Character Profiles: Quarantine by Lisabet Sarai

It’s a new year, and kicking things off as the first guest author of 2013 is Lisabet Sarai with character profiles on Dylan and Rafe from her novel Quarantine. Take it away, Lisabet!

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QuarantineCover200x320When love is forbidden, the whole world’s a prison.

Dylan Moore will do anything for freedom. Seven years ago, a gay plague spread to heterosexuals, killing millions and sparking brutal anti-gay riots. The guardians rounded up men who tested positive for the homogene and imprisoned them in remote quarantine centres like desolate Camp Malheur. Since then, Dylan has hacked the camp’s security systems and hoarded spare bits of electronics, seeking some way to escape. He has concluded the human guards are the only weakness in the facility’s defences.

Camp guard Rafe Cowell is H-Negative. He figures the lust he feels watching prisoner 3218 masturbate on the surveillance cameras must be due to his loneliness and isolation. When he finally meets the young queer, he discovers that Dylan is brilliant, brave, sexy as hell – and claims to be in love with Rafe. Despite his qualms, Rafe finds he can’t resist the other man’s charm. By the time Dylan asks for his help in escaping, Rafe cares too much for Dylan to refuse.

Dylan’s plan goes awry and Rafe comes to his rescue. Soon they’re both fugitives, fleeing from militant survivalists, murderous androids, homophobic ideologues and a powerful man who wants Dylan as his sexual toy. Hiding in the plague-ravaged city of Sanfran, Dylan and Rafe learn there’s far more that their own safety at stake. Can they help prevent the deaths of millions more people? And can Rafe trust the love of a man who deliberately seduced him in order to escape from quarantine?

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Dylan Moore

DylanResizedDescription:  Dylan – through Rafe’s eyes

The vacuum seal sighed once more and the robot disappeared, leaving Rafe alone with the prisoner. He glared at the pale, composed visage in front of him. 3218 held his gaze, calm to the point of insolence. Rafe noticed that the man’s eyes were a startling shade of green, like those water-worn chunks of beach glass he used to collect as a kid. He pushed the irrelevant memory away.

“You’re in big trouble, f*g,” he growled. 3218 didn’t flinch. Rafe hauled himself to his feet and glowered down at the seated figure, his fists and his jaw both clenched. 3218 looked up, his expression still mild and unconcerned.

“You’re going to wish you’d never been born!”

“That’s a pretty normal sentiment, for me,” the prisoner replied, erupting into bitter laughter. “I doubt you can make me more miserable than I already am.” Dylan’s lips curved into a smile that was anything but cheerful.

“What?” Rafe roared. He slapped that grinning face hard enough to make the chair teeter. “You f**king queer! I’ll teach you about misery!” Dylan winced but did not break eye contact. “You’d better show some respect, f*ggot, or I’ll beat you to a pulp and then throw you in the hole to bleed.”

“It won’t be the first time. Probably not the last, either.” Despite the livid mark of Rafe’s palm on his cheek, Dylan’s voice was quiet and steady.

“It’ll be the last if I kill you, b*stard!” Rafe seized a handful of ginger hair and yanked the prisoner to his feet. Dylan let out a gasp of pain. Rafe leaned in, close enough that he could feel the other man’s ragged breath on his own cheeks. Dylan still didn’t look away. The challenge in those emerald eyes was like a physical force battering Rafe’s body. His pulse pounded in his ears. He felt itchy and hot and annoyingly helpless.

Quote: “Great. If you’ll just get this cuff off me, we’ll take a little stroll through the place, find some clothing, and then split. I got a floor plan from the house database.”

Rafe Cowell

RafeResizedDescriptionRafe – through Dylan’s eyes

Closing his eyes, he brought up an image of the brawny black guard who was his target. What would work best? He didn’t know much about Rafe—he hadn’t been able to hack the guy’s dossier. He could read boredom and frustration in the man’s strong, regular features. He knew from their first encounter that Rafe had a temper. Yet Dylan also sensed a streak of decency. Most of the human guards at Malheur were supposed to be convicts. Let the dregs take care of the pariahs seemed to be the Guardians’ philosophy. Rafe hadn’t struck him as the criminal type, though, despite his rough looks. 

