VALERIE ALEXANDER

  • BLE vol 1. gets a nod

    Last week, Best Lesbian Erotica vol. 1 won the Golden Crown Literary Award for lesbian erotica. Congrats to all my fellow contributors and our illustrious editor D.L. King!

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  • "Hotel" is out

    Ever since Cleis Press slowed down their publishing schedule, I know many erotica readers have been looking - hoping - for someone to pick up the slack. Yes, there's an ocean of self-pubbed erotica out there on Amazon but finding the gems among the garbage can be more work than it's worth.

    So you might be happy to hear about MoFo Pubs, a new publisher committed to bringing you literary erotica. Their new collection "Hotel" comes out Thursday, 15 June. And guess what - my story "Zero Gravity" is in it AND you can read it for free right here.

    It takes place in a hotel (obviously) that serves as an underground brothel for women, by women. I based it partly on the hostess and tom clubs of Japan and Thailand, but it's set in New York - specifically, in a seedy, rundown hotel in Hell's Kitchen. The book blurb reads, "Hotel. The very word conjures a sense of transience. Hotel takes you into a world without permanence. Between these pages, lovers meet and lovers part. Elegant, sensual prose takes you from grand ballrooms with lavish appointments to shabby heaps where you pay by the hour." That last part is probably in part about my story.

    There are quite a few erotic stories about anonymous sex or prostitution but they tend to center on men. I wanted to write a story from the POV of a woman paying for meaningless hookups and the liberation she finds in it.

    Here's the anthology table of contents:

    “The Witching Place” - Reiver Scott

    “Zero Gravity” - Valerie Alexander

    “Before Any God That Counts” - Zac Blue

    “My Body Is a Haunted House” - T.C. Mill

    “Breathing Underwater” - Sara Dobie Bauer

    “At the Crossroads” - J.S. Emuakpor

    “Easter, 1992” - Parker Marlo

    “Grey Bar Motel” - Arden Ellis

    “Rolling the Die” - Zac Blue

    “Black Silk, Red Ribbon” - Margot Sellers

    “In the Long Nights of Our Never Enough” - Christian Fennell

    “Tricks of the Trade” - Rhidian Brenig Jones

    “Play Date” - Rusty

    Happy reading.

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  • Best Lesbian Erotica wins silver IPPY

    Is there anything better than getting this kind of email? From editor D.L. King: "Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Vol 1 just won the silver medal for erotica in the Independent Publisher's Book Awards!"

    IPPYs are one of those awards that I feel are especially discerning, so what a nice surprise. Congratulations to all my fellow contributors and of course, the talented D.L. King.

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  • Review: Best Women's Erotica of the Year vol. 2

    Any regular erotica reader has noticed that the number of anthologies has, well, dropped in recent years. Luckily CLeis Press has continued to regularly produce a few of their old standbys, namely Best Lesbian Erotica and Best Women's Erotica. Vol. 2 of the latter is now out and it's going to be of special interest this year.

    Why: a whole new crop of writers from last year. Anyone who appeared in vol. 1 (like me) was not allowed to submit for this collection, and the same applies for the upcoming vol. 3. So you're getting a fresh round of storiesand a higher likelihood of finding new scenes, new characters, new ideas - maybe that 1 story that seems like it sprang from your brain.

    That said, many of the authors are famililar to erotica fans: Corrine A. Silver, Annabeth Leong, Kay Jaybee and others popular writers have stories in this collection. The result is a book that's probably going to please almost anyone who reads it.

    My favorite stories:

    Silver's "Her Best" where a dominant woman takes on a drinking buddy and ropes him, making him "a caught thing in her web." While there are never enough femdom stories for my tastes, what makes this one especially good is its realism - there are no implausible bondage moves that will take a reader out of the story.

    T.C. Mill's "Phone Call, 3 AM" is incredible. Second person stories can be quite moving in erotica, done night, and Mill hits all the right notes in this eloquent, searing story.

    "At The End of the World" was another great tale - there's certainly a shortage of apocalyptic erotica in the world, and this MMF story of a woman and two men who find each other after a plague is pretty hot.

    Jaybee's "Brick Dust" is another great bondage story that is a master class in pacing. Hot, visceral and perfectly crafted to draw out the tension between the two characters.

    That's not to say the other stories weren't good, because not one was a snoozer. And with a range of situations - including cybersex, stranger sex, teacher & forrmer student sex - this volume of Best Women's Erotica has something for everyone.

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  • Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year is out

    Your favorite book of the year is here! Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year just came out, and it's fully of (presumably) great stories. I haven't read them all yet because I just got my author copy today - but I started with the first story by the always-captivating Tamsin Flowers, "Act Two," and it was fabulous.

    My story "Off Season" is about an affair betweent college soccer players. If you've played, you know the rush that comes from playing under the lights with a tribe of ferocious women around you; you know the tedium of long hot practices, the rivalries and victories, the groupies, and the occasional off-limits-but-still-happening sex. That's this story in a nutshell.

    I'll have more information on readings in a bit.

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  • My story Snow Globe is in Liquid Imagination

    Heroin, blizzards and the afterlife: my story "Snow Globe" is out in the new issue of Liquid Imagination.

    You can read it here.

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  • Best Lesbian Erotica 2017 TOC

    Is it autumn already? It must be, because the Table of Contents for the next Best Lesbian Erotica (2017) is out. The book comes out this December - and to celebrate the release, there will be a DCW (Drunken, Careening, Writers!) reading series at the KGB Bar in New York on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

    Without further ado...

    Act Two by Tamsin Flowers

    Fuckin' Nice by Deb Jannerson

    The Last Time by Annabeth Leong

    Pledge Night by Radclyffe

    Mother Tongue by Camille Duvall

    Peel by Jones

    Coyote Girl by Evey Brett

    Revenant by Vanessa de Sade

    Off Season by Valerie Alexander

    Taming May by Megan McFerren

    You Have the Right to Remain Naked by Samantha Luce

    Spa Day by Taylor C. Dunne

    Two Women Having Sex by Elna Holst

    Covert Affairs by V. Florian

    A Sense of Coming Home by P. A. Nox

    Crème Brûlée by Sacchi Green

    Ink and Canvas by Geonn Cannon

    Bush Garden by J. Belle Lamb

    A Cooking Egg by Roxy Katt

    Topping Down by C Selene

    My story "Off Season" is about a forbidden lust between 2 Division 1 soccer players. I'll post an exerpt as we get closer.

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