February 15, 2013

Gay Romance: On Valentine's Day @Raine_Delight #RLFblog

On Valentine’s Day

Raine Delight, welcome to Romance Lives Forever. Let's talk about your book, the On Valentine’s Day anthology story, my story is called Moonlight Masquerade.
Genre: M/M
Publisher: Sara York in conjunction with It’s Raining Men
Cover artist: Sara York & Jared Rackler
Length: 353 pages/10 stories by eleven authors
Heat rating: Sweet to scorching hot/my story is sweet and sensual
Tagline: Fall in love with On Valentine’s Day
For Moonlight Masquerade:
Mysterious roses keep popping up on Skylar Everclear's doorstep. No idea what is going, a little disturbed by this secret admirer, he tries to forget it all since he just got rid of the latest line of loser boyfriends and just wants to do his job at the local bakery. But when he meets his new neighbor, Marc Douglas, he finds himself drawn to the quiet young man even as he tries not to let his libido take over. But on Valentine's Day, a mysterious rose again pops up with a note to meet his admirer that night. Will Skylar take a chance that this time, love is right there waiting for him?
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What are your main characters' names, ages, and occupations?
Skylar Everclear is about 30 years old and a baker at a local bakery
Marc Douglas is around 29 and works at the local shipyard.


Skylar opened his door and groaned. Another damn rose was lying on his doormat. It ticked him off that he had no idea who was doing this but every freaking night this week he either came home to a rose on his porch or opened the door to it. It was enough to feel creeped out now. He looked around, seeing no one, shut the door with a soft click and leaned against the door in despair. It has been three months since he threw out his lover, Saul, after catching him fucking some other guy after one of the numerous block parties the neighborhood held in the summer and autumn months and frankly he didn’t know what to do anymore. All he did was work, sleep and work some more. He always seemed to pick those guys who are bound to break his heart.
“I must have ‘Loser’ tattooed on my forehead the last few years.” Skylar muttered to himself. “Why can’t I find a nice guy for once? One who won’t lie, cheat or steal and break my heart by telling me I wasn’t good enough for them.” Sighing, Skylar grabbed his backpack, keys and cell phone as he hurried to get ready for work. As a baker in the local bakery, his day started earlier than many others. With Valentine’s around the corner, he was working longer than normal hours. He was in the bakery at 4 am and not coming home till almost five at night. It made for long hellish days but he enjoyed what he did. Plus he enjoyed seeing the people enjoy his desserts and hey, the paycheck after days like this made a nice chunk of change in his bank account. His mind on what items he needed to get done for the next few days, he opened then shut his door, locked it and made sure to pick up the rose before he stepped all over it, crushing the fragile blooms. As he turned and walked to his car, he wondered who his mysterious admirer was.
Red Hot Magic
Skylar’s day got off to a good start at work as he hummed a long with a local radio station playing 80’s rock bands while he rolled out dough for cookies, breads and made delicate fruit pastries. He was finally able to take a quick break around noon when the front sales person, Marlene, poked her head in the doorway saying they needed more pastry hearts. Seemed everyone was buying those desserts for their significant other, or ordering the smaller ones for class or office parties. He sighed as the fleeting dream of getting off his feet for ten minutes went on by as he got to work making more goodies. By the time five o’clock hit, Skylar was exhausted but pleased. They sold out of many of the Valentine themed items and the specialty breads were also almost gone. He made a note on the dry-erase board what needed to be replaced tomorrow and clocked out, waving to the front sales people as he went through the door to the parking lot.
Shivering as he hurried to his car, Skylar fumbled with his keys before unlocking the door and sliding into the seat. Turning the heat up on high, he waited a bit before putting his car in drive to go home. All he wanted to do was grab a shower, order a pizza and veg in front of the television. He was so exhausted it wasn’t funny. Watching couples come into the bakery or men buying items for their partners/girlfriends was a downer to be sure. He never liked Valentine’s Day to begin with. He felt it was a holiday that Hallmark cards liked so they could guilt people into buying cheesy cards and florist could raise the prices of roses so high it was mind boggling. He never had a nice Valentine’s Day where a lover surprised him with dinner or gave him something romantic or funny or sweet. He was always alone on Valentine's day and he tried to make sure he didn’t have to deal with people who were so sugary sweet they made his teeth ache. Finally feeling the car heat up, he drove off determined to not think of hearts, flowers and all the things associated to Valentine’s Day. It was for couples, people in love and not for him.


