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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

The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Volume 6
Edited by Maxim Jakubowski


Review by Lisabet Sarai



I always look forward to Maxim Jakubowski's annual collection of the previous year's best erotica. It's so enormous! And it keeps on going, giving you more stories and more satisfaction, long after ordinary anthologies have petered out! This year Maxim has given us a whopping forty three stories, in every mood and genre from erotic noir to scifi, every fetish from spike heels to pyromania. Meanwhile, the term "best" is not an exaggeration. Some of these tales will stop you short, take your breath away with their originality, their audacity, their passion. Reading this collection, for me, was a fresh education in what makes an erotic story arousing, memorable, and special.

Intense, believable emotion. Tsaurah Litzky's "Guilt" chronicles the break-up of a hot affair between an ageing Jewish sex kitten and a bald, overweight Italian priest. In "At Midnight, in the Month of June", Kristina Wright transports us to a moonlit field at the edge of a farming town, where a woman comes with the ashes of her husband and lover, to reminisce and recreate her past pleasure. Riain Gray's "Five Girls" offers five vignettes, each a mere lengthy paragraph, exquisite portraits of passion lost. K.L. Gillespie's "Another Assignation with Charles Bonnet" brings us into the world of a blind woman who falls in love with a man's scent. And Shaun Levin, in "Shoes" writes of a pair of red high heels with a delicacy and purity that brought a lump to my throat.

"I want those shoes. I want them like a man who wants a man cannot live without a deep voice so close to him he can breathe its soothing sound. I want them like a cynic longs for beauty and a joker longs for candor. Ah. Standing on the tip of a mountain singing out to the world. High-heeled shoes carry you to such warm, strong places that you cannot help but want to go back."

Startling new worlds. Kathleen Bradean's "Orbiting in Retrograde" pulls us into the dusty, smelly, crumbling cityscape of a fringe planet, populated by dozens of alien species whose weird sexual proclivities redefine the meaning of kink. Cervo give us a peek into what happens on "Fridays at the Benoit", a environment of total elegance and privilege so exclusive that it's unknown to more than a handful of the denizens of New York. And in the mysterious and romantic "Waters of Al Adra", Thomas S. Roche creates a desert oasis of sensual magic.

Style and sass. In "Spike", Rachel Kramer Bussel speaks with the voice of an urban adventuress who knows exactly what she wants from a man. Sacchi Green gives us a butch postwoman with the right moves to jolt one of her customers out of a post-election depression in "Going Postal". Tom Piccirilli's "Dostoyevsky" chronicles the hilarious erotic encounter of a philosophically-inclined New York writer marooned in a Los Angeles elevator with a naked woman carrying two zucchinis and two ping pong paddles...

There are so many fabulous stories in this volume, I can't list them all, but other personal favorites include Amanda Earl's "The Travellers", about seemingly ordinary people who become extraordinary within their secret world of submission; Lisette Ashton's tongue-in-cheek scene at the "Pennsylvania Hotel, 7th Avenue, New York"; Amanda Gannon's "Full Bloom", wistful and passionate in recounting the connection between a mature woman and a young man; and "The Cigar", by Betty Mustang, a vivid exposition of how we can arouse each other without ever touching.

Of course there were some tales in this volume that I didn't enjoy. Overall, however, this is an excellent collection, with a sexy and evocative cover as a bonus. With its variety and the fact that it includes many of today's most popular authors, it's also a great introduction to breadth and quality of today's erotic literature.

Lisabet Sarai
February 2007


The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Volume 6
(Carroll & Graf; 6.00 edition; December 12, 2006; ISBN: 0786718943)
Available at: Amazon.com / Amazon UK


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© 2007 Lisabet Sarai. All rights reserved. Content may not be copied or used in whole or part without written permission from the author.


About the Author:
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, and the co-editor, with S.F. Mayfair, of the anthology Sacred Exchange  (Blue Moon), which explores the spiritual aspects of BDSM relationships. Read Lisabet Sarai's bio on the Erotica Readers & Writers Association.
Visit her website, Lisabet Sarai's Fantasy Factory for more information and samples of her writing.



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'07 Book Reviews

Anthologies

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
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Cream: The Best of ERWA
Perceptions by Cervo

Coming Together for the Cure
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Cross-Dressing
Review by Ashley Lister

F is for Fetish
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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
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
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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
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Split
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Suite Seventeen
Review by Ashley Lister

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

Historical Obsessions
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Homosex: 60 Years of Gay...
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Mammoth Book of New Gay...
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Standish
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Lesbian Erotica

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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Virgin: The Untouched...
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The Year of Yes
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