Summer Writing Projects

Posted By on July 5, 2014

I know, I know. You want to know WHEN the next book in the Marketplace series is coming out. I’m thrilled to announce that I’ve finally completed The Inheritor (Book Six), and sent it to my publisher, Circlet Press, for final edits and layout. Our hope is to have the book ready for the holiday season.  I’m just as excited and relieved as you are to have the novel wrapped up!

But that doesn’t mean I’m taking the summer off from writing.

I was honored to be chosen as the editor for the 2015 edition of “Best Lesbian Erotica,” and am finishing up the final selections from over 150 entries this year.  The book will be released on the first night of Hanukkah! (also known as “just in time for Christmas.”)

Also in time for the holidays will be “The Big Book of Domination,” a collection of hot erotica stories of women on top, edited by my friend and fellow author DL King, who asked me to write the forward to the volume.

Both “Best Lesbian Erotica” and “The Book Book of Domination” are published by Cleis Press, which also published “The Killer Wore Leather” last year.  I’m delighted to announce that Cleis has invited me to do a sequel to my award-winning mystery.  While my other projects are in their final editing and production processes, I’ll be returning to my detective team of Rachel Feldblum and Dominic DaCosta, as they investigate another murder in New York City’s lusty, unconventional, alternative lifestyle communities.

 

Summer Appearances in Atlanta, Denver, and DC

Posted By on June 4, 2014

From June 19-22, I’ll be in Atlanta to attend Southeast Leatherfest. The last time I was in Atlanta for a leather event was in the 1990′s, for the first-ever Master/slave conference. It was so inspiring, I dedicated “The Academy: Tales of the Marketplace” to the event.  I will have books with me for fans to purchase and get autographed.

I’ll be teaching three wildly different workshops: “Designing a Personal Protocol,” is a workshop for those in a power dynamic relationship seeking to find practical protocols that work in their lives. “So You Want to be a Trainer – Really??” will delve into the differences between Trainers and Owners, and how to tell the difference between someone who wants the experience of training and someone who wants to get into your pants for a few play sessions.  “That Ain’t Necessarily So: Lies, Exaggerations, and Other Silly Shit You Keep Hearing in The Scene” is my rant – err, “workshop” – that looks at the scene from my own admittedly twisted perspective.

In July, I’m headed to the fabulous “Thunder in the Mountains,” one of my favorite BDSM conferences. I’m teaching a fan favorite: Creative Disobedience: The Art of Being a Wiseass,” and  “Writing Erotica Professionally,” which will be the first time I’ve taught the class at this event.  And of course, I’ll have books available as well.

Over Labor Day Weekend, I’ll be in the Washington, DC area, attending the 14th annual Master/slave Conference.  I’m teaching a favorite in the Dominant/submissive community, “Service With A Smile: Tactics for Overcoming Obstacles in Being Your Best,” as well as “Whatever YOU Want: The Lifestyle of a Pleasure Slave,” which covers those things beyond sex that can bring pleasure to someone you are serving.  I’m also teaching a writing class, called “Unsafe Words: Exercises to Jazz Up Your Sex Writing.”  I’ll also be doing a book reading at this event, and have books available.

If you’d like me to visit YOUR area, visit my “Hire Laura” page for information re: my workshop rates. I do readings and book signings for free (although I need travel covered), but I also make free appearances via Skype for book clubs and smaller groups. Don’t hesitate: shoot me an email at Laura (at) Lantoniou (dot) com if you’re interested.

International Ms Leather, Here I Come!

Posted By on April 23, 2014

I’m headed to San Jose and San Francisco at the end of April, selling books, judging bootblacks, doing readings, and even running a weekend intensive!  If you’re in the Bay Area, let me know!

Thursday-Sunday, April 25-27 – International Ms Leather

I’m judging the bootblack portion of the International Ms Leather Contest. While I’m there, there’s an author reading/signing on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday, April 27 – Bawdy Storytelling at International Ms Leather

I’ll be joining the line-up for the Infamous Sex + Storytelling series that the LA Weekly calls “The Moth for Pervs.” Featuring Real People & Rockstars sharing their true stories of sexual adventure live onstage, Bawdy Storytelling aims to coax liberating tales out of everyday people to create unforgettable experiences for performers and audiences alike.

Tuesday, April 29th – Reading at Alchemy

Folsom Street’s newest play space, Alchemy, is hosting me for a reading and Q&A at 7 pm. Doors open at 6:30pm, and it’s a sliding scale suggested donation of $10-20.

