Monday, July 29, 2013

Your Ideas: Want 'em, Need 'em, Gotta Have 'em!

Remember earlier in the month when I told you author Joan Price was looking for help with a new book?  What kind of help?  Comments, thoughts, and ideas from people like you! (You're over 50, right?)

Joan is writing The Ultimate Guide to Sex after Fifty and she'll be extracting snippets (the word "snippets" kind of looks like "nipples" to me... I don't know...) from your comments to publish in her book.

The reason I'm bringing it up again is that she's posted even MORE ideas she'd like you to consider if you're interested in getting in touch with her.  This is all posted at Joan's blog: but I'll cross-post the new info here:

Anything you want to say interests me, and nothing is too weird or outrageous, as long as it's honest. For example:

If you're in a relationship now:

  • How do you keep it sexually vibrant?
  • What is interfering with having a satisfying sex life?
  • Do you use any of these with your partner: role-playing, reading erotica, watching porn or romantic films, pet names, silly games, sexy games...?
  • If your relationship is not sexually vibrant, what's missing?
  • Do you consider yourself kinky? What form does that take, and what do you love about it?
  • If you and your partner are monogamous, how do you keep sex lively?  
  • If you and your partner are nonmonogamous, what went into that decision, and what are your boundaries / rules / agreements?
  • How did you meet your partner? How did you know that he/she was special?
  • If your relationship is bad, what would make you decide to leave?
  • Have you used counseling to improve communication, sex, or other issues? 
If you're not in a relationship now:
  • What do/don't you like about being single?
  • Do you consider yourself to be in the dating life?
  • How do you meet other singles?
  • Good, bad, ugly about online dating?
  • Do you have or would you accept a "friend with benefits"?
  • Do you use safer sex with a new partner? If so, what safer sex precautions to you take? If not, what goes into that decision?
  • Describe your worst first date (after age 50).

Whether or not you're in a relationship now:
  • What medical conditions have impacted your sex life, and how have you dealt with them?
  • How have sex toys enriched your sexual enjoyment (either solo or partnered)?
  • How have your sexual likes & dislikes changed after age 50?
  • What would you like to try that you haven't ever done?
  • What do you fantasize about, but you wouldn't like to do it in real life?
  • What didn't I ask that I should have?

I'll continue to update this list when different topics come up. Many thanks!

Also note that if you choose to email Joan or leave a comment on her blog, you're granting permission to be quoted (anonymously) in her book... but that's the whole point of commenting.

Be immortalized! Here's her blog post again:


Saturday, July 27, 2013

Help! I'm an Asshole!

I'm about to make myself look like a big selfish jerk. 

But that's because sometimes I am a big selfish jerk.  Be warned: there might be more honesty in this post than you can handle.  A commenter here on the blog once called me "scary honest."


Earlier this week, I tweeted that my girlfriend cancelled our plans because she'd slipped down the stairs and hurt her butt.  I faked sympathy, but yeah... I wasn't feeling it.  Why?  Because we've been together five years and in that time she's cancelled plans on more than five occasions because... "I slipped down the stairs and now my butt hurts."

That's in addition to "I walked into a bookshelf and now my foot hurts" (also this week), "The door blew closed on my hand and now my finger hurts," and a whole host of other "I did something dumb and now some random body part hurts" excuses.

I shouldn't say "excuses"... but it's pretty telling that that's the word I chose.  Almost makes it sound like I don't believe her.  I DO believe her, but I'm not sympathetic.

I feel guilty.  I feel like an asshole.  I feel like a selfish jerk.  She's in pain and instead of reacting like, "Oh, my poor sweetheart!  Let me take care of your poor injured ass," all I can think is: "Are you fucking kidding me?  Again?  Seriously? AGAIN?"

A better person would abandon all sense of self and just be compassionate.  One of my aspirations is to constantly evolve into a more compassionate person, and it's going really well... except where Sweet's concerned.  Because every time she cancels plans (and, honestly, it happens a lot), I tell myself to be concerned about her well-being first and foremost, but... I don't know what's wrong with me... all I can think about is myself. 

