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Shameless Behavior: Erotica Review from Mia Hopkins

Y0Z_2e4m33EA1AikWpFA3-bZSIG04gM4mLkjj_vZJYkWe woke up to a delightful tweet this morning from Go Deeper author Mia Hopkins of Dirty Little Numbers fame, who has reviewed our erotic anthology, Shameless Behavior: Brazen Stories of Overcoming Shame. Her fabulous review opens like this:

“Sometimes kink feels like sex distilled, the depth of sexuality packed into a word, a gesture, a mood.”

With this line, contributing author Laurel Isaac distills the flavor of Shameless Behavior, a fantastic collection of short stories edited by Lana Fox and published by Go Deeper Press.    

Indeed, kink abounds.  In “Cutter” by Beth Wyatt, a Tom Hardy-esque MMA fighter with a penchant for domination meets a meek shopgirl who regularly retreats into the restroom with a packet of razors. “Stay” by Rion Woolf is a hot trans story about giving and receiving, big secrets and big surprises.  Isaac’s “Holding” is a tribute to watersports that ends in a fun crescendo… [read the full review.]

Incidentally, Mia also has a story coming out in Delilah Devlin’s Cowboy Heat (Cleis Press). Looks like a really fun anthology! Watch that space…

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“To Write What Turns Me On” – An Interview with Laila Blake (Part 1)

Author, Laila Blake

Author, Laila Blake

1. Laila, we’re thrilled to have published you in Shameless Behavior: Brazen Stories of Overcoming Shame. Why do you enjoy writing erotic stories?

Most of my day-to-day writing isn’t erotic, in fact, I’ve spent the last few months working on a very tame, contemporary YA manuscript. My other novels usually contain erotic content to some degree, but the pacing of most of them simply doesn’t allow for more than one or two graphic scenes in the entire book. And it wouldn’t be completely true to say that this makes me sad – I like them the way they are, but I do sometimes feel like I’m leaving something out that is important to me and to the characters, but that really isn’t important in the story arc.

Erotic stories are the opposite – for a few thousand words, I don’t have to care about a broader plot. I get to compress two whole lives into usually a single scene centered on a sexual experience, and that is a lot of fun and a great way to unwind from the occassional drudgery of working through novels.

I also find it empowering. As a woman, I grew up in a culture that led to me to believe for most of my adolescence and early adult years that my sexuality was very narrowly defined by the sexual identities of the men I was with. I couldn’t express what I liked, what I fantasized about, I couldn’t even really fathom that I was really allowed to dislike something a guy liked, or like it in a different way.

By writing erotic stories, I get to do just that – I get to write what turns me on, or speculate about stuff that does it for others. I get to play around with concepts and practices, and reclaim my connection to not just my personal sexuality, but to connect with so many wonderful women who read and write erotic stories, too.

2. Who are some of your writing and erotic inspirations?

A few months after my first novel was published, I got a phone call from my ex-boxfriend. This had become a rarity, and I wasn’t exactly sure what was going on, until in his rambling way he asked whether our experiences together ended up in the book.

I wanted to say: “Well, buy it and effing read the book it you really want to know!” But instead I blushed, then I laughed and told him to check his ego. That was a lie, though–of course it was. Most of my ideas come from the people around me and the experiences I share with them, however filtered and removed the eventual story will be. My wonderful writing partner Lorrie is one of them, too. I know we both have played around with specifically writing stories to push the other’s buttons.

Just working with some of these wonderful editors inspires me to no end, as well as all these women who have been paving the way for us newer writers with such grace, dignity, and intelligence, women who show that writing erotica does not have to go along with a loss in quality.

3. Can you tell us a little about your story in Shameless Behavior: Brazen Stories of Overcoming Shame?

Of course, I’m happy to! “Doll-faced Demons” is the story of a lesbian couple visiting one of the women’s homophobic parents. Upset by their bigotry, the women trash her old room; they cut open plush toys, jump on the bed and fuck there in utter defiance of the juvenile, innocent image her family is trying to maintain of their daughter.

I tell it from the perspective of the visitor, shocked as she is when confronted in real life by what she has only ever heard about. That was my main inspiration for the piece, actually– that I, as a bisexual woman in the demographic in which I grew up, have never once faced any kind of discrimination for it. But I am still part of a community whose essential struggle I can only sympathize with, aid in, but never truly understand.

The second half of this interview will be published tomorrow!

ABOUT LAILA

Y0Z_2e4m33EA1AikWpFA3-bZSIG04gM4mLkjj_vZJYkYou can find Laila Blake at www.lailablake.com, where she lists her publications and blogs about writing and society. She also co-hosts the podcast Lilt.

