A warm welcome to author J.K Pendragon blogging with us today about Double Take , a new release as part of the Geek Out Collection from Less Than Three Press.
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Love Bytes Blog Post for Double Take by J.K. Pendragon
This is my first time guest blogging in years! I’m a little nervous, to be honest. I’ve been blogging pretty regularly on my own site, and thinking that I should start doing more guest posts, so when Alex Powell suggested a blog hop to promote Geek Out, I jumped on it. Thank you to Love Bytes for having me! I’m here to promote my new novella (novelette?) Double Take, which is part of Less Than Three’s Trans Geek Out Collection!
Double Take itself was super fun to write. My initial idea was for a story about someone who accidentally ends up dating twins without realising it, and since I dislike traditional love triangles, for me it absolutely had to end in a triad. Which meant that before I knew it, I was writing twincest! Oops. It’s also pretty heavy on the sex (well, for me anyway.) It’s basically just a cute, sexy, tropey romp. But when I first wrote it and decided to submit it for the Geek Out collection, I wasn’t sure it was a good idea. My first thought was that for a collection of stories about trans people, shouldn’t I write something more poignant and serious about the hardships and experience of being trans?
But I’ve discussed before my feelings about the assumption that if a story is about a person of a certain minority then that story must centre around that person’s struggles with oppression. People sometimes react negatively to a story about a trans person if the story isn’t specifically about their trans-ness, because they don’t understand why else the trans person would be there. The problem with that, of course, is that trans people are much more than our gender identity. We have lives, and experiences outside of it. Yes, most of us do have a story to tell about when we realised we were trans, and what coming out was like for us. But we all have so many other stories too! When the idea for Double Take came to me, the main character happened to be genderqueer. And the more I thought about it, the more I realised that it was okay. That I can, and should write about trans characters in all sorts of stories, and all sorts of situations.
Trans people shouldn’t be limited to just one type of story. We exist everywhere, and our lives are as varied as cis people’s, and I hope that the fiction about us can one day reflect that. Geek Out is specifically about trans geeks, and does a great job of showcasing all the different types of geeks out there, and I hope it also showcases some of the diversity in the trans community.
So, if menages and twins and misunderstandings and Egypt are your thing (or any of the above) I hope you’ll consider checking out Double Take. If not, please have a look at the rest of the fabulous collection the fine folks at Less Than Three have put out. I hope you find something you enjoy!
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Double Take Wordcount: 14,500 Price: $2.99 Genre: Fantasy, Genderqueer, Poly
Studying magical science at the prestigious Kemet Academy is a privilege and dream come true for Teka, a poor student from D’mt. But focusing on school doesn’t mean xe can’t also admire Hasani, the handsome graduate student overseeing Teka’s work.
Then late one night at the school library, Teka runs Hasani and is completely astonished when the stern, quiet man xe knows by day acts so flirty and casual, it’s like he’s a different person. When the late night encounter leads to dating, Teka can scarcely believe xyr luck.
But the luck plays out when xe discovers why Hasani seems so different between night and day, a discovery that seems to have no resolution except heartache…
Warning: This story features a poly relationship that includes twin brothers.
Check out the other books in the Geek Out collection HERE!
The covers for Double Take and the Geek Out collection are both by the fabulous Aisha Akeju. Check her out here: http://aisha-o.com/