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Guest Blog: Age of Aquarius

We welcome fellow Sapphic Planet member Sofia Antonia Milone to our pages today. She and we are celebrating the launch this month of an exciting year long project, and her new book, Age of Aquarius, is the premier offering.

 

Let me start this by stating I am not a blogger, I’m barely even a writer. This is all new to me. It’s still fresh, and fun. I’m still reeling from the fact anyone thinks something I have written is worth reading, never mind publishing.

 

As with most things I end up doing I was standing in the wings watching, learning, and knowing that one day someone might say ‘can you do that?’ and I’ll find myself saying ‘Let’s find out.’

 

So here I am, with a small, unassuming book out: A novella, the first in a series named Sapphic Signs written exclusively by the authors of Sapphic Planet for Torquere Press. Why? Because everything is an opportunity, if you look at it from the right angle. Because it was time to see if I could.

                                              

Now I come to write this guest blog, a very kind offer from fellow Planeteer Adriana Kraft and once again I realise I have no idea what I’m doing. I ask myself why I deign to think I can do this. And then I remember why I started writing in the first place.

 

I started writing, as many do, out of frustration. The fiction that interests me, with gay women as central figures, is not to be found in abundance (yes, there are some great books out there, but not enough say I). And much of that which is readily available is riddled with cliché in both character depiction and plot.

 

I write because I am both an unsatisfied and dissatisfied reader. Even some of the great writers of lesbian fiction have fallen short for me and I find myself clinging desperately to the few stories I have loved, over and over again.

 

I write the type of fiction I want to read, and I want to read depictions of gay characters, central to a storyline, who are not embroiled in some coming out journey, but rather are just living their lives, during which something interesting enough happens that deserves to be written about. Be that murder, love, or alien abduction.

 

I’ve had my fill of sexual discovery, and I’m not even that interested in happy ever after. I hope to write about people who are real, with the struggles we all have. Characters who can be described beyond their sexuality. People who are identifiable, but not boring; Exciting, but not ridiculous; Gritty, yet sexy.

 

I am a romantic at heart, but I also don’t do soppy. I enjoy tales of rejection, or redemption. I like it when things are not smooth, not obvious, not easy; when life throws a spanner, when people’s intentions are unclear, or misinterpreted. I enjoy reading that people make mistakes, and screw up, and struggle to regain themselves. And I love when these things are never truly resolved, because I’m too old for fairy tales, and far too cynical.

 

If I’ve managed to achieve some of the above in such a short story remains to be seen. This story, Age of Aquarius, is a taster, a learning curve in how to craft a readable story with likeable, or at least believable characters. I wanted to learn about them as I wrote, and did a ridiculous amount of historical research in hopes of achieving a real sense of their lives in such a short space of time.

 

In the very least I’m very proud to be counted amongst the illustrious list of contributing writers at Sapphic Planet. If people like what I do I am confident they will let me know.

 

You can read a sample of Age of Aquarius HERE 

 

You can find author Sofia Antonia Milone at the following links:

 

Facebook Sofia Antonia Milone

Author Group Sapphic Planet 

Yahoo Group Sapphic Readers

Twitter @FiaMilone

 

Artist, Composer, Author, Musician. Fia is also known for being lead singer in UK punk/rock band GeEkgiRL. “Ladies, we can do it all.”

 

Of Unicorns and Centaurs

We welcome author George Pappas on his blog tour for his new release, Monogamy Sucks. My husband and I write erotic romance about swinging from a couple’s point of view. George writes erotica about swinging from a male’s point of view. Today the two worlds meet! 

 
 
 

 

OF UNICORNS AND CENTAURS: The Hidden Role of Single Men in the Swinging Lifestyle

 

Everyone knows that unicorns are mythical creatures, but in the swinging lifestyle single women who are referred to as unicorns are very real and coveted by swinging couples. 

 

Now, it is single men or centaurs as they are called, that are considered truly mythical or non-existent in the swinging lifestyle.

 

Contrary to popular belief, single men are not pariahs among swingers. One would never know that from popular movies, TV shows and magazine depictions of swinging as the sole domain of couples swapping partners or single women participating in threesomes with couples.

 

It is true that a lot swing clubs do bar single men from admission, but not all of them. I know this from personal experience.

 

My recently published novel Monogamy Sucks depicts the experiences of a single man in the swing world. My novel’s protagonist Jake Dalmas swings solo during almost his entire journey in a quest to expand his sex life.

Jake is a centaur in the full definition of the word, and he doesn’t want to be part of couple. It was my intention to feature another side of swinging rarely if ever discussed in books, movies or TV. Not everyone wants to be part of what I call “Couples Nation” — and honestly like my character — they don’t want the headaches and stress that at times accompanies romantic relationships.

