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Adrienne Wilder

I am a writer of contemporary and speculative fiction and artist of all things monster. I live to create new worlds and the people in them. Several of my books have been best sellers both nationally and internationally.

I do my best to write original stories with powerful characters and emotions as well as a fast-paced plot. My goal isn't just to deliver a good story but to take the reader into the story and let them experience the characters as if they are right there with them.

While almost all my books have a romantic element, I will be the first to admit, they are not traditional romance. In fact, I'd like to think there is nothing traditional about them. And the stories I paint are done so way outside the lines of traditional genres.

One of my favorite things to do as a writer is push the boundaries of what makes a story and to deliver the unexpected and maybe even change the perspective of the reader.

My characters are more often than not, beautifully flawed, not always the good guy, and make mistakes. Their stories will take dark turns which, in the end, make the light at the end of the tunnel all the brighter.

I currently live in NC with my partner, dogs, and cats. I enjoy growing saltwater soft corals.

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Email Address: fourpaws@windstream.net


Books By Adrienne Wilder

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Summary: A nude man invades Luca Suarez's home and protects him from creatures who cannot exist. Creatures hunting him. The stranger can't tell Luca why. He can't even tell Luca his name. He remembers nothing until the moment he sees Luca. The only hint Luca has to the stranger's identity is a tattoo on his wrist: N o X Nox doesn't know who he is, but he's sure of three things, his memory loss is temporary, the monsters chasing Luca are called Anubis, and his Alpha, Koda, sent Nox to protect him. There's just one problem… Koda is Luca's brother who was murdered five years ago. With each passing hour, Nox fills in the pieces painting an impossible truth. And with each passing hour, both men find themselves unexplainably attracted to each other. Something Luca is willing to embrace because he has nothing left to lose. And one Nox can't let happen because it could get Luca killed. Nox is a HEA/HFN m/m paranormal, science-fiction romance. But be warned, these are NOT the shifters you are used to reading about

Nox - Adrienne Wilder
Nox

Adrienne Wilder ...

April 2, 2019

Word Count: 46000

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Bound Gods - Adrienne Wilder - The Chimera
The Chimera: Bound Gods #1

Adrienne Wilder ...

March 22, 2016

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Summary: Charlie Harrington not only sees the dead and speaks with them, he can make them real. Lucky for him, because the love of his life, Ethan, isn't among the living. While their relationship is unusual, things are good between them until Charlie is accused of murder and Detective Daniel Briggs walks into his life. Then, for the first time in years, Charlie is attracted to someone alive. Ethan knows he should step aside and let Charlie live his life, but he just can’t give Charlie up--even if staying with Charlie may eventually kill him.

He Speaks Dead - Adrienne Wilder
He Speaks Dead

Adrienne Wilder ...

July 20, 2014

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Summary: This is book one of three. All books are full-length novels and must be read in order. All books are available now. The My Brother's Keeper Trilogy The town of Gilford has a Big and Terrible secret hidden in the ground. Infecting those it touches. Exploiting their darkness. Consuming their souls. It’s hungry. It’s vile. It’s evil. And it wants out. Book One: The First Three Rules Marshal Jon Foster lost his purpose and his sanity the day he saw the image of his dead brother. The distraction saved Jon’s life but cost the lives of innocent people including his best friend and partner. It was a price for survival Jon couldn’t live with and was sure he’d never understand. Driven by grief and guilt he tried to escape his past by fleeing to a small town in the middle of nowhere. Only instead of peace, the memories festered. Then the offer of a stick of gum from a stranger changes Jon’s life and puts him on a road out of the nightmare he’s trapped in. Ellis Harper has lived the past twenty years isolated from the outside world and sole caretaker for his mentally disabled brother, Rudy. While Ellis loves his brother, he longs for a life he’ll never be able to have. Shut away, his days consist of chores, endless cartoons, and games of Go Fish. A world that seemed to have no end until an innocent misunderstanding turns Ellis and his brother into a target for a town bully. It’s a fight Ellis can never win on his own but thanks to a chance meeting with a stranger, he doesn’t have to. What begins as a new journey in love for both men quickly unfolds into something neither of them could have ever imagined.

My Brother's Keeper - Adrienne Wilder - The First Three Rules
My Brother's Keeper (Book One): The First Three Rules

Adrienne Wilder ...

