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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Golden Shana: The Chase by A P Von K'ory - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Golden Shana: The Chase

by A P von K'Ory,


GENRE: Erotic Romantic Suspense



An evening at the La Scala in Milan twirls the lives of five people into a web of rivalry, intrigues, heartaches, obsession, murder, loss, and revenge.

“… for those who love selective eroticism with substance. An exciting and sophisticated erotic thriller for the astute romance reader, woman or man.”

Love, a word Roman can hardly spell, hits him when he sees Shana one evening. She’s the first woman not dropping to her knees at his mere presence. Used to getting whatever he wants, he chases her. Only to discovers that she prefers the girls. Roman can’t let that deter him. But is he for once up against his own comeuppance? At any rate, he needs assistance, which comes in the form of Alyssa, Shana’s BFF. Trouble crops up when Alyssa is all too ready and willing to drop on her knees for him.

Roman can't get anywhere near Shana on his own. Would he start anything with Alyssa as long as this finally leads him to meet Shana in person?

Then there’s Marie, his current companion, who has a life-changing surprise for him.

Roman: I never chased after a woman. Then I caught a glimpse of the woman I would kneel for, but didn’t even know her name. Heck, I determined to find her if it took me the rest of my life.

Shana: He stood in the room with her. The frisson in the currents freaking between them knocked her senseless. The mutual force of predator and prey, blasting into her core ... her soul ... Danger. Keep far away from him



Was it love I felt for Svadishana? A woman I’d spoken three whiny words – Please call me! – to? Was it more than simple lust and desire? Did I want to possess more than just her body? Pondering these questions alone was so unlike me. That woman had turned me into an alien even unto my own self. What I felt, my inner voice said, was more than the thrill of the hunt. More than lust, desire, need, passion, the excitement of possession, and subjugation. Of course all that was part of it. But the basis or the source, the seedbed on which all that sprouted and was growing to full blossom in me, could well be something else.

When I thought of her, saw her image from Milan in my mind, watched how she moved in long smooth strides in YouTube, my brow beaded with sweat. I couldn’t pull my gaze away from the few photos I’d fished out of the Internet. Group photos at a family birthday or the authorized biography of her father. Her movements in a YouTube conference clip were springy and powerful even in their smoothness. She exuded strength all over the place, laughing, talking, gesticulating.

A breath-taking beauty. Such beauty that I dared not believe it at times.

And brains to go with it.

In love or not, I knew what I wanted and Svadishana was the answer. I wanted her and would do anything short of suicide to get her. Who knows – perhaps when it came to that as the only means available, I’d really murder too. I didn’t in the least care about the consequences, as long as they got me to where I wanted to get to.

Svadishana’s arms and knickers and… heart?

What obsession, Roman. Get back to real.

No chance. Real was Svadishana. 



What does GMC Stand for?

Goal, Motivation and Conflict

Whether you have a character- or plot-driven story, you need to take a moment and define your main characters’ goals, motivations and conflicts – GMC. Your characters’ GMCs are the foundation on which to build a solid story and create a satisfying non-pedestrian tale. You character’s GNC propels the story forward, whether fiction or nonfiction.

I read about GMC in Debra Dixon’s GMC: Goal, Motivation and Conflict, a fabulous work in segmenting the definition of these elements for a variety of characters.

Putting the Goals into Perspective

The important focus is the fact that each Protagonist comes with two types of goals: Internal and external. Being the storyteller, however, demands that you seriously muddy the waters with your own Creator’s Goal, as I call it. That is, what are you aiming for in your story? What should happen? This is where you need to put the character’s goals into perspective.

•       Begin from the Inside Out - Characterization should always begin from the inside out. Pin down the whirling cyclone inside of your character’s psyche that finally will become tangible in a physical way. Remember that cyclone winds do rotate counterclockwise in the northern hemisphere and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. Internal goals sprout from emotions. In every scene, the protagonist has a goal. But without losing sight of a main goal that shadows their arc in the story.

