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.
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:
Rose de Fer-“Dust”
MeganMc Ferren-“The Royalty Underground”
Harper Bliss-“Reunion Tour”
D.L. King-“Hot Blood”
Jean Roberta-“Tears from Heaven”
Sinclair Sexsmith-“Luscious and Wild”
Rose P. Lethe-“A Professional”
Valerie Alexander-“Grind House”
Annabeth Leong-“Give and Take”
Frankie Grayson-“Mirror Mirror”
Cheyenne Blue-“The Road to Hell”
Emily L. Byrne-“The Further Adventures of Miss Scarlet”
Sossity Chiricuzio-“Make them Shine”
Teresa Noelle Roberts-“Tomato Bondage”
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
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
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.
So here we go, with 17 days of blogs by authors among the best of those writing lesbian erotica today. Enjoy!