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Everything About Epublishing
by Angela James
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Common Myths of Epublishing
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FictionCraft
by Louisa Burton
Compelling Characters
Point of View, Part I
Point of View, Part II
Learning to Love Conflict
Story Structure
Keep ‘em Guessing
Keep it Simple
Keep Your Writing Real
The Importance of Pacing


Literary Streetwalker
by M. Christian
New World of Publishing
To Blog Or Not To Blog
Meeting & Making Friends
Thinking Beyond Sex
Selling Books
Walking the Line
e-book, e-publisher, e-fun
Still More E-book Fun


Shameless Self-Promotion
by Donna George Storey
Our Journey Begins
Pitches and Bios
Websites, Blogs & Readers
Publicists, Press Kits and...
Viva the Internet
Adventures in Cyberspace
Promoting In the Flesh
Make Your Own Movie
Bigger is Better
Looking Back, Planning Ahead


Two Girls Kissing
by Amie M. Evans
Questions to Ask Yourself...
Tough All Over


The Write Stuff
by Ashley Lister
Ideas
Practice Makes Prefect
5 Books for Fiction Authors
Poetry In Motions
Six Serving Men
Ashley Lister is Anal
Stealing Ideas
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2009 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
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Myths
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Cooking Up A Storey
by Donna George Storey
A Year of Living Shamelessly
Adultery, Exhibitionism ...
John Updike Made Me Do It ...
Story Soup: Forbidden ...
Lessons from Amazon
Naked Lunches ...
Erotic Alchemy
Secrets of Seduction
Are You a “Real” Writer?
Don’t Fondle My Sentence


Cracking Foxy
with Robert Buckley
The Passionate Taphophile
Havens on Earth
A Knight Without Armor
Jail-Baiting
Magic Carpet Rides
Getting Hammered
Keep It Quiet
Hang Around for a Spell


Get All Worked Up
with J.T. Benjamin
Worked Up About Why
Worked Up About Why, Part II
All Worked Up About Porn
The Catholic Church
Purity Movement
The National Crisis
The Future
About Homosexuality
Public Indiscretions


Pondering Porn
with Ann Regentin
Premature Ejaculation
Auctioning Off What?


Sex Is All Metaphors
by Jean Roberta
Who's Who Around the Table
Retro-Shame
Ritual Sex
Mixed Legacy
The Spectrum of Consent
Drawing the Line
Marriage without the Hype
The Distracting Smirk
Innocent Guns
Gardens of Earthly Delights


Provocative Interviews

Between the Lines
with Ashley Lister
Anneke Jacob
D L King
Kristina Lloyd
Lisabet Sarai
Mitzi Szereto
Portia Da Costa
Shanna Germain
Sommer Marsden
Susan DiPlacido


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Marketing a Self-Published Novel
by Jeanne Ainslie

Bedding Down: A Collection of Winter Erotica

Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Book Review by Victoria Blisse

 

Bedding Down

Christmas and the New Year is coming, I don’t know about you but I am up to my eyeballs in things to do. I’ve got presents to buy, others to make. I’ve got cards to write, fairs to attend cakes to bake and a million and one other important little bits and bobs to get through before the festive fun really begins.  And after I’ve done all that all day all I want to do is snuggle down with a good book and chill out for a while. And what better way to relax than by reading a romantic collection of warming seasonal tales like Rachel Kramer Busssel’s anthology Bedding Down.

It is quite obvious from the cover that this is a classy book full of passion, I love the icy blue colour contrasting with the grey, it is wintry without being tacky. The stories inside are exactly the same. They are not the same tired clichés spouted over and over again at this time of year, no. Each story is fresh and vibrant and a real joy to read.

My absolute favourite has to be "Hidden Treasures" by Sophie Mouette. I am a sucker for historical settings and this one is set in a Victorian stately home and involves the staff being dressed in authentic Victorian clothing. I love this story not just for its historical flavour and it’s burning hot sex scenes but for its humanity. You can really feel for Brenda and Sean, the two main characters because within a matter of pages you feel like you know them well. I am also a sucker for an author who writes with humour and "Hidden Treasures" made me chuckle out loud a few times whilst reading it.

