#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

MORE READER PRIZES!

 

Book Bundles from:

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.

Sci Spanks 2014 Authors and Ambassadors

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PARTICIPATING AUTHORS

These blogs are offering free Sci Spanks stories, prizes, and more! Comments on these blogs earn you entries in the grand prize drawings as well as individual contests. You will earn one prize entry per comment per blog, and commenting on all seventeen blogs will earn you five bonus prize entries.

Be sure to sign up for our exclusive chat with Sci Spanks authors! Message Ana or Anne for an invitation.

 

 

 

SCI SPANKS AMBASSADORS

These blogs sponsor Sci Spanks. Many have donated prizes, some are also authors, and all are a fabulous part of this event. Be sure to check out their sites!

Amanda L Pederick

Ameliah Faith

Anna Jones

Annie Slasher

Asnee Llygedyn

Cat Hopkins

Dame Margo

Dana Danis

Hermione Martingale

Joelle Casteel

Jolynn Raymond

Kristin Elyon

Leigh Smith

Megan Michaels

Minelle Labraun

Missy Jones

Paloma Beck

Regan Nicole

Ronnie Soul

Skeeter Lee

Meet Maren Smith, participating author for #SciSpanks!

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SELF-INTRODUCTION

My name is Maren Smith. I write predominantly spanking/BDSM romances. Upon occasion I do fantasy and sci-fi. My most popular sci-fi/fantasy books are the Pets series under the pen name Darla Phelps.

 

QUESTION AND ANSWER

 

If I had a superpower, I would want to be able to turn myself and anything I touched invisible at whim. And you’d better believe, I would not be using that power for good!

 

AUTHOR BIO, ETC.

You can find me on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maren.smith.10

Feel free to visit my blog: https://badgirlscorner.wordpress.com

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)

AUTHOR PRIZES!

SPANKING PRIZES!

MORE READER PRIZES!

 

Book Bundles from:

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.”

For more information, updates, and a list of participating authors, please visit:

https://governingana.wordpress.com

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Twitter hashtag: #SciSpanks

 

Tuesdays with Ana: When writing makes a writer cry

Have you ever had a day when you struggle for hours to pound out 748 words, and you know you’ll be lucky to keep half of them? It’s hard to write a first draft after struggling to polish a final draft of my previous manuscript. I have to remind myself, every time I start over with a new book, that it’s okay to write fill-in words for the first draft. I’m feeling my way with new characters, getting a sense for the plot, and testing what will be possible.

Still, it’s a constant battle to quiet the snob inside my head who spits back every word of every negative review I’ve received. I convince myself that praise only comes from biased friends who soothe my fragile ego, and I scoff at my foolish hope that I can create stunning works of fiction that will change hearts for the better.

I finally wrote down a list of projects I’ve promised to various people, some with deadlines and others “when I can.”

  • Short story that builds on the flash fiction I wrote last Thursday
  • Twisted (and I mean twisted!) reinterpretation of a fairy tale that includes the Virgin Mary–seriously!
  • Corbin’s Bend novella, details to be announced later (will involve California, a professor, and some unashamed kink)
  • Sequel to Editorial Board, this time with some happy action between Spring and Rachel
  • Short story with a new twist on Korea
  • Short story that involves quilting grannies (more about this later)
  • Ana Adored, a book that Maren Smith originally promised to write for me and later asked me to co-write. I can’t wait to work on this with her!
  • A brand-new F/F book for the Castle series, also with ageplay. No, not Mira. 🙂

And, of course, I’d love to eventually write the third books of Kat and Natalie as well as Mira and Hana. Oh, and I’m working on a M/F story as well.

Plus one or two super secret projects that can’t be named yet.

Oh, and Sci Spanks next month! June 25-29 we’ll have a sampling of science fiction, paranormal, fantasy, and speculative fiction. I’m debating between writing a sneak peek of Tay of Tre, book two in the Bastia series, and a sneak peek of an upcoming urban fantasy/magic realism short story. The second one might not have spanking. :-O

I joked earlier today that I’d follow a “debt management” approach to writing by starting with my smallest project and working my way up. When I have too many projects due at once, I tend to work a little at everything and accomplish nothing. I’m still floundering a bit after submitting Freiya’s Stand, which will now be a stand-alone book rather than part of the Corbin’s Bend series (the story became much deeper than I’d intended, and it made more sense to release the book on its own). To date, it is the book I am proudest of writing. While forgiveness is a theme in many of my stories, the forgiveness between Freiya and her partner, Sabrina, struck a chord in a way I hadn’t expected. I hope you enjoy the story. 🙂

Reading through what I’ve just written, I’m realizing why I’ve been so distracted lately! It never seems like that much until I see it written down.

