Wednesday, April 26, 2017

New and Notable - Trans* Reads

On the last Wednesday of every month we take a few moments to look ahead and admire some of the books coming to shelves. There is nothing quite like the joy of anticipation, of pre-ordering a book that speaks to your heart, and of then having it arrive in your hot little hands. It is like a present to yourself, and there is just something a little more special about a book you have waited for.

So, without further ado, here are the New and Notable releases coming to shelves in May.


Straight Expectations: The Story of a Family in Transition by Peggy Cryden

Available May 18, 2017 from Jessica Kingsley Publishers 

Ever since they were young, Peggy Cryden noticed her children's gender expression did not correspond with society's expectations of their biological gender. In this moving and honest memoir, Peggy details the experiences and challenges of raising both a gay son and a gay, transgender son and shares her family's journey of adversity and growth, which has helped inform her work as a psychotherapist.

Each chapter explores a particular year in the family's life, following the children from birth to adulthood and through their numerous experiences including coming out, depression, hate crime, relationships, school and various aspects to do with transitioning (legal, physical, medical, social) as well as their appearances in the media as a family. This book is insightful, charming and thought-provoking, and through levity and humour, offers a positive approach to parenting outside of convention.
I like the idea that this family's story is coming from both a mother and a licensed therapist, a woman who can share the intimate details of her family's development, and also look clinically at the implications for us all. - Sally

My Name is Ayla by Phetra H. Novak

Available May 1, 2017

Everyone should be safe in a liberal country like Sweden.

But, Peter Andreasson, a Police Officer with the Gothenburg Police, knows that isn't always the case. The day he walks into the hospital emergency room and meets a badly beaten woman, Ayla Aydin, he is heartbroken but drawn to her strength.

Ayla knows who she is.

She’s proud of the person she has become.

It’s her third generation Swedish family that cannot accept her transformation from male to female and she is not prepared for what comes next. She has dishonoured them, and for this, she must pay the ultimate price.

When two cultures collide, Ayla’s life is put at risk, will she run or stay and fight? Will she escape their wrath even with Peter by her side?
As much as I wish to see a day where society does not suffer from such ugly prejudices, stories of finding true love and rising above those horrors will never get old. - Sally



Available May 30, 2017 from Penguin Random House Publisher Services

Debunks the twenty-one most common myths and misperceptions about transgender issues

From Laverne Cox and Caitlyn Jenner to Thomas Beatie (“the pregnant man”) and transgender youth, coverage of trans lives has been exploding—yet so much misinformation persists. Bringing together the medical, social, psychological, and political aspects of being trans in the United States today, “You’re in the Wrong Bathroom!”: And 20 Other Myths About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People unpacks the twenty-one most common myths and misconceptions about transgender and gender-nonconforming people. Authors Laura Erickson-Schroth, MD, a psychiatrist, and Laura A. Jacobs, LCSW-R, a psychotherapist, address a range of fallacies:

Trans People Are “Trapped in the Wrong Body”
You’re Not Really Trans If You Haven’t Had “the Surgery”
Trans People Are a Danger to Others, Especially Children
Trans People Are Mentally Ill and Therapy Can Change Them
Trans People and Feminists Don’t Get Along
While I wish books like this were not necessary, I like the approach here, and early reviews are very positive. - Sally


The Diary of Menorah Horwitz by Menorah Horwitz

Available May 6, 2017 from Floating World Comics

From the creator of Miss U.S. of Heya comes a true story about gender, Judaism, and gel nail polish.

Michael Horwitz, a shy 29 year-old gay illustrator, combines Judaism and a love of drag in all the wrong ways when he becomes Menorah, Portland's premiere Anne Frank impersonator. Dressed in a puke colored school-girl's uniform, stripper heels, and nails made from burning candles taped to his fingers, Michael explores Portland's queer and punk party scene, one bad lip synch at a time. He falls in with drug happy club kids, hot tempered local divas, and some of the world's most famous drag queens (sometimes disastrously)—all while waking up at 6 am the next morning to bag groceries. But not everyone is happy with Michael's new alter ego, specifically his very supportive family. Michael's creative detour takes a detour of its own when he realizes that Menorah isn't a persona but a suggestion of the person he's always wanted to be. What began as an imitation of someone famous for speaking their truth becomes a transition into his—or rather her—authentic self.

