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Sacchi Green Blog Tour.Cheyenne Blue

Hello wonderful people.  I’m so very pleased to host a stop on my fellow author and good friend Sacchi Green’s blog tour for Wild Rides. I’ve known Sacchi since *counts on fingers* about 2002 when she included one of my earliest pieces of lesbian erotica in one of her anthologies. I’m not sure which story or what anthology, to be honest, as there’s been quite a few more since then.

Sacchi has always been one of my writing inspirations. Her short fiction is the sort that makes you stop, think, blink a few times, and sit back to appreciate the story you’ve just read. They’re as erotic as hell, but there’s a depth to them quite often missing from short erotica. Her characters are true-to-life women in real situations, and her stories are written with grit and finesse.

I hope you read on down through this post, check out the Q&A, listen to the audio clip, and of course enter the Rafflecopter giveaway where you can win all sorts of books. And, too, click on the links and check out Sacchi’s book, which is available now from Dirt Road Books.

Q&A with Sacchi

You are known primarily for your work as an editor of award-winning anthologies, with a focus on erotica. Did you choose the genre or did it choose you? Please explain.  

Both. When I was writing science fiction and fantasy short stories, they often had a lesbian undercurrent and subtle sensuality, but I didn’t know anything about erotica anthologies until one sf/f market listing zine included a call for submissions for Best Lesbian Erotica 1999. I thought, “Wow, I could do that!” and it turned out I could, partly because I had already learned about writing fully-formed stories. The editing part came later, when someone interested in editing wanted to team with someone with a good track record of writing, so I co-edited three anthologies, each for a short-lived publisher. It wasn’t my fault! Then when we tried to interest a couple of bigger publishers, we were ignored, until suddenly one day I got a phone call from Cleis Press. It turned out they were looking for an editor after one of theirs had screwed up badly, and I’d been recommended as someone who could handle the administrative details. So yes, I chose the genre, and eventually the genre chose me.

In addition to erotica, you’ve published in several other genres. Which is your favorite? Why?

Erotica, historicals, and fantasy are my favorites, and a combination of all three would be my very favorite. But I’m told that historical short stories don’t sell well, and erotica is in rather a decline in popularity these days, while fantasy is still doing pretty well. But most fantasy requires its own world-building, which is hard work. Hmm. I really don’t know which is my favorite.

Do you have plans for a longer work, meaning a novella or a novel, anytime in the future? 

I have one novel out, which has had a very mixed reception, so I don’t know whether I’ll try one again. The idea of a novella-length piece using some of my existing characters is seductive, though, so I may do that. And I have half a mind to expand my short story in DRB’s anthology Learning Curve to novella length. If it gets to three quarters of a mind I’ll give it a try.

I love the way you write, especially your use of language. What’s your favorite word? Why?

What? Tell you my favorite and make all the other words mad at me? And it depends so much on the context. My favorite word at any given moment is the one that’s just right for whatever I need it to say. As Mark Twain said, more or less, “The almost-right word is to the right word as the lightning bug is to the lightning.”

The early reviews for Wild Rides, especially the one from Publisher’s Weekly, have been full of praise. After publishing so many works and receiving so many rewards for your work, has the bloom faded a bit? Or do you still get that happy jolt when you get positive feedback like that? 

How could the bloom ever fade? In fact it doesn’t take much to make one addicted, although having had praise does cushion disappointment when one doesn’t have it, just as having published quite a bit makes the occasional rejection easier to take. At least I think so now, but going too long without…well, let’s not go there.

Which of your books, whether it’s an anthology that you edited or a novel you wrote or anywhere in between, is your favorite? Why? 

Some days I think my favorite is Witches, Princesses and Women at Arms, because I got to do both fantasy and erotica, and my writers were especially brilliant with a theme like that to work with. I could have one of my own stories in it, too. Still, Wild Rides may turn out to be my favorite, with my first collection, A Ride to Remember in 2011, a close second. That one was a Lambda Finalist, which was more of a thrill than having my anthologies get that far. Don’t all we writers have that old exhibitionist streak?

