Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Crowning Glory -- The Saga Continues by Carollyn Olson & Tawni Katherine Bonds

Although Crowning Glory -- The Saga Continues is a sequel, the first few chapters provide an in-depth recap of the first Crowning Glory story, ensuring that new reads can enjoy it as a standalone read (although I would heartily recommend reading both).

With the addition of Tawni Katherine Bonds as co-author, Carollyn Olson tells a story here that is darker and deeper than the first. That is not to say it is a sad story, but it does deal with some dark themes and sad memories. It is a difficult read at times, especially with Ryan's memories of bullying and abuse, his self-hatred as a freak, and his drunken assault on Erin (Aaron), but it is a stronger story for confronting the reality of so many transgender experiences.

Having said that, there is still a lot of fantasy and fun to the tale, with a new transformation from macho man to stunning beauty. There is an even stronger theme of forced (or, rather, encouraged) feminization behind the story, but it is nicely countered with scenes of confession and therapy. Ryan was hardly a likeable character in the first book, and he becomes thoroughly detestable early on here, but Carollyn & Tawni develop him wonderfully, transforming him into a likeable, sympathetic character before the end.

Whereas Crowning Glory started with the happily-ever-after, before rewinding to demonstrate Aaron/Erin’s re-emergence, Crowning Glory -- The Saga Continues is a more linear tale, and one that keeps us in suspense as to how Ryan/Kat will develop and where that journey will lead.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Swapship Troopers by Walker Long

Much to my delight, Swapship Troopers was - first and foremost - a solid science fiction adventure tale, openly inspired by Paul Verhoeven's film version of Robert A. Heinlein's literary classic. Also to my delight, the gender-swap element is not only a well-done bit of transgender erotica, but it is actually integral to the story.

Walker Long weaves multiple genres through his tale, including science fiction, military thriller, transgender erotica, and even genuine romance. Taking its cue from the source material, Swapship Troopers introduces us to a group of Space Marines whose job it is to protect against a monstrous insectile alien invasion. The opening battle is frantic, bloody, and exhilarating, effectively establishing the concept, the characters, and the stakes. With humanity triumphant once again, the Space Marines are granted some much-needed relaxation, courtesy of a mysterious pink serum. Half the crew is injected, turning them into wholly feminine versions of themselves, with the other half of the crew picking bedmates according to their rank.

The transformation process is nicely detailed, with a solid sci-fi explanation for how it works (and how the blue serum reverses it), and the selection process is suitably amusing. These newly formed women are still Space Marines, and still know how to follow orders, so succumbing to their sexual urges is not as awkward as you generally find in such stories.

What makes the story stand out is the core relationship between a Private and his Lieutenant, an opportunistic gender-swapped encounter that reveals something more about both of them. As a heterosexual romance blossoms, Walker Long does a wonderful job of exploring how that impacts two men, two Space Marines, both in the chain of command and on the field of battle. The character development here is fantastic, and Private Quantrill's embracing of his feminine side is just a strong. There is no instant acceptance here, but neither is there prolonged angst. Everything develops naturally, heading towards a dangerous confrontation that will redefine their personal and professional relationship.

Swapship Troopers is a smart, erotic homage to the science fiction genre, and a gender-swap story that manages to be both exciting and erotic where it needs to be, moving seamlessly between action in the field and action in the bedroom. A fun read that is sure to entertain.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Freebie Fiction Friday - Putting the TG in TGIF!

Well, if it's Friday, then it must be time to bend our way into the weekend with Freebie Fiction Friday.

Every Friday I take the initiative to search through thew newly free titles on Amazon, and to identify those that might be of interest to readers, fans, and lovers of bending gender and sexuality. Even if you don't have a Kindle, you can still download the titles through one of Amazon's free reading applications, and covert it (if need be) with Calibre. I can tell you I do most of my reading on my tablet, using Kindle for PC, and it works beautifully.

Please do be sure to check the price before downloading anything, though, as most freebies are limited time offers, and some are specific to certain regions.

                          

Enjoy!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fourplay Fetish Feature: Passion & Love Undiminshed by Shaun Putaine

Please be sure to check out our interview with Shaun Putaine, as part of the Fourplay Fetish Feature.

