Monday, December 10, 2012

Author Guest Post: Why I Write F/F by Katie Porter *Book Giveaway*

Thank you for joining us on the O Come All Ye Kinky virtual book tour! For two weeks, anthology editor Sarah Frantz and her merry band of authors will be stopping by some of your favorite blogs to spread kinky holiday cheer! How, you ask? Well, if you don’t know what candy caning is yet, pick up your copy of O Come All Ye Kinky from Riptide Publishing today and see how these authors get into the holiday spirit.

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, follow our tour for the chance to win one heck of a stocking stuffer—a $100 gift card to The Stockroom, where kinky dreams come true! Leave a comment on the post below by Dec. 16 and you’ll be entered to win.  Check out the complete tour listing to see all the places we’ll be stopping by to chat about BDSM, the holidays, and all eight steamy stories, and comment on each post to earn more entries.

*Holds up mistletoe* Look at that—our lovely host today is under the mistletoe! You know what that means—a big kiss from the entire O Come All Ye Kinky group for hosting us today! We hope everyone enjoys today’s post from Lorelie Brown, one half of Katie Porter.

“Why Write F/F?” by Lorelie Brown (one half of Katie Porter)

Well…why not?

Great, now that’s covered, my work here is done! *dusts off hands, saunters away*

No? Phooey.

But really…why not write f/f romance? Vaginas need love, and that includes vaginas that prefer the attention of other vaginas. (I wonder how many times I can use the word vagina in a post?) I keep thinking it should be that easy. Gay male stories are pretty energetic sub-genre, after all. Same sex marriage passed in three states in the past election. And not a single one of those states said “except for the lesbians.”

When Carrie Lofty and I got into writing stories as Katie Porter, we decided early on that it was all going to be about the characters. We each had established careers in historical romance, so all work done as Katie Porter was practically play time. No rules, no guidelines, and most particularly no worrying about the market. So when we got the call from the inimitable Sarah Frantz that Riptide was doing an anthology and that pretty much anything goes…we sat down and figured out which anything we wanted to play around with.

We developed a character named Rachel…and as we talked, it turned out she had a girlfriend. With a progressive pub like Riptide, why not? Why not go for it? We didn’t see a downside.

Maybe “Fireworks” won’t be our best seller for this year. Maybe it’ll pull some “ew, vagina-on-vagina action” complaints across the internet. Maybe worse than that—it’ll drop off into an abyss where no one even notices it.

I don’t think I care. I like Rachel and Emma. I think they have a great little story and some smokin’ hot dirty action. It was a whole heck of a lot of fun to work with Sarah Frantz, who we’ve known both professionally and personally for a few years now. So no matter what kind of reaction the story gets, the process will have been worth it.

But I really, really hope readers give our f/f story a chance. It’s a story of being afraid to take chances and embracing the New Year as an opportunity to start a new life. Can’t everyone get into that? Plus there’s a really, really creative use of crafting supplies. And everyone loves a good…craft. *cough* Don’t they?

Here’s the blurb for our story, “Fireworks.”
Rachel’s job is taking her to Tokyo, which means leaving behind her lover and submissive, Emma. When she summons Emma for one last hurrah on New Year’s Eve, Emma answers, hoping desperately to be able to break through her ma’am’s emotional barriers and find the spark of love among the glittering fireworks.

And here’s what you can expect to find in the anthology as a whole:
Christmas is a time of love and joy, and the New Year is a time of renewal. But they are also times of stress and strife, family drama, pressure and heartache—a potent mix of high expectations and conflicted emotions. Add in power exchange relationships, kinky gift swaps, and unconventional love in a sometimes unforgiving world, and you have a formula for a sizzling anthology of stories that tug at your heart.

