Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Riverbeast: The Gambler Now On Sale On Amazon

The sixth and final installment of Book One of the Riverbeast series is now on sale. Happily ever time? You betcha! Click here to get the book!

The final installment of the first book of the Riverbeast series is out, I hope it meets or exceeds all expectations. Especially sales expectations! But also, expectations of anyone who has liked the other books in the series. Here's the official precis:

Trapped in the notorious Hole in the Bluff Saloon after she is sold as a runaway slave girl to the saloon owner by riverboat pirate Bart Fink, Constance Harlee finds herself forced to live the life of a saloon girl. She expected it to be a hard life, serving outlaws so wicked that in many towns they would soon find themselves hanged for their crimes. But what she never expected was that she would fall in love with one of the customers! This book is over 19,000 words long.

Now there's a very nice and lengthy erotic bondage scene, also an intense whipping scene followed by public sex, humiliation and slapping around. There's also a catfight, not really a lesbian catfight as it's the point where Constance finally breaks down under all the mistreatment she has experienced and tries to strangle one of the other saloon girls. There's also a gunfight and well ... other things which I'll save for a surprise.

I had a lot of fun researching this book. I tried to keep things as authentic as I could. Little things like lighting ... I found out that in 1820 whale oil lamps were in common use for lighting except among the very poor who had to make do with candles. Or the sanitary facilities on steamboats ... turns out, they used chamber pots and had communal showers. At the same time, they had very luxurious accommodations and traveling barbers and generally were the high life for the upper deck passengers, not so much so for passengers on the lower deck. (There were no below decks quarters, steamboats had a very shallow draft as you might expect, given the fact that the Mississippi could get very shallow indeed in places, and the locations of shoals tended to change with seasonal storms.)

The real Mississippi riverboatmen are not the unremitting bastards of Bart Fink's crew as portrayed in this book. They were a wild lot: they fought, they drank, and their lives were often short. But they were not outlaws, per se, and the sort of treatment Constance endured in the story is not what you would expect from them. But you have to figure a scumbag like Bart Fink would attract the worst of the worst. I also seriously doubt that prostitutes traveled on riverboats paying their fare in sexual favors, but I liked having the chance to contrast Constance's treatment with that of the prostitutes, so I got all unhistorical.

The Hole in the Bluff Saloon is VERY loosely based on the Cave in the Rock outlaw hideout, and Davey is VERY loosely based on an infamous outlaw who ran a tavern near there whose specialty was killing visitors to his tavern and taking the money they had too much of. Federal troops did raid the real Hole in the Rock outlaw hideout (it was not in fact a saloon) without success on several occasions. It was apparently a very well situated hideout, it was in use for decades. But it was also not on the Mississippi River, so good thing I changed the name to protect the guilty, eh?

I won't tell you what gambler Big Al is very loosely based on, except that it is not Bat Masterton.

Constance is not based on any historical or fictional character, I totally made her up. However, there is historical precedent for Costance's story. Historically, slaves were worth enough money that there was a lucrative trade in kidnapping freed black people in the North and selling them in the South. There were SOME cases where the bounty hunters kidnapped white people who happened to have dark skin and sold them as slaves. They were rare, but they did occur.

And of course the whole issue of "white" and "black" was not nearly as black as white as it was made out to be. There were free people living in the North who had a great deal more black ancestry than many enslaved people in the South. Particularly, attractive young women known as "octoroons" (people with 1/8 black ancestry) were popular in brothels because many of them looked very white indeed, and could eaily have "passed" for white people ... because, for all practical purposes, they WERE white people. It was only the racism and bigotry of the times that made the term meaningful, which is why you don't hear it much nowadays.

Constance, with her black hair and Mediterranean bronzed skin, was in fact entirely of what they would have called "white" ancestry at the time, but Fink and Davey realized that she looked blacker than some octoroons, and could easily be passed off as such. I don't have any idea if this ever happened historically, but it's certainly well within the bounds of possibility.

