First day at Rainbow Con!

It’s been such a whirlwind that I won’t be able to write much today, but I wanted to say thank you for all the sweet messages and good luck wishes. What a wonderful first day! Highlights:

  • Meeting authors who also write F/F
  • Getting to talk face-to-face with friends I’ve only known online
  • Going to a sex toys panel (yes, I said that word!) and getting to watch the very expressive Allison Cassatta get tied up by Brenda Cothern
  • An author bellowing in the middle of the hallway, “WHERE IS THE SPANKING SURVEY?” She proceeded to edit the answer to add “get naked” to two of them.
  • Offering to hand out cookies during my first panel (Author Etiquette) and asking which kind, only to hear, “All of them!”
  • The very sweet people (you know who you are!) who said that my table was their favorite place to hang out, chatting and eating cookies and having fun
  • The lovely reviewers who gave me their business cards and asked me to send them my F/F books
  • Kind helpers who carried bags for me

The cookies and quiz have been a hit! Today, I’m going to hand out cookie and milk shaped cards with people’s names written in Korean (tie-in to Mira). Since I got over the fear of showing my face and admitting I am a spanking fiction author (thank you, kind friend who gave me the pep talk when I got nervous), it’s been a blast.

 

Who wants more cookies? See you at Rainbow Con!

Bondage! BDSM! Erotica! Ana outed at the local copy shop

As I visited the friendly copy shop nearby, I got a little confused picking up an order. I’d arranged to have flyers made for Mad in Wonderland reviews, and I had some posters made of my book covers.

Because Rainbow Con is kink friendly and erotica-centered, I suggested that Felicity emphasize that Mad in Wonderland will review those types of books. Let’s set the scene:

 

Bondage! BDSM! Erotica!

So, your sweet little Ana walks into the copy shop and asks to pick up an order. The employee at the front counter has trouble finding it because the order was filed under a different name. Your sweet little Ana says, “It’s 300 half-sheet yellow flyers,” and the employee finds it. Ana reaches for the flyers to check whether they’re correct, and the employee holds the papers away. “Tell me what it says,” she orders.

Ana stands by the counter, blushing as she frantically tries to find a way out of this. There’s no way she’ll read what the flyers say. Not when friendly neighborhood types might overhear.

Then, inspiration strikes.

“Take a look at it,” Ana says, and she holds out her hand to rest on the covered papers. “Read it, and you’ll understand why I’m not going to say what it says.”

Bondage! BDSM! Erotica!

The employee looks, reads, and blanches. Recognition floods her face, and she gives a heroic attempt at not looking shocked. She stumbles over her words.

“Oh. Yes. Well. Yes. If you know that, then. Well. Yes. You do know what it is.”

Bondage! BDSM! Erotica!

Your sweet little Ana slinks out of the copy shop, cheeks aflame as she wonders how she’ll ever survive outing herself at Rainbow Con tomorrow. Maybe she’ll hide behind her gigantic pile of cookies.

 

Which Anastasia Vitsky character are you?

Clissa from Becoming Clissine and “The First Submission” in Milestones

Mira Addleton from Desire in Any Language and Mira’s Miracle

Kat Astra from The Way Home, “Tomorrow” in Coming to Terms, and Lighting the Way

Spring Meadows from Editorial Board

Leila Feran from Simple Gifts and “Complicated Gifts” in Love’s Reprise

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Freiya Vargas from Freiya’s Stand (coming June 25, 2014)

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Rainbow Con attenders will get to take the quiz and earn a cookie. :D For blog readers, I’ll let you take the quiz a little bit later.

 

For now, I’m curious. Which character do you think is most like you, and why?

Vote for your favorite cookie!

Please help, dear readers. I’ve chosen four kinds of cookie to bring to Rainbow Con (after conducting an informal poll on Facebook), but now I’m second-guessing my choices.

If you met an author at a conference and she offered you cookies, which type would you choose?

 

  • Lemon cooler
  • Peanut butter
  • Gingersnap/molasses
  • Butterscotch oatmeal

Or would you choose one of the following?

  • Snickerdoodles
  • Granger
  • Flatbread (Norwegian style)
  • Brownies
  • None (allergic, dieting, or not fond of sweets)

Please only choose one.

(Chocolate/chocolate chip has been purposely omitted because of problems with melting. Rainbow Con will be hot!)

 

If your favorite cookie hasn’t been mentioned here, what is it? Please describe and link to a picture/recipe if you can.

Thank you so much! If you are all very good, perhaps I’ll show you a sneak peek of Freiya’s Stand soon. :D

Rainbow Con!

