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Guest Blogger: Kristina Wright (Contest!)
Friday, December 16th, 2011

Best Erotic Romance Series Debut!

Have you ever tried to herd cats? It’s hard, I tell you.  Getting all those beautiful, headstrong felines to walk in the same direction, to behave and get along…. Whew! Exhausting!

What does herding cats have to do with books?  Well, editing an anthology of erotic romance is a bit like rounding up cats. Finding stories that are beautifully written and complement each other and organizing them in a way that makes the entire book flow naturally is a challenge, to say the least. But it’s a challenge I love and as I was editing my fourth anthology for Cleis Press, I found myself with an added challenge—to not only find stories that blended together well, but to find stories that were the very best of erotic romance.

Best Erotic Romance is the inaugural edition of a new series from Cleis Press. I received so many amazing stories that the challenge became narrowing those wonderful submissions to the seventeen stories I ultimately chose.

Here is my introduction to the collection:

Introduction: Simply the Best

What does it take to be the best? That’s the question I kept in the forefront of my mind as I edited Best Erotic Romance 2012. And so, when I sat down to sift through the submissions, I found myself reading many of the stories two or three times. It’s a complicated process, trying to determine what makes a story the very best of the genre. Obviously, excellent writing and storytelling are key, but I also looked for stories with characters I could believe in and root for. Characters I could fall in love with, just as they were falling in love (or finding ways to stay in love).

I am delighted to present this inaugural collection of Best Erotic Romance, the collection that I hope will set the bar for future editions. These are the stories that touched my heart and ignited my libido, that made me think about the nature of desire and the unpredictability of the human heart. Each of these seventeen stories weaves love and passion so tightly that one cannot be separated from the other. And isn’t that what a lasting relationship is all about? The need for connection and commitment, memories and history—and hot, wanton, uninhibited sex with a partner who knows us better than we know ourselves.

From tales of love (and lust) at first sight, such as Delilah Devlin’s “Drive Me Crazy” and Nikki Magennis’s “Dawn Chorus” to stories of established couples still passionate for each other, such as Andrea Dale’s “Memories for Sale” and Kate Pearce’s “Cheating Time,” the stories in this collection show that true love lasts, real passion never waivers, and lovers who are meant to be will always find their way back to each other. These lovers aren’t afraid of going after what they want, whether it’s long-lost love in “Blame It on Facebook” by Kate Dominic or a hot threesome among a married couple and a female friend in Erobintica’s “Till the Storm Breaks.”

The authors in this collection know that opening one’s heart comes with great risks and often greater rewards and that open communication and a spirit of adventure can make for a scorching sex life. They have created characters who believe all is fair in love and war and who take no prisoners in their quest for emotional and sexual fulfillment. Here you will find lovers exploring their desires in bedrooms, heating things up in the kitchen, splashing around in the bathtub, playing with sex toys, drinking champagne, getting it on in hotel rooms, staying warm in winter cabins, flirting in trucks and bars, making out in the great outdoors, and making love at dawn and midnight—all in the name of that greatest of all human desires: true love.

So, dear reader, I invite you to explore this delicious collection of erotic romance selected especially for you. I think you will find that what makes a story the best of its kind is based on the same intangibles that make people fall in love. It’s magic, I think. And when it comes to love and war, there’s only one thing I know for sure: love wins. Love always wins.

Kristina Wright
In love in Chesapeake, Virginia

This is the kind of book that is a delicious treat at the holidays—or a terrific gift for someone who is new to erotic romance and looking for a sampling of stories. And in that spirit, I would love to send one lucky commenter a copy of Best Erotic Romance! Winner will be selected at noon on Friday, December 23.

Happy holidays to all of you and thanks to Delilah for letting me take over her blog today!


29 comments to “Guest Blogger: Kristina Wright (Contest!)”

  1. Christina Freas
    · December 16th, 2011 at 7:12 am · Link

    Sounds yummie, and I’m in!

  2. Betty Hamilton
    · December 16th, 2011 at 9:15 am · Link

    This sounds like a great book!! …and one that I would LOVE to win!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  3. leann
    · December 16th, 2011 at 9:50 am · Link

    Looking for more authors who enjoy sharing with us their unique way with words. Seriously, looking forward to more stories. Thank You All for the work you do to share with us. <3

  4. Proserpine
    · December 16th, 2011 at 10:24 am · Link

    Thanks for this great giveaway! I would love to read it! This book sounds hot! 🙂

  5. Jill M
    · December 16th, 2011 at 11:41 am · Link

    What a great book! I’d love to win one! Thanks.

