Chapter Reveal ☆ Hers, Untamed by Anna Adler!

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Title: Hers, Untamed
Author: Anna Adler
Release Date: May 31st

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☆ Chapter 1 ☆

“Please take a seat, Ms. Cressfield. Your guide will be with you shortly.”

Alyssa plopped into the armchair and accepted the courtesy cup of organically farmed coffee, which on this planet cost more than a month’s salary.

Happy birthday to me!

Excitement sparkled in her veins like champagne. Today, for her thirty-fifth birthday, she would realize her lifelong dream and buy herself a pet. Her gaze scanned the pristine expanse of the lobby, a hologram logo of the Interstellar Pet Training Inc. floating above the shiny white reception desk. The hot cup she nursed bore the same marking: a smiling human petting a kneeling alien. Soft music mingled with the gentle splash of the fountain located at the center of the room. Alyssa sipped her coffee, but its rich flavor barely registered.

Pet-keeping entailed responsibility. She wouldn’t be able to spend so much time running around shopping and partying with her friends anymore; she would have to be at home to feed and care for her new friend. But then again, building a relationship with her pet would be so rewarding. A pet was also a status symbol. She looked forward to flaunting her companion in public and receiving the admiring or envious looks associated with owning a pet.

Alyssa shifted her weight. She put her hand on the armrest, her fingers tapped the white leather. Finally, she heard footsteps on the marble floor, and a man approached.

“Ms. Cressfield? I’m sorry to keep you waiting. Welcome to Interstellar.”

Alyssa put her coffee down and rose. The IPT Inc. employee in his tailored suit shook her hand. “Thank you for considering us for your needs. I’m sure you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. My name’s William and I’ll be your guide today.”

Alyssa resisted the urge to jump up and down and squeal. “Great. Let’s get on with it.”

William gestured her to walk with him.

“Male or female?” he asked.

“Male,” Alyssa replied. Females tended to be easier to handle, but a male would look more impressive by her side. A big, sexy male with muscular arms…

“Is this your first pet, Ms. Cressfield?”

“Yes.”

“What kind of training are you looking for? Do you mean to engage in pet shows or sports events?”

“No, I just want a house pet. If it turns out he’s interested in competition, I’ll train him further myself.”

“You want one with only the basic training, then. I’m happy to say that we have a large selection for you.” William gave her a broad smile. “You may have difficulty choosing.”

Alyssa grinned. “That’s exactly what I want. Impress me.”

The room they entered was lined with comfortably furnished glass exhibits, each occupied by a pet. In the first enclosure, a pale-skinned Lurexian sat reading a book. When Alyssa approached, he set it aside, moved up to the glass, and posed to accentuate his toned pectorals. His face and body were human-like, but his golden hair resembled a lion’s mane and he had a long, furry tail as well. William entered a command on his wristband, and the lights above the Lurexian’s glass cage dimmed. His skin began to glow with natural bioluminescence. He wore only a black loincloth. Alyssa licked her lips.

William seemed to notice where Alyssa’s gaze had drifted.

“Would you like him to remove the cloth?”

“Maybe later,” she said, eagerly turning her head toward the next exhibit.

They viewed several Lurexians, after which came Lizardians, fur-coated, quadrupedal Wolfmen, and tall Crasnians, with their gorgeous red eyes. The pets were all fit, handsome and healthy, and each bowed respectfully as she passed. No wonder IPT was said to be the best pet training center on Silenia.

Alyssa was in heaven, having so many good-looking males to choose from. She scarcely focused on any of them for more than five seconds before running to the next. Her heart skipped with delight as her gaze scanned the enclosures around her.

“I could spend the whole day here!”

“I fully encourage you to do so,” William said. “You want to choose the right companion.”

A glowing sign pointing to the adjoining room caught her eye. It said “hybrids”. Heat rose in her cheeks. Human-alien hybrids were the most popular sex pets. Being wealthy and attractive, Alyssa had no difficulty finding partners whenever she wanted someone in her bed, but owning a sexy creature and having him at her disposal at all times promised a new kind of excitement.

“I think I’d like a hybrid,” Alyssa said.

“Alien-alien or human-alien?”

“Human-alien.”

William proceeded to direct her to the right side of the hybrid room.

“This one is very tame and amiable,” he said, pausing in front of a tall half-Lizardian. The pet looked like a man, but he had beautiful, bronze-colored scales. “Would you like to pet him?”

