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Monday, April 28, 2014

Very popular book fetish erotica - listen free now on Rose Caraway's podcast!

I am a very proud editor today upon seeing that the free podcast with "Book Lover" by Donna George Storey, from my favorite of my anthologies, The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories, is #6 on iTunes' sexuality charts, behind Dan Savage and Sex Nerd Sandra! It's all due to the genius of podcaster and audiobook narrator extraordinaire Rose Caraway, who I wish I could work with on every audiobook because she simply is excellent at her job, both her sexy narration and bringing audio erotica to the masses. I don't know how she does it but I'm thrilled! She's got 68 more hot flash fiction erotica stories for you in The Big Book of Orgasms audiobook. You can listen to more of her by subscribing to her podcast The Kiss Me Quick's on iTunes, and get another The Big Book of Orgasms freebie with "Pushing Boundaries on Public Transport" by Victoria Blisse. Also through April 30th you can get the Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex audiobook for only $3.99 when you buy the Kindle edition for $1.99. More from me and Rose very soon too!


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Friday, April 25, 2014

All the naked ladies reading literature

and wrote about it for What was it like to hear naked women read from work by Woody Allen, Lorrie Moore, Lolita and more? Check out my piece. Fun fact: the last place I saw naked women in public was at the strip club where I saw Belle Knox strip, and I also interviewed her for The two environments couldn't have been more different.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

8 things to do in New York this week

Are in The Eight-Day Week in The New York Observer, from a conversation about James Baldwin to Ralph Steadman, National Poetry Month, a restaurant with 800 bottles of wine and more. Do keep sending your NYC event listings at least 2 weeks in advance with full details (date/time/address/phone number/price/description in body) to 8dayweek at and please pass that on to anyone you know organizing cool events in NYC. Thanks for reading!

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This is what book fetish erotica looks like

Would you sniff a book? Lick a book? Take a bite out of one? One of those happens in book fetish erotica story "Book Lover" by Donna George Storey, which you can now listen to for free at Rose Caraway's podcast The Kiss Me Quick's. Another freebie podcast listen is "Pushing Boundaries on Public Transport" by Victoria Blisse and for 69 stories, including those, listen to The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories audiobook narrated by Rose Caraway. I love so many things about this story, but most especially that it highlights a fetish that's a bit unusual and makes it seem plausible, whether you've ever wanted to get that intimate with a book or not. It's sexy and a little funny and creative and features a fetish being shared by lovers. It's everything I look for in an erotica story and I'm so glad you can now listen to it for free. You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes so you don't miss any episodes.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Very queer, very polyamorous romance Bound to Be a Groom by Megan Mulry

I wrote about how author Megan Mulry balances the multiple relationships in her new historical romance Bound to be a Groom at Heroes and Heartbreakers. I recommend the book even if you're only used to reading straight one man/one woman romances, because it captures all sorts of longing, and how love and desire can change and grow. And has lots of BDSM, voyeurism and hot sex as well as tender moments. And I wrote "polyamorous" but considering it's set in 1808 that's not the word they used, but loving multiple people is indeed what happens.


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Talking to Violet Blue about internet safety and The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy

Over at DAME Magazine, I talked to Violet Blue, author of the newly released The Smart Girl's Guide to Privacy, which I consider a must-read, about how to protect yourself online. I learned a ton from the book and can't recommend it highly enough. I truly thought I knew a fair amount about the topic and the book swiftly disabused me of that notion and I'm working to correct the gaps, especially for when I travel.

Smart Privacy

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Sign up for my may 30 erotica writing workshop in NYC (during BEA)

I'm excited about next month's NYC workshop on May 30 at 7:30 p.m., Writing Erotica for Pleasure and Money, at the extremely well stocked sex toy store The Pleasure Chest on the Upper East Side, 1150 Second Avenue, where I'll be giving you plenty of exercises to get you writing and sharing how and where to sell your erotica. Click here to register ($25/person). And here's what Ducky Doolittle of New York Academy for Sex Education, who's organizing the workshop, has to say about my workshops:

"Rachel Kramer Bussel's love of erotic creativity, the craft of writing and her desire to support fellow erotic writers is joyful to experience. In her workshop she will send you to the depth of your erotic imagination and leave you feeling inspired to explore, write and share like you never have before."

