Reaching Out from a Mind as Dirty as All Outdoors

If you get lucky enough, I might post adult-only material from time to time, so be 18 or over, or please be elsewhere.

I'll be discussing erotica here, the writing of it and the people who write it, as well as what we've written. I find all these aspects stimulating, but if any of them bore you, feel free to skim. You never know what you might miss, though.




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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

GCLS Finalists



Two books I've edited are finalists for the Golden Crown Literary Society Award this year, Through the Hourglass: Lesbian Historical Romance for Fiction Anthology and Thunder of War, Lightning of Desire: Lesbian Historical Military Erotica for Erotica. The winners will be announced at the GCLS convention on July 9.

Both of these books have historical themes, and I jumped at the chance to do them. Fortunately two wonderful groups of writers shared my love of history and contributed stories that I'm proud to share with you.

 

You can "Look Inside" each of them on Amazon
http://www.amazon.com/Thunder-War-Lightning-Desire-Historical-ebook/dp/B016RB74RW/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1445302122&sr=1-1&keywords=thunder+of+war+lightning+of+desire

https://www.amazon.com/Through-Hourglass-Lesbian-Historical-Anthology-ebook/dp/B01845NXM4?ie=UTF8&qid=1462421384&ref_=tmm_kin_swatch_0&sr=1-1

Friday, March 18, 2016

New Best Lesbian Erotica Call for Submissions

The Best Lesbian Erotica anthology for 2017 is being edited by D.L. King, with a very short lead time since the publisher has decided to bring it out by Christmas, so get your story to her by May 1. Guidelines at: http://dlkingerotica.blogspot.com. My friend D.L. is a great editor, and she'll produce an anthology you'd be proud to be included in. I'm certainly going to submit.


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

BLE Blog Tour for Frankie Grayson--"Mirror, Mirror"


BLE Blog Tour, by Frankie Grayson


“We are quick change artists, we girls.”
I first read that sentence, by Jeanette Winterson in her highly erotic story “The Poetics of Sex,” when I was a senior in college and falling in love. With? Everything important: my own writing, and the radically, wonderfully queer material in my gender studies classes that made me feel a kind of inner sigh, like one you might make when you’ve arrived home. I’d wanted to write for so long but worried I had nothing important to write about because I wrote about women, and the world I’d grown up in told me in so many ways that women weren’t important. Discovering writers like Winterson put a defiant, ecstatic buzz in my blood for the way their work insisted that identity, desire, and sex in every sense were worth exploring on the page.
I’m indulging in a little nostalgia because my story in the 20th Anniversary edition of Best Lesbian Erotica is my first published piece of erotica—and because it carries an echo of that sentence I fell for years ago. The narrator in my story “Mirror, Mirror” is challenged to face her own quick-changeability by a woman who is both her like and her opposite. I wanted to use mirrors, doubling, and reflections to playfully (but deadly seriously) venture the idea that when we’re beheld and held by another, we can slip and shift to meet them and so, find ourselves. I think that kind of discovery is one of the reasons that sex—hot sex, brave sex—is such a vital human experience, on the page and in our real-life sheets. It’s why I read erotica, and why I write it, and why I hope this is just the first of many times I’ll get to share a story I’ve told with readers.
Thanks for being my first.  


