Sunday, August 31, 2014

What’s In a Tale? The Creation of Slave of Fortune By Jay Lawrence

Here's a very special treat: a great essay by one of our favorite authors, Jay Lawrence!

What’s In a Tale?
The Creation of Slave of Fortune

By Jay Lawrence

I’ll begin this blog post with a confession.  Slave of Fortune was actually written in two sections and on two continents!  I began the novella in January 2003, while staying with my long-time friend John (aka my co-author Harry Neptune) in Trinidad.  The rather dark first chapters, set in the draconian confines of an English country house in the depths of winter, were typed as I sat in a sun-filled apartment with the trade winds billowing the curtains and tropical birds swooping by the balcony.  In my imagination, I conjured up Lily, a Victorian housemaid, toiling away in a frigid scullery – a good exercise for a writer working in equatorial heat!  The tale – like several of my stories – actually began life with a different title, Gilding Lily.  Eventually, I settled on something less whimsical and it became Slave of Fortune.  Anyway, the book was set aside for several years as life’s demands took over and was finally completed around 2006, considerably farther north in my adopted home of Canada. 

So - confessions aside - what’s behind the story?

Firstly - my fascination for family history research and Victorian London.  Some of my ancestors walked the same streets as Charles Dickens.  Rather naughtily, I wrote some of them into the story as minor characters – I hope they’re not turning in their graves!
Freddie Bathurst’s Snake Pit, a risqué gentlemen’s club, was loosely inspired by a similar establishment mentioned in Michael Sadleir’s novel, Fanny by Gaslight.  Memories of a BBC adaptation with naked girls posing for moustachio-ed gents helped fill in the details!  Incidentally, for accurate depictions of the gritty squalor of the times, pea soup fogs and all, it’s hard to beat contemporary author Lee Jackson’s books.  A Google search for “Victorian London” will bring up his website which is a treasure trove of information.  And, of course, there is the incomparable Dickens.

One of the erotic themes in Slave of Fortune is tight-lacing.  Although stringent corsetry was generally in fashion in the 1800s, there were some who chose to lace themselves down to the absolute minimum and it’s hard to believe there wasn’t a sexual element in such a practice.  One of my characters, Lawrence, is a tight-lacing fetishist and Lily, the heroine of the tale, is introduced to the breathless pleasures of attaining a tiny waist.  Always keen to truly get into the spirit of a book, I have written while wearing a corset – they are not at all uncomfortable if properly fitted and great for improving posture!

Finally, I’d like to mention that I really enjoy writing a chase sequence into a book.  This was probably inspired by childhood reading (Enid Blyton!) and classic movies such as Hitchcock’s North by Northwest.  Not set in Victorian times but a thrilling escapade.

So, there you have it – Cockney ancestry and kinky underclothes - cooked up on two continents with a really good chase thrown in for good measure!  That’s Slave of Fortune.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Out Now: LURE OF THE DUNGEON by Powerone

Get ready for the ride of your kinky life: the one-and-only Powerone has a new book out - one that's going to send you on a wild trip.  Pick up Lure Of The Dungeon and hang on!

Intrepid anthropologist Jessica is working on her PhD. Her field of study is the infamous dungeons built in crueler eras than our own; she has always been fascinated by these dark, underground labyrinths where men and women were at the mercy of their captors' basest whims.

Jessica wants to analyze the dungeon's purpose in society. Now, as a PhD candidate, she has the opportunity to explore many of these notorious but historic sites firsthand. But the one thing Jessica has never explored is the meaning of her own fascination with dungeons. As the “Lure of the Dungeon” deepens her knowledge of what happened to those confined behind their walls, a desire to experience the helplessness these victims felt, and the uses they were put to begins to, stirs within Jessica.

Soon after she begins her field work, a strange encounter makes her wonder about the mysterious donor who supports her research. Is her donor interested in more than just her dissertation? What Jessica doesn't know is that all her questions are about to be answered. All her dreams are about to be fulfilled. For deep in a dungeon she is about to experience the most thrilling and terrifying encounters of her life, and learn more about herself than she has ever learned about anthropology.
Another masterpiece of intense bondage from the masterful and bestselling Powerone!

