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Wicked Wednesday: Promote

summerfrontI love the idea of promoting, and this week I wanted to promote some writing, starting with Summer Loving, a fun anthology put together by the wonderful Alison Tyler. It has my first published short story in it, “Hot As Ice”, and all of the stories are great reading for a summer day…or any day. You can read my original post here, as well as find links to purchase, if you’re interested.

erpI’d also like to promote The Beginner’s Guide to Erotic Role Playing by Alan & Michele Stevens. I was thrilled to be asked to write the forward for this book, and I’d recommend it if you’re interested in role playing but don’t know where to start.



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Summer Loving!

summerfrontSummer Loving is an anthology put together by the fabulous Alison Tyler, featuring 20 hot and steamy stories for your reading pleasure. This anthology benefits the lovely Sommer Marsden (all profits go to Sommer and her family), and you can read more about how it came about here.

I’m absolutely thrilled to have my story, “Hot as Ice” included in this collection!

The full table of contents is:
Foreword: Angell Brooks
Moon Lovers by Donna George Storey
Housework Can Wait by Sophia Valenti
Heat Upon Heat by Lucy Felthouse
Fireworks Display by Emerald
Summer Surrender by Jodie Griffin
Tell Me by May Deva
Summer Lightning by Teresa Noelle Roberts
To Hell with Sunset by A.M. Hartnett
The Chaperone by Primula Bond
Hot as Ice by Sammi Lou Thorne
Protection by Elise Hepner
An Oven on Broil by Tenille Brown
Summer in December by Tamsin Flowers
Splash by Kathleen Delaney-Adams
Hot Tomato by Thomas S. Roche
Arizona, Ireland, New England by Cheyenne Blue
Baby, It’s Hot Outside by Delilah Night
Summer School by Rachel Kramer Bussel
Night Swimming by Justine Elyot
When In Nice by Alison Tyler

Summer Loving is available at Amazon.com (in both paperback and kindle formats), as well as SmashWords, Barnes & Noble, and Kobo . I hope you’ll pick up a copy!

TMI Tuesday: School Days

By Alice-astro (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

By Alice-astro (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

For many areas of the world, this time of year is graduation time at formal institutions of learning. Thus, it is a good time for us to think back about our own education.

Below is a list of academic fields of study. For as many of these disciplines as possible, share a memory. It could be something that happened in class, an Aha! moment, something about the teacher or something that was helpful later in life.

Thanks to virtualsin.wordpress.com for this week’s TMI Tuesday theme.

1. English
I had a cool English teacher in high school. One time I remember we were reading Utopian and anti-Utopian books, and having a discussion if they really were. We read Brave New World, which many of us felt could be argued either way, and then I remember asking her why we didn’t read A Clockwork Orange (I’d seen it the summer before about 50 times, as I could not get enough of Malcolm McDowell – yummy). That spawned a discussion and she said she’d seen the movie at the theater when it first came out, at which point someone piped up and said, “You saw an X-rated movie?” I don’t think, ever before or since, I’ve seen someone turn such a shade of red in embarrassment!

2. History
History was not my forte. I do remember taking Art History in college, and got probably the worst grade of my life. Art? I could do, and always did well, even at the college level. Art History? Nope.

3. Foreign Language (French, Spanish, Latin…)
I’ve taken two languages so far (Japanese is this fall’s endeavor, just for fun). I started with Spanish in Junior High, and I remember our instructor was very into us writing little scenes to act out to learn new words, tenses, etc. It started to be a real competition, and we had fun one time doing “las tres caballeras”, singing the song with lyrics we made up, and drinking water out of beer bottles.

4. Psychology
I took quite a few psychology classes in college, and I think Drugs & Behavior, and Abnormal Psych were my favorites. Drugs & Behavior was a summer class, and we had one guy in class who I think had tried every drug we studied, both legal and illegal. He had some great stories. Abnormal Psych was just overall interesting, and I still remember a lot of it.

5. Mathematics
One semester in college I had to take Calculus III. My teacher was wonderful – he was from Africa, and very funny. As a junior, I went to very few classes, so I showed up for the first day to get the syllabus, and then popped in about 2 weeks later to see what was going on. He pointed to me and said, “Ah, I see we have a new student today. Why don’t you stand up and introduce yourself?” I was pretty embarrassed, but I didn’t want to go to class 4 days a week, so I stood up and gave my name and a bit about me. I think I surprised him, as he never had me do that again – he’d just smile and nod at me when I’d walk in. End result? An A in the class – not too bad.

6. Physics
Physics was never my thing. I took it in high school, and struggled the entire year. It wasn’t as bad as Economics, but it was a close second.

7. Chemistry
Chemistry I only took in high school, but it was a lot of fun. We were always doing experiments, and that year around Christmas, we actually used the burners and “chemicals” to make candy canes.

8. Biology
I took biology in college. The only thing I remember is staying up all night studying for the final.

9. Gym
What can I say? Gym was not a favorite class of mine. I much preferred dancing to jogging.

Bonus: Did you have sex education class in school? What grade or age did you have this class? Thinking back on the sex education class what was the most surprising thing you learned? Was this class helpful to you in your sex life?
We had sex ed for the first time in 5th grade, which was basically the period discussion. It came a bit late for me, which was unfortunate, because I would have liked to have known about that change before it happened! We had it one more time in 7th grade, and I don’t remember much of it at all, quite honestly. I can’t say either of them were very surprising, and neither was helpful in my sex life – I think experience was the best teacher there.

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The Window To The Soul

This summer I’ve been reading a lot of genres that I haven’t in a while. Having just finished I. M. Telling’s The Slave Factory: Total Power Exchange, the author provided me with a copy of his newest book, In The Eye Of… , a real departure in subject matter for me, for free in exchange for this review.

