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'09 Authors Insider Tips

Everything About Epublishing
by Angela James
Digital Publishing & Print
Common Myths of Epublishing
Ebook Formats and Devices


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
Celebrating Poetry


2009 Smutters Lounge

Ashley Lister Submits
by Ashley Lister
Myths
Graduation


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


Guest Appearances

Marketing a Self-Published Novel
by Jeanne Ainslie

Best Women’s Erotic 2009

Edited by Violet Blue

Book Review by Lisabet Sarai

 

Seduce Me

These days I read a lot of erotic stories. To be honest, I’ve become pretty difficult to impress. I rarely happen upon stories that are downright bad, but a painfully large number strike me as ho-hum.

Despite the financial crisis and the supposed decline of the publishing business, it seems that we are awash in erotic anthologies. Last month’s Calls for Submissions at ERWA listed four different “Best of” collections. I have calls for five other anthologies sitting in my “consider submission” file. I suppose that I should be pleased that authors of erotica have so many opportunities for publication. Still, recently I’ve started to feel that the quantity is diluting the quality.

Thus, it was with some trepidation that I approached Violet Blue’s latest annual collection of female-authored erotica. I’m happy to report that this year’s volume is at least as good as last year’s – which was very good indeed.

What impresses me in a story? Originality in concept or expression. Depth of character. Intensity of emotion. Fluency and grace in language – which can translate into graphic rawness in the erotic realm.

Many of the stories in Best Women's Erotica 2009 demonstrate these characteristics.

My two favorites are as different as can be imagined. Jacqueline Applebee’s  elegant and moving “Hush” gives us a woman for whom silence is the essence of eroticism.

As a teenager I learned sign language, but even that was too involved. No, I preferred the fluid voice of a human body in motion. I listen to facial expressions, and I read kisses like journals. A long drawn-out groan means more to me than a library of books.

The protagonist encounters a man who intuitively understands, who welcomes the gag that will keep their coupling silent. Nothing is as arousing as complementary fantasies.

“Fast Car, Not for Sale”, by Trixie Fontaine, is rollicking tale of an older woman and the eager teenager who wants to buy her old sports car. It celebrates the old affinity between speed and sex.

Climbing through the gears I felt shit dropping off behind me, leaving mundane crap all over the pavement like rubberized road apples shooting off in my wake. In fourth I got that buzzing feeling as  we went faster and faster, and faster, that I was about to meet the verge of something or crest and break completely free. It was like a flying dream. No, it was better than a flying dream. I almost forgot about the kid next to me or maybe my inhibitions were part of the junk that second and third stroked away and I still felt him there, but  wasn’t afraid of being old next to him... I could move greased metal, I could turn things on; I could make things happen.

“Fly”, by Valerie Alexander, offers a creative and slightly perverse twist on the story of Peter Pan, told from the perspective of the fierce, horny Indian princess, Tiger Lily. Its heat makes the reader wonder whether some of these sexual echoes were hiding in the children’s classic all along.

Janne Lewis’ “The Bitch in his Head” wins my prize for the most intriguing characters: a demanding executive trapped by his obsessive-compulsive fancies, and the woman who loves, indulges and liberates him.

 “Snug Designs”, D.L. King’s high-spirited, kinky fantasy, taught me far more than I’d expected about the mechanics of rubber.  This may be the most fetish-positive story I’ve ever read. Even with the hot sex, it made me feel all warm and fuzzy.

In “Courting Him”, Deborah Castellano takes the trappings of historical romance and tears them to shreds with her physically delicate, but irresistibly lustful young lady enamored of her older guardian. Meanwhile, Donna George Storey explores the romance of vintage smut in her naughty tale “The Secret History of Lust”.

Xan West’s “Lucky” may be the most extreme story in the book, in which a submissive femme glories in being used by her butch mistress and her many perverse friends. 

He slipped into my mouth at the same time his boy entered my ass. He held my head still, and they fucked me together. I came, screaming and gagging around his cock as it rammed into my throat. My nipples were pinched, hands stroked my skin. I was covered in sex, dripping with it, on display for all. I joyously thrust back against the cock reaming my ass. I felt so lucky. The orgasm washed over me as it built and built and I began to fly, weightless, soaring on pleasure.

