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Title: Chyna Doll
Author: Mickie B. Ashling
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Genre/Sub-Genre: Contemporary, New Adult
Lil Lampert’s forty-fifth birthday turns the effervescent architect into a brooding mess, and his partner, Grier Dilorio, takes him to Italy to help him regain his zest for life. The timing is bad—almost-fifteen-year-old Luca has just started high school, and his mother and stepfather are also traveling. Luca is left in the care of Chicago Bear, Clark Stevens, and his partner, Dr. Jody Williams.
Growing up with two dads and two gay uncles has given Luca a unique perspective on gender roles, but not all the answers. He’s had a secret crush on his straight best friend, Chip, for years. Suddenly, Luca finds himself attracted to Chyna, Chip’s twin sister. Now he’s wondering if this means he’s bisexual.
Born with a sexual development disorder, Chyna should have been raised as a male, but due to an epic parenting fail, is being raised as female. Hiding the truth becomes more difficult when Chyna hits puberty, and crushing over Luca adds another element to Chyna’s struggle to fit in.
Is Luca’s moral compass strong enough to guide him successfully through this period of discovery or will he succumb to peer pressure and shatter Chyna’s dreams for happiness?
Many thanks to Prism Book Alliance for hosting my Chyna Doll blog tour visit. This is the fourth novel in the Horizons series, and even though it’s a sequel to Daddio, it can be read as a stand-alone. There’s enough information on the original characters so new readers won’t be lost. As the blurb mentions, Luca is almost fifteen. Clark and Jody are tasked with the interesting job of “mentoring” him for a month while Lil and Grier are in Positano, Italy, trying to recapture some of Lil’s joie de vivre which evaporated the minute he blew out 45 candles.
To celebrate the release of my novel, I’ve brought along an exclusive excerpt and some prizes to give away: a $20 Dreamspinner gift certificate, one of five ecopies of Chyna Doll, any two ebooks from my backlist, or a signed paperback of Chyna Doll.
CHIP realized they were getting nowhere fast, and he gave up trying to talk to his mother tonight. He left her sipping the last of her drink and went to knock on Chyna’s door.
He handed her the signed form and smiled when Chyna grabbed it and childishly bounced on the bed with excitement. “Mom says you need to clear the date of the photo shoot with her first.”
“So she can drive you.”
“Yeah, about that. Did she tell you she’s working?”
Chip nodded. “I’m not sure how I feel about it.”
“It would have been better if it was some place cool like Victoria’s Secret.”
“The world doesn’t revolve around you, doll.”
“Mom said she did it for me.”
“Then be grateful and stop whining about the store.”
Chip flopped down beside her and heaved a loud sigh. “What’s going on with you and Luca?”
“Nothing yet.” Chyna sat cross-legged, gazing down at her twin. “It’s just a dance, Chip. We’re going in a group, so it’ll be innocent.”
Chip stared into sparkling blue eyes. “Don’t you think you’re playing with fire?”
“Luca is a gentleman; he won’t try anything.”
Chip hooted. “Give me a break.”
“It’s true! He doesn’t believe in premarital sex.”
Rolling his eyes, Chip snorted. “That’s because he’s never been with anyone who’s tempted him.”
“How do you know?”
“I’m his best friend, I know everything about him.”
“So he’s really a virgin?”
Chip got up suddenly. “This conversation is so not happening,” he murmured, getting ready to walk out.
Chyna pulled his hand, stopping him. “Don’t leave.”
“I’m not talking about Luca’s sex life. Imagining the two of you macking down is gross.”
“It’ll never get to that.”
Chip whirled on her. “What if it does? Then what?”
Chyna stared up at his fierce scowl. “I don’t know,” she said quietly.
“You’d better come up with a Plan B, or you’re screwed.”
“I don’t even have a Plan A,” she cried out. “Instead of being a jerk, why don’t you help? You have way more experience than Luca or me.”
“Here’s my suggestion: stay away from him.”
“No,” Chyna said stubbornly. “I want him.”
“Chyna, get real,” Chip said bluntly. “What if you guys end up rubbing up against each other and he feels you? Do you honestly think he won’t implode? Hell, if someone did that to me, I don’t know what I’d do.”
“This isn’t helping at all,” Chyna said coldly.
“You wanted my honest opinion.”
Chyna got up and shoved Chip in the chest. “Get out.”
“I don’t need your stupid attitude.”
Chip held her arms and shook her gently. “Chyna, this is serious. You can’t mess with Luca’s head like this.”
“What if he doesn’t care?”
Chip opened his mouth, shut it abruptly, and then opened it again. His question came out in a strangled whisper. “Are you going to tell him the truth?”
“I’m not sure, but would it be so terrible if I shared my problem beforehand? Wouldn’t he be sympathetic instead of angry? His fathers are gay; maybe he won’t care.”
“I don’t know.”
“How in heck am I supposed to do that?”
Chyna’s cold veneer broke, and tears were backing up in her eyes, making them look gem-like as they glittered back at him. Chip felt like an absolute jerk for hurting her, but wasn’t he saving her? There was a reason the old adage made absolute sense. Being safe was way better than being sorry, and he was certain that disappointing Luca with a rejection was better than risking the alternative. Somehow, he didn’t think Chyna would be open to that idea, and his heart almost stopped when she voiced her next question.
“Ask him what he thinks of chicks with dicks.”
“Get his take on transgender women.”
“Are you insane?”
“Chyna, you’re asking for trouble.”
She shrugged and wiped her tears with the backs of her hands. “You asked me for a plan.”
“That isn’t a plan; it’s suicide.”
“No, that’s my Plan B.”
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About the Author:
Mickie B. Ashling is the alter-ego of a multifaceted woman raised by a single mother who preferred reading over other forms of entertainment. She found a kindred spirit in her oldest child and encouraged her with a steady supply of dog-eared paperbacks. Romance was the preferred genre, and historical romances topped her favorites list.
By the time Mickie discovered her own talent for writing, real life had intruded, and the business of earning a living and raising four sons took priority. With the advent of e-publishing and the inevitable emptying nest, dreams were resurrected, and the storyteller was reborn.
She stumbled into the world of men who love men in 2002 and continues to draw inspiration from their ongoing struggle to find equality and happiness in this oftentimes skewed and intolerant world. Her award-winning novels have been called “gut wrenching, daring, and thought provoking.” She admits to being an angst queen and making her men work damn hard for their happy endings.
Mickie loves to travel and has lived in the Philippines, Spain, and the Middle East but currently resides in a suburb outside Chicago.
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