The Luxorian Fugitive by Mann Ramblings Blog Tour, Guest Post, Excerpt, Review & Giveaway!

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Hi peeps, we have Mann Ramblings popping in with his blog tour for his debut novel The Luxorian Fugitive, Mann has written a short post about how he came to the MM fiction world, we have a brilliant excerpt, a fantastic giveaway and my review, so check out the post and click that Rafflecopter link <3 ~Pixie~

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The Luxorian Fuditive

(Ship Logs of the Santa Claus 01)
by

Mann Ramblings

Sergeant Liam Jacks is the security chief of transport vessel, The Santa Claus. He travels the planetary cluster with Marc Danverse, his best friend and captain, seeking to escape his tortured past and find some peace of mind.

Having been through a civil war together, Danverse and Liam are close. Maybe too close….

All that changes when mysterious stranger, Hadrian Jamison, an escaped Adonirati, books passage to Alpha Centauri. Can he be trusted? Can the stories of his past be believed?

As Liam’s fascination with Hadrian grows, jealousy threatens to tear apart his friendship with Danverse.

When Hadrian’s owner shows up, Liam is forced to go against orders in order to launch a rescue mission to save him.

The ensuing conflict may be more than any of them expected.

The path to M/M isn’t as strange as you think

Why did it take me so long to find M/M fiction? You’d think it would be an obvious landing place for a gay man, but it certainly took its time coming around.

When I grew up I used to draw. Endlessly. It’s all I wanted to do. Superheroes filled reams of paper, making me easy to babysit. (I’d like to think so, anyways.) I idolized their flawless physiques and fantastic powers wishing someday that could be me. I knew it wouldn’t really happen, but I had an active imagination.

In the end, drawing wasn’t enough. Existing characters bored me, so I started making up my own. I wanted to craft the stories as well, having the heroes and villains tell the tale I wanted. As I grew older, the need drifted over into other forms of entertainment as well. I wanted the action flick to end with the sidekick ending up in bed with the over-muscled hero who saved him from the terrorist faction, not the requisite damsel in distress. I wanted the camaraderie of the buddy flick to turn into something more than an unrequited connection. The lack of characters I could relate to made me withdrawal, to a point, from a large portion of the entertainment industry. If I had to watch Meg Ryan fall in love with Tom Hanks one more time I might have killed someone.

The only source that included strong gay characters I found, at the time, was erotica. Reading through those online random tawdry stories, it took years for me to realize I found quality fiction hidden between the layers of smut. (I’m not dogging the smut, by the way. I enjoyed that too.) I started hunting for the good stories, and on certain sites it was a serious hunt. Ultimately, I discovered Rob Colton and Alicia Nordwell on other fiction sites and found my way to Gay Authors.org. There I found a supportive environment that gave me the courage, with a final kick in the butt from author Night Tempest, to post my first story, Little Man.

It was a hit. And the encouragement I received while I worked on writing better stories pushed me harder. It’s been incredible! Who knew it would take so long to figure out you can have dynamic, exciting storylines with a cast allowing the gay characters to be center stage? Who knew I could find a genre that speaks to me and lets me voice all those ideas rushing in my head? Who knew I could find a group that wanted to read them?

What an amazing place M/M fiction is for me. I may never leave.

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Excerpt

“WHAT’S TAKING so long, Sergeant? I’m not getting any younger.”

Dr. Saarken stood, bearing his weight on his crutches, in the guest room Liam had been staying in. He stared at the adjoining bathroom door where Liam was prepping himself for the evening. This had been a good day. His legs felt stable in the braces, and the numbness was minimal. He’d finished his morning tea without a spill and holding himself steady was less of a chore for a change.

“I can’t believe I let you talk me into this,” came Liam’s voice from behind the door. “This is the only way for you to lay eyes on Hadrian tonight.” “Why not after the match?” Saarken was silent, unsure how to respond.

“Doctor? What happens after the match?”

“If Hadrian wins,” Saarken began, “and he no doubt will, he will be in great demand.” He breathed deeply before continuing. “Phillip will be looking to capitalize on that. Hadrian will bring a great price for the evening.”

This time it was Liam who was silent.

“I’m sorry, Sergeant. There are aspects of the Adonirati existence that are unsavory, to say the least.” Saarken felt fortunate that he couldn’t see Liam through the door. The more time he spent with the sergeant, the more guilt he felt over his hand in this. How did it all get so far out of control?

“Hadrian shouldn’t be an Adonirati.”

Saarken winced at Liam’s angry tone. It was well deserved. “I’m trying to undo that,” he whispered.

Saarken stood alone in the lavish guest room. Ever since Liam had declined the offer of Zero and Orez’s services, he’d kept them away from the sergeant as much as possible. Liam may have said no, but there was a marked conflict in his eyes. It was better to keep him from temptation. If he succumbed, he might lose his nerve for the coming trials.

They needed to rescue Hadrian soon. There wasn’t the benefit of months of preparation this time around. This time they would need to take advantage of a moment’s opportunity. From what he had been told and witnessed, neither Hadrian nor Liam would survive an extended campaign.

Lost in his thoughts, Saarken started when the bathroom door opened. “I feel ridiculous,” Liam remarked. His grimace couldn’t be hidden. “You look perfect.”

Liam wore a fetishistic garment of black leather straps forming a harness. The straps gathered to a codpiece of matching material, finishing to a thong. Leather bands encircled his wrists and ankles. He ran his hands over his now-smooth skin, completely devoid of hair including the top of his head and beard; he could be Zero and Orez’s little brother.

“How did you get your tailor to make this getup and the other clothes so fast?”

“As I’ve told you before, I have a great deal of money.”