And if the book sneakily gets the message across that race is a very arbitrary divide and treating people differently on the basis of it rather than their actual character makes very little sense ... well, that's a win ... in my book.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Google Moves To Kill Off Its Adult Bogs

I cordially invite Google to do this.

In a move that should surprise absolutely no one, Google has said it will forbid the creation of all blogs with adult content as of March 23. Existing blogs with adult content will be allowed to remain in existence, however, they will be made private, whatever the hell that means. I think it may mean you won't find them via search any more. Basically, adult blogger on Google will have to go out and lasso people to come visit their blog.

Well I have not been very active on Blogger since they made us remove all links affiliate links to adult content providers last year, except to promote my books on Amazon. That's because I saw the handwriting on the wall. Blogger is a dead issue, a waste of time, and Google ... remember their slogan "Don't be evil"? They've actually made it ironic!

Sex is good (mostly). Bondage is good (mostly). Porn is good (mostly). People are good (mostly). People however, are not corporations (and vice versa!). And corporations are evil (mostly).

Goodbye, Google.


Google has backed off its threat to remove all adult blogs, apparently under intense public scrutiny. I leave this post up as part of public shaming for making the threat in the first place.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Love Robot Wars Book 2: Threesome Of All Fears Now On Sale

This is NOT the cover of Threesome of All Fears, but it OUGHT to be. My book would be banned by Amazon so fast you could hear the banhammers going down from space, if I used this for the cover. This image DOES convey one of the scenes in the book very well, but such are Amazons rules about book covers that I had to use the much tamer image at the bottom of the blurb. Such is life in the world of the independent publisher/author. Image courtesy of Sex and

The second story in the series, which you can buy here, explores Dan's relationship a little further, and introduces a few new wrinkles into the Basic Income world, including the Aspect of Loki, an interesting little idea I had about what a transcendent AI might be like that is not fully developed in this story but might come up later. There's a nice sexual roleplay of a Gorean nature to contrast with the modern machined roleplay between the Jetta unit and Dan. All in all a fun outing. Here's the blurb:

Anna knew that wealthy alpha male programmer Dan could be the man of her dreams, based on the kinky online sexual roleplay they had engaged in prior to Dan's divorce. Wounded by the divorce, Dan withdrew from his relationship with Anna and bought himself a Jetta unit, the most advanced sex robot in existence, a pleasure droid designed to fulfill every man's erotic romance fantasies, including the dominance and submission fantasies that Dan and Anna had engaged in. Many men had purchased Jetta units and then gone their own way, leaving the dating pool forever, the male equivalent of spinsters. But when Anna learns that Dan has been using their old roleplay scripts in his sessions with the Jetta unit, Anna knows that she is the one his heart burns for, and decides it is time to rekindle that flame – in the hottest possible manner!

And here's the actual cover:

No hint of bondage anywhere on it ... you can't show even handcuffs on an Amazon book cover. No nudity either ... Amazon does not allow even butts to be shown on it's erotica covers, or even butt crack. No sideboob, no underboob. It's just fucking weird. You can't even accurately describe the books' contents in your blurb! You have to keep things very vague, very vague indeed. Freaking insane, but that's censorship for ya!

The Love Slave Robot War: Book 1 Now On Sale

My first photographic cover! This is the story formerly known as Jetta 2000.

I took my Jetta 2100 story and refurbished a bit as a series of "Love Slave Robot Wars" stories, this is the first of the stories. You can buy it here. I'm having to write more sex scenes to slake the degenerate appetites of the women who read erotica and erotic romances (Hi, Mom!) and I also integrated the story into the Basic Income/Morality Laws world I've created. This is fairly late in that world: we've got fully functional sexbots, nanotech, artificial intelligences and a lot of other fun stuff. Here's the blurb:

Anna met the man of her dreams online. Dan was an exciting, creative, dominant man with a great sense of fun, the sort of man so many submissive women like her wanted to hook up with. Anna had been around and Dan knew the ropes and how to drive a woman wild with pleasure with them.