If you could change something about your first book, what would it be?
I would make it a bit longer and more fleshed out.
What do you enjoy most about writing?
Creating new characters and worlds. I love opening a new word document and letting my muse take over.
How do you cope with stress as an author?
With lots of coffee and my sounding board, my partner of seven years.
Which of your books would you recommend to someone who doesn't normally read your genre, and why?
If you enjoy paranormal with romance, then please try my Devon Falls series. Each book is a new set of main characters but past characters pop up and help move the story along. I have dream walkers, shifters and soon the fae as well as elemental mages will be popping in.
What kind of books do you read when taking a break from your own writing?
All depends on my mood. Lately I am into fantasy such as Jim Butcher, Gail Z. Martin and a few others plus my m/m faves such as Sue Brown, Andrew grey and more.
What do you think is the future of traditional publishing?
I think traditional publishing is now just seeing how well e-books are really doing and though late to the party, they are trying to play catch up even after many years of scoffing at e-books and their popularity. I would love to see the big six redo their publishing model and make it more relevant to today’s changing world as well as fighting against e-book pirates.
Imagine you get to go on a dream vacation, but you have only one hour to pack and leave, and it starts as soon as you finish this interview. What will you take with you and where will you go?
Some place warm…maybe Hawaii since I have never been there. Shorts, bathing suit and maybe my trusty yoga pants as well as a few pairs of jeans. If money is no object then I am planning to buy clothes there. J
What good book have you read recently?
I am loving Gail Z. Martin’s Chronicles of the Necromancer/Fallen Kings series…wonderful fantasy and in e-books, I loved Andrew Grey’s debut young adult story, By The Creek under pen name Geoff Laughton. Exquisitely written and very heartfelt.
If you were a color, what color would you be?
I am an all shades of blue or purple kind of girl
Please underline which statement is more like you:
"I am a vacation spa because I am laid back and relaxed."
"I am a ten-countries in ten-days tour vacation, because I do things as fast as possible."

Please complete the sentences

I love pizza with black olives, pepperoni, and mushrooms.
I'm always ready for unexpected company with plenty of coffee and cookies around my house.
When I'm alone, I like curling up in my honey’s big easy chair and reading on my nook.
You'd never be able to tell, but I had over a dozen surgeries in my teens for cervical spine cancer.
If I had a halo it would be hung up on my devil horns.
If I could be anyone I'd be Johnny Depp’s assistant.
I can never have too many books because it’s unnatural not to have books IMO.
Fantasies Unbound

Previous Books

Devon Falls Series:
Sticky Magic (paranormal erotic romance)
Red Hot Magic (paranormal, light bondage erotic romance)
Fiery Magic (paranormal dragon shifter romance)
Haunting Magic (paranormal/Wolf shifter erotic romance)
Moonlight & Magic (paranormal/white tiger shifter erotic romance)
Stand Alone books:
Fantasies Unbound (Paranormal/Fantasy erotic romance)
Hot Summer Fun Anthology-includes my story, A Summer Night Fling (Paranormal M/M)
Check out my book trailers:
Haunting Magic book Trailer: http://youtube.com/watch?v=tvmFxgLQtx4
Red Hot Magic Book Trailer: http://youtube.com/watch?v=sLZcr8ubIr8
A Summer Night Fling Book Trailer: http://youtube.com/watch?v=AxnlmfG6DjA
Sticky Magic book trailer: http://youtube.com/watch?v=PcxV4rFohBg

Books Coming Soon

Second Chance at Love (self-published free story coming next week/Western M/M)
Devon Falls 6: Mistletoe Magic (paranormal/Fae/M/M
Devon Falls Wedding (Book 7 in series/paranormal Romance)
Space Pirates: Bounty (Science Fiction Ménage (M/M/F)
Betrayed by Destiny (Destined Mates 1/New series/Paranormal M/M)


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  1. Raine Delight2/15/2013 10:29 AM

    Thanks for having me here.

    1. I'm always happy to see you, Raine!

  2. I absolutely love your story along the others in this fantastic book. =}

    1. And the cover is pretty hot, too! ;)

  3. Great concept for the book. Perfect for Valentine's Day.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    1. Hi, Debby! I agree -- so many stories... I love anthologies.


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