Today I’m welcoming Mellanie Rourke with a few excerpts, and a playlist.

“Ask.” I said harshly.

“Okay,” he said. “Men or women?”

I rolled my eyes.

“Fine. Men, when I have the choice,” I said.

His brow furrowed. “When you have the choice? What does that mean?”


Mellanie lives in Akron, Ohio with her husband, three young adult roommates (aka kids!) And tge menagerie: 2 dogs, 3 cats and 5 ferrets.


I really need music to write. When the world of the Mageian’s came to me, I had just started listening to “The Score”.

I need to listen to music to write and that music influences what I write. I realized as I was finishing this that it was mostly inspired by songs from The Score.

Pretty much every song on “Metamorph”, “Atlas” and “Pressure” ended up on this list. I guess there are worse fates.

  • Born for This
  • Glory
  • Legend
  • Revolution
  • Unstoppable
  • The Fear
  • Stronger
  • Fighter
  • Head Up
  • Shakedown
  • Higher
  • Who I Am
  • Head Up
  • Alarm
  • Enemies
  • Money Run Low
  • Fire
  • Never Going Back
  • In My Blood
  • Bulletproof
  • Miracle
  • In My Bones
  • Under The Pressure
  • Run Like A Rebel
  • Skeleteons
  • Comeback
  • The Champion
  • Gallows
  • Hunger
  • Don’t Wanna Wake Up
  • Where Do You Run
  • Running All Night
  • Bad Days
  • Golden
  • Livin’ Right
  • Something New
  • Legend
  • Human
  • Where You Are
  • Miracle
  • Higher

They took everything from him. Even his name.

Elex is a slave even though his father is King of Alexandria. Disinherited once his elemental magic developed, he was banished to the Alexandrian Legion to “learn his place” at the non-existent mercies of his new masters. Humiliated and abused, he learns the hard way that he can’t always protect the ones he loves.

Now the time of the Machi Thanatos approaches, a deadly competition where Legionnaires must battle their foes and each other for the dubious honor of a lifetime of slavery at the hands of Elusians, Alexandrians with the ability to control Elex and his fellow Mageians by Suppressing their ability to use magic.

Elex will fight to the death to protect himself and those he loves, but during the Machi he meets Helios, a shapeshifting Soma from the rebel country of Illyria. Helios will fight for what he loves, too, and this savagely fierce little Mageian is quickly adding his name to that list.

Separately they are two victims of the whims of Alexandrian Elusians. Together, they may discover a secret that could topple an empire.

This gay romance/urban fantasy novel features sexy shifters, a fiercely loyal and protective MC, interfering deities, and found family.


“What did you want me to ask you that I didn’t?” he asked.

I closed my eyes. Fuck. He’d know if I was lying. In for a penny.

“I wanted you to ask me if you could kiss me,” I whispered finally. He didn’t move at my words, and I suddenly felt like the biggest idiot. How could this beautiful, courageous, kitten-saving man ever want someone like me? Especially after just sharing everything my own blood had done to me.

Feeling suddenly filthy, I was on my feet and pulling away from him without thinking. “Yeah, dumb thing to think, I know. Probably been drinking too much of that vodka.”

“That sentence was a lie,” he whispered. Then without warning he was in front of me. He slowly reached out and cupped the back of my head and drew me close. He was standing so near to me that I could feel his breath on my cheek. “But that first one…”

He swept his thumb over my lips.

“Truth,” he whispered, a small, sad smile forming. He moved even closer, his breath hot on my skin.

Contest time (contest now closed):

For a chance to win your choice of one of Mellanie’s books (Mason’s Run, Nicki’s Fight and Elex: Sons of Hecate vol. I) comment and tell us which songs from her list you enjoy most!