Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld
Genre: BDSM Erotic Romance
Publisher: Strebor Books/Atria Books
(A Division of Simon & Schuster)
Date of Publication: June 10, 2014
Number of pages: 272
Word Count: 67,000+
Cover Artist: Keith Saunders, Marion Designs
A tale unlike anything else, this second episode in the Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld series continues the erotically charged journey inside Atlanta's African-American Fetish/BDSM community.
"In order to be great, you have to leave your mark. Are you ready to leave your mark?"
After returning from Dubai, a power shift occurs within the Atlanta Fetish community as the "torch" is passed on from Amenhotep to Ramesses and Neferterri. The Palace is being transformed in Ramesses' image, and the new "power couple" is adjusting to life in the spotlight and the benefits -- and headaches -- that come with it.
But as Ramesses puts the finishing touches on establishing the balance of power, Amenhotep has tasked him with a daunting undertaking -- one that will test his will and re-forge a bond that was once broken, cementing his legacy within the sacred "society."
Exotic, decadent, and written by a true insider, Legacy takes you deeper into the Atlanta Fetish/BDSM community, twisting more surprises and revelations that are sure to take your breath away.
“So, how did You enjoy Your time in Dubai, youngster?”
Under normal circumstances, a phone call at 7:00 a.m. wouldn’t have bothered me, but coming home and suffering serious jet lag from the near fifteen-hour flight made this phone call something of a cruel joke Amenhotep was playing on me.
With the way I felt, I was in desperate need of a vacation from our vacation. We’d spent nearly a week in paradise, one of the most unique and luxurious locales on the planet while celebrating His and paka’s nuptials, and here He was sounding bright-eyed and bushy-tailed like the flight time never had one ounce of an effect on Him.
I looked at the phone, trying my best to match His energy, realizing quickly that I wouldn’t come close to meeting Him halfway. “Dubai was wonderful, and that’s putting it mildly, Sir,” I replied. My voice sounded like I’d gargled with broken glass. “I feel so drained right now. If I were working for someone else, I would be calling in sick. Why are You calling so early in the morning anyway, Sir? Is something wrong?”
“Well, to answer Your question, we have business to take care of, kid.” He sounded as serious as a heart attack as His voice carried through the air waves and into my ears. “Oh, and You are working for someone else…You’re working for Me, now.”
His trademark chuckle made me want to vomit. He couldn’t be serious about trying to get back to business now, could He? “Come on, Sir? Give Me twenty-four hours to recover, veg out on the couch and enjoy the children, anything other than working the next morning after we’d gotten off the plane?” I hated sounding like a freaking teenager trying to beg his father for more time to be lazy, but I really needed some time to be lazy. Neferterri was soundly sleeping next to me, completely oblivious to the conversation I was having with Him.
Why in the hell did I have to be a light sleeper?
The laughter over the phone after I made my plea gave me the distinct impression that my request would not be honored. “See, that’s the problem with you young folks. By now, I would have taken care of the things that we need to take care of before lunch. Are You getting soft on Me already, youngster?”
I sat up after hearing that question. “Not by a long shot, old man, but I have to wonder how in the world You’re able to be so fucking hyper when You took the same flight we took to get back home?”
“Clean living, You should try it sometime.” His voice never lost its energy. Slowly and surely, it began to breathe life into me, providing the necessary adrenaline rush to lift from the bed and shuffle into the bathroom to begin freshening up. “In order to be great, You have to leave Your mark. Are You ready to leave Your mark, Ramesses?”
He appealed to my ego with that question. He knew full well I was ready to leave my mark, and I was ready to do it in a big way. I had been plotting and planning ever since the conversation we had in Dubai one night, when everything was set in motion:
“I’m ready to do this, Sir. The shock has worn off. It’s My time, now.”
“Is that right, Ramesses? Do You think You’re ready to take things tothe next level?”
“I wouldn’t be here talking with You if I wasn’t ready to take things to the next level. The question is, are You ready for what the next level is?”
“Youngster, I’ve been waiting for You for the past few years to figure out when You were ready. I have the means for You to do what needs to be done, and You have the energy and drive to make it all happen. The way I see it, it’s a win-win proposition for everyone involved.”
“So, why are we here talking when we can be laying the groundwork so I can hit the ground running when we get back? You know the expansion plans I’ve wanted to execute for some time now.”
“The answer to Your question comes with its own question, Ramesses. The plans for the Palace are only the tip of the iceberg. There’s something else I need You to do for Me. This is big, probably bigger than any plans You might have for the Palace.”
