January 17, 2015

Big Book of Domination Blog Tour Kickoff


THE BIG BOOK OF DOMINATION

There. That's all you need to know: It's really BIG and it's really BEAUTIFUL and it's my newest book and I think you might want it--no, I know you want it.

I think the best way to acquaint you with what you'll find between the print or virtual covers is to give you a peek inside at just a little bit of my introduction, because I really am excited about this book.

Domination. I roll the word around in my head and then the pictures come hard and fast. I visualize a club with which I’m familiar. I can see it: the room’s dark. There are spotlit areas, but in my mind’s eye, they’re empty. I can fill them with my own subs and bottoms. I can cuff a boy to the wall here and fasten a girl to a spanking bench there. I can use rope bondage to tie up a willing slave and raise them off the ground with the help of a winch. There’s a lovely, large throne over there, where I can be worshipped, and there’s a table with about a hundred tie-down points—neural synapses flash more and more pictures through my mind.

Next, I travel to a bedroom. I can see a man in leather pants, and nothing else, wielding a whip. His girl is tied to the bedposts, on her knees, and she’s begging.

But what is she begging for? Another taste of the whip? A slap? A caress? To be allowed to come? It’s all up to him, of course.

Now I’m at a private play party. There are strangers and friends in various forms of undress but this isn’t a swinger’s party. No, this is definitely all about pain and bondage, dominance and submission, cuckoldry and humiliation, all at the whim of the dominants in the group.

I’m a fly on the ceiling of a long-time couple’s bedroom. They might be married; they might not, but it’s easy to see they love each other and have a history. The romance of her sighs and moans as he immobilizes her and forces pleasure upon pleasure on her—is it their anniversary? It’s the little bursts of laughter, peppering the action that makes the scene all the more intimate, all the more real.

I enter a dungeon and see my bottom du jour, who has been so submissively awaiting my arrival. Before me is a table heaped with the tools of my trade. I run my hand over the toys that have been so lovingly laid out for me. My fingers twine in the falls of floggers and play with the tips of single tail whips. I run my hands over paddles and clips, leather and metal cuffs, dildos and plugs made of silicone, metal and glass, various sizes of weights and clamps, rope, chain, locks, gloves and lube, leather bindings and more—it’s all here, begging my inspiration—waiting for the play to begin.

Are you like me? Are your nerve endings zinging? Have I whetted your interest?

I hope I have whetted your interest, but just to make sure, this post kicks off a blog tour. If you follow the schedule, you'll find out more about the book, the individual authors and their stories and maybe you'll find some cool blogs and authors to follow in the bargain.  Here are the dates and locations:

January 17: YOU ARE HERE: D L King Erotica
January 19: Valerie Alexander
January 21: David Wraith
January 23: Giselle Renarde
January 25: Amanda Earl
January 27: Evan Mora
January 28: Angela Sargenti
January 30: Athena Marie
February 1: Anna Mitcham
February 3: Rachel Kramer Bussel
February 5: Zoe Amos
February 7: Olivia Summersweet
February 9: Katya Harris
February 11: Alison Winchester
February 12: Malin James
February 14: Laura Antoniou

Buy The Big Book of Domination now:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Powell's City of Books

January 9, 2015

Reading at Northbound Leather


If you're in the Toronto area (or can get into the Toronto area on Sunday afternoon, January 18th, please come by Northbound Leather. This is going to be a very special reading and signing. Just look at the list of greats you can hear, in person. And yes, there will be books on hand for purchase and signing.

And you can even read your own work, if you like. We're setting aside time for erotic readings from the writers in the audience, too. That's right, put on your big kid panties and come prepared.

This reading is a kickoff for an international event tied in with the release of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie. Erotica writers want to let you know there's more out there. If you liked Fifty Shades (or if you didn't and wished it could be better) we want to give you a tiny sampling of what else is available, so come on out. There will be refreshments (of some sort...)

