Thursday, December 13, 2018

Finding an Art Teacher


Most folks know I love art. When I lived in China I was lucky enough to take classes with art professor. She spoke as much English as I spoke Chinese meaning NOT MUCH.

My teacher and I met at an art auction.

I converted her work but the price quickly went well beyond my budget. I was horrified that the man who won didn’t seem to appreciate her or her incredible talent. He just wanted the status of donating that much to charity.

In my broken Chinese I told her how much I loved her work.

She gave me her number and address.

My friend called for me and scheduled a time for us to meet. I thought I was going to her gallery but she had invited me to her home.

I found out that she was a retired art professor at one of Suzhou’s colleges. I had nothing to lose so I asked if I could persuade her to take me on as a student.

My friend translated.

The artist ran out of the room.

Had I insulted her?

Within 30 seconds she returned with a chopstick in hand and held it out to me.

HOLY FUK! This was my karate kid moment. I could feel it deep in my bones. The pressure built. I didn’t want to screw this up.

I took a deep breath and grasped the chopstick between my fingers and thumb.

She snatched my hand and studied my finger placement.

I started to sweat. Did I do it right?

She looked me in the eye and said, “I teach you.”

I wanted to dance around the room but I settled for shaking her hand and calling her teacher… or mouse because the words sound almost the same.

Over the next six years while I lived in China, I created seven pieces. Chinese Brush Stroke (or water color) is time consuming… especially if you don’t know the language and have little talent for painting. She taught me through demonstration and at times with hand over hand.

I included a few of my pictures. 




Fun Facts:
*Many of the shades of green are made from Indigo Blue and no yellow needed to be added.
*Chinese Water color is done with mostly water.
*You’re supposed to hold your water and your ink brush in one hand (though if you’ve just had carpal tunnel surgery like me that’s not possible).
*Students are not allowed to create original pieces. You learn by reproducing what the Masters before you have made.
*My paintings were made by her tracing other artists designs and then I was to paint them after practicing exactly what to do off page.
*My chop (signature stamp) was too “mannish” for my teacher’s liking.
*After every class she made me eat watermelon > I don’t like fruit. I ate it weekly for six years.

In The Temple of Heaven, Jordon Davis takes art class from my teacher. While once I got past the idea of copying someone else’s work, he does not. We see him struggle with her demands that he adhere to the rules. In the end he negotiates and addresses his issues with drawing his own boundaries.


The Temple of Heaven’s Blurb
Music is Tian Di’s life and his love, and he’s made plenty of sacrifices. His career is finally taking off with his band, Made in China, and he’ll continue to put music first... until he meets Jordon. Then insta- lust becomes insta-love and a commitment to the future—no matter how difficult it might be.
Jordon lives in a bubble constructed by his overprotective older brothers, who are so controlling that they’ve kept him from dating. A talented artist, Jordon managed to keep his success with a Japanese manga publisher a secret from his family, but now he fears discovery. It’s easier to let his brothers handle everything, but Jordon has reached his limit. He’s ready to draw some boundaries so he can be his own man and face all the challenges that come with that.
Their families and careers aren’t the only obstacles. Jordon must accept his identity as a gay man who doesn’t top or bottom. Fortunately, Tian Di—and his special talents—help Jordon open up to his sexuality in an erotic adventure that spans Japan and China, and with love, luck, hard work, and open minds, will end in a happily ever after.

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Happy Hannukkah!


Happy Holidays Blurb:
What do erotic sex toys and Hanukkah have to do with each other?

Absolutely nothing unless you’re a member of the famous rock band The Dark Angels and the shy but kinky Robin gives gifts that guarantee to spice up the holidays!

Each couple makes the most of these unique gifts, blending love and orgasmic fun to REALLY celebrate the holidays.




Thursday, November 29, 2018

Penis Art of Bhutan



How did I NOT know of this? I did research but I was in China at the time which makes me think the censors blocked out the penis-lick-ous-ness of Bhutan. One of the main reasons we opted not to go was there are only 8 pilots in the world skilled enough to land in Bhutan... That's a tad scary!!!!

Below is the link to the article I snapped these pictures from... definitely worth a look.







So take a look at

You Won’t Believe Why Penises Are Painted On Walls In Bhutan

by Nishant Raj                                     Bhutan Penis Art Article LINK


Hugs, Z. 

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Prejudice or Preference?

Many times on dating/hookup apps there are "preferences" that scream RACISM... Here's a video from Britain on this subject.


Understanding the construction of racism and acknowledging their existence allows us to move past the negative to a place where we can help make a positive changes.

Hugs, Z.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Birthday Wishes


((This is a tiny tale is about Jordon's birthday before The Temple of Heaven.))

Jordon Davis braced himself as he opened the front door. A riot of rainbow-colored foil balloons rained down on him from above.

“Surprise!” His brothers, Dusty and Zack along with their significant others and all the members of the Dark Angels sang Happy Birthday to the hard rocking beat of their last song.

Angel Luv stepped in front of the group, belting out the words like he’d written them. Of course, he went over the top and made the lyrics much sexier than they were meant to be.

