#FallinLove with Fairytales, Day One!

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Welcome to the Fall in Love with Fairytales blog tour!

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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Meet #SciSpanks authors Erzabet Bishop, Louisa Bacio, Anne Ferrer Odom, and Sue Lyndon!

Hi. I’m Erzabet Bishop and I write urban fantasy blended with erotic romance. Sigil fire is an urban fantasy lesbian fiction tale. My Sci Spanks story is an excerpt from Blood Red Moon. Let me take you to a place where magic, myth and mayhem abound with an erotic edge to keep you coming back for more. The full novella will be out in the early fall. Yes, there will be spanking…

What would my superpower be?

If I could have any superpower, I would want to be a blood witch/vampire like Fae in Sigil Fire. She can take on anything and kick butt doing it-and still have time to fall in love with a woman who needs her to break a curse that has followed her for a millennia.

I would also love to simultaneously clean my house while writing. That would be the best trick ever. Oh…and add sleeping in there too. Must multitask.

Bio

Erzabet Bishop has been crafting stories since she could pound keys on her parents’ old typewriter. She has only just learned that it is a whole lot more fun writing naughty books. She is a contributing author to the Silk Words website with her Fetish Fair choose your own romantic adventure stories, Elemental Passions (upcoming), Forbidden Fruit, Potnia, A Christmas To Remember, Taboo II, Club Rook: The Series, Sweat, Bossy, When the Clock Strikes Thirteen, Unbound Box, Milk & Cookies & Handcuffs, Holidays in Hell, Corset Magazine: Sex Around the World Issue and Man vs. Machine: The Sex Toy Issue, Smut by the Sea Volume 2, Hell Whore Volume 2, Can’t Get Enough (upcoming, Cleis), Slave Girls, The Big Book of Submission (upcoming Cleis), Hungry for More (upcoming Cleis), Gratis II, Anything She Wants, Dirty Little Numbers, Kink-E magazine, Eternal Haunted Summer, Coming Together: Girl on Girl, Shifters and Coming Together: Hungry for Love among others. She is the author of Lipstick (upcoming), Dinner Date, Tethered, Blood Red Moon (upcoming), Sigil Fire, The Erotic Pagans Series: Beltane Fires, Samhain Shadows and Yuletide Temptation. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects and watch monster movies. When she isn’t writing, she loves to review music and books.

Follow her reviews and posts on Twitter @erzabetbishop.

Links:

Facebook “like” page: https://www.facebook.com/erzabetbishopauthor

Amazon author page: http:// amazon.com/author/erzabetbishop/

Author site: http://erzabetwrites.wix.com/erzabetbishop

 

LOUISA BACIO

 

Ciao! I’m Louisa Bacio, and I write erotic paranormal romance. Truly, I believe in Love Knows No Bounds. The characters dictate the stories I write, and the love interests, whether they be M/M or F/F or M/F … or a fun ménage combination.

 

For Sci Spanks, I’m featuring “Double Trouble,” a peek at a F/F roller derby tale with a paranormal twist.

 

 

1)   In the world you created, what do wish, if anything, could be real, or what are you relieved is only fiction?

 

Oh, everything should absolutely be real, and when you read it, hopefully, you’ll think so, too!

 

2)   What challenges and/or pleasures have you experienced in writing and appreciating paranormal?

 

We only know so much about the world around us. What about what we don’t know, or what lays beyond our physical realm. Paranormal and sci fi allows me as a writer to stretch the imagination. Or, perhaps, write about an altered form of reality.

 

3)   If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

 

I’d love to have the power to heal. Just think about it – you could save so many people, and potentially live forever, too. It all depends upon the concept of “healing.”

 

 

Bio

 

A Southern California native, Louisa Bacio can’t imagine living far away from the ocean. The multi-published author of erotic romance enjoys writing within all realms – from short stories to full-length novels.

 

Bacio shares her household with a supportive husband, two daughters growing “too fast,” and a multitude pet craziness: Three dogs, five fish tanks, an aviary, hamsters, rabbits, hermit crabs and guinea pigs. In her other life, she teaches college classes in English, journalism and popular culture.

 

Blog http://louisabacio.blogspot.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/louisabacio

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/louisabacio

 

ANNE FERRER ODOM

A student of philosophy, linguistics, and computer science, Anne spends long evenings debating the ethics of human-tech biological integration with her remarkably sentient household appliances in their native tongues. In real life, she is a new author, completing her first novel with co-author Rose Hunt. Together, Anne and Rose write “steamy” steampunk adventure. Get a taste at www.gaslightfantasy.com.

