Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Featured Guest Author: Josephine Myles on The world’s least likely sex worker? Includes Giveaway.

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Happy Release Day to Josephine Myles!

We are so happy to be able to celebrate with Jo the release of her new book Einstein’s Peep Show. She has popped in to chat about The world’s least likely sex worker. Want to know more? Well you’ll just have to read on… and then go buy the book.

Plus don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win an eBook from Jo’s Backlist. 

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The world’s least likely sex worker?

I’ve never made a secret of it: I’m fascinated by the sex industry in all its forms, and I’m clearly not alone in my interest. The world of m/m erotic romance abounds with stories featuring rent boys—one of the most obvious forms of sex work. But I’ve noticed a peculiar phenomenon. Rent boys in erotic fiction tend to occupy either end of a spectrum from the poverty-stricken street walkers in angsty romances, to the high class escorts with their billionaire client list. Honestly, if you went purely by m/m romance you’d think they were the only types of male prostitutes out there.

I’m much more interested in those occupying the middle ground. The sex workers who aren’t exploited and vulnerable addicts or the gilded few making a killing from their sugar daddy clients, but the everyday fellas who rely on the money from shagging to pay for an ordinary existence. This kind of sex work isn’t particularly glamorous, but it is realistic. The vast majority of sex workers seem to be in charge of their own lives and happy enough with their work, if the organisations fighting for their rights are to be believed (clue: I think they are).

So when it came to deciding on my first writing project since taking a nine month maternity break, I thought about that boy-next-door rent boy story I’ve been pondering for a long time. But then again, what about all the other, less well known branches of the sex industry? There are sex workers who never have direct physical contact with their clients. What about porn stars and strippers? Okay, well I’ve written a stripper story already (Pole Star, available for free!) and I think the gay porn star romance has been pretty much done to death already. I wanted to write something I hadn’t read before. I wanted to write about one of the newest and fastest growing branches of sex work: cam modelling.

webcam manFor those unfamiliar with the concept, cam models put on sex shows from the privacy of their own homes, using web cams and a high speed internet connection. Some work as couples, but most as sole artists. Some will put on public shows for free and/or tips, others work through sites that vet the clients and make sure they pay per minute. I was fascinated by the idea and set out to do my research. Unfortunately it involved having to watch some of the free shows. Honestly, the things us writers have to suffer through for research!

I also read lots of blogs and message boards aimed at cam models. It turns out that couples often make the most money, and that those who speak English and can have proper conversations with their clients are highly valued by the lucrative American market. A lot of what cam models do isn’t just sex, it’s interacting with their viewers and giving them a show tailored to their interests. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that what makes certain sex workers a success is less their sex appeal, and more their ability to make their often lonely clients feel a genuinely human connection.

That and fulfilling some deeply kinky fetishes…

In Einstein’s Peep Show I explore this strange connection cam models have with their clients through Nathan’s interactions with the mysterious BigMan58, who only appears through words typed on a screen. It was a really interesting relationship to explore, especially in the context of various recent catfishing scams that have impacted the gay romance reading community.

I don’t think I’m done with writing about unlikely sex workers, though. I might have done the cam model thing, but what about those manning sex phone lines? Or the sexy text operators? Or those who make money selling their “dirty” underwear? And of course, I’m sorely tempted to write another stripper story…

Readers, what kind of sex workers are you most interested in reading about and why?

photo credit: Self portrait XXXVII_MMVIII via photopin (license) (original picture has been cropped)

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Einstein’s Peep Show

Josephine Myles

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Published ~ 23rd February 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance

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Synopsis

Nerdy by day, naughty by night!

Nathan Wright has a secret life. During the day he’s a dedicated student, working hard for his maths degree. But times are tough, and in order to make ends meet by night he becomes “Einstein”, wooing punters with his online solo sex show. Still wounded by his last dysfunctional relationship, Nathan’s happy being single. But when his highest tipping client demands it, Einstein has to overcome his social awkwardness to rope in some extra help.

Party boy Rory Jones has never given his geeky neighbour a second glance, but he’s not one to turn down the offer of a free blow job, even when Nathan tells him it’s going online. Once on camera, Rory discovers his exhibitionist streak and the two of them are so hot together, the one-off becomes a regular gig.

But being neighbours with benefits isn’t without its challenges. Nathan’s client keeps wanting more, and he finds himself pushed into a role he’s not prepared for. Meanwhile Rory’s growing affection leaves him worried his ultra-rational lover won’t ever be able to share his emotions. If he and Nathan can’t find something more than great sex in common, they’ll be left with the square root of absolute zero.