But then Dan's wife found out about Anna's virtual relationship with Dan, and Other Womaned her in court, using evidence of their relationship to claim loss of consort. Dan cut off all contact with Anna, fearing he would lose visitation rights with his daughter. Anna was heartbroken, but understood.

Then Anna saw sexually dominating a Jetta 2100 unit, a robot love slave, in an online video. She would have been disappointed, except for one aspect of the video that showed that her times with Dan were still on his mind. But could she reclaim his heart from a machine that looked and acted exactly like a gorgeous woman in love with whatever man she was programmed to love? Even if it was a machine?

Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Prop Master: Cindy Stripped Bare

Look at me, illustrating my book with a picture of a clothed woman on a stripper pole. Amazon does not like nudity on erotica book covers. Sad, really. Click on the pic to be sent to my International Bookstore with links to Amazon sites for my book all over the world.

In Book 3 of The Prop Master series, "The Prop Master: Cindy Laid Bare" things heat up on the Desert Industries Dreams set when Jack discovers sabotage of stunt equipment that could easily injure or kill the stunt people. Just how far will the feminist prudes go to stop the movie? Meanwhile, Cindy enters subspace as she waits for Jack to finish what he started when he tied her wrists behind her back, knowing he WILL finish what he started …

Well the preceding paragraph is the blurb for the book I published on Amazon. Amazon doesn't like blurbs to actually describe what's in an erotic story to attract readers. So I could not say that there's a prolonged sex scene with Jack dominating the hell out of Cindy and tying her up in all sorts of ways and gagging her, too. That would be ALL WRONG. But I can say it here, so I have. There's also a lot about Cindy's early life. The focus has been on Jack to date, but she's going to be front and center soon enough.

So when you see the cover, remember, it's not really an accurate representation of the book's contents. This picture is a lot closer to what's inside the book. Image courtesy of Sex and

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Riverbeast: The Saloon

Saloon girl may be a euphemism as used here.

Life can change in an instant when you're just one of many human beings floating down the mighty Mississippi River on a few bits of wood, as Constance Harlee discovers when Bart Fink leaves her among the outlaws and cutthroats of the infamous Bluff's Hole outlaw hideout and saloon in the latest book in the Riverbeast series, Riverbeast, The Saloon. Suddenly she is no longer just cargo traveling down the river, but a saloon girl, in a saloon whose customers mostly had prices on their heads. The desires of such men knew no limits, as Constance discovers when she becomes a saloon girl at Bluff's Hole.

Well I'm growing more adept at playing Amazon's censorship games under the tutelage of other erotic publishers. For example, the woman on the cover's hips were not covered in the original image, as the garment stopped about level with her crotch. So I just hiked that sucker up over her hips using a little GIMP magic. I was also extremely careful with the title and subtitle, not even hinting that she was being sold as a slave or misrepresented as black, as apparently that is a no-no as well. I called her a "saloon girl" although she's described in the story as a "slave whore" because, once again, it's a no-no on the cover and in the blurb.

I also did not use the word "nigger" anywhere in the book. The characters in the story, being lowlife scum of the 1820s would of COURSE have called black people "niggers" but this might be an issue for Amazon too, so I used an asterisk just in case. Like I said, censorship breeds absurdity.

However, the book itself contains explicit descriptions of poor Constance being used as a slave whore by various denizens of the Bluff's Hole Saloon, while in various states of bondage, of course. No censorship of the contents, nosirree.

And fortunately, you CAN use keywords like "slave" "whore" "prostitute" etc., in your keywords, so people who have an interest in those topics CAN find the book. It would be nice if the cover and blurb could more accurately represent the books' contents, but bluenoses or the fear of them dictate that it is not to be. Sad, really.

I'm trying to figure out euphemisms for this that pass Amazon's scrutiny that people will understand. For example, "Extreme affection under duress of a ropey sort," might not be recognized as "hardcore fucking while tied hand and foot." Language is funny that way. Image courtesy of Sex and

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Amazon Censorship At Work: What Fun It is!

There's more to this cover than meets the eye!

