My first attempt at editing an anthology came out last week. When my co-editor, Mary Trepanier, and I first sent out the call for submissions, I didn’t know what to expect. And, I’ve been asked by friends who know I write erotica, “Why vampire erotica?” My answer is, “Why Not?”
This project started with a discussion about how we’d like to find a home for some of our current work. When Mary and I figured out that we both had vampire stories looking for placement, we decided to put together an anthology. Mary is a writer and professional editor, and I have a degree in journalism. We’ve both been writing erotica for a while and figured we could work our way through the hoops and hurdles involved. We jumped in, and Blood in the Rain is the result. I thought we’d receive a handful of stories and have to resort to begging our friends to write something for us. We got WAY more than that. In fact, we got so many submissions we had to create an elaborate excel spread sheet to track them all. One thing is clear, people love reading and writing about vampires!
After many hours of reading some incredibly awesome pieces, we picked fifteen other stories that were erotic in different ways. We ended up with an eclectic mix–it’s not all straight, or all gay, or all BDSM. Instead, we went for stories that moved us or stayed with us after the initial reading. We turned down stories we really liked but just didn’t fit the overall mix or were too much like other stories we liked ‘just a little more for some reason.’ Editing an anthology is incredibly subjective, and I totally get that some readers will love some of the stories we included while hating others. Such is the nature of anthologies. I’m okay with that.
It’s always a big thrill to see a new story published. For me it’s no so much as seeing my name in print as it’s seeing my story in print. The notion that people are out there, holding a book in their hands and (hopefully) enjoying a story I wrote is exciting. It’s even more so when that story is sandwiched in amongst a bunch of other fabulous tales. I have had the time to read the entire collection, and I promise you there is something for anyone who enjoys a little bit of spanking, rope play, flogging and pain-induced pleasure.
I knew I wanted to write something for Slave Girls the second I saw D.L. King’s call for submissions. It took me a couple of long, hot, steamy showers to come up with a concept I liked because I tend to write a lot of dominant female characters. I’ve been told that I’m really a “sadistic reaction junkie”, so maybe that’s why. I like to challenge myself by writing all manner of characters–male, female, trans, submissive, dominant, disabled, dorky, annoying, flirty. Taking on a story featuring a “slave girl”, the only requirement being there would be a submissive female in the story, was a lot of fun even if it was a bit out of my usual comfort zone. Being a writer means exploring those zones and pushing the boundaries.
I always like my characters to go through some sort of change, so I picked a scenario where a dominant female is placed in a situation where she has to submit. Not anything non-consensual, but the notion that she has to force herself to submit. Fiona has promised to do so after losing a bet to her best friend, someone she has co-dommed with upon occasion, and not her love interest. It’s an act of will on her part, and I don’t think she’ll ever be the same again.
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It’s finally here. Yay! That this is the first story I’ve written with homo-erotic elements makes it extra exciting for me. Most of the stories I’ve had published have been pretty much straight hetero and mostly vanilla. Okay, Birthday Boy, (Cheeky Spanking Stories) has a touch of Discipline in it, but is still pretty tame. Being a cis-female, I have focused almost all of my stories on the female characters in my story. They are virtually all female POV, so this was a fun stretch for me. The thing is, this is an AWESOME collection of stories. So, it’s worth getting if you want some quick hot moments over the next few weeks. 69 stories that are likely to get you off in many happy ways. (Disclosure: Click the link below to purchase, and I actually might make a couple of pennies.)
If you live in the Bay area, check this reading out! No, I won’t be there, but ten of the other authors will be–it sure sounds like fun. I love going to author readings because you get to hear their voice and how they punctuate and stress their words. Sometimes it changes how I experience a story completely.
From a review on Amazon:
In the foreword of this hefty anthology, Barbara Carrellas writes: “Orgasm is an adventure, a surprise. No matter how many orgasms you’ve had–or how few–the potential for new and different orgasms is just one erotic encounter away.”
This collection of short, powerful stories, each under 1,200 words, shows how many different routes there are to the ultimate goal of climax and release. There are stories by relatively well-known erotic writers and by newbies in the field, but each of these stories is a polished gem of condensed excitement. Here are stories about long-married couples reviving the spark of their honeymoon, sex workers and their clients, same-sex couples, gender-bending threesomes, near-strangers getting to know each other in ways that will never be repeated, and solitary masturbators.
In “Hard Knocks” by Malin James, a woman tells her boyfriend: “You absolutely cannot make someone come just by spanking them.” He responds to this challenge by showing her that spanking alone, done with enough skill, can indeed lead to orgasm. In “Book Lover” by Donna George Storey, a woman has a tryst in a bookstore, where she is pushed over the edge by the smell of a well-used book. In “Beer and Orgasms” by Jeremy Edwards, a woman is only able to let herself orgasm when she can no longer resist the urge to pee; her understanding boyfriend arranges for her to do this without ruining the furniture.
Several of these stories involve the orgasmic stimulus of music. In “All You Do Is Play” by Annabeth Leong, a clever woman shows her musician lover how to “play” in more than one sense. In “Piano Man” by A.M. Hartnett, a male musician brings a female fan to ecstasy after his performance before they have even left the club. In the more over-the-top “By the Beat” by T. Fox Dunham, “Mr. Wolf” helps “Ms. Peacock” to reach orgasm with the help of a metronome, a relentless device that can’t lose its rhythm.