The Art of Submission

TheBigBookofSubmissioncoverArt galleries are such sober places. Forget about those occasional exhibitions where you’re encouraged to touch or somehow interact with the work on display; usually you’re standing in silent appreciation of the skill of artist who’ve been dead for hundreds of years.

Yet, something about this atmosphere makes them a prime location for people looking to hook up. I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s been chatted up in an art gallery – in my case, it was while admiring the Pre-Raphelites in the Tate Britain. This was a few years back, and while I brushed off the approach as nicely as I could, a) I was already spoken for and b) I really, really wanted to make the most of my first opportunity to get up close and personal with Millais’ Ophelia, a painting that had haunted me since I first saw it in an encyclopaedia I was bought for my 11th birthday.

640px-Millais_-_OpheliaThe unspoken need to be on your best behaviour, coupled with that faint undercurrent of sex, inspired me to write Sunday In The Art Gallery With George, my contribution to The Big Book Of Submission, the latest anthology of short short stories edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. Mina loves to play the brat and, bored out of her mind on a gallery visit, she sees a perfect opportunity to act out. Here’s how the story begins:

George has been looking at the woman’s ass for the last ten minutes. I know it’s only rendered as a series of broad charcoal strokes on canvas, but he’s studying it as intently as if it were warm, bare flesh. Yes, he may be an ass man, but this is taking it a little far.

I scuff the toe of my black patent T-bar shoe on the wooden floor, trying to attract his attention. We take turns at choosing how we’ll spend our Sundays, and as soon as he said he was going to take me to the art gallery I knew I was in for an afternoon of sheer, unrelenting tedium.

“Can we go yet?” I ask, my voice loud enough to make the frumpy, middle-aged woman admiring the reclining nude to our right turn in my direction. Her gaze scans my too-short skirt, my swinging ponytail tied with a childish polka-dot ribbon, and she can’t keep her obvious distaste from her expression. Wherever she thinks my place should be, it’s certainly not in the hushed confines of an art gallery.

To find out how Mina misbehaves, and read 68 other stories that cover the whole delicious spectrum of submission, pick up The Big Book of Submission here. And check out the Tumblr blog post where you’ll find all the details of the stops on the virtual blog tour and learn more from Rachel about this fantastic book by clicking on the image below.


Fancy A Spot Of Exposure?

In the mood to read a saucy extract from my story Exposure, part of Rachel Kramer Bussel’s deliciously kinky Anything For You couples’ erotica collection? Well, if the idea of finding out what happens when a submissive husband allows his wife to manipulate him into a situation where he’ll have to reveal everything – and I mean everything – to her and her friends, click on the book cover below and it’ll take you straight to the Cliterati site, where you’ll also find news, reviews, a whole heap more story extracts and the chance to subscribe to their daily newsletter, all masterminded by top sexpert Emily Dubberley.

Anything For You also contains stories by a fabulous line-up of authors including Lisabet Sarai, Justine Elyot, Janine Ashbless, Heidi Champa, Charlotte Stein and Kay Jaybee, and is available from Amazon among other places.

Magnificent Obsessions

There’s a very nice review of Obsessed, Rachel Kramer Bussel’s latest anthology of erotic romance, over at Whipped Cream reviews. Reviewer Peppermint gives it 31/2 cherries and says ‘everyone who reads this book will find something they love’.

Her take on my story, Raindrops And Rooftops, in which a journalist has one of the hottest and most romantic encounters of her life on a press trip to New York is that ‘it added a little bit of lightness to the obsessive side of people’.

You can read the full review, which gives individual thoughts on every one of the 18 stories in the collection here, and the book is available from Amazon and all the usual suspects. With contributions from the likes of Donna George Storey, K.D. Grace, Charlotte Stein, Kristina Wright, Ariel Graham and Justine Elyot, there’s plenty here to obsess over!

It’s A Fair Cop!

Well, quite a few of them, all crammed between the pages of the forthcoming Lesbian Cops, edited by Sacchi Green, whose previous anthologies  include Girl Crazy, Lesbian Lust and Lesbian Cowboys. To give you an idea of what’s contrained within its pages, here’s the blurb from Cleis Press:

What is it about lesbian cops that pushes all the right buttons? It’s not just the uniform, with handcuffs and weapons, or the confidence, authority, and sense of danger. There’s something more as well, an irresistible force that these writers have channeled into fiercely erotic stories of policewomen in or out of uniform, on patrol or undercover, in charge or in need of healing, on the case or under the sheets.

The action can be gut-level tough, as in Jove Belle’s Hollis where anti-terrorism boot camp surges over the inevitable edge into BDSM, or heart-wrenching as in Evan Mora’s A Cop’s Wife when death threats sharpen the need for life-affirming sex to a keen edge, or quirky as well as steamy while Teresa Noelle Roberts’s cop finds a way to maintain respect for her own Dress Uniform while indulging her anime-girl lover’s cos-play kink. Delilah Devlin, Andrea Dale, R. G. Emanuelle, Cheyenne Blue, and all the other contributors offer their own sizzling visions of the complexity and depth, the strength and vulnerability, and above all the commanding, overwhelming sex appeal of Lesbian Cops.

As you can see, this is going to make the late, lamented The Bill look tame – which is no bad thing! To mark the book’s release on April 1st, 14 of the contributors are taking part in a blog tour. Every day, one of us will be talking about the inspiration behind our stories, why we love girls in uniform and more. Here’s the full schedule, so take down these particulars:

April 1  JL Merrow

April 2  Jove Belle

April 3  Delilah Devlin

April 4  R. G. Emanuelle

April 5  Andrea Dale

April 6  Kenzie Matthews

April 7  Ily Goyanes

April 8  Cheyenne Blue

April 9  Evan Mora

April 10 J.N. Gallagher

April 11  yours truly

April 12  Teresa Noelle Roberts

April 13 Lynn Mixon

April 14 RV Raiment

So many talented authors, so many hot cops. This collection is going to be a force to be reckoned with…