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Title: The Luxorian Fugitive (Ship Logs of the Santa Claus: Book 1)
Author: Mann Ramblings
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Cover Artist: unknown
Genre/Sub-Genre: Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Science Fiction
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.
1. We are here today to talk about The Luxorian Fugitive. What can you tell us about it?
This was my first attempt at writing a sci-fi story and I wish I’d done it sooner! We have an M/M thriller with secrets, hidden pasts, action, excitement, and all the steamy parts we love! We’re following the lives of the crew of the Santa Claus, a decommissioned military transport vehicle that serves the planetary cluster surrounding Alpha Centauri’s binary star.
2. Tell us more about your main characters?
We have Capt. Marc Danverse and Sgt. Liam Jacks, ex-marines and best friends that served together during the Alpha Centauri Civil War. They have an inappropriate relationship, stemming from war horrors, that neither one is prepared to give up in spite not being in love with one another. At least not until Hadrian Jamison boards the Santa Claus. Hadrian is strong, beautiful, and mysterious and brings a host of troubles to the crew as he escapes his own past.
3. What about The Luxorian Fugitive makes you the proudest?
That I feel like I managed a complex storyline without muddying it. There are a lot of threads, I believe I’ve resolved, and writing each chapter was incredibly satisfying. When I first wrote Luxorian, I was still learning rules of fiction and proper storytelling, so a lot of re-writing was necessary to prepare it. Even with the amount of work that went into it, I managed to maintain the voice I wanted from the beginning.
4. What book do you keep by your bed?
I read almost everything off my kindle app on my phone. So with it on the nightstand (I use it as an alarm) I’m pretty much keeping my entire M/M collection next to me.
5. If you could give one piece of advice to aspiring writers, what would it be?
Find a good beta reader. And that means someone who will point out inconsistencies and errors, rather than someone whose whole goal is to stroke your ego. Don’t be afraid of the red pen! It will only make your writing better. If it’s written well, your readers can be your cheerleaders.
6. Who are your literary heroes outside of the m/m genre and why?
I’m learning to appreciate the work of Joe Hill. He wrote the amazing graphic novel series Locke & Key, and I can’t say enough good things about it. And Anne Rice was the first mainstream author I ever knew of that dabbled in erotica (M/M or otherwise) and whose career didn’t ultimately suffer for it. My pen name is based after one of her pseudonyms: Anne Ramplings.
7. What are you reading right now and what is next on your to-be-read list?
I just finished re-reading Trouble Comes in Threes by M.A. Church (I do that a lot) and I have my eye on both books of Andrew Q. Gordon’s Champion of the Gods Series, The Last Grandmaster and The Eye and The Arm.
8. Rapid Fire Time
- 3D or 2D? 2D
- Christmas or Halloween? Halloween
- Beach with a book or Hike in the woods? BEACH!!!
- Starbucks or small cafe? Small cafe
- Pasta or potatoes? Pasta
- Rolling Stones or The Beatles? The Beatles
- soda or pop? Soda
- Cry or Scream? Scream
- Love or Money? Love… hopefully to someone with money
- Tardis or DeLorean? What’s a Tardis? LOL Just kidding… Tardis all the way.
9. What are you working on? What is next?
I have a short story included in Wayward Ink’s Of Heaven and Hell Anthology that comes out in June called Cardinal Sins. I’m working on revising the short story into novel length with all the backstory my overactive brain demands. I have a wolf shifter story lurking after I complete the revision on A Cook’s Tale, the sequel to The Luxorian Fugitive. It needs some additional content and a total go-through before it’s ready to submit, but it’s on the short list.
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 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.
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