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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Jumping Through The Hoops



Cover of my latest Amazon publication. Click here to get it for free on Kindle Unlimited.

This is the cover of my latest fictional offering "Sucked Into It" which is paranormal erotica of the vampirish variety. It was originally published on my now-defunct Jolly Roper website. I updated it for book publication and edited it, adding about 1000 words. And I'd like to tell you about it to give you some idea of all the hoop-jumping I had to do to get the story suitable for Amazon.

The story is basically about a young college student named Rick who meets a hot young college cutie named Daria who wants nothing more than to suck his cock. She's fun, bright, very much taken with him but not needy about it, and just in general seems perfect.

But of course she's a vampire. Only in my story, vampires can drain the life force of a person through the exchange of sperm as well as blood. And of course, that's why Daria is such a cock sucking hose beast of a girl. She's just hungry!

In the story I had a scene where there are mother-daughter vampires, and the daughter is upset and tells her mom to go away while she feeds on a fellow's cock. I played it for laughs with the daughter going “Mooo-om, get out of here!” and mom's all “Well, all right ...”

But it occurred to me that this might trigger Amazon's censors. I have good reason to be wary of Amazon's censor's: six of my stories were recently blocked (or “banned” as the rest of us call it) by Amazon, probably after some censorious type read them and complained. Too many such complaints can get your account shut down, which means no more publishing on Amazon, which is at present by far the most profitable venue for indie publishers. So I took a hard look at my other books and unpublished about six more books, just to be safe.

I mean, if Amazon doesn't wanna publish a specific story of mine, fuck 'em, I'll publish on Barnes & Noble or Smashwords or some other venue, less profitable or not.

So I made an enquiry on a message board for erotica writers, and the response was very nearly universal: Amazon would block the book with a mother-daughter ANYTHING to do with sex, even if they were not having sex with one another.

There are a lot of writers who have written incest-themed stories on Amazon, and they've been required to jump through increasingly difficult hoops. They use code words to prevent Amazon from putting the ban hammer on them. The genre is called PI (for Pseudo-Incest) by erotica writers, and they might use “man of the house” to describe a father or son, but NEVER the words father or son because THAT would be INCEST.

So I decided to dump the mother-daughter theme, because it wasn't important to the story, it was basically just the pretext for some humor.

But then I remembered that I had mentioned that one of the witches was 300 years old, and had first become a vampire at age 14. THAT was to set up the idea that she needs a chaperone to travel with her whenever she leaves home, because she appears to be 14.

At no point do I mention that she had sex at 14, but it's clearly implied by the story. Three hundred years ago, 14 was marriageable age. (Hell, I remember an elderly maiden aunt from the Georgia mountains side of my family joking that a 16 year old girl who was unmarried was considered an old maid in her day).

Well even though there's no sex scenes involved here (the character is just mentioned in passing) the mere implication of teen sex 300 years ago might get Amazon's censors cranked big time, as teen sex equals child porn and is the third rail at Amazon, unless your name is Vladimir Nabakov. And the 14 year old vampire was not at all essential to the story, so out she went.

THEN I got to thinking about the Big Sex Scene in the story (there are smaller sex scenes as well, but it's the denouement of the story). Those familiar with my ouevre will not be amazed to discover that the female character in it is shackled, cuffed hands behind and ring gagged throughout the scene. The guy is also tied spreadeagled. The catch here is that it's done for their own safety. Won't explain why, because spoilers. But in the original story, the two are just tied up with no explanation by the vampires. And that made the scene appear to be … NON-CONSENSUAL.

Most of the erotica writers at Amazon who write stories that involve rape use the word “dubcon” to describe the genre, for “dubious consent” because, you know, no rape. They can't even use the words "nonconsensual." In their blurbs and covers for the stories, they use the term “reluctant” to imply all the non-consensual rape they and their readers are enjoying fantasizing about. Writing dubcon is considered very dangerous stuff among Amazon erotica writers – many won't even write the watered-down stuff, though there is clearly an avid market for it among the female readers who make up the vast majority of Amazon's erotica purchasers.

Well, I couldn't get rid of the scene, it was essential to the story. I suppose I could have made it a vanilla sex scene, but what fun is that? I wasn't all that interested in the rape aspects, as it really was not a rape scene, both characters were into the scene for different reasons. But I wanted to keep the bondage, dammit. Amazon DOES currently tolerate bondage, though in my humble opinion they would prefer vanilla sex and not much of it, except for all the lovely money the erotica brings in (it's the hottest market on Amazon).

So I figured out a way to make the scene's consensual nature evident, while retaining the bondage, and not only that, cranking up the emotional intensity of the sex in the process. Can't reveal how I did it without spoilering the story, but I will say this:

Damn, I'm good.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Her Butt Says "Yes! Yes! Yes!"


Chained hand and foot, gagged and collared, and relentlessly fucked, she only wished that her sorority sisters could see her now ... they had mocked her for believing a stay in a local basement could be more fun that a trip to San Pedro Island for spring break! Image courtesy of SexAndSubmission.com.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Corporate Training: Book 3 Of The Homouth Series


You can get Corporate Training by clicking on the pic or clicking here.

Book 2 of the President Slave Girl Series, formerly the Homouth series (because the number of people who search for the term “Homouth” is WAAAAY lower than the number who search for the term “Slave Girl”) ended with President MacCammon strapped to a hydraulically-controlled rape rack in a hidden niche at a reception held by her new owner, billionaire oligarch Art DeFabio.

The denouement for Book 2 was, for me, the scene where DeFabio enters the niche and sticks his cock into former President MacCammon's homouth (a vagina nano-engineered to appear where her normal mouth is at times) and gives her a good chewing out for not obeying the rule of Power, which he seems to regard as a force of nature. I conceived it sort of like the executive TV mogul's speech to Howard Beale in “Network” only the recipient is female and has the mogul's cock in her mouth.

The potential of the cock-in-mouth soliloquy has not been much exploited in movies (save for some scenes in “Deadwood”) but I'm an erotica writer, dammit, I'm not one to stop at, well … anything.

In Book 3 I wanted to do a riff on the standard sex slave training meme, but of course I can't serve it straight up, no, I also wanted to slide in some sly parallels between corporate slavery and sex slavery. And of course, lots and lots of sex, bondage, sexual bondage, lesbian sexual bondage, public sex, and of course tons and tons of humiliation and torment (often while in bondage) for MacCammon, because she has been a very bad, prudish and evil President. But I threw in some growth as a character for MacCammon, as well, through an encounter with an old enemy. It's all good!

Now here's the blurb I wrote for Amazon. Note how differently it reads. I have to very carefully skip around the topics I'm actually covering in the story while still somehow striving to convey what the story is actually about. I suspect some of the authors on Amazon put more time and effort into their blurbs than they put in the stories themselves. Hell, having read some of the stories … I know they do ...

Trapped in a corporate training facility deep under a skyscraper, former President of the United States Eileen MacCammon must somehow maintain her sense of self even as her trainers teach her to submit to their every salacious command.

MacCammon is forced to confront an old enemy for the entertainment of Art DeFabio, the billionaire alpha mail financier who controls her life, and his friends. Can the sound political instincts and will to win that drove her to win the Presidency help her win the confrontation with her enemy, and triumph over DeFabio and his One Percenter friends? And can she overcome her old prejudices as she does so?


In "Corporate Training" former President MacCammon gets to know voters as she never did before, as seen here. Image courtesy of TheUpperFloor.com.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Water On Mars And Doggie Style Sexual Bondage


She had lost the bet about whether or not there was water on Mars, and now she had to pay the price!

BIIIIIIIG Ring Gag And Spreader Bar


Most ring gags are smaller than this. The model looks like she's really straining to keep her composure. This being a Sex and Submission video, she's probably going to have a cock in that ring gag very shortly. And she'll have to accommodate it ... the gag will see to that. She'll probably be glad to be put back in her cage when her owners are finished with her.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Ring Gag In Action


Closeup of a ring gag blowjob. From Sex and Submission.

I like the way the ring gag makes the woman helpless as she serves her master.

Coming Next Week: President Slavegirl, Book Three


The sex slave training of the President! Image source: Sex and Submission.com.

I've completed the first draft of the third book in my Homouth series (which I renamed the "President Slavegirl" series because it works the Amazon keyword system so much better and also describes the essential story of the series a little better than "Homouth").

