Monday, April 30, 2012

In the Month of Meh

Today is April 30th and here in Canada that means taxes are due... like... now.  I spent most of yesterday working on mine, all the while feeling like Homer Simpson in that episode where he gets audited.  Remember that one?  No?

I can't believe I managed to find it online, but here's what I'm talking about (N.B. I used to be like Ned Flanders):

Taxes aside, I'm ready for the coming of May.

For me, April's been the month of "meh"--especially when it comes to reviews.  In my years of writing, I've had my share of 1-star reader reviews, and I've had my share of 5-star reviews, but this April has been the month of three.  Or, on a scale of poor, fair, ok, good, excellent my work has garnered an "ok." Meh.  Everywhere I look, I see "meh."

Even books like "Friends of Dorothy" (my cross-dressing cowboy MMF menage) which has garnered nothing but 5 stars in the year or two it's been on the market seems to have been slapped with a three.  More "meh."  Not that readers can't rate my books however they please, it just seems like a trend this month.

Maybe I should just shut my gob and count my blessings--my threes could be ones.  My mehs could be baaaaads.  (Although, when it comes to other authors' books, I find I only read 1-star reviews.  Does anybody else do that?  I never read the 5-stars.  Am I the only one?)

Work aside, May Day happens to be the four-year anniversary of my first date with my Sweet.  Stay tuned, because tomorrow I'll let you know how we're planning to celebrate--and it involves YOU.  In fact, we can't do it without you.

So be here tomorrow, same bat wings, same leopard leggings... or... how does that go? *smirk*


Sunday, April 29, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday~Wedding Heat: One in the Hand

I don't know if you've ever been in that situation where you've had a disagreement with your significant other and you're crying, and then you have make-up sex on the hood of your car...?

Hmm... I don't know if I've been in that situation either, but Cora and Dan certainly have--in the first book of my Wedding Heat series, "One in the Hand."

6 sentences from Wedding Heat: One in the Hand:

    Dan undid his seatbelt and then his leather belt.  He shifted to the middle of the bench, unbuttoning, unzipping.  He was crushing Cora's maps, but when he pulled out his cock the maps were the last things on her mind.
  “Thought you might want to finish what you started.”  Dan stretched his arms across the back of the front seat, first toying with Cora’s hair, then pressing her head down.
      “God, yes.”   


You can find out more about the Wedding Heat series at its very own website:

The Wedding Heat series is published by eXcessica and it's available at pretty much every ebook retailer.


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Friday, April 27, 2012

Wedding Heat Is HERE! (What is Wedding Heat?)

It's my new series!  Basically, I couldn't find anything good on TV and I thought, "Hmm... maybe there are OTHER people out there who can't find anything good on TV either... so maybe I'll write a series of short stories to fill the gap."

So that's what I did.

Wedding Heat is about more than just two people getting hitched.  My tagline for the series is: Forget the happy couple--it’s the guests that make this wedding sizzle!  The series centres around the wedding weekend for Maggie and Ed (at a luxury woodland retreat, no less!), but each story focuses on different guests. It was important to me to establish the series in that way, because I wanted Wedding Heat to be pansexual and incorporate a characters with varied gender identities as well as sexualities.

That said, the first story in the series (One in the Hand) is the epitome of vanilla.  Well, sort of.  Its focus is on Cora and Dan, who are the bride's aunt and uncle.  I'm tempted to call them an "older couple" except that... well, "older" is relative, right?  Anyway, they're in their 50's and there's some naughtiness involving their car.  (Look at that: they're, their, and there all in the same sentence. Sorry, that was a grammar geek intrusion. LOL)

Anyway, in this story we also meet Cora and Dan's twenty-somethings kids, who pop up in stories of their own.  Later in the series, son Joey might just have his first sexual encounter while skinny dipping with some dudes, and Vanessa might just act on her crush on her cousin, the bride.  Wait and see!

The stage is set.  Wedding Heat: One in the Hand is now available, and I should also mention it has its own website, here: 

And you can buy it at lots of retailers (coming very soon to Amazon and B&N):





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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

eXcited about eXcessica: Finger Paintings

Today I come bearing promo from my fellow eXcessican, Elise Hepner. Enjoy!