Dim, colored bulbs lit the passages we crept down. Jets of air burst from unseen vents, or the floor gave way to rollers, leaving us laughing and grabbing hands for balance. Rae’s laugh was like her voice: smoky, languid. Killer.
Then came the obligatory room of trick mirrors. In the first, we were all crazily stretched legs and even then, proportioned like a heron, Rae had my mouth watering. But I also noted what I had from the beginning, that she and I actually looked alike. Hair dark and jaw-length, hers curly, mine straight. Similar lines to our faces, same build and height.
Initially, it had felt almost weird to be attracted to her—would she diagnose me as a narcissist, if I were her patient? But the boil in my blood told me this wasn’t self-worship; I wanted to worship her, toes to tits to teeth. Rae was also prettier, no false modesty, and wore “our” features perfected. I was a jeans-and-tee-shirt girl. I liked boots. I’d throw on some brown eyeliner when I had to meet with a donor but mostly didn’t think about how I wanted to look. How I wanted to be.    
Rae, on the other hand, was stunning, all business hard-ass with a very feminine edge. Silky camisoles peeking from chic blazers, dangerously sharp pencil skirts with the attitude to match. That night she wore a tight sweater and even tighter jeans. Black kohl on her eyes and lips painted red as a candy apple. Or a poisoned one.
In our reflection, Rae watched me watching us. “You like mirrors?” she asked. Instantly I thought of how we’d look in some glassy surface, tangled—my head between her curvy thighs, the fall of her breasts as she leaned over me—and swallowed hard.
“Depends on what I’m looking at,” I said. We stepped to the next mirror to catch each other’s gaze, finish the volley of flirtation, and busted up when our eyes blinked back big as dinner plates.
“Come on,” she said, pulling me along by the hand. The walls of the next passage were all glass, and then we took a corner and were swallowed by mirrored angles. A maze.
We wove around turns and backed out of dead ends. Whichever way you looked, there you were, but different sides—in profile, the back of your own head. It was dizzying, seeing all of myself at once, and my heart beat faster. Or maybe that was just Rae, and the scent of her finally, finally right there.
We hit another end, and I turned to get out. But Rae just stopped, only inches between us, and then backed me up until my head softly tapped the glass. From every angle, I stared at myself over Rae’s shoulder, twelve of me, twenty. An infinity. And an infinity of Rae, facing me. My pulse going wild.
Watching me intently, Rae tipped her head. Considering something. Then she
said, “So when do you want to go out?”
“Um, Sunday?”
“Where’s your phone?”
I pulled it from my pocket, handed it to her. She whisked her fingers over its lucky face and gave it back. “You have my number.”
Then she leaned in. Her hair whispered over my cheek. Her lips pressed softly against the side of my neck, with that slight, maddening point of wet at the center that cooled instantly as she pulled away.
“So Sunday,” she said, and turned. I followed her. She seemed so sure of where she was going.
And she was. She led us directly out of the maze, the end of the fun house, and turned to wink at me just before she disappeared into the jostling crowd. It wasn’t until later, undressed, that I saw in my own bathroom mirror what my shirt collar had concealed: the perfect stain of her red lips on the side of my neck. Like I’d been marked.

Comment here or on any of the linked posts to be entered in a drawing for a free copy of Best Lesbian Erotica 20th Anniversary Edition.

Blog Tour Links

Feb 10
Sacchi Green-Introduction
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb. 11
Rose de Fer-“Dust”
http://poisonthorns.blogspot.co.uk/

Feb. 12
Louise Blaydon-“Ascension”
 https://louiseblaydon.wordpress.com/

Feb 13
MeganMc Ferren-“The Royalty Underground”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb. 14
Harper Bliss-“Reunion Tour”
 http://wp.me/p2tvlj-Yn

Feb 15
D.L. King-“Hot Blood”
dlkingerotica.blogspot.com 

Feb 16
Jean Roberta-“Tears from Heaven”
http://jean_roberta.livejournal.com

Feb  17
Sinclair Sexsmith-“Luscious and Wild”
http://www.sugarbutch.net

Feb 18
R.G. Emanuelle-“Smorgasbord”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com 

Feb 19
Rose  P. Lethe-“A Professional”
https://roseplethe.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/excerpt-the-professional/

Feb 20
Anna Watson-“Easy”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com  

Feb 21
Valerie Alexander-“Grind House”
http://www.valeriealexander.org

Feb 22
Annabeth Leong-“Give and Take”
annabethleong.blogspot.com

Feb 23
Frankie Grayson-“Mirror Mirror”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb 24
Cheyenne Blue-“The Road to Hell”
www.cheyenneblue.com

Feb 25
Emily L. Byrne-“The Further Adventures of Miss Scarlet”
http://writeremilylbyrne.blogspot.com

Feb 26
Sossity Chiricuzio-“Make them Shine”
http://sossitywrites.tumblr.com/ 

Feb  27
Teresa Noelle Roberts-“Tomato Bondage”
http://www.teresanoelleroberts.com/?p=2185









Saturday, February 20, 2016

BLE Blog Tour-Anna Watson, "Easy"


If you should have the great good luck to be called up onstage at a flaming hot Drag King show, would it be a curse or a blessing to be “easy”? Here’s a brief excerpt from Anna Watson’s “Easy,” but you need to read the whole thing in the book to form an opinion on that question.  Research. Call it research.

