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Title: The Harvest Young: Bound by Fate
Author: M.A. Church
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Science Fiction
Release Date: 05/15/2016
Half human and half Tah’Narian, Szin doesn’t fit with either race. His appearance is mainly human, but he’s able to have a young. Unfortunately, that’s his only Tah’Narian characteristic. He’s smaller and weaker than other young.
Szin’s eighteenth birthday has passed and time’s running out. He has to stop his childhood friend, Takeo, from making the worst mistake of his life: claiming Szin as a mate. Takeo deserves an equal who’s as fierce as he is, something Szin most certainly is not.
Since before Takeo was born, he’s known Szin was his. Nothing and no one, not even Szin, is going to stand in the way of claiming his mate. He understands Szin feels he isn’t good enough, and he’ll do anything to convince Szin otherwise. Including taking drastic measures to ensure his mate listens.
Takeo is the ultimate blend of human, Tah’Narian, and Onfrevian DNA. He’s pure predator, and his sights are set on his mate.
Would you like some sci-fi with that?
Would you like some sci-fi with that?
I’m often asked what inspired me to write. Honestly, I fell into it. I know, right? Lol. I was surfing the net, looking for free short stories and ran across a free reading site. There was this Gay Male section and boom! I was hooked.
I must’ve been living under a rock because I’d never heard of this genre. I scrounged around there, reading every single story I could find. As with anything there were some very good ones, and some very, very bad ones, lol. After reading there for half a year, I decided to try my hand at writing a story.
What finally pushed me into publishing was winning a winter-themed contest at that site several years ago. I’d been writing The Harvest series there. So I wrote a Christmas story (A Tah’Narian Christmas) having to do with the characters from Harvest and entered it. To my shock, it won first place. What’s significant about that was this was not a M/M contest. Most of the entries were M/F, actually. That helped make my mind up.
Fast-forward to present day. If you’ve read my books you know I mostly write paranormal and sci-fi/fantasy. I remember the first time I saw the movie Dune. I’m not sure I blinked through the entire thing. It was mesmerizing. I mean, what kind of imagination does it take to dream up something like that? But it wasn’t only what I watched on TV, it was also the things I did as a child.
When I played with my Barbies, they were mermaids. Or they were fighting aliens. No cutie little tea parties here! I’d weave these elaborate storylines in my head for the dolls to act out. At the time I didn’t realize what I was doing.
Eventually I put the dolls away and turned my attention to reading/movies. I was nuts over Star Trek and the Star Wars series. Then this wonderful invention came along called the Internet. Later the SyFy channel arrived, and I was in heaven. Lord knows those shows have spurred plenty of ideas.
Then January 26, 2011, SyFy channel aired a new show called Face Off. Face Off is an American reality television game show in which a group of prosthetic makeup artists compete against each other to create prostheses such as those found in science fiction/fantasy and horror films. Man, it was like hitting the lottery as far as plot bunnies went. I’ve been addicted ever since.
So, what captivates me so much about this genre? As a writer, I have the opportunity to build something from scratch—an alien can have any color skin, eyes, hair, extra body parts… whatever my imagination can come up with, no matter how wild.
I mean seriously, creating something new is a thrill I can’t explain. It’s not necessarily just creating a sentient being. You can create an entire world. It’s awesome and scary. The downside—if you want to call it that—is you have to explain how your bright and shiny new world works, even if there is standard mythology that can be applied.
Do they travel through space? Better get ready to explain that. What are their weapons like? What’s their social structure? Religion? What do they use as money? Can they breathe under water? If so, how? If you’re going to create a race, then there’s this little thing called world building that goes hand-in-hand with it. And, while fun, it can also turn into quite the project.
In my sci-fi books, I’ve created aliens who have tentacles. snicker That was fun, mainly because I wanted them to be a little scary, but sexy too. I’ve created aliens who had snake-like qualities. Like feline aliens and shifters? Done that, lol.
Science fiction is my first love and probably always will be. My greatest accomplishment was qualifying for acceptance into Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America last year. From the moment I first heard about the group, it was a goal I worked for.
“Szin? Are you okay?” Takeo pulled Szin toward the living area and pushed him down on the nearest couch.
Szin sank onto the cushions, emotions swirling. “Oh my God, what have I done? I never dreamed… I never thought…. Takeo, I had no idea what I did could result in something like this.”
Takeo put his arm around Szin. “If I had stunned him, then no questions would’ve been asked. But the fact that an outsider did… well, that’s what allowed Fraylor to bring the complaint. That and the fact that this is not actually my dwelling. It’s Ti’s. And speaking of Ti, I need to contact him.”
Szin jerked his head around to stare at Takeo. “Why?”
“Because he needs to be made aware of what’s going on. So do Dale and Keyno, so comm them. I want all of them here as a show of force. I want every male in this tribe to see what happens when they fuck with me and mine.”
About the Author
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two grown children.
She was a finalist in the 2013 Rainbow Awards, runner up in the 2015 Rainbow Awards, and is a member of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
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