by S. Nano
Date of Publication: April 21st 2017
Cover Artist: Kevin Blisse
Genre: Comic, Steampunk, Erotica
Mistress Of The Air is a Comic, Steampunk, Erotic Adventure.
Lady Sally Rudston-Chichester owns a brass mine in Zanzibar, a Lapsang Souchong tea plantation in China, a rubber farm in Malaysia, trunk loads of corsetry, and the country’s largest collection of antique whips.
Larger than life, and itching to find new and inventive ways to punish her submissive gentlemen, the Edwardian dominatrix has a vision. Embracing the spirit of the age of aviation, she embarks on a series of adventures on her airship, ‘The Corseted Domme’, with her transvestite maid, Victoria, her airship pilot, Captain Wyndham, and her automaton sex-doll, Borghild.
A select group of submissive gentlemen, consisting of a duke, bishop, lawyer and banker, is invited to join Lady Sally so she can try out her dastardly, electric and steam-powered devices on them. She spanks, whips, and punishes her way across the Empires of Europe, dropping off to visit her aristocratic relatives and friends for afternoon tea.
But Lady Sally’s journey is not uneventful. War is threatening to break out and the Ministry of Aviation want to commandeer her airship for the war effort. And when ‘The Corseted Domme’ has a crash landing, Lady Sally realises there is a stowaway on board intent on sabotaging her airship.
‘Mistress of the Air’ is a genre-crossing comic, Steampunk, erotic adventure as Lady Sally delivers a BDSM kick up the back-side to the Edwardian country house novel.
“Jolly bad luck on the final race, Wyndham. It was a daring move and deserving of greater reward.”
The captain’s face lit up at the compliment. He looked up but couldn’t help but be distracted by the sight of Lady’s Sally’s breasts. Her dress was cut daringly low, and the magnificent orbs of white flesh were pushed up enticingly by her corset and the cut of her gown.
And then she started talking. If Wyndham was embarrassed about what to say to her, he didn’t need to worry. She commanded the conversation and Wyndham listened, bewitched and mesmerised at the vision she laid before him. There was no escape for him. He was pinned into the corner by Lady Sally’s heaving breasts with no escape. He tried to concentrate on what she was saying, conscious of the treatment meted out on Monsieur Le Blon, all the time urging himself to focus on her face not her chest, but it was an enormous effort of will when they were practically thrust under his nose.
She spoke of her airship. She described how vast it was going to be, how fast, how powerful, and how high it would fly. She described how sumptuously it would be fitted out. She extolled the virtues of her ocean liner of the air. Wyndham nodded enthusiastically as her breasts swelled and subsided with every excited explication of her venture. She enthused about her designers and engineers who were working on it, of the technical challenges they faced and how they had overcome them. Wyndham stood trapped in the corner of the ballroom like a frightened rabbit in headlights all the time trying to distract himself from the sight of Lady Sally’s enormous décolletage as it heaved up and down in front of his eyes.
Then she proceeded to explain how, as he must certainly know, she was the foremost dominatrix of her age and described with great enthusiasm the dungeon that would be fitted out on the airship, and how excited she was about the adventures she would have, and the whippings, spankings and punishments she would administer to the carefully selected group of submissive gentlemen who would be accompanying her on the airship’s maiden voyage.
“It’s my ambition, Captain Wyndham, to be the Mistress of the Air, yes…a veritable Mistress of the Air, and I envisage you playing a vital role in fulfilling my vision.”
Wyndham’s ears pricked up at those words but he only had the slightest moment to interject with a nervous, “oh really,” before the enormous breasts backed him even further into the corner. Lady Sally continued by praising his aviation skills and the daring manoeuvres she’d witnessed at the flying meeting. Wyndham flushed with pride. She went on, much to the captain’s delight, to say how those French aviators were all show and no guts, and she needed somebody who would take risks for her, to serve her loyally and selflessly. Finally, she wound up her diatribe and came directly to the point.
