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As many have probably noticed, I am taking a short hiatus from writing. I apologize to anyone who might be following this blog, but things have gotten… complicated.

My father passed away last month. To say that I had a difficult relationship with him would be an understatement. However, I was with him at the end and continue to support my family during this difficult time. I’ll get back to writing, I swear. But right now… I don’t know if I can really commit to writing anything right now.

But things will get better. I’m sure of it.

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REVIEW: The Serpent’s Gifts, Part 1: The New Beginning (Richard Bacula)

baculaTITLE: The Serpent’s Gifts, Part 1: The New Beginning
AUTHOR: Richard Bacula
SUBGENRES: apocalyptic fantasy, magic sex

Richard Bacula is a total mythos-tease.

The Serpent’s Gifts, Part 1: The New Beginning alludes to cosmic cataclysms and ancient prophecies, ushering us into a world where giant serpents coil through the heavens and mysterious one-armed men proposition us for sex. It’s a set-up worthy of a multipart sci-fi/fantasy epic. But Bacula’s narrative contracts when we expect it expand, undermining our expectations in an almost perverse fashion. His book is essentially a two-hander, as confined and claustrophobic as a David Mamet play. The world outside might be coming to its end, but we don’t have time for that now. Our heroine, Rebecca Powell, has just been propositioned by an enigmatic stranger with a sack full of cash. Let’s forget about the world-annihilating implications of that mystical serpent roaming the skies and concentrate on these two people getting into some late-night hanky-panky.

This book is baffling, unpredictable, and wonderfully bizarre. I don’t think I’ve been this taken aback by a work of erotic fiction in quite some time. Bacula is ruthless in his refusal to broaden the scope of his narrative—perhaps in preparation for Part 2?—but he certainly doesn’t skimp on the sex scenes. The supernatural underpinnings of his world are explored primarily through the book’s central coupling, which quickly takes a turn toward the magical and miraculous. Bacula’s emphasis remains on the erotic, the sensual, the trepidations and self-criticisms one might experience if a mysterious one-armed stranger propositioned us in such a way. I liked how his characters remained grounded and insecure, even as the world around them grew stranger and stranger. The book might frustrate some with its purposeful lack of completion (although I suspect later volumes will answer some of our lingering questions), but I found it altogether unique, fascinating, and—yes—damn sexy.

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My review of -Slumber Party Succubus (Supernatural Transgender Erotica) written by Sakura von Sternberg — B.J.’s Reviews

First off. I love this cover. It’s perfect. 100% perfect. Synopsis Alexa and Isabelle have an annual tradition that has continued since the early days of their friendship: an all-night slumber party filled with junk food, box wine, and bad horror movies. Even as adults, the two continue their slumber parties with pride… but now […]

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REVIEW: Space Raptor Butt Invasion (Chuck Tingle)

spaceraptorTITLE: Space Raptor Butt Invasion
AUTHOR: Chuck Tingle
SUBGENRES: gay, dinosaur erotica, surrealism, satire

Chuck Tingle is a veritable man for all seasons: raconteur, philosopher, satirist, amateur paleontologist, erotica superstar… and now, lo and behold, a Hugo Award nominee. Huzzah! Grab the lubricants and snuggle up with your favorite stegosaurus! Time to celebrate with an all-night bacchanal of butt-slamming and dino-humping!

Well, sort of. You see, the nomination is a total piss-take—the end result of some misguided ballot-stuffing campaign. I’m not going to talk about the neoreactionaries who brought this about, nor am I going to recount Tingle’s wonderfully subversive counter-strike against them. And I’m certainly not going to sanctify or defend the Hugo Awards—because, let’s face it, they’ve shit the bed many, many times. I’d rather concentrate on the work itself.

Because let’s face it: Chuck Tingle is too good for this shit. His work is subversive, surreal, and often intricate in their self-reflexive structure. He’s far too good a writer to be anyone’s “gag candidate.” Unless, you know… you’re gagging on dinosaur sperm.

