Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Fourplay Fetish Feature: The Bachelor Machine by M. Christian

Please be sure to check out our interview with M. Christian, as part of the Fourplay Fetish Feature.

Most erotic science fiction imagines a civilization on the rise, one where the latest gadgets and technologies are things of wonder and awe. The future is usually bright and shiny, full of sparkling chrome and unblemished porcelain, and surrounded by the blinking lights and electric hum of technological perfection. With The Bachelor Machine, M. Christian looks beyond that technological honeymoon, imagining instead a civilization on the decline. In his future, those shiny gadgets are now tarnished and broken, exposing the ugly legacy of humanity’s twisted desires through their own malfunctioning machinations.

The reading experience here is not just one of technological wonder or erotic arousal - it is also one of confusion and uncertainty . . . equal measures dread and desire. These are stories that lead you on, draw you in, and take rude liberties with your expectations. Rather than try to comment on all of the stories here, please allow me to share with you some of my favorites.

State is a disturbingly erotic tale of a robotic prostitute forced to play out her client’s ‘daddy’ fantasies . . . except the robot is really a young woman who gets off on the technological deception as much as she does the fantasy. In Winged Memory, the story shifts perspective, introducing us instead to a young man so obsessed with the robotic prostitute down the street that he literally sells his memories to pay for the temporary bliss of sexual gratification . . . until he can’t even remember who she is or why he craves her.

Everything But the Smell of Lilies is the unsettling tale of a woman who plays dead for a living, offering herself up to serve the violent fantasies of her clients . . . only to get stuck in an ambulance with a necrophiliac. Guernica was, by far, one of my favourites in the collection, the story of a repressive society where sexuality is illegal, leaving a small group of men and women to secretly indulge in their erotic power-exchange fantasies, and giving life to the very real fears of punishment that exist outside the door.

Another of my favorites was Switch, the story of a human whore who leaves the brothel each day with her mind wiped clean of the memories of who her clients were and what she’s done with them . . . and who actually gets aroused by the thrill of never being able to know who might recognize her on the street or why. Technophile was probably the sweetest and the saddest of all the tales here, introducing us to a young man and his technologically enhanced lover, in a story where he literally cannot get it up because the batteries have run low in his exquisite Long Thrust phallic replacement.

Skin-Effect is kind of the polar opposite of Winged Memory, a story where a battle-scarred cyborg veteran regains both his memories and his humanity through a broken-down cyborg whore, whose own mastery of him proves sex is as much mental as it is physical. Finally, the titular story, The Bachelor Machine, beautifully messes with our expectations, introducing us to what seems like a sweet story a young man who deliberately seeks out the affections of an obsolete and forgotten robotic prostitute, only to reveal that the relationship is far from what we are expecting.

The Bachelor Machine simply IS science fiction erotica. Take away the elements of either genre, or isolate one at the expense of the other, and you are left with a nonsensical string of words. These are stories that only work because of the fusion between human sexuality and technological assistance that – like the best of M. Christian’s gadgets – truly are more than the sum of their parts.


Fourplay Fetish Feature: An Interview with M.Christian

Continuing our Fourplay Fetish Feature on the gang at Wordwooze Publishing, M.Christian has stopped by to chat with us.

♥ Thank you so much for taking the time to join us - we are so very delighted to have you! For those readers who have yet to encounter your work, can you give us a brief introduction?

Thank you for having me (wink, wink)! Rather than just toss out my boilerplate bio (which you can see on my site if you’re interested), I’ll just hit some of the highpoints and say that I’ve written quite a few stories in a wide range of genres (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc) but I’m mostly known as an erotica writer -- with stories in Best American Erotica, Best Gay Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, and so forth. I’ve also edited bunches of anthologies -- including The Mammoth Book of Future Cops and The Mammoth Book of Tales Of The Road (with my pal Maxim Jakubowski), and the Best SM Erotica series.

I’ve also written six novels, such as the queer vampire books Running Dry and The Very Bloody Marys, the erotic cyberpunk Painted Doll, the science fiction/queer/noir Finger’s Breadth, the erotic romance Brushes, and the pretty damned weird Me2.

