Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Unique Book On Manuscript Polishing! If you are someone who has chosen writing as a possible career, or who is considering it – then you need this short, invaluable book! When it comes to writing, there are tons of easy-to-find rules. To do it right, budding authors need to be aware of those lesser known rules that can make or break their work. Grammar, spelling and punctuation are the basics of good writing, just as submission guidelines are the basics of a successful submission. With a touch of humor and a couple of writing exercises, this reference deals with some common mistakes beginning writers tend to make. Examples are concise, and there are several interactive quizzes with answers at the end of the reference. In addition to being an romance award-nominee, Marissa St. James has taught writing workshops and groups. For authors of romance, erotica, science fiction, mysteries, etc, - and even nonfiction. (from our sister imprint, PageTurner Editions)
Check out this very cool review of the acclaimed M.Christian's new collection, In Control, by the great folks at BDSM Reviews:
Although the book In Control is subtitled The Short Kinky Fiction of M. Christian, by today’s standards most of the 18 stories in this anthology aren’t all that kinky. That’s not to imply they aren’t well written, because they are. In fact, it would be safe to say that this collection of short stories has a decidedly cerebral and artistic flair not often found in erotica.
The themes of the book’s stories vary greatly in both style and genre – sort of a smorgasbord effect. Many are straight forward erotica, while others touch on BDSM and same sex relationships. Some are really more romantic than they are erotic, and a couple could be categorized as mood pieces with erotic overtones. My favorite is an excerpt from the novel Brushes, which is a tale about the brother of an elite artist whose resemblance to his sibling enables him to seduce numerous art students that mistake him for his famous brother. While it doesn’t contain much erotic content, it is an interesting and thought provoking read.
Whether or not readers will enjoy this book will depend largely on their sensibilities and what their expectations are. Overall it is a satisfyingly literate book that periodically includes well-crafted erotic scenarios.
Monday, December 30, 2013
The always-fantastic Mykola Dementiuk - and two time Lambda Literary Award winner - has a great except from his brand new book, The 42nd Street Jerking-Off Club, up on Gay/Lesbian Fiction Excerpts!
And this being 42nd Street I felt very at home there, experimental sure, no matter what it may have looked like, but my resistance was quickly falling apart. I frequented many places on that street and I looked upon it as just one more place to discover and participate in. He smiled but didn't say anything as we passed by the various movie theaters on that street, the Victory, the Sylwan, the Apollo, Times Square Theater and others of that ilk when he stopped before an Army/Navy store entrance alcove....
Saturday, December 21, 2013
by Mick Mykola Dementiuk
In the late 1980s I had pretty much reached the end of my stamina and nerves in trying to finish my first novel, Holy Communion, impatient to get away from New York City, where I had lived for almost 40 years. I had closed Holy Communion, which had taken me three years to work on and would take over two decades to see print, going on win the Lambda Award for Best Bisexual Fiction
Wandering through Europe was an awesome experience and different from what I was used to, the shady dangerous streets of New York City. Instead, here was a European world of newness, really oldness, came upon me, opening itself up to me. I loved Europe! Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Malmo, etc. I was ecstatic just being there and each day I walked through its twisted streets and boulevards, going who the devil knows where. I just walked and walked. Still I couldn’t help but hear or watch the television news of something brewing and happening in Eastern Europe, not too far away from where I was at that moment. I had originally thought of going up to Stockholm or Helsinki and visiting the lands of Strindberg and Knut Hamsen, two writers I whom greatly admired, but I already knew that with the way things were stirring that anything could happen further East.
Just that previous summer I had taken a part-time nightly job as a television news monitor/transcriber, since my novel was near its end, where we just watched the nightly news and pretty much transcribed what was happening. That summer of 1989 the news about Tiananmen Square in Bejing and the hundreds of thousands of students who seemed to be taking over the Red Chinese City filled the television news.Nightly we would transcribe the stories, our hopes and fears with the students. Bravo! But alas, the Chinese government stepped in and crushed the student spring uprising setting the resistance back to what it was, into totalitarian numbness.
