Poor Bloggy-woggy..

Hmm, that doesn’t same quite the same as My Booky-wook does it?

My poor abandoned blog.

It’s not been intentional, but I’ve not had much to report. And so, things have stayed pretty static.

My existing books are fairly much universally available now though! That’s a small change from March — Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Sony, ARe, iBookstore, Fictionwise and even a couple at Borders.

I have to say, I’m starting to see the power of the all mighty Amazon. So nice to see a new group of people enjoying my stories – thank YOU, Kindle users!

On the personal front, it seems we’ve finally figured out some of my tiredness issues… apparently through the roof blood sugar levels will do that to a girl. I commented to my husband I’ve stuck myself with needles more times in the last 2months now than I have in 25 years of sewing. That just doesn’t seem right somehow 🙂

It’s March already?

Heck, it’s nearly April!

So where have I been? Working the day job, being sick, working the day job and being sick some more… seriously, I’m so over being ill in some manner or form.

First it was a doozy of a cold – which I’d half expected with the whole going back to work thing and exposing myself to all those extra germies – then just as I got that sorted the trees started dropping pollen. Now I’m not sure if it’s just a Florida thing, or maybe a very lower southern states thing, but holy-high-pollen-count-Batman! Everything, and I mean everything, gets coated in a thick layer of fluorescent yellow gack. That yellow gack is pollen, and this year oh-lordy-me did my body decide to have a field day with it. I seriously considered nose removal surgery. Adding into all of that I’ve been having some major tooth/jaw problems – like migraine-put-me-in-a-dark-room-and-let-me-scream problems.

The tooth problems *crossfingers* are the only lingering issue at the moment. And even those I think are on the mend. YAY!

Is it April yet? ‘Cause I’m really quite done with March! 🙂

Many of you have been emailing asking after Huntingdawn 3. After the washout writing-wise that was ’09, these little emails – even if they are as short as ‘when’s the next one?’ totally, and I mean totally make my day. As a reader I know what it’s like when there is a big gap in a series you like, so I just want to say thankyou for putting up with this slow-arsed writer who is finally getting her act together. I won’t give a timeline (mainly because I do hope to break it) but the 3rd book is being actively worked on, with some thoughts for a story a little outside the main prophecy storyline for a certain pesky jaguar cousin.

Oh and if you hadn’t seen earlier posts Dave (from the Diner) and a new girl to town Betty are the main couple in the next story.

Interview & Tidbits

Come over to Lynn Crain’s blog to find out more about me, and about His Intimate Submission

The first review for HIS from BookBinge:

“Douglas is very effective at building the foundation of mutual respect and desire between Lucy and Jason. It’s clear in how carefully Lucy researches the lifestyle that she really cares about Jason and wants the experience to be fulfilling for him.”

“…the story features very hot sexual encounters between a couple who are both likeable and clearly seem to care deeply for each other”

And from @girrlitsbooks on twitter: ‘Loved it! Want another story with them! ‘ & ‘loved the characters and the learning IYKWIM’ & ‘It worked for this reader’

And Bookbinge on Curious Intimacies:

‘Anne Douglas has a strong imagination, and while this novella is only 44 pages, it’s well written. Douglas does a nice job of giving the reader enough information about Shane’s friendship with Jason, as well as laying the foundation of Lucy and Jason’s relationship, so that the encounter is plausible.’

Available today! His Intimate Submission

Months ago, on a hot Florida night, three friends explored one another. It’d been good enough that they’d explored together some more.
But while the sex is as amazing as ever between the couple, Jason’s shutting Lucy out of the everyday things. He’s searching. Lucy doesn’t know what Jason is seeking, but she’s scared that might mean leaving her behind. It’s time for her to pull up her big girl panties and figure out what’s wrong before things go really bad.
Jason surprises her—he’s not cheating and he’s not about to leave her, but he has an overwhelming desire he’s worried to admit. Lucy will have to demand her lover’s intimate submission to set them back on the path to happiness.

Reader Advisory: Contains a little male/male action, ménage elements, and some veryerotic female domination. (And, um…did we mention the enema scene? Hey, don’t knock it ’til you’ve read it.) This is the continuation of Jason and Lucy’s story, which started in Curious Intimacies. While this book can be read as a stand-alone, do you really want to miss the events that led them here?

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A New Release Date 12/16/09!

I’ve got the official word that His Intimate Submission will be available the 16th of December. The book page.

And the excerpt (the first short chapter, in fact).

YAY! LOL, I just squeaked a release into 2009 🙂

Cover Art – His Intimate Submission

I wasn’t quite sure what they’d come up with for cover art. I mean when you say ‘well, there’s a bit of fetish involved, but I don’t think you’ll want to go there, oh and she fucks him with a strapon…you could use that if you like?’ It’s a bit of a tough one to pick.