  6. Ilona
    · December 16th, 2011 at 2:04 pm · Link

    Thanks for the chance to win this book (will be adding it to my wish list in case I don’t get lucky).

  7. tammy ramey
    · December 16th, 2011 at 3:40 pm · Link

    it sounds like a great book and i would love to read it.

  8. ELF
    · December 16th, 2011 at 5:07 pm · Link

    Please don’t enter me in the drawing…just wanted to say that you did a wonderful job of finding stories that combined romance and eroticism. They covered such a wide variety of subjects but were all wonderful to read! Looking forward to the next treasures that you share with us. Happy Holidays.

  9. Cecile
    · December 16th, 2011 at 6:18 pm · Link

    Oh wow,please do enter me in!!! This sounds like one delicious book! Please oh please… I have been on the naughty list… I mean my nice list… Please please…

    Merry Christmas to all!

  10. Diane Sallans
    · December 16th, 2011 at 7:36 pm · Link

    I do enjoy anthologies. The shorter stories can be great to read as I go to bed (of course I can’t stop at just one story!). 😉

  11. Becky Ward
    · December 17th, 2011 at 1:29 am · Link

    This sounds like great book. I would love to rad it.

  12. Shadow
    · December 17th, 2011 at 2:48 am · Link

    Sounds awesome! Id love to read it! Thanks for the chance to win!!

  13. Patricia Perez
    · December 18th, 2011 at 9:43 am · Link

    Sounds so good, I would love the chance to read and win it. 😀

  14. Denise Scarangella
    · December 18th, 2011 at 11:08 am · Link

    It sounds awesome. Would love to read it

  15. Laura bowles
    · December 18th, 2011 at 2:15 pm · Link

    I have loved erotic romance since the ther early 80’s when people still called it porn. I like writing my fantacies down so that I have them forever.

  16. Melissa Porter
    · December 18th, 2011 at 5:25 pm · Link

    Your contests are awesome. Your gifts are awesome and different from what you normally get.
    The book looks like a good read. It will be added to my never ending to get list.

  17. Stacy Wilson
    · December 18th, 2011 at 9:52 pm · Link

    My goodness!! 17??? How many did you have to read thru to get that number???? Lucky… :p

    That sounds like a great addition to anyone’s collection.

    Stacy Wilson

    dragn_lady at yahoo dot com

  18. Jeanne S.
    · December 18th, 2011 at 10:12 pm · Link

    Love your writing ….thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Lavonne Page
    · December 18th, 2011 at 11:00 pm · Link

    I can’t get enough of your books 😛

  20. Terri
    · December 18th, 2011 at 11:38 pm · Link

    I love erotic romance so sign me up!

  21. Christiana
    · December 19th, 2011 at 1:30 am · Link

    new to me authors to explore hopefully…

  22. Angel F.
    · December 19th, 2011 at 4:15 am · Link

    Even though I never win anything in my life. I’m still gonna try, can we say… YUMMY!!!

  23. angie
    · December 19th, 2011 at 1:40 pm · Link

    i would love to be able to give a short review of the book if i win other wise it will be on my wish list and will give one when i get it gl everyone 😉

  24. Artemis
    · December 19th, 2011 at 2:24 pm · Link

    If I were to win this book, I know a friend or four that would love to have it as a gift. But, umm, I would be hard pressed to give it away. :mrgreen:

  25. Susan W.
    · December 19th, 2011 at 7:35 pm · Link

    I would love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Patricia
    · December 19th, 2011 at 10:49 pm · Link

    Would love to have and have added to my tbr wishlist. I have three cats that just love to play and try to walk all over my computer while I’m working.
    panthers.ravens@yahoo dot com

  27. Laurie G
    · December 20th, 2011 at 7:20 am · Link


  28. LindaKasey
    · December 22nd, 2011 at 4:34 am · Link

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I love exploring new authors I haven’t read yet. Would love to have this book. 😛

  29. Lynn A. Reynolds
    · December 22nd, 2011 at 1:45 pm · Link

    Wow, best debut and we get to reap the rewards. Thank you and Happy Holidays. :mrgreen:

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