Eroticon 2017 Ten Things I Took home

Post Event Write-Up

Three or so weeks ago I wrote a virtual meet and greet post prior to attending Eroticon 2017. The event has now occurred and I had such a great time. You may be thinking how great could it be if you’ve waited so long to write about it but this is due to a combination of being struck down with proper flu the day I got home. It hit me really hard and for the first 5 days I could barely even sit up, I am still recovering, having to take things a bit easier, and rest between jobs. Once I started feeling better my brain finally clicked on and I started processing the weekend I’d had.

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Eroticon 2017

It was such a busy weekend, and there were so many great sessions to choose from. I often found myself wishing I had a time turner so I could hit multiple talks at the same time.

The lovely Jenny from WrittenbyJenny, who I only managed to meet very briefly, started a Meme and I knew I wanted to join in.

Ten Things I Took Home From Eroticon

  1.  Lots of Swag – Including a new Hot Octopuss T-shirt, a Mug and notebook from Fuck.com, and a Godemiche butt plug fridge magnet. Eroticon 2017
  2. Friendships – quite a few new acquaintances who already feel like friends. It was really amazing to meet some of the American bloggers in person. It made them feel closer, and I think it was a good way of making connections. Also getting to see people I hadn’t seen in a year or more. It was lovely to be able to catch up with friends.
  3. Reminder – Being a writer, and working freelance can often feel like you’re alone. Eroticon 2017 was a great reminder that we’re not alone. We have people. It was lovely to be able to sit down and have a discussion about my work without worrying that people would be shocked or offended because I said cock or cunt.
  4. Sense of Community – In the past twelve months I have commented a few times on how much I’ve felt like the great sense of community that was always present had started disappearing; discussions seemed to be getting mean, and there felt like the community was divided. Eroticon brought us all together; it was very much a welcoming and supportive environment, that tried its best to be as inclusive as possible.
  5. Items to Review – I was lucky enough to receive three items from Eroticon 2017 sponsors for me to review; a HIV home-test kit from Freedoms Shop, The Pocket Rabbit clit vibe from The Rabbit Company, and a gorgeous twisty twirly ceramic dildo from Ceramic Pleasures. Reviews coming soon. I also took this opportunity to get some help from the lovely Pixie at Kinkcraft, to help me with the handles of the large flogger I have been attempting to make for months.
  6. Ideas and Inspiration – I saw so many great talks. They gave me ideas not just for things to write but for other things I can do. Lots of ideas for places to find inspiration. I got ideas for stories, articles, blog posts, and so much more. Eroticon 2017 gave me a real motivational boost.
  7. Fun – I spent Friday playing tour guide and introduced the lovely Kayla Lords, Coffee and Kink, and FDotLeonora to the wonder of the Sh!Women store. On Saturday I was allowed to borrow Elvis, the Sheets of San Francisco bear and I had a great time taking him around and photographing him with all the products from the sponsors. He also got coffee with me on Sunday morning. eroticon 2017
  8. Self-awareness – I proved to myself that even when I am anxious I can put other people first, and make people feel at ease. I always worry that I don’t manage to not so much hide my anxiety as keep a grip on it, and that it can affect how I connect with people. Other than a slight overshare due to anxious outpouring on Monday I think I did really well at connecting and not being too awkward…..well I hope I did.
  9. Realisation – I met and spoke to people I’d only known of online. People who I have looked up to almost since I started, people who I have had disagreements with online, people who I have been scared to confront online because I see them as somehow  higher up……but you know what they were people, they were really lovely people. It has made me realise that when I am interacting online and something upsets me I need to speak out but do it with the realisation that what was said probably wasn’t in any way intended to upset me, and was just a different way of looking at things. We don’t always have to agree, we just need to remember we are all people, and we do have a good community.
  10. Confidence – Two sessions I saw really boosted my confidence. GirlontheNet‘s session on pitching where she reminded us that we are all unique. You could give five bloggers the same topic and you would end up with five very different articles because we are all a special mixture of our experiences. The other was FormidableFemme‘s session on Sex Blogging as Feminism and Social Justice. I sometimes write posts that I consider more political feminist posts, and they do well when I do but Sarah made me realise that everything about my blog fits in with this.  These two mantras is now on the wall above my desk:

“No one does what you do quite like you” (GirlontheNet)
Sex Blogging is a feminist act; feminism is inclusive and it is active. (FormidableFemme)

I had a really fantastic time at Eroticon 2017, and I can’t wait to go back next year. Huge thanks to my sponsors who made it possible for me to attend. Please do visit their websites and show them some love.

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In Bonds of the Earth by Janine Ashbless

Book Launch Blog Tour

Today I am very excited to be hosting Janine Ashbless as part of her blog tour for the launch of her newest book, In Bonds of the Earth.This is the second book in her paranormal erotic romance trilogy, Book of the Watchers. The first book in the series, Cover Him With Darkness, was released in 2014 by Cleis Press and received outstanding reviews.

in bonds of the earthI will hand you over to Janine:

I Didn’t Know She’d be so Kinky!

You know that thing where characters get away from you when you’re writing, and do something you aren’t expecting?

That happened for me with Milja, the heroine of my Book of the Watchers trilogy. When I started the first book, Cover Him with Darkness, I thought she was going to be sort of vanilla. A bit sheltered due to an isolated childhood, a bit geeky (she’s an engineer by training), longing for love and sex but not in any knowing way.