Sometimes polishing a story can take a long time, especially if it was a difficult story to write or if I made some major misstep in the plotting/characterization. But this was an easy one. I had a pretty clear idea what I wanted to do with former President MacCammon: lots of slave training in the basement of Grossinger, Inc. headquarters with plenty of sexual bondage, sex slavery, bondage and dominance, and perhaps some characterization and plot advancement. MacCammon will also be encountering an old enemy from her political days, with some surprising results.

I can't tell you too much beyond what I've just said without spoilering the story. Let's just say, this is gonna be a very adult, very engaging read.

Coming Soon To An Ereader Near You!


I'm trapped here! If I move at all, these shackles and this collar will fall off!" Slave-A-Licous slavegirls from "Slavegirls From Beyond Infinity" the B-movie with the best title of any interstellar slavegirl movie evah!

I am really excited about my next novel and I want to tell you about it RIGHT NOW, that's how excited I am about it. I have for a long time not talked about upcoming projects because I felt that people who talk about the stuff they are GONNA write are often not writers ... just wannabes. But with 30 stories and books published, I feel that I am due some cred on the topic of stuff I'm gonna write. Besides, it's probably a good idea to tell people about your upcoming projects ... what do they call it? ... marketing, yeah!

So a few years ago I wrote a review of the movie "Slavegirls From Beyond Infinity." And in that review, I said the following:

And for all its faults, Slavegirls From Beyond Infinity is an actual movie -- it's not porn. It's just that -- it COULD have been one hell of a movie. If the movie's creators just followed through on the storyline they'd developed during the first five minutes of the movie, they'd have had a real hit.

The story of two desperate, half-naked slave girls trying to escape their captivity with interstellar slavers/cops/whatever on their tails would be a topnotch movie. If they'd just bothered to make the movie that naturally follows from the opening five minutes instead of morphing it into a remake of The Most Dangerous Game, they could have had a HELL of a movie that WOULD be remembered as a topnotch B-movie.

Because as absurd as the first five minute storyline is, this is about the best slave girls-of-the-future storyline ever. It offers so many intriguing questions for the connoisseur: Why are interstellar spacecraft transporting half naked slave girls across the galaxy? Are they part of some interstellar slaving operation? Or did these two women do something really horrible to merit such treatment? Maybe there's a political element -- they're rebels captured by the bad guys and enslaved and transported to another world to work as sex slaves. Or maybe the crews of some interstellar craft routinely grab a few slave girls to make the long voyage between planets less dull.

There are all sorts of intriguing scenarios here, all sorts of great adventure possible as the slave girls flee their relentless pursuers, but we don't get that. And I, well, I don't know why the people who made this movie didn't get it. But they sure didn't.

So I was casting about for a new story to write. It had to be something I would really be interested in writing. I have written a couple of stories just to work within Amazon's limits and draw a large portion of Amazon's readership, and it was hard as hell. I'M not interested in dull stories of happy consensual sex even if it does involve bondage, I want there to be danger and excitement for the characters as well as hot sexual bondage scenes.

And at some point, I started thinking about "Slavegirls From Beyond Infinity" and what a great movie it would have been if it had stayed with the premises of its original scenes and not turned into a tired and poorly done remake of the Most Dangerous Game. If it had only been a galactic space opera with two sexy, scantily clad slavegirls at its center, it would have been HUGE fun.

And that's when I had the idea: I should write that story, the one that had fired my imagination over the first five or ten minutes of the movie. The story I had WANTED to see, and had missed terribly when the movie dissolved into mush.

THAT will be my next project. I'm fired up about the prospect of writing it. And I know I will write it, because by damn, I want to READ it. And I want it to be GREAT FUN and sexy as HELL. And I KNOW I can do it.

And the question I will leave my readers with is: why would a culture capable of interstellar travel need slavegirls? Couldn't they clone them? Build female androids to function as slavegirls as in my Love Slave Robot War stories)? Come on, both those technologies are MUCH simpler and close than FTL interstellar travel. I'm looking for a good, convincing answer. I have a few in mind already, but I have not settled on any just yet. What would make human slave girls a desirable enough item to transport between the stars, other than their hottitude? I'm listening ...

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Get Witless On Lothar!


Get Witless or Be Witty ... It's YOUR Choice! Image source: Hottitude Press.

