From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
Dear Raunchy Romantics,
February has arrived, the month of love: roses and ropework, chocolates and chains, candlelight and caning... But perhaps your definition of romance differs from mine. However you prefer to celebrate it, Valentine's Day offers a fine excuse to indulge in the sensual delights we offer here at the Erotica Readers & Writers Association. Not that you need an excuse, of course, but still, if someone catches you browsing in the Sex Toy Playground or Erotic Books sections, you can always say you're shopping for your sweetie.
Since I've brought the topic up, let's begin in the Sex Toy Playground, where Kyra Saunders shares her experience trying out the Obsession Bullet Vibe, a toy that actually remembers your power settings from your last session. Now that's intelligence! Alicia Gunn from Babeland offers practical and fun suggestions for getting your sex life out of a rut (many of which don't involve any toys at all). Our Sex Toy Scuttlebutt gives you the down and dirty (so to speak) on the latest amorous artifacts available from our reputable affiliates. (Personally, I want the Rumblin' Rose Ring Vibrator. So very discreet!) And of course we've arranged discounts for our honored visitors, so if you just can't live without that dildo or penis pump, it won't cost you a month's salary.
Come frolic in the Playground. Your lover will thank you.
After you wine and dine your honey on Valentine's, why not curl up with a hot movie to get you even more into the mood? Michael Ninn, one of my favorite adult directors, brings you "The Four", a heroic treatment of female power and sensuality set against the backdrop of Sparta's defeat by the Persians at Thermopylae. Really! Max Candy's creation "Inglorious Bitches" is more than a parody of the popular Quentin Tarantino feature. Gorgeous Tarra White musters an army of desperate whores to assassinate Nazi scum. If this sounds like too much plot for your tastes, you might sample "Pretty Tied Up", a set of bondage (and sex) vignettes aimed at couples, or splurge on Elegant Angel's two disk collector's edition of "Performers of the Year 2012".
There's lots more to ogle in the Adult Movies section, including a page featuring the 2012 AVN Award winners. And our "Better than Popcorn" sale lets you satisfy your desires at smart prices.
Get visual with our premium porn:
It may sound like I'm trying to sell you things. To be honest, ERWA relies on purchases made through its links to meet its expenses - so we can continue to offer you the best free adult content on the web. You don't have to buy anything to enjoy ERWA, but if you do decide you absolutely have to have one of the products we feature, please click through from our site to the vendor's.
In the February Erotica Gallery, ERWA's special guest is EPPIE award winner Angela Caperton. She's provided three stunningly erotic tales that will definitely get the juices flowing. We've got more sexy stories from the members of our Storytime list, including a raft of flashers, some humorous and some intense. We've got poetry, too. Perhaps you'll be inspired to pen some amorous verse for your Valentine.
The best in original erotic fiction is just a click away:
Once the Gallery puts you into a reading mood, sashay over to our Books for Sensual Readers pages. February's literary feast offers new anthologies from acclaimed editors: ONE NIGHT ONLY: EROTIC ENCOUNTERS, edited by Violet Blue; WOMEN IN LUST, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel; RED VELVET AND ABSINTHE, from Mitzi Szereto; LUSCIOUS: STORIES OF ANAL EROTICISM, from the ever-outrageous Alison Tyler. If you're looking for gay erotica, consider RIDING THE RAILS: LOCOMOTIVE LUST AND CARNAL CABOOSES by Jerry L. Wheeler (an alliterator after my own heart). And I've bookmarked STEAM POWERED, edited by JoSelle Vanderhooft, a collection of lesbian steampunk tales. Erotic romance is exploding, and we've got some great recommendations including THE DUKE IS MINE, by Eloisa James and AN UNSETTLED RANGE, gay erotic romance from Andrew Grey. In the graphic novels section, I'm lusting after TRANSCEPTOR: IRON GUAGE, the latest collaboration between Michael Manning and tattoo artist Patrick Conlon. And you may not realize that ERWA bookshelves feature more than just fiction. I really want to read THE LAST OF THE LIVE NUDE GIRLS, a memoir by Sheila McClear, who chronicles her experiences working in a Times Square peep show.
I don't have to tell you what to do if you want any of these books, do I?
Wander through our sensual stacks:
Over in the Authors Resources section, the big news is - ME! This month I begin a year-long series of columns entitled "Naughty Bits: The Erotogeek's Guide for Technologically Challenged Authors". Each month I'll be explaining some aspect of computer technology that authors need to know. My maiden article (of course, I use the term "maiden" figuratively) is "What the Heck are Bits, Anyway?" (There'll be a quiz in March! And I do have my ruler, for any slackers...!) Meanwhile, Donna George Storey is back with more wise insight into the writer's life, along with luscious recipes (for cookies, this month) and Ashley Lister shares his thoughts about the whys and hows of blogging.
The Calls for Submissions listings keep growing. This month's additions include a new romance e-publisher Adams Media; calls for Halloween, winter and M/M medical-themed anthologies from Total-E-Bound; print anthology calls from Liz Coldwell at Xcite Books; a gay "weird science" anthology from Torquere Press; and several "Best of" calls including Best Erotic Romance 2013 (from Kristina Wright) and Best Bondage Erotica 2013 (from Rachel Kramer Bussel). This list doesn't begin to exhaust the opportunities available for you to sell your erotic gems. Whether you write romance or raunch, short stories or novels, fiction or social commentary, ERWA can help you find the right publisher.
Kick your writing career into gear:
Inside the Erotic Mind, our fearless erotic adventurers debate whether lingerie is sexy or superfluous. I was amazed at the diversity of opinions, from both male and female members of the conversation. You're very welcome to join the discussion. Just click on "Participate".
Anything can happen inside the erotic mind:
This month's web gem is publisher Ellora's Cave
Ellora's Cave was established in 2000 and remains at the vanguard of both the erotic romance and digital publishing revolutions. The company works hard to retain its leading edge by continually discovering fresh talent, blazing new genre trails, and paying some of the highest royalty rates in the industry. With books in six languages and authors and editors around the world, we are truly an international publisher.
We accept both agented and unagented manuscripts, and as an author-owned company are very author-friendly. For submission guidelines and calls for submissions, visit
Authors, editors, fans, aspiring authors, Caveman cover models and other industry professionals from around the world gather at our annual convention RomantiCon for fun, inspiration, education and networking:
Before I sign off, I want to remind you that February 29th is Sadie Hawkin's Day - the day when women can turn the tables and tell men what they want. Don't miss your opportunity, ladies! If you want any femdom pointers - or to borrow my cuffs and riding crop - just shoot me an email!
Enjoy your Valentine's Day, however you decide to celebrate, and remember - you can't have too much love.
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From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association