The Gladiator and the Thief by India Masters
(Across the Stars)

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Genre: Science Fiction/Futuristic

Ilara Depherra, aka The Shepherd, grew up on the streets of Toru City, the victim of a corrupt child welfare system that did little to protect the children in its care. Now Ilara protects them, teaching them the skills they need to survive on the streets and hiding them from the men who would enslave them. But she'll need all her skills to survive the loneliness and danger ahead, especially to her heart.

Kei Rewu is an arena gladiator of inter galactic renown. When he catches a thief stealing from his precious vegetable garden, he's determined to teach the lad a lesson he won't soon forget. Imagine his surprise when he discovers the lad is not only a woman, but the one who'd picked his pocket on a local transport. It doesn't take him long to figure out who she is and call on his friend and former lover, Solae O'bora to help.

Locked in battle of life and death, Ilara and Kei could lose everything they hold dear. Or find a love that will save them both.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, exhibitionism, spanking, off-screen violence against minors.

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India refers to herself as an old, Southern hippie. She is happily divorced with no intention of rectifying the situation because sometimes she can barely stand her own company, much less someone else. She has one grown daughter who she still refers to as "Doodle," and lives in a rapidly developing rural area in Florida where she shares her domain with all manner of wildlife, a swimming pool that is a breeding ground for a seemingly virulent strain of algae, and a black snake that likes to surprise her when she turns on the outdoor faucet and picks up the black water hose. India developed a love for writing while earning her B.A. in Criminal Justice from a northern college. She refers to herself as a late bloomer, as she married late, gave birth late, and got started writing late in life. She developed her love for all things quirky from doing psychiatric social work in both the community and corrections fields. She has always loved a good romance novel but found them lacking because all the good stuff was cloaked in euphemisms or happened behind closed doors. It wasn't until she joined a critiquing group that she discovered romantic erotica, and her first book, The Soul Collector, was born. She credits her success to the caring support of the women--and one, lone man--in her critique group, but especially to one member who took her under her wing and helped her learn everything from point of view to manuscript formatting.
Published March 10, 2009 by Loose Id LLC. 142 pages
Genres: Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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