Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Preview: The Girl In The Garden by Sapphira Olson (trans poetry)

A special treat for readers today!

When Sapphira Olson emailed asking me to review her upcoming poetry collection, The Girl In The Garden, I was flattered by torn.

Semi-autobiographical and infused with Celtic myths and legends including the birds of Rhiannon, the god Lug and Niamh the golden-headed daughter of the King of the Land of Youth, the poems give a profound and personal insight into the world of a transwoman.

That sounded so lovely, and I immediately wanted to help spread the word, but I knew I was the wrong person to review it. As someone who has never connected well with poetry, I did not trust myself to do it any sort of justice. Instead, I asked Sapphira if she could share a poem from the collection so I could tempt you all into pre-ordering a copy . . . and she agreed!

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A FAIRY TALE
Once upon a time,
a story began with a woman
not a man.

Although, when I was a child,
I was not aware of this.
I was, it seems, for a very long time,
an unreliable narrator
of my own past events.

A stock phrase in a fairy tale
which I didn’t even know
I was in.

There was once,
there is once,
it was once,
one day, a long time ago,
beyond seven mountain ranges, beyond seven rivers,
in a land of myth, and a time of magic,
in a time already long past,
a girl was born.
And she was me.

I will also lay claim to the
traditional ending…
‘and she lived happily ever after.’

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The Girl in the Garden: YEAR ONE (ORIGINS Book 1)
by Sapphira Olson

'I stop for a moment.
You see, I am crying.
I cry all the time.
It’s the nature of things,
you see.'

THE GIRL IN THE GARDEN is a collection of 30 poems from STANLEY PARK author Sapphira Olson themed around being transgender.

Semi-autobiographical and infused with Celtic myths and legends including the birds of Rhiannon, the god Lug and Niamh, the golden-headed daughter of the King of the Land of Youth, the poems give a profound and personal insight into the world of a transwoman.

When Sapphira happens upon the girl in the garden it is a start of her world been radically transformed as she finds a paradise with a great oak at its centre, where the girl lives. Dealing with themes of emotional, spiritual and physical transition, abuse, coming out to family and misgendering the poems leave a lasting and profound impression. Providing inspiration and hope to those that are transgender and an insight for those who are interested in knowing more about what it is like to be transgender, the collection is a glimpse into this world that is unique and life changing.

Illustrated throughout by the author herself, in beautiful black inks, THE GIRL IN THE GARDEN (YEAR ONE) is book one in the ORIGINS series, with YEAR TWO planned for 2021.

Sapphira Olson is the pen name of author and poet Sapphira Olson French. Born in Cornwall she now lives in Luton. Faithfully LGBT, she is a trans woman with six published novels, including An Android Awakes, Fictional Alignment and The Dandelion Trilogy.

Nominated for the Galaxy British Book Awards and the Arthur C. Clarke Award, she has been a senior editor of The View From Here literary magazine and has interviewed authors such as Julian Barnes, Iain Banks and Markus Zusak.

She also has a short story collection published by Elsewhen Press called Parables which was born out of her experiences and deconstruction and ‘escape’ from a strict evangelical church.

Stanley Park was her first collection of poetry, which was a surprise to her, The Girl in the Garden even more so.

When not writing she loves spending time in the countryside and enjoys watching Audrey Hepburn movies and listening to Dido and Caravan Palace. 

https://www.sapphiraolson.com/
@SapphiraOlson (Twitter)
@sapphiraolson (Instagram)

Monday, February 24, 2020

Husband's Futa-Wife's Surprise by Relm Jayne (futa bisexual)

Of all the sub-niches of transgender erotica, futa-on-male seems to be the hardest to pull off (pun intended). There is something about that futa penis that is triggering for male readers, and most authors deal with that through total emasculation, either turning the man into a submissive sissy or gender-swapping him altogether. Personally, I love that approach, but it can be problematic for some readers. That is why Husband's Futa-Wife's Surprise is such a . . . well, surprise!

Relm Jayne introduces Larry and Tamara as your typical suburban couple, with Larry a hard-working, blue-collar, Alpha male who takes pride in coming home dirty and sore from an honest day's work. As for Tamara, she is an Alpha's fantasy, a hyper-sexualized housewife who cooks, cleans, and has a cold beer waiting when her man gets home.

Everything about her seduction, their bathtub foreplay, and their initial bedroom fun is straightforward (again, pun intended) Alpha male sexual fantasy. Tamara's teasing of a new trick, a surprise she learned from another housewife, inflames Larry's curiosity, and she finally reveals her secret while he is orally pleasuring her . . . and notices her bud swelling inside his mouth.

That is the point where some authors would have the man freak out and need to be forcibly dominated, others would have him secretly admit to some long-repressed gay fantasies, and still others would rely on some pheromone-induced mind control to bring hubby to heel. That is so not what this story is about! Larry is shocked, and full of confused passion, but his only thought is to love this new part of his wife, to make this perfect for her.

In fact, there is a lovely moment where Larry questions how "gay guys do" anal, and Tamara responds by asking how they have done it, reminding him of all the ways he has sodomized her. Realizing how silly his question was, Larry reasserts his masculine prowess and decides that she might be about to break his anal cherry, but he is going to still be the man. There is no sense of submission or emasculation there, no fear or guilt, just an Alpha man having sex with his wife.

And that sex is, of course, delicious! Relm Jayne has a talent for erotic detail and you get all the sights, sounds, and sensations of futa-on-male sex. It is intensely erotic and wonderfully romantic, the perfect blend of passions with the perfect couple. We should all be so lucky!

Relm is a naughty girl that wants to share her sexy stories of sultry futas! Girls with dicks spray their creamy passion across the pages of her stories! Writing in her private lair, a glass of wine at hand, Relm unleashes her naughty, futa fantasies upon the world! So if you like your women hot, sexy, and packing huge cocks, then you'll love Relm's stories!

