Prism Book Alliance® would like to thank Elizabeth Noble for taking the time to talk with us today about their retro title from Dreamspinner Press Ringed Love (book 6 of Sentries).
Retro Reads Spotlight with Elizabeth Noble
We are here today to talk about Sentries series. What can you tell us about it?
This series is a post-apocalyptic story set about 300 years in the future. Society has been radically changed to include a slavery system. Paranormal threats are common place and a group known as Sentries are dedicated to the protection of citizens from supernatural and natural threats alike.
In order the books are:
Please tell us more about our main characters.
The main characters are Todd Ruger, who is an owner. He’s not fond of the slavery system and wants a partner, not a slave. He becomes an owner as a boy in order to protect a slave boy.
Nick Ruger is Todd’s slave, but more importantly is his mate, partner, family and love of his life. Nick needed protecting because he’s been gifted with psychic abilities which in turn help them as sentries.
What do you want to tell those who may be new to the series (if applicable)?
Most often I’m asked if there is any abuse or forced sexual relations between the main characters. There is not.
What about Ringed Love make you the proudest?
This book is the end of the series and was very difficult for me to write. I’ve lived with these guys in my head for about six years and am very fond of them. It was time to end their story, but it was bittersweet. They have an ending they deserve, but I’ll miss writing these books.
What is next for these characters? Is there more to this series? If so who will we hear from next?
Ringed Love is the final book of the Sentries series.
If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Never give up.
What part of a new story comes to you first? Characters? Plot? A scene? A theme? Or does it vary from book to book?
Generally I have the idea for the plot first. From there I fill in characters, location and so on.
How do you keep characters consistent through a story? Do you write out extensive character bibles?
I use One Note and keep a notebook on every story in every series. Part of that information is character bibles. They vary for each character. Some are long and involved, some consist of nothing more than a paragraph or two. The more a character is in a series the longer his/her bible becomes.
Rapid Fire Time
- Chick Flick or Scary Movie? Neither, action/adventure all the way
- Medium rare or well done? Rare
- NASCAR or Indy Car? Neither, I’m a horse racing fan
- Caramel or Chocolate? Chocolate
- Champagne or beer? I don’t drink either.
- Morning or Night? Morning
- Think before you talk or talk before you think? I have no brain to mouth filter
- Any Tattoos or piercings? piercings
- Hamburger or Hotdog? Hamburger
- Favorite Decade? Now
- Freddie Mercury or Adam Lambert? Freddy Mercury
- Rain or snow? Snow
- Classical or Electronic? electronic
- Coffee or tea? I love both equally
- Hunger Games or Divergent? They were both okay, I think Divergent I liked a bit more
- Vodka or Tequila? I don’t drink either
- Summer or Winter? Winter
- Thongs or Flip Flops ? Flip Flops
- Beach with a book or Hike in the woods? Hike in the woods
- Beatles or Stones? Stones
- Seafood or steak? Steak
- Seger or Springstein? Seger
- Shave or wax? Shave
- Coke or Pepsi? I don’t drink soft drinks
- Star Wars or Star Trek? Trek!
- Starbucks or small cafe? Small cafe
- Comedy or Horror? Comedy
- Paper or Plastic? Paper
- Tea, hot or iced? Iced tea
- Jazz or Pop? Rock
- Night or Day? Day
- Steak or Pizza? Pizza
- Beach or Mountains? Mountains
- Chinese food or Mexican food? Chinese
- Mayo or Miracle Whip? Mayo
- Birth order? First
- Apple or Android? Android
- 100 years in the past or 100 years in the future? 100 years into the future
- Love Story or Thriller? Thriller
- Cake or Pie? Cake
- Dragon or Unicorn? unicorn
- Pancakes or Waffles? Pancakes
Title: Ringed Love (book 6 of Sentries)
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Genre: Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic/dystopian, BDSM, Fiction, Gay Romance, Paranormal, Science Fiction, Thriller
New Colorado Protectorate fell with the assassination of Chancellor Clarke. Like many others, Todd and Nick Ruger left the land of their birth and made a home to the north in Yellowknife. Their world was ever changing. The time came to say a sad farewell to some of their friends and loved ones, but they were taken in with open arms by others and in turn offered shelter to yet more. Through the years they remained steadfast in their duty as sentries to protect and defend those that needed it the most.
Time marches on but through it all they hold each other dear and cherish the love they’ve shared. There are still angry ghosts, Windigos and water spirits to contend with. Their lives change, offering them new roles. When the time comes, they do what sentries have done for generations prior and teach others the skills to carry on as sentries. The Rugers lives were rich and their hearts full with their devotion and love for each other. The tradition of the sentries lived on forever. It was the legacy of Todd and Nick Ruger. That was the way it was always meant to be.
This is from Ringed Love:
Todd leaned against Nick’s back and Nick leaned against the shower wall. They stayed in that position for a few minutes, breathing deeply. All too soon Todd stepped away, and the next thing Nick felt was a washcloth being wiped over his back. Nudging Nick’s shoulder, Todd turned him around and continued his ministrations down Nick’s chest and abs.
“I might need some more relaxing later,” Nick murmured and kissed Todd.
Todd laughed and shook water from his hair, then washed himself clean. “Me too.”
He reached around Nick and turned off the water. “But first we have to put on fancy clothes and get married.”
“In front of a ridiculous number of people,” Nick added. He stepped out of the shower and grabbed towels, holding one out to Todd.
“All people we know. Our friends. People who want to celebrate with us because, like it or not, we’re an important part of this town.”
“Millie told you that, didn’t she?”
Todd pulled a face and nodded as he dried off. “Yeah.”
“I thought she would…. Oh hell, I don’t know what I thought she’d do, but….”
“But—” Todd held up one finger. “—Millie went to a lot of trouble, and it would devastate her if we didn’t do this. It’s one party. You like parties.”
Nick frowned and began to dress. “Since when?”
Todd fitted his tie around his neck and tied it. “You like dancing.”
“Got me there.”
“And eating,” Todd continued. He finished dressing by shrugging into his suit jacket.
Their suits were in the same style, but different colors. Todd’s was dark gray, with a matching tie and dark-green shirt that matched the color of Nick’s suit. He reached out and straightened Nick’s dark-green tie and smoothed it over his charcoal-colored shirt before he looked Nick up and down. “You look good.”
“Well.” Nick grinned and rolled his eyes. “Yeah. You’re getting out of your suit as soon as possible, right?”
About the Author
Elizabeth Noble started telling stories before she actually knew how to write, and her family was very happy when she learned to put words on a page. Those words turned into fan fiction that turned into a genuine love of M/M romance fiction. Being able to share her works with Dreamspinner is really a dream come true. She has a real love for a good mystery complete with murder and twisty plots as well as all things sci-fi, futuristic, and supernatural and a bit of an unnatural interest in a super-volcano in Wyoming.
Elizabeth has three grown children and is now happily owned by an adorable mixed breed canine princess and one tabby cat. She lives in her native northeast Ohio, the perfect place for gardening, winter and summer sports (go Tribe!). When she’s not writing she’s working as a veterinary nurse, so don’t be surprised to see her men with a pet or three who are a very big part of their lives.
Elizabeth received several amateur writing awards. Since being published two of her novels have received honorable mentions in the Rainbow Awards. Her novel Jewel Cave was a runner up in the 2015 Rainbow awards in the Gay Mystery/Thriller category.
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