Thursday, 31 May 2012


Thursday Promo Day welcomes...Elysa Hendricks.

Elysa Hendricks is 5'6" tall. She has brown eyes and curly hair.
She's an author, a wife, a mother and a daughter. Everything else
is subject to change without notice.
 Elysa can be contacted through;


When Planet of the Apes meets Star Trek what's a girl to do?

After recon pilot Cora Daniels crash lands on an alien planet she finds herself a prisoner of the Flock: a race of birdlike humanoids. Trapped in their zoo she discovers they intend her to mate. To breed. To be part of their human herd.

She's placed in a cage with a man - a powerful, virile man, but not just any man - Alexander. Was he her lost love, who'd disappeared so long ago? Here he was: naked, glistening, a warrior trained by the Flock to fight for their amusement. How could the brilliant man, the tender lover she remembered have become this animal born to dominate and destroy? Was he a pawn of the Flock or would their flight to freedom be a long-sought reunion?

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At the gate, a guard stepped in Cora's path and whistled an incomprehensible command.
"What?" she asked.
Cora was no alien expert. A pilot and a mechanic, she knew engines and machines not people--and on this planet the Flock were the reigning "people." Her translator chip still couldn't decipher the Flock language. The chirps, cackles, whirs, whistles and trills they used as speech sounded like birdsong, but unlike birdsong she didn't find anything pleasing about it. Her one required course on alien contact at the Academy wouldn't do her any good if she couldn't understand or speak their language.
The Flock whistled again. She tried to move around him. He smacked her arm with his rod then shoved her ahead of him.
"Go where?" she called out to the women.
One woman ran along the inside of the compound fence. "Make young." The answer left a lot to be desired.
"What happen?" Cora asked.
The woman smiled. "Go. Much fun. Good. You like."
"Yeah, sure," Cora muttered. Whatever the Flock had in mind for her, she wasn't interested.
She took the opportunity to look around as the guard herded her deeper into the compound, past the pen she'd occupied since her arrival. They moved down a wide path between a series of pens to where she hadn't yet been. Farther ahead lay some buildings.
It appeared the compound covered several acres, consisting of many pens separated by wooden barriers. The inhabitants of each pen were segregated by age and gender. Her pen held ten women, all in their twenties like her. One pen held girls ranging in age from about five to fifteen. A larger pen held about fifteen women, all with babies and toddlers. In still another pen, fresh wood chips covered the ground, there were tent-covered low benches with soft cushions, and a fountain provided fresh water and cooled the hot, dry air. Six women in varying stages of pregnancy occupied this pen. Cora couldn't help but gape at the women's bulging bellies and swollen breasts. Sweet stars, she was trapped on a breeding farm for humans.
The women paid little attention to her or her guard as they moved through this human chicken coop. She noticed there weren't any pens with grown men. If the women were hens, where was the rooster?
The next pen answered her question. Naked except for protective cups over their genitals, ten boys ranging in age from four to ten practiced fighting with wooden swords. Her attention shifted from the boys to the adult male who directed their training. Though his back was to her, he appeared as naked as the boys. Forgetting the guard, she paused to watch.
Bronze skin shiny with sweat rippled over powerful muscles as the man instructed the boys in swordplay. With his dark hair and straddle-legged stance, the youngest boy looked like a miniature version of the man. Cora smiled at his clumsy attempts to imitate his elder's fluid movements.
The boy watched the man intently, but his small body, round with baby fat, refused to cooperate. He tripped and sprawled in the dust. His wooden sword slipped from his grip. The other boys' laughter stopped abruptly at the man's sharp command. The man knelt next to the boy, said a few quiet words then handed him back the wooden sword. The boy rubbed the tears from his cheeks with grubby fists, leaving streaks of dirt. The man's compassion for the boy touched Cora, made these people seem less like animals. More human.
At one time she'd dreamed of someday having a child like this--Alex's child. That dream had died with him. Losing Alex had killed that need inside her. Now she lived to explore. Relationships, love and caring for others were no longer part of her life.
Still, her gaze moved back to the man and traveled from the top of his head, covered with sleek shoulder-length ebony hair, down his broad shoulders to his narrow waist and taut bare buttocks. Her breath caught at the beauty of his form. His unashamed masculinity woke her buried femininity. Her nipples tightened in response. At some primal level her body recognized this man. No one since Alex had stirred her like this. "Turn around," she whispered. "I want to see your face."
Instead, he stepped back from the boys then lunged forward. Sunlight flashed off the blade of his sword as he whirled. Briefly, before the beauty of his motion recaptured her attention, she wondered why he didn't use his own real sword to strike down his captors and seize his freedom. Dark hair obscured his features as his face whipped past. Why did he seem so familiar? She had to see his face. She started forward.
Pain radiated down her arm. Instinctively she turned to confront her attacker--the guard--and ducked the next blow. Acting on rage and adrenaline, she snatched the rod from his hand and cracked it across his neck. Without a sound, he went down and lay motionless.

Thank you for featuring today Elysa.


  1. Hi Nancy,

    Thanks so much for having me visit today.

  2. Hello, Elysa. Best wishes with Star Crash!

  3. Fascinating start, Elysa! I don't generally read sci-fi romance, but I love this! And I love your "alpha" heroine. She's so off-handedly self-assured from the very start--in spite of her predicament.
    I'm anxious to read your book!
    Stephanie Queen

  4. Thank you, Stephanie for joining us. I'm sure Elysa will be delighted for you to read her book. I've recently been broadening my horizons regarding the genres I've been reading as well!

  5. What a cool concept. Going to purchase now. I love that excerpt.

    Cora Blu

  6. Great news,Cora. Elysa is going to be very pleased to hear that! Thanks for popping in.

  7. Got to go for a bit, Elysa. I'll respond to any new commenters later...

  8. Thanks everyone for the comments. Nice to hear something other than the usual crickets. :-) Hope you enjoy the story. I sure had fun writing it. :-)


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