The ever-lovely and oh-so-talented Carollyn Olson actually introduced me to A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes back in November, and her recommendatioThe ever-lovely and oh-so-talented Carollyn Olson actually introduced me to A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes back in November, and her recommendation carries a lot of weight with me. I can't explain why it took me so long to get around to reading it, but I am pleased to say that Dani Mitchell's transgender fantasy is everything Carollyn promised . . . and just a bit more.
First of all, I love how the narrative was structured. We actually open with a brief, somewhat ominous snippet of the Greg's thoughts as he awakens from surgery. From there, the story leaps back in time to the beginning of his journey, but Mitchell continues to scatter those mysterious surgical scenes throughout the novel. That structure adds a whole other dimension of anticipation to the story, leaving us to wonder precisely why he's been hospitalized. Early on, the fact that his father is an abusive alcoholic leads one to wonder whether it will be a beating that will send Greg to the hospital, but little hints and clues give rise to even stranger worries later on, before ultimately revealing the truth.
I don't want to spoil any of the magic here, so I'm going limit myself to talking about the initial set-up. When we first meet Greg, we discover that he is a closet crossdresser. It's nothing sexual or fetishistic for him, just a means of finding comfort and de-stressing in an abusive home. He is smaller than most of the boys, leading him to be bullied, but he has some good friends and dreams of becoming a mechanic. Eventually, he meets Kris, a beautiful young lesbian who becomes his best friend. Just when you think you know where the story is going, however, Kris disappears under suspicious circumstances, and Greg's life goes on without her for a couple of years.
Not long after Greg's dad discovers him dressed, and sets about destroying all his clothes and shoes, Kris suddenly reappears. She seems to have one of those too-good-to-be-true story of a rich relative who took her in after her parents threw her out for being a lesbian, and it's at this point that the surgery snippets get a little more weird, with talk of tattoos and making clients very happy. Greg does comes out to Kris as transsexual, but almost immediately there are some off hand comments from her aunt that add even more mystery to the situation, especially in light of how the surgical scenes are progressing.
That's all I will say on that, however, as discovering how (and why) the story develops should be up to the reader. It's a carefully structured story that's full of drama, sorrow, and moments of indescribable happiness. Greg and Kris are such a perfect couple, you can't help but want them to have the biggest, best, most happily-ever-after in history. There is such joy in their scenes together, such unrestrained happiness, that you can't help but fall in love with them. As for the other characters, Greg's dad is pretty much the archetype of a drunken bully; his mother is a surprisingly strong character, especially with her growth in the latter half of the book; while Jennifer, Kris' aunt, is more of a plot device than a fully-fleshed character, but you'll wish you had an aunt like that as well.
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes has its moments of darkness and sorrow, and does get quite ominous in parts, but you will come away from it with a smile on your face and a sweet little pitter-patter in your heart.
Wow, OMG, and Squee! Love Rampage was such a fun, delightful tale, I never wanted it to end. It's an absolutely perfect 21st century fairy tale of truWow, OMG, and Squee! Love Rampage was such a fun, delightful tale, I never wanted it to end. It's an absolutely perfect 21st century fairy tale of true love, gender identity, and (yes) unicorns. Alex Powell has really crafted something special here, the kind of story that wraps you in a warm hug and carries you away to a world where love is true, and where dreams do come true.
As the story opens, Maíra has long since outgrown wanting a unicorn, but then, wouldn't you know it, one shows up in her room, claiming she needs it because she's fallen in love. Powell really has fun with the encounter, indulging in some friendly banter while she allows Maíra to explore whether her unicorn is real, or whether it's all a dream. The unicorn's sarcastic sort innocence is what really brings the tale alive, with an absolute refusal to accept that love cannot (and should not) be so simple and pure.
The term 'transgender' is never used within the tale, but it's hinted at, danced around, and strongly suggested as the basis for Maíra's reluctance to follow through in declaring her love. The unicorn's response to that is fantastic:
"You're human. She is also human. I do not see the problem," the unicorn said. "I know a dragon that fell in love with a mermaid. Why should shape have any bearing on the matter?"