Liam frowned as he rubbed his bare head. “Did I really have to shave off everything?”

“It is well-known that my Adonirati are clean-shaven at all times. They will believe you are a new creation of mine that fits through doorways better than the twins. Or they’ll think you’re an Adonirati role-player.”

Liam gave the doctor an irritated look. “I hardly think someone’s going to reach in and check for pubes.”

His crutches thumped on the carpeted floor as he lurched forward, narrowing his eyes at Liam. “You are on Luxorian now, Sergeant,” he snarled. “The affluent elite here have no boundaries when it comes to the Adonirati. This is the only way to get you into the venue without anyone asking questions or performing a DNA scan on you. Everyone must believe you are my faithful servant or we’re all at risk.

“You will be quiet unless spoken to. You will nod and be polite at all times and do whatever I ask of you. If someone decides to reach in and size up your endowment, you will nod and accept it. Anything else, and they will be suspicious. No one will believe I’m being possessive enough with my escort to object.”

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About Mann

Like many gay men, when Mann Ramblings grew up, there weren’t any heroes he could relate to. The world held him back while he tried futilely to hide the real person inside. So much has changed since those hollow days. He finally found his voice, the voice that says it’s all right to revel in the so-called inappropriate joys, laughs, and loves that storm inside a man’s head. It took a long time to find that courage and now that it’s here, he plans to use it well.

While spending years more focused on visual arts, he never let go of his innate passion for storytelling—he wanted to write and draw comic books when he grew up. Once he discovered M/M fiction, a whole new world opened with new possibilities. Why couldn’t you have fantastic and dynamic tales with an M/M cast? He started reading the online tales of authors like, Night Tempest, Rob Colton, and Alicia Nordwell, which only fueled within him the need to create. Eventually he found GayAuthors.org, and with a little coercive nudge from Night Tempest, started sharing his tales with an unexpected level of positive response. That experience and support gave him the courage to cross his fingers and aim for the world of M/M publishing.

Born and raised in Michigan, Mann Ramblings continues to type away, wishing it was practical to use a noisy, old fashioned keyboard that clacks with each strike, if only to annoy his loving partner and spoiled miniature dachshund.

Twitter@mannramblings
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Review

Mann Ramblings‏ – The Luxorian Fugitive Luxorian CoverTitle: The Luxorian Fugitive

Series: Ship Logs of the Santa Claus 01

Author: Mann Ramblings

Genre: Science Fiction

Length: Novel (174pgs)

ISBN: 978-1-925222-38-8

Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing (17th April 2015)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 4 ½ Hearts

Reviewer: Pixie

Blurb: Sergeant Liam Jacks is the security chief of transport vessel, The Santa Claus. He travels the planetary cluster with Marc Danverse, his best friend and captain, seeking to escape his tortured past and find some peace of mind.

Having been through a civil war together, Danverse and Liam are close. Maybe too close….

All that changes when mysterious stranger, Hadrian Jamison, an escaped Adonirati, books passage to Alpha Centauri. Can he be trusted? Can the stories of his past be believed?

As Liam’s fascination with Hadrian grows, jealousy threatens to tear apart his friendship with Danverse.

When Hadrian’s owner shows up, Liam is forced to go against orders in order to launch a rescue mission to save him.

The ensuing conflict may be more than any of them expected.

Reader advisory: Some scenes of heavy BDSM

Purchase Link: http://www.waywardinkpublishing.com/product/the-luxorian-fugitive-by-mann-ramblings/

Review: Liam is the security chief aboard The Santa Claus, he travels across the stars hoping to outrun the demons that haunt him and when that doesn’t work he turns to his best friend and captain Marc to drive the demons away. When a passenger, Hadrian, boards The Santa Claus Liam is instantly drawn to the man but Hadrian is hiding secrets and is fleeing for his freedom. Hadrian knows it’s a mistake to open himself up to Liam but he can’t resist the man. Jealousy threatens to tear apart Liam’s friendship with Marc, and Marc has his own problems to work out. When someone uses the might of his government to get Hadrian back, Liam refuses to stand back and let him go without a fight.

This is a brilliant science-fiction story, we are transported across the stars and we meet a corrupt individual that finally gets what he deserves. Liam has to live with the things he did during the war but some of it haunts him, when he can’t live with it anymore he turns to Marc who drives it out with BDSM. Hadrian is an Adonirati, a person who was cloned for any purpose their owner wants, he escaped and plans to flee to a safer place, things aren’t going to be easy though because his owner is looking for him and determined to get him back.

I loved this story. We join the crew of The Santa Claus as they head to their next spaceport; we are introduced to several characters including Liam, Marc and Mac, the three main crew members that we get to know. Hadrian joins the ship and although we see him it is for flitting moments until he comes into his own when pirates attack the ship. Hadrian’s story comes out slowly and we discover just what horrific things have befallen him over the years. Hadrian and Liam’s relationship is rocky at first but gets strong quite quickly. The relationship of Marc and Liam is that of friends, and their sexual relationship is only for the times when Liam feels he needs to be punished, it’s a complex situation and while you can understand Liam’s need to be punished I felt that he was using Marc’s Dom side and putting Marc in a difficult position. 

This is a great story that has a dash of action, some great mystery and a bad guy who is so despicable that it pleases you when he gets his comeuppance. We are treated to some great background stories about both Liam and Hadrian, and we get to see a burgeoning relationship between Marc and Mac (which they both deserve), we have a daring rescue and Hadrian finally gets his freedom. This story is wonderfully written, the characters are great and the storyline is brilliant. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us next aboard The Santa Claus.

I recommend this to those who love science fiction, a bumpy relationship, friendships straining, action, rescues, pirate attacks and a great ending. 

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