QSFer Alina Popescu has a new MM fantasy book out:
Two childhood friends reunite for what should be a most joyous event: their wedding. Sky is a rural noble family’s son, Storm is the warrior prince of the kingdom, and they haven’t seen each other in years.
Storm, the Dragon of Vis, wedding Sky Moonborn takes the entire kingdom by surprise. Everyone opposes Storm’s choice: the king and queen, the heartbroken youths of Vis whose dreams of high status have been crushed, and the prized heirs to the kingdom’s allies. None of them, however, is so decidedly against this sudden marriage as Sky himself.
Since turning sixteen, Storm has spent his life waging war against neighboring countries and making them bow to his will. Rumors about his viciousness and unmatched talent for killing have roamed the lands of Vis and turned Sky’s heart to ice.
Amidst court intrigue, military conflicts, and an ever-decaying marriage, a whirlwind of hidden truths and feelings bind Sky and Storm together. This thunderous link seems doomed to lead only to destruction. Only a small flicker of hope promises salvation, but will either fan that flame in time?
Warriors of Vis, Book One
This novella is available on all Amazon sites and it’s free to read with Kindle Unlimited subscriptions
When Storm made it to the great entry hall, Sky and his family were already greeting guests. He walked behind Sky, wrapping his hands around his waist. His husband stilled and forgot what he was saying. Storm knew Sky hated to be touched by him, but tonight he needed to do it, show everyone he actually belonged to Sky and have them back off.
“Oh, you’re not sitting with him,” Cloud said, grinning like a cat enjoying a canary’s sweet taste. Storm huffed and tried to follow his husband again, but his father gripped his hand and pulled him back.
“You are sitting at my table and greeting your guests,” he hissed in his ear. The king and queen always sat at a separate table, one set on a pedestal, overlooking the rest of the dining hall. On display.
“Not without my husband. I go where he goes,” Storm hissed back.
“Storm! You will do as you are told.”
Storm saw the vein on his father’s forehead pulsing, his lips trembling in rage, but knew he wouldn’t give in. “I married him, father, he’s not a dirty secret to hide. My husband will sit with me or I’ll follow him wherever he is.” Storm shook his father’s hand off and turned to face him, waiting for the king to decide. The king called one of the servants and had him fetch Sky.
They were both seated at the king’s table, Storm’s father making sure he was on the far-right side of the table, easy to reach by all the guests. It didn’t matter, Sky was there with him. He turned to smile at Sky, but froze at the anger in his husband’s eyes.
“Did I really need to have a front row seat at this sorry parade of future mothers for your babies?” Sky asked through gritted teeth.
Storm blinked, trying to understand Sky’s anger. Apparently, he had been told what the evening was about. Still, it wasn’t Storm’s fault, and it wasn’t as if Sky cared. Storm took Sky’s hand in his, raised it to his lips and kissed it.
“Like it or not, you’re my husband. It’s either both of us or neither of us. No matter what.”
Sky chuckled and shook his head. “You’ve been away for most of our marriage, my lord. What you are saying is nonsense.”
“Storm, gods be damned! That’s my name. Or have you forgotten?”
A half smile twisted Sky’s lips, no warmth showing in his eyes. “I would never in a million years be able to forget your name.”
Writer, traveler, and coffee addict, Alina Popescu has been in love with books all her life. She started writing when she was ten and she has always been drawn to sci-fi, fantasy, and the supernatural realm.
Born and raised in Romania, she finds her inspiration in books of all genres, in movies, and the occasional manga comic book. She is a proud geek who needs her fast Internet and gadgets more than she needs air.
Site & Blog: http://alina-popescu.com