Tuesday, March 29, 2011

My First Novel is Available Again!

Before I wrote the Marketplace series, I was writing gay male porn. And my first novel, MUSCLEBOUND is available again! And whether you like hot, punishing, man-on-man sex, or yearn for a tale of innocence-to-experience, this is the novel for you!

Musclebound is a brutal tale of sex and abuse set in a gym. Tom falls hard for an older an older man he meets in a gym with mixed feelings of fear and attraction. Meanwhile, the older man puts Tom  through a sexual initiation involving BDSM and brutal, sweaty sex. In the process Tom's hatred of his own body and gay urges is transformation in very positive ways. Musclebound is a story that takes Tom from innocence to experience, ordeal to triumph.

Yep, innocence to experience via punishing and brutal sex made MUSCELBOUND the first book of mine ever mentioned in academia.

No less a figure than Will Roscoe, one of the major voices in gay men’s spirituality in the United States, anthropologist and winner of the Margaret Mead Award, devoted a neat chapter to Muscle Bound in his book Queer Spirits.

Roscoe seems delighted to find that my little porn novel fulfills the requirements of a mythic story; he writes about how my hero Tom relates to the story villain with “fear and attraction based on a sense of lack, (that) all too often characterizes how we as gay men relate to our fathers.” He talks about the “initiatory themes” of the sex scenes, and how Tom grows with the transformation of his body, “a common feature of tribal rites.”

Truth is, I did write it that way. I took my years of study of literature, anthropology, sociology, sexuality and, well, the mythic archetype, and added brutal, sweaty gay sex. I figured I couldn’t mess up my first novel if I just told The Story.  And here, this guy saw it and wrote about it, probably never dreaming this story was written by 1) a woman, and 2) an academic drop-out with too much useless information to sit around and not use it from time to time.

And now, I'm delighted to be working with Sizzler Editions to bring MUSCLEBOUND back to print. Well, to e-book format anyway!

Friday, March 18, 2011

California, Here I Come!




For my Bay Area fans who always ask "when are you coming to California?" My answer is "The end of this month! I'll be there all week! Mark your calendars and bring your friends!" I'll also have copies of the new editions of The Marketplace and The Slave with me, to add to your book collection.

Monday, March 28th
San Francisco
7:00 p.m. (no charge)
Wicked Grounds
I'm reading from an unpublished work at this fabulous kinky coffee cafe, where the brew is strong and there's never a cover charge.  I'll have books with me for sale, as well!



Tuesday, March 29th
San Francisco
7:00 p.m. (sliding scale $5-10)
The Big Pink House, a queer and kinky play space, is hosting me for a special evening. Event information here.


Wednesday, March 30th
San Francisco
8:00 p.m. ($20)
I'm returning to the SF Citadel to present an audience favorite, Too Kinky For Words: Playing Way Off The Edge. It seems the perfect workshop for the Bay area’s premiere Community Dungeon Play Space!  Do not come if easily scared, triggered, annoyed or offended!

Thursday, March 31
Santa Cruz
Pure Pleasure
7:30 p.m. ($20/advance, $25 at the door)
 One of my most popular workshops, For Your Own Good: Using Punishment in your SM Relationships will be presented at this wonderful sex shop.  I’ll discuss punishment and its myths, uses, limits, and how to create punishments that are appropriate to the moment, while being erotic and enjoyable to the enforcer.

Friday-Sunday, April 1-3
Join me and fellow sex educator Midori for a special weekend intensive designed for people who enjoy authentic power dynamics and D/s, who want to consciously create quality relationships that suit their personal hungers and needs in the context of the real world. Register here for Passionate Bonds Weekend Intensive.

At PASSIONATE BONDS, we can help you build the best way to live YOUR life. From the little details about what to call each other to the big picture items like time management and planning for the future. In three days, you find out what is really important to you and how to best bring it into your life, with your current partner(s) or the next one.


