Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Goodbye to the Grip - #Transitions #Blogging #Authors

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For the past ten years, I’ve been manager of the Oh Get a Grip group blog. I inherited the blog from another group of authors, all of whom decided at the same time that they wanted to move on with other things. That was fine with me; at the time, I wasn’t ready to commit to the work of my own personal blog, so managing a group of contributors seemed like a reasonable way to get my feet wet in the blogosphere.

Over the years, the membership of the blog has included many of my online author friends. When one person dropped out, due to burnout or competing responsibilities, I’ve managed to find a contributor to take the exiting author’s spot.

Now, though, the Grip seems to be petering out. Almost all the current contributors want to leave – including me. I’m going to keep the site up for a while, but I’ll disable comments. In a few months, I’ll take it offline.

Meanwhile, though, I want to thank all the wonderful authors who’ve been part of the Grip for the past few years (and some for quite a bit longer). I hope that you’ll visit their individual social media sites – and maybe, buy their books! Every one of them is well worth reading.

Happy New Year to them, and to you!

Ashe Barker

Ashe whiles away her time in the wilds of West Yorkshire, in the north of England, writing smutty books and drinking Earl Grey tea. At the last count she had over thirty titles on general release, many featuring BDSM, always hot, with complex characters and compelling plots. Ashe writes MM and Mf, contemporary and historical, with the occasional threesome thrown in. 

When not writing Ashe enjoys messing around with digital photography, reading erotic stories, pole dancing (though not especially well), walking her dogs, and listening to Bon Jovi. Loud.

I love to hear from readers. You can find me on my blog, and on the Totally Bound site. I’m on Facebook, and twitter and now on Tsu as well. I’m on Pinterest too, and Goodreads

C. Sanchez-Garcia

At this particular time in a wandering, often bizarre and unexpected life, C. Sanchez-Garcia is living quietly in eastern Georgia, where the size of his personal library is bursting the walls of his little house. He stubbornly believes in passion, God, sensuality and spirituality, and that a good love story is life's finest medicine for melancholy. He is the author of the erotic novellas Mortal Engines and the Color of the Moon and the charity erotica collection Coming Together Presents: C. Sanchez-Garcia. Several of his stories have been published in various volumes of the Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica and Coming Together anthologies as well as the Erotica Readers and Writers Association's online gallery and permanent archives. If you would like to meet the author you will find him at his blog, and on Facebook.

Cameron D. James

Cameron D. James is a life-long lover of books, voraciously reading everything from the classics to sci-fi, romance to science and nature, and thrillers to erotica. Understandably, a love of books led to a love of writing, having penned his first story in grade seven (about stolen baseball cards). Having written millions of words by now, Cameron now focuses on one of his favourite genres — gay erotica.

Cameron is a fan of Star Trek, having seen every episode of every series (including the animated series) and every movie at least twice. In addition to Star Trek, Cameron also loves physical exercise and seeing how far he can push his body. He’s taken kickboxing, Bikram hot yoga (that’s the super hot and tough one), diving, personal training at the gym, and likes his regular Wii workouts (seriously, they’re a lot more intense than they look).

Other interests include listening to electronica music (particularly Armin Van Buuren), puttering around the house (and attempting to grow a garden), and gawking at cute twink baristas at the various coffee shops where he’s such a regular that he’s known by first name.

To connect with Cameron, please visit his website at or connect with him on Twitter at

Giselle Renarde

Giselle Renarde is a queer Canadian, avid volunteer, contributor to more than 100 short story anthologies, and award-winning author of novels and novellas such as Anonymous, Ondine, and Nanny State. Giselle loves a geeky girl and lives across from a park with two bilingual cats who sleep on her head.

Ms. Renarde’s anthology My Mistress’ Thighs: Erotic Transgender Fiction and Poetry received an Honourable Mention in the 2011 Rainbow Awards, and her book The Red Satin Collection took top prize in the same category in 2012. She is a contributor to Tristan Taormino’s Lambda Award-winning book Take Me There: Trans and Genderqueer Erotica, as well as such notable anthologies as Best Women's Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Bondage Erotica, and Best Lesbian Romance.

Jean Roberta

Jean Roberta has taught English and creative writing courses in a Canadian university for over twenty years. Her speculative-fiction course, Sympathy for the Devil, analyzes four novels by women about male protagonists who describe themselves as “monsters” and “devils.”

She co-edited Out Spoken, a book of articles based on presentations in a queer faculty speakers series, including her own approach to the notorious 1928 lesbian (or transgendered) novel, The Well of Loneliness. The anthology will be published by the local university press. An article of hers is due to appear in From the Coffin to the Classroom: Teaching the Vampire (McFarland Press), in 2014.

She writes more fiction than non-fiction, and over ninety of her erotic stories, including every orientation she can think of, have appeared in print anthologies, two single-author collections: Obsession, now out of print, and Each Has a Point (Love You Divine), plus a novella of the 1860s, The Flight of the Black Swan (Lethe Press). 

