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I Want to Hold Your Hand by Rachel Kramer Bussel
This story was very romantic. All Shelly really wanted to do was reconnect with her husband. While it had a strong erotic element, the story left a warm and fuzzy feeling inside by the time I finished it. Ron was eventually revealed to be the perfect husband that all husbands should be.Review of my book Obsessed, detailing each of the 19 stories, by The Long and the Short of It Reviews. That people like this story makes me happy because it is significantly more romantic and significantly less kinky/dirty than my usual writing style. (via rkb) Rachel Kramer Bussel
10. Sleazy Reads
Like to read books in bed? Snuggle up with some Best Lesbian Erotica 2012 this winter and you won’t even need the extra blanket. Your lesbian library need not go without these tantalizing tales of queer trysts. Edited by Kathleen Warnock, this book is the perfect gift for those of us who need some mental stimulation.
Bondage specifically is a really interesting topic. First of all, you can incorporate so many different material items. You can pretty much tie someone up with anything, so as erotica, I think that’s interesting. And the other part — what I’m most interested in, both personally and in writing — is the psychological side. Bondage especially lends itself to writing about the kinds of reasons that people want to be restrained or want to restrain someone else. When people can do that really well, it speaks to people who are into bondage, but it also speaks to a wider meaning, because it taps into so much more than just our sexual side — it taps into ideas about power and giving up power and who you’re willing to do that for and why. I really welcome the challenge with the Best Bondage Erotica series to incorporate as many points of view about that as I can. I’m editing Best Bondage Erotica 2013 right now (the deadline is May 1), and I always need more stories: more lesbian stories and just any interesting stories. The reason there’s a Best Bondage Erotica series is, as much as it’s an old topic, it’s also a topic that can be reinvented.
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Blogger, pundit and arbiter of sexual culture Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of Cleis Press’ BEST SEX WRITING 2012, has been tapped by The Wall Street Journal, CNN and Fox News in the past week to talk about the “new, underground” enthusiasm for bondage novels sparked by Fifty Shades of Grey. Bussel also edits New York Magazine’s “Daily Intel” Sex Diaries.
In BEST SEX WRITING 2012, Bussel and trailblazer Susie Bright have collected the most intelligent, stimulating and provocative work from across the spectrum of reportage. With essays that originally appeared in publications as wide-ranging as Salon.com, The Village Voice and Ms, BEST SEX WRITING 2012 covers topics from teen sex laws, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and circumcision to sex at 66. The collection includes an extremely provocative essay on bondage by Bussel.
Bussel blogs about her other passion, cupcakes, at Cupcakes Take the Cake. She’s a unique combination—a sexpert with a sweet tooth whose writing about each topic has brought her acclaim. As cupcake expert, she’s been featured in Martha Stewart Living and appeared on Top Chef Desserts, among others.
Click here to see a book trailer and get a sense of Rachel Kramer Bussel.
Rachel Kramer Bussel will be appearing at:
Powell’s Books in Portland on April 6
Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle on April 7
The Booksmith in San Francisco on April 9
Bookshop Santa Cruz on April 12
The Make Out Room in San Francisco on April 14
Book Expo America in New York on July 5
Women — and especially moms — across the country are getting their freak on behind the pages of Fifty Shades of Grey, the latest “romance” novel to hit bookstore shelves this month (after, uh, huge sales in e-book form). If FSG is your first bit of kinky lit, you might want to cozy up with these sexy classics — hot new e-books and erotic anthologies — highly recommended by my pal Rachel Kramer Bussel, editor of Irresistible: Erotic Romance for Couples andOrgasmic: Erotica for Women. So go ahead, crack the spines on these … they may just inspire you to crack a whip in the bedroom: