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Who Says Summer’s Over?

Not us! As far as we’re concerned, Labor Day signals only one thing: that Between the Covers is right around the corner! Join us Friday, September 6th as DL King, Anne Grip, Lissa Trevor, and Matthew Stillman read.

We’ll raffle off our monthly prize bags of books and goodies, plus two grand prizes of a Pillow Talk Pillow and candle from Beauty and fitness pioneer, Theresa Roemer, and a plus-sized corset from Hips and Curves. Come enjoy the only reading series hosted by a New York City publisher.

Here’s this month’s line-up:

d-l-king-SMAn avid reader and writer of erotica, DL King is a regular at Between the Cover and the editor of many outstanding erotica collections, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica, the IPPY gold medalist Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica, and most recently, Under Her Thumb: Erotic Tales of Female Domination. DL King publishes and edits the erotica review site, Erotica Revealed, which has been referred to as the New York Times Book Review of erotica. Her short stories can be found in many collections that begin with titles such as Best Lesbian, Best Women’s, and Best Ever Erotica. More at DLKingerotica.com.

And thanks to DL King, we welcome Anne Grip to Between the Covers. Anne lives in Brooklyn. You can find her stories in Up All Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sex, Best Lesbian Erotica 2012, and Under Her Thumb. We’re so happy to have her join us!

Lissa Trevor rszLissa Trevor has her stilettos firmly entrenched in the romance community. A frequent reader at Manhattan’s Between The Covers events, Lissa authored Spank Me, Mr. Darcy, giving readers a unique twist on Jane Austen’s classic novel. She also created an erotic story template for Coliloquy’s ValEntwined promotion that allowed readers to download a personalized ebook starring themselves and their significant other. Her Entwined novella, Wild Oats, features a time traveling, wild night of fulfilling sexual fantasies that the heroine was too afraid to experience the first time around. You can find Lissa at her blog. http://lissatrevor.wordpress.com/

Matthew Stillman, a born and bred New Yorker, ran program development at Food Network for many years. He conceived of & produced the film The End of Poverty? that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and went to 40 film festivals. He spoke at the United Nations four times about the film. A lifetime with literature, inner spiritual work from different traditions, creativity and play, he has written Genesis Deflowered in a genre that he may have just made up — Biblical Erotica written in Elizabethan English.

Biblical erotica? In Elizabethan English? It’s going to be one heck of a night – and we’ll see you there!

Twenty years ago this month, the first volume of Laura Antonoiu’s landmark Marketplace series saw print and set the standard for contemporary BDSM erotica. Laura joins us this month to celebrate this venerable anniversary with guest readers Karen Taylor, david stein, Sassafras Lowrey, and Dl King. She’ll bring rare editions of her books, wristbands, pins, readings, trivia, the Marketplace Codex, and more. Plus, Laura will read from The Inheritor, the upcoming sixth volume of the series.

Doors open at 7 for socializing. Reading start promptly at 8.

Marketplace seriesThe Marketplaces series portrays an elite and secretive world organization dedicated to the auctioning and overseeing of the world’s finest lifestyle slaves, is a touchstone for readers, writers, and fans of contemporary BDSM. The series currently includes five novels (with a sixth planned for 2014), chronicling the adventures of slaves, their owners, and the people who spot and train the slaves.

With the approach of the 20th anniversary of the Marketplace series, author Laura Antoniou opened her world to fans, and edited a fan fiction anthology, No Safewords, which was published by Circlet Press, the current publisher of her Marketplace novels.

Reading this month:
“Laura Antoniou is the Mark Twain of BDSM” – Kate Bornstein

laura200Laura Antoniou has been writing BDSM erotica for over 25 years, beginning with the groundbreaking Leatherwomen anthologies, gay male erotic short stories and the novel Musclebound, and her most recent novel, a comedy murder mystery set in the BDSM community entitled The Killer Wore Leather. She is best known for her groundbreaking Marketplace series, described by the Erotic Lure as “an enticing world… where realistic characters are confronted with questions of trust and duty amidst an ambience of pain and eroticism.” Antoniou plans to continue writing the series for decades to come. To learn more, visit her website, www.lantoniou.com.

dl laura200DL King contributed a sizzling story to No Safewords that continues the tale of one of the slaves introduced in the first of the Marketplace novels, answering one of those eternal storytelling questions, “whatever happened after the end of the story?” An avid reader and writer of erotica, DL King is the editor of many outstanding erotica collections, including the Lambda Literary Award-winning anthology The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica, the IPPY gold medalist Carnal Machines: Steampunk Erotica, and most recently, Under Her Thumb: Erotic Tales of Female Domination. DL King publishes and edits the erotica review site, Erotica Revealed, which has been referred to as the New York Times Book Review of erotica. Her short stories can be found in many collections that begin with titles such as Best Lesbian, Best Women’s, and Best Ever Erotica. More at DLKingerotica.com.

Sassafras200Sassafras Lowrey contributed a Marketplace tale aching with queer desires hoping to find a place to belong. These themes can be found in many of the stories of this internationally award-winning storyteller, author, artist and educator. Winner of the 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation’s Berzon Emerging Author Award, Sassfras got hir start writing punk zines in Portland, and has been writing ever since. Hir debut novel, Roving Pack, is a tale set in the gritty underground world of queer homeless youth searching for identity and community. Sassfras also edited the groundbreaking Kicked Out anthology of stories by current and formerly homeless queer youth, considered a top book of the year by the American Library Association. Ze regularly lectures and facilitates LGBTQ/Leather storytelling workshops, and contributes regularly to anthologies and magazines. More on Sassfras at www.sassfraslowrey.com.

david stein200In Book Four of the Marketplace series, characters tell each other stories as diversions, lessons, and warnings. Author Laura Antoniou invited only a handful of authors to contribute their unique voices as the tellers of these tales, including david stein. david has contributed to dozens of the magazines that defined the world of gay leather for over 30 years, including International Leatherman, Bound & Gagged, Checkmate/Dungeon Master, Mach, Powerplay, and Drummer. In 1980, david cofounded one of the gay community’s most influential SM organizations, GMSMA, which promoted the phrase “safe, sane and consensual” as applied to S/M relationships, particularly at the height of the AIDS epidemic. His first novel, Carried Away, was published in 2002, and david continues to write and edit, including a collection of short stories entitled Boots, Bondage & Beatings, and a collection of real-life stories of Master/slave relationships entitled Ask The Man Who Owns Him, which won the 2010 National Leather Association’s Non-Fiction Book Award. Learn more about david at http://www.boybear.us.

karen laura200Karen Taylor first offered to write stories in the Marketplace universe as a courting gift, which demonstrated its success as a ploy when she and Laura Antoniou were married in 1998. She contributed to The Academy: Tales of the Marketplace, which she also edited. Karen has also contributed to a variety of anthologies over the years, most recently to Leather Ever After, edited by Sassafras Lowrey, and Bondage By the Bay: BDSM In San Francisco, and Love That Never Dies: Erotic Encounters with the Undead, both edited by M. Christian. She also contributed a nonfiction piece to the Lambda Literary Award-winning Anthology, First Person Queer, entitled “Daughters of Zelophehad.” She and her wife Laura plan a collaboration of Marketplace short stories, tentatively titled Slaves of the Marketplace.

mollena laura200Mollena Williams is the cover model for No Safewords, the Marketplace fan fiction anthology. While that is more than enough to want to have her participate in the reading, she’s also one heckuva hot writer, performer, actor, and BDSM educator. Mollena is International Ms. Leather 2010 and Ms. SF
Leather 2009. Consciously kinky since 1993 and active in leather and BDSM
since 1996, she travels extensively, speaking on topics including kink, BDSM,
power exchange relationships and negotiating it all safely. Co-author of the award-winning Playing Well with Others: Your Field Guide to Discovering, Exploring and Navigating the Kink, Leather and BDSM Communities, she is beginning to write and publish short erotic stories, including a turn on the old folktale Tar Baby, which can be read in Leather Ever After, edited by Sassafras Lowrey. Read more about 
Mollena at The Perverted Negress.

Away for July. Back in August. AND…

We’ll be at TES Fest 2013 on Saturday July 6th from noon to 4:30.

Lori Perkins will teach Smut Writing for Fun and Profit at noon. Then Between the Covers will host a special reading from 3 to 4:30 where Lori will host Lolita, Sir Guy, Angel Props, and Debra Hyde as they read from their works.

