August 20, 2014

You Rock My World.

Seriously. There's no better way to say it. Today, Justine Elyot posted a — yes, you guessed it — post about Summer Loving. Please visit her blog to read her fabulous write-up. (And here's a little bit from Justine about her sultry On Demand.) Ms. Elyot wows me every time I read her work. She understands exactly how much glitter of humor to sprinkle over her stories. I've been known to gasp with laughter while reading her pieces — and I've also been known to dog-ear the pages to peruse privately if I've made the mistake of attempting to edit one of her steamy passages in public!

The seriously sexy Emerald also wrote a dreamy piece about the collection. You can read her words here, and follow (or even join!) the tour here. (Did I miss you? Please kiss me with your link!) There are no rhymes or rules. I'm adding links as they pop up and keeping track as best as I can.

Visit Emerald's Erotica Cove if you want to be blown away by one hell of a bookshelf! In my opinion, her giant "E" is for Erotic, Extraordinary, Engaging, and Effortlessly Empathetic! We need more Emeralds in the world—and I don't mean the gems.

Thank you to everyone who is spreading the word for Summer Loving. This was a true labor of love in so many ways!


August 19, 2014

Go Ask Alison

Hang onto your hats, boys, I've got a brand-new feature. 18 weeks ago, I started Trollop with a Question—in which I probe your minds. Now, I'm offering you the chance to probe me. (No, wait. That didn't go right at all.)

Here's the thing—every so often, readers send me questions:

"Where are the best BDSM clubs in Los Angeles?"
"How do you deal with dating two men at once?"
"What's a safeword that won't make me giggle?"
"How do I tell my wife I want her finger up my ass?" (That's the one I get the most, quite honestly.)
"Do all men watch porn?"

Now, often, I don't know the answer. Or there's more than one answer. So here is my latest feature. If you have a question you would like answered by me and/or the readers of this blog, send it my way to msalisontyler at yahoo dot com. Questions can be posted anonymously here or with your name. However, you'd like.

I'll start with one I received recently:

"I hate my best friend's boyfriend. Do I say something? Or pretend that he's a mensch?"

(Did you know that the opposite of "mensch" is an "unmensch"? Just learned that myself.)

So what sayeth thou?


August 18, 2014

Trollop with a Question #18

I've been rolling this question around in my mind for some time, trying to find the correct phraseology. So here goes:

What topic could you clear in a trivia game? 

I have an uncle who can win them all. He kills at Trivial Pursuit. He is unstoppable. And I've known a few people who actually made it to Jeopardy. (Though nobody who ever won.) Sommer recently Tweeted about a John Hughes category. That's what I'm talking about!

I'm very hit or miss. Rock and Roll. Super Heroes. Noir Detective NovelsLipstick Colors. Swear words. Stories about a girl with a rubber fetishThings that used to exist but now don't.

Now how about you? What subject could you nail frontwards, backwards, and diagonally in a trivia game?

Remember, if you answered my question last week, drop me a note to msalisontyler at yahoo dot com to claim your prize. (I'm a little behind on the mailing. I'll be heading to the post office today!)

And if you want to fall down laughing, read the reviews of these BiC Pens for Her. ("Missing the Batteries" may be my favorite.) I was online searching for little gifts to mail when I landed on the BiCs!


August 17, 2014

Johnny "Bound for Trouble" Jackhammer...

...and his wife "GoodWitchNorth." Damn. Thank you! I'm so thrilled that the little tattoos are being used in such clever ways. Mr. Jackhammer says, "I have long been a fan of your fiction; there are quite a few stories on my kindle. You are on my short list of favorite creators."

I'm totally smiling as I type this. Thank you!

Find Johnny Jackhammer at Libidacoria, a web magazine for "sexual intellectuals."

Are *you* Bound for Trouble? Check out my tattoo contest rules right here!

BFT is starting to collect really swell reviews on Goodreads. You can meet the authors here, and follow my Pinterest Board dedicated to the book.

If you're in the mood for bondage—and who isn't in the mood for bondage?—please consider purchasing our triptych of short stories: Cuffed. With Pretty Things Press books, the cover artist—fabulously creative Riendo—is paid for every sale, and the authors split the profits. So far, we've never shared a book cover with any other publisher. (Well, except for...) I'm pleased about that, because I strive to make our titles look totally unique.)

