Before the Bastil: #Satspanks, #SeductiveSnS, and #Wewriwa

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A few weeks ago, I introduced the concept for my new series, Bastia. The first book, titled Becoming Clissine, will come out on September 11th. In this book, we are introduced to a world where same-sex relationships are required by the totalitarian theocracy, and opposite-sex relationships are prosecuted by the church/state. Today’s snippet comes from the prologue of Becoming Clissine. Clissa is brought before the Bastil, the governing body of Bastia, and charged with having a relationship with a boy. What makes this crime even worse? Clissa is the daughter of Lystel, one of the most prominent women in Bastia. The charge of heterosexuality is devastating enough, but that it comes from one of the premiere Houses of Bastia makes it nearly unbearable. Lystel and Methra, Clissa’s parents, are so ashamed that they don’t know where to look.

โ€œAssistant, read the charges against Clissa, daughter of Lystel.โ€

Somewhere in the crowd the Dis and Nur of Lys, Lystel and Methra, watched the proceedings. They had forgone their usual seats of honor in favor of anonymity. Although a few other well-known Houses had had children run afoul of the Bastil, none were as prominent as the House of Lysโ€”or as vocal in their opposition to leniency for criminals. Would Lystel ever be able to overcome her shame, or had Clissa ruined their House forever?

The bell-ringer unrolled an elegant parchment scroll. In recent generations, electronic and technological improvements had changed life in everyday Bastia, but not within the walls of the Bastil. Here, court scribes took notes in shorthand while using quill-and-ink pens.

65 thoughts on “Before the Bastil: #Satspanks, #SeductiveSnS, and #Wewriwa

  1. Kathryn R. Blake says:

    Intense scene, especially since her parents have been so vocal in their opposition to leniency for those found guilty of the crime of heterosexuality. I’m not sure if Clissa feels what she did was right despite her parents position, or is weighed down by guilt. Either way, I definitely want to read more.


  2. Julie says:

    I’m so anxious for this book to come out, Ana. It is a difficult subject, and the different style is going to be very interesting!


  3. Celeste Jones says:

    Looking back on the stories you’ve published (can it really have been such a short time since Vennie and Desire and Any Language came out?) each set of characters and their stories are unique and uniquely compelling. What comes after Bastia? ๐Ÿ™‚


  4. Joelle Casteel says:

    What an interesting scene. The parents’ shame is impressive. I do need to read more about your Bastia series- I’ve been horrible about any blog reading beyond Saturday Spankings. I still find the idea so interesting- heterosexuality outlawed. I like the idea of quill and ink notes.


  5. catrouble says:

    Wow Ana…If anyone can tell this premise well, it is you. Am definitely looking forward to reading the book…also looking forward to the reactions. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Hugs and Blessings,


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      Hooray! So glad that you like the setup. ๐Ÿ™‚ LazyDay Publishing doesn’t do pre-orders, but the book may be available as early as the evening of September 10th. I’ll be sure to let you know.


  6. siobhanmuir says:

    Love the details to bring us into the world. And how dare she like men. *gasp* I’m appalled (but don’t tell my husband) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Great snippet, Ana. I’m looking forward to this one. ๐Ÿ™‚


  7. P.T. Wyant says:

    I am really looking forward to reading more of this. (I had been toying with a similar idea, of a society where homosexuality is the norm and hetero relationships are not illegal, but are… frowned up, looked at with suspicion, etc, mocked, etc. This blows that idea out of the water and I really can’t wait to read more of it!)


    • Anastasia Vitsky says:

      P.T., a friend pointed me to a short film that also has this premise. I can’t remember the exact name, but some parts of it were done very well. I thought I was the first to have the idea, but I guess not. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d love to see what you can come up with!


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