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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

Seduce Me

by Megan Clark

Book Review by Lisabet Sarai

 

Seduce Me

Fantasy lies at the heart of eroticism. A sensual scenario, imagined, may be more intense and involving that one actually experienced. On the other hand, imagination at times cannot compass the richness and complexity of living the dream. If you don’t try it, you’ll never know. And even if you are disappointed, knowing the truth may serve you well in the future.

Seduce Me, by Megan Clark, is about fantasies pursued and savored, about satisfaction and disappointment, masquerades and unveilings. Organized, focused, sensible and hard-working, Carissa seems the perfect match for Oscar, her serious, stable fiancé. Yet when they move in together, she feels increasingly stifled and oppressed. Jogging along a windswept beach on Puget Sound, she encounters the glamorous Charlotte and her elegant lover Benedikte, drinking wine, dressed like movie stars from the 1920s.

Carissa is strongly attracted by Charlotte, and the reverse seems true. Charlotte’s life of  sensual indulgence and impulsive self-gratification are a sharp contrast to Carissa’s well-ordered existence. Carissa yearns to experience Charlotte’s world of pleasured leisure – in some sense, she wants to become Charlotte. The other woman assumes the role of Carissa’s mentor, tutoring her in the arts of seduction and self-indulgence, even giving her a breath-stopping lesson in masturbation. Gradually, Carissa changes her way of dressing, walking, thinking. She becomes Charlotte’s sister in spirit, rebelling against her old life and pushing Oscar away. Finally, she abandons her fiancé and travels to meet Charlotte and Benedikte.  Her road trip across the country finally leads to the French Quarter of New Orleans where the threesome take up residence, living a bohemian life of decadence and lust.

But all is not well. As Carissa becomes bolder and more extreme, Charlotte retreats into herself, overshadowed by the woman she helped create. Eventually, exhausted by her excesses, Charlotte returns to their home town, leaving Carissa and Benedikte to discover their true selves.

Seduce Me offers a classic example of literary erotica. Like many such works, it chronicles the characters’ quest to understand their own sexual natures, a quest that leads, as one would expect, through a variety of encounters with strangers, lovers and friends. The style is graceful and a bit distanced from the action. The use of the third person present does not, surprisingly, convey the sense of immediacy that I would expect.

Soon after, they have a ménage a trois. It is something neither woman has ever done before, and that Benedikte claims to have experienced several times.
...
After Benedikte’s fingers enter Carissa, she begins to breath harder. Her breathing turns Charlotte on, especially with the unthreatening, soft hand between her legs. Charlotte begins to moan, edging towards her climax. And then, sensing his presence is not necessary at this moment, Benedikte stands and leaves the room. He knows now that his time with Carissa will come—and soon. He can wait. Waiting will only make it more delicious when it finally happens. But the girls continue to complete what has been started. What had been started some time ago.

Charlotte takes hold of Carissa’s body, crawling on top of her and using her mouth and tongue to find Carissa’s sex, as moist as it had been before. She uses her fingers this time as well, touching Carissa’s sex the way she likes to be touched, the way she wishes she could be touched, the way she touches herself when she gets off, and her touch is working witchcraft. Only now there is no pretense of a lesson, or of being asleep.

The reader is omniscient, turned on not by empathizing with the characters, but by observing their beauty and their obvious arousal. One feels as though one is watching a silent movie, sepia-toned, the twining limbs elegant, remote but nevertheless evoking desire.

After a while I found myself tiring of the languid, even tone of the writing. And yet, as both Carissa and Charlotte become weary with their quest, the style somehow captures their exhaustion.

The most engaging aspect of Seduce Me is the relationship between the two women. I strongly identified with Carissa’s initial attraction to Charlotte’s beauty, decadence and freedom. I’ve had the same experience with one or two of my woman friends.  Actually, the ties between the two women in this book echo the core relationship in Ms. Clark’s first novel, Rescue Me, which also dealt with two women’s quest for independence, personal satisfaction, and sexual self-knowledge. This book is far more tightly written, and succeeds far better in exploring and resolving the relationship. The conclusion, which in some sense involves the women assuming each other’s identities, is a bit contrived but satisfying nevertheless.

All in all, Seduce Me is worth reading, for the reminder that sex can be arousing without the use of four letter words, and for its lessons on the double-edged nature of fantasy.

Lisabet Sarai
February 2009

Seduce Me by Megan Clark
(Kensington, 2008; ISBN 0758209819)
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: Lisabet Sarai has been writing ever since she learned how to hold a pencil. She is the author of three erotic novels, 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 Book Reviews

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Best Women's Erotica '09
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Bottoms Up
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Enchanted Again
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Frenzy
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The Edge of Impropriety
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Exposure
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Night's Kiss
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Where the Girls Are
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