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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

Obsession: An Erotic Tale

by Gloria Vanderbilt

Book Review by Kristina Wright

 

sensual romance

People tend to take notice when an icon like Gloria Vanderbilt writes a novel.  When the 85-year old heiress decides to write an erotic novel, even the sex phobic New York Times is going to review it.  Obsession: An Erotic Tale will receive a lot of attention because of Ms. Vanderbilt’s fame and age and is just as likely to be dismissed by erotica connoisseurs for the same reasons, but it is a teasing little enigma of a book worth a second look.

At its core, Obsession is a love story with three principle characters.  Priscilla and Talbot Bingham are a beautiful, successful couple with the kind of beautiful, glittery life the author has always known.  Talbot is an architect, the type who stirs controversy and inspires jealousy and desire.  Priscilla is so in love with her beloved husband that when he dies (quite dramatically in the middle of their tenth anniversary party), she is carried away on a stretcher as well, overwrought by her grief.

Grief quickly turns into confusion, anger and—yes—obsession when Priscilla discovers a packet of letters addressed to Talbot from a woman named Bee.  The letters detail an exquisite affair of secret debauchery, with each letter more graphic than the one before.  Priscilla is horrified and mesmerized by this painfully revealing glimpse into her true love’s hidden life.  She reads Bee’s dirty missives until she is dreaming about being with her husband’s mysterious lover.  The fact that the two women are strikingly similar in appearance will have the reader questioning whether they are in fact two different people or two personalities in the same tormented soul.  The question is never answered, but it’s part of the books’ enigma.

Vanderbilt’s writing is filled with lurid descriptions and lush flourishes that would feel more at home in an erotic novel written for a previous generation.  This is not a straightforward contemporary stroke book (as if an heiress would write such a thing!),  but a puzzling tale of sex and obsession that liberally slips into the psyches of both women in a kind of kinky stream of conscience narrative.  Priscilla is not particularly likeable and Bee is the one who seems to have the upper hand—after all, she knew all of Talbot’s secrets, even if she only had him part time.  Talbot is the real mystery.  His death makes it impossible to know his character except through the eyes of these two very different women.

Parts of Obsession read as if it’s a roman à clef, and one has only to look at Ms. Vanderbilt’s rich and varied romantic life to suspect she is drawing on some personal experiences here.  The story is entertaining for its brevity (this is a slim little 128-page hardcover) and the sex is reminiscent of the classic erotic novels, filled with scented oils and glittering powders, natural aphrodisiacs and exotic masked women.  There are sex toys and blindfolds and descriptions of domination and submission, as well.  Ms. Vanderbilt knows her way around a sexual fantasy, to be sure.

Obsession is unlikely to become a classic erotic novel simply because it doesn’t go far enough, sexually or psychologically.  However, for those who like their erotica with a mysterious literary twist, Obsession will delight.

Kristina Wright
August 2009

Obsession: An Erotic Tale by Gloria Vanderbilt
(Ecco, June 23, 2009; ISBN-10: 0061734896)
Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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© 2009 Kristina Wright. All rights reserved.

About the Author: Kristina Wright is an award-winning author who loves writing stories that are emotionally compelling and sexually charged. Her erotica and erotic romance fiction has appeared in over sixty print anthologies. She holds a B.A. in English, a M.A. in Humanities and is entertaining the idea of pursuing a Ph.D. For more information about Kristina's writing and other interests, you can visit her website www.kristinawright.com.



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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
Review by Ashley Lister

Enchanted Again
Review by Victoria Blisse

Frenzy
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Girls on Top
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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
Review by Ashley Lister

Sexy Little Numbers Vol 1
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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
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Hollywood’s Censor
Review by Rob Hardy

Lady in Red
Review by Rob Hardy

Licentious Gotham: Erotic...
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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