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Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Giveaway and a Lesson with Ken Charles


USE AND ABUSE OF EUPHEMISMS IN EROTICA

It’s a terrible thing when times just pass you by. I was all prepared to write a scathing guest blog about Paypal and it’s chilling effect on erotica. Then Paypal retreated, and another hot topic fizzled. So now you’re thinking something along the lines of “That’s a pretty friggin’ lame way to
start a guest post.” Actually, it was a calculated device to allow me to write “friggin'”. Let’s get down and talk about euphemisms. Ah, that got your attention. Now you’re thinking more along the lines of “Copulating A!”

Euphemisms are an essential part of the erotica author’s literary arsenal. Repetition and redundancy are major turn-offs for the average reader (and a corresponding gluteal pain for an editor). No erotica author should attempt to create multiple sex scenes in a story without access
to a thesaurus.
Biology 101--okay, class, the fundamentals of a sex act are pretty uniform whether the scene is M/F, M/M, F/F or F/M, or various combinations or permutations thereof. Essentially, at some point in each sex scene, one or more of some sort of rhabdoid projection is going to be inserted into one or more openings and passageways. Euphemisms allow the author to return to that same refrain over and over again without boring the readers. They also help the readers connect with concepts with which they are intellectually capable of comprehending, but are otherwise tempermentally indisposed to grasp.
Like any other word choices, the choice of euphemisms can enhance a scene or destroy it. The author must consider the connotations of a particular euphemism as well as its meaning, and determine whether it is well suited both to the characters and the nature of the scene. Is it likely that your character would use the particular word? Does it fit in context? For example, according to “The Etymology of Slang Sexual Terms”, http://www.takeourword.com/pt.html, the word “pussy” referred to women as early as the 16th century, but didn’t take on a sexual meaning until the 19th century. Accordingly, a modern reader would understand the author’s intent if the naughty, 17th century duchess invited the knight to “lick her pussy”, but it would be anachronistic at best, and would probably ruin the scene for a reader with a penchant for history.
Similarly, certain common euphemisms come with highly emotional, negative connotations, such as the dreaded four letter “C” word. Inserting such a word into a sex scene can lose some readers outright.
Euphemisms apply to both things and actions. Characters can mate, screw, couple, fornicate, schtupp, do the nasty, and even fuck when all they really want to do is engage in sexual intercourse. Her breasts are not only like two young roes, they’re also like “juicy, juicy mangos”
(Bend It Like Beckham, inter alia). Things need not actually be as they appear in the mirror of written text.

Case Study: Setting -- A bedroom. Male is sitting watching Female undress. Female slowly lifts her dress, revealing no panties. Aaaaaaand, action!

“He was awestruck by the sight of her pulchritudinous mons veneris.”
Cut! What is the author trying to convey? The male’s focus obviously is on a particular portion of the female’s anatomy as viewed from the front. Before we move on to the next slide, let’s try a slightly different approach. Aaaaaaand, action!

“He was gobsmacked at the sight of her gorgeous pussy.”

Ah, now the reader is engaged. (The three of you who are thinking about the Savannah kittens you saw on Animal Planet over the weekend are excused.) The reader understands where the male’s focus lies, and already is anticipating what will ensue because of the generally positive and titillating connotations of the euphemism “pussy”. Now substitute the four letter “C” word for “pussy”. For some readers for whom there are strongly negative connotations for the word, the entire scene is ruined.

Euphemisms abound, but when the need arises, the author can always create a new one. In Sex
Tales from West County: Billy’s Tale, I wrote a scene in which Missy is riding Billy cowboy style, while singing to herself a song with a line about “gigging frogs". Billy assumes that “frogs" is a euphemism for “breasts". See the excerpt below (guess what a “turgid rod” is a euphemism for?). Whether replacing an anatomical structure or a physical act, a well turned euphemism can keep a scene rolling without reducing it to the level of a freshman biology lecture.
Thanks for having me as a guest on Labelle Books and letting me ramble. I don’t get out much in polite society. Of course, if you wanted someone polite, you wouldn’t have invited me.
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Ken Charles is the darker and naughtier alter ego of Charlie Kenmore, the author of Earth Angel and other Seven Realms Tales, several screenplays and numerous short stories. He started writing corporal punishment (CP) erotica after coming home frustrated one night after being stood up on a first date. Originally intent on writing a “WHACK-OUCH-WHACK-OUCH” tale just to vent some spleen, Ken's plan was foiled when the story actually took on a life of its own and developed a plot line. It became one of Ken's most popular stories. Since then, Ken has taken CP from the bedroom to outer space. Whether set forth in flash fiction or in a novella, rubifaction is guaranteed.

