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Leaders and Followers
Written by Azura Ice a.k.a. F.L. Bicknell
If I was part of a small team, I’m afraid I’d be the one person who would either be the leader or I’d piss off the other members and end up the outcast. LOL, I’m a natural leader, but sometimes more than one such person is in a single group and more than one cook in the kitchen often causes problems.
Astronauts and cosmonauts are paired up according to several rules, but one is compatibility with the other team members. A leader is chosen who can command without it going to his or her head. I have a strong personality, and although I believe in compromise, I also believe the nut who does stupid things and threatens the safety of everyone else should be tossed out the nearest airlock.
Hey, just saying, lol.
This brings me to Venus, the heroine in Conquering Venus. Since she’s been alone for so long, she’s accustomed to being the decision maker. As a result, the two huge, Azutuan alien men who show up and start throwing their weight around cause sparks to fly. Venus’ temper blows—a lot.
Then security officers arrive on the base these warriors have established on Earth. Not only does Venus have to adjust to her two new mates, she realizes the entire race of Azutuan men are alpha males.
In Sacrifices, book 2, Miln and his younger mate help set up the security for the base. Now he’s faced with the same problem Venus has, but the difference is that he’s the alpha this time and his mate, Oshki, believes Miln always puts the welfare of others before their love. Things escalate and Miln wonders if he has mistaken lust for love.
However, Miln must go to the year 1847 with his partner, who is furious with him, and bring back a deranged scientist bent on twisting time and frigging up the future. It’s tough being a natural leader. Worse, sometimes being a leader or alpha forces you to make decisions you’d never make if you were a follower.
There are leaders in jobs and in the military. Even groups of hikers or friends have one person who assumes the role of the head person whether he or she realizes it or not.
What about you, dear reader? Are you a leader or a follower—and why?
The reader who offers the best, most interesting answer will win a copy of book 1 of the Sky Streamer Series, Conquering Venus. It’s m/f/m. For more info on book 1, visit THIS LINK.
m/m – heat 5 – time-travel, paranormal, historical, western, sci-fi
Miln and Oshki travel to the year 1847 where they track down Randle Nyerscot, a potential killer, but their journey into the past isn’t the lovers’ getaway they thought it would be. Miln soon realizes there’s trouble in their historical paradise. It’s his duty to protect others, but his new, much-younger mate insists their love should always come first, setting them at odds with one another.
With the help of a local, Miln discovers an orphanage held hostage and a killer injecting victims with the Bone Eater virus. Forced to make drastic decisions, he must fight for everyone’s lives to save future Earth.
But can he make amends with Oshki? Or will Miln be forced to choose duty over love once more?
F.L. Bicknell’s work has appeared in a wide range of genres and publications such as: Would That It Were, Touch, GC, and Ohio Writer Magazine as well as publications in Canada and Turkey. Under her now-retired pseudonym, Molly Diamond, she was a regular contributor to Gent and Ruthie’s Club and has had fiction published in Hustler’s Busty Beauties, Penthouse Variations, and Twenty 1 Lashes. Ms. Bicknell is the author of several e-book and print titles, also writing as Azura Ice, Amber Redd, Cutter Phoenix, and Kiyara Benoiti. She has served as co-editor and managing editor for three different publishing houses. She is represented by TriadaUS Literary Agency.
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