A historical BDSM romance due out June 4th from Lyrical Press.
One master, one woman who craves surrender, and a sky that will challenge them both.
A historical BDSM romance due out June 4th from Lyrical Press.
One master, one woman who craves surrender, and a sky that will challenge them both.
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 started out as an essayist and then moved into speculative fiction, mainly fantasy. It was all because I had an idea that beauty and the beast was really a BDSM story longing to get out that got me going. (That story became “Petals and Thorns.”)
Do you use a pen name? If yes (or no), why?
I wrote “Petals and Thorns” under the pen name Jennifer Paris. At the time I had the idea that I needed to draw a line between my BDSM/kinky books and the fantasy novels. Since then, I’ve come to see how much my fantasy fiction draws from the same dark threads as the kinkier works. I tend to revisit the same themes of power, control and deep intimacy. I won’t use Jennifer Paris anymore.
At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?
I saw a call for red-hot fairytales and decided to finally write my BDSM beauty and the beast. It didn’t get picked up in that collection, but another press published “Petals and Thorns.” And readers were so enthusiastic about it. I loved that they loved the same things in the story that I did. I discovered more about myself, my work and my storytelling. In some ways, writing that first story allowed me to own and be proud of these kinky themes. I went on to write more and I discover something new and challenging each time.
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?
I tend to be drawn to areas that skirt compliance—which I know can bother readers. I’m fascinated by power exchanges though and the possibility of being taken over by a person who sees into you better than you see yourself. I like the idea of being pushed to give up control, to break taboos and find the liberation that brings. Other than that, I love bondage and restraint—part of that being made to give up control.
Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?
Oh, absolutely it’s what I find interesting and sexy! For me, the BDSM stories are about so much more than the sexual act. They’re ways to explore character and emotion in these violently intimate ways. My stories are very much driven by the characters. I just usually hope the audience can enjoy, too. I guess I do try to be aware of audience when I skirt non-compliance, since I know it’s a hot-button issue for so many people. And understandably so.
What have you written in the past that you think your BDSM/kink fans might find interesting?
Besides “Petals and Thorns,” there’s also “Sapphire,” and then “Platinum,” coming soon—all BDSM stories. There’s also “Feeding the Vampire,” which is an erotic short featuring some restraint and non-compliance, but not really BDSM. In July, my fantasy novel, “Rogue’s Pawn” comes out. It’s not erotica, but still waltzes with many of the same erotic themes as in my other stories.
At this point in your career, do you think you’ll write more BDSM/kinky erotica?
Definitely! I love writing it and the books are doing well. The readers are enthusiastic and welcoming in this very fun, frisky way. I also find the themes endlessly fascinated. I don’t see myself being done any time soon.
What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing?
On my blog, I was agonizing about whether to let a literary fellowship program know about my current successes. One reader commented: Here’s the thing — are you ready for the thing? Petals and Thorns was absolutely beautiful. It WAS art. The words were poetic and lovely. The genre is irrelevant. You should be standing on the rooftop crowing about it, because you took smut and MADE it into art. There’s a lot of erotica out there, but this was something different. Tell them what you did. Screw ‘em if they don’t think it’s worth noting. That just means they didn’t read it.
That astonished me—and still means a great deal.
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“Platinum” – a follow-up to “Sapphire” will be out February 2013
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?
Well, let’s see … my first published story was in the late-lamented magazine FutureSex, back in 1994. The story – “InterCore,” by the way, was then picked up for Best American Erotica (same year) and it all just kind of snowballed from there. While I’ve pretty much always wanted to be a writer it wasn’t until I stepped into the slippery, steamy, world of smut that I had any real success so – surprise – I’ve done most of my work there. But I also write non-fiction (including a book of my weird history pieces, Welcome to Weirdsville, which is coming out soon, and How To Write And Sell Erotica — my book on smut writing, and Pornotopia – which is non-fiction sex pieces); science fiction, fantasy, and horror (such as my collection, Love Without Gun Control); romance (see my novel Brushes), and lots of other stuff.
