Rachel Kramer Bussell – Come Again – Giveaway

Giveaway

Earlier this week I reviewed Rachel Kramer Bussels’ Come Again. I now have an excerpt to share with you, and thanks to Cleis Press I have a giveaway in which you can win a copy of your own.

Come Again

Come Again

Excerpt from Sex Kitten by Erica Liekos, part of the anthology Come Again edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel:

At home, Allegra gazed with reverence at her new purchase. The tail itself was sixteen inches long, brown struck through with black accents and a white tip. It swished. There had been thicker and fluffier tails, longer ones, and ones with more dramatic coloring, but this one moved exactly the way she thought a tail should move: languorous, flirtatious, playful. The small clasp that had once held the tail on a display wire was now clipped into the loop set in the base of the tail’s accompanying glass plug. It was beautiful enough to leave out, Allegra thought…if it could ever be appropriate to have a fox-tail butt plug as home decor.

She checked the time—James was supposed to get out of his last meeting of the day in only twenty minutes. She emailed to tell him she had a surprise for him when he got home, then spent the next hour furiously working her way through her closet and dresser for the perfect accompaniments to her tail. Push-up bra, no panties. High heels. Her basic black leather collar. (Why, she wondered, had she never before thought of getting a bell to hang from the front? So obvious.) Choosing a dress took longer, as she insisted on precisely the right hem length to show off as

much tail as possible and have it appear as though it were an utterly natural part of her body. By the time James’s key clicked into the lock of their front door, Allegra was quite sure that she could hold her own against any of the sexy cat-girls she’d seen in Japanese animation.

She walked toward her Sir, the sway of her hips deliberately calculated for maximum tail action. The tip of her tail wrapped around the outside of one leg with each step before flicking across to the other side. She twirled for her owner, did a full-on wag for his benefit, then faced forward to take in his reaction.

“I thought,” James said slowly, putting down his briefcase, “that we agreed you wouldn’t buy any more toys without discussing them with me first.”

Allegra froze. She had, in fact, agreed to this rule after an unannounced shopping spree two months earlier. (“Pet, you cannot possibly need the same bullet vibrator in five different colors.”

“They’re not the same; look, each one has a different tip.”

“Oh, please. You bought the whole set just because you thought they were pretty.”

“…and that’s bad?”)

James hadn’t actually said no to any of her proposed purchases since then, but of course the probability of him approving the purchase didn’t change the penalty for failing to ask. The problem was that Allegra hadn’t thought the tail was a toy.

She realized a case could be made that the tail was part of a costume and therefore fell into the unrestricted purchasing category of clothing. But the tail didn’t seem like a costume to her any more than it felt like a toy. It didn’t feel so inconsequential. It felt real. From the moment she realized that a fur tail plug was something she could have, not just a plush clip-on but something she could have inside her, a part of her body to swish and stroke and curl around her feet…it didn’t feel optional.

She briefly considered apologizing, then decided against it. She wasn’t a puppy, after all. She liked curling up at James’s feet, but she was also the type to stretch a limb across his newspaper or keyboard, casually encroaching on whatever space was most central to his needs. She liked biting and scratching instead of talking to get his attention. Some owners have submissives, shethought, and some have slaves. You, Sir, have yourself a cat. Iwant to rub up against you, pretending your focus isn’t somewhereelse. I want to demand you keep a hand free to strokeme, oblivious to your other obligations. I want to sleep in asunbeam and stretch half the day, wander the house insolently,then settle in to find you’ve made me dinner. I have opinions.I’m the pet who owns you back.

“My tail,” she said pleasantly, “is not a toy.”

James raised an eyebrow. “Really.”

Allegra pivoted slightly to give him her profile once again. “Fur,” she said. “Like hair. You don’t make me ask permission before getting my hair cut, do you?”

“Not currently,” James replied. “But now I’m thinking about it.”

Allegra smiled, baring her teeth, and hissed at him. Then she wiggled her butt.

He sighed. “Oh, dear. What are we going to do with you?”

She batted her eyes, faux innocently.

“And after the day I’ve had…” James crooked his finger at Allegra, and she followed him to the couch, where he told her to kneel. He unbuttoned his suit jacket, sat, wrapped his hand carefully in her hair, then hauled her over his lap. With his other hand he flipped up her dress. The cool air swept over her ass, and she shivered. His free hand traced her jawline, then scratched her gently behind her right ear.

“What a dirty little kitten you are,” James murmured. His right hand now ran up and down the length of her body. She arched gently under his touch. Cats, she thought, always comewhen you call them…as long as they were planning to come toyou anyway.

 

The giveaway for a copy of Come Again is now closed and the winner was Marie Rebelle from Rebel Notes. Please note competition only accounts and people who are ‘taking advantage’ will be disqualified.


Book Review – Come Again

Come AgainCome Again
Sex Toy Erotica
Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel
$15.95, Trade Paper
240 pages, 5.5” x 8”

RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL is a New Jersey-based author, editor, and blogger. She is the author of the essay collection Sex & Cupcakes, and has edited over fifty books of erotica, including The Big Book of Orgasms, Gotta Have It. She is also the Best Bondage Erotica series editor. Rachel has written for Jezebel, Salon, AVN, Bust, Cosmopolitan, Curve, Glamour, and Penthouse among many others. She speaks at conferences, does readings, and teaches erotic writing workshops across the country.