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Free aural erotica about a London bus hookup: listen to Rose Caraway read "Pushing Boundaries on Public Transport"

You can now listen to the glorious Rose Caraway, narrator of The Big Book of Orgasms audiobook (and the Gotta Have It audiobook) read a story to you called "Pushing Boundaries on Public Transport" by Victoria Blisse, about some sexy fun on a bus. Not only that, Rose created this adorable image, with me (!!) as the driver, her looking on while two people hook up, and the London Eye in the background. Love it! There are 68 other hot stories waiting for you in The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories, out now in print, ebook and audiobook form. Listen to the story here and subscribe to The Kiss Me Quick's podcast in iTunes.


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Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Watch sexy face slapping erotica "Manners" read by me from sale book Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex

Yes, I wrote a politeness and face slapping erotica story called "Manners" in Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex, which you can buy for only $1.99 for the Kindle edition, through the end of April. You don't need to own a Kindle to read Kindle ebooks; just download Kindle for PC or Kindle for Mac (which I use even more than I use my Kindle) and boom, your book purchases are almost all a lot cheaper. (My other $1.99 Kindle ebooks this month are spanking anthology Bottoms Up and femdom erotica Yes, Ma'am.) If you want to hear a professional reading all 69 stories, pick up the Audible audiobook read by Rose Caraway - only $3.99 when you buy the $1.99 Kindle edition, a huge bargain. Listen to Rose read 5 stories free!

Here I am reading in Los Angeles at the lovely Coco de Mer; thanks to photographer Dave Naz for recording it. The book has a little of everything, which I believe has been the key to its success, along with 69 being the magic number. I like to think that maybe people who wouldn't read a whole book of BDSM erotica (or might not think they'd want to read a whole book of BDSM erotica) might like it mixed in with some of the more tender, sweeter stories. There's a sexy census taker, a gang bang, a crossword puzzle, sex toys, Godzilla, true food porn (a talking hamburger) and much more.

Rachel Kramer Bussel reads Manners from Dave Naz on Vimeo.

Like to watch? 17 of the 69 authors participated in the official book trailer:


More about Gotta Have It:

Introduction: Short, Sweet and Totally Sexy

Seven-Letter Word Heather Lin
No Blame, No Shame Jeremy Edwards
Wasn’t It Good? Andrea Dale
The Things a Woman Will Make a Man Do for Her Isabelle Gray
Special Collections Fiona Curtis
Wonderland Madeline Elayne
Red Light Angela Caperton
My Femme Evan Mora
Genesis Shanna Germain
Serious Moonlight Michael A. Gonzales
Too Wondrous to Measure Salome Wilde
Hors d’Oeuvre Stan Kent
Missed Connection Tigress Healy
Ties That Bind Daniel Burnell
Eat Me Marina Saint
Jarret Shane Allison
Lucky Number Fifty-One Jennifer Peters
Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler Tara Young
Spunk Sylvia Lowry
Time Cecilia Tan
Dining in the Dark Elizabeth Daniels
Downpour Elle
Need-Leash Mike Kimera
Crushed Satin Organza Carmel Lockyer
Not on the Mouth Cole Riley
Hot Buns on a Sunday Afternoon Erica Rivera
Feel the Burn Thomas S. Roche
Trixie Jen Cross
Police Dogging Elizabeth Coldwell
Tip Me Kiki deLovely
Marxist Theory Elizabeth Hyder
The Dirty Things She Says Sinclair Sexsmith
Laughter in Hades Teresa Noelle Roberts
The Quick Stop Shashauna P. Thomas
Pain Surfer Cate Ellink
After Ten Years Christen Clifford
Over His Shoulder Maximillian Lagos
Manners Rachel Kramer Bussel
Veronica’s Ass Matt Conklin
Punishment Befitting the Crime D. L. King
Lies Kristina Wright
A Forced Witness Vampirique Dezire
Concensus Denise Hoffner
Don’t Struggle Valerie Alexander
Plotter Monocle
Intercept Burton Lawrence
Not a Bang, but a Whimper Jacqueline Applebee
Suggestion Emerald
Hands Free Effie Merryl
Remembering the Wrinkles Penelope Friday
Leaves Elise Hepner
The Copilot Mike Bruno
Pierced Kirsty Logan
Last-Time Lesbian Geneva King
Anal-yzed Donna George Storey
Independence Day Kate Pearce
Going Bald Craig J. Sorensen
Continuing Education Anya Levin
Meet Me in the Kitchen Giselle Renarde
Over the Line Helia Brookes
Not Just a Myth Heidi Champa
Hunger Maria See
The Tipping Point Lolita Lopez
The Advantage of Working from Home Kay Jaybee
For Dessert Jordana Winters
Good Neighbors Mercy Loomis
Laugh Sommer Marsden
A Good Stiff One Kathleen Bradean
Vacation Pictures Robert Peregrine

