A Brown Eyed Handsome Man by DC Juris
Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles
Sting Factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5
(may contain spoilers…read with caution)
Drake aka Angela is a transgender man. From my understanding transgender means a person that’s one gender but feels and wants to live as another gender. In this story Angela is married and her husband is quite rude to her about discussing her transgender issue. She meets Rocky at a bar, when she is dressed as Drake.
This is a novella so there is little background but the book does not suffer. You get a glimpse into the mental and emotional suffering about Angela’s Indecision but in the end she ultimately decides what’s best for her and Drake. Quite a lovely piece and I will look for more stories by this author.
Reviewd by Sizzling Miss Kim
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Betrayed by DC Juris
Story rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 2 out of 5
Meldrick is one of King Rychal’s strongest and most loyal knights, but he has been captured by the enemy in a war between humans and ogres. The ogres want to know Meldrick’s secrets, and when he won’t break under normal torture, they twist things around to force Meldrick to torture and sexually abuse the other prisoners. Even this doesn’t break the knight, although it twists his mind into a horrible mess as he begins to realize that he sometimes enjoys inflicting pain and torment on his fellow captives.
The breaking point finally comes when the ogres bring word that Meldrick’s lover Faldor is dead. The healer was killed on the battlefield as he tended the wounded, but not before he is told of the animal that Meldrick has become. Meldrick is told that his lover died cursing him, and as proof they offer Faldor’s ring. Plunged into deep despair over the loss of the one thing that helped him keep a tenuous grip on his humanity, Meldrick tells the ogres everything.
Once they have the information they want, rather than kill Meldrick, the ogres abandon him in the forest, where the knowledge of what he has done eats away more and more at him. Believing he cannot return home, Meldrick lives a feral existence in the forest for nearly two years until by chance one day he spots his lover Faldor. He is not dead. The ogres tricked Meldrick into betraying his secrets.
BDSM on a Budget – Budget Spanking Bench
By DC Juris
The best things about this little project are it’s cheap, easy to hide, and multi-purpose. Nothing you’ll do to the bench is permanent, so it can still serve double duty as a workbench. Plus, when the in laws come over, just strip it down, throw the accessories in the closet, and throw the bench in the garage. Presto! Nothing kinky in your house!
What You’ll Need:
1 workbench – you’ll need the clamping kind, like this:
4 36″ bungee cords
4ft trailer safety chain
2 15″x17″x2″ pieces of foam
What You’ll Do:
1. Assemble the workbench per the included instructions. Or, if you already have one made, skip to #2.
2. Place 1 foam pad on the bench step and secure with bungee cord.
3. Open the workbench and place 1 foam pad over the front half. Drape part of the foam pad into the opening and then close the bench as tightly as you can. Secure the pad with bungee cords.
Your bench should now look like this:
Now let’s add some restraints!
4. Attach the safety chain to each back side of the workbench. You’ll use the carabineers to secure your sub’s writs, so you can leave these off until you’re ready for play. PLEASE NOTE: Safety chain is heavy. It’s used to secure trailers to vehicles in case the trailer bounces off the hitch. This is heavy-duty chain. You may want to substitute for something lighter.
Orion’s Way by DC Juris
As the owner of a private dungeon for vampires, Malagan, an ancient himself, does not tolerate those that break the rules. When he is alerted by his dungeon monitors that a sub has safeworded and his Master continues the scene, Malagan steps in. When he was told who the sub was Malagan knew he would have a problem on his hands. This male submissive used to belong to one of his dungeon monitors, Orion, who happens to be on duty.
Orion lost Xavier to Clay when he couldn’t dominate him like he needed. Finding him beaten and bloody, Orion’s blood bond is awakened and he is willing to fight to get him back. Malagan helps Orion recover Xavier, but soon history repeats itself. As Orion wallows in his doubt, Malagan explains it very cleary….either you are a Master or a feeder. Allowing Orion to dominate him, Malagan awakens the Master.
