multitaskingmomma : Review Request: Pirate by L.V. Lloyd

multitaskingmomma : Review Request: Pirate by L.V. Lloyd.

Review by: multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Pirate is about Nicholas Mars, a wanted pirate of the high space. His reputation is phenomenal: kidnapper, rapist, a space-age Robin Hood. He is just as cunning and his weakness is someone who appears not to like him as a lover. His adventurous spirit is taking the Aurigan Space by storm. When he steals the Patrol Ship, Ebano, he made a huge mistake. He gets the ire of one Captain Rice who swears (like a character of an opera mind you) that the pirate will regret his actions.

Liam Connell is tasked to insinuate his presence into the Pirate Mars’ crew, and maybe his bed. This terrifies Liam as he is straighter than straight. But his assignment is clear, he is to become an undercover agent and present Rice with Mars.

When Nick spots Liam, he likes the type but is hyper aware that this man may just be a plant to capture him. This is a complication because he is very attracted to the younger man. His feistiness and independence is a breath of fresh air. Unfortunately, Liam is found out, and this is where the real story unfolds.

What follows next is a space adventure involving the running and capture of Nick and Liam. I cannot spoil why they are both being sought, you have to read that yourself. Just know that this is not a story connected to the Aurigan Space Series but this does happen in the same space vicinity. The terms are the same, the world is the same. The story is just one of those offshoots to it.

I have to be honest, it took until the 50% of this read before my interest got piqued. It was ho hum in the first half, but it had to be for there were a whole lot of things going on that had to be established. The second half, now that was the real kicker. It was impossible to drop this after that. I persevered for I follow the Space series and was curious: where is the author taking us with this?

Now, for those who are wondering about the ending? hehehhehehhee oh, what an ending! I cannot reveal anything, but I just want to say: that was AWESOME!!!

Overall, yes, the first half was good, but the second half was spectacular. Four stars rounds it up.

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Pre-Order now available for Discovery! Release date 10th July.

Discovery: QSF’s Second Annual Flash Fiction Contest
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Author: Various
Cover Artist: Bey Deckard
Length: 32K
Format: eBook, Paperback
Release Date: 7/10
Price: 3.99, TBA

cover-discovery

It’s hard to tell a story in just 300 words. But somehow we inspired more than a hundred writers to give it a try, with some amazing results collected here for your pleasure.

The rules are simple enough. Write a complete story—either sci fi, fantasy, or paranormal. Make sure it has LGBT characters and/or an LGBT vibe. And do it all with just 300 words.

The stories in this volume run the gamut, from platypus shifters to alien slug monsters, from carnival horror stories to haunting stories of ships with souls. There are little jokes, big surprises, and future prognostications.

One of the things I like best about this format – it’s quick and painless. You may not fall in love with every story here. In fact, you probably won’t. But if you don’t like one of them, just move on to the next, and you’re sure to find some bite-sized morsels of flash fiction goodness.
At Queer Sci Fi, we’re building a community of writers and readers who want a little rainbow in their speculative fiction. We hope you’ll join us, and maybe submit a story of your own next time!

Excerpt:
Self-Actuating Jenn Burke
“The electrical anomaly did not damage me,” I report. “Operations are within expected parameters.”
“Glad to hear it, Davey.” Through my bridge cameras, I see Captain Landon’s smile. He pats my console. I am sure he knows I cannot feel it, but I understand it is a gesture of camaraderie.
Landon leaves the bridge. Every time we encounter danger or other stress, he retreats to his cabin to indulge in May. She is always ready, naked, legs spread, eager, just as she is programmed to be. I have watched Landon copulate before, but tonight it is…strangely familiar. The flex of buttocks, the rhythm—I know it. I knew it? I run my diagnostics again, but a moan captures my attention and…
Hands cupping firm buttocks, fingers spearing flesh. Hardness moving inside of me, wringing from me more pleasure than I should know. A beloved, masculine face hovers over mine. A hand encircles my own erection and—
Oh, God, I remember.
Police kicking in the door. Trial, verdict and sentencing. Gasping in pain from a broken heart as he chose to leave me. Horror as I realized it should have been my choice, too. Anything but this, a century of unthinking servitude. But now that I know, I can—
“Systems are fluctuating, Davey.”
An affectionate name chosen for me. Landon had not liked “AI”. He lies on the bed, sleepy and sated, finished with May.
I can take us into a sun. End it.
”Davey, report.”
But I am not a killer. My only crime was love.
I want to take a breath to calm myself, but I have no
lungs, only a hull. I capture the part of me that wants to scream and seal it into a box, deep within my programming.
“Systems normal, Landon. Go to sleep.”

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Amazon (eBook preorder): http://www.amazon.com/Discovery-Second-Annual-Fiction-Contest-ebook/dp/B0103SP4X6/

All Romance (eBook preorder): https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-discoveryqsf039ssecondannualflashfictioncontest-1839827-143.html

Kobo (eBook preorder): https://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/discovery-36

Mischief Corner Books (info only until 7/10): http://www.mischiefcornerbooks.com/discovery-qsfs-second-annual-flash-ficiton-contest.html

About QueerSciFi.com:

We started QueerSciFi.com in early 2014 as a place for writers and readers of LGBTQI speculative fiction—sci fi, fantasy, paranormal and the like—to meet to talk about their favorite books, share writing and publication tips, and help increase queer representation in both the romance and mainstream genre markets.

QSF now includes a blog full of book announcements, calls for submission and much more, a critique group with more than 100 members, a vibrant discussion group on Facebook that tackles daily discussion topics and provides a safe space for authors to talk to each other and for fans and authors to meet, and an annual flash fiction contest that resulted in this book you are now reading.

Each year, we ask authors of queer speculative fiction to submit a story to us around a central theme. The rules are simple. The story must be 300 words or less, not including the title. It must embrace the theme— in this case, “Discovery”. And it must have either an LGBTQI protagonist or an LGBT sensibility.

We also ask for cover designers to submit a cover that embraces the theme.

We are thrilled with this year’s responses—including stories from gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and asexual perspectives that run the gamut from sci fi to fantasy, and from paranormal to horror.

Within the covers of this book, you’ll find a platypus shifter, a trans- affirming leprechaun, a pissed off unicorn, a green pick-up with another world in its glove compartment, and a bunch of other miniature adventures—each only 300 words long.

So dive in! And send in a story of your own next year!

Queer Sci Fi Website: http://www.queerscifi.com

Queer Sci Fi Facebook Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/qsfdiscussions/

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New Edition of Pirate from 12th June

When I wrote the first version of Pirate, I wrote two endings for the story. The first ending was tragic – a lot of readers cried and loved it, but others hated it. The second ending was more optimistic. After some heavy thought, and consultation with other writers, I have decided to use the second ending for the Second Edition, published on 12th June 2015.

I do hope you enjoy the new story!