Today I have Ayla Ruse on my blog with her book, Fever Hitch (Earth Con). It sounds like a great read! Thanks for coming, Ayla, tell us about your book!
Fever Hitch (Earth Con) by Ayla Ruse
She'll be their perfect mate... if they can keep her satisfied.
Felicia Walker loves her job as an illustrator at Fever Hitch Comics. During this year's annual Earth Con, she will not only draw caricatures, but she'll also be decked out in body paint to represent the F'ldae -- an alien species from the comics. As she starts off a night exploring the off-limits, alien side of the convention, Felicia is unprepared for the spiraling events that will make her behave like a true F'ldae... in full mating heat.
Agent Slate Reese, along with his best friend Agent Ryker Seals, are Metons who want to settle down, but they're having a difficult time finding the female to complete their mating trio. With the vast assortment of alien species converging on this area, surely there's one female who wouldn't mind spending a night with both of them.
"And these, ladies and gentlemen, are the new species you'll discover over the next year in Fever Hitch's new series. First off we have... "
Felicia Walker set her hand on her hip and prepared to follow her associate onto the runway. She, like a dozen other Fever Hitch employees, had been asked to dress in costume as the various new species the comic would introduce. As an illustrator, she'd been ecstatic at the opportunity. She'd chosen to represent the lovely F'ldae species. And because this species was known for their skin coloring, Felicia's costume didn't come with pounds of heavy-weighted material. Instead, she wore body paint. She'd spent all morning being airbrushed and the effect was so real she'd swear she wasn't human.
"Up next is a F'ldae."
Felicia strode onto the runway, stepping high in her heels, loving the way the micro-mini flirted about her swaying hips. The simple matching sling top barely covered her breasts, but showcased the gorgeous lavender paint to its best advantage. She smiled, amazed that she felt so confident striding in front of everyone in so little clothing, but the body paint made her feel completely covered.
The emcee addressed the audience. "The F'ldae is an extremely timid species specializing in modes of communication. They are the ones who will... "
Felicia turned at the end and struck a few poses as she'd been taught. The lavender color covered her sides and gradually darkened to a deep purple that ran in a line from her nape to her tailbone. Along her sides, the color slowly faded into a wavy vertical pattern, to her natural caramel skin color along her belly, breasts, neck and face. The lavender was offset by shadows of a mix of deeper purple and indigos.
To her mind, the F'ldae were the most gorgeous of alien species she'd seen, but she only knew a fraction of what was really out there.
"You'll notice her left side is slightly different from her right by the addition of the subtle orange swirls along her ribs."
Felicia raised her left arm and pivoted to showcase the markings better.
"This is a sign of a F'ldae in heat, where their desire to make love... " Everyone in the crowd cheered and laughed. Felicia couldn't help it -- she chuckled along with them when the emcee lowered his voice to make it sound more seductive. "... overrides everything else in their lives. They stop work, they won't eat, they won't sleep until their bodies are sated. It may take many days and many partners" -- again the crowd grew loud with wicked cheer --"but it will be quite a feature to behold. You won't want to miss issue eight."
The emcee dropped a few other facts and hints about the F'ldae, but his voice faded as she caught sight of a pair of men talking to Benny, one of their bosses, working at a nearby table.
What caught her attention was that they seemed... odd. They looked human in form, wearing casual suits and, she noticed when they glanced around the massive room, heavy sunglasses, but something was off. Her excitement ratcheted. Maybe they were aliens.
All of a sudden, as if her stare had physically touched him, the larger of the pair turned and faced her. He didn't remove his shades, but Felicia trembled as if he had her in his arms.
A warmth, a desire flooded her instantaneously and she swallowed. She wanted to be near this male.
"Thank you, Felicia," the emcee said with insistence, as if he'd repeated the phrase a few times already. Hearing her name snapped the tenuous thread between them and Felicia startled before sending the emcee an apologetic smile. When she looked over to Benny again, the men were gone. She waved to the audience and hurried off the stage.
Her excitement was palpable. Not only because of the strange alien man who'd caught her attention, but now that her obligations for the day were through, she could pick up her special pass that would allow her to enter the invitation-only, alien side of Earth Con.
Changeling Press: http://www.changelingpress.com/product.php?upt=book&ubid=2257
Barnes and Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/fever-hitch-ayla-ruse/1119982219?ean=2940149684243
Handed a historical romance at young age, Ayla Ruse fell in love with love and with happy endings. Having grown up living life tasting a little of this and a little of that has not changed this attitude, but it’s expanded her views. Love isn’t always happy and it isn’t always the way a person “thinks it should be.” Sometimes it’s outside the box, and it’s always a challenge.
The challenge of finding and holding onto this love is what drives Ayla in her fiction. She likes stories that strip love – among other things - down to the skin and tests the attachment and beliefs of the participants. Sometimes that test can come in the form of multiple partners, overcoming a desperate fear or even being sexually inventive.
Ayla is a stay-at-home mother who, in cooler weather, loves being outdoors, reading, and exploring. Currently she is published with Changeling Press and with Totally Bound. You can contact her through any of the following:
NOTE FROM CONNIE:
Here are the line ups for the month of August. Note that if you visit each blog and leave a comment, I'll enter your name for a chance to win a $5.00 gift certificate of your choice - Amazon or Barnes & Noble. If I have 10 authors who blogged in August, and you leave a comment on all 10 blogs, I'll enter your name 10 times for a chance to win. Check back often, as I will update and add more authors as they sign up.
August 4 Summer of Seduction Anthology
August 7 Ann Everett
August 8 Diana Rubino
August 9 Ayla Ruse
August 10 JJ Montgomery
August 11 Janice O'Hara
August 14 Barbara White-Daille
August 15 Patricia Preston
August 16 Beverly Oakley
August 17 Caris Roane
August 18 Zara West
August 23 Adrian Kraft
August 29 Izzy Szyn
August 30 Ayla Ruse