Interested? Check out the TES Fest website for more information.

We’ll return to Happy Ending on August 2 with Laura Antoniou and special guest readers from the Marketplace FanFiction Collection, No Safewords, and more.

It’s twice the celebration this month. First, host Lori Perkins welcomes historical romance author Pan Rosenthal—also known as BDSM author Molly Weatherfield—to our reading. Then we’ll swing into full gear, bringing key 2013 Lambda Literary Award finalists to the mic. Namely Kelli Dunham, Stephanie Schroeder, and Mark Corece!

Be sure to bring your favorite dirty word for our Dirty Word Draw and the chance to win prize bags of books, ebooks, and other sundry items!

Doors open at 7 for socializing. Reading starts promptly at 8!

Here’s our line-up:

PamRosenthal 225Pam Rosenthal writes sexy, award-winning historical romances under her own name and literate BDSM erotica as Molly Weatherfield. Her first romance novel, The Bookseller’s Daughter, won the Romantic Times Readers’ Choice Award for Best Sensual Historical of 2004 and is being re-released in e-book form this May 28 Samhain Publishing. Two of its integral characters are lesbians—a rarity in romance and rarer yet when first released in 2004.

Her erotic novel Carrie’s Story (written as Molly Weatherfield) was chosen by Playboy.com as one of “the 25 sexiest novels ever written” and has been in publication since 1995, most recently from Cleis Press and Audible.com. Pam considers her BDSM erotica “sort of equal-opportunity, essentially het, but proudly and profoundly influenced by LGBT culture and community.”

A Brooklyn native who now lives in San Francisco, Pam’s thrilled to be reading her work in New York City. To find out more, hang out with her online at http://pamrosenthal.com, follow @pamrosenthal on Twitter, or like Molly on Facebook at https://facebook.com/MollyWeatherfield.

Kelli Dunham 225Kelli Dunham (kellidunham.com) is everyone’s favorite ex-nun genderqueer nerdy nurse comic. Kelli was one of Velvet Park Magazine’s 25 Significant Queer Women of 2011 and was named to the 2012 Campus Pride Hotlist. Kelli was also given the The Fresh Fruit Festival Award for Distinction in stand-up comedy, although Kelli has never before or since been called distinguished. Kelli is a registered nurse and the author of four books of humorous non-fiction, including two children’s books being used by Sonlight conservative home schooling association in their science curriculum. Her fifth book, Freak of Nurture, a collection is humorous essays that none other than lesbian comedy godmother Kate Clinton called “laugh out loud outrageous storytelling” is just our from Topside Press.

Kelli has three comedy CDs to her credit “I am NOT a 12 Year Old Boy” “Almost Pretty” and “Why Is the Fat One Always Angry” all which are on regular rotation on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio’s Rawdog Comedy Station and Pandora’s Margaret Cho Comedy Station.

Kelli was recently the expert on “What Is Normal” in Twist Magazine (known as Tiger Beat’s little sister magazine), on a page facing a full color poster of Justin Beiber. There isn’t even an ironic statement to match that, it’s just strangely true.

Schroeder 225Stephanie Schroeder is a lesbian-feminist writer and activist based in Brooklyn. Her work has been anthologized in the queer classic anthology, That’s Revolting: Queer Strategies for Resisting Assimilation. Her erotic fiction has been collected in Up All Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sex, Hot & Bothered: Short, Short Fiction on Lesbian Desire, volumes 3 & 4, and other collections.

An independent mental illness awareness activist, Schroeder is the author of the transformative memoir Beautiful Wreck: Sex, Lies & Suicide. She is currently a Contributing Editor at Curve Magazine. Find out more information about Schroeder’s book at www.beautifulwreck.com and find a sampling of her journalism at www.stephanieschroeder.com.

At Between the Covers, Stephanie will read from her essay, “I Don’t Want to be Part of Your [De]Evolution”, included in the Lambda-nominated anthology Here Come the Brides: Reflections on Lesbian Love and Marriage.

