Saturday, August 3, 2013

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The Satisfaction Of Righting Wrongs By Elizabeth Black

There is nothing more satisfying to me than righting a wrong. I like revenge stories. I even enjoy a touch of schadenfreude now and then. Unlikeable, bad, and evil people don't necessarily get their comeuppance in real life. Criminals sometimes get away with their crimes, even violent crimes like rape and murder. Men and women but mostly children are torn apart in court when it comes to divorce, with only the lawyers and hired experts making out in the end. Far too many politicians high on power and greed take us all for a ride and they literally make out like bandits while the rest of us struggle to get by.

Sometimes you just want to see someone bad get theirs in the end. That's what's so appealing about fiction - there are characters you love to hate, and it's very satisfying to see them get a royal screwing over because they deserve it so much. Here's also what's so appealing about writing fiction - I get to serve my most hated characters' heads up on a silver platter. There's a common thought that you don't want to piss off a writer because she'll only kill you off in one of her books. This is sometimes true. I've done it, but I don't only kill off characters based on people I know. I shame them. Seduce them and then dump them. End the relationship on my terms and in a fashion I fancy. It's so much more fun to make such characters suffer. Letting them die gets them off the hook too early in my opinion. I'd rather see them beg me to let the agony end - and I won't do it. So satisfying.

When I do kill off characters, I like to do it in the most imaginative way possible. Think like Sun Tzu, who wrote "The Art Of War", an extremely influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy - let your enemy bring himself down based on his own weaknesses. For instance, Derp the ogre in my book "Trouble In Thigh High Boots" certainly gets his comeuppance in the end. If you recall from the fairy tale, Puss (in my book, the feline shapeshifter Tita) is told of an ogre that terrorizes the villagers. Tita has her eye on the ogre's castle and wealth, and she wants it for her master and creation, the Marquis of Carabas. She uses the ogre's own pride to drag him to his ruin. This excerpt shows how she accomplishes her goal.

Excerpt:

[Intro: Tita has dropped in on Herp, the ogre who terrorizes the local villagers. He lives in squalor in a castle. When Tita first sets foot in the castle, she runs into Herp's hounds, lead by Seolan. The hounds reluctantly guard Herp's wealth since he beats and starves them. Arrogance, pride, and stupidity are Herp's biggest defects, and she uses them against him. She lures him into shifting into a lion, but she tells him of someone whose shifting is much more majestic than his - a prince who can shift into a graceful 12-point buck. Herp, proud as ever even in his lion form, falls into her trap, as you can see here in this excerpt.]

With a laugh, she leaned her weight on one hip and gave him a coy smile. "Whilst your lion is indeed majestic, it's not the most majestic shifting I've ever seen. I know of one who has you beat by miles."
"Nonsense!" Herp sulked, and when she saw the downward curl of his mouth, she knew her insult hit home. She nailed him at his weakest point - his pride. When he spoke, she could have filled in his words for him. "No one in this kingdom can shift with more majesty than me! Who is this wretched creature you feel outdid me?"
"A prince in Hallows Castle, He is so beautiful he took my breath away."
"I know of that prince and I hear rumors he can shift, but no one is more majestic than I." A stormy expression flowed across his face, revealing once and for all that beneath the imposing feline features, there was nothing but a stupid, petty ogre. Tita would enjoy bringing him down.
"The prince shifts into a graceful twelve-point buck much more elegant than any seen on your land." She licked her lips in anticipation of what she knew was coming within moments. "I bet you can't compete with such beauty."
"I can top that easily, cat. Watch me." Herp reared up on his hind legs with a mighty roar. Tita backed up a few more steps when his fetid breath reached her nose. Muscular thighs transformed into lithe hind legs. Paws melded together into cloven hooves. Flesh rippled as muscles in the beast's back and shoulders lengthened and smoothed. The thick body drew in, growing sleek with delicate grace. The main of rich, tawny fur receded into the skull as the well-formed, rounded head elongated into the pointed snout of a stunning buck. Buds grew from the forehead like tree limbs and within moments extended and split into branches nearly four feet around, resulting in an impressive sixteen-point rack. Despite its beauty, the ogre could not hide the half-witted expression on his face even when he transformed into the dazzling creature. Tita stood fast, holding her breath, hoping Herp did not see her excitement. Once the ogre's change was complete, Tita called over her shoulder, the thrill of her game about to come to fruition.
"Now! He's yours, Seolan!"
In a flurry of fur, the five hounds rushed from their hiding places in the corridor and leaped upon the hapless Herp. Strong jaws tore at flesh and bone, ripping and rending until the stag lay before them, bloodied and raw. As Tita approached the carcass, the hounds parted to allow her access to their kill.
She enjoyed the taste of venison.

Blurb:

This isn't your mother's Puss In Boots.
This erotic version of Puss In Boots, "Trouble In Thigh High Boots" is a story packed with hot, sexy, body humping adult fairy tale erotica.
"Trouble in Thigh High Boots is a delightfully creative retelling of the Puss in Boots tale. It is a tale that has been told myriad times, but never in such a wonderfully imaginative way. The characters are enchanting, and the story flows beautifully. The love scenes are sizzling." -- Hitherandthee of Night Owl Reviews
WARNING: Tita isn't your run of the mill Puss In Boots. She's a cat shapeshifter who turns into a mouth-wateringly sexy human woman with a sex drive to match. This story includes M/F, F/F, M/F/M/F, light bondage, and lactation. This erotic fairy tale will get you hot in all the right places. Definitely for only 18 years and over.

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Elizabeth Black - Bio

Elizabeth Black writes erotica, erotic romance, and dark fantasy. She also enjoys writing retellings of classic fairy tales. Born and bred in Baltimore, she grew up under the influence of Edgar Allan Poe. Her erotic fiction has been published by Xcite Books (U. K.), Circlet Press, Ravenous Romance, Scarlet Magazine (U. K.), and other publishers. An accomplished essayist, she was the sex columnist for the pop culture e-zine nuts4chic (also U. K.). Her articles about sex, erotica, and relationships have appeared in Good Vibrations Magazine, Seduced Sex Toys, Alternet, CarnalNation, the Ms. Magazine Blog, Sexis Magazine, On The Issues, Sexy Mama Magazine, and Circlet blog. She also writes sex toys reviews for several sex toys companies.
In addition to writing, she has also worked as a gaffer (lighting), scenic artist, and make-up artist (including prosthetics) for movies, television, stage, and concerts. She worked as a gaffer for "Die Hard With A Vengeance" and "12 Monkeys". She did make-up, including prosthetics, for "Homicide: Life On The Street". She is especially proud of the gunshot wound to the head she had created with makeup for that particular episode. She also worked as a prosthetic makeup artist specializing in cyanotic blue, bruises, and buckets of blood for a test of Maryland's fire departments at the Baltimore/Washington International Airport plane crash simulation test. Yes, her jobs are fun.  ;)
She lives in Lovecraft country on the Massachusetts coast with her husband, son, and four cats. The ocean calls her every day, and she always listens. She has yet to run into Cthulhu.
Visit her web site at http://elizabethablack.blogspot.com/
Follow her at Twitter: http://twitter.com/ElizabethABlack

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