VALERIE ALEXANDER

  • What are you doing for holiday vacation?

    Because I have a suggestion: reading the almost 400 pages of quality smut that is The Big Book of Submission, vol. 2. Yes, it's literally big. With 69 stories of "the thrills of spanking, bondage, power dynamics, service, exhibitionism, erotic adventure, and much more," you will have more than enough dirty reading to distract you from travel snafus and annoying relatives.

    While most of the stories in the book are from the submissives' POV, my story "Warning" is told from the domme's. What is it about? The transformation two people can experience when they begin "experimenting" with female domination and find it takes them somewhere they never expected.

    The print book isn't out until 9 January, 2018, but you can get the ebook on 19 December - the perfect read for snowbound days and airport layovers.

    In addition to Amazon, you can find all your buying options right here.

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  • "Haunted" is out

    Mofo Pubs, the newest kid on the literary erotica block, released its latest collection "Haunted" today - and I'm pleased to say I have two stories in the book.

    "Haunted" is described as a "literary erotica anthology exploring the erotic charge of that which is persistently there. Tales of ghosts, memory, obsession." I initially wanted to submit for this anthology because I love reading and writing ghost stories and figured this would be a rare opportunity to combine erotica and ghosts.

    As it turned out, I submitted two stories that have zero supernatural elements. "Pinup Boys" is the story of a woman who haunts online porn sites at night looking for footage of a long-ago fling; "All My Love Stories Are About You" describesthe persistent pain of a failed relationship and the delusions of a second chance. One of these may possibly be a bit autobiographical - but I'm not saying which one.

    I'm just starting to work my way through the book and so far it's great. We're just days from Halloween - if you haven't tried a Mofo collection yet, consider picking this up.

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  • White Noise and Ouija Boards anthology is out

    Autumn is here and it's time for ghost stories. "White Noise and Ouija Boards" is out from Three Drops Press to bring you a collection of paranormal short-short fiction. My story "The Tourist" is a story of suicide and clingy ex-lovers who never let go - even when they're dead.

    You can check it out here.

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  • 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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