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Monday, November 24, 2014

Vic's Bday eXXXtravaganza w/Sharita Lira



Hello Everyone!!!

On November 16th I turned 31. It's something I've been thinking about for a while. Not necessarily turning 31, but my birthday. The reason for this is because my birthday brings up both good and bad memories for me (mostly bad, though the past few years have been good). I don't typically expect presents for my birthday (though I did up until the age of 12 and then after that my present requests became extremely altruistic- "donate to a charity", I asked my mom to adopt me an African orphan when I was 12, etc.) but my birthday is the one day out of the year where I let others focus on me without putting up a fight. And this year, I was determined to have a good birthday.

Last year, I asked author friends to share their favorite birthday memories or short stories featuring some of their characters that were centered around birthdays of some sort, and this year I decided to do the same thing. For the next few weeks, author friends and even some non-author friends of mine, will be taking over The Purple Fantasy Den and posting.

And for those of you who you asked last year about sending me a birthday present, first of all, thank you, second of all: In lieu of presents, I'd love to have you donate to the Elton John AIDS Foundation in memory of my best friend Justin or for my friends Angel or Richard, or maybe even someone you know who is living with, and fighting the disease.

Oh! And by the way: One person who comments on every post will be chosen at the end of the eXXXtravaganza to receive a special birthday prize (swag, books, GC, etc.)
So, without further ado! Here's today's post by:




Birthday Memories

Happy Birthday to Vicktor, happy birthday to you! Thanks for letting me play. Hmm, my best birthday memory. Oh, there have been a few and since my birthday is in December, it’s an easy excuse to party harder than usual.
Anyways, one of the for−
Ahem…
One of mine was very memorable. We went to Boystown for my birthday. Being in the windy city, it was cold as hell outside, but not enough to forego plenty of libations and beautiful sights of hot gay men. This was an all girl’s night too so there were no men in attendance.
My girls and I made it a no-driving night, so we took a cab and barhopped between three clubs; Spin, Roscoe’s, and Berlin and the best part, we didn’t start until after ten.
We hit Spin first, did jello shots and danced for an hour or so before heading to Roscoe’s. For those who haven’t been, Roscoe’s is small, kind of cramped, especially in the front. The only wide open space is the dance floor which on this night was packed with plenty of cuties drinking and humping on one another. A m/m authors dream is to be in Roscoe’s and be a witness to all the naughtiness going on against walls and in corners. *sighs*
Ahem, so last we went to Berlin. Berlin is a Boystown staple for everyone to enjoy themselves. Since it was a Saturday, the place was packed like Roscoe’s, but Berlin is a tad bigger. By this time, everyone was feeling more than good and we ended the night with a couple more mixed drinks and dancing until the bar closed at five a.m. We ended my birthday bash with cheap eats at a local taco hangout then crashed at my friend’s apartment. Though I added a year on to my age, it was one of the most enjoyable evenings I’ve had and I look back on it with fondness. These days, most of my birthdays are spent at home with the kids, which is cool too especially since my youngest’ birthday is three days after mine. Even though I’m, ahem, much older now, I still like to have fun but I don’t think anything will top that birthday spent in Boystown.



Blurb: You can never tell a book by it's cover!

On the surface, Isaac Bridges has it all; wealth, a beautiful wife, and a successful career. But deep down, he desires Denton & Associates back under his family’s name and a male lover he can call his own.

Enter Jayden Demario, a handsome college student looking to make a career in advertising. Underneath the pretty exterior, Jayden is a very damaged young man. Thrown out on the streets by his stepfather at 15, Jayden's only concern is to make something of himself to move his "madre" from the tough neighborhood.

Jayden has no time for love, especially not with a closeted married man who runs the company he interns at and Isaac can ill afford to out himself to the homophobic CEO at Denton.

Will the sparks between the two men cost them their livelihood? 




BIO: RAWIYA is the more sensual erotica writer in the BLRawiya duo. She loves multiracial characters who overcome obstacles other than race. Sweet, sassy, and spicy would be the best way to describe her work. Happily married mother of two, loves music, computers, and travel. For more please visit the Rawiya's blog on Wordpress

Author Sharita Lira: In one word, crazy. Just crazy enough to have 3 different muses running around in her head, driving her to sheer exhaustion with new plot bunnies and complex characters.

