Shepherd Bucknam hasn’t had a lover in more than a decade and doesn’t need one
As a Daka, he coaches men in thesacred art and mystery of sexual ecstasy all the time, and he loves his work. It’s his calling. In fact, he’s perfectly content—except for the terrors of his recurringnightmare and the ominous blood-redbirthmarks on his neck. He’s convinced that together they foretell his early andviolent death.
WhenShepherd’s young protégé is murdered, LAPDDetective Marco Fidanza gets the case. The two men are worlds apart: Marco has fought hard for everything he’s accomplished, in sharpcontrast to theapparentease ofShepherd’sinherited wealth—but their mutual attraction is too hot for either of them to ignore.
Shepherd swears he’ll help find his protégé’s killer, but Marco warns him to stay out of it. When an influentialpolitician is implicated, the police investigation grinds to a halt.Shepherd hires his own investigator. Marco calls itdangerous meddling. As theirvolatilerelationship deepens,Shepherddiscovers hisnightmares might not relate to the future, but to the deadly legacy of a past life—a life he may have to revisit before he can fully live and love in this one.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (July 23rd, 2014)
Genres: MM, Mystery/Suspense
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lloyd Meeker can’t help what he writes – stories arising from the “between places”, the mystical overlapping between the worlds of matter and spirit, and the eldritch beauty that dwells there. That’s his natural habitat.
He’s in love with the adventure and magic of living there, loves plunging into stories full of both, and wants to take you along. Mostly he’s in love with love, and believes deeply in the power of love to overcome any challenge. He’s known it in his own life, and seen it in the lives of many others.
In addition to his written work, which includes novels, essays, poetry and short stories, he has served since 2008 as a judge in the Queer Foundation’s annual National High School Seniors Essay Contest. Its goal is to promote effective writing by, about, and/or for queer youth, and to award scholarships to the winners. Finalists are selected from schools across the United States by members of the National Council of Teachers of English.
His fantasy romance Blood Royal won the 2013 Abalone Award, chosen by the Cultural, Interracial and Multicultural special interest chapter of RWA in the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal category.
Happily ensorcelled by music, subtle energy healing, and the wonders of nature, Meeker lives with his very understanding husband in southern Florida, among friends and family, orchids, and giant hibiscus that take his breath away every morning.