Let me start off by saying this: femdom isn’t my erotica genre of choice. In fact, it wasn’t even an erotica genre for consideration in my mind. Submitting to Her changed all of that.
Max Sebastian has outdone himself. I was a big fan of his first full-length novel, Anarchy of the Heart (which anyone who enjoys wife-swapping, wife-watching, or swinging stories should pick up right away). I’ll admit that I was a little disappointed when I learned that his next contribution would be a femdom romance. Man, was I wrong.
Submitting to Her follows Aiden Jones as his world gets upended by his new boss, Zoey Schoenberg. She shows the career bachelor what life is like with a dominant female planted squarely in it, and gives him a lesson in love along the way.
As he says on his blog, “while there is a lot of female-dominant sex in this book, some denial play, bondage and even some group sex, this is fairly light BDSM, fairly light femdom on the whole.” It’s femdom for beginners (or for those like me who might not be into anything heavier). What surprised me was that Submitting to Her struck a lot of the same chords that a wife-watching or mild cuckold story hits. It makes sense, though: you’ve got a strong female driving the story and a “weaker” (although not wimpy by any means) male setting his own desires aside for his lover. For this reason alone, I encourage anyone who’s a fan of Just Watch Me or Leap to pick this one up. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Anyone who knows me knows that romance is an important element in my erotica. Submitting to Her drives this home on all cylinders. This is a story of discovery, not just for Aiden and his acceptance of a submissive role, but of his capacity for love. As Aiden falls for Zoey, so does the reader (at least this reader). Both Zoey and Aiden grow a hell of a lot, both within themselves, and together as a couple. It’s a thrilling thing to watch unfold, and Max writes it masterfully.
Little known fact about me: I don’t read much erotica. When I’m not writing it, my tastes usually drift to more contemporary, non-erotic books. Max Sebastian is now officially one of the few exceptions to that rule. I couldn’t put this one down, and when it was over, it lingered with me like a happy memory. It was one of those books you want to race through, yet don’t want to end.
And for those of you coming here looking for “erotica for men,” I’d definitely bookmark this one (along with the above mentioned Anarchy of the Heart).
Thanks for sharing a glimpse into the world of Aiden and Zoey, Max, and thanks for opening my eyes to the eroticism of femdom.
Still not convinced? You can read the first of three parts of the book for free on Smashwords. Links below:
This week, I’m being featured on So The Story Goes, a blog that has carved out a niche by showcasing independent writers from around the world. They’ve kicked the week off with an incredibly flattering review of Just Watch Me. Check out an excerpt:
Maybe it was the Hawaiian sun, or perhaps it was the non-stop steam, but this story was hot from the very first page right up until the last word. And there was something beyond the heat that had us hooked; intertwined beautifully within the scenes of passion is a story of love, acceptance and connection that we hadn’t expected. [Full review...]
Follow that link and you’ll also find a coupon to download Rediscovering Danielle for free over at Smashwords. Offer lasts through the week, so don’t wait.
Oh, and on Friday, So The Story Goes will be interviewing me. I’ll update this post when it’s live. [Read the interview here.]
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@IndieLitGems. They’re good people. Happy Monday!
It’s been a busy month. In addition to putting the final touches on Just Watch Me and shipping it out the door last week, I’ve had the opportunity to put together the covers of new books from three fantastic authors.
Max Sebastian’s Submitting to Her is a great introduction to femdom (it had me hooked, and that’s definitely not a core fantasy of mine). Lucy V. Morgan’s Twisted Summer serves up summer love with a side of pseudo-incest in this new adult romance. And Kirsten McCurran delivers a hot one, as always, in Devil’s Bargain, a set-up so good I’m seriously considering stealing.
Read the full book descriptions after the break.
This will be my first novel length book (I consider All In, Leap, and While She Watches novellas, if we must categorize). It picks up a year after the events of the short Rediscovering Danielle, but I want to stress that I don’t consider it a sequel. You do not need to read the short story to understand what’s going on in the novel.
I owe thanks to a lot of people for helping this book become a reality (my wife; my editor, Lucy V. Morgan; my beta readers and friends), but at the top of that list has been the sheer support of my readers. I’ll be honest, I wouldn’t have written this book without your requests (I have a particular bias towards sequels).
But I’m glad that I did write it. In my opinion, it’s the finest piece of writing I’ve produced to date (and perhaps the hottest). Hope those who requested–and anyone else who picks it up–agrees.
Some more Just Watch Me goodness. I’ve got the book page up here. There’s a description and, more importantly, an excerpt (just hit the excerpt tab). It’s pulled from the very beginning, but should give everyone who’s looking an idea for what this one’s all about.
And for your convenience, both description and excerpt have been reproduced after the break.
I’ve always enjoyed stories about erotic games–strip poker, an adult version of truth-or-dare, spin-the-bottle turned naughty, etc. More interestingly, based on the sales figures of All In: Strip Poker Done Right, I’m not alone. What’s not to like? It’s a great device for cutting through inhibitions and letting a group of “normal” people act crazy.
Just Watch Me is the loose, novel-length sequel to Rediscovering Danielle. Dean and Danielle are back in this tale of wife-watching and more. Watch this husband and wife push the boundaries of their marriage on a fateful trip to Hawaii.
Fans of Rediscovering and newcomers alike should find something to like as we watch Dean and Danielle. Reading the short story isn’t necessary, although you’ll get a little more out of the sequel if you have.
If all goes smoothly, Just Watch Me should hit Amazon and Barnes & Noble in the latter half of April. Check back here, Twitter, or Facebook for more news. Or, you could sign up to receive blog updates (see the right side).
Fellow male author, Chase Boehner, is doing an interview series with other male authors over on his blog, and I had the honor to be included. If you’re curious about my thoughts on erotica (and haven’t gotten enough of it on my own blog), how I got into this genre, and where my inspiration comes from, check it out.
My post on “erotica for men” is still one of the most visited pages on this site, a year and a half later. I think that it’s great that there’s a burgeoning interest in saucy tales told for men. It says something about how the genre is changing. Throw in the whole 50 Shades success story and we’ve got a brand new climate.
But as I’ve gained more experience in the world of commercial erotica, I’ve started to realize that the original question, posed so long ago by Ellora’s Cave, isn’t quite the right question. It’s not, “What is erotica for men?” Erotica for men, in large part, is the same as erotica for women: realistic characters in alluring situations that lead to explosive sexual encounters. Men and women’s tastes may vary, but I don’t think those tastes split along gender lines (more…)