An autobiographical comedy about finding your authentic self in the artificial world of drag.
A first person account of gender transitioning.
An exploration of traditional Jewish identity intersecting with new gender norms.
Sure, this sounds a bit surreal, but it also sounds like a lot of fun, with some original ideas on gender. - Sally

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Lost and Found by J. Holland (#fantasy #lesbian #asexual)

Lost and Found by J. Holland was a wonderful little story, a sweetly romantic fairy tale that really opened my eyes to the beauty of being asexual, and yet wonderfully romantic.

Nerissa is a selkie who, having grown up on her grandmother's stories, is fascinated with humans. So much so, in fact, that she has taken a part-time job at the library in order to earn enough money to buy herself sweets, clothes, and other human conveniences. Lorelei is a human whose fascination is with the sweets of her bakery, leaving her with a few extra pounds and some sadly all-too-familiar body image issues.

The relationship between these two women is delightful, a true case of love-at-first-sight. Despite her initial attraction, Lorelei only invites Nerissa into her home as an act of well-meaning charity, never knowing that her beach discover is the reason the young woman cannot go home. The two form an almost immediate bond, even as Nerissa's innocent desire for a warm embrace tests Lorelei's restraint.

What makes this story work is Lorelei's acceptance of her lover's asexual nature. Never once does she try to pressure her or make her feel guilty for how she demonstrates her affections. Should Nerissa ever feel ready, she would be eager to take their love to a different place, but she is very much okay with that never happening. Instead, they sleep in each other's arms, watch TV in each other's arms, and share loving embraces wherever and whenever they can. At the same time, while she may be asexual, Nerissa does a wonderful job of helping Lorelei with her body image, making her understand just how beautiful she is, and allowing her to see the strength and the power beneath those extra pounds.

Like any fairy tale, Lost and Found does have a happy ending, but only after their love is tested. For such a short tale, I was surprised at how emotionally invested I became. These are wonderful characters in a unique story that never bows to convention, and never betrays their identities. I loved it.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Sissy Maid: Cleaning My Man by Kella Z. Driel (#sissy #erotica #maledom)

The Maidfit-1, a prototype from RJ3 Industries, is a neural-interface costume that transforms the wearer into a prissy, sissy maid by adjusting brain chemistry, DNA, and behavior. Sadly, it will not be on the market for another 5 years, but young Mickey simply cannot wait. He is so obsessed with the idea of becoming a perfectly feminine maid that he uproots his entire life to spend months stalking the inventor before breaking into the lab to do a little experimentation of his own.

That is where Sissy Maid: Cleaning My Man begins, but there is a twist. What he does not know is that the choice of a maid's costume for a prototype was not an accident. Reclusive billionaire, Richard Johnson III, and his assistant, Franklin Chambers, are both very interested in sissification. In fact, both have sissies of their own at home! Their invention marks the next step in that particular fetish - they just need the right test subject.

In case you did not guess it from the title, both Mickey and Richard are about to realize their dreams. How Kella Z. Driel managed to tease this dream out of my brain, I simply do not know, but I feel a deep and abiding kinship with Mickey/Mikki . . . not to mention a fair bit of jealousy over her adventures!

Everything about this story is fantastic, but it is the transformation of Mickey into Mikki that is sure to put a wrinkle in your ruffled skirt. I loved the physical details of the costume, the last-minute second thoughts, and the playful mAId interface. In the space of a single weekend, all of Mickey's most feminine dreams come true, leaving Mikki the sexiest, most submissive sissy in the world. Of course, making a Sissy Maid is only half the story - there is still the matter of Cleaning My Man to be dealt with. I do not want to give away all Kella's secrets, but the relationship here between sissies and alpha males here is wonderful and sex/gender positive, with pleasure going both ways.



