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Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Vol. 3 is finally here!

At last, the erotica anthology Library Journal calls “A stellar compilation that upholds the high standards of its predecessors” is now available across all major digital platforms, with paperback and audiobook editions due out December 2017.

I am exceedingly proud to be included in this collection alongside so many talented writers, veterans and newcomers alike. Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel has done something truly special with this volume, and I’m so grateful to be a part of it.

“With a refreshing variety of characters, configurations, and situations, all 21 stories in the collection deliver without becoming stale or repetitive.” — Publisher’s Weekly, starred review

My story “Weightless” is a contemporary friends-to-lovers erotic short starring Zoe, a new homeowner still tangled amidst the emotional undergrowth of a failed engagement. It’s going to take more than a new address and a fresh coat of paint to cut ties with the painful memories of her past. Fortunately, her best friend and hot handyman, Jackson, has brought along an assortment of tools.

 Read an excerpt from “Weightless” below:

“All right,” he said. “Moment of truth.”

I cracked one eye, then the other, and gasped. My hair was short. Shorter than I could ever recall it being. It framed my face like a winter hat with side flaps. I hardly recognized myself.

“What’s the verdict?” he asked.

I wasn’t sure. However, the plea was, without a doubt, temporary insanity. I shook my head and let the strands fly, tickling my cheeks. I looked like someone else. Someone buoyant, resilient, unburdened.

“More.”

Jackson’s brow arched. “You sure?”

I nodded. He reached for the scissors, and this time, I kept my eyes open. He trimmed another half inch, and then another, checking with me each time. I told him to keep going. Eventually, he grabbed the trimmer. My breath caught as he touched the whirring blades to the back of my neck.

“Someone fancies themselves a barber,” I teased.

“Hush or I’ll give you a faux hawk.”

He undercut the back and sides, stopping a third of the way up my scalp. I nearly melted when he raked his fingers through the longer strands up top. More than once, I had imagined what it might feel like to have Jackson’s big, strong man-hands buried in my hair. Strangely, the gentle scrape of his blunt nails against my scalp felt even better.

“Want me to buzz the rest?”

“No. This is perfect.”

He smiled at my reflection. “What do you wanna do with the braid?”

“I’m not sure.” I petted it like a cat asleep in my lap. “Maybe donate it, if it’s long enough.”

“It’s got to be.” He patted his pockets. “One sec. I left my phone in the other room.”

He strode out to the bedroom. I leaned forward on the stool, studying my head from different angles. The stranger in the mirror squinted and curved her mouth in a decidedly seductive fashion. Somewhere along the line, having been a curvy woman for most of my life, I’d convinced myself that I needed long hair to balance out my heart-shaped face and stop my shoulders looking too broad.

Turns out, it was all bullshit.

My back itched like crazy under my t-shirt; I practically tore the fabric trying to get it off. Sitting there in my bra, I was struck by the implications of what I’d done and what it meant for me: I had removed Chris’s favorite thing about me, and in doing so, had freed myself.

I felt lighter already.

“Minimum length is ten inches—” Jackson halted in the doorway, his gaze dropping to my nipples, which were hard and fully visible through the sheer bra cups.

Warmth spread throughout my face and chest. I’d been so distracted, I hadn’t realized I was wearing lingerie.

“My back was itchy,” I said.

Jackson entered the room slowly and took the shirt from my hands. “I’ll brush you off.”

He dusted my shoulders first, then my neck. The gentle swipe of the cotton across my nape made my eyes water; I wasn’t used to being touched there.

“Jackson,” I said, my voice light as air.

“Yeah?” He wetted his bottom lip, full and naturally rosy. I wondered what it would feel like to kiss him, how he might taste.

“Thank you. For everything.”

He laid a tentative hand on my shoulder. “No prob. I’m glad you like it.”

“I more than like it,” I said, pressing my cheek to his knuckles. I felt exposed, and not just because I was half-naked. Jackson was seeing me—the real me. Raw and imperfect and vulnerable. Then again, perhaps I wasn’t giving him enough credit; he’d always had a sixth sense where my moods were concerned. “Do you like it…or, more than like it?”

His thumb skimmed the back of my neck, a subtle gesture that made me shiver. He touched his lips to the same spot.

“I love it,” he said.

Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Vol. 3 delivers the kind of sexy stories you want most:

Daring, bold, and surprising tales of women who pursue their boundless passions anywhere and everywhere. Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, winner of multiple Independent Publishing Book Awards, these scintillating scenarios turn the tables on how women are “supposed” to behave. Instead, these uninhibited vixens indulge in their favorite fetishes, do deliciously intimate “Body Shots,” and get tied up with “Red Satin Ribbons.” They pose nude, dress up, and roleplay, always obeying their most exhilarating impulses. These lusty ladies take your most cherished, private fantasies—from making a sex tape, to taking part in a thrilling threesome, to having a stud delivered to your door hot and ready—and make them come alive. Written by beloved authors Abigail Barnette, Annabel Joseph, and Charlotte Stein along with several genre newcomers, these are erotic encounters you’ll want to savor again and again and again…

Grab your digital copy of the best erotica 2017 has to offer from one of these retailers.

Kindle US | Nook | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo
Amazon Canada Kindle | Amazon UK Kindle

Pre-order the print edition, coming December 12.

Amazon US | Bn.com | Powell’s | Books-a-Million | IndieBound
Amazon Canada | Amazon UK
♥ Audiobook edition coming December 2017 ♥

In other news…

The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Vol. 2 is now available in paperback! To celebrate, I’m releasing an extended excerpt from my kinky contemporary erotic short, “Unfinished Business.”

Click here for an extended excerpt from “Unfinished Business”

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Updates and Coming Soon: The Big Book of Submission, Volume 2!

Happy Halloween!

As fall succumbs to winter and the holiday season creeps up on us, so do some exciting new releases!

In addition to Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 3, which drops November 21st, this December, my short story “Continuing Education” will be out in The Big Book of Submission, Volume 2, from Cleis Press.

Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, these 69 sexy tales (that’s a lot of tales) explore the pleasures and pains of what it means to hand over control. Readers can look forward to a wide range of perspectives, from experienced submissives who know exactly what they want and how to beg for it, to those slipping their wrists into a pair of cuffs for the first time.

The Big Book of Submission, Volume 2, is now available for pre-order (links below) and will be out in ebook December 19, 2017 and in print January 9, 2018, with audiobook to follow.

What to expect from this super steamy collection…

Whether you’re simply curious about submission or regularly revel in the delights of BDSM, these sixty-nine erotic short stories about submissives will turn you on! From participating in a musical recital that takes a very kinky turn to making a grocery run while using sex toys to indulging in a risqué office encounter during working hours, these subs delight in obeying (or deliberately disobeying) their masters and mistresses in public and in private. They’re rewarded and punished the most wicked of ways that will leave you breathless. Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, with stories by Selena Kitt, Jade A. Waters, Dorothy Freed, and Sommer Marsden, among other talented writers, The Big Book of Submission, Volume 2 offers arousing tales that delve deep into the thrills of spanking, bondage, power dynamics, service, exhibitionism, erotic adventure, and much more.

Available for pre-order from these retailers!

Ebook Edition:

Amazon Kindle U.S.

Nook

Google Play

iBooks

Kobo

Amazon Canada Kindle

Amazon UK Kindle

Print Edition:

Amazon U.S.

Barnes and Noble

IndieBound

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

♥ Audiobook edition TBA ♥

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In other news…

I have a story due out in an upcoming self-love erotica anthology from Sexy Little Pages (release date TBA), plus two more stories out on submission.

A cover-artist friend recently introduced me to Pixabay, a free public domain stock photography site featuring high-res images that can be used commercially with no attribution. See the cute little Halloween-themed picture at the top of this post? It’s from Pixabay. Bloggers and authors on a budget looking to spruce up their sites should definitely check them out.

Speaking of images, I’ve been having TONS of fun posting photos and following other writers on Instagram. If you’re on there and have an affinity for books, writerly musings, food, flowers and furbabies, I’d love for you to come and say HI! 😀

Bonus points if you catch this reference! 😉

And don’t forget…

Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 3, featuring my short story “Weightless” comes out in ebook on November 21st and print December 21st, with an audiobook edition soon to follow.

Click here for pre-order links!

The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Vol 2, E-Release and Excerpt

I am beyond excited to announce that my kinky erotic short “Unfinished Business” is now available in ebook, alongside twenty-nine other steamy, saucy tales, in The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, Volume 2! Editor Rose Caraway, aka The Sexy Librarian and host of the Kiss Me Quick Erotica Podcast, has put together a volume of scintillating erotic stories that’s adventurous, thoughtful, and sexy-as-hell.

