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A SUBMISSIVE’S ROLE IN A D/s RELATIONSHIP

    
Are you submissive? Do you fancy the notion of giving control to someone else, either for a few hours or for the rest of your life (insofar as your relationship with that someone else is concerned)? Submission is not about being a timid wallflower, or about letting people walk all over you. Nor is it about having nil self-esteem and an inability to stick up for yourself. Submission to someone else requires mutual love, trust and communication above all else. Everything else, even if it is important, is secondary. Without those first three things, the others may as well not exist.


While the Dominant may hold the reins (figuratively and sometimes literally), the submissive (in this case you) has a great deal of control. He or she may guide you, but when you come to the relationship with a healthy sense of self, it enriches the partnership beyond words. Guidance, care and authority are well and good, but the Dom/Domme is not a parent, but a partner. If you lack a sense of personal responsibility or adequate self-esteem, any relationship you attempt is likely bound to fail. Emotionally stable individuals fare far better in such an environment than do those who are not.

Also a D/s relationship is never about abuse and subjugation and, within reason, you have the ability to say ‘no’. You as the submissive can accept or deny your Dominant’s authority over you, and it really is not ‘on or off’. The exchange of power comes in multiple shades that are colored by what is going on at the time. That said, in the realm of safe, consensual, and wholly desired experiences, there is a certain way that things are done, a certain set of rules that a good submissive should follow in order to keep their Dom/Domme happy. But just what are they?

Once your Dom/Domme and you have established limits and boundaries (which are not static and can fluctuate, depending upon the scene and mood), it becomes your duty to please your partner. If it is the pleasure of your Dom/Domme to take control of you - mind, body and soul - then that is what they will do. Only trusting your Dom/Domme not to cause you undue harm and to rule you with a firm yet kind and loving hand will allow such a bond to be cemented. With such control, what do you do? You put your Dom/Domme first. He or she has your best interests at heart, and know what it is you want, how you want it, and how best to bring you to new heights of passion, pleasure or pain. There is a sort of serenity in letting your Dom/Domme take you to the brink of your endurance, then nudging you over the precipice when the time is right. You should be able to trust in him or her to know when that time is.

Your Dom/Domme’s rules for you are meant to bring you up, to enlighten you, to open you up to new experiences and to revel in familiar ones. Your Dom/Domme acts for your benefit, even if you might not think so at the time, so appreciation, devotion and obedience are key. When approval for what you do comes from both sides, it enhances both of your lives and gives you as a submissive a solid base from which to learn and grow.


If you take anything at all from this, it should be that a healthy, loving and entirely mutual relationship is the only true way to approach a rewarding and enriching D/s partnership. Your partner may do unspeakably wonderful things to you, but in turn, you must reward that loving and stern hand with the adoration and devotion that its owner deserves.

 by Susan M
A SUBMISSIVE’S ROLE IN A D/s RELATIONSHIP

Are you submissive? Do you fancy the notion of giving control to someone else, either for a few hours or for the rest of your life (insofar as your relationship with that someone else is concerned)? Submission is not about being a timid wallflower, or about letting people walk all over you. Nor is it about having nil self-esteem and an inability to stick up for yourself. Submission to someone else requires mutual love, trust and communication above all else. Everything else, even if it is important, is secondary. Without those first three things, the others may as well not exist.

While the Dominant may hold the reins (figuratively and sometimes literally), the submissive (in this case you) has a great deal of control. He or she may guide you, but when you come to the relationship with a healthy sense of self, it enriches the partnership beyond words. Guidance, care and authority are well and good, but the Dom/Domme is not a parent, but a partner. If you lack a sense of personal responsibility or adequate self-esteem, any relationship you attempt is likely bound to fail. Emotionally stable individuals fare far better in such an environment than do those who are not.

Also a D/s relationship is never about abuse and subjugation and, within reason, you have the ability to say ‘no’. You as the submissive can accept or deny your Dominant’s authority over you, and it really is not ‘on or off’. The exchange of power comes in multiple shades that are colored by what is going on at the time. That said, in the realm of safe, consensual, and wholly desired experiences, there is a certain way that things are done, a certain set of rules that a good submissive should follow in order to keep their Dom/Domme happy. But just what are they?

Once your Dom/Domme and you have established limits and boundaries (which are not static and can fluctuate, depending upon the scene and mood), it becomes your duty to please your partner. If it is the pleasure of your Dom/Domme to take control of you - mind, body and soul - then that is what they will do. Only trusting your Dom/Domme not to cause you undue harm and to rule you with a firm yet kind and loving hand will allow such a bond to be cemented. With such control, what do you do? You put your Dom/Domme first. He or she has your best interests at heart, and know what it is you want, how you want it, and how best to bring you to new heights of passion, pleasure or pain. There is a sort of serenity in letting your Dom/Domme take you to the brink of your endurance, then nudging you over the precipice when the time is right. You should be able to trust in him or her to know when that time is.

Your Dom/Domme’s rules for you are meant to bring you up, to enlighten you, to open you up to new experiences and to revel in familiar ones. Your Dom/Domme acts for your benefit, even if you might not think so at the time, so appreciation, devotion and obedience are key. When approval for what you do comes from both sides, it enhances both of your lives and gives you as a submissive a solid base from which to learn and grow.

If you take anything at all from this, it should be that a healthy, loving and entirely mutual relationship is the only true way to approach a rewarding and enriching D/s partnership. Your partner may do unspeakably wonderful things to you, but in turn, you must reward that loving and stern hand with the adoration and devotion that its owner deserves.

by Susan M

THE DOMINANT’S ROLE IN A D/s RELATIONSHIPAt the core of any sound D/s relationship, whether you live it merely behind closed doors or as a 24/7-lifestyle choice, lies one thing, without which, the dynamic would cease to exist. And that is trust. It is such a simple word, with a world of implications as well as complications if it is ever violated.


Trusting you to handle mundane tasks like walking the dog or washing the dishes is one thing but when passions flare and needs lie coiled, waiting for you to allow it to be unleashed like a torrent of want, trust takes on an entirely different visage. It is the role of the submissive to give the Master/Mistress (you) what they want, to be what they want, how and when they want.

Conversely, it is your duty to treat that ultimate gift with the respect and dignity it deserves. It does not matter if you and your partner go in for a fluffier version of BDSM, or are adherents to the hardest of hardcore. If the Dom/Domme of the relationship acts solely on his or her whims, doing only what s/he wishes, the relationship becomes stale and unhealthy. There must be a clear understanding on both sides about what is wanted and needed - and you must never confuse wants with needs. Rest assured that just as you have needs, so too does your submissive. The role of the Dom/Domme is not to bully or mistreat the submissive. There is nothing erotic or enticing about genuinely causing harm. Granted, pain, discomfort, humiliation, shame - these can all be parts of the story, but always in moderation, and never without reason.

