First off, I have to say that August kicked my ass. Seriously. I still have the boot print August left on my ass, and September’s shaping up to be quite the fighter too. That’s okay though, because so am I. This is my way of saying that this post is going to contain less in the way of cogent thought, and more in the way of mindless updates. But hey, updates are important too, especially when nice things have been happening.
Nice Thing #1 – Among the Stars, edited by Lynn Townsend
“The Power of Positive Thinking” is my contribution to the lovely Lynn Townsend‘s forthcoming anthology for Coming Together, Among the Stars. The whole collection is chock full of hot, sci-fi erotica written by authors who kick serious ass. Needless to say, I’m really happy to be have my story included, especially as it’s the first time I’ve tried my hand at science fiction. The story is my take on what might happen if the love child of Han Solo and Jason Stackhouse became a sex slave on a distant planet. The anthology is to benefit a charity for Stills Disease, so I’ll be keeping you posted as it gets closer to release. I love smut for a good cause.
Nice Thing #2 – Best Erotic Romance, 2015, edited by Kristina Wright
There are little goals I set myself when I started writing erotica seriously. One of them was to work with Kristina Wright. Ms. Wright is one of the leading editors in erotic romance right now and, while romance, as a subgenre, isn’t usually where I end up, I wanted to see if I could write an erotically romantic story that both appealed to me and was good enough to appeal to Ms. Wright. So, I wrote a piece called “The Couch” about a married couple who grabs a high-class quickie on a very large couch during an extremely formal cocktail party. I sent it off, not expecting much, so I was thrilled to the point of stupidity when it was accepted for Best Erotic Romance, 2015. The collection isn’t getting released until early 2015, but it’s available for pre-order at Amazon now, so go check it out! I’m even mentioned in the blurb, which made both me and my mother quite proud. 😉
Nice Thing #3: Fencers!
Recently, Sweetmeats Press was lovely enough to solicit a piece from me, (first time that’s happened with fiction), for their upcoming “sport” anthology. Outside of being a dedicated runner, I’m not what you’d call a sporty gal, but I do love fencing, so… if mind games, D/s and sweaty mean with swords are your sort of thing, you’re going to enjoy this one. It’s called “The Master” and it will be joining stories by Lexie Bay, Emerald and several other excellent authors in what’s looking to be another fabulous collection from Kojo Black. Of course, the release isn’t til 2015, but I’m excited so there it is. Details coming as I have them!
Nice Thing #4: Rose Caraway and The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica Book Tour
I love it when I read something that makes me so happy that I lose my cool and act like an idiot fan girl about it. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, that book’s got me for life. That is exactly what happened with Rose Caraway‘s first print anthology, The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica. I’m going to rein myself in now, because I’m having Ms. Caraway on my blog later this month to talk about it, but let’s just say that this one is going on my permanent shelf, which is why I was so damn tickled when the sexy librarian invited Jade A. Waters, Lily K. Cho and myself to participate in the tour as readers.
The book tour was launched at the antique vibrator museum at the Polk St. location of San Francisco’s premier sex toy store, Good Vibrations. If you’d like to see details and pictures, click here to read Ms. Caraway’s after action report. It was a hell of a good time with a hell of a group of people, and that Ms. Caraway is one of the most genuine human beings I’ve ever had the privilege of meeting, which is why I’m so excited to be reading at one more event!
So, if you’re in the Bay Area and can make it to Books, Inc. on Castro St. on Wednesday, September 24th at 7:30p, come on down and here a selection from some of the best erotica in print! Or, you can click here to see a list of other events in the tour.
There’s more–adventures in strip clubs, stories about aphrodisiac chocolates and upcoming collections that I’m chomping at the bit to reveal, (all I’m going to say for now is Rose Caraway and Violet Blue),–but I’m going to cut myself off there and save all of that for another post. Suffice to say, good things are happening and I’m damn grateful. In the meantime, thanks for hanging out with me. I’ll try to keep the good stuff coming. xx.M
PS – I can’t end a post about good stuff without mentioning Pillow Talk, my partnership with two amazing authors, Tamsin Flowers and Jade A. Waters. We recently did a session on promiscuity in heroines and reader expectation in erotica vs. erotic romance. It was great conversation and I loved discussing the subject with these ladies, whom I’m so lucky to call friends. To check out the head on over to the Pillow Talk website or sign up for our newsletter. And keep your eyes peeled–we have more coming up.