Rumpled Silk Sheets offers everything you expect in a fairy tale and in an erotic romance. These talented authors have taken some familiar tales-and a few not so familiar-in new and incredible directions.
Ride the desert sands with a girl who encounters a sexy incarnation of the Egyptian cat goddess Bastet and a Japanese maid who helps free her mistress from the human body trapping her heavenly spirit. We haven’t forgotten the witches and wolves, but you’ll also meet a Snow Bear whose gruff exterior hides a secret only a scared girl can unlock. Like a little pain with your pleasure? Then meet a delicate princess who longs for a lost lover’s firm touch instead of a traditional marriage that leaves her unmarked and unsatisfied.
Princess of Silk and Pain by Shanna Germain
Handsome and Gretel by Kilt Kilpatrick
The Art of Storm-Riding by Sunny Moraine
Red in the Hood by Vivica Lace
Hannah and the Witch by Michael Jones
Snow by Kenzie Mathews
The White Bride by G.G. Royale
Madame Blanche by Jean Roberta
They got my story slightly wrong–the woman Badra meets at the heart of the storm is cursed by Bastet, not an incarnation of her–but regardless, that is a stellar lineup right there. Pick up your copy here.
“The Art of Storm-Riding” started life as a very different story; it is actually my third attempt at a retelling of the German folktale “The White Cat”, which was a favorite of mine as a child. Both my previous attempts were decent but also much too conventional for me, and it wasn’t until I decided to radically shift the setting and the premise that it started to feel right. As it currently stands, it bears only the roughest resemblance to the original folktale, but I think what’s there is a neat twist on a classic form. I also like the idea of a fairy tale that ends in liberation for all the characters in a way that isn’t just another form of being boxed in, to marriage, to tradition, to family convention. Badra never would have stood for that and I wouldn’t have tried to force it on her.
The title comes from a poem by the Egyptian-Lebanese poet Yahia Lababidi, whose first couple of verses feel, to me, to be full of the same kind of unhinged power that sits at the heart of the story.
I could not decipher the living riddle of my body
put it to sleep when it hungered, and overfed it
when time came to dream
I nearly choked on the forked tongue of my spirit
between the real and the ideal, rejecting the one
and rejected by the other
I still have not mastered that art of storm-riding
without ears to apprehend howling winds
or eyes for rolling waves
Excerpt under the cut.
Strange Horizons has accepted my weird little tale of a lesbian robot in Uganda, “The Thick Night”, for publication sometime next spring. I originally wrote this for a benefit for Pakistan, so this means Médecins Sans Frontières is going to be getting some more money from me, which is awesome. I’ve also been trying to crack Strange Horizons for over a year, so this is awesome for that reason as well.
This marks my second SFWA pro sale. Hoping for a third soon.
I’m honestly a tiny bit nervous about this story; I was writing far, far outside my own experience in just about every possible way, and although I tried to be careful and tried to do good research, there’s always a risk there of having gotten something extremely wrong. I’ll get a chance to make some final edits, but at this point I only hope I didn’t inadvertently put my foot in any orifice where it doesn’t belong.
And even if I did… hey, learning experience. We all have them. Or we should.
Life has a way of being inconvenient, and the release date for the book is now set for the end of November. Our fearless editors are pulling together some cool promo stuffage in the meantime, so stay tuned. Is gonna be awesome.
All this Halloween weekend, Ravenous Romance is offering all of its paranormal erotic romances for 50% off. This includes my lesbian short Truth & Dare.
Charlie isn’t reckless. She’s not a woman who takes chances. But when the gorgeous, curvy brunette in the bar proposes a personal demonstration of a trick that will knock Charlie’s socks off, the offer is too intriguing to turn down.
Back in Charlie’s apartment, the trick does prove to be quite an experience. Without warning, Charlie finds her mind invaded by a force she can’t understand or resist… and resistance may not even be something she wants. With inhuman skill, the strange woman pulls back Charlie’s defenses, digging deeper into her past, forcing her to stand with her heart and mind exposed… and promising pleasure and release that will make it more than worth her while.
50% off in this case means it’s $1. Come on: ladies touching and mind control. You know you want to.
10:30 PM EST Thursday October 7th (tomorrow), editors JoSelle Vanderhooft and Catherine Lundoff will be on Lara Zielinsky’s internet radio show “Readings in Lesbian and Bisexual Women’s Fiction” to discuss Hellebore & Rue and take questions from listeners. They’ll also be reading some excerpts. Should be awesome. Be sure to listen in.
Also, I’m going to be in the M-Brane SF quarterly print omnibus, coming out at the end of this month. Will post news when I have some.
I think it’s absolutely fantastic. Probably my favorite cover of anything I’ve been involved in. The table of contents isn’t anything to sneeze at, either:
Counterbalance by Ruth Sorrell
Trouble Arrived by C.B. Calsing
Personal Demons by Jean Marie Ward
The Windskimmer by Connie Wilkins
Sky Lit Bargains by Kelly A. Harmon
Gloam by Quinn Smythwood
Witches Have Cats by Juliet Kemp
D is for Delicious by Steve Berman
And Out of the Strong Came Forth Sweetness by Lisa Nohealani Morton
Bridges and Lullabies by Rrain Prior
Thin Spun by Sunny Moraine
A State of Panic by Rachel Green
Ebook release is set for mid October at this point. This has been a great project to be part of and I can’t wait to see the final result.