“I haven’t refused You before, what makes You think I’m backing down from this request?”
“The request I am making of You, Sir, will require You to do something that I don’t know if You’re going to be willing to do.”
“Stop speaking in riddles and get to the point, Sir. You know I don’t do the cloak-and-dagger nonsense. Spit it out.”
“In order for You to accomplish the expansion plans that You have in mind, You’re going to have to have two individuals to help with those plans. They haven’t spoken to each other in nearly a decade, and despite My efforts, they have yet to reach an accord. Where I have failed, perhaps You might succeed. It’s the only way Your ultimate plans will come to fruition.”
“If it’s the two people that I think You’re talking about, Sir, I might as well scrap the plans now.”
“Don’t be so quick to scrap what has been laid out for You, Ramesses. You and I both know things happen for a reason.”
“I’m dying to know what the reason is for this one.”
“Only time will tell, My old friend…only time will tell.”
“You haven’t answered My question, kid,” Amenhotep’s voice sliced through my thoughts. “Are You ready to leave Your mark?”
What He asked for was the impossible. A decade of noncommunication and animosity, and I was supposed to diffuse that in the course of months? If He couldn’t do it, what made Him think I would be able to do it? Yes, I have an ego bigger than the great state of Texas, but even I have my limitations. On the one hand, what He was asking for was next to impossible, but on the other hand, if I had the right
leverage, I might have the ability to do something my Mentor wasn’t able to do. The end game was too seductive to resist.
“I’m ready, Sir,” I answered. “And I already have a plan in mind.”
Welcome to Darkest Cravings, tell us a little bit about yourself?
There’s not much to tell…well, kind of LOL. I’m married with two kids, I work in an education system in Atlanta in the Safety & Security department, and a few other things that would make people think I’m “normal” so to speak. I’m a flirt, I love to seduce when the opportunity presents itself, and, as I say on the BlogTalkRadio show I co-host, I’m a Hedonist, not a heathen. There’s a difference! :D
Writing adult fiction isn’t for everyone, how did you end up writing for the toughest audience?
I was an avid reader of several genres within the adult fiction category, and after a while, I started seeing a trend in certain genres to the point to where I felt I could start a different trend with the books I wrote. I think it’s worked out pretty good so far J
Most of the intimidating parts of being an adult fiction writer is the steamy scenes, how did you overcome the “stage fright”?
I started out with short stories, which, of course, tend to get to the point pretty quickly! A few of the readers of those short stories liked the concepts I came up with, so it built my confidence to push the envelope with the scenes that I write. In a sense, I didn’t have a chance to go through the “stage fright” so to speak, but that doesn’t mean I don’t get nervous from time to time when I write a scene that makes me blush.
Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with? Why?
Her name is Nia Simone Bijou, and she is the heroine in Eric Jerome Dickey’s series of books, starting with Pleasure, then The Education of Nia Simone Bijou, and finally Decadence. That woman does something to me unlike any other heroine in adult fiction has done to me or since. I can always go back to her whenever I want to indulge in my deepest fantasies, because I know she will oblige me, if for nothing else than to satisfy her own curiosities.
Your favorite adult fiction books is-?
There is a series of books called the “Gideon” series, also by Eric Jerome Dickey, that I enjoy immensely when I need action, sex, intrigue, twists from out of nowhere, and good ol’ fashioned violence! The book series begins with Sleeping With Strangers, then Waking With Enemies, then Dying For Revenge, and finally Resurrecting Midnight.
Do you think adult fiction have reached its full potential yet, or are we still in for a huge surprise?
No genre has reached its full potential, and I believe we are in for a few huge surprises. The beauty of literature is that you never know who might catch the next “lightning in a bottle,” and I would love to be that next one LOL!
We all have a treasured possession, what is yours?
A ring my grandfather gave me when I was sixteen years old. White gold band with diamonds. I keep it in a safe deposit box because I can’t wear it anymore, my fingers got too big. I’m waiting until I have the money to have the ring refitted before I try to wear it again.
Are your characters based on real people or did you create them from scratch?
All of my characters are a combination of real people in my circle of friends and family and characteristics of celebrities that I’ve studied over time, and I was able to create the characters that readers have come to know and love.
Do you think adult fiction helps improves relationships?
Absolutely! Especially with the way adult fiction helps women empower themselves and take control of their sexuality. I can’t tell you how many emails I get from female readers who said they were able to ask for things for the first time in their lives from reading my books, and from men who have thanked me for helping open the conversations that they were scared to have.
If you have to pitch adult fiction to someone that’s too shy to read it, what would you pitch?
