Locked in Lust – Newest Advertiser

Welcome

This post is to introduce you to my newest advertiser Locked in Lust. I met Austin, the founder at the Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar a few months ago. I was very intrigued by his chastity product for cock owners, the design was similar to others I’d seen but the execution was outstanding. The feel of the product (and I ran my fingers around the inside) was stunning, I couldn’t feel even the slightest ridge, or edge. All the pieces had been rounded so they would be less likely to chafe, and it had a proprietary anti-pullout device which I loved. I swapped info with Austin, and promised to keep in touch.

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Locked in Lust

Unsurprisingly, The Vice came about because Austin couldn’t find a product already being made that fit his specifications. He had this to say about Locked in Lust:

I designed The Vice because I was unsatisfied with the existing devices on the market.  I had fantasized about male chastity for many years before owning my first device; I had always imagined chastity as being an experience where you cannot escape without the key.  When I discovered how easy it was to escape, I was crushed; my fantasy was ruined.

I continued purchasing more devices, everything from custom steel and cheap Chinese knockoffs, I even bought aftermarket add-ons that would make the device more secure; and every-single-one of them came up short of expectations.  There was always a trade-off between comfort and security, and nothing offered the level of security I wanted from chastity without getting a PA piercing.  So I decided to create the device I always fantasized about, thus The Vice was born.

I spent two years in Research & Development, going through multiple prototypes, to contour a device which excels in both comfort and security.  To this day, I can confidently say The Vice is the most secure “off-the-shelf” device on the market, which rivals some of the biggest name brands with comfort.

The Vice sells so well because it gives our customers the chastity experience we have all fantasized about.  There’s no longer a need to buy device after device to be disappointed over and over again, spending hundreds, if  not thousands of dollars in the process.

The Vice is great for beginners and experienced users alike, which is another reason it has become so popular.  People new to chastity usually use it with the pullout-cap, which is wearing it without and anti-pullout for maximum comfort while you get to experience chastity for the first time.  If and when you’re ready to lock yourself in inescapable chastity, just change to the anti-pullout; no need to purchase another device!

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*Disclaimer – Locked in Lust are my latest advertiser. Please support my website by clicking the links, and having a look at their products. And if you’re interested in chastity consider buying from them.

Writing is Work

I toyed with the idea of whether or not to publish this writing is work post but I feel things have been said about me that I need to address. I am not naming names, I don’t want people to go look for them and say something in my defence. I do not want them to feel “bullied” because people agree with me. Just as I don’t feel bullied by those who don’t. So here goes…

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Writing is Work

We live in a capitalist society, there is no getting away from that. Everything costs money, we all have bills to pay. I have to cover rent, household bills, website costs, work costs, food, etc. The same as everyone else does. I would love to not have to worry about money, to live in a place where I could do the work I wanted purely because I wanted to, without having to think about whether I can afford to pay my bills this month. Where I don’t have to weigh up the financial ramifications of accepting a job that I want to do.

As a freelancer, my income comes from a number of streams. My biggest income is from copywriting work I do for other people (both in and outside this industry). This is pretty much 90% companies who have seen my websites and contacted me to commission work on that basis. They want my voice, talking about whatever subject they have in mind. This Writing is work.

My next biggest income is from the advertisers I have. These are companies who pay for an advertising banner on my website sidebar. This income is the one that pays for the content on here. Every post I do (including reviews, erotica, etc) is made possible by advertisers whose support means I can pay my bills and write for HGG. This is a reciprocal arrangement, the more I write (ie, the more fresh content I produce), the more visitors my site gets, and the greater number of people who will see their ad. This writing is work.

Despite doing all this work, I still have months where I am panicking because it’s two days before my direct debits are due out and I don’t have enough money to cover them. You might think, she just needs to learn to budget but it’s hard to budget when your income only just covers your outgoings every month. Maybe you’d say I should save but I have nothing to save. If I have a spare £5 it stays in my account so that next month I might be able to get a little more ahead. However, chances are it won’t happen because freelance doesn’t always mean regular work, it means taking little bit jobs just so you have money to live.

This often means when big events are happening (such as Eroticon or Woodhull), ones that are a good networking opportunity. A chance to connect with companies and writers, and to develop working relationships that might help me generate more income, I sometimes have to ask companies to sponsor my attendance at these events. Contrary to what seems to be the popular belief, when I contact these companies to  ask them if they would be willing to sponsor me to attend an event, I do not expect them to just give me money and get nothing in return. I work hard to come up with a package (blog posts, advertising, social media,etc) that gives them something in return for their sponsorship. It is a reciprocal agreement.I am not asking for a handout. And if they say no, they don’t have the budget, I respect that. It is a business decision, and I understand it may not work for all companies. This writing is work.