This happily married mother of two beautiful children loves music, computers, reading, and still enjoys reading and writing fanfiction. She’s a proud member of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association, as well as an advocate for rights of LGBT citizens.  She’s also a contributor to the heavy metal ezine Fourteeng.net.

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

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Vic's B-Day eXXXtravaganza w/ Andrew Jericho


Hello Everyone!!!

On November 16th I turned 31. It's something I've been thinking about for a while. Not necessarily turning 31, but my birthday. The reason for this is because my birthday brings up both good and bad memories for me (mostly bad, though the past few years have been good). I don't typically expect presents for my birthday (though I did up until the age of 12 and then after that my present requests became extremely altruistic- "donate to a charity", I asked my mom to adopt me an African orphan when I was 12, etc.) but my birthday is the one day out of the year where I let others focus on me without putting up a fight. And this year, I was determined to have a good birthday.

Last year, I asked author friends to share their favorite birthday memories or short stories featuring some of their characters that were centered around birthdays of some sort, and this year I decided to do the same thing. For the next few weeks, author friends and even some non-author friends of mine, will be taking over The Purple Fantasy Den and posting.

And for those of you who you asked last year about sending me a birthday present, first of all, thank you, second of all: In lieu of presents, I'd love to have you donate to the Elton John AIDS Foundation in memory of my best friend Justin or for my friends Angel or Richard, or maybe even someone you know who is living with, and fighting the disease.

Oh! And by the way: One person who comments on every post will be chosen at the end of the eXXXtravaganza to receive a special birthday prize (swag, books, GC, etc.)

So, without further ado! Here's today's post by my handsome friend:


Thank you, Vic, for inviting me to be a part of your Birthday Exxxtravaganza! Happy Birthday!  
In addition to my post below, I am sponsoring an e-book giveaway of my latest book release, Drag Show Games (Drag Show 1).  To be entered into the drawing e-mail me at: authorandrewjericho@gmail.com. The subject line should read:  Birthday Exxxtravaganza Contest. International participants are also welcome to enter.  One winner will be chosen at random at 7:00 PM CST, the day after this post appears. 
The following is an adaption of an original post I wrote January 5, 2013 on my Website as part of my Life With Baby Doll series.  Each year, as John’s birthday approaches, I am reminded of the promise I made him over two decades ago.



 
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John’s Birthday Promise
by Andrew Jericho

January 5, 2013
“Are you going to be nice to me today?” John asked, giggling.
“Baby Doll, that depends on what your definition of nice is?” I replied.
Pulling John closer into my arms, I wrapped the comforter around our bodies.
“Warm enough, honey?”  I asked.
“I love you, Andrew.”
“I love you, too, baby.  Happy Birthday.”