Audio clip

Listen to Sacchi read from Wild Rides. The story she’s reading is “Pulling”, which is one of my favorites of hers.

 

Giveaway

And finally, there’s a giveaway. Go here to enter the Rafflecopter giveaway for some awesome prizes.  As well as a copy of Sacchi’s book and other great prizes, you can also win your choice of my single titles available from Ylva Publishing as well as titles from the other authors on Sacchi’s blog tour.

Wild Rides is available from Dirt Road Books

Sacchi Green is a Lambda Award-winning writer and editor of erotica and other stimulating genres. She lives in western Massachusetts, with an alternate retreat in the mountains of New Hampshire and occasional forays into such real world spots as NYC for readings. Her work has appeared in scores of publications, including multiple volumes of Best Lesbian Erotica, Best Women’s Erotica, Best Transgender Erotica, and Best Fantasy Erotica, and she’s also edited seventeen anthologies over the last fourteen years, most of them lesbian erotica. Nine have been finalists for Lambda Literary Awards, and two of those have been Lambda winners, while four have won Golden Crown Literary Society awards. All these awards, of course, are actually due to the fine writers who trust her with their work.

Sacchi has most recently edited Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year 20th Anniversary Edition, Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year Volume 2 and Volume 3, and, possibly the most fun of all, Witches, Princesses and Women at Arms: Erotic Lesbian Fairy Tales. Her very first novel is Shadow Hand, a superheroine book that puts a new twist on the genre, and her newest publication is a collection of her own short stories, Wild Rides and Other Lesbian Erotic Adventures, from Dirt Road Books. You can find her online at: https://www.facebook.com/sacchi.green and http://sacchi-green.blogspot.com, and contact her at sacchigreen@gmail.com.

Missed any of these posts?  The full blog tour schedule below:

19 March: Sacchi Green 

20 March: KD Williamson

21 March: Annette Mori

25 March: R.G. Emanuelle

26 March: Beth Burnett

27 March: Women and Words 

 

Lucy Felthouse: Girls Will be Girls

Girls Will Be Girls - Lucy FelthouseBe sure to check out this new release from Lucy Felthouse.  Six of her best loved lesbian shorts in one volume.  Unmissable!

Blurb:

Six sexy Sapphic tales from the pen of popular lesbian erotica author, Lucy Felthouse.

Christmas cheer with colleagues, a driving disaster turned good, hot older women, girls in uniform, gorgeous gardeners and naughty fun in a changing cubicle… this collection contains a variety of erotic tales sure to tickle your fancy. Continue reading “Lucy Felthouse: Girls Will be Girls”

Call For Submissions: First (working title) – lesbian erotica

Another year, another anthology. Below is the Call for Submissions for the next lesbian erotica anthology I’ll be doing with Ladylit Publishing. Please feel free to share this post or pass on these details to any person or writing group or forum who may be interested.

I look forward to reading your stories!

First (working title)

Editor: Cheyenne Blue (www.cheyenneblue.com)

Publisher: Ladylit Publishing (www.ladylit.com)

Deadline: 24 April 2015

Payment: US$40.00 plus a copy of e-book and paperback

Rights: First worldwide digital rights and print rights.

Cheyenne Blue is seeking fictional stories of lesbian passion about first experiences. While I will be including stories of sexual firsts, including first lesbian encounter and first experience of a particular sexual act, I am especially after stories that look beyond this with imagination and flair. I would like to see stories where the sex happens as an integral part of another first, whether it’s the first day in a new job, the first time overseas, breaking the law, or skinny dipping. How about a first experience of sex in zero G in space, or a near death experience on the battleground of a past war? Show me the marvel, wonder, joy, and pride of new experience, the accomplishment, or even the fear or despair. I welcome stories of emotional firsts: the first time in love, the first time that hate translates to sex, the first time with a new partner after a break up.

Above all, I want strong, complete tales that are more than just a sex act. This is not an anthology of true confessions, so stories do not need to be written in first person. For examples of the type of stories and writing I’m looking for, check out my previous anthology, “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire”.

