News 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…)
Indie ebook publishing platform Smashwords is running a special July promotional campaign to encourage people into digital books – and Sizzing Stories is taking part!
From July 1 until July 31 you’ll be able to use these coupon codes to get your hands on discount erotic fiction by Max Sebastian:
She was a Good Girl – code: SSWIN (free ebook!)
A Girl in the Library – code: SSWIN (free ebook!)
Sexual Healing – code: SSW50 (50% off! - now just $0.99)
Intimate Encounters – code: SSW50 (50% off! – now just $0.99)
In Her Service – code: SSW50 (50% off! – now just $0.99)
Inside Source – code: SSWIN (free ebook!)
You’ll need a free Smashwords account to make use of these coupons. Then simply add the book to your shopping cart, and enter the coupon code during the purchase process to apply the discount.
Then you can download in whatever format you like – Kindle, Nook, iPad, iPhone, Sony, Kobo…
Hope you enjoy the books!
I have a number of stories on the way, many more I’m playing around with, thought I’d just provide an update. In truth, I have about 15 different stories in the pipeline at the moment, some of which may not survive, but after a relatively quiet patch, a few are beginning to get somewhere.
These are working titles for the most part, and are very much subject to change:
This is the debut novel by Jeremy Edwards, whose short stories can be found in dozens of erotic anthologies. Sharp, witty and full of excellent chemistry between interesting and often unconventional characters – top notch!
The Blurb: Writer Jacob Hastings is uninspired by his latest assignment: a museum full of hideous rocking horses. But his socks are rocked by Normandie Stephens, a mischievous astronomer who can match his dry wit, quip for quip, and his sexual appetite, frolic for frolic, with energy to spare. Thanks to Jacob’s public relations and the machinations of a feisty and frisky mentor named Kate, an impasse in Normandie’s career promises to blossom into either glory or disaster – with enigmatic photographer Susan and obtuse clubber Brandon along for the wild rocking-horse ride. Between farcical talk show appearances, sensuous threesomes, horny little quickies, sex-drenched romantic getaways, and close calls with utter embarrassment, the pace never lets up in this smart erotic romp.
The Review: This was a lot of fun, with crisp writing and witty characters busily embracing the instant attraction and fizzing chemistry between them with wild abandon, and the comedy coming as fast and free as the heat.
In the suitable setting of San Francisco, a magazine journalist falls for an astronomer who then seems to encourage his attraction and dalliance with almost every other female character they then encounter, usually with her along for the ride as well. The story explores their care-free attitude towards the conventional boundaries of love, and also how their presence in each other’s lives then impacts on each other’s careers with unpredictable and mildy absurd results.
Having already enjoyed a number of Jeremy Edwards’ short stories in various anthologies – and pleased to know I have plenty more to uncover – I had some assurance that this novel would be enjoyable, and was certainly not disappointed. As with his shorts, it was a case of instant engagement with this light-hearted, celebratory romp. The characters are likable and their banter will make you smile, before their rampant libido clicks in, offering sweet sex scenes that are frequent, light, fun rewards for the reader.
Continuing on from the first part of this guide looking at characterization in erotic fiction, it’s important when you’re learning and developing your writing to take influence from others.
You don’t have to re-invent the wheel when it comes to creating really sizzling stories – but that’s not to say you can’t bring your own invention and originality to it, stamp your own mark on the genre.
You can also take influence from other genres, other media and the characters and stories that surround you every day in your real life…
To create a character in an erotic story isn’t just about determining what color their hair is, what their measurements are, how tall they are or if they’re ‘hot’. If your characters have depth, your readers will love them and beg for more.
But I think in erotic fiction in particular, there has to be a balance between realism and fantasy. This is about arousing the reader, after all, so there needs to be some focus on the attractiveness of the protagonists, even if it is attraction in some kind of unconventional way.
Weaknesses and flaws make characters human and more interesting, as you’ll no doubt read elsewhere, but remember you still have to make characters attractive for erotic stories.
Four young people looking for their place in life after college find themselves in an old mansion house with time to play…
Allie has held a brightly burning torch for Wade since college. They were part of a writing group together, and everything about those days with him and their friends Kitty and Cameron fills her with longing. When their former Professor leaves them his rambling mansion in his will, it’s a chance for them to reunite. But there’s more than friendship bubbling beneath the surface. As secrets are revealed and relationships rekindled, the stories get dirtier and the stakes get higher. And now Allie’s realized that she isn’t quite sure who she wants…fun-loving Wade, or quiet, restrained Cameron. Neither have been honest about their feelings, and now they have the chance to act on all of the tales that ignite their most primal desires.
This was a really fun, fairly light sex fantasy about four post-college types spending a short time cooped up together in a lavish mansion, with a deceased former favorite professor providing them a semi-believable pretext to fool around with each other and to some extent “find themselves”. For me, there was a touch too much internal monologue and Dawson’s Creek-style over-analyzing things, but the writing was nicely easy to read and the characters sufficiently enticing to keep things bouncing along, and I’ll certainly be checking out some more by this author.