Author Interview: Rebecca James, author of Teresias Bound

Thank you, Cameron D. James, for having me on her blog!

Cameron D James

Hi book lovers! Today we have Rebecca James, author of Teresias Bound, stopping by for a chat!


RJames-72dpi-1500x2000-1Tell us about your latest release.

My latest release, Teresias Bound, is a sci-fi/fantasy and involves a futuristic trans character. It went live on July 29.

What was the hardest or most difficult scene to write?

I think the most difficult scene to write in this book was the scene where Aiden’s female body is transformed to a male body. I’d never want to make little of the struggle trans people go through, but since my book is futuristic, the transition is more complete and fantasy-like. I had a little difficulty envisioning what that might look like at first.

What’s the most difficult part of writing a sex scene?

For me, the most difficult part of writing a sex scene is making each one unique and sexy. Most M/M readers have…

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Teresias Bound

 

Release July 29, 2017                  Cover by Bee Javier20542867_462407017462830_823055282_o

Aiden is a man in a woman’s body. His dream is to fly to Aquarix where the elusive Fluens–the only species capable of changing his life record and physically making him a man–reside, and for years he’s been working at a seedy brothel in Solarias to save enough money to make that dream a reality.

Lydo, the prince of Teresias, has spent his youth leading his father’s army and avoiding his responsibilities on his home planet. On brief leave during a dangerous mission, he stops at a brothel and acquires the services of a feisty young prostitute who insists Lydo refer to her as a boy. Amused by the girl, the prince pays her way to Aquarix.

Aiden is euphoric at his transformation, but Lydo is more than a little disconcerted by the fact he is attracted to Aiden as a man.

When it’s time to part ways, Aiden fulfills his second dream by taking a job on a spaceship. Resigned to step into his expected role on Teresias, the prince returns to his homophobic planet. But as the king parades princesses before his son in hopes of a betrothal, Lydo finds his heart remains with a certain adventurous boy somewhere out in space.

David/Jax/Brooks

Second-in-command of River Wolf Pack (and later, Cascade City Pack), David is a soft-spoken, tall, blond alpha with deep brown eyes, and my favorite of my characters in the series. He’s loosely based on the sensitive blond I’ve crushed over so many times.

Perhaps it’s that sensitivity that brings about David’s conflict: he finds out he’s an alpha who enjoys submitting. If David thought having a human partner would cause him problems, he never expected that Jax would confess to normally being a top, causing David to find out that he LOVES submitting to Jax. An alpha who loves to submit. David can’t help but feel something is wrong with him.

Is this part of the reason Jax isn’t very well liked by readers? Because he causes a dominant alpha to submit? To be fair,  David offers, because he loves Jax, and the alpha finds submitting to be something he needs in his life, even if it does make him feel less of an alpha.

Most likely, readers are annoyed with Jax because he refuses to take the bite. Jax is stubborn and just can’t take that final plunge of commitment, namely changing his entire world to become a beta werewolf. Yes,  if he took David’s bite, Jax would be a beta. Perhaps that has something to do with his reluctance? After all, a beta will always submit to an alpha, and while David might be able to handle a human dominating him in the bedroom, having a beta do it would be a different story.

David and Jax are together romantically, but they aren’t mates. As a human, Jax can’t take a mating bite from David without becoming a werewolf himself. Not wanting David to suffer if Jax should leave, Jax finagles things so that Brooks becomes David’s beta mate. Brooks and David always had some chemistry going; in fact, Brooks had long been in love with the second alpha. Adding the beta to the mix makes for some smexy times, as well as an emotional mix.

The David/Jax/Brooks story line is most prominent in Second Alpha, Third, Mate, and A New Beginning.

Jax Moreau

Jax is a character my readers seem to have varied opinions about. He’s human–one of the few humans featured in my River Wolf Pack books. Physically, he’s tall, in his mid-thirties, has caramel-colored skin, startling gray eyes, and long dreadlocks. He once had an affair with a much older man–the president of the Human/Werewolf Congress.

In First Omega, Jax comes to River Wolf Pack compound at the request of his co-worker, Josiah, who’s recently found out he’s half-omega werewolf and has mated River, the pack alpha. Josiah wants Jax to help with human/werewolf relations. When Jax begins working with David, alpha werewolf and second-in-command to River, the two fall in love. This isn’t something that happens often in wolf packs, and their romance brings animosity within the pack and difficulty within Jax and David’s relationship.

