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Call for submissions: Arthurian erotica

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Call for submissions: Arthurian erotica

Edited by Jennifer Levine

Deadline: November 1, 2014

Everyone knows the story of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Tales of the world of Camelot, that fabled medieval castle, have been adapted into animated movies for children, dark television dramas for adults, Broadway musicals, fantasy novels, comics, historical fiction books, and epic musical scores. Children play at being Arthur’s knights, teenagers brood over the doomed romance of Guinevere and Lancelot, and historians debate which of the stories, if any, are fact, and which are simply legend or myth.

King Arthur. Guinevere. Uther Pendragon. Morgana le Fay. Merlin the Wizard. The Knights of the Round Table. Sir Lancelot. Sir Gawain. Mordred. Maybe you know all of these names and more; maybe you’ve only heard of a few. Maybe you’ve heard of sordid love affairs between some of these characters, or magic enchantments gone wrong, or murders and betrayals among even the closest of friends.

So many stories have already been written about the world of Camelot, and so many remain to be told. For this anthology, we are looking for both reimagined old stories and altogether newly invented ones; dalliances we are expecting and affairs we wouldn’t have imagined; familiar characters, new characters, and some we thought we knew but discover anew in your telling.

Your story must take place in the Arthurian universe, with at least one or two of the main characters we are familiar with, but beyond that, go wild. Maybe your characters are gender-swapped; maybe your Camelot is a futuristic world with knights wielding sugarcane; maybe your characters are powerful magicians, or maybe magic doesn’t exist in your world at all.

Remember that this is an anthology of erotica, so your story must have an element of sex in it (and not just any sex, but steamy sex, sexy sex, the kind of sex that leaves us hot and bothered after reading it). But this is also a collection of excellent fiction: your story needs a plot, your characters need to be fleshed out and fully imagined, your story needs to be about something.

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Elizabeth Schechter’s HOUSE OF SABLE LOCKS wins Passionate Plume Award

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Passionate Plume Winner!

Passionate Plume Winner!

(San Antonio, TX) — Here at the Romance Writers of America (RWA) National Convention we have exciting news! At last night’s Passionate Ink party, HOUSE OF SABLE LOCKS by Elizabeth Schechter won the Passionate Plume Award in the Fantasy/SF category!

The book was up against some tough competition. Finalists in the category were:

Something New Under the Sun by L.A. Witt
House of Sable Locks by Elizabeth Schechter
Glory Dogs: Forged Through Glory by Dezré Storm
Fueled By Lust: Drusus by Celeste Prater
Legend Beyond the Stars by S. E. Gilchrist

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Ten Dirty Books #2: Annabeth Leong on “Bending”

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

For our second Dirty Book, Annabeth Leong considers writer/blogger/activist Greta Christina’s Bending, and gives us a tour of both its kinks and its big ideas. Scroll to the bottom and do social media stuff to win free books from us. And come back tomorrow to read Dan Kimmel’s appreciation of a particularly… affecting… scene from a famous mainstream novel.

Long before I read Greta Christina‘s book Bending: Dirty Kinky Stories About Pain, Power, Religion, Unicorns, & More, I was lucky enough to encounter its title story. This was early in my career as a reader of erotica, and it pushed buttons I didn’t even know I had. Though I got off a great deal, I also found myself moved by the story of shifting desires, love as insufficient, and exploration as paramount. Reading “Bending” was one of the first times I realized that erotica isn’t the low form it’s made out to be.

Fast-forward many years, and “Bending” has become one of a handful of stories I return to again and again. It’s not just for the filthy, lovingly fetishized, obsessive ass play, though I do still love that. It’s also that few pieces of writing have been wiser about the issues I’ve faced in BDSM as I’ve come to practice it, not just read about it. When I’m distressed about having changed in a way I swore I never would, it’s to “Bending” that I turn.

When I read Christina’s entire collection, I recognized the fearless gaze I first met in that story I have loved so well. In her introduction, Christina explains that she hopes each story conveys the respect she has for sex itself. And Christina respects sex enough to visit hot and uncomfortable places, to trust that adults understand what it means “to imagine things we wouldn’t actually want to do—even things we think are immoral.” She respects her audience enough to believe that we will sort out the difference between fantasy and endorsement. “If we have any freedom at all,” she writes, “it’s between our ears: the freedom to think about whatever we like.”

So Christina gives her reader a section on the “borderlands of consent, where the victims are technically free to leave but feel like they can’t.” This chapter turns me on and disturbs me because I recognize aspects of myself in it, ways that safewords aren’t as simple as they seem, ways that I’m sometimes not as honest as I should be because I don’t want to ruin a good time.

