30 December 2015

Happy New Year: 2015 was the year of the futa cock. 2016 will be the year of the blend.

Well, 2015 has been quite the year!

In May, I published my first book ever, Demon's Embrace. Shortly after that I published the next book in the series, Angel's Kiss. Next, came In the Arms of Love, followed by Rough Rides and Donut Slut. My biggest "hit" (that term being extremely relative) came with the publication of Enthralled, my mix of futanari and vampires. Most recently I published the second octogirl book, Song of the Siren.



Seven books. Not bad for less than a year's worth of work.

Along the way I also won NaNoWriMo, won an award for In the Arms of Love (book of the year, yo), created fan groups for the vampire and octogirl book series, and started an erotica writers' support group.

I also made some great friends and those friends are great writers. Unbelievably, in the space of a few short months, I actually have fans. People actually buy my books, and that is an amazingly good feeling. Being appreciated is always good, but being appreciated for your filthy imagination and wordsmithing is even better!

2015: Year of the Futa Cock


I love futanari, that's why I made it my main niche in which to write. At first I was bummed because I felt like no one else liked it except other authors in the niche. But then, something interesting happened: I made converts. People took a chance and discovered that girls with both cocks and pussies and exaggerated sexual abilities are pretty fucking hot. That is simply amazing to me. Shit, I even influenced a couple other authors to dabble in the niche as well. That's just fucking crazy. Looking over what I've published, 2015 was definitely the year of the futa cock!

2016: Year of the Spicy Blend


I've been torn about something. As a writer, I want to do two things: I want to write what I love and I want to sell books. Those two goals need not be at odds with each other, but they definitely pull at each other. I can't compromise, not out of some high-minded sense of elitist artiste bullshit, but simply because there's no point for me to do otherwise. It has to be my way or the highway.

I've noticed that readers respond very favorably to the more "normal" sex scenes in Rough Rides. I get a lot of comments basically saying my shit is really hot and well-written but futanari just isn't their thing. You people are going to like what's coming down the pike in 2016. I have ideas for stories that are not a compromise on my part and which more readers will want to read one-handed.

Revenant: Futanari Vampires 2



When I conceived of the title character for this story, he was male. I actually tried to reimagine him as futanari or at least as female and that just didn't feel right. The revenant himself is 100% chiseled, hard male hotness. Musette, the book's heroine this time around in the series, is of course still a futanari. The scenes between her and the revenant are scorchingly hot and dominant.

The Erotic Adventures of Kitten and Big Daddy Magic



This will be a new series of shorts that are mostly sex scenes threaded together with some above-average story and setting. What will shine for these stories are the characters and the sex scenes. This will be Daddy Dom/little girl BDSM that will make your ass sting and leave bruises on your neck just from reading it. No futanari cocks, just Big Daddy Magic's thick hard meat doing all kinds of wonderful and terrible things to Kitten!

Steampunk Sky Pirates & Witches



Sometime later this year will see the first book in this series, which I'm still planning. What will be interesting about this series is that while it will have futanari in it, there will also be "normal" people and even catgirls. Instead of making futanari the main course, it will be part of the spicy blend. I don't have a series name yet, so for now it's just the "steampunk" series.

Between these two new series and continuing my existing series, I should have plenty to keep me busy in 2016. Who knows what surprises await? You never know what crazy shit I'll come up with. Thanks for coming along with me for the ride!





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13 November 2015

How to Survive Your First Author Takeover on Facebook

There is a peculiar marketing phenomenon when it comes to selling erotica and romance. This funky beast lives only on Facebook, and it is known as the author takeover. How it works is that someone creates a Facebook event and creates a takeover schedule.

The event can be for the release of an author's new book, a cover reveal, a holiday, or anything, really. If they're smart, they'll tell you what time zone they're in and pin the schedule post at the top of the event page. If they're not smart enough to do these things, avoid that event or suggest it to them.

During author takeovers, the event host will usually post an introduction of the next author. You like this post and leave a comment to say hello to everyone. I like to tell everyone I'll be posting to the main wall of the event so they should refresh their pages in a few seconds.

Invite the entire fucking world


Hopefully you invited everyone you know to the event beforehand. Hopefully you shared the event on your own timeline and in any groups you're in.


Click "Choose Friends" and invite as many as you can. Yes, it might take a long time. You want to sell books or what?



Do it again for "Share Event." Certainly share in on your own timeline, but also choose to share in a group and then start typing the names of some groups you're in. A menu pops up listing some groups and you pick one. Type a little something and then share it.

Bonus tip: copy what you typed so you can paste it into the same field when you share it with other groups too. That way you don't have to type over and over.

If you have a Facebook group for your street team (you should) be sure to share it with them and have them invite everyone they know too. Tell them you need them to come make you look good by participating. They should gladly help you. If not, you need a better street team.

Getting ready


Author takeovers involve a lot of picture uploading and a lot of posting. To facilitate this, it's a good idea to have your book cover images, teaser graphics, and other pictures all collected into a folder on your computer or device. I have one creatively titled "Takeovers" (I know, right? Too cool for school).

