April 20, 2014
Oh, I love this. I am a t-shirt addict, but this one may have made my top 10. That said, I don't have a favorite pen or type of pad I prefer. On my desk right now (just wrote "write now") is a pink BiC Cristal that I like. But I'm equally as happy with the ancient pencil from the Paramount Hotel to my left. I write on everything. My hand. Receipts. Junk mail. I buy notebooks that get no use. I tend to flail at traffic lights in order to find some scrap of anything so that I can jot a note to myself. I often walk around with words on my skin.
And then my notes end up looking like messages in foreign tongue. I need Babblefish to translate my own writing!
But I have decided to do something off-the-wall in honor of Never Say Never. If you review the book (on Amazon or on your blog or on *my* blog) I am going to write you a note. In my special, secret handwriting. (Kidding! I'll make it legible. I promise.) I'll send you a tip that we couldn't fit into the book. And I'll send it through the actual mail. Yes. Not email. Not g-mail. But snail mail. Knowing me, there will probably also be a fortune fish in the envelope. (Because I adore them so.)
How do you get a note from me? Let me know when your review is live. (Or send me the review to post here.) And hit me with your mailing address. I'm at msalisontyler at yahoo dot com. I've got pretty stationery standing by and ready. My hands are all limber. My fingers are tapping. Give me a reason to write to you!
April 19, 2014
I am (mildly) obsessed with old-time radio plays, like The Shadow. And I can't hear the words "Were you waiting for me..." without hearing that voice. The Shadow's voice.
But if you enjoyed Dark Secret Love and The Delicious Torment, and if you were waiting for Wrapped Around Your Finger... well, I have news.
In my in box right this second is the copyedited manuscript! I'm not sure when the novel will be available, but we are that much closer. I'm deliriously excited. These are the books I've been working on since 2006. This is how I've wanted to write my entire adult life—the style that teachers chide you for. I based a character on me. I break the 4th wall. I flirt, tease, bat my long dark lashes. I do everything you're not allowed to do if you're a writer, and I do it while (mostly) wearing my uniform of message t-shirts and Levis. (Kind of how I'm dressed right now.)
Now I'll ask for a favor. If you did read the books, and if you did like them, please consider kissing me with a review on Amazon. I am dying to be allowed to publish books four, five, and six. They are written. They are waiting. But I need the momentum to seal the deal.
Help a girl out?
I'll be putting up some snippets from book three shortly. This one is different from the first two. It's a close-up, under the microscope look at about a week (if memory serves) in the life of a committed, hard-core 24/7 relationship. Book 4 takes us to Paris....
Also, if you'd like to participate in my Never Say Never tour—drop me a note at msalisontyler dot com with a date in May (or June) that works for you. If you'd like a print copy of the book to review, let me know your snail mail address.
Now back to more coffee—already in progress.
April 18, 2014
Do you hear the movie music in your mind, too? That deep-voiced announcer with the baritone rumble: "Never Say Never... The Tour... coming soon to a blog near you." (You can take the girl out from behind the popcorn counter, I suppose, but you can't take the movie slut out of the girl.)
So what I thought I'd do is toss out a few dates, and if you want to play along with a review or a personal experience, or a photo of the book in some unusual location (let your mind wander—I'm thinking in front of the Pyramids, or in your panties), then please drop me a note and snag a date.
We'll start with May 1 (I can't believe we're almost to May!) and see what happens. (I'll be writing to those of you who already contacted me and asking which date you prefer.)
May 1: Alison Tyler (hey, that's me!)
May 2: Tamsin Flowers
May 6th: Sommer Marsden
May 14th: Jade. A. Waters
May 16th: Malin James
May 18th: Xan West
May 19th: Cora Zane
May 21st: Nicole Gestalt
May 28th: CJ Lemire
May 30th: Geeky Nymph
Contact me at msalisontyler at yahoo dot com if you're interested. Cheers and thank you so much for helping me spread the word about this sexy guide!
P.S. I can host you here, or I can link to you Chez You!
April 17, 2014
In the midst of a whirlwind week, I'm pausing to smell the reviews... This one is from City Book Review's Axie Barclay for The Delicious Torment. I wish I had the words (come on, you writer) to say what this review meant to me. But I'm just without speech. Barclay says:
"The goal of fiction isn't to make us feel comfortable. It's to challenge us. If you don't want to be challenged, read something else. If you want to be stretched, pushed, slapped, humiliated, and ultimately, built back up, try being tormented by Alison Tyler."
