Matthias Reynolds loves his life. He's starting to make it as a graphic artist at last and has a job he really likes at a local café that pays the bills. When a night out clubbing leads to an awkward morning after, he's embarrassed and more than ready to forget all about it. When Talani Enforcers show up at the café, he doesn't know what to make of it all as he's led away in restraints.
Standing accused of crimes he struggles to understand, he finds he has an unexpected champion: the Talani warrior and war hero J'nah Quislin. J'nah knows that Matty is his. All J'nah has to do is keep Matty safe from those who engineered Matty's charges and sentencing. That, and get Matty to accept that universe always intended them to be together as one. All it requires is for Matty to return J'nah's devotion and offer his willing submission. Can Matty do it, with all that it will mean for his future?
Matty has lived in a big city his entire life, so he's seen a lot of different things and encountered folks from a host of different cultures. The Talani Embassy is in his city, and while he'd never personally encountered any of the Talani (or any of the other peoples from their Alliance for that matter), he'd certainly seen on TV and heard stories from his best friend, who worked at the Embassy, in the trade department.
He'd had pre-conceived notions about the Talani. They looked human, just much larger and very green. They were engaged in trade, allowing human corporations to operate within Talani space. He even knew about the Volunteer program, where humans could go to work for the Talani, usually leaving Earth to in exchange for a job and training. It was all so friendly sounding, that he quite missed one big thing. The Talani aren't human and they have a vastly different history, set of laws, and so on.
Yet, when confronted with this reality, he can't help but find things somewhat familiar, even if he quickly learned to not assume that if it looked like a bag of crisps, it quite likely was not like any crisps he'd ever seen before. The things that were similar only served to highlight the differences, making him all the more homesick until he found a balance. His sense of curiosity coupled with his becoming familiar with the ways of the Talani quickly imbued him with a sense of belonging. It certainly didn't hurt that he had his very own Talani warrior showering him with affection, either.
Creating the alien landscape was not without its pitfalls. What to call things, so they seemed familiar, bit not? What sort of advances would my aliens use without it seeming overly fantastical? I didn't want to get up in technology and end up distracting readers from the plot. I'm hoping that I struck the right balance so that readers will feel they are in an alien environment standing right next Matty, but not feel lost within technobabble or superfluous uses of advanced technology. As for the food and their biology- hey, they're aliens. Evolution threw different numbers on the dice, and they were six-sided at that.
Leona is a longtime staunch supporter of human rights and environmental causes. Her favourite genre to read is M/M fiction and she particularly enjoys science fiction, fantasy, and action/suspense sub-genres—especially if they have a nice seasoning of romance. She has far too many books on her Kindle, has overloaded her phone with even more and, when not reading, writing, being driven to distraction by her children, or being overlorded by her three cats, can be found trying to locate the portal that the sock monster uses to steal socks from her dryer.
Recent head-reeling news for her included her novel Jared:Urban Wolves #1 being nominated for an Indie Award from Metamorph and placing as a finalist in the 2016 Rainbow Awards, earning an Honorable Mention. She's still suspicious that it's all been a dream, but as long as her readers are happy and she can find at least one of the missing socks, she's happy.
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