K is for Kimchi

Connections

K is for Kimchi

Sexy Kimchi.

Oh, yes.

Sultry, tempting kimchi that should be revered everywhere

As I explained earlier, Cabbage is Sexy.

I originally chose Seoul Searching for my title. After discussing with readers and playing around with various titles, I hit upon a great, fun title:

Kimchi with a Side of Spanking

Fun, sassy, and indicative of kimchi’s central place in the story. Hyunkyung feeds Indigo the spicy, fermented cabbage, and the food symbolizes the new world offered. Kimchi made for a great title! I loved it! It was brilliant!

“No,” said #EvilMistressKate.

“But…” My chin quivered. A tear may have fallen. I’d already had to conduct a memorial service after my evil editor slashed one of my favorite lines. I had to give up the title, too?

“No,” replied the inexorable #EvilMistressKate. “There is nothing sexy about cabbage.”

The book turned into Seoul Spankings, and once I revealed the cover (by the talented Fiona Jayde), I basked in praise for the artwork. I couldn’t help teasing Kate.

“And you said cabbage wasn’t sexy!”

Kate’s reply?

“That ain’t no cabbage on the cover!”

Indi feels the same way as Kate. When Hyunkyung orders a meal for her, Indi turns up her nose. Hyunkyung, raised in a culture that reveres the spicy, fermented cabbage, is sure she knows how to tempt the picky eater. I still giggle whenever I picture this clash of food cultures. 🙂

 

Indi Go set her fork down with a sickly shudder. “Thank you,” she said. “But I’m not hungry.”

Ristorante Bellini prided itself on hand-cutting its noodles, and it had elevated Italian cuisine to grand style. Maybe, as a Korean, I should have introduced my guest to Korean food, but pasta had seemed a safer bet. Everyone loved pasta, even finicky eaters.

“It’s a little bland,” I agreed. “The sauce needs some spice to cut through the thickness. Here, have some kimchi to cleanse the palate.” I picked up a few choice pieces of fermented, spicy cabbage and set them on the edge of her plate. She looked, if possible, even greener. “Kimchi is good for you,” I said. “Full of vitamin C, low in calories….”

 

 

Seoul Spankings Promo

Broken-hearted when her live-in boyfriend impregnates her best frenemy, Indigo Adams accepts a one-way ticket to Seoul, South Korea, and a challenge from her Great-Aunt Matilda: Forget that boy. Go and make something of yourself.

Bruised from an international public relations nightmare as the new heir to the multi-billion-dollar Han Incorporated, Hyunkyung Han seeks positive publicity in the form of a wedding. She consults with Madame Eve to find a nice, well-behaved Korean American with bilingual and bicultural skills.

Instead, Madame Eve sends Indi, a naïve philosophy major graduate working for minimum wage at the local pub. Enraged to find Indi can’t speak one word of Korean, Hyunkyung orders her sent home on the next plane to Spillville, Iowa.

Then Hyunkyung shakes Indi’s hand, and the sparks fly. With all of her professional responsibilities, how can Hyunkyung allow herself to fall for the wrong woman? How can Indi feel attraction for a woman who despises her?

Seoul Spankings offers a light-hearted romp through the perils and joys of navigating an intercultural romance. Certain to delight all fans of a happily ever after with a kinky twist.

Indigo’s Thankfulness Thursday

 

Kickass Girls

Hi, everyone! I’m Indi. Ana asked me to visit for Thankfulness Thursday. She warned me not to say too much about my life because not everyone has finished reading my story yet (what are you waiting for?), but I’m supposed to list my thankfulness items. That’s easy! I have so much to be thankful for that I can’t list all of them.

  • I am thankful for kimchi! Really! I never could have guessed that cabbage is sexy, but Hyunkyung proved me wrong. She makes everything sexy.
  • I am thankful for pretty dresses, especially the ones Hyunkyung chooses herself. She always wears her suits or maybe dress pants, but she likes me to wear a new dress almost every day. I could get used to this.
  • I am thankful to have my bathroom sparkling clean every single day!
  • I am thankful for Great-Aunt Matilda who insisted I get out of Iowa and see the world. I don’t know what else I would have done.
  • I am thankful, almost, that Greg cheated on me. It was devastating and I thought my world would end, but I wouldn’t have left the relationship otherwise. I’m glad that I got out before it was too late.
  • I am thankful for Hyunkyung and her romantic ways.

What are you thankful for today?

Great reviews, upcoming release dates, and more!

Just a quick hello as I rush around trying to corral my “creativity” also known as my mess. 🙂 I’m picking up a guest at the airport today, and we have a packed schedule before she leaves tomorrow.

It’s a good thing guests visit, or else my home might never get a good cleaning. 😀

Mistress on Her Knees and Ana Adored have played tag with the top 3, 4, 5, and 6 spots in lesbian erotica. Currently, Mistress is #5 and Ana is #6. So…Mistress is beating Ana. *giggle*

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They’re both listed as “hot new releases,” and the reviews…wow! The reviews! Eight 5-star reviews and one 4-star review, and the newest one by Jeanne D stunned me:

Mistress on Her Knees is an intense experience. The writing is tight and masterful–the author has absolute command of her craft and the storytelling is impeccable. It feels almost cliche to compare the author to a Domme, but the analysis fits here. The narrative is masterful and deliberate. Anastasia Vitsky’s story is difficult to read at times. It’s erotic without sex. It’s emotional–painful in places– and yet the reader always feels as though the author is in absolute control. She opens up the story and shares the darkness and the light of the characters with deft strokes. While the story is essentially a Dom/sub love story gone bad and brought back (with a secondary love story within the story), the author manages to tell the story in a way that readers totally unfamiliar with Dom/sub experience, mindset, and emotion will feel as though they understand. You may not agree with Graciela; you may be confused by Trinity’s choices… but you will relate and care.

