Saturday, August 13, 2016

Priest and Pariahs by Mann Ramblings Blog Tour and Giveaway

Priest and Pariahs by Mann Ramblings

Title: Priest and Pariahs
Author: Mann Ramblings
Series: Ship Logs of the Santa Claus, Book Three
Genre: Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing

Synopsis – Priest and Pariahs
Ship Logs of the Santa Claus, Book Three

Costa McQuillen is a Pariah, a para-human with tech empathic abilities who has escaped from Earth, where being para-human is illegal—and marks him for extermination. Arrogant and standoffish, Costa is unable to trust anyone, but is willing to risk everyone's safety to reach the planet Omoikane. His best solution: gaining passage on board the Santa Claus.
Arbor Kittering, the crew's newest coding tech, is a medical oddity. With the technologies available to prevent birth defects, Arbor's status as a dwarf brings the kind of attention he could happily do without. Having spent a short time in prison for data hacking and falsifying government files doesn't help. The Santa Claus is his last chance at a new start, if he can decipher the strange malfunctions plaguing the ship.
Priest, the Santa Claus’ Head Pilot, is a bit of a scoundrel. Perpetually single, Priest is attracted to Costa for his exotic looks, and to Arbor for his unique qualities. In truth, he'd like to have both, but it's clear such a thing isn't in the cards. Now Priest needs to make a choice, before it's too late.

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Book Trailer
Start with Books One and Two of Ship Logs of the Santa Claus!

The Luxorian Fugitive
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.

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A Cook’s Tale
The trials and tribulations of the crew and passengers of interplanetary transport vessel, The Santa Claus continues in A Cook’s Tale.
After a horrific breakup, Erron Murfin is bitter, homeless, and friendless. When the cook’s position on the Santa Claus presents itself, Erron decides to escape his current circumstances and join the crew. On board he reconnects with family friend Gamin Wells, whose own secrets and issues begin to surface upon Erron’s arrival. The least of which is the reason the pair haven’t laid eyes on one another in over twelve years.
As Erron settles into his new duties, the men on board take an interest in their newest crew member. Among those intrigued by Erron are polyamorous couple, Barrus and James. Despite Erron’s cautious nature, he’s drawn into a triad relationship with the pair.
But there’s something about Gamin…
Is Erron too damaged to confront his own feelings?
Will his past prevent him from finding what he needs?

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Prizes: 1 ebook copy – The Luxorian Fugitive; 1 bundle – Books 1 & 2 of Ship Logs of the Santa Claus

About the Author
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, 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

Tour Schedule

9-Aug The Purple Rose Tea Hosue
Alina Popescu, Writer

10-Aug Rainbow lyrics and mellow mushrooms
Prism Book Alliance

11-Aug Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents

12-Aug Drops of Ink

13-Aug Aimee Brissay
Decadent Delights

14-Aug Laz and Lachi Publications

15-Aug Taylin's Blog
Jim's blog

16-Aug Nicki J Markus / Asta Idonea
Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words

17-Aug MM Good Book Reviews

18-Aug Gay.Guy.Reading and Friends
Full Moon Dreaming

19-Aug CJ Baty Author Blog
Alpha Book Club

20-Aug Bayou Book Junkie
Nature of the Heart

21-Aug Carol Pedroso - Author
Louise Lyons Author

22-Aug Gay Media Reviews
CIa's Stories
EyesOnBooks' Next Favorite Reads

~So tell us about yourself. What got you interested in writing?

I wanted to be comic book artist as a kid but was enough of a control freak to want to tell my own stories, so writing got blended into that process. I tried to write a few novel length stories when I was younger, but didn't have the discipline to finish them. My attention span did allow it. I do have copies of the attempts, though. The stories still float around in my head and may someday get some well earned love.

Writing got put on hold beyond a lot of daydreaming for a long time. I don't even remember how I found and found some real stories amongst the smut. LOL I followed those stories to Literotica and I read M/M stories and it kind of filled a void. I needed to read about the guy who saves the girl and walks off into the sunset with his sidekick. Before long, my own ideas began forming and I wrote my first M/M story, which after some pushing, I posted on GayAuthors. The response was better than I expected and the feedback I received kept me writing. It's a good community to be a part of.

~Do you prefer hot or cold weather and why?

Hot weather, without a doubt. Why? Cold weather brings snow and cold. I don't like wearing many layers of clothing to be comfortable. Because I live in a major college town and it brings out all sorts of attractive men in little clothing. There's a band practice field across from the ceramic studio I spend a lot of time in and the volleyball field connected to it becomes a host to the most lovely, fit men. Somedays it brings a tear to my eye. **sniff**

It takes a lot of self-control not to camp out with a chair, a large thermos filled with dirty martinis, and a pair of binoculars. I can be a little visually motivated at times...

~How do you come up with a title?

It's usually one of the first things I do when I work out the plot. This typically happens before I begin the actual manuscript. Once I have the story's path worked out, I can usually find the major theme or concept to highlight. Usually it connects to a major character whether it's their name or what they represent. I don't struggle too often. On a rare occasion, I enlist help form friends/beta readers to help me brainstorm. So far, I've only done that with one short story. If I write without a title in mind, I tend to get distracted.

~ Who’s your favorite horror villain and why?

Dracula. And I'm referring to the Bram Stoker-esque version before Anne Rice introduced the tragic romantic character. (Before anyone freaks on me, I love her work and Lestat was an amazing character.)

I loved how charming, seductive, and dangerous he was. Vampires of that genre were powerful and infinitely sexual. The bite intrigued me long before I knew what it symbolized. They were cursed monsters reveling in their depravity, but with distinctive weaknesses to exploit. I'd like to read about more vamps like this. The ones who don't hate themselves for their darkness, but embraced it. All the time, retaining their intellect while they hunted the damned people in their vicinity.

I always found them to be the perfect villains.

~ Do you work an evil day job, lol? And if so, how do you find the time to write?

I do! **cry** I also spend a great deal of time making ceramics so finding the time to write can be a bit daunting. It comes down to that whole discipline thing I lacked as a kid. I try to carve out specific time to work on the current WIP, but often find myself sneaking a paragraph or conversation into a manuscript in a slow period at work. (I try not to do that often.)

It doesn't always work as smoothly as I'd like. In the summer, I often slow down due to art fairs I participate in, but I never forget the story I'm working on. It gets done. Maybe not as fast as I'd like, but it gets done. Nothing would make me happier than to make a living as a ceramic artist and author, side by side.

Death to the day job!