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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
Critiquing: To Give and ...
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
I’m Easy, But I’m 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

Tasting Him: Oral Sex Stories

Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Book Review by Ashley Lister


erotic fiction

It’s said that the difference between liking, loving and showing off is spitting, swallowing and gargling.  I don’t approve of vulgar humour like this.  I find these sort of jokes leave a nasty taste in my mouth.  That said, I was once of the opinion that oral sex was when a couple shouted, “Fuck you!” at each other. 

Tasting Him is an anthology of stories centred around the theme of oral sex.  I can hear you now saying, “That sucks!”  If you are saying that, clearly you’ve been reading the same crap joke book that I’ve been using.  And, if you are saying that, it’s obvious you haven’t read the brilliant stories contained within this wonderful anthology. 

Tasting Him begins with Rachel Kramer Bussel’s “Gloss” – a story that hits hard and fast and delivers the sort of powerful punch to be expected from this doyenne of erotic fiction.  “Gloss” is the story of a woman with a craving and it tells how she goes about satisfying that need with typical RKB panache.  

And then there’s Robert Peregrine’s “A Treatise on Human Nature.”  Robert is a fluid and competent writer, not leaving a single word in the final story that isn’t working hard.  Over five short pages Robert builds a delightful tension that culminates in a truly satisfying climax.

Throughout this anthology the sexual content remains orally fixated but I have yet to hear anyone complain about such a fixation.  For those who want to find new ways to add spice to their love life, some of the many different approaches to oral sex are laid out in this anthology like a cunning guide book. 

In “Frosted,” the inimitable Kristina Wright suggests a sweetened coating to an otherwise savoury snack.  In “Prego,” Alison Tyler shows how spaghetti sauce can add to the experience of a blowjob.  (This story touches on the aphrodisiac quality of certain Italian words—a language I’ve always adored and never been able to master—and I have to agree that a lot of the Italian vocabulary is inherently sexy.  It just feels right in your mouth).  Donna George Storey concludes the anthology with an appropriate postprandial treat: “After Dinner Mint.”  Donna writes wonderful sex scenes and mouth-watering food descriptions.  When these two genres are so skilfully combined with her penmanship, the story is wonderfully vivid.

Tasting Him also contains stories of powerplay—as would be expected.  The act of fellatio is often seen as one of submission or surrender.  However, this anthology works hard to subvert that norm.  There are some wonderful tales of traditional powerplay—such as Terri Pray’s deliciously intense “Without Eyes” and Amanda Earl’s cruelly impartial “How I learned to Give Good Head.”  But these power roles are subverted in some of this anthologies wickedly innovative stories.  Lori Selke’s heroine wears a strap-on to receive the ultimate BJ in “Cocksucker” and Michelle Robinson’s vivid heroine Cindy takes a commanding role in “A Tongue is Just a Tongue.” 

There’s an awful lot in Tasting Him from the quality of the writing through to the imagination of the authors.  There’s an equal amount of fun to be had in the sister anthology Tasting Her—stories that focus on cunnilingus.  If you really want to warm up the coming winter months, these books make for fun and inspirational reading.

Ashley Lister
November 2008

Tasting Him: : Oral Sex Stories
(Cleis Press; September 1, 2008; ISBN-10: 1573443239)
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.
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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'08 Movie Reviews

Almost Perfect
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The Fold
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'08 Book Reviews


Best Bisexual Women's Erotica
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Best Fantastic Erotica
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Best Women's Erotica '08
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Bound Brits (ebook)
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Deep Inside: Extreme ...
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Hide and Seek
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Hurts So Good
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J is for Jealousy
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K is for Kink
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Lust Bites
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Open for Business
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Rubber Sex
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Rubber Sex
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Seriously Sexy
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Sex & Candy
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Tasting Her
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Tasting Him
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Tasting Him
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White Flames
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Yes, Ma'am: Male Submission
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Yes, Sir: Female Submission
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The Art of Melinoe
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Demon by Day
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Gemini Heat
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Gothic Heat
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The Hidden Grotto Series
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The House of Blood
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In Too Deep
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In Too Deep
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Review by Donna George Storey

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One Breath at a Time
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Out of the Shadows (ebook)
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Seduce Me
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Seduced by the Storm
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Serve the People!
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Signed, Sealed and Delivered
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Templar Prize
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The Wicked Sex
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Wild Kingdom
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Gay Erotica

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Best Gay Romance '08
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Hard Hats
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Lesbian Erotica

Best Lesbian Erotica '08
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The Night Watch
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America Unzipped
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Best Sex Writing '08
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Bonk: The Curious Coupling
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The Book of Love
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Casanova: Actor Lover ...
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Dishonorable Passions
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Flagrante Delicto (photos)
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The Flesh Press
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Geisha, Harlot, Strangler, Star
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Instant Orgasm (sex guide)
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