Blog Tour Day 7: Review & Guest Post “Researching the Psychology of BDSM” on Owl Tell You About It

Despite the provocative image on King of Paine‘s cover, I did not set out to write a novel about BDSM. But as themes about control and its abandonment to faith and chance emerged, the BDSM elements began to predominate. In today’s guest post on Owl Tell You About It, we’ll take a peek inside the minds of practitioners of the art, essential research I used in developing a few of my characters. My host, Laura Ashlee, has already posted her (5-star!) review of King of Paine this morning and says to check back for the guest post around noon. Once again, I’m humbled by the love reviewers are showing for my book. Thank you, Laura!

Laura is twenty-four years old and hails from small town Alabama. She holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and is currently working full time AND studying for her GRE so she can go to grad school next year AND reading/reviewing a LOT of books for her beautiful blog. She reviews everything from children’s books to adult romance on Owl Tell You About It; young adult, romance and shoujo/shounen are the most prominent tags in her cloud. In her own words, “Jane Eyre is my absolute favorite. More favorites (in no particular order) are: The Time Traveler’s Wife, The Gargoyle, An Abundance of Katherines, The Book Thief, Wuthering Heights, Emma, Pride and Prejudice, and a million more.” Readers will enjoy browsing her fun site.

The tour goes international tomorrow, as we jet through cyberspace to South Africa, where  Chrizette will host a book giveaway and my guest post: “Crafting Intricate Plots: My Writing Process” on her blog All the days of. And don’t forget to check out the King of Paine Kindle Giveaway Contest–you can enter any time before the end of the tour on December 21st, but early birds (and even night owls, in honor of today’s blog host) can improve their odds of winning a Kindle Touch 3G before Christmas by getting involved.

One comment on “Blog Tour Day 7: Review & Guest Post “Researching the Psychology of BDSM” on Owl Tell You About It

  1. Thank you Larry for that small snippet of information on when and why you brought not only cyberstalkers into the novel but the darker side of online “kink.” This is part of what made your book came to be so novel! Pardon the pun! In other words, the book was strikingly new, unusual, and different. Which is what I love about it and much more.

    I thank this blog for helping to get the word out about a novel that I became passionate about in so many ways. Promoting such an intriguing novel here I hope that many people WILL love KING OF PAINE at the most and like it at the least — as I did.

    I can’t say enough about this phenomenal novel of many facets. I was marveled by each and every character, the storyline sucked me in immediately and continued to have me turning pages quickly and seductively. It is even on my “read again” list.

    Lori in Arizona

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  • Larry and Ellie Kahn

  • When I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010, my neurologist told me there was nothing I could do to slow down an inevitable slide into disability. So I simply (apathetically?) went about the business of researching my third novel for over a year until I crossed paths with others who had discovered a curiously overlooked goldmine of scientific research suggesting vigorous exercise could help slow the progression of PD and improve quality of life.

     

    After experiencing the impact of exercise myself, my wife, Ellie, and I began brainstorming with other believers about how to effectively spread the gospel of exercise and hope.  We formed PD Gladiators in 2013, a nonprofit charged with developing a plan to ally metro Atlanta fitness instructors and clinicians to convince people with PD to take a proactive approach to managing their disease. PD Gladiators entered agreements with the Atlanta YMCA, Livramento Delgado Boxing Foundation, Yellow River Center and other independent fitness instructors to build a network of PD-specific exercise classes based on PD Gladiators’ promise to promote the exercise research and the PD Gladiators Fitness Network to local clinicians to create the referral “pipeline” necessary to make the adapted fitness programs sustainable. I believe recruiting the support of influential clinicians in our community from the start was the critical insight that has led to the phenomenal growth of the Network.

     

    By 2018, the Network consisted of over 60 weekly classes, and metro Atlanta “gladiators” logged almost 25,000 class visits for the year! On August 1, 2018, the Parkinson’s Foundation and PD Gladiators determined they could better serve the needs of the Parkinson’s community through an organizational unification. Ellie and I served on the Advisory Board for the Parkinson’s Foundation Georgia until retiring in October 2019. PD Gladiators Executive Director Annie Long continues to manage and grow the Network as an employee of the Parkinson’s Foundation.

     

    Ellie and I still practice the proactive, hopeful approach that we  preach. With Ellie’s loving support, I exercise daily, eat a nutritious diet supplemented as recommended by Dr. Laurie Mischley (a Parkinson’s researcher and naturopathic doctor practicing in Seattle), and have adopted good sleep habits. While excited to begin the retirement we had deferred to nurture PD Gladiators, I intend to devote some of my energy–without stress and deadlines–to brainstorm ideas for other areas of Parkinson’s care in need of intervention  for consideration by government and charitable organizations with the mission and resources to undertake these projects.

     

    I believe that problem-solving is a team sport, and I encourage you to join in the discussion. Let’s make Parkinson’s Ideas, Man an incubator for high impact solutions to the issues that effect us most.