Alexis Duran’s Blood Of Salar
Blood of Salar sounds like an amazing book. It’s the second book in the Masters and Mages series and I can’t wait to read both of these. I got a chance to sit down with Alexis and ask some fun questions so be sure to read the interview. Read all about the book and an excerpt that will leave you wanting more. At the very bottom enter for a chance to win a copy of the first book in the series, Touch of Salar, and a gift card.
Amanda C. Stone: Good morning! I’m glad you could join me today Alexis.
Alexis Duran: Thank you for inviting me, Amanda. It’s great to be here.
ACS: Anyone can buy the rights to name a star. What would you name a star bought for you?
AD: I’ve never been much of an egomaniac, so I wouldn’t name it after myself. I think I’d like to be annoying in case the star ever becomes prominent and name it after my dear departed cat, Tarquin Fin Tin Lin Bin Bustop F’tang F’tang Olé Biscuit Barrel (F’tang for short). The nerds out there will recognize this from a Monty Python skit.
ACS: *raises hand* Total nerd, and definitely got the reference. Got a good laugh at it too. I’d love to visit a planet that orbits Tarquin Fin Tin Lin Bin Bustop F’tang F’tang Olé Biscuit Barrel. If you could have any crazy talent (rolling your tongue, saying the alphabet backwards, fun things) what would you want your talent to be? Or if you already have a crazy talent, what is it?
AD: Well, I do have the amazing ability to move my pinkie toe independently of the others, but no one seems properly impressed. If I could choose a crazy talent I’d like to be able to lift one eyebrow like Spock. Now that would come in handy quite often.
ACS: Spock’s one eyebrow lift would be completely epic. I admire people that can do that. I always look kind of crazy when I try it. Who would you want to have as a stripper at your birthday party?
AD: If I could go back in time I’d pick Freddie Mercury, because he’d be really awesome at it and I had a crush on him all through my teen years. Out of my current crushes, I’d pick the duo of Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr., because that would have to be entertaining and I’m greedy when it comes to mancandy.
ACS: By all means, by greedy with your mancandy! If you could travel anywhere all expenses paid where would you go? Name one thing you’d see or do there.
AD: That is an extremely hard question because there are so many places I want to go. Lately I’ve been thinking about Iceland and how much I’d love to see the Aurora Borealis from there (on a warm ship sipping hot chocolate, cuddled up with Jude and Robert.)
ACS: Iceland is definitely on my bucket list. Though seeing it with Jude and Robert would make the trip just that much more exciting. Do you have a library card and know where it is?
AD: Yes to both questions. Now that I have an eReader I don’t use it as much as I used to, but I still love going to the library. Ah, there’s nothing like the smell of books in the morning.
ACS: I love the smell of books. Something I’ve taught my four year old to appreciate. Or just made her weird, I haven’t figured out which yet. Thank you so much for stopping by. It was lovely having you!
M’lan, headmaster of the order of Ka’alar and Jamil Jarka, king’s assassin, find their impossible love challenged to the utmost as a rebellion sweeps them apart, sending Jamil on a dangerous mission to assassinate the rebel leader, General Charvat. Unknown to anyone, Charvat is on his way to the temple to exploit the headmaster’s magical abilities.
When the rebel army arrives, M’lan is thrust into a struggle against political and sexual dominance as Charvat attempts to break his resistance. Violence and death mount, awakening within M’lan both the powers of destruction and the desire for revenge.
On the trail of his prey, Jamil begins to question his devotion to M’lan as his once innocent lover transforms into a mage and invades the assassin’s thoughts and dreams. The closer Jamil draws to M’lan, the more he puts his life and his very soul at risk. Jamil soon realizes that his lover might prove to be more deadly than the man he was sent to kill.
A final confrontation between assassin and monk might destroy them both, but Jamil is relentless in his determination to rescue M’lan, for he knows that only his love can master the mage.
M’lan knelt beside the assassin’s bronzed body. He placed his palm on Jamil’s chest and silently beseeched Salar to remove the deadly impulses instilled in Jamil ever since he began his training as an assassin. Jamil closed his eyes and seemed to relax, but as the warm energy of the god seeped through M’lan’s fingers, Jamil jerked suddenly to full alertness. Like a cobra striking he seized M’lan’s wrist and gave it a painful twist, eyes flashing. M’lan sat back, startled.
Jamil did not let him go. He let out a slow breath and lifted M’lan’s fingers to his mouth. He kissed the knuckles of a clenched fist. “The last thing I need is more spells to confuse this simple warrior’s mind.”
“A prayer is not a spell!” M’lan tried to pull free but couldn’t. He gritted his teeth, fighting back a rising anger. Jamil’s strength both entranced and infuriated him.
“Stop trying to weaken me.” Jamil said in a wretchedly calm voice. “You must stay here and do your duty, I must go away and do mine. Nothing has changed.”
M’lan inhaled slowly, breath catching. “Let me go.”
Alexis Duran was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. At the University of Oregon, her fascination with people and relationships led her to major in Sociology, but her main love has always been creative writing. She’s worked in museums, fashion, finance and film production. Her favorite job so far was cataloguing the collection in a haunted Victorian Mansion. She’s had several short stories published in the mystery, horror and literary genres and is the author of the Masters and Mages erotic fantasy series. Her fiction has won several awards including the Rupert Hughes Award from the Maui Writers Conference. She lives with one dog and four and half cats. She is currently working on the next Masters and Mages novel and several other erotic novellas.
Facebook Author Page: http://www.facebook.com/alexis.duran.18294
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