From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
Dear Carnal Connoisseurs,
The season of giving is upon us, and here at the Erotica Readers & Writers Association, you can open your presents early. As is our time-honored tradition for December, this month's ERWA edition provides a super-sized selection of sensational smut, to keep you sizzling through the long, cold month of January. Meanwhile, if you're playing Santa and looking for help, you'll find some fabulous gift ideas right here at our site. Why brave the crowds at the mall when you can shop naked here at ERWA?
As usual, our Erotica Gallery authors generously offer their work for your reading pleasure. Award-winning author and editor Kristina Wright is our featured contributor this month, sharing three tales guaranteed to raise your temperature. Then move on to more arousing stories from members of the Storytime list, most with holiday themes, and poems in many moods, from evocative to bawdy. What does Santa have to do with Viagra? Find out in the Gallery!
Get yourself into the festive spirit in the Gallery:
In the Books for Sensual Readers section, 'tis the season for "Best of" erotic anthologies. Whatever your tastes (or those of the folks on your gift list), you'll find something to satisfy: BEST EROTIC ROMANCE (edited by Kristina Wright), BEST WOMEN'S EROTICA 2012 (Violet Blue), BEST BONDAGE EROTICA 2012 and BEST SEX WRITING 2012 (Rachel Kramer Bussel - the latter non-fiction), BEST GAY EROTICA 2012 and BEST GAY ROMANCE 2012 (Richard Labonte), BEST LESBIAN ROMANCE 2012 (Radclyffe) and BEST LESBIAN EROTICA 2012 (Kathleen Warnock). Now don't try to tell me there's not something there that appeals! Anthologies are a great way to introduce a newcomer to the fabulous diversity in today's erotic literary scene.
If you're in the mood for longer fiction, consider Meljean Brook's steampunk erotic romance HEART OF STEEL, K.D. Grace's paranormal blockbuster BODY TEMPERATURE AND RISING, or THE GLASS HARMONICA by Dorothee E. Kocks, a historical erotic adventure that takes the heroine from Corsica to post-revolutionary America by way of Paris. Or take a peek at our graphic novels section, where I added both the dystopian taboo fantasy OUR LOVE IS REAL (by Sam Humphries and Seven Sanders) and the shocking BORGIA: FLAMES FROM HELL (by legends Jodorowsky and Manara) to my personal wish list. We've got art, photography and self-help books, too - for instance, Hanne Blank's revised and expanded BIG BIG LOVE, a sex and relationship manual for "people of size" and those who love them.
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Keep up with the best erotic books on the market:
Speaking of "up", be sure to drop by the Adult Movies section this month, where we feature everything from comedy to classics - all triple X of course. There's "Happy Endings", a sex-laced tale of two soul mates who prove that opposites really do attract - and their meddling best friends. Or for something a bit rougher, consider "Fighters", which brings you into the world of women who box - for frustration, punishment, or thrills. Among the apparently unlimited parodies, "Beverly Hillbillies XXX" holds special promise; after all, lots of guys fantasized about Ellie Mae even on the G-rated TV show. Meanwhile, I'm curious to see "Last Tango", a totally adult remake of the classic Brando film featuring Europe's hottest performers. It's hard to imagine anything more scorching than the original - but who knows? If you're fed up with plot and looking mostly for ripe flesh, don't miss "Mommies Gone Bad", which sounds like a live version of Rebecca's "Housewives at Play" comics (which you probably know are among my favorites).
All these movies and dozens more are available via our partner links. They're not "Miracle on 34th Street" but I guarantee they'll heat up your holidays.
Nothing like a good, old-fashioned skin flick:
Want to have double the fun? Add a toy or two to your movie-watching experience. In our Sex Toy Playground, you'll find all the information you need. This month Mr. and Mrs. Toy review another Liberator product, the Flip Ramp, and Keira Saunders raves about the doll-shaped Matryoska vibrator. I'll take one of each, please! The monthly Sex Toy Scuttlebutt column offers sexy holiday gift guides from Adam & Eve, Babeland and Good Vibrations - along with special discounts, of course, for faithful ERWA readers.
Take a stroll through the Playground:
Speaking of porn, that's the topic of a lively discussion this month Inside the Erotic Mind. Does viewing porn enhance or damage a relationship? You'll find three pages of thoughtful commentary on this topic, from all sides of the issue. Feel free to share your own opinions. Just click on the Participate link.
It's always steamy inside the erotic mind:
Last, but certainly not least, we have goodies for all you authors out there. Donna George Storey discusses the rocky road to publication, then rewards you with two scrumptious dessert recipes. In his article "Marketing Self-Published Books", William Gaius serves up the hard truth: marketing is ugly, but it can't be escaped. Ashley Lister recommends that, like old love letters, you hang on to your original drafts, so you can trace the evolution of your skill.
While you're on the Authors Resources page, take at least a quick look through our huge compendium of publishers' guidelines and calls for submissions. New items this month include Maxim Jakubowski's Mammoth Book of Erotic Quickies, "Switch", a BDSM erotic romance anthology from Total-E-Bound, and a "My First Spanking" collection from Ravenous Romance. There are lots of opportunities in the GLBT section, including Sacchi Green's "Wild Girls, Wild Nights" and Shane Allison's "Steam Bath". And don't forget the possibilities for on-line publishing. We list a number of websites that pay for erotic stories as well as non-fiction.
Celebrate the new year with a new publishing contract:
By the way, our holiday edition of ERWA is sponsored by Adult FriendFinder, the wildly popular adult dating community where you can make new friends and hook up with the sexy singles or swinging couples. Whether you're looking for steamy chatrooms, live Webcams, swinger action, or that special someone; whether you're straight, bent, or kinky; for friendship or romance - you'll find what you want at Adult Friend Finder. Make a resolution! Promise yourself you'll make some new friends in the coming year at AdultFriendFinder.com
Speaking of New Year's resolutions, I've made a couple:
1. I will try to remember to wear panties when I get dressed for work.
2. I will stop arguing with my Dom (because, as he's quick to point out, he's always right).
3. I will avoid excessive alliteration in next year's naughty newsletters.
Probably these will suffer the same fate as most resolutions... I guess I'll just resolve to be myself, enjoy life, and spread the love around.
May your holidays be naughty AND nice!
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From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association