__________
It was hot up on stage, and I couldn’t see the audience very well because of the bright lights. I could hear my friends screaming my name, though, and I was so nervous I almost jumped back down to join them, but Mister Benson had hold of my hand in a commanding grip. Tall and slender, he was wearing a Daddy cap, a leather vest over his white t-shirt, jeans and chaps, and some shit-kicking boots. He led me over to sit on a single bed, all frilly and pink, that had been wheeled onto stage. Beside the bed was a nightstand with a phone on it, a deck of cards, and a vase holding a single red rose. Grooving to the beat of the loud funk coming over the sound system, the rest of the Kings presented themselves to me. Sonny Boner, his impressive package looking good in his bicycle shorts, gave me a friendly pat on the shoulder. Power Strip kissed my hand, so dapper in his striped zoot suit. Captain Candy brushed back his long hair so I could see the gold rings in his ears, and blew me a sexy kiss. Fats Dominant came to attention and gave me a snappy salute, handsome as hell in his sergeant’s dress uniform. Mister Benson just looked haughtily into my eyes and then away, never letting go of my hand. I was so flattered by the silent, exaggerated way they were welcoming me, playing to the crowd like the yummiest treat had just been dropped in their midst. And the male, pussy-driven energy they were giving off was really sending me.
“We’ll be back,” Mister Benson whispered, his lips brushing my ear. “Don’t go anywhere.”
The Kings grooved off the stage and the lights went down, leaving just a spot on me. The music stopped and the crowd held its breath. This was the last number of the night.
I sat there feeling silly, feeling turned on. This would be something I could tell the grandkids about, the time I’d been in a number with the handsomest, sexiest, most popular drag kings this side of the Mississippi. My friends passed me up a beer, which I chugged, then passed back. I took a deep cleansing breath. I was in for the duration. I wanted to be. But truthfully, along with the turn on and the fun of it all, I was struggling with just the teensiest worry.
See, I have this problem. Or you could call it a talent. A gift. The thing is, I’m a seriously sensual girl. I swear that everything—smells, tastes, sounds, the way things look and feel—go straight to the pleasure center in my brain. And from there, on down. See, I’m easy, is what it is. To put it bluntly, I’m the kind of girl who can come at the drop of a hat. You don’t even have to be touching me. Once, I came in the movie theater watching Vasquez in “Aliens”.
__________

Trust me. You really want to go where Anna takes you.

Anna Watson is a piece of tired-ass pimento baloney in the white bread sandwich of her teenage sons and elderly parents, and yet she bravely soldiers on, writing and publishing as much butch/femme smut as possible. She’s pretty sure she deserves a femme medal of valor, and is just waiting for the awarding body to appear.

Comment on any of these Blog Tour posts to be entered in a drawing for a free copy of Best Lesbian Erotica 20th Anniversary Edition.

Blog Tour Links

Feb 10
Sacchi Green-Introduction
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb. 11
Rose de Fer-“Dust”
http://poisonthorns.blogspot.co.uk/

Feb. 12
Louise Blaydon-“Ascension”
 https://louiseblaydon.wordpress.com/

Feb 13
MeganMc Ferren-“The Royalty Underground”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb. 14
Harper Bliss-“Reunion Tour”
 http://wp.me/p2tvlj-Yn

Feb 15
D.L. King-“Hot Blood”
dlkingerotica.blogspot.com

Feb 16
Jean Roberta-“Tears from Heaven”
http://jean_roberta.livejournal.com

Feb  17
Sinclair Sexsmith-“Luscious and Wild”
http://www.sugarbutch.net

Feb 18
R.G. Emanuelle-“Smorgasbord”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb 19
Rose  P. Lethe-“A Professional”
https://roseplethe.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/excerpt-the-professional/