Finger Paintings by Elise Hepner


When Calliope finds out about her surprise Valentine’s Day gift—a painting session with a bunch of third graders—thrilled isn’t exactly the operative word. Shot to hell are her dreams of sexually reuniting with her overworked, overstressed longtime girlfriend, Michelle, who hasn’t had time for anything other than a quickie in months.
With one foot in the classroom, Calliope’s floored by the naive, chipper school teacher, Miss Havard. Even better when she gets a firsthand look at the flirtatious way Michelle fawns over the new woman. Yet, Calliope soon finds out that there’s more to her girlfriend’s seemingly innocent V-day surprise. A salacious fantasy unfolds putting their communication—and their bodies—to the test.
Fingers can do much more than paint and sometimes teachers teach much better outside of the classroom.

Warnings: This work contains mild D/s play, an f/f/f scene, and explores voyeurism in an elemantary school hallway and the backroom of a classroom while kids are at recess. 
Word Count: 15,268


Calliope took a quick step forward digging her fingers into the soft flesh of Michelle’s shoulders pressing her girlfriend tighter to the wall. A quiet “squeak” from her girlfriend’s mouth raised the small hairs along Calliope’s arms. With little grace, Calliope forced her upper thigh between Michelle’s legs. So fast Michelle didn’t have much time to react before she was pinned to the wall.

Calliope relished the heated pressure of her girlfriend’s pussy through her panties. A not so subtle tease against Calliope’s jean-clad inner thigh as she tried to keep her head in the game. No matter what happened, Michelle wanted her—that was self-evident. Calliope grinned with slow burning anticipation. She removed her fingers from her girlfriend’s shoulders and slammed both of her palms against the concrete block wall on either side of Michelle’s head.

“What are you going to do now?” Calliope taunted.

Michelle barely flinched. It didn’t take a genius to notice the undisguised lust widening her alert green gaze. True, they hadn’t played Michelle’s favorite dominate and submissive sexual game in a while—but that’s only because after the brutal rebuffs Calliope grew sick of doing all the work only when and where Michelle wanted it. Now Calliope didn’t give a damn, she’d do anything to get them going in the right direction.

When Michelle trembled Calliope sensed every movement against her upper body and savored her girlfriend’s instant submission like a fine wine. She leaned in—close enough to taste the perfume on Michelle’s skin— roses and a hint of coconut sun tan lotion. 

Michelle’s hands clamped onto Calliope’s waist against her tank top, her little fists twisting into the fabric. One slow, seductive trail of her tongue from below her girlfriend’s jaw, down her neck, and across her skipping, frenzied pulse point left Calliope more than eager for a second, longer taste.

Michelle shuddered tight against Calliope’s leg with a sigh that tickled tiny wisps of hair sticking out along the crown of Calliope’s black ponytail.

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Where Am I?

I'm not here.

Really. I'm not.

Today, I'm guest blogging at two (count 'em, TWO) other blogs. That's why I'm not here.  I can be in two places at once, but not three.  I'm only human, after all. *smile*

Okay, if you're interested in finding me today, I've revived my post "What Is Smut? (Baby Don't Hurt Me)" originally seen at Sommer Marsden's blog at Flirty Author Bitches.  I blog there the fourth Tuesday of every month.  Here's the link:

I'm also at Romance for the Rest of Us, which is Torquere Press' blog, with a brand new post called "How Do You Measure It?"  I could keep you in suspense, but... nah, I'll keep you in suspense.  If you want to know what's being measured, read my post:

Right.  I was never here. *wink*


Monday, April 23, 2012

Quick Six PRO with Annabeth Leong

Quick Six PRO
Interview with Annabeth Leong

Q: What advice do you give aspiring authors?
Annabeth Leong: Never forget your commitment to writing. This is why I prefer the word "writer" over "author." It sounds obvious, but there are plenty of times I spend hours tracking down calls for submission, doing promo and maintaining my online presence, or passing proofs back and forth with a publisher. When I finally sit down and write for ten minutes, I think, "Wait a minute! I like doing this!" 
There are so many forces pulling a writer away from actually writing. But it's the essence of what we're trying to do — the verb to the noun. Love for the act of writing is why I got into all this in the first place. The act of writing is also the only part of the process that's under my control. I can't make people buy my book, but no one can stop me from getting down another 100 words. 

Q: What do you look for in a publisher?
Annabeth Leong: My partner is very data-oriented. We sat down recently and ranked the publishers I work with and know about according to four criteria: how well they pay, the quality of the work they put out, how much I like to read what they publish, and the quality of my relationship with the people there. 
I work with plenty of publishers who don't score high in all four criteria. How much I like to read their books will often trump other considerations for me. But organizing my impressions this way helped me get away from some publishers that weren't productive for me to pursue. 

