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About the Author

Violet Blue has appeared in dozens of publications and radio and TV programs; the following is a selected list. Violet has been interviewed and quoted by national and international magazines including O, The Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Jane, First for Women, Glamour, Grace Woman, Maxim, Marie Claire, Women's Health, Essence, Vibe Vixen, Bust, Redbook, Girlfriends, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Wired, Playboy, Blender, Penthouse, and more; TV appearances on The History Channel's Sex in History series and Playboy TV's Sexcetera; radio interviews including The Dr. Laura Berman Show, The Sunday Night Sex Show with Sue Johansen, and a regular monthly guest appearance on Sirius OutQ Radio's Derek and Romaine Show; and selected websites including CBS Healthwatch, Salon.com, MSNBC.com, Wired.com News, and Jane's Guide. She has been the subject of feature articles in the Village Voice, San Francisco Bay Guardian, SF Weekly, San Jose Mercury News, and The Wall Street Journal, and has been quoted extensively in several books including 365 Days of Sensational Sex by Lou Paget and The Guide to Getting it On! by Paul Joannides. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Series: Best Women's Erotica
  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Cleis Press; 2009 ed. edition (December 11, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573443387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573443388
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Charlyn Gee VINE VOICE on June 15, 2010
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This is a collection of erotic short stories written by women for women. It's a great collection. I've read several of Violet Blue's anthologies, and they are consistently good, but Best Women's Erotica 2009 is *really good*.

It features 21 stories, each by a different author. Most of the stories have a female main character and/or narrator, common in "by women for women" erotica. But beyond that, the collection is full of variety, featuring many different scenarios, orientations, sex acts, writing styles - something for everyone, I guess one could say. But I wouldn't, because I found almost every one of the stories to be exciting and erotic in its own way, regardless of my own personal preferences.

When I first read it, I mostly appreciated the quality of the writing. Violet Blue selected particularly well-written, evocative stories. The erotic impact didn't strike me until later, weeks later, when I found myself opening it up again, with a craving to reread the stories that I was surprised to realize I remembered with excitement. Who would have thought?

Some of the highlights:

"Fly", the first story, by Valerie Alexander. It features a lustful Tiger Lily, hunting and dominating both a feisty rebel Peter Pan and a shy virginal Wendy. Concept sounds silly, but the execution shines. I've returned to this story many times.

"What If", by Cheyenne Blue. A committed lesbian/transgender couple fantasizes together about luring a curious straight woman into her first lesbian sex experience. Again, the writing really brings it to life, sets the mood, draws you in.

"Eve", by Alana Noel Voth. Unusual lyrical writing style. I have to mention this one because it includes a scene where the girl fantasizes about... McNulty from the Wire.
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If I had paid attention to the reviews when I was ordering this book, I wouldn't have bought it. The stories are rather tame and even boring in places. I couldn't find one that really excited me. You might have different expectations. However, I would advise you to read a sample chapter or two before purchasing.
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"...we beg Hades for another deflowering..." Although chromosomally disadvantaged, I did manage to squeeze some small amount of enjoyment out of reading this book.

You get 21 stories across 228 pages. Some stories are as short as 4-5 pages, while a couple go 15 or more. There are author thumbnail bio-sketches at the back, some of them with contact info if you want to interact with a favorite author.

The opener is a good one, taking the Peter Pan saga to a very new place; I will never be able to watch the play or the movie the same way again. Tiger Lily has an idea and takes charge, and Peter and Wendy find they've underestimated her forever. And the book goes from there. There's more than enough power-transfer, tables turned and BDSM, and a good smattering of girl-girl, most of it involving power play. How can I not mention the delightful offering from Ms. Naughty, "Pasta with Blue Cheese and Anal?" Mama mia! And we even get an instance of the highly doctrinally accurate "introitus," a word usually not in danger of over-use in erotic fiction.

The observation I had for my review of Best Women's Erotica 2006 has changed a bit. Last time I expected liberation and women dominating men, taking charge, being in control, forceful, demanding, and casual, but it gave way to too many stories about abject surrender to control, the trite stuff of the bodice-ripper. This time around it's evened out a bit, with less of the taken woman and more of the women knowing what they want and getting it, fast and hard.

And yeah, my tired comment of poor erotica editing appears once again.
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Best Women's Erotica 2009

When one hears and/or sees a title that starts with "Best" one would assume that is exactly what you are going to get. Not so with this Erotica book. Having read quite a few erotic books, (some novellas, some novels) I by no means consider myself a master of deciphering what is erotic and what is not. Saying that, I have read short stories more remarkably considered "real" erotica. While reading some of the shorts, I noticed they were not erotica but a mere bit sexual, 15+ could read. Disappointed as I was in this book, I feel safe in saying I will not be reading any of the other "Best Women's Erotica" books. Nor would I recommend reading this book to other people. But if you have a desire to investigate, try it.
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Really a great book! Very factual with a lot of fine research. An amazing accomplishment for all the people involved in this struggle to salvage a ship in deep water, Tommy Thompson pulled it all together with his tenacity and vision to accomplish this goal.
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I enjoyed this book almost too much every night before (trying to go to sleep) and subsequently dreaming of daring escapades that made me blush in the dark.

R.R. Harris, author of Double Take, An Island Travel Mystery of Lively Romance and Deadly Betrayal, available on Amazon.
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