This brings me to my last point. I would like to clarify something about being a Sex Toy Reviewer (and this is also why I don’t do as many reviews anymore).

As a reviewer I don’t “accept” free sex toys. These companies choose to send me these toys, and they are sent to me in exchange for a review. When I am reviewing a toy I make sure to do a thorough job, not just in testing for use but in checking materials, stats, taking photographs, etc. I make note of problems and contact the company in case it is a faulty unit. A review takes me at least 10-15hrs of work. That’s 15 hours work spent on a toy that costs a company £50-100. It’s time I’m not spending doing work that will actually pay my bills. Being sent sex toys is great but I can’t pay my bills with sex toys, last I checked Tesco and Asda aren’t accepting them in exchange for shopping. This writing is work.

To redress this balance many sex toy reviewers use affiliate links, and will often only accept items from companies who have affiliate programs or manufacturers whose product can be purchased through a company with an affiliate program. I choose not to use affiliate links because I have an agreement with my advertisers saying I won’t. However, even for bloggers who do this the income isn’t regular or guaranteed. It is this uncertainty that means bloggers have to find other income streams.

 

Satisfyer Battery

Clitoral Stimulator

Comparison review of the Satisfyer battery powered clitoral stimulaters, the Satisfyer 1 and Satisfyer 2. I loved the Pro 2 but what did I think of these?

The peppy Satisfyer 1 is the must-have for globetrotters. The slim, round shape of the pressure wave vibrator makes it the perfect companion away from home. Battery-powered operation allows contact-free pleasure at the push of a button – whenever you want.

The elegant and popular Satisfyer 2 cannot be missing from any toiletry bag. The ergonomic shape and its battery-powered feature make it a contact-free indulgence artist, equipped with innovative pressure wave technology. The twin operating elements allows fast control over 11 intensive programs.

From Satisfyer.com

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Satisfyer Battery

Both of the battery powered Satisfyers require 2 AAA batteries.

I wasn’t really expecting much from either of these toys. I already had the Pro 2 and loved it, so I figured there was no way these could compare. However, I was pleasantly surprised. I’m not sure what the reasoning behind the release of these versions of the Satisfyer was  (because they seemed to be released AFTER the Pro 2) but maybe they just wanted to be able to make something that was even cheaper than the other versions for people with smaller budgets.

satisfyer batteryFirst was the Satisfyer 1, when I opened this I was a little concerned by the slightly flimsy feel, the casing join was obvious and ugly, and I worried that it would be too easy for body fluids to get in the gap. However, it seemed to clean well, and I found a soft toothbrush cleaned the gap perfectly. The ‘nozzle’ was a similar size and shape to the Pro 2 meaning it fit my body quite nicely. In use it was quiet and the batteries gave me about 2 hours of total playtime.

satisfyer batteryThe Satisfyer 2 looked slightly better put together, the joins seemed tighter. And the colours were more classy looking. The nozzle was much smaller and firmer than on the other models and I found it almost sharp against my body, this was especially noticeable the more aroused I became. I also found the Satisfyer 2 was noisier than the Satisfyer 1, I’m not sure if this was because the batteries didn’t fit quite as snugly so caused some rattling in use, or if it is just a noisier motor.

satisfyer batteryI found the button placement on both items very awkward. It has been moved even closer to the head of the Satisfyer than on the Pro 2, and it makes it quite difficult to reach comfortably while you are holding the body of the toy. It wasn’t a deal breaker but it is annoying enough that I noticed.

 

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Overall

I preferred the Satisfyer 1 to the Satisfyer 2, however neither of them pushed the Pro 2 off my Satisfyer top spot. Perfect for people who want to try the satisfyer without spending as much, or for those who don’t like rechargeable toys.

 

*Thank you to April from VivaLaSexyBlog for photography help.

*I was given the Satisfyer Battery 1 and 2 by Satisfyer in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This review does not contain affiliate links.
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Horatio Slice Guitar Slayer of the Universe

Book Launch Blog Tour

Today I am very excited to be welcoming, Oleander Plume to HornyGeekGirl as part of the book launch blog tour for Horatio Slice: Guitar Slayer of the Universe. She is going to be sharing with us the process of designing the graphics for her characters. Oleander wrote one of my favourite anthologies, so I was thrilled to be asked to be part of this tour. Without further ado I will pass you over to Oleander…

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Horatio Slice is NOT dead.