I also love her definition of “Sweet Stuff,” a section I almost decided not to read because I wasn’t in the mood for vanilla. Christina reminded me that “vanilla” and “sweet” aren’t synonyms, and neither are “sweet” and “traditional romance.”

I love this book for both its philosophical underpinnings and its unrelenting transgressive hotness. I will say that if you don’t have a spanking fetish, you may find sections of this book repetitive. If, on the other hand, you get a shiver up your spine when someone says, “Raise your skirt, and lower your drawers,” you and Christina will get on just fine.

And read the one about the unicorn. Christina suggests in her introduction that it’s silly but I found it oddly delightful.

Annabeth Leonghas written erotica of many flavors— dark, romantic, kinky, vanilla, straight, lesbian, bi, and ménage. Her work has appeared in more than thirty anthologies, including Circlet’s Like a Chill Down Your Spine, Like Hearts Enchanted, and Like a Trip Through the Mirror. Sweetmeats Press will publish her novel Untouched, a story of exhibitionism and voyeurism, in summer of 2014. Annabeth loves shoes, stockings, cooking, and excellent bass lines. She lives in Providence, Rhode Island, blogs at , and tweets @AnnabethLeong.

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Beyond the Softness of His Fur Vol. 3 Now On Sale!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Beyond the Softness of His Fur: Volume 3
by TammyJo Eckhart
ISBN 978-1-61390-113-7
Word Count: 50,000
List Price: $3.99

Formats :

Circlet Press digital titles are also available at the Amazon Kindle Store, B&, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple’s iBookstore, Scribd, and many independent booksellers via Google ebooks, as well as specialty ebookstores like All Romance eBooks and Rainbow eBooks, to name just a few! (Please let us know if your favorite source for digital books does not carry this title and you want them to.)

Domme Emily Potter and her brilliant submissive pet—white fox morph Wynn—bring their edgy, sexy story to a thrilling conclusion, navigating the complex path of their own unique relationship in an increasingly dangerous world that does not understand them. Wynn’s self-awareness threatens the status quo. and the fears of the established order pose a threat to Emily and Wynn’s very lives.

Beyond The Softness of His Fur Part Three: Private Revolutions is the third and final installment in TammyJo Eckhart’s provocative erotic science fiction trilogy. A tale of genetics, sex, and love between owners and pets, Part Three concludes the exploration of Emily and Wynn’s dystopian society. Corporations influence every aspect of life in their world, where animalistic-humanoid hybrids known as “morphs” are commonly kept as pets. Emily and Wynn’s lives are now fraught with more danger than ever, coming from all sides. Although Emily first procured Wynn under orders of the company she works for, her own reticence to share him and Wynn’s increasingly intelligent behavior have brought them under intense scrutiny and suspicion. The supposedly like-minded Dr. Vevern insists she wants to help save Wynn and Emily by extension, but it quickly becomes apparent that she is keeping secrets of her own. Natural resources are dwindling fast enough that chaos is beginning to erupt, with widespread fears that the conditions that began the brutal Water Wars might recur. And to top it all off, Emily must confront her assistant Lindsey with evidence of his betrayal with surprising results that Wynn is none too pleased with. With all of these outside factors threatening their own little world at home, Emily and Wynn must work harder than ever to preserve their love—and their very lives!

Sample Chapter:

For at least the twelfth time since we arrived at the Jungle I look down at him kneeling by my feet under the table. It’s an upscale club-slash-café that I was shocked to learn I could get into simply because I had a customer ID from ISM. Is meeting in one of their own employee clubs Doctor Vevern’s idea of safe? I’m sure we’re being filmed as we sit here.

It is a nice café, however–less crowded, more light, roomier than the ones Inandirmak operates or co-sponsors. The list of companies on the place’s board of directors outside looks like a Who’s-Who of life sciences, though the one at the top of the list, Genius, I’m completely unfamiliar with. Metro Thunder Bay has a tight hold on the lake, so I suppose everyone wants a piece of the action here. The water attacks my father spoke about seem to have spread to a few other locations, if the news reports are correct. Who can tell? The corporate media spins one direction while city media spins another.

I reach down and scratch behind one of Wynn’s ears when he lifts his head and lays it on my lap. I can feel him looking up at me, but I’m just trying to act like any other morph owner.

Because all other morph owners have to be convinced by their pets to meet with a mysterious scientist promising she’s on your side.


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New call for submissions–Coffee: Hot

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Coffee: Hot
An anthology of café erotica
Edited by Victoria Pond

Deadline: September 15, 2014

When you visit a coffee shop, you use all your senses. You hear the whir of steaming milk, smell the hot roasting beans, feel the glazed ceramic mug, see the latte art, and taste the dark glory of your daily addiction. 

