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FemDocs (Review)

FemDocs

What the publisher/author says:

It’s the near distant future…and women are tired of being passive, of doting on men. It’s time to put the cooking pots away.

A group of top-notch woman doctors plan to eliminate the male population one man at a time, luring them to sperm banks, using man’s lust and greed against them. By the time they are done, only the good, the kind-hearted, and the easily malleable will be left, allowing the women to form a new, respectful race of men.

But when one doctor falls for an agent, can she save him in time, or does it mean going against all she believes?

What I say:

Somewhere in secret, a powerful female doctor meets with other women (doctors?) to discuss the eradication of all of the lustful, morally corrupt, and greedy men of the world, leaving behind only the pliable men to do their bidding.  The main character, Shyla (I don’t recall that we know her last name, but maybe I just missed it), is a doctor who is responsible for running her reproduction clinic as well as completing the ‘hit’ on the lead-male character, who is either with ‘them’ or dead.

Shyla falls for the man she has to turn towards the female-run side of the new world.

This short story has an interesting plot line that definitely could be expanded to complete the saga. Surely all things aren’t going to wrap off so nicely as ‘happily ever after… women rule’. I look forward to Sonia taking this story and expanding on it through the adventures of the uprising of the males, the defectors of females, and how things will be once this new world order.  I read it, finished it, and KNEW that there HAS to be more… I also think this would make an awesome graphic novel.

FemDocs by Sonia Hightower

Published by: (self published)

Publication date: August 10, 2012

Price Point: $1.49 (Amazon)

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Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica (Review)

Girl Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica

What the publisher says:

Even though they may not get a lot of action on the field after high school and college, girl jocks always manage to see a lot of action off the field. Because female athletes have an easy confidence about them, a natural nonchalance, and usually a killer bod, that draws all kinds of women to them – straight, lesbian, bisexual, curious, questioning, you name it. Women are competitive by nature, whether they play sports or games. Women play hard and love harder. They don’t just score – they keep track. Girls Who Score is filled with story after story of complex, intriguing women engaging in all kinds of, ahem, contact sports. Sinclair Sexsmith contributes “A Good Workout” at the gym with lots of hot action in the steam room and Gina Marie has two women boxers going at it in every way in her ever-so-sexy “Blood Lust.” Delilah Devlin’s soccer champs have a very good time in “Playing the Field,” and Elle’s “Game Over” has a cheerleader who “trains” a freshmen each year to serve her every need. Sporty dykes aren’t always playing ball, so to speak. After all, scuba divers and gym bunnies are in fact athletes and editor Ily Goyanes features lesbian jocks of every stripe in this sweet and sweaty volume.

What I say:

This is a collection of stories written about the seemingly unrepresented ‘sporty dyke’, ranging from the sweet and sentimental to the down right graphic.  Being neither sporty nor a lesbian, and reading the full title (Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica)… I will admit to being a little scared and uncertain I hadn’t bitten off more than I could chew. I was certain I was going to start reading and burst into flames (or something to the like).

No, but really… I didn’t know what to expect. So, I went into reading the book with an open mind. Since I had a hard copy and not a PDF on my Kindle meant I couldn’t hide what I was reading from the world. On the playground, waiting after school for my elementary school aged child, in the back of a car on a ride, I read.  I had a few people raise eye brows at the title.

This is a collection to sixteen stories written by sixteen different authors. In each story, you can really feel the different personality of each writer. I will admitted that not every story appealed to me, but not based on the topic or plot. Some of the stories (to me) felt like they were forced fiction, and some of them felt like two friends sitting down, swapping stories of a single moment in time.

I’m a huge fan of anthologies because you get a taste of individual personalities and styles of writing all on a similar topic, so I can compare and contrast what I like and don’t like about the author’s style.

Of note, my favorite story of the collection was Anna Watson’s “Give and Go”. I’ve never read anything she’s written before, but found the story very true to life. I could picture her words and the plot line was probable. I didn’t feel like she forced the story or added a bunch of stuff that was unnecessary. I felt like the story was just one she’d have shared with a friend over a cup of coffee as she recalled her time at her school back in the day, while having plenty of the present-time speech so that it feels like something that I could insert myself into (which is what most writers want to have their readers do, insert themselves along side the protagonist in the story).  I could picture the two of us sitting around, talking about her dad needing to go into an assisted living facility, and then naturally flowing into a blast from her past. It flowed, it felt natural, it felt comfortable.