“Now Captain. I pride myself on my instincts and judgement of character. You see, the matter is I need an airship pilot. I need someone who can share my enthusiasm for air flight and is a skilled aviator. I believe you are my man Wyndham.”
Lady Sally continued extolling the excitement of the new age, how she was going to take her airship on a grand tour across Europe and how he, Wyndham, would be her pilot.
Finally, she concluded, “So that’s all settled then, Captain Wyndham. I can assure you the financial rewards will be considerable. It’s good to have you on board. I’m sure we will share many adventures together. You can report to my airship station at Howden in Yorkshire. My maid, Victoria, will give you all the details.”
With one dismissive wave of a lace-gloved hand she breezed off, leaving the hapless Wyndham gaping in astonishment. He had been swept away by her charisma. He had barely uttered a word. At no point had he agreed to the venture yet he knew in his gut he would accept the challenge. He felt strangely compelled to help Lady Sally fulfil her vision of travel in the largest and fastest dirigible ever to be built.
MY INTERVIEW WITH S NANO
How would you describe your style of writing to someone that has never read your work?
I write in the erotica genre on the themes of feminine domination, BDSM and fetish, often in historical or fantasy settings. Some of my writing is dark and intense, but there’s also a seam of humour running through it too. My current book, Mistress Of The Air, is comic and entirely played for laughs. I’m not a romance writer, though you’ve probably twigged that by now. I use more adjectives and adverbs than people say you should, but I don’t care – how else are you meant to get readers to picture an exquisite corset or a rubber outfit!
Do you feel that writing is an ingrained process or just something that flows naturally for you?
There are times when it flows naturally and it’s a lovely feeling when it does but, more typically, I feel my writing is crafted rather than spontaneous. I quite enjoy the process of editing and moulding the text into something I’m happy with.
Do you have a character that you have been working on for a long time that still isn't quite ready, but fills you with excitement to work on the story?
There’s a character I have in mind for a sequel to my first book, ‘Adventures in Fetishland’. A sub-theme in this book was a conflict between the old (Pagan) and new (Christianity) religions. The character I’m developing is called Sister Domexia, a sadistic nun who is an agent of the church. The idea is to pit her against the fetish Red Queen of the original book. Still only at the idea stage though.
Where would you spend one full year, if you could go anywhere? What would you do with this time?
I went to Egypt at the start of the year for a week’s holiday, mainly to visit ancient sites. I’d love to go back and do it in a more leisurely way, floating down the Nile and stopping off at the remains of all the incredible temples. I’d spend much longer at the Valley of the Kings looking at all the amazing painted tombs. I’d have an extended spell at the Old Cataract Hotel in Aswan (where Agatha Christie got the inspiration for Death on the Nile) and sit drinking cocktails and do some writing. I love Egyptian mythology and all its Goddesses and Gods so I’d try to incorporate a few of them in a story.
Can you share your next creative project(s)? If yes, can you give a few details?
My next book is almost ready to publish. I released Mistress Of The Air before this next one because it was written during National Novel Writing Month and I wanted to publish this NaNoWriMo book first. The next book is titled ‘La Contessa’ and should be out later this year. It’s set in 18th century Venice and features another kick-ass dominatrix!
S. Nano is an author of erotic stories with dark and exotic content in fantasy, paranormal or historical settings, often drawing on the themes of female supremacy, BDSM and fetish but with a seam of quirky humour running through them as well.
His first full-length erotic novel, ‘Adventures in Fetishland’, a BDSM/fetish re-invention of Alice in Wonderland, was published by Xcite Books. His short stories and novellas have been published by Xcite Books, House of Erotica, Forbidden Fiction, Coming Together and Greenwoman Publishing.
His second novel, ‘Mistress Of The Air’, a comic, Steampunk, erotic adventure will be published by eXcessica on 21st April 2017.