Orion’s Way is a deliciously quick read. I could keep reading about Malagan and Orion. Their scene together is one of submission and the need to regain control. Malagan’s willingness to kneel before Orion to show him that he can Master Xavier is emotional. For a Master to kneel, to submit and teach is a powerful act to witness. I loved the dynamics of these two together. The give and take of between teacher and student. DC is an amazing author of the M/M bond.
5 out of 5 paddles
Reviewed by Michele
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BDSM on a Budget Part 2 – Under $20 Flogger
Supplies You’ll Need:
Bicycle handle grip (look for one that’s squishy, not hard – you’ll need to cut it)
Strips of leather &/or suede
Ribbon or strips of satin
Plastic chain – optional
Beads – optional
You can find a bike handle grip at stores like Wal-Mart or ToysRUs, or wherever bikes are sold. The rest can be found at a crafting store like JoAnn’s or Michaels.
The grip I bought cost $6. Leather, suede, beads, chain, and ribbon came in at just under $13 total. If you shop around, you can probably find these things for even less.
First, look at the grip. It should have a large hole in one end and a much smaller hole in the other end. Using the knife, widen the smaller hold large enough to push strips of leather/suede through.
Since the grip is around 4.5” long, I cut suede and leather strips at about 20” long. I was able to find a ribbon necklace which already had the ribbon clumped together on one end by a bauble, but if you can’t find that, cut ribbon lengths at 20” long as well. I ended up with 4 strips of suede, 1 of leather, and 10 of ribbon.
If you opted for chain and beads, here’s what to do with those: I bought plastic chain in 10” lengths. Since they weren’t long enough, I tied them to suede strips to make up the difference. Then I slid the beads onto the ribbons at different lengths and knotted them to keep them secure.
Let’s face it, BDSM can get expensive. If you’ve ever visited a BDSM gear site, you’ve probably left shaking your head. Things like whips, paddles and ::gasp:: benches will put a hurting on your wallet faster than you can give your safe word.
So what’s a kink to do in these tough economic times? Get kinky!
You don’t have to spend a fortune for good BDSM gear.
First of all, look around your house. Chances are, you have a kitchen. Chances are, you have utensils in that kitchen. C’mon now, even the culinary clueless like yours truly have spatulas and wooden spoons. And if you have those, you have paddles.
Got swimming goggles? Grab a permanent marker and black out the eyes. Voila! You have a blindfold. Want more sensory deprivation? Add some earplugs – found for cheap in the swimming aisle of any Mega Store.
Next, take a stroll through your favorite stores and think kink. One of my most favorite toys is a tickler we purchased at a pet store. It’s a cat toy – a long pole with feathers and fur hanging off. It cost about $5 for an evening of sensual fun.
While you’re at the pet store, check out a pet grooming glove. These have nifty little rubber nubs on them for sensation play.
Silk scarves and the sashes from robes work well for restraint. Cloth scarves also work well as gags – tie a couple knots in the middle and the knot goes in the mouth. The nifty thing about these is they soak up saliva that a regular ball gag can’t. Depending on the size of the mouth, you may want to use several knots.
Recently I had an instant message conversation with a Dom. Let’s call him D. D had messaged me to see what I thought of a punishment he’d invented for his sub. Now, D’s fairly new to BDSM, so, even though he has a natural instinct for it, he often second-guesses himself. Never in front of his sub, of course—only online to a select few of us who realize that even a Dom has doubts every now and then. He’ll ask several of us what he should do, if he’s doing the right thing, and so on. Truth be told, I suspect he’s more of a switch in denial than a full Dom, but he’ll figure it all out in time.
Now, I don’t have a problem with him seeking advice. I just have a problem with him seeking advice from me. You see, just like in the “real world,” those in the BDSM lifestyle don’t fit a cookie cutter. We’re all different. We all handle our situations differently.
Case in point—I don’t punish my sub. I know that when people think of D/s relationships, they envision obedient subs bowing and kissing their Dom’s feet, and Dom’s serving out punishments if their subs don’t do as they’re told. For most, but not all, this includes spankings, bondage, or withholding of some privilege, including sex.
