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Red Grow the Roses

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April 3  |  Uncategorized  |   Kay Jaybee

Today I am pleased to be able to share with you the blurb and a tasty extract from Janine Ashbless’s latest erotic novel, Red Grow the Roses– if you like your erotica supernatural, you must not miss this one!!

Blurb:

“Maybe you’ll be lucky. Maybe he’s not human. He’ll take you in his arms and you’ll feel his strength – a strength that makes it impossible to fight him. But you’ve already lost the will to resist, that moment he looked into your eyes and showed you all his hunger and his promise. You knew then. You knew that this is what you are for – what we are all for – with our warm beating hearts and our aching sexual needs.

We are for them.”

There are six vampires in the city. Ageless, terrifyingly beautiful and always hungry – not just for blood but for the other pleasures the human body offers. Sadistic chanteuse Estelle; feckless Ben; Roisin, the mirror-ghost; Wakefield, haunted by his own damnation; Naylor, the most feral of them all.

And Reynauld is the Good Shepherd, the one who holds them all in check. But his grip on his own humanity is fading, and when Wakefield accidentally kills a woman and Naylor gets the blame, a power-struggle erupts between the city’s immortal undead.

Red Grow the Roses tells of bloodlust and sexual desire; for vampires the two are indistinguishable. These transgressive, startling stories draw the reader down the darkest and most seductive paths of pleasure – to where the monsters are waiting.

*****

 ‘I don’t feed from humans,’ Wakefield hissed, trembling.

            ‘That’s what I heard. I just find it hard to believe.’ Rolling onto her knees, she reached for the discarded rose he’d cut for her. ‘Nasty sharp thorns these things have got,’ she mused, laying the stem across her bare breasts. With a twitch she drew it down, scoring her flesh with half-a-dozen needle-pointed thorns, shuddering as the pain burned through her. Pin-points of blood rose on her pale skin and swelled, a string of rubies decorating the white flesh and the roseate nipples. ‘Ah,’ she groaned.

            Robert Wakefield seemed to grow taller; his hard-on bulged. She could taste the coppery tang of her victory.  

            ‘Tell me; have you ever whipped a girl with your roses, Mr Wakefield?’ Lilla began to crawl backwards from him on hands and knees, arse swaying, breasts wobbling. ‘Maybe one of your servants? The parlour maid perhaps? You ever taken a bunch of roses and whipped their tits?’ She put on a country accent for her next words, her voice suddenly breathlessly innocent but at the same time teasing: ‘Oh Mr Wakefield, you wouldn’t be thinking of doing that to a poor innocent girl? I couldn’t bear that sir – it’ll hurt something cruel. You wouldn’t want to ruin a helpless maid, would you, sir? You wouldn’t want that on your conscience?’

            Inhumanly swift, he lunged and grabbed the front of her bodice and yanked her up to slam her against one of the wrought-iron pillars. Eagerly Lilla extended her hands over her head, thrusting her breasts out so that he might feed. But he didn’t, not right away. He looked down at her with a face hollow with hunger, and then he took hold of her long drawers at the waist and snapped the drawstring with one tug of his wrists. He tore the damp, clinging cotton from her thighs to bare her sex, and then he tied her wrists with the twisted strips and secured her to a ornamental bracket high on the pillar, hauling her up onto her toes. She said nothing, words robbed from her by anticipation, lips parted about her shallow breaths.

            His face mask-like, his eyes burning, he plunged his cold fingers between her thighs and up inside her, breaching the gates of her sex to take the measure of her heat, the slick of juices, the yielding sucking flex of her tight hole. Lilla writhed on his hand, twisting helplessly with each thrust of his wrist, and he watched her breasts jiggle and bounce, their pink points dewed in red. His teeth were so extended now that his upper lip did not hide them.

            ‘Oh please,’ she gasped. ‘Please – bite me!’

*****

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Janine Ashbless - Photo by David Woolfall

Author Bio:

Janine Ashbless is a multi-published author of erotica and erotic romance. Her first collection of erotic fairy, fantasy and paranormal stories, Cruel Enchantment, was published in 2000 by Black Lace. Red Grow the Roses is her sixth novel. Her stories have been published by Spice, Black Lace, Nexus, Xcite, Racy Pages, Cleis, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain, among others. She was Jade Magazine’s Erotic Fiction Writer of the Year 2009. Janine loves goatee beards, ancient ruins, minotaurs, trees, mummies, having her cake and eating it, holidaying in countries with really bad public sewerage, and any movie or TV series featuring men in very few clothes beating hell out of each other. She lives in England.