 

On her own, Anne indulges in flash fiction of any genre at www.flashinganne.com. Sci Spanks is the first time Anne’s throwing a little spank into her fiction. Yum.

 

Got Twitter? Give a follow: @AFOdom

 

QUESTION AND ANSWER

Choose one or more of the following questions to answer:

 

1)   In the world you created, what do wish, if anything, could be real, or what are you relieved is only fiction?

  1. I really want to be a werewolf. The kind that must eat 100 pancakes to keep up her metabolism and doesn’t think twice about walking around naked in front of anyone.

2)   What challenges and/or pleasures have you experienced in writing and appreciating sci fi (or your term)? Examples might be writing as a woman, getting to have more freedom than writing a “realistic” story, etc.

  1. My pre-teen kids really want to read my stuff, but they aren’t old enough yet, what with the sex and things that go bump in the night. They’ll probably be really sorry when they get old enough (“Please tell me you haven’t actually *done* any of this, Mom.”)

3)   If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?

  1. Teleportation. I want to go everywhere. And I want to go NOW.

 

SUE LYNDON

Hi, my name is Sue Lyndon and I write erotic spanking romances in many different genres, including science fiction. So far my science fiction stories (Surrender and Commander’s Slave) have involved hunky, dominant aliens who aren’t afraid to take their human ladyloves over their knees. I like the freedom writing science fiction provides to create a cultural background for the alien hero that differs greatly from the human heroine’s, which of course leads to more tension and conflict between the main characters. For example, in my Sci Spanks story, No More Lizards, the heroine is vexed that her new alien husband never smiles and she thinks if she plays enough pranks on him, he’ll eventually come around and develop a sense of humor. You’ll have to read the story to find out how well that works out for her though! J

 

 

In the world you created, what do wish, if anything, could be real, or what are you relieved is only fiction?

In No More Lizards, my main characters are living on a perfectly habitable alien planet. I guess I wish THAT possibility were real. How cool would it be to locate and travel to another Earthlike planet? And live there! Seriously, I’d sign up for that adventure.

 

Bio

 

Sue Lyndon is a multi-published author of erotic BDSM romance and spanking romances. She enjoys a good book in any genre, loves Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, and runs on coffee and chocolate.

 

www.suelyndon.com

www.facebook.com/AuthorSueLyndon

www.twitter.com/SueLyndon

 

AUTHOR CHATS!

Most of the Sci Spanks authors will be available for an exclusive chat on Facebook. Here is the tentative (subject to change!) schedule for the author chats. More times may be added. Message Ana or Anne on Facebook for an invitation.

All times are in EDT. EDT stands for Eastern Daylight (Saving) Time, aka New York time. It’s also known as UTC-4. (The easiest way to keep track of EDT is to google “New York time now.”)

Wednesday 6/25:
Maren Smith (12-2PM)
Kate Richards (9 PM)
Carole Cummings (10 PM)
Cathy Pegau (11PM)

Thursday 6/26:
Eve Langlais (9 PM)
Anastasia Vitsky (10 PM)
Leigh Ellwood (11 PM)

Friday 6/27:
Jessica E Subject (10 AM to noon)
Kathryn R. Blake (5 PM)
Eva Lefoy (9 PM)

Saturday 6/28:
Erzabet Bishop (Time TBD)

Sunday 6/29
Anne Ferrer Odom (10 AM)
Olivia Starke (6 PM)

 

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An ode to spanking (or why Ana doesn’t consider it play)

I was asked an interesting question this week.

“What appeals to you about spanking?”

Short of pointing the asker to my blog, I wasn’t sure how to respond in a few words.

The asker continued, “Spanking doesn’t do much for me in the way of play.”

I paused and thought about it for a while. I found a few old blog posts on why I write about spanking:

Those are some of my favorite posts from my years of blogging, but they don’t answer the original question.

There’s the sensual appeal, absolutely. The thrill, the tingly butterflies of anticipation, and drawn-out banter/flirting involved.

Then there’s intimacy. I know some people who would more easily forgive their partner sleeping with someone else than spanking someone else. I can understand that. It’s an act of immense trust, loyalty, and vulnerability.

There’s the power dynamic. M/F won’t do it for me, ever. A man who tries to joke about spanking me is lucky to keep his body parts intact afterward. A man who barely knows me and/or sends me pictures of naked body parts with talk of spanking…well, that’s why the internet gurus invented block, unfriend, and delete. But (for me only, as this is my blog), that supreme moment when one human being reaches out to help another human being become better…that’s powerful. Spanking as therapy has become a cliche and overused as a fetish, but for me the motivation remains pure. To find someone at her lowest, to use spanking as a physical act to accomplish what words cannot…to me, that is power. It’s also a way to ground someone into the here-and-now when the here and now becomes too painful (pun not intended). A few spanks hurt far less than the emotional turmoil needing resolution.