Here’s a quickie bio:
M. Christian is – among many things – an acknowledged master of erotica with more than 400 stories in such anthologies as Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bisexual Erotica, Best Fetish Erotica, and many, many other anthologies, magazines, and Web sites.
He is the editor of 25 anthologies including the Best S/M Erotica series, Pirate Booty, My Love For All That Is Bizarre: Sherlock Holmes Erotica, The Burning Pen, Guilty Pleasures, The Mammoth Book of Future Cops and The Mammoth Book of Tales of the Road (with Maxim Jakubowksi) and Confessions, Garden of Perverse, and Amazons (with Sage Vivant) as well as many others.
He is the author of the collections Dirty Words, Speaking Parts, The Bachelor Machine, Licks & Promises, Filthy, Love Without Gun Control, Rude Mechanicals, Coming Together Presents M. Christian, Pornotopia, How To Write And Sell Erotica; and the novels Running Dry, The Very Bloody Marys, Me2, Brushes, Fingers Breadth, and Painted Doll. His site is www.mchristian.com.
In addition he is an Associate Editor for the adult industry web site YNOT, and is an Associate Publisher for Renaissance Books (which publishers groundbreaking BDSM as part of its Sizzler Imprint).
2. Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?
I’ve been in the scene since ’88 (1988, smartass) or so and while I seriously love the folks I’ve met there I’m actually more a sensualist than a hardcore player. One reason I love the scene is that the people I’ve met have all pretty much been in touch with their sexuality – a very refreshing thing compared to the ‘real’ world. If you want to look me up, by the way, I’m “MChristian” on Fetlife … and pretty much everywhere else.
3. At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?
To be honest, at first it was simply because that’s what people (and publishers) were buying , but since then I come to really love writing power-dynamic stories — there is just so much to play with! It’s like having sex, and relationships, dialed up to 11 … plus being able to get really into the added dimensions of power dynamics and more. What can be better than that?
I’m also an Associate Publisher for the really-really-really great Renaissance Books, which puts out fantastic BDSM erotica as part of its Sizzler Imprint. So if you’re an author with have enough stories for a collection (about 40,000 words) or a novel let’s talk! We handle erotica but also SF, horror, suspense, and romance as well. I really can’t say enough good things about them – and that’s not just because they pay me.
4. Is there an area that is BDSM/kink-related that you haven’t written about yet that you’re interested in?
I’ve promised the fantastic Renaissance Books a male dom novel, so I am kind of stoked about that – and I have a few other kinky/crazy books in mind as well for the future and my pal R. Greco and I are working on an age play anthology, called Daddy’s Little Girl (which I believe just closed for submissions, sorry) which I’m looking very forward to. But as far as a kink that I haven’t touched yet I have been curious about doing something that explores the deep-down stuff … the underlying forces in everyone that comes out as BDSM. I touched a bit on that in my new book, Finger’s Breadth, but I’d like to explore it even more.
5. What is your favorite fetish? Why?
I do have a certain fondness for BBWs — though I wouldn’t call that really a fetish as I’ve always been attracted to people and not bodies: what gets me going is being with someone who is playful, imaginative, sensual, kind, and smart – no matter what they look like. Beyond that I’m always interested in trying all kinds of new things – sexual or otherwise – and so am open to all kinds of things. As I like to say, you never know what you may like – or be good at – until you try. That works for writing as well as sex….
6. What might be something of interest to your fans that you don’t think they know about you?
Let’s see … my hobbies include photography, robotics, making weird little art things, and food (eating and not, alas, making); and running a few fun blogs: Meine Kleine Fabrik is a celebration of the fun and the just-plain weird, and Frequently Felt is the same but sexy. I’ve also been photographed a few times – and a little research on your part (cough … Michael Rosen … cough) might turn up a rather famous shot of moi.
