Spice Up Summer Reading with The Blonde Geisha

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In her latest podcast, Spice author Jina Bacarr reveals the secret ritual of the geisha and what inspired her to write her novel, The Blonde Geisha. Jina also reads an excerpt from her book.

This summer, while working on their tans at the beach, readers can travel back to the golden age of geisha but with a new twist.

This geisha is a blonde.

The Blonde Geisha by Jina Bacarr from Spice Books takes readers back to 1895 and into a world of beauty and grace, romance and sensual fantasies, a world forbidden to foreigners. "Geisha were the supermodels of the era," Bacarr says. "They influenced fashion, even had posters with their pictures on them, as we saw in Memoirs of a Geisha when the revengeful Hatsumomo ripped down the poster of the beautiful Sayuri."

At that time, the geisha population in Kyoto numbered around eighty thousand. Today, the number of geisha in the ancient city is estimated to be 280. "The price of an evening with a geisha is from 350-800 dollars a person," Bacarr adds, "depending on the number of geisha and maiko, apprentice geisha, in attendance and the meal served."

Bacarr discovered the world of geisha thanks to an old book printed in the early nineteenth century she found in a used bookstore. "I was enchanted by this tale of duty and love lost," she tells listeners in her podcast. "I became convinced these beautiful women lived in a fairy tale world with misty plum rain, fields of pink cherry blossoms, and gleaming white castles with sloping tiled roofs. What if a young blonde girl was hidden away in a geisha house?" she asks, "Could she become geisha? Could she?"

That question led her to write THE BLONDE GEISHA, the story of an American girl who becomes a geisha in the Teahouse of the Look-Back Tree. During the years of her training, Kathlene's desires are awakened by the promise of unending physical delights as she eagerly prepares for the ritual that will fulfill her dream of becoming a geisha, a secret ritual the author reveals in her podcast.

"Geisha have worldwide appeal," says Bacarr. "The Blonde Geisha has been translated into Italian as 'Passioni di una Geisha' and will be available in German as 'Die Blonde Geisha.' "

The reviews have been excellent. Janalee at A Romance Review says: "Ms. Bacarr’s voice is like a songbird; many will fall under its sensuous currents," while Cherokee at Coffee Time Romance comments: "The story [The Blonde Geisha] was so vividly detailed at times I thought I was there. Her motivating characters weave an extraordinary tale that is well worth the read."

Reviewer Aysel Arwen wrote: "Jina Bacarr does not merely tell a sensual tale, she invites you to partake in a pleasure that is exquisitely erotic and utterly unforgettable."

Summer reading was never spicier.

To listen to The Blonde Geisha podcast, go to:

http://www.JinaBacarr.com/blondegeishaPODCAST.html

Or go directly to: http://www.JinaBacarr.com/Blonde_Geisha.mp3

For additional information on Spice Books, go to: http://www.eharlequin.com

Jina Bacarr is the author of "The Blonde Geisha" (SPICE Books, August 2006)

http://www.JinaBacarr.com

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