Changers Report: Spoilers

Changers Book One: Drew by [Cooper, T, Glock-Cooper, Allison]

 

I love the genius premise of Changers: each year of high-school, the main character turns into a completely different person.  In the case of the main character in Changers: Book One, 13 year old skater dude Ethan Wakes up to discover he has become a blonde girl!

Now, I am always most interested in gender changes, and especially of the unwilling variety, and for Ethan it is most certainly an unwilling change.  He actually had been shy around girls and uncomfortable with them, but had set down as one of his goals for his freshman year to get a girlfriend.  Now, he suddenly finds he is a girl, and he has no idea how to be HER.

Now, I call it a genius premise because many young people do go through different identities during their high-school years, sometimes willfully and sometimes, like Ethan, now called Drew, in a way that feels unwilling and haphazard.  So, I feel that Ethan’s seemingly supernatural experience neatly parallels and explores the real life experiences of young people, especially now that they are more free to explore their gender identity.

In the first part of the book, we get to see Drew as she adjusts to the expectations of girl teen culture, becomes a junior varsity cheerleader and explores relationships with other girls and boys.  It’s fun and contains many of the beats we expect, while at the same time offering grounded characters who seem psychologically real.

In addition to her learning how to be a high-school girl, she also has to deal with the fact that she is part of a secret society of kids who are all changing identities just like her, and that this society has a LOT of rules, along with a lot of ominous threats about what will happen if she breaks them.

Which brings me to one thing I didn’t love: I felt the rules of the Changers world were too complicated and limiting, and that too much time was spent dwelling on them.  I didn’t find the Changers’ culture believable.  For example, all of the changers are sworn to keep their nature a secret, and yet they are then given a tattoo on their butt which makes it easy to identify them.  It makes little sense.  The character also has to attend an incredibly dull and boring seminar which I found agonizing to read about, and which ended with a huge party for all the changers where they were encouraged to mingle even though they were forbidden from having relationships with each other.  So, those section did not shine, especially compared to the other stuff, which was all really great.

I like the book and recommend it.  There is even talk of a series, so this could be a really fun TV show one day!  Check it out!!!!

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New Book: Daddy In Distress!

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Hey, people! My latest book is out. Here’s the blurb and links!

Blurb

When Carmine Infantino wished to understand his teen-age daughter, he never expected to find himself transformed into a beautiful young woman working as a prostitute in Victorian London. The gorgeous young woman he’s become, Cherie Marchant, is the lead character in his daughter’s favorite book, and now Carmine, with his daughter’s help, must adjust to life as a woman while also contending against the world’s most notorious serial killer, Jack The Ripper!

This story features age-regression, graphic depictions of sex, and violence. It is the same premise as the first Trapped in a Teen-Fantasy novel, but with new characters,

Sample

I wish I did, he thought. I wish I could understand her, so I could be there for her…

The lights flickered. A rumble like thunder shook the house.

Carmine staggered. He felt so tired. He stumbled and fell into the easy chair. Reaching out with a shaking arm, he tried to put his beer on the TV table, but it toppled over and fell to the ground, spilling beer across the wood floor. Shit, Carmine thought, his eyelids growing heavy, closing, and the world went dark as he thought… Am I dying?
He found himself drifting, felt like he was passing through a cloud of cotton, and the air smelled of…. Sugar? Spice?
Everything nice?

He heard girls giggling, felt himself spinning, spinning, his skin tingling like he was being gently tickled with a thousand feathers. Everything was dark, and then he heard a woman’s voice say, “Open your eyes.”

Carmine opened his eyes and found himself bombarded with both sights and sounds. The room was lit with flickering torch light and a great, roaring fire. People shouted and yell, a fiddler jigged in the corner, and Carmine found himself staring into the face of an old man with runny yellow eyes, a bulbous red nose, and blotchy sallow skin. The man was grinning, revealing a gap-toothed jack o’lantern mouth of black and rotting teeth. He did not look at Carmine’s face, however, but down at Carmine’s….
Breasts?

Following the man’s gaze, Carmine had looked down to find two large, firm breasts on his chest, the nipples hard and pink, the skin white as milk. He was holding open his vest, showing them to the man, who was clearly enjoying the view.

Daddy! He heard Celia say. Cover your boobs!

Carmine looked around, confused. Where am I? Who am I?

“Them’s some glorious tits, for certain. You are a comely wench if I do say,” the man growled, raising his hands and reaching toward Carmine’s breasts.

At the sight of the creepy guy reaching for his boobs, Carmine shrieked, his breasts bouncing, and pulled his vest closed over them, keeping his arms wrapped over them girlishly.

