Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill

Well, I think we can say we're officially back on track with our "Waiting On" Wednesday spotlight posts, and it's nice to have new titles worth looking forward to! For those of you unfamiliar with the meme, WOW is for upcoming releases that everyone's excited about (created by Jill at Breaking The Spine)


What we're excited about this week is Rethinking Normal: A Memoir in Transition by Katie Rain Hill, coming Sept 23rd:

In her unique, generous, and affecting voice, nineteen-year-old Katie Hill shares her personal journey of undergoing gender reassignment.

Have you ever worried that you’d never be able to live up to your parents’ expectations? Have you ever imagined that life would be better if you were just invisible? Have you ever thought you would do anything—anything—to make the teasing stop? Katie Hill had and it nearly tore her apart.

Katie never felt comfortable in her own skin. She realized very young that a serious mistake had been made; she was a girl who had been born in the body of a boy. Suffocating under her peers’ bullying and the mounting pressure to be “normal,” Katie tried to take her life at the age of eight years old. After several other failed attempts, she finally understood that “Katie”—the girl trapped within her—was determined to live.

In this first-person account, Katie reflects on her pain-filled childhood and the events leading up to the life-changing decision to undergo gender reassignment as a teenager. She reveals the unique challenges she faced while unlearning how to be a boy and shares what it was like to navigate the dating world and experience heartbreak for the first time in a body that matched her gender identity. Told in an unwaveringly honest voice, Rethinking Normal is a coming-of-age story about transcending physical appearances and redefining the parameters of “normalcy” to embody one’s true self.


How about you? What are you waiting for?

Friday, August 15, 2014

Freebie Fiction Friday - Putting the TG in TGIF!

Well, if it's Friday, then that must been it's time for Freebie Fiction Friday . . . time to put the 'TG' in TGIF!

Every Friday I take the initiative to search through thew newly free titles on Amazon, and to identify those that might be of interest to trans* readers, fans, and lovers. Even if you don't have a Kindle, you can still download the titles through one of Amazon's free reading applications, and covert it (if need be) with Calibre. I can tell you I do most of my reading on my iPad, using Kindle for iPad, and it works beautifully.

Please do be sure to check the price before downloading anything, though, as most freebies are limited time offers, and some are specific to certain regions.

A smaller selection of titles once again this week, but a really interesting mix.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Feminized at 40,000 Feet by Anita Mandalay

This was something of an unusual read for me, in that the feminization is more about punishment and humiliation, but with a subject who so clearly deserves to be knocked down a peg or two, there's definitely a guilty sort of pleasure involved in enjoying it.

Feminized at 40,000 Feet is about a rude, crude, arrogant, abusive rich man who spends most of his time in the air demonstrating what a jerk he is. As loud and coarse as he is, only a small part of that can be blamed on being drunk - most of it is just his base human nature. Anita Mandalay does such a fantastic job of defining him that we're ready to cheer on the stewardess who finally subdues him.

What follows from there is a rough sequence of events during which he is feminize, abused, bound, and aroused. Mentally and emotionally he hates every moment of it, but his own body repeatedly betrays him with evidence of his enjoyment. Stewardesses and pilots alike get their chance to put him in his place, to take their pleasure, and to ultimately force him into duty as their newest, sluttiest stewardess.

Yes, it's a bit over-the-top, particularly with the well-appointed lounge at the front of the plane, and our oh-so-deserving victim is perhaps a little too passable to be realistic, but those are minor quibbles. This is a fast-paced, well-detailed story that will have definite appeal for forced feminization and female domination fans . . . and which may just make you think twice about how you treat the staff on your next flight.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Blue Futanari (Books 1 & 2) by Gabrielle Prevot

Please Note: The following review is suitable for adults only.

