I’m joining Sinclair Sexsmith’s virtual tour for her new anthology Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica for two reasons. First, because Sinclair ROCKS and second, because I have a story in this amazing book. So, before I get involved in telling you about my story, I thought I’d tell you how happy I was to have a story chosen for Say Please and how much fun it’s been listening to some of my fellow authors read their stories aloud. (I got to read mine, too, because you know, I’m a reading whore…)
I have to say, if you’ve never attended a reading, you should go. Regardless how much you enjoyed reading an authors work to yourself, it is that much more exciting to hear the author read her own words. Chances are, you’ll come away with a much more nuanced understanding of the story.
But I said I was going to talk about my story, “A Public Spectacle.”
Pretty much everything I write has at least a kernel of truth. Sometimes that truth is that the building where the action takes place really does exist; sometimes that truth is that the girl in the story is someone I actually know and something very similar happened to her in real life and sometimes that girl is actually me – in some alternate universe – sort of.
“A Public Spectacle” comes from an actual scene I witnessed. No, I wasn’t the top, and, god no, I wasn’t the bottom, either. Like I said, I just witnessed the scene. I was at a public play space and there was something about it that drew me, that made me want to witness and made me remember it and want to write about it.
The top wasn’t the most amazing top I’d ever seen and the bottom wasn’t little miss sexy-pants, either, but there was something about their play that was so genuine and transforming. And, yes, the bottom was indeed transformed through her submission and became truly beautiful.
I think that often happens in play, even when you aren’t consciously thinking of ritual and spirituality. In fact, I almost never think of ritual and spirituality (please don’t think less of me – it’s just who I am) but, when things are going really well, the feeling often shifts to something transcending. Maybe it’s just soaring on endorphins for both top and bottom, and maybe it’s more. I’m not the type to contemplate those things, as a rule. But I suppose I did contemplate them when I wrote this story. Writing the story, as well as viewing the scene, sort of put me in a trance. If you’ve heard me read it, I even read it with a trance-like quality, which is very unusual for me. I don’t know if I was successful in bringing the feeling to the page; I’ll have to let you be the judge. But please do read it and judge for yourself. Let me know, if you’ve a mind to. I’d love to hear from you, either way. But, whatever you do, treat yourself to this book. It’ll definitely keep you up, if you know what I mean.
Keep following the virtual tour and go back and read the dates you may have missed. Here’s the stuff:
April 1 Say Please release party in SF
April 1 (virtual tour) Viviane http://www.thesexcarnival.com
April 3 Rachel Kramer Bussel http://lustylady.blogspot.com
April 4 Giselle Renard http://donutsdesires.blogspot.com
April 5 Evoe throw http://www.wholesexlife.com
April 6 Liz http://AlphaHarlot.com
April 9 Roma Mafia http://www.romamafia.com
April 10 Official release date! Sinclair http://www.sugarbutch.net
April 11 Dede / deviantdyke http://deviantdyke.blogspot.com/
April 12 Helena Swan http://www.cuntext.com
April 13 Say Please release party in NYC
April 13 (virtual tour) Kim Herbel http://www.butchlesque.com
April 14 Lily Lloyd http://theblackleatherbelt.com
April 16 Lyzanne http://sexpositive.tumblr.com/
April 17 Lula Lisbon http://lulalisbon.tumblr.com
Arpil 18 Ali Oh http://www.madeofwords.com
April 19 Jameson http://www.ftmbutchdude.com
April 21 Charlie Ninja http://charlieninja.tumblr.com/
April 22 Say Please release party in Boston
April 22 (virtual tour) Meredith Guy http://meridithguy.tumblr.com
April 23 Wendi Kali http://astrangerinthisplace.blogspot.com
April 24 Lolita Wolf http://leatheryenta.com
April 25 Audrey at Babeland http://babeland.com/blog
April 26 Seth B http://smokebellyscorner.wordpress.com
April 27 Danika http://www.lesbrary.com
April 28 D. L. King http://www.dlkingerotica.com
April 29 Kiki http://kikidelovely.wordpress.com
April 30 Dilo Keith http://dilokeith.wordpress.com/blog-2/
April 30 Xan West http://tgstonebutch.livejournal.com/
5 1/2 x 8, 232 pages
Say the magic word and fulfill your deepest desires for discipline and surrender, domination and submission, and the heightened sensations of BDSM play. One request opens up a fantasy world of classic dungeon scenes, bondage and restraint, floggers and spankings, sadism and masochism, very hot sex and so much more. True to form, Sexsmith queers classic gender dynamics, with a femme daddy in Alysia Angel’s “Feathers Have Weight,” and genderqueer bois who earn their right to flag black in Sassafras Lowrey’s “Black Hanky.” In “The Cruelest Kind,” Kiki DeLovely’s naughty narrator gets her just desserts from her butch in a back alley. D.L. King’s top makes her submissive strip before an unseen audience in “A Public Spectacle.” Face slapping can be a hard limit or the most delicious craving, as Rachel Kramer Bussel’s protagonist finds out in “A Slap in the Face.” Whether you dream of surrendering to a lover or of weilding your power, Say Please to the erotic inspiration within.
With contributed stories by Miriam Zoila Pérez, Wendi Kali, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Gigi Frost, BB Rydell, Amelia Thornton, Vie La Guerre, Sassafras Lowrey, Dusty Horn, Kiki DeLovely, Elaine Miller, Shawna Elizabeth, Sossity Chiricuzio, Meridith Guy, August InFlux, Maria See, D.L. King, Anna Watson, Dilo Keith, Sinclair Sexsmith, Alysia Angel, Xan West, and Elizabeth Thorne.