The opening chapter of Shaun Putaine's Undiminished series (although each story can be read on its own), Passion Undiminished introduces us to Tom and Lisa, coffee shop strangers who embark on the first tentative explorations of lover and adventure.

Tom has been admiring Lisa from afar, and when he finally gets up the nerve to sit down and strike up a conversation, things go better than he could have expected. She's as charming as she is beautiful, and they really do seem to hit it off. There are a lot of little things in the scene that I thought Putaine did well, not the least of which is the way Lisa innocently sends Tom to run a quick errand for her. It demonstrates a natural, wholesome side of female domination that helps set the stage, even if she doesn't know it.

Their first few dates are lovely, romantic affairs, with Tom pulling out all the stops to impress his new date. Before things go too far, however, he realizes that he is going to have to risk everything if there is to be any chance at long-term happiness. Lisa is open to the idea of a female led relationship, but she doesn't really understand what's involved or how it all works. Again, I thought Putaine crafted the conversation exceptionally well here, deftly explaining how female led relationships differ from fantasies of female domination, and illustrating what Tom's vision of true submission looks like.

What makes the story believable is the involvement of Tom's mentor and his wife, a couple who have been married in a female led relationship for years. They take a guiding hand in helping Tom to set the stage, and they also help Lisa to cope with her fears and doubts when the prospect of marriage leaves her so uncertain. It is there where the story falls into its only real cliché, with Lisa's uncertainty less about kink and more about sexual compatibility, but I liked the way it was handled.

The final punishment scene might seem a bit too much for those readers who fell in love with the romance of the first half of the story, but I like that it explores the breaking of physical and emotional barriers, leading to true dominance and submission.

As the story continues in Love Undiminished, Lisa and Tom have found their new roles as Mistress and slave firmly established, and they are ready to evolve into the realm of cuckolding. What makes this story work so well is the way Shaun Putaine establishes and explores the reasons why couple might choose to make such a move. He looks at what both Tom and Lisa get out of it, what it means to their relationship, and how it does - and, more importantly, does not - alter their relationship.

The heart and soul of the story is Tom, who really struggles with the clash of fantasy and reality. We get to share in his emotional struggles as he reconciles his submissive tendencies with his jealousy. He has a hard time with this change in their lives, even though he was the one who wanted it. As excited as he is to see his wife and Mistress enjoying the sexual passion she deserves, he worries what that will do to their love for one another. Lisa may come across as a little harsh for some readers, but I loved how she was both firm and loving, a perfect blend of Mistress and wife.

There is a lot of BDSM themed punishment and submission here, with Putaine extending the scenes to reveal the emotions that are revealed. We get to see Lisa's aftercare for her punished submissive, and come to understand that she loves him more, not less, with the opening of their relationship. There is even a touch of forced bisexuality and forced feminization, although neither are the focus of the tale.

Well-written, with a nice blend of romance and passion, and just enough explicit sex to define the transition, the Undiminished series is a fantastic story for lovers of female domination and cuckolding.


Fourplay Fetish Feature: A Sissy Diary by Shaun Putaine

Please be sure to check out our interview with Shaun Putaine, as part of the Fourplay Fetish Feature.

I have to admit, I was not expecting much out of A Sissy Diary after the first few pages. It seemed like just another story of a self-hating crossdresser and his cruel, unforgiving wife. As much as I love stories of female domination, I do get tired of seeing sissies cruelly punished for something that should be a pleasure.

Fortunately, Shaun Putaine shares that disdain for the cliché, redeeming it with a surprise twist, and then breathing new life into the genre with some lovely sentiments.

While Scott's wife needs time to cope with the discovery of his crossdressing, it is the lies and the secrets that bother her, not the crossdressing itself. Fortunately, her sister and brother-in-law have some experience with alternative lifestyles, and they are prepared to guide Scott (now Sallyann) into a new life as a sissy, while her wife assumes her role as dominant cuckoldress.

Where Putaine breathes new life into the genre is with the focus on self-acceptance. Sallyann has to recognize that she's the one being intolerant, that her guilt and shame are self-imposed. Only once she does that can she really settle in to her dreams and enjoy being pampered (and punished) as a sissy by her new Auntie, who makes a girl of her, and by her new Uncle, who makes a woman of her. The level of detail there, both physical and emotional is just delightful, as Sallyann really gets indulged in her femininity.