I will have the latest editions of Marketplace and The Slave with me at all of these events.  These Luster Editions  novels are also available as e-books, and feature covers designed and produced by the cast at Kink.com. I'm also happy to autograph your already-owned copies of my books.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

In Portland This Weekend

If you want to meet some of the country’s most amazing presenters, watch some of the most serious players, and surround yourself with hundreds of fabulous kinksters, join me this weekend in Portland at Kinkfest. I’m honored to be part of this event. Here’s where you can find me:
Friday afternoon: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
I’m presenting an audience favorite: For Your Own Good: Using Punishment In Your SM Relationships. I’ll discuss punishment and its myths, uses, limits, and how to create punishments that are appropriate to the moment, while being erotic and enjoyable to the enforcer.
Friday evening: 6:00-7:00
Stealth Reading!

Sixth Floor of the Host Hotel.
You won’t find this in the Program Book!
I’ll be reading an as-of-yet unpublished work, chosen by those in attendance. We’ll pass the hat to benefit the NCSF-Bring an IMsL to IMsL project, in honor of the 25th anniversary of International Ms Leather.
Saturday afternoon: 1:00-2:30 p.m.
I’m presenting a personal favorite: Creative Disobedience: The Art of Being a Wiseass.There is a creative challenge to being just disobedient enough to entertain, divert, and involve a top in playful reactions ranging from a laugh to lighthearted punishment. Learn the basics of what it takes to walk that very fine line between being annoying or amusing; whiny or whimsical.
And of course, I’ll have books for sale, and will autograph your well-loved copies as well as new purchases.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

THE SLAVE is back in print! ... and in E-Book Editions!

I’m pleased to announce that THE SLAVE is now back in print thanks to Circlet Press,where the motto is Celebrating the erotic imagination.
The Slave is available as an ebook OR in a print-on-demand paperback edition. The ebook contains an all-new bonus story, “That’s Harsh,” which features a hot leather party where Robin is put to work as a bootblack. The ebook also includes the text of the bonus story from the Mystic Rose edition of The Slave, “A Familiar Ring.”(The paperback has only the text of the novel.)
Ebook also available from the Amazon Kindle Store, Fictionwise, All Romance eBooks, Smashwords, Scribd, the Apple iBookstore, and many other online retailers. The print book can be ordered by any decent bookstore through Ingram and should be available on the Espresso Book Machine, as well!
Here’s the link which includes an excerpt from the THE SLAVE. Other links to purchase the book are along the left side of my website, as well.

Heads Up, Left Coast! I'm headed your way!

For fans who ask me "when will be you on the West Coast again?" I present to you my packed schedule, with several different opportunities to find me in the Bay area in particular. Tell your friends! Better yet, bring your friends to one of these appearances!

I begin my tour in Portland, then down to San Francisco for conferences, readings, workshops and the wonderful Passionate Bonds Weekend Intensive.

Here's the line-up:

March 18-20
Portland, Oregon
Kinkfest, sponsored by the Portland Leather Alliance, is celebrating its lucky 13th year. I'm presenting my punishment workshop on Friday afternoon, Saturday afternoon is my workshop on Creative Disobedience, and Friday night at 6:00p.m. is my stealth reading to benefit NCSF-Bring an IMsL to IMsL Project.

After a week's break, I'm back on the West Coast, this time in the Bay Area.  I hope to see you at one of these events:

Monday, March 28th
San Francisco
7:00 p.m. (no charge)
Wicked Grounds
I'm reading from an unpublished work at this fabulous kinky coffee cafe

Tuesday, March 29th
San Francisco
7:00 p.m. (sliding scale $5-10)
The Big Pink House
Event information here.

Wednesday, March 30th
San Francisco
8:00 p.m. ($20)
SF Citadel
I'm presenting my workshop Too Kinky for Words: Playing Way Off the Edge

Thursday, March 31
Santa Cruz
Pure Pleasure 
7:30 p.m. ($20/advance, $25 at the door)
 One of my most popular workshops, For Your Own Good: Using Punishment in your SM Relationships will be presented at this wonderful sex shop

Friday-Saturday, April 1-2
Register here for Passionate Bonds Weekend Intensive.

Mark your calendars and I'll see you on the sunset coast!