#FallinLove with Fairytales, Day One!

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Welcome to the Fall in Love with Fairytales blog tour!

If you would like to win an enormous grand prize consisting of a Kindle, gift certificates, and author swag, visit each day’s post(s) and follow Rafflecopter instructions for prize entries. For more information, please visit:

How do you like your fairy tales? I enjoy mine slightly scrambled.

I was first introduced to re-envisioning fairy tales with Politically Correct Bedtime Tales and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs. At first, I wasn’t sure how to take the books. The first one was clearly satire, but was it mean-spirited? Three Little Pigs felt like (to be melodramatic) an attempted murderer making excuses. I admired the wit and humor, but it felt wrong.

Later, Wicked became an international sensation. I never saw the musical, except for clips I could find on Youtube, but I read the book. While I could have done without the bestiality, I was captivated by an adolescent Elphaba struggling to gain acceptance despite her green skin and inability to bathe.

And when Once Upon a Time appeared, I was amazed at a grown-up television show focusing on fairy tales. All of my old favorites appeared in a new form. While I didn’t agree with some of the portrayals, they gave new life to fairy tales many adults considered childish.

However, my dearest wish has not yet materialized: a retelling of Rapunzel’s story from Mother Gothel’s point of view. I love Tangled and couldn’t wait to write Mother Gothel taming Rapunzel with the famous hairbrush. I was disappointed to receive “Our Lady’s Child” instead, but I found immense pleasure in re-writing the Virgin Mary as a queen kinkster. (I assume I’ll have a nice, toasty afterlife.) When I received The Snow Queen for my second fairy tale, I couldn’t wait to incorporate elements of Frozen with the original story. Isn’t everything better with flying icicle magic?

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Taliasman, my first Beyond Fairytale, is the story of a downtrodden girl who has been taught she has no value. Her constant refrain is, “If I had been born a boy.” Its sequel, Taliaschild, will debut with a sneak peek at Sci Spanks June 12-14. You’ll find quite a few Beyond Fairytales authors joining the Sci Spanks fun, so please come and join us!

In the next two weeks, you will find posts from the authors behind the Beyond Fairytales series. We have spaceships, cowboys, owls, princesses, princes, and geese. If you like M/F, M/M, F/F, or ménage, you’ll find at least one of each. Each one is unique and indescribably naughty.

If you’ve gobbled up all of the collections already, be sure to check out the Beyond Fairytales blog for new releases and additional books.

Tomorrow, please look for posts from V.s. Morgan and Melissa Shirley.

For your convenience, here is a handy-dandy worksheet with daily schedule, blog stops, and space to keep track of surprise words.

Or you can use this plain text version if it is better for you.

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Best of all, Taliasman is now available as an audiobook on Audible and Amazon! It will be on iTunes very soon.

Here is the surprise word for today:

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(I’m assuming there are amazing spanking androids on these spaceships. Jessica Subject promises me this is so. She will share her androids but not her aliens.)

To earn entries toward a FABULOUS grand prize, follow this link to use Rafflecopter.

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Don’t miss out on Ana’s Advent Calendar 2013!

Have you signed up for Ana’s Advent Calendar 2013 yet?

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Are you ready for the magnificent fun that will be known as Ana’s Advent Calendar 2013? We are certainly lucky this year! New prizes and authors join each day, and we can’t wait!

You might be an old hand from Ana’s Advent Calendar 2012. Or you might be new this year, but either way you might have questions. Ready? Let’s go!

What is the Advent Calendar?

Click here for the main page, read it, and come back. Yep, really!

How do I play?

Sign up. Then visit every day December 1st-24th and leave a comment answering a question or responding to a post.

How do I sign up?

I will post a sign-up sheet on Monday, November 25th. Sign up by leaving your name (whatever name you will use throughout December) and your email address. You may also need to answer a question about book preferences.

When is the deadline for signing up?

December 24th. Yes, that is correct. You can sign up any time during the month! However, there will be an incentive for signing up before December 1st.

Why does Ana’s Advent Calendar start on December 1st when Advent begins on December 2nd?

In the Christian Advent Calendar, December 2nd is the first day. However, Ana’s Advent Calendar is a secular, inclusive event. I start on December 1st because I want to, okay? 🙂

I contributed a prize (book, gift certificate, or physical gift) toward the Advent Calendar. Can I still sign up to play?