The act of (adult) spanking, in Ana’s world, is an exquisite moment of love. Sure, I enjoy a good joke and tease, but the actual act is as special as a child offering me her crayon drawing. It says, “Here I am. I trust you, I love you, and I’m willing to let you see me at my most vulnerable.” It also says, “I care about you, you are important to me, and I will honor the trust you’ve given me.”

While of course there are physical risks that come with spanking, the biggest (for me) is the heart. Trusting the wrong person can lead to heartbreak, and trusting the right person gives life affirmation in a way nothing else can.

(If you’ve read my books, you might point out that many of my characters, especially Kat and Natalie, use spanking for play. That’s because of the trust in their relationship; it’s not play for its own sake.)

Rainbow Con recap

F/F kink fiction does have a place at author conferences. *picks my jaw off the floor* Yes. This past weekend at Rainbow Con (shout out to S.L and Roger Armstrong, K. Piet, and all the wonderful folks at Storm Moon Press) was filled with camaraderie, conversation, cookies, and kink.

Prize winners!

Chocolate roses: Sarah Hart, Kathleen Tudor, Ann Anderson, and (one more name I can’t remember at the moment)

“I’m a sexy girl” sign: London Calling

“Don’t lean” sign: H.L. Holston

Happy fun gift bags: Dean Prech and Becky Condit

Kinky fun gift bag: Jamie Fessenden

5-book F/F gift basket from Blushing Books (donated by the same): Sue Brown

$50 gift certificate to Blushing Books (donated by the same): Angel Martinez

 

 

Some of my favorite Rainbow Con moments include:

  • Alex Carreras stopping by my table Friday morning to ask, “Am I the only one who hasn’t tasted your cookies yet?” He paused, realized what he’d said, and added, “That wasn’t a euphemism, by the way.” It became a running joke to ask whether people had tasted my cookies and to assure them that it wasn’t a euphemism. In order to fully appreciate this moment, you should know that Alex has a dapper, gentlemanly demeanor. He wouldn’t look out of place at an art show or the ballet, and his demeanor made his joke even funnier.
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  • Adrian Smith saying it had been amusing to watch the play-by-play of the Great Cookie Baking the day before the con. So great to meet you in person, Adrian! Thanks for giving me the nudge to go to my first author con.
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  • Allison Cassatta (sitting at the table next to me in the Author Alley) jumping up to embrace Rick as she squealed, “You got MIRA! My kindred spirit!” after taking my quiz. Allison, you were the best Author Alley “roomie” ever.
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  • Kathleen Tudor shouting “I love spanking Anastasia!” to get my attention, before realizing what she’d said. “There was supposed to be a comma before your name,” she added. Too late. 🙂 The weekend was FULL of Kathleen quotes, but I don’t want to embarrass her.
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  • Getting to see some F/F spanking action! No, it didn’t involve me (except as a spectator).
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  • Being dubbed the “Spanking Queen” and called upon to deliver a birthday spanking to Becky Condit. (No, I didn’t do it.)
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  • Chatting with S.L., Roger, Kris, and Kathleen (as well as many others) in the con suite. What an amazing gift! They’d put together an enormous (and fantastic) buffet of snacks to keep busy congoers fed while running from one panel to another. All offered free of charge as a labor of love. Bless you.
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  • Speaking of Becky Condit, how fun to celebrate her birthday! What a wonderful review site she has, Mrs Condit and Friends.
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  • Watching David Berger try to get his jello shot out of the plastic cup. Saundra Armstrong had put a lot of vodka into the shots, so everyone’s reaction was hilarious. David said, “I just licked it, and my tongue went numb!” Of course, I put the quote (out of context) on my Facebook and Twitter. Becky Condit asked, “What’s he doing with the spicy lube?”
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  • The hilariously inappropriately titled F/F fiction panel, and watching others (especially Kathleen) try to get me to say the title. In all seriousness, the discussion was wonderful and a highlight of the weekend.
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  • Putting up quotes of the day on my Facebook and Twitter and enjoying the laughter and conversations that followed.
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  • Meeting the neat folks from Less Than Three, Dreamspinner, Storm Moon, JMS Books, and Rooster and Pig publishers. You were all wonderful!
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  • Getting London Calling’s Twitter ID confused and laughing about it together. Her Superman costume! Also, her gracious help moving all of my bags (hundreds of cookies, pieces of candy, and all of my promotional materials). I’d nearly broken my back lugging bag after bag of supplies, and then Little Miss Chipper came along to save the day. Mwah, London! May all of your rocks never be kryptonite.
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  • Accidentally tagging the wrong Susan Lee when I gave a shout out to Boys in our Books, a fabulous review site. Susan, Lisa A, Scott Burkett, (apologies because I am not sure of the last name) gave wonderful information about blog tours.
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  • Shae Connor’s hilariously inappropriate comments that she tried to blame on the jello shots.
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  • Watching Amanda Ching’s reaction to the vodka-laced blue jello as it seared her mouth.
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  • Hearing and seeing people burst into laughter as they took my “Who is your inner spankee?” quiz. Unexpected side effect: Administering the quiz gave me a shortcut to getting to know people. When I’d say, “You’re Leila!” or “You’re Kat!” and read the character description, more often than not people would respond by saying, “That sounds like me!” One person said this was the most accurate personality quiz she’d ever taken. Most popular answer: Freiya of Freiya’s Stand. Least popular answer: Clissa of Becoming Clissine
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  • People asking, “What’s the deal with the wooden spoon?” Oh, how I LOVED answering that! 😀
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  • The F/F fiction panel was the highlight of the con. Not just the discussion itself (which was terrific), but that Saundra and Roger prioritized the panel–to the point that Roger chose that session (out of his extremely busy schedule running the con) to attend. The audience was wonderful, the panelists (Kathleen Tudor, Adrian Smith, Allison Cassatta, and yours truly) fit together well. I give Saundra and Roger huge props for creating a much-needed space for readers and authors of F/F fiction.
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  • Terrific topics for the panels, ranging from religion in genre fiction to the “Man Panel” (male perspective regarding M/M fiction). Author etiquette, marketing, self-publishing, contracts, YA, paranormal…you name it, Rainbow Con had it. Really well-thought-out array of topics. *grateful applause*
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  • The amazing generosity and kindness of the guest of honor, Geoffrey Knight, and each of the guest authors. Geoff sat at my author table, took my quiz, and talked to me about my books. My hat off to you, Geoff.
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  • Sue Brown’s discussion on the “Misogyny in Fiction” panel. It would have been easy to dismiss my point (that fiction needs strong female characters not dependent on men) as irrelevant to her M/M writing, but instead she talked about her main characters’ love and respect for the women in their lives. Then Sue said that meeting *me* was a highlight of her weekend. Likewise, Sue. I was honored to meet you.
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  • Getting to meet Jeff Adams (of JMS Books) in person and thank him for supporting Love Spanks. We’ll get to have his support for Sci Spanks in June, too! Hurrah!
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  • Participating in the “Rape: Not a laughing matter” panel under the capable hosting of Angel Martinez.
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  • Meeting Vicktor Alexander and hearing his thoughts on writing, reading, and publishing.
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  • A wonderful post-con dinner with David Berger, Cari Z (finally got to meet Caitlin Ricci’s writing partner and the woman behind the green tea F/F spanking story!), and Cari’s husband.
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  • Meeting Carole Cummings and her daughter. You two were a delight to have at my table, and I wish you both the very best.
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  • Meeting Caethes Faron. What a sweet woman!
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  • Teasing Carolyn Gray about my wooden spoons and watching her blush! I was mean to tease you, Carolyn, but you were too cute. I couldn’t help myself.
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  • Feeling comfortable as Anastasia Vitsky, author of F/F spanking fiction. Not having to apologize for who I am, soothe offended egos of those who find F/F spanking fiction offensive, or cater to a crowd that tolerates F/F while wishing for M/F. I love every single one of my readers, and I love my M/F readers just as much as anyone else. You are cherished, I promise. But, still, there is something special about hearing, “You write F/F? Wow! It’s so hard to find F/F! I have to tell my sister/daughter/niece/neighbor/cousin!”

I know I am forgetting names. I’ve tried to put down as many as I can without turning this into a list (boring!). Megan Derr, Sarah Hart, Ashlyn Daube, Rory Ni Coileain, Kade Boehme, Isabella Carter, Jackson Cordd, Sklyar Cates, Jamie Fessenden, Rhys Ford, Anel Viz, Kassa, Lexi Ander, Stephen del Mar, and so many others…if you stopped by my table this past weekend, I’m sending you an enormous virtual treat (peppermint brownie, peanut butter oatmeal bar, gingersnap, peanut butter cookie, or oatmeal butterscotch chocolate chip cookie). Thank you for sitting down, taking my quiz, chatting with me, and letting me get to know you. My life is enriched from the experience, and I will never forget you.

Thank you, organizers of Rainbow Con, for giving me (and many others) a weekend of acceptance, fellowship, and support. It means more than you can ever know.

See you all at Rainbow Con 2015.

