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Title: Werewolf’s Tale and a Druid’s Sword
Author: Lexi Ander
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Aisha Akeju
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 08/31/2016
After he’s kicked out for being gay, still reeling from being abandoned by the man he loves, Jude goes to live with his brother Beck, who thankfully is more than happy to take him in. But Jude has other secrets he’s yet to share, for fear that even Beck will reject him, leaving him well and truly alone.
Then he draws the attention of werewolves, and discovers that everything he thought he knew about Levi, the man who abandoned him, is a lie. But one lie leads to another, ending in a vast conspiracy that threatens to destroy everything Jude loves—and that doesn’t even begin to include the challenges that Beck is facing.
A huge thank you to Prism Book Alliance for having me on the blog today. My new release, Werewolf’s Tale and a Druid’s Sword, came out on August 31st. It’s the second book in the I.O.N. series and delves deeper in to the werewolf world that was hinted at in Ruby Red Booty Shorts and a Louisville Slugger.
For every story I write I have a play list that I either assemble ahead of time or I put together as I write. Some of the lists are short with only 6-7 songs, but others are like Werewolf’s Tale has an extensive listening list. For this blog post, I’m giving a shortened the number to my favorite ten for this book, as well as an exclusive excerpt. (At the end is the full YouTube playlist if you’re interested.)
1) The first one is from Mariana’s Trench. I love this band. Their song, One Love, fit so closely fit with Jude’s heartbreak. The chorus talks about waking up and forgetting the lover is gone and how it feels to realize it was just a dream.
2) The next I chose for the top ten is Diamonds by JohnnySwim. Now this one didn’t come out until after I’d submitted the manuscript to the publisher. But while editing I added the song, feeling the song matched with Jude with lyrics talking about being brave and chosen.
3) Sam Smith can write the best heart break songs but this one is more positive and fit the scene perfectly. It matches Jude’s determination to not let go.
4) I love Sixx:A.M. They started out as Goth rock and have evolved over the last couple of years. (They’re great in concert, too.) Stars was a perfect addition to Werewolf’s Tale and a Druid’s Sword.
5) Almost every playlist has Drive by Melissa Ferrick on it because it’s damn sexy. The perfect back drop to any sex scene.
“Your mouth waters stretched out on my bed your fingers are trembling and your heart is heavy and red and your head is bent back and your back is arched my hand is under there holding you up”
6) Sevendust was hard to find on YouTube but I searched hard because it’s Sevendust’s Black.
7) The title of Even Though Our Love Is Doomed by Garbage is what first caught my attention. It’s one of those timeless classics that doesn’t seem to age. Plus, the music more than the lyrics fit with the progression of the book.
8) What Makes a Good Man? By the Heavy was picked because I had so much Emo music on the playlist that I had to give it something a little more upbeat. The title says it all.
9) I Prevail is the only heavy metal title on the playlist and may seem drastically different than the other songs, but Heart vs Mind encompassed Jude’s struggle—”it seems as if I’m running out of time.”
10) Okay, this probably should’ve been the first video because the opening scene is in a dance club. 🙂
If you’re interest in the complete playlist, here is link.
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He turned as Stephen slipped out of the club.
“I just came out to catch my breath,” Jude explained.
Stephen gave him a bright smile. “That’s a great idea. I’m tired of getting propositioned. I think I’m going to have some bruises. Someone actually slid their hand down my pants and grabbed my dick.”
Jude chuckled. “I think I’ve a few bruises myself. What happened to Mr. Tall Dark and Handsome?”
Stephen ducked his head and cleared his throat. “I have his number.” He rubbed his pocket.
Jude chuckled low and patted Stephen on his back. “That’s great, man.”
A hair-raising growl erupted from the nearby alley. Stephen stumbled backwards, snatching Jude’s arm and attempting to pull him away from the alarming noise. Jude shrugged off Stephen’s grip, waving for Stephen to stay back before Jude took a step toward the alley. Stephen hissed in warning. Animal eye-shine reflected from the shadows between the two buildings. The menacing growl ended in a high whine.
