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January 27, 6:30-8 pm
READING AND EROTICA ADVICE WITH DONNA GEORGE STOREY
Join me and Orgasmic contributor Donna George Storey as we read some of our favorite erotica and share erotic writing advice. Free! Free French toast/maple bacon, sea salt caramel and peppermint patty cupcakes will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis!
Good Vibrations, 2504 San Pablo Avenue (at Dwight Way), Berkeley, CA
January 28, 7:30 pm
READING WITH VIOLET BLUE AT BOOKSMITH
Gotta Have It editor and superstar author and editor Violet Blue read along with Orgasmic contributors Susie Hara, Dusty Horn and Donna George Storey! Storey’s “Anal-yzed” also appears in Gotta Have It. Books will be available for sale and signing. Free vegan Aztec Chocolate & Banana Maple cupcakes, as well as non-vegan Peanut Butter Kiss cupcakes will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis!
Booksmith, 1644 Haight Street, San Francisco, CA
February 1, 7 pm
COCO DE MER READING
Join me along with Eden Bradley (The Lovers), Pamela Madsen (Shameless) and Oriana Small, aka Ashley Blue (Girlvert) for a night of hot readings and free champagne and cupcakes in this beautiful setting!
At Coco de Mer, 8618 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
Gotta Have I: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex will be in bookstores by the third week of January! Very exciting. Stay tuned here for the hot book trailer, which will debut at the end of the month, and will feature many of the contributors. Readings are in the works and there will be excerpts and more.
Author Bios (in order of appearance in the book)
Heather Lin‘s erotic fiction can be found at FortheGirls.com, TheEroticWoman.com, and in the altruistic ebook, Coming Together: Al Fresco. She has also been a semi-finalist in two Bettersex.com erotic fiction contests, and she just signed a contract with New Concepts Publishing for her first ebook. Visit http://heatherlin88.blogspot.com for updates.
Jeremy Edwards is the author of the erotocomedic novel Rock My Socks Off. His libidinous short stories have been widely published online, as well as in over forty anthologies. Readers can drop in on him unannounced (and thereby catch him in his underwear) at www.jeremyedwardserotica.com.
Andrea Dale’s stories appear in Fairy Tale Lust, Alison’s Wonderland, Sweet Love, and The Sweetest Kiss. With coauthors, she has sold novels A Little Night Music (Sarah Dale) and Cat Scratch Fever (Sophie Mouette). What she lacks in brevity, she makes up for in wit. Visit her at www.cyvarwydd.com.
Isabelle Gray is a writer with many names whose writing appears in many fine collections including Bedding Down, Fast Girls, Please Ma’am, Yes Sir, and more.
Fiona Young-Brown has traveled the world and has now settled (for the time being) in the US. She is a freelance writer and editor.
Sometime in 2009, Madeline Elayne was devastated to find that she’d run out of new kinky smut to read, and so decided to try writing her own. Being a masochist, now she can’t figure out how to stop.
Angela Caperton‘s eclectic erotica spans many genres, including romance, horror, fantasy and what she calls contemporary-with-a-twist. Look for her stories published with Cleis, Circlet Press, Drollerie Press, eXtasy Books, and in the indie magazine Out of the Gutter. Visit Angela at http://www.angelacaperton.com and http://blog.angelacaperton.com.
Evan Mora is a recovering corporate banker living in Toronto. Her work can be found in Best Lesbian Erotica 2009, Best Lesbian Romance 2009 & 2010, Where the Girls Are, The Sweetest Kiss: Ravishing Vampire Erotica, Girl Crush, Please, Sir: Erotic Stories of Female Submission and Spank!
Shanna Germain owns some fantastic boots, but she’s never taught Catholic school. Her writing has appeared in places like Best American Erotica, Best Bondage Erotica, Best Gay Romance, Best Lesbian Erotica, Dirty Girls and Please, Sir. Put your feet on her virtual desk at www.shannagermain.com.