From the title, it might be a ‘scary’ book for some folks, but if they can get past the title, I believe that there’s a little bit of something for almost everyone, not inclusive of lesbians (though I’m sure that in the great wide literary world of straight-lit, a bit of lesbian-lit is welcomed).

It made me think about the girls who I went to school with, wondering if they felt much like a lot of these characters when they played sports, hung out in the halls and locker rooms, and hope that they felt safe enough to be happy with who they are.

There were definitely steamy scenes set to get hearts racing and the imagination to go wild. It made me wish I worked out, ran, played soccer or basket ball… something… because sports and hard bodies are hot, no matter what your gender, gender preference, or activity level.

Girls Who Score: Hot Lesbian Erotica edited by Ily Goyanes

Published Date: August 7, 2012

Publisher: Cleis Press

Price Point: $10.16 (Kindle), $14.95 (Softcover)

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Maiden Behind the Mask (Review)

Maiden Behind the Mask

What the publisher/author says:

When Catalina Rodriguez is attacked by a would-be rapist and rescued by the dashing Ricardo Garcia, she not only becomes more aware of the handsome man, but also vows that she’ll never be a damsel in distress again. Using the timeless method of blackmail, she convinces her uncle to teach her to fight and becomes a masked crusader in the night, saving other damsels from robbers and rough handling.

However, scandalous rumors and dwindling funds force Ricardo and Catalina to marry. Not immune to each other’s charms, their marriage starts fiery, but when one of Catalina’s nightly escapades results in dire consequences, she is forced to spurn her husband’s amorous advances…or reveal a secret that could turn him away from her forever.

Ricardo’s not a man to be cuckolded or left in the dark. Is his wife having an affair with El Capitan, the masked savior? If so…they will both pay.

What I say:

I went into the story without any idea what it was about beyond the basic summary. I haven’t read anything by this author before, so I didn’t have any type of previous knowledge of writing style or genre.  The book starts off kind of dark, where the beautiful Catalina is attacked in an alley on her way to retrieving medicine for her mother, who is quite ill with TB.  You get a feel for the period by the period dress.  At first I hesitated because honestly, it was already kind of late at night and the last thing I wanted before bed was to read a dark and tortured soul.

However, after the initial attack, where Ricardo comes to Catalina’s rescue, the book flows nicely and loses much of that darkness. There’s action, adventure, and I laughed so much over the poor afflicted horse.  Between the colorful language (ah, my Spanish is rusty but I totally understood) and the humor, interactions, and everything, the story just feels right. I was sad to see it end.

Even the romance/sex scenes just seemed to fit so well in the story, without over powering the plot line. A lot of books I’ve read seem to be going along at a PG/PG-13 pace then BAM! NC-17, which comes off as awkward and more like porn thrust into an otherwise perfectly functional story.  Maiden Behind the Mask was balanced, with language that was expressive without being too graphic. I enjoy when an author has meaningful interactions between the characters while allowing the language to be in such a way that it wasn’t uncomfortable to read.

The characters are easily likable, with my favorite being Le Reina because of her gassy problem, which interjected just enough humor to get me giggling and laughing (hey, who doesn’t like bodily humor!?), with my close second being Catalina for her ability to be quiet and demur when needed, but a firecracker when it was necessary.

I eagerly look forward to reading other works by this author, and hope that maybe another book with these characters will be in the works.

Maiden Behind the Mask by Tara Chevrestt

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Publish Date: August 9, 2012

Price Point: $3.99 (on Amazon)

 

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Interview with Lacey Wolfe

Lacey Wolfe:

How do you come up with your ideas?

I wish I had some magical answer, but usually just a scene will start playing in my head. I jot it down and from there and hope it might turn into something.

How do you execute them in such a way that they take on lives of their own?

The characters take over. I am not a plotter. I usually sit down with a notebook and pen before I write and from there jot down notes of what I want to happen next. It helps me increase my word count as well as not have those moment where I am stuck. However, I don’t ever outline the whole story before writing it.

Do your characters ever take over your stories? If they do, how do you handle that?
How do you decide which ideas you want to go with?

The last story I wrote I had a different idea for. Then somehow things changed and I just went with it. It was going to be just a sweet romance but turned into a sweet romantic suspense. I let the characters take me where they want to go, usually.