This is only the first part of her story, however - it is A Sissy Story where her wife takes control.


Fourplay Fetish Feature: An Interview with Shaun Putaine

Wrapping up our Fourplay Fetish Feature on the gang at Wordwooze Publishing, Shaun Putaine has stopped by to chat with us.

♥ Thank you so much for taking the time to join us - we are so very delighted to have you! For those readers who have yet to encounter your work, can you give us a brief introduction?

Thank you very much for inviting me. I write erotica under the pen name Shaun Putaine. I’m kinky, I love bending gender and my writing reflects these passions. I self-published my first novella, Love Undiminished, about three years ago. My writing and my interest in kink and gender-bending go back much further than that though.

From a very early age, really as far back as I can recall, I have had an interest in expressing both a male and female part of myself. As a youngster I was very much a boy most of the time, but I also enjoyed wearing pretty things and doing things that were traditionally considered more in the female realm. That has continued throughout my life. I always felt a bit trapped between the two genders, neither completely male nor female, but I’ve come more to terms with gender identity in recent years and now identify as gender-fluid.

I’m not sure exactly when my fascination with kinky things began, but I know it really came home with a bang when I was in my early teens. I happened upon an adult magazine at that time which happened to have an interview and photo spread featuring a professional dominatrix. That interview totally captivated me; the other stuff in the magazine was titillating, but seeing the pictures and reading the interview with the dominatrix along with her descriptions of femdom scenes just totally blew me away. I have loved kink, and especially femdom, ever since.

I’ve always loved to write and I began writing naughty stories in my teens. Of course my fascination with kink and gender-bending have always played a big part in the stories I write.

♥ If it’s not too personal of a question, where does lifestyle experience end and vicarious fantasy begin within your fiction?

Experience and fantasy are very much interwoven throughout my stories. My Mistress/wife always enjoys telling people that they must guess which parts are fantasies and which reality.

I’ve been actively involved in kink for close to two decades now. My first real Dominant/submissive relationship was a long distance one that lasted a couple of years.

I have been married to my Mistress for over fifteen years, and we have been D/s from the beginning (I believe I explained my desire for a D/s relationship to her on our third date).  Mistress was basically vanilla when we met (though very open minded) so as you can imagine it has been a progression for us from mostly light bedroom D/s at first to the point where we now identify as Mistress/slave.

I’ve been fortunate over the years to experience many kinky things and to realize many of my fantasies. I think it’s safe to say that I have had experience, on some level, with pretty much everything that has been included in my books.

♥ On that note, is there a personal fetish or a fantasy that you have yet to explore in your fiction?

*smiling* There are one or two certainly.

Actually I think that Sallyann, my character from A Sissy diary and A Sissy Story, is about to live out one of my fantasies. I’ve long fantasized of being feminized and working in a bordello, Sallyann will be experiencing that in the next book in her series.

♥ You have been published for a couple of years now, with several stories available. What was it that prompted you to begin writing?

As I mentioned earlier, I began writing naughty stories when I was still in my teens. I think it was a way to express my sexuality and gender, since I couldn’t talk to anyone about this stuff. This was back in the late ‘70s early ‘80s so there was no internet, it was difficult to find information, and I was kind of convinced I was a freak. Writing gave me a way to express my feelings, even though I wasn’t able to share the stories with anyone, in fact I would burn those stories when they were finished to be sure no one found them.

My first D/s relationship was mostly on-line with a former professional dominatrix who had a website and did on-line slave training. At one point she had me write a story; she loved it, and began having me write stories pretty regularly which she published on her website.

I continued writing for my own enjoyment and for my Mistress/wife. A few years ago a friend of ours, who was also in a female led relationship, began publishing his stories. He knew I wrote, and after reading one of my stories urged me to publish. That story, after some expansion and editing, became Love Undiminished.

♥ With reader reviews so crucial to generating exposure, what are some of the weirdest or most wonderful reactions you’ve had from readers?

Oh wow, I so love getting reader feedback and I’ve received some that have really been satisfying.

