Email: rachelkramerbussel at


Lusty Lady

Watch my first and favorite book trailer for Spanked: Red-Cheeked Erotica. Get Spanked in print and ebook

Friday, February 15, 2019

Ask a sex writer (me!) anything

My publisher Cleis Press is making a video featuring me answering all your questions about sex and erotica writing. Email them at marketing at with your questions and I'll do my best to answer them all on their YouTube channel!


Labels: , , , , ,

Friday, February 08, 2019

Win a copy of my BDSM erotica book Surrender - check your inbox!

I sent out my February 2019 newsletter yesterday! There's also news about free cookies inside...If you're a subscriber, check your inbox so you can reply to enter to win my Cleis Press BDSM erotica book Surrender. If you're not a subscriber yet, get on the list by subscribing at the left-hand side of this blog (Lusty Lady, in case anyone is illegally pirating this), or so you can enter the March giveaway. It's open internationally!

Screen Shot 2019-02-08 at 8.25.33 AM

Labels: , , , , , ,

Kim Kardashian West will write foreword for freed convict Alice Marie Johnson's memoir After Life

My latest for Forbes online mentions a different Kardashian than my Lamar Odom article. This new one is about criminal justice reform and the forthcoming memoir After Life by Alice Marie Johnson, which will have a foreword by Kim Kardashian West. Hope you'll check it out (whether you care about either of those topics, or just want to support my writing). You can also follow me at Forbes's site if you want to get emailed when I write new articles. I write seven per month. If you're a book publicist, editor or literary agent and have a potential story idea related to book publishing news or trends, feel free to email me at mail at with the subject line "Forbes" and I'll consider it (though I have most of my story ideas set through April, I'm always on the lookout for timely subjects).

Screen Shot 2019-02-08 at 5.16.38 AM

Labels: , , , , , ,

Thursday, February 07, 2019

Such a new BDSM erotica anthology Erotic Teasers will be out on Tuesday!

I'm thrilled to share that on Tuesday, February 12, my new anthology Erotic Teasers will finally be available in print and ebook! See more buy links below, including a limited time 40% off Valentine's Day sale on all print books from Cleis Press this week! It's the perfect time to stock up on my dozens of sexy adult story anthologies.


This was one that my publisher Cleis Press came to me and asked me to edit, and had a specific vision for the book, which I think/hope I did justice to. For those who like longer stories, this book has 'em! That's why there are 18 stories, because each is a bit longer than my typical anthology, so you can truly savor all the kinky, dirty details.

Erotic Teasers edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (1)

About the book:

In Erotic Teasers, award-winning editor Rachel Kramer Bussel has collected sexy short stories that will keep you on edge. From orgasm denial to remote control panties, these characters are made to wait--and they love every minute. From dominant/submissive relationships to futuristic settings, they have perfected the thrill of teasing, taunting, and exerting control over their partners, who may protest but really relish being made to hold off until they're given permission. Whether teasing as part of a BDSM scene, onstage at a theater, or via modern technology, these men and women ache with yearning.

These stories explore the thrill of the opposite of instant gratification, with orgasms all the more explosive because of itThis collection includes stories by Tiffany Reisz, Leandra Vane, Ella Dawson, and Elizabeth Coldwell, you'll relish every lusty, agonizing moment as these men and women wait for the most arousing reward for their patience.

Here's the table of contents:

Introduction: Such a Tease

Pink Panties Eliza David (read an excerpt at Kinkly)
Guessing Game T.C. Mill
Fix Me! Josie Jordan
A Real One Leandra Vane
Desdemona on the Fringe Kendel Davi
Ava Receives a Text Ella Dawson
Once Upon a Time in the Near Future Georgina Cott
Paying Attention LN Bey
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon Valerie Alexander
The Price of Patronage Eve Pendle
Daily Denial TammyJo Eckhart
The Joy of Socks Elizabeth Coldwell
When You’re Told Rebecca Croteau
Blow Val Prozorova
Bösendorfer Blues Cecilia Duvalle
Aphrodite’s Garden Rebecca Chase
Rogering Nadine Richard Bacula
Coming and Going Tiffany Reisz

Buy Erotic Teasers for Valentine's Day or any time:

Kindle (all countries)


Google Play



Amazon print (all countries) print

Powell's (amazing Portland, Oregon independent bookstore, one of the best in the world; free shipping over $50 in U.S.)

IndieBound (find your local independent bookstore)

Books a Million

Cleis Press (save 40% with the code VDAY2019 through February 14, 2019)

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Enter to win my Valentine's Day giveaway of a heart sex pillow and erotica!

This is my year of giveaways, in addition to the ones I do in my monthly newsletter (make sure you subscribe at the left-hand side of my blog or at because one is coming up today). I just mailed out 40 books, 10 sets of Volumes 1-4 of the Best Women's Erotica of the Year series to 10 Book Riot winners and now I'm doing a Valentine's Day giveaway where you can win a Liberator Shapes Heart Wedge Sex Pillow AND a copy of Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 4.


Links to enter are below, and you have to be at least 18 years old and in the United States to win. Enter by Thursday, February 14, 2019 (yes, Valentine's Day). Good luck!

Enter at the Best Women's Erotica of the Year Instagram

Enter at the Liberator Shapes Instagram

Enter at the Best Women's Erotica of the Year Facebook page

Enter at the Liberator Shapes Facebook page

Labels: , , , , , , ,

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

The Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 audiobook is out!