One distraction has been a negative (but well-written and intelligent) review for Editorial Board. It’s given me a lot to think about. Editorial Board has always been a love or hate book for readers (similar to Desire in Any Language), and the recent review has made me re-think my audience. I’ve always prided myself on writing the kind of spanking fiction someone could enjoy even without enjoying spanking, but perhaps that’s not the case. As I’ve become more involved in the F/F (or, as I’m learning to call it despite personal misgivings about the word, lesbian) community, I’m finding a different set of expectations from readers and fellow authors. I’ve even…gasp…considered writing a story without spanking.

We can’t write for everyone, and usually we write best when we focus on a tiny postage stamp of territory. I enjoy a passionate love story to someone’s chipped front tooth much more than a generic ode to loving everyone all the time. I might not care two cents about that chipped front tooth, but the author’s conviction and concreteness of detail will draw me in.

All of these thoughts swirl in my head as I try to craft a new story, and sometimes it makes me want to cry. So many competing demands, and so many conflicting opinions! I look at my old stories and cringe at clunky prose or amateurish plot twists. Before I published my first book, I heard advice to enjoy myself. Authors write their first books for themselves, and they never again get that luxury. I didn’t understand that sixteen months ago when my first book came out. I was impatient to begin my journey as a professional author.

I say two things to every aspiring author I encounter:

1. Respect your rejection letters. An honest, clear-cut rejection is far more ethical and professional than a half-hearted acceptance. Getting published by a house that can’t support your work does you no favors.

2. Don’t be in a rush to publish. (Been there, done that.) Before you publish your first book, your world is filled with possibilities. After you’ve launched yourself into the publishing world, your labors of love transform into professional obligations. I still love (most of) what I do, but I miss those days of writing as fast as I could because the story begged to be told. I had no fear, no worry, and no deadline. Instead, I wrote for the pure joy of writing.

Today, I hold my aching head in my hands because I can write a 1000-word blog post in half an hour but can’t write more than 800 words all day. I want to tell this story, dang it, but it’s exhausting work.

I’ll go back to writing my amateurish first draft, but I hope you’ll take this through your day today:

If our lives are works in progress, how can we expect our first drafts to be masterpieces?

P.S. If you haven’t already, check out Kat and Natalie’s new story. It’s a Mother’s Day tradition. 🙂

P.P.S. Kat’s birthday is next month! 😀

Taste Us! You’ll Like Us! Meet Maren Smith and P.T. Wyant!

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Welcome to the second-to-late preview of the authors featured for Love Spanks 2014! So far, we have met:

Today, we’ll meet two new authors who do not yet write F/F but are giving it a try. Welcome Maren Smith and P.T. Wyant! 

Hi! I’m Maren. I’ve been married to a wonderful alpha male for 19 years. Our only kids are a green-wing macaw and a blind, mentally retarded (we found him half dead on the road after having been hit by a car) cat. When I’m not writing, I’m usually cross-stitching (which I love). My favorite patterns are by designers Mirabilia and Chatelaine. (Take a minute to google them. They’re gorgeous!) I’ll be doing a lot of traveling this year and I love to meet new people, so if you’re in the area and you’d like to talk to me, I’ll be in New Orleans for the RT convention in May and I’m currently planning to attend Shadowlane’s 2014 spanking party in Las Vegas later this summer!

I have been writing spanking erotica since my teens. I mostly write M/f, but Ana convinced me to try my hand at F/f last fall and I’ve got a story set in my Masters of the Castle series called ‘Ana Adored’ which will be my first all-female spanking romance. When Ana asked me to be a part of Love Spanks this year, I jumped at the chance. She has been my favorite F/f author since I discovered her writing last year.

To me, there is nothing more romantic than watching two people (whether they are gay, lesbian or straight) fall in love. So if you haven’t tried F/f, but you love spanking and you love a good romance, then I would encourage you to set aside any reserves you might have and just try one of these books. It’s still a love story, it’s still heartwarming and it’s still beautiful, regardless of gender.

