Thursday, February 2, 2012

An Author's Dream: Your Favorite Cover Model Day 2 Blog Tour


Well another post by the crazed author, Sharita Lira and actually there’s now at least one other author I know who writes under more than one name. *winks at Cassandre Dayne* So now, it’s not as ludicrous. *sticks out tongue* It’s okay though, I’ve gotten used to my affectionate nickname. Anyway, what am I talking about today? Usually when I post as my legal name it’s about a serious topic but not this post. Let’s have some fun and participation since my gay male pseudo has a new book out called Vertigo under Sizzler Editions. 

And guess what. What you ask? I’m giving you a chance to comment and be entered into a drawing for an ebook copy of Vertigo and or The Power of Muse and Inspiration, Michael’s last book as well as a $25 Amazon GC. 

“*rubs hands together* Now, back to my post. Authors, what if you could put your favorite person on the cover of a book without the fear of being sued? For readers, understand, we as authors may be asked what that person might look like that fits our character. Often, he might be the closest to what we’ve asked for and not the person we had in mind but we have to take him because his picture is royalty free. *smiles*

Personally, I’ve been blessed with some awesome covers for all the pseudonyms, Vertigo included but you wonder,who did I have in mind when I wrote Vertigo?

When I sat down to write, this is the face that came to mind for my Doctor, Hayden Curry. It’s an old picture of my fave bass player of Duran Duran, John Taylor. Why? In my brain, my doctor has a sort of effeminate quality about him. The shirt John’s wearing looks like something Curry might have worn back in the early 1900’s, and his hair is draping over his shoulders. He would’ve made a lovely cover boy too but instead I got this man:

This model doesn’t have the same look but still a pretty face nonetheless. His name is Frances Cura and he’s popped up on quite a few covers throughout erotic romance. When I saw the cover for Vertigo, I was so excited because Frances has been a muse of mine in recent weeks and even though not the same muse for Vertigo, he’s still hot. *winks* Needless to say, I’m in love with my Frances cover as well as the book Vertigo itself. Hope you’ll give it a chance and check it out. Comment and you can win your own copy!

Please comment and you could win a copy of the book or my last book, ironically, the vampire short, Power of Muse and be entered into the drawing for an Amazon GC worth $25 dollars.

Hope you enjoyed the post and see you on the other stops of the tour.

After losing his lover to mental disorder, Dr. Hayden Curry throws himself into work, silently wishing he could experience something extraordinary in love.  He finds his match in David, a creature Hayden revives after discovering him and hauling him back to his lab.  Upon awakening, David asks Dr. Hayden’s help in discovering more about himself.  Hayden agrees but senses secrets in David.  Will he get to the bottom of things and be able to continue the special relationship he and David have, or will the secrets that come forward tear them apart?

