Thursday, September 07, 2017

Featured Guest Author: The Alpha Heir (Kingdom of Askara #2) by Victoria Sue. Includes Exclusive Excerpt and Giveaway.

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We are thrilled to welcome Victoria Sue to Sinfully today as she celebrates the release of The Alpha Heir, the second book in the Kingdom of Askara series. Go check it out!

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Excerpt

Taegan perched on the side of the bed. “Is he awake?”

Caleb opened pain-filled eyes in answer. “I-I am sorry,” he got out, his breathing ragged.

Taegan tutted and put a hand up to his brow, and then to the side of Caleb’s cheek. “Not your fault.” He wasn’t too hot, so he doubted it was a fever. He looked at Silas, at a complete loss. He glanced back at Caleb as he felt Caleb move his head and slide it into the palm of his hand. Caleb buried his nose into Taegan’s palm and before he could pull it away, Caleb brought his own up to clutch the back of Taegan’s and to press it closer against his face. He watched astonished as the wolf took a deep breath, almost as if he was breathing Taegan in, and then every muscle in him seemed to relax.

“What is he doing?” Taegan whispered.

Silas frowned. “Take your hand away,” he said quietly, and Taegan slipped his hand from Caleb’s relaxed grip. The effect was instantaneous. Caleb’s eyes shot open, his expression frantic, and his hands shook trying to reach where Taegan’s hands were resting by his side. Taegan clasped Caleb’s hand automatically without even thinking what he was doing, and Caleb brought it back up to his face before drawing a deep breath in, relaxing again and closing his eyes. Teagan opened his mouth but Silas shushed him and they sat for a few minutes in silence until Caleb’s grip relaxed and his hand fell away. He was asleep

Taegan glanced at Silas after hearing a quiet chuckle from the wolf. “I’m sorry, Taegan,” Silas said softly, “but you now have another problem.”

“What?” Taegan demanded, his eyes going back to Caleb.

“He’s bonded.”

“Bonded?” Taegan repeated, having no idea what Silas was talking about.

“It’s rare, but I’m actually not surprised.”

Taegan gritted his teeth and swallowed down his irritation. “You’re not surprised about what?”

“You know wolves can mate?” Taegan rolled his eyes in answer. “No, I’m not talking about the type of arrangements made to secure packs or to win an omega’s abilities, I’m talking about a true mating.”

“You mean a love match,” Renee put in.

Silas nodded. “Yes, but in rare cases there is even a deeper connection called a mating bond.”

Taegan scoffed but he didn’t move his hand. “Between wolves that are mated.”

“Yes,” Silas agreed, “that is usually the case.”

Taegan sighed. It was like pulling teeth. “So, we need to find the wolf he is mated to and get them back together.” Taegan pursed his lips in concentration. “It must be someone from his old pack.” Taegan looked up at the giggle from his mom, and then he stared at Silas who was grinning like a lunatic. He snatched his hand away and stood up. “Oh … No.” He shook his head and backed away. “That’s completely ridiculous. We’ve barely met if you don’t count me trying to kill him twice, and by the goddess I’m not a wolf.” Taegan nearly shouted the last.

A small whimper from the bed had them all turning. Caleb’s bright, almost-fevered eyes were open and staring at him.

“He needs your scent,” Silas stated.

“Then I’ll lend him a shirt,” Taegan snapped, and then felt ashamed as Caleb’s eyes closed in resignation and he seemed to almost shrink into himself. Taegan felt like he had hit him. He stalked to the door and was out of the cave in seconds, Silas following him.

“What do you mean, exactly?” Taegan said, rounding on Silas.

“It’s fascinating, really,” Silas started. “There is no reason the bond cannot be between a human and a wolf, I suppose.”

“How come I’ve never heard of it?”

“True mates are practically non-existent. Hundreds of years ago there were never any other sort of matings and then Alphas became greedy and over the years traded land and gold for true love.”

“You mean they were all like this?” Taegan nodded back towards the door.

“No. I am guessing, but the problem is, I think, because he has been cast out.”

“Because he’s lonely?” Taegan interrupted incredulously.

“Damn it, Taegan, did you not listen to a word I said?” Taegan’s mouth dropped open. Silas never lost his temper, ever. He carried on, not waiting for an answer. “True mates are practically each half of one soul to the extent where one cannot live for long without the other. Casting out for a wolf isn’t just a childish game when they are ignored. The lack of physical touch causes such excruciating pain to the point at which the wolf eventually is either driven mad or dies. How he survived this for over five years is completely beyond me. It’s unheard of. I can only guess that it’s his human side that has been protecting him, because his wolf would have been driven insane after weeks, never mind years.”