One of the biggest conflicts between the two is that Jax isn’t a werewolf and isn’t willing to take David’s bite to become one. I think this is where a lot of reader antagonism toward Jax comes from. Readers feel that if Jax really loves David, he should take the bite. But Jax doesn’t want to change himself like that. He can’t bring himself to do it, even though he genuinely loves David. This conflict leads to various plot twists in the River Wolf Pack trilogy.

Another difficulty within the Jax/David relationship is the fact that Jax normally is not a bottom and alphas always top. Because he loves Jax, David winds up submitting to him in bed and that spurs a lot of self-questioning on David’s part because alphas do not submit and definitely shouldn’t enjoy it as David does.

My most recent book, A New Beginning, is the first in the Cascade City Pack series, a spin-off from the River Wolf Pack series. In this book, Jax’s character becomes even more complicated, and I’m not sure if what happens make readers like Jax more or less. Again, I hear a lot of mixed feelings about Jax–mostly “I hate him” or “I love him.”

I invite readers to leave comments on the Jax character and why they love him or don’t. As he’s taken a very big step recently, he will be featured more in the next book in the series.

Coming July 29–sci-fi/fantasy, mpreg


This book is an M/M romance with mpreg and contains a small amount of m/f sex.

Blurb: 

Aiden is a man in a woman’s body. His dream is to fly to Aquarix where the elusive Fluens–the only species capable of changing his life record and physically making him a man–reside, and for years he’s been working at a seedy brothel in Solarias to save enough money to make that dream a reality.
Lydo, the prince of Teresias, has spent his youth leading his father’s army and avoiding his responsibilities on his home planet. On brief leave during a dangerous mission, he stops at a brothel and acquires the services of a feisty young prostitute who insists Lydo refer to her as a boy. Amused by the girl, the prince pays her way to Aquarix.
Aiden is euphoric at his transformation, but Lydo is more than a little disconcerted by the fact he is attracted to Aiden as a man.
When it’s time to part ways, Aiden fulfills his second dream by taking a job on a spaceship. Resigned to step into his expected role on Teresias, the prince returns to his homophobic planet. But as the king parades princesses before his son in hopes of a betrothal, Lydo finds his heart remains with a certain adventurous boy somewhere out in space.

Excerpt:

“Good to know now you’re not a man of your word, before I start to trust you in any way,” Lydo said, face tight.
Aiden feigned ignorance. “What’s that supposed to mean?”
“We had a deal.”
Aiden crossed his arms over his chest, still a little surprised at the feel of the taut, muscular pectorals rather than the soft breasts he’d lived with for so long. “You never believed me in the first place.”
Lydo bent close to Aiden’s face, and Aiden straightened his spine, refusing to be cowed. Tilting his head back, he looked at the big man face-to-face, heart rocketing into overdrive on multiple levels. Lydo was threatening, sexy, and unreadable, and if Aiden wasn’t careful, he was going to do something incredibly stupid like allow his crush to deepen into something much more dangerous.
“Are you able to get me out of here?” Lydo’s warm breath brushed Aiden’s face. “Or was it all a lie to get into my pants?”
At the appearance of Lydo’s reliable arrogance, Aiden’s spirits lifted. His lips turned up in amusement. “You really are ridiculous.”
“Answer me.”
Aiden sighed. “I could do it. The question is, is leaving what you really should do?” He put his hand on Lydo’s arm and touched the corded muscle of bulging bicep before snatching his fingers away again.
“There’s so much you could do here if you ruled as king. You saw those people, Lydo. The Konnics. They live a miserable existence on a barren wasteland because they have no other choice. If you were king, you could fix all that.”
Lydo’s eyes burned into Aiden’s for a long moment before the prince stepped away, putting some space between them. Inwardly, Aiden sagged with relief.
“You don’t know what you’re talking about,” Lydo grumbled.
Aiden considered that perhaps Lydo didn’t have it in him to be a good ruler. Remembering the sharp disappointment not an hour earlier when he’d realized it wasn’t Lydo giving him pleasure, followed by the twist of the knife when the Pusari female reported Lydo had been the one to send her, Aiden reminded himself only an acute sense of self-preservation had gotten him this far in life, and right then that sense was flashing a red light of warning.
Aiden’s desire for Lydo was blooming into something that threatened to throw him off course. The demanding, arrogant man who had come into the brothel had turned out to be more complicated than Aiden had at first thought. After managing to crawl beneath Aiden’s defenses, Lydo continually ran hot and cold. He seemed perfectly willing to give his body in payment for the favor he desired, yet he obviously had a problem with the concept of sleeping with a man.
Aiden knew he should leave Lydo and get the hell off Teresias, but he owed the guy. Still, Aiden had to think of himself. Drawing himself to his full height, Aiden hardened his heart. “If I get you off the planet, we’re even.”
Lydo’s dark brows dipped low. “What about—the other thing?”
“That’s off the table.”
Lydo’s mouth turned down. “Why?”
Aiden threw his hands up in exasperation. “Are you saying you want to have sex with me?”
“No!” Lydo looked around the room and lowered his voice. “Those were your terms.”
“And I’ve changed my mind,” Aiden said. “I owe you anyway for all you’ve done for me.    This is your last chance—do you want to stay and accept your birthright, or do you want to go?” He waited, heart thumping.
Lydo straightened his back. “I want to go.”
“All right, then.”

