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Sunday, March 2, 2014

Inspiration for Writing N'awlins Exotica/Paranormal - ILIR Blogtour CONTEST


Greetings readers. I wanted to talk about the inspiration behind N’awlins Exotica. What prompted me to write this long collection of stories? Okay well, it was months ago right after NaNoWrimo. I’d just completed a short and I was looking to do another m/m short story in December for an Xmas release. I asked good friend and fellow author, Sara York who did the cover for Rawiya’s best selling m/f I Like Em Pretty to do an m/m version as well. When she sent it back to me, she sent me this lovely piece of art on the left.

Wow, was I floored! Look at the beautiful image. My main characters Kajika Fortier and Frankie Choteau came to life just looking at this cover. Then I started thinking, an illustration that lovely and gorgeous needs more of a story. Some with conflict, perhaps a murder since Frankie is a homicide detective. No way could I allow a fab cover like this only go on a short novella.

So I crafted a basic plot. Kajika’s lover is murdered, Frankie comes and investigates, presents issues because Kajika is a suspect and they want to fall in love. Simple right? No, not exactly. It took me about 2 months to get first draft done and when I sent it to my good friend and beta/editor, she tore it apart as she should’ve. No question it needed work. I didn’t have every fact straight, key details were missing and I had to overhaul the story. Since Shar was vacationing at that time, it took us 2 more months just to do edits and get it back to the editor. When we did, it was in better shape but of course we went through 3 stages to get all the points correct.

During this time, the supporting characters began to yell loudly in our ears. Frankie’s partner on the force, Kenina Porter wanted her own book. Vance Morain, the other cop wanted a love story with Kenina but then he changed his mind and picked someone else. Not telling who! *grins* And then, Orrin, Vance’s partner said, where’s my book? Naomi Beneviere, who is Kajika’s best friend said the same thing. She wanted her conflict, her happy ending and so the N’awlins Exotica series was born!

And because I was working on a story for awesome reader and friend Judie Stewart, my twin vampires, Ryland and Ryder Durand also got into the act. From them, the N’awlins Exotica Paranormal series was born as well. The twins will become part of the regular series and since this is a triad effort between me, Rawiya, and BLMorticia, both my sister muses will be doing books as well.

Back to Exotica that is now on book two. I Love it Rough released last Monday. In this one, I revisit Frankie and Kajika's relationship but add more sexual tension along with a serial killer who is stalking exotic dancers in New Orleans. This one is more of a mainstream book, not really a romance. Only two romantic scenes in the whole book. *smiles* This one is more to my liking actually. Shar and I delve into the background behind Frankie's job, his life as a detective and how coming out to his peers has affected his psyche. His mood swings push Kajika away but will Kajika stay away or go back to his man?

Wow. From one small idea, came an 11...no...13...no, 14 book series. Yes, 14 books. It’s a collection full of sexual tension, mystery, suspense, murder, and all books push the limits of the erotic. Me being the stuffy muse usually wants to keep up with the plots with very little sex but for this series, I throw it all in the mix and we came up with a collection of books we hope everyone will enjoy. Yes, you’ll have to read them in order to keep up with what’s going on as the next book, relates to the one prior. All books are chocked full of action and I’m excited for everyone to read them.
And to think all this came from one single idea that went from small thought to successful collection.All books have done tremendously well on Amazon and ARe. If you haven’t checked them out yet, I hope after reading this post that we convinced you to do so.

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I Like Em Pretty Book Blurb

New Orleans is supposed to be the big easy. One night changes everything for Frankie Choteau. 


New Orleans. A city rich in tradition, diversity, and on the comeback trail from hurricane Katrina. Francois “Frankie” Choteau, a resident of this town, a cop with a hot temper and low tolerance for bs. Kajika Fortier, a transplant from Oklahoma came here looking for a dream and unfortunately it’s turned into a nightmare. On a hot summer night, they meet and cross paths during a very difficult situation. Despite this, the attraction between them is evident and loneliness for both men is a fate worse than death. They’d both like a chance at happiness but will the circumstances and Frankie’s uneasiness prevent their happy ever after?


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Blurb

Livin’ in N’awlins ain’t all that easy…  

Kajika Fortier loves his job, the attention he gets from onlookers, and Frankie Choteau. However, his new partner’s jealousy, mood swings, and over protectiveness drives Kajika to the brink but at the same time, excites him to no end. To complicate things further, a murderer is on the loose looking for blood. All three of the killer’s victims are strippers which not only makes Frankie nervous about Kajika’s safety but leaves him questioning his love for being a homicide detective. Coupled with the stresses of cold cases as well as some fellow officers shunning him for coming out, Frankie is having second thoughts about staying in New Orleans. Despite the encouragement from Vance, Kenina, and Orrin as well as new chief Quinn Murray, Frankie is wondering if his life’s passion really is to catch the killers.  

