Author Bio: J.V. Altharas is a veteran entertainer with a filthy, filthy mind. He is an accomplished stage and studio vocalist exploring the realm of erotic audio books after returning his full attention to a lifelong love affair with fantasy fiction.
Current projects include a free erotica website (with text and audio) at TwistedErotica.com and several upcoming erotic audio pieces for Ravenous Romance. J.V. is also a sex-positive activist and host of the five-star-rated, gleefully explicit, brutally blunt sex-education podcast Ending the Sexual Dark Age.
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You have written a great erotic paranormal fantasy romance, Lady of the Drake. What drew you, as a male, to write in this female dominated genre?
For me, erotica is the only genre that lets me tell the whole story. It also gives me readers who tend to be more open-minded to genre-hopping, offering me more choices as a writer.
I didn’t realize how rare male authors are in romance until after I had a contract on the novel, but it’s kinda funny. I feel like I’m out here representing the whole team. I happen to be a hopeless romantic with a knight-in-shining-armor complex and I think that helps.
A good portion of paranormal romance books are more than hot and steamy. What do you feel is the difference in paranormal romance and erotic paranormal romance? And how does that differ from erotica?
A romance doesn’t necessarily intend to get the reader all hot and bothered, but erotic romance does. It also dispenses with the need for any euphemisms, so I think the line is kinda naturally drawn based on how many times the words cock, pussy, etc. appear in a manuscript. In my opinion, if you’re writing about manhoods and honey-holes then you’re not writing erotic romance.
I view erotic romance as a sub-type of erotica, with erotica being a kind of umbrella term for anything intended to arouse that also has genuine artistic value…whether you’re talking about words, photos or movies.
What made you pick shapeshifting dragons as the main paranormal character for Lady of the Drake?
The idea came from an anthology call from my editor, themed around unusual shape shifters. He specifically mentioned dragons in the call, so I was geeked. I grew up reading epic fantasy, and I’ve been looking for an excuse to write about dragons for a long time.
I ended up shelving that story at the outline stage because I realized there was no way I’d be satisfied telling it in 5000 words. Russell liked my other work enough to ask if I wanted to write a novel for Ravenous Romance, and that undernourished outline became Lady of the Drake.
How did you come up with the wonderful world you created for the dragon civilization?
One little piece at a time. I knew generally what I wanted for the finished result, but every little thing needed to be plausible so a lot of it came out of necessity. I just tried to always make the most interesting choice available.
I really don’t. I feel a connection to all my characters and I couldn’t possibly pick a favorite.
There are so many good characters in Lady of the Drake, do you plan to write a sequel or make this into a series? And if so, can you tell us a little bit about the sequel?
I’ve outlined several more books, so if this one does well enough there will definitely be more. Book two would focus more on the humans, with the relationship between Darus and Celeste developing and being strained as he prepares to leave for Erradis. The dragons start searching for Avellos, and King Balthus deals with the repercussions of choices he made in Lady of the Drake…plus bunch of other cool stuff I can’t mention without spoilers.
What is/are your favorite type(s) of paranormal character(s) and why?
Dragons, hands down. They’re ancient, majestic, and you can go anywhere with their magical abilities without raising an eyebrow.
Who are some of your favorite authors and what are some of your favorite books? And which has made the biggest impact on your writing career?
A lot of stuff I read in high school has really stuck with me, especially the Riftwar Saga by Raymond E. Feist. As a fantasy author I have to give the big nod to Tolkien. His ability to write with a grand scope influenced me as much as Feist’s, but at the same time we’ve seen so many great stories about elves, dwarves, and bearded wizards in pointy hats that I don’t feel the urge to write any of those.
Do you have a process or any special rituals in your writing routine?
I always start with a brain-dump in outline form, just one line plot points in no particular order. Then I write scenes in no particular order and blend the edges as things start coming together. I don’t have any real rituals, other than stopping once in a while to stare at the wall and think about the story.
Right now I’m producing the audio book for Lady of the Drake, which will hopefully be out by Christmas, and one or two more prequel shorts for the novel. Like everything else I’ve published through Smashwords, they’ll be available free in all formats along with audio on the podcast. Hopefully I’ll be working on a sequel for Lady of the Drake early next year.