This isn’t the climax of the story – the scene goes on for several equally intense pages. However, this snippet does demonstrate one facet all these stories share. Nearly every  tale ends in satisfaction. Everyone gets off. Everyone has a fabulous time, whether the story features a casual encounter with a stranger, a kinky gang bang, or a tryst with a long-time lover.

I like that. I can appreciate dark erotica, with its conflicts and its ambiguities, but stories like those in this book offer the erotica equivalent of  happily ever after,

Best Women’s Erotica 2009 offers original premises, rich characters, and literary excellence, but the bottom line is – these stories are fun.

Lisabet Sarai
March 2009

Best Women’s Erotic 2009
(Cleis Press, December 2008; ISBN 1573443387)
Available at Amazon.com  / Amazon UK


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© 2009 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: Raw Silk, Incognito, and Ruby's Rules; co-editor, with S.F. Mayfair, of the anthology Sacred Exchange (Blue Moon); and editor of Cream, the Best of 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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'09 Movie Reviews

Blame It On Savanna
Review by Byrdman

Cry Wolf
Review by Spooky

Faithless
Review by Spooky

Heaven or Hell
Review by Oranje

House of Wicked
Review by Diesel

The Office: An XXX Parody
Review by Spooky

This Ain't The Partridge Family
Review by Spooky


'09 Book Reviews

Anthologies

A Slip of the Lip (ebook)
Review by Jean Roberta

Best Women's Erotica '09
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Bottoms Up
Review by Ashley Lister

Enchanted Again
Review by Victoria Blisse

Frenzy
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Girls on Top
Review by Ashley Lister

In Sleeping Beauty’s Bed
Review by Ashley Lister

Libidacoria (Poetry)
Review by Ashley Lister

Licks & Promises
Review by Ashley Lister

Like a Thorn (ebook)
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The Mile High Club
Review by Ashley Lister

Nexus Confessions: Vol 5
Review by Victoria Blisse

Nexus Confessions 6
Review by Victoria Blisse

Oysters & Chocolate
Review by Kristina Wright

Playing with Fire
Review by Ashley Lister

Sexy Little Numbers Vol 1
Review by Ashley Lister

Up for Grabs
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Novels

A 21st Century Courtesan
Review by Donna G. Storey

The Ages of Lulu
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Amanda’s Young Men
Review by Kristina Wright

As She's Told
Review by Ashley Lister

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
Review by Ashley Lister

The Gift of Shame
Review by Victoria Blisse

Kiss It Better
Review by Ashley Lister

The Melinoe Project
Review by Lisabet Sarai

Mortal Engines & The ...
Review by Ashley Lister

The New Rakes
Review by Ashley Lister

Ninety Days of Genevieve
Review by Victoria Blisse

Obsession: An Erotic Tale
Review by Kristina Wright

Sarah's Education
Review by Ashley Lister

Seduce Me
Review by Lisabet Sarai

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
Review by Vincent Diamond

Faewolf
Review by Lisabet Sarai

The Low Road
Review by Jean Roberta

Personal Demons
Review by Jean Roberta

Ready to Serve
Review by Vincent Diamond

The Secret Tunnel
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Shuck
Review by Kathleen Bradean

Transgressions
Review by Vincent Diamond

Non-Fiction

Best Sex Writing '09
Review by Kristina Wright

The Big Penis Book
Review by Rob Hardy

Erotic Encounters
Review by Rob Hardy

The Forbidden Apple
Review by Rob Hardy

Hollywood’s Censor
Review by Rob Hardy

Lady in Red
Review by Rob Hardy

Licentious Gotham: Erotic...
Review by Rob Hardy

Live Nude Elf
Review by Rob Hardy

Live Nude Girl
Review by Rob Hardy

The Other Side of Desire
Review by Rob Hardy

Scripts 4 Play
Review by Ashley Lister