 

Sue Lyndon’s Surprise Day Winners!

Sue Lyndon, our favorite bad girl, tattletale to Mrs. Claus, and author of VERY naughty fiction, gave us a wonderful post yesterday on how to deceive persuade Santa that we belong on the nice list.

Chickie, hiding out in the closet with the turkey puts you on the naughty list. 🙂

Out of the 70 commenters yesterday (wow!) Sue randomly chose five lucky ducks to receive her Amish ageplay book, Hanna’s Awakening.

If you already own this book, Sue will offer you another book of your choice. Please message her within four days by using the email address listed on the contact info sheet. The five winners are:

Erzabet Bishop

Joelle Casteel

Ria

Tessa

Abby

Congratulations! You have 5 hours and 12 minutes left to comment on today’s post by Kathryn Blake to earn an entry for both the grand prize drawing and her own contest. One lucky random winner will get to choose a book of your choice from her list. 🙂

Spanking and hairbrushes: Mommy Dominants, Part II

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Last week, I talked about my love for Mother Gothel (specifically for her hairbrush). I’ve since been accused of loving her simply because she’s evil, so let me clarify. If Mother Gothel had no hairbrush, I wouldn’t like her as much. The hairbrush is important, people. 🙂

What I find especially hilarious: after Tangled came out, Donna Murphy (the voice of Mother Gothel) had to explain to her 5-year-old daughter why she really didn’t want to make-believe that she (daughter) was Rapunzel and Donna was Mother Gothel. I laughed so hard at that one! 😀

While Daddy Dominants have become a staple of spanking and DD/ttwd, Mommy Dominants are a fairly rare breed. Mommy Dominants, when they do exist, generally refer to female disciplinarians of men rather than women. One subset of Mommy Dominants is those who punish their husbands by dressing them in female clothing.

However, is that the only type of Mommy Dominant? Absolutely not! Last year, I wrote about the need for expanding our ideas of F/F spanking, specifically the stereotype of female spankers. I proposed “Fearsome Teacher Mom,” or FTM, as a new model for a Mommy Dominant who could instill fear, love, and discipline with a single spanking.

Now picture FTM (or any other kind of Mommy Dominant) with a hairbrush.

Mm.

I personally am not comfortable with the term “Mommy Dominant,” but there doesn’t seem to be another parallel to “Daddy Dominant,” at least that I can find. Perhaps it speaks to the marginalization of female dominants, the tendency of some female dominants to work professionally rather than in nurturing relationships, and the tendency of female dominants to seek male submissives.

The closest I can think of is Mommie Dearest, a book and film that inspired both fantasies and scoffing. *That* was a spanking? Pfft! 🙂 (Disclaimer: No, I do not support spanking of actual children, and yes I understand this film depicted physical abuse of a child.) To be fair, the film is rather overdramatic and hard to take seriously.

But! I must confess that the evil mother spanking may have perhaps sparked a tiny bit of fantasy. 😀 Just a little. Had “Mommie” used a hairbrush, I would have been sold.

What’s so great about a hairbrush, you ask?

The first time I read about a girl receiving a spanking from an older woman, it was with a hairbrush. (And no, it wasn’t a spanking story but mainstream children’s fiction. Remember when regular stories included spanking?)

Unlike a cane, riding crop, or paddle, a hairbrush (or wooden spoon) speaks of domestic life, maternal discipline rather than leather, handcuffs, and a St. Andrew’s cross. A hairbrush speaks of love and care.

(Second disclaimer: BDSM discipline is given with love, too, but there is an almost vanilla quality to hairbrush and wooden spankings that we can’t find in the other methods.)

Kat received a large, heavy hairbrush for Christmas last year, and she hates it. She threw away the first version, and she’s been warned what will happen if she pulls that stunt again.

Mira, in her upcoming sequel, also will encounter a hairbrush.

Methinks the hairbrush will win that round. 😉

How about you? Are you a fan of hairbrushes?

Monday Morning Fika with Thianna D: Dominant Bottoms and Submissive Tops

As readers of erotic fiction, we like to think of our dominant males/females as dominant in the bedroom as well as out of it. And, in the same vein, our submissive males/females submissive both in and out of the bedroom. But that is not necessarily so in real life – nor does it need to be in literature.

 

For the sake of this article, I will be using the following terms to denote certain characteristics. Whatever they mean to you outside of this article, put that aside for the next 500 words or so.

 

Dominant – An individual who likes to take charge in their daily life.

Submissive – An individual who prefers to give up certain control in daily life.

Top – Someone who likes to take charge sexually.

Bottom – Someone who likes to submit sexually.

