Have sex with a stranger? Never. But Brooke is fed up with life and looking for a change. When she meets an out-of-town cowboy in a Cambridge bar, she decides he’s exactly what she needs—a quick, anything goes, one-night-only distraction.
Liam thought wearing a cowboy hat to his favorite sports bar because he lost a bet was pure humiliation, but when a hot, short-skirt wearing woman tells him he’s just what she wants, he changes his mind.
Hard Fall is one of my "old" Ellora's Cave stories. I'm rereleasing it via Radish Fiction, the online, on your phone, reading app. First episodes are always free so why not check it out?
I've been wanting to rerelease my 'old' Ellora's Cave stories for a while. The new year seemed like the perfect time! Over the holidays, between enjoying drive though light shows and spending time with friends and fam, I uploaded several of these early gems.
Radish Fiction is a phone app that gives readers the opportunity to read their favorite stories in quick episodes. Series are divided into seasons, just like on Netflix, etc. All genres are represented, so you're sure to find something you love.
Also, because I'm all about education and knowing things, I've included a lesson on ropes and roping. Not cowboy style ropes. How helpful would that be? Bondage style ropes. Not sure that will be helpful to everyone, but it sure is interesting. Article is below.
Happy New Year!
Excerpt From: Hard Fall
Liam Derby stretched, letting the scarred back of the wood chair smack against the wall as he scanned the early evening bar crowd. The tall stools near the televisions were packed with local Red Sox fans but none of the people was anyone he knew.
“Need another, cowboy?”
After glancing at the nearly empty Rolling Rock bottle nestled in his right palm, he nodded to the overly attentive waitress. “Sure, thanks.”
She started to walk away, but hesitated, turning back to eye him cautiously from beneath dark lashes. “Um… Can I ask you a question?”
He lifted his eyebrows, silently inviting her to continue.
She pushed a few stray blonde curls off her cheek and giggled. “Is it true you—I mean cowboys—have sex with your, um—I mean their—hats on?”
Liam considered pushing back his hat to reveal his thick red hair or asking her if she’d ever seen an Irish cowboy, but that might force him into having to explain why he, a city slicker construction worker, was wearing a cowboy hat and an absurd Western-style shirt. The last thing he wanted to do was explain that. So instead, he winked and replied slowly enough to mask his Boston born-and-bred accent. “I never kiss and tell.”
Her slightly disappointed gaze darted up to the fresh-out-of-the-box black Stetson sitting atop his head down to his denim-covered crotch, then skittered back to his stunned face. But instead of saying something—which would have been the decent thing to do, she scooted off, dodging between the tables and giggling as she slid behind the bar.
Thinking about buying some bondage rope? First time thinking about buying rope? Headed to the hardware store because you want that rope - in - a - hurry?
But you may want to think about what’s going to work best for you ahead of time. You know, to avoid that awkward moment when the helpful salesperson asks you what type you want then, in attempt to assist you better, asks you what you want it for. See what I mean?
There are three things to consider
Think of fiber as the rope’s texture and appearance. It’s what the rope is made from, so fiber determines the look, texture, pliability, smell, and overall aesthetic. The four most common fibers used in bondage are hemp, jute, nylon and MFP.
Hemp Thanks to the fact that its natural, hemp offers great smell and texture. It’s soft but strong. It ‘breathes’ and bends, tucking itself into the contours of the body. The texture makes it easy to secure knots and this rope adjusts to varying tension levels. Bonus, it has great old-school appeal, making it easy to imagine you’re being bound by a pirate or roped by a cowboy.
Notes on hemp:
it can be put through the washer but looses strength with each washing.
it looks wonderful in person but is hard to photograph.
its more expensive than the other commonly used roped.
Jute Jute, the other natural choice, is nearly the opposite of hemp. This fiber starts out very strong, sturdy and rough. This makes it a favorite of those who prefer edge in their rope play. That same firm texture makes it hold knots very well and photograph really well. Bonus, this rope is light and so travels well. And yes, it also has that old school appeal of hemp.
Notes on jute:
it has enough grip to stay in place, but not as much as hemp. As a result, careful tensioning is required when using jute.
it can be tricky to wash and must be stretch dried to retain length.
it requires careful selection when purchasing. Be sure to ask about the weave, as loosely woven jute will not last very long.
Nylon and MFP (multi-fiber polypropylene)These are manufactured, oil-based ropes, so cost quite a bit less than the natural alternatives. Because they are not natural, they maintain their round shape consistently and over a long period. They both wash easily and can be used in the water. Something to consider, they don’t hold body heat. As a result, some users find these feel less natural and say they fell disconnected from these ropes. Bonus, these fibers comes in many bright colors, are super shiny and photograph great.
Notes on nylon and MFP:
in regard to weight, they are about the same as jute.
they are very strong.
they can be tricky to use as they are slippery so tension can be difficult to control.
A good diameter to start with is between 4mm-8mm. 7mm and 8mm are frequently selected due to strength and comfort. Obviously, strength is very important when considering suspension. Also, the thicker ropes are easier on the skin and, as a result, are the better option for longer bondage sessions. Thickness impacts rope stiffness and weight. Thicker ropes are more stiff. The stiffer the rope is, the less pliable it is. Therefore, knots and intricate patterns can be difficult. Thicker ropes are also heavier and, consequently, more difficult to transport.
In regard to length, consider what the rope will be used for, ie, simple wrist ties or full body suspension, and the size of the person being bound. The North American standard is about 30 feet, with 15 foot spares. The Japanese have a more complicated system of deciding rope length, basing the decision on the measurements of the rigger. The idea is to use a length that the rigger can work with easily and fluidly. That measurement is typically between 23 and 27 feet with 12.5 foot spares. Not buying any rope for yourself? No worries. In an effort to make this knowledge useful, take yourself to the opening of FIFTY this weekend, reread your tattered paperbacks, and check out what they use, see if you would have made the same selections.
Recipe of the Month
3 fresh mint leaves
1/2 lime, juiced
1 shot tequila blanco
1 bottle beer (recommended: Corona)
Fresh mint sprig, for garnish
DIRECTIONS So simple!
Place mint leaves in bottom of highball glass.
Fill with crushed ice.
Add lime juice, stir, then add the tequila and beer.
Current fiction project--a dystopian, sci-fi sort of thing.
Current non-fiction--upcoming The Binge Watchers Guide to Riverdale, adding Season 5.
Hard Fall and Letting off Steam are available on Radish Fiction.
Unfinished Business is also available on the reading app, Readict.
Book chapter, Struggling Against the Tide: Narrative Structure and the Human Connection in Jaws, to be included in the anthology, “This Shark, Swallow You Whole”: Fifty Years of Jaws from McFarland & Co. Publisher.
Unfinished Business and the Invitations series will be released in audio.
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