Please note the usual no-nos apply: no incest / underage sex / rape / necrophilia / bestiality / scat. No poetry please.

Preferred length: 2500 – 5000 words

Unpublished stories strongly preferred, although a couple of reprints might be used. Reprints must be solely owned by the author.

US English. Please submit a double-spaced Microsoft Word document, using a 12-point serif font, such as Georgia or Times New Roman. One inch margins. If using a pen name, include both real and pen name on the manuscript.

Send your story as a .doc or .rtf file attachment to Cheyenne Blue at firstantho@gmail.com. Please include “First” and your story title in the subject line.

In the body of the email please include your legal name, pseudonym, a short bio, and previous publication information if the story is a reprint.

Established authors welcomed, newcomers encouraged. I look forward to reading your work.

All submissions acknowledged within 3 days and acceptances notified by 1 June 2015.

About the editor: Cheyenne Blue is the editor of “Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire” also from Ladylit, and has edited short stories through to novels. Her erotic fiction has been included in approximately 100 erotic anthologies since 2000. Under her own name she has written travel books and articles, and edited anthologies of local writing in Ireland.

Smutmas – Forbidden Fruit CFS

The good people over at Smutters have this great calender going for 2014. A year of smut – a different author each day. Lots of interesting posts, lots of new books to check out, lots of prizes to be won.

I’ll be posting over there next month, however in the meantime, my Call for Submissions for Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire is posted over there.

Check it out, and check out the rest of the calender while you’re over there.

Call for Submissions: Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire

This has been a while in the making, but I am now able to make this public. I’m going to be editing my first anthology with the very wonderful Ladylit . To say I’m excited about this project is an understatement. Last night as I was whizzing around the room making dinner, there were all sorts of little dance steps and booty shakes and “oh yeah”s mixed in with the stirfry.

Ladylit has made quite an impression on the lesbian erotica scene recently, and I’m very happy and proud to be a part of their stable for this project.

Enough waffle. Here are the details. Please feel free to pass these along. I look forward to reading your stories.


Forbidden Fruit: stories of unwise lesbian desire

Editor: Cheyenne Blue
Publisher: Ladylit
Deadline: 15 May 2014
Payment: US$40.00 plus a copy of e-book and paperback
Rights: First worldwide digital rights and print rights.

Forbidden Fruit. She’s off limits but the attraction burns so bright it’s impossible to resist.
Cheyenne Blue is seeking stories of lesbian passion on this theme. Think teacher and student. A best friend’s ex—or current—lover. A monogamous couple tempted by a threesome. A traveler leaving on the next plane. A much younger—or older—woman. A straight woman. The bad girl heartbreaker. The attraction between characters should scorch the pages and sexual tension is as important as the actual sex. As for the sex, think hot and desperate. Think once-to-get-it-out-of-our-system sex. Or this-really-is-the-last-time sex.

Please note the usual no-nos still apply: no incest / underage sex / rape / necrophilia / bestiality / scat. No poetry please.

Preferred length: 2500 – 5000 words

Unpublished stories strongly preferred, although a couple of reprints might be used. Reprints must be solely owned by the author.

US English. Please submit a double-spaced Microsoft Word document, using a 12-point serif font, such as Georgia or Times New Roman. One inch margins. If using a pen name, include both real and pen name on the manuscript.

Send your story as a .doc or .rtf file attachment to Cheyenne Blue at forbiddenfruitantho@gmail.com. Please include Forbidden Fruit and your story title in the subject line. In the body of the email please include your legal name, pseudonym, a short bio, and previous publication information if the story is a reprint.

Established authors welcomed, newcomers encouraged. I look forward to reading your work.

All submissions acknowledged within 3 days and acceptances notified by 15 June 2014.

About the editor: Cheyenne Blue’s erotic fiction has been included in over 90 erotic anthologies since 2000. Under her own name she has written travel books and articles, and edited anthologies of local writing in Ireland.

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