Feb 20
Anna Watson-“Easy”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb 21
Valerie Alexander-“Grind House”
http://www.valeriealexander.org

Feb 22
Annabeth Leong-“Give and Take”
annabethleong.blogspot.com

Feb 23
Frankie Grayson-“Mirror Mirror”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb 24
Cheyenne Blue-“The Road to Hell”
www.cheyenneblue.com

Feb 25
Emily L. Byrne-“The Further Adventures of Miss Scarlet”
http://writeremilylbyrne.blogspot.com

Feb 26
Sossity Chiricuzio-“Make them Shine”
http://sossitywrites.tumblr.com/

Feb  27
Teresa Noelle Roberts-“Tomato Bondage”
http://www.teresanoelleroberts.com/?p=2185



Thursday, February 18, 2016

R.G. Emanuelle's Sexy Smorgasbord for the BLE Blog Tour





A Smorgasbord of Great Stories in BLE 2016
R.G. Emanuelle



My very first story to appear in a Best Lesbian Erotica was “From the Halls of Montezuma” in 2010.

I had just gotten back into fiction writing and was both stunned and thrilled that my story had been accepted. The editor at the time was Kathleen Warnock and the guest editors (reading and choosing the stories) were two members of the alternative rock group BETTY. It was all crazy exciting.

Since then, I’ve had stories appear in numerous anthologies (and I’ve produced a couple of anthologies of my own), but there’s something very special about that particular acceptance, partly because BLE is a highly respected anthology in that genre.

Fast forward six years. I get an email from Sacchi Green, telling me that my short story, “Smorgasbord,” has been accepted to appear in the 2016 edition. Woohoo! (See what I did there in the title of this blog? Clever, huh?)

The 2016 edition also happens to be the 20th anniversary edition. Being accepted in any anthology is awesome. Being accepted in BLE is particularly awesome. But being in the 20th anniversary edition is exceptionally awesome.

So let me just give you a brief summary of what my contribution to this fabulous anthology is about.
“Smorgasbord” originally appeared in All You Can Eat: A Buffet of Lesbian Romance & Erotica, which was a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in 2015. It features an artist, Renee, who works with food as a medium and has been commissioned to do a project for a high-end culinary arts magazine. She’s having a hard time coming up with an idea, so she takes a break by going to an art gallery show. There she meets a woman, Delilah, who turns out to be a food writer. Having this interest in common, Renee invites Delilah up to her place to look at some of her art. The sparks fly high and bright between them and they decide to have a dinner date. It’s during this date that Renee comes up with an idea for her project, and she asks Delilah to be a part of it. The project becomes an evening of sensuous, provocative creation that awakens all their senses—sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch. All of these become engaged for the sake of art, as well as passion. And Renee and Delilah get a sumptuous feast out of the deal.

There are so many great, passionate, sensual stories in BLE—a veritable smorgasbord of sexy stories! And Sacchi Green does a fabulous job in keeping the torch of quality lesbian erotica lit. I truly hope you all enjoy this collection.

To be entered to win a copy of Best Lesbian Erotica 20th Century Edition you can leave a comment on any of the blogs in this tour. Here's a list of the dates and links to all of them:

Blog Tour Links

Feb 10
Sacchi Green-Introduction
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb. 11
Rose de Fer-“Dust”
http://poisonthorns.blogspot.co.uk/

Feb. 12
Louise Blaydon-“Ascension”
 https://louiseblaydon.wordpress.com/

Feb 13
MeganMc Ferren-“The Royalty Underground”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb. 14
Harper Bliss-“Reunion Tour”
 http://wp.me/p2tvlj-Yn

Feb 15
D.L. King-“Hot Blood”
dlkingerotica.blogspot.com

Feb 16
Jean Roberta-“Tears from Heaven”
http://jean_roberta.livejournal.com

Feb  17
Sinclair Sexsmith-“Luscious and Wild”
 http://www.sugarbutch.net/2016/02/ble/