Thursday, May 1st – Romantic Surrender at Kink.com

While I stay with my friends at Kink.com, I’ll be holding one of my “taste of BDSM” workshops. Entitled “Romantic Surrender: Adding Dominance and Submission to Your Sex Life,” this is a great introduction for people who want to incorporate dominance and submission to their relationship and or bedrooms. Learn to discuss fantasies, negotiate with flirts and smiles and test the waters of deliciously risky play. $30/50 couples, and you can register here.

Friday-Sunday, May 2-4 – Passionate Bonds

Midori and I are holding our internationally acclaimed weekend intensive at San Francisco’s Center for Sex and Culture. This weekend helps you and your partners create your own custom manual of effective protocol, rules, and expected etiquette to strengthen your dominant/submissive dynamic. Our unique curriculum ensures that you will have the tools for your relationship to be its best. There are only a few spots left, so register today.

If you’re in the Bay area, stop by and see me! I’ll have books to sell, and I’m always happy to sign copies you already own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Month of Passion, Leather, and Celebration

Posted By on March 30, 2014

I’ve been hard at work finishing up The Inheritor, Book Six of The Marketplace series, so I can be ready to go to International Ms Leather April 24-27.  The event will be held in San Jose this year, and the new producers have bribed me with the smell of leather and hot wax, so I’ve agreed to be one of the judges for the bootblack contest.

While I’m on the West Coast, I’ll also be co-teaching Passionate Bondswith Midori. This weekend intensive is designed for people who enjoy authentic power dynamics and D/s, who want to consciously create quality relationships that suit their personal hungers and needs in the context of the real world.

You can spend your money on a new pair of leather pants, or your time at a weekend conference watching dungeon play or fetish fashion. Or, you can make an investment in your relationships and values. If you are passionate about why you do this and want to know how to make your fantasy into reality, then this weekend is for you. Still not sure?  Listen to a podcast about the weekend here.

And of course, April also brings us the holiday of Passover, which begins the evening of April 14th. Over a decade ago, my wife and I wrote our own haggadah, the book used for the telling of the Passover story. Our Passover haggadah is called Avadim Hayeinu, a phrase from the Passover ritual that means “Once We Were Slaves.” Our haggadah focuses elements of the traditional Passover story through the lens of the leather power dynamics in our community.

For those of you looking for a new way to look at Passover, or interested in rituals that reflect slavery, power, and freedom, please take a look at our haggadah. If you would like a copy, you can download it, or email me at Laura (at) Lantoniou (dot) com, and I’ll send you a copy. Chag Sameach!

“Killer” Gets a Lammy Nomination!

Posted By on March 6, 2014

I am thrilled to announce that “The Killer Wore Leather” has earned me my first-ever Lambda Literary Award Nomination! The book is one of 11 in the category of “lesbian fiction.” As a long-time queer writer, this nomination means a tremendous amount to me, as the Lambda Literary Foundation is the world’s premier LGBT literary organization.

The 26th Annual Lambda Literary Awards – or the “Lammys,” as they are affectionately known–received a record 746 submissions (up from 687 last year) from 352 publishers (up from 332 last year). Submissions came from major mainstream publishers and from academic presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies.

Killer” also received a nomination from the “Audies,” in the Erotica Category. This is the first year that The Audies added an erotica category, and I’m thrilled to join fellow Cleis Press author, Molly Weatherfield, author of Carrie’s Story, to be considered for this award.

Last year, I was honored to receive the 2013 Rainbow Book Award in four different categories: Best B/T & LGBT Contemporary Fiction, Mystery / Thriller, and Contemporary & Historical Romance. The Rainbow Awards enthusiastically praised the writing, saying “My absolute favorite and one of the best books I read this year. This book has everything I love: wit, a world of characters, each of them unique, a great setting. While I was reading, I felt like I was at the movies, the words creating images before my eyes and I, a spectator full of wonder. It conquered me.”

The Lambda Literary Award winners will be announced in June. Wish me luck!

Call for Submissions: Best Lesbian Erotica 2015

Posted By on January 28, 2014

I am honored to be chosen by Cleis Press to edit the 2015 edition of Best Lesbian Erotica. This annual “best of” series has been around since 1996, and is a steamy collection that regularly features some of the best known names in the field, and newcomers to watch out for. If you are a writer of dyke smut, steamy lesbian romance, sizzling women-on-woman sex, or passionate lady-lovin’, I want to hear from you by April 1, 2014!