It's also a good idea to have the text of your posts already written out and ready to copy and paste. Things like:

  • Descriptions of your book and the link to its Amazon page. I like to mention what drew me to write the story in the first place, because it seems people enjoy knowing that. Your passion becomes their passion.
  • A brief biography introducing yourself and what kind of stories you write, especially if you write for a particular niche or sub genre. Say things a potential book buyer would want to know. You're kind of auditioning, here, remember that. You're auditioning for a spot on their Kindle and some of their precious time.
  • Excerpts from your stories, the steamier the better.
  • Links to all your social media profiles so that new fans can stalk you.
I put all my texts literally in .txt files, but you can do it however you want.

During the event


My "bio" image I use for author takeovers on Facebook
Remember that the purpose of a takeover is to get new fans and readers. All they need is an excuse to like you and buy your shit. Let your passion for your stories show. Have fun and don't sweat it. The first time you do an author takeover you'll probably be nervous. The worst thing is talking to an empty room, which is why you made sure you brought all of your friends along with you. 

I like to begin by posting my biographical "this is me" picture, a little something I whipped up in Pixlr.

Pro tip: Because Facebook likes to automatically create link previews for any link in your text, you should upload pictures FIRST, then paste or type in your text.

From there, I share my first book. Most takeovers give you an hour, which is enough time to adequately share two books. I've seen enough takeovers by other authors and done enough of my own experimentation to find some things that work well.

Facebook author takeover game 
  • Post images of book covers and then in the text box, paste in your prepared text about the book. This text should at least be the book's Amazon description or blurb and a link to the Amazon page where it can be purchased. I like to also say why I wrote the book or series in the first place, people seem to really like knowing that stuff.
  • Post a teaser graphic and an excerpt from the book. I precede the actual excerpt with some kind of introductory text letting people know what the scene is (like how an actor on a talk show will "set up a clip" before they roll the footage). If you don't hany pictures that's fine, but you really should. They draw the eye.
  • Sometimes I will also post a bunch of teaser graphics and/or screenshots of good Amazon reviews. You want people to get excited about the book. If they like your teasers and see that others gave it good reviews, you're making it easier for them to do what they already want to do: buy new smut. You just want it to be your smut. 
  • Once you get people worked up over the book, doing a giveaway can be fun and helpful. I like to make it revolve around the book. For example, I have a vampire series, so I found a picture of a vampire and added some text to it in Pixlr (a lot of people use PicMonkey too). I post this picture and ask people to go like my Facebook author page and then come back and post a pic of their favorite vamp. Later I randomly pick a winner (through random.org). You can send the winner a .mobi file of your book or actually gift it to them via Amazon, that's up to you.

Other tips

  • Refresh the page regularly
  • Follow up on people's comments and questions to your posts
  • There is NO HURRY. You may be nervous, especially the first time. Don't feel rushed. Everything will be fine.
  • Anyone who responds to you in a friendly way, add them as a friend.
  • Thank the host and say goodbye when you're done

Questions? Have tips of your own? Let me know!




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17 October 2015

Top 5 Author Takeover Mistakes (Facebook Author Marketing)

I just wrapped up my two-day release event for Song of the Siren (go buy it, I'll still be here when you get back). Normally, I like to be positive. Instead of complaining, I'd much rather offer a solution or at least say what I would prefer. But after running a couple of my own author events on Facebook, now, I'm starting to see some of the same mistakes over and over.

Let me ask you a question: do you WANT to sell books?

Dumb question, right? And yet I see horrible mistakes that result not only in no book sales for you, but make you look dumb. Nobody wants that. So here are the top mistakes I noticed that result in no book sales for you.

Mistake 1. Not showing up at all


Yes. SERIOUSLY. I had authors not even show up, with no warning. If you have to cancel your takeover, it's only polite--not to mention professional--to let the event organizers know so they can fill the empty spot. Just because you write smut doesn't mean you can't act like a fucking pro (maybe you don't write smut, but I do and so do most of the authors I know).

If you're a no-show with no good reason and no warning, you'll never be invited back to an event of mine, that's for sure.

Mistake 2. Showing up late


If you're an author who is serious about your career then you should have at least one PA (personal assistant) or if not then at least a friend who can cover for you. Your PA can post on your behalf until you can get online. Don't schedule yourself to appear at events unless you're sure you can make it (duh).

You may be a great writer but you look like a dolt if you can't show up on time to something that benefits you.

Mistake 3. Not linking to your book so people can actually buy it


The purpose of running a takeover during an event on Facebook is to get new readers. Nobody can read your book if they don't buy it, and they can't buy it unless you link to it. Even if you were the most technically-challenged person in the world, you can still have the web address of your book's page on Amazon to paste into a Facebook post. You should have these bookmarked in your web browser or listed in a document so you can easily copy and paste.

People are more inclined to hit that One-Click if you make it EASY for them. Have links for your books on all major English-speaking Amazon outlets: US, UK, CA, and AU.

