Werewolf’s Tale and a Druid’s Sword by Lexi Ander Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hiya guys, we have Lexi Ander stopping by with her new release Werewolf’s Tale and a Druid’s Sword, we have a fantastic guest post, a great excerpt, Shorty’s review and a fantastic giveaway, so check out the post and click that giveaway link! ❤ ~Pixie~

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Werewolf’s Tale and a Druid’s Sword

(I.O.N. 02)
by

Lexi Ander

After he’s kicked out for being gay, still reeling from being abandoned by the man he loves, Jude goes to live with his brother Beck, who thankfully is more than happy to take him in. But Jude has other secrets he’s yet to share, for fear that even Beck will reject him, leaving him well and truly alone.

Then he draws the attention of werewolves, and discovers that everything he thought he knew about Levi, the man who abandoned him, is a lie. But one lie leads to another, ending in a vast conspiracy that threatens to destroy everything Jude loves—and that doesn’t even begin to include the challenges that Beck is facing.

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Lexie Ander – My Fascination with Druids!

A huge thank you to MM Good Book Reviews for having me on the blog today. My new release, Werewolf’s Tale and a Druid’s Sword, came out on August 31st. It’s the second book in the I.O.N. series and presents druids to the urban fantasy world of I.O.N.

I remember the book that hooked my interest with druids. It was Terry Brook’s The Sword of Shannara. I fell in love with the Allanon. I continued to read the series because I wanted more of him even though his story, and the story of all the druids in Brook’s series, had a bittersweet ending. I searched for other books with druids throughout the years, but the memory of this first experience was the strongest. Later, I found myself watching shows and documentaries on druids which weren’t quite satisfying because the information on ancient druids was and still is scarce.

I guess you can say what still holds my attention when someone writes about druids in non-fiction is the mystery of who they were and what they stood for. How did people view them? Were they sages or crazy men people didn’t have an understand of? The speculation runs the gamut from sage of great wisdom, to law makers, poets, doctors, to sorcerers, religious leaders and occasionally mighty and mysterious seers. I think that since there is little written information on the group, authors take a bit of leeway in imagining what they could do and what their purpose was.

From my own research I was a bit disappointed. The word druid is found in both the Irish and Welsh languages. (Welsh: derwydd; Old Irish: druí) There were a lot of ‘possiblys’ and ‘maybes’ when people talk about the ancient druids. They didn’t leave written records and the only reason we know of them were from Greco-Roman accounts of this mysterious Celtic sect. The earliest mention coming in 200 BCE and in 50 BCE the Roman military general Julius Caesar described them.

Some say the modern day druids, which rose from the Celtic revival of the 18th and 19th centuries, were found based on ideas of the ancient druids, but have no actual connection to the druids of the iron age. The popular notions about druids are claimed to be largely untrue and pure fantasy, and I can see why given the list includes magic users. Talking to individuals, the ideas of who the druids were varies just as much as the literature. Even I have my own ideas about who they were, but it won’t stop me from watching the next new “Where Do Druids Come From?” documentary, hoping someone discovered something new. In the meantime, I’ll continue to write and imagine who druids were.

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Excerpt

Jude had never been to a gay dance club before. He wasn’t interested in what went on inside the clubs, but his brother, Beck, had been nagging him to get out of the house. He’d moved to San Diego six months ago, and the only place he went willingly was to his college classes. Any other time, Beck or his partner Diego hauled him out of the house. 

He regretted telling his brother about his brief… thing… with Levi Hammond. Beck watched him carefully, and Jude knew why. He should’ve been over the short-term love affair by now, but his heart disagreed. Regardless of what others believed, just because Levi no longer loved Jude didn’t mean Jude could simply turn his feelings off. But in order to get Beck off his back, Jude had said yes when a couple of friends invited him to go dancing.

He imagined he had that tourist look when he stepped inside the club’s doors. The thump of the music actually caused the pant legs of his jeans to tremble in time with the pounding bass. He tried not to gawk, but he’d never seen the likes of what played out before him anywhere. After the shock wore off, his first impression was sex. Men writhed on the floor, emanating sensual appeal. He felt like prey walking into the lion’s den, and all he could do was watch with astonishment at the gyrating bodies.