Then she freed a fallen angel who became her demon lover, and because Azazel is necessarily a strong, dominant, even overwhelming personality, I figured Milja would have to be fairly happy to let him take the lead in bed. “She’s a bit submissive,” I told myself.

But Azazel isn’t just dominant, he’s wicked and seriously lacking in social boundaries. He likes to show her off, getting her naked and having sex in public. “That makes sense,” I reassured myself. “She’s always been the invisible girl: now she gets off on everyone watching her and her gorgeous bloke.”

But by the second volume of the series, In Bonds of the Earth, Milja’s deep in a not-really-platonic affair of frustration with another man, Egan Kansky, as well. Is she so drawn to him because he’s the stable, kindly, human partner she can’t find in Azazel? Is she hell! Her relationship with Egan has turned out to be even kinkier than her passion for Azazel!  Milja spent a childhood with an angel chained in the cellar, and it’s affected her deepest fantasies. She likes her strong, dominant masculine guys all tied up and helpless and suffering. Azazel won’t indulge her – he doesn’t have a submissive bone in his body – so she can’t help getting the hots for Egan and his admirable capacity for, ahem, soaking up damage…

Milja – sub, exhibitionist, shamefaced sadist – has turned out to be a bit of a shock for her poor writer!

But I’m loving it

xxx

Janine

 

In Bonds of the Earth

In Bonds of the Earth is published by Sinful Press and is due for release on March 1st, 2017.

Blurb:

in bonds of the earth“I will free them all.”

When Milja Petak released the fallen angel Azazel from five thousand years of imprisonment, she did it out of love and pity. She found herself in a passionate sexual relationship beyond her imagining and control – the beloved plaything of a dark and furious demon who takes what he wants, when he wants, and submits to no restraint. But what she hasn’t bargained on is being drawn into his plan to free all his incarcerated brothers and wage a war against the Powers of Heaven.

As Azazel drags Milja across the globe in search of his fellow rebel angels, Milja fights to hold her own in a situation where every decision has dire consequences. Pursued by the loyal Archangels, she is forced to make alliances with those she cannot trust: the mysterious Roshana Veisi, who has designs of her own upon Azazel; and Egan Kansky, special forces agent of the Vatican – the man who once saved then betrayed her, who loves her, and who will do anything he can to imprison Azazel for all eternity.

Torn every way by love, by conflicting loyalties and by her own passions, Milja finds that she too is changing – and that she must do things she could not previously have dreamt of in order to save those who matter to her.

In Bonds of the Earth is the second in the Book of the Watchers trilogy and the sequel to Cover Him With Darkness.

Excerpt:

I was giving my long-dreaded presentation on the anniversary footbridge to Misters Ellis, Singh, Constanzo and Mackenzie…when Azazel walked in.

Oh hell.

“Excuse me, gentlemen,” I said loudly, lurching around from behind my desk, grabbing Azazel’s arm and spinning him back to face the door. “Not here, come on, please,” I implored through clenched teeth.

If there was one thing I’d learned by then, it was to not ignore warning dreams. If I’d paid them more attention from the start, things between me and Egan might have gone very differently back in Montenegro…

No, better not to think of Egan, not when Azazel was around. One guy at a time was quite enough to wrap my head around. Especially this guy.

He humored me though, this time, letting me pull him out of the meeting room and through the open plan office without resistance. We attracted a lot of stares, but there was nothing I could do about that except hold my head high.

“Where are we going?” he asked.

“Out. Anywhere.”

“You’re so impetuous.”

I didn’t need to glance up at his wicked smirk. I could feel it burning its way into my breast.

Bryce, the beardy guy in my new team who’d shown me the ropes of the job and seemed just a tiny bit too eager to talk every morning, stood up from his cubicle to intercept us. “Milja, is everything okay?”

“It’s just fine,” I rasped, towing Azazel faster.

“She’s insatiable,” my demon lover confided with a helpless shrug to my colleague as we swept past.

Bryce stared, mouth open.

“Goddamnit,” I muttered, and Azazel chuckled.

Sometimes it was hard to remember that he’d risked everything to save me.

We reached the doors at the end of the room and I pushed through, past the lobby with the elevators and into the concrete stairwell of the emergency stairs beyond. The only people who came here were smokers on their way to the roof, and it looked empty for now. My panicky momentum fizzled away and I swung to face him.

“What are you doing here?”

“What do you think?” he countered, taking my face in his hands.

“Azazel—” But he cut off my protests with his hungry kiss; a kiss that lanced through me all the way to my core. I gave up resisting, and speaking, and almost breathing, as his lust rolled over me in a hot wet wave. I slid my hands around his neck and tangled my fingers in his messy hair, pulling myself into his embrace. His body was hard as rock, his hands heavy on my waist and hips. The yearning for his touch that smoldered in my flesh day and night woke to a roaring heat.

I’d missed him. His skin, his smile, the peppery scent and salt taste of him. The sweetness of his lips and the harsh rasp of his stubbled chin. I’d missed him so much—like an addict missing her hit.

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About Janine Ashbless

Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure. She likes to write about magic and myth and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000. She’s also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora’s Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology ‘Geek Love’.

Born in Wales, Janine now lives in the North of England with her husband and two rescued greyhounds. She has worked as a cleaner, library assistant, computer programmer, local government tree officer, and – for five years of muddy feet and shouting – as a full-time costumed Viking. Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, having her cake and eating it, and holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage.

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