A Visit with Michael Mandrake

Hi y’all. If you know me, you know I’m not a fan of the darker romances. But I have a good friend who is an amazing author (and beta reader!) that is all about that. I’ve asked Sharita (AKA Michael Mandrake) to stop by and share the fascination with us.

Hello readers! Thanks to Kim for allowing me to invade her blog!

Today, I’m blogging about dark romance. Right now, it’s a hot subgenre in fiction with many authors jumping on the bandwagon.

First let’s discuss what is dark romance? Looking at the definitions above, perhaps we could see a feeling of love with very little light involved. I don’t mean actual light, but in a figurative sense. Perhaps you have a hero with questionable moralities. Think a vampire or maybe a demon. Or if you’re not going paranormal, perhaps a mobster, a murderer, or a bad cop who wears the badge as a cover for his true evil self.

Hmm, I like that idea. *scribbles notes down*

In truth there is no right or wrong answer. Dark romance can be as twisted as you want or slightly wrong. Some go to extremes, but others might take the easier way out.

However, all of this leads to the question. How can romance be dark? Romance is supposed to bring happiness. See the above definition that says, feeling excited. Well, that’s just it, right? You get excited about something that might be seen as unseemly or immoral. The characters enjoy killing, but they have a lover who understands him or her. One of the characters is aroused by what the hero or heroine does to them, etc. Lots of scenarios to explore, it depends on how far you and your characters want to take them.

For me, my dark romance involves some kind of torture. In my Immortals series, my characters enjoyed being beaten within an inch of their immortal lives. It excited them to endure tests and made them stronger individuals. In addition, their dark desires didn’t prohibit them from falling in love since each character found his Mr. Right or Wrong, if you’d like to look at it that way. Maybe wrong for anyone else, but perfect for the lead characters.

I’m looking forward to writing more of them in the coming months. Recently, I released the book Love Kills for the Criminal Delights series as well as today’s newest Death’s Angel.

What’dya know! For once, my likes actually match up with the market.

*grins*

Thanks for listening to me ramble!

Blurb:  Death’s plan for revenge is derailed by his lust for one of the Creator’s angels.

Being second to Michael has never sat well with Allerio. Feeling slighted, he travels beyond the heavens, meeting a creature who informs him of his Father’s secrets. With curiosities niggling him, he challenges his god, seeking freedom from stringent rules. Though the prize might look wonderful on the surface, it comes with a heavy price the angel will bear for eternity. 

Death’s banishment was only the beginning of his descent. Since then, he’s concocted a scheme to overthrow the highest being, proving him to be a liar. Although confident his plot will succeed, he convinces one of High’s top helpers to assist him. However, Death never intended for feelings of affection to consume him. Suddenly wrecking God’s perfection isn’t as important anymore. 

Two gods join forces and become bonded in more ways than one. Can they overcome their emotions to achieve their ultimate goal? 

Death’s Angel is the prequel story to Immortals, chronicling the very beginning of Lucifer’s ascent as the god of the third and fourth planes. This story involves male pregnancy and mating. 

Warning: On page violence, extreme torture, and death. Look inside for further triggers.
   

Excerpt

Before the beginning of time…

Lucifer (Allerio)

For as long as I could remember I had been curious about the work Most High, our creator, had done. He had called them gifts, only sharing little bits and pieces of what he was working on behind the door of heaven, where no being was allowed. However, that had also changed recently when he invited Michael into the dwelling no one else was to even think of walking into.

Knowing my status with High, I should have been exempt from this barring as well. Although I was the second created Angel, I considered myself better than most. Certainly, higher than the so-called Archangel who could not compare to me, the most beautiful being My Gracious had made. Yet another of the reasons I should be confident, knowing the most intelligent being made me in his image. He had said as much in our conversation, and to my knowledge Michael had not been afforded that same discussion.

Was I vain?

Yes.

Jealous?

Again, yes.

With the gift of perfection as my claim to fame, why should I feel any less?

Honestly, I should not, which translated to how I felt about High holding things from me when I should have been the first one he had told. Instead, it seemed Michael was his favorite helper, and I had been reduced to consultant. While it was true that I had more to offer the new angels, I could give my opinions on his next brilliant works as well.

Apparently, He figured Michael was enough, and that within itself didn’t sit well with me.

Besides, my given name, Allerio, said it all.

Precious gift from the Gods.

I was just that.

A gift to be treasured.

Nurtured.

Not turned away in favor of the inferior one.

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Michael’s Bio and Links

Michael Mandrake pens complex characters already comfortable with their sexuality. Through these, he builds worlds not centered on romance but rather the mainstream and/or obscure  plots we might encounter in everyday life and beyond.

Website: https://michaelmandrake.wordpress.com/

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