•       The Protagonist’s External Goals - These are the tangible goals occurring outside the Protagonist as a result of their internal goals. This intent (goa)l differs from an internal intent because it demands outward action from the protagonist.

The protagonist’s intent must guide each choice they make even if one contradicts the other. For example, the protagonist has the offer of their dream job, but in a different state where they can’t take their school-age children and their sick parent (conflict) that they don’t want to leave on their own. Forcing two strong but opposing internal goals on your protagonist makes your story compelling.

In all this excitement, don’t forget your own constant intent as the storyteller. That’s easy – if not for the tough task of streamlining your intent with your topic and with the protagonist’s goal. Here’s where most of us creatives throw in the towel or succumb to Prof Writer’s Block. Well, just cock a snook at the professor and abandon your goal so that you craft a more genuine, compelling and character-led tale. On the other hand, your protagonist’s internal goal and your own intent in opposition just might give you that riveting story. Not to forget the MC and the antagonist, too, must collide in their own tracks somewhere in the story.

Putting Motivation into Perspective

Something crucial that each writer has to understand about their protagonists involves the motivating Why. Why does the protagonist persist in their pursuit regardless of setbacks?

The story must never move the protagonist uphill and downhill; the protagonist should be the one shouldering the story uphill and hauling it downhill fast and furiously. Because they’re in a hurry to finally reach their goal. That’s what’s motivating them. Murdering the person who hurt their loved one is the goal, the intent. When you put motivation and goal into perspective and play them like Beethoven his piano, you create a driven story. Internal and external conflict between opposing goals produce tension and you want that tension in just about every scene but THE END.

Putting Conflict into Perspective

Shannon Curtis writes: Internal conflict stems from your character’s goal. External conflict stems from your story goal.

No story is worth being termed a story without conflict. At best lots of conflicts.  In Golden Shana, Roman’s goal travels the entire landscape from desiring her to the even hardest one of winning Shana’s love, not just sex and submission. Flashing billions and private jets and yachts large enough for helicopters to land on won’t do it – she’s been there and is way up in the atmospheric realms. He has to find better routes than flashing wealth and flexing handsome muscles. He has to come to terms with an Alpha female stronger than his will, for whom the gods kneel. And he hasn’t a blessed clue how to go about that. So he has to bumble and stumble all over the map. When the arrogant billionaire arse Roman struggles against every shade of conflict he never contemplated, he becomes vulnerable and in that he’s humanized and made relatable to the reader. That’s the dynamic of any story – goal and conflict locking horns.



A P von K’Ory writes the kind of books she herself would like to read and is passionate about, whether romance, psychological thriller or nonfiction. She is the winner of six awards from four continents, the last one being the Achievers Award for Writer of the Year 2013 in the Netherlands. The Selmere Integration Prize was awarded her in 2014 for her engagement in helping African Women in the Diaspora cope with a variety of domestic and social problems. The Proposal, a short story, won the Cook Communications first prize in 2010 and is published in an American anthology Africa 2012. In 2012, she won the Karl Ziegler Prize for her commitment to bring African culture to Western society in various papers, theses, and lectures. Again in 2012, her book Bound to Tradition: The Dream was nominated for the 2012 Caine Prize by the Author-me Group, Sanford, and in 2013 she was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

Von K'Ory is married to an aristocrat and politician of Franco-German descent, has a large extended  family. She lectures Economics and Sociology in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. She’s migratory and – weather willing – lives in Germany, France, Cyprus, and Greece.



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  1. Thank you so much, FAB, for hosting my Book Blog Tour. I truly appreciate this.

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    1. Thanks for taking time to read and comment, Rita Wray. I appreciate it.

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  4. Looks like an interesting book.

    1. Thanks for taking time to read and comment, Sherry. I appreciate it.

  5. This sounds like a great read. The plot is intriguing.

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      Thanks for stopping by to read and comment! A lovely surprise, this was. Enjoy the read - bought or won. And if you have any questions, fire off an email to me, or PM me on FB: www.facebook.com/AuthorAPVonKORY