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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WW | Ghost in the System

Alyana Kiana walked through Far’be Qoosh station’s densely populated spaces, her two-tone orange hoodie pulled over her head and face to foil the inescapable vision of the automated security cameras. Around her, the sights and smells of fast-food emporiums and struggling merchandise outlets called out to passersby with bright, flashing neon lights and large than life talking or moving holo-projections.


Alyana filtered it all out as she purposefully walked through the busier and seedier underbelly of the large station, knowing full well it would be to next to impossible for the Imperium’s security forces to make her ID and arrest her. Whenever they could, Alayna and Baeth connected to GODIN anonymously and ran facial recognition and image scrubbing software to remove security cam footage and any inadvertently taken pictures of the Wraith crew by unsuspecting tourists or kids whenever they visited public spaces, like Far’be Qoosh. 


“I’m almost in position,” Alayna said, the neural comm implanted in her head relaying her words to Baeth, Gavari, and Brax on the Malevolent. Each time she infiltrated the station, she took a different path, sometimes walking around the station for an hour and changing directions several times to confuse anyone who might be shadowing her—whether Imperium scum or anyone other less desirable adversaries. Aboard the Malevolent, Brax and Gavari used a specially outfitted holo-display to monitor a nearly three-hundred and sixty-degree replica of her surroundings. When she needed to concentrate on the task at hand, the guys covered as her eyes and ears. 


Initially, Brax thought he had mission surveillance under control, but one day he missed something that Gavari—unknowingly watching from the doorway—saw in the holo-display. A cloaked figured had managed to keep up with Alayna but changed his appearance several times. Gavari noticed the man’s subtle limp and flagged him as a hostile. When the man approached Alayna from behind while she worked some technical wizardry in a computer system, thinking he had the upper hand, she dispatched the man him without hesitation. He turned out to be a Nothwrecki recruiter—or kidnapper. On that day forward, Brax learned to appreciate and welcome the assassin’s perspective.


“Making the last turn now,” Alayna reported.


“Yup,” Brax responded, Gavari studying the holo-display.


The men watched Alayna, clad in white-soled black utility boots, brown cargo pants filled with technology and tools, and her unflattering two-tone orange hoodie make a sharp left into a maintenance closet and stopped. Her worn, brown leather messenger bag slung across her chest from her left shoulder. She pressed the button that closed the door and waited as it hissed shut behind her. She looked up and extended her right hand toward the ceiling. She pulled a small remote control from her hoodie’s left pocket, raised it toward the ceiling, and pressed a button. The hatch hissed and slid open. Then, using her feet, she walked her way up the narrow closet and pulled herself up through the ceiling hatch. She closed the hatch behind her and began climbing through the station’s unsightly pipes, conduits, and miles of electrical and GODIN cables that made up the station’s nervous system.


Garen walked into the small room and surveyed the holo-display. “Any problems?” he asked.


“Why are you still on board?” Alayna asked, ignoring his question.


“Nope,” Brax answered.


“I’m heading out soon. I had to do something first.”


“I’m almost in position,” Alayna reported. “Shit, it’s hotter than hell in here today.”


When she found a communications junction, she perched herself on a some rusting water pipes and a ventilation duct and set her messenger bag next to her. She carefully pulled out a portable computer and the comm-interceptor she built on board the Malevolent. It looked like a natural extension of the system to the untrained eye—not that anyone would want to climb through the disgusting pipes to look for anything suspicious.


“I’m gonna hook in to GODIN and look for new things to scrub first,” she said, unfolding a small satchel of multitools. After carefully unscrewing and removing the small access panels, she plugged in a cable and attached the other end to the portable computer. Then she initiated the facial recognition and scrubbing software, which she had secretly installed in serval locations since the process could take days and she didn’t have time to wait around for it to finished.


Next, she began making connections between the interceptor and the comm junction’s circuitry.


“What exactly is that thing going to do?” Brax asked, bored with the idle view of conduits and cables.


“This is our ticket to Imperium data. We got lucky with the Starfly; imagine if we could select our targets from a menu of top secret Imperium military information?”


“That sounds incredible useful,” Brax answered. “It also sounds like a full time job. Who’s going to monitor all this?”


“Mally will.”


“Wait, what? You’re going to sacrifice vital processing power and have Mally crunch through the entire Imperium military communications network in realtime?”


Alayna sighed. “Of course not. I’m going to steal tiny amounts of processing power from unsuspecting computers across the galaxy process and feed Mally with a customized feed of informative based on keywords and other information we choose.”


“That’s my girl.”


“I told you not to call me your girl. Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to fly the ship.”


“Whew,” Brax said, hoping the humor in his tone came through the comm system. “So, what then, we’ll get an alert whenever the Imperium decides to move secret cargo around?”


“That and my little device here will intercept and decode all classified Imperium communications. We’ll have a constant stream of super-secret Imperium intel that will allows us to track people, ships, cargo, and other traffic in the Imperium better.”


“So we’ll whenever the Imperator decides to take shit,” Gavari said, breaking his usual silence.


Alayna chuckled. “Exactly.”


“Some kind of hovering droid is coming,” Gavari said. “Bearing 270-mark-30. Looks like a sentry.”


“Shit,” Alayna whispered, quickly searching through her pockets, looking for any kind of jamming device.


Sentry droids came in various shapes and sizes. They monitored the behind-the-scenes, limited access, maintenance, or operational areas of space stations and starships—basically anywhere unauthorized personnel weren’t supposed to be. Right now, Alayna was somewhere she wasn’t supposed to be.


“Get out of there,” Brax said urgently.


“I’m not done yet,” she answered tersely. “Hold on. Don’t say anything.”


Alayna slung her messenger bag her shoulders and quickly organized her technology at right angles that matched the comm junction’s awkward shapes as best she could—hoping the sentry droid wouldn’t notice it. Then she lowered herself into the pit of pipes beneath her and squeezed into a space under the warm ventilation duct she had been sitting on.


Above her, the sound of rushing air in the duct cancelled out the droid’s hovertech as it approach. Alone for the time being in her head, she’d have to wait for Brax to signal the all clear—assuming the droid didn’t sniff her out. She cursed herself for not adding a personal cloaking device to her SHIFT armor.


Moments turned to minutes, or so it seemed, as Alayna waited for some sort of signal. She placed her hand on the grip of her plasma pistol. If the droid detected her, she only had seconds before it immediately sent an alert to the station’s security station. It would take longer for the station chief to notice a missing droid than to respond to a possible intruder alert.


“It passed by,” Brax whispered in her neural comm, which made him sound like he was in her head.


Alayna exhaled slowly and climbed back up to the top of the ventilation duct. “


“The scrub process is all set,” Alayna reported. “I’m finishing the last of the comm-interceptor connections and then I’ll make my way to another access hatch on some other level.”


“We’ll keep our eyes peeled,” Brax answered.


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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