Then there’s a bunch of collections, like the queer ones (Dirty Words, Filthy Boys, Bodywork); the science fiction ones (Bachelor Machine and Skin Effect), the non-fiction ones (How To Write And Sell Erotica and Welcome to Weirdsville), and others.

And (takes a deep breath) I’m a regular contributor to Future Of Sex (“providing insights into the fascinating topic of the future of human sex and sexuality”), and have also been a non-fiction columnist for a lot of other sites and magazines.

What’s extremely cool is that many of my collections and novels are out in dual editions: the great folks at Renaissance E Books/Sizzler Editions doing the ebooks and print-on-demand and the fantastic Wordwooze doing the audiobooks!

♥ If it’s not too personal of a question, where does lifestyle experience end and vicarious fantasy begin within your fiction?

Not at all: ask anything you want! As far as writing and personal experience goes I’m kind of a queer duck -- even though I’m not actually gay. By that I mean that I don’t typically add a lot of personal details into my work, though some does leak in now and again. But what I do try to do is put in the emotional realism around sex. That’s a large part of why I’ve had as much success as I’ve had writing outside my own orientation and sexual interests: because I focus on the commonalities and less on the differences.

I mean I haven’t had queer sex, and I’m not equipped for lesbian play, but I do know what desire, arousal, hope, embarrassment, joy, disappointment, and love feels like. Details might not make it into my work but all of that and more I always try to put in.

I consider it a huge compliment that people presume that I’m gay, even though I’m very clear that I’m not. I have to say that the queer community has been … well, let me say that every day I feel blessed and honored to have received so much support, love, and kindness.

♥ On that note, is there a personal fetish or a fantasy that you have yet to explore in your fiction?

Hopefully not sounding too mercenary, but most of the time my projects are dictated by the marketplace. Not that I don’t love what I do -- far from it -- but when a publisher or editor asks for something my usual response is “when do you want it?”

That being said, I just began -- and by that I mean the first chapter -- a special project. The most amazing thing in my life has been belonging, body and soul and beyond, to an amazing Owner. What I want to try to do is explore that being property means to me: to really get down into the emotional, philosophical and sexual depths of it. It’s been interesting, writing about something so incredibly personal when for so long I’ve always kind of kept degree of distance from my work, but I know the result will be truly remarkable.

♥ Hmm, I like the sound of that. You have been published for a couple of years now, with several stories available. What was it that prompted you to begin writing?

I’ve always been creative. My mom was an interior decorator and my father was an engineer, so some of it may have come with that. I remember discovering the joy of books and stories in the fourth grade or so -- and tried my hand at my first story almost immediately after.

But it wasn’t until high school that I really lept into it. To be honest, I’m not too sure why it hit so hard as it did, but I tried -- for many, many years -- to write a story a week. None of them were any good, but I do think that I at least got plenty of really bad writing out of my system.

Oddly, I never tried my hand at erotica. A lot of horror, mysteries, and tons of science fiction but I didn't try my hand at sex writing until I took a class in it from Lisa Palac, who was the editor of a magazine called Future Sex. She bought my first story and, about a year later, Susie Bright picked it for Best American Erotica 1994. No dummy, I concentrated on erotica and soon had sold quite a few stories, which led to editing anthologies. The rest, to use the cliche, is history.

If there’s a lesson here it’s don’t give up. From high school to my first published story was about ten years of trial and error -- mostly error. But since then I’ve had an absolute blast -- and can’t wait to see what opportunities and projects may rise on the horizon.

♥ With reader reviews so crucial to generating exposure, what are some of the weirdest or most wonderful reactions you’ve had from readers?

There’s been a few of both, believe me. I try not to focus on the negative ones -- writing can be depressing enough as it is -- but I do find myself giggling at some of the crazier ones. My favorites of those are the reviews that slam an erotic book because the reviewer wasn’t turned on. Seriously?

