Archive for Sex+ Writing: Mine

October 10th, 2017

Interlude

Radar is the black cat at top center, Liam is the brown dog, Chloe is the black dog, and Lilac is the kitty at bottom left.

I’ve been largely absent from blogging, and more absent than I’d like to be from writing, for about the past year and a half. This post will, I hope, represent a segue back into both.

In early 2016, I bought my first house. A few weeks later (after the painting and wallpapering and carpet-cleaning were done), I added to my family of my two cats and me two sibling (and very fearful/shy) puppies from the no-kill shelter where I was volunteering. Everybody is pictured above. :)

Thus began what seemed like a year straight of furniture assembly, unpacking, and decorating, all amidst training, watching, and taking care of puppies—with the latter seeming to make the former almost unimaginably slower! (“The puppies” were actually nine months old when they arrived at the shelter, over a year when I adopted them, and just turned three last month, but I started referring to them as “the puppies” shortly after I first met them and have not felt inclined to stop yet.)

I had a six-foot privacy fence built around my awesome and sizable yard so the puppies could play together to their hearts’ content. Unplanned complication number one emerged when the puppies proved themselves (easily) able to jump/climb over the fence a few weeks later. What seems like a substantial part of the last year and a half has been focusing on, devising, and implementing reinforcements to add to the fence to keep them contained. (Town ordinance dictates six feet is the maximum height for fences.)

They haven’t worked yet. When people have asked me lately if I’ve “been writing,” I have felt a temptation (to which I’ve sometimes seceded) to say, “No, I’ve been too busy trying to keep my puppies contained in my yard.” This feels closer to accurate than to an offhand joke!

Anyway, I am hoping I finally have things on the way to being in order now, freeing me up to refocus on writing. My house is mostly the way I want it (even the seeming perpetual pile of stuff in the unfinished basement has finally been organized and put away into storage), and I hope my latest fence reinforcement plan will soon allow me to let the puppies outside unsupervised again (please, please, please…).

I should soon have writing news to share (for what seems like the first time in so long!!). In the meantime, over the last eighteen months or so, here are a few things I missed/was neglectful about announcing here:

1) Steve Cline, whom I have invariably experienced as lovely, interviewed me last year on his blog, The Dirty Scribe. I enjoyed the interview, which focused on my short story collections, If… Then and Safe, very much and found his questions flattering, perceptive, and stimulating to answer. Thank you, Steve!

2) I have a story in the anthology The One Who Got Away, published by Cleis Press and also released last year (ugh, I cannot believe how behind I am…). My story, “Sunshine,” was an interesting one as far as the writing experience for me. It started with a single image that entered my consciousness, followed quickly by the reason for the image (image: an intricate analog clock tattoo; reason: it indicates the time a significant event occurred in the character’s experience). It was one of those stories that simply seemed to come out as I wrote it; I largely had no idea what was imminent in it until I typed it. The One Who Got Away is edited by the awesome Kristina Wright, whom I have always found it a pleasure and honor to work with.

3) In case you missed it, I was delighted to be a guest on Kay Phoenix’s “Midweek Escapes” blog feature back in May. (I do love opportunities to talk about Niagara Falls!)

Thank you for reading, and be well!

Love,
Emerald

She nodded and casually hooked her fingers over the edge of the lavender fabric, pulling it to the side so he could see the tattoo fully. It was positioned high enough above her left breast that showing it was not inappropriate.

The design was a round clock face, intricate with its twelve Roman numerals and solid black hands positioned at just after seven o’clock. Sean studied the precise numerals and tiny black indicators between each one, struck by their meticulous resemblance to those of a genuine clock. Each hand blossomed from its respective black arm into an elaborate tangle of swirls and then back to a pristine point. The ink around the border gave the impression of a shiny casing, and the entire thing was about the size of a silver dollar.
-from “Sunshine”

May 3rd, 2017

Midweek Escapes with @KayPhoenix_!

I am truly delighted to be featured on Kay Phoenix‘s blog today for her weekly Midweek Escapes feature. I had the pleasure of meeting Kay at the inaugural Hot Mojave Knights (HMK) in 2013 and was so pleased to have the opportunity to see her at the next two as well! I always enjoyed her company, which is one reason I jumped at the chance to be a guest on her blog.

The other is because the topic is favorite travel spots! Some may know/recall that Niagara Falls holds a special place in my heart. Ever since my solo writing trip there in 2013, I have longed to go back. My Midweek Escapes post touches on that, a little philosophy the Falls has seemed to tend to draw out of me, and my Niagara Falls-set story in If… Then, “Shattered Angels.”

Many thanks to Kay for hosting me (and for the ridiculously kind introduction she offers me) on Midweek Escapes this week!

Love,
Emerald

“She said, ‘Where’d you want to go, how much you want to risk?’…”
-The Chainsmokers and Coldplay “Something Just Like This”

April 8th, 2016

Revitalization!