March 25, 2014

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Summary: A past that won’t let go… After losing his job, Chase Sarim finds himself living in a shit hole apartment. His new neighbor calls himself Seven, wears aluminum hats and carries around a ceramic rooster. He also seems to know what Chase is going to do or say before it happens, and talks about people named, Nine, Three, and Four. Chase knows better than to get involved with someone like that. But some men are just too hot to resist. A future of fear… Seven has been running for his life ever since he escaped Sub-Floor. In order to elude those hunting him he can never have a home, never have friends…and love? It’s nothing but a weakness that can be used against him. Hiding had become a way of life. Until Chase. Greed, power, and corruption… Dr. David Stone knows Seven has a secret. Why else would his colleague, Dr. Radcliff, help Seven escape Sub-Floor? It wasn’t the loss of a defective precog that bothered Stone, it was the fact Radcliff was willing to die to keep Stone from knowing why he did it. Or better yet, how. Two men, one love, brought together by a series of impossible circumstances and destined by fate for an entangled future. But maybe fate has nothing to do with it.

The Others project - Adrienne Wilder
Seven

Adrienne Wilder ...

October 27, 2013

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The Chimera: Bound Gods #1

by Adrienne Wilder

Bound Gods - Adrienne Wilder - The Chimera
Part of the Bound Gods series:
  • The Chimera: Bound Gods #1
Editions:Kindle - First editioln: $ 0.99
ISBN: B01DJTN4W4
Pages: 165
Paperback - First edition: $ 8.00
ISBN: 172666595X
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 132
Reviews:L.D. on Amazon wrote:

This is a dark, erotic romance that is not for the faint of heart. I love dark and gritty romances, so this book was perfect for me. Kaleb is an innocent young man whose father sells him to a secret organization in order to settle a debt. Kaleb knows nothing about this situation until Leo arrives to collect him. The chemistry between Leo and Kaleb is spectacular. The sex scenes are kinky and intense and everything I want out of dark, kinky sex. I’m already addicted to this series.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars. I love the writing, I love the characters, but most of all, I love the dark, kinky sex. It left me wanting more.


About the Author

I am a writer of contemporary and speculative fiction and artist of all things monster. I live to create new worlds and the people in them. Several of my books have been best sellers both nationally and internationally.

I do my best to write original stories with powerful characters and emotions as well as a fast-paced plot. My goal isn't just to deliver a good story but to take the reader into the story and let them experience the characters as if they are right there with them.

While almost all my books have a romantic element, I will be the first to admit, they are not traditional romance. In fact, I'd like to think there is nothing traditional about them. And the stories I paint are done so way outside the lines of traditional genres.

One of my favorite things to do as a writer is push the boundaries of what makes a story and to deliver the unexpected and maybe even change the perspective of the reader.

My characters are more often than not, beautifully flawed, not always the good guy, and make mistakes. Their stories will take dark turns which, in the end, make the light at the end of the tunnel all the brighter.

I currently live in NC with my partner, dogs, and cats. I enjoy growing saltwater soft corals.


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Seven

The Others Project

by Adrienne Wilder

The Others project - Adrienne Wilder
Part of the The Others Project series:
  • Seven
Editions:Kindle
ISBN: B00FCAZOHC
Pages: 340
Paperback (Abkhazian)
ISBN: 1501058517
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 338

A past that won’t let go…

After losing his job, Chase Sarim finds himself living in a shit hole apartment. His new neighbor calls himself Seven, wears aluminum hats and carries around a ceramic rooster. He also seems to know what Chase is going to do or say before it happens, and talks about people named, Nine, Three, and Four.

Chase knows better than to get involved with someone like that.

But some men are just too hot to resist.

A future of fear…

Seven has been running for his life ever since he escaped Sub-Floor. In order to elude those hunting him he can never have a home, never have friends…and love? It’s nothing but a weakness that can be used against him.

Hiding had become a way of life. Until Chase.

Greed, power, and corruption…

Dr. David Stone knows Seven has a secret. Why else would his colleague, Dr. Radcliff, help Seven escape Sub-Floor?

It wasn’t the loss of a defective precog that bothered Stone, it was the fact Radcliff was willing to die to keep Stone from knowing why he did it. Or better yet, how.

Two men, one love, brought together by a series of impossible circumstances and destined by fate for an entangled future.