 

Even a new Pew Survey says that 4 in 10 Americans think that the bedrock of all traditions, marriage, is becoming obsolete. Our society is changing. One could take from this that people are also thinking different about other sacred cows such as monogamy. Studies suggest that around 30–40 percent of dating relationships and 18–20 percent of marriages are marked by at least one incident of sexual infidelity, according to Close encounters: Communication in Relationships.  Some researchers say there’s a 50–50 chance today that one partner will have an affair during a marriage.  It is estimated that roughly 30 to 60 percent of all married individuals (in the United States) will engage in infidelity at some point during their marriage as referenced on the Truth About Deception Web site. It is food for thought.

 

I will go out on a limb and say that I believe a lot more couples than one might think desire to swing with single men. Some women (both in and out of the lifestyle) do actually fantasize about being with more than one man or with many men, but without strings or complications that could ruin their marriages or relationships. Most don’t act on these urges, but some do. This need for couples to bring single men into their sex lives may not be as popular as the more common fantasy (female, female and male) threesome, but centaurs are desired more than everyone lets on. Sexual boredom is a factor here no doubt.

 

Think of these single men as “stunt cocks” brought into a relationship to provide more or different kinds of pleasure for straight (or even bi-couples.)

 

In one key chapter in my novel (excerpted below), my character Jake is contacted by a young married couple that are horny on a Sunday morning. He ends up having sex with the wife, a hot blonde named Tonya, and engaging in his first double penetration experience.  After their passions were spent, Jake went back to his single life and they returned to their marriage. There are other instances in my book where my character is invited into sexual encounters with other straight couples.

 

So what’s a guy to do who wants to participate in swinging, but doesn’t have or want a wife or girlfriend?

 

You can start by going online and searching for swing clubs in your area that admit single men. There are many cool Web sites that cater to those interested in the swinger lifestyle.

 

Place an ad in a local swinger’s magazine looking to meet couples.  One good one to consider is the West Coast Sex Directory, but if you’re not on the West Coast you can find many others.  Take it from me: there are a lot couples looking to swing with men. You just need to know how to find them.

 

However, there are a couple of etiquette rules single male swingers should consider when swinging with couples.

 

·        Stay cool and never be pushy. You are a potential fantasy for a couple. Be a nice guy at all times. Don’t ruin a potentially enjoyable time by being an asshole.

 

·        Don’t lose your head. You are being invited into a couple’s private sexual lives — that’s all. The encounter is strictly sexual.  Don’t get confused. You will go home alone after the sex, leaving the couple to their relationship or married lives. This is sacrosanct. You are out to have a good time, not ruin anyone’s life.

 

For couples, inviting a single man into your bedroom is a wonderful opportunity to spice up your sex lives and explore fantasies women and men don’t always like to talk about, but no doubt want to explore. Set some ground rules and boundaries on what activities can be included in your swinging adventure. Everyone involved must keep their perspective about the outcome and meaning of the sexual fun.  Sex stirs up all sorts of emotions, but being honest about the erotic nature of a sexy rendezvous will save everyone a lot of heartache. If everyone remains cool and mature, the swinging lifestyle offers a great opportunity for wonderful, adventurous sex for both single men and couples.

 

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George Pappas

gmpwrite@gmail.com

Twitter: @gpwriter @jakedalmas

Blog: http://monogamysucks.wordpress.com/

Publisher:  http://www.lazydaypub.com   

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Monogamy-Sucks-An-Erotic-Fiction-Novel/171812426178729?v=wall

Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Monogamy-Sucks-ebook/dp/B004E113X4

 

Excerpt from Chapter 17 of Monogamy Sucks:

  

Don and Tonya live in a small apartment complex located off Pacific Coast Highway. It is an old surburban tract located in the middle an industrial area of refineries and old oil fields. As I walked toward their place I could hear an oil derrick pumping away in a nearby field.

 

A stocky guy with a Marine style crew cut greeted me at the door of their apartment. He said he was Don and shook my hand vigorously. He was wearing boxer shorts and a T-shirt.

 

“Come on in the bedroom. Tonya’s in the bathroom cleaning up. Would like you something to drink?”

 

I told him no thanks and walked into their bedroom. Apparently, they had been at it all morning. The covers of their king sized bed were pulled back and the sheets were wrinkled and torn off the mattress.

 

On a mantel, next to the bed were their wedding pictures. It was an uncomfortable reminder that soon I could be fucking another man’s wife in their wedding bed. It felt odd, but also very alluring.

I started removing my clothes and heard Tonya finishing up in the bathroom. A few moments later, Tonya stepped into the bedroom and shyly said hello. She is a knockout, a beautiful twenty something blonde woman with a ponytail. She was naked except for a towel, but I could see she has an incredible body – big tits, long legs, sexy ass. For a second, I thought I had walked into the wrong apartment. There was nothing skanky about Tonya. She was a fantasy fuck girl from head to toe. She is my porn fantasy in the flesh. I could feel my lust returning with a vengeance.

 

“Where’s Don?” she asked.

 

“In the kitchen,” I told her trying to keep my composure.

 

She smiled and left the room. A few minutes later, she returned with Don. They were both smiling at me. I had undressed down to my boxers.

