O Come All Ye Kinky Tour & Giveaway with Elyan Smith

Posted December 11, 2012 by Shari in Book Tour, Guest Post / 33 Comments

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O Come All Ye Kinky Tour & Giveaway with Elyan Smith

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 Elyan Smith.

“Christmas Nostalgia” by Elyan Smith

I’m not a very sentimental or romantic or overly effusive person. I’m not a fan of too many feelings in a heap of I CAN’T! (in modern tumblr speak), and most of the time I manage to slip in and out of relationships and friendships easily without too much heartbreak or lingering feelings. I neatly dissolve all the hooks of familiarity and stick to just the happy memories. Not being on Facebook helps with this a lot, I’ve found.

But then Christmas comes around and I call people who I last talked to, well, last Christmas, in a bit of an effort to rekindle old connections and find some of that old warmth.

As I’m writing this, I’m waiting for the time to roll around that I said I’d call a friend from back then. At twenty-eight, my back-then means friends from high school and a ten-year span since we last spent our day-to-day lives together. We went out back in the day, she and I, in one of these relationships that’d now get the “It’s complicated” stamp on social media. It wasn’t the biggest love affair but we were each other’s firsts and, other than a bit of love-and-tumble, we were close in the writing letters, and sharing emotions, and navigating teenage navel gazing and existentialist doubts sense.

We broke up on good terms, both went on to higher education and more or less stayed in touch until about halfway through university as we both drifted into our respective lives with other people, hundreds of miles away from each another, and suffering from my reluctance to pick up the phone just to say hello.

The place we’re both from is fairly rural and gossip spreads easy enough so that I knew enough about her life, the relationship she started during university with our art teacher from then, that she’d found a job back home, that she’d got a baby boy. Meanwhile there’s me and my academia and living in another country, a standard kind of almost bachelor life with a few hook-ups and fewer responsibilities. We met up last Christmas, amongst a group from back-then, and had a bit of a meal and a bit of chat, a bit of a longer chat out by the car when everyone else had already left.

Between the two of us, and the rest of them, we’ve all made choices and regretted things and lived life in stops and starts of trying to figure out how to be adults without failing at life too often. And while I’m not the sentimental type, I am the storytelling type, the type who makes up stories about people and spins tales about lives and how people fall in love and out of love and navigate life. I think it’s easy to forget, as you get caught up in the day-to-day, who the people were who you’ve been around at some other point, how you affected them the same way they affected you, and what they might be doing now.

I’m not in the habit of putting people I know into books, but I do put feelings I know into them. “Open Return” is all about familiarity and nostalgia and coming home and finding that little spark of something special that relationships invariably leave you with. You can run away and move countries, move friends and relationships, know people from all over, but when you meet people who you’ve been close to before, it’s instant familiarity and a whole heap of memories you never realized you still had buried somewhere.

So while I’m content to be by myself and live my neatly detached life most of the year, at Christmas, it’s nice to fall back into the comfort of relationships you’ve known and be around people you know will always connect to a part of you no matter how much times passes.

OCAYK_400x600-200x300Open Return
by Elyan Smith

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Fifteen years ago, Zach left the small Midwestern town he grew up in, confused and scared and determined to figure out who he was. Now transformed, he’s drawn back by the memory and promise of the dominant couple he left behind. Laura and Scott are still together, and as the year draws to a close, they explore old feelings and new ones as they discover they’ve all been waiting for Zach to come home.

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 THE AUTHOR

Elyan Smith lives in the southwest of England. Friends regularly accuse him of being an antisocial sod who spends too much of his free time looking at porn on the internet, when in truth he spends most of it writing—but the porn’s the easier excuse. He works as a researcher in psychology by day, and when he’s not writing, he’s probably in the theater, watching other people create magic. You can find Elyan at his website and on Twitter.

GIVEAWAY

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.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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This anthology sounds naughtilicious and wonderful and donating to a great causel! Thanks for sharing and happy holidays!
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Elyan Smith
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Hey pc. It’s a great anthology, loving quite a few of the stories myself. Thanks for reading, appreciate it!