Quote: “I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night and wonder if I’m going to die, just because I couldn’t keep my cock in my pants.”

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Excerpt from Quarantine:

Rafe had already been snoring when Dylan came upstairs, his head pounding, numbers and symbols dancing in his brain. The black man’s features were twisted into a scowl. Even in sleep, his fists clenched. Dylan had brushed his lips across his lover’s brow and stroked the incipient beard. Rafe didn’t wake, but his tense features relaxed somewhat and he breathed more deeply. Although Dylan’s body had cried out for comfort, he didn’t want to be selfish. He’d stripped and taken his place next to the ex-guard, careful not to disturb him.

Poor guy has endured a lot for my sake. Dylan shook his head. The camp had accustomed him to the constant fight for survival. He’d realised long ago that carrying the homogene marked him for an early death, one way or another, and that his intellect was his only defence. Rafe, though… Sure, he’d been in a gang, but there was something innocent and vulnerable about the man nevertheless. He wasn’t used to being hunted the way Dylan was.

A Guardian armoured vehicle rumbled past, sweeping its spotlight across the battered facades on either side of the street. Dylan pulled back, away from the window, though with the room unlit it was unlikely they could detect his presence.

Will we ever have a peaceful time together, without this constant fear? Dylan recalled his months with Miguel before the Plague hit, the glorious freedom to finally be himself, the joy they’d found in each other’s arms. It seemed like a long-ago dream now—one that belonged to someone else. Would he and Rafe ever experience anything like that?

“Dylan, baby?” Rafe’s groggy voice pulled him back to the present. “I missed you.”

Dylan turned his back on the window. “I didn’t want to wake you. It was after midnight by the time we finished.”

He hoisted himself onto the tall four-poster and pressed his body against Rafe. His lover still wore an undershirt and briefs. Dylan slid his hands under the shirt, across Rafe’s warm, smooth belly to the furry swell of his pecs. When he flicked the nipples with his thumbs, Rafe moaned.

 “I missed you too,” Dylan added, pushing up the fabric so he could duck down to purse his lips around one of the tight little nubs.

“Oh…oh, f**k, that’s good!” Rafe reached around to grip Dylan’s butt. He rubbed his stiffening cock against Dylan’s stomach. “C’mere, boy.” He hauled Dylan up until they were face to face, then seized him by the back of the head and mashed their lips together.

Dylan opened to Rafe’s probing tongue, letting the other man take the lead. Rafe was like a starving man presented with a feast. He devoured Dylan’s mouth with a ferocity that sent stabs of pleasure straight to Dylan’s groin. A taste of copper mingled with the mint of Rafe’s toothpaste as the ex-guard’s teeth tore into Dylan’s lip. Lust crashed like lightning through Dylan’s body.

“Oh, God…” he breathed into the hot mouth sealed to his. “Oh, Rafe…”

He clutched at the stretchy material of Rafe’s shorts, seeking the hard flesh underneath. The briefs clung to Rafe’s ass, defeating Dylan’s attempts to remove or push them aside. Rafe dragged him closer, grinding Dylan’s cock against his own clothing-sheathed erection. Dylan groaned in frustration.

“Get these damn things off,” he gasped, breaking the kiss. “Please—I need to feel your skin on mine.”

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Link to trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZUL9LGjd9s

Buy links – Ebook

     > Total-E-Bound: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?P_ID=1725

     > Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Quarantine-ebook/dp/B009CDWH5M/

Buy links – Print

     > Total-E-Bound: http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?P_ID=1822

     > Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Quarantine-Lisabet-Sarai/dp/1781845271/

Website: Lisabet’s Fantasy Factory: http://www.lisabetsarai.com

Blog: Beyond Romance: http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/83387.Lisabet_Sarai

Amazon page: http://www.amazon.com/Lisabet-Sarai/e/B001K8PADS/

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Want to win an autographed, print copy of Quarantine? Just leave a comment telling me your reactions to Dylan and Rafe. Please include your email address in the comment. I’ll randomly draw a winner on Monday January 7th.

 

26 responses to “Character Profiles: Quarantine by Lisabet Sarai

  1. Hi, Allie,

    Thanks for having me as your guest today. The profile looks fabulous!

