Erotica excerpt: “Rapunzel” by Jacqueline Applebee

October 11, 2010

This erotica excerpt is from the story “Rapunzel” by Jacqueline Applebee from
Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women.

“I’ve got some restraints if you like. You can use the handcuffs I made last week.”
“Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll be fine.”

Ash looked at me once more. Through the curtain of my hair I saw him nod.

“I’ll make a start then.” He fished into a pocket on his apron. He pulled out a large hairbrush. “Kneel.”

This was something I could understand, something I was familiar with. Suddenly I didn’t feel so scared. A simple order to submit was what I lived for. I folded myself down and knelt on the bare wooden floor. Ash stood behind me. He clutched a handful of my hair, pulling me back roughly. I gasped; the tug was a trigger of pleasure for me. I felt my skin flush with blood as I became aroused. My clit pulsed between my legs, hungry for sensation. I shuddered from my head right down to my toes. I leaned into Ash’s grip, but he stilled my movements.

“Rapunzel,” he whispered. “Let down your hair.” Ash swept the brush through my locks in a series of long strokes. My hair shone and my heart sang. I was literally purring by the time I counted to fifty. As if in a fog, I heard Ash’s voice above me. “Ready?” he asked.

“Yes.” I bowed my head as he delved into his pocket once more. This time he held up an oversized rubber band. His hands carefully pulled and stroked my hair into a single ponytail, which he secured efficiently.
I closed my eyes and breathed out, but I refused to look at the next item Ash produced. I knew he held the shears now; I could feel the cold radiate from the metal as it neared my face. I felt like I was waiting for my turn at the guillotine in revolutionary France.

Jacqueline Applebee (writing-in-shadows.co.uk) breaks down barriers with smut. Jacqueline’s stories have appeared in various anthologies and websites, including Cleansheets, Best Women’s Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Where the Girls Are and Girl Crazy.

Order Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women from:

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Kindle edition

Bn.com (Barnes & Noble)

Books-a-Million

Borders

Powell’s

IndieBound (find your local independent bookstore)

Cleis Press

Naked News segment with Rachel Kramer Bussel

September 23, 2010

Speaking of naked, click here to watch Smooth editor Rachel Kramer Bussel with a naked newscaster on the show Naked News.

About the Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women authors

September 21, 2010

About the Authors

Jacqueline Applebee (writing-in-shadows.co.uk) breaks down barriers with smut. Jacqueline’s stories have appeared in various anthologies and websites, including Cleansheets, Best Women’s Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Where the Girls Are and Girl Crazy.

Angela Caperton’s eclectic erotica spans many genres, including romance, horror, fantasy and what she calls contemporary with a twist. Look for her stories published with Cleis, Circlet Press, Drollerie Press, eXtasy Books and in the indie magazine Out of the Gutter. Visit Angela at blog.angelacaperton.com.

Heidi Champa’s work appears in numerous anthologies including Best Women’s Erotica 2010, Frenzy and Playing With Fire. She has also steamed up the pages of Bust magazine. If you prefer your erotica in electronic form, she can be found at Clean Sheets, Ravenous Romance, Oysters and Chocolate and the Erotic Woman. Find her online at heidichampa.blogspot.com.

Elizabeth Coldwell’s short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies including Spanked, Bottoms Up, Do Not Disturb and Yes, Sir.

K. D. Grace lives in England with her husband. She is passionate about nature, writing and sexænot necessarily in that order. She enjoys Chinese martial arts, long, thought-provoking walks and extreme vegetable gardening. Her novel, The Initiation of Ms. Holly, was published in 2010 by Xcite Books.

Anika Gupta grew up on the East Coast but moved to India in 2009 to work as a journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers in India and the United States. She recently started writing erotica.

Louisa Harte’s (louisaharte.com) erotic fiction appears in the Cleis Press anthologies Best Women’s Erotica 2010 and Fairy Tale Lust. Currently living in New Zealand, she finds inspiration from many places, including her thoughts, dreams and fantasies.

Kay Jaybee wrote the erotic anthology The Collector, is a regular contributor to the website Oysters and Chocolate and has a number of stories published in books from Cleis Press, Black Lace, Xcite Books, Mammoth Books and Penguin. Find out more at kayjaybee.me.uk.

Clancy Nacht is a writer residing in Austin, Texas with her husband and three rescue cats. The Night Caller, a homoerotic thriller, is her first published novel.

Jennifer Peters is the associate editor of Penthouse Forum and Girls of Penthouse magazines and a contributing editor to Penthouse. Her work has appeared in several places under numerous names, but her bylines in Penthouse and Forum are her favorites.

Giselle Renarde is a proud Canadian, supporter of the arts and activist for women’s and LGBT rights. For information on Giselle and her work, visit her website at eewebs.com/gisellerenarde.

Erotica by Teresa Noelle Roberts has appeared in Spanke;, Bottoms Up; Dirty Girls; The Sweetest Kiss: Ravishing Vampire Erotic;, Sweet Love: Erotic Fantasies for Couples and many other anthologies with titles that make her mother blush. She also writes erotic romance for Samhain and Phaze.

