Sunday, July 05, 2015

Featured Guest Author : Emory Vargas talks about Bisexuality and its part in A Hard Ride Home. (Includes Giveaway)

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A few days ago we reviewed the fantastic A Hard Ride Home by Emory Vargas, a new favourite to Sinfully, and someone we know we’ll be looking forward to featuring many times! Today Emory is back, chatting bisexuality and the risk of making Jesse (one of the story’s main Mc’s) a bisexual character in the novel. Interesting thoughts…

There’s also a very generous giveaway from Emory too, so don’t miss your chance to win!

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Emory Talks

I recently found some of my earliest gay fiction. I wrote it in 2001, which truly feels like forever ago. At the time, I'd had (far) more sex with women than with men, and I still didn't identify as queer. In fact, I'd never heard the term outside of antiquated insults. And my knowledge of bisexuality was limited to a pop culture caricature. 

It definitely didn't cross my mind at the time to write bisexual characters. 

It took many years for me to become comfortable with my sexuality and desires. It took even more time for me to recognize that desire has fluidity. When I wrote A Hard Ride Home, I knew I was taking a risk by presenting a bisexual male lead who has sex with women "on screen." I knew that many romance readers don't like to see anyone other than the main couple getting it on. I completely understood that I'd be alienating many readers of male/male romance. 

I took the risk anyway. Sex positivity has become increasingly important to me in my 30s, and I connected strongly to a character with an unabashed love of sex. The challenge wasn't writing his bisexuality, but finding a fine balance between his role as a saloon whore, his ways of coping with trauma, and his genuine love of sex -- with men and women.

Jesse is bisexual. In this story, he becomes romantically entangled with a man. (As much as I love reading about polyamory and group sex and fluid relationships, I'm a sucker for deeply exclusive relationships.) My romantic leads end up happily ever after, but that doesn't erase Jesse's bisexuality. This is the sticking point to me. When you're bisexual and you enter a monogamous relationship, the person you "end up with" doesn't turn you straight or gay. 

What are some of your favorite stories featuring a bisexual character? I'd love recommendations. 

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A Hard Ride Home

a hard ride homePublishers ~ Less Than Three Press

Published ~ 17th June 2015

Genre ~ Historical M/M Romance, Old West

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Synopsis

It's hard enough returning to his birthplace to replace a dead man as sheriff. The last thing Emmett needs is to find himself smitten with Jesse, the whore he arrests almost immediately upon arrival. Especially since Jesse works for his half-sister and at her thoroughly disreputable saloon.
But being smitten with a whore is only the beginning of Emmett's troubles. Silver Creek is a town full of secrets and people too terrified to talk. Why does Emmett's father, the mayor of Silver Creek, have such a strong hold on the town—and on Jesse?

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Emory Vargas loves knitting scarves and writing about tentative first time sexual encounters and amorous cephalopods, though not always at the same time.

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Giveaway

Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter below, as two lucky readers have the chance of winning either a $10 Amazon Gift Voucher OR an ebook copy of A Hard Ride Home, generously gifted by Emory.  GOOD LUCK!

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20 comments:

  1. At the moment, the book off the top of my head where a character realizes that he is also attracted to a male (as well as women) is The Rebuilding Year by Kaje Harper. Congrats on the release!

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  2. I definitely recommend The Original Sinners series, wonderfully written by Tiffany Reisz, where most of the leading cast is bisexual. Start with The Siren, then enjoy the 6 others books while waiting the publication of the 8th and last novel in the fall... There are also several novellas set in the same universe, and free stories on the author's website. BDSM with a taboo twist, not for the faint of heart, but so deep, well written and addictive! Can't wait to read other recs. Thanks for the post and the giveaway!

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  3. I can't think of one off the top of my head...but it's early here, I'm sure I'll think of one later!

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  4. My favorite is a collection called "TJ & Finn" by Cardeno C.

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  5. I always loved Blaze in Lori Toland's THE REPLACEMENT GUITARIST series...one of my favorite scenes in the first book is where he acknowledges his attraction to a woman in spite of his commitment to Jason. And of course, Tara Lain's GENETIC ATTRACTION series has a ton of lovable and sexy bi characters, such as Roan, Jake, Tommy, and Shay!

    --Trix

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  6. I liked Jordan Aston's Call of the Wild Wolf. Thank you for being todays Guest author.

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  7. I can't think of a bisexual character off the top of my head

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  8. Take What You Want (Rock Gods 2) by Ann Lister and Double Time (Sinners on Tour #5) by Olivia Cunning are great!!

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  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I have this in my wishlist.

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  10. How about Cut & Run. :-) I'm reading A Hard Ride Home next. It sounds like a good read. :-)

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  11. I know that I"ve read a number of them...naming one is harder at the moment. The Butcher, the Baker, the Custom Bike Maker: The Myer Triplets: The Butcher by Mathew Ortiz

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  12. I know I've read a couple but right now the names escape me. This on is going on my TBR list.

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  13. I just finished reading Rodd Clark's Rubble and Wreckage, the serial killer slept with both genders. The Backup Boyfriend by River Jaymes was a good one.

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  14. I can only think of a few - Bonds of Desire by Linda Aicher, Travis by Nicole Edwards and I think Destiny Calls, With Grace and Hat Trick series by Samantha Wayland

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  15. I cannot think of the name of any of the bisexual characters that are my favorites. I have this problem whenever I am asked a specific question.

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  16. I can say I think this will be my favorite ,,,,can't wait to read it

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  17. I think my favorite bisexual character would be Trey from The Sinner's on Tour series. His book was Double Time by Olivia Cunning

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  18. I just finished the In The Kitchen series by Nikka Michaels and Eileen Griffin. The first two books featured chefs Jamie & Ethan, who was bi. Looking forward to reading your book.

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  19. Alex and Chase, both from Take What You want, the Rock Gods Book 3 by Ann Lister. They are in a triad relationship with Danni.

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