Author: Rebecca James
Publisher: Rebecca James
Release Date: July 29
Length: approximately 81k
Aiden is a man in a woman’s body. His dream is to fly to Aquarix where the elusive Fluens–the only species capable of changing his life record and physically making him a man–reside, and for years he’s been working at a seedy brothel in Solarias to save enough money to make that dream a reality.
Lydo, the prince of Teresias, has spent his youth leading his father’s army and avoiding his responsibilities on his home planet. On brief leave during a dangerous mission, he stops at a brothel and acquires the services of a feisty young prostitute who insists Lydo refer to her as a boy. Amused by the girl, the prince pays her way to Aquarix.
Aiden is euphoric at his transformation, but Lydo is more than a little disconcerted by the fact he is attracted to Aiden as a man.
When it’s time to part ways, Aiden fulfills his second dream by taking a job on a spaceship. Resigned to step into his expected role on Teresias, the prince returns to his homophobic planet. But as the king parades princesses before his son in hopes of a betrothal, Lydo finds his heart remains with a certain adventurous boy somewhere out in space.
My books and tropes
Teresias Bound is my second sci-fi, the first being The Wolves of Daos 5, which was a mixture of sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal. One of my current projects is another sci-fi/fantasy about a breeder sent to a fledgling colony on an inhospitable planet.
I love romance. Everything I write has either a HFN or a HEA. I written a few contemporary romance novellas, but I quickly took up writing paranormal shifter books. The River Wolf Pack series has branched into two new series, Cascade City Pack and Angel Hills Pack.
One of the nice things for me about my shifter books is that they contain many characters with whom I can easily explore different tropes. For instance, my shifter books contain some polyamorous relationships and m-preg. In the River Wolf Pack and Cascade City books, David is an alpha who secretly likes to submit and feels guilty for that need. In my next Angel Hills book, Xavier and Christopher have an older/younger relationship, and Duncan is looking for more than the normal alpha/beta/omega relationship, leaning more toward dom/sub kinks. If you’re a subscriber to my newsletter, I sometimes give access to added scenes, such as the Stone/Justin punishment scene that didn’t make it into Omega Arrival. My books are “serials.” Although each book has a definite ending, the lives of the characters go on in each consecutive novel.
An exclusive excerpt from Teresias Bound:
“What do you want to drink?” Lydo had to bend close to be heard, and the prince’s warm breath stirred Aiden’s hair.
Lydo moved to speak to the bartender, and Aiden let his eyes roam over the people around them. A Strig with pants so tight the outlines of a cock on each inner thigh stood out plainly, leaned close to a Solarian female who batted long lashes at him and extended a thin, silver feeler to brush along the Strig’s pronounced forehead. Behind them, a squat Burg stood drinking something orange from a curved glass. Interest flared in the man’s bulging eyes when he spotted Aiden, and his thick lips curved upward in a seductive smile. Aiden quickly turned away, stepping closer to Lydo’s broad back. A scantily-clad female Pusari leaned against Lydo’s arm and whispered in his ear, and a rush of anger washed over Aiden.
Grabbing the Pusari by the arm, he yanked her away, making her stumble into the Burg, who happily caught her. Aiden took her place beside Lydo at the bar, ignoring the string of curse words behind him.
Pressing close to Lydo as the woman had done, Aiden spoke into the curve of the prince’s ear.
“What the fuck’s taking so long?”
Lydo looked amused. “Patience. The bartender’s got his hands full. What’s your hurry?”
Aiden huffed. “I’m thirsty, and I want to dance.” He glanced over his shoulder. “Plus, that Burg’s giving me the creeps.”
Lydo turned to look. The Pusari female had disappeared into the crowd, and the Burg was eying Aiden’s ass. Lydo’s normally generous mouth hardened into a thin line, and a growl rose from his barrel of a chest. Aiden watched, amused, as the Burg made a hasty exit.
Lydo turned back to the bar. “Better?”
Aiden nodded. “Thanks.” When the bartender passed Aiden the silvery drink, he swallowed it in one go.
“Whoa, slow down.” Lydo tugged Aiden away from the bar, bending close to his ear. “Are you trying to get drunk?”
“I told you I was thirsty.”
“Too much of that, and some horny Strig will carry you out back.”
“I can take care of myself.”
“Yeah, yeah. So you’ve said.”
“You don’t believe it?”
