Saturday, May 2, 2015

Interview with Artist, Michael Brown

This post goes back to November, 2011, but I enjoy Michael's talent and I wanted to share it again...

Born into a family of artists in St Louis, Michael Brown can't remember life before art. He currently resides in Kansas City. Seeing Michael’s art brings many emotions to the surface. His art is very detailed, you can feel and see the emotion in the subjects he draws. It’s pretty powerful stuff. He has mad talent!...Those are just a few things said of his work.

Michael, thank you for participating in this interview. I’ve followed you on facebook for over a year now, and I can’t quite remember how I found you, but I’m glad I did. I love seeing your artwork, and the daily quotes always give me something to think about. I wanted to be able to share that with others, and here’s my chance.
Do you go by Michael, or Mike? Either is fine, really.
I have to ask, do you enjoy reading? If so, what genre’s?
I thoroughly enjoy reading; I've had a love for books and reading dating back to early childhood. I don't have an exact genre of books that I read, I go across the board, it's really what strikes my interest from biographies, a little bit of fantasy, but not much, really not my bag, give me reality! I generally love my books like I love my ART, rooted in some form of reality! I went thru this phase though, a few years back when I was first homeless and dealing with the trauma of that, by reading Jude Deveraux books. I think I read about 10 of her books. She always wrote strong female characters that started off in conflict with the leading man in the story. Same formula in most of her books but they were entertaining enough to keep my interest, even though her books run close to the romantic novels. Haven't read her stuff in a while though, no more time for it :)
Also, I think her books at the time were a way for me to escape from an over dose of REALITY having to go thru being homeless for the first time. The experience of losing a place to live, your personal items, and generally having your whole home life uprooted rattles the soul and takes some adjusting! Reading books was a way for me to escape in my mind as a child and such as an adult. It was a healthy choice I made long ago rather than latching on to drugs, alcohol and other means people generally use to deaden themselves to certain realities. I have many favorite books for many reasons, those are listed also in my section on facebook, but I'm a huge John Steinbeck fan right now. A friend got me on to him a few months back, In Dubious Battle was my first read of his work and I fell in love with his style of writing ever since, 10 books deep into his stuff.

Do you have a favorite book you could read over and over again?
I'm not big on reading things over no more than I am big about doing anything I've enjoyed in life over again. I know there is a natural tendency for us as humans to overdo things as far as what brings us pleasure. But I have found that over indulgence in anything can not only ruin your appetite for a thing, but kill the original feeling for the experience. So for me, one read is enough, there are other books and experiences to have with the next read!
When did you first start drawing? And when did you know you were good at it?
I don't remember when I first started drawing cause as a child, everyone is an artist. Before you learn how to write, you learn how to draw, right? I have 10 other brothers & sisters, and all of them were artists before me. So growing up ART was part of my DNA from the get go. I was surrounded, all the time by art made by older brothers & sisters. I can't remember a time when ART was not part of my life. There wasn't a definite age, as soon as I was able to pick up a marker or crayon, I was an artist!
I got encouragement from my family throughout my childhood that I was good at ART, again for me, it wasn't a matter of recognizing whether I was good at it or not, it was something I did to express myself because that was the example set before me. You just know when you are gifted at certain things and not in other; you don't necessarily have to be told these things. I think as children we are very intuitive about things and we are more in tune with ourselves, as we get older, if we don't learn to protect that natural gift we are given, we dull our senses and dummy down to fit in with the rest of society. This is something we are taught to do at a very early age, something I always resisted too! Thankfully, my mother was a strong and interesting woman who raised her kids to celebrate their individuality, I soared with her support!

At what point in life did you realize you could go public with your art work?
I think I was 10yrs old when I had my first serious art showing, and my brother Sylvester Brown Jr. bought my first painting of a horse running on a moonlit beach :) In my junior year of high school, I participated in Commercial Arts in a trade school for my final two yrs. I learned that I could make a career out of being a full time artist. I got my first start as a business man in my senior year when I was graded by my teacher for doing portrait drawings for the teacher staff and students, he ran out of things to teach me, I excelled in the class! Graduated top of my class and I was set on doing ART for a living, took me 15 yrs though before that was a reality!

