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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

AUTHOR INTERVIEW AKM MILES

Welcome everyone to the author interview Wednesday! My guest today is AKM Miles. It's so wonderful to have you here AKM, thanks for taking the time to do the interview! Let's get started.
1.  Who is AKM Miles? Tell us about yourself.
I am a retired special ed teacher who has loved reading since I was an elementary student. I read voraciously, though lately I’ve read 90+% M/M. I have many friends, some of them know and approve of my new career. I started writing five years after I retired from teaching.  I lost my mother to heart disease last month and that has left a huge hole in my own heart and life. She loved my writing and was a huge support. I love writing gay romance. I love reading gay romance. I like it when there is a little intrigue involved. I don’t like scary, just mystery. Love cops, cowboys, shifters, vamps, etc. It goes on. I like contemporary…and historical. As long as there are men in love, I’m in.
I’m also a photographer and have lots to do with that. I’m not professional, but I do a lot of work for others…and myself.
2.   When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
Early on. Had a story in the high school newspaper. Have two het novels that never did anything. It was when I became interested in gay lit that it all came together for me.
3.   Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
I went to a drag show and during a break I saw a couple dancing. You can find the scene in my first book, though it’s at a bar. The smaller guy was wrapped around the larger one and his hands were clenched tightly in his partner’s shirt. He was not letting go. It touched me. I thought, “You need a story.” It ended up being just a small scene, but it got in there. That’s what really started it for me. This was after seeing and then reading Brokeback Mountain and being so touched by it.
4.   Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
Mostly in my head. I think of something and then I might see someone and think that he would be a good match for what I’ve been thinking about. Things like that. I wanted to do one about truck drivers to show how hard working and smart they are, for my brother. I wanted to write one about bullying…because it needed to be written. That one is For Gom’s Sake, and the YA version, Undercover Assignment. I get ideas from people I see or know, events that I can twist to fit a story line, etc.
5.  What made you chose to write contemporary, erotic gay literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
No. I’m happy writing what I write. I’m not interested in fantasy or futuristic or fear, lots of f’s there. I’m happy writing contemporary.
6.   Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
Most of the time, the character is first, maybe with a partial plot. The title just comes to me sometimes at first and sometimes later.
7.   What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
Middle, I guess. I get started and get my characters set and then into the story and may take a pause to decided where I’m going. The ending usually writes itself naturally from the story.
8.   Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
Yes. I was a teacher. I saw bullying, teasing, taunting. I use things I’ve gone through or seen in life to add a sense of realness to a story. I think it’s the little things in a book that make it real for someone.
9.   Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
You’re right. It’s hard. Sometimes I have it in my mind ahead of time how these two are going to get along together in intimate situations. Sometimes I have to just make myself get it done so I can get on with the story. Don’t get me wrong, I like the sex in the books, but I don’t want it to be every other page and the focal point for the characters.
10.   Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
 I’ll tell you a secret. I used to always say that what turned me on in a sex scene is when they talk to each other. I’d rather read one page of a love scene where they converse, laugh, tease, etc. than read three pages of prose where he put this here and turned and felt that and reached for that…dull. It’s the personalities and the joy in each other that makes it hot for me. I like it open and sexy sweet. I don’t want it left to the imagination completely like books used to do when I was reading years ago, leaving you at the bedroom door, but I like it to be done with love and caring, not just fu…uh, screwing. In my books, it’s making love, not porn. I hope.