In the 1600s, coffee shops inspired academics and philosophers (who worked faster and stayed sober longer). Now it is a place of writers, homework-doers, and first dates. One hardly blinks at an infatuation with Taylor, the latte boy.

This anthology gives you the chance to expose the excitement in the ‘mundane’ world of coffee. Maybe your local is run by a succubus, or Cupid has traded in his arrows for a smock (and that’s not nutmeg he’s grinding onto your foam). Perhaps that guy who has “been in the shop forever” actually has been (well, at least for the last 400 years), or there’s something ‘special’ going on in the first Starbucks on Mars. So long as your story is science fiction or fantasy erotica and a café is strongly featured, we want to see it.

All sexualities and gender expressions are welcomed.

This ebook anthology is being edited by Victoria Pond for Circlet Press. Victoria’s stories have appeared in numerous Circlet anthologies.

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New call for submissions: MakerSex

Monday, July 7th, 2014

MakerSex: Erotic Stories of Geeks, Hackers, and DIY Projects
Edited by Annabeth Leong

Deadline: September 30, 2014

Maker culture mashes together technological enthusiasm and a DIY punk ethos. It is about learning and doing, shaping the world, getting around the system, and making strange new things because you can. Skill is powerful, subversive—and sexy. Send me stories infused with the scent of hot solder, the flash of fabric sewn with conductive thread, the thrill of ingenuity, and the hotness of all things becoming possible. Your DIY stories could be near-future science fiction or cyberpunk, but they could also take place in far-flung galaxies, in the garage of a ham-radio enthusiast, or in the shadowy workshops of hacker mages. I want to believe in the plausibility of your DIY world, but that doesn’t require a technical manual. Give me a story that’s as much driven by hot sex and changing characters as it is by compelling projects and technical acumen.
All sexualities and gender expressions are welcome. Kink is welcome. I would particularly love to see worlds that recognize characters of color and people of all genders as participating in Maker culture.
This e-book anthology is being edited by Annabeth Leong for Circlet Press. Annabeth has written stories for many anthologies including Circlet’s Like A Trip Through the Mirror, Like a Chill Down Your Spine, and What Lies Beneath.

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Capricious by Julie Cox now available as ebook!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

Capricious: A Texan Tale of Love and Magic
by Julie Cox
ISBN 978-1-61390-110-6
Word Count: 82,760
List Price: $6.99

Formats :

Circlet Press digital titles are also available at the Amazon Kindle Store, B&, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple’s iBookstore, Scribd, and many independent booksellers via Google ebooks, as well as specialty ebookstores like All Romance eBooks and Rainbow eBooks, to name just a few! (Please let us know if your favorite source for digital books does not carry this title and you want them to.)

Welcome to Fox Pass, Texas, a small community where the people are friendly and the mythical creatures aren’t so mythical after all. In Julie Cox’s Capricious: A Texan Tale of Love and Magic, satyr and Fox Pass native Luke is settled into a comfortable routine of drinking beer with his best friend, cultivating his small plot of land, recharging the raw sexual energy that fuels his magic, and willfully ignoring his feelings for his friend Sally. But Luke’s daily life is thrown into disarray when he becomes the target of mysterious enemies who won’t hesitate to hurt his fellow myth-folk to get to him. With the help of his friends, and some earthshaking satyr magic, Luke works to protect his town—and sort out his feelings for Sally—before it’s too late.

About the author: Julie Cox is the author of Chasing Tail and numerous short stories in Circlet Press erotica anthologies. She lives in Texas with her husband, children, and ever-expanding menagerie of animals on their farm. She runs a small online yarn business and teaches yarn spinning. She has numerous stories published with Circlet Press and elsewhere. For her full list of published works, see her website at

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Incubus Tales by Hushicho now available as ebook!

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Incubus Tales: A Thousand Words
by Hushicho
ISBN 978-1-61390-106-9
Word Count: 54,709
List Price: $5.99

Formats :

Circlet Press digital titles are also available at the Amazon Kindle Store, B&, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple’s iBookstore, Scribd, and many independent booksellers via Google ebooks, as well as specialty ebookstores like All Romance eBooks and Rainbow eBooks, to name just a few! (Please let us know if your favorite source for digital books does not carry this title and you want them to.)

Welcome to the intriguing city of dreams, Noctemberg, where it is always night, and to Phantasies, a very special shop run by Dhiar, proprietor and gay incubus. Sensuality is more than just Dhiar’s stock in trade, it is his raison d’etre. In Incubus Tales: A Thousand Words, Dhiar meets new loves, rekindles relationships, and bring his special brand of sexual healing to lovers and readers alike.

