Monday, September 12, 2011

Now In Print- The Hand He Dealt Tanith Davenport Guest Blog

Today my debut novel comes out in print, after being published in eBook form in June.

Being published was a lifelong dream for me, and as far as I’m concerned that dream was fulfilled in June. However, there’s always been a small part of me that longed for a physical copy, one that I could just hold and gaze at and know that it was mine.

And I don’t think I’m alone in that. I’ve spoken to a lot of writers who prefer to be in print, with or without the eBook as well.

The eBook market is growing all the time. I don’t know many people with an eBook reader yet, but I love my Kindle and buying eBooks is, frankly, addictive. Download it now or wait three days for delivery… yup, I can see the benefits. And for erotica writers like me, the fact that stories of different lengths can be published electronically is a great asset. I grew up assuming that only novel-length would be published in any format, but the electronic market for erotic short stories, alone or in anthologies, means that we can work on and publish multiple pieces while we finish our longer works. What’s not to love?

But then there’s the other side.

I looked into joining various authors’ societies after I was offered my contract and found that many don’t accept e-published writers, or only allow them a minimal level of membership. Awards? Well, they exist, but again a substantial number are closed to me without a print release.

The first thing one woman said to me on hearing that I was being published electronically was “Oh, you’re publishing it yourself then.” Um, no, but apparently to some e-publishing automatically means “vanity press”. And then people hear I write erotica, and AGH! I’m being called a “slut” who writes “junk” by people who don’t think I’m properly published.

Well, I was. And still am.

I’m thrilled to be in print, and will be spending a long time staring in awe at my book. But I’ll never stop being happy about being e-published.

The Hand He Dealt

by Tanith Davenport

ISBN: 978-0-85715-570-2

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Publisher: Total-e-Bound

Book Description:

Astra Scott likes to live life to the full. A sorority girl and Gaming Management student, she spends her days studying and practicing guitar, and her nights partying or working at the Fountain Casino, where she has an internship as part of her final semester. The only blot on her landscape is Ash Drake, her best friend Sasha’s boyfriend. Arrogant, physical and blond, Ash has never forgiven Astra for her rejection months earlier and enjoys annoying her at every turn.

But when Astra’s boyfriend Harry reveals a shocking secret, Astra responds in the only way she can think of: by finding a way to take on a more attractive, masculine role in the relationship. Her experimentation with sex toys finds a surprising outlet in Sasha, but when Ash discovers their secret and wants to get involved, Astra finds herself torn between dislike and desire… and as their undercover relationship grows, Astra finds herself falling in love, a path she feels can only end in heartbreak.

For Ash may be the only man whose own fantasies are a match for hers, but can she knowingly steal his affections from her best friend?


Two hours later, and Astra stood in front of her bedroom mirror, holding in one hand the toy she had bought from Amy’s Delights.

Rubber underwear was laced through her fingers, a small plastic remote control dangling below on the end of a long cord. And attached to the front—


It was a strap-on.

It was a strap-on dildo.

And it was purple.

A purple length of shiny plastic. A perfect simulacrum of a veined, circumcised penis, five inches long and of a thickness Astra considered average, just the right width to wrap a hand around.

She stared at her reflection for a long time, contemplating the dildo, before slowly drawing it back towards her body, holding it against her stomach.


One foot through the straps, two feet…rubber caught against denim-clad legs, but after a moment’s struggle the strap-on dildo was in place, and Astra’s image stood in front of her, the purple dick jutting out in front like the hilt of a sword.

Slowly she rotated her hips, watching the dildo glide from side to side, before stopping abruptly with a giggle.

Shit. It looks like a fucking light sabre.

Watching herself in the mirror, she closed one hand around its length, giving it a tentative stroke.

Nothing. Unsurprisingly.

She tried it again, this time holding the remote control and flicking the switch. A sudden buzzing, accompanied by a muted vibration through her jeans, made her jolt sharply.


Flipping the switch again, she rocked her hips slowly, her eyes glazing. In her mind formed a picture of Harry’s smooth back and bare buttocks, thighs parting to receive her, Harry’s voice gasping, begging for more, more, please, more…


The switch snapped off.

Astra eyed herself coolly, squaring her shoulders, her legs automatically widening into a masculine stance.


Blaze McRob said...

I agree completely with your take on having print as well as ebooks. The ebooks do allow for a lot more opportunity for shorts and such, but most writers want to feel that book in their hands.

As for being a slut because of your preferred genre: pure nonsense! My lady writes erotica and is the sweetest lady on the planet.

Your little teaser shows the talent you have! Great job!


Tanith Davenport said...

Thanks, Blaze! I suppose I shouldn't be surprised at the opinion some people have, but it's good to know not everyone holds it. It did surprise me that the ebook market had become so popular and yet still had so many restrictions, but these things do take time.

And I'm glad you liked the excerpt!