The entire view is here.
Sommer Marsden's Lost In You continues to gather glorious reviews, like this one:
"Sometimes the right book comes along right when you need it. I had just finished reading something dark and desperately needed something light. Most of the time light means fluffy, frilly, and a bunch of other f-words. But this one was different."
And this one:
"This was a very good, very hot read. The chemistry between Clover and Dorian is electric and jumps off the page. The sex scenes are hot and very well written (as I expect in one of Sommer Marsden's books).
And this one:
"Another great romance by this author. This book gets you hooked from the beginning."
Finally, in our review round-up, we have Violet Blue's new Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy. The reviews include:
"This book is clear and correct. It doesn't do the obvious (but naive) thing and just say "don't use a computer at all!" — realistically, there's a lot of benefit to having an online social life, and the book lays out the risks and precautions you can use to make your own decisions."
April 16, 2014
This week (so far) I've written three articles on spec. I adore writing articles. I got my start in newspapers. In college, I was beat up in Comp 101 for penning leads rather than thesis sentences—while I was simultaneously being published in two different newspapers. (And seriously, who the fuck wants to read a thesis sentence?) Over the years, I've worked for several papers, websites, a handful of magazines, and a 'zine or two. (Yeah, I'm that old.)
Readers tend to like the fact that I break the writing rules. I have a chatty, conspiratorial way of writing that professors frown on. And I fucking love writing like this. (See, I just broke some rules. I started with an And. I used fuck. I wrote in first person. Ta da!)
Luckily, I have landed at several locations that appreciate my tongue-in-cheek style. Most recently, I had a piece accepted for Slutty Girl.
I read the guidelines carefully (like you do). The editors did not want pornography or erotica. I wasn't exactly sure what that meant for me (bad girl that I am), so I used no dirty words and put on my white cotton panties. But I did write a whole piece about how to ask for what you want in bed.
Check it out and let me know what you think!
April 15, 2014
Krissy Novacaine plucked this story from the line-up, saying: "...this piece was really sexy for me. I think it was because it was more about the power dynamic than the fact that they were men that made it work so well for me."
The story is called Any Lightness Between Black and White and it's by Dante Davidson:
I'm trying to generate a little buzz for the book, so if you like the story, please consider buying the whole collection (and leaving a review—nudge, nudge, wink, wink). There are more than 20 stories total to tie you up in cuffed kinkiness.
April 14, 2014
Yes, I'm still working through my papers. You should see my desk. (No, wait. Maybe you shouldn't.) There are brightly colored envelopes, contracts, Johnny Cash stamps, and glossy little red fortune fish swimming all over the surface. But I'm getting there...
While you're waiting for Monday to take effect, please check out this unbelievably awesome new review by Saachi for The Delicious Torment:
Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds Admit Impediment
What's funny is that I know the poem by heart. It's one of those treasured snippets I carry around with me in the back pocket of my mind. This weekend, I had a different poem echoing and reverberating. Do you know Jenny Kissed Me? For some reason, I rolled those words around all weekend long.
But back to work. I'll be in touch shortly with those of you who want to be part of a Never Say Never tour. And I'll do whatever else it is I'm supposed to do as soon as I figure out which way is up.
April 13, 2014
I love Die Hard. I can hear Bruce Willis say this line in my head. Why? Because I know the movie by heart. So when I interviewed Sommer Marsden yesterday, and I mentioned a "fill-in-the-blanks question"—I heard Alan Rickman's voice. And then I asked you all to guess the movie. And hell, you did! A message-in-a-bottle moment to see so many other Die Harders out there! (Die Hardians? Die Hardites?)
I now want/need a whole slew of shirts from Red Bubble. Because damn.
So for all of you who commented, I have one of these pencils. (If you ever buy from The Carbon Crusader, tell her where you saw her work. I am in love with her wit, her charm, and her pencils. And when I recently placed an order, the pencils shipped on the same day and arrived two days later.) Just drop me a note with your snail mail address, and I'll hook you up. (I'm at msalisontyler at yahoo dot com.)
For the rest of the day, I'm going to be sending out payment for Never Say Never and compiling contributor copy information for Cleis Press. And then I'm going to be attempting to put together a blog tour for the book. If you'd like to be part of the tour—as a writer in the book or as a reviewer or reader—please drop a note to msalisontyler at yahoo dot com!
