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'09 Authors Insider Tips

Everything About Epublishing
by Angela James
Digital Publishing & Print
Common Myths of Epublishing
Ebook Formats and Devices

by Louisa Burton
Compelling Characters
Point of View, Part I
Point of View, Part II
Learning to Love Conflict
Story Structure
Keep ‘em Guessing
Keep it Simple
Keep Your Writing Real
The Importance of Pacing

Literary Streetwalker
by M. Christian
New World of Publishing
To Blog Or Not To Blog
Meeting & Making Friends
Thinking Beyond Sex
Selling Books
Walking the Line
e-book, e-publisher, e-fun
Still More E-book Fun

Shameless Self-Promotion
by Donna George Storey
Our Journey Begins
Pitches and Bios
Websites, Blogs & Readers
Publicists, Press Kits and...
Viva the Internet
Adventures in Cyberspace
Promoting In the Flesh
Make Your Own Movie
Bigger is Better
Looking Back, Planning Ahead

Two Girls Kissing
by Amie M. Evans
Questions to Ask Yourself...
Tough All Over

The Write Stuff
by Ashley Lister
Practice Makes Prefect
5 Books for Fiction Authors
Poetry In Motions
Six Serving Men
Ashley Lister is Anal
Stealing Ideas
Celebrating Poetry

2009 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister

Cooking Up A Storey
by Donna George Storey
A Year of Living Shamelessly
Adultery, Exhibitionism ...
John Updike Made Me Do It ...
Story Soup: Forbidden ...
Lessons from Amazon
Naked Lunches ...
Erotic Alchemy
Secrets of Seduction
Are You a “Real” Writer?
Don’t Fondle My Sentence

Cracking Foxy
with Robert Buckley
The Passionate Taphophile
Havens on Earth
A Knight Without Armor
Magic Carpet Rides
Getting Hammered
Keep It Quiet
Hang Around for a Spell

Get All Worked Up
with J.T. Benjamin
Worked Up About Why
Worked Up About Why, Part II
All Worked Up About Porn
The Catholic Church
Purity Movement
The National Crisis
The Future
About Homosexuality
Public Indiscretions

Pondering Porn
with Ann Regentin
Premature Ejaculation
Auctioning Off What?

Sex Is All Metaphors
by Jean Roberta
Who's Who Around the Table
Ritual Sex
Mixed Legacy
The Spectrum of Consent
Drawing the Line
Marriage without the Hype
The Distracting Smirk
Innocent Guns
Gardens of Earthly Delights

Provocative Interviews

Between the Lines
with Ashley Lister
Anneke Jacob
D L King
Kristina Lloyd
Lisabet Sarai
Mitzi Szereto
Portia Da Costa
Shanna Germain
Sommer Marsden
Susan DiPlacido

Guest Appearances

Marketing a Self-Published Novel
by Jeanne Ainslie

The Melinoe Project

by D.L. King

Book Review by Lisabet Sarai


Melinoe Project

The Melinoe Institute is a scientific organization staffed by a coterie of brilliant, powerful women and dedicated to the study of male sexual response. When Ray Reynolds, office temp and amateur fetish photographer, agrees in return for a handsome stipend to serve as a subject in the Institute's latest research endeavor, he embarks on a sexual odyssey that will change his life forever. By signing the contract and the multiple release forms (which promise “no permanent damage” but authorize the Institute to perform “any necessary emergency procedures”), Ray enters a world of female dominance that veers wildly between his fondest dreams and his most terrible nightmares.

D.L. King's The Melinoe Project is brilliantly executed, hard-core femdom fantasy. During his twenty-four hours as a Melinoe guinea pig, Ray endures every sort of stimulation imaginable, as well as some that no reader will have imagined before tackling this novel. Even before the project begins, Ray becomes a sexual object, as Melinoe staff gather an exhaustive set of anthropometric data. They measure and record the length of his erect nipples and his penis, the shape, depth and capacity of his rectal cavity, the volume of sperm in a typical ejaculation. Ray knows that he is attracted to women who use him and give him orders, but the women of Melinoe push him to his limits and far beyond.  

The clinical detachment of the Melinoe researchers is a façade. They are devoted to their work, but they also enjoy it. Ray turns out to be a remarkably durable and sensitive subject. Each member the Melinoe staff wants a chance indulge her special talents and explore Ray's reactions. There's Donna, for example, the expert in electro-stimulation, and the fearsome Susan, who can carve her initials in your back with her bull whip. Then there's Sunny, the grad student recruited to Melinoe after the director happened to read the younger woman's thesis on the psychology of female dominance, who finds herself strongly attracted to the robust and pliant subject.