7. What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing?
Funny story: back some years ago I was at a party and ended up chatting with this fellow writer – who, it turns out, had written a piece for a magazine that I, too, was in. When I told him what story I’d written his face went a little white and he said that he’d like my story so much that he’d masturbated to it. Punchline: because I had more than one story in that magazine I’d been asked to use a pseudonym for that one particular tale – a female pseudonym. While I hated tricking him like that I felt a surge of pride that he’d never once felt that I was a guy and not a girl. Ah, the power of fiction….
8. If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?
That’s a very tough call as I’ve written a lot of stuff – gay thrillers, lesbian SF adventures, straight romances … you name it – but one of my ‘famous’ books is my gay collection Dirty Words, which is being reprinted by Renaissance Books and should be out very soon. My non-smutty vampire novel, Very Bloody Marys, is also being reprinted as is my cyberpunk erotic book, Painted Doll, and my gay thriller, Me2 – all by Renaissance. My other queer collection, Filthy Boys, is available and so are my science fiction erotica collections Rude Mechanicals, and Better Than The Real Thing (both out in print as Technorotica, out soon) and The Bachelor Machine (this one is from Circlet Press). Finger’s Breadth – my very, very strange queer erotic horror novel – is also out from Zumaya. I also have info on all my other books – plus the new ones in the works – on my site at www.mchristian.com.
9. 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 do try to make it to as many events as I can – money and time permitting, of course: both as a lecturer as well as a participant. I also attend and teach at a lot of San Francisco Bay Area venues – so keep an eye on my site for info on where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing. Oh, and if you are running a venue drop me a line: I’ve taught at everything from kinky shindigs like Floating World, the Northwest Leather Celebration, the Center For Sex and Culture, The National Sexuality Symposium, and Winter Solstice to non-smutty events like Baycon, Fogcon, World Horror, and World Science Fiction conventions.
Photo credit to Shilo McCabe.
Story rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 5 out of 5
Interested in spicing up your love life? Ever have that yearning for something more but not sure what it is or what it means? Interested in something kinky and not sure where to start? Which book will help? The Ultimate Guide to Kink is the book for you! This book is great for beginners to learn about the skills and philosophies of BDSM. The book is divided into two sections. The first ten chapters feature popular BDSM skill sets. The second ten chapters focus on fantasies and philosophies. I found this book to be awesome and will be recommending to all the new to BDSM readers and kinksters alike.
I think this book is even good for those who have been around for awhile. It’s a great refresher. What I liked most is each chapter was written by a person who specialized in that topic. This meant each writing style and instructions were different. Some were better than others. Or it could be some appealed to me more than others. The only reason I didn’t rate this book from a writing perspective as 5 star is because I felt there should be more diagrams and pictures. For a beginner book where people aren’t sure about tools and skills, pictures are worth a thousand words. This is why I appreciated chapter five’s bondage for sex by Midori. The illustrations and simple to follow instructions were helpful.
Reading this book, there were many takeaways I highlighted and bookmarked. Different than my usual book reviews, I’m going to mention the sections I liked best. If I mentioned everything I highlighted, I’d end up with a thirty page cliff notes.
Did you know there are three tenets of flogging? I always thought there were only two – striking the person at the right place and amount of force. Instead, I found the next thought to be all encompassing. The three tenets of flogging are Accuracy, Intensity and Connection (p. 50, Janette Heartwood). Another question I receive frequently is how to train a submissive. I’ve been asked if they can have a generic training plan to follow. In How to train your sex slave, Laura Antoniou specifically calls out, training is personal. Never try to use someone else’s training program.
I thought about Ms. Antoniou’s comment. I have to agree. This begs the question, how does one start as a baby Dom/me? This is not to say don’t look at how other people train. It’s to force us to remember, every relationship is unique and the needs of a Dom/me and submissive/slave are different. Therefore, each training plan must be created for the couple by the couple.
For me, the passage which impacted most is in chapter thirteen by Midori. While the subject is on Femdom, I believe it is applicable to both men and women. What really turns on a submissive partner – it’s all about attitude. If the submissive sense that your heart isn’t in it and you’re just faking it as you deliver the spankings or other ministrations, it kills the thrill. It’s 10 times worse than faking orgasms – which is pretty criminal in itself. The submissive may go along with it just to have an “itch” scratched, while you perform to their expectations – creating a vicious cycle of destructive non-communication. This can only end in ugly resentments (p. 288, Midori). I know this cycle well.