Cuffed features stories by Sophia Valenti and Sommer Marsden and me. We're working on a new collection right now. Keep you posted!


August 16, 2014

"Giving Good Shelf"

Seems like just yesterday, but I have been posting pictures of people's bookshelves for years now. (Check out
this one from Sommer from 2008!) I rebooted my request last November.

Since then, so many readers and writers have sent me beautiful pictures:

Angell Brooks
Ali's Addiction
Sommer Marsden
Kathleen Tudor
Dilo Keith
Geeky Nymph
• Tamsin Flowers
Charlie Powell
A.M. Hartnett
Jade A. Waters

And today, I have the shelves of Kiki DeLovely. You have no idea how happy this bookshelf makes me. I am in awe. I've never had a bookshelf look like this—I never even thought to try. My shelves are generally either 1) completely disorganized or 6) shelved by author/genre. But color? Didn't even cross my mind!

I have a bit of a crush on
Kiki. She inspired my "Spot the Book" game, and she is one of those clever, positive, unusual writers whose work I always look forward to reading. This shelf fell into my in box last night with the following letter:

Most esteemed Ms. Tyler,

Please pardon my delay--I've been meaning to send you an actual photo of my color-coded book shelf ever since you first asked me about it.

This is just a small snippet of my book collection. When I first had the idea to organize my books by color, I was a bit surprised by the lack of colorful spines, most notably among erotica. (I've laid some erotica anthologies horizontally on the top for comparison.) I just love telling a friend that they'll find precisely what they're looking for in the dark blue section (old school smut like Doing It For Daddy and The Leather Daddy and The Femme), but for the most part today's kinky collections are sadly lacking color. With the exception of the color fuchsia, a section that vibrantly boasts both Rachel Kramer Bussel's Cheeky Spanking Stories and Miel Rose's Overflow: Tales of Butch-Femme Love, Sex, and Desire. 

Erotica, at least in my opinion, ought to be bolder, louder...and is bound to be better than bland, unremarkable shades of grey. (See what I did there? ;)

If you send me pictures of your shelves, I will post them here and link to you. I am such the voyeur—I adore seeing all the spines lined up together.


August 15, 2014

Skirting the Issue

Skirting the Issue is a three-story collection featuring work by Sommer Marsden, Sophia Valenti, and yours truly. The gorgeous cover is courtesy of Riendo, whose photos make me want to be a better writer. I want to live up to the scarlet ruffle on the skirt, to strive for the champagne-sheen on the thighs, to reach for the pure gossamer whiteness of the fishnets.

I always have my head down, typing furiously on a new project. Sometimes I forget to highlight the golden oldies.

If you liked Skirting, please leave us a review! I will add your voice to my Next 99 *and* send you a new book for your collection! (I'm about to add a fabulous review of Dark Secret Love by Tenille Brown to my list!)

I had to pause for a second to realize that I asked for your help with reviews on June 28th. Since then, I've compiled 41. That is so awesome. I would have been happy with 10. So thank you! I feel a bit at loose ends when it comes to promo. I'd rather push forward on something brand new. Reviews help me figure out something clever to say—"steal"— about the books. Like this paragraph by Tenille:

"And though she knows what she wants, she often struggles to say it, mostly resorting to confessing her dark fantasies to the keys of a typewriter. Sometimes she has to be punished into admission, to have the words spanked out of her.

That's why I like Samantha and adore her story."

So a huge thank you to all of you who have helped me share my (ever so dirty) words!


August 14, 2014

Come Play With Fire...

This month, Playing with Fire is on sale (for your Kindle) for $1.99. (But really, the book is so damn pretty, I think you ought to splurge for the print version and then play "Spot the Book" or "Eat Me" with me!)

Playing with Fire originally came out in April, 2009. I must have been up all night, because I actually created a little blog for the collection, which lists the author names and quite a few incendiary reviews. One of my favorite reviews appeared on Books a La Mode. Check out what she made for me!

A Goodreads reviewer said, "Many of the stories in the anthology inspired me to write my own smut..."  How fucking cool is that?

Remember, if you write me a review of any title, send me a link at msalisontyler at yahoo dot com so I can post it to my "Next 99." If you play with fire, I mean, play me by taking a snapshot for Spot the Book or Eat Me, I will send you a paperback from my porn closet. No kidding! I would love some fresh reviews for Playing With Fire—and I know Cleis Press and the authors would, too!


