Friday, October 24, 2014

What am I up to now?

The last couple years have been dry for me, creatively. But, I've been taking some classes and finding new ways to get inspired and better ways to write. One of those ways is participating in NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month.

I'm not sure how this all works yet but I'm game to try anyway. If you're NaNoing too, I'd love to be your writing buddy: BrannanBlack.

I've got plans for a M/F story set in the same world as Eireann's tale but about 500 years earlier. I know, there should be more after Eireann's tale and there will be but... this is where my muse wants to roam.

Frankly, I'm just thrilled we're speaking again. She can roam anywhere she wants. Bend any genders and break any rules. We're getting ready to break out of our cocoon and show off our shiny new wings.

You can keep track of my progress once writing starts Nov. 1 with the widget on the left.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Wolfman Apocalypse Collection

by Brannan Black

Four years ago our world ended with the lightning fast spread of the wolfman plague. The lucky ones died. Men who survived became something from the Twilight Zone growing larger, stronger and faster with better senses than us mere humans. Oh, and aggressive? ‘Roid rage is nothing compared to these guys. They either wanted to kill it, fuck it or eat it, sometimes all three, and not in any particular order.

One of a few immune men, I live in a fortified compound with a couple dozen women, a bunch of kids and two asshole straight guys. Sounds like a man’s wet dream — unless you happen to be the last gay man standing. After a winter locked up with two guys I’ve got nothing in common with, a few dozen lonely women and about a dozen kids, I needed to get away. That’s how I ended up alone in that alley staring death in the face.

I expected to die, not find my future and someone to share it with. Not that it was all wine and roses what with angry wolfmen, militant women and a threat none of us saw coming.

The Wolfman Apocalypse Collection contains the previously released novellas Apocalypse, Revelations, Judgement, Salvation, and Genesis.

Available at: Changeling Press, All Romance ebooksCoffee Time Romance, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Amazon

Loud growls reached my ears as soon as I stepped out of the building. I crept along the shadows to peer around the corner. Son of a bitch! A couple of beasts lounged around my truck.

Four years ago the world ended, or at least that’s when the government collapsed. The plague had hit a couple years before that. It spread so fast all the doctors in the world couldn’t stop it. The media dubbed it Werewolf Syndrome. Women and children got sick, some died.Older guys or those physically weak didn’t survive what the virus did to them.

The men that survived turned into something from the Twilight Zone. They grew larger, with denser bones, stronger muscles, and deadly claws. Slightly elongated jaws came complete with lethal fangs. Their weird yellow eyes could see in the dark, and with the depth perception of a falcon. Faster reflexes and endurance made them a top predator.One of the last newscasts I saw showed one ripping an African lion apart at the local zoo and eating it.

Oh, and aggressive? ‘Roid rage is nothing compared to these guys. They either wanted to kill it, fuck it or eat it, sometimes all three, and not in any particular order. No one knows if they lost the memory of who they’d been or if they didn’t care anymore. Maybe they just plain went nuts. No one could get close enough to ask, not and live to tell about it. Not that it made them stupid. Might have been containable if it had.

Once it got started the world just tore itself apart. A fucking apocalypse. There just weren’t enough women with the combat training to handle the beasts. The women and children who managed to escape joined the few of us immune men in hidden fortresses, fighting to survive.

Unfortunately, despite the danger, sometimes we had to go scrounge for supplies. I’d seen a few bodies. Not pretty. Night Of The Living Dead not pretty. But I had the training to find what we needed. Plus, after a winter locked up with two guys I’ve got nothing in common with, a few dozen lonely women and about a dozen kids, I needed to get away. That’s how I ended up alone in that alley staring death in the face.

Two of them were leaning up against my only way out of the city. OK, I suppose I could walk the forty-plus miles back to our camp but it’d take forever and leave me exposed to more roaming beasts. I fingered my .45 but doubted I could shoot them both dead before they could get to me. Unless you hit one right between the eyes, one shot wouldn’t do more than piss them off.

Shit, my ass was fried.

