From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association
By Lisabet Sarai
Dear Insatiable Individualists,
I have to beg your pardon for the tardiness of this newsletter. (And no, it's not just that I like being on my knees...!) No excuses - that's what my Master always says - but really, there was nothing I could do. First of all, my work life got complicated at a particularly inconvenient time. More important, though, was the fact that I got hung up in the September Galleries. I told myself I didn't have to read every single one of the fabulous stories, flashers and poems featured this month in order to write the Lure, but I couldn't help myself. And honestly, the tales this month are so incredible, I'm willing to bet you'll lose yourself in them the same way I did.
Craig Sorensen is our September featured author. He's sharing three inspired and sexy stories as well as a fascinating bio. If you don't know Craig's writing - well, you should, because he has tremendous talent and insight (and also writes luscious posts for the ERWA blog on the 15th of every month).
Then we have seven full length tales from members of the Storytime list, in every mood from silly to soulful, as well as seven outrageous flashers. How can you resist an offering entitled "Ass Potato"?
That's not all, though. Check out the supersized collection of bawdy limericks (including a multiple stanza ballad) and our more serious page of erotic poetry, lines that will make you yearn and burn.
I can almost guarantee you'll be late for work.
Immerse yourself in our erotic visions:
You might wonder how the Gallery authors got to be so good. Our Authors Resources section may be part of the reason. This month, Donna George Storey discusses the mysteries of inspiration and reveals her technique for stimulating the flow of ideas - and one of her favorite cookie recipes. In my guise as the Erotogeek, I try to explain how social networks work and how you can utilize the principles of connection-based marketing even if (like me) you just don't "get" Facebook. You can also peruse our Writers Resources links and archives of past articles for a wealth of information and inspiration.
For more tips from the pros, join our live chats with authors who know the ropes. This month, we're focusing on fantasy erotica. Ask questions, get suggestions, throw out your ideas for comments - all live! On September 6th, award-winning author and editor D.L. King hosts the chat room, while fantasy expert Janine Ashbless takes the virtual mike on the 15th. Details are on the Author Resources page as well as on the ERWA blog.
ERWA offers more than just advice and support for authors. We have the largest list of erotic publishing opportunities on the web, too. This month's calls for submissions includes "Geek Love: Full Frontal Nerdity", an anthology of nerd-themed erotica edited by the incomparable Shanna Germain (with a deadline that's coming up fast!). We feature two new epublishers, Go Deeper Press and Captive Unicorn Publications. And maybe you'll want to enter the Uber Erotic Writing Contest, to be judged by the legendary Laura Antoniou.
With all our listings, you have no excuse not to submit.
Learn how to seduce your readers:
Speaking of readers, let's hop over to the Books section for a quick look at some of the recent releases we've assembled for your reading pleasure. Mitzi Szereto has a new anthology inspired by the popular "Game of Thrones" series. THRONES OF DESIRE features erotic tales full of swords, mist, and fire. Lynne Connolly's STRIPPED BARE follows the twisted relationship between a young woman and her sexual mentor through a dark and dangerous world of blackmail and passion. HOSTILE TAKEOVER by Joey W. Hill is going on my wish list. I've heard her insight into the dynamics of BDSM widely praised, and this title, about a dominant reluctant to take on a committed sub, sounds just like my cup of tea. In the gay erotica section, check out WILD BOYS, a treasury of guys who like to defy the rules, edited by Richard Labonte. And for lesbian erotica, my September pick is DAUGHTERS OF ARTEMIS, an anthology of tales that explore a female werewolf mythos.
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Inside the Erotic Mind this month, we feature a lively discussion about using strap-ons. I personally love the frankness people bring to our Erotic Mind discussions. You can add your two cents; just click on the Participate link. If you want some expert advice on pegging your partner, slide on over to the Sex Toy Playground, where the knowledgeable folks from Good Vibrations have an excellent article on the topic. (Their bottom line recommendation? Practice!)
The Playground also includes our traditional Sex Toy Scuttlebutt column, a monthly selection of the coolest and hottest erotic implements. I want a bNaughty Wireless Bullet Vibe, complete with a backlit LCD screen on the remote control. I know my Master would love it; he's such a gadget hound! Now, how can I get him to buy one? Maybe I'll tell him he can get a hefty discount by using the special codes offered by our affiliates: Good Vibrations, Eden Fantasys, and Adam & Eve.
But I digress.
Check your inhibitions at the door when you enter the erotic mind:
It's the fact that we use tools that distinguishes us from lower animals:
Over in the Adult Films section, we have lots more erotic goodness (or badness, depending on your perspective). "Cooking with Kayden Cross" sounds like fun. Kayden shows off her real world culinary expertise as she tries everything (sexual) in her power to save her TV cooking show. In "Love in Black and White", director Lee Roy Myers uses black and white cinematography to highlight the intensity of couples' explicit encounters, with a stark, moody, sensual feel that suggests the 40's and 50's. Then there's "Allie Haze: I Love Sex". When I look at the sultry brunette star, I know exactly what she means!
Lights, camera, and plenty of action:
Of course, my monthly tour of the ERWA site is anything but exhaustive. I just try to hit the hightlights, but there's much, much more for you to explore, if you have the time. And if we really can't satisfy you (as unlikely as that seems), click over to our portfolio of links, where we can direct you to erotic art and photo sites, story sites, animation sites, porn portals, whatever you're looking for.
Well, all good (or should I say bad?) things must come to an end, and so I'll bid you adieu for this month. Next month brings us October and Halloween, my absolute favorite holiday. I'm already dreaming about the naughty costume I'll wear this year. Maybe I'll keep it simple and wear nothing but a gray necktie...
Till then, I remain
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012
From the Erotica Readers & Writers Association