With that settled, they're off to shop for a wedding dress (a comic adventure all on its own), before heading to fairy tale lands to have the elves craft one of their own. Where the story gets dark (and smart) is when Maíra finally arrives to declare her love, only to find the object of her affections at the mercy of a magical serpent. As we discover, the unicorn is an embodiment of love, while serpent is an embodiment of hate, and the two lovers-to-be must battle against the fears, the self-hatred, and the prejudices instilled in them by society.
It all adds up to a dreamy, surreal, comic, fairy tale story that's full of magic and true love. This is a fairy tale, so expect a happily-ever-after, but be prepared for some difficult, anxious moments in that final magical confrontation. Love Rampage is such a lovely tale, so well-written, that I've been recommending it to anybody who's willing to let me gush. :)
Take an established couple, a very well-developed relationship of female domination and forced feminization, and sprinkle in a little supernatural funTake an established couple, a very well-developed relationship of female domination and forced feminization, and sprinkle in a little supernatural fun . . . and you have Hallow's Eve by Troy King. This latest tale of Mistress Minerva and her forcibly feminized husband follows up on the events of The Punishment ;and its ;sequel.
Like the first two tales (which you don't need to read first to enjoy this), Hallow's Eve is another wonderful story of BDSM and forced feminization within the bounds of a loving, monogamous marriage. I love the amount of detail here, and the sensuality of their relationship. King really lets us feel the admiration and appreciation of Minerva as both wife and Mistress.
The dialogue here is fantastic as well, full of friendly, loving banter that manages to exquisitely portray dominance and submission within the bounds of a 'normal' relationship, and all without sounding too fantastic or artificial. There's no playacting or roleplaying here, just a couple who enjoy the power exchange as much as they enjoy each other's company.
The sudden shift to supernatural fantasy in the second half is all the more startling because of that casual opening, with a little exhibitionist sex in the cemetery leading to a standoff between Minerva and a demoness. I won't say any more about that, at risk of spoiling the magic, but Troy King deserves a lot of credit for so seamlessly blending such fantastic elements with such a realistic tale. I loved Hallow's Eve, and can't wait to see what's next for Minerva and her subbie hubby.
Magda is an incredibly powerful witch and a sexually liberated woman with a temper, one that has already seen a high school football player transformeMagda is an incredibly powerful witch and a sexually liberated woman with a temper, one that has already seen a high school football player transformed into a Goth lesbian porn star because he dared take protest her sex-toy boutique (in Lyka Bloom's first Toy Chest story, A Touch of Magic).
Derrick is just a sexually frustrated husband who wants to put a little spice back into his marriage. Feeling unloved and unappreciated, he just wants to see his cold, disinterested wife return to the adventurous woman she was when they first started dating. She, of course, waits in the car while he pretends to be buying a dildo for a friend's bachelor party.
Had Derrick not been so curious, and had his wife not been so cold, things might have turned out the way he intended. Instead, he decides to try just One Little Sip of the potion Magda provided, half-certain that it's just a liquid form of Ecstasy. What begins as a suspect case of the flu soon takes on frightening implications has his body begins transforming, fueled by what his doctor dismisses as a stress-induced estrogen imbalance.
Where it begins to get weird is when Denise, his wife, starts slipping up, misgendering him, and misremembering details of his life, confusing him with a daughter they never had. Where it gets weirder is when Derrick starts having memories of highschool boyfriends he, clearly, never had as a boy.
Rather than spoil the magic, I'll stop there and let you imagine for yourself just what is happening to poor Derrick and why. It's actually a lovely little tale, well thought out, and well orchestrated. Bloom always does a wonderful job of exploring the consequences of her transformations, and that talent goes even deeper here.
Even I had not already ready enough Paul Zante to make me a fan, I knew I was going to love this from the first scene. When we first meet Sally, she iEven I had not already ready enough Paul Zante to make me a fan, I knew I was going to love this from the first scene. When we first meet Sally, she is a blissfully happy, blessedly content sissy who revels in her femininity. There is no shame here, no embarrassment, and no insecurities. She loves being a girl and has completely give herself over to the fantasy - mind, body, and soul. It is so refreshing to see that side of the sissy lifestyle explored, and it gave me the biggest . . . smile. :)
The second thing that immediately endeared me to Sissy Dreams: Sally's Evening Out is the relationship between Sally and her Mistress. They are still married, and still love each other very much. Yes, there is a distinct and well-defined dominant/submissive relationship here, but beneath it all remains the love and affection that first brought them together. Both are concerned for the other's feelings, and I loved that we got to see Mistress a little unsettled by the thought of how Sally would deal with her surprise evening out.