A subtle breath of air raised the hair on the back of my neck. I whirled just in time to miss the full impact of the blow aimed at the back of my head. Even so, the glancing blow spun me into the wall. They jumped me so fast I had no chance at defense. Within seconds, my face ground into the cracked, muddy pavement, both arms twisted behind me so hard I thought it’d rip them out.

Muddy black biker boots filled my vision. I tried to look up,only to have my face smacked back into the pavement. “You’re not rabid,not pack. What are you beside weak and slow?” The boots came with a deep voice that rumbled out in a growl.

I was still puzzling over what he meant by “pack” or “rabid” when boots connected sharply with my ribs. Pain erupted along my hip and ribs from the other side. My yelp set off a round of cruel sniggers and growls. Fuck! Now they’d start tearing me apart for sure.

”Knock it off! Get him up.” The deep voice headed in the direction of my truck.

Rough hands with inch and half long claws on each finger jerked me to my feet like a rag doll. I’d never really worked out but at six foot with muscles gained from an active life, I wasn’t small, either.

They shoved me along behind the deep-voiced guy. Long black hair pulled back in a loose braid spilled halfway down his back. A worn black leather jacket hugged his broad shoulders. Tight, worn jeans wrapped an ass that, under other circumstances, I’d be drooling over. Shit, my cock didn’t seem to get the message that death, ugly painful death, lay just ahead.

Did I mention I’m gay? So now I could add painfully confined erection to my growing list of aches.

Three more large beasts — OK, so they’re all large — stood near or leaned against my truck. A shove sent me face first across the hood and a body slammed against me, pinning me there. Shit, the guy’s cock felt huge, and more than ready, jammed up against my ass. I was so fucked. Probably literally, and then they’d rip what was left apart.

”So, not pack, not rabid. Human, but not female. Huh. Didn’t think any human males still lived.” That deep voice moved casually around me as he spoke. The slightest movement when I tried to look at him got me shoved harder into the truck with a clawed hand gripping theback of my neck. I got the message and held still.

”Still nothing to say, little human male?”

Leave out the menacing words and that beast had one of the sexiest deep voices I’d ever heard. It pissed me off how it turned me on. “What, you want me to compliment you on how fucking smart you are?”I groaned inwardly. I couldn’t believe I’d just said that. Angry growls closed in around me. I squeezed my eyes shut figuring the end had to be near. Me and my smart mouth, I just couldn’t shut the fuck up.

A soft, throaty chuckle hit me like ice water on bare skin,shocking me back to the here and now. “I can smell your fear, and yet you defy me?” The voice leaned so close I could feel his breath on the back of my neck. “Not very smart, little human. Any one of us could rip you apart without raising a sweat.”

He nuzzled into my neck more like a lover than someone ready to rip me to shreds. His measured breathing tickled along my neck, the side of my face. I’d never found scared shitless to be sexy before, but more blood rushed south when his lips nibbled along my jaw.

”I wonder if the rest of you tastes as good.” Those had to be his fingers grazing my cheek. Shock waves of desire spread out from his touch. How the hell could I find this arousing? It’d been years since I had a lover, but still…

He moved around to the front of the truck where I could stare at the sizable bulge in his low slung jeans and the hint of ripped abs just above. My stupid cock must have liked the view because despite being smashed into a truck hood, it got even harder.

”Where are the rest of your humans?”

He wanted to talk before ripping me apart? Unheard of, didn’t even know they could hold a conversation. “I’m here alone.” Fuck, they just wanted to find more victims.

”No shit, or they’d be joining you. Bet you aren’t collecting this shit just for fun. So where are the other humans? Or are you part of another pack?” His voice no longer sounded sultry. It sounded like pain, followed by death.

I swallowed hard and pulled up every ounce of courage I could muster. “I don’t know what you mean by pack. I’m alone.”

A heartbeat’s pause, and then claws yanked me up and slammed me back down, making sure to bounce my face off the hood this time. Son of a bitch! A gush of blood flew from my nose. I didn’t think it was broken, but with so many other things hurting, who could tell?

