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Everything About Epublishing
by Angela James
Epublishing: A Different Way
Choosing an Epublisher
Your Milage May Vary
Understand Your Contract!
Reasonable Expectations

by Louisa Burton
The Publishing Biz
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Commerical vs. Literary...
Antiformalism for Fun &...
So You Want to Write a Novel
The Story Idea
Planning Your Novel...

The Write Stuff
by Ashley Lister
5 Steps to Success
Opening Passages
Let's Get Critical
Writer's Block
Learning Lessons

Two Girls Kissing
by Amie M. Evans
Be a Finisher ...
Listen to Your Characters
Conferences: Act Now ...
Starting an Erotic Story
Exercises & Writing Prompts
Revising & Rewriting
Copy Editing
The Manuscript Critique
How to Submit Your Work
Reading as Craft

Guest Appearances

Adventures in e-Publishing
by Lisabet Sarai

For the Love of Man
by Laura Baumbach

How to...Influence Editors
by Alison Tyler

Marketing your e-Book
by Brenna Lyons

2008 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister
Role Play
Busy Doing Nothing
Picture of a Fish & Chip...
What I Did With My Summer

Cooking Up A Storey
by Donna George Storey
Naughty Cookies...
Tie Me Up, Please …
The Smut-Writer’s Holiday
Never Trust the Narrator ...
Compare and Contrast
Following the Pen
Naked at the Farmers Market
Im Easy, But Im No Slut
Good Girl Gone Bad
Pleasures of the Dark Side
Slow, Spare and Sexy

Get All Worked Up
with J.T. Benjamin
Raising Daughters
Jamie Lynn
The Good Old Days
Election '08
Traditional Marriage
Campaign 2008
Free Will

Pondering Porn
with Ann Regentin
Masturbating on SSRIs
Sex and Disability
Besides Ourselves
Adjusting our Contrast

Sex Is All Metaphors
by Jean Roberta
Sex Is All Metaphors
Turn-ons and Squicks
Sexual Truth
Fickle Muse
Porn, Erotica & Romance

Provocative Interviews

Between the Lines
with Ashley Lister
Alison Tyler
Ashley Lister
Debra Hyde
Donna George Storey
Jeremy Edwards
Kristina Wright
Rachel Kramer Bussel

Erotic Hot Spots
by William S. Dean
Interview with Tilly Greene
Interview with Devyn Quinn

Getting Graphic
with William S. Dean
New Times for Readers...
The Future in Words ...
Interview with Fantagraphics

On Writing Erotica

The Accidental Pornographer
by Lisabet Sarai

The End of Innocence
by Lisabet Sarai

Get Them Off in High Style
Helena Settimana

So, You Want To Write Erotica?
by Hanne Blank

Web Gems
Hot Movies For Her

Best Lesbian Erotica '08
Edited by Tristan Taormino
Selected and Introduced by Ali Liebegott

Book Review by Ashley Lister

Best Lesbian Erotica '08 I have to admit, I always enjoy Cleis’s “Best…” anthologies. The production standards are invariably high. The quality of fiction involved is unfailingly arousing and literate and the stories are always enjoyable. In short: they provide the perfect blend of sexiness and well-written prose.

Best Lesbian Erotica 08 is no exception. With masterful stories from the likes of Radclyffe, Rachel Kramer Bussel and Catherine Lundoff, it’s guaranteed to excite. Roxy Katt, Shanna Germain, D.L.King and Jacquleine Applebee are also included in this anthology, along with a long list of other talented authors.

But in my opinion, one of the most frequently neglected aspects of Cleis’s “Best…” anthologies are the introductions.

I have been called a geek in the past because I enjoy reading introductions. Personally I don’t think this is geeky. No one would enter a party without chatting politely to the host or hostess on arrival. Why should it be any different with a book?

I suppose the natural aversion to introductions come from all those boring prefaces that school children were forced to copy out as punishment for talking/smoking/masturbating in class. (NB—I was not guilty of all of those charges—I think it’s rude to talk in class).

But, at the front of a work of fiction, and especially when it precedes an anthology, an introduction is a fascinating insight into the thinking behind the book. And, because Best Lesbian Erotica 08 has two introductions, this volume offers two different perspectives on the same subject.

Tristan Taormino begins her introduction talking about the power of transgression and its aphrodisiacal qualities. Tristan Taormino is an award winning author, columnist, editor and sex educator. Anyone familiar with Taormino’s work will know she always writes with clarity and authority on the subject of sex. Anyone unfamiliar with Taormino’s work probably lives in a cave. The introduction to Best Lesbian Erotica 08 is another fine example of her skills as a writer.

Taormino contextualises the impending stories as a celebration of difference when she says “…what ties all these stories together is the desire to push something perhaps a little too far, to give the middle finger to “polite society.”” She is not using hyperbole when she says, “They push even further beyond what’s “normal” expected and acceptable.” The only thing Taormino fails to mention is that every story is a bloody good read.

Ali Liebegott, poet, novelist and LAMBDA award-winner, begins her introduction on a more personal level. Before talking about her first (amusingly unrewarding) experiences with lesbian erotica, she recalls her first exposure to pornography.

One of a group of young children, following a fearless gang-leader, Liebegott recounts the revelatory experience of finding a treasure-trove of porn discarded in a dumpster.

Liebegott is a damned good writer and this insight into her childhood is as evocative as any of the fiction that follows. The descriptions of naked flesh caught by zoom lens photography on thick glossy pages—and the implied excitement of discovering something forbidden and exciting—could have come from the consciousness of anyone regardless of sex or sexuality.

This subtle revelation sits well against Taormino’s previous words. Taormino introduces the book celebrating the exciting difference of transgression: Liebegott’s anecdote reminds us that arousal and the pleasure of discovery are universal. Perhaps it’s that blend of differences and similarities that makes this anthology work so well.

Liebegott goes on to admit the difficulty she had as a young woman in finding quality, exciting erotica. And, while that may once have been another universal truth, Best Lesbian Erotica 08 makes finding quality erotica a whole lot easier.

Simply buy the book.

Ashley Lister
March 2008

Best Lesbian Erotica 08

(Cleis Press, November 28, 2007; ISBN-10: 157344300X)
Available at: / Amazon UK

© 2008 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.
Ashleys 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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'08 Movie Reviews

Almost Perfect
Review by Oranje

The Fold
Review by Ashley Lister

Review by Spooky

Review by Spooky

'08 Book Reviews


Best Bisexual Women's Erotica
Review by Ashley Lister

Best Fantastic Erotica
Review by Ashley Lister

Best Women's Erotica '08
Review by Ashley Lister

Bound Brits (ebook)
Review by Ashley Lister

Deep Inside: Extreme ...
Review by Cervo

Dirty Girls
Review by Rose B. Thorny

Hide and Seek
Review by Ashley Lister

Hurts So Good
Review by Ashley Lister

J is for Jealousy
Review by Ashley Lister

K is for Kink
Review by Ashley Lister

Lust Bites
Review by Ashley Lister

Open for Business
Review by Rose B. Thorny

Review by Lisabet Sarai

Rubber Sex
Review by Ashley Lister

Rubber Sex
Review by Victoria Blisse

Seriously Sexy
Review by Ashley Lister

Sex & Candy
Review by Ashley Lister

The Shadow of a... (poetry)
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Review by Victoria Blisse

Tasting Her
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Tasting Him
Review by Ashley Lister

Tasting Him
Review by Kathleen Bradean

White Flames
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Yes, Ma'am: Male Submission
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Yes, Sir: Female Submission
Review by Angelika Devlyn


The Art of Melinoe
Review by Ashley Lister

Demon by Day
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Gemini Heat
Review by Ashley Lister

Gothic Heat
Review by Ashley Lister

The Hidden Grotto Series
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The House of Blood
Review by Lisabet Sarai

In Too Deep
Review by Ashley Lister

In Too Deep
Review by Victoria Blisse

Review by Donna George Storey

Review by Victoria Blisse

One Breath at a Time
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Out of the Shadows (ebook)
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Review by Ashley Lister

Review by Rose B. Thorny

Seduce Me
Review by Ashley Lister

Seduced by the Storm
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Serve the People!
Review by Donna G. Storey

Signed, Sealed and Delivered
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Sunfire (eBook)
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Templar Prize
Review by Angelika Devlyn

The Wicked Sex
Review by Ashley Lister

Wild Kingdom
Review by Angelika Devlyn

Gay Erotica

Review by Vincent Diamond

Best Gay Romance '08
Review by Vincent Diamond

Hard Hats
Review by Vincent Diamond

Review by Kathleen Bradean

Lesbian Erotica

Best Lesbian Erotica '08
Review by Donna George Storey

Best Lesbian Erotica '08
Review by Ashley Lister

The Night Watch
Review by Lisabet Sarai


America Unzipped
Review by Rob Hardy

Best Sex Writing '08
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Bonk: The Curious Coupling
Review by Rob Hardy

The Book of Love
Review by Rob Hardy

Casanova: Actor Lover ...
Review by Rob Hardy

Dishonorable Passions
Review by Rob Hardy

Flagrante Delicto (photos)
Review by Jack Gilbert

The Flesh Press
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Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star
Review by Donna G. Storey

The Humble Little Condom
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Instant Orgasm (sex guide)
Review by Ashley Lister

Man O Man! Writing M/M...
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The Not So Invisible Woman
Review by Ashley Lister

Swingers: Female...
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Who's Been Sleeping in...
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