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'07 Authors Insider Tips

by Louisa Burton
Formatting Your Manuscript
Scams / Choosing an Agent
Pitching Your Novel...
From The Call to Published...

Hard Business
From Greg Herren
Who Is Telling This Story?
It’s Work, Not A Hobby
Where Ideas Come From

Sexy on the Page
With Shanna Germain
Plotting Erotic Fiction
Seducing Your Muse
Creating Characters...
Description, Action & Dialogue
Fucking on Paper
Ten No-Nos of Erotic Fiction
Climactic Moments: First Draft
Critique Groups
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Finding the Perfect Markets...
Just Submit Already
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Two Girls Kissing
With Amie M. Evans
Verb Tense Confusion
Coming Up with Story Ideas
Attend a Writers’ Conference
The Fundamentals of POV
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The Write Stuff
From Ashley Lister
The Time is Write
The Beautiful People
A Book by Any Other...
Synopsis: the Necessary Evil
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Feedback Whine

2007 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister
What's it like being a writer?
An Apology to Salespeople

Get All Worked Up
With J.T. Benjamin
About Secrets
The Perfect Fuck
About Choices
The Age of Consent
The Kingmaker
Kids and Sex
The Price of Beauty
The G.O.P.
All Worked Up About Hate
Real Men

Pondering Porn
With Ann Regentin
Good Sex: A Physics Lesson
Meet Frankenstein
Thoughts on the Orgasm Gap
The Very Bloody Marys
The Doomsday Erection
Online Threesome Porn

Sensuous Shades of Lesbian Erotica

by Jolie du Pré

Book Review by Lisabet Sarai

Iridescene: Sensuous Shades of Lesbian EroticaI consider myself an amateur bi-sexual. I'm strongly attracted to women as well as to men, but I've had fairly limited opportunity to act on my desires for the fairer sex. Certainly, I have no experience with the fractalized variants of institutionalized lesbian culture. I've never been to a lesbian bar. I don't know the language or the distinctions, although I realize that some lesbians consider this critically important. In my few reviews of lesbian erotica, I've found my lack of knowledge to be a handicap. The characters play culturally-defined roles—butch, femme, dyke, boi—and I don't know where the roles stop and the individualized personalities begin.

One of the things that I appreciated about IRIDESCENCE is the fact that most of the stories were about women whom I could understand and with whom I could identify. This may seem odd, since the collection focuses on women of color, and I'm white and Jewish. For me, perhaps because I've traveled widely, the influence of Haitian, or Native American, or Latina, culture is far more comprehensible than the social definitions of the official lesbian world. The rich mix of skin tones and accents in this book add spice without inducing confusion.

Another welcome aspect of the collection is the emphasis on long term committed relationships, or sometimes, on love savored and then lost. Some of the other lesbian anthologies that I've reviewed have focused on the anonymous conquest, the quick fuck, as if the authors were trying to mimic the aggression and selfishness of the stereotypical male. The women in IRIDESCENCE are not all soft and cuddly, but they experience sexual connection in the context of a broader palette of emotions, not merely within the narrow confines of lust.

With the exception of J.T. Langdon's graceful myth "Water Bearer", all the stories in IRIDESCENCE are contemporary. They range from light-hearted romps, as in Delynn DeSaint's "Shopping in New York" and Tawanna Sullivan's "The Getaway", to tales of unrequited longing like Tenille Brown's "Waiting" and Jolie du Pré's "Monisha". The authors give us unconventional woman like Sesi, the tough Native American casino security guard in C.B. Potts "Test Your Luck" and the shy auto mechanic entranced with a Mexicana beauty in Isabelle Gray's "Grease" as well as more traditional females who just happen to be drawn to their own sex.

One of my favorite stories in the collection is Cheyenne Blue's "Glory B.".  A woman who knows that she's different searches her whole life for her imaginary childhood friend—and finally finds her. Another great contribution is "Special Delivery", by Teresa Noelle Roberts, a clever tale about mistaken first impressions. Jean Roberta's "For All My Relations" is an unusual, heart-felt story about love that grows on the edges of desperation.  Jacqueline Applebee's "The Sound Inside" is one of the few stories celebrating anonymous sensuality, but in an original, intensely female way as different from male conquests as silk is from burlap.

In her introduction, Ms. du Pré talks about her experience that most lesbian erotic stories "contain a white cast" and her desire to produce "a representation of lesbians from every color of the rainbow and stories in every shade of sexy". She has succeeded admirably in her goal. At the same time, none of these stories is heavy-handed with regard to issues of culture or skin color. These characters are human, first, and woman next. The fact that they're not Caucasian is almost incidental. Thankfully, there's no political agenda here, only an aesthetic one: to let the readers of IRIDESCENCE enjoy the full range of beautiful possibilities in the realm of women loving women.

Lisabet Sarai
November 2007

Iridescence: Sensuous Shades Of Lesbian Erotica
(Alyson Books; June 2007; ISBN-10: 1593500041)
Available at:  / Amazon UK

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Lisabet Sarai has been writing ever since she learned how to hold a pencil. She is the author of three erotic novels, Raw Silk, Incognito, and Ruby's Rules; co-editor, with S.F. Mayfair, of the anthology Sacred Exchange  (Blue Moon); and editor of Cream, the Best of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association. 
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'07 Book Reviews


A for Amour / B for Bondage
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Best Women's Erotica '07
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The Butcher, The Baker...
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C is for Coeds
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Cream: The Best of ERWA
Review by Ashley Lister

Cream: The Best of ERWA
Perceptions by Cervo

Coming Together for the Cure
Review by Lisabet

Review by Ashley Lister

F is for Fetish
Review by Ashley Lister

Got a Minute?
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He's on Top
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Love on the Dark Side
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Lust: ...Fantasies for Women
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The Mammoth Book Vol 6
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Naughty Spanking Stories
Review by Ashley Lister

Quickies 1
Review by Angelika Devlyn

She's on Top
Review by Ashley Lister

Sixteen of the Best
Review by Ashley Lister


Amorous Woman
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The Boss
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Burning Bright
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Call Me By Your Name
Review by Lisabet Sarai

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Review by Ashley Lister

Dark Designs
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Equal Opportunities
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Review by Angelika Devlyn

Review by Angelika Devlyn

Gothic Blue
Review by Ashley Lister

Review by Ashley Liste

The Lords of Satyr: Nicholas
Review by Helen E. H. Madden

Love Song of the Dominatrix
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Review by Angelika Devlyn

Riding the Storm
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The Silver Collar
Review by Ashley Lister

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Suite Seventeen
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Sweet as Sin
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Tiffany Twisted
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Top of Her Game
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Whalebone Strict
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Wife Swap
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Wings of Madness
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Gay Erotica

Historical Obsessions
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Homosex: 60 Years of Gay...
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Mammoth Book of New Gay...
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Iridescence:...Lesbian Erotica
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Sex Guides

The Path of Service
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Secrets of Porn Star Sex
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Touch Me There
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Daddy's Girl
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Dirt for Art's Sake
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Entangled Lives
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Impotence: A Cultural History
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I, Goldstein: My Screwed...
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In Praise of the Whip
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Insatiable: ...Porn Star
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Letters of a Portuguese Nun
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Mississippi Sissy
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Ron Jeremy
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