Alyssa nodded. William tapped his wristband. A section of the glass wall slid aside, creating an opening large enough to fit a hand through. The pet crawled on all fours to the opening and presented his shoulder. Alyssa ran her fingers over his skin. It felt warm, and more ridged than human skin. How delightful it would be to touch him every day. She cooed at him and tried to establish eye contact, but he kept his gaze averted. He didn’t even seem to realize she was there.

Alyssa wanted a pet she could interact with. She pulled her hand away. “Do you have any that are—”

A crash split the air, making her jump.

“Damn that thing!” someone in the next room shouted.
Alyssa looked at William with a raised eyebrow. William’s jaw had tightened, but he tried to give her a pleasant look.

“I’m sorry about the noise, Ms. Cressfield.”

“What was that?”

“It’s merely the new acquisition. His cage is in the training area.”

“Oh? Can I see him?”

“You wouldn’t be interested in him. He’s not ready yet. Still completely wild and untrained.”

Alyssa came alive with curiosity.

Wild! Untrained! What are they like when freshly caught?

She straightened. “I’d like to see him.”

William opened his mouth to speak, but then seemed to think better of it. He nodded politely and walked her through a door to a different area of the facility. Whereas the pet display areas were predominantly white, decorative, and spotlessly clean, the walls here were drab gray, everything with a strictly utilitarian look. Several empty cages lined the hallway. The new acquisition occupied the cage at the end. Four men stood in front of it, wearing dark uniforms with an armband identifying them as pet trainers. One of them collected scattered pieces of equipment off the floor.

“A client wants to see the new merchandise,” William announced.

The men looked warily at Alyssa but stepped aside. Alyssa faced the cage and gasped. A human-alien hybrid; a mouth-watering hunk of hard muscle. He looked mostly human, except for the brown-and-blue scales that covered both arms and part of his left leg. His posture radiated strength and defiance. He glared at all of them, his face twisted with barely contained rage. His eyes were pale blue with narrow pupils, typical of the humanoid-reptilian S’laurians.

He was also completely naked. Shreds of black cloth littered the floor of the cage.
He stalked toward them and threw himself against the glass wall, trying to break it. Alyssa started back, although she knew the glass would hold. The hybrid pounded his fist against it until his knuckles turned bloody. He threw Alyssa a snarl, sauntered to the back of the cage, and appeared to fume silently.

Alyssa’s heart pounded. She had never seen anything so ferocious and strangely attractive. Her gaze shifted to the red smudge on the glass.

“He hurt himself.”

“We’re going to have to sedate him for a while,” one of the trainers said. “Calm him down and start all over again. He’s not responding to the training like he should.”

“How long has he been here?”

“Three weeks.”

“If you have seen enough, Ms. Cressfield, may I suggest we resume our tour?” William said.

Alyssa thought about going back to the other pets, but the idea left her cold. She couldn’t tear her gaze away from the beast hunkering in the corner. She stepped closer and tapped at the glass. He glanced over his shoulder. Their gazes met and the power behind his dark scowl made her breath catch.

I could tame him. Make him mine.

He was different from all the other pets. A flame licked her belly at the thought of owning this raging male, having this beast on a leash…

“No need. I want this one.”

William’s eyes widened. “But he hasn’t been tamed. Ms. Cressfield, this pet is extremely dangerous.”

“I know. I’ll be careful.”

“We usually don’t sell unbroken pets.”

Alyssa fixed a stern gaze on William. “I’m the client, and I want to buy this one. Do we have a deal or not?”

“Of course,” he replied, paused, and cleared his throat. “Perhaps…you would like to learn more about your new possession before we handle the transaction?”

Alyssa smiled and turned to the nearest trainer. “Does he speak English?”

The trainer scratched his head. “We haven’t exactly managed to have a conversation with him, but judging from the curses he throws at us…yes, I’d say he speaks English.”

“His estimated age is thirty-eight standard years,” a younger trainer said, handing Alyssa a data pad. “Here’s his file. Half human, half S’laurian, strong and healthy, should be suitable for almost anything if you can tame him. You can feed him regular human food, just make sure it’s low in carbohydrates and high in protein. And regular exercise is important. It should help curb the violent outbursts.”

Alyssa skimmed over the file. She couldn’t wait to have him transported to her apartment, to have him all to herself.

“I have the cage and everything else ready at my apartment. How soon can you bring him over?”

“We’ll need to chip him and run a few tests,” William said. “Would tomorrow morning be suitable?”

“Tomorrow morning would be perfect. Now, the price…”

“Yes. Please excuse me for a second. I need to talk to my superior—this specimen is untrained and doesn’t yet have a price.”

