Can’t Get Enough is a Part of Cleis Press’ “Summer of Love Giveaway!”

As a new editor and long time author for Cleis Press and Viva Editions, it really tickled my fancy to see that they were voted Publisher of the Year for 2013 by Foreword Reviews at the IndieFab Awards.

To kick off the celebration, Cleis is offer a Summer promotion which includes an awesome “summer steal…” Buy any of their two books and get the third one free. And, uh, no bias, but might I suggest the hot of the presses and very hot between the pages Can’t Get Enough edited by myself and including such awesome authors as Jacqueline Applebee, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Allison Wonderland, Shoshanna Evers and Heidi Champa.

Even if Can’t Get Enoughisn’t one you choose to put into your shopping cart…guess what? You can win it along with a basket full of summer time reads like Heat Wave edited by Alison Tyler, Beach Bums edited by Neil Placky, and Cowboy Heat edited by Delilah Devlin.

For more information on the sale and the promotion, just go here.

Have a sizzling and sexy summer!

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Join the party and win prizes!

Just in time for the big release of Can’t Get Enough in mid-July, The Romance Reviews is hosting a month long Sizzling Summer Reads Party the entire month of June. I am proud to have been included, and you, dear friends, can be included, too!

What do you have to do?

It’s easy. Just go the The Romance Reviews website, register (super quick, super easy) and answer that days Q&A. They give you hints, and you then get entered into a drawing to win all sorts of prizes. Tomorrow, June 7th, a copy of Can’t Get Enough is up for grabs.

The Q&A for this particular give away goes live at 12 a.m. EST and lasts until 11:59 p.m. EST. See, you have all day to play! Again, make sure you’re registered and logged in before you begin. This is simply to keep track of your points.

So, what are you waiting for…let’s party!

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Can’t Get Enough reviewed by Library Journal, picked up as a Black Expressions selection…

In recent weeks, the buzz surrounding our forthcoming anthology has been growing. The amazing staff at Cleis Press pointed me to an excellent review from Library Journal, where it reads a little something like this:

“…these stories all depict raunchy romps that just can’t wait. Thanks in part to the blend of well-known contributing authors within the genre (e.g., JoAnne Kenrick, Tilly Hunter, ­Tamsin, Flowers, Preston Avery, Anika, Ray, and editor Brown), the collection covers an admirable range of couples, kinks, and locales. M/M, M/F, and genderqueer pairings are all depicted participating in lighter fetishes—from role play to the rougher side of BDSM.”

You can read the full review here.

Another bit of great news is that Can’t Get Enough has been picked up by the popular book club, Black Expressions, which came as a pleasant surprise to me. I’m not exactly sure how that came about, and frankly it doesn't matter because it's happening. I'm hoping tor this anthology to get as much exposure as possible.

Soon to come on this blog will be author interviews, guest posts and more news about the release, so keep checking back. July 15th will be here before we know it!

“Can’t Get Enough” gets reviewed!

I was pointed to what appears to be our anthology’s first review when a publicist approached me via Twitter about, well, publicity. It comes courtesy of Publisher’s Weekly. I will provide a link to the full review, but it goes a little something like this:

“Kissa Starling’s “Blue Balls” is supernatural smut with a clever feminist twist, and newcomer Beatrix Ellroy’s “Before They Burn” is darkly sexy…”

I, the ever optimist, chose to pluck out the nice bits, but as you’ll notice in the full review, not all stories went down so well. But, that’s how reviews go, and we want hard, honest reviews, don’t we?

You can read the complete review here.

About the Authors…

It took a fine group of people to make the Cant Get Enough anthology really come together, so I thought I’d take a moment to introduce them here. Many you are quite familiar with, some you may be meeting for the very first time. In any case, here they are:

Jacqueline Applebee (writing-in-shadows.co.uk) is a British writer who breaks down barriers with smut. Her stories have appeared in publications including Best Women’s Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Penthouse and DIVA magazine. Jacqueline hopes to write a bestselling novel so she can live in a lighthouse with a few adoring fans.