YES! Please do! I would love to have you participate. It’s a great way to meet other authors and readers. You are eligible to win every prize except the one you contributed.

I’m an author. Is it too late for me to join?

Absolutely not! I will take author contributions until December 24th. Please send me your name, title(s) of the book(s) you want to donate (or name of the gift you wish to donate), a public email address (it will be posted here so prize winners can contact you), and your blog or website address if you have one.

I’m not an author, but I would like to donate a prize.

Please do! We have two readers (Ami Starsong and Katie), a book reviewer (Fallen Over Book Reviews), and two publishers (Blushing Books and Loose Id) contributing prizes. Leave a comment here, email me, or find me on Facebook or Twitter.

Why does my email address need to be posted publicly?

Nearly 80 people have contributed a book or other prize to Ana’s Advent Calendar so far. Much as I would like to, I won’t be able to email everyone individually about prize winners. Because you are busy people and may not be able to check every post each day, giving prize winners your email address allows them to contact you to receive the prize.

How will I know if I win a prize?

Prize announcements will be posted right here on governingana.wordpress.com.

I won a prize. Now what do I do?

Look for a post listing all contributors and email addresses. Email the person who donated your prize. You may want to use “Advent Calendar 2013” as a subject line. Be sure to say thank you! 🙂

My prize donor doesn’t have an email address listed.

Two authors, Ann Mayburn and Sharon Buchbinder, have requested to contact the prize winner directly. Wait 2–3 days, and if you hear nothing let me know.

Publishers and other non-author prize donors will be contacted on your behalf.

I contacted the prize donor, but I haven’t gotten a response.

Wait 2-3 days and then leave a comment on your prize announcement post. I will message the donor and see if the email got lost.

I’m an author, but I haven’t heard from the winner. What should I do?

Winners have four days to contact you. If you have not gotten an email by then, let me know and I will choose another winner for your prize.

Why do some prizes say US or US and Europe?

Some prizes are physical (a tangible item rather than an e-book), and the donor has set restrictions on shipping areas. In order to receive this prize, you will need to give your mailing address. If you are not comfortable doing so, you are free to refuse the prize. Let your prize donor know, and I will reassign the prize to a new winner.

Do I get to choose which book(s) I receive as a prize?

No. While I will make the effort to match winners with authors they have not read before (a goal of this event), I will not be able to take into account reading preferences for every single winner. If you receive a book that you have already read or do not wish to read, let your prize donor know so the book can be awarded to someone else.

Where do I go for the daily Advent Calendar posts?

The entire Advent Calendar will be right here at governingana.wordpress.com. Stop by each day for the posts, and check back for prize announcements.

I don’t have a Kindle, Nook, or other ereader. Can I still play?

Yes! Amazon has a downloadable Kindle application that you can use on your computer, tablet, or smartphone. You can also download a free conversion program, such as Calibre, that will allow you to read epub files (a format for ebooks) right on your computer.

What are surprise days?

In addition to my surprise checks (random prize awardings throughout the month), a few authors and contributors will put up a guest post and award prizes on certain days throughout the month. Look for some fantastic posts!

Can I become a surprise day sponsor?

I am currently searching for guest posts from people who celebrate a major, historical, non-Christmas holiday in December, such as Hanukkah, Diwali, or Kwanzaa. If this fits you, please message me and we can talk about details.

I don’t celebrate Christmas, or I don’t feel like celebrating Christmas. Can I still play?

YES!!! Everyone is welcome. EVERYONE (except trolls and spammers). Don’t tell Mrs. Claus, but “Christmas” is simply an excuse to come together as a community and enjoy each others’ company.

Who made your artwork for the Advent Calendar?

The amazingly talented team of Minelle and Katie produced the art and graphics. Thank you!

Where can I find Ana’s Advent Calendar 2013 on social media?

I’m so glad you asked! Like the Facebook page and follow @MistressClaus on Twitter.

I really, really want to win. Is there any way I can ingratiate myself with Mrs. Claus?

Tell her that Ana really did mean to be good this year, but there were a lot of extenuating circumstances that need explanation. Don’t tell her I sent you. 🙂

Congratulations to Quiet Sara!