Alyssa nodded. She dreamily gazed at her new pet while William stepped aside to make a phone call. The wild creature kept his back turned to them. His muscular shoulders rose and fell with his breathing, betraying his anger, even though he remained silent. He examined his injured hand.

“You’ll take care of his hand, won’t you?” Alyssa asked the trainers.

“We’ll patch him up for you.”

“And make sure he can’t injure himself anymore. I don’t want him hurt.”

“We’ll see to it, Ms. Cressfield.”

William ended his call and returned to Alyssa. “Ms. Cressfield? I’ve been instructed to offer this specimen for 500,000 credits.”

“Half a million?” Alyssa laughed. “You can’t be serious. That’s as much as your fully trained pets.”

“He’s a very rare hybrid,” William said. “This is the first time we’ve acquired someone like him. Fully trained, he would fetch twice as much. And please remember we’ll handle the transportation and all the necessary insurances for you; it’s included in the price. We also provide a training collar and a basic pet care kit.”

A rare hybrid…now the price sounded like a bargain. And the idea of possessing a one-of-a-kind pet appealed to Alyssa. Besides, she had the money. This was what she had been saving for. She didn’t really care what he cost anyway, she simply wanted to have him.

“All right, 500,000 credits.”

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☆ Author Bio ☆

My name is Anna, I’m an erotic romance author, and my goal in life is never to have another writer’s block. I’ve been in love with action and futuristic stuff from an early age, whether it’s in books, movies, or video games. More recently, I also developed a taste for steamy romances. The stories in my head contain these elements in different combinations, and I look forward to putting them all on (virtual) paper – for my own amusement, if nothing else. I live in Germany with my husband, my overactive imagination, and pipe dreams of fortune and glory.

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Release Day ♥ His Hostage by: Anna Adler!

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“Getting kidnapped was the best thing that could have happened to me. I never thought I’d end up saying such a thing, but there you have it. I wanted things to change in my life, but I lacked the guts to stand up for myself, to make decisions. Let’s face it – I was a wimp. Then one dark November night he was there, as if waiting for me. I got the change that I craved, although not the way I had imagined.”

Evelyn thought she was the luckiest girl in the world when she married Jack Moorland, the handsome heir to a software fortune, after knowing him only for a few months. The fairytale soured when Jack turned out to be selfish, controlling, and unable to perform in bed. Kind and weak-willed Evelyn finds herself trapped in a loveless and sexless marriage. She wants out of her gilded cage, but lacks the confidence to stand up to Jack, who has no intention of letting her go. Being kidnapped by the mysterious burglar Hal becomes a liberating experience. Is it Stockholm syndrome, or is this professional thief exactly the man Evelyn needs in her life?

Note to reader: This is a standalone novel about a young woman discovering her strength and sexuality. While this book is not dark, it features action movie level violence as well as some raunchy sex between the main characters, anal play included. Recommended for mature readers.

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MY REVIEW

Title: His Hostage
Author: Anna Adler
Genre: Erotic Romance & Crime/Suspense
Rating: 5 Action-Packed ‘s

This was one of the most unpredictable books I’ve ever read. I found myself on the edge of my seat the whole time, waiting for what would happen next – but trust me, you won’t see half the scenes coming!

Evelyn “Evie” Moorland lives every Boston socialite’s wildest dream as the wife of wealthy, gorgeous Jack Moorland Jr. It’s a cold, cruel and empty marriage, though, that Jack won’t let her out of and she’s too intimidated to leave on her own. That doesn’t mean she’d ever wanted to get abducted by a thief and used as a shield for his frantic getaway. Now she’s on the adventure of a lifetime, but there’s nothing fun or fantastic about it. Her captor keeps her in a constant state of fear and distress with his limited chatter, hard demeanor and mortifying demands.

Hal isn’t necessarily haunted by his cruddy upbringing or the horrors he survived while in the Army, but it has turned him into a clever, resourceful and hard man. He hadn’t intended to have a hostage to worry about, but the spoiled princess somehow sensed him in her palace of an apartment and sounded the alarm. Now, he was stuck with her, so he was going to use that to his advantage and make sure she suffers right along with him.

There’s so much I can say about this book, but I don’t want to spoil anything. One of the best aspects was experiencing these two characters on the run, stuck together unexpectedly and basically winging it in order to survive in their own ways. Evie starts off as a very timid and naive woman who’s been molded into an uptight, straight-and-narrow coward by her prim and proper, emotionally abusive husband. It was thrilling watching her unwind and find her courage, inner-strength and confidence.