But maybe fate has nothing to do with it.

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Reviews:Alan Arthur Katz on https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3NRWT0IMRS633/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1501058517 wrote:

This book took me by surprise. I really, really dislike science fiction. I don't know why. It's just a genre I don't seem to relate to.

I only purchased it because of the ecstatic user reviews. Please add mine to those. Somehow, "Seven" changed my mind about the whole genre.

The book was wonderfully well-written, ingenious, with just enough fact to make the science fiction almost plausible. The sex was great - explicit, but not overdone. But what really drives this book are the characters. Seven, initially mistaken by Chase to be a paranoid (with foil on his head, and all the rest) turns out to be a charming, naive, sexy and beautiful young man. Chase has had the week from hell, fired from his job as an investigative reporter for plagiarism (which he didn't do), relegated, by a misleading ad, to an apartment where his only company would be the mice, and close to desperate. The two meet in the hallway and, well, the rest is the book.

Of course, Seven is not a paranoid. He is a science "experiment" escaped from the lab of the totally evil megalomaniac, Dr. Stone. There is a terrific action/suspense story propelled by the imperative to stop this monster before he hurts any others. And the hapless Chase gets roped into it. It's not too much of a spoiler to hint that he was always a part of the plan - he just didn't know it.

There are many moments in the book that will move you profoundly - this book contains many illustrations of the most profoundly deep love, the ultimate illustration of Plato's "other half" theory. These relationships that survive even torture and imprisonment are selfless, stirring and beautiful. We root for the heroes from the very first pages, and our heart soars with their love for each other.

I cannot say it strongly enough - buy this book! It is unique, powerful and beautiful, all at the same time.


About the Author

I am a writer of contemporary and speculative fiction and artist of all things monster. I live to create new worlds and the people in them. Several of my books have been best sellers both nationally and internationally.

I do my best to write original stories with powerful characters and emotions as well as a fast-paced plot. My goal isn't just to deliver a good story but to take the reader into the story and let them experience the characters as if they are right there with them.

While almost all my books have a romantic element, I will be the first to admit, they are not traditional romance. In fact, I'd like to think there is nothing traditional about them. And the stories I paint are done so way outside the lines of traditional genres.

One of my favorite things to do as a writer is push the boundaries of what makes a story and to deliver the unexpected and maybe even change the perspective of the reader.

My characters are more often than not, beautifully flawed, not always the good guy, and make mistakes. Their stories will take dark turns which, in the end, make the light at the end of the tunnel all the brighter.

I currently live in NC with my partner, dogs, and cats. I enjoy growing saltwater soft corals.


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He Speaks Dead

by Adrienne Wilder

He Speaks Dead - Adrienne Wilder
Editions:Kindle - first edition: $ 2.99
ISBN: B00LZMQRMW
Pages: 260
Paperback (Abkhazian) - first edition: $ 10.99 USD
ISBN: 1491285427
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 258

Charlie Harrington not only sees the dead and speaks with them, he can make them real. Lucky for him, because the love of his life, Ethan, isn't among the living.

While their relationship is unusual, things are good between them until Charlie is accused of murder and Detective Daniel Briggs walks into his life. Then, for the first time in years, Charlie is attracted to someone alive.

Ethan knows he should step aside and let Charlie live his life, but he just can’t give Charlie up--even if staying with Charlie may eventually kill him.

This book is on:
  • 3 To Be Read lists
  • 2 Read lists
Reviews: SilkeeeeeeReads on amazon wrote:

I can't even begin to tell you how good this book is. As a person that enjoys and is attempting to write about the paranormal, this was definitely a five star read. It was filled with love and the scary and even some mathematical, scientific jargon that I couldn't begin to retain, it made it all feel so real. The love between the two MCs and then three was literally unworldly. There is definitely an HEA but I'm not going to say between who. Read it. It's a shocking, lovely story that I'm not going to forget.
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About the Author

I am a writer of contemporary and speculative fiction and artist of all things monster. I live to create new worlds and the people in them. Several of my books have been best sellers both nationally and internationally.

I do my best to write original stories with powerful characters and emotions as well as a fast-paced plot. My goal isn't just to deliver a good story but to take the reader into the story and let them experience the characters as if they are right there with them.

While almost all my books have a romantic element, I will be the first to admit, they are not traditional romance. In fact, I'd like to think there is nothing traditional about them. And the stories I paint are done so way outside the lines of traditional genres.

