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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.

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