Pop-cult writer Michael A. Gonzales has written for Stop Smiling, The Village Voice, High Times and New York magazine. A former New York Press columnist, he has written erotic fiction for Brown Sugar 2: Great One-Night Stands edited by Carol Taylor and Bunnie 2: Voyeurism. He lives in Brooklyn.
Salome Wilde is the unsubtle pen name of an academic enjoying midlife writing of literary smut. She has published stories in Susie Bright’s Best American Erotica 2006 and X: The Erotic Treasury, The Mammoth Book Of Best New Erotica 10, Rachel Kramer Bussel’s Sex and Candy and Please Sir anthologies, among other print and online publications. Wilde is currently working on a collection entitled The Secret Sex Lives of Inanimate Objects.
Tigress Healy’s work is featured in Zane’s Succulent: Chocolate Flava II, Purple Panties, Missionary No More: Purple Panties 2, and on LezGetReal.com and Kuma2.net. She is a creative writing instructor at a state college, and has a background in English and Behavioral Science. Her website is at www.tigresshealy.com.
Daniel Burnell has published stories at Fishnet Magazine, Mainstream Erotica, and The Coming Together As One Anthology among other places.
Shane Allison is the editor of Hot Cops, Backdraft, Hard Working Men and College Boys. His book Slut Machine is out from Rebel Satori Press. When he’s not pumping out the sex, he’s hard at work on his collages.
Jennifer Peters is the associate editor of Penthouse Forum and Girls of Penthouse and a contributing editor to Penthouse Magazine, where she writes the monthly Pet Projects column. Her work has appeared in several places under numerous names, but her favorite bylines use her real name, among them her story “People in Glass Hotels,” which appears in Rachel Kramer Bussel’s Peep Show.
Tara Young recently realized her longtime dream of living in Louisiana. By night, she edits articles for a daily newspaper, and by later at night, she edits manuscripts for a lesbian publishing company. Her short stories appear in Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2008 and Wetter.
Sylvia Lowry divides her time between Minneapolis and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Paris. She writes about sex with an enthusiastic fusion of elegance and unbridled explicitness. Privately, she adores long draughts of straight Glenmorangieand the keen, open exploration of both the literary and the erotic. Her work has appeared in Clean Sheets, the Erotic Woman, Black Heart Magazine, Scarlet, and the Cleis Press anthology Orgasmic.
Cecilia Tan is an award-winning writer of erotic fiction in many forms including novels, short stories, serials, and microfictions. Her work has appeared in Best American Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica, Nerve, Ms., Penthouse, and many many other places. She writes about her many passions, from tea to baseball, from her home in the Boston area.
Elizabeth Daniels is a former reporter and teacher. Her erotic short fiction has appeared in several e-zines and in the ERWA anthology CREAM. She is a member of the RWA and the ERWA.
Elle is the erotic alter ego of one grown and sexy best-selling author. She is currently working onthe ELLE Series, an elegant, luxuriously lustful erotic collection of sultry adventures, written forwomen of a certain age who are looking for a private and oh so pleasurable, I’ve-got-a-secret reading experience. The I.O.U., The Gift, and The List, presented by Zane and published by Simon and Schuster,will be in bookstores in 2011.
Mike Kimera was raised as an Irish Catholic living in England and nowworks as a management consultant living in Switzerland. At the age offorty three he started writing stories about sex and lust and the
things they do to us and ten years later he’s still at it. Mike hashad stories included in sixteen anthologies and has published one bookof stories, Writing Naked. The title story won the Rauxa prize forErotic Fiction in 2005. “Toying with Lily” was short-listed for theJohn Preston Short Fiction Award in 2008
Carmel Lockyer writes and edits erotic fiction. She used to be a model and spent three years as an agony aunt for nudists. Her work has appeared recently in Scarlet Magazine, several Mammoth anthologies, the Black Lace anthologies and Xcite books.
Cole Riley is the writer of several street classics,including The Devil To Pay, Rough Trade, Harlem Confidential and Guilty As Sin. His erotica and reviews have been featured on several websites. He is the editor of the anthology, Making The Hook-Up.