Mistake 4. Random activities that don't help you or even relate to the book you're selling


The purpose of takeovers is to get new readers, and you only get 30 or 60 minutes, so why would you do something that doesn't advance anything for you? If you are not getting new email addresses on your mailing list (you DO have a mailing list, right?), getting new likes for your Facebook pages, getting new followers on social media, getting your pages shared, or getting book sales... then I gotta ask: just what the hell are you doing?

Playing some random game that doesn't result in anything for your author career or book sales is a waste of everyone's time.

Think about why people buy books. Think about why you buy books. You want good characters, good story, good setting, and if you write smut, like me, you want blistering hot fucked-up sex. If you want to discuss your books and share info about them during a takeover, try to appeal to what actually triggers people to make a purchase: they're looking for something that fits with what they like but which holds more promise than anything else they might read.

Mistake 5. Not bringing your own people in to support you


Out of all of the above, this is actually the worst for everyone. If you don't show up, the organizing author can usually cover and should have fans and friends that can show up for support. You can flub the actual selling of your book and still get new readers (you just made it harder, that's all).

But if you show up and you're just talking to yourself?

That's just sad.



It makes you feel like you want to crawl in a hole and fucking die. But this is easily avoidable! HAVE YOUR FRIENDS SHOW UP. Facebook has tools to help you share events on your timeline and invite people individually. Use them, for goodness' sake. Not only when you first join the event yourself, but also the day before and at least an hour before, too. Think that's too much? I guarantee you, it's not, because not everyone will see them in their own timelines. Also, remember why you are here: to SELL BOOKS.

If you have a street team, they should support you. That's what they're for! They want to help you because they love your writing. Let them know you need them. I encourage my "Bad Girls" to attend my takeovers and events specifically to make me look good. When I post my book links they comment about how they love it. They participate in the activities to help create a feeling of buzz and excitement and because the more activity a post gets, the higher it rises on the event page.

Even if the only people participating are your own "tribe," that's FINE. It's certainly better than nothing. Activity is attractive. What I mean by that is people flock to where the action is, so you want to create some action around what you're doing.

No, it's not the easiest thing ever.


But don't make it harder than it needs to be! These mistakes all stem from two thing: a lack of professional courtesy and forgetting or not knowing your purpose. What are your pet peeves during takeovers?




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11 October 2015

How I do Author Takeovers on Facebook to Get New Readers (Without Spending Any Money)

Facebook is a fantastic place to get new readers and strengthen the relationship you have with your fans. One marketing tactic I see a lot of is the author takeover. When another author creates a Facebook event to celebrate the release of a new book, they try to make it a big ol' party by inviting other authors to come share their books. When you take the floor in another author's Facebook event to talk about your own books and have some fun, that's a takeover.

This post is not about creating and running your own event, it's about attending another author's event as a participant, conducting a takeover.

Most Facebook events are one or two days, but some are longer. Each day of the event there are 30 or 60 minute time slots to be filled with other authors to pimp their books. In the short time I've been publishing erotica and erotic romance, I've learned a lot about running successful takeovers. I should give credit where it's due: most of what I do I picked up from Alice K. Wayne, C.C. Genovese, Yolanda Olson, and of course every other author whose events I have attended.

Bring friends


First of all, doing a takeover at which there are few participants is an exercise in sad desperation. But even if you've never done one, before, you can still have enough people at it to not completely murder your pride. What I do is make sure all my friends and fellow authors know about it. I share the event on my own Facebook timeline and I use the invite feature to invite all my friends. Yes, all of them (or nearly so). Nobody is going to complain about you wanting to sell your books and if they do, you don't need that kind of stupid negativity in your life, unfriend that fool.

If you have a street team to help you publicize your books, have them come and make you look good. If you've created fan groups for your books, tell them, too. You can simply keep sharing the same Facebook event and in the dropdown for its destination, choose group and then start typing in the name of the group. (P.S. - having street teams or fan groups is something I'll post about at some point.)

Get a good time slot


Getting a good time slot in a takeover also helps. I find evening ones better but honestly it depends on your time zone. If you live in England and you're at least 5 hours ahead of the U.S., it's hard for you to have them at a time that's good both for your and for your U.S. readers. Personally, I prefer to do them at 8pm Eastern or later. I also like to do them back-to-back with other authors I'm friends with, because we often have the same readers.

Say hello and tell people about yourself, let them stalk you


The first thing I post is a greeting where I tell people about myself. I don't talk about myself personally, although I could and there's nothing wrong with that. I talk about what kind of stories I like to write. In other words, I'm telling potential book buyers what kind of stories they'd get from me. I have a graphic I post with is that gives people some kind of idea of the stories I write and it has a picture of my face on it, too (whatever you usually have as your Facebook profile pic).


The text that goes along with this picture would take too long to write every time I have a takeover. It would become tedious. I have this text in a document which I then copy and paste into the comment field. This text also includes links to all my social media profiles and author pages.

Decide in advance your game plan and have a routine


Usually, you have an hour. What I tend to do is talk about two books, one during the first 30 minutes and the other during the second 30 minutes. For each book I post a blurb about it and link to its Amazon page. After all, the whole point of these things is to sell books and get readers.