Is there something you’d like to tell your fans that no one ever asks you in an interview?
I try to write all my characters with positive, open attitudes toward sexuality. Western culture is filled with sexually repressive dogma, and I think erotica should be an escape from it.
Dog, cat or ferret person? Two incredibly spoiled cats.
What are you currently reading? Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
What’s the first book you remember reading? Lots of Choose Your Own Adventure books in elementary school.
What’s your favorite movie of all time? That’s tough, I love movies. It’s a tossup between Holy Grail, Armageddon and Heat.
Boxers, briefs or commando for your hero? Boxers
Panties, thongs or commando for your heroine? Thongs, but only if necessary
What’s your favorite fairy tale? Little Red Riding Hood, but only because I’ve always had a filthy mind.
What’s your favorite cartoon character? Captain Caveman. I still do his battle cry once in a while.
Lady of the Drake Excerpt:
Lana heard the waterfall in the distance, speeding up with a second wind. The pool was as breathtaking as she remembered, a hundred feet across and fed by a spring flowing from a huge crack in the sheer cliff above. She dropped her pack on the shore and sat for a moment, bracing herself for the cold swim ahead. She took off her boots and breeches, letting down her fiery hair, catching sight of what looked like a pile of gear on the opposite shore. Her heart skipped a beat when a man burst from beneath the water with a handful of leafy, purple plants. Lana stood frozen in disbelief. In the middle of the wilderness, where she’d never seen another living soul, someone had beaten her to the dragon bane when she needed it most. She didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
The man swam towards his gear, getting out of the water and laying the plants out to dry on a rock warmed by the sun. Lana stood silent and unnoticed, enjoying the view. Even at a distance her eyes caught the sunlight playing across his body, highlighting every ripple of flesh, allowing his thick cock to gleam in the sun. Perhaps this wouldn’t be a wasted trip, after all.
He noticed her as he turned and dove back in, swimming toward her. Lana was mesmerized as he cut through the water. Soon the man stood just off shore in water to his waist, matted dark hair showing a hint of curl, with a cockeyed smile that melted her. Lana was struck with the fact that she stood there wearing nothing but a tunic that barely reached mid-thigh.
He grinned. “Here to poach my garden again?”
She folded her arms. “Your garden? As far as I can see, this is open forest. Unless I’ve got my facts mixed up, only dragons claim these woods, and you seem a bit short on wings and scales.”
He laughed. “Ah, then you challenge my claim. Well then, I suppose it’s everyone for themselves. There’s more down there, but you’ll have to beat me to it.”
“Very well,” she replied. “Just turn around so I can finish undressing.”
“And if I don’t?”
Lana met his playful gaze, feeling a twinge between her legs, saying, “Then I’ll wonder if I can trust you to be a gentleman once I’m in the water.”
Stroking his chin, he said, “Hmm, I suppose that does present you with a choice to make. Still, the water is lovely. And who would expect to find a gentleman out here in the wilderness?” He made no move to turn away, daring her with his eyes.
Lana tested the water with a toe, shocked to find it as warm as a bath, wondering why she hadn’t noticed the steam rising from it earlier. The young healer decided she’d come too far to leave without her prize, and there were far worse things than a naked swim with a handsome stranger. Lana stripped off her loose tunic, revealing a toned body and a pair of firm breasts. She held his gaze, wading into the water to meet him, nipples constricting as she got a closer look.
If he wanted a race, he’d get one. She dove past him with a smirk and swam toward the falls, source of the turbulent water the plants required to thrive. It took a few dives to gather the dragon bane, and Lana grew more playful each time. The clear water gave her a shameless look at her rival, and she was more than a little distracted. Lana was tempted to throw herself at him without so much as exchanging names, a thought that was brazen even for her.
He laid the plants out to dry and rejoined her in the water, saying, “That’s four to you and six to me, I believe.” Four plants wouldn’t treat half the sick, but she had other needs to attend at the moment.
Lana took a handful of his cock, asking, “Is there anything I can do to thank the mysterious stranger for sharing?”
