Being an author has its perks; getting beautiful covers with your name on it, have readers talk about your books, and yeah, that little thing called royalties, yes that’s wonderful too. But, I think the best thing about it is coming up with the stories and/or the characters. Creating something in your own words that may or may not have been done before, more importantly, conveying a message to anyone that’ll listen. Yes, I love all of that, but my favorite part of that process is building a character and for this particular book, On the Run, I came up with two.
In this two part series, I started on SNSD and continuing here on Romance Novels in Color, I’ll explain the reasons I picked my two characters, Aiden Moriarty and Devlin “Brit” Crawford as well as some highlights about each of them.
The post for Matt is here.
And now, why I picked Idris Elba as Devlin “Brit” Crawford.
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What’s not to like about a sexy British man with a smooth accent, beautiful brown eyes, and dark chocolate skin so gorgeous you want to eat him up without a spoon? Idris Elba may not fit the mold of “pretty” that some hot models or actors are categorized in, but it doesn’t make him any less gorgeous. In the words of many women, Idris can be called sex on a stick. His movie and television roles have ranged from debonair to dirty and despite what the James Bond director says about him being too street, he would indeed make the perfect James Bond.
Regardless if that happens or not, I’ve written Idris into that sort of role. He’s an antihero, working for a homophobic mob boss who is seeking revenge on “herbalist” Aiden Moriarty. Devlin is on the cusp of forty something, still looking for a lifetime partner he can settle down with and perhaps get out of the dangerous game. And though he knows defying Ora could mean his demise, he’s not deterred to get what he wants in the end. Looking at Idris, I saw him in that character.
One think I loved about writing Devlin was how he wore his emotions on his sleeve. There were times in the book I could feel everything he felt as he talked to Aiden and even his best gal pal, Miranda Ashley. He’s a former military man who always knew he was different from the others. He left because he hated playing by the rules and signed on with Augustine Ora to carry out street justice, but meeting Aiden made him change his way of thinking. Perhaps living his life showing how tough and rogue wasn’t important as finding a lifetime partner and focusing on living life to the fullest. Devlin sees that opportunity and hopes to gain even more in his new venture with PROTEKT.
Like I said, picking Idris as a muse was an easy choice. The smooth voice, the accent makes you melt. He’s one of the sexiest men on the planet so why wouldn’t he be a good pick for the leading character in my book?
Aiden Moriarty is a Florida ‘herbalist’ who developed a performance enhancing drug many athletes have used. One of them is baseball star Ivan Salerno, who was caught using the drugs and is now on the brink of getting suspended. Because of Ivan’s connections with a rogue mob boss, Aiden is taken into a witness protection program, working along with baseball higher ups until he testifies.
The mob boss, Augustine Ora, has hired former British military officer and his best hitman, Devlin ‘Brit’ Crawford, to do the job. Ora has instructed Devlin to go to Miami, kidnap Aiden and take him to the local airport to be transported to Havana ,Cuba, to be executed by Ora’s top officers.
However, when Devlin receives the email, the pictures of the blue-eyed felon catch his eye and he is moved to go in a different direction. Instead of delivering Aiden to the airport, he has thoughts of taking him away and saving him from Ora’s wrath.
This move puts him, Aiden, as well as his assistant Miranda Ashley in huge danger. Will Devlin keep Aiden safe despite the odds or will he fail, causing Ora and his men come after him?
Tagline: Who would’ve thought that a British hit man would fall in lust at first sight with an American felon? This desire could become deadly for both.
“Um.” Aiden cleared his throat, hoping Miranda didn’t have a quick trigger finger. “I know it’s a risk what you’re doing—a huge one—but I can make it worth your while. I really can. And, uh, after the talk we had in the car—”
“You were thinking we could have something, hmm?”
Aiden swallowed hard and looked down at his feet. He clasped his hands together as if he was praying for something. “We could if you don’t deliver me to Ora.”
“Aw, isn’t that so cute, D? The American is begging you to spare him. He’s so adorable. Don’t let that overweight son of a bitch win, yeah? You need someone and hell, you’ve been saying how much you’ve wanted to get away from Ora for a while.”
“True, very true. See, Aiden? It’s not really all about you. My bird is right when she says I need a chap in my life. However, my reason for keeping you away is more about being a rebel. I haven’t been happy with the way Ora does things for quite a while. Additionally, I’d like to see that cheater Salerno go down in flames, because I don’t really like cheaters.”
“Neither do I,” Aiden responded.
“But you helped these men get ahead with drugs so, obviously, you take no real issue with it.”
“Yeah I do.” Aiden laughed nervously. “I just wanted to do something different and make some cash. That’s all. Hey, if you keep me alive, you can help me expose him and Engel, too. I’ve got no doubt the guy may be working for Ora—or even Salerno.”
“You might be right there, but the question still remains…” The man walked closer to Aiden, still mostly naked. He dragged his finger over Aiden’s forehead and twirled one of his curls around the tip. “Is the cause to bring a cheater down and have a good-looking American on my arm worth my life and the money Ora has offered me?”
Aiden’s eyes met his kidnapper’s deep brown gaze. His breath caught in his chest while he got lost in the man’s heated stare. His heart thumped against his ribs and his cock, already hard, strained in his underwear. He stuttered, “I-I’d say, yeah.”
He raked Aiden’s hair away from his eyes. “Of course you would.” He flashed a pearly white smile and swiped his tongue over his lips.
Watching Brit’s sexy gesture, Aiden’s erection grew more. If this man didn’t have a pistol pointed at his temple, he’d grab Brit and plunge his tongue down his throat.
“Miranda, let the man take a bath and get ready to move. We’ll be going to Miami very soon.”
Just that statement caused Aiden’s erection to deflate, and his heart sank. The thought of his impending doom made his gut twist in ways he couldn’t explain.
Miranda clicked her teeth and frowned. “But, D?”
“Now, Miranda. No buts, right? This is my life on the line for someone I don’t even know. Like I said, I can get a real nice bang at home for what he’s paying me. And you never know—something real might come out of that, hmm?”
About the 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 Fourteeng.net.