I'm not getting what I want, and now I'm a petulant child.  We were supposed to go to the art show, the jazz festival--here, there and everywhere--and we've had these plans for MONTHS and now you're cancelling on me?  Again?  AGAIN?

I don't want to act like a jerk, but I do.  Every. Fucking. Time.

And I can feel it coming when she's about to cancel plans.  I've even started having precognitive dreams (for the first time in my life) about Sweet cancelling plans.  So I know it's coming, and I tell myself, "Don't do it, Giselle.  Don't be an asshole.  Not this time."  But knowing in advance doesn't seem to make a difference.  Every time, I feel hurt and rejected and I react unsympathetically.

Every time.

I'm not even going to try to redeem myself, here.  I'm an asshole.  I'm a jerk.  What I need from you is HELP.  Help!  I want to be a supportive, sympathetic, compassionate partner.  How do I stop being such a jerk?

Thanks and hugs,

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Vanilla-Free, Full to Bursting, Virgins, Geeks, and the Sugar Bush

We get a hankering for Christmas around this time of year, don't we?  That's why I always put up a little "Christmas in July" post.  Many of my Christmas books were published by loveyoudivine, which has recently gone out of business, so I'll just give them a moment of silence before moving on to all these other Christmas stories that are still on the market:

Vanilla-Free Christmas

This Christmas, the best gifts are waiting for those who have been naughty…

And the toys under the tree are not for children. Sexy Santas, naughty elves, and dominant shifters are ready to spread some very kinky Christmas cheer. It’s a good thing the ladies in our stories are looking for anything but vanilla.

Check out this vanilla-free anthology: 

All the Way

When Josie invites her long-ago boyfriend Kaz to stay with her family over the holidays, there are a few things she doesn't anticipate. Kaz admitting he's still a virgin after all these years? That's a weird surprise. Her husband Rob's attempt to give Kaz a little relief in the hot tub? A weird and very sexy surprise. But what about the threesomes in the attic, bedroom, and living room, followed by Josie's jealousy when Kaz falls for her older sister? Nope, she didn't see that one coming.

Read an excerpt from this MMF menage romance:

Naughty: Full to Bursting

After six months together, Wanda still hasn't told her children Janelle is more than just a friend. Janelle spends every evening at the house, helping with dinner and homework, but come 10 or 11 at night Wanda always sends her home. Their only chance for debauchery comes one weekend a month, when the kids visit their grandparents. With Christmas on the way, will tensions build too high for Janelle to handle, or will she be fully satisfied by Wanda's big, sexy gift?

Lesbian erotic romance:

Vanilla-Free Christmas: Manlove Edition

This Christmas, good will isn’t all these sexy men are going to get…

Ménage loving and chance encounters will make the holidays merry and bright and hot enough to keep out the cold. From a romp in Santa’s candy house to a dinner party where chains and collars are required attire, Christmas for these naughty men is going to be anything but vanilla.

Sugar Bush 

The island will always be home to Jeanette. Every year, she returns from the city to spend Christmas with Nanaate's family. Boxing Day, it’s BDSM in the sugar bush. Nanaate worries their annual tradition of bondage and temperature play might be harming Jeanette's chance of finding true love in the city, but Jeanette knows better. Their relationship transcends all things, but if Jeanette can't make Nanaate understand, this year's visit could well be their last.

Out of the Cold

Geeky Amira is desperate for fun.  When she meets Keith at a first aid course, she sneaks a peek at his registration form to get his email address.  After exchanging some very naughty notes, they plan a get-together on New Year's Eve… but the man she meets up with isn’t Keith at all!  Will Amira ring in the New Year with her online romance, or will she be left out in the cold?
If I've got other Christmas titles on the market, damned if I can remember right now.  If YOU've got Christmas/holiday/wintery titles to shout about, let us know in the comments.

Merry July,

Monday, July 22, 2013

New Anthology: Sex Toy Stories 2

Erotic Tales of Naughty Play
If you're a fan of sex toy erotica, you might just like the new Ravenous Romance anthology, Sex Toy Stories 2.