Submission Guidelines:

  • Fiction only.  Short stories or self-contained novel excerpts. No essays, memoirs, poetry. Unpublished and published material may be considered, so long as the author has the rights to sell the work to an anthology.
  • Erotica only. That means make it sizzle. Passionate. Sexy. Powerful. Dynamic. Romantic. Frightening.
  • Lesbian only. Women for women. Femmes, butches, tops, bottoms, partners, strangers, new women, older women, first-timers, rakes and scoundrels. Stout women, athletic women, studly women and seductive women, women with toys and women with words. Get the drift?
Don’t: Under 18, incest, non-consent, beasts. Just don’t.
Do: Surprise me. Make me feel. Go solo, or more than two. Push the boundaries. Include those usually unseen.

The Nitty Gritty

Please use standard manuscript formatting. This is a Best Of anthology, you should know the drill.

Each submission should be a maximum of 5,500 words . Micro-fiction of 1000 words or less may be considered at a lower remuneration. This collection will be acquiring the non-exclusive right to publish stories in print, e-book, audio and other subsidiary formats as part of an anthology.

  • Submit via e-mail to BLE(dot)Editor(at)gmail(dot)com before April 1, 2014
  • The e-mail text and a cover sheet for the file must contain: Author’s Name, Pen Name (if applicable) Title of Submission, Word count, Address, Phone, and Email Address, and a 50 -100 word bio. If your work has been published elsewhere, please note complete publishing history on your cover sheet.
  • Files must be .doc or .rtf    Do not send PDFs unless requested. One submission per document, although you may send up to two documents attached to your e-mail. Name your file StoryTitle_AuthorLastname
Please spread the word! Share this announcement with your writing friends, and get down to writing something yourself! I look forward to reading and putting this amazing anthology together.

2013 In Review

Posted By on December 30, 2013

This year has been a prolific one for me, filled with books, travel, and new reading audiences. But first and foremost, it’s been full of fans who have supported me, bought my books, recommended them to friends, and kept my name on lists of “authors to read.”  I especially appreciate the number of podcasts, interviews, recorded readings, book reviews, and the other social media outlets that included me. For a look (or listen!), please check my Readings and Interviews page.

20th Anniversary of The Marketplace

Yes, 2013 marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of “The Marketplace,” a series that I originally conceptualized as a trilogy, and is now looking at Book Six being published in 2014, with plenty more to come. And while my avid readers are awaiting the publication of “The Inheritor” (Book Six in the series), I was able to get all five of the Marketplace series available at the same time, provide my first-ever anthology of Marketplace fan fiction, “No Safewords,” and offer a collection of the Marketplace short stories that have appeared in various editions and in other anthologies, “Scenes From The Marketplace.”

New Territory In 2013

2013 also found me publishing my first-ever “mainstream” book, “The Killer Wore Leather.” Boy, have you showed it some love!  I went on a six-month tour that took me to four countries, three continents, and more US cities than I’ve ever visited in a single year.  And what a great response from readers for this crossover novel!  Thus far, “The Killer Wore Leather” has received the 2013 Rainbow Book Award in four different categories and rumors are that it’ll be nominated for a few other awards in 2014. 

But Wait, There’s More!

Yes, indeed! Over the past year, I also submitted stories to other people’s collections, starting with 50 Writers on 50 Shades of Grey, edited by Lori Perkins. (You can hear me reading the first part of my submission, “50 Shades of Holy Crap!” on my Readings and Interviews Page. My friends and fellow authors DL King and Rachel Kramer Bussel published anthologies that included stories by me – you can find them in  Under Her Thumb: Erotic Stories of Female Domination, and  Baby Got Back: Anal Erotica edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel.  I also wrote the forward to a fun anthology of kinky fairy tales, entitled Leather Ever After, edited by Sassafras Lowrey, and to Best Bondage Erotica 2014, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel.

Coming Up in 2014

I’m slowing my tour schedule in 2014 to concentrate on writing. The long-awaited sixth book in the Marketplace series, “The Inheritor,” will be completed in 2014, as will Menage a Murder, the next book in my newly launched mystery series, featuring the intrepid detective Rachel Feldblum, her handsome partner, Dominick DaCosta, and Rachel’s kinky girlfriend, Trudy. I also have a few other projects that have been bubbling in my brain that may see the light of day in 2014. As always, I’ll keep you posted.

I want to thank my fans for giving me such a wonderful 2013. May we continue our relationship through 2014, and into the future.

Sexy Holiday Gifts – From Your Favorite Author!

