Flavours Of Our Life
A chance encounter.
An accidental theft.
An unexpected change in weather.
Alfie is shy and timid after a lifetime spent caring for his ailing mother. When she goes to stay with his aunt, he has the chance to start really living for the first time in years. He meets Eren, a man who believes the only place to find love is in the bedroom.
These two men couldn’t be more different, and yet they are drawn together by fate. Eren is attacked, and in the aftermath, the two are able to find unexpected common ground. Is it enough to bring them together?
Can the different flavours of life lead to love?
I wake to the sound of a strange rustling from across the room and force my lazy eyes open, but my reluctant body wants nothing more than to remain asleep. My vision stays blurry as I try to focus on my surroundings. The scene is a mass of distorted images, they seem different somehow to what I’m used to. Even the mattress I’m lying on feels softer, the linen sheets are freshly scented, like they came out of the washing machine the previous night and not days ago.
The distorted shapes aren’t the only things which seem strange. My head feels noticeably refreshed, without the usual stress hiding in the back of my mind. My body’s rested, a situation which is long forgotten, the normal aches and pains from tossing and turning all night long have disappeared.
I slept! I never sleep! I’m jubilant, and then remnants of a dream come flooding back.
His smiling face.
The way he touched my body.
My unconscious self expects to be plagued with the familiar darkness, but instead I remember the warm feelings you get from a sunny day, blinding light shining over everything, making it seem more magnificent. All this happened in dream, but why? What’s changed?
The stranger I’d met when out with Toby featured in every second of my dreams, as if he had a starring role in a movie and my head was the camera recording every scene. The boy who called himself Eren held me close to him, warm breath skating across my cheek whenever he spoke. In my dream he ghosted a tender touch on my skin, as he laid me onto long grass in a meadow blessed with a crystal clear, blue sky. He told me he liked me, and my heart played songs of love and adoration when he ran his fingers through my hair and kissed my lips.
14-July-2014 – Review by Edwrdmyluv – Amazon.com
I so love this story. Brilliant and inspiring. Tissue warning you will laugh and cry. He sure has a way will words. Alfie and Eren will pull at your heart strings you will fall in love with these boys. Not wanting the story to end. Fred is so cute love him.
18-September-2014 – Customer review – Amazon.co.uk
I found this book engaging and often moving. M.C. Rayne’s ability to combine the lives of Alfie Jacobs, Eva, Toby and of course Eren Yilmaz, to touch on and combine the emotions of all their fears and losses is one of the amazing and strongest features of this story. Although, M.C. Rayne is writing in several modes at once throughout this book, But it’s done with such generosity, charm and conviction that the journey is a rewarding one.
Please, please do yourself one amazing thing today, download and fall in love with Alfie and Eren ….
24-August-2014 – Review from L.J.Harris – Amazon.com
From the first word, I knew I was going to go through a few kleenex! Alfie – oh what can I say about a young man who has the weight of the world on his shoulders. The stark reality he lives in is something nobody deserves, and yet no matter his inner turmoil he does everything in his power to keep his family together.
I loved Eren – broken for his own reasons and trying to find love in all the wrong places to help heal his heart. These two boys though different in every way, made sense.
Heart-rending, sweet, sorrow-filled story. MC has yet again shown us how well he writes heartache.
7-August-2014 – Review from Debbie Firpo – Amazon.com
This story broke my heart from the first chapter. Alfie’s struggles with the pain of trying to hold his life together. All he wants is to be loved. Eren is so lonely it hurt me. He is desperate to be loved. Its wonderful to watch them find each other. A true love story. MC Rayne’s will take you right into his story, you become a part of these guys. *Tissue warning* MC Rayne’s took my heart into his hands and crushed it! GO!!! get this book. read it! Review!
11-August-2014 – Review from Cristina Irigoyen – Amazon.com
I loved this story, but I cried so much it gave me a headache!! However, once in a while, crying your heart out feels cleansing, especially when it is brought about by a good book. The MCs were engaging; both different and yet so similar, they made me fall in love with them… I won’t spoil it for others, so, BUY IT!!!!
I read it with my Kindle Unlimited subscription, but I am going to go ahead and BUY it to pull in my Favorites shelf!!!!
Our Walk To Remember
For the Robinson-Shae family, an annual charity walk means more to them than any expensive holiday abroad. After all, it’s where Elisha’s fathers met, and this year it’s even more important to her. Sammy couldn’t make it this time, so she asks Charlie to share memories of how they met, and fell in love.