Jude had been to a couple of high school dances over on the east coast. The comparison between the two scenes was like pitting apples against pineapples. High school dances were, well, high school and not like the movies where all the kids had rhythm and could contort their bodies to do amazing moves. Jude snorted to himself. No, there where hawk-eyed chaperones, and most of the students danced with a jerky stiffness or sat off to the side watching. Here, everybody moved fluidly, as if their bodies were boneless. The air smelled of sweat and sex, half-hard cocks prominently displayed in everything from leather to colorful mesh jockstraps.

Following his friends through the writhing mass, he was petted and groped enough he’d have bruises on his ass. His friends seemed oblivious to his discomfort as they pushed through to the middle of the dance floor, pulling him along behind them. For a split second, he contemplated leaving, swamped with the wrongness of it all. His mind whispered his place was with Levi, not here among grabby strangers.

That internal voice pissed him off. Levi had left— disappeared—and broken his promise, leaving Jude devastated and living like a monk. Twice, Jude had hooked up only to come away carrying enough guilt to make him sick to his stomach for days—over someone who had chosen to no longer be a part of his life. He was tired of being alone. Of sitting in his room wondering what Levi was doing. Of yearning for someone who would never come back for him.

With newfound determination, he quit resisting, raised his hands in the air, and let go. He danced. The movement, the energy, was cathartic. The stress left his body, and for once, he placed the ache in his soul on the back shelf and buried it. He blocked the negative emotions so he could, just for the night, be himself. He didn’t believe he asked for too much. He only wanted a few short hours without the heartbreak, pain, or the memories that continually threatened to drown him.

Jude moved to the beat. He didn’t care how awkward he appeared. He tapped his feet, shook his ass, and cleared his mind. He danced until sweat poured off him, soaking his clothes and hair. Slowly, ever so slowly, he began to feel wonderful—alive. A shirtless Adonis approached him. The man was golden everywhere, his skin, shoulder-length hair; he even had golden-brown eyes. Jude caught his breath because he’d never seen anyone so handsome. Well, handsome was relegated to the rugged attractiveness. No, the man dancing with Jude with the sleek quality of a cat was beautiful. He sucked in his breath as the stranger drew near with an uncertainty that was a contradiction to his appearance, and Jude recognized something of himself in the person approaching him.

Jude found the man’s hesitancy endearing and threw him a bone. Wrapping his arms around wide shoulders, they swayed together with the music. His large, liquid eyes drank Jude in as the Adonis matched him move for move, hands gliding and stroking, hips swaying in counter to Jude’s. For the first time in a very long time, Jude felt sexy and wanted.

“Come home with me,” the Adonis whispered in Jude’s ear between songs.

Because Jude was flying high on a rare night of happiness, he did the one thing he hadn’t done since he’d moved to San Diego.

“Yes.”

Jude envisioned a long night of hot sweaty sex that would sustain his fantasies for weeks to come. The drive took mere minutes. Adonis hadn’t put his shirt on when they left the club, and Jude watched it sway in his back pocket as he climbed the stairs to the apartment. The guy’s hands trembled when attempting to fit the key into the lock. Jude didn’t think, just acted, grabbing the blond by the elbow. The man’s golden gaze raised from the doorknob to Jude’s hand, and something dark rippled over the surface of his eyes.

“Let me help,” Jude offered to break the silence. “My name’s Jude, by the way.”

He reached for the key, and in a quick move, Jude was plastered with his back against the door. A hard body pressed up against him, the hard line of the man’s erection pressing into him.

“Aw, shit,” Adonis moaned, pressing his nose into Jude’s skin. They both were covered in sweat, and Jude could only imagine what he smelled like. It must not have been terrible because a warm broad tongue licked up the line of his neck. “Stephen… Stephen Thornstein,” he said before his fumbling opened the door and they practically fell onto the apartment entryway.