****

The conversation above took place between John and I this morning, as he woke cuddled in my arms.  Today my soul mate, lover, partner, and best friend celebrates his forty-ninth birthday.  For the last twenty-two years, Baby Doll has asked me a similar question on that day.  While I know his words are playful, they return me to a promise I made him in 1992.
The years have been kind to John, as he is frequently complimented.  His sweet, slender, and flamboyant appearance certainly captured my heart. I’ve shared the following words before on the romantic dynamic we share:
“The type of gay male I desired:  sweet, campy, flamboyant, and with such an undeniably homosexual vibe walked into my heart and left an overwhelming need to protect and provide for him as his lover.”
I met Baby Doll when I was seventeen. At that time, I was suicidal, depressed, and angry.  I was also a young man with a rotten and prideful attitude. While meeting John that late summer afternoon did soften my mood and heart, I would go on to have a few more episodes of angry outbursts.
The behavior I exhibited was strongly related to my gender dysphoria. While I still struggle with dysphoria, as a man of forty, I have learned more constructive channels for my feelings.  On January 4th, 1992, one day before John’s twenty-seventh birthday, I found myself loudly ranting to the handsome twink standing on the opposite side of our bathroom door.
Baby Doll and I had been living together since early November, 1991, having been committed since the first night we kissed. However, we did not experience sexual intimacy together until March, 1992.  During the months before we made love, John and I kissed, cuddled, and slept in the same bed together.  I have defined our relationship during that time as romantic friends, spiraling towards becoming passionate lovers. My rant on January 4th, was brought about by a passionate afternoon tryst which had quickly become charged with unexplored passions.
John was curled in my arms on our bed, as we woke from an afternoon nap. An innocent joining of lips quickly turned to myself initiating a series of slow, and sensual, French kisses.  Baby Doll’s soft whimpers only fueled my desire.  We had been passionate before, but this time I knew we were quickly losing ourselves in the emotional and physical attraction which had been smoldering for months.
Looking back, I don’t think either one of intended for the situation to become as intimate as it had. We had set a date of March 21st to formalize out commitment, which also included waiting to make love. That afternoon two hearts were speaking to each other, as a pair of bodies experienced raw, sexual arousal.
As the dominant one in the relationship, I should have quickly ended the affection. Instead I rolled him onto his back, and continued our lingual caresses. John was hard against me. At that point, I remembered such a strong feeling of gender dysphoria gripping my soul.  Baby Doll was flushed, trembling, and whispered in my ear words any dominant gay male would want to hear from his partner.  I love you, Andrew, and I want you inside me.  He uttered other words of love and sexuality—private personal, sentiments.
I wanted to be inside him. My thoughts were already there, as I visualized myself making love to him with biological male genitals. However, the assigned female at birth body which I found myself in had grown violently angry.  To make matters worse, I hadn’t bought a strap-on yet either.  I would do that one week before formalizing our commitment on March 21, 1992.
Being the jerk I was, I abruptly ended the moment, loudly slamming the bathroom door. There were other masculine ways I could have pleased my partner that afternoon, and still remained in control, but I wanted to do it with a penis—my penis.  My actions resulted in John knocking softly on the bathroom door.

****

“Go away, John!” I yelled.
“Andrew—”
“I said, go away!”
“No. We need to talk.”
 I could hear John turning the locked door knob. 
“I don’t need to talk! I need a penis!  Now get away from the door!”
“I’ve know from the moment we met that you’ve identified as a very masculine transman. Andrew, I’ve told you so many times that all guys, even cisgender, are different. I love the heart and mind of a man first.  I love yours first.  What happens sexually is second.  I’ve never thought of you as anything but a man. Andrew, you’re more a man that any I’ve ever been involved with.”
“Alright, Baby Doll, if that’s what you want to believe!  I just don’t see how a cisgender gay man like yourself could ever be in love with a transman!  After all, I am missing one important part! I think you’re confused and don’t know what you want!  Get away from the door!”
“Andrew,” John spoke sweetly, “you just haven’t bought yours yet, have you?”

****
I would spend another hour in the bathroom in anger and self-pity, trying to deny the fact it was the flamboyant gay baby who was right and rescuing me again.  How often?  Well as I’ve said before, I’ll just keep those numbers a secret, as I wouldn’t want to destroy my top status.
When I finally opened the door, he was sitting right outside, with his back against the wall.

****

“Are you going to be nice to me now?” John asked.
“Maybe.”
“No, Andrew, you have to promise.”   
John had stood up, and was swaying slightly from side to side.  I think he even fluttered his eyelashes a few times.
“Also, you have to quit saying that I don’t love you.  I love you, Andrew.  I know what I want…you.  Andrew, you’re my man.”
“I promise.”

****

The two simple words I spoke that afternoon have become known as John’s birthday promise.  That was the last of the violent angry outbursts I can remember. Feeling his emotional and sexual response to me that afternoon, and the heartfelt words spoken on the opposite side of the bathroom door, had finally healed years of hurt.  I would learn how to put negativity to rest.  The love and sincerity being offered to me was too strong to fight.
While I had heard John’s words emotionally, two-and-a-half months later, I would physically experience John’s response as I remember looking down into his deep bedroom-blue eyes:
“The first time we made love was the coupling of a mutual peace and passion which sought to not only define me as an emotional being, but sexually as well.  That same comfort and warmth has not been forgot, and continues long past the first time two pairs of hands sought out the intimacy of their soul mates.”

“Happy Birthday, Baby Doll.  Honey, you should know by now I can’t fight my feelings for you.”  ~ Love, Andrew



Drag Show Games (Drag Show 1) by Andrew Jericho

Blurb: 
[Ménage Amour ManLove: Erotic Alternative Ménage a Trois Romance, M/M/M, HEA]
In an entertainment routine called Drag Show, Vince becomes Violet Whispers. Vince is a gay man, who not only craves cross-dressing, but it gives him sexual pleasure to see Violet staring back in a mirror. Even more satisfying is being in the arms of a man while in drag. Derek fulfills those fantasies.
Derek is a dominant man who orchestrates erotic scenarios, or games. The thought of never knowing what Derek has planned keeps Vince in almost constant arousal. So when Derek uses his twin brother, Alec, in one of his scenarios, Vince must come to terms with new romantic feelings for his partner’s brother.
When Alec becomes a part of their lives on a more permanent basis, Vince struggles with acknowledging his love for his partner’s brother. Alec is bold, like Derek, but more soft-spoken. Even though Vince knows Derek wants him to follow his heart, he is afraid of allowing another man into his life.
Note: The first two chapters were originally published as a free short story on ManLoveAuthors.com.
A Siren Erotic Romance

Adult Excerpt:
Alec was behind Vince’s body, pressing himself against his partner’s back. Derek was standing in front of Vince. He listened to the soft sounds of his brother kissing their husband.
“We both love you, Vince,” Derek said. “Alec and I want you to open up. Surrender your heart. Baby, I don’t want you to think about who’s touching you. I just want you to feel the love in the two pairs of hands cooling your arousal. Shh…don’t say a word.”
Alec imagined Derek had placed a finger on Vince’s mouth, because the rest of the game was beginning to unfold. Then all went quiet, as Alec silently traded places with his brother. Vince was oblivious to the change, and would not know whose hands were touching different parts of his body.
When Vince whimpered, Alec dropped to his knees, pulling up the cocktail dress. He shoved the fabric around his lover’s waist. In the dark, he pulled Vince’s spandex shorts away from his body. He removed what felt like a lacy thong, as Vince’s cock came untucked. He heard another moan, as he took the length of his partner’s shaft into his mouth.
Alec heard Derek’s voice, barely above a whisper. The intent was to disguise the sound so Vince could not recognize him. “I’ve got my fingers buried deep inside your ass.”
“Please let me know which one of you is sucking me. Damn, it feels so good! God, it feels so damn, good!”
Alec wrapped his hands around Vince’s body, caressing his lover’s buttocks. He felt Vince’s flesh being pulled apart by his brother’s hands.
Derek was whispering again. “Now I’m going to find your sweet spot, Violet Whispers. Hmm…are you going to tell me where I can find it?”
“Fuck! Fuck! God, your fingers feel so good…and the lips wrapped around my cock!” Vince spoke, as his words faded to a sensual groan.
Vince’s hands on the back of Alec’s neck were pulling him deeper. He let the heat of his mouth envelope the swollen flesh, as he felt the entire shaft pulsating. Vince was close, real close. Alec picked up the pace, sucking firmly from base to tip, licking the pre-cum that continued to form on Vince’s cockhead. The taste was salty and sweet. Vince’s dick was buried so deep inside his mouth the tip was rubbing against the back of his throat.
“Such a beautiful and naughty queen,” Derek whispered. “Letting two brothers take you like this.”