Limits must be set by you; and you must also be consistent. Certainly your submissive will test you (and s/he should). A healthy submissive will try you from time to time, to ascertain that you are worthy to hold their trust so completely. With the aforementioned consistency, you can remind him or her over and over again that you love unconditionally, but that doing things that run contrary to your desires comes with a price. What that price is must also be consistent and within reason. The two of you can determine that beforehand to avoid nasty surprises or causing unintentional harm. The limits not only lay guidelines for what is proper and what is not, but a submissive also provides a further sense of security - of paramount importance.

A firm yet gentle hand to guide your submissive is also necessary. Even if your submissive isn’t testing you antagonistically, the boundaries of their experience should be expanded from time to time. If you never did anything new or novel, you would become bored. The same goes for your submissive. New games, new activities, new methods of restraint - the limits of the things that you can do together to enhance the experience is limited solely by your imaginations and comfort levels.


Your submissive must be free to express him or herself. Meshing with the notion of an open dialogue, the ability for your submissive to be open to you has far reaching consequences and benefits. Your submissive of course never wants to disappoint or anger you (and should rightly hate doing either of those things) but submissives are not without feelings and thoughts of their own. When you allow them to express themselves openly without fear of reprisal, whether what they have to say is good or bad, you show them that you love and respect them. With knowledge out in the open, you both can grow and deepen the bond that stands between the two of you.

In addition to being a firm yet kind teacher, you must be willing to forgive your submissive for his or her inevitable transgressions. While it takes a certain level of narcissism to be a Dom/Domme in the first place, a mentally and emotionally healthy one can detach from that self-importance. You are not the only one in the relationship after all. Atonement may be apportioned but your submissive must never believe that you love them any less for their having failed you. Once punishment has been doled out (if it is even necessary), moving on to bigger and better things with your most devoted partner is the optimal approach. Bottom line: don’t dwell, or let your partner do so either.
  
 by Susan M
THE DOMINANT’S ROLE IN A D/s RELATIONSHIP

At the core of any sound D/s relationship, whether you live it merely behind closed doors or as a 24/7-lifestyle choice, lies one thing, without which, the dynamic would cease to exist. And that is trust. It is such a simple word, with a world of implications as well as complications if it is ever violated.

Trusting you to handle mundane tasks like walking the dog or washing the dishes is one thing but when passions flare and needs lie coiled, waiting for you to allow it to be unleashed like a torrent of want, trust takes on an entirely different visage. It is the role of the submissive to give the Master/Mistress (you) what they want, to be what they want, how and when they want.

Conversely, it is your duty to treat that ultimate gift with the respect and dignity it deserves. It does not matter if you and your partner go in for a fluffier version of BDSM, or are adherents to the hardest of hardcore. If the Dom/Domme of the relationship acts solely on his or her whims, doing only what s/he wishes, the relationship becomes stale and unhealthy. There must be a clear understanding on both sides about what is wanted and needed - and you must never confuse wants with needs. Rest assured that just as you have needs, so too does your submissive. The role of the Dom/Domme is not to bully or mistreat the submissive. There is nothing erotic or enticing about genuinely causing harm. Granted, pain, discomfort, humiliation, shame - these can all be parts of the story, but always in moderation, and never without reason.

Limits must be set by you; and you must also be consistent. Certainly your submissive will test you (and s/he should). A healthy submissive will try you from time to time, to ascertain that you are worthy to hold their trust so completely. With the aforementioned consistency, you can remind him or her over and over again that you love unconditionally, but that doing things that run contrary to your desires comes with a price. What that price is must also be consistent and within reason. The two of you can determine that beforehand to avoid nasty surprises or causing unintentional harm. The limits not only lay guidelines for what is proper and what is not, but a submissive also provides a further sense of security - of paramount importance.

A firm yet gentle hand to guide your submissive is also necessary. Even if your submissive isn’t testing you antagonistically, the boundaries of their experience should be expanded from time to time. If you never did anything new or novel, you would become bored. The same goes for your submissive. New games, new activities, new methods of restraint - the limits of the things that you can do together to enhance the experience is limited solely by your imaginations and comfort levels.

Your submissive must be free to express him or herself. Meshing with the notion of an open dialogue, the ability for your submissive to be open to you has far reaching consequences and benefits. Your submissive of course never wants to disappoint or anger you (and should rightly hate doing either of those things) but submissives are not without feelings and thoughts of their own. When you allow them to express themselves openly without fear of reprisal, whether what they have to say is good or bad, you show them that you love and respect them. With knowledge out in the open, you both can grow and deepen the bond that stands between the two of you.

In addition to being a firm yet kind teacher, you must be willing to forgive your submissive for his or her inevitable transgressions. While it takes a certain level of narcissism to be a Dom/Domme in the first place, a mentally and emotionally healthy one can detach from that self-importance. You are not the only one in the relationship after all. Atonement may be apportioned but your submissive must never believe that you love them any less for their having failed you. Once punishment has been doled out (if it is even necessary), moving on to bigger and better things with your most devoted partner is the optimal approach. Bottom line: don’t dwell, or let your partner do so either.

by Susan M

A WOMAN’S SERVANTReviewed by Jim LyonChris Bellows’ A Woman’s Servant is an interesting, yet incomplete, entrée into femdom tale bracketed by loosely related vignettes that primarily depict the day-to-day operations of The Institute, a sperm extraction facility where the story’s narrator works. The chapters dealing with Nurse Cummings’ employment are pure over-the-top diabolical femdom fantasies that don’t necessarily resonate with all aficionados of that genre. Just about the time I was wondering how that narrative could possibly be sustained for an entire book, the true story began to materialize.

It seems that the decidedly kinky nurse has recently relocated and is in need of a very special kind of live-in personal servant who possesses sensibilities complementary to her own. A carefully crafted ad placed in the personals section of Craig’s List lands her a boatload of “applicants”, the vast majority of which are totally unacceptable for a whole host of reasons. One of the hopefuls, an entering freshman at the local college, who has foolishly squandered on a financial domme the money his parents gave him for living expenses, strikes her as the perfect candidate and she proceeds to reel him in. 

Mostly the balance of the story chronicles the process by which Nurse Cummings transforms Christopher into Christy, and molds him into her ideal chaste, feminized, and submissive servant. The way that unfolds is told in a wickedly playful manner that mutes much of the cruelty involved. Oddly, the book terminates rather abruptly with Christy heading home for the Christmas holidays followed by a celebration involving the denizens of The Institute. 

While this book has flashes of inspiration and often succeeds at drawing the reader into the story, in many respects it feels like the author got bored and didn’t make an effort to blend its two parts together better or to construct a more satisfying conclusion. For those who care about such things, most of the sex appears off camera. Conversely, lavish attention is paid to describing scenes involving Christy undergoing elaborate humiliations that reinforce relinquishing all traces of his masculinity.
A WOMAN’S SERVANT


Reviewed by Jim Lyon

Chris Bellows’ A Woman’s Servant is an interesting, yet incomplete, entrée into femdom tale bracketed by loosely related vignettes that primarily depict the day-to-day operations of The Institute, a sperm extraction facility where the story’s narrator works. The chapters dealing with Nurse Cummings’ employment are pure over-the-top diabolical femdom fantasies that don’t necessarily resonate with all aficionados of that genre. Just about the time I was wondering how that narrative could possibly be sustained for an entire book, the true story began to materialize.

