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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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.

Read more [here!]

Call for submissions. Is it getting hot in here or is it just us?

Smokin’ Hot Firemen: Firefighter Romance Stories
Editor: Delilah Devlin
Publisher: Cleis Press in Summer 2013
Deadline: June 15, 2012 (although sooner is better!)

Smokin’ Hot Firemen is open to all authors.

Editor Delilah Devlin is looking for hetero firefighter stories for a romantic erotica anthology tentatively entitled Smokin’ Hot Firemen: Firefighter Romance Stories.

A fire-fighter is one of those iconic heroes who inspire a jumble of sexy images at just the mention of the word—a soot-covered face, sweat dripping from hard, chiselled muscles, the sexy snap of suspenders—yes, only a fireman can make suspenders sexy!

Smokin’ Hot Firemen  will seek stories that satisfy the reader who craves the romantic idea of that soot-covered, smokin’-hot man while exploring stories set in American cities and small towns, as well as international settings. The stories will be contemporary. While traditional themes are likely to be featured, writers are encouraged to imagine greater in order to create tales that, while featuring this iconic hero, may also surprise.

Think about the big-city firehouse, teaming with sexy firemen, responding to a high-rise fire; fire-fighter’s arriving at the scene of an accident to pry a victim from a burning car; a strong, sexy man carrying a child from a burning house… All heroic acts we expect from our local heroes. Then think about the smoke-jumper parachuting into the hot zone of a forest fire; the sexy rancher next door, who’s also a volunteer fire-fighter, responding to an out-of-control brush fire; or even an oil-rig worker whose extra duty is to respond to a catastrophe on a rig in the middle of the ocean…

Then imagine the romantic possibilities of being held against that massively, muscled chest by a man whose mission is to protect and serve… 

Published authors with an established firehouse world may use that setting for their original short story.

The stories may be as kinky or vanilla as the writer wants—but a deep sensuality should linger in every word. Exotic locations and scenarios are welcome. Keep in mind there must be a romantic element with a happy-for-now or happy-ever-after ending. Strong plots, engaging characters and unique twists are the ultimate goal. Please no reprints. We are seeking original stories.

How to submit: Prepare your 1,500 to 4,500 words story in a double-spaced, Arial, 12 point, black font Word document with pages numbered (.doc, NOT.docx) OR rich text format. Indent the first line of each paragraph half an inch and double space (regular double spacing, do not add extra lines between paragraphs or do any other irregular spacing). US grammar (double quotation marks around dialogue, etc.) is required.

In your document at the top left of the page, include your legal name (and pseudonym if applicable), mailing address, and 50 words or less bio in the third person to smokinhotfiremen@gmail.com. If you are using a pseudonym, please provide your real name and pseudonym and make it clear which one you’d like to be credited as. Authors may submit up to 2 stories. Delilah will respond in September 2011. The publisher has final approval over the stories included in the manuscript.

Payment will be $50.00 USD and two copies of the published book upon publication.

About the editor: Ms. Devlin has published over eighty erotic stories in multiple genres and lengths. Her published print titles include Into the Darkness, Seduced by Darkness, Darkness Burning, Darkness Captured, Down in Texas, Texas Men, Ravished by a Viking, and Enslaved by a Viking. Her short stories are featured in Zane’s Purple Panties, and Cleis Press’s Lesbian Cowboys, Girl Crush, Fairy Tale Lust, Lesbian Lust, Passion, Carnal Machines, Dream Lovers, and Best Erotic Romance. She is published by Avon, Kensington, Harlequin, Atria/Strebor, Ellora’s Cave, Samhain Publishing, and Berkley. In Fall 2011, she debuted her first anthology with Cleis Press, Girls Who Bite. In 2012, Cleis Press will release She Shifters and Cowboy Lust.  

Direct any questions you have regarding your story or the submission process to Delilah at smokinhotfiremen@gmail.com.

Congrats to Ann Bannon on her wildly successful weekend!

