Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Erotica Today: 30 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 30 March 2011

New Releases

New from Torquere Press
Sojurn with a Stranger by Keta Diablo via Erotica for All
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Soothe My Soul by B.L. Bonita from Noble Romance, via Erotica for All
The Craving by Jenika Snow from Evernight Publishing
Love Tattoo by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy from Evernight Publishing
Dark Passion Rising by Shannan Albright from Evernight Publishing
Engraved by Jayne Fresina from Evernight Publishing
Dark Passion Rising by Shannan Albright from Evernight Publishing
My Maven, My Everything (Sons of Thanatus 1) by Joyee Flynn from Siren BookStrand
Love Sexy (True Blood Mate 3) by Stormy Glenn from Siren BookStrand
Life Out Loud (Salem Nights 1) by Gabrielle Evans from Siren BookStrand

Free Stories

The Prince's Boy: 88 via Circlet Press
Artbodies Part 5 via Nobilis Erotica
"Shave and Suck" by Fourteen via Porn for Women, by Women
"Women's Best Friend" by Sugar lee Ryder via Every Night Erotica
"The Muse" by Lucy Felthouse via Every Night Erotica

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

Smutster Nobilis will be at the upcoming Balticon and Momentumcon
Author Interview: Valerie Z. Lewis via Oysters and Chocolate
Author Profile: Scarlett Parrish via Erotica for All
Review of Mirror Music by Lily Harlem via Erotica for All
Review of Stolen Passions by Crystal Jordan via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Stripped Bare by Lacey Thorn via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Going Wilde by Chloe Lang via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of A Dillon Sandwich by Joyee Flynn via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Choice of Masters by Joey W. Hill via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Dancer and Sexy Big Man by Jeff Adams via Whipped Cream Reviews

Calls for Submissions

Dormitory Heat: Hot Lesbian Tales of Campus Lust via The Erotica Readers and Writers Association

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Erotica Today: 29 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 29 March 2011

New Releases

Like a Vorpal Blade: More Wonderland Erotica edited by J. Blackmore from Circlet Press
Undone by the Undead by Isabelle Drake from Ellora's Cave
Elemental Love by Renee Field from Ellora's Cave

Free Stories

"Eating Out" by Pamela B. via Oysters and Chocolate

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

Guest Blog: Alyssa Aaron via Erotica for All
Review of Mirror Music by Lily Harlem via Erotica for All
Review of Good Bargain by D.C. Juris via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Tangled Up by Wendi Zwaduk via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Pride Mate by Stormy Glenn via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Meant to Be by Jennifer Labelle via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Renegade Passion by Loribelle Hunter via Whipped Cream Review
Review of Hawk's Pretty Baby by Lynn Hagen via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Taking You Home by Cooper Davis via Whipped Cream Reviews

New Release: Like a Vorpal Blade

Like a Vorpal Blade: More Wonderland Erotica edited by J. Blackmore



If Wonderland is a world of dreams, it must also be a world of nightmares. Do you dare to wander the lands beyond the Glass when all safety is gone, and the ending is uncertain? Like a Vorpal Blade collects five dark and sexy stories that examine the landscape of eroticism in a world gone wrong.

If we’re honest, we know that dreams aren’t always pleasant, or even simply strange. Sometimes our dreams take us places we don’t want to go, even if we know we need to. Like a Vorpal Blade is a journey in five parts to the darker places of fantasy. Theresa Sand, Bernie Mojzes, ADR Forte, Alex Picchetti, and Angela Caperton take us to places we’ve never been before, and will never forget. Do you dare to wander the world beyond the Glass when all safety is gone, and the ending is uncertain? Allow yourself to be drawn in by the eroticism of nightmares by exploring a side of Wonderland you’ve never known.

Table of Contents:
If This Be Not Love, It Is Madness by Theresa Sand
A Perfect Creature by Bernie Mojzes
Waking by ADR Forte
Midway Rides by Alex Picchetti
The Boiling Sea by Angela Caperton

Indulge in an excerpt:

From “If This Be Not Love, It Is Madness” by Theresa Sand


When Mary Ann saw the Mad Hatter kissing the White Knight, she knew he was not mad.

They were in the alcove of the Hatter’s little home. She had a letter from the White Rabbit stuffed in her apron, and she had walked into the Hatter’s house with angel’s trumpet in her hair. It was only dawn, but she was already late. Her mind was a whirligig of tasks and chores, which the White Rabbit deemed unimportant in comparison to the delivery of his numerous letters of many shapes and sizes (sometimes ones so small she had to pinch them between thumb and forefinger).

But all those thoughts vanished as soon as she witnessed the Hatter and White Knight in a passionate embrace. She was so shocked she dropped her basket of mushrooms. She was light on her feet but her voice carried (the White Rabbit was always shushing her), and her gasp caused the White Knight to break away from the kiss.

The Hatter said nothing, lax in his repose against the wall. His eyes remained shut even as the White Knight stumbled around the room in search of his sword and his armor. He mumbled his apologies and bashed his knee against the table before ducking out of the house, his armor piled up in his arms.

Still the Hatter did not move, or speak. His hat was on the floor, and his black hair was mussed. He was a beautiful man, but hid it with ill-fitting clothes and unkempt hair. Mary Ann often found herself daydreaming about what he must have looked like when he was a singer at the Queen of Hearts’ court, dressed in gilded finery, his raven hair brushed away from his face, revealing his high cheekbones and generous mouth.

“Mary Ann,” he greeted softly, his lips quirked into a smile. “If you like to watch, you should have come earlier.”

He turned his head, opened his eyes, and set her in his clear, obsidian stare.

