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"These short stories each lead up to an ending of ecstasy. Whether getting off from exhibitionism, voyeurism or a very special pair of blue jeans, the characters here explore all sorts of ways they can come."
Adult Video News
"An inspiring collection."
"Out of all of the erotica books I’ve read, I feel like this one has the widest appeal because of the theme and because of the diversity of people and sex represented in the stories."
Viva La Sexy
"This book is a delightful cocktail of sexuality, vanilla and otherwise."
On Her Back
"The people in these stories may be enjoying their own orgasms, but you can enjoy reading about them. Let the stories fuel your imagination, and if you wish, find a partner and make some magic of your own."
Leather and Lace Spice
"This is a very sexy book! It definitely intrigues the mind and gives a girl some ideas, hee hee. I could not put this book down, and kept turning pages story after story!"
Hanging off the Wire
"One of my favorite erotica anthologies of the past year (of all time, even) has to be The Big Book of Orgasms,edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel. It’s got 69 stories, of varying lengths, and there’s something in it to get just about anyone with any type of taste aroused. Great present and a great tease for sexy things to come "
Jillian Boyd, Lady Laid Bare
"I'm going to enjoy this book for many orgasms to come!"
"In Rachel Kramer Bussel’s latest release, there are at least 69 different ways to come, every one more delicious than the last. Within these pages, characters discover new and ever more satisfying ways to find the big O, and the range of pleasure is fun, steamy, and explores the wild spectrum of pleasure."
City Book Review
"This book shows orgasms in all their varied glory and I have no doubt it will inspire many folk’s erotic encounters for a long time to come!"
Secret Pleasures Boutique
"Orgasms for everyone! Quickies galore! This naughty anthology is full of one-handed reading”: sexy stories that cover a broad range of fantasies, fetishes, kinks, and experiences, each story suitable for a single sitting. The Big Book of Orgasms is a must own collection for any erotica fan."
Tattooed Book Review
"This book would be great to read with a partner or at a sexy gathering. Sharing these tiny morsels erotica would be a great way to get a sexy evening started. They can also be read when you need a little solo time. There’s so much delightful variety in this book, I know I will go back to enjoy them again."
Life on the Swingset
"There’s a story for everyone in this book from romantic, public play, kinky, solo play and much more!"
Reviews by a Nerd
"If I had to use only three words to describe The Big Book of Orgasms they would be: Creative, Explosive, and Hot!"
"Rachel Kramer Bussel has quickly become my favorite author and editor and when you read this book it’s easy to see why. Her works always reflect real sex with real people, not fantasies written by those who’ve never experienced them. With each book I’ve read of hers, it’s evident that she pours her heart and soul into her work. If you have never had the pleasure of reading one of her works, I highly recommend you don’t put it off any longer. I promise you won’t be disappointed."
"With each new story, a different kink or passion is explored, drawing out the reader's attention and keeping it from from foreplay, to climax, to post sex snuggling. Either read one at a time or as one solid novel, this book has something for everyone."
Bitches N Prose
"If you are looking for a book that will make you happy, satisfy you deepest darkest desire, and fulfill your lust filled fantasies, I suggest you add The Big Book Of Orgasms to your shopping/reading list right now!"
"Rachel Kramer Bussel has assembled a tome of orgasmic delight in her scorching anthology, The Big Book of Orgasms. Filled to the brim with 69 sexy stories penned by the creme de la creme of erotic authors, there is a story for everyone that is sure to insight, excite and enflame."
"While it’s hard to choose just one book of erotica to cap off the year, The Big Book of Orgasms is definitely up there. Esteemed erotica editor Rachel Kramer Bussel brought together 69 authors for this one, which features a heaping helping of the good stuff intense, earth-shaking orgasms."
"Saying that you'll be eager to relive each of these stories more than once is a serious understatement. Not only will you be left wanting to relive some of these stories, you will undoubtedly find yourself wishing to experience some of these for yourself."
Night Owl Erotica
"A goldmine of erotica that will get under your skin and into your heart."
Bare Naked Lady
"There is a great deal of diversity, sexual and otherwise, in The Big Book of Orgasms."
"I highly recommend checking out The Big Book of Orgasms because it’s easy to read, is super sexy, and can be worked into anyone’s time schedule. Whether you read it alone or read it aloud to help spice up foreplay, it’s the perfect bedside companion!"
Property of Potter
"Every imagined way of orgasm is covered, and maybe some that hadn’t been imagined as well. There is something here for everyone, whether LGBT, vanilla or kink, you will find it here. Scintillating, and at times scorching, these stories are."
"The stories are well written and surprising. They are personal and political, and each one pushes taboo and reminds us that sex is much stranger and more varied than we think."