One of my favorite things to do as a writer is push the boundaries of what makes a story and to deliver the unexpected and maybe even change the perspective of the reader.

My characters are more often than not, beautifully flawed, not always the good guy, and make mistakes. Their stories will take dark turns which, in the end, make the light at the end of the tunnel all the brighter.

I currently live in NC with my partner, dogs, and cats. I enjoy growing saltwater soft corals.


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Nox

by Adrienne Wilder

Nox - Adrienne Wilder
Editions:Kindle
ISBN: B07QD2Q4VD
Pages: 534
Paperback
ISBN: 1096082144
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 532
Audiobook
ISBN: B07WC4NK4V

A nude man invades Luca Suarez's home and protects him from creatures who cannot exist.
Creatures hunting him.
The stranger can't tell Luca why. He can't even tell Luca his name.
He remembers nothing until the moment he sees Luca.
The only hint Luca has to the stranger's identity is a tattoo on his wrist: N o X

Nox doesn't know who he is, but he's sure of three things, his memory loss is temporary, the monsters chasing Luca are called Anubis, and his Alpha, Koda, sent Nox to protect him.
There's just one problem… Koda is Luca's brother who was murdered five years ago.

With each passing hour, Nox fills in the pieces painting an impossible truth. And with each passing hour, both men find themselves unexplainably attracted to each other.
Something Luca is willing to embrace because he has nothing left to lose.
And one Nox can't let happen because it could get Luca killed.

Nox is a HEA/HFN m/m paranormal, science-fiction romance.
But be warned, these are NOT the shifters you are used to reading about

This book is on:
  • 1 To Be Read list
Excerpt:
Reviews:Gigi D on https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R1EWFP4ECRNNEH/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B07QD2Q4VD wrote:

I loved this book! This isn't for the faint of heart or for someone wanting a fluffy paranormal book. It's gritty, raw,...it grabs you by the throat and runs with you for the whole book. The growth between Luca and Nox is a slow burn growth that is instinctual and primal but with a kind of innocence to it. The 2nd storyline,that runs along with the 2 main characters, does an awesome job answering a lot of questions and opening a ton more questions. This is definitely a HFN and personally I can't wait for book 2!


About the Author

I am a writer of contemporary and speculative fiction and artist of all things monster. I live to create new worlds and the people in them. Several of my books have been best sellers both nationally and internationally.

I do my best to write original stories with powerful characters and emotions as well as a fast-paced plot. My goal isn't just to deliver a good story but to take the reader into the story and let them experience the characters as if they are right there with them.

While almost all my books have a romantic element, I will be the first to admit, they are not traditional romance. In fact, I'd like to think there is nothing traditional about them. And the stories I paint are done so way outside the lines of traditional genres.

One of my favorite things to do as a writer is push the boundaries of what makes a story and to deliver the unexpected and maybe even change the perspective of the reader.

My characters are more often than not, beautifully flawed, not always the good guy, and make mistakes. Their stories will take dark turns which, in the end, make the light at the end of the tunnel all the brighter.

I currently live in NC with my partner, dogs, and cats. I enjoy growing saltwater soft corals.


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Infected: Prey

Infected series, Book 1

by Andrea Speed

In a world where a werecat virus has changed society, Roan McKichan, a born infected and ex-cop, works as a private detective trying to solve crimes involving other infecteds.

The murder of a former cop draws Roan into an odd case where an unidentifiable species of cat appears to be showing an unusual level of intelligence. He juggles that with trying to find a missing teenage boy, who, unbeknownst to his parents, was “cat” obsessed. And when someone is brutally murdering infecteds, Eli Winters, leader of the Church of the Divine Transformation, hires Roan to find the killer before he closes in on Eli.

Working the crimes will lead Roan through a maze of hate, personal grudges, and mortal danger. With help from his tiger-strain infected partner, Paris Lehane, he does his best to survive in a world that hates and fears their kind… and occasionally worships them.

This book is on:
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  • 5 Read lists
Excerpt:

1

Welcome to the Jungle

He was on his third beer of the evening when he thought he heard a noise in the backyard.

Hank DeSilvo scowled and looked out the window over the kitchen sink full of dirty dishes. He could see nothing but darkness, and maybe a bit of reflected light from the television. This was probably a bad time to remember the back porch light had blown out two days ago, and he’d forgotten to replace it.

