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Dear Friends, Fans, and Readers,

It’s been more than 8 months since I announced the release of my next story The Fence. At the time, it had been almost finished.

To my disgrace, I have to say that it is still…almost finished.

Not that I haven’t been working on it, I just haven’t been able to finish it, for a number of reasons.

The major culprit is me, of course, but my excuse is always the same: social media.

I am addicted, that much I have come to realize. I have spent so much time online lately, that my promises to myself and to you, my readers, have severely suffered as a result.

I have reached 2 important realizations:

  1. Social media have not helped me sell books.
    As a matter of fact, while promoting my stories, I have given away more copies than I have actually sold.
  2. Social media have impaired my writing.
    It is an undeniable and inexcusable truth that my time online is what has kept me from fulfilling my dreams of becoming a writer.

It is therefor that I have made the decision to severely limit my online activities, or even cease them altogether if necessary, and to reapply my creativity where it will give me most satisfaction.

My profiles and pages will remain active, and I probably will check in from time to time, but expect to see a lot less from me. To all who have stood by me and shown their unwavering support: thank you from the bottom of my heart.

I will be back.

Please share this message often. I won’t be.

Love,

Lusty Soul.

 

p.s.: The Fence is almost finished, it really is. You’ll hear about it when the moment is there.

 

 

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Cover & title reveal

Dear Readers, Friends, Fans, and accidental visitor who stumbled onto my page,

I’m happy to announce that inspiration has found me working again, and a new story is almost ready for release.
It will be a short story, around 5000 words. I intend it to be the first in what will hopefully become a fun and sexy series, so feedback will be appreciated once you get your hands on it.
I haven’t got a release date yet, but I’m aiming for the end of September.

No announcement of a pending release is complete without a peek at the cover.
Commit this picture to mind, and let me know what you think about it. Does it give you any ideas of what type of story to expect?

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And let’s throw in a joke, why not…

A teenager brings his girl back home after their date. They kiss and cuddle a bit on the porch of her house. He wants her to give him a blowjob, and decides to just ask.
“Hey sweetheart, won’t you give me a blowjob?”
“What?” she responds in shock. “No, I’m not giving you a blowjob.”
“Aaww, come one. I really need it right now.”
“I’m not giving you a blowjob right now, I don’t feel like it.”
“Well, you gave me a blowjob before, why won’t you give me one now?”
“Because we’re at the door of my house, my parents are asleep and I’m afraid we’ll wake them up.”
“We’ll be very quiet, no one will hear.”
He insists some more, but she refuses to service him
Suddenly an upstairs window opens and the girl’s younger sister pops her head out.
“Dad says you can blow him, or else I can blow him or mom will blow him, but tell your boyfriend to take his hand off the intercom!”

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Crowdfunding my favorite band – free book giveaway

My favorite band PERSEFONE have launched a crowdfunding campaign for their new upcoming album AATHMA.

AATHMA will be the 5th studio album of the Andorran Progressive Technical Deat Metal band. Their style, themes, and virtuosity can only be described with superlatives. Even if you’re not a fan of metal, or of their specific and unique sound, be sure to give them a listen and help them raise the money so they can hit the studio and get that new album out ASAP!

To make things more interesting for you, I’m throwing in a free book with every pledge of at least €10. You can pledge as little as €8, but every amount over that will get you all kinds of goodies, including the album, shirts, hoodies, and even a meet and greet with the band or a guest appearance on your own band’s album.

So, let’s summarize:

  • Head over to Verkami and support Persefone’s crowdfunding campaign.
  • Forward the confirmation email to me, showing you have pledged at least €10
  • Have a free pick from any of my books, including my new project which will be coming soon

Need any more reasons to be convinced: Check out the official video of Spiritual Migration of their previous eponymous album:

P.S. Yes, you read that right: I’m working on a new story, and it will be ready soon. Stay tuned for more news.

My review of Seeds by Stephen Bolt

A while ago I placed Seeds in the spotlights on my blog, which was before I picked up the book myself to read it. It was done as a courteous gesture, since the author of Seeds, Stephen Bolt, had been so kind as to grace my book The Haircut with a favorable review.

Even though I write erotica, as a reader I am primarily a fan of an amalgam of other genres, mostly Speculative Fiction, Horror, Suspense, and Dystopia.

Lo and behold Seeds, the book that unites all these genres in a perfect equilibrium.

While reading, I inadvertently drew comparisons with a few of the uncontested grand-masters of pure SF and the many cross-over genres: Dan Simmons, Stephen King, Stephen Baxter, and further back in time Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. I found them all. This book read like an ode to them, to their vision, their talent for narration, the power of their imagination. Add an unmistakable dash of Tolkien, a lascivious serving of erotic sauce, and the visual images and themes of The Matrix, and you know what to expect when you strap on your armor and ready yourself to do battle with this first part of a triptych, of which parts 2 and 3 are already long overdue, as far as I’m concerned.

Does that mean that Stephen Bolt is as good a writer as the giants on whose shoulders he looks out over the realm that he has created? Not quite yet, but close.

