Ashley’s Deal

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Novella (25,572 words) Ashley is involved with an older man. She loves David, but cannot bear to settle down so young. David suggests a deal. Ashley will only sleep with other women, not with men. David thinks he could live with that, and trust her to keep her promise, once it is made. Ashley agrees, unsure she’ll ever need the free pass, but then Ashley meets Rose, and that changes everything. More
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About Tess Mackenzie

So first, thank you to everyone for all the support. I’m really pleased and flattered and grateful that people are actually interested in reading what I write.

Just, thank you!

So without further ado, hi, I’m Tess and I write smut. And sometimes other things.

But mostly I try to write slightly thinky, realistic, character-driven erotica. That’s what I think I’m doing, anyway. People do kinky stuff, but hopefully in the way real people might, when they’re having an especially good day. Which is to say, I write about people in strong relationships trying new things, like bringing in new sex partners, and sometimes about their relationships getting complicated and ending, too, but usually in ways that mean its for the best. So people change, and develop, and live their lives, and that’s connected to the sex they’re having. And they have a lot of sex.

Some of what I write is about women and men, and some of it is about women and other women, and this should be clear from the blurbs.

So anyways. Here’s the new plan. I’m going to start putting everything I write up for free as soon as it’s done.

Yep, that's right. Everything I ever write. All of it. Free.

I should probably write that as FREE!!!

Then, every so often, I’ll also make anthology collections and put them up for a price. Because then it can be like a weird validation thing, with the getting paid. But without actually stopping anyone from reading.

So that all sounds a bit weird right? Everything’s free except it isn’t? Well, I really like this place, and I also like people reading what I write. So it kind of makes sense, at least to me. And yes, it is kind of part of a devious plan to, um, I don't know, win you over, I guess, and guilt you into one day eventually buying things. But really, really mild guilt, I completely promise. So don’t worry if you ever end up buying anything. Read all the same!

Because, yeah, I want to sell billions of books one day, but I also want people just to read what I write, and I don’t want people to feel pressured to pay, and this all seems like it might work.

So just to be really, completely clear, so no-one is upset when they realize later on. The anthology books collect stories into an actual book, and an ebook is probably easier to read, and if you would like to buy it, I would really appreciate it, and that would be fantastic. But on the other hand, if you’d rather try reading a little first, or would rather not pay at all for whatever reason, then please don’t!

Because the stories in the books are the same stories as are already up for free as stand-alone ones. And the ones that aren’t, those are on my website, and are usually the shorter or less smutty ones.

So if you’re already paid for stuff, please don’t feel like you’re getting tricked here or something, because paying has always been only if you wanted to, and you didn’t have to. This is just trying the same idea on a bigger scale. And if you have paid in the past too, you really don’t need to pay again, there isn’t anything new you can’t get elsewhere.

I mean, except the new stories as they appear, which I’ll keep putting up as free, like I have been for the last month or so anyway.

So basically, there’s no need to pay for anything unless you want to.

So right. We’re all clear on this?


And also, um, thank you. Really, just thank you all heaps for reading what I’ve written until now, and wanting to read other things, and just for everything, really.

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Review by: Edwin R Whatley on Oct. 3, 2013 :
I enjoyed Tess Mackenzie's story; it was engaging and the characters all too real. It would be totally wonderful if life was like this story. Maybe it is for some?

It seems most conflict in relationships is the result of lies and lack of communication. Most situations like this end the relationship. If it is not discussed openly to some resolution then it destroys the relationship from the inside out.
(review of free book)
Review by: My Smashed Reviews on April 19, 2013 :
Okay, so the answer to the question, "Can Ms. Mackenzie sustain an erotic storyline into novella territory?" is a resounding YES! I was engaged in the story until the very end, and I thought it had a lot of heart and a lot of interesting character struggles. The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 was because so much of the story was set up as an argument/contract between lawyers and that was just not a turn-on at all for me. They seemed to overthink the whole thing, which was at least realistic if not pleasant to watch, while at the same time, the man never really opened up about what was going on with him, while Ashley just repeated her same concerns over and over, as if his response would change. But the sex scenes were vivid, realistic, sensual, and erotic, and both women characters were interesting and believable, so I definitely enjoyed most of the story.
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
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