Feb 18
R.G. Emanuelle-“Smorgasbord”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb 19
Rose  P. Lethe-“A Professional”
https://roseplethe.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/excerpt-the-professional/

Feb 20
Anna Watson-“Easy”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb 21
Valerie Alexander-“Grind House”
http://www.valeriealexander.org

Feb 22
Annabeth Leong-“Give and Take”
annabethleong.blogspot.com

Feb 23
Frankie Grayson-“Mirror Mirror”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb 24
Cheyenne Blue-“The Road to Hell”
www.cheyenneblue.com

Feb 25
Emily L. Byrne-“The Further Adventures of Miss Scarlet”
http://writeremilylbyrne.blogspot.com

Feb 26
Sossity Chiricuzio-“Make them Shine”
http://sossitywrites.tumblr.com/

Feb  27
Teresa Noelle Roberts-“Tomato Bondage”
http://www.teresanoelleroberts.com/?p=2185


Saturday, February 13, 2016

Best Lesbian Erotica Blog Tour: Megan McFerren




Megan McFerren is temporarily without computer access, so today I get to post about her piece “The Royalty Underground,” a story I love to revisit.

First, a bit about Megan herself. Megan McFerren was born in West Texas, where she grew up riding horses across cotton fields and trying to outrun dust-storms. She always lost those races, and one can only wash caked red dirt out of their hair so many times before calling it quits. A week after receiving a rather whimsical degree in Victorian literature, she moved to Queens, where she's lived for the last decade. She's worked as a financier, a funeral director, and now has a happy home at a start-up. But she's always carried a bit of Wilde with her, and after a few obligatory New York City years attempting navel-gazing literary fiction, she's found a love that now dares speak its name in exploring queer history through erotic romance.

“The Royalty Underground” takes place In a WWII London bomb shelter, where two chance-met young women have staked out a bit of room in the off-limits maintenance passage of a London Tube station. In circumstances like these, getting-to-know-you and mutual support under stress can progress very rapidly indeed, while humor remains a major defense against fear. Here’s an excerpt from the middle of the story:
__________

The roar becomes deafening when Catherine sets cool fingers against her cheek, and Elizabeth lets break another inappropriate laugh.
“I’m not easy,” she whispers, never mind that no one can hear them, never mind that her proclamation is weak and meaningless, rendered childish in the circumstances.
“No?”
“No,” Elizabeth says. She licks her bottom lip between her teeth and presses them against the tender inner skin. She isn’t easy. But the ground has been uprooted from beneath them by the endless anticipation of an end that has yet to come but could at any moment. A direct hit from overhead would see them gone in a flash, and what good was living if done in dread? What good does reputation matter then?
“No,” she says again, inching her shoulders closer across the cold floor. “And I’m not going to kiss you lying on the platform of a Tube station.”
She does anyway. Just a touch, lips curling together, whiskey- warm. Catherine’s hand spreads against her cheek and she tucks a curl of hair behind her ear. No more than that. Only a kiss.
Their noses brush together when they part.
“We shouldn’t do that again,” Catherine considers. She’s scarcely able to keep the smile away, teasing a fine fan of lines beside her eyes. “It would be too easy.”
They do anyway. Through the stiff wool of their dresses, their breasts cushion together. They seek the other’s hand blindly to press their palms and twine their fingers so tight that the squeeze of bones brings a kind distraction from the dizzying gathering of their kiss. Whatever moves them, moves them deeply, opens each to allow the other within, tongues tracing teeth and breath whispering loud against flushed cheeks. Like kissing for practice in secondary school, like kissing for intent in secret pubs, Elizabeth unfurls with familiarity, if not with Catherine than with the idea of her.
Damn the war and damn the blitz. Haven’t girls like them always survived?
Parting just for air, just for a laugh passed between their mouths, it is Catherine now who watches with surprise from the sudden intensity and Elizabeth who narrows her eyes in amusement. They heat quickly beneath the coat above them, breath heavy as hands softly work down the slopes and rises of the other’s breasts, hips, legs. Catherine curls short nails sharp against the outside of Elizabeth’s thigh, no tights to keep skin from skin, and a shiver ricochets up Elizabeth’s spine.
“I’m not going to keep touching you,” Catherine warns.
“I hope you won’t,” answers Elizabeth. “I intend on keeping my hands entirely to myself.”
“Good.”