Another thing I loved about this story is the relationship between the sissies, Sally and Danielle. Although both are owned by and wholly committed to their Mistresses, there is a bond between them that goes far deeper than the very sweet sort of love they share. Sisters in sissy submission, they are best friends and lesbian lovers who are responsible for providing one another for their monthly release. I loved all the little touches Zante includes here, from the tentative hand holds, to the tender kisses, to the shared smiles across the room. Just beautiful!
As for the story itself, Sally does find her boundaries tested, but her love for her Mistress and the loving support of her fellow sissy are more than enough to see her through her first night of fluffing. The last thing I loved about the story was how Zante dealt with the aftermath of that scene. Instead of either being humiliated or suddenly transformed into a bisexual slut, Sally finds the experience a little distasteful, but accepts it as something that pleases her Mistress. It happened, she performed well, and that's really it. She quickly moves on (with the help of a little mouthwash) to enjoy a similar act with Danielle, but with an enjoyment borne of love and affection.
Truly, a sweet and sexy story, perfect for anybody with an interest in the softer, more realistic side of dominance and submission, and the happier side of sissyhood.
Just in time for the holidays, Kylie Gable offers up for holiday-themed tales of forced feminization and female domination. It's an interesting collecJust in time for the holidays, Kylie Gable offers up for holiday-themed tales of forced feminization and female domination. It's an interesting collection, with half incorporating the embarrassment and humiliation Kylie does so well, and the other half coming across as almost sweet (in a twisted sort of way).
Sissy Under Wraps is a classic Kylie story, focused on the act of feminization of an arrogant jerk who decides to break up with his girlfriend (via email, no less!) just 2 days before Christmas. Katie is devastated, but fortunately she has friends who know how to make her holiday season a bit brighter. Overcome as much by a few drinks as his own libido, Jack follows a strange woman home, only to find those very same friends waiting for him. His breaking and feminization is very well done (and appropriately holiday themed), leaving him as a gift-wrapped under his girlfriend's tree. There's an unusual Scrooge-worthy twist in the final scene that will make you smile, but please do yourself a favor and enjoy it yourself.
Regifted is a delightfully romantic story of lesbian love, and one in which sissies make only a fleeting appearance. It's the story of a dominant young woman who is desperate to afford a Christmas present for her best friend, lover, and soul mate. After much soul searching she decides to sell her well-trained sissy to another Mistress, and to use that money for a present. There's a sweet twist involved here as well, putting a romantic cherry on top of the tale, while subtly reminding us that Kylie's sissies are mere objects.
The Christmas Pageant is another classic Kylie story, once again focused on the act of feminization and the humiliation of the lucky boy at its center. Here we have an absolute brat of a brother who likes to embarrass and insult his sister at every opportunity. When his cruel taunts about a holiday pageant dress go a little too far, he finds himself on the other end of the exchange, forced not only into feminization, but into taking a place in the pageant. It's a fun, revenge-fuelled story with an open ending that promises even more cruel delights.
The final story, What Are You Doing for New Year's, is the shortest of the collection, but still a cute read. It's really all set-up, an introduction to a larger story that Kylie leaves in our imaginations, with a sissy and his wife preparing for a New Year’s Eve party at a fancy hotel. It's the dialogue that sparkles here, especially the way in which David's wife so casually reminisces about past embarrassments. She teases him mercilessly about his date, the best friend who covered for David's infidelity a year ago, but there's another twist to be revealed that puts a happy, sexy, sissy spin on things.
Gift Wrapped is a fantastic collection, and one that displays a newer, softer, happier side of Kylie - one that compliments the delicious cruelty we've come to expect beautifully!