Mark Corece225Mark Corece is a writer, filmmaker, radio personality and media consultant. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Mark is a graduate of DePaul University with a Master of Science in Video Production and Visual Media. Known for his innovative takes on the arts and politics, he has contributed to numerous print and online publications: AfroPunk.com, Gozamos.com, The Daily Voice, Windy City Times and BET.com. Mark provided commentary for media outlets such as WVON 1690 AM (the largest black talk radio station in Chicago), NPR (National Public Radio) and several college radio stations.

In 2011, Corece’s critically acclaimed Freedom of Identity documentary was a mainstay in the indie film festival circuit. He also produced Camille S. DeBose’s documentary Good Hair and Other Dubious Distinctions, which was honored by the Black Harvest Film Festival.

Continuing with his love for film and media, Markis a freelance video editor for BET.com, editing video packages for Denzel Washington’s Flight, Halle Berry’s The Call and Motown: The Musical on Broadway. He is a consultant for ThinkTank Digital, managing social media and serving as a liaison between clients and press outlets. Most notably, Mark spearheaded the promotion of Jada Pinkett Smith’s documentary Free Angela and All Political Prisoners.

On the panel circuit, Mark spoke at Bronx Community College of New York, NYU and the LGBT Community Center’s Queerlebrity! series. Mark is the co-editor of and contributing writer to Keith Boykin’s anthology For Colored Boys Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Still Not Enough: Coming of Age, Coming Out, and Coming Home.

Fantastic!

May Btc FB albumFantastic only begins to describe our evening on May 3. Acting host, co-curator Debra Hyde welcomed Michelle Churchill, Catherine Gigante-Brown, Elizabeth Thorne, Ann Heredeen, and DL King. And what a wonderful mesh of stories and author enthusiasm! Not only did we have a mutual admiration meeting but our exuberance galvanized our crowd of an audience as well!

Check out all the evening’s photos at our Facebook page. And while you’re there, Like the page and subscribe to it. If you want monthly announcements about Between the Cover’s events, please join our mailing list.

Be with us June 7th as we welcome erotic romance author Pam Rosenthal—also known as BDSM author, Molly Weatherfield, and Lambda Literary Award competitors Kelli Dunham, Stephanie Schroeder, and Mark Corece. More information to come!

May 3rd: All Things Erotic

It’s going to be a busy night on May 3rd as co-curator Debra Hyde hosts the evening and bring Michelle Churchill, Catherine Gigante-Brown, Elizabeth Thorne, Ann Heredeen, and DL King to the microphone. Be sure to bring your favorite dirty word for our Dirty Word Draw and the chance to win prize bags of books, ebooks, and other sundry items!

Remember, doors open at 7. Reading starts promptly at 8!

Here’s our line-up:

Michelle ChurchillSMMichelle Churchill tread the boards in NYC and sang with her band in CBGBs. She spent twenty years hard time working with litigators. Now she is basking in the heat and glory of FLASHES. Her second book, FLASHES is a sparkling and witty memoir with the charm and self-questioning of Bridget Jones’ Diary mixed with the lust and sassiness of Sex And The City; the kind of stuff that only happens in movies or a good romance novel. While Michelle is waiting for Hollywood to call, she is working on her next book.

CG BrownSMCatherine Gigante-Brown has been a freelance writer of fiction, nonfiction and poetry since the ripe young age of fifteen. Her works have appeared in publications like Seventeen and Screw—and practically everything else in between. Along with Robert “The Harrad Experiment” Rimmer, she co-wrote two biographies for Prometheus Books: Mistress Jacqueline’s Whips & Kisses and Jerry Butler’s Raw Talent. Under a variety of noms de porn, her short stories have appeared in several erotic fiction anthologies. Dozens of her scripts have been made into adult films. She was born and bred in Brooklyn, where she still lives with her husband and teenage son. The El is her first published novel.

