Hey, there! It’s great to see you here! Today, Aisling Mancy (the adult-content-writer me) talks about the Order of the Black Knights Collection from Dreamspinner Press! As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m writing for this series this year. This is particularly exciting for me because I enjoy writing high-action, paranormal, and urban fantasy romance.
Here are some things you may like to know about these books. But first, the “global blurb” that applies to all the books… because… it’s a collection!
Every century has seen its knights, but they are not always seen. Some of them do what must be done—getting their hands dirty when no one else is willing. Assassins and antiheroes who work from the shadows, they are called the Black Knights. From the time of the society’s creation in the 1100s, these men are cursed to repeat their lives of bloodshed. But for each knight, there is one who can bring out the man that waits inside and break the cycle. The question is whether or not the knight will kill his true love before he figures it out.
Order of the Black Knights is a collection of stand-alone Mystery/Suspense/Urban Fantasy/Action M/M Romance novels written by different authors coming to you from Dreamspinner Press beginning Fall, 2016!
Here’s the gig. A loooooooong time ago, these knights knew each other, and were cursed to live their horrid lives over and again, each rebirth fraught with unhappiness and evil.
Enter present day. These knights, having been reborn several times over, no longer know each other. They have no memory of what transpired in the past and are doomed to live horrid lives until… you guessed it! That certain someone comes along to change that cycle. Their ability to love is deep, but has been lost to a centuries-old curse.
What I like most about the idea of writing for this series is twofold. First, to write a noir hero is difficult and I like writing challenges. Second, each of us has written a distinctly different character in a setting and with a theme particular to that unique character. The love stories in these novels are ever more rewarding as they are hard-earned and profound.
As the blurb says in the second paragraph, these are stand-alone books and need not be read in any particular order. Learn all about the books, read excerpts, and learn about upcoming books on the Order of the Black Knights website! For your reading pleasure, here are the detes of the four books published to-date:
Gideon by Ashe Barker
Release Date Oct 5, 2016
Gideon Maybury enjoys a life of wealth and privilege, not to mention the advantages his position offers him in his career as a merchant banker and his less public life as a high-class, skilled, and very well-paid assassin for Her Majesty’s government. When his brother dies unexpectedly, he becomes the Duke of Westmoreland.
Michael Mathison has hated Gideon since they were at university together. He’s convinced Gideon had a hand in the death of Michael’s college lover, Christopher, and that he had something to do with the death of his own brother. So he gets a job as Gideon’s driver, enabling him to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death of the elder Maybury sibling. At first his suspicions seem to be confirmed, but clues emerge that suggest all is not as it appears at Maybury Hall.
As the mystery deepens, so does the attraction between the two implacable enemies, as does the feeling that they have met before—under dark and terrible circumstances. Each has reasons not to trust the other, but neither is averse to a bit of kinky play. Gideon and Michael end up owing each other their lives, and it results in consequences neither could have imagined. Buy: Dreamspinner || Amazon
Matthias by Alexis Duran
Release Date Nov 2, 2016
From Louisiana swamp rat to revivalist huckster to skilled con artist, Matthias Krall clawed his way out of poverty using his natural gifts of grift and manipulation to become the leader of an exclusive retreat center. Exploiting the guise of spiritual guru, Matthias seduces the rich and powerful into turning over their lives and fortunes to his control. But wealth and a small cadre of loyal followers can’t protect Matthias from the betrayal he knows is imminent. Everyone wants what Matthias has, except for one man who wants to destroy it. Dylan Connelly is a reporter who’s determined to prove the charismatic recluse is not only a fraud but a murderer.
Vespar by Thianna Durston
Release Date Jan 4, 2017
Special-ops-turned-professional-killer Vespar McKauley is hired to take out Marcolm Rogers, son of his employer’s worst enemy. But Marc isn’t like any hit he’s ever done. He’s just twenty-one, he goes to a private university studying English Lit, and for fun, he plays computer games with his friends. No drugs, no partying, no crime. The day Vespar bumps into Marc and looks into his azure eyes, the world drops out from under him.
With his father in the Chicago crime syndicate, Marc and his mom have stayed out of the limelight, hiding from those who might harm them. He figures he’s safe at a small liberal arts university, all the way across the country. But midway through his senior year, he feels eyes on him and the shadows encroaching. Just as he’s about to run, he meets Vespar and experiences an instant attraction. When Vespar tells him he’s in danger and offers to protect him, Marc wants to believe him. But he’s been hunted before, and this time he isn’t sure he’ll get away. Especially when he finds out he is Vespar’s target. Love Bytes Exclusive Post. Buy: Dreamspinner || Amazon
Jaeger by Evelise Archer
Release Date Feb 10, 2017
US Marshal Jaeger Tripp is assigned to the Federal Witness Protection Program. The hurt and destruction he’s seen—along with protecting criminals who are only cooperating with the authorities to keep themselves out of jail—have left him with a bleak and jaded view of both life and people. His current assignment is Wren O’Riley, a computer wizard who witnessed a high-profile cartel hit.
To Jaeger, Wren is the same as any other job. He must protect him long enough to get him to testify at trial, and his personal feelings have no place in his work and must be set aside. But that’s easier said than done. On the run and fighting for their lives, Jaeger and Wren can’t help but grow closer. And Jaeger can’t help seeing beyond Wren’s nerdy exterior to a man who might be just what Jaeger needs to settle his soul and capture his heart—if they survive long enough to get that chance. Buy: Dreamspinner || Amazon
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About Cody Kennedy
Cody is an author who lives, most of the time, on the West Coast of the United States. Cody also writes adult mystery thrillers, fantasy, science fiction, and romance as Aisling Mancy.
Raised on the mean streets and back lots of Hollywood by a Yoda-look-alike grandfather, Cody doesn’t conform, doesn’t fit in, is epic awkward, and lives to perfect a deep-seated oppositional defiance disorder. In a constant state of fascination with the trivial, Cody contemplates such weighty questions as If time and space are curved, then where do all the straight people come from? When not writing, Cody can be found taming waves on western shores, pondering the nutritional value of sunsets, appreciating the much-maligned dandelion, unhooking guide ropes from stanchions, and marveling at all things ordinary.
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