Thursday, March 26, 2009

Learn To Dance

Okay, so I need to learn to dance. This is an unfortunate turn of events, as I am extremely uncoordinated. Thing is, I have a girlfriend whose love of ballroom dancing has been rejuvenated by Dancing with the Stars. In my endless effort to stay out of the doghouse, I need to be the romantic partner who will do anything for my Sweet. Right now, that means figuring out how to dance.

Fortunately, I never learned the “girl” way to dance, so I don’t need to forget everything I know in order to lead. Sweet’s quite anxious to dump that role. When I took her by the waist and jokingly swung her around the room the other day, it was only the second time in her life she’d danced as the “lady.” The first time was with “a very gay guy” in a club about ten years ago.

So…how to dance, how to dance, how to dance? To answer these questions, I turned to the trusty internet. I’ve learned so much online. As it turns out, I’m not sure I'll be able to add dancing to that list.

Here’s what I’ve come across so far:

Learn to Dance with Napolean Dynamite
http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/napoleon
Amusing? Yes. Helpful? No.

How to Dance without Embarrassing Yourself
http://www.howcast.com/videos/1097-How-To-Dance-Without-Embarrassing-Yourself
A dude in drag shows you the ropes. Seems like this would be particularly useful for me, but no. Very funny, though.

How to Booty Dance
http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/video/how-to-booty-dance-17873/
Really, really, really not what I was looking for.

How to Dance the Basic Salsa Step


Hey…this is it! This is exactly what I wanted to know: where to put my hands and a basic step.

Alright! The internet has saved me yet again. YouTube is my salvation. Time to get out on the dance floor and salsa Sweet’s curvy little buns off!

BIG HUGS,
Giselle Renarde

Monday, March 23, 2009

Winners Announced!

The votes are in and I'm pleased to announce we have a tie in the Donuts & Desires Six Word Story challenge!

The winners, as chosen by you, are:


Their gazes met. Lust or Love?
~Desirée Lee

I really got naked for this?
~Laura Loo


Congratulations to our wonderful winners who will receive an e-copy of
Coming Together: With Pride (if I have their email addresses*). A great big thank you to everyone who took part and everyone who voted!

Love you all! HUGS!
gigi

*Laura Loo this means you! *smile* Send me an email at giselle.renarde@excessica.com and I will get you your prize.

Adam & Eve's Ava Rose

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Four Seasons: Spring 2009

Just in time for the change in seasons, eXcessica has a new anthology on the market. Four Seasons: Spring 2009 is a compilation of erotic tales from some of your favourite eXcessica authors. If you've been trying to round us up, you're in luck because we are together at last!

Spring is a time of beginnings - after
a gradual thaw, the melting of one season into next, comes a bright renewal - the exciting, passionate bloom of love, youth, new life, chances to begin again and all the rituals of re-birth. As the world blooms open again, so does the human longing for re-connection, both emotionally and physically. Come join your favorite eXcessica authors in this sensual, seasonal anthology, bringing you the best of all things sexy in the spring!

Edited by Selena Kitt, with stories by Molly Wens, Giselle Renarde, Amicus, Sabb, Rachelle Le Monnier, Kiki Howell, Sommer Marsden, Vicki Paradise, Jennifer Campbell, Dakota Trace, Marshall Ian Key and Karenna Colcroft

The story I've included in this compilation is "Spring Fever," a tale near to my heart. It's a work inspired by my budding relationship with my Sweet, written when she and I were still at the crush stage. In fact, as you'll find, it's a cross-dressing story. It was written before I knew her as a trans woman.

It's hard to believe that only a year ago, I knew her as a man with an innocent predisposition toward women's clothes. There were hints. There were little things--subtleties--that most people would never notice, but that I noticed because, well, I was falling in love with her.

I mention a photograph in the story. It's a real photograph. That was a true event. In a way, that's how Sweet came out to me.

This story is such a precious document, for me, of my emotions around Sweet at that time. I don't keep a personal diary, so, in a way, my work becomes my journal. Even if the events in a given story aren't true to life (and even more so if they are), when I reread the erotica I've written over time, it gives me an excellent sense of where I was at emotionally and sexually at any given time.

In "Spring Fever," I see old heartache. I see fear and reluctance to enter into a new relationship because wouldn't I just get my heart broken again? I also see my recognition of the inevitability of falling deeply in love with a wonderfully quirky individual whose secrets would soon be revealed.

I look back and smile.

Click here to read an excerpt from Spring 2009 and get your copy today!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Quick Six Interview with Missy Lyons

Quick Six Interview with Missy Lyons

1. Hi Missy! Would you be so kind as to tell us what type of stories you write?

ML: Erotic stories. I love to make the them sizzle and add an extra lover or two. Several of my romances have turned into menages.Three of my stores at Phaze Books are m/f/m. I also like to touch on the taboo, like gay romances, or fetishes.

2. What are you reading right now?

ML: I have a pretty big stack in my to be read pile. Here's a couple of good books I want to read in the next couple of days:
48 Days to the Job you Love
Dark Embrace by Brenda Joyce

3. I hear music in the background...what' s playing?

ML: Trace Adkins. You didn't know I was a huge country fan, did you?

