This blog isn't about sex. It's about great sex! I set it up because you only live twice, once in your dreams.

This blog is a portal to the wonderful world of web-based erotic writing. It also serves as a filter: finding stories for you to enjoy without worrying. Use both the reviews and the labels to help you identify stories which will suit your tastes. If the idea of ‘oral’ makes your stomach churn, click on ‘romance’ in the label cloud. Use the rating system: from 0 for nonsexual to XXX for eyebrow raising. (Just your eyebrows will do, thank you, sheesh!)

And use the biggest sexual organ in your body: that’s your brain, dumbo! Which bit of you do you think processes the little messages from your nerve endings in a kiss and releases the endorphins that make you go Whoopdidoo! As you read the reviews and choose stories, as you follow up other stories from those outside of this site: Think before you Click. Come Home quickly if you’re not sure about what you find. Some stories out there are far out on the wild side because humans are inventive beings –not always in nice ways.

Remember too that these are fantasy erotic stories and so the sex is always sizzling. In another life, just being close to someone you have always liked is usually enough. They won’t need a 10“ wonger or GG breasts to turn you on.

Take care of your sweet self and enjoy your dreams.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Hot Summer Reads

If you want to guarantee that you will have a sizzling summer regardless of the weather, pick up a copy of Hot Summer Reads. Some of the best names on Literotica have clubbed together here to offer you stories ranging from the gently mature (Steve Williams) to the wildly playful (TT Tales). Hetero, gay, bi and lesbian stories; BDSM, mature, first love, science fiction, crime drama, it's all here laid out for the teasing ... I mean reading! 

@ $2.99 this is a total bargain, and even more, will offer you a gateway into the writing worlds of these ten authors. You couldn't ask for a better introduction to the best of the proliferation of prose available at Literotica. If you want to try out a sexy story but are anxious that you may bite off more than you can chew (unlike the women in The Hole In The Basement Wall LOL!), check out these tales and follow up the writers you like. 

Not all of these stories are safe sex. By rights I can only review two, but I am going to sneak in a third one. Yes! for only the third time on here I am going to break my safe sex rule because one of these stories is that good. Oh, and I will give an honourable mention to a fourth because it's mostly safe sex.

(Hot Summer Reads is available on Amazon: in the US, in the UK and in Australia. All other Amazon outlets, too.)

Wow, Freya Lange (aka stlgoddessfreya), snaps to you! It's Freya who pulled together and edited this anthology, getting such a hot set of great writers to pool their passionate prose. But never mind what a great job she did with that. 

I'm regretting not having read any of Freya's work before, as Goodbye, Ruby Tuesday is a stand-out winner of a story, expertly crafted. I can feel the chill off those ice-cold coke bottles, never mind what I feel in the the hot hot sex scenes. The mood is killlingly well conveyed in this unusual road story. A young woman full of dreams of a sophistication she barely knows how to articulate, who finds lust like she hardly dares imagine it. There is a kind of prescient nostalgic tone to the story, as heady as a Pink Passion cocktail. 

And damn you, Patient Lee. You made me cry! Gah, no it was just a bit of dust in my eye, I am a hardened literary critic, mean and ornery (wink). I am not a bit romantic really. (Ahhh, that was lovely *sniff*). I do admire the realist touches in Patient Lee's writing. The cheap flip-flops, the uncertain grumpiness of a woman betrayed who suddenly realises there may be a different kind of love; the flowering of people through little flashes of ordinary everyday humour into beauty and passion.

For something completely different (and not a 'safe' story), I go to M.S. Tarot. The Darkness Next Door is a tour-de-force, taking an exceptionally difficult and bleak sexual story and making it a thing of beauty. Crafting a story out of miserable poverty and sweet happiness, this one can take its place among M.S. Tarot's best explorations of the human condition. M.S. has a habit of going deep down and creating something golden out of what he mines in the most unpromising social situations. (The Golden Ring remains my favourite FAWC story on Literotica and I still regret not being able to review it on here.) The Darkness Next Door mixes the 'hard-boiled' style of crime writers like Raymond Chandler and Chester Himes with the sweet sadness of the blues. The frustration of those obliged to passively witness abuse because interference will only make things worse is devastatingly well conveyed. Melodramatic yet convincingly grimy, the story has a rich vein of anger running through it which explodes in the ending.

Finally, a high five to TT Tales for a great story about fresh starts for dull marriages. This is an accomplished piece of writing. The start is snappy and gets us immediately in the swing (ho ho - no they don't!). Action never stops, the characters are thorougly convincing especially when they have a little pop at each other; there is good depiction of people trying to tell it like it is while being tactful enough that someone will not flounce off and spoil the social scene for everyone else. Neighbourliness was never so much fun before! I like this story because it makes clear how dull regular penetrative sex can be. 'Getting your rations', 'doing your marital duty' - yawn yawn! Good marital sex should be playful. Whatever the Good Book says, it is not just about procreation. Sadly, many people love each other without having the courage to share any detail of quite mundane sexual games they wish they could play. As TT demonstrates, a loved partner can easily kill off your sense of trust by just looking down their nose at some small fantasy you might have. This is a story about some women who had the sense to realise that talking about sex sympathetically is talking about you and me, and all the good things and the bad things that may be

Read this collection because all of the stories are well written, great fun and give you a glimpse into the huge range of fun stories awaiting you in the wider world of erotic writing online. Buy it to give back something to writers who often give you a free ride (wink). 

Mary Shelley called her novel Frankenstein a 'waking dream'. Our most important dreams are bound up with sex and sexuality; I would argue that it's in our sexuality, in our kinship networks of family, friends and social allies, that we build our human lives. The writers of erotic stories give us waking dreams which offer visions of life as it could be. To me it's a measure of hope that we can get them free, that there are many wonderful and life-affirming, inspirational dreams for us to explore and build on which we do not have to pay for in any way. 

Outside the world of Literotica, the writer must somehow live in capitalism and commerce. People are sadly prone not to take our writing seriously until we produce a check that covers the cost of the baby's shoes. Many of the waking dreams bought on commercial publishing sites are what I would call 'opiate of the masses'. (I keep trying to get away from Marxism, it's just so clunky and nineteenth century darling! but society will keep acting in a way that makes it relevant.) Such stories are like drugs to help us accept abusive, destructive relationships; friendships and marriages which at best work to repress a person wanting to live life to the full, at worst kill our dearest dreams and humane impulses. The stories in this volume are breaths of fresh air reminding us to wake up and seize the day.

Seize the book. Buy some Hot Summer Reads to remind you that life's a beach (wink). 


shea mara said...

Just so everyone knows, the Hot Summer Reads anthology is FREE today and tomorrow. Get yours, you won't be sorry.

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Naoko Smith said...

Awww, thanks for that yesterdays <3.

Yayyy! free stuff! I hope you all got your free copy, as this book will certainly make sure you have fun this summer ;). If not, go and buy it already - it's well worth the price.

Naoko Smith said...

LOL, yesterdays made me delete his comment because it had a spelling error in it! That's how passionate erotica writers are about our writing ;). Here it is, properly edited ;)

Thanks, NaokoSmith, for this perceptive and entertaining review of what sounds like a very good collection of stories. I enjoy your insights, wit, and lively writing as much as any of the erotica that I read. Keep up the good work! Best wishes, yesterdays