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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Two of my erotica books are $1.99 right now plus my Tasting Him giveaway

Exciting and time sensitive news: Cleis Press has put two of my anthologies on sale! The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales is $1.99 through Sunday, December 10 and Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 is $1.99 through Sunday, December 17, for U.S. ebook retailers. This is a great opportunity to snap these up if you haven't read them or give them to someone who might like them as a holiday gift.

Throughout the year, assorted books of mine tend to be put on sale so I strongly encourage you to follow me on BookBub (aka my favorite website and perfect for any book lover who also likes saving money). You would also have my MAJOR THANKS if you left a review wherever you purchased it or on Goodreads. I'm three reviews away from the magic number of 50 on Amazon for BWE 2; according to everything I've read on the subject, 50 reviews helps their algorithm kick in and then they show the book to more potential buyers, which helps increase sales, which helps me pay my rent and continue to increase payment to my authors. So any reviews are greatly appreciated, anywhere (yes, even offline).

Buy links for The Big Book of Submission - only $1.99 through December 10, 2017:

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Buy links for Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 - only $1.99 through December 17, 2017:

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That brings me to my December newsletter, which you can read by clicking the link and scroll to the bottom for my sexy book giveaway. Never do I face greater impostor syndrome than when it comes to writing my newsletter. Well, writing and formatting. I'm a word person, always have been and always will be, but it's 2017 so I've had to figure out the barest minimum of graphic knowledge (ha).

I even skipped my newsletter for three months this year because I was going through a major depression and also just had no idea what to so or how to present anything I could say. But today I got this newsletter out in a timely manner, checked every single link...and still managed to mess up the date of the giveaway. The deadline to win Tasting Him: Oral Sex Stories is December 14, 2017, not November 30, which would be impossible. I strongly encourage you to enter, especially if you've never won one of my giveaways (secret: I do try to spread the book love around to new winners). And if you like the newsletter, please consider sharing it or passing along my website to someone who might want to subscribe. Thanks for putting up with my horrible design skills - what I lack in visual imagery I make up for with hot books!

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Have you entered my Tasting Her: Oral Sex Stories giveaway? Deadline is Nov. 30!

Every month in my newsletter (which you can subscribe to at rachelkramerbussel.com) I give away one of my books and this month I'm giving away Tasting Her: Oral Sex Stories. The deadline to enter is tomorrow, Thursday, November 30 and you have to be a subscriber to enter. Open internationally. Also often I select a winner and see they've only put something like "123 Main Street" and not a complete address so I select another winner, so make sure you include your full mailing address. You'll find the entry form in the November newsletter. Good luck!

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And if you just can't get enough stories about giving and getting head, I've also got Tasting Him: Oral Sex Stories and Going Down: Oral Sex Stories - click through on each title to download a free ebook sample or listen to an audiobook sample!

Here's more about Tasting Her to whet your appetite, so to speak. And if you're reading this after the giveaway is over, you can get a free sample of these tasty, sexy stories.
Savor the art of oral sex

An impromptu shaving session triggers a lustful bathroom encounter between a married man and his mistress. A woman who can't read a map discovers the sensual geography of "down there" thanks to her girlfriend's talented tongue. A female scientist teaches her husband a new area of study when she substitutes the word "tongue" for "hello." The twenty-one tales in Tasting Her form a sexy group portrait of the joys of cunnilingus. Encompassing everything from fantasy trips to in-the-flesh pleasures, and starring both seasoned pros and enthusiastic novices,these steamy stories bring new meaning to the phrase "read my lips."


Introduction: Reading Her Lips

Whether you've delved between a woman's legs, received cunnilingus, or fantasized about either, Tasting Her has a lot to offer you. To be honest, I'm usually not the biggest fan, personally, of getting head. Often it feels either rushed or perfunctory, or like I'm not sure how long I should give the person until we move on to something else. I don't always know when or how I will come, though plenty of women swear by a little tongue-lashing (or a lot!) to do the trick.