She ignored the rush of heat to her cheeks, grabbed her basket, and strode over to the dusty alcove, the letter in her free hand. She halted in front of him, ignoring the rapid beat of her heart. It was always that way when in close proximity to the Hatter and she chided herself for it. She was widowed. She had a child. She was not old but she was hardly a silly girl.

The Hatter stared down at the letter between them, considering before he plucked it from her fingers. His fingertips grazed her hand and she snatched it back as if he had burned her.

“Is this from the White Rabbit?” he asked. His voice was melodious and low, as if ready at any moment to break into song.

Mary Ann ignored her surprise at such a simple question. The Hatter never asked them. He preferred riddles and rhyming. After Alice, he had sunk into stranger behavior and proclaimed that Time, in even greater revenge of his attempted murder, had moved him forward to midnight. The tea party was abandoned, save for the dormouse, who dozed against a cobwebbed teapot, singing nursery rhymes in his sleep.

“Of course,” she said finally.

The Hatter raised one inky eyebrow. “No course but progress, Miss Mary.”

“Ann,” she finished.

“Two names for one woman.” He sighed and tapped the edge of the letter against his forehead. “You must be a handful.” His eyes drifted down her body, and the implication was obvious.

She felt herself flush again. It irritated her, and added to her irritation over the fallen basket of mushrooms, her tardiness, and the rush of desire she had felt when she watched the White Knight and Hatter kiss.

“You must be lonely,” she blurted out, immediately regretting her statement.

He pursed his lips. “Must I be an emotion?”

“Of course,” she stammered.

“There you go again. You are not very contrary, are you Mary?”

“You need to be careful,” she advised hotly, angry at herself. “If the Queen of Hearts were to find out about–”

“About what? The actions of a mad man?”

“I know that isn’t true.”

“Oh?” He yawned. “What is true and what are lies? The only thing you can be sure of is neither can be bread pudding.” He grinned again. “My, my, Mary Ann, you have put me in a tizzy. Perhaps I should throw a little party to show my recent assignations are not at all as treacherous as you would imply.”

“I would never–”

“Never is a horrible word, Mary Ann. So absolute, so unwavering.” His smile widened. “Yes, a dinner party is what I shall throw–so high up in the air all of the Land shall see it.” He glanced down at her, and his gaze changed. She suddenly noticed his hands were empty.

He cupped her face, his thumbs caressing her jaw. She was shocked into stillness.

“I’m ravenous just thinking about it,” he murmured.

She swallowed, unable to speak. He had moved imperceptibly closer to her, their hips aligned, the heat of his body seeping into hers. Being this close she noticed a small scar by the corner of his right eye. She wanted to rest her fingers on it, but instead her hands fisted by her sides. He was playing with her, and she would not be fooled, not even as his beautiful dark eyes stared down so deeply into her own.

“Haven’t you had your fill?” she said, suddenly angry.

“Never,” he explained calmly. “I’m a bottomless well.”

“A well isn’t ravenous.”

“Don’t be so sure,” he said.

He pressed his lips against hers, his thumbs pressing lightly against her jaw, opening her to the sudden invasion of his tongue. She grasped the lapels of his dusty dinner jacket, nearly sinking to her knees as his tongue swept over her teeth. His arm circled around her waist and anchored her against his hard body. His other hand threaded through her hair, scattering angel’s trumpet to the floor.

She was lost in a wave of passion, thrown against the cliffs. His tongue touched hers, coaxing her reply and she answered, tentative, until his hand slid from her hair to her breast. She froze against his mouth, shocked by his blatant touch and by her own uninhibited response.

“Next time,” the Hatter whispered against her lips, “you should knock.”

Monday, March 28, 2011

Erotica Today: 28 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 28 March 2011

New Releases

Playing with Prudence by Rachel Randall from Total-E-Bound, via Erotica for All
Thrill of the Night by Mina Carter from Summer House Publishing, via Erotica for All
Sacred Stone and the Singing Bone by G.R. Richards from, Excessica, via Erotica for All
Artistic Sights, Heavenly Delights by Victoria Blisse from Total-E-Bound, via Erotica for All
New Releases from Torquere Press
Blind Passion, A Wolfman Tale by Brannan Black from Changeling Press
Even Now by Christina Rhys from Sizzler Editions
Flashback Mountain: A Novel Of Bondage by Candace Smith from Sizzler Editions
Soles in Torment by Colin from Sizzler Editions
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Stormy Eyes (Brac Pack 5) by Lynn Hagen from Siren BookStrand
One to Keep (Nights in Bliss, Colorado 3) by Sophie Oak from Siren BookStrand
Sweet Captivation (A Bride for Eight Brothers 2) by Abby Blake from Siren BookStrand
All That Glitters (Wilder, Texas 2) by Wendi Darlin from Siren BookStrand

Free Stories

Woman of His Dreams, Part 42 via Angela Caperton's blog
Chocolatiers of the High Winds: 28 via Circlet Press
"Happy Anniversary" by Neil Connolly via Every Night Erotica
"One Whole Heart" by Robert E. Petras via Every Night Erotica
"Subway" by Christopher Newman via Every Night Erotica

Excerpts

Excerpt from I Kissed A Girl II: More Virgin Lesbian Stories via Erotica for All

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

Win a PDF Copy of Playing with Prudence by Rachel Randall via Erotica for All
Win a PDF Copy of Honeytrapped by Justine Elyot via Erotica for All
The Second Annual Meeting for Fans and Writers of MM/FF, GLBT via Erotica for All
Guest Blog: Tracy Ames via Erotica for All
Review of Mattress Music by Lily Harlem via Erotica for All
Review of Big Sex Little Death by Susie Bright via Rachel Kramer Bussel's blog
Review of Turning Kiss by Eden Bradley via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Permanent Ink by Jaime Samms via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Maverick's Mate by Lynn Hagen via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Cowboy Easy by Stormy Glenn via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Something Within Him by Elizabeth Coldwell via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Actually, I'm Gay by Roxy Harte via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Wicked Temptation by Eliza Lloyd via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Possession by Linda Mooney via Whipped Cream Reviews

