Michael Mandrake on On the Run (Protekt #1) ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

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Title: On the Run (Protekt #1)
Author: Michael Mandrake
Publisher: Pride Publishing
Cover Artist: Unknown
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Gay Fiction, Romance

Living a double life is very dangerous…

Even more so when higher authorities and military agencies are envious of the position you hold and the money you make.

In the life of a PROTEKT agent, intelligence is key and the knowledge of guns must be second nature. Their sole mission—to get the job done swiftly with little mistakes. They’re paid well to handle all situations and hired to do things their own way, often disregarding the laws. Chief Wes gives them this freedom because being ruthless is usually required to finish the job.

When the world’s governments have run out of options, they request the assistance of PROTEKT to handle the situations no one else is able to solve. Only one thing could stand in the way of the agents success—his or her own desires for permanent companionship.

Blurb:

Who would’ve thought that a British hit man would fall in lust at first sight with an American felon? This desire could become deadly for both.

Aiden Moriarty is a Florida ‘herbalist’ who developed a performance enhancing drug many athletes have used. One of them is baseball star Ivan Salerno, who was caught using the drugs and is now on the brink of getting suspended. Because of Ivan’s connections with a rogue mob boss, Aiden is taken into a witness protection program, working along with baseball higher ups until he testifies.

The mob boss, Augustine Ora, has hired former British military officer and his best hitman, Devlin ‘Brit’ Crawford, to do the job. Ora has instructed Devlin to go to Miami, kidnap Aiden and take him to the local airport to be transported to Havana ,Cuba, to be executed by Ora’s top officers.

However, when Devlin receives the email, the pictures of the blue-eyed felon catch his eye and he is moved to go in a different direction. Instead of delivering Aiden to the airport, he has thoughts of taking him away and saving him from Ora’s wrath.

This move puts him, Aiden, as well as his assistant Miranda Ashley in huge danger. Will Devlin keep Aiden safe despite the odds or will he fail, causing Ora and his men come after him?

Writing On the Run

Thanks to Prism Alliance for having me.

Ah the trouble with having 3, 4, 5, nevermind.

I have three main writing muses and with each one, they like to tell stories in a different way. With BLMorticia, she likes swearing, lots of sex, and snark. Rawiya likes drama free, contemporary, with lots of emotion, and Michael, well, this muse likes all of that, but he’s a fan of torturing the characters until they say no mas!

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In Michael’s books, he tests the characters willpower, their stamina, and maybe, just maybe after he’s done everything he possibly could to them, they might get an HEA.

Michael’s first release with Pride Publishing will be On the Run, the first in the PROTEKT series. Here, the characters are driven to one another by fear and attraction as well as the desire to live on the edge. Mike and I wanted Aiden and Devlin to go through several problems before getting what they wanted. In all honesty, we wanted more, but, after long bouts of fighting with them, we allowed them to get together

So, what inspired me? Months ago, I watched 60 Minutes and being a baseball fan, one story in particular caught my eye. It was a report on performance enhancing drugs and one of the developers or distributors of them, Anthony Bosch. In the story, Bosch claims to have injected Yankee’s star Alex Rodriguez with the drugs. He spoke about being paid high sums of money and being threatened if he dared to come forward with the truth.

As I continued to listen, a story started to form. What if, I write a story based on that current event and turn it into a love story? I discussed things with my husband, took notes from the interview, did more research, and voila! On the Run was born.

After months of haggling with my own anxieties, I subbed it to Pride Publishing and was offered a contract for the book. In subsequent emails, editor and I talked about writing a series. I’d written a story called Closely Guarded and never subbed, but it seemed to fit the theme of good guys and girls, doing the right thing by their rules. Aiden and Devlin fit this group, so I decided to make all the books part of a collection of novels called PROTEKT.

The books will be standalones, only connected with the main character of the next book, being introduced in the previous story. And it’s brief, nothing major happening until they get their own story. For now, there are three books planned for PROTEKT, with a possibility of a fourth as well as a spin off, but everything I do depends on the muses so we’ll see what happens next.

Hope you’ll check out the first book On the Run, releasing October 6th! For this blog, I’ll do a giveaway for the book. Please put your email info in the comments and tell me, what is your favorite action movie? My personal faves are James Bond films like Goldfinger and A View to a Kill. Have a great day and good luck!