In between posting about my 2 books I try to remember to post a shout-out and thank you to the event's host. After all, it's their event. The entire reason why they want all these other authors tor bring their readers over in the first place is so they can sell them their book. So be a good sport and help them sell it. I link to whatever they're selling and pimp it out to my people who came to the event to support me.

Depending on how I feel things are going, I might also do an "ask me anything" post at this point, so that questions have time to come in and be answered before my time is up.

Should you always do the same routine, every time? No! But you should at least have one routine. Just don't let yourself get into a rut using only the one routine. There are other fun and effective things you can do, like reverse takeovers and live writing, which I'll cover at some point later.

What I do for each book and why


I have a very specific way of doing this, and I do it this way because it seems to work for me. Your mileage may vary. There's no way to relate book sales back to a Facebook event unless you have the money to offer a decent swag giveaway in exchange for event participants posting screenshots of their receipt emails for legit book purchases. But this is all about doing this without spending any money.

The first thing I post is the cover to the book I want to share, but I don't type or paste anything into the text field, just yet. Facebook likes to read any links you paste in and then create a clickable preview before you're done typing.

If it does this, then the picture icon for uploading pictures disappears. The clickable preview is a nice big clickable target, but the picture of your book cover is kind of small. I like to have a nice big image of the book cover. Then I copy and paste some text I have already written and saved in order to save time and not make any mistakes.

I don't just post the book blurb. Instead, I say why I was attracted to write the book in the first place. I try to get people interested in reading it for the same reasons I was interested in writing it. Included is a link to the amazon page for the book. Post individual links for US, UK, CA, and AU pages (another reason to have all this ready to go in a document from which you can simply copy and paste).

This next part has to do with how Facebook works. Facebook automatically refreshes new comments to posts, but it won't necessarily reload the entire event web page to show new posts. So unless someone clicks on a popup notification or otherwise reloads the page themselves, they can easily miss new posts to the event. Also, posts which have a high number of likes and comments, and comments with a lot of likes tend to float to the top of the event page, and that's good for you. So what you want, it seems to me, is more action on fewer posts.

After I post my "biographical teaser" text as described above, in the comments for that post, I then post my teaser graphics. You can only post one picture in a post comment, so it gets seen more readily than if you post it in a jumble of other pics. I also post book reviews. What I do for these is go to my book page on Amazon and use Windows' Screen Clipping tool to cut and capture the review out of the rest of the screen. Using the Screen Clipping tool is easy but it's beyond the scope of this post, so please look that up on your own. They look like this:

Because likes matter, I like every post I make and I like every comment anyone makes on them, including myself. If you want to encourage more comments with your teasers and reviews, you can always toss in "Do you like this?" or "What do you think of this teaser?" in the text portion of the comment.

The other thing I do is post generous excerpts from the book, usually something super-steamy and/or violent (they tend to go together in my stories, heh). I also post a picture to grab attention on the page. This can be a teaser or whatever. This would be a good candidate for custom graphics but I haven't made any, yet (I'm still learning and experimenting, too).

How to find new readers


When I post about my books, I look to see who's commenting on them. If I brought along a bunch of my friends and fans, there will be a lot of comments by them saying how they liked the book. But what I'm looking for are comments from people I don't know saying they're intrigued by the book and expressing an interest in it.

Usually for each book I'll do a giveaway, a random drawing. I'll post some kind of contest or participation sort of thing that's related to the book. What I'm interested in is a new person I've not yet seen before, posting time after time, hoping for a better chance to win because they really want the book. At the very least, I make sure to add these people as friends and then message them to say hello and just strike up a conversation.

I don't have any illusions about writing a bestseller out of nowhere. I win my fans over one person at a time, usually, and usually during Facebook events.




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09 October 2015

Some Random Thoughts on Writing as Other Genders and Orientations in Erotica and Erom

I just saw a meme posted on Facebook that went like this:
A feminist asked me how I viewed lesbian porn. Apparently "in HD" was not the correct answer.
My books have approached the top 100 in Lesbian Erotica on Amazon. Yes I'm sitting on a big ol' pile of white male mostly straight privilege, but at the end of the day it's about empathy, research, and (hopefully) good writing. Bisexual women and lesbians are some of my biggest fans.

Women of various sexual and gender orientations/identifications love male gay porn and reading M/M erotica. Women love to write it, too. Nobody shits on them for it, at least that I know of. Are there gay men who reject the notion of women writing M/M gay erotica as inauthentic? Maybe somewhere, but I haven't seen it.

Because of our history and the way men have had control over what constitutes history, norms, laws, and policy, there's a lot more baggage involved if men are aroused by lesbian porn or reading lesbian erotica.

It's almost as bad as the misunderstandings that arise about sexual orientation and gender in relation to BDSM. All genders and orientations can be and are Dominant, submissive, enjoy bondage and/or discipline, and are sadists and/or masochists. None of these are sole domain of men or women, hetero- or homosexual.

