Monthly Archives: July 2013

On Trekkie Monster and Lucy the Slut

Angela and I went to see Avenue Q this summer, and what a riot it was! We laughed hard. In fact, somewhat embarrassingly, we laughed much louder than anyone else in our area of the theater. Then a woman spilled her red wine into Angela’s bag and sneaked away. We missed all this, of course. Yes, that’s how hard we were laughing.

Our hearts go out to Trekkie Monster, in particular.

That said, we were sad about the way puppet Lucy was sex-shamed.  “Lucy the Slut,” as she’s known on the show, doesn’t receive the tolerance and acceptance that other characters do. We learn little about Lucy’s queerness or uniqueness. Instead, she is the “slut” who almost breaks up a beautiful sexual friendship. We don’t get to see any humility in her treatment, and there isn’t even a nod towards the the fact that having numerous sexual partners suits many women down to the ground.

Was SlutWalk for nothing, Avenue Q?

That said, we heartily recommend that you see Avenue Q. We laughed so hard we cried. And we love these characters, especially good old Trekkie Monster. A triumph of a show.

And as a postscript, if you’re all about the hot and queer, take a look at Con, Book 1: You Can Play It Safe When You’re Dead (downloadable free, for now) and watch this space for Huddle: Sex With Sporty Queers.

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Queer Victorian Grifters with Dirty Little Fingers

Lana here, folks, adding to my hot con artists collection!  Have you seen the film of Sarah Waters’ Fingersmith?  If you haven’t, you’re missing a treat.  After all, when a young Victorian woman tries to con a lady, and, in the process, gets sweet on her, the boundaries are down and the heart is open…and the knickers? They’re on fire…

Enjoy!  (And if you haven’t downloaded our own erotic Con, you can do so here!)

By the way, a postscript:  Sarah Waters, who wrote the amazing Fingersmith, is below, (she’s in the middle,) modeling a rather fabulous T-shirt, along with Stella Duffy and Shelley Silas.

Because some girls marry girls.  In fact, a lot of us do.

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Why Lana Finds Con Artists Crazy-Hot

Yes, it’s true. I dig con artists. Why? Perhaps because they’re all about control.

Now let me tell you–and I swear it really is relevant–that my father was a magician. Not one of those guys who tricks the world into thinking he can levitate, but rather a man who entertained kids at birthday parties. That sort of thing. And what Dad taught me when I learned sleight of hand, was actually rather like grifting. People don’t want to discover that you wangled the coin into the crease in the palm of your hand. No, they want to believe that the coin has disappeared–that you have made it go poof! They want you have that control.

So many of us long to believe.

Get "Con" for free at GoDeeperPress.com

Get “Con” for free at GoDeeperPress.com

Well, in the fantasy world of grifters, their control is the thing that thrills me. And the way their marks walk so willingly into the honey trap. Fictional con artists are clever, they use their power. They’re skilled, they have guts, and sometimes, as in Hustle, they’ll face jail boldly if it means they maintain their honor. Yet when it’s your job to spread illusions, life surely isn’t an easy ride.

But what happens when a grifter lets reality slip and wants, in some way, to live the illusion? In fiction, that’s often when the greatest challenges come to the fore. And when the con is a trap that touches on the sexual, well, the sparks can really fly. That’s one reason why, in my free e-book, Con: You Can Play It Safe When You’re Dead (the first in a series of erotic novelettes), the con artists are twins who secretly want one another. So when the mark gets out a gun and says Go on, have sex or I’ll kill you, though the grifter twins are no longer in control, they get to live in fantasy land for as long as they wish, without having to be responsible for their actions.

Naturally they’re grifters, so they’ll trick their way out of the trap.

But not before they’re ready…

News! Check out GDP author Laurel Isaac’s piece at Scarleteen “Figuring Out How to Be a Lesbian Safer Sexpert” and also Lana’s piece about intending self-love during yoga and meditation at My Yoga Online. Also, wanna be part of some sexy cons? Check out BBC’s Hustle and Sarah WatersFingersmithtwo of my faves, or download CON, Book One, absolutely free.

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Cocks So Big, Hearts So Broken (An Interview with Angela Tavares)

Coming on August 5th!

Coming on August 5th!

Huddle is now available at GoDeeperPress and Amazon!

Okay. So the other day, on the train to New York, I read Huddle: Sex With Sporty Queers (Volume 1: Boys Varsity), which is coming to our virtual shelves on August 5th. And my, what a page-turner! This book of delectable sexy stories is edited by GDP’s own super-talented Angela Tavares, so it’ll come as no surprise that I was thoroughly engrossed. These tales are beautifully compiled and crafted, and their characters are often as vulnerable as they are horny. What’s more, its cocks are right in the reader’s face–and that’s where we at GDP like ’em.

