Hi all! Mickie B. Ashling here. Thanks for giving me the opportunity to stop by and share an exclusive excerpt of my newest release,A Tangled Legacy.The idea for this novel started after I finished the prequel, Once Upon A Mattress, which was included in the Once Upon A Rainbow Anthology, Volume I. It was my first foray into the Sci-Fi/Fantasy genre, and I had so much fun I decided to write a longer piece. Although A Tangled Legacyis technically a sequel, I consider it to be a spinoff, and it can definitely be read as a standalone. The good news for those who are interested in reading the short story is that my wonderful publisher has decided to include it as bonus content if you purchase the paperback of A Tangled Legacy.
Colin has a meltdown.
Slipping away in the dead of night would only confirm Alain’s initial misgivings. I was too young to be with a man of his caliber. In truth, I planned on staying until morning, but I was way out of my league, falling too fast, and already emotionally invested in the guy before we’d even fucked. Once that happened, there would be no turning back.
I’d managed to dress and sneak out of the room without disturbing Alain, but there was a moment of blind panic after I tried the front door and it didn’t give. Locks were meant to keep out intruders, not imprison those already inside. I willed myself to calm down and concentrate on the problem at hand. I knew I was capable of getting out of a tight spot, but my powers had been dormant for a while, and it would take some concentration to make this happen. Calling upon secrets I’d learned at Granny’s knee, I plucked energy from sources around me and used it to my advantage. At the moment, the closest thing was Merlin, Alain’s cat. The persnickety mound of fur wasn’t too thrilled by my presence, and he radiated anger like a live wire. All I had to do was snatch his energy away for a few seconds and send it hurling toward the lock. Which I did. The tumbler reacted to the forceful blast, and the door swung open.
I ran down the stairs, started my car, and sped away. Trying to explain my powers to Alain posed another problem. After my granny discovered I had magic in my blood, she’d sworn me to secrecy. My grandda, Prince Emile, despised witchcraft in all its forms. He’d ordered Granny to put away her grimoire and give up the family business if she wanted to remain by his side. It was for this reason she’d made me pinky swear not to tell anyone—especially the three men in my life—that I was gifted. It was one more thing I couldn’t possibly share with Alain.
I had to seek advice from a trusted source, and the only one who might understand would be Granny. Fortunately, she always accompanied us on our summer holiday. I had to find a way to discuss this in private because her ladies-in-waiting were prone to gossip, and my hijinks, always a favorite topic, were too juicy to keep under wraps.
I showered and slipped on comfortable lounging pants hoping for a few more hours of sleep, but I was too wired. Now that I had Alain’s full name, I could get more info off a search engine. Nothing I uncovered could be worse than the parts of myself I’d conveniently left out of my narrative, but I had to learn more, so I could answer Granny’s questions with some semblance of knowledge.
I was shocked to discover Alain was a respected member of the scientific community, but learning he’d recently won a Nobel Prize was intimidating as hell. Despite my rank, I’d never be able to compete with Alain’s many accomplishments.
Imagining him at my side as a ruler was inconceivable. Not because he wasn’t capable, but he had so much more to offer the world than becoming my consort. And even if he was mad enough to take me on, I would be breaking my self-imposed rule. No male pregnancies. Ever. Except Alain had cast his net, and I was caught, as surely as the fresh flounder Da insisted on eating at least once a week.
Title: A Tangled Legacy
Series: Legacy, Book One
Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: August 6, 2018
Heat Level: 3 – Some Sex
Genre: Fantasy, fantasy, intersex, magic, royalty, gay, age gap, witches and warlocks, bisexual
Prince Colin of Sendorra would have been the spare instead of the heir if fate hadn’t intervened. Like his father and forefathers, Colin is expected to marry and father a child or his principality reverts to Spain at the time of his death. Filling the royal nursery with healthy babies seems easy enough until Princess Charlotte—his childhood friend and intended bride—breaks off their engagement.
Nobel Prize winner—and powerful gray witch—Alain de Gris isn’t looking for love. Science and research have taken center stage for years until he walks into a club and lays eyes on Colin, thirteen years his junior.
Bisexual by nature, Colin seeks to avoid another engagement repeat by shying away from a same-sex relationship. There are no acceptable alternatives to provide legitimate offspring if he follows his heart.
But Colin can’t stay away from Alain and the witch finds him irresistible. Ignoring the absolutes isn’t easy when a legacy is in jeopardy. And while magic may offer a solution, it could also create more problems.
Meet the Author
Mickie B. Ashling is the pseudonym of a multifaceted woman who is a product of her upbringing in multiple cultures, having lived in Japan, the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East. Fluent in three languages, she’s a citizen of the world and an interesting mixture of East and West. A little bit of this and a lot of that have brought a unique touch to her literary voice she could never learn from textbooks.
By the time Mickie discovered her talent for writing, real life got in the way, and the business of raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing—and the inevitable emptying nest—dreams of becoming a published writer were resurrected and fulfilled in April 2009.
Mickie discovered gay romance in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from the LGBTQA community and their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world. Her award-winning novels have been called “gut-wrenching, daring, and thought provoking.” She admits to being an angst queen and making her characters work damn hard for their happy endings.
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