Sunday Series Spotlight: Ascend by Sandra R Neeley

Haven 1: Ascend

Command Warship 1 is home to one of the most feared males in the multi-verse. Zha Quin Tha is Sire to his people, next in line to the throne. He rules his military with an iron hand. His people, the Cruestaci, are a warrior race who bow to no one and no thing. They’ve been deemed too violent to be an ally by the Unified Consortium Defense — the organization responsible for keeping peace between all peoples and worlds. Zha Quin didn’t care what their opinion was. He was only violent when necessary — like when provoked, or if his planet was threatened, or a weaker people overrun, or he was just irritated in general. Like now, slavers had crossed into the territory of Cruestace. He’d been called in to intercept and process the kidnapped women on board to the Consortium for return to their home worlds. Little did he know, his whole existence was about to be turned upside down. One little, human female was about to teach him a thing or two about survival, patience, and trust.

One large room — every wall, the entire floor, even the ceiling covered in mats. This is now Vivian’s home. Her world extends no further than the end of the chain that keeps her anchored in the center of the room. She’s learned how to use that chain as a weapon. She had to — her captors find great sport in taunting her, abusing her, hurting her. She’s exhausted, nearly starved, injured and if truth be told — not long for this world, whatever the hell world it is. All she’s got left is her pride, and she’ll be damned if she gives that up to any of her alien captors. They want to play — she’ll play — and she’ll make sure they pay for it in bruises and pain the next day. They may win, but they’ll think twice next time. Days run together, no hope of ever being freed. Survival seems pointless, until she finds herself face to face with the largest, scariest male she’s ever seen. So be it — she’s got nothing to lose — she’ll fight him, too. Maybe this time her misery will finally come to an end. She has no idea this male is different. This male is stronger than the rest. This male will be her Haven.

Warning: Intended for mature audiences. This book contains violence, abuse both real and inferred, and sexual situations that may be disturbing for some readers. If you are offended by these subjects, please do not buy this book.

Haven 2: Redemption

Cast aside and forced to live apart from his family as a child, Rokai ahl has become insolent, resentful, angry, borderline criminal, and a general outcast as an adult. He has managed to build a life for himself in which he answers to no one and nothing. His loyalty lies with only himself. Having been captured, and threatened with execution as a thief and smuggler, he is surprised when the Consortium delivers him into the hands of a certain male. The very male he has resented since he was old enough to understand, that because of this male, he would never be enough. He stalks the corridors of Command Warship 1, on lockdown, arrogantly daring any and all to challenge him. But of course, none do. Until a golden skinned, curvy, human female dares to go toe-to-toe with him — to take from him, and leave him wanting. Who is this fiery little female? Why does she not fear him as all others do? Intrigued, he will not stop until he knows all there is to know about her.

Growing up on the streets of New York has made her hard and street smart. She ran with her own crew, doing whatever was necessary to survive. Though nothing prepared her for waking up on an alien ship, her lungs filled with viscous fluid, her body and choices no longer her own. But she’s alive — she survived, and in order to move past it all, she’s decided to write off the horrors she’s endured as payment for that survival. Rosalita is not a weak female, but she’s lost confidence. She needs to regain control, to feel powerful again. Manipulation of another is the easiest way for her to do that. And there’s a newly arrived alien roaming the ship begging for confrontation. He seems just the type she’s looking for. She recognizes him for what he is — a player and an outcast. She was one back on Earth as well and reads the signs easily. So, she’s got this, she will take control, she will find her strength once again. It’s time for the alien player to be played.

Rokai ahl, and Rosalita will perform a delicate dance, the balance of power tilting this way and that. Neither are able to look away from the undeniable pull they feel toward one another. Will they tear each other apart with their power play? Or will they finally see through their own arrogance long enough to realize the only path to redemption lies within each other?

Warning: Trigger Warning! Intended for mature audiences. This book contains explicit violence, abuse both real and inferred, and sexual situations that may be disturbing for some readers. If you are offended by these subjects, please do not buy this book.