Thank you to the wonderful show of support for Donor Sabbath! I hope everyone spread the word. Special thanks to Meg as a first-time registrant.

The random winner of the drawing is Quiet Sara! Please respond to my email and let me know which book you would like to receive.

Look for a post tomorrow about Mother Gothel. And hairbrushes. 😀

Becoming Clissine Choose your own adventure winner!

With the festivities of Spank or Treat over the weekend, I didn’t get a chance to award the prize for the choose your own adventure game last week. We had wonderful storytelling from Joelle, Roz, Minelle, Tara, Cat, Katie, Ami, and Autumn. I loved how everyone joined in the fun, and it was especially great to see newcomers trying their hand at some fiction. For me, that is the best part of reading. When a book creates a new world and invites readers to join in the creation, I feel satisfied. Thank you, each one of you.

I enjoyed all of the entries, and I looked forward to your comments each day. I have to admit, though, that Autumn’s storytelling kept me on my toes! She says this is her first time writing a story, but she certainly knows how to spin a yarn. I may have to actually tell the tale of Gorti and his unnamed friend in Tay of Tre, the sequel. 🙂

Autumn, you can choose your prize from the following options:

1) One book from my backlist

2) A $5 gift certificate to Amazon

3) A character named after you, or you can name a character in Tay of Tre.

 

Let me know which prize you prefer, and we’ll make the arrangements right away. Congratulations, Autumn!

Thanks for playing, everyone! Come back on Thursday for the grand prize announcements for Spank or Treat 2013.

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Congratulations to Katie!

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I had planned to choose the winner randomly for yesterday’s Becoming Clissine: Bastia, Book One drawing, but Katie’s comment stood out:

I am guessing that the story will leave one thinking about the struggles that one can face when living against what is considered “the norm.” I think that the story leads to opening the minds of others and acceptance of differences.

That’s exactly what I had hoped in writing the story, and I’m impressed Katie was able to pick up on it. Brava! We’ll discuss the details privately for receiving your advance copy.

Thanks also to Roz, PK, Bob, Celeste, Alta, Sunny Girl, Pao, Minelle, Alice, Julie, Joelle, Mona Lisa, and Irishey for playing!

Look for a brand-new Becoming Clissine snippet tomorrow!

Want a free advance copy of Bastia? Cover reveal!

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Look, it’s Clissa! LazyDay Publishing, the cover artist, and I collaborated intensely on this one. It’s the first time I’ve allowed a physical representation of a main character, and it was at Staci’s special request. She said this story needed a cover that would help its readers identify with Clissa. I must admit that she was right. One thing that helped in this process is my reservation about specifying a character’s appearance. Because of that, Clissa could be represented by any number of people. There was another possibility for Clissa I liked better (showed her softer side), but visually it didn’t work with the cover. This image conveys her toughness, fighting spirit, and strength to challenge the foundation of her society.

This Clissa isn’t taking any crap from anyone.

Would you like a free advance copy of Bastia? All you have to do is leave a comment or send me an email. Tell me one thing you hope you will find in the story (a theme, motif, plot point, character development, etc.). Leaving a book review is much appreciated but not required.

Don’t forget that Daughter of Discipline is also out soon! Tentative release date is August 17th, but I haven’t gotten a cover yet. I’ll let you know as soon as I do. 🙂

Kat and Natalie’s cooking class, from Celeste Jones (add to the story!)

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Thank you to Celeste Jones for providing today’s birthday fun! (By the way, she is hosting a discussion each Friday on the short stories in Coming to Terms. Jump in! Kat and Natalie’s short story, “Tomorrow”, will be discussed next month. Oh, and be sure to read Celeste’s story, “Reconnecting”. It is my favorite work of hers so far.)

Celeste said to me, “I felt sort of funny writing your characters. Like I was having an affair or something.” Ha! Kat and Natalie are loyal to each other. Don’t worry, Celeste. 🙂 She also suggested, “Maybe you could have people take turns writing the next part of the story.”

I think it’s a great idea! What do you think will happen next? Add your bit in the comments!