Attachment-1 (1)Good lord have I been a negligent blogger for an embarrassingly long time! I’ve actually missed the release of two anthologies, which I’ll aim to catch up on momentarily. In the meantime, though, I have amazing news with which to break this inadvertent silence!…

I am beyond dazzled and profoundly honored that my erotic short story collection, Safe, has received the Bronze medal in the Erotica category in this year’s Independent Publisher Book Awards!

My book won an IPPY!!!

You can see it all written out in Category 48 right here (!!).

Safe for site

I really am indescribably elated by this. Safe means so much to me for a number of reasons, and to win such an award for it is truly a shining moment for me. I want to once again thank my publisher, 1001 Nights Press, for bringing these stories (and those of its corresponding erotic romance collection, If… Then) to published format (with such amazing covers!!) back in late 2014. Safe is available in both e-book and print formats at Amazon, BN, iBooks, and Kobo.

With love and breathless joyousness,
Emerald

“The Independent Publisher Book Awards (the ‘IPPYs’) are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year.”
-from the Independent Publisher website

September 17th, 2015

Baseball, Q & A, and Vegas, Baby

Because I have seemed a negligent blogger over the last month, it seems (past) time for me to update here about a few things. :) First, I am delighted to report that Athletic Aesthetic, published by Sweetmeats Press, is out now in both print and electronic formats. That means that my story in the anthology, Doubleheader, has also been released as a standalone e-book! It is on sale now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

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Secondly, we’re only weeks away from the third iteration of Hot Mojave Knights in Las Vegas October 1-4! I will be returning as a Spotlight Author again this year and am so looking forward to being back in Vegas (something I’ve tended to love in and of itself!), mingling with a number of my fabulous author colleagues, meeting some of our awesome readers, and being surrounded by the knights after which, of course, the event is named. :) There’s still time to sign up if you want to join us—please visit the HMK website to register.

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Lastly, I was honored to be interviewed last month by fellow author C. J. Asher. C. J. asked me a number of questions about topics ranging from the distinctions between erotica and romance to advocating for sex worker rights, and I found it a pleasure to answer them. You can find our discussion on his blog here.

Thanks for coming by, and until next time (and always), be well!

Love,
Emerald

Rita swallowed, reaching for a spreadsheet on her desk in a hopeless effort to distract herself. She put it down almost as soon as she picked it up and told herself she needed to face the facts: she wanted to fuck Chad as much as she ever had. That, she realized, had never changed. But it was arguably even less appropriate now, for both of them, than it had been a decade ago.

Just as she’d had to do with a number of other players, she was just going to have to get used to spending several hours a day in the same building with people whom she wanted to jump like a jackrabbit in heat.
-from Doubleheader

August 3rd, 2015

Coming Soon: Sex, Sports, and a Story of My Favorite Game…

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Readers familiar with my work and/or my blog may be aware of my intense love of baseball. (Those who weren’t may consider themselves so now!) Last year, I was honored to be invited to contribute to an anthology in the works about sex and sports for Sweetmeats Press.

Upon receipt of this invitation, I knew immediately what sport I would want to write about. Really, for me, it went without saying. I am very excited now to announce that The Athletic Aesthetic, edited by Kojo Black and published by Sweetmeats Press, is slated for release next month! And it will include my baseball-themed story “Doubleheader.” :)

The anthology itself contains five longer-form short stories/novellas and will be available in both print and electronic formats. I am truly delighted to be appearing for the first time in a Sweetmeats publication, especially on a topic so dear to my heart and alongisde my lovely colleagues Malin James, Lexie Bay, Vanessa Wu, and Lisa Fox.

In addition, I am honored and delighted to say that Library Journal has named The Athletic Aesthetic a standout title in its July reviews!

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Upon release of the anthology, “Doubleheader,” which is longer than my usual stories and totals about 11,000 words, will also be sold as a standalone e-book (as will all the stories in the collection). If you are a reader interested in reviewing either the entire anthology or my story by itself, please get in touch with me—I have review copies available now and would be happy to bestow them upon readers who feel they would enjoy them. :)

Love,
Emerald

She had a baseball in her hand. Bringing it to her face, she inhaled the scent of fresh leather and arched her back, sliding her other hand down the side of her tank top. Her eyes flicked around her again. She was alone beneath the empty bleachers of the section; the nearest people to her seemed to be those on the field, and they were a considerable distance away.

Rita slid the ball down the front of her, between her breasts and down to the crotch of her cutoffs. She stole another glance around and paused as the crack of a bat was followed by one of the small white balls scampering Chad’s way. He fielded it easily and threw it across the field to his teammate.

Suddenly he turned his head just slightly, and Rita froze, consumed by the inexplicable feeling he had spotted her. She swallowed and stayed still, the ball clutched in her right hand resting now against her belly.
-from “Doubleheader”