S&MBy Peter Galuszka

Homeowners Associations are double-edged swords. They can preserve home values by enforcing covenants but sometimes  morph into Neo-Nazi privatized governments that make life miserable by meddling.

One HOA in suburban Richmond is in something of a unique situation.

Woodlake, a 2,800 home, 1980s-styled PUD in Chesterfield County, has been having problems. The realty firm that owned its extensive swim and recreational facilities sold them to the HOA in 2010 which ended up $700,000 in debt.

It has caused lots of gnashing of teeth because no one wants a special assessment. I don’t live there but I play tennis there and hear a lot about it from my friends.

The board is new, the old community manager left and they hired a new manager who has an extensive professional background in the field.

The manager, Bethany Halle, also has another life. She’s the author of about 70 erotic fantasies specializing sado-masochism, bondage and other delights, including ones involving the paranormal. She enjoys exploring “murder and mayhem” at HOAs in her literary life.

Here’s my story about it in the Chesterfield Observer.

Halle’s books have been published by such houses as “Naughty Nights.” She blogs and has radio shows about erotic literature. The HOA board supports their decision to hire her , saying they knew about her other life but she was the best qualified to run the HOA.

Halle writes under her own name or “Cassandre Dayne” and “Dakotah Black”

One of her titles is “Spankdown.” Maybe that’s just what Woodlake needs.

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  1. Steve Haner Avatar
    Steve Haner

    Darn. Sold the Woodlake house and moved into the Big City too early! I should have ignored all that advice Bacon was giving me about the new urbanism and the joys of walkability. Some fun does not involve walking.

    You fail to tell us whether that photo is her.

  2. TooManyTaxes Avatar

    It’s good to see the old Peter back again. Bacon keeps your taste in articles and photos too restrained!

  3. larryg Avatar

    no comment.


  4. Hey, I’m president of Countryside Homeowners Association. Maybe it’s time to hire staff. Maybe I should interview Ms. Halle for the job.

    1. larryg Avatar

      I got a feeling your significant others might have a view about that idea…


    2. LifeOnTheFallLine Avatar

      Better yet, I think you should flex your linguistic muscle and pen your own series of Colonial-era erotic fiction. I eagerly await your “Love in the Time of Rebellion” collection.

      Or even better, policy oriented erotica! “A Passion That Defied the Cost-Benefit Analysis.” “What is the ROI on Romance?” “The Lust that Taxed a Nation.”

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