Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Story Behind Slow Satisfaction by Cecilia Tan

Slow Satisfaction is the final book in the Struck by Lightning trilogy. It's my first book with a "Big Six" major New York publisher since the 1990s. The way I hooked up with them is sort of funny. 

I self-published my first book back in 1992: it's BDSM science fiction erotica entitled Telepaths Don't Need Safewords. At the time I had to self-publish because BDSM was something most publishers wouldn't touch. By 1998 I had grown enough notoriety that HarperCollins, one of the major publishers, published my collection of erotic short stories, Black Feathers. 

But publishing got conservative again in 2000 when Bush (W) was elected, even though the public appetite for BDSM and kink continued to rise. Fast forward to 2012 and it's no wonder 50 Shades of Grey exploded, since demand for kinky material always kept rising but publishers had been refusing to touch the subject for so long. After 50 Shades, though, they couldn't ignore it any more, and thankfully they came back to me, the author they'd been saying was "too kinky" and "too edgy" for so long. (It helped that my literary agent pushed me to them, too.) 

When I wrote the initial proposal for Slow Surrender, I went in knowing that the vast majority of readers would have already read 50 Shades of Grey. So my idea was to take a similar starting place, with an inexperienced female and a dominant male, and then to take it in my own direction. And that's pretty much what I did! Hachette's Grand Central/Forever romance line bought it and wanted a full trilogy, so I worked with an editor there to develop an even longer and richer story, with more twists and turns. It's been a fantastic success. The first book in the series, Slow Surrender, won the RT Award for Erotic Romance, and now Slow Satisfaction, the final culmination of James and Karina's story, is finally hitting the shelves.

It's funny because in the 22 years since I wrote Telepaths Don't Need Safewords I've grown and changed, the industry has grown and changed, and the way the public views BDSM has grown and changed, but what hasn't changed is the deeply erotic dynamic between dominant male and submissive female that made Slow Satisfaction such a treat to write.

About The Book: 

The sizzling conclusion of the Struck by Lightning trilogy! The story that began with the RT Award-winning Slow Surrender finally brings us all satisfaction. James has finally pushed Karina beyond her limit–not her limit for kinky sex play, but for his extreme secrecy. She has had enough and breaks things off.

But James won’t give up on Karina and he will do whatever it takes to get her back. He’s ready to share his deepest, darkest secrets, but is Karina ready to hear them? When James is blackmailed by an unscrupulous music industry executive, he must give in to unreasonable demands or risk exposure of his and Karina’s secret sex life… a sex life that keeps getting hotter! Will Karina and James’s love be strong enough to withstand the many obstacles being thrown their way?

About the Author:

Cecilia Tan is "simply one of the most important writers, editors, and innovators in contemporary American erotic literature," according to Susie Bright. Her BDSM romance novel Slow Surrender (Hachette/Forever, 2013) won the RT Reviewers Choice Award in Erotic Romance. Tan is the author of many books, including the ground-breaking erotic short story collections Black Feathers (HarperCollins), White Flames (Running Press), and Edge Plays (Circlet Press), and the erotic romances Slow Surrender, Slow Seduction, and Slow Satisfaction (Hachette/Forever), The Prince's Boy (Circlet Press), The Hot Streak (Riverdale Avenue Books), and the Magic University series (Riverdale Avenue Books). Her short stories have appeared in Ms. Magazine, Nerve, Best American Erotica, Asimov's Science Fiction, and tons of other places. She was inducted into the Saints & Sinners Hall of Fame for GLBT writers in 2010, was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Leather Association in 2004, and won the inaugural Rose & Bay Awards for Best Fiction in 2010 for her crowdfunded web fiction serial Daron's Guitar Chronicles. She lives in the Boston area with her lifelong partner corwin and three cats. Find out more at

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