Guest Post – Shaken Up by Nicole Forcine

So, the upside of having a BDSM-themed book come out two weeks after the 50 Shades of Grey movie release is that kinky stuff is on people’s minds.

The downside of having a BDSM-themed book come out two weeks after the 50SoG movie release is that I feel the need to say things like:

“I’ve written a kinky book. No, it’s nothing like 50SoG.”

“No, I actually know how to write consensual kink.”

“Why are you backing away, I promise it’s nothing like that.”

It’s not a terrible problem to have, but the urge to slap myself on the back until I sprain something for writing a kinky story that wouldn’t send the entire community into convulsions is very strong.

It makes me wonder, though.  Why am I slapping myself on the back? Shouldn’t this be obvious? Safe, sane, consensual should be the standard, and for a lot of stories in the M/M genre, it’s true.  It’s more the rule than the exception.  It’s so obvious that when I sat down to write Shaken Up nearly two years ago, I wanted to take a new tactic – moving on after meeting an abusive Dom. An “I’m always right” Dom. An “I don’t make mistakes” Dom.

I wanted Tim, the main character, to not only have mostly recovered but to have thrived.  Not to write off the entire scene, but enjoy himself on his own terms.  If Jae hadn’t walked into his life, I wanted to make it that Tim would have been just fine, now that he’d found his peace.  The scars, physical and emotional, would always be there, but he’s living with it – without a hero Dom stepping in to fix everything.

Which made Jae have to watch himself, to earn the privilege of having Tim in his life. I like the idea of the Dom having to work for it.  I think I makes for an interesting take on the “Sub meets Dom” story, and I hope you feel the same.

At the very least, I don’t feel the need to ask why others are backing away.

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BOOK DETAILS

Title: Shaken Up
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
ISBN: 9781632164995 [ebook]
Length: 74 Pages
Genre: BDSM, Contemporary
Release Date: Feb 25th, 2015

2015About the book

Tim Myers is the flamboyant and overly fastidious owner of the adult shop Little Earthquakes. In his spare time, he moonlights as a sub for his friend’s BDSM classes, and while he’d love to find a Dom to cater to his domestic servitude kink, he’s wary of exposing his body and his heart. When Jae Seong comes into Tim’s shop and asks him for help with a wax play demo, Tim is turned off by the idea. Jae is nothing if not persistent, though. He’s a skilled Dom and soon finds out why Tim is so protective of his body, his neck, and his heart. Over a series of play dates, the two grow close, and it dawns on Tim that he might be looking at a match made for collaring.

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2015About the author

Nicole Forcine was born a strange child and former Georgia peach. When she was younger, she was never far from a composition book, a pen in hand, and way too many people in her head (she’s even been known to talk back to them). When two or more of them talk loud enough to overshadow the rest, a story is born. After years of writing and storing her tales in those books, she had a revelation: man, there are a lot of dudes kissing in these stories.

Her stories include themes of creating families of choice, how love can come in all forms and supersede all boundaries, and the joys and sorrows of earning a happily-ever-after.

Currently, she resides in Minneapolis with one of the most laid-back men in history and his even more laid-back cat. When she’s not writing (ha!), she’s saving the world/galaxy/humanity as we know it in the world of video games and general geekiness.

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Guest Author: Nicole Forcine – Making Changes

What inspired me to write This Little Whatever?

 

Well…

 


Umm…

 

 

Wow…

 

Okay, other than the grace and beauty that are male belly dancers, what drew me to Jonathan and Dean’s story was the theme of change for the better. I like stories where characters have to struggle with making new choices in their lives.  Change is difficult, and it’s easy as hell to stay on the same path you’ve always been on, no matter how unproductive or downright destructive it is.   Jonathan’s lived a pretty self-indulgent adult life, going from place to place, dancing and drinking and drugging and partying it up with little concern for the future.  Finding out about his mother’s illness smacks him in the face with the fact of mortality, so he starts that long hard trek to becoming a better man.

He backslides a lot in trying to do it all on his own, going back to drinking and drugs. Then the one night stand with Dean happens and makes him feel and want to care about something other than himself, and that shoves him down that path further, all the way to the crossroads, where he’s got to make a choice.

What do you guys think? Have you had to make a hard change in your lives?

Get This Little Whatever here!

 

Blurb: 

ThisLittleWhateverLGJonathan Mendoza used to live an even crazier life, partying with his tight-knit traveling performance troupe whenever he wasn’t on stage belly dancing. When his sick mother begged him to change his lifestyle, he agreed to try to live sober, but that change is hard. Neither is it easy to stop staring at Dean Winters after he nearly knocks the man over before a performance.

A former recluse, prone to panic attacks after surviving a traumatic accident, Dean isn’t Jonathan’s usual type. Still, Jonathan is irresistibly attracted to him, and decides to cure the itch with a one-night stand. But that night, he’s shaken by Dean’s kindness and consideration—something he’s not used to in a lover or a friend. His best friend, Rachel, who co-owns the troupe with Jonathan, sees Dean as a threat to their friendship and to the troupe—the dream they’ve worked together to build. She reveals a cruel and possessive streak that could do much greater damage on both fronts, and Jonathan realizes he will have to choose between the nomadic life he’s lived and the man who is stealing his heart.

 

Excerpt: (NSFW)

“The bars are a very nice touch.” I chuckled, breathless, as I kept squirming. “I think I like your bed.”

“I think I like you in it.”

Any reply I could attempt was quickly squashed when Dean licked farther down my body, from my arm to my side, the licks becoming kisses, then a mixture of both, kissing each inked star on my flanks before licking the outlines, slowly, his touch designed to drive me fucking insane, and I told him so with each ragged gasp.

Then he had the nerve to stop, resting his head in the crook of my thigh, so close to my straining cock that I could feel his breath. If I’d had enough presence of mind, I could have twitched my muscles to make it smack him on the nose.

“For. Fucks. Sake.” My eyes opened into slits, making me wonder when I’d closed them. “Why did you stop?”

He smiled up at me, that same adoring gaze that made my heart feel utterly wrecked two weeks ago, so naked that I wanted to look away before I turned into stone, unable to leave. “I mean it, Jon. You look really good in my bed. Wish I could see this all the time.”

I needed to head this off before he said too much. My lips curled into a half smirk, my entire body feeling boneless and lazy. “I look really good anywhere.”

 

Bio: 

Nicole Forcine was born a strange child and former Georgia peach. When she was younger, she was never far from a composition book, a pen in hand, and way too many people in her head (she’s even been known to talk back to them). When two or more of them talk loud enough to overshadow the rest, a story is born. After years of writing and storing her tales in those books, she had a revelation: man, there are a lot of dudes kissing in these stories.

Her stories include themes of creating families of choice, how love can come in all forms and supersede all boundaries, and the joys and sorrows of earning a happily-ever-after.

Currently, she resides in Minneapolis with one of the most laid-back men in history and his even more laid-back cat. When she’s not writing (ha!), she’s saving the world/galaxy/humanity as we know it in the world of video games and general geekiness and opening other people’s mail for a living.

Contact Nicole by e-mail, on her blog, on Twitter, or on Goodreads