We’re so pleased to welcome the writing duo of Bellora Quinn and Angel Martinez, on the tour for their latest collaboration, Kellen’s Awakening.
They’ve put together something a little extra fun for you today, and are also giving one lucky reader the chance at a $10 Pride Publishing gift card, so don’t forget to check out the ways to enter below.
A Visit from the First Graders of P.S. 147 (written as a short, one-act play)
Scene: In the front foyer of the AURA law enforcement’s squad room.
At Rise: A group of small children mill about at the doors while their teacher, Mr. Tremain, strives to keep order. The doors open to reveal a majestic centaur, Sergeant Nestor (Ness), in a police sergeant’s uniform shirt. The rest if the uniform is absent since centaurs don’t wear pants.
Ness (holds out a hand in greeting): Good morning! You must be Mr. Tremain. I’m Sergeant Nestor, the duty sergeant on this morning. I understand we have some students eager to see the squad room.
Mr. Tremain (shaking hands in a wooden fashion): Well, er, yes. That is, we had a human guide last time. Isn’t there someone…?
Ness: More human? I’m sorry, Mr. Tremain. School tours are part of the job description as duty sergeant, and I’m afraid all of our human officers are on cases. Is it going to be a problem?
Mr. Tremain: Ah, no. I mean, I’m not a racist or any of that. It’s just…the children.
Child 1: Are you a real centaw?
Ness (smiling): Yes, I truly am.
Child 2: Do you eat hay? Cause you got a horse tummy?
Ness: No, hay isn’t any fun to eat. I eat a lot of vegetables, though.
Child 3: My daddy says there’s no such thing as girl centaurs. Was your mommy a human that a centaur kidnapped? Like in Hercules?
Ness: A student of the classics, I see. Human mommies can’t have centaur babies. They’re too small. So my mommy was a female centaur, just like yours was most likely a female human.
Child 3 (hands on hips): So how come we never seen girl centaurs?
Ness: I’m not certain. There are fewer girl centaurs than boys, so maybe one just hasn’t come through yet.
Child 4: Does that mean you gots to marry another boy centaur? Cause there’s no girls here?
Mr. Tremain: Miranda! We don’t say things like that to the nice police sergeant!
Ness (chuckling): I could marry a boy centaur if I wanted to, but my boyfriend might not like that.
Mr. Tremain (outraged): Sergeant could we please get on with the tour!
Child 5: Can we ride on you?
Ness: Only if I get to ride Mr. Tremain.
The children giggle while Mr. Tremain chokes.
Ness: Come along, kids. We’ll go visit Officer Flax where he’s evaluating new trainees on the magical firing range. He has two boyfriends.
About the Book
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Series: AURA Book: Three (Series should be read in order)
Length: 69k words
Categories: Alternate U/Urban Fantasy/Paranormal/Romance
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Blurb: The staff at AURA has had a busy summer. Between chronic understaffing, dealing with warring goblin factions and an unusual number of hazardous Events, everyone is overworked. Sinistrus the incubus, newly hired as an AURA medic, actually enjoys his busy new life of responsible employee and faithful lover to his gorgeous police sergeant, Ness the centaur. Life would be perfect, except for a niggling suspicion about a colleague. Everyone else seems to disagree, but Sin’s certain something’s not right with that pixie.
Kellen, a pixie crossover, loves his job working in AURA medical, even if he is something of an outsider. His job and the friends he manages to make are happy spots in an otherwise dark and secretive life. As the rest of AURA tries to discover the root of the inexplicable rise in violence and large scale Events, Kellen fights to preserve his own life and what dignity he has left.
These two unlikely heroes must put their differences aside and navigate tragedy and ever-escalating disaster together in order to stop the sinister forces that hold Kellen in thrall.
About the Authors
Angel Martinez: The unlikely black sheep of an ivory tower intellectual family, Angel Martinez has managed to make her way through life reasonably unscathed. Despite a wildly misspent youth, she snagged a degree in English Lit, married once and did it right the first time, (same husband for almost twenty-four years) gave birth to one amazing son, (now in college) and realized at some point that she could get paid for writing.
Published since 2006, Angel’s cynical heart cloaks a desperate romantic. You’ll find drama and humor given equal weight in her writing and don’t expect sad endings. Life is sad enough.
She currently lives in Delaware in a drinking town with a college problem and writes Science Fiction and Fantasy centered around gay heroes.
Bellora Quinn: Originally hailing from Detroit Michigan, Bellora now resides on the sunny Gulf Coast of Florida where a herd of Dachshunds keeps her entertained. She got her start in writing at the dawn of the internet when she discovered PbEMs (Play by email) and found a passion for collaborative writing and steamy hot erotica. Soap Opera like blogs soon followed and eventually full novels.
The majority of her stories are in the M/M genre with urban fantasy or paranormal settings and many with a strong BDSM flavour.
Follow the Tour
3-May: Oh My Shelves, The Novel Approach
4-May: Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews, Molly Lolly, My Fiction Nook
5-May: Love Bytes, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words, A.M. Leibowitz
6-May: Havan Fellows. MM Good Book Reviews, BFD Book Blog
9-May: Prism Book Alliance, Bayou Book Junkie, Nephy Hart