August 13, 2014

Vintage Alison Tyler

Yes, that's a little bit of Framptom Comes Alive on the left.
Recently, Malin James said that Three Way was "vintage Alison Tyler... playful and sexy, but with an underlying substance that engages you emotionally, not just sexually." Three Way was my third collection for Cleis Press. Recently, I've begun chronicling my Cleis collections in order. (I believe there will be more than 50 by the time I finish the list.)

However, Malin made me think that maybe I ought to slide back in time a little further. (This is one of the reasons why I'm giving away Bondage on a Budget this week. BOB was one of my earliest short-story collections. The book will turn 20 in a few years.)

To this end, I am going to start putting up my earliest Masquerade Books. Beginning this week, I will be posting sections on my Club Alison Tyler blog for free. (If you want to join the club, simply send me an email, and I'll hit you with the invite.)

Speaking of vintage—I hit the jackpot at the thrift store this week with several albums on vinyl that I used to have, but lost along the way. But even more vintage-y than that, I tripped over my "report card" from Kindergarten, which I found slightly comical.

My teacher said that I was: "extremely self-directed in her learning. She has definite likes and dislikes in activities and personality traits. Although she seems to have some disinclination to try things that she has not done before, she generally thinks about it for a while and tries. She is a delight to watch."

I'm sorry — what is not a new activity when you're five? Everything is new. And who does't have definite likes and dislikes? At least, I was a delight.

Stand by for more vintage goodness soon. Oh, and please visit Geeky Nymph to read an interview with me—and a pitch for a new guide!


August 12, 2014

Spot the Book: Three Way

I am so pleased when these photos fall into my world. I love to see my books on display—and this shot comes all the way to California from England. How cool is that?

Sommer Marsden wrote a touching tribute to Robin Williams today. I proudly wore the rainbow suspenders, and I saved the issue of Dynamite with Mork & Mindy on the cover. (Do you remember Dynamite?)

I was lucky enough to see him do stand-up once. In a very bizarre way. We were at a different comedian's show, and Robin Williams happened to be in the audience. At the end of the show, he was introduced—and he took the stage and did 30 minutes of impromptu stand-up, completely blowing the other comedian out of the water. (Even the reviews said so in the paper the following day.) But mostly I remember being so excited for Mork & Mindy.

My thoughts go out to his family.


August 11, 2014

Trollop with a Question #17

Here we are... at Monday already. How does that happen? Well, you know what Monday means... I'm a trollop with a question. But this week, I have TWO questions! First, would you like a free book? If you answered yes, then check out Bondage on a Budget at Amazon—free for you until Friday! (Please spread the word!)

For a little behind the scenes about Bondage on a Budget—and an excerpt—please click here.

Now for my real question (drum roll, please)...

What is your favorite type of candy?

Lately, I've been a little candy obsessed, visiting vintage candy stores and blowing my wad (as it were). If you are so inclined, please share a bit about your favorite type. I almost have too many to discuss. I love Zotz, and I was thrilled to find that they still exist. I collect Pez. I live for Sweet Tarts. I can't pass Pop Rocks without buying a pack. I could go on... but I'll step aside for someone else.

If you answered last week's question, please hit me up with your snail mail address at msalisontyler at yahoo dot com. I'll slide a prize in the mail for you tout de suite. (Hey, wasn't *that* a candy?)


P.S. Photo is by the glorious Riendo!

August 10, 2014

Spot the Book: Dark Secret Love...

Tenille Brown posted this snapshot of Dark Secret Love on display in one of her local bookstores. I love the great big label at the top of the frame.


Yes. That's what it is. I recognize the cover to the left of my book, Best Lesbian Erotica 1998. I think the cut-out letter title is so sexy. Below, I believe there may be an Ultimate Guide.

If you spot one of my books on display, please take a picture for me. I'll add it here, post to my pinterest, and send you a paperback from my porn closet as a thank you. My porn closet runneth over, so you'll be doing me a favor.

And speaking of favors—oh, that was a cheap segue, but it's early—I would adore more reviews for my Next 99. If you review any of my titles, please drop me a note to msalisontyler at yahoo dot com so I can add your voice to my list. I will send you another book—and the circle will be unbroken.