But watching the news in Copenhagen later that year, though I didn’t understand the language, I saw that something was happening as well, and fast too. West Berlin was seething with something and that year could also erupt or stagger back into isolation, and being so close to it I changed my plans and headed East. Berlin was now my destination. But to enter Berlin from the West the train dipped eastwards, to Alexanderplatz, a boulevard of East Berlin, and though I remained on the train technically I was in the East, the land from which my parents had escaped some decades ago, the Communist and Stalinist Empire, cut-off Russia. Throngs of crowds just stood on the platform trying to get West and watched as a half empty train pulled in and pulled out of the East Berlin station still I wanted to cry to them, “Come with me, please!” But I didn’t and sadly looked out the window as the almost empty train rolled away from East Berlin and entered West Berlin.
On the streets the city was a madhouse, crowds were everywhere you turned and everyone was celebrating something, by drinking, smoking, kissing and fucking. Passed a few people in the bushes and what else could they be doing? Later I found out that the Berlin Wall had fallen and the two Germanys would now be one, not East and West as it had been called for years, but a united Germany. For a week I prowled in its drunken streets, walking the length of the Berlin Wall in the city and seeing everywhere the crowds cheering and celebrating, while I took hundreds of photographs as a memento. After seven or eight days I knew I’d had enough and started to head west again. Back on the train again and headed for Vienna, Austria. Ah bliss, back to real freedom. Back to my memories, which by then were pretty constant. of old New York City streets and what I had done in them, sexual experimentation which I had forced upon myself.
And though I was in Vienna my notebooks once again came out and where I had filled pages of Berlin memories, instead I now started filling up pages and pages of what I remembered from my Times Square days back in the 1960s and 70s. Why Times Square in Vienna, Austria? I don’t know. Was it the Berlin exuberance that had triggered these memories which had lain dormant and silent through all the years? Why were the floodgates of Times Square suddenly opened in Vienna after the mad celebrations in Berlin? Little did I know why but it was a relief that it had taken so long to get them out. Seems that I had triggered them into a form of remembrance and now nothing would hold them back. I wrote and wrote, probably three weeks in a Viennese hotel room, hardly going outdoors just buying food and further stacks of notebooks, filling pages and pages of Stallers (that was my name for the bathroom stalls in the Times Square movies houses and Stallers was also my name for the men who prowled the stalls therein). You could say I was on a roll, but sadly, and also exhausted, I did return to America around Christmas time and got down to my new work, the rewriting of Stallers, which now took a few years after that.
Needless to say, Stallers also took years before I saw it in print. It was not until I made contact with Jean Marie Stine and M. Christian that they brought it out as an e-book. A year or so after that they also brought it out as a paperback collection called Times Square Queer with additional Times Square tales, which I’m very proud of having and holding in my hands. The e-book of Stallers and the paperback of Times Square Queer, which has all of Stallers and other stories are, I believe, my best work. Hope you come to believe that too!
Mick Mykola Dementiuk is a two-time winner of the Lambda Award, and his collection, Times Square Queer, was a finalist for the 2012 Bisexual Book Award. Visit him at http://dementiuk.weebly.com or http://www.MykolaDementiuk.com
Friday, December 13, 2013
This is wonderful: the always-great Amos Lassen just posted a review of our brand new release by Mykola Dementiuk, The 42nd Street Jerking-Off Club:
If anyone were to ask what the greatest thing about being a reviewer is, I would have to answer that there are several but what I really enjoy is meeting writers and getting to know them through their writing. Mykola Dementiuk is a two-time Lambda Award winning writer and a “helluva” good guy who always lets me know when he has a new book out. While this may not seem like much to some people, it is for me because Mick is a special guy who types with one finger (as a result of a stroke). That stroke might have hindered the way he writes but not how he thinks. I refer to Mick as the laureate of the Times Square that was and we are lucky to have someone who can tell a story like he does. He has specialized in what was once the seedy part of New York City and reminds us that being gay was once very different than it is now.
There always seemed to be a crowd on 42nd Street. This crowd was not the kind of people we would find on, say, 5th Avenue. Here were hustlers and prostitutes, drag queens and hookers. They did not just walk the street—they worked it. Their days and nights were spent looking for those who pay for sexual pleasure. In fact, they were not just walking—they were parading.
Many of the denizens all lived in the area or had rooms there. Their lives were made up of pleasure and dreams and they represent a world of its own. The lived in a state of uncertainty, never really sure what days would bring.
Now let me just say for those unfamiliar with Mick Dementiuk’s writing might find him shocking because of the eroticism. I find him shocking when I see his literary oeuvre that continues to grow all of the time.
I have a rough time reviewing Dementiuk because anything I might say could ruin the read for someone so you will just have to take my word for it or just have a look at the title to give you an idea of what to expect.