Not that it mattered. The only light currently in the house was coming from the television, and as long as he ignored it, he developed enough night vision to make out a shape moving in the back garden. Or was it the wind moving a shrub? Kind of hard to say.

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He slammed his can down with an annoyed grunt. It was probably the Hindles’ stupid ass dog again, shitting all over the place and tearing through his garbage. He hated that fucking thing, some ugly Rottweiler mix they insisted was a “friendly” dog, and yet it always had a look in its flat, black eyes that was just this side of rabid. They never leashed the damn thing either, and apparently his yard destruction was “cute.” He was just about out of this fucking place and that damn thing had to make a final appearance. And it was final all right; he was going to make damn sure of that.

He went back to the living room, glancing at the game as he walked past—it was a fucking damn boring game anyway—and got his shotgun from the cabinet. It was illegal as all hell, a sawed-off thirty ought six with the barrels cut so short you could have stowed it under a jacket, but the barrels had been filed down expertly; it wasn’t just the rough work of a desperate amateur but the sign of a pro. Which was why, when they’d searched the drug mule’s truck and he’d found it wedged under the front seat, he hid it in his trunk and didn’t report finding it. It wouldn’t have added that much to the mule’s sentence; he already had enough rock in his glove compartment to put him away for the rest of his pointless life, especially if it was his “third strike” (and it was, no surprise there), and he doubted the guy was so stupid that he’d actually ask why he wasn’t charged with owning an illegally modified weapon. Yeah, he was dumb; you had to be dumb if you were speeding and had a few thousand in rock in the car, as well as being obviously stoned yourself. But asking after that was a special kind of stupid, the kind only politicians and people on reality television ever seemed to crest.

He cracked open the gun and made sure he had some shells loaded in it before snapping it shut again with a sharp flick of his wrist. Man that felt good. This was a real man’s weapon, made him feel a foot taller and made of pure muscle, and he knew why that meth fuckhead was carrying it around with him. A weapon like this was a real god-killer; it made you feel invincible.

It was pure overkill, of course. The Hindles’ dog was fairly big, and yet one shot from this gun would rip it in half clean down the middle, as well as make a boom loud enough to set off every car alarm on the block. But what the fuck did he care? He was an ex-cop; he’d say the dog charged him, and on his property he could shoot the fucking thing if he wanted. He’d swap out the sawed-off for his Remington before they arrived. Ballistics wouldn’t match, but by the time they proved that, he’d be long gone. Good-bye, shit-hole city; hello, tropical paradise. It was just a shame that it took him this long to collect.

He stood at the back door for a moment, cradling the shotgun gently, and let his eyes get adjusted to the dark before going out onto the concrete patio. He had a mini Maglite with him with a red lens over the bulb, so if there was something he needed to see he could twist it on without losing his night vision. Not that he needed to make a direct hit; even if he just winged the dog, he’d probably rip half its face off, maybe a leg.

First step off the patio his foot squelched in something; it felt too liquid to be shit, but the smell that hit him was meaty, redolent of shit and offal and God knew what else. Had that fucking dog already strewn his garbage about? Goddamn it.

Holding the shotgun in one arm, he turned on the flashlight and looked down at what he’d stepped in.

At first it looked like a puddle, which didn’t make sense since it hadn’t rained in a week, and the thought that it was dog piss was dismissed since it was dark, and dog piss wasn’t usually black. Or was that red-black? Swinging the light outwards, he saw greasy, ropey strands that couldn’t have come from his garbage can, and then a big hunk of raw, bloody meat like a lamb shank… only it was too long and thin to be a shank, too dark, and ended in a paw.

It was a Rottweiler leg.

Someone—something—had dismembered the Hindles’ psychotic dog and spread about a third of it all over his backyard. He saw the leg, which was the biggest piece, an assortment of internal organs, loops of intestines laid out like fallen party streamers, and lots of blood. But where was the other two thirds of the dog?

The hair stood up on the back of his neck, and he knew he had to get the fuck inside now. But as he turned, shotgun at the ready and braced against his hip, he saw the flash of white teeth in the dim moonlight, and his brain sent out the impulse to pull the trigger.

He didn’t have time to wonder why it never happened as the teeth ripped open his throat.