4. Do you have a favourite naughty word?

ML: Surrender, but I do like writing BDSM stories.

5. Is there a word or phrase that absolutely makes you cringe?

ML: Every time I hear bailout on the news I cringe. I hate to even think about how much money went to save our economy and no one seems to know where the money went.

6. Be honest: What are you snacking on?

ML: Weird as this may sound, I have a pepsi and dried sweetened cranberries.

Missy Lyons
Unleash your passion
Just released!
French Kiss-- Two lovers, a dangerous killer on the loose. Paris has never been quite this exciting before now.
Available at phaze.com
One Touch, One Glance -- a sweet romance anthology
Available at freyasbower.com
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Thanks so much, Missy!
Giselle

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Thoughts on Transgender Fiction

Anyone who follows my blog is certainly familiar with my connection to the transgender community. You've probably been wondering, "Why doesn't Giselle have any TG work on the market?" Well, ask no longer, because KANDINSKY'S SHIRT BUTTON is the transgender romance you've been waiting for.

Okay, I know, that sounds wretchedly “courtesy of the Giselle Renarde marketing department.” Maybe I should have said KANDINSKY’S SHIRT BUTTON is the transgender romance I’ve been waiting to see on the market. Because, trust me, I write A LOT of transgender romance erotica. Writing isn’t the problem. Getting it published is.

I’ve heard a lot of people in the transgender community—my Sweet included—expressing distaste for a lot of the shemale/t-girl/ ladyboy porn out there. As much as I feel there’s a place in the world for every kind of artistic expression, that stuff doesn’t appeal to me specifically. We all want to see ourselves represented in media and art, and I just can’t relate to the shemale stories. The gorgeous girl I’m in a relationship with is no shemale; she’s a trans woman.

It’s important to have access to fiction that represents who we are and the kinds of lives we lead and relationships we form. TG people aren’t all freaks and prostitutes—and I know you’re going to say, “Excuse me? Then why did you write Violette in KANDINSKY as a sex worker?” I hear you, but that’s just what that character happens to do—most genderqueer individuals are supremely “normal” because they’re trying so hard to pass in their target gender identities. My Sweet happens to be a supremely conventional femme.

I know a writer is never supposed to say this but, when it comes to transgender fiction, I write my life. When I sit down at the computer, the issues that come out are often taken from my lesbian relationship with a trans woman. Now tell me, when was the last time you read a work of trans lesbian erotica? It’s just not out there and god how I want it to be. The only portrayal of a trans lesbian relationship I can recall in pop culture is in the Canadian film Better than Chocolate…which is kind of a pathetic movie aside from the trans lesbian subplot. To me, at least. But I’m biased; Anne-Marie MacDonald is one of my all-time favourite authors…

Getting back on track, I want to applaud brave women out there like Selena Kitt at eXcessica who will soon have published two of my genderqueer works, and Violet Blue who included my cross-dressing story Spring Fever in a wonderful anthology called Girls On Top (Cleis Press).


KANDINSKY’S SHIRT BUTTON differs from the majority of my TG erotica in that it’s a romance between a man and a trans woman...so, not a lesbian tale. It’s also the only story I’ve ever written featuring a sex worker. Two firsts. Or should I say, “be gentle; it’s my first time”? Or should I say it twice? *smile* As I’ve said before, I do hope you’ll give it a read and, more than that, I hope you’ll love my work.

Bright Blessings,
gigi

Sunday, March 8, 2009

New Release -- KANDINSKY'S SHIRT BUTTON

For Immediate Release -- March 9, 2009

Giselle Renarde is pleased to announce the release of her much-anticipated fifth e-book, KANDINSKY'S SHIRT BUTTON.

An erotic meditation on the true nature of beauty and femininity, this work of transgender fiction explores the spirit of perfect love and the imperfect human form.

To Arthur, Violette is the most beautiful woman in the world. She doesn't see it. An artist obsessed with the image of mythical Venus, her home is a shrine to the goddess of love. How can Violette possibly consider herself among the ranks of the beautiful when her body--her infuriatingly male body--betrays her? Violette is, she claims, “About as beautiful as Kandinsky’s shirt button.”

KANDINSKY'S SHIRT BUTTON by Giselle Renarde is available now from eXcessica books .

WARNING: ADULT EXCERPT

“Do you know the artist Wassily Kandinsky?” Violette asked, tracing light fingers around his throbbing cockhead.

“Not personally,” Arthur gasped.


“Of course not-he died in the 40’s-but Kandinsky was around for the birth of abstract expressionism. He was interested in the spirit of art, in the spirituality of it.” When she took his cock in her firm grasp, Arthur nearly jumped out of his skin. Stroking it overtop his best pants, she went on to say, “Kandinsky believed that everything in our world has a secret soul which is silent more often than it speaks.”

“That’s beautiful,” Arthur wheezed.

