Hope you’ve had a wonderful week — and that Santa (or not-Santa) was good to you, no matter how naughty you may have been.
My week’s been wonderful, though busy. Still, I’ve managed to get a bunch of writing done, which is always exciting!
I’ve got another threesome story that’s almost ready for posting that I wanted to let you know about: The Visitor. It’s the story of Lea, a young woman who’s flying into Atlanta for a job interview… and for a sofa-surfing stay at the apartment of her best friend’s older brother, a firefighter she’s had a crush on for years. Here’s a sneak peek: Continue reading →
The story of Allison (the Juliet of the title) and her continuing awakening, “Juliet Takes a Chance” explores what happens when she finds her self taking for the first time a lover other than Ken, her former teacher. And the new lover turns out to be not a man, but an old friend: her BFF Jordan, who has come to visit her at college. Her first lesbian experience opens Allison’s eyes, and shakes her friend to the core.
Can sex and love and friendship coexist? What will this mean to their friendship and their views of themselves? And what does this mean for Allison and her relationship with Ken?
Published as an ebook (and soon an audiobook as well), “Juliet Takes a Chance” is available for just $0.99 on Stillpoint/Eros, as well as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, and most other major booksellers. Look for links on the Stillpoint/Eros page.
So I’ve been working on the next Juliet story. Yay! And it’s once again taking me into somewhat uncharted territory, because there’s actually some same-gender nookie involved. Something I want to do right, since it’s not actually something I’ve, you know, done. It just seemed important for this story.
So I was talking with a friend who was kind enough to look through the story and give me some feedback, which was enormously helpful.
We talked about the potential traps involved in writing a love scene between two women, instead of a mixed set (or, as I’ve been doing of late, a trio). Pacing is a bit different. (A chance for more emphasis on foreplay and by-play, and no need to stop with the come shot, after all!)
But the biggest thing about writing a scene between two characters? You can’t use freaking pronouns. “She kissed her nipple” just doesn’t cut it! But using both women’s name all the time sucks too! It demands a fair amount of careful scene-setting to make it clear who is doing what to whom, and how. To those of my fandom friends who wrote lots of yaoi and yuri? My hat’s off to you. I had no idea!
Another thing that came up that I’d like some help with. I tend to use cunt as the descriptor of choice for a woman’s pudenda. I find it offensive when applied derogatorily for a person, but when and where I grew up, that was the accepted terminology — no charge behind it or anything.
And my friend didn’t have a problem with that, but felt that other people might — that it might be considered crass or or offensive. Which isn’t my intent at all; I just want to be descriptive.
Don’t know if this is a regional thing (since she’s in the South Pacific and I’m in the Western US — or the East Pacific, I guess) or a generational thing.
So I wanted to ask you: do you find the C Word offensive? Only in some circumstances? In any? I really don’t want to piss anyone off when I hadn’t intended to; I mean, if I’m going to poke someone in the eye, I want to do it on purpose, you know?
Thanks! Leave comments if you feel the need to explain or expand!
Oh, and by way of thanks, here’s a bit from the story in question, which should be out soon:
Hey! My collection Four Erotic Tales: Letters to Allison is currently on sale at your friendly neighborhood Amazon store! This title includes “Dana: Thing of Beauty,” “Bridget: Virgin Knot” (shh, don’t tell), “Rachel: The Big Easy,” and “Veronica: Arise, Fair Sun.”
The ebook’s on sale, but if you buy it, you also get a break on the audiobook. Heck, there’s even a good, old-fashioned paperback edition.
My publisher just told it’s out on Stillpoint/Eros and Smashwords and it’ll be up soon on Amazon, B&N, etc! Check it out — I’d love to know what you think.
Here’s the blurb:
Danny, Suzie, Jamie and Luz had been planning on coming up here after graduation, just the four of them, for a year. It had been a kind of fantasy of being grownups, running off to the woods for a couple of weeks, away from the world, away from families…. No one to watch who slept in which bedroom.
Fantasy, sure, but unspoken promise as well. Sex in the cabin. Sex by the lake. Two couples, each doing what couples do.
Only that was before Suzie and Danny decided to be mature and break it off, since they were going to be heading off to different schools and long-distance relationships never work. Danny had been the idiot to start that conversation. Suzie somberly told him two days before they left that she’d taken a job waiting tables, so she wouldn’t be coming and making things uncomfortable. So: one couple. And Danny. No more schoolboy fantasy. Not for him, anyway.
And Danny’s bedroom was right below Luz and Jamie’s, and so night after night he got to listen to his friends doing… what couples do.
A tale of desire, frustration, romance, and and a friendly helping hand. (M/F/M ménage à trois, M/F)
"But finally you find that you have people of flesh and blood on your hands, people with will and an individual sensibility of their own, made out of component parts you are unable to change, manipulate or distort." (Harold Pinter)