“Good.”

“It would be a very questionable choice if they were to stray,” Catherine adds.
“Where might they stray? I’ll keep them to myself.”

“You know how idle hands wander. My blouse, perhaps,” she whispers, dark eyes flashing bright in dim light dispersed through the fibers of her coat.
“You could lose a button that way,” notes Elizabeth, as carefully she pushes one free of its mooring. And then another. And then another. “If you lost a button down here, you’d never find it.”
“It’s good you’ll restrain, then.”
“Yes,” Elizabeth says, as she fills her hand with the weight of Catherine’s breast.
__________

I wish you could have heard Megan read this at the event we did in NYC in December, but we’ll be doing another in New York on February 26th at Bluestockings Books, so you might get another chance. Meanwhile, here’s a picture of her in mid-read:

Don't forget that commenting on any blog in this tour gives you a chance to win a copy of Best Lesbian Erotica 20th Anniversary Edition. Wouldn't this look lovely on your bedside table?


And don't forget to check out all the other blogs on the tour, with their tantalizing excerpts and personal insights on their writers.

Blog Tour Links

Feb 10
Sacchi Green-Introduction
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb. 11
Rose de Fer-“Dust”
http://poisonthorns.blogspot.co.uk/

Feb. 12
Louise Blaydon-“Ascension”
 https://louiseblaydon.wordpress.com/

Feb 13
MeganMc Ferren-“The Royalty Underground”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb. 14
Harper Bliss-“Reunion Tour”
 http://wp.me/p2tvlj-Yn

Feb 15
D.L. King-“Hot Blood”
dlkingerotica.blogspot.com

Feb 16
Jean Roberta-“Tears from Heaven”
http://jean_roberta.livejournal.com

Feb  17
Sinclair Sexsmith-“Luscious and Wild”
 http://www.sugarbutch.net/2016/02/ble/

Feb 18
R.G. Emanuelle-“Smorgasbord”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb 19
Rose  P. Lethe-“A Professional”
https://roseplethe.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/excerpt-the-professional/

Feb 20
Anna Watson-“Easy”
http://sacchigreen.blogspot.com

Feb 21
Valerie Alexander-“Grind House”
http://www.valeriealexander.org

Feb 22
Annabeth Leong-“Give and Take”
annabethleong.blogspot.com

Feb 23
Frankie Grayson-“Mirror Mirror”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb 24
Cheyenne Blue-“The Road to Hell”
www.cheyenneblue.com

Feb 25
Emily L. Byrne-“The Further Adventures of Miss Scarlet”
http://writeremilylbyrne.blogspot.com

Feb 26
Sossity Chiricuzio-“Make them Shine”
http://sossitywrites.tumblr.com/ 

Feb  27
Teresa Noelle Roberts-“Tomato Bondage”
http://www.teresanoelleroberts.com/



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Blog Tour and Book Giveaway for Best Lesbian Erotica 20th Anniversary Edition









The book giveaway information is what you want to know first, right? Here goes. Today through February 27th we’re presenting a blog tour featuring the writers in this year’s volume of Best Lesbian Erotica. A comment on any of the posts constitutes an entry in the drawing for a free copy of the book. Go forth, read, comment, however briefly, and I’ll randomly pick a winner
by February 28th and announce the winner by March 5th.

Some of the blogs are on the writers’ own web sites, and some  others will be passed along to me to post here. Excerpts, behind-the-scenes secrets, pointers to more of their work—who knows what else they’ll reveal? If you want to know even more, go right ahead and ask in a comment!