See you there!
D. L. King

November 20, 2014

NLA-I Writing Awards

Submissions are open again for the NLA- International Writing Awards so if you're a writer, editor or publisher please seriously consider submitting work for these very prestigious awards. Here is the official call for submissions. Feel free to repost this far and wide:

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Nominations may be sent to the contact email at awards@nla-international.com

(Columbus, OH) -- NLA-International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual writing awards for excellence in SM/leather/fetish writing for books, articles, novels and short fiction, which were first published between 1 January 2014 and 31 December 2014. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2014. The finalists will be announced in March 2015. The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association's Annual General Meeting. The five award categories are:

Non-Fiction Book (Geoff Mains Award)

Non-Fiction Article (Cynthia Slater Award)

Novel (Pauline Reage Award)

Short Fiction (John Preston Award)

Anthology (Samois Award)

Eligibility for all awards (short fiction, novel, non-fiction book, non-fiction article and anthology) requires first time publication of writing in the 2014 calendar year. If you or someone you know has published a book, article, or story dealing with any aspect of SM, leather, fetish, or kink sexuality please consider nominating it for one of the above awards. Authors and publishers are encouraged to nominate themselves by submitting copies of their work. Nominated works should foster education and promote awareness and a positive image of the leather/SM/fetish community. They should entertain and
educate, while building awareness and tolerance of the community and showcasing the talents of its members. There are no submission fees, but the judges will require either print copies of the nominated work or a digital copy (PDF).

NLA-I has convened a jury of readers whose number includes noted erotica writers, past award winners and leading community activists. The judges are rotated regularly and their names withheld until after judging is complete to prevent lobbying by nominees.

Now in their seventh year, the NLA-I's writing awards have received widespread appreciation and support. A "leather first", they have become the preeminent awards for SM, leather, and fetish writing. Past winners include Laura Antoniou, Gloria Brame, Jack Fritscher, Lee Harrington, Anneke Jacob, Jeff Mann, Jack Rinella, David Stein, Cecilia Tan, Tristan Taormino, Claire Thompson, Alyson Tyler, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Mollena Williams, Annie Cox and Elizabeth Coldwell.

Nominations may be sent to the contact email at awards@nla-international.com

CandiAnne
Awards Chair (Interim)

November 16, 2014

The Big Book of Domination


Had a great New York City launch party and reading for The Big Book of Domination on Saturday, November 15 at Purple Passion.

Laura Antoniou, Rachel Kramer Bussel, David Wraith (joining us all the way from St. Louis MO) and I read from the book to an appreciative crowd of erotica lovers. 

Maybe they were so appreciative because of the boozy cupcakes from my favorite place, Prohibition Bakery, and all the Prosecco we went through. But no, I think they had a good time because of the fun erotica readings--and the alcohol.

Right now, if you live in New York, you can get your own signed copy of The Big Book of Domination at Purple Passion (211 W. 20th Street, in Chelsea). These are very special copies as this book is not yet available anywhere else! Amazon won't even have it until November 24th and the book stores may not have it until December. So be one of the first to get your hands on a copy--a signed copy, no less!

And while you're at Purple Passion, check out all the cool stuff they have. You may need it when you're reading the book.  I just want you to be prepared...


June 7, 2014

Evan Mora About Slave Girls


Day 7 of the Slave Girls blog tour, and here we are, back where we started. Thanks to the fabulous D. L. for hosting me. So you know, the book is amazing. That’s what everybody’s saying: Publisher’s Weekly, Erotica Revealed, and perhaps more importantly, the incredibly talented, knowledgeable and experienced crew of writers who’ve had a hand in this book (I’m looking at you, Rose Caraway, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Alison Tyler…I could list the whole table of contents, but you get the idea).


So many amazing writers between the covers together, all telling stories about submissive women and Dominant men. Despite the sheer volume of words dedicated to this subject in the wide world of writing, it never seems to grow old. The desire never grows old. The need to submit, the need to relinquish control to a powerful man, beats in the heart and sex of millions of women. What is it about submission that keeps us wanting more? I could wax poetic, tell you a hundred different things, but I’ll settle for a more succinct EVERYTHING, and leave you with an excerpt from my story:

The door swings inward with an ominous groan and my breath catches at the sight of you. Framed in the golden entryway light with your shirt unbuttoned above bespoke suit pants and a tumbler of scotch cradled absently in your palm, you bid me enter with a casual gesture, then close out the early night behind us.
            You ask me what I need, the rich tenor of your voice as smoky as the scotch that even now, I know, lingers on your tongue.  That you know what I need matters not. It’s a part of the ritual – the naming of my desires – it has been from the beginning.
            “I need…” I say, eyes fixed somewhere below your open collar, on the skin that I know will feel smooth and hot beneath my mouth. You grasp my chin in your hand, exerting enough pressure to force my gaze upwards until I am caught by the impossible arctic blue of your eyes; eyes that appear at once cold and remote, and yet burn like the hottest of flames. You arch an aristocratic brow at my silence and the words spill out, the words that never change, words of hunger and of longing and of desperate, desperate need.
            In the silence that follows you weigh my words while your hand slides lower, spanning my neck. Little by little you tighten your hold, and while your gaze never leaves mine I know you miss nothing – not the flutter of my pulse against the pad of your thumb or the convulsive swallow I can’t control as the pressure and my need for air mount. I don’t close my eyes, even when stars threaten and your mouth covers mine with brutal intensity, stealing my reflexive gasp. I want you to see the surrender in my eyes. I want you to know that I am yours.

And, for more of this, I’m afraid you’re going to have to buy the book.  You can get it anywhere.  Here are a few links:



And don't forget, the tour has a lot of stops left. Be sure to go back and catch any posts you may have missed.


June 1  D. L. King  http://dlkingerotica.blogspot.com

June 2  Rachel Kramer Bussel  http://lustylady.blogspot.com
June 3  Alison Tyler  http://alisontyler.blogspot.com
June 4  Valerie Alexander  http://www.valeriealexander.org
June 5  Nina Fairweather  http://ninafairweather.com
June 6  Sommer Marsden  http://sommermarsden.blogspot.com
June 7  Evan Mora  http://dlkingerotica.blogspot.com
June 8  Victoria Behn  http://kdgrace.co.uk
June 9  Donna George Storey  http://sexfoodandwriting.donnageorgestorey.com
June 10  Teresa Noelle Roberts  http://www.teresanoelleroberts.com
June 11  Erzabet Bishop  http://erzabetsenchantments.blogspot.com
June 12  Lisette Ashton  http://ashleylisterauthor.blogspot.co.uk
June 15  Giselle Renarde  http://donutsdesires.blogspot.com
June 16  Lisabet Sarai  http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com
June 17  Graydancer  http://www.graydancer.com
June 18  Deborah Castellano  http://deborahcastellano.tumblr.com
June 19  Nym Nix  http://nymnix.wordpress.com
June 21  Lydia Hill  http://lisehorton.blogspot.com
June 22  Geeky Nymph  http://geekynymph.com
June 23  Tamsin Flowers  http://tamsinflowers.com
June 24  Cecilia Duvalle  http://ceciliaduvalle.com

June 1, 2014

Slave Girls Blog Tour Kickoff!

Today kicks off the blog tour for my newest anthology, Slave Girls: Erotic Stories of Submission! Throughout most of the month of June, if you follow the tour, (and I hope you will) you'll get to read excerpts from most of the stories in the book and get a little insight into the minds of the very talented writers whose work appears in this book.

Slave Girls is about what you think it's about. That's right: sexually submissive women and the dominant men they crave/need/love--it's all here. The foreword was written by Rose Caraway, one sexy librarian who knows her way around the hot stuff.

Laura Antoniou, author of the Marketplace books said this about Slave Girls:
"An incredible collection of stories that beautifully encapsulate the rush and fulfillment found only in the act of submission." And here's an excerpt of what I have to say in the introduction:

What is it about power exchange and sexual submission that just does it for me? When I ask myself that question I go a little weake in the knees, and I get that shiver through my body that makes my flesh feel a little like Jell-O. The world stops for a minute while my brain travels to the last good scene I remember. Maybe it was something I read yesterday afternoon, or maybe it was something that I did last night. I know you know the feeling; it's a Pavlovian response. Maybe you start to salivate a little, like Pavolv's dogs. Maybe it's not your mouth that starts to salivate. But it's that craving; that need. You know exactly what you need and the craving for it won't stop until it's been satisfied.

Sexual submission. My mind goes to that place. That ooh... and thane what happens? place. [Here are] handpicked stories specially written to awaken that need and/or satisfy it. Well, the stories won't satisfy it, but you know what will. 

