Stephanie is about ready for launch

Hello, my friends and fellow erotica lovers. The Spanking Misadventures of Stephanie is almost ready for publication by Clarion Press. I have finished the second round of edits sent to me by the editor and publisher, Ina Morata, and the next step is a proof-reading copy formatted for ebook.

During this process, I realized that writing flash fiction for my spanking blog, is much different than writing polished prose for publication. The entire 21-episode weekly run of Stephanie posts, totaled 25,500 words. As of this point, the current novella draft is up to 34,123, an increase of 8,623 words. Why the difference?

My flash fiction is normally either heavy on dialogue, or rich in narrative; but not both. I also tend to skimp on physical descriptions of characters and places. It’s difficult to squeeze a story into a set limit if you are flinging prose around with the literary equivalent of a paintbrush. By its very nature, flash fiction has to be streamlined with most of the descriptors implied.

Another serial I am currently posting, Kismet of Submission, is slightly more detailed, primarily because after only two episodes, I decided to turn it into a full-length novel of 100,000 words. Even so, limiting myself to 1,100 word weekly episodes, means that simply rewriting from the beginning, I can add thousands of words by fluffing up the prose.

Speaking of fluffing, below is a snippet of Stephanie to begin your weekend with something to savor.

Hope you enjoyed this update and see you for my next post, or get your daily spanking, at Spank Me Hard… Please?.

Byron Cane

A small ‘taste’ of things to come.

Stephanie’s Big Cover Reveal

Pity poor Stephanie: twenty-five years old and still spanked daily. She was intelligent, a college graduate with honors, articulate, a fashionista with a good job and an all-round delightful person with never a cross word and always a genuine smile for everyone. It was to her misfortune that she also exuded an innocent sensual charm, leading both men and women to have one uppermost thought in their minds: spanking Stephanie’s spectacular and epic rounded bottom. It was not her fault; genetics had blessed her with both the ideal rear end and a delightful bewildered submissiveness. It simply never occurred to her to challenge her discipline. If someone needed to spank her, well, obviously she was guilty of some offense and thus deserved to be spanked.

This begins the misadventures of Stephanie.

Synopsis:

The Spanking Misadventures of Stephanie, began as a modern updated tribute to The Perils of Pauline. It is a slightly satirical send up of both the contemporary spanking scene, and popular culture’s fascination with kink through the guise of both D/s and D/D. The novella is meant to be funny, corny, sprinkled with numerous touchstones and sly wordplay, while simultaneously weaving a constant serious spanking story line that turns romantic and erotic with a HEA ending.

The first part of the novella details the spankings Stephanie receives in various settings by her neighbors and boss. These are not always graphically described, but are rather the result of Stephanie’s hapless bumbling into situations requiring discipline. A third of the way through the novella, she meets Ross at a restaurant party hosted by her boss. The sparks (and spanks) fly between them, and Ross finds himself scrambling to keep up with the vivacious and mischievous Stephanie. Before the week is out, through both discipline and erotic spankings, they fall deeply in love with each other, and Ross’ firm hand. Each chapter builds upon the previous story line as various supporting characters reveal their own kinky backgrounds. In the end, everyone is satisfied, and Ross sexually claims Stephanie for his own.

For more information, please go to Clarian Press and subscribe to receive updates. This page will take you to Stephanie where she will be hanging around for the next six weeks waiting to be published. There is also this post with more information about the cover, and this one from the CEO of Clarian Press herself, Ina Morata who has been burning the midnight oil prepping for Stephanie’s launch.

I am very excited about this forthcoming book, not the least of which will be the option of purchasing a print copy along with an ebook. There will be many more novellas and even novels in 2018 through Clarian Press, and I am so happy to share them with all my loyal readers. Without your patronage, I wouldn’t be as motivated to write spanking and erotic fiction.

Thank you, and good reading.
Byron Cane

Why do I write about spanking?

Happy October! The time of year when Halloween merchandise is everywhere—except when subsumed by the avalanche of cheap Christmas imports. *Sigh*

I am working now—at a paying job, since writing hasn’t paid off, yet—and after two years at home, it’s an adjustment for both of us. Speaking of writing though, I recently signed two contracts for publishing my work. I’ve mentioned both before, and I don’t have specific publication dates or cover designs yet, but when I do I will plastering that information all over my blogs.

The first contract is for my short story, Ghosting past Emily, part of the Corrupted Anthology from Sexy Little Pages. I have submitted stories for other anthologies, but this is the only story that’s been accepted.

The second contract is for the novella, The Spanking Misadventures of Stephanie, with Clarian Press.

Readers who were with me last year know that Stephanie was the star of Wicked Wednesday for four months. I pulled the posts down at the end of the year, and turned the weekly episodes into a novella anticipating that I would submit the polished work to publishers. I did so, but the first two I sent the novella to rejected poor Stephanie. This link is to the page at Clarian Press for Stephanie. The tentative publication date for Stephanie is November, 2017.

Which turned out to be a good thing: I’d rather work with Clarian Press. In the future, there will more works of mine published through Clarian Press, including in 2018, my BDSM LGBTQ novel called Breaking Grace. You may have noticed that all the short stories in prior Spanking Newsletters have been deleted. That’s because I’m putting together a collection of spanking stories for a novella length publication.

So, why do I write about spanking? Where did my interest come from?

It may surprise you, but I have no recollection of an exact date when spanking became the erotic focus of my life. I do know it was B.I. [Before Internet] when the local newsstand served as the purveyor of all things naughty stashed beneath the counter. Eventually those skin mags came out into the light, and for a brief moment, enjoyed the spotlight of fame and notoriety that only mainstream media could bestow. Them came A.A. [After Amazon] and everything changed.

Until 2006, I didn’t write anything, short story, poem or longer fiction, that featured spanking. I never considered the possibility of writing for publication, I think because I’ve read so extensively my entire life, that I didn’t consider my thoughts worthy of posterity. It wasn’t until commentators on my first blog expressed unwavering belief in my talent, that I slowly began the process of taking fantasies from my mind and putting them on ‘paper’; until self-publishing my first novel in 2007.

For me personally, spanking plays on outsize role in my writing, because I ‘see’ it in every story I write. It’s not that I start with a spanking scenario, and then wedge fictional prose around the action; I incorporate spanking into everyday situations as a natural consequence of the characters’ relationship. To me, both in my personal life and professional fiction, spanking feels right in any social setting. My fondest dream is that the handshake and fist bump, will be replaced with a sharp smack on the butt whenever people meet.

It wasn’t until July 2016 when I brushed the cobwebs off my spanking blog and decided to buckle down and finish Breaking Grace. In the process I started posting again and met the most wonderful people. Through comments and emails my love of spanking took on a new perspective: D/s. Every post, every comment, brought new insight and allowed my imagination to create settings and characters that readers enjoy. It’s been an absolute pleasure to have so many followers and friends. What more can I say? I lurv spanking.

Hope you enjoyed this newsletter and see you next month here, or get your daily spanking, at Spank Me Hard… Please?.

Byron Cane