Her Angela and Protector is a new f/f romance I'm looking forward to tucking into when I get the chance. For now, the author, Ray Sostre, graciously allowed me to ask him some questions about his writing and his history, and he even gave us an excerpt of the book.
But first! Here's what it looks like, and a quick synopsis:
When Angela Critelli lets Vivienne Perkins move in to her place, she’d never expect the woman of her dreams. Vivienne’s a wonderful cook and home-maker, a perfect companion, and her best friend since high school; the only problem is her sexuality. Angela knew Vivienne was married to an ungrateful husband that never appreciated her, but she also discovered something questionable about her sexuality. Vivienne’s affection may be leading her on, but does she want to be with her?
1) Tell us about yourself and your writing journey.
Hi, I’m Ray Sostre, I’m an erotic romance author of contemporary m/f, f/f, and ménage stories. I live out in Nevada, and returning to writing happened to me by accident, when I was turned off by the readings of porn-no-plot stories. I’ve been writing erotic romance for three years. In addition, I established a website for people to submit their stories on AfterDark Online, which has been going on for the same time I’ve been writing erotic romance.
2) Which of your books is your favorite and why?
Oh my god, my favorite book I ever written was the one I haven’t published yet – “About The Night Ride Home”. I first wrote the story in 2011 and completed it. I put it off to have it published, because I wanted to make revisions of the work and I wanted to expand the story to where it was much better. What I enjoyed most about this story were the characters – Darla & Tyler. Tyler was the balance,
and Darla was the chaos, and you know what, they’re the perfect couple together – the dream couple.
3) How did you come up with the premise for Her Angela and Protector?
In late May of 2012, I was approached by an author of paranormal erotic author – Annalynne Russo, to come out with a story for an anthology call to Evernight Publishing. I love them and I was hoping to get my foot in the door, but I didn’t get considered for acceptance. But I wasn’t sure who to go with. I did consider Secret Cravings Publishing in mid-June and then quickly changed my mind
and sent my manuscript over to No Boundaries Press, where I got accepted for publication in early July.
The title – Her Angela and Protection was originated from a song by 3LW feat Nas “I Cant Take It (No More), respectively, a track dating back in 2000. I heard the verse, which originated by Rakim “Let me be your angel, and I’ll be your protection.” That’s where the character Angela came from also. The characterVivienne wasn’t hard to come across with, but I was thinking of a heroine’s name
that was spunky and light; also attractive.
4) How do people react to an f/f book? Is it an underwritten genre?
To a degree, it is an underwritten genre, because most stories depict a man and a woman, or two men and a woman. Nothing wrong there, but I do like reading and writing stories about women being together. I’ve read a few good stories that are f/f, and I also learned there are straight women that read this genre too. However, I do want to have an LGBT following, both bisexual and lesbian, but I know I’m a guy who writes this genre, and I do worry not being taken seriously as a male author of f/f erotica.
5) Can you give one writer trick you use to get yourself through the pages?
I’m a New Yorker by birth. I just like to get straight to the point. When you overthink your work, you will get frustrated. I write what’s on my mind and play it out on paper. I also like to keep it in a fantasy world, and a realistic minimum. I’m not obsessed like some writers about adding total realism. I want to open peoples’ minds with a world of fantasies.
6) What is your favorite thing to do when you're not writing?
Oh man, I sold my turntables to get out west from the east coast – LOL. I suck at gambling in the casinos – LMAO! But I enjoy spending time with my woman of over eight years. She’s the rock in my life. I also enjoy bouncing the nightclub once a month, and listen to “ranchero music” (Mexicano). I love listening to it.
7) If you could give one of your characters in this book some advice, what would it be?
Good question, don’t be such a trouble-maker, and to the most uptight, life’s too short – enjoy what you’ve got!
8) What's the most important part of writing a book?
Maintaining the interest of reading the book is the most important thing ever to writing a book. I mean, too much realism and it’s boring. But too much fantasy, and you’re not being realistic. Be versatile; throw some comedy, add suspense. Think like a game-changer in your stories!
9) What are your upcoming projects or recent projects?
I’m working on several. I am almost completed with two ménage stores; one is a short story, the other is a novella (FFM). Along with an erotic comedy called Service With A Smile, based on actual events when I worked in the hotel industry. I’m also into writing cougar erotic romance. This one, however, is a story I’m working on called Finding Possibilities, and I’m working on a short
summer story for an event called Erotic Countdown. I also host two weekly events for writers – Thursday Thrills and Saturday’s AfterDark Moments. Thursday Thrills is a place where we provide a picture and the writer writes a short snippet anywhere between100 – 1000 words. And Saturday’s AfterDark Moments is a place where writers write their most naughtiest snippet anywhere between 100 – 500 words. And these events can be found on AfterDark Online, on the Events Page. You’ll find a list of events where writers can participate.
10) Can you give us the links to where people can find you?
Surely, People can find me on my blog The AfterDark World
on my Facebook Fan Page: Author Ray Sostre.
I also have a Twitter Page: @anarchy0029 and
I’m also on Linked In – Ray Sostre.
My website has been known around some readers and writers, it’s a place where you’ll find events, erotic stories, interviews, surveys, articles, and more - AfterDark Online
AfterDark Online also has a Facebook Page and a Twitter Page: @afterdarkonline
Hey, I want to thank you for the opportunity, and everyone for their support. It
means much to me.
And Here is an excerpt to my story: Her Angela & Protection: In The Beginning
Angela was already rubbing herself. Her fingers encircled her nub, giving it a pinch and building her need. She closed her eyes and imagined Vivienne’s hands – soft… firm… slick... She pinched both of her nipples, imagining Viv’s manicured nails. She licked her lips, quietly moaning. Angela thrust her fingers deep inside her folds; she was ready for some satisfaction.
Then, she exchanged hands, placing one hand in her mouth tasting herself, while touching with the other. Mmm... I wish I was tasting Vivienne right now. My hands spreading apart her legs, my mouth tasting her juices... Mmm!
Angela continued to rub herself. Her moans grew, and her breath quickened as she squirmed in pleasure. She kept her eyes closed, while her head rolled back and forth. She reminded herself not to moan too loud, but she couldn’t help it with strong need rising inside her. She rubbed herself furiously as her fingers drew forth her hot juices. Angie clenched her breasts with her other hand, and her moans grew louder until her hips bucked as she climaxed.
Just as Angela’s body writhed into orgasm, there was a knock on the door. Oh fuck!
No! Not now Vivienne!
“Angela?” she continued to knock.
Angela couldn’t control her orgasm. She had no choice but to let it out, just as Vivienne entered the bedroom, gasping at her.
“Oh, my gosh!”
Angela jumped in mid-orgasm, “Oh fuck Viv! Not now!” as she lost the moment.
Vivienne quickly slammed the door shut, but it was too late. She’d lost her moment, and Vivienne had seen her masturbating. How could she face Vivienne now? Now she wondered if Vivienne would look at her differently because she walked in on her – masturbating. She could stay in bed all day, since it was a Saturday, but she’d have to face Vivienne one way or another. She wished the floor would open up and swallow her.
“Angela?” Vivienne called from the other side of the door.
“Yes?” She replied, this time her tone was calm, with a touch of insecurity.
“I was thinking of making pancakes. Are you hungry?”