“But you have barely any interaction with any wolves,” Taegan pointed out.

“And as I said I am over two hundred years old. Caleb’s twenty-five. He’s been denied physical touch amounting to torture for six years, to say nothing of the extra physical torture he has endured. He is covered in scars and burns. He has been starved, and on top of all that he meets his mate. It’s no wonder the bond formed so quickly and is so strong. Caleb’s wolf is desperately clutching at the first real comfort he has had in a very long time.”

“But I’m human,” Taegan protested. And Caleb was a wolf. He hated the wolves. It was impossible. Taegan shook his head and went back into the cave. His mom was trying to comfort Caleb but she stood as soon as he appeared. Caleb was shaking but instinctively Taegan knew it wasn’t with the cold. Every muscle in him seemed rigid. The veins on his arms corded and his jaw clenched so much he looked in danger of flying apart. Taegan reached out for Caleb’s hand, drawn despite himself. The first touch was explosive even though neither of them moved. The deep pained sound in the back of Caleb’s throat sent vibrations straight to Taegan’s heart and he felt Caleb’s pain in his gut. Taegan forgot who and what Caleb was and stretched out next to the smaller man and gathered him close. Instinctively shielding, comforting. Not even questioning why. If he could take one hurt from another whose suffering was so intense he could nearly hear every desperate, silent cry, he would. He couldn’t stand by and watch someone suffer like this.

Caleb held himself stiff, scared for barely a second. “Hush,” Taegan breathed and tightened his arms. The response was immediate. Caleb went from rigid to boneless in an instant, and barely a sigh escaped his lips, the breath warm and welcome on Taegan’s neck as he tucked Caleb’s head under his chin.

Taegan listened as Caleb’s breaths evened and slowed until he seemed to be sleeping peacefully; his face worry free, color normal. “How long will it last?”

Silas arched an eyebrow. “As long as he lives or as long as you do.”

Taegan felt the thudding of a heartbeat in his ears, but couldn’t have said which one of them it belonged to.

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The Alpha Heir

(Kingdom of Askara #2)

Victoria Sue

The Alpha Heir CoverPublished ~ 4th September 2017

Genre ~  Paranormal Gay Romance

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Synopsis

Man and wolf. Sworn enemies in the battle for Askara. Can hate and betrayal ever lead to love?
Caleb Harken has spent six years wrongfully imprisoned for his father’s treachery. Tortured and reviled by the very wolf pack he should have been leading as Alpha, he is not surprised to learn he’s finally to meet his death at the hands of the human rebel leader, Taegan Callan.
Taegan gave up his dreams of a life-mate and a family after seeing too many humans butchered at the hands of the wolves—even if Caleb doesn’t seem to be the bloodthirsty savage he expects, and even if he starts to long for a different kind of future with the wolf.
Can Caleb become the Alpha he was always meant to be and lead his pack, or will he finally realize that winning his freedom means nothing when he has already lost his heart?

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Victoria Sue

Wrote her first book on a dare from her hubby three years ago. Loves writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best, and especially with either a paranormal or a historical twist. Had a try at writing contemporary but failed spectacularly when it grew four legs and a tail.

Is an English northern lass but is currently serving twenty to life in Florida – unfortunately, she spends more time chained at her computer than on a beach.

Loves to hear from her readers and can be found most days lurking on facebook.

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Giveaway

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8 comments:

  1. Loved the first book in this series and looking forward to reading this new one! Thanks for the post!

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  2. Love Victoria's books! colby69@verizon.net

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  3. True mates are practically each half of one soul to the extent where one cannot live for long without the other. Casting out for a wolf isn’t just a childish game when they are ignored. The lack of physical touch causes such excruciating pain to the point at which the wolf eventually is either driven mad or dies. How he survived this for over five years is completely beyond me. It’s unheard of. I can only guess that it’s his human side that has been protecting him, because his wolf would have been driven insane after weeks, never mind years.”

    Caleb’s twenty-five. He’s been denied physical touch amounting to torture for six years, to say nothing of the extra physical torture he has endured. He is covered in scars and burns. He has been starved, and on top of all that he meets his mate. It’s no wonder the bond formed so quickly and is so strong. Caleb’s wolf is desperately clutching at the first real comfort he has had in a very long time.”

    “But I’m human,” Taegan protested. And Caleb was a wolf. He hated the wolves.

    After reading this, how can you not want to read this book...especially since it's part of a series? I love the shifter romances and this one sounds like it will be one of the best ever!

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  4. The Goodreads link goes to the wrong book.

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  5. Congrats on the release. I plan on reading this soon.

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful addition to the series.

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  7. I greatly enjoyed the first book, can't wait to read this one!

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