But my favorites, aside from some of the good ones I’ve been blessed to receive (thank You, Sally!) are the more … well, tender ones. One time I participated in a public erotica reading and for some reason I chose to read a first person lesbian story. Halfway through the reading I began to feel really awkward -- but afterwards a sweet couple approached me with tears in their eyes and said that my story had really touched them.

The other time is more silly than anything else, but it does make me laugh. A bit of background: while I’m usually “M.Christian” pretty much everywhere now and again a publisher will ask me to change my name. Maybe I have more than one story in a book or they feel, for some reason, that my name doesn’t fit what I write. In any case, I was at a party and while chatting with someone writing came up, and then we realized that we both had stories in the same magazine. When I told him mine he blinked several times and confessed “I masturbated to that story!” That there’d never been any doubt in his mine that the story wasn’t written by a woman. Like i said: I do giggle about that.

Then there’s what happened with one of my publishers. This is many years ago, when I was first getting some of my queer collections out into the world. I had a really nice relationship with an editor at a gay publishing house. One day he asked a mutual friend we had in common: “What kind of men does Chris like?” My friend answered: “Women.”

I thought that this editor knew I was straight, and thinking that he might have thought I’d lied to him -- or led him on -- was devastating. I immediately got on the phone with him and after we’d both cried several times we told each other that, gay or straight, we loved each other.

♥ Having explored a number of different publishers and publishing models, what attracted you to the shelves of Wordwooze Publishing?

I’ve always secretly hoped that someday I’d be able to have audiobook editions of my work, so when Wordwooze approached me I jumped-for-joy. So far they’ve put out fantastic adaptations of several of my collections, including Bachelor Machine, Lesbian Erotica, Skin Effect, and the novels Painted Doll, Bionic Lover, and Finger’s Breadth. They are also working on other collections and novels that folks will be able to hear soon.

Speaking of, if anyone wants to review some of these audiobooks (or any of my books) just shoot me an email through my site.

♥ Finally, looking towards a brighter, more fantastic 2017, what can readers look forward to seeing from you next?

I’m still having a blast being a writer for Future Of Sex -- with usually one or two pieces going up per week. I just finished a special new science fiction anthology project, called Five To The Future with Ernest Hogan, Arthur Byron Cover, Cynthia Ward, and Emily Devenport. I’m also working on three new novels: one with my great pal R. Greco, a surreal horror/science fiction one called Blue, and the exploration of BDSM I already mentioned.

Beyond that I’m having fun, working hard, trying to stay positive in this crazy world, looking forward to creating fun books and stories, and -- most of all -- living each day for my special Owner.

My social media and such:

My site: www.mchristian.com
Twitter: @mchristianzobop
Tumblr: http://rude-mechanicals.tumblr.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mdot.christian & https://www.facebook.com/zobopmchristian

♥ Thanks again for taking the time to join us, and please do let me know when your Owner story is out!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Fourplay Fetish Feature: Naughty Tales of Leather & Latex by Roxy Katt

Please be sure to check out our interview with Roxy Katt, as part of the Fourplay Fetish Feature.

Although I am an unabashed fan of Roxy Katt's phallogyne erotica, and have a distinct fondness for her love of tight, shiny outfits, Naughty Tales of Leather & Latex was my first taste of her lesbian erotica . . . and I have to be honest, I loved it.

The first story, THE SPACE MILF, sets the tone nicely. Jenny is a young lesbian with a fetish for rubber, but only on women who wear it for other purposes, never intending to arouse. She already has a crush on Mrs. Bloom, her best friend's voluptuous mom, but has never imagined it could go anywhere. When the bored housewife agrees to dress as a rubber suited retro space woman for an art gallery show, however, Jenny seizes the moment and takes total erotic control of the older, voluptuous, rubber-clad woman, mixing some sci-fi roleplay with a very dubcon bit of molestation. There is a lot to enjoy here, both in Mrs. Bloom and on the page, with a scene that plays to fantasies of female domination and rubber fetishism.