11.   Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
A mixture. Jamie, from Love, Jamie is based on a tech that worked with my mother a few years ago in a rehab center. He was Jamie all over. He had these LOL’s (little old ladies) in the palm of his gorgeous hands. He treated them with such care and flirted with them and made sure they were comfortable, etc. Soldier? Totally made up. So, they come up either way. I have notes on my computer that are ideas for future books. I have a really hard time getting to new ones, because I tend to put such neat characters in each story that need their own story, so I end up doing sequels a lot.
12.   Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
Soldier/Gom. I had to say both of them because it’s a father son pairing that go together. Gom is featured heavily in Soldier and Soldier is a strong presence in For Gom’s Sake. These characters are my most-loved by both myself and my fans. I will be revisiting them in the future.
13.   Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
My latest release was For Gom’s Sake and then the YA version of it, Undercover Assignment. It deals with teen bullying. Here’s the  blurb that works for both.
Gom Marsh liked knowing that the work he did as an undercover cop, enrolling into high schools to assist the staff in cases of extreme bullying, made a difference. It was rewarding, but often heartbreaking, work. When a new man, Casey Tanner, comes into his life, his heart is immediately engaged. Is he about to find the happiness he’s always longed for? He’s excited by the possibilities, but Casey doesn’t like to be touched. That could be a problem. These two young men’s lives become as intricately entwined as the cases that Gom finds himself involved in throughout the story.
14.   What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
What I’m working on now is a sequel to Take It EASY. It is Daniel’s story and it is titled Take It Slow. It deals with the rescue and subsequent establishing of relationships for Daniel who has gone through two years of hell. The bond between he and his dad was broken and to get it back they will have to take it slow…  When? I’ve been away from it for the last month due to my mother’s health and now her passing. I'm back to it now. I need to get it done this summer so I can do Trick’s story, from For Gom’s Sake, before December. I also need to work on Mark and Wade’s story from Love, Grant. I have lots to work on.
15.   How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.
Twenty and counting.
                   Novels at Torquere Press
Smart Alex, Dare To, Brackets, Take it EASY, and Tommy’s Story (The Six of Pentacles)
                 Short Stories at Torquere Press
Uniforms, Dare’s Christmas Gift, Magic Happens, Between Us, Between Us Two, The Only Thing That Matters
                  Novels at Total-E-Bound
Love, Jamie   Love, Grant   Too Keen
                   Short Stories at Total-E-Bound
Bought and Paid For
                  Novels at MLR Press
Stone Canyon, Cold Winters, Soldier, For Gom’s Sake
                   Short Stories at Silver Publishing
Something for Santa
16.   Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
I would love to be making a living at writing. In other words, I want to write more, and always better, books. I would like to produce more work than I am able to do now. Things will settle down soon and I can focus on writing. I miss getting lost in the stories. I have ideas for several books and I’m looking forward to getting them done and sent in. I’d like to write them just like I read them, one right after the other. Because, another secret? I’m not one that can have four or five going at the same time. I write one and then start another. Maybe that’s something I could work on, huh?


Purchase Links:
FOR GOM'S SAKE
http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=AKM_GOMS


SOLDIER
http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?book=AKMSOLDR


UNDERCOVER ASSIGNMENT
http://www.featherweightpublishing.com/ShowBook.php?YA=AKM_UNDERCOVER


AKM Miles Link:
http://www.akmmiles.com
Thanks for stopping AKM, you do a great interview! I wish you the very best for the future!
Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne ^_^!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

UPDATE

It's been a very busy and long weekend. Normally, I would've posted on Monday but due to the school year coming to end, appointments, writing and other projects, I'm afraid I didn't have the time to set up a post, sweeties. My apologies, life gets in the way. Tonight will be a brief update of what's coming within the remainder of this week. Summer is upon us, well it's supposed to be unless you consider the weather...anyway, tomorrow June 29 author AK Miles will be here, and July 1 Edward should be here with another post, and on July 2nd BL Morticia is back.

June 29th I'm posting @ IRM http://rainingmenamen.blogspot.com/

Of course, every day there's something new posted @ RLJ http://redlipstickjournals.blogspot.com/ (make sure to check it out).

By the weekend I'll be posting the updated monthly calendar! As usual, I've added another great picture just as eye candy. Have a great evening!

Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne ^_^!!


Friday, June 24, 2011

INTERVIEW AUTHOR LIZ STRANGE

Today I'm @ RLJ and decided to post a very special guest spot. Author Liz Strange is a hard working woman on a mission! She writes paranormal/horror/fantasy erotica. Please give her a warm welcome to BRB!


Who is, Liz Strange?
I am a single mom, a hospital secretary and an author of paranormal, horror and fantasy fiction. I love scary movies, sci-fi and am a huge history/mythology nerd.


