3 Chicks After Dark is thrilled to be a part of the Heed Thy Mistress Blog Tour sponsored by Circlet Press. At our stop on the tour, we’re featuring the works of three authors: Cameron Quintain, Elizabeth Schechter, and TammyJo Eckhart. Each of these works has a slightly dark and/or Domme side to them. Be sure to scroll all the way down for a chance to win – one lucky reader will receive an e-copy of each of these three books courtesy of Circlet Press!
Here’s a little more about the books:
The Viscountess Investigates: A Dominion Erotic Mystery by Cameron Quintain
Word Count: 69,044
Page Count: 204
List Price: $6.99
The regal Viscountess and her partner Severin are not your typical detectives, nor your typical mistress/slave pair from the BDSM subculture. They inhabit the magical and kinky world hidden by the powerful spell known as the Blindfold, and they travel from the Real World into magical Dominions that reflect every kink fantasy humans can dream of. When the powerful leader of the Algophilia Society is murdered, their path to track down the killer brings them through a Victorian London that never was, where “fox” hunts involve no animals, and a feudal Japan where a mysterious Jade carver creates terrifying magical dildos. (Think: if Elric’s Stormbringer were a dildo instead of a sword.) Their loving bond as owner and slave is tested–and reinforced–as they whip, suck, and Scene their way to unraveling the mystery and confronting the culprit.
Packed with sf/fantasy film, book, and gaming references, The Viscountess Investigates is both a romp through BDSM subcultures and a geeky fantastical delight.
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House of Sable Locks by Elizabeth Schechter
Word Count: 90,900 words
List Price: $4.99
From Passionate Plume award finalist Elizabeth Schechter comes a steampunk novel of dark passion. In a respectable neighbourhood, on the top floor of a beautiful house, crouches the Succubus; by design, and by temperament, she is all that men crave and fear. To the wealthy and privileged men of London, the Succubus is a test they must pass to gain access to the House of Sable Locks, the most exclusive brothel in town. However, to William, a wealthy young man born and raised in India, she is the very essence of his desires.
William is recovering from the loss of everything he knows and loves when he first meets the Succubus. With great care she tears him apart… and he falls in love again. But their idyll cannot last: there is a killer loose in London, and the darkness of William’s past is about to collide with the terror of his present.
Based on the story “The Succubus” from the acclaimed erotic steampunk anthology Like Clockwork, HOUSE OF SABLE LOCKS lets us enter the mysterious brothel readers previously only had a glimpse of.
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Beyond the Softness of His Fur by TammyJo Eckhart
A Science Fiction Tale of Genetics, Sex, and Love Between Owners and Pets
Part One: Wonders of Modern Science
Word Count: 38,000 words
List Price: $3.99 ebook
When driven and dominant advertising executive Emily Potter is promoted within her company, the bosses make it clear that the promotion comes with certain expectations: she is to purchase herself a morph–a customizable animal hybrid of the future that is both sexual pet and status symbol. Emily’s personal tastes require a very unique set of specifications for her morph. Emily desires a male pet that is both exotic and submissive–yet all of her expectations are exceeded with Wynn, a beautiful white fox morph with a desire to please his new Master and an unusual intelligence that intrigues her. But the soulful wisdom that makes Wynn so special is a challenge to the morph-culture status quo and could ultimately spell disaster for both Master and pet.
Beyond The Softness of His Fur Part One: Wonders of Modern Science is the first installment in TammyJo Eckhart’s provocative and edgy science-fiction trilogy. “A tale of genetics, sex, and love between owners and pets,” Part One is concerned with the bonding period between Emily and Wynn and the unexpected threats to their growing relationship. Beautiful and sensitive Wynn is naïve to the complex world outside of his initial laboratory home and it is Emily’s job to educate and discipline him according to her needs. But to her surprise, Emily finds more and more it is up to her to protect and care for the intelligent and sensitive creature from a world that would rather bend Wynn to suit its expectations rather than Emily’s own.
