Thursday, 14 February 2013

Fantasy Boys XXX is Alive, or rather, on launch day, we're UNDEAD!

Welcome to Fantasy Boys XXX!

This post contains adults themes or language.

To celebrate the launch of the our blog, we're joining in The Vampire Bite Blog Hop and kneeling at the altar of the undead - the sexy, male undead, of course!


So today, 14th Feb 2013, we're talking about vampires and why they're so popular in erotic fiction. Plus, of course, we have our first book offering, An Amusement: The Vampire's Concubine Episode 1 by Sophie Duncan, for you with an exclusive extract, front cover reveal and if you Subscribe to Fantasy Boys XXX blog by Email, as a thank you, we're even giving An Amusement away as a free download!

So to vampires: blood-drinking parasites - on the face of it, they don't sound very sexy and, looking back in history, they weren't, they really weren't, ranging from shroud-eating monsters to village destroyers. However, the vampire of many a modern romantic myth, is a handsome, alluring creature, largely thanks to a mixture of Bram Stoker's Dracula and Hollywood's many interpretations of him, and the vampire's sexually tempting cousin, the incubus.

The vampire we all love to love is, in general, a mysterious stranger, handsome, reserved, possibly aristocratic with a charm that no woman (and in the case of male/male erotica, no man) can resist. There are some equally alluring female versions, such as Regine in Fright Night 2 and many a young man has come under the spell of such a strong woman. However, we're concentrating on the male of the species here, so let's take a closer look at his classic modus operandi.

The vampire lover's stock in trade is seduction. He doesn't force, he doesn't coerce, instead, he cajoles out the inner, hidden desires of his victim. We use victim here in the loosest sense of the term, because, in modern folklore, many Lucy's (male and female) are more than willing to succumb to his charms. It is the release of constraints, the shedding of society's standards that make such a seduction so compelling to read and write, because, the vampire is, in fact, merely stripping away his lover's boundaries. Thus, it is not just the vampire who is an interesting character, if the victim is written well, he too, as he expands his horizons, becomes much more distracting ;).

Of course, there are variations on a theme of the seducer and much can be made of the power gulf between vampire and victim. A vampire can be a dominator, controlling the moment, holding all the cards. However, the victim too has power, not to control, but in the classic scenario, the master of the night is entranced by his victim, sometimes, as in Francis Ford Coppola's version of Dracula, obsessed to the point of self endangerment. This kind of helplessness in an otherwise all-powerful being allows the reader, or watcher in and can be very sexy - oo la la!

Personally, we here at Fantasy Boys XXX adore the vampire lover in all his guises: seducer, dominator et al. Hence we've chosen to launch our first story into the paranormal romance domain. Enjoy! :)

Book Release 

An Amusement: The Vampire's Concubine Episode 1 - $0.99/£0.77

by Sophie Duncan

Hieron, vampire lord of Harkham, is unaccustomed to visitors in his private bedchamber unless he has expressly invited them. Such an unsolicited intrusion should mean the interloper's death, but Hieron finds himself unusually fascinated by the stranger who appears before him unbidden. Offering no name and no explanation of his reasons, the young man offers ninety nine years of absolute service in exchange for the gift of vampire power.

Amused and aroused, Hieron agrees to the bargain, names his enigma, Umi and decides he will become his newest concubine. The only thing left is to seal the deal in a bond of sex and supernatural power.

An Amusement is episode one of a male/male erotic romance, short story serial.

Purchase Options
$0.99 at Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BFFP82O
£0.75 Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00BFFP82O
This title is available on all Amazon sites, just replace the amazon.com, with your local site, e.g. amazon.de
$0.99 at Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/285215
If you Subscribe to Fantasy Boys XXX blog by Email, as a thank you, we're giving this title away as a free download


Excerpt:

Hieron gazed out of his window at the thin line of colour on the horizon and sipped leisurely at the spiced blood and water mix in his cup. Then he sighed: a tingle on his tongue made his fangs ache just enough to remind him of his own power and he knew that was the nearest to exciting he would come that night. Peacetime could be so dull. As a vampire, he thrived on battle, the scent of blood and victory firing him, but as Lord of all he surveyed, he had to play the games of a ruler and allow his diplomats to maintain the status quo with his neighbours.

