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But now, on to Trinity and Graciela (thanks for joining the Wednesday Women:
(graphic provided by author)
Flawed, powerful women have always fascinated me. We hear about flawed, powerful men all the time, but women are often expected to be passive, saintly, or both.
Passive saints are boring.
However, it is risky to write a woman with strength, humanity, and failings. Readers, even female readers, will often accept more flaws in a man than a woman. A man “has leadership skills” while a woman is “bossy” or “shrill.” An alpha hero is sexy, while an alpha heroine is often portrayed as frigid or in need of a good man to soften her feminist edges.
We teach our little girls to be quiet and obedient, while we shrug our shoulders at little boys misbehaving and say, “Boys will be boys.” A male college student who rapes is forgiven his “youthful indiscretion,” while a female college student who is raped must have “asked for it.”
Within the world of BDSM and DD (domestic discipline), the gender-based double standards are just as strong. Christian Grey from Fifty Shades of Grey has become an icon of sexy power, while women (even dominant women) are reduced to inert objects of desire. Where are the sexy, powerful women who make mistakes but are individuals in their own right? Where are the sexy, powerful women who love them?
In Mistress on Her Knees, (forthcoming on
Trinity Maddox and Graciela Fairbanks meet over a delivery of moo shu pork and
cream cheese wontons. Graciela is a professional Domme who helps Trinity escape
from an abusive situation, and they fall in love. There are two problems. (What is a great love story without
First, Trinity’s negative experiences make Gracie wary. She keeps her distance at first, insisting Trinity is too young and naïve to make a life commitment.
Second, Trinity sleeps with Graciela’s best friend.
For most people I know, cheating is the automatic do-not-pass relationship ender. Gracie feels the same way. She kicks Trinity out, moves to another country, and cuts off all communication.
And yet…and yet! Their paths cross ten years later, and Gracie is faced with a choice. Should she forgive the woman who destroyed their relationship, or does this flawed, powerful woman deserve a second chance?
What would you do if you were Gracie? Can love overcome the worst betrayal?
Thou shalt not covet thy host’s submissive
When a Domme loves a Domme, strange things can happen. When a Domme loves a Domme who is her former submissive and cheated with her best friend, all of the usual fun with handcuffs turns into something darker.
Graciela struggles to control her attraction to the headstrong, beautiful woman who broke her heart ten years ago. She offers temporary shelter to a fellow human in crisis, nothing more. But when Trinity buckles under Graciela’s righteous anger and begs for forgiveness, Graciela’s resolve wavers. Can she ever trust again? Does Trinity deserve a second chance, or is this yet another manipulation?
Previous books in the series:
Mira’s Desire (two-book set of Desire in Any Language and Mira’s Miracle)
Fire of Desire (free serial available on Governing Ana)
Cookie queen, wooden spoon lady, and champion of carbs, Anastasia Vitsky specializes in F/F erotic fiction. She hates shoes and is allergic to leather. When not writing about women who live spankily ever after, she coordinates reader and author events such as Spank or Treat, Love Spanks, and Sci Spanks. Her favorite event is Ana’s Advent Calendar, a month-long celebration of books, community, and making a difference.
She is too afraid to watch Dr. Who, but she adores The Good Wife and anything with Audrey Hepburn. In her next life, she will learn how to make the perfect pie.
Where to find out more about Anastasia Vitsky and her books:
Blog (Governing Ana)