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Sunday, January 15, 2012


Muse Blog Post – Cody McCayne
Learning Lessons

Greetings fans. Welcome to today’s post at Blak Rayne’s. I’m BLMorticia and instead of me running my mouth, I, the muse, are allowing my character or muse to speak today.

Since book one of my series, You Don’t Ask We Don’t Tell is due out on February 3rd, I decided to invite my main character to speak today about his role in the book and tell you how he progressed in the story.

Please welcome, Cody McCayne

Thanks BL. *sits on the couch* During the course of a story, a character is expected to do certain things. Whether it’s be the hero and save the town, be the villain and try killing the hero, falling in love with someone or learning how to love. Well, I can say in the book Basic Training of You Don’t Ask, I definitely learn a lesson and that’s how to love myself first.

Without telling you too much about the story, I’m faced with several obstacles; my family, my so called friends, as well as my own personal demons to achieve the desired goal. Throughout, I succumbed to the pressures and dealt with them the only way I knew how but in the end, I learned not to be pressured into doing something a certain way just because of what family or peers said. I figured out that my opinion mattered more than most and that my decisions would be the ones that carried me through life and not those people made for me.

As you travel through the book, you’ll see the important lessons I’ve learned and if I made the right choices. Even in the end, when faced with adversity, did I stand my ground or waver because of the pressure.

So much happens in those pages and when the writer sits down and has an idea, they might figure out the morals or lessons learned to build the plot. It definitely happened here and hopefully you’ll see though BL’s very humorous story, what journey I took to get to my desired result.

Look for the book to come out February 3rd from Rebel Ink Press, You Don’t Ask, We Don’t Tell Book One Basic Training. An m/m romantic comedy with snark and drama.

Thanks Cody and thanks to Blak for letting us drop in!

BIO: BLMorticia considers herself the snarky and wicked side of author Sharita Lira so expect her to tap into the taboo and unleash her fantasies on the world through her words. When not writing, she does biweekly posts at fellow author Blak Rayne’s blog, posts with Rawiya at Erotic Diaries and a feature with fellow Rebel Cassandre Dayne called the Wicked Women Wednesdays.

For more information, please visit, http://www.thelitriad.com and to ask any questions, email srlmort71@gmail.com

Coming Feb 3, 2012 BLMorticia with her snarky series about a man looking to shed his "gayness" The Army's the place to get right, right? Think again!

Overall Blurb

A gay curious young man whose fell over the fence more than a couple of times is seeking the armed forces to become more of a straight man under the duress of his family. He leaves behind his on and off again lover, Dari Kirk.

At the local recruiter’s office, he meets Corporal Justin Belvidere who can tell he’s hiding something. Running away from something he needs. He knows just what training facility to send him to. The one part of the army that everyone knows to be one of the finest and most upstanding platoons in the armed forces but they have hidden secrets.

Captain Morris Dunst runs Army company 9669. A proud group of men known for their tenacity, wit, and strength. He’s produced some of the best soldiers in his ten year tenure, teaching them how to be real men.

That take it all like men.

Cody is unaware he’s stepped into the platoon that makes the gay man realize his true potential as a well adjusted uncloseted male in the homophobic society. Morrie makes sure of that along with his right hand man and boyfriend, Lieutenant Darios Bright.

Cody will walk out of company 9669 with a new outlook and respect for his newfound manhood. The men in the platoon will see to it.

All information in the book about army life is factual while the company itself is all fiction as well as the characters. Its intent is to be humorous while showing the growing pains of a young man as he learns how to accept his homosexuality and the relationship with his lover without fear.

Book One
Basic Training

Book one begins with the introduction of Cody McCayne and his childhood friend Dari Kirk who’ve been having sex on the down low for a while until they’re found out. This scares Cody and he decides to cease their relationship.

Due to the constant taunts and chiding of his father and peers, he decides that joining the army is the answer for him to “get right” in his words. He thinks this will dispel his gay persona and make him a real man.

However, during his ten week tenure he’ll meet the characters at Fort Jackson of company 9669, the only all gay and lesbian platoon who operate as straight soldiers by day but play and teach at night. This section is run by Captain Morris Dunst and his lover, first Lieutenant Darios Bright.

Unedited Excerpt Subject to Change

When he straightened the wheel, he got out the truck, sprinting to the place he hoped held his ticket out of here. He opened the doors, letting a couple of army men out before he went in.
“Wow,” he mouthed, glancing about the place as if he were a tourist. Large hallways, cream colored walls with decorative crown molding. The floors were made of linoleum. Everything was so clean. The glare blinded Cody.
His eyes fixed of the small line of men huddled together to hand their papers to a soldier sitting behind the desk. Cody tightly gripped the application in his hands.
Do I really want to do this? How will I handle being yelled at by someone basically the whole time I’m there?
Suddenly, young McCayne began to question his decision. He tapped his feet, fumbling with his free fingers as he eyed the men talking with the representative.
Why am I doing this?
Yes, why the fuck was he? Joining the army just so he could gain acceptance? Make his asshole dad proud of him? Would this be worth it?
“Iknowiwantthisiknowihaveto…damnit!” He grit his teeth.
What if he didn’t like army life? What if the captain was an asshole he wouldn’t be able to tolerate?
What am I saying? They’re all assholes. None worse than my dear old dad.
The men in front of him inched closer to the recruiter’s desk.
Cody could feel his palms sweating along with his brow.
What the fuck? I need to man up. That’s my whole reason for doing this right?
He straightened his shoulders and cleared his throat.
Only one more ahead of me. I can do this!
The young man shrugged his shoulders and gulped hard. He stuffed one hand in his pocket and eyes darted from left to right.
Oh my fuckin’ God, I’m gonna…
“Next!” The man in front of him moved away and suddenly it was Cody’s turn. “Yes…um…Sir?”
The guy behind the desk gave him a wry smile. “Yeah, you ready to come serve your country, boy?” He has a slight southern accent and piercing blue eyes.
Damn, the man is hot.

Thanks for the great post, BL! All the best with the forthcoming release. Also, tonight I've posted an interview with the awesome book cover designer, Reese Dante @ RLJ. So stop in and give this phenomenal artist a look! Have a great Monday, sweeties!
Happy Yaoi Hunting!
Blak Rayne