After Stephen had slammed the door closed behind them, Jude repaid the favor and slammed Stephen against it. There wasn’t any finesse to the kiss he laid on Stephen. He ignored the rising whispers in the back of his mind noting how Stephen didn’t taste like Levi or that his lips were too plump. He viciously shoved the comparisons away. Jude was starving, so very hungry for touch, for a connection, and he tried to devour Stephen’s pouty lips. The niggling voice admonished him for his roughness, but the throaty growl Stephen gave him shut those thoughts down completely. Jude was just beginning to get lost in the feel of Stephen’s skin against his own when a hand pressed down on his shoulder.

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About Lexi

Lexi Ander BioLexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.

Where to find the author:

Web site | Facebook | Twitter | Blog E-mail: lexi.ander.author@gmail.com

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Giveaway!

1st Place: $20 Amazon Gift Certificate
Runner Up: Signed Hard Copy of Werewolf’s Tale and a Druid’s Sword

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Review

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Series:  I.O.N. # 2

Author: Lexi Ander

Genre: Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Length: Novel (199pgs)

Publisher: Less Than Three Press (August 31, 2016)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: After he’s kicked out for being gay, still reeling from being abandoned by the man he loves, Jude goes to live with his brother Beck, who thankfully is more than happy to take him in. But Jude has other secrets he’s yet to share, for fear that even Beck will reject him, leaving him well and truly alone.

Then he draws the attention of werewolves, and discovers that everything he thought he knew about Levi, the man who abandoned him, is a lie. But one lie leads to another, ending in a vast conspiracy that threatens to destroy everything Jude loves—and that doesn’t even begin to include the challenges that Beck is facing.

ISBN: 9781620048504

Product Link: https://lessthanthreepress.com/books/index.php?main_page=product_bookx_info&cPath=94&products_id=1184

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: An interesting addition to the I.O.N. series. Jude is lost after being kicked out so his older brother Beck takes him in. Nursing a broken heart Jude struggles to find his way in the world. 

I really liked the fast paced action of the story as it had me on the edge of my seat waiting for the outcome. Jude seemed to find himself as the story unfolded. He gained confidence after his struggles. 

The overall feel of the book was a feeling of finding one’s self in the midst of a mystery that endangers everyone. With a wide variety of characters throughout that make it appealing to paranormal readers.  

I hope to see more in this intriguing series. Great read.

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Check out the other blogs on the tour

September 1 – MM Goodbook Reviews
September 2 – GGR Reviews
September 2 – BFD Books
September 3 – Prism Book Alliance
September 4 – Love Bytes Reviews
September 5 – The Novel Approach
September 7 – Hearts On Fires Reviews
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15 thoughts on “Werewolf’s Tale and a Druid’s Sword by Lexi Ander Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!”

  1. To answer your Rafflecopter question, I always thought that Eden Winters’ DIVERSION would make a good movie (though Lucky would require careful casting), and so would Damon Suede’s HOT HEAD (even though it would probably end up on cable, thanks to the prudish MPAA).

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  2. Thanks for the review!

    From the Rafflecopter question: I would love to see a movie of Widdershins by Jordan L. Hawk (and also the rest of the series).

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  3. Congratulations on the new release, Lexi! Honestly, I do not think any book needs a movie. I am always disappointed with the movies based on books, even those as detailed as the last version of The Lord of The Rings (there were things missing, you see 😦 )

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    1. In a way, I agree. I used to get so excited when they turned one of Dean Koontz books into a movie and then it fell flat. BUT after watching Stephen’s King’s The Stand, I read the book. So there are times when the movie can draw people to the book. 🙂

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  4. Congrats on the book release Lexi. I think book with interesting paranormal or mystery aspect could be great movies, like Whyborne/Griffin, Magpie Lords, or Strange Fortune. That’s to name a few.

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  5. After watching “Stranger Things” on Netflix, I want to watch more urban fantasy/paranormal series. So having Magpie Lords or Whyborne/Griffin books to be turned into TV Series will be awesome. Or maybe Andrea Speed’s “Infected Series” … because Roan. So yummy.

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  6. Thank you for hosting me!! Because I love fantasy/sci-fi so much, I would love to see The High King’s Golden Tongue as movie. Lyn Gala’s Claiming, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts would be great, too. They both have qualities that would give epic visuals, I think. 🙂

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