VBT – GOLDEN SHANA
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Golden Shana: The Chase
by A P von K’Ory
GENRE: Erotic Romantic Suspense
An evening at the La Scala in Milan twirls the lives of five people into a web of rivalry, intrigues, heartaches, obsession, murder, loss, and revenge.
“… for those who love selective eroticism with substance. An exciting and sophisticated erotic thriller for the astute romance reader, woman or man.”
Love, a word Roman can hardly spell, hits him when he sees Shana one evening. She’s the first woman not dropping to her knees at his mere presence. Used to getting whatever he wants, he chases her. Only to discovers that she prefers the girls. Roman can’t let that deter him. But is he for once up against his own comeuppance? At any rate, he needs assistance, which comes in the form of Alyssa, Shana’s BFF. Trouble crops up when Alyssa is all too ready and willing to drop on her knees for him.
Roman can’t get anywhere near Shana on his own. Would he start anything with Alyssa as long as this finally leads him to meet Shana in person?
Then there’s Marie, his current companion, who has a life-changing surprise for him.
Roman: I never chased after a woman. Then I caught a glimpse of the woman I would kneel for, but didn’t even know her name. Heck, I determined to find her if it took me the rest of my life.
Shana: He stood in the room with her. The frisson in the currents freaking between them knocked her senseless. The mutual force of predator and prey, blasting into her core … her soul … Danger. Keep far away from him
Was it love I felt for Svadishana? A woman I’d spoken three whiny words – Please call me! – to? Was it more than simple lust and desire? Did I want to possess more than just her body? Pondering these questions alone was so unlike me. That woman had turned me into an alien even unto my own self. What I felt, my inner voice said, was more than the thrill of the hunt. More than lust, desire, need, passion, the excitement of possession, and subjugation. Of course all that was part of it. But the basis or the source, the seedbed on which all that sprouted and was growing to full blossom in me, could well be something else.
When I thought of her, saw her image from Milan in my mind, watched how she moved in long smooth strides in YouTube, my brow beaded with sweat. I couldn’t pull my gaze away from the few photos I’d fished out of the Internet. Group photos at a family birthday or the authorized biography of her father. Her movements in a YouTube conference clip were springy and powerful even in their smoothness. She exuded strength all over the place, laughing, talking, gesticulating.
A breath-taking beauty. Such beauty that I dared not believe it at times.
And brains to go with it.
In love or not, I knew what I wanted and Svadishana was the answer. I wanted her and would do anything short of suicide to get her. Who knows – perhaps when it came to that as the only means available, I’d really murder too. I didn’t in the least care about the consequences, as long as they got me to where I wanted to get to.
Svadishana’s arms and knickers and… heart?
What obsession, Roman. Get back to real.
No chance. Real was Svadishana.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
A P von K’Ory writes the kind of books she herself would like to read and is passionate about, whether romance, psychological thriller or nonfiction. She is the winner of six awards from four continents, the last one being the Achievers Award for Writer of the Year 2013 in the Netherlands. The Selmere Integration Prize was awarded her in 2014 for her engagement in helping African Women in the Diaspora cope with a variety of domestic and social problems. The Proposal, a short story, won the Cook Communications first prize in 2010 and is published in an American anthology Africa 2012. In 2012, she won the Karl Ziegler Prize for her commitment to bring African culture to Western society in various papers, theses, and lectures. Again in 2012, her book Bound to Tradition: The Dream was nominated for the 2012 Caine Prize by the Author-me Group, Sanford, and in 2013 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.
Von K’Ory is married to an aristocrat and politician of Franco-German descent, has a large extended family. She lectures Economics and Sociology in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. She’s migratory and – weather willing – lives in Germany, France, Cyprus, and Greece.
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Interview With …
Have you ever had an imaginary friend?
I’m afraid not. I guess it has something to do with my childhood obsession with choosing my own friends, who often weren’t “the right social sort”, as my parents put it. Even at the elite boarding school in Yorkshire, back in 1980s, the friends were the “right sort” but at least I chose them myself, with no parents around.
Do you have any phobias?
Yep, acrophobia! I’m so scared of heights that I avoid those panoramic glass lifts whooshing outside tall buildings. If I’m forced to take one, I ride facing the building with my eyes closed and my back to the “outside” scenery. Curiously, I feel perfectly safe inside aeroplanes, and I even fly helicopters as a hobby.
Do you listen to music when you’re writing?
Yes, but it has to be classical (love Grieg and Vivaldi). I also listen to Indian sitar classical (love Ravi and Anoushka Shankar), or instrumentals like the ones for meditation or autogenic training. I don’t want to hear any lyrics or something that makes me want to dance in my seat!
Do you ever read your stories out loud?
I don’t read them aloud to myself, only during a reading. Even when I’m preparing for that, I read “aloud” in my head. Just another quirk of mine.
Tell us about your main character and who inspired him/her.
After trying to read the books touted as bestsellers in the erotic romance genre, I found myself dissatisfied with the plots and protagonists. I wanted to write an erotic romance with a male character that would appeal to me, rather than “write to market”. The “market” had failed me especially in terms of what defined the man and the woman he claimed to desire or even love. And nearly all the women, to me, seemed mere appendages of sorts. I wanted them to get more assertive, and the men as Alpha as they please without being Neanderthals.
Enter Roman, my Atlas Titan of Strength and Endurance. There’s a lot of my husband that I chiseled into him. I have a weakness for the gentleman rogue, that little boy scoundrel, in a man. I’m a Pantser and therefore chisel my protagonists and plots stroke for stroke, by the process of discovery. I gave Roman a personal history that set him as an arrogant god’s gift to women SOB, treating women like ladies outside the bedroom, cherished useful objects in the bedroom. Commitment wasn’t in his vocabulary, so he changed his women at will.
Then I gave Atlas one heck of a Titaness Rhea, in the form of Svadishana (Shana) Lindqvist to challenge his Alpha arse. She’s go-to-hell gorgeous, brainier than Einstein with a handful of doctorates, owning her own gazillions. A challenge Roman simply had to “bring down under my command”. He soon realized he’d better Alpha up a lot differently. Like Stephen King advises, “Put interesting characters in difficult situations and write to find out what happens.” As a reader, I’d felt cheated in the erotic books I read, because most lead characters didn’t even develop and grow; it was always the women who had to “save” them because they were “damaged”. Well, what about the women’s “damages”, preferences and demands? Who’s saving them while they’re saving him?
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Posted on October 26, 2021, in Book Tour and tagged @Apky11162, A P von K'Ory, author interview, Erotic Romantic Suspense, Goddess Fish Promotions, GOLDEN SHANA, Rafflecopter giveaway. Bookmark the permalink. 9 Comments.