@RelmJayne


Saturday, February 22, 2020

TGCaption - Judge a Book by its Cover (genderswap)

TG Captions are one of my favorite forms of storytelling. There is no narrative fluff, no extraneous details, just the hook, the twist, and the climax.


If you are a regular reader of 'Dee'lusions of Grandeur, then you know Dee has been doing a series of 'bench' captions lately. So, taking my inspiration from that, I present the first of my 'book' series of captions. A little self-serving, perhaps, but I do live and breathe books . . .

Friday, February 21, 2020

Freebie Fetish Friday - Putting the TG in TGIF!

Well, if it's Friday, then it must be time to bend our way into the weekend with Freebie Fetish Friday.

Every Friday I search through the weekend's free titles on Amazon, looking for those that might be of interest to similarly bent 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, or covert it with Calibre to load onto a Kobo, iPad, or anything else.

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

                                                                
Enjoy!

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Claire by Terri Peterson (horror witchcraft romance)

If you are a regular reader of my reviews, then the name Terri Peterson should be instantly familiar to you. Whether it is the feminine sexuality of her Le Cachot series or the dark transgender erotica of the Smeared Lipstick and Strange Little Girls sagas, she is an author I have had the great pleasure of watching develop through darker, deeper, more diverse stories and characters.

Claire, her latest, is both a continuation of those themes and a complete departure from them. There is no bondage or domination to be found here, no bending or blending of gender, and very little in the way of explicit sex. Instead, this is an increasingly unsettling tale of personal horror that makes something creepy of a love-at-first-sight romance.

Terri is one of those authors who always has a few surprises up her skirt, one who loves to corner the reader and then ambush them with a shocking twist - or two. Neither characters nor narrative are entirely trustworthy, and motivations are muddled at best. There is nothing simple or straightforward about her stories, and that is what I love about them.

Scott is the protagonist here, the hero or victim if you will, but he is hardly the everyman you might expect. He is a bit of a stalker, clearly has anger issues, and his lack of remorse over killing a man should raise a few red flags. The thing is, Claire is hardly a damsel-in-distress, and the more we learn about her, the more we begin to suspect Scott has met his match - in more ways than one.

Perhaps what I loved most here was the way Terri blends the mystery of who Claire is and what is really happening with Scott's wavering, fatalistic acceptance of the horrors around him. Something that is asked in a lot of Terri's books is whether it is okay to do bad things for good reasons, and that is what drives this more than anything. It is a wonderful work of horror, and one that deserves to be discovered by audiences both new and familiar.

'Terri' Peterson, was born August 19th, 1969, and spent what she referred to as 'a miserably failed experiment in tyranny' at a typical secondary school, where she was bullied relentlessly and made fun of. She left with no regrets, a handful of qualifications for a career in banking, and bitter memories of time spent being the object of ridicule by her peers. Being myopic, gauche, skinny and flat-chested, sporting a head of rich auburn hair, made her a daily target for abuse, which she escaped by becoming immersed in the fantasy world of writing short stories.

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Night by Tawni Katherine Bonds (crossdressing erotica)

As The Night so wonderfully and creatively demonstrates, Tawni Katherine Bonds is an author who clearly understands the cross dressing experience . . . and who shares that fantasy of being female. I originally enjoyed this about six years ago when it was first released in its original edition, but with an expanded edition available, I wanted to give it another read and freshen up my review.

The first third of the novel captures the thrill, the exhilaration, and the fear of crossdressing so well. It's about the physical sensations of material and fit, the visual stimulation of seeing the feminine in the mirror, and the whole attitude of descending into a personal different from what the world sees. Bonds does a lovely job of taking us inside Richard's head, allowing us to share in what he’s thinking and feeling, especially in regards to the love notes slipped under his door. The battle there between body and mind, joy and terror, hope and dread, was exquisite.

There is a scene where Alex, the beautiful goddess of his dreams, leads Richard across a crowded hotel floor, and it may be one of the best takes on that internal battle I have ever read. Richard is terrified, assuming the worst, and convinced that people are staring because they have made him as a man. He mistakes their looks of lust and admiration for disgust and ridicule. It is an all too familiar situation for a crossdresser, a fear that never entirely goes away, but the way Bonds captures the slow realization of the truth of the situation is just lovely.

The whole relationship dynamic between Alex and Richard/Heather is an erotic mystery, one that leaves us wondering what Alex knows, how she knows it, and what her intentions are. It is exciting, but carries that undercurrent of fear, which makes it exhilarating. She challenges Heather and forces her to confront her desires - not forced feminization, but forced sexualization. It is a heady read, and the panic and dread feel as real as the orgasmic pleasures that wait beyond. As Heather allows herself to become involved in intimate, erotic games of bondage and sensuality, Alex empowers her to express the woman inside.

I won’t spoil the ‘how’ or the ‘why’ of the book's major twist, except to say that the way it allows us to slip from fantasies to fantasy is delightful. It is a dreamy, surreal sort of twist, one that carries as much wonder as humor, but it is what ultimately allows Heather to feel comfortably complete. As for the final chapter, it takes the story in yet another direction, one that excited me to no end.

The Night is that rare breed of story, one that truly blends the allure of cross dressing with the appeal of femininity. Highly recommended.


Friday, February 14, 2020

Freebie Fetish Friday - Putting the TG in TGIF!

Well, if it's Friday, then it must be time to bend our way into the weekend with Freebie Fetish Friday.

Every Friday I search through the weekend's free titles on Amazon, looking for those that might be of interest to similarly bent 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, or covert it with Calibre to load onto a Kobo, iPad, or anything else.

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

                                                                                    

Enjoy!