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Title: The Fifth Son
Author: Blaine D. Arden
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Simoné (http://www.dreamarian.com)
Genre/Sub-Genre: BDSM, Fantasy, Gay, M/M Romance
A prince without power
In a land where magic is commonplace, Prince Llyskel has none. He can’t command spells, he has never been taught to fight, and as the fifth son of the King, he will never rule. Everyone believes he’s a weakling, most of all himself.
Powerlessness is Llyskel’s problem—and his pleasure. In his secret fantasies, the prince dreams of nothing more than finding himself helpless at another man’s hands… particularly the hands of Captain Ariv of the Guards.
Then Ariv makes Llyskel’s dream a reality, and as the powerless prince surrenders to the soldier’s desire, he finds his own true strength at last. But a web of royal politics is closing around Llyskel, threatening to tear him from his lover, and it will take all his newfound courage to escape…
First of all, thanks to the Prism team for hosting me today.
Hey, Everyone. I’m Blaine, and I’ll be interviewing Llyskel’s Captain Ariv for my The Fifth Son re-release tour.
Did you always want to be a soldier?
Yes. Dad was a soldier as well. Unfortunately, he died in the war when I was twelve, but I like to think he’d be proud if he could see me now. Mum, of course, wanted me to be a cook, much safer. The day I was accepted into the king’s Guards, she said she should have known, since I was the spitting image of my dad.
I like cooking, don’t get me wrong, I spent a lot of my childhood in the kitchen helping Mum. But I like the idea of keeping our people safe, and a soldier is more useful in that than a cook. I also like the discipline and the training, the physical exercise more than training our magical skills.
And now you’re courting your commander’s brother, baby brother even.
I’ve been a captain under Commander Lerran for a couple of years now, and he’s always been just another soldier to me. They’re very hands on, our royal family. Even the king is out there regularly, sparring with his commanders. Besides, none of the princes are wed to royalty, and Commander Lerran even wed a fellow soldier. So, it never felt like a hurdle. And if the king had a problem with the age difference, he wouldn’t have permitted me to court Llyskel in the first place.
You seemed to know exactly what Llyskel wanted. Is it just his desire to be stunned that attracted you in him?
Have you seen him? That red hair? That lean body? Those lips? Seeing the desire in his eyes sparked the attraction, sure, but that boy is seriously gorgeous. We’re a broad-built people, something to do with our magical energy feeding our muscles, or whatever crap physicians have come up with over the years. Llyskel’s built so fine, you don’t expect the strength he harbours. And there is a lot of strength in him, even if his fighting technique needs some work.
When did you first realise that you liked to tie up your boyfriends?
I must have been about sixteen, I think. I’d been seeing this boy for a while, and we were always looking for something new to try. I don’t even remember how we exactly reached that point, but the moment I started wrapping those ropes around him, started tying the knots, something clicked inside me. The way he writhed when I traced the rope with my fingers, the way the knots bit into his skin. The way he moaned. The way he looked at me. There was something so utterly powerful about being able to just about anything to him, but nothing was as powerful as seeing the desire in his eyes and knowing I did that to him.
And the stunning? What about that?
That’s a bit of an embarrassing story. It’s customary for soldiers to test out how being stunned feels first hand. As I fell down, I caught the pained look of one of my group mates. There was something about the way his body arched and his muscles strained that reminded me of tying my boyfriend up–well, ex-boyfriend, though we still saw each other off and on–and… well… I reacted. Barely even felt the effects of the stunning spell myself because I was too busy watching my group mate go through it and thinking about paying my ex a visit and doing that to him. But my group mates noticed my stiff cock once the exercise was done and teased me with it for months. Of course, even now they think it was just a reaction to the spell. Well… one or two know better.
Sounds like you had plenty of men to play with before Llyskel.
I’m a soldier, not a saint. Besides, sex is a good way to relax after a hard day’s work. Never thought of courting any of them, though. Only Llyskel.
Thank you for being so candid, Ariv. I only have a couple of questions left.
What’s your favourite food?
Mum’s pork stew. Something I’ll gladly walk into town for any day.
What weapon do you like to train with most?
Depending on my mood either short blades or sticks.
Red, of course, like Llyskel’s hair.
What or who do you think Llyskel should paint next?
My mum. Her birthday is coming up soon. Or maybe she’d like one of me. Though, Llyskel’s painted me a couple of times, lately, they’re not really suitable for public viewing. I think Mum would prefer me being dressed, for one.
About the Author:
Blaine D. Arden is a purple-haired, forty-something author of gay & trans* romance mixed with fantasy, mystery, and magic who sings her way through life in platform boots.
Born and raised in Zutphen, the Netherlands, Blaine spent many hours of her sheltered youth reading, day dreaming, making up stories and acting them out with her Barbies. After seeing the film “An Early Frost” as a teen in the mid-eighties, an idealistic Blaine wanted to do away with the negativity surrounding homosexuality and strove to show the world how beautiful love between men could be. Our difference is our strength, is Blaine’s motto, and her stories are often set in worlds where gender fluidity and sexual diversity are accepted as is.
When not writing or reading, Blaine has singing lessons and hopes to be in a band someday. Supporting Blaine in pursuing her dreams and all matters regarding household, sons, and cairn terrier, is her long-suffering husband for over twenty years.
Blaine has been published by Storm Moon Press, Less Than Three Press, and Wilde City Press. Her scifi romance “Aliens, Smith and Jones” received an Honourable Mention in the Best Gay Sci-Fi/Fantasy category of the Rainbow Awards 2012.
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