I was asked to post a favorite recipe, so I chose my incredible health-conscious (not!) recipe for Bacon and Potato Soup. I am all about easy (that could be taken wrong in so many lovely ways), so get our your crockpot and add:

1 bag of frozen Ore Ida’s Potatoes O’Brien

2-3 cups of chopped ham or pre-cooked, shredded chicken

1 chopped onion

1 32oz package of Swanson’s low sodium chicken broth

Salt and pepper to taste

Cook on low all day

 

1 hour before you’re ready to serve, add:

1 can creamed corn

½ package of frozen peas

Turn the crockpot up to high

 

15 minutes before serving, add:

½ packages of cream cheese

½ package of cooked, crisp bacon, chopped

 

Blend it all carefully together with a handheld mixer on lowest possible setting. Be careful, it’s hot!

Top each bowl with grated cheddar cheese and diced green onions for garnish.

It is so yummy!

Media link:  badgirlscorner.wordpress.com

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Paula Wyant About me: I’ll be 53 by the time this starts, and I’m an only child with three brothers. I have too many hobbies: writing, counted cross stitch, crochet, remodeling a doll house, scrapbooking, and avoiding housework. (I’m especially good at avoiding housework.) (The hobbies listed above do not include the things I want to learn: chainmaille, wood burning, jewelry making…)

How did you come to be part of Love Spanks?
I have trouble saying “No” to people whose names start with “An.” Seriously! First it was Anita, a library director, and then it was Anne, the facilitator of the memoir writing group, and now it’s Anastasia…

How long have you written F/F, or when did you first consider writing it?
Um… I don’t? Not really. I write fantasy, and if there are any pairings at all it’s usually M/M, but I did have this WiP from a couple years ago…

What are some F/F titles you have written? If you haven’t published or written F/F yet, what are you planning to write?
Just this one, so far. The working title is Disturbed Magic. (At least, that’s what I said its title was when I started it – I’m pretty sure it’s going to change.)

What are some of your favorite F/F books and authors?
I really don’t have any, come to think of it. (Of course, I’ll probably think of some after this is published.)

What would you like to say to readers who are trying F/F for the first time?
Don’t be scared! It’s a lot better than the broccoli or brussels sprouts you wouldn’t eat as a kid.

What is your favorite recipe?
Chocolate Cherry Upside Down Cake
mix and spread in bottom of ungreased 8 or 9 inch cake pan:
1 Tblspn cold water
1 Tblspn cornstarch
21oz can of cherry pie filling
mix and pour on top of pie filling mix:
1 2/3 C all purpose flour
1 C sugar
1/4 C Hershey’s cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 C water
1/3 C vegetable oil
1 tsp white vinegar (I’ve also used cider — both work)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Bake at 350 for 40 to 45 minutes (toothpick test)
Cool 10 minutes then invert onto serving plate.
Recipe may be doubled for 13×9 pan.

Author bio:
P.T. Wyant is a writer of fantasy and sometimes poetry. She lives in a small town in Pennsylvania, is a jailhouse nurse, a counted cross stitch addict, and an expert avoider of housework.
And she hates writing about her self in third person, so…
Hi, there!
I read once that “A writer never takes a vacation. A writer is always either writing or thinking about writing.” That’s me in a nutshell. (Some people would say I belong in a nutshell, but we won’t go there…)
Writing is my passion, but I do have other hobbies. The aforementioned counted cross stitch is one. (Amount of stash and number of works in progress are not up for discussion.) Crochet is another.
Someday I’ll find the perfect organizational system. Until then I should be banned from office supply stores and any place that sells tote bags or other “things to put things in.”
And that is pretty much me in a bigger nutshell. I like the bigger nutshell — there’s more room to decorate.

Social Media:
my blog: http://ptwyant.com/
my FB page: https://www.facebook.com/NovelNotes

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Taste Us! You’ll Like Us: Meet Kate Richards! Plus, the cinnamon oil winner!

Today marks an exciting beginning! Over the next three weeks, I’ll introduce you to each of the Love Spanks authors. Some names you know, some are new, and some are new names but familiar faces.

As part of the Taste Us! You’ll Like Us! series, each Love Spanks author filled out a brief (or not so brief) interview form. You’ll get to know a bit about each author before we delve into the Love Spanks fun February 7-9. We’ll begin today with a familiar face, Kate Richards who not only participated in Spank or Treat 2013 and Spankee Doodle 2013, but who has appeared on Fika to give advice to aspiring authors. She is a co-owner of Wizards in Publishing, a consulting company for authors, and senior editor at Decadent Publishing. In other words, she is one busy woman! We are lucky to have her with us.