August 09, 2014

I can't get enough...

...of Tenille Brown's Can't Get Enough! A few months ago, I (think I) invented an interview style in which I took a title and wrote a query for each letter. (Sommer Marsden was my first.) Now, Ms. Brown is under the spotlight:

Can you tell us a little bit about what makes “Can’t Get Enough” a special anthology?

I think what makes it so special is the perfect mix of almost any sexual scenario and pairing you can think of. There's literally something here for everyone.

Anything you found unexpected when editing this anthology?

Though it was what I had wished for, I was surprised to find so many different interpretations of the anthology's theme. Especially Jacqueline Applebee 's Rocket Fuel. I wasn't expecting anything like that, but it was perfect.

Not to play favorites, but was there one story that really stood out for you?

I like "Those Damned Cobbles" a lot. It's my go to story when I give an example about the books theme.

Tease us with a paragraph from one of the pieces.

"Trying to drive anywhere is the worst. One time we even drove her truck into a ditch. We were driving to her mom's house for dinner, a thirty-minute drive, but fifteen minutes into it she had me frantic. I had my panties off and everything. "

Give us a peek inside your editing process—how did you organize the book?

My editing process was much like my writing process. All over the place. I labeled stories yes, no, maybe, then turned maybes into yeses or nos into maybes. I second guessed myself a lot, but finally forced myself to trust myself and my final decisions.

Endings are difficult even for veteran writers—share one powerful last line.

"She throws my leg over her shoulder and fucks me hard and fast, just the way I like it, looking into my eyes, like we're making babies or some shit."

The cover of this book is one of my favorites—did you have a voice in selecting the image?

Actually no, and the original cover was completely different. But when I thought about the timing of the book's release and saw all the positive feedback, I knew this one was perfect. It gets lots of compliments.

Every time I edit an anthology, I discover a theme among submissions—did you receive an abundance of any one type of story?

I received a wealth of make up/break up stories which surprised me. Also, a lot of wedding scenarios. Really emotional pieces.

Now that you’ve got one anthology under your belt, do you have plans for another?

I have so many ideas for more anthologies. I'm hoping they come to light!

Open the book to page 117—give us a snippet.

"I was about five seconds from pushing him against the wall and enticing him to take me.."

Unless I’m mistaken, you’ve been published in more than 50 anthologies yourself—what was your first publishing credit?

My first print credit was from Marcy Scheiner who was editing the Best Women's Erotica series at the time. She accepted my story, Dissolve, for the 2004 edition via post it note in the mail, which I still have today.

Give a shout out to your heroes!

Hi Alison, Rachel, Fiona...

Here’s the place where you can answer any question you’ve felt I’ve forgotten….

I think you did a wonderful job with your fun and creative questions, Alison. I'd just like to thank Cleis for this amazing opportunity and every reader, fellow writer, contributor, blogger, etc. for such an outpouring of love and support.


Congratulations on the book! I always look forward to seeing what you've got going on!


P.S. Make sure to review the book when you get your copy! Every little bit helps spread the word!

August 07, 2014

"These stories will turn you on, but they'll also invite you in..."

I can't say "spotlight" without hearing one of my favorite Parliament songs in my head. (If you know "Flash Light," then you're probably playing the song on your mental jukebox, too.)

But I'm spotlighting a spotlight—if that makes sense. Malin James created a dreamy diversion in which she showcases books you may have missed. Her first installment featured Three Way, and she said, "This collection is what I've come to think of as vintage Alison Tyler..." Check out the full write-up here.

There's double-penetration going on over at Jade A. Waters'—or, rather, a double review, for which I am so fucking grateful. Ms. Waters delved into Dark Secret Love and The Delicious Torment in anticipation of Wrapped Around Your Finger (due out in September). She said: "You won't read her work—you'll feel it." I love that. I was listening to a song the other day—can't remember which at the moment—and I thought, I want to write so people will feel like this song makes me feel.  

If you want to wear my Wrapped tattoo, please drop me a note to msalisontyler at yahoo dot com! If you've reviewed one of my titles and I've missed you, hit me with a link. I'm collecting for my "Next 99" post. (I'm all the way up to 38!)

