Spanking androids, wooden spoons, rebels and more!

Today we welcome back a crowd favorite, Jessica E. Subject! She has a new series out, The Complete Underground, and I invited her to drop by for a chat. Of course, things got a bit out of hand…as they tend to do when she is involved! Hope you enjoy getting to visit with her.

Anastasia Vitsky: Hello and welcome back to Governing Ana, Jess! Seems like we just had you over for the tasting party at Love Spanks. Speaking of Love Spanks, where can I get an amazing spanking android? It’s my birthday this weekend, you know. *pointed wistful pleading gaze*

Jessica E. Subject: LOL It’s great to be back, Ana! Thank you for having me! I’m on the lookout for your android. I know for you, she has to be just perfect, so I can’t send over just any android. I’ll find her some day though. ;)

Anastasia Vitsky: What has that naughty android been up to since we saw her last? Will she have a full-length story of her own?

Jessica E. Subject: Yes, I do plan on writing more of Sophie’s story. It was a fun world to write in, but I have a few other worlds to visit beforehand, including the space academy where the two heroines from the story I’m working on now attend.

Anastasia Vitsky: I actually don’t write a lot of sci-fi, mainly because I’m not too knowledgeable about the “sci” part of sci-fi. If someone is new to sci-fi and new to your work, how could I best explain it in lay terms? Do you consider yourself Star Trek-ish, or Doctor Who-ish, or in the tradition of another popular sci fi brand?

Jessica E. Subject: Oh, I absolutely love Star Trek, but I wouldn’t exactly class what I write under any of those brands. While there is a scientific aspect of my stories, the romance plays a much larger role. I always tell people that my stories are romance, with a tiny bit of sci-fi. It could be aliens, clones, androids, or they could take place on another planet, or in a futuristic, and possibly dystopian world. I do like my dystopian worlds.

Anastasia Vitsky: So if I’m new to your books and want to read, it’s okay that I hated chemistry in high school?

Jessica E. Subject: Totally. I never took chemistry, only biology and physics in high school. LOL You don’t need to be good at science to understand anything in my stories. You just have to be able to suspend disbelief, and be willing to travels to other worlds.

Anastasia Vitsky: Physics. Great. Way to make me feel inadequate. I barely passed geometry.

Seriously, I have two questions for you. First, what are your ground rules for creating the world in each of your stories? Second, what does writing in a sci-fi playground do for you that, say, contemporary romance could not? Besides aliens and spanking androids, of course. :)

Jessica E. Subject: Hmm, to answer the first question, I don’t make stuff (I would say sh*t, but I don’t know if you’ll allow that) up. Hey, that wasn’t what I said! I believe there was an “i” in the word I used. Anyway, if I haven’t seen the technology on television or in movies, or read it in a book, I don’t use it.

Anastasia Vitsky: I, I, I. It’s not all about you, Jess. :D

Jessica E. Subject:  LOL Yes, I know. There’s no “i” in team, but there is an “i” in the word I used. :P To answer the second question, sci-fi is an escape for me. I know what the real world is like. I’ve seen a lot, and while I may not have experienced everything, I usually know someone who has. I don’t need to write about that. I like to use my stories as a metaphor for real life. My aliens, whether green or blue-skinned are anyone who is considered different from the norm. My worlds are any place different than what we are used to. And it’s all about acceptance in the end.

Anastasia Vitsky: There is no “i” in wooden spoon or spanking either, my dear. Behave, or I might have a little private chat with you after the interview.

As to the metaphor part, that is what attracts me to speculative fiction as well. It’s difficult to write racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, national, sexual, and other “differences” without either messing it up spectacularly (and alienating the very people we hope to speak to) or getting dismissed.

What do you hope your readers will carry away from your stories? Obviously, as authors we want people to read and enjoy. What is your goal?

Jessica E. Subject: Okay, smarty-pants, I do see an “i” in spanking. Hehe.

Anastasia Vitsky: Well, crap. So our private post-chat might be about my need to practice spelling. :P

Jessica E. Subject: LOL

Anastasia Vitsky: Can it be with your android? Please?

Jessica E. Subject: Sure, I’ll have Sophie come over and give you a spelling lesson. Maybe she can give you a smack for every mistake you make.

Anastasia Vitsky: Oh, dear. With that incentive, how will I ever learn to spell properly? And “spank.” That’s what I meant to say earlier. There’s no “i” in spank. That’s it. Excuse me, I need a private moment with my wooden spoons. Carry on, please.

Jessica E. Subject: Wait. What was the question again? Oh yeah, I want readers feel satisfied with the happily-ever-afters. The characters have to struggle to get there, but their fight is worth it in the end. Plus, I want readers to be pleased that in my worlds, everyone in the universe gets their happy ending.

Anastasia Vitsky: Wouldn’t that be nice! In my happy ending, wooden spoons wouldn’t break or crack or get lost. :)

I hear you have a new set of books out, all in one volume. I’m going to be honest here. Even though I read your excerpts and description of the book, I’m not sure I have a clear idea of the setup. I know that there are rebels and a struggle, and that there is some F/F. Could you explain in simple terms what this world is about? Also, are there wooden spoons?

Jessica E. Subject: Or, they wouldn’t get forgotten about when you try to hide them from others… Oops, was that out loud?

Anastasia Vitsky: I don’t hide them! They’re MINE, and I don’t have to share.

Jessica E. Subject: I was talking about my house, but not wooden spoons. ;)

Anastasia Vitsky: Ha, I see! We both had a guilty conscience. But back to your series…

Jessica E. Subject: LOL Yes, The Complete Underground Series just released. It takes place in a futuristic world, after an apocalyptic event. Cities have been reestablished, and the city where the series takes place is run by a corporation called Planet Core. The corporation restricts who is allowed to marry, and how many children are allowed to be born.

Anastasia Vitsky: Wow, that sounds pretty political! Why is there such a strict setup?

Jessica E. Subject: Food is a limited resource, often grown in labs rather than outside in fields. The land does not have the nutrients it once did. And that is one of the reasons the first story in the series takes place on another planet. They are trying to find a place where inhabitants can survive. They have the technology to get there, but their land is pretty much dead. That is why relationships and children outside of what has been granted are punished by death. The corporation feels the need to restrict the population and relationships outside of that simply get in the way of what Planet Core is trying to accomplish.

Anastasia Vitsky: So…are you saying there aren’t any wooden spoons?

Jessica E. Subject: Not according to Planet Core, but the rebels may have wooden spoons…They are all old school.

Anastasia Vitsky: I want to join the rebels! AND you have F/F, right? How does that fit into your world?

Jessica E. Subject: Yes, only M/F relationships are allowed by Planet Core, and only for the purpose of procreation. But, if you belong to the rebels, anything goes. Although there are other characters mentioned, Melina and Brook are the main characters of the series. Each story is about a different couple, but their story starts in Never Gonna Let You Go. You find out the most about them in Never Gonna Desert You, where Brook learns “Daddy Dearest” is far from a perfect father, and they get their ultimate happy ending in Never Gonna Say Goodbye.

Anastasia Vitsky: What is the rebels’ objective? Are they trying to overthrow the government, or set up a separate society where they can live in peace?

Jessica E. Subject: Yes, that’s exactly what they are trying to do. They know they have to take the corporation down from the inside by eliminating the key people and destroying the compound. All they want is the ability to live peacefully and to love freely.

Anastasia Vitsky: Do you consider writing this book as a form of social activism?

Jessica E. Subject: Yes, in a way. I believe that people should be able to love freely, not told who they can and can’t fall in love with by religion or politics. Of course, I do believe in age of consent, but that’s a different issue altogether. I’m very happy to be from Canada where same-sex marriage is allowed.

Anastasia Vitsky: And also where it’s about -40 degrees at the moment, right? :)

Jessica E. Subject: Um, yes, but it’s supposed to get warmer tomorrow. I hope. *begs Mother Nature for warmer weather*

Anastasia Vitsky: I think Mother Nature prefers for you to beg on your knees.

Jessica E. Subject: LOL Or you do. ;)

Anastasia Vitsky: Obviously! I’m excited for your series and hope it will do well. Thank you so much for coming to chat with us today! Links to purchase The Complete Underground Series are at the end of this post.

Also, will readers get to see you for Sci Spanks this June?

Jessica E. Subject: Thank you so much for having me over! And I didn’t get a spanking. At least, not yet. Yes, I do plan on being a part of Sci Spanks. I want to write another story in the world I’m writing in now. There will be spanking at the Thanh Academy. ;)

Anastasia Vitsky: Yay!! And now, to my office for a little chat about appropriate language on Governing Ana. My dear.

