Julia von Rist
Julia wrote her first BDSM novel at age 13, before she knew there was a name for it. "Solange" circulated first amongst a selected group of friends, and amongst a wider group after Julia's younger sister sneaked it out to a pajama party. It eventually met its undeserved end at the bottom of the garbage chute, during a fit of Catholic guilt.
After an adolescence plagued by the typical teenage angst, she studied Spanish Literature and got a teaching license. Following a brief career teaching elementary school, she immigrated to Canada in her mid-twenties.
She has worked as an ESL teacher, a baker, a volunteer firefighter, a post office clerk, and a bank teller. She lists her current occupation as “corporate drone”.
An Ipad won at a writing contest introduced her to the wonderful world of e-books, readers and self-publishing. It was around the same time when she discovered the yaoi genre and abandoned any pretences of writing the Great Canadian Novel. After a few trials, tests and tribulations, she decided to send her creatures out into the world.
When she is not reading or writing, Julia enjoys watching period movies, hiking, honing her digital skills, and the odd visit to the big city in her endless quest for amazing shoes and good times.
Julia currently lives in Northern British Columbia, Canada.
You can follow Julia in Twitter at @JuliaVRist or visit her at http://juliavonristauthor.com/
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Prisoner of the Minotaur
by Julia von Rist
A monster. A prince. A broken-hearted lover. The Minotaur is all three. Exiled to the Labyrinth, Prince Asterion is haunted by the memory of the one man he ever loved.
Kleon's only thought is to avenge his lost lover. As he witnesses the torment and sacrifice of his fellow captives, he finds his true destiny, one that goes beyond his own personal quest for revenge.
The Lion of Palmyra
by Julia von Rist
(4.00 from 2 reviews)
A thrilling story in the Yaoi tradition: a Saracen prince willing to do anything to protect his city and his people; a Crusader knight who must decide between a forbidden love and his honour as a warrior. The war has ended, but the battle has just begun. The fate of the city will not be decided in the battlefield...but in the bedroom.
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on April 22, 2015
I got a free copy of Untouchable through the Don't Buy My Love project in Goodreads, in exchange for an honest review.
This book was an interesting read. It does not center solely on the love stories (yes, more than one); it is a decently plotted sci-fi/mystery/thriller combination, with the romance working its way in and out of the plot.
The story starts with the friendship between Alan and Robin. Alan is homosexual (om, in the parlance of the time); Lang is a widower with a teenage son, Max. There is a misunderstanding when Lang thinks that Stewart has designs on his son, and the men quarrel.
The story takes up a few years later when Max, now an adult and a recent recruit to Alan's spaceship, develops an attraction for Alan. He is later attacked in a gay bar, and his father accuses Alan. Alan is quickly cleared of all charges, but he starts investigating the reasons for the assault. During the investigation, Alan develops a relation with the medic of their ship, which goes through its own ups and downs.
The general plot and premises are good. The author does a good job of introducing the technologies of the universe without the usual clumsiness found in some sci-fi novels. Nevertheless, I found that I had to suspend my disbelief a bit too often to truly enjoy the book, and not about the technology or the setup but about the every day actions of the characters, e.g. the character presumed dead (nobody gave him a funeral?), or how fast everybody bounces back and forth between relationships, no matter how deeply in love or heartbroken they are say to be.
In spite of that, I did enjoy some clever details, like the bit about paper being a luxury item, and the dragons...because, hey , dragons.
The Tentacle Monster at Number 16
on April 29, 2015
I don't usually read Tentacle porn...I've seen enough Hentai that I thought I knew where things were going. Fortunately, I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, there is a lot of panting, moaning, and tentacles going places, singly and in twos and threes, but Morgan Lockheart takes her time getting them there. Her tale of how Anna slowly seduces the monster is the real story here.
A good romp with more oomph and imagination than your usual tentacle fodder.