Preston Avery resides merrily by the sea, working and living with only slightly less than reckless abandon. She loves reading almost as much as writing and is featured in the anthologies The Big Book of Orgasm, Geek Love, and Morning, Noon, and Night. Feel free to get in touch! www.PrestonAvery.com

Erzabet Bishop has had a love affair with books since she first started reading. Just recently, she discovered that writing naughty stories was even more fun. She lives with her husband, menagerie of dogs and a mountain of books she is sure will crush her one day in her sleep.

Louise Blaydon writes erotic romance of various kinds from the house she shares in Oxfordshire, England, with three cats and a lot of fortifying coffee.

Harper Bliss writes lesbian erotica. She’s had short stories published in anthologies by Xcite Books, House of Erotica and Storm Moon Press. She is the author of the High Rise series and several other novelettes and novellas for Ladylit.

Rachel Kramer Bussel (rachelkramerbussel.com) has edited over 40 anthologies, including Only You: Erotic Romance for Women, Orgasmic, Fast Girls, Women in Lust, Gotta Have It, The Mile High Club, and the Best Bondage Erotica and Best Sex Writing series. She writes widely about sex, dating, food, books and pop culture.

Heidi Champa has been published in numerous anthologies including Best Women’s Erotica 2010, Irresistible, Best Erotic Romance 2012 & 2013 and Sweet Confessions. She has also steamed up the pages of Bust Magazine. Find her online at heidichampa.blogspot.com.

Kyoko Church‘s short stories have been published in anthologies by Black Lace, Rubicund Publishing and Xcite Books. Book One, Nymphomania, and Book Two, Sapphic Secrets, in her Draper Estate Trilogy were published by Xcite in 2012. For Her Pleasure was published by HarperCollins Mischief in February 2013.

Monica Corwin is a military analyst turned romance and erotica author. In addition to numerous works across various publishers Monica is the founder of The Bibliophilic Book Blog and a former columnist for Night Owl Magazine. She can be found at www.monicacorwin.com

When Madison Einhart isn’t writing, she’s either covered in acrylic paint or falling in love (again) with her piano keys. Writing has been her long time love affair—after coming to her senses, she’s decided it’s time to share that love with the world.

Beatrix Ellroy is an ex-librarian bookhound with a love of words; the dirtier the better. A newcomer to erotica, her previous work has included everything from articles about computer games to literary fiction, but filthy fiction is her passion and her weakness.

Blair Erotica is a traveling writer, who focuses on the erotic and passionate. Blair has published stories online in Freeflashfiction.com and Bare Back Magazine, a novella with House of Erotica and has had several short pieces included in anthologies that explore the driving forces that make us human and interesting.

Shoshanna Evers has over two dozen novels and stories published, including the Enslaved Trilogy from Simon & Schuster’s Pocket Star, and the bestselling erotica Dominatrix Fantasy Trilogy. Shoshanna also hit #1 on the Authorship, Erotica Writing, and Romance Writing Amazon Bestseller lists. Learn more at www.ShoshannaEvers.com and get ready for the post-apocalyptic Pulse Trilogy!

Lucy Felthouse writes erotica and erotic romance in a variety of subgenres and pairings, and has over seventy publications to her name, with many more in the pipeline. These include Best Bondage Erotica 2012 and 2013, and Best Women’s Erotica 2013. Find out more at http://www.lucyfelthouse.co.uk

As a naughty girl on a journey of self-discovery as an erotic writer, Tamsin Flowers is as keen to entertain her readers as she is to explore every aspect of female (and male) erotica. Her short stories can be found in anthologies from Xcite Books, House of Erotica and Cleis Press and she is currently working on a number of novels and novellas. You can read excerpts of her work on her blog, www.tamsinflowers.com

Tilly Hunter is a British author and newspaper journalist with a wicked imagination and a fondness for stories of outdoor pursuits, healthy living and BDSM. Her work has been published by Xcite Books and the websites Every Night Erotica and Oysters & Chocolate.