 

 

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“Are you sure this isn’t too expensive?” Kat looked around the pricey high end gourmet supply store located in the pricey high end fancy mall. “I saw a spatula for $20.00 out there. Who pays that much for a spatula?”
“I’m sure that people who are desperate to impose a spanking on an ungrateful girl might be inclined to spend that kind of money.”
“Natty!” Kat looked around the elaborate classroom kitchen located at the back of the store to make sure that no one had heard, though the crimson blush covering her face probably told people who might notice the two women whispering together that something was amiss. Or maybe she just had sensitive skin.
Nat squeezed Kat’s hand. “Let’s enjoy your birthday. I can’t believe I agreed to do this.”
“I can’t either.” Kat pulled on a bit of Nat’s hair and giggled. “I bet I get a better grade than you!”
“Oh, there is no grading here,” a perky woman in a pristine chef’s coat walked to the front of the room and addressed the class, though Kat was sure she was talking directly to her. “We are all here to have a good time. No judgments. I’m sure that all of you will succeed in making a special cake today. Isn’t that right?”
Everyone in the room, including Kat and Natalie nodded along.
“Great,” the instructor said. “Please call me Pat. As in Pat A Cake.”
Kat laughed. Nat rolled her eyes. “This is going to be a long afternoon.”
“Natty, stop it. You promised!”
“I know I did. I’ll be a good little cake baker just for you.”
“Thanks, Natty.”
“Let’s get started. First, at your station you’ll find all the ingredients and equipment that you’ll need for today’s class. Let me just go over all of these with everyone so you all know what each item is called. Creates less confusion that way, I’ve found.”

Kat looked at all the items and was proud to realize she knew all their names. Nat picked up a wooden spoon, slapped it against her palm a couple times and said to Kat “I’m pretty sure I know how to operate one of these.”

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College roommates, best friends, and family. Can Kat and Natalie find a way to stay together…without killing each other?

Kat Astra knows one thing: everything is her fault. A dead-end job. A fear of confrontation. An inability to speak up when necessary. Desertion of her best friend in her time of need.

Natalie Mestecom knows one thing too: everything Kat does is Natalie’s fault. The relationship rule is simple; Kat has problems, and Natalie fixes them. But what worked in adolescence becomes more complicated with adulthood, and new developments in their relationship challenge these roles. Kat is no longer sure whether she is willing to be disciplined according to Natalie’s rules, and Natalie is no longer sure whether she is worthy of Kat’s trust.

Can Natalie allow herself to be vulnerable? Can Kat believe in her own strength? Can Natalie believe in Kat’s strength? How will they, each in their own way, learn to move beyond guilt and blame in order to forge a new relationship together? In order to make peace with themselves and each other, Kat and Natalie reconnect with family, re-visit memories of their past, and make plans for taking steps forward in the future. To light their way home.

Ami Starsong’s birthday story for Kat!

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Well! Miss Kat has received her second birthday gift, and it’s a full day early! How did she get so lucky? Our dear Ami has written this fantastic spanking story of Kat and Natalie’s trip to England. Let me tell you…next time I think Kat and Natalie should stay home and *I* will visit Ami instead! 🙂

The story is wonderful. Go read it!

Also, don’t forget that you can win a FREE copy of Lighting the Way! All you have to do is find the Amazon link and post it here in the comments. If you are the first, you will win a copy of the book! The link will be up sometime tonight. It may even be up now. Go and look!

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College roommates, best friends, and family. Can Kat and Natalie find a way to stay together…without killing each other?

 

Kat Astra knows one thing: everything is her fault. A dead-end job. A fear of confrontation. An inability to speak up when necessary. Desertion of her best friend in her time of need.

 

Natalie Mestecom knows one thing too: everything Kat does is Natalie’s fault. The relationship rule is simple; Kat has problems, and Natalie fixes them. But what worked in adolescence becomes more complicated with adulthood, and new developments in their relationship challenge these roles. Kat is no longer sure whether she is willing to be disciplined according to Natalie’s rules, and Natalie is no longer sure whether she is worthy of Kat’s trust.

 

Can Natalie allow herself to be vulnerable? Can Kat believe in her own strength? Can Natalie believe in Kat’s strength? How will they, each in their own way, learn to move beyond guilt and blame in order to forge a new relationship together? In order to make peace with themselves and each other, Kat and Natalie reconnect with family, re-visit memories of their past, and make plans for taking steps forward in the future. To light their way home.