The taste of the blood soured on his tongue and, no longer amused by the exotic mix of herbs, Hieron tipped up the goblet and let the liquid spill its sickly pink over the tiled floor. Irked by the luxurious safety he had created for himself, Hieron then turned from the sunset and stalked into the darkness of his room.

Once the pretty boy had left his bed and his servants had placed the ornate robe over his shoulders, he had demanded to be left alone, so movement in the shadows was a disobedience that, in his current ill temper, was something that could be punishable by death. Hieron turned to the almost silent figure that only his senses could have detected and growled, "Who dares disturb my solitude?"

A catch of breath told him of his visitor's nerves, but the three steps forward that followed were not those of a terrified servant. Hieron was not perturbed, he had smelt a human and he was more than able to deal with such an intruder. However, he was intrigued when a young stranger stepped into the last rays of the dying sun. The interloper was not overly tall, but he held his head high, dark eyes hiding any fear well as he looked directly at Hieron. A quick assessment of the young man's simple tunic and trousers made it very clear he was not armed, but the way the stranger held himself suggested to Hieron that this one had been trained for more than farm work. Long hair tied at the nape of the neck was also not a style seen in the fields.

Hieron schooled his features in his best superior smirk: maybe this would be interesting.

"Well, well," he condescended, "what have we here, an assassin?"

"No, My Lord Hieron," the young man spoke smoothly and quietly with an accent his host did not recognise. "I come to make a bargain with you."

"A bargain?" Hieron raised his eyebrows and snorted dismissively. 

Those dark eyes flashed at the derision, but the stranger did not move, instead he replied, "I have journeyed to your kingdom to ask you to make me like you."

The gall of the man was almost without equal in Hieron's reckoning and he laughed, asking, "What could you possibly offer me in return for such a gift?"

"Ninety nine years of absolute service," the answer came back immediately and cut Hieron's amusement in two.

He straightened, very much aware this was no rash offer and no longer amused. He had to admit he admired the courage of this young stranger and that stopped him from dismissing the idea out of hand, but he was only too aware of the self-deception of mortals and he tested the resolve before him with, "Absolute service, Child? Do you even know what that means?"

"I know," he was told in the same steady tone.

"And what if I were to choose to make you a concubine?" Hieron knew how to find a person's limits quickly, but he was still a little disappointed when that deep gaze hit the floor.

In the dim light, no other would have seen his guest's cheeks colour, but Hieron did and he was expecting a weak stammer of excuses, but his visitor surprised him with, "The choice is yours, My Lord."

Such submission was not to be believed so easily and Hieron stalked up to his quarry. Those eyes remained fixed on the floor now and Hieron could hear the man's heartbeat racing as mortal submitted to immortal. He pressed further, "And what is it that has led you to lay yourself so low, Boy?"

"I require the power you can give me and I have nothing but myself to trade for it," came less steadily this time and Hieron could hear the offer breaking.

The bargain was a tantalising one, if only for the mystery of it, and Hieron played it in his mind as he played with the bargainer a little longer, "I have no need for bargains, I have absolute power in my lands. Why should I not just take you where you stand?"

The boy looked up then, clearly startled by such a suggestion. Hieron caught that heady gaze just as he caught the young man by the chin and he let the foolish child see into the power he was facing. One flinch or attempt at flight then and his captive would have forfeited his life, but although those dark eyes were round with fear and there was no answer forthcoming, the man did not move. Hieron was impressed.

"Strip," he decided he wanted to know more and stepped back.

His subjugate merely blinked dumbly at him, but it was a disobedience Hieron chose to allow, the only one, as he prompted, "I wish to see what I would own."

A flick of his fingers was Hieron's final warning and it was heeded. The young face fixed into an expression that would have been unreadable had it not been for the ghost of humiliation Hieron could see in the man's expressive eyes. He was beginning to appreciate that dark gaze. However, his attention shifted to his visitor's body when, finally, determined hands reached for the ties on the tunic and the young stranger began to undress.

