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.
He couldn’t tear his eyes away as Arbor laid down his hand—two pair. It was almost a joke to show his own, but he was stuck. When everyone saw the mismatched, impotent cards he held, the uproar was much louder than he expected.
“What the hell, Priest? Did you really think you’d bluff your way into that pot?” James could barely breathe, he was laughing so hard.
Priest found Costa staring at him, not even watching the scene unfolding. “I guess I didn’t think this one through.” The crease between his eyebrows felt particularly deep at the moment. Was it possible to be annoyed and confused at the same time? The glee in Costa’s eyes was unmistakable; he knew what happened and had to be responsible. But how?
“I’d like to rake in my winnings, but there seems to be a piece of clothing missing from the pile,” Arbor said. He beckoned with his finger towards the chip pile.
“It’s a little chilly in here tonight. How about I keep ’em on and give a special show to the winner at the end?” A chorus of snickers and refusals answered his suggestion.
Arbor snapped his fingers and pointed to the pot. “Drop ’em, flyboy.”
Stunned, Priest couldn’t help but see the dwarf sitting up tall and proud in his seat, a near arrogant grin of his face. Where this show of confidence came from, Priest had no idea. He was trying to decide if he liked it or not when the rising group of whistles and chants of “drop ’em, flyboy” derailed his train of thought.
Pushing back his chair, Priest stood tall as the raucous noise grew in volume. Arbor’s gaze was trained on him, daring to burn his skin. When he hooked his thumbs into the waistband of his snug grey briefs, he swore Arbor gasped. The arrogant expression had shifted into longing, as if he hadn’t seen a naked man in years. Perhaps he needed a little thrill?
Carefully, he grazed his thumbs down his hips, exposing the flesh running from his hip down to his groin, making a point not to reveal anything too fast. Sliding his hands around to his backside, he uncovered his ass, keeping his cock hidden from hopeful eyes.
The chanting continued as he leaned forward far enough to touch the floor, peeling the tight fabric down the muscles in his thighs and calves until he stepped out of them. He pulled his chair under him and sat, using the table to keep himself decent from Arbor’s vision as he tossed the pair of underwear onto the table.
“I believe those are yours for now.”
Standing up in his seat, Arbor took the briefs, keeping a tight hold on them as he happily scooped up his winnings. “I didn’t get to see much there, you big coward.”
Priest shrugged and smirked. “You gotta win to get a proper look at the good stuff.”
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The Luxorian Fugitive
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?
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
The 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 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.