 

Author site/blog link:
http://www.janineashbless.com
http://www.janineashbless.blogspot.com

 

Guest Review with Dick Anson “The Larger Picture”

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February 23  |  eBooks, News, Uncategorized  |   Kay Jaybee

I am delighted to welcome Dick Anson to my web site today, on the fourth day of his ‘The Woman Who Made Me’ blog tour!

Dick- it’s over to you…

“The Larger Picture”

What’s the most popular romance novel of the past 100 years?

People who collect statistics about such things are going to tell you it’s Margaret Mitchell’s GONE WITH THE WIND, and not many people would disagree.

But why is it so popular? It doesn’t even have a romance novel’s traditional Happy Ending. Scarlett and Rhett go their separate ways in the final chapter after sharing so much passion, excitement, conflict, and hope. What a downer for readers who’ve been caught up in their love story for more than a thousand pages.

Well, a big part of GWTW’s popularity may be due to the fact that it’s love story doesn’t take place in some static, isolated, stage-set fairyland that could be anywhere (or nowhere at all, for practical purposes). It’s set against the vivid Blood and Thunder background of the American Civil War and its aftermath. The Greatest Calamity in the nation’s history. A war that shattered the society of the Old South and impacted the lives of everyone caught up in it—including Scarlett and Rhett. This Larger Picture gives their love story an emotional resonance that makes it seem really important to readers.

The same can be said for several of the classic “Great Novels” of world literature written by acknowledged Literary Giants. Like Leo Tolstoy’s WAR AND PEACE, set against the chaotic background of Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia. Boris Pasternak’s DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, which takes place during the turmoil of the Russian Revolution and subsequent Civil War. And William Thackeray’s VANITY FAIR, playing out during Napoleon’s disruptive conquest of much of Europe.

Funny thing, though. Each of these Masterpieces never quite comes off as an effective love story made more compelling by its larger historical setting. Because, for reasons unknown, the Literary Giants who wrote them insisted on filling them with less-than-inspiring main characters.

For example, Tolstoy made his aristocratic lovers total airheads who never had the foggiest notion of the significance of the social chaos they were living through.

Pasternak insisted on carrying his story of love and frustration on the weak shoulders of an “Ashley Wilkes-type” main character.

And how many pages of Becky Sharp’s irredeemably self-centered bitchiness can we put up with before wearying of Thackeray’s novel?

Only the “amateur novelist” Margaret Mitchell makes it all work for us. By building GWTW around lovers we can’t help caring about. No wonder it’s so continually popular?

Today’s novelists have the same opportunity to add GWTW-style overtones to their love stories. While I wouldn’t dare say that my new romance novel THE WOMEN WHO MADE ME (just published by OC Press as an eBook) can touch the greatness that is GWTW, it does have a strong, unique lead character whose love story plays out against the Larger Background of greed-driven Wall Street skullduggery leading to the 2008 Financial Apocalypse. An event that drove America off a cliff into its worst Economic Crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. By setting the nation on a downhill road to pervasive unemployment and an impoverished middle class, devoid of hope.   

Lead character Robert Gardner spends most of the novel telling readers about the two compelling women he loved at different points in his life. First, his beautiful and elegant Aunt Martha, with whom he carries out an impassioned, secret love affair during his late high school and college years. And years later, red-haired Svetlana fromBrooklyn, whose warmth and insights help him come to terms with the corrosive guilt and shame over the terrible things he did during his greed-driven career on Wall Street. 

But there’s more to Robert’s life than simply pursuing glorious women. When the novel opens, he’s serving time in Federal Prison for the “money crimes” he committed as one of Wall Street’s richest and most avaricious Corporate Raiders. The kind of Screw-Everybody crimes that were the stock-in-trade for Wall Street Sharks like him.

This is the Larger Background against which Robert tells us about the remarkable women he adored. Adding significant Overtones to what can’t be dismissed as “just another entertaining erotic romance novel.” Because it’s also a novel that can tell us some important things about the World and Ourselves.

This is the secret Margaret Mitchell seemed to know in her bones. And used to write the most popular novel of the last hundred years.