What inspires you to draw? Do you have any kind of rituals you do before (or during) a piece?
What inspires me to draw is the human experience in all its various states of BEING! People's stories & experiences are a constant reservoir of inspiration, plus I'm inspired by beauty in its many forms as well! No special ritual for working on ART other than the fact that I MUST have music to listen to while I draw. Not only does MUSIC take my mind off what I'm doing but it inspires the art as well. I get lost in the music and draw, the only way for me to work! I can't draw with anyone looking over my shoulders or total silence, must be MUSIC!
Are all of your subject’s real people? If so, how do you find them? 
All the subjects I draw are real people for sure, it is one of the main reasons I draw it, cause it's based in
reality! I find a great deal of them or they contact me thru facebook. This site has been a wonderful site for connecting with people all around the world. I'm currently working on a 5 collage portrait of a friend of mine who lives in Australia that I met and stay in contact with on facebook. His father recently died from cancer, he was the only living parent in my friend's and sister's life growing up and he lost his mother at 6 months. So all he has ever known as a parent is his father who passed away a few days after his 60th Birthday. He was given the news about his father's illness a week before he was scheduled to come back from a 3 month world trip he took. He spent the final two weeks at his father's side, his father's life touched many people, and thus the inspiration to do the 20x30" portrait that has to be shipped off in time for a December memorial service in Melborne, Australia. It's a big job, but when it comes to art and the inspiration, no matter the cost I will do it if I feel strongly about it. The ART as a whole doesn't make me a lot of money, without the help of soup kitchens, free programs that take care of my basic needs and shelters; I could not survive as a business. My needs are small so I'm able to make do with any kind of money I get from the ART which is infrequent. I make just enough to keep me hanging on, like an addict! Once you make your own money, your own way, off the labor clock, it is very addictive. It's like being let in on a secret life that most are unaware of and which spoils your viewpoint to how you have to make a living then. For me ART is more than a way to make money, it is truly a way of life and for better or worse; I'm in this thing for life! No turning back, no going back to part-time or secular work, I make the situation work cause it has to work, no other alternative. It is by choice as well as by WILL!

Your artwork depicts many things; love, religion, emotion, drug use, homosexuality, patriotism, sensuality, and much more. Is there any one thing you won’t draw? Why or why not?
Back in the day, when I was more of a religious person & quite frankly a politician, there were many subjects in ART I wouldn't dare touch, such as the homosexuality that is now evident in my ART! Everything in ART for me is a process of change; you have to be that way in order to be relevant in ART. As I grew and changed my perspective on things and chucked a great deal of my religious conditioning growing up throughout the years, I became more open, less fearful of the good opinions of others. To let things naturally take place creatively and spiritually both at the same time as an artist & person has been a process, to where now, I don't think there is anything I would not draw if the subject matter interests me. It's no longer a matter of will this drawing or subject matter offend someone else's belief or religion. It's more of, is drawing this picture necessary or relevant to what I believe or how I currently see things, that's all!
Where can people find you online?       
(If you go to the info tab on Michael’s facebook page, he has other business and art gallery links listed).
Last, but not least, can you share with us five things about Michael Brown, that fans might not know.
1)      My full name is Michael Floyd Brown, always hated my name in its entirety. Michael is too plain & common, Floyd is way too country, and Brown is too much of pun for my skin color.
2)      I was born into a family full of artist, all 11 of us are artists, but I was the only one who chose art as a profession instead of a hobby.
3)      I'm the only person in my family of 11 brothers in sisters who has never been married or had any children.
4)      I hate labels of any kind; it is a pet peeve of mine that really annoys me about most humans. We do it without thinking about it and even I'm guilty of doing it more times than I will ever fess up to.
5)      I was also born into the religion Jehovah's Witness. (Although he no longer practices it).
I think ultimately, I would love for the ART to give me financial freedom so I can travel the world, the last big wall to get over! That money wall is a bitch to get over! A dream to have the freedom to go where I want when I want - without the worry of having to take care of my basic needs, and deal with the harsh & hard grip of poverty would be the final act of emancipation for me! I have had to struggle for a long time for the simplest of things and as I go along, year by year, I can see that financial freedom is a very strong possibility for me. I have to just keep plugging away at the ART and what will turn up from that. I will just keep right on till the results come in. FREEDOM, emotional, spiritual, and physically is what I'm always after, not only as an artist but as a person! I think we have far too many rules and things, teachings that enslave us to a life that we don't have to have. If you stay focused on your goals and firm in your steps to whatever you want to do with your life, then ultimately I think you will achieve it, ART has the ability to do all those things for me!

Thank you, for your time, Michael. I wish you all the best! I’ll be seeing you on facebook! 
***Interested in Michael’s art?
If you are interested in purchasing any of Michael's work, or would like to commission Michael to draw a piece for you (based on a photograph that you provide), leave him a message on facebook, or contact him at Check his facebook page under the “info” section for pricing.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Silver Chasings, by Kestra Gravier

Today I have the lovely Kestra Gravier on my blog, I had the pleasure of meeting her last summer at the BDSM For Writers Con where we had an enjoyable weekend of education and research.