Has there ever been a time in your writing career that you ever wanted to give up and why/why not? What made you overcome your ‘self doubt’?

This happens often. I am new and still building a following. You have to stay away from book rankings. Especially when they first come out. As an author we promote the book has released and we always hope everyone is going to run wild out to buy it. And then they just trickle there slowly. But then I remind myself, I am new. Who is Lacey Wolfe to readers? Hopefully one day they will know.

What was one character that you felt so emotionally attached to that you hated ‘hurting’ and why? How were you able to overcome that (if you were)?

Jax from Amber’s Muse. He was the first I had to hurt and I think Amber really hurt his feelings. But I was proud of Jax for how he handled it.

You obviously enjoy what you do. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?

If you enjoy it, do it. But learn. Read a lot. And when you read, do it as research. Look how sentences begin and how the author describes things. Then look over your work and see how yours compares. Being a writer can get lonely. So find some awesome online authors to chat with who can relate to what you’re going through.

If you couldn’t write another story (be a writer), what would you do with your life?

Maybe be a realtor. LOL.

What kind of rituals do you use to write (ie, a special pen, paper, lighting, drink)?

I like a snack nearby. If I continually shove food in my mouth, then I don’t have a reason to get up.

Do you listen to music while you’re writing, and if so, what kind of music do you listen to?

I don’t listen to music. I like quiet.

Which one of your characters to date do you relate to most and why?

Good question. There is a piece of me in all of them. Whether is a trait I wish I had, or a fear they have that I do also. I think though, I would have to choose Amber from Amber’s Muse. Amber’s Muse was my first story published and I kind of lived through my character since she is an aspiring author herself…as I was at the time.

What made you chose the genre(s) you write?

I started with erotica with a curiosity if I could do it. I plan to keep writing it, but get more sweet romances out too.

What new things are you working on? 

I am working on the last Hot Bods story as well a sequel to Sarah’s Chase that I plan to try self-publishing.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I love to connect. Come see me on Twitter or Facebook. As well as my website www.laceywolfe.com.

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Bound By Pleasure (review)

Bound by Pleasure

This review is going to be a little bit different. As of right now (8/8/12), the book has not been releases, pre-released, and there is nothing out there on it. So, I am the first… or one of them.

Synopses: Divorced romance writer, Megan, needs some control in her life. After a husbands who put his needs and wants before hers, and an interest in the BDSM lifestyle, Megan’s ready for a change. With the aid of her friend, Dawn, Megan interviews with Greg, a Dom in search of a new Sub. Usually, artist Greg wouldn’t take on a Sub without any prior experience, but something about Megan hit the spot like he’d never expected her to.

I spread the story out over a couple of days, tucking in to read it when I wouldn’t be too distracted with the days and happenings in my day to day life. To be honest, I get nervous when I read these types of stories because I never know what to expect (not being familiar with the lifestyle, and it not being my go-to style for writing).  I try to go into each story with an open mind.  For a BDSM-type story, I found this one pleasantly mild and nothing I wouldn’t consider for my own bedroom. I really enjoyed the the interactions between the artist Dom and the writer Sub. It was like seeing a struggle of my inner self, the fight between my artistic side and my author side. They found balance between life and the lifestyle.

It is an easy to relate with story that isn’t so out there that as a reader, you couldn’t imagine being in either position.

The story progressed fairly quickly without any real conflict between any of the characters. There was a moral at the end of the story (communication is the key of success to any relationship). The imagery wasn’t over the top or cringeworthy, which is nice because some writers perceive the lifestyle in a dark and dangerously off limits way.

Bound by Pleasure by Lacey Wolfe

Publisher: Beachwalk Press, Inc.

Date of Publication: August 17, 2012

Price Point: $3.99 (on Kindle)

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Interview with Amber Myers

I have been reading Amber informally for a few years, following her various blogs. She’s unlike anyone I have never met (er, well… I’ve never actually met her, so… she’s like no one I have ever not met, if that makes sense, which it probably doesn’t, but as I live in the land of perpetual sleep deprivation like some sort of horrible science experiment, let’s run with it, okay?). I recall her saying that her rejection letters include things like ‘chit lit’ is dead, and I’m hoping that its not true because I think her talent to take the ordinary and make it extra-ordinary is one that shouldn’t be ignored.  Plus… one day I’d like to read what she’s written and be like- I totally knew her way back when… Continue reading

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