Introduction: Short, Sweet and Totally Sexy

Everyone needs a break from his or her everyday life sometimes, and what better way to escape than with a short story that gets right to the point? The authors of the sixty-nine stories you hold in your hand understand exactly how to pique your interest and get you off , and they do it all in 1,200 words or less. You don’t need long to get drawn into the drama, tension and lust.

I received close to three hundred submissions for this collection, more than I ever have before, and I think that’s because no one, writer or reader alike, can resist a short story that seduces instantaneously. These stories aren’t all about quickie sex, though there’s plenty of that. There are strangers who meet and know right away they must have each other, neighbors, travel mates, coworkers and long-term couples such as those in “After Ten Years” and “Remembering the Wrinkles” who are looking for ways to hold on to that spark. There are stories of sex in libraries, vacation sex and lots of outdoor sex—in the rain, in the street, all over. There are lovers with pecan rolls dripping in caramel, and meals where lovers feast on nothing but each other. There are even a few stories with no actual sex in them at all--you’ll have to hunt those down and see why anticipation can be the sexiest act of all.

There’s humor, kink, flirtation, Godzilla, missed connections, sex toys, and one very bold census taker. But I don’t want to take up too much of your time that could be better spent getting intimately acquainted with these short but incredibly sexy stories. I hope you will savor them, read them aloud and return to your favorites again and again. Because all of us have a few minutes set aside for a quickie, don’t we?

Rachel Kramer Bussel
New York City

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

April $1.99 Kindle ebook sale: Bottoms Up: Spanking Good Stories, femdom erotica in Yes, Ma'am and flash fiction in Gotta Have It

3 more of my Cleis Press anthologies are on sale during April: Bottoms Up: Spanking Good Stories, Yes, Ma'am: Erotic Stories of Male Submission and flash fiction bonanza Gotta Have it: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex. Bonus: if you buy the Kindle edition for $1.99, you can then buy the Audible audiobook for only $5.99 from Amazon. My bet is on the best audiobook of the bunch: Rose Caraway killing it with Gotta Have It. Don't believe me? Listen to free stories: "Veronica's Ass" by Matt Conklin (scroll to bottom of screen, pun intended) and listen right here to these stories: "Laugh" by Sommer Marsden, "Police Dogging" by Elizabeth Coldwell, "Remembering the Wrinkles" by Penelope Friday, "Not Just a Myth" by Heidi Champa and "The Dirty Things She Says" by Sinclair Sexsmith. I'm pretty sure Rose's gorgeous voice will have you wanting to listen to the other 63 stories! You can purchase it for the discount via Amazon or directly at Audible.

Bottoms Up: Spanking Good Stories
Here, we have a spanking tour de force for any curiosity, appetite, and sexual preference. And to that end, Rachel Kramer Bussel offers Bottoms Up, another delicious collection of stories that celebrates the pleasures of an inviting bum turned rosy red by hand, crop, whip, or paddle. Whether written from the perspective of the spanker or the spankee, those who crave discipline or those discovering for the first time how good being bad can feel, each vivid tale trembles with erotic pleasure. Bottoms Up is essential reading for those with endless capacities to have their bare bottoms soundly smacked, those who revel in delivering the deliciously ecstatic pain to a lover, or those who simply believe in turning the other cheek — over and over and over again.