The longest, most arousing, and most comical story in the collection, RUBBER SPACE ACADEMY is the story of Pamela Blamm, a legitimate space cadet who just happens to have a fanatical attraction to the rubber spacesuits of the women around her. When a search of her footlocker turns up handcuffs, ball gags, vibrators and butt plugs, she's called before the CO, who cannot understand the appeal of such bondage gear. When the Major accidentally cuffs herself, Pamela is quick to take charge, silencing her with a ball gag before beginning to play. Although the dubcon feels a little softer here, Pamela shares Jenny's love for squeezing older, larger women into rubber, and then luxuriating in the explosive reveal of each pound of flesh. The squeezing together of rubber fetishes, BBW appreciation, and MILF love is absolutely glorious, but it is the way Roxy keeps the action going, thrusting Pamela into one surprise erotic encounter after another in her escape, that makes this so much fun. For me, the psychiatrist with secret lesbian longings, the happy accident while watching an educational video about sex addiction, and the introduction of an eel into a rubber girdle was the highlight of the tale.

Since it would be a challenge to close out the collection with anything that could top the first two stories, Roxy Katt smartly changes the tone a bit, offering up a different story with THE PROBLEM OF LEATHER. Here, we have a narrator with an overpowering desire to humiliate women in leather. When her roommate - a pretty, lanky, country girl - arrives home in a black leather jacket and super tight black leather pants, things begin getting tense . . . and then explode when her roommate begins mocking and ridiculing her. It's a darker story, focused entirely on humiliation, with little sex play involved, but it certainly fits the theme.


Fourplay Fetish Feature: Cream and Punishment by Roxy Katt

Please be sure to check out our interview with Roxy Katt, as part of the Fourplay Fetish Feature.

Cream and Punishment is the story of a trans woman who chooses to indulge in a little recreational shoplifting for the sheer thrill of the experience. Little does she realize, it is getting caught that provides the real thrill, complete with an experience she never could have imagined.

For such a short tale, Roxy Katt packs in a lot of erotic detail. There is a lovely set-up as Portia begins her day, a fun bit of drama as we realize she's caught long before she does, a gloriously erotic scene of punishment and milking, and some wonderful dialogue throughout. This is not your typical BDSM-flavored story, and that is what makes it so exciting.

Without spoiling the fun, it seems certain fluids are highly sought after in natural creams and elixirs, those of trans women are even more potent, and the shopkeeper Portia crossed knows precisely how to maximize the yield from her newest cash cow.

Portia may have begun her day as a reluctant donor, but it is a safe bet that she will be cumming back for moo-re. :)


Fourplay Fetish Feature: An Interview with Roxy Katt

Continuing our Fourplay Fetish Feature on the gang at Wordwooze Publishing, Roxy Katt has stopped by to chat with us.

♥ Thank you so much for taking the time to join us - we are so very delighted to have you! For those readers who have yet to encounter your work, can you give us a brief introduction?

Well, I write lesbian and phallogyne bondage and humiliation erotic fiction.  I tend to center around certain fetish elements such as leather, rubber, and metal.  "Phallogyne" is a term I coined to describe any sort of woman with a penis: a transwoman who does not want genital reassignment surgery, a futa, a woman in a sci-fi story from a planet of penis-bearing women, whatever.  Right now I'm more in a mood to be writing phallogyne as opposed to strictly lesbian or f/f fiction, but lesbian material seems to sell better.

I tend to put a significant amount of comedy in my work, especially of a slapstick nature.  This doesn't mean my characters are running around throwing pies at each other, but very often the element of humiliation is linked to comedy.

♥ If it’s not too personal of a question, where does lifestyle experience end and vicarious fantasy begin within your fiction?

Well, I'm very private that way.  I'm not really involved in any sort of club scene or anything like that, though I have done BDSM.  My work is mostly too outlandish to be something based on real life experience, exactly.  For example, a lot of BDSM fiction is a portrayal of that lifestyle in a more or less realistic manner--or at least, an attempt at a realistic manner.  Two or more people get together and say, "let's try some kink," and then it's on with the catsuit and out with the cuffs and the paddle, or whatever.  In my work, if a character is wearing a catsuit it's not usually expressly for kinky purposes.  It's because she is an actual cat burglar, a super heroine or super villain, or a spacewoman, or whatever.  So there is usually a high fantasy element in my fiction--not just fantasy as sexual fantasy, which is what erotica is of course, but the non-sexual elements of the story tend to be fantasy as well.  Even if the setting is in the "real" world, the sex that takes place is in a context you would not have expected it, necessarily.

