Book 5.5 in the Unwanted series
Smith Devonshire is heir to his father's international shipping company. That is, he will be if he meets all the demands of the Will. As a gay man too long denied the ability to live his true life, Smith must bury his emotions and do whatever he can to take control of the company. While marrying a good friend in need of a green card was easy, fathering a child without medical intervention might just destroy our man Smith.
Lucky for him, the Narsoreal Bru de Bartina who suddenly bonds with Smith holds the key to unlocking everything Smith has ever longed for or needed. Smith just has to accept.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: This is a spin-off short story from THE UNWANTED series featuring Smith Devonshire, the last john Renzo had in his story, RENZO'S REDEMPTION.
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We were first introduced to Smith in Renzo's Redemption when Renzo went on his last call for the husband and wife that required a little... assistance to reach their goal. You see, Smith is a gay man living a lie. His father's will had a lot of stipulations Smith had to complete in order to maintain control of his family's company. Including getting married and producing an heir. The ONE thing that his homophobic father didn't do when attempting to ruin his son's life from the grave, make the stipulation in the will that Smith actually be married to a woman in order to complete his task.
On a walk to clear his head, Smith ends up in a part of town he's not familiar with having walked a little farther while lost in thought. He runs into, litteraly, a Nasoreal. The Nasoreal are the alien race that has come to earth because their own planet would not allow same sex mating, so all their LGBT people fled to earth in hopes to find their mate and share their knowledge with our government in exchange for this privledge.
Bru de Bartina knows Smith is his mate as soon as they lock eyes. The Nasoreal are a very unique and visual race, they know their mate by the connection they feel to them and their eyes, the way the are able to see inside each other through them. Smith is taken aback, but he feels so comfortable with Bru that he opens up to him and tells him the weight he bears from his late father. The Naoreal have changed their body type before to please their mates, can Bru adjust to be the male soul mate lover that Smith desires, while also being able to bear children? Something Smith not only wants, but must do to complete the terms of the will.
My favorite aspect to the novels aside from the dystopian sci-fi is the eyes are the window to the soul. I love that that is how the Nasoreal know exactly who their mate is. As usual this book is quirky, sexy, erotic and very different than any other stories out there, plot and character wise. But all the books set in this world are. If you are looking for something outside of the norm and like the stories that hit every spectrum of the LGBTQ personalities, this would be the perfect series for you. Read them in order though, or you won't understand the Nasoreal.
** The Unwanted series is a 5-part series. Reading each story in order is recommended.
Three years ago, a race of aliens called Narsoreal made contact and gained asylum on Earth. In exchange for technology and medical advancements, the United States government allows the Narsoreal to collect and bond with the country’s “unwanted” citizens. In one city, a Narsoreal bond-matcher has set his sights on a small band of male and female prostitutes in desperate need of salvation. Each of the five has unique needs, but it just might be that there is a Narsoreal ready and willing to meet every one of them.
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What inspires you to write?
All kinds of things. Sometimes I’ll be inspired by what I didn’t like in another book I’ve read—some element I’d like to try my hand at doing differently. Sometimes I’m moved by an article or a documentary. Songs are very influential to me. More often than anything else, I simply must write.
For those not familiar with your series, The Unwanted, could you share a few details?
In this world, aliens arrived on Earth a few years ago. Much of the thrill is gone as these Narsoreal are humanoid (for the most part) and they’ve handed over their technology for cash and the ability to stay. Since they came here to find the love they cannot on their planet—due to some kinked up genetic wiring that prevents it—the governments of the world agreed to allow the Narsoreal to seek their mates from people they deemed a sort of throw-away class. Prostitutes, drug addicts, anyone a government typically turns their back on: The Unwanted. Except the governments got something very wrong because mating one of these aliens is like winning the lottery. It’s a fairytale dream come true for each of the five people in the main series and the slightly different character in the spin-off. I like diversity, so I’ve included characters of different races, genders, and orientations in these stories.
What was the concept behind this particular story in the series?
SAVING SMITH is a spin-off from the rest of the series because Smith was actually the last john who hired Renzo Sanmiguel in the final story of the series. Intended final, I should now say! But my boyfriend wanted to know what happened to Smith because he was such a sad guy in Renzo’s story. I told Morris what I imagined happened to Smith, and he insisted I should write it down. So we can all blame Morris. ;)
Why did you chose to write in the M/M genre?
I’ve written M/F in the past under various pen names and enjoyed the work and the returns, but it wasn’t very rewarding. Gay men were, for a very long time, relegated to the best friend and, far too often, the villain. When I discovered M/M a few years ago, I was absolutely thrilled and felt I’d found a new home. Now I can take what I know of the romance genre and create people like myself and those I know and love. It’s both liberating and very rewarding.
Do you have a routine or ritual when you're writing?
I do need a relatively quiet space. I’m easily distracted, so the phone, Internet, TV, all those shiny things have to be far away. I cannot write in public—despite how much fun it might be to lounge in coffee shops—because I people-watch instead of write. I enjoy nature sounds or classical music, often listening to my fish tank bubble. Then it’s just me and my laptop getting lost in a new world.
Are there any other books or a sequel in the works?
I suppose it’s entirely possible I might expand on a few more spin-offs if the stories come to me. I did invent an entire household of Narsoreal looking for love who were Bru’s roommates. Nothing stirs at the moment, though.
As far as other books separate from this series, yes, there are a few taking form. I’m not sure which one will head to the front just yet.
As a huge fan of this series, I have to ask, what has been the most interesting or diverse review you have received thus far?
Actually, I don’t read reviews anymore. I did after the first story, SHANNON’S SOLACE, came out, just to get a feel for how people were receiving it. But then I had a series of quite nasty experiences with a few review sites I thought were run by professionals. In fact, I was so hurt by those, that is the reason it took me all these months to write and release SAVING SMITH. I almost gave up. It was my son who most encouraged me not to, so I’m back for him and my own enjoyment more than anything else. I now believe that reviews are not for authors to read, though I do appreciate those willing to take the time to express their opinion on the work and spread the word to their friends or followers when they find something good.
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Thank you so much Westbrooke for stopping by today and sharing some of the behind the scenes tidbits on this diverse and engaging series. I, for one, am Thrilled you didn't throw away your pen!
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