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Blak Rayne is a published author of gay erotic and yaoi style fictional romance. She loves to write and believes it's one of the greatest forms of self-expression. What better way to see inside the human soul?


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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guys on Top - Book Review - Blak Rayne #bookreview #gay #mmromance #gblt #sex #adult #fiction


Welcome to BRB, everyone!

As you probably know, and as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t generally read erotic romance. Well, romance period. But, on the rare occasion when a novel does spark my interest, it’s usually because I’ve reached a point where I desperately want to read someone else’s sex scenes instead of my own. Though I love my characters and enjoy writing about their lives, reading my own stories over and over, in particular during editing, becomes a monotonous process. And if I’m not careful the muse goes stale. For me, reading helps hone my skills as an author and provides an escape route from everyday life; books hold a wealth of knowledge.

I’d decided to take a break from revising Devotion and gone on to write a couple chapters of a new novel I’m working on. Of course, after a few hours, I’d grown weary of writing and took a break. Usually, when I take a break, I’ll wander away from the computer, or I'll snoop through Amazon to see what’s out there for books. The novels labelled ‘look inside’ are the only ones I bother with. I prefer to read whatever percentage is viewable, and if what I’ve read is desirable I may consider buying it. Honestly, I know immediately if I can handle reading the book, within the first few paragraphs. Covers, though essential to market a novel, can be deceptive, and I rarely, if ever, buy a book based solely on its cover.

On the day in question, I was perusing gay romance, and Guys on Top written by Darien Cox happened to catch my attention. Not because it had a spectacular cover, I’d read the blurb and decided to 'look inside'.

Guys on Top is a self-published novel – the story of Doug: an average, down-to-earth guy who seems to know what he wants out of life, having survived a bad relationship. And because of that bad relationship, he’s had to start over, and decides to rent a suite his brother has picked, on the ground level, in a Victorian home. The first five nights aren’t the greatest, as the tenants above him like to party. He can’t sleep and complains to his brother, who ends up leaving a message with the landlord, unknown to him. Next thing he knows, the neighbour from upstairs leaves a letter at his door.

After that he winds up at his brother Wyatt’s for dinner. Yet again, unknown to Doug, Wyatt invites a male nurse, Jairo, to dine with them. The man is handsome, not Doug’s type, but they hit it off well enough to go drinking together. A little later, while at the pub, the story really gains momentum when Doug meets Stewart.

Doug and Stewart are extremely likable characters, Corey not so much, which I don’t believe he was meant to be anyway (Stewart's lover); Doug drew me in and maintained my attention throughout the story, a hundred and eighty-eight pages that I read in an afternoon. Although both men are attractive, and the whole ‘getting to know one another’ was sweet, the journey turned out to be predictable. The author added just the right amount of sex scenes – each well written and hot. And a touch of romance. What I found annoying towards the end was the over usage of names and dialogue tags, basically, a need for stricter editing. There were points where I became somewhat confused, and I had to read certain sections twice; it felt as if the author had switched from Doug’s POV to another character, even though it wasn’t intended.  

Guys on Top is a simple, contemporary story of an average man, Doug, who struggles to reclaim his own identity and find a decent partner, better than the ex that ruined his life. If you like an easy read, GOT is for you. For me, I wish the plot had had more oomph, a twist, something. It was too bland. 3 Stars.

Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Warning Shot Nick Seven Book 3- Tim Smith #romance #mystery #thriller #sex #adult #fiction


