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Friday, January 18, 2019

Blast from the Past! #mustread #LGBTQ #mmromance #short

The Jock

 ‘Time is evanescent. Memories are forever.’

Stuck in a traffic jam on the highway, in the middle of a record-breaking heat wave, Adrian Greene has more on his fevered mind than praying for rain and getting home. With little else to do, his thoughts stray to a better time in his life—his youth and an adventurous three years spent with his first boyfriend. If there’s one thing he longs for, it’s a chance to relive it all.


I avoided Tim for days afterwardthe cafeteriaanywhere I happened to see him, or hear his voice. Until we met up in science class and I had nowhere left to run. Mr. Gilchrist wouldn’t allow anyone to swap partners, even though I told him it was a life-or-death situation. He just glared, pointing to the back of the classroom. I edged along the wall, avoiding everyone’s prying stares and slumped into the chair next to Tim, dumping my notebook on the table.
“It’s been a while,” he murmured, below the teacher’s announcements.
I refused to answer him and took out my pen.
“Sooner or later you’ve got to speak to me.” Sitting erect, he flipped open the science book. “We’re partners and we’ve got a project to do.”
He placed the book between us, and his hand brushed mine. I flashed a timid grin at him and he smiled. Why did he have to be attractive and the sole object of my carnal desire?
We read the next chapter in the textbook and discussed what we’d do for the project. The time went quickly, and before the class ended, we were putting together the fragmented pieces of our friendship. We talked about our parents and music, and sports, not that I had any real interest, however, we did avoid the “lump under my chip bag” topic.
The bell rang.
Tim shot to his feet and slipped me a piece of paper from his notebook. “Read it when you get home.”
“Huh?” I started to unfold it and he snatched it from my grasp.
“Didn’t you hear me? Not here, Adrian, okay?” He glanced about, lowering his voice. “Promise me.”
“Ah…okay.” I stuffed the paper in a rear pocket.
“See you tomorrow!”
And with that, he was gone like a bullet, the first out of the classroom. Guys didn’t write guys notes, not usually anyway, so naturally, he’d piqued my curiosity. Floating from the room wearing a grin, I wove through the oncoming maze of students. Outside, my mother had parked along the curb, across the street in the shade of a maple tree. She waved and smiled.
“How was your day?” She started the car.
“Good!” I clicked the seat belt and then lifted my rump to get at the note. Apprehensive, though eager, I unfolded the lined piece of paper.
“What’s that?”
“Nothing, just a note from a friend….” I read the first couple sentences and my cheeks flushed. Even though the majority of Timothy’s chicken-scratch handwriting was almost impossible to decipher, ‘fondle your balls’ came across pretty clear. 
She glanced at me. “It must be somethingyour face is red.”
Scrunching the paper, I laughed nervously. My groin ached with sexual arousal. “It sure is hot in here!”
“Is it?”
“Oh yeah, I’m boiling, Mom.” I fanned a hand in front of my face while stuffing the paper back into my pocket.
“Well, turn on the air-conditioning.”
Fiddling with the knobs, I asked, “Is dad home yet?”
“Tomorrow night, honey. Remember?”
“That’s right, ” I said cheerfully. “It’ll be nice to see him.”
“It will be.” She kept her hands at ten and two, never deviating. “You know, you should invite that boy over for dinner tomorrow night.”
She laughed, dithering a little over his name. “Tim, I think. You said he’s new to the school and doesn’t have a lot of friends yet.”
I thought about the letter and whether it would be a wise idea. “I don’t know if he’d want to.”
“It wouldn’t hurt to ask.”

Also by Blak Rayne
The Ideal Side of Love
The Ideal Side of Life
Carson’s Story
Older the Better
The Jock
Tease to Please (multiple authors)
Turkish Delight
Put Your Ho Ho’s On (multiple authors)
Reaper Series
Kiss the Reaper
Maximum Kill
Jack the Anthropophagite
Apprentice Killers
Embrace the Reaper
The Reaper Complete Series
eXtasy Books
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Kick-Ass Characters Every Writer Can Appreciate! #authors #writing #mustread #kickass

Kick-Ass Characters Every Writer Can Appreciate!

Welcome to BRB, everyone! Not only are the following characters memorable but they’re also endearing, and have become some of my personal favourites. Even though in most cases, these characters supposedly play a supporting role, they are integral to each plot. Without them, these stories just wouldn’t be the same. They are unique and provide inspirational templates which any writer can appreciate. Simply put, they’re awesome!