My story, Apron Strings and Wedding Rings, taps into the June Cleaver fetish I've often mentioned. (It also drives my MMFF menage novella The Birthday Gift, in case you hadn't noticed.)   

Wendy wants everything to be perfect: the full June Cleaver get-up, ham and potatoes in the oven, everything ready to go for when Rae gets home from work.  But when Rae gets one look at Wendy uncharacteristically dressed in an apron and heels, she laughs her ass off.  It all fits with Wendy's ultimate plan, giving her an excuse to subject her wife to a spanking with the wooden spoon.  This isn't something they've talked about, and though Rae happily goes along with her subjection to punishment, she can't let the event pass by without asking the same question that's been on Wendy's mind: "Are you bored?" 

Here's the anthology blurb:

Good sex is playful and imaginative, just as toys are meant to be! With a good sex toy, you can play by yourself, or play with a friend! Sex toys can be brought into the bedroom just for fun, but often they can open up a whole new level of play in a partnership, and uncover needs they didn't even know they had! Toys might be a prop and there might be acting involved, but at the same time in a sexual relationship you have to trust your partner a lot for that kind of abandonment. In the stories in this anthology, no toy is just a frivolous prop—something deeper is always revealed in the end. As an editor, this anthology was a pleasure to edit, so many different scenes, so many different perspectives and relationships. You dear reader, are in for such pleasure you may begin to use this book as your own prop!

Get it here:

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The best book you'll ever read! And it's FREE! (oh, this is good, guys...)

If you peruse my posts (and my comments) at Oh Get A Grip, you'll hear me lamenting the loss of a Quebecois children's series called "Sophie, l'apprentie sorcière" (written by Henriette Major, published by Editions Héritage).  I loved these middle-grade books about a funny tomboyish witch-in-training, when I was a kid, but you can't get them anymore, as far as I can tell.

Well, yesterday I was looking through a box in my closet and WOULD YOU BELIEVE I came across a "Sophie" book that I wrote in Grade 3?  And here I thought I'd never written any fanfiction!

So I'm sharing some of the earliest Giselle Renarde writing you will ever see.  Whether you like it or not.  But I'm pretty sure you're going to like it...

Stick around for Sophie va à Hollywood!

Don't worry; I'll translate.

That "Bravo!" sticker is the best review my work's ever received...
Once upon a time somewhere in Giselle's brain...

It was the first day of June. Hervé (I don't remember who he was--their teacher?) told us we had to do a play, but not just a little skit, it had to exciting.

"I know which play we should do: Pretty Woman," said Antoine.  (umm... A. not a play and B. not appropriate for nine-year-olds)

"Yes, that's a great idea. I'll be the 'Pretty Woman'," said Chantal, shaking her hair. (okay?)

"Antoine, you can be the boy who..." said Sophie.  (who... pays for sex?)

Ooh a picture!
"YES, I KNOW SOPHIE!" said Antoine. (you know Sophie? or you know, Sophie?)

"Tomorrow is Saturday. We can go see the film," said Chantal.

The next day they went to see the film. Sophie's gang rehearses the play. When they return to school, Hervé wants to see the play. (look at his big nose. haha)

"You guys are so gifted that you could go to Hollywood!" said Hervé.

They were so happy that they jumped in the air and sat on the light fixtures.

The next day was Friday. (wow, they lost a whole week) Sophie's gang took a plane to Hollywood, California. They were all excited.

"Now we can be on America's Funniest Home Video's"! ([SIC!!!]) said Antoine. (it's 1990, yo!)

Image: a movie theatre with extraordinarily long grass outside

When they get off the plane, they see their names in lights: "Chantal Rose, Sophie Cooper, and her friend Antoine in Pretty Woman." (i guess they're IN the movie now) They all go to the mall.  (can you tell I grew up in the burbs?)

"We're in Hollywood!" said Chantal.

"Sophie, we can change our name to the Pretty Woman gang," said Antoine.

"That's a great idea," said Sophie. (no, she would have punched him for questioning her authority)

"We have lots of money. We can live in Hollywood," said Chantal.