”Fuck! OK, pretend, for a minute, I do live with others like me. Do you really think I’d tell you? And just to speed this up, is this where you promise to let me go if I tell you? Or maybe just kill me fast instead of really slow. Either way, if I did have people I cared about, I would rather you fucked me half to death before eating me for dinner, alive, than tell you anything. I’m pretty damn sure you will anyway but at least my hypothetical friends stay safe.”

Silence fell and oddly, I didn’t get smashed into the truck again. The overgrown beast pinning me down leaned down where I could see him. “We’re pack. We don’t eat our own kind, or your kind either.”He flashed me a wicked grin. “At least not for dinner.” The others raked me over with lewd looks and suggestive grins. One went so far as to lick his lips while staring my ass. So maybe they still wanted to fuck everything. Something of an improvement over being eaten alive…maybe.

Available at: Changeling Press, All Romance ebooksCoffee Time Romance, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Amazon

Praise for Wolfman Apocalypse (Collection)
"It’s the ultimate Alpha and the geeky human scenario. I did enjoy the plotline a lot. I recommend this book and series for a good read... Enjoy!"
-- 4 Stars from Sandra, Night Owl Reviews

Praise for Apocalypse

"It's dark and dreadful, dripping with conflict, yet has all the things that will make your heart flutter and your pulse race while you ride the edge of your man love."
-- Raine, Joyfully Reviewed

"Brannan Black weaves a great tale with fantastic characters full of emotion and depth. I was pulled in right from the start and couldn't put it down. Wolfman Apocalypse grabs your attention from the first page and keeps you on your toes all the way to the end making this a book that should not be missed."
-- Mistletoe, Whipped Cream Reviews

"...I thoroughly enjoyed this work. Brannan Black has created an intriguing world and rich characters that I wouldn't mind seeing more of."
-- Patchcat, You Gotta Read Reviews

Praise for Revelations
"Brannan Black takes the reader on an intense ride in this book. Pulling you in right from the start and keeping you entertained all the way to the end."
-- Gabrielle, The Romance Studio

"Brannan Black did a wonderful job in creating a unique post-apocalypse story. It's amazingly well written with a lot of action and Alpha sex."
-- Myrtle, Whipped Cream Reviews

Praise for Judgement
"Judgement is a solid offering in the Wolfmen series and will intrigue M/M fans as well as those who enjoyed the first two of the series."
-- Tanya, Joyfully Reviewed

"Mace and Daniel’s relationship continues to evolve. The dialogue alone is enough to keep readers coming back for more. As an added bonus, the sexual chemistry between the characters is sizzling."
-- 5 Hearts from Susan P., The Romance Studio

Praise for Wolfman: Salvation
"Old friends and new acquaintances round out a riveting story. You'll laugh and cry with this one and still be wanting more."
-- 5 Hearts from Susan P., The Romance Studio

"Brannan Black's Salvation is exceptionally emotional, as well as action packed with both internal and external chaos."
-- 4.5 Nymphs from Chocolate Minx, Literary Nymphs

"Have there ever been sexier wolfmen? I just love it."
-- 4 Stars from Valentina Heart, The Romance Reviews

"This series just keeps getting better with each book."
-- 5 Cherries from Mistletoe, Whipped Cream Reviews

"Brannan Black delivers another high octane ride from start to finish... the sparks flying between Mace and Daniel are pure perfection."
-- 4 Hearts from Dawn, Love Romances and More

Praise for Genesis
" impressive and exceedingly enjoyable installment to this world building series."
-- Chocolate Minx, Literary Nymphs Reviews

"This is the type of writing I like the most, without sugarcoating and with pure rawness at every step. I do hope we get more."
-- Valentina Heart, The Romance Reviews

"...a fast action thrill ride that will leave you breathless. Brannan Black keeps the reader glued to the edge of their seat with this latest installment and I was hard pressed to put it down."
-- Dawn, Love Romances & More

The Wolfman Apocalypse Collection contains the previously released novellas Apocalypse, Revelations, Judgement, Salvation, and Genesis.

Available at: Changeling Press, All Romance ebooksCoffee Time Romance, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and Amazon