New bonus stories! Gemstone & Wooden Spoon Chronicles

If you’re a fan of Gemstone or Kat and Natalie, you’re in luck! They each have a bonus story available on Patreon.

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In the Gemstone bonus story, we get a peek at life after the “happily ever after.” That is, what happens when (spoiler alert!) Gemma and Celine finally get together? Here’s a snippet:

Gemma closes the door after Cindy and Lissa, and she quirks an eyebrow at me.

“Well?” In case you’re wondering, marriage does not come with a translation manual for facial expressions. The raised eyebrow can mean anything from, “That was odd” to “What did you think?” and “Get ready for an immediate spanking.”

I find it’s safest to clarify before taking action.

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In the Wooden Spoon Chronicle, aka the Kat and Natalie bonus story, we get a glimpse into Kat’s childhood as well as one of the most poignant moments she has shared with Natalie so far.

Helicopter seed. That’s what I used to call them, at least. The thin, papery skin feathered out, while the center contained a soft, pliable green seed. If I tossed one into the air just right, the pale beige shape spun like a miniature helicopter. I picked one at a time. Sometimes I’d grasp it in both hands to give the ultimate whirl. Other times, I would dig a grubby fingernail to peel back layers of nature’s packaging.

For the rest of these bonus stories, subscribe to my Patreon site where you will get exclusive and/or early access to these and more! Plus, you’ll get early notifications about all Ana Vitsky events.

#Gemstone Kink & Faith series: What is a lectionary?

Kink & Faith, Part 1: What is a Lydia circle?

Welcome to part two of the Kink & Faith series to celebrate the release of Gemstone, my first book to explore the life of a naughty church lady. 😀 Gemstone is part of the Out For You series at All Romance Ebooks.

As I said yesterday, beta readers and early reviewers have pointed out some church terms that might be unfamiliar to non-churchgoers. This Kink & Faith series will explain some of them. Yesterday, I talked about a Lydia circle, or a women’s fellowship group that often does church or charity work. Gemma’s Lydia circle, of which she is the head, serves as the sole women’s fellowship group at Faith Lutheran, and it attends to the needs of the women at the church.

Today, I’ll talk about the lectionary. When Celine offers to help with the Sunday adult forum (sorry, not nearly as NSFA as the term might suggest), Gemma suggests using the lectionary.

“Oh, Celine! You startled me!” Gemma glances up from her computer, and her slight frown relaxes into a smile. “Sorry, you wanted the lesson plans for Sunday. Thanks for taking the adult forum this week. Pastor Mark said to stick to the lectionary. Every time we try to bring up something topical, Nate gets on his soapbox.”

What is a lectionary?

I’m usually careful to leave context clues, rather than giving outright definitions in a book. I don’t believe in spoon-feeding or pandering to readers who are capable, intelligent, and able to enjoy a story without pinning down every last detail. So, if you didn’t know what a Lydia circle is, you could still guess by context that it’s related to church and women.

However, I didn’t even give a context clue for the lectionary. We know from the story that it has to do with church and adults and a type of forum, but that’s it. What next?

Later, Celine refers to the lectionary in the same conversation:

“That’s okay.” I back away, leaving her to the computer and Cindy’s purchased account. “I can get the lesson plans later. Just follow the lectionary, you said?”

We get another clue here in the rough equivalent words of “lesson plans.” While a lectionary is not a lesson plan, its use here shows that it will guide discussion or planning for a forum which appears to be similar to a class. But what is a lectionary, exactly?

“Lectionary” comes from the Latin word “lectio” which means a lesson or reading. Further back, it comes from the word to read. (Think of lecture, as in a college class, or a lecturer, a teacher.) Wikipedia gives history about lectionaries, and you can find the official Revised Common Lectionary here.

Simply put, a lectionary is an official list of which Bible verses will be read out loud in churches for each week’s services. This occurs in many different types of churches. If you’re curious what it looks like at Faith Lutheran, Gemma’s church, it would be a variant of this.

This lectionary provides a three-year series of readings for Sunday starting with the season of Advent, four weeks before Christmas Day. For each Sunday and festival, three readings and a psalm are suggested and include: a Gospel reading, an Old Testament reading, and a New Testament reading. The lectionary is a work of The Consultation on Common Texts, an ecumenical consultation of liturgical scholars and denominational representatives from the United States and Canada, who produce liturgical texts for use in common by North American Christian Churches.

Each year of the Revised Common Lectionary centers on one of the synoptic Gospels — Matthew, Mark and Luke. The Gospel of John is read periodically in all three years and is especially frequent in Year B.

– See more at: http://www.elca.org/lectionary#sthash.T4Rna7qo.dpuf

So, in context, Gemma is suggesting that Celine use that Sunday’s Bible verses for the adult forum discussion, rather than introducing a topic of her own. The reason given is that one of the members is loud and opinionated, and he will launch into a tirade otherwise.
If you’ve ever been in a group discussion with someone loud and opinionated, I bet you know how this will turn out. 😀
Did you know about lectionaries before today, or was this new to you?
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Thank you to readers who have made Gemstone a silver star recipient on its very first day of publication! ❤

Look for a new Kink & Faith post tomorrow!

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Available at ARe! (will be on Amazon and other major booksellers in a few weeks)

Can lies build a foundation for love?

Gemma Parquin has a secret. By day, she’s the center of her church’s social life. By night, she’s Mistress Lorelei on Kinklife, online disciplinarian of babygirls and all who need spanking, whipping, and—her personal favorite—figging.