It seems that the decidedly kinky nurse has recently relocated and is in need of a very special kind of live-in personal servant who possesses sensibilities complementary to her own. A carefully crafted ad placed in the personals section of Craig’s List lands her a boatload of “applicants”, the vast majority of which are totally unacceptable for a whole host of reasons. One of the hopefuls, an entering freshman at the local college, who has foolishly squandered on a financial domme the money his parents gave him for living expenses, strikes her as the perfect candidate and she proceeds to reel him in.

Mostly the balance of the story chronicles the process by which Nurse Cummings transforms Christopher into Christy, and molds him into her ideal chaste, feminized, and submissive servant. The way that unfolds is told in a wickedly playful manner that mutes much of the cruelty involved. Oddly, the book terminates rather abruptly with Christy heading home for the Christmas holidays followed by a celebration involving the denizens of The Institute.

While this book has flashes of inspiration and often succeeds at drawing the reader into the story, in many respects it feels like the author got bored and didn’t make an effort to blend its two parts together better or to construct a more satisfying conclusion. For those who care about such things, most of the sex appears off camera. Conversely, lavish attention is paid to describing scenes involving Christy undergoing elaborate humiliations that reinforce relinquishing all traces of his masculinity.

FIFTY SHADES OF DOMINATION: MY TRUE STORYReviewed by Jim LyonIt’s difficult to pinpoint the target audience for Mistress Miranda’s Fifty Shades of Domination: My True Story. Although the title seems to hint that it is in some way similar to the hugely popular Fifty Shades of Grey that really isn’t the case. It is actually an autobiography of a professional dominatrix – who sexually dominates men for a living – whereas the E.L. James book is erotic fiction that chronicles a young woman’s entrée into the world of BDSM and sexual submission. 

Doubtless Mistress Miranda is well known in some circles, yet hers is not a household name. In terms of celebrity, she probably wouldn’t even rate the D-list. Nonetheless, she has led an interesting life and through this book shares her journey that traverses growing up in nearly hopeless poverty to becoming a successful entrepreneur and dominatrix extraordinaire. 

In many respects Miranda’s story is a classic rags-to-riches story, only the source of her success is somewhat unconventional. While trying to support herself through university, she takes a job as a receptionist at a low-end brothel. When a client shows up one day wanting to be dominated, Miranda volunteers to do it after the girl on duty says she doesn’t know how. 

Her naturally dominant nature pulls her through; henceforth she starts picking up extra money taking clients with similar requests. Eventually Miranda realizes that this is an untapped niche, and with the brothel manager’s blessing starts a one-person business specializing in servicing clients seeking domination on an outcall basis.  

Balancing her job, her new enterprise and her studies became increasingly difficult, but by sheer fortitude she managed to pull it off. After graduating she took a job in her given field, only to find that she was making less money than she did as a fledgling pro domme and that the sexist culture at her employer’s business precluded any real opportunity for advancement. Quitting her job and resurrecting her dominatrix business soon became a no-brainer.

With the exception of the first few chapters, which provide a here-and-now glimpse into the mistress’s current day activities, her story is told in chronological fashion starting from early childhood. Personally, I would have preferred more brevity in the recounting of her childhood trials and tribulations, but readers with a different temperament will probably dote on that aspect of the book. Certainly that section depicts the influences that molded her character and drove her to succeed and to pursue a career path that gave her pleasure.

Readers enticed to buy this book based on its title alone may be disappointed that it doesn’t have much erotic content. It is, after all, a memoir not an erotic novel. Most of the text that does delve into the specifics of scenes with clients and lovers is not overtly graphic – often matter-of-fact and somewhat distant. Even so, the ambiance and passion of the encounters are conveyed in an inviting manner. Overall this is an entertaining and well-written book that can be enjoyed by all but the most closed minded of readers.

Those unfamiliar with BDSM basics commonly have difficulty differentiating a professional dominatrix from a lifestyle mistress. For them, let me clarify: 

Mistresses dominate men or women, with whom they have a casual or committed relationship, for their mutual enjoyment, even if there is pain involved. How that is manifested varies greatly. Sex of some kind may or may not take place in a scene. Very likely all parties involved are active in the BDSM lifestyle to some degree. 

A Professional dominatrix is basically an independent contractor who dominates submissive men or women for a fee. Rarely does sex per se take place during a scene. Very often clients of a professional dominatrix are not appreciably active in the BDSM lifestyle. They tend to compartmentalize their submissive and/or masochistic needs, maintaining a conventional sex life most of the time.

A professional submissive I once interviewed told me that many in the BDSM community in her area were uncomfortable with professional dommes and subs. I don’t know if that is a prevalent attitude, but I’d hope that people into such alternative sexualities would be inclusive rather than exclusive. By and large the same fetishes and fantasies are involved, so it really shouldn’t matter whether the dynamic between participants is play for pay or not.
FIFTY SHADES OF DOMINATION: MY TRUE STORY


Reviewed by Jim Lyon

It’s difficult to pinpoint the target audience for Mistress Miranda’s Fifty Shades of Domination: My True Story. Although the title seems to hint that it is in some way similar to the hugely popular Fifty Shades of Grey that really isn’t the case. It is actually an autobiography of a professional dominatrix – who sexually dominates men for a living – whereas the E.L. James book is erotic fiction that chronicles a young woman’s entrée into the world of BDSM and sexual submission.

Doubtless Mistress Miranda is well known in some circles, yet hers is not a household name. In terms of celebrity, she probably wouldn’t even rate the D-list. Nonetheless, she has led an interesting life and through this book shares her journey that traverses growing up in nearly hopeless poverty to becoming a successful entrepreneur and dominatrix extraordinaire.

In many respects Miranda’s story is a classic rags-to-riches story, only the source of her success is somewhat unconventional. While trying to support herself through university, she takes a job as a receptionist at a low-end brothel. When a client shows up one day wanting to be dominated, Miranda volunteers to do it after the girl on duty says she doesn’t know how.

Her naturally dominant nature pulls her through; henceforth she starts picking up extra money taking clients with similar requests. Eventually Miranda realizes that this is an untapped niche, and with the brothel manager’s blessing starts a one-person business specializing in servicing clients seeking domination on an outcall basis.

Balancing her job, her new enterprise and her studies became increasingly difficult, but by sheer fortitude she managed to pull it off. After graduating she took a job in her given field, only to find that she was making less money than she did as a fledgling pro domme and that the sexist culture at her employer’s business precluded any real opportunity for advancement. Quitting her job and resurrecting her dominatrix business soon became a no-brainer.

