June is Pride Month and Toronto will have a whole week dedicated to activities to celebrate Gay Pride, culminating in the incredible parade. Millions of people line the streets to watch, and participants and spectators come from all over the world. Here are some of my favourite snaps from last year.
One of the most eye-opening events I took in last summer was The Church Street Fetish Fair in mid-August. Toronto is such an open, welcoming city and the Fetish Fair reflects that thinking. The weather is hot, the guys are hotter and the atmosphere is playful and sexy. A must-see event, for sure.
The end of August, I went on the Spa Excess End of Summer Gay Cruise. We spent the early evening touring the Toronto Islands then headed out along the shoreline of Toronto. The sunset was absolutely spectacular and it was awe inspiring to watch the lights come on as darkness fell over the city. The night view of downtown Toronto from the water is truly beautiful.
I'm planning to add a few more items to my agenda this year. I'm hoping to visit some of my Michigan author friends again this year. Bronwyn, Brynn, Cian and Dakota are wonderful women and I can't wait to see them. Some of us are heading off to Carol Lynne's wonderful author/reader weekend she has planned in July.
More recently, last Monday I celebrated the release of All Tied Up, my newest Total-e-Bound book. This is another story written after I visited Spa Excess, the largest gay spa in Toronto. Once I saw the play room with its sling, St. Andrew's cross, jail and bench, I knew I had to write a book with that room in it. It's a futuristic male/female tale that took shape because I had so many women say they wanted to see what it was like at Spa Excess. The story takes place off-world, but the heart of it, the inspiration for it, is Spa Excess.
Here's the blurb:
Cover Blurb – Captain Naymeen Renaud’s current assignment for the United League of Veluvian Planets is to thwart any contact between forces hostile to the League, and wealthy industrialist Aiden C. Blackshott. But she soon finds herself straddling a line between duty and lust. She loves it when Aiden captures and pleasures her in his sex playroom. But she suspects her new lover has ties to her former partner, now a rogue agent, she has sworn to bring in.
Aiden also has a mission, one which threatens to fall apart when Naymeen appears the very evening he will play his final role in his assignment. When he allows her to kidnap him to keep her from upsetting carefully laid plans, she whisks him to her star cruiser and ties him to her bed so she can return the favour. She wants to believe in him, but in the end, is he betraying her just as her comrade did?
Here's a brief excerpt.
She was older than he’d expected, probably thirty-seven or thirty-eight to his twenty-eight, but she was beautiful. Her lithe body was encased in a black bodysuit that hugged her like a cloak of darkness. Her hair was dark with a vibrant intensity about it that was picked up by the soft light of the room. Shades of auburn in the long, thick braid hanging down her back, hints of mahogany in the curls framing her face. He wanted to touch her skin, longed to savour the silky flesh of her inner thighs. And he could smell her arousal, sharp and rich in the air, see her nipples pressing against the tight material, hear the sound of her breathing.
Check out All Tied Up
available now from Total-E-Bound.
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