He is a 53 year old professional from St. Louis, Missouri with one very significant other, two grown kids, and two cats. He enjoys collecting books, art and cooking. An avid garage sale hunter, he is still searching for an oil painting by Edouard Leon Cortes (or anything from the Drip and Drool School like Pollack or Rothko that can be sold so he can buy his Cortes). You can find Ken Charles on Facebook, and Charlie Kenmore on Facebook and at the Seven Realms Earthside Communications Center, http://charliekenmore.blogspot.com/.

5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me want to misbehave!!, February 15, 2012 By Summer Daniels
"A great mixture of narrative and sizzling sex, this well written piece does not disappoint.”
The Black Pearl's review
Feb 21, 12

"Ken Charles is a great author with the ability to change the 'voice' of his stories....By far, the star in this short story collection was Psyche and MetaPhysic --absolute genius. The story's execution was brilliant!”
Coming soon:

Venus and Marks
CP Sci-Fi Tales Across Time and Space
EXCERPT FROM SEX TALES FROM WEST COUNTY: BILLY’S TALE
(Suggested background music--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aA4seB6ou8)
Missy swept her tongue back the other way and proceeded up the shaft. When she reached the top, she put him back in her mouth and bobbed up and down several times to ensure that he was as hard as he was going to get.
She lifted her head clear, but continued stroking him with her left hand. She reached over to the side table and the remaining condom. She ripped it open with her teeth, then put the condom in her mouth. She leaned over and slid the condom over his turgid rod, using only her mouth.
Missy clambered over him, faced and straddled him, and slowly impaled herself, singing softly to herself something like “Dum-de-de-dum-de-de-dum”. When he was fully inside her, she stopped and enjoyed the sensation of being filled. Billy reached up and squeezed her breasts. She closed her eyes, and began posting up and down, slowly and rhythmically to the music in her head. She continued to mouth the words silently, but occasionally gave voice to some of the lyrics, something about going into the city to save a horse.
She continued to post. Each time she started down, Billy thrust upwards to meet her halfway. He rolled her nipples back and forth, then mashed her full breasts together. He pinched the nipples. Missy gasped and smiled and said something about gigging frogs.
“I'll gig your frogs, baby.” He pinched her nipples again. “Frogs. That's a new one to me. Jugs, boobs, honkers, tomatoes, melons, tits, knockers, sure. Frogs? Nope. That one is new.”
She giggled, then went back to mouthing her lyrics. She continued steadily lifting herself up, then
slamming back down. Her breathing quickened. Billy squeezed her breasts together, did his first abdominal crunch of the day, and licked both of her nipples.
“What? What?”
He dropped back against the pillow. “What?”

When she didn't answer, Billy reluctantly released his grip on her right frog and gave her a sharp smack on her bruised bottom. Missy yelped, then threw her head back and screamed. “Yeeeeeeeeeehaw. Way to go, cowboy!” Billy thrust upwards just as Missy threw her weight back,
practically doubling the heat and pressure on the top of his driving piston. Billy threw his head back in the pillows and came hard.

*** GIVEAWAY TIME***
Ken Charles has generously offered a copy of either 'Twisted Sisters' or 'Sex Tales From West County: Billy's Tale' to one lucky commenter. So please leave a comment for Ken and let him know which you would prefer.
Don't forget to leave your email address, and follow the blog if you aren't already. We'll announce the winner on Saturday March 31.
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Best wishes,
~Author Jennifer Labelle~

2 comments:

  1. Please enter me for either book. I would like to read both of them. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

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  2. Congratulations Tore, you're our lucky winner. Ken will be in contact shortly with your book.

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