With the exception of the first few chapters, which provide a here-and-now glimpse into the mistress’s current day activities, her story is told in chronological fashion starting from early childhood. Personally, I would have preferred more brevity in the recounting of her childhood trials and tribulations, but readers with a different temperament will probably dote on that aspect of the book. Certainly that section depicts the influences that molded her character and drove her to succeed and to pursue a career path that gave her pleasure.

Readers enticed to buy this book based on its title alone may be disappointed that it doesn’t have much erotic content. It is, after all, a memoir not an erotic novel. Most of the text that does delve into the specifics of scenes with clients and lovers is not overtly graphic – often matter-of-fact and somewhat distant. Even so, the ambiance and passion of the encounters are conveyed in an inviting manner. Overall this is an entertaining and well-written book that can be enjoyed by all but the most closed minded of readers.

Those unfamiliar with BDSM basics commonly have difficulty differentiating a professional dominatrix from a lifestyle mistress. For them, let me clarify:

Mistresses dominate men or women, with whom they have a casual or committed relationship, for their mutual enjoyment, even if there is pain involved. How that is manifested varies greatly. Sex of some kind may or may not take place in a scene. Very likely all parties involved are active in the BDSM lifestyle to some degree.

A Professional dominatrix is basically an independent contractor who dominates submissive men or women for a fee. Rarely does sex per se take place during a scene. Very often clients of a professional dominatrix are not appreciably active in the BDSM lifestyle. They tend to compartmentalize their submissive and/or masochistic needs, maintaining a conventional sex life most of the time.

A professional submissive I once interviewed told me that many in the BDSM community in her area were uncomfortable with professional dommes and subs. I don’t know if that is a prevalent attitude, but I’d hope that people into such alternative sexualities would be inclusive rather than exclusive. By and large the same fetishes and fantasies are involved, so it really shouldn’t matter whether the dynamic between participants is play for pay or not.

Audio Books: The New Frontier for Erotica?
By Jim Lyon

When audio books became available, first as tape cassettes, then CDs, and finally, digital files, there was scant motivation for me to partake of them because I really enjoy reading. Indeed, I questioned why anyone would prefer to listen to a book when reading is so pleasurable. Replacing recreational or educational books with audio versions did not resonate with me at all.

There are, of course, people for whom audio books make perfect sense, such as the blind or those whose eyesight is impaired drastically. For them, audio is a far better option than Braille. People born with dyslexia, a condition that makes reading extremely difficult and definitely not enjoyable, also benefit from them. And those who are primarily auditory learners would do well to indulge in audio books to optimize their learning experience.

Innumerable ordinary circumstances exist where listening to a book may be more convenient or practical than reading one. Many people like to listen to audio books while they’re driving, or while involved with tasks that preclude their eyes being focused on a book or an electronic reader. Their motivation may range from forestalling boredom to better utilizing otherwise unproductive time.

Despite the varied situations in which audio books are a valid option, I never gave them much thought until I was reading over the fine print of the contract for my first erotic e-book, which stipulated that all audio and print publishing rights belong to me. At the time I just made a mental note of that provision because I was extremely pleased to have gotten my manuscript accepted and figured I would revisit that issue later, or not at all.

Two published naughty e-books later, when I was actively involved with reviewing erotic BDSM and femdom books at various websites frequented by readers of such fare, Ariane Arborene asked me to review her audio book edition of Two FemDom Cuckolding Stories. Her seemingly innocuous request has resulted in me becoming a fan of audio books in general and realizing that audio is ideally suited for presenting erotic tales if done well.

As I listened to Hollie Jackson’s smooth and sultry narration of Ms. Arborene’s femdom-themed vignettes, I mentally acknowledged how it enhanced the “reading” experience by providing a sense of immediacy and “being there.” And the oral rendering of those stories likely made their lean prose more accessible to readers who normally crave back-story with their erotica.

As I mused about the experience afterward, I started thinking of audio books’ “practical” advantages unique to readers of erotica. An oft heard jest about reading erotic e-books alludes to reading with one hand – a truism to be sure! Doubtless in the future as erotic audio books become more popular, many will joke about them as hands-free reading material. Such is progress.

In addition to becoming a fan of erotic audio books, I am now an audio book publisher. I commissioned the same narrator of Two FemDom Cuckolding Stories as the voice artist for my novella The Accidental Domme. I must confess that it was an exhilarating experience hearing my manuscript brought to life by a skilled performer, reminiscent for me of seeing the play I wrote in college performed for the first time. So far fans of femdom literature seem to enjoy Hollie Jackson’s interpretation of my book.

Until relatively recently, very few publishers of erotica converted the titles in their portfolios into audio books. Likely reasons include perceived cost/benefit, unfamiliarity with the market, and difficulty finding affordable voice talent. The proliferation of smart phones and iPad-like devices with audio apps seems to be encouraging an increase in the number of erotic print and e-books now also available in audio format.

Amazon.com, indisputably the primary driver of print and e-book sales worldwide, is poised to further exploit the audio book market with its subsidiary Audible.com. The genius of Audible is that it matches rights holders with experienced narrators, many of whom will provide their services for a share of commissions rather than upfront payments, which is an attractive feature for self-publishing authors and cash-strapped small publishers. With automatic distribution to Amazon and Apple, it is just a matter of time before Audible becomes a major player in the audio book market. As they say, all boats rise with the tide, so the number of erotic audio books being produced is bound to increase – capitalism at work; the consumer is the winner!

INTERESTED IN REVIEWING A FEMDOM AUDIO BOOK?I have twenty audio book copies of The Accidental Domme available for femdom enthusiasts willing to write a review and publish it wherever they want. Please contact me at wordwooze@yahoo.com if you are interested and I will send you a coupon code and instructions on how to download a free copy at Audible.com. You will need to have or get an account with Amazon or Audible in order to take advantage of this offer. Copies will be distributed on a first come, first served basis so the sooner you respond the higher the likelihood is that there will still be a copy available.

Posted March 4th 2014
INTERESTED IN REVIEWING A FEMDOM AUDIO BOOK?

I have twenty audio book copies of The Accidental Domme available for femdom enthusiasts willing to write a review and publish it wherever they want. Please contact me at wordwooze@yahoo.com if you are interested and I will send you a coupon code and instructions on how to download a free copy at Audible.com. You will need to have or get an account with Amazon or Audible in order to take advantage of this offer. Copies will be distributed on a first come, first served basis so the sooner you respond the higher the likelihood is that there will still be a copy available.


Posted March 4th 2014
HER WISH IS YOUR COMMAND Reviewed by Jim LyonD.L. King’s newly released anthology of femdom stories, Her Wish is Your Command, is a treat for aficionados of that genre. All 21 stories are fun, imaginative, and sexy in a decidedly naughty way – yet not so hard core as to scare off adventuresome newbies and BDSM-curious readers. 

Most of these stories don’t involve mistresses and submissives heavy into the lifestyle. Indeed, a common thread features a vanilla male encountering a dominant woman who orchestrates events such that their latent submissive nature is revealed and they are encouraged to embrace what they have discovered about themselves. 

