I have been using the Goodreads.com site to give away ten copies of a book every month in the hopes they will be granted a fair look-see by the potential contestants and be reviewed by the winners. This month I’m sharing Dark Prince, Heed Thy Queen, one of the sexotic titles in my diversified collection of fiction, erotica, curiosa and poetry for rowdier readers. Giveaway Ends: March 31, 2015.
He’s planning all the battles, but she’s winning the war.
Dark Prince, Heed Thy Queen is all about roles and reversals: bad boy meets good girl, or is it the other way around? Maybe it’s a triple flip and they’re both bad… Examine what it means to hide your primary sexual relationship from people you love but flaunt that same relationship in front of strangers. These two meet at a party and in that instant close off their real lives to reach deep into their fantasies. They step away from everything they know to establish an intimate atmosphere of risk and fulfillment.
This wasn’t romance, it went way beyond that. They were off the grid, powered by the kind of feelings that blow apart a “real” relationship. They were removed from time and place, in an epic struggle to out-satisfy each other at their deepest darkest core. They created an autocratic realm unto themselves where ageless appetites ruled in and for the moment – and the moment was all.
Enjoy this flip and witty take on gender dynamics, deliciously explicit, as it probes themes of submission, permission, and admission.
For those who do not read explicit adult material, the idea of ‘sexotica’ as differentiated from ‘erotica’ is hard to support. Sexotic books are frank and explicit, specific and particular about human mating behavior; it may trigger lustful feelings at times in some but more likely rounds out the thoughts that were already swirling around about who-what-when-where-why people are engaged in sex. Erotica is aimed at a different part of the brain-heart, specifically here-and-now responses.
Those that dismiss these sorts of books decide by biggest discernible commonality: writing about sex. That I write both forms isn’t important, they’ll read neither. That’s cool. I’m reaching out to the others of you, the ones who don’t mind wandering away from beloved genres as long as it’s a “good read”. That speaks to the inner-reader, the one motivated by curiosity rather than comfort (familiarity). One of my favorite reviews is this for Stoner’s Bone of Contention (The Weightless Joint) because we are given so many reasons to dismiss the book and, yet… surprise! Entertaining.
John Ricker from GoodReads.com Mar 2015
Not sure where to start with this one, so how about this… This is not typically the type of book that I read and entered the GoodReads giveaway so that I could give it to a friend. Well, after seeing that it would be a quick read, which it was, I thought I’d give it a shot and to my surprise I found it to be an entertaining read. Thanks
I know my books are not suitable for some, appreciated by others. Consider yourself forewarned, then. Amateur readers may not be amused. Punctilious comma counters will miss the point period
Dark Prince joins Honey B., Sexual Consultant by taking the matter-of-fact sexuality from the Sweet Talkers phone fantasy non-fiction and marrying it with the lusty language of The Lunarium for a compendium of situations presented like a kaleidoscope, fragments and patterns set in motion by twisting. It makes some people dizzy but others marvel at the science of beauty manufactured by humans.
This is the reason for the Giveaways – to expose others to my work. It puts the book into the thoughts of individual readers who register for the prize and into the hands of volunteer readers who win. There is a disappointingly low response rate on the requested reviews if you consider that Goodreads itself tries to steer the contest a bit towards active members as measured in titles on their shelves, friends, etc. Some winners do take the time to complete the exchange and prove themselves valuable members of the community.
I’ve decided to split the monthly giveaway into five copies twice a month, alternating title/genre, to keep the entries fresh. I’d love to go international but the book postage is crushing overseas… hell, up to Canada is a big bump, so, sorry, this little indie biz can’t pay that freight!
It works in reverse, too; I’ve kept design & production simple for my print books so prices are low, starting at $6.66 and topping out at $9.99, an impulse, an indulgence. Easy to gift! Kindle versions are discounted at least 25%.
What We See When We Read is a book lover’s book, a rich thick stew of thought pressed into the pages. I can only guess the production cost, so many totally black pages with a few choice words or shapes, such weighty paper… It is a retrospective on the language arts of certain classic writers but embodies the lure of print on page. It is fun to make a book about more than just the words. My background in alternative publishing always included graphic design and language-beauty using the tactile medium of small magazines so something lush like this is enriching to read, and a pleasure to recommend.
This is a beauty of an idea brought to life and memorialized in the same moment.