So it turns out that exciting, vividly-told, mass-market love stories can be ideal platforms for getting today’s readers up to speed about the major socio-economic problems that threaten America’s future. Far more effective than the inevitably learned non-fiction tomes about the current Economic Crisis that have appeared in the last few years. While gushed over at length by “serious literary critics” in intellectual journals like the New York Review of Books, few people actually read them. Because they’re written in long, bloodless, academic paragraphs. Devoid of the living, breathing Human Realities that make fiction novels like GONE WITH THE WIND so gripping.

Many thanks to Dick Anson for dropping by today!

If you’d like to buy his new e-novella The Woman Who Made Me, it is available from the OC Press and all other good e-format providers

Erotica 2011- Xciting Times!

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November 21  |  Uncategorized  |   Kay Jaybee

There is something about my train journeys home from London. They are always a reflective time, a few precious hours in which I can digest all the sights and sounds of which ever gig I have attended, and time to undergo the coming down process. For my trips to the big smoke are truly like some sort of drug, sending me on a massive high. They also enable me a few precious moments to sit and write this blog!

On this occasion I, like so many of my colleagues, attended the Erotica 2011 extravganza at Olympia.

Erotica 2011 Before The Masses Hit!

Last year I attended the event purely as a spectator, this year however, I was there to work, and proudly sported my staff pass curtesy of Xcite Books. After Matt – Xcite’s latest computer whizz and extra smily recruit- had found me to give it to me!!

Olympia

On arrival to the seething masses of Olympia- having given myself the required ten minutes to get my head around the fact I really am watching people considering buying dungeon equipment- I headed to the Xcite book stand to meet up with the gorgeous KD Grace and crew, to galvanise ourselves, before heading to the London Seminar room to read our smut to whoever cared to pop by to listen!  Along with Liz Coldwell, KD Grace, Lucy Felthouse, Victoria Blisse, Georgia McCrae and, making her Erotica reading debut- Lexie Bay, I happily (but nervously) launched into my work.

Reading The Perfect Submissive

I decided that, as it is to come out in paperback soon (after a year as an e-book), I would read a section from The Perfect Submissive– which seemed to go down well!

The moment the reading was done, and with the wonderful husband brigade in tow, coffee was most certainly required- so we all retired to the balcony where we could enjoy the best part of Erotica- people watching!!!  Burly men walking around in bright red high heels with far more grace and style than I could ever aspire too, slaves crawling around on their hands and knees at their master or mistresses say so, women in bravely revealing net outfits, men dressed as babies- and everyone looking so wonderfully relaxed and happy- I swear there is nowhere else in the UK where everyone can be exactly who they want to be without fear.  Perfect.

I was joined on the Saturday afternoon writer’s panel by the wonderful Victoria Blisse, Lucy Felthouse and Kitti Bernetti. Our compare and interviewer per excellence was Jane Wenham-Jones– who ran the session with a smooth professionalism that swiftly banished all nerves. (At this point I would also like to thank Jane and the girls for altering the seating and table position during the room- just so I could hear everything from the crowd and the discussion- many thanks.)

For the first 40 minutes we discussed how we wrote, where our ideas come from, and what sort of erotica we wrote. As always it amazed me how wide and varied our ideas, styles, and writing techniques are, despite us all aiming to achieve the same goal in the end- producing read hot stories providing a plot line strong enough to keep the reader interested between the steaming sex scenes!

Writers Panel at Erotica 2011

Once our discussion was over, questions were opened to the audience. It always feels rather strange to me that anyone would consider me worth asking anything- but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t give me a bit of a buzz! As did signing copies of my anthologies along with my colleagues once the discussion was over. Many big smiles and cheek kisses were exchanged!

As always when I am in good company, and having an indulgently writing weekend, the time flew at a frightening rate! No sooner had I unpacked my little holdall of clothes, than it was time to pack it again, and start my journey home again.

I had SO much fun though- and I would like to say a huge thank you to Hazel and the crew at Xcite for asking me to take part in their book promotion.

Roll on next year!!!!

Xcite Books

Comfort Zone

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November 17  |  News, Uncategorized  |   Kay Jaybee

It is often said that we should all do something that scares us every day. That it is healthy to take ourselves outside of our personal comfort zone.