Stephen is a more than well-accomplished narrator, with an excellent command of all the tools required to write a masterpiece like Seeds. But Seeds is his first published work, and I am sure that the room for growth I am inserting here will guarantee that one day, with the next installment of The Heterogen Chronicles, or with other stories coming from Bolt’s mind, we will see the next King or Simmons take his rightful place among the stars. With this book Seeds, he already shoots for the moon.

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Blurb:

Their world is ruled by ruthless Petroleum Barons. Strict social order is kept in the streets by brutal Enforcers. Unbridled Scientists have been commissioned to take genetic modification to Frankensteinian levels. And the frequent attacks of pillaging Outlaws keep citizens beholden to an exploitive system.

Three characters have come to a unique situation. Shade is a heterogen – a humanoid hybrid with canine features, and instincts – born into a life of servitude. Savina is a concubine and bodyguard, a role she was unwillingly forced into at a vulnerable age. Anax is their Master, but only because he, thanks to Shade and Savina, survived an attack meant to kill them all.

Suddenly finding themselves swept up in a revolution they never knew existed, each must make an important choice that will map the course of their future. But they soon learn that joining the cause is not simply a matter of taking up arms and marching to the front. To prove their worth they must visit the enigmatic Engineer and undergo a mysterious test.

Join Shade, Savina, and Anax as they navigate the perils of their unfortunate circumstances. Experience a wondrous journey of self discovery, eerie dreams, unleashed magic, and cross-species breeding. Then brace for the ultimate challenge when these three must confront their most terrifying demons with only two possible outcomes: death, or victory.

About the author:

Stephen Bolt came screaming into the world at the dawn of the Summer of Love, and has been kicking ever since. He hails from the dystopian paradise known as Detroit, which, along with the rich diversity of its surroundings, provide a constant creative inspiration.

A lifetime of composition began at a very tender age, once he was old enough to put pen to paper and produce some semblance of a narrative. Then came exposure to literature, history, legends, mythology, and dreams. These brought on the realization that the way of the world was not always so kind, and to this he could not sit idle. As the voice is his weapon of choice, Stephen’s fiction had found its theme.

He holes up with a small band of rebels, one with whom he exchanged vows many years ago, and two who came into the world some time later. The most recent addition to their clan has four legs, a black coat, gold eyes, and a whole lot of curiosity. When not writing, Stephen spends his time in his organic garden, cooking, hanging with his peeps, reading, observing, thinking, and plotting his next moves.

Moving to Kindle

Dear Reader,

I’m currently in the process of moving all my books to Amazon. Sometime over the weekend, my stories will get pulled from the other retailers, and will be exclusively available at Amazon, for Kindle Unlimited subscribers as well as regular customers.

I hope this move will give my books a lot more visibility. For you, this means that you can still get a copy of my books, which you can read on any Kindle device, or any other device that has a Kindle app installed, like a smartphone or tablet. You can find the Kindle app on Google Play or the iTunes store.

Be on the lookout for special deals; Amazon gives me the option of setting up very interesting promotions and giveaways.

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Sultry Shower at Kindle Unlimited

My first short story Sultry Shower is now available in the Kindle Unlimited catalog. It is free until June 5, so don’t hesitate to pick up a copy for you or for your friends.
Be sure to leave a review.

I moved Sultry Shower to Kindle Unlimited (KU), meaning that it’s available exclusively on Amazon for a period of 90 days. If all goes well for my first short story, I’ll be thinking about moving my other books to KU as well. But for the time being, The Haircut andSpicy Dinner for Three are still available at all major retailers.

Some reviews of Sultry Shower:

“The way this short story is written, in 2nd person, makes it deliciously perfect because it lets you, the reader, drop right into the fantasy and imagine yourself as the protagonist. Isn’t that part of the point of reading erotica? Someone else is doing the work of creating the fantasy for us, we just to go along for the ride? That’s exactly what this short story is. A short and very sweet ride :)”

“This book is all about a wonderful wake-up call. A great morning wake up call. Getting dirty while in the shower getting clean!!If you are looking for hot steamy morning read this book is for you.

“This was a lovely piece of sexy prose. It’s not exactly a story, but it’s hot and sensual, and it felt good to read it. I’ll be reading more Lusty Soul works soon!”

After June 5, the price will go up to 99cts. Don’t miss out on this opportunity!

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Naive Gnostic’s review of The Haircut + my retort

Okay, not all reviews can be 5 stars, that would be an unrealistic expectation.

Quite often, the most valuable reviews aren’t those full of unambiguous adulation. When properly worded, well-meant and constructive criticism can be quite helpful to any writer that is determined to grow as an author, even if the review is only for 4 stars or less.

One of the latest reviews for The Haircut got me thinking about story length. How many words a story has when it’s finished isn’t always within the author’s control, but when you begin outlining or drafting that new brainchild, you at least have an idea of the ballpark your story will be in.