Sharp eyes will recognize Kate as one of the helper elves from Ana’s Advent Calendar 2013. 🙂

Before we “meet” Kate, however, I’d like to announce the lucky winner of the cinnamon oil! I promised one random commenter from Maren’s and my interview (to celebrate the release of Mira’s Miracle), and Sassy Twatter will be one sore, sniffling, repentant young lady as soon as her package arrives. Miss Sassy Twatter, I’d advise you to spend some time in the corner reflecting on your misbehavior before you experience the cinnamon oil for the first time. Perhaps that way, you’ll avoid meeting Nurse Trinity’s pocket paddle. 😉 Congratulations, Sassy Twatter! May you finally learn to behave…for at least one second. 😀

And now, without further ado, let’s taste Kate…I mean meet Kate…I mean…you know what I mean. Taste Kate! You’ll like her! Wait…

(Kate says: “Wait who’s going to taste me? I need references.”)

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I’ve been writing FF for about four years, and reading it forever. Vampire’s Bard was my first FF story and my first self-published work as well. I taught myself formatting, conversion and upload on that book—valuable lessons that took me far longer than I like to admit. Trail of Hearts is another one, a 1Night Stand series story published by Decadent Publishing. I am also proud of a short story called simply Kimmy, in the anthology Love’s Reprise at LazyDay.

One of the reasons I began writing FF was the intensity of emotion I found in the stories I read about love between two women. In fact, when I was writing Vampire’s Bard I began to fear I was doing something wrong, because it felt so different from the MF stories I’d written. I had to slow down, read it over, and talk to some friends to realize I was expressing a different kind of love. Sex was there, I am an erotic author after all, but approached from a slightly different angle.

My favorite recipe varies by the season, and my mood, and how deeply I am involved in what I am writing. Yesterday, embroiled in a sex scene between two customers in a tent (Camping sex rocks, just saying) I burned water. Yes, it is possible. And could well be the subject of a spanking scene. But when I am paying the slightest bit of attention, I understand I’m not a bad cook.

I like to go to the farmer’s market and see what’s in season and create from there. Usually I prefer simple recipes, with a few ingredients like roast chicken and mashed potatoes or my grandmother’s German pot roast. We also enjoy smoking meat in the back yard. Ribs, pork chops, and a rib roast that has made us famous.

Rib roast is a fancy cut and I had my doubts about taking it out to the smoker, until we did it and now it’s the thing we do when we feel like a giant splurge or expect visiting royalty for dinner.

Smoked Rib Roast

Couldn’t be simpler. Pat dry one rib roast and coat with salt and pepper to taste, pierce and insert slivers of garlic, place in the smoker Follow smoker directions and cook at 175-180 degrees until roast reaches 116 degrees with an instant read thermometer, for a four rib roast probably four hours or so, but smokers vary, then place in preheated 400 degree oven. Turn oven off and go away for forty minutes. Do not open the oven, at all, until the time has elapsed. Then remove the roast which will have developed a perfect crust and be meltingly tender inside. Let it stand for fifteen or twenty minutes on the counter before slicing.

Kate Richards divides her time between Los Angeles and the High Sierras. Wherever she is, she loves to explore all different kinds of relationships in her stories. She doesn’t believe one-size-fits-all, and whether her characters live BDSM, ménage, GLBT or any other kind of lifestyle, it’s the love, the joy I one another, that counts.

Facebook Fan Page http://on.fb.me/14Vqx48

Goodreads Page http://bit.ly/19yVcWh

Twitter http://bit.ly/17AeWeM

Blog: http://katerichards.wordpress.com

Thursday’s Thankfulness, 3 days early (or 4 days late): Stunning reviews for Mira’s Miracle!

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Today, you can read the second half of my interview with Maren Smith on her blog! Don’t forget that you need to comment on both part one AND two in order to enter the contest for the cinnamon oil.

Find out more about Bill Emerson, Miranda Hardwick, and how Maren managed to push all of my F/F desire buttons at once. During an interview when I was trying to be professional, too. MAREN! 😀 Plus, learn more about Trinity and the role of a Nurse within the Castle.

As well, please read this stunning review by Erzabet’s Enchantments:

I fell in love with Ana’s book Desire in Any Language and was thrilled to see what came next in Mira’s adventures. Hana was still a bit of mystery at the end of the last book- I admit I was pretty transfixed on Mira’s fascination with her tutor myself.  Finding out more about Hana and Mira’s relationship was very exciting. Going to the Castle on vacation was even more so. All the possibilities-especially in a shared universe like this one. When Mira gets to the Castle, she finds out that the luxury vacation she thought she was getting is very different from the reality that awaits her. Each step took me deeper and deeper and I didn’t want it to end.

