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Friday, May 26, 2017

Listen to anal sex free erotica story "Hard Astern" on The Kiss Me Quick's Podcast

To celebrate the recent release of the Baby Got Back: Anal Erotica audiobook narrated by the amazing Rose Caraway, she's posted free erotic story "Hard Astern" by Thomas Roche on her The Kiss Me Quick's Podcast! Enjoy this sexy tale and subscribe to her podcast on iTunes or Stitcher so you can hear every story, and visit thekissmequicks.com for more hotness.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Podcast recommendation of the week: Sluts and Scholars

I'm starting a new hopefully weekly series here on Lusty Lady, Podcast of the Week. Over the last two years I've become a voracious podcast listener and love discovering new to me podcasts. They really stay with me in a different way than reading, and I can often listen while working (though not when writing). So for my debut, I want to recommend a new podcast, Sluts and Scholars. They cover all sorts of sexuality topics in a really fun, engaging way. You don't need to have any prior knowledge of the subjects. Here's how the hosts describe themselves: "Nicoletta is an MFT Intern (sexologist) and Simone is an actor and activist and they both like . . . . SEX, or at least talking about it."

I've especially enjoyed their interview with porn star Nina Hartley and recent episode on parents talking to kids about sex (title: "When Your Daughter Finds Your Dildo"). Check out all the episodes here and subscribe via iTunes, Stitcher or your favorite podcast method, and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.

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Have a podcast recommendation? Leave a comment or email me at rachelkramerbussel at gmail dot com with "Podcast" in the subject line!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Listen to me talk resistance erotica and meeting my celebrity crush on Susie Bright's podcast

For your listening pleasure, check out my interview on the podcast In Bed With Susie Bright. The show's title: "The Resistance Will Be Hot and Heavy." It's about my Rolling Stone anti-Trump erotica article and meeting my celebrity crush after 18 years (stay tuned for more about that experience from me soon).

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Friday, May 05, 2017

My Rolling Stone article on erotica writers and publishers resisting Trump

I wrote about anti-Trump political erotica for Rolling Stone, talking to erotic writers and publishers including Chuck Tingle, Go Deeper Press, Coming Together and the writers behind Kickstarter funded anthology NASTY: Fetish Fights Back, whose content and motivations are explicitly about resisting our new administration and its policies. Their books benefit organizations lie the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and MoveOn. If you like the article, I'd appreciate if you'd share it.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Bisexual erotica anthology Twice the Pleasure on sale for $1.99

This month has been a whirlwind of travel (to see family in Westchester, to Connecticut to see a friend and binge watch Grace and Frankie, to Boca Raton for an event, to Philadelphia for vacation, to New York this weekend), so I haven't had a chance to post all the things I've wanted to. For now, I encourage you to sign up for my newsletter because I have lots of giveaways for you and to check out my latest Cleis Press erotica anthology sale: the ebook of Twice the Pleasure: Bisexual Women's Erotica is only $1.99 for a limited time! Buy it for Kindle, Nook, Google Play, iBooks and Kobo. Also, a note: I didn't write the copy associated with the book and when it was written, I wasn't the eagle eyed micromanager I am today who tends to write my own book cover copy. But I still love what's inside the book and hope you will too, especially if you're interested in queer, bisexual and sometimes bicurious women who get it on with all sorts of lovers.

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Here's my introduction to the book:

Introduction: Hot Bi Babes: A Both/And Approach to Bisexuality

Woody Allen once famously said, “Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on Saturday night.” As a bisexual woman, I can attest that this is not necessarily true. Bisexuality is more than just a math equation and cannot be so easily categorized or summarized. Identifying as bi, or being attracted to or engaging in sex with a variety of genders, or whatever version of something approximating those states of being , is the theme of this anthology, and in many ways, the term is actually a lot broader than that dual opportunity. This is not a book about choosing either/or, male or female, or simply one of each. It’s not about narrowing gender down to one size fits all, but about expanding our options, to a both/and approach to how we view and cultivate our sexuality. It’s a welcoming, inclusive definition that welcomes all comers—pun fully intended.

I wanted this book, while fictional and focused on the erotic aspects of bisexual women’s lives, to explore as wide a swatch of “bisexual” as possible. That means that some of the best stories here don’t mention the word bisexual at all; they don’t have to, because their bi angle, their queerness, is embedded—and bedded—in the story. The characters are living it, rather than identifying with it; the sexual exploration and attraction, the experience and movement, are more important than what anyone wants to call it.

The large majority of the submissions I received for this book were about women having sex with women, which makes sense in the context of a culture that still privileges heterosexual identity over any other kind. Even in an era of so-called lesbian and bisexual chic, there’s still plenty of discomfort with the fluidity with which many women view their sexuality. Shifting away from a purely heterosexual mindset forces women to grapple with the ways we differ from mainstream society, even one that is becoming much more open and knowledgeable about the varieties of queer life. The first time we dare to dip our toes—or other body parts—into the world of sex with other women is often momentous. Many of us will find the character of Laura, in Nicole Wolfe’s opening story, “1 Percent Adaptable,” familiar. Laura at first protests Marie’s advances, warning her that she’s not gay, not bi, until she listens to her body and follows its yearnings. “Laura was shocked that the kiss had surprised her, considering what had just happened between her legs. She let her lips caress Marie’s. She dared to let her tongue out to play. She risked letting her hands tickle Marie’s hips and backside,” Wolfe writes.

