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'07 Authors Insider Tips

FictionCraft
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?
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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
Revising Your Erotic Story
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 Writersí Conference
The Fundamentals of POV
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Etiquette for Authors
Erotica is Serious Work
No Body Writes for Free...
Shameless Self Promotions
The Myth of Writer's Block


The Write Stuff
From Ashley Lister
The Time is Write
The Beautiful People
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Feedback Whine


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Ashley Lister Submits
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Blog
An Apology to Salespeople


Get All Worked Up
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About Secrets
The Perfect Fuck
About Choices
The Age of Consent
The Kingmaker
Kids and Sex
M.Y.O.B.
The Price of Beauty
The G.O.P.
All Worked Up About Hate
Real Men


Pondering Porn
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Good Sex: A Physics Lesson
Meet Frankenstein
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The Very Bloody Marys
The Doomsday Erection
Online Threesome Porn

A is for Amour Edited by Alison Tyler
&
B is for Bondage Edited by Alison Tyler


Book Review by Ashley Lister



I really need to get my spectacles fixed. I thought the first of these titles was A is for ARMOUR and I got myself quite excited expecting to read about knights and armadillos and other erotic things that are protectively plated.

Not for the first time in my life, I was mistaken.

A is for Amour begins a series of alphabetically themed books from Cleis Press. Further titles in this series include B is for Bondage, C is for Coed and D is for Dress-Up. I havenít yet seen C or D. B is for Bondage starts off with a typically arousing tale from Shanna Germain as she shows how a man and a woman should properly enjoy a vegetable garden.

But Iím going off at a tangent here, arenít I? I was reading A is Amour. I suppose thatís one of the problems in having both books at my disposal. I can flick from one to the other, dipping in and out as I fancy. Or, to be more exact, I can look at the book that hasnít been picked up by my wife as she spots the jaunty retro-style cover of each title and exclaims, "Ooh! That looks like fun. Letís have a readÖ"

Which is a fair point. Both of these titles look like fun. The volumes are smaller than the typical paperback (although they still contain full value for money) and they look resplendent with their stylish full-figured artwork that is so reminiscent of titillation from the frisky fifties. More importantly, inside each title, the stories live up to the promise of any title that comes from the heady combination of Cleis Press, Alison Tyler and a stupendous wealth of erotic literatureís finest talent.

A is for Amour is a delightful book full of naughty pleasures that relate to the theme of love. And, while in some hands that could be an uninspiring collection, Alison Tyler has made sure this anthology contains something for every kink.

The collection begins with a wonderful tale from Saskia Walker that blends romance, a remote island in Scotland, and a couple with an inseparable passion. This is Saskia Walker at her most romantic, but still as ferociously hot as ever.

Tenille Brown introduces a tale of a woman who is most assuredly not in love. Tenille Brownís heroine is so determinedly not in love that you begin to suspectÖ But Iím going to spoil the story if I carry on down that route. Trust me. "Strings" is hot and shows why Tenille Brown is such a respected author of erotica.

Then thereís Radclyffeís tale of a committed lesbian couple having a lunchtime fling. The romance is passionate, the sex is blistering and the story is scorching.

And, if you like things blistering and scorching, you wonít be disappointed by Brooke Sternís "An Unexpected Love Story." Brooke Stern invariably builds three dimensional characters who are compelling and credible. More importantly, Brooke Stern spanks heroines with a force that leaves an imprint on the page.

Not every love story has a happy ending, but thatís what makes each one of these tales so tantalising. A is for Armour contains varieties of love to suit most tastes, and all from writers who know how to make romance rock.

B is for Bondage has all the same attributes as A is for Amour but (unsurprisingly) with a little less amour and a little more bondage. Again, this is a delightful collection, edgier than many Iíve read and including some bondage games that stretch the boundaries.

Charles Brassoís "The Consequences of Her Actions" is a hard-hitting tale of a fledgling power relationship. Cynthia Rayneís "Pearls of Wisdom" is a deliciously twisted tale of domination and submission. And P S Havenís "Westbound" is a wickedly entertaining excursion into the perils of travelling alone in the wrong dress.

Thereís a lot in B is for Bondage. Teresa Noelle Roberts excels (as usual) with Shinju Ė an exquisite exploration of public bondage and private satisfaction. And, in both these volumes, Alison Tylerís own fiction concludes the book with inimitable charm and erotic style.

This pair of titles shows a promising start to what will undoubtedly be a popular series. I can only say that, at this rate, Iím looking forward to Alison Tyler teaching me the rest of the alphabet.

Ashley Lister
May/June 2007


A is for Amour Edited by Alison Tyler

(Cleis Press; February 28, 2007; ISBN: 1573442631)
Available at Amazon.com†/ Amazon UK


B is for Bondage Edited by Alison Tyler

(Cleis Press; February 28, 2007; ISBN: 157344264X)
Available at Amazon.com†/ Amazon UK


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© 2007 Ashley Lister. All rights reserved.

About the Author:  Ashley Lister is a UK author responsible for more than two-dozen erotic novels written under a variety of pseudonyms. His most recent work, Swingers: True Confessions from Today's Modern Swinging Scene (Virgin Books; ISBN: 0753511355), a non-fiction book recounting the exploits of UK swingers, is his first title published under his own name.
Ashleyís non-fiction has appeared in a variety of magazines, including Forum, Chapter & Verse and The International Journal of Erotica.  Nexus, Chimera and Silver Moon have published his full-length fiction, with shorter stories appearing in anthologies edited by Maxim Jakubowski, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Mitzi Szereto.  He is very proud to be a regular contributor to ERWA.
Website: www.ashleylister.co.uk



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