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03 June 2011

Welcome special guest: author Blak Rayne

Today we have erotic m/m author author, Blak Rayne, visiting. Her bio: I reside North of Sixty, and yes, I am a woman, wife and mother. Ive been writing and drawing since elementary school, and I love anything that involves the arts. As for family, my daughter is my toughest critic and one of my greatest supports, aside from my husband.

* So,
Blak, what inspired you to become a writer?
My greatest inspiration has and always will be, my own imagination.
* When did you attempt your first story? What length was it? What's become of it?
It may sound cliché but my writing career began at a very young age, actually in elementary school. I wrote a twenty-seven-chapter novel about an all female rock band–their quick rise to stardom then rapid decent due to drug and alcohol abuse. I received acclaim from my grade seven teacher. Then that same teacher took the story and I never saw it again. After that I was reluctant to share anything with anyone (I was right turned-off). But eventually I did return to creative writing in high school. I wrote several short stories, poetry and so on.
* How many stories did you complete before you sold your first?
It depends how you perceive complete. At the time I had close to thirty stories on file–as in, they were written, but nothing was in order, and they needed to be sorted and finalized. I had one story that was finalized, which was the one sold for publication. I know, not very exciting.
* What genre(s) do you write in? What drew you to write in it/them? What’s your favorite genre of all to write in?
Currently I’m an erotic m/m author, and this encompasses futuristic/mystery and action. But I’ve also written hetro romance, YA and fantasy. I enjoy each genre for different reasons. Fantasy will probably remain a personal favourite, but I also love the m/m genre. Oh I don’t know! LOL It’s a tie! I write fantasy because I think it’s the greatest form of escapism. And as for the m/m…there’s something about the man on man theme that just grabs me. It’s hard to explain really. All right, that was a lie! I love the homoerotic romance! There. I said it. **grins** I’ve collected Japanese yaoi since Jesus was a baby and this is probably where the fascination stems from.
* What are the best and worst pieces of writing advice you ever received?
The best piece of advice was from a fellow author (now dear friend), who shall remain nameless. LOL Anyway, she told me– ‘You aren’t obligated to answer to anyone, Blak. Do what you feel is right.’ I took what she said to heart and it’s worked–appreciate her wisdom!
The worst piece of advice was from another author, who shall also remain nameless. He said– ‘If you can’t keep it mainstream, don’t bother.’ It’s variety and something out-of-the-ordinary that has proven to have the greatest success. If every single story in the world was exactly the same or written with the same voice wouldn’t it be boring? I think spice sells and you have to be different, stand out–separate yourself from the crowd!

