We read a lot of submissions, folks. Really. A helluva lot. We’re lucky, because we love reading sex scenes, and we do receive a great deal of good work. But sometimes, we come across well-penned sex scenes that just aren’t for us.
This is a very personal thing. It’s to do with our aesthetic, rather than a clear judgment of “good” or “bad.” If a scene is too flowery with language, for instance, or uses words that we find distancing (like “penis” or “member” or “vagina” — words that aren’t part of our preferred aesthetic), or if the scene is slushy or romantic in a chintzy kind of way, it’s easy for us to press the “reject” button.
So what sort of sex writing do we love?
In a word, edgy.
If you’re over 18 (the rest of this post is adults only reading, folks) take a look at this excerpt from Zoe More‘s “Our Courtship, Our Romance,” in Femme Fatale (which is still our bestseller — it has a full five stars on both Amazon and B&N, which totally wows us). I think the following lines are even more fun if I don’t give you the context…
“I love to decorate my chamber with their flesh, their sighs, their screams. Draping one across a settee and softly pressing her breasts to mine; pounding another into the pianoforte, my thrusts fisting her spine into the stained ivory; and then the quick slap of a blushing face peeking out from behind the velvet portieres. They are lovely, and they are mine.” To read more, you can find Femme Fatale: Erotic Tales of Dangerous Women at our online store, or at Amazon, or at Barnes&Noble.
We also love sexual fantasy. We know that can be just as hot as a sex scene itself. In Alison Tyler‘s “Those Girls,” for instance, Sandy, a bisexual male dom, fantasizes about the gossip columnist, Vanessa, who he has just been being punished beneath his whip:
“I had that flash again. Blue porcelain bowl on my black-and-white tiled floor. Vanessa naked in only a collar licking champagne from the bowl. I started to tell her. I started to explain, watching her body as the climax built within her.” You can find Those Girls at our online store, Amazon, or Barnes&Noble.
In “Compassion’s Seed,” my story from As the Bishop Said to the Actress, my bishop also fantasizes…but his fantasy takes place in a less forgiving environment. (And this is another thing we love. Erotica that gives voice to the “taboo”):
“Lost, the bishop continued his clumsy sermon, trying not to stare at the woman in blue. But it was no use. As the woman took a seat in the front pew, he imagined her falling to her knees and taking his sex in her hands and mouth. She’d suckle him hard, rubbing and licking, hands as busy as her eager lips, and when he climaxed in this vision, he felt it vividly–his hips bucking in pleasure as he came so plentifully that her mouth overflowed…” You can find As the Bishop Said to the Actress at our online store, on Amazon, or Barnes&Noble.
Just a taster (pun intended.) But what about you? Do you have any quotes that show us your own erotic aesthetic, or one that you love? We’d be pleased to read them, so feel free to comment below. Plus, if you quote your own stories and they happen to be posted or published (bravo!), you can always leave a link, of course, so that we can visit your page.