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Ask any avid reader to name their favorite romance and I doubt you’ll get a simple answer! That is especially so when the avid reader is also an author trying to pick one of her own books to discuss. Quite a few book babies in my growing family and I get to pick only one?
Putting aside for a moment the feeling that I am being disloyal to my other little “babies”, I’ve picked Aphrodite Calling (Gods of Love #2) to showcase because it is special to me for a range of reasons. Released only yesterday, my latest story hopefully demonstrates a maturing of my craft as a writer. We are always honing our skills, right?
But this story is special to me for much more than being a new release. This is the first time I’ve attempted to write an erotic romance from the viewpoint of a post-surgery, male-to-female transsexual heroine, and it has proven the most challenging of anything I’ve written thus far.
I really wanted to get this one right. To make sure I didn’t end up with a stereotyped transgender character, but rather to show, through Gina’s story, how difficult it can be to fight for your very identity in a world that doesn’t accept anyone outside the so-called “norm”.
I rewrote Aphrodite Calling three times, and as I started the final rewrite I began to tweet about it. Around that time I had some heartfelt responses from people on the transgender journey themselves, and I felt some of their pain and isolation.
It made me think about all the people out there – transgendered or otherwise – who have to fight harder than others for what they believe in. I wanted to do justice to what they might be going through, and to applaud their strength, while at the same time I needed to stay within the confines of a short erotic romance novella featuring a Greek god of desire – my original premise for the story.
I don’t know if I have achieved the right balance with Aphrodite Calling, but I certainly hope so. If you read it I’d love to hear what you think. I know this story will remain special to me for these reasons, even as I move on to #3 in the series, Sex Club Secrets.
Without sight she could only imagine what he would look like, the tip of his tongue sliding along her flesh that was already swollen with need, that wayward hair flopping down over his brow, his gaze intense, probably flecked with the shade of green that for some reason reminded her of the sea, looking back up her body as he teased around and over her mound. When the graze of something hard—presumably his teeth—nipped at her clitoris through the material she yelped, then pressed upward to enhance that exquisite pressure. Hot lips met her thrust and played with her, moistening the material. Lips, tongue, and teeth worked in unison to torment her core while his fingers slipped beneath her G and went exploring along her slit.
A gasp escaped as she felt one of his digits slide into her. The first person other than her surgeon or herself ever to breach her pussy. She didn’t have the creamy moistness of a biological woman, but somehow, with Himeros, it didn’t seem to matter. She rocked back and forth against his face, adjusting to the feel of having someone inside her, even if it was only his finger.
“Yes,” she managed on a shaky exhale of breath. “That feels fucking fantastic.”
He chuckled against her clit. “So tight, Gina. I look forward to entering you properly.”
She felt the words and the laugh as a welcome vibration and it escalated her senses into overdrive. She moaned. Having her cock sucked in the past had never felt like this. The intensity of what she was feeling now was more—so much more—than she was used to. Even through her underwear.
The pressure suddenly disappeared and so too did the scrap of material covering her pussy. She couldn’t see his reaction to her full-on nakedness and a flare of panic had her reaching up to rip off her mask, but found her hands imprisoned beneath larger ones. “No. Leave it on, Gina. Go with your gut, and feel. Feel your need. Feel mine.”
She whimpered, wanting to do as he asked. “Okay,” she whispered. “I can do this.”
“Of course you can. And for the record, you are beautiful.” That last word came out husky, and she felt tears prick at her eyes at the genuine tone of his voice.
But still she hesitated. “Normal?” she asked at last.
“Yes, darling. Perfectly normal.”
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