As if there weren’t enough reasons to visit to Japan — crazy vending machines, maid cafes — this video ought to convince you.
It was taken in a town called Asuka in Nara Prefecture, which was once home to the rulers of Japan and is replete with ancient culture like temples, shrines, and archeological sites. And then there is the annual Onda Matsuri festival celebrating the rice harvest and fertility.
One of the traditional customs at the festival is for men in devil masks to go around whipping the visitors’ backsides — men and women, boys and girls — with a big stick that is split at the end. Here, the camera follows a couple of them around, amid much hilarity.
On Oct. 9, Amazon announced its new “Author Rank” feature, still in beta, which the company says is the “definitive list of best-selling authors on Amazon.” I’m kind of excited to see that I’m currently ranked #83 in Erotica, and that the ranking page prominently features my newest book, Straits Academy. Straits hit the Amazon Top 100 rank this past weekend.
Sorry for the tiny photo — if you click on it, it gets bigger. (Why does that sound dirty?)
I just got the final cover for Straits Academy back from the designer, and am posting it here so you can have a sneak peak. I’d say it’s got the right “dark, sexy” feel for this full-length erotic novel about a woman who pretends to be a schoolgirl to investigate a murder and get herself in all sorts of delicious trouble.
It’s a little hard to tell in the thumbnail but that shadow in front of the model is a woman’s gloved finger raised for a scolding, which is appropriate as there’s F/f action in this story as well as M/f spanking and sex.
The novel has been submitted to Amazon — processing usually takes about 12 hours. It should be available for purchase on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Blushing Books this weekend. I really hope you like it! I think it’s got some very original punishment/kink scenes you won’t see anywhere else (hint: middle-of-the-night “bed checks” and a kinky dominance scene set in an infirmary). Definitely not the “same old same old.”
Finally. At last. Today — September 8, 2012 — I finished writing “Straits Academy.” It’s been years in the making, and I’ve never worked so hard on a book, but the story is now complete. It’s going into production — editing, proofing, cover design — but it will be at your favorite e-book seller by the end of this month. If you sign up on this blog, or send me your email address through the contact form on this blog, I’ll notify you the day it’s available. Thank you for your patience. I really, really, really hope you like it.
Great news! I’ve posted a free story for you to enjoy. It’s a wonderful story by K. Taira, set in a remote village in pre-modern Japan. Now where else are you going to find a story like that?
Some of you may remember Mr. Taira from his Encyclopedia of Spanking Art, a fabulous collection of art he posted on the internet from the early days until last year, when he unfortunately took it all down. [Update: it's now back on line and I've provided a link.]
I translated this story from the Japanese a number of years ago with Mr. Taira’s permission and support. It’s generally historically accurate; Mr. Taira knows his stuff, and he’s a wonderful fetish writer.
This is a long, descriptive story with some hot punishment scenes and dialog that will make you squirm. It’s almost 7,000 words and easily a $2.99 value, if we were to publish it as an e-book. But it’s yours for free — here and no where else. Please do not copy it or send it around, but you’re welcome to “Like” it on Facebook or otherwise share the link with anyone who’d might enjoy reading it.
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