 

“Well, why don’t we get down to it?” said Don, who quickly took off his shorts and moved on to the middle of the bed.

 

“Come over and suck me some more baby,” he beckoned to his wife.

 

Tonya removed her towel and obliged her husband’s request. They were oblivious to me except for Tonya sticking her ass and shaved pussy way up in the air, which I took as an invitation to join right in.

 

“Come on get in here,” Don said to me. “Look at that hot pussy.”

 

So I walked over to where Tonya was and started licking her pussy and fingering her. She tasted sweet like strawberries and I instantly got hard. She has a great ass or what I liked to call a heart shaped ass. I wanted to fuck her so bad, maybe too much. I got too anxious and tried to fuck her wet pussy without a rubber.

 

She pulled away for a second and Don said, “Hey man, you got to put on a rubber.”

 

I was embarrassed and realized I had almost broken a swinger’s etiquette rule to always have safe sex, unless asked otherwise. I did what I told my friend Ned never to do. I tried to enter barebacked without permission.

 

They didn’t seem too mad, though, and Tonya even smiled at me again and I was relieved I hadn’t blown my fantasy opportunity.

 

However, by the time I got a rubber out of my pants, which I thrown on the floor at the other side of the room, and strapped it on, I wasn’t completely hard anymore. I tried unsuccessfully to fuck her several times, but it was no use. I was flogging a dead dick again. She didn’t seem to notice and continued to suck on Don. I finger fucked her and licked on her clit. I don’t know what came over me, but I then stuck my index finger into her asshole. She didn’t react negatively as I expected, but instead groaned with pleasure.

Don and I then switched positions as he got up from the bed and began fucking his wife from behind. I lay back on the bed and Tonya, who was moaning with pleasure, looked up at me and took my flaccid cock in her mouth. She is a cocksucking pro. There is no doubt about it. I believe her lips should have been licensed. The moment she took me in her mouth, I felt my lusty desire return.

 

When I was hard enough, she deep throated me and I gasped with pleasure. It was an incredible feeling to have this blonde vision of beauty taking me like a porn star would. But I was prepared this time. I had another rubber in my right hand, the package open and ready for quick application.

 

Short can be good too…

We welcome guest blogger Jennifer Wylie to our pages today!

 

Short can be good too… 

 

Sorry, I couldn’t resist that title. 😛

              

Many people write short stories, many people read them. Probably just as many don’t. I didn’t pay much attention to the comments of those who don’t until I wrote one and it became published. Now I scratch my head a lot.

 

Yes, I do understand a short is NOT a novel. They each have different benefits. However a short story most certainly has its uses. First of all, they are often cheaper (or free). They are a great way to test out if you like the way an author writes. They are wonderful for filling in little gaps in larger series or works, or showing something from the view of another character or even a minor character’s back story.         

 

My favorite reason is that they are short. I don’t always have time to hunker down and real a full length novel. However, I want to read something, and be able to finish it as well. Ever start a book, get busy, set it aside and when you do make it back you don’t remember all that you read? Ya, like that. They are of course, perfect for short car/bus rides, waiting room reading and for those times you’ll be more than a minute in the bathroom. 😛

 

One of the biggest complaints I’ve heard about short stories lately is that they want more! Definitely true with a short story… however shouldn’t this also be true with a novel? If the story is written well you always want more, you never want it to end.

 

My short story Jump I wrote in just a couple of days. The idea came after I’d been talking to my parents on the phone, and gotten a few lectures. 🙂 Though, “If someone asked you to jump off a bridge would you?” wasn’t one of them, for some reason that phrase popped into my  head and the story was born. I was in a rather silly, sarcastic mood at the time, which lent to the humorous aspects of the story.

 

What is your favorite thing about short stories? Leave a comment for a chance to win a free Omni-Lit eBook of JUMP!

 

Jump by Jen Wylie

Debut Short Story

Description:

 

If you were told to jump off of a bridge would you?

 

Perhaps it would depend on who was doing the asking. Our heroine has spunk and a sense of humor, however suffers from an extreme case of inappropriate clothing. When things take a turn from dangerous to worse what will she do when fantasy becomes reality? Warning: May include hot leather-clad men, singing and demons.

 

About the author:

 

Jennifer Wylie was born and raised in Ontario, Canada. In a cosmic twist of fate she dislikes the snow and cold.

 

Before settling down to raise a family, she attained a BA from Queens University and worked in retail and sales.

Thanks to her mother she acquired a love of books at an early age and began writing in public school. She constantly has stories floating around in her head, and finds it amazing most people don’t. Jennifer writes various forms of fantasy, both novels and short stories. Sweet Light is her debut novel to be published in 2011.

Jennifer resides in rural Ontario, Canada with her husband, two boys, Australian shepherd, a flock of birds and a disagreeable amount of wildlife.

 

My website: www.jenniferwylie.ca

My blog: http://jlwylie.wordpress.com/

 

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