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Something to Read for the Holidays #Giveaway

December 2nd, 2013


I’ve been trying to get back to reading, this year. They say the more you read, the more creative your writing, the higher your I.Q., the longer your brain works…blah, blah, blah. For me, though, it’s been about learning. From erotica to non-fiction, if it sounds interesting, I’m reading it. I’m hoping to read even more next year, and have set myself a goal of 50 books. We’ll see how that goes.

I’ve been really enjoying reading. Even the few pieces I’ve really hated. It’s been an amazing experience. M and I have gotten to know (as much as one can through reading their writing, and talking to them on Twitter) quite a few amazing authors in various genres. We’ve both learned so much through this experience; both book knowledge, and more personal, humbling lessons.

Despite a few set backs (losing my job, the computer and car breaking, having to move into a more expensive home), over all, it has been an amazing year (getting our life back somewhat, being able to find peace in our own home, realizing we’ve actually survived the set backs without any major problems), and we owe part of that to living in an environment where we’re able to read again.

So this holiday season, we wanted to give our readers the opportunity to enjoy the same experience. And Cleis Press graciously agreed to help us out.

The Books

book_imageDark Secret Love: A Story of Submission by Alison Tyler: This is the best BDSM erotica book I’ve read, ever. No joke. The scenes are realistic. The passion is palpable. I spent the entire time I read it nodding and smiling and trying to contain my own arousal.

From a post I wrote about fear:

The entire time I read it, it was like light bulbs were going off in my mind and in my pussy, and my jaw was on the floor. I was so wet that Master could smell me, and I couldn’t stop licking my lips. I couldn’t help but smirk at the parts that sounded exactly like Master and me, and feel pride when Samantha would grasp little lessons along the way, just like I have in my journey. And when I was finished, I wanted to start reading all over again, because closing the book left me longing for the conversation I was just having with a kindred spirit about BDSM.

This book alone is enough reason to enter this giveaway. But I’ve got two more that you’re gonna love.

mhu)Making the Hook-Up: Edgy Sex with Soul Edited by Cole Riley: This book is an anthology edited by one of my favorite erotica authors. There’s more soul in Cole Riley’s pinky toe than most people have in their entire bodies. Something inside me reacts to that in a major way. This book really spoke to me in a way that very little erotica does. Especially Strangers in the Water.

From my review:

If I had to pick a favorite story, it would be a really close call. There’s a story about a woman conflicted by her culture, and another conflicted by her religion. One about a woman who ended up finding solace in the very place she ran from, and another about a woman completely comfortable with her sexuality thanks to a best friend she no longer hears from.

I found myself closing this book feeling almost lucky to have read it. I rarely have that reaction after reading anything, these days, much less a compilation of erotica.

bswBest Sex Writing 2013: The State of Today’s Sexual Culture Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel (Forward by Carol Queen): I actually haven’t read this book, yet, but it’s gotten rave reviews from many who have.

From the Cleis Press site:

The Best Sex Writing series has fundamentally changed the way people think—and what they say—about sexuality. Rachel Kramer Bussel has collected the year’s most challenging, literate and provocative pieces on this endlessly fascinating subject.

Major commentators examine the many roles sex plays in our lives, including Jonathan Lethem, who looks back on his first experience of being a young artist in a room with “Live Nude Models.” Rachel Swan’s “Sex by Numbers” does some data crunching on polyamory, which turns out to be one of the fastest growing relationship styles. “Very Legal” is a surprising survey of senior sex by Alex Morris, and Melissa Gira Grant’s “Happy Hookers” is an insider look at the normalization of prostitution.

Judged by the incomparable Dr. Carol Queen, this stunning collection of sex-smart essays stirs the heart and the most important sex organ of all—the brain. From bisexuality to feminist BDSM and better vibrators, condoms in porn and Tim Tebow’s virginity, Best Sex Writing 2013 offers the smartest views on contemporary sexual culture.

Sounds awesome, right?

How to enter:

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  1. December 4th, 2013 at 15:07 | #1

    On asking a question, tell us more about your reading habits, so on. Reading suggestions, especially for us more casual folk who maybe know a bit but want to learn more (versus folk already in the lifestyles).

  2. Heaven
    December 7th, 2013 at 21:46 | #2

    Where have you been lately? I have not seen to many post from you on Twitter. Then again I have been busy. Maybe I need to be nosy on your wall LOL.

  3. December 18th, 2013 at 13:06 | #3

    @ Heaven Most recently, I’ve been kinda trying to avoid Twitter, but we’re talking the last week, week and a half. On the blog, I just wasn’t feeling it. I’ve been dealing with a bit of depression and anxiety, and it’s hard enough to feel sexy, let alone come over here and be sexy, so I decided not to force it. Other than that, maybe we just missed each other? <3

  4. Kasey
    December 19th, 2013 at 23:55 | #4

    Where do you find your books? I would like to buy more, but I find it hard to find good ones in store, and online means paying for shipping?

  5. Pero1202
    December 22nd, 2013 at 06:27 | #5

    I have I question concerning this giveaway. Is it open internationally? Also, I wanted to give my friend a book, but she hasn’t read erotica until recently (and she loves it), so could you recommend a good book for her?

  6. December 23rd, 2013 at 16:25 | #6

    If you had to talk to a group of kids ages 8-13 concerning sex and sexual advice, what would you tell them? Would your advice be different if the age range was 16-20?

  7. J Gordon
    December 26th, 2013 at 15:26 | #7

    Question and comment in one – in your experience what is the best, most accurate (and least problematic) depiction of kink or kinky relationships in recent mainstream media?

  8. Heaven
    December 30th, 2013 at 18:27 | #8

    @ Rayne Millaray
    I know what you are going thru I get that way as well. On top of my move and everything else going on I too don’t feel sexy. I am trying to get back into the groove slowly but surely. Thanks for responding I would have sooner but I have been busy. I hope things get better for you and you get back to feeling your sexy self.

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