Elizabeth-Thorne-crpA-150x150Elizabeth Thorne has always written, but she didn’t begin writing erotic stories until she started working in a place known as The Sex Lab. It was an act of desperation since, ironically enough, studying sex kept her too busy to meet anyone larger than a mouse. Unlike Cinderella she doesn’t actually swing that way. These days, Elizabeth spends her much time corrupting the youth of the land with tales of the science of sexuality. When not engaged in such nefarious teaching activities, you can usually find her writing in various cafes and ice cream shops. Elizabeth has contributed to more than a dozen anthologies of erotica and erotic romance and is particularly proud of “The Gingerbread Dungeon” – her collection of BDSM fairy tales. You can find her online at withbatedbeth.com.

ann_headshot_300dpiSMAnn Herendeen is the author of Phyllida and the Brotherhood of Philander (2008) and Pride/Prejudice (2010), both published by HarperCollins; the short story “A Charming Menage,” published in the anthology Gay City 4: At Second Glance (Dec. 2011); and an ongoing e-book series of novels and novellas: “Lady Amalie’s memoirs.” Ann lives in Brooklyn.

d-l-king-SMD. L. King is a smut writing—and editing—New Yorker who lives somewhere between the Wonder Wheel at Coney Island and the Chrysler Building. The editor of the newly released Under Her Thumb: Erotic Stories of Female Domination as well as The Harder She Comes: Butch Femme Erotica, Seductress: Erotic Tales of Immortal Desire, and the Lambda Literary Award Finalist, Where the Girls Are: Urban Lesbian Erotica, D. L. King also publishes and edits Erotica Revealed, the erotica book review site. The author of dozens of short stories in dozens of anthologies, she is the author of two novels of female domination and male submission, The Melinoe Project and The Art of Melinoe. Find out more at her website and her blog.

NextGen recap!

salacious framed“It was a delight to host my generation, the next generation of writers under 35 at April’s Between the Covers Reading. Our lineup was amazing. Each writer rewarded us with unique stories of sex and the body—all intelligent, insightful and sexy! Abigail brought us wonderful fantasies of male pegging, Aimee schooled us on the complications of genital non-conformity, Anna gave us stories of pain, romance and desire and Grace reminded us that racial objectification in the bedroom can both be frowned upon and laughed at. Several lucky audience members went home with gift bags filled with art by KD Diamond, discounts on Corset magazine, erotica and condoms, lube and gloves to safely finish off the party! It was a magical night and I was reminded how brightly we are painting a sex positive future for generations to come.” –Ashley Young, curatorapril collage framed1_edited-1

Brimming with energy and enthusiasm, long-time friend of Between the Covers Ashley Young came to us in recent weeks, wanting to assemble a Next Generation night of authors. And, as a 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow, she knows and hangs with today’s young talent. So how could we refuse her? In no time, Ashley brought us a line-up. We’re bound to have a fantastic evening as Ashley takes to the mic and invites Abigail Ekue, Anna Sanai, Grace Jahng Lee, and Aimee Herman to join her.

Special additions to the evening: Riverdale Avenue Books will be selling its titles with proceeds going to the dinner we feed the authors who join us each month. Also joining us: the amazing Corset Magazine with 25% off subscriptions! Come see us during the intermission.

Take a look at the talent that awaits you:

ashley_edited-1Ashley Young is a black feminist queer dyke; poet, non-fiction writer and teaching artist. She is a non-fiction 2011 Lambda Literary Foundation Fellow and a 2010 Poetry Fellow for Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation Retreat for Writers of Color. Ashley’s smut, poems and prose writing has been featured in Hot and Heavy: Fierce Fat Girls on Life, Love and Fashion published by Seal Press 2012, and the websites ELIXHER, Her Circler.kv.r.y Quarterly, and Shuomii http://www.shuomii.com/.  Ashley works for Riverdale Avenue Books and is currently finishing an imaginative memoir on polyamory.

aimee herman 200Aimee Herman is a performance artist and poet looking to disembowel the architecture of gender, bodies and sexual grievances. She hosts a monthly erotica open mic, Titillating Tongues. Read her work in Best Mammouth Book of Erotica 11, The Harder She Comes: Butch/Femme Erotica, and Troubling the Line: Trans and Genderqueer Poetry and Poetics. Her full length book of poems, to go without blinking, was published last year by BlazeVOX books. Find her wrapped in caution tape in Brooklyn or at aimeeherman.wordpress.com.

grace150Grace Jahng Lee, a writer of prose and poetry, was born stateless in Seoul, Korea. She grew up on military bases, living out of boxes and thinking it was normal to have to stand for the Star Spangled Banner in movie theatres. She is an alum of the Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation workshop and was recently accepted as a writer-in-residence at the Dorland Mountain Arts Colony and the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest. She is working on an autobiographical novel.

anna saini150Anna Saini has lived many lives as a political scientist, radical activist, and multi-media artist. She completed a B.A. and M.A. in Political Science at the University of Toronto and McMaster University respectively. She works as a community organizer on drug and education policy reform, civil and labor rights, prison abolition, police brutality, and post-colonial feminist liberation.

