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A.C. Ellas


I've long since embraced my inner nerd. I revel in my Greekness and in my Geekness. I have two lives: the mundane reality of life here on earth, and the far more interesting life in my head. I love ancient history; ancient forms of combat; target archery; sabre fencing; anything to do with horses other than western saddle stuff; organic food and sustainable farming; and science fiction and fantasy of all varieties, especially conventions, which are the only gatherings on earth where I can find many people just as strange as I am.

Email : ac.ellas@ymail.com

A Chaos Temple

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #11
Published By: Extasy Books
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Never say impossible. A time of peace and recovery shatters when a routine mission goes awry. Chaos reaches...
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Never say impossible.

A time of peace and recovery shatters when a routine mission goes awry. Chaos reaches out once more to destroy the prophecy. But the enemy has learned, and this time the attacks are aimed at the prince’s defenders, high priest S’Rak, and Captain Jisten.
Prince Jethain finds true love at last, but his gentle partner is no lady, but a slave. All the slaves he’s ever freed have vanished within days of their manumission. He loves her, but fears to free her and bring the curse down upon her.
Will S’Rak and Jisten survive the traps laid for them, or will Jethain and his new love be left defenseless against all the power of the Unmaker?
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Assassins

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #6
Published By: Extasy Books
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There’s an assassin in the pantry.   High priest S’Rak is a man beset by many problems. T...
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There’s an assassin in the pantry.
 
High priest S’Rak is a man beset by many problems. The king wants to crown him, the sun priests want to purify him, and the palace slave trainer just wants him. Captain Jisten stands at the heart of an ethical dilemma that continues to plague Rak, for either Jisten is an oathbreaker or Rak is a rapist, and neither result bodes well for their future in the service of a God whose punishment for either crime is death. On top of all that, chaos-wielding assassins are trying to kill his brother.
What’s a high priest to do when the man of his dreams is under a vow of purity and assassins lurk around every corner?
warning: this book contains a m/f scene
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Chaos and Flies

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #5
Published By: Extasy Books
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Chaos and blackmail and lust, oh my.   Honor. Duty. Love. Blackmail. Intrigue. Lust. Flies. Yes, flie...
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Chaos and blackmail and lust, oh my.
 
Honor. Duty. Love. Blackmail. Intrigue. Lust. Flies. Yes, flies. Killer blood-seeking flies have been the bane of Koilatha since the founding. They’re rumored to live in the ruins of an ancient temple of evil, not that anyone has ever gotten close enough to find out for certain. As a high priest, Rak is duty-bound to investigate these flies. The sun priest attempting to purify him and the palace functionary blackmailing him complicate matters, as does his brother’s near death at the hands of an ambitious woman and the king’s continued attempts to force him to accept the position as heir to the throne.
The worst thing of all is that, while sober, Jisten won’t settle for lust—he wants it all. And never mind that Rak has seduced him twice already. Where does honor lie when intrigue, duty, and love conflict?
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Control Spell Crisis

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #15
Published By: Extasy Books
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Which will prove the stronger—the bonds of love or the bonds of magic?   While High Priest S...
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Which will prove the stronger—the bonds of love or the bonds of magic?
 
While High Priest S'Rak struggles to escape the control of his past, Captain Jisten wrestles with his inner fear of becoming a monster.
The Zothians have the upper hand over S'Rak. Their magic is strong and unbreakable, or is it? When Hasaviz violates his sworn word, S'Rak sees a glimmer of hope that he might win freedom from his desperate situation. Jisten grows in his role as Rak's partner, until a disastrous encounter causes him to question everything he's doing. His deepest fear has always been that he's no different than the men abusing S'Rak, and now that fear is coming to fruition.
Will S'Rak and Jisten's relationship survive the forces that seemed destined to tear them apart?
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Divine Retaliation

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #19
Published By: Extasy Books
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Never **** off a goddess.              With t...
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Never **** off a goddess.             
With the dark servant S’Tyll on the mend, High Priest S’Rak and Captain Jisten think they have all the time in the world to hunt the slave trainer Hasaviz and punish him for his crimes. They couldn’t be more mistaken, for their real enemy is now in play, seeking to stop the Victory Prophecy by making it impossible for S’Rak to give Prince Jethain an heir. Will S’Rak and Jisten be able to withstand the onslaught of an enraged goddess? Will S’Tyll, still recovering from a heart attack, be able to assist them at all, or will they be on their own against impossible odds?
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Kephi