InTheEye_NEW_FULLIn The Eye Of… was published in 2014 by Late Night Publishing. It’s 315 pages, and is available in both paperback and digital formats from both Amazon and Smashwords.

In The Eye Of… tells the story of a the Washington family at a critical time in their lives. The story begins when Phillip visits Reverand Johnson at the Baptist church to talk about a change in his life. Phillip had met his wife Nadine under sad circumstances twenty years before, when he had to break the news to her that her husband, and Phillip’s best friend Johnnie, had been killed overseas in the army. Nadine had been pregnant, and Phillip visited her often to talk or help out, falling in love with her and marrying her against her father’s wishes. It wasn’t that Phillip was a bad man, but he was black, and Nadine was white, and this didn’t sit well. To gain her father Nathan’s blessing of the marriage, Nadine and Phillip promised to not have a child of their own.

Phillip raised Nadine’s daughter Kelly as his own, and the years flew by. Now Kelly had turned 18, and Nadine’s father had died six months back. She felt this released them from their promise not to have children, but Phillip was convinced a promise was a promise and was determined not to break it. Nadine wanted a child badly, and the Reverand helped Phillip to see that having a child now would be the right thing to do.

Although Phillip was ready to have a child with Nadine, fate had other plans.  Nadine’s biological clock was ticking, and soon she and Phillip would realize that they might have waited too long. To have the child they longed for, Phillip and Nadine would set on a journey of discovery with the help of their Reverand, a journey of sacrifice, acceptance, and what was acceptable in the eyes of God.

In The Eye Of… is quite a departure from the books and stories I’ve read of I. M. Telling’s before. Instead of a strong sexual component (there are sex scenes, but these don’t drive the story), the book focuses on the ethical and moral dilemmas a family faces when trying to conceive a child. The story line is intriguing, and does make you pause and consider if you’d make the same choices this family did, from the initial promise to the final decisions. Some readers may be a bit uncomfortable with the choices the Washingtons make..

Thank you to I. M. Telling for sending his newest book to me for free to review! If you’d like to read In The Eye Of…, you can pick up a copy at Amazon or Smashwords.

This book was provided to me for free in exchange for this unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.

No Restrictions

I like reading mysteries, adventure, and of course erotica, and I’m always on the search for something new. I enjoyed reading both The Slave Factory and The Slave Factory: Exposed! by I. M. Telling last year, so I was excited to learn that he had released a third book – The Slave Factory: Total Power Exchange – in the series.  The author provided me a copy of this book for free in exchange for this review.

TheSlaveFactoryTPE CoverThe Slave Factory: Total Power Exchange is the third book in the Slave Factory Trilogy by I. M. Telling, and was published in December 2013. It’s 362 pages, and is available in several formats, including paperback, Kindle, and pdf versions.

Please note: some spoilers can be found below.

The Slave Factory introduced a group of strangers: Tonya, Jim and Sheila, Anne, Bruce, and Jerome, who became more than friends when they underwent training at the Academy to become contracted slaves in exchange for a large amount of money, finally becoming auctioned to the highest bidder before the Headmaster claimed the most submissive as his own.  The Slave Factory: Exposed! continued the story, with Tonya kidnaped by the sadistic Mr. Green and the Academy raided by the FBI, and Fitzpatrick stepped up to control the situation and again become a part of Per il Placere del Maestro.

The Slave Factory: Total Power Exchange begins 3 years after book two ends, and the story takes place both in the United States and Italy.  Fitzpatrick McMullen and his wife, former slave Tonya, live in Florida. Now that Fitzpatrick is part of the Council of Per il piacere del Maestro, he prepares to fly to Rome to meet with the Supreme Grand Master, leaving Tonya to take care of herself while he’s away. He’s going on a journey of submission, with hopes of bringing changes to the organization spurred on by the death of one he called a friend, but Fitzpatrick doesn’t know that this trip will place him at odds with Bishop, the heir apparent to the Supreme Grand Master.

During his meeting with the leader of Per il piacere del Maestro, Fitzpatrick is confronted with his ideas of changing the company as well as decisions he’s had to make since he came back to the organization.  When he leaves, he learns of Lord Bishop’s desire to have him kidnaped and disposed of by Thomas, who has been doing Bishop’s dirty work. He puts his trust in Thomas, and is taken into Bishop’s clutches, with no one except Lord Bishop, Thomas, and Wanda aware of where he’s being held.

Fitzpatrick’s friends gather to help rescue him from impending death: Tonya, Bruce, with his new playmates Bonnie and Billy, Head Mistress Katherine and Mistress Sheila, Jim (Shiela’s estranged husband), Wanda and Thomas, and some unexpected help from the FBI.

Tonya’s plan to save her beloved is risky, and when the group journeys to Rome, she takes Bishop as her master to help free Fitzpatrick before it’s too late. But can this group of friends rescue him in time, or will Tonya and Fitzpatrick be separated forever by the conniving Bishop?

Like the second book in the trilogy, The Slave Factory: Total Power Exchange focuses much more on the adventure taking place rather than sex, but the sex scenes that are included, particularly with Tonya, are riveting and arousing. We also find out some of what’s been going on with the other major players in the story. Although the first book in the series is my favorite, this is a good read, and I’d recommend it.

Thank you to I. M. Telling for sending me a copy of The Slave Factory: Total Power Exchange for free to review! If you’d like to read the third and final book in this series, or read them all, you can pick up a copy on Amazon.

This book was provided to me for free in exchange for an unbiased review. This review is in compliance with the FTC guidelines.