April 28, 2012

Say Please Virtual Tour

I’m joining Sinclair Sexsmith’s virtual tour for her new anthology Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica for two reasons.  First, because Sinclair ROCKS and second, because I have a story in this amazing book.  So, before I get involved in telling you about my story, I thought I’d tell you how happy I was to have a story chosen for Say Please and how much fun it’s been listening to some of my fellow authors read their stories aloud.  (I got to read mine, too, because you know, I’m a reading whore…)

I have to say, if you’ve never attended a reading, you should go.  Regardless how much you enjoyed reading an authors work to yourself, it is that much more exciting to hear the author read her own words.  Chances are, you’ll come away with a much more nuanced understanding of the story. 

But I said I was going to talk about my story, “A Public Spectacle.” 

Pretty much everything I write has at least a kernel of truth.  Sometimes that truth is that the building where the action takes place really does exist; sometimes that truth is that the girl in the story is someone I actually know and something very similar happened to her in real life and sometimes that girl is actually me – in some alternate universe – sort of.

“A Public Spectacle” comes from an actual scene I witnessed.  No, I wasn’t the top, and, god no, I wasn’t the bottom, either.  Like I said, I just witnessed the scene.  I was at a public play space and there was something about it that drew me, that made me want to witness and made me remember it and want to write about it. 

The top wasn’t the most amazing top I’d ever seen and the bottom wasn’t little miss sexy-pants, either, but there was something about their play that was so genuine and transforming.  And, yes, the bottom was indeed transformed through her submission and became truly beautiful. 

I think that often happens in play, even when you aren’t consciously thinking of ritual and spirituality.  In fact, I almost never think of ritual and spirituality (please don’t think less of me – it’s just who I am) but, when things are going really well, the feeling often shifts to something transcending.  Maybe it’s just soaring on endorphins for both top and bottom, and maybe it’s more.  I’m not the type to contemplate those things, as a rule.  But I suppose I did contemplate them when I wrote this story.  Writing the story, as well as viewing the scene, sort of put me in a trance.  If you’ve heard me read it, I even read it with a trance-like quality, which is very unusual for me.  I don’t know if I was successful in bringing the feeling to the page; I’ll have to let you be the judge.  But please do read it and judge for yourself.  Let me know, if you’ve a mind to.  I’d love to hear from you, either way.  But, whatever you do, treat yourself to this book.  It’ll definitely keep you up, if you know what I mean.

Keep following the virtual tour and go back and read the dates you may have missed.  Here’s the stuff:

April 1 (virtual tour) Viviane http://www.thesexcarnival.com
April 3 Rachel Kramer Bussel http://lustylady.blogspot.com
April 4 Giselle Renard http://donutsdesires.blogspot.com
April 5 Evoe throw http://www.wholesexlife.com
April 9 Roma Mafia http://www.romamafia.com
April 10 Official release date! Sinclair http://www.sugarbutch.net
April 11 Dede / deviantdyke http://deviantdyke.blogspot.com/
April 12 Helena Swan http://www.cuntext.com
April 13 (virtual tour) Kim Herbel http://www.butchlesque.com
April 14 Lily Lloyd http://theblackleatherbelt.com
April 17 Lula Lisbon http://lulalisbon.tumblr.com
Arpil 18 Ali Oh http://www.madeofwords.com
April 19 Jameson http://www.ftmbutchdude.com
April 21 Charlie Ninja http://charlieninja.tumblr.com/
April 22 (virtual tour) Meredith Guy http://meridithguy.tumblr.com
April 24 Lolita Wolf http://leatheryenta.com
April 25 Audrey at Babeland http://babeland.com/blog

April 27 Danika http://www.lesbrary.com
April 28 D. L. King http://www.dlkingerotica.com