And while chains don’t feature, I don’t think this does a bad job of portraying my kinda bi, kinda conflicted sexy boss man who likes it when his girlfriend Tops him. Not a bad job at all. Thanks Syneca!

His Intimate Submission Cover

His Intimate Submission Cover

Working on Edits / Stepping into BDSM

Other than the eleventy-billion “remove comma” (sorry B) edits are moving along well on His Intimate Submission. No release date yet as we’re not quite finished, but cross fingers it might well be quite quick since edits are going so fast.

I’ve not written anything that’s had a direct link into BDSM before — assuming you associate all FemDom with BDSM that is. BDSM’s been something that I’ve felt a little uncomfortable jumping into the middle of, possibly because I have a different response than many when it comes to who should be on top — yes, the old Women-want-to-let-it-all-go-and-not-be-in-charge rubs me a little the wrong way — and frankly, I just don’t want to do it ‘wrong’ (of which there are many levels of, depending on the person).

Originally His Intimate Submission was Subtle Domination. This picture from http://malesubmissionart.com is exactly the type of feeling I was going for. Submission has many facets, and simple and sweet was the side I wanted to portray.

Originally, His Intimate Submission was titled Subtle Domination. This picture from malesubmissionart.com is exactly the type of feeling I was going for. Submission has many facets, and simple and sweet was the side I wanted to portray. This image links to Male Submission Art - maymay gives wonderful, insightful commentary on what it means to be a male submissive, you should check it out!

I really, I mean really, wanted to write a story about a guy — a fairly straight guy — who wanted something different…and that different was to be the one taken charge of in the bedroom. Really, when I revised and finally hit on how to make the story work in Curious Intimacies Jason was written with wanting to tell this other story about him in mind (and Shane too, I’ve have an evil plan afoot for him). I didn’t want Jason’s story to be about the Top declaring him a true sub he just had to realise it, nor did I think Jason was at all into the whole pain side of things. So how to do it then?

It turned out in someways it was pretty simple as there’s this other thing that bugs me some about a number of BDSM romances – very few Dom/mes are ever inexperienced. They just seem to have sprouted up knowing how to wield a whip and paddle — but seriously, while you might be born with the need to be dominant, you aren’t born with some sort of implanted genetic history on how to go about kink. (This is a personal thing — I’ve a fondness for telling kiddo when he gives up on something after the first try that all the people who are really good at X got that why by practicing their arses off.)

So, I figured we’re (me and the characters) all new to the game lets just let it play out exactly like that — Lucy and Jason both have to feel their way into the next level of their relationship by discovering how to be what the other needs. And sometimes that’s fun and other times pretty freaking scary, and sometimes…pretty kinky even if it is kinda vanilla 🙂

So while His Intimate Submission isn’t full on BDSM since it just puts a toe or two in the water and swishes around a little to see how it feels (the same way your or I might to find out how it all fits), the strap-ons, dildos…and just a little bit of fetish involved means it’s not quite vanilla either.

Hrmmm. Marketing is going to be a real PITA on this one isn’t it… my Vanilla BDSM Fetish Beginner FemDom KindaBiGuy book…

SOLD!

So it’s no secret that 2009 has not been the booming, productive year I planned out way back in January.  I totally own up to it–there’s no great reason other than I just didn’t get myself together and let myself get bogged down with my involvement in EPICs eBook Competition. But,  I can now say 2009 wasn’t a total failure as I’ve sold a novella – His Intimate Submission – to EC.

His Intimate Submission follows on from Curious Intimacies. Here’s the blurb I sent in:

Months ago, on a wickedly hot Floridian night, three friends let loose and explored unexpected sides of their sexuality. It’d been good. So good they’d explored some more.

But lately, when it’s just her and Jason together doing everyday things, Jason’s shutting Lucy out. Oh, she’s not concerned Jason’s decided to bat for the other team fulltime—sex between the two of them is still as amazing as ever—but the rest of their relationship is strained. Jason’s searching, for what Lucy doesn’t know, but she’s scared that illusive something means leaving her behind. It’s time for her to pull up her big girl panties and figure out what’s wrong before things go from bad to worse. And for her, worse would mean total heartbreak.

Lucy couldn’t have anticipated Jason’s response, though. He’s not cheating and he’s not about to leave her, but he needs something all right.  Something that involves overwhelming desires he fears to admit.

Lucy will have to take the upper hand and demand her lover’s intimate submission to set them back on the path to happiness

Ménage a trois by any other name

Originally posted at Selena Illyria’s blog during Ménage week

It’s the stuff of fantasies for many, a lifestyle for a few, and a deep commitment for even less, but what is really in a name?

