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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?
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Where Ideas Come From

Sexy on the Page
With Shanna Germain
Plotting Erotic Fiction
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Climactic Moments: First Draft
Critique Groups
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Finding the Perfect Markets...
Just Submit Already
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Two Girls Kissing
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Verb Tense Confusion
Coming Up with Story Ideas
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The Fundamentals of POV
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No Body Writes for Free...
Shameless Self Promotions
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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
Erotica or Porn?
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

He’s on Top
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Book Review by Ashley Lister

He’s on Top is the companion volume to She’s on Top.

Another fantastic anthology from Rachel Kramer Bussel, He’s on Top is a collection of sizzling erotic stories that puts the focus on masterful men and the wanton women who bend beneath their will.

As Rachel is quick to point out in her introduction, He’s on Top is not about bullying and cruelty. These stories concentrate on the marrying of minds between those women who want to surrender and the manly men who take control.

Mike Kimera, "Christmas with Suzy and Mary," shows a perfect example of the way male domination can be consensual, intellectual and still remain powerfully erotic. Not all the characters in Mike’s story know what they want, but they’re enjoying the journey more than most. With "In Control," M Christian narrates a tale that blossoms from a chatroom fantasy and flourishes into a harsh physical reality. Chris’s story lets a dominant male discover who really has the upper hand in their relationship. And, in "Schoolgirl and Angel," Thomas S Roche reveals that even when a dominant man doubts his own abilities, he can always rely on the help of a submissive woman who knows her own mind.

But it’s not just male authors in this collection. The female contributors prove they are equally capable of holding their own when it comes to relating tales of masterful men holding domain over willing women.

Donna George Storey, "Yes," gets inside the male mentality with a tale that borders on being a stream of consciousness. Donna knows how to narrate and "Yes" shows she can present a male fantasy with intense credibility. In "Brianna’s Fire" Amanda Earl explores the lengths that a violinist needs to endure to prove herself adequate for an authoritative maestro. With "Incurable Romantic," Lisabet Sarai introduces us to a master who is the slave to his own desires. And, in "The Sun Is an Ordinary Star," Shanna Germain produces a fantastic tale that is erotic, intelligent, hard-hitting and compassionate.

The thing that I most admired about this volume was the skill shown by the writers involved. Writing scenes of male domination and female submission is a difficult trick to pull off. The dangers of advocating misogyny in some form or another are inherent with every command the protagonist makes. In our current PC climate, any author who shows a man wielding power over a woman, and the woman enjoying that submission, runs the risk of being labelled clueless, sexist, bigoted or worse. Yet those issues are cleverly avoided in this volume as Rachel has included stories from intelligent authors who are sensitive to the motivations of the top and bottom in these exciting, erotic escapades.

More intelligent than most, but just as erotic because of that, He’s on Top is for every man who like his woman beneath him, and for every woman who knows where she wants her man.

Ashley Lister
May/June 2007

He’s on Top edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

(Cleis Press; February 28, 2007; ISBN-10: 1573442704)
Available at / Amazon UK

© 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.

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'07 Book Reviews


A for Amour / B for Bondage
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Cream: The Best of ERWA
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The Mammoth Book Vol 6
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Quickies 1
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She's on Top
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Amorous Woman
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The Boss
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Burning Bright
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Call Me By Your Name
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Dark Designs
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Equal Opportunities
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Gothic Blue
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The Lords of Satyr: Nicholas
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Love Song of the Dominatrix
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Riding the Storm
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The Silver Collar
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Suite Seventeen
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Sweet as Sin
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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

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Entangled Lives
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