Lisabet Sarai has published six erotic novels, two short-story collections and dozens of individual tales. She also edits the single-author charity series Coming Together Presents and reviews erotica for Erotica Readers and Writers Association and Erotica Revealed. Visit Lisabet online at Lisabet’s Fantasy Factory (lisabetsarai.com).

Molly Slate, twenty-two, is originally from Detroit, Michigan. She received her BA from New York University, where she studied creative writing and political theory.

Suzanne V. Slate is a librarian who lives in the Boston area with her longtime lover. She has published a variety of nonfiction articles and a book, and has recently begun writing fiction.

Susan St. Aubin’s work has been published in Herotica, Best American Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica and many other journals and anthologies, as well as online at Clean Sheets.com. Recent publications include Lust, edited by Violet Blue; Peep Show, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and The Mammoth Book of Threesomes and Moresomes, edited by Linda Alvarez.

Charlotte Stein has published a number of stories in various erotic anthologies, including Sexy Little Numbers, from Black Lace. Her own collection of short stories, The Things That Make Me Give In, is out now, and her first novella, Waiting In Vain, was released from Total-E-Bound in December 2009. themightycharlottestein.blogspot.com.

Donna George Storey is the author of Amorous Woman, a steamy, semiautobiographical tale of an American woman’s love affair with Japan. Her short fiction has appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including Peep Show, Penthouse and Best: A Book of Best New Erotica. Read more of her work at DonnaGeorgeStorey.com.
About the Editor

Rachel Kramer Bussel (rachelkramerbussel.com) is a New York–based author, editor and blogger. She has edited over thirty books erotica, including Fast Girls; Orgasmic; Peep Show; Bottoms Up; Spanked; Naughty Spanking Stories from A to Z 1 and 2; The Mile High Club; Do Not Disturb; Tasting Him; Tasting Her; Please, Sir; Please, Ma’am; Yes, Sir; Yes, Ma’am; He’s on Top; She’s on Top; Caught Looking and Hide and Seek, among others. She is the winner of three IPPY (Independent Publisher) Awards. Her work has been published in over one hundred anthologies, including Best American Erotica 2004 and 2006, Zane’s Chocolate Flava 2 and Purple Panties, Everything You Know About Sex Is Wrong, Single State of the Union and Desire: Women Write About Wanting. She serves as senior editor at Penthouse Variations and is a sex columnist for Sexis Magazine.

Rachel has written for AVN, Bust, Clean Sheets, Cosmopolitan, Curve, the Daily Beast, Fresh Yarn, the Frisky, Gothamist, Huffington Post, Mediabistro, Newsday, New York Post, Penthouse, Playgirl, Radar, San Francisco Chronicle, Tango, Time Out New York, the Village Voice and Zink, among others. She has appeared on “The Martha Stewart Show,” “The Berman and Berman Show,” NY1 and Showtime’s “Family Business.” She has hosted In the Flesh Erotic Reading Series (inthefleshreadingseries.com) since October 2005, which has featured everyone from Susie Bright to Zane, and about which the New York Times’s UrbanEye newsletter said, she “welcomes eroticism of all stripes, spots and textures.” She blogs at lustylady.blogspot.com. Visit the official Smooth blog at smoothbook.wordpress.com.

“The Sushi Girl” by Anika Gupta in Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women

September 21, 2010

Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women is all about women’s nude bodies and what these characters do with them. One of them, in “The Sushi Girl” by Anika Gupta, lies naked with raw fish on top her. Here’s an excerpt:

Idly, he picked up the chopsticks, turning them around in his hand as if he’d never seen them before. With the same lethargy, he reached out and dragged one rounded end along my right rib, circling my breast. I breathed in deeply as the leaf over my right nipple shivered. The sashimi listed to the side. He tapped at it but didn’t pick it up. I looked at his face, but his gaze was fixed on his hands.

Again, he traced the curving slope, and finally the leaf slid, a slow cool slide down into the shadow between my breasts. He got up and leaned over me. His figure was vast, and so was his shadow. He tapped the tine against the ridge of my exposed nipple, almost by accident. I looked at him sharply but his eyes were on the sushi, cradled against my body.

I waited for him to retrieve it. He squeezed the edge of the leaf between the chopsticks, and I felt the leaf slide coolly, leaving a dry trail down the muscular plane between my ribs, the soft rise of the fat between. I pulled in my stomach and the soft lump passed over my navel. I bit my lip when it reached the juncture of my legs, coming to rest at last in the place where, in more ancient times, a fig leaf would have belonged. It sat, heavy, right over my clitoris. When he tapped the sashimi again with his chopsticks, the pressure went through the soft rice and through my skin. I squeezed my legs together so tightly that the muscles in my thighs were shaking.