When I've finished all that, I've got a reward planned... Yeah. Die Hard and I, we have a date on the sofa. There will be licorice. And champagne. And possible nudity.
April 12, 2014
Sommer Marsden is my best friend I've never met. In honor of her new novel, Lost In You, I decided to create questions for each letter in the title. (Like you do.) Some of the queries deal specifically with the novel and some focus more on Sommer, herself—because hey, I'm nosy!
‘If that’s what I meant, Clover, the act of me climbing into it would cause it to burst into flames.’ He winked at me and again I had that feeling as if we shared some secret joke.
Lost In You can be yours for $3.79. No joke. That is less than, well, almost anything. Less than a cup of gourmet coffee. Less than a pair of socks. Less than a Lost In Space Robot (though, he is pretty cool).
P.S. I'll post the comments at the end of the day so everyone has a fair chance to guess.
April 11, 2014
In the midst of writing a series of utterly filthy stories, I got an idea for (wait for it) an utterly filthy story. To my supreme delight, the idea spread itself out into a novelette—the sequel to Those Girls. I've kind of been waiting for this one. I love my character, Sandy, in Those Girls. He's a dreamy bisexual dom who makes me sit up straighter as I write him.
Annabeth Leong said: "It was nice to be in the head of a dominant male who's a character not a caricature, catching glimpses of his vulnerabilities, assumptions, desires..."
Jade A. Waters said: "Those Girls is true Alison Tyler style: rich characters, wild sex scenes, and a great big dose of incredibly sexy BDSM flair.
Crystal said: As I told Alison on Twitter, I can't help but love a submissive whose safe word is misogynist."
I have a little behind-the-scenes information about Those Girls here.
And I'm so grateful that Go Deeper let me write from the POV of a male dom. I can't tell you how liberating that is. Not to have to flip the story and write from the sub. Not to have to step back and write about the people in my head. Not to have to force him to be purely hetero. But to be one, to be him, to see what he sees. Years ago, I started a femme/domme novel. At the time, I was told there was no market for the book, that I couldn't put my "brand" on a novel with a sub male/Dominant heroine.
What a relief that times have changed!
April 10, 2014
That was a question I was asked recently in an interview. My initial, smart-ass internal response was, "Oh, god! Please don't tell him! Shhhh. He thinks I work for Gourmet!"
But of course I said he's both supportive and inspiring. I wonder what the interviewer thought I would say. After having my soul shredded in an early demoralizing relationship, I decided never to do that again. I'd rather be alone than hook up with someone who didn't want to be with me. All of me. The me who gets up before dawn and writes dirty stories. The me who sees sex everywhere.
Speaking of never... (ha, five points for the fancy segue, yes?), Never Say Never is out early! I haven't seen the book yet, but it's already snagged a 5-star review:
"Alison Tyler is the go-to lady on sexual fantasies. If there's something you want to try, she will have written about it, read about it, or done it herself. I think it's this genuine fascination with sexual adventurousness that makes Never Say Never so fantastic. BRB - going to try some tips now!"
Authors, Cleis Press will have your copies soon, and I'll be in touch regarding payment. Readers, start your engines! I cannot wait to hear what you think of the new guide!
April 09, 2014
Every so often, Cleis Press offers Kindle books at a deep discount. And when I say "deep," I mean like Leviathan deep. (Oh, gosh. Has anyone done Leviathan sex? No, wait. Don't tell me.) Back to the smut on sale...
This month, you can buy any of the following for $1.99:
Love At First Sting
That is 88% off the cover price. Now, I promise you, there are no strings attached to this deal. But if you liked any of the books, and if you were in a generous frame of mind, please consider leaving a review for me on Amazon. Every little bit helps!
April 08, 2014
"You helped make me the porn writer I am today..."
This fell into my in box a little while back, and I kept the email as new because I was so moved. Xan West wrote an entire piece about writing erotica and working with me, and I am honestly speechless. Oh, wait. No. Here come some words...
As an editor, I do my best. That's really all I can say. I do my best to put together books of stories that are sexy, that are engaging, that hit the mark, paint the town red, stay up all night, drink too much scotch... oh, wait, I think I segued into a bio by accident. Or a description of my weekend.
But I do try. I try to work with new writers. I try to choose stories that push my own comfort zones. Xan West's writing stands out. The words are razor-sharp—all barbed wire and kerosine. The stories ring true. So thank you, Xan for the piece. It felt like a Valentine.