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #17
Published By: Extasy Books
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Heart’s blood on a white knife. The high priest’s husband is on a rampage. A skilled assassin, S&r...
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Heart’s blood on a white knife.
The high priest’s husband is on a rampage. A skilled assassin, S’Tyll has made it his mission to take revenge on behalf of his spouse. Unfortunately, he’s starting with Jisten, S’Rak’s bonded Valer and captain of the guard. At the same time, S’Rak is in deep trouble, for his Zothian past hasn’t remained decently past but is dominating his present and trying to collar his future. Can S’Rak manage to convince his outraged spouse to accept Jisten and attack his real enemies instead?
To make matters worse, the attacks on the Valers continue, this time right through S’Rak’s carefully wrought wards. With the chapel not yet sanctified, it’s as vulnerable as the Valers, and S’Rak is duty bound to defend them all. With S’Tyll under arrest, time becomes a commodity even more precious than gold or water. S’Rak will stop at nothing to secure S’Tyll’s release before the horrors of gaol drive the empath insane, but will it be enough? Or will it be too late for S’Tyll?
 
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Lake Yiali

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #12
Published By: Extasy Books
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Bushes are scratchy. With High Priest S’Rak recovering from an infected bite and Prince Jethain recoveri...
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Bushes are scratchy.
With High Priest S’Rak recovering from an infected bite and Prince Jethain recovering from a poisoned dinner, everyone agrees that it’s high time for a vacation. They go north, to a pleasant lake nestled at the feet of the mountains, to relax and recuperate from the Unmaker’s unrelenting attacks.
While this time may seem idyllic on the surface, trouble is gathering in the depths. Will the Unmaker leave them in peace long enough for them to recover their strength, or will She strike them when their guard is down?
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Malachite and Iolite

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: Emerald Envisage #0
Published By: Extasy Books
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Malachite snares for iolite lightning. S’Rak, a young priest of the Lord of Night, meets S’Avetina...
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Malachite snares for iolite lightning.
S’Rak, a young priest of the Lord of Night, meets S’Avetina, a young priestess who is Loftoni, just like he is. Soon he finds himself embroiled in her family’s plot to see her married—and he’s the intended groom. Can he set a snare for his huntress before she has him entangled?
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Midnight Matters

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #7
Published By: Extasy Books
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Dragons blasting down Sun Temples, sun priests invading the palace, nothing to report.   High priest...
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Dragons blasting down Sun Temples, sun priests invading the palace, nothing to report.
 
High priest S’Rak successfully prevented his brother’s assassination and discovered, to his delight, that Captain Jisten wasn’t under a vow of purity after all. But nothing is as simple as it should be, and the prince’s health continues to decline, and discovering the cause stirs up far worse trouble than anyone expected.
While Jisten might not be under a vow of purity, it stands to reason that a sun priest should be, but that doesn’t seem to bother S’Rak’s enemies. When the high priest appears powerless to stop the senior sun priest’s abuses, allowing himself to be victimized for the sake of the Victory Prophecy, the captain takes matters into his own hands.
He has a good crossbow, the help of a Goddess, and a dragon. What could possibly go wrong?
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Rak and Jisten

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #8
Published By: Extasy Books
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Honor, duty, lust.   Captain Jisten is a man divided. Honor, on the one hand, and love, on the other....
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Honor, duty, lust.
 
Captain Jisten is a man divided. Honor, on the one hand, and love, on the other. It’s difficult to balance the needs of his partner, S’Rak, and the needs of the prince he serves. It doesn’t help that the prince is acting oddly and growing increasingly jealous of the time his captain spends with the high priest. But then Jisten is drawn into the dark world of S’Rak’s past, where he is forced to confront his deepest fears. Racial pride and heritage war with his need for sanity and decency.
Will Jisten learn to accept S’Rak for who he is and face his internal demons, or will he withdraw behind the shield of duty and abandon the man he loves?
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Resurrection

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #4
Published By: Extasy Books
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Behold the power of the Lord of Night.   At last the stasis potion is set to wear off, and the prince...
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Behold the power of the Lord of Night.
 
At last the stasis potion is set to wear off, and the prince will return to the land of the living. But Rak discovers that his brother’s resurrection is the least of his problems. His past is being used against him, and so is his tryst with the handsome captain of the palace guard.
His options are few and his allies fewer, and the King has somehow declared him heir to the throne, an honor he absolutely does not want. Can Rak steer his way out of the political mess caused by his brother’s near death?
 
