That said, the overwhelmingly positive response to that series inspired me to wrap up a mostly-finished story I've been working on for the better part of a year. I alluded to it in a post entitled A Few Idle Thoughts a couple of months ago, but I've had trouble mustering the initiative to finish it until recently. That's your influence on me; you inspire me to continue doing this. Often, that praise is the only reward for doing this sort of thing, and I appreciate it quite a bit.
Anyway, I finished the story, entitled An Experiment: A Tale of Gender Role Reversal, which I plan to publish via my Smashwords Account where you can also find my other novel, A Warrior Reborn.
Following is the cover and synopsis for An Experiment: A Tale of Gender Role Reversal:
Casey and Alexis Matheson are a young, married couple on a cross-country trip when they are abducted, imprisoned, tortured, and ultimately, transformed by a pair of mad physicians hell-bent on changing the world’s perception of gender. A tale of twisted experimentation unfolds as Casey and Alexis try to maintain their sanity and identities. Can they escape? Or are they destined to live their lives as glorified lab rats in the doctors’ macabre experiment?
I'm not sure, of course, but I think that this is some of my best (text-only) work. For comparison, when I published A Warrior Reborn, I sort of forced the last third of the book, simply so I could publish it. I still stand behind the piece as a whole (the first and second parts are solid pieces of erotica), but the third...well, let's just say I could have done better. This, however, is a cohesive narrative, start-to-finish, which I think makes all the difference.
It's inspired by a slew of body-horror films I saw a couple of years ago (including The Human Centipede and Tusk). Being a visual medium, however, those films focused on the shock-value of their various transformations while my preference is to delve into the psychology of losing your identity. That, and I don't like the "gross" transformations - just not my cup of tea. However, while those films might not be exactly my taste (I do recognize that they're both good at what they set out to accomplish, though), they did serve to inspire the basic narrative structure of this story. Obviously, it's not on par (from a gross-out perspective) with three people being sewn ass-to-mouth, but I do think that, in its own way, it's an equally horrifying chain of events (to a normal, heterosexual man). Of course, we look at things a bit differently, but I think it can work on a multitude of levels. Or at least I hope so.
I'll be publishing this novel soon (like by the end of next week, I think). I should be able to finish editing by then. When I finish, I'm going to be handing out a handful of free books - either via coupons or just an emailed text document. Of course, the purpose of this is two-fold: first, I do think that you, as loyal readers of this blog, deserve at least a chance to see it first, and second, I want to get a few reviews to drive sales. At least, that's the plan - hopefully those of you who get those free copies will oblige me by sharing your thoughts.
I haven't decided whether I want to post on Smashwords (and let them handle distribution), or if I just want to publish to Amazon. I'm open to any suggestions in that respect. I'm also open to comments on the cover. I like the layout and the primary graphics, but I'm not a hundred-percent sold on the font. So any suggestions would be appreciated.
Anyway - that's the update. Hope you all enjoy the book when it launches.