Monthly Archives: March 2017

Giving an (Alternative) Fuck

What do you do when the world feels like it’s spinning off its axis? If you’re a writer, you humanize ways of being that have become political targets. If you’re a publisher, you put together an anthology that celebrates alternative points of view and donate the proceeds to the ACLU – which is what Go Deeper Press has done.

Alternative Fucks is a response to the  political landscape we find ourselves in. Many of us have the luxury of resisting from comparatively safe quarters, while others find themselves on the front lines due to nothing more than their status as immigrants, refugees or non-middle class white cis males. With programs and social aide being actively defunded, organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union have become critical in ensuring that marginalized populations receive legal support and representation.

As a way of promoting the collection and raising as much money as possible, some of the authors involved with the project are answering a few questions that give a peek into our own histories as human people living in the world…because that is, essentially, what we all are – human people trying to live in the world as best we can. You can read the other authors responses by clicking these links:

Lana Fox

Dario Dalla Lasta

Oleander Plume

Natty Soltesz

So if you’re a human person living in the world who wants to support other human people, have a read and pick up the collection. A story from my upcoming collection, Roadhouse Blues, is in there, plus awesome work from other bad-ass Go Deeper authors too. They are a fiercely brilliant bunch. You get sexy stories, and the ACLU gets money. That’s a win on all fronts.

The Questions:

1. What group did you hang out with in high school?

Theater kid me (c. 1995)

I was a theater kid. My years in high school were defined by the plays I was in. My best friend was the first boy to come out in our school as gay, (which was a big deal in the early 90’s), and the awesome girl who stage managed the shows was a Muslim transfer student.

Despite the fact that I went to a seriously Catholic high school, my friends were treated with genuine respect by teachers and students alike, which is why, when I see people from religious backgrounds fail to treat others with similar empathy and humanity, it boggles my mind. I remember an eighty year old Catholic priest encouraging an openly gay kid to compose music for the choir because “God doesn’t care who you love”. If Father Rob could do that, then the current presidential administration could attempt to not legally stigmatize people based on race, sexuality or economic circumstance.

Retro couple kissing in a diner. Cover for Roadhouse Blues.Side Note: My contribution, “Skins”, which will appear with its siblings in Roadhouse Blues, draws on my time as an actor, which started with those early experiences in high school.

2. What is the dirtiest story you’ve ever read?

The Story of the Eye by Bataille. I read it as a freshman in college. It cracked my head right open and will forever define “filthy” for me.

3. What if your favorite movie and why?

This is an impossible question because I break favorites down into category – favorite action movie, favorite classic, favorite Christmas movie, etc. – and even then I end up with a top three. That said, a few consistently rise to the top, and my favorites of that bunch are Clue (seriously, I fucking LOVE Clue) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. 

I’ve seen Clue so many times I can literally quote the whole thing and it still makes me laugh, and Dracula pretty much because the bedrock of my sexual development so…yeah. I will always love it despite it’s flaws, none of which outweigh Gary Oldman’s sheer, scenery chomping magnificence.

4. What is right by your side while you are writing?

Tea and post-it notes.

5. Describe your dream vacation.

Somewhere very cold with a fireplace and books…and champagne…and bread with really good butter. And maybe some pastry that also involves really good butter. And more champagne and extra books. Just in case.

Do something sexy and good! Buy Alternative Fucks directly from Go Deeper Press by clicking HERE, or find it on Amazon (as Alternative Fs) HERE.

Roadhouse Blues Cover Reveal (!!!)

Retro couple kissing in a diner. Cover for Roadhouse Blues.

Last month, Jacob Louder and Lana Fox gave me one of the best birthday presents I’ve ever received – the cover for Roadhouse Blues. It’s retro and stylie and sleek and adorable, and I’m so goddamn in love with it that 3 weeks later, I still can’t quite express it.

Covers are tricky. It’s easy to end up with mixed feelings about the face your book gets, but the fact that Go Deeper Press is my dream publisher made the prospect far more exciting than it was nerve-wracking. I knew that whatever Jake came up with, it was going to be perfect. The only surprise was that “perfect” ended up being even more perfect than I thought it would be.

