QSFer C.W. Gray has a new bi/demi mpreg fantasy sci fi romance out: “Death’s Mate.”
Welcome to Charybdis Station!
Dr. Verion Morrick is complicated. No, really. Not too long ago, Verion was simply a divorced research scientist on Frost Veil that wanted to reconnect with his estranged son. Now, a few years and one death and resurrection later, Verion is a new person – both Death the Crellic Element and Verion Morrick. One being that helped protect the galaxy from an insidious evil.
With the war over, Verion isn’t sure where he belongs, but there is one thing he is sure of. His fated life mate is an adorable gentle giant named Valentine Philbert.
Val isn’t a complicated man. He spends his days working in maintenance and taking care of his teenage son. He has his friends and his family, and never thought to want more. He believed his chance at a lasting love died along with his wife years ago. Then he met Verion and knew the delicious scent of his mate immediately. In the midst of a galactic war, Val had to put their happiness on hold, but now the war is over, and Val wants his mate.
Unfortunately, the path to happiness isn’t always easy. The citizens of Charybdis Station aren’t quite sure what to make of Death now that they don’t need him anymore. Can a weapon of war and a gentle maintenance man find their happily ever after?
Author’s Note: 38,000 words. This is a m/m sci-fi/fantasy romance story with mpreg and a HEA. There is a little action and a lot of love included. 18+ readers only, please. It is also book one in a new series, Charybdis Station which is a spin-off series of The Blue Solace. It is best read after The Blue Solace.
Death shook his head. “Alright now, back to work. Morgan, go to wherever it is you go. Wyatt and I have to discuss the newest test results.”
Morgan jumped up and saluted. “Yes, sir!”
Wyatt leaned up and kissed his mate’s cheek. “But first, will you go get lunch for Dad since he gave me his?”
The look of pure adoration in Morgan’s eyes when he looked at Wyatt made Death smile. He had grown to care a great deal for his son-in-law because of looks like that.
He thought for a moment of a pair of green eyes that carried that same look. A sudden pang of melancholy filled him. Death wanted his own mate at his side. Val’s kisses were a thing of wonder, and he needed them. Now.
“I’ll grab him something, kitten,” Morgan said, grinning. “Anything for you.”
My Valentine would bring me lunch if I’d let him, Death thought grumpily. A light above his desk shattered as he froze then accelerated the currents running through the wiring.
Morgan gave him a knowing look. “Aww, did our kiss make you jealous, Verion? Do you need to make a call to maintenance now? Maybe a certain maintenance engineer can come change the light?”
Death gave him a flat look. “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ll report the light, then we can get to work. Go away, Morgan.”
Morgan laughed as he left, and Death sent a message to maintenance.
A half hour later, Wyatt and he had managed to settle down and work through the results of the tests. Death smiled at the way Wyatt scrunched his nose when he concentrated and the lock of brown hair that always seemed to fall in his eyes.
He wished he could freeze this moment and save it for eternity. He had missed so much time with his son as Wyatt was growing up. Being able to spend time with him now was a dream come true.
He absently tapped his own flat abdomen. He wished he could have been the father Wyatt needed when he was younger, but he had begun to make his peace with being the father Wyatt needed now.
He sat up straight and smiled as he sensed the most beautiful soul he had ever met moving closer. His mate was a kind and sweet man that Death in no way deserved. That didn’t mean he wouldn’t cling to him as long as possible.
“Knock, knock.” Val opened the door and poked his head in, green eyes searching for Death. “Can I come in? I heard there was a light that needed changing.”
Wyatt grinned as he leaned back in his chair and crossed his hands on his belly. “Please come in, Val. Dad accidently busted a light. We’d appreciate your help changing it.”
Val slipped in, and Death lost his train of thought, as usual. Valentine Philbert was a large, fierce-looking Betonize man with sharp fangs and claws. His black hair was a little too long to be fashionable, and his brown skin was riddled with scars he’d picked up working in maintenance. He even had a few on his face from an electrical accident.
Death’s mate looked like he belonged in the soldier ranks, but his heart was too tender for that. As big as Val was, he was a gentle man who hated the thought of hurting any living thing. The aura of his soul was a calm, steady rain to Death’s senses.
Death stood, feeling his cheeks heat. “I know you’re working across the station. I’m sorry you had to come this whole way.”
“It’s just a tram ride. I’d walk the distance if you needed me to.” Val leaned down and nuzzled his nose against Death’s neck. “Did ya get agitated again?”
“Perhaps.” Death shrugged, feigning unconcern. The tension drained from him when Val hugged him, and Death snuggled closer. Maybe he had been a tiny bit agitated. It didn’t matter now. Val was here.
AUTHI have been self-publishing m/m romance since October, 2018 and enjoy sharing my books with readers all over the world. I’m also a reader and I love to read everything I can get my hands on, especially m/m romance. My favorites are mpreg, sci-fi, fantasy, and paranormal. I have four series right now.ORBIO