Lebians particularly, and even women in general, want to express their own sexuality THEIR way, and not have it dictated to them by men. Like anything, being lesbian or existing at any point along the orientation spectrum is not just one thing as defined by a strident portion of the group. Men like to watch lesbians that look attractive to them. Like, fucking DUH. Does that mean lesbians won't like it? Not automatically, but there's a good chance that porn vid made by men wasn't made to appeal at all to actual lesbians. If lesbians made a porn film with femme lesbians, it probably would still appeal to men.

Because I'm privileged and have a built-in advantage, I feel I need to constantly remain aware of it and try to always remain respectful. Understanding and empathy without ego or feeling the need to defend anything goes a long way. I'm certainly not going to stop writing. I don't apologize for what I like. I write what I like.



Maybe because most of my characters are fantasy transsexual/transgendered people that do not exist in reality, it's a little different for me. I'm not going to write a lesbian romance in the way most people think of one. I like bisexual or pansexual and fantasy creatures much better. My girls have both sets of sexual organs. Easterners consider them lesbians. In Japan, where the term futanari came from, all futanari hentai is considered lesbian.

In the West, if you put a cock on something, it's automatically derided as "gay." It's as though if you have sex with a girl who has a cock, somehow you find all other masculine attributes attractive and now you're just gay but you can't admit it to yourself. That kind of "thinking" is so atrociously stupid it's horrifying.


I don't particularly like conflating futanari with transexuals or crossdressers or sissies. If she doesn't have a pussy AND a dick, then to me she's not futanari. But that's just my preference and other people see it differently.

My point is, though, that I bring everything I know and have experienced as a male and everything I know due to empathy and research about being female to bear on writing women who have both sex organs in a way that feels real, that makes you care about them, and that turns you on.

Writing straight men is the singularly most uninteresting thing to me. Gay male erotica doesn't turn me on and I have no desire to write it. I love writing women characters. They're just so much more interesting to me. Whether they're straight, lesbian, bi, transexual, or futanari. In fact I have yet to write a male POV story at all in my career as an erotica/erom author, since May of 2015 up to now, October of 2015 and having published 4 novels. Although that will change in a new series I'm planning.

Look, it's all a big fucking complicated mess. Let's all just try and be respectful, tactful, and cool with each other.





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24 August 2015

[SEXcerpt] In an Octopus' Garden - Song of the Siren: Futanari Loves Octogirl 2

I'm about 13k words into the second octogirl book, called Song of the Siren: Futanari Loves Octogirl 2. Until I published Enthralled, my futanari vampire tale, In the Arms of Love: Futanari Loves Octogirl 1 was my most popular book. People loved the strange, beautiful and HOT romance that blossomed between Jaelyn the futanari and Liana the octogirl.

If you read the first book, you may have idly wondered what would happen next to them?

I guarantee you will not see coming what happens.

I can't even give you much in the way of snippets because nearly everything is a spoiler. But I can give you a couple paragraphs out of context.

SEXcerpt


Jaelyn reached out to a bank of blue-green glowing tubular structures that grew out of the grotto’s wall. Each tube ended in a little spray of crystalline filaments, and the tip of each filament was lit by a dot of light. They swayed slowly even though there was no breeze. She touched it and all the filaments sucked back into the glowing tubes. The light of the tubes rippled and flickered, like the glowing coals of a blue fire, and then faded.

“Wow...” Jaelyn whispered reverently. Liana glided up behind her and encircled her in her arms. She leaned her head upon the back of Jaelyn’s shoulder and kissed her there through the wet fabric of her hoodie. She reached under her hoodie, cupping and squeezing Jaelyn’s breasts and sighing.

“We can come here whenever we want and no one will ever be able to find us. We can cry out as loud as we please and no one will hear."




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18 August 2015

[Review] Queen of Swords: Villainess Book 1, by Alana Melos

Review for Queen of Swords: Villainess 1, by Alana Melos

Description

 

Meet Caprice, better known as the villainess Capricious Whim....


Caprice is a woman who works hard and plays hard. She's a veteran villain of Imperial City, and what you might call a 'maladjusted individual'. While she plots to achieve her own goals, she's forced to take whatever jobs may come along, and any unintended consequences from them!

The heroes don't always win in this world, but being a villain has its own unique set of problems.

Excerpt


The building we were set to raid stood had five stories, but only the first floor was above ground. That could make things interesting as our target was on the very bottom floor, and even though my teke was pretty strong, it wasn’t strong enough to punch through metal. I brought Sadowski into our mental link--with his permission--so we didn’t have to use any sort of mundane communications. Are you ready? he asked us.

I sent an affirmative, and Michael held up a hand, indicating for us to wait a second. I turned to watch his transformation in the dim light, and had the pleasure of feeling it second hand in his mind as well. It took no concentration at all, but rather a relaxing of a certain vigilance he kept in his head. His body shape didn’t change, but the skin changed color, going from that beautiful dark skin to a tan, then a pale brown, then to white, then to bone white. Every vein and wrinkle was highlighted in that stark white, giving him an eerie, otherworldly, look. Every tooth in his mouth grew and sharpened into fangs. His eyes glowed softly in the dim light, a very dark red which you could barely see at all. Lastly, claws grew from his fingertips, elongated nails which could scratch stone.

