Guest Post by Jessica E. Subject
My recent release, AN UNEXPECTED RETURN is part of Decadent Publishing’s new science fiction romance line, Elatia. You can find details about Elatia here on the blog, so I thought I’d share ten facts about Tyto, the place where AN UNEXPECTED RETURN begins.
1. Tyto is the noon to Otario, which is in the Petrogeous Galaxy.
2. Inhabitants of Tyto do not live on the surface, but underground.
3. Inhabitants have blue skin, and their hair color ranges from gold to dark brown.
4. Leadership of Tyto is a monarchy, with the hero’s father being the King of Tyto.
5. When inhabitants reach twenty star cycles (years of age), they are decreed to work in the mines, or on castle grounds.
6. Females can be omitted from the work if they are married and intend to have children. This may sound old-fashioned, but they do this to increase their small population.
7. Farite is a precious metal which is mined on Tyto, and is used to make exquisite pieces of jewelry and in trade. Children often use the old, tapped-out tunnels as their playground.
8. Because inhabitants live underground, they are unable to grow their own food, and must import it. Prince Aris often snuck aboard supply ships as a child to try and explore the galaxy.
9. Travel to other galaxies occurs using a fold in space.
10. Inhabitants from Tyto are originally from Otaria, and fled to Tyto around the same time that relations between the Petrogeous Galaxy and Earth became tense. Find out why in AN UNEXPECTED RETURN.
An Unexpected Return Blurb
Looking to experience all the universe has to offer, Prince Aristides escapes from the kingdom of Tyto and travels through space to the Emerald Planet, Elatia. He yearns to partake in the activities the planet is famous for, and fulfill all his sexual desires, but loses his heart and soul to an Adamos apprentice. Unfortunately, she is Terran, and her people are sworn enemies of those from Tyto. If he can convince Xia to give up her dreams of becoming an Adamos, and travel back to Tyto with him, will his parents accept her, or condemn them both?
Abandoned as a toddler on Elatia, and raised by Kalara, an Adamos specializing in erotic massage, Xia decides to follow in her footsteps. But she remains conflicted as to whether she wants to service clients for the rest of her life, or settle down and raise a family. When she meets Aris, he turns the tables on her, and brings her as much pleasure as she gives him.
Will they have their chance to be together, or will their families tear them away from any chance of young love?
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An Unexpected Return Excerpt:
Taking a deep breath, [Xia] left the house then headed back into the city.
Where am I going to go? The hotel? Perhaps there would be a place for her to lie down. It wasn’t as if she had any friends who would put her up for a few days. No, they all had other people depending on them and no room for her. She only had Kalara and Jacobus to rely on. It was no wonder she secretly wanted more.
Walking into the silky rear-end of an oroke, she came to an abrupt halt. The creature had been walking at a steady pace and then stopped. She’d failed to notice in time. Wiping fluff off her face, she turned around and walked into another hard body. “I’m so sorry.”
Hands clamped down on her arms. “Are you all right?”
She stared up into deep brown eyes. Chewing her bottom lip, she nodded. If this man hadn’t been holding on to her, she would have fallen to the ground. The word swoon held no meaning for her until now.
Am I only like this because of the eletin I inhaled back home? Or was there something more she found heart-racing about the blue-skinned, well-muscled hunk of an Otarian who held her up?
No, she couldn’t feel anything for him. Their races had been sworn enemies for years. Everyone across the galaxy knew that. Yet here she was, standing face to face, gazing intently at him, with no will to move.
He smiled at her, drawing her attention from his eyes to his lips. How would they taste? She’d never kissed anyone before.
“What’s your name?”
Name? Gods, what was her name? “Zee…Xia.” Had she told him, or only thought the word?
He released her arms to brush his fingers along her jaw line. How she remained standing, she had no idea.
“Xia. A beautiful name belonging to a beautiful woman.”
Her cheeks warmed. “Thank you.”
She sighed as he trailed a hand down her arm. Her entire body tingled from his gentle touch.
“You’re welcome. Now tell me, why were you in such a rush that you walked into the rear end of that slow-moving beast? We’re supposed to be on vacation, enjoying all this planet has to offer.”
Laughing at his description of the oroke, she leaned against his arm. Never before had she enjoyed a man’s attention like this. “I’m not visiting. I live here. Have my whole life.”
He raised his eyebrows. “Really? So, what was it like growing up on the pleasure planet?”
“I…I don’t know. Normal?” She couldn’t think clearly around him. Her tongue felt numb in her mouth.
His smile traveled all the way up to his eyes. He leaned closer and rested his hand on her hip. “Then perhaps you could be my personal tour guide,” he whispered in her ear.
“I can’t. I have other plans.”
He drew back and frowned, but she could still see the glimmer in his eyes.
“I’m jealous of whoever you’re going to be spending your time with.”
She giggled at him. “I’m just going to sleep. It’s been a long day, and I’m afraid I wouldn’t be good company.”
Losing the fake expression, he smiled again. “Tomorrow then? I’d really like to see you again.”
Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from anyone who has enjoyed her stories.
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