Check out the cover:
Now check out the tour dates:

June 1  D. L. King  http://dlkingerotica.blogspot.com
June 2  Rachel Kramer Bussel  http://lustylady.blogspot.com
June 3  Alison Tyler  http://alisontyler.blogspot.com
June 4  Valerie Alexander  http://www.valeriealexander.org
June 5  Nina Fairweather  http://ninafairweather.com
June 6  Sommer Marsden  http://sommermarsden.blogspot.com
June 7  Evan Mora  http://dlkingerotica.blogspot.com
June 8  Victoria Behn  http://kdgrace.co.uk
June 9  Donna George Storey  http://sexfoodandwriting.donnageorgestorey.com
June 10  Teresa Noelle Roberts  http://www.teresanoelleroberts.com
June 11  Erzabet Bishop  http://erzabetsenchantments.blogspot.com
June 12  Lisette Ashton  http://ashleylisterauthor.blogspot.co.uk
June 15  Giselle Renarde  http://donutsdesires.blogspot.com
June 16  Lisabet Sarai  http://lisabetsarai.blogspot.com
June 17  Graydancer  http://www.graydancer.com
June 18  Deborah Castellano  http://deborahcastellano.tumblr.com
June 19  Nym Nix  http://nymnix.wordpress.com
June 21  Lydia Hill  http://lisehorton.blogspot.com
June 22  Geeky Nymph  http://geekynymph.com
June 23  Tamsin Flowers  http://tamsinflowers.com
June 24  Cecilia Duvalle  http://ceciliaduvalle.com

You can get a copy of Slave Girls: Erotic Stories of Submission lots of places.
Or your favorite independent book store (if they don't have it in stock, they'll be glad to order it for you!)

I'd love to hear what you think of the book and remember, reviews are a good way to send an author some love.


March 28, 2014

Current News and Appearances

I know it's short notice--really, really short notice--but I'll be at the Rainbow Book Fair tomorrow (March 29th, 2014).  The fair goes from noon to 6:00 and I'll be at the Cleis Press table, along with Laura Antoniou so please come by and say hi.  We have candy...  Oh, and we'll both be reading: me at 3:30 and Laura at 5:30.
I'll be reading from this:

And then there's April 14th.  See, that's plenty of time for you to plan.  I'll be reading from my brand new collection of fem dom short stories, Her Wish is Your Command: Twenty-One Erotic Stories of Female Domination at Between the Covers at An Beal Bocht.

  
Along with me will be Debra Hyde and Cassandra Park.  Here are the particulars: 


Between the Covers takes place the second Monday of every month at An Beal Bocht, a literary irish pub, at 445 W. 238 St. from 7-9 pm. You can take the No. 1 train and walk up the hill.

We have three readers (see below) and we also always have our signature dirty word raffle where patrons write their favorite dirty word on a slip of paper (and initial to, because dirty minds think alike) and are entered to win gifts from our sponsors which include a corset from Hips and Curves, as well as books and sex toys.

Debra Hyde pens the newly released The Charlotte Olmes mystery series, which re-imagines the famous cohorts as lesbian women set in 1880s New York City just as the Gilded Age and all its social and scientific advances take hold. Debra's lesbian BDSM novel, Story of L, won the 2011 Lambda Literary Award for lesbian erotica. A modern retelling of the classic Story of O, it updates the original tale to reflect the contemporary lesbian leather world and the women in it. She is a contributing author to the ground-breaking interactive erotic Entwined series, penning two lesbian novellas for it, Hers and Provenance. Her short fiction backlist spans over a decade of writing and will be re-released as mini-collection in ebook during 2014.  


D.L. King  is the editor of anthologies such as Carnal Machines (an IPPY gold medalist), Under Her Thumb and The Harder She Comes (Lambda Literary Award winner and also IPPY gold medalist). Her stories can be found in Best Bondage Erotica, Leather Ever After, and Luscious, among many others. Look for her collection, Her Will is Your Command, 21 Erotic Stories of Female Domination, just published by Riverdale Avenue Books.  

Cassandra Park is a writer and editor who's been in the BDSM lifestyle for over 20 years. Her writing has been published by The Eulenspiegel Society, Scarlett Hill, Logical Lust Publications, Instructing Eve and Ravenous Romance. Her book, "It's SUPPOSED to Hurt!" and My First Spanking are available on Amazon. She blogs about her journeys in the scene at www.mscassandrapark.com.  




Next month, 5/12, Between the Covers will feature a Lambda Literary Award Finalists reading featuring Tim Teeman reading from IN BED WITH GORE VIDAL, Donna Minkowitz reading from GROWING UP GOLEM, and Laura Antoniou reading from THE KILLER WORE LEATHER.