When did you know you wanted to become a writer?
I think I always wanted to be a writer, but never thought I would actually do it as a profession. My mother says I used to dictate books to her before I could physically write them down myself.


Who and/or what prompted you to write your first novel?
To be honest, a not-so-pleasant life circumstance prompted me to start doing the things I wanted to do. I figured I’d never know if I could get published until I tried, and I really had nothing to lose.

Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
I find inspiration from many things- music, books, movies, art, myths/legend.

What made you chose to write erotic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?
This is my first erotic novel, and the image of an angel and a vampire kept coming back to me. It was so vivid I knew I had to write about it. I write in the paranormal/fantasy/horror genres mainly, though I have sold a mystery which will be available soon.

Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?
A new project always comes to me as an overview of the story, sometime just a specific scene or image. I go from there to develop the characters, backstory, etc.

What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?
I think the beginning. Finding the perfect place to start and a great way to engage the reader is always difficult.

Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?
I like to think that the central female character in The Dark Kiss Trilogy is a fictionalized version of myself. As writers, I believe it’s difficult not to let some of your own life and experiences seep into your stories.

Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
I do find writing sex scenes difficult, not because I’m squeamish or a prude, but more in making them real to the reader. Just like any other part of your story you want the reader to be drawn in and experience what the characters are feeling.

Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
I am definitely a less is more kind of girl when I write, but that’d not to say I can’t write more explicitly. I just released my first erotic fantasy, and let’s just say its a lot more in depth than I’ve ever gone before.

Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?
My characters are fictitious, but I do like to give them attributes or mannerisms of people I know to make them more real.

Who is your favorite character, which you’ve created? And why?
I would have to say Giovanni. He’s sort of my “dream guy”, mixed with my love of horror and dark fantasy.

Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.
The Embrace of Life and Death:

Kieran is a hundred-and-twenty-year-old immortal, originally hailing from the harsh, famine-stricken life of 1880s Ireland. He has surpassed death and thrived, gaining wealth, power and knowledge. Azrael is the angel of death, but his mission is far from ominous. He is the protector of the grief-stricken, and the champion of lost souls. The two are polar opposites in mission and nature, yet are inexplicably drawn to one another.

The Supreme One sees all, and when he discovers the truth about the relationship he is enraged. Their commitment to be together must be stronger than his determination to keep them apart.

What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?
I am just beginning the edits on a mystery, the first one I’ve ever written. I expect it will be released sometime in the next 5-6 months.

Just for fun–What is your favourite colour(s)? 
Green.

Which do you prefer a great hero or a great villain? 
A great villain.

What is your favourite movie, and why? 
Ladyhawke. Reason? Rutger Hauer, of course.

If you could be anyone in the world who would it be? 
Oh, that’s a hard one. Maybe Cleopatra?

Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
I hope that I am still writing, and that it’s become more of a full-time gig. Nothing would be better than making a living from something I love doing.


Website: http://www.lizstrange.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/LizStrangeVamp
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3360700.Liz_Strange


MLR Press: http://www.mlrbooks.com/ShowBook.php?=LSEMBRAC
Amazon: 
http://www.amazon.com/Embrace-Life-Death-Dark-ebook/dp/B005501N4C/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1308616054&sr=1-6


Thanks for doing the interview, Liz! Very awesome! I wish you the best for the future! Have a great weekend everyone. I'll be posting June 27! I didn't think anyone else knew who Rutger Hauer is - that's so cool. Love him too!


Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne! ^_^!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

INTERVIEW AUTHORS K.PIET & S.L. ARMSTRONG

Hi sweeties! I'm very excited today because I've got a unique interview - not one but two fantabulous authors, who write as a duo. It's rare that you see a pair of authors, individuals, who compliment and work so well together. **the crowd roars** LOL Please welcome K.Piet and S.L. Armstrong to BRB!

Who are K. Piet and S.L. Armstrong?

