Damien Benoit-Ledoux

Damien Benoit-Ledoux

Portsmouth, NH, USA

📝#author of 🌈#lgbt 🚀#scifi, 🦸‍♂️ #superhero, ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🤎🖤 #gayromance, and 👻 #paranormal 📚 novels. | 👬 Married 👨‍👨‍👦 #gaydad

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Damien Benoit-Ledoux is an author and freelance editor. His mind is a magical and nerdy place where fantastic heroes defend amazing worlds from dangerous villains who run amuck in an epic struggle to take over the universe. Recently, the brightest and best from this colorful cast of characters have made their way into notes, plots, stories, and novels for you to read and enjoy.

Damien strongly believes the real world we live in should be a place where LGBTQ equality and respect are second nature and never questioned. When he's not working or spending time with his husband, their son, and their dog, Damien weaves this philosophy into the exciting lives of his characters and the fantastic space battles and romances they endure so they'll stop taking over his dreams at night.

And finally, he wants you to remember a very important thing: No matter how bad your day is at work, it’s always important to be grateful that you don’t work for a Sith Lord.
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English
Fiction
Action & Adventure
LGBTQ (Fiction)
Romance
Science Fiction
Young Adult

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The following is raw, unedited text from one of the upcoming Nitraxian Galaxy side novels concerning Berik Tharinzar.



“Wake up, prisoner,” a guard said to him, lowering the bucket that had just soaked him.


Adrenaline kicked in as Berik shook off the cold shock and the pain on his head. His eyes narrowed as he leapt up from the bed and charged at the guard, yelling at the man to surprise him. He grabbed the bucket from the unsuspecting guard with his left hand and spun around, smacking the bucket into the man’s helmet with a loud thwack, cracking the visor. The man slammed against the cell wall and then crumpled to the floor in an unconscious heap.


That’s when he noticed the strange silver metal cuff on his left wrist—it matched the one on his right wrist. They were heavy. A cyan light strip embedded at the center of the cuff pulsed around his wrists. 


What the frak are these? he thought.


Then he noticed his clothes. They had been replaced with prisoner-orange pants and a short-sleeved orange shirt that had been torn along the centerline from the neck to his belly button, exposing his muscular abs. A strange silver belt had been fitted around his waist. A hexagonal…buckle…locked the belt into place. Two four-once poles extended outward from it at an odd angle. It would be hard to sleep on his stomach with the buckle in place. He tried to get a better look at his, but his chin hit something cold and metal. 


What the…?


He pulled his head back as far as his neck would allow and saw—and felt— that he was wearing a metal collar device of some kind. It raised upward around his neck, as if it could hold a helmet. The entire collar device rested on both shoulders and tapered to the center of his chest before extending downward to the tip of his sternum. He leaned back and tried to feel for a matching back piece. That’s when something sharp pushed into his sternum under the column.


Needles, great.


He looked down again and saw some kind of control or display panel on the collar set just between his pectoral muscles. Anchored to each side of the collar’s frame, black metal straps, for lack of a better description, anchored the heavy collar to the belt device around his waist. They extended outward from the center point just over his sternum and traversed alongside his rib cage to points just above his hips. He assumed there was a matching set on his backside. 


On each arm, two more metal straps wrapped around the top of his forearm and the base of his biceps. They came together on the inside of each arm. He flexed his legs and felt similar straps wrapped around his knees and possibly his ankles—but he guessed there might be cuffs on his ankles as well. 


He looked himself over once more and noticed the blood on his right forearm. He looked at his arm and gasped.


I’ve been augmented.


Three dark gray metal raised…angular patches…poked out of his skin, clearly meant to cover some kind of unknown technology that had been embedded in his skin. A subcutaneous wire connected the patch near his elbow (over which on of the straps was fitted) to the patch near his wrist that disappeared under the metal cuff thing with the pulsing cyan light.


That’s when he felt something wrong with his head. He raised his right hand to his temple and felt metal embedded in his skull.


No.


He looked around his cell for something reflective. His orange reflection in the guard’s helmet visor caught his eye. He lowered himself to the floor and stared at his face in the curved reflection of the visor. Three pointed metal devices had been implanted in his skull over this right eye; they travelled at a forty-five degree angle into his black hairline. They looked like claw marks, and the irritated flesh around them told him the augmentation surgery was a fast job.


