SA McAuley - First Loves - Friday Interview

First Loves

I may have a bit of an obsession with the theme of first loves. Combine that with the question of whether that love is unrequited or returned and BAM you have endless, angsty story possibilities. It’s a theme you’ll see often in my writing (in one form or another).

One Breath, One Bullet (the first book in The Borders War series) is no exception. Merq Grayson is a sniper and assassin. His enemy and sometimes lover Armise Darcan is just as dangerous as Merq, maybe more. 

Merq and Armise are war machines—built to be the perfect soldiers. And if their relationship is discovered, it has the potential to kill them both. Yet, that threat isn’t the most complicated part of their lives.

The three hundred year long Borders War is about to be reignited, and Merq and Armise are on opposite sides of the fight.

Love is the least of their considerations. Or at least it should be.


One Breath, One Bullet is available now from Total-E-Bound or in general release on 3rd June.

Leave a comment below to win an ebook of One Breath, One Bullet!!

Blurb: Face to face, and rifle to rifle. The time and location change, but never the circumstance. Merq Grayson and Armise Darcan are enemies. And neither will be considered successful until the other is dead.

It is the year 2558. A mere decade has passed since the signing of the treaty which ended the three hundred year long Borders War. In the midst of an uneasy peace, the world gathers for the first Olympic games since the war began.

The Rifle competition showcases the very soldiers who fought in the war, pitting former enemies against one another again. Continental States Peacemaker Merq Grayson will once again battle the Dark Ops officer from the People’s Republic of Singapore, Armise Darcan, this time under the flag of their own uneasy truce. The relationship between Merq and Armise is one of violence, secrecy, and a growing intimacy that could have them both branded as traitors.

But there is more at stake than pride or medals in these games. And neither Merq nor Armise may be able to make it out alive before the fires of revolution are set ablaze again.

Also available now: 

The anthology Crack the Darkest Sky Wide Open—with unconventional stories from Eric Arvin, Abigail Roux, TJ Klune, SJD Peterson, S.A. McAuley, and Jason Huffman-Black—is available for sale at and major book retailers.

Anthology Blurb: Of humanity there are darker tales. Stories that take some squinting to see through. Unconventional stories. Tales that threaten to break the heart by cruel twists of fate, the dogs of war, or demons that are all too real; whether they be of unrequited love or a karmic slap in the face. Happy endings take a time in coming, and some never arrive. But through all the darkness there is light, a glimmer of hope and wonder…if one has the will to see it.

The Hotel Luz (my contribution to the antho) Blurb: Leo and Elia spent four years in and out of each other’s lives and beds, building a friendship that crossed a line neither one of them ever acknowledged. Then another twelve years apart before they dared to speak of it again. When it comes to love, even the smartest of us does really stupid stuff.

Find SA McAuley

You can find me online most often on tumblr or Twitter (@authorsamcauley). But I’ve also been known to roam around on Facebook and Goodreads. And please call me Sam!! xx

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  1. I would love to read this!

  2. What an interesting story idea!

  3. Sounds like an amazing story!

  4. Ooh, this book sounds great. Secret lovers and futuristic Olympics... I'm totally in. :D


  5. I'm moving to The People's Republic of Singapore! Can't wait! I'm desperate, really, to see the geopolitical transformation you've hinted at in the blurb. Love this kind of speculative fiction! Thank you :0)

  6. omg. this sounds so good! Yay a new series! lol...
    Please, please count me in.