From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
Dear Wanton Wenches and Lusty Lads,
It’s that time once again – time for me to lead you through the latest salacious edition of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association web site. As usual, I’ve dressed for the occasion. All right, perhaps “undressed” would be more appropriate, but don’t let my costume distract you. The ERWA site is even more fun than I am.
As is my wont, I’ll start in the Erotica Gallery, where our August featured author is the enticing and erudite Dr. Donna George Storey. She’s penned a fabulous article about how she got started writing erotica and then provided three steamy stories, including her first published erotica, “Picture Perfect”. I’ve read (and loved) a lot of Donna’s work, but this one was new to me – and it’s great.
The Gallery also offers several spicy tales on the theme “They’re Playing Our Song”, a bit of romance from our editor Robert Buckley, and some delightful flashers and poems.
Our original erotica will get you in the mood:
Are you hungry for more sexy reading? We have what it takes to satisfy you. Every month in our Books for Sensual Readers section, we feature dozens of new titles in every sub-genre. If you fancy an erotic anthology, I recommend NICE GIRLS, NAUGHTY SEX, a selection of saucy tales from the acclaimed Oysters and Chocolate web site, edited by Jordan La Rousse and Samantha Sade. For surprising, arousing stories that twist traditional notions of gender, pick up the Circlet Press collection UP FOR GRABS 2, edited by Lauren P. Burka. Lynne Connolly’s sizzling erotic romance SUNSHINE ON CHROME brings to life the beloved fantasy of a mature woman pursued by a hot younger man. Or choose my own erotic thriller EXPOSURE for something edgier and more ambiguous.
Our gay lit section features several anthologies edited by the always astute Richard LaBonte, as well as SHAMEFUL DESIRES 1: ENSLAVED, by P.J. Proud, for fans of gay BDSM. My lesbian lit pick this month is WOMEN OF THE MEAN STREETS: LESBIAN NOIR, edited by J.M. Redmann and Greg Herren. Sounds like it’s right up my alley (a shadow-draped alley in the middle of the big, bad city, of course). In non-fiction, Rob Hardy reviews BIG SEX, LITTLE DEATH: A MEMOIR, the autobiography of erotic literary legend Susie Bright. I slipped deeper into the stacks to check out the graphic novels. There are a couple of Housewives at Play titles from my favorite Rebecca that had me sweating. Looking for something new, I zeroed in on GREAT MOVES, by Robert Edison Sandiford and Geof Isherwood, three lushly illustrated erotic tales featuring curvy Caribbean women.
Doctors have shown again and again that frustration isn’t good for your health. So what are you waiting for? Just use our links to Amazon or Barnes and Noble to order the books you want and you’ll have them in your hands in no time. Meanwhile, you can congratulate yourself on the fact that you’re helping keep ERWA alive and kicking.
Spice up your summer with some sexy books:
When you’re tired of reading and want some action, drop by the Sex Toy Playground. Mr. and Mrs. Toy provide an informative and arousing review of a product called “Menage a Trois for Two”, a harness kit that facilitates double penetration by a single male. What will they think of next? If you’ve got the time, check out the bio for the reviewers; they sound like a fun couple. The Playground also offers a frank article on how to talk to your partner about bondage, plus our regular Sex Toy Scuttlebutt feature, with discount offers from Babeland, Good Vibrations, and Adam and Eve.
An orgasm (or two) a day keeps the doctor away:
More erotic entertainment awaits you in the Adult Movies section. Featured this month is the couples-oriented film “Dear Abby”, about a cynical advice columnist who’s having trouble keeping his own relationship together. Also recommended is “Cheaters Retreat 2”, featuring a very different sort of couples counseling. Don’t be fooled by the marketing! Erotic films aimed at the two of you are every bit as hot as the nastiest porn – they just tend to feature some plot along with their sex.
If you’re not interested in plot, of course, you can always watch “Big Wet Asses #19” (the title says it all) or “Bush”, featuring the allure of pubic hair (which has now become an exotic fetish in today’s world of waxing). I’m always attracted to classic porn, before the genre became so stereotyped. This month ERWA is featuring the 1984 flick “A Little Bit of Hanky Panky”, about two couples on a paradisical tropical island. Sounds like my kind of movie.
All these titles and dozens more can be yours with a click of the mouse on links to our trusted affiliates. Check the right sidebar for our list of partners – some of who offer member discounts to ERWA visitors.
Inside the Erotic Mind this month, we offer two threads addressing the time-honored questions: What do women want? What do men want? You’ll find a huge variety of answers, some of them quite surprising. This is the best Erotic Mind feature I’ve seen in a long time, so don’t miss it. You can add your own thoughts. Just click “Participate”.
Nothing is taboo inside the erotic mind:
My tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Author Resources pages, where our writing professionals share knowledge and inspiration. This month, Donna George Storey talks about what it means to be a “real writer”. William Gaius offers a great summary of the myths and truths about copyright, while Ashley Lister shares his secrets for managing multiple projects.
Along with these gems of authorly wisdom, you’ll find the largest compendium of calls for erotica submissions on the web. Current listings include “Coming Together: In Flux”, a charitable anthology on the theme of transformation; Campus Sexploits (no explanation needed!); the latest edition of Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica; an anthology on the theme of bisexual women; and new guidelines for JMS Books and Pink Flamingo Publishing. Our list of venues continues to grow, and we update the open calls several times a month, so check back frequently.
Take your writing career to new heights:
Speaking of authorly activity, our monthly Web Gem is Book Cover Designs by John Nail. “Self-published” need not be synonymous with unprofessional. Your book can look like it came from an established publishing house with the help of an experienced graphic designer. John Nail has more than a decade of experience creating book covers that seduce readers with provocative, professional designs. As a writer himself, he understands how a well-designed cover can be a book’s best marketing tool. Be the book’s market straight, gay or bi, the subject romantic or raunchy, John can visually capture the essence of your book with a cover that will attract readers without repelling bookstores and all at a reasonable price. John can also help format your manuscript for printing, ensuring your book looks as good inside as out.
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I hope you’ve enjoyed our little jaunt. As usual, I’ve only hit the highlights. There’s enough hot content at ERWA to keep you smiling until next month, when I’ll be back once again to show you a good time. And yes, I do take requests… I do adore the word “wench”.
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