Welcome to our third week of celebrations for the amazingly talented
This week we're featuring the Healing series Ariel has written, as well as some of her standalone novels, plus 5 little known facts about this wonderful author, and another chance to win!
First up, Healing In His Wings (Healing #1, co-written with Nicki Bennett)
When the Starfire is struck by a mysterious and deadly plague, the captain and crew have no choice but to throw themselves on the mercy of the healers of a nearby, uncharted planet. First Officer Ryan Nelson accompanies the sickest patients to the planet's surface, where he is put under the supervision of Juo-ta-ri, an apprentice to one of the healers who is helping the crew. The two have barely begun to explore the chemistry between them when Ryan's body betrays him and he falls ill as well. Now it's a race against time to see if Juo can bring the fever down before Ryan's hallucinations kill him.
Reprint: This novella was originally published in the Dreamspinner Press anthology Size Matters.
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Her Two Dads
Srikkanth Bhattacharya is a quintessential gay bachelor and perfectly happy about it-until he gets a call from the local hospital telling him his best friend died in childbirth. Sri had agreed to provide the sperm to make Jill's dream of motherhood come true, but he'd never expected to have to make decisions for a baby girl. He intends to place her with an adoptive family, but once he sees her, Sri can't bring himself to do it, so now he's struggling to learn how to deal with a newborn. His housemate and friend, Jaime Frias, volunteers to help, never guessing he'll fall in love with both the baby and Sri. Everything seems perfect until a visit from Social Services sends Sri into a tailspin, feeling like he has to choose between his daughter and a relationship with the man he's coming to love.
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After a year apart, teacher Jacob Peters and county judge Beau Braedon decide they can’t live without each other. There are just a few small obstacles to their Alabama love story. Jacob resents Beau’s paranoia about being outed, but Beau is convinced he’ll lose his seat on the bench if he admits to their relationship, and as a teacher at a Christian school, Jacob’s job is even more at risk. They could relocate, but Beau’s mother has Alzheimer’s and can’t be moved. And then there’s the tiny issue of Jacob’s infant son, Finn, and his mother, whom Jacob wed out of duty. In short, they are stuck.
But Beau has a long-term plan, and he’s prepared to swallow his fears and compromise with Jacob, because sharing stolen moments is no longer enough.
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All his life Benicio Quispe has dreamed of being a guide on the Inca Trail. He gets his chance when the top travel agency in Cusco, Peru hires him. Alberto Salazar, his assigned mentor, fits Benicio's idea of a perfect guide, but he's also everything Benicio never dared to dream of in a boyfriend.
Alberto learned a long time ago to be discreet about his sexuality. It's a necessary sacrifice to keep the respect of the guides and porters whose help is critical in a successful hike. So he pushes aside his attraction to his new junior guide and goes on as usual. But when a group of old friends arrives to hike the trail again, they convince him a relationship with Benicio is worth pursuing. His newfound resolve is enough to get them on a first date, but no amount of courage can change the attitudes of their family and friends. The risks on the trail are easy compared to finding a path through the challenges keeping them apart.
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Five Little Known Facts
1. I competed in dressage and show jumping competitions in high school and college. Think Olympic three-day events without the steeplechase (and with slightly lower jumps).
2. I once won the Golden Screw award as part of my high school’s drama department. (I was the stage manager and deadly with an electric screwdriver.)
3. I’d written five novels by the time I graduated from high school. No one will ever want to read them—trust me!—but I still have multiple drafts of all five of them.
4. When I was in high school and talking about all the places I wanted to visit, my grandmother asked me how I was going to do all that on a teacher’s salary. (She was a big believer in being realistic.) I jokingly told her I’d marry a doctor. I did, but for the first ten years of our marriage, I earned more money than he did.
5. I was once featured in the Dijon newspaper for the project I did as part of my Masters’ thesis. The opening line of the article said, “I’m American by birth, but my heart is Dijonnais.”
More about Ariel:
Ariel Tachna lives outside of Houston with her husband, her daughter and son, and their cat. Before moving there, she traveled all over the world, having fallen in love with both France, where she found her husband, and India, where she dreams of retiring some day. She’s bilingual with snippets of four other languages to her credit, and is as in love with languages as she is with writing.
Thanks for joining us today. Come back next week for our Grand Finale celebrations with info about Checkmate (and excerpts), plus Ariel's upcoming release Dance Off, co-written with Nessa Warin, a list of her favorite things, plus one more chance to win!
Until then, happy reading!!