Saturday, April 29, 2017

Lady Sally and the Doncaster Flying Meeting of 1909 (#steampunk #erotica #airship )

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By S. Nano (Guest Blogger)

Mistress Of The Air is a comic, steampunk, erotic Adventure (with a capital 'A').

Steampunk is a fun genre to write in. It’s a mash up of history and science fiction, combining a Victorian past with new technologies. The world building in Steampunk can be extremely sophisticated and deadly serious or it can be tongue in cheek, containing bizarre characters and derring-do adventures. Mistress Of The Air definitely takes the comic route, offering a kinky and funny twist on the Steampunk genre. It features an over-the-top Edwardian dominatrix, Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester, along with her airship, brass automatons and an array of dastardly electric or steam-powered sex-toys. She takes her airship, ‘The Corseted Domme’, on travels across the Empires of Europe, having many adventures on the way and dropping in on her aristocratic friends and relatives for tea.

Lady Sally’s Steampunk world is rooted in a Victorian/Edwardian past with added technological innovations and devices. Some features of the book were even inspired by specific events or people. My former career managing the local archive office means I’ve been ideally placed to get ideas from the documents and photographs I came into contact with.

In the opening chapter of Mistress Of The Air, Lady Sally introduces herself to Captain Wyndham at a ball in honour of the aviators at a flying meeting and picks him out as her airship pilot for her adventures. The scene is set at a flying meeting with races and time trials for biplanes and airships, modelled on an actual event – the Doncaster flying meeting.

This event was held between 15th and 23rd October 1909 at Doncaster Racecourse and was the first aviation meeting in the United Kingdom and, therefore, a significant event in British aeronautical history. It attracted international flyers including the famous flying showman, Samuel F Cody from America, who was, I believe, the brother of the Cody of the Wild West Shows. There were competitions for the new-fangled biplanes held in various classes such as speed, longest time in the air, distance, rising speed and longest time in the air.

I even borrow some of my character’s names from the pioneer aviators at the meeting, notably Captain Charles Wyndham, recruited as Lady Sally’s airship pilot, and his French rivals Monsieurs Delagrange, Le Bon and Saunier.

So, this is an interesting example of how an historical event can get mashed up with fictional characters and mixed with new technological innovations to create a Steampunk world.

Be warned. There will be wild escapades, kinky BDSM, awesome airships, dastardly devices, explosions and nice cups of tea. I hope you’ll come along and join Lady Sally for the ride!


Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester owns a brass mine in Zanzibar, a Lapsang Souchong tea plantation in China, a rubber tree farm in Malaysia, trunk loads of corsetry, and the country’s largest collection of antique whips and floggers.

Larger than life, and itching to find new and inventive ways to punish her submissive gentlemen, the Edwardian dominatrix has a vision. Embracing the spirit of the new age of aviation, she embarks on a series of adventures on her own airship, The Corseted Domme, with her transvestite maid, Victoria, her airship pilot, Captain Wyndham, and her automaton sex toy, Borghild.

A select group of submissive gentlemen, consisting of a duke, bishop, lawyer and banker, is invited to join Lady Sally so she can try out her new dastardly devices and sex toys on them. She whips, spanks and punishes her way across the Empires of Europe, dropping off to visit her aristocratic relatives and friends for afternoon tea.

But Lady Sally’s journey is not uneventful. War is threatening to break out and the Ministry of Aviation want to commandeer her airship for the war effort. And when The Corseted Domme has a crash landing, Lady Sally realises there is a stowaway on board intent on sabotaging her airship.

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Jolly bad luck on the final race, Wyndham. It was a daring move and deserving of greater reward.”

The captain’s face lit up at the compliment. He looked up but couldn’t help but be distracted by the sight of Lady’s Sally’s breasts. Her dress was cut daringly low, and the magnificent orbs of white flesh were pushed up enticingly by her corset and the cut of her gown.

And then she started talking. If Wyndham was embarrassed about what to say to her, he didn’t need to worry. She commanded the conversation and Wyndham listened, bewitched and mesmerised at the vision she laid before him. There was no escape for him. He was pinned into the corner by Lady Sally’s heaving breasts with no escape. He tried to concentrate on what she was saying, conscious of the treatment meted out on Monsieur Le Blon, all the time urging himself to focus on her face not her chest, but it was an enormous effort of will when they were practically thrust under his nose.

She spoke of her airship. She described how vast it was going to be, how fast, how powerful, and how high it would fly. She described how sumptuously it would be fitted out. She extolled the virtues of her ocean liner of the air. Wyndham nodded enthusiastically as her breasts swelled and subsided with every excited explication of her venture. She enthused about her designers and engineers who were working on it, of the technical challenges they faced and how they had overcome them. Wyndham stood trapped in the corner of the ballroom like a frightened rabbit in headlights all the time trying to distract himself from the sight of Lady Sally’s enormous d├ęcolletage as it heaved up and down in front of his eyes.

Then she proceeded to explain how, as he must certainly know, she was the foremost dominatrix of her age and described with great enthusiasm the dungeon that would be fitted out on the airship, and how excited she was about the adventures she would have, and the whippings, spankings and punishments she would administer to the carefully selected group of submissive gentlemen who would be accompanying her on the airship’s maiden voyage.

It’s my ambition, Captain Wyndham, to be the Mistress of the Air, yes…a veritable Mistress of the Air, and I envisage you playing a vital role in fulfilling my vision.”

Wyndham’s ears pricked up at those words but he only had the slightest moment to interject with a nervous, “oh really,” before the enormous breasts backed him even further into the corner. Lady Sally continued by praising his aviation skills and the daring manoeuvres she’d witnessed at the flying meeting. Wyndham flushed with pride. She went on, much to the captain’s delight, to say how those French aviators were all show and no guts, and she needed somebody who would take risks for her, to serve her loyally and selflessly. Finally, she wound up her diatribe and came directly to the point.

Now Captain. I pride myself on my instincts and judgement of character. You see, the matter is I need an airship pilot. I need someone who can share my enthusiasm for air flight and is a skilled aviator. I believe you are my man Wyndham.”

Lady Sally continued extolling the excitement of the new age, how she was going to take her airship on a grand tour across Europe and how he, Wyndham, would be her pilot.

Finally, she concluded, “So that’s all settled then, Captain Wyndham. I can assure you the financial rewards will be considerable. It’s good to have you on board. I’m sure we will share many adventures together. You can report to my airship station at Howden in Yorkshire. My maid, Victoria, will give you all the details.”

With one dismissive wave of a lace-gloved hand she breezed off, leaving the hapless Wyndham gaping in astonishment. He had been swept away by her charisma. He had barely uttered a word. At no point had he agreed to the venture yet he knew in his gut he would accept the challenge. He felt strangely compelled to help Lady Sally fulfil her vision of travel in the largest and fastest dirigible ever to be built.

About the author

S. Nano is an author of erotic stories with dark and exotic content in fantasy, paranormal or historical settings, often drawing on the themes of female supremacy, BDSM and fetish but with a seam of quirky humour running through them as well.

His first full-length erotic novel, Adventures in Fetishland, a BDSM/fetish re-invention of Alice in Wonderland, was published by Xcite Books. His short stories and novellas have been published by Xcite Books, House of Erotica, Forbidden Fiction, Coming Together and Greenwoman Publishing.

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1 comment:

Lisabet Sarai said...

Congratulations on the release, Nano! This sounds like a wild ride!

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