So…

Something exciting has happened in the life of Anastasia Vitsky.

She will be attending her very first conference as a published author.

What’s this, you say? Surely not!

Yep, Ana and her cookies will make an appearance at Rainbow Con this weekend!

I’ll give a book reading, hand out promotional materials (play the Anastasia Vitsky character quiz!), speak on panels, and give out wooden spoons.

No, seriously. :D And if you don’t behave yourself at my reading, you just might find yourself with a demerit…and sent to report yourself to the lady in charge.

Nope, not Mrs. Claus. This time, that would be Ana. :D

 

Yes, you read that correctly. During Holy Week, Ana will read from her naughty stories and mingle with naughty authors. She will hand out wooden spoons to naughty authors and readers.

If you’ll be at Rainbow Con, look for the lady with all the wooden spoons. ;) If you won’t be there, be sure to watch for my posts during the event. I’ll save all the craziest stories for the blog.

 

Temporary hiatus

Hello everyone–

Apologies, but life has taken a bit of a turn and I will need to be away for a little bit. Hugs and best wishes while I am gone. :)

P.S. Yes, I will need to deal with a few things, but please don’t worry. Or if you want to worry, spank Minelle/Irishey/Cat/Pao/SassyTwatter/Michael/Roz/Renee. They need it!

Meet Freiya!

Since most of the questions centered on what Freiya and Sabrina are like, I’ll post a description of Freiya today. :)

 

Freiya Vargas is in her late 20s, but she is motherly and seems older than her age. She’s a kindergarten teacher. She loves apples, and she often wears apple-themed accessories. She is calm, gentle, and kind. She often says typical kindergarten teacher phrases (even when talking with adults) such as, “Isn’t this fun?” or “Let’s all calm down.” She is social, and most people love her at first glance. She has a strong conscience but hates confrontation. She can get overwhelmed, and she needs Sabrina to help her set limits. Freiya originally trained as a Montessori teacher, but she didn’t like the rigidity of rules. She eschews worksheets and achievement tests and emphasizes social development activities for her students. She always carries a packet of smiley apple stickers, even outside of school, and she gives stickers to any children she meets.

As far as I know, Freiya has never worn her pants inside out to school. :P

Award for best guess goes to Pao who gave this reason for Sabrina spanking Freiya:

Freiya being too accommodating which puts her in difficult situations makes Sabrina spank her?

Yep! It’s hard having Mother Teresa as a partner. :D “Why, yes, Mrs. Principal, I’ll gladly give up all of my free time for the next two weeks for an unpaid project that you failed to plan in advance. Oh, oops, sorry, Sabrina, I forgot that I promised you we’d spend time together this weekend so I could help you with the deck renovations. You don’t mind, do you?”

Minelle commented (apparently not interested in asking questions):

Knowing how much those Catholic school teachers love to ‘party’ I am thinking Freiya goes out with a few of the wild faculty. Of course she is tempted to disobey the one drink rule and established curfew set by Sabrina by several drinks, and comes home hours late. She will be one sorry lady!

Renee asked:

As I am the principal of a small private K-12 Christian school I would bet it is one of two things. One) Freiya was seen out on the town having too good a time, by one of her student’s parents and reported. Or two) she responds inappropriately to a parent about their parenting choices (or lack there of). Something that will get you in trouble quicker than anything else in my school is to disagree with a parent’s choices and feeling the need to show that disapproval either directly or indirectly through the student. As long as there is not any threat of abuse or danger to a child, a teacher must be able to positively handle diversity in all forms.

My question is when is the story expected to be published?

Freiya is not the partying type and is safe from being reported for a wild night on the town. :) However, now I am a bit worried about your safety, dear Minelle and Renee! Hehe.

However, you are correct that parent-teacher conflicts are one source of trouble for our dear kindergarten teacher. Who knew? :D

Sabrina and Freiya’s story will be published in June from LazyDay.

Blondie proposed this reason for Sabrina to get spanked:

Freiya acts like a child, the students are rubbing off on her. When she misbehaves, Sabrina has no choice but to teach her a lesson. She certainly won’t be sitting comfortably for awhile.

Hm. Not quite, although Freiya does get stuck in kindergarten-teacher mode. You know how teachers tend to treat everyone like children, even if they are adults? Sometimes it can be good, and sometimes it can be bad. Telling your partner to calm down, take a deep breath, and focus on the positive probably isn’t the best response to, “You are in so much trouble, Freiya!”

