The Doge’s Daughter
After reading Gabriella West’s short story, The Doge’s Daughter, the reader may need a cold shower or a cigarette. Venice, 1600s. West has given us a periodic piece that, though boldly sad, rings true for the way innocent boys with falsetto voices were treated during this time. Just read Anne Rice’s Cry to Heaven for a more heavier look at the world of the castrati.
Young Piero is swept away from his poor family, chosen for the royal court choir. Soon, he is also chosen by the Doge’s young daughter who is about to be married off to a prince. And while the prince is away, his wife will play and she wants Piero to be her lover. Both explore new and exciting realms of their sexuality, as Piero becomes comfortable in matters of his own heart.
West has true talent for creating strong characters, giving them life on the page just as disturbing and true as our own situations that we find ourselves in sometimes. This rings very true in one brief encounter that Piero has with a male visitor to the castle as they discuss their tastes for male or female lovers, ultimately leading to a “satisfying” conclusion for Piero.
A touch of history, a naughty erotic relationship between three partners, and an exploration of a boy and girl gracing into adulthood and love, West treats her adult readers to a hot and worthy read!
Tell us a little about your book.
Guilty Pleasures is about couples who fulfill their wildest fantasies without thinking about the consequences. For example, Hasan Walker is a married man who falls in love with an exotic dancer. He starts a blown out affair while his wife has an affair of her own with her female boss.
What inspired you to write this book?
The line in Jay Z’s song “like your favorite color Giuseppe’s your guilty pleasure is me.”
I wanted to play with addictions of lust.
What are you doing to market your book?
I’m using social networks like facebook, twitter, and Tumblr. I also attend book club meetings, interviews with blog talk radio. I’m planning my first book tour right now.
How have sales been? Where have you had the most success?
Sales have been cool. I’ve had the most success with Amazon Kindle.
How are readers/reviewers reacting to your book?
I’m getting so much love and feedback. I’m told they are in love with the characters and how face paced the novel is.
What was the biggest challenge you faced writing this book and how did you overcome it?
My biggest challenge is still with getting the word out there. It's like a slow leak. I’m still working on it.
What are the future plans for you and this book?
Like I mentioned, I’m planning on going on a book tour to see and grab more readers down south and attend some book expos.
I’m working on Chocolate Flava with Zane releasing summer of 2013 and a few more projects that I don’t want to jinx. I’m going to show everyone that I’m not just an erotic writer, I have many dimensions.
Have you published anything else?
Bittersweet Exes was my first novel in 2008 and I’m working on re releasing that. I’m in Mocha Chocolate series, The Heat of the Night, anthologies. I’m also in Souls of my Young Sisters.
Any advice for other writers/indie authors out there?
Follow your dreams if you're passionate about writing. I write every single day because I love it. Don’t do it for the fame, do it because you love it.