From Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
Dear Connoisseurs of Concupiscence,
Is it really August already? July simply flew by, leaving me sweaty and breathless. I have to admit that perusing the new edition of the Erotica Readers & Writers Association website did nothing whatsoever to cool me down. If you don’t mind getting a bit sticky (in a good cause), follow me for a whirlwind tour of the site’s highlights.
In the Erotica Gallery, the weather and the mood combine to turn up the temperature, and our authors have responded by stripping down. We’ve got stories, flashers and poems on the theme of undressing. Overall, this month’s fiction offerings cover the whole emotional gamut: lyrical, nostalgic, raw, sweet, ironic and delightfully silly. Step inside the consciousness of a true sadist. Marvel at the ultimate sexual weapon. Explore the allure and the consequences of infidelity. Try out a new fantasy or a toy. The consummate art of our authors leaves me wet, yearning, and a bit jealous.
Experience the word made flesh:
For more literary thrills, wander through our Books for Sensual Readers section. This month’s featured titles include EXTRAORDINARY DEVIATIONS, a collection of transgendered erotica by Raven Kaldera; HIGH OCTANE HEROES, Delilah Devlin’s anthology of erotic romance about the ultimate alpha sex objects; Sindra van Yssel’s twin-focused menage SECRETARY FOR TWO; and Stephanie Evanovich’s hilarious and sexy romance BIG GIRL PANTIES. In the gay erotica section, check out Richard Labonte’s anthology of exhibitionist-themed tales, SHOW-OFFS. My pick for F/F fiction this month is HUNGRY GHOST by Allison Moon, a tale of a college freshman fighting against her inner beast and a pack of true monsters. Dig deeper into our categorized listings for more fabulous books, including vintage and classic erotica and sexy sex education.
Of course we wouldn’t tempt you with all these great books without giving you the means to satisfy your desires. Just click on our convenient links to Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or iBooks to buy. You’ll get what you want, while supporting the best free adult site on the ‘Net.
Books are better than Viagra:
If you’re one of us crazy folks who write erotica as well as read it, stop by the Authors Resources section to review dozens of publishing opportunities for all styles and genres of sexlit. Recently posted calls include new publishers Brickstone Publishing (erotic shorts), Ai Press (erotic romance) and Harlequine Digital First (various); marriage-themed gay erotica for a book to be edited by Neil Plakcy; Smut in the City and Smut by the Sea, from House of Erotica; and the charity anthology Coming Together for Equality. We’re not just talking about books, either. ERWA’s list includes websites that pay, magazines, audio erotica, even scholarly articles for the academic journal Porn Studies.
The Authors page also links to our extensive archives of how-to articles, to a handy list of external author resources, to Cindy Meyer’s excellent market news blog, and to ERWA’s own blog, http://erotica-readers.blogspot.com, a fabulous source of information and inspiration. During the past month, the ERWA blog contributors have offered posts on craft (writing in the first person, writing a series, the quatern poetic form), marketing (cover letter dos and don’ts), finding a writer’s community and discovering your target reader, as well as varied commentary on sex, gender and society.
Submit! It’s the latest rage:
Speaking of trends, FSOG [Fifty Shades of Grey] mania has caught up with the porn world. Headlining our Adult Movies section this month is “Bound by Desire – Act 1: A Leap of Faith”, in which two more or less innocent young women hook up with a duo of handsome, rich older men who just happen to be lifestyle dominants. Sound familiar? In any case, I’m sure a good time is had by all. Also worthy of note is “Bridesmaids”, a new feature starring Jesse Jane and Kayden Kross. Come see what happens when the gals of the wedding party let their hair (and their panties) down. “Triple Mania” falls in to the “no plot, all action” category, with six sizzling girl-on-girl threesomes. Our classic flick this month is “Bad Penny”, the 1978 debut of award-winning adult actress Samantha Fox. Poor Penny must exchange sexual favors for the information she needs to help her claim her rich uncle’s bequest. Luscious, and funny too!
These are just a few highlights. We’ve got lots more great movies for you, and you can get’em any way you please: on DVD, on demand, even on your phone. Explore our new affiliate GameLink, a one-stop source for movies and sex toys.
See your fantasies come to life:
You’ll find some new playmates in the Sex Toy Playground this month. Sex educator Laura Anne Stuart has a great article about the rebirth of the Hitachi magic wand. Apparently the Japanese company who brought the world this masturbatory legend finally got tired of being associated with sex and porn. (How small-minded of them.) But fear not – as Ms. Stuart explains, nobody’s going to take away your magic wand! Lovely Charlotte from UK toy store Bondara also makes her debut this month, talking about five different categories of dildos and what makes them wonderful. It’s always best to get your advice from the experts.
Give your hand a break:
Inside the Erotic Mind this month, our topic is high heels. Why are those stilettos so alluring? And are they worth the pain and the damage they can inflict on a gal’s body? Opinions on the topic are diverse and explicit. Add your own – just click on Participate.
Stimulate the most sensitive erogenous zone of all:
Well, that rounds out my August tour. (I promised you a quickie, and I always keep my promises.) I’ve got to go take a shower. Writing the Lure always tends to get me hot and bothered. However, the gentlemen awaiting me in the bath have promised to remedy that situation.
See you September!
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