Will the new couple survive these new issues that impede their nearly perfect union? Or will the relationship fail, thus leaving Kajika alone and a target for New Orleans latest serial killer? Detective Choteau and Kajika’s commitment to one another is being tested in more ways than one and they only have one another to lean on.

Excerpt

 Kajika stepped out of the tub, grabbing the towel nearby to dry off. He’d been looking forward to spending the night and the early part of the day with his man, but duty called, causing Frankie to run out the door without saying anything more than ‘I’m gone’ and ‘I love you’.


Damn job.

Sometimes Kajika wished Frankie worked a nine to five instead of the dreaded detective position he held at the police station. They hadn’t had much time with the workload being so large due to shortage of staff, and it affected their relationship more than Kajika would’ve liked. At first he thought he could handle it; the excitement of his hot homicide detective out in the streets solving murders. Such a dangerous career but with it came nice money and accolades. Although Kajika was scared to death of blood and dead bodies, he loved hearing about some of Frankie’s cases, including the more intriguing ones that had yet to be solved. Tonight though, he would’ve traded all that in for his Frankie to be by his side.

In bed with me, where he should be.

Kajika finished wiping down and wrapped himself in his terry cloth robe to get ready for bed. He’d thought about staying up and watching some television, hoping that Frankie might return sooner than later, but he knew the truth. When called in, detectives don’t make it back home within a couple of hours. More like a few hours, or even half the day, would pass before he’d see his man again. As long as he came home safe, Kajika would deal with the amount of hours he spent away from their warm bed in Kenner, Louisiana.
On the way to the bedroom, Kajika wrapped his hair in the towel, drying his long strands. He glanced at the clock on the wall and grimaced when he noticed the big and small hand hovering over the two.
“Shit. Now I know I won’t see you until breakfast.” Kajika clicked his teeth and stomped on the trail of rose petals, angered by their night being interrupted. He pushed their bedroom door closed and leaned against the wood. “Damnit. We haven’t done a whole lot other than late night cuddling, quickies in the bathroom or on the kitchen floor. I need more than that, Frankie…I need−”

A long buzz sounded from the dresser, and Kajika moved quickly to see who was calling.

Frankie.

Frankie, or at least Kajika hoped it was, calling him with the news he’d be returning home sooner than expected. Although farfetched, Kajika could still wish his husband to be back early. He gulped hard and said a little prayer before clicking the connect button. “Hello?”

Silence then a sigh. “Babe, it’s me… I… I got some real bad news to tell you, sweetheart, but I’d rather you hear it from me as opposed to anyone else.”

Kajika released a deep breath and shrugged. “Are you okay, love? Something bothering−”

“Naw, I’m good, boo, but−” Frankie stopped a moment and blew hard through the phone.

Kajika plopped on the bed and crossed his legs, wondering what the heck his man was talking about. Bad news? What could it possibly be? Kajika nibbled on his bottom lip while he toyed with the frayed threads on his housecoat. “What is it, lover?”

“Babe, the murder I got called in for was…” Frankie ceased speaking again and sounded a little choked up about it.

Kajika held his breath and blinked twice in succession. “Who Frankie? Come on, just spit it out, right…who…”

“Lana Miles, babe. Lana’s been strangled to death.” Frankie spoke quickly to get the words out.

Kajika stared straight ahead, and his heart caught in his chest. Oh my God! Unable to cope with what he’d just heard, he dropped his phone and immediately the tears welled under his eyelids. Lana? Oh my God, who killed her? She was a good person…she…

“Kajika? Babe, you there? You okay, love? Talk to me, honey.”

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Overall Series Blurb
The N’awlins Exotica/Paranormal series
The city of New Orleans is rich in tradition, diverse, and known for the inspiration it provides. In the “Big Easy” there lies the hunger for the erotic as well as the unknown. The residents here feel that sexual energy and it reveals itself through their various creative activities.
Join the characters as they take a wild ride on the edge, enjoying their town for all it has to offer. There’s a certain magic in the air, an erotic magic that cannot be ignored.

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About the Author and the muse

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 http://tabooindeed.blogspot.com

Author Sharita Lira: In one word, crazy. Just crazy enough to have 3 different muses running around in her head, driving her to sheer exhaustion with new plot bunnies and complex characters. This happily married mother of two beautiful children loves music, computers, reading, and still enjoys reading and writing fanfiction. She’s a proud member of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association, as well as an advocate for rights of LGBT citizens.  She’s also a contributor to the heavy metal ezine Fourteeng.net.

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4 comments:

Tina Donahue said...

Awesome covers - great excerpts!! :)

Fiona McGier said...

Phew! Obviously you can't work outside the home, right? You must have figured out how to give up sleep and just write all day and night! I'm exhausted just reading about all of the stories that are pouring out of you. Kudos to you for your prolific muses, and hope they continue to bombard you with stories!

S.Lira said...

@Tina, thanks for the comments. I do love these covers!

S.Lira said...

@Fiona,

Actually I do work outside my home but I work PT and my job is flexible.

:)

Thx for commenting