Welcome Kestra!

Laci, thank you for inviting me to your website.  I’m Kestra Gravier, author of several erotic novels with a BDSM theme.  I like to live near water and at various times have lived on the shores of the Eastern Seaboard, Ohio River Valley and Lac Léman. Several career changes and way too much education supply me with a vast array of plot drivers.   

Passion in the Great Hall at Hampton Court Palace? Flirtation with a Louisville iron sculptor? Zero-gravity flogging? I hope to let you experience the sensations, the settings and the romance for yourself.

What are you working on now?
Last year, I won the BDSM Writer Con inaugural Book Contest with ‘Silver Chasings’ and I’ve been working with the publisher to finish the edits. Now, the release date is almost here!

March 31, 2015 to be exact. It’s always a rush to see a book that started as an idea take form, then be refined by working with editors and reviewers, to finally see the galleys just prior to release. Then there’s the anticipation and fear of waiting to see how the book will be received.  It’s kind of like that moment when you’ve left the diving board, but before you hit the water…

What else have you written that we can read?

After a visit to Hampton Court Palace outside of London, I wondered how BDSM might have been practiced in Henry VIII’s rather licentious court. And because I like spy novels, Lady Elinor earned her keep working for Lord Wysse, a Tudor spymaster (Dark River: Lady Elinor at Hampton Court).

Encounters grew from my enjoyment of lingerie (New Orleans and Paris being two favored sources) and the ‘what if’ an old flame re-entered your life after you had an established career. 

On my website,, there is a short story- Hangar- available for download.

Tell me a little more about Silver Chasings.

Garrick Jefferson Custis is the respected leader of Tempest, a BDSM club, and a man looking to make a change. He has his contractor business, willing submissives, and good friends. But he wants a relationship outside of the lifestyle. Quin Landry fled the BDSM scene after a messy divorce. Now, she is ready to try again, to fill in a missing piece. She just wants to have a little fun, find a Dom to be part of her life.

Change may not be what Garrick needs to make his life whole. With a little help from his friends, and the right submissive, he may just realize what he has been chasing is actually already in his grasp. I hope you’ll want to meet Garrick and Quintana, and become immersed in the lives of Club Tempest members.

Here’s an excerpt for you…

“Oh, for God’s sake. How’d you get tangled in there?”
The cat arched and spit, fluffing her already impressive size, and tugged on the vine entrapping her front leg.
Skirting past Bastet, she said, “Let me get dressed, and then I’ll get you out of there.” Another angry wail stopped her in her tracks. A repeat glance around reassured Quin the cat racket had not brought forth any curious neighbors. Good, considering her current state of dishabille, but Quin hoped she never had to raise a real alarm midday. “Okay, baby. I’ll get you free.”
She crouched and stroked Bastet, calming her, crooning reassurance as her fingers worked to release the vine’s grip.
“Whoa! What?” A man’s voice stilled her from pulling the cat loose. She rose and whirled, keys flying loose, clutching Bastet across her torso like a fluffy towel. Never had she been so grateful for the Maine Coon’s size.
“Miss Landry. Pleasure to…see you again,” a second voice spoke.
Bastet made mewling protests as Quin squeezed the wriggling fur mass and slewed her gaze between the two men standing on her walkway. Oh, so not good.
In the midst of her panic, she entertained a fleeting regret the midday sun did not flatter a body past its twenty-something prime.
The contractor Nicole had introduced her to—Garrick somebody—filled the path, so his companion had to stand a half pace behind. A few inches over six feet, he had dark hair shot with gray that waved from his face and flowed over his collar. Powerful forearms showed below his rolled sleeves. Thigh muscles outlined by….
He removed his sunglasses and smiled at her, the lazy grin revealing a dimple and reminding her she wore nothing but a cat. Bastet’s tail swished along her thigh, letting Quin know she wouldn’t be wearing this cat for much longer.
“I think you dropped your keys,” the man who had first spoken said. A sun-streaked blond shorter than Garrick, his T-shirt pulled across his pectorals and jeans rode low on his hips. He gestured toward the plant bed.
“Oh.” her gaze darted from the plants to Garrick and his companion. Bastet growled and began to struggle.
“Quin.” Garrick’s tone calmed her, and she loosened her grip on the cat. “Stand there for a moment, and Tyler will retrieve your keys and unlock your door. Then you can put down…whatever that is…and go into the house. We’ll return in thirty minutes.”
“She’s a Maine Coon,” Quin said. Heat spread from her chest to her face. She assumed an unbecoming redness accompanied the flushed feeling. “I mean, thank you. Your plan will work.”