Erica Rivera is the author of Insatiable: A Young Mother’s Struggle with Anorexia (Berkley, 2009). Her writing has also appeared in the Star Tribune, the Voices of Breast Cancer anthology and the forthcoming Let Them Eat Crepes anthology. Rivera lives in Minnesota with her two daughters. She blogs at http://www.maneaterbook.com.
Thomas S. Roche is a widely published writer of short stories and a blogger for Techyum.com and WriteSex.net. His debut novel, a hard-boiled zombie apocalypse entitled The Panama Laugh, will be released in September, 2011. Find out more at http://www.thomasroche.com.
Jen Cross’ writing has appeared in more than thirty anthologies and periodicals, including make/shift, Tasting Her, Visible: A Femmethology, Best Sex Writing 2008, Nobody Passes, and many more. She tours with the Body Heat Femme Porn Tour and leads writing workshops in San Francisco and beyond. She blogs at www.writingourselveswhole.org.
Elizabeth Coldwell lives and writes in London. Her stories have appeared in anthologies including Peep Show, The Mile High Club, Do Not Disturb and Please Sir. She would like a number of other similar offences to be taken into consideration.
Kiki DeLovely is a queer femme performer/writer who has performed and lived all over the U.S., as well as internationally, and is now focusing on making her home in Durham, NC. She loves artichokes and taking on research for her writing. This is her first published story.
Elizabeth Hyder lives in Georgia with a dog and a bunch of Mexicans. Reading & writing erotica has been a hobby for far too long, and she should buckle down and write something serious one of these days but really? Is enjoying the whole erotica thing for now.
Sinclair Sexsmith runs the award-winning personal online writing project Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Gender, and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky Queer Butch Top at sugarbutch.net. With work published in various anthologies and websites, including the Best Lesbian Erotica series, Mr. Sexsmith writes, teaches, and performs. More information on her at mrsexsmith.com.
Teresa Noelle Roberts writes romantic erotica and erotic romance for horny people who believe in love. Her short fiction has appeared in Best of Best Women’s Erotica 2; Orgasmic; Spanked; Best Bondage Erotica 2011; and other anthologies with provocative titles. Her newest paranormal menage romance is Foxes’ Den (Samhain).
Shashauna P. Thomas has always been an avid reader and writer of erotica. Graduating from two prestigious universities with a BA in Psychology and Anthropology before returning to the Bronx where she was born and raised. She’s currently working on a number of stories she hopes to get published in the near future.
Cate Ellink is embarking on the journey towards publication. This story, “Pain Surfer,” was entered into a contest and made top 10–the only success to date. Catelives near the beach in Australia, and keeps her eye on surfers.
Christen Clifford is a writer and performer in New York. Find her @cd_clifford or christenclifford.com.
A reformed journalist, Maximilian Lagos only truly felt at home when he merged his writing talents with another of his passions: sex and sexuality. Max is a polyamorous, pansexual married man, the doting father of two children and lives in Toronto, Canada.
Rachel Kramer Bussel (rachelkramerbussel.com) is a New York-based author, editor, blogger and event organizer. She is Senior Editor at Penthouse Variations, columnist for SexIs Magazine, and editor of over 30 anthologies, including Best Bondage Erotica 2011, Passion, Orgasmic, Fast Girls, Spanked, Bottoms Up, The Mile High Club, Crossdressing and Best Sex Writing 2008, 2009, and 2010. She writes widely about sex, dating, pop culture and books, and is the co-founding editor of the blog Cupcakes Take the Cake.
Matt Conklin writes on a wide variety of topics, but always returns to sex of the most sordid sort. His stories have been published in several erotic anthologies.
Editor of Where the Girls Are, The Sweetest Kiss, Spank and Carnal Machines, D.L. King also publishes the review site, Erotica Revealed. Find her stories in Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica, Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, Sweet Love, Please, Ma’am, Fast Girls and Sex in the City: New York, among others. She’s published two novels. Find her at http://www.dlkingerotica.com.
