Big Deal Vol 1 :Lust for Vengeance by Katsura and Yuramei
Fergus and Judas... How these 2 characters will remain in my mind for a very long time yet to come.
Katsura not only brings you into the world of gangsta, but the exquisite few pages of illustrations and art within this book are utterly and completely amazing!
This story was not to me your typical romance. It is, but it isn't. It's so much more. Usually you have your good guy and your bad, but these characters are all sinister, criminals that not even serving time in the pen will stop their crime spree. But when they love you can feel it through the well written words. You even have your fair amount of angst. All out for their own pocket and gain.
In this well depicted story I enjoyed every word, every act of drama and not for one moment was I able to put it down. I tried for a moment and kept looking over at my reading no matter how tired I was and just had to keep going with it.
HEI ending? I'm still trying to decide on whether or not it is. To a degree perhaps, but that's all I'm going to reveal. Rest assured I will pass along that I can't wait to sink my teeth into the next story to this one and see what happens in Volume 2 which I DO hope is not too far off in waiting. I'm impatient, damnit!
I urge you to read it. This author will take you a different world than the one you're used to. I'm not disappointed. That's apparent from my review :winks:
Two thumbs up all the way!
-- Betryal at Goodreads
"Please, Sir, I want some more."' ~ Oliver Twist
'Big Deal' swallowed me whole. Vivid personalities develop effortlessly throughout the storyline, forming characters with complex depth, inducing true sympathy and attachment for their outcomes. Fleshed out with seductive and thoughtfully well placed illustrations. Lust in a broad sense of the word, is satiated on so many different imaginative levels. Incisive humor, I startled myself laughing so hard (seriously, it was embarrassing to bray so loud.. no lie.. I mean it ). Revenge and fast paced action that only stops at the last heart wrenching page.
It just felt so damn good.
-- A. Fowler at Amazon.com
Elegant prose, vivid characterization, a dry sense of humor, a non-stop rollercoaster ride of action, and thoughtfully sensual illustrations. I'd bang Judas!
-- H.Starkey at Amazon.com
Fantastic twist on yaoi genre
Just finiished reading Big Deal Vol. 1: Lust for Vengeance. The characters are so compelling and the plot is simply thrilling.So glad this is just volume 1 ! I hope there are many more volumes to come. I think this is going to be a really popular series for anyone looking for something new in the world of yaoi.
-- Meena S at Amazon.co.uk
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About Katsura and Yuramei
Katsura (author) is an avid collector of Asian Ball Jointed Dolls (BJD).
She enjoys writing black comedy and yaoi, which she works on with talented artist Yuramei, and is a huge fan of British comedy, especially vintage movies. She has had her comedy scripts performed in and around the stand up scene in Glasgow, the city in which she was born.
Katsura lives in Scotland and likes nothing more than to travel up north and look at the hills.
Yuramei (author/ illustrator) is predominantly an artist but also writes her own Yaoi fiction. She currently lives in Germany and enjoys playing action games, smoking, BJD, drinking coffee and being a slave to her pet cats.
An Interview with Katsura and Yuramei
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio
HH: Katsura and Yuramei, thank you both for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Big Deal Vol 1 :Lust for Vengeance and this is a unique work indeed -- a series of illustrated Yaoi prose books. First, for those unfamiliar, what is Yaoi and how did you both come to know and love this style of artwork and fiction?
Yuramei: Yaoi is a Japanese term generally describing homoerotic fiction for women, by women. The word Yaoi was created in the late 70's standing for "Yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi" ("No climax, no point, no meaning"). Nowadays, especially in the West, it is used as genre for mangas, comics or novels that focus on male / male relationships with explicit sexual content, whilst Shōnen-ai (Boy's love) is used to describe stories that focus more on the romantic relationship with no, or only slightly hinted at,sexual content. With the growing popularity, there are more Yaoi titles with deep and worked out plots, which can be taken as more than just a short sexy read!
Personally I got into Yaoi roughly ten years ago through roleplaying and fan fiction, though I am a picky reader and just have a small collection of mangas!
Katsura: I think that I have really always been writing Yaoi in some respects, but never actually knew what it was called. Yuramei is the expert on this genre and I have enjoyed learning from her about the etiquette of actually writing a proper Yaoi. Having said that, we have blended Yaoi with British black comedy to make our prose unique
HH: How did you come to work together and who does what?