What's great about this collection is that there are oral sex connoisseurs and newcomers, men and women, who explore the treasure to be found in a woman's pussy, often in surprising ways. Maybe they think they know everything there is to know about giving (and getting) head, but have a partner who wants to show them something new.

We sometimes forget, given stories about men who refuse to go there (and yes, I've encountered a few), that there are plenty of men and women who truly enjoy, relish, and get turned on by basking in a woman's sex. The kind who find eating pussy not just a pit stop on the way to something greater, but the ultimate pleasure. Sometimes this can take the form of a BDSM scene, where someone is being "forced" to do what he really loves best. At other times, these happy lickers have to convince their partners that they want it so bad they'll do anything to get it.

In Jen Cross' outstanding story, "Queen of Sheba," we meet one such couple:

Jimmy would use his hands to hold me open, and his whole mouth, his nose and chin and cheeks. He'd fuck me with his tongue, then lap at me with the full flat of it, wriggle the tip across my clit, then capture the fat little head between his thin lips and suckle first gently, then more sharply, as I came. And came. And came.

He got me off so many times when he was down there, like that was the whole point. Can you imagine? Her narrator learns that some men treat a woman's pussy like it's the pinnacle of her body, even when the woman herself may be a little puzzled as to what he loves about it so much.

I've been in the position of Gwen Masters' Teresa in "Teaching Teresa," refusing to let someone go down on me simply because I didn't think it would be all that fun. The last person I tried that with, though, used my refusal as a pawn in our sexual game, and when I let him advance, he showed me just how wonderful a well-placed tongue could feel. I think he wanted to show me what I'd been missing. In Masters' story, our hero has to articulate what it is he enjoys about the act:

"I love everything about it," he told her. "I love the smell--that deep and secret scent. I love the taste. I love the way it changes when a woman comes, and the way it changes again after I've been inside her. It's like I can taste all the different levels of arousal."

Teresa was looking up at him with wide eyes.

"Most of all, I love the way a woman moves. I love the way the same touches can get a different reaction every time. But I also love finding that one thing that drives a woman crazy every time."


Other lessons are imparted throughout this collection, and I can tell you that by the end of the editing process, I was more than ready to spread my legs. Whatever your feelings about going down, I hope this book will broaden your horizons, and expose you to the ways cunnilingus can become part of a relationship, a quickie fling, a BDSM scene, and so much more. The characters here, from the dedication of the man who gives geographical names to specific parts of his lover's sexual anatomy in Jeremy Edwards' "Cavanuagh's Ridge" to the kinky pleasures of the couple in Teresa Noelle Roberts' "The Dominance of the Tongue," have a thing or two to teach you about pussy power. Savor them and their adventures, as well as your own.

Rachel Kramer Bussel
New York City

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy book birthday to Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3!

On the personal front it's been a hard month so I'm thrilled that there's some good news on the horizon: one of the best books I've ever edited, Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3, is officially out today in ebook!

Happy book birthday toBest Women's Erotica of the Year, 3!

I love that my ebooks are now publishing a few weeks earlier than print since that's how the vast majority of people read them. If you like sexy stories, I'm pretty sure you'll like these 21 tales by women from around the world. I made sure every story is action-packed and super hot. It opens with an amazing bisexual exhibitionism story by Abigail Barnette, which I chose as the first story because it totally blew me away, and goes on from there to everything from sex toys to a bibliophile with a major book fetish to bondage, hiring a Dom, and so much more. If you're planning to buy it, doing so during the first week of release is majorly helpful, but of course sales any time help me a great deal. My grand crazy wild finger-crossed dream is to get to edit at least 10 volumes of Best Women's Erotica of the Year and publish over 200 authors in the process, so if this one sells well, I'll be one step closer to making that happen.

Even if you're not buying the book, a hugely helpful thing to do would be to add it to your Amazon wishlist and your Goodreads want to read list. It may seem like a small thing and takes just a second, but those little things make a big difference in helping more potential readers stumble across my book amongst the millions available out there. This is my livelihood, but it's also my deep passion that I've poured my heart and soul into since I started writing erotica in 1999. I do everything I can to turn that energy into giving these authors, several of whom are being published for the first time, as many new readers and followers as I can. I can't wait for you to check out these stories. You can read my introduction over at bweoftheyear.com.