From Ava March’s forbidden Regency love between men, to Katie Porter’s scorching hot contemporary tale of two women discovering holiday happiness, everyone will find a favorite here. Pervertible toys abound: Lambda Literary Award finalist L.A. Witt’s candy cane, Jane Davitt’s wrapping paper and tape, and Alexa Snow’s Christmas candles all please and delight. Newcomer Elyan Smith and fan favorite Kim Dare both celebrate New Year’s Eve with romantic flair and kinky fireworks, while bestselling author Joey W. Hill’s poignant story of discovery and commitment will lead you home.

Whatever your desires, we invite you to explore new fantasies and old with these eight kinky tales of holiday happy endings.

20% of all proceeds from O Come All Ye Kinky will be donated to the Domestic Violence Project of the National Leather Association–International. (If you buy the book, digital or print, from Riptide’s website, more money goes to the charity because we’re not paying third-party vendor fees.)

You can find out more about the anthology and all the stories here.

About Katie Porter:
Katie Porter is the writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown, who’ve been friends and creative partners for more than six years. Their other current release is another holiday LGBT romance. Came Upon a Midnight Clear has been described as “masterful,” (Publisher’s Weekly), “a complex gift,” (Library Journal), and “the perfect piece of erotica: nuanced, complex, dirty, loving, and intimate” (RT BookReviews). Not only did the folks at RT make Came Upon a Midnight Clear a 4½ Star Top Pick, they’ve selected it as a Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best Erotic Romance Ebook of 2012—the first gay romance to receive that honor! You can find out more about this dynamic duo on their website, Facebook, and Twitter as @carrielofty, @LorelieBrown, and @MsKatiePorter.


Kassandra said...

This anthology has SO much in it!!


Andrea said...

I've never read a F/F story. I have the anthology and this is the one I'm looking forward to most.

andreagrendahl at gmail dot com

Carrie Lofty said...

My snarky other half has it exactly right: New Years Eve, love on the edge of being a happily ever after, kinky sex, and crafting supplies... "Fireworks" is awesome.


If I do say so on behalf of us both.

What's even cooler is the anthology as a whole, and the cause it supports. Take a chance on some incredibly daring, adoring, redemptive, sexy holiday tales, and enjoy the naughtiest spirit of the season ever. Enjoy!

(And I'm totally envious of the $100 Stockroom gift card giveaway. Dood! That's some serious kink buying power there!)

Happy holidays, everyone!

ad0ffae6-78f6-11e1-8cde-000bcdcb5194 said...

It's funny that people are skittish about m/m in visual porn, but f/f in books. This'll be new to me!


Stephanie said...

I love f/f and I'm glad it's getting recognition.

LM said...

I haven't read as many f/f, but as long as they are well written they are great!

Jason said...

I don't read much f/f but I will be interested to give it a try.


Urb said...

This would be my very first FF story. I used to blush when I read MM but not anymore! Bring it on, please! Thanks.

brendurbanist at gmail dot com

Clancy said...

I thoroughly enjoyed the gal on gal action (though I freely admit to preferring guy on guy. I like dick so the more the merrier to my mind). But you did a great job, the characters were compelling and the play very sexy!

Rush said...

I agree that fem on fem action is lacking in the publishing world. I hardly ever see much written out there. I don't know how much of it is purchased/read but it does need attention.
Happy Holidays!


heatwave16 said...

Yeah for F/F!!! It makes me sad it is not as popular, but here is to hoping that it is starting to catch up.


flchen1 said...

I don't often read f/f, but hey, I'll read Katie Porter any time, so this is on my TBB! Thanks!

f dot chen at comcast dot net

M-C. Houle said...

I've been wanting to try my hands at reading F/F for a while, but didn't really find anything I wanted, so I was glad to see your story in the antho. I was pleased with what I read....
contact at mchoule dot com

Michelle said...

Fireworks sounds awesome! Count me in please! Thank you, chellebee66(at)gmail(dot)com

Catherine Lee said...

I'd have a much easier time reading an F/F than an M/M...and there's so much more M/M out there!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Please, Santa, send this girl that Stockroom g/c. I have been oogling their wares for years! Love and nibbles -