The next day they went to San Francisco to see Bob Saget. (HA!) They had... (ooh the suspense is killing me...)

$100! We're rich! Backwards dollar sign!
...a lot of fun in Hollywood. But one day they only had $100, so they went home!

(Well, that's it.  I'm sorry there's not more because I'm pretty sure I peaked in Grade 3. Oh well.  The end.)


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Hurry! Free Summer Promo Opportunity for Authors

Came across this promotional/giveaway opportunity.  Gives us a chance to talk a bit about our books, too:

::: Permission to forward to anyone who might want to join in:::

Authors!! Do you have a book you want to giveaway ebook/print? Then come and join in on our RJ Summer contest this month.

What I need from you:
Send an email to chaoscat @ romance with Summer Contest and your author name in the subject line.

In email I need

Author Name:

Author website or blog:

Book format you are giving away and number of copies:

Book title:

Book blurb:

Link to excerpt and buy link:

Tell us any or all of the below-

One character you adore

What sparked the idea for the story?

Some fun fact you came across while writing or researching the story

What you are working on next

All your social media links:

Anywhere you are going to be around the net or in person this summer:

We will be posting your giveaway in the Readers loop the week of July 22. And then at the end of the month I will pick winners for your giveaway and I will be emailing you their contact info so you can send them the book in ebook format or print format depending on what you give away.

Clear as mud?

Cat Brown AKA Chaoscat
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Monday, July 15, 2013

Call for Submissions: Take This Man (gay erotic romance)

Hi everybody!  I'm back from vacation.  Did ya miss me?

I got permission from editor Neil Plakcy to tell you about his upcoming anthology, Take This Man.  As soon as I saw this call for submissions, I started writing.  Maybe you will too:

Call for Submissions: Take This Man

The editor of Active Duty, Beach Bums and other anthologies seeks romantic erotica focused on male couples in committed relationships.

Many erotic stories focus on the thrill of first contact—but Take This Man will be different, looking at how much sexier an encounter can be when the two men involved have been together for long enough to make a commitment to each other.  Formalized or not, the fact remains that when you know what turns your partner on, and vice versa, your encounters can be even hotter, especially when you factor in the emotional component.

The anthology will be published by Cleis Press in time to celebrate the first-year anniversary of the decision knocking down the DOMA.

Story length:  3,000 – 5,000 words
Deadline:  December 1, 2013
Publication Date:  Fall, 2014
Payment:  $60.00 per story, payable on publication, plus 1 copy of the book

You may forward this call to other erotica writers you know. Submit your story to Neil Plakcy at as a MS word attachment.

Character-driven mystery, romance and mainstream novels

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Ladies Who Love: When Women Get Together

So many anthologies!  Seems like every week I'm bringing you another one.

Mischief's newest erotica anthology is a collection of 10 lesbian shorts.  My contribution is a cougar/college girls menage short called "Morning Glory."

There’s more than one way to have sex in the bathtub.  Early Saturday morning, Wanda teaches Janelle how to have sex with the bathtub!  Wanda has a way of stretching Janelle’s limits and pushing her to do new things…like standing naked in front of an open window, for all the neighbourhood to see. By the time Wanda sets a plate of waffles on the table, Janelle is ready to eat everything in sight…including Wanda.  There’s whipped cream topping for Wanda’s top half, but where will Janelle bury the berries? 

Want a taste?

All innocent-like, Janelle picked up the bowl of whipped cream and used her strawberry to slather fluffy whiteness across Wanda’s dark nipples. “You hardly ever let me do nice things to you.”

Without waiting for a response, Janelle nuzzled Wanda’s nipple, getting a dollop of whipped cream stuck to her nose. Playing cute and coquettish, she raised her face to Wanda’s and her woman kissed the cream away. Janelle fed the tip of her big strawberry to Wanda and then ate the fat base herself. It was juicy and sweet—perfect fruit.

“Let me lick your tits?” Janelle pleaded. They looked so hot with white peaks like meringues covering both nipples.

