What is love? Baby, don’t hurt me.
We all know the lyric. But what does it mean to search for love without pain? Are we even worthy of such a thing? That is the story of Dakota Son.
Sean Foster and Jenessa ‘Jen’ Quinto are young lovers who find strength in each other, to overcome past hardships and abuse. He saw the beauty in her confident, rebel-princess style; the way she arose like a phoenix from the ashes to take back her life. Her ex may have gang raped her and put it on the internet for the entire world to see, but Jen, she was a fighter. She survived that night because of the love of her father. And went back to school with a new persona; “I’m just Jen.”
And Jen saw in Sean, an inner strength like no other; maybe one other. Sean was born with Cystic Fibrosis, forced to endure a life of challenges; illness, pain. Jen lost her brother to cancer, so experiencing Sean’s laid back surfer personality supplied a sense of calmness and hope, she so desperately needed.
And together their love will work miracles.
I kissed Jen’s forehead, down the bridge of her nose, to her lips. “I want you to touch my dick while you say something about me that will make me feel brave. Something more than what all of the other girls said to me.”
Jen bit her lip as she paused to think. “I know,” she said with a sweet smile. “You’re funny and kind. You’re going to make a great dad one day. When I look into your eyes, I don’t see your beauty. I see the man who saved my soul.”
“What?” she asked.
“You were supposed to be touching my dick while you said all that.”
“My bad,” she said, grazing her fingernails down my thigh. “Does that feel good? God, you are so sexy.”
We started on our sides, facing each other. I struggled to find my rhythm, but luckily Jen found hers quite easily. She rolled me on to my back as she straddled my hips. She rocked her hips against mine in a slow deliberate motion.
I leaned my head back, taking deep breaths.
Jen paused. “Are you okay, Sean? If you need your inhaler—”
“All I know is… you look like an angel,” I whispered. A gust of wind blew a small stick to my shoulder. I ignored it as I moved my hands to explore down her beautiful skin.
I couldn’t believe it—we were finally having sex. No, this was more than sex: this was one perfect moment. The wind was blowing dirt on my body and Jen really could’ve chosen a thicker blanket. But as she kissed me, her face framed by the light of the full moon, I knew this was where I was meant to be. Jen was the love of my life.
We woke the next day naked in each other’s arms. I opened my eyes, gazing upon her beauty. “Good morning, my love.”
“Good morning baby, did you sleep okay?”
I smiled. I wanted to wake up to those eyes for the rest of my life. “I slept great. I got to make love to the girl of my dreams and we managed to survive the night without being murdered by a disfigured cannibal.”
“Hurray for us,” Jen said with a laugh.
We moved to the porch to watch the sunrise. I wrapped her naked body in the blanket as I held her. For the first time in years, I didn’t feel sick or weak. This was heaven.
Sean Foster has lived with cystic fibrosis his entire life. He falls in love with Jen, a girl with a dark, emotionally painful past. Living with chronic illness, Sean knows a little something about overcoming pain. But when he meets her family, his courage will be put to the test.
Jen’s father, Diego, is a disabled military veteran. He is being mentally and physically abused by his wife, due to his role in the death of Jen’s brother.
Sean must find a way to save Diego, to help him see that there are people who truly care. From Sean’s sister Sara, who views Diego as a heroic father figure. To Remy, Sean’s holistic nurse with a talent for healing wounded souls.
Accompanied by a mysterious, supernatural, presence, it will fall to Sean to play the hero. All while navigating a life with chronic illness and chasing his dreams in California.
Mary Ramsey is a blogger, artist, and writer. She served in the United States Air Force and has a BA degree in Cinema. Although she was born in California, her work in the military took her all over the world including the diverse Midwest, from the beautiful landscapes of the Dakotas to the small towns of Wisconsin.
She has always had a fondness for unique superheroes; underrepresented minorities, LGBTQ, abuse victims, and so on. She loves an inspiring story that will make her cry. Her favorite movie will always be 13th Warrior.
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What if today was “lights out?”
If you knew this was your last day to live, what would you do? Would you face the end with a clear conscience? Would you fight for one more day?
Look for that person you wronged and make it right? Run away? Turn and fight? What would you do?
In Lights Out by Kayelle Allen, the hero knows his end is near. Instead of running, Tornahdo makes a choice. He will face death with a clear conscience and the knowledge that his death will serve mankind. He will join…
He can save mankind. After he does one important thing. Die.
Join the Ghost Corps, they said. You’ll live forever, they said. You’ll save mankind, they said. They didn’t say that to do it, first he had to die.