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Meet Josephine Myles


Josephine Myles

English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

Jo publishes regularly with Samhain, and now has over ten novels and novellas under her belt. Her novel Stuff won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Bisexual Romance, and her novella Merry Gentlemen won the 2014 Rainbow Award for Best Gay Romantic Comedy. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion, although she prefers to leave the “boring bits” of the ebook creation process to someone else. She loves to be busy, and is currently having fun trying to work out how she is going to fit in her love of writing, dressmaking and attending cabaret shows in fabulous clothing around the demands of a preteen with special needs and an energetic toddler.

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Giveaway

Jo Myles will be gifting two ebooks from her backlist to two lucky readers. Just leave a coment below answering the following question:

Readers, what kind of sex workers are you most interested in reading about and why?

Please include your email address so we can contact the lucky winners.

::: And the winners are……. Laurie P & Jen CW ……. CONGRATULATIONS! :::

20 comments:

  1. I've always been intrigued by pole dancers... On the one hand, it seems simple but it is terribly difficult (I know, I've just joined a training class myself). On the other hand, there is a difficult balance involved: It seems as if they were very close to their public while keeping their distance. I think I would love to read about one!
    susanaperez7140(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. I loved your Pole Star, ha ha, let's face, I don't think you've written anything I haven't loved <3333 Looking forward to this one and Happy Release/Birthday! <3333

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  3. Happy Birthday! I'm not much help when it comes to story ideas I'm afraid, I'm sure I'll love whatever you come up with. Off to Amazon now 'cause I look forward to reading Einstein.
    yvonnereads11 at gmail dot com

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  4. Happy birthday! I'm intrigued by escort stories. What drove them to that life and how they can get attached to one person, but not another.

    anamaribelcardenas@yahoo.com

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  6. Let's try this again. I would love to read about the life and love of a "fluffer".

    goaliemom0049@gmail.com

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    1. HAHAHA - now that would make for a funny story in the hands of Jo Myles. Congratulations Laurie, you are our lucky winner of this post. An email is on its way to you :-)

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  7. I'm with Laurie P on this one. I haven't read any stories focusing on fluffers and I think that would be an interesting angle to take.

    I am really interested in reading this book as well. I like the perspective you're taking and the focus on a different kind of sex worker. Totally adding this to my "to read" list!

    jacqueline@jacquelinegrey.com

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  8. I loved pole star. Would also be interested in people who work on the sex phone lines or texting. I always imagine doing the most mundane multi-tasking while the talk/text. ;-)

    Thanks for the post and Happy Birthday!

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

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  9. I enjoy stories about strip dancers. Happy Birthday
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  10. I think I'll have to go with Jen with the phone sex and sexting operators. I'll also want to see an authors interpretation involving maid/butler cafes (although nothing usually sexual happens in them).

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

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  11. Angela:

    Congrats on the release of Einstein's Peep Show :) I've read m/m books with some type/sort of sexworkers (mostly strippers), but i don't think i have ever read a m/m book about a sexworker who's is there especially for men with some kind of disability. I would definitely read that one.

    ahpg(at)ziggo(dot)nl

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  12. Happy Birthday and congratulations on the new book as well! I have read a number of porn star books which can be great, as well as escort ones. Strippers or phone sex workers could be really interesting.
    jczlapin@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Jen, congratulations you are our other lucky winner for this post. An email is on its way to you :-)

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  13. Cliched though it may be, I love rent boy & porn star stories. legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. i have to go with a phone sex operator as well..would love to see what life is like when they arent working
    jmarinich33@aol.com

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  15. i think mostly strippers/dancers. :-)

    aelnova@aol.com

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  16. I am really intrigued by people who choose to be sex surrogates. I think it takes a special kind of person to do that. karadg@hotmail.com

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  17. I'm not really into porn star/escort stories, but you got me curious about the brand of sex workers that stays on the fringe of doing the real thing like cam models and phone or text operators, even fluffers...
    But I always wondered about about sex surrogate (those don't exist in my country).
    Thank you for the free Pole Star that I just purchased and for the giveaway ;-)
    foebz (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  18. I love the unlikely porn star premise (I also enjoy the "reluctant porn performer discovers he loves it and is a natural" trope, though that's not the same thing, really). The fluffer idea does sound really good, and dancers always intrigue me. It would be interesting to read about a cameraman on a shoot, too...

    Trix, vitajex(at)aol(Dot)com

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