Guest Author & Giveaway: Carrie Lofty (aka 1/2 of Katie Porter) featuring O Come All Ye Kinky

Friday, December 14

Are you ready for some Friday Fun? I know I am :) Read on & enjoy!


Thank you for joining us on the O Come All Ye Kinky virtual book tour! For two weeks, anthology editor Sarah Frantz and her merry band of authors will be stopping by some of your favorite blogs to spread kinky holiday cheer! How, you ask? Well, if you don’t know what candy caning is yet, pick up your copy of O Come All Ye Kinky from Riptide Publishing today and see how these authors get into the holiday spirit.

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, follow our tour for the chance to win one heck of a stocking stuffer—a $100 gift card to The Stockroom, where kinky dreams come true! Leave a comment on the post below by Dec. 16 and you’ll be entered to win.  Check out the complete tour listing to see all the places we’ll be stopping by to chat about BDSM, the holidays, and all eight steamy stories, and comment on each post to earn more entries.

*Holds up mistletoe*  Look at that—our lovely host today is under the mistletoe! You know what that means—a big kiss from the entire O Come All Ye Kinky group for hosting us today! We hope everyone enjoys today’s post from Carrie Lofty, one half of Katie Porter.

“New Year, New Possibilities” by Carrie Lofty (one half of Katie Porter)

Thanksgiving is about time spent with family. Christmas, Chanukah, and the myriad other holidays timed around winter solstice are about keeping in touch with one’s sense of reverence when the years is at its bleakest. New Year’s Eve, however, is a time of fresh possibilities.

We make New Year’s resolutions because, for one day a year, it feels as if we have an opportunity to stop the clock and say, “Enough! I’m not going to keep living my life this way.” Even if U2 was pessimistic—or perhaps realistic—enough to sing “nothing changes on New Year’s Day,” most of us still experience that flash of hope. This year will be different, because it’s what I deserve. Or, this year I will make a difference, because it’s what I would like to give back to a world that’s been generous to me.

Co-writing our lesbian short story, “Fireworks,” Lorelie and I focused on the optimism that accompanies the arrival of a new year. So often we can become set in our ways and stick to uneventful, even dissatisfying or destructives paths. Our heroines, Rachel and Emma, are stuck. They think saying goodbye is the way to end the heartache of a long-distance relationship, but the ball dropping in Times Square shows them otherwise.

Maybe the way to end their heartache is to stop saying goodbye at all!

New year, new possibilities.

Love has that sort of potential, stronger than mere resolutions, and with the power to reshape lives and turn ordinary people into extraordinary creatures. Even the most optimistic person needs help in sustaining the hope and courage required of love, as Rachel and Emma learn.

Lorelie and I are fortunate enough to be spending this New Year’s together, which will be an amazing treat for friends who work so hard to create beautiful fictional worlds—and beautiful real lives, too. I don’t know what we have planned, but looking back at an eventful, difficult, wonderful, scary, fantastic year is certainly on the list.

So as the clock rolls around toward 2013, ask yourself what the New Year means to you. Is it just another day, overwrought with sentiment by a culture desperate for meaning yet stunted by an inability to change? Or is it a special marker—just one of 365 days when we can stop, reassess, count blessings, make changes, and look forward with a sense of potential that no other day of the year can provide? Maybe you’re somewhere in between the cynical and the sentimental.

But we write romance. We err on the side of sentimental…

Happy holidays, everyone, no matter how you choose to embrace the season. And think on your New Year’s Day. The year 2013 can be amazing, as is every year we live among friends and lovers in happiness and good health.

Here’s the blurb for our story, “Fireworks.”

Rachel’s job is taking her to Tokyo, which means leaving behind her lover and submissive, Emma. When she summons Emma for one last hurrah on New Year’s Eve, Emma answers, hoping desperately to be able to break through her ma’am’s emotional barriers and find the spark of love among the glittering fireworks.

And here’s what you can expect to find in the anthology as a whole:

Christmas is a time of love and joy, and the New Year is a time of renewal. But they are also times of stress and strife, family drama, pressure and heartache—a potent mix of high expectations and conflicted emotions. Add in power exchange relationships, kinky gift swaps, and unconventional love in a sometimes unforgiving world, and you have a formula for a sizzling anthology of stories that tug at your heart.