When Tornahdo signs on the dotted line, he puts his life into the steady hands of the mighty Ghost Corps. Three grisly deaths and three agonizing resurrections later, he’s assigned duty on Enderium Six.
He’s facing his most dangerous mission yet, the very reason the corps exists.
Do they expect him to win? Fat chance. Tornahdo and his team are already dead and this mission is codenamed “Lights Out.” No, there’s more to this than he can see.
To discover the truth, he must face an unbeatable, unkillable enemy, and this time–somehow–find a way to keep himself alive…
Excerpt, Lights Out by Kayelle Allen
The air reeked of antiseptic and starch stiffened the pillowcase. If only the mind-numbing jabbering would stop.
Tornahdo pried open his eyes. The flattened blood bag above him, stenciled equipment and gray walls screamed military hospital.
He’d died. Again.
Spanish curses slipped out. His abuela would’ve taken a switch to him. He made the sign of the cross and kissed his fingertips.
After yanking the tube out of his arm, he pressed a thumb over the entry point. Thankfully, this time, he wasn’t writhing on the floor in agony. Well, not yet.
A faceless android in a Ghost Corps uniform loomed over a bank of equipment displaying Tornahdo’s name and vitals. First impression was right. Military hospital.
The weapons-grade yapping continued.
“Did you hear?” a youthful voice bragged. “He killed six of ’em last night.”
“Yeah, but they don’t stay dead. They never do.”
“If Ultras didn’t come back to life, their plasma wouldn’t bring our own people back.”
The transfusion of enemy blood healed the hole in Tornahdo’s arm in seconds. He thumbed off the red smear and rolled over on the gurney.
An open door led to a sink and toilet built to let gravity do its work. Which meant this was a planet. You hadn’t lived until you were in space, floating in zero gravity while your body’s final twitches sent your corpse spinning.
Notices on the wall confirmed this was San Xavier in the Colonies of Man. Same place he’d bought it the first time.
This was getting old.
part of the Science Fiction/Space Opera anthology
The Expanding Universe Vol 4
edited by Craig Martelle
Available Sept 17, 2018
Exclusively on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited
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Kayelle Allen writes Sci Fi and Space Opera with misbehaving robots, mythic heroes, role playing immortal gamers, and warriors who purr. She’s a US Navy veteran who’s been married so long she’s tenured. She is the author of seven books, three novellas, and multiple short stories.
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Ever fantasize about three-way ménage? How about a long-term three-way relationship? Lots of people who end up in a polyamorous relationship never entertained that fantasy – they just suddenly found themselves in love with more than one person and created a way to make it work.
Can it work in the real world? We know it can and does, and that’s the dilemma we handed to Jamie, Susan and Mason in Three A Love Story. Both bisexual and deeply in love with each other, Jamie and Susan have continued to date men casually and even on occasion enjoyed three-way sex.
But what happens when one of those liaisons triggers deeper feeling? It’s not so easy…
A Love Story
just released at Extasy Books!
Three lives—but how many loves?
Committed lovers for three years, Jamie and Susan are good together. Jamie knows she wants Susan in her life forever. But what if that’s not enough?
Both bi, the two have continued dating men occasionally, and now Jamie’s falling in love with Mason. Can she love two persons? Will her love for either one wrench the other one out of her life?
Jamie’s convinced a long-term three-way relationship is the answer, but none of the players are prepared for what’s coming. Two-way relationships are hard enough—is a three-way even possible? And if so, what must each of them give up to create it?
Jamie eyed her partner, waiting for her to awaken. Now was the moment—she couldn’t let the subject wait any longer, even though it put her stomach in knots. Mason Johnson. It was time. Maybe past time. She steadfastly believed everything would work out for the best. Still, what she was about to propose might shake their comfy world a wee bit.
She smiled that her Irish grandmother’s voice had crept into her thoughts. Well, maybe that was why she felt so good about her future—their futures. It might require a bit of the luck of the Irish to pull off, but she just knew it could be done—if everyone simply trusted the process. She had Celtic roots. She had natural red hair…nothing fake about that. She could work her own magic. Couldn’t she?
Jamie grimaced. She wished it was so. But she’d never discovered a magic wand or a book of wizardry that would give her that kind of power. No, if her dream became real, it would require three persons working together.
She blew her waking lover a kiss. It would take three persons playing together, too.
“Hey, you,” she said softly. “Was that as good for you as it was for me?”
A Love Story
available now at Extasy Books
Coming soon to other e-book vendors