I’m “TAKEN” with Selena Kitt’s New Book


Did you read Elizabeth Shore’s post yesterday about f/f pulp novels?  It was interesting to think about the lesser sales of f/f titles, vs. the better selling f/f/m titles.  I said in the comments section that I thought the numbers expressed the difference between the committed vs. the curious. ;>

Trolling around the internet later on that day, I found out about TAKEN, Selena Kitt’s latest work, on another blog that posts Sexy Snippets every week.  The post about Selena Kitt was by Sandra Bunino (who seems cool) and includes an excerpt.

I think I liked the excerpt.  I like the cover.

A little more explicit than I usually go for, (people, I hate thongs) but look, she’s tastefully kissing the other woman’s taut stomach.  (Yet we know where those lips are going).  Meanwhile, the hot guy in the background watches with a respectful, yet yearning expression.

Here’s an excerpt that I found on Excessia’s website:

Lizzy’s friendship with her older boss, Sarah, turns into something deeper and much more exciting one rainy day after work, and Lizzy finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed. Sarah has a dominant streak, and as she leads Lizzy into the role of a submissive, the two women become closer than they ever thought possible. But while Sarah, hurt too many times, wears a ring, and tells guys she’s “taken,” Lizzy knows she secretly longs for a man. Determined to find one for them both to share, Lizzy is just about to give up when a dark, handsome, virile answer shows up right under her nose. Lizzy may think she and Sarah are going to seduce David–but she underestimates their handsome co-worker, and David turns the tables on them both. But will he be able to tame the untameable Sarah?

(What is Excessia? Well, it’s a publishing company that Selena Kitt herself runs.)

So that sounds like a GREAT plot– doesn’t it? Oh — and Selena Kitt has two free reads here.

When I was looking up Selena Kitt I liked her “about” page.  She says: “I like to stretch conventional boundaries, whether it’s with style or content, and my work often has some sort of edge or a deeper message. If you’re looking for the formulaic, you might want to look elsewhere, but if you want the different, the unique and even the thoughtful in your erotica, you’ve found the right kitten! 

Thumb’s up to that.

On the other hand, I want to sound out a warning to the Women Who Exclaim ‘Ish’ Frequently.  (WWEIF’s).  looking through her long, long, long backlist, there seemed to titles that indicated plots about babysitters, and some “Daddy” titles.  (Ish ish ish! Double ish.)

I wring my hands.  On one hand I haven’t read them!–so who am I to judge? On the other hand, but I’m still a little bit grossed out by one of the blurbs I read.  Do her ‘eco-romance’ titles and other more ‘woman-friendly’ counter-balance this? Mebbe.

Anyway: Taken.  Check it out & you decide. 🙂

xo,

Madeline

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4 Comments

  • elizabethshore
    September 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    I think I like the cover, too. In fact, I’m sure I do. I think it’s got the right amount of heat and the right amount of taste to keep it above ranchy stage. But I’m with you on the thong!

  • madelineiva
    September 28, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    Another thong hater! Oh, this makes me so happy. Yeah, I really like a good cover that’s pretty explicit, but ideally is pretty tasteful. I’m glad you like this one, I was on the fence about it.

  • Selena Kitt
    September 28, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    I’m not a thong-love either. Thank Amazon. They label covers with naked butts as “adult” and then exclude them from their main search engines, so we have to cover up the goodies with thongs if we want them to show up in searches.

    LMK what you think of Taken. People hate the ambiguous way it ends, I’m afraid. No one gets a clear HEA. I’ve got lots of FFM stuff (Babysitting the Baumgartners and that series has tons of it) and I’m far more of a FFM girl than I am a FMM girl – even though FMM is quite (more) popular. And I have a new “girls only” series as well. All girls, no guys. 🙂 But this “ish” factor is there in a lot of what I write. Even in Taken, Lizzy is younger than Sarah. I write a lot of coming-of-age, sexual awakening sort of tales. And yes, I write incest too. When I said I push the boundaries – I meant it. 🙂 If it squicks you out, don’t read it. That’s what’s great about fantasy – it’s fantasy. Everyone has a different one. But trust me when I say that none of the stuff I write is anti-female or anti-feminine. I’m sure someone somewhere could interpret it that way somehow… but it was never, ever my intention.

    • madelineiva
      September 28, 2012 at 7:37 pm

      Dear Selena —

      I hear what you’re saying about f/m/m being more popular –but I myself like the idea of f/f/m, so it’s nice to see stuff out there. Maybe people are just thinking of the stereotype of two women worshipping one male? I think there’s some great erotic romance written by women that’s getting us out of that old box.

      And I really appreciate the rest of your reply as well. Whether people will like your work or not, you’re smart and articulate about what you do and what your intentions are. I always appreciate that, and I think our readers will appreciate having a choice. Thanks again! 🙂 Madeline

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