I did the unthinkable – I emailed a blogger #MondayBlogs #HaleNo

Recently, I had a book released. It’s one I’ve been excited about, which I sent out to bloggers as an ARC  (advanced reader’s copy), which I couldn’t have been more proud of.  Which I can’t be more proud of because I’m still absolutely thrilled with everything about it. During it’s release one blogger mentioned that she was knocking down stars on her review because the editing needed work. Oh my!  I was so upset.  I knew we’d done another round of editing after the ARCs went out, and I was so embarrassed to think that something less than stellar had been sent out to readers. I hadn’t worked with this blogger before and didn’t know her, but I opened my email anyway and composed a message: [BLOGGER NAME], I’m just checking in with you on the editing errors you found.  There was another round of editing after the original ARC went out and there should be none in the final edition.  I’d like to send anything that needs to be corrected to my publisher.  Do you know what the problems were so I can check and see if the edition up on Amazon has been corrected?  Thank you so much for bringing my attention to this, I want to make sure the story is as perfect as possible, especially since it’s with a publisher! Pav And I hit send. Oh shit-balls. Had I just made a terrible terrible mistake? I’m constantly telling authors to NOT do exactly what I had just done. I didn’t think I had for a few reasons: I didn’t attack the review or the reviewer...

Just Girls Review #LGTB #BookReview

Just girls is a great simple read with characters which will force you to question your own assumptions about gender and sexuality. In it we are introduced to Ella, a transgender woman who is attending her first year of college.  No one knows about her birth gender, but thanks to her home state not allowing her to change her birth certificate, the administration puts her in a suite alone, not sure what to do with her. When Tucker, an out lesbian on campus over hears some girls talking about finding out there’s a “tranny” on campus, she decides to tell them it’s her, figuring any prejudice she faces she can handle after coming out in high school. What she doesn’t expect is the backlash she receives from other feminists in the Gender Studies department. As many of you know, I attended Smith College, which is a women’s college with a large Queer student body. I remember being there when our LBA (Lesbian Bisexual Alliance) changed it’s name to LBTA.  I remember the debates about trans women being admitted to an all women’s college and whether they were pre or post op being a consideration many people brought up. Just Girls does a great job of putting these issues in a comprehensive and personal narrative. Ella’s story is sweet, brave and easy to relate to.  Her relationships with Tucker and Shen especially bring to the discussion the difference between sexuality and gender, a distinction not often considered by the mainstream public.  I very much enjoyed the book. The only issue I really had was that some of the conversations felt...

Erotica Book Review – Pet to the Tentacle Monster

Genre: Erotica, Sci Fi & Fantasy Summary: It’s been more than twelve years since the alien invasion wiped out much of the human population and forced those who were left into Refugee Communes. As far as Benji Tucker is concerned, a life devoted to bare survival is boring as hell. But when a stupid prank threatens to bring disaster down on the entire commune, the Galactic Enforcers show up and announce Benji is now eligible for adoption—by the invaders! He wakes in a plain white cell to find three very different monsters determined to make him their pet. Warning: Adult Readers Only Disclosure: Title received from NetGalley for review Purchase Links: Review: I have not read tentacle porn before.  I have read one erotica by Krissy Kneen that involved actual sex with an octopus, but that’s not what people usually mean by tentacle porn.  That particular story really was a bestiality erotica.  Pet to the Tentacle Monster would more correctly call under the genre umbrella of shokushu goukan or tentacle rape.  This piece will definitely be a trigger for those with non-con issues or who aren’t interested in stories involving severe BDSM. The thing that keeps this story from being a real rape-fantasy though, is that there is a line and when it’s crossed, the “pet” Benji and the Monster “Silver” both respect it and promise to not cross it again. Pet to the Tentacle Monsters was a strangely sweet story.  The characters created definitive and distinct relationships despite only being able to speak through physical interaction, and in the case of the adult males, sexual interaction. It was...

Cloud Atlas, Post-Modernism and finally a use for my degree

After watching the movie Cloud Atlas, I was blown away.  I didn’t quite “get it” but I saw through the stylized affect to something deeper.  After a second viewing, I decided I couldn’t take it anymore, couldn’t get the story or images out of my head and had to take another go at it.  So I bought the book thanks to a give card from my Dad. For those of you who don’t know, Cloud Atlas takes a long view of history and the future through 6 short stories, connected through narrative inheritance.  There is the Journal of Adam Ewing which is read by composer Robert Frobisher and mentioned in his letters to his lover Rufus Sixsmith.  The letters are then found and read by reporter Luisa Rey whose story is written as fiction and sent to Vanity publisher Timothy Cavendish.  Cavendish’s memoirs are letter turned into a movie which is seen by Sonmi- 451, a future world clone during her emancipation.  Sonmi’s words and deeds become legend for the people of a far future dying earth as told in an oration by Zachry Bailey. Themes of love, slavery, subjugation, and cannibalism (both literal and metaphorical) are explored.  While the themes are interesting and I’ll get into those in a while, it’s the format of the story that melts my mind into a puddle of oil.  Each story is told in a unique voice.  So completely accurate and authentic that had I picked up Cloud Atlas and read only the first few pages I would have put it down, assuming it the pretentious work of an Anglophile.  But because I knew the...

Transgressive #Erotica on the Edge – with an Octopus! #Review #BookReview

Susanna pursues sexual adventure online and finds an anonymous soul mate among the onanistic torsos. Is it possible he lives in her own building? Leda’s first love brings tenderness, heartbreak and a powerful sexual awakening at the behest of Paul and Rachel —two very different best friends. As time passes, some couples start to become like brother and sister. in others it is the other way around. For Aaron and Katherine, it’s a little more complicated. Transgressive, sardonic, lyrical, comic; irresistibly erotic yet also romantic, Krissy Kneen’s writing has been acclaimed for its fearless honesty. In this suite of linked stories, she addresses taboos of all kinds with a subtle wit and an insistence on sexual pleasure. Disclaimer: I bought this book at a Chapters (Think B&N in Canada) with real money I really earned. Review: It’s all about consent.  That’s what one of the characters says in the second vignette piece in the book.  It’s all about consent.  Right and wrong have no place in this book.  Your moral compass is unwanted and unnecessary.  Here it’s just about the consent of the participants.  Be they animals, siblings or a co-worker in a dark alley. This book is comprised of 3 connected vignettes which detail stories of unconventional love and desire in the fullest detail.  Each is titled after the classic art piece it is modelled after and delves into levels of taboo sexual behavior with a depth, sensitivity and insight rarely offered.  This is not porn. This is a book about love.  And the dirtiest book I’ve read in a long long time.  It takes balls to not...

#Review of Ender’s Game #SciFi

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race’s next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn’t make the cut—young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. Ender’s skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister. Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender’s two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If, that is, the world survives. Disclaimer: I purchased this book Review: I’ve resisted reading Ender’s Game for a really long time.  Honestly, it’s the combination of...