Thursday, May 28, 2015

The Klockwerk Kraken

My award-winning novel is available from MLR Press.

The Klockwerk Kraken
by Aidee Ladnier

ISBN: MLR-1-02015-0415
Pages: 155
Cover Artist: Deana Jamroz
Editing: Kris Jacen

The Klockwerk Kraken
When the right space pilot walks into his bar, a desperate bartender uses all his wiles (and tentacles) to talk the man into business and his bed--but the spacer is still enslaved by his past and isn't sure he can deal with a two-armed lover, much less one with six.

As the supply shipments stop coming, Teo Houdin needs all his tentacles to keep his waystation bar open. Facing a riot by thirsty miners stranded in the backwater of the galaxy, Teo helps a greenie space pilot buy a ship in return for a regular haul of liquor. But he longs for the courage to invite the enigmatic spacer to fill his lonely bed as well.

Still smarting from his newly implanted navigational ports, Jimenez knows owning his own ship will prevent him from ever being bought and sold again. For a former slave, transporting cargo through the emptiness of space sounds like paradise, but after meeting the compassionate and sexy Teo, his heart feels empty, too.

At the edge of the galaxy's spiral arm, can Teo convince Jimenez that the heart has its own tentacles and theirs should be entwined forever?


     Jimenez opened the bar’s airlock and the urge to run out again washed over him like a splash of cold water. He commanded his frozen legs to shuffle forward and inside. This could turn ugly if he lost his concentration for even a moment. But he wouldn’t. He’d been practicing, becoming accustomed to groups larger than this for revs now.
     He could be just like everyone else.
     None of them would see the scars on his back or the brand of his tattoo that had marked him since puberty.
     Men and women filled half the tables and booths, some laughing and drinking, a few puffing blue smoke. The gaming tables on the side were empty, while a lone player at the billiard table opposite pocketed ball after ball. The room rang with loud voices, clinking glasses, and raucous music.
     Jimenez slid into an empty spot at the pale stone bar and caught sight of the clearest, happiest eyes he’d ever seen, a shade lighter than the man’s tousled brown mop above. A dimple quirked at the side of his full lips, mesmerizing Jimenez. The loud voices behind him slid away and for a moment, it was quiet in his mind. Jimenez flinched when his shoulder was jostled and the spell broke.
     “Hey, you okay, buddy? First time? What can I pour for you?”    
     Jimenez blinked, realizing the tall bartender was speaking to him. The man’s smiling eyes crinkled at the corners of his bronzed face. Jimenez swallowed, and he ducked his chin, trying not to stare again, trying to hide his hot cheeks. He’d never been so close to such a handsome man.
     “Did you want a drink?” The bartender quirked an eyebrow.
     “Yeah… I mean yes. Whiskey neat.” His voice came out gruffer than he expected.
     “Bourbon, Scotch, Rye…?”
     “Surprise me.” It was a game Jimenez played. He’d order whiskey and discover what the bartender served. If he reached for the rail bottle closest to hand, it meant he would pour either the cheapest or the local favorite. If he pulled something from the top shelf, the bartender angled for a bigger tip. But if he grabbed a decanter off to the side or behind another bottle, he’d score the bartender’s personal pick. 
     “Coming right up.” The bartender raised a tentacle in greeting, calling out to another patron.
     Oh, God. The man was a Pod.
     Of course he was.
     In a joint named the Klockwerk Kraken, who better to tend the bar than a tentacled man?

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****Rave Reviews!****

"Aidee Ladnier has created an exceptionally impressive saga that I thoroughly enjoyed. The Klockwerk Kraken is a heartwarming romance with a touch of amusement, a little drama as well as several sensuous intimacy scenes." - Literary Nymphs Reviews Read the full review here.


"...I enjoyed it enough that it is now permanently on my ereader. I also looked up the author’s other stories. Definitely a good read for any sci-fi/futuristic/fantasy story lovers." - Amazon reviewer BookCat Read the full review here.


"It's amazing seeing the characters grow and change into the strong well defined individuals that are loved by readers. Aidee certainly knew what she was doing when she wrote these characters. I hope she continues more of this wonderful world!!" - Amazon reviewer Angel_T Read the full review here.


I have to say, I was wonderfully entertained reading The Klockwerk Kraken. The MCs Teo and Jimenez are fleshed out character with their flaws and passions well written. The SciFi aspect part of the story is solid. I found myself wishing I was at the bar being served by Teo and being able to meet the patrons. Of course I found Teo's family wonderful and as the book ended I found myself wanting more. I cannot wait for another book by the author." - Amazon reviewer Matt Ortiz Read the full review here.


I stayed up way too late to finish this book." - Amazon reviewer Read Write Repeat Read the full review here.


"Overall, this was a wonderful little story. This was my first time reading anything written by this author, and I will definitely be looking for more in the future. Highly recommended!" - Goodreads reviewer Kestrel Read the full review here.

" Aidee Ladnier not only made me smile and tear up to the situation Jimenez had been in, she also made me dream of the Klockwerk Kraken as described in the book. The beauty of such a piece of work is incredibly visual and that is really what made me sit up straight and finish this in one sitting. " - Multitasking Momma Read the full review here.

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