Thinking about how this book made me feel left me with twisting emotions indeed. I loved it completely. It explored age play and that is something I have discovered is a trigger point in most cases. So…I identified with Mira’s terror at being touched by the male teacher in the school. When something bad happens to you like what she experienced, it leaves scars. I will be the first to admit it-I still have them and they pop up and the damnedest times. Journeying with Mira at the Castle, I felt like I was there with her as she was dressed in in children’s clothes and made to behave as if she were a child. It was hard for her and for more than one reason.

Full review continues here. It’s worth the visit to read! Wow. When I labor over a book never to hear responses afterward, it can be disappointing. Then Mira’s Miracle came out and the response was wonderful! Here’s crossing my fingers that it will continue. I bet even Cat will like ageplay more than she thinks, and Irishey, too. 😀 I’ve promised Irishey that I will accept her challenge: She said I could write about the dynamics between bubble gum and concrete and still keep my readers interested. Later this week, I will write a very short (100-300 words) piece about bubble gum and concrete. You can all be the judge whether I’ve fulfilled Irishey’s mandate. 😀

Plus another 5-star review from Kristin Elyon:

5 STARS PLUS!! This book was d*mn near perfect for me! I looooooved it!!!! If you LOVE The Master of the Castle series by Maren Smith, like I do then this story is just an added bonus! Ana’s amazing characters visit that castle! All the characters, the interwoven storylines, the drama, the love, the passion, the angst, the fear, the doubt, the sheer happiness – it was all so good!! I know I really like a book when I start reading it really slow, taking in all the details, because I simply don’t want it to end! That’s how this one was for me! One of the best books I’ve read and it’s f/f!!

Kristin Elyon also wrote this wonderful review of the first book, Desire in Any Language:

Well, I am thoroughly de-virginized now. My Anastasia Vitsky f/f cherry has been popped and I enjoyed it immensely. I’ve heard so much about this wonderful author I just had to take advantage and read her story!

It was a perfect mix of sweet seduction, spanking, wicked activities and loads of emotional connection. For the first half of the book I devoured each page, turning and turning without taking a breath. I can’t wait to read the second book and read more of Mira and see her new adventures!

I am definitely putting Anastasia Vitsky on my must read list and hope to happily devour more of her books in the near future.

Oh, I nearly forgot! Roz posted this amazing review of Editorial Board. Wow! Thank you so much, Roz!

I was thrilled and excited to win a copy of Editorial Board by our very own Anastasia Vitsky in Ana’s individual blog competition over at Governing Ana as part of the 2013 Spank or Treat blog hop.  It has taken me a while to get the chance to sit down and read this and therefore to write this review.  Ana I apologise 🙂  I have to say though, it was well worth the wait!

Ana offered me a number of titles to chose from and I decided upon Editorial Board.  I chose this book because I liked its premise and the main character, Spring Meadows (yes, you read right.  She also has   sister’s Autumn and Summer) sounded appealing to me.  She sounded as though she could be rather Scrappy and that I would therefore relate well to her 🙂

Please visit Roz’s blog to read the rest of the review. Worth the visit, again! I loved Roz’s review so much that I actually took out Editorial Board and re-read it start to finish last night. Now I’m plotting sequels. I’d love to see more dynamics between Rachel and Spring. Maybe Spring drops some bubble gum on the sidewalk…

Giggle.

Thank you to everyone who has read my books, reviewed them on your blog/Amazon/Goodreads/Facebook, told a friend about them, bought one as a gift for a friend, or in other ways shared the word. THANK you! Thank you so much. I’ve just gotten word that Becoming Clissine will receive a 5-star review, too. Wow! For ages I go without a single review or feedback, and then it all happens in a day or two. Is today my lucky day? Sure feels like it.

Oh, and don’t forget to enter the contest for cinnamon oil! SH, you are NOT excused! No trying to cheat. 😀

Love you all. Thank you, each one of you, for giving me such a wonderful response. Bless you.

By the way, I had to giggle at re-reading Cat Victoria in Editorial Board. Probably one of my favorite characters and definitely my favorite non-human character of my books. The image of Kayley trying to walk Victoria on a “leash” made of her belt…is it wrong to admit that my own words made me giggle?

Ah, well. Cats will be cats, and we love ’em anyway.

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Extraordinary: #Satspanks, #SnippetSunday, #SeductiveSnS, and #Wewriwa

Welcome to Saturday Spankings, Seductive Studs and Sirens, Snippet Sunday, and Weekend Writing Warriors!

