Playing the What if game before writing this book.
What if a strong willed woman lived in a land where women are expected to find a mate, marry, and give up their career? Marohka is lives in Lustralia, a distance land. She is doing important work for her country finding iron ore, but because of tradition she has to attend the Mating Ball. Here if a man approved by the council of elders ask for her hand in marriage she must meet him in a dueling ring.
After attending the mating ball for the last eight years with no offers, Marohka has given up on the fantasy of having a husband and family. This her last year, she just wants it to be over. She has important matters to attend that require her attention.
When she meets her mate in the first challenge in the dueling arena. She realizes her dream of having the life she planned is in jeopardy.
Blurb for "Mating Rituals"
With rock-hard fortitude, Marohka Taunton battles to maintain her position as top mineralogist and refuses to see why she should marry even if the law requires she take a mate. Fighting her attraction for Stihl Fermesium, she struggles to save her father's company.
Stihl, determined to win her as his mate, is faced with the commission deal of a lifetime and needs the money to save his family land. He wrestles with her emotional resistance and discovers someone other than Marohka is unhappy about their union. In fact, they want to separate them in the most basic of ways, death.
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