Title: Corin’s Chance (Avanti Chronicles #1)
Author Name: Hannah Walker
Publication Date & Length: October 30, 2015 – 140,000 Words
Posted to some stars awful cruiser, Dr. Corin Talovich hoped to serve his time quietly and get on with his life, but fate stepped in and decided otherwise.
Crashing into an unknown planet was the last thing Corin expected. With only his friend, Lieutenant Commander Tate Riven, by his side, they face the unexplored world and new enemies bravely, leading them to the Derin Clan, where they’re welcomed by the leader’s son.
Kel isn’t sure about the strange men, but he isn’t about to send them away, especially when the bond between Corin and himself is something he can’t ignore.
When another clan wages an attack, Kel is forced to make some hard choices which nearly costs him everything he holds dear. Together, with their allies, Corin and Kel fight, focusing on the future they desire, knowing failure not only dooms their love, but also those around them. Side by side, they work to destroy the evil threatening to keep them apart and becoming the family both men desire.
With a nod to one of the four guards at the door’s entrance, Carn led them into the room. Following behind him, they walked right up to the massive table sat at the end. Around the table were stood six men, they must have ranged in ages from late teens to mid-sixties. They all looked weary and haggard, their bodies drooping where they stood. Maps, paperwork and cups littered the table in front of them.
One of them turned to Carn who was standing at the front of Corin’s group. “Damn it, Carn, I told you we weren’t to be disturbed for anything. I don’t care who the latest bloody delegate from the Alliance is. Now is not the time.” A huge frown accompanied the man’s words.
“Laird Kel, these aren’t delegates. I think you are going to want to hear this. They came asking for you as Kel, saying it was about a young girl named Eliya,” Carn cautiously spoke, wary of upsetting any of the men around the table.
All around them heads shot up from what they were focused on. Suddenly every pair of eyes in the room was focused on them with a laser like intensity.
“What do you know about Eliya?” The man named Kel demanded.
Corin watched as he stalked towards them. His movements, while predatory, were graceful. He was close to seven feet of solid planes and hard muscles. His skin was a golden bronze which seemed to glisten in the lights around him. His hair was a mid-blonde, and flowed to just past his shoulders. Leather bracers covered his forearms while second, smaller leather circlets were wrapped around each bicep. Leather trousers were moulded to his thighs. Corin’s heart began to beat faster. Never had a first glance at someone affected him as it did now.
Laird Kelin was rugged in appearance. While still young, his face had a slightly rugged visage which was likely due to many hours spent outdoors. His eyes were both brown and green, with the green bleeding into the brown on the outer edges. He had a strong nose, coupled with a square jaw, and a dusting of facial hair, that just added to his overall ruggedness.
Corin’s cock went from soft, to rock hard and aching instantly. Damn this was a man he would happily have under him, over him, inside him. In fact, he would take him any which way he could. Tate shot Corin a questioning glance and Corin realised he hadn’t been able to hide his reaction from his friend.
Shooting a glance at Tate and shaking his head, Corin boldly stepped forward. “I need to know who you are to Eliya before I can say anything.”
A second later one of the other men stood around the table jumped over it, and was hurtling towards Corin with a look of murderous intent on his face. Just as he got to Corin, he threw a punch that never landed. Instead, Tate stepped between Corin and Eliya, who was still asleep in the sling, and this new man. The punch hit him square in the abdomen, the pain was instantaneous, he staggered back, all the air gone from his lungs. Tate could feel his stitches rip open from the impact. Trying to suck in a deep breath, he called on all his years of training with the Avanti and pushed the pain into the recesses of his mind and forced his body back to standing whilst simultaneously pulling his knife from the sheath at his side.
“Make another move towards him again and I’ll kill you. You want him? You have to go through me first, and I promise you, I. Will. Win. You have no idea what you nearly did there.” Tate growled at the man, his stance wide, both aggressive and defensive at the same time.
“Do you know who I am?” The new man demanded as he bared his teeth at Tate.
“No,” Tate replied. “And frankly, I don’t care. Now. Back. The. Fuck. Off.”
They watched as the man named Kel placed a restraining arm across the other man’s chest. “Leave it, Tir, let me deal with this. I mean it. We won’t find anything out if we beat them. They came to us willingly, give them a chance to explain.”
They all watched the man called Tir run his hands over his face before he gave a small nod and took two small steps back.
Kel raised an eyebrow at him, sighed and then turned back to Corin. There were several emotions swirling through his gaze, but his voice was calm when he spoke again. “I am Laird Kelin Tharn, son of the Chieftain of this clan and Eliya is my niece, Laird Tirathon Tharn is her father. She was kidnapped two weeks ago with her nurse when they were walking the grounds. We have heard nothing since. There has been no ransom demands, no sightings, nothing. We have searched and searched and no trace has yet been found. The entire clan is grief stricken. As you can see, my brother is barely holding it together. Now. What. Do. You. Know.” His voice rose slightly as he struggled not to let his impatience show.
Corin looked at Tate, his eyes registering the fact the Tate looked clammy once again, they nodded to one another and Corin reached up to slowly untie the cloak from around him. He gently lifted the sleeping form of Eliya from the sling before looking up at Kel and quietly asking, “is this her?”