Kristina Wright (kristinawright.com) lives in Virginia with her husband Jay and her son Patrick. She is the editor of the anthologies Fairy Tale Lust and Demon Lover and her short fiction has appeared in over eighty anthologies. She holds degrees in English and humanities and teaches college level composition and mythology.
Vampirique Dezire is the cheeky pen name chosen by this 41-year-old Australian who by day is a homemaker and by night, writes Erotica, which has been a hobby for her for the past 10 years until she retired from work six months ago to take on writing full time.
Denise Hoffner lives in No. California with her renaissance man of a son, dog, cat and gecko. She is a writer, crossing guard, census worker, stand-up comic, massage therapist and…(don’t tell anyone) a lawyer. She’s really excited to be part of this project!
Valerie Alexander is a novelist and freelance writer who lives in Arizona. Her work has been previously published in Best Lesbian Erotica and Best of Best Women’s Erotica.
Monocle started writing erotic fiction in the late 1980′s to name the demons and succubi dancing in his head since adolescence. He resides in the Northeastern United States, resembles virtually no one in any of his stories, and wears two corrective lenses rather than one.
Burton Lawrence is a professional playwright in his other life. He has a lifelong fondness for science fiction and was raised on the greats like Asimov, Heinlein and enjoyed growing up in the subsequent blossoming of the genre. He cherishes modest collection of Ace Doubles from the 50’s and 60’s.
Jacqueline Applebee (writing-in-shadows.co.uk) is a black bisexual British woman, who breaks down barriers with smut. Jacqueline’s stories have appeared in anthologies including Best Women’s Erotica, Best of Best Women’s Erotica 2, and Best Lesbian Erotica. Jacqueline has penned Erotic Brits; a sexy tour around the U.K and Ireland.
Emerald‘s erotic fiction has been published in anthologies edited by Violet Blue, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Jolie du Pre, and Alison Tyler as well as at various erotic websites. She lives in Maryland and serves as an activist for reproductive freedom and sex workers’ rights. Find her online at www.thegreenlightdistrict.org.
Effie Merryl is originally from North East England but now lives in the Scottish Highlands. With successes in flash fiction and short stories, she has been published in many magazines and ezines. Having left public service after twenty years, she now spends her time writing fiction and reinventing herself.
Penelope Friday hates writing bios because she never knows how to describe what she writes about. Her particular strengths are erotic fiction, and articles on disability issues – but she also writes sci fi, romance, Regency Period articles, and many other things. Her website is http://penelopefriday.viviti.com and she blogs at http://www.t5m.com/penelope-friday.
Elise Hepner has published with Excessica Publishing. She lives with her husband, spastic cat, and kleptomaniac ferret in Maryland. You can find her at her blog: http://celise91writer.blogspot.com/
Mike Bruno is a flight attendant, a massage therapist, and a greeting card designer who recently completed his first novel and is hard at work on his second, a mermaid murder mystery. After misspending his youth in San Francisco, he now lives with his husband in Colorado.
Kirsty Logan has had a few piercings, but none below the waist (yet). She writes in The Rumpus, Clean Sheets, Filthy Gorgeous Things, Best Lesbian Erotica 2011 and Best Women’s Erotica 2011. She lives in Scotland with her girlfriend. Say hello at kirstylogan.com.
Geneva King (www.genevaking.com) has stories appearing in over a dozen anthologies including: Ultimate Lesbian Erotica 2009, Ultimate Undies, Caramel Flava, Peep Show, and Travelrotica for Lesbians 1 & 2.
Donna George Storey is the author of Amorous Woman, a steamy, semi-autobiographical tale of an American woman’s love affair with Japan. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Penthouse, Best American Erotica, and The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica. Read more of her work at www.DonnaGeorgeStorey.com.
Kate Pearce was born into a large family of girls in England, and spent much of her childhood living happily in a dream world. She is published by NAL Signet Eclipse, Kensington Aphrodisia, Ellora’s Cave, Cleis Press and Virgin Black Lace/Cheek.
