Paradise Regained

The Sisterhood is finished! cover To download a PDF copy, please click here: The Sisterhood

This is the second book of my fantasy series She Shall Have Music. If you’ve read any of this blog you’ll guess where it’s coming from, except that it’s, well, steamier than anything you’ll find here.

The Sisterhood returns to Thesilasia two years after the Gynarchic revolution. It throws light on some of the social structures than have had to be invented to cope with the brave new world; a strict caste system for men, and a return to education for Women – including learning an arcane, little-known language so that They can communicate without Their slaves being able to understand. Light titillation it is not.

While we’re about it, this seems a logical place to re-upload the first book too: By Sovereignty of Nature

Please feel free to let me know what you think. This will be an ever expanding series, but i will also need to go back and revise as i become a better writer – in fact i need to revise the first book now. you’d think this would be an occasion for a party, but after a three-minute break my mind turned to book three. Writing is not the way to achieve personal satisfaction.

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[UPDATE, SEPTEMBER 2016]

Quite a lot of work goes into producing books like these. i have no intention of charging for them, partly because the online world is awash with amateur Femdom writing, partly because i am no publicist, and partly because i think a dash of Gynarchy makes the world a better place. Naturally, Women readers are entitled to take what They want and i am delighted that They do so. But if you are male and have enjoyed She Shall Have Music, please consider donating whatever you think the books were worth to one of the charities listed below. All of them do fine work empowering Women and Girls around the world. Thank you, will

www.womankind.org.uk

www.camfed.org

www.malala.org

www.girlsnotbrides.org

 

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18 thoughts on “Paradise Regained

  1. The story is composed in an interesting manner, but one format does bother me. It isn’t wrong, but it’s just a style that I’m not used to reading: that being that it’s written in present tense. Again, not a problem, but I’m more used to past tense. So, any particular reason to why present is used?

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    1. i admired the way Hilary Mantel used the present tense in Her two recent Booker Prize winners to draw the reader into a historical narrative which could otherwise have felt remote. That’s what i wanted here – for people to be drawn in, rather than feel like they were hearing a story recounted later.

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  2. A wonderful peace of work in my opinion. Can’t wait for the next volume. The Haughty Arrogance of the Women is deeply touching. Thank you will low tide.

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      1. no problem at all will
        i succeeded to get there three times already
        any idea when part three will be ready
        i wonder who the first-person is
        this Helleret-Girl i reckon

        hmmm….
        just scenes
        but very convincing

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      2. i admire your taste – Helleret is an understated firecracker who hasn’t yet gone off… But no, i wouldn’t dare try to inhabit Her psyche. If it’s first-person it will have to be a humble male.
        i’m afraid it’s not coming on that quickly at the moment; i have real-world duties to attend to!

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  3. I’ve enjoyed both your books very much. Thank you, and do keep writing. In another post you’ve said you’ve mentioned some other Gynarchic novels elsewhere, but i’d be grateful if you would repeat them. There are many books available set in an established Matriarchy, but the plot always seems to concern efforts (usually successful) to bring it down. Why would anyone want to do that??
    How refreshing, and so much more interesting to find a series about establishing the Rule of Women over men. And what a joy that your books are well written too.

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    1. Hello jules (or is it Jules? i’m going to stick with jules as i always instinctively assume my readers are male…)

      i think i somewhere mentioned Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s 1915 Feminist utopia ‘Herland’, and there are reviews of ‘Gynecocracy’ (which hardly counts as any sort of Gynarchy) and ‘The Revolt of Man’ (which is one of the sort you describe) elsewhere on the blog, and i think i namechecked Aline d’Arbrant somewhere (definitely to be avoided, and i’d like some evidence that She is indeed a Woman, as i doubt it).

      Ursula K. Le Guin likes to experiment with gender roles – see the stories in ‘The Birthday of the World’ for example, but the closest She gets to Gynarchy that i know of is in ‘The Matter of Seggri’, where Women rule through simple numerical advantage. The men don’t have too bad a time of it and get rather spoiled.

      In fact for someone who has produced two novels and this blog, i confess surprising ignorance about what else might be out there, although i have looked.

      So shall we start a list? If anyone has any suggestions for good (or bad, i suppose) writing about Gynarchy (and i do not mean Femdom) please do leave a comment below, or email me at willowtide@mail.com if you’re shy about your tastes.

      jules – i’m delighted you liked the books; needless to say you are very welcome to mention them anywhere appropriate, as i’m a better writer than a publicist.

      will

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  4. will ~ I have just read both of your books on the trot and you are to be commended. The subject matter goes to my heart, but usually this sort of thing is unreadable. yours is well-written and beautifully conceived. I hope there will be much more to come.

    It wasn’t easy to find, though. you should seriously consider putting your books on Amazon, for visibility’s sake. I believe it can be done without charging readers.

    Claire

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    1. Thank You, Miss. i am delighted the books pleased You. i think i did try Amazon but stumbled at some hurdle or other. Probably my attempts to get them only to charge male readers…

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    1. Thank you, jason – though i disagree! There’s plenty that i would like to have done differently now that i’m into the swing of it. There will be a major rewrite once i’ve finished Part III.

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  5. i’ve just finished both parts. i read Part 2 first because, to be honest, it’s not a literary genre that has overwhelmed me in the past despite my interest in the possibilities of a Gynarchy, and i thought i’d probably browse through some of it, figuring by Part 2 you’d probably hit your stride, then i’d lose interest due to the unreadability of it (see what passes for Femdom fiction) and put it aside. i was unprepared for how well the characters are drawn and how well it is written. There is actually dimension and depth to your Women and their males and they are capable of expressing real emotions and feelings.

    i’m going read it all again as soon as time allows, probably in correct sequence this time.

    There is a sense throughout your story that a Gynarchy is achievable, whatever the precise structure, which is no mean feat right now.

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  6. I love reading about a gynarchic world, there’s not a lot of literature about it. I have enjoyed a lot both parts. Thank you for sharing your thoughts…and hopes about a new world (gynarchic) order 🙂

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