 

Okay, so…got those straight? The average erotic novel will usually contain Dominant Tops and Submissive Bottoms. Did you know that in real life there are also Dominant Bottoms and Submissive Tops? Before you gasp in shock, think of all the stories you hear about strong, powerful men – men who are CEOs and who run powerful organizations – who use a Dominatrix to relax. They enjoy submitting in the bedroom. There is nothing wrong with that. Nor is there anything wrong with someone who works at the local 7-11 in a menial job spending their weekend Topping someone at a local fetish club.

 

If you look at it from a logical and not sexually-crazed context, it makes sense. The person who runs & controls everything in their own life might find great pleasure in submitting to another just as someone who prefers to follow on a day-to-day basis might enjoy smacking someone else’s ass. That is not to say that everyone would find it this way. After all, this Submissive Bottom prefers Dominant Tops in real life. And they are not easy to find 😉

 

Now, how can we cross that over into erotica? Well, we all see the books out there about billionaires and their secretaries where the billionaire is a Dominant Top and the secretary is a Submissive Bottom. How about switching that up a bit? At work, he has control…at home he serves her. Sound a bit hot? They walk through the door after an entire day of him ordering her around, paying little attention to her and the moment that door shuts behind them, he hits his knees. He makes her dinner, serves her completely naked, then for dessert, he pleases her in every way possible – because she told him to. Without getting any physical pleasure for himself. And that is where he gains his pleasure – it gears him up for another hard day at work.

 

Intrigued yet?

 

How about a high-powered female exec who controls her life with an iron fist falling for a young woman who sells her artwork on the street? In a crowd, people assume the exec is in charge, but when they get home? Imagine if their roles are reversed. Just think of the release for the exec at being able to give up control to someone she trusts and the artist who can take that care away from the woman she loves by taking that control. And just imagine the sensual scenes an author could write…

 

Think of all the permutations. In my current novel As Natural As Breathing, my two characters investigate and really get into spanking as a sexual fetish. Logan is the Top, Christian the Bottom. As Logan is the one who leads the brand new relationship, one might think he is the Dominant as well. But is he? You won’t know the answer to that until its sequel comes out in January 2014 when they start to discuss their domestic discipline relationship.

 

*ducks tossed tomatoes*

 

No tossing tomatoes…it will get Ana’s pretty site all dirty.

 

As Natural As Breathing

Length: Novel

Genre: Gay Spanking Romance

 

For Christian Darringer, life isn’t worth living. Just back from the Middle East; scarred and with permanent damage to one leg, he does not think anyone will want him for anything. Meeting a gorgeous man he finds himself thinking about constantly is not in his plans. Pulled toward the startling younger man with striking blue eyes, he begins to question a lot of things – especially his sexuality. Not one to hide from a challenge, he plunges ahead only to find himself more than just attracted to Logan who is full of life and joy, he finds himself head over heels in love.

 

Logan Mannette has almost everything he ever wanted: loving parents, happiness, friends and security. The only thing missing is finding the love of his life, a love that is just like his parents’. When he meets Christian at a party, everything changes. Instantly attracted, he does his best to help this sad man and quickly finds himself feeling more than he has ever felt before. Raised in a domestic discipline household, he holds that ideal as what he wants but his interest in spanking became a fetish and when Christian admits that he wants to be spanked, Logan believes he might have found the perfect man.

 

Just as everything begins for them, Christian’s past intercedes and one of his brothers makes waves about him dating a man. If it weren’t for Logan’s support, he might fold; but with the love of one amazing man, Christian finds that living his life rather than just existing is as natural as breathing.

 

You can find As Natural As Breathing at:

Amazon
Amazon UK
Barnes & Noble

 

 

Thianna D

For Thianna D, reading and writing are as important as breathing and far more important than math or science. A storyteller from the time she could speak, she was always making up characters as a kid. As a teenager that turned to sci-fi and fantasy, as an adult to romance. It wasn’t until her fourth decade that she began writing erotic scenes within her stories.

Writing M/M came naturally to her; she wrote her first tale before ever having read one. “There is something about the amazing dynamic between two strong men falling in love and defeating anything thrown at them.” While she had written several BDSM stories involving men, As Natural As Breathing was the first full-length novel involving domestic discipline.

You can find out more of what is going on with her at:

Thianna D’s Blog

Thianna D’s Author Site

Goodreads

Twitter

Facebook

 

Monday Morning Fika: Reviewing frenzy with La Crimson Femme

Have you ever read glowing book reviews and thought, “Pshaw, that sounds like the author’s granny wrote it?” All praise and no substance? Or have you ever read a critical review of your book and wanted to throw something at the wall because the person only said, “Stupid story” without any reasons?

