Thursday, August 10, 2017

Pansexual Author, Genderqueer Character by Lynn Kelling (#giveaway #pansexual #genderqueer)

As a pansexual human, it has been rare for me to see a depiction of the particular way I’m attracted to others in books, TV, movies, magazines… you name it. This bothers me more the older I get. We need more characters who are vocal about their attraction to all genders and the happily inclusive message it sends that, ‘yes, all of these are hot.’

While we’re discussing my personal sexual preferences, let me add that I’m intensely drawn to people who skirt gender boundaries or who obliterate them altogether. It’s where the inspiration for the main character in my new novel, Becoming Kerry, came from. When I started out writing Kerry’s character, it was for admittedly selfish reasons.

Kerry is the type of person I’m attracted to—vulnerable yet strong, creative yet humble, brave yet realistic, loyal to a fault, sexy as hell, health conscious, wise and willing to question everything told to him/her until certain it’s the absolute truth. I love the ways Kerry’s gender identity isn’t able to be contained in the binary “male” and “female” categories. I wrote Kerry to be the type of person I’ve been impatient to discover in my favorite art forms.

Going into writing this novel, I knew some readers might hesitate to explore an erotic romance with the pairing of an alpha, bisexual man and a sensitive, quiet, genderqueer character. I sought to capture what I found arousing about the pairing’s sexual possibilities in a way that might lure others in.

At the beginning of the book, Kerry wants to be taken over. To confront his submissiveness and find a safe place to be sexually consumed by a man with a ravenous appetite for natural beauty and a more subversive sort of cockiness. Kerry is a sensitive soul nursing a broken heart and has survived more hardships than most. Because of rebelliousness, financial need, and a desperately repressed sexuality, Kerry is a dancer at strip clubs for both men and women. He’s used to being next-to-naked in public, gyrating to sultry, thumping beats with the skill of a seasoned pro. Kerry’s wardrobe contains a Marine’s dress blues, kilts with chunky black boots, self-designed, hand-tailored dresses that skim the body, and outfits that consist only of a thong and heels. Kerry doesn’t want to doubt his partner’s lust or ability to be caring and observant of things he might be too shy to ask outright.

Kerry’s counterpart, Ewyn, is a top. A Dom. He’s a big, badass, Irish bloke. He knows what he wants. He craves control. He likes to set some rules, sharing absolute trust and complete respect. He confidently breaks down walls built of fear in order to get deep inside where no one else has been.

It goes beyond male and female, or male and male, for both Kerry and Ewyn.

This isn’t just a story about sex, gender, and orientation. It’s about the struggle to break free of unfair imposed expectations, cruelty, and the most painful types of loss. It’s about learning how to accept what life dishes out with a grateful heart and a willingness to grow, greeting each new day with a smile and love waiting to be shared. It’s about what it means to grow up in a world that isn’t always kind; to be made stronger than anyone thought possible through the bravery of self-acceptance in a judgmental, fear-inflicted society.

Kerry is my celebration of the beauty I see in people, and my dream for a future where the only thing anyone is pressured to be is the best, truest, kindest version of themselves. It’s what I crave, for all of us.


About the Author:
Lynn Kelling began writing in order to tell stories that aren’t afraid of the dark, don’t hold anything back and always strive to be memorable, forging lasting attachments between character and reader. Her inspiration comes from taking a closer look at behaviors and ideas lurking at the fringes of life—basically anything that people may hesitate to speak of in mixed company, but everyone wonders about anyway. Her work is driven by the taboo in order to expose the humanity within it. Lynn is an artist, designer and lover of any form of creative self-expression that comes from a place of honesty and emotion, whether it's body art or opera. She has had multiple novels published, has written over fifty works of erotic fiction of varying lengths, and always has several novels in progress

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Book Information:
Author: Lynn Kelling 
Title: Becoming Kerry
Genres: BDSM, Bisexual, Contemporary, Drama, Erotica, GLBT, Romance, Transgender
Length: Novel (92,000 words)
Release Date: August 8th, 2017
ISBN: Ebook 978-1-62234-331-7, Print 978-1-62234-332-4
Format Available: Ebook (mobi, pdf, epub) and sold in print on demand.
Pre-Order Available: Fantastic Fiction Publishing, Amazon, ARE & Smashwords.
Imprint: ForbiddenFiction (ONE word, TWO capitals)
Publisher: Fantastic Fiction Publishing (THREE words)
Story Page:

Kerry Sanderson is an exotic dancer, former military brat, and aspiring fashion designer, but believes he’s much more than any of those labels imply. As his relationship with transgender boyfriend Jamie falls apart, it’s Kerry’s gender identity and sexual preferences that become the real issue between them. Left questioning whether he’s been living under everyone else's terms, and none of his own, Kerry sets out to discover who he really is. Desperate to escape his dangerous neighborhood and redefine his life, Kerry vows to start making some changes. One of the first is accepting what seems to be an innocent offer from allegedly straight security guard, Ewyn Garrity, after a long shift dancing at gay club Blaze. Safety isn't the only thing Ewyn tempts Kerry with as sparks fly and lines are crossed. The more acceptance Kerry finds in Ewyn, the more he’s tempted to let go of the fear and self-doubt that had been hampering his ability to be himself. But the more honest Kerry is, slowly accepting the feminine aspects of his identity and becoming vulnerable, the more deadly threats he faces when blind intolerance threatens before he's barely bloomed. (M/M, M/GQ)


Goodreads Book Giveaway

Becoming Kerry by Lynn Kelling

Becoming Kerry

by Lynn Kelling

Giveaway ends August 12, 2017.
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