I'm still working out the details of publishing, but the Great American Novel is ready to publish.
Here's the Introduction to "Two Shamans, One Heart", a long story of the human experience, but one which focuses on Duality of Spirit. Yes, that Yin and Yan thang.
Two Shamans, one Heart
Mountain View Estate is a complex place. It is a smallish boutique hotel, built in the lovely Hill Country of West Texas. It was built by one Don Vittorio, originally from an old Italian aristocratic family. He is known only as Master. Master, formerly a Captain of a shrimp boat on the Gulf, inherited many millions of dollars from the family and put it to work building his concept of the ultimate small hotel for the relaxation and pleasure of guests who could afford it’s steep fees. Nothing is off-limits to the guests, once they have been approved for the full range of luxury fetish-play.
Master also owns a sex-oriented nightclub in the nearby City of Mt. Tom, TX, and Book One opens at that club, where a Rave is held, and four of the characters are introduced, either as guests or in one case as a worker there. These guests meet Master himself there, although they don’t know it then. They know him only as a Dom, or Dominant Male fetishist, and he has a Sub-Slave, or submissive female fetishist with him. After heavy sex and fetish action at the Rave, Dom invites all our three guests out to Mountain View for an after-party, and the heavy action kicks off there as well.
As Book One progresses, we peek into the management of Master’s feudal Estate. Management is by ancient codes of discipline, aided by very modern cyber-technology. We see how this strange duality plays out with closer looks at Stephanie, Maria, the studly Mark the Trucker and some of the permanent players at the Estate, including Master and his Major Domo, Hubert. Those two are the little-disguised devils in the mix, but there is a knight in shining armor as well, a Doctor of Emergency Medicine, Doc Mannion, hired to handle the not-infrequent injuries resulting from rough sex-play. Doc has managed to maintain good medical relations with the Emergency Department of the big hospital in town, and he has as his side-kick Dr. Konrad Kreuzberg, a psychologist with serious skills as a hypnotist, and using those skills, he can fix most psych trauma which arises at Mountain View Estate, and we see those cases.
A posh destination resort would not be complete without a serious gourmet kitchen, and that is operated by Chef Helen, a committed and latent-predatory lesbian. Also on the queer side is the COO, Hubert, a queer neutered by constant doses of Depo-Provera.
In Book One, we see the different sides of all the players. They have their fearful moments, their manic moments and even their Phoenix-from-the-Ashes moments. New players are introduced constantly as Book One progresses, and one character changes while we watch. That is the submissive-slave Keisha, Master’s play-girl. Forced into her role initially to pay off a debt, she is “converted” to a sexually-submissive toy for Master by Konrad, but as the feudal system begins to break down due to the failure of the physical discipline model of management, Master’s health fails with it, , COO Hubert Meyer has the Big One and dies, and Master turns Mountain View over to Keisha as we open the cover on Book Two. Keisha is a perfectly-Spirit-Adept woman, and her abilities as a First Order Adept gives her the power she needs to actually RUN Mountain View, increase and improve it’s staff, and carry it into the short Phase Two, the elimination of top-down Management. Eliminated at the same time is the racist Apartheid system of keeping the Latino Outdoor Crew at arms’s length and hidden from the guests. One Latino rises above this, Pedro the Outdoor supervisor. Keisha, mixed-race herself, but now Mistress, connects with Pedro’s Spirit, and brings the Outdoor Crew into the mainstream of the House workers. She then convinces Master, recuperating from his stresses, to open up his wallet and fund Phase Three, a huge expansion of the facilities and the working rights and welfare of all the employees.
With the improved human outlook, the business takes off, and major additions are made, three new separate guest facilities, one of them family-oriented, the addition of an airfield and aircraft to fly in the high-rollers, but above all, we now have people who can see their softer sides, and they do. Love abounds, weddings happen, some straight and some queer, and we get introduced to the military side and the Admiral, who owns the company providing the new air-transport support system for Mountain View. The Admiral is a complex man, more so than even Master, and Book Two changes direction with his world-reach for Mountain View partnerships.
Keisha, a full member of the South-East Alaska Tlingit First Nations tribe, finally meets her Spirit-mate, the new Security director for Mountain View, former Sheriff Bill Stufflebean, and they plan a grand wedding in Alaska with her whole Tribe participating. During the preparations for this wedding, Keisha negotiates an agreement with the Tlingit, who have no Casinos, to build one in Texas and one in Ketchikan, Alaska. The legalities are settled, and Mountain View becomes the Third House (Clan) of the Tlingit Nation. We start to look in depth at the intricate (to us, anyway) variations in cultural differences between the First Nations and the USA, and this theme then becomes the focus of Book Two, but there is an ominous storm brewing.
The economic disaster that is/are US-China trade relations boils over with the aggressive Chinese moves in the Western Pacific and Yellow Sea, their open cyber-warfare vs. the USA from their “House of Hack” and their new military detente between China and Russia. All these negatives portend a grave impetus to the deterioration of foreign affairs between the re-allied Sino-Russia and the USA. The deterioration degrades to war, but we see the Navy defeat the Chinese , by using cyber-science to the maximum. The Chinese next put on a minor invasion of Southeast Alaska. The Chinese are defeated there, mostly by the quickly-raised militia, the First Nations Alaskan Rangers (the POTUS refuses to commit any serious military forces for fear of widening the war), and with the help of the Navy’s latest airborne assets. A shaky peace ensues, but does not hold, and the Russians join the Chinese with THEIR most advanced assets, and a limited nuclear exchange with a dirty-bomb results in the destruction of of most of the Tlingit reservation in Ketchikan and it’s resultant radioactivity.
Several of the major characters are lost in the attack, but the US mounts a stronger counter-attack, and US nukes destroy China’s ability to wage war, and severely damage Russia’s, ending the conflict on US terms. Ketchikan is re-built nearby, and the President’s visiting family (Wife Michelle and daughters Malia and Sasha) remain after the re-construction starts. They immerse themselves in the remaining Tlingit culture to help rebuild it, with Michelle having the idea of using this work as a political springboard. It turns out that all three of the Obama women are at least moderately Spirit-adept, and they are accepted by the Tribe as a core of new leadership.
During the Grand Openings of both of the Casinos, another war breaks out, this one with the Mexican bandit-cartels, who go high-order with their attack and use airborne assets. POTUS has had enough of the Cartels, and so has Mexican Presidente Enrique Pena Nieto, and they both declare war on the bandits. There are victories on both sides of that war, and the prospect of it widening ends Book Two.
There may be a Book Three, maybe there won’t be.
Time will tell.
I'm going to publish Book Two first. The publishing system I'm thinking of (electronic book) may not handle the heavy X-rated action in Book One, in fact, it may have to be published on a site such as Literotica.