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30 Weeks of Kink: Week #5 – 2/2/2017

Week 5: What was your first kinky sexual experience? If you haven’t had one yet, talk about what you hope to have happened.

Well, this one I’m going to switch a bit. Instead of talking about my first kinky sexual experience, I’m going to let you listen to a kinky scene in my first BDSM story, Binding Jax’s Heart. It was narrated by the BDSM Group in Goodreads as part of their Bedtime Stories series.

I’m currently revising and expanding this story, but I don’t think this is going to change much. This story is a FmM menage, but this particular scene has two couples (not interacting). One is Mm and the other Fm and is definitely NSFW. Enjoy!

* Read previous entry here.

30 Weeks of Kink: Week #3 – 1/19/2017

Week 3: How did you discover you were kinky?

I discovered BDSM through reading. The first story I read was Lorcan’s Desire by S.J.D. Peterson back in 2013 and haven’t stopped since. The more I read, the more interested I was in knowing more. That’s when I joined the BDSM group on Goodreads.

A couple of days later, I received their newsletter with the announcement of their first writing event, and the rest is history. I wrote two stories for the 2015 Kink on Ink series, Binding Jax’s Heart, which I’m expanding at the moment. It was later selected as a Bedtime Story and a scene was narrated. You can listen to it here.

Also, I wrote Graphic Exposure, which gets its expansion in the next couple of months. It’s now the start of the Exhibits series and book #2, Prescribed Discipline is getting ready for submission as we speak. This year, I wrote Uncle! which is available for free on Instafreebie when you join my newsletter, Lila’s Monthly Musings.

With each book I read or write, I learn a bit more about BDSM. It’s a fascinating lifestyle. One that suits my dominant personality. 🙂

* Read previous entry here

Review Loving

2016 #ROW80 Round 4: Check-In #15

Morning, sunshines! It’s been a while since I write a post early in the morning. Everyone in the house still asleep, and I’m having my coffee to start the day. One of the first things I do every day is to see if I got any new reviews.

I’m not talking about the ones I have to write, which are two for today, but the ones my books received. Some authors don’t like to read reviews for many reasons, but I love to see what my readers thought about my stories–good or bad.

In  real life, I’m a very drama free person. Everyone has issues, bad days, and the right to their opinions. So reading a positive or negative review doesn’t affect me personally. Perhaps because I don’t get attach to my books, or if you ask my kids because I’m an evil witch with no feelings. But that’s beyond the point.

Reviews are the reason our books get exposure and how they say, let them talk. I have fellows writers who have a love/hate relationship with Goodreads. In my case, I started in GR, so I’m pretty fond of it. I spend a lot of time there, as a writer, reader, and a reviewer. I love to write books, but I love to talk books too.

One thing I learned from the very beginning was not to engage the reviewers. No matter if the review was great or not. Everyone’s reading experience is different and we can go around policing their words. The best we can do is read them and use the information accordingly. I do “like” the reviews for my stories just as an acknowledgment that I have read them. If they took the time to write a review, the least I can do is read it.

As a writer, I look forward to reviews. It’s no secret that my first story, A Chance to Fight, has a very low rating, and I understand why. When I wrote it, two years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. Yes, I had written other stories before, but never an MM book. It has everything, from one-star reviews to five. And no, I don’t pay them for those five stars.

I have two favorite reviews and both are one star. Why? Because they said the same thing but just from different perspectives. Looking back, I can see all the things that need fixing, and the reviewers did a great job pointing at them. The difference is that one took the time to see the story from a partial perspective when the other one zeroed only on their own experience.

To this day, I still use these two reviews when approaching a story. I learned to balance the overall story arc with the little details that will make my readers smile. Someday, I’ll re-write this story because I love their journey and they deserve a second chance. And I’ll use all the reviews as beta critiques.

