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Scorching Stories Contest – Ardent Books

Deadline July 15th.

Announcing The 2014 Ardent Books “SCORCHING STORIES” Contest

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What erotic fantasies do you yearn to write? Here’s your chance to share them with the world! Ardent Books is announcing our SCORCHING STORIES Contest for 2014! Review and follow the rules listed below to take advantage of this great opportunity. We’re ready to slip into your erotic mind and take a journey to somewhere seductive!

CONTEST RULES

  • SCORCHING STORIES contest submissions accepted from June 1, 2014 through midnight (U.S. Eastern Time), July 15, 2014
  • All subgenres of erotica accepted including cyberpunk, steam punk, historical, romantic, bdsm, ménage, contemporary, and anything in between.
  • Manuscript must be complete
  • Word counts accepted: full length (50,000 to 100,000 words)
  • You must note “2014 SCORCHING STORIES Contest” and book title in subject line of your submission email
  • One SCORCHING STORIES contest submission per author
  • Follow ALL Ardent Books submission guidelines at ArdentBooks.com
  • All submissions will be judged by Ardent Books imprint editors and acquisitions editors

 

SCORCHING STORIES Grand Prize Winner will receive:

  • Assent Publishing contract including all benefits offered through Assent Publishing: professional editing, professional cover design, print and ebook formatting, distribution, intense marketing training through the Assent Academy, and the unparalleled Assent Publishing commitment to author success
  • A SCORCHING STORIES GRAND PRIZE WINNER promotional announcement blitz ($500 value)
  • 50 FREE print copies of their book
  • 10 two hour sessions of one-on-one author marketing coaching with Author Success Coach and dean of the Assent Academy, Deborah Riley-Magnus ($2,000 value)
  • $100 toward membership in a writers organization or guild of the winner’s choice
  • A Kindle Fire

 

 

SCORCHING STORIES Finalists will each receive:

 

  • Assent Publishing contract including all benefits offered through Assent Publishing: professional editing, professional cover design, print and ebook formatting, distribution, intense marketing training through the Assent Academy, and the unparalleled Assent Publishing commitment to author success
  • SCORCHING STORIES WINNER promotional announcements for the author and their book ($100 value)
  • Scorch us with your story! http://www.ardentbooks.com/Default.aspx

May is Senior Sex Month

I’m not certain who decided May is Senior Sex Month, but I’m sure glad. Helps promote my specialty. www.susanamayer.com

Excerpts from a talk I gave last week to seniors, as part of Osher, The Life Long Learning Center at Temple University. If you are interested in having me speak at your event or school email – pcsalons@gmail.com.  I’m also in the midst of writing a book on this subject. Send me your email address and I’ll keep you up to date on publication date. pcsalons@gmail.com

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Harold and Maude – film

“Take Your Pleasure Seriously” a quote from designer Charles Eames, has become my leitmotif for “Ageless Sex: The New Sexuality for Adults.” It is all about pleasure.

 

Now you might be thinking, but I have no one to enjoy pleasure with or my sex partner is no longer interested in sex or possibly you thought yourself too old, till you read the title of this workshop. Certainly, 22 year old actress and singer Miley Cyrus, Disney symbol turned sex symbol with her twerking, she feels you’re too old. She was interviewed by Today’s Morning anchor Matt Lauer, and said “I heard when you turn 40 things turn a little less sexual, so probably around 40 I heard that’s when people don’t have sex anymore.” Really

 

Then you have the other extreme. 66 year old movie actress Suzanne Somers appeared on The Talk, she was asked how often she and her husband of 36 years, Alan Hamel, get it on, and her answer completely debunks Miley’s theory. “He’s on hormones and I’m on hormones,” before revealing that they have sex “a couple times a day.” Well certain hormones can create the innate sex drive of a 20 something year old, but, is that really necessary for sexual satisfaction?

 

What about sex without hormones: I founded and host a monthly Erotic Literary Salon where people share their erotica and sex memoirs, plus there is an Adult Sex-Ed component. This is the first story ever read at the Salon almost 6 years ago. It is part of an ebook collection, entitled “Sensexual: A Unique Anthology Volumes 1 and 2,” it has a similar format as the Salon readings. I shall read not only the story, but my notes as editor at the end of the piece.

 

Backstory for the piece, I searched my mind and came up with a recent picture of myself and my almost new boyfriend. So, I wrote my first story, and offered to write only one. However, its presentation at the Salon was a success. (I think the idea of sex when someone is 90 was something new to the group, and their enthusiasm asked for more.)

So here it goes—I am Lily‚ there he was, the man, standing by the pool of our senior community. My eyes stood still and my breath slowed down. I hadn’t seen a white haired man who could touch my heart for almost a lifetime. We reached for each other and agreed to meet the next week.

Without shame, I lay naked on the bed, eagerly separating my legs as the man knelt before me. My body warmed in a new way. Ripples of movement ran through me‚ and music by Vivaldi.

