“Wild Passions” Anthology Now Available!
Woohoo! Release day has finally arrived for the Wild Passions anthology! This is definitely an exciting release for me, not only because I contributed a short story with my co-author (S.L. Armstrong), but because this collection features really great stories from other authors as well. I’m so happy to have been part of the process to produce this anthology! It’s really diverse, covering genres from Sci-fi to Urban and High Fantasy to Contemporary, all with the common theme of anthropomorphic characters trying to find love and acceptance in their varied situations. It’s a great combination of light and dark, hope and heartache, and I hope everyone who picks it up loves it as much as I do! ^_^
Other worlds, other planes of existence, other places where humans are not the only type of creature to walk and talk. Human-like animals populate the pages of Wild Passions! These are not shifters, but humanoid animals that experience love and lust in their sometimes wild, sometimes civilized worlds.
Meet Liam, a half-fox in a world where ‘urban jungle’ isn’t a metaphor. When trouble comes in the form of an organized militia looking to experiment, Liam must put his trust where he never expected: in the hands of a human.
Koit is a Shterpi, a reptilian alien with a reputation for womanizing. A dare from a friend has Koit changing his target to other men, and he finds that variety really is the spice of life.
Alec and Nahale are feral-Maith, genetic offshoots from a fantastic race. Under pressure, Alec challenges Nahale for leadership of their clan, threatening to destroy the relationship they’d been building for years.
Panos only wants to live a normal life, free from the secret that’s kept him isolated from others. However, he still needs a roommate, and his attraction to the other man has him wondering if opening up might not be so bad after all.
Ferran is making his last trip away from his home planet of Perelan before duty calls him back. But a rakish spaceship captain tosses a wrench into his finely crafted plans, and his world may never be the same.
Gordon and Leo work in the freak-show at a traveling carnival, wowing audiences with their half-animal physiques. But when animal constructs are second-class citizens and legal property of others, falling in love is the most dangerous act of all.
You can buy a copy directly through Storm Moon Press (which is always best for the authors and publisher), but for those of you out there who prefer third party vendors, it’s also available at Amazon, at Barnes & Noble, at All Romance eBooks, at 1 Place For Romance, and at Rainbow eBooks. Keep in mind that we do offer all e-book formats directly from our website on the first link. ^_-
To put a cherry on top of our proverbial release day sundae, the anthology has been reviewed as well! Alex over at Between the Covers gave it 4 stars out of 5! The review is wonderfully thorough, touching briefly on each of the six short stories. Here’s the wonderful part Alex wrote about my short story co-authored with S.L. Armstrong, Alpha’s Pride:
This story starts hot and heavy and ends hot and heavy, with love and pain as its filling. Aside from one moment of “I hope those claws are retractable,” it was a well-executed story about the good of the clan overcoming the individual’s pride and the benefits the individual can reap from that. The main characters struggle through their personal emotions and what they know they need to do while still loving one another. It is a touching, and at times heartbreaking, story.
Taking a cue from my co-author, I’m including a new teaser below. Yay for new sneak peeks! 😀
This hunt would never end.
The snow had stuck, but Alec had also beaten it by three days. The settlement had been ready for that first true snowfall. The hunts that had followed, though, had been hard and trying. Nahele would not, no matter how many times Alec shouted at him, fall into line. Instead, Nahele did what he wanted, when he wanted. It was no end of frustration for Alec, and it meant those who followed him were weakening in their belief of him. It couldn’t continue.
But, first, this gods’ forsaken hunt would have to end.
The deer were not too far from the settlement for them to safely travel in the snow. Alec had decided to head to the river that cut through the forest to the seashore in the south. Big prey often came to the river to try and catch fish. He was sure there would be some boar down there, and as they approached, he’d caught sight of six near the water. If they timed it right, they could take down at least two. If they missed out on this, he’d have to send a second hunting party out in the opposite direction and hope that they brought something substantial back.
Nahele crept out of line, and Alec growled softly, yanking at Nahele’s tail. It made his heart ache, thinking of all the times he’d yanked that strong, agile tail in the heat of passion. He missed those intimate moments with Nahele. Instead, he’d been losing himself in the warmth and heat of one of the dominant females, proving himself to her so that, when the fertile cycles came, she would be happy to bear him a litter. But, it didn’t compare. There was no emotional attachment to her like he had to Nahele, and now Nahele was doing everything possible to not only break that emotional tie, but to smash it irreparably.
“I said to stay,” he hissed at Nahele. “We need this kill, and I will not have you fuck this up.”
Nahele’s tail flicked and struggled in his grip, but he refused to let go. “Me? Trouble?” Nahele feigned innocence, but there was that cruel spark in his eyes again, and Alec tightened his fist. If Nahele jerked forward now, he’d risk a break in his own tail. They both knew it, and Nahele’s expression went from teasing to severe. He said nothing more but scooted back with a soft growl.