Friday, September 12, 2014

SM Johnson ~ Dare in the Dungeon is available NOW!

Oh my darlings, and my lovelies...

DARE IN THE DUNGEON is available for purchase NOW at SMASHWORDS, in all ebook formats, and at AMAZON for kindle.

**happy dancing all over the room**

Buy here!

"I dare you to leap…"

Kneeling for Thomas is like skirting the edge of a fatal fall, and Dare wonders what he's gotten himself into. Why can't he just be happy with Zach, the perfect gay boyfriend? Yeah, Zach forced him out of the closet, and that was uncomfortable, but that's nothing compared to what Thomas expects from him. Subbing for Roman was cookies and milk and kindergarten naptime compared to this. He wants to trust Thomas and stop pretending, but how much pain and humiliation can one Ivy League kid handle before he comes apart?

Meanwhile, in Minnesota… Jeff continues to write hot, hot, hot D/s erotica while battling emotional trauma from the accident. It's easier to keep Jason as a buffer between himself and Roman than to face his fear of being tied up. He's tired of being broken, but how can he be fixed when he can't stay in bondage for more than fourteen minutes?

77,000 words. Gay fiction, BDSM, M/M, M/M/M, and a tiny bit of F/F/M

Dare in the Dungeon should be available at other on-line retailers within a week, just waiting on Smashwords to distribute.

Because I wuvs you all so much, I'm offering Dare in the Dungeon to early readers for a special Smashwords price of 99 cents until Halloween 2014. You must purchase at Smashwords, and at check out enter coupon code RP49L*

If you adore Dare and want to help me out lots, please consider leaving reviews at Amazon, Smashwords,  Goodreads, LibraryThing, or wherever else you like to leave reviews.
Have a beautiful safe weekend, darlings!

*If you've never made a purchase from Smashwords before, it's easy. The site will walk you through setting up an account. Click "Buy" on the book page,  enter the coupon code and click "apply coupon" and then "checkout". You'll then be directed to a page of download links. Choose your format (epub for Nook, mobi for Kindle) and click the appropriate download link. You may have to side load (transfer file via USB cable) to Nook, but your kindle should have been assigned an email address (typically your Amazon login email and you can email an attached file right to your device. This is handy for editing and picking for typos, btw, as it's really easy to email MS Word files to a Kindle - did ya'll know that?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

SM Johnson ~ Dare's Imminent Release!

Good morning, darlings.

Please take a moment to remember that it is September 11th. Thank you.

Now for our regularly scheduled programming...

I'm going to use this space to answer a question left on my blog, and let you know about the projects I'll be working on for the rest of this year and into 2015.

I can't even tell you how excited I am! I'm so excited that I keep drinking coffee that tastes like soap, because I'm too excited to dump it and start over. Oh, wait, maybe the word I'm looking for is "lazy" ? Awww, shit. Vocabulary lessons shall commence, but only after ya'll can buy Dare in the Dungeon.


Since I have to work twelve hour night shifts September 12-14, I am going to do everything in my power to get Dare in the Dungeon uploaded to Amazon and Smashwords before I go to work on FRIDAY. Which means, barring unforeseen complications, it should be available to buy on SATURDAY. Yes! Two days early!

Because I love you, that's why.

Okay, here's the reader question:

"In writing this novel, did another sequel idea manifest itself to you, by chance?"

Sorry it's taken me so long to answer your questions, I've been busy preparing a book for release.... (grin).

I do have some ideas for further Dungeon books - the first will be a Dungeon Short called The Story of Hawk and Boy, which will potentially be released Oct 31st and be free until December 31.  I was originally going to bundle it as a bonus story with Dare in the Dungeon, but my beta readers have made some revision suggestions, and also feel that the story will lose impact if bundled with Dare's full novel. So. There's one, and without a long wait.

There might be a future book or at least a short story or novella involving what the relationship between Zach and Thomas looks like.

And there's a potential novel about Roman and Jeff's playmate, Jason.

And... come on, wouldn't you love to see all the boys get together for a sexy vacation? I would! I'm hoping Train's Sail Across the Sun cruise will inspire me in that direction!

Now for the bad news... (sort of, lol)

There are at least two books before any of the above novels will be more than a twinkle in this author's eye.

I've got a Daywalker novel featuring Tony (Vampire DeVante series)  for a multi-author bundle (Sexy Psychics) planned for release Spring 2015, and a darling sexy non-con Dark story in the works tentatively called Julian Out of the World. I was a little hung up on that one, needing to find an artist, and I FOUND ONE at Duluth/Superior PRIDE over Labor Day weekend. So I'm very pleased about that. His name is Paulo Galvin, and his drawings are dead on what I need for Julian, so I'll be talking with him about making me some damn fine pictures, and hopefully a cover image, as well - yay!

So. Those two project will very likely bring me to this time NEXT year, which means I can make no Dungeon promises except for Hawk and Boy.


One other thing.... this awesome YouTube video of this amazing kid named Jeff Bliss went viral in May 2013 (though I just got in the loop yesterday).... and I really want to give Jeff a tremendous shout-out - I am... just so tickled and PROUD of him for speaking the TRUTH, and I would love to see a movement that encourages teachers to TEACH their students, using interesting, engaging, and creative teaching methods.

