Thursday, May 24, 2018

Where Inspiration Comes From...

I'm working on Rocking Thin Ice.

Actually well before there was Yuri on Ice there was this video that lit my imagination.


I LOVE THIS VIDEO!

What happens when a skater and a rock star get together? How does that happen?

Blaze Parker & Drake Keys have lived in for about 3 years patiently waiting for me to write them. I started working on their story in March. I"m currently on Chapter 7.

I may even be hitting the ice (hopefully not with my backside) soon. I was raised in Upstate NY > insert freezing cold winters. I started to skate when I was two. I adored gliding over the ice like I was flying. So I'm looking forward to sharing my love of ice skating with you... and well, you already know of my love for rock stars.

Many hugs, Z.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Lijiang China

This was one of my favorite trips we took in China to the Yunnan Plateau. 
We had been living in China for 2.5 years. I was working and struggling with the contractors who were building our apartment in Suzhou. This vacation soothed my frustration. 
The ancient town was simply magical! There was a rich cultural history, awesome shopping and a cafe culture. 
We LOVED our time there.


View from our pool


Every building was so colorful

Dr. Wu (He looked at my tongue and eyes and prescribed a tea)

The Banyan Tree


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Interview Questions




What's the wildest scene you've imagined and did it make it into a story?
Um… yeah. Every single time. It started in With Wings my very first novel. I wrote a shared Fleshlight scene… and well from then on, every book I can point to something rather wild the characters engage in.
I think sexual exploration is part of character development and shreds light on the relationship the couple, triad or foursome has. Though we should keep in mind, one character’s wildness is another’s vanilla dream. In The Librarian’s Rake, my librarian is super uptight about sex and can’t imagine trying new things… so for him to have sex in the library is beyond his most wicked fantasies. Here’s a bit of his yumminess.

Excerpt from The Librarian’s Rake:
Phillip slid back a few inches, then thrust forward. “You’re so fucking hot. Getting fucked among your books. So dirty.”
“Oh, God!” It was. Filthy. And he loved being bent over in between two bookshelves while Phillip… took him.
“We’re in the romance section.” Phillip started reading titles as he edged his way in and out. “The Duke’s Ruse. Untamed Heart. The Librarian’s Rake. Hey, I bet that’s not about garden tools. Mmmm, I’ll be your rake.”

Ever drunk written a chapter and then read it the next day and still been happy with it?  Trust me there's a whole world of us drunk writers dying to know.
I’ve never written drunk but while jetlagged. LOL My lack of sleep and the disorientation of travel puts me in an altered state. So, if I write when jetlagged it feels like someone else wrote the words. Though I learned writing sex scenes while jetlagged puts me in the mood for a bit of exercise (nudge, nudge, wink, wink >>> FYI: sex is good to fight jetlag) but those scenes usually need to be rewritten because they are usually super choppy.

With so much going on in the world today, do you write to explain?  To get away?  To move past?  To wide our knowledge?  Why do you write?
I write (& publish) to promote equality and acceptance. I believe with every page we turn in LBGTQIA romance our understanding of gender, orientation, love, and humanity increase. I try to explore the edges and variations within any label that makes its way into my story. I want to emphasize the unique beauty in all of us and remind everyone there’s not just one way of expressing/experiencing something. I want to give information and understanding through my characters and plots which can translate into acceptance beyond the pages of a romance.

And I will admit there are times I also write to escape the terror and misery our world forces on us. We’ve enough sadness which is why my email is Z.AlloraHappyEndings@gmail.com. In my writing, there will always be a happily ever after and usually quite a few happy endings getting there.

What's next for you as a writer?
I’m hoping to share more of my overseas experiences. More sexy zombies, some hot rockers, possibly a couple contemporary novellas, and definitely some more BDSM.



The Librarian’s Rake Blurb
Opposites might attract, but is acting on that attraction wise?
Librarian Tristan Cooper can’t steer clear of sexy, motorcycle-riding bad boy Phillip—the man is hot—but Phillip is bound to and quiet, bookish Tristan boring, like all Tristan’s boyfriends. Tristan yearns to explore his wild side, the part of himself he’s only allowed into his fantasies, and maybe rakish Phillip is just what he needs to feel free.
Sexperienced hairdresser Phillip is more of a believer in happy endings than happily ever after. Experience has taught him not to hope for more— until he meets sweet, vulnerable Tristan, who seems genuinely interested in his heart. But Phillip can’t trust enough to see himself as a man Tristan might want for more than a night.
With the help of a pair of matchmaking grandfathers, Tristan and Phillip might and the courage to step beyond their comfort zones and discover what has been missing from their lives....



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Thursday, May 3, 2018

Animal Interactions

I adore animals. While I believe they belong wild I've seen the amazing things being done at sanctuaries: reintroducing more animals into the wild, caring for injuried/recovering animals, and education. These animal ambassadors help change hearts and minds.
At the Tiger Temple in Thailand I overheard a woman telling her friend she wasn't going to bring her grandfather any tiger bones because these creatures were too beautiful and she wouldn't encourage anyone to harm them.
I appreciate how much I've learned from my time interacting with the animals and their care givers.
Many hugs, Z.


























Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pictures from my trips to Japan


Japan

Unfortunately many of my pictures were destroyed or lost on a Chinese cell phone so these are mostly pictures of pictures.... But here are some of my first two trips.

The Golden Pavilion
She totally didn't know what to do with me.
One of my first trips I went to Mt. Fuji. My love had business so I hooked into a tour group because it was actually the cheapest way to go (which was odd).

Mt. Fuji (dormant volcano)
 I visited Nagano in the middle of winter. It was FREEZING! We had to hike into our ryokan. My love and I hung out with the monkeys for several hours (until I couldn't feel my feet). Part of The Temple of Heaven takes place at Jigkudani.
Jigokudani (Nagano)
The monkeys really will come right into your room if the window is open too far much to the anger of the park rangers.

An example of what happens to my hair without hot rollers!



Vampire By Munch (I saw it in a Tokyo Museum by now it's traveling)

I loved Japan even before I discovered Yaoi. I'm hoping to get in 2019 for a Yuri On Ice tour, the penis festival, and more Kyoto.

Thank you for letting me share some of my travels with you.

Many hugs, Z.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Made in China

I spent about six years living in China. It was amazing (the people I met, the bargains I struck while shopping, $8 massages, and seeing incredible places) and terrible (being completely in a foreign place, no clue how things worked, not speaking the language) all at once.

I wanted to share the apartment I designed, built, and lived it. The Made in China currently live in the apartment. Made in China 1: The Great Wall  











The apartment was on the corner of Ling Long Lu > which meant many of the places I shopped called me Ling Long Laura  LOL.

I loved my time in China and still miss it. I keep in touch with several of my friends from Suzhou.

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Many hugs, Z.