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Title: Illusions & Dreams
Author: Z Allora
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Paul Richmond
Genre/Sub-Genre: Trans*, Romance
Randy Camster failed at being married. His life now centers around work, TV sports, and listening to his friend Jake complain about how Randy’s lack of a sex life will be the downfall of mankind. Not true! Well, not totally. He’s just never understood the fascination with sex until… ladyboy performer Lalana Dulyarat shimmies into his world via an Internet ad for Thailand tourism. Jake O’Neil’s open pansexuality yields him interesting bedmates, but he’s never chased after the mythical illusion of love. He focuses on others, like his best friend Randy, who needs a Bang-Cock vacation. Finding an adorable little imp named Boon-nam wasn’t on the itinerary. Gay, straight, and undecided, Jake has had ‘em all, but never a virgin aching to take a walk on the kinky side after having her affirmation surgery. Talk about pressure. And what’s with everyone warning him not to break her heart? His is the one in danger.
Bangkok, PatPong, ladyboy shows:
Greetings and thank you for letting me guest blog on Prism to celebrate the release of Illusions & Dreams!!!
I travel a bit, and one of my favorite places to visit is Bangkok: the people, the art, the architecture, and the food are simply amazing. As a visitor, I’ve always received a warm welcome.
If you can ignore the seedier side of Bangkok the open sexuality is alluring and liberating. Walking through the souvenir stalls of Pat Pong you can’t help but notice the shows and bars offering many kinds of entertainment: Fish Show, Ping Pong Show, Cigar Smoking Show and BJ Bars where you can get a beer and a blowjob for a very little money.
I was even welcomed into the gay clubs. Supposedly many of the men are there to make money and go home to get married. As they danced on stage they were surprised to see me but then made it their mission to make me giggle.
After about an hour, one of the alpha males (#44 they wear numbers on their sarongs) ambled over. He stood three feet away from me with folded arms displaying his muscles for me.
Apparently I didn’t pay homage to him the way he expected.
He stomped closer and he graciously told me, “I fuck you.”
Huh? “Oh, um. Yeah. No thank you.”
He restated his offer slower so that there was no mistake. “I FUCK you good.”
Again kind and generous offer but NO! I smiled. “No thank you I’m with him.” I point to my man who was enthralled with the video game he was playing.
The alpha’s gaze run up and down my man. “It’s okay I fuck him too.”
This is where I smiled and evacuated us.
It was several trips to Bangkok before I found the Ladyboy Bars. The ladies meander around the stage, sometimes dancing, but usually changing the bottoms of their costumes so patrons could see if they had affirmation surgery or not. But their goal was to sit with you and your job was to buy them overpriced drinks. The management wouldn’t allow them to sit with you unless you did. The idea is you would pay their ‘bar fine’ for leaving to go on a ‘date’ with you. A date would typically include sex.
First I had to convince the ladies we were not there for sex but conversation. My love is quiet and decided he would teach Angry Birds to anyone who wanted to learn. You can’t imagine how excited they got with the tutorial as they took turns playing the game. Meanwhile, I bought several girls drinks so they could sit and chat. Most enjoyed telling me their stories and would call over girls with better English to translate for them.
Some of the ladies had abuse in their background from parents who couldn’t accept them, so they escaped to the big city. Keep in mind the age of consent in Thailand is 15. I heard horror stories of predators preying on these young inexperienced teens, botched surgeries, and other things I wish I could forget. Some had supportive families who were depending on their success in Bangkok to send money back home.
All of the ladies wanted to live their dream and become ladyboys. Some of the performers were transgender but didn’t have affirmation surgery because that would limit their careers. Many clubs won’t let someone who has had ‘full’ surgery perform in the clubs, and without education or other training, many are forced into prostitution to survive.
I watched one of the beautiful performers. As she caught herself in the mirrors of the club she hesitated and stared. I chatted with her and asked her about what she saw. She said admiring her image wasn’t out of vanity, but just confirmation she looked how she felt. She grew up hating the mirror because the reflection told her lies, but now she saw only the truth.
I told her one of the things I struggled with was the term ‘ladyboy’. I explained in the West it’s seen as a negative word. She said ladyboy status was a title she aspired to all her life. She giggled and hommed me.
Thai people do not kiss in public they “homm”. It’s a cross between smelling and snuffling into someone’s neck. It’s oddly sweet, and she was simply adorable. I hope she eventually finds the man of her dreams who can love and appreciate all she is.
These individuals, performers or not, don’t try to blend in and fit into the day-to-day mold. Their goal is to shine and sparkle. Trust me, they do.
On one of our most recent trips to Bangkok we went to the Calypso Ladyboy Show. The owner is part of the show and I spent just a little bit of time with him. This sweet gentleman inspired me to develop the club of Illusions & Dreams.
I wanted the beautiful women I’d met in the clubs to have a safe place to go where they could learn skills for another career. I wanted a haven where no one had to sell their bodies to follow their dream. Where they could have full affirmation surgery if that’s what they wanted to do without having to do something they didn’t want just to survive.
May they, each and every one, find their happy ever after.
About the Author:
Z. Allora thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and she makes sure they get one. Her stories are about love and romance and are tied together with erotic sex. She utilizes her time overseas and travels to bring you to places you’ve yet to visit. She introduces you to cultures you’ve yet to explore. But with every word she writes she tries to convey love is love.
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Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,
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