Today we have author Alex Bowman visiting. Welcome!
What would you like to tell readers about yourself?
I was born and raised in Williamsburg, Virginia and even attended William and Mary here. I’ve been writing since I was little and I’m published in another genre. A friend talked me into trying my hand at erotic mm romance, so I tried it and found I loved it.
What book are you going to tell us about today? Is it part of a series? If so, what's the order the books should be read in?
My first book is Losing His Religion, the first in a new series called Soul Collectors. It’s a paranormal story built in our world, but opening the doors to the supernatural beyond. This first one focuses on the story of Jamie, an orphan, who finds out as a teen that he’s a soul collector – a human who is able to protect a human soul from being stolen by a demon as the human dies. He can also extract the souls when he kills a demon, saving them from an eternity in hell. Ios is an otherworldly figure sent to protect him and Jamie struggles to trust him and the growing feelings that develop between the two.
How'd you/your muse come up with this story?
It just hit me out of the blue. It is so different from what I normally write, but felt so natural. The story just flowed out of me, too, and I’ve already outlined the next two in the series. I’m not a firm believer that getting out of your comfort zone and trying something new can open the flood gates.
Describe the hero in five words.
Ios – warrior, protector, lover, strong, & kind
Describe the heroine in five words.
This is a mm, so I will use this spot for Jamie. Jamie – fighter, worthy, lovable, strong, & resilient
Who's your favorite character in the book & why?
Jamie, easily. He’s been abandoned by everyone he’s ever loved and handed a crap lot in life. Yes, he has trust issues and finds being around other people difficult, but after everything, he’s never broken. He bounces back easily, not allowing the power that be to win.
What's your favorite line in the story?
A descriptive one that explains another plane where Ios takes Jamie to train. I want to go live there.
“Open fields of aquamarine grasses littered with fuchsia flowers drifted in a perpetual breeze under the three bright full moons that filled the midnight blue sky.”
A look into the story...
Blurb – Losing His Religion:
The Soul Collectors, 1 ~
Discarded most of his life, Jamie had learned as a teen that he was a Soul Collector, one of a mysterious group who fought the demons that attacked fellow humans. Cast out into the world, alone, the orphan fought hard to find his way, ending up in a seminary of all places. But chastity wasn’t a problem. He had no time or trust for relationships, let alone love.
Ios felt protective of the Soul Collector, the one the prophecy claimed would one day be his mate. Following the human for years, Ios had done everything he could to ensure his safety without stepping out of the shadows. He also held his lust in check, knowing Jamie would never accept him.
The time was upon them to join forces. Could Jamie handle who and what Ios was, and trust the growing feelings between them before it was too late?
Excerpt (ADULT) – Losing His Religion (©2012, Alex Bowman):
“So did you?”
“Know I was yours the moment you saw me?” Jamie pinned him with a look of lust he’d never quite seen flash on the man’s face before.
Mine. Ios’s felt the rush of need spiral through him with such force that it nearly took him to his knees. His cock thickened and he felt his balls tighten. His whispered “Yes…” floated on the air, his body trembling with the hard-won control to stand in place and not cross the room and force the human to the floor under him.
“I don’t know that I believe in fated lovers, predetermined to find one another.”
“I’m not asking you to believe in anything.” Ios believed enough for the both of them.
“I will admit, there is something…”
Something? “What?” He needed Jamie to say it, that he wanted Ios. Needed Ios.
Jamie’s face flamed and he glanced down, apparently unable to put the emotions he felt into words.
Fuck it. Control is overrated.
Ios stomped across the small space, grasped Jamie’s head in his hands and pressed his lips against the smoldering heat of the human’s mouth. Swallowing the gasp of pleasure, he thrust his tongue into Jamie’s mouth and tasted the ale left lingering there, as well as the heat and taste of his male.
When he felt Jamie’s hands spreading across his chest and moving down his stomach, he tightened his whole body, needing for the hands to venture further south, needing the male to show him that he wanted more through his exploration. As warm hands rubbed against his hardened cock through his jeans he could have shouted in joy. He deepened the kiss, pressing his hips forward, languishing in the caress from his male.
Ripping the shirt open, baring Jamie’s chest, the tinkering of buttons hitting the stone floor echoed around him. Ios spread his fingers along the hard muscles before him. Jamie removed the shirt, dropping it to the floor. The material puddled around his feet and Ios wanted more to follow. His shaking fingers pulled at the belt buckle Jamie wore, and he tugged at the leather, not wanting to remove his lips from the human’s.
Pulling back, he was afraid the moment would be lost if he could not keep Jamie in a frenzy. His need was too great. He could not be denied this time. Ios would have the male now, or he would explode.
Warm hands steadied his. “Let me.”
Jamie gazed into his eyes, slowly removing the belt and dropping it to the floor. His hands then went to the top of his pants and he unbuttoned them. The slow pull of the zipper reminded him that he was overclothed as well. Ios removed his t-shirt in a flash and kicked off his shoes. By the time his pants were gone, Jamie also stood naked.
His hands ached to touch the male, to explore every single inch of flesh he had to offer up for his inspection. Jamie was beautiful. Small, firm muscles curved over his slim build, his skin nearly unmarred. The wound in his chest was no longer visible.
A small smattering of blond hair started below his belly button and thickened as it surrounded his jutting cock. Fully erect, it stood proud against his stomach, a pearl of fluid shining at the tip of the purple head. Thick veins spread along the shaft and Ios’s mouth watered to taste the flesh. Dropping to his knees before his human, he got a closer look at what the male had to offer.
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