Erotic Books for the holidays

My mother emailed me recently and part of her email mentioned the Amazon Gift Card that would be coming my way very soon. While I responded that all I really wanted for Christmas was love and good cheer, I have to say that books and wine come in a close second, as my mother well knows. In fact, going through my credit card statement this month, I see it’s all e-books, wine, and petrol. Luckily love and good cheer are free.

I’m not going to give a wine buying guide (except to say that if you love a rich red you really can’t go past an Australian Coonawarra Cab Sav) and petrol is petrol is gas, but books. Well, that’s different.

So, want some holiday reading suggestions, for you or for someone else? Try the below.

It’s the feel good season, so for feel good erotic romance that always leaves me with a smile, it’s hard to go past Sommer Marsden. Sparkling humor, real and likeable characters, and hot and emotive sex that takes your breath away. Plus if you fall in love with Sommer, you’ve a lot to chose from. Check her out. (There’s zombies too).

Sporty? Lucy Felthouse’s lesbian zinger Sweet Spot pushes all the right buttons.

Want unputdownable intense emotion and hot, hot sex (and lots of it)? Try Alison Tyler’s stories of submission, starting with Dark Secret Love: A Story of Submission.

Sex and food? Lisabet Sarai’s hot and extremely readable story, Her Secret Ingredient, is a winner. Or for short stories on this theme, All You Can Eat: a buffet of lesbian erotica and romance edited by Andi Marquette and R.G. Emmanuelle.

Sweet hot prose and romantic BDSM? Laila Blake’s Driftwood Deeds is for you.

And of course for stories of lesbian love and desire, my own collections Blue Woman Stories Volume 1 and Volume 2 are available. There’s five of my best erotic stories in each volume.

Want a longer lesbian read, chock full of convoluted relationships and drama? Then the entire Season 1 of Harper Bliss’ French Kissing will keep you occupied – and you can read the first part for free!

Rollicking, good humoured sex? Try Jeremy Edward’s brilliant novel The Pleasure Dial.

A different sort of erotica: Annabeth Leong’s Untouched features a main character who can’t stand being touched.

For some of the finest lesbian erotica around, try Sacchi Green’s single author collection “A Ride to Remember“.

And finally, of course, for stories of forbidden lesbian desire, check out my anthology “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire“.

And finally, finally, if you have any non-bookish people in your life (if such a person exists!), then check out my favorite Zazzle store, Annika Eklind.

Cheyenne’s Ten Favorite Books Read in 2013

I’m not a person who needs stuff. I’m a low maintenance kind of person: I wear my clothes until they disintegrate, I don’t own any make up or girly accoutrements, I don’t want jewelry or knickknacks on my mantlepiece. But there are two things I love to receive as gifts: foodie things and books. Oh, and wine. (Three things. I lied).

It’s even easier since I got my Kindle as my books are now in one teeny compact package. It’s a toss up which I would miss the most: my smartphone or my Kindle.

Like most writers, I read a lot of books, and I love to review and talk about them over at Goodreads (Friend me, people, I’d love it if you did!).

Goodreads makes lists like this so easy. No more bits of paper or a Word file that I can never find again on the laptop once I’ve created it. Now I have the books I’ve read, those I want to read, and books I’ve written in one place.

So using Goodreads, here are the top 10 books I’ve read during 2013. They’re in no particular order. To read my complete review, follow the links to Goodreads.

1. At the Mouth of the River of Bees: Stories by Kij Johnson

Magical short stories of fantastic beauty and grace.

2. Lips Touch: Three Time by Laini Taylor

A trio of novellas on the theme of a first kiss that changes everything.

3. The Engagement by Chloe Hooper

A chilling mindfuck of a book about power and manipulation. Simply brilliant.

4. Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif

A slow burn of a book. An unsettling mix of ensemble characters. Recommended.

5. Eleanor McGraw, a pony named Mouse and a Boy Called Fire by Katharina Marcus

A random Kindle that was oh, so wonderful. A tale of relationships, horses, and love.

6. The.Powerbook by Jeanette Winterson

Lyrical prose from one of Britain’s most gifted writers. Mesmerizing.

7. What I Talk About When I Talk About Running by Haruki Murakami

Resonated powerfully with me. A meditation on two themes close to my heart.

8. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

A magical book that unfolded like blankets out of the dryer.

9. Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

If I had to pick one book as my book of the year, this would be it.

10. Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart

Charming, chatty letters from a woman homesteading on the Wyoming frontier in 1908.

After I’d compiled my list, I picked up another book to read. I would add it to my top ten, but which one would I remove? I can’t do the cut, so:

11. The Tent by Margaret Atwood.

Tiny fictional essays that cut to the dark heart of things and make you smile as they do so.

So I lied again. This is my Eleven Favorite Books Read in 2013.

So you notice there was no erotica in this list? I’ve read some wonderful erotica this year. Stories and collections that I’ve adored, from my favorite writers, and new ones I’ve discovered. I think the erotica deserves its own list.

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