“My prostate,” Vince moaned. “Oh, god, don’t stop! Hell, please don’t stop!”
“We love you, Violet,” Derek spoke in the same hushed tone.
“Yes, Violet, we do,” Alec whispered, taking Vince’s cock from his mouth for just a split second.
The game was meant for Vince, but Alec knew both he and Derek were just as aroused. He heard the excitement in all three of their voices. Alec’s cock was rock hard, straining against the boxers inside his slacks.
“Brother, let’s finish him,” Derek said.
“Shit,” Vince cried, “so many fucking fingers inside me!”
“Four, and you’re still fucking tight!” Derek replied.
Alec felt Vince’s body beginning to tremble. He cupped his lover’s buttocks tighter, kneading the flesh beneath his fingertips. Vince’s semen was now coating the inside of his mouth. Alec felt the motions of Derek pumping his fingers inside their husband, as the action continued to push Vince deeper into his mouth.
Vince was whimpering, still trembling in their arms. Alec got up and cradled him against his chest, while Derek wrapped his arms around Vince’s back.
“Please tell me,” Vince pleaded. “I want to know.”
“No,” Alec whispered. “Fuck! I’m going to break the rules.”
Derek had said neither one of them should seek release. Alec hoped his brother wouldn’t mind he was unbuckling his pants. His cock ached. He was past aroused, and knew he could not wait until he got Vince home.
“Break the rules, brother,” Derek whispered, “because I am. Are you going first?”
“Yeah,” Alec replied.
Alec let his slacks fall to his ankles. Then he turned Vince’s body around. Now his partner’s buttocks were pressed against his dick. He sank his swollen cock into Vince’s ass. The cavity was warm and slick from his brother’s fingers. Vince’s body was bent slightly forward, no doubt leaning against Derek for support. After a few thrusts of his hips, sending his dick as far up into Vince as humanly possible, Alec felt the rush of semen leaving his cockhead. The juice bathed his lover’s internal flesh.

“I love you,” Alec whispered. “I love you so much, Vince.”
“I love you, too,” Vince replied. “I love both of you…with all my heart.”
Alec quickly pulled out, allowing Derek to turn their husband around. He supported Vince’s body, as his brother now made love to their partner.
“I love you, too,” Vince spoke again. “So damn much. Please, tell me who’s inside my ass.”
“We’re both here,” Alec spoke softly. “That’s all that matters. Trust us, Vince.”
“So tight,” Derek murmured.
While Alec continued to support Vince’s body against his own, he could feel the gentle rocking motions of his brother’s lovemaking. Damn, if that ‘blinding need for release’ Derek had mentioned wasn’t turning to a tenderness overtaking Alec’s heart. He pressed his lips against Vince’s mouth.
“I love you,” Alec whispered. “I’ve always loved you.”
“Alec,” Vince moaned.
“Yeah, Vincent, it’s me.”
“What about the game?” Vince asked.
“Baby, don’t worry about the game,” Derek said. “We’ve almost accomplished what you need.”
“Derek, you feel good inside me. I’m so in love with you. Fuck me! Fuck me hard!”

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More about Andrew Jericho

Andrew Jericho is a ManLove erotic romance author for Siren-BookStrand Publishing, and a long supporter of LGBTQ rights. His writing proves love and erotic attraction are the same regardless of gender and/or sexual orientation.  In their purest forms, Andrew has seen those concepts transform characters into better individuals. 
He is a gay transgender man, who lives with his partner, John Jericho, and family.  He enjoys photography, eclectic tastes in music and the arts, and browsing the local library and art galleries.  All of Andrew’s work can be found at:  Andrew Jericho.



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Friday, November 21, 2014

Vic's BDay eXXXtravaganza w/ Z Allora



Hello Everyone!!!

On November 16th I turned 31. It's something I've been thinking about for a while. Not necessarily turning 31, but my birthday. The reason for this is because my birthday brings up both good and bad memories for me (mostly bad, though the past few years have been good). I don't typically expect presents for my birthday (though I did up until the age of 12 and then after that my present requests became extremely altruistic- "donate to a charity", I asked my mom to adopt me an African orphan when I was 12, etc.) but my birthday is the one day out of the year where I let others focus on me without putting up a fight. And this year, I was determined to have a good birthday.

Last year, I asked author friends to share their favorite birthday memories or short stories featuring some of their characters that were centered around birthdays of some sort, and this year I decided to do the same thing. For the next few weeks, author friends and even some non-author friends of mine, will be taking over The Purple Fantasy Den and posting.