Q: What makes an editor great or...not so great?
Annabeth Leong: A great editor can give heavy criticism that still inspires. This person is operating in deep service of the story and the writer's vision, and communicates this clearly. When I am dealing with edits from someone like this, I have the sensation of puzzle pieces coming together, no matter how difficult or arduous the edits actually are. 
A not so great editor leaves me feeling flattened and shamed, usually by taking on a punishing tone. Even trivial edits with this tone can kill the joy of a piece for me. 

Q: Do you have a preference for short stories or longer works?
Annabeth Leong: I love to read and write short stories. I mostly buy anthologies and they're mostly what I write for also. I like that short pieces are self-contained, and that I can burn through a diverse collection of reading and writing in a manageable period of time. I feel it would be better for my career to break myself of this — novelists seem to have a better chance of achieving self-supporting income levels. But I struggle to leave my love behind, and even the stand-alone work I have published would more properly be called novellas than novels. 

Q: Do you find yourself writing for the market and not for YOU, or self-censoring in any way?
Annabeth Leong: I definitely self-censor. I had to dip my toes into erotica bit by bit — I am a deeply kinky person, but it was hard for me to reveal that as a writer. I would be reading extreme blood play lesbian BDSM, and then publish a vanilla story about a straight married couple. I have started to get into more of my true kinks recently, but I have to say that what has been happening with PayPal and censorship on book-selling sites has had a chilling effect on me. I wish I were brave enough to be on the front lines of this issue, but I have struggled a long time being comfortable with my own reading preferences in private — I have been edging into this, but find it difficult to take a stand in an already embattled situation. 
That said, one of the things I admire about Donuts and Desires is that you have really taken this on. I hope you sell millions of copies of your lesbian anal fetish erotica. 
I admire publishers who publish without fear, and I mourn the loss of those who have decided to back off or shut their doors. Republica Press's closure, for example, is a big loss — they carried Remittance Girl's excellent nonconsensual story, Gaijin, among other things. We've also lost Freaky Fountain Press, and Pink Flamingo has backed off some of the subject areas it used to cover. I'm not privy to all the reasons that publishers on the vanguard of freedom of speech have been dropping lately, but I can't imagine the current climate has been helping things. 
There are others still out there — such as Forbidden Fiction, one of my publishers — but I am almost afraid at this point to name them for fear that I will inadvertently invoke the wrath of PayPal. 

Q: Any promo tips for fellow authors?
Annabeth Leong: I haven't sold boatloads of copies of anything myself, so take what I say with a grain of salt. But I have observed a frantic attitude about promotion that I don't think is helping anyone. Some of the things writers are being told to do for promotion may not make sense for everyone, depending on the work or the stage of the career. For example, people are told to do giveaways, and it definitely works for some people. But I have also seen authors doing giveaways with no sign that it is widening their audience or causing anyone to buy the book who wouldn't have already. Publishing is changing, and there are no magic formulas. I think writers should stop and think about how their promotion time and money are best spent. 

Author Blurb: 
The Snake and the Lyre
an F/F and other short by Annabeth Leong
Published by Forbidden Fiction
Eurydice longs to marry Orpheus, but his self-centered love for his music blinds him to her sensuality. A cruel Naiad seduces and kills Eurydice, unleashing the full hunger of her desire. When Orpheus braves the Underworld to save his lost Eurydice, can he pull his bride away from its depraved pleasures?

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

Six Sentence Sunday~Elementary, My Dear Kathryn

Earlier this week, I mentioned that my lesbian anal fetish ebook "Elementary, My Dear Kathryn" was banned by ARe. Boo.  But a lot of readers mentioned that lesbian anal fetish erotica was something they reeeeeaaaaallllllly liked, so this Sunday I figured I'd showcase 6 sentences from my most recently banned book.  Oh, and it's a menage story--in case you're wondering why there are three characters in this sex scene. ;-)

6 Sentences from Elementary, My Dear Kathryn:

     Nobody was so clever they couldn’t learn something new. 
     Melanie watched as Pasha spread glistening juice all down Kathryn’s ass crack. It was beautiful, the way Kathryn moaned and writhed on the bed while Pasha rubbed there.
     “A clean asshole is a wonderful thing,” Pasha said as she poked a fingertip inside, turning it like a corkscrew. She didn’t wait long before pressing a second one in, turning her hand, spreading her fingers to pry open that tight hole. It really was an amazing thing to watch. 