* How do you celebrate/deal with acceptance/rejection letters?
Acceptance is wonderful–of course, but it’s forced me to rethink and strive for greater improvement. I want each future submission to be better than the last. And as for the ‘rejection letter’, I honestly can’t comment because so far I’ve never received one (though I’m sure my day will come).
* In regard to the book you’re promoting, which actor and actress do you envision playing the roles of your hero and heroine? If there’s a villain or other characters who are pertinent to the story, who would play those parts?
When it comes to my m/m novels in particular, I hate to admit, but I don’t envision any specific actor or actress. My brain doesn’t compute that way. Most of my characters are loosely based either on real people I’ve met and/or known on a personal level throughout my life, the rest are completely fictitious. The characters in my current novel ‘Master of Illusion’ are generally fictitious. Sloan Whelan is a man I’ve dreamt would seduce me all my life! LOL And Vale is the type of man who sparks the jealousy in my heart, because he’s the tart that won over Sloan. Amanda is me to a degree–the woman who is envious of Vale. Anyway, I think you get the picture. Yes, I need to get out of the house more. LOL
* Is it a stand-alone story or part of a series? If it’s part of a series, please list the order the books need to be read in for maximum reading enjoyment.
I always wanted to pen a story with a bounty hunter as the central character and the idea came from personal experience. Years ago, as a teenager, I became unwittingly involved in a love triangle. My boyfriend at that time, who was living with me, was in love with another woman. After the initial discovery of his infidelity I somehow became stupid, and figured if I begged and hung on he eventually ditch her for me. Well I can say, that was a colossal fail! Believe me, I never begged another man ever again. It’s either me or the highway.  So, I became Amanda, Sloan became my boyfriend and Vale was the other woman. LOL Well kind of…
Master of Illusion is the first volume in my Benevolence series. At this point there are three novels in the series which will be released this coming summer. Sadly, my brain won’t stop, and there could end up being a number of subsequent volumes. This series will be published through eXtasy Books. http://www.extasybooks.comMaster of Illusion is due for release on June 15th.
Master of Destruction is due for release on July 15th.
Master of Salvation is due for release on August 15th.
*** Now for some fun info… ***
* What’s your favorite color?
Actually I have three, sapphire blue (my birthstone), black (long time fav) and deep purple (best sexually stimulating colour in the world). Guess what colour is in my bedroom? LOL
* Are you a cat, dog or both kind of person?
Cats, and the fluffier the better! Love longhaired cats.
* If you could live anywhere in the universe, where would it be and why?
A fantasy world, I created within a new series, I aim to have published by next year. And you ask why… Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where they make all the rules! ^_^!!
*** About her book and series… ***
MOI was a bit of difficult ride. As I mentioned, I took the general idea for the book from my own life–that was the easy part. But to build an interesting story with an in-depth plot and make it believable, took some effort. I did a fair amount of research. I also asked those who were knowledgeable on certain subjects to assist with information. For instance, I used Japanese roomaji in the story. Well, I have to thank my daughter for the spelling lessons. She took three years of Japanese in high school and can speak it, as well as read it. Her help was invaluable. Anyway, I hope that my diligence will provide the reader with a book they can’t put down!
‘Master of Illusion’ ~ Book One in the Benevolence Series ~ ‘Caught between innocence and evil, some souls are destined to be entwined.’
Something evil lurks in the streets of Avalon. From the spread of an illicit drug called Ice to the black market slave trade. The year is twenty-three thirty, nearly two decades after WWIV and the world, as we know it, is a very different place. Under rule of one government and a questionable military, no one is safe. Laws are convenient for those who legally prey on the weak.
Forced into slavery, one man seeks freedom. Obligated to his profession, the other seeks justice. Exploitation, human trafficking and drugs–brought together by corruption and fate, a bounty hunter meets a slave and their lives are forever changed.
Excerpt (unedited):
The hunter rippled his hot shaft with gel as Hadrian settled on the floor with his legs spread, eagerly waiting. Then with a palm pressed into the carpet, Sloan leaned over top the blond and positioned himself. He rubbed the head of his cock against Hadrian’s anus. Hadrian blushed with a faint smile at the corner of his mouth. The hunter teased him with a gentle probe, just the head entered, pushing past the rim, and to Hadrian’s delight his anus sucked in every inch. Hadrian grabbed his own legs like he was about to give birth and the hunter’s massive cock slid in deeper, he gasped with his head tilted back. He gawked at the ceiling as the hunter pushed even deeper still, and his mouth quivered. He’d never felt such pleasure and he’d never been with a man so well endowed. Now he knew what Vale felt. Hadrian’s member was erect and seeping, the bell coated with pre-cum. His ass was jolted and he started to pant in time with each thrust. In minutes, he was near to ejaculation. A sweet, in yet fragile smile of lust extenuated his rosy cheeks, and he loudly grunted again and again as his buttocks was pounded with one powerful thrust after another. His balls tightened and he gripped both knees. Then hunter's body came to rest on top of him. Excited, the blond wrapped all four limbs around the big man, their lips met and it was fervent, he moaned using his tongue.