Here's what others have been saying:

Publishers Weekly (starred review): "With a refreshing variety of characters, configurations, and situations, all 21 stories in the collection deliver without becoming stale or repetitive."

Library Journal (starred review): "Editor Bussel (The Big Book of Orgasms) has curated a variety of quality stories with care and intention, highlighting women reclaiming their agency through erotic experiences. This collection opens with Abigail Barnette’s playfully steamy “The Birthday Gift,” wherein Sophie presents husband Neil with a wickedly unconventional visual treat. Wickedness is also the word of the day in Sommer Marsden’s “Demon Purse,” in which an adventurous makeup artist uses her skills to indulge her boyfriend’s sinful fantasy. "

Slutty Girl Problems: "There was something I enjoyed about each story from Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 3, but a few stories stood out as my favorites. I absolutely appreciated Sophie’s love of books and the feelings they can stir from deep within in “Bibliophile,” and took pleasure in the unfolding of a threesome dream come true in “Red Satin Ribbon” and the unexpected rendezvous in “Weightless.” Role reversal and crossdressing made “Romance and Drag” an intriguing and enjoyable read, while my domme fantasies were satisfied in “Making It Feel Right.” A perfect blend of romance and raunch, this book proved to be titillating and a continuous page turner."

In my opinion, Volume 3 is even hotter than Volumes 1 and 2 and is one of the best books I've edited. I try hard not to just put out variations of the same thing over and over, but to innovate and experiment and push my own boundaries and deliver stories that readers will treasure not just once, but again and again. I hope I've succeeded with this title. I took the feedback I've been getting on my titles and poured that into making this book one that you'll want to race through (or savor slowly). Where to buy the ebook:

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

My birthday wish is for you to read my new book, Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3

I've been on a break from blogging and much of social media due to life and work and trying to figure a lot of things out but now that I have two books coming out in back to back months, I'm easing back into things. I turned 42 on Friday and while it was the opposite of a celebratory day, it was a day that made me realize life is short and I need to sure I'm living it as fully as I can. I had even taken a break from my newsletter but now that's back and I encourage you to subscribe because I do monthly giveaways just for subscribers - I'll be sending November's this week with a Tasting Her: Oral Sex Stories giveaway.

The book that I'm gearing up to release next week is Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3; the ebook edition pubs on Tuesday, with the print and audiobook to follow in December. There's still a part of me that can't believe I get to edit this series that I've been reading since the very first volume edited by Marcy Sheiner, because I'm still the woman who cried tears of joy when I finally broke into the series after several tries with my "Doing the Dishes" story.

I feel like in many ways this series reminded me why I got into erotica editing in the first place: because I'm a social creature, because I believe that more is more, because I love the short story form, because I want to give other writers the chance I was given when I published my first story. There have been many moments in the last few years when I've wondered if what I do is pointless; that feeling has certainly been amplified since the last election.

What I always come back to is the realization that an anthology isn't just about me; without authors writing vibrant, sexy, deeply creative and timely stories, I'd have no books. So I owe it to them, and of course to myself and my publisher, to make sure their words are read as wide and far as possible. Real talk: it's scary to care too much, whether we're talking about people or books. I am so proud of this book and my deepest fear is that it will be released into the world with a resounding flop. Because with a series, the pressure is amplified: it's not just about this one book doing well, it's about me wanting to have a future as the editor of the series for as many years as possible.

I'm probably not "supposed" to say that on my blog or anywhere else; I often get the impression that we are supposed to be only cheerful and positive about every aspect of publishing. But I see putting out books more as a gamble, except that there's far more passion and energy devoted to each title than there is to most gambling. Ultimately, though, the outcome is a gamble. I don't know if one person or one thousand or many thousands will read this book. For my career's sake and my authors' sake, I hope it's the latter. What I do know is that while I can't control that outcome, I can make sure that even if it's just one person, that I provide them with a knockout book that makes their eyes widen on every page, that features a diverse group of women who are bold and provocative and surprising, who are mix of straight and bisexual and lesbian, many of whom I'd call feminist, who are tender and loving and also wild and daring.