Lisa w
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Lisa w

On my wish list— sounds really hot!
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Elyan Smith
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Hope you enjoy it when you get round to getting it, Lisa! Thanks for the comment!

Clancy Metzger
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I just finished the anthology this morning. Loved it and every story in it. A great way to kick start my Christmas season 🙂

Elyan Smith
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Glad to hear you enjoyed, Clancy!

FanGirlMom
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FanGirlMom

I loved your story in OCAYK & Portside was awesome 🙂

Elyan Smith
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Yay, good to hear! Thanks very much!

Allison Motherway
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Allison Motherway

I would really love to read this. Makes me want to be on the naughty list

Elyan Smith
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I hope you’ll get a chance to. It’s a great anthology!

Jason
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Jason

This is so on my ‘gotta read’ list.

Elyan Smith
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Enjoy it when you’ll get around to reading!

Issa
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Issa

More and more reasons I need to get to this book!

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Elyan Smith
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Good stuff. Hope you’ll have fun reading it when you do!

Kassandra
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Kassandra

Hope to get the chance to read this!

Kassandra
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Elyan Smith
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I hope so too!

Penumbra
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Penumbra

All the stories sound good 🙂

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Elyan Smith
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They are all amazing! 😀

Urbanista
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Urbanista

Hurray for menages, my fellow Smith. I’m having a blast on this tour, and cannot wait to read this anthology. Thanks!

brendurbanist at gmail dot com

Elyan Smith
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I loved writing this as a menage. It made the dynamics really interesting! Enjoy the anthology, and thanks for the comment.

Erika
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Erika

Sounds delightfully naughty and nice..perfect for the holidays!!!

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Elyan Smith
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It is amazingly perfect! Well, my mom keeps pestering me that she wants it for christmas, but I don’t think I can make myself gift it LOL Thank you!

Blodeuedd
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High fives for all books read!

I like this break down of a month, I must try it one day

Sophia Rose
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Thank you, ever so!

It’s a good way to look back at the month.

Shari Delighted Read
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Shari Delighted Read

Thanks! I used to do this weekly, but it became kind of redundant so we went to a monthly format.

flchen1
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flchen1

Thanks for the awesome post, Elyan–can’t wait to add this collection to my TBR 🙂

f dot chen at comcast dot net

Elyan Smith
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Thanks for the comment 😀

Red Iza
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Grady looks like a great character but, as it is often the case in romance, I think a little less of those great characters because they fall in love with… people like Lauren 🙂 I keep wondering what they might have seen !

Sophia Rose
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You’ve nailed exactly what had me struggling with this one. He’s such a complicated character and older than his years and gets hung up on a woman who still daydreams unrealistically like a sixteen year old and misses the bigger picture quite often.

Anne
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Anne

“Pervertible toys ” sounds intriguing! I’d much rather read something Christmasy like this than a sappy It’s a Wonderful Life kind of book.

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Elyan Smith
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It’s a great book with a lot of amazing stories. I’m not the sappy type myself so while it is schmoopy, it’s doing it in fun way. Hope you enjoy.

Braine TS
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The pair up reminds me of Tiffany Reisz The Siren albeit funnier and very vanilla. I love this trope!

Sophia Rose
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It is that sort of coupling, but yeah way more vanilla. I laughed a few times at their antics.

Sophia Rose
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It is that sort of coupling, but yeah way more vanilla. I laughed a few times at their antics.

Andrea M
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Andrea M

I love the way this sounds, maybe it’s time to start a new tradition.

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Elyan Smith
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🙂 Maybe it is. Thanks for the comment.

Emily
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This anthology sounds great! Thanks for stopping by Elyan!

tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com

Elyan Smith
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The anthology is amazing 😀 Thanks for the comment, appreciate it.

Catherine
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Catherine

I love your blog post. In many ways you sound like me. I slip in and out of friendships and close familial situations. In contrast, I do not get that warm and fuzzy feeling at Christmas. NOW, I will cry at every sappy Hallmark and Lifetime holiday movie, but will maintain a rather unemotional personal life.
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

deb p
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deb p

Thanks for the hop, hope I’m not too late . Wonderful blog.