It goes without saying, I would guess, that this website is not safe for work and should only be viewed by adults.
I’ve put a lot of effort into making sure that there are no explicit images on the front page of this blog unless they are beneath a cut, but as soon as you follow any links from here you are nearly guaranteed to find sexually explicit content.
What’s more, even on this page there are likely to be images (non-explicit but inappropriate for work), naughty text and sex stories. That is, after all, what you came here for, right? 🙂
(This was originally posted on Dec. 19, 2012 but I regularly edit the published on date to keep it stuck to the top of the page)
I’m going to be editing an anthology with superstar Laura Harvey!
This year has been a politically rough one and Laura and I wanted to do something. Something to make us feel a little bit less helpless, and also to help. So I suggested we do an anthology to benefit the civil liberties organisations in our individual countries and Laura enthusiastically agreed.
What we came up with in the end (after much brainstorming) is an anthology we’re calling Rebellion and Refuge (or RAR!):
Rebellion and Refuge
Sometimes resistance is good–a bondage-loving submissive struggling against the things that bind her. Sometimes resistance is necessary–a rebel alliance fighting back against an evil empire. One thing it never is, however, is easy.
This anthology will explore resistance and rebellion within a romantic context—because sometimes love has to take a stand—but it will also include stories of refuge because you can’t fight all the time, and sometimes love is the only thing that brings you peace (or at least a place to breathe).
We want stories of feisty park rangers fighting the good fight, couples falling in love at protest marches (bonus points if they start out on opposite sides of the issue) and people forced to choose between what is right and what is easy. We want stories where a character’s only emotional refuge is within the arms of their lover and ones where couples work together to do the things they believe will make the world a better place.
We’re open to stories at every heat and kink level, and any sort of pairing (or more-ing) that you can imagine. Stories must have a real conflict and tension with a HEA or HFN ending.
Rebellion and Refuge: resistance is sensual.
• Stories between 1,000 – 15,000 words long (query for longer)
• Reprints accepted but not preferred. When submitting a reprint include information about its original publication in your submission email.
• Open to all gender pairings and multiple partners
• Simultaneous & multiple submissions = No
• Kink is welcome but not required
Payment: $10 USD and a paperback copy of the anthology in exchange for the non-exclusive right to include the story in both the print and electronic versions of the anthology.
Open submission period: October 1, 2017 – November 30, 2017
Expected publication date: Autumn 2018
Submission details will be revealed closer to the submission window opening
All profits from the sale of this anthology will be donated to the ACLU and CCLA.
About the Anthologists:
Laura Harvey is an editor, writer, bibliophile, horsewoman, historian, teacher, debate coach, nerd, DIY junkie and occasional rescuer of kittens. She holds a BA, MA, and is ABD, making her an exceptional asset in Trivial Pursuit. She loves reading so much that all of her handbags share one crucial ability: fitting a standard paperback or Kindle. She lives in northern California with a menagerie of beasts (dogs, cats, horses, and family members). Her previous anthology efforts include Demons, Imps and Incubi from World Weaver Press and Legendary from Pen and Kink Publishing.
Cori Vidae is an editor, anthologist and the founder of Pen and Kink Publishing. She works as an Assistant Editor at World Weaver Press and also occasionally finds time to write things. You can find her on Twitter at @CoriVidae or on her website at http://www.CoriVidae.com
Note: That photo was taken at the site of a hockey riot, not a protest… but it still captures the feeling we’re going for.
I don’t usually get too serious on this blog, but today I’m going to, because this is important.
This weekend is the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of the Battle for Vimy Ridge.
You can’t grow up in Canada and not know about Vimy Ridge — it’s seen as one of the things which helped shape our nation, which brought us together as a nation and inspired national pride. Documentaries and Heritage Minutes tend to frame it as ‘Other nations tried to take the ridge but we prevailed where they did not!’
It continues to instill pride to this day. I’ve never served in the military (though a good number of my ancestors have) but I still tear up with pride (and sadness) whenever I watch a Heritage Minute or documentary about Vimy Ridge.
It mattered to the war, to the world, to our country and it matters to me.
So it was only a question of time before it showed up in my fiction. But when it did I knew I was going to have to tread very carefully. And I did.
Although it’s never expressly stated in the text, in my story, Circles Within Circles, Michael is about to participate in this battle when he contacts his sister for help. That help made me really nervous, because in no way did I want to tell a story where incubus magic was the thing which made the Canadians successful in taking the ridge but I also really wanted for that to be the battle Michael was about to engage in.
In fact, Michael is in the same battalion that my family served in during WWI and WWII. It matters to me that even in something as fluffy as a paranormal romance story I respect those men and what they fought and died for. That I not minimize their struggles or their victories.
In the end the magic that shields Michael actually unshields some of his fellows–balance. That didn’t feel disrespectful. It worked for my conscience, my pride, and the story.