Violette popped two cherry tomatoes in her mouth before unlatching his belt and sliding down the fly. Slipping her hand against his gasping flesh, she fondled the hair down there as his abdomen hopped with pleasure. “It’s a beautiful sentiment, but he was writing about a shirt button in a puddle.”

“Why?” he asked. Or maybe he said ‘what’ or ‘wow;’ he really wasn’t sure of anything. He wasn’t even sure this was really happening. Was this gorgeous woman really fondling his balls? Sculpting his cock like clay? Exposing him to the open air of one of the city’s classiest restaurants? If all this was real, it was money well spent.

“He saw this button in a puddle one day, just a run-of-the-mill white men’s shirt button. You know the type that are sort of pearlescent? One of those. In the sunlight after the rainfall, this little white button was sparkling like an oyster shell and Kandinsky couldn’t help but stop and stare. He was fixated on this gleaming little button in a puddle.”

Arthur released a low moan from the back of his throat, though he didn’t intend to. Violette wrapped her fist around his cock, pumping the shaft with expert conviction. With every push and pull motion, the muscles in her arms heaved with exertion.

“Anyway,” she continued, “that’s what inspired Kandinsky’s concept of the secret soul. He felt this little white shirt button was communing with him, somehow. It was as if this tiny, mundane thing was glowing with a secret beauty the world could only see if it was really willing to look.”

Crossing one arm over the other, Violette grabbed another triangle of flatbread from the table, but spilled most of the hummus down her front. In such a low-cut dress, her clothes were unscathed but a nice drizzle of dip trickled down her breast, which heaved the harder she pumped his cock. “Oops!” Violette gurgled. “Do you want to get that?

Arthur didn’t need to be asked twice.


To purchase this compelling work, visit http://excessica.com/index.php/books/kandinskys-shirt-button-by-giselle-renarde/

Well, that's the press release. This is me...just giving you that personal touch. Even if it had never crossed your mind to read a work of transgender fiction, I do hope you'll give this one a go. I hate to show favoritism, but of all the e-books I have on the market, KANDINSKY'S SHIRT BUTTON is the one I find most heart-wrenchingly romantic. It's a beautiful story about some very memorable characters. Hope you'll all hop on over to eXcessica and pick up a copy.
Bright Blessings,
gigi

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Round up your friends, because it's voting time!

Thank you to everyone who submitted a Six Word Story!

The time had come to choose a favourite. Round up your friends, because it's voting time! All of the stories I've received are posted in the pretty little polling station just to the right of here. See it? It's right there (I'm trying to insert and arrow but it's not working, so just look that way...)

I know that teeny tiny typeface is hard to read, so all the stories are also listed below.

Which of these six word tales grabs you?

He came. He came. He left.
~Sommer Marsden~

Their gazes met. Lust or love?
~Desirée Lee~

Life, love, hilarity. Time to rest!
~LuAnn~

I really got naked for this?
~Laura Loo~

Harnessed, knelt, waiting.

"Walkies?"

"Yes, Ma'am."
~Jude Mason~

She rubbed. He watched. Both smiled.
~Marina St. Clare~

Gave In Married Man Mother Picked
~Shell the Hockeyvampiress~

I came, I shot, I conquered
~serb~

Touched, kissed, used. Make it count!
~crozzy~

Her husband is an intelligent zomby.
~dnlyons~

One look was all it took.
~lastnerve~

Polls close March 20 11:59, so exercise your democratic right today!


P.S. Jude, LuAnn and Laura Loo, please send me an email at giselle.renarde@excessica.com to claim your copy of Cunning Little Vixens!

Monday, March 2, 2009

Quick Six Interview with Leighann Phoenix

Quick Six
Interview with Leighann Phoenix

1. Would you be so kind as to tell us what type of stories you write?

LP: Paranormal/Romance/Erotica and anything else you can think of...
I originally got a degree in writing a while back and spent a lot of time writing literary fiction. But that's not as fun.

2. What are you reading right now?

LP: I'm currently working on my next book.. I don't read other stuff while I'm writing cuz I find that my stuff starts sounding like what I'm reading. So I studiously avoid that!

3. I hear music in the background…what' s playing?

LP: Curse Icon, Nickelback. I got into Curse Icon when I thought they were a local band from my hometown area. I got a deal with them to do the music for the "Mira" book trailer and now they're going national. It's pretty cool. I can't seem to stop listening to them.

4. Do you have a favourite naughty word?

LP: Nah, I like them all! But I have a preference for "lick" on any given occasion and in the right context...

5. Is there a word or phrase that absolutely makes you cringe?

LP: I don't tend to like the word "cunt". I'll use it when I think appropriate, but it just seems so harsh.

6. Be honest: What are you snacking on?

LP: Ding dongs! I'll start my diet tomorrow.

Promo time! Flog your wares. Any exciting new releases? How can readers find out more about you and your work?

Currently I'm working on the third book in my series. It started with "Leader of the Pack" which went bestseller on eXcessica for several weeks running. After a lot of reader questions wanting more about the world, I wrote "Mira", which is kind of a prologue. It was just released. And now I'm working on "Leaders of the Pack", which is the continuation of the original.

Thanks so much for the interview!
Giselle