Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fem Dom by Tony Cane-Honeysett (Author Guest Post / Book Review)

In association with Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours, Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews welcomes Tony Cane-Honeysett, author of Fem Dom!

Author Guest Post

Does It Have To Be Sexy To Be Erotic?
By Tony Cane-Honeysett

When I started to write Fem Dom, I didn't think about what genre it would get filed under. It really didn't occur to me that I was penning a novel of erotic fiction but that's exactly what I was doing, apparently. To be honest, I really wasn't concerned what genre it was until someone who heard me outline the story told me they didn't know I was into writing erotica. I didn't think so either! To me, Fem Dom was a dramatic tale of suspense. It certainly wasn't sexy from my point of view but then does a novel have to be sexy to be considered erotic? Getting beaten with a paddle or whipped with a leather flogger isn't remotely erotic, sensual or sexual to me but I appreciate that there are quite a few other people out there who would think otherwise. So, what defines which genre a book falls into? 

Other writers congratulated me on coming up with a work of erotic fiction at the perfect time. Fifty Shades Of Grey was peaking and everyone seemed to think I'd planned my book to ride on the coattails of E.L. James's bestseller. In fact, nothing could've been further from the truth. For starters, Fem Dom had taken me three years to complete. It'd spent nine months in a cupboard gathering dust after I'd printed out what I thought was a final draft only to find some issues with the storyline that I couldn't immediately resolve. Going back to it after so many months turned out to be a reward for my patience as I saw the manuscript with fresh eyes. What I had been unable to resolve at the time was now a simple fix and I'm happy with the novel in its published form. 

So here I am, the author of a work of erotic fiction, if that's what floats your boat. Okay, I'll admit Fem Dom is certainly kinky - any work which features dominatrices falls immediately into that category, I accept that. But it did trouble me somewhat when someone who'd read the book asked me how I'd gotten into "all that kinky stuff." I told them that I wasn't actually into it, I just wrote about it. They gave me a look that suggested they thought otherwise. I told them they should read my next novel about a guy who likes killing people and reassured them that I wasn't into murdering either.

About The Author

Tony Cane-Honeysett is an Emmy Award winning writer and filmmaker. His documentary work includes The Royal Academy and Mondo Bondo. A graduate of Ealing College of Art & Design in England, Tony was the recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship awarded by The Tennessee Arts Commission in 2006. He has worked professionally as a copywriter in advertising for over 20 years in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Nashville and Minneapolis. Tony was born in London, England.

His latest book is the fiction erotica, Fem Dom.

Fem Dom Book Trailer

Book Review

Fem Dom by Tony Cane-Honeysett
Publisher: Chardonnay Press
Publication Date: August 15, 2012
Format: Paperback - 252 pages / Kindle - 664 KB / Nook - 516 KB
ISBN: 098584762X
Genre: Erotica


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Pump Up Your Book! Virtual Book Publicity Tours.

Book Description:

When faithful wife Tara Drew suspects her advertising executive husband is seeing a Dominatrix, she sets out to trap him in the act. She pays the Dominatrix to teach her how to please men by dominating them and inflicting pain. But her plan to snare her husband has very bizarre consequences. Way out of her comfort zone as an undercover Fem Dom, Tara discovers a kinky world that both intrigues and disgusts her. But now she is the one with a secret life that she doesn't want her husband to find out about. 

Fem Dom is a sexually fueled, fast-paced story about women who want to control men.

Book Excerpt:

Chapter 1

It was 10:00 a.m. and the hell months were over. The bitter, biting, bastard of winter had faded into a brief spring and now the very welcome of beginnings of summer. The sleepy, upscale suburb of Eden Prairie was as pretty as it sounded. And so was one of its imported residents, 34 year-old Tara Drew.

Tara didn't have a job. Not a real paying job anyway. She didn't need to work as Clem's fat monthly paycheck more than provided for the two of them. But she wanted to do something to make herself feel useful instead of merely cleaning house and waiting for Clem to come home to a hot meal every night. To alleviate the boredom of her Groundhog Day existence, Tara played Good Samaritan, feeding those less fortunate than herself, because if there was one thing Tara could do well, it was bake. The lucky recipient of her culinary prowess was the Saint Augustine's homeless shelter in Bloomington and her twice-weekly deliveries there gave her a sense of purpose.

"Very nice," Tara said softly to no one in particular as she pulled a tray of piping hot banana and walnut muffins out of the oven. While they cooled, Tara finished wiping down the dark granite countertops in her perfectly color-coordinated designer kitchen. The brushed chrome Viking stove and matching cooktop beautifully complimented the vast Sub Zero refrigerator, which seemed to take up half a wall. Sure, she was house proud and why not? It was a house worthy of pride. What's more, keeping six thousand square feet of real estate tidy and clean kept her busy. This was Tara's world but she was going quietly crazy.

Downtown, the imposing glass facade of the Kempt building on Nicollet Avenue housed the opulent offices of the Bergenson & Adler Advertising Agency located on the forty-second, forty-third and forty-fourth floors.

Clem Drew swiveled around in his Herman Miller Aeron chair, kicked up both feet on the glass-topped desk and cupped his hands behind his head. Staring out of the floor-to-ceiling windows at the other faceless steel and glass monoliths, Clem was feeling very content about his life right now and he had good reason. The phone on his desk rang. Clem leaned back and grabbed it.

"This is Clem."

"You lucky bastard!"


"Damn! How'd you pull that off?"

"What can I say?" Clem smiled, smugly.

"Let's go start our own agency. Bring that account with you."

"Very funny. Go into business with an old hack like you?"

"Fuck you. Hey, let's grab lunch this week."

"Love to."

Somewhere else in the Kemp building, a man wearing headphones listened.

Reprinted from Fem Dom by Tony Cane-Honeysett.
© 2012 by Chardonnay Press

My Book Review:

At first glance, you would think that Fem Dom would be a very explicit and racy story. But on the contrary, it is a fascinating story about a wealthy advertising executive's wife journey into the private world of sexual domination and submission, in order to learn the role of a Dominatrix, so that she could take control of her marriage and give her husband what he desires after finding a business card for a Dominatrix in her husband's suit jacket. At first, Tara Drew's journey into this kinky sexual world will intrigue and disgust her, but as she learns the ropes and becomes Dominatrix Angel, she gets caught up in this sexual world and now has a secret life of her own that she doesn't want her husband to find out about. 

Fem Dom is an intriguing and fast-paced story that will draw you in from the beginning and hold you captive until the end. In his debut novel, author Tony Cane-Honeysett weaves a fascinating tale told in the third person narrative with alternating chapter perspectives of Tara and Clem Drew. The author introduces the reader to Tara and Clem Drew's life: Clem is the heir apparent to becoming the next CEO of the highest grossing advertising agency in the Midwest; while Tara is the pampered housewife who tends to Clem's every need, her only desire is to have a happy marriage. The storyline then quickly builds upon Tara's frustrations with their marriage as Clem completely focuses on his career aspirations. When Tara finds the business card for a Dominatrix in the pocket of Clem's suit, the reader is brought along for the thrill ride as Tara journeys into the inner workings of the secret sexual world of domination and submission. 

With a realistic cast of characters, engaging dialogue and interactions, and a storyline that easily draws the reader in with its intriguing mixture of suspense, sex and humor, Fem Dom is a fascinating and entertaining story that will keep the reader enthralled. 

I didn't know that reading about the secret kinky sexual world of domination and submission could be so much fun ... wink, wink.


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