‘Illusions & Dreams’ by Z. Allora was published by Dreamspinner Press on November 17th, 216 Pages.
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Randy Camster failed at being married. His life now centers around work, TV sports, and listening to his friend Jake complain about how Randy’s lack of a sex life will be the downfall of mankind. Not true! Well, not totally. He’s just never understood the fascination with sex until… ladyboy performer Lalana Dulyarat shimmies into his world via an Internet ad for Thailand tourism.
Jake O’Neil’s open pansexuality yields him interesting bedmates, but he’s never chased after the mythical illusion of love. He focuses on others, like his best friend Randy, who needs a Bang-Cock vacation. Finding an adorable little imp named Boon-nam wasn’t on the itinerary. Gay, straight, and undecided, Jake has had ‘em all, but never a virgin aching to take a walk on the kinky side after having her affirmation surgery. Talk about pressure. And what’s with everyone warning him not to break her heart? His is the one in danger.
Putting An Experience Into Perspective: Tiger Temple by Z. Allora
I chase animal interactions and encounters on vacation. I’ve cuddled koalas, in Australia, hugged pandas in China, played with kangaroos in Australia, petted penguins in California, fed giraffes and been tongued by a rhino at the Wild Animal Park in San Diego, hung out with the snow monkeys in Nagano, and been bitten by a baby tiger at the Tiger Temple in Bangkok.
I know there can be negative feelings around zoos/reserves. I’m familiar with the concept of keeping wild animals in parks/zoos instead of letting them roam free is bad. One of the places my characters in Illusions & Dreams go is to the Tiger Temple but I thought I’d write this post to put the experience in perspective.
In many parts of the world people are struggling to survive, so they can easily block out the beauty of tigers and the importance of conservation to poach a tiger so their kids can eat. Raising the standard of living for people by building towns with modern amenities, or developing nature resources, can mean habitats are destroyed and areas for free roaming are limited.
The Tiger Temple started as a wild animal sanctuary in 1994. In 1999, the abbot was given an orphaned tiger, which died. But villagers continued to bring baby tigers, left motherless due to poaching, to the monastery. The monks learned to care for the tigers.
By opening Tiger Temple to the public they can afford the tigers’ food bills and are buying up the surrounding land to increase the animals ‘free roam’ space. The temple provides jobs to the local villagers who might otherwise continue poaching for their livelihood. The complex has increased tourism to the area, which increases the town’s revenue for the local businesses. Children are being raised with the idea tigers are good for the local economy. Poachers are tolerated less since they would be affecting the area businesses.
Now, let’s take the visitors who receive an amazing education by interacting with these gorgeous creatures. I know most of you do not look at tigers as a source of magical vitality, but many people in Asia do. By exposing people directly to these amazing creatures they evolve in their thinking. They are less likely to continue to allow family members to utilize tiger based products. This will lower the demand for poaching.
People have reported abuses: such as letting sick animals linger, sleepy, drugged animals, zappers being used, etc.
Whenever I go to one of these places I look for evidence to backup negative claims. Do the monks let sick animals linger? Yes, they are Buddhist and don’t practice euthanasia. Are the animals drugged? No. Are they sleepy? Yes. Tigers usually sleep in the hottest part of the day. Each tiger does his bit with the tourists a few days a month/week. Does it impact their schedule? Yes, but much less than being killed would. I saw no evidence of zappers even though I might have felt a bit safer. The monks and staff control the tigers by voice and slapping wooden dowels against their hands. I saw no one strike a tiger, only their own hands (when a tiger decided one in our group looked yummy).
Is this the very best system? Probably not, but it’s the best they have developed so far. The Tiger Temple may have its faults, but it provides safe haven for orphaned animals who have the opportunity to grow into happy adult tigers because they are ALIVE. I’ll quote one of my character’s from Illusions & Dreams: “Tigers don’t mate unless they are happy.” (Boon-nam’s response: “Neither do I!!!)
Given the amount of cubs born there each year, the Tiger Temple’s guests are indeed happy.
Z. Allora thinks everyone deserves a happy ending, and she makes sure they get one. Her stories are about love and romance and are tied together with erotic sex. She utilizes her time overseas and travels to bring you to places you’ve yet to visit. She introduces you to cultures you’ve yet to explore. But with every word she writes she tries to convey love is love.
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The lights go down and stage lights up. The Dark Angels have arrived. With his come-hither voice and body made for sin, lead singer Angel Luv draws lovers like a magnet. And when he caresses and taunts shy guitarist Darius Stone on stage, well…it’s an act, right? But every touch lights a fire, and every flirtatious glance chips away at Dare’s certainty that he’s straight. No one else has so captured his imagination.
Temptation beckons. It’s hard not to notice the want in Dare’s eyes, the way he stares when he thinks Angel’s not watching. One wrong move might scare him away, but a work trip to exotic Bali might be the perfect place to let Dare explore his sexuality, with none to be the wiser. But their “friends with benefits” pact has an expiration date, that just might sour their friendship.