Jessica E. Subject: *puts head down and follows Ana out of the room*

Anastasia Vitsky:  *picks up my wooden spoon on the way out*

Blurb

In the future…

The corporation Planet Core holds all of the power. They place restrictions on the lives of those living within their boundaries, including who they can love. And there is no escape.

Deception runs deep…

The rebel group, calling themselves The Underground, is disputing the corporation’s leadership. With the desire for freedom, they will fight.

And betrayal can come from anyone…

Will the rebels defeat Planet Core, or end up fighting for their lives?

Includes: Never Gonna Let You Go, Never Gonna Desert You, and Never Gonna Say Goodbye

Buy Links

Author Bio

Jessica E. Subject is the author of contemporary and science fiction romance, ranging from sweet to erotic. In her stories, you could meet clones, or a sexy alien or two. You may even be transported to another planet for a romantic rendezvous.

When Jessica isn’t reading, writing, or doing dreaded housework, she likes to get out and walk with her giant, hairy dog her family adopted from the local animal shelter.

Jessica lives in Ontario, Canada with her husband and two energetic children. And she loves to hear from her readers. You can find her at jessicasubject.com and on twitter @jsubject.

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Mistress on Her Knees: Everything’s my fault

It’s been fifteen years since Mistress Graciela took me on as her submissive and ten since I allowed her to touch me, but I still resent and respect the woman who taught me about submission, love, and betrayal.

“Fine. Everything’s my fault, like always. What about Mira?”
“I didn’t say that.”
“Oh, shut up, Graciela. Everything’s been my fault since the day we met.” I bite my tongue too late, wishing I could take the words back. Something about her brings out the worst in me and always has.

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Mistress on Her Knees

Thou shalt not covet thy host’s submissive

When a Domme loves a Domme, strange things can happen. When a Domme loves a Domme who is her former submissive and cheated with her best friend, all of the usual fun with handcuffs turns into something darker.

Graciela struggles to control her attraction to the headstrong, beautiful woman who broke her heart ten years ago. She offers temporary shelter to a fellow human in crisis, nothing more. But when Trinity buckles under Graciela’s righteous anger and begs for forgiveness, Graciela’s resolve wavers. Can she ever trust again? Does Trinity deserve a second chance, or is this yet another manipulation?

Also available: Ana Adored! (Only on Blushing so far)

On sale for only 99 cents: Taliasman!

Report for Mistress Kate

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Evil Mistress Kate, aka Kate Richards, (not pictured above) would like a report from you on all the reasons why a sweet, kind Ana should be spared…

Okay, okay. No fibbing this time.

So, here’s the deal. Sweet, kind, benevolent Mistress Kate Richards​ *might* be asking for reports on why I need a birthday spanking on Sunday.

If you have pre-ordered Mistress on Her Knees and email the receipt to ana_stasia2007@yahoo.com, I will place you in a drawing to win an ARC copy. (If you already sent the receipt for Love Spanks, you don’t need to do it again.) Drawing tonight at midnight EST or whenever I wake up after falling asleep at my desk, whichever comes sooner.

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(Click on cover image to pre-order.)

The second point is independent of the first. It’s not bribery. But I *am* putting chocolate in the party favor bags. And I do love you. And…

Please put your report for Mistress Kate in the comments below. Remember, I have chocolate.

 

The party countdown begins!

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London Calling, a wonderful artist from Less Than Three Press, gave me this beautiful gift for my birthday! Most of it is hidden (she made this teaser version, too!) in anticipation of the big day.

Aw…you were all so sweet to me on Tuesday. I could say so many things, but I’ll just say the one that matters. Thank you. <3

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I received this cute photo from a friend. Aww! AND ladybugs! I adore ladybugs, too!

Now. About this business of giving up wooden spoons for Lent…it does NOT include Sundays. Just saying. :D

Finally, Michelle of Mab Expressions posted about the creation of the cover for Mistress on Her Knees. Such a short time ago, and already a second book is almost ready for publication!

There are rumors of a list for people to write the reasons I am in need of a spanking for my birthday. If it surfaces, please disregard it. It’s false, I am sure. I hope. :D

 

 

 

Party favor bags!! YAY! Plus the party schedule

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At the request of a reader, I’m posting a teaser photo of a party favor. :) I have spent…well…let’s just say too much time making special items for each bag. At last count, 43 people have requested a bag. Wow! 40 people have submitted their registration form, and two people have let me know they will do so soon. The last person will likely have her bag given away to someone else.