From Ava March’s forbidden Regency love between men, to Katie Porter’s scorching hot contemporary tale of two women discovering holiday happiness, everyone will find a favorite here. Pervertible toys abound: Lambda Literary Award finalist L.A. Witt’s candy cane, Jane Davitt’s wrapping paper and tape, and Alexa Snow’s Christmas candles all please and delight. Newcomer Elyan Smith and fan favorite Kim Dare both celebrate New Year’s Eve with romantic flair and kinky fireworks, while bestselling author Joey W. Hill’s poignant story of discovery and commitment will lead you home.

Whatever your desires, we invite you to explore new fantasies and old with these eight kinky tales of holiday happy endings.

20% of all proceeds from O Come All Ye Kinky will be donated to the Domestic Violence Project of the National Leather Association–International. (If you buy the book, digital or print, from Riptide’s website, more money goes to the charity because we’re not paying third-party vendor fees.)

You can find out more about the anthology and all the stories here.

About Katie Porter:

Katie Porter is the writing team of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown, who’ve been friends and creative partners for more than six years. Their other current release is another holiday LGBT romance. Came Upon a Midnight Clear has been described as “masterful,” (Publisher’s Weekly), “a complex gift,” (Library Journal), and “the perfect piece of erotica: nuanced, complex, dirty, loving, and intimate” (RT BookReviews). Not only did the folks at RT make Came Upon a Midnight Clear a 4½ Star Top Pick, they’ve selected it as a Reviewers’ Choice nominee for Best Erotic Romance Ebook of 2012—the first gay romance to receive that honor! You can find out more about this dynamic duo on their website, Facebook, and Twitter as @carrielofty, @LorelieBrown, and @MsKatiePorter.

Not only can you read some good stories, but you can do good at the same time when you buy O Come All Ye Kinky, not to mention the gift card Riptide is giving away for both you and your significant other to enjoy at The Stockroom.  Go get your kink on, LOL!

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Leave a question or comment for for Carrie (Katie) about this book or for for her other books.(good for 1 entry)
How to enter:
  • Leave a comment at each stop on the blog tour to earn additional entries for the grand prize 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • The winner(s) will be selected randomly from among all of the comments of the blog tour by Riptide Publishing who will also be responsible for contacting the winner(s).  Please contact the promoter for all the official rules and disclaimers.
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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Andrea December 14, 2012 at 12:37 PM  

I picked up this anthology as a gift to myself :) I get more excited to read it with each stop in this blog tour.

flchen1 December 14, 2012 at 1:57 PM  

Ooh, so excited you and Lorelie will be creating more awesome stories for us readers, Carrie! Thank you for incorporating that hope and joy in your stories :)

Looking forward to following you both into new places, starting with this anthology! ;)

Clancy December 14, 2012 at 2:07 PM  

This was a great anthology and "Fireworks" was a nice F/F addition!

Jason December 14, 2012 at 6:42 PM  

Writing together as a team sounds like the kind of thing that would only work under a very strict set of circumstances. Do you find that to be true?


Anonymous,  December 14, 2012 at 6:48 PM  

Ooh, an f/f story. So few of those around.

cojazzchick AT yahoo DOT com

Anonymous,  December 14, 2012 at 7:14 PM  

I'm in the middle of CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR happy you were inspired to try m/m! Do you see more of it in your future, and did you approach it differently than your m/f or f/f work?


Urb December 14, 2012 at 7:18 PM  

I've never read an f/f story, time to get busy and break out of boxes. New year means a new start! Thanks?0!

brendurbanist at gmail dot com

Penumbra December 14, 2012 at 11:41 PM  

What made you decide on the name Katie Porter?


Kassandra December 14, 2012 at 11:54 PM  

Nice to see another f/f story. Not very many out there.


LorelieLong December 16, 2012 at 1:06 AM  


I don't know about a strict set of circumstances, but we've found that our particular skill sets mesh very, very well. Take edits for example: I'm a big picture girl, pointing out where the story arc falls flat. Carrie excels at line by line edits and looking for the little details that make prose beautiful. We seem to have fallen into a just-right situation. :)


Yes, there's definitely more m/m coming up for us, though unfortunately not quite as often as our m/f. Our next m/m is Pretty and Twisted, the third book of our Club Devant series. It's due out in early 2014. But no, we don't approach it any different. They're characters who fit each other. No more, no less.

@Penumbria: Katie Porter is from a miniseries we watched together...comes from indulging in a wee bit of 'shipping two characters who should have been together forever. ;)

Michelle December 16, 2012 at 7:28 PM  

I enjoyed Fireworks. Thanks for the post. I am usually the more pessimistic type but this year i'm going to try and be better at being more positive. Count me in please. Thank you,

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