Yes, Ma'am: Erotic Stories of Male Submission
Experience the thrill of submission to the woman who dominates you day and night. In this collection, naughty boys get what's coming to them from wicked wives and stern mistresses. From a naked party plaything at the mercy of a room full of powerful women to being tied up and shown how to truly please the woman of your dreams, these men get fully teased and taunted, receiving the punishments they truly deserve and crave. Featuring stories from Alison Tyler, Debra Hyde and Ellen Tevault, Yes, Ma’am gives a whole new meaning to "mean girls," one that will be sure to delight and arouse you.

Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex
Every word counts in each of these stories that get right to the point. Rachel Kramer Bussel has gathered together a plentitude of short, original erotica stories spanning every way you can "get it on" in every kind of setting, with a wild and wide variety of sexual orientation - quickie sex threesomes, sex toys, public sex, BDSM, fetishes, fantasies and MUCH more.

These stories aren’t all about quickie sex, though there’s plenty of that. There are strangers who meet and know right away they must have each other, neighbors, travelmates, coworkers, as well as long-term couples such as those in “After Ten Years” and “Remembering the Wrinkles” who are looking for ways to hold on to that spark. There are stories of sex in libraries, vacation sex, and lots of outdoor sex, in the rain, in the street—all over. There are pecan rolls dripping in caramel, and meals where lovers feast on nothing but each other. There are even a few stories with no actual sex in them at all and readers will have plenty of fun finding them!

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69 erotica stories for only $1.99 on Kindle through April in Gotta Have it

The Kindle ebook edition of Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex is only $1.99 through April 30th. That's a major bargain! Want to get a free sampling? Listen to some of the audiobook excerpts read by Rose Caraway, and you can buy the whole audiobook at Audible.


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Why I'm a "hopeful hoarder" and not ashamed of loving my stuff

For the Tidy (ha!) issue of TueNight, I wrote "Confessions of a Hopeful Hoarder." Having just moved and gotten reminded umpteen times that I own "too many books," hoarding is very much on my mind these days, though I wrote this before my move.

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Washington, DC Erotica 101 writing workshop July 26 at 7 pm

I know it's a ways away but I wanted to share that I'll be teaching my Erotica 101 writing workshop on Saturday, July 26 at 7 p.m. at sex toy store Secret Pleasures in Washington, DC (1510 U Street NW). The cost is $20/person and you can sign up here. I've yet to visit Secret Pleasures so am looking forward to it; they've been a great supporter of my books and I'm working on a few more events this summer and fall and will post the dates as I have them.

Here's a little snippet from their review of The Big Book of Orgasms:
The fantastic thing about this book, like so many of Bussel’s other anthologies, is the wide range of sexual expression that can be found. So often, erotica focuses only on one gender or one type of sex – not so here. One of my favorite stories, “Hard Knocks” by Malin James, revolves around a challenge to make someone orgasm just by spanking them (hint: he succeeds)! “Squirt” by Evoe Thorne is a gorgeous story about an older butch / femme couple that take a vacation to their mountain cabin to reconnect with each other and they make it their goal to get each other to squirt for the first time. Their relationship is portrayed so beautifully and it was great to read erotica with an older couple at the forefront.

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Thursday, April 03, 2014

Guest post by Partners in Passion authors Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson

Today's guest post is by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson, authors of the newly released Partners In Passion: A Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy and Long-term Love.


The Children Might Ask Questions
by Mark A. Michaels and Patricia Johnson

We live in the outer suburbs of New York City. Our local government is majority Republican, but President Obama garnered around 60% of the vote in the 2012 presidential election. The percentage of residents who identify as being affiliated with a church is considerably higher than the national average, and the overwhelming majority of residents – 72%, of the affiliated – are Catholic; Jews are a distant second, comprising around 14% of the population. Still, ours is predominantly a bedroom community and not an extremely conservative one.

