Swordmaster Dasan hits Amazon today. The short story will be available in Ebook format at all major retailers by 6pm EST. This is the last opportunity to download it for free at Goodreads and B&N before it's set for purchase only.
The short story falls into too many categories, which seems to be my most used complaint. If I name them all then we're talking about a gay bondage erotica fantasy short. That's four and as usual I'm limited to two classifications *sigh*
Apparently gay bondage erotic fiction featuring full suspension is extremely rare, please correct me if you know a place I missed, my friends would be thrilled. It's at times like this I'm glad that one of my closest personal friends has a kink that involves so many knots, because I needed to research relatively nothing, which make the story a cakewalk to write. Admittedly, there are only two scenes that really get rope crazy... Three? I'm not sure if the third counts. But, it's a quick read and I tried to keep it interesting so, again, feel free to check it out and please rate and comment if you do. It will remain a free download at certain retailers only for about the next week before the price sets in.
A quick description for anyone looking;
Swordmaster Kyo Dasan was the man who trained the character Localem (Loki) Arada from the Playing with Tigers series. Since Loki hailed from basically nowhere, he had nothing to offer in trade. Kyo sees the opportunity and offers an alternative means of payment, namely Loki's body.
Because Loki needs the title to escape the mundane future he would otherwise be forced to endure, he reluctantly agrees. As a result, he spends much of his time recovering from Kyo's attention, and eventually discovers something about his Swordmaster that explains much of his cruel and indifferent behavior.
I could write about these two endlessly, because they work so well together. It's hard to make a sadist that the reader likes, but harder to make a masochist who can hold their ground against them. They present a constant challenge because one phrase from either character can turn the story in an entirely new direction, and steering it can be both fun and difficult. I love the challenge, but I don't like to waste my already strapped time. Depending on the sales and reviews of this story, I may have found my niche. I will still finish Playing with Tigers, and I fully intend to write my other fantasy novels as well, but this was a fun escape from the ordinary, or at least as ordinary as I get.
In any event - Thank you to those of you who reviewed my book. I glance around every once in awhile to see how I can improve my storytelling and writing as a whole, and the constructive criticism is appreciated more than you probably realize. Many independent authors are dying for recognition and praise - don't think I'm any different. But I know that I have a long road ahead of me in my writing and I'm prepared to trip a few times if necessary to get there. Your reviews help me deliver a better product to you, and I can't thank you enough for it.
Now, back to work for me. Feel free to contact me at my blog or on Goodreads.com if you're actually bored enough. I'm not as bad as I make myself out to be. Or am I? *ominous music*
- Stephanie 'Kaeli' Hart