#SciSpanks Winners!

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READER PRIZES!

Kindle Fire or Nook HD (winner’s choice): WINNER: NURSE MYRA

(donated by Blushing Books)

  • $25 gift certificate to Amazon and an autographed copy of Alien Warriors
    *Available to US and Canada only
    (donated by Sue Lyndon)
    WINNER: HEATHER HAND
  • $20 gift certificate to Amazon
    (donated by Witty Bard Publishing)
    WINNER: RENEE M
  • $20 gift certificate to ThinkGeek
    (donated by Naughty Bard Press)
    WINNER: SH
  • $10 gift certificate to Amazon
    (donated by Lipstick Lesbian Reviews)
    WINNER: CORINNE
  • Alien tote bag, autographed book, and assorted swag
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    donated by Eve Langlais)
    WINNER: KELLY BEAR
  • Custom-written short story
    (donated by Erzabet Bishop)
    WINNER: LAUREL LASKY
  • VIP membership to Loose Id
    WINNER: MANDY PEDERICK
  • One-year membership to Silkwords (two winners)
    WINNER 1: KYRA TINKER
    WINNER 2: CAROLE EVANS

AUTHOR PRIZES!

SPANKING PRIZES!

  • 6-month online couple membership to Learning Domestic Discipline
    WINNER: MARYBETH
  • 6-month membership to Discipline and Desire
    WINNER: EVA
  • Custom-made wooden paddle* from Blondie’s Place
    *Available to US and Canada only
    WINNER: STEPHANIE FREDRICK
  • Spanking paddle* from Kate Richards
    *Available to US and Canada only, gift certificate substitution for international players
    WINNER: JENNIFER
  • Goody bags from BDSM Bookreviews (five winners)
    WINNERS: JANY, AMBER COLE, ASHLEY HOLLEMAN, LAURA, AND JOYCE

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If you are a winner, you have 48 hours to accept your prize. If you do not respond within 48 hours (8 AM EDT Friday), your prize will go to someone else. If for any reason you wish to decline your prize, please let me know in the comments. Thanks!

Individual prizes for my own blog will follow.

Announcing #SciSpanks 2014!

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SCI SPANKS 2014 IS NOW LIVE! CLICK HERE (BIT.LY/SCISP14) FOR ALL OF THE LINKS! BE SURE TO VISIT ALL 17 BLOGS!

Would you like free stories, fun, and a chance at over $1,000 in prizes? This summer, you can participate in a short story extravaganza! Award-winning authors of dystopian, paranormal, urban fantasy, speculative, and science fiction will showcase stories for your enjoyment. Chat with your favorite authors, meet new-to-you authors, find great new books, and meet new friends!

Sci Spanks Featured Authors

Anastasia Vitsky

Anne Ferrer Odom

Carole Cummings

Cathy Pegau

Erzabet Bishop

Eve Langlais

Eva Lefoy

Jessica E. Subject

Kate Richards

Kathryn R. Blake

Leigh Ellwood

Louisa Bacio

Maren Smith

Natasha Knight

Olivia Starke

Sue Lyndon

Introducing guest blogger Ami Starsong!

 

Want to become a Sci Spanks ambassador and earn an extra prize entry? See below!

Even better, participation could earn you a GRAND PRIZE!

READER PRIZES!

Kindle Fire or Nook HD (winner’s choice)

(donated by Blushing Books)

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SPANKING PRIZES!

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Many authors also will offer a contest on their individual blogs.  Your comment on their blogs automatically enters you in both the main contest and the individual contests!

What’s the catch?  Absolutely nothing!  We love writing for you and want to thank you for your readership.  Perhaps someone might get a spanking or two, but that’s a reward rather than a catch, right?  😉

Here are the rules:

  1. Visit each blog between Wednesday, June 25 and Sunday, June 29 to read the posted stories and excerpts.
  2. Leave a comment answering the story question on each blog.  You will receive one entry per blog for the grand prize drawing.  You will also be automatically entered in that author’s individual contest, if she has one.
  3. If you have visited all of the blogs, visit Ana’s blog to sign up for FIVE bonus entries to the grand prize.
  4. Deadline is midnight EDT (UTC -4) on June 29!!
  5. If you successfully completed a previous challenge (Love Spanks 2014, Spank or Treat 2013, Spankee Doodle 2013, Love Spanks 2013, or Spank or Treat 2012), you may add “VIP” to your comments.  You will earn THREE bonus entries toward the grand prize.  (Yes, we will be doing this again.  Yes, if you successfully complete the Love Spanks 2014 challenge you can become a VIP for our next activity!)
  6. If you are an published writer/author, please add “W” to your comments. That way, your name will be entered in the special author prize drawings.
  7. Visit any of the participating blogs on Wednesday, July 2nd to find out the lucky winners.  Will it be you?

NEW THIS YEAR! Visit us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/scispanks) between June 25th and 29th to receive an invitation to an exclusive Sci Spanks party! Chat with your favorite authors, earn extra prize entries, and give feedback about the stories!

Like these events? Want to support your friendly sci-fi authors? Become a Sci Spanks 2014 Ambassador! In exchange for promoting this event, you will receive one extra prize entry, AND you are still eligible to participate and win prizes!