Ménage a trois: French, literally, household for three.  It appears such a melodic phrase, doesn’t it? But oh what a tortured history it weaves. Modern interpretation is as ‘threesome’, a sex act, but in fact it is oh so much more.

While of course, the concept of a household of three is longstanding; they are by no means peaceful, nor as simple as ‘just sex’ if history is anything to go by (sex, simple? Lol). Take Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire from approx. the Regency period as an example. She was usurped in her husbands affections by her best friend, and until the day she died was tied into an unhappy marriage and forced to cohabitate with her husband and his much preferred mistress. In opposition to that, by all appearances–even though her life was not at all easy–Lady Emma Hamilton of the same era lived with both her husband and her lover Lord Nelson in apparent harmony until the men’s deaths, only to later die in penury.

Fairly tragic indeed, I must say, but if we fast-forward to today, has it changed much? In essence, I think not much, yet in a wider scale, immensely so. In an age where our sexualities are much more open, people find it easier to embrace some of the sexual opportunities of a threesome–or at least their fantasies of a ménage a trois. But the actuality of living the lifestyle, I don’t know that it’s any easier, but…well, that’s a post for another day.

But what about those late-night-get-you-off fantasies? Because to be sure, a threesome is not a ménage a trois, but ménage a trois is much like polyamory (loving more than one/ responsible non-monogamy)–which is not to be confused with polygamy.

Confused? Let me explain.

No doubt you’ve seen amongst the erotic romance publishers the terms mmf/mfm/fmf or even ffm, they’re all ménage, right? Well indeed, if you’ve got this far, you’ve no doubt figured where I’m going with this–these things are indeed not all like the other. While, indeed they are all an indicator of multiple partner sex in between the covers, it’s not a be all and end all of what’s in the book.

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For example: In my first book, Persuading Jo (mmf), two bisexual men have long been keen on their best girl, but not just for some one off sex games, but as an intricate part of their lives. An expansion on the wife, two kids and picket fences deal if you like–only in this scenario there are two husbands and a wife… At the end of the day, these three people are going to spend their lives together as one family unit– ménage a trois at it’s most literal, and polyamorous, the situation of loving more than one.

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Now in total opposition to that in Par 3 (mfm), a husband and wife are both separately wondering if their marriage has run its course, while at the same time hoping it hasn’t.

It’s the outrageous suggestion by a friend of a threesome to kick-start their waning sex life that’s at the heart of this story. In this instance, I class this story as a threesome. I also put Curious Intimacies in this group too, even though it comes with the mmf classification. My main reason–because at the end of the day it’s just all about the sex between the three. There’s plenty of love, of course, between our main couple (in these two cases m/f), and much affection between them and their third, but that’s where it ends. It’s arousing and daring and outrageous, but fleeting…at least as far as the sex goes, anyway; it’s an experience, not at all a lifestyle. (but oh man, what an experience!)

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But that’s not to say all mfm books are threesomes. Witch Vamp Were? is a case in point. The trio of Witch, Vampire and Were end up in a committed polyamorous relationship, but rather than a sexual circle where the sexual loving goes in all directions, it’s a little more linear with the heroine being in the center receiving love from both ends. The ends don’t touch…well, that’s the theory, anyway. Sometimes I wonder if I might let that line might get a little wiggly.

At the end of the day, what does this mean to you, the reader? Well, what it does mean is that you get your fantasies fulfilled either way. Whether it’s a sexy, naughty one off encounter that you and your lover have with a stranger (or indeed a close friend), or a story about sexual fluidity that allows you to vicariously live loving more than just one partner, we ménage authors have got you covered.

Seen around the net…

  • Anne’s Addictions was mentioned on Teleread Mar 23rd
  • Huntingdawn 1& 2 got some nice mentions on a reader blog. What Kim had to say: “This was a nice, lighthearted read and the opening scene alone, with Pearl being chased through town by every randy canine in town was worth the price of downloading it.” & Another, funny, lighthearted read. I loved Shaun’s feistiness, and the scene involving Rob and Jakov spying on her through her bedroom window, from a tree: Priceless!”
  • I had no clue that Accidentally Were? was nominated in the 2008 Australian Romance Readers Book Awards in the Favourite erotic eBook category until Google Alerts let me know much too late.  It was an instant upper/downer knowing I’d already lost out to the talented Bianca D’Arc.
  • This was another interesting tidbit from Google Alerts: Tea for Three (avail only in eBook, unless I wasn’t told something lol!) has a page at B&N. Possibly some follow through already from the FW / B&N merger?