It’s always so cool to be included in Best Lesbian Erotica. The quality of stories in that anthology series is always high, eclectic, fun to read, and utterly titillating. I’ve been fortunate enough to be in two previous incarnations (don’t ask me about the numbering of the series—it’s all fucked up), and I was thrilled to be accepted for this year’s edition, edited by the venerable Sacchi Green.
My story is called “The Auction.” The main character, Gia, attends a bachelor/bachelorette auction for charity. She goes because it’s a social obligation, but also because she’s heard that there’s going to be a Sapphic twist to the evening. She surprises herself by becoming interested in one of the bachelorettes and—as if an alien has taken over her free will—gets into a bidding war for her.
The obligatory date turns out to be nothing of the sort. It starts out tame enough as Gia takes her “prize,” Jaylee, to another charity function as her companion, but the evening takes a sharp turn onto a completely different terrain of fantasy and the fulfillment of raw, desperate sexual need of a hopelessly hormonal woman.
Notice I didn’t say that it would just be the two of them in this scenario.
Writing erotica isn’t as easy as people might think. To write a quality story, you not only have to write the story well, but you have to come up with a plausible plot (even if it’s complete suspension-of-disbelief fantasy, it still has to make sense in some way). But most of all, you have to write sex that doesn’t make readers yawn.
That’s the hardest part of all, believe it or not. If you frequent social media, you’ll find writers often lamenting about how difficult it’s been to write the latest sex scene they’re working on. That’s because sex scenes are like dessert—if you have the same exact thing every single night, you will get bored. And just squirting on some whipped cream will not make it more interesting. Not in the sex scenes and not in your dessert.
I written a number of erotic stories that have been published over the years in various anthologies, and sometimes the thought of writing yet another sex scene can be daunting. But when BLE submission time came ’round again, I just had to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did. Comparatively speaking, “The Auction” is rather tame in its framework. What I mean is, there are stories that are a whole lot kinkier and a whole lot more “experimental,” if you know what I mean.
But what I hope I conveyed in this story is something that has been historically ignored (but that has changed with the advent of women-written erotica), which is female sexual desire. That’s what makes female-centered erotica different from male-centered pornography—the acknowledgment that women not only enjoy sex but are doing it for their own needs and not just to satisfy men’s. Older women, in particular, have been ignored in this area. There’s this notion that women lose their sexual desire after a certain age (whatever that is, pick one). On the contrary—when women enter perimenopause/menopause, hormones can rage and sexual desire can ebb and flow drastically. Many women experience a roller coaster of arousal, going from a complete deadening of the genitals one day to voracious, insatiable need for sex the next. Everyone’s different, but I’ve heard from enough women about the latter to know that it’s a real thing. A woman’s need for sex can be just as raw and just as powerful as any man’s. And that’s what I hope Gia conveys.
Please go read the blogs from the other authors in BLE Volume 3. A schedule appears below. The best part of this is that YOU CAN WIN A FREE COPY!! All you have to do is leave a comment on any of these posts and you will be entered in a drawing to win an ebook copy of the anthology. And if you like it, feel free to leave a review. (Yes, only if you like it! LOL) I truly hope you like “The Auction” and all the other stories in the collection.
You can purchase Best Lesbian Erotica #3 at Cleis Press, B&N, Amazon, or your usual online retailer.
December 1 — Sacchi Green
December 2 — Pascal Scott
“The Night Shift”
December 3 — R. D. Miller
December 4 — T.C. Mill
December 5 — Victoria Janssen
December 6 — Anna Watson
“Sweet of My Heart”
December 8 — Scout Rhodes
December 9 — Emily L. Byrne
December 10 — Mags Hayward
“Yin and Yang”
December 11 — Valerie Alexander
December 12 — Xan West
December 13 — M. Birds
“Where There’s Smoke”
December 14 — Raven Sky
“Fuck Me Like a Canadian”
Dcember 15 — Sommer Marsden
December 16 — Lea Daley
December 17 — Nan Barret
December 18 — Nat Burns
One thought on “The Auction and Free Copy of BLE Vol. 3!”
This sounds very interesting, I’m intrigued and definitely would love to read it 😀