Back Door Into Purgatory by Rory Ni Coileain

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Back Door Into Purgatory by Rory Ni Coileain

Book Info

Title: Back Door Into Purgatory

Series: Soul Shares #9

Author: Rory Ni Coileain

Publisher: Riverdale Avenue Books

Published: 1 October 2019

Cover Design: Scott Carpenter (photo by Dan Skinner)

Length: 76,757

Keywords : Romance, Urban Fantasy, M/M, M/M/M, fated mates, Otherworld, amnesia, gay, demisexual, graysexual, gray ace, Fae, magick, bondage, drag, bears, Vietnam veteran

Back Door Into Purgatory by Rory Ni Coileain

BOOK BLURB

Sometimes Fae love stories aren’t what you expect.

The Marfach—devourer of magick, long-imprisoned mortal enemy of the Fae race—is free of its Antarctic prison.

The Demesne of Purgatory—Fae, humans, a Fade-hound puppy, a Gille Dubh, and a darag—is all that stands between the monster and the power it needs to destroy both the Fae Realm and the human world.

 

The only clue they have as to how to kill the unkillable is a cryptic note from the Loremasters:

“Osclór, Nartú; Tobar, Soladán; Nidantór, Breathea; Glanadorh, Coromór, Farthor; Scian-omprór, Nachangalte; Crangaol, Síofra; Gastiór, Laoc, Caomhnór; Fánadh, Ngarradh.”

Opener, Strength; Wellspring, Channel; Unmaker, Judge; Cleanser, Equalizer, Sentry; Blade-bearer, Unbound; Tree-kin, Changeling; Binder, Warrior, Guardian; Wanderer, Sundered.

 

As they rebuild Purgatory from the rubble the Marfach left behind, they have to stand together, using everything they know—everything they are to their partners, lovers, husbands. Everything SoulSharing has made them.

And not everyone who enters the final battle will leave it.

SERIES BLURB

What if you could only be whole by finding and loving the human with the other half of your soul? The SoulShares are the sword of two worlds… and love is the shield of the SoulShares.

Follow this merry band of Fae, humans, a tree spirit, and a flatulent Fade-hound puppy that make up the Demesne of Purgatory as they seek magick and love. Celtic lore (with a twist), hot guys, terrible danger, and heart-wrenching love stories will drag you body and soul into SoulShares.

Back Door Into Purgatory by Rory Ni Coileain

Exclusive Excerpt

The sight of Tiernan in a tux, complete with pearl-gray gloves, never failed to make Kevin’s heart skip a beat. Or several.

It also tended to make it difficult for him to buckle his belt, which amused his husband to no end. “Are you really sure you want to go out tonight?”

Kevin stuck his tongue out at Tiernan briefly, before returning his attention to his belt. “You have no idea how hard it was to get tickets to this Nutcracker. None.”

Tiernan’s phone started playing delicious hot jazz. Josh’s ringtone.

Tiernan lowered one eyelid in the barest lascivious wink as he peeled off a glove and dug his phone out of his breast pocket. “We’ll see if you’re still singing the same tune in a few—”

A sound like the “ping” of a wine glass shattering with the force of a soprano’s voice fractured the air.

Oblivion followed.

* * *

Some instinct warned Kevin not to breathe. Or maybe it was the couple of inches of water he was lying in face-down that did the warning.

What the hell? Gasping, he pushed himself up onto his elbows, his arms aching with the effort and trembling as they bore his weight. Water streamed down into his eyes; he shook his head, swallowing the bile that rose in his throat with the rapid movement and realizing that the back of his head hurt like a son of a bitch. And he’d somehow lost most of a fingernail, too.

“What the bright shiny fuck?” The voice was Cuinn’s, the tone shaken. Kevin managed to raise his head enough to see the Loremaster pushing himself up to his knees, using the black leather chaise in the middle of the nexus chamber for leverage.

The nexus chamber. Minus all the fireworks and unbound magick—and where had those gone?—it looked almost banal, like a bathtub with a clogged drain. What the bright shiny fuck, indeed.

Groans and curses were coming from all over the room, now.

Rian’s head rested on Cuinn’s knees, as he coughed and spluttered and swore.

Lucien’s distinctive Quebeçois swears were hoarse, vehement and interrupted by coughing, and were not in the slightest mollified by his husbands’ wordless murmurs.

Fiachra sat with his back to the wall, cradling Peri’s head against his chest; Kevin wasn’t sure if Peri was awake. Mascara streaked and ran down Peri’s cheeks, and the skirt of a tattered green gown floated around his legs.

Bryce and Lasair and Setanta were huddled in the corner farthest from the nexus, Bryce with the green-around-the-gills look that said he’d been closer to the Marfach than he could stand, and Setanta whimpering and trembling and worrying at his left front paw.

Lochlann looked the closest to normal of anyone Kevin could see, albeit more bewildered than Kevin had ever seen him as he knelt and stared at the floor, his fingers intertwined white-knuckled with Garrett’s.

Conall and Josh were slumped shirtless on the black leather chaise, their poses so perfectly identical as to suggest the mage had just been jarred out of his scair-anam’s body.

Coinneach sat on the floor in the middle of the wellspring, his palms splayed out flat on the stone and a spark of panic in his brown-green eyes.

Maelduin crouched on the floor, holding Terry up out of the water; Terry had apparently just been clinging to Maelduin as if his life depended on his grip.

And tiny corpses floated in the water around Terry. Eyeless creatures, all fangs and scaly tails.

Kevin scrambled to his feet, nearly levitating out of the water. “Son of a bitch!” His teeth were chattering; his whole body remembered the sensation of the component creatures of the Marfach-monster’s tail chewing their way through his guts.

