Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Talking on Tuesday with J.A. Rock

Hi! I’m J.A. Rock, and right now I’m touring the internet talking about my latest release Pain Slut—Book 2 in The Subs Club series. Thanks so much to the blogs that are hosting me on this tour, and be sure to leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win your choice of two backlist ebooks and a $10 Amazon gift card!

Stuff to Google in Pain Slut

A couple of Pain Slut’s early readers mentioned having to Google some of the book’s kink content. Miles is into heavy pain play and has a bit of a medical fetish. So here is (possibly?) helpful glossary of acts/equipment in Pain Slut may be unfamiliar if you haven’t done or read about these things before. Enjoy!

Saline infusions – Saline infusions or injections involve using a needle to transfer saline solution into a part of the body, causing the area to swell and increasing its sensitivity. Recreational saline infusions usually involve the breasts, scrotum, labia, buttocks, clit hoot, and penile shaft. The saline goes just under the skin—not into the muscle. An injection forces a certain amount of solution in all at once, while an infusion involves being hooked up to an IV drip. Infusions often create a more even swelling, while an injection is more likely to cause lumps.

Skin stapling – Pretty much exactly what it sounds like. There are medical skin staplers available on the market, and some kinky people really enjoy the sensation of having their skin stapled. Depending on the area being stapled, it’s usually fairly painless, though you can make it more painful—as Miles and his partners do—by focusing on highly sensitive areas, like clits, labia, balls, and the head or slit of the penis.

Pig hole – A hollow silicone butt plug. Pig Hole is a brand name for a product made by Oxballs. They come in different sizes, and depending on the width of the opening, they allow for the insertion of dicks, fingers, or other toys into the plug. Also popular with tops who like to urinate inside their partners. The plug holds the ass wide open, so you can take a look inside. Miles gets creative with his pig hole in Pain Slut.

Scold’s bridle (branks)  – A medieval punishment device originating in Britain in the 1500s, used primarily to discipline rude or gossipy women. It was a metal cage that fit over the head and often had a “curb plate” or some sort of muzzle that stopped the wearer from speaking. Some curb plates featured sharp spikes that would cut the tongue if the wearer tried to speak. There were many variations on the bridle, including models with bells that drew more attention to the wearer and increased humiliation. Others had pig or dog masks. Miles and Drix use a more modern, less dangerous version of a scold’s bridle in Pain Slut.

Vacuum “vac” beds – mentioned only briefly in Pain Slut as something Miles wants to try, a vac bed is a large latex envelope attached to a frame. A person gets inside, and then a floor vacuum is used to suck all the air out of the bed, leaving the person immobile and completely encased in latex (except for the mouth, or sometimes the whole head/face).

Urethral torture – Another one that’s what it sounds like. Involves inserting items into the urethra to cause pain. Not all urethral play is painful—many players find sounding (insertion of sterile rods) pleasurable. But in Pain Slut, Miles seeks urethral play that hurts, including sounding with the beaded strand of a genital whip and use of a urethral plug lubed with diluted cinnamon oil. Sterilization is important in urethral play due to the risk of UTI’s and cuts or tearing. While Miles’s partners use alcohol to disinfect the toys they use for urethral play, IRL, anything short of medical-level sterilization is still a bit risky.

Anal hook – A (usually steel) hook that comes in various sizes and is inserted into the anus. It usually has a steel ball on the hook end—and often the ball can be unscrewed and replaced with a larger or smaller one—and an open ring on the other. Rope can be tied to the ring, allowing for creative predicament bondage. For instance, you could run a rope from the hook to the bottom’s ponytail, forcing the bottom to keep their head back or pull the hook deeper into their ass.

Pain Slut

Honestly, I’m ready to take a step back from the Subs Club. Making the kink world a safer place for subs is the sort of bandwagon I’d have boarded as an idealist in my early twenties, but now I’m a pragmatist in my late twenties. I prefer to focus on adopting and raising a child.

But unexpected factors inevitably derail my plans. Like Drix Seger—attractive and the first genuine sadist I’ve encountered. If I were not in the process of renouncing my masochistic ways and becoming the normal, responsible potential father the adoption agency wants to see, Drix and I might do well together. But he has a foolish name and belongs to a cult of vampyres, and I am quitting kink. So why does Drix’s infatuation with blood and biting make me so hot I can’t think straight? And why, when he looks at me, does he seem to see something beyond a basket case with a stick up my ass?

Can I start a new phase in my life without leaving part of myself behind? Please send help.


About the Subs Club series

After the death of their friend Hal at the hands of an irresponsible dom, submissive friends Dave, Kamen, Miles, and Gould band together to form the Subs Club—an organization seeking to expose dangerous local doms. The club slowly evolves as romances blossom, loyalties are tested, and tensions mount in a community already struggling for unity in the wake of Hal’s death.

From domestic discipline to knife play to fashion paraphilia, and from family drama to new jobs to first loves, the members of the Subs Club explore life’s kinks inside and outside of the bedroom as they attempt to let go of the past and move forward.

About the Author

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

Twitter: @jarockauthor


Leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of two backlist titles from J.A. Rock and a $10 Amazon gift card. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 6, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!


  1. I learned a lot, but...ouch!

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  2. Sounds very interesting and painful.
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  3. Well, that's real novelty for me too! I'm kind of afraid to start reading Pain Slut now, as pain isn't really my kink... but I'm really into apprehensive anticipation "wink wink" ;-)
    Thanks for introducing us to all these acts and for the chance at the giveaway.

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  4. interesting research

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  5. Your search history must be intriguing. I think I'd be cringing a lot if I read this one.

  6. I learned a lot in this post...but a lot of this sounds so painful and it's making me squirm.
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  7. I've heard of most of these, but wow, the vac bed and the urethra torture (I've read plenty of sounding before) were new one for me. There are so many things that people are trying and doing out there.

  8. Sounds like an interesting book. Looking forward to reading it.

  9. Yikes, a lot of those sound pretty scary. I'll be passing. Thanks anyway! (Still plan on reading the books though) legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com