[S.L.] I’m a wife and mother to seven cats and two dogs. I live in the hell known as Florida, but I long to live in a state where four distinct seasons exist. I’ve been writing since grade school, and I love to read. Most of my day is spent writing, reading, or interacting with readers and authors. I’m also a publisher, and own Storm Moon Press with K. Piet and my husband, and I’m very proud of what we accomplish there.

[K.] I'm a writer and massage therapist on the move! I grew up in Northern Arizona, but I'll be moving down to Florida to help run Storm Moon Press in closer proximity in the next couple weeks, which has me incredibly excited! In addition to my love for writing—which only truly developed once I hit college—I have a passion for therapeutic bodywork and a bit of an obsession with Cirque du Soleil and circus arts in general. I always strive for balance between my artistic and scientific sides.

How did you meet? And what prompted your collaboration?

[S.L.] We met through fanfiction, actually. I wrote heavily in a particular fandom K. read in, and she contacted me about my work. A friendship was struck then. A few years later, we began collaborating on fanfiction until I thought it was a silly idea, that we should be working together to make a living out of the writing, and we began our professional relationship then.

[K.] At that point, I was just finishing up my college education in Kinesiology (basically the study of human body movement). I hadn't truly dreamed of being a writer, but damn if the writing bug didn't bite me hard! Once we had that first original idea, it was followed by another and another. We both love what we do so much that I know we'll never turn back.

Where and/or how do you both find the greatest inspiration?

[S.L] Everything inspires me. It might be cliché to say that, but it’s true. Television, books, music, conversation, a drive in the car… I’ll find inspiration everywhere. If I had to pick one main source, I think it would be music. Music sparks the plot bunnies like crazy, which is why I always have to be careful about how much music I listen to.

[K.] I have to second S.L. here. Music is definitely a conjuror of vivid ideas for both of us. I occasionally have dreams that give me small elements that I build upon, but inspiration typically strikes me with a great song. Of course, when S.L. brings ideas to me, they instantly take hold and refuse to let go.

What made you chose to write gay erotic literature in particular? 

[S.L.] I’m not quite sure. When I began writing, it was actually lesbian erotica that I was writing, but about two years into that, I was introduced to gay erotica and just… bam! It all connected in my head. I loved writing men, men in love, men having sex, and men confronting themselves, society, and every manner of obstacle I could throw their way. Gay erotica certainly isn’t the only thing I write, but it’s what I always come back to and take the greatest pleasure in.

[K.] For me, it ended up flowing very naturally. The first erotic material I read revolved around men, and it drew me in instantly. I would read stories online for hours on end, and that eventually led me to S.L. in the first place. When I took the step to write, I knew writing relationships between men—with all their trials and tribulations—would be the proverbial wellspring of inspiration that would never run dry. While I have been expanding to many other erotic configurations, I know I'll always return to gay erotica. I'm hooked!

What made you chose to write erotic literature in particular? And is there any other genre you’d like to write? And if so, why?

[S.L.] I like sex. I like how personal sex is, how I believe most people are their truest selves in those sexual moments. It gives moments of vulnerability, both emotional and physical, and I like working with that, exploring it. I do want to eventually branch out into some non-erotic works, which would be literary fiction, horror, or fantasy, though right now, I can incorporate those genres into the erotic fiction I write, so I’m pretty content where I am. 

[K.] She pretty much said it all. I'm utterly fascinated by sexuality and all the ways it can play on a person's mental, emotional, and physical reactions to everything around them. I like exploring how those intimate situations affect individuals and, through them, groups or society at large. It never loses its appeal. Like S.L., I'm looking forward to trying out fantasy and also murder/mystery and literary fiction, but even those ideas will likely strike on sexuality, simply because it's a way to expose a character to the core and see what havoc can be created or averted from there.

Which appears first when contemplating a new project: A character, the plot and/or the title?

[S.L.] It tends to go characters, plot, and then title. Characters drive fiction, and so they have to be clear and bright in my mind, and usually the plot coalesces around the same time.

[K.] I sometimes get plot before characters, but plot alone never really gets my creative juices flowing. It's when the characters develop that the plot really takes shape and deepens into something we find worth writing.