As I said, this weekend is the 100 year anniversary of the beginning of that terrible battle and I will be spending a lot of time thinking about those soldiers–what they were fighting for, what they endured and what they accomplished. I hope you will too.
From today until April 13th, Luminous Dreams by Alexa Piper will be involved in an Amazon countdown sale. The way that works is the book starts at the low, low, super low price of $0.99 and then slowly, over the course of the week, that price increases until it gets back to its regular price of $2.99.
What does that mean for you? Well, it means the sooner you act, the more you save!
Or, if you’re still not sure keep reading for a short description of each one of the stories you’ll find between the covers!
Relax, close your eyes . . . and dream.
Nine tales, nine sensual dreams of enchantment, wanderlust and lovers’ longings, of searching and finding; these dreams tell of birds of fire, curses that lie like bridges between night and day, and hunger for sweet seduction.
“Phoenix and Styx” Flesh and myth tumble together, strangers in a world too small to hold them. Can they find balance long enough to seek their pleasure, or are they destined to combust?
“Fortune’s Song” Eliron is a recluse with a bad reputation, Aurora is a fortune teller’s daughter turned nomad. Together, they sing harmonies to make harps blush, but their real song, their true song, may just be something darker and deeper.
“Candy and the Witch” When Gretel finds a candy trail in the woods leading to succulent desires, she doesn’t walk blindly into its trap—she lays one of her own.
“The Night Train: Story of a Passage” As Taite boards the night train, she expects a less-than-satisfactory nap, not a steamy encounter with mystical strangers and a choice that could change the very course of her life.
“I Will Feed You Honey” An ancient muse trapped within a Tarot card, a dancer trapped just outside the bright lights of center stage—they could be each other’s salvations . . . or prisons. But before that question is answered, Marina will have to figure out if the sexy dreams she’s been having of a masked man are fantasy inspired by the Tarot card that manages to slip between her sheets . . . or real.
“The Acorn Princess” Alice enters the woods to get away from the world, what she discovers awakens earthy desires she didn’t even know dwelled within her.
“Drinks and the Other Witch” When Hansel meets a stranger from a strange place, sweet seduction is what he wants.
“Nocturnal Conquests” Ana never noticed them, but they’ve been watching her, waiting, hungering for her. When the three of them finally meet the ending is inevitable—consume and be consumed—or is it?
“A Raven by Day” Sofia knows sunlight only through a raven’s eyes and hasn’t much use for her nocturnal, human body until she meets Hayden, whose hands work her flesh with the same awe and reverence as his metal and clockwork creations. But can Hayden keep the raven in his heart and the woman in his bed, or will they both fly away?
I was pretty excited when my story, “Circles Within Circles” was accepted for inclusion in the Demons, Imps and Incbui anthology a while back. I’m still excited to be included in that anthology, but now that it’s been out for a couple years I want to give people a way to read my story without buying the whole anthology.
Thus, I’m excited to announce that today I’ve released Circles Within Circles as a standalone story!
Mary never believed the rumors about her mother being a witch, but when a mirror inexplicably connects her to her twin brother Michael, stationed half a world away on a WWI battlefield, she reconsiders. To protect him from a battle he has reason to believe will be his last, Mary sets out to uncover any magic left on her isolated farm.
The incubus Cairn wakes from centuries of banishment to a cramped basement and a sensual, albeit surprised, woman. Perhaps she didn’t intend to summon him, but since she did, perhaps he could help… for a price.
I’ve priced this story at $0.99 because I feel like that’s a fair price for a short story but I’m not planning on keeping the profits from sales for myself. Instead, all the proceeds from this story will be used to fund microloans via Kiva to help women all across the world build better lives for themselves. I decided to use Kiva because as each loan is paid back I’ll be able to use that money to make another loan. And so, in that way, each dollar is used over and over and over again.
So if you pick up a copy of Circles Within Circles not only do you get an awesome story, but you’re helping women help themselves.
I’m going to take a break from talking about kINKED for a moment because Sara Dobie Bauer (*cough* who happens to have a story in kINKED *cough*) has a cover reveal today 🙂
Imogene helped her newbie vampire friend Celia hook up with an adorable human, but now Celia has dropped an atomic bomb of surprise: she has a possibly blood-sucking baby on the way. Imogene is not pleased, especially when a mysterious, ancient, and annoyingly gorgeous vampire historian shows up to monitor Celia’s unprecedented pregnancy.
Lord Nicholas Christopher Cuthbert III is everything Imogene hates: posh, mannerly, and totally uninterested in her. Plus, she thinks he’s hiding something. So what if he smells like a fresh garden and looks like a rich boarding school kid just begging to be debauched? Imogene has self-control. Or something.
As Celia’s pregnancy progresses at a freakishly fast pace, Imogene and Nicholas play an ever-escalating game of will they or won’t they, until his sexy maker shows up on Admiral Key, forcing Nicholas to reveal his true intentions toward Celia’s soon-to-arrive infant.