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Title: Priest and Pariahs
Author: Mann Ramblings
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing
Cover Artist: Mann Ramblings
Genre: Gay, Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date: 07/29/2016
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.
Success Can Be Horrifying
I still have a hard time believing my third book has now been released by a real-live publisher. You’d think the novelty would wear off, but it’s not. I still get giddy thinking about it some days.
When I was younger, I was the guy with lots of creative ideas. Stories and imagery flitted through my overactive brain with a complete lack of discipline. That same lack of discipline usually meant my projects often went incomplete. Well, major projects anyways. If a drawing or story could be completed in a short period of time, it was good. If the process became extended, it could easily drift away on the winds of other bigger and better ideas.
I functioned like that for a long time. My life filled with incomplete works that deserved better. But I found a long time ago too, that once you succeed at one of these epic projects—and it did from time to time—you were expected to repeat the performance. And that terrified me. I struggled to finish that piece and you want me to do it again? I wasn’t aware lightning could do that twice. It didn’t take long to create a habit of self-sabotage. If you didn’t disappoint people with grand works, you never had to feel the sting of review.
I’m not sure what changed. Did I get older and less reckless? Did my cravings to express myself outgrow my ever present anxieties? I think part of it happened when I delved back into ceramics. The steps to make a piece of pottery takes time that breaks the cycle of instant gratification. The delay caused by drying the clay to the right consistency before you can move forward slowed me down, I think. It was all very zen.
That was around the time where I found my patience to write again. It was okay to not be finished after one session. I could slow down my thought and calm my nerves enough to type out real fiction. Now I had a voice that didn’t stammer with the terror of what one did once the tale was complete?
It was okay to start the next one.
I still have days where few words hit the manuscript. And there are days where sitting down and starting is difficult. Old memories and habits can be hard to relearn. My brain still runs rampant with unvoiced ideas. But with three books in a series and more novels in progress, I might be on my way to
About the Author
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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