Wanda smiled warmly. “I guess you’d better, now you got me all sticky.”

Janelle didn’t waste a moment. Tossing her strawberry stem on Wanda’s plate, she pressed those big tits together and devoured whipped cream. The sweetness danced on her palate as she sucked one pebbled nipple. Janelle’s cheeks were already sticky when she moved to the other tit, swallowing and wanting more.

“God, I love your boobs.” Janelle rubbed her face against that soft, yielding flesh.

She kissed both breasts, squeezed them, licked, sucked, while Wanda reached for the berry bowl.

“What else do you love?” Wanda raised her pelvis enough for Janelle to get a look at that dark, glistening pussy.

Plucking a colossal strawberry from the bowl, Janelle traced the tip down Wanda’s rounded stomach. “I love your belly.”

Wanda cooed as the berry left a wet trail to the dark border of her pubic hair. “Is that all you love?”


Ladies Who Love: When Women Get Together is available from Amazon and includes stories by Giselle Renarde (that's me), Annabeth Leong, Rachel Randall, Izzy French, Heather Towne, "and many more." <=a very prolific author, that one. LOL

Monday, July 8, 2013

Slave for Love: A Vampire BDSM Anthology

For all you lovers of paranormal erotic romance, there's a book on the market you just might like.  Vampires and BDSM are all the rage right now, so if you're going to put the two together, it had better be GOOD.

Slave for Love is published by Ravenous Romance and edited by F. Leonora Solomon

Fear might seem to be the thing you think might be the largest part of a series of vampire BDSM stories. However the degree of intimacy and trust that is needed to fulfill the often-violent fantasies in the following stories is breathtaking. The protagonists in this anthology are willing to risk their lives for pleasure. The non-vampires are not inevitably the ones who take the risk to be vulnerable for love or sex either. I invite you to have your breath taken away as you read this bloody, sexy feast for connoisseurs and newcomers of the genre. Some of the tenderest scenes I have ever edited follow in these pages... 

My story in this anthology is called "Simple."  What happens when a grocery store cashier marries a man whose secrets impact the entire world?

Read an excerpt:

My yearning for soft affection subsided the longer Gall was away.  When he first left, I’d stand at my cash register, fantasizing about cuddling up with him in our big bed.  As the days and nights went by, my daydreams grew more sordid, more hardcore.  I wanted to give myself to him, unconditionally, and I wanted him to take, take, take. 
Why did I always feel like he was holding out on me?  Like there was something he wanted, something he needed, that he wasn’t getting in our big bed?  What a terrible, needling feeling.  I pushed it away.  I buried it.  Gone.
I thought incessantly about my husband’s cock.  I pictured it forcing its way inside of me, pummelling my pussy as his balls banged my clit.  The friction took hold until my panties were slick with juice.  I’d writhe against the seam of my black pants as I pulled boxes of cereal across a barcode scanner.  I’d get so distracted that I’d ring bananas through as passionfruit.  My work suffered in Gall’s absence, but luckily, my work is nowhere near as important as his.
And now he’s on his way home.  Half an hour until I get fucked.  Hard.  I could go back to sleep for a good twenty minutes—and after a full day on my feet, I need the rest—but anticipation gets the better of me.
Slipping out of bed, I plant both feet on the carpet.  I pull up my nightie, bunching it under my belly so my ass is exposed.  My nipples are hard already.  I feel them poking into the rumpled duvet as my breath warms the fabric.
Slave for Love is now available from Ravenous Romance, Amazon, and all those guys. I would link you there, but I'm a little afraid of Blogger right now.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

That's the nicest thing anyone's ever said about me...

Well, I'm off on vacation. Be back in a week!  I've set a few posts to pop up while I'm away, but before I go I'd like to share something a special.

The other day, during my publisher eXcessica's Pride Month chat at Beth Wylde's yahoo group, my fellow author Gavin had this to say:

Giselle is one of my favorite authors to promote because her writing features a much wider array of characters for readers to identify with than anyone else I've worked with. When I encounter someone who seems doubtful about the value of erotica, I often say "Look at Excessica's catalog before jumping to that conclusion, especially Giselle Renarde."
~Gavin Atlas

How incredibly sweet is that?  Like, AMAZINGLY sweet.