None of the dommes are of the ominous spider woman variety. They are for the most part portrayed simply as self-possessed women with a penchant for being in charge, sexually and otherwise. In many of the stories there is a playful quality to the women as they interact with their submissive prey. 

Perhaps my favorite vignette is A Different Kind of Reality Show. A young exhibitionist lands a gig in which he is to be naked on live camera for a week and subject to following the voice commands of an exclusive audience of women. He did not anticipate that he would be required to masturbate at their whim – and stop unfulfilled at their direction; nor was inserting a large butt plug in his ass (and liking it) something that he imagined happening when he signed the contract. 

This anthology is highly recommended to anyone with an affinity for well-written femdom literature, and for readers exploring the genre who are looking for a representation of the best it has to offer.
HER WISH IS YOUR COMMAND


Reviewed by Jim Lyon

D.L. King’s newly released anthology of femdom stories, Her Wish is Your Command, is a treat for aficionados of that genre. All 21 stories are fun, imaginative, and sexy in a decidedly naughty way – yet not so hard core as to scare off adventuresome newbies and BDSM-curious readers.

Most of these stories don’t involve mistresses and submissives heavy into the lifestyle. Indeed, a common thread features a vanilla male encountering a dominant woman who orchestrates events such that their latent submissive nature is revealed and they are encouraged to embrace what they have discovered about themselves.

None of the dommes are of the ominous spider woman variety. They are for the most part portrayed simply as self-possessed women with a penchant for being in charge, sexually and otherwise. In many of the stories there is a playful quality to the women as they interact with their submissive prey.

Perhaps my favorite vignette is A Different Kind of Reality Show. A young exhibitionist lands a gig in which he is to be naked on live camera for a week and subject to following the voice commands of an exclusive audience of women. He did not anticipate that he would be required to masturbate at their whim – and stop unfulfilled at their direction; nor was inserting a large butt plug in his ass (and liking it) something that he imagined happening when he signed the contract.

This anthology is highly recommended to anyone with an affinity for well-written femdom literature, and for readers exploring the genre who are looking for a representation of the best it has to offer.

GRAND SLAM Reviewed by Jim LyonThe upper echelons of professional tennis generally are occupied by extremely determined and forceful personalities. It is hardly a stretch to imagine some of those individuals gravitating to the dominant side of BDSM. Such is the underlying premise of the recent collaboration of authors Lily Harlem and Lucy Felthouse, Grand Slam. 

Despite it delving beneath the surface of D/s play dynamics, at its core this is a romantic tale chronicling the love affair between a sports psychologist and a top tennis player.  Marie has been hired to help Travis regain his focus while he recuperates from a fairly serious automobile accident. Their mutual attraction complicates the purpose of their professional alliance, as does Travis’ determination to awaken Marie’s latent sexual submissiveness. 

The entirety of the book is written from a first person point of view, although the person telling the story alternates between Travis and Marie with each chapter. Whether or not this helps or hinders the narrative will depend upon the reader’s sensibilities and preferences. I was not particularly enamored of this convention, but I didn’t hate it either. 

Realistically, I am not the target consumer for this book. Romantic stories don’t really appeal to me all that much, nor do I enjoy sharing characters’ inner angst while they wrestle with their hopes and fears as the mating dance unfolds. Looking at these features objectively though, I would say that they are well done, just not to my personal tastes. 

For readers interested in this book for its erotic content, that too is a subjective matter. There are ample sex scenes throughout with varying levels of intensity; however, the BDSM elements are not hard core in the least, but definitely sensual and erotic. That aspect of Grand Slam would more likely resonate with outsiders and newbies than those in the lifestyle.
GRAND SLAM


Reviewed by Jim Lyon

The upper echelons of professional tennis generally are occupied by extremely determined and forceful personalities. It is hardly a stretch to imagine some of those individuals gravitating to the dominant side of BDSM. Such is the underlying premise of the recent collaboration of authors Lily Harlem and Lucy Felthouse, Grand Slam.

Despite it delving beneath the surface of D/s play dynamics, at its core this is a romantic tale chronicling the love affair between a sports psychologist and a top tennis player. Marie has been hired to help Travis regain his focus while he recuperates from a fairly serious automobile accident. Their mutual attraction complicates the purpose of their professional alliance, as does Travis’ determination to awaken Marie’s latent sexual submissiveness.

The entirety of the book is written from a first person point of view, although the person telling the story alternates between Travis and Marie with each chapter. Whether or not this helps or hinders the narrative will depend upon the reader’s sensibilities and preferences. I was not particularly enamored of this convention, but I didn’t hate it either.

Realistically, I am not the target consumer for this book. Romantic stories don’t really appeal to me all that much, nor do I enjoy sharing characters’ inner angst while they wrestle with their hopes and fears as the mating dance unfolds. Looking at these features objectively though, I would say that they are well done, just not to my personal tastes.

For readers interested in this book for its erotic content, that too is a subjective matter. There are ample sex scenes throughout with varying levels of intensity; however, the BDSM elements are not hard core in the least, but definitely sensual and erotic. That aspect of Grand Slam would more likely resonate with outsiders and newbies than those in the lifestyle.

EXCERPT FROM EXPOSING ELLEN“I… ” She shook her head, terrified of the eagerness building inside her. “I have no idea what I’m doing,” she eventually whispered. “I’m sorry. Contacting 1NightStand was a bad idea, not fair to you at all.” Paolo might have been right. Her broken marriage was her fault. 
She moved out of the balcony doorway but gentle fingers settled on her shoulders. “Not so fast, hon.” Aimee’s voice pitched low. “It’s not like I know what I’m doing either. I’ve never called up Madame Eve before.”
Ellen stared out over the ocean, where her date’s beauty didn’t distract her and she didn’t have to see the condemnation in Aimee’s eyes. “It’s more than being new to a dating service.” 
She paused and swallowed around her embarrassment. Neither in her mother’s house nor her husband’s had she been encouraged to talk about intimate issues. She hadn’t even heard certain anatomical euphemisms spoken out loud until her husband’s mistress ended up in their bed. Still, she forged on—Aimee deserved an explanation.
 “I’ve only been with a woman once, kind of. You obviously know what you’re doing and it’s not fair to you to be stuck for a night with someone who—”
Aimee spun her around, pulled her close, and twisted her fingers through Ellen’s hair. “Am I imagining your arousal?”
Oh, Lord. Her lips parted. The other woman stood so near. Her tongue flicked across Ellen’s lips and she bit off a moan. “I—”
Aimee pressed closer until their breasts squished together. One of her legs slid between Ellen’s. “Am I imagining your little gasps of pleasure? Of desire?” She bit Ellen’s earlobe. “If I am, tell me to leave. Because, honey, right now your inexperience is turning me on.”
EXCERPT FROM EXPOSING ELLEN

“I… ” She shook her head, terrified of the eagerness building inside her. “I have no idea what I’m doing,” she eventually whispered. “I’m sorry. Contacting 1NightStand was a bad idea, not fair to you at all.” Paolo might have been right. Her broken marriage was her fault.