My skin smoothed out and was flooded with rosy coloring. I was a painting by Rubens and the man said I was beautiful.

 

* * *

My notes: Lily had forgotten to mention the title, but after being cued, she blurted out “First Date.” Upon hearing this the audience gasped, she immediately said, “We’re old, we don’t have that much time.”

 

Several years later Lily appended the story.

 

Her Backstory: The first story, “First Date,” written several years ago, included the excitement of our meeting. The next story, several years later, is a more realistic assessment of where we both are in life.

 

First Date, continued

 

I look forward to seeing the man again, renewing our friendship and our love.

There he is standing on my doorstep—now aged 97—very skinny and very frail. We sat on the couch like two kids on their first date until I suggested we go into the bedroom.

When the man delivering my life call emergency machine interrupted us, we pulled ourselves together and looked quite innocent—actually we were—almost.

 

It is the almost comment that I would like to address. What made them almost innocent, or almost not innocent? What changes as we age? And what needs to change as we age if we are to be satisfied with almost.

 

The truth is I created the label new sexuality for two reasons, one – marketing, to get your attention, but most importantly if I used the term outercourse, many of you would not have known what I was talking.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez – Dies – Masterpieces Filled with Love-Sex-Steam

Gabriel Garcia Marquez was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982, many of his novels were filled love, sex, and steam. He was a master with words. Three of his love stories described below. BBC obituary at the end of this posting.

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“Of Love and Other Demons”

Of Love and Other Demons is a short but very intense novel. It´s about the story of forbidden love between a priest who is an assistant to a bishop and a girl interned in a convent. She´s possessed by the devil and he, in his attempt to rescue her from evil, falls madly in love with her and begins secretly seeing her during the nights.

The love encounters in the cell of the beautiful girl are in such great written detail by García Márquez that the reader becomes an accomplice of the criminal and passionate act. The girl is called Sierva María de Todos los Ángeles who, despite her name, manages to enjoy sex and the love encounters with the priest.

The story takes place in the city of Cartagena in the 18th century, when the church had a fundamental role in society. And this beautiful novel has great cultural value because it tells the details of a society which is unknown to us. And because love stories never grow old, and even less if there´s passion, sensuality and sex involved, reading this little erotic literary gem will motivate many couples in bed.

Being a novel of a high sexual content, it becomes a read that is best read accompanied by your partner. Not only the main characters have passionate loving encounters, but also there are other characters that explore their sexuality.

The works of Gabriel García Márquez are full of sex and reading them will cause never-ending erotic fantasies. If you rent apartments in Florence and you stay for a few days, you can read the whole novel and enjoy sex in this romantic city.

http://www.only-apartments.com/news/ofloveandotherdemons-gabriel-garcia-marquez/

“Memories of My Melancholy Whores”

“The year I turned ninety, I wanted to give myself the gift of a night of wild love with an adolescent virgin.” So begins Memories of My Melancholy Whores, and it becomes even more unlikely as the novel unfolds. This slim volume contains the story of the sad life of an unnamed, only slightly talented Colombian journalist and teacher, never married, never in love, living in the crumbling family manse. He calls Rosa Cabarcas, madame of the city’s most successful brothel, to seek her assistance. Rosa tells him his wish is impossible–and then calls right back to say that she has found the perfect girl.

The protagonist says of himself: “I have never gone to bed with a woman I didn’t pay … by the time I was fifty there were 514 women with whom I had been at least once … My public life, on the other hand, was lacking in interest: both parents dead, a bachelor without a future, a mediocre journalist … and a favorite of caricaturists because of my exemplary ugliness.”

The girl is 14 and works all day in a factory attaching buttons in order to provide for her family. Rosa gives her a combination of bromide and valerian to drink to calm her nerves, and when the prospective lover arrives, she is sound asleep. Now the story really begins. The nonagenarian is not a sex-starved adventurer; he is a tender voyeur. Throughout his 90th year, he continues to meet the girl and watch her sleep. He says, “This was something new for me. I was ignorant of the arts of seduction and had always chosen my brides for a night at random, more for their price than their charms, and we had made love without love, half-dressed most of the time and always in the dark, so we could imagine ourselves as better than we were … That night I discovered the improbably pleasure of contemplating the body of a sleeping woman without the urgencies of desire or the obstacles of modesty.”

Márquez’s style never falters throughout this recounting of his life and his exploration of love, found at an unexpected time and place. The erstwhile lover is still capable of being surprised–and fulfilled. After an absence of ten years, it is a treat to have another parable from the master. –Valerie Ryan

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/760.Memories_of_My_Melancholy_Whores

“In Death Constant beyond Love”

“In Death Constant beyond Love”, we get a picture of what Senator Sanchez is really like. He is a powerful money hungry man who finds out he is going to die. He does however become very intrigued by Laura Farina. The senator’s erotic love for Laura is an illusion because he is left with solitude at the end of the story. Senator Sanchez is very stunned by Laura’s beauty and it takes him by surprise. Laura was sent to Senator Sanchez because her father needed Laura to convince the senator to get the false identity cards. Laura being a teenager did what her father asked.

