Monday, 13 July 2015

Blog Tour + Excerpt - A Question of Counsel by Archer Kay Leah



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A Question of Counsel by Archer Kay Leah
Publication date: May 27th 2015
Genres: Adult, Fantasy

Synopsis:
 
Life hasn’t been easy for Aeley since she arrested her brother, and her role as a political leader leaves her feeling isolated and lonely. Days before her brother’s trial, she meets Lira, a quiet and modest scribe who makes Aeley want more than just a professional relationship.

When she attends the trial and leaves with a marriage contract, Aeley doesn’t know what to do. She must choose one of two brothers, marrying into a family she doesn’t know. Then she discovers that Lira is part of the same family–a sister to Aeley’s suitors and the family’s disgrace. And not at all opposed to an intimate relationship.

Except random acts of violence against her people test Aeley’s ability as a leader, and a web of lies and deceit threaten not only her chance at happiness, but her life…




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Excerpt:
 
 "It  could  be  any  one  of  the  available  men  and  I  still  wouldn’t  be  happy  about  it."  The  words tumbled  from  Aeley's  lips  before  she  could  stop  herself.  "It  isn't  just  your  brothers  being themselves,  it's  the  whole  concept  of giving  myself  over  to  a  guy  I  don't  care  for.  I  have  no interest in sleeping with them, or procreating. And it isn't because I don't know how—I know how. I've slept with guys before; I just don't care for it. I don't get pleasure from it like everyone thinks  I  should.  I  know  Father  wanted  me  to  find  someone  nice,  but  his  idea  of  nice  isn't  the same as mine."
"Is it the same reason why you and Mayr aren't together?"
"Partially," Aeley replied. "That, and he's my best friend. The only one who really understands me. We never wanted to ruin it." She tilted her head back to stare at the stars. "If only it wasn't your brothers. If only it was y—"
Closing her mouth, she  knew she'd said too much already.  It always happened whenever they were  together.  Rarely  did she  tell  anyone  her  most  private  thoughts,  and  when  she  did,  she
trusted  only  Mayr.  But  even  then,  she  preferred  to  keep  her  deepest  thoughts  to  herself, protecting them as if they were precious and easily shattered. Why could she not stop exposing
those secrets when she was with Lira?
"What were you saying?" Lira asked softly, her eyes searching Aeley's.
"Nothing. Never mind. I was rambling."
"Or telling the truth."
When  Aeley  turned,  Lira  stepped  closer.  Their  chests  touched—a  deliberate  move,  Aeley realized, when Lira leaned into her. She watched the rise and fall of Lira's chest under the simple gold pendant around her neck.
"Imagine  if  you  could  tell  me  everything,  without  worrying  about  what  I'd  think,"  Lira murmured. Her face neared Aeley's. "Maybe this is exactly the change you wanted. Maybe you just need more time to put everything together. Or maybe you just need all the pieces."
There was no time to breathe before Lira's lips touched hers, coaxing a soft kiss from Aeley with a gentle push and tug. Her thoughts spun. Aeley raised her hand to the balcony to keep steady, only barely registering the fact that her hand made it halfway before stopping in the air. Was the silence just in her head or had the music stopped?
By the time Aeley realized what was happening, Lira's lips left.
"Something  for  you  to  think  about,"  Lira  whispered.  Without  waiting  for  a  reply,  she  walked towards the ballroom.
She paused in the doorway and looked back, the light from the room illuminating her face and giving her skin a yellow glow. Her lips showed the hint of a smile, but her eyes said everything
 
 
 


AUTHOR BIO
 
Archer Kay Leah was raised in Ontario, Canada, growing up in a port town at a time when it was starting to become more diverse, both visibly and vocally. Combined with the variety of interests found in Archer’s family and the never-ending need to be creative, it has been this diversity that has inspired Archer’s love of toying with characters and their relationships, exploring new experiences and crazy situations.

Archer started writing stories at age six and became “that kid” with their nose in the books and a pen in their hand, pursuing the challenges of writing novels at age thirteen and conquering the dread of poetry at fifteen. Archer most enjoys writing speculative fiction and is engaged in a very particular love affair with fantasy, especially when it is dark and emotionally charged.

When not reading and writing for work or play, Archer is a geek who has too many hobbies, keeping busy with other creative endeavors, a music addiction, and whatever else comes along, especially if it is in technological form. Archer lives in London, Ontario with a same-sex partner and their cat.

 
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