Another point from Midori particularly hit home and explains to me why some people I feel the instant need to submit while others who insist they are Dom/mes make me roll my eyes. Effective Dominance comes from the core of the person. This is why it’s essential to know your archetypes and attributes. No amount of fetish wear can make a dominant out of a woman who hasn’t worked on her power and grace within. Having a collection of great toys won’t make you a great domme either – it just means you know where to shop. The same goes for skills. Knowing a lot of techniques does not alone make you a great domme. It’ll make you a skilled top, but that is different from being a dominant (p. 290, Midori).
These are just a sampling of the thoughts and information I enjoyed and found useful in the book. I highly recommend this book to people looking to try some kinky activity in their life. I recommend it to those who have been in the lifestyle a while and need a refresher. This book is great with the baseline and giving guidance on where to go to next. Finally, I leave you with a quote in the book I loved. “The number one job of the dominant is to continually seduce consent from the bottom.” ~ Joseph Bean.
Reviews by Book Addict
Story rating: 4 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 2 out of 5
Love those Broad Shoulders is a HFN, M/M romance of excellent quality. The storyline is interesting and the book is well written. This novella held my attention from beginning to end, and having never read M/M romance before I was delighted with my first choice of book in this genre.
Pete and Chris are the stories two main characters and the emotional interactions between them throughout the book made them both very likeable and realistic characters. The sexual tension between the two is clear from the beginning and attempts by Pete to avoid Chris’s advances, adds a level of conflict to the storyline that drew me in. I found myself talking to my e-reader, saying things like “Come on Pete. Give Chris a chance, this could be more than just great sex, he’s a keeper.” Yes, I liked the characters a lot. I wanted them to both be happy and for me that adds to my enjoyment of a story.
The sex was totally vanilla male on male action, so the sting rating for the book is therefore low. I did class sex at the tattoo parlor, with the risk of being caught out by colleagues a little kinky so, in my opinion that raised the kink value. The sex scenes are well written and relatively hot, with the author doing an excellent job at describing an act not a lot of female readers would have actually witnessed first hand.
For anyone wanting to venture into read M/M romances this would be an excellent starting point. It’s a lovely read.
Reviewed by Janny G.
Story rating: 2 out of 5 paddles.
Sting factor (kink): 1 out of 5
This short (super-short) story is about a woman who signed a slave contract for a year. I hesitate to say more because this is only nine pages long and I’ll end up giving away the whole thing. I will say that this seems like a part of something bigger, or maybe a writing exercise. It seemed odd to me to take the time to publish a piece and make artwork etc for a story nine pages long.
The writing itself isn’t bad. The premise is ok. But it’s so short and the end leaves you hanging for part two. Part two, btw is just as short.
I don’t know if I’d recommend this, but I guess if you want to read a quick hot scene it’s ok. It’s $1.00 for nine pages which turns out to be pricey if you do the math. In the end I’m really just left wondering why… why it was written at that length. Why it was submitted and why it was published.
This has the same female character from the first story, only this time she is now acting as a Domme. I admit I liked this story a lot more than the first mostly because I identify as a Domme myself. Again a quick read with no real depth to it.
I’d be interested in seeing something else by this author that has a higher word count.
Reviewed by Elizabeth
On a business trip to Japan, Paige has just found happiness with Casey, an exciting, young man with a passionate interest in Paige. After a night of wild sex, she feels like a new woman. Drawn to Casey, Paige can’t refuse him even though he says he wants to possess her and she learns he is a vampire. Then Paige’s unfaithful husband, Dalton, shows up. He has supposedly broken off his affair, but Paige suspects he is still seeing his mistress. Soon, Paige begins to notice disturbing things happening around her and discovers she has become the center of a battle between covens who consider her The Chosen One. But when she faces the greatest peril of her life, and Casey shows up to help, Page realizes she is willing fight the covens side-by-side with him, if it means the chance of a future with this vampire she has come to love.
