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Title: Ringed Love
Author: Elizabeth Noble
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Genre: Action/Adventure, Apocalyptic/dystopian, BDSM, Gay Romance, Paranormal
Release Date: 05/23/2016
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.
Six books, five years, two men: Traditions in Sentries series.
A huge thanks to Brandi and everyone at Prism books for hosting me today and their continued support.
We all have traditions.
Some traditions are big. Holiday dinners with extended family or marriage ceremonies. Others are small. Pizza at the end of the work week with co-workers or seeing a movie on birthdays.
Characters in books are no different. The traditions, large and small, characters have is something that brings them to life and makes them seem real. Particularly through the course of a series.
In Sentries the main characters, Todd and Nick develop a few personal traditions. It’s not all fighting demons and trying to stop assassinations for these guys, they have a personal life too. It’s through those traditions, those quiet times, that their personalities and character development has really shone through.
While writing Ringed Love I tried to incorporate the traditions that the Ruger men had forged for themselves over the years and were represented in the different books of the series. One important tradition, mentioned through out the series and plays heavily in certain parts of Ringed Love is their love of the night sky. An astronomical phenomenon known as light pillars are featured on the book’s cover and are a constant thread throughout the Rugers’ lives. In good times and trying times they often take a few minutes to center themselves by simply enjoying the grand view nature provides them. During more than one very important life event in Ringed Love, light pillars are a backdrop, a constant in the lives of Todd and Nick.
It’s that tradition, among others that allow us inside these men’s heads and hearts and show us who they really are.
Thank you for stopping by,
Nick nodded. He had appeared more than a bit awestruck. Later Nick would tell Todd no one had ever cared about him or his possessions in his entire twenty-two years.
“Yes, sir…. Master.”
Todd sighed and stepped completely behind the wagon, tugging on Nick’s sleeve for him to follow. When they were out of sight of everyone else, Todd rested his hand on the side of Nick’s neck. “My name is Todd. You call me Todd unless we’re somewhere the law says you have to call me otherwise. That’s rule number one.”
Todd hooked his finger under Nick’s chin, lifting until Nick was looking him in the eye. “And you look at me when you talk to me, Nicky.”
And so had begun a truly wonderful life and partnership.
The velvety darkness of the sky was progressing. The light pillars would make their appearance soon.
That was the first time Todd had called Nick “Nicky” to his face. It had felt good, right, and made his Nicky’s face split into a huge grin it had been impossible for Todd not to return. How much he loved that smile then was only a fraction of how much he loved it now. He remembered the way his heart fluttered at Nick’s reaction. Todd smiled again and wiped his eyes when he recalled what he’d said at the time. “I could stand to see that smile a few times a day too.”
Calling Nick “Nicky” for the first time was really one of the most important highlights of Todd’s life. Every detail of those first days was etched into his memory. Todd sometimes worried he’d lose those memories and was thankful so far that hadn’t been the case.
Familiar arms slipped around Todd’s waist and held him loosely, as if he’d break from a tighter grip. Todd smiled and reached back. He patted the side of Nick’s head and sighed contentedly when Nick rested his chin gently on Todd’s shoulder. “Feel better?”
He felt Nick shrug. “I think being thrown into one too many walls just screwed my back. It’s still tight, but better than this morning.”
“Remember our first wagon ride? You spent more time checking me out than anything else,” Todd said.
“Ha!” Nick barked a laugh. “What made you think of that?”
Todd shrugged. “I don’t know. One of those things, I guess.”
“You loved it that I was looking at you. I could tell by the way you kept smiling at me.” Nick drew in a deep breath and exhaled slowly. “You brought me some of that candy.”
“Luckily I found out early plying you with sweets got you talking… and other things,” Todd said and chuckled.
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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