♥ On that note, is there a personal fetish or a fantasy that you have yet to explore in your fiction?

I guess I have not done a lot of clothing inflation stories, though that is one of my fetishes.  I suppose I hang back a little because there does not seem to be a great market for them.  Most of the inflation fetishists are into body inflation, not clothing.  And the body thing does not interest me.

I am not into scat at all, though I have toyed with the idea of someone being taken advantage of while in the vulnerable position of sitting on a toilet or answering nature's call in the woods.  I do write about armour (either mediaeval armour or sci-fi armour) and some day I might write a story about some lesbian or phallogyne amazon heavily laden in her suit of steel  trying to answer nature's call.  She  would probably have a very awkward time dismounting from her horse during her search for a dragon, opening up her complicated suit, and doing what must be done.  I would not focus on or even mention the excrement in such a story, because I would personally find that distasteful.  What I would focus on is how her suit and her position would make her completely helpless when some libidinous female peasant stumbles upon her...

Goodness.  It looks like I'm slipping into a story.  I'll stop.

♥ You have been published for a couple of years now, with several stories available. What was it that prompted you to begin writing?

I've actually been writing and publishing for quite a while, though by no means constantly, for 20 years or so. I have not produced a lot of works, by the standards of an erotica writer.  All told there are about 20 of my works as singles or in anthologies on the net or in bricks and mortar bookstores.  My first publication was in the first issue of HEAVY RUBBER MAGAZINE back in 1997.  Only in the last while have I been making a concerted effort to put up more work.  Most of it is self-published on Amazon and Smashwords.

I think it was probably sheer sexual desire that got me writing.

I have been trying to publish non-erotic literary fiction.  Well, it's not erotica though it is pretty sexy and does have some of the overtones of my sex stories.  It's tough to get the time to write and promote in both genres.

♥ With reader reviews so crucial to generating exposure, what are some of the weirdest or most wonderful reactions you’ve had from readers?

I get mostly positive reviews, and most of the negative reviews come from people who honestly say that the kinks in my stories were not really for them.  Sometimes people will say something odd like "the writing is really great and I like this a lot, but it's not very erotic."  I think that's a little odd--about it not being erotic.  What I like is when reviewers are not only turned on by the work but like the characters and the humour. It's really gratifying when someone says that they find the work sexy, but that the work is a great read even without the sex.

♥ Having explored the realm of self-publishing, what attracted you to the shelves of Wordwooze Publishing?

I was actually asked by Wordwooze if they could publish three of my works under one cover: "Naughty Tales of Leather and Latex."  This was wonderful.   We live in an age where an increasing number of publishers make it a policy to reject works not with a rejection letter, but dead silence.  "Don't contact us if we don't answer: that's a no."  Well, when a publisher actually likes your work enough to ask for it without having been queried to begin with, that's a really good sign.  Also, Wordwooze is very selective.

♥ Finally, looking towards a brighter, more fantastic 2017, what can readers look forward to seeing from you next?

I've been trying to spread out and send some material to larger numbers of publishers--just to widen exposure.  We'll see what comes of that.  I might just put my newest works up at Amazon and Smashwords myself.  I like the control.

I've written a comical erotic romance novella called "Leather, Livery, and Love" that I've been sending out to publishers.  One or two other things as well.

I've grown to like writing fellatio stories.  In popular culture, cock sucking is so often seen as an act where the sucker is subservient, and the suckee (usually a man) is in charge.  If anyone is reluctant, it's the cocksucker.  I love to reverse this.  In my phallogyne fiction the cock and balls are seen as something vulnerable and to be protected.  I put a cock on a woman and then feminize it.  Or rather, I bring out what I see as the feminine nature of the cock and of bearing one.  My phallogynes may do adventurous things like dragon fighting, motorcycle riding, and space travel, but they are largely femmes and guard their privates (or try to) with becoming modesty.

