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Traveling Books & Coming Together: Among the Stars

Among-the-StarsWhen you get right down to it, I’m kind of a geek. The Use of Weapons by Iain M. Banks is one of my favorite books and I fell permanently in love with Han Solo the second he shot Greedo (first, goddamnit). Sci-fi is a cozy place for me, which is why I was so happy to be included in Among the Stars, an anthology of erotic science fiction for Coming Together, and edited by the most excellent Lynn Townsend.

The other reason I’m so glad to have a story in there is because the proceeds from this anthology go to charity, as is the case with all titles published by Coming Together; in the case of Among the Stars, it’s the International Still’s Disease Foundation, an organization aimed at benefiting those who suffer from the debilitating effects of Still’s Disease.

Putting all of that together, I knew that I wanted to submit something to this anthology, but I didn’t know what. And then I very randomly came up with a first line:

“The last thing Lieutenant Jack Bolton expected when he took the job was that he’d end up a sex slave on a distant planet.”

Sex slave + distant planet = something I could work with.

The first line changed as the story developed, due mostly to Lt. Jack, who ended up being the answer to the age-old question of what would happen if Jason Stackhouse and Mal Reynolds had a love child raised by Han Solo, (see? There’s Han again). Far from what I’d originally intended, “The Power of Positive Thinking” was irreverent and slightly ridiculous, complete with sentient manacles, a disembodied Master and a hard-on that grows to truly troublesome proportions

Thankfully, Lynn Townsend has a great sense of humor and was kind enough to include it in the anthology along with a collection of fantastically sexy, probing (ha!) and /or hilarious stories that show how flexible sci-fi and erotica can be. Two great tastes that go great together, and all for a good cause.

Which brings me to the point of this post.

IMG_6806_monkeyTwo writers whom I’m lucky enough to call friends – Jade A. Waters and Rose Caraway – also have stories in this anthology, so when Rose suggested we team up to help promote the book and raise funds, I was completely on board.

Because all of the proceeds from Among the Stars go to charity, we want as many people as possible to pick this book up, so Rose suggested that we surprise Lynn Townsend with a signed traveling edition to drum up some visibility. This little book has made it’s way all over Northern California, getting signed and having its picture taken with each of us, (there’s mine! –>), before being sent to Ms. Townsend for the final leg of its journey.

So, if you like science fiction, sentient manacles, nictitating membranes and subjective sexualities, OR if you just like sexy stories and want to get off while giving money to a good cause, please pick up a copy of Coming Together: Among the Stars. There’s something in it for everyone…unless you prefer the Star Wars DVD release to the original, unaltered trilogy, in which case I just don’t know what to tell you.

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The Good Stuff

vintage red headed pin up with long legs, garter and typewriter

Pin-up by Gil Elvgren, circa 1945

First off, I have to say that August kicked my ass. Seriously. I still have the boot print August left on my ass, and September’s shaping up to be quite the fighter too. That’s okay though, because so am I.  This is my way of saying that this post is going to contain less in the way of cogent thought, and more in the way of mindless updates. But hey, updates are important too, especially when nice things have been happening.

Nice Thing #1Among the Stars, edited by Lynn Townsend

“The Power of Positive Thinking” is my contribution to the lovely Lynn Townsend‘s forthcoming anthology for Coming Together, Among the Stars. The whole collection is chock full of hot, sci-fi erotica written by authors who kick serious ass. Needless to say, I’m really happy to be have my story included, especially as it’s the first time I’ve tried my hand at science fiction. The story is my take on what might happen if the love child of Han Solo and Jason Stackhouse became a sex slave on a distant planet. The anthology is to benefit a charity for Stills Disease, so I’ll be keeping you posted as it gets closer to release. I love smut for a good cause.

Nice Thing #2 – Best Erotic Romance, 2015, edited by Kristina Wright

There are little goals I set myself when I started writing erotica seriously. One of them was to work with Kristina Wright. Ms. Wright is one of the leading editors in erotic romance right now and, while romance, as a subgenre, isn’t usually where I end up, I wanted to see if I could write an erotically romantic story that both appealed to me and was good enough to appeal to Ms. Wright. So, I wrote a piece called “The Couch” about a married couple who grabs a high-class quickie on a very large couch during an extremely formal cocktail party. I sent it off, not expecting much, so I was thrilled to the point of stupidity when it was accepted for Best Erotic Romance, 2015. The collection isn’t getting released until early 2015, but it’s available for pre-order at Amazon now, so go check it out! I’m even mentioned in the blurb, which made both me and my mother quite proud. 😉

Nice Thing #3: Fencers!