What genre do you currently write? And, is there a genre you'd like to write, but haven't tried yet?
I write romantic mystery/thrillers and I’ve also written a few romantic comedies. The mystery stories are the most fun, since that’s the genre I like to read. The rom-coms are something I do to challenge myself, because I write about realistic relationships. I’ve never written a true crime story but would like to one day. 
Many authors use a nom de plume, and they may use one opposite to their own sex. Do you think an author's sex or sexual orientation should dictate what genre they write?
Not really, as long as the story is believable. I have a male author friend who writes erotica under an alias, using his initials, and all of his stories are told from the woman’s point of view. Apparently he’s good at it because everyone assumes he’s a female writer. It cracks me up when I read a review of one of his books and the person refers to him as “her” or “she.” I know someone else who writes lesbian romance and she’s straight. One of my stories featured a tryst between the hero and two women who are bi-sexual. Apparently I got it right because no one pointed out any errors.    
Some authors have issues with character development, writer's block, plot summary etc. What is the biggest challenge you face when writing? How do you overcome the problem?
My biggest problem is making sure all the dots are connected. There are times when I’m writing a mystery/thriller and I’ll come up with a really neat idea halfway through then realize that I didn’t set it up earlier. Other times I’ll get to a point and not know what I want the characters to do next. The best remedy for that is to put it away for a few days.
Another challenge I’ve had to overcome when writing sex scenes is making sure I include the emotional reactions from both characters. My editor is very quick to point out the importance of post-coital chat. I’ve lost track of how many times she’s inserted the comment “But what were they feeling afterward???”
What has been the single most successful marketing tool you've used to date?
Blogging and doing guest spots like this. It’s provided tremendous exposure.
If you had to live as one of your characters, which one would it be, and why?
Nick Seven, the former CIA spook who hangs out in the Florida Keys. He gets to do all the things I can’t, like live in Key Largo with a Barbadian beauty named Felicia, get involved in some interesting adventures, and he never loses at Blackjack. Plus, the man puts away an ungodly amount of scotch and somehow never wakes up with a hangover.
While writing, have you ever drawn from personal experience, and why?
Yes, because I like to keep it real, especially when I’m writing about relationships. Some of my most realistic passages were inspired by something that happened to me or someone else, especially the funny stuff. I’m careful not to make the characters too easily identifiable, though. One story I wrote a few years ago was completely inspired by a personal experience. Many writers will say that they don’t get inspiration from real life, but I think they’re either lying or trying to avoid a potential lawsuit.   
Just for fun–
What is your favourite colour?
Blue, because it usually matches my mood, whether it’s bright sky or dark midnight.
Which do you prefer: a little left to the imagination or explicit?
I tend to gravitate toward the explicit. If I’m reading a book that promises a bonfire and it’s as hot as a used can of Sterno, I’m disappointed.
When you first met your partner what drew you to her first?
Her eyes and her smile.  The bright blue eyes hooked me first and her smile told me there was no escape.
If you could spend the day with any famous author, who would it be? And, why?
James W. Hall, because I’m a huge fan of his thrillers.
If you could indulge free of any consequences, what would be your ultimate sexual fantasy?
Spending an evening in a Jacuzzi with Khandi Alexander, Vanessa Williams and Selena Gomez. And a pound of Viagra.  
LMAO Love this answer, Tim!



“Warning Shot” (Nick Seven, Book 3)

Blurb:

Nick Seven and Felicia Hagens left the CIA for the laidback ease of the Florida Keys, leaving behind a life of intrigue. When Nick’s former mentor becomes part of a conspiracy with international repercussions, Nick breaks his self-imposed exile to stop him. The case throws Nick and Felicia into a juggernaut of espionage, government cover-ups and political assassinations. Will they succeed in stopping the plan in time? Can their relationship survive another unwanted adventure?

Excerpt:

Nick brought her hand to his mouth then kissed it. “This is one of the reasons I’m glad I have you around. You always keep me focused.”

“Is that the only reason you’re glad I’m around?”

“No, but it’s a long list.”

She moved to Nick’s lap then kissed him while running her fingers through his hair. “I’ve got nothin’ but time, Tough Guy.”

He caressed her cheek. “You’re resourceful, self-confident and independent.”

“You just described a Boy Scout. Can’t you do better than that?”

He kissed her. “You’re incredibly hot, passionate about everything and waking up next to you makes all my teenaged dreams come true.” He paused. “Plus you make a mean stir-fried shrimp.”

Felicia laughed and lightly smacked his arm. “Is that the best you’ve got? You were always better at foreplay.”

Nick kissed her a bit longer. “You make me feel alive and I can’t wait to start every day all over again with you.”

She cupped his cheek and peered into his eyes. “That’s what I was gonna say. It’s kinda hard to explain, but when I first saw you, all that time ago in London, it was like a jolt of electricity went through me. Then when you quit and I left to go back home, I felt this big empty inside, like somethin’ vital had been taken away.”

He traced her jaw with his fingers. “Same thing I felt. I’m glad we finally got together.”