As a reviewer, I don’t rate a story less than three stars. I know the weight a negative review has in the rating system and use it as an opportunity to let readers make their own minds about a book. I’ll normally note a lower rating within the review, and take the time to explain why. I don’t paraphrase the stories, that’s what blurbs are for. I talk about the impression the story left on me. What I liked, what worked, pacing, writing style, etc. Everything I want to know about my own stories. And there’s always going to be someone with a different approach. I review a book to let others know about the author’s work, not to tell them what to read, or what to stay away from.

As a reader, I read others reviews only to see if it’s something I’ll be interested in. I avoid reviews with spoilers and always read lower rating reviews. Sometimes, I read a book just because reviewers gave it a low score. Every book has at least one redeemable quality, even if it’s just an outlet for the author to vent. I like to know what others like, and I love to talk about books; to see if we find the same things interesting. And yes, you will find me talking about books in Goodreads and in Someone Else’s Stories.

In the end, if you take your time to review one of my books, I’ll take the time to read it. If I review one of your stories, I’ll take the time to tell you what worked or not for me. And as a reader, I’ll plug your book to others because I love to read.

And if you made it all the way to the end of this post, you deserve a medal. I hope that next time you get a negative review, you see the potential behind it. There’s always an opportunity to write your best story yet.

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Release Day for Uncle!

Uncle! is now available to members of the Goodreads BDSM group. You can always request to join. Just mention my name to fast-track your request. Enjoy!

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Book Blurb
When he received a frantic call from his older sister, the last thing Jonah Jacobson expected to hear was that Madison Bishop was having a makeover emergency. Her brother-in-law was the epitome of a lumberjack—from the flannel shirts and unkempt beard to the broad build and mud wrestling titles. But when Jonah arrived to the rescue, he ended up having a night to remember and a date with Madison.

Discovering he had more in common with Jonah than their niece was a pleasurable surprise in more than one way for Madison. The only thing he needed to do was show the fashion forward stylist how good they could be together if Jonah allowed him to take the lead.

Flowers and crowns might have brought them together, but a massage table would give them their happily ever after.

Genre :
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary
Tags: HFN, light power exchange, Maledom, M/M, Sweet/Fluff

Content Warnings :
Explicit M/m sexual content & language, SSC

Word Count :
10,023

CHARACTERS
Jonah “Jo” Jacobson [princess] & Madison “Maddy” Bishop [Sir]

COVER INFO
Cover art by Hunter Hues
Picture source: depositphotos.com
Cover content is for illustrative purposes only and any person depicted is a model.

Dedication:
To Thespian – Thanks for letting me play with your boys. I hope there’s enough fluff for your taste. ☺

Acknowledgements:
As always, I have to thank Sara Winters for her patience and edits. You helped my boys shine. Also, I need to thank Ella Dominguez for the beautiful picture on the cover. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

AUTHOR KINKY PROMPTS
1. Fetish – BD; 2. Fetish – D/S; 3. Fetish – SM; 8. Sex-Content -M/M

[Cover Reveal] Uncle!

Today marks the start of the Goodreads BDSM group Kink in Ink writing event. This is my second-year participating, and my short story Uncle! is part of the lineup. As soon as I know the release date, I’ll let you know. If you want to read it, and the rest of these stories, visit the BDSM group. You have to be a member in order to read the stories. Be sure to add my name to your request to join in to expedite your acceptance. I’m looking forward to reading the stories created by our authors.

Now I leave you with the cover and blurb for my story, Uncle!

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Blurb

When he received a frantic call from his older sister, the last thing Jonah Jacobson expected to hear was that Madison Bishop was having a makeover emergency. Her brother-in-law was the epitome of a lumberjack—from the flannel shirts and unkempt beard to the broad build and mud wrestling titles. But when Jonah arrived to the rescue, he ended up having a night to remember and a date with Madison.

Discovering he had more in common with Jonah than their niece was a pleasurable surprise in more than one way for Madison. The only thing he needed to do was show the fashion forward stylist how good they could be together if Jonah allowed him to take the lead.

Flowers and crowns might have brought them together, but a massage table would give them their happily ever after.