I’ve been interviewed by the lovely Rachel Kramer Bussel about Alvin’s Night, my story in the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year Volume 1 anthology. If the thought of a fem dom story that mixes in foot fetishism and voyeurism for good measure piques your interest, then you can find out more by clicking on the cover below. It’ll take you to the Tumblr site for the book where you can also read about some of the other fantastic contributions to the anthology.
Come Again, the latest anthology from the fabulous Rachel Kramer Bussel, is now available, and the theme linking the stories in this spicy collection is sex toys. From the hi-tech to the home-made, there’s a highly inventive assortment of toys on display, and you can find out more about the inspiration behind these stories on the Come Again site, where you can also find the book’s table of contents, introduction and buy links. Prickles, my contribution to the anthology, features BDSM fun with a nail brush, and if you want to know why I chose that particular toy, I’m sharing all in an interview here. You’ll never look at your bathroom the same way again!
…and here’s a first look at the cover.
The anthology contains stories by the likes of Elise Hepner, Sommer Marsden, Annabeth Leong and Lucy Felthouse as well as my tale involving an unusual use for an ice cube, Melt, and looks set to keep up the high standard set by the other volumes in the series. If you want to see the full list of contents and Rachel Kramer Bussel’s introduction to the stories, as well as finding all the pre-order links you’ll need, visit the BBE2015 Tumblr page. And if you’re very good, I may post an extract from my story when the book’s out…
Art 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.
The 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.
Hungry For More: Romantic Fantasies For Women is released via Cleis Press’s new Tempted Romance imprint on August 12th. The book features stories by many of the hottest names in erotica, including Giselle Renarde, Jacqueline Applebee, D.L. King, Jeremy Edwards and Valerie Alexander, and my own contribution, Something Sleazy, is the tale of a couple who decide to act out a fantasy involving voyeurism and man-0n-man action.
Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel is offering the fantastic prize of a $100 Amazon gift card to one lucky winner, and all you have to do is pre-order the Kindle version of Hungry for More via Amazon.com.
For full details of how to enter, as well as a full table of contributors and a sneak peek of Rachel’s introduction to the anthology, Getting Explicit, just click on the cover below. Good luck, and happy reading!
And if you’d like to learn a little about the inspiration for my fem-dom themed story in the collection, Wearing Purple, then click on the cover below to go to my contributor interview on the Best Bondage Erotica 2014 Tumblr blog.
One of America’s rudest reading events, In the Flesh, relaunches in London at the end of this month, giving well-known erotic writers the chance to share their work with their readers.
Sponsored by Xcite Books and hosted by bestselling erotic memoirist Suzanne Portnoy, In The Flesh London will be held on the last Wednesday of every month at the Alley Cat Bar & Club on Denmark Street. The first event is on 29th May, from 6.30 to 8.30.
I’ll be taking part in this inaugural session, and I’m very much looking forward to it. I haven’t yet decided on what to read, though it may involve wolves… The lovely KD Grace will also be reading, as will prolific erotica author Jilly Boyd, and the evening will be hosted by Suzanne Portnoy, author of The Butcher, The Baker, The Candlestick Maker: The Intimate Adventures of a Woman Who Can’t Say No.
For four years In the Flesh was a popular monthly event on the New York street calendar. Curated by erotic writer and editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, it featured the best writers in erotica from the US & UK.
Suzanne Portnoy, who read at the New York event, said, ‘Although it held its final reading in 2010, In the Flesh is fondly remembered by anyone who has ever written erotica. Authors would share their stories to get the audience hot and bothered. It was a great place where established and new writers/bloggers of erotica could share their work in a relaxed, convivial atmosphere. Many UK-based authors performed there and now we are bringing it back to the heart of London, where we hope it will take on a new lease of life.’
The Alley Cat Club is located in the basement of what was once the famous Regent Sound Studios on Denmark Street. Denmark Street, better known as Tin Pan Alley has an illustrious history. The Rolling Stones, the Kinks, Elton John and David Bowie all recorded songs but serial murderer Denis Nilson also worked in the Job Centre on the corner.
Hope to see you there, and if you’re interested in reading at a future In The Flesh night, contact Alison Stokes at Xcite (Alison @ accentpress.co.uk)
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.
I’m sexier than Fifty Shades of Had Way Too Much Publicity Already – at least, according to The Daily Beast. Their article Sexier Than Fifty Shades of Grey: Naughtiest Bits from 12 Other Erotica Bestsellers features some real classics, including My Secret Garden, Anne Rice’s Sleeping Beauty trilogy and Shirley Conran’s epic bonkbuster Lace (goldfish of a nervous disposition, don’t worry, they don’t use that bit…). Also included, though, is Cleis Press’ Orgasmic anthology, edited by the ever-lovely Rachel Kramer Bussel, and though they don’t actually mention it by name, the ‘naughty bit’ they highlight – ‘I’m bucking my hips, feeling those little tickly sensations that mean my orgasm can’t be too far away, which is precisely when Danny orders me to stop what I’m doing and play the vibrator over my nipples instead’ – is taken from my story in the collection, The Waiting Game. I hope whoever picked out that little snippet enjoyed the rest of the story…
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!