Our first three books made reference to Tantra in their titles or subtitles. Our most recent release – Partners in Passion: a Guide to Great Sex, Emotional Intimacy, and Long-Term Love – is aimed at the general reader with a focus on creating sustainable, fulfilling long-term relationships that are satisfying both emotionally and sexually. The cover shows a man and a woman, apparently in bed, smiling, and gazing into each other’s eyes. It’s tamer than what you can see on television or in your local supermarket.

We belong to a local gym, and the membership is consistent with the demographics of the area. It’s overwhelmingly white and includes serious body builders, a large elderly contingent, commuting businesspeople, soccer moms, and high school kids. There are also various programs for younger children. In past years, we’ve posted notices about workshops on the bulletin board and have even held a signing – for our book Tantra for Erotic Empowerment – that the gym hosted and promoted.

In February 2014, we booked a local restaurant for a lecture and book signing to celebrate the release of Partners in Passion. We asked the gym manager for permission to post a flyer featuring the books cover and details about the event. She okayed it without hesitation, but when we returned the next day, the flyer was gone.

We went to the manager who explained that she had received complaints from two members who said the flyer was located over a water fountain and that they didn’t want their children exposed to it. She indicated that she believed the issue was the use of the word “sex” in the subtitle of our book and that she felt compelled to accede because more than one person had objected.

At first, we were angry, although we understood that the manager had few options (she did allow us to post something more generic.) Taking down our flyer was easier than dealing with outrage, even from a small handful of members. Still we recognized a double standard at work – advertising photos of scantily clad body-builders are on display in multiple places. After the anger, sadness set in. Being censored, even in this modest way, is extremely disheartening for an author. And the idea that our book title and cover art might somehow be perceived as damaging to children was bizarre and disturbing.

It’s obvious that sexual information should be imparted to children carefully, with awareness of what they’re willing and able to absorb. It’s also obvious that adults may be uncomfortable talking to children about sex and that children are likely to pick up on that discomfort. At the same time, it’s completely baffling that the very word ‘sex’ should be able to generate such panic and that a book that includes the word ‘love’ and the phrase ‘emotional intimacy’ in conjunction with ‘sex’ should cause so much discomfort.

What will happen to these children as they grow up? If they’re tall enough to drink from the water-fountain and read our flyer, they’re certainly of an age where they’re likely to start asking questions about sex, whether or not the cover of our book is the trigger. If parents are so uneasy about the topic, how will they be able to address the questions in a way that’s relaxed, kind, and supportive? How will they be able to avoid inflicting their own discomfort on their children? Why is a message that links sex, emotional intimacy, and long-term love a threat?

This extreme form of sex-negativity can only be damaging in the long run. It breeds sexual shame, unconscious behavior, and most likely unsafe sexual behavior. While they may believe they are protecting their children, those who are offended by such an innocuous display are probably doing more harm to those kids than parents who aren’t hypervigilant about Internet porn.

A graduate of NYU and Yale, Mark A Michaels writes for scholarly and legal publications and his plays have been produced off-Broadway. He took his first Tantra class in 1997 and gave his first lecture on the subject two years later. Patricia Johnson spent many years as a professional operatic soprano. In 1999, a longstanding interest in Tantra inspired her to attend a lecture by Mark Michaels, now her husband and collaborator. Since then, she and Michaels have taught and lectured throughout the world. They live in New York City. Find them online at @PtrsInPassion and

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Ghosts, Bitcoin, a soccer film festival, Hurricane Sandy photos, Emma Goldman and more in this week's Eight-Day Week

I'm so happy that the newly redesigned New York Observer has now put the entire Eight-Day Week section I write in one handy link! This week features ghosts, Bitcoin, a soccer film festival, Hurricane Sandy photos, Dress for Success (started by a student where I used to be a student, NYU Law) and more. Know of an amazing New York City event? Pitch me (as early as possible) by sending the date, time, address, phone number, price and description with the date and event title in the subject line to 8dayweek at as early as possible (I'll look at it if you don't do that, but it helps a lot). Thank you so much to everyone who's sent me tips. I've certainly learned more about what's happening in the Big Apple in the just about six months I've been writing this than I ever did during the 16 years I lived there! I'm a Jersey girl with a NYC heart and a NJ Transit train nearby (even closer as of tomorrow's move).

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