What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: Beginning, middle and/or end? Why?

[S.L.] I think it’s the end. I tend to become very invested in the story and characters, so when the end of the story comes, I don’t want to put it down. I want to keep telling the story, follow the characters through every up and down they have. But, all things must end, and so I bow my head in defeat and reluctantly wrap up the lose ends and give that satisfying ending.
[K.] I have a terrible time with beginnings. Those first few lines are just hell for me to get out because I feel such pressure when it comes to drawing a reader in and grabbing their attention. It was never my forte in my public speaking classes, and I still have trouble with it when I write. When those first couple pages are out, things tend to flow a bit better, and I fall into the rhythm.

Has your own life influenced your novels? And if so, how?

[S.L.] My polyamorous marriage has influenced my desire to tell multi-partner relationships, and my own personal experience with BDSM has me always interested in telling stories with BDSM flavors. I intend to, at some point, tell the story of a bipolar main character, as I live with Bipolar I, and I think there should be more positive fictional depictions of main characters with mental disorders.

[K.] My own life really doesn't trickle into my novels much. I'll observe human behaviors that eventually make it into my characters, but I don't pull from my own life very much. I tend to live vicariously through my characters to an extent. They're often involved in plots and relationships I've never experienced. I typically don't have the courage they have.

Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?

[S.L.] Sex isn’t difficult for me to write at all. It can be tricky to write, though, without becoming repetitious or falling into some of the horrible tropes of the genre. I think it’s easier for me to write the more loving, emotional sex scenes than rutting, but I’m getting much better at the rutting thing because I have some pretty wild characters now living firmly in my brain. 

[K.] I don't have much trouble with erotic scenes either. They're a lot of fun for me, and I try to mix things up all the time and introduce new elements in order to keep every scene unique (avoiding the tropes like S.L. said). I have a very vivid imagination, which tends to help.

Do you have a method you use to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?

[S.L.] I think a good fade-to-black scene, or one where it’s entirely focused on the thoughts and emotions of a character, have their place, but I’m partial to the open and bold scenes. I like having the picture painted vividly for me, and so I seek to do that in my own writing. I write what I want to read, quite honestly.

[K.] Same here. A well written fade-to-black can be fulfilling, but I often find myself going, 'And then...? Wait, don't stop there!' while I read, so I'm much more prone to writing boldly about sex. It's an aspect of relationships that I don't like seeing hidden away.

Are your characters based on people you know? Or are they completely fictitious?

[S.L.] Completely fictitious. I’ve yet to incorporate any person I know into one of my stories, and I don’t really think I will.

[K.] I never pull people from real life. Quirks and behaviors, perhaps, but never a full person.

Who is your favourite character, which you’ve created? And why?

[S.L.] Oh, such a horrible and difficult question! I’m still very partial to Kasper from Catalyst, as I spent a long time in his head, breaking him down and building him back up for his story. I also love Justyn and Jasyn, my twins, from a series K. and I are in the process of writing. I have a thing for twins, and when I created Justyn and Jasyn, twins who are one soul in two bodies, I knew they were going to be with me for the long haul. I can’t wait to share their remarkable tale.

[K.] I agree with S.L. This is always one of the most difficult questions to answer! Shame on you! While there are many I adore, the one that springs to mind right now is Darron, an Elf from our Egaea book series that is still being planned out. He's exiled from his House for going against their pacifistic ways during a war, and he struggles with questioning his own worth, his ability to have faith in anything or anyone, and trying to open up when he's closed himself off and kept everyone at bay with an icy demeanor. The intensity of his relationships and his emotional and spiritual entanglements make him endless fun. He's also a kinky bastard, which is always a plus in my book.

Can you tell us about your latest release? Give a synopsis.

[S.L.] Our latest release is a short story in the anthology Wild Passions, which released with Storm Moon Press on June 17th. It’s called Alpha’s Pride and stars Nahele and Alec, humanoid felines who live in our fantasy world of Egaea (also the world where Justyn, Jasyn, and Darron reside). They live in a feral community removed from the primary race of the continent for their own safety, and as Alec comes into his own as an alpha of their race, it puts him at odds with the actual alpha of their tribe, Nahele, and puts strain on their friendship.

[K.] Alec is put in the position of having to defend his new claim on the title of Alpha, and with Nahele so accustomed to being the cat in charge, they're both in for quite a fight. We're also in excellent company with this anthology, and we're happy to give a peek to readers into the Egaea world, in which we have many more stories still to tell.

What’s your newest WIP? And when we can expect a publication date?

[S.L.] That would be Other Side of Night: Bastian & Riley, which is a vampire tale. It’s the first in a series (there are six novellas planned), and it should be out in September from Storm Moon Press. After that, in December, we’ll be releasing a novel entitled Polyfidelity that’s a M/M/M/F story of a triad becoming whole by finding their perfect fourth.

[K.] Following that, we have a broad range of ideas taking shape, from a contemporary M/M western all the way to our take on the biblical figures of Cain and Lilith!

How many novels do you have, that are currently published? Please list all the publishers, so the readers can locate you.

[S.L.] All of our work is published with Storm Moon Press. Very easy to find us. Our current titles are The Keeper, Rachmaninoff, Oneiros and Surrender (which are two short stories from the Cast the Cards anthology), Morningstar, and Catalyst.

[K.] And, of course, our newest short story collaboration, Alpha's Pride, which is in the Wild Passions anthology, also available from Storm Moon Press.

It's my understanding that K. Piet and S.L. Armstrong have started an independent micro-publisher 'Storm Moon Press'. I think this is wonderful and fascinating! So obviously you publish your own novels. Can you tell us a little about your company? Where did the idea come from?

[S.L.] Well, about two years ago, K. and I decided that we wanted to publish our own works. We had a good support structure with a great, honest editor, a typesetter we loved, a cover artist we enjoyed, and we had to skill necessary to publish and market the work. We wanted to receive the greatest financial rewards for all the hard work we put into our own fiction, and we knew we couldn’t get that working with another publisher. We’d lose a lot of the control, and it’s that control we value so much.

Storm Moon Press is an author-centric press. By this we mean the royalties are high, the contracts highly negotiable, we encourage authors who contract with us to give us feedback, our editing is sharp and in depth, and we help our authors with their marketing. We listen carefully to what each author wants for their book and we work with them to produce the best damn books we can. It’s very important to us, as we see publishing as a partnership. We are not an author mill.

Does SMP accept submissions from other authors? And, if so, are you getting a good response?

[S.L.] We do accept submissions from other authors. Right now, we’re working with Angelia Sparrow, Aleksandr Voinov, and Rachel Haimowitz for releases later this year and early next year. We’ve had great responses to our anthologies, and many of those authors have expressed a desire to submit single titles to us. We also understand we’re a press that hasn’t reached its second birthday, and so many authors are still hanging back, waiting to see if we fold or screw up with the handful of authors we currently work with. ϑ I think we’ll win people over, as we’re a rather unique company.

Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years? What are your aspirations for SMP in the future?

[S.L.] My writing career… I would like to see several of my series realized, have a substantive backlist, and have some financial security. For the press, I’d like to see us reach our goal of 24 titles released a year, be a known name in the industry, and a highly recommended boutique press for authors and readers.

[K.] Five to ten years feels like an eternity, but my goals are quite tightly aligned with S.L.'s. I'd love to have a varied and enjoyable backlist and make enough to take a bit of pressure off my need for a day job (even though I love my massage work). With SMP, I'd like to earn a great reputation in our niche market and recommendations from all the authors we work with. This is definitely a business where referrals are key, and I want SMP to be known for quality fiction and quality relations within our company.

Thank you so much for interviewing us! It's always a joy to share more information about our writing and Storm Moon Press. We hope everyone has enjoyed it and will check us out over at www.stormmoonpress.com We have some great things in store for the rest of 2011!

My pleasure ladies. Wow what a great interview! I wish you the best of success for the future! June 24 I've got a special guest, author Liz Strange. Also on June 24 I'm at RLJ - and I think I'm going to Vamp it up a notch!

Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne ^_^!!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

Everybody has one, no not an ipad, your father, geesh! LOL Did you do anything special with Dad today? My father is a four hour drive away and it wasn't feasible for me to visit, so I phoned instead. We talked for about thirty minutes. I couldn't send a card due to the postal strike. Nothing is moving in this country right now. 

Anyway, my father was fine, his usual sarcastic and chipper self. I swear, not much hasn't changed since I was a child, maybe he's a little grumpier, but that's pretty much it. He was the type to laugh at you when you fell down. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't sadistic... Okay, maybe he was... LOL Seriously, he's a good man, loving and always treated us fair and with respect, but his humour...well it was sick and dark! And unfortunately the legacy has continued, I'm exactly the same and now my children are twisted. 

The best way to describe my father, have you ever watched 'That Seventies Show' and if you have, you're familiar with Red Foreman. Red Foreman...that's my dad. Yep, damned close anyway. My dad used to say things like: "The only reason I had children was so I could laugh every day." "I'm not racist, I think everyone should own a colour TV." "Did I ever tell you, you're my favourite daughter?" (I am his only daughter) I can't count how many times people hung up when he answered the phone. "Pearse's mortuary - you stab 'em, we slab 'em." And a personal favourite. My dad has no patience when behind the wheel, and this happened on regular basis, he'd shake his fist out the window and yell, "You @#$@ philimonickpeckalumar." Don't ask me what it means, but I think it was a code word for something real bad. 

He had many other quotes but they aren't suitable for my blog or your eyes. LOL Life with my father was interesting to say the least and there was never a dull moment. Love you, dad.

My husband's a father too, so my children and I took him out for brunch today, bought him some tools and showered him with our love and affection. Sadly, his son didn't phone him. There are issues there. Now I'll call my brothers, since they are father figures as well. I hope everyone has a great day with Dad!

Author K.Piet is here on June 22! June 24 I'm at RLJ and I'm not sure if I've got another author post for Friday or not, it will be a surprise! Today I'm at Kharisma's blog too! http://kharismarhayne.blogspot.com/
Happy Yaoi Hunting
Blak Rayne ^_^!!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

THE VOYEUR INSIDE



Greetings readers and welcome to another post at Blak Rayne’s! Today, I want to talk about the voyeur, the person who wants to watch someone or a few people go at it. We’ve done a lot on the exhibitionists view but what about that peeping Tom or Tammy?

Is he or she enjoying what they’re looking at? Is the attitude more like, oh I’m watching a train wreck, can’t help myself or is it that the person is so intrigued and titillated they can’t help from looking?

I myself am a voyeur. I enjoy looking at people when they display affection towards one another. Whether it be a man and woman, man/man, female/female, doesn’t matter. I love picking up the cues of their reactions, how their fingers tangle while trying to stay discreet in a public place. It always gets me hot to see them give into their desires and much of the reason I write erotica is because I love creating a scene from memory of something I’ve done and or seen.

Here’s a wicked scene from a story already published in the STARbooks Rock and Roll Over anthology called, The Wretched: The Tales of Lust Liquor, and Cannabis. Michael and I actually wrote this as a team with me being primarily responsible for this part.

The Wretched is a fictional band we’ve created that’s taking the metal music world by storm. While they’re on tour, their sexual exploits would shock many, especially if they knew that three of the men in the band were bi.

In this segment, Corey, the bassist, and Bryan, the drummer, engage in some fun with two very lucky fans. Those fans are actually Jason and David from Michael’s story, A Different Kind of Family Portrait.  While all are indulging in some hot man times 4 action, lead singer Nicolai can’t help but look on.

Here’s a snippet.

Available in paperback at Starbooks Press Amazon, and B&N also in Kindle.

After almost an hour of chatting and laughing, I walked to my bunk grabbing lube and condoms to get everything going. When I appeared in front of them with necessities in hand, all of them smiled up at me, knowing exactly what time it was. 