Best Selling Manga Series - Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa
Action-Adventure, Fantasy

The main story goes that after finishing their alchemy training, brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric attempt to bring their mother Trisha back with an alchemy ritual. But the transmutation backfires, and according to the law of alchemy, there is always an equivalent exchange. Edward loses his left leg while Alphonse is dragged through the Gate of Truth. Edward sacrifices his right arm to retrieve Alphonse’s soul, binding it to a suit of armour with a blood seal. There are many interesting characters in this series, but the one I favour is Roy Mustang, a twenty-nine-year-old State Alchemist and Edward’s superior working for the Amestris State Military. He’s a flame alchemist with a checkered past. He can set anything and anyone on fire with the snap of his fingers. His power is kick-ass!

Best Selling Novel SeriesHarry Potter and, well, any of the seven titles by JK Rowling
Urban Fantasy with splashes of the Supernatural and Paranormal

What can I say? Everyone knows Harry Potter, and if they don’t, they’ve haven’t been paying attention to the world of wizardry at all. Honestly, I’m a Tolkien fan by rights, but I still enjoy JK Rowling’s amazing imagination. My favourite character is Professor Severus Snape. Immediately, from the get-go, I sensed there was much more going on with the dark arts teacher. His level-headed, reserved and seemingly uncaring personality didn’t turn me off but intrigued, and I knew nothing could be farther from the true. I watched the movies first then read the books, so my perspective is a bit different from my bestie and her husband who are Potter fanatics (and that’s putting it mildly). Snape is a multilayered character who serves many purposes throughout the overall story arc, and if it wasn’t for him, I don’t think Harry would've survived. Love him!

The Alien Franchise – by Ridley Scott and others…
Science-Fiction Horror

In my humble opinion, the Alien franchise is the finest example of creepy science-fiction. There hasn’t been any movie before or since that’s even come close to obtaining such a cinematic legacy. To this day, Aliens remains hands-down, my favourite sci-fi movie. I watch it probably five times a year—not to mention I’ve got a Queen Alien sitting in my office along with some other little ones. But what really makes this movie…Ellen Ripely and her estrogen loaded battle against the big Ma-Ma alien. An incredible script and amazing CGI (considering the time period) along with Sigourney Weaver’s unforgettable performance made my lifetime. To have a female protagonist, and one that’s tough, intelligent but not egotistical who keeps her femininity intact is wonderful! Ellen Ripely is definitely my hero.

Best Selling Manga SeriesBleach by Tite Kubo
Action-Adventure, Supernatural, maybe even Paranormal

After hotheaded teenager Ichigo Kurosaki obtains the powers of a Soul Reaper (Shinigami ‘Death God’) from another Soul Reaper, Rukia Kuchiki, he inherits his parents’ destiny. But his new powers, come at a price. He takes on Rukia’s job, defending humans from evil spirits and guiding departed souls to the afterlife. This series has several story arcs with an underlying theme. Again, as with any action-adventure type series, there are many characters. Of course, I love Ichigo, who is one of the most powerful characters and main protagonist, but I also have a soft spot for Kisuke Urahara. He is the epitome of intelligence, grace and strength, and at times, he provides a touch of comedic relief. But there is much more to this ex-captain—inventor—scientist—genius. He is a pivotal character and the Ying to Souske Aizen’s Yang, so-to-speak.

So, those are four characters that I appreciate! 

Blak Rayne
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Friday, December 7, 2018

Devil's Claim #giveaway #DemonsAngels #UrbanFantasy #MustRead

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Generations ago, he died for her. Now, it’s her turn.

Pride kept them from looking at one another, but their bodies could not lie. Recognition lived in their souls, rekindling memories of passion, love, betrayal….and death.

Apache Elder Aidan Stringfellow, V, is a very wealthy man with one wish – to free his only son, the brilliant, yet abrasive David, from the curse that has plagued his family for generations.  When his controversial plan for a cure is revealed, shock and disbelief are only the beginning, for David has deadly, yet beguiling secrets of his own.

Choosing to honor Aidan’s wishes, David and Katala unwittingly awaken an ancient evil desperate to lay claim to the last-born Stringfellow – David. The tumultuous consequences of a vengeful pact spanning generations, defies time, tradition, and death itself.

Katala finds herself falling in love with a man whose gaze and touch ignite long-forgotten passion, propelling her to fight for his life. She unearths one devastating clue after another on her winding journey toward the truth, but unseen forces escalate their attack as truth collides with myth. Clinging desperately to her own sanity, she must find a way to reconcile the two, for even her own identity comes into question. Trust no one. Not even David.

Time is running out. Promises will be kept, and if the devil has his way, souls will be claimed.


