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TIE ME UP BOOK CONTEST & READING!!!

Already there are five-star reviews for TIE ME UP, there is still a chance to win a copy of the book or to see it come to life right before your eyes…well not that way!

If you want to win a copy of the book, you can leave a comment with a bondage-themed photo or scenario for me, make it HOT…or you can win it in a raffle tonight at the Between the Covers reading on the Lower East Side! We will be reading tantalizing excerpts as you have seen on my blog

You know you want a copy…enter and win!!!

The Big Day is Here–Happy Erotic World Book Day!!!

On this inaugural Erotic World Book Day (EWDB), the concept alone makes me happy because of all the random celebratory days that pop up all of the time. Erotica deserved one! I am an editor and writer of erotica, but the bridge to that was being a reader of it.

As a young girl in a house filled with readers, I was exposed to all sorts of books…which I always sought the erotic bits of! I was always in search of erotic novels and at this point, needed more of an edge than your average reader. I love erotic tension as well, it doesn’t always have to be explicit for me. There is a scene in Asylum by Patrick McGrath which is one of my favorite books, that makes me breathless and does not involve sex at all. But such a level of intimacy is explored in that scene, it is breathtaking. I love the exploration of raw emotion, and there really can be nothing rawer than what you encounter in an erotic scene. Everything is stripped away–literally most times–and you have to deal with that moment. I love the line in Simone de Beauvoir’s The Mandarins, in which a character after making love, says that the only way to really know a man is to make love to him. I am paraphrasing, but that was such an astute observation to me.

That in a nutshell is why I love erotica, and it makes me happy that the genre is being celebrated in such large scale today. This brain child of Emily Dubberley, has caused such an amazing buzz within the erotica community. The best part is EWDB celebrates erotica as a genre in a myriad of ways including an anthology, the proceeds of which will support Brook and you are invited to donate to Brook if you wish. There are also a plethora of prizes for you to win all day in celebration of EWDB. I have contributed a copy of my upcoming anthology Tie Me Up, which is being released by Riverdale Avenue Books on March 18th!



So please go to the site! There are so many ways to celebrate and contribute…have a very happy Erotic World Book Day!!! 





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Psst…

I find myself inevitably walking into an independent bookstore, pushing usually a bell to let them know someone is entering and asking after a brief twirl around,”Do you have an erotica section?”
This question gets three responses usually, first, being an indignant “no.” Second, is a smile (accompanied with the unsaid you naughty girl) “no.” The third, is a you naughty girl look followed by “yes.” I love that answer, but when I get to the section it is just all sex books. If I am lucky there are either copies of Anaïs Nin’s Little Birds or Delta of Venus, Pauline Reage’s Story of O (all of which I own) or some erotica novel I have read before (and probably did not like).
What made me irate the last time I asked aside from being told no, was that I had to ask. Although I was indignant when told there was no copy of Fifty Shades of Gray, I just wondered why do I have to ask? As the genre has become more in demand, why is it still optional to have an erotica section? It’s not like there are a lack of readers, it really offends me at this point to have to ask. Of course I have a particular talent for finding the naughtier, seamier books…I know what I desire in books, the same way I know what I desire in a man. That insatiable have to have that now feeling strikes me quickly. If I have to search harder for the type of book I want it is kind of fun as well, but why should I have to tap into my inner sleuth to find a book to read?
I understand that the double standard remains. People are completely fine with graphic violence, but graphic sex is a no-no. To see two (or more) people engaging in sexual activity is galling. Last time I checked, I would rather engage in sexual activity, than be beaten but maybe that is just me. Why are we so afraid of something people like to do, and need to do to maintain the species?! I cannot understand it, yet I remain humbled whispering to a bookstore employee: “Psst–do you have an erotica section?”

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