Gasps echoed all round, a choked sob came from Tir’s direction before he quickly lifted her from Corin’s arm, tears streaming down his face. Smiles shone around the room as a small voice whispered, “Papi?”
Quickly a group surrounded the reunited father and daughter, cheers echoed around the room. A wave of happiness ran through the chamber and out the doors as word passed from one guard to another. Shouts of joy could be heard from the hallways as the news spread. A soft whimper from beside Corin saw him snapping his head to look at Tate.
1) Can you describe in detail what your writing environment is like?
I actually don’t have a set place to write. It’s more where there is a comfortable space and not too many distractions. I just tend to have my laptop and a set of headphones and I am good to go. Sometimes it’s sitting at the dining room table, others I sit in a recliner with my laptop balanced on my legs. For me it’s more about being in the headspace for writing than the physical space.
2) Is there one of your characters that you relate to (from any of your works)? Why?
I think I probably relate to Bell the most from the Avanti Chronicles. He has this quiet strength about him. He isn’t the loudest of the group, but he also isn’t the quietest. He’s talkative when he needs to be, but doesn’t talk for the sake of it. He’s a rock that people turn to when they need someone strong to rely on. He can be very practical but also emotional. He is always there for those he cares about and will put others before himself every single time. His family and friends are what is most important to him and he would rather see himself hurting than anyone else.
3) If you couldn’t be an author, what would you do instead?
I would definitely work in forensics. I don’t so much want to do crime scene work, although that is interesting. It’s more the analytical side of things that appeals to me. I have a background in chemistry and would love to do chemical forensics. That includes anything from ballistics and bombs, to paint, drugs and unknown substances.
4) Is there anything that you learned during the writing process that you wish you had known before hand?
To make sure you have the right team around you. I have been lucky. From the word go two great authors, and friends of mine, Nicole Colville and Emma Marie Leya, have been there for me. They have mentored me through the process and I certainly wouldn’t have published my book without them. I have a great editor in Jessica McKenna. She has taught me so much about grammar, especially the dreaded comma splice! Kellie Dennis has been fantastic to work with on my cover and has been able to change my rambling thoughts into something incredible. My betas have been fantastic and have pointed out all sorts of things from plot holes, to things they would love to see added.
On top of that I learned that for me the best way is to simply write and keep writing. I don’t go back over what I have written until the first draft is finished. When I first started I went over the first few pages so many times, trying to make them perfect. In the end I actually scrapped it totally. I’d agonized over the words so much I hated it. So I started again and this time simply wrote. I know this approach won’t work for some people but it’s the best one for me.
5) Is there anything that you wish you could change about your book now that it is out?
I wish I had been able to put a map in, like the ones you see in old school fantasy novels. I’m looking into it for book two and hopefully I will be able to add it into one as well. There are probably lots of little tweaks here and there that I would do, but that’s more about sentence construction. Other than that I am actually happy with the plot and characters. As it’s an ongoing series, I don’t see the story as being finished so the characters are constantly evolving and revealing more of themselves and their lives as we work through each book.
6) How do you come up with new ideas for your story?
I have always been a dreamer. There was many a year when I used to take home school reports to my dad and he would read it, sigh and look up at me. He would say “really Hannah? Again?” By far the most common comment was always— Hannah must learn to stop daydreaming and pay more attention in class. My mind literally wanders and imagines these places and people. When it came to the actual writing I let the characters led me where they want to go. It’s very much their story not mine. I just happen to be the person they chose to write it.
7) What’s next for you as a writer?
Books 2 and 2.5 in the Avanti Chronicles are in the editing and beta stage. I hope to bring book 2 out in early December and 2.5 at the end of January. I have just started writing book 3 of the Avanti series and I am also working on book 1 of a new series which is set in the same universe as the Avanti ones are.
8) Where do you live? Do you think this influences how or what you write?
Although I’m English, I actually live in Scotland as my husband is Scottish. It has influenced my writing. When it came to the political landscape on Landran, the planet that the Avanti Chronicles is set on, I went with a clan system similar to clans in Scottish History. Choosing to call the leaders of the clans Chieftains and Lairds was a conscious choice as I felt it was a greater reflection of clan life than any other title I could have chosen.
9) What is your favorite genre outside of the one you write in? Why?
Outside of Sci Fi and MM romance as mine is a hybrid my favorite is probably fantasy although I do love a good thriller.
10) Do you have any vices? Shoes, coffee, shopping…etc?
Coffee is by far my biggest vice. I don’t count how many I have in a day, which is probably a good thing as it is definitely too many. I’m not a big fan of shopping but the one thing I do love buying is a new charm for my charm bracelet. Each and every one is brought for a certain reason. I have a little book on there, charms that reflect my family, one from my graduation from university. I don’t buy them that often, but each and every one has a very special meaning to it.
Hannah Walker is a full-time mum to two gorgeous teenage sons, and shares her home with them and a very supportive husband, who has always encouraged her to follow her dreams.
She has always loved books from her childhood years reading alongside her father. She has inherited her father’s love of Sci-Fi and Fantasy. She has combined this with her love of MM romance to write her series Avanti Chronicles. She loves writing about a complex world where the men love and live hard.
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