QSFer Wendy Rathbone has a new MM fantasy book out: The Slave Harem.
The slave harem is all. If you enter, you can never leave. Contact with the outside world is forbidden.
With a secret talent for seeing auras of physical and emotional arousal, Ren, a sought-after pleasure slave, is sold to a mysterious master in a foreign land where he will become part of a collection of beautiful men.
Though the men appear welcoming, there is competition and jealousy among the ranks. And their mysterious master who is heard but never seen elicits more questions than answers.
One friendly slave, Li Po, helps Ren settle in, but it is the voiceless man, Zanti, who draws Ren’s attention. With his wicked beauty and bratty scowls, Zanti is the least welcoming of them all, and Ren’s training and control are put to the test.
Gay harem, slow-burn, enemies to lovers. Extraordinary and strange. Hot and cold. This book explores the many levels of sex, lust, loneliness and belonging. And maybe, just maybe, there can be some form of love.
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Tradition dictated he walk the Rose Path before passing the Slave Palace gates to the outside world.
Ren’s mostly hairless body had been freshly oiled for the occasion.
Cascades of red, pink and yellow rose petals fell over Ren’s naked form. Silver spring sunlight streamed into his eyes. Tears slid down his cheeks.
The glare, he told himself. It’s just the glare.
But the celebration moved him beyond definition. The crowd of masters and trainees exuded light of emerald, pearl, ruby, all denoting excitement, happiness, and maybe even a little jealousy from the trainees. So bright.
They were all proud of him. Even the ones he did not know. But they knew who he was. Ren was the boy who sold for the highest bid ever known to any Palace. The boy who would cross the sea and enter a mystery of a life with no outside contact. He would never be able to tell anyone about it.
Deep inside Ren’s chest a tremor threatened to produce more tears, and a singular excitement enfolded him the likes of which he’d never known.
He’d come such a long way.
He was a little afraid. Not for his life, for who would part with nine million dollars only to murder his acquisition? But his apprehension for the unknown coursed through his veins.
Ren smiled as more flowers and petals cascaded through the air and into his hair, thrown by his peers. They slipped down his shoulders, some sticking to his shining skin. His hair was loose, cascading down his back.
At the end of the path stood the Eminent Masters in a rainbow fog of colors. In the center of the group, Locke smiled at him and held out a single black rose. He gave the black rose only to graduates who passed with the highest of ranking.
Ren took the rose, bowing, then kneeling before the masters.
Out the corner of his eye, he saw Wulf nearby at the front of the crowd. He stood apart, aloof, naked and goldenly glorious, and not without interest in the proceedings.
Wulf would never walk this path. For a moment, Ren was almost jealous.
He looked up through his shining hair as the masters bid him to rise.
Now they would feast.
Then Ren would sleep one more night in his own bed, awake at dawn and board a helicopter which would take him to a private plane on a private runway a hundred miles from Lirangel.
I love to write.
The reason I write romance these days is because the overwhelming power of falling in love (which has been proven to heal even cancer) is a game-changer. It makes sad people instantly happy. It makes bleak reality look sun-warmed and friendly again.
I have written in all genres: scifi, fantasy, horror, paranormal, contemporary, erotica, romance. But I keep coming back to romance. Gay romance. Male/male romance. Many of my themes involve the forbidden, abduction, pleasure slavery, indentured servitude, and imprisonment. It’s like, with my writing, I’m constantly breaking out of some self-imposed cage and letting my wings unfurl until I can finally fly.
I live in the high desert of Yucca Valley, CA with my partner of 39 years. We have 2 dogs and 5 cats.
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