JoAnne Kenrick is a multi-published author who writes both contemporaries and paranormals. Her Irish Kisses series earned her the title of an Amazon bestselling author, and she regularly blogs with The Pop Culture Divas, Diamond Authors, and Paranormal Romantics.

H. Keyes is an art aficionado and punk rocker living in Japan. She’s into design, tattoos, kimono, decadent history and dressing up her plastic anatomy skeleton, Hiroshi-kun.

Annabeth Leong has written erotica of many flavors — dark, romantic, kinky, vanilla, straight, lesbian, bi, and menage. She believes the kitchen beats out the bedroom as the most erotic room in the house. Her work has been published by Cleis, Xcite, Circlet, Coming Together, and others. She blogs at annabethleong.blogspot.com

Medea Mor has had short stories published by Cleis, Mischief and Xcite, and hopes soon to start self-publishing longer works of fiction. She specializes in BDSM-flavored erotica with wicked, charismatic doms and intelligent, well-educated subs. Her blog can be found at http://www.medeamor.blogspot.com.

Anika Ray‘s erotic stories have appeared in several anthologies, most recently in Sweet Confessions, edited by Violet Blue, and Best Women’s Erotica 2013. She works as a foreign correspondent.

Award-winning erotica writer Giselle Renarde is a queer Canadian, avid volunteer, contributor to more than 100 short story anthologies, and author of numerous electronic and print books, including Anonymous, Nanny State, and My Mistress’ Thighs. Ms Renarde lives across from a park with two bilingual cats who sleep on her head.

Miel Rose is a rural queer femme, magic maker, and healer. You can find her other sexy stories in a multitude of anthologies including: Lesbian Lust, The Harder She Comes, and the forthcoming Leather Ever After. Or look for her self-published collection, available spring 2013.

Kissa Starling (http://kissastarling.com) began penning notes in class many years ago. Around 2007 she began writing with the intent to publish. A Christmas contest caught her eye and she hasn’t stopped submitting since. Whether you’re in the mood for sexy or sweet, you’ll find a book she’s written with you in mind. Her stories have appeared in a few Cleis anthologies including Peep Show, Please, Sir & Serving Him.

Sophia Valenti (sophiavalenti.blogspot.com) is the author of Indecent Desires, an erotic novella of spanking and submission. Her fiction has appeared in a variety of anthologies, including Sudden Sex: 69 Sultry Short Stories, The Big Book of Bondage and Kiss My Ass.

Allison Wonderland is on the write track. Her cliterature appears in Sudden Sex, Best Lesbian Romance 2013, Sweet Love: Erotic Fantasies for Couples, and Wild Girls, Wild Nights. Allison has been a smutty storyteller since 2007, and her specialtease–er, specialties–are erotic romance and lesbian erotica. Find out what else she’s into and up to at:http://aisforallison.blogspot.com.

 

 

The anthology’s new clothes…

In my inbox today I received a photo of the new cover for Can’t Get Enough which now has a pretty, summer-y beachy look and which should help make the change of the blog theme make more sense. Of course, the two covers are vastly different, however I think that this one has its own unique representation of the theme. Imagine laying with your lover on the beach in the middle of the day, can’t wait ’til everyone’s left, can’t even wait ’til the sun goes down… See where I’m going with this? No? Then see for yourself:

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Also, if you’ll refer back to the first post here, you’ll see that I’m linking back to the author’s blogs and/or websites as I receive them. A blog roll will come soon, as will an “About the Author” post. Thanks for checking in, and be sure to look for new posts!

