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For those of you who read M/F too

I've been making some of my existing short stories available in new formats lately, and I decided that my readers wouldn't be too terribly confused if I decided to publish an m/f story, and that probably some occasionally read both m/m and m/f. And mostly I just always loved this story, because it's dark and funny and weird. It originally appeared in the Mammoth Book of the Kama Sutra.

The Serpent in the Garden
Shirina has been studying an arcane scroll scrawled with tinctures and potions, and she’s well on her way to becoming a master poisoner.

Too bad her brother Dharmesh won’t accompany her to the marketplace so she can obtain the final ingredients. He says there’s a rapist prowling the village, and he won’t tempt fate by parading his young unmarried sister around town. So he goes himself—and leaves her behind. Alone. At the mercy of anyone who just might happen to drop by.

Available at Smashwords.com in PDF, epub, mobi, lrf, pdb, and online reading. Also available through Amazon for Kindle.


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Jul. 11th, 2009 07:54 pm (UTC)
Not what I normally read but since you wrote it I know it will be good. Runs off to get it...
Jul. 11th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Hope you enjoy it!
Jul. 11th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I got it and starlight and Kindred Spirits as well - how did I miss those two?
Hope to read them soon :o)
Jul. 11th, 2009 08:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, that's even better. My insidious plan to link to the page where ALL the new stuff shows is panning out :D

I suppose I had a realization that the more places my stuff was for sale, the more chance readers would see it and buy it on a whim. I know I do that when I'm shopping at Rifftracks. I always see if there are any .99 shorts I can treat myself to.

Those stories were only on my lulu.com store before.
Jul. 11th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
It's a great plan! I wonder how I missed them, I bought something from lulu before - Thaw maybe?
Jul. 12th, 2009 12:05 am (UTC)
And then there are those people like me, who read m/m, m/f, and sometimes f/f. But I'm kinda queer that way.

More to the point, I think it's great that you're making your stories available in a number of places. Much more chance for people to see them.

Jul. 12th, 2009 12:21 am (UTC)
I used to be hesitant to put my stories on various sites because of the amount of royalties they keep, Amazon being the worst at 65%, but then I figured that if I release things on JCP Books first and upload them to other places a few months later, the bulk of business will deal directly with me. That's what other epublishers do.

I had some other m/f and one small series of f/f stories, but they really don't have the flavor of strangeness that I think makes my stuff unique, so I don't think I'll ever release them -- unless I sell them to Hustler or some place like that!
Jul. 13th, 2009 04:00 am (UTC)
There's a fascinating discussion going on at the blog "The Naughty Bits" (www.teddypig.com) about the difference between f/f romance and lesbian romance. I was just stunned by the number of straight women who were saying they read f/f romance. I didn't know there really was a distinction between that and lesbian romance. I meant that I read lesbian romance sometimes, though I get impatient if it gets too "anvilicious" with the politics or far more into the meaningful conversation than acting on the physical attraction. I didn't know there was an alternative that didn't get so into the politics -- so I learned something new.
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