“The senator caressed her slowly, seeking her with his hand, barely touching her, but where he expected to find her, be came across something iron that was in the way. What have you got there? A padlock, she said… He told me to tell you to send one of your people to get it along with him a written promise that you’ll straighten out his situation” (Garcia Marquez 2854).

This did anger him but also it made it a little easier for his depressed state of mind to become an actual reality. See Senator Sanchez has power and money and has used that power and money over people. By going for his one weakness, which is his heart, it made his death more solitude. He knew that Laura did not really love him or did she want to be with him. It was because her father requested to go. This made his death less frightening. “Forget about the key, he said, and sleep awhile with me. It’s good to be someone when you’re alone” (Garcia Marquez 2855). He is just so worn down that he only wants Laura to lay with him. He needs to have someone lay with him so it makes him feel better.

In conclusion this story is of power and money but it is also about a man who is told that he will die. He loathes having someone by his side when he dies. He likes Laura’s beauty and grace. He is dilusional though because his erotic obsession for Laura might be the only thing that eases him at his time of death. Laura is using him to get something for her father.

 http://www.writework.com/essay/death-constant-beyond-love-gabriel-garcia-marquez

Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87, his family says.

Garcia Marquez was considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors, best known for his masterpiece of magical realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude.

The 1967 novel sold more than 30 million copies and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Garcia Marquez had been ill and had made few public appearances recently.

He achieved fame for pioneering magical realism, a unique blending of the marvellous and the mundane in a way that made the extraordinary seem routine.

With his books, he brought Latin America’s charm and teaming contradictions to life in the minds of millions of people.

‘Greatest Colombian’

“Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died,” a spokeswoman for the family, Fernanda Familiar, said on Twitter.

“[His wife] Mercedes and her sons, Rodrigo and Gonzalo, have authorised me to provide the information. Such deep sadness,” she added.

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos also took to Twitter to pay tribute to the author.

“One Hundred Years of Solitude and sadness for the death of the greatest Colombian of all time,” he wrote.

Read more: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-27073911

April 4 – Friday – FREE – Author Reading/Comic Book Signing – Ship of Soiled Doves

Tales of Historic Prostitution and Futuristic Bigotry: comic talk & Signing  @ Locust Moon Comics (34 S. 40th St, Philadelphia PA) April 4th, reception 7pm, Presentation 8pm FREE To the Public

To celebrate the 5th issue of McCloskey’s monster fighting comic, Top of the Line, Daniel McCloskey and Nils Skeletonballs are coming to Philly. In the dual artist talk Skelletonballs will share his research of the unbelievable historical event in which a steamboat was filled with prostitutes during the American Civil War and never allowed land and the graphic novel he wrote to bring this history to life, Ship of Soiled Doves. Daniel McCloskey will discuss the process of writing and producing  Top of the Line, a sci-fi indie serial comic made possible though overwhelming Kickstarter support, and a short history of himself as an artist. McCloskey is the author of the hybrid novel A Film About Billy, and is the founder of the Cyberpunk Apocalypse writers project.

Comics from the artists will be available, as well as original art. McCloskey and Skelletonballs will be available for signing at the event.

Praise for Skeletonballs’ Ship of Soiled Doves:

“#1 with a  bullet!” – Kitty Wolfgang “The Dallas Book Depository Review”

“There are certain events which, owing to the fact that they don’t contribute to a broader understanding of anything, fall through through the cracks of history- never to be talked about again. Mr. Balls has sat himself on the shores of one such crack -pen in hand- and preserved for us an unforgettable glimpse.”

– Nicholas Gurewitch “Perry Bible Fellowship”

“Civil War era debauchery aboard a Mississippi steamboat as a rowdy troop of loose womens commandeer a  downriver voyage on a Union-commissioned vessel. Balls composes Soiled Doves with a Carol-Tyler-ish combination of wispy gesture, long-nosed caricture and involved historical referencing. The result is historical fiction constantly on the edge of “romp”. – Quimby’s Bookstore

Praise for Daniel McCloskey

“Dan McCloskey is one of these new creators whose craft and level of

talent increases with each successive page. It’s a pleasure to watch him

grow right before my eyes.”

Ed Piskor -Brain Rot, Wizzywig, Hip Hop Family Tree

“McCloskey’s work subverts and skitters.  You think you’ve pegged him as a comic.  But

then you understand he’s challenging himself and his readers to stretch the limits of what

storytelling can do.”

Yona Harvey –Hemming the Water

Praise For McCloskey’s comic series Top of the Line

“Crazy stuff… Like manga morphing into art comics”

Charles Forsman  -Oily Comics, EOTFW

“I like it. It’s like scrolling.”

Frank Santoro [on the format]- Storeyville, Pompeii