David hit the button to start his playlist, then turned to face Katala. His speech was halting, but deliberate. “What do you need me to do before we move forward with this agreement?” 
“Where did that come from all of a sudden? A moment ago, we were talking about work.”
Following the wedding, they used most of their extra time moving into a new free-standing flat. Katala had actually taken a six-week leave from work, but cried the night before she had to return. Now, she sat barefoot on the sofa in a long pink cotton gown.
“David, I don’t want to talk about that right now. I hate the way you change the subject in midstream like that. I – I’d just like to know you better. You know, feel more comfortable with you. I don’t want to just have sex because we’re supposed to.”
David’s gaze followed her as she moved closer to him. “What do you need to know?” he asked.
She gave a short laugh. She had to admit, she liked his straightforward manner. Despite her initial distrust, she was beginning to change her mind. One thing she realized she did not have to worry about with him was lies. He was so used to getting his way there was absolutely no guile in him. He simply said ‘I want this or that’, and people did whatever he wanted. She never doubted she would be any different. Honestly, he lit a fire inside her she’d never felt before, but she refused to give in just yet.
“David, I want to know how you feel, what you think, what’s important to you. You know - things that I’m sure most married couples know about each other. Nothing out of the ordinary.”
He smiled. “How about I don’t like waiting. Is that enough about how I feel and what I think?”

Author Interview:

~ Dariel Raye ~

Why do you write?

I write for two main reasons: 
1. Reading has always been one of my favorite things, and I feel gratitude towards authors who offer an escape from the difficulties of real life. I strive to do the same, and in writing, I manage to escape as well.
2. Human and animal rights. Animals and their welfare play a prominent role in my stories, and I am driven to subtly shed light on the dearth of Black and interracial female heroines as standards of beauty and desirability. Too often, people from other cultures don’t realize the lack and the resulting negative impact erasure and subsequent neglect have on us as women.

What genre does most of your work fall under?

Urban fantasy/ paranormal romance. I’m also collaborating on a mystery with Muffy Wilson, and after its release I’m working on a psy-thriller/suspense with romantic elements to be released next year.

Why did you choose that genre?

Feels like home to me. These sub-genres allow my imagination complete freedom, and I can better offer the sense of escape that I’m seeking.

What are some of the drawbacks of this genre?

There are so many creative authors, thinking of something that hasn’t been done to death can be challenging.

What are some of the benefits?

In some ways, the drawbacks are the benefits as well; i.e., accepting the challenge to think outside the box and create yet another world for readers to escape to is exhilarating. I enjoy taking real people who have always considered themselves to be ordinary, and placing them in extraordinary, supernatural situations and environments. It adds even more fire when the “ordinary” person develops strong feelings for a paranormal being, or in some instances finds that they, themselves possess exceptional abilities.

How does your work contribute to the genre?

I write interracial/multicultural characters who are not only dealing with the main plots, romance, and conflict, but there’s always a subplot dealing with a real-life issue such as animal cruelty, human rights issues, and racism. The subplots don’t slap readers in the face and snap them away from their escape, but I like to think they shed light on issues that might not have been considered in the same way before.
What would the title of your life story be? And why?

Driven. I’ve always felt driven to do something with the gifts God has given me. Now, managing chronic illness along with daily pain and numerous surgical procedures, has added a level of urgency because I’m constantly faced with my own mortality.

Besides writing, what other creative passions do you have?

Music and art. I also love dance, but with my tomboy roots, I’m about as graceful as a donkey.

Which quote best sums up your writing style?

“Strong heroines, badass heroes, fast-paced, action packed…lots of twists and turns…filled with romance, suspense, and drama…”
Totally Addicted 2 Reading

Tell us about your background and education?

My degrees are in music (piano and vocal performance), counseling psychology (mental health, substance abuse, and career decisions), and I have all but dissertation (ABD due to illness) towards my Ph.D. Along the way, I’ve taught every academic subject, private piano and voice lessons, and worked from child support investigations to mental health and substance abuse therapy to band director and college career counselor. It’s been an interesting journey so far.

Which are your three favorites?

Whichever story I’m writing at the moment. Right now, it would have to be “Devil’s Claim,” from the “Wings of the Wicked” boxed set, “Dangerous Beauty, Sexy Beast,” and “Dark Opius,” a Cursed Angel story from the Charmed Legacy.

What writing advice would you give to yourself prior to completing your first novel?

Write at least 2 books of an entire series before releasing the first one, then release them 2-months apart. That way, by the time people start to forget, there’s another one in the wind. Wish I’d taken that advice.
About the Author:
Dariel Raye, an author, musician, counseling psychologist, and animal rights activist, writes interracial/multicultural paranormal romance and dark urban fantasy featuring shifters, Nephilim, angels, and reluctant demons, all filled with action, alpha heroes, and strong heroines. As a child, she could always be found curled up with her dogs, cats, and a good book, even if the book was a dictionary or encyclopedia. Things have not changed much.
Dariel is a classically trained soprano and plays more than 11 musical instruments. She also completed coursework and passed comprehensives for a Ph.D. in Instructional Design (ABD), teaches piano and voice, tutors writing, algebra, and statistics, and readily admits to being a Netflix paranormal and action series binge-watcher. For more about Dariel, join her VIP Readers’ club, follow her on BookBub, or visit her website.