Trade Paper
ISBN: 978-1-57344-785-0 
5 1/2 x 8, 232 pages

Say the magic word and fulfill your deepest desires for discipline and surrender, domination and submission, and the heightened sensations of BDSM play. One request opens up a fantasy world of classic dungeon scenes, bondage and restraint, floggers and spankings, sadism and masochism, very hot sex and so much more. True to form, Sexsmith queers classic gender dynamics, with a femme daddy in Alysia Angel’s “Feathers Have Weight,” and genderqueer bois who earn their right to flag black in Sassafras Lowrey’s “Black Hanky.” In “The Cruelest Kind,” Kiki DeLovely’s naughty narrator gets her just desserts from her butch in a back alley. D.L. King’s top makes her submissive strip before an unseen audience in “A Public Spectacle.” Face slapping can be a hard limit or the most delicious craving, as Rachel Kramer Bussel’s protagonist finds out in “A Slap in the Face.” Whether you dream of surrendering to a lover or of weilding your power, Say Please to the erotic inspiration within.
With contributed stories by Miriam Zoila PĂ©rez, Wendi Kali, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Gigi Frost, BB Rydell, Amelia Thornton, Vie La Guerre, Sassafras Lowrey, Dusty Horn, Kiki DeLovely, Elaine Miller, Shawna Elizabeth, Sossity Chiricuzio, Meridith Guy, August InFlux, Maria See, D.L. King, Anna Watson, Dilo Keith, Sinclair Sexsmith, Alysia Angel, Xan West, and Elizabeth Thorne.
Say Please is available on Amazon or directly from Cleis Press.

April 18, 2012

Readings from Best Lesbian Erotica 
at The Center!
Join the editors and contributors 
Weds., April 18
Doors Open 6:30PM, Program 
$10 admission

Julia Noel Goldman 
Anne Grip
DL King 
Ali Oh
Sinclair Sexsmith
Kathleen Warnock

Julia Noel Goldman is a native New Yorker, a political activist and a 
graduate of Sarah Lawrence College. Her lesbian erotica has been 
translated into Russian, French and Spanish, and is available on the 
Internet. This is her first story to be published in an anthology. Find 
out more atjulianoelgoldman.com

Anne Grip lives in New York City. She is a newly beginning yoga 

Editor of Carnal Machines, Spank, The Sweetest Kiss and the Lammy 
Finalist, Where the Girls Are, find D. L. King's stories in Best Lesbian 
Erotica, Best Women's Erotica, Girl Crazy, and Broadly Bound, among 
others. She's published two novels and edits the review site, Erotica 
Revealed. Find her at www.dlkingerotica.com

Ali Oh has a taste for sex, humor and grammar. Aside from her 
computer equipment, her sex toy box is the object in the house with 
the highest monetary value. She can be found running around New 
Jersey with her girlfriend or at madeofwords.com. Because the 
sexiest stuff is made of words.

Sinclair Sexsmith (mrsexsmith.com) writes 
the award-winning personal online project 
"Sugarbutch Chronicles: The Sex, Gender, 
and Relationship Adventures of a Kinky 
Queer Butch Top" at 
www.sugarbutch.net, and has works 
published in various anthologies, including
the Best Lesbian Erotica 2011, 2009, 2007, 
and 2006 collections;Sometimes She Lets 
Me: Best Butch/Femme Erotica;, Visible: 
A Femmethology Volume II;, Persistence: 
All Ways Butch and Femme;,
Take Me There: Transgender and 
Genderqueer Erotica, and more. Her first 
erotica anthology, Say Please: Lesbian BDSM Erotica, was just 
released by Cleis Press. She prefers the pronouns she/her as well 
as the masculine honorific of "Mr." In her spare time, she likes to 
cook, read, swing dance, sip whiskey, and look at the stars.

Kathleen Warnock is a playwright, fiction writer and editor. She is 
Ambassador of Love for the 
International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, to which she is about to 
return with the world premiere of her new play, "Outlook," on May 
14, and a member of the Dramatists Guild. Find her online at
www.kathleenwarnock.com, Twitter: @kwarnockny.