I love a little over-the-top exaggerated fantasy as much as the next gurl. In fact, I'm often guilty of it myself, concocting elaborate scenarios thatI love a little over-the-top exaggerated fantasy as much as the next gurl. In fact, I'm often guilty of it myself, concocting elaborate scenarios that I would so very much like to be true, but which I know are impossible. As much fun as that is, however, I am always delighted when I come across a story that's grounded firmly in reality, a story that strikes me as sincere.
In case you haven't already guessed, Offline by John Dylena is one of those stories. He immediately won me over when his narrator admits he doesn't have "the most ideal body for a crossdresser," owing to his wide shoulders and chubby past. Do you know how much that made me smile? All to often these stories begin with a young man who is perfectly slender, dainty, and androgynous. That body type makes passable feminization a bit easier, but it's not something that most of us can identify with.
On top of that, I loved the uncertainty and the confusion involved. Is he a crossdresser, or could there be something deeper to it? Is he gay? Is he straight? Is he bisexual? Does it matter that what he desires in his feminine persona is different than his masculine reality? These are all questions we have asked ourselves at some point, and issues some of us never stop struggling with. Dylena doesn't just pay lip service to those questions either. When his two crossdressing lovers meet for the first time, our narrator feels physically nauseous, and ultimately backs out. Not only that, but his lover . . . his Master . . . is left with tears of disappointment in his eyes. Now, don't take that wrong and don't worry yourself, because they do get together (and it is amazing!), but that initial trepidation comes across as genuine and honest.
The appeal here goes far beyond realism and being relatable, however. It is also a very well-written story that flows nicely, that uses some smart, literate turns of phrase, and which is lovingly detailed. Dylena is just as adept at getting into a crossdresser's skirt as he is at getting into their heads, and you can feel that shared pleasure. I will admit, I cringed a bit when the idea of cybersex first cropped up, but only because so many authors use it as a cheat. Not here. Dylena manages to balance the online conversation and the real-world experience very well, creating scenes of virtual domination that really work.
I could go on and on about this, but you really need to take yourself Offline for about 45 minutes and give it a read yourself. It's a fantastic story, and one that will have an crossdresser saying "Wow, that really could be me!" and smiling all the way to the end.
I've said it before and I'll say it again, Lyka Bloom is one of the best in the business at gender transformation tales, with the original Gamer GirlI've said it before and I'll say it again, Lyka Bloom is one of the best in the business at gender transformation tales, with the original Gamer Girl being her best standalone tale to date. Of course, with a sequel now available, it no longer qualifies as a standalone, but that doesn't change a thing.
Gamer Girl: Player 2 is the sequel we all wanted, but didn't necessarily ever expect to see. As it opens, NuLife and NuWay are both long gone, the online multiplayer game a virtual ghost town, and the company itself completely out of business. Their existence is little more than an urban legend, and their product is something whispered about only in the forbidden chat rooms of the deep internet.
That's getting ahead of ourselves a bit, however. When we first meet Franklin he has no knowledge of NuLife, and no interest in NuWay. He's a rich loner who has never so much as dabbled in transgender fantasies, but who is more than willing to play along when a new girlfriend suggests a little experimentation. Before long, he finds himself enjoying this new life, and begins seeking out ways to more fully immerse himself in his femininity. Then, just as he's beginning to truly find himself, Chrissie decides she's had enough and wants to settle down with somebody a little more traditional.
Abandoned and already addicted to his own femininity, Franklin puts his free time and considerable wealth to use, finding a NuWay suit on the blackmarket, and a copy of the portal into NuLife from an IRC lurker who knows the legends. Unlike the first story, here we have a man who knows precisely what he's getting into, and who has full control over his transformation. It makes for an exciting tale of erotic self-realization, and the ways in which Bloom explores the conflict between what 'he' knows and what 'she' desires is fantastic. Of course, he's not about to stop at simply transforming himself, and that's where the story get really interesting.
Gamer Girl: Player 2 is more of a wish fulfillment tale than the forced feminization story of the first chapter, but it benefits from having already introduced the technology. Bloom is able to experiment a bit more here and demonstrate another side of her gender transformation talent, making this a more than worth sequel that can stand on its own.