The encounter was progressing further than Hieron had anticipated and he found himself seriously considering the bargain as he stalked around the interesting man, watching as firm flesh was swiftly revealed. He was left in no doubt that this mortal had very recently been a soldier as he was given the view of a finely muscled torso when the tunic fell to the ground. He admired the flex of body with a smile as the trousers quickly followed. Hieron finished his circuit and very deliberately looked his would-be slave up and down, enjoying the deep flush in the man's cheeks.

Hieron walked back up to his quarry and ran his hand down one taut shoulder and then pressed his palm against a proud nipple. The young man shivered and caught a sound at the back of his throat, but he remained in place as Hieron leant in.

"Have you ever been with another man?" he whispered into his subjugate's ear while running his hand down over hip and round to grasp buttock.

His slave's whine was enough to tell him that this was a new experience and he squeezed the firm flesh in his palm, still testing the uneasy tremble it generated for any sign of dissent. He detected discomfort, but there was no attempt to pull away and so, maintaining his hold a little longer, Hieron asked, "What is your name, Slave?"

"That is yours to give," the reply was not really a surprise and Hieron chuckled as he released his prize.

Certain of the mortal's sincerity now, he turned his back and chided, "So you wish to remain a mystery, Child. You amuse me, I will allow it."

Hieron heard the quick breath of relief and turned to regard his new toy. He watched the self-conscious nudity for a long moment, enjoying what he saw, and then, walking over to his summoning bell, decided off-handedly, "Release your hair."

One ring was enough and in seconds Lee, his butler, came scuttling into the room. The servant's face showed his shock at the stranger in the room and a hand went to the knife at his belt.

"A little late, Lee," Hieron chastised, but he was finding that his mood had improved and so he continued before the man could blanch completely, "I have chosen a new concubine. Lee, this is," he paused and considered a moment, "Umi. Take him and have him prepared for my chamber."

"Yes, My Lord," Lee bowed low and then trotted over to the young man whose face was now hidden by long, sleek bangs. "Come."

Umi watched passively as his clothes were bundled under Lee's arm and then went meekly with a pull on his wrist. Hieron wished to see those dark eyes one more time and he called, "Umi."

The response was momentarily delayed by the new form of address, but Hieron was gratified when his slave stopped, straightened his shoulders and then turned back to regard him with head held high.

"I accept your offer."

Umi nodded, resignation in his eyes, and then was gone, leaving Hieron to wonder at the young mystery.

COMING SOON From Fantasy Boys XXX!

 Rage: The Vampire's Concubine Episode 2

by Sophie Duncan

The bargain has been sealed, Umi is now a vampire and belongs to Hieron as his concubine. Yet, Hieron cannot reconcile himself to the secrecy behind his new slave, it makes him dangerously angry and the vampire lord lives up to his warning to Umi that he will be cruel.

Hieron's demands weigh heavily on Umi, who, it seems, cannot please his master. As Hieron's rage grows, Umi's time is running out. Desperately, he searches to find the key to salving Hieron's fury before the beast within his sire rises to destroy him.

Cold Crystal Heart

by Sophie Duncan

Jakob is alone on Tanderra and that is the way it has to be. No other soul unlucky enough to crash down on the surface has ever survived the crystal infection that runs through every form of life on the lonely planet. Only his magic has kept Jakob alive, at least, he has always thought of it as living until one day, the day Luke falls, literally, into his world and challenges everything he thought he had accepted. 




The Trade

by Tasha D-Drake

Karon is a vampire halfbreed travelling the wastes of what was, before the horde, the purely human world. To satisfy his needs he is quite willing to make a deal with a sex demon.

7 comments:

  1. Such wonderful offerings!

    So true, the vampire does convince his victim, making them culpable in their own demise, even though lots of times it's via hypnosis, isn't it?

    HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

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    1. Thanks :)

      I agree with you that hypnosis, or some kind of mind control is an old favourite, but in the subtler uses of it, it merely loosens a 'victims' inhibitions, rather than takes them over completely. Also, it's a lot of fun when the 'victim' resists the mind control, like Charlie in Fright Night 2, so much angst ;)

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  2. Love your vampire post! Plus, the covers for your books are fabulous. Good luck with everything!

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    1. Thanks, it's been a really good blog hop :)

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  3. Good luck with your series. Looks great from the excerpt.

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