And if you simply want to make my day, support my little indie publishing house, Pretty Things Press, by purchasing one of our mini collections of three sexy stories:

Stocking Up
Skirting the Issue

Each collection features stories by Sophia Valentini, Sommer Marsden, and me. We're working on new minis right now. All cover photos are by Riendo, and all profits go directly to the authors.


August 06, 2014

You can't always...

I couldn't get what I wanted. That seemed to be the theme of last night's dream. I was writing for a weekly paper, and the editor took me into his office and fired me. I can see everything so clearly in my mind. The manilla folders fanned out on his desk. His rumpled, ill-fitting shirt. The coffee rings on the white paper print-outs.

The scene unfolded in slow-motion. I felt a chill. I knew what was coming. In a cold, matter-of-fact tone, the editor explained that he was hiring a different woman, who happened to be a friend of mine. Someone who has no desire to write at all.

Horrified, I pointed this out. I said, "I've turned in stories every week for you for the past two years. I've bent over backwards. I've stayed up all night. I've worked through weekends. I've made every edit. She has only written one story in her entire life." He tilted his head at me and said that he just had a feeling she was the one for the paper.

Then the same scene repeated itself in a different venue.

I was aghast. Completely. I didn't know how to respond. Where to go. I wandered. I replayed the situation in my head. Then in my dream I sat down in a stairwell, closed my eyes and drifted... and I wrote the entire plot for a dirty novel. Unlike the Calypso fiasco, I remember the whole outline. So when I woke up in the dream—and then woke up for real (a slightly unsettling sensation)—I wrote down the story.

Bizarrely, it's from the POV of a character type I've never written before. The plot is kinky as hell, romantic, with a twist. I even know the names of the players. I guess this is some sort of a sign to start writing (yet another) project!

In other news, it was pointed out to me last night that my filthy Harlequin novella Tied Up & Twisted is a kissing cover cousin with The Big Book of Submission. I was wracking my brain to figure out why the collection looked so familiar! I'm glad I'm not losing my mind...


August 05, 2014

Rachel "Bound for Trouble" Kramer Bussel

Oooh, I have a new picture for my Bound for Trouble tattoo tour! This one is from the engagingly erotic editrix Rachel Kramer Bussel! The synchronicity of seeing her email in my box this morning is that I was talking to someone about Bedding Down yesterday!

"It's Not the Weather" in Bedding Down was (I think) the first novella I ever wrote.

Here's my first mention—or, at least, an early one, back in December 08. A reviewer gave me a dreamy nod here. And I riffed on the hallucinogenic key word phrases during one of my insane insomniac moments.

I'm more comfortable with novellas now. Not totally comfortable, mind you. But more comfortable. I've penned five for Harlequin, two for Go Deeper, one for Pretty Things Press, and I'm up to my garter belt in a brand-spanking new one for a tip-top-secret project.

But I will always be grateful to Rachel for the invitation to Bedding Down. She was a sweet first date into a brave new way of writing.

I've got several tattoos to spare if you're interested in joining the tour. Hit me at msalisontyler at yahoo dot com!


August 04, 2014

Trollop with a Question #16

I adore Trixie Delicious. I've been stalking her ETSY site for several years now. (Here's one of my early mentions.) She owns a wicked sense of humor that I fully appreciate. I love the juxtaposition of dirty words with floral and fancy.

But you know me. I love words in general. I'm constantly on the lookout for the words that please my mouth.

Which brings me to this week's question:

If you were to get a word tattoo, what would it be?

(I was going to write a "one-word tattoo" — but then I thought maybe people would like whole sentences. And who am I to deny your literary desires?)

Yes, I clearly have tattoos on my brain. But that's nothing new. And right now, I'm offering several temporary tats in case you want to wear my ink:

Wrapped Up
Is Trouble Your Middle Name?

If you answered last week's question, don't be shy. Hit me with your snail mail address to msalisontyler at yahoo dot com. I'll send you a prize.


Smut Marathon Round 6 Results!

Do you feel that? I sense that it's going to be a double-penetration — I mean, double-posting — kind of a day. First up... Here are the results for the latest round of the Smut Marathon.

First Place:

Contraction Joints by Alison Winchester

Second Place:

River's Edge by Marie Rebelle

Tie for 3rd Place:

Out to Lunch by Oleander Plume
The Fence Has Ears by Angell Brooks
Revelations by Kal Cobalt

Unfortunately, we have to say farewell to the author of Overheard, Poetic Desires.