Excerpt

“Um.” Aiden cleared his throat, hoping Miranda didn’t have a quick trigger finger. “I know it’s a risk what you’re doing—a huge one—but I can make it worth your while. I really can. And, uh, after the talk we had in the car—”

“You were thinking we could have something, hmm?”

Aiden swallowed hard and looked down at his feet. He clasped his hands together as if he was praying for something. “We could if you don’t deliver me to Ora.”

“Aw, isn’t that so cute, D? The American is begging you to spare him. He’s so adorable. Don’t let that overweight son of a bitch win, yeah? You need someone and hell, you’ve been saying how much you’ve wanted to get away from Ora for a while.”

“True, very true. See, Aiden? It’s not really all about you. My bird is right when she says I need a chap in my life. However, my reason for keeping you away is more about being a rebel. I haven’t been happy with the way Ora does things for quite a while. Additionally, I’d like to see that cheater Salerno go down in flames, because I don’t really like cheaters.”

“Neither do I,” Aiden responded.

“But you helped these men get ahead with drugs so, obviously, you take no real issue with it.”

“Yeah I do.” Aiden laughed nervously. “I just wanted to do something different and make some cash. That’s all. Hey, if you keep me alive, you can help me expose him and Engel, too. I’ve got no doubt the guy may be working for Ora—or even Salerno.”

“You might be right there, but the question still remains…” The man walked closer to Aiden, still mostly naked. He dragged his finger over Aiden’s forehead and twirled one of his curls around the tip. “Is the cause to bring a cheater down and have a good-looking American on my arm worth my life and the money Ora has offered me?”

Aiden’s eyes met his kidnapper’s deep brown gaze. His breath caught in his chest while he got lost in the man’s heated stare. His heart thumped against his ribs and his cock, already hard, strained in his underwear. He stuttered, “I-I’d say, yeah.”

He raked Aiden’s hair away from his eyes. “Of course you would.” He flashed a pearly white smile and swiped his tongue over his lips.

Dear God!

Watching Brit’s sexy gesture, Aiden’s erection grew more. If this man didn’t have a pistol pointed at his temple, he’d grab Brit and plunge his tongue down his throat.

“Miranda, let the man take a bath and get ready to move. We’ll be going to Miami very soon.”

Just that statement caused Aiden’s erection to deflate, and his heart sank. The thought of his impending doom made his gut twist in ways he couldn’t explain.

Miranda clicked her teeth and frowned. “But, D?”

Now, Miranda. No buts, right? This is my life on the line for someone I don’t even know. Like I said, I can get a real nice bang at home for what he’s paying me. And you never know—something real might come out of that, hmm?”

Links

On the Run (Protekt #1) on Goodreads
Pride Publishing
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA

Giveaway

An  ebook copy of the book will be awarded to one lucky commenter.

About the Author

Michael Mandrake pens complex characters already comfortable with their sexuality. Thorough these, he builds worlds not centered on erotica but rather the mainstream plots we might encounter in everyday life through personal experiences or the media. To find out more please visit Michael Mandrake at WordPress

Author Sharita Lira: In one word, crazy. Just crazy enough to have 3 4 different muses running around in her head, driving her to sheer exhaustion with new plot bunnies and complex characters.

In addition to being a computer geek and a metalhead, Sharita loves live music, reading, and perusing the net for sexy men to be her muses.  She’s also a founding member and contributor to the heavy metal ezine Fourteeng.net.

For more information, please visit http://www.thelitriad.com as well as her Facebook fanpage, The Literary Triad.

Links

The Literary Triad – http://www.thelitriad.com/#!

Michael Mandrake – http://michaelmandrake.wordpress.com

Pinterest –  http://www.pinterest.com/authorslira/

Instagram – http://instagram.com/sharitalira/

Ello – https://ello.co/srlmort71

Twitter  http://twitter.com/#!/rawiyamikembl

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/TheLiteraryTriad

Goodreads – Michael M https://www.goodreads.com/MichaelMandrake

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I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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7 thoughts on “Michael Mandrake on On the Run (Protekt #1) ~ Blog Tour, Excerpt, Guest Blog, Local Giveaway

  1. Great post. It’s always interesting to find out how inspiration works for writers, and where their ideas come from. BTW, the book sounds really good.
    As for your question, I’m not a big fan of action movies, but I really had a blast of a time watching The Expendables, and of course, all of Bruce Willis’ Die Hard movies.
    Good luck with the book!

    susanaperez7140(at)gmail(dot)com

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