Blog Tour – Priest and Pariahs by Mann Ramblings

Synopsis – Priest and Pariahs

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.

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THE GOGGLES OVER Priest’s eyes displayed all the pertinent flight data as he piloted the Santa Claus into Alpha Centauri Prime’s atmosphere. The ship’s size should have made for a rough ride, but he knew how to handle this craft. The Santa Claus was a decommissioned military transport vessel Captain Danverse had repurposed into a freight liner after the Centauri Civil War. Built for function, not for style, the ship could be a handful during takeoffs and landings, but Priest knew how to manage the beast.
Priest loved his life aboard the Santa Claus as they shipped cargo, and occasionally passengers, between the fifteen worlds in the Cluster. Trips between worlds could take weeks at a time, so thirty-two men currently made the cargo vessel their home. All men on board were non-hetero, which sometimes made for a great deal of fun during the long voyages.
Three pilots traded shifts while off-planet, but Priest preferred the launches and landings—they were far more fun. Piloting in space was kind of boring, but necessary. Sure there were moments when they had to maneuver around random debris and objects floating in the dark, but he made a point to be the man on call for his favorite shifts.
“How are we doing, Priest?” Captain Danverse called out from his post behind him in the center of the bridge.
“Just fine, Captain. I’ll get us in smooth as usual.”
“That’s why you’re in that seat.” Priest grinned. “Tommy, are we good?”
The long-haired navigator sitting next to him checked his console and nodded, making his pony tail bob. “Centauri Station has us cleared. You should be receiving flight path data any time now.”
Priest’s fingers danced over the controls, pulling up the telemetry inside his goggles. The holographic display would be easy enough to follow. The ship passed through the outer layers of the atmosphere and they were moments from approaching the planetary jet stream. Their flight path ran right into it and would make for a hard ride.
He couldn’t wait for what would come next.
The ship began to shudder as high winds buffeted the large vessel. Typically a craft this size would park in orbit and the crew would take a separate schooner to the surface, but the ship didn’t come with a shuttle. Not that it mattered; the Santa Claus was more than sturdy enough for the activity. Still, pushing through a planet’s atmosphere did make the takeoffs and landings a little problematic at times.
From the corner of his eye, Priest watched Tommy suddenly grip his armrest as the shaking intensified. Priest could feel the rattle all the way through his teeth, and he loved every moment of it.
“You crash my ship and I’ll kick your ass, Priest.” Danverse was the last person to admit to weakness, but Priest could hear a subtle unease in the alpha male’s voice.
Priest took a firm grip on the controls and throttle. “Trade winds are smacking us around. Don’t worry, Captain. I’ll get us through smooth, just like always.”
Pushing the control forward, he forced the ship to dive against the current of the air stream, making the quaking even more severe. The whole ship developed a growing echo in protest.
Tommy’s knuckles were starting to turn white. “Oh, fuck me,” he groaned. Priest couldn’t help but whoop in excitement.
“Almost there!” he cried out over the noise. “I just need to get him in the sweet spot!”
He could feel the gravity well pulling them down like the best carnival ride. It was the sensation of harsh freefall that made him want to be a pilot in the first place. Nothing topped the thrill; except for maybe seducing an attractive man who played hard to get.
Keeping an eye on the sensor reading, he could see the tremors were creeping to the top of the Santa Claus’ structural stress limits, beyond which actual damage could result. All entertainment aside, it was time to be a hero.

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The Luxorian Fugitive

Luxorian PreviewSergeant 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?

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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A Cook’s Tale

A Cooks Tale - Mann RamblingsThe trials and tribulations of the crew and passengers of interplanetary transport vessel, The Santa Claus continues in A Cook’s Tale.

After a horrific breakup, Erron Murfin is bitter, homeless, and friendless. When the cook’s position on the Santa Claus presents itself, Erron decides to escape his current circumstances and join the crew. On board he reconnects with family friend Gamin Wells, whose own secrets and issues begin to surface upon Erron’s arrival. The least of which is the reason the pair haven’t laid eyes on one another in over twelve years.

As Erron settles into his new duties, the men on board take an interest in their newest crew member. Among those intrigued by Erron are polyamorous couple, Barrus and James. Despite Erron’s cautious nature, he’s drawn into a triad relationship with the pair.

But there’s something about Gamin…

Is Erron too damaged to confront his own feelings?

Will his past prevent him from finding what he needs?

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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, 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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