She rested her lips on his and they kissed deeply. Nick inhaled her scent, a libido-boosting blend of Giorgio Red and her natural body chemistry. He massaged the back of her neck while Felicia caressed his cheek. The longer they kissed the more aroused Nick became.

Felicia pulled back slightly and smiled. “What’s that I feel pokin’ me from underneath?”

“Three guesses and the first two don’t count.”

She chuckled seductively. “What is it about this climate that always has you horny?”

“It isn’t the climate, it’s you.” He rubbed her cheek. “It’s always been you.”

Felicia kissed him with more energy, slipping her tongue into his mouth. Nick’s hand traveled down her back to massage her ass. Felicia ground her pelvis against his leg and moved a hand to his crotch to fondle him.

“Hon, you’ve got me all wet,” she whispered.

Nick scooted out from under her, removed Felicia’s slacks, then positioned her legs over the arms of the chair. He buried his face between her spread legs and licked an exploratory trail along her thighs. He teasingly ran the tip of his tongue over her moist lips, taking in her musky scent before probing inside her. Felicia moaned softly and ran her fingers through his hair. While he licked her, he unfastened his pants to set his hard-on free.

Felicia purred while she ground her pelvis against his mouth and tongue. Her taste and scent were an instant aphrodisiac that made Nick’s head swim with lusty anticipation and excitement. He locked his lips around her hard clit and sucked it while running his tongue over it. Felicia’s moans of enjoyment increased the longer he worked on her until she took in a sharp rush of air and pressed against his mouth. Nick licked her through her climax and enjoyed her taste.

Nick got on his feet, rested his palms on the arms of the chair, then took his position between Felicia’s legs. She grabbed his cock and guided him into her. He rocked his hips back and forth in a slow steady rhythm, swelling more with each thrust. Her tight wet tunnel enveloped his hardness, massaging him into heightened excitement with each push and pull. Felicia closed her eyes and ran her palms along Nick’s chest. Her personal scent wafted to his nose, increasing his desire. He moved faster, then took in a sharp, quick breath when he felt himself swell and explode inside her. Felicia rocked her hips against him, through every wave of his orgasm. Nick felt lightheaded as euphoria washed over him like a warm surf.

Nick exhaled a contented breath. “Guess we aren’t so bad together, huh?”

“Mmm, we’re very bad together. That’s what makes us so good.”

Thanks for stopping by, Tim! All the best. Blak Rayne

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Until Death Do Us Part - #gay #marriage #gblt #lesbian #samesex #nuptuals


The topic of this article is an issue that's close to my heart, as I believe in freedom of choice for all. I just love the picture I've added with this post. There's almost a childlike innocence about it, where the two men seem to be truly happy. But, if you look deeper, I think you'll see much more. Perhaps, an incredibly strong bond based on love? Marriage...
There are certain things in life that most of us take for granted. For instance, all of us know when we get up in the morning there will be oxygen to breathe, our country will be intact, and our family members are alive and well. We know the grocery store is down the road and the car is in the driveway. If we're married, we trust that our partner should be lying beside us, safe and sound. 
My husband and I have several rituals. In the morning (if he's not at work) we cuddle, kiss, and talk for a few minutes. I never let him get away without telling him, I love him, and I must also wish him the best for the day ahead. I don't know why, but that's what we do. Then at night when he gets home (either before or after dinner) he'll drag me to the bedroom and we repeat the same ritual. It's quality time, and I swear it happens every day. My hubby would never admit to a soul, but he lives for the affection. **oohh and aww** LOL
Now, step back, and think about this for a minute. Shouldn't everyone enjoy the same as we do and millions of other couples like us? What about same-sex marriages? Are you opposed to the idea? Or do you support it? 
I believe everyone has the right to marry whomever he or she chooses. Hey, at least it's legal, right? Wrong! Same-sex marriage isn't legal in every country. In most, homosexuality and marriage are punishable by imprisonment or death. Yes, I said death. In most of the Arabic, African, and Asian nations homosexuality is far from tolerated. It's a scary thought, that what I take for granted so many others can’t. I live North of Sixty, and I can honestly say, that Canada did something really historic 9 years ago, and it's something I'm quite proud of.
*Wikipedia
On July 20, 2005, Canada became the fourth country in the world and the first country in the Americas to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide with the enactment of the Civil Marriage Act, which provided a gender-neutral marriage definition. Court decisions, starting in 2003, each already legalized same-sex marriage in eight out of ten provinces and one of three territories, whose residents comprised about 90% of Canada's population. Before passage of the Act, more than 3,000 same-sex couples had already married in these areas.[1] Most legal benefits commonly associated with marriage had been extended to cohabiting same-sex couples since 1999.
The cool part about the whole thing...in Canada you're permitted to legally marry, you're also permitted to legally disperse your estate, pension, and death benefits to your same-sex partner. Basically, whatever a heterosexual couple can do, the same-sex couple is also at liberty to do the same. You want to divorce…well you're going to pay the same. You want to have kids–go ahead! In the eyes of the law everyone is equal! Very, very awesome!
I just wish that the rest of the world would do the same. There are far more important issues that need our attention, our as in 'us as human beings'. What about the violation of human rights? What about the environment? The homeless? Those that are starving? I could go on and on, but I don't think it's necessary. Have a great weekend!
Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What is with the sudden craze of Alpha Males and BDSM? - Rosalind Scarlett #BDSM #alpha #article #sex #men


