Smut of the Season, Smut of the Moment

As far as I’m concerned, every season is a good one for smut. However, the holidays, they are a-comin’ (pun intended)—so it’s not a bad time to start thinking about all the good reads you might want to gift yourself or a special someone this wintery season.

That said, I’d love to share exciting news—Foreword Literary releases Holiday Spice in early November, and my story “Office Santa” is included in the anthology!

Cover of Holiday Spice(I’m still trying to fall out of love with the cover model, by the way.)

Contracts and edits are in the works, but I will be posting an excerpt of “Office Santa” very soon. I had far too much fun writing this one, so I hope you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it.

I have more thrilling news about another anthology to share beyond this, too, but for now I’m going to play the tease and leave the rest of the present unwrapping for later! 😉

In the meantime, I’d like to talk about the “Smut of the Moment” for those who are interested—or, in other words, what I’m up to and the sultry books I’m reading.

Smut of the Moment: What I’m Writing

I only recently launched this site, so I figured this post I’d share some of my behind-the-scenes endeavors. Currently, I’m wrapping up three little things before I dig my heels in for a big thing:

  • Little items 1 & 2: Alison Tyler has another enticing BDSM submission call out, and naturally I cannot resist. Her submission calls have literally become my kryptonite (or perhaps I should say crack) since I can’t ever write just one piece. This time, I’ve settled on two—a BDSM threesome and a D/S twosome. Both are in the editing stages and will be submitted shortly. Cross your fingers for me!
  • Little item 3: I have a side project I put in a drawer six months ago. It’s been banging around making a lot of noise for me to finish it while I’ve been busy churning out short stories, so I’ve decided to give it a final edit and send it out into the world. That way, I can move along to…
  • The BIGGIE: I think I’m ready to write my first erotica novel, folks. Really. It’s time. I have all sorts of plans and have been jotting down notes between shorts over the last few months, and with the timing of projects 1-3 above, I suspect I’ll be ready to start mid-to-late November. I’ll probably miss NaNo, but my early Christmas present to myself is to get the table cleared for this novel. I’m excited!

Smut of the Moment: What I’m Reading

This is where I introduce you to the squealing fangirl inside me. If you follow me on Twitter, you may have already picked up on my general state of enthusiasm—it’s on high most of the time—but get me talking about some of the amazing smut-writers I read and I start bouncing around with a borderline hyena grin as I encourage you to read them, too!

  • I just finished Bared to You by Sylvia Day last night. I didn’t think I’d be into it at first, but it ended up being delicious. I bought the sequel today and will be starting it soon.
  • I’ve been reading and will continue to read The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica 11, edited by Maxim Jakubowski. This collection is more literary, and so far I’ve been mesmerized by every piece. I liked the style so much, in fact, I submitted a couple shorts for Mr. Jakubowski’s recent call…no telling if my overseas mailing made it by the deadline, but I found a new twist to my writing and that’s inspiring for me. “What are You Wearing?” by Matt Thorne, “I Waited for You by the River of Time” by Remittance Girl, “Her First Thursday Evening” by M. Christian, and “The Amazing Marvella” by Elsie McGraw are favorites so far.
  • Butterfly by Kathryn Harvey (Barbara Wood) is in my hand right this second, taunting me. I’m playing a game of eeny-meeny-miny-moe here, because I’m also staring at my Kindle and debating between this and some smaller works:
    • Those Girls, a novelette by one of my erotica-writing heroes, Alison Tyler,
    • Shameless Behavior, an anthology of erotic stories on overcoming shame from Go Deeper Press,
    • Ask No Questions, a novella by Justine Elyot, whose shorts I’ve read so far are sexy as hell,
    • And of course, all 69 stories in my author’s copy of The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories, since that will arrive in the mail any day now (*squeals!*).

This is just the short list of a bigger list that is actually an entire bookcase, but you get the picture.

On that note, time to hunker down and tackle more smut—be it my writing or reading someone else’s.

Till next time…

XX,
Jade

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