Preview: The Killer Wore Leather

January 5, 2013 at 9:36 pm (bdsm, Books, mystery, Reviews, Sexy Stylings) (, , , , , , )

An excerpt from an exciting new book coming from Laura Antoniou, author of The Marketplace Series.
‎”Dom. Sub. Slave. Puppy. Switch. Alpha. Primary. Boy or boi, master, mistress, or sir and ma’am, top and bottom, 24/7, twink, tourist, Zodian, polyamorous, lifestyler, leather, latex, gear, rubber, cyberpunk, steampunk, uniform, vampire, furry…

Nancy Nichols hadn’t had such an extensive vocabulary list since the fourth grade. Arriving bright and early to discover the fallout from the meet and greet debacle, she was armed with a scene guide she’d discovered online, scrolling through the wonderful cheat sheet on her smart phone. She hadn’t bothered to do much research on the leather community before—who had the time for real work on a turkey-ass story like this one? But now that it seemed full of filler pieces she could spread out long past the actual event, it was worth it to get a grip on the lingo. She already had outlines for three lifestyle pieces and the bones of her big story on the event itself.

Nancy also had joined KinkyNet; she’d picked the screen name TellMeKinkyStories after she found out there were no less than eighty MistressNancy and LadyNancy accounts already registered. The chat boards there had been full of outraged and delighted recounts of the Mack Steel outburst, many seeming to be from people who were not actually present. Someone had started a petition demanding he be fired, or recused or censured— often misspelled censored in the comments. That seemed to lead directly into cries against censorship, supporting his freedom to say whatever he wanted.

KinkyNet did not seem like a place she was going to get a lot of useable material if so many of the users were morons. On the other hand, merely stating that “the online bizarre sex community, represented by the million-user KinkyNet, erupted in fury over the controversy…” seemed like a fair statement…”
——– from The Killer Wore Leather, by Laura Antoniou, coming out in February from Cleis Press


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Bankruptcy as a marketing tool?

October 2, 2011 at 11:54 am (Books, news) (, , , , , , , , , )


Book Sales Spike at Borders: Returns? What Returns?

One of the more curious side effects of the Borders liquidation may be the momentary sales boost for authors as 600 bookstores dumped inventory at high discounts. Author Karen Dionne explored the phenomenon in the Huffington Post, noting that in September, sales of her novel Boiling Point “doubled the second week of September, doubled again the week after that, and then held steady at the same peak level during the fourth week of September,” according to Nielsen Bookscan.

Sara J. Henry, author of Learning to Swim, told Dionne that her sales also “soared two weeks ago, nearly tripling the number of sales from the week before. Last week, the number dipped, but remains high. My publisher said yes, this was because of the Borders’s close-out sales.”

“Same story for me,” added Paul McEuen, whose debut, Spiral, spiked in September. “It took me a week or two to figure this out.”

Dionne said her Bookscan numbers for Boiling Point “correlate almost exactly with the number of books the remaining 300 Borders bookstores would have had in stock–two copies per store–which means that ALL of the Borders copies of my books have been sold.”

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