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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

Shuck

by Daniel Allen Cox

Book Review by Kathleen Bradean

 

Shuck

Have you ever seen a weed growing between the cracks in a sidewalk and been just a little curious about it? Its shallow roots anchored in nothing but grit, and the air a toxic brew. It can’t be healthy, but it survives anyway. That’s Jaeven Marshall, the narrator of Shuck.

Jaeven is a hustler, a tweaker, a street kid, and wannabe writer. Hustling earns him enough money to live, but not enough to rent a place, so he hides out between tricks in the back room of a shoe store. It’s his place to recuperate after some tricks get violent.   Jaeven never explains why he was beat up, but that momentary setback is what attracts artist Derek Brathwaite to him. Derek wants to capture the color of Jaeven’s bruises on canvas, so he takes Jaeven home and keeps him. Artist and muse have their own take on domesticity—no sex, no trust—but that tenuous relationship is enough.

Derek tells Jaeven to hustle in clubs so that he’ll reach a better class of clientele. That’s a set-up to introduce Jeaven to a photographer who will launch his career as a porn model. While that bit of plot seemed overly convoluted, Jaeven’s career as a porn star that follows that photo shoot was plausible enough that the contrived part was forgivable. While Jeaven works his way up the porn model ladder of success, he doesn’t stop hustling. It’s hard to guess if he uses less or more meth. His life has all the elements of a slow-motion train wreck. It’s only a matter of when.

Some much needed humor in this story comes from Jeaven’s struggle to become a published writer. The rejection letters he receives are vicious, but funny. However, they cast so much doubt on his ability to write that it makes the ending a bit hard to believe.

While there’s no doubt that his time as the boy wonder of porn is limited, it’s Jeaven’s personal life that blows up first. He chooses to party with strangers instead of going to Derek’s gallery show. That’s the final straw for Derek, who throws him out.

This is the point where things get rushed a lot in this story, as if Cox grew tired of telling it. Jeaven finds someone willing to publish his work and moves back in with Derek in the last two chapters, only Cox never bothers to let you know how the reconciliation came about. It’s a fairytale ending for a Cinderella with low aspirations that skips over the whole glass slipper part.

Despite the weaknesses of this novel, it’s a compelling read. My biggest problem with the book initially was the lack of insight into Jeaven’s feelings about his life. On reflection though, I decided that it was entirely consistent with the character that he couldn’t expose his soul even in his journal. All you get are glimpses, but that’s more than the people around him will ever get, because he’s a street kid, and a hustler, and he won’t survive if he’s vulnerable. If you’re even a little bit voyeuristic and want a glimpse into the life of a hustler, you might enjoy Shuck.

Kathleen Bradean
July 2009

Shuck by Daniel Allen Cox
(Arsenal Pulp Press, April 2008; ISBN-10: 1551522462)
Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

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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
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'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...
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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