And for those of you who you asked last year about sending me a birthday present, first of all, thank you, second of all: In lieu of presents, I'd love to have you donate to the Elton John AIDS Foundation in memory of my best friend Justin or for my friends Angel or Richard, or maybe even someone you know who is living with, and fighting the disease.

Oh! And by the way: One person who comments on every post will be chosen at the end of the eXXXtravaganza to receive a special birthday prize (swag, books, GC, etc.)

So, without further ado! Here's today's post by:



Greetings!!!! Happy Birthday to Vicktor and all the other Scorpios out there!!!!

Whether by destiny or influence of someone saying you’re like this because of your zodiac sign,
your birthdate is important. I believe it may affect how some of us develop or justify our behavior.
All my characters have birthdays and I use their signs to shape some of their personalities. It’s one
more way to make the characters unique as they come to life.

Since Vicktor & I share the Scorpio sign it won’t be a shock to him that Scorpios are the sex sign.
(cue the porn music) Several of my sexually expressive characters just happen to be Scorpios. Take
a look at where your favorite characters fall:

Astrological Zodiac Traits/ Sun Sign Personalities

Taurus
Apr 21-May 21

Patient and reliable
Warmhearted and loving
Persistent and determined
Placid and security loving

Jealous and possessive
Resentful and inflexible
Self-indulgent and greedy

Cancer
June 22-July 22

Emotional and loving
Intuitive and imaginative
Shrewd and cautious
Protective and sympathetic

Changeable and moody
Overemotional and touchy
Clinging and unable to let go

Libra
Sep 24-Oct 23

Diplomatic and urbane
Romantic and charming
Easygoing and sociable
Idealistic and peaceable

Indecisive and changeable
Gullible and easily influenced
Flirtatious and self-indulgent

Capricorn
Dec 23-Jan 20

Practical and prudent
Ambitious and disciplined
Patient and careful
Humorous and reserved

Pessimistic and fatalistic
Miserly and grudging

Gemini
May 22-June 21

Adaptable and versatile
Communicative and witty
Intellectual and eloquent
Youthful and lively

Nervous and tense
Superficial and inconsistent
Cunning and inquisitive


Sagittarius
Nov 23-Dec 22

Optimistic and freedom-loving
Jovial and good-humored
Honest and straightforward
Intellectual and philosophical

Blindly optimistic and careless
Irresponsible and superficial
Tactless and restless



which can be found at::::  http://nuclear.ucdavis.edu/~rpicha/personal/astrology
Aries
Mar 21-Apr 20

Adventurous and energetic
Pioneering and courageous
Enthusiastic and confident
Dynamic and quick-witted

Selfish and quick-tempered
Impulsive and impatient
Foolhardy and daredevil


Leo
July 23-Aug 21

Generous and warmhearted
Creative and enthusiastic
Broad-minded and expansive
Faithful and loving

Pompous and patronizing
Bossy and interfering
Dogmatic and intolerant

Scorpio
Oct 24-Nov 22

Determined and forceful
Emotional and intuitive
Powerful and passionate
Exciting and magnetic
Jealous and resentful
Compulsive and obsessive
Secretive and obstinate

Aquarius
Jan 21-Feb 19

Friendly and humanitarian
Honest and loyal
Original and inventive
Independent and intellectual

Intractable and contrary
Perverse and unpredictable
Unemotional and detached

Pisces
Feb 20-Mar 20

Imaginative and sensitive
Compassionate and kind
Selfless and unworldly
Intuitive and sympathetic

Escapist and idealistic
Secretive and vague
Weak-willed and easily led

Virgo
Aug 22-Sep 23

Modest and shy
Meticulous and reliable
Practical and diligent
Intelligent and analytical

Fussy and a worrier
Overcritical and harsh
Perfectionist and conservative







Many other cultures determine personality traits and spousal compatibility based on the Zodiac. Chinese
Zodiac signs are based on the year of your birth. (I added a link at the end for you to check your sign.)


Chinese Zodiac Sign Meanings

Rat:
Element: Water
Partners well with: Dragon and Monkey
Characteristics: Intelligent, adaptable, quick-witted, charming, artistic, sociable.

