Bad habits and very naughty boys – a guest post by Josephine Myles

Bondage by Ater Crudus

He’ll never be able to light that ciggie with his hands tied like that!

My characters always have bad habits and vices. It’s a topic I find endlessly fascinating to write about and I’m remarkably tolerant of all manner of bad habits (probably because I have so many myself). However, in my latest novel one of my main characters turned out to be remarkably intolerant of his partner’s bad habits and set about trying to cure him via the method of domestic discipline and a side order of BDSM. Of course, Cosmo turns out to be incredibly resistant to Alasdair’s machinations, but it got me thinking about our vices and how we go about ridding ourselves of them.

One of my most frustrating bad habits (according to my husband) is an inability to pick up after myself and a blindness to dust and dirt. I tend to see the second as more of a blessing than a curse, and it’s the kind of thing that only really bothers him so I’m not too strongly motivated to work on curing that bad habit (especially as that would involve doing actual housework – ugh!)

The kind of bad habits that tend to get the most attention are the more obviously anti-social ones, like smoking, spitting and swearing. I consider spitting to be horribly uncouth and can’t imagine writing a character who likes to spit on the pavements, but the other two bad habits are fair game. Since becoming the parent of a young child I no longer swear much in real life, but sometimes I think that means all those repressed swear words come out through my characters. Cosmo and Alasdair both turned out to be pretty foul-mouthed at times. In BDSM literature, bad language is usually treated as something that needs to be disciplined out of a submissive. However, perhaps because of his own verbal quirks, Alasdair didn’t see the problem with this.

Gagged kilt man

The Alasdair Grant approved method for giving up smoking

Smoking, on the other hand, was an entirely different matter. Now, I totally understand why smoking has become so taboo. It’s dangerous to health and I’ve lost two of my heavy-smoking relatives to lung cancer. However, despite all this I still smoke. Not often—I don’t even have a one-a-day habit, more like a one-a-week habit—but when I’m out socializing (especially if the drinks are flowing) I do love to have a rollie or two. This is why I’m always able to sympathise with characters who smoke. Smoking is deeply pleasurable. It eases your stress and gives you a great headrush. What’s more, nicotine has been proven to temporarily enhance brain power, so it really can make you more witty and charming.

Because of the sheer allure of smoking and Cosmo’s long-standing addiction, giving up the ciggies isn’t something that happens during the time frame of the novel (although it does make up the plot of the freebie short story, Screw the Fags). The only bad habit Alasdair gets anywhere near conquering is Cosmo’s slouching posture. I have to admit, this time I’m with Alasdair. I’m one of those weird people who actually loves straight-backed chairs and wearing corsets, and seeing other people slouch drives me up the wall! I don’t think I’d go to the lengths Alasdair does to correct the habit, but I am tempted to sometimes put books on youngster’s heads and order them to walk around without letting them fall. There must be a bit of the Victorian schoolmarm in me after all😉

What’s your worst habit, and what do you think it would take to cure you of it? And which bad habit would you most like to cure in others?

Comment to win! Jo is offering a choice of a book from her backlist to one lucky commenter on this post, and all commenters throughout the blog tour will also be entered into a draw for the grand prize of a handmade suede flogger, to be announced on 25th February.

Also, watch out for the follow-up short story, Screw the Fags. To be available as a free download from Smashwords and All Romance eBooks this week!

Screwing the System

Screwing the System coverHe’s nobody’s bitch. Until he gets a ride on the bitch seat.

Forced to apply for a job he doesn’t want, Cosmo Rawlins has only one aim in mind: fail the interview and get back to making music. Except his attempt to shock the older, sharp-suited Alasdair Grant doesn’t have the desired effect.

Instead of getting thrown out of the office by flaunting an interest in BDSM, Cosmo finds himself on his knees, apologizing to the sexy, good-looking Top.

Alasdair has more important things on his mind than training a novice sub, especially a rebellious bad boy like Cosmo. But there’s something beneath the younger man’s defiant attitude that’s too intriguing to ignore.

As Alasdair takes Cosmo in hand—and for a wild ride on his Harley—he becomes obsessed with bending the young rocker to his will, both in and out of bed. Until he goes one demand too far, and Cosmo is gone in a cloud of dust. Forcing Alasdair to admit that earning Cosmo’s loyalty—and love—will involve the toughest challenge he’s ever faced.

Warning: This title contains an overbearing Top with a less-than-glamorous job, a rebellious brat who refuses to call him sir, and a total lack of high-end BDSM clubs or playrooms. Expect floggings over the kitchen table instead.

Screwing the System on

About the author:

English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.

For more information about Jo’s published stories, regular blog posts and saucy free reads, visit

Bondage photo credit: BondagebyAterCrudus via photopin cc
Gagged kilt guy photo credit: Muscle Dominator via photopin cc

26 thoughts on “Bad habits and very naughty boys – a guest post by Josephine Myles

  1. Tam says:

    I guess you and I share the bad habit of not liking housework. Ugh. HATE. IT. Can’t afford a maid. LOL

    I guess being lazy, eating too much and not exercising are my bad habits. And procrastination but that seems to be pretty much universal I’ve found.🙂 Maybe there should be a word for people who actually do things AHEAD of schedule rather than the other. We’re NORMAL, they have issues. Sometimes I think some kind of brace would be good. I work at a computer all day and then it seems all night and sometimes my neck and shoulders hurt. Probably sitting properly would help.

