Blog Tour Interview and #giveaway – The Luxorian Fugitive by Mann Ramblings

Title: The Luxorian Fugitive
Series: Ship Logs of the Santa Claus (Book 1)
Length: Novel
Genre: gay romance, science fiction, M/M romance
Publisher: Wayward Ink Publishing


Sergeant Liam Jacks is the security chief of transport vessel, The Santa Claus. He travels the planetary cluster with Marc Danverse, his best friend and captain, seeking to escape his tortured past and find some peace of mind.

Having been through a civil war together, Danverse and Liam are close. Maybe too close….

All that changes when mysterious stranger, Hadrian Jamison, an escaped Adonirati, books passage to Alpha Centauri. Can he be trusted? Can the stories of his past be believed?

The Luxorian Fugitive by Mann Ramblings

As Liam’s fascination with Hadrian grows, jealousy threatens to tear apart his friendship with Danverse.

When Hadrian’s owner shows up, Liam is forced to go against orders in order to launch a rescue mission to save him.

The ensuing conflict may be more than any of them expected.

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Prizes: 1 x $20 WIP Gift Card and 1 x ebook The Luxorian Fugitive

Interview with Mann Ramblings

How did you fall in love with science fiction? Do you read a lot of books in this genre?

I was a big comic book geek growing up, so the whole idea of worlds and characters that were larger than life. Add in superpowers and sciences extrapolated out to a fantastic degree, and I was hooked. We live in the real world and sometimes it sucks, so even though I will occasionally read and write a contemporary story, I prefer to escape with my entertainment. Lately, I’ve been reading more M/M than anything else, but I’m usually drawn to sci-fi and paranormal stories.

What or who inspired The Luxorian Fugitive?

I have a HUGE fascination with geishas and wanted to write a story about a male version. I wanted to find a way to not effeminize him, so I blended the idea with a Roman gladiator to give the character a dangerous edge. To make a plausible setting, sci-fi was just the right genre. Once I had the main concept, the brainstorming for the rest just happened.

Do you often use history to inspire the societies you are describing, or was it the “bread and games” philosophy the only one that attracted you?

I think we all do that to some point. Luxorian society was definitely patterned after the moral lapses and excesses of Ancient Rome. The decadence and greed was a natural spring board for that portion of the book along with the societal twist on how you can justify owning slaves so far in the future.

When should we expect the next book in the series?

I’m working on the second book, A Cook’s Tale, which we’re aiming for a fall release. After talking to my lovely editor, Lily Velden, I switched gears on which future project should be completed next. So thank Lily for that. LOL

Is there any other project you are currently working on?

I have two other WIP’s at the moment. One is a novel length expansion of Cardinal Sins, my short story that’s part of Wayward Ink’s Of Heaven and Hell anthology that’s out in June. The novel version, I’m hoping for late winter to early spring. I also have a shifter story that’s in progress that I’ve been dying to write for a long time. The timeline for that one is in the air, because I know Lily will be on me for the third Santa Claus story before I know it.

Do you have any writer quirks you would like to share?

I need a fair amount of quiet. As a notorious eavesdropper, I tune in on conversations around me, so television, music, and movies on while I write can be a horrific distraction.

What was the best thing about publishing this novel? Which was the hardest part of the process?

Best part? Seeing the excitement during the cover reveal and the positive feedback on release day. I couldn’t tell enough friends I was officially a published author. That’s the kind of thing you sometimes can’t believe you managed to pull off. I’m still a little euphoric over it.

Worst part? Seeing all the initial comments and red marks on the first editing pass during the revision. Did it make the story better? Hell, yes. (Thank you Alicia!) Was it a little depressing to look at when I opened the file? Hell, yes. LOL

MannRamblingspic-225x300About 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, 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.

Twitter: @mannramblings

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