Amazing to think about, amazing to read about, amazing to try at home! heh. All this and more can NOT be purchased at ARe, but IS available at many other retailers, including the publisher, loveyoudivine (which is having a 25% off sale right now), Amazon, Barnes & Noble... places like that.


Giselle Renarde 

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Help a Reader Out? (Authors? Anyone?)

This week, a reader arrived here at the blog by searching for "other books like Audrey & Lawrence," so how's about we provide this person with a recommendation or two?

Okay, I know, you're probably asking, "What the hell is Audrey & Lawrence?"

Audrey & Lawrence is an erotic anthology I wrote a couple years ago--"the one with the goldfish on the cover."  It features twelve stories about an unhappily married older man, Lawrence, and his young mistress, Audrey.  It's loosely based on the ten years of my life I spent involved with (you guessed it) an unhappily married older man.  

The stories are not all fun and games.  They explore jealousy, want, schadenfreude, entitlement--a lot of emotional baggage that comes along with a long-term adulterous relationship.

So this reader is looking for other books along those lines.  I'm sort of putting words in their mouth, but I'm guessing they're after erotica, adultery, secrecy, deceit, the older man/younger woman dynamic... anybody out there written or read any books that fit the bill?  I know I've written some short stories on the topic (some of which appear in my Secret Confessions: 36 Erotic Encounters anthology), but nothing else really comes to mind.

I'll post the blurb/excerpt from Audrey & Lawrence below.  Maybe it'll set the cogs in motion.  If you have recommendations for our reader in need, could you do us a favour and post the titles in the comments?  And let us know how your recommendation fits the bill.

Thanks folks!

Audrey and Lawrence by Giselle Renarde

Audrey and Lawrence by Giselle Renarde

 An affair is always easy in the beginning. There's plenty of steamy sex and getting-to-know-you. Everything is for now. Immediate gratification. No thought of the future.

That's how it starts for Audrey and Lawrence. Audrey's only concern is helping an unhappy man trapped in a sexless marriage revive the virility of his youth. That approach doesn't last long. As her affection builds, she wants more than she can have, and more than Lawrence is willing to give.

Over the course of twelve breathless stories, Giselle Renarde's famous femme fatale tips from the lofty realm of youthful adoration into the dark pit of jealous love. Will her behaviour get out of hand when the affair grows beyond her heart's control?

This complete collection includes all twelve Audrey & Lawrence stories, many of which make their premiere appearances in this special compilation. Contains the stories:

  1. Kiss the Cook
  2. Sweet Tooth
  3. The Maelstrom
  4. Questions of Ultimate Concern
  5. Mistress Audrey
  6. Nuit Blanche
  7. Marry Me
  8. Burgundy Ropes and Voltaire
  9. The Burden of Knowing
  10. Breaking Up from Behind
  11. Running in Circles
  12. Shoot Niagara
Warnings: This title contains graphic descriptions of sex, graphic language, anal sex, sex toys, bondage and domination.

Word Count: 42,902
From "Marry Me:"

In that moment, looking into those tear-filled eyes, I knew I wanted to marry Lawrence Galloway.  The thought had crept up on me before, but I’d always managed to force it out of my mind.  After all, I was a career-mistress, or at least it would have been a career if I took any money for my tenderness.

Audrey the mistress: not just what I was, but who.  My whole identity was wrapped up in that one dominating aspect of my personality.  I was a woman who consorted exclusively with older men, married men.  Those sad sorts raised in a bygone era, trapped in loveless, sexless relationships.  My body, my admiration, helped them, made them feel good again, feel attractive and virile.  What I gave them was a therapy, a rejuvenation.  Of course, when Lawrence came along, I was smitten.  There’d been no one else since.

But ringing in my ears were the words, “I’ll never ask you for anything.”  In the beginning, I’d assured him, “as long as you keep no other mistresses, I’ll do anything you want.  I’ll do more for you than you’ve ever dreamed, but I want to be the only other woman in your life.”

As I gazed into Lawrence’s sad eyes that April morning, I knew I was about to go back on my word.  “Be my husband,” I said.  My tone was utterly flat.  It wasn’t a question, wasn’t a plea, it was a plan.  “Leave Ruth and marry me.  Be my husband.”

