October 15th, 2014

The Story of Safe

It is my pure and profound delight to announce that my second single-author short story collection, Safe: a collection of erotic stories, is available in print and e-book formats now!

Safe blog

In February of 2013, I embarked on a solitary writing trip to Niagara Falls. I talked at some length about the reasons for that, as well as the results, on KD Grace’s blog here later that year when she graciously invited me to be a guest there.

One thing I didn’t mention at that time, mainly because it hadn’t happened yet and I’ve tended to not want to chat about such things until they’ve actually materialized, is that I was aware at that time that I had gone to Niagara Falls for a very specific reason. There were three particular stories I had wanted to write there that I had conceived in my head but yet not transferred onto paper (or computer, as the case may be). I wanted to take that trip to specifically relinquish other responsibilities for that few days and focus solely on allowing these three stories to be written.

They were the final components of the short story collection I had known I had wanted to create for some time.

You may be noticing at this point that it took me quite a while to complete said process. :) Yes, that seems true, but I consider that trip to Niagara Falls to be a watershed moment in the process that has led to my first two single-author books, If… Then and Safe.

Safe was the title of the manuscript I originally submitted to 1001 Nights Press for publication consideration earlier this year. As I alluded to in my post announcing the release of If… Then last month, when I heard back from Sharazade, 1001 Nights Press’s head honcho, I interpreted her as suggesting the collection be divided into two separate volumes.

I balked at this idea, since I was admittedly pretty set in the perception of it I had had for more than a year as a complete whole. Now, I appreciate that suggestion so much and can see just how wise it seemed.

Basically, we divided the original manuscript between erotica stories and erotic romance stories, or those that at least seemed to contain romantic elements and romance-oriented (i.e., happy!) endings. I am aware both that erotica and erotic romance are separate genres and that they have distinct (though sometimes, of course, overlapping) audiences. Thus, turning Safe into both If… Then and Safe (the erotica collection kept the original title, which is also the title of its final story) made a lot of sense from both a marketing and a reader-orientation standpoint.

If… Then came out first so I could promote it at Hot Mojave Knights, the magnificent reader-oriented author and reader event I attended in Las Vegas last month. It’s been a whirlwind month for me of the thrill of my very first solo book and the promotional obligations that correspond (in my view) with having had the honor of its being published. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and offered such gracious congratulations, and especially to those who have bought the book! :)

Today, October 15, is Safe‘s release date. It is a profound joy to me to have this volume published and available to the public as the final step of the collection of which I began the vaguest formulations in my consciousness literally years ago.

Safe’s table of contents is as follows:

Power over Power
Hers to Keep*
Of Her Own Accord*
Open Invitation
Is Not Gold
To Make It That Way
On the Rise*

*previously unpublished
**previously published as “With Random Precision”

I have been working as well on a slight update of my website, which should be visible soon, that will emphasize the availability of these two collections. Probably the biggest difference will be that the home page will no longer be my blog. Rather, entry to the site will land visitors on a static page with information on If… Then and Safe. Rest assured, however, the blog will be quite easily accessible via the “Blog” tab of the menu bar. :) (The link directly to the blog will not change.) I’m not planning for the look of the blog to change much (save the site header, which I am revising slightly), but the pages will have a bit of a different aesthetic as I remove the side bars from all except the blog page.

Anyway, to get back to Safe, this collection contains four original (meaning previously unpublished) stories. Two of them have been done for some time, tucked away on reserve for the single-author collection I was so earnestly planning. The other two were finished more recently—specifically, in Niagara Falls.

Technically that’s not exactly true: the first drafts were finished in Niagara Falls, though the editing process went on for months after my return. These two are “On the Rise,” which had waited patiently as an almost entirely formulated story in my head for an astonishingly long time before I buckled down to actually transferring it into tangible existence. The other story is “Safe” (the title story, obviously), whose idea had just taken shape a couple months before I headed up across the border to Canada to bring it to fruition.

And so, at long last, the stories have been completed, the manuscript submitted (and accepted, and divided), the volumes formatted, and now, the books released out of my sole possession and into the world. I couldn’t be more thrilled about it and once again want to extend particular thanks to my publisher, 1001 Nights Press, for its place in this manifestation of a dream that’s been in me for thirty years.

Safe: a collection of erotic stories is on sale now in both print and electronic formats at the following retailers.

Amazon UK (Kindle) (print)
Barnes & Noble

Thank you for reading. :)


“You’re safe with me, baby.” Sam’s whispered voice was rough, urgent. His solid form pressed against her back as his embrace held her arms, her whole body, in place between himself and the counter. “Do you hear me? You’re safe with me.”

The words brought forth a rush of fluid between her legs, and her strength left her as she sagged against his grasp. It tightened, not letting her fall, and she made an incoherent sound as she felt him pause a split second before removing one hand and sliding it slowly down her hip.

“Do you want me to fuck you?” His grip had turned to iron, his voice like redemption in her ear.

Her “yes” was strangled, pushing forth faster than her system had the capacity to articulate.
-from “Safe,” the title story of Safe: a collection of erotic stories

October 15th, 2014

Recommended Reading #217: Humanity and Inspiration, Pt. XIII

      “Creative People, Forgive Yourselves” by Scott at New Trail Coaching (Non-Sex-Related, Self-Care, Creative Endeavors) 10/13/14

This struck me as beautiful, astute, poignant, and needed.


      “Pause” by Sommer Marsden (Non-Sex-Related, Memoir, Tribute) 8/12/14

I find this tribute so beautiful I don’t want to interfere with it by commenting further. I simply offer a recommendation to view it.


