Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts

Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts

by Lyn Gala

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Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala

Liam loves his life as a linguist and trader on the Rownt homeworld, but he has ignored his heart and sexual needs for years. After escaping the horrors of war, he wants a boring life. He won’t risk letting anyone come too close because he won’t risk letting anyone see his deeply submissive nature. For him, submission comes with pain. Life burned that lesson into his soul from a young age.

This fear keeps him from noticing that the Rownt trader Ondry cares for him. Ondry may not understand humans, but he recognizes a wounded soul, and his need to protect Liam is quickly outpacing his common sense. They may have laws, culture, and incompatible genitalia in their way, but Ondry knows that he can find a way to overcome all that if he can just overcome the ghosts of Liam’s past. Only then can he take possession of a man he has grown to respect.

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BN ID: 2940155142508
Publisher: Lyn Gala
Publication date: 02/18/2018
Series: Claimings
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 187,126
File size: 296 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lyn Gala started writing in the back of her science notebook in third grade and hasn't stopped since. Westerns starring men with shady pasts gave way to science fiction with questionable protagonists which eventually became any story with a morally ambiguous character. Even the purest heroes have pain and loss and darkness in their hearts, and that's where she likes to find her stories. Her characters seek to better themselves and find the happy (or happier) ending. When she isn't writing, Lyn Gala teaches history in a small town in New Mexico. Her favorite spot to write is a flat rock under a wide tree on the edge of the open desert where her dog can terrorize local wildlife. Writing in a wide range of genres, she often gravitates back to adventure and BDSM, stories about men in search of true love and a way to bring some criminal to justice…unless they happen to be the criminals.

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Claimings, Tails and Other Alien Artifacts 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
DameMargo More than 1 year ago
Summary Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts by Lyn Gala is a wonderful book which sits on the crossroads of science fiction, fantasy, and erotica. Liam is a trader for a military organization on the alien world of Rownt who gets caught up in customs he doesn't understand. These customs also leave him as the virtual prisoner of the Rownt trader Ondry with whom Liam has previously been friendly. Ondry has goals Liam doesn't understand, and Liam has details on human interactions which have never been shared with the aliens. Liam also has personal details regarding his past and his sexual preferences which he has hid from everyone. Despite huge differences in species, culture, and even genitalia, Liam and Ondry form an unconventional relationship which works very well for them. This book is well worth $4.97 for 104 pages. In fact it seems like it's longer since the story is so rich. Fantasy World The author has created a fully developed alien world with a very different alien species and a unique culture. The supporting characters, both human and Rownt, are given enough detail to make them fully come alive. Rownt is a fun place to visit and hopefully Lyn Gala will take us there again. Tingle Factor Liam is always trying to suppress any arousal and hide his sexual preferences even from himself. Sometimes it's comical and sometimes it's hot. Since Liam and Ondry are of different species with incompatible genitalia they have to figure out how to make things work and lucky readers get to go along for the ride. Romance The product descriptions for Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts make it sound like it's an alien romance novel. It's really not. There is some relationship development but it's more in the context of meeting another person's needs and less about hearts and flowers. Drama From Liam's point of view he has essentially been kidnapped and there are looming questions about his future and his Command Center's response. This is not a thriller though so there isn't too much tension or angst. Hero #1 Liam is a mess. He's a poor kid from a bad neighborhood who joined the military in an effort to survive. Being gay has only made a bad life worse. Liam is afraid to trust anyone and has many issues to overcome. Hero #2 Ondry is a wily scoundrel and his exploits are delightful. He always has a plan and is always working an angle. This is the way of the Rownt in general, and Ondry is particularly good at it. He does seem to care for Liam in his own way, but he's an alien so his way is different than a normal human relationship. Ondry does still come off as a good guy and a fun character. Availability Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surprising good world-building.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books. I often reread this one! The great storyline and world-building never ceases to amaze me. I love the characters and how consistent the writing is to show you how different the alien species is as well as Liam from the humans that he is working with... it is such an interesting plot that I honestly can't get enough. This could be three times as long and I would enjoy it even more! I love Ondry and Liam and how technical all the language differences are. As to be expected since Liam is a linguist, however the details in this book are fantastic. Great writing by a great author.
asgoodrich More than 1 year ago
I am beside myself with how much I enjoyed Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts. Having read Ms. Gala’s Turbulence series, I jumped at the chance to read this book and I am so glad that I did. She has, without a doubt, secured a spot on my list of must-read authors for sci-fi romance and erotica.  This is the first book of the Claimings series and it introduces us to the inhabitants of Rownt. Liam is a human linguist and trader for the human military. He has been in his post as a trader on Rownt for five years and has been very successful at it – and we learn later in the book, more successful than even he realized. But an unpleasant past and the emotional baggage he has because of it means that he does not qualify for an officer position due to his psych scores. While Liam is not interested in an officer position, he is interested in maintaining his post on Rownt. He feels that he has done well in building his reputation as a trader among the Rownt people and has made a difference. Unfortunately his new commander appears to have a God complex and seems hell-bent on throwing away all of the progress Liam has made in the past five year along with Liam.  Ondry is a Rownt trader who has cultivated a trading relationship with Liam. Because the book is told from Liam’s perspective, the reader must draw conclusions about Ondry’s motivations from his behavior, and Ms. Gala’s writing style makes this rather easy. At least I felt like I had an understanding for what Ondry was doing and why LOOOOONG before Liam did. Rather than making the story predictable, this actually made witnessing Liam’s understanding of what a “palteia” was that much more enjoyable. I loved watching Liam settle into the palteia and chilta relationship with Ondry – it was unbelievably emotionally satisfying for me to see Liam metaphorically shrug off the pains of his adolescence and the human judgments associated with his sexual identity. He was not only accepted by Ondry and the Rownt, he found that it actually made him a coveted being among their people. Claimings, Tails, and Other Alien Artifacts is a beautiful story of acceptance that is presented in an intriguing sci-fi setting with a few steamy m/m scenes for a bit of icing on the cake. Ms. Gala has definitely got the series off to a great start and I cannot wait to read Assimilation, Love, and Other Human Oddities to see how Liam and Ondry’s relationship progresses.  I received a complimentary copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.  Reviewed by Angela at Crystal's Many Reviewers!
tasim More than 1 year ago
I was surprised by how much I liked this. It is not something I would have chosen normally, but I needed something otherworldly for a challenge. I liked the characters, Liam was easy to relate to and sweet and oh, Ondry put him in some like awkward conversational situations, but that just made it all more the adorable for me. I think what I liked most about this was the relationship between the two and how the submissive nature was explained. I have a hard time with D/s normally, its just simply not for me, but this was well thought out, with Liam naming the issues and the prejudices and the fears, etc. It was just kind of beautiful to see Ondry's take on their relationship and when the "sex" scenes occur they are so much more than just the physical release, it was genuine intimacy and wanted to please and wanted to be share. Really enjoyed this and would recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too short would have loved to see more of the complexties of the alien Rownts .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good scifi
Anonymous More than 1 year ago