To sign up, contact Ambassador Liaison Kathryn Blake at krb_spanks@kathrynrblake.com, with the subject line “Sci Spanks Ambassador.”

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Camellia book review: A sensuous tale of F/F spanking

  • Title: Camellia
  • Authors: Cari Z. and Caitlin Ricci
  • Print length: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Less Than Three Press
  • Publication date: May 7, 2014
  • Rating:
  • 4 gingersnaps (out of 5 gingersnaps) for content(1)
  • 4 gingersnaps for craft(2)
  • 5 gingersnaps for its handling of kink themes(3)
  • Comprehensive score: 4 gingersnaps (recommended)

Review copy provided by Less Than Three Press

Although I rarely write book reviews of my peers, Camellia by Cari Z. and Caitlin Ricci caught my eye during KT Grant’s Lesbian Fiction Appreciation Event this year. I thoroughly enjoyed the teaser posts and looked forward to the book’s publication. F/F spanking…what could I not like?

The periphery details:

Formatting is well-done, the pdf file automatically comes in a size optimized for reading, and the chapter links worked on my Kindle. I would have liked a table of contents with links on my pdf copy, but that’s a small complaint. There were a few errors in the manuscript, but overall it was cleanly edited.

The book:

Danny Breaker lives at home with her rowdy brothers and parents while working as a model. She auditions for a job at a kink convention, meeting the elegant Lucy Culpepper. Lucy teaches tea appreciation classes at her store, and she also enjoys demonstrating her expertise while modeling clothes her friend designs. After screwing up the first interview in a hilarious bit of comedic writing reminiscent of I Love Lucy, Danny manages to earn a second chance to impress Lucy. While working together at the convention, Danny learns more about Lucy, the world of kink, and her budding desires.

The positive:

Camellia’s best point, hands down, is its characterization of the two women who dominate–pun intended–the pages and readers’ hearts. While Lucy’s family backstory is drawn along skimpy and perhaps unnecessary lines (it read too much as a crib sheet to understanding Lucy in a few short sentences), the brief glimpse into Danny’s family life was drawn with perfect comedic timing and understatement. We are struck, as Danny is struck, by Lucy who conducts her life with grace, graciousness, and good taste. The growing fascination of Danny for Lucy is written with exquisite sensuality and longing. We respect Lucy, as Danny does, because she attends to Danny’s needs and slowly, cautiously introduces her to the joys of kink. It’s not easy to write a dominant woman who comes across as both caring and powerful, but Lucy is a joy to behold. She is the perfect foil for Danny, who is impetuous, innocent, and at times crass.

Camellia’s second-best point is its sensuous, loving descriptions of Lucy and Danny negotiating their new relationship within a professional and kink setting. One description of Danny transforming a crawl into an act of seduction was particularly well done. Another is the pitch-perfect response of Lucy to Danny’s insecurities.

The background descriptions of the costumes for the convention, the friendship with secondary characters Natasha and Lillian, and the attention to detail in setting each scene pay off for the reader. At times, the book reaches an atmospheric, almost fairytale quality.

The not-so-positive:

While the writing technique was overall quite good, some sentences read a bit awkwardly. An odd misstep was the description of one costume as “Asian-inspired.” To put this in perspective, it would be analogous to describing a dress as “Caucasian-inspired.” In the context of the detailed notes regarding Japanese teas, the odd reference jolted me out of the story.

I won’t mention details to avoid giving spoilers, but a few plot twists concerning the tea ceremony made me raise my eyebrows. Yes, they worked well dramatically and highlighted Danny’s growing trust of Lucy. However, given the cost of quality tea and Lucy’s profession as a tea expert, the episodes did not ring true. But since writers have taken artistic license from the beginning of time, this is only a small point.

My main complaint about this story, however, is the gratuitous sex. While the book is labeled as containing “some explicit content” and I understand such scenes help with marketing books for sale, I found the first sex scene disappointing. It did not further the plot, it was not necessary, and it broke the atmosphere so exquisitely created by the first chapter. Z. and Ricci demonstrate talent to evoke nearly limitless sexuality in their understated, subtle, intelligent prose. Danny’s first scene meeting Lucy conveys sexual appeal to far greater effect than the first sex scene. In effect, the first sex scene cheapens the narrative and brings it down to a voyeuristic level. The uncomfortable tension between the graphic sex scene and subtle sexuality detracted from my enjoyment of the book. Were Camellia an average erotic novel, the reader might expect such a scene. When Camellia begins by setting the bar high on class and intelligence, however, the first sex scene feels like pandering to a different type of reader than it woos with its other chapters.

Conclusion: Camellia enchants with its characters who walk off the page and into readers’ hearts. While the narrative stumbles in playing too hard to the “sex sells” market, its happily-ever-after ending is sure to charm those looking for a love story with explicit themes.

  1. Content refers to the themes and structure of the book. For fiction, this includes macro elements such as the book’s premise, character arcs, and how well the conflict and resolution fulfill the promise of the book. For non-fiction, this refers to the information that is conveyed.
  2. Craft refers to the level of writing technique, ranging from clarity of text to carefully edited prose.
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    Additional note: The combined score generally is a mathematical average of the three ratings, unless an individual rating is especially low or high.