From Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
Dear Erotically-Inclined Elves,
‘Tis the season! You know what I’m talking about. Mistletoe. Rum-spiked eggnog. Champagne. Office parties that generate plenty of heat, memories and remorse (not to mention opportunities for blackmail). Snowy nights cuddled in front of the fire with your honey – naked on the rug with all the toys scattered about…
It’s time for joy to the world and deck the halls, and the Erotica Readers & Writers Association is here to get you in an appropriately festive mood. I’ve donned my crimson, fur-trimmed mini skirt and shiny black boots in preparation for the traditional holiday tour through the wintery, wanton wonders awaiting you in the ERWA December edition. Step carefully – things could get slippery!
Let’s start in the Erotica Gallery, where ERWA authors have served up a Claus-sized portion of the sensual stories that are our speciality. Some are light-hearted, some less so, but all are guaranteed to warm you up in all the right places. We’ve got sparkling flashers and a steamy page of seasonal erotic poetry, too, including a silly but sexy contribution by yours truly. When you’re burned out from shopping or cooking, stop by to sample a bit of our holiday cheer. You’ll soon be glowing like Rudolph’s nose.
Our visions, our stories – our gifts to you:
Of course you’re all finished with your Xmas list, right? No? If you’re looking for last minute inspiration, spend a few minutes wandering through our Books for Sensual Readers section. December usually marks the release of many “best of” anthologies, and this year is no exception: BEST WOMEN’S EROTICA 2014, edited by Violet Blue and featuring (for some reason) a delightful black cat on the cover; BEST GAY EROTICA 2014, edited by Larry Duplechan; BEST LESBIAN EROTICA 2014, edited by Kathleen Warnock – and so on! Other collections worth noting include COMING TOGETHER: IN THE TRENCHES, a charitable anthology of military-themed erotica edited by Lady Grey, and LUST IN LATEX, the latest from Rachel Kramer Bussell – with a cover that will have your tongue hanging out even if rubber sex doesn’t float your boat. Jennifer Kacey’s A VERY MENAGE CHRISTMAS may inspire some holiday shenanigans, while Jay Crownover’s erotic romance RULE sounds as hot and sticky as melting candy canes. And don’t miss Arsenal Pulp Press’ gorgeous translation of the classic 17th century Chinese novel THE EMBROIDERED COUCH.
I’m just trying to help, you understand, by giving you some ideas – no, not that kind of idea!- ideas for presents that will be truly appreciated. You’ll find many more titles in our conveniently categorized listings, all available at the click of a mouse (or the touch of a finger tip, if you’re out and about). Please share the blessings this holiday by buying from our affiliates. It doesn’t cost you a penny extra but by using the links on our site you’ll insure that others get to enjoy ERWA’s many sexy delights.
Even Santa likes to read:
When I was a kid, I’d spend hours poring over the Sears Christmas Catalog, drooling over all the fabulous toys. You too? Okay, I know some of you are too young to remember Sears and Roebuck, but believe me, that catalog fueled a lot of happy fantasies. Now that you’re grown up and your fantasies have changed, check out the amazing offerings in the Sex Toy Playground. I’d love it if someone would buy me a Wink Vibrator (featured in the Sex Toy Scuttlebutt column) or a We-Vibe-4 couples vibrator (reviewed by Mr. and Mrs. Toy). Santa, I’ve been very good. You can ask my master…
What do you want to see under your tree?
I mustn’t forget the movies! Watched “Miracle on 34th Street” just one time too many? Actually, I’m surprised no one has made a porn parody. Not yet, but maybe soon… Featured in this month’s Adult Movies pages you will find “Not the Wizard of Oz” (complete with songs, dances, flying monkeys and the legendary switch from black and white to lurid color) and “Grease XXX”, with a cover practically indistinguishable from the original. If you’re in the mood for something darker, check out the lesbian kink in “The Vampire Mistress” (I get chills just reading about it). Our classic porn pick for the month is the original MILF Juliet Anderson, in her 1978 debut “Pretty Peaches”. She was nearly forty when she started her illustrious porn career. Guess there’s hope!
Camera! Lights! Lust!
Inside the Erotic Mind this month, we have an extensive discussion of individuals’ experiences at swing clubs and swing parties – five full pages of fascinating confessions. You’re welcome to contribute your own thoughts or stories. Just click on the Participate link.
Dare to share:
Authors, I haven’t forgotten you. As usual we’ve got lots of opportunities in Authors Resources for you to flog your tales to possible publishers. (That’s not what I meant and you know it!) Recently announced calls include space opera erotica; rock and role fantasy (Circlet Press), tales of wild darkness (Muse It Hot), best bondage erotica (Cleis), best lesbian romance (Bold Strokes); and the annual Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica (volume 13). This is just a small sampling from our extensive lists of current calls and ongoing submission guidelines.
If you’ve got a bit of time, click over to the ERWA blog for motivation, education and entertainment. Starting in January 2014, we’ll be adding some exciting new features to the blog, but we’ll have the same high quality content from our illustrious contributors.
And don’t forget the Archives links – your portal to some incredible columns about writing from past ERWA editions, penned by erotica luminaries like Ashley Lister, Shanna Germain, Louisa Burton, Donna George Storey, Vincent Diamond and M. Christian.
Let’s make 2014 be the year we all write best sellers:
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That rounds out my tour, and the year, too! I wish you all a holiday season of love shared, joy multiplied and fantasies fulfilled. I’ll see you in January, with lots more risque allusions and amorous alliteration.
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