I’m excited to have the opportunity to reveal some of my ‘behind the scenes’ thoughts that went into a pivotal moment in my new Planet Alpha book, Forbidden. First, let me set up the paragraphs to follow. My heroine, Aura, has been injured by her kidnappers, the villainous Xyran aliens. She’s rescued by Alphan warriors and dropped off at a forward operating medical outpost which is populated entirely by male Alphans in various stages of recovery from battle injuries. The presence of a female is very distracting.
As Leo was struggling with how to solve this dilemma, Doctor Welwyn arrived with a worried frown, and Leo’s bondmate, Deklan, in tow. He gave his bondmate a loaded look, which Deklan returned in full. He hadn’t had any opportunity to talk with Deklan since the call had come in and was wondering what the other man thought of the hubbub. He was probably enjoying the break from the routine.
“What is she doing here?” the doctor asked as the men carefully lifted the woman’s limp form onto an empty bed. She didn’t move, and Leo again reached out to check her pulse. Still faster and weaker than it should be.
“They can’t handle these sorts of injuries in the temporary shelter.”
Doctor Welwyn shook his head as he surveyed the damage. “You’re right about that. Deklan, you assist. I’ll need your skills getting that shoulder back in place. Leo, what can we do about?” He made a gesture at the looming soldiers and the rest of the Alphan males in the vicinity who were watching with great interest.
“Men, unfold those sheets and hold them up to make a screen. Backs to the patient, please.” Blank gazes met his for a moment before the men rallied and went to work, the patient soon surrounded by a rustling curtain. He had no doubt the warriors would hold up the fabric until their arms went numb. Leo joined them, glad for a task, as Deklan and the doctor went to work on the wounded woman. There was the sound of rustling cloth, whispered instructions, and then the harsh tear of ripping fabric. As he realized they were cutting away her clothing, his blood rushed through all his veins to his groin. He’d never seen a naked woman before, and judging by the quick glances of the Alphans holding the screen around him, they were just as intrigued.
“Eyes forward,” Leo ordered, both to them and himself. Down, he commanded his hardening staff. It wasn’t honorable to be aroused by someone incapacitated by injury.
He heard the doctor murmur something about slow and steady, and there was the sound of moving bodies, then a high pitched groan. Leo’s spine prickled at the weak, anguished sound, and he couldn’t stop himself from glancing back over his shoulder and seeing both the doctor and Deklan leaning over the woman as they manipulated her shoulder. One of her legs thrashed under the sheet as she cried out for them to stop, but he couldn’t see more of her beyond the barriers of his bondmate’s flexing shoulders. Their solid connection revealed Deklan’s distress at causing her pain, and an undercurrent of professional determination to heal her. Leo sent a calming thought his way and picked up a reassuring reply.
I tried to accomplish a lot here. First, I want the reader to get a sense of how professional Leo, one of my heroes, is. He’s also resourceful (witness his quick thinking about the screen), and sympathetic to those who are suffering. All of these Alphans are working together to help someone and I think that’s an important trait in their culture. Even though they are warriors, they recognize their responsibility to those who are in distress. The reader gets a hint of the emotional ties between Deklan and Leo who are bondmates, which is the tradition of males finding a partner in fighting, training, as well as life. And finally, I had to throw in some sexual tension. These guys have never seen a human woman and it’s only natural they are intrigued.
I hope you liked this glimpse of what whet on in my mind when I was writing Forbidden.
Working to heal wounded Alphan warriors is the new duty of bondmates Leo and Deklan. Although recovered from severe injuries received on the field of battle, they are no longer fit to fight. Their orderly, all-male existence is turned upside down when an injured human female becomes their new responsibility.
Aura Tremain wakes up in an alien hospital, healing from a beating delivered by the scaly Xyrans who’d kidnapped her. Upon her discharge, two handsome Alphan men offer her refuge until she’s well enough to travel.
Even though Leo and Deklan know they will never be permitted to bond with Aura as their souls demand, they can’t ignore the desire she stirs in them. Her time with them is short, but so intense. Will the intimacies they share be strong enough to withstand the expectation that bondmates are for battle-worthy warriors? Can their passion bind the three of them forever?
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Author Bio: J. J. Lore needs three things; strong, black coffee, time to write, and…well…you can guess the third. When she isn’t inventing fantastical tales filled with passionate people, she’s shaking sriracha on whatever she’s eating or reading about the Justinian plague. For updates on her erotic romance releases, visit her at http://www.jjlore.com/ She’s also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/J-J-Lore/1393971707546734 and Twitter @JJLore1
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