Lust. A common ingredient in contemporary erotica and romance. But these stories and characters usually play by certain rules when it comes to lust, eroticism, and arousal.
But what happens when the idea of lust sparks thoughts and desires that aren't so tidy? That are perhaps a little messy, a little edgy, a little taboo? Enter this collection of erotica: "Goodbye Moderation: Lust" (2016) edited by Lola Sparkles and published by Sexy Little Pages. This is a collection of eleven erotic stories that throws out the rule book when it comes to sex and attraction.
These stories are hot, but they also include the raw edge of the urges, perversions, and frustrations of sex.
If the title "Lust" brings to mind one of the seven deadly sins, then you're on the right track: Lust is the first volume in a series of erotica collections that will use the seven deadly sins to explore the dark and perplexing aspects of sexuality and arousal. The next book slated in the series will be Goodbye Moderation: Gluttony.
Lust is certainly the center of this collection. There's BDSM and Power Exchange, a dissection of social taboos, and many stories confront the imperfection and frustrations of the human body. But each story is erotic and meant to arouse the reader. Just because we play on the edge in this collection doesn't mean readers won't leave unsatisfied. Though this collection is dark and edgy, many stories do end happily — if not ever after, at least for now.
My story "Wildest Dreams" is included in this anthology. I was intrigued by this idea when I saw the call for submissions as the editor did not require a happily ever after in this collection, and my story doesn't have a particularly "happy" ending. My story dissects all the tumultuous emotions someone has when they are in an amazing relationship but for one reason or another they continue to experience lust and deep physical attraction toward a toxic person from their past. It doesn't make any sense, and the guilt can be intensely terrible – but what if those thoughts and dreams feel so damn good, you just have to indulge them?
This story is very personal for me. Though the things that happen in the story are fiction, the emotions behind them are very real for me. Writing this story felt simultaneously vulnerable and liberating. Along with the sentiments behind the plot, I also included two things that are very important to me as a writer: a polyamorous dynamic and a visibly disabled main character.
Something that struck me about this collection is that of the eleven stories, half of them include main characters with some type of disability. I'm honored to be a part of that representation.
Sexy Little Pages has a wonderful mission: "we aim to publish for everybody and every body, across the whole delicious spectrum of gender, ability, and desires." So if you are interested in reading erotica from a variety of perspectives in body, gender, and sexual identities be sure to check out the books from this publisher.
And if you would like to indulge in a bit of edgier temptation, definitely pick up Goodbye Moderation: Lust. Below are a couple tid-bits from my story. Enjoy – I won't tell ;)