But I didn’t want this to simply be a first-time bi-curious tentative collection, but a robust one exploring the intimacy of life as a woman interested in men and women. That’s why I wanted stories that asked questions like the ones in Jacqueline Applebee’s closing tale, “What I Want, What I Need:” “I’d been out as a lesbian since I was twenty-three. Why was I suddenly spending time with a straight man? Why was I enjoying it so much? Had I really been a lesbian at all, or had I been lying to myself for the past twenty years?”

There are girlfriends and wives, husbands and boyfriends, first dates, threesomes and much more here. There’s daring and adventure, women taking risks by stepping outside their comfort zones, whether it’s by surrendering to a bodyguard in “The State,” by Tahira Iqbal, or confronting “The Wife” of a male lover in Kay Jaybee’s story, only to be confronted right back. The women you’ll read about are attracted to strong women like “The Robber Girl” in Lori Selke’s story, and men who surprise them with their sensitivity, as in my story, “A Little Fun.”

There’s also kink, if that’s what you’re looking for. In Cheryl B.’s “The Break,” spanking becomes a way for two exes to reconnect and revive the passion between them, while Sinclair Sexsmith takes us inside a gay bar and then home with a boy her protagonist has met there, one who may or may not know her true gender, in “Right-Red Flagging.” The protagonist of “Seduction Dance” is under the watchful eye of her master when she finds a new female plaything for her to command and seduce. Gender is played with, fucked with, and grappled with as well in Giselle Renarde’s “Glitter in the Gutter,” in which the female partner of a male cross-dresser encourages his interest when he fears he’s crossed a line and doesn’t want to live in the new, judgmental world he’s stepped into. Aimee Pearl writes in “Meeting at the Hole in the Wall, “Chivalry is dead, and I want to writhe naked on its grave.”

These are celebratory, sexy stories, but, all apologies to Mr. Allen, they are more complex than a view of bisexuality simply as “twice as much” to offer. I like to think of them as both/and stories that, collectively, offer a look at the ways bisexuality, queerness and lesbianism affect us while recognizing that there’s no monolithic typical bisexual. We are multifaceted, full of desires that can’t be contained in a single, simplistic category. We are hungry, horny, mischievous, naughty, provocative and, yes, curious. We may think we know what we want, only to keep on surprising ourselves just when we think we have it all figured out. We are open to a wide range of sexual possibilities, whether they exist in our heads or beyond.

I hope you’ll enjoy the twenty-two stories presented here, and that they serve as erotic catalysts, no matter how you identify.

Rachel Kramer Bussel

Still aren't sure if you want to read it? Click here for excerpts from all 22 bisexual erotica stories!

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Free erotica story: "Her Best" by Corrine A. Silver on The Kiss Me Quick's Podcast

You can now listen to another hot story from Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2, appropriately titled "Her Best" by Corrine A. Silver, on The Kiss Me Quick's Podcast narrated by Rose Caraway. You can listen to two other free erotica stories on the podcast: "Brick Dust" by Kay Jaybee and "Taste" by Jocelyn Bringas and get the full audiobook experience on Audible. I love working with Rose so much and am honored that I got to do so again.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

New articles on breakup sex and open marriage

I'm a little behind on blogging because I've dipped my toes back into freelance writing, with an article on breakup sex in The Washington Post's Solo-ish section and an as told to interview profiling a week in the life of a woman in an open marriage for Redbook. Regarding the latter, I was thrilled that they asked me to cover polyamory in a total non-judgmental way that highlights the experience of the polyamorous person. These assignments were also great because when I have a lot of time I tend to agonize and overthink, but with only a few days and a little over a week to complete them, I had to hustle and get busy. In my forties, I'm finally learning the ways I work best and trying to use them to my advantage and I'm very grateful to these two editors for being great to work with and giving me these opportunities.

It's felt wonderful to get back to writing; I really couldn't muster any ideas or focus right after the election, thinking everything I considered was pointless, but now I realize that life goes on and that I have to continue to learn and grow and push myself so I'm working on new pitches and pieces that I will share once they are finalized.

I've got more articles coming up, so stay tuned to my Twitter and Facebook pages, and if you like free erotica books, subscribe to my newsletter on the left side of my blog or on my website. I meant to send April's last week but didn't get to it so it'll be going out soon with a giveaway of my new anal sex erotica audiobook.

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My new book is in Cosmopolitan!

I'm so thrilled that Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 gets this amazing shoutout in the May 2017 issue of Cosmopolitan, all thanks to Bea and Leah Koch, the owners of amazing romance bookstore The Ripped Bodice in Culver City, California. I wish I lived closer to their store because it's so amazing, so the admiration is mutual. Check out Volume 1 and Volume 2 and stay tuned, because Volume 3 hits stores in December.

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