One of the best was on Amazon from a reader of Passion Undiminished. The review began with, “This story truly explained my submissive self to me...”  I write erotica and of course I want to turn the reader on by telling them an interesting story that is hot and sexy, but I also hope that I can promote a better understanding and acceptance of sexuality and gender expression that is outside the mainstream.

I truly love when a reader has not only enjoyed one of my books for the story itself but that they have learned, or come to a better understanding of, something because of my writing.

♥ Having explored the realm of self-publishing, what attracted you to the shelves of Wordwooze Publishing?

I had been acquainted with Wordwooze for some time and had always been impressed with the quality of their authors and products. There is some really bad erotica being self-published right now; there is also some really good erotica being self-published, the trick is knowing which is which before you buy. I know that if I see that a book is published by Wordwooze, or another reputable publisher, that I am going to be getting a quality product for my money.

I really love audiobooks and had listened to a few produced by Wordwooze all of which had really impressed me. They were good stories and the narration and production was first rate. When Wordwooze approached me with an interest in producing audio editions of my stories I was absolutely thrilled. I knew that with Wordwooze producing the audiobooks the final product would be something that I could be proud of.

♥ Finally, looking towards a brighter, more fantastic 2017, what can readers look forward to seeing from you next?

I recently published the print and ebook editions of Trust Undiminished, the Wordwooze audiobook edition should be available sometime in early 2017.

I would like to continue with the Sallyann stories. I wrote A Sissy Story first, then I felt I needed to tell Sallyann’s back story which I accomplished with A Sissy Diary; but there is more to her story that needs to be told.

Also, I’d very much like to explore some stories with transgendered characters. I have a few ideas percolating currently and I think they may be taking the form of a collection of short stories.

♥ Thanks again for taking the time to join us - and please do count me in for more Sallyann!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fourplay Fetish Feature: The Bachelor Machine by M. Christian

Please be sure to check out our interview with M. Christian, as part of the Fourplay Fetish Feature.

Most erotic science fiction imagines a civilization on the rise, one where the latest gadgets and technologies are things of wonder and awe. The future is usually bright and shiny, full of sparkling chrome and unblemished porcelain, and surrounded by the blinking lights and electric hum of technological perfection. With The Bachelor Machine, M. Christian looks beyond that technological honeymoon, imagining instead a civilization on the decline. In his future, those shiny gadgets are now tarnished and broken, exposing the ugly legacy of humanity’s twisted desires through their own malfunctioning machinations.

The reading experience here is not just one of technological wonder or erotic arousal - it is also one of confusion and uncertainty . . . equal measures dread and desire. These are stories that lead you on, draw you in, and take rude liberties with your expectations. Rather than try to comment on all of the stories here, please allow me to share with you some of my favorites.

State is a disturbingly erotic tale of a robotic prostitute forced to play out her client’s ‘daddy’ fantasies . . . except the robot is really a young woman who gets off on the technological deception as much as she does the fantasy. In Winged Memory, the story shifts perspective, introducing us instead to a young man so obsessed with the robotic prostitute down the street that he literally sells his memories to pay for the temporary bliss of sexual gratification . . . until he can’t even remember who she is or why he craves her.

Everything But the Smell of Lilies is the unsettling tale of a woman who plays dead for a living, offering herself up to serve the violent fantasies of her clients . . . only to get stuck in an ambulance with a necrophiliac. Guernica was, by far, one of my favourites in the collection, the story of a repressive society where sexuality is illegal, leaving a small group of men and women to secretly indulge in their erotic power-exchange fantasies, and giving life to the very real fears of punishment that exist outside the door.

Another of my favorites was Switch, the story of a human whore who leaves the brothel each day with her mind wiped clean of the memories of who her clients were and what she’s done with them . . . and who actually gets aroused by the thrill of never being able to know who might recognize her on the street or why. Technophile was probably the sweetest and the saddest of all the tales here, introducing us to a young man and his technologically enhanced lover, in a story where he literally cannot get it up because the batteries have run low in his exquisite Long Thrust phallic replacement.