The words I’d promised never to utter all those years ago had now been spoken. Lawrence stared at me, seemingly awestruck.  Maybe he would marry me.  Maybe he loved me enough now.

Reaching out, Lawrence held my cheek, and his touch was the touch of God.  It rang through my body like cathedral bells, alerting my cunt it was time for worship.  He squinted and the teardrops fell like lava against my chest as he leaned his head toward mine.

Without a word, Lawrence laid a passionate kiss on my mouth.  My eager tongue groped for his.  It was hot, wet, forceful but yielding.  With both hands on his head, I dragged his energy down through every centre along his spine.  I dragged it to the very base of his being and squeezed his tight ass when I got there.  Mirroring my pose, he scooped my cheeks into his hands, digging firm fingers into complicit flesh.  We kissed and we kissed and we kissed.  Hot, wet, yielding.  That’s when his hard cock found me like a lonely traveller taking refuge from the storm.

Published by eXcessica

Friday, April 20, 2012

Call for Submissions: Successful Self-Publishing

Hi Everyone! Last Year I contributed an article to a best-selling book called How To Write Hot Sex. Editor Shoshanna Evers now has a call out for a new book about self-publishing. If you've got a self-publishing secret to share, here's your opportunity to tell the world:

 Call for Submissions - Attention Self-Published Authors!

Successful Self Publishing: How We Do It (and How You Can Too!)
Edited by Shoshanna Evers, #1 Amazon Authorship Bestselling Author

Call for Submissions: Deadline May 21th, 2012

This call for submissions is open to any self-published author, including traditionally published authors who are also self-publishing.

How did you find success as a self-published author? The goal of this anthology is to give pre-published writers and authors considering self-publishing the inspiration and advice to help them start on their own path to self-publishing success.

There are many different ways to quantify success, and we are looking for all of them. While we are looking for bestselling self-published authors to submit essays, if your sales are modest but you finally realized your dream of having your story told, then that is its own form of success, and we welcome your submission as well.

Some questions to consider while writing your essay include:
  1. Why did you choose to self-publish?
  2. Have you tried publishing traditionally, or are you published traditionally as well? If you are also traditionally published, what are the benefits to self-publishing that drew you to it?
  3. What sort of process did you put your book through before you published it? Editing, critique groups, beta-readers?
  4. How much did it cost you to self-publish your book? What did you pay for cover art, for editing, formatting, etcetera? Did you do it all yourself?
  5. How many books do you sell a day/month/since you started?
  6. Is your book available for print? How did you go about doing that, and are your books selling better in ebook format or print?
  7. How important are reviews for you? How do you get reviews for your book(s)?
  8. What do you think is the future of publishing?
  9. What’s the most important piece of advice you have for a writer looking to self-publish?
Contributors whose essays are chosen for the anthology will receive a $20 payment plus a free Smashwords coupon to download the anthology upon its release.

The essays will be contracted on a non-exclusive basis, meaning the contributor retains the right to re-publish the essay as he or she pleases. Previously published blog posts or interviews on the subject of self-publishing will also be considered but original material is preferred.

Tell your story in 750 to 2000 words and include a 50 word bio with links to your website, blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Amazon/B&N/Smashwords pages.

Submit the essay as a Word doc or rtf and name the file Successful_YourName. Email the attachment to shoshanna.evers @ yahoo. com (no spaces) with Submission in the subject line.

About the Editor:

Shoshanna Evers edited and self-published the #1 Amazon Authorship Bestselling writing anthology How to Write Hot Sex: Tips From Multi-Published Erotic Romance Authors. In addition to being published by Ellora’s Cave, The Wild Rose Press, Cleis Press, and Berkley/Jove, Shoshanna has found success with self-publishing, hitting several Amazon category bestseller lists and quitting her day job to be a full-time writer.

Sexily *Evers* After...

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Lesbian Erotica, Volume 9: Sex in Public / Lucky Opportunity / Fisting / Used and Abused

Last week I mentioned that my original fiction is included in a new series of erotic ebooks edited by Barbara Cardy and published by Robinson (the "Mammoth Book of..." people).  

Today I'd like to showcase another one of those mini-anthologies, which is listed at Amazon as: 

Lesbian Erotica, Volume 9: Sex in Public / Lucky Opportunity / Fisting / Used and Abused

Product Description

SHUSH by Kannan Feng
Marjo wants to get her hands on a special book at the library, and her girlfriend Kendall wants to get her hands, and much more, on Marjo.