As a child, just the act of having to answer a question out loud during class was enough to scare me to death. My comfort zone at that time could have been described as being where I was either on my own, or with friends who wouldn’t ask me tricky questions! Things haven’t really changed much, yet these days I seem to be living outside of my comfort zone more and more often.

Writing erotica in itself is pretty wide of my comfort zone – at least it used to be. Over the last six years however, I have become at home with the smutty words and phrases I write- it is now the act of marketing my work that takes me out of my zone.

To write about myself, my work, to ‘BIG IT UP’ is so unlike me. Even carrying business cards with the words, Kay Jaybee’ Writer of Erotica’ on them, is rather like hang gliding over enemy lines!

Extreme bravery is required whenever I travel to London to read my material at Sh!, or when I attend the Erotica expo’s at Olympia, as I will this coming weekend- despite really looking forward to, I know I will be the victim of sweaty palms and a nervous stomach!!

I, and many of my colleagues, will be reading short excerpts from our work. In my case, I shall be regaling passersby with a five minute extract from my Fem Dom e-novel, The Perfect Submissive. I am particularly delighted to be reading from that story as I have recently heard it will be turned into a paperback, with a brand new sexy cover- which I will share with you very soon!

I will also be on a writer’s panel, answering any questions you may have about the art of writing this genre, and what on earth made me do so in the first place! It is this that makes me more nervous than anything! What if I can’t answer the questions? What if I can’t hear the questions in the first place? What if? What if?
For me, it is like being ten years old all over again, not understanding a word my English teacher said to me!! Yet, I know full well, that once I have done it. Once the panel is complete- I will have loved every second of it!!

If you fancy coming along to Erotica 2011 to have a mooch around the incredible delights available on the sales stands, and watch the variety of shows on display, it would be great to see you. Click here to see the events time table. If last year’s show was anything to go by (see my blog all about it), it should be an excellently kinky weekend.

At a more local level, as more people become aware of what I do for a living, I find I am asked to step a toe out of my comfort zone here to. Just last weekend for example, I found myself roped- with a huge amount of nerves- into being a model for a fantastic new boutique called Snob, at a fashion show in a local hotel. An excellent evening of jazz and singing could so easily have been spoilt by me falling off my gorgeous boots, or falling to turn, move in the right way, etc, etc, etc…..

To say the adrenalin was pumping puts it mildly- but, with hair that was styled into something that I can only describe as ‘French Aristocrat on the way to the guillotine’- held together with an ozone layers worth of hairspray and 37 bobby pins, I wiggled the hips and waggled my fingers in the words most beautiful mittens, and survived the experience! It was- as you’d imagine, good fun. So why do I get into such a state before hand!!?? Stage fright will be the death of me!!

I’m off now to hide under my scarf, hat and dark glasses, to bustle my way through town, writing my naughty words under the cover of ‘woman writing shopping list’ in the corner of the library. See you at Erotica 2011!!!

Interview with Richard Wagner- a.k.a Dr Dick!!

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October 3  |  Uncategorized  |   Kay Jaybee

It is with great delight that today I welcome Dr Richard Wagner to talk about his latest book, his renowned website (Dr Dick’s Sex Advice– with an edge, “don’t ya know!”), and his future plans.

I was lucky enough to be introduced to Richard, (or Dr Dick as he is widely known in erotica circles), via the editors of Oysters and Chocolate, when they kindly recommended me as a possible subject for interview in Richard’s Erotic Mind series.

To my great good fortune, Richard did indeed interview me, and two podcasts of that interview can still be found floating around in the ether, if any of you are brave enough to listen!!

Now at last, many years later, I can return the favour!

As regulars to my website will know, I reviewed a number of books over the summer. The first of these was Richard’s book, Secrecy, Sophistry and Gay Sex In The Catholic Church.

Yes- you’ve understood the title correctly! And yes- you are right again- this is not an erotic book. I was fascinated by it however, for I had long wondered (and not been nosey enough to ask), how Richard had made the journey from Catholic priest, to one of the world’s foremost educators on sexual health and promoter of healthy sexual attitudes?

My full review of Richard Wagner’s work can be found on Oysters and Chocolate– but I’ll give you a quick, extremely potted, background of the book before I launch in with this weeks’ interview!

Secrecy, Sophistry and Gay Sex In The Catholic Church, by Richard Wagner PhD.