OMG, I think I may have found a new favorite series! Imagine if you will a bisexual sort of Lara Croft by the name of Alexys Sans, working an archaeological dig deep in the jungles of Peru, and excavating the temple of a lost civilization. It’s a discovery that represents a completely unknown culture, and one with what appears to be deliberately damaged artwork and artifacts that hint at an early polytheistic religion with an interesting secret. What is its secret, you ask? Oh, nothing more than the oft-repeated image of a buxom priestess, glowing blue, with both an impossibly large penis and the glistening folds of labia nestled beneath.

Yes, get ready to drop to your knees and join her ranks as a Supplicant, because Txaollix is a futanari goddess whom history has done its best to erase from our collective memories, but who is ready for a big comeback – all thanks to our sexy archaeologist. Once Alexys begins exploring the newly excavated lower levels of the temple, she discovers a series of doors, leading to what she believes to be the tombs of the women depicted alongside the image of Txaollix. Desperate to find the tomb of Txaollix herself, and driven by a passion she can’t explain, Alexys puts herself into danger, crawling deep into the mess of a deliberately damaged hallway. When the floor suddenly gives way, sending her hurtling down a narrow chute, she finds herself battered and bruised, but mere steps away from the ultimate discovery.

For most authors, the whole archaeological dig would be nothing more than an interesting set up – a fun bit of window dressing  maybe – but Gabrielle Prevot makes it part of the story. Honestly, with the set-up, the details of the dig, the examination of the artwork, and the building of the mythology, this has all the makings of a solid archaeological thriller. Whether your tastes run more to Lara Croft or Indiana Jones, the same spirit of adventure and discovery is here.

Where Prevot takes it to a whole other level, of course, is with the futanari goddess aspect of Txaollix. The level of detail involved in describing her, and the passion invested in imagining how she might interact with her worshippers, is absolutely stunning. I love the futanari genre, but I’ll be the first to admit it’s often a bit silly, exaggerated beyond belief for the purposes of eroticism. Txaollix is undeniably erotic, but there’s also a depth of personality to her that’s as powerful as it is heartbreaking. She’s just not an impossibly sexual being, but a loving, caring, nurturing goddess who is looking to Alexys to undergo a Transformation and carry on her legacy.

As you might expect with such a tale, sex itself is an act of transformation, but the glowing blue semen of Txaollix is a wonderful surprise. Both the source of and product of her waning magic, it’s the consummation of and the bathing in of those fluids that makes it possible for Alexys to carry on in her goddess’ image. The scene in which the two lovers play with the magic, transforming one another across all lines of gender and sexuality, are absolutely delicious. Of course, there must come a time for Alexys to make her triumphant return to the world above, but Prevot surprises us yet again with a sort of side journey that allows Alexys room to learn her powers, and which reminds us that this a fully-fleshed narrative, a complex story that just so happens to be interwoven with a futanari mythology.

With 7 chapters in the saga currently available, the first 6 of which have conveniently been collected in a single bundle, Blue Futanari is a series I cannot wait to explore further.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Frock Magazine - August Issue Now Available (and, yes, it's FREE!)

I am, as always, delighted to announce that the latest issue of Frock Magazine is now available.

Some great stuff again in this issue, including pieces from Katherine Hamilton and Crysti Hart, an article on Sona Avedian's amazing transformation (it really has to be seen to be believed), and all the usual columns you've come to enjoy.

Be sure to check out my regular "Frock Books" review column this month, which incorporates an interview I was very fortunate to conduct with the lovely Armistead Maupin, author of The Days of Anna Madrigal. Be sure to check out my All Things Nice article as well, in which I share the fears, the challenges, and the love of transgender parenting.

Completely free, and available digitally,  Frock Magazine is one of the finest transgender lifestyle magazines around, and one that prides itself on being coffee-table friendly (i.e. free of any erotic content, suggestive ads, etc.).


While you're at it, we're always looking for new and exciting stories and articles to share, so if you have a transgender related idea you'd like to see in Frock Magazine, or a 
story/article you'd like to share, please drop me a line (sally AT frockmagazine DOT com).