Jordon clapped. “Thank you. That was great.”

“Blow your cake.” Josh snarked and gestured to the beautiful creation Zack held. “I mean blow out your candles.”

Robin leaned into Jordon. “And make a wish.”

Yeah, like anything he ever wanted happened. He was twenty and what did he have to show for it? Okay, he did have two somewhat successful mangas. But what else had he done?

Nothing. He never even had a boyfriend. Certainly, no wild sexcapades.  For God’s sake, he was still a virgin living under his brother’s roof.

But as always, Jordon did what was expected. He blew out the twenty rainbow candles on his unicorn cake, and he begged the fates that be for someone to love who would love him back.

Josh asked, “What did you wish for?”

Jordon answered over Robin’s concern of never telling. “The impossible!”

Knock, knock, knock.

“Who is that?” Zack darted to the door.

A police officer flashed a badge as he started to toy with the top button of his shirt. “I heard it’s Jordon’s birthday and I have a special sexy message for him.”

“Oh no you don’t.” Zack slammed the door in the guy’s face.

Knock, knock, knock.

Dusty stomped over and opened the door with Angel, Josh and Andrew playing backup. “Thank you but no thank you. I’ll pass on the birthday greetings. Here’s some money to please stop bothering us.”

“Man, I’m just trying to do my job. No worries man.” He nabbed the offered stack of cash and backed off the porch. “Oh, wait aren’t you—”

The door shut again in the guy’s handsome face.

Jordon’s best friend, Gwendolyn mouthed, “I’m so sorry. I thought a strip-a-gram would be fun.”

Jordon shrugged. “Happy Birthday to me.”

His brothers loved him, but when he was younger he made one very foolish mistake and they’ve been overprotective ever since. No wonder he was untouched. Neither one ever let any of the guys Jordon might have found interested in get close enough for him to hand over his V-card.

Though who was he kidding, what he wanted in bed wasn’t what most guys expected. He’d die a virgin.

The Dark Angels had gathered around him to hug, back slap, and tease him about the presents they got him like his brothers didn’t just cockblock his sexy present.

Zack went into what Jordon considered head roadie mode. He gave a shrill whistle. “Jordon will open presents after cake. Form a line. Drew will cut the cake. Dare offered to scoop the ice cream. And Josh and Justin are doing drinks over there.”

Gwen shoulder bumped Jordon and snorted. “Geez, Zack has got the Dark Angels well trained.”

Jordon nodded.

“Hey sorry about the stripper. I thought… sorry.” She narrowed her gaze on him. “What’s with the sad face? It’s your birthday, Jordon.”

“I’m going to die a virgin—”

“Shhh, not so loud. You’ll wind up in a horror flick as a sacrifice.” Gwen giggled as she swiveled her head around as if making sure they weren’t overheard. “Whew. You’re safe.”

Not able to restrain himself, Jordon chuckled. “Yeah, too safe.”

Gwen grinned. “Hey, maybe you’ll meet your Mr. Perfect on the upcoming Asia tour.”

He gave her a dramatic eye roll. “Yeah, right. Like that could happen.”

Shrugging, she whispered, “You never know.”



The Temple of Heaven Blurb

Music is Tian Di’s life and his love, and he’s made plenty of sacrifices. His career is finally taking off with his band, Made in China, and he’ll continue to put music first... until he meets Jordon. Then insta- lust becomes insta-love and a commitment to the future—no matter how difficult it might be.

Jordon lives in a bubble constructed by his overprotective older brothers, who are so controlling that they’ve kept him from dating. A talented artist, Jordon managed to keep his success with a Japanese manga publisher a secret from his family, but now he fears discovery. It’s easier to let his brothers handle everything, but Jordon has reached his limit. He’s ready to draw some boundaries so he can be his own man and face all the challenges that come with that.

Their families and careers aren’t the only obstacles. Jordon must accept his identity as a gay man who doesn’t top or bottom. Fortunately, Tian Di—and his special talents—help Jordon open up to his sexuality in an erotic adventure that spans Japan and China, and with love, luck, hard work, and open minds, will end in a happily ever after.


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Thursday, November 8, 2018

What’s the Allure of BDSM?



I hear this question kicked around. I thought this might be a good first topic. Why do some people find BDSM engaging and quite delicious? Here are some possible reasons.

Power Exchange: It’s all about trust. The submissive hands over their mental, physical and at times their spiritual well-being to another/others. The Dominant(s) accepts the responsibility of being in control of someone else’s mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. This can be for the length of a scene, a day, a weekend or a lifetime. The exchange is an agreement that all parties are working with the other(s) to fulfill a need within themselves and satisfy the other(s). What each person gets out of it is unique to them.

submissive Reward: There is a freedom that can come to a submissive when they’re no longer in control. The stress of having to make decisions is shifted to the Dom and the sub can simply be. This is why negotiating a scene/contact/agreement is so important.