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Road to Koilatha

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #1
Published By: Extasy Books
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Pack lighter for the doomed mission.   For three thousand years, the dark servants of the Lord of Nig...
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Pack lighter for the doomed mission.

 

For three thousand years, the dark servants of the Lord of Night have waged war against the monstrous armies of the Unmaker. An ancient prophecy gives them hope of eventual victory, but now the underpinnings of their salvation are threatened, for the Unmaker seeks to destroy a central player of the prophecy before he comes into his own.

Cursed with the rare gift of foresight, high priest S’Rak suffers a series of visions showing the same man dying a hundred different deaths. To save the ancient prophecy, S’Rak is duty bound to travel to a sun kingdom and, if necessary, give his life to defend this unknown prince.

 

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Sex in the Sun Temple

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #2
Published By: Extasy Books
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The only thing more entertaining than being accused of murder is seducing the innocent.   S’Rak...
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The only thing more entertaining than being accused of murder is seducing the innocent.
 
S’Rak, a high priest of the Lord of Night, has been sent far from home to defend both a prophecy and a prince. His problems began the very day he arrived in a kingdom that views him and his kind as demons, and his half-brother Prince Jethain, the man he has sacrificed everything to save, isn’t helping matters.
Only Jisten, the captain of the palace guard, is willing to help S’Rak, but can the two learn to work together in time to save the prince?
warning: this book contains a m/f scene
 
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Slavers' Guild War

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #18
Published By: Extasy Books
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Grilled minstrel with a side of fried spy. The slavers are moving against High Priest S’Rak and Captain...
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Grilled minstrel with a side of fried spy.
The slavers are moving against High Priest S’Rak and Captain Jisten to make them pay for the destruction of Wethmir House. Other forces are moving also, secret forces, and S’Rak remains their target. Between Jisten’s racial bond with S’Rak and S’Tyll’s empathic one, there is little the two men can’t accomplish where S’Rak is concerned…so long as they work together. But trust is hard to forge in the aftermath of outraged blows and assassin’s blades, especially after the too-bold bard makes a play for the too-shy captain. If Jisten and S’Tyll can’t learn to trust one another enough to form a working partnership, the one thing they hold dear, S’Rak, could be lost to them both.
 
 

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Slavers, Guards and Bards

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #16
Published By: Extasy Books
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“I can take them fearlessly into battle. Unfortunately, that is the only place I can fearlessly take them.&r...
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“I can take them fearlessly into battle. Unfortunately, that is the only place I can fearlessly take them.” – S’Rak
 
Slavers steal the Valer children, and it’s up to High Priest S’Rak and Captain Jisten to hunt them down and rescue the children. In a country where slavery is legal and slavers as common as fleas on a dog, the children’s hope of rescue before the auction block is slim to none.
S’Rak’s guards, long on the road, arrive in the city at last and immediately spark a battle and a diplomatic incident. Will S’Rak’s sanity, dignity and diplomatic immunity survive?
Bard Tafflynn, also known as S’Tyll, arrives with S’Rak’s personal guard. He is not pleased by the presumption of the Valer captain. S’Rak is, after all, his spouse. Will the bond Jisten shares with Rak prove sufficient to shield him from the irate wrath of the high priest’s husband?
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Solstice Dagger

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Published By: Devine Destinies
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The longest day, the shortest night, the greatest danger. When the sacred dagger essential to the solstice ri...

Nivi’s sandals slid across the satiny smooth stone. He wobbled, sandals slipping on sand, which collected even up here on the roof, arms flinging out for balance. It was a very long way down. The dagger flew from his flailing hand, skittering and spinning, a flashing rainbow-and-metal streak across black marble. Grandma’s scream hurt his ears, but Nivi dove for the sliver of star-steel, his body smacking onto the catwalk well short of the dagger.

It teetered on the brink of the marble span, threatening to tip over and crack the glass dome of the temple’s roof. Thank the Night it wasn’t at the other edge, where it would plummet dragon-lengths down to the hard stone of the plaza below. Nivi crept forward on his belly, straining to reach the dagger an arm-length away—a hand-length—a finger-length. His longest finger brushed the cool copper-and-bronze of the dagger’s simple guard and tipped it over the edge.

