Monday, January 12, 2015

Blog Tour, eARC Review & #Giveaway: The Harvest: Journey's End by MA Church (with Exclusive Excerpt)

M.A. Church is a true Southern belle who spent many years in the elementary education sector. Now she spends her days lost in fantasy worlds, arguing with hardheaded aliens on far-off planets, herding her numerous shifters, or trying to tempt her country boys away from their fishing poles. It’s a full time job, but hey, someone’s gotta do it!
When not writing, she’s exploring the latest M/M novel to hit the market, watching her beloved Steelers, or sitting glued to HGTV. That’s if she’s not on the back porch tending to the demanding wildlife around the pond in the backyard. The ducks are very outspoken. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, and they have two children.
She was a finalist in the Rainbow awards for 2013

Publisher: Self-published
Book Name: The Harvest: Journey’s End
Book Two of ‘The Harvest’ series. Best read in order.
Author Name: M.A. Church
Pages or Words: 90,000 words
Cover Artist: Lou Harper
Categories: Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Science Fiction

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To survive is to adapt…Dale Michaels knows all about change. As he settles into his new life with the Tah’Narian starship captain Keyno Shou, Dale has adapted to life with an alien, space travel, and having his body mutated so he can carry a young. He’s closed the chapter on his old life.Living on Tah’Nar, Dale has a loving mate and good friends. He’s helped cement peace with the Onfre. Sure, being double-dosed during his harvest led to some serious drama, but that’s over. Dale’s happy.But life is never that simple.Even though Dale loves Keyno, he still struggles with the way the Tah’Narians harvest young males as mates. Dale finds himself hijacked by his own body, courtesy of his extra dose of Tah’Narian DNA. Then there’s the devastating secret his mate, Keyno, has hid all this time. And if all that isn’t enough, outside forces threaten to rip Dale’s hard-won peace apart as well.Join Dale for a non-stop adventure and a love that crosses several worlds and transcends space.
Review by multitaskingmomma
My Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

I am a huge mpreg fan so please, don't mind me... but this is an awesome sequel to an amazing story and I am sooooo happy that Dale gets to realize his life as a Tah'Narian and as a father. But there is a but...

This sequel is really all about how the Chosen men adapt in their new life and with new DNA. They share the experience of their bodies changing, of societies not necessarily loving them, more like, tolerating them and of some bigoted few who go all war like and seek to destroy their very presence.

It is not the fault of the Chosen they were chosen to be mates of a people or species who had to make changes in their DNA in order to continue surviving. Because of a war, there is no choice but to seek other humanoid forms to bear their young and so, Dale and the others are it. And they do get preggers and experience so many changes they are confused and afraid. Especially Dale whose double DNA dosing did some weird mambo jambo to his body making him a unique individual who could be feared or be the answer to the existence of the Tah'Narians.

Unlike the first book, this focuses on the lives of the Chosen as I stated before so there are a whole set of stories going on here. Some are connected, some are not, but basically, all tell what their lives are like and so prepares the reader of an eventual sequel (if there is) of more Chosen coming in and getting their chance of happiness at a family life.

I am a bit disappointed though that the focus of this story is all about them and not about the world itself or the promise of a better life in another planet. We are left with an ending that is open and hanging and if there is a third book (hint, hint) I would love to know how they would go about their new lives there in that new settlement or how the new recruit of Chosen adjust to their own changes. If this is really the end? I would be devastated for I have so many thoughts and questions left unanswered. 

(The excerpt is from estrus (or heat) for Dale.)
I was trapped under Keyno but content to stay there. Plus, that itching deep inside me had finally stopped. It seemed like Keyno had flooded me when he came, and the relief was overwhelming. Peace settled over me. I drifted until his barb released, sending another shiver through me. Keyno slid the rest of my body upon the bed and stood, unbuckling his pants the rest of the way.
“Really? You’re still dressed?”
“You didn’t give me time to get undressed, Dale.” Keyno picked up a blanket and draped it over my hips, which made me jump. Every fiber of every thread in the blanket scraped across my skin.
“Ugh! Take it off; it’s too much.”
Keyno frowned down at me. “Skin too sensitive?”
“Way too sensitive.” I shifted on the bed. “Is that normal?”
“As far as I know.” Keyno blew out a breath. “Did it hurt for me to touch you?”
“No. It just seems to be now.”

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