Jenna takes a big risk and decides to live in the moment. After months of communication by social media, she accepts an invitation to Colorado where she finally meets her cowboy. Burned by past romances, Jenna is determined to move on and goes with one goal in mind—a booty call with a tall, dark, sexy cowboy.
Chet is a romantic at heart and when Jenna arrives, he knows there’s more to her than a pretty face and a hot body. A casual fling won’t do. He’s smitten and decides to woo her the old-fashioned way with time and patience. And of course, hot sex.
Their chemistry is elemental and they come together with heat that sears the snowy peaks. When Mother Nature steps in, Jenna is forced to face the feelings she’s tried so hard to keep buried and Chet has to draw on his mountain skills to save the woman he has come to love.
An Excerpt From: ELEMENTAL HEAT
Copyright © CRISTAL RYDER, 2012
All Rights Reserved, Ellora’s Cave Publishing, Inc.
“I can’t believe the stars.”
“Magnificent isn’t it?”
“I dare you to pick a star and wish my name on it.”
She giggled. “That’s not a dare.” Jenna inhaled the wonderful scent of wood smoke, night air and barbequing meat. For the first time in a long time a sense of well-being filled her. She reclined on the lounger, pulled the blanket to her chin and searched the sky for the perfect star. “I found one.”
Chet put the lid down on the grill and came to sit at her feet, holding her ankle gently with his big hand. She trembled at his touch, and loved the wave of arousal that swept up her leg to settle between her thighs. She wanted his touching to be so much more. Time for that later. Jenna pointed to a bright star a little bit off to the right. “See? The large one there.”
He glanced up and right at that moment a shooting star streaked across the sky and right over top of the star she just picked.
“Holy shit! Did you see that?” Jenna bolted upright and watched the fiery trail the meteor left behind. “What are the odds of that happening?”
“Yes, I saw.” She heard the smile in his voice.
“What does that tell you?” Jenna asked him.
“I think the important thing is what it means to you.” His voice was soft and she switched her gaze from the sky to his face.
“To me? Well, a sign.”
“What kind of sign?”
She hesitated a moment, quite struck by the shooting star. What were the odds that just as she chose a star a meteor would streak over the one she picked? There was a whole big sky up there, a great vastness and yet the celestial streak happened in her minuscule portion of it where she picked a star to wish his name on. It told her volumes, but she couldn’t really express it without feeling ridiculous.
“I don’t know.” She shrugged, feeling embarrassed to almost voice thoughts she normally would never let enter her mind. “Maybe that our visit was written in the stars…”
Chet squeezed her ankle gently. “I hope you made a wish on it.”
“I didn’t!” Was it too late? Jenna squeezed her eyes shut and wished. Wished with all her might that maybe, just maybe she was wrong and that she could find true love. Her birthday was this week, while she was here with a very sexy cowboy. One who seemed almost too good to be true.
If it seems too good to be true it usually is.
Jenna opened her eyes and glanced at Chet. Was he hiding any secrets?
“I hope it was a good one.” Chet’s deep voice reached her through the dark.
She pulled the blanket tighter. “Time will tell. There’s been lots of wishing upon stars over the years and I think only one has ever come to fruition.”
“Which one was that?”
Jenna laughed. “A horse. When I was little I would go outside every night and search for the first evening star and wish desperately for a horse. I finally got my wish when I was twenty. But I had to wait an awful long time.” She glanced at his now achingly familiar face, his rugged features softened by the bonfire. “I hope I don’t have to wait as long for this wish.”
“Sounds to me like you don’t have a whole lot of patience. Remember, all good things come to those who wait.” He winked at her and stood.
Jenna watched him walk to the barbeque. He was all fluid grace. For such a big man he wasn’t awkward at all and she couldn’t wait to see him in the saddle. He’d promised they’d go riding tomorrow. But there was a lot of time between now and then. She watched him flip the steaks and take a sip of wine from his glass, then hold the spatula aloft. The image was ingrained in her mind and she swore she would never forget this moment.
