I know many people who read m/m romance have a turn off button when the vagina gets page time.
(Full Disclosure: I was one of them)
Somehow I was disconnected from my own body and my ick factor reinforced the aversion until someone pointed out some of the most wonderful people I know have a vagina... and by the way no one's telling me to lick one. I'm striving for a healthy opinion of my own body and the female body in general.
So Pretty ones who care about orgasming... better self-esteem increases pleasure and the ability to orgasm. Psst, you're worth it.
I’ve always loved sci-fi. Watching Star Trek: The Next Generation was a welcoming ritual I enjoyed for years. I’ve adored the Star Trek TV shows and movies so much I’ve gone to conventions (*cough* dressed as a captain *cough*).
One of my favorite shows was Lexx:Tales From A Parallel Universe. I remember the exact moment I discovered this TV show. I was in Singapore in my apartment’s communal laundry room and someone had left on the TV. I remember hearing the chant of Brunnen-G Fight Song and chills overtook me. Then the fighter pods zipped across the screen and then I got to see Kai… I stumbled into a chair and sat transfixed forgetting about my laundry until the show was over. I was hooked.
I enjoy following Star Wars, Galaxy Quest, and now Guardians of The Galaxy. There’s magic in Sci-fi. It’s an entirely new world and anything can happen.
But I never expected to write a sci-fi story. Ally Blue (a wonderful writer, friend, and a giver of plot bunnies) and I were chatting about home improvement shows as one does instead of writing or doing edits. She enticed me with the idea of sexy builders and I combined the concept into my space opera.
The builders morphed into artists who were decorating the ruler of the Xantha star system’s vessel as it headed to the capital planet, Viking Haven. The artist and the star chaser who was piloting the vessel had a history… oh I had to know their history. The details unfolded about a biological urge called the craving and what killed me was they couldn’t follow their hearts because their destinies lay in different directions. The Craving was born.
The Craving is first and foremost a romance. I wrote the story to ensure a happily ever after. Love and the romantic pairings (yeah there are more than one) take center stage. Originally, I thought to write two separate books, but the two couples’ destinies were tangled and I was unable to tease them apart.
The book’s focus isn’t on propulsion systems and vessel schematics, but the love between the couples. Of course we get to explore societies on different planets. How is sex viewed? Does standardized skin tone enforcement eliminate prejudice? What role does religion play in the characters’ life? How does privilege affect the characters? What’s life like in a harem?
I hope you enjoy my voyage into sci-fi.
The Craving Blurb:
The craving is an undeniable urge that drives K’Dane citizens to find their life mates—if only to sate their uncontrollable physical longings.
Thrilled at being named a Chosen, Phoenix Dotir leaves K’Dane to become an artist-monk who will create dimensional art capable of changing worlds. Living by the monastery’s Principles of Purity will surely help him overcome the craving. But he never accounted for star chaser Zadra Solav.
Zadra doesn’t believe in rules and makes his own future. Fate separates him from the man he loves, but one touch renders him helpless to his own desires. Bonding with a monk is forbidden, and Zadra’s family sends him to deep space to avoid disgrace. Unable to give up, Zadra must find a way reunite with his Chosen.
Tormented by enforced separation, Initiate Riva Quinton struggles with his vow of chastity and risks all to rescue his lover. Together with his Eros, he stows away on board a star craft to follow his heart.
Four men defy destiny and tradition for love… but their love is a crime punishable by death.
Kaze to Ki no Uta by Keiko Takemiya was published in the 1970's and true to the time ends horribly (in death).
Junjo Romantic by Shungiku Nakamura was written in 2002. (The English versions which came out in 2008-2010 made it to the New York Times Best Seller lists)
Episode 1 you can see some of the criticisms people have against Yaoi.
But now compare that to Yuri on Ice where the same sex love is simply in the background. There's no denial of homosexuality, no abject horror of same sex relationships only a concentration on Yuri succeeding. It's about him accepting who he is and he does this by finding the joy of skating and love.