Q: Hi, Mr. Smith. Thank you for agreeing to this interview, though I understand you are quite fond of getting interviewed.
VS: My absolute pleasure. Yes, it is delightful to talk about myself when the only alternative is cheap narration by a second--third!--rate, self-styled auteur.
Q: Ah. I see. Would that auteur be Alexa Piper? You appear in her latest book, don't you?
VS: Yes. Piper. Terrible hack. The only thing that saves her latest book, if you want to call that drivel that, is me quite frankly. And she has a book out a month, that one! I don't understand how they let her.
Q: Well, I thought we could maybe talk about that book? That one you're in?
VS: My presence makes it bearable. If you crack a bottle of plum wine and drink while you read.
Q: I... see. It is set in Beijing?
VS: As written by someone who has never been.
Q: I thought Ms. Piper visited the city?
VS: My dear, read the book. It doesn't show in her writing. Beijing is unique, the people uniquely tasty. Both deserve more than the triteness and dull descriptions your Ms. Piper can manage.
Q: I see. Maybe we can talk about the way the relationship from the first Fairview book evolves in this one?
VS: She did not put the orgy scene in. Do I really need to tell you more about the evolution of relationships?
Q: The orgy scene?
VS: Or foursome, if you prefer. It is not in there, I can assure you.
Q: Perhaps there is a reason for that? I mean, surely authors plan a story before they --
VS: Not this author. She just wings it. It's a miracle there's a halfway coherent plot there at all.
Q: Oh, plot! Do let's talk about that.
VS: It's a ridiculous plot, something about vengeance. Do you remember the names of all the people you took to bed?
Q: Well. I, um.
VS: Oh, aren't you charming. Mmh. Should I guess a number?
Q: Erm. What number?
VS: Of people. That you took to bed.
Q: We were talking about plot, Mr. Smith.
VS: No need. I told you, there isn't one. I think if I had to bet, I'd bet on zero.
VS: That is lovely. Now, I see you do not wear a habit, but I do like nuns.
Q: I am not a nun, Mr. Smith. I am a reporter and --
VS: I think you can be reasonably called a nun, and a pure one at that. How about you put your pen down for a moment -- I am sure the readers have better things to do, though I would advise them to stay clear of Piper's writing. And you, my dear, should succumb to the call of prayer. On your knees, and lips fluttering with joy.
A Strange Desire
August 21, 2020
Erotic Romance ~ LGBTQ ~ Contemporary ~ Paranormal ~ Humor
Cora, who has newly discovered she is a powerful mage, and her boyfriend and most notorious antihero and soul-eating greed-demon Valerian, travel to China, where Cora is supposed to learn everything there is to learn about being a mage.
Yet they have barely set foot on the ground when they attract unwanted attention. Jirou, fleeing from family obligations, is reeled in by the looks of the pretty couple. Bastien has much darker intentions: a long-held grudge against Valerian makes him want to steal Cora and make her his.
Figuring out why they have suddenly become a target halfway around the world leaves Cora and Valerian to discover all the strangeness of Beijing in this fast-paced tale of creatures, mages, and magic.
More About Alexa
Alexa Piper writes steamy romance that ranges from light to dark, from straight to queer. She’s also a coffee addict. Her retelling of Dracula, A Tale of Honey and Garnet Wine, might be a cursed manuscript, and every writer should have at least one of those. She also loves writing series, and her Fairview Chronicles follow a ragtag gang of supernaturals who try to make their city safer. Mostly.