Monthly Archives: June 2015

KMQ Interview: Inside the Erotica Author’s Studio

Dirty 30_1Hello all! I got to do a very cool thing earlier this week. Rose Caraway, of The Kiss Me Quick’s Erotica Podcast and The Sexy Librarian BlogCast, did a series awhile ago called “Inside the Erotica Author’s Studio” in which she interviewed the authors she featured in The Sexy Librarian’s Big Book of Erotica. It was a great series and I enjoyed it tremendously last Fall, so when she mentioned that she’d be bringing it back for the lease of The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, vol. 1I was really excited, even more so when she asked me up to her place for an in-studio interview to kick the whole thing off.

So, that’s what I did. I spent a couple of really excellent hours talking about everything from erotica and writing to monster porn and Amazon filters with Rose and Big Daddy over at the KMQ headquarters. It was one of the most relaxing interview experiences I’ve ever had. Rose is incredibly generous in her support of authors and the genre, and the conversation flowed everywhere, mostly because Rose is fantastically easy to talk to. In fact, there were points that I forgot we were being recorded.

If you’d like to listen to the interview, just click the real player below and off you go, or if you’d like to read Rose’s show notes before listening, click HERE to be taken to the episode’s page over at the KMQ / Sexy Librarian site. Either way, I hope you check it out and enjoy. It’s a bit long (because damn we were having a good time) but I hope it’s as much fun to listen to as it was to record. Plus, if you hang out for the 10 Pivot Questions at the end, you’ll hear my stump myself on No. 8 – What Would You Do If You Couldn’t Write Erotica? It was a hard one because honestly, there’s nothing I’d rather do than what I’m doing right now.

xx.M

PS: If you’d like to hear a Rose reading one of my contributions to The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty 30, vol. 1, click here. “Barcelona” is up right now on the KMQ!

LINKS:

The Sexy Librarian’s Dirty Thirty, Vol. 1:

Trade Paper (forthcoming)

Ebook,

Audio

The KMQ EpisodeBound / Unbound

The KMQ EpisodeChristmas Yet to Come (In An Erotic Christmas by Rose Caraway and Malin James)

Pillow Talk Secrets: Our First Year

KissyFaceWithALittlePillowHello all! Welcome to another edition of Pillow Talk, in which Jade A Waters, Tamsin Flowers and I get together for a chat about sex and erotica.

This month we’re celebrating our one year anniversary as co-bloggers, so that’s a great opportunity to take a look back on what we’ve done, and to think about topics we might want to hit in year two. We’re also considering the recent publication of E L James’s new baby, Grey. Opinions are expressed (in the classiest way possible, of course).

If you want to jump straight to the whole conversation, click HERE to got to the Pillow Talk blog. If not, enjoy the excerpt and click the link at the bottom of the page to see the rest. Thanks for joining us!

xx.M

Pillow Talk Secrets

Tamsin: Hello Jade, hello Malin, how are you both this afternoon?

Jade: Hello, lovelies! I’m well. How about you two?

Malin: Good morning / afternoon, ladies! I’m doing good – happy to be here with you!

T: Excellent! Yes, it’s been a little while since we all got together. But we’ve made it through our first year, so yay for us! How do you two feel about that?

J: Definitely a yay to that! I am tickled we’ve gone a year strong, and that it’s been such a fabulously fun year, too!

M: Agreed. I can’t believe how quickly it flew by! Our anniversary snuck up on me!

J: It was officially the 4th, yes?

M: Yep! So we’re already into our second now. We’re growing up!

T: It may only have been a year, but I feel like I’ve known you two for a lot longer! And I have to say, we’ve done some great posts during that time. Any favorites? Anything we’ve missed out on so far?

M: I think my favorite was the one we did on details in erotica, if only because there are so many ways of approaching and responding to description. But I also loved our taboo discussion. There’s so much there. It feels like we touched on a lot, but only scratched the surface.

J: I would have to say I’m torn between two – the taboo talk is definitely one of them. We covered a lot of interesting ground with what we did talk about, but I have a feeling we may need to go there again, big time. Also, I honestly really enjoyed our end of the year / New Year’s post. It felt very cozy. :)

T: I’m trying to remember our very first post – it was a little introduction to ourselves – and looking back at it, what a sweet gang of newbie writers we were!

