Heart Scarab By Anna Butler
Author Name: Anna Butler
Book Name: Heart Scarab
Series: Taking Shield
Book: Two (series should be read in order)
Release Date: July 22, 2015
Telnos is an unpleasant little planet, inhabited by religious fanatics in the festering marshlands and unregistered miners running illegal solactinium mines up in the hills. But the Maess want Telnos, and Shield Captain Bennet’s job is to get out as many civilians as he can—a task that leaves him lying on Telnos while the last cutter of evacuees escapes in the teeth of the Maess invasion.
Bennet is listed missing in action, believed dead on a planet now overrun by Maess drones. His family is grieving. His long-term partner, Joss, is both mourning and guilt-ridden.
And Fleet Lieutenant Flynn? Flynn is desolate. Flynn is heart-broken… no. Flynn is just broken
Pages or Words: 97,900 words
Categories: Gay Fiction, Science Fiction
Flynn liked kissing. In fact, Flynn considered himself something of an expert in the art. He’d tried it in all its forms, from the first tentative pressing together of juvenile lips that had you wondering what all the fuss was about, to the discovery that if you just opened your mouth and, you know, kind of moved everything, your tongue suddenly had a lot more positive uses than just allowing you to articulate clearly and swallow things without choking. Flynn got the hang of it, ran with it, and never looked back.
Soft kisses and hard kisses; kisses that were wet and slobbery with people who didn’t know exactly how to hold their lips to get the best and sexiest effect, and wet and sexy kisses with people who did. Kisses that turned the blood to molten lava and kisses that cooled you as you came down. Kisses that inflamed and kisses that soothed; feverish kisses and languid after-sex kisses. Kisses that meant only good fellowship and casual affection, and kisses that were desire incarnate.
Flynn had not only tried them all, he’d made them his own. He was considered by all the relevant authorities to be rather a specialist in the area.
Flynn really liked kissing. He had been gratified by the discovery that Bennet liked it too. Because now he could add slow kisses to the repertoire. Kisses so leisured and intense the world came to a stop while a hot tongue moved over his lips, explored each and every tooth down to the last molar, while teeth pulled at his bottom lip, biting it gently until it was swollen and hot and heavy, and he had to lick his lip to cool it and met Bennet’s tongue with his. Only then, would Bennet’s mouth close over his and start a real in-earnest kiss that lasted several more centuries. Those were kisses Bennet seemed to specialise in.
Flynn was always willing to take tips from another expert. A man should always try to extend his technique.
From Wilde City Press as an ebook or paperback.
10 things we didn’t know about you
- I have a real passion for tiaras.
Not modern wedding tiaras, but the full on diamonds and pearls, or rubies, emeralds and sapphires variety that aristocratic ladies and royals still sometimes get the chance to wear. Under another name, I must have the largest collection of images of tiaras on Pinterest! Not just because they’re sparkly and pretty, but because they represent a certain stage of our history that was, for all its inequalities and disadvantages, elegant and beautiful.
Tiaras are very beautiful. If ever I’m rich, I’d like to buy one, even if I only ever wear it to do the dishes.
- I’ve ridden in the circus ring.
Seriously! I was five, I think, and my parents took my sister (then about three) and I to a small circus visiting a nearby town. The clowns brought in a Shetland pony, trained to do tricks as part of their routine, and at the end the Ringmaster asked for a volunteer to ride it. I was down in the ring almost before the man finished speaking. I can just about remember noise and light and a lot of people’s faces as I rode three times around the ring, led by the chief clown. He had a red coat and blue trousers and that’s all I remember about him. The pony was called Pickles.
- I did embroidery training with the Royal School of Needlework, inside Hampton Court Palace. The School has the use of Apartment 8, in the William and Mary (17th century) part of the building rather than the mediaeval and Tudor parts. It was very mean of me, but I loved being able to use my security pass to take short cuts through the bits of the palace the public never ever sees. From this, you’ll gather that I can be unbearably smug
- I’m a regular volunteer at the Geffrye Museum, in London.The Geffrye is the ‘museum of the home’, and focuses its exhibits on the homes, furniture and lifestyle of what it calls ‘the middling sort’—that is, not the aristocratic rich or the working poor, but the middle classes. Class means something slightly different in the UK than it does in across the Atlantic and Wiki explains it better than I ever could. But the museum buildings were originally almshouses built for the poor and destitute, and I take tours of visitors around the part of the museum where the almshouses have been restored.
