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Title: Built for Pleasure
Author: Thursday Euclid
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Aaron Anderson
Genre: Fiction, Gay, Gay Fiction, Gay Romance, Science Fiction
Release Date: 11/21/2016
Retired military officer Malcolm Torvik runs a rehabilitation facility for malfunctioning pleasure cyborgs. When WLF-6759—Wolf—arrives at Reboot Camp, the former battle cyborg presents problems Malcolm’s never faced before. Most pleasure cyborgs are sensation junkies, constantly high on the chemicals sex releases into their bloodstream, but Wolf’s faulty refit means it’s spent a decade suffering through unwanted encounters—and sometimes fighting back despite the consequences.
At first Wolf’s rebellion frustrates Malcolm even as Wolf’s undeniable physical perfection draws him. Then Wolf’s unexpected vulnerability and need open a whole new dynamic between them, and Malcolm finds himself feeling far too much for something that isn’t even human. Or is it? Could Homo sapiens technica be just as human as Malcolm is? And if it is, what’s Malcolm supposed to do about it? Malcolm’s been alone for so long…. Is it possible he’s found love with a cyborg? How far will he go to ensure Wolf’s freedom? Malcolm knows what he must do—for both of them—but it might cost him much more than his comfortable life.
This is gonna get real personal, so buckle up.
I thought hard about how much of myself to share today. How safe is this space?
How safe is anywhere?
I’m from Houston, Texas, but now I live in the sticks out north. This town has 1036 people per its sign, and I’m starved for allies. I’m starved for love.
LGBT romance—reading it, writing it—is a refuge. The internet is my real home.
I’m out and visibly trans; those who don’t clock me see a very femme boy. I was queer before transition because I liked girls, and I’m queer now because I also like boys—and every beautiful gender variation. I am, as I like to say, queer as fuck.
This is a damn lonely life. I’ve never been on a real date, although I was married for a while. My body has always seemed foreign, less real to me than my mind. Love has always been out of reach, something for other boys.
I crave closeness, a true love of my own, but I long ago gave up on looking, on hoping. To love me—to really love me—would require sacrifice. It would require someone choosing me and all the complicated tangles that go with my life. When there are so many relatively unencumbered guys in the world, why would anyone want me?
So when I write a romance, I dive into the hero’s head. I inhabit him the way I wish I could inhabit my own body. I live vicariously through him, through his love and his struggles and his victories. When I write his happy ending, I give him something I covet for my own.
My first solo novel, Asher Beauregard Attempts to Give a Damn, delved into that sense of being broken and unlovable. Built for Pleasure explores a different angle, one in which discrimination against cyborgs fuels the conflict. Perhaps unsurprisingly, my own struggles and hopes inform the story, which is, at its core, about the sacrifices real love can demand…and just how scary it can be to hope the person you’re in love with will fight for you and stand beside you no matter what.
How many women have fallen in love with someone who just can’t understand why it’s unfair to expect her to do all the housework when she works full time?
How many men have fallen in love with someone who urges him to “man up” instead of acknowledging his very real emotions?
How many people from abusive backgrounds struggle to make themselves heard and understood to a lover who never suffered the same way, for whom their trauma and fear are theoretical?
Sometimes it’s the ones we love the most—the ones we trust to have our backs, the ones we count on—who fail us the hardest. They try to explain away our problems rather than accept the truth we see so clearly.
As my cyborg hero Wolf tells the man he loves, “It is not real love until you treat my oppression as your oppression.” Built for Pleasure is about what it means to be human, to hurt and to love intensely, and to hold your breath waiting for something in your life to finally, finally go right.
Have you ever encountered injustice so glaring it’s all you can think about only to find someone you love can’t see it at all? Did you ever wish with all your heart that the one you loved would stand up for you, no matter the cost, only to be disappointed? Have you ever sunk into a sullen quiet because your feelings just didn’t matter as much to someone else as their feelings did to you?
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About the Author
The Thursday Euclid is a strange and elusive creature dwelling in the Texas Gulf Coast region. Frequently mistaken for Bigfoot, Chupacabra, or the monster of the week, he is, in fact, a 30-something black sheep with a penchant for K-pop, geekery, and hot and sour soup. When he’s not playing Dragon Age or SWTOR, he’s probably watching B-movies or talking to his best friend and frequent collaborator Clancy Nacht.
Email: thursdayeuclid at gmail dot com
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