Her reviews appear in a variety of venues. She reviews lesbian/gay/bisexual/trans/genderqueer material for The Gay and Lesbian Review (www.G& Sixty of her reviews of erotica are in the archives here: She currently blogs here: and here:

The twenty-five opinion pieces she wrote for a monthly column, “Sex Is All Metaphors” (on the site of the Erotic Readers and Writers Association, 2008-2010) are available as an e-book, Sex Is All Metaphors, here: All profits go to support the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom.

Her website-in progress is here:

K D Grace

For K D Grace, penning a good tale is a physical act. When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening or walking. Her creativity is directly proportional to how much soil is under her fingernails or how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She’s having a mad affair with a pair of kettle bells at her local gym and an even madder affair with a stainless steel pole in the pole fitness studio just across the street. She’s fascinated with mythology and fairy tales, which inspires many of her stories. She loves to read. She loves anything that gets her out of doors. But she loves writing a story best of all.

Voted ETO Best Erotic Author of 2014, K D is the author of sixteen novels and multiple novellas and short stories for multiple publishers. She also writes romance under the name Grace Marshall. At present she is excitedly publishing her Medusa’s Consortium urban fantasy series. The first three novels, beginning with In The Flesh, are now available.

Find K D Here:


Morticia Knight

Author Morticia Knight spends most of her nights writing about men loving men forever after. If there happens to be some friendly bondage or floggings involved, she doesn’t begrudge her characters whatever their filthy little hearts desire. Even though she’s been crafting her naughty tales for more years than she’d like to share—her adventures as a published author began in 2011. Since then, she’s been fortunate enough to have several books on bestseller lists along with titles receiving recognition in the Rainbow Book Awards, Divine Magazine and Love Romance Café.

Once upon a time she was the lead singer in an indie rock band that toured the West Coast and charted on U.S. college radio. She currently resides on the North Oregon coast and when she’s not fantasizing about hot men, she takes walks along the ocean and annoys the local Karaoke bar patrons.

Morticia’s Social links:

Amazon Author Page:

Sacchi Green

Sacchi Green is a Lambda award-winning writer and editor of erotica and other stimulating genres. Her stories have appeared in scores of publications, including seven volumes of Best Lesbian Erotica, four of Best Women's Erotica, four of Best Lesbian Romance, Best Transgender Erotica, Best Fantasy Erotica, and Penthouse. She's also edited nine lesbian erotica anthologies: Rode Hard, Put Away Wet (Suspect Thoughts Press); Hard Road, Easy Riding (Lethe Press); Lipstick on Her Collar (Pretty Things Press), and Lesbian Cowboys, Girl Crazy, Lesbian Lust, Lesbian Cops, Girl Fever, and Wild Girls, Wild Nights, all from Cleis Press. A collection of her own work, A Ride to Remember, has been published by Lethe Press. Five of her books have been Lambda Award finalists, and Lesbian Cowboys, co-edited with Rakelle Valencia, won the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Erotica in 2010.

Tim Smith

I’ve had an interest in writing since I was in high school, and gravitated toward the pulp fiction genre popularized by writers like Raymond Chandler and Mickey Spillane. I used to watch the movie versions of their stories and became hooked on the whole film noir thing. That started me on my lifelong love affair with all things Humphrey Bogart and Alan Ladd. My mother was an avid reader and suggested that if I liked the movies, I should read the books to see how they compared.

When I took up writing full time 15 years ago, my first fictional character was a former CIA spook named Nick Seven, who lives in Key Largo, Florida with a Barbadian beauty named Felicia, who is a former co-worker. Key West in July doesn’t generate as much heat as these two when they mate, and Felicia is a kick-ass companion whenever the bad guys come calling. After that series took off (5 so far and more on the way), I decided to indulge my passion for private eye fiction by creating another character, Vic Fallon. He’s a former cop turned gumshoe who lives on the Lake Erie shore in northern Ohio (near where I grew up). His adventures evoke Chandler’s Phillip Marlowe, but in a contemporary setting. My other titles would fall under the banner of contemporary erotic romantic comedy, the kind of thing you’d see on Lifetime.

Last year, I retired from civil service, and continued being a freelance writer for a local newspaper and several online sites. Just when retirement had become a comfortable habit, I was coaxed out of it by the publisher of the weekly paper I was writing for. I’m now the Editor, and I’m enjoying my newest career. The only drawback is that after spending all day reading and editing other writers’ stories, I don’t want to devote time to my own! I guess this is why they invented days off. 

1 comment:

Jeremy Edwards said...

Big thanks to you, Lisabet, and to the other Grippers of recent and olden times, for giving us so many great conversations (plus, at one time, guest slots for people like me)! I know that you, especially, worked very hard on OGAG for a very long time, so brava! to you.

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