The Pleasures All Mine: A Sexual Memoir of a Submissive (Paperback)
When Joan Kelly took a weekend job as a professional submissive in a private dungeon, it seemed she'd finally found a perfect outlet for her pent-up desires. Suddenly, Joan was being paid to do things she'd only fantasized about. Having spent several years scouring the Internet unsuccessfully for a man who would dominate her in the bedroom without getting on her nerves outside of it, Joan had nearly lost hope of satisfying her sexually submissive urges. Now, using her professional name, "Marnie," she was being paid to do only what she felt like with kinky men who didn't even expect to have any real sex in their sessions. To Joan, it almost felt like being paid to practice the art of self-centeredness -- except for the part where she had to kneel and address strangers as "Master." The Pleasure's All Mine offers the reader a rare, intimate, often amusing, sometimes disturbing look into the life of a professional submissive -- one whose drive for self-acceptance and respect is as relentless as her sexual need for the services she provides. Readers will experience many humorous, bizarre, frightening, and utterly entertaining events through the perceptive and insightful eyes of this writer.
Joan Kelly grew up in a middle-class Southern California neighborhood, the daughter of a teacher and a school principal. Her writing has been published in Ben is Dead, BUST, Kitchen Sink Magazine, and a 2006 anthology about women and horses. A graduate of Antioch University in Los Angeles, she is a member of the writer's group Women at Work. Joan lives in Southern California and, in addition to being semi-obsessed with feminism, she enjoys spending time with her friends and her pets.