Having been a member of Absolute Write for several years, and having learned so much from being there, it was a bit of a no-brainer to volunteer my services as an editor for the Underground Erotica Anthology as a way of paying the community back. After a call for submissions was put out, the editing team received twenty or so submissions to choose from—all different interpretations of the ‘Underground’ theme.
Now, I have to confess, it’s been a while, and I’m getting on in years, so my memory isn’t what it should be, but here’s what I liked about each story:
Late Train, Karenna Colcroft: I loved the dark vibe to this one. It’s a great story for Halloween (not one you’d read to your kids, mind). And the ending was very clever and very unexpected.
Cigarettes and Chocolate, Maryn Blackburn: I’m a history geek, especially when it comes to World War II. I adore this story. It’s intense and haunting, and it really appealed to me on an emotional level. It had a lovely, poignant hint of romance that I love. Again, I didn’t see that end coming.
Moonshine for Three, Lauren Gallagher: What caught my attention about this one was the great ‘noir’ feel. It was like settling down on a rainy Sunday afternoon to watch it all unfold on the screen in black and white. The sex is definitely not old movie material, it is scorching!
Love Underground, Kate Lowell: This is a more literal interpretation of the underground theme. I love the two main characters, and it’s a romantic tale as well as being erotic. And the author did a fantastic job of putting the reader in that cave with the protagonists.
Original Sin, Jack L. Pike: I’m going to use a movie analogy again. This story reminds me of some of the edgier films made in Britain during the early 1970s. But what really caught my attention was the protagonists and their flaws. The setting is a clever take on the anthology’s theme.
Lord Lucien’s Lessons, C.P. Foster: Another historical, but this one set in the 19th century. Extremely hot sex and another ‘different’ interpretation of the underground theme, and as I told the author during edits, it has a lot of potential as the start to a longer story.
Dark Roast, Cleo Peitsche: This has a cheeky vibe, and is very, very naughty. It left me wanting more.
Resurface, Erin Lark: This definitely has a more romantic feel to it, and there is also some great sex. I love the slice of life vibe this one has and the wistful atmosphere.
It was a great collaborative effort and I was blown away by the talent of the authors and the many ways the ‘Underground’ theme was handled. It was fun to work on, and I think the end result is a really solid anthology, the naughty literary equivalent of a box of decadent chocolates.
Welcome to the Underground!
The erotica authors of the Absolute Write are taking you underground—sometimes literally, sometimes figuratively. Karenna Colcroft’s haunting story gives sex in public an unexpected twist, and Erin Lark makes waiting out a storm into something special—and hot!— before Kate Lowell draws you deep into a cave for a steamy encounter. Lauren Gallagher sends you back to the 1930s for some gambling, bootlegging, and a little forbidden ménage, while Maryn Blackburn brings two enemies together in the wintery depths of World War II.
If you’re in the mood for something extra spicy, you’ll love how C.P. Foster opens up a very new world for a curious barmaid. And stick around because Cleo Peitsche and Jack L. Pyke keep the kink coming.
Come join us—but fair warning. Once you go underground, you may never want to come back…
All proceeds from this anthology benefit the Absolute Write online community.
We’re giving away an ebook copy of Underground Erotica with each stop on the tour.
Next Stop: Jack L Pyke talks about her story, Original Sin, at Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews on March 3.
Rafflecopter for Blog Tour Prize Packs:
To win the M/M stories:
Bite Me Tender by Kate Lowell
Choice of backlist by Lori Witt
Choice of backlist by Karenna Colcroft
A Good Feeling by S.A Meade
For The Long Haul by Azalea Moone
Make Mine to Go by Dilo Keith
Forgotten Menagerie Anthology from Storm Moon Press
Tease by Mina Kelly
For the M/F stories:
Stray by Erin Lark
Choice of backlist by Lauren Gallagher
Two books by Cleo Peitsche
Amazon Gift Certificate from Jack L. Pyke (10 pounds or American equivalent)
Immortally Theirs and Reaper’s Redemption (MFM) by Scarlet Day
Five Haunting Nights by CP Foster