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Best Women's Erotica 2013

Best Women's Erotica 2013

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by Violet Blue (Editor)

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Violet Blue is a self-made wunderkind who is now one of our chief pundits on sex education, porn for women, as well as technology. Courted by OWN and appearing in many major magazines and periodicals around the world, everyone wants to know what Violet Blue has to say about sexuality today. Blue also curates one of the most respected and top selling erotica series


Violet Blue is a self-made wunderkind who is now one of our chief pundits on sex education, porn for women, as well as technology. Courted by OWN and appearing in many major magazines and periodicals around the world, everyone wants to know what Violet Blue has to say about sexuality today. Blue also curates one of the most respected and top selling erotica series for women Best Women's Erotica, which keeps getting better and better every year thanks to her sharp editorial eye. Blue is not just a pundit on sexuality but also an agent of change and raises the bar ever higher, ensuring that Best Women's Erotica 2013 is even fresher, edgier and deliciously sexy than ever.

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From the Publisher
"So over 50 Shades? Try a sexy anthology, like Cleis Press's Best Women's Erotica 2013."
—Women's Health

"Her women’s erotica compilations are as smart as they are sexy—and female pleasure is spotlighted in every story."

"Something saucy for everyone to choose from, whether you’re a first-timer or a connoisseur of all things erotica. With eighteen female authors to choose from, there is sure to be at least one story to suit you, whatever your taste in filth."
—Sh! Women's Erotic Emporium

"Ms. Blue is known for her sexual prowess. She’s also a safe bet when it comes to providing erotic literature to read and enjoy a bit of 'me time'. This selection of erotica writers provide all sorts of fetishes and kinks for a novice erotic reader to taste and explore. Each of the stories are smoothly written with medium to high heat factor. There is nothing tame in this book. Just as there is nothing too taboo either. It’s a buffet filled with different combination of sexual partners and desires. There is something written for everyone. For those who are hedonist, pretty much every single story will appeal."
—BDSM Book Reviews

"These stories all depicted desiring people experiencing authentic sexual pleasure. There were definitely some hot stories here, and I was pleasantly surprised by the diversity of the protagonists and the varying ways that their characters were developed and expressed."

Whether you’re male or female, I can easily see a wide variety of people enjoying this collection of erotica. A couple of the stories can be found in other books, but those are really great stories, so I’m glad to see them included anyway. This book is arousing, has high-quality stories that are pushing “normal” boundaries without being too kinky, and Bet Women's Erotica 2013 just is an overall fantastic erotica collection.
-Pop My Cherry Reviews

"If you like tantalizing and titillating stories this anthology is full of them. Those two sexy words describe the stories in this book. Eighteen stories that paint wondrous pictures of so many different places and different adventures, so full of likes and even loves.These stories are well written and pull readers into their worlds. I enjoyed many of the characters and their stories. BEST WOMEN'S EROTICA 2013 has it all from food play to visiting strip clubs and all that comes in between.Sometimes I enjoy a short hot read and these stories hit the spot. There is character and world development that make many of these stories shine. I love when you can get lost in a story."
–Fresh Fiction

"I am jealous of Violet Blue; she is totally living the life that I have wanted to live since I was about sixteen years old. She is lucky enough to get the opportunity to read through hundreds of superb entries and narrow them down to around twenty choices to then publish as the best for each coming year. Best Women's Erotica 2013 does a superb job of covering a wide range of fetishes that is geared towards women who enjoy well-crafted and highly imaginative erotica. These women are comfortable with their sexuality and are more than willing to share what they know with anyone who wants to join them on the adventure. Even if you do not connect with each fantasy you will at least be able to appreciate the level of craftsmanship that is applied in each tale. Each writer knows how to write a sexy and emotionally stimulating tales. I look forward to next year's anthology with bated breath."
-Night Owl Reviews

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Best Women's Erotica 2013

By Violet Blue

Cleis Press

Copyright © 2012 Violet Blue
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9781573448987

Best Women’s Erotica 2013
Introduction: Such Great Heights

This book is a sex toy.
Each story draws a map from where you’re sitting right now, straight along the shortest path, to arousal. Like me, you’ll read these stories and encounter familiar landmarks set like furniture within your sexual psyche – but in the hands of these supremely talented authors, they don’t look quite like you’ve always remembered them.

With a one-track mind, Josie ponders human anatomy and what kinky things to do with that anatomy as she sees the players’ balls and bats. She likes to feel the balls of her men slapping her pussy lips repeatedly like last week in the library, bending over the table.
But today she wants something a little different.
She wants to feel the hard equipment push into her backside while she bends over, pushing backwards, and she wants the guys to enter her in a tight juicy hole a little higher than they’re used to. She wants to bend as if in prayer, as if she were offering her body and for the guys to give her absolution because sex is her religion.

- Rosalia Zizzo, “On the Verge”

I took a hard look at the world and business or erotic writing before I started work on this collection of stories. The genre is experiencing seismic shifts. Erotica collections are a dime a dozen these days, and explicit novels of lowered quality become bestsellers. Women want good porn, but many people still think that’s scandalously breaking news – and continue to sell us soft-serve when we want hard candy.

When he handed her the ice cream bowl, she purred like Eartha Kitt, “I eat ice cream, you eat me?”
“That’s the idea,” Jeremy replied before diving at her left thigh. The caramel spread across her flesh was heavy and sweet, and he licked it like an animal, working his way up for chocolate from her belly and marshmallow from her breast.