That’s quite a situation to be in!
Yes, it is.  Later in the story, Quin finds herself in a predicament bondage scene at a play party. 

Thank you for visiting with us and we eagerly look forward to reading “Silver Chasings!”

It was a pleasure to chat with you, Laci.

Pleasure was all mine, come back any time! 

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015


Come join in on the fun for a full 24+ hours; meet new authors, add books to your TBR list, and participate in games and giveaways. Hopefully you will meet new-to-you kink/bdsm authors that will make your auto-buy list!  24 HOURS OF KINK (see author schedule below).

All times are listed USA - EST.

(Disclosure - *Any and all giveaways are in no way shape or form endorsed by facebook).

Friday 2/20 EST
* 1730-1800 Welcome!
* 1800-1830 TammyJo Eckhart
* 1830-1900 Christie Sims and Alara Branwen
* 1900-1930 Author Carrie Anne Ward
* 1930-2000 Teresa Noelle Roberts
• 2000-2030 Cari Silverwood
• 2030-2100 Katy Swann
• 2100-2200 Gray Dixon
• 2200-2230 Erika Masten
• 2230-2300 Aurelia Evans
• 2300-0000 Tara Crescent

Saturday 2/21 EST
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• 0100-0200 Scarlett Flame
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• 0700-0730 Olivia Rigal
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• 0800-0830 Helena Stone
• 0830-0900 Rebecca Grace Allen
• 0900-0930 Tamsen Parker
• 0930-1000 Rachel De Lune
• 1000-1030 Shaunna Peterson
• 1030-1100 Silk Jones
• 1100-1200 Travis Luedke
• 1200-1300 Barbara Carrellas
• 1300-1400 Cecilia Tan
• 1400-1500 Skye Callahan
* 1500-1530 Christina Mandara
• 1530-1600 Sherri Hayes
• 1600-1700 Amy Valenti
• 1700-1730 Ann Mayburn
* 1730-1800 Sierra Cartwright
• 1800-1900 Madeleine Shade
• 1900-2000 Paige Matthews
* 2000-2030 Laura Antoniou
* 2030-2100 Mardi Maxwell
* 2100-2130 Joey W. Hill
* 2130-2200 S Renea Mason Bates
* 2200-2300 Anastasia Vitsky
* 2300-2330 Eden Bradley-Eve Berlin
* 2330-0000 Jacintha Topaz
* 0000-0030 Dakota Trace
* 0030-0100 Jade Onyx
* 0100-0130 Jenna Barton
* 0130-0200 P.t. Macias
* 0200-0230 *The End*

Not too long ago I participated in a facebook event and many people in other time zones couldn't make it due to the time difference and their work/sleep schedules. So I thought it would be cool to include all time zones in a 24 hour period to open more of an opportunity for people to join in live for the fun, and not have to read about it after the fact. 

It was awesome in theory, but looking at the schedule you can see that between 2AM & 930AM EST we have only one author signed up. So my dream of 24 straight hours of kink wasn't doable, BUT by extending the event a few hours earlier and a few hours later, we conveniently have a total of 24 hours of kink! And that makes me just as happy!
There's an amazing list of authors scheduled, and I hope you're just as excited as I am about that!

I'm Laci Paige, erotic romance author, and I've been writing kinky stories for only a few short years, but it's addictive, and even while trying to write outside of the genre my characters want to get a little freaky. I'm mostly known for the Silken Edge stories which are a five book fictitious series about a group of people who are into the BDSM/Kink scene. Each book follows a different couple as they grow and learn to discover more about themselves in the lifestyle and their relationships. They are light BDSM/Kinky reads (with the exception of #2). The books can each be read as a stand-alone, but it would benefit the reader to learn the characters in the order the books were written.

While I'm not exactly scheduled in the event (I'll be lurking around though), I still want to have a giveaway of my own for you guys.

So, I'd like you to try and remember that first kinky read that made you want more. Mine was from a Decadent Publishing giveaway I won, called Forever Bound by Stacey Kennedy. That was my first and I remember I wanted more after.

And if you haven't already, go check in at the Roll Call, it's been interesting to see where everyone is from!   24 HOURS OF KINK


Sunday, February 15, 2015

The Beyond 50 Shades Sampler – #FREE #Beyond50

Beyond 50 by DL King

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A special thank you to Laura Antoniou, DL King, and everyone who was involved in bringing this book to life :)

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