 

 

ACCORDING to the movies and several TV shows of questionable reputation, being a private detective was a thrilling occupation, or at least a somewhat exotic one. Roan wondered if that was ever true.

Right now he was just awash in the exotic drama. He was seeing the sunrise coming up over the freeway as he fought off yet another yawn, and forced himself to gulp the horrible transmission fluid the 7-Eleven laughingly called coffee in the hopes of staying awake long enough to get home. He hated living so far out in the middle of nowhere, but it was for the best for several reasons. He liked his privacy; in fact, he required it. So did Paris.

And he was coming back from his exotic case du jour, namely taking photos of a man meeting his mistress at a fleabag no-tell motel, getting enough pics of them in compromising positions (it was nice of them to go to a sleazy motel with few good photo angles and then fuck in the car) that his client was sure to have grounds for voiding their prenup. She’d clean up big-time in divorce court, and he’d still get nothing more than his measly hourly fee and applicable expenses. It was so much glamour he could hardly stand it. Just add a breakfast burrito and a bad case of hemorrhoids, and boy howdy, there was the dream. Raymond Chandler, eat your heart out!

He supposed he shouldn’t complain, because at least he got out in the field, even if it was in the side of town where burning cars on the side of the road had become a point of interest in the tourism brochures. Most of the work he did was background checks and credit checks, all easily done from his computer at home or in the office, and the occasional missing persons case or what Paris liked to call the “Springer cases” (cheating spouses/significant others/whatever the hell).

Those Springer cases made you feel nice and sleazy, like you were a voyeur participating in the acts, but the worst thing as far as Roan was concerned was the reaction from some of those suspicious lovers/spouses when he told them their fuck buddy wasn’t cheating on them. Most were relieved, which was fine, but the ones he abhorred, the ones that really made him hate the human race, were those who insisted that they were cheating. Either he hadn’t looked hard enough or was working with the goddamn bitch/bastard. Rather than be glad, they were sure there was something wrong and that their partner couldn’t be trusted.

His advice—for them to break up with their significant other and move on, because clearly they were unhappy and trying to pin the blame on their partner—was generally met with rage, snits, and threats of physical violence. He kind of hoped they would try something with him, but so far no one had.

He wondered if they knew he was one of the viral children; certainly the cops had for the very brief time he was on the force. He was pretty sure two years was more than enough time to make him anonymous again, but you could never really be certain. It didn’t help that he had a freaky-ass name like Roan McKichan, an aggressively Scottish name that almost no one could pronounce properly. (For some reason, many people liked to pronounce Roan “Ro-Ann”—did he look like a woman?—and McKichan was usually pronounced “McKick-In” or “McKitchen.” They seemed absolutely baffled that the “I” was pronounced like an “E,” and it was McKee-Cann, which some people liked to tell him wasn’t at all the way it was spelled.) At least he had teamed up with a man with a name even worse than his: Paris Lehane. Yes, they could easily pronounce it, but he always faced the question: “Like Paris Hilton?”

Roan liked to say yes, yes, exactly like Paris Hilton. Only he wasn’t a skanky blonde heiress with no discernible talent and a disturbing nose. Paris was a man who looked like the athlete he had been before he was infected and went a bit nuts, and he had some discernible talent. Perhaps he had the bit nuts thing in common with Hilton—she was probably so heavily medicated, you couldn’t tell.

Finally Roan turned down the gravel drive leading to the house, yawning all the while, and parked behind the ’68 GTO Paris had been attempting to restore in his free time. The body needed a lot of work still—there was quite a bit of rear-end damage, rust spots marring the fender, and the left side was dotted and splashed with primer—but there was no fear of anyone stealing it, because Paris had pulled out the engine to rebuild it, and it was currently spread out on a tarp on the floor of the garage. If someone wanted to steal his GTO, they’d need a tow truck.

Roan dumped out the sewer mud jokingly called coffee on the side of the driveway, then tossed the cup in his car garbage can as he grabbed the bag containing his laptop and digital camera, which were also known as the backbone of his business, and headed for the house.

He shouldered the bag as he dug out his keys, and wondered if he should bother to be quiet. It was Paris’s time, more or less, right? They ran on different viral cycles, and sometimes when he got caught up in work, he’d forget. If it was his time, he’d be in the basement, so he didn’t have to worry about being quiet—not for now at least. Later on Paris might be pissed at him, but he’d deal with that later, once he was rested and fully caffeinated.