Haven 3: Transcend

Elite Force Commander Kol Ra’ Don Tol has been obsessed with Earth and its cultures for as long as he can remember. He’s thrilled when the gods smile on him, giving him an Ehlealah, a mate, that is human. But she’s suffered traumas and abuse that no being should have to endure. As a result, she’s not as receptive to his claim that she’s his as he hoped she’d be. He waits patiently for his female to realize what she is to him, what they are together. But instead of accepting him and falling into his arms, she runs from him — all the way back to Earth. Now he’s on a mission to find her and do whatever it takes to earn her love and bring her back to his home on Command Warship 1.

Ada Jane has lost 135 years. That’s how long she existed as entertainment to others after being abducted from her home on Earth. She’s rescued along with several other women and given the opportunity to choose their own futures — stay here, or go home to Earth. Ada Jane chooses Earth despite the claims of a very large, very blue, alien warrior who insists that she is his, and he is hers. When he prevents her from joining the others on a one-way trip back to Earth, she decides to get there any way she can. She slips away without a word on the next transport leaving Command Warship 1. She needs to see her home and what’s left of the world she left behind before she can even consider beginning a new life anywhere else.

Kol and Ada Jane want the same things out of life despite their very different opinions of exactly what that entails. They want home, love, and the security within which to enjoy it. Once on Earth, there are obstacles at every turn working against them. Will they be able to overcome all they face and find their way to each other?

Warning: Intended for mature audiences. This book contains violence, abuse both real and inferred, and sexual situations that may be disturbing for some readers. If you are offended by these subjects, please do not buy this book.

Haven 4: AVOW

General Lo’San is second in command on Command Warship 1. Refusing the matriarchal ways of his home planet, he broke all ties and left for Cruestace in the hopes of joining their military and building a better life for himself. He’s kept his singular focus pinpoint sharp. One’s integrity, one’s honor, one’s duty is all that matters. Warriors aboard his warship have found and claimed their females. He however, has no interest in such emotional matters of the heart… they dim one’s focus. Then a human female with eyes of blue and sparkling, silver highlights in her hair catches his eye. She’s reserved, beautiful and smart. He made it clear he’d be receptive to her advances, and now he waits. Unable to understand why the hell she won’t claim him!

Synclare was one of multiple females rescued from a slaver’s ship by the Cruestaci people. Those not claimed by their mates were anxious to get back to Earth. But not Synclare. She had nothing to go back to. Raised a trust-fund baby, she’s never had people that cared for her instead of her wealth. Even her own family were more interested in her money and what it could do for them, than in Synclare. As she waits with her friends for their transport back home to Earth, she notices a strong, stoic, beautiful male. His white hair, silver skin and gray eyes captivate her. He’s quiet and serious, commanding and sure, but makes every effort to let her know he sees her, and he’s interested. She begins to believe that he may be her future, and she lets him know she’s interested. Yet no matter how often she puts herself in his path, he just won’t claim her!

Among General Lo’San’s customs and people, it is the place of the female to claim and mate her male. He cannot imagine doing it any other way. Synclare’s customs indicate that the male should claim and mate his female, and she won’t do it differently. It is not her place to tell an Alien General that he is hers — it’s all on him to take that stance. While they try to find their way through their confusing clash of customs, a manipulative danger lingers on the horizon disguised as family. This danger could cost Synclare her life if they aren’t careful. Will Lo’San recognize the danger to his beloved Synclare before it can steal her away from him, or will he continue to fall under the plan of deception that’s been woven for him?

Warning: Intended for mature audiences. This book contains abuse both real and implied, and sexual situations that may be disturbing for some readers. If you are offended by these subjects, please do not buy this book.

Haven 5: Bonded

Kron is an Elite Warrior of the Cruestaci military.
He’s temporarily on Earth as support personnel to the Cruestaci Consul to Earth. He’s basically happy on Earth, making friends easily, performing his duties in an exemplary manner. There is only one thing he can’t do. He can’t get Ginger Buchanan out of his brain. And to make matters worse, now her father, Viceroy Buchanan of Earth, has made it clear he expects Kron to marry his daughter. How is he supposed to mate a female who has no idea what that mating would mean? Everything would change for her, including her plans for her future which clearly don’t include life with him on an alien warship. He cares too much for her to force her into a situation that she could never escape. Doesn’t he?