Thank you to everyone for playing along! Smutsters, I will have a new challenge for you shortly.


P.S. Back shortly with Trollop with a Question #16!

August 03, 2014

Sommer "Trouble" Marsden

I love waking up to photos like this in my email! The adorably outfitted Sommer Marsden has joined my "Is Trouble Your Middle Name?" tour! (Check out the line-up of the Bound for Trouble authors right here. And visit the Pinterest Board when you have a moment.)

Here is a snippet from her story, What She Has:

“You want what she has.” Carl’s voice is up close. His breath washing across my face. He smells like the mints he keeps in his pocket since he quit smoking. His lips drag along the slop of my shoulder, provoking the need to shiver.
I repress it.
“I saw you looking at it. All night long. Your focus should have been on me. On our dinner and our visit with Peter and Callie and yet, all your focus was on her.”
It’s true. I chew my lip and wait. My heart is knocking so hard I feel heat flood my body. A hot flash spurred by panic. My wrists trapped in soft leather cuffs are clipped together so I have no play. I try to loop my joined arms over my raised knees and curl in on myself. Carl stops me.
“I don’t think so.” He pushes my legs flat so I’m sitting up straight and proper, bound wrists in my lap, eyes blindfolded so I have no fucking clue what he’s going to do. I can’t even tell how angry he is because he always keeps his voice calm and even. It’s his face—his dark green eyes, mostly—that let me read the tide of his emotions.
“Tell me I’m wrong, Edie,” he says.
I shake my head and swallow hard. My stomach cramps with worry. He’s not wrong. He’s absolutely right.

Sommer Marsden is a professional dirty word writer whose novels include Poster Boy for Average, Lost In You, and Restricted Release. She is the editor of Gritty, the best-selling Coupling, and Coupling Two.

Right now, Sommer is live-blogging a new novel called A Many Splintered Thing. She is on Day 23. If you hurry, you can catch up!


P.S. I have six tattoos left to send out. If you want to be Bound for Trouble—or if you already are and you simply want everyone else to know!—hit me with your snail mail address at msalisontyler at yahoo dot com.

August 02, 2014

Those Dreamy Boys

So there you have it. The end of my "Those Boys Tour." Thank you for taking the ride with me! Now, I wanted to address the fact that yes, the novelette costs $5.99. I'm really hoping you choose to buy a copy. If you're a regular reader, you know that I have an ever-growing list of places where you can read my stories for free. At the moment, my "star map of smut" contains 19 Free Stories, and I'm adding all the time.

When you buy Those Boys, you are supporting an unbelievably fabulous indie publisher—Go Deeper Press. Go Deeper produces the top-shelf tequila of erotica. The kind you sip. The type you savor.

Now, if you are looking for a bargain, these titles are 87% off:

Playing With Fire
Slave to Love

And this one is 66% off:

Melt With You

And if you want me in trade, I will happily send you a paperback from my porn closet in exchange for a fair review.

But if you've got six dollars in your coffers (wow, I think that is the first time I've ever used that term), please snag your own copy. I would be thrilled beyond measure!


August 01, 2014

Summer Loving Tour

Spread out your beach blanket. Put on the Beach Boys. And tune in the radio to the Summer Loving Tour. I've decided to simply post August. Writers. Readers. Reviewers. Please choose a date and hit me at msalisontyler at yahoo dot com. I'll link to your post whenever it goes live! (I've filled in a few slots that have already occurred. Clearly, I don't have a problem doubling—or tripling—up!) If I've missed you, send me a message in a bottle.

July 25: Tamsin Flowers
July 29: Bitches 'n Prose
July 29: That's What I'm Talking About
July 29: Cheyenne Blue
July 29: Emerald
August 2: Delilah Night
August 4: Lucy Felthouse
August 18: Emerald
August 19: Justine Elyot
August 20: Sacchi Green
August 22: Tenille Brown
August 23: Helena Black
August 24: Cora Zane
August 26: Annabeth Leong

I'll keep adding as you send your date.

Thank you to everyone who is sharing the news. And we'd love some help snagging more reviews! (I didn't mean to rhyme. I really didn't.) I have a Pinterest Board, too—now I need to fill it with delightful pics!