But as soon as he was in the door, he knew something was wrong.

It was several things all at once. When he closed the door, a puff of wind seemed to move through the house, bringing with it a taste of fresh outside air. There was also another scent wafting after it, one of pain and the musky smell of a cat mixed inextricably with that of a human. Altogether it was like sour milk with a hint of flesh, iron, and fresh-cut grass. Not only weird, but immensely troubling. “Paris?” he asked, alarmed, putting his bag on the side table before venturing into the living room.

What awaited him there looked like the aftermath of an explosion. Half of the sliding glass door leading to the backyard had been shattered, broken glass sparkling like fractured diamonds on the slate gray outer deck, and the curtains were partially torn down, the fabric billowing in the breeze like a collapsed sail. An armchair had been reduced to kindling with random clots of stuffing, and the coffee table was tipped over, its legs sticking up in the air like a dead insect. On the floor between the table and the couch, naked and curled up in fetal position, was Paris, semi-conscious and panting through the pain. He looked totally human, his skin slicked with sweat, but when his eyelids flickered open, Roan could see his eyes were still almost totally amber, the whites mere spots in the corner, his pupils still dark vertical slits. It was common that the eyes were the first to change and the last to go.

“I’m sorry,” Paris gasped. “I fell asleep upstairs, and when I woke up.… I tried to get downstairs, but.…”

“It’s okay,” he lied. Considering Paris’s strain, him getting out was never a good thing. Not only was he quite noticeable, but the amount of damage he could do was extraordinary; they were lucky to have just lost some furniture and a sliding glass door. He hoped that was the extent of it all, but Roan was not a natural optimist. That’s why they lived out here, in the middle of nowhere, far from other people: less chance of collateral damage if everything went wrong. When you were a werecat, you always had to think about these things.

 

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About the Author

Andrea Speed may or may not exist. She may have been found in a shoe box for a brand that has never existed - Rebus: Picture Success. Or don't. Your call. - in the Dumpster of a co-op in Seattle. Or maybe she's a collection of Twitter bots advertising coffee enemas who somehow combined and gained sentience. Nobody knows for sure or cares. May also be a small, medicinal horse that's the Meryl Streep of stunt corpses.


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My Brother’s Keeper (Book One): The First Three Rules

My Brother's Keeper (Book One)

by Adrienne Wilder

My Brother's Keeper - Adrienne Wilder - The First Three Rules
Part of the My Brother's Keeper series:
  • My Brother's Keeper (Book One): The First Three Rules
Editions:Kindle - first edition: $ 3.99
ISBN: B00J90EIIC
Size: 0.00 x 0.00 in
Pages: 280
Paperback - First edition: $ 10.99
ISBN: 1500946524
Size: 6.00 x 9.00 in
Pages: 280

This is book one of three. All books are full-length novels and must be read in order. All books are available now.
The My Brother's Keeper Trilogy

The town of Gilford has a Big and Terrible secret hidden in the ground.
Infecting those it touches.
Exploiting their darkness.
Consuming their souls.
It’s hungry. It’s vile. It’s evil.
And it wants out.

Book One: The First Three Rules
Marshal Jon Foster lost his purpose and his sanity the day he saw the image of his dead brother. The distraction saved Jon’s life but cost the lives of innocent people including his best friend and partner. It was a price for survival Jon couldn’t live with and was sure he’d never understand.
Driven by grief and guilt he tried to escape his past by fleeing to a small town in the middle of nowhere. Only instead of peace, the memories festered.
Then the offer of a stick of gum from a stranger changes Jon’s life and puts him on a road out of the nightmare he’s trapped in.

Ellis Harper has lived the past twenty years isolated from the outside world and sole caretaker for his mentally disabled brother, Rudy. While Ellis loves his brother, he longs for a life he’ll never be able to have.
Shut away, his days consist of chores, endless cartoons, and games of Go Fish. A world that seemed to have no end until an innocent misunderstanding turns Ellis and his brother into a target for a town bully.
It’s a fight Ellis can never win on his own but thanks to a chance meeting with a stranger, he doesn’t have to.

What begins as a new journey in love for both men quickly unfolds into something neither of them could have ever imagined.