Her social media haunts are pinterest and goodreads, but she also hangs out on twitter and she has a facebook page. For updates on new publications, there is also her newsletter, which she promises will be very sparing and unspammy.

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Interview with an Erotic Writer: Sommer Marsden

Sommer Marsden

Sommer Marsden

Today, we interview the talented, unapologetic Sommer Marsden, whose erotic story, “Echo Chamber,” appears in Shameless Behavior: Brazen Stories of Overcoming Shame. Enjoy!

1. Sommer, you are renowned for your gorgeous, hot erotica. Why do you enjoy writing erotic stories?

Well, first of all, thank you. You are good for the ego! However, to be honest, I have no idea. I accidentally stumbled over an erotic story online one day. I read the story and was surprised at how well written it was and how much I enjoyed it. Then, of course, I wondered if I could write something like it. The attempt to write erotica, adding the sex to my work, was like putting a key in a lock that I didn’t even know existed. Adding the sex to the mix was the shift in my writing that took me from a “kinda writer” to a full-time writer. I have no idea why. It’s just how it happened for me. With sex in the equation, I’ve found I can write just about anything.

2. Who are some of your inspirations in the genre?

The first erotic book I bought was Alison Tyler‘s Exposed. I’ll shame myself (or, as the old saying goes, tell the truth and shame the devil) by admitting that, before I started writing erotica, I never really read it. I’m bit of a backwards tale in the world of writing. I didn’t start reading erotica until after I’d sold a few pieces. After I inhaled Exposed, I went and bought Hurts So Good (edited by Alison Tyler). In that volume, I discovered a lot of fabulous writers. There are so many writers who inspire me, but beyond AT, off the top of my head, I always make a beeline for stories written by Justine Elyot and Vida Bailey (who does not write a lot, but what she writes is worth the wait). Those are just a few!

3. Can you tell us a little about your story” Echo Chamber” in Shameless Behavior: Brazen Stories of Overcoming Shame?

I know some people have issues with ‘loud sex,’ and I imagined it would make it worse if you had one of those lovers who made you feel bad about it. I think we’ve all had a lover who’s made us feel bad about something. Lucky for her, my heroine meets up with a new lover who wants her to make a ruckus about it– if it feels good, let me know. And he decides that the acoustics in the bathroom might be exactly what she needs to really whoop it up. It was a fun story to write. Sometimes noisy is good. Really good.

4. Why do you think erotica can be so important for society?

To me, erotica is all about human connection. Understanding each other in the barest, most human way. And I think most of us could do with a little more human connection. Especially nowadays. So much of what we do is removed from the personal element. We “communicate” from behind keyboards so much now. My hope for most of my stories is that people will read them and be inspired to seek out that intimate, human connection. Nothing would make me happier than to think of my stories inspiring a supremely intimate moment…or three.

5. Can you let us know of any other books/stories that you have in the works at the moment? Any forthcoming publications? And how can we get hold of them?

Right now I’m working on two totally different things. I’m putting the final touches on the final book from my Divination Falls male/male shifter series. So, I have two very volatile, attractive shifter types having hot gay sex. And then, on the other hand, I am putting the finishing titles on a book for Ellora’s Cave that’s a fun, hot hetero tale of modern love–no title decided on yet. The Divination Falls book will be available from Xcite, probably late 2013, early 2014. The other title will be (fingers crossed) out with Ellora’s Cave in 2014. In December, I also have the U.S. release of Restless Spirit coming out with Sourcebooks Casablanca and a dystopian novel titled Hollow Men coming out with Resplendence Publishing. Very different kinds of novels, but both are very hot and loaded with that human connection I spoke of. I aim to please!

6. Do you have any advice about writing great sex scenes?

Keep it as honest as possible. Leave out all the acrobatics and focus on the intimacy. It can be sizzling or funny or even sad. Just focus a little less on the mechanics and a little more on the emotion, and you might be surprised at how scorching the final product is.

7. Anything else you’d love to let us know, such as your website, your social media handles?

Oh, that’s easy squeezy. My blog is called Unapologetic Fiction and can be found here http://sommermarsden.blogspot.com. I’m on Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, and Pinterest. My Amazon page is at amazon.com/author/sommermarsden. And that’s all of it! I think….

Out now! Click the pic for Amazon.

Out now! Click the pic for Amazon.

Sommer, you’re a star! Thanks for a fabulous interview. And folks, if you’d like to read Sommer’s “Echo Chamber” along with erotic stories from other super-talented authors, you can order Shameless Behavior: Brazen Stories of Overcoming Shame here:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

GDP

Also, Con, Book 1: You Can Play It Safe When You’re Dead will soon be free no longer! Download this brazen story of twin con artists, for $0, while you still can….

