Thursday Euclid on Built for Pleasure ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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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

Blurb:

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?

Links

Built for Pleasure on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Barnes & Noble

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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.

Website: http://www.thursdayeuclid.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thursdayeuclid
Twitter: https://twitter.com/thursdayeuclid
Email: thursdayeuclid at gmail dot com

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19 thoughts on “Thursday Euclid on Built for Pleasure ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. Thanks for the post, Thursday. Reading also my refuge from RL which is why I tend to minimize angst take in books. I haven’t read your books before and sci-fi is not my most go-to genre, though the blurb of this one intrigued me. I shall have a look of this book. 🙂
    puspitorinid AT yahoo DOT com

  2. Thank you for the post and for sharing your situation and feelings. *Hugs* to you from AZ.

    Reading is definitely my refuge since when I was a kid. I never really felt like I fit into my family when I was young (and still don’t, but am lucky to have made my own family now). No real obvious reason, just a bunch of small ones. But, I could always find a place in books.

    Built for Pleasure sounds good. I love science fiction and am going to go check it out on goodreads.

    jen(dot)f(at)mac(dot)com

    • Hugs to you too! I’m so glad you’ve made a family of your own to belong to. It’s funny how even when there’s nothing obvious different about us, relatively speaking, it can still be hard to find our place and experience the belonging others seem to find naturally. Reading is such a healing, fulfilling experience for that reason, to give us that feeling of understanding.

  3. Thank you for sharing this personal post… reading is my refuge too as well as my best friend. Books don’t betray me like people sometimes do. Books even taught me about my asexuality; which probably will not happen considering that I live in an Eastern-Muslim-majority-culture where education about sexuality is pretty much non-existent.

    In a way, books have helped me a lot — although I definitely prefer reading it than writing one because I have no talent in that area.

    amie_07(at)yahoo(dot)com

    • I’ve been writing since I was very young to express myself, but the vast majority of my friends who read don’t feel the same compulsion toward it that I do–they’d rather be diving into someone else’s story. I think that’s a wonderful thing. There’s something so giving and engaged about a booklover’s nature, a hunger for knowledge and understanding.

      I grew up in a very conservative fundamentalist Christian household where my only instruction in sexuality was to be informed that if someone touched my hair or knee or kissed me, all those things were foreplay and should only happen between a husband and wife. Just a laundry list of ‘off limits’ actions. Nothing to help me grasp who I was or what I might want or not want. It does a real disservice to kids; I stumbled into all kinds of bad situations because of that emphasis on enforcing boundaries on men instead of examining what might matter to me personally, what I might need. I can only imagine what you experience, but my heart goes out to you. I’m so glad books have taught you about your identity. Even if no one around you recognizes or honors it, knowing just for yourself matters.

      Thank you for sharing. ♥

  4. The blurb for this book sounds fantastic. My son is gay & trans as well & until he left for college was in a smallish city where no one seemed to be like him. You make me want to give you a giant hug & let you know I think you’re fantastic just the way you are. Thanks for sharing your story, I hope someone special comes along to love you just because you’re you.

  5. I love to read and will read just about anything. I do struggle with time travel but that is the scientist in me. I hope to read more of your work.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

    • Thank you! I always find science fantasy fascinating, but I like when stories are clear about their intent–whether they’re science fiction or science fantasy, whether it’s approaching it from what might be possible or dealing with realms of pure imagination.

  6. Thank you for sharing, know that you’ll have a friend on the east coast thinking of you =)

    I’ve had those feelings before and have experienced a few times in my life and I’m pretty sure there will e more years to come. I always don’t feel like I don’t fit that’s why I like my solitude. I do feel freer online but I find it hard to socialize.

    Congrats on the new book! It sounds fantastic and the cover is pretty.

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

    • Thank you so much! I like my east coast friends. ♥

      I have a hard time socializing even online sometimes… There are certain structures in place that I feel silenced by or awkward interacting with even here. But it’s better than meatspace, and being online has helped me develop a sense of identity as opposed to simply feeling “other” and weird in person with other people. I hope you’ll find real freedom and belonging someday.

  7. I’ve feel really lonely sometimes, even having a healthy relationship, because my partner can’t understand my feelings about somethings. I guess that happens often, and you cannot avoid feeling that nobody understands you, not even the person who should know you the better…. But then, I guess that’s life, and nobody can fully know and understand anybody else…
    Congratulations on the release; it sounds really good

    • Thank you.

      You know, I’ve learned sometimes it’s lonelier being misunderstood (or incompletely understood) by someone you love than just being on your own. Solitude can be a place of introspection and refuge, but being alone inside a relationship is a real struggle.

      What drove me into reading and writing romance, in some ways, was never finding the love I dreamed about as a teenager. I wanted to be loved and consumed and understood, to merge with a soulmate and experience complete belonging. I don’t know if it’s just not possible for two people to feel that, and at this point in my life I don’t know if I’d even want it, but those longings for total oneness still inform a lot of my approach to the subject.

  8. Congrats on your and thanks for your post. I can appreciate your situation – I’m from Dallas, but now in Chicago. And I’m learning more about trans issues. I’m now reading a really good book about one transman’s experience – Balls, You Got Have Some to Get Some. Check it out. Very confirming.

    • Thank you for the recommendation! I’ll look into it. I haven’t heard of that one. Trans issues are really human issues; they touch on something fundamental in all of us, that it benefits us individually to understand. Gender and identity matter so much to each human, but we often unquestioningly accept what society tells us about who we are. Interrogating the status quo helps us achieve real equity and understanding as a culture–and grow closer to those around us by helping us tear down arbitrary walls.

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