Oh dear. Turns out I don’t have a room at Balticon after all. Anyone out there have crash space for a non-smoking, non-snoring night owl? (Most of my programming is late at night so I’ll be coming and going after midnight every night.)
Related but separate question: anyone have a room to lend for a Circlet Press party on Friday evening?
My schedule as it currently stands:
10 pm SaturdayThe History of Circlet Press Multimedia Extravaganza Lecture and Bingo Game
–A reprise of the talk I gave at Worldcon, which recaps 21 years of Circlet Press, the evolution of small press and erotic science fiction over that time period, and so on. Since history is boring, it is also an option Bingo Game, and those who get a complete bingo will win a free book on the spot! (Or the ebook of their choice if no longer collecting paper books.)
11 pm SaturdayThe Patented Cecilia Tan Erotic Sf/Fantasy Reading
–As I do at Arisia and other cons, my goal will be to read enticing examples of my erotic sf/fantasy short stories with the goal of getting everyone in the audience hot and bothered, and hopefully even laid. (I consider the reading a failure if at least one person doesn’t come up to me later to thank me for what mind-blowing sex they had afterward.)
I may yet be added to an editing panel and another adult topics panel, but we shall see.
So, Maureen Johnson had a fun idea, what if folks took their book covers and redesigned them as if the author were the opposite gender? (Her original post on the subject is here.) As she writes:
1. Take a well-known book. (It’s up to you to define well-known.)
2. Imagine that book was written by an author of the OPPOSITE GENDER. Or a genderqueer author. Imagine all the things you think of when you think GIRL book or BOY book or GENDERLESS book (do they EXIST?). And I’m not saying that these categorizations are RIGHT—but make no mistake, they’re there.
So I did a coverflip on my own recent book cover, SLOW SURRENDER.
Of course, SLOW SURRENDER is already a kind of “flip” because I’m fairly sure the designer wanted to invoke the infamous 50 Shades of Grey “manly tie” cover, while subtly saying “this book is like that, but NOT.” (I haven’t actually gotten to talk to the designer myself–authors of my ilk rarely have contact with the art department at a Big Six publisher like Hachette…)
How do you like my male pseudonym? I figured Cecil Tanner must be writing either hard-boiled noir or true crime. And so, voila, here’s the coverflip (below the cut): Continue reading →
“I’ve read a whole bunch of erotic romances featuring dominant billionaire heroes and young heroines whose submissive sides are unawakened – many of which are told over multiple books… This one struck a deep chord with me and has quickly become my favorite of the Billionaire Dom novels.”
Also: “One of my favorite aspects of this book is the care with which Tan details the BDSM aspects of James and Karina’s developing relationship, especially the psychological aspects. In several of the sex scenes, James pushes Karina’s boundaries, but in a way that worked.”
So, yesterday I launched a campaign asking readers to help me get Slow Surrender to climb the Kindle erotic bestsellers list, and the book hit its highest rank yet, #48! Can we get all the way to #40? (Details on how: http://blog.ceciliatan.com/?p=1233)
Help Slow Surrender make it into the top 40 on the Kindle erotica bestseller list and I’ll reward you with an exclusive erotic scene between Karina and James!
Slow Seduction, the next book in the series, is slated for release in January 2014. I know that feels like a long time to wait, so I have been kicking around the idea of writing some special scenes to tide people over until then. But I didn’t just want to post them for anyone to read. I want them to be for the folks who will really love the characters.
Some of you may have noticed that more books with BDSM elements are landing in the bookstores these days. You may have also noticed a trend I quite enjoy, the post-modern re-examining of the classics through retellings. Sure, there are the zombies and such, but I’m thinking more of books like Pride/Prejudice: A Novel of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet, and Their Forbidden Lovers by Ann Herendeen, which shows you all the behind-the-scenes sex (and conversation) going on between Darcy and Charles on the one hand, and between Elizabeth and Charlotte on the other. (And let’s not forget going back into the 1990s, Amarantha Knight’s erotic, BDSM-laced retellings of the great Victorian horror novels, beginning with The Darker Passions: Dracula, which I notice recently got a Kindle edition.)
So if you’ve been following any of my social media, you probably know that about a month ago, my BDSM erotic romance novel, SLOW SURRENDER, was published by Hachette/Grand Central Publishing in ebook form (with paperback to follow in August).
Today I checked the book’s Amazon page for new reviews and noticed not only had the book’s overall Amazon ranking gone up, the book has climbed its way onto the Kindle Erotica bestsellers list! It was at #79 of the top 100 when I looked. If you’re curious, this is what that looks like: (you can’t hear me squeeeing very loudly, you can just look…)
As many of you know, I’ve been involved with the National Leather Association for decades, won their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004, and my book The Prince’s Boy received honorary mention in the NLA:I Writing Awards in 2011.
The NLA:I Writing Awards recognize great writing about BDSM in five categories: short story, novel, non-fiction book, anthology, and non-fiction article. No, I’m not nominated for anything this year (though I’ll be sending them Slow Surrender for the next year!), but here is the list of nominees to celebrate! OMG so many great writers! Congrats to the finalists and good luck! (Announcement of the winners will be made at Tribal Fire, May 3-5.)
Part One of my SLOW SURRENDER video chat from tonight is now on Youtube! (If you just want to see the erotica reading part, skip to 25:10 or so…)
After the first hour was done, we switched to uStream for Part Two. The erotic reading starts around 16:00. (I am getting an odd thing where sometimes I get the sound for this video, and sometimes it cuts out? It’s definitely there!)
If you wish to hire me to write for you or book a speaking engagement, email me at ctan.writer (at) gmail (dot) com. If you are contacting me regarding anything to do with Circlet Press, use my Circlet address which is ctan.circletpress (at) gmail (dot) com. If you are submitting a story to me that is NOT a Circlet project (i.e. for an anthology I am editing for Ravenous Romance or another publisher), my manuscript inbox address is ctan.editor (at) gmail (dot) com.
My cell phone is 617-290-9043, and I can also receive text messages there. I usually do not pick up the phone if I do not recognize the number, so text first if you want to see if I am available.