Hadrian needed to familiarize himself with every inch of his new lover and it was his hands that groped in the dark. The hair was all wrong, definitely thick, but too short. Then there was the body size–muscular, but again definitely smaller than the bounty hunter. The discrepancies were blatant. Hadrian had dreamt of what the sex would be like with Sloan and when he opened his eyes to find Michael humping him, his dreams were completely shattered
, he nearly cried. He’d fantasized for weeks, certain that the Irishman was a kitten in private, nothing short of a fantastic lover.
The rush went off like a volcanic eruption from Michael’s dick. His face went red and his pelvis slammed Hadrian, allowing the cum to find a way out. Satisfied, he laughed into the darkness and rolled off the slave in a blinding sweat. A minute or two later he was considerably calmer, the lamp was on and he was seated on the edge of the bed lighting a cigarette.
With a pillow bunched under an armpit, Hadrian stared his lover. The sex had been unfulfilling and hardly sufficient. He was thoroughly disgusted and there were a number of things he wanted to say. But if the older man was pushed too far, the situation could go from nice to ugly in an instant. Sadly, that was the direction their relationship had been heading lately. In the early days, Hadrian had experienced some mild abuse. Michael slapped him around once in a while and yelled a lot, but in the last five years, the abuse had escalated to almost a daily occurrence. In fact, things had gotten so far out-of-hand, Hadrian was forced to lie about everything and even fake arousal when they had sex with the aid of some very expensive pills.
Michael didn’t need to look at Hadrian. He could sense the animosity because the room hung heavy with it. “How was the sex?”
.” Hadrian made sure to lie.
“Just good…” Michael turned to him. “That’s not a respectable answer, even from you. I would’ve thought it was pretty damned great, considering the noises of praise you made.”
“It’s nothing Michael.” Hadrian rose from the burgundy sheets, exposing his inflamed thighs and an ass streaked with the gloss of seminal fluid. “It’s nothing I wish to discuss, anyway.” Shaking a little, he went to light a cigarette and find a towel. “You’re right, the sex was great.”
“Do I detect a lack of enthusiasm in your voice?”
Hadrian stared at the lighter, debating whether to be honest or not. “No, it was sarcasm.”
The blond bounced off the wall then hit the floor and Michael stood there breathing hard. “Don’t you ever fucking mock me again–ever!”
Hadrian was slow to crawl into a corner. He put a tremulous hand to his aching face and couldn’t seem to help but get a little weepy. His attention was directed towards the closet, he listened to how Michael professed to love him and how he’d provided him with an excellent home all these years and how ungrateful he was. It was an awfully high price to pay, living as the man’s whore and unable to leave, think or breathe on his own. Hadrian sniffed, wiped his upper lip, the blood was dripping from his left nostril like water from a tap and it coated the back of his hand. He looked at it, wondering if the hunter ever hit Vale. It was times like these when he wanted the big man even more.
* * * *
A trail of clothes were left from the apartment door to the master bedroom. Vale and Sloan knelt in front of one another on the bed. Sloan’s thick cock was strained to pink and replete with heat, and he played with it while necking with Vale. Vale blushed closing his eyes as the hunter’s stiff cock rubbed between his thighs and he was caressed everywhere. He took immense pleasure in the osculation. It was the best part of the foreplay and always caused his heart to skip a beat. If he had to compliment the hunter on anything, the man had an unbelievable set of lips.
Sloan embraced Vale, and they toppled into the blankets. The entire bed shifted with a creak and he was lying half on top. “Did you miss me?”
“I always miss you.”
The big man took his time, his thumb felt the length of Vale’s jaw and he passed the slave a thoughtful stare
. “I always miss you too.” Their mouths met, each kiss was slow and tainted with the perfect amount of affection but lingered with carnal desire. Then Sloan ran the tip of his tongue down Vale’s Adams apple to the divot between his collarbones.
* * * *
“So why all the noise? Huh?” Michael crouched in front of him and searched his watery gaze. “Who is he?”
“I don’t know what you mean
.” Hadrian put up both arms as a shield then he was backhanded into the wall. The cigarette snapped in half and the pieces landed in the dense carpet fibres at his bare feet.
“Who were you thinking about!” The anger was prevalent in Michael’s voice then he paused. “No wait…I know who was screwing you
.” He got real close, close enough that Hadrian couldn’t wipe his bloody face. “It was that bastard hunter…wasn’t it?” Michael yanked the blonde’s hair. “Answer me!”
Hadrian’s face creased in agony. “Yes!” he spat. “Yes it was him! Sloan the badass bounty hunter! And he didn’t fuck me Michael, he made love to me–which is something you’ve never done!”
Michael lifted a fist and held it there, a fraction of an inch away, the temptation was great, but when the repercussions came to mind
, he was fast to leave.
Hadrian gradually got up as he got dressed
. “Where are you going?”
“Don’t push your luck.”
“But I want to go out today!” Hadrian implored, wiping his damp cheeks.
“After what you just told me, you can stay in the apartment for another month!” Michael grabbed his coat then leaned towards his swollen face
. “And don’t bother calling that bastard, because if you do, I’ll know!”
“You can’t do this to me!” Hadrian ran after him
. “Michael no! Please Michael. I’ll do whatever you want, but I have to get out of here today!”
Michael tied up his shoelaces
. “Well you should’ve thought about that sooner before pretending I was the hunter! I said no!” He stopped by the door and pried Hadrian’s hands loose. “You’re lucky I don’t kill you. Let go.”
The man was as heartless as any human could be. Hadrian backed off and when the door closed, he collapsed to his knees weeping.