I'm officially on vacation and heading to a beach location for a few days but wanted to pop in to let you know that the Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 4 audiobook narrated by Rose Caraway is officially for sale! Click the link above or image below to listen to a free sample and buy it for yourself. I hope you'll enjoy these sexy, creative and diverse stories as much as I did. The book has stories by authors whose work I encourage you to read if you haven't yet, such as Alyssa Cole, Alessandra Torre, Megan Hart, Tamsen Parker, Tamara Lush, Suleikha Snyder, Sofia Quintero and more! If you own the Kindle edition, the audiobook costs only $7.47, a total bargain! Want to learn more about what's in the book and read my introduction? Visit the official site.

BWE4 Audio Cover

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

Monday, January 21, 2019

New articles: Somali refugee Congresswoman Ilhan Omar memoir and US tour of The Bookshop Band

My latest articles for Forbes online, which I didn't get to post last week, are about Somali refugee turned Congresswoman Ilhan Omar's memoir book deal and The Bookshop Band doing their first U.S. tour. I interviewed Representative Omar's literary agent and her editor, who said, "Her voice on the page is very much as it is in real life—fresh and positive even when she is tackling serious issues, with real empathy and deep knowledge. Her story counters everything we keep hearing from the current administration and the right-wing media about refugees, immigrants, Muslims and women. This memoir presents an urgent and important counter-narrative."

Hope you'll check them out and follow me on Forbes if you want to be emailed when new articles drop. I write seven each month.

Screen Shot 2019-01-21 at 1.30.14 PM


Labels: , , , , , , ,

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

New at Forbes: Why this book dedication is going viral

The humorous dedication in Ben Philippe's debut novel, The Field Guide to the North American Teenager, is going viral. Why? Find out in my latest article at Forbes online.


Labels: , , , , , , , , ,

Monday, January 14, 2019

My Washington Post article on couples and debt, and how I plan to pay mine off

In many ways, my new Washington Post article on couples and debt (which also got picked up by their women's publication The Lily and was reprinted at by the Los Angeles Times) was a challenging one. I first submitted an essay about my personal experience with debt and dating, and was asked to expand it into a reported article.

Screen Shot 2019-01-14 at 5.49.15 AM

That part was interesting as I got to talk to experts, including a three financial planners, a financial therapist and Bad with Money podcast host and author of the new book by the same name, Gaby Dunn. I've alluded to and once written about my debt before, but this piece had a higher profile, and I knew family members and friends would see it, and that was scary. I never want to look like a failure, even when I am. I'm not saying I consider everyone who has debt a failure, but for myself, I do, because the reason my debt is so high is my own doing.

I lived way beyond my means when I was in New York, and even though I haven't lived there for almost six years, the effects linger. Only in the last few years has my business grown in a way that paying it off is now in the foreseeable future. I had intended to have it paid off by the end of 2019 but had more expenses than expected, so that projected debt-free date is now the end of 2020. At the same time, in growing my business, I do need to stick to the "you have to spend money to make money" adage. So I'm doing things like attending creative business conference Alt Summit in March in Palm Springs (called Alt Oasis this year because it's six days long), considering hiring a publicist for my December Best Women's Erotica of the Year book launch and will be investing a lot of time into launching my online classes, hopefully by mid-March. Those things are all important to me for various reasons that essentially boil down to not wanting to do the same thing over and over and expect things to change. Having the classes will also help me pitch myself as a places like Alt Summit. I meant to apply this year and a combination of stress and anxiety and negative self-talk prevented me, but I plan to launch a class on the subject I want to teach on, which will make applying easier.

The only way I will reach the next level in any area of my business is to experiment and try new things. I can't travel as much as I used to, and even if I could, in-person erotica writing classes, which I love teaching, can only reach 20-30 people at a time. My online class will be able to reach an infinite number of students all over the world. When I taught in Berlin last year, I had someone in another part of Germany ask if I was teaching there. Soon I'll be able to say yes to that. I'm looking forward to it, but it's also a commitment of time and energy (the costs so far have involved buying a microphone, which I did in...2017).

My point is, I'm doing a lot on the debt reduction front, and will be writing much more this year about debt and money, probably on Medium. But since I've lived with some for of debt my entire adult life, I've also adapted. I don't buy myself too many things these days, but when I turn in an anthology manuscript, I treat myself to buying a book, provided my local library doesn't carry it. I occasionally buy myself a Leota dress, although now I have a whole row of them in my closet, and got gorgeous ones for my birthday and the holidays. I've cut back immensely because what I want more than anything is to see a zero balance everywhere. I won't be going to New York too often. But I will make sure when I'm there I see one of my best friend's newborn twins, even if an extra day means paying for food and subway fare. I also need to have a life, especially to counteract the times when I work really insane, stressful hours, as I've done a few times over the last few months. I'm trying to move away from those but sometimes as a freelancer last-minute assignments happen, or I get sick and can't work as efficiently as I wanted to.

The truth is, part of me still thinks, Well, if you onlypay bills and necessities, you could pay off all your debt this year. I'd have to crunch a lot of numbers to see if that's strictly true. I could certainly come very close. But aside from the many business expenses I pay, from postage to buying books to send to authors to smaller things like renewing Flickr (yes, that's what I still use to post images on this here blog), I wouldn't be able to take my mom to Tribeca Film Festival as I did last year for her birthday. I wouldn't get to visit my family on Martha's Vineyard in the summer. I think the difference between me now and me back when I was accruing tons of debt is that I value every dollar I spend and consider it carefully. On our drive down to Virginia in December, I was proud of myself for forgoing my daily cup of decaf coffee and saving the approximately $2 it would have cost, because the craving wasn't that bad. But on the way back, I had a cup, because I knew I'd have a headache otherwise. What I most look forward to about debt-free life is not having to do all those calculations. In the meantime, my other way of tackling debt is, hopefully, upping my company's income by 20% this year. If I can do that, I'll likely have a lot more bylines and be able to look back at my 2019 work with pride.

Labels: , , , , , , , , ,