Calls for Submissions

Beachwalk Press via Erotica for All

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Erotica Today: 22 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 22 March 2011

New Releases

For Want of a Nail: A Marketplace Short Story by Laura Antoniou via Circlet Press
I Kissed a Girl II: More Virgin Lesbian Stories edited by Regina Perry from Ravenous Romance, via Erotica for All
Fighting Evil by Mary Abshire from Noble Romance, via Erotica for All
Honeytrapped by Justine Elyot from Total-E-Bound, via Erotica for All
Strangers in the Night by Brynn Paulin from Total-E-Bound, via Erotica for All
Understanding Mark by Serena Yates from Total-E-Bound, via Erotica for All
Pretty Kitty by Desiree Holt from Total-E-Bound, via Erotica for All
Dancing Barefoot by G.R. Richards from Torquere Press, via Erotica for All
Talk to Me by Cassandra Carr from Loose ID, via Erotica for All
Her Complete Master by Rod Harden from Sizzler Editions
Madison's Cure & Other Erotica: The Best Of Sascha Illyvich from Sizzler Editions
Musclebound by Laura Antoniou (Writing As Christopher Morgan) from Sizzler Editions
Wild Woods by Kate Hill from Changeling Press
Agency of Extraordinary Mates Vol. 3 by Camille Anthony and Aubrey Ross and Eve Vaughn from Changeling Press
Double Take by Kerri Nelson from Evernight Publishing
Love Tattoo by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy from Evernight Publishing
Strung Tight by Berengaria Brown from Evernight Publishing
Last Temptation by Wylie Kinson from Ellora's Cave
Generous Fire by Olivia Waite from Ellora's Cave
Unforgettable by Shelley Munro from Ellora's Cave
Work It by Marilyn Campbell from Ellora's Cave
Breakaway by Kelly Jamieson from Ellora's Cave
Two Days, Three Nights by Dominique Adair from Ellora's Cave
My Alien Threesome by Amy Redwood from Ellora's Cave
Immortal Heat by Lanette Curington from Ellora's Cave
Remi's Pup (Brac Pack 4) by Lynn Hagen from Siren BookStrand
Seducing Fate by Antonia Pearce from Siren BookStrand
Wilde Fire (The Brothers of Wilde, Nevada 2) by Chloe Lang from Siren BookStrand
SWAT Team One and the Social Worker (The Men of Five-0 #1) by Dixie Lynn Dwyer from Siren BookStrand
Either Ore (Going for the Gold 2) by Karen Mercury from Siren BookStrand
Her Cowboy Indiscretion by Lillith Payne from Siren BookStrand

Free Stories

Chocolatiers of the High Winds: 27 via Circlet Press
Woman of His Dreams, Part 41 via Angela Caperton's blog
"Third and Long" by N.S. Faulk via Oysters and Chocolate
"Spot of Gold" by Celia Kyle via Erotica for All
"Tender Love" by SirDuction via Every Night Erotica
"Escaping Repressions Conclusion" by D.E. Carroll via Every Night Erotica
"Slick" by Lenorah Woodham via Every Night Erotica
"Lucky in Love" by Diana Davis via Every Night Erotica
Victorian Robot Porn Chester XYV is a Naughty Tale of True Romance via io9

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

Chinese Police Arrest Thirty-Two Women for Writing Gay Porn via Rachel Kramer Bussel's blog
Reminder: Magic U Anthology Stories Accepted Until March 31! via Cecilia Tan's blog
Author Interview: Rachel Kramer Bussel via Oysters and Chocolate
Review of Eyes of Desire by Portia Da Costa via Erotica for All
Review of Dudleytown by L.B. Gregg via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Arrested Heart by Yvette Hines via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Love's Denial by Joyee Flynn via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Two Step Temptation by Emma Jay via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Loving Laney by Lorna Jean Roberts via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Island of Icarus by Christine Danse via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Kate Undone by Marie Harte via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of The Pharaoh's Concubine by Z.A. Maxfield via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of A Soldier’s Story by Iona Blair via Whipped Cream Reviews

Calls for Submissions

LOST Magazine (Thanks to Rachel Kramer Bussel for the tip)

Friday, March 18, 2011

Erotica Today: 18 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 18 March 2011

New Releases

Bad Medicine: Covert Wishes by Anne Kane from Changeling Press
Love Tatoo by Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy from Evernight Publishing
My Alien Threesome by Amy Redwood from Ellora's Cave
Immortal Heat by Lanette Curington from Ellora's Cave
Remi's Pup (Brac Pack 4) by Lynn Hagen from Siren BookStrand
Lost (Altered Destinies 1) by Abby Blake from Siren BookStrand
Submission (Beautiful Liars 1) by Ashley Brooke from Siren BookStrand
Ecstasy Times Two (The Dakota Dynasty) by Robin Gideon from Siren BookStrand
Keeper of the Light (Wicked River 1) by Gabrielle Evans from Siren BookStrand

Free Stories

"Lagniappe" by Olivia London via Every Night Erotica
The Little Death--Episode 10: A Bitter Taste of Freedom via Heat Flash
"Spot of Gold" by Celia Kyle via Erotica for All
"First Time Strapped" by Lacy Lalonde via Oysters and Chocolate

