Falling – Cherri Red Book 2 is now published on both Kindle and Smashwords.
Dani Walker has spent five years trying to forget about Cherri Red and the summer that changed her life.
That is until she picks up a magazine and Cherri’s face stares out at her, together with a list of tour dates. The temptation is too strong, and Dani has never been able to withstand temptation. When she plucks up the courage and finds herself standing in front of Cherri in the back lot of a run down club in Austin, and when Cherri looks up and meets her eyes, they both know five years is nothing, not for what they feel for each other.
And meeting is just the start of a roller coaster ride for both of them.
Falling is the second installment of the lesbian erotica trilogy involving Dani and Cherri.
I recently made a few changes to the text of Ali’s Art. I uploaded these to Kindle and also to Smashwords last weekend so the updated version was available for the read an eBook week.
I have now just received an email from Smashwords saying the book cannot be included in the extended distribution channel because it needs changing. The change they require is:
Please obscure/cover over the woman’s nipple and areola in the photo inside the front of your book. When you’re finished correcting your book, go to Dashboard: ‘upload new version’ to upload the new version. Thanks.
It seems the move by PayPal and the Credit Card companies is spreading it’s wings even wider. Now I can’t have a drawing of a woman who displays her nipples inside my book. This isn’t on the cover, it’s an interior image!
Scary, scary times for writers of erotica.
Selena Kitt recently raised a number of posts on the groundswell of censorship being instigated, it seems, by PayPal and others. They are pulling the plug, one by one, on any sites that sell material they deem offensive. While some might agree with their categorizations – incest, rape and bestiality – they also include pseudo-incest; that is, sexual relations between adults who are step-relations and not blood relations. Like Woody Allen?
Censorship is a weird thing. What offends me may not offend you, and vice-versa, and there are lines across which 99.99% of people are likely to agree should not be crossed, but the blanket application of these categories to Erotica are dangerous.
The ban would seem to apply only to Erotica that crosses these boundaries. For instance, rape is a frequent motif in thriller and detective fiction. Incest appears to be acceptable provided it is contained in a work of “literary” merit, for example Arundhati Roy‘s The God of Small Things, as well as in works by a myriad of other writers both popular and literary. In some way I might be able to understand the distinction, because Erotica’s main purpose is to arouse, and using taboo subjects to cause arousal may disturb some people. The big problem I have is where this might lead.
PayPal is not banning these topics, they are saying you can publish what you like but we will not allow you to use our services to pay for them. From my point of view this is a subtle and even more dangerous form of censorship. Where might it end? An extra 5% on Taxes for writers of erotica?
Tread warily, my friends, because the people behind all of this are even madder than those of us that write this stuff!
A book trailer for Ali’s Art is now available on YouTube. Click on this link to view the trailer in a new window.
Publication date is now set at December 13, and I’m hoping that a paperback will be available at the same time through Amazon.
This last week I’ve commissioned J.D. Strobe to create a cover for Ali’s Art. I’ve always created my own cover art in the past, but I’m making a little money from this writing game now so I wanted to see what difference a professional cover might make. So far I’m knocked out with what she’s done and wanted to share the first results of her work.
This only her preliminary sketch, but it’s so close to what I have in my head with this book it’s spooky. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
In case you want to find out more about J.D. you can find her website here.
Well, this took me by surprise. I was working on a couple of new things – Part 2 of Cherri Red and a new non-erotic fantasy novel, then read about how a writer needs to have as many titles out there as possible, wondering how I could do that when it takes so long to write and edit each book when I realized I’ve got a whole back catalog of things I published on an erotic fiction site a while back. These were attempts at writing in a different voice, from a male perspective. From the feedback I received I was not as successful as I’d planned because although they contain a lot of sex, the men have been accused of being too female in their thought processes.
Anyway, I dusted them off, re-wrote some sections and the first of these is currently undergoing an extensive edit. I thought I’d start with the blockbuster!
Ali’s Art was originally a 13 part story series. I’ve merged them into one, taken some bits out and added others. At the moment it’s coming in around 140,000 words. That’s about 550 pages!
I’m half way through the edit and hoping to publish some time around the start of December. Alongside this I’m continuing with the new works, but over the coming months I’ll be bringing out a number of these re-edited works.
Some comments on the original Ali’s Art series (I love this first one, made me laugh out loud):
So, normally I dislike an author who spends so much time teasing, hinting and doing everything BUT consummating the intended main character/s relationship for too long a period. Normally after two chapters of that sort of teasing I get REALLY BORED, frustrated and just plain pissed off with the audacity of an author. It’s not like I don’t appreciate a good tease. It’s more that there are other ways to tease. There are other methods to draw out a story….. Like the inclusion of a ripping good plot, solid supporting characters, effortless writing skills and silky smooth details. Another thing that REALLY FUCKING SHITS ME UP THE FUCKING WALL is when an author spends over 5000 words getting to the first sex scene… No matter what type of sex it is, this site IS an erotic fiction site. If an author is more interested in stretching out a plot, stretching out the sex scenes, and generally being an idiot, then I move on. Sometimes I vote really low, sometimes I don’t bother. Sometimes I rant and rage in a comment about how poor the skills are, how unobservant the author is, how obtuse they are being, either deliberately or unintentionally.
You? Well, you tick most of the boxes above. The work takes far too long to get to the hinted at climax of the story. It’s almost as if you, as an author, didn’t want the scene to be written. It’s almost as if the characters themselves didn’t want to do it. But, for all of that, this story remains a watershed for me. Not in terms of content, not in terms of style. Not in terms of details, or writing skills, or in terms of character development, nor in the fact that the entire story has had me horny as hell from start to finish…. But for the fact that, as an author, you made it all so effortless.
Just fucking wonderful! Great Story, great series! Wonderful again!
It was an emotional highly charged sexual journey that was heartfelt. Love your writing.