One character Prince , later King, Lykos, appears in all three.
Chronologically, her recently released free short story "Body Language" comes first. This can be downloaded from Smashwords here.
Body Language takes place in Lydia—a kingdom in Asia Minor (now part of modern Turkey) that was conquered by Cyrus the Great during the 6th century BC and became part of the Persian Empire.
Years later, Lykos, the son of the king of the Thracian city-state, Aenus, is travelling incognito through the conquered province. To avoid arousing questions as to why he is there, he is only accompanied by the Persian, Narses, a friend of his father. Hearing cries for help, the two men intervene. They are too late to save a merchant and his slave, but they arrive in time to prevent bandits slaying the third member of the party.
Kas recently lost his family and was grateful to be travelling under the protection of Tahmasp. Now the merchant is dead, his future is once more under threat. He would like nothing better than to remain with the handsome warrior, but how can he explain that to a man who speaks little but Greek?
By the time we see Lykos in "Alexios' Fate" (review below) he has inherited Aenus after his father's death. Along with two other nobles, he has arrived in the city of Dicaea to determine which of them will be chosen as the mentor of young Prince Alexios. Before this happens, fate in the form of the God, Apollo, intervenes.
How Alexios' escapes is wonderfully depicted in the book along with the love he has for his slave Galen.
All of these are stand alone stories, but they do add into the wonderful world that Kayla is creating. A world that has, at its heart, the God, Apollo.
This world will be further enriched by the release of "A Spartan Love" the first of a trilogy starring Theron, a dreaded kryptes (think trainee Spartan warrior) and a local helot (type of peasant farmer) called Andreas.
Kayla takes her world building seriously and uses the books to explore the different relationship between men in that era. Galen is a slave and is basically the possession of Alexios. Andreas, as a helot is slightly above the rank of a slave in that his body is not owned by anyone, however his services are. Kas, the star of "Body Language" is a youth without a family and without protection. He is vulnerable in other ways. Alexos is an Erômenos (beloved pupil) but he also has to serve his Erastes (mentor), Lykos.
The world these men live in, their standards and beliefs are all skillfully woven into tales of love and devotion. While none of these three stories need to be read to appreciate "A Spartan Love", the books do give you a feel for the world building and Kayla's writing.
She may only be a relatively new author, but she sure has created some wonderful characters.
Kayla is participating in a Blog Hop to celebrate her upcoming release over the coming week, giving readers a chance to win a Gift Certificate from AllRomance eBooks valued at $15.
A copy of "A Spartan Love" will be given away in conjunction with her interview here on December 8th.
"A Spartan Love" will be given away to one lucky commentor.