blog by Max Sebastian
Well, my next ebook is rapidly on its way, it is currently in its very last stage of editing.
My good friend and fellow erotica author Kenny Wright has been kind enough to lend his design skills for the cover (click the image for a larger version), which I think looks fantastic, so thanks Kenny. If you enjoy my stories, chances are you’ll enjoy Kenny’s too, so take a look at a few via http://www.kennywriter.com. He has a new novel called “Just Watch Me”, which I’m very much looking forward to reading.
Submitting to Her is a story that explores female domination in an office-based relationship. It’s not too heavy, although there’s a few dark moments here and there, it’s more about the beauty of a woman in charge, less about the guy being particularly humiliated or subjected to pain (that’s not my bag, baby).
It’s erotica, mostly one-on-one, though with the occasional threesome (MFF and MMF) here and there. Here’s the blurb: (more…)
I really should update my blog a little more frequently, huh. Sorry about the irregularity.
Well, I’ve been busy writing and baby #1 is now on the way, so that’s all happening. At the weekend, I completed my latest book, which currently weighs in at about 73,000 words (around the same length as Anarchy of the Heart, I think).
It’s a book about a guy used to throwaway relationships with dim blondes that always just lie back and let the guy do whatever, faking orgasm along the way, who is rather put out when his promised promotion goes to a young woman. He can’t really handle losing out to a woman – but when he makes things difficult for her in the office, she seizes control in a most unexpected way. Suddenly his eyes are open to the erotic power of a woman in charge.
After exploring the whole thought process behind a couple swinging on vacation in “Anarchy”, in this book I was looking to explore a femdom relationship from a newbie’s point of view. It’s not what I’d call extreme femdom – it’s romantic femdom, if there is such a thing. No whips and chains or real pain/humiliation, just the beauty of a woman who knows what she wants and is confident enough to demand it from her guy.
It’s currently being proof-read, hopefully will be published fairly soon. If any readers fancy helping out with a little beta-reading (i.e. you get a free copy, but pre-final edit), give me a shout – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently I’ve definitely picked up a taste for suspenseful erotica. I’m not talking about erotic suspense, where a tale of suspense happens to include a lot of sex – suspenseful erotica has to be about the sex, and the sex has to be suspenseful.
These are stories that build slowly with characters taking little steps further in exploring their desires, taking risks and pushing their boundaries, with the most effective ones not only those that really keep those pages flicking on by, but also leave the reader a little breathless as the protagonist takes that next potentially dangerous inch forward in pursuit of exquisite gratification.
There’s something slightly depressing about labeling something as subjective as culture as being for women-only or for men-only, or any particular group for that matter.
Sure, there are certain aspects of certain forms of culture that more women might enjoy than men, or more men might enjoy than women. But to throw up the signs, even if it’s a marketing gimmick, is a little sad and surely a little backward.
The whole concept of ‘Erotica for men’ is as irritating as the label ‘Erotica for women’ has always been for me, though perhaps not quite so laughable as that particular tag on erotica ebooks in a genre that is so massively dominated by women anyway.
It’s exclusionary up front. “Erotica for Women” telling me ‘this isn’t for you, because you have a Y-chromosome’, even if it’s a perfectly good tale of thrilling sex. “Erotica for Men” is telling me: ‘you’re a man, this is what you like’. And also, you’re a man, this is what you are like’.
It’s dreadfully patronising and condescending.
Just give us the blurb, we’ll tell you whether it’s something we might enjoy by buying it or not. (more…)