We have Morticia Knight stopping by today with her new release Cherished by Two from Pride Publishing
I imagine many of you are thinking, um, ew. They are not. But let’s examine this more closely. As it turns out, one of the very first sci-fi movies I saw that didn’t have something slimy with razor-sharp teeth bursting out of a guy’s chest, was Starman. It was a unique film for its time. The premise was that an alien visits Earth based on an invite that was sent from one of the Voyager space probes from the seventies.
However, this alien doesn’t have a physical body. When he crash-lands on Earth, he takes on the form of Karen Allen’s dead husband, who happens to look like a hot Jeff Bridges. He needs her help to get to the meeting place where he’s supposed to be picked up in a few days by his fellow aliens, or he’ll die. After kidnapping an understandably terrified Karen Allen to help him, they slowly begin to learn about each other and start to view the other through a different lens.
What I loved about this film and the whole dynamic, was while it did have the evil government chasing them down that most of the aliens-land-on-Earth tropes do, there was also a quieter, more subtle quality to it. The gradual connection that forms between two different races of beings was amazing to watch. The other aspect that I loved is the reactions from Jeff’s alien to the everyday things we take for granted. The first time he tastes Dutch apple pie is priceless. His alien species doesn’t need food, so the pleasure of a rich dessert is something he’s never experienced. It’s moments like those that I love to write when I do sci-fi or futuristic stories.
Chris’ story began in Slave for Two (Soul Match 1) when he’s first taken as a sex slave by two large, males from the Alasharian alien race who are in their own version of a Dom/sub relationship. The Alasharians have invaded Earth and the time period could be right now. A lot of political machinations, betrayal and lies have informed the invasions, and the warriors Lasar and Nary who have been awarded Chris as a war prize, begin to have their doubts as to whether they’ve done the right thing by invading Earth. They’re also stunned to discover that Chris, a mere human, is meant to be soul matched, or bonded to them.
This set-up gave me ample opportunities to explore just how a relationship might evolve between these three beings. Obviously, Chris wouldn’t take kindly to being captured, particularly since this alien race has been responsible for the deaths of so many humans in the invasion—including Chris’ father. He’s angry at them, but also terrified. Their physical strength is daunting as well as the knowledge that they only kill the humans who fight back. At the same time, the alien who retrieved him from the slave cages saved him and his cousin from a terrible situation and has treated him well. It’s difficult for Chris to reconcile his assumptions with the reality.
By the same token, the aliens are confused by Chris. He’s not what they expected from the propaganda they were fed by their leader prior to the invasion. The lust-addled, violent, unintelligent being they thought they’d be getting is nothing at all like the scared man who is going out of his way to please them. As they begin to let down some of their guard, the process of them learning about, and accepting each other, begins.
As a result, I’ve been able to relish the moments when Chris communicates with his trademark sarcasm and the aliens take it literally. They also tale the opportunity to discover more about each other’s culture and customs, and as they grow closer, those elements become more important to them as a threesome. Not only did I enjoy writing these aspects of the story, but I got to write about hot aliens too. Jeff Bridges was a looker in Starman, but I think Lasar and Nary have him beat. I know Chris thinks so *wink*
Cherished by Two Blurb:
Destiny rewards those who embrace it.
Chris and his alien soul matches, Lasar and Nary, are ready to deepen their new bond as mates. It’s also time for Chris to begin his training as a Nasha, or sub, and for Nary to embrace his new role as Ahna, or Dom, to Chris. As three in the soul match, they are unique. Not only have Alasharians never matched with a human, they’ve never matched as three.
What makes them special also puts them in danger. The Supreme Soul Healer warned Chris that many changes were ahead, ones even more startling than the original invasion. They must keep their bond a secret until they know who they can trust.
As Ahna to both Nary and Chris, Lasar carries the responsibility of protecting his mates. A proud Alasharian warrior and commander, he’ll stop at nothing to keep them safe and to help Chris find his missing mother and sisters. To make sure that Chris’ cousin Morgan isn’t sent back to the slave cages, he’s also arranged for a fellow commander to take Morgan into his care when he returns from battle.
Lasar and Nary are invited to a pleasure party by the Alasharian’s leader, the Nall, and are forced to bring Chris and Morgan. But a terrifying turn of events sets in motion what might be the beginning of the end for them all, unless they can resist the void.