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*Holds up mistletoe* Look at that—our lovely host today is under the mistletoe! You know what that means—a big kiss from the entire O Come All Ye Kinky group for hosting us today! We hope everyone enjoys today’s post from Sarah Frantz, editor of the anthology.
“Soundtrack of O Come All Ye Kinky” by Sarah Frantz
It was occasionally surreal to be editing stories set at Christmas-time in September, but it does mean that I’ve been ready for the Holiday season for months. A big part of that is that I’ve had Christmas music in my head for a long time. O Come All Ye Kinky definitely had a soundtrack as I was editing it. That might be natural for stories set during the holidays, but sometimes my authors surprised me, and I found some amazing new Christmas music to listen to.
Ava March’s Regency-set “’Twas the Night” reminded me of some of my favorite Christmas carols. I personally like the minor-key carols: “Lo, how a rose e’er blooming,” “Coventry Carol,” “Carol of the Bells,” and “I wonder as I wander.” These are the carols that the heroes Michael and Percy would have sung in church on Christmas morning, before they meet on Christmas evening. While Michael and Percy could not have had music playing during their time together, of course, I imagine that they might have these carols quietly echoing in their heads as they hold each other.
While L.A. Witt’s “Candy Caning” doesn’t mention any particular songs, it starts off with the sound of the Salvation Army’s begging bell. Although hearing this bell in real life is problematic for me, considering their track record with gay rights, in the story, it immediately sets the atmosphere for a visit to the mall during the Holiday season. In a similar vein, two of the New Year’s stories mention the ubiquitous and requisite “Auld Lang Syne.” Each time it came up, I had to check the spelling of the title, just to be sure we had it right.
The most poignant song of the anthology shows up in Elyan Smith’s “Open Return.” Running throughout the story is the title from the Ramone’s famous Christmas song: “Merry Christmas (I don’t want to fight tonight).” Elyan originally used a non-Christmas song in the story, but we agreed that “I don’t want to fight tonight” was a much better fit. And it has the bonus that song titles are not restricted by copyright, so we could use it with impunity. :-)
The submissive character in Joey W. Hill’s “Submissive Angel” is a former ballet dancer. There’s a beautiful scene in which he dances in the snow for his new Dominant (you can see it in the excerpt posted to the book’s webpage), and Joey lists the music he dances to. In fact, Joey lists songs throughout the story, and I love each and every one of them. Brad Paisley’s “Silent Night” is playing when Robert, the dominant, walks into his toy store one magical snowy evening and finds his employee Ange dancing. Tori Amos’s “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” plays when Robert has Ange dance for him in the falling snow. The a cappella group, Straight No Chaser, sings “This Christmas” at the emotional turning point of the story when Robert stops shutting out Ange’s love. And rather than wanting to skate away on Sarah McLachlan’s “River,” Robert sees himself skating into the future with Ange.
Christmas is as much about its music as it is about the food or decorations. This is why Christmas music creeps earlier and earlier in the year in retail stores—it gets us in the mood. The authors of O Come All Ye Kinky show us how evocative music can be in a written text, how much it can set the scene, get the characters and the readers in the mood—the mood for sex, the mood for love, the mood for lifetime commitment, for peace and goodwill.
Happy Holidays, everyone! May they be happy and as kinky as you want them to be!
More about O Come All Ye Kinky:
Christmas is a time of love and joy, and the New Year is a time of renewal. But they are also times of stress and strife, family drama, pressure and heartache—a potent mix of high expectations and conflicted emotions. Add in power exchange relationships, kinky gift swaps, and unconventional love in a sometimes unforgiving world, and you have a formula for a sizzling anthology of stories that tug at your heart.
From Ava March’s forbidden Regency love between men, to Katie Porter’s scorching hot contemporary tale of two women discovering holiday happiness, everyone will find a favorite here. Pervertible toys abound: Lambda Literary Award finalist L.A. Witt’s candy cane, Jane Davitt’s wrapping paper and tape, and Alexa Snow’s Christmas candles all please and delight. Newcomer Elyan Smith and fan favorite Kim Dare both celebrate New Year’s Eve with romantic flair and kinky fireworks, while bestselling author Joey W. Hill’s poignant story of discovery and commitment will lead you home.
Whatever your desires, we invite you to explore new fantasies and old with these eight kinky tales of holiday happy endings.
20% of all proceeds from O Come All Ye Kinky will be donated to the Domestic Violence Project of the National Leather Association–International. (If you buy the book, digital or print, from Riptide’s website, more money goes to the charity because we’re not paying third-party vendor fees.)
You can find out more about the anthology and all the stories here.
About Sarah Frantz:
Sarah Frantz has a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of Michigan. She edited two academic collections, Women Constructing Men: Female Novelists and Their Male Characters, 1750-2000 (Lexington, 2009) and New Perspectives on Popular Romance Fiction: Critical Essays (McFarland, 2012). She is President of the International Association for the Study of Popular Romance, recipient of an Academic Research Grant from the Romance Writers of America, and has published academic articles on Jane Austen, J.R. Ward, Suzanne Brockmann, Joey W. Hill, and scenes in which the romance hero breastfeeds from the heroine. Sarah reviewed romance at Dear Author for almost four years, is now an acquiring editor at Riptide Publishing, and a freelance editor at Alphabet Editing.
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