“Where am I?” He asked, his eyes going wide at the high-pitched, squeaky sound of his voice. Glancing around, he saw thick oaken beams supporting a thatch ceiling, large, wooden tables and benches, and people dressed in old fashioned clothes like at a renaissance fair or something. But he was barely able to process the strangeness of his surroundings as he fixated on the strangeness of his body. He definitely had breasts, and long hair he could feel swishing over his shoulders, and which was also falling into his eyes. He heard his small, pretty voice, and looking down he saw he was wearing a skirt.

“I’m not a girl,” he said out loud, though he was speaking to himself.

“You’re no girl. No. Not with them tits. You’re a woman, sure,” the man said, licking his lips. He reached into a purse tied to his belt and fished out a dull coin, which he flipped onto Carmine’s lap. Then he leaned in and said, “There’s more where that came from if you let me stick my fingers in ya.”

“What the hell?” Carmine said.

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New Story: FREE 9/28-10/1

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Hey, folks!  As a way to thank everyone for your support, I have put out a new short story which will be free from 9/28 through 10/1 on Amazon!  If you are a kindle unlimited member, you can read it for free right now!  This is a fun, TG ghost story/psychological thriller, and I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!

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Talking about Tom Tame

BACKSPACE by [Tame, Tom]Pinsedo by [Tame, Tom]

 

An elderly billionaire finds himself trapped in the body of a beautiful young Caribbean girl, living and working as his wife’s maid.

A man allows himself to be feminized in order to pass as a woman and infiltrate a mysterious and diabolical mega-corporation.

A couple is cursed by a witch on Halloween, so that each time they have sex the man becomes more feminine.

These plot lines come from the books of one of my favorite TG authors, Tom Tame.

What I like about Tame’s books first and foremost is that they are always plot-driven. These are stories in which TG is a major element, but they are stories where the characters have goals, conflicts, developed personalities, and in which the stories advance and progress which each scene.

They all explore gender and identity.  The characters struggle with what is happening to them and what it means about who they are and how they fit into the world, and the people around them struggle with the changes as well.

In Little Brown Girl, for example, the main character is a very rich and powerful alpha male type who not only finds himself suddenly female, but a penniless female totally dependent on his ex-wife, and powerless to stand up to her when she pushes him into serving her as her maid.  The books very patiently explores how his new sex and newly disenfranchised state impact him mentally, as he finds himself browbeaten by people who he used to believe were beneath him.  The physical change is very fast, but the mental changes come very slowly as he struggles against biology and society.

In Pinsedo, where the private investigator agrees to be feminized, we see a similar exploration of identity as the main character sinks deeper and deeper into his role, and the man who was once pretending to be a woman more and more becomes the act.  It’s an interesting exploration of how the masks we wear come become our faces, and of course a thrill to watch as he begins to find himself thinking like and having the same needs as the young female he pretends to be.

And then Femmer is a wholly different story altogether, and the variety of Tame’s work also interests me as I don’t feel like I am reading the same story over and over again, but different stories with different characters experiencing the results of gender changes.  In Femmer, one of the intriguing things is the way the male character becomes trapped not only in a female shape, but trapped by his own ultra feminine passivity.

That’s a quick survey of a few of Tame’s works, which can be found at Amazon and elsewhere.  My only complaint with this author is that I want more!   Get typing, Tom Tame!  The world needs your stories!

Tom Tame on Amazon

Check out his blog!

 

 

Let Me Bring Your Dreams To Life!

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Hey, folks.  I want to bring your dreams to life!  Seriously.  I have recently had the pleasure of creating three different stories on commission, and I have enjoyed the experience so much that I have decided to make commissioned stories a regular part of my writing practice.

Do you have certain dreams or fantasies you would love to see brought to life in the form of a short story or novella?  A plot you would love to see explored? Please allow me!

Here’s how it would work.  You would sketch out the plot and characters as well as the preferred length.  This can be as detailed or as abstract as you prefer.  One of my collaborators wrote down a plot point by plot point synopsis with very specific scene requests.  Another just offered a couple sentences.  Both projects were a blast and turned out great!

Once I understand what you are looking for, I would then write out the story and send it to you for your thoughts, feedback and/or approval.  I would then revise as necessary based on any additional ideas or requests you have, and then you would have your story.

Right now, I would charge 5 cents a word and request the rights to distribute the story with you sharing in the author credit.  If you prefer to remain anonymous or would like a story just for your private enjoyment, we can work that out as well.

Now, my specialty is, of course, stories exploring gender identity in which characters experience sex-changes of various kinds. I am only interested right in writing stories that fall into the TG or genderfluid category.  I do have some things I am reluctant or unwilling to write about in this realm, but if you have any thoughts or ideas message me.  I will entertain your pitch without judgement.  I will only decline story ideas if I feel I am not going to be able to enthusiastically and passionately bring your vision to life!