His mind… that was a trip. Michael receded from me with a last mental wink and saucy nod, and coldness filtered in. I had been linked with Nos before, and the coldness startled me every time. Age… unthinkable amounts of time lay heavy on his mind, giving his mental landscape an alien feeling. As Nosferatu’s eyes raked me from head to toe in a once over, I could feel a lust for me, but it wasn’t like Michael’s lust, hot and red and passionate and thick like a pulsating heart. This lust was cold and dry, a brief curiosity about how much pain I could take before I died, wondering how much blood he could wring out of me, thinking of all the delicious things he could do to me to make me scream and beg to be killed.

I shivered, and sent to him telepathically, Try it. Try it and see. I couldn’t help my own lust at the challenge, and the thought of the cold dead body underneath mine turned me on like nobody’s business. Here, of course, is where being an empath and a telepath worked against me sometimes: I couldn’t tell if that desire came from me, or from him. That second it was the same, a perfect circle of sadism, wanting to see how much the other would take before they broke, and not just break, but break completely. I wanted to snap his bones and suck out the marrow. I wanted to lick his heart while it was still beating. I wanted to squeeze his head and pop his eyes out of his skull. I wanted to snap his fingers off, one by one. And I wanted to fuck him, hard, getting every last bit of juice out of him….

See what I mean? I knew some of those thoughts weren’t mine. We struggled back and forth for a heartbeat in a mental tug-of-war, two vicious personalities clashing for the dominance we both knew we deserved. Harry was shoved out of the link, and he looked at us as we became locked in a staredown. Another heartbeat passed, and we both mutually agreed to back off. There was no conversation, no verbal or telepathic agreement… we just knew we were a match for each other. A perfect match.... he sent, sensing my thoughts. 

My Review


So if you read the excerpt above you can see why I would like this book:
  • Hot badass female main character with a strong personality that makes for a decent first person narrator.
  • Mixing sex and violence together makes my dick hard.
Caprice is more than just "maladjusted." She's fucking psycho, and I love it. If she didn't create and abide by a strict set of rules for herself, she would rapidly end up dead, probably after taking as many people as possible with her.

She has superhuman powers, as do many of the characters in this story. Almost too many powers that are too strong: telekinesis and telepathy strong enough to invade people minds and control them or to even fly and dismember people with the power of her mind. The one check against all this power is that it drains her really fast. What I'd like to see is her endangering herself and others more through her craziness. She's more calculating than her name, Capricious, would suggest.

The story, plot, and setting here are really good. I likes me some mixing of technology and magic and Queen of Swords has that. One of the best scenes in the book, both for the sex and for the magic, is what happens when Caprice visits Alistair the mage.

The sex in Queen of Swords is very well done. The scenes are long enough for you to get your jollies if that's what you're after, but they're not overburdened with excessive detail that loses you. If you like femdom, you will really like most of what's in this story. I'm not even into femdom, but the final scene was super-hot. And that's before it gets violent.

Also: THAT COVER ART, YO. That is some good shit right there.




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14 August 2015

Quick Update and SNEEK PEEK: Song of the Siren: Futanari Loves Octogirl 2

After what seemed like forever writing Enthralled, today I have begun the second octogirl book. In the Arms of Love: Futanari Meets Octogirl has so far been the best-selling book out of everything I've written. The reviews of it have been positive and people have expressed to me they're keen to know what happens with Jaelyn and Liana.

So you'll be pleased to hear I've begun writing the second book. In fact, I think I'll tease you with the first few lines from it.

Keep in mind this is rough and unedited, subject to change before publication. It picks up right where book 1 left off, due to the shocking news Jaelyn learned right at the end of her session with Dr. Carerra.

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Jaelyn snuggled up tightly against Liana’s bosom and sighed deeply. Liana coiled her tentacles about Jaelyn more snugly and rocked her back and forth. Jaelyn’s cock and every hole in her body was raw and sensitive from what Dr. Carerra had just put her through. Conflicting thoughts and emotions flashed randomly through the clouds of Jaelyn’s mind like heat lightning.

Liana trembled, her tentacles quivered around Jaelyn and pulled her in even more tightly. The only time Jaelyn had seen her tentacles quake like that was when she climaxed, but this was something else entirely, something bad. A quiet and strange sob slipped from Liana’s white lips and was borne away on the sea breeze.

Jaelyn looked up to her face to see it screwed up into gnarled grimace. The chromatophores in her skin washed her face with dark patterns and her tentacles turned from dark purple to an ochre-splotched black.

“I know you’re trying to be forgiving and understanding,” said Jaelyn, “but I don’t see how you can be after seeing into me. I’m sorry. I’ll just... I’ll just go.” Knowing Liana could read her thoughts, she couldn’t really hide anything from her. She did what she did to try and preserve their love and had betrayed it anyway in the process. Dr. Carerra, in a jealous rage, had coerced her into directing her own infidelity against Liana. And as much as Jaelyn now hated Dr. Carerra...

