As we come to an end of LGBT Month from The AfterDark World, I want to have one more featured guest blogger here -- m/m author Rawiya will be giving away her copy of her upcoming book "Smooth Like Latte" to the lucky commenter here. So please show some love as she guest blogs here on The AfterDark World.
Greetings folks. I’d like to thank Ray for having me on today to talk about my latest book, Smooth Like Latte. I’m pretty stoked about the book since it’s my longest to date. I think more than any other story I’ve written so far, this one gives you a glimpse of my style as well as the types of characters I love to create. I am the most sensitive of the three muses and this book proves it.
In a recent review, the blogger talked about my use of purple prose which I happen to like. To me, it’s perfectly fine for 2 men to be somewhat emotional or sappy about each other especially when one has never been in a relationship. Some may see this as an issue but I don’t. The more emotional the characters are the better.
Another thing about Smooth Like Latte is the characters. Davori or Latte is an artist who works at a coffee shop. He’s a romantic, a crooner, and not afraid to go after what he wants. Brendan Walsh is a millionaire’s son, in the closet, and lonely. In my opinion, Latte is the best choice for a man but will he stand up to his dad to begin a relationship with Davori? The father is an important part in this story. He’s the leader of the Walsh organization, a homophobe, and a meddler in Brendan’s life. If Brendan continues on this path, he might miss out on true happiness.
While writing, I always enjoy playing music in the background. Latte and Brendan are big fans of smooth R&B and jazz so that meant Kenny G as well as old school rhythm and blues from the seventies and eighties. A few specific songs: Baby Come to Me by James Ingram, Brown Sugar by D’Angelo, and some songs from the Love Jones Soundtrack when putting together the love scenes.
I really love the way it turned out and of course, the characters spoke wanting more to be done, so 2 more books are in the works. One for the secondary character in the book as well as the next one which will bring more trouble for my happy couple.
In the meantime, I hope you’ll check out Smooth Like Latte, book 3 in the Something New on the Menu series. Here is the blurb and a snippet.
Brendan Walsh is an uptight business executive working for his father and missing out on real life due to his relentless drive for success. Fearing his homophobic father’s wrath - and the potential to destroy his financial future - Brendan hides is true orientation and lives a life of boring celibacy.
Upon meeting Davori Jenkins when the hunky barista serves him a latte just the way he likes it, Brendan takes a chance, leaving his number with the tip in the hopes of changing his future love life.
Will Brendan be able to come clean with his father - risking his fortune - or will he take a chance at losing a man who he wants as his future?
Warning: This is an m/m interracial romance. Real romance. Some sappiness is ahead with two very good looking men who are searching for that happy ever after ending.
After about fifteen minutes, Brendan started rubbing his temples. He felt a headache coming on from reading the figures for so long, and the need for caffeine was only adding to it. He’d finally made it inside the shop, but the line still dragged out the door. What on earth is in here that’s so high in demand? He placed the papers back in his briefcase, folding his arms over his chest.
Another step closer to the counter. He took a look at this place he hadn’t visited in a while. The same bright colors as the murals outside, black chairs and tables filled with people either busy at their laptops or spreading the latest office gossip. Cathy and her dad Mike were fans of jazz music; they liked the idea of the festive atmosphere as a backdrop for their shop. Another reason why Brendan refused to sell out to the bigger competitor. He wanted something non-corporate in the food court. Something that wasn’t just part of a chain, but its own entity. The younger Walsh understood business; this was the one place inside his building where he felt that small and independent was better.
Brendan took another step, searching for the shop owner. Cathy had been very instrumental when they’d opened this place a couple of years ago. He admired the relationship she had with her dad; he noticed her father actually cared about what she thought. If only the elder Mr. Walsh would do the same.
“Hmm, today, maybe a macchiato would be good. Haven’t had a true one in a…” Brendan stopped thinking aloud, his eyes fixed on the man behind the counter. He tilted his head a little, to get a better look. Who is he?
A tall man about six feet, with skin the color of lightly creamed coffee. Broad shoulders, light green eyes… or were they something else, maybe blue or hazel? Who knew, but damn was this man hot.
His perfectly trimmed goatee began under his nostrils and wrapped around his mouth and onto his chin. He wore a black fitted turtleneck that showed the muscles in his upper torso; even under Brendan’s scrutiny, the handsome man continued to make beverages with ease. Brendan noticed the young man next to him seemed only to serve donuts and pies from the fridge, now and then a juice. Could it be the line was so long because of the sexy barista making the drinks? Has to be it. Brendan could see no other reason for it. Not only was the man attractive, he was good at his job.
The closer he moved to the front of the line, the more intrigued he became. He thought about talking to the hunky man as he made his drink. But what the heck would he say? “Hey, I’m Brendan and I own the building.” Brendan smirked to himself, knowing that most likely wouldn’t work.
Due to his inexperience in the relationship department, he didn’t know how to pick up a guy. The only words exchanged in bars were hey, you’re hot, wanna go home with me, or wanna meet me in the bathroom – nothing more.
Besides that, was the guy behind the counter into men, or was he unfortunately heterosexual? Brendan sighed and ran his fingers through his hair, still gazing at the hunk.
Make mine slow and creamy. I like it that way.
RAWIYA is the more sensual erotica writer in the BLRawiya duo. Rawiya's first sole author book, Time to Make the Donuts released in Feb and her first MMF Living in the Now released in April from NNP. The third book, Smooth Like Latte is out now. She has several shorts in anthologies, the latest, That Thing in the STARbooks collection, Tall Dark and Delicious. A lot of her shorts are also on Every Night Erotica. She blogs regularly at Wicked Sexy Writers. For more please visit the Rawiyas blog on Wordpress.