Dominant Reward: Receiving someone’s complete trust is heady in and of itself but then being allowed to steer someone to a place some describe as Heaven is a jolt of magic. Doms with a sadistic bent can create intense sensations in someone who has willingly submitted to the journey. Those that get off on control or guiding a sub are also able to find ways of getting those needs fulfilled.

subspace/Topspace: During certain activities or an intense scene pleasure and pain can release a ton of delicious chemicals including endorphins (which can be like a hit of morphine). This magical place is described in various ways and as with most things can be very individual. Some people experience it as: an out of body sensation, a deep calm, euphoria, quiet in the head, joy, nothingness, detached from reality, and possibly delightful incoherence.

Experimentation: BDSM play is something different, exciting, out of the norm. Learning about yourself and your partner(s) by exploring all the things BDSM has to offer can be a fun activity. The very nature of BDSM encourages discussion and communication on new or different activities and allows you to figure out how far you want to go.

Sexy Fantasy: BDSM interactions can be played out in a negotiated safe space. Clubs, dungeons, and play parties usually have staff/Dungeon Masters who can help guide the participants, and if need be intervene. But even if you’re playing in private, you and your partner should be clear as to what is happening so you can shape the experience into something you both want.

Enjoyment of pain: Sensations are sought out and perceptions about pain and pleasure can morph as endorphins are released. (At the risk of getting philosophic: Life is pain. We can’t avoid it. BDSM can allow you to access it and prove not only can you deal with the sensation but can tame pain into something positive.)

Deep Unexplained Need: In a world that is complex and confusing BDSM can provide the stability of a system that allows the very deepest needs met. Some people may have these overwhelming urges to submit/control, give/serve, guide/teach, be accepted and/or to prove themselves worthy. BDSM provides an outlet and activities to pour these needs/desires into. BDSM allows the sub/Dom to achieve and receive satisfaction on the most primitive level.

My Ending Thought: BDSM Play Varies
People need different things and they have different limits.
There’s not just one way to sub/Topspace.
Some people only dabble in sensual dominance (no pain but something more than vanilla sex maybe some toys and fantasy play) to more hardcore the entire spectrum is valid.
Many need/enjoy the ritual of leather, BDSM clothing, a traditional BDSM atmosphere while others don’t.

Get information lots of it: There are lots of workshops, books, online sites, clubs, munches (non-scene meetups), and other people involved who are happy to share. Just please keep in mind information can vary so the more you have the less likely you are to think your way is the only way spoiler: It’s not.

One of the main reasons why I wanted to do this blog is to help people reach a better understanding of BDSM, themselves, and their needs. I want to celebrate the individual expressions across the spectrum of BDSM.

Again, keep in mind: this blog is only one viewpoint, a small sampling of one love slave’s opinion. Always seek your own truth.

I’d love to hear from you so comment here or use the contact information to touch base with me privately. 

Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.

Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.

After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom Enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.

Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Top 5 Unique Experiences I had while living in China


1) Being Center of Attention
Usually I happily fade into the background. In China my blonde hair, pale skin, and my blue eyes made that impossible. I became a curiosity people wanted to see… and touch. I started taking pictures of people taking pictures of me.
2) Travel: We were able to travel to Thailand, Cambodia, Japan, South Korea, Tibet, and varies places in China > that I never dreamed of getting to visit… but if you’re almost already there >> WHY NOT?
3) Massages: Having a lovely man named Guy Chuang walked on my back 2-3 times a week. (BTW here’s some TMI when someone walks on my ass I giggle… just saying I find it hysterical) When we first moved to Suzhou massages were $8/hour.
4) I had a housekeeper. I didn’t want one but I was basically told this woman couldn’t be reunited with her son if she didn’t have a second job… I gave her a job but with my obsessive need to clean I didn’t give her much work LOL.
5) Taking art lessons from an art professor. She spoke no English and I spoke only a little Chinese. At times, my teacher would hand over hand show me what she wanted me to do. My friend (& driver) had studied art when he was younger so he joined me at the end of each lesson so she could talk to me directly about my work. (Psst, in The Temple of Heaven Jordon takes a couple art lessons too but he’s more determined than I was to set his own boundaries. I just went along with what the teacher wanted me to do.)


The Temple of Heaven’s Blurb
Music is Tian Di’s life and his love, and he’s made plenty of sacrifices. His career is finally taking off with his band, Made in China, and he’ll continue to put music first... until he meets Jordon. Then insta- lust becomes insta-love and a commitment to the future—no matter how difficult it might be.
Jordon lives in a bubble constructed by his overprotective older brothers, who are so controlling that they’ve kept him from dating. A talented artist, Jordon managed to keep his success with a Japanese manga publisher a secret from his family, but now he fears discovery. It’s easier to let his brothers handle everything, but Jordon has reached his limit. He’s ready to draw some boundaries so he can be his own man and face all the challenges that come with that.
Their families and careers aren’t the only obstacles. Jordon must accept his identity as a gay man who doesn’t top or bottom. Fortunately, Tian Di—and his special talents—help Jordon open up to his sexuality in an erotic adventure that spans Japan and China, and with love, luck, hard work, and open minds, will end in a happily ever after.