Great morning to you! So glad you could drop by today and have tons of fun with the Changeling Press authors. My name’s Ayla Ruse and I write, at heart, erotic romance. From there, I take my stories to all sorts of places. Back in time, alternate reality, fantasy, and yes, even to the realm of science fiction.
This last category took me by surprise as a writer. When I started writing ages ago, I never saw myself as a sci-fi writer. Sure, I loved the Star Treks and Babylon 5 shows (who didn’t), but I never read much of this genre. Now, more than three published years later, it seems like my few sci-fi books are faring well–almost moreso than some of my others. It’s definitely made me rethink what I want to write next. 😉
My first foray into sci-fi was quite accidental. Meaning, I didn’t think “sci-fi” when I wrote the story Soulless. I’d heard and loved the song Space Lord from Monster Magnet for years and every time I’d hear the song, this story would swirl in my head. Eventually I sat down and poured out the pictures into words–and Soulless was born. This is the first in the Malathix Soul series, although each story can be read individually, and the first book to allow me to delve into a romantic and erotic love of aliens.
Below is a little bit about the book, an excerpt, and a reminder–Every time you comment of one of my posts at today’s party, your name will be entered in my contest to win an ebook copy of Soulless for your very own.
Malathix Soul #1
by Ayla Ruse
Genre: Sci-fi erotic romance, futuristic, dark desire, novella
Can an alien beast without a soul bring Laya to her knees?
Space Lord Theradon, of the merchant planet Malathix, lives on the edge of a darkness that threatens every human around him. He must find the piece of him that’s missing or face his demise.
Laya Brummel unknowingly carries within herself the means to his survival. If only she would stay still long enough for him to explain. But she’s seen the horror of what a Malathix alien can become, and fear keeps her constantly running away from him.
When the pair finally comes face-to-face, will it be too late to stop the death and destruction, or will they find something deeper to hold them together and save them both?
Province of New Texas, Earth
“She’s here, Camden. I can feel her,” Theradon, heir to the throne on planet Malathix, informed his second in command.
Camden Royst nodded his acknowledgement. They walked deeper into Club Neon, a large cavern of a place lit by a million watts of flashing neon and black light. The sight was disorienting and painful, and Theradon blinked, shifting internal protective lenses over his corneas.
“Damn, I hate places like this.” Camden rubbed his fingers across his eyes. “My eyes hurt like a son of a bitch.”
“Mine, too.” Theradon waited until Camden oriented himself. Putting up with Earth’s atmosphere and human quirks, such as their infernal need for multi-colored lighting, had been another fucked up mark against this ass-backward planet. It was hell to adjust their bodies into a level of comfort to maintain social contact. Chaotic places like this club threatened to bring out the beasts within them, and without their souls to keep their beasts in check, violence reigned.
“So, where is she?” Camden asked. “Do you want to go after her or wait again to see if she comes to you?”
“I hear that sneer.”
Theradon and Camden stopped at the upper edge of the dance floor, hands on leather-clad hips, surveying the disorienting scene before them. Long, crowded bars flanked the left and right of the spacious room while the entire sunken floor before them crawled with people gyrating and contorting themselves in a semblance of movement the humans called dancing.
“Well, Theradon, what do you want me to say? You know if it’d been up to me you’d have taken that human the first night you found her.”
“That human’s name is Laya. Show some respect.”
Camden held up his hands. “Sorry.”
“If I’d taken her that night, I’d have killed us both on the spot. You saw what happened to Lex. When he saw Laya’s friend, he tore the damn place apart. I wasn’t about to risk either of our lives.”
“You still should have told her.”
“You’re pushing, Camden. Just because you got lucky in telling Deidra before you claimed her doesn’t mean Laya would’ve taken the news the same way, especially after witnessing what Lex did. Besides, asshole, that information is supposed to be classified until the claiming.”
Camden dropped his head, properly chastised, while Theradon gazed through the shifting crowd again. His beast craved time to come out, but Theradon was a Lord of Malathix. He would never willingly unleash his beast on the innocent.
Camden’s voice rose over the din. “What are you going to do now?”
“I don’t see her yet. Maybe she’s in the back. Let’s grab a seat and see if she comes out. I can wait a few more minutes. But one way or another, this chase ends tonight.”
Pick up your copy of Soulless today and be sure to spread the word; Sci-fi is here, baby!
Oh, and don’t forget–comments on my posts today will get you in the running for a chance to win a copy of Soulless all your very own! I’ll choose one person completely at random (I use random.org), and then I’ll post the winner on the TRS party site tomorrow. Good luck!
~Ensnare yourself in love