Though Craig Sorensen has recently turned his focus to novel length works, he still appreciates the joy of a nice quickie. His short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies and periodicals. Visit him at just-craig.blogspot.com.
Anya Levin is the author of numerous erotic short fiction stories, most of which star fearless women who aren’t afraid to go after whatever — and whoever — they desire. Her stories run the gamut from contemporary fiction to tales with speculative elements. She lives in southeastern Pennsylvania.
Giselle Renarde is a proud Canadian, supporter of the arts, and activist for women’s and LGBT rights. For information on Giselle and her work, visit her website at www.freewebs.com/gisellerenarde/ or her blog at donutsdesires.blogspot.com. Ms. Renarde lives across from a park with two bilingual cats who sleep on her head.
Helia Brookes enjoys wrestling with words, and even winning sometimes. Among her favorite things are books, animals, weather, and food, but she has enough interests to overfill many lifetimes. She’s previously been published at The Erotic Woman. Visit her at HeliaBrookes.blogspot.com.
Heidi Champa has been published in numerous anthologies including Best Women’s Erotica 2010, Playing With Fire, Frenzy and Ultimate Curves. She has also steamed up the pages of Bust Magazine. If you prefer your erotica in electronic form, she can be found at Clean Sheets, Ravenous Romance, Oysters and Chocolate and The Erotic Woman. Find her online at heidichampa.blogspot.com.
Maria See Maria See is a Brooklyn native living in San Francisco. She is currently working on a collection of erotic stories titled The Only One. She can be contacted at email@example.com.
Lolita Lopez writes deliciously naughty romantic and erotic tales in various genres. When not writing, she’s hanging out with her kiddo, loving on her husband, or chasing after their big, blubbering Great Dane, Bosley. You can find Lo’s latest releases at www.lolitalopez.com.
Kay Jaybee wrote the erotic anthologies, Quick Kink (Xcite e-books, to be published in 2010), and The Collector (Austin & Macauley, 2008).A regular contributor to http://www.oystersandchocolate.com,Kay also has stories published by Cleis Press, Black Lace, Xcite, Mammoth, and Penguin. Details of her work can be found at http://www.kayjaybee.me.uk
Jordana Winters is a Canadian writer of women’s erotica. Jordana’s work has appeared in Afternoon Delight, Oysters & Chocolate, Frenzy, Ultimate Sex, Best Women’s Erotica, Sex & Seduction, and Uniform Sex, and online at Tassels & Tales, A Woman’s Goodnight, Lucrezia, Forbidden Publications, The Erotic Woman, Ruthie’s Club, and Oysters & Chocolate.
Mercy Loomis graduated from college one class short of an accidental certificate in Folklore. She has a BA in Psychology, but don’t hold that against her. Her favorite pastimes include road trips and studying ancient history. See what she’s up to and find links to her other work at www.mercyloomis.com.
Sommer Marsden is the author of Lucky 13, Hard Lessons, Calendar Girl, Learning To Drown, among others. She currently writes for Excessica, Xcite, Pretty Things Press and Ellora’s Cave. Her work has appeared in nearly one hundred erotica anthologies. Visit her at sommermarsden.blogspot.com .
Award winning author Kathleen Bradean’s stories can be found in The Best of Best Women’s Erotica 2010 (Cleis), The Sweetest Kiss (Cleis), The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 9 (Running Press), Zane’s Sensuality – Caramel Flava II (Atria), Broadly Bound (Phaze), Where the Girls Are (Cleis), Coming Together Against the Odds (Coming Together), and Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades (Lethe Press). She blogs weekly for Oh Get A Grip, and reviews erotica monthly at EroticaRevealed.Com and Erotica-Readers.Com. KathleenBradean.Blogspot.com
Robert Peregrine is a painter, performer, and soundscape artist from Birmingham, Alabama. His writing has been included in erotica anthologies in the US and the UK.