So, here it is – the cover reveal for Roadhouse Blues. There’ll be more news coming as the summer release gets closer, but if you’re interested in a sneak peek, “Skins”, one the the stories from Roadhouse Blues is currently in Alternative Fucksa separate collection Go Deeper put together to raise funds for the ACLU. It’s a fierce, brilliant bunch of stories from a fierce, brilliant bunch of writers, so please check it out.

In the meantime, I’m getting back editing Roadhouse. My baby has a beautiful face. The stories have to match.

Review: Highland Pursuits…the Novel

REVIEW:

Late last year, I reviewed Emmanuelle de Maupassant’s short story, “Highland Pursuits”, which appeared in Because Beards, an anthology that benefited the Movember Foundation for men’s health. You can read my (super gushy) review here but, suffice to say, I loved the stockings off that story – so much so that I privately wished Emmanuelle de Maupassant would turn it into a novel. Happily, she did just that.

Highland Pursuits the novel is a wry, clever, incredibly sexy romp that reads as if it were written by Julian Fellowes’s tongue-in-cheek, worldly-wise sister. Emmanuelle de Maupassant makes the most of the fabulous possibilities that might arise for a modern young woman, banished to a remote manor house in the 1920’s. As one might imagine, hijinks ensue and they are everything one could hope for.

The thing that I especially loved about the novelization of this story is that Ms. de Maupassant did more than just expand on everything that worked so beautifully in the short story. She developed aspects of it that I couldn’t have anticipated but which led to a deeply convincing tapestry of period fiction. We get a sense of the house’s eccentric, wealthy denizens from below-stairs now, as well as a greater sense of Ophelia’s singularity as a young woman exploring her sexuality in the 1920’s.

The romance between the protagonists unfolds in a way that is both convincing and adorably star-crossed, while the rest of the cast colors the book with so much personality that the book pops with fizz and life. It’s a completely engrossing, utterly enjoyable read, and I can’t recommend it highly enough, especially if you always wished that PG Wodehouse and Stella Gibbons had written the naughty bits. It’s fabulously fun, and yet one more example of Emmanuelle de Maupassant’s talents – not only as a writer, but as a literary chameleon.

MORE FROM THE AUTHOR:

Emmanuelle de Maupassant is thrilled to announce the launch of her saucy 1920s romance romp: ‘Highland Pursuits’.

In celebration, Emmanuelle is not only offering three signed paperback copies, via Goodreads here, but has her entire catalogue on sale for 99c/99p from March 1st-8th: Baby Love, Scarlet, Cautionary Tales and Gentlemen’s Club (as recommended by Stylist Magazine)

1920s debutante Lady Ophelia Finchingfield is banished to wildest Scotland to come to her senses, having refused a proposal from the Earl of Woldershire. In the care of her eccentric grandmother, Ophelia is soon caught between rugged widower Hamish and the villainous Comte de Montefiore.

She’s ready to play with fire, but will she burn more than her fingers?

WHAT READERS ARE SAYING:

 I can’t tell you how much I love this book. It was a true delight to read. The author has captured 1920s Britain wonderfully, and her detail is exquisite. – Rachel De Vine

 As a comedy of manners, this is exceptionally well done. – Fionna Guillaume 

 Highland Pursuits is a wry, clever, incredibly sexy romp… a completely engrossing, utterly enjoyable read. I can’t recommend it highly enough…fabulously fun – Malin James –> (It’s true – I can totally vouch for myself on that). 

The scene was set beautifully… I felt like I went back in time to high society Scotland – Christine of Sweet and Spicy Reads

 

 

 

 

 

Find ‘Highland Pursuits’ on Goodreads  and for sale on Amazon

 

 

 

 

 

‘Highland Pursuits’ draws inspiration from a short story of the same title Emmanuelle wrote originally for the charity fundraising anthology Because Beards: all proceeds have been given to the Movember Foundation.

This longer, novella, length offers more scope to explore the wonderful characters’ eye-popping shenanigans. Hamish and Ophelia were in Emmanuelle’s dreams for many weeks, as she wrote this story. 

 

 

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