First, it was cookies. Then wooden spoons. Now party favor bags. I spent *cough* too much money and too much time putting together the bags, but it makes me happy. Retail/arts & crafts therapy, I suppose. :) The photo above is a sneak peek of the main handmade item. It took me about 25 minutes to do each one, I’d estimate. That’s about 10 separate steps to create every single item. The other handmade item was made in about 13 separate steps, and third item is much simpler. :)

Some people might call me insane. Probably I am (every project like this gets bigger and more involved), but it is healing, too. I love to create pretty things. I love to imagine the surprise and pleasure on your faces when you open the gifts. Yay!

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This is one partial set of handmade items, gift-wrapped.

When I graduated from high school, my mom got mad at me because I wanted to put together gifts for people who came to my reception. I also wanted to put out graham crackers for people with babies. My mom wanted everything perfect for the reception (I am sure it shocks you that someone in my family wanted perfection), and crackers would ruin her perfect spread. She was right, of course, that parents of babies could bring their own crackers.

Still, I wanted to give something to everyone who came to my party. It is fun to give. :)

The party schedule for Sunday is pretty exciting. I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted a month or two ago…just that Kate Richards does an amazing roleplay and for my birthday I wanted one of my own. :) She graciously agreed (oh, all right…I begged!), and bit by bit other plans fell into place.

Anne Ferrer Odom, Teresa Wymore, and Christine will host an interactive game based on Mistress on Her Knees. They did a fantastic job at the Love Spanks party, so I’m turning them loose for this one. (I may regret this!)

Sara Daniel, who wrote Once Upon a Marriage that I love (about a couple divorcing that tries to save their marriage), is offering a chat with “Dr. Sara” on relationship advice. She’s offered a sneak peek: Share your French fries, but not your Happy Meal hats. She also says she will share advice, not her toys.

Elyse Buchbinder, who sells sex toys for Pure Romance, will host a sex toy chat for an hour. She came for Love Spanks and was a hit!

And finally, Ann Mayburn who is a Domina and served as one of my consultants for Mistress on Her Knees (she gave Graciela one of her best lines), will chat about being a female dominant. The official party information is below.

March 1st is my birthday plus the release date for Mistress on Her Knees. Won’t you come and help celebrate? There will be silly fun for all, plus party favor goody bags (see post below) for anyone willing to pay shipping.

All times are in EST (UTC-5). To find out the conversion to your local time zone, google “New York time now.”

11 AM-12 PM: Ian & Armina’s Relationship Advice with “Dr.” Sara Daniel

12-1 PM: Sex toy chat with Elyse Buchbinder

1-3 PM: Birthday spanking from Evil Mistress Kate Richards. All are invited to participate!

3-4 PM: Social hour and games

4-6 PM***: Special Mistress surprise! You won’t want to miss it! (Interactive game with Teresa Wymore, Anne Ferrer Odom, and Christine Rachel)

7:30-8:00 PM Domina chat with Ann Mayburn

Games and fun will happen throughout the afternoon and evening

***In order to prepare for the interactive game, you’ll want to read the first three books in the series:

–> DESIRE IN ANY LANGUAGE (Mira & Hana 1)
–> MIRA’S MIRACLE (Mira & Hana 2)
–> FIRE OF DESIRE (Free online serial available here: https://governingana.wordpress.com/free-reads/)

MISTRESS ON HER KNEES, book four in the series, will be available on March 1st. Pre-order now so you can get a jumpstart on reading and enjoy the game even more!

And, finally, I’ve been setting birthday packages under my birthday tree. Oh, shush. It IS a birthday tree. I’ll find some happy birthday ribbon to throw on it by Sunday. :D

I’m so grateful to all of you for making this day special. The day is not without complications this year, and I feel guilty about creating an event for me to be the center of attention. I also feel guilty at how generous each of you has been to me. I hope you know how much I appreciate it…and you. <3

If you want an invitation to the party and haven’t gotten one yet, please let me know your Facebook account.

More updates and teaser photos soon. :)

What I’ve learned from three years of blogging

WordPress tells me that today is my third anniversary of blogging.