That’s not how I roll, for several reasons. For one thing, I don’t like to punish. I’m still not sure it teaches anything; it certainly never taught me anything. All it did was make me more belligerent. I prefer positive reinforcement in all my dealings—even when I raised my children. That’s how I approach my relationship with my sub as well. I find that he responds much better to being shown what he’s done right, what he’s done wrong, and how he can do something better the next time.
Relearning the Ropes
Breathless Press [link to buy]
Rating: 5 out of 5 Paddles
Marcus received a phone call that would change his life forever. The unexpected death of his friend, Julius, left him with an unexpected added responsibility of his submissive, Charlie. He didn’t want a live-in sub with such a complex history. His own life was complicated enough and he was pretty well set in his own ways. Marcus had given Julius the money to purchase Charlie while at a party to save him from any more harm.
Charlie had been sold into the lifestyle at the age of fifteen and had been subjected to extreme mental and physical control. Julius had to continue with a high level of submission in order for him to function. Charlie always knelt in the presence of his Master as he undressed him and sexually liked restraint and pain that came in the form of strategically placed clips. By day though, Charlie worked in an accounting department, integrating his need for order and structure into his vanilla world.
Marcus had played with Charlie on a few occasions under Julius’ watchful eye. He always felt that Julius never really cared for Charlie. Sure he provided for him physically, BDSM and vanilla, but their emotional bond lacked something deeper. Charlie was a loving and giving soul, yet Marcus never fostered that aspect of their relationship.
Balancing Who I Am with Who I Need to Be by DC Juris
Though I’m a switch in everyday life, in the business world, I’m strictly a Dom. I know what needs to be achieved, how to do it, and I get it done. Period. Others do not bully me—I’m a salesperson’s nightmare. I can’t be talked into products and services, no matter how many cute, fluffy animals they put in front of me, or how many scare tactics they use, or how many extras they offer me. I don’t cut corners. I’m fast, straight forward, and efficient.
I have the work history to prove it. In every office I’ve worked, I’ve gone from absolute bottom run to management in less than three years. For two of those companies, my success was literally unheard of. I come from a background of no nonsense, rule following business people—focused solely on making money and thriving.
Now, however, I find myself in a much different situation. My current employer is rather passive aggressive and non-confrontational. She’d rather make comments behind your back than deal with something head on. She lacks any real business sense, but cannot understand why the place is not as successful as it could be. As it should be.
You might think someone like her would be easy for someone like me to deal with. After all, I clearly have the more dominant personality, and I’m clearly the more aggressive of the two of us. Should be easy for me to steamroll right over her, eh? But you’d be wrong. I spend a lot of my time having to carefully pick and chose my words, because if things aren’t phrased just right, progress bogs in the face of a temper tantrum. The best way to get things done is to make the boss feel like the idea was hers from the beginning. That can be pretty tricky, and exhausting.
Hi folks! DC Juris here. I’ll be your guest host for today. For those of you who don’t know me, I’m a transgender fella who writes GLBTQ and heterosexual romance, but mostly m/m.
Because many of my works contain a BDSM or D/s element, I’m frequently asked if I do the things my characters do, and if so, why?
For starters, yes, I do some of the things my characters do. I don’t go quite as far as some—food play and watersports really aren’t up my alley—but for the most part, if they indulge in it, I’ve indulged in it. In fact, my husband made a custom headboard for us. We use chains instead of rope, because I have an odd skin reaction to most ropes. He also turned an antique mini bar into a BDSM toy cabinet, and hung some of our stuff on the wall above it.
As for the why…well, that’s a far more complex answer.
In my Evil Day Job, I’m in management. I’m in charge of a lot of things, and I’m held accountable for even more things. Looking back, I’ve never really held a job where I wasn’t in charge. I just have a natural ability to examine a situation, find the best approach, and make it happen. People naturally listen to me, they defer to me, they ask me what they should do. I’m definitely a Dom in the business world, and in most of my private life. I make just about all the decisions in my relationships. Hell, I even end up making the decisions when I tell someone else to!
So what’s the draw of submission for someone like me? Don’t I always want to be in control? Don’t I enjoy being the Man in Charge?