She had enjoyed it. She had felt the echoes of what could have been between her and Ilsa Carerra had she not fallen in love with, of all things, an octogirl. But she did fall in love with an octogirl. And now she had ruined that, too. Each relationship had ruined the other and she was the reason for it.

When she moved to try and extricate herself from Liana’s coils, however, Liana wouldn’t let her go.

“Liana, you can’t seriously still love me. Plus, you’re in danger. Somehow they know about you and they’re coming.”

Liana unscrewed her face and opened her eyes, first her outer eyelids and then the clear diagonal ones. Despite herself Jaelyn couldn’t help but be transfixed by Liana’s eyes, which were glossy black with irises of sea green. Her pupils were slitted like a cat’s. Liana fixed those ethereal eyes on Jaelyn’s blue ones. She looked sad, tired. Jaelyn blinked and flinched in shame before her gaze.

“You’re so fucking stupid, Jaelyn,” said Liana.

“What!?”

Instead of answering, Liana unwrapped some of her tentacles from around Jaelyn and rose to walking height. She carried Jaelyn like a package. Moving faster than Jaelyn had yet seen, Liana swished down to the edge of the shore in a whirl of coiling tentacles.

“Liana, what are you doing? Oh my God, I’m sorry! Please!” Jaelyn writhed against her living bindings but could not loosen them. The cold waters of the Atlantic shocked her as they sprayed up around Liana’s tentacles.

With a scream from her strange vocal chords, Liana leaned back and hurled Jaelyn into the ocean.




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12 August 2015

[Review] The Breed: Casstiel's Vow, by Alice K. Wayne

Description


After the brutal kidnapping of her brother, Tessa Roberts, a human born with the ability to read other human minds, plunges herself into the dark and mysterious world of the Breed, hell bent on finding him. What she encounters however, is far more than she bargained for. Vampires and werewolves are one race known as the Breed, and are locked in a centuries old war against vicious human Hunters. With the help of Casstiel, the fierce leader of the Breed's defense team who carries a fiery passion for her, can she find her brother before the war erupts on their doorstep? Or will lies and betrayals end the new life she's forged for herself, along with the lives of everyone she loves?

My Review

 

We want to read books that have an interesting story with engaging characters and hot sex. The Breed: Casstiel's Vow, by Alice K. Wayne, has all three. There's an all-important fourth element as well when you're dealing with the paranormal, too: world-building.

It's not easy to put your own twist on the classic vampire tale, but Alice has created something with depth and its own internally consistent rules around which she can build a series of engaging and steamy tales. In her world, there are humans and there are the Breed. The Breed consists of both vampires and werewolves. Alice treats it more like genetics than dark magic. It is a more than merely passable backdrop to the relationships and the sex, it is the basis for the entire story.

 Into this well-crafted lore and setting she drops characters that have a good twist on the expected tropes. Tessa is the shy loner who dresses like a frump but is secretly beautiful. Sounds standard, right? But she actually has a really damn good reason: she can read minds. Being with people and trying to have a social life is a fucking nightmare of betrayal and sadness for her. To always know when people are lying to you or are thinking depraved thoughts about you would make anyone want to not be around people.

The main characters all have interesting backstories that get revealed as the story progresses. At first I had a lot of questions about things but was rewarded with interesting answers later on that totally fit the world Alice created and which further helped defined the characters.

The sex does not define this story. The story could just have easily been written to be less steamy and it still would've been great. However, the sex scenes are pretty damn hot. I only wish the language were less cliched (every fiber of her being, a thousand volts of electricity, rushed through her like a freight train, etc.).

Despite that, the scenes are still good because the characterization is so good. Tessa is just absolutely fucking adorably hot in her inexperience and desire. Casstiel's self-control in the face of his ravenous lust is palpable. The characters are all very different from each other and it shows in how they love and fuck, too. When Nora gets frisky in one scene (I can't say more without spoiling it) she's nothing like Tessa.

Nothing drags in this story, it moves right along. The sex is hot. The writing is tight and efficient. The combat scenes are passable. Elite soldiers would be using something much better than M-16s, but otherwise the gear and tactics were accurate and not distracting.

Other than cliched language, the other noticeable fault in this book is the grammar errors. Notably there was incorrect use of apostrophes and lack of hyphenation where it should be. For example, it's not open mouthed, it's open-mouthed. A couple times there were tense or pronoun mix-ups that made for a confusing sentence there and there. This is not a deal-breaker for me.

There are still some questions I want answers on in future books. Like how do Tessa's and Remy's "gifts" fit in with everything else. It would seem inevitable that Tessa becomes a vampire, too, so I'm looking forward to that.

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06 August 2015

[Review] 1001 Erotic Nights, by Alana Melos

Description

An erotic retelling of the classic, 1001 Arabian Nights....


When the Sultan finds his wife in the arms of another man, he executes her, beginning a brutal domination of the virgin women in his kingdom. Only beautiful, wanton, and wise Scheherazade knows how to stop his wicked ways... by turning the tables on him and dominating the Sultan.

This erotic novella is for mature audiences and contains m/f, ffm menage, voyeurism & masturbation, bdsm (bondage, domination, submission of both femdom and maledom varieties), and is 34,000+ words, jam-packed full of hot erotic tales.

