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Alpha

The Scattered Dark Series

Book Two

Fierce Dolan

Genre: erotic horror, hardcore paranormal erotica, BDSM

Publisher: Fierce Desires

Date of Publication: 23 October 2013

ISBN: 978-0-9860165-6-1

ASIN: B00G4V1ETU

Number of pages: 53

Word Count: 15,857

Cover Artist: Fierce Dolan

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Book Description:

When domme Alaine Dunham meets beautiful, young werewolf Seth, she dreams of training him to be the perfect bottom to fill her Alpha needs. She quickly finds that gentling the wild wolf is one thing; subduing the rebellious human is another. Tensions mount as the full moon pushes them to consummate their bond before relationship concerns are soothed.

After a strange book falls into Alaine’s hands she begins to doubt her relationship, her instincts, and the moon.

Book One, Journal of a Lycanthrophile , is free on Amazon starting December 2

Alpha by Fierce Dolan

Chapter 1

A wolf. Alaine Dunham didn’t have to see him for that familiar life force to course through hers, for her body to ache to be near his—the telltale signs. Several years had passed since those sensations last sizzled up her spine, thudded behind her ribs, pooled hot and wet at her cunt, and she relished them. Scouting him from her vantage point on the stage, seeing his wild allure, got her even hotter.

The dark man clutched the hand of Hostess Kisha. Her rainbow-plaited head bobbed, a kaleidoscope beacon glinting under the strobing lights as she squinted and guided them through the fray on the glittering dance floor. The shifter pressed through the crowd with his shoulders squared and jaw jutted forward. A lock of wavy black hair obscured his eyes. His swagger betrayed that he was young, anxious, needy, though the power that emanated from him told her he was not newly made. Dancing clubbers parted and stared in his wake.

Alaine jumped down from the stage and waited for him to find her, as he most certainly would. She busied her trembling hands by slapping a cat-o-nine against her thigh. The welts that rose on her skin distracted her from the aching want between her legs. Licking her lips, she sighed and slowed her slamming pulse. If she was half the top she and the patrons of Malice in Fundaland thought she was, he’d be trained to knot in no time. Finally, a worthy conquest.

Shaking her ponytail down her back, she pulled her shoulders up and greeted Kisha. The waifish hostess clasped Alaine’s hand and kissed her cheek, conservative affection considering they had tribbed all afternoon, culminating with the caramel-complexioned beauty creaming on her face around sundown. Fraternizing amongst staff was forbidden, so they kept their bennie trysts secret. Smiling, she tucked a colorful ringlet behind Kisha’s ear and nodded to the lovely man.

“Mistress,” Kisha started, “this is Seth. He’s a regular on the scene, though it’s his first time in Malice.” His gaze roved over Alaine as the smaller woman spoke. “He asked for you. He knows the best when he sees it.”

“Ah.” She resisted the urge to rap his thigh with the flail handle. “I’m booked out several nights. Hostess Kisha can get you on the books for another evening.”

The wolf’s piercing gaze met hers, though his long lashes fluttered and his voice wavered. “Nice to meet you, thanks. For now, I’ll watch.”

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Writing the Sophomore of a Series

I was dubious about writing a series to start with, because it takes a lot of stamina to sustain momentum across several installments of a greater plot. I knew going into Alpha, the second book of The Scattered Dark Series, the challenges that would be ahead, and… I wrote it anyway!

Before we get into the challenges of the sophomore book, let’s talk about what a first in a series must do. Each book in a series must stand-alone, yet tie neatly into its sister books. The first book gets to be the darling—one hopes. It sets up the core conflict, introduces enticing characters, and jets the plot along so well that the second book is set up sublimely. Everyone falls in love with the freshman, or is so incensed by its setup that they want to know more.

So what about The End? The final book (we’ll assume the third one, for brevity’s sake), reveals all characters’ true colors, resolves individual character arcs (at least mostly), and to some degree brings an aptly satisfying resolution to the greater plot. With all of that candy, what’s sweet about the second in a series? Are they all just Jan Brady?

Well, that’s the question every author who writes a series has to clarify from the beginning. The sole purpose of the middle book is to get readers to the final installment. That’s it. Simple enough, right? Yet the majority of the time, the middle book is the one readers complain most about. The first book gets all the action, all the proper introduction, while the finale pushes toward thorough resolution. That said, there can be no lag, no deviating, no grand flourishes in either.

Apart from giving characters the chance to step up their role in plot resolution and possibly explain their connection to it bit more, second books allow a tad more room for dabbling. The very fact that they tend to focus on character development a bit more and rounding out the story allows them wider berth in how the story is told.

There’s a reason second books fall into what’s called the “sophomore slump,” or “sophomore syndrome.” It’s hard to live up to the hype generated by a first book, and sustain the interest to the finale. The truth is, there is no one formula for writing the second of a series. When a concept is created to develop across installments, the power of its story has to be strong enough to carry through.