Wordlessly, he wailed as the blade tumbled down, end over end. The dagger clattered against the glass dome and slid into the shadows. There was no choice. He had to get the dagger. He had to put it back on the altar. He swung his legs over the edge, setting his hands on the marble span.

“No, Nivi! Don’t!”

He ignored her babble, lowering himself down by strength of arm. Then he ran out of arm, and his sandals still dangled well above the curved glass. He let go, dropping half again his height. Sandals slapped on glass as his knees bent, absorbing the impact, and he looked down through the translucent surface at the nave of the temple so very far below. He sidled, sliding his feet rather than lifting them, to the spot where the dagger had vanished into the shadows. He crouched, reached down into the narrow crevice of the gutter where the faintest of glows marked the spot where the night stone rested, and felt around for the hilt.

He found the sharp edge of the blade and he snatched his hand back. Blood welled from his cut finger, a rich crimson red that had no equal in either luster or depth of color. A drop trailed down the length of his finger and he twisted his hand to watch it, forgetting his pain, and forgetting his quest. A shadow fell across him and the blood turned rusty black. He stuck the throbbing finger in his mouth and looked up.

The scales of the dragon were iridescent, like ebon puddles overlaid with a film of oil. Purple, red, blue, and green twisted and flowed across the beast. Horns, claws, ridges and above all, teeth, were white as death, a stark contrast to the black hide. Blazing yellow eyes, bright and burning like sunfire, searched the temple roof. Then the dragon flew past, unable to find a place to land. Nivi picked up the dagger and carefully tucked it into his belt.

His father had sent the dragon to find him. He had to hurry. He jumped up, trying to catch the edge of the narrow span that lined the building’s edge. He came nowhere close to his goal. He ran lightly for the closer spire, every so often trying again to leap and catch the ledge, all to no avail. He reached the corner where the catwalk met the smooth round tower. Nothing. He ran on, faster, keeping the black marble to his left. The second tower offered no way out, either. He was too short. He couldn’t reach the spire doors atop the spans. He was trapped. He rocked back and forth, clutching the sacred dagger.

Leaf green swirling with ceruleandon’t give up, keep runningvermillion pinwheels on lavender

Nivi picked himself up and put the wall to his left again. He continued on, slowly at first, and then accelerating as a subtle difference in the grey color of the distant tower’s base drew him in. The spire itself was silver, but the base was grey marble.

There was a door. It wasn’t a large door, barely wide and tall enough for a thin man to duck through, but Nivi had no trouble fitting. There was a partial twist of the stair down from the main roof exit. The nave was below, and the altar. He padded down the spiral stairs. Down and down without pause, into the stone bowels of the depths of the temple. The base of the staircase was abrupt and simple as the other end. If there had been doorways along the way, he hadn’t seen them. He exited the volute.

Deep darkness surrounded him. His fingers scraped rough-hewn rock to either side. He hesitated, drawing back in to himself and rocking. The lambent nightstone drew his eye. Here was light, here was life. He held the dagger aloft before him.

—hematite paling to silver—hurry, Nivi, you must go up, and up—pearl swirling on jade and lapis—

The nightstone in the dagger gave enough light, barely, to see by.

The longest day, the shortest night, the greatest danger.

When the sacred dagger essential to the solstice rites goes missing, disaster is only hours away. Everyone in the temple turns out to search for the solstice dagger. Can one special boy fight past his inner distraction to save the day?
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The Cost Of War

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #20
Published By: Extasy Books
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I would not miss this for all the café in Koilatha.—S’Rak     The stake...
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I would not miss this for all the café in Koilatha.—S’Rak    
The stakes have never been higher, nor the odds longer, as High Priest S’Rak, the assassin S’Tyll and Captain Jisten attempt to avert disaster and the ending of the Victory Prophecy. As foreseen by S’Rak, today is the day that the Unmaker will unleash her attack, killing the prince and assuring her victory. Only a handful of mortal men stand in her way, and as she seeks to brush them aside, they must stand firm, stand together or all might be lost.
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The Great Rabbit Hunt

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: The Dark Servant #3
Published By: Extasy Books
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Duty before pride.   After saving the prince from certain death and convincing the sun priests that h...
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Duty before pride.
 