- I used to be a director of Highgate Cemetery. It’s the most overgrown, picturesque Victorian cemetery in London, full of angels wreathed in ivy and unusual gravestones such as grand pianos and chessboards carved from white marble. I was a volunteer tour guide there for many years, and for three of them I served on the charitable committee running the cemetery, which made me, de facto, a director of Highgate Cemetery Ltd. It looks good on the old resume, I can tell you. It’s made more than one HR recruiter look thoughtful.
- My favourite words are those featuring the letter q. Harquebus, quinquereme, and quinquennial are all guaranteed to make me happy when I read them and even happier if I can work them into something I’m writing. My ‘favouritist’ word of all is quintessential. I could swoon over that one.
- Until I developed shoulder problems, I loved doing archery. I still have my bow—a tradition recurve target bow by Hoyt—and a couple of dozen arrows, against the day my shoulders get back to normal and I can take up target shooting again. I wasn’t the world’s greatest archer, but I comfort myself with the thought that come the zombie apocalypse, I won’t be entirely helpless.
- I’m very fond of retro rocket ships, the sort you saw in illustrations in the 1950s on science fiction magazines and novels. I use such a rocket ship as my online ‘brand’ – Facebook, my website, Twitter… wherever you find me, you’ll find my little spaceship. Their fat, simple shapes are so much more fun than Serenity, for example, or Nostramo. More innocent. Like me.
- I have to confess to a love for Harry Potter fanfiction. I’m increasingly fond of Harry/Draco fiction, some of which is just outstanding and much better than some published works, but I started out with Snape-Harry, and Harry-Ron. It took me a little time—oh, about ten years—to see the light when it came to Draco. But now I’m there… 400+ pages of stories on Archive of Our Own to work through. Heaven.
- I make a kick-arse, better-than-sex tiramisu. It comes with a health warning, since it uses raw eggs and lots and lots of marscapone. Not to mention coffee and amaretto and pretty little boudoir biscuits. It’s rich and creamy, melts on the tongue, with the kick of coffee to give it some bite. Oh dear. I may have to go and make some. I’m getting yearnings.
About the author:
Anna Butler was a communications specialist for many years, working in UK government departments on everything from marketing employment schemes to running an internal TV service. She now spends her time indulging her love of old-school science fiction. She lives in the ethnic and cultural melting pot of East London with her husband and the Deputy Editor, aka Molly the cockapoo.
Where to find the author:
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25955599-heart-scarab
Publisher: Wilded City Press
Cover Artist: Adrian Nicholas
Tour Dates & Stops: Wednesdays July 22 – November 4, 2015
My Fiction Nook: http://www.myfictionnook.com/2015/08/blogtour-heart-scarab-by-anna-butler.html
The Hat Party: http://raineotierneyhatparty.blogspot.com/2015/09/interview-anna-butler-plus-giveaway.html – Come see Anna in a really cool hat!
Velvet Panic: https://velvetpanic2.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/3518/
Molly Lolly: https://mollylollyauthor.wordpress.com/2015/09/16/review-guest-post-and-giveaway-heart-scarab-by-anna-butler-taking-shield-book-2/ – Includes a 4.5 star review!
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Wicked Faerie’s Tales and Reviews: http://wickedfaeriesreviews.blogspot.com/2015/10/heart-scarab-by-anna-butler-blog-tour.html
– a copy of my novella, FlashWired (epub, mobi or pdf) on every stop to one random commentator
– Chance to enter a rafflecopter for
(i) top prize of an Amazon gift voucher (is $50 overdoing it? It makes for a decent prize!)
(ii) second prize, winner’s choice of a Heart Scarab ipad cover or kindle cover
(ii) third prize, a Gyrfalcon iPad cover