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Introduction: Short, Sweet and Totally Sexy
Seven-Letter Word Heather Lin
No Blame, No Shame Jeremy Edwards
Wasn’t It Good? Andrea Dale
The Things a Woman Will Make a Man Do for Her Isabelle Gray
Special Collections Fiona Curtis
Wonderland Madeline Elayne
Red Light Angela Caperton
My Femme Evan Mora
Genesis Shanna Germain
Serious Moonlight Michael A. Gonzales
Too Wondrous to Measure Salome Wilde
Hors d’Oeuvre Stan Kent
Missed Connection Tigress Healy
Ties That Bind Daniel Burnell
Eat Me Marina Saint
Jarret Shane Allison
Lucky Number Fifty-One Jennifer Peters
Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Tara Young
Spunk Sylvia Lowry
Time Cecilia Tan
Dining in the Dark Elizabeth Daniels
Need-Leash Mike Kimera
Crushed Satin Organza Carmel Lockyer
Not on the Mouth Cole Riley
Hot Buns on a Sunday Afternoon Erica Rivera
Feel the Burn Thomas S. Roche
Trixie Jen Cross
Police Dogging Elizabeth Coldwell
Tip Me Kiki DeLovely
Marxist Theory Elizabeth Hyder
The Dirty Things She Says Sinclair Sexsmith
Laughter in Hades Teresa Noelle Roberts
The Quick Stop Shashauna P. Thomas
Pain Surfer Cate Ellink
After Ten Years Christen Clifford
Over His Shoulder Maximilian Lagos
Manners Rachel Kramer Bussel
Veronica’s Ass Matt Conklin
Punishment Befitting the Crime D. L. King
Lies Kristina Wright
A Forced Witness Vampirique Dezire
Concensus Denise Hoffner
Don’t Struggle Valerie Alexander
Intercept Burton Lawrence
Not a Bang, but a Whimper Jacqueline Applebee
Hands Free Effie Merryl
Remembering the Wrinkles Penelope Friday
Leaves Elise Hepner
The Copilot Mike Bruno
Pierced Kirsty Logan
Last-Time Lesbian Geneva King
Anal-yzed Donna George Storey
Independence Day Kate Pearce
Going Bald Craig J. Sorensen
Continuing Education Anya Levin
Meet Me in the Kitchen Giselle Renarde
Over the Line Helia Brookes
Not Just a Myth Heidi Champa
Hunger Maria See
The Tipping Point Lolita Lopez
The Advantage of Working from Home Kay Jaybee
For Dessert Jordana Winters
Good Neighbors Mercy Loomis
Laugh Sommer Marsden
A Good Stiff One Kathleen Bradean
Vacation Pictures Robert Peregrine
Introduction: Short, Sweet and Totally Sexy
Everyone needs a break from his or her everyday life sometimes, and what better way to escape than with a short story that gets right to the point? The authors of the sixty-nine stories you hold in your hand understand exactly how to pique your interest and get you off , and they do it all in 1,200 words or less. You don’t need long to get drawn into the drama, tension and lust.
I received close to three hundred submissions for this collection, more than I ever have before, and I think that’s because no one, writer or reader alike, can resist a short story that seduces instantaneously. These stories aren’t all about quickie sex, though there’s plenty of that. There are strangers who meet and know right away they must have each other, neighbors, travel mates, coworkers and long-term couples such as those in “After Ten Years” and “Remembering the Wrinkles” who are looking for ways to hold on to that spark. There are stories of sex in libraries, vacation sex and lots of outdoor sex—in the rain, in the street, all over. There are lovers with pecan rolls dripping in caramel, and meals where lovers feast on nothing but each other. There are even a few stories with no actual sex in them at allæyou’ll have to hunt those down and see why anticipation can be the sexiest act of all.
There’s humor, kink, flirtation, Godzilla, missed connections, sex toys, and one very bold census taker. But I don’t want to take up too much of your time that could be better spent getting intimately acquainted with these short but incredibly sexy stories. I hope you will savor them, read them aloud and return to your favorites again and again. Because all of us have a few minutes set aside for a quickie, don’t we?
Rachel Kramer Bussel
New York City