Katsura: We met through our love of Asian Ball Jointed Dolls, both of us being avid collectors. People should take look and see what we mean by those, they are not traditional dolls at all. Together we work on plotlines for the Big Deal stories and Yuramei will write script and prose for certain characters, like Mikhail Majewski. She does all of the artwork. I write the other characters and the prose that appears in the novels.
Yuramei: I'm mainly doing the covers and artworks, character designs, and loading my crazy ideas onto Katsura. I'd also whine for food and coffee and hire Katsura as my cook if I could...
HH: What can you tell us about Lust for Vengeance and the stories it contains?
Katsura: Lust for Vengeance tells the story of a band of crooks from a small Scottish town. We have Judas MacGregor, the books bisexual hero, and his one-time friend, Fergus Campbell, meeting up again after Fergus's stint in prison. What Judas is unaware of, is the fact that Fergus blames him for the five years he spent inside, resentful that Judas was not incarcerated at the same time. Judas's loyal friend, Vinny Bryan, actually lied to go to prison in Judas's stead. The story is basically about Fergus's determination to exact revenge on Judas, and his falling in love with another man, attractive brothel keeper, Mikhail, on the way. There is plenty of M/M erotica, drama and a good few laughs too.
We are just thrilled to see it as a paperback. It is illustrated prose, so there are many full colour art plates that just leap out when actually looked at in print form.
HH: Where did the inspiration for your stories come from and which are your favorites?
Katsura: This story has been in my head for a number of years and I am most looking forward to writing the prequel, which will be more the story of Judas MacGregor and the introduction to the touching relationship that he has with Vinny, the ex-junkie that Judas saved from the streets and from addiction.
HH: What can you tell us about the books to come in the series?
Katsura: We are so happy. Volume two has just been accepted for publication by Ai Press. It is called Big Deal Vol.2: Lesson in Betrayal. This book concentrates more on the aftermath of the robbery that occurred in volume one. Fergus Campbell's husband, Hugo, a neurotic little alcoholic, gets a more prominent role in this book, as he is aware of Fergus's falling in love with Mikhail. There is still very much the black comedy element to volume 2, and as always, beautiful artwork by Yuramei.
Work on the plot has already begun for Big Deal Vol.3: Despite Them, but I can't really give much away! But having already started to write it, I can promise it is shaping up to be an exciting read. There will be a further volume after this, as yet untitled, and as I mentioned before, a prequel.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
Katsura: Aside from the other volumes mentioned, we are working on a free web comic. This really is Yuramei's baby, I have plot and character input so I will let her tell you all about that!
Yuramei: As Katsura mentioned we are currently working on our yaoi webcomic "No Deal" which will be available for free on your website! The story revolves around the Japanese underworld, the Yakuza, and focuses on their deep rooted honour code and loyality, being challenged by the struggle for power and pride.
HH: What goals have you set for yourself at this point in your career?
Katsura: Personally, I would love to complete this series. I am passionate about the stories and they mean so much to me. I would also like to publish a British black comedy/ farce novel that I have been working on for a few years. As with all my work, there is a strong leaning towards a LGBT audience for that, but it would appeal to all, I hope. This work has less erotica than Big Deal. There is also the web comic, which I simply cannot wait to see up and running.
Yuramei: Of course I also would love to complete the Big Deal series and work on more projects with Katsura! <3 Art wise I want to improve a lot and work on the web comic and maybe one day work on an interactive novel game, inspired by Japanese Boy's Love games.
HH: What sources of inspiration do you draw from for ideas?
Katsura: I am influenced by the works of Joe Orton, the comedy scripts of Galton and Simpson and of course, I am greatly inspired by Yuramei.
Yuramei: Of course I will have to counter that right away and say Katsura is one of my biggest inspirations! Beside I don't have any big influences, I pick up small inspirations from all kinds of things like video games, movies, mangas, music, etc. Sometimes the mood of a song can be enough to inspire a whole artwork or story.
HH: What's your favorite book so far in 2012?
Katsura: That is so tricky! I would have to say that I loved Flying Fish by Sedonia Guillone.
HH: What are you most looking forward to in 2012?
Katsura: I would love to see our books do well this year and to be closer to completing the series.
Yuramei: I look forward to seeing how our book will do. As newly published authors it is both exciting and scary! And of course starting to work on our web comic and get the first pages online!
HH: Thank you!
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