In Too Deep (Tori Carrington) – Chapter Four

So, Ben himself was suprised that he asked Alannah to take Elvis with her. He should have just come clean and ended it right there (or do what he actually wants to do, which is ask her to stay). But now he’s waiting for an answer to his question.

Alannah ignores him and walks away, but Ben follows her and then actually says:

“Damn it, woman,” he said, his words harsher than he’d intended. “Talk to me. Say something.”

And that quickly, we’re in the 50s. “Damn it, woman?” Really?

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In Too Deep (Tori Carrington) – Chapter Three

Okay, because it’s been so long, here’s to catch you up! Because if you’re like me you have no idea anymore what has happened so far.


Ben: British, rich, has a Butler (Newerth), a potbellied pig (Elvis) and MANPAIN
Alannah: free spirit with tragic past, landscape gardener, has a pot plant and commitment issues


Alannah shows up every spring (and has done so the past four years), stays with Ben for a while, then disappears again. Ben wants her to stay for good but is afraid to scare her away with the proposition. They already had sexy times, now they’re about to have THE TALK.

Good. That’s about it so far. Onwards to Chapter Three!

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It’s been almost a year since I’ve last written a post on this blog. And I feel kinda bad about it, especially because I left in the middle of the story. At the same time, I blog a lot on my other blog and the guest blogs I’m doing are keeping me busy as well.

But here’s what I’m going to do. I don’t know if anybody still cares but I’m going to finish In Too Deep for now and then we’ll see if I’m going to retire this blog for good, or if I feel motivated to continue. Just so you know. 🙂

Hear Ye! Hear Ye!

Award-season, ’tis ‘pun ‘s. Or something. I’m bad at old-talk. What’s much more interesting is that the The Literary Review Bad Sex in Fiction Award Shortlist has been announced*. And the nominee list is once again illustrous**:

  • Paul Theroux for A Dead Hand
  • Nick Cave for The Death of Bunny Munro
  • Philip Roth for The Humbling
  • Jonathan Littell for The Kindly Ones
  • Amos Oz for Rhyming Life and Death
  • John Banville for The Infinities
  • Anthony Quinn for The Rescue Man
  • Simon Van Booy for Love Begins in Winter
  • Sanjida O’Connell for The Naked Name of Love
  • Richard Milward for Ten Storey Love Song

*Also, best reaction to the nomination ever:

“Frankly we would have been offended if he wasn’t shortlisted,” said Anna Frame at [Nick Cave’s] publisher Canongate.

**I don’t know if I should be offended or honoured that there’s only one woman on this list…

As I did last year, I’ll walk you through the availaible excerpts, bookbitching style. [Crossposted.]

Disclaimer: I haven’t read any of the books, so if some things aren’t as weird in context, I won’t know.

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Remember, Remember

Do you remember this monstrosity? NOW THERE’S THE UNOFFICIAL MOVIE VERSION!

All writers who tend to write much too purple prose should be forced to watch videos like this of their own metaphors…

PS: I hope to post the next chapter tomorrow. But it might take me longer.

In Too Deep (Tori Carrington) – Chapter Two

So far, Alannah has come back and Ben told her that they needed to talk.

On the way to Ben, Alannah had already feared that this would be the time that he’d say no.

She had seen it in his eyes the last time she’d left. [It always amazes me what people see in the eyes of other people. Maybe I’m just really a sucker when it comes to facial expressions, let alone ocal expressions, but what I see in other people’s faces are emotions and not something like, “you know, this has been fun for a while, but really, it can’t go on like this.”] That expression that said more than words could, but if the words could be spoken, they would have ended their long-standing spring fling forever. [bzzz-huh? I take it that he just broke up with you through his eyes and yet you still come back?] For the past 11 months she’d worried that he might find the woman who could give him what he wanted, what he needed. That elusive something that she could not provide: permanence, marriage, family. [Oh, very elusive: Didn’t you just nail it in three words?]

So, to avoid being rejected right away, because she really, really likes Ben and wants to know that he likes her, too, Alannah has waited till nightfall, undressed, crawled into Ben’s bed and hoped that his dick would do his thinking for him. [By the way, I find this a deeply disconcerting practice. I mean, okay, they’ve apparently established that it’s okay in their relationship to do that, still… for me, this is not necessarily the best way to go about things. Especially if you think that you’d get kicked out otherwise.]

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In Too Deep (Tori Carrington) – Chapter One

***Trigger Warning***

Okay, let’s start right away with the magnificence that is the first sentence:

She was back. Hot, fleecy-soft, and magnificently naked in his bed.

When somebody’s fleecy, I immediately imagine a pelt. A very nice, very soft pelt, but a pelt nevertheless. I guess I have to compliment Tori for not resorting to the classic, a little clichéd “silky”.

But then again, who am I to say that she, whoever she is, doesn’t have a pelt?

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