Visiting Author: Michael Mandrake with Reconnection and a contest!

Today, I have Michael Mandrake here to talk about their story Reconnection. Enjoy!

We Writers Are STRANGE creatures!
Michael Mandrake aka Sharita Lira

Greetings. This is Sharita Lira with a post about being an author and/or writer since they are more synonymous than you think. Sooo, what about writing? It’s something authors love to do. We keep strange hours, writing when the house is asleep or awake depending on the members in your household. Or maybe you’re a lone ranger. Oh you’re really doomed! *grins* No one to bother you or answer to? It means you can spend a ton of time with your muses and/or characters. And oh, what about those critters? Yes, the ones you talk to and think about all the time while driving. I know I do. I talk to them and discuss parts of the story I need to rewrite. Other times, you might be typing away at your desk or whatever kind of surface you use, hammering out details and you blurt out things making your significant other look at you as if you sprouted three heads. Yes, I’ve done that many times. *shrugs* Hubby is used to it now, but will ask, what are you talking to the muses about now?
My response? Oh just the next story I’m working on. *laughs*
You laugh aloud with them when you type something humorous. Yes, this happens a lot when me and BLMorticia get together. She really had me going on our Wretched Series and even Michael and I shared a laugh or two in I Love it Rough. And then there’s the things that come up in your dreams. Whether it be the ones you have while you sleep or the ideas that come to you when you’re awake and again, you blurt it out, you chuckle at the restaurant table when you come up with something new.
A plot bunny! EUREKA!
You scramble for anything to write with; pen, paper, crayon, napkin, toilet paper, the back of your receipt. Your family gives you the ‘Really mom or dad’ looks that make you blush. And if that’s not available, you type it in your phone or your iPad if you carry it around with you, anything to keep it in your head. Oh and lets go back to those little fockers, the bunnies. You love when they come to you but hate when you already have like 100 er so working that you haven’t written yet.
Damnit, not again! Damn muses.
Lastly, what about your muses? Mine are writing muses. My characters do speak to me from time to time, but my muses control me. I, lovingly called the head by these imaginary friends, write most of the blog posts but the stories I blame on the 3 muses. BL with her snark and wickedness, Rawiya with her sensual emotional pieces, and Michael with his long winded, dry humor. Yes I know them all. I’ve been doing this for a little over four years, but I finally got them down packed and I intend for it to stay that way.
So, what am I? Crazy? I’m a person with 3…no 4  muses that drive me to the point of exhaustion. (Veronica joined the fold officially in January) I talk to my characters, have conversations about stories in my head, I take hardly no time off from tapping the keys on that laptop, and I do it all with many of my peers not understanding why or how I do this when it’s so hard to make a living, and yet I love it. What am I? My friends I am an author!
No straight jackets or padded room needed. It is the life of an author to be driven by the muses and/or plot bunnies. I can’t stop, I have to do it. Why? Because it’s what sustains me and keep me from those aforementioned padded rooms. *smiles*


Every once in a while, the average looking guy scores!
Robert McIntyre is a closeted, average looking sports columnist for the Daily Read. Unfortunately, his desire to stay in has cost him the chance at love more than once. However, now it seems his luck will change since his editor has asked him to interview, Jake Valenta. Jake and Robert knew one another in college and when he heard from a mutual friend that Jake might be bisexual, Robert didn’t believe him.
Before Robert’s trip, they discover a mutual affection for one another. Jake shares his desire to stay behind closed doors because he can’t stand being called a fag, but desperately wants Robert to be his man.
Robert and Jake want a chance to reconnect on a more personal level, but will this budding relationship ruin their careers?


During my junior year in 2009, I recall when my bestie, a female named Alex let me know the deal on Jake. She was fully aware I was gay and had no issue keeping my secret safe. Back then, it wasn’t a good idea to let anyone know you were homosexual. Oklahoma was part of the Bible belt meaning you’d suffer either at the hands of nagging kids who wanted to taunt you or overzealous bible thumpers who’d pray for you to be saved and or converted.

Either way, I’d learned staying in the closet throughout high school, college, and adulthood was the best option not only for my well-being, but also my sanity. Sad, but I figured why put myself through unnecessary trouble?

As per usual, Alex and I found a table in the corner away from the so-called cool kids. Many people thought we dated which was cool because it kept everyone from jumping in my business.

“Robert.” Alex placed her tuna salad sandwich on the table and dropped her book-bag on the floor. “Have I got some exciting news for you.”

Although hungry, I pushed the fork through the cafeteria’s version of authentic Mexican because it looked really unappetizing. It really sucked being a poor college student who could only afford to eat in the college cafeteria.

“What might that be?” I shoved the tray away and took the other half of her tuna sandwich.

She glared at me and shrugged, “Jake’s into guys.”

The moment she’d finished her sentence, I stopped chewing. “You’re kidding, right?” I put the rest down on the table and quickly swallowed it before I choked.

Alex smiled, “Nope, I’m not. My friend Lori Tate used to fool around with Jake. She says he confessed it while talking about sex.” She took back her lunch.

“Really?” My mind started to consider the possibilities. We were two years apart and seemingly since he wanted to stay on the down low, we could make this work, right?


About the Muse and Author
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 Michael Mandrake at WordPress

Author Sharita Lira: In one word, crazy. Just crazy enough to have 3 4 different muses running around in her head, driving her to sheer exhaustion with new plot bunnies and complex characters.

In addition to being a computer geek and a metalhead, Sharita loves live music, reading, and perusing the net for sexy men to be her muses. She’s also a founding member and contributor to the heavy metal ezine

For more information, please visit as well as her Facebook fanpage, The Literary Triad.

3 Ebook copies of Reconnection 
1 $5 Amazon GC

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