Elisha looks back at me and pulls on our adjoined arms, giggling happily to herself while dancing her knee-length, yellow summer dress around her body so it moves with the warm breeze. I forget how much she loves this annual event. We’ve always done it together. She gets excited to see all the people she’s grown up around. I hope she never grows tired of this venture, never loses herself to the world of television and computer games when she could make a difference doing something small, yet huge.
Such thoughts make me shudder, thinking someone as delicate as little Elisha could ever be a slave to the mediocre. Not our baby, no way!
“Tell me again, Dad,” she interjects, turning towards me and smiling with joy. “Tell me about when you met Daddy?”
Her brown eyes sparkle when she looks up at me, lighting her porcelain face. Can a father ever refuse his daughter? How do you say ‘no’ to the product of your love, the person who found a home in your heart without trying and looks to you to lead them along the right paths?
“Again?” I tease. “You know this story so well, you can probably tell it better than me.”
Warmth fills my cheeks, bringing colour back into this aging man’s face while he toys with the light of his life, the only other person he loves without question. So many times Sammy and I have sat before a roaring fire while Elisha recounted our history like she’s reading a book. Her voice is always filled
with such passion that we hang on her every word. One would be forgiven for thinking it’s her past she is detailing, but I guess my husband and I never get bored with sharing how we came to be the lovers we are today.
“I like it better when you tell it, Dad. Don’t worry; I will fill in any parts you miss,” she chimes in an assertive manner, and I know without a doubt she will.
“Okay, baby,” I commence, drawing her in close so I don’t have to shout too loud.
I don’t need unwanted ears to hear something that will forever remain unwritten, a story that’s stamped into my heart and is ours alone. Sammy has his own version of the life we share, but this is all from the very soul of Charlie Shae — this is how I found my love.
This shouldn’t be so hard to recollect, but I’ve never had to share our story without my counterpart sitting next to me, relishing my retelling. While the warm breeze runs through my free fingers again, I try to grab onto the emptiness and envision that Sammy isn’t very far away. Sadly, my mind isn’t that creative.
Swallowing the pain, I lose myself to the words flowing from me and find myself on auto pilot.
“It was the summer of 1996. I had just finished college. . .”
“An absolute must read! I’m not one prone to tears at a story, but this one got me. A beautiful story of a man telling his daughter a story of her other father.
Amazingly written, expect many great things from this author!”
“I started reading this novella last night and all I could think about when I woke up was that I needed to get back to my reading. M.C. Rayne did a fantastic job. I enjoyed his writing and storyline. Two thumbs up!
Its a story that knows honesty, pride and love. It was a pleasure and easy to read. Our walk to remember is an emotional, funny at times, and unforgettable book.
HIV is a disease that cant be cure yet but it didn’t stop Charlie and Sammy to engage in a relationship. Love is stronger than fear.”
Of Heaven And Hell.
A Wayward Ink Anthology
Whether you like your angels and demons naughty or nice…
Whether you like them angelic or demonic, we have a story for you.
Our authors have tuned up their harp strings, and let loose their inner demons.
We have demons with inner angels itching to be let loose.
And angels teetering on the brink.
We have dark. We have light.
We have angst. And forbidden love.
We have happy endings and not so happy endings…
We have the stories OF HEAVEN AND HELL.
Bailey discovered that losing the person you love can do more than break your heart. It can shatter it into a million different pieces and have you stepping into darkness. All he wanted was to be reunited with his partner, Greyson. He didn’t know his actions would lead him into his nightmare.
PURGATORY by M.C. Rayne made me cry a lot and reminded me how special treasure Love is and how deeply it deserves to be cherished – a 4 stars read for sure.
A superb collection of relatively long short stories featuring either a demon or an angel, and in some cases both. As with all anthologies there is a mix of authors and writing styles. Several are beautifully written, but each story was a pleasure to read. All the tales feature a romance-based plot and each ends happily in my opinion. Some are humorous and made me chuckle, some have a heartbreaking storyline and brought tears to my eyes. I loved how each author built up the worlds their characters existed in and made their dilemmas highly plausible. In each case, I felt the anguish as the lovers strove to resolve their issues and worked to achieve a happy ever after.
A good variety of short stories. Thoroughly enjoyed,