-Giselle Renarde, “The Fattening Room”

The stories in Best Women’s Erotica 2013 are designed to do three things: turn you on, show you sex with the lights on, and transport you into a scene so expertly crafted that you’ll revisit it like a hot porn loop in your head long after the book is closed. Each of these scenes hold a promise of delightfully nasty replays for a quick turn-on – just as sure as I can promise you’ll wonder how long you’ve had your thighs clenched as you page to the next story, eager to consume the next riveting fuck.

He can be smooth when he wants to be. Charming, even. Lots of girls liked him, before I got him.
But lots of girls probably wouldn’t understand him saying – smoothly, of course – “Would it be such a bad idea if we played that game again?

-Charlotte Stein, “Normal”

Making this edition of Best Women’s Erotica live up to these promises was no easy feat. But it was the necessary outcome of the problem I was faced with after the last edition was released. Modern erotic writing is struggling for its Anais Nin, its Pauline Reage, its A.N. Rolequare (Anne Rice), its Emmanuelle Arsan. Looking around at the turbulent landscape of erotic writing in a time when, more than ever before, the most popular erotica was also the most disappointing, it was clear that erotic fiction was having an identity crisis.

(…) I followed him inside, through to a room with black walls and bare wooden floorboards, lit only by the light of flickering candles in wrought-iron holders. Masked men in formal wear stood round in twos and threes, chatting and sipping champagne.
It struck me this place resembled nothing so much as a miniature version of the gentleman’s clubs where discreet networking took place and business deals were struck. A haven where no women intruded and who you knew was more important than what you knew.”

-Elizabeth Coldwell, “The Spanking Salon”

To become the promise I describe in the first two paragraphs of this introduction, Best Women’s Erotica had to demonstrate what the popular new erotic books can’t quite seem to grasp: that so-called “women’s erotica” is really about superlative writing and believable characters who have hardcore, explicit sex at the dizzying heights of exquisite fantasy with the lights on, and you, the reader, get to see everything.
I decided that to find the very best stories of the year, stories that were about women living out their unflinchingly explicit sex fantasies (and not overwrought stories starring stereotypes), I had to go about finding stories differently than had ever been done for any edition of the series.

I’m thinking about Aurora, about her pressing her ass against him, about her whispering in his ear.
I’d want her to suck your cock while I lick her pussy,” I say, suddenly grateful for the cool air, for the fact that I can close my eyes and hear all the city sounds roaring around me and not think quite as much about how that idea makes me blush, makes me shake, makes me – who thought I was so sophisticated and blasé about strippers – tingle as his fingers slide inside me.

-Rachel Kramer Bussel, “Exposing Calvin”

Rather than put up a call for submissions for five months and reading through the hundreds of stories that came in, I did this – and much more. Knowing that a number of high-quality erotic anthologies had come out in the beginning of the year, and more were set for release at the end of the year, I reached out to erotica editors around the world.
I asked the writers at the top of the genre – of all the stories they’d read through and selected the finest for their collections, which stories had they read that they thought were the best? Which stories were the most memorable, and who was the hottest erotic writer they’d worked with?

Now he stood behind Amanda, just as she had done, resting his cock in the crease. He worked the mazes of her ears with his tongue – he had a hand caressing her face and lips, another for her breasts – and every so often rocked her suddenly backwards, so she could feel him getting harder.

-Eliani Torres, “Salamander”

At the same time I was pestering editrixes far and wide, I looked up erotic authors that were prolific, were favorites online and had loyal fan followings, and whose talent currently cut a swath through the genre. I emailed a selection of these gifted women and asked, which of their stories in the past year did they think were their very best? And, had they read anyone else’s’ erotica that they thought was stunning, arousing?

Say you want a guy to tie you up, and you might win a raised eyebrow. Ask for a spanking, and there’s a pussy type of man who will raise his hand – not to smack your ass, but in protest – and tell you he doesn’t go in for that sort of thing.
But confess what you really desire, what keeps you up in the night, is to have a line of men take turns fucking you, and you’ll find out who your friends truly are.

-Alison Tyler, “Last Call”

My task was set: to track down as much of this erotica as I could find, to hunt and consume all the recommendations my sources offered. I had my work cut out for me. I read outside the lines of my recommendations, too – once people sent me soon-to-be-published manuscripts, it just made sense for me to read all the stories, in fear of missing something hot.
I read hundreds and hundreds of stories – and I’ll bet you didn’t know that so much erotica was being produced each year. It is: and I’ll bet you also don’t know – not just yet – that a hell of a lot of it is excellent. It is.

I wanted to picture it; wanted to know how he took off his clothes, if he did it slowly or with a boyish smile, or if his clients preferred to unwrap him like a gift.
I wanted to know his techniques for pleasing clients; if he was better at being forcefully passionate or tender and sensitive. I wanted to know if he preferred men or women.
I wanted to know what it would be like if I hired him.

-Valerie Alexander, “Night School”

What you hold in your hands here is a distillation of all this. Hot scenarios by cream of the crop writers, literary porn that doesn’t fade out when the sex starts. Instead, each tale is fast-acting aphrodisiac.
I hope you use this book like the sex toy that it is.

Violet Blue
San Francisco


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Meet the Author

Violet Blue is a best-selling author of sex manuals and editor of erotica. She writes for and has been interviewed by O: The Oprah Magazine, The History Channel, and Penthouse, and in 2013 was named one of the Best Sex Educators in San Francisco by SF Weekly. She lives in San Francisco.

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