I’m confused about statistics, but:

  • 756 posts or 1308 (I am not sure why the discrepancy!)
  • 26, 656 comments (You’re all a chatty bunch!)
  • 24, 657 spam comments (Thanks for slaying them, Akismet!)
  • 4,060 followers (This always amazes me. I still remember the excitement of my first follower!)

However, numbers can’t express the journey of blogging. I came into the blogging three years ago, unsure of myself and wondering whether anyone would listen to me. I was not married to a man who spanked me for discipline, and all of the other DD (domestic discipline) blogs seemed to be about that.

I put up a few posts, met a few friends, and then put up some stories. A few months later, I had a book contract for what would become The Way Home, the first installment of Kat and Natalie.

Three years ago, I didn’t know whether anyone would read my blog. I thought I would be dismissed for not being like all the other DD blogs. Some did dismiss me, but others stuck around until they became friends, readers, and miscreants.

Today, the majority of my readers have never heard of DD. I’ve made friends in the LGBT community, at two author conferences, and on various social media. I’ve engraved wooden spoons to give away, made cookies to give away, and am now putting together 36 party favor bags for my online birthday party on Sunday. Let me know if you need an invitation!

What have I learned in three years?

  • People will read F/F.
  • People who refuse to read F/F aren’t my people, anyway…so why should I care?
  • Some will come and go, but some will stay for the duration. Either way, everyone has given me something. Maybe it’s an example of what not to be, but it’s still a lesson learned.
  • Success is not doing whatever I think others expect from me, but doing what I can do to the best of my ability.
  • A good friend smiles and shakes her head at my love of wooden spoons. A great friend pays to have one shipped to her, styles it in a photo shoot, and cherishes it a year later.
  • Not everything has to be reciprocal.
  • Well-intentioned people will have strong opinions about what I should do, think, write, and feel. At the end of the day, listening too much to other people will make my writing shallow. I was told so often that Natalie was too harsh. I should make her more like the kindly husbands who gave their wives a few swats and lots of love. I made Natalie less harsh, and in the end it probably was right for that story. But in Mistress on Her Knees, I didn’t censor myself. Graciela and Trinity are not afraid of niceties, and their story satisfies me in a way that Natalie’s did not.
  • Powerful women are sexy.
  • Spanking is sexy, but it doesn’t have to be about a man and a woman.
  • At first, I was afraid of homophobia and made my stories non-sexual. Then, I was afraid of kinkaphobia and made my lesbian stories less kinky. Now, I glory in my kinky women who love women…and I think you do, too. It’s not kink for its own sake or just to show off, but it’s about powerful women who own their power and are comfortable in who they are. Or who are not, but they are disciplined by someone who helps them to become comfortable.

Three years ago, I didn’t think anyone would read my free blog. Now, I have seventeen publications plus three more on the way and an additional three under contract.

Do I have anything to say that people will find worthwhile of their listening?

Thank you, everyone who has said, “YES!”

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Mira and Hana of Mira’s Desire returned from their Castle visit to enjoy fuller expressions of their love for kink–and each other. When Hana invites Nurse Trinity for a Christmas visit, though, things go terrifyingly wrong when Trinity breaches boundaries. (Read the whole story at Fire of Desire, the free online serial!) In response, Trinity must face the consequences of her wrongdoing. She calls Mistress Graciela, her former Domme and lover. Graciela doesn’t believe in mincing words.

“I didn’t know she was falling in love with me!” My voice rises at her accusation.

“Bullshit.”

“Excuse me?”

“You heard me. You’ve worked as a professional for ten years, and you can’t tell when a client forms an inappropriate attachment? Tell me another one.”

I should never have called Graciela, but I didn’t know what to do. I spin in the wheeled office chair of my hosts’ office-turned-guest-room, and I work to keep my voice down. “You didn’t say anything when I brought Mira to visit you. You spanked her.”

Her censure crackles through the phone. “I beat that whining out of you on your first day as my submissive.”

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Thou shalt not covet thy host’s submissive

When a Domme loves a Domme, strange things can happen. When a Domme loves a Domme who is her former submissive and cheated with her best friend, all of the usual fun with handcuffs turns into something darker.

Graciela struggles to control her attraction to the headstrong, beautiful woman who broke her heart ten years ago. She offers temporary shelter to a fellow human in crisis, nothing more. But when Trinity buckles under Graciela’s righteous anger and begs for forgiveness, Graciela’s resolve wavers. Can she ever trust again? Does Trinity deserve a second chance, or is this yet another manipulation?