Thursday October 16 at the Happy Ending Lounge. The bar was packed, the erotic words were flowing sweetly as was the wine and spirits. Best of all I was surrounded by friends, some of my very favorite erotic writers and wonderful people—Heidi Champa, Jeremy Edwards, Emerald, and EllaRegina. Yes, it was a longtime dream come true, I was in the flesh at Rachel Kramer Bussel’s renowned erotica reading series “In the Flesh.”
The theme was oral sex in honor of the release of Tasting Her and Tasting Him, two juicy anthologies from Cleis. I have a story in each, but I was on tour for my novel, Amorous Woman, so I took that topic with a twist, reading from the infamously steamy hot spring scene where the protagonist of Amorous Woman learns all about a new—and forbidden!--erogenous zone thanks to the skillful tongue of an anthropology professor. (God, I love professor sex!)
I know, you wish you could have been there, but if you couldn’t make it or just want to relive a memorable evening, check out the video of my performance below. Rate it and leave a comment if you’re inspired, but ignore the jumpy editing at the beginning (my novel plug was excised!) Then, when you’ve (re)discovered your own new erogenous zone, head on over to hear the lovely Emerald read about an explosively satisfying tryst in the park and talented newcomer Heidi Champa take sex at the workplace to new and titillating heights.
It was definitely a night to remember!
Yes, your right I wish I could have been there, Donna!
Your reading was magnificent, and I'm glad I got to share the moment, albeit over the distance of space and time.
Wow, that was a really nice reading. I give you credit, I don't think I could read erotic, steamy stuff like your book in public. But you did it beautifully.
Seems like it was a fun night.
Yes, MB and Craig, it was a lovely evening. The only thing missing was you two :-)!
Thanks for listening....
A night to remember, indeed, and I enjoyed every word, read or otherwise spoken.
Great performance from you, Donna, as always!
You've got to bottle that voice!
Thank you so much for the shout-out, Donna.
It is indeed such a delight to get the chance to watch your reading over again. It was so amazing to get to be there to see you do it in person -- I feel so grateful that I got the opportunity. Congrats again on a beautiful job!
I think I could have heard a pin dropping while you were speaking. :-)
Boy, Lydia really does know how to take command of an audience, doesn't she?
p.s. Spam word: licateds. Not kidding.
Oops—I'm late here! I was out shopping for bottles of Vox Donna. You know, with the holidays coming up and everything.
I'm struck again by what a gift you have for riding the rhythm of the sensuous prose, putting the curves and accents and pauses in all the right places.
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