Here are the links and dates for each blog:

Feb 10
Sacchi Green-Introduction
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb. 11
Rose de Fer-“Dust”
http://poisonthorns.blogspot.co.uk/

Feb. 12
Louise Blaydon-“Ascension”
 https://louiseblaydon.wordpress.com/

Feb 13
MeganMc Ferren-“The Royalty Underground”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb. 14
Harper Bliss-“Reunion Tour”
 http://wp.me/p2tvlj-Yn

Feb 15
D.L. King-“Hot Blood”
dlkingerotica.blogspot.com 

Feb 16
Jean Roberta-“Tears from Heaven”
http://jean_roberta.livejournal.com

Feb  17
Sinclair Sexsmith-“Luscious and Wild”
http://www.sugarbutch.net/2016/02/ble/

Feb 18
R.G. Emanuelle-“Smorgasbord”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb 19
Rose  P. Lethe-“A Professional”
https://roseplethe.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/excerpt-the-professional/

Feb 20
Anna Watson-“Easy”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com

Feb 21
Valerie Alexander-“Grind House”
http://www.valeriealexander.org

Feb 22
Annabeth Leong-“Give and Take”
annabethleong.blogspot.com 

Feb 23
Frankie Grayson-“Mirror Mirror”
http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com 

Feb 24
Cheyenne Blue-“The Road to Hell”
www.cheyenneblue.com

Feb 25
Emily L. Byrne-“The Further Adventures of Miss Scarlet”
http://writeremilylbyrne.blogspot.com

Feb 26
Sossity Chiricuzio-“Make them Shine”
http://sossitywrites.tumblr.com/ 

Feb  27
Teresa Noelle Roberts-“Tomato Bondage”
http://www.teresanoelleroberts.com/?p=2185


Now on to features about the book that I’ve already posted earlier, but it won't hurt to boost them here as well.


First, A Starred Review on Library Journal!

“Best Lesbian Erotica: 20th Anniversary Edition. Cleis. Feb. 2016. 224p. ed. by Sacchi Green. ISBN 9781627781541. pap. $16.95. EROTICA This 20th anniversary edition of the series soars with 17 powerful f/f offerings that stand out from the crowd. Edited by Green, the anthology entails plenty of sexy first-time hookups, peppered with established couples and their raunchy routines. Rose de Fer’s “Dust” packs poetic grit and sensuality into lonely Alice’s otherworldly encounter with a
beautiful hitchhiking stranger,
while young couple Jesse and
Asher explore their voracious
sexual appetites and Jesse’s nascent dominant side in Sinclair Sexsmith’s piping hot “Luscious
and Wild.” Other highlights
include Jean Roberta’s eccentric “Tears from Heaven,” in which Dr. Athena Chalkdust lavishes young submissive protégé Didrick Bent with pain and pleasure after an incident of animal neglect. In “Mirror, Mirror,” Frankie Grayson’s protagonist finds dormant carnal pleasures awoken by the voyeuristic tendencies of her alluring look-alike. D.L. King doesn’t disappoint with “Hot Blood,” a sexy supernatural vignette in which gruff mechanic Van spots a potential packmate in a gorgeous redhead whose car breaks down, while Anna Watson’s playful “Easy” recounts a woman with a unique “talent” for finding an electric current in even the slightest of sensations, culminating in her orgasmic experience during a drag king performance. VERDICT The powerful stories range widely in content, kink, plot, and pairings but are uniform in their high quality and ability to craft engaging erotic tales with few words.”

Wow. Excuse me, I need a few minutes in my bunk.

Now for the Table of Contents, and then my own heartfelt introduction.

Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Vol. 1 (2016) Twentieth Anniversary Edition

Contents

Introduction  Sacchi Green

Dust  Rose de Fer
Ascension  Louise Blaydon
Tomato Bondage  Teresa Noelle Roberts
The Royalty Underground  Megan McFerren
Reunion Tour  Harper Bliss
Hot Blood  D. L. King
Make Them Shine  Sossity Chiricuzio
Tears from Heaven  Jean Roberta
Luscious and Wild  Sinclair Sexsmith
Smorgasbord  R. G. Emanuelle
A Professional  Rose P. Lethe
Easy  Anna Watson
Grind House  Valerie Alexander
Give and Take  Annabeth Leong
Mirror, Mirror  Frankie Grayson
The Road to Hell  Cheyenne Blue
The Further Adventures of Miss Scarlet  Emily L. Byrne

About the Authors
About the Editor

Introduction

The Best Lesbian Erotica series has a special place in my heart. Twenty years ago, in 1996, Tristan Taormino and Cleis Press published the first volume of Best Lesbian Erotica, and in 1999, to my amazement, my own very first erotica story made it into that year's anthology. When Tristan Taormino called and said that she loved my piece because it was so different, I was hooked on the series and the entire genre for good. (Tristan also very kindly pointed out the many improvements I needed to make, of course; I had a lot to learn.) Seven more of my stories made it into further editions of Best Lesbian Erotica, although I got a bit distracted in recent years with editing ten themed anthologies of lesbian erotica myself, eight of them for Cleis Press. Editing this one feels like the greatest honor of all.

Back in 1996 there were far fewer markets for well-written lesbian erotica than there are now, but there were many majorly talented writers with the courage and the burning desire to tell the stories demanding to be told, stories that can still stir your senses and linger in your mind. There have been some changes in erotica over the years, largely in how far we dare to go and how much we think we can get away with, but I still remember stories from those earlier years as challenging as any written today.

The main difference these days is in the quantity of lesbian erotica available, and the numbers of people writing it well. For this 2016 edition (the title, Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, has changed just a bit, but it’s still the same series) there was a superabundance of excellent work, and choosing was a harrowing as well as stimulating experience. Tastes differ, of course, especially when it comes to erotic preferences, so not every story will push every reader’s buttons, but for me the writers here make this edition outstandingly worthy of Best Lesbian Erotica’s long tradition of sexy excellence.
In the limited space of a single anthology, “best” has to take into account factors beyond any single measurement of quality. An apples and oranges comparison just won’t cut it; envision instead, say, peaches…smooth, rosy, rounded peaches…and pears…and maybe the occasional heavy melon… But don’t worry. No actual fruit metaphors are abused in this book.

Like Tristan way back then, the idea of “best” for me includes “different,” whether it’s a brand-new treatment of a familiar theme, a way with language that makes the words dance to an inspired beat, or a plot I’ve never seen before. Beyond those, each story has to contribute to a balance in the work as a whole, which should include a variety of themes, settings, voices, tone, and diversity of ages, ethnicities and physical attributes. Above all, “best” should mean original ideas, vividly drawn settings, creative imagery, fully developed, believable characters (even if occasionally that requires readers to suspend disbelief for the sake of arousal), and, of course, plenty of steamy sex, with intensely erotic scenes that flow naturally from the story as a whole, ranging from vanilla to BDSM to edgy frontiers that defy classification.

Originality takes many forms. D. L. King melds the familiar tropes of werewolves and lesbian auto mechanics into a character as likable as she is sexy. Megan McFerren’s characters take refuge in a London bomb shelter during WWII. Emily L. Byrne’s brilliant incarnation of Miss Scarlet seduces a police detective in the NYC subway system. Louise Blaydon’s “nice girl” and “bad girl” strike sparks together forming a band on the gritty side of Liverpool in 1961. There are stories with touches of humor, or moments of tenderness, or immersions in the no-holds-barred depths of bondage and the keen pleasures of pain—and now and then all three at once.

What you get, in this anthology, is a seemingly infinite variety of lesbian erotic desires, in all the heat, beauty and power of both our darkness and our light. I’m immeasurably grateful to all these writers who crafted their stories as only each one of them could, and offered them to be included here.
From me, from the writers, and, I hope, from many of you readers; Happy Twentieth Birthday, Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year! Birthday spankings may be in order, but be gentle with your paperbacks. With e-books—well, maybe you’d better find a surrogate spankee. Just read a few of these stories with her to warm things up.

Sacchi Green
Amherst, MA


So here we go, with 17 days of blogs by authors among the best of those writing lesbian erotica today. Enjoy!