Posted By on December 4, 2013

My instructions were simple. Pull up, do some jolly laughing, receive the bag of presents they’d already gathered, sit in the bootblack chair and listen to some Santa wishes. Take pictures. Hand each boy a present. Then ho fucking ho my way out. In return I would get everlasting love and devotion, blah, blah, blah.

And sure enough, the boy was right outside the bar, big red velvet bag in hand when I pulled up. I had enough time to fasten on the beard, slip on my reading glasses and shove the hat over my naturally white hair before the bar door opened and some of the clubmembers piled out to welcome me. 

That begins one of my two holiday-themed stories, about an indulgent Daddy who dresses up as Santa for her boy’s leather club holiday party.  I’m letting you read it for free at the Circlet Press site, along with other naughty tales of holiday cheer. If you like more holiday erotica, the story is also part of a fun collection called “Jingle Balls,” available for just $2.99 at the Circlet.com website.

For additional gift-giving on the cheap, I have a 99 cent story I wrote last year. It’s my most sentimental tale, and it takes place during the World War One, during the Christmas Truce of 1914. During this truce, the soldiers on both sides put down their weapons, and shared in food, drink, and caroling (true story! The photo to the left was taken during the Truce). My story suggests that one or two soldiers might have also shared a bit more. You can purchase Christmas Truce for your e-book reader here.

If you are still looking for gifts to give, I encourage you to stop by my online store and pick up some trinkets for Yule, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Three Kings Day, and whatever holidays you celebrate this time of year. I also have a Cafe Press store, with clothing and other items with Marketplace-themed sayings, and of course, my “Middle-Aged Guard” logo.

‘Tis the season for well-wishing, gift-giving, and looking forward to a New Year. I want to thank my readers and fans for making 2013 such a wonderful year, and I hope to be offering you many new gifts – including a brand new Marketplace novel – in 2014.

Happy Thanksgivukkah!

Posted By on November 17, 2013

 This year, Hanukkah is the earliest it’s been in over a century! 

So consider yourself warned: If you’re Jewish, NOW is the time to buy those gifts for eight nights of celebration. If you’re not Jewish, it’s time NOW to impress your Jewish friends with your grasp of the Jewish calendar, and surprise them with a gift in the first week of December, instead of waiting for that”other” holiday.

What to get?  I have just the thing(s) for you:

From My Store, you can purchase:

        • Brand new editions from the Luster imprint of renowned erotica publisher Circlet Press!
        • Rare and out-of-print books, including first editions & printings!
        • “Middle-Aged Guard” run pins
        • Special promotional items created with readers & fans in mind

Do you prefer buying e-books? Wish you could get an e-book signed? You can! Visit Authorgraph and get a personalized inscription sent to your e-book – or get an inscription for a friend!

If you like the “Middle-Aged Guard” logo, but wish you could get it on a tee-shirt or coffee mug – you can! Along with a bunch of other fun quotes, straight from the author’s mouth.  Stop by my Cafe Press store,for a “Proud Member of the Middle-Aged Guard” shirt.

And for those relatives who have told you they bought that 50 Shades trilogy, why not purchase a set of my books, and put them in my “Christian Grey is Chris Parker’s B**ch” book bag? It’s available at Cafe Press.
 

 

Home from Israel, Back to Writing

Posted By on November 3, 2013

I had a wonderful visit in Israel, and a chance to read to local fans there – bringing my “Killer Wore Leather” international tour to a THIRD continent this year! I was also tickled to see a new review from the GLBT Round Table of the American Library Association: The plot is fast-paced, the characters engagingly realized, and the book deftly spiced with dry humor that makes the reader both laugh and think for a moment about the point being made.  The accurate information provided on the standards of behavior and the consensual nature of kink/BDSM for both gay and heterosexual practitioners make this novel a distinctive addition to any LGBT collection.

But now I’m back home, and back to working on Book Six: The Inheritor.  I do have some appearances between now and the end of the year:

Long Island, NY

New York, NY
  • You’ll find me at LSM (the Lesbian Sex Mafia) on November 15th with my Daddy, teaching “Unscheduled Maintenance.”

Asbury Park, NJ

  • I’m returning to one of my favorite local events, Brimstone, over the Thanksgivukkah weekend.
Dallas, TX
  • I’m returning to Dallas to present Passionate Bonds” with Midori, our weekend intensive on developing a personal protocol for your dominant/submissive relationships. Registration is open - click here.

If you don’t have a chance to see me in person for a signed copy of “The Killer Wore Leather” or the Marketplace series, visit my online store for those and more!