Let me introduce to you La Crimson Femme of Goodreads and BDSM Book Reviews fame! Not only does she make getting a 2-star review from her seem like an accomplishment, but she also offers a wealth of reasons why she critiques the books she reads.

A warning: Today’s content is quite different from the usual Fika material. There is reference to decidedly “adult” practices and even some on-stage demonstration. If you are faint-hearted, you may wish to read a nice, innocent story instead. If you are naughty *coughlikeSueLyndonandReneeRose* you will be on the edge of your seat.

Welcome to Fika!

Strolls in with a fresh bacon wrapped dates stuffed with blue cheese. Is this where the bacon lovers are gathering today? This is currently my favourite bacon dish and I thought I’d bring it along to share.

bacon

My name is La Crimson Femme. On Goodreads I’m also known as BA, short for BookAddict. I’m a kinky switch who is passionate about reading books. I’m known for reading all sorts of kinky books and moderating the BDSM group on Goodreads. Ana kindly requested me to guest post on her blog. Here I am! * Sets the dish down on a table. Hops a step, hands fisted on my hips. *

La Crimson Femme: Psst, Ana, where is everyone?

Anastasia Vitsky: BookAddict, this is a virtual interview. There is no audience. It’s just you and me. By the way, why do you have two names? It’s confusing.

La Crimson Femme: Well, there are kind of two of us. BookAddict is the one who is a book slut. She reads basically anything. I have to keep her reined in. She becomes overwhelmed by all the books she sees and just wants to read them all. I tie her down and makes sure she follows a schedule. If I weren’t around, she’d end up spending all her time on Goodreads when we should be reading and reviewing. You may address me as La Crimson Femme. I’m the Domme; she’s the sub.

Anastasia Vitsky: So…there are two of you? *blinks*

La Crimson Femme: Shh, don’t say it too loud. She doesn’t understand that she’s not exactly alone. *Looks over my shoulder at the raven black haired girl sitting in a chair, engrossed in a book.*

Anastasia Vitsky: Okkaaay…Moving on, tell us about your reviewing habits and how it started. *slowly steps back away*

La Crimson Femme: Right! Thanks, Ana. Back to the point. I started out writing notes for myself. This way, when friends asked about books, I could send them my short opinion. Before book review sites for erotica was popular, I’d have a hard time finding erotic books to read. Some of the books I read, I wish someone wrote a review which was more than just, “this book is awesome!” I found a couple of early erotic review sites which provided strict rules stating all reviews must be complimentary because the books were donated by the authors. For me, this defeats the purpose of reading a review. I want to know the good, the bad and the ugly.

BookAddict: *Head pops up, stands up from the chair in the corner and pushes La Crimson Femme aside* I LOVE the bad and ugly! The more depraved the better! Will there be torment?

La Crimson Femme: *Glares at BookAddict. Grabs BookAddict by her long tresses and drags her back to the chair. Quickly whips out some rope and ties BookAddict to the chair, tightly. Dusts hands and walks back to Ana. *

Where were we before we were rudely interrupted? Oh yes. My style of review varies a bit based on the review site requirements and how the book impacted me. For example, some review sites require I provide a short summary of the book before I review it. It shouldn’t be the same as the book blurb. I thought this was an odd request until the review coordinator explained not everyone reads the book blurb and not all reviewers actually read the entire book.

What I’d like authors to know about my reviews – is the rating systems mean very little to me. My reviews tend to provide more value than the number of stars or paddles. This is because I’ve always been a better essay writer than a multiple choice taker. But seriously, my reviews explains why I enjoyed the book or what didn’t work for me. I also explain what I’d recommend for any of the points which didn’t work for me. I try to use specific examples which are measurable and quantifiable. This way, both authors and readers alike can decide if this would be sticking point for them. I fully understand and appreciate what I like will be different than what others prefer. Without ruining the book through spoilers, I provide just enough information for my fellow readers to decide if this book will be a good fit for them. Because ultimately, my goal now, is to match the book to the right reader. No one wants to spend money on a bad time.

BookAddict: Oh, is a bad time when a big bad Dom forces us to do things we love but don’t like to admit we enjoy? *Big brown eyes widen with excitement* Do we get to be flogged? Will there be anal? I like anal.

La Crimson Femme: *Purses lips, reaches down into a bag and rummages through it.* Ah hah! I have just the things. Sorry Ana, give me a few minutes and let me take care of this brat. She needs to be distracted so we can continue our conversation.