Which brings us to Space Raptor Butt Invasion, the story that earned Tingle his Hugo nomination. By any standard, this is a far more conventional and straightforward dispatch from the Tingleverse than what we’ve seen in the past—and that’s okay. Think of this as “Tingle for Beginners.” You don’t want to leap ass-first into the Tingleverse’s deepest waters—especially when that ass might get pounded by another ass. It’s a tale as old as time, really: Lance is an astronaut stationed on a remote terraforming station. Due to budget cuts, he’s fulfilling his year-long mission in total isolation… which, naturally, leads to boredom, ennui… and space madness. But don’t worry: he’s soon joined by Orion, a “voracious velociraptor” from Earth-Two. The two get along swimmingly, staving off their loneliness with games of zero-g ping pong. But what happens when Lance finds himself suddenly attracted to his new reptilian friend? Will he be able to overcome his own sexual insecurities? And is he man enough to take that big “Jurassic load?” This is a Chuck Tingle story, so you can probably figure things out from here.

Okay, I’m not gonna lie… this is all quite ridiculous. Tingle milks this threadbare premise for all its worth, ramping up the bizarre comedy right to the, er… end. Tingle’s usual blend of subversive humor and ribald surrealism works quite well here, particularly in the story’s treatment of its protagonist’s burgeoning realization of his own fluid sexuality. This is, after all, a story where a big transspecies fuckfest challenges the essentialist binaries of gender, sex, and sexuality… where the sudden craving for dino-cock forces our protagonist to reevaluate the boundaries of his own compulsory heterosexuality. Or, as Tingle himself puts it, “It’s not gay if it’s a man and a dinosaur, is it?” Perhaps this is the unifying rule of the Tingleverse, where the restrictions governing our desire have no hold or sway. Sexual desire has no “right” or “wrong” form. It can be transspecies, transterrestrial, transhuman even. I don’t know about you, but that sounds like the sort of thing I’d love to see win a Hugo (although, to be fair, “Cat Pictures Please” is also quite good… and holy hell, did you guys read The Fifth Season?).

Needless to say, I really loved this book. It lacks some of the metatextual complexity of some of Tingle’s best work, but more than makes up for this with the sly wit and humor. Oh, and the butt-slamming, of course. Don’t forget about the butt-slamming.

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NOW AVAILABLE: The Cosplay Connection (Transgender Erotica)

cosplaybase1Lisa and Marcus are regular attendees of Ani-Nexus, an anime convention catering to otaku of all types: collectors, academics, casual fans, gamers… and hardcore cosplayers, of course. There’s something for everyone. Even Lisa, a relative novice to the whole cosplay scene, has decided to come dressed as one of her favorite anime characters.

You’d think they’d be having the time of their lives. But no. Their relationship has reached its nadir. Their lives have become dull and predictable in almost every respect… especially in the bedroom.

But all of this is about to change. Lisa, it seems, has become somewhat infatuated with Gretchen, a transgender girl who has long garnered a reputation as queen of the cosplay circuit. She and Lisa immediately hit it off… and then some. But what happens when Marcus intrudes on their clandestine encounter? Is this the end of their relationship? Or the beginning of something more?

This 13,000+ word novelette contains adult material that may not be suitable for all audiences. It contains explicit depictions of a menage a trois between a trans woman, a cisgender woman, and her boyfriend. It is intended for mature audiences only. All characters in this story are at least 18 years of age.


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Book Review — PEGGED BY MY KAWAII ANIME WAIFU by Sakura Von Sternberg — Roxy Katt

This book is an imaginative frolic in the Otaku world, featuring one Kevin (or Kebinu-kun, as he insists upon as his otaku name). His life is, in a comical way, what one might expect from an anime obsessed nerd. He still lives with his mom despite being around thirty, and spends much of his time […]

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