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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

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
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

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
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
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

Frenzy: 60 Stories of Sudden Sex

Edited by Alison Tyler

Book Review by Kathleen Bradean


erotic stories

Brevity, Polonius tells us in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, is the soul of wit. Then he neglects to take his own advice and keeps talking. Alison Tyler, fortunately, understands the wisdom in that saying. In Frenzy, she brings together super short stories of sudden sex. Toss out the roses and box of candies This isn’t a prolonged seduction. This is slammed against the wall in an alleyway sex, and it’s all that much hotter for it.

With sixty stories, it’s difficult to pick a few representative ones to discuss. Believe me when I say there’s just about something for everyone here: phone sex, bondage, genderqueer, voyeurism, lust, regret, and even a little romance.

You’d think that more words would mean more story, but a skilled writer can put a full scene into your imagination with little more than a paragraph. Nikki Magennis needed less than a hundred words to make “Madrid” one of the most memorable sex scenes in this anthology.  Tara Alton’s “Mute Witness” is another ultra-short that delivers more heat and humor than most longer works. Just because it’s short doesn’t mean you have to read it fast. Linger over this one, and enjoy how nasty it is. 

“Waiting” by Jen Cross was so raw that my throat hurt after I read it. It’s not often that a writer can convey such need, or create a character that vulnerable, but when it happens, wow. I could almost taste the cold coffee and dreaded the end of her last cigarette. You know the lover isn’t coming back. I know it. The waitress knows it. But this character is going to keep waiting, because that’s all she has.

In “Her Room” by Carl Hose, a man goes into his roommate’s room and looks through her drawers. You might get an ick vibe off the story when he jerks off into a pair of her dirty panties. Up until that moment she got home, it didn’t seem obsessive enough to make me uncomfortable, but this one may be more squick than squee for readers.

“You in Your Apricot Panties” by Jeremy Edwards is the rare combination of sweet and hot. Some readers like to see the strangers who meet and tear each other’s clothes off kind of stories; I have a soft spot for established couples who are still crazy for each other. Unlike “Her Room,” here the obsession for a particular pair of panties seems downright wholesome, but still undeniably hot.

And while I may have a soft spot for established couples, EllaRegina’s “Faceless Filly Seeks Rider,” is a sex with a stranger fantasy that get me going. In the form of a CraigsList ad, it is cheeky, smart, funny, and deliciously dirty. Here’s a story that can quote French pornographic literature and make it seem earthy instead of pretentious. 
There are many other stories worthy of note in this anthology beyond the few I’ve mentioned. Even if a particular story doesn’t work for you, there are many that will, and as each story is short, you won’t invest a lot of time finding something you like. What would Polonius have to say about this anthology? Probably something long winded. The Queen was right to tell him, “More matter with less art.” In other words: Cut to the chase. In Frenzy, Alison Tyler brings you stories that do just that.

Kathleen Bradean
March 2009

Frenzy: 60 Stories of Sudden Sex
(Cleis Press, November 2008; ISBN-10: 157344331X)
Available at  / Amazon UK

© 2009 Kathleen Bradean. All rights reserved.

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'09 Movie Reviews

Blame It On Savanna
Review by Byrdman

Cry Wolf
Review by Spooky

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Review by Kathleen Bradean

Review by Vincent Diamond


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