Anastasia Vitsky: *One eyebrow raised, lips slightly ajar, nods her head slowly as she moves her chair a bit further away from the two women and closer to the door. She continues to stare at the two items in La Crimson Femme’s hands.*

La Crimson Femme: *whispers* How many times have I told you not to interrupt when I’m speaking to others? If you can’t sit quietly, I’ll give you something to focus on. Not another word. *Tilts the chair seat back and unties BookAddict’s legs. Forcing the tanned thighs wide up and pushing up the short red skirt, it’s clear, BookAddict is wearing no panties as ordered. * Open your loud mouth and wet the plug.

*BookAddict presses her lips tightly together and turns her head away.*

Are you sure you want to do that? That’s all the lube I’m giving you.

*BookAddict quickly turns her head back and stares as me wide eyed. Her mouth pops open with her short pink tongue wiggling in a come hither.*

That’s what I thought. *After wetting the plug, I shove it hard into BookAddict’s tight little hole. It’s awkward, but with BookAddict’s legs spread wide and thrown over the chair legs, it’s possible. I tie her legs to the chair arms to ensure she doesn’t move. I wrap the rope a few times around her crotch to keep the minx from ejecting the plug from her ass. Finally, I turn anal plug to medium vibration. *

BookAddict: *whines* Oh God! How long are you going to leave me here?

La Crimson Femme: When I’m done with the interview. Perhaps this will keep you from interrupting. *Shows BookAddict the vibrating nipple clamps.* Don’t make me use them. *Walks back to my seat and focuses at Ana.*

*Ana focuses on the nipple clamps and leans further away.*

*I wink at Ana. Slips clamps into my pocket.*

If you ask nicely, I might treat you to a bit of play. Back to reviewing and ratings. I’ve been told I’m a hard rater. Since almost fifty percent of books I’ve read earn a three out of five star from me, this could be true. I prefer to think of it as a bell curve. To be at a three star is not bad. It means I enjoyed the book. This is good. Even a two star doesn’t mean bad for me. It merely denotes a book which was okay. I could even argue an one star isn’t necessary bad either. Just because I hated the book, doesn’t mean it isn’t a well written book and that others won’t like it. I recently read a book which was very well written but I hated it. It was one of the more difficult reviews to write because it takes longer for me to list all the good point and then explain why I still rated it an one star.

Anastasia Vitsky: How does an author get a four or five star rating then?

La Crimson Femme: There is no exact formula for earning a four or five star. What I can share is that each of these books had a profound effect on me. The book must emotionally move me. If the characters are engaging and designed in a way that I can feel what they feel, I will generally rate the book higher. The greater emotion it generates, usually the higher the rating. In a way, I prefer angst. The angst needs to be creative and catch me off guard. If the storyline is well written with hidden meanings, this also does well for me. I thrive on books which makes me think. Just because I love books with sex in it, doesn’t mean it can’t contain ideas which make me want to discuss it with others. As a side note, if the book is going to have sex in it, I lean heavily towards the kinky side. The hotter and kinkier the sex, generally the higher the score too.

Anastasia Vitsky: Any advice for new erotic authors?

BookAddict: SEX! More sex! And if we can have more non con, medical kink and some hot forced F/f would be great! The domestic discipline is awesome. Can we have more strict…

La Crimson Femme: *Big sigh. Reaches into the bag again and pulls out a ball gag. Strides over to BookAddict. * I warned you. Don’t say I don’t enforce my rules. Open up.

BookAddict: *Pouts and shakes her head.*

La Crimson Femme: *Sets the ball gag on the chair between BookAddict’s legs. Reaches down and turns the anal plug up to high. Quickly unbuttons BookAddict’s white shirt and unclasps her front clasps bra. Pulls out the nipple clamps and attaches them onto brown perky nipples. *

BookAddict: GAH!

La Crimson Femme: *Quickly grabs the ball gag and shoves it into BookAddic’ts open mouth. Forces her head down and buckles the straps together behind her head.* That should keep her quiet until we are done.

Anastasia Vitsky: *nervously giggles* You were going to mention the things to avoid for new erotic writers?

La Crimson Femme: Ah yes. Here are my personal top ten things to avoid.

Top ten things to avoid

  1. Using too stupid to live main characters
  2. Throwing in a requisite 4.5 sex scenes
  3. Writing in first person
  4. Using dialog overrun with superlatives
  5. Using a rich, handsome man falling for a poor plain girl
  6. Creating conflict through “Three’s Company” type miscommunication
  7. Avoiding research because it’s fiction
  8. Including tangent stories involving secondary characters with no closure
  9. Using ex deus machina as a plot device
  10. Changing points of views between main characters frequently and also changing to secondary characters

La Crimson Femme: Thank you Ana for the lovely time. *Exits while pushing a rolling chair with a tied up and gagged BookAddict in it.*

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Learn more about La Crimson Femme at her blog!