Monthly Archives: March 2012

Meet author Sherri Hayes!

Date: April 07, 2012 11:00AM — 2:00PM

Sherri will be at Lovejoy’s Market on April 7, 2012 between 11am and 2pm. If you are in central Ohio, stop by and see her. She’ll have copies of all three of her books with her to sell and sign.

900 Village Boulevard

Plain City, OH 43064

Posting has no set time, but generally will be Monday through Friday and starts around 8am. Days scheduled for multiple posts (such as reviews) will be posted throughout the day. Weekends are catch up and/or free days.

You will notice we are working out a new rating system, one for the level of BDSM/Kink in a story and one for the story overall. We strongly urge authors and publishers to give us great stories with lots of kink/BDSM. Sometimes this doesn’t seem to happen, and the general rating of books were graded as an overall for both elements. So now we’ve separated the two elements. “Sting Factor” is how high the level of BDSM/kink and the Paddles are the overall score for the story (plotline, writing quality, etc.).

His Landlady
Jan Irving
Total E Bound [link to buy]
ISBN 978-0-85715-852-9

Story rating: 3 out of 5
BDSM/kink rating: 2 out of 5

His Landlady is a BDSM oriented story based more on Dominance and submission rather than the more physical aspects of BDSM.

I mention this at the beginning of the review in case a reader is looking for detailed sexual scenes or sadism/masochism because they will be disappointed.

As the title suggests the landlady Diana owns a property Sloan is renting. The arrangement is business in the beginning, but moves into personal very quickly. She is instantly taken by his physical attractiveness and self-confident mannerisms from his skill as a kick boxer.

Essentially the plot is predictable and there were no real twists in the story. I would recommend it to readers who can enjoy the use of suggestion and subtlety of a sexual relationship. And while It is predictable as mentioned, it was told in an enjoyable fashion.

My opinion is that female readers would enjoy this more than male readers.

Reviewed by Ronni

Bobbing for Peaches
Anthology
Xcite Books [link to buy]
ASIN B006OBOPYQ

Story rating: 4 out of 5

BDSM/Kink rating: 1 out of 5

Blurb:

A collection of six erotic lesbian stories

Bobbing for Peaches
by Giselle Renarde

Melanie’s been busy in the kitchen, and when Jocelyn gets home from workshe’s in the mood to play with her food. Melanie’s prepared a warm concoction of milk and peaches with a dash of cinnamon and a hint of Jocelyn’s pricey Tahitian vanilla. It’s time to get naked and get messy!

First Love, Great Love by Olivia London

Is there anything more intoxicating than that first sweet kiss from a special lady love? Claire and her lover thrive in Atlanta’s gay scene until a trip to San Francisco broadens their horizons. From the moment Claire mounts her new girlfriend’s motorcycle, she finds she’s in for the ride of her life.

Time for a Change by Jacey Kavenagh

A disappointing sex life seemed to indicate that a change of image was in order if I were ever to attract the right sort of partner to fulfill my needs.Looking for inspiration in an upmarket dress shop I found myself watching a very attractive shop assistant. I was willing to bet that, unlike me, shewouldn’t put up with guys who had absolutely no idea how to turn a woman on.She seemed vaguely familiar, and I found myself recalling exciting memories of an experience from my youthful past – waking in me a desire I had thought long forgotten.

Making Sweet Music by Courtney James

Joanne wants to eat her lunch in peace, but the buskers make that impossible – until the day she hears the girl with the sweet voice who writes her own songs. Overcoming her resistance to asking a complete stranger out on a date, Joanne is about to discover that Kayleigh’s talents extend to the bedroom too.

The Joy of Seduction by Penelope Friday

Young debutante Charlotte is flattered when older lady Miss Abbott – Lucia– takes a friendly interest in her. But she knows that the feelings she has for Lucia in return are wrong. Nevertheless, she can’t stop dreaming of her. But what would Lucia say if she knew how Charlotte felt about her?

Better to Receive, Then Give by Lynn Lake

They were supposed to be getting ready to go out bar-hopping. But when Holly slapped her roomie on the bare ass with her bare hand, things got a little heated right then and there. Holly dished it out, and then her roomie gave it back, much to both girls’ deep dirty delight.

Review:

Bobbing for Peaches is a fun anthology. This collection of six short, erotic, lesbian, stories made me laugh and gave me some new ides for having fun with a partner.