She moved out of the balcony doorway but gentle fingers settled on her shoulders. “Not so fast, hon.” Aimee’s voice pitched low. “It’s not like I know what I’m doing either. I’ve never called up Madame Eve before.”

Ellen stared out over the ocean, where her date’s beauty didn’t distract her and she didn’t have to see the condemnation in Aimee’s eyes. “It’s more than being new to a dating service.”

She paused and swallowed around her embarrassment. Neither in her mother’s house nor her husband’s had she been encouraged to talk about intimate issues. She hadn’t even heard certain anatomical euphemisms spoken out loud until her husband’s mistress ended up in their bed. Still, she forged on—Aimee deserved an explanation.

“I’ve only been with a woman once, kind of. You obviously know what you’re doing and it’s not fair to you to be stuck for a night with someone who—”

Aimee spun her around, pulled her close, and twisted her fingers through Ellen’s hair. “Am I imagining your arousal?”

Oh, Lord. Her lips parted. The other woman stood so near. Her tongue flicked across Ellen’s lips and she bit off a moan. “I—”

Aimee pressed closer until their breasts squished together. One of her legs slid between Ellen’s. “Am I imagining your little gasps of pleasure? Of desire?” She bit Ellen’s earlobe. “If I am, tell me to leave. Because, honey, right now your inexperience is turning me on.”

THE ACCIDENTAL DOMME (audio book) Jim Lyon’s femdom classic The Accidental Domme is now available as an audio book. This is good news for femdom fans who like to “multitask” while enjoying their favorite fetish book. That’s right boys and girls, no one-handed reading of this book – it’s totally hands-free erotica! 

Read what three femdom authors had to say about this book!Erzabet Bishop  

4 out of 5 stars“A personal trainer, Wendy is introduced to her first experience at a BDSM club and her first BDSM scene. Events transpire that lead Wendy into a role that combines her love of personal training with her new found domme abilities. What a great combination it makes too! When she is introduced to pony play, the story manifests into something that will captivate and titillate your inner kinkster.” 

“Reading the pony-play scenarios and the elaborate set up by author Jim Lyon was a page turner. His descriptions were lovingly done and I could see everything in my mind’s eye. I found myself thinking of The Accidental Domme long after I had to put the book down.”

“Overall I found the story to be thought provoking and one I will read again. The pony play, genital cage, BDSM club, femdom action and brandings were well done and I look forward to reading more by this author.” Dimitra Ekmektis 

5 out of 5 stars”Dave and Wendy embark on an exciting adventure into the hot world of BDSM. Certainly, most people start out this way: there is only a feeling, at first, coupled with arousal and curiosity, which leads most participants into D/s. This novel explores the particular way in which one “couple” goes from curious beginners to committed kinksters.”

”He is a likeable boy-next-door, while she is a lesbian personal fitness trainer. They enjoy good chemistry from the awkward start of their experiment, but then Wendy discovers that her body and soul crave even more - MUCH more - of the rush that being a domme provides her! She gets deeper and deeper into her role, and with more and more complicated subs, including a famous pop singer whose secret fantasy it is to be a “pony girl”. The way in which Wendy trains and disciplines the pop diva is expertly written, with explicit descriptions of pleasure/ pain scenarios.”

”I found the Accidental Domme to be a story many readers will identify with. Questions and doubts constantly arise in new subs and dominants. Until life takes a certain turn and their true selves rise above the shadows and doubts, and the love of their fetish takes control - and ultimately satisfies their deepest desires.”

”One of my favorite D/s erotic reads!”D.L. King    

4 out of 5 stars”This book is comprised of a series of vignettes of seemingly unrelated people who drive the story forward to its main relationship. The scenes are definitely hot and got this jaded reviewer squirming on several occasions and the best part is that Mr. Lyon can actually write! Yes, here is femdom, well-written and copyedited - in English.”

”The idea of mixing personal training with BDSM is brilliant and a lot of fun. I was reminded a bit of another favorite character, Harriet, in G.C. Scott’s, His Mistress’s Voice. There were scenes involving chastity, needles, exercise, impact play, plugs of various sorts and pony play, all-in-all, a wide range of interests.”

”The Accidental Domme was unique and fun and I look forward to reading more from Mr. Lyon.”
THE ACCIDENTAL DOMME (audio book)


Jim Lyon’s femdom classic The Accidental Domme is now available as an audio book. This is good news for femdom fans who like to “multitask” while enjoying their favorite fetish book. That’s right boys and girls, no one-handed reading of this book – it’s totally hands-free erotica!

Read what three femdom authors had to say about this book!


Erzabet Bishop

4 out of 5 stars


“A personal trainer, Wendy is introduced to her first experience at a BDSM club and her first BDSM scene. Events transpire that lead Wendy into a role that combines her love of personal training with her new found domme abilities. What a great combination it makes too! When she is introduced to pony play, the story manifests into something that will captivate and titillate your inner kinkster.”

“Reading the pony-play scenarios and the elaborate set up by author Jim Lyon was a page turner. His descriptions were lovingly done and I could see everything in my mind’s eye. I found myself thinking of The Accidental Domme long after I had to put the book down.”

“Overall I found the story to be thought provoking and one I will read again. The pony play, genital cage, BDSM club, femdom action and brandings were well done and I look forward to reading more by this author.”



Dimitra Ekmektis

5 out of 5 stars


”Dave and Wendy embark on an exciting adventure into the hot world of BDSM. Certainly, most people start out this way: there is only a feeling, at first, coupled with arousal and curiosity, which leads most participants into D/s. This novel explores the particular way in which one “couple” goes from curious beginners to committed kinksters.”

”He is a likeable boy-next-door, while she is a lesbian personal fitness trainer. They enjoy good chemistry from the awkward start of their experiment, but then Wendy discovers that her body and soul crave even more - MUCH more - of the rush that being a domme provides her! She gets deeper and deeper into her role, and with more and more complicated subs, including a famous pop singer whose secret fantasy it is to be a “pony girl”. The way in which Wendy trains and disciplines the pop diva is expertly written, with explicit descriptions of pleasure/ pain scenarios.”

”I found the Accidental Domme to be a story many readers will identify with. Questions and doubts constantly arise in new subs and dominants. Until life takes a certain turn and their true selves rise above the shadows and doubts, and the love of their fetish takes control - and ultimately satisfies their deepest desires.”

”One of my favorite D/s erotic reads!”



D.L. King

4 out of 5 stars


”This book is comprised of a series of vignettes of seemingly unrelated people who drive the story forward to its main relationship. The scenes are definitely hot and got this jaded reviewer squirming on several occasions and the best part is that Mr. Lyon can actually write! Yes, here is femdom, well-written and copyedited - in English.”

”The idea of mixing personal training with BDSM is brilliant and a lot of fun. I was reminded a bit of another favorite character, Harriet, in G.C. Scott’s, His Mistress’s Voice. There were scenes involving chastity, needles, exercise, impact play, plugs of various sorts and pony play, all-in-all, a wide range of interests.”