Mira, from Desire in Any Language, has found new love in the stunning and brilliant diplomat, Hana Takahashi. Mira adores her, even when Hana gives her provoking calls in public. Equal parts exasperated and turned on, Mira continues to reflect on the changes Hana has brought into Mira’s life.

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I never thought I would be the sort of person to say dirty things in supermarkets or proclaim my love in front of strangers. I think of myself as shy, unassuming, or even ordinary. But life with Hana has taught me even the most ordinary of events can become extraordinary. She makes me – in some ways when I’d rather not – find excitement in the everyday. With her, every day is a discovery; each meeting is an occasion.

“Why didn’t you get more apples?” Hana asks when I return home. Or, rather, to her home, the home from which we will begin our travels tonight. It’s hard to believe we will take our first trip together.

Mira’s Miracle is now available from Blushing Books! It’s not yet on Amazon, but it should be very soon. I hope you enjoyed your sneak peek. 🙂 By the way, it’s not too late to enter the two-part contest to win your very own vial of cinnamon oil. Why would you want cinnamon oil? Read Mira’s Miracle to find out!

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Mira’s Miracle (with Maren Smith)

Whisked away to the fairytale Castle for a dream vacation, Mira confronts her darkest fears.

 

Vacationing at Master Marshall’s world-renowned Castle should have spelled Fantasy Land, but for Mira the trip means paying a debt. She promised to work hard at her translator’s certificate course while her advisor went on maternity leave, but distraction arrives in the form of her first love. Diplomat Hana Takahashi, from Desire in Any Language, captures Mira’s total attention. Between Hana’s stringent embassy security and Mira’s draconian school dormitory curfew, their stolen kisses drive Mira wild with desire. Hana makes a bet with Mira: keep up with her schoolwork or take a trip of Hana’s choice, according to Hana’s rules. No veto power.

When Mira presents her inadequate end-of-term report, Hana books a dream vacation—of Hana’s dreams. Safe within the Castle, the elaborate role playing kink haven, Hana turns Mira into her little girl. Complete with a private nurse, playroom with its nanny in charge, and a schoolroom filled with naughty pupils and a stern teacher, the Castle’s ageplay wing reduces Mira to a child from the moment of her arrival. Hana’s word is law, and all of the Castle employees carry out her orders for Mira.

However, Mira’s natural resistance leads to tantrums, defiance, and spankings from every adult who assists with her care. When she encounters a tutor who triggers her deepest fears, she must face her residual trauma over the duplicitous “Mistress Susan.” Is Mira ready for the maternal nurturing offered by Hana, or will her unhealed wounds drive everyone away? Can she become Hana’s little girl, or will she safeword out of the Castle to return to everyday life…without Hana? Will there be a miracle for Mira?

Warning: contains ageplay, mouth-soaping, spankings, and sex scenes

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A spanking story mashup: how Ana Vitsky’s characters visited Maren Smith’s Castle

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Today, we welcome Maren Smith for a two-part interview! Please comment on both today’s post and Monday’s post to enter a drawing for a very special surprise…a bottle of cinnamon oil. Cinnamon oil, you ask? Read more about it on Minelle’s blog.

Anastasia Vitsky: Hello Maren, and thank you so much for joining us at Governing Ana! We’re doing a two-part series to celebrate the latest release from your Castle series, Mira’s Miracle. Today I’ll host you on my blog, and on Monday you’ll host me on your blog.

Maren Smith: Thank you for having me, Ana. I don’t do this very often, so it’s always such a thrill when I get to visit with others.

Anastasia Vitsky: I’ve always admired your work, from way back before I knew you personally. I’ve said this a few times before, but I love your Pets series. I admire how you can create an entirely new world, challenge your readers, change how we think, and still give a rip-roaring story chock-full with spankings and all things delightfully kinky.

Maren Smith: Thank you, but that’s what we all do, isn’t it? From Becoming Clissine, to Cara’s Breeder, to Pets. That’s our job. But more than that, I don’t think we can help it. It’s too much who we are as authors.

Anastasia Vitsky: Speaking of Becoming Clissine, that marked the beginning of our collaboration, didn’t it? I wrote to you, nervous about writing my first honest-to-goodness story with ageplay, and pestered you with questions and requests for advice.

Maren Smith: Yes, it did! But I wouldn’t call it pestering. 🙂 You had an awesome story idea, a world that spoke volumes to both the kink of spanking and ageplay, and the emotional impact that really made that story. It was a pleasure to work with you in that regard and it led to our collaborating in the Castle series, which has been a delight right from the start.