Introducing…

Our inaugural post includes the introduction and table of contents from the anthology for which this blog is named and created, Can’t Get Enough, edited by Tenille Brown. The title is forthcoming in July 2014, and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. I don’t know if you’ve seen or heard about the smoking hot cover, but yes, here is the cover:
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And here is what’s just inside the cover:

Table of Contents
4 Introduction: Too Much Is Never Enough – Tenille Brown
6 Big Appetites – Miel Rose
12 Craving the Best Man – JoAnne Kenrick
19 Under His Watch – Rachel Kramer Bussel
28 Strip To My Lou – Allison Wonderland
37 Rocket Fuel – Jacqueline Applebee
46 His Subject – Madison Einhart
52 Mud and Pain – Tilly Hunter
60 Those Damned Cobbles – Tamsin Flowers
66 Embraceable You – Blair Erotica
74 Free Ride – Heidi Champa
81 When He Gets Home – Lucy Felthouse
86 Before They Burn – Beatrix Ellroy
95 Won’t Last The Week – Preston Avery
102 Melanie’s Choice – Medea Mor
108 The End of Sensible – Louise Blaydon
117 Sleepless Need – Monica Corwin
123 The Girl On Your Skin – Giselle Renarde
131 Spinning – Kyoko Church
136 Sweet Revenge – Anika Ray
144 The Fight – Hilary Keyes
149 The Beautiful Truth – Sophia Valenti
154 Waiting – Erzabet Bishop
164 Lovely Rita – Harper Bliss
174 Blue Balls – Kissa Starling
182 Blake Eats Out- Shoshanna Evers
188 Famous Last Words – Tenille Brown
196 Objects of Desire – Annabeth Leong
206 About the Authors
211 About the Editor

Introduction
Too Much Is Never Enough

I’m not greedy. I’ve always been satisfied with my fair share, never asking for more than is necessary…except when it comes to good sex.

You see, I believe that the best sex is the sex that makes me want it again and again and when I began seeking out stories for this book, I wanted them to evoke that same reaction from readers. I wanted erotica that would leave me not only satisfied, but wanting more. I wanted hot, steamy mouth watering sex. I wanted stories that took the theme and turned it on its head, and boy, did I ever get what I was looking for.

As my word count began bursting at the seams, I found myself anxious and wishing for the space to include more, but soon realized that what had landed in my lap was precisely what it was supposed to be – a book jam packed with stories that left me winded, wanting and hungry for more once I turned the last page, and that was what I wanted to present to my readers.

I was aware that the title of this collection could be misinterpreted, could hint to a theme of endless orgies and empty encounters, but that was what I wanted to avoid. I made sure the stories presented were not only hot and racy, but also sex positive.
I didn’t even want to think about the phrase “slut shaming.” No, this book is filled with people who want it, love it and aren’t ashamed to show it.

Take for instance Jack in Louise Blaydon’s The End of Sensible who is turned on by the site of his lover Tom in women’s lingerie:

At the top of the stairs, Tom disappeared into the bathroom without a word, and Jack went quiescently into his bedroom to wait. Probably it was stupid, this — waiting for Tom to come out of the bathroom in his (god) girls’ clothes, just so that Jack could (oh god) take them off him again, but that was the point, wasn’t it? Maybe Tom shouldn’t be the prettiest girl Jack had ever seen, but there it was.

Or Miel Rose’s female lead in Big Appetites, who experiences a moment of passion like no other when the fleeting thought of making a baby with her lover enters the picture:

She’s looking straight ahead, drumming on the steering wheel, nonchalant. “It really gets me when you’re all laid out for me, naked, your legs spread wide, and you pull me down on top of you and I slip my cock right up into your pussy. I can look right into your eyes as I rock my dick in and out of you, just the way you like it. That look in your eyes is so sweet, so fuckin’ precious. It’s like we’re making love, like we’re making babies, or some shit.”

There is no shortage of lustful women here, but the men have a hot and heavy presence, too, as in Tilly Hunter’s rough and dirty tale of Mud and Pain and Kissa Starling’s devilishly ironic story about Blue Balls.

There are insatiable couples in long term relationships as in Rachel Kramer Bussel’s Under His Watch, Blair Erotica’s Embraceable You and the playful couple in Allison Wonderland’s Strip to My Lou, and there are fly by night moments of passion such as Beatrix Ellroy’s Before They Burn and Monica Corwin’s Sleepless Need.

I could go on, but I’d run the risk of saying too much, when simply turning the pages of this lust filled collection will be enough, at least, for now.