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Guest Blogger: Lex Valentine
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

NaNo Day 2:
Viking-2—1905 words
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Unfairness
By Lex Valentine

Unfairness abounds in the world we live in. Despite writing romances where there is always a Happily Ever After (HEA), I sometimes let the unfairness and cruelties of the world seep into my work. In my current release, Sunstroked, one of my heroes was closeted for most of his life because his cousin, the pack Alpha, was homophobic. In my November and December releases, unfairness has a role in each story.

Rock My World, coming November 12 from Ellora’s Cave, has a stalker in it who’s filled the heroine with so much fear that she lies and pushes the hero away in order to ensure he’s not a target too. Afterburner, in the Honorable Silence anthology due out in November from MLR Press, is about two Air Force pilots who fall in love and must contend with the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy. In December, there’s Unbreak Me about a magic wielding warrior who was imprisoned unfairly, suffering rapes and torture, all because someone coveted the position her father held. Also coming in December is Christmas Wishes, another short story in my annual Christmas Cowboys series. The hero has it bad for the heroine but she’s older than him, a widow with a broken heart whose husband died in Afghanistan. Someone with a past that tragic isn’t the kind of woman you just hit on.

Another story I recently finished (whose release date I’m unsure of) is In the Light. This is a dark tale, a short story of some 6500 words, written for my friend author Patric Michael. It will be in his anthology Wishing on a Blue Star from Dreamspinner Press. In the Light features one of my signature characters, a werewolf named Weylyn Randall. The story is about bullying and doing the right thing and the sometimes high cost of both. It’s also about everlasting friendship and love. But it’s not a love story nor does it have full-blown sex in it.

For those of you who know me, you’ll know that no sex is a bit of an aberration. To date, the only other story I’ve ever written without sex is Ain’t Nuthin’ But a Hellhound, a dark tale in the Weirdly anthology at Wild Child Publishing. But In the Light has overtones from conversations Patric and I had and it’s with a sense of profound joy that I give it to him.

As unfair as life often is, my character Weylyn brings a sense of buoyancy and fun to everything I’ve ever put him in. He first debuted in a serial story where I wrote prior to being published. Then I wrote him into my Pink Chair Diaries trilogy (also before I was published.) Next, he showed up in Common Ground, Tales of the Darkworld Book 5. He pops up everywhere and he’s great fun for readers. For a taste of Weylyn, you can go to my website and click on the freebies page. There are links to the PCD stories which are free to read. Common Ground isn’t free but I hear that the Dreamspinner anthology may be a freebie.

I combat the unfairness in life the only way I know how…with laughter. Weylyn usually brings that so he’s a great read when you’re feeling down. I don’t have a link yet to Patric’s anthology, but below are links to the other works where you can read Weylyn. A few laughs won’t make unfairness in the world go away, but it makes it easier to live with. And Weylyn is a lot of hot, sexy werewolf fun!

Here’s a snippet from In the Light:

Sipping his ale, Grant shot Weylyn a wry look. “You’re trying to get me laid?”

Blinking in mock innocence, Weylyn said, “But of course! What else would a friend do?”

“Fuck the only guy in the bar I’m interested in.”

Grant made a face and Weylyn could barely contain a laugh. He loved bantering with Grant.

“You have to bring that up again? Geez, man. You are never going to let me live that down, are you?”

“No.” Grant popped a few peanuts in his mouth. “You are the only guy I know who can get laid without even trying…without even wanting to! A guy tells me he’s a power bottom and asks me if I’m interested. Before I can even reply ‘Hell yeah!’ you’ve got him topping you!”

“That only happened once,” Weylyn protested. “I didn’t know you’d already been talking to him when I met him in the men’s room.”

Weylyn felt the sting of guilt. It was true that he’d ended up with more than one guy whom Grant had had his eye on. Not that he’d meant to. Every time it had happened, he hadn’t known Grant was interested in the guy. His friend tended to be really low key about his sexuality and wasn’t a blatant prowler like Weylyn. Grant never broadcasted his sexual preferences but Weylyn knew that he gave it away fairly easily because his gaze never followed women, only men.

“I can’t believe there are Fallen Angels you haven’t fucked,” Grant grumbled and finished his drink. The bartender brought him another one instantly.

“Dude, I swear to you, I haven’t been with that many.” Weylyn tried to edge the peanuts closer to him as he watched his friend.

Grant eyed him in mock disbelief. “Still don’t believe you, but I’ll find out later. I’m not yet in the mood to go chatting up the men in here only to find they’re one in a long list of your conquests.”