Michael asked:

Since Sabrina teaches older students she can see how in some cases early mistakes in their education have adversely affected their scholastic progress. Sabrina decides to monitor the earlier grades and finds some flaws in Freiya’s teaching methods that even though the students are young could lead to problems for them in their future development. When Sabrina brings this to Freiya’s attention the kindergarten teacher bristles instead of taking the constructive criticism in a positive way. She views Sabrina as interfering with her academic freedom and acts petulantly and throws a tantrum just like her kindergarten students. Sabrina takes her in hand and insists that if Freiya behaves like a child she will be punished like a child and spanks her then stands her in the corner like a naughty girl.

My question piggybacks on Minelle’s – If Sabrina and Freiya are the main characters where does Ana fit into the story, and how does she end up being spanked?

Another question is what races and ethnic backgrounds are Sabrina and Freiya, and what are their ages.

That’s more than one question so I know where I’ll be spending most of my day tomorrow. :-(

Ana is a wholly innocent young lady and above such silliness. :D

And only one question, Mr. Troublemaker. I’ll see you in the corner, on the double.

Freiya is actually pretty level-headed. She doesn’t get upset easily, and she doesn’t throw fits. What Sabrina finds most exasperating is Freiya’s talent for ignoring reality in favor of her own idealism. “But, Sabrina, I’m sure that these two people would get along wonderfully if only given a chance to work together.” “But, Sabrina, he asked me for money. How could I refuse? I’m sure he needed it for a good cause.”

If you’ve ever lived with a saint, you’ll understand Sabrina’s annoyance. Saying “no” is an important life skill that Freiya never learned. The community adores her, and Sabrina is forced to play villain to Freiya’s saint.

Roz asked:

This is fun Ana :) Yay, I guessed right! lol. Darn it though, teachers did cross my mind too but I didn’t say it in my comment! lol. I think perhaps Sabrina loses it with either a spoilt, badly behaved child or parent.

My questions, does Sabrina get to spank Freiya? lol. When will the book be released?

Yup, you did guess right. Yay! You’re right on the money about a spoiled brat of a child and the spoiling parents. It’s the bane of every teacher’s existence.

LOL Roz. Is that some wishful thinking? Sabrina is far too alpha to allow anyone to spank her, but I’ll have to pass your idea along to Freiya. She’ll get a chuckle out of it…at least until she can no longer sit down. :)

Release will be in June.

Pao said:

Freiya being too accommodating which puts her in difficult situations makes Sabrina spank her? :)

Is it still Saturday? Do I still get to ask a question (Those are not the questions, by the way!) Does Sabrina have a preferred implement?

Well done, Pao! And if you have to ask me the days of the week, I’m afraid you need more help than I can give you. :D In all fairness, the post got delayed yesterday because I was under the weather. Full steam ahead today!

Sabrina likes whatever gets her message across the most quickly and efficiently. She has several paddles, both leather and wood, that are marvelous for changing Freiya’s attitude and behavior. Would work well for you, too, my dear.

Irishey said:

My goodness. All sorts of fun going on around here and I’m missing out.

Why does Sabrina spank Freiya? She showed up at school wearing her pants inside out? ;-)

My question is about Freiya’s name. Is it an alternate spelling for Freya, Norse goddess of love, beauty, fertility and war? She was a very strong person, a magician, a leader of warrior women. If so, it’s interesting, that Freiya should be the spankee in your story.

LOL Irishey! That is the best idea yet. I wish I could put it in, but it doesn’t fit Freiya’s character. Sabrina keeps her too well-ordered to go to school with her clothes inside out, but it would be hilarious. :)

Yes, Freiya is an alternate spelling for Freya who is the goddess of love (and other things). Freiya shows enormous courage in the book, even if she doesn’t always use the best judgment. You’ll learn more about her courage once I reveal the title of the book.

I think we’ll all agree that submission is for the strong, eh?

Cat said:

I think Freiya lets the parents of one of her students know how incompetent they are…in no uncertain terms! And Sabrina decides she was not diplomatic (even though she was right! LOL)

OR

Freiya was supposed to spank Ana for being naughty and since she didn’t, Sabrina is going to spank Ana and then give Freiya the same punishment! :D

Lucky for you, Cat, I was one day late as well. :D

Freiya doesn’t tell parents they are incompetent, but she refuses to go along with some orders from the school administration. What kind of orders? We’ll find out later. :)

And I refuse to answer the second question, Miss Instigator! I’m sure Michael will take care of you. :)

All right, there’s your introduction to Freiya. Today, you can ask questions about Sabrina. One question per person. That includes you, Michael!

I’ll post the answers tomorrow or Wednesday. Happy spanking!

 

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