No one suspects, until neighbor Celine Daniels comes across Gemma’s Kinklife profile. Stunned and nursing a secret crush, she creates an account under the name starrygirl793 and “catfishes” the Mistress…and gets more than she bargained for. Before she knows it, Celine is also leading a double life.

Meanwhile, Gemma’s best friend sets her up with an online dating service. Enter Stella, who is everything Celine is not—sophisticated, successful, and straightforward. But she doesn’t understand the kink Gemma holds dear.

How can Gemma trust Celine, who has lied to her? Or give up Mistress Lorelei in order to be with Stella? Should Gemma give up on love altogether, or can she still find happiness?

#Gemstone Kink & Faith series: What is a Lydia circle?

If you haven’t picked up Gemstone yet, what are you waiting for? It’s now available for download at ARe in a variety of formats.

I’ll wait here while you grab your copy. 😀

Back so soon?

Gemstone is my first book to depict a character who struggles with the intersection of kink and faith. Instead of swaggering as an out and proud leather-clad dominatrix, Gemma Parquin hides her proclivities in an online forum called Kinklife. She loves her church as her own family, but she assumes her church friends will be horrified if they find out her secret.

After all, they live in the tiny (fictitious) town of Citrusville, Florida, less than an hour from Orlando. Everyone knows each other’s business, and her church is filled with women two, three, and four decades older than she is.

While writing Gemstone, I was surprised to find some references were not as universal as I’d thought. In particular, this question took me aback:

What is a Lydia circle?

I grew up with the ubiquitous Lydia circle references, so I had difficulty understanding the question. “Oh, it’s a church thing,” I said, only to be corrected. Other church-going beta readers weren’t sure about a Lydia circle, either.

“It’s a Lutheran thing?” Possibly. I put the question on my Facebook, only to find that no one knew what I meant. Someone googled and found a Lydia circle for businesswomen in the Methodist church. That’s close, but…

Here’s an example of a Lydia circle listing in a church.

Lydia circles are part of a tradition (possibly Lutheran and/or Protestant) to form small groups of women’s ministry within a church. The circles are often named after women in the Bible, such as Dorcas, Naomi, Ruth, Rebekah, and others.

When I was a child, of course a circle named “Dorcas” struck me as funny due to the name’s similarity to “dork”…and I had never known anyone in real life named Dorcas.

“Lydia” comes from the name of a woman who sold cloth. While there may be organizations named after Lydia for modern businesswomen, the Lydia circle in Gemstone is the women’s fellowship group. The members, all of the women at Faith Lutheran, have a monthly potluck and take care of issues such as scheduling special music for Sunday services, taking care of the church building and grounds, and other items.

Typically, a Lydia (or Dorcas, or Ruth, or Naomi) circle will take an offering for a designated charity and perhaps conduct a Bible study. Some circles are strictly social, while others might focus on quilting or other types of volunteer work. Often, a circle will make quilts to donate to mission work or others in need.

Had you heard of a Lydia circle before today? Or have you participated in one?

What other questions do you have about Kink & Faith in Gemstone? Some other questions I’ll answer this week include liturgy, the lectionary, and Advent.

Oh, and figging. *grin*

Thanks for joining the first episode of Kink & Faith with Ana!

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Available at ARe!

Can lies build a foundation for love?

Gemma Parquin has a secret. By day, she’s the center of her church’s social life. By night, she’s Mistress Lorelei on Kinklife, online disciplinarian of babygirls and all who need spanking, whipping, and—her personal favorite—figging.

No one suspects, until neighbor Celine Daniels comes across Gemma’s Kinklife profile. Stunned and nursing a secret crush, she creates an account under the name starrygirl793 and “catfishes” the Mistress…and gets more than she bargained for. Before she knows it, Celine is also leading a double life.

Meanwhile, Gemma’s best friend sets her up with an online dating service. Enter Stella, who is everything Celine is not—sophisticated, successful, and straightforward. But she doesn’t understand the kink Gemma holds dear.

How can Gemma trust Celine, who has lied to her? Or give up Mistress Lorelei in order to be with Stella? Should Gemma give up on love altogether, or can she still find happiness?

#Gemstone is Out For You!

If you’ve been waiting for the infamous figging book, your time is here!

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Gemstone, one of the books in All Romance Ebook’s (ARe) Out For You series for Pride, is available for pre-order on ARe! It will be on ARe only for now, with print coming soon.

More to come soon!

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Gemma Parquin has a secret. By day, she’s the center of her church’s social life. By night, she’s Mistress Lorelei on Kinklife, online disciplinarian of babygirls and all who need spanking, whipping, and her personal favorite—figging. Nothing satisfies her more than bringing a girl to her knees.

No one suspects, until neighbor Celine Daniels comes across Gemma’s computer with the Kinklife profile still up. Stunned and nursing a secret crush, Celine creates an account under the name of starrygirl793. She befriends the Mistress…and gets more than she bargained for. Celine has never admitted to anyone her feelings for women, but Mistress Lorelei coaxes her to accept herself, her sexuality, and her desire for kink. Before she knows it, Celine is leading a double life of fellow church member to Gemma offline and potential submissive to Mistress Lorelei online.

At the same time, Gemma’s best friend decides she needs some love in her life. She sets Gemma up with an online dating service that produces Stella, a non-profit executive from Seattle. Stella is everything Celine is not—sophisticated, successful, and straightforward. She does not, however, understand the kink Gemma holds dear.

How can Gemma trust Celine, who has lied to her? But how can she give up Mistress Lorelei in order to be with Stella? Should Gemma give up on love altogether, or can she still find happiness?