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An Interview with Erotic Writer Beth Wyatt

Beth Wyatt, author of Cutter

Beth Wyatt, author of Cutter

You’re going to be really proud that you know who Beth Wyatt is. She isn’t new to publishiing her work, but she is new to publishing her erotic writing–and it’s quite beautiful. Look forward to her powerful, steamy “Cutter” in “Shameless Behavior: Brazen Stories of Overcoming Shame.” Now enjoy her interview, won’t you?

1. We’re thrilled that you have joined us at Go Deeper Press.  Your story, Cutter, is beautiful, not to mention steamy.  Anyway, why did you become an erotic writer? We’d love to know…

Back in high school, I used to write “erotic thrillers” and share them with my friends. They were all the same–some female journalist stumbles across some secret that threatens her life and has lots of sex with the handsome cop assigned to protect her. They were awful, but I had fun writing them. It was a naughty thing to do, and it was something that set me apart from my classmates. In short, I was a teenage pornographer! But for some reason, I drifted away from erotica and focused on other genres as I got older. I’ve only recently found my way back thanks to my good friend and erotica writer, A.D.R. Forte. She gave me a lot of feedback on my story “Cutter” and encouraged me to submit it to GDP.

2. Can you give us an idea of what your story in “Shameless Behavior” is about?

It’s about an unhappy young woman who uses physical pain to ease her own emotional suffering. That need embarrasses her, and she tries to keep it hidden until she has a chance encounter with an equally wounded young man who needs to hurt someone as badly as she needs to be hurt. It’s a bit dark and sexy, but I think sex is always better with a bit of darkness. I hope readers will think so, too.

3. Is erotic writing something you enjoy? If so, why?

“Cutter” is the first piece of true erotica I’ve written as an adult, and it virtually wrote itself, which is a rare thing for me. I tend to write more “mainstream” stories, but there’s usually a strong sexual component to them. I think sex is such an integral part of the human experience that you can’t avoid it, no matter what genre you write in.

As far as enjoying the experience of writing erotica goes, I think that will come in time for me. Right now I’m a little too self conscious and keep getting in my own way.

4. How do you think our world would be different if there was less sexual shame and more sexual pride?

Coming this September!

Coming this September!

I think people would be happier in general. We externalize our shame and judge and punish other people who represent to us the parts of ourselves that we hate. By learning to love and accept ourselves, we learn to love and accept others. And if we’re no longer repressing our true sexual selves, we can have more and better sex. Who wouldn’t want that?

5. How do people respond when you tell them you’re an erotic writer? Do you have any stories about that?

Outside of my circle of writing friends, only my big sister knows. She’s a big fan of erotica, and she’s excited about my upcoming appearance in “Shameless Behavior.” I’m nervous about her reading my story for some reason, but I’ll get over it.

6. What advice might you give to a writer who wants to pen a great sex scene?

I really hate sex scenes where the writer just gives you a laundry list of actions the characters are performing without developing any emotional connection to the action. Sure, sex is a primal, physical act, but there’s a psychological component as well. For me, a well-written sex scene involves the brains and the hearts of the characters, not just their naughty bits.

Another thing, avoid weird euphemisms for sexual organs. Please no “love wands” or “squish mittens” or other weird phrases–unless they are in keeping with your character’s voice. If you’re free enough to write about sex, you should be brave enough to write about it clearly and plainly. Words like “pussy,” “dick,” “cunt” and “cock” are your friends.

“Shameless Behavior: Brazen Stories of Overcoming Shame” will launch in September 2013. To keep up to date with the launch, and also receive a free erotic e-book by Lana Fox, join our mailing list! (We never share your email and we don’t bombard.)

Beth Wyatt still lives in the same small Virginia town where she was born and raised. She pens her stories late at night, surrounded by cats and death metal music. She is currently working on her first novel.

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Coming Real Soon From GDP: Huddle: Sex With Sporty Queers

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I haven’t  been this excited about a queer anthology since Discontents: New Queer Writers, which was published in 1991 and edited by Dennis Cooper. Remember that one? Anyway, I don’t remember Discontents being stories exclusively about boys and men desiring, obsessing, and/or wanting to fuck other men—athletic men, usually big, butch, and burly men—and that’s what Huddle: Sex With Sporty Queers (Vol 1. Boys Varsity) is all about. But I do remember how striking and unforgettable each and every voice was in this Cooper anthology, and I’m proud to say that Huddle’s got tons of that. It’s amazing, and likely features some of your favorite authors, or writers who will soon become some your favorite authors: Dario Dalla Lasta,Benji Bright, Theophilia St. Claire, Tamsin Flowers, and Christopher Stoddard.