Anastasia Vitsky: When you and I first talked during the creation of Becoming Clissine, I found your thoughts both helpful and challenging. Then when I read what would later become Kaylee’s Keeper (while basking in the sun at an IKEA cafeteria, if you truly want to know!), I became consumed with the world you had created. Right from the first page, you captured my imagination. The setup was pure genius–Kaylee, a novice, makes every rookie mistake and opens the story for those new to the kink lifestyle. Yet she enters a world full of respectable professionals in the Castle, and there is enough “serious business” to keep longtime players interested. I remember writing to you, “I’m so jealous you thought of this setting first!”

Maren Smith: My idea for the Castle was two part. I wanted to come out of the fantasy a little and introduce something meaningful and real from the aspect of someone who lives the lifestyle. Everyone knows about 50 Shades. Although these kinds of stories have been around for years, it wasn’t until 50 Shades that the door really opened for us and brought in the kind of audience that legitimizes this genre. But, 50 Shades is not an accurate reflection of this kink, real Doms or real submissives. There’s nothing really accurate about that story, in that it doesn’t reflect real people or emotions. I wanted to show what I’ve seen over and over again. Novices who come in not knowing what they want or how to get what they need. I wanted to show that it was okay to not know everything. I also wanted to show that there is more to BDSM than spanking. There are so many different aspects of TTWD, that are every bit as beautiful and fascinating and worthwhile, apart from my main literary focus which has always been the spanking.

Anastasia Vitsky: That’s the beauty of Kaylee’s Keeper and Kaylee herself, that she makes all the worst mistakes (no spoilers!) and places herself into bad situations, but she still finds her happily ever after. (She’s similar to Mira in that way, as a matter of fact.) Master Marshall then leads her through all of the various kinks available at the Castle.

Except, and anyone who knows me will anticipate this objection, I was disappointed to find that the Castle was a M/F world. I adored Kaylee, I adored her experience, and I adored your writing (as always). Yet when Master Marshall introduced her to kinks ranging from violet wands to ageplay to pony play, we did not see any F/F couples. In fact, the intake forms mentioned M/F. In addition, the reference to the “Rainbow Room,” the central gathering place where people could interact out of character, specifically mentioned it was not in reference to LBGT. I wrote to you, with a great deal of trepidation, mentioning that I loved the story but had trouble with those points. Imagine my surprise when you not only took my words seriously, but you made the changes and invited me to write a F/F installment to your Castle series! I nearly fell to the floor in shock. I’ve had many experiences as a F/F writer in the oddly M/F-centric world of kink, but the kind of instant acceptance and understanding you showed me was unprecedented. For that, you will always have my respect and gratitude.

Maren Smith: But that’s what I had always seen and wanted for the Castle. I had always imagined it to be a world where anyone could find their specific niche. That it would be met with acceptance. That we are all of us united by this thing we do, whether we like to get our bottoms spanked or dress up as Littles or put on tails and paws and kitten ears and crawl around being petted by a room full of strangers. I write predominantly M/F because that’s who I’ve always been, but that’s not what I wanted the Castle to be. I wanted to show M/m, F/m, F/f. I wanted it to be that reflection of reality in which we are not all carbon-copy people. We have variances and subtle and not-so-subtle differences. And yet, it wasn’t until you pointed out where I had fallen short of my vision that I realized I couldn’t write all those different nuances myself. I don’t live them. I don’t feel them. I would not be able to do them justice. But you could, at least in regards to F/f. I’ve read your work before. You have a very clear, concise voice in regards to what you’re passionate about. You have skill and vision and I knew if I could get you to come into my world, you would do it justice. You’d take it seriously and write one hell of a good story, and I was right.

Anastasia Vitsky: The world of authoring is both fraught and competitive, and despite the surface happy-happy-joy-joy many of us struggle (established authors, too!) trying to make ourselves heard and to push our own books forward. I respect and appreciate your generosity in saying, “Here, Ana. Here’s my sandbox. Come in, make yourself comfortable, and do everything that I couldn’t.” Rather than falling short of your goal, I felt that you were both honest and straightforward. None of us can write an entire world by ourselves, and none of us can represent all of the different perspectives. The genius of the Castle is that your storyverse begs us to fill in our own postage stamp of space. If it had been a world I created, I might have felt uneasy letting someone else into it–and yet you gave me keys to the kingdom and complete trust. Didn’t you have any qualms or concerns before letting me run around in your Castle?

