Guest Post: Why Is It I Can Wear Pants But He Can’t Borrow My Skirt?

Everyone, please welcome Oliver Pearl, author of The Last Gentle Dentist. He is guest posting here today, and I am most glad he did. There’s also a giveaway (scroll to bottom for details). Enjoy!

Why is it I can wear pants but he can’t borrow my skirt? – A bit of chitchat on odd sexism.

He absolutely can. And he soon will. I was at the Burning Man earlier this month and I lost count of men parading in kilts, togas, skirts and such. To overcompensate their natural and well hidden confusion those men carried themselves with extra pride and panache. They looked like warriors. I, myself, had no choice but to wrap myself into one just to see what the fuss is all about. Skirts are comfortable, pragmatic and provide an infinite number of opportunities to show good legs and clean underwear. I cautiously foresee a spill of man skirts to grow into an avalanche in not so distant future.

Women found themselves to be viewed as sexually liberated and audacious not so long ago when they started wearing pants. It’s high time for men who are men enough to wear skirts to finally charge our streets with their unconcealed masculinity.

Oliver Pearl’s Bio:
Age: Early Forties
Place Of Birth: At Sea
Physical Description: Reclusive, yet to be seen
Residence: South of France

PearlLastGentleDentistThe Last Gentle Dentist

ISBN-10: 0988887703
ISBN-13: 978-0988887701
Print Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Suggestive Books
Published: February 14, 2013
Genre: Literary Fiction
Format: Print & Digital

Based on actual events, spanning continents from San Francisco to Paris, from Amsterdam to Odessa, from New York to Siberia, The Last Gentle Dentist is a novel about a modern age Casanova, a romantic-vigilante, who is fond of pain medications and elective plastic surgery, whose life is a tumultuous river running with the speed of a putrid pond, which makes an unexpected turn when he goes on the run from the law due to charges of medical fraud.

“The narrator finds himself a wanted man and begins his odyssey through Europe and America, a fast-paced and often sexually explicit journey from one stranger’s bed, couch, bathroom and bungalow to the next.”-Kirkus Reviews

The novel has received honorary mention at the 2013 South West Book Festival and 2013 San Francisco Book Festival.

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Giveaway Info
Oliver is giving away prizes, including an e-copy of his book at each blog stop on his tour AND two Grand Prize Giveaways of a $50 Amazon gift card OR a signed hardback copy of his book.
1) To win an ebook: Leave a comment on this blog post to be entered to win a book. Be sure to leave your email address in the comments so we can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. This giveaway ends five days after the post goes live (Sept. 15, 2013).
2) To win the $50 Amazon gift card, or a signed copy of The Last Gentle Dentist, enter the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post. Winners will be randomly selected on September 30th.

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Interview: Elieba Levine, Author of Wanderlust

Elieba Levine seriously at work.
Elieba Levine seriously at work.

Everyone, please welcome Elieba Levine to Dab of Darkness for the day. She stopped by for tea, bookish gossip, and more. Enjoy!

Elieba Levine is a passionate writer and discerning editor who currently resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She has written five fiction novels, a picture book, and an award-winning screenplay. Her extensive world travels greatly influenced the settings in her erotic trilogy Wanderlust, Interludes, and Escapes-which have recently been released in electronic format. She is currently working on her next novel.


1) Your Wanderlust trilogy was originally published in the 1980s as romance novels. Yet, they are a bit steamier than romance novels. How do you think the publishing world and readers in large have changed over the years when it comes to erotica and romance genres?

I believe it was always distributed as erotica, never romance.  I have always disliked the romance genre and stayed away from it.  When my editor came to me with this idea I told her I would only do it if I could go further than romance and into erotica.  She consented and the book was very successful earning me a three book contract.

2) You traveled the world at one point in your life and used much of that experience as the basis for this trilogy. Would you say that your personality closely matches any one of the characters?

No.  What I used were the locales and some of the people I met along the way, but I stayed out of it.

3) Please share a few pieces of advise to new writers who are exploring the erotica genre.

I believe erotica has gone further than I ever imagined.  Therefore I don’t think I’m the person to be giving advice as it presently is too explicit and not mysterious enough for my taste.

4) While writing, do you have favorite music that you listen to, or a favorite location (secret writer’s den), or favorite snack food to help keep the writer muse around?

No music.  I love music so much that it would only be a distraction.  I need quiet but then need to get out and prefer the sounds of a big city as contrast to my solitude.

5) What writing projects are you currently entertaining, if I may snoop into your writer’s life?

I am presently writing a book about a woman caught up with a group of terrorists who come upon one another in a broken down castle outside of London.

6) If you could have food and lodging for free, and automatically be transported, what part of the world would you like to visit today?

Vietnam.  It’s so much a part of my history and would like to see it now.

LevineWanderlustDescription of Wanderlust by Elieba Levine: 

ADVENTURE From New York to Kenya to Katmandu, Jane Perry sets out to explore the world and finds romance and excitement at every turn… PASSION From Bali to Sydney to Hawaii, Jane follows her heart’s desires… and leaves behind men who will never forget her… WANDERLUST An erotic odyssey of passion and obsession. Part of a trilogy: Wanderlust, Interludes, Escapes

This interview is part of a blog tour hosted by Virtual Author Book Tour. If you are interested in further reviews, a giveaway, and interviews, check out the tour schedule HERE.


A Rope of Thorns by Gemma Files

Why I Read It: To Feed The Need – my Gemma Files addiction.

Where I Got It: From the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox (thanks!)