Representing diversity isn't something I really think about in my writing. It just happens, and I imagine it's a product of many things: living in one of the most multicultural cities in the world, being born into a multiracial family, being queer, having a partner who is trans, and maintaining a lot of close friendships with people who are either immigrants or who have close ties to their parents' world cultures.

My writing is diverse because, when I look around, I see diversity.  It's not all same-same-same, so I don't back away from representing variety.

Thanks, Gavin. You made my year.


Thursday, July 4, 2013

Over 50? Want to Share Your Views on Sex?

Naked At Our Age 

Joan Price, author of "Naked At Our Age" and "Better Than I Ever Expected," is writing a new book on sex and aging.

And... she needs YOUR help!

If you're over 50 and you'd like to share your comments with Joan, please visit her blog for more information.  You can either leave your comments at her blog (not here at Donuts and Desires, or she won't see them!) OR you can email her via the link in her post:

And if you're under 50, why not pass the word along to older friends?

Here are some of the topics she rolled around in her blog post, just to get your brain jumping:

  • What has changed about your sexuality lately? 
  • What new attitudes, experiences, techniques, or resources make sex better? 
  • What are the myths and stereotypes about older people and sex, and why are they wrong?
  • What challenges do you face personally? 
  • Which likes and dislikes have changed? 
  • How have your relationships grown -- or failed to grow? 
  • What do you desire now that would have surprised your younger self?
  • If you could change something, what would it be?
  • What do you wonder about other people our age?
  • What do you wish our society understood about our sexuality?
  • What do you wish you understood about your own sexuality?
  • What else would you like me to know? 
Joan's past books have been very well-received.  If you want to be part of something great, here's your chance!  Her blog again is:


Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Oops! You missed the naked men #suitdrive

I thought some of might appreciate this little news item:

Photo courtesy of Canada Newswire
Yesterday, groups of (mostly) naked men took over Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, and Halifax to raise awareness for Moore's Canadian Suit Drive.  In the month of July, the retailer is collecting business attire, which will be distributed to men facing barriers to employment.

Are you in Canada?  Got stuff to donate?  Here's what they're looking for:
  • Suits
  • Sport coats
  • Dress pants
  • Dress shirts
  • Dress shoes
  • Sportswear (collared shirts, sweaters, casual pants, vests)
  • Outerwear (jackets, long coats, raincoats)
  • Ties and other accessories
  • Women’s professional clothing and accessories
When you make your donation, you'll be given a coupon for 50% off your next purchase at Moore's.

For more information, check out their site:

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

loveyoudivine Has Closed Up Shop

In June, I brought you news that one of my publishers, loveyoudivine, would be going out of business July 1st.  This is to inform you that they're officially closed and all my books that were published by lyd are now out of print.

I'll do my best to get my work back on the market, but most of it was transgender fiction, which is a super-niche product, so this process may take some time. 

I hope especially to get My Mistress' Thighs and Red Satin back out there, since they're both award-winning books, but if there's any shorter fiction you'd especially like to see back on the market, please let me know via the comments section.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day! (and a free book~today only!)

It's a holiday here, but there's no rest for the wicked.  I'm still pounding the keyboard to bring you my best.  Even when I do take vacations, I never stop writing.  It's got a hold on me...

In celebration of Canada Day, I want to set off some fireworks for you.  Okay, fireworks in the form of a FREE BOOK!  Today only, you can grab a copy of The Rococo Room for FREE at All Romance ebooks:

The Rococo Room is about a city girl who follows her crush to the big city--without his knowledge.  As she tries to find the one guy she adores in a crowd of millions, she rents a teeny-tiny apartment and gets a job as a security guard at the art gallery.  When she falls asleep at work, she finds herself inside one of the paintings, alongside a very handsome shepherd.  Where else but in a dream can a girl find the man of her dreams?

Enjoy The Rococo Room today:

It's on the house.
Happy Canada Day!