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Monday, December 9, 2013
Here's the book you've all be waiting for: a brand new release from our resident blockbuster master of BDSM, Powerone! Number 121 is guaranteed to rock your world!
A successful entrepreneur and CEO, Sandi’s professional life was booming—but she'd had no personal life for ten years. Men were convenient outlets for Sandi, but she took no deeper pleasure in them.
But when a dramatic turn of events turns her life upside down, she finds strength she never expected from her sister Lori. Lori lets her in on an important secret that gives Sandi a ray of hope, telling her about a very different sort of life—a life she'd never expected anyone to live, let alone live herself. Could Sandi’s submission to men bring her pleasure? Could it be the missing piece that, when found, would make her life complete?
Without having to ask herself twice, Sandi embarks on a journey of enlightenment, entering a facility that trains clients to submit and surrender themselves completely. Thus Sandi begins a new life as Number 121, a trained submissive.
Once home from training, can Sandi find happiness with a man who is only interested in using her for his pleasure? Her Master, Walter, has a few surprises up his sleeve, however, and makes her discover her own pleasure in ways she'd never fathomed. From bondage to ménage à trois, Sandi finds a form of bliss and fulfillment that had lain dormant in her body for far too long.
Yet through it all, as she manages to claw her way back to power in her professional life, can she continue to submit in her personal life? Can she find a balance that will bring her entire life together?
Powerone brings you Number 121, A Novel of Enlightenment through Submission.
Here's a sexy treat for the holidays: pick up J. Paulette Forshey's new romantic novel, 33 Days Till Christmas, and you'll have a very festive time!
She fell in love with an angel!
Archangel Gabriel is sent to Earth in human form to keep a woman, Zippy, safe for the next thirty-three days. He's not told why, only that he must protect her. After Zipporah is rescued by a handsome man when she's nearly run over, she quickly discovers he could use some saving of his own...especially when she realizes he's not a man after all.
As Gabriel starts feeling things he shouldn't, Zipporach, or Zippy as her friends call her, begins experiencing a rash of near-miss "accidents". His job more difficult than he imagined, Gabriel has to watch over Zippy without falling in love with her. But there's only so much an angel can do...
Sizzler Editions is extremely pleased and proud to be able to announce this brand new book by double Lambda Literary Award Winner Mykola Dementiuk: The 42nd Street Jerking Off Club!
Another masterpiece of Times Square in its gay heyday by the two-time Lambda Award winning author!
I looked out the window on to 42nd Street. The crowd was still walking up and down the crazy, forgotten boulevard. Prostitutes, transvestites, hookers and hustlers of every sort paraded and marched back and forth on the hectic sidewalk, looking for another trick as they struggled through the dawning hours.
Where would they sleep it off tonight, some shabby Single Room Occupancy where they could just pass out for a few hours of troubled sleep, or in a lavish soft Park Avenue apartment where they could relax and laze in the lovely passing warm morning hours?
New York is like that, seeming to be at one moment a successful businesswoman going after deals, while at other times a deranged whore, slut, trollop, grabbing and stealing whatever she could get from you. I suppose that's why I liked it, the uncertainty of what can suddenly happen, a kiss on the lips or a stab in the back, same difference. In the end, a shrug and another day is stretching, yawning or else going back to sleep.
I noticed the lettered reflection of the window before me, even this high up it showed off what the window contained inside but at this angle, they were all mixed up, a reverse from what they actually spelled. I smiled, The 42nd Street Club, as if someone had forgotten the Jerking-Off part.
I smiled again and yawned. Yeah sure, but that's what I'm here for, jerking off!
Monday, December 2, 2013
Margie Church is a true genius when it comes to BDSM erotic romances - and her groundbreaking book, The 18th Floor, has been a masterpiece - which makes the release of this enhanced and expanded edition such a marvelous reading experience!
Alexa Robbins is so consumed by her career that the closest thing she's had to sex in a while is the noise from her nymphomaniac neighbors. When Sebastian Law discovers her in the eighteenth floor conference room early one morning, the table becomes a pallet for making one of her fantasies come true. Will he enjoy her extensive repertoire of fantasies?
On the outside, Sebastian appears to be a buttoned-up, well-dressed, tech geek. Inside, he's a Dom with a hearty appetite for all types of carnal pleasures. He risks alienating Alexa by revealing his true nature, but he won't keep the secret for long.
