Make a Wish
Genre: Gay, Sci-Fi, Tentacled Alien Hero
Publisher: ARe Books
Date of Publication: Sept. 1, 2015
Word Count: 37000
Cover Artist: Erin Dameron Hill
When you wish upon a star… it comes true in ways you never expected.
Ziang, a tentacled warrior from the planet Maz’Rar, has come to Earth to claim his most precious prize and start a new life. When an unforeseen accident results in a crash landing, his plan for a quick removal of the human Shawn lays in a twisted ruin at his feet, much like his shuttlecraft. If that isn’t enough, the FBI is sniffing around.
Confronted by the very same alien who observed him since he wished on a shooting star as a child, Shawn finds his initial inability to communicate with Ziang leads to misunderstanding and fear. Forced to hide until rescue arrives, tensions mount. Shawn learns of Ziang’s intentions of taking him as a mate. Ziang, on the other hand, is completely befuddled at Shawn’s less than stellar response to said taking.
As they wait, a spark ignites. Turns out humans and Maz’Rarians are very compatible—tentacles and all. Shawn falls for the big alien he jokingly calls E.T. Now he must decide if he’s willing to throw away all he knows to travel the stars with Ziang.
Hours later the roar of what sounded like a 747 landing on his patio shook him awake. The deep hum of an engine vibrated through his body. Looking up, he saw a fireball scream across the sky, trailing smoke.
“Jesus.” As he watched, the fireball crashed into the earth.
Not thinking, he jumped off the lounge and ran towards the garage. Whatever that was had landed nearby and people might need help. Knowing he might find carnage at the crash scene, he shut the reality off in his mind. They were so far from town, it would take Fire and Rescue forever to get out there. That was, if they could even find the site without help.
Most people stayed out of the woods at night. It was much too easy to get lost if one didn’t know the land. He checked his hip pocket for his cell, grabbed a small first aid kit, then ran to the garage. He started the four-wheeler and raced towards the accident.
Whatever crashed wasn’t hard to follow—the path it left was as wide as an eighteen-wheeler. Shawn maneuvered around brush and broken trees that had been demolished in the crash. He skidded to a stop, jumped off his ATV, and ran through the smoke that drifted listlessly through the trees.
He walked into a nightmare.
There in the clearing, with its back to him, some sort of creature stood by a small circular disk-type craft. Its skin tone was a muddy brown with reddish geometric patterns. Its skin echoed the pattern of the leaves and trees around it, much like camouflage.
Shawn gulped. Whatever it was, it was not human. It jerked around as Shawn skidded to a stop, his feet sliding out from under him. He landed on his ass at the creature’s feet.
It looked male and was very tall. His body was heavily muscled and covered in an array of things that Shawn assumed were weapons. Shawn’s wide eyes stared at the creature’s booted feet, and then traveled up powerful thighs encased in a tight matte-black material that showed every muscle and bulge.
His thick brawny chest was clothed in a sheer, black material that fit snugly. Shawn’s journey ended at the blacked-out shield that covered its face. And what were those things writhing against its back, coming out of the back of the creature’s helmet? Was that his hair? Since when did hair move?
A Bookaholic’s Fix Review:
Okay, so every once in a while something catches my eye and prompts me to pick up a book I normally wouldn’t. Sometimes it is a baffling title (The Whistling Toilets comes to mind- excellent book BTW), sometimes it is a bright or interesting cover, and sometimes it’s something in the description. This was a case of the latter. Although I do find the cover intriguing, it was the genre description that got me–Gay, Sci-Fi, Tentacled Alien Hero–my reaction was much the same as Jeff Foxworthy’s after the guy said a beaver bit off his relative’s nipple… You have my attention.
I guess I should preface this by saying that this book was my first foray into gay literature. I have read some books with menage situations, some with multiple men and even scenes where the men interact with one another, but this was my first M/M story. Add in the alien factor, and I’ll admit, I was imagining a cheesy story full of alien probing, but morbid curiosity won out and I had to read this story. I’m not sure why my expectations were what they were, there was no erotica or erotic tag to the genre list but I had a clear picture in my head before I even opened the file.
Rest assured, this one did not live up to my pathetically warped expectations.
In fact, I found the story was actually pretty damn amazing.
It was very well written. The story was intriguing, it flowed well, and I was completely entranced. I’d labeled the thing alien porn prior to reading and boy was I wrong. While it did have a few sex scenes that could boast serious steam, there was more to the story than sex. If I had to give it an additional genre tag, I’d say erotic romance–spicy but it also focuses on the development of the relationship. There is a hint of insta-love, but it is no less believable than hundreds of other romance novels I’ve read despite the alien/human mixed relationship.
The chapters were labeled with the character whose POV dominated the chapter and although it did shift occasionally during the chapter, there was never any confusion as to who the thoughts, feelings, actions, etc. belonged to. The transitions were clean and aside from one question which I’m sure will be answered in another book, it handled all the issues presented for the couple.
I did laugh, but it was because of witty dialogue instead of cheesy sex terms or ridiculous scenes. I loved the characters. I found them to be well constructed and believable. Yes, I find the possessive, alpha-male and the sarcastic misfit believable character profiles and they happen to be my favorite kinds of men. The author was cleaver enough to combine the two for a match made in other worlds.
I am seriously hooked now. I can’t wait to read another story by this author. This one definitely earned a 5-star rating in my book.
***BTW I figured out where my assumptions came from. I have a sci-fi erotica in my queue that I signed up for the same time as this tour… ***
About the Author:
M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children. She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013.
For more information on other books by M.A., visit her official website: www.machurch00.blogspot.com
Reader’s choice of two eBooks published by ARe Books.