Check out that gorgeous cover!

Available now at Amazon and Amazon UK. Read for free with Kindle Unlimited.

Coming soon to print and audiobook.

The Sexy Librarian, Rose Caraway returns with another Library of Erotica, just for you. From Torrid Literature to BDSM, Fairy Tales to Orgies, Clandestine Military Adventures to Bi-Curious Rendezvous, this adventurous, and fantasy-filled collection is here to turn you on. So grab your partner and peruse the card catalog and see which sexy story catches your interest first. This is your very own, hand-held library! Explore this volume of Erotica to your libido’s content.

Read an excerpt from “Unfinished Business” below:

The man in the doorway appraises me soberly. Time has had its way with both of us, but he’s still Ian: fair and well-kept, features carving themselves into a look of brutal resolve. Somehow, the wrinkles around his eyes have made him even more attractive.

“Hello, Ayla,” he says.

“Hello—” My voice is compliant. “—Sir.”

I haven’t the slightest clue as to his thinking, whether he’s glad to see me, or plagued with regret.

He moves to let me pass. “Come in.”

My chest hums like a hive, my limbs made sluggish by veins thick with blood like warm honey. I take a steadying breath and head inside.

The walls in the stamp-sized foyer are pastel gray where they once were gold. Abandoning my boots, I follow Ian upstairs to the living room where I’m struck by a torrent of familiar sights and aromas. There’s his grandmother’s old Remington typewriter on the desk, his floor-to-ceiling bookshelves, the scent of dried eucalyptus and cowhide. I lean against the brown suede sofa, overwhelmed. If I squint hard enough, perhaps I can make out the indents of my knees amid the patterns in the Persian rug.

He takes my overnight bag, sets it on the divan, then offers his hand, which I accept, letting him steer me into the kitchen. He’s had the floors stripped and the appliances updated to stainless steel, but I can still see us in here, cooking together; washing and drying the dishes by hand; me bent over the table with a brandy snifter on my back, trying not to spill while he languidly fingers my ass.

“She’s blushing,” Ian says, beckoning me to the present, his expression equal parts menace and amusement. I touch my cheek, not surprised to find my skin hot and a little clammy.

Ian comes toward me, bullying my feet until my back is flush against cold steel. I can smell his soap and aftershave, a hint of his sweat. Eau de nostalgie.

My head swims.

“She looks exactly the same,” he says. Not true, though I’m in no position to argue. He shuts his eyes, breathes me in, then out. “Smells the same, too. But I wonder…” He smooths a hand down my belly to the crux of my thighs. “Does she taste different?”

My gorilla-fisted heart thrashes as he makes slow, careful work of the buttons on my blouse. I let the garment slip from my shoulders. The underwire digs at my ribs as he forces my bra cups down. Heat gushes from his mouth with an audible whoosh.

“Still perfect,” he says. His thumbs graze my nipples, and everything inside me goes taut. “I want her eyes on me at all times. Tell me she understands.”

He palms my breasts.

“She does.”

Coming Soon: BWE3

It’s official! Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Vol 3, featuring my super-sexy friends-to-lovers erotic short story will be out November 21, 2017 in ebook and December 12, 2017 in print. Published by Cleis Press and edited by the fabulous Rachel Kramer Bussel, BWE3 is one you’ll definitely want to curl up with this holiday season.

Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 3 delivers the kind of sexy stories you want most: daring, bold, and surprising tales of women who pursue their boundless passions anywhere and everywhere. Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, winner of multiple Independent Publishing Book Awards, these scintillating scenarios turn the tables on how women are “supposed” to behave. Instead, these uninhibited vixens indulge in their favorite fetishes, do deliciously intimate “Body Shots,” and get tied up with “Red Satin Ribbons.” They pose nude, dress up, and roleplay, always obeying their most exhilarating impulses. These lusty ladies take your most cherished, private fantasies—from making a sex tape, to taking part in a thrilling threesome, to having a stud delivered to your door hot and ready—and make them come alive. Written by beloved authors Abigail Barnette, Annabel Joseph, and Charlotte Stein along with several genre newcomers, these are erotic encounters you’ll want to savor again and again and again…

Pre-order a copy for yourself (and a special friend or two) today!

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Ebook edition:

Kindle U.S.