Who I Recommend This To: If your into sexy westerns, with some witch craftery thrown in, this is for you.

Narrator: Gordon MacKenzie

Publisher: Iambik Audio (2012)

Length: 12 hours 59 minutes

Series: Book 2 Hexslinger

I am surely addicted, and this new addiction has a name – Gemma Files. We had company over the weekend, company I adore and hadn’t seen in a year, and I still snuck in bits of this audio book. The author spins together imagery that is breath-taking in both beauty and terror. A Rope of Thorns picks right up where Book 1, A Book of Tongues, left off. Chess Pargeter and Ed Morrow have a whole posse of pissed-off folks after them and need to lay low. In a sleepy little town, they regain their strength, and also work out a few bits of their relationship. It’s hot and sweet at the same time. The night before a wedding, one of the local women, Yancy, demands that they take advantage of the celebration to slip out quietly. Things don’t quite as planned, and Yancy ends up leaving with Chess and Ed.

Meanwhile, Rook and his Aztec death Goddess wife Ixchel are still plotting and building their empire, summoning all hexes to them and taking worship in blood. As with everything in these books, nothing is black and white. The new Hex empire is a safe place for Hexes to raise families, something they couldn’t do in the open before. Speaking of family, Ixchel has a powerful brother, and it looks like these two are headed for a once-in-a-millenium confrontation. And I don’t think either cares about the term ‘collateral damage’.

Chess’s character really grew in this second book. At the end of Book 1, I was cheering him on, but in this book his personality is unfolding piece by piece, against his better judgement. Ed has to address the fact that he cares deeply for Chess, while at the same time being attracted to the opposite sex. Asher Rook, Chess’s former lover, did a very BAD THING in the first book (left out because it is a spoiler), and he struggles with loosing his friendship with Chess over it. Overall, these characters are not static; they hurt, grow, and morph into new people, forced to it by the extraordinary times they find themselves in. Throw in a few new characters, like kick-ass Yancy, and some allegiance-switching side characters, and you have a hoof-pounding, ricochet of a ride.

Our narrator, Gordon MacKenzie, did a fantastic job once again. Book 1 would be a challenge for any experienced and gifted narrator. Book 2, with further accents and more characters plus voices for dead deities and other monstrosities, is beyond what I have here-to-fore heard done well. Applause for Gordon MacKenzie please! He really brings this series to life with the effort he puts into the accents, regional and otherwise. He also had more female characters this time to play – which he did well. I can even picture him in a skirt when he does Yancy’s voice. In addition, there was some singing, and I love it when a narrator goes all out and actually sings the lyrics, instead of reciting them like poetry.

What I Liked: All of it – the dirt, blood, tears, betrayal, regret, love, trust, friendship; the sex was good too; Yancy’s character is a lot of fun; I love to hate the bad guys.

What I Disliked: This is really a minor thing, but I would liked to have heard more about Ixchel’s new empire and what she does in her off time (besides bedding Rook).

A Book of Tongues by Gemma Files

Why I Read It: It looked odd, and I was in an odd mood.

Where I Got It:  From the publisher through Audiobook Jukebox (thanks!)

Who I Recommend This To:  Folks who like Westerns, historical fantasies, desert Southwest, detailed love scenes.

Narrator: Gordon MacKenzie

Publisher: Iambik Audio (2010)

Length:  10 hours 58 minutes

Series: Book 1 in the Hexslinger series

Wow! It is awesome when one stumbles upon a new, unheard of author and falls in love with their work. This is the story of how it happened for me with Gemma Files. This nitty-gritty Western cum hex-slinging fantasy is spice-rubbed all over with some steaming hot homoerotic love scenes. The scenery is 1860s US, Southwest desert. Reverend Asher Rook and soldier Chess Pargeter start off in the army, in a small section about to engage in a loosing battle. Chess kills the commanding officer to prevent that loosing battle, but his actions force the small band of soldiers to become outlaws. Eventually Rook is caught and hung, at which point he has a vision of a evil Goddess with questionable dress code (skulls, snake skins, etc.). Rook comes out of that hanging with his Hex skills in full blossom. As he learns to use his newfound witchcraft powers, he ends up killing bystanders and leveling small towns (and not always by accident).

After a series of such events, Ed Morrow is sent by Mr. Pinkerton to infiltrate the Rook gang and provide intel back to the Pinkerton network. Ed is straight up guy, one of the good ones. He witnesses several acts that he is uncomfortable with and eventually becomes ensnared in this business with Rook’s evil ancient Aztec goddess, Ixchel. Where Rook is level headed most of the time, Chess is volcanic and vicious. These two lovers make an odd match, their strengths and weaknesses bouncing off one another. I found myself looking forward to the next encounter between these two – will Rook be able to rein in Chess? Will Chess get his way by lashing out? This book was intense through and through. Also, at the beginning of the book, I didn’t really care for Chess; By the end, I was cheering for him.

Gordon MacKenzie was an awesome narrator. He did this deep cowboy bur for Rook and this younger, whipcord voice for Chess. Ed got a level, comforting voice like this personality. MacKenzie also did a great job of pulling off all the foreign words and dialects, from Chinese to Native American to ancient Aztec.

What I Liked: The oddity of the whole thing; Ixchel is a personification of evil and done very well; none of the characters are black and white – they are all complicated; Gordon MacKenzie’s narration was excellent; the love scenes were detailed and hot; several strong female characters; for a Western, not everyone is white and straight.

What I Disliked:  The book leaps around a bit in time and this threw me off on the first leap for a chapter.