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Agony/Ecstasy Anthology: Anne Calhoun and Transfixed



To readers of Dear Author, they will know that I made a huge mistake regarding Anne Calhoun.  The mistake was that she had sent me a PDF Arc of her book, Liberating Lacey, near its original release date in summer of 2009, and I never read it. In fact, even after it was reviewed at Smart Bitches, I never read it.  I didn’t read it until a year later when Anne Calhoun emailed me again asking if I was interested. For some reason I did read it and really loved it.

When I got the invitation to put this anthology together, Anne Calhoun was one of the first people I emailed asking if she would write a story for the collection.  She was happy to and this is an excerpt of the first story. It’s a femdom story and what’s great about it is that while Marin is exercising power over Cole, there isn’t a moment that I feel that he’s not her equal.  It’s not always the same feeling I get reading the reverse (male dom) stories:

Cole waits for me as I’ve ordered: on his knees, fingers laced behind his head, in the dark. I walk into the still air of the studio apartment, close the door, twist the deadbolts, the sounds sharp and final. With a flick of the switch next to the door several table and floor lamps situated around the apartment come on. As I set my purse on the marble-topped table by the door I treat myself to a long, thorough look at him.

Even kneeling he’s large. His bowed head comes to my ribcage and while his fingers in their woven position are relaxed against his closely cropped reddish-brown hair, as the seconds tick past I see his shoulders tense ever so subtly under his black motorcycle racing jacket. Threat is implicit in his size and strength, but for me his power is tightly leashed.

Tomorrow: Shameless by Edie Harris

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Kaylea Cross
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 11:06:49

    I love Anne Calhoun’s books! This one sounds great, except the hero has my son’s name and I’m not sure I can get that out of my head while I read. Maybe I can mentally insert a different name instead?

  2. Avery Flynn
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 13:36:48

    “Threat is implicit in his size and strength, but for me his power is tightly leashed” Wow.

  3. Carin
    Nov 10, 2011 @ 13:45:51

    December 6 seems really far away. Didn’t Anne Calhoun do two stories – one from each pov of the two characters here? I can’t wait!

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