Skin-Effect is kind of the polar opposite of Winged Memory, a story where a battle-scarred cyborg veteran regains both his memories and his humanity through a broken-down cyborg whore, whose own mastery of him proves sex is as much mental as it is physical. Finally, the titular story, The Bachelor Machine, beautifully messes with our expectations, introducing us to what seems like a sweet story a young man who deliberately seeks out the affections of an obsolete and forgotten robotic prostitute, only to reveal that the relationship is far from what we are expecting.

The Bachelor Machine simply IS science fiction erotica. Take away the elements of either genre, or isolate one at the expense of the other, and you are left with a nonsensical string of words. These are stories that only work because of the fusion between human sexuality and technological assistance that – like the best of M. Christian’s gadgets – truly are more than the sum of their parts.


Fourplay Fetish Feature: An Interview with M.Christian

Continuing our Fourplay Fetish Feature on the gang at Wordwooze Publishing, M.Christian has stopped by to chat with us.

♥ Thank you so much for taking the time to join us - we are so very delighted to have you! For those readers who have yet to encounter your work, can you give us a brief introduction?

Thank you for having me (wink, wink)! Rather than just toss out my boilerplate bio (which you can see on my site if you’re interested), I’ll just hit some of the highpoints and say that I’ve written quite a few stories in a wide range of genres (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc) but I’m mostly known as an erotica writer -- with stories in Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, and so forth. I’ve also edited bunches of anthologies -- including The Mammoth Book of Future Cops and The Mammoth Book of Tales Of The Road (with my pal Maxim Jakubowski), and the Best SM Erotica series.

I’ve also written six novels, such as the queer vampire books Running Dry and The Very Bloody Marys, the erotic cyberpunk Painted Doll, the science fiction/queer/noir Finger’s Breadth, the erotic romance Brushes, and the pretty damned weird Me2.

Then there’s a bunch of collections, like the queer ones (Dirty Words, Filthy Boys, Bodywork); the science fiction ones (Bachelor Machine and Skin Effect), the non-fiction ones (How To Write And Sell Erotica and Welcome to Weirdsville), and others.

And (takes a deep breath) I’m a regular contributor to Future Of Sex (“providing insights into the fascinating topic of the future of human sex and sexuality”), and have also been a non-fiction columnist for a lot of other sites and magazines.

What’s extremely cool is that many of my collections and novels are out in dual editions: the great folks at Renaissance E Books/Sizzler Editions doing the ebooks and print-on-demand and the fantastic Wordwooze doing the audiobooks!

♥ If it’s not too personal of a question, where does lifestyle experience end and vicarious fantasy begin within your fiction?

Not at all: ask anything you want! As far as writing and personal experience goes I’m kind of a queer duck -- even though I’m not actually gay. By that I mean that I don’t typically add a lot of personal details into my work, though some does leak in now and again. But what I do try to do is put in the emotional realism around sex. That’s a large part of why I’ve had as much success as I’ve had writing outside my own orientation and sexual interests: because I focus on the commonalities and less on the differences.

I mean I haven’t had queer sex, and I’m not equipped for lesbian play, but I do know what desire, arousal, hope, embarrassment, joy, disappointment, and love feels like. Details might not make it into my work but all of that and more I always try to put in.

I consider it a huge compliment that people presume that I’m gay, even though I’m very clear that I’m not. I have to say that the queer community has been … well, let me say that every day I feel blessed and honored to have received so much support, love, and kindness.

♥ On that note, is there a personal fetish or a fantasy that you have yet to explore in your fiction?

Hopefully not sounding too mercenary, but most of the time my projects are dictated by the marketplace. Not that I don’t love what I do -- far from it -- but when a publisher or editor asks for something my usual response is “when do you want it?”

That being said, I just began -- and by that I mean the first chapter -- a special project. The most amazing thing in my life has been belonging, body and soul and beyond, to an amazing Owner. What I want to try to do is explore that being property means to me: to really get down into the emotional, philosophical and sexual depths of it. It’s been interesting, writing about something so incredibly personal when for so long I’ve always kind of kept degree of distance from my work, but I know the result will be truly remarkable.

♥ Hmm, I like the sound of that. You have been published for a couple of years now, with several stories available. What was it that prompted you to begin writing?

I’ve always been creative. My mom was an interior decorator and my father was an engineer, so some of it may have come with that. I remember discovering the joy of books and stories in the fourth grade or so -- and tried my hand at my first story almost immediately after.

