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Title: Death Mask
Author: Lexi Ander
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Cover Artist: Kirby Crow
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay Romance, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Release Date: 11/10/2016
Grim Misery, the President of the Black Harbinger Motorcycle Club, discovers a wounded warlock and four werepups aboard the club’s LSD shipment. And the news kept getting better and better. Not only is the warlock sitting on the edge of death, he’s illegally bonded to the werepups, which could trigger a war with the werewolves—and he turns out to be Misery’s estranged husband.
Years ago, Griffin turned Misery away to be with another warlock by the name of Marcheso Aldo. Misery left everything behind, even his family, but couldn’t shake the heartbreak Griffin caused. With Griffin thrust back into Misery’s life, he discovers things aren’t as they seem… and everything is about to get much, much worse.
The Lure of Motorcycle Club Romances
A huge thank you to Prism for hosting me today. My new release, Death Mask, release on November 9th. It’s a part of the Roughhouse Raiders collection from Less Than Three Press. Today I wanted to talk about the lure of Motorcycle Club Romances.
A couple of years ago, I saw a publishers call for anthology submission that said something about the popularity of motorcycle club romances. Curious, I went to check and found a plethora of heterosexual romances about outlaw bad boys. Alpha males that had these clubs (not a gang) and depending on the read the alpha males were either straddling the fence when it came to breaking the law to ex-cons who were variations of a prostitute’s pimp, running drugs and guns.
At first, I didn’t get it. What was romantic about being with someone who maimed and tortured rivals, murdered, exploited women, and… yeah. How was any of that remotely attractive. These contemporary romances are supposed to be realistic or at least believable. Some of the horrors I listed above can be found in fantasy/sci-fi reads but what sets them apart is, there are still lines (at least in the books that I tend to read) of honor that I can understand even if I don’t approve of the method. Like assassins who are vigilantes seeking justice for the downtrodden. But ultimately, I can walk away knowing the story is fiction. I could read one and not have a problem with a main character being morally ambiguous. In a contemporary setting, it’s supposed to be like reading the secret life of your neighbor, right? So I look for something to identify with. Emotions, motivations, trials and tribulations. Something that would make me believe that in real life, despite everything that character does, I would call them friend.
I have to admit, the first several I read, I didn’t connect with the characters, and I had to wonder again why the sub-genre was so popular. Then I came across Kenzie Cade’s list of the ones she liked and I read them. There were still a couple I struggled with but I had a better idea why readers found some of these bad boys drool worthy or how the different plots made me believe that a “good girl” could be drawn in. What I liked was the aura of naughty, the ones that could convey the taboo of the life style of voyeuristic sex and wild group parties and then they get up the next morning and pass each other by with a wave. Where the woman wasn’t looked down on or labeled because she liked unattached crazy sex. The romances and HEAs are harder to win in MC romances and just a little bit of lawbreaking did add some spice to the story.
Oi! My Uncle Reb was a biker (God rest his soul) and when I was talking to Aunt Charlotte about the outlaw MC romances, lordy she was steaming from the ears. The majority of MCs are good organizations that work to make their community better, give a helping hand to those in need, and who loved taking their bikes out on crave riding the open road. She believes that these books color the perception of real life motorcycle clubs. And there will be some who read the stories, believing all MC clubs are corrupt.
I can only read so many contemporary romances in a year. My reading love is fantasy/sci-fi and I started looking for MC romances in those genres as well as gay romance. Changing the world to fantasy adds other things that can come into play with the plot, but really, there aren’t many. I wanted to read a certain type of plot. The more I looked and couldn’t find what I wanted the more I began to wonder if I could write a tolerable MC romance in an urban fantasy setting. Thus I present to you, Death Mask. I think I did a passable job. I hope you think so, too. 🙂
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 cleane
Blog Tour Stops
November 14 – Alicia Nordwell – http://ciasstories.blogspot.com/
Jamie Lynn Miller – https://jamielynnm.wordpress.com/
November 15 – MA Church – http://machurch00.blogspot.com/
November 16 – LM Brown – https://lmbrownauthor.wordpress.com/blog/
November 17 – Crystals Many Reviewers – http://www.crystalsmanyreviewers.com/
Prism Book Alliance – http://www.prismbookalliance.com/
November 18 – Tali Spencer – http://talismania-brilliantdisguise.blogspot.com/
Sharita Lira – http://michaelmandrake.wordpress.com
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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