I tried not to say anything. He tapped the sushi again. This time, almost infinitesimally, I let my thighs relax. The cool roll tumbled down between my thighs, brushing against the soft lips of my lower body, and it landed on the table right between.

Read all of “The Sushi Girl” by Anika Gupta in Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, published by Cleis Press.

Anika Gupta grew up on the East Coast but moved to India in 2009 to work as a journalist. Her articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers in India and the United States. She recently started writing erotica.



Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women is edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel and will be published in September 2010 by Cleis Press

Order Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women from:

Amazon.com

Kindle edition (TK)

Bn.com (Barnes & Noble)

Books-a-Million

Borders

Powell’s

IndieBound (find your local independent bookstore)

Cleis Press

Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women to be published in October 2010

April 23, 2010

Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women; is an erotic anthology edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel, to be published by Cleis Press in October 2010. It is available for pre-order from Amazon.

The caress of skin against skin, the warmth of another’s touch, relishing the sight that few others get to see — these are the reasons that disrobing before sex can be so gratifying. The stories in Smooth, collected by award-winning erotic editor Rachel Kramer Bussel, capture the heat of being stripped bare, of flaunting your body, and of reveling in pure sensuality. Read along as women get tattooed, become “the sushi girl” at a restaurant, strip on the subway, go commando, host tea parties, enjoy sploshing, and much more. Featuring stories by Donna George Storey, Heidi Champa, Angela Caperton, Charlotte Stein, Louisa Harte, Jacqueline Applebee, Susan St. Aubin and other leading erotica writers, these adventurous characters have more to reveal than just being naked.

Table of Contents

Smooth: Erotic Stories for Women
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel

Introduction: Naked Girls in All Their Glory

Löyly Angela Caperton
Her Brand New Skin Elizabeth Coldwell
Eden Molly Slate
Three Stops Away Heidi Champa
The Sushi Girl Anika Gupta
This Night Suzanna V. Slate
Ink Jennifer Peters
Adornment is Power Teresa Noelle Roberts
Muscle Bound K D Grace
Shower Fittings Giselle Renarde
Clean Slate Lisabet Sarai
Live Action Susan St. Aubin
Chilly Girl Rachel Kramer Bussel
Stripped Clancy Nacht
The Tea Party Charlotte Stein
Rapunzel Jacqueline Applebee
Getting the Message Kay Jaybee
Ivy League Associates Donna George Storey
True Colors Louisa Harte

Introduction: Naked Girls in All Their Glory

Smooth. Sleek. Naked. Bare. All of these words describe the women you’ll find in this book, women who let you peek beneath their skirt hems, unbutton their blouses, reach inside their panties and in so doing, reveal something essential about themselves. They aren’t content to simply let sex happen, but are compelled to explore the ways their bodies react to every tactile moment.

These are not stories about body image or learning to love your curves. These are sensual tales in which women and men celebrate the joy of being carnal, lusty, hungry and animalistic; stories in which the urge to get naked, in the literal and figurative senses, drives women to boldly go where they haven’t before.

In the opening story, the stunning sauna romp “Löyly,” by Angela Caperton, Sorrow Cove becomes a very happy place when our heroine, Andie, submits to a sensual beating in the intense heat. Caperton writes, “Blood pounded in my veins and pooled suspiciously in my belly. Anticipation added an edge of tension and vulnerability before the bright shock of the strike. It wasn’t hard, but the leaves laced my skin with firm control, a lush wetness and a shimmer of sting that slashed my back with an awakening charge of delight. I closed my eyes, savoring the moment, the fresh scent of the birch binding me in a cloud of awareness and newfound sensation.”

Food and sex are clearly twin appetites waiting to be released, and in “The Sushi Girl,” by Anika Gupta, they converge in a work setting for the narrator as she balances raw fish on her body. She doesn’t just lie there, though; she engages with her customers, lets them look and taste even as she makes sure her naked body, while still, speaks loudly.

Each of these women are stripped, whether literally, as in Clancy Nacht’s story of the same name, or in some other way that leaves them vulnerable, exposed, open to whoever they’ve let enter their most personal space. Even when they are acting as voyeurs, watching others strip down, as in “Live Action,” by Susan St. Aubin, they are being changed by what they see, by the skin that speaks to them and their fantasies.

For other characters, adorning their bodies—with tattoos in “Ink,” by Jennifer Peters, or the sensual strokes of a paintbrush in “True Colors,” by Louisa Harte—is a way to live a more vibrant, outspoken life, and their reward is a richer sex life than they’d had before. That makes sense, because when we bare all, we invite others to touch, to feel every curve, every bend, every inch of skin.

Ultimately, this is a book about getting to know your body from the outside in, about showing yourself off for a lover and knowing the power the naked body holds. At the gym, in the shower, on the subway, at a tea party, the women in Smooth leave behind their inhibitions and go where many women have only dreamed about. Sexy, playful, sensual and celebratory, these nineteen stories will be sure to entice you as they reveal so much skin.

Rachel Kramer Bussel
New York City


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