The Art of Being Normal

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I read this entire book in a day because I couldn’t put it down. Lisa Williams really captures when gender dysphoria is like, and why the transition process is so hard.

As a trans person who never plans to transition, it made me feel a little bit like a coward. You can read about my inner struggles on that topic here.

Yes, the book is aimed at younger kids. I wish I could have read it in my teens instead of in my thirties. That said, Lisa’s characters come alive and make you feel like you know them. It’s a fun read, and I recommend it for anyone (trans or not.)

The Jamie Johnson Trilogy

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There are a lot of heterosexual romance novels. They’re full of a lot of vanilla sex. None of them contain polyamory of any kind, and most of them are boring and predictable. So what is a kink person to do?

Well, there are actually a lot of good books out there for the freaks among us, and one such series if The Jamie Johnson Trilogy by author J.D. DeLemont.

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In the series, we see that perfectly normal people can have kinky sex, threesomes, and even polyamorous marriages. It’s a positive portrayal of people like us which, by the final book in the trilogy, covers many kinds of relationship and all sorts of kinks.

I highly recommend checking them out. (All three are on Amazon.com)

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster

I realize that religion is completely irrelevant to kink. Please forgive me for this post which is out of character for my blog. It’s just that I have been MIA from the blog for a bit because I have written a very silly book. Now that it is done, I would love it if you guys could help me out with spreading the word. I promise it’s worth a look.

The book is called The New Testament of The Flying Spaghetti Monster; Dinner 2.0, and it is available for free here.

It is the bible for The Unitarian Church of Pasta; a more inclusive sect of Pastafarianism than has been previously conceived. The older style of Pastafarianism favored pirate garb and a heaven that was full of strippers and beer volcanoes. The New Testament doesn’t refute any of that, but it does suggest that some folks may prefer a nice glass of scotch and women who are not paid to pretend to like them. In other words, it’s not attacking the old church, but rather, adding to it.

While it is meant to be a funny book, it is also meant to address some of the problems in the world, and ways that Pastafarians may wish to work towards solving them. Yes, there are jokes. But it is my hope that there are also some noodles of wisdom mixed in that might appeal to folks. So, if you are already a Pastafarian, please check it out. If you are not already a Pastafarian; that’s okay (nobody’s perfect!) But, there has never been a better time to check out the most delicious religion on the market.

Please add the Prophet Violet Johnson as a friend on Facebook if you can, and “like” the Unitarian Church of Pasta page. It would also be great if you could follow the church on Twitter, and on Tumblr as well, if you wouldn’t mind. You’ll be getting in on the ground floor of what is going to be the most hilarious sect of Pastafarianism yet, and I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

Thank you so much to all of you. I know I don’t return as many e-mails as I should (but thank you for sending them!) And, I know I don’t update the blog as often as I should. But you guys are the best, and I appreciate every single one of you.

 

 

Kinky Romance

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I just want to remind you that you should do me a favor and check out “Love & the Desert.

It’s the first in a trilogy of kinky romance novels. Featuring a strong female character, it highlights themes such as marriage not being the center of a woman’s life anymore, kink with vanilla people and how awkward it can get, and other important BDSM community concerns. It’s all set against the backdrop of a young girl’s struggle to live as a Millennial in the US.

The second book is also out:

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The second book in the trilogy, “Love & the Rose City,” is a fun exploration of the Portland kink scene and of nontraditional relationships.

The series has an accompanying blog, which offers the writers thoughts on both writing and kink. And of course, don’t worry about being caught up and left hanging, because the third and final book in the trilogy is promised out this summer.

The third book will be called “Hearth & Home,” and should be a nice wrap-up to the series.

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The Marketplace

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The Marketplace series is a set of books about a fictional world where “slaves” are trained and sold, much like Africans were in the early Colonial days. Of course, the 14 Amendment bans slavery, and the FBI is all over human trafficking. So real selling of people doesn’t happen (in spite of the fact that the book claims it’s “real.”) It’s a pure fantasy world for submissives who want to imagine living in a 24/7 “non-consent” scenario.

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I think the coming out stories are good for people new to the lifestyle, because it helps for them to hear how others discovered their kinks. There are lots of positive aspects to this series for new kinksters, and I would definitely recommend it.

In addition, it is well-written (much better than 50 Shades of Grey in terms of actual writing style.) The writing is engaging and it moves at a good pace.

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I think I would recommend this series to people who haven’t been too deep into kink for too long. If you have been in too long, you might find it frustrating because of the portrayal of slavery as “real” in our world. I know I found it hard, because I didn’t want people to get unrealistic expectations about the community. But obviously, my perspective is limited to my experiences (as is everyone’s.)

I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a flight into a fantasy world of kink.

The Taming of Trudi

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I read this book at the request of a friend. The Taming of Trudi is all-out smut, with very little in the way of a plot. It is not as well-written as something like Anne Rice’s Beauty Series, but it is ostensibly based in “real life.” (As in, not an invented story world.) The story does present some real facts, such as highlighting that women don’t orgasm from penetration. This is something many men seem to be clueless about, so it’s a good buy for a boyfriend who needs some direction.

As someone who is not a submissive, I feel like I can’t give it a fair review. The main character is not only very submissive, but also very into spanking. Since those are things I only have a mild interest in, I maybe didn’t enjoy it as much as someone whose kinks lined up better with the main character.

However, if you are looking for smut with some realistic information about female anatomy, this would be a good book to check out. It’s certainly good as a coming out story, for anyone new to kink and trying to discover themselves.

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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

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There are a lot of fantasy/role-play books with BDSM themes, and people often ask me what is something really fun to read and really kinky?

One book I always suggest is The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, which is the first in a trilogy.

I should admit first that I don’t actually like the beauty series (myself). I am not very good at getting lost in fantasy, and so the whole time I was reading these books I was completely horrified by the lack of consent.

The plot (very briefly): A princess is given to a prince (unwillingly) by her parents so she can learn discipline and humility by becoming a slave in his castle, used for sex as well as random punishment with paddles and whips and the like.

Even though I find the lack of consent unnerving, obviously it is a fictional story with fictional characters and no one at all as harmed except in Anne Rice‘s imagination. So it is very silly of me to find it hard to read.

My only explanation is that I have spent too long in the kink scene, and I have said “safe, sane, and consensual” too many times. It is part of who I am and there is no changing it now. Even in fantasy I want the characters to submit of their own free will if they do submit.

But I digress. If you are looking for a fantasy series about kink, then these are really good books for you. It doesn’t matter if you imagine yourself as the prince (if you are a Dom) or if you imagine yourself as the princess (if you are a Submissive). From either point of view the series explores a wide variety of interesting taboos and situations that your imagination will probably have fun playing with.

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