What is with the sudden craze of Alpha Males and BDSM?

Not really preferring to consider myself one of those who jump on the first bandwagon that rolls by, I tend to be late coming onto the scenes of new fads. But after a while, curiosity always seems to get the better of me and I will do a little investigating as to just what makes a particular fad so compelling. Maybe it’s the psych major in me taking over.
This is what happened to me with the latest BDSM erotica craze. As usual, years late in coming to the game, I have finally become curious as to why it is so popular. As I have now ventured into writing a few BDSM stories of my own, I feel it is important to understand these things. 
My first thought was, ‘what about all these strong women who had fought for so long for equal rights, as well as to be seen as equals in the workplace and society as a whole’?
Well, after pondering it, I realised that was exactly why this craze has become so appealing.  After having a few decades to settle into their newly earned roles, and men in turn adjusting the way they treat women according to these politically correct conventions, I believe women may actually be missing some elements the traditional roles offered them.
That, of course, is not to say that they wish to give up their right to work and to be treated fairly. However, I think all the side effects which accompanied those major accomplishments, such as more assertiveness in the bedroom and in relationships, while at first prized, have now begun to grow old. The novelty has started to wear off.
The sexual revolution of the 1960’s & 70’s for the first time in history enabled women to enjoy not only holding their own in the bedroom, but even exerting their power over men and for men to in turn reap the novel enjoyment of this role reversal which led to the popularity of the Dominatrix fad in the 1980’s & 90’s.
Women now have more power and secretly yearn for that confident dominance of a man again, for someone to take charge. And due to the loss of chivalry which seemed to be consequential to these other changes, a sad majority of men no longer know how to treat a woman like a lady, or don’t realise they actually might still desire such treatment. Despite their outward protests, I believe most women still have an innate desire to be treated as though they are treasured, doted upon, and pleasured.
In addition to this, as a result of adjusting to the power of women, men have taken a step back in their sexual roles. With many intimidated by strong, successful women in the workplace, the pressure to treat them as equals, along with the overzealous concern about sexual harassment issues have essentially caused many men to revert back to frightened adolescents when it comes to sex. They are essentially afraid to use their masculine assertiveness, afraid of offending, afraid of rejection, and afraid of being sued, for that matter.
So, as with everything else, women today want it all. While they appreciate the equal treatment and modern rights and freedoms today’s women have, they also find themselves desiring to, at times, again be that submissive woman who is deliciously dominated by a strong, sexually assertive male who takes care of all of her needs, sexual and otherwise.
I have no idea how it is for those truly engaging in the submissive lifestyle role, but I think that for women merely enjoying reading the fantasy of such a lifestyle, it is for them a beautiful escape, more than even the general reading of a story provides, for if she really is able to put herself in the character’s place, she rids herself of the stress and pressures of responsibilities which most women in today’s world find themselves burdened with. To imagine being a woman whose sole responsibility is to please a  beautiful man who in turn treasures her and takes care of needs she didn’t realise she even had surely is an appealing prospect! It’s like taking the former glory of the Harlequin romance novel days and modernizing it to address the more varied and oft neglected needs of today’s women. 

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