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Wednesday, November 8, 2023

The Game Warden's Mate


The Game Warden's Mate

by A.M. Griffin




GENRE: Sci-fi Romance



BLURB: The Hunter. As the new Game Warden, Xrez Ym’ihla brings patrons from across the galaxy to track prey in a game built to enslave the weak and mate the strong. The business is a long running family legacy and Xrez is determined to succeed as his father had before him. He hadn’t meant to let one human occupy his thoughts, mind, and body.


His lies may come back to haunt him, but if he reveals the truth, he’ll ruin his chance to capture the heart of the one he wants.


The Prey. Esme Valdez had her entire life planned from an early age. As a chemist, her life was average and mundane, just the way she liked it. Until the impossible happened. Never did she imagine being abducted by aliens and forced to participate in a survival of the fittest game called The Hunt. If she survives and makes it to the end, she’ll be freed. If not, she’ll be forced to mate the one who captures her.


Esme is determined to win at all costs, even if it means putting her trust in a sexy alien who taunts her in the most delectable way.


Their love was built on betrayal. Can she trust him with her heart and life?







“Property,” she said, finally finishing her sentence. She didn’t recognize anything. Not a God. Damn. Thing. “We aren’t on my property.” Her voice didn’t sound right on her ears.


“So you didn’t kidnap me and give me this fancy new BDSM collar?” He tugged on something about two inches wide and silver around his neck


Esme fumbled at her neck, finding a collar of her own. It felt like metal, not thick, but seemed sturdy and cold on her skin. Her fingers trembled as she followed around the circumference. There wasn’t a way to unhook it. Her breathing picked up. Her chest heaved. 


This was wrong. So very wrong.


The man shrugged. “I mean, if you’re into BDSM, I won’t judge you. But as I said, I’m through with all the weird shit.”


Esme clenched her fists in frustration. Tears welled in her eyes. Her heart felt like it was one beat away from exploding. “Hey, nitwit, this isn’t just about you. I think we’re all in the same boat here. I woke up probably the same time you did and just assumed I was home, because,” a hysterical chuckle left her mouth, “where else would I be on a friggin’ Friday night?”


“Hate to break it to you, but it’s Sunday night. I just played Comerica Park in Detroit.”


Esme frowned and shook her head. “No, I’m positive. The last thing I remember is coming home from work and thinking about binging on Netflix. It’s what I do every Friday night.”


He snorted. “Well, that’s sad.”


“Hey! We all can’t play at Comerica Park.” She exhaled loudly. “What is that anyway and why are you dressed like an over the top rock star?” 


She’d heard of Detroit, even visited once when she’d lived in the United States to attend college. Her mom had a distant cousin who’d live near the United States and Canada border, and she’d spent a Christmas with them instead of flying all the way home to Mexico.


The rockstar guy brushed off his pants and straightened his clothes. “It’s called ‘stage presence,’ baby.”


“Oh, my God. Can you guys keep it down? Some of us are trying to sleep,” came a tired voice from a shadowy corner.


Rockstar guy held up his hand and pulled each finger down slowly. 


New guy scrambled to his feet. He was a lot bigger than rock star guy and bigger than most men she knew. He had on army fatigues, military boots, and dog tags hanging from his thick neck. He scowled. “Wait. Where the hell am I?”


Rockstar guy smirked and dropped his hands. “And there it is.”

A Word With the Author

1.     Did you always want to be an author?

a.     I knew I always wanted to write, but didn’t aspire to become an author until I wrote my first book, Dangerously Mine. Watching my mother at her typewriter was a staple at my house and I’d spent my childhood writing short sci-fi stories and poems. In my later years, I would try to write longer stories but couldn’t get past what I thought were the boring parts and would put the story away. For Dangerously Mine, I wanted to see it through and for the first time, I was actually excited to complete it. And for that reason, Dangerously Mine will forever be my favorite book because of the sentimental value behind it.

2.     Tell us about the publication of your first book.

a.     I’d originally self-published it under a different title and different pen name. Then, I read another sci-fi story and something clicked in my brain. “What if I sent this book to the same publisher?” I’d never published anything and didn’t have any friends or connections in that world. But without another thought, I sent it to Ellora’s Cave (2012) and surprisingly they picked it up. That was the easy part. The hard part was the editing process. LOL. I didn’t even have a clue what dialogue tags were, and proper grammar eluded me. That book was a hot mess. Shout out to my first ever editor Briana because she had her work cut out for her.

3.     Besides yourself, who is your favorite author in the genre you write in? 

a.     Too many to name and it changes with each new release! I’m not even trying to be coy here. I LOVE reading. I love them all. 

4.     What’s the best part of being an author? The worst?

a.     The best? Meeting some of my favorite authors. I actually get to hang out and talk shop with some of them (which is so mind boggling to me!). I liken myself as a reader who cosplays as an author. I’m just along for the ride and enjoying every second of it. The worst? Deadlines, of course. I hate ‘em.

5.     What are you working on now?

I currently have a sci-fi trilogy as part of the Intergalactic Dating Agency World. In this series, 3 alien scientists are sent on a covert mission to observe humans as a preliminary review for inclusion in the Intergalactic Dating Agency. A solar flare sends their spaceship careening to Earth and our 3 heros find themselves trying to blend into society while waiting for their rescue. The heros, Phate, Kien and Solgre, meet their match with 3 heroines, Tasha, Nisha and Margie. Misunderstandings, betrayal and lies make for some funny moments and feel-good stories. The titles are; Phate’s Mate, Kien’s Kindred and Solgre’s Soulmate.





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A. M. Griffin is a mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose two favorite outlets are reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies. 


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  1. Do you prefer to plan ahead or go with the flow?

  2. I enjoyed the interview and excerpt.

  3. This book sounds like a great read.

  4. The Game Warden's Mate by A.M. Griffin is such a fun and exciting read! It's a thrilling romance novel that keeps you hooked from start to finish. With its engaging storyline and endearing characters, it's definitely a must-read for fans of the genre.

  5. Enjoyed reading today's post. Sounds like a good book.