Gunner Wilkes knows a secret. Heartthrob rock star Horatio Slice is not dead. Sure, Gunner may turn heads with his big brain, good looks, and gym-built body, but his mind is on one thing only: returning his all-time favorite rocker and secret fanboy crush to Earth. 

Yes, there are VAMPIRE PIRATES

Fame and stardom were starting to wear thin for Horatio Slice, but when he was sucked through a magical portal while on stage at Madison Square Garden into a jail cell in a strange dimension called Merona, his confusion quickly cleared upon meeting his sexy, dark-haired cellmate, a vampire pirate named Snake Vinter, who filled Horatio in about life in the universe, jumping from dimension to dimension, and craftily avoiding the wrath of gnarly-mask-wearing leather queen King Meridian—a guy nobody wants to cross. 

The metal ship is named Frances.

And on Snake’s metal ship live eight identical blond Humerians, who proudly display their cocks and assholes in carefully crafted trousers, as well as a wild assortment of untamable, cock-hungry travelers and stowaways. But someone has hacked into Frances’ mainframe, demanding that Snake and crew deliver Horatio Slice to King Meridian, or feel his wrath.

All the zany magical comedy of Mel Brooks, an adventure not dissimilar to Indiana Jones meets Barbarella, and men, men, horny men, of all shapes and sizes, Horatio Slice, Guitar Slayer of the Universe is wild, fun, pornographic fiction for anyone who loves the masculine, the feminine, and all identities in between. Even more so, it’s for cravers—for aficionados—of big, hard, pounding cock, and anyone who can handle laughs that won’t stop coming.

Designing Horatio Slice

When Jacob Louder sent me the rough draft of the book cover, I fell in love. The artwork he chose to represent Horatio was an uncanny likeness of the person who had before only existed in my head.

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It also reminded me of my favorite computer game, The Sims.

I started playing The Sims when the first version came out. A friend let me borrow her copy and after a week, I gave it back to her and said, “For the love of everything, keep this game away from me, it’s taking over my life!”

A few years later, I acquired The Sims 2, and the addiction started all over again, until I purchased a new laptop and discovered the game wouldn’t work with Windows 10. I thought my Sims playing days were over, until I tried The Sims 4.

And now my life is over.

Sure, the game play isn’t as enjoyable as the Sims 2, but the graphics are amazing. The best part about this new version, however, is the updated Create A Sim. With it, you can create unique characters with ease since the interface allows you to tweak even the smallest details.

Jake’s book cover gave me ideas. Crazy ideas. What if I created Sims versions of all the characters in the book? What if I then captured these images and used them for promotion, or swag, or my own personal prurient interests? Yes, yes, YES!

While writing the book, I found photos of models who closely resembled the men in my head. I used these photos to inspire my Sims dudes.

Here’s Horatio:

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And, Gunner (who I think is exceptionally adorable):

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Before getting them right, I had to download a lot of custom content, especially hair. Gunner, being a huge Horatio fan, wears his hair in a similar style to Horatio, so I used the same hair for both. Creating Snake was even harder. How would I give him his famous metallic silver eyes? Once again, custom content to the rescue. Don’t stare at him too long, he’ll hypnotize you into doing all sorts of things:

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Onto Sugar. Finding hair and his pretty green eyes was easy. But what about his gun? Well, let me tell you, those custom content geniuses can make anything!

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Once I created the characters, getting decent shots of them in-game proved challenging. I pored over many a DIY tutorial on YouTube and practiced until I got them right. Besides hair, eyes, and skin tones, those CC geniuses create things called “pose packs” which make your characters behave. I even found Horatio a guitar!

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There are even pose packs for kissing. And beyond. How did I get shots like this one?

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Heh heh. That’s for me to know and you to…nah, I’ll tell you, but you’ll have to wait until August 1st, when I’ll reveal my other secrets to Tabitha Rayne. In the meantime, if you want to read the scene that inspired this:

horatio sliceYou can pick up a copy of Horatio Slice: Guitar Slayer of the Universe.

Buy Links for Horatio Slice

Amazon US | Amazon UK | B&N | Inktera | GoDeeper | Kobo

About Oleander

Oleander Plume lives in Chicago, Illinois, with her husband, two daughters and a pair of obnoxious cats. While she writes in many genres, her favorite is m/m. Or m/m/m. Or m/m/m/m, or … who’s counting, anyway?

