Aloha Gang! We’re hanging out this week with author Sharita Lira, who also writes as Michael Mandrake. She’s gonna talk to us about her new book On The Run; Book One of the PROTEKT SERIES – check out the link here: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/on-the-run

We’re giving away a copy for free to one lucky commentator! Not only that, but she answered some really stupid questions!

Oh, lordy, it’s Tiki Time!


Hi Sharita, what’s your favorite cocktail? I’ll have the cabana boys whip one up for you while I ask you some stupid, I mean important questions.

Sharita: Hi AJ, thanks for inviting me. Ooh I love a good vodka cranberry and I’ll also take one of those cabana boys to go. Shh, don’t tell hubby!

What is your favorite swimwear? Do you favor bikinis, one-pieces or are you a secret skinny dipper?

Sharita: Okay, I have to admit, unlike my very saucy online persona, I’m very shy. If I wore swimwear I’d do a one piece. I’m quite sure only hubs wants to see this body partially clothed. *winks*

What would be your favorite beach read? (not your own of course…)

Sharita: Of course not. Hmm, I think I’ll choose the Southern Scrimmage Series by Mercy Celeste. I have yet to read the last one, but I’m sure I will love it because I adore that woman and her writing.

If you could have any accent in the world, which one would you choose?

Sharita: Well that’s easy. I love the Brits so I’d chose a British accent. My muse is a British gay man so, if I had that I could talk properly. 😉

You’re stuck on a deserted island after a three hour tour that goes awry. Name six people alive or dead that you’d like to be marooned with…and your fantasy castaway meal.

Sharita: Wow, six? Um … *thinks*

Jimi Hendrix


Kurt Cobain

Trent Reznor

Anne Rice

And just for eye candy sakes, Nick Bateman. He sounds like an intelligent guy, but I dunno what he’d say that’s more interesting over this group of people. *laughs*

 Fantasy meal? Er, let’s do a Mexican feast with tacos, enchiladas, and nachos. Yes, I am a simple gal. *smiles*


On the Run: Book One of the PROTEKT SERIES

Living a double life is very dangerous…

Even more so when higher authorities and military agencies are envious of the position you hold and the money you make.

In the life of a PROTEKT agent, intelligence is key and the knowledge of guns must be second nature. Their sole mission—to get the job done swiftly with little mistakes. They’re paid well to handle all situations and hired to do things their own way, often disregarding the laws. Chief Wes gives them this freedom because being ruthless is usually required to finish the job.

When the world’s governments have run out of options, they request the assistance of PROTEKT to handle the situations no one else is able to solve. Only one thing could stand in the way of the agents success—his or her own desires for permanent companionship.

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.

Blurb: 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?


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“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 sonofabitch 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.

Dear God!

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?”


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 ezineFourteeng.net.

For more information, please visit http://www.thelitriad.com as well as her Facebook fanpage, The Literary Triad.


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  1. Thanks so much for having me, AJ!

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  3. HOT DAMN People!!! PICK ME PLEASE!!! *fans herself*



  4. Thanks for being here Sharita – and Michael, too!


  5. Great interview and questions the book sounds really great please count me in.

  6. Love the Mexican feast! Wow such a beautiful cover and awesome excerpt! Please count me in.

  7. sounds like an awesome read
    please count me in

  8. Shirley Ann, you won the draw! I’ll be in touch with your book ASAP! Thanks for commenting everyone!


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