Review:

This was a delicious short read that kept me glued to the pages in the midst of a mighty writerly deadline. The sexual tension between Alaine and Seth is toe curling. She is a Domme and this werewolf boy will come to heel. The best part about it is that he is no way less a man for being submissive. Just the opposite. Even as he learns to master the wolf within, he must harness his desire and do as his Mistress bids him. Sometimes that is easier said than done. With techniques that have conquered stronger men, Seth and Alaine begin a journey that will lead them both into a mutually beneficial arrangement. This was a great read either in the series or on its own. Fierce Dolan is an author to watch. I love a sexy lycanthrope tale!

4.5/5

 

About the Author:

Erotic mezzofiction writer, Fierce is imagination shapeshifted as a scribe taunting blank pages and carpal tunnel, neither of which are much use for deadlines. Close allies are impeccable timing and a trusty masseuse. Being a switch I/ENFP doesn’t hurt. For kicks Fierce has other personas across several genres, tends to fill in “Other” on surveys without explaining, and chooses the finality of the Japanese Tamagotchi.

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Torquere Submission Calls 2014

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January 2014 — Take It Like a Man — deadline November 1

 

Whether giving or receiving, everyone knows that bigger is better, so to kick the New Year off right, we want to unwrap some spectacularly big packages! For our Take It Like a Man anthology, we’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT stories about size queens. Who wants it, who has it, and who can Take it Like a Man? Make us laugh, make us cry, or surprise us and make us glow with happy endings!

 

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.comwith “Take It Like a Man” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission isNovember 1, 2013; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

 

February 2014 — Conversation Hearts — deadline November 15

 

Call Me? I’m Yours? Bite Me? What does your conversation heart say? And what better time of year for stories of love, ranging from the heart-pounding anticipation of that first kiss to the warm comfort of a long-time partner, with plenty of sweet-hot spice throughout! For our Conversation Hearts anthology, we’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT Valentine stories. Make us laugh, make us cry, or surprise us and make us glow with happy endings!

 

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.comwith “Conversation Hearts” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is November 15, 2013; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

 

March 2014 — Spinning the Top — deadline December 15

 

Twinky tops? Burly bottoms? Topping from beneath? Our Spinning the Top anthology is looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT stories about tops and bottoms who defy stereotypes. Stories need not be BDSM in nature (though that’s absolutely welcome), but  these tales should definitely feature a distinct Top and bottom, and should turn those conventional stereotypes around to make them fresh and unexpected. Make us laugh, make us cry, or surprise us and make us glow with happy endings!

 

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.comwith “Spinning the Top” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is December 15, 2013; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

 

April 2014 — Torqued Tales 2014 — deadline January 15

 

There’s something about a fairy tale that captures everyone’s imaginations, so snuggle up by the fire and tell us a Once Upon a Time– with a Torquere twist! For our Torqued Tales 2014 anthology, we’re looking for stories with traditional fairy tale or fable themes with a fresh twist. How about a steampunk Cinderfella? Or a Rapunzel whose princess arrives to save her?

 

We’re looking for fully realized, romantic LGBT fairy tale interpretations. Make us laugh, make us cry, or surprise us and make us glow with happy endings! Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.com with “Torqued Tales” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is January 15, 2014; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

 

May 2014 — Men in Uniform 2014 — deadline Feb. 15

 

There’s something about a uniform that makes our hearts pump faster and our knees go wobbly. For our Men in Uniform 2014 anthology, we’re looking for fully realized, romantic m/m stories about uniformed men. Cops, firemen, military personal, the UPS guy. We’re willing to entertain them all as long their uniform gets someone revved up!

 

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.comwith “Men in Uniform” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is February 15, 2014; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

 

June 2014 — They Do — wedding stories — deadline Mar 15

 

Every fairy-tale romance ends with a wedding — but not every wedding is a fairy tale! Our They Do anthology will feature LGBTQ wedding stories ranging from groomzillas to rainy day disasters, from sweet I Dos to hot and steamy wedding nights! Remake the gay wedding in your image!

 

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.comwith “They Do” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is March 15, 2014; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

 

July 2014 — Rode Hard — cowboy stories — deadline Apr 15

 

Cowboys, y’all! From the Wild West to the modern era and any time (or place) in between, our Rode Hard anthology will feature fully realized, romantic LGBT stories about cowboys and cowgirls. Whether they make their home on the range or in a neon-filled dancehall, give us real cowboys with real problems. And really steamy love lives!

 

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.comwith “Rode Hard” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2014; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.

 

August 2014 — Dawg Days — wolf/dog shifters — deadline May 15

 

It’s the way you growl, or maybe it’s the way you use your teeth, or the way the moonlight shines on your fur… Wait, what?  We want your best canine/lupine shifter stories for the Dawg Days of summer. Keep us on our toes with wolves, coyotes, dingoes or even a pit bull shifter or two. The more biting the better!

 

Please send your 3000 -10,000 word submissions to submissions@torquerepress.comwith “Dawg Days” and your story title in the subject field. Please see our general submissions guidelines for formatting etc. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2014; all submissions will be held and reviewed after the deadline.