Before she knew what she was doing or could change her mind, Jenna swung her legs off the lounge and stood. Chet turned and watched her approach, the dark dreaminess of his eyes drew her. She needed to taste him, to feel his lips under hers and if he wasn’t going to make the first move then she would.
The blanket slipped down her back and she clutched the edges below her breasts.
He put the spatula down without looking where he placed it and it clattered to the patio stones. She stood before him and wound her arms around his neck, holding the corners of the blanket, wrapping them in the warmth of the wool. Her fingers pressed against his neck and the strength in his muscles made her feel truly feminine.
Almost at eye level, she had to look up only slightly to meet his gaze. All her senses tuned in to him, his essence permeated her and she let it. The long-distance teasing they had done the past few months came to a head and Jenna trembled with desire. She tipped her head back and pulled him to her. The hesitation when their lips were a hairsbreadth apart was exquisite. Energy crackled between them in the moment of anticipation before fulfillment.
Chet’s vigor and arousal radiated from him in pulsing waves. The whisper of air between their bodies vanished when he snaked his arms around her waist and brought her hard against him. Jenna sucked in a breath and a little “oh” popped from between her lips.
“This is where I’ve wanted you all day, woman.”
Claimed Pt 1: Private Parts (Claimed: An Erotic Awakening) by V.N. Dare
Anna’s trip to the library brought her face to face with a stranger who had a very pleasant effect on her. But when she got back home, she found out that she had his journal…and he had hers. With all her secret fantasies in his hands, what would he do?
The stranger had secrets of his own, however; dark secrets Anna wanted to be part of. As she reads his journal, she takes the first steps in her own sexual awakening and begins a journey into the dark places of her own desires. Places where she finds someone already waiting for her.
Kindle purchase price 99 cents.
Impact by Cassandra Carr
Story rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 5 out of 5
Professional bull rider Conner Raub hides a secret from the world. He’s a Dom. When he meets a submissive on tour who pulls at his Dom tendencies, he fights to deny his true self, believing his colleagues will condemn his lifestyle.
Jessica Talbot is new to the BDSM scene and the bull riding tour, but after seeing Conner come to the aid of a submissive being mistreated in a club, she sets out to have him for her own. After their first night together she asks him to train her to submit and he refuses, afraid to mix business with pleasure. But Jessica isn’t deterred. She’ll do whatever it takes to make him realize he can have it all—a career,true love, and the BDSM lifestyle he craves.
I got hooked on Impact from the very beginning. It drew me in and made me ache for a little of what Jessica got. Impact will make you laugh and make you sweat as the pages in this book are scorching hot.
Jessica knows she is interested in BDSM, and finds a local club to just watch for a while. First off, let me say I loved this. She is not getting into the lifestyle for a man – she is doing it for herself. That was a huge thumbs up for this story. Jessica is strong willed and has a career, yet she is submissive and knows that’s a part of her.
Conner is a Dom, who keeps his identity hidden at the club for professional reasons that many of us can relate to. He shows himself to be caring when the situations warrants. There are times when he doesn’t carry through on what he says, and that can be detrimental in a D/s relationship. But, it was usually due to unforeseen outside circumstances that affect everyone at some point.
I have to give this story a high rating because it was well written and sucked me in so well that I was late to work because I just had to finish one more chapter! Impact isn’t hard core BDSM, but there is enough D/s to make sure you know its there. I know I am not in agreement with other reviewers out there, but I really think Cassandra Carr developed two very realistic characters who face issues that most couples do when attempting to start a BDSM relationship.
I really loved how Jessica developed her submissive side, but when things got rough, she put her foot down and made sure that she said her piece. She pushes Conner in many ways and sometimes he lets her and other times he pushes back which I thought was fairly accurate in a give and take relationship. I highly recommend picking up this first book in the Buckin’ Bull Riders series –just be careful you don’t burn yourself!
Reviewed by Star