  2. micheleann oboyle

    love holds no buondries. They need to follow their hearts what they say

  3. I think that both men are only seeing what they want to see, not what’s really there.

  4. I really like Dylan’s intellect. Nice having a smart character to read.

    jrobe 10689 at aol com

  5. Thanks for the character information. Dylan sounds strong and determined while Rafe sounds conflicted.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  6. This is a firm favourite on my TBB list! Would love a chance to win a copy. 🙂 Really enjoyed learning more about Dylan and Rafe.

  7. I love this story and yes I HAD To comment. lol I’m really ready for the next book… lol It is such a deep and dark world that you’ve built and you really put it all out there.

    binojo2@yahoo.com

  8. Both Dylan and Rafe sound intense and determined. Thanks for the diversity without stereotypes, or even worse, real weird talkin’.
    Double thanks!
    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

  9. Thank you for the chance to win ! I’ve been dying to read it, the excerpts are fabulous!

    Happy New Year!
    Pati
    JPM6966@aol.com

  10. After reading this I am really looking forward to getting my hands on this book. It seems like there is quite a bit going on in this book and I would love to know more. I always get pretty emotional when there are characters dealing with such open hostility towards thier sexuality.
    musicalfrog at comcast.net

  11. I’ve been really looking forward to this one…nothing like the interplay of two strong characters in m/m!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  12. Really good setup. Dylan sounds like the tortured pretty boy that desperately needs to get out of the situation he’s in. Raf sounds just like what Dylan needs, after he gets over his own intensity…

    Congrats on the Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention!
    -Julianna-

  13. They sound like they will give me a great story to read. Adding it to my wishlist now 😀

    ilona
    felinewyvern at googlemail dot com

  14. Luv, luv, luv this story!!! I have read it so many times but I gotten a pb copy yet……Would really luv to have this in print….
    Great profiles! Great contest!
    Thanks Lisabet darlin for the chance at a great prize and thanks to Allie too!

    hugs from your fan,
    jo
    johannasnodgrass(at)yahoo(dot)com

  15. I don’t usually like books that are similar to dystopian fics, but this sounds good, as long as it doesn’t have a sad ending, count me in, lol.

    penumbrareads(at)gmail(dot)com

  16. both dylan and rafe are so strong that their love for one another just has to keep them together no matter what comes their way,very few excerpt make me want run out and get it asap but this one did ,way to go 🙂

  17. These two guys seem very real! I really hope they have a happy ending. (I also hope the city of Sanfran doesn’t fall into the ocean or become a ghost town due to the plague!)

  18. Oh, I absolutely love the rough edges around these guys. Please, please count me in!

    Judi
    arella3173_loveless@yahoo(dot)com

  19. Hi, everyone!

    Thanks so much for stopping by. I’ll pick a winner Monday night.

    This IS a dystopian story. However, it has a happy ending.

    More later…!

    • An HEA in the midst of a dystopia is even more powerful. Dylan and Rafe have definitely caught everyone’s attention. Thank you for sharing your characters, Lisabet.

  20. Dylan & Rafe sound like a couple of guys I would love to know.
    Thanks for the chance of letting me be able to win a copy.
    Good Luck with your contest.

  21. Wow. Rafe comes off as a jackass from Dylan’s point of view. I liked him more after the excerpt though. And Dylan comes off as a brave man. He’s steady and witty even, and I like him already. Now I really want to read this story to see how their relationship works out.

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

  22. Hello, everyone – I’ve drawn a winner (a little bit late, sorry…)

    It’s Helene Tomkins. You didn’t leave an email address, Helene. I’ll try to find you, but if you read this before I manage to do that, would you please email me at lisabet — at — lisabetsarai.com and send me your snail mail address? Thanks!

    • Just send it to me Lisabet I’ll be sure Helene gets hit…..*snicker* Hey, it was worth a try…..*big grin*
      Congrats to Helene!!!! You’ll luv the story if you haven’t read it yet and even if you have….*grin*
      So jealous, I would luv to have this in pb…..Gotta save my pennies so I can get it with next month’s payday….*sigh* so many books so little……MONEY!!! hahahahaha
      Thanks again Lisabet and Allie for the contest and fun!
      Hope everyone has a wonderful day,
      jo

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