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Each stop on the tour gives authors a chance to answer a burning question about something relevant to their writing. Take a look at what they had to say:
Q: What do you think it is that makes a dominant woman such a specific and sought-after fantasy?
ELIZABETH: Oh… good question. That requires thought.
I think it might have something to do with that Victorian ideal — the angel or the whore. The ideal woman is the angel, and there’s a definite air of submission there. The man of the house was supposed to be the Alpha, the end-all-and-be-all. He ruled the roost. That was what we got from the Victorian world, and what was reinforced by the 1950s iconic families — Ward rules the family, and June kept the house (in high heels, full dress and pearls). The woman was supposed to be subservient to the man. But the woman who refused that role and who stepped outside of the role of angel of the house, they became something forbidden, and therefore an erotic figure. Think of Marlene Dietrich in her black top hat and tails, kissing another woman in the film Morocco. She shocked the world with the clothing she wore and that she was taking on a masculine role, and she was an almost immediate sex symbol.
The dominant woman is part of that. She’s rejecting the defined role. She’s on the outside. Forbidden fruit, as it were.
CAMERON: We live in a very male dominated society. Most women never learn that they can be powerful and capable in their everyday life or in the bedroom. A strong woman yearns for a man who loves her because of her strength, not in spite of it. A submissive man yearns for a woman who understands his needs and doesn’t expect him to behave like a typical alpha male. With everything in society telling them that they’re wrong it often feels like a female dominant relationship is just the stuff of dreams.
TAMMYJO: I think there are two factors at work.
The first is that it isn’t the form of relationship promoted by or supported by current society — heck, not by most human societies that have existed. The novel, the different, the unusual — those will always be an erotic charge for some people. For others it will also be a way to think about different societies, different power, or different authority, not merely to get you wet or hard, but because you are unhappy with your society right now. The extremes of female dominance that can be played out in fantasy varies so widely because different readers respond to different ideas; they want to try out different things. Of course you also get the fetishists who become focused on only one scenario, one type, and that has led to the stereotypical femdom fantasies, too.
The other, and I’m sure this will be controversial, is nature. I think, given that human beings are born alive and often raised most hands-on by mothers, it feels almost natural that women would make decisions for us, because the first decisions made for us are usually made by our mothers. After talking with so many readers and other people over the years, I notice that a lot of them see female dominance as comforting, as safe. To me it feels normal to be a leader, because this is what a woman should do; she should care for others, and one way to do that is to lead.
About the Authors
Cameron Quintain is a quiet librarian by day and a swashbuckling superhero by night. He is already at work on his next Erotic Dominion mystery.
Elizabeth Schechter was born in New York at some point in the past. She is officially old enough to know better, but refuses to grow up. She has been, at various points in her life, a jeweler, an artist, a counselor, a minister, a fitness instructor, a singer, counter-person in a coffee-shop, a lab tech, a research assistant, quarter-staff master, a daycare worker, a high school English teacher, a kindergarten teacher, a stay-at-home-mom, an editor, and a writer. She firmly believes in the Heinlein adage that specialization is for insects, and is still working on the tinker, tailor, soldier, and spy parts of the list.
Elizabeth lives in Central Florida with her husband and son, and a most accepting circle of friends who are both very amused and very proud of the pervy, fetish writer in their midst.
Elizabeth can be found online at http://easchechter.wordpress.com/, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Elizabeth.A.Schechter.
TammyJo Eckhart, PhD, is the author of seven previous books of BDSM fiction, and has been part of the BDSM community since 1990. 2010 saw the publication of her first non-fiction book from Greenery Press (At Her Feet: Powering your Femdom Relationship). She has been a leader in several BDSM organizations ranging from the AppleMunch to two difference university groups (Conversio Virium and Headspace) as well as a private support group for tops. As of the spring of 2010, her “kinky family” is comprised of Tom, her husband since 1992, and Fox, her slave since 1999. She loves visiting conventions as well as organizations to read, sell books, or offer her experience and insights on various topics in the form of lectures or workshops. Feel free to visit her website at http://www.tammyjoeckhart.com.
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