Ms. King's creative and kinky mind invents all sorts of technological devices that can be applied to tease and torture a submissive: micro-electrodes that can be inserted anywhere, including the anus and the urethra; a lab table of flexible, conformable lucite that can be programmed to assume any shape or enforce any type of bondage; a wheel-chair with a built-in, electrified butt plug. The novel is steeped in pseudo-scientific detail that makes the fantasy more vivid. The no-nonsense manner of the Melinoe staff throws Ray's visceral experiences into strong relief.

Although The Melinoe Project portrays some of the most extreme fem-dom scenes I've read, it nevertheless offers a responsible and enlightened view of the relationship between a Domme and her submissive. There is no abuse here. Ray eagerly consents to participate in the project, and the Melinoe staff, even when whipping, shocking or burning the poor man with melted wax, never lose their concern for his long-term health and well-being. His compliance and endurance earn their respect. The occasional humiliation that they inflict is intended to arouse him, not to belittle him.

Exploring and transcending limits is an essential aspect of submitting to a dominant. The women of Melinoe understand this. As Sunny says to Ray, while he is recovering from his ordeal: 

There will be times when I may require things from you that you that you're not sure you can give. Ray, you know I care a great deal for you and I want you to believe that I would never ask anything of you which I don't believe you to be capable of doing.

Dominant and submissive are partners in a quest for mutual pleasure and fulfillment. Even when the slightly mad scientists of the Melinoe Institute are doing their worst, they never forget this truth.

Lisabet Sarai
August 2009

The Melinoe Project by D.L. King
(CreateSpace, May 24, 2009; ISBN 144213691X)
Available at Amazon

© 2009 Lisabet Sarai. All rights reserved. Content may not be copied or used in whole or part without written permission from the author.

About the Author: Lisabet Sarai has been writing ever since she learned how to hold a pencil. She is the author of three erotic novels, Raw Silk, Incognito, and Ruby's Rules; co-editor, with S.F. Mayfair, of the anthology Sacred Exchange (Blue Moon); and editor of Cream, the Best of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association.
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'09 Movie Reviews

Blame It On Savanna
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Cry Wolf
Review by Spooky

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Heaven or Hell
Review by Oranje

House of Wicked
Review by Diesel

The Office: An XXX Parody
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This Ain't The Partridge Family
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'09 Book Reviews


A Slip of the Lip (ebook)
Review by Jean Roberta

Best Women's Erotica '09
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Bottoms Up
Review by Ashley Lister

Enchanted Again
Review by Victoria Blisse

Review by Kathleen Bradean

Girls on Top
Review by Ashley Lister

In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed
Review by Ashley Lister

Libidacoria (Poetry)
Review by Ashley Lister

Licks & Promises
Review by Ashley Lister

Like a Thorn (ebook)
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The Mile High Club
Review by Ashley Lister

Nexus Confessions: Vol 5
Review by Victoria Blisse

Nexus Confessions 6
Review by Victoria Blisse

Oysters & Chocolate
Review by Kristina Wright

Playing with Fire
Review by Ashley Lister

Sexy Little Numbers Vol 1
Review by Ashley Lister

Up for Grabs
Review by Lisabet Sarai


A 21st Century Courtesan
Review by Donna G. Storey

The Ages of Lulu
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Amanda’s Young Men
Review by Kristina Wright

As She's Told
Review by Ashley Lister

Bedding Down
Review by Victoria Blisse

Review by Ashley Lister

Brushes & Painted Dolls
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Cassandras Chateau
Review by Ashley Lister

The Edge of Impropriety
Review by Kristina Wright

Review by Kathleen Bradean

Free Pass
Review by Ashley Lister

The Gift of Shame
Review by Victoria Blisse

Kiss It Better
Review by Ashley Lister

The Melinoe Project
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Mortal Engines & The ...
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The New Rakes
Review by Ashley Lister

Ninety Days of Genevieve
Review by Victoria Blisse

Obsession: An Erotic Tale
Review by Kristina Wright

Sarah's Education
Review by Ashley Lister

Seduce Me
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Lesbian Erotica

Lesbian Cowboys
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Night's Kiss
Review by Jean Roberta

Where the Girls Are
Review by Jean Roberta

Gay Erotica

Animal Attraction 2
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Boys in Heat
Review by Vincent Diamond

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The Low Road
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Personal Demons
Review by Jean Roberta

Ready to Serve
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The Secret Tunnel
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Review by Kathleen Bradean

Review by Vincent Diamond


Best Sex Writing '09
Review by Kristina Wright

The Big Penis Book
Review by Rob Hardy

Erotic Encounters
Review by Rob Hardy

The Forbidden Apple
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Hollywood’s Censor
Review by Rob Hardy

Lady in Red
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Licentious Gotham: Erotic...
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Live Nude Elf
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Live Nude Girl
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The Other Side of Desire
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Scripts 4 Play
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