”The Accidental Domme was unique and fun and I look forward to reading more from Mr. Lyon.”

BECOMING MARIAReviewed by Jim LyonB.A. Dalton’s Becoming Maria is a deliciously erotic story of a man with an unusual hobby: helping selective women discover their latent submissive sexuality. Although Brock is central to this tale of serial seductions and transformations, the story is told from the perspective of his latest – unnamed – conquest, recently divorced and open to adventure. Their paths first cross while she is out with friends celebrating her new freedom. Over the course of the evening they catch one another’s eye across the room several times, but no overture is made until a note is brought to her by a waitress after he leaves. It says simply, I will own you; a telephone number is written below the message.

At first she is insulted. But, to her surprise, she is aroused as well… and intrigued. A week later, her bravado fortified by a couple glasses of wine, she calls the number on the card. An answering machine message confirms that she has reached the correct number, details the circumstances of their encounter, and reiterates the mantra I will own you expanded with “You want it, you need it, and you crave it.” It also instructs her to call back within 24 hours to declare her intentions by saying either yes or no and providing a cell phone number where she can be reached. 

After waiting until the eleventh hour, she makes the fateful call and, with great difficulty, manages to communicate her decision to proceed. Thus begins her journey into sexual self-discovery, though for a while she wonders if her imagination is playing tricks on her as there is a significant delay in acknowledging her response. Indeed, the progress of her adventure from then on is not hurried.  

She receives cryptic instructions with no explanations. When she arrives for her first assignation at Brock’s hotel people begin referring to her as Maria, which is not her name. Gradually she is drawn into his mysterious and erotic game and finds herself relishing the increasingly submissive, humiliating, and arousing acts required of her. Ultimately, at a “coming out” party, she learns that she is merely one of many who have become Maria when she meets all the Marias that preceded her and publicly experiences a fairly elaborate introduction to some intense BDSM activities.  

Despite being a relatively short book, Becoming Maria proceeds at a fairly languid pace that makes it seem much longer than it really is. This feature is a refreshing change from standard erotica fare where significant relationships and plot shifts often develop within a few paragraphs or pages. This book is recommended to readers with a taste for well-written kinky literature.
BECOMING MARIA


Reviewed by Jim Lyon

B.A. Dalton’s Becoming Maria is a deliciously erotic story of a man with an unusual hobby: helping selective women discover their latent submissive sexuality. Although Brock is central to this tale of serial seductions and transformations, the story is told from the perspective of his latest – unnamed – conquest, recently divorced and open to adventure. Their paths first cross while she is out with friends celebrating her new freedom. Over the course of the evening they catch one another’s eye across the room several times, but no overture is made until a note is brought to her by a waitress after he leaves. It says simply, I will own you; a telephone number is written below the message.

At first she is insulted. But, to her surprise, she is aroused as well… and intrigued. A week later, her bravado fortified by a couple glasses of wine, she calls the number on the card. An answering machine message confirms that she has reached the correct number, details the circumstances of their encounter, and reiterates the mantra I will own you expanded with “You want it, you need it, and you crave it.” It also instructs her to call back within 24 hours to declare her intentions by saying either yes or no and providing a cell phone number where she can be reached.

After waiting until the eleventh hour, she makes the fateful call and, with great difficulty, manages to communicate her decision to proceed. Thus begins her journey into sexual self-discovery, though for a while she wonders if her imagination is playing tricks on her as there is a significant delay in acknowledging her response. Indeed, the progress of her adventure from then on is not hurried.

She receives cryptic instructions with no explanations. When she arrives for her first assignation at Brock’s hotel people begin referring to her as Maria, which is not her name. Gradually she is drawn into his mysterious and erotic game and finds herself relishing the increasingly submissive, humiliating, and arousing acts required of her. Ultimately, at a “coming out” party, she learns that she is merely one of many who have become Maria when she meets all the Marias that preceded her and publicly experiences a fairly elaborate introduction to some intense BDSM activities.

Despite being a relatively short book, Becoming Maria proceeds at a fairly languid pace that makes it seem much longer than it really is. This feature is a refreshing change from standard erotica fare where significant relationships and plot shifts often develop within a few paragraphs or pages. This book is recommended to readers with a taste for well-written kinky literature.

PLEASURE PAINS

Reviewed by Jim LyonThis is a fictionalized biography of a young Dom’s entree into the BDSM scene of the 1980s. It accurately portrays the leather culture of the era as well as the sensibilities of the Old Guard and its origin in the U.S. I found the story to be rather boring and the writing mostly pedestrian, at times pedantic. The sex, bondage and impact play scenarios are fairly good but too few for the length of this book. DNF, quit reading 4/5 of the way through due to lack of interest.
PLEASURE PAINS


Reviewed by Jim Lyon

This is a fictionalized biography of a young Dom’s entree into the BDSM scene of the 1980s. It accurately portrays the leather culture of the era as well as the sensibilities of the Old Guard and its origin in the U.S. I found the story to be rather boring and the writing mostly pedestrian, at times pedantic. The sex, bondage and impact play scenarios are fairly good but too few for the length of this book. DNF, quit reading 4/5 of the way through due to lack of interest.

MITTENSReviewed by Jim LyonOne definite advantage of the proliferation of self-published ebooks is the tremendous diversity of naughty books now available to readers. No longer is the selection of erotic books on the market limited to genres and themes deemed by publishers to have the potential to sell enough copies to justify the expense of printing and distribution. Certainly niche books such as Phoenix Baker’s Mittens would not have stood a snow ball’s chance in Hell of being published in days past.

Like many erotic novellas, Mittens is basically a vignette focusing on a sexually charged episode rather than a fully developed story with a substantive plot and a clearly defined beginning, middle, and end. Nevertheless, it is an interesting, erotic and, in parts, amusing read that details the sudden transition of a relationship between long-time best friends Samantha and Nina to lovers, despite Samantha previously having no inkling of her propensity for being bisexual. That the overindulgence of alcohol – social lubricant extraordinaire – precipitated Nina confessing not just her love for Samantha, but her desire to be dominated and sexually humiliated by her, has a ring of truth that almost everyone can relate to on some level. 

Purportedly this story is based on the author’s own experience with her current life partner. As the story unfolds it definitely has a feel of authenticity to it. The narrative meanders from awkward and timid moments to raging lust to giggling camaraderie to deep introspection, sometimes within a single paragraph.  

Curiously, this story does not as yet involve mittens – perhaps it will in possible sequels – other than a brief reference in Samantha’s inner dialogue as she contemplates how she can help her friend experience her fantasy of extreme objectification. The somewhat geeky mad scientist Samantha envisions securing oven mitt-like devices on Nina to reduce her to the level of an animal, in addition to eliminating her ability to speak for the same reason.