“That’s not very ladylike,” he said.
She responded with a kiss, feeling his cock begin to stiffen in her hand. It was big, maybe too big, but she wasn’t one to turn from a challenge. With a smile, she said, “A lady would have stayed on shore in the first place.”
A broad grin split his face as he beckoned her towards the falls, swimming away. The water was near scalding, steam bellowing out where cool mist should be spraying. Every nerve in her flesh was alive, screaming for his touch. Lana followed him through the curtain of water, secluded from the world around them, where he lifted her to sit on a rock ledge at the water line. Tired of waiting, she locked her ankles behind his back; squeezing him in a passionate embrace. For a long moment they tasted each other, his hands exploring her responsive flesh.
He teased an earlobe with his teeth, caressing her swollen mound with his fingers. “Is this what you had in mind?” he asked.
“Almost.” Lana grinned, leaning back on her hands. He sank into the water, kissing a meandering path down her body, rewarded with sighs and whimpers along the way. She felt lips on her thigh, a finger teasing her clit, and his eager tongue parting her labia. Lana moaned, bucking her hips, grinding herself into him, as the beat of her pounding heart grew louder than the water crashing around them. He slipped a finger inside her, then another, twisting them while his tongue abused her clit. His mouth played rough, and she loved it.
Lana’s breathing became ragged and her moans grew louder. She wove a hand through his hair, squealing when a third finger disappeared between her slippery lips. The stretching sensation pushed her over the edge, and her own cries of climax drowned out the falls. She collapsed against the rock as waves of pleasure washed over her; half-senseless, half-desperate for more. He stood between her legs, toying with her nipples while the last convulsions subsided.
He took Lana’s hands, pulling her into another embrace. She stroked the hard cock pressing into her belly, marveling at its girth, still wondering what it would do to her pussy but eager to find out. She rested back on the cliff, guiding his shaft toward the tight hole his fingers had stretched, but he resisted.
Lana shot him a confused glance, but the light in his eyes said he was teasing. She asked, “What do I have to do, beg for it?” His response was a slow, deliberate nod. She was willing to play his game. Lana batted her eyes, pleading for his cock. She clenched her teeth, bracing herself to take the pain she knew was coming. Lana grunted, and thrashed, feeling as if she was being split in two while he forced his way inside her. Short, gentle strokes soon had her squealing.
He picked her up, still impaled on his cock, carrying her into the falls. Hot water cascaded over them like liquid fire, splashing her pussy with each thrust, sending her mind reeling into the ether. Lana felt herself stretched to the limit in a tempest of pain and pleasure. She buried her head in his chest, reveling in the strong hands under her ass as she bounced on his cock, wishing the moment would never end. Time and again she came, each orgasm squeezing him tighter, until the pain was just a memory.
“Please fill me,” she begged.
“Come for me one more time,” he said. “I’ll join you.” Lana felt another climax building, as if on his command. Their eyes met as he exploded inside her, the fire in his gaze launching her into another powerful orgasm. Lana threw her arms around him, holding tight, waiting for the aftershocks to fade. She stirred when he carried her out of the falls, realizing she’d passed out for a moment. He set her back on the ledge, pulling out as her body shook one last time.
Lana was giggling, with a glassy-eyed grin, while he covered her face and chest in kisses. He said, “For the record, I consider myself thoroughly thanked.”
You can find J.V. Altharas online at:
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/JVAltharas Free short stories in all e-book formats.
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5303371.J_V_Altharas Free shorts here in .epub format.
Lady of the Drake Purchase Links:
Ravenous Romance, PDF plus all e-reader formats http://ravenousromance.com/fantastica/lady-of-the-drake.php
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Giveaway and Contest Policy
Giveaway open Dec 6 - 20, 2011 (midnight)
Giveaway and Contest Policy
Giveaway open Dec 6 - 20, 2011 (midnight)
To celebrate the release of his new book, J.V. Altharas is giving away both a paperback and two electronic versions of his book Lady of the Drake. A limited edition signed/numbered paperback will be given away to a single US or Canada winner. Two electronic copies are open to international winners.
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