Short in length, the story could be devoured in a single sitting, but I took my time and came back to it. The visual descriptions are spare yet flawless, told with a well-balanced hand.

The author is gifted and this tight story is an intense treat. Don’t expect “erotica” here–no explicit sex. This is storytelling with emotion, with intellectual depth, and with power dynamics that confound genre labels.

Julie’s review had a wonderful analysis:

Another compelling story from Anastasia Vitsky . Mistress on Her Knees is centered around Graciela and Trinity, two women with a domme and sub, teacher and student history from long before who find themselves needing to reconnect. But Trinity is now a domme and disciplinarian herself, and re-accepting her former role isn’t part of her plan. Graciela’s belief that Trinity *needs* to revisit that role is at the heart of their story. Mistress on Her Knees explores not only the nature of dominance and submission, but the nature of relationships. Is forgiveness possible? To what lengths will you go to help someone heal? And to what lengths will you go to rid yourself of guilt?

As with most of Ana’s characters, Graciela and Trinity have flaws – they are capable of making bad decisions, manipulating situations to their advantage, and acting in their own interests while rationalizing those actions as being for others’ good. And even when they act with the best of intentions, their actions can be questionable and the results can be ambiguous. In other words, they’re human. Ana doesn’t write “Smack – OW!” fiction, where the story and the character’s actions exist merely to move from one scene of discipline to the next. Ana’s stories are fully realized studies of characters and situations, where discipline and punishment occur as a natural result of the choices characters make. Reading this story I found myself thinking about the nature of consent, and whether consent is always truly consensual. And about whether dommes and subs are ultimately defined by their roles and unable to act in any other way. And about where the line is between punishment for someone’s own good, and punishment for personal satisfaction – or even if there is a line at all. You may find yourself thinking about the effects of betrayal, and the suffocating impact of guilt, or the healing power of love.

But Mistress on Her Knees *will* make you think. I highly recommend it.

And this comment by A.F. Odom made me laugh:

…this author has a light touch to sex scenes, even when she includes them. I often find her books full of tease with little release for the reader. Hot, hot, hot, hot, hot, —- and then it’s the next day, and the sex happened, but the reader didn’t get any.

Poor frustrated readers. 😀 Did you expect anything less from the Queen of Tease?

There are so many wonderful, thoughtful reviews that I can’t list them all here (or my guest may find my home still in a mess), but thank you to everyone who has read, reviewed, and shared the news.

In other news, Seoul Spankings and Living in Sin will be book baby twins! Both are scheduled for March 25 publication. Phew. This is an insane month. Four book releases in four weeks, plus three writing deadlines. Oh, and I do sleep once in a while (contrary to popular opinion).

I was not planning to hold a party for the next release as I have so many writing deadlines, but if the two books are coming out together…what better than a spicy/sweet party? Living in Sin is non-erotic and safe even for young adult readers. Seoul Spankings is…well, let’s just say my editor’s first response after reading was, “OMG, Ana! This is NSFA!”

Is it wrong that I’m a little proud? 🙂

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Hope your day is terrific.

#SeoulSpankings cover reveal!

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Ah, Indigo. Good old Indigo. I agonized over writing a character who could have a one-night stand, and Seoul Spankings gestated for nearly two full years. “Seoul Searching” appeared for Love Spanks an entire year ago, but I got stuck.

I love the story, love the premise, and love the planned ending…

But I hate the protagonist.

“Hate” is too strong of a word, but I don’t like her. She has a one-night stand, and one-night stands are not in the typical realm of Ana stories. To have a one-night stand, she has to be a different kind of character than I usually write. Can you see Kat having a one-night stand, or Karielle? Or Mira, for that matter, even before she hooked up with Hana?

Turns out that I could love a character who would have a one-night stand, after all. Here’s a sneak peek of Seoul Spankings:

“Say my name,” she demanded, startling me with her fierceness. Korean For Foreigners had told me saying someone’s name was rude.

“Hee-yon,” I stammered, unable to form the alien syllables. “Huh…huh-yawn.”

She pursed her lips, circling my chair. “Indi Go,” she enunciated in the odd, separated manner seeming to order me from her presence. “Here I am not Ee Sajahng. I am Hyunkyung Han, and you will call me by name.”

“Ee,” I faltered. Some of her employees had said something familiar. “Ee?” I latched onto the only sound I could replicate.

“Ee Sajahng,” she repeated. “Founder. Investor. A title, not a name. Call me Hyunkyung.” This time, as she walked around me, her knee brushed against mine. A tiny gymnast vaulted somewhere underneath my ribs, and I spoke without thinking.

“Can’t I say HK?” After all, her staff called me Miss Go. Why insult her by butchering the sounds I couldn’t form?

She paused behind me, delaying long enough to highlight the ludicrous nature of my request. Yo, Barack ol’ buddy. I can call you BO, right?

“Sorry,” I mumbled.

“Americans are so familiar,” she said, in an undertone.

“Koreans are so formal!” I protested.

“Yes,” she answered, tapping one manicured finger against another. “Let’s show you how formal.”

I should have a release date for you soon. 🙂 In the meantime, please enjoy Mistress on Her Knees and Ana Adored. Four releases in four weeks. Phew!