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Portfolio (11 selected works)

The Climb (Love Grows In Honest Places Book 1)

Damien Benoit-Ledoux

In-the-closet gay high school sophomore Skyler Phoenix found himself madly in love with his best friend, Cameron. As the two boys become more intimate, Skyler’s family life crumbles after his conservative and extremely religious foster parents discover their son’s secret relationship and quickly disown him. Now, feeling lost and heartbroken, and ripped from the foster home he shared for years,... read more

In-the-closet gay high school sophomore Skyler Phoenix found himself madly in love with his best friend, Cameron. As the two boys become more intimate, Skyler’s family life crumbles after his conservative and extremely religious foster parents discover their son’s secret relationship and quickly disown him. Now, feeling lost and heartbroken, and ripped from the foster home he shared for years,... read more

Accidental Awakening (Guardians Book 1)

Damien Benoit-Ledoux

After high school juniors Quinn McAlester and Blake Hargreaves found themselves restrained in a hospital room after a freak accident in a dangerous cave, they had no idea how much their lives would change. Shortly after a man named Agent Victor Kraze questions the boys about their weekend activities, they are discharged from the hospital into the care of their parents and their normal lives. L... read more

After high school juniors Quinn McAlester and Blake Hargreaves found themselves restrained in a hospital room after a freak accident in a dangerous cave, they had no idea how much their lives would change. Shortly after a man named Agent Victor Kraze questions the boys about their weekend activities, they are discharged from the hospital into the care of their parents and their normal lives. L... read more

Unidentified Phenomenon (Guardians Book 2)

Damien Benoit-Ledoux

Best friends Quinn McAlester and Blake Hargreaves secretly develop their super powers with their high school science teacher and mentor, Mr. St. Germain, until circumstances beyond their control soon push the boys apart.Encouraged to be fair and balanced by Mr. St. Germain, Quinn fulfills his childhood dream of becoming a superhero, but he is quickly forced into the public spotlight. Thwarted ... read more

Best friends Quinn McAlester and Blake Hargreaves secretly develop their super powers with their high school science teacher and mentor, Mr. St. Germain, until circumstances beyond their control soon push the boys apart.Encouraged to be fair and balanced by Mr. St. Germain, Quinn fulfills his childhood dream of becoming a superhero, but he is quickly forced into the public spotlight. Thwarted ... read more

The Rise of Dark Flame (Guardians Book 3)

Damien Benoit-Ledoux

Alienated best friends Quinn McAlester and Blake Hargreaves silently pass one another in the hallways of Portsmouth High School, no longer trading friendly glances or warm smiles, all thanks to Agent Victor Kraze, the man who succeeded in tearing them apart and beguiling Blake to join The Order, a secret organization with evil motives and controversial goals.Every day, uncelebrated superhero Q... read more

Alienated best friends Quinn McAlester and Blake Hargreaves silently pass one another in the hallways of Portsmouth High School, no longer trading friendly glances or warm smiles, all thanks to Agent Victor Kraze, the man who succeeded in tearing them apart and beguiling Blake to join The Order, a secret organization with evil motives and controversial goals.Every day, uncelebrated superhero Q... read more

Ultimate Sacrifice (Guardians Book 4)

Damien Benoit-Ledoux

More determined than ever, superhuman Quinn McAlester navigates the dramas of high school and family life while balancing the growing responsibilities of being the world’s first superhero. Having won over the respect and trust of the authorities who sought to capture him, Quinn unites a team of unique individuals and devises a plan to infiltrate The Order and rescue his best friend, Blake Harg... read more

More determined than ever, superhuman Quinn McAlester navigates the dramas of high school and family life while balancing the growing responsibilities of being the world’s first superhero. Having won over the respect and trust of the authorities who sought to capture him, Quinn unites a team of unique individuals and devises a plan to infiltrate The Order and rescue his best friend, Blake Harg... read more

Catholic and Gay: My Journey into Roman Catholic Priesthood and Out of the Closet

Charles Benedict

What if the choice you made eighteen years ago turned out to be wrong?In this unprecedented memoir, Charles shares the confusion he felt growing up as he wrestled with his sexuality and his desire to become a Roman Catholic Priest. Follow the journey of a man who devoted the first thirty-three years of his life and studies to serve the Church, only to discover the life he idolized and the beli... read more

