Show, don’t tell, goes the writer’s mantra. Little things, subtlety, matters. On planet Parseon, it’s a man’s world. Commander Dak is one of five ruling Alphas, the highest of the high; Omra is a breeder slave, the lowest of the low. She is so far below him in status, he isn’t even supposed to want her…
An excerpt from Breeder
(In this scene Commander Dak has purchased Omra from the Breeder Containment Facility and is taking her home. We are in Omra’s POV).
A wonder of verdant hues filled her vision, from the mosses and vines clinging to the trees, grasses waving in the breeze, the vividness of the leaves themselves. A branch of a large, bushy plant slapped against the conveyance as they passed, and she plucked off a tender leaf. She stroked it, marveling at the smoothness, and raised it to her nose.
“What are you doing? The Commander frowned.
She recoiled. “I-I am smelling a leaf.”
He cocked his head. “Why?”
Because she hadn’t been outside the BCF walls in a year. Because she hadn’t danced in a meadow, raised her face to the rain, woven a garland of flowers, or watched fallen leaves soar on the wind. Before she could devise a response he asked, “What does it smell like?”
“Pungent. Fresh.” Emboldened by his question, she held up the compound leaf by its petiole. “Do you wish to smell?”
An indefinable emotion flickered before he shuttered his gaze and shifted the reins. She expected him to take the leaf, but he grabbed her hand and raised it to his nose. Her breath caught in her throat, and a flutter of whisperflies circled inside her stomach. He could have crushed her fingers, so mighty was his strength, but he merely held her securely as he sniffed. His breath breezed across her skin. “I would agree with your assessment.” He released her and transferred the reins, clicked his tongue at the beasts, and increased their pace.
She dropped her hand to her lap. His touch lingered on her skin.
Unofficial Breeder blurb:
Dak and Omra belong to an alien humanoid aggressive species on the “androcentric, androsocial” planet Parseon where male domination is enforced by law. “Protocol” separates the race into castes: ruling Alpha Commanders at the top, dominant alpha males second, then submissive betas who serve as domestic partners, and lastly, females, who are breeding slaves.
To secure his legacy, Alpha Commander Dak must produce a son. He purchases a breeder named Omra with the intention of impregnating her and then handing her off to his beta, Corren. Only Corren hates her. But Dak falls in love with her and begins to question everything he was taught, jeopardizing not only his anointed union with Corren, but the political stability of Parseon.
Breeder explores the concepts of gender roles and social prohibitions against deviant behavior. It includes graphic M/F and M/M sexual content and violence, including nonconsensual domestic discipline.
Breeder…coming in mid October