“You make me sound like some kind of sexual predator.”

“You are a predator. In everything you do. It’s inherent in your nature as a shifter,” Grant conceded. “Believe me, I understand that. Add that to the whole rock star thing you have going and you get laid without even trying.”

Whew! Weylyn can certainly be a handful! If you’d like to read more Weylyn you can and some of it is free! You’ll find Weylyn here:

The Were & The Chair
I’d Fuck You

If you’re interested in reading more In the Light, I will post on my blog Sunlight Sucks and on my official website when and where you can get Wishing on a Blue Star (which contains work by several well-known M/M romance authors), just as soon as I have the information.

Many thanks to Delilah for letting me and Weylyn take over her blog today!

Lex Valentine
Lexvalentine.com ~ sunlightsucks.com ~ fivedarkrealms.com

18 comments to “Guest Blogger: Lex Valentine”

  1. Shoshanna Evers
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 8:16 am · Link

    Wow, Lex! Great excerpt and post :)



  2. Rachel Firasek
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 8:38 am · Link

    Lex, you are such a busy woman. This looks like a fantastic read.



  3. James L. Hatch
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 8:42 am · Link

    Enjoyed the post, Lex. When you have time, email me off post. I have another theme you might use.



  4. Cindy Spencer Pape
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 9:27 am · Link

    Great excerpt. I love that you use humor to deal with life’s unfairness. My favorite quote has always been, “Life’s too short to take seriously.”



  5. kate richards
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 10:01 am · Link

    It’s a good reminder, to use humor to get throught life’s unfairness. Sometimes, I don’t remember that and it makes things much harder. Humor helps to see past the bad times!



  6. Cynthia Osborne
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 12:39 pm · Link

    LMAO!! Great excerpt and I am so going huntin for Weylyn. Thank you for writing a story for Patric I am one of his many stalkers I even have a special name for him Snoggles. LOL Cyn



  7. Lex Valentine
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 12:52 pm · Link

    Shoshanna – Thank you! Weylyn is the most fun character I’ve ever written!

    Rachel – The fun never stops! I have an overactive brain and I get very driven. Wishing on a Blue Star will be a great read because there are so many great authors contributing to it and it’s for a great friend. I hope you get a chance to read it when it releases.

    James – I’ll do that! Thanks!

    Cindy – I’d rather laugh than cry, that’s for sure!

    Kate – It truly does. And I’ve found, being able to laugh at myself helps a bunch!

    Thank you all for coming by and commenting!



  8. Sarah McNeal
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 1:58 pm · Link

    Wonderful subject for your blog, Lex. I can’t help but admire the way you have turned adversity into sudccess by using “unfairness” as a character builder in your stories.
    Sarah



  9. Lex Valentine
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 3:38 pm · Link

    Sarah – I use EVERYTHING when I write. There is a way to take the things that happen to you and use them to fuel your muse. Thanks for coming by and commenting!



  10. Kelly Thrash
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 6:36 pm · Link

    LEX I LOVE YOU!!!! I just finshed Common Ground today and I’m about to go get Sunstroked. I knew Weylyn sounded familiar and I couldn’t figure out why! :) lol I love your work and I can’t wait for you to finsih this series. I can’t say enough good stuff about it. Thank you for writing your books I can’t get enough of them.

    KittyKelly



  11. Lex Valentine
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 8:23 pm · Link

    Thank you, Kelly! I’m so glad you like the series. Have you come over to the Five Dark Realms yet and joined my fan forum?



  12. Kelly Thrash
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 9:23 pm · Link

    No I didn’t know it existed!! WHat is the web address? I will join ASAP!!!!!! :) :mrgreen:



  13. Lex Valentine
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 9:48 pm · Link

    The forum is on my Five Dark Realms website at: http://fivedarkrealms.com/forum.

    Feel free to pass the link along to others!



  14. Kelly Thrash
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 9:57 pm · Link

    OOO Done and waiting to be activated. :) Thanks so much!!
    :oops:



  15. loretta
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 10:18 pm · Link

    I love your books so I will be spending some more money.

    loretta

    lbcanton@verizon.net



  16. Lex Valentine
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      · November 3rd, 2010 at 10:27 pm · Link

    Oh I’m so glad you like them, Loretta! Come join the forum. I’ll be giving some books away.



  17. Gale
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      · November 4th, 2010 at 7:34 am · Link

    Good wishes to Patric. I love the excerpt Lex. Thanks for sharing. I’ll look for the book.



  18. sue brandes
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      · November 4th, 2010 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Loved the excerpt and post.