Friday, April 21, 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 search through the weekend's free titles on Amazon, looking for 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, April 20, 2017

Breaking us Both (1-2) by Tinto Selvaggio (#cuckold #bisexual)

Breaking us Both is a serialized novel from Tinto Selvaggio that, all told, is a very ample 118,000 words long. It is not often you come across erotic stories of that length, much less ones dealing with cuckolding and bisexuality, so it makes for a delicious treat.

In Breaking us Both 1, we are introduced to Vaughn (a wannabe cuckold), his wife Lily (who knows nothing of his desires for her to be a hotwife), and Richmond (the man destined to break them both). It is mostly set-up for the actual cuckolding, but there is quite an emotional and psychological journey for Vaughn to go through before he can bring himself to turn his wife over to another man. I loved the way Richmond so firmly takes control of the situation, being very clear about what he expects of Vaughn, and I was pleasantly surprised by his need to be taken care of in the meantime. Where most of these stories only tack on a little post-coital bisexuality as a means of humiliation, Vaughn finds himself on his knees early on, reluctantly proving his dedication to the cause.

As Breaking us Both 2 begins, Richmond has been away on business, allowing Vaughn time to deal with his fears, his doubts, and insecurities. He actually decides to put an end to the relationship, but neither his wife nor her lover will hear of it. In fact, things are progressing at a rapid pace, with Lily soon overcoming her own doubts, and finding that she really enjoys being dominated by another man. Vaughn himself is very much lost, denied the attentions of his wife, but he does continue to perform small sexual services for Richmond.

Overall, this is a wonderfully well-written, and largely realistic, story that never shies away from the darker aspects of cuckolding. It deals with the mental, emotional, and physical aspects, and pushes both husband and wife into new experiences.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Happy Family by Amelita Rae (#Polyamorous #Yaoi #Romance)

Before picking up Happy Family, I really did not know much about Yaoi fiction, manga or otherwise. For those of you who share my innocence, Yaoi fiction focuses on gay romances between a dominant seme and his submissive uke. What attracted me to the genre, of course, is the fact that the uke is often described as either sweetly androgynous or altogether effeminate. He is not necessarily a sissy (although some Yaoi fiction does involve crossdressing), but he is very much a sweet submissive.

Anyway, I have to give the lovely and talented Amelita Rae credit for taking my Yaoi virginity with Happy Family, a book that I am delighted to say delivered on my every expectation.

Not surprisingly, I fell in love with adorable little Akimi. He is such a sweet, effeminate little boy-wife, exactly the kind of character I have been looking for. There are most certainly elements of a sissy princess and blushing bride to his character, but without the gender bending. Akimi is all man, just one who openly embraces his uke sexuality. Oddly enough, his husband is largely absent for most of the story, but there are three other men ready to claim the role of seme.

The erotica aspects here are as wild, as intense, and as explicit as any I have ever read. Yaoi romance is often dismissed as something light, written for a female audience more interested in romance than sex, but I would say this story is all about balance. Amelita Rae offers up not just M/m scenes of erotic domination, but M/M/M/m scenes as well. Akimi acquits himself very well, taking his father-in-law and brothers-in-law in every hole, getting stretched beyond belief in his desperate quest to accommodate his well-endowed new family. It is almost over-the-top in its taboo intensity, but there is still a strong undercurrent of romance to the story. His new family is utterly smitten with the young man (creating some amusing tension early on), and their encounters are borne out of genuine love for him.

While one story alone is not enough to declare me a forever fan of the Yaoi genre, I will definitely be reading more of it, and more of Amelita Rae.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Stripped of His Master by Anita Mandalay

With it having been two-and-a-half years since I read (and enjoyed) Stripped of His Gender & Stripped of His Dignity back-to-back, it took me a bit of time to reorient myself within the pages of Stripped of His Master. It certainly could have benefited from a little recap at the beginning, to bring readers up to speed, but that is a minor quibble.