After saving the prince from certain death and convincing the sun priests that he’s not dead but in magical stasis, a high priest of the Lord of Night should have time to relax and enjoy his tryst with the captain of the palace guard. Between the nobles blackmailing him over his past and the sun priests intent on staking and beheading the prince (to save his soul), Rak’s in deeper trouble than ever. And to make matters worse, the captain doesn’t even remember their tryst.
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V-Tach's Awakening

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: Son of the Wind #1
Published By: Devine Destinies
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I am what I am in the form that I am. Pat, a repressed púcca, is enjoying his career as a top jockey. He rid...

Pat woke with a pounding heart. The dream had been so vivid! He was sweating and his muscles ached as if it’d been real. Of course, it couldn’t have been. Pat was up and moving though. I have to check on Vee. Something’s amiss, I know it. He grabbed a pillow and a blanket. As restless as he was, he might as well sleep in the barn for the rest of what remained of the night.

For some reason, he felt the need to run. Even though there was no sign of trouble. The night, if anything, was quieter than it had been earlier. He quickly covered the distance between the house and the barn. When he got there, staggering and close to exhaustion, he could hear Vee moving restlessly in his stall—and the stall door was open!

Pat flipped the switches, flooding the barn with light. A crazy-looking man was in Vee’s stall. He was filthy, unkempt, unshaven, with long yellow fingernails and wild black hair that looked as if it hadn’t been combed in years. All this Pat saw in a flash, along with the rags the man wore in lieu of clothes. Pat grabbed a pitchfork and leaped into the stall to defend Vee, but he wasn’t fast enough.

Before his horrified eyes, the wild man bit Vee, right on his left haunch, and Pat shrieked in anger when he saw the blood. He charged the man, because he couldn’t swing the pitchfork without hitting Vee. The man nimbly avoided him and ducked back out of the stall, and Pat gave chase, bellowing for assistance, but the man disappeared, impossibly fast, but for the trailing cackle of glee he left in his wake.

 

* * * *

 

He had awoken abruptly when the door to his stall creaked open. He’d heard his rider walk though earlier and had assumed that all was well. He clambered to his feet, blowing softly to tell his rider that he was awake now. But it wasn’t his rider. It was a stranger. He backed up and sounded an alarm. The strange man followed him, quick as a cat, and laid a hand on him.

He started to rear but froze as a voice spoke in his mind, not in sounds so much as in concepts, thoughts, ideas. But it was the equivalent, to him, of words to a human. “You are more than you seem, more than you know, and all that you desire can be, if you reach for it.

“How?”

“I will help you.”

His rider was suddenly there, pitchfork in hand, and he feared that the strange man would leave without telling him how to realize his dreams. He was greatly surprised when the man bit him, and he squealed in anger, twisting to bite back, to bring his own hooves into play. But his rider was forcing the man away from him, and he didn’t want to hurt his rider, so he settled and stood hipshot, easing his weight off the bitten leg, though truth be told, it didn’t hurt that much.

He was pleased that his rider had defended him, even if the man had gotten away. His rider cared about him as much as he cared about his rider. If only the strange man had stayed to tell him how this dream could come true.

 

I am what I am in the form that I am.
Pat, a repressed púcca, is enjoying his career as a top jockey. He rides for his father, a sorcerer and notable breeder and trainer of top thoroughbreds. He, like his father, seeks glory on the track. The Triple Crown hasn’t been won since 1978, and they have a horse who might be the one to do it. But first, V-Tach must prove himself worthy by winning the Wood Memorial, and someone or something is out to stop them.
Pat hates magic and wants nothing to do with it, seeing it as nothing more than a cheat. But the power of magic can’t be denied forever, neither his own magic nor that of V-Tach. When Pat discovers that V-Tach is a shapeshifter capable of changing into a human man, he’s outraged. Will the magic bring the end of their racing dreams?
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Violet And Verde

Written By: A.C. Ellas
Series: Violet Visions #0
Published By: Extasy Books
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A violet huntress pursues verdant prey. S’Avetina is a young priestess of the Lord of Night. Although sh...
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A violet huntress pursues verdant prey.
S’Avetina is a young priestess of the Lord of Night. Although she is a mage, she has failed to bond to a dragon, leading her family to fear that too much out-crossing has weakened their Loftoni blood. Ave is under immense pressure to marry another Loftoni and soon. Then she meets S’Rak, a young priest, just off the line, and a dragon-bonded Loftoni. To her immense surprise, her family is dead-set against the match due to Rak’s past. But in Okyro, women do the courting, and women make the choices. Will Ave choose to continue her hunt, or will she yield to family pressure and let the young priest go?
Price: $1.99