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Reviews:Lexicdark on Amazon wrote:

This book has all the feels and you are going to get dragged into it quickly. So first you have Jon, who ran from a horrible situation and found himself in a random no name town. But he has had enough, and it's time to end it all. But then Rudy sits down on the bench next to him and starts talking, about nothing. And Jon doesn't want to off himself with someone sitting right there... so he waits, while Rudy keeps talking. But where there is Rudy, there is Ellis, who finds them shortly after to take Rudy home. And then the worst possible thing happens to Jon, Rudy wants ice cream, and his brother says 'no', and suddenly Jon wants to buy Rudy ice cream. Jon starts agreeing and making future plans, which is the worst thing when you are trying to kill yourself.

Seriously, no spoiler tags because that is the first few pages of the book, not even all of Chapter 1. Rudy is a grown adult, but due to illness as a child, has stayed that way. Ellis is Rudy's little brother, who has been caring for Rudy since their parents died. Jon just randomly gets pulled into their world. Ellis does just about everything to get Jon to go away. There are rules and structure Ellis has put in place so he and Rudy can stay together. They don't have much, but Ellis will always take care of Rudy, no matter what. Jon is a little broken. The best part, neither Rudy or Ellis fix Jon, they just help him learn how to be himself again.

This books will hit you in all feels, with all the things. People and small towns can be horrible. But there are good people there, but you have to find your family and protect them from all the bad. And maybe Jon and Ellis are enough to protect Rudy.

Melyssa Winchester on Amazon wrote:

It's not very often I can sit down after reading a book and say that I loved it so much from the moment it started that it was a 5* read off the jump, but I can definitely say that here. I knew at 5% what I would end up rating this book just based on what the author had put forth at this point and it only raised higher still with everything that came after.
This is not an easy story to read, even though it flows so effortlessly it does feel easy in that way. There are real issues tackled in this story that not a lot of others like it take on and they're written about in a way that shows a lot of care by the author. The characters because of these issues jump off the page and become real the more pages you turn until suddenly, the story is over and you're wondering how it happened.
Rudy endeared himself to me immediately and even now stepping away from it, he's still here. I'm not sure if it's because I have three developmentally challenged children of my own that did it, but the way Rudy is with me now, I want him to stay that way forever. Such a wonderfully refreshing character and the one bright spot in this very sad story.
My heart ached for Jon and Ellis both. They were both facing their own roads and issues and at times I wanted to stop reading just so I could hug the hell out of them. They deserved it, they earned it. They are two tragically beautiful characters and I'm so glad this book was recommended to me so that I could meet them. They've touched me in ways not a lot of characters have in the past.
The romance in this story was perfect. It was pretty close to magical in the way it transpired, especially due to Ellis's innocence of the world and Jon's knowledge of it. It was believable, paced so well that it seemed natural and the love scenes, while hot in some aspects, touched my heart as much as the characters themselves did. There was love in these pages, even before the characters wanted to admit to it and it was beautiful.
There was mention of a paranormal aspect to this, but I didn't get that feeling at all from what I read here. What Rudy is able to do, honestly with how truly amazing people who have special needs are, it seemed like a natural thing to me for him to be able to just "know" things the way he did. It added even more awesomeness to his character quite frankly.
I cannot say enough good things about this book. It's a definite must read by everyone, whether you're a fan of m/m romance or not. The story alone speaks to it.
I want to give this more stars, but for now 5 is going to have to do!
Brilliant read!


About the Author

I am a writer of contemporary and speculative fiction and artist of all things monster. I live to create new worlds and the people in them. Several of my books have been best sellers both nationally and internationally.

I do my best to write original stories with powerful characters and emotions as well as a fast-paced plot. My goal isn't just to deliver a good story but to take the reader into the story and let them experience the characters as if they are right there with them.

While almost all my books have a romantic element, I will be the first to admit, they are not traditional romance. In fact, I'd like to think there is nothing traditional about them. And the stories I paint are done so way outside the lines of traditional genres.

One of my favorite things to do as a writer is push the boundaries of what makes a story and to deliver the unexpected and maybe even change the perspective of the reader.

My characters are more often than not, beautifully flawed, not always the good guy, and make mistakes. Their stories will take dark turns which, in the end, make the light at the end of the tunnel all the brighter.

I currently live in NC with my partner, dogs, and cats. I enjoy growing saltwater soft corals.