I'm working on a vampire story--except its not blood the vampire's interested in sucking.

♥ I love that term, phallogyne, and I love what you do with it - thanks again for taking the time to join us.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fourplay Fetish Feature: Introducing Wordwooze Publishing (Part 2)

A little something different for the Fourplay Fetish Feature of the new year, featuring not an author, but a publisher instead . . . and, of course, the authors it represents!

This month I am delighted to introduce you to the gang at Wordwooze Publishing, home to such authors as Jim Lyon, Billierosie, Ralph Greco, Roxy Katt, M. Christian, Shaun Putaine, and more.


Wordwooze Publishing is the love child of The Supreme Woozer and The Grammar Goddess, a pair of rebellious introverts with a kinky streak. After writing and editing erotica part-time for many years, they decided to get serious about it and unleash their naughtiness upon the world full-time. 

Their goal is to cultivate the best erotic writers available and create a portfolio of outstanding erotica in a wide variety of genres. Envisioning a future with increasingly fewer print book readers, they are all in on erotic ebooks and audiobooks, and routinely publish both with every title.

You can check them out at http://www.wordwooze.com


Wordwooze Publishing is always in search of imaginative well-written erotic novellas, novels and anthologies. They are very flexible, but look for authors with a thorough understanding of the fetishes and fantasies they're writing about.

Roxy Katt, who regular readers will likely recognize, joins us tomorrow to talk about books like Hijacked in Jodhpurs, Rubber Cat Burglar, and Naughty Tales of Leather & Latex.


M. Christian, who was one of the first authors I ever had the pleasure of interviewing, swings by on Wednesday to talk about books like Painted Doll, Finger's Breadth, and The Bachelor Machine.


Last but not least, Shaun Putaine (a new favorite) closes out the week to reflect on stories like A Sissy Diary, Passion Undiminished, and Love Undiminished.


Please do join me in making the gang feel welcome!

Friday, January 13, 2017

Freebie Fiction Friday - Putting the TG in TGIF!

Well, if it's Friday, then it must be time to bend our way into the weekend with Freebie Fiction Friday.

Every Friday I take the initiative to search through thew newly free titles on Amazon, and to identify those that might be of interest to readers, fans, and lovers of bending gender and sexuality. Even if you don't have a Kindle, you can still download the titles through one of Amazon's free reading applications, and covert it (if need be) with Calibre. I can tell you I do most of my reading on my tablet, using Kindle for PC, and it works beautifully.

Please do be sure to check the price before downloading anything, though, as most freebies are limited time offers, and some are specific to certain regions.

                                      

Enjoy!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Fourplay Fetish Feature: Oh, Those Darned Dominant MILFs by Ralph Greco Jr.

Please be sure to check out our interview with Ralph Greco Jr., as part of the Fourplay Fetish Feature.

Oh, Those Darned Dominant MILFs was so very much not what I expected, and I loved that about it. Forget the clichéd idea of a hot mom and the boy next door, these MILFs are real women . . . mothers and grandmothers . . . with a lifetime of experience (and baggage) behind them.

The Project was a perfect story to lead off with, introducing us to a pair of 67-year-old ladies and their 22-year-old boytoy in a story of teasing, titillation, and torment, while Turning the Tables delightfully switches things up when a 45-year-old bisexual divorcee discovers that the pretty young woman she's been fantasizing about is packing.

41 Is the New 47 is steps back a bit from the traditional idea of domination and instead looks at a birthday spanking between two women that gets hotter and heavier than they anticipated, while The Denial of Jerri explores the erotic potential in teasing another woman, but choosing to withhold her ultimate release.

The Progression of a Suburban Mistress is more of a lead-up than a story in itself, but it is fun to see how a woman's online domination of a young man leads to a real-life meeting. Finally, The Mystery of Maya takes a young man with a shoe fetish and a landlord with an itch to scratch, and finds new ways for him to pay the rent.

Sensual, playful, and creatively erotic, these are stories that explore the power and the pleasure of femininity.