I would say to a person too shy to read it that they will be able to indulge in their own fantasies from the comfort of their own bedrooms and homes. It’s not like you’re going to a movie with risqué material. I mean, the thing about shy people is that behind closed doors, they can be themselves without judgment. After a while, they won’t feel so embarrassed.
What is your motto?
My motto is simple: live with passion, love hard, have no regrets.
You have a few steamy moments in your novel. Were they created from fantasy or is there real life experience behind it?
A little of both. There were scenes that really happened, and there were some that came from my imagination, but I used a real location to create the scene in my head. Having been to a few places of carnal delights, you can create a lot of different scenes if you’re not careful LOL!
Why did you choose a virgin rather than a more experienced woman? (Or vice versa)
My characters are not virgins, at least not in the sexual sense of the word. In my first book, The Awakening, one of my characters was a virgin to being a submissive and understanding how to carry herself as such. It was an integral part of the story line. Otherwise, my women are experienced…VERY experienced LOL!
Foreplay, some say it’s just a waste of energy, others feel that it’s a must. You’re opinion?
It depends on the situation…foreplay is not a must for every situation, that’s why quickies are such delicious interludes. Now, in terms of the foreplay before the quickie, it can be a take it or leave it proposition…after all, the animalistic properties of a quickie are there for a reason.
What sexual position is your favorite?
Doggiestyle…I’m an Alpha male, I will be in control, and it’s the one position where a woman feels most wanton, most submissive to her mate.
Have you ever grabbed a woman’s hair for leverage?
Yes, yes I have. And I’ve spanked her ass, and raked my nails across her skin, and bitten to leave marks…it’s a beautiful thing.
Do you think lingerie is a must for a relationship?
I am more attracted to a woman who is comfortable in the skin she’s in…eventually the lingerie is going to come off, especially when things begin to get hot and heavy. After a while, the fabric becomes a deterrent.
Are you a screamer or the bite it down kind of lover?
I am vocal, especially if she’s taking care of business and working her body right. If she’s not, she’s not going to get much noise out of me.
Have you ever participated in BDSM?
I am a current BDSM practitioner in the Atlanta area, and I have several friends throughout the country and a few in the UK.
BDSM have been describe as the ultimate form of trust between two people, do you agree?
Yes. Because we as Dominants insist on full disclosure and transparency almost from the first date, it inspires a trust and bond that regular relationships simply do not achieve, at least not in the same time frame. When you open yourself up, no hiding, no secrets, and the other person does not judge you…there’s nothing else like it on the planet.
Any favorite toys?
My floggers, my violet wand, my knives, my pinwheels, and the Hitachi wand is a MUST have for any man who wants to get his woman gushing before sex.
Does pain really enhance the sexual experience?
That depends on who you ask. Masochists will tell you yes in a heartbeat, but not everyone is a masochist. There are different levels of pain, so it is a matter of perspective. Most women equate having their ass spanked as a level of pain that turns them on, while others will say having their breasts tortured gets them off, while some men will tell you that having their prostates massaged is a pain/pleasure mix like none other.
Who is the better Dom? Male or Female?
Well, that’s a question LOL! I’d call it a wash, because there are Female Dominants (my Beloved included) that are better at some aspects than I am, while I can run circles around a Female Dominant (my Beloved included) in some other aspects. Politically correct answer? I don’t think so, I’ve been around a LONG time in the real-time community, so I know of what I speak.
You’re perfect male Dom would be?
My perfect male Dominant would be a combination of my male Dominants, Ramesses and Amenhotep: charismatic, cerebral, diplomatic, passionate, level-headed, firm-but-fair, and a sex appeal that isn’t all about six pack abs and big arms, although those things don’t hurt, of course LOL
You’re perfect female Dom would be?
My perfect female Dominant would also be a combination of my female Dominants, Neferterri, Sinsual, and Blaze: sensual, aggressive, level-headed also, sexy, powerful, with the ability to make any man who dares call himself submissive understand the meaning of what it is to be submissive to a Domina.
What is you’re perfect game setup?
I have so many different ways I would want to set things up, but I know for fact that things would start in the dungeon and, wherever we end up is wherever we end up! Imagination is the key!
Shakir Rashaan currently lives in suburban Atlanta with his wife and two children. Rashaan's catalog includes the series Chronicles of the Nubian Underworld and the upcoming Kink, P.I., and current projects being developed under the pen name Curtis Alexander Hamilton. Other credits include several anthologies, including the bestselling Zane Presents Z-Rated: Chocolate Flava 3. You can see more of Rashaan at ShakirRashaan.com.