I can’t say that any one story was a favorite because each one was unique in its own way and I really enjoyed them all. They each deal with different dynamics of relationships and I found them engaging, sexy, and exciting. Now, saying all that, the stories are great for lesbian erotica. But, there is really no BDSM in any of these stories. You get a little bit of someone taking control but it’s not the focus or a lasting part of any story.
So, on that note, I would recommend Bobbing for Peaches to anyone who enjoys reading lesbian erotica or wants to try something new. It’s also a great book for fun ideas to spice up mundane moments.

Reviewed by Star

Desire’s Edge
Eve Berlin
Berkley Trade [link to buy]
ISBN:   978-0425241400

Rating:  4.5 out of 5

BDSM/Kink  5 out of 5 paddles

Dante comes back into Kara’s life by taking a position as a junior partner in the law firm Kara works for.  The weekend they spent together shows that Kara is the perfect sub for Dante.

I enjoyed this book because of the emotional intensity between Dante and Kara. One thing that was showcased in this book was the dilemma of seeing a co-worker, especially one that has a position above one of the other.

Kara has had bad luck with men in the past, especially when she tried to make her desires known.  Dante tries to be ‘vanilla’ in the beginning,though it doesn’t work very well.  Even though the scenes in the office were hot, I didn’t like that they took place in the workplace so soon after the day was over, partly because of the risk factor, even though that seemed to be part of the attraction.

The emotional aspect between the two makes you want to slap some sense into both of them, even though Kara seemed to be more emotionally mature of the two.  When Dante finally becomes willing to discuss his emotions, I actually started to cry.  The book also showcases how a person’s past effects the present, and that communication is extremely important if you are going to engage in the BDSM life.

Reviewed by Iron Mistress

1.      When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?

I write in paranormal romance, erotica, contemporary, I pretty much span the entire Romance genre, minus doing historical stuff.  Never been a huge fan of historical romances.  I didn’t know I COULD write BDSM when I first started, until I had done some research. 

2.      Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?

I am involved loosely in several communities through online communication and through conference attendance.  As an editor at Sizzler Editions for the Intoxications Erotic Romance line, it’s important that I at least make myself somewhat available publically.  Yes, I do play in the Kink world, I throw bullwhips, singletails, floggers, just ask my assistant ;)  I am an Alpha Dominant with switch tendencies. 

3.      At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?

When I thought I could heal myself through sexuality and break free of the pain I and others had inflicted on myself, I dove into the Lifestyle as a way to research stories and find resolutions to problems I had.  From the very beginning of my career I’ve been writing kink.

4.      Was there something that happened to you in your life or career that made you want to begin thinking about writing BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?

 Yeah, my parents fucked me up and didn’t even show me how to fix me.  Then the desires became habit and the habit became a way of life.  Then I learned to fix myself but the habits only lessened.

5.      Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?

Probably control issues.  So many folks tend to let themselves go, not being guided but drifting instead.  That’s fine as long there are boundaries and expectations by a solid hand, be it theirs or someone else’s but if someone else is going to take the reins love should play a solid part in it.

6.      Do you do any “hands-on” research when you’re writing BDSM/kinky themed erotica?

Let’s say I’ve had my share of “Oops” with bullwhips and singletails…

7.      What is your favorite fetish? Why?

Whips, definitely.  I’m legally blind, so while I can see, my field of vision is “perfect” but limited by ocular albinism.  That being said, the ability to wield something as powerful as a bullwhip that can literally BREAK bones gives me a rush.  It’s a control thing.  I can crush or caress you with my singletails.

8.      When you’re writing BDSM/kinky-related erotica, is there a particular movie or music that you might watch or listen to that helps you get in that frame of mind?

Slayer, Sevendust, Pantera, Devildriver, VNV Nation, Assemblage 23, Cold, Rammstein, Godsmack.   The music helps with the emotional part, be it lyrically or through the music itself, I feel more. 

9.      If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?

For BDSM, Gift of Her Submission.  Then move to Forced Pleasure, those two books should help folks understand the sort of Dominant I believe in. 

Website, links info: Erotic Romance Author – http://saschaillyvichauthor.com

Fetishist – http://www.saschaillyvich.com

Radio Dentata – http://shows.radiodentata.com/shows/unnamed-romance-show/

Twitter – http://www.twitter.com/SaschaIllylvich

Erotic Expert – http://www.writesex.net

The Playground – a Decadent 1Night Stand

Blurb: Jet setter and playboy Devon has a BDSM side he wants to make reality, the only catch is Shelly, the woman who would serve him perfectly left him years ago and is afraid of what living with him means. While in a Las Vegas casino he spots her.  Using 1Night Stand, he sets her up in a park, have her bound to playground equipment with only a blindfold on…and his Dominance to hopefully teach her the meaning of true love, using the one thing he knows will capture Shelly’s attention.