So, before Huddle‘s release (pun intended), I thought I’d ask Angela a few invasive, little questions. Enjoy spying on her. I know I do….

1. Before I met you, dear Angela Tavares, I had never really thought about sporty types being sexy. After reading Huddle, of course, I’m utterly dripping with enthusiasm! But can you remember any of the first times when you realized sporty folks could be really hot? We’d love to hear….

I’m not sure. I was probably 10, 11? That’s when I really fell in love with soccer, at a pretty young age. I had all these athletic girls around me on my team, on the other team. I was in heaven.

2. I know you love this anthology, and quite rightly so! But tell us a little about why you love it so much….

Every story in this collection has its own way of being sexy, of being a true turn on. Some have funny moments and some are very dark. These writers’ voices are unforgettable. I think, in some cases, Huddle turned out to be more literary than I had imagined, but I’m super proud of this. I love that GDP attracts these types of writers, ones that know how to tell you a tremendous story and make you burn a little, all at the same time.

3. Years ago, I found out that many women readers love reading gay male erotica. In your opinion, why? 

Is it terrible that my first reaction is “Why not?” Or maybe it’s the same reason why men like to read F/F erotica? The best thing about erotica—for me, anyway—is the chance to experience something new, something that I’d never thought of or experienced yourself, through fictional characters on the page. I’m also a little voyeuristic, so I like to watch people, regardless of gender, strip off and have a good time. So maybe this is why women of all sexualities can enjoy gay male erotica: There’s excitement in experimentation and looking through a peephole. For a more boring answer, maybe some women just want to see how two guys do it?

4. The Huddle stories are wildly hot, but they also have some really moving moments. Can you share a story moment that speaks to the vulnerable side of being–or wanting–a jock?

There are so many moments! And this is what’s so exciting about Huddle. With all the funny parts and the dark parts come such an amazing sense of so many things: longing and insecurity and loneliness—and so much more. But to focus, there’s Benji Bright‘s narrator in “Free Run” hiding behind a tree as he watches his running teammates fuck in the woods. Ben does such an amazing job of holding silence in this scene, if you know what I mean? I feel like I could hear a pin drop. And then there’s Christopher Stoddard‘s Christian in “Football Head.” You will want to take this kid out for pizza and buy him a new hoodie or whatever. Christian was so real for me because I think, in some ways, I was him. I bet a lot of us were.

5. Have you ever had a sporty girl crush on somebody who either is or isn’t famous? Do spill the beans…

Answering this question could take me hours. Let’s just say that, last year, I really, really enjoyed watching the U-20 Women’s World Cup. Yeah, I really liked that. I would also like to take Fallon Fox to the movies and buy her popcorn. Nadine Kessler can come along.

6.. Do you feel the Huddle stories speak to the wonders (and/or perils?) of competition? 

If by competition you mean obsession, domination, and locker room blow jobs, then yes. Huddle speaks to the wonders of all these things!

7. What’s your own favorite sport…and is it featured in the collection?

My favorite sport is soccer. I also really like mixed martial arts. There are no slutty midfielders or randy cage fighters in Huddle, I’m afraid. But I have high hopes for the next volume!

8. Tell us something else about Huddle. Something to tantalize!

You will never see cocks so big or hearts so broken. It’s the best of both worlds: pleasure and pain. Mostly, I just really, really hope that everyone enjoys it as much as I do.

Amen, Angela! Amen.

Check out the anthology at Amazon and GoDeeperPress!

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Hi There! About Our “Technical Difficulties”!

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Good morning, friends! Imagine our chagrin (or outrage) when we noticed that there were “intermittent issues” with our website–and on the first week that Con is available for free to all of you! Well, we won’t take this lying down. Please email info at godeeperpress dot com with “Con” in the subject line, tell us the brand of your e-reader, and we’ll get the file right out to you.

Thanks, as always, for your support!

Love,

Go Deeper Press

 

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Coming Real Soon From GDP: Huddle: Sex With Sporty Queers

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I haven’t  been this excited about a queer anthology since Discontents: New Queer Writers, which was published in 1991 and edited by Dennis Cooper. Remember that one? Anyway, I don’t remember Discontents being stories exclusively about boys and men desiring, obsessing, and/or wanting to fuck other men—athletic men, usually big, butch, and burly men—and that’s what Huddle: Sex With Sporty Queers (Vol 1. Boys Varsity) is all about. But I do remember how striking and unforgettable each and every voice was in this Cooper anthology, and I’m proud to say that Huddle’s got tons of that. It’s amazing, and likely features some of your favorite authors, or writers who will soon become some your favorite authors: Dario Dalla Lasta,Benji Bright, Theophilia St. Claire, Tamsin Flowers, and Christopher Stoddard.

