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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

Lesbian Cowboys: Erotic Adventures

Edited by Sacchi Green & Rakelle Valencia

Book Review by Kathleen Bradean


lesbian cowboys

Cowboys loom large in the American mythos, possibly because they were the first post-Civil War image of who we were. Like the heroes of epic poems and sagas, the cowboy stands alone to fight the good fight, upholds a code of honor like a knight of the Round Table, and is a paragon to the Puritan work ethic. As mythos, he exemplifies the virtues we admire. As a woman, the cowboy also fearlessly embraces the freedom the frontier offers.

"Freedom Rides" by Radclyffe is a strong opener for this anthology. The doctor working the medical tent has her eye on a woman who works the rodeo circuit. When the woman comes in with an injury, the doctor has a hard time keeping a professional distance. Luckily for us, she doesn’t, and the following shower scene is delicious reading.

I had the pleasure of hearing Andrea Dale read "Queens Up" at the In The Flesh LA reading.  She didn’t have time to read the entire story, so I was looking forward to finishing it. The old west and poker games go hand in hand. The stakes are high as lovers fight not only to save the family ranch, but to stay together in a time when men held all the cards. (sorry, couldn’t resist)

Reading a lot of any genre can lead to burn-out. I see a set-up, and can usually predict the ending. Rakelle Valencia deserves special mention for her story "Fucking With the Farrier," which took my expectations and tossed them aside for something much hotter.

Anywhere there’s livestock and wide open spaces there are cowboys, although they go by different names. Cheyenne Blue’s "Cully’s Run" is set in the Bogong High Plains in south eastern Australia.  The descendant of mountain cattleman is confronted by an ecotourist for trespassing in a National Park. Anyone in the U.S. who is aware of the battles between environmentalists and ranchers who have historically used public lands will get the gist of this argument even if the vocabulary is Australian. If you like a fight then fuck story, this one will appeal to you.

While strangers giving into passion is a staple of erotic stories, I like stories about long-time lovers. "Bareback" by DeJay got me at an emotional level as well as the erotic. While waiting for a mare to foal, lovers reminisce about their history of getting caught, or almost caught, making love outdoors. They’ve been together in the barn before, but this story shows how a lover who knows you well can still surprise you.

I don’t often comment on book covers, but Cleis got this one so right that it deserves to be mentioned. How can anyone look at that picture and not want to get her hands on it? Or slide her thumb over a certain crease? If you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about. This may be the first time the cover of an erotica anthology actually turned me on.

The stories in Lesbian Cowboys range from historical to contemporary, and from a dairy farm back east to Australia. Some tales are romantic; other touch on BDSM (not that the two are mutually exclusive). With contributions from Cecelia Tan, Delilah Devlin, Jean Roberta, Roxy Katt, Craig Sorenson, Jove Belle, Charlotte Dare, Elazarus Wills, Teresa Wymore, and Sacchi Green, in addition to the ones mentioned above, there wasn’t a single poorly written story in this anthology. That’s an incredible feat. It’s also a genuine pleasure to read.

Kathleen Bradean
October 2009

Lesbian Cowboys: Erotic Adventures
(Cleis Press, 2009; ISBN-10: 1573443611)
Available at: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

© 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