ANNOUNCEMENT: Genetic Snare, by Laura Baumbach

Genetic Snare

QSFer Laura Baumbach has a new MM sci fi book out:

Betrayal, passion, adventure, primal sex, and a fight to the death.
Mating a 26th century Oracan Bounty Hunter with a 18th century pirate has its little glitches.

Bounty hunter Talos bows to pressure to bring his mate home for the completion of his strict warrior culture’s bonding ritual. Aidan, displaced 18th century Earth pirate – light-fingered, sly, charming and understandably naive about the new world he’s been thrust into — can’t wait. Even if it turns out someone wants him dead. The 26th century looks different, but it turns out to be a lot like his old life!
of their lusty desires.

MLR Press


Excerpt

There it was again, that eerie, exciting, almost sickening twist in his gut that made his bowels clench and his cock ache even before the rebellious shaft in his pants unfurled. It was unnatural to be so aroused by the mere thought of another person. Unnatural. Annoying. Frustrating. Thrilling.

But the beast’s spell had been cast over him and there would be no breaking it as far as Aidan Maymon could see. Voodoo from a great hulking sea serpent, stronger than any he’d seen in all his twenty-some years as a pirate on the Caribbean. No charms or magic talismans, not even the ones from his mother’s Ceme religious beliefs had taught him as a boy before his went to sea as a cabin boy as a lad could break it. In fact, the bewitching grew stronger everyday.

Aidan could feel it growing heavier, pulling at his insides like he’d swallowed lead from the old blunderbuss that he had kept tucked into the sash around his waist. Before he’d been snatched from the ocean by the interfering beast that had pulled him from his own adventurous time and brought him to this confusing place called ‘space’ in a future so far ahead of him that even the people weren’t all humans and the earth was a dot in the night sky somewhere too far away for him to even see.

Granted his immediate future had been one of death by drowning or shark bite courtesy of a mutinous mob if his abductor hadn’t shanghaied him when he did, but some days he wondered it that wouldn’t have been better. Then there were no limits on his movements, his language, his games of sport or his tendency to acquire things by ‘accident’. He had lived his life as a freeman and was to die that way.

Now he was a captive, both body and soul, to Talos, a delightful, horrible beast of a creature, a bounty hunter of all things! He was held hostage by ties he didn’t understand, a life devoid of ocean, ship, captain’s status and personal freedoms. In their place he had been given a safe harbor, a healthy body unmarred by the disease of 18th century pirate life on earth, and a lover than turned his insides to jellyfish with a thought.

Oh, and he was alive. Not that he would admit it to anyone else, but more alive then at any other time in his short life. Talos made him experience things he never thought possible before and the people and events on board this place were fascinating and intriguing to him. At was almost as if he was living a dream. It was torture of the best kind. But he still missed the trappings of his old life.

It still annoyed him that Marius Webb, the Commander of the vessel they lived on, Pathos Six others called it, a sort of giant anchored ship in the sky, refused to allow him to carry a pistol anymore.

Or a cutlass.

Or a knife.

Or a lock pick.

Or a… The churning in his groin pushed at the bitter thought, desire overriding everything else.

Sexual escapes from his past were nothing more than rough trade, hapless, hurried fumbling in a deserted hold or over a ship’s railing but that was life aboard ship, whether pirate ship or Her Majesty’s Naval vessels, during the 18th century. While that had its pleasurable moments, it hadn’t prepared Aidan for the type of coupling Talos demanded from him.

Nothing in his memory came close to the feeling and pleasure the massive bounty hunter had shown him. Talos of Menalon was a fierce warrior with a chiseled, attractive face. He was one of the largest of the Oracan Aidan had seen so far. His huge, heavy body was a mass of curves and lean dips with every muscle defined and highlighted by a natural sheen on his gray flesh. Each bulging, sinewy strip of flesh weaving around his limbs and torso led to another, forming an impressive tapestry of immense strength and power. His thick, protective skin had a soft gleam, its harsh gray color making charcoal shadows in the shallow dips of his body’s contours.

Aidan was fascinated by the dull, gray ridges and nubs of bone on his chest that spread out in a regular pattern, dotting the valleys of his broad chest wall and breasts then tapering down to disappear near his groin. Their sharp, ragged edges belied their sensual nature and the part they played in Oracan biochemistry. Part of Aidan’s ravenous attraction with the hunter could be the unique cock and other dangling bits the alien boasted but Aidan suspected it was more the depth of feeling and attraction Talos had for him. He had never know a possessive lover or one that made him feel so many thrilling, terrifying things before.


Author Bio

Heralded by ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE as ‘a pioneer of the M/M romance genre’, Laura Baumbach is the multi-award winning author of short stories, novellas, novels and screenplays. She is the founder of the only RWA Chapter for LGBTQ romance authors, RAINBOW ROMANCE WRITERS.

Laura’s most awarded title is Mexican Heat, a FINALIST for Best Gay Romance in the 2009 Lambda Literary Awards, WINNER of the 2010 EPPIE Award, and received an Honorable Mention at the 2009 San Francisco Book Festival, as well as several RWA chapter awards. It was written in collaboration with Josh Lanyon. Her adventure story The Lost Temple of Karttikeya won the 2008 EPPIE Award for Best GLBT novel. Her sequel to the best-selling novel A Bit of Rough, Roughhousing, was 2007 Reviewers’ Choice Award Winner.

Her scifi m/m adventure Details of the Hunt, a 2006 EPPIE Finalist,(in its mainstream ‘buddy’ version), was selected as a Semi-finalist in the 2007 Shriekfest Screenplay competition as well as becoming the winner of Best Telefilm in the aTalentScout, Winter 2004 TV writing contest, and the Fort Bend Writers Guild Screenplay writing Contest for Spring of 2005.

Laura devotes herself full time to publishing and writing. She is the owner of ManLoveRomance Press, aka MLR Press, LLC, a small publishing house that specializes in m/m erotic romance, mystery and fiction. (https://www.mlrpress.com)

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