Maren Smith: Yes, actually. Which was why I asked you to follow a few rules. My biggest concern wasn’t that you’d do something outlandish in my world or alter my vision for how it might work. It was that you’d write me into a corner with one of my own characters. lol, I was a little leery of giving up total control, which was why it worked so well that you didn’t come in and just take over. You kept me in the loop. You asked tons of questions about what I wanted to do in this regards or that, or in other aspects of the world. And you brought with you some really awesome ideas in areas I hadn’t yet thought of. That rocking chair in the Castle Nursery was pure genius. So were the kittens. I could see that happening.

Anastasia Vitsky: Because this was my first straight-up ageplay, rather than a story containing ageplay elements (Becoming Clissine does contain ageplay, but it’s within a socio-political context rather than the pleasure of ageplay in its own right), I had to negotiate a balance between respecting ageplay versus not alienating my readers who are not comfortable with ageplay. I am a sucker for kittens, as I think many people are, and the thought of holding and getting to name a newborn kitten brought out all of the childlike delight in me. One thing I’ve learned as a writer: if I love what I write, readers will, too. Your addition to the kittens idea (I won’t say in order not to spoil the story) was pure genius, as well. For me, that was the best part of writing this story. Mira and Hana were my own creation, already existing in their own world from Desire in Any Language, but within your world I got to see them grow and interact in new and interesting ways. I loved going to you each step of the way and saying, “Maren, who would be your school teacher? Who’s in charge of the Nursery?” It felt as if we needed a tourist map and a visitor’s brochure!

Maren Smith: I’ve had people who’ve sent emails saying that, too. They want this to be a real Castle so they can pay to visit.

Anastasia Vitsky: Me, too!!

Look for part two on Maren’s blog on Monday! Find out more about Mira and Hana’s visit, as well as behind-the-scenes discussion of how the story came to be. In the meantime, look for Mira’s Miracle to go on sale at Blushing Books tonight! I’ll showcase eight sentences for the weekend snippets, and next week we’ll talk more about cinnamon oil as well as the process of reviewing published books.

Enjoy your visit to the Castle, whether it’s your first or fourth!

Desire in Any Language (Book one in the Mira series)
Mira thought she wanted a spanking.  What she got was love.

On her own for the first time, Mira is studying abroad for her translator’s certificate.  Unfortunately, the heady excitement of dance clubs, late-night parties, and endless shopping quickly distracts her from her educational goals.  Mira’s advisor offers her private tutoring, but the combined pressures of culture and language difference threaten Mira’s progress at school.  She is unable to get her act together until she makes a discovery that horrifies and tantalizes her: in her new country, corporal punishment is a way of life.  The secret to her academic success just might also fulfill her wildest, unspoken dreams.

Sexy. Seductive. Dangerous. A poignant and compelling read.

Mira’s Miracle (with Maren Smith, book two in the Mira series)

Whisked away to the fairytale Castle for a dream vacation, Mira confronts her darkest fears.

 

Vacationing at Master Marshall’s world-renowned Castle should have spelled Fantasy Land, but for Mira the trip means paying a debt. She promised to work hard at her translator’s certificate course while her advisor went on maternity leave, but distraction arrives in the form of her first love. Diplomat Hana Takahashi, from Desire in Any Language, captures Mira’s total attention. Between Hana’s stringent embassy security and Mira’s draconian school dormitory curfew, their stolen kisses drive Mira wild with desire. Hana makes a bet with Mira: keep up with her schoolwork or take a trip of Hana’s choice, according to Hana’s rules. No veto power.

When Mira presents her inadequate end-of-term report, Hana books a dream vacation—of Hana’s dreams. Safe within the Castle, the elaborate role playing kink haven, Hana turns Mira into her little girl. Complete with a private nurse, playroom with its nanny in charge, and a schoolroom filled with naughty pupils and a stern teacher, the Castle’s ageplay wing reduces Mira to a child from the moment of her arrival. Hana’s word is law, and all of the Castle employees carry out her orders for Mira.

However, Mira’s natural resistance leads to tantrums, defiance, and spankings from every adult who assists with her care. When she encounters a tutor who triggers her deepest fears, she must face her residual trauma over the duplicitous “Mistress Susan.” Is Mira ready for the maternal nurturing offered by Hana, or will her unhealed wounds drive everyone away? Can she become Hana’s little girl, or will she safeword out of the Castle to return to everyday life…without Hana? Will there be a miracle for Mira?

Warning: contains ageplay, mouth-soaping, spankings, and sex scenes

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Remember–you need to comment on part two on Maren’s blog on Monday in order to enter the drawing for the cinnamon oil!