Out Now: TRYSTS: Tales of “Tea Room Queens” by Mykola Dementiuk

Two-time Lambda Award winner Mykola Dementiuk is simply the best queer erotica writer we know - and this, his newest book shows him at his strengths ... and then some.  Pick up Trysts and experience Mick at his best!

"There was a time (and still is) when gay men who frequented public bathrooms looking for sex were known as 'Tea Room Queens'. There is something exciting about the danger of having sex in a public place, and Mykola Dementiuk tells us all about it.

"That period of wild bathroom sex is somewhat behind us and one of the reasons could be, like Dementiuk says, the [comparative] lack of public bathrooms today. There was a time when bathrooms were used for more than just the calls of nature and people would come in, do what they had to do, practice a little masturbation (either alone or with someone else) and then disappear in to the city. Words were not spoken nor did they have to be. There were men who would make the rounds of the bathrooms ('tea rooms') every day and usually without the need to actually use the facilities. There was something about the danger and the anonymity that turned people on.

"It was quick sex that ended as quickly as it began. It was easy enough, as we learn here: all a man had to do was go in and ...stand there. It was not long before the party would begin. Dementiuk takes us back to the golden days and captures it like it was. Like the way Dementiuk writes—a bit wild, a bit sexy and altogether wonderful."

—Amos Lassen

Out Now: SWEET REDEMPTION by Bonni Sansom

Bonni Sansom is one of our all-time best writers - touching, hot, romantic and sexy: read her newest book, Sweet Redemption, and you'll see how good she can be!

Being a war widow is hell on the sex life, as Ellie Mason knows all too well. And thanks to the last storm that blew through and wreaked havoc on her barn, her sex life isn't her only concern anymore. Even as Ellie places an ad for a handyman, in walks Cord before anyone else can apply, looking like the man of her dreams—and maybe the answer to all her problems ...that is, if he’ll take the job.

Ellie and Cord’s progress toward each other is soon troubled by Ellie’s menacing pet pig Bacon, who is set on destroying everything Cord owns. Then there’s the hired hand, Justin, who searches out the truth about Cord’s past and uses it against him, and Ellie and Cord’s new relationship spirals out of control. Will their budding love survive a missing condom, a crazy pig and a jealous man?

"From the moment you pick up this book, you'll be laughing at the antics of the pig, Bacon, and you'll feel the sparks between the two lovers. As a woman, I know that I wished I was Ellie several times...(who am I kidding...all the time!) The sweet, passionate kisses, the love-making/sex...the heat! Several times I found myself welling up with emotion over the "secrets", and the would-be lovers turmoil over them. This book has everything. You won't be disappointed! 5 stars!" —Beth Muscat, author, The Bracelet

"There is a satisfying HEA in the epilogue and this is a very quick read, so if you are looking for a love story that you can pick up and read in an hour or so, with a happy ending, this is the book for you." —Mrs. Condit Reviews

Out Now: MALE CHASTITY: A Novel Of Muzzled Manhood by M. J. Rennie

There is simply no one better at writing steamy BDSM erotica than our one-and-only M. J. Rennie - and Male Chastity shows just how good he can be!

How does a modern woman keep a handsome, virile husband in deep submission? The answer for some wives is Enforced Male Chastity. M. J. Rennie's remarkable new novel of Feminine Domination reveals the discoveries of three contemporary couples who embrace the exalted highs, the deep, submissive lows, and the extreme ecstatic climaxes that Enforced Male Chastity produces.
When they learn about the recent advent of safe, secure Male Chastity devices, Elaine, Cissy, and Jennifer begin to keep their otherwise restless husbands in a permanent state of subjection. Because they are locked in these devices, each custom fit for the individual man, Jerome, Raymond, and Brad desperately do whatever is necessary to keep their devoted, dominant wives happy and sexually satisfied.

Will Male Chastity allow these three couples to achieve the most cherished intimacy, the most blissful happiness? Or will the Women, with their absolute power, take Male Chastity too far? In Male Chastity: A Novel of Muzzled Manhood, M. J. Rennie's eloquent storytelling supplies the exquisitely erotic answer.

Out Now: OTHER OPTIONS: An Erotic Fantasy by J. J. Rose

This is a guaranteed to anyone who loves their erotica with a fantasy spice.  Other Options has it all and then some, by the wonderful J. J. Rose.

