Our series starts with Dame Bodacious‘ appreciation of a classic Victorian erotic novel. Scroll to the bottom for a chance to participate and win Circlet books, and come back tomorrow when Annabeth Leong writes about a much more recent work.

Like most good suburban girls back in the days before the internet, I learned about sex from a series of less-than-reliable sources. Whispers behind cupped hands, bad B movies, and baffling pronouncements from worldly older sisters. But mostly I learned the same way my friends did — purloined romance novels, their spines conveniently cracked by our moms to automatically spread wide to the good parts. My teachers were Johanna Lindsey, Jean Auel, Kathleen Woodiwiss, and VC Andrews.

But I always sensed that I was getting a sanitized version of sex. Or at least only one flavor. I wanted … not more, exactly, but something different. I sensed, in my ‘tween mind that some essential spice was missing from the well-thumbed pages of throbbing manhoods, slick folds, and tiny heroines. Surely I wasn’t the only one getting a little frustrated at the gentle stroking, the soft touches, the delicate caresses?

None of my friends seemed to feel the same way, though. I must be a freak.

Then one day I found a cheap pulp paperback copy titled The Way of a Man with a Maid. I was standing in the romance section of my local WaldenBooks, and read a random chapter.

There were a couple of different girls. And these weren’t sighing eager girls. Our narrator kidnaps and takes them to the Snuggery where he rapes them, devising elaborate and arcane sexual tortures. They are strapped down, humiliated, and carnally punished. The women sob, writhe, plead, and scream. And, just as shocking, sometimes the women (I glanced up from the book, eyes darting furtively at the other shoppers)… sometimes the women did things to each other, too!

It was like a supernova in my brain.

And in my panties, of course.

I had to own it. Even if it was just the one chapter and the rest was all like the romance novels, I needed this book. One chapter would be enough. Buying it was no mean feat, though. The cover was white with a lascivious picture that seemed even more erotic because of the faux-Victorian outfit the woman wore. Even the author byline — “Anonymous” – seemed to scream out loud that this was a dirty book. I almost expected the book clerk to shout, “This girl, this 14 year old girl, she’s buying a pervert book!”

I’ll never know what she actually thought. Head down, I handed over the book and a crumpled $5 bill, palms sweating and cheeks hot. Once she rang me out, I shoved the book in my school bag and ran out of the store without ever looking her in the face.

At home, alone, I discovered that it wasn’t just the one chapter. In fact, the whole book was chapter after chapter of flagellation and bondage. I wasn’t the only one who thought about sex like that! Even better, in the back was a whole catalog of books that seemed to be in the same vein. My life was never the same again.

Almost thirty years later, I have read more dirty books than I can count. The Way of a Man with a Maid isn’t to precisely to my adult taste anymore. But in my mind, it’s still the book that opened the world for me — intrinsically linked in my memory with that silent burst of white heat and that dawning understanding that there was more to sex than bodice-clad heroines and square jawed heroes. It will always remain my favorite dirty book.

Dame Bodacious writes the Lilith Club books about a private club in Boston for ladies of very particular tastes. The maids are thoroughly punished for naughty behavior and the secretaries offer very specialized services. She also has a story called “Crow Luck” in the upcoming Like Fortune’s Fool.

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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

By Cecilia Tan | Filed in News & Notes | 6 comments

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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Ten Dirty Books #0

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We recently asked our writers to tell us about their favorite erotic works–books that shaped their thinking about sex and sex writing.  We got ten awesome appreciations of books old and new, fiction and nonfiction, kinky and vanilla, queer and straight. We’ll be posting one of them per day for the next ten days. We hope they provoke discussions here and elsewhere of beloved smut both from us and from elsewhere.

Simultaneously, we’re running a contest/giveaway. Click below to do various like-y/follow-y things to enter the raffle for a free ebook, or post your own appreciation of a Circlet book in the comments here to enter a contest for the print collection of your choice.

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The only-slightly-late second edition of Circlet Presents features, by happy coincidence, a hot and funny scene from a novel published just yesterday: Julie Cox‘s Capricious.

Julie talks with host Vinnie Tesla about her fix-up novel Chasing Tail, her forthcoming book of dwarven erotica–Hard as Stone, and her clean short story collection Hearth and Harvest.  Along the way, they discuss the value of community, the art of making fantasy believable, and  the disadvantages of shapeshifting into a sheep or fruitbat. Have a listen, and let us know what you think!

CIRCLET PRESENTS: JULIE COX

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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

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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 www.lazypifarm.com.

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

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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.” Read the remainder of this entry »

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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

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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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I interviewed Audra North, an erotic romance writer whose latest work is a scorching hot science fiction novella, Out of the Box, an ebook I thought Circlet readers would definitely enjoy!

Cecilia Tan: How did you get the idea for Out of the Box?

Audra North: I was sitting in a bar with two friends–I think this might be how all ideas start, for better or worse–and one of them mentioned that he wished there was more cyberpunk erotica. Later in the evening, we had somehow meandered on to the topic of how difficult it was to find a pair of gloves that fit well because of the wildly varying length of people’s fingers, and somehow those two things meshed together in my mind when I woke up the next morning. I knew almost immediately that I wanted to write a cyberpunk erotica about a future in which everyone is standardized and humans are regulated to feel nothing, to want nothing–in essence, to be nothing. I drew on inspiration from my father’s stories of living through the early days of Communist rule in China, and how mentally terrifying it was to watch as people were “standardized” through the removal of outliers. Whether that removal was temporary–to the labor camps–or horrifically permanent, the standardization in Out of the Box is inspired, to a not-unsignificant degree, by some of my father’s stories of that time in history.

Cecilia Tan: Were you influenced by other science fiction?

Audra North: Yes! In fact, one of the first science fiction books I read twenty years ago, A Canticle for Leibowitz, is one that epitomizes how I feel science fiction should be. Read the remainder of this entry »

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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 likeacircleteditor@outlook.com.

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