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

Author Interview: A.M. Hartnett via Oysters and Chocolate
Guest Blog: Keta Diablo via Erotica for All
Review of Cuffed and Dangerous by Bronwyn Green via Erotica for All
Review of Catching Evil Tail by Mary Abshire via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of My Girl by Stormy Glenn via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Bought For The Billionaire’s Bed by Jan Bowles via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Affairs of Dragons by Lena Austin via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Cirque Caprice: Tarot by Julia Talbot via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Careless Whisper by Wendi Zwaduk via Whipped Cream Reviews

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Erotica Today: 17 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 17 March 2011

New Releases

Sample an Older Circlet Title! Today: Erotic Fantastic Ebook Edition from Circlet Press
Her Empath by Mina Carter from Ellora's Cave, via Erotica for All
Spring by Carol Lynne from Total-E-Bound, via Erotica for All
Level Up by Lena Austin from Changeling Press
Braden by Allyson James from Ellora's Cave
Seven Minutes of Seduction by Afton Locke from Ellora's Cave
Melt Me by Calista Fox from Ellora's Cave
It's in the Cards by Lynn LaFleur from Ellora's Cave
Male Order by Amy Ruttan from Ellora's Cave
Dancing with Dionysus by Joanna Wylde from Ellora's Cave
Lady of the Isle by Temple Hogan from Resplendence Publishing
Mr. Smith's Whip by Brynn Paulin from Resplendence Publishing
Crystal's Cowboys by J. Rose Allister from Siren BookStrand
Hermes Online by Rose Anderson from Siren BookStrand

Free Stories

"Who's a Pretty Girl?" by LadyLovelace via Every Night Erotica

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

Author Profile: Bianca Sommerland via Erotica for All
Review of Cuffed and Dangerous by Bronwyn Green via Erotica for All
Review of Leap by Cindy Jacks via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Snared in Siberia by Allie Standifer via Whipped Cream Reviews
Viking Seduction: Blood Hunter by Brannan Black via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Corporate Plaything by Lizzie Lynn Lee via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Simply Perfection by Trina Lane via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of P'tit Cadeau by Anel Viz via Whipped Cream Reviews
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Calls for Submissions

Out of This World Novellas at Changeling Press via The Erotica Readers and Writers Association
Razor's Edge Press via The Erotica Readers and Writers Association
Lust Bites and Sexy Snax at Total-E-Bound Publishing via Erotica for All
Summerhouse Publishing via Erotica for All

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Erotica Today: 16 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 16 March 2011

New Releases

The Shifter and the Dreamer by Crissy Smith from Total-E-Bound, via Erotica for All
Strung Tight by Berengaria Brown from Evernight Publishing
Tempting Mr. Parker by Delilah Hunt from Evernight Publishing
Hush by Amarinda Jones from Evernight Publishing
Bondage Camera by Powerone from Sizzler Editions
Dances with Pirates by Bo Bleu from Sizzler Editions
Daughter Of The Moon II: The Depths By Patricia Green from Sizzler Editions
Breeders by India Masters from Ellora's Cave
Victor (Marius Brothers 4) by Joyee Flynn from Siren BookStrand

Free Stories

The Prince’s Boy: 86 via Circlet Press
"The Aerobics Instructor, Part 2" by Greased Pole via Porn for Women, by Women
"The Service" by Jaye Raymee via Every Night Erotica

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

Aoife Bright is Giving Away a Copy of Elementary Erotica on her website at Dream Width
Cornelia Grey Talks About Her Story in Elementary Erotica at her website
Author Profile: Bianca Sommerland via Erotica for All
Author Interview: Jeremy Edwards via Oysters and Chocolate
Review of Time Square Cutie by Mykola Dementiuk via Sizzler Editions
Review of When Blood Beckons by Dawn H. Hawkes via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Burn for Me by Jan Springer via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Shifter’s Coven: Hunter by Marteeka Karland via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Yearning by Tina Donahue via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Dream Lover edited by Kristina Wright via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of I'm On Fire by Sommer Marsden via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Dragon Kin: Binding Katrina by Selena Illyria via Whipped Cream Reviews

Calls for Submissions

Coming Together: In Flux via Erotica Readers and Writers Association

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Release: Elementary Erotica

Elementary Erotica edited by J. Blackmore



In these seven stories, our authors explore the allure and simmering sexuality of the Victorian age’s greatest detective, through the fantastical lens of steampunk. Editor J. Blackmore, known for her erotic steampunk anthologies, continues her romp through the literary boudoirs of the Victorian age that has previously included Lewis Carroll and which will soon encompass Jane Austen and H.P. Lovecraft, as well.

As she notes in her introduction to Elementary Erotica: “I was surprised by the overwhelming response I got when I requested [these] erotic stories. Holmes’s apparent distaste for women and seeming lack of interest in sex make him an unlikely hero for an erotic story, but each of these authors found their own unique way of dealing with this problem. The backdrop of Victorian England is one filled with tension and danger for homosexual men.This was a time and a place where it was illegal to be gay, plain and simple. We’d do well to remember that Holmes was not always a devotee of the law.”

By transforming the Victorian figure into an erotic one, these stories make social commentary on the repressiveness of the Victorian age and fear of sexuality in our own times. They are simultaneously parodic, through their use of known settings and tropes, and erotic, through their liberation of the previously unwritten sexuality of the characters.

Table of Contents:
The Prophet’s Eye by Aoife Bright
The Hysteria Machine by Louise Blaydon
The Adventure of the Green Zeppelin by Elinor Gray
Research by Kate Lear
Upon the Use of Electrical Vibration in the Treatment of Hysterics by Violet Vernet
Emet by Cornelia Grey
Songs Without Words by Peter Tupper

Read an Excerpt from "The Hysteria Machine" by Louise Blaydon:

The thing began, as affairs in our rooms so frequently did, with a minor mystery.