Ox:
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Snake and Rooster
Characteristics: Loyal, reliable, thorough, strong, reasonable, steady, determined

Tiger:
Element: Wood
Partners well with: Horse and Dog
Characteristics: Enthusiastic, courageous, ambitious, leadership, confidence, charismatic

Rabbit:
Element: Wood
Partners well with: Sheep and Boar
Characteristics: Trustworthy, empathic, modest, diplomatic, sincere, sociable, caretakers.

Dragon:
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Rat and Monkey
Characteristics: Lucky, flexible, eccentric, imaginative, artistic, spiritual, charismatic


Snake:
Element: Fire
Partners well with: Rooster and Ox
Characteristics: Philosophical, organized, intelligent, intuitive, elegant, attentive, decisive

Horse:
Element: Fire
Partners well with: Dog and Tiger
Characteristics: Adaptable, loyal, courageous, ambitious, intelligent, adventurous, strong

Sheep:
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Boar and Rabbit
Characteristics: Tasteful, crafty, warm, elegant, charming, intuitive, sensitive, calm

Monkey:
Element: Metal
Partners well with: Dragon and Rat
Characteristics: Quick-witted, charming, lucky, adaptable, bright, versatile, lively, smart.

Rooster:
Element: Metal
Partners well with: Snake and Ox
Characteristics: Honest, energetic, intelligent, flamboyant, flexible, diverse, confident.


Dog:
Element: Earth
Partners well with: Tiger and Horse
Characteristics: Loyal, sociable, courageous, diligent, steady, lively, adaptable, smart

Boar:
Element: Water
Partners well with: Sheep and Rabbit
Characteristics: Honorable, philanthropic, determined, optimistic, sincere, sociable


  
When I lived in China, Chinese Zodiac signs were always a safe topic, so it made sense when I was writing
Made in China to be concerned with Chinese Zodiac signs and how they are used to understand people.






















Here’s an excerpt from Made in China: The Great Wall.

Tian Di glided back through the double doors. Turning to their new singer, Jin asked, “What animal
were you born under, Tian Di?”

“Trying to figure out my age?” He batted his eyelashes feigning an innocence everyone knew had
been lost long ago.

“No, just curious. I’m an Earth Dragon and Styx is an Earth Snake,” Jin said.

Tian Di shrugged. “That’s why we get along. I’m an Earth Dragon too.”

Styx wanted to figure it out. “What’s your Western sign?”

“Scorpio.”

Indigo flitted back in and snorted. “You’re a Scorpio? Me too.” He handed Styx and Jin plates to their
order. Indigo and the two of them marched their trays out of the kitchen with their last orders before the
set, Tian Di close on their heels.

As they walked back to the kitchen Jin whispered to Styx, “That’s it. When two Scorpios get together
they either fight or mate.”

“Well, those two don’t look like mating is in their future. Too much is at stake. Let’s try to get them
to fight nice.”





My recent release Illusions & Dreams is a transgender romance set in Bangkok, where while living in
China I visited a number of time.













Illusions & Dreams Blurb:
Randy Camster failed at being married. His life now centers around work, TV sports, and listening to his
friend Jake complain about how Randy’s lack of a sex life will be the downfall of mankind. Not true!
Well, not totally. He’s just never understood the fascination with sex until… ladyboy performer Lalana
Dulyarat shimmies into his world via an Internet ad for Thailand tourism. Jake O’Neil’s open pansexuality
yields him interesting bedmates, but he’s never chased after the mythical illusion of love. He focuses on
others, like his best friend Randy, who needs a Bang-Cock vacation. Finding an adorable little imp named
Boon-nam wasn’t on the itinerary. Gay, straight, and undecided, Jake has had ‘em all, but never a virgin
aching to take a walk on the kinky side after having her affirmation surgery. Talk about pressure. And
what’s with everyone warning him not to break her heart? His is the one in danger.


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Z. Allora thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and she makes sure they get one. Her stories are about love and romance and are tied together with erotic sex. She utilizes her time overseas and travels to bring you to places you've yet to visit. She introduces you to cultures you've yet to explore. But with every word she writes she tries to convey love is love.
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E-mail: Z.Allora@yahoo.com


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