    • Housework is evil. I’m always amazed when people tell me they enjoy it.

      I’m fairly sure procrastination is the normal state of affairs, although I have been occasionally known to do things ahead of schedule!

      And yes, you certainly need to sit up properly. Have you tried one of those yoga stools? They’re brilliant.

      Thanks for hosting me, Tam😀

  2. John says:

    I didn’t think I had any bad habits, until I asked my wife!
    O.K. I do smoke and should give it up, I know. I think will power is the only cure for this….
    I’m told I moan and whinge too often – – – Well, if the world were a better place……….
    I’m fairly tolerant of other’s bad habits, but I,m sure those that know me would dispute that too.

    • Partners are always the ones who let us know about our bad habits, aren’t they? I could list a few of my husband’s too, but I don’t think that would be fair. Not without including the full list of my many and varied shortcomings🙂

  3. Gigi says:

    My bad habits….. reading (too much) chocolates (also too much) and reading (bears repeating)!!!

  4. Cole says:

    Definitely smoking. Otherwise I’m perfect😉

    And now, apparently I realize that I’m way smarter and wittier than I thought, thanks to smoking! woo hoo!

    No need to enter me sweetie. xoxo

  5. Michelle (MiMi) says:

    As I always tell my husband… “We all have bad habits” his are just more annoying than mine🙂

  6. Dorome says:

    Uhhuh, I share quite a few bad habits with you and my husband is equally exasperated.😉
    Well, for habits I can stand, it would be nagging. I have quite a few coworkers who find something to grouse about anything, it just so bad that I have to flee before I shout at them to shut up already.
    Oh, and don’t count me in for the books. I have them all.🙂

    • Hehe. Husbands need to get out of the 50s mindset. Modern women have no business doing housework. We need robots to do it for us!

      Nagging and complaining is an annoying one, I agree. That said, I’m sure my eternal “looking on the bright side” pisses a few people off…

      Aww, you’ve got all of them? That’s lovely to hear!

  7. Urbanista says:

    My worse habit is my steadfast refusal to do any housework, or have any interest in sofas, end tables, matching towels and the like. I’d rather go on a booze cruise than buy a sofa, or own a big fat iPad rather than a be burdened with a mattress. I am a slob. Hmm, should I finally buy some potholders or these polka dot tights? Don’t like cooking much either, that’s nasty work. Thank you!

    • A girl after my own heart! Although I have to admit, I do have an interest in getting a good leather sofa ;D

      The tights win every time, though. Spending money of clothes is far more rewarding than spending money on boring household items!

  8. Hmmm bad habits… my hubs would say I leave tissues behind in the car (I do) and that I never refill the toilet paper (I do sometimes LOL) – I think my worst is procrastination although I’ve gotten much better about that – it still lingers in places LOL.

    • You know what, the other day my husband was complaining the exact same thing about me leaving used tissues around the place. I had flu, dammit!

      Procrastination is just so easy to do. I suspect it’s part of the human condition😉

  9. Penumbra says:

    I’d say my worst habit is tossing mail or papers on a flat surface and not filing or throwing them away. I tend to leave them until I feel like looking at them or “when I get around to it,’ which leads to large stacks of paper lying around.

    There’s too many things I’d like to change about the human race to list, lol. But one I guess would be smoking. It stinks and makes my hair and clothes stink if I just stand next to someone who was smoking.


    • Hehe – I’m with you on the papers thing. Filing is so dull, though!

      I suspect you’re probably right about the smoking thing… at least these days you can’t really smoke inside anywhere anymore, so the passive smoking isn’t such an issue. I still don’t intend giving up my one-a-week, though!

  10. chickie434 says:

    Well, I have two . One is nail-biting and the other’s spitting. I’ve gotten better about the nail-biting, though it’s still an uphill battle. I know carry a pack of gum everywhere, since I can’t bite my nails if I’m chewing gum. As for the spitting, it’s a bit of a lost cause. Due to a genetic fluke, I produce excess saliva, so over the years, I developed a bad habit of spitting (though I try to be discrete about it). Not sure what it’d take, though it seems like it’d take an act of God to be able to quit some days.

    The bad habit I’d most like to cure in others? That’s a tough one. Bad grammar is a big one. The biggest though is the constant need people have to judge others. Hate it with a passion. My motto is you ain’t God, so it’s not up to you to judge.


    • Well, that sounds like a perfectly legitimate reason for spitting to me. I don’t have a problem with that – it’s just the kind of uncouth spitting in the street that winds me up. Some young lads seem to do it in a really defiant way, like they’re daring you to take offence.

      You’re so right about judging others. That’s an awful habit to have, but so easy to fall into if we’re not careful.

  11. Trix says:

    I’m definitely not the neatest person (allegedly), and when you combine that with the reluctance to throw cool stuff away, it can be a problem (I’ve been told). I also get very cranky without a daily fix of coffee and chocolate (not necessarily together, but that’s good too), and I tend to hold grudges. Those keep you on your game, at least…


    • Ooh, a hoarder! My next novel is about a hoarder😀 I have those tendencies myself too. It’s tough to get rid of things when you know they might have a future use.

      I’ve never thought of grudges as being useful to keep you on your game. I can see what you’re saying, though…

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