At the time at which the events in question transpired, I had not yet acquired a practice of my own, and as such was still employed at Saint Bart’s hospital as a casual surgeon and lackey. The great advantage of this, for my purposes, was that it enabled me to demand personal days at my whimsy–or rather, at the whimsy of Holmes–such that we might catch an impulsive train to some distant part of the country on the trail of this thief or that scoundrel, or pursue a suspect across the capital at will. The disadvantage, of course, was that it rendered my accounts somewhat erratic, with the result that my income so barely sufficed to cover my costs that Holmes had taken to keeping my check book in the locked top drawer of his desk, with my permission. This had the benevolent effect of curtailing my inherited tendency towards impulsive spending; it also, I fear, appealed rather to Holmes’s ego. It would not be obvious to any but those who know him very well–and the number of such men is very small–but Holmes has a streak of vanity in him, and he enjoys the sensation of control. Were he not so eclectic in his energies, I have no doubt he would have made an excellent national dictator.

A second disadvantage to the nature of my employment at Saint Bart’s was that I had not been afforded any personal space of my own wherein to store my things–by which I refer to my stethoscope, diagnostic texts, and other basic accoutrements of the modern physician. This meant that I was forced to carry around on my person a rather sizable leather bag in which I kept all such items (and whose weight placed a medically inadvisable strain upon my wounded left shoulder, but this could not be helped). The bag being so heavy, I invariably set it down as soon as was feasible upon returning to our rooms, and as such, it was always to be found a little inside the main door of our sitting room, exactly where I had left it.

This night, it seemed, constituted the exceptional variable.

I had been rather more exhausted than usual upon my return to Baker Street that evening. This could be put down to a combination of factors; among them, the very large number of children who had managed to sustain minor injuries in outdoor activity–for it was summer–and the oppressive heat of the Underground, uncomfortable at the best of times and in hot weather intolerable. Accordingly, after calling in cursory fashion for Holmes and hearing no answer, I made short work of the supper Missus Hudson had provided, and promptly fell into a doze in my customary chair. This was around six, or a little after. Coming groggily back to myself fully two hours later with my mind rather clearer, I soon recalled my earlier intention to remind myself of the details of an operation I was scheduled to perform in the morning. I had spent a great deal of time in medical school, and almost as long, now, in practice, but it always behoves a doctor to refresh himself upon minor details before cutting open another human being; and so, standing with a stretch of my shoulders, I retraced my steps to the door in search of my bag.

I saw within moments that it was not where I had expected it, in the spot where it always rested when I was at home. Bemused, I occupied myself fruitlessly for another moment or two in some attempt to determine whether I might possibly have left it elsewhere; but I knew in my mind that I had set it down exactly as I always did, and a glance around the room, tonight rather neat, confirmed that I had not simply mistaken where I had put it. Two hours earlier, I had entered these rooms with a bag. Now, when I once again had need of it, that bag was gone.

I have not spent three years in the perpetual company of Holmes for nothing. He may be the leading expert in deduction, but I have learned a few things about the art myself, and it was immediately evident to me that no intruder could have entered our rooms, penetrated the impermeable barrier of the good Missus Hudson, and taken my bag without waking me. I am a doctor, but I was also a soldier, with a soldier’s overactive senses in slumber. No: there was only one man on earth who could have made off with my case, a deduction made only more sound by the fact that I knew him to have done it on several previous occasions. Holmes moves like a cat, and could easily have slipped back into our rooms unnoticed, had he wished to do so. There was also always the chance that he had been in his own bedroom since before my return, but had chosen not to answer my enquiry. When he is deep in thought, he has been known to employ such tactics.

I sighed heavily. Evidently his cogitations had led him towards some conclusion, which he needed a medical man’s equipment and texts to confirm. This was all well and good, but the well-being of a person will always be, to me, of higher importance than that of a case, and I could not permit Holmes to retain my texts when I myself had need of them. I crossed the room in three strides, ran up the brief flight of stairs that led to Holmes’s door, and rapped sharply upon it.

“Holmes!”

I waited. When a moment or two had passed and yielded still no answer, I pressed my lips together in some determination, and leaned my ear against the door. “Holmes,” I repeated, with a greater sense of insistence.

At first, his disinclination to respond to my entreaties had failed to arouse any great anxiety in me, for Holmes is a strange creature, given to long periods of silence, and to behavior which, in any other man, might have seemed the height of rudeness, but which in Holmes is only his manner, and must be tolerated as such. But increasingly, it was occurring to me that there were other uses to which Holmes might yet have put my medical equipment. A glance sufficed to confirm my suspicion that his little vial of cocaine–a seven percent solution of his own deviant design–was not in its habitual place upon the bookcase. This realization caused me to redouble my efforts upon the door.

“Holmes,” I insisted. “I demand that you open this door immediately! As you have doubtless determined by now, I do not carry syringes of the sort you require, and I must have my bag!”

The silence that endured after my words had fallen dead into the air seemed quite complete. I pressed my ear to the panels of the door again, pushing myself closer against it in my increased distress. There was still no clear sound from within, but I did notice, upon this occasion, a faint whirring buzz somewhere inside the room, whose provenance I could not place. A moment later, I heard the unmistakable hitching breath of a man in evident pain.

My heart clenched in my chest. I paused not a moment longer, stricken with contrition at all the things I had thought of him when, all the while, his reluctance to answer me was due to his having sustained some hideous injury. In the seconds it took me to fumble at the door handle, a succession of numerous horrible imaginings paraded themselves through the corridor of my mind, each one more unthinkable than the last. “Holmes,” I called out again. “My dear fellow, do not be concerned. I am on my way!”

