I have an assortment of things I want to mention here today, so I've made a carefully organized list—if only for the doodle space. Actual order of content may have little to do with list order. Package (ahem) by weight, not volume.
First off (first off in this post, not necessarily on the list), just a reminder about my "Delayed-Gratification" offer for holiday gift-givers. Click down ("down" because the link goes to an earlier post on this very blog) for full details; and I'd like to add (Forgot to Mention Before Dept.) that Xcite offers gift-wrapping for £1.00.
Speaking of Xcite, I'm delighted to announce the publication of Temptations 2, a mini-anthology that contains my story "Open-Bottle Policy," along with hot adventures from Primula Bond, Alicia Carter, Lucy Felthouse, Shanna Germain, Sommer Marsden, and Roxanne Sinclair. This volume is part of a new line of compact, portable erotica collections with budget pricing. Here's a teaser from my story:
While the car ascended with a soothing whir, Becky broke the silence. “I don’t know if this was strictly necessary, according to the open-bottle rules. But I am going on break ... and I can do whatever I like on my break.” She stepped closer to me. “Whatever I like,” she repeated. And she reached forward and tapped my chest, ever so briefly.
Looking ahead ... I know I keep yammering about my novel's January release date (!), but there are more anthologies on the horizon as well. Early in 2010 we'll see The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 9, Coming Together: Into the Light, Sex, Love & Valentines, and The Cougar Book, with Fairy Tale Lust and Sex in the City: New York following in the spring. SITCNY is breaking news—the lineup has just been decided for this collection of NYC-themed erotic tales, part of a new series whose initial offerings will also include volumes about Dublin, London, and Paris. I'm so thrilled that editor Maxim Jakubowski will be using my story, which, as I explain in the accompanying author's note, I poured my heart into:
Call it emotional masturbation, but I felt moved as I completed the work: I felt as if I’d “given back” to a city that has hosted me and aroused me, flattered me and seduced me.
Finally, before gathering up my doodle-covered notes and adjourning for coffee, I'd like to point you to some new or newish releases by my esteemed colleagues: Collections by erotica prodigies Justine Elyot and Charlotte Stein have recently hit the shelves, and the amazing Alison Tyler has been setting the e-book world on fire. Sommer Marsden and Saskia Walker have all manner of sensational releases on the dance floor, while Shanna Germain and Gina Marie are ready to MindFuck you in the best way. There's a new one from the illustrious M. Christian, and the first one from turbo-charged up-and-comer Scarlett Greyson. What a great time to be an erotica reader!