J: Yes we were!

M: What about you, Tamsin? Any favorites or topics you’d like to get more of?

T: Early on we did a post on boys, alphas and Doms – it was fun! So maybe we should do a post about some of our favorite types of erotica heroines…I’m sure we’d have a lot to talk about on that subject. What about you, Jade?

Want to hear more! Click HERE to read the rest of the conversation.

Go Deeper Double Review: Cream and Fast Girls

I wanted to do this post as a double review because Lana Fox‘s erotic novel, Cream, and J.T. Louder‘s new collection, Fast Girls with Short Shorts Always Score, are about as different as erotica can get, but they’re both incredibly good. I’m a comparatist, so reviewing them side by side seemed natural. Together, Cream and Fast Girls show how much room there is in the genre for high quality work. Separately, they show off the breadth of style and content coming out of Go Deeper Press, one of the most exciting publishers in the genre.

CreamLet me start with Cream since I read it first. This is a full length erotic romance by a writer who not only knows the conventions of the genre, but interprets them in a way that makes them feel fresh.

Cream is about jazz singer, Caroline Spence, who has a passion for music, submission and double cream (god, how can you not…). The book opens with an interview – her life is at a crossroads and she’s answered an ad to become a dominant’s voluntary slave. But she’s no ingenue – she knows exactly what she wants – and she gets it in Marcus, a man with control and kink to spare. But then she meets Kyle and things get complicated, but not in any way that you might predict.

What makes Cream so compulsively readable is that Caroline is such a very well-rounded, autonomous, interesting person. Her sexuality is anything but cookie-cutter and the way she expresses it is really personal and compelling. While the plot brings you along so smoothly that you stay up til midnight promising yourself “just one more page”, Caroline handles herself with full sexual ownership – even if she’s unsure of something, she seems grounded in herself. It’s wonderful, especially because so many erotic romances follow a young woman’s initiation into kink at the hands of an experienced (and often 2-dimentional) man. Throw in a love triangle and she could easily have become a dolly the two alphas fight over, but Caroline is not a dolly and she’s anything but predictable.

The nuance and care Ms. Fox took with her elevates Cream to a whole other level. What kept me engaged deep into the night (beyond the fact that it’s a really sexy read) is that I wanted to know what Caroline would do, and I finished the book about as satisfied as a reader can get.

GDP019-FastGirls300And now, for something completely different, the incomparable J.T. Louder’s new short story collection, Fast Girls in Short Shorts Always Score.

I’m going to tell you right up front that this collection is so hot and so joyfully pornographic that I couldn’t stop smiling.

Whereas Cream is all smooth subtleties and emotional heat, Fast Girls is like the best kind of 80’s porn – these stories don’t care how they get you there, but they’re gonna strip you down and make you do things like you’re a plumber on PayPerView. I can’t tell you which story is my favorite because I kind of loved them all, from “The French Pass” in which a typical sports reporter watches the Frenchest of hot French soccer players get fucked by her androgynous supermodel girlfriend (how can you not love that?) to “How Hungary Got to the World Cup”, which chronicles the methods “Coach Viv”, a Swedish porn star famous for her portrayal of a footballer, uses to get her team to kick ass with panache.

The thing that makes these stories work is that Louder gives them all a tongue-in-cheek joie-de-vivre that totally sucks you in. I don’t care why the Canadian team’s soccer shorts are five sizes too small – I care that the star player is sucking her goalie’s cock in the middle of a locker room orgy. These stories are fun and it’s the fun that turned me on – that and the fact that Louder slips trans characters and sexual fluidity in like it’s the most natural thing in the world. The stories aren’t self-conscious. Nothing is a big deal. It’s all good. Everyone‘s having fun, which means the reader does too.

Only Go Deeper would come out with two titles that are as sexually, tonally and stylistically as diverse as Cream and Fast Girls while maintaining such a high editorial standard. Lana Fox and J.T. Louder are at the top of the game for a reason, and while one of these titles might appeal to you more than the other, I can honestly and enthusiastically recommend both.

Want to buy either or both? You can find them at Amazon – just click on the covers to be taken directly to their respective pages. And if you’d like to see the rest of what Go Deeper Press has to offer, check them out here. You’ll be glad you did.