BLACKOUT by Giselle Renarde
Zahra can't concentrate on her own housewarming party once quirky Casey shows ups. In stark contrast to all Zahra's jaded friends, this slender red-head is ebullient and carefree as a grown-up Pippi Longstocking. When a blackout shuts down the city, the new home-owner is enthralled to introduce Casey to a new world of sensuality. But you know what they say about assumptions, and Zahra soon discovers her mistake . . .

A FIST FULL OF FUN by Dominique James
Siobhan has planned a special surprise for her submissive lover Julia's birthday, a way in which they can confirm their mutual love by proving they can cast aside jealousies. Siobhan has arranged for several of their lesbian friends to use Julia in any way they want, and Siobhan promises not to be jealous. After visits from most of them and a day of sexual delight and torment, along comes local LGB Charity organizer Imogen, who turns out to be far more dominant than Siobhan; so much so she takes over both of them.


These anthologies are only $0.99 if you can believe it.  I'd start snapping them up now just in case that's an introductory price.  Here's the buy link for this baby:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

eXcited about eXcessica: All Steamed Up

Who likes steampunk? A bit of promo today from a fellow author, Jack Osprey, from eXcessica publishing:

All Steamed Up by Jack Osprey

Something is really starting to stink in Victorian England. Someone is seeking to use an ancient relic to summon the darkness, and unleash all the demons of hell.

Jack Storm believes he knows who the fiend is. Only he and his band of steam punk adventurers have a chance in hell of stopping this dark plague from sweeping across the globe.

Esther Small, Jack's onetime lover, assures him the naive spiritualist she's hired will provide them with the perfect excuse to prowl through the old Almsley estate, find the forbidden artifact, and keep hell's damned doors sealed.

She failed to tell Jack the fake medium, Penelope Fox, is not only capable of raising all sorts of things, only some of them dead, but a woman worth dying for.

Jack has no intention of dying.

Besides her exotic beauty, Penny is a spirited woman of hidden talents, dark secrets, and a natural born liar.

Still, if they're to live through the night together, she's a liar he must learn to trust; and quickly.

If only they can find the relic...

If only they can get out of the house alive...

Before the ghosts and demons already lurking in the ancient house carry off Penny for a tasty bite.

Warnings: This title contains graphic language, sex, and violence including murder.
Word Count: 29,685

"How dare you!" Penny could feel her cheeks warm with her indignation. Why did these two have such an intolerable air of superiority. They were nothing but common thieves. "I'm here to help you both stay alive! Absolutely nothing else!"

"Sure you are. Jack, get your nose out of that ugly monstrosity of a curio cabinet, and get your little girlie here out of my hair. At least one of us has to go get the item we came for, Ex."

"They won't let you leave here alive with anything, you know."


"The ghosts–don't you ever listen!" Billie Fish and Tom Darkcroft. They were both murderers while alive." She hesitated, and then reluctantly added, "And now, they intend to continue indulging their sick passions in death. I suspect they were the ones twisting things during the séance. It's their hostile intentions I've sensed all along."

"Quite the little actress, aren't you."

"You both need me."

"As what, sweetheart– bait?"

Available Now at eXcessica:

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Lesbian Fetish Book BANNED

Anybody been looking for my lesbian anal fetish ebook Elementary, My Dear Kathryn at All Romance ebooks lately?

If you have, you probably noticed... it's not there.  Yesterday I noticed that *poof* my dear Kathryn had vanished.  I guess ARe's been purging again.  When they executed their initial banishment of ebooks deemed offensive or unsuitable to their brand image or what have you, 6 of my titles were taken down.  In that instance, at least *most* of my publishers were informed about *most* of those banishments.

Poor Kathryn.  She was just swept off store shelves without a word. Very hush-hush.  Nobody thought to inform my publisher, much less myself as the author.  No worries, guys.  It's only my livelihood at stake.  Just do what you're gonna do.  Whatevs.


I'd love to be able to tell you WHY Elementary, My Dear Kathryn was banned by ARe, but as in the case of every other ebook of mine they've removed from their shelves, I'm left to guess.