Everyone fell silent; those who could move turned to look up at Kevin, confusion warring with the echoes of anger, fear, pain, sorrow in human, Fae, Gille Dubh and blind puppy gazes.

“Sorry,” Kevin muttered. “Marfach pieces in the water. Freaked me the hell out.”

He relaxed unthinkingly back into Tiernan’s arms, seeking calm and comfort—so unthinkingly that it took him several seconds to realize Tiernan wasn’t actually there.

Back Door Into Purgatory by Rory Ni Coileain

Excerpt 2

“It’s beautiful.”

What was beautiful, in Lucien’s opinion, was the light in his Fae husband’s eyes as he studied the huge tank built into one wall of what was going to be the new Purgatory dance floor. Other clubs had cages for dancers; one the three of them had found in New York had glass-walled shower stalls. Purgatory was going to have the biggest maudite fish tank anyone had ever seen.

Complete with naked mermen. One of whom—because le bon Dieu apparently had a perverse sense of humor—was going to be Lucien de Winter.

Arms went around Lucien from behind, and a chin rested on his shoulder; Lucien didn’t need to turn, or even to look down and see the “Semper Fi” tattooed on one forearm to recognize Mac. “Ready to take the plunge, Fuzzball?”

Lucien grunted. “I hope the filters in this thing are up to spec. You know how I shed.”

A flash of white reflected in the glass of the tank was Rhoann’s grin. “Perhaps we should put a tail on you.”

“If the tail didn’t have hair, no one would believe it was mine.” Lucien couldn’t stay grumpy, though, not when Rhoann teased him. “But I think the two of you, not to mention our boss, are out of your minds, if you think our guests are going to be turned on watching me doing underwater barrel rolls.”

Rhoann left off studying the tank fittings and took Lucien’s hands, running his thumbs lightly over knuckles dusted with short dark curly hair; his slight worried frown was one of the sweetest things Lucien had ever seen. “How could they not be, laród-ar-Fuzz?”

Lucien found himself having to swallow an unexpected lump in his throat before he could answer. “I love you, too.”

Mac leaned around and kissed the side of Lucien’s neck. “He beat me to it. And I’m not even going to tell you how many guys used to come up to the bar and ask me why the bouncer wasn’t part of the floor show.”

Lucien craned his neck, partly to plant a kiss of his own on Mac and partly to glance at the new bar, the one the workmen had just finished installing last week, to replace the one Mac had presided over ever since Tiernan bought the place. The curved expanse, now taking up the whole back wall of one level of the club instead of being shoehorned into a corner, looked pretty much the same as it always had, from where Lucien stood. But no one had been able to figure out how to replicate the show-stopping feature of the original, the hellish flames dancing under the glass bar top, that seemed to go down and down into an infinite depth. Conall thought he might be able to do it with magick, or maybe Rian could, but nobody wanted to fuck around with magick of any kind near the great nexus, not with the way it and its companion wellspring were acting right now. Good thing he and his husbands had decided to try out the famed nexus chamber when they had—a half-Royal Fae in the throes of erotic overload was the kind of thing guaranteed to short out the entire wellspring network right now.

The fact that their new-found underground garden of delights was now off limits seriously pissed Lucien off.  It wasn’t forever, though. The three of them could get back to happy business just as soon as they figured out how to kill the monster who had left him for dead behind the bar back in August.

Can’t happen soon enough for me. Lucien was a peaceable sort—as peaceable as a nightclub bouncer built like a hairy fire hydrant and married to an only-sort-of-ex-Marine could be, anyway—but he was looking forward to getting his hands around whatever was left of Janek O’Halloran’s throat and getting creative.

“I recognize that look.” Mac nipped at the top of Lucien’s ear.

“What look?” Lucien blinked. “And I could have sworn you’re standing behind me.”

“You reflect in the tank.” Mac’s chuckle rumbled against Lucien’s back. “At least for now—once you’ve been for a swim after we open, the glass is going to have… uh, palm-prints… all over it.”

Lucien couldn’t help snorting. “I repeat, what look?”

Rhoann wrapped his arms around both humans. He could do that—Mac was a good head taller than Lucien, but their Fae had Mac beat by a good four or five inches, and he had arms to match his height. “The look you wore through most of the bás i’gcuine last night.”

The Faen words Rhoann had originally translated for them as “war council” turned out to have meant something closer to “fore-memory of death.” The intent of the Demesne of Purgatory had been, more or less, to create the memory of the Marfach’s death before it happened. And, like pretty much everything asking Fae to behave in an organized manner, it had gone south from the moment Rian tried calling the group to order. It hadn’t helped that Fae who learned English magickally thought the word “brainstorming” was almost as funny as horseradish. Which was actually pretty damn funny, once Maelduin had explained it to him.

 

Back Door Into Purgatory by Rory Ni Coileain

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Author’s Bio

Rory Ni Coileain majored in creative writing, back when Respectable Colleges didn’t offer such a major, so she had to design it herself, at a university which boasted one professor willing to teach creative writing, he being a British surrealist who went nuts over students writing dancing bananas in the snow but did not take well to the sort of high fantasy she wanted to write.

She graduated Phi Beta Kappa at the age of nineteen, sent off her first short story to an anthology being assembled by an author she idolized, received one of those rejection letters that puts therapists’ kids through college (Ivy League), and found other things to do, such as going to law school, ballet dancing (at more or less the same time), nightclub singing, and volunteering as a lawyer with Gay Men’s Health Crisis, for the next thirty years or so, until her stories started whispering to her.

Now she’s a lawyer, a legal journalist (and thus a card-carrying Enemy of the State and darn proud of it), an Associate member of the Order of Julian of Norwich, a proud mother, studying for her certification as a spiritual advisor, and engaged to the love of her life, and is busily wedding her love of myth and legend to her passion for m/m romance.