I am still reading this, and it’s excellent so far! Stay tuned for the review 😀
Book Name: Blood of Salar
Series: Masters and Mages Book 2
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Author Name: Alexis Duran
Author Bio: Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in Sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing. She’s worked in museums, fashion, finance and film production. Her favorite job so far was cataloguing the collection in a haunted Victorian Mansion. She’s had several short stories published in the mystery, horror and literary genres and is the author of the Masters and Mages erotic fantasy series. Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference. She lives with one dog and four and half cats. She is currently working on the next Masters and Mages novel and several other erotic novellas.
Where to find the author:
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/alexis.duran.18294
Other: My blog at http://alexisduranblog.com
Publisher: Loose Id
M’lan, headmaster of the order of Ka’alar and Jamil Jarka, king’s assassin, find their impossible love challenged to the utmost as a rebellion sweeps them apart, sending Jamil on a dangerous mission to assassinate the rebel leader, General Charvat. Unknown to anyone, Charvat is on his way to the temple to exploit the headmaster’s magical abilities.
When the rebel army arrives, M’lan is thrust into a struggle against political and sexual dominance as Charvat attempts to break his resistance. Violence and death mount, awakening within M’lan both the powers of destruction and the desire for revenge.
On the trail of his prey, Jamil begins to question his devotion to M’lan as his once innocent lover transforms into a mage and invades the assassin’s thoughts and dreams. The closer Jamil draws to M’lan, the more he puts his life and his very soul at risk. Jamil soon realizes that his lover might prove to be more deadly than the man he was sent to kill.
A final confrontation between assassin and monk might destroy them both, but Jamil is relentless in his determination to rescue M’lan, for he knows that only his love can master the mage.
M’lan knelt beside the assassin’s bronzed body. He placed his palm on Jamil’s chest and silently beseeched Salar to remove the deadly impulses instilled in Jamil ever since he began his training as an assassin. Jamil closed his eyes and seemed to relax, but as the warm energy of the god seeped through M’lan’s fingers, Jamil jerked suddenly to full alertness. Like a cobra striking he seized M’lan’s wrist and gave it a painful twist, eyes flashing. M’lan sat back, startled.
Jamil did not let him go. He let out a slow breath and lifted M’lan’s fingers to his mouth. He kissed the knuckles of a clenched fist. “The last thing I need is more spells to confuse this simple warrior’s mind.”
“A prayer is not a spell!” M’lan tried to pull free but couldn’t. He gritted his teeth, fighting back a rising anger. Jamil’s strength both entranced and infuriated him.
“Stop trying to weaken me.” Jamil said in a wretchedly calm voice. “You must stay here and do your duty, I must go away and do mine. Nothing has changed.”
M’lan inhaled slowly, breath catching. “Let me go.”
Categories: Erotica, Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance
Pages or Words: 60,000 words
INTERVIEW WITH ALEXIS DURAN
Hi, Heloise! Thanks for having me on your blog.
You’re always welcome, Alexis!
Who in history would you like to have met?
I usually think in terms of lost eras and cultures rather than individuals when I imagine getting a glimpse into the past. For example, I’d love to meet the priestesses of Ur who invented writing, or hang out with artisans in Crete. If I had to pick one person to chat up, it would be Siddhartha Guatama when he was a wandering seeker, not The Buddha. I’d like to meet him before he became enlightened and have a heart to heart talk about his spiritual struggle and what made him tick as a person.
Will technology save society or destroy it?
We do seem to keep running ahead of our ability to control our creations, like little Dr. Frankenstiens swilling triple shot espressos, but I have to say I’m encouraged by the social and environmental awareness of the up and coming generations. Despite our ingrained paranoia and hang-ups as a species, our tendency does seem to be toward progress and peace, and as long as we turn science to those ends, I think we’ll be okay.
If you could be a super hero what power would you want?
As it happens, I had a terrible dream last night. I was flying along, which was wonderful. I was really enjoying myself when this inner voice says “You know, even though you can fly, you still have to make a living.” So then I thought maybe I could work for Federal Express delivering packages. Isn’t it awful when reality invades your dreams? Anyway, I think I’ll opt for mind-control, like Obi Wan Kenobi. Then I could get bad guys to stop misbehaving and go sniff daisies instead. I’d send entire terrorist organizations off to plant trees and stuff like that.
If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
The writer who’s had the most positive influence on me, though I’ve never met him, is Tom Robbins. Yes, Tom Robbins of “Even Cowgirls Get The Blues” and “Jitterbug Perfume.” Reading his work opened my eyes to the fact that I could stop being deadly serious about every sentence and allow playfulness and joy into my writing. This realization was a huge relief and broke me out of the Hemmingway/Dostoevsky Depression I learned in college. Don’t get me wrong, I still admire those writers, but that sort of literature was not my path. Robbins showed me it was okay, and even desirable, to let my inner strangeness shine through.
If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
My second love is photography. I can easily imagine spending my life working for magazines like National Geographic or being the next Art Wolfe. If we’re talking true fantasy, I’d go one step beyond and become a cinematographer. It all comes back to telling stories in the end. That’s my true passion.
Tour Dates & Stops: March 16 – 20, 2015
Rafflecopter Prize: A copy of Touch of Salar, Book 1 in the Masters and Mages series and a $10 Loose Id GC