Recently, Sweetmeats Press was lovely enough to solicit a piece from me, (first time that’s happened with fiction), for their upcoming “sport” anthology. Outside of being a dedicated runner, I’m not what you’d call a sporty gal, but I do love fencing, so… if mind games, D/s and sweaty mean with swords are your sort of thing, you’re going to enjoy this one. It’s called “The Master” and it will be joining stories by Lexie Bay, Emerald and several other excellent authors in what’s looking to be another fabulous collection from Kojo Black. Of course, the release isn’t til 2015, but I’m excited so there it is. Details coming as I have them!

Nice Thing #4: Rose Caraway and The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica Book Tour

I love it when I read something that makes me so happy that I lose my cool and act like an idiot fan girl about it. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, that book’s got me for life. That is exactly what happened with Rose Caraway‘s first print anthology, The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica. I’m going to rein myself in now, because I’m having Ms. Caraway on my blog later this month to talk about it, but let’s just say that this one is going on my permanent shelf, which is why I was so damn tickled when the sexy librarian invited Jade A. Waters, Lily K. Cho and myself to participate in the tour as readers.

The book tour was launched at the antique vibrator museum at the Polk St. location of San Francisco’s premier sex toy store, Good Vibrations. If you’d like to see details and pictures, click here to read Ms. Caraway’s after action report. It was a hell of a good time with a hell of a group of people, and that Ms. Caraway is one of the most genuine human beings I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting, which is why I’m so excited to be reading at one more event!

So, if you’re in the Bay Area and can make it to Books, Inc. on Castro St. on Wednesday, September 24th at 7:30p, come on down and here a selection from some of the best erotica in print! Or, you can click here to see a list of other events in the tour.

There’s more–adventures in strip clubs, stories about aphrodisiac chocolates and upcoming collections that I’m chomping at the bit to reveal, (all I’m going to say for now is Rose Caraway and Violet Blue),–but I’m going to cut myself off there and save all of that for another post. Suffice to say, good things are happening and I’m damn grateful. In the meantime, thanks for hanging out with me. I’ll try to keep the good stuff coming. xx.M

PS – I can’t end a post about good stuff without mentioning Pillow Talk, my partnership with two amazing authors, Tamsin Flowers and Jade A. Waters. We recently did a session on promiscuity in heroines and reader expectation in erotica vs. erotic romance. It was great conversation and I loved discussing the subject with these ladies, whom I’m so lucky to call friends. To check out the head on over to the Pillow Talk website or sign up for our newsletter. And keep your eyes peeled–we have more coming up.

The KMQ: Bound / Unbound

KMQ Bound-Unbound I’ve been listening to The Kiss Me Quick’s erotica podcast for roughly five months, and in that time, I’ve heard Rose Caraway read everything from the dark and unsettling to the most joyfully pornographic smut you could ever hope to come across. It’s a wonderful podcast, both in content and execution, which is why I was honored when Ms. Caraway asked me if I wanted to write a piece for an episode. The answer was an immediate hell yes.

The piece I ended up writing, a dark bondage fantasy called Bound / Unbound surprised me. I’d been toying with the idea for about 9 years but it never went anywhere. I even had an extremely shitty, ancient first draft, but I gave it up shortly after writing it because I felt unequal to the task, (I was a newbie then and in desperate need of skill and confidence). Even as a concept, it was unruly and stubborn, but when the KMQ came up, something made me dig it out.

Writing a piece to be read is different than writing a piece to be performed – it has to be a little tighter, a little leaner. It has to have a certain efficiency and punch because the ear can only process so much at one time. These limitations ended up imposing an additional structure on the work – one based on practical concerns like pacing, (there’s kick-ass interstitial music), and tension. Those limitations, plus having a specific audience, (KMQ’s Lurid Listeners), were the key.

You can listen to Rose Caraway’s reading of Bound / Unbound here. There’s even a fabulous short, “The Massage” by Lady Cheeky” from The Big Book of Orgasms to sweeten the deal, so check it out.

And finally, on a personal note, I just want to say thank you to Rose Caraway and the KMQ. I would never have guessed that 9 years later, my first rough, unformed little bit of erotica would be performed as an episode of one of the classiest productions there is. And if you aren’t already heard the KMQ, get on over there and have a listen. You’ll be happy you did.