1. When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?
I had no idea I would ever write anything even remotely related to BDSM or kinky books. Ten years ago I read Nora Roberts books which I think we can all agree is light years away from the BDSM genre. If you would have told me I would even be interested in reading about it, let alone writing it I would have laughed at you and told you, you don’t know me at all.

2. Do you use a pen name? If yes (or no), why?
I write all my books under Nicole Morgan.

3. Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?
I am not actively involved in a BDSM relationship of any kind. Reading some BDSM books from some very talented authors I’d have to say if I ever were, I would definitely categorize myself as a submissive type.

4. At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?
I actually didn’t decide it. When I write I let the stories tell themselves, literally. At the time, a number of years ago I had just finished reading a book by Sasha White, Wicked in which the world of BDSM is a big part to the story. I was surprised while reading it that I was intrigued and not shocked by some of the subject matter, as ten years ago I think I might have been. So, here I was writing one of my books, Intimate Persuasions and all of a sudden half way through the book the main character’s brother starts to have a story evolve which delves into that world. I only touched on it briefly, it was almost like dangling a morsel of treat in front of the readers. Then as I closed off the book and wrote the last chapter I decided to add an Epilogue and start to tell the intro to the brother’s story. I’ve since finished that book, Intimate Confessions and it was just recently released March 1st. I’m very excited to see how my first dabble into writing the BDSM genre will be received by the readers.

5. Was there something that happened to you in your life or career that made you want to begin thinking about writing BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?
Other than stumbling upon the genre by accident and finding out that it wasn’t nearly as taboo as one would think. No, not really.

6. Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?
Oh my goodness, you like to make your guest’s blush don’t you? I guess I’m more of the tamer type but there are two areas that tend to creep into my mind the most. The first one being, spankings. Whether that includes flogs, crops or a good old hand, I tend to write that with frequency. The other would have to be being bound. There is something rather sensual about being at one’s mercy, so to speak.

7. Is there an area that is BDSM/kink-related that you haven’t written about yet that you’re interested in?
That’s an interesting question. I touched lightly on a couple witnessing scenes in a BDSM club of sorts as she was bound and hunched over an apparatus which had her at her master’s mercy in more ways than one, but didn’t delve too much further into because it wasn’t coming natural to me as a writer. I guess my answer today would be no, but the world of erotica is always evolving, for me especially. So who’s to say what my answer will be in six weeks, six months or six years?

8. Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?
Truthfully, I write only what I find interesting or sexy. It’s hard for me to write something that is a turn off for me. I applaud the authors who can write something that is outside their area of interest, but for me I need to be able to feel the story.

9. What have you written in the past that you think your BDSM/kink fans might find interesting?

The only books I’ve written which even touched on it, were the two mentioned above, Intimate Persuasions and Intimate Confessions, books 1 and 2 of my Intimate Temptations series. They’re on the lighter side, but BDSM/kink has many different levels for some people. Hopefully the tamer people, like myself, will enjoy them and perhaps even open their mind and bodies up to new ideas.

10. Do you do any “hands-on” research when you’re writing BDSM/kinky themed erotica?

No, I don’t. I’ve met some wonderful people who have taken part in the lifestyle of BDSM who’ve been there to answer questions when I had them. One in particular who I have come to respect and admire as well as consider myself quite lucky to have him as a friend is Derek DaSilva. Derek is a BDSM performer and educator who has always been available when I had questions or my curiosity just got the better of me.

11. What is your favorite fetish? Why?

That is a tough one to answer. Being that I’m more on the tamer side of things I guess my favorite would be being bound. As I mentioned earlier I find it to be a very sensual act and there is an immense amount of trust that goes into something like that. In a matter of contradiction I guess I would say that being powerless and trusting someone else to take care of you in that very vulnerable position is a very intimate act of power being relinquished.

12. What might be something of interest to your fans that you don’t think they know about you?

The most interesting and probably the most surprising would be going back to what I mentioned earlier. Years ago the most risque book I ever read was along the lines of Nora Roberts. I was for all intents and purposes a sheltered woman who hadn’t experienced many things in life. People who knew me all those years ago and read my books now invariably are shocked that I am the person who wrote them. I’ve changed and evolved over the years into someone who is more confidant in who she is.

