Reaching Out from a Mind as Dirty as All Outdoors

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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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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Me and My Boi: Blog Tour and Book Giveaway

Me and My Boi: Queer Erotic Stories
Edited by Sacchi Green for Cleis Press

Oh, Me and My Boi, it feels like we’ve been swimming upstream together forever! It’s actually been somewhat less than three years since I had my anthology proposal accepted, with some tweaking of the title. I don’t even remember my original attempt, except that it had the term “butch” in it. I was told that the young staff in the publisher’s office insisted that nobody used that term any more, and everybody said “boi,” so even though I knew that my old-guard friends still said “butch,” and that “boi” by no means denotes the exactly same concept, I had no choice but to concede the point. Still, the title has kind of grown on me in the two years since I turned in the manuscript, and after all the inevitable delays and complications that went with the publisher preparing to retire and sell the business, and the new owner sorting things out, here we are! We have a book! And it’s well worth the wait.

This blog tour will run from today, June 12th, to July 1st, with every writer and story featured for a day. The list of links and dates comes at the end of this post, along with information about the drawing for a free copy of the book. Some writers will be posting on their own sites, some will send me their posts to include here, and for those few with looming deadlines or other circumstances leaving them no time, I’ll post their bios and excerpts from their stories.

As I say in my introduction, this book is a celebration of all things boi, butch, masculine-of-center, in those who include lesbian as a part of their identities. These are stories of people we love, and people we are, who put their own personal spins on the gender spectrum. Bois who like girls, bois who like bois, bois who like both; those who don’t label themselves boi or butch at all but can’t stand to wear a skirt; screw-the-binary free spirits of many flavors. Cool bois, hot bois, swaggering bois, shy bois, leather bois, flannel bois, butch daddies, and the femmes and mommas and tops and bottoms and even girls next door who wouldn’t have them any other way.
Writers always blow me away with the variety in their stories, and the twenty here are no exception. Some are from a boi’s point of view, some from a femme’s, some from a seasoned butch’s. Some deal with youthful self-discovery and others with finding your inner butch later in life. The settings range from a charming English garden and an equally charming (if greasy) English car-repair garage, to a racing sailboat, to quiet forests and rushing cities and dimly-lit bedrooms where the rest of the world might as well not exist. A couple of pieces take us back through time to a Regency drawing room and an old-school, pre-Stonewall lesbian blue collar bar, but most could be taking place just yesterday, or today, or tomorrow.
 And, of course, all these stories give us a charge of steamy, explicit sex that develops naturally out of all the elements in the story. The action may be kinky, or hard-edged, or sweet, or passionately emotional—or even blends of those that you wouldn’t have thought possible—but whatever turns you on, or cuts deep, or sparks your wildest fantasies, if these writers don’t push the buttons you already have, maybe they’ll hook you up with some new ones. Gender has no boundaries, and neither does lust.

Here’s an excerpt from my own piece in the book:

Gargoyle Lovers                                                                                          
Sacchi Green

 “I’m siingin’ in the raaiin…” But that song was from the wrong Gene Kelly movie, and it wasn’t quite raining, and I was only whistling. My speaking voice gets me by, but singing blows the whole presentation.
Hal glanced down, her face stern in that exaggerated way that makes me tingle in just the right places. I shoved my hands into my pockets, skipped a step or two, and knew she felt as good as I did. Hal’s hardly the type to dance through the Paris streets like Gene Kelly, especially across square cobblestones, but there was a certain lilt to her gait.
Or maybe a swagger. “That pretty-boy waiter was all over you,” I said slyly. A gay guy making a pass always makes her day. “And giving me dirty looks every chance he got!”
“Lucky for you I’m not cruising for pretty boys, then. But don’t give me too much lip or I might change my mind.”
I couldn’t quite manage penitence, but at least I knew better than to remind her that she already had a pretty boy, for better or worse. Still, some punishment games would be a fine end to the evening. Last night we’d been too jetlagged to take proper advantage of the Parisian atmosphere. “That Maitre D with a beak like a gargoyle was sure eyeing me, too, especially from behind.” I gave another little skip.
Hal ignored the bait. “Thought you’d had your fill of gargoyles today.” A cathedral wouldn’t have been her first choice for honeymoon sightseeing, but the mini-balcony of our rental apartment had a stupendous view of Notre-Dame de Paris. I’d oohed and ahhed about gargoyles over our croissants and cafĂ©-au-lait, so she’d humored me and we’d taken the tour.

Now for the links. I’m looking forward to seeing what these terrific writers have to say.

June 12—Sacchi Green—

June 13—Annabeth Leong--

June 14—Anna Watson—

June 15—Sinclair Sexsmith--

June 16—Jove Belle--

June 17—Tamsin Flowers--

June 18—Victoria Villasenor—

June 19—J, Caladine—

June 20—Victoria Janssen--

June 21—Dena Hankins--

June 22—D. Orchid—

June 23—Pavini Moray--

June 24—Melissa Mayhew—

June 25—Jen Cross—

June 26—Kyle Jones--

June 27—Gigi

June 28—Aimee Hermann—

June 29—Sommer Marsden—

June 30—Axa Lee—

July 1— Kathleen Tudor—


Anyone who comments on any of the posts will be entered in a drawing for one free copy of the anthology. You can comment on more than one post and be entered more than once. The winner will be announced and notified by July 5th, if not sooner.

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