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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?
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
Revising Your Erotic Story
Finding the Perfect Markets...
Just Submit Already
Rejections and Acceptances


Two Girls Kissing
With Amie M. Evans
Verb Tense Confusion
Coming Up with Story Ideas
Attend a Writers’ Conference
The Fundamentals of POV
Should I Sign That?
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
A Book by Any Other...
Synopsis: the Necessary Evil
Erotica or Porn?
Feedback Whine


2007 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister
What's it like being a writer?
Blog
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
M.Y.O.B.
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

Best Women’s Erotica ‘07
Edited by Violet Blue


Book Review by Ashley Lister



Best Women’s Erotica ’07 includes nineteen naughty shorts from today’s leading luminaries in literary erotica. The table of contents reveals a smorgasbord of contributions from venerated goddesses of erotica such as Alison Tyler, Kayla Kuffs, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Sophie Mouette, amongst many others.

Violet Blue has accomplished a lot with this collection. In her introduction to BWE07 she compares the editing and selection process to curating a gallery exhibition. Considering that some of these stories are works of art, the analogy is perfectly apposite.

The first story I read from this anthology, and one that made me shiver while reading, was Kathleen Bradean’s "Chill." "Chill" is the story of one woman’s peculiar kink: a variant path to pleasure from the one most of us would take. This tale could have been sinister or eerie in anyone else’s hands, yet Kathleen paints a clever word picture that brings out every erotic element in this frigidly fascinating tale.

There’s also the clever use of dialogue in Kristina Wright’s Call Me. Kristina is a veteran of previous Best Women’s Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Mammoth Book of Best Erotica etc. In "Call Me" she shows how sexy the simple exchange of words can be when in the hands of an accomplished author.

And, on the subject of accomplished authors and sexy dialogue, Donna George Storey’s "Just Words" continues the theme of eroticism consummated over a long distance. I have to admit a personal admiration for Donna’s style of storytelling. She uses a frank language that is exciting without being vulgar, and her fiction always sizzles with the promise of passion.

Admittedly there were a couple of stories in BWE07 that didn’t work for me, but in every collection there are bound to be degrees that vary through the extremes of the reader’s personal tastes. More often than not, BWE07 hit the mark with erotica that was perfectly presented and deliciously deviant. Even better: Violet Blue has chosen a wide range of voices that personalise the particular eroticism of each story.

From the surly, youthful voice of Jean Casse’s contemporary story "Hands," where the young heroine works in a piercing salon and hooks up with a couple to indulge a FMF fantasy; to the sophisticated adoration and seduction in the operatic environment of Teresa Noelle Roberts’ "Voice of an Angel:" each story has its own personal voice and its own style of presenting a superlative erotic experience.

Violet Blue has excelled with this collection. With generous lashings of kink and quality, Best Women’s Erotica ’07 will take pride of place on the shelves of any bedside library.

Ashley Lister
March 2007


Best Women’s Erotica '07

(Cleis Press; October 25, 2006; ISBN-10: 1573442585)
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.
Ashley’s 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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'07 Book Reviews

Anthologies

A for Amour / B for Bondage
Review by Ashley Lister

Best Women's Erotica '07
Review by Ashley Lister

The Butcher, The Baker...
Review by Ashley Lister

C is for Coeds
Review by Ashley Lister

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

Cross-Dressing
Review by Ashley Lister

F is for Fetish
Review by Ashley Lister

Got a Minute?
Review by Ashley Lister

He's on Top
Review by Ashley Lister

Love on the Dark Side
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Lust: ...Fantasies for Women
Review by Ashley Lister

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

Novels

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

Cockhold
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Continuum
Review by Ashley Lister

Dark Designs
Review by Ashley Lister

Equal Opportunities
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Enthralled
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Flood
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Gothic Blue
Review by Ashley Lister

Hotbed
Review by Ashley Liste

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

Love Song of the Dominatrix
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Ménage
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Riding the Storm
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The Silver Collar
Review by Ashley Lister

Split
Review by Ashley Lister

Suite Seventeen
Review by Ashley Lister

Sweet as Sin
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Tiffany Twisted
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Top of Her Game
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Whalebone Strict
Review by Ashley Lister

Wife Swap
Review by Gary Russell

Wings of Madness
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Gay Erotica

Historical Obsessions
Review by Erastes

Homosex: 60 Years of Gay...
Review by Erastes

Mammoth Book of New Gay...
Review by Erastes

Standish
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Lesbian Erotica

Iridescence:...Lesbian Erotica
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Sex Guides

The Path of Service
Review by Ashley Lister

Secrets of Porn Star Sex
Review by Ashley Lister

Touch Me There
Review by Ashley Lister

Non-Fiction

Concertina: An Erotic Memoir...
Review by Rob Hardy

Daddy's Girl
Review by Ashley Lister

Dirt for Art's Sake
Review by Rob Hardy

Entangled Lives
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Impotence: A Cultural History
Review by Rob Hardy

I, Goldstein: My Screwed...
Review by Rob Hardy

In Praise of the Whip
Review by Rob Hardy

Insatiable: ...Porn Star
Review by William S. Dean

Letters of a Portuguese Nun
Review by Rob Hardy

Mississippi Sissy
Review by Rob Hardy

Ron Jeremy
Review by Rob Hardy

Virgin: The Untouched...
Review by Rob Hardy

The Year of Yes
Review by Rob Hardy