13. At this point in your career, do you think you’ll write more BDSM/kinky erotica?

It’s something I’d definitely like to do. I’m curious to see how my first go of it will be received. How the readers respond will be a big part of whether I decide to explore it further.

14. What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing?

I try to, as most authors do truly bring the reader into the emotion of what the characters are feeling. Like most authors I’ve received good and bad feedback from readers and reviewers. The one that absolutely blew me away and about knocked me down was a male reader who had bought one of my books for his wife. Apparently they were going through some troubles connecting after so many years of marriage. They decided they would each read a chapter to one another every night to see if that helped spice things up. Well, I’m told that they now have a beautiful baby boy which was the product of a chapter that they really enjoyed. In fact, he says they enjoyed it so much, it got read more than once. I must admit it made me happy as an author, but as a woman it did give me a bit of a satisfied grin that my words were able to help them rekindle their lost fire.

15. Have you ever heard that a fan might have tried something from one of your stories and liked it? Did you take it as a compliment?
Actually, I have never heard that from a reader or fan. If it did ever happen I would most definitely take it as a compliment.

16. When you’re writing BDSM/kinky-related erotica, is there a particular movie or music that you might watch or listen to that helps you get in that frame of mind?

I don’t have a favorite movie that sparks my creative fire, but Closer by Nine Inch Nails always seems to get my creative juices flowing.

17. If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?

I would say they should start with Intimate Persuasions. It gives the reader a little bit of everything and would be a good introduction to my writing style.

18. Do you attend BDSM, kink, or fetish conferences? Or do you attend any other “vanilla” type of conferences? Attending any in the near future you want to mention?

I never have attended any conferences. I almost went to one last year but ended up getting a bad case of the flu and missed it. However, it is something I’m interested in experiencing.

19. What is your favorite BDSM/kinky website that you have shopped at online?

The only online website I have shopped at is Adam & Eve. And that’s all I’m saying on that subject. LOL

20. Who is your favorite BDSM/kinky author? Movie?

While I enjoyed and still do enjoy reading Sasha White, I’ve also become a fan of Tymber Dalton, who is also a fellow author at my publisher Siren Bookstrand. Tymber has a way with the written word.
21. What is your favorite flavor ice cream? And since this interview is for BDSM Book Reviews, vanilla is not an option!
That is not fair! LOL. Vanilla is my favorite flavor, but I will tell you that I am a complete sucker for caramel drizzled on top of it. Talk about being at someone’s mercy. I am putty in the hands of whoever gives me vanilla ice cream drizzled with caramel sauce.

Website, links info:
My website: http://nicolemorgan1.webs.com
My blog: http://nicolemorganauthor.blogspot.com

The Innocent’s Progress and Other Stories
Peter Tupper
Circlet Press, Inc. [link to buy]
ASIN B00433TE7K

Writing/Overall: 4.5

BDSM/Kink: 4.5

It’s been said that steampunk as a literary genre has no underlying ethic, nothing to say. I disagree, and writers like Tupper are why. This handful of exceptional tales beautifully illustrate what steampunk as an evolving genre is all about. I strongly urge fans of steampunk erotica to check this one out. It’s worth the price of admission several times over.

The expected steampunky accouterments – distant airships, strange devices, rare manuscripts, goggles – are present, sometimes centrally and sometimes only peripherally, but what really makes these stories a part of the genre is the pervasive feel of a world on the brink of massive social and technological change.

The love Tupper has for the history and literature of the time comes through, even though (with one exception) these are not real-world stories. The alternate world of The Innocent’s Progress is close to our own, though, populated with homages to figures, both prominent and obscure, from the history of art, exploration, and scholarship. A recognizable reflection.

Five of the six stories in The Innocent’s Progress are set in the Victorian era of the same not-quite-earth. Any setting based on the Victorian era has some pretty thorny problems to wrestle with: the racism that leads to both exotification and oppression; the rigidly-stratified society that requires the presence of an underclass to function; the barriers presented by race, gender, social class. Tupper confronts these, instead of glossing over them. He’s never tiresome about it, but the narratives function as a commentary on the Victorian era as a time of both great repression and great possibility, and also as a commentary on the sharply-divided politics of our own time.

The gem of the setting is the Commedia, a form of erotic theater in which the players assume certain traditional roles and use them to explore various dramatic scenarios. Most of the interconnected stories deal with the Commedia in some way, and it is central to a couple of them. It’s an imaginative, beautiful metaphor, and the parallels with modern BDSM subculture are obvious but not overstated.

He offers nuanced, appealing characters, and his female leads are delightful. It’s rare to find a man who writes stories about women that speak so clearly to the female experience, but Tupper’s obvious understanding does my feminist heart good.

Several of the stories do raise the issue of race and while I admit that I am speaking from a position of privilege, I think he handled the potentially volatile combination of era and place with good taste. He never uses the nastiness of the era as an excuse for ugliness and offensive characterization. He uses it to explore the attitudes of the time, which are far from extinct today. The most vivid character in the collection is Miss Ccri, a mixed-race demimondaine with brains and nerve . . . a genuinely strong female character.

There’s plenty of sex, and it’s really good sex, but it’s all there to drive the story,not vice-versa. He doesn’t linger, and someone who is fond of very long and squishily detailed sex scenes should know this, but I don’t see it as a flaw. He’s direct, he uses appropriate period language without being absurd, and knows how to set up an atmosphere and pick out critical sexy details.

The sex is BDSM/kink-oriented, but not exclusively so. This aspect is very well-rendered. He covers discipline, spanking, submission, some light bondage, a birching, some caning. It varies from light and playful to moderate and intense, but Tupper’s writing has a darkness about it, even in its sweetness, so the stories come across as being a little harsher than they are.

I can’t pick a favorite from the alternate-setting stories. They are all exceptional and I am sure my preferences will shift as I reread them. The Pretty Horsebreaker requires The Spirit of the Future, in my opinion, and The Spirit of the Future requires all the others, so reading them in the order presented is strongly recommended. I do want to single out Delicate Work as a good stand-alone example of what steampunk erotica can be: sharp,smart, and socially relevant.

And, finally, I do want to single out The Impurity – not related to the other stories – as absolutely incredible. It’s are-imagining of Jekyll and Hyde, of all things, and it is by turns disturbing,sweet, pitiful, sad, funny, and scary as all hell, and it has one of the best”I am going to fucking kill you” quotes in it that I have ever read. It knocked me off my feet. This story is unabashedly badass – not something I have ever said of any erotica story – and viscerally satisfying. I wish I had written it.

I really cannot recommend this anthology enough. If you are a fan of steampunk and like your erotica smart and challenging, you really need this book. Circlet tends to have good judgment, and they are to be congratulated on picking up this genre-building classic.

Reviewed by Naamah

Beauty and the Brute
Skhye Moncrief
[link to buy]

ISBN-10: 1468198157
ISBN-13: 978-1468198157

Story Rating: 3 out of 5

BDSM/Kink Rating: 0 out of 5

To call this book bizarre is an understatement. It features shifters, extra terrestrials, and a plot reminiscent of the later Clan of the Cave Bear Series. It also switchesbetween third person and first person in a confusing mishmash of trying to show the viewpoints of both hero and heroine.

Lorelei ( Beauty) has been raised as Warlord Yale’s pampered adopted daughter until the day she learns he plans to turn her over the extraterrestrials who have decimated Earth’s population. She flees with the help of Brutus, a wolf shifter who despises Normals (humans), but acts as Guardian when necessary. The two of them flee into the wilderness and learn to accept each other and become mates.

There is no BDSM in the book, and the sex is only kinky in the sense that Brutus sometimes lets his inner Wolf out to play with their mate. If you are into shifters and paranormal fantasy, the book has a good plot, but anyone looking for BDSM is going to be disappointed.

Reviewed by Karen

Trannys to Tiaras
Robin Anderson
[link to buy]
ISBN-10: 161495318X
ISBN-13: 978-1614953180

Book Rating: 3.5 out 5

BDSM/Kink Rating: 3 out of 5

Blurb:

Diamond smuggling provides little challenge for Miz Miranda Maracona and Miz Kookie Kombuis, two outrageous transvestites (one so dark and one so fair!) or facing the villains determined to ‘put a tranny in the works!’ From London to luxurious Dune Eden in the Namibian Desert, laughs and outrageous happenings abound.

Review:

Trannys to Tiaras follows a group of transvestites who get involved in a diamond heist and other money making schemes. This book uses humor and turn of of phrase to get you involved with the plot. Over all this book is highly enjoyable read with interesting character dynamics and an evolving plot that seems to be reminiscent of the mafia or crime noir based stories with twist. A book full of flare and intrigue as the tale of these loud, lively characters twist and turns through every page.

Reviewed by Catherine