Before I went to my haven, I glanced outside my window. Outside, the rainfall reduced to a drizzle, coupled by slow moving clouds over the moonlight. The trees blew after only a few gusts of winds, ripped the leaves off and made quite a mess on the grass underneath.
These would be the nights I would cherish with him most. After relishing in the afterglows of new inventions and glasses of wine, there were mind blowing affections to follow.
Such a good lover…
Once I got to my place of work, I immediately began searching for the vials I had for the latest concoction. When I did not see them, I lost my head rather quickly.
“Where on God’s green earth,” I screamed and walked from one end of my laboratory to the other. "Where are those samples I just had? Libertina!"
Immediately, the pale and slim maiden with dark hair ran to my aid.
"Yes sir, have you lost something again, sir?"
"I have Libertina. The tubes I examined the night before. They seemed to…oh."
Within moments, my dearest uncovered the missing necessities I searched for, right underneath my novel, The Bounded Scientist.
I shrunk back and smiled wryly. "Thank you Libertina, ahem, that will be all my sweet."
"Yes sir, if there is anything you need, I'll be tending to your clothes, sir." Quickly, she curtsied and scurried off, closing the door behind her.
Ah, what a fine young maiden I have. If I were more attracted to the ladies, then I might give her go, but only gentlemen tickled my fancy these days.
I could not be that upset even in this pitiful state. Not that many people understood me when they came to know me. Throughout the years, many thought they should have thrown me in the local mental ward because of the ideas I'd had.
Nevertheless, my determination and visions had made me one of the most recognizable names in London, apart from the fact I inherited my father's large fortune.
Still, even with all the money and notoriety, I had always felt something was missing from my life. I longed for something new to happen. Whether it was a new discovery or invention it had to be different from what I had already seen.
I looked at the experiment I had been working on for seemingly weeks in disgust. Things hadn’t been the same anyway since Lawrence departed but I was determined to move on with my life’s work despite what happened to him. I had to hold on to the hope he would return.
After around the fifteenth trial of not receiving my desired result, I retreated to my bedroom to sleep. Unlike times before, I decided not to read before bed but instead lay there until my eyes got too heavy.
I hoped the nightmares would not start again since after they occurred I stayed awake staring at the ceilings of my room, often needing a drink of the alcoholic variety to put me to rest. I felt myself becoming rather dependent on the beverages. Certainly, doing this sort of thing would cloud my senses and not allow me to function properly. Many men of science I knew had become like this and I refused to become one of them.
I’ll never.
I always reassured myself that I wouldn’t continue to down this dangerous path, however, everyday, being alone with only yourself to talk with could be a detriment to one’s mental state.
Although fully capable of doing everyday things, I’d come to accept that I was different. After all, for one, I wasn’t attracted to women. Two, I enjoyed reading more than being outside playing in games.
In fact my mom would frequently say that she wished I’d be like “normal” boys and go play ball instead of reading. This from the same woman who didn’t know how to read until after she birthed me. With the help of my caregiver, I taught myself how to read the written word thus showed my mum in the process. Still, even afterwards, she didn’t consider it as an important skill. “I’ve always had people to do things like read for me,” she said, giving illiteracy credence. Totally absurd but true.
If I wasn’t able to read and learn I might die.
Such is true of me, Doctor Hayden Curry. I preferred to have my mind stimulated before anything else. This isn’t saying that I didn’t enjoy the sins of the flesh because I did, but, books were like gold to me, more important than any penny I owned. I’d inherited most of it which allowed me to live the lavish lifestyle and work on experiments instead of seeing patients to cure their ailments. I wasn’t interested in short term solutions anyway. I wanted results that could change the world and mankind forever.

BIO: Michael Mandrake is a BRIT!
A 39 year old Brummie who loves to write tales of love and romance between two men that aren't afraid to show their sexuality. At least that's what this 39 year old mom from the US thinks he is. They talk on a regular basis, Sharita and her muse.

Now for the truth, Sharita, who also writes under Rawiya and BLMorticia is a happily married mom of 2 who loves everything about British culture and hopes to visit someday.

Michael M is her most successful pseudonym. To date, he is the only muse with 3 sole author books, 2 more coming before the end of 2012. He’s contracted through XOXO publishing, Sizzler Editions, No Boundaries Press, and does shorts through STARbooks Press. Michael shares Sharita's love for writing tales where the characters are comfortable with their sexuality and the plots are more of a mainstream romance as opposed to m/m. They aren't perfect and cross into new territory, resolving their struggles through communication coupled with mind blowing sex.

At the moment, Mandrake’s books are only small steps into what’s to come. Look for longer works from Sharita and the muse, Michael very soon.

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BLMorticia said...

Have a chance to win the GC and a copy of the book

kmcambion said...

I'm commenting for a chance to win the book (and the $25 gc I suppose, but mostly the book)!

BLMorticia said...

Thanks KM. You're entered!

Tina Donahue said...

For my most recent book I found a picture of a guy who's so yummy, I'm thinking of making him my screensaver. :) Wish he could be on my cover. Great excerpt, hon - may you have many happy sales!

BLMorticia said...

Thanks Tina!

Liz said...

I "found" the cover model for Turkish Delights from Decadent Publishing (check it out on my blog) on Facebook. Marko Geber is a big time model now, doesn't do much bare chested stuff anymore for romance books BUT...he's a gorgeous Serbian hunk of testosterone, married to a fellow lady model with a ovary-busting beautiful little boy now. He was very nice and helped me find a stock photo of him I could afford....now I gotta find another one for the follow up novel where is supposed to be twins!
great post.cheers

Naughty Nights Press (NNP); Gina Kincade; Mistress Journals said...

Hmmm, now I do get the pleasure of reading much of your work but not this one as yet so, is it ok for your publisher to ask to be included in the draw? I'd like the book of course but I can also do many things with a gift certificate. Please, may I? Thanks chica!

Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

Congrats to your release, and wishing you always the best and many, many sales.*S*
I so enjoy reading this excerpt as it give me a taste of his inner thoughts. I just love the cover, and of course who doesn't love John Taylor? :)
It's so wonderful to get a chance to pop over here to the blog as I've missed reading the post so very much since I've returned back to work.
Thank you for the wonderful blog as I've missed this a lot...*S*

pommawolf @hotmail.com

Fiona McGier said...

Like Darcy, I'm not able to be consistent in blogging, since my work is sporadic...sometimes I work 2 jobs every day, sometimes only 1...some days none. I enjoy when I have a bit of time to read, or more importantly, write!

The inspiration for my one book was Keanu Reeves, because I have always had a very moist, soft spot for him! (My family teased me when I told them the only redeeming quality of the 3rd Matrix movie was the chance to see his naked ass! Whoo! Call me shallow!)

And there was a Marine on the cover of one of my husband's Men's Health magazines he leaves lying around in the bathroom, that became the face/body of another of my heroes...believe me, it was a great body to fixate on! Phew!

But usually my heroes tell me what they look like.

Jason said...

It is always interesting to see how well the cover models match up with my imagined faces of the characters.


jean hart stewart said...

Couldn't begin to pick my favorite cover model. So many deliciously hunky ones. Excellent excerpt, thanks. Jean

midia said...

Vertigo sounds great. And the cover is beautiful.

Jibriel said...

Congratulations to your new release!

The book sound great and I'm a bit of a cover snob(yours looks good^-^), so now I understand why MLR press doesn't always has the best covers...

Gift Card would be great, because then I could buy your new book AND others!

Tore said...

Your book sounds great. Please enter me in me for the giftcard and one of your books. Tore923@aol.com

Juliana said...

Very interesting story line... Count me in for the giftcard and book giveaway!

qbee2 said...

I'd love a chance to win a copy of the book or the gift certificate! :)


Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes said...

I get so bummed when I can't visit my most favorite authors blogs. Reading is my only truly enjoyable vice, and I would never have gotten back into my reading if it hadn't been for all of you wonderful authors. I knew nothing about you all and it's been for all of the wonderful blogs and your wonderful books.
Thank you!


Kate198255 said...

Looks Like a great read!

BLMorticia said...

TY Liz. Yes I recall the model, his name was Marko Gerber! LOL I'm good at recalling hot mens names.

BLMorticia said...


Of course you are my dear bosslady!



BLMorticia said...

TY Darcy. You are a sweetheart!


BLMorticia said...


Thanks for commenting, good to see you. Love Keanu. Sometimes the men talk to us don't they?


BLMorticia said...


Hi there. Good to see you again! TY for the comment

BLMorticia said...


Thanks so much. I love it too.

BLMorticia said...


Thanks for commenting. :D

BLMorticia said...


Thanks for commenting

BLMorticia said...


Thanks So much


BLMorticia said...

@Juliana, TY for stopping by. You are entered!

BLMorticia said...


TY for stopping in and commenting

BLMorticia said...

@Darcy again,

I thank you for following me dear.

I love seeing you comments on my posts

moniqee said...

Congratulations on this new release!

The blurb on Vertigo looks good since I like paranormal

I dont mind a chance on the book or GC.. ^__^

moniqee @ hotmail.com

Loveless3173 said...

Congrats on the new release!!

If I still can, I'd like to enter for a chance to win the book too. ...(and the $25 gc xD)

Thank You!


Gardemarin said...

Congratulation to the new release!

Please count me in, book and GC are both great prizes. :)

Gardemarin said...

forgot the email: gardemarinATgmxDOTde

BLMorticia said...

TY Moniqee

You are entered

BLMorticia said...

TY Judi (Loveless)

You are indeed entered!

BLMorticia said...

TY Gardemarin!

You are entered too!

MamaTStar said...

Frances Cura-- Book sounds amazing

Anzu said...

Count me in as well please, both sounds good!


Anzu said...

Count me in as well please, both sounds good!


Emiliana said...

I'd like a chance to win either, both prizes sound good!



BLMorticia said...

TY Mama, Anzu, and Emiliana for the comments!

Unknown said...

Hello. fantastic job. I did not imagine this. This is a fantastic story. Thanks!
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