Nook

Google Play

iBooks

Kobo

Amazon Canada Kindle

Amazon UK Kindle

♠♥♠

Print edition:

Amazon U.S.

Bn.com

Powell’s

Books-a-Million

IndieBound

Amazon Canada

Amazon UK

♥ Audiobook edition TBA ♥

“House Rules” Now Available!

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I am pleased to announce that my short, kinky story “House Rules” is now available as part of Insatiable Press’s first original anthology exploring women’s secret fantasies, Surprising Myself.

Read an excerpt!

Cole’s gaze narrowed. “So, Maddy, tell me what you’re into.”

It wasn’t a question.

“Standard stuff, I guess,” I said. “Bondage, S&M, submission. Spanking.”

His lip quirked. “You want to be spanked.”

My buzz was wearing off. I wiped the sweat from my upper lip, hoping he hadn’t noticed it, which was silly because we were practically on top of each other. I was tired of talking and having the spotlight focused solely on me. “What about you? I’m sure the sex you and your fiancé had put everything you did with Ashley to shame.”

“My ex wasn’t into it.”

“Oh.” I paused. “How long were you two together?”

Cole’s gaze dropped. “A year and a half.”

“Can I ask what happened?” I needed to hear him say it.

Cole sighed. “I scened with someone else. We didn’t have sex, but we may as well have, as far as my ex was concerned. She was right, in a lot of ways. There was some emotional infidelity.” He studied his hands. “It’d been so long. I just…needed the release. I never wanted to hurt her.” He grunted. “I mean, I did. That was kind of the problem.”

Cole scrubbed his guilt-ridden face. I couldn’t condone his behavior, but I could relate. For years I’d placed myself in relationships with men who couldn’t give me what I wanted. I thought I was being practical, but in truth, I was afraid — afraid that the things I wanted were too extreme, too strange, too hard to find, so why bother?

Eventually, I stopped dating altogether. Vanilla sex left me hollow. I wanted to be filled to bursting.

I took a deep breath and touched Cole’s knee. “I’m sorry. I know how it feels to repress who you are in order to fit someone else’s mold of what’s acceptable, and I know what it is to deny yourself the things you want most. But you shouldn’t have to.”

Cole stared at my hand. “Why do you deny yourself?”

“Fear mostly. And the belief that what I want most is something I can never have.”

“And what do you want?” Cole studied me, his eyes hungry for something I couldn’t put into words. I only knew I wanted to give it to him.

“Release.”

He wetted his lips. “Madeline, when you played with your exes, did you use a safe word?”

“Yes.”

“What was it?”

I swallowed hard.

“Mercy.”

Product Description: Thirteen writers present sexy, steamy stories of women getting the chance to live out their personal fantasies. What’s yours? Whether it’s several lovers at the same time for a pulse-pounding ménage scene or the allure of getting caught in public, these stories will set your mind ablaze. From voyeurism in a sex club to swinging, cuckolding to cosplay, Surprising Myself brings you stories from 13 hot new writers to watch out for and just might make you think about fulfilling your own wildest fantasy.

Surprising Myself (ed. by Matthew Cooper) is available in ebook and audiobook formats from Amazon, Amazon UK, Barnes & Noble and Audible.

Onward to 2016!

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I have to say, 2015 was a fantastic year for me in terms of writing and publishing. It was the year I got to hold my first piece of published work in my hands. It was the year I had three erotic poems and three short stories released in print and ebook anthologies, as well as online (plus a BDSM erotic romance short pending for early 2016 and another out on submission). I completed my first novel just under a year ago and my second in November, the latter of which I intend to begin querying by mid-February.

Side note: writing a query letter is hard, ya’ll. Dare I say harder than writing the book itself. But it can and must be done if you want to be trade published, which I do.

There’ve been some changes. Nearly all of my energy has been rerouted from short stories to novel-length works. I turned my “blog” into a “news” feed because I wanted to devote the majority of my free time to writing fiction. I put a flash fiction series on the back burner that may or may not make it to “The End.”

While I believe wholeheartedly that it’s important to finish what you start, I think it’s also important to stop and take inventory, to ask yourself if what you’re doing is bringing you closer to your goals or slowing you down. I want to write books. Short stories and flash fiction have served as invaluable stepping stones for honing my craft, but the only way to get better at writing novels is to write them.

So, whatever your goals, ambitions or resolutions—writing-related or otherwise—here’s to a productive 2016!