Another second’s jiggling at the fob, and the recalcitrant lock gave way to the invading key. It released with an audible click, and the door burst open under the impetus of my impatient weight. I raised my hands first, and my eyes second, braced for whatever piteous sight might greet them.

That sight… did not come.

In its stead I saw a vision which was to alter the course of my existence forever, had I but known it. It was, as I have stated, a warm day in midsummer, and the heat had not dissipated with the evening. Nevertheless, it was hardly usual practice for gentlemen–even gentlemen as eccentric in their manner as Holmes–to attempt to ease themselves by stretching out quite naked on their beds before nine. It seemed still less likely that the device in his hand–which he was now, as far as I could determine, attempting to insert into his person in a most inadvisable manner–could possibly avail him of any relief.

I could, I suppose, have been mortified at the sight. As it was, the combination of the way in which he was looking at me, with a steadiness that almost suggested he had expected my intrusion, and my outrage at seeing my medical equipment abused in so inexplicable a fashion, roused me instead to irritation.

“Holmes,” I declared, “that is absolutely not the purpose for which that device was intended. It is supposed to relieve hysteria and restlessness in young ladies; I neither know nor care what you are hoping to achieve with it, but I would greatly appreciate it if you were to give it back. And the rest of my medical equipment.”

To my immense annoyance–although I must confess, not entirely to my surprise–Holmes began to laugh. I noticed through my irritation that he did not entirely cease what he was doing, either, although the motions of his hand slowed.

“My dear Watson,” he said, in a voice rich with amusement. “Do you not believe in the multifaceted nature of creation?”

The remark was so odd that I floundered for a moment, nonplussed. “Well… yes,” I said, my irritation momentarily dispelled in my confusion.

“Well then,” Holmes said tartly, nodding as if he had established some pertinent fact. “Can you not entertain, then, the notion that this device may be suitable for several purposes, rather than solely the one to which you ascribe it?”

As if in demonstration, he pressed the tip of the implement firmly against his entrance, in evident suggestion. To my initial distress and confusion, my body’s reaction to the sight was one not of repugnance, but, rather, of… interest. Alarmed by the rush of sensation to my groin, I cleared my throat and addressed him with my firmest military air.

“That device,” I informed him, “is for administering pelvic massage to young women.”

Holmes only laughed again, softly, this time, beneath his breath. “Ah, Watson.” He pressed again with the implement, such that this time, the tip of it slipped a little way within the entry to his body. I felt myself stir again alarmingly, and swallowed.

“It is a capital mistake to theorize in advance of the facts,” said Holmes. Again, he pressed upon the end of the instrument, and again, it pushed a little further inside of him. Beside the bed, the little steam engine that powered it hissed and swished, inexorable and undeterred.

“Certainly,” I said, in a voice which I must confess was rather husky, “it appears to be functioning correctly, despite your… unorthodox application of it.”

“Indeed,” Holmes agreed, raising his hips slightly to ease the passage of the prosthesis. As it slid home, he uttered a small hitching sound in the back of his throat, his head falling a little back in reaction.

Writing now, with the benefit of two years’ hindsight, I recognize that it was this vision which undid me…

Erotica Today: 15 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 15 March 2011

New Releases

Elementary Erotica edited by J. Blackmore from Circlet Press
Home for Christmas by Merzi Ross from Noble Romance, via Erotica for All
Wait Until Dawn by Bailey Bradford from Total-E-Bound, via Erotica for All
Love Revisited by K.B. Cutter from Noble Romance, via Erotica for All
A Firm Merger by Stephanie Ganon from Liquid Silver Books, via Erotica for All
Badland Warriors: Spartans by Marteeka Karland from Changeling Press
Tasting Devilish Delights by Tara Nina from Ellora's Cave
Power Play by Madeleine Oh from Ellora's Cave
Waking Maggie by Cindy Jacks from Ellora's Cave
The Alpha's Fall (Great Wolves of Passion, Alaska 2) by Kiera West from Siren BookStrand
The Duke's Blind Temptation by Paige Cameron from Siren BookStrand

Free Stories

"It's Not the Heat" by Lenny Woodson via Oysters and Chocolate
"The XXX Connection: Erotic Reunion" by Indy McDaniel via Every Night Erotica

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

Review of Rock Hard by Olivia Cunning via Book Lovers Inc.
Review of Rosemary Entwined by Bianca Sommerland via Erotica for All
Review of And It Is Victory by K.R. Foster via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of The Boy Next Door by Kate McMurray via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of A Contract Bride's Triple Surprise by Reece Butler via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Siren Enslaved by Sophie Oak via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Raymond by Wanda DeGolier via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of A Love Like No Other by Maggie Casper via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Make Me, Sir by Cherise Sinclair via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of A Rose is a Rose by Jet Mykles via Whipped Cream Reviews

Monday, March 14, 2011

Erotica Today: 14 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 14 March 2011

New Releases

New Releases from Torquere Press
Mirror, Mirror: Scent of Love by J. Hali Steele from Changeling Press
Dragos 3: Blazed by Amber Kallyn from Changeling Press
Her Empath by Mina Carter from Ellora's Cave
Stripped by Love by Cyna Kade from Ellora's Cave
Red Ribbon by Lila Dubois from Ellora's Cave
Play Me by Kaily Hart from Ellora's Cave
Double Take by Kerri Nelson from Evernight Publishing
His Seductive Spy (The Double Recall 2) by Lara Santiago from Siren BookStrand
Sunshine’s Savior (Brac Pack 3) by Lynn Hagen from Siren BookStrand

