From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
Dear Partisans of Pleasure,
I can hardly believe that February’s gone already. The month just raced by in a haze of amorous encounters and uninterrupted orgasms. It’s time once again for me to escort you through the slippery corridors of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association web site.
In the March Gallery we’re introducing a new feature, our monthly Guest Author. Kicking things off with an awesome bio and three intense BDSM-themed stories is the legendary Rachel Kramer Bussel. With each issue, we’ll be shining the spotlight on a new erotic luminary. We’ve booked a fabulous schedule to provide you with extra helping so the sizzling, smart erotica for which ERWA is so rightly acclaimed.
Don’t worry, though – we’ve got the usual fantastic assortment of original erotic fiction from our ERWA members as well. This month we feature stories by both familiar and new authors, specially selected from the Storytime list for your reading pleasure.
Discover new dimensions of desire in the ERWA Gallery:
Still hungering for hot reading? Our Books for Sensual Readers section is your one-stop source for every sexual subgenre, complete with reviews by our staff. Headlining the section this month is COMING TOGETHER PRESENTS ROBERT BUCKLEY, a stellar volume of erotic noir stories from our very own senior editor, proceeds from which support the Multiple Sclerosis Association of America. You can read “Fortune’s Fool”, the lead tale from the collection, in the Gallery as well as Ashley Lister’s interview with Bob in the Authors Resources section. (Don’t believe all his flattering comments about my looks!)
Also featured is Violet Blue’s new anthology of taboo-focused erotica for couples, SWEET DANGER and Rachel Kramer Bussel’s GOTTA HAVE IT: 69 STORIES OF SUDDEN SEX. (The title says it all!) As a huge fan of Victorian-era erotica, I was drawn to Susan Johnson’s SWEET AS THE DEVIL. Fans of gender-bending menage may enjoy Chloe Cole and L.C. Chase’s novel THREE TO TANGO. Edward Kendrick’s gay erotic novel EVERYONE’S MAN focuses on a male prostitute’s struggle to regain his ability to love after being raped, while DATE NIGHT by Kathleen Dale offers a series of steamy lesbian vignettes that reveal the intense connection between the main characters.
For non-fiction, I have to recommend M.Christian’s HOW TO WRITE AND SELL EROTICA. With hundreds of erotic publications to his credit, the “Literary Streetwalker” really knows what he’s talking about. If “you want something visual/that’s not too abysmal” (to quote Frankenfurter from “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”), don’t miss Maxim Jakubowski’s MAMMOTH BOOK OF NEW EROTIC PHOTOGRAPHY.
All these titles and dozens more can be yours in an instant. Just click on our links to Amazon or Amazon UK. You can indulge yourself while knowing that you’re doing your part to support the smartest and most original adult site on the web.
Indulge yourself in a literary orgy:
Speaking of a literary orgy, Donna George Storey is up to her usual delicious tricks in the Authors Resources section. Her topic this month is “First Drafts” and the fear they inspire. She says: “A story doesn’t exist in the outline or plot, it comes into being sentence by sentence as I write it on the page.” I know exactly what she’s talking about.
Also in Author Resources, William Gaius begins his consideration of “The Decision to Self-Publish”, with some hard-nosed facts. Ashley Lister’s The Write Stuff had me gasping with laughter even as he discussed the serious topic of choosing character names. (But I’m sorry – Colin is a perfectly good name for a cat!)
The Resources section also includes literally dozens of calls for submissions. New this month is a call for essays on sexual topics for Rachel Kramer Bussel’s BEST SEX WRITING 2012. Other noteworthy opportunities include Books We Love Publishers “Shoot the Moon Contest” (really a call for submissions), a gay sex-and-magick collection edited by Richard Labonte, and calls for bondage/BDSM erotic romance from Total-E-Bound and for stories about “men of mystery” from Loose Id. ERWA posts guidelines from virtually every reputable publisher of erotica, erotic romance and adult non-fiction in the business.
Nurture your muse and polish your publication list:
If you’re visiting ERWA just for fun, I’m sure you’ll want to check out the Sex Toy Playground and Adult Movies pages. In the Playground, Kyra Saunders reviews the Mystic Mini Wand rechargeable vibrator (with some informative photos) while the folks at Good Vibrations provide a tutorial on strengthening your PC muscles (you know, the ones that lead to cataclysmic coming…). The Sex Toy Scuttlebutt column features toys that double as exercise tools, as well as a number of elegant but oddly shaped vibrators. Both Babeland and Good Vibrations have discount offers for ERWA folks. We also welcome Eden Fantasys, a new affiliate. (Check out their great banner on the Inside the Erotic Mind “Loud & Proud” page!)
All work and no play is simply unacceptable:
Speaking of adult movies, of course we’ve got the latest for you (with generous discounts from many of our affiliates). XXX-rated parodies continue to be the rage; this month we feature no less than four, ranging from Superman to the Silence of the Lambs! I rather liked the description of “The Masseuse”, featuring buff guys, demanding clients, and a gorgeous, predatory ex-girlfriend. On a similar theme, but with a good deal less plot, there’s “Malibu Massage Parlor”, which offers big butts and lots of oil. Couples will enjoy the “For Lovers Only” collection, four full-length DVD features full of true passion. Meanwhile, I always like to see what’s new in the “Classics” section. With today’s technology, forgotten gems are constantly being resurrected and restored. This month I hit paydirt with “Class of ’86”, BDSM porn from the early days when this genre was truly taboo. I also took a peek at our extensive anime listings. I vote for “La Blue Girl Episode 6”. How can I resist a heroine who is a “supernatural sex ninja”?
Inside the Erotic Mind, our members are telling some great stories about being noisy during sex. Are you “loud and proud”? Just click on the “Participate” link to share your thoughts and experiences.
You never know what you’ll encounter Inside the Erotic Mind:
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Well, that’s all for March. Next month I’ll be otherwise occupied (my annual visit to slave training camp to brush up on my skills), but my dear friend Ashley Lister has promised to entertain you as least as thoroughly as I do. (I wonder if he completely understands what he’s signed up for!) Until we meet again in the lusty month of May, I am:
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