But it wasn’t until high school that I really lept into it. To be honest, I’m not too sure why it hit so hard as it did, but I tried -- for many, many years -- to write a story a week. None of them were any good, but I do think that I at least got plenty of really bad writing out of my system.

Oddly, I never tried my hand at erotica. A lot of horror, mysteries, and tons of science fiction but I didn't try my hand at sex writing until I took a class in it from Lisa Palac, who was the editor of a magazine called Future Sex. She bought my first story and, about a year later, Susie Bright picked it for Best American Erotica 1994. No dummy, I concentrated on erotica and soon had sold quite a few stories, which led to editing anthologies. The rest, to use the cliche, is history.

If there’s a lesson here it’s don’t give up. From high school to my first published story was about ten years of trial and error -- mostly error. But since then I’ve had an absolute blast -- and can’t wait to see what opportunities and projects may rise on the horizon.

♥ With reader reviews so crucial to generating exposure, what are some of the weirdest or most wonderful reactions you’ve had from readers?

There’s been a few of both, believe me. I try not to focus on the negative ones -- writing can be depressing enough as it is -- but I do find myself giggling at some of the crazier ones. My favorites of those are the reviews that slam an erotic book because the reviewer wasn’t turned on. Seriously?

But my favorites, aside from some of the good ones I’ve been blessed to receive (thank You, Sally!) are the more … well, tender ones. One time I participated in a public erotica reading and for some reason I chose to read a first person lesbian story. Halfway through the reading I began to feel really awkward -- but afterwards a sweet couple approached me with tears in their eyes and said that my story had really touched them.

The other time is more silly than anything else, but it does make me laugh. A bit of background: while I’m usually “M.Christian” pretty much everywhere now and again a publisher will ask me to change my name. Maybe I have more than one story in a book or they feel, for some reason, that my name doesn’t fit what I write. In any case, I was at a party and while chatting with someone writing came up, and then we realized that we both had stories in the same magazine. When I told him mine he blinked several times and confessed “I masturbated to that story!” That there’d never been any doubt in his mine that the story wasn’t written by a woman. Like i said: I do giggle about that.

Then there’s what happened with one of my publishers. This is many years ago, when I was first getting some of my queer collections out into the world. I had a really nice relationship with an editor at a gay publishing house. One day he asked a mutual friend we had in common: “What kind of men does Chris like?” My friend answered: “Women.”

I thought that this editor knew I was straight, and thinking that he might have thought I’d lied to him -- or led him on -- was devastating. I immediately got on the phone with him and after we’d both cried several times we told each other that, gay or straight, we loved each other.

♥ Having explored a number of different publishers and publishing models, what attracted you to the shelves of Wordwooze Publishing?

I’ve always secretly hoped that someday I’d be able to have audiobook editions of my work, so when Wordwooze approached me I jumped-for-joy. So far they’ve put out fantastic adaptations of several of my collections, including Bachelor Machine, Lesbian Erotica, Skin Effect, and the novels Painted Doll, Bionic Lover, and Finger’s Breadth. They are also working on other collections and novels that folks will be able to hear soon.

Speaking of, if anyone wants to review some of these audiobooks (or any of my books) just shoot me an email through my site.

♥ Finally, looking towards a brighter, more fantastic 2017, what can readers look forward to seeing from you next?

I’m still having a blast being a writer for Future Of Sex -- with usually one or two pieces going up per week. I just finished a special new science fiction anthology project, called Five To The Future with Ernest Hogan, Arthur Byron Cover, Cynthia Ward, and Emily Devenport. I’m also working on three new novels: one with my great pal R. Greco, a surreal horror/science fiction one called Blue, and the exploration of BDSM I already mentioned.

Beyond that I’m having fun, working hard, trying to stay positive in this crazy world, looking forward to creating fun books and stories, and -- most of all -- living each day for my special Owner.

My social media and such:

My site: www.mchristian.com
Twitter: @mchristianzobop
Tumblr: http://rude-mechanicals.tumblr.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mdot.christian & https://www.facebook.com/zobopmchristian

♥ Thanks again for taking the time to join us, and please do let me know when your Owner story is out!