Horatio Slice: Guitar Slayer of the Universe (published by Go Deeper Press) is Oleander’s first, full-length novel, but her short stories have appeared in anthologies by Violet Blue, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Shane Allison, Alison Tyler, Neil Plakcy, and F. Leonora Solomon.

Oleander also edited a self-published erotic anthology, titled Chemical [se]X, featuring stories centered around the theme of aphrodisiac chocolates.

For more information you can find through the links below.

Website | Amazon Author Page | Twitter | Facebook | Pinterest

Horatio Slice Online:

GoDeeper Media | GoDeeper Shop | Goodreads

Book Trailer:

WeVibe Wish

External Vibrator

The WeVibe Wish is one of the latest vibrators from luxury sex toy manufacturer We-Vibe. This company makes one of my all-time favourite ‘pocket’ vibes, the Touch, it is the toy I reach for most often. They seem to really understand these things, and try their best to deliver what people want. And more importantly they appear to get that not every vibe will work for everyone, so they put out what might look like similar products but that work very differently.

The soft exterior and rumbly vibrations of Wish by We-Vibe stimulate the vulva with deep sensations. Similar to a wand, Wish offers broad stimulations.

Pushing into the product stimulates both the external and internal clitoral nerves. Wish can be enjoyed all over the body with the tapered tip used for more focused vibration.

Unlike anything you’ve felt before, Wish offers our exclusive PowerPulse technology. It’s a new ultra-powerful, vibration sensation that feels like waves of pleasure.

From We-Vibe

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WeVibe Wish

I’ll admit when I first read about the WeVibe Wish, I should clearly have paid more attention because when it arrived I was surprised by how big it was. It feels huge but it’s also kind of squishy. The tip is lovely and smushy, like a marshmallow. You can feel the hard body of the housing under the main part of the silicone but that just adds to the feel. It is super-tactile…which I really kind of love. Despite it’s large size it does fit nicely in my hand, and once it’s switched on it is easy to place it where I want on my body.

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The vibrations are deep and rumbly, and as with most We-Vibe vibrators…they are strong. But the vibrations are when we come to one of my problems with the WeVibe Wish. There is no steady setting, and my clit really doesn’t like patterns. On the Wish what passes for a steady vibration is the power pulse mode, a mode that I found more frustrating than fun. If you like patterns you may enjoy this but for me it just doesn’t work. It feels more like a glitch, or low battery than it does a purposeful pattern. You get a few moments of steady vibration, and then just when your clit is getting to the happy place, it pulses. This pulse isn’t a powerful punch to kick you over the edge, it’s a wussy little buzz that pulls you back. However, if you love patterns, and/or edging the Wish might actually work really well for you

wevibe wishMy other problem with the WeVibe Wish is the control button…there’s just one. And the size, shape and placement mean it’s just a bit awkward. To turn the Wish off you have to long press the button, and supposedly it will save the last position but instead it skips ahead once before switching off so you have to scroll through the whole mix of patterns again to get back to the one you wanted….all ten of them. It’s just not a great design. It’s annoying but it’s not the end of the world.

wevibe wishThe WeVibe Wish is a sort of fat teardrop shape, and comes in a gorgeous bright blue (seriously I love the colour). The squishy tip is a nice balance for people who like direct “pinpoint” stimulation but don’t like too hard an edge, and the wide part of the teardrop will be great for people who like broader stimulation. I also found the shape was comfortable to hold in my hand, and great for using on my partner. With a little bit of lube it also made a great massager, and for massage the patterns actually really helped. wevibe wishThe WeVibe Wish can also be controlled using the We-Connect app. This gives you the ability to create your own patterns, to control the intensity, and also to play with your partner, even if they’re on the other side of the world. I didn’t use it much because I can’t use my phone with one hand, and I need one hand to hold the vibrator in place. wevibe wish

There are so many great things about the WeVibe Wish; it’s fully waterproof (which means it can be used in the bath or shower, and is easy to clean), it’s USB rechargeable (so you’ll never have to steal batteries from the TV remote), body safe silicone that feels great in your hand, and a low power alert light.

Overall

I think the WeVibe Wish is a great toy with a few issues. It didn’t work for me in regards to clit orgasms but I did like using it for other things. If you love toys with patterns then you might enjoy the options this vibrator gives you.

*I was given the Wish by We-Vibe in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. This review does NOT contain affiliate links.