A Thrilling and Unique Erotic Fantasy Tale!

Ala, an island princess in a world where magic is real, hasn't spent her entire life waiting around for Kivol to claim her—especially when he does it the night before departing on a long sea voyage, leaving her alone and untouchable. ...And that's when Ala realizes that she's in love with someone else: Vivia, her best friend, a woman from another clan on the island. With Kivol gone and Ala claimed, however, they cannot act upon their love, for the magic of the claiming would burn Ala and Vivia alive.

Fortunately for Ala, her people are kind, loving, and very intelligent. Mistress Dashia, who rules the island's women, has magic. Sila, Ala's older sister, has advice. Vivia, who Ala has come to love, has ideas. But in the end, will Ala be able to choose Vivia at all? Or will she be forced to spend her life with Kivol—every day seeing, but unable to love, Vivia the way her heart knows she must?
One thing Ala learns, though, is that there are always other options... if she can find them.

Out Now: You are My Slave 3

Here's a real treat for fans of BDSM erotica: a brand new book in David Jewell's hotter-than-hot series.  Pick up You are My Slave 3 and you will not be disappointed!

Rob and Junko Engle practice bdsm—and their seven-year marriage is an open one, which makes their adventures in the dungeon all the more exciting. But when Rob loses his job, he finds himself considering all the possibilities available to him. In a shaky economy, he finds he must get creative. Thus he comes up with the idea of charging his small number of submissives for his services. Thanks to his impressive array of skills as a dominant, he quickly finds that they are more than willing to do pay for for the pleasure of kneeling at his feet.

When Rob found Sally Holmes, a tough policewoman with a secret yen to submit, Junko began to dream of collaring a cop just like her husband. So when Deputy Sheriff Craig Steven finds out about Sally’s secret life and expresses his desire to learn more, Junko makes her move. Using her beauty, persuasive abilities and sexual prowess, she helps him learn more about the secret life of a willing slave. In doing so, she hopes that he will discover his own submissive side.

With the help of her husband and other submissives, she begins to realize her dream of owning an officer of the law. It is an ambitious undertaking that challenges her skills as a mistress. Can Junko change this tough street cop into her obedient submissive? The task seems daunting, but Junko is determined to succeed.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Leather, Lace & Lust: An Evening Of Erotic Storytelling and Sexual Merriment

Here's a great chance to hear some of our best-selling Sizzler writers performing live!

Leather, Lace & Lust: An Evening Of Erotic Storytelling and Sexual Merriment

Come one, come all* to an evening of lusty literature by many of the best erotica writers in the Bay Area!

From the tempting tease of delicate lace to the steamy heat of hardcore leather, these authors and performers will amuse, delight, and most of all excite you in all kinds of new and provocative ways; This is an evening of witty, carnal, and provocative literary endeavors that will tickle just about every kind of fancy, a festival of playful sensual fiction that will make you laugh, cry, and get that oh-so-special tingly feeling in your nether-regions.

In other words, a night of kick-ass erotica performed by ass-kicking writers!

Our featured performers include:

  • Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, is a best-selling, award-winning author of seventeen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing.
  • Molly Weatherfield: "Twenty years ago, a mild-mannered computer programmer decided to spend some quality time with her erotic fantasy life, and Carrie's Story - BDSM for smart girls - was born."
  • Mistress Lorelei Powers is a well-known bi poly sadist and Domme. She is the author of several BDSM classics, including On Display, The Mistress Manual, and Charm School for Sissy Maids.
  • Blake C. Aarens is an author, poet, screenwriter, playwright, and a Black Girl Nerd.
  • Jean Marie Stine is the author of a number of pioneering works of erotica published in the late 1960 and early 1970s, beginning with Season of the Witch in 1968, which was filmed as the motion picture Synapse. Her erotic short stories and novelettes have been collected as "Trans-sexual: Fiction for Gender Queers."
  • A.M. Davis is a poet, artist and novelist who lives in Oakland, California. Her first novel, You Were Always Waiting For This Moment to Arise, as well as her first poetry collection, Six Lifetimes of Love, will be published in late 2014.
  • M.Christian is a recognized 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 others.

Saturday, August 30th, 2014
The Center For Sex And Culture
1349 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Doors at 6PM, Event starts at 7PM
Admission: $10

*no guarantees