The Russell Corner

05Apr13

corner timeThe Russell Corner is a 70,000-odd word novel that was first published in 2009. All things considered it has sold rather well for a micro-publication and I know many of you bought and I am gratified by that.

Generally the book was well-received and many of those those used to my narrative style have said some very complimentary things indeed. However the production values were not as high as they might be and it has to be said that it was written at a very early stage in my journey as a creative writer of erotic fiction.

So it was with some surprise that at a time when my original publisher was considering retiring the book, LSF approached me with a view to republishing it.

After some extensive re-edits and adding some 2,000 words, I am happy to announce that this story has now been reissued and it is now available direct from LSF or on Amazon as an e-book in various formats.

The publishers’ description can be read on my bookshop page. However, also back in 2009 and preview copy was reviewed by David Roman and his short article was included as a forward for the book.

He wrote:

The Russell Corner is an exploration of erotic discipline. At its core is love and the unconditional love of various submissive women for their dominants.

Women are very much at the heart of the story. Indeed the only man to be more than cursorily treated is the nominal hero.

Richard Russell is a patriarch who loves his wife and daughters and genuinely values his friend and faithful secretary. While his secretary can only envy the severe punishment he hands out to his two eldest daughters at his office. It is her obsession with the corner in his office that gives the story its name.

But the true narrative of the story is carried by Catherine Raven and her relationship with her stepdaughter Eleanor. Although she secretly yearns for the submission of her former married life, widowhood has forced her into the role of dominant. She is on a mission to complete her late husbands will to mould Eleanor into her father’s worthy successor.

Eleanor herself is an intelligent independent woman who clearly need not submit to her stepmother’s tyranny, but at heart must because it is the only way that she can address her submissive needs. Again it is really love and a desire to gain Catherine’s respect that motivates her scheming.

For most of the women in the story it is necessary to pretend to be reluctant submissives, even to themselves, or else their world will be exposed as a game and come crashing down.

The story is set around Easter 1990. This removes it in time while still allowing it a contemporary feel. This not only serves to provide it with sense of unreality but is a world before mobile phones and the Internet, which could otherwise inhibit the plot.

The plot itself is not a detailed one. It often merely serves as a hook on which to hang various punishment scenarios. But more importantly it allows for characters to be developed through an exploration of their motivations.

The Russell Corner stands as a metaphor for each of the submissives in the story and their quest to be loved and protected for the price of submission.



4 Responses to “The Russell Corner”

  1. 1 paul1510

    Damian,
    The Russell Corner is now on my Kindle, fortunately it cannot fall to pieces as the paperback did. 😦
    Paul.

  2. 2 Kia

    All the reason I need to read this again 🙂

  3. Lovely! I still say there should be a sequel. 🙂

  4. 4 DJ

    Sorry the paperback version fell apart Paul. no danger of that with an ebook.

    I may write a sequel one day. 🙂


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