When it was first released, my new book Prop Master: Cindy's Student was declared "adult" by Amazon. This meant the book would not show up on general searches, which meant it wouldn't sell nearly as well as it might sell otherwise. This sounds like a minor thing and on the larger scale of things it probably is, but it's been a major thorn in my side. Being "adult-dungeoned" as erotica authors called it pretty much tanked the sales of the book.

That's because when a book is newly released it gets placed higher in the ranks of Amazon's search terms for a short time, boosting its potential sales. Being adult-dungeoned destroys that sales potential So sales of "The Prop Master: Cindy's Student" have tanked hard, whereas they should be leading the charge and picking up sales of my other books.

I looked at the book hard to figure out why it had been so designated. I finally decided it was probably the cover, made a few very small changes to it, and resubmitted it with a request that they reconsider the adult designation. After about a day I got a nice letter back saying they had decided to remove the adult designation from the book. A day later, it was out of the adult dugneon. So now it's generally available in searches.

Now what did I do that was so horrible to get me adult-dungeoned? And what did I have to do to get out of it? Let me show you:

Left: the relevant portion of the original art that got me adult-dungeoned. Right: the corrected art that got me out. Not a word of the book's content was changed.

All I had to do was draw a pair of bikini bottoms on the woman. I guess Amazon's censor didn't think the thick ribbon of fabric running from her collar to the back of her belt did an adequate job of covering up her womanly parts, except of course they DID, no such parts were visible. All I can figure is that the censor thought there was too much vagina-proximate flesh showing on the left side of Cindy on the cover?

Now here's where I'm going to be amazing by being entirely too reasonable for a man who hates censorship as much as I do. I understand Amazon's concern re: covers and blurbs. Their problem is that they don't want to be accused of peddling smut, and they have a whole lot of erotica writers whose covers would look like THIS if Amazon allowed it:

Ok, and I might be one of the writers who might use such covers. Cover art courtesy of the fine folks at Sex and Submission. The type was my idea!

I may be exaggerating for effect a WEE BIT here, but I don't really think I'm exaggerating much if any. Erotica readers and writers are not an inhibited bunch, and as far as I am concerned, ought to be able to enjoy such covers in the privacy of their own Kindles, but of COURSE the bluenoses would be all over that stuff in a flash if Amazon covers like the one above were allowed. So there have to be rules and standards for what shows on covers and what does not.

And that's how you get into the absurdity of drawing bikinis on images of women whose naughty bits are safely covered by a vertical strip of fabric. Censorship breeds absurdity, always.

Adding to the absurdity of the situation is this tasty bit of absurdity: erotica authors, not just me, have learned from repeated painful experiences that the Amazon censors who work on the weekend are a LOT more censorious than the ones who work on the weekdays. I have had two books censored, one blocked and one adult-dungeoned, since I started making a serious push to publish on Amazon, both of them were submitted on a Friday and got picked up by the weekend censors. So I submit books to Amazon on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays now, no later. Stupid, but there it is.

But the key thing, the important thing is, Amazon does not make a lot of effort to censor the actual content of a book. They concern themselves primarily with the covers and blurbs, the things that will show up when people (specifically, bluenoses) do a search. I think this is a reasonable compromise. Censor the incidentals, not the main event. So I guess I will put up with it. Not that I have a choice. Amazon commands a huge portion of the book buying marketplace.

Now, as to the story in the book itself, the main event, as it were, uncensored in all its semi-pristeen glory:

In The Prop Master: Cindy's Student, Cindy asks Jack to help B-grade movie start Julia Strange learn the ropes, the chains and the gags, so she can cope with the submissive feelings that being tied up in her various movie roles arouse in her. Of course he obliges … anything for art! But how will it affect their relationship? Meanwhile, a group of old-line prudes and feminists are trying to throw legal and technical monkey wrenches into DID's new series. Can the Prop Master keep the gremlins at bay and keep two insatiable women very, very happy as they writhe in the intense bondage pleasures wrought by Jack's naughty, knotty skills? Only one way to find out!

This book is a little over 12,000 words long and is part of the morality laws/basic income world.