Free Stories

Chocolatiers of the High Winds: Chapter 26 via Circlet Press
Woman of His Dreams, Part 39 and Part 40via Angela Caperton's blog
"Wine Wish" by Courtney Breazile via Oysters and Chocolate
"Filled to Capacity" by Julius via Every Night Erotica
"Always Your Slut, Part 2" by Lucy Felthouse via Every Night Erotica
"Gas Goddess" by Gregory Allen via Every Night Erotica

Excerpts

Excerpts from Stallers: More Tales of Time Square Cuties by Mykola Dementiuk via GLBT Fiction Excerpts

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

Ides of March Sale at Torquere Press
Author Proflie: Stevie Woods via Erotica for All
Interview: Daisy Harris via Erotica for All
Interview: Daisy Harris via Erotica for All
Review of Rosemary Entwined by Bianca Sommerland via Erotica for All
Review of Scandalous by Ava McKnight via Dark Divas Review
Review of Keeping Taryn’s Cowboys (Sunset Cowboys 3) by Tonya Ramagos via Dark Divas Review
Review Hotwired Heart by Jaime Samms via Dark Divas Review
Review of Pisces: From Behind That Locked Door by Pepper Espinoza via Dark Divas Review
Review of The Duty of a Beta (Book three in the Pack Discipline Series) by Kim Dare via Dark Divas Reviews
Review of Alpha Born by Stormy Glenn via Dark Divas Reviews
Review of First Steps by Sean Michael via Dark Divas Reviews
Review of His Client by Ava March via Dark Divas Review
Review of Jockey Box by Liz Crowe via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review And It Is Powerful by K.R. Foster via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Primal Beat by Marilyn Campbell via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Wolfman: Revelations by Brannan Black via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of A Caleb Footlong by Joyee Flynn via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Creole Nights by Jessica Coulter Smith via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Beastly Passion by Renee Field via Whipped Cream Reviews

Friday, March 11, 2011

Erotica Today: 11 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 11 March 2011

New Releases

Revision by Silvia Violet from Changeling Press
Night's Embrace by Jessica Coulter Smith from Changeling Press
Double Take by Kerri Nelson from Evernight Publishing
The Outer Rim by Alexis Martin from Siren BookStrand
Punk Rox Warrior by Rachel Cron from Siren BookStrand

Free Stories

The Little Death--Episode 09: Assignment via Heat Flash
"Ice" by C.A. Williams via Every Night Erotica

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

Interview: Roz Lee via Erotica for All
Review of Can’t Help The Way That I Feel edited by Lori Bryant-Woolridge via Pop My Cherry Review
Review of Flash Point by Shelli Stevens via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of With Benefits by Jenny Urban via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Catch Me If You Can by Stacey Espino via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Outlaw's Woman by Beverly Sims via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of All She Wants 4 Christmas by Jessica Lee via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Hot Spanish Nights by Bianca Swan via Whipped Cream Reviews

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Erotica Today: 10 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 10 March 2011

New Releases

Sample an Older Circlet Title! Today: Wired Hard 3 from Circlet Press
Strip for Me by Amarinda Jones from Evernight Publishing
Centurion's Honor by Nadia Aidan from Ellora's Cave
Hollywood Spank by Shoshanna Evers from Ellora's Cave
Pleasure Slave by Ann Jacobs from Ellora's Cave
Stealing Coal by Laurann Dohner from Ellora's Cave
Ghost Hunter by Paige Tyler from Ellora's Cave

Free Stories

"Ali's Submission... The Disobedience" by Ali Michaels via Every Night Erotica

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

Kinky for You: Author January Howe Reveals How Erotica Improved Her Writing via Carina Press
Interview with Author Sommer Marsden via Oysters and Chocolate
Interview with Author Saranna DeWylde via Oysters and Chocolate
Jayne Rylon Answers Questions About Her Powertools Series of Erotic Romances--With Excerpt via RT Book Reviews
Author Kelly Yeakle Guest Blogs at Oh Alex
Author Profile: Lisa Darling via Erotica for All
Review of Possession by A.D. Blackburn via Happily Ever After Reviews
Review of Divine Grace by Heather Rainier via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Mating Moon by B.J. McCall via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Love Revisited: Nick and Tetsuji by Barbara Sheridan via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Cat Maiden by Myra Nour via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of The Surrender of Lacy Morgan by Suzanne Ferrell via Whipped Cream Reviews

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Erotica Today: 8 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 8 March 2011

New Releases

The Slave by Laura Antoniou from Circlet Press
Six-Way Sex Club by Mike McCay from Ravenous Romance
Getting Hitched by Victoria Blisse from Xcite Books, via Erotica for All
Holly's Intuition by Saskia Walker from Total-E-Bound, via Erotica for All
One Spark by Ava McKnight from Ellora's Cave
Journey to the Pearl by Desiree Holt from Ellora's Cave
Stolen Hearts by Karen Erickson from Ellora's Cave
Anne's Birthday Bachelor by Jennifer Dunne from Ellora's Cave
Caress of Fur (3xtasy Lake 1) by Corinne Davies from Siren BookStrand
Rhett's Branding (Scarlett Rose and the Seven Longhorns 3) by Lola Newmar from Siren BookStrand
Riverboat Named Desire by Kelly Conrad from Siren BookStrand

Free Stories

"Seeking" by Jaye Raymee via Oysters and Chocolate
"The Night Ride Home" by Ray Sostre via Every Night Erotica

Excerpts

Excerpt from Her Captive Muse by Indigo Skye via Erotica for All
Excerpt from Their Home Port by Karenna Colcroft via Pink Petal Books
Excerpt from Ghosts And Lovers by Jaime Samms via Pink Petal Books