What if the choice you made eighteen years ago turned out to be wrong?In this unprecedented memoir, Charles shares the confusion he felt growing up as he wrestled with his sexuality and his desire to become a Roman Catholic Priest. Follow the journey of a man who devoted the first thirty-three years of his life and studies to serve the Church, only to discover the life he idolized and the beli... read more

Balance of Power (Guardians Book 5)

Damien Benoit-Ledoux

As The Order’s decimated leadership cowers and licks its wounds after Blake’s brutal blitz against the Archimandrion Council and the successful capture of the Seavey Island facility by U.S. Marines, the maniacal Victor Kraze seizes control of the organization’s resources and strikes back at teenage superhero Quinn McAlester.Dumbfounded by Victor’s sudden and zealous propensity for destruction ... read more

As The Order’s decimated leadership cowers and licks its wounds after Blake’s brutal blitz against the Archimandrion Council and the successful capture of the Seavey Island facility by U.S. Marines, the maniacal Victor Kraze seizes control of the organization’s resources and strikes back at teenage superhero Quinn McAlester.Dumbfounded by Victor’s sudden and zealous propensity for destruction ... read more

The Guardians Series Omnibus

Damien Benoit-Ledoux

FIVE Amazing Superhero Books in one by Damien Benoit-Ledoux to enjoy!Grab all FIVE books in the LGBT Guardians series, bundled together for the first time!CONTENTS1. Accidental Awakening2. Unidentified Phenomenon3. The Rise of Dark Flame4. Ultimate Sacrifice5. Balance of Power------------------------------------Book 1: Accidental Awakening------------------------------------When high school ju... read more

FIVE Amazing Superhero Books in one by Damien Benoit-Ledoux to enjoy!Grab all FIVE books in the LGBT Guardians series, bundled together for the first time!CONTENTS1. Accidental Awakening2. Unidentified Phenomenon3. The Rise of Dark Flame4. Ultimate Sacrifice5. Balance of Power------------------------------------Book 1: Accidental Awakening------------------------------------When high school ju... read more

Love's Hope (Love Grows in Honest Places Book 2)

Damien Benoit-Ledoux

All it took was one kiss……one kiss that changed my life forever.My dad is gonna freak when I tell him my secret…my truth…unless he finds out first.No one will ever treat me the same at Benedictine Catholic High School. I'll be made fun of, cast out, or worse, beaten for being different…for being me…for falling in love with the wrong person……because I didn't do what I was told……what was expecte... read more

All it took was one kiss……one kiss that changed my life forever.My dad is gonna freak when I tell him my secret…my truth…unless he finds out first.No one will ever treat me the same at Benedictine Catholic High School. I'll be made fun of, cast out, or worse, beaten for being different…for being me…for falling in love with the wrong person……because I didn't do what I was told……what was expecte... read more

Prophecy Rising (Snakeheart Book 1)

Damien Shadows, Damien Benoit-Ledoux

The nightmares tormented me for years……and shortly after my thirty-third birthday, I learned why.My name is Dante Coranguis, and I have a great life, a solid job, amazing friends, and most importantly, lots of crazy sex. But on the night I met the vampires, everything changed, including my nightmare. My life’s ambitions and dreams were snatched out of my hands because I was destined to become ... read more

The nightmares tormented me for years……and shortly after my thirty-third birthday, I learned why.My name is Dante Coranguis, and I have a great life, a solid job, amazing friends, and most importantly, lots of crazy sex. But on the night I met the vampires, everything changed, including my nightmare. My life’s ambitions and dreams were snatched out of my hands because I was destined to become ... read more

Wrath of the Lycan (Snakeheart Book 2)

Damien Shadows, Damien Benoit-Ledoux

Turns out the Lycan didn't want to talk……they wanted me dead, but I wasn't going down without a fight.I’m not the kind of guy who likes to be pushed around. I know what I like, I thrive with routines, and I’m a control freak.But after the werewolves decided I was a threat and the police harassed me for a violent crime I didn’t commit, I realized my happy life was spiraling out of control and n... read more

Turns out the Lycan didn't want to talk……they wanted me dead, but I wasn't going down without a fight.I’m not the kind of guy who likes to be pushed around. I know what I like, I thrive with routines, and I’m a control freak.But after the werewolves decided I was a threat and the police harassed me for a violent crime I didn’t commit, I realized my happy life was spiraling out of control and n... read more