The Candy Man Delivery series began with marble, not chocolate. The original idea for a story about a sculptor started percolating in my brain a year ago. I’d written three different openings, all of them knowing at some point a gorgeous male creation of hers would come to live and fall in love with her.
After joining the Red Hot Valentine series, I changed the sculpture to a chocolate man inhabited by a Greek god.
The original beginning what became TASTES LIKE CHOCOLATE, the first story in the series:
Walking past the fountain, hope turned my head. Maybe I needed to make a wish. Seven months ago, my fiancé ran off with his best man. I could laugh about it now. Then, I was devastated.
The coin splashed into the fountain drifting to the bottom. The sound echoed in the rotunda.
“May the gods grant me a love to stand the test of time.”
A sudden breeze made ripples on the water and my coin vanished. Looking around, it seemed no on else noticed. Walking around the fountain, checking ot see where it could’ve gone, I heard gravel falling beside me.
There were toes peeking out of a statue. Real toes wiggled on a blessed physical specimen.
“Thank you.” A muffled voice came from the area of his head.
“You’re welcome?” My mother taught me to polite as a reflex.
“Help?” His fingers appearing as the marble fell away.
I knew this statue. As an artist, a sculptor, the exquisite lines of his body inspired me professionally and personally. My cheeks fel war as images of those hands touching my body flitted through my mind. Looking up I’d imagined his eyes returned my gaze.
“Are you going to help me? I promise the view will be even sexier.”
Mary Elizabeth owns an irish pub on the beach in South Florida. Picked by Eros to receive a sculpted chocolate man of her dreams, will she be able to give herself up to a stranger? Can she accept this Irish Liqueur Chocolate fantasy as her ever after?
Author Bio: Graylin Rane Fox / Rane Sjodin is a fantasy, and suspense author and poet. She began writing poetry in 1993 with her first poem published in 1995. In 2008 her characters demanded a larger format and she began to expand her stories into the short fiction market.
Graylin Fox: Decadent Publishing published, Coming Home, an urban fantasy 1/1/11. Her short story series, Summer Fae, began with Contagion and continued with Bloodlines in 2012. The full series will be released as a single novel in late 2013. In summer of 2011, Decadent Publishing released Your Biggest Fan, a psychological thriller. Her first poem was “My Warrior” and remains one of her favorites. As her life took her on its journey the poetry remained a beloved escape.
Graylin Rane: Self-publishing her Candy Man Delivery Service Stories, some in conjunction with the Red Hot authors began in January 2014. There will be six stories in total published as holiday stories.
Rane Sjodin: Dark Urban Fantasy is a passion of Rane’s. Her Arcane Court Series began with Death Dealer on 10/28/13. It continues with Red Lady in fall of 2014. There will be a number of standalone off-shoot novellas set in this world as well. Look for Arcane Court on the covers.
Her poetry can be found both in print and electronically. Lessons was published by The Stray Branch, #8, Fall/Winter 2011. Unconditional Love published by Moon Washed Kisses in their debut edition. Dark Encounter was published in Strange, Weird, & Wonderful Summer 2010 Issue. Folded In Darkness was published by Dark Horizons. Issue 57, September 2010. Blood Bound was published by House of Horror, Issue 17. It was chosen to be in House Of Horrors 2010 Anthology.
She lives close to the beach where she practices psychology during the week. Her life is full of friends, family, and four legged furry creatures. Graylin Rane can be found at RaneSjodin.com and GraylinFox.com.
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