Speaking of ringing true (and of editing), I mentioned yesterday that I had tripped over one of my own worst sentences of all time. In case you missed that, here's a redux. The short set-up: I was writing a scene in which a woman was sucking one guy and fucking another. (Like you do.) I actually wrote the following:
I came so hard, I pulled off Raymond's dick.
Now, I edit a lot of smut. And things are always getting ripped off, detached, and torn away in the heat of the moment. But hell. I never want to pull anyone's dick off.
Care to share your own best of the worst?
P.S. If you want to read one of Xan's stories, check out "Nervous Boy" in Love at First Sting.
April 07, 2014
This book not only pulled me in but had me glued to my seat...
Oh, yes. This is the review I want to look at on Monday mornings. In fact, every Monday morning, I am going to read this review. Well, at least for the next few.
Samantha tells her story...taking me right along with her for the ride...and I do not want to get off just yet.
In preparation for the release of Wrapped Around Your Finger, I'm trying to drum up a few more reviews for the second novel. So if you read The Delicious Torment and liked it, please consider writing me a love note on Amazon.
For a Q&A about the book, please visit Geeky Nymph.
And hey—have a happy Monday!
April 06, 2014
I just learned this term a few days ago. (Thanks, Darius.) I'm so bad with acronyms. (God, it's an acronym, right? Like SCUBA. It's not an anagram. Holy hell.) Anyway, I'm 96.2% done with my new kink book. And I think the kink bled into my dreams.
See, last night, I dreamed I was married to a kinky man. (No big surprise there. Right? I could have just looked over in bed.) But this kinky man had a different type of kink streak. He kept making me do math. In fact, I remember one problem. It was 9s = 6s. Please don't judge me, but in my dream I cross multiplied. So I had 54 = s squared. Then I tried 9s - 6s = 0
When I woke up, the real kinky husband solved the problem for me. (With no hesitation.)
In the dream, I kept being punished for not being able to do the math. I think this was far more of a nightmare than a sex dream, although the sex was, in fact, sublime. And often based in San Francisco—perhaps because I'm so enamored by Violet Blue's candid shots of the city.
Back to YKIOK. I learned that this means Your Kink Is OK. Which is great. I have to remind myself this when I edit, because I never to put together a collection of only my *own* kink. I guess you would call that THE BIG BOOK OF ALISON TYLER'S OWN PERSONAL KINK. And there'd be a fuckload of spankings, handcuffs, punishment, discipline, gangbangs, oh, but I digress. If I focused solely on what turns me on, I might leave out fetishes that work for others. Soooo I try to hit all the marks. To flick every on switch. To turn the heat to high.
Now I am going to slide over to a different project before giving the book one last major read. This anthology contains 69 stories and equals 80,000+ words written by 40+ authors.
P.S. And then I bought myself this shirt as a reward.
April 05, 2014
More than six years ago, I brewed up an anthology called Sex & Coffee. The book was going to be part of my "erotic vice" series. Then we were no longer able to hold onto our warehouse, and I got sidetracked.
But a conversation online yesterday poured a brand-new stream of interest into my cup. Hope to have more information shortly. I collected stories for this anthology, but I need to check back with all the writers—and I also will probably need to round out the book with new pieces.
So stay tuned. And pour yourself a cup of joe while you wait!
April 02, 2014
Don't you love when someone gets you? Like understands exactly the type of joke that rings a laugh from your lips or the whispered suggestion that sits you up straighter in your chair? Or the email subject header that makes you click immediately to see what treasures await... Cora Zane sent me this one: Never Say Never... The Lipstick.
She said: "I was browsing lipsticks online (since IMO cool weather is officially lipstick ordering weather) and discovered there is/was/exists a Never Say Never lip pencil from NARS. It's not red, it is is the title of your sexy-smexy guide, so I instantly thought of you."
Look at that. I instantly thought of me, too!
The book is available on April 15th and I'm over-the-moon. Truth be told, I'm out of my comfort zone when writing guides. That's why I (think I) invented the format for Never Have the Same Sex Twice, which is part non-fiction and part short stories, erotic snippets, and quotes/confessions.
Some reviewers have complained that the style is not what they're looking for ("I was expecting guidelines... a list of do's and don'ts...") However, I have received more positive mail for this title than for any other. Check out this letter I was sent back in 2008. I cannot tell you how good that made me feel.
If you'd like to review the new guide, please drop a note to msalisontyler at yahoo dot com. And don't forget to check out Cora Zane on Goodreads!