So here are my top guesses:

  1. The blurb mentions that two of the characters were friends as children (it's a reunion story) and "children" triggers red flags when it appears in metadata? Maybe?
  2. The central couple in this story maintains a longterm D/s relationship, and they are more than happy to welcome a third woman to join them in the bedroom.  This doesn't sound "romantic" and therefore has no place at All ROMANCE ebooks?  Maybe?
  3. The focus of the sexual activity in this book is anal pleasure, including enemas and anilingus--stuff we can do in real life but we'd better not write about because it's icky?  Maybe? 
  4. There's nudity on the cover. Maybe?
As I say, I don't know.  I'm guessing.  And maybe the thing that pisses me off the most is that my publisher and I are left to guess.  To be honest, I never know which of my titles are in the running for banishment because I've never been told WHY my banned books have been banned.  I asked once (about my ebook Good Bi Valentine, because I have no fricken clue what's so "offensive" about that cute little erotic comedy) and I got the run-around.

Sorry for such a negative post.  I didn't mean to spew bile all over everybody but, as I say, this is my livelihood we're talking about.  I write for a living.  I don't have a spouse or anyone to support me.  It's sink or swim, so when a retailer starts throwing my books overboard I get a little agitated.

Anyway, it's not like ARe is the only show in town.  Elementary, My Dear Kathryn is still available from the publisher (loveyoudivine), as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Rainbow ebooks.

Thanks for listening, everybody!  I needed that rant.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Call for Submissions: Chicken Soup/Angel Encounters

Don't you just hate it when you're sick in bed, can't move, feeling like you just might die, and nobody brings you any chicken soup?  Dude, that's the worst!

Well, this call for submissions from Chicken Soup for the Soul just passed through my inbox and it sounds intriguing.  Wish I had something to add, but I have no experience with angels. [insert your own "I'm not angel" type joke here]

Anyway, maybe you've had a supernatural encounter and want to write it up.  Here's all the info:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angel Encounters or Angels Among Us
(tentative title ideas)

Celestial, otherworldly, heavenly. Whatever the term, sometimes there is no Earthly explanation for what we experience and a higher power is clearly at work. People see angels in various forms: heavenly, human, animal, and others.

If you have had a personal experience with an angel, please submit your story. We are looking for stories of true wonder and awe from people who have directly encountered or received help from angels. How did your angel protect you or someone you know? How did your angel help you or someone you know? How did your angel manifest himself or herself?

This book is for everyone who has a story, whether religious or non-religious. Please note that we are not looking for stories about people who are "angels" because they do nice things, and also please do not submit eulogies about a loved one who has died and is now an "angel."

Here are some possible story topics, but we know you can think of more:

  • Angel visitations
  • Divine protection and guardian angels
  • Miraculous recoveries
  • Messages from an angel
  • Prayers answered by an angel
  • Receiving support from angels or spirits
  • Angel intervention
  • Receiving guidance or lessons from angels
  • Interactions with angels
  • Receiving news or warnings from angels

Please remember, we do not like "as told to" stories. Please write in the first person about yourself or someone close to you. If you ghostwrite a story for someone else we will list their name as the author. If a story was previously published, we will probably not use it unless it ran in a small circulation venue. Let us know where the story was previously published in the "Comments" section of the submission form. If the story was published in a past Chicken Soup for the Soul book, please do not submit it.

If your story is chosen, you will be a published author and your bio will be printed in the book if you so choose. You will also receive a check for $200 and 10 free copies of your book, worth more than $100. You will retain the copyright for your story and you will retain the right to resell it.

Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions.

The deadline date for story and poem submissions is July 31, 2012.


Please do not reply or send questions to this address. For any further questions or correspondence, contact or visit our website at   

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Coming Soon: Wedding Heat, A Sexy Series

I can't believe Wedding Heat will be upon us in less than 2 weeks!  It's got its own website, but I'm going to cut & paste the FAQ here to let you know a bit about it.  

I'm so excited about this series, mostly because the characters span different sexualities and gender identities.  The stories that make up Wedding Heat's first "season" (I think of it like a TV series) include lesbian, straight, gay, and bi characters, foot fetish, menage, first time (lots of firsts, actually!), taboo, an older couple, a reluctant cougar, a trans woman in love, and family rumours like you wouldn't believe! 
Skinny Dipping: a gay first-time story

What is Wedding Heat?Glad you asked!  Wedding Heat is an erotic series by queer Canadian author Giselle Renarde. Starting in late April 2012, a new Wedding Heat title will be released every two weeks or so.  The stories are all centered around Maggie and Ed’s wedding at a luxury woodland resort, but forget the happy couple—it’s the guests that make this wedding sizzle!  There are family, friends, and co-workers of all genders and sexual preferences attending Maggie and Ed’s wedding.  Some are looking for love, some for new experiences, but nobody anticipated the kind of sexual release they would find in the woods.  We’re talking HOT STUFF, so adults only.