      “An Open Letter to My Now Ex-Wife” by Michael Cheshire (Relationship, Memoir, Consciousness) 9/24/14

I find this an inspiringly beautiful expression in response to a shift in relationship. It reflects, in my interpretation, the true spirit of authentic loving relationship. I don’t see such shift in relationship as some kind of relationship “failure,” nor do I use longevity as a standard judgement for the “success” or quality of a relationship.


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September 26th, 2014

If… Then Is Here!!

I am thrilled beyond description to present my first solo book, If… Then: a collection of erotic romance stories, published by 1001 Nights Press.


When I first submitted the manuscript to the publisher, Sharazade, who is the founder of 1001 Nights Press, recommended splitting it into two books. While I was at first taken aback by the idea, having carefully written and compiled the collection as a whole, I quickly understood the reasoning behind her suggestion as I interpreted it. Thus, If… Then was born, a compilation of ten stories that comprised almost half of the original manuscript (I actually got to add back in a few previously published stories I had removed from the complete manuscript due to length). Eight of the stories in If… Then are previously published, including the two title stories, “If…” and “…Then,” a pair of sequel stories that respectively open and close the book.

The complete table of contents is as follows:

If… Then: a collection of erotic romance stories by Emerald

Soft and Gray
Honey Changes Everything
The Plant on the Mantel
Relative Anonymity
Shattered Angels
Apple Blossoms
Rain Check
No Such Thing

The two original stories in the collection are “Soft and Gray” and “Shattered Angels.” I worked on “Shattered Angels” during a portion of the solo writing trip to Niagara Falls I took early last year. When the ever-lovely KD Grace invited me to be a guest on her blog last year, I talked about that trip and offered an excerpt of the (then unpublished) “Shattered Angels.” If you would like to read said post, please find it on KD’s blog here.

If… Then is available in both print and electronic forms, and I really don’t know if I could feel more excited about it. :) A huge shout-out of appreciation to my publisher, 1001 Nights Press, for publishing this collection and especially for working so hard to get the book out so in time for me to have it (in both print and e-book form) this weekend for Hot Mojave Knights in Las Vegas this weekend.


And for those keeping count, this does mean that yes, I will have another collection coming out soon with 1001 Nights Press. :) The dividing line for the manuscript was roughly into erotic romance and erotica stories: If… Then is the erotic romance compilation. The erotica one will be released later this year. More about that when the time comes!

For now, If… Then is on sale at the following retailers:

Amazon US (e-book and paperback)
Amazon UK (e-book and paperback)
Barnes & Noble (e-book and paperback)

Thank you so much to everyone who has ever read, supported, and/or appreciated my work. I love you. :)


I brushed my lips against his cheek as I stepped back.

“There, I’ll kiss you instead,” I said.

Hayden’s chuckle was barely audible. “That wasn’t a kiss.”

He moved forward, and his lips touched mine so lightly it was possible those behind him wouldn’t even know what was happening in the shadowy dusk around us. He backed up with the same silence with which he had stepped toward me.

My breath had seemed to disappear into the growing darkness.
-from “If…”

September 24th, 2014

Recommended Reading #216: Animals

      “9/11 Ground Zero search dog still lends a helping paw” by Laura T. Coffey (Non-Sex-Related, Humanity and Inspiration, 9/11, Dogs) 9/11/14

I cried pretty much all the way through this, finding it intensely, indescribably beautiful and moving.


      “Losing My Healer & Protector Max” by Dr. Diane Poole Heller (Non-Sex-Related, Memoir, Dogs) 9/4/14

I found this a beautiful and heartbreaking tribute to a dog I once saw on DVD helping a client as Diane describes when I was attending one of Diane’s workshops a few years ago. Beautiful journey and all love to you, Max.


      “Who Rescued Whom? Shelter Dogs and Prison Inmates Give Each Other a New ‘Leash’ on Life” by Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald (Non-Sex-Related, Dogs, Humanity and Inspiration) 9/3/14

Beautiful in so many ways.


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September 17th, 2014

Recommended Reading #215: Shifting Perpectives, Pt. V

      “Why The Questions We’re Asking About Sex Work Are Wrong” by Kate D’Adamo (Sex Work, Psychology, Labor, Sex and Culture) 9/9/14

I really appreciate Kate’s (appropriately and realistically, as I see it) nuanced and pragmatic approach in this piece. While I myself have tended to perceive more ideologically than pragmatically in general, in this context I certainly recognize great value in the pragmatism I interpret in this piece.


      “Iowa’s Family Values” by Steven W. Thrasher (Memoir, Marriage, LGBTQ Rights) 4/8/09

I don’t doubt I would find this a lovely piece anyway, but that it was about my home state made it particularly moving to me. I am aware of some political fallout in the state following this that was executed in a way I find appalling (as I understand it, basically the very conservative candidate that lost in the primary race for governor shortly thereafter then leveraged his campaign momentum and resources solely to oust the state Supreme Court judges whose votes had overturned the gay marriage ban…and succeeded :( ), but the state still did indeed overturn a ban on gay marriage, which is currently legally permissible in Iowa.


      “Spanking Is Great for Sex” by Jillian Keenan (Youth, Sociology, Parenting) 9/17/14

I understand how very controversial this will undoubtedly seem. I also, however, agree with it. UPDATE: After I posted this, my attention was brought (through a series of tweets from the truly magnificent Alana Noel Voth to the author) to this response. Please consider it a Recommended Reading addendum!


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