I also really enjoyed reading "Sweet Season" because it was just so unusual and a complete education for me. Dulcie has taken on Grandma’s old homemade traditional Maple Syrup business and has to tap the trees and create the sweet brew herself from scratch on her own. It is fascinating to see the process that is involved in the syrup production but it is also a treat to see the interaction between Dulcie and her next-door neighbour and childhood sweetheart, Travis. There is one of the most unusual sex scenes I have ever read contained in this little story and not only is it unique, it’s incredibly sexy, too.

You will find yourself pulled in all directions because there’s not only laughter but also tears, regret, sadness, anger and grief and this tumult of emotion blends magnificently with the touching and erotic sensual scenes in each story. Sex means more when there is emotion attached to it, in my mind, and this collection of stories is bursting with emotion and hence the erotic scenes are all the more compelling.

So, if you need to soothe your stressed mind and frayed ends all you need is a warm blanket and a copy of Bedding Down this festive season. Enjoy the tranquillity of the cold and the fierceness of erotic heat contained within its pages.

Victoria Blisse
December 2008

Bedding Down edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
(Avon Red, December, 2008; ISBN-10: 0061560634)
Available at Amazon.com  / Amazon UK

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© 2008 Victoria Blisse. All rights reserved.

About the Author: Victoria Blisse is a mother, wife, Christian, Manchester United fan and erotica writer. She was born near Manchester, England and her northern English quirkiness shows through in all of her stories. Passion, love and laughter fill her works, just as they fill her life. To read more about Victoria, check out her website: www.victoriablisse.co.uk or her myspace page www.myspace.co.uk/victoriablisse



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'09 Movie Reviews

Blame It On Savanna
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Cry Wolf
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Faithless
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Heaven or Hell
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House of Wicked
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The Office: An XXX Parody
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This Ain't The Partridge Family
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'09 Book Reviews

Anthologies

A Slip of the Lip (ebook)
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Best Women's Erotica '09
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Bottoms Up
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Enchanted Again
Review by Victoria Blisse

Frenzy
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Girls on Top
Review by Ashley Lister

In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed
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Libidacoria (Poetry)
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Licks & Promises
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Like a Thorn (ebook)
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The Mile High Club
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Nexus Confessions: Vol 5
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Nexus Confessions 6
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Oysters & Chocolate
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Playing with Fire
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Sexy Little Numbers Vol 1
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Up for Grabs
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Novels

A 21st Century Courtesan
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The Ages of Lulu
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Amanda’s Young Men
Review by Kristina Wright

As She's Told
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Bedding Down
Review by Victoria Blisse

Broken
Review by Ashley Lister

Brushes & Painted Dolls
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Cassandras Chateau
Review by Ashley Lister

The Edge of Impropriety
Review by Kristina Wright

Exposure
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Free Pass
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The Gift of Shame
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Kiss It Better
Review by Ashley Lister

The Melinoe Project
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Mortal Engines & The ...
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The New Rakes
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Ninety Days of Genevieve
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Obsession: An Erotic Tale
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Sarah's Education
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Seduce Me
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Lesbian Erotica

Lesbian Cowboys
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Night's Kiss
Review by Jean Roberta

Where the Girls Are
Review by Jean Roberta

Gay Erotica

Animal Attraction 2
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Boys in Heat
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Faewolf
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The Low Road
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Personal Demons
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Ready to Serve
Review by Vincent Diamond

The Secret Tunnel
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Shuck
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Transgressions
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Non-Fiction

Best Sex Writing '09
Review by Kristina Wright

The Big Penis Book
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Erotic Encounters
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The Forbidden Apple
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Lady in Red
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The Other Side of Desire
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Scripts 4 Play
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