Having already invested the time and effort in introducing, justifying, and explaining the transformation of Anthony, Anita Mandalay is free to explore the ways in which James makes use of his newly feminized employee. This is a story of being used and abused, of being humiliated and humbled. There are plenty of delicious little details here (I particularly loved the butt plug attached to his office chair), but the highlight is the demonstration with the group of Executives.

Amidst all the sex, of course, is a good bit of storytelling, with secrets revealed, and larger schemes discovered. I wanted more, but that is never a bad thing to say about a story. There is a wonderful twist at the end, and I can only hope we do not have to wait another 2 years to resolve that cliffhanger.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Darkfallen by Leona D. Reish (#futa #erotica #femdom)

The Darkfallen stories by Leona D. Reish are an offshoot of her Daemonique series, which currently stands at 6 books. Each of the Darkfallen books can be read as a standalone story, without knowing anything else about the world, but (as you will see) it helps to have read the first before slipping into the last.

Taking Jacob is the first Darkfallen tale, and Jacob's descent into supernatural submission is well-played, making the macho rebel slowly give into the sexual wiles of his succubus mistress. He fights it, mentally, but cannot deny the ways in which his body betrays him. It is interesting that Reish allows him to taste a bit of his old self before breaking him completely, and it is that mental/emotional aspect that makes this work so well.

As sex-fueled demons go, Kynthia is quite a treat for the eyes. She is sinister and seductive, but possessed of an otherworldly futanari beauty that makes her impossible to resist. The level of detail here is top-notch, especially in the way she sucks the masculinity out of Jacob, leaving them both to transform before our eyes. It is a story that is both dark and erotic, depraved and explicit, but which never loses sight of the larger mythology.

Expanding Elena, the second of the Darkfallen tales, clearly takes place immediately upon the heels of the first, but (as I mentioned previously) these are self-contained stories that can be read in any order.

What I loved so much about this story is the way Reish takes the kind of slender woman we see celebrated by the modeling industry, and so casually dismisses her harsh lines and sharp angles. Kynthia sees potential in her would-be victim, but her attraction to Elena only begins once expansion has taken place, giving Elena the glorious bounty of an ample bosom, and the delicious curves of real hips and a plump rump. It is not just a matter of visuals, either - Elena feels the change in her body, and recognizes how much more sensual (and comfortable) it makes her.

A bit of a departure from the other stories, Demonic Slime has a different sort of opening to it, a wonderful bit of storytelling that really serves to introduce (or reintroduce) the world, and establish the subterranean prison setting. In addition, much of this story has little to do with Kynthia, although she does eventually arrive to help thrust the encounter to a gloriously messy conclusion.

This time around we have a young woman by the name of Victoria who finds herself at the mercy of a slimy, gelatinous, amorous blob. The erotic aspects here are definitely unusual, but Reish is very convincing in writing of the pleasures of being surrounded, consumed, and penetrated in every opening. Victoria's slime is the perfect lover, filling her completely, both strangling and overwhelming her senses, and pushing her boundaries to their natural limits. There is a tendril/tentacle aspect to the slime as well, adding further eroticism, and the semi-intelligent nature of its uninhibited sexuality is really quite delightful.

Having made her rounds of the demonic prison that lays beneath Sarandin Isle, Kynthia makes a long-awaited return to her initial victim in Making Jacob.

As this point in his story, Jacob is a cum-drunk, bimbofied, thoroughly emasculated young man. He looks rather effeminate, but his flat chest and dangling genitals give lie to the illusion, even as his mind fights to deny the lusty desires subliminally implanted by his captor.

There is much more of a power-play aspect to this story, with Kynthia establishing something of a submissive hierarchy between effeminate Jacob and expanded Elena. In allowing them to play, she gets the opportunity to twists the fates of a pair of humans, robbing them of their identities, and building new ones in their place. That added conflict, along with the sinister consequences of disobedience, really serve to round out what is already one of my fave futa-on-male storylines in fiction.

With four stories under her skirt, we can only hope that Leona D. Reish has the opportunity to return to the Darkfallen world soon. In the meantime, it looks like the Daemonique: Darkfall omnibus is next on my must-read list.


Friday, April 14, 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!