Generally, stories are classified into a few categories as far as word count goes: (wikipedia)

Classification Word count
Novel over 40,000 words
Novella 17,500 to 40,000 words
Novelette 7,500 to 17,500 words
Short story under 7,500 words

At roughly 11,000 words, The Haircut falls nicely into the novelette category. This was a choice I had made at the onset, to end up between 10- and 12,000 words.

This choice bears a few consequences.

As highly regarded the principle show, don’t tell may be among writers, being succinct in your descriptions is a great way to trim those excess words and paragraphs from your manuscript.

Wouldn’t The Haircut have been a better story at 25,000 words? Or 50,000? Who knows.

I could have added a lot more background of every character, sure. I could have had them reminisce their childhood, I could have revealed their inner dialogues and conflicts, or showed my reader a lot more in places where I chose to tell, for the sake of brevity.

Every story deserves to be told, and I am convinced that it is often the story that searches for and finds an author, rather than the other way around. Once the two have found each other, it is in the author’s hands. His or her choices, skills, and experience play a key role in how the story will eventually turn out.

Not every story would work well as a full-length novel; some stories would be done a disservice if their author tried to cram them in a 3,000-word format.

“My main complaint is the length. Although it is a fully formed short-story it could be so much more. I’d like to know more about Lucy’s condition. And what’s the real deal with Arron? He’s got issues that weren’t sufficiently fleshed out.”

That said, The Haircut wanted to be a novelette, and that’s what I wrote. So indeed, that means I had to make some sacrifices. Aaron and Elbe’s backstory is indeed a fascinating one; so is Lucy’s journey up to the point where she met and fell in love with Elbe. But my characters tend to haunt me in my sleep, so I’m confident that future stories will raise the tip of the veil a little higher.

Read Naive Gnostic’s review on Amazon.

p.s. I’m still very happy with this review, of course 😀


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My review of ‘Home Porn’ by Leon Kastel

If the ‘For Dummies’ people ever look to venture into the adult entertainment industry, they had better be careful not to plagiarize Leon Kastel’s Home Porn.

This book offers quite an exhaustive guide to DIY home-made porn, with valuable tips and tricks ranging from camera angles and website setup, to hygiene, how to deal with troublesome customers and everything in-between.

I started reading this book with tempered expectations until I was about halfway in. In short, easy to swallow squirts, the author covers the ins and outs of homemade sex videos, often in a dry and business-like manner. Yet at times, the central figure of the book—a seasoned porn professional who offers her expertise from years of experience to people who’re just getting started—leads her patrons through one hot porn scene after another, immersing them in a hands-on approach that far surpasses any theoretical curriculum you’ll find in books.

The writing style that connects the chapters—even for the practicums—is never very engaging or captivating, yet all in all, this didn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the book. I certainly learned a thing or two, gained some unexpected insights in the professional porn business in a time where porn is freely available on the internet in ways that the generation of Leon Kastel could only fantasize about.

An entertaining read, that even manages to get the kind of trickle going you’d normally only get from watching porn; not from reading about Home Porn (for dummies).

p.s. This book is just screaming to be televised. I see Chasey Lain in her final glamor role as the seasoned porn consultant. Just a tip 😉

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Blurb:

This book is a non-fiction guide for making and selling pornography, it is also a work of fiction. Applicable information is provided within dramatic situations with fictional characters. The ideas, situations and business practices discussed in this book are not specific to any one person, persons or organization, despite being compiled from real interviews and objective reports.
Dramatic and satiric examples on making pornography are provided for hypothetical consideration, prurient interest and comic entertainment rather than for historical record or scientific documentation.
Real businesses and individuals are not named or described in specific terms for reasons of anonymity. This book does not recommend any act or business practice that is illegal. In fact, compliance with all laws of any jurisdiction in which the reader may act or conduct business is recommended. This book recommends no thought, act, behavior or business practice that the reader feels to be unethical or personally immoral. I recommend that the reader only use ideas from this book that are in accordance with their own personal health, morals and ethical standards.
All names, characters, places, events, business or agency workings are used fictitiously. Any themes or dialogue involving crime, sex, violence, bigotry, mental illness, cruelty or indifference to people or animals are not the author’s but are expressed by fictional characters within fictional situations.

About Leon Kastel:

I write about human action and interaction from a psychological point of view. My themes run the spectrum of human nature, criminal to noble, reasoning to absurd, romantic to erotic. Humans struggle for their meaning in adventure, love, status, sex, money, and power as the ego pulls them from trial to trial creating drama that is always interesting. My stories provide an insightful view of these struggles, sometimes comical. I am a storyteller more than a literary person. I write about the vanities and vices from a sensational viewpoint.


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New review of The Haircut – Damien Hodges

Very nice review of The Haircut on Damien Hodges’ erotica review blog

Source: The Haircut review


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New page: Guest Book

Dear friends, readers, and visitors,

I created a new page on my website, with the very appropriate title Guest Book.

Feel free to leave any comments, suggestions or testimonials here, or reply to other people’s messages.

All I ask is that you keep it civil. Enjoy.

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