I am not a religious person, but that doesn’t mean I don’t do my best to be kind and well meaning- traits which surely should be the backbone of any religious faith? Sadly however, you only need to have a minor grasp of the world around us, and indeed the history of more or less every religious movement, to know that this is not the hard and fast rule the idealist would like it to be.  A fact underlined by the remarkable sequence of events documented by Richard Wagner in his book Secrecy, Sophistry and Gay Sex in the Catholic Church.

 

In 1981 Father Richard Wagner released his PhD Gay Catholic Priests; A Study of Cognitive and Affective Dissonance. This, the very first study of its kind, written by a self-confessed celibate gay priest, revealed what many of us will have long suspected, that the Catholic Church, an organisation that has long persecuted the gay community, has a large number of homosexuals within its ranks; be they lowly or higher up the greasy pole.

Richard’s study was intended to be an honest account of how homosexuals were coping with their hidden sexuality within the confines of their calling; with a view to helping and guiding those individuals, and the religious community in which they served.

The publication of his PhD, which was written with the full knowledge of Father Wagner’s superiors, and indeed, with the support of many of them, sparked a massive backlash, which was exaggerated by the media.

The result was a slow, confusing, and frustrating destruction of his religious career. An astonishing, isolating, soul-destroying, and frankly exhausting 13 year battle of words, letters, and meetings with the church began. Secrecy, Sophistry and Gay Sex in the Catholic Church details those letters and meetings, analyzing a series of events which eroded, and ultimately destroyed, Richard Wagner’s clerical life.

Secrecy, Sophistry and Gay Sex in the Catholic Church is an intense look at a portion of the mindset of the Catholic Church from within- it isn’t pretty.

 So, once again may I welcome Richard to my blog today, and kick off the interview with the most obvious question in the circumstances!

1. What finally sparked your need to write your account of the frankly baffling treatment you received at the hands of the Catholic Church hierarchy? Was it a form of personal therapy, a desire to show this particular religious institution the damage they are doing to themselves with their conflicting and damaging views, or were there other reasons?

The manuscript was finished in 1994, but I sat on it for years.  I simply couldn’t bring myself to look for a publisher for fear it would actually be published and I would have to relive the whole experience. 

Clearly I was still suffering from Post Traumatic Stress.  Then, several years ago, I decided that I was ready to face the trauma once again.  I dusted off the manuscript and reread what I had written all those years earlier.  I decided to write a lengthy Forward to the original manuscript so that I could publish both the story of my dismissal from my religious community, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, as well as the complete text of my dissertation, which set the whole controversy in motion.

As I was working on the Forward I discovered something very startling. Up until that point I was convinced that my 13-year struggle with the Oblates to save my priesthood and ministry was the pivotal experience of my life.  But as I delved deeper into my feelings and recollections about this difficult period in my life, I realized that I was wrong about that.  I discovered the real turning point in my life, the experience that would inevitably set me on a collision course with the Church, happened many years before the controversy that I recount in my book.  I realized that being sexually molested at age 14 by the priest superior of the seminary I attended back in 1964 was event that actually changed the course of my life.

Once I realized the importance the molestation had on everything that followed afterward in my life, I knew I had to tell my story.  Publishing my book it would be a catharsis of a lifetime.

2. What first made you decide to write the PhD that sparked the early controversy that was to morph into the chaos that was to follow?

My religious community assigned me to this post-graduate program at The Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality in San Francisco.  I was to secure a Ph.D. so that I would appear more of an authority when they sponsored me in an upfront gay ministry, one of the first in the history of the Church at that time.  No such thing exists anywhere in the world today. 

You see, there was this brief window of opportunity in the late 1970s and early 1980s when all kinds of theological breakthroughs seemed possible.  It even looked like the Church might reconsider its public stand on homosexuality. 

My decision to study the sexual attitudes and behaviours of gay Catholic priest in the active ministry was an effort to help the Church do just that.  I figured the Church would have a much easier time readdressing the issue of homosexuality in society if it could learn from the homosexuals in its midst.  The gay priests I interviewed were consciously dealing with their dual identities, and for the most part they were being successful.  I imagined that these men and others would one day lead the way for the rest of the Church.

This completely backfired on me.  The Church was neither ready nor willing to publicly acknowledge the numerous gay priests in its ranks.  The support of my religious community immediately evaporated, my research vilified and I was shunned and my character assassinated.  In the end my vocation was lost.