Her writing appears in Bitch Magazine, make/shift Magazine, various journals and in her self-published anthology Colored Girls. She is interviewed by Jessica Yee in the book Feminism FOR REAL: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism!
AbigailEkue150Abigail Ekue is a writer, photographer, storyteller and author of the erotic short story collection “The Darker Side of Lust” exploring religion, abuse, death, bisexuality, and sexless marriages and “Exhaust Pipes”, a mini erotic story collection. She has performed her work at UrbanErotika, ArteRotica, Abiola’s Kiss and Tell Live Revue, Rachel Kramer Bussel’s In The Flesh Erotic Reading series, Freak Nasty, Forbidden Kiss: The Erotica Series, Ravenous Nights, WHORE! Magazine Charity Benefit and the Arts and Wellness Sanctuary Erotic Arts Salon in Washington DC. She also runs an advice column, “Ask Abbie”, where she offers her own brand of advice and insight on health, fitness, body image, sex and relationships. Abigail Ekue has discussed sex, dating, body image, feminism and the creative process various media outlets including VICETK in the AMThe Venus Revolution with THE American HottentotConversations LIVE! with Cyrus Webb and Love, Sex and Hip Hop hosted by Sinnamon Love. She has been quoted in the NY PostClutch Magazine and New York Spirit Magazine on marriage, body image and naked yoga, respectively.

As a photographer, Abigail’s portraiture speaks to the voyeuristic tendencies by portraying the emotions and beautiful nuances of everyday life. She promotes positive body image through her photography and work as an art nude model. Her experience as a modelincludes working with David Michalek, Aeric Meredith-Goujon, Sarah Small, Deana Lawson and Berman Fenelus. She is featured in “Moregasm: Babeland’s Guide to Mind-Blowing Sex” and “Portraits of Eve”. For more information on her latest projects, please visit her at www.abigailekue.com.

corset150Corset is the go-to magazine for sensual, sexual, and erotic content. It’s become a revolutionary force in inspiring layered conversations about sex and ordinary people’s journeys to sexual empowerment. Download your copy and support the movement at http://corsetmagazine.com.

As always, doors open at 7 for socializing; reading starts promptly at 8! Don’t forget to bring your favorite Dirty Word and enter it in our drawing for goodie bags of books and other crazy items!

Entwined on a Cold March Night

Between the Covers’s March 1st event was one hot night that not even the lion of March could dampen. We welcomed Coliloquy.com and editor Melanie Downing who introduced its Entwined erotica line to our audience. The concept? One writer contributes the opening scene of a new erotic adventure, but when the heroine reaches a decision point, the narrative fractures into wildly different pathways, each written by a different author. The result? Four novellas to choose from.march coliloquy lineup

Then, Entwined authors hit the mic and floored the audience. Lissa Trevor shared the launching chapter of Unbound, Volume 1, then read an excerpt from her Wild Oats. In a hot red and black lace dress and black boots—whew! Debra Hyde read from Hers, putting Unbound’s protagonist on a decidedly lesbian track. It was leather women all the way!

Performer and Urban Erotika founder Mo Beaseley led us to intermission with his rousing — and arousing Whips and Roses.

After a quick break, Cecilia Tan had our audience melting in their seats when she read from her Dear Girl part of Unbound. She had protagonist Charity enduring a countdown — either come when her partner reached its end or else. Man, did we sweat that one out with Charity!

Finally, Joy Daniels introduced us to the forthcoming second collection due out from Entwined. In this volume, Rachel Carter, an intern working in a sex museum, unpacks a box that’s part of a major acquisition only to find… something. Each author decides what that erotic item is and how it figures into Rachel’s adventure. For Joy, it meant masks and masquerades. For us, it meant whetting our appetites for more things Entwined.

Coming April 5th: Erotica and The Next Generation, curated by Ashley Young. Reading: Sassafras Lowrey, Anna Sanai, Grace Jahng Lee, and Aimee Herman. Also joining us: Corset Magazine with 25% off subscriptions!