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

Author Profile: J.T. Harding via Erotica for All
Grab Free Book for Xcite to Celebrate Read an Ebook Week via Erotica for All
Review of The Perfect Submissive by Kay Jaybee via Erotica for All
Review of Indecent Encounter Anthology via Happily Ever After Reviews
Review of Birthday Presents by K. Roxanne Gunn via Whipped Cream Reviews
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Review of Belonging by Pat Cunningham via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Reveal Me by Cari Quinn via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Maid for Master by Nina Pierce via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Pirate Ghost by Jay Starre via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Love, Lost and Found by Kate Hofman via Dark Divas Reviews
Review of Point of Beginning (The Gentlemen’s Club #1) by Gale Stanley via Dark Divas Reviews
Review of Faithful to a Fault by KJ Reed via Dark Divas Reviews
Review of Attracting Anthony (Moon Pack #1) by Amber Kell via Dark Divas Reviews

Calls for Submissions

Three Anthologies from Rachel Kramer Bussel via Erotica for All

Monday, March 7, 2011

Erotica Today: 7 March 2011

Erotica Today
For 7 March 2011

New Releases

New from Lyrical Press
New Releases from Torquere Press
Exqusite Bondage by Emy Naso from Sizzler Editions
Fiona Makes Him A Man by Jake Marlow from Sizzler Editions
Lesbian Noir By Tresart L. Sioux from Sizzler Editions
Demon of Convenience by Cynthia Sax from Changeling Press
Demons R Us and Other Stories by Alice Gaines from Changeling Press
Taking the Heat by Elayne S. Venton from Changeling Press
Kiss a Falling Star by Barbara Elsborg from Ellora's Cave
Craving Lady Starr by Ruth D. Kerce from Ellora's Cave
Panther Moon by Regina Carlysle from Ellora's Cave
Hot, Hard & Howling by Mari Freeman from Ellora's Cave
Beyond Friends by Xondra Day from Evernight Publishing
Holly’s Intuition by Saskia Walker from Total E-Bound, via Erotica for All
Wild Hearts Blood (Moon Legacy 1) by Rhea Regale from Siren BookStrand
Rosemary's Double Delight (Divine Creek Ranch 4) by Heather Rainier from Siren BookStrand
Hawk's Pretty Baby (Brac Pack 2) by Lynn Hagen from Siren BookStrand

Free Stories

Chocolatiers of the High Winds: Chapter 25 via Circlet Press
"Woman of His Dreams" Part 39 via Angela Caperton's blog
"Morning in the Park" by DirtyMartini via Oysters and Chocolate
"Everyone Should Be So Lucky, Part 3" by Maggie Morton via Good Vibrations Magazine
"Little Sister" by Angela R. Sargenti via Every Night Erotica
"Kat and Mirah’s Midnight Show" by Steve Isaak via Every Night Erotica
"Escaping Repressions Part 5" by D.E. Carroll via Every Night Erotica

Excerpts

Magic U Book 4 Teaser! via Cecilia Tan's blog
Excerpt from Her Captive Muse by Indigo Skye via Erotica for All

Erotica News, Views, and Reviews

March Madness Sale! at Torquere Press
What If Erotic Sci-Fi Romance Gave You Mind-Blowing Orgasms and Deep Thoughts? via The Galaxy Express
Guest blog: Indigo Skye via Erotica for All
Guest Blog: Nichelle Gregory via Erotica for All
Interview: Girl with a Dirty Mind via Erotica for All
New Reviews for Changeling Press
Review of Love Bites by Scarlet Blackwell via Night Owl Reviews
Review of Taken by Nicole Austin via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Chocolate Dreams by Em Woods via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Purrs and Lace by D. McEntire via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of Mate Hunger by Marisa Chenery via Whipped Cream Reviews
Review of The Furry Matchmaker by Lori Toland via Whipped Cream Reviews

Friday, March 4, 2011

Call for Submissions: Whispers in Darkness

Call for Submissions: Whispers in Darkness: Lovecraftian Erotica

The air stirs, but there’s nothing there; there’s a distant sound that cannot be of this world; you feel a hand on the back of your neck: does it fill you with dread, or desire? Circlet Press is calling all writers of dark erotica and issuing a challenge: we want erotica set in the Lovecraft mythos. Send us your stories of arousal on the brink of madness, and lust in the face of fear.

Please note that, even though we’re opening up our submission guidelines to include dark fantasy/horror themes, stories that include rape/non-consensuality and/or sex-negative themes will not be considered.

SUBMISSION DETAILS:
The submission deadline is May 15, 2011. Email submissions only. Stories are best submitted as a word processor document (.doc, .rtf, .txt, etc.) attached to the email, but do not forget to include your complete contact information on the attached document! (If it’s only in the body of the email, it’s quite easy to have a brilliant story come out of the printer and then have no way to trace back where the heck it came from.) Manuscripts should be correctly/professionally formatted for submission. (If you’re not sure what we mean by that, Google it.)

Preferred word length is between 3000 and 7000 words. All stories must include explicit sexuality and erotic focus. (For more details on our editorial preferences, see the general submission guidelines. We highly recommend reading the guidelines, especially the “do not send” list, to increase your chances of sending us something we’ll love.) Try to avoid clich├ęs. Fresh and direct language is preferred to overly euphemistic. Sex-positive, please, no rape/nonconsensuality/necrophilia or other purposefully gross topics.

Original stories only, NO REPRINTS unless the distribution was truly obscure. Ebooks pay $25 per story, with an additional $25 if the book gets a print edition. Authors get one copy of each edition, as well. Author retains the reprint rights to individual story; we buy non-exclusive rights to inclusion in this anthology only.
Send submissions to: msjblackmore (at) gmail (dot) com