OK, fans of my website will remember that I did a series called "Witless on Lothar" way back when, and I realized that I could easily collect them and put them in book form for sale on Amazon, so i did. And when I finished, I realized, "This is not erotica, there's only two sex scenes and they're only a few paragraphs long."

What they were, actually, was political satire. It was all about the contrast between the protagonists (political pundit Anne Coaltar) highly politicized view of the world and the barbaric (and really dumb and unbelievable) reality of Gor. Then former presidential candidate Hilarity Clanton winds up being First Girl in the slave kennels where Anne winds up, because "Duh!"

It was so much fun to write. I'm hoping it will be as much fun for others to read.

Here's the blurb:

When political pundit Anne Coaltar wakes up on a strange new world naked and chained to a huge rock after what must have been a hell of a party, she naturally assumes it's a practical joke. Or perhaps that it's one of those dreams where you think you are awake but really are not. But when she's accosted by hard-looking alpha males who look like they stepped out of a Renfair and subjected to indignities that outstrip ANYTHING she had ever suffered at the hands of even the most rabid democrat, Anne realizes this MIGHT be more than a joke, or a dream. If it is a dream, it is a very NAUGHTY dream.

But this is just the BEGINNING for Anne, as she's drawn farther and farther into this dream, or world, or most likely, democratic plot to discredit her. Anne winds up in a slave kennel and discovers that her superior in the slave kennel hierarchy is none other than Hilarity Clanton, her greatest enemy and candidate for the US Presidency!

It it all a dream, a subconscious demon brew of repressed lust and desire that runs counter to Anne's every conservative desire? Is it a democratic plot to discredit Anne? Or is it a science fiction reality that has launched her across the stars only to be confronted with something out of a medieval fantasy?

Find out as you explore the world of the Witless On Lothar!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Amazon Changes Its Game



"I dunno, guys, I don't think we've got the writers quite helpless enough." -- Every publisher, ever. Image source: Sex and Submission.com.

So, up until July of this year, Amazon was encouraging its authors to participate in a program called Kindle Unlimited, which allows readers, for a $10 monthly fee, to load books onto their kindles (or kindle readers for Windows, Mac and Android computer and devices) for free, if they are in the program.

Amazon threw money into the pot to make it a good deal for writers. How good a deal? Well if you sell a short story for $2.99 and opt for 70% royalties, you get about $2.02 on every sale. A borrow on Kindle Unlimited gets you about $1.35, provided the borrower reads 10 percent of the books. (That's right, Amazon knows, not just which books you read, but what percentage of the books you borrow that you actually read. But wait, it gets worse!)

There's less money for a Kindle Unlilmited borrow than for a sale, but since the people who belong to Kindle Unlimited typically don't buy books, it's extra sales, or as they say in comics, "Ka-Ching!" KU has been a good addition to the income I get in sales, in fact, it runs about equal to my sales worldwide (that's right .. people in England, Germany and Australia buy my books, among other countries!). Some people have done GANGBUSTERS on KU, though, with borrows outpacing sales 10 to 1. "Ka-Ching!" indeed!

The catch for KU, as far as authors are concerned, was that in order to have a book in the program, you had to publish it only on Amazon. Exclusivity was the price, but it was still a pretty damn good deal, and most authors went with it. Once again, "Ka-Ching!"

That was true until this July, when Amazon implemented a new Kindle Unlimited compensation plan: authors get paid for every page a reader reads, not every book a reader borrows. How much do they get paid? Half a cent. (Ok, the actual number for July was $0.0057791577669113). For most erotica writers this means a huge decrease in income, because most erotica is in the form of short stories, and short stories have fewer pages to be read.

But it's not just a matter of how many pages get read ... there's also the matter of linger. Linger is Amazon measuring how long you spend reading each page. If your readers don't linger over a page long enough, you don't get your half penny for it. So Amazon knows how many pages you read, and how long you spend on each page. I imagine that must give a lot of erotica readers the creeps, thinking of Amazon metaphorically peering over their shoulders as they read. If you're an erotic speed reader, be sure and take a break every five so I get my KU2 credits!

The new KU payment system, dubbed KU2, cut the incomes of a lot of erotica writers severely, since they mostly write short stories. Being adaptable sorts, erotica authors are changing their game. Those with a lot of stories in their bibliography (some have hundreds) are "going wide" which means they are selling to markets other than Amazon. The theory being that with much less income from KU2, Amazon's exclusivity is no longer something they are willing to put up with.