3. It is not an obvious step, going from Catholic priest to sexual adviser- how and when did that transition come about?

Heck, I know I’m a bit twisted (ok, a lot twisted) but I think, in a perfect world, clergy and religious people would make ideal sex advisors.  Of course, that perfect world necessitates not only a reverence for human sexuality, but also a celebration of it.

You probably know that there was a time in human history when sex and spirituality were intimately intertwined; where the mysteries of the divine were best understood in graphically sexual terms.  (Give me that old time religion!)  All of that, of course, was rent asunder with the rise of the Christian dispensation.

In another interview I gave recently, I said that we as individuals as well as we as a culture suffer from the lamentable mind/body dichotomy that has been foisted upon us by the prevailing religious opinions of the last two millennia.

So, curiously enough, despite what some see as the enormous leap from priest to sexologist, I feel there’s an unbroken continuity between where I started and where I am now.  Sex is my “ministry”.  Does that make sense?

Yes, that does make perfect sense; I hadn’t really thought about sex in the terms of the oldest religions- but it was indeed at the centre of many pagan beliefs, and may well still be (I confess my own knowledge cannot confirm that!)- oh, and of course you aren’t twisted (she adds hastily!!!)

4. Does your fabulous website continue to give you as much fun and satisfaction as it did when you started it all those years ago?

It does!  In fact, it gives me even more satisfaction now than when I began to collect my syndicated advice column and give it a home of its own. 

I recently posted my 300th podcast.  That’s quite a milestone, if you don’t mind me patting myself on the back.  The Dr Dick Sex Advice site had become one of the largest resources on the net for sex education, enrichment and entertainment.

I am exceptionally proud of the quality programming I bring to my international audience.  Over the last five plus years I’ve presented a variety of extraordinarily informative, enriching and entertaining interviews, enlightening Q&A and even some fun product reviews.  I can’t think of another place on the net that offers this sort of diverse sex positive programming. And all of the content is absolutely FREE.

Mega congratulations!!! 300th podcast!!! That is fantastic honey- I trust there will be many more to come!

 5. You have various other strings to your bow? Why not take the time to tell the world just how multi talented you are Dr D!

As I alluded to above, I have and adult products review site that I started a couple of years ago.  The Dr Dick Review Crew and I review all sorts of adult goodies — sex toys for sure, but also condoms, lubes, herbal products, fetish gear as well as educational and enrichment videos. The address is: http://www.drdicksextoyreviews.com/

I’m doing some counselling with survivors of clergy sex abuse and some consulting with their advocates.

I’m writing on the issues of sex and religion for a new site I launched earlier this summer: http://gaycatholicpriests.org/.  There’s an accompanying blog too.  Look for that link in the header.

As well as all that – Dr Dick is frequently to be found on the Oysters and Chocolate website with his popular advice column.

 5. Future plans? Spill the beans honey!

As you probably recall, I wrote a manuscript for a book about death and dying; I wrote it about 15 years ago.  I’m convinced that it is some of the best work I’ve ever done.  Alas I couldn’t find a publisher. 

Recently, the company who published Secrecy, Sophistry And Gay Sex In The Catholic Church; The Systematic Destruction Of An Oblate Priest has offered to publish the Managing Our Mortality; An Interactive Workbook For Enhancing The End of Life manuscript too.  This is marvelous news!  But there’s some updating to do on the manuscript, remember it’s been 15 years.  I’m trying to find a sponsor for this project.  If I could free myself up from some of the other stuff I have to do to make a living, for even a couple of months, I could have this manuscript ready for publication in no time.  I plan to dedicate the book to my yet unknown benefactor.  Any generous souls out there?

I have certainly had the privilege to read your manuscript on how best to cope with death and dying- and you are correct- it is a very well written, constructive piece of work which is moving, sensible and practical- if there is anyone out there who is interested in viewing this work, I can honestly recommend you do so!!

I will also say- even if Richard doesn’t want me to- that he has written a very very good religious children’s story….get in touch with him if you wish to know more…

On that note, I would like to thank Richard, aka Dr Dick, once again for taking time out to come and visit us today. Don’t forget to check out his amazing website.

Big hugs, DD!!! xx

Secrecy, Sophistry and Gay Sex in the Catholic Church, is available as an e-book or in print, and can be found at all good retailers including Amazon.com and Amazon UK.