The moment I sat back down, David enveloped my lips with his, sending shocks through my body, making my cock instantly erect. I tossed our party favors on the floor, pulling David closer to me. Bryan put his hand in my zipper taking my dick out. Within minutes, Bryans’ mouth swallowed me fully while his hand worked on my balls.

“Damn, ahh…” I whispered as David kneaded my neck before engulfing my lips again.

I heard footsteps walk on the bus but I didn’t look to see who was there. Right then, I was in a trance feeling Bryan down below and David on my lips.

Seconds later, I felt another mouth on my nuts. I stretched both my arms out to push both heads further into my crotch. David released my lips before pushing my head a little to the right to kiss my neck. I looked down watching Jason and Bryan suck my dick with reckless abandon.

“Fuck…ahh…” I breathed pulling up my shirt, pinching my own nipple. David leaned down taking the other in his mouth, nibbling hard which I loved.

For a moment, I leaned back closing my eyes. Right then, I felt as if we were being observed. Whoever it was, they came on the bus and never left.

Curiosity got the best of me and I opened my eyes searching the room through the drug and sex haze to see who our observer was. As all three of my lovers for tonight proceeded to ravage my body, my eyes met the beautiful greens of Nicolai.

I nodded and pulled David’s head back up to meet mine. Knowing that Nicolai was standing there made this moment even more exciting.

Only a few moments passed before I heard Bryan get up and move the table. Jason took my length in his mouth, licking while grazing it with his teeth. I let my fingers tangle in his brown locks as my other hand had a firm hold on David’s neck.

“Shit…” I mouthed peering into David’s gorgeous blue eyes. I looked back over at Nicolai, who was still there out of everyone’s sight but mine.

Ready for more, I took my shirt off. Reaching for Jason, I grasped his shoulders as he looked up before joining me for a kiss. His lips were wet with my pre cum inciting me to force my tongue into his mouth. David united his with ours making this occasion even more mind blowing.

“Damn, that’s hot.” Bryan said while he stripped his clothes off.

I chuckled as I leaned back watching David and Jason continue to engulf one another. Nothing was hotter to me than seeing two men kiss intimately especially when they were hot like them.

“Ahem, gentlemen, please.” Said the now undressed, Bryan waving his hand to the blanketed spot he had cleared on the floor.

Chuckling, all of us got up shedding our clothes. I made sure that I stayed in the same spot so I could view Nicolai hiding behind the curtain.

The minute I sat on the floor, Bryan consumed my lips, while David and Jason were giving me head.

“Isn’t this fun, baby?” Bryan whispered while combing my locks with his fingers.

“Mhmmm…” I groaned as I had one eye peeking at our one-man audience.

Bryan reached for the condom and lube with our mouths still attached. He opened the bottle, squeezing some on his hand.

I smiled as Bryan began priming himself for me. My eyes dropped to his lovely dick, dripping with pre passion juice. Thirsty, I knelt down taking him into my mouth. David and Jason adjusted themselves so they could continue devouring me.

As I sucked him, I looked at his eyes roll in the back of his head. “Fuck…” he yelled as I nuzzled him.
Out the corner of my eye, I saw David get up and grab the bottle. Once he had it, he began preparing his ass for entry. Jason stroked me while grasping his own hard one.

“Ahhh…” Jason sighed as David knelt in front of him, taking Jason’s meat between his lips.

“Shit, baby I’m ready. Can’t wait any longer, I want you inside me now.” Bryan breathed.

I stopped sucking Bryan, leaning towards Jason giving him a quick kiss. He accepted while removing his hand from between my thighs.

Afterwards, I took a quick look at Nicolai rubbing himself in the shadows. I smirked at him as Bryan bent over in front of me. While putting the latex on, I licked my lips in his direction teasing him.

He returned my look with a wry smile, still grabbing his own hardness. He mouthed, “Your ass is mine later.”
BL Morticia


Thanks for the great post, BL! It's always wonderful to have you. Today I've swapped blogs once again and I'm at http://tabooindeed.blogspot.com/  Tomorrow, I'm at a brand new blog Kharisma Rhayne  invited me to do this very unique interview, hope you can check it out. 
Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne ^_^!!