Publisher: eXtasy Books
Purchase Link:
***Find Blak here***
I have accounts almost everywhere, but these are my main links.

I’d love to run a contest! I write articles for three other websites. The first three people to correctly name them in the comments section below this interview will win a copy of Master of Illusion in PDF when it’s released on June 15th! And I’ll need a first name and email address to forward the book to. How does that sound? LOL HYH^_^!!

Thanks so much C.R. for interviewing me – it’s been awesome!

Thank you for joining us here today, Blak! It was a pleasure getting to know you and your work.


Blak Rayne Books said...

Thanks again for having me, CR. It was great!

C.R. Moss said...

YW! Glad to have you here!
C.R. Moss

Y. Bressani said...

Its Raining Men and Red Lipstick Journals?

Great interview!

Dakota Trace said...

Loved the interview Blak....hmmm and I know one for sure...

Red Lipstick Journals
Its Raining Men?

Hmmm...not sure if that's right but do I at least get an A for effort?


Blak Rayne Books said...

Y and Dakota you're both right, but there is one missing (hint: not my own site). But thank you so much for the answers! And yes a big A for effort! ^_^!!
And thanks for stopping by!

Whispering Peace said...

Great interview Blak.....

Let's see---

Red Lipstick Journals
Its Raining Men

I know those two but I really should know the third and I'm clueless....sorry Blak.

Maybe it's because I haven't had any coffee yet this morning. ♥

Rawiya said...

What a great blog!


I'm really looking forward to the new series!

And then of course, to my faves, Slade and Reeve from Devotion!


Love ya hun!

Blak Rayne Books said...

Thank you Whispering Peace and good try. Thank you for stopping by. After reading your comment and the fact that everyone seems to need coffee lol maybe I need to do more promo for the third site. I honestly thought it would be easy to answer.

Red Lipstick Journals is one...
It's Raining Men is also one...
(Blak Rayne Books is another but doesn't count as it's my own personal site)
I swear, I do write articles for them. Coffee anyone?? LOL

Blak Rayne Books said...

Hey Hun! I noticed you didn't put in an answer. But then you know it. LOL Thanks for stopping by! Love ya too! And don't worry there's more of Reeve and Slade on the way.

I think I might need to give more hints...

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Probably too late but here it goes:

Cats & Dogs
It's Raining Men
Redlipstick Journals

Love your blog Blak , and read you all the time at It's Raining Men too.




Blak Rayne Books said...

It's never to late Darcy. Thanks so much for the answers, but sadly the one site is still missing. And thank you for taking the time to read my blog and IRM, I'm very touched that you enjoy it.

Okay, I really need to give another hint.
The third site I contribute to is classified as an online magazine. Does that help?

Amy Romine said...

RLJ , It's raining men & Queer Magazine online? I Googled it and there were like 5 bazillion pages about YOU! Of course, because you are brilliant, as shown here! Great excerpt, love the interview and will always adore you! Go get em girl!!

Jacqueline said...

You are rapidly becoming a diva, Blak, if the writing trade can have divas. Mind you, I can see that achieving your current status took a lot of hard work. Congratulations and best of luck with Master of Illusion.

Debby said...

I found RedLipstick Journals and Its raining Men. the only other thing google found was Queer Magazine Online. Sooo that is what I found. I also tried Keta's site because i see you at her yahoo group. Debby debby236 at gmail dot com

Blak Rayne Books said...

Aww, thank you so much Amy, as Sloan would say, "You're good for my ego."
And yes, you are correct!

I write articles for RLJ, IRM and QMO (Queer Magazine Online)!

Jacqueline, thank you, the analogy is very kind and I love it!

Debby (love your name, I must add) Thank you so much for stopping by and yes, you are also correct!

For now I've got two winners and ladies I'm taking note of names with email addresses. Once the book is released June 15th you'll get an email!

If a third person gives the correct answer, they will also receive a copy of Master of Illusion.

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Probably too late but here it goes:

Cats & Dogs
It's Raining Men

Queer Magazine?




Blak Rayne Books said...

Hi Darcy!
Okay, I should've corrected you earlier in your first comment, but Cats & Dogs is Edward Kendrick's free read that he posts at BRB every second Friday.

But...having said that, you still got the answers right!
In your first comment you listed; It's Raining Men, Red Lipstick Journals and in your second post you've mentioned the Queer Magazine.

So, you're a third winner! Thanks Darcy!
I've taken note of your name and email addy, and soon as Master of Illusion is released (June 15th) you'll receive a message from me!

How's that? LOL

Delilah said...

Wonderful interview :D! I laughed out loud at "since Jesus was a baby."

Thank you for sharing!

Blak Rayne Books said...

Laughing is good. Thanks for stopping by Deliah!

Keta Diablo said...
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Keta Diablo said...

Hi Blak and C.J.,

Wonderful interview and loved the excerpt.

Blak, you're such a good WRITER and cool, cool peeps! I'm happy to call you "friend".

I know you write for Red Lipstick Journals and are we ever lucky you do.

Come visit us commenters at Red Lipstick,

Have a great weekend, Blak and best of luck to you with all future writing endeavors,

Hugs, Keta

Blak Rayne Books said...

Thanks so much Keta, it's wonderful to work with you and thank you for the support!