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Author Interview:

~ Muffy Wilson ~

Who is Muffy Wilson in her own words?

I am a wife, mother, daughter and sister first and an author of provocative romance about love, sex, hope and passion second. I was born in Texas to traditional parents. With two older brothers. I was the youngest, the family "princess," indulged and pampered. My father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required our family to travel extensively. I spent my formative years in Europe and 'came of age' in France (a state of affairs that gave my father much cause for concern one loooong summer on the Italian Riviera!) which forged my joie de vivre and love for books, writing and education. I liked Aldo a lot then too.

What is one thing you would like the world to remember you for?

I am a simple person. I would like to be remembered as a good person, loving wife and nurturing mother. I never met a stranger nor turned anyone away that needed help. And I have tried hard to learn from my mistakes but I am not always successful in that endeavor!

What got you into writing?

An old boyfriend from high school.  We reconnected after all these years and he writes self-help real estate books. And I was selling real estate on the side, so we still had a lot in common. That said, I took a significant departure from self-help to provocative and paranormal romance.

Are you a full-time author or do you have a day job as well, and if so, what do you do?

When I first started writing fiction in 2010, I was still working (I was a Regional Director for IBM, owned a resort on Washington Island, Wisconsin, and have been a General Manager for high end retail furniture) but I have since retired and devote most of my free time to writing, my family, my pups and anything that will keep me from doing any housework!!

Where do you get your greatest ideas for writing?

My story lines come my life and from ordinary people: watching them, listening to them, talking to them about dreams, romance, passions ~ about their regrets and when they lost their heart, their virginity...a loved one. And then, somehow magically, I'll have a dream on one of those many nights I cannot sleep and a story title will come to me. It always starts with the title for me. Always. That's the piece that takes root, grabs me and blossoms.

What is your ‘Writing Routine’, if any?

I sit in the living room with my husband, when he does his crossword puzzles, and I write. And write. And write. His questions about clues and comments about the news or a movie often go unanswered when I am in the "zone".

Tell us a saucy/intimate/personal story about yourself.

Well, I was almost 36 when I got married. A child of the 60's anf 70's, I had a very free way of thinking about men. I thought men were healthy--at least for me. Since I worked in a man's business world, I lived my life much as men do when it comes to romance. And when I met the man that would steal my heart, I never looked back.

What are your Top (10?) Writing Tips? Writing Advice?

  1. Never start with a prologue or the weather, but start.
  2. Don’t worry if your first draft is any good; it won’t be. just start.
  3. Write every day, at the same time for the same length of time. Self-disciple is only a routine. But you gotta start…So start.
  4. Write what you would like to read, from your heart. And start.
  5. Allow yourself to change your mind. Change is a reflection of inspiration. A new perspective. But start.
  6. Name your work immediately and give it life, honor, position, credibility, purpose. You’ve started!
  7. Keep notes of anything favorite, interesting, or inspiring: names, titles, phrases, descriptions, music.
  8. Each new voice requires a new paragraph. If you must, only use “said”. Anything else is "fluff" wastes ink pretentiously. I'm still learning that one! Get started!
  9. Be kind to yourself. Your work may not be great or Nobel material, but it is yours. Accept that your voice will change and evolve, but it is still yours. Start!
  10. There is no secret to writing. But there is an enemy — procrastination. Just start… Always start.
About the Author:

Muffy Wilson is a USA Today Bestselling and 2017 SWFRW Joyce Henderson First Place Paranormal Award-Winning author of provocative, paranormal, and fantasy romance. An American author of the popular Shadow Seduction Series, The Heart Series, and Ribbons of Moonlight Series, she has penned dozens of other books and anthology collections. 
Muffy’s father was a career Colonel and pilot in the U.S. Air Force which required the family to travel extensively. Muffy spent her formative years in Europe and 'came of age' in France forging her joie de vivre and love for books and writing. Married and living in the tropical paradise of SW Florida along the Gulf Coast, Muffy writes and enjoys life in the sun with her husband and wee Havanese pups, Buddy and CoCo Chanel while volunteering as a foster mom to rescued Havanese dogs and puppies through HALO and HRI, both 501c nonprofit charitable organizations.
Join Muffy's mailing list to get the scoop on her new releases and special promotions at www.MuffyWilson.com. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/wilsonmuffy or /MuffyWilson.com and on Twitter at @SexyMuffyWilson. Muffy also blogs daily here: http://muffywilson.blogspot.com ~ Contact Muffy at Muffy@MuffyWilson.com.                                                                            ~ Live, Laugh, Love with Passion

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