Why Wedding Heat?Lots of readers LOVE weddings, so why not a whole SERIES dedicated to the naughty goings-on at one wedding?  Sure the bride and groom get in on the action, but weddings are about so much more than the happy couple.  Guests flock to weddings with their own expectations, their own baggage, and their own desires.  So, as much as the Wedding Heat series is anchored by the happy couple, it’s really an ongoing tale of the wedding as a whole.  I’m sure most of us have attended more weddings as guests than we have as brides or grooms.

Why a series instead of a book?I love falling in love with characters on TV and visiting them every week, but with so many reality shows on television now, I find I’m watching TV less and less.  I started asking myself where I could satisfy my need to form those kinds of bonds with fictional characters.  Stories?  A series of stories?  Yes!  Perfect.  That’s why I started writing the Wedding Heat stories.  I figured there were probably other readers in the same boat, people who want something to look forward to as the weeks go by, something to fill that void.  That’s why I decided on short stories–they would take up about the same amount of time as watching a TV show.

Where can I get Wedding Heat stories?Each installation of Wedding Heat will be sold as an individual ebook from eXcessica Publishing and available through pretty much every major distributor–like Amazon, All Romance, and Barnes & Noble.  Though there are common threads throughout and readers will get the full impact of ongoing plot lines by reading stories in order, the series is written in such a way that you can pick up anywhere and enjoy a really sexy story.

What do the covers look like?The covers of Wedding Heat titles all look something like this one for the first ebook in the series:
woman in white lace corset and diamante necklace, focus on corset
Wedding Heat titles will hit the market beginning April 2012.  Keep an eye out for them and get in on the action!

Giselle Renarde
Canada just got hotter!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Lesbian Erotica 6: Fem Dom / Spanking / Sex Al Fresco / Voyeurism

I'm in here.
I think I've neglected to mention here on the blog that I've recently contributed to a whole bunch of mini-anthologies edited by Barbara Cardy.  I know they're available from Amazon (not sure where else) and I also know that at the moment they're only $0.99!

Most of these pretty little books feature 3 or 4 short stories by such notable authors as Sommer Marsden, M. Christian, Kay Jaybee, and... ummm... me (do I deserve to be on this list?) so we're talking about reliable erotica writers, here.

I'm hoping the low price tag doesn't scare readers off these collections.  More and more, I think readers are equating $0.99 with "crappy writing" so hopefully people will take a look at who's on the roster for these books and buy them up.  Who knows?

Anyway, because I've neglected to feature these Erotica works published by Robinson (The "Mammoth Book of..." people) here at D&D, I'm starting now, and I'm starting with a little ebook called "Lesbian Erotica 6."

I picked this one to feature because it contains my story "First Night on a Waterbed," which is a Wanda & Janelle story.  Remember them from my Torquere Christmas Sip "Full to Bursting"?  Yup, same pair.  This story is about the first night they spend together in Wanda's big annoying waterbed.

Seriously, have you ever slept on a waterbed?  I hate them with a passion.  Thank god the 80's are over.

Lesbian Erotica 6 contains:

SHY GIRL by Kannan FengTanya's a shy girl, but her girlfriend Valentine knows exactly what shy girls need. When Valentine wants to hear a very special word out of Tanya's mouth, she's willing to use some very unfair (and painful!) tactics to get her way.

THE CHASE by Chris WestlakeJennifer is on holiday in France with her friends when she spots a French girl she desperately wants to say 'Oui' to. She follows the girl into the woods, and it is quickly apparent that the girl is not going on a picnic (unless 'eaten out' got lost in translation). Jennifer ends up on all fours on a wooden boat in the middle of a river (and no, she has not dropped a penny).

FIRST NIGHT ON A WATERBED by Giselle RenardeJanelle has never spent a night on Wanda's waterbed. She's not convinced there's anything to like about a mattress full of liquid until Wanda shows her the joys of sex on the sloshing waves. But how will Wanda react when Janelle blurts, 'I love you' for the first time?

HEN DAY by Eva HoreOrganizing a Hen's day for her sister gives this sister more on the day than she bargained for. Who would have thought a Hen's Day could turn into a passionate affair for more than two of the guests.

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