie.”
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Author Guest Post:
Despite how it looks with the new AURA series just coming out last year, Bellora and I have been writing together for years. We ran into each other, oh, over thirteen years ago now, in a lovely play-by-email fantasy environment called Double Moon where adults were able to share stories and work on stories together if they chose. Werewolves, dragon shifters, all sorts of kink – it was a fun place and a safe place to experiment. This was before the days of Messenger and Google Docs, you have to remember, so it was a bit of a slog, exchanging ideas, dialogue and scenes by email. Bellora had a knack for it, though, letting me be me and allowing my characters to react rather than dictating story direction.
By the time that group closed, Bellora and I had moved on to writing together on a regular basis. We’d started writing contemporary characters separately in serialized form in another forum (some Yahoo thing, I don’t recall what they called it) until Bellora slipped an easter egg into her story, hinting that our characters lived in the same town. The Erotic Spice blog was born with a cast of several dozens, written in episodic soap opera style. The blog is still out there if anyone cares to go looking and some of our favorite characters inhabit that world, but eventually we fizzled out and stopped that too.
I had nudged Bellora over the years to try to write for publication and slowly, slowly wore her down. 😉 But when she agreed to try, it was with the stipulation that we would write together. No problem on my end. Our problem was what to write. We wanted something in the fantasy/paranormal range and we tried to start a couple of times with het couples in fantasy settings. A vampire and hunter – though that felt derivative and not as exciting as we’d hoped and it never made it past a few paragraphs. A story of rebels, a rogue and a reclusive healer – which got to two chapters before it died.
Nothing felt right until one day Bellora came to me and said I have this idea...
Meet the authors:
The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.
Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.
She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.
Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels.
The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings and many with a strong BDSM flavour.
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