Desire in Any Location! (Mira goes visiting…)

First of all, I’m over at the Blushing Books blog giving an interview to celebrate the release of Desire in Any Language today. I was given such wonderful interview questions, and this part of the lead-in was heart-stirring:

Her latest book is a sexy, seductive read featuring a young woman in a foreign country who enters into an unusual disciplinary relationship with her female tutor. It’s a deeply touching story that beautifully charts the evolution of a young woman who must sort through her dual desires for loving correction and a love that she fears may not work out.

The book, like its writer, is intense and – we think you’ll agree – insightful.

I’ve already heard back from readers who loved the book and demand a sequel.  I am working on it, I promise!

Thank you especially to Pao for her lovely review:

I felt that this story was rich, real and honest. It was a lot of fun learning about the culture and bits of the language through Mira and her teachers. I loved that this book showed the magic of language; how some words can be so universal and how others really depend on one’s understanding of the culture and underlying context. There’s a purity in the bond between Mira and her advisor, where love is unconditional and more sisterly; where Mira gets guidance and support in the form of spankings and the occasional scolding. In addition to that, Mira’s struggle to understand her interest felt real and honest and I think a lot of us out there can relate to that. I loved the many scenes captured in the story; the bar, the playground, Mira’s advisor getting angry, the lecture rooms, conversations with strangers, Mira’s conversations with her housemate after clubbing and so many more. I found the scenes easy to visualise and emotions from the characters felt real. The story is a thoughtful one and I enjoyed the journey into another culture and a different angle love. I hope Mira’s story does not end here 🙂 I love this book!

Wow!  Thank you so much, Pao!  I hope that you will like the sequel (and the other books coming out) just as much.  I’m delighted that Desire in Any Language will be the chosen book of the month for the F/F Romance group on Goodreads (Hi, Mischief Maker!  Thank you and glad you liked it!).

Did you read the book?  Like it?  If you don’t mind leaving a review, it would be wonderful.  Every review helps to boost sales–and let people know that F/F spanking fiction is nothing to be afraid of!  Thank you so much!  Even if you didn’t like it, I’d love to hear from you.  As to when it will be available on Amazon, that depends on both Blushing and Amazon.  Last time, Vennie (The Vengeance of Mrs. Claus) took only one day.  I’m not sure about this time, but I will certainly let you know when it is available.

(In other news, yesterday I received the first round of edits for The Way Home, aka Kat 1.  March 6th is coming fast!  I also submitted my latest top-secret project to my editor and will let you know once I hear back.  Oh, and I am still waiting to hear about Vennie 2.  So if you complained that you want something to read soon, I promise that there will be something for you!  After all, Desire in Any Language wasn’t at all expected.  Plus, there is the top-secret public announcement coming up on the 25th…)

Now, for the fun part!  Thanks to Sassy Twatter who sent in the lovely photo of baby “Vennie by the fire” and threatened/promised to take Mira to the pool/theater, I’ve had a great idea for an activity.

I know that many of you are enjoying Desire in Any Language and in fact have already written to me to say so.  Why not send me a picture of Mira?  If you use an ereader, you can prop up your ereader with her cover showing.  If you read on the computer, you can put your computer in a location for a picture.  You can even google images to use as a background for Mira.  Or draw your own pictures, or use photos/magazines/whatever. 

As long as there is interest, I will put up photos of “Desire in Any Location” and give you credit!  Email me (address is on the sidebar) with the photo as an attachment.  Also include a brief description of where you’ve taken Mira, why you chose that location, and how she is enjoying herself. 

Please remember that this is her mother who will be receiving the picture!  No strip clubs.  🙂  Yes, I know that Mira goes clubbing but please…her mother is too young to have a heart attack yet.

If you’re clever with images and would like to take the cover art and insert it into a travel location of your choice, that’s fine, too!

I’ll wait to see how many responses I have before deciding the prizes, but there is a good chance that if you win you will be invited to be a beta reader for Mira 2.  As in you will get to read it even before it’s published!  😀

Oh, and if you haven’t gotten your copy yet, here’s the link.