The characters stay true to themselves throughout, regardless of their personal evolutions and the writing is very realistic. No unbelievable miracles arrive to save the day, and the characters’ hearts are very much human, conditioned by their desires just as much as their flaws. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for something outside of the norm who likes a little humor, a lot of emotion, raw humanity and some extremely sizzling sex scenes!

I was given a free ARC by the author in exchange for an Honest Review.

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My name is Anna, I’m an erotic romance author, and my goal in life is never to have another writer’s block. I’ve been in love with action and futuristic stuff from an early age, whether it’s in books, movies, or video games. More recently, I also developed a taste for steamy romances. The stories in my head contain these elements in different combinations, and I look forward to putting them all on (virtual) paper – for my own amusement, if nothing else. I live in Germany with my husband, my overactive imagination, and pipe dreams of fortune and glory.

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Dear Indie ♥ Weekly Resource Post

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Whew! What an exciting week it’s been. So many things happening, changes going on with my publisher as well as my self-publishing – fortunately, they’re mostly good things. Or I should say, blessings in disguise. 😉 Last week I promised to share some non-mandatory options you can use for pre-marketing your book before the big day. The three most popular choices are:

  • Book Trailer
  • Teasers
  • Book Playlist

I loved the idea of having a Book Trailer, so I shopped around, read “How To” articles, then opted to make my own for my first novel The Zen Lounge (the trailer is right down there on my side bar —->). I used the ‘slideshow’ feature on the free online movie maker Kizoa, because the Windows movie maker was both too complicated and didn’t have half the features I wanted. Here are the pro’s & con’s from my experience:

Pros:

  • I spent $30, rather than $400.
  • I got the experience, worked through all of the kinks, bugs and learning how to do it (was frustrating at times and I almost quit) and can now make my own trailer with confidence.

Cons:

  • I haven’t received a single book sale from having a book trailer.
  • It’s extremely time consuming, having to shop for the right stock photos and videos, on top of actually making it and then finding the right song for it, adding the credits at the end, etc. It took me a week or more before I got to the finished product.

So, there you have it. You’ll have to decide on your own if it’s worth the time to make your own or even the outrageous price for a professional trailer when it probably won’t help you sell any books. I’m now completely ambivalent about book trailers and am in no hurry to make another one.

Teasers are far easier and a fan favorite. As you all know, I made all of my own Teasers for Collar Me Foxy using the free design site Canva. I signed up for a membership through the stock photo site Dreamstime, because they were offering the first 5 photos for only $0.05/each and they’re about $5 cheaper a month than iStock or its sister site, Getty Images. So, shop around for those bargains!

Another option is that if you’re going through a professional cover designer, they might offer Teasers for an additional price. My designer for my upcoming novel, Avarice, offers a package of 5 Teasers for $75. Considering that if you don’t have a membership with a stock photo place, most pictures are upwards to $45 a piece, that might be worth it. Or, simply if you don’t want the hassle of making your own.

Either way, I highly recommend having Teasers for your book to use not only for pre-promotion, but with your Release Day tour.

You may have already seen Book Playlists on other author’s tours. These are fun to make and 100% FREE. Some people make them from the songs they listened to while writing their book, I chose songs that best represent what the book is about, or that matches my character’s personalities. I never made one for Collar Me Foxy, but my Hell on Earth series has one for each book that I’ve already started. It’s just another fun thing to include in your book’s Release Day tour for fans to check out.

All you have to do is sign up for a “Channel” on YouTube. You can create however many lists as you want under your “Library” and name them after your books. Hint: When you’re searching for the music videos to add to your list, make sure to have YouTube open in two different tabs, because the search bar that comes up while “Creating” the list will not list the official videos, but other people’s “covers” of that particular song. I don’t know why, but it happens. Use the regular search bar provided by YouTube on the second tab and then copy and paste the URL into your “Add to List” box on the first tab.

If you’re interested you can check out my YouTube Channel here.

Well, that’s all for this week. Just some things to consider and keep you busy while your MS is in the capable hands of your editor. Next week we’re going to be getting into the nitty-gritty work that comes between editing and publication. This will be the busiest time in your journey, so get ready to roll up your sleeves and turn your MS into an actual publishable novel. 😀

Weekly Accomplishments: I got the first mock ups for an upcoming novel through my publisher, Hearthstone Alpha, and it is smoking hot! 😀 I also got a new publication schedule worked out with them, so now my series will be publishing consecutively (a book a month) starting next summer, rather than 1 book every couple of years. I’m also super excited to see the first book I ever beta read, His Hostage by Anna Adler, getting released this week on the 15th! What are you celebrating this week? Please share with us in the comments so we can celebrate with you!