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Beta reading gone wild

Make_Mine_to_Go_400x600Tonight I got some great news from someone I’d met in fandom. The archive where I was active had some high standards for writing, and the mods had a tendency to teach rather than reject. Our proportion of folks who later went on to be published was really high, and many of us (I definitely include myself here) gained our writing chops in the archive. Some you know well already, like Eden Winters, and others you may not be so familiar with yet.

One writer who played a while in our fandom was Dilo Keith. She gravitated to the characters in this universe who had BDSM leanings, and wrote their stories with the insight of one who understands. I was privileged to beta read for her now and then, even though the material sometimes left me perplexed. Those of you who know me well know I am BDSM-lite-if-at-all, so you already further understand that if I went back for a second helping of Dilo’s work, something in her stories pulled me past my squeamishness.

Here’s where I have to admit that I vanilla’d all over her kink sometimes. The stories didn’t always prosper in my hands because of my own limitations, something she graciously worked around, and accepted the commas if not always the philosophy. Every now and then I asked a good question in context of the story, and once in a while a good question in terms of lifestyle. She expanded my horizons, and I hope I didn’t cramp hers much. Dilo, being wise in the ways of ownership, accepted what she needed and let me own my issues.

Make Mine To Go passed through my hands on the way to publication. Perhaps I gained more than the story did in that interaction, but Justin and Toby got good reception in their first publication, as well they deserved. Now Make Mine To Go is available on preorder through JMS Press, and you all have another shot at reading how an established Dom and sub keep things fresh.

Dilo’s story dragged me right out of my vanilla-flavored comfort zone and made me understand how, in the right hands, BDSM is love. Go. Read.
Make_Mine_to_Go_400x600One key to the success of Justin and Toby’s marriage is plenty of sexual variety, sometimes with other men they know through the local BDSM club. While Toby assumes the submissive role in their power exchanges, it’s more often Justin who generously caters to Toby’s erotic appetites. Toby’s interest in flirting with a salesman should be trivial in comparison to his other desires. Instead, it sends both men down uncomfortable paths.

Toby manages to assure Justin that it was harmless fun, or so it seems at first. More troubling than Justin being unconvinced is that Toby doesn’t entirely believe his own story. When Toby finally figures out he wants something only another man can give him, he knows it won’t be easy to tell Justin. Is realizing a fantasy — even an exceptionally compelling one — worth the risk?

Now available for preorder  at JMS Books with release on September 13, and there’s a 20% new release discount for the first week.

Kermit flailing at its finest

kermitA couple of things have me waving my arms and yodeling in a green amphibious way. One is that I finally finished the first draft of my otter shifter novel. Becky Condit has been tapping her toe at me to accomplish this, so now she can uncross her arms.

Lon and Corey have been shipped to first readers, who will keep me from unleashing anything too egregious on the world. Pity the koi.

NewMan[A]FSSecond flaily dance item: A New Man is live for preorder at Amazon!  If you prefer to shop   Dreamspinner or at All Romance eBooks,  it’s there too. Live on February 9!