Huddle: Sex With Sporty Queers (Vol 1. Boys Varsity) will be available for purchase (almost) everywhere on August 5, 2013.

Thanks for supporting Go Deeper Press. If you’d like to browse our erotic, sex-positive e-books for brain and brawn, you can find our website here.

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“I Want to Hand a Copy to the Next Woman Who Thinks She Knows What Erotica is But Hasn’t a Clue…”

Available now from GDP!

Available now from GDP!

We’re always thrilled to receive reader reviews, especially when they’re as intelligent and glowing as Claudia McCoy’s.  (You can find her delightful and insightful Amazon reader review here.  Thank you so much, Claudia!).  And of course, as activists, we’re especially thrilled that Claudia wants to “hand a copy to the next woman who thinks she knows what erotica is but hasn’t a clue.”

Of course, we’re excited to hear what any of you think of the collection — or any of our books, for that matter.  So we’re offering you an incentive!  If you post a review on Amazon before the end of January 2013 (and of course, the review can be good, bad, or in between!) let us know who you are and we will email you a free Go Deeper e-book, with our thanks.  Claudia, of course, we’d like to email you your own free e-book.  So you, and other reviewers, can email us at “editors (at) godeeperpress.com.”

With feedback, we can work out what our readers really want.  And that, for us, is golden.  So thank you, Claudia, and thank you, all.

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Healing Erotica (Or Smut That Changed My Life)

I wrote a post for Spirituality & Health recently entitled “Healing Erotica,” in which I argue that erotic writing can be  therapeutic.  As a survivor of sexual trauma, I first took back my power when I started reading and writing erotica.  What many have dismissed as “smut” (and I’m thrilled to see us taking back that term!) has actually helped to heal my life.

The post speaks for itself, but I will add this:  You don’t have to have experienced sexual trauma in order to feel broken by sex.  In our society, lies about sex are used to shut us up, thwart our creativity, push us into powerlessness, silence who we are.  And as anyone who has suffered sexual difficulties will know, the social silence surrounding sex can make it hard to come out about sexual pain and receive the support we need.  After all, if you can’t talk about ecstatic sex, how on earth do you talk about sexual assault?

Erotica can give voice to us sexually, while also embracing us all as sexual beings.  Yet it has a reputation for being “frothy” and “superficial.”  Well, we’re not enemies of “frothy” at Go Deeper.  Frothy can be transformative too, and a helluva lot of fun.  But we also know how deep erotica can be.  Wanna explore how tying someone up can transform you?  Then you’ll adore Alison Tyler‘s novelette Those Girls.  Wanna consider how sexual longing can threaten to destroy us?  Then you’ll fall in love with Zoe More‘s paranormal Hunger.  And that’s not to mention the sublime talents of Georgia E. Jones, Abyssinia Grey, Maricia Verma, and a host of others who are publishing with GDP.

These stories are hot.  These stories are deep.

And that ain’t no contradiction.

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A Big Erotic Bang: Girls with Guns

I’ve always liked a girl with a gun in an erotic story.  It doesn’t matter whether she’s actually holding the weapon, or having it pointed towards her.  Either of these gives me a buzz every time.  Some might tell me it’s the phallic nature of the gun, and go all “Freud” on me by telling me that my fantasy is all about big, male cocks.  But these folks clearly haven’t heard about the size and shape of the clitoris…or the fact that, be they silicone, metal or flesh, girls can have cocks, too.

For me, it’s to do with the hardness of the gun against the softness of femme skin.  Skin that has lotions rubbed into it, skin that is warm and voluptuous.  Skin of hands and fingers, or chests and throats.  The possibility of power-play — how very BDSM.  For me, such fantasies are also about the fact that women can be fabulous with guns, whether escaping them or using them.  It’s indicates my wish that female aggression and/or vulnerability receive(s) a worthy metaphor.

So when I saw the cover of the new Xcite anthology on the left, (thanks to tinynibbles), I almost popped my clogs with delight.  And of course, our own femme fatale, who will be gracing our forthcoming anthology, (writers, here are the guidelines) is also all about the hard, metallic weapon. You can see her below.  Femme, yes.  Dangerous, yes.  Filled with penis envy?  No evidence, no win.

Metal, fire and precision?  The calm risk and aim?  The longing to submit?  Fingers so nimble they expertly squeeze a trigger?

That, my friends, is more likely.

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