“Didn’t I just have to save you from that Burg?”
“I didn’t need saving. All I said was he gave me the creeps.”
Lydo sighed. “So, you’re tough. No one’s a match for a horny Strig.”
“I’ve got my laser.”
Lydo looked around before again bending close to Aiden’s ear. “Don’t advertise it. There are some who only come to clubs for a good fight. They’d take your gun and leave you unconscious on the floor.”
Aiden’s nerves jangled, annoying him even more than Lydo’s consideration. The prince obviously felt some kind of responsibility toward Aiden. “Don’t worry; you’ve met your debt with me. You can stop being such a dad.”
Aiden had obviously hit a nerve, for Lydo straightened to his full height and glared down at him. Placing his empty glass on the nearest table, Aiden smirked and sashayed out to the dance floor. So what if Metropolis was easily ten times larger than any city Aiden had visited? In the end, it was just city. Alcohol muted Aiden’s inhibition. He didn’t look for a partner, but simply closed his eyes and moved his body to the music, as song after song played. Occasionally a man or a woman would press against him, moving in time to the beat, but Aiden didn’t pay them any mind. The alcohol worked through his system, padding all thought and allowing him to simply enjoy the moment. For the first time in his life, he felt free, and he smiled as he danced.
Aiden wasn’t sure how long he swayed and gyrated out on the dance floor, only that time seemed to stand still. When he grew tired and thirsty enough, he left the throng of dancers. Someone pressed a bottle of water into his palm, and he looked up to meet Lydo’s gaze.
Aiden unscrewed the top and took a long drink, the cold water coating his parched throat and bringing the world back into sharp focus again. Lydo led Aiden through the thinning crowd to a table in the corner. Either the prince was half-way through another drink, or he was still nursing the first.
“Interesting crowd,” Lydo said, taking a seat and leaning against the wall.
Aiden sat across from him and smiled. “I’m having fun.”
Lydo grunted. A very large man approached the table and leaned close to Lydo, murmuring something in the prince’s ear. Aiden watched as all color drained from the prince’s face. Lydo cleared his throat, gave a sick-looking smile, and shook his head once. The man looked disappointed but walked away.
Aiden downed the rest of his water. “What?”
“He wanted to dance,” Lydo said, not meeting Aiden’s gaze.
“Somehow I don’t think a request to dance was what brought that look of prudish horror to your face.”
Lydo scowled. “I’m not a prude.”
“Except when it comes to being propositioned by a man. By the look on the man’s face, I’m sure he wanted to take you to the back and mount you.”
Color returned quickly to Lydo’s face, blazing in his cheeks. His eyes snapped fire. “I am not going to be fucked by a man.”
“Homophobic much?” Aiden knew he was pushing but found he couldn’t help himself.
Lydo’s fist came down on the table, rattling the glass and sloshing whiskey. “Dammit, Aiden! I am not a fucking pillow biter!”
A man wearing an expensive-looking jade shirt unbuttoned to the navel and several layers of gold jewelry stepped up to the table.
“Excuse me, but we don’t welcome that kind of talk here.”
Lydo stared up at the man. “What?”
“I’m the manager of this establishment. In case you didn’t know, all sexualities are embraced on Urbania. If you have a problem with it, you need to catch the next ship out.”
Aiden’s heart softened as he watched confusion crawl over the prince’s face. He reached out and laid a hand over Lydo’s where it rested on the table.
“He gets it. We were only playing.”
The manager eyed Aiden, then their hands on the table. Aiden entwined his fingers with Lydo’s, relieved when the prince didn’t resist. The manager gave a short nod and walked away.
Aiden withdrew his hand, although it was the last thing he wanted to do. “You aren’t on Teresias anymore, Dorothy.”
Lydo’s look of bewilderment was nothing short of adorable. “Who’s Dorothy?”
“What, your mother never read you The Wizard of Oz?” Lydo shook his head. He looked out into the crowd, but Aiden got the feeling the prince saw nothing.
Aiden stood. “Let’s go. I’ve had enough dancing.”
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Best-selling author of contemporary and paranormal gay romance, Rebecca James is an English major with a life-long love of reading and writing who found her niche in M/M romance.Rebecca will be a supporting author at GayRomList 2017 this October in Denver. Let her know if you’ll be there and if you’re one of her newsletter subscribers, she’ll have a special gift set aside for you!
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