Did you know that At the Mercy of Her Pleasure is a military science fiction romance? In it, professional thief Senth Antonello is hired to retrieve a stolen prototype for which the imperial armada has already killed twice. Here are ten spoiler-free things you might not have known about the book.
At the Mercy of Her Pleasure features Senth, an innocent, virginal hero and a slightly older and more worldly heroine. Senth must remain a virgin in order to accomplish his mission, because if he touches her, he will be “at the mercy of her pleasure.” The reversal of roles plus the older woman, younger man themes unfold in an entertaining way that also invites readers to explore gender roles and bias.
Did you know At the Mercy was first, but also third?
At the Mercy of Her Pleasure was the first book I wrote, but it takes place several years after the setting of Wulf, my third book. In Wulf, Senth was a fifteen year-old who thrived on annoying the two heroes, one of which was his adoptive father. It was great fun to watch him push his father’s buttons and drive him crazy. Did I draw on my own experience as the mother of two teenaged boys at the time? I’ll never tell.
Did you know the hero and heroine are opposites?
Senth is a cat burglar who steals for fun. NarrAy is a by-the-book rebel army captain. He delights in creating mischief. She devotes her life to rules and order. He’s half-human and half Kin, a feline humanoid, referred to as a HalfKin renown for their feral nature. She’s a Better, a genetically enhanced human known for intellect, extensive memory, ability to coerce cooperation by use of voice or touch, and the power to induce extreme emotional response via pheromones. Putting the two together is both foolhardy and dangerous. The tagline for the book fits them to a T. “He’s a thief. She’s a soldier. Do opposites attract? Oh, mercy!”
Did you know Senth worked for NarrAy?
The prototype that NarrAy hires Senth to retrieve was developed by her scientist parents. Fearing what the Empress of the Tarthian Empire would do with it if the imperial armada gained control of the device, the two scientists planned to turn it over to a rebel faction. The Empress had them killed and confiscated all their belongings. It would be Senth’s job to break into the government facility and liberate the code leading to the device.
Did you know a secret device led to the story?
NarrAy’s parents worked for the Forgotten Technologies Arena, which redeveloped ancient, unused and/or forgotten technologies. Unknown to Senth or NarrAy, access to those technologies was tightly controlled by the Sempervians, a cadre of immortals.
Did you know who did the voiceover?
One of the videos for At the Mercy of Her Pleasure features Markus Watson, a professional voiceover artist with a deep and resonating voice. Remember Michael Clark Duncan, the huge prisoner from The Green Mile? Listen and see if you don’t agree that Marcus sounds just like him. He also voiced one of my other characters, Pietas, from Bringer of Chaos.
Did you know Kin don’t get motion sickness?
Kin, who are feline-humanoids, have no difficulty with space travel or motion sickness. They do not need drugs during hyper jump the way humans do. HalfKin like Senth often do require it due to their more human natures. The more human they are the less Kin abilities they possess.
Did you know Senth’s father was a powerful thief?
Senth is a Level 19 in the Thieves’ Guild, a powerful organization controlling theft in the Tarthian Empire. His adoptive father, Luc Saint-Cyr, headed the guild prior to adopting Senth. He was an Arcane Master, the highest level in the guild.
Did you know Senth’s brother was a human?
Senth’s half-brother, Khyff, is about three years older and fully human. Neither he nor Senth are aware that their mother had another son. The brother will be introduced in a future book.
Did you know Senth’s mother thought he was dead?
Senth’s birth took place on the Kin homeworld and when the Kin who delivered him saw he was half-human, they ordered him killed. Unbeknownst to his mother, a kindly older Kin saved his life. His mother took Khyff to a daycare at the starport and paid for an hour of care, all she could afford. She then stepped in front of the starport train and killed herself. Khyff eventually became a slave. It was through his slavery on the planet Kelthia that Khyff discovered his brother was still alive. Khyff’s story, For Women Only is the sequel to Mercy. The story of how the brothers meet is told in Bro, the Story Behind the Antonello Brothers, a free book on this website.
There you have it. Ten things you might not have known about At the Mercy of Her Pleasure.
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