Don't just pick it up for my column, though - the magazine has a wonderful variety of articles and features, looks absolutely gorgeous, and is a wonderful read. Please hop on over to  Frock Magazine and give it a read today!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Virile & Vixen by Jill Soffalot

Blue Blooded Gender Bender is a new 5-part series from Jill Soffalot (I love that name!) which blends medieval fantasy, paranormal romance, and gender transformation. As much as I generally hate the distinction, this really feels like a gender swap fantasy that's written for female (whether they be cisgender or transgender) readers . . . but with which the boys can have just as much fun.

The first book, Virile, introduces us to Tybalt, a womanizing Baron whose lust leads him to save an accused witch from the Revenant Guard (witch hunters sent from the Church). On the surface, he appears to be the very picture of chivalry and gallantry, but all he can think about (in the rudest, crudest terms) is using lovely young Hildie sexually. Together, they flee to his dark, drafty, cobweb-strewn castle, where they meet up with Dorian, his more romantic, more compassionate brother.

The mere presence of Hildie brings life back to the castle, and sparks a new rivalry between the feuding brothers, which she resolves by seducing them into a threesome. While Dorin proves his romantic passion, Tybalt selfishly takes his use of the beautiful witch, cums in her mouth, and then falls asleep beside them. It's not long before Tybalt begins to shudder and shake, transforming into a women before their eyes. How and why we're not quite clear - even Hildie seems genuinely surprised - but it does nothing to dull his crude lust . . . just redirect it upon himself.

The second book, Vixen, continues the story from there, with Tybalt still very much a woman, Hildie revealing herself to be an authentic witch, and the Revenant Guard on their way to take her into custody. Much of the action in the second book centers around the three loves continuing where they left off, getting intimate and romantic with one another. You can't help but wonder if Hildie has ulterior motives, but she seems to genuinely want one night of true happiness before either she's taken for execution, or she flees on her own.

Both books are well done, with just enough detail to really orient the reader in an age of draft castles, Pagan witches, and church-sanctioned witch hunters. There are a lot of questions left to be answered, not the least of which is how and why Tybalt was transformed, but Jill has certainly whet our appetites. The covers, I must say, do nothing to hint at the story within, but hopefully readers will find it a pleasant surprise.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Freebie Fiction Friday - Putting the TG in TGIF!

Well, if it's Friday, then that must been it's time for Freebie Fiction Friday . . . time to put the 'TG' in TGIF!

Every Friday I take the initiative to search through thew newly free titles on Amazon, and to identify those that might be of interest to trans* readers, fans, and lovers. Even if you don't have a Kindle, you can still download the titles through one of Amazon's free reading applications, and covert it (if need be) with Calibre. I can tell you I do most of my reading on my iPad, using Kindle for iPad, and it works beautifully.

Please do be sure to check the price before downloading anything, though, as most freebies are limited time offers, and some are specific to certain regions.

A smaller selection of titles this week, but a nice selection.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday - I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland Vol. 1 by Ayumi Kanou

Well, I think we can say we're officially back on track with our "Waiting On" Wednesday spotlight posts, and it's nice to have new titles worth looking forward to! For those of you unfamiliar with the meme, WOW is for upcoming releases that everyone's excited about (created by Jill at Breaking The Spine)


What we're excited about this week is I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland Vol. 1 by Ayumi Kanou, coming Sept 23rd:

From the creator of Dictatorial Grimoire comes an all-new gender-bender in Wonderland

I Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland is a new ongoing manga series that recasts the tale of Alice in Wonderland in a uniquely hilarious light: Alice switches bodies with a boy, and together, they must journey on a madcap quest through Wonderland.

When Makoto, an unsuspecting Japanese teen, pulls a copy of “Alice in Wonderland” off a library bookshelf, his world will never be the same—literally. Suddenly, he is transported into the magical world of Wonderland, and even more shockingly, he is now stuck in Alice’s body!

To make matters curiouser, the real Alice is stuck in Makoto’s body, and neither of them are happy about the situation. There’s only one way to reverse the body swap and return Makoto home, but it won’t be easy: They must journey together to Heart’s Castle and defeat the King of Hearts.


How about you? What are you waiting for?