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Slow Seduction is out! Already at #55 in the Kindle bestseller list!

So at 12:01am on January 28th my book Slow Seduction went live on Amazon and other bookselling sites, and I know it has been shipping to the physical bookstores, too! The paperback, ebook, and audiobook all launched at the same time.

Meanwhile, this has resulted in a curious oddity! Slow Seduction is book 2 of a trilogy. 24 hours after release, it is at #55 on the Amazon Erotica Bestsellers list. However, take a look (photo under the cut) at what book is at #50 on the SAME LIST. Yes, book 3 of the trilogy which won’t be out until August. I think that means a lot of people read book 2 in the past 24 hours and boom, bought book 3 immediately!! I hope that’s what it means, anyway.

It’s a little bit of a bummer to see the one-star reviews from people who are just tired of trilogies. Trust me, I commiserate, and I originally pitched this as one book. But the publisher wanted three books and the continued success of many erotic romance trilogies seems to prove there’s a large readership that clearly enjoys the longer form. I enjoyed getting to write a longer, more complex story, with more emotional twists than a single novel would sustain. I feel like I wish I could apologize to those people leaving the one-star reviews, but at the same time I feel a little like if they don’t like trilogies, why buy them and then complain about them…? The industry has gone this direction and I don’t think the trend is going to stop anytime soon.

All I can do is hope that the voices of people who did enjoy the book outweigh the voices of those who didn’t. To try to encourage folks to spread the word, I’m going to continue offering to send the special hot bonus scene from James’s point of view to anyone who emails me any of the following: 1) a screencap of their review on Amazon or Goodreads, 2) a screencap of them recommended it on Twitter, Facebook, G+, blog, or any other social media, 3) photo of yourself with your copy of the book (or on your Kindle/ereader), 4) photo of YOUR PET with the book, or 5) photo of the book on sale in the wild! (Email me at ctan.writer at gmail dot com)

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Read a hot scene (not) from Slow Seduction!

My publisher is stoking the fires, getting people psyched up for the release of Slow Seduction on January 28th, so they have a blog tour going on with me and three other authors they publish (Jodi Ellen Malpas, CC Gibbs, Kate McKinley).

One of the tasks they had us do was we each picked a prompt (feather! threesome! ice cube! lace!) and then we each had to write a scene that combined all four elements.

Mine is now up for your reading pleasure at Night Owl Reviews, and it features two of the important characters Karina meets in Slow Seduction when she goes to England, a dom named Damon George and a sub named Juney.

Here are my two picks for people who could play these two characters in a movie. Damon is a bit of a playboy, a young Greek tycoon who is dominant in the bedroom and in life, and Juney is a fun-loving British gal who has discovered the world of kinky sex and all it has to offer.

Kostas Martakis and Adele could be cast as Damon and Juney in a film of Slow Seduction!

Read the exclusive new scene with them here at Night owl Romance.

Damon and Juney also appear in the teaser scene right here on ceciliatan.com.

Slow Surrender audiobook featured on the Nobilis Erotica podcast

Hear a hefty sample chapter of the Slow Surrender audiobook, featured as an episode of the Nobilis Erotica Podcast! Nobilis Erotica is also listenable through their iPhone or Android apps, bringing out fresh erotic fiction audio every week.

The Slow Surrender episode is a full hour, so settle in for a nice listen while we follow Karina and James on a hot night out on the town.

The audiobook edition of Slow Surrender was brought out by Tantor Media, who will also be releasing the Slow Seduction audiobook on Jan 28th, same day as the paperback and ebook.

Organizing blog tour/promo for Slow Seduction

Book 2 in my BDSM romance trilogy, Slow Seduction, comes out on January 28th in ebook, paperback, and audiobook all at once. I’m booking guest blog appearances, podcasts, & related promo to run from Jan 29th until Valentine’s Day. If you’ve got a blog that reaches romance readers, BDSM enthusiasts, erotic book lovers, kinky folk, etc… please let me know if you want to grab one of the dates below to run a Q&A with me, review the book, or run a short guest blog entry written by me (limited number of those available). I’ll fill in the dates below first come first serve. Continue reading →

Call for Nominations: NLA Writing Awards, 2013 publications

As a past winner and a multiple time judge of the following, I thought I’d share the press release with everyone from NLA International about the current round of writing awards, for books, stories, and articles published in 2013. The deadline for nominations is January 31st 2014, and the awards are usually given out at Tribal Fire or another NLA-hosted leather/BDSM conference. Here’s the official announcement:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
Nominations may be sent to the contact email at nlai.awards@gmail.com

(Columbus, OH) — NLA-International, a leading organization for activists in the pansexual leather community, is now accepting nominations for its annual writing awards for excellence in SM/leather/fetish writing for books, articles, novels, and short fiction first published between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2013. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2014. The finalists will be announced in March. The winners will be announced at the National Leather Association’s Annual General Meeting. The five award categories are:

Non-Fiction Book (Geoff Mains Award)
Non-Fiction Article (Cynthia Slater Award)
Novel (Pauline Reage Award)
Short Fiction (John Preston Award)
Anthology (Samois Award)

Eligibility for all awards (short fiction, novel, non-fiction book, non-fiction article, and anthology) requires first time publication of writing in the 2013 calendar year. If you or someone you know has published a book, article, or story dealing with any aspect of SM, leather, fetish, or kink sexuality please consider nominating it for one of the above awards. Continue reading →

Duck Day 2013 recap, recipes and photos

Here’s a recap of yesterday’s Duck Day festivities, including recipes, photos, and whatever else I think to include.

Relevant to those new to this blog: corwin has been celebrating “Duck Day” (Thanksgiving) ever since he went to college (M.I.T.) in 1986 and he and his friend Scliff cooked duck instead of turkey because corwin likes duck much better than turkey. Over the decades the meal has evolved along with corwin’s culinary skill. I entered the picture in 1992. In the past 10 years especially the complexity (and execution) of the meal has really ramped up as we keep challenging ourselves, reading books, eating at some of the best restaurants in the world (see previous blog posts about our recent trip to Barcelona…), and studying molecular gastronomy and Science and Cooking.

So, this year with the coincidence of Thanksgiving and Chanukah, I suggested our theme could be Festivals of Lights of various cultures, and we ended up going with: Lantern Festival (China), Festival of Merce (Barcelona), Diwali (India), Thanksgiving (USA), Chanukah (All of Jewdom), Yule (Northern Europe and other cold places).
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Presenting the 2013 Duck Day Menu

So if you’ve been following my Twitter feed you’ve been seeing days and days of prep cooking for our Thanksgiving extravaganza, the annual event corwin long ago named DUCK DAY and which continues every year. We make duck not turkey. This year, because of Chanukah we decided each course should be themed to a separate Festival of Lights of some kind or other winter holiday. So we have the Lantern Festival (China), Festival of Merce (Barcelona), Diwali (India), Thanksgiving (USA), Chanukah (All of Jewdom), Yule (Norther Europe and other cold places).

Menu below the cut! Check my Instagram or Twitter feeds for photos all evening long, and the hashtag is #duckday

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Slow Surrender Audiobook!

If all went right at Tantor Media, the audiobook of Slow Surrender should be launching today everywhere! It’s available in MP3 format or on CDs, and libraries can get it, too. I think it should be for sale most places audiobooks are sold, including Barnes & Noble .com and Amazon, and here’s a link to where you can get it direct from Tantor Media, where it’s 20% off.

I haven’t heard it yet myself, so please let me know what you think! They hired a professional voice actress named Lucy Rivers to do the narration so I’m sure it’s sweet!

My rant on rape porn, social justice, and misogyny in Garth Ennis THE BOYS

So, this blog post is motivated by my recent reading of Garth Ennis’s THE BOYS Vol. 1: The Name of the Game (graphic novel, compiling issues 1-6 of the comic book), and something crystallizing that writer Hal Duncan said on Twitter regarding his “subtextual beef with certain noir/horror misery porn, e.g. Sin City. Just chanced on: Degeneracy Theory.”

Yes, that was the tweet that crystallized a bunch of stuff in my head, not only about why I have been gnawing at what seems “wrong” with THE BOYS for days now, but about the general rising level of discontent I’ve been having with my media consumption these days, swept along in the firehose of both fandom enthusiasms and social justice rants that is social media. (Tumblr in particular, but Twitter, LJ, and other places, too.) Continue reading →

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