A guide to my wolf-shifter books

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There are a lot of m/m shifter books out there. The following information concerns my River Wolf Pack, Cascade City Pack, and Angel Hills Pack wolf-shifter books. I do have a sci-fi/paranormal novel (The Wolves of Daos 5) that involves wolf-shifters but does not share this world, and I have plans for other shifters books that will also have worlds of their own.

What’s the premise of my world? For one thing, my wolf-shifters aka werewolves are a homosexual group. There are no women.

They live in communities of their own, away from cities and most modern conveniences, although Angel Hills Pack and Cascade City Pack are a bit more advanced than the original River Wolf Pack.

They are at odds with the humans, but there’s a Human/Werewolf Congress trying to make peace between the two.

My wolf-shifter books are serials. I prefer to call them serials rather than soap operas, because soaps lean toward the mellow-dramatic and unbelievable. As serials, they do not completely wrap up at the end, but for all intents and purposes, each book has an ending without a cliffhanger. Still, their world continues.

Most m/m wolf-shifter books focus on one couple and one story and the reader rarely sees much of the couple after that. My shifter books focus on several couples/triads/multiples and their ongoing relationships. First Omega revolves mostly around River and Josiah. Second Alpha is centered around David and Jax. However, as the books progress  and the readers get to know more couples/triads/multiples, the page time for each is divided more evenly.

One positive about focusing on more than one couple is my books can contain multiple tropes. There might be older/younger, mpreg, and enemies to lovers all in one book.

My books contain polyamorous relationships. Not all mated wolves are polyamorous, but some are. Angel Hills has more more loosely defined feeling toward sex, some members having recreational sex with others they are not mated to.

My books are mpreg. What the heck is that? That’s when a male can have a baby. So the wolf-shifters procreate among themselves. First Omega only mentions mpreg at the end, while subsequent books contain more of it. Omegas can have multiple children, and betas can have only one in their lifetimes. The alphas do not bear children. None of the books have plots solely surrounding a pregnancy.

In my shifter world, the omegas are prized for their ability to have multiple children. Omegas are self-lubricating and go into monthly heats during which they give off an alluring scent that drives alphas wild.

Only alphas and omegas are prone to emotional periods of hormonal changes when the omegas are in heat and the alphas in rut. Betas remain level-headed at all times and make excellent guards and assistants to the pack alpha because of this.

The packs in my shifter books are led by one alpha. The pack decides how the pack alpha is chosen. In River Wolf Pack, the alpha fights for the right to rule. In Angel Hills pack, the alpha inherits his role as pack leader, and should the pack leader die, an election is held to appoint the next one. In both packs, the pack alpha has a second and a third in command to share the responsibilities and help the pack alpha run the pack.

My shifter books are erotic. They have plots, but there’s a lot of sex, too.

Want to read my wolf pack books? Where to begin?

River Wolf Pack: Pack alpha-River

First Omega

Second Alpha

Third Mate

Cascade City Pack books: (to be read after River Wolf Pack books) Pack alpha-River

A New Beginning

Angel Hills Pack books: (Can be read a lone or after River Wolf Pack books) Pack alpha-Grey

Omega Arrival

All of my books, shifter or otherwise, are available on Kindle Unlimited for the time being, but my publisher will be taking them off KU soon.