He glanced at the sky. Tomorrow night would be the first night of the full moon. He wondered if the werewolves already felt the pull of moon song or if their wolf was always this vocal while they held their human form. Damn, he had so much to learn.
“Jude,” Stephen said in a loud whisper tinged with fear.
“Wait. Don’t come any closer,” he bade Stephen, choking back a laugh of excitement.
The whine came again. Jude squinted barely seeing the outline of a person pacing in the shadows, eyes steady on Jude. “Levi?” He took another step closer. The wind carried the scent of fresh pine to him.
“Jude!” Stephen snagged his elbow and jerked him back. “What are you doing?”
A protracted snarl snapped out when Stephen touched Jude, the sound a warning. Jude removed Stephen’s hand. A large man stepped from the shadows. His chocolatebrown hair was a riot of wild, windblown tangles, his green eyes locked with Jude’s. With a fist gripping the corner of the brick building, anchoring Levi to the spot, he held out the other hand, imploring Jude, long fingers curling in the silent question.
Will you come?
“Stephen, I need you to do me a favor. Would you head over to my place and let my brother know I went home with a friend?” Jude hated to put Stephen in this position, but he didn’t want to talk to Beck until he had a chance to speak with Levi. If he called Beck now, he would want Jude to stay away from Levi. Jude was well aware of Beck’s opinion, and he didn’t want to argue. Plus, there was always the chance Beck would have I.O.N. agents swarming the area with one call, and Jude could lose this opportunity. If he didn’t go now, there was no guarantee Levi would come for him again, and he didn’t want to throw away his only chance.
Stephen gave him an incredulous look. “The man is snarling and growling. Are you sure he isn’t unstable or violent? How am I supposed to leave you with someone who looks like he could hurt you with just his pinky?” Stephen argued, panic staining his words.
“Levi has never hurt me. He’s a childhood friend. I promise I’ll be fine.” If what Beck believed about werewolves was true, then Jude had lied to Stephen. At the thought, he paused, glancing to Levi. Those big green eyes stared back at him with a hopeful expression.
“Maybe I should come with you.”
If he was wrong, then Stephen would be in danger, and Jude refused to put his friend in such a predicament. “No, it isn’t necessary. I’ll call you later, okay?”
Jude didn’t wait for Stephen’s reply. His heart attempted to pound its way out of his chest as he walked steadily toward Levi. Beck didn’t know what Jude knew about Levi. He didn’t see how Levi had stared at him. Whatever had happened, Levi remembered him.
Despite Jude’s reassurances, Stephen didn’t leave but watched Jude, his gaze full of worry.
“Ulric, what are you doing?”
Jude glanced behind Levi, down the dimly lit street. Two men, both tall and huge werewolves, approached. Their resemblance with their crystal-blue eyes and dark, almostblack hair was clear to see.
“Sela said to wait for us.” The one speaking ran his eyes over Jude, a leer twisting his lips. He was the same werewolf who’d chased him the last time they’d crossed paths. Jude’s skin crawled remembering how close he’d come to being caught.
Levi snarled, and to Jude’s relief, stepped between Jude and the newcomers. “No, Dalan, she told me to bring Bertel. You were supposed to stay behind because you fucked up and failed to follow her orders last time.”
Dalan bared his teeth to Levi. “That wasn’t my fault.”
Jude wanted to give his own sneer. If Dalan was the type of werewolf Beck came across normally, he could understand Beck’s distrust. At the same time, his heart skipped a beat or two, and he really hoped werewolves couldn’t smell fear.
“You lost control and gave chase like he was prey. He is an invitee of our pack with guest rights. Leave now before I tell Sela you disobeyed her orders again on top of breaking wolf law,” Levi warned.
“No, when I bring him in, I’ll be the one she rewards. Then I’ll claim him as my own.”
Jude narrowed his eyes at Dalan. Like hell he would allow any kind of claiming.
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About the Author
Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.
Web site: http://www.lexiander.com/index.html
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