Her main website is rachelkramerbussel.com
she blogs at lustylady
You can also find her on:
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COME AGAIN is a collection of fun and sexy erotica, which celebrates the joys of sex toys, as experienced by couples, singles, and strangers. As news buzzes about the supercharged orgasms, sex toys are becoming more popular than ever.

Some of these stories show how toys are a wonderful way for couples to double their fun.  While others show how well toys can complement any kink.  These imaginative and arousing stories will have you running to the nearest sex shop.  Whether expanding your already large collection or buying your first toy, this collection of stories will give you more than a few ideas.

I enjoyed this collection a lot. It was interesting to see all the different takes people had on what the term ‘sex toy’ could mean. Because of that diversity Come Again has something that will appeal to everyone, whatever your kink. I loved lots of the stories in this anthology but I’ve just picked my top five to share with you. In the order they appear in Come Again they are:

  • Dare You To by Jillian Boyd – This fun tale of dare gets a sexy twist when a couple take it in turns to drive each other wild, leading you to ask yourself……what would you dare?
  • Icy Bed by J. Crichton – Phone sex brought up to date with video chatting. Cooling ice, modern technology and a dildo all count as sex toys in this steamy story about enjoying sex together when you’re apart.
  • The Cure for the Common Lay by Valerie Alexander – I think this exciting story set in the future is possibly my favourite in the collection. The future of casual hook-up, all the fun without any of the risks. The descriptions and language were lovely and the story was really hot. I just loved it.
  • Standard of Care by Sybil Rush – I think I liked this because it was a weird mix of clinical and sexy but yet somehow it worked as a tantilising story. Very nicely written.
  • Bikery by Oliver Hollandaize – I liked the premise of this story, and the voyeuristic aspect worked really well. It was fun to see the story from a male point-of-view, and to get an idea of what he saw when he was watching the girl. I’d also love to get one of those ‘bikes’.

Overall: I really enjoyed this anthology, the stories were sexy and fun, and diverse. Definitely worth a spot on your shelf.

Look out for an excerpt and giveaway coming up in my next post.

In the meantime if you wish to buy yourself a copy you can find it via these links:
Amazon UK
Amazon US
Barnes and Noble US
Cleis Press

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My Mask

This post is a little different from the stuff I normally post but I had words I needed to say and this feels like the right place to say them.

I’m not one of those people who really talks about stuff. I seem like I am and as anyone who knows me will tell you I often overshare but when it comes to the really important stuff I keep it close. That being said most people will say I’m an open book, and I do tend to wear my heart on my sleeve but I’m very skilled at smiling and telling you what you want to hear.

Having suffered from depression since I was fifteen, I am very good at putting on a brave face. At pretending I am doing just fine. I’m so good at it that my ex missed the fact I was suicidal, so good that none of my ‘family’ (and I use that word very loosely) ever knew about my attempt, so good that when i moved I convinced my shrink to discharge me rather than transferring me.

I was thinking today about that mask. About how I chat, and laugh, and flirt, and say all the right things, the expected things, but it’s not real it’s a screen. I feel like most of the time there’s only that facade. It’s not really me, it’s just the mask I show the world.

Sex is one of the few times I don’t feel I have to put on a ‘front’, I like it, I enjoy it, and I have fun. I don’t have to pretend or fake it. I can just be in the moment and savour the feeling. It’s relaxing……and not just in the obvious way but in a “I can lose the mask and just be” sort of way. And afterwards, the post-coital haze, always feels like a safe place to just chat and be yourself.

Maybe it’s not just the sex I crave but that feeling of being able to really truly relax. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE the sex, i really really love the sex. But I like that feeling too. And if you really want to know me maybe it’s the only way to do it.

Product Review – Tantus G-Force

The Tantus G-Force was my first dildo, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve always wanked using a vibrator before so having a toy that doesn’t vibrate was a new experience.

DSC00669The first thing that struck me when I took it out of the box was how flexible it was. I’m used to toys that tend to be very solid because of their internal motors, the G-Force is really bendy. *I may have spent five minutes bending it backwards and forwards, and giggling* The other thing that struck me was how shiny it was. Most silicone toys I’ve seen have a dull finish this is really shiny, a downside to this is that it seems to collect dust. It’s easily washed with warm water and soap though so not a huge problem. Another downside is it does have a lot of drag, so you will need to use lube (water-based obviously).

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The G-Force is very smooth with a bulbous head, and it has a slight curve. The insertable length is about 6.5 inches (before the handle), and the curve starts at about 4 inches. I also think it’s quite slender being just 4.5 inches circumference at the widest part of the head, which is nice if you’re not used to an insertable toy. I also found that because it was a more slender toy (and it had that flexibility) it was great for hitting my g-spot. I could insert it so the head was positioned and then use a sort of rocking motion to put pressure on my g-spot. I did use this in conjunction with a clit vibrator, and had a few clit orgasms and a nice deep orgasm.

Overall: Very pleased with this as my first dildo. After using it my only complaint is the way it attracts dust and bits. Although, that’s a very minor complaint.