Together they explore both of their extensive repertoires of fantasies, and create some wild new ones as well. Soon enough, they will explore something else: whether they're a perfect match for life beyond the 18th Floor.
A BDSM adventure like no other! If you pick up The 18th Floor by Sizzler's star erotic writer Margie Church, you'll step into a new world of domination, submission, lust, love, passion and bondage – and you won't be disappointed!
Do not miss this expanded author's edition, the way the author intended it to be read, with 25% more new material.
"What’s new about it?" says author Margie Church, "Two primary areas are more vivid. I extended the boat scene – if you haven’t read the original version – it’ll make you sweat. I always felt that highly erotic scene, which includes some MM action, was rushed. Alexa took a huge leap of faith with Sebastian that evening and she never really thought about it afterward. They never discussed what happened and how it made her feel. And maybe, just maybe, they share a little more passion between the sheets.
I also was never happy with how abruptly the book ended. Neither were readers. I’ve slowed that down somewhat, gave more depth to the supporting characters and let everything wrap up smoothly."
Here's a very special prize for anyone who likes their BDSM erotica extra-spicy: pick up Handcuffs And Roses by the always-great Laura Hammond and you will be in for an incredible ride!
Romance, Bondage, and Breathtaking Suspense!
Hard-boiled police detective by day, Lisa Mayne dreams of nights spent as a submissive sex slave to a powerful dom. Then she meets her new partner, James McGuinn, and suddenly wonders if she has met the dom of her dreams. But as passion blossoms -- and Lisa discovers James really is a dom and the man she has been waiting for all her life -- the two investigate a brutal crime that puts both their lives in danger.
Here is a thrilling romance of two people who find their fulfillment as master and slave, loving under the shadow of death.
Margie Church is one of the very best authors of erotic romance working today and this, a very special release, shows just how good she can be! Wet is a treat for anyone interested in heat and romance!
They may be divorced, but their passion is far from over.
Resigned to an amicably practical relationship, divorcees Noah and Reagan decide to live together for the sake of their children until the Navy determines Noah's next assignment. ...But when the rain falls one night, they get wet in more ways than one.
Then, just as they realize that their love—and their lust—for each another may have been buried, but was never quite lost, Noah's interfering and domineering father drives a wedge between them. Is their bond strong enough to overcome the influence and aftermath of their meddling family—or was that night in the rain the last time they would ever make each other wet?
Published separately, this is the first time both riveting romances have been joined together in a single volume.
"I adore Reagan and Noah. Their story not only symbolizes how much an established couple can enjoy each other, but that sometimes you have to stand up for what you really want. Wet definitely drives home the message that love is hard, but can definitely be worth fighting for." —BookIt
"I am a fan of Margie Church. Her stories have such textured, three-dimensional characters, no matter what the setting—contemporary or paranormal. Her love scenes are hot—BURNING—sexuality ... vividly seared into the reader's mind.
Wet is no exception. Set against familial angst, Noah and Regan explore their reignited passion for each other. In a particularity hot and sexy BDSM scene, the tables are turned...
If you want a hot bedtime read to give you naughty dreams, then buy Wet now!" —K. B. Cutter, author, Killing Apathy, Sins of the Sparrow and more.
Here' a very special treat for fans of science fiction and BDSM: a wonderful new book by the great Rod Harden. Bound Through Time is a must read!
The leader of a primitive hunting party is about to spring upon his prey when a powerful force snatches him from his familiar surroundings and flings him into a strange and barren place where nothing makes sense.
Brilliant physicist Dr. Jane Hope is conducting the first live test of her new time machine. The device is programmed to transport a man forward in time through 14,000 years so that modern science can test a real live "caveman" to find out what prehistoric humans were really like.
Though the experiment appears to work flawlessly at first, there's one variable that Dr. Hope failed to include in her calculations: the human variable. Her caveman specimen proves to be much more intelligent and resourceful than anyone in the lab gives him credit for. Soon he is in control of the situation and is making good his escape back to his own time.
Unfortunately for Dr. Hope, the caveman has decided to return with a couple specimens of his own: none other than Dr. Hope herself along with the lab's beautiful and kinky computer nerd, Joanna Ng.
But what does he ultimately plan to do with his trophies from the future? And are there other dangers, even more primitive than the caveman, lurking in this prehistoric forest?
The two women now find themselves in a primal world with no modern conveniences and no way to get back to their own time. Completely at the mercy of the caveman, they discover that rather than being in control of their "specimen", he is in control of them.