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Michelle Polaris: Bound Odyssey
Friday, January 15th, 2010

While I’m away, I let my friends come out to play. Welcome Michelle Polaris…~DD

First off, I want to thank Delilah for allowing me to kidnap her blog while she’s away and so help pursue my plan for total world domination. Oops, did I say that out loud? Sorry Delilah-faithful, I’ll have to get back to you on the particulars of my plan, as its details are still quite fuzzy. I’m such a tease. Instead, I’m here today thankful for having a chance to pimp my book, Bound Odyssey, released by Ellora’s Cave this past fall.

But before I jump into shameless self-promotion, I wanted to share a few thoughts I had about why I love erotic romance. One thing fiction does stupendously is allow readers to a place to explore or connect to emotions or ideas in a less overwhelming way. Sexuality and all its flavors is a basic component of our species, but for many it’s difficult to acknowledge. Especially its less mainstream expression. Having a place to connect to our feelings about the varieties of expression is crucial if we’re to avoid crushing our own complex identities. A story that explicitly touches on emotion, relationship and sexuality is a mother load for doing this. As a writer of BDSM romance this strikes me as particularly true.

I am also a fantasy and science fiction reader by nature. I love world building. I adore speculative fiction. They provide the chance, just like erotic romance does for issues of sexuality, to explore a lot of provocative topics without triggering our human tendency to shut down about unpleasant realities. For instance, the threat to the environment. How sexy is it to tune into the news and listen to the debate about global warming, the melting polar icecaps and rising sea levels? Not too sexy. Or to issues about bigotry and violence in our world? I don’t see Cosmo covering these topics in their features about increasing sexual satisfaction in relationships. Not sexy.

Now is about the time I circle back around to my erotic romance novel, Bound Odyssey. It is a futuristic, post-apocalyptic, Femdom, m/m/f ménage which also includes male domination elements. Okay, maybe not for everyone, although it’s getting kick-ass reviews. But what I wanted to build for my readers was a way to reflect on current issues of environmental threat and the politics of hate, while allowing them the eternal hopefulness that comes out of lovers healing each others’ emotional wounds and finding their happily ever after. Life can be painful, but painting a picture of hope alongside dark reality is what keeps folks going. I better shut up now and let you read the blurb.

The year is 2067 and Earth is self-destructing from environmental cataclysms. A portal to a new world is ripped open and refuge there is Earth’s only hope. Enter Jace, cowboy diplomat, who is preparing for the negotiation of a lifetime. A sexually conflicted alpha male, he hates everything with a cock, especially himself. The last thing Jace expects is to fall in love with both a woman and a man.

His dark history presents the ultimate challenge to Mira and Roman, the sexual Dominant team hired to prepare Jace for the female-dominant culture of the new world. Tragedy has made Mira distrust her Mistress abilities. Survival is her priority, and she resists her deep attraction to Jace’s haunted eyes and sculpted body.

Roman, however, falls hard and fast for Mira and Jace, ready to honor Mira as his Mistress and force Jace to recognize him as Master. Bound in one another’s chains and pushed to the limits of arousal and pain, they must outrun sabotage and conspiracy to find salvation for their bodies, souls and hearts.

One commenter told me she hopes that when our world really faces similar environmental destruction to what is speculated about in this story, that there’s a portal to another world available for escape. I can’t promise, folks. It’s fiction. But truth is stranger than fiction, or so they say. As to whether the portal might lead to a female dominant world, well it can’t hurt, ladies, to own a pair of thigh high black leather boots just in case (grin).

Please link to my website or Ellora’s Cave to learn more about me and consider buying my book. If you click over to my blog site, I’ll be running a contest in conjunction with this guest blog today. Leave a comment there and enter to win.

Visiting today was wicked fun. Thank you, Delilah, for hosting me.

Michelle Polaris

14 comments to “Michelle Polaris: Bound Odyssey”

  1. jennifer mathis
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      · January 15th, 2010 at 10:34 am · Link

    wow you are a busy woman and the book looks great



  2. Michelle Polaris
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      · January 15th, 2010 at 11:07 am · Link

    Thanks Jennifer. I’m pretty pleased with the book. I’m working with someone to create a book trailer, so look for that on my blog and website soon. The first cut looks fantastic so far.



  3. Regina Carlysle
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      · January 15th, 2010 at 11:49 am · Link

    Hey Michelle. The book looks and sounds great. I’m with you on why we love erotic romance. We not only get the romance but have a chance give our fantasies room to stretch and play. I love that.



  4. Cindy Spencer Pape
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      · January 15th, 2010 at 12:20 pm · Link

    Totally agree with you about both speculative fiction and erotic romance as ways to explore topics. Great blog, and the book looks fantastic!



  5. Michelle Polaris
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      · January 15th, 2010 at 2:55 pm · Link

    Thanks Regina and Cindy. It’s great to explore new ideas and feel safe and relaxed at the same time. Plus, the excitement doesn’t hurt.



  6. Brandy W
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      · January 15th, 2010 at 5:03 pm · Link

    Sounds like an interesting story Michelle. I admit you are new to me so I’ll have to head over and see what all you have.

    I’ve enjoyed reading some BDSM before and it has definitely opened my eyes to new things. Its let me experience something that I may not have known I’d like.



  7. Natalie
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      · January 15th, 2010 at 8:25 pm · Link

    The book sounds interesting. Any excuse to buy a pair of boots, is always good.

    I agree with you that erotic romance provides an opportunity for readers to explore new/ different situations without feeling pressure to act on it. For me, I like reading erotic romance to see how characters will react to a given situation. Even if it is fictional it gets me thinking, what if? I think speculative fiction, in particular, does a great job of exploring those what if possibilities.



  8. Michelle Polaris
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      · January 15th, 2010 at 9:16 pm · Link

    I agree Natalie. Speculative fiction is fantastic for that reason! And just to share my latest read, I’m in the middle of a fantasy novel by Wen Spencer called A Brother’s Price. It takes place in a world where male children are so rare that men have become treated like chattel in the way women were in pre-industrial society. Basically a commodity for female led families. I think her best known books are part of the Tinker duology. I highly recommend those. Thanks for checking out the blog today.



  9. Adele Dubois
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      · January 16th, 2010 at 4:25 pm · Link

    Enjoyed your post, Michelle. I grew up in a household with a library filled with science fiction and fantasy novels. They ignited my imagination for life.

    Best of luck with you new release!

    Adele



  10. Michelle Polaris
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      · January 16th, 2010 at 7:19 pm · Link

    Thanks Adele. I still read more sci-fi fantasy than just about anything else. It’s so much fun.



  11. Shayla Kersten
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      · January 17th, 2010 at 5:43 pm · Link

    Sounds like a really hot book! So many books are strictly male dom. Nice to see a little femdom out there! Love the cover too. Very sexy!



  12. Michelle Polaris
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      · January 17th, 2010 at 5:48 pm · Link

    Thanks Shayla. The Fem Dom is in the definite minority so I decided to write what I wanted to read (like so many of us do). I appreciate the comment.



  13. Delilah Devlin
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      · January 17th, 2010 at 8:56 pm · Link

    Michelle! I’m still away, but checking in! Thanks so much for guest blogging!



  14. Michelle Polaris
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      · January 17th, 2010 at 9:09 pm · Link

    My pleasure. I totally enjoyed visiting with the readers on your site. I hope your trip is fruitful.