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Our friend and awesome author, Solace Ames (who also writes under the Violetta Vane pen name), is here today to tell us about her new book (co-written with Heloise Belleau aka Heidi Belleau) and to talk about sex symbols, sex stereotypes and race. As you can see, we’re kick-starting the year with a bang. Also, stick around because there’s a giveaway at the end of the post.
Let’s give it up for Solace!
Asian Sex Symbols and BDSM by Solace Ames
Since Heloise and I wrote a book starring a tall, built, tattooed Asian bad-boy Dom, we’re already breaking a common stereotype of Asian men. And it turned out we had a lot of symbols to inspire us. Someone who instantly came to mind was porn star Van Darkholme. He’s been in the business for many years, performing in and choreographing gay BDSM shoots. His name, suggesting a sort of European Dracula-style goth-type, is actually a nod to his Vietnamese heritage. He’s a master of the ropes, known for creating truly twisted scenarios, and very dominant. Yes, he’s Vietnamese. Yes, he has the accent. But when he walks into a room and cracks that whip, he has just the same ferocious physical presence as the most pale-skinned leather-clad Tom-of-Finland muscleman.
That’s a very specialized niche of media, of course, and when we look to the English-speaking mainstream, Asian male sex symbols are in shorter supply. Jet Li never really made it big in English movies, although he charmed the pants off an entire generation in Romeo Must Die. But in the last ten years, we’ve had some homegrown Asian-American sex symbols. There’s Daniel Dae Kim with his razor-sharp cheekbones. John Cho with his clever, sexy slacker image and wry smile. But recently, there’s no one who has captured the popular imagination like model/actor Godfrey Gao. His recent turn as the glittery, bisexual warlock Magnus in The Mortal Instruments livened up a movie that was otherwise critically panned.
I swear on a stack of porn mags that we wrote The Dom Project before Godfrey Gao’s bisexual-pantsless-warlock turn. Our tall Asian shameless bisexual bad boy is not based on Godfrey Gao’s Magnus. But feel free to imagine him in the role.
Just with more tattoos.
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About the book:
The Dom Project by Heloise Belleau and Solace Ames
Carina Press. December 23, 2013.
A simple grey pearl necklace (pictured above) plays a large role in the story. Enter the giveaway to win this baroque grey pearl set! The necklace length is 17" while the bracelet measures 7.5". Both pieces close with a sterling silver lobster claw and eyelet. For a chance to win, use the Rafflecopter widget. OPEN INTERNATIONALLY