Hope to hear from you! redbankmick@aol.com

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LULU!!!!

Hey, people!  Just some publication news– I am making my books available on Lulu for the first time!  You can find them on my author page, and I will add more over the next few weeks.  I decided that I wanted to offer more options for readers since not everyone prefers the Kindle.

Some thoughts on my first three Lulu publications:

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Cursed by a witch, King Holland Jordain begins turning into a girl.  One of the first stories I ever wrote, I originally published the first half of this story on Fictionmania under the title Witch War, and it marked the first time I explored in writing an idea I had thought over for many years: what if a man were trapped in the world of a fairy tale princess?  In this case, I added extra dynamics to the mix because as Jordain becomes more feminine in mind and body, his wife takes over rule of the kingdom and his own daughter takes a role in his feminization.  I had a lot of fun in this as the king suddenly finds himself being subjected to all sorts of restrictions and expectations, including a debutante ball and his wife’s desire to see him married off for political advantage.

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I had one idea when I started Voices:  What if all the men on Earth suddenly had high-pitched voices like little girls?  I didn’t have any idea where the story would go or what would happen, but just started with that notion.  As I wrote, I decided to gradually add more changes, so that as the boys got used to their new voices, they had another change and another.  I enjoyed writing the first story so much, I wrote two more.  One took place at the same high-school but featured the outsider kids more than the cool kids, so it mostly focused on a speed metal kid and his girlfriend, and the third featured a group of male and female soldiers.  I really enjoyed this work as it explored how the changes might impact the psychology of a jock, or a punk, or a soldier.  What would happen if a male commanding officer suddenly had the voice of Mini Mouse?  Would people still listen?

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And Krystal Kinsey.   One of my personal favorites to write and a disappointment in that not too many people actually ended up reading it.  For Krystal Kinsey I wanted to explore a story where a straight white man allows himself to be gradually transformed into a woman of color.  The main character, Arthur, considered himself a failure, suffered a lot of self-hatred and has become consumed with the belief that the cure for everything wrong with him is FAME, so when a famous and powerful agent comes along and promises to make all his dreams come true, he is eager to leap into her trap and gradually allows her completely change his identity and turn him into a prancing pop princess whose fame is built as much on his willingness to be used as a sex object as it is his singing.  I loved the character and writing the story, and I had really thought it might be one of my most successful publications, but alas it was not to be!  Now,  maybe a few more people will take a chance and read it!

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The Hero’s Journey: TG Style

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When I began writing the first in my Hero series, I started off with a desire to marry Joseph Cambell’s theories as outlined in Hero with a Thousand Faces to genderfluid fiction.  I thought it would be interesting and fun to use the theory– which has served as the basis for an array of very successful movies from Star Wars to The Matrix to Knocked Up– and apply it to the case of a man who finds himself trapped in the body of a woman.

For those who aren’t familiar, Joseph Campbell was a scholar who decided to study all the world’s myths.  He was intrigued to discover that certain stories were told in every culture throughout history.  The names changed, the settings, but the essence of the stories was the same.

One of the most persistent was that of The Hero’s Journey.  You can find all kinds of sources out there on the particulars– here’s one—  but the core of the idea is that the hero’s journey is universal because it is all about growing up.  When the story starts, the hero is self-centered, selfish, dependent– like a child.  But, through the course of trials and revelations that occur on their adventure, they are transformed into someone who is other centered, independent– like a parent should be.  This story has universal appeal because everyone is either growing up or has grown up.

And so, I started my own story with a character, Pete O’Malley, who had been a tough guy cop, and now finds himself trapped in the body of a beautiful stripper.  Not only is he a woman– and this is a problem for a lot of reasons including the fact that he was an unconscious chauvinist– but he has also lost his status as an NYPD officer.   So, when the story starts, he is mired in a case of the poor mes, focused entirely on himself and his own struggles, and not worried in the least about how his actions and attitudes or even his sex-change– may be impacting other people.

I won’t say anymore about his journey here, but you can read it for yourself if you haven’t.  The story was meant as a stand alone story, but I found myself interested in the character of Pete as well as the others we meet along the way, and so I eventually wrote a sequel and a kind of flash sideways that explored how Pete’s partner dealt with his own sex-change and why his response was so much different than Pete’s.

In all the books, I wanted to have my characters discover their best, heroic selves as a result of their being turned into women, and in each case I felt the character’s personality would have an impact on how they adjusted and accepted or struggled against their new lives as well as their obligations.

I feel the Hero saga is among my best work, and as I finish the third book, I am excited myself to see how all of these characters continue their heroes journeys, and how those journeys transform and remake them into different and, in most cases, better people.