But they aren't pulling out of KU2 wholesale, because of another little "catch" to the KU2 program. When you enroll a book in KU2 (or in the old KU, for that matter) Amazon's search algorithms are optimized to make your KU2 book more visible than books that are not enrolled in KU2. That's not just for Kindle Unlimited searches, that's for ANY searches. So your book is going to be a lot more visible, and hence sell more copies than it otherwise would have, if it's in KU2.

The strategy I plan to adopt, which I picked up on a Reddit author's forum, will be to put all my new books in KU2 initially and keep track of them. If they sell well, I will keep them in KU2 for as long as they sell well. When and if sales tank, I'll go wide with the books.

I like going wide for its own sake. Giving Amazon exclusivity is a bad thing in and of itself. I tried to convince other erotic authors of this back before KU2 but was roundly ignored. Now that KU2 has changed everything for them and hurt their sales, a lot more erotic authors are going wide. Now that Amazon has altered their deal, they see that Amazon might alter it again, and again, in anyway they like, and if Amazon is the only functional marketplace for ebooks remaining, they are pretty much in the position of the young lady pictured at the top of this post.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Where Have I Been?



Keeping baby in the corner, of course! Image source: Sex and Submission.com.

Well, simple enough: our Simon Legree of a landlord sold the house we were renting out from under us because real estate prices in the neighborhood we were living in have been going through the roof, and he made a bargeload of bucks. He gave us notice, but the unexpected expense and hassle has been a total PITA. Very much modern America, I guess.

I've been spending the last two months frantically searching for housing, getting us packed, and getting us moved. I've had to put writing and publishing on the back burner for this period, as in, "not doing any of either."

We're in a smaller but very nice living space now, paying a little more for rent, but not much. And I'm back in the writing and publishing game, as subsequent posts will demonstrate. But in the meantime, the game has changed, and as I result, I've had to make some changes, too.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Riverbeast: The Journey Will Be Made Into A Full Length Major Motion Picture!


Will telegenic contortionist and bondage model Wenona grab the coveted lead role in the Riverbeast movie based on her ability and willingness to do scenes like this? Time will tell! Image source: Hogtied.com ... for all your hogtied women needs!

I've had to keep this under wraps for a while, but my agent, Pauline Perell, has called and I'm free to Tell All: my novel Riverbeast: The Journey will be made into a major motion picture! It's set in the 1820s on the Mississippi River, the story of the beautiful young rich merchant's daughter who is kidnapped by a keelboat captain who is furious at her father for cheating him in a business deal. She is made into a sex beast on the keelboat and then sold into actual slavery to the owner of a saloon in a notorious outlaw hideout, the keelboat captain claiming she is a runaway octoroon. What turned the idea into an actual movie was the pitch line, Perell says: "Django Unchained Meets Fifty Shades of Grey" opened a lot of doors, as studio execs have noted the box office success of both movies.

Casting is even now underway, with Meryl Streep, Lindsay Lohan, Wenona, Queen Latifa, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Kristen Stewart and many, many others vying for the role of Constance Euharlee, and James Franco, Adam Sandler, Seth Rogan, Michael Douglas, Zack Gallifinakis and Will Smith vying for the role of Big Al.

The movie has required a few script changes but they are minor things that shouldn't affect the message, tone and style of the story, I am assured. Riverbeast will be set in the future and on another planet, there won't be any sex, nudity or bondage scenes, Constance Euharlee will be a teen with superhuman powers and her kidnappers will be aliens with no interest in sex with humans. Big All will be an intergalactic cop who plays by his own rules. And there will be a giant spider in the movie. And it will be a PG-13 film. But otherwise, I'm assured, it will be exactly the same story. Can't wait to see it on the big screen!

And I just have to let this tidbit out: My novels The Homouth and President Slavegirl are in development in a major motion picture studio as well (can't spill the beans on which one!). Perell tells me that when movie execs are told there's a scene where a female President of the United States is put on a rape rack and forced to give a Wall Street tycoon a blowjob while her mocks her as an idiot for not following the Rules of Money, they go wild. This movie is on a fast track indeed!

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.

Postscript:

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 Submission.com.

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 Submission.com.

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 Submission.com.

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.