‘Yesterday we sold out every copy of ‘Odd Girl Out that you sent to the Mazer Lesbian Archives, and most of the copies of ‘Beebo Brinker.’ 60 women came out in a rain so heavy you could hardly see your hand in front of your face. We had Ivy Bottini (legendary social activist), Robin Tyler (Women’s Music and Comedy Festival producer, and primary litigant against Prop 8—already excoriated on air by Rush Limbaugh), Jinx Beers, founder and publisher of Lesbian News, and dozens of other lesbian celebrities.

I also signed books at the 33rd Annual Paperback Collectors Show and Sale in L.A. that day. Earl Kemp is an extraordinary man who published over 5000 gay male pulp novels in the 60s and 70s and thereby earned the eternal gratitude of a generation of isolated and ostracized young gay men. And Earl is straight! He paid a huge price—jail and hounding from the Feds—but persevered. He cites his occupation as “National Nuisance.” But really, he’s a national treasure.’

We at Cleis Press are so proud! ( Brenda Knight Nancy Fish)

Have you read ‘Odd Girl Out’ or ‘Beebo Brinker’ from her Lesbian Pulp series?
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

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 JournalCNN 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

One of the most sizzling and acute media pundits on the scene, Rachel Kramer Bussel, is appearing on the West Coast this week and next:

Portland: Friday, April 6, 6:30 p.m. Powell’s Books
Seattle: Saturday, April 7, 7:00 p.m., Elliot Bay Book Company
San Francisco: Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m., The Booksmith—appearing with Susie Bright
Santa Cruz: Thursday, April 12, 7:30 p.m., Bookshop Santa Cruz— appearing with Susie Bright
Berkeley: Friday, April 13, 7:00 p.m., Good Vibrations
San Francisco: Saturday, April 14, 8:30 p.m., The Make-Out Room

In her most recent collection, Best Sex Writing 2012, Bussel sets out to “reveal the well-sharpened pitchforks of sexual hypocrisy” as guest judge Susie Bright writes in her introduction. Bussel throws gasoline on the recent media firestorm about BDSM in a provocative essay in the collection and has been tapped by the Wall Street Journal,Fox News and more to comment on the phenomena.
You can hear Bussel talk “ Sex with Emily” on Sunday, April 16, and she’ll be on “ Sex Talk Live” with Elaina McMillan on Friday, April 20, at 11:20 a.m. PT. Follow the links and you’ll be able to listen to these two interviews anytime after the date listed.
One of the most sizzling and acute media pundits on the scene, Rachel Kramer Bussel, is appearing on the West Coast this week and next:
In her most recent collection, Best Sex Writing 2012, Bussel sets out to “reveal the well-sharpened pitchforks of sexual hypocrisy” as guest judge Susie Bright writes in her introduction. Bussel throws gasoline on the recent media firestorm about BDSM in a provocative essay in the collection and has been tapped by the Wall Street Journal,Fox News and more to comment on the phenomena.
You can hear Bussel talk “ Sex with Emily” on Sunday, April 16, and she’ll be on “ Sex Talk Live” with Elaina McMillan on Friday, April 20, at 11:20 a.m. PT. Follow the links and you’ll be able to listen to these two interviews anytime after the date listed.

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:

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:


It has many names: Hoo-ha, vajayjay, peekachoo special thanks to Chelsea Handler for popularizing the last term. But Rachel Kramer Bussel likes to call it a word you can’t say in a family newspaper — think kitty cat. Talking about sexual parts and what we do with them is Bussel’s realm of expertise. She’s an erotic writer, sex journalist and editor of the new book, “Best Sex Writing 2012.” In this provocative title, Bussel, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., was assisted by Santa Cruz sexpert Susie Bright, who helped select the works in the book, wrote a chapter, and provided the introduction.


Read more: here

It has many names: Hoo-ha, vajayjay, peekachoo special thanks to Chelsea Handler for popularizing the last term. But Rachel Kramer Bussel likes to call it a word you can’t say in a family newspaper — think kitty cat. Talking about sexual parts and what we do with them is Bussel’s realm of expertise. She’s an erotic writer, sex journalist and editor of the new book, “Best Sex Writing 2012.” In this provocative title, Bussel, who lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., was assisted by Santa Cruz sexpert Susie Bright, who helped select the works in the book, wrote a chapter, and provided the introduction.


Read more: here