Huddle: Sex With Sporty Queers (Vol 1. Boys Varsity) will be available for purchase (almost) everywhere on August 5, 2013.

Thanks for supporting Go Deeper Press. If you’d like to browse our erotic, sex-positive e-books for brain and brawn, you can find our website here.

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Con Is Here!

Kissing Sisters Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

In honor of Lana Fox’s effin’ amazing new book series, I give you this delicious picture of the Olsen twins kissing. Ahh. I’ve been waiting months to use this!

Click here to get Con, Book One, for free.

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On Getting Fox for Free (or Oh, You Lucky Bastards)

Coming as a FREE download on Monday July 15th!

Coming as a FREE download on Monday July 15th!

I don’t know how long ago it was when Lana ran through the story line for Con with me, but I remember soaking it in and thinking, “Wait—we’re giving this away? For free?” Then Lana wrote and wrote. She would read me parts of it over dinner or before bed, and I watched her build this world of con artists (“decadent” and “debauched” is how Violet Blue refers to Lana’s writing, and, you know what? Yes! In the case of Con, these words form the sweetest, richest icing on what is truly a very sordid and wild cake, one you’ve likely never ever tasted before). This story is about twin women, Stelle and Dahlia, who know more tricks than a master magician and always come out on top. Except for now, except for the time in their lives where Book One picks up, with one twin wanting more in life and the other trying to figure out how to grieve the life she’s lost while keeping her eye on the prize (that’s getting the mark’s money, of course, and not losing her alpha position). Somewhere, everything seems to have changed for them both. What is, if I’m not mistaken, commonly referred to as “the strongest bond”—that is, the kind between twins—gets a little twist, or a forceful tweak, and suddenly, Stelle and Dahlia are thinking of other ways they want to be close.

I realize this may not be everyone’s ideal: two women, identical twins, who really want to get it on in this really dark and beautiful way. (Funny how Blue might use the word “debauched,” but I use “beautiful.”) This book series will very much push the erotica genre to its limits. It may have been hard for Lana to get this series published with another house. Lana and I like the term “rebel erotica,” actually! It’s so easy to drop the words “taboo” or “illicit” to describe Con’s story line. But like my 7th grade English teacher taught me about using the word “nice,” those words are just fuzzy adjectives, and can mean nothing or totally different things to different people.

We just finished our first Mermaid Voyage. The Voyage is Lana’s baby. She crafted this two-week course with so much love and passion, all I could do was get out of the way and watch. This is part of her life mission, believe me. But my point is this: on “Day 9: The Island of Light and Shadow,” Lana writes this about erotic “darkness”: “I believe there can be light in darkness, especially when that darkness is owned and expressed for the sake of love.”

There is so much light and love found in the darkness that is Con. The light and love comes from deep inside Lana, from her heart, from her imagination. I think this is how she manages to take a situation that could make people squirm in their seats, and breathes so much heat and warmth into it, you can’t help but relax and enjoy.

There’s nothing Go Deeper Press wants more than for you to do exactly that.

Con, Book One: You Can Play It Safe When You’re Dead, will be available for free download only at godeeperpress.com starting tomorrow, Monday, July 15.

Thanks for supporting Go Deeper Press. If you’d like to browse our erotic, sex-positive e-books for brain and brawn, you can find our website here.

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Sherlock, Seduction, and Free Erotica (Yes, We’re Giving It Away!)

Now tell me. Are you a fan of the BBC’s Sherlock? Well, if you haven’t heard of it, do take a peek at the vid below. Sherlock and Watson have some fabulous erotic tension going on, and Angela and I are all psyched up to watch Season 2. It’s gorgeous stuff!

Well, frankly, yours truly is a big fan of crime fiction, especially when there’s sexual tension. Which brings me to this. Did you know that, on Monday, you can download the first novelette in the Con Series, “You Can Play It Safe When You’re Dead,” absolutely free? Seriously. We are bonkers, god love us, and are charging zero cents for this book. Do take advantage, dear readers.

Coming as a FREE download on Monday July 15th!

Coming as a FREE download on Monday July 15th!

Warning: Strictly adult reading, the Con Series explores sexual rule-breaking among those who already live outside of society’s laws. Here’s the blurb:

Con artists Stelle and Dahlia want one another. But they’re twins, so that’s the end of that. When a mark gets out a gun, however, and tells them to live out their fantasies, boy, do the sparks fly…

Last, but certainly not least, do check out this Bring Back Desire podcast, which features yours truly along with Yolanda Shoshanna, talking about seduction, no less. I had a fabulous time with Ande — she’s truly amazing! Go check out her wonderful Bring Back Desire too.

Thanks for supporting Go Deeper Press. If you’d like to browse our erotic, sex-positive e-books for brain and brawn, you can find our website here.

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