THIS kid appears to be a brilliant member of the counter-culture, and lemme just say... there are shades of my JEREMIAH QUICK all over the place here.

He would sit in silence and stew in his frustration until he just couldn't take it anymore, and then he would rant - and his rants put the obvious right out in front of your face, impossible to deny. I was so proud to know him, proud to be his friend.

Okay, that's all for now. I need to get back to polishing and building an ebook file for this li'l thing called Dare in the Dungeon.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SM Johnson ~ Busy blog! Vote for Jeremiah Quick, and new look for Dungeon series including Dare cover

All right, my darlings... working on the cover for Dare in the Dungeon inspired me to revamp the look of the whole series....

But FIRST - be lovely dears, would you, and hop over here to Masquerade Cover Wars and give Jeremiah Quick a vote, please?

So.... give me a minute to untangle the cord wrapped around this curtain, and....

..... drumroll please.....

Look! Look! Look! Look! (That's FOUR looks, right? Yeah, that's about right).

What do you think? Hmm? Hmm? Tell me!

Hmm. Tell you what I think... I'm going to fiddle with the color and contrast of Dare's cover, but overall, damn, it almost looks like a series...

Monday, September 1, 2014

SM Johnson ~ Dare in the Dungeon ~ pre-release teaser

Someone asked for a teaser....

Ready or not, here it comes! (Estimated date of release September 15, 2014)

The winning cover image, which I will purchase and start working with as soon as this beast goes to beta readers! This isn't too far off from the cover, except I might make those bright white corners a bit more transparent, and I will definitely be fixing the font to match the previous books in the series.

Dare in the Dungeon, excerpt.

"You're still holding on, Dare. Still pretending."

Dare was kneeling in ready stance, naked, and Thomas' observation made him cringe. An embarrassed flush flooded through him. Embarrassed because it was true. Embarrassed because although he claimed he wanted to submit for real, he couldn't quite get there. He couldn't get out of his own way enough to let Thomas truly take control. Dare always had at least one clenched ball of inner reserve held tight. Most of the time he had layers of that reserve, a shield, and he could drop one, maybe, but the rest remained, a knot of clarity, a space of the reasonable, the rational – still living inside his head. A place he could hide.

If he really let go, who would hold him together? Thomas? Did Thomas love him enough? Did anyone?

"I think you have to hurt him."

That's was Zach's voice, quiet, almost sad. "I've seen what he's after, loss of all reserve, all inhibition. It comes after trauma. And it comes with pain, more pain, or a different kind of pain, than he's been getting from the flogger or the strap. And it comes with fear."

Goddamn Zach the fucking ICU nurse.

Dare wanted to shrink away from them, run home and curl into his bed, head underneath the covers. Safe.



He felt a shudder work its way from the nape of his neck to the tip of his tailbone.

Roman's dungeon party. The submissives, the ones that were truly controlled by their dominants, writhing in pain, letting loose mindless cries, begging, crawling. Reduced to trembling bits of id.

Pain did that.

And fear.

And certain humiliating indignities.

Thomas' voice came like a whip crack. "Dare. Yes or no."

A choice. To never get there, or give them permission to hurt him.
The raised platform at Roman's party. Roman holding one whip, Suede holding another. Dare and Jeff on their knees, arms wrapped around each other, cocks pressed together. Lashes from the whip getting meaner and meaner, the leather jock that gave Dare some semblance of privacy torn away, and then rutting against Jeff, desperate crying, losing all awareness of the audience, all his life reduced to the one moment, clinging, hips thrusting mindlessly...
The mean strike from the punishment brush, a thousand pinpoints of pain, and he was sorry, so sorry for his disobedience, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'll be good. Love me, please, I am nothing, empty. Fill me up.

Pain did that. Only pain took him out of himself, opened him that wide.

Dare took in a breath, fought the urge to wrap his arms around himself, fought his every instinct for self-protection.

And answered.

"Yes." He thought he'd say more than that, but he managed that one word, and then was seized with dread, because surely he'd regret this.

And then he waited, breath held.

The air itself seemed to wait.

"Yes, you want me to hurt you?"

"Please," Dare whispered.

"Oh I will, esse, believe me, I will."

The words left Dare trembling with a combination of terror and anticipation. If you're in, be all in. More of Roman's words, his attempts to get Dare to really let go.

"What are you thinking?" Zach asked, and Dare started to answer, but realized, when Zach continued thinking out loud, that the question wasn't directed at him. "Beating him wouldn't be very sexy. Kind of crude, really, although I can see some appeal in leaving bruises here and there."

"I know a million ways to inflict pain," Thomas answered. "Some of them leave marks, but many of them don't."

Dare felt the air shift as Thomas walked a circle around him. "Dare. Do you know what a sound is?"

Dare didn't, but before he could say so, he heard Zach's hiss of indrawn breath, and slight gasp of exhale. Apparently he knew.

The trembling got worse.

Thomas released a soft chuckle. "Zach knows. Do you, Dare?"

Dare shook his head, too full of dread to even find words.