Back in December 2014, Ines Johnson began releasing a sexy SciFi Romance Serial set in the far future. The story is now complete and available in a single book download. That makes this an excellent time for anyone who missed the serial release to check the story out. I have a brief excerpt and a mini interview with Ines, but first a bit more about the story.
Chanyn grew up in isolation in the ruins of the Great Destruction. All her life she’s wanted to find her one true love. When she encounters the dashing Lord Dain, with his kind eyes and pure heart, she believes her dreams of love are finally coming true. Until she meets with the roadblock that is her betrothed’s bondmate.
In a world where men outnumber women ten to one, Khial never thought he’d have to contend with a woman entering his bond. He gave his heart to Dain when they were just boys and has been by his side every day in sickness and health. These days it’s mostly in sickness as Dain’s health deteriorates. Though his attraction to Chanyn increases with every encounter, Khial can’t help but resent the young woman who comes into his love story to play the hero, but marriage to her may be the only way to save the man he loves.
To prepare Chanyn for her union with the two males, Lord Dain hires a Pleasure Hound, an ancient order of monks tasked with instructing new husbands, who have little to no contact with women, in the art of female pleasure. Years ago a scandal left the Temple of the Pleasure Hounds near destitute. The young monk responsible for the scandal is given a chance to redeem himself and the temple when he is called upon to train the bonded triad in the orgasmic arts. What starts as a simple ritual soon turns carnal when the monk’s heart begins to yearn for Chanyn, and hers for his.
Tags: romantic erotica, mutlicultural, menage, dystopian, interracial, LGBT, bisexual
Excerpt: The Proposal
“I promise that the choice of mates will be yours,” he continued. “And I hope…” He paused, uncertain, looking down at their joined hands.
Chanyn got the impression of Dain as a child asking for permission to have something he didn’t think he deserved, but was desperate for it anyway.
“I hope,” he began again, “that you will consider Khial and myself for a—”
Dain startled at her response, then he smiled. “Good. I had hoped…” He squeezed their hands together. “This is good.”
Chanyn’s heart thudded in her exposed chest. She was sure Dain could see it. He gazed into her eyes. Was this it? Was her first kiss going to happen now?
Dain rubbed his thumb back and forth over her hand. His eyes dipped to her lips. Chanyn parted them in invitation.
Dain brought his eyes back up to her face, his eyes widening more as he looked at the desire clearly written on Chanyn’s face.
Dain disentangled their fingers and patted her knee. “This is really good news,” he repeated and then rose. “I’ll make the arrangements today.” He walked over to the large desk that took up most of the room.
“Arrangements? For the marriage?”
He glanced up. “Oh no, no. Arrangements for your training.”
“Of course. With a Pleasure Hound.”
Chanyn looked on, dumbfounded. He talked of marriage and then was about to get her some kind of dog to train. “A dog would be lovely, I suppose.”
Dain laughed. “A Pleasure Hound is a man trained in the art of pleasing a woman.” He said it as though it were the most natural thing in the world.
Chanyn shook her head. “I still don’t understand. Why would I need another man to…” To what exactly? Have sex with her?
Dain came back around from the desk and sat next to her once more. He reached for her hand.
“Chanyn,” he began. His face now sheepish. “I’ve never… been with a woman before. I wouldn’t know the first thing to do to please you.”
“But shouldn’t we, you know, figure that out together?”
Dain looked scandalized. He reeled back from her. “I would likely hurt you. A Pleasure Hound is trained to find out what pleases individual women. Then they teach the woman’s bonded mates those particular techniques. It’s an ancient tradition going back hundreds of years.”
Chanyn still looked dubious.
“In our culture women rule. When we are bonded, everything that I have will essentially be yours.”
Chanyn knew that in the twentieth century women fought for and earned a place in the government and the right to own many forms of business. But she hadn’t a clue that the roles of men and women had shifted so completely on its axis in the past thousand years.
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Ines writes books for strong women who suck at love. If you rocked out to the twisted triangle of Jem, Jericha, and Rio as a girl; if you were slayed by vampires with souls alongside Buffy; if you need your scandalous fix from Olivia Pope each week, then you’ll love her books! Aside from being a writer, professional reader, and teacher, Ines is a very bad Buddhist. She sits in sangha each week, and while others are meditating and getting their zen on, she’s contemplating how to use the teachings to strengthen her plots and character motivations. Ines lives outside Washington, DC with her two little sidekicks who are growing up way too fast.
Q. What do you like to read?
A. Perfect heroines are boring and unrealistic to me; they must be flawed in some way. I prefer stories where the heroine’s a strong, bright, and successful in their careers but are clueless and inept in their love lives.
Q. What are you currently reading?
A. I’m reading a nonfiction book called “Sperm Wars: The Science of Sex” by Robin Baker. The title reveals the subject matter. It’s about what goes on inside a fertile woman’s body. Did you know that less than 1% of sperm is designed for fertilization of the egg? There are Terminator sperm that engage in warfare with enemy sperm from the Part-Time Lover. Its fascinating! Its research for my current WIP.
The SGLSF Fast Five
Q. Star Wars or Star Trek?
A. Uhuru is my idol. My first Dragon Con parade, I went as her. That red dress I wore back then is now a shirt!
Q. Coke or Pepsi?
A. What’s Pepsi? Always, Coca Cola!
Q. Salty or Sweet?
A. Not both? Okay, fine. I could never give up chocolate -so sweet.
Q. Monsters or Space Aliens?
A. Definitely aliens. They have a higher probability of being more sexy than scary.
Q. Spaceballs or Galaxy Quest?
A. I’d rather use the Schwartz.
Our thanks to Ines for being a good sport with our wacky questions!