March 1st: Become Entwined!

Introducing Entwined—a whole new way to enjoy the erotic story. Brought to you by Coliloquy.com, the Entwined erotica series brings together all-star authors and fans into a single immersive experience. One beginning. Four happy endings.

UnboundcroppedJoin host and Riverdale Avenue Books publisher Lori Perkins as she welcomes Cecilia Tan, Debra Hyde, Lissa Trevor, and Joy Daniels. They’ll read about Charity, protagonist of Unbound, Entwined’s first volume. And—bonus read! We’ll include a few words from an upcoming volume as well!

This month, we’ll expand our prize packages to include special swag thematically tied to Entwined’s first volume, Unbound. Bring you favorite naughty (daring, steamy, sensuous, obscene, filthy, even erotically esoteric) word and enter it in our Dirty Word Draw for the chance to win one of these prize packages!

Doors open at 7 for socializing. Reading start promptly at 8.

How does Entwined work?

Designed to push the boundaries of your fantasies as you explore the best of modern erotica, each Entwined book is a stand-alone volume, co-written by award-winning romance and erotica authors. One writer contributes the opening scene to a new erotic adventure, but when the heroine reaches a decision point, the narrative fractures into wildly different pathways, each written by a different author in her own genre.

Want to try a threesome? Go back in time to see a former flame? Submit to some hardcore BDSM? How about all of the above? Anything is possible. So explore!

Meet our March Reading Line-Up:

Lissa Trevor rszNot only is Lissa Trevor an Entwined author, but she’s key to Coliloquy’s launch of Entwined and its community during the Valentines Day holiday with her Coliloquy project, Val-Entwined. Readers choose one of Lissa’s templates a romantic pairing of their choice: Male/Female, Female/Female, and Male/Male. Fill in a few details, such as special locations or favorite erogenous zones, and customize the cover and dedication. Then download the instructions on how to load it on the recipient’s reading device and—Viola! A special story surprise! In Lissa’s Unbound path, Charity chooses to travel back in time to sow some wild oats, she finds passion and pleasure in the roads not traveled.

cecilia_dec2012Cecilia Tan is the author of the forthcoming BDSM romances Slow Surrender, Slow Seduction, and Slow Satisfaction, to be published in Grand Central Publishing’s Forever Yours imprint. Her gay BDSM fantasy quest romance, The Prince’s Boy, won honorable mention in both the Rainbow Awards and from the National Leather Association’s Writing Awards. She is also the author of the Magic University series and many other books and stories.

Cecilia’s Unbound path returns Charity to Ireland, but with BDSM novel to write. She begins keeping a diary for her main character, a lonely woman wondering if she has the courage to explore her darkest fantasies. Then fate puts a tall, dark, handsome man in the business class seat beside her and Charity falls asleep with the “diary” in her lap—only to wake to his voice in her ear, telling her he’ll fulfill her dark desires if only she’ll say yes.

Me lambda headshotDebra Hyde is the Lambda Literary Award winning author of Story of L, a modern retelling of the classic Story of O set in the contemporary lesbian leather world. Romantic Times BOOK Reviews magazine named it and her heterosexual novel, Blind Seduction, to its Fifty Hot Reads beyond 50 Shades of Grey, calling Blind Seduction “a story about what happens after the BDSM seduction.” Debra’s Unbound avenue takes Charity down a lesbian BDSM path to pleasure and personal fulfillment. Debra’s also the lead author on an upcoming Entwined title, this one featuring an esoteric erotic artifact, a sex museum, and the rubble of history. Oh yes—and all the eroticism she’s known for.

SAMSUNGJoy Daniels writes erotic romance because she likes to expose her characters completely – strengths, flaws and scars. Although she is from New York City (and still a loyal Yankees fan), since moving to Maryland she has developed passion for southern boys and their toys. Her debut novella, Revving Her Up features stock car racing, and she’s working on a ménage story set in Nashville. Given the opportunity to help her hometown, Joy contributed a short story, “Lights Out”, to Riverdale Avenue Books’ We Love New York anthology to raise money for Hurricane Sandy relief. She is honored to be a part of the second volume of Coliloquy’s Entwined Erotica line with the novella “Unmasked”. You can visit her online at www.authorjoydaniels.com.