Although it is clear that BDSM will be a part of the sexual side of their relationship, during the course of this story that doesn’t materialize significantly. At the onset of their first liaison, Samantha convincingly assumes a scary persona to accommodate Nina’s fantasies and manages to trigger a spectacular orgasm simply by threatening to subject Nina to an extremely degrading act. All indications are that future developments along those lines will not necessarily adhere to customary D/s lifestyle activities, but rest assured kinkiness will prevail.
MITTENS


Reviewed by Jim Lyon

One definite advantage of the proliferation of self-published ebooks is the tremendous diversity of naughty books now available to readers. No longer is the selection of erotic books on the market limited to genres and themes deemed by publishers to have the potential to sell enough copies to justify the expense of printing and distribution. Certainly niche books such as Phoenix Baker’s Mittens would not have stood a snow ball’s chance in Hell of being published in days past.

Like many erotic novellas, Mittens is basically a vignette focusing on a sexually charged episode rather than a fully developed story with a substantive plot and a clearly defined beginning, middle, and end. Nevertheless, it is an interesting, erotic and, in parts, amusing read that details the sudden transition of a relationship between long-time best friends Samantha and Nina to lovers, despite Samantha previously having no inkling of her propensity for being bisexual. That the overindulgence of alcohol – social lubricant extraordinaire – precipitated Nina confessing not just her love for Samantha, but her desire to be dominated and sexually humiliated by her, has a ring of truth that almost everyone can relate to on some level.

Purportedly this story is based on the author’s own experience with her current life partner. As the story unfolds it definitely has a feel of authenticity to it. The narrative meanders from awkward and timid moments to raging lust to giggling camaraderie to deep introspection, sometimes within a single paragraph.

Curiously, this story does not as yet involve mittens – perhaps it will in possible sequels – other than a brief reference in Samantha’s inner dialogue as she contemplates how she can help her friend experience her fantasy of extreme objectification. The somewhat geeky mad scientist Samantha envisions securing oven mitt-like devices on Nina to reduce her to the level of an animal, in addition to eliminating her ability to speak for the same reason.

Although it is clear that BDSM will be a part of the sexual side of their relationship, during the course of this story that doesn’t materialize significantly. At the onset of their first liaison, Samantha convincingly assumes a scary persona to accommodate Nina’s fantasies and manages to trigger a spectacular orgasm simply by threatening to subject Nina to an extremely degrading act. All indications are that future developments along those lines will not necessarily adhere to customary D/s lifestyle activities, but rest assured kinkiness will prevail.

DRIFTWOOD DEEDS Reviewed by Jim LyonAuthor Laila Blake writes character-driven love stories in a variety of genres. In her latest novella, Driftwood Deeds, the focus is on a budding BDSM-style romance between a female journalist with latent submissive tendencies and a middle-age screenwriter. Unique about this story are both its broad appeal to BDSM fiction aficionados and its accessibility to readers not particularly drawn to impact play or bondage. 

The characters in this book are not involved in hardcore BDSM activities or the leather scene in general. Theirs is a more private and organic lifestyle that mirrors somewhat a large contingent of people who incorporate some variation of total power exchange into their sexual relationships. 

As is often the case in real life, their relationship developed spontaneously when the couple were brought together for the first time through their work. Iris writes about movies and the people involved in making them, and Paul writes successful screenplays. She visits his remote seaside home to interview him and during the getting to know one another stage it becomes apparent that they have similar tastes and interests and, more importantly, a mutual sexual attraction.

Iris has held a long-time secret interest in sexual submission, despite being a modern feminist, but never had the opportunity to explore it before. And Paul is a self-taught dominant who struggled at coming to grips with his natural inclinations that at first blush seemed to him to be too much like sexual abuse. The sexual scenarios depicted between them are well-developed, sensual and delightfully erotic. They have the feel of realistic liaisons as opposed to the bigger-than-life intense encounters often found in BDSM erotica. 

The impact play and bondage elements in this book should appeal to readers with a taste for kink, yet they aren’t extreme enough to turn off most erotica fans with more genteel sensibilities.  Personally, I was thankful that even though the author provides ample back-story, she does not delve into pseudo-psychological motivations relative to past drama in either of the characters’ lives. This is simply a well-written BDSM-themed story without literary pretensions.
DRIFTWOOD DEEDS


Reviewed by Jim Lyon

Author Laila Blake writes character-driven love stories in a variety of genres. In her latest novella, Driftwood Deeds, the focus is on a budding BDSM-style romance between a female journalist with latent submissive tendencies and a middle-age screenwriter. Unique about this story are both its broad appeal to BDSM fiction aficionados and its accessibility to readers not particularly drawn to impact play or bondage.

The characters in this book are not involved in hardcore BDSM activities or the leather scene in general. Theirs is a more private and organic lifestyle that mirrors somewhat a large contingent of people who incorporate some variation of total power exchange into their sexual relationships.

As is often the case in real life, their relationship developed spontaneously when the couple were brought together for the first time through their work. Iris writes about movies and the people involved in making them, and Paul writes successful screenplays. She visits his remote seaside home to interview him and during the getting to know one another stage it becomes apparent that they have similar tastes and interests and, more importantly, a mutual sexual attraction.

Iris has held a long-time secret interest in sexual submission, despite being a modern feminist, but never had the opportunity to explore it before. And Paul is a self-taught dominant who struggled at coming to grips with his natural inclinations that at first blush seemed to him to be too much like sexual abuse. The sexual scenarios depicted between them are well-developed, sensual and delightfully erotic. They have the feel of realistic liaisons as opposed to the bigger-than-life intense encounters often found in BDSM erotica.

The impact play and bondage elements in this book should appeal to readers with a taste for kink, yet they aren’t extreme enough to turn off most erotica fans with more genteel sensibilities. Personally, I was thankful that even though the author provides ample back-story, she does not delve into pseudo-psychological motivations relative to past drama in either of the characters’ lives. This is simply a well-written BDSM-themed story without literary pretensions.

PAYBACK

Reviewed by Jim LyonPayback is a curious erotic vignette told in Germaine Gibson’s signature spare yet engaging style that recounts the events in an affluent woman’s life leading up to and following walking in on her husband and his latest squeeze flagrante delicto in the couple’s bedroom. The rage that overcomes Claire at this ultimate betrayal very nearly results in a double homicide, but instead fuels a tortured, cathartic and edgy three-way sexual marathon. In the prologue Ms. Gibson indicates that this story is written for mature women; I would amend that to include readers who enjoy literate and imaginative erotica.
PAYBACK


Reviewed by Jim Lyon

Payback is a curious erotic vignette told in Germaine Gibson’s signature spare yet engaging style that recounts the events in an affluent woman’s life leading up to and following walking in on her husband and his latest squeeze flagrante delicto in the couple’s bedroom. The rage that overcomes Claire at this ultimate betrayal very nearly results in a double homicide, but instead fuels a tortured, cathartic and edgy three-way sexual marathon. In the prologue Ms. Gibson indicates that this story is written for mature women; I would amend that to include readers who enjoy literate and imaginative erotica.