I hope you'll enter this giveaway (which is U.S. only due to the prohibitive costs of overseas shipping) and, if you want to support the book with just two clicks, add it to your Amazon wishlist and Goodreads want to read list. And, of course, if you want to read all 21 crazy hot stories, I'd love if you'd purchase it or request it at your local library (yes, many libraries carry erotica and many will order books if their patrons want them). I'll be sharing more about all the hotness in the book soon, but for now, good luck and please let people know about the giveaway!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3 by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Best Women's Erotica of the Year, Volume 3

by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Giveaway ends November 18, 2017.

See the giveaway details at Goodreads.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Free stickers with my new logo at today's Brooklyn erotica writing workshop at Sex Expo

Today is my FREE erotica writing workshop from 2:10 to 3 p.m. at Sex Expo at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint! Get free tickets using the link above - there's a whole slate of programming today and vendors include Shag (the sex toy store where I once had my boobs cast), Unbound, an excellent sex toy subscription box, Aneros and many more. I'm so excited because not only do I get to meet and teach wonderful people and explore all the exciting sex toy vendors that'll be there, I'm also debuting my new logo with free stickers. I've got about 30 to give away. Here's what they look like:

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And here are directions:

The Brooklyn Expo Center is located at 72 Noble Street, in Greenpoint BK. Public transit: there is a bus stop (Franklin St/Noble St) on the B32 right next to it. It is a 20 minute walk from the Bedford Ave stop on the L, or a 7 minute walk from the Greenpoint Ave stop on the G. It is a 5 minute walk from the Manhattan Ave/Calyer St stop on the B43.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Free erotica writing workshop in Brooklyn at Sex Expo September 24

My final live erotica writing workshop will be on Sunday, September 24 from 2:10 to 3 p.m. at Sex Expo in Brooklyn (72 Noble Street, Brooklyn Expo Center), and if you use this link you can get in for free! I'm shifting almost all my teaching to the online classes I'll be launching this fall, so this will probably be my last New York class for the foreseeable future. I'll be sharing more about those classes as soon as they're available, but I can tell you that the sharing that happens in my live classes is special. I love seeing people's faces transform, as they get bolder about what they're writing and what they're willing to share with others, as they dig into their erotic imaginations. It's really the perfect environment because you're surrounded by toys and good energy. Everyone will get a handout with more resources.

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I'm aware that this class is taking place during Rosh Hashanah, although I didn't know that when I booked this many months ago and forgot to check. I decided that since I rarely have the opportunity to teach live classes these days and since it's such a wonderful event filled with amazing sex toys that I want to check out, I'd go ahead and do it. But I apologize to anyone who would have liked to attend but can't due to the holiday. If I do teach any more in person classes, I'll do my best to make sure they are on dates when as many people as possible can attend. And I'm always available for consultations via my website EroticaWriting101.com.

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Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Ask me anything about anthology editing

I'm preparing an online class I hope to launch in October on How to Edit An Anthology, based on the numerous questions I've received over the 13 years I've been editing them (I'm up to over 60 anthologies, with more on the way, so I've learned a lot via trial and error). While I will give my insights into erotica anthologies, I'll be covering both fiction and nonfiction anthologies of all kinds and will be getting input from other editors, both self-published and traditionally published, so I can give as many options and answers as possible. Which brings me to you: What questions do you have about the anthology editing process? Please feel free to ask me anything in September and I will do my best to answer in the class. I don't have a registration page up yet as I'm still creating the class's content (this is a new one for me), but as soon as I do, I'll post it here. You can comment or email me by September 30 at rachelkramerbussel at gmail.com with "Anthology class" in the subject line.

Ask me anything about how to edit an anthology

I promise, my anthology editing skills are infinitely better than my Canva art skills. Those are abysmal because I'm a word person, not an art person, but thankfully I rarely have to rely on them.

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