I promised y’all a new Island series book a while back. I’m pleased to report that, despite COVID-inspired ennui and writer’s block, I crossed the 30,000-word threshold last night! There really will be a book coming.

I’m excited about this one. It’s the eighth book in the series, an immediate sequel to Conrad’s Betrayal.

Here’s a quick, spoiler-free preview. Well, spoiler-free if you’ve read the other books.

It’s been about five months since Conrad and Julia moved to the Island, and a new threat to the Island’s secrecy and existence has arisen. An investigative reporter is onto them, slowly building a comprehensive exposé that could ruin Sir and everyone there. Meanwhile, Conrad is dealing with some more intimate problems: Julia is up to something, and she won’t tell him what it is. …

Well, hey there. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’m sorry. Like most of us, 2020 has sucked the life and energy out of me. But it’s July already (HOW?), and my birthday is coming up (39, what?), and it’s time to get back out there and produce something.

The first bit of news is I have finished my MFA and now can officially say I have a Master’s degree in Creative Writing. Pretty cool, right? Too bad it’s not some magic potion that instantly causes me to pop out bestselling novels. Indeed, I’ve had trouble writing anything for months. …

Apparently it’s December 16, which means two things: My last blog post was two months ago, and it’s my second kid’s birthday tomorrow. It also would have been my grandmother’s 98th birthday today if she hadn’t died in 2011, but that’s neither here nor there.

So, two months ago, I reported that I had started exercising regularly and attempting to eat better, and I promised an update.

Here we are, about four months into my gym-going journey, and, get this people: I’m still going to the gym regularly! I know, right? Good for me!

I am not, however, doing so well at the food-intake-control side of things. I’m still doing better than I was, but I gave up pretty quickly on tracking and getting healthier foods and stuff. I mostly went back to eating two meals a day and attempting to not eat an entire pint of ice cream in one sitting. I also became obsessed with popcorn for a while. Air-popped popcorn is very low in calories and high in fiber, and if you just shake some Trader Joe’s Everything But The Bagel Seasoning on it or some Tajin (or both, but that might be excessive), it’s a fantastic snack. Though getting a kernel stuck between your teeth is no fun. …

I’m 5'6", which I somehow achieved despite my mother’s side of the family being relatively short. My dad’s side is tall, so, lucky me? Anyway, I’ve always felt that 5'6" is a pretty ideal height for a woman, so I’ve never had any complaints. That is pretty arbitrary, I know. But there we are.

When I was younger — ah, the joys of youth — I weighed in the 120s and 130s (pounds). I never thought of myself as “thin,” but when I look at pictures now? Damn, girl! I should have enjoyed it while it lasted, let me tell you. After I got married, my husband and I both gained about fifteen pounds, and I stayed in the 140s pretty stubbornly until I got pregnant for the first time. I haven’t seen a 140-anything on a scale in over 13 years (yes, my oldest turns 13 next week. Oh. Em. …

I met a new guy. It’s early days still, but so far he’s ticking all my boxes (*wink wink*).

I met him on OKCupid. Finding a date on OKCupid is a bit like looking for that perfect dress at Ross or T.J. Maxx. You have to wade through a lot of “not quites” and “hell naws” before you find that gem. But the gem is there to be found, if you have the patience to swipe left through all the “nahs” and try to connect with someone who looks likely.

That’s not to say the guys I’ve connected with are factory rejects or anything. I’ve found some of my favorite clothes at Ross! It’s more the process than the result that prompted the comparison in my mind. …

I’m a rule-follower. Always have been. I go where I’m supposed to go, do what I’m supposed to do. Okay, maybe sometimes I go 70 or 75 on the freeway, but you know what I mean. I generally stay within the lines and play by the rules.

So when I started writing erotica, I was very careful to examine the guidelines about what a given platform allows. I started out my erotica-publishing career on Literotica, which has pretty loose guidelines, since it exists solely for the purpose of publishing user-submitted erotica. They’re quite permissive, drawing the line at snuff, depicting sex with minors, and bestiality. Just about everything else is fair game, including stories involving incest or nonconsensual sex. …

So, I wrote a new book. Well, actually, I finished a book I’d started like a year and a half ago, but, hey, new book!

I released it on Amazon for Kindle Unlimited. For a week, it did incredibly well. By far my most-read, bestselling book ever. It was in the top 50 in the BDSM category for most of that week. I was so thrilled.

It did well, I think, because of the word stepfather in the title. People really like pseudoincest* erotica. It’s not my cup of tea. I don’t mind other people reading it; it just doesn’t do much for me. The book isn’t actually pseudoincest erotica. …

I’m sitting with a positive revelation from this past weekend, trying to adjust my self-image to make this information fit (rather than adjusting the information to fit my self-image).

At least since high school, I’ve always been surprised that people want to spend time with me. And by that I mean specifically with me. I know I’m not unlikable and that people generally consider me a nice person and enjoy my company, but I’ve never been able to believe that anyone would prefer my presence over someone else’s. …

Today I went to the gynecologist because it was time to remove/replace my IUD. While I was there, I figured, hey, may as well get some routine STI testing. I’m pretty terrible about scheduling things like that, mostly because I hate making phone calls, but I have excellent health insurance and there’s no real reason to avoid a simple blood test, you know?

My arm, post blood-draw.

I mention this because as someone who has sex with multiple partners who also have sex with multiple partners, if one of us does happen to contract an STI, we might inadvertently pass it along to several other people in a chain of sexual encounters. Fortunately, I know that my partners regularly go for routine STI testing, and I trust that they would inform me if there was a possibility I had contracted something from them. …

Time for some “behind the scenes with the erotica writer.” This’ll be a hodgepodge of stuff about me and my process. Enjoy.

In Progress

Here’s a list of things in my writing queue:

  • A dark romance novel that’s a good 80–90% finished, as yet untitled, intended for wide release on Amazon, Smashwords, etc.
  • The fifth (and hopefully final) installment of my “The Palace” series for Literotica. I’m planning to also make the whole thing into an ebook and release it as a novella on Amazon and Smashwords.
  • A short story called “Caught by the Millionaire,” only about 25% done, to be released for Kindle Unlimited. …


Madison Barry

Author of BDSM-themed stories and books, explorer of the BDSM lifestyle, mother, business owner. www.madisonbarryauthor.com

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