Excerpt



The princess did as he commanded, keeping her ass high in the air while she put her face to the carpeted ground. When Aladdin struck her the first time with the reed lightly, she yelped, but managed to stay still. The lash stung her rear in quite a different way than his hand. The pain felt more intense, but concentrated in a single spot. He lashed her with three more strokes, each a little harder than the last. When she thought he was done, she felt the reed stroking her exposed cunt slowly, teasingly, and she couldn’t help but to whimper, trying to stay still. Her pussy overflowed with her juices as her master teased her with the lash, giving her enough sensation to heighten her arousal, but not nearly enough to make her come, which she began to want desperately.

‘Do you like that, slave?’ he asked her.

‘Yes, Master,’ she said. She wanted to beg for more, but didn’t dare.

‘If you do good work with the sand, I may allow you to come,’ he said. ‘Would you like that?’

‘Yes, Master!’ Dunyazad exclaimed, eager for that. She wanted to feel a man’s cock in her virgin pussy, to know what it was like. She had masturbated many times before, and used her women servants to pleasure her, but a man… that would be a different experience indeed!

 My Review


1001 Erotic Nights by Alana Melos is an erotic version of the classic tale of Scheherazade attempting to keep her head by beguiling the sultan with stories. In this case, though, the stories are all highly erotic versions of the classics you've heard before, such as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and Aladdin.

It's a long book but because it's filled with individual stories, it doesn't seem that long. You can just read each story individually if that's more your style. There are a few errors in it, especially towards the end. They brought me out of the story as I read but otherwise no big deal. Erotica in general tends to be looser than other genres: authors write, give it a quick once-over and then publish it.

Where this book really shines is in the tone and the language. It reads like it was written and translated long ago, and yet it's not hard to read in the slightest. And it's consistent like this throughout. As an author, myself, I found this to be very impressive. She makes concessions for the modern words we use when describing sex in erotica, like clit, cunt, pussy, and so forth, but Alana makes it all fit together nicely.

Each individual story is well-told, and as they progress they escalate appropriately in terms of the sex and the submission elements. Scheherazade is doing more than simply telling titillating tales in order to keep the sultan from separating her head from her shoulders. She's educating him in dominance and submission, and her final story and lesson provide the entire book with a terrific ending, which of course I won't spoil for you.

I think it's worth noting too that the cover for this book is excellent. I see so many erotica books with shitty covers that make my eyes throw up.

I know there are a lot of dirty retellings of fairy tales and so forth, but the attention to detail, the care, and the heat level of 1001 Erotic Nights sets this one apart from the rest.




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28 July 2015

Reporting from the Front Lines of Dark Erotica

I've been hard at work finishing Enthralled, and that's going well. It's much faster to post quick little excerpts on my Facebook author page than it is to post here. That's why you haven't seen many posts here of late.

Here's what's going on.

Enthralled


Possible cover for Enthralled
Enthralled is nearly finished. I sought out beta readers and their feedback has been invaluable, so when I revise and edit the book I'll incorporate many of their suggestions and ideas.

A photographer has offered to shoot and provide me with custom cover photos, which was a completely unexpected little miracle. There's been one round of shooting and I have what could be a decent cover out of it after working my image editing magic on the original images. But it looks like there will be another round of shooting, so who knows, I might get the perfect pic from the new shoot (or get something I can use for the next book in the Futanari Vampires series).

Enthralled will be a full-length novel. It's currently sitting at over 60k words in its unfinished state and I expect that to go up, not down, after revisions and edits. I have some material that needs to be added to flesh out the main character and her futanari vampire lover.

I'm looking for reviewers who are willing to write an honest review for an advanced reader copy of Enthralled. If that's you, comment on this post or get in touch with me through Facebook.

The Ladies of the Lake


Look, no bat wings!
When I wrote Rough Ride, I had conceived of the idea of a collection of shorts taking place around the same lake as that story. All the stories feature women as the main characters, thus Ladies of the Lake was born. As soon as Enthralled is published, I'm going to write two more stories and publish the collection as a book. I'm also considering selling the shorts individually.

This will be an interesting departure for me because there's nothing paranormal about these stories. They don't feature futanari, just regular ol' folks gettin' down for some rough dirty fuckin'. I write what I feel like writing, and I felt like writing this, so there you go.

As an added bonus, I'm going to record audiobooks for these, and yes, I give good voice. You will like them.

Futanari Loves Octogirl


But speaking of monsters and futanari, In the Arms of Love is actually my best-selling book, so I don't want to delay anymore on the second book in the series. I absolutely loved writing the first book and I want to see what happens with Liana and Jaelyn just as much as you do! As soon as Ladies of the Lake gets published, I'll write the second futa/octogirl book.

Futanari Apocalypse Book 3


The first book in this series, Demon's Embrace, was the first erotic story I ever published. Both it and Angel's Kiss, the second book in the series, continue to sell. There's a lot left to do in this series. After all, Veronica and Sariel have a world to save... if they can save their own relationship, that is.





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