The Daily Californian
"The stories are short, so choose your hand or vibrator speed carefully. Don’t be surprised when you have to dog-ear pages to return to your favorites. You’ll want to revisit these stories. Or should I sayyou’ll want to come again."
"We humans can eroticize anything. Feeling better? You should. And whether you're an erotica regular, a dedicated lover, a dirty squeeze, or an orgasm virgin."
San Francisco Bay Guardian
"This is one of Bussel’s best!"
"Climaxes you'll want to relive again and again."
Erotica Readers and Writers Association
"What makes this book easily one of the most exciting Cleis Press titles I’ve read all year is the level of reality and humanness presented in the stories."
"I recommend reading this brand new anthology of erotic short stories. Short, hot and steamy revelations. An excellent bedside companion for youself or story time with a partner."
Columbus Free Press
"This imaginative book of adult fun is great book for ideas with that special someone. They are all different, not one is like another. Great to read to that special someone for a little added spice or to read alone and share what you learned later."
"Hot stories and people getting off six (or 69) ways from Sunday."
"This book certainly lives up to its title. While never wavering from mainstream sexual tastes, there's an admirable amount of variation in the lust play and shadings. If you're looking for a light-hearted erotica romp anthology, this may be the collection for you."
Reading by Pub Light
"These are great little stories by well-known authors and each one is worth picking up the book."
Romancing the Book
"69 sexy stories from seasoned erotica writers as well as newcomers to the genre, all writing very different tales about how their characters achieve the Big O in 1,200 words or less. This climactic collection features all sorts of sexualities, characters and ways of getting off."
"Erotic editor Bussel (Baby Got Back) proves less is more in this collection of nibble-size erotic stories that are just long enough to fuel the imagination."
"Rachel Kramer Bussel will help you find your inner 50 shades."
"It would be impossible for me to pick a favorite story from this collection because so many of them resonated with orgasms past or piqued my curiosity to explore ones I’ve yet to discover."
A.C. James, author of Cursed Ever After
From the Inside Flap
Introduction: Orgasm Is Just the Beginning
As Barbara Carrellas writes, there are so many types of orgasms, more than any single book could cover, but within these pages, you will not only find numerous types of orgasms, as well as the varied characters who experience them, you will also discover different motivations for getting off. Some have a tried and true method, some are willing to take a chance on a new sexual practice--or partner. Some of these characters orgasm frequently; some are aching for the chance to share their body with another person. Some let their orgasms be controlled by a lover; some actively take control of their climaxes.
"You amaze me," the nameless protagonist of B.D. Swain's opening story "The Beginning" proclaims. You--readers, authors, orgasmers--amaze me with your boundless sexual hunger and creativity. I've been writing and editing erotica for over a decade, but part of why it never gets old is because of the richness, diversity and nuance I find in the stories that come (no pun intended) my way. They fuel my own imagination and show me that I can always learn more about orgasm, about desire, about sex.
The format of 1,200 words or less means these are extremely short stories, but I hope you'll find, like I did, that what they lack in length they make up for in hotness. As with my previous short-short anthology Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex, all the pieces you hold in your hand, even the shortest ones ("The Park," by Elise Hepner, clocks in at 249 words; "Her Lover Is a Flame," by Cecilia Tan, at 308) offer a snapshot of eroticism that draws you completely into its folds. You might consider each one a teaser, an appetizer, the beginning of a fantasy world you can place yourself into and choose your own orgasmic adventure as you consider where the story might go after the last word printed on the page.
Sometimes less is more, and if these stories leave you wanting to see them continued, that's a good thing. They are, like the narrative in Swain's opener states, "just the beginning." Very likely you'll find a type of orgasm, a sex toy, a scenario, a position, or a fantasy you'd like to see represented here that may not be. If so, please write yours and continue the conversation. If your orgasm doesn't look or feel the way these characters' climaxes do, that's perfectly okay. I want to see us expand the possibilities for pleasure, orgasmic and otherwise, not add to the umpteen ways we're told we "should" orgasm or have sex. Just as a physical orgasm, however you define or experience that sensation, doesn't define the end of a sexual encounter, a literary orgasm should not mean you are done interacting with the story. I've re-read these pieces, and the numerous submissions I received for this book, multiple times, and each read offers me something new to consider. I envision The Big Book of Orgasms as one you'll want to revisit, to pick up and read aloud from your favorites to a lover, to keep next to your bed, to tuck into your travel bag.
I'm especially pleased to be publishing so many authors in this collection for the first time in one of my anthologies. There is a power and depth to these voices that I hope resonates with you.
Rachel Kramer Bussel
New York City