Featuring the same main character as the popular Incubus Tales webcomic, Incubus Tales: A Thousand Words ran as a fiction serial on the Circlet Press website in 2012. Now collecting all 50 “nights” into a single volume, “A Thousand Words” is a sweet, sensuous journey through the heart and soul of Dhiar. Dhiar loves all and judges none, whether they are jaded vampires, questioning angels, or even naive humans. His adventures are literary erotic iyashikei–arousing to the flesh, but soothing to the soul. Includes five original illustrations by Hushicho.

About the author: From an early age, Hushicho held a special passion for storytelling. Throughout his life, he has worked in numerous media and various places in the world. Currently his medium of choice is that of sequential art, or comics, and Incubus Tales has the distinction of being the longest-running comic of its type still running. He maintains an international readership and is active promoting environmental awareness and opposing censorship. Another of his passions is cooking and spreading the love of delicious vegetarian fare. Hushicho currently resides in the United States.

Sample Chapter:

“Uhh! Yes! Yes!”

The bedsprings made little sound, durably-crafted and well-maintained. They had to be; Incubi always demanded it. “A bad bed,” the saying amongst them went, “means never fed.” (more…)

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New! Put the B in LGBT Pride Month with BEST BI SHORT STORIES!

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Best Bi Short Stories: Bisexual Fiction
edited by Sheela Lambert
Print ISBN: 978-1-61390-088-8
Electronic ISBN: 978-1-61390-089-5
Paperback: $19.95 • Ebook: $9.99 ON SALE FOR PRIDE MONTH! Only $17.95/$8.99!
258 pages • 83,218 words

Formats :

Best Bi Short Stories is the first book of its kind, a literary anthology bringing together the very finest representations of bisexuality in fiction. The bisexuality of characters, like in real people, can be invisible to readers unless explicitly brought to their attention. Invisibility leads to underrepresentation, and on bookstore shelves that has certainly been true. Best Bi Short Stories hopes to change that by presenting the very best quality, cast in a bold light. With an all-star author lineup ranging from Katherine V. Forrest to Jane Rule, Ann Herendeen to Jan Steckel, and curated by longtime bi activist Sheela Lambert, Best Bi Short Stories encompasses several genres. The authors are a diverse group, as well, and Lambert sought representation across age groups, cultures, ethnicities and sexualities in both the authors and stories, demonstrating the richness of bi experience.

Best Bi Short Stories was produced with the generous help of over 250 Kickstarter backers.

Best Bi Short Stories contains the following stories:
Dual Citizenship by Storm Grant
Alone, As Always by Jenny Corvette
Companions by Kate Durre
Pennies in the Well by Rob Barton
The Decision by Ammy Achenbach
Coyote Takes a Trip by Deborah Miranda
The Lottery by Florence Ivy
Angels Dance by James Williams
The Idiom of Orchids by Camille Thomas
Mother Knows Best by Charles Bright
“…Leave a Light on for Ya” by Gretchen Turner
Dragon’s Daughter by Cecilia Tan
Pride/Prejudice by Ann Herendeen
Challenger Deep by Kathleen Bradean
Mr. Greene by Ours M. Hugh
Art Making by Kate Evans
Friends and Neighbours by Jacqueline Applebee
Memory Lane by Sheela Lambert
Naked in the World by Geer Austin
Alex the Dragon by Jan Steckel
Face to Face by J.R. Yussuf
Xessex by Katherine V. Forrest
Inland Passage by Jane Rule

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Call For Submissions: Like A Circlet Editor (reopened for submissions!)

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

Call For Submissions: Like A Circlet Editor

Edited by Daniel Kimmel & Bethany Zaiatz

Extended Deadline: July 1st, 2014


We’re reopening submissions and extending the deadline for a fun, meta, ebook anthology!

Like A Circlet Editor is an anthology that plays off of how our readers imagine what working for Circlet must be like. The focus is not on the mundane work of editing manuscripts or running a business but on the fantasy on what it must be like to put together the hot and memorable Circlet books. The stories can be serious or satirical. We’re looking for stories 5,000-10,000 words in length that play on the fantasy of what it’s like to be part of Circlet Press. What sort of research does a Circlet editor have to do to ensure the hottest fantasies for a book? What might vampires or aliens or robots coming across a Circlet book make of how we’ve eroticized them? What really goes on at those editorial board meetings? Make it funny, make it sexy, make it fantastic, make it Circlet.

Submissions should be sent by July 1st, 2014 to