Ellen Cross

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Equal Rights Blog Hop - July 4-11 @ellen__cross

Welcome all to the Equal  Rights Blog Hop


Thanks to Queer Town Abbey, for hosting such a wonderful experience!


The theme for this year, is “Your First experience in the LGBT Community”

My first experience was at school, where a couple of my friends growing up, were gay. My own children now have gay friends in high school, and I am so proud that like me, they are growing up with no question of acceptance, it is just something that, for them, is a part of life.  No questions asked.


I would like to share my latest book with you all, which in it's own way, is a lesson in acceptance, also. While love is love, coming in all shapes and forms, what about when one partner is disabled?


Beyond the Scars—Book 5 of the Preternatural Rescue Centre series—is the story of Lee, a wheelchair-bound human who has spent almost his entire life, locked away, with no explanation why. That is, until a pair of fey warriors, Arra and Cruz rescue him. Arra and Cruz are twin brothers, who—in their own way—have led just as secluded a past, as Lee. In this scene, we explore Lee's first kiss, with his mates, from Arra's point of view.


"Don't be afraid to open yourself up to us. I know it's hard, to trust someone enough to let them in. We're all learning as we go, and trying to give you the time you need, but it's hard to be so close, yet so far."

Lee's eyes had widened as Arra spoke, his breathing picking up and his whole body tensing. "How can you want me? Are you too blind to see?"

Arra smiled. "We see what you do not. You're our Nanta, our destined one. There is no other for us."

"But how do you know? You said it yourself. There have only been you two, so how do you know?"

"Because, no matter how many times we have shared a bed partner, Cruz and I have never felt the pull at our soul, not even a flicker, until the moment we drew close to you. We didn't even have to see you, to know. You're ours, just as we are yours. We want no other."


"Shh. Just close your eyes and feel." Nothing had felt as soft as his mate's lips, as Arra leant close and joined them. Lee gasped, yet opened his lips a little when Arra ran his tongue against the seam. He accepted his mate's invitation and deepened the kiss, enjoying the first taste of his Nanta and committing the unique flavour to memory. A little sweet with the lingering hint of coffee, he could spend all day exploring and sipping at his Lee's lips. He might have, too, if the rustling of fabric at his side and a hand on his shoulder hadn't disturbed him. He knew it was Cruz. The bond they felt as brothers connected them on such a level, that they instinctively knew where the other was.

Arra reluctantly pulled away from Lee, smiling at the way his little mate's eyes remained closed, his lips reddened and parted, wanting more. He looked over at Cruz, whose eyes flared with so much hunger it was almost painful to witness. He knew his brother needed their mate at that moment even more than he did. He slid over, allowing Cruz to take his spot, and felt a saddening in his chest when his brother simply stared into Lee's face, as if he didn't know where to start. Sure, they had had lovers before, but they had been nothing more than a releasing of tension. This was their destiny, all sweet and innocent, so infinitely fragile and yet so strong. Just to look into Lee's eyes was to see true strength.

Cruz reached forward and cupped Lee's face, and Lee opened his eyes at the contact and stared unfocusedly back. Lee looked between Arra and his brother, before his attention drifted back to Cruz. Lee simply stared at Cruz for the longest moment, not blinking, not moving, until Cruz started to pull away, obviously having taken Lee's stillness for hesitation, maybe even rejection. Lee snapped forward before Cruz moved too far, and wrapped his arms around Cruz's neck and stared back with eyes that pleaded for more.

"Don't give up on me. I need you both...just...don't give up on me yet, please."


Lee's been locked away for so long that he's forgotten what it's like to have hope, or why he’s been held. When a voice speaks inside his head, telling him help is on the way, he won’t allow himself to believe the words, writing them off as insanity finally taking hold. When help arrives, in the form of a pair of sexy fey warriors who break down the wall to his prison, Lee's fear takes over.

Arrameus and Cruziel crossed the veil as outcasts, years ago. They're Guardians, warriors, known for being ruthless and unstoppable in the battle against the shadowkin. Nothing shakes their resolve, until a small wheelchair-bound human brings them to their knees. He's their Nanta, their destiny, but how will they come to terms with the fact their mate is trapped behind more walls then the one that imprisoned him, and more importantly, how will they break through them?


I will be giving away a copy of Beyond the Scars, to a randomly picked commenter, on the 15th of July, giving everyone plenty of time to get in the draw, so simply say hi, for your chance to win!


Don't forget to enter the rafflecopter HERE!!


And don't forget to visit the other authors participating in the blog hop, and see what they have to offer, too!!

1. Tara Lain  11. Draven St. James  21. Annie Anthony  
2. Iyana Jenna  12. L M Somerton  22. Clarissa Johal  
3. Alex Jones  13. Annabeth Albert  23. Kate Larkindale  
4. Jess Buffett  14. Erica Pike  24. Susan Mac Nicol  
5. Ellen Cross  15. Jamie Fessenden  25. D.T. Dragon  
6. Remmy Duchene  16. Sarah Madison  26. Michael Mandrake  
7. Viki Lyn  17. Anne Barwell  27. Ryan Field  
8. Dianne Hartsock  18. TM Smith  28. Alicia Joseph  
9. Kendall McKenna - Love & Dog Tags  19. MayWatersErotica  29. Berengaria Brown  
10. Jacey Holbrand  20. Tami Veldura  30. Stuart Wakefield  


  1. It's great how so many kids are growing up without any idea that being gay is anything to remark on. It shows how far we've come.

  2. The story sounds intense, but I'm intrigued!


  3. It wonderful to see more kids growing up and gay friends are just accepted as is. Thanks for being in the blog hop and for sharing.

  4. Hi Ellen. I found out about you and this book when you guested on Amber Kell's blog. I already put it on my TBR list. Thanks for being part of the Hop.

  5. hi Ellen! I've yet to read your series...but they are all on my wish list (and how could I resist a book with a "Lee" protagonist?? ...even if we aren't the same sex!) :)

  6. This books sounds great! You are a new to me author - thanks for the chance at winning one of your books.

  7. I've just started reading the first book in the series and I'm looking forward to reading this one too. Please count me in for the Giveaway ....thank you


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  9. Thank you for sharing your book with us! =)

    Take care & I hope you have a great week! =)

    BLeigh1130 at yahoo dot com

  10. Hi Ellen! Would love to read your book, hope Lee gives his mates a chance

  11. I'm so glad that the world has changed for your kids and their friends. I keep hoping the whole world will follow. Thanks so much for sharing with us, Ellen!

    caroaz [at] ymail [dot] com

  12. I love the sound of this book and look forward to reading it.
    sstrode at scrtc dot com

  13. Thank you so much everyone, for joining in and helping make this blog hop such a success. I am sorry for the delay in getting back online to post the winner, but life has been throwing quite a few curve balls, atm.

    The winner of a copy of Beyond the Scars, is: Nicki B!
    Congratulations, Nicki, your ebook is in your email box :)