News

Couple big pieces of news. One is that I've released Leafling as a Kindle exclusive. 

Leafling

Grown from a seed and shaped by a powerful magician into a pleasure slave, Petal has lived all her life in the peace and quiet of her Master's garden. 

Until a handsome prince wants Petal to accompany him--and his companions--on a long sea voyage. At her Master's command, Petal leaves the only home she's ever known to embark on an epic adventure. 

Petal joins the Prince on his quest. Along the way she'll be captured by pirates, presented to Kings, and discover her own power. 

Clicking on the cover will take you to Amazon.

Also, I got a new cover for The Tournament and I'm lowering the price to FREE. It's already free at Smashwords, at Barnes & Noble, and at the iBookstore, but it's taking a while for Amazon to price match. I'll make another post when Amazon finally sets the price to FREE.

 

Finally

Domestic Affairs made it to Barnes & Noble. I'll add a link to the book's page.

Still waiting on Kobo & iBooks. 

In other news: probably no new works until towards the end of the year: Oct/Nov/Dec. 

I've got a few irons in the fire, and when I get around to new releases I expect there will be more than one. 

Domestic Affairs

Domestic Affairs is live on Amazon and Smashwords. Hopefully it will populate out to other retailers over the next few days--updates as they come.

I'm really excited about this new novella. It's got some light sci-fi elements--I'm hoping to make a series out of this one, and there's plenty of room to fill out the world. 

The basic idea is: sex work for the government. In space.

The heroine works for the Department of Domestic Affairs, which assigns licensed, live-in 'companions' to employees of private corporations who take jobs in desolate, unappealing parts of the galaxy.

As we find out in Domestic Affairs, this practice has spread to the elite. A contract with a licensed companion offers the wealthy certain legal protections that a more traditional marriage can't provide.

My heroine is, basically, a disgruntled civil servant. She's surly and drug-addicted but the Department of Domestic Affairs can't fire her, because she scrapes by doing bare minimum expected of her. 

The Department can, however, give her the worst assignments. The clients who cause trouble, mistreat their companions. 

It's sort of a dark, twisted take on the alpha billionaire trope. Like my other novels, the heroine walks an ugly road but reaches an HEA that suits her. 

 

 

 

In the Works

I've been working on two new novellas. 

One is a fantasy--along the lines of The Tournament, where the heroine was raised to be mild and compliant & slowly toughens up when she finds herself in the company of men who don't treat her with the care she's used to.

The other is a grimmish erotic dystopian about a sex worker employed by a government agency that supplies live-in companions to men who've taken work in remote, uninviting locations. The vibe is more simpatico with The Race, as the heroine hates her job and all the men she works for...until she meets someone who forces her out of the rut she's fallen into.

Not sure which I'll finish first. The truth is, writing the really dark erotica makes me feel sort of miserable and exhausted--I've made peace with the fact that I have disturbing fantasies, but there's a whole other level of ugly that starts up when I flesh them out with characters who have names and personalities.

But it seems like The Race is getting a much better reception than The Tournament--could be that it's better written, and the fact that I struggled with it is paying off. 

That's an incentive to push myself into a darker headspace.

When I finished The Race I really wanted to walk away from that world and never go back. I was horrified with myself.

But it's been long enough that I'm contemplating the idea of a sequel. Jora's story, at least--it would be so different from Bloodfeather's, and that might make it interesting.

Novella Length Fantasy

The Race. Man. This book spun out of a fantasy that I've had for years and years. But a little scenario that you store in your wank bank turns out to be so different from a book, which needs a story, and characters who have feelings, who react to events.

My little scenario is actually stolen from Georges Perec's book, W. It's a classic--taught in a lot of university French courses (that's where I read it).

Part of W is set on an island, a sort of dystopic training ground for perfect athletes. Perec describes a scenario like the one I write about in THE RACE. Men and women are segregated, so there's no understanding or respect between them. They meet only to compete in this terrible race, where the women run and the men chase them down and rape them.

But my novella, THE RACE, has a heroine. It's written from her perspective. She's been shaped by the island into a sort of perfect specimen. She's strong, she's vicious, she has no qualms about violence. 

When the novella opens, she's run three races and she's about to start her fourth. She's been raped dozens of times--and she's killed all the men who've raped her. 

But she's had enough. She's done with the crazy island and the stupid rules and the culture of strength above all. She's decided to escape.

So that's the novella. Running this terrible Race, then escaping. It was a really terrible world to spend time in. My heroine, Bloodfeather, is a damaged individual. 

She ends up meeting a good man. A man who's decided that he's done with the island, that there has to be a better way. They cooperate, and they get an HEA...but arriving at that HEA? Trying to figure out what could possibly convince my strong, vicious, damaged heroine to trust a man? 

Anyway, here's my little guide to the niche group of readers who would enjoy The Race:

1. People with rape fantasies.
2. People who vomit at novels where the rapist turns out to be the hero.
3. People who think it's cool to indulge a rape fantasy, and then see the rapist die on the next page. 
4. People who enjoy HEAs with a really nice, sweet hero who respects his partner's choices and cares about consent.

Shame: not my kink

Have been making progress on my upcoming novella, THE RACE. Another book with a heavy non-con element, but a flip or inverse of THE TOURNAMENT.

THE TOURNAMENT took place in a world without sexual shame. That ended up being the key to the worldbuilding. In Morrow, it's okay to have sex, to enjoy sex, to have multiple partners. Win or lose, women who enter The Tournament are proud of participating. 

The implied, but never explicitly stated, background to the Trials is that the men don't get many opportunities to be selfish lovers. The Tournament is their permission slip, license to think only of themselves for a little while.

So even though Ruby doesn't always enjoy her experiences during The Tournament, the setting is almost utopian. 

THE RACE is totally different. The sexes are segregated. Men and women only meet in violent competition. Consensual sex doesn't really exist in this world. Neither does pleasure, or love, or happiness. 

The non-con is much more non-con. My heroine kills the first two people who have sex with her, and she doesn't feel guilty about it. 

But it's still a world without sexual shame. Not my kink, I guess.