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It’s not quite time for Christmas presents yet, but apparently I can’t wait to play with new things!

One of the joys of offering commissions (as I do) is that you’re often asked to write things you wouldn’t have thought up on your own.

Sometimes those requests can be a little, um, startling, don’t get me wrong. Some of the things I’m asked to produce are a little too extreme to even try selling on Amazon. But most translate pretty well to e-book format, once I’ve gone through and removed any brand-specific fanfic references (waste not, want not, right?).

serpentCase in point: my new title, In the Coils of the Serpent Men, was a commissioned request for a story focusing heavily on entwining coils, erotic asphyxiation, and underwater sex. None of those are high on my list of favorites (although they’re not turn-offs — very little actively turns me off), so it was a novel exercise.

And you know what? I’m glad of it.

It was fun practice. Taking something I’d never really eroticized and looking for the right words to make it sexy was way more challenging than pounding out things I know and love.

I like the finished product. It’s a little slow and winding, which is deliberate. Form follows function, right? I wanted the eroticism to slowly twine its way into the text, rather than rushing in right up front. All snaky and seductive-like, yes yes.

In the Coils of the Serpent Men is up right now on Amazon and Smashwords for $2.99. Barnes & Nobles should follow a few days later — they’re always a bit slower about getting things up (hur hur hur), and I wanted to get the announcement out in time for everyone’s holiday travels! A little light reading for the airports, right…?