Ginger Buchanan is a confident, self-sufficient young woman, who has no problem going after anything she wants, or voicing her opinions.
Unless those opinions are voiced to her mother. And that is a big problem, because her mother despises aliens. She considers them invaders from another world, and to the contrary, Ginger has fallen in love with one. Kron is everything she’s ever wanted in a male. He’s kind, considerate, strong, capable, and handsome. If she could find a way to gain his attention, she would, but he doesn’t seem interested. Little does she know, her father has offered her in marriage to the very alien she fancies herself in love with.

Forces are working to push Kron and Ginger toward a mating bond that neither is ready for. On discovering manipulation in play to push them together, Ginger angrily turns her back on Kron. But they’re about to find out those manipulations are the least of their worries. A domestic terrorist group known as the Purists have set their sights on driving all aliens from Earth, and are not above using violence and scare tactics to do so. The threat to all aliens and those who associate with them is very real. Kron finds himself thrust into a protective role, watching over the Consul’s home and family — which is no great challenge for him — he’s an Elite Warrior. But support for the Purists lies in surprising places, leading to the disappearance of his mate, his Ginger. Kron is now more focused, more dangerous than he’s ever been. He will stop at nothing to find her and return her to safety, even if she turns her back on him afterward. Will he find her before it’s too late? And if he does, will he and the unsanctioned Cruestaci military unit that’s sent to help him start a war in the meantime?

Warning: Intended for mature audiences. This book contains abuse both real and implied, and sexual situations that may be disturbing for some readers. If you are offended by these subjects, please do not buy this book.

Haven 6: Reclaimed

Ba Re’ is a General in the Cruestaci military. He has always been quietly stoic, considering it an honor to carry the mantle of duty and leadership, while overseeing all the engineering aspects of Command Warship 1. But don’t let his stoic nature fool you, he is as lethal as any warrior among his people. Sent by his Commander and Sire to Earth to aid in the recovery of a fellow warrior’s kidnapped female, he himself is taken hostage. Heavily sedated, beaten, starved and tortured relentlessly, he has forgotten who he is and where he comes from. He’s now a violent, animalistic creature, living only for the chance to kill everyone and everything in his path. Even the infuriating female that keeps telling him she’s his mate is just one more body to add to the pile.

Elisha was more than a little overwhelmed when Ba Re’ declared she was his Ehlealah, his life mate. She thought it meant the end of all her dreams of becoming an interstellar translator and computer analyst. Whisked away to live with him onboard Command Warship 1, she finds she does love the stubborn male, more than she ever thought she could. But his determination to make her his mate, versus her determination to continue to be her own person, creates a stalemate neither can seem to overcome. Throwing their hands up, they walk away, accepting the fact they’ll both live out their lives with broken hearts.

But now, Ba Re’ is missing and the Cruestaci have had no success in locating him despite continuing raids on Earth. But that’s okay, because Elisha is on her way back to Earth. There is nothing, NOTHING, she’s not willing to do to bring him back to his people, and hopefully into her arms. Even if he hates her for eternity, she can live with that, because he’ll be alive to hate her. Come hell or high water, she’s bringing him home. She knows who’s holding him hostage, and she’s leading the Cruestaci right to them.

Warning: This story is intended for mature readers. It contains violence both real and suggested, and intimacy. If you find these subjects disturbing please do not buy this book.

Meet Sandra R Neeley...

Sandra R Neeley is an International Best-Selling Author of Paranormal, SciFi, and Fantasy Romances. She is 57 and married, with two children, two grandchildren, a multitude of pets, and is a Self-Published Author. She’s a homebody who prefers her writing/reading time to a crowd. At a very young age she recognized that the stories and fictional characters living in her head, was not something everyone understood. But, after deciding to craft them into books that others could enjoy, surprisingly, people have loved them. Every story will leave you feeling like you’ve been visiting with a long-lost loved one during a respite from reality. A bit of a warning though, there are some “triggers” in her stories that certain people should avoid, so please read the synopsis and warnings supplied with each book before buying. She loves hearing from her readers, so feel free to contact her at at any time.