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Title: They Called Him Nightmare
Author: Deja Black
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 06/01/2016
Growing up, Kai Bennu was taunted for skin dark as midnight and his otherworldly appearance. They called him Nightmare, but Alec Vasilios, a wealthy and powerful businessman, wants to call Kai his own. Kai’s past has left him with little trust in others and even more reluctance to surrender himself to Alec’s power. With both men harboring supernatural secrets, finding common ground won’t come without sacrifice.
Kai’s Best Gift
Deja Black: Kai, thanks for agreeing to answer another question for the readers.
Kai: You’re welcome. Can we keep this short, though? I’m honored, but I’ve got a few things on the table that need to be taken care of back home.
Deja Black: Really? Care to share?
Kai: No, I think there’d be a few objections to that. Loud ones, actually.
Deja Black coughs quietly then smiles: Uhm, okay. So.
Kai nods: So, the question?
Deja Black: Your readers would like to know the best gift you ever gave, who you gave it to, and why you picked that as a gift.
Kai settles back against the seat, props one sandaled foot against his knee. He looks skyward then back to Deja. Shaking his head, his eyes fill. He clears his throat roughly before he speaks: That all, and we’re done?
Deja Black: Yes. Are you okay?
Kai: Yes. This hits deep, but, yeah. I’m okay. The best gift I ever gave was a little ugly dog named Moniker. You see, my mama was diagnosed with cancer. All my life, from the day she found me.
Don’t ask. That’s for another day.
All my life, she’d given me everything. Her time. Her patience. Her words. Her dreams. Her love. She put all of that in me, sacrificed it all for a little baby someone else discarded. She gave me her soul. And, the brightness I had known all my life, the woman who wiped my tears, who taught me to stand up for myself? She was given possibly months, maybe even a year. How do you total that? Say that to someone who burned like the sun? Well, she nodded, and we went home. I took her to doctor after doctor. Same thing. Finally, she said she was done, that the only thing she wanted to do was to sit in her garden and wouldn’t it be nice if she had a dog, too. Well, we found the little mutt at the Humane Society. We went there, and of all the dogs in the place, that ugly little beast was the one that got her. She took one look and said, “Him. I want him. You see, Kai. He’s beautiful inside. Don’t no one know it because they don’t take the time to see, but I see it. I want him. You get me that one.”
And, I did.
About the Author
Deja Black had fantasies of men loving men, men who felt strongly, loved hard, and needed a hero. Then one great day she came across a book and discovered the world of m/m writing, encountered others who shared her obsession as much as she did, and found a world where she could not only be accepted for the lives and loves she envisioned, but she could create them too. So why not? Why not take the stories she would write and throw away as a teenager, grow them, dream them, and make them a reality where she could know her own characters, let them live their story, and make them real for someone else? And she did. Now, with the support of her hubby and some intense time management, she is learning to balance her family of two energetic children and a very needy shitzu at home along with the many students she teaches each and every day with her passion of writing what she loves to read.
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