Monday, November 09, 2009

I'm in the December 2009 Penthouse!

I'm not naked, though. At least not physically. But my naughty imagination is laid fully bare in the words of my story "Nasty Little Habit," which first appeared in the soaringly sexy anthology, The Mile High Club: Plane Sex Stories, edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel.

I really love the illustrations by Charlene Chua (you'll have to buy the magazine to see the other picture--my story starts on page 116!) She does a fantastic job of capturing the spirit of my story while adding an extra element of sensual visual pleasure, so thank you for your wonderful art, Ms. Chua, wherever you are. I've experienced the thrill of having my work illustrated just a few times, and this is the most satisfying yet.

This particular publication is especially sweet for me for a couple of other reasons. I'm in the December issue and my birthday is December 31, so it's like an early birthday present. I've also been a stealth fan of Penthouse from way back, the summer of '76 to be exact. Little did I dream when I studied the pages of the Bicentennial issue so many years ago that my own work would appear in the pages of a magazine that has truly shaped the national sexual imagination.

The December 2009 issue will hold the place of honor in my collection, mostly issues bought on e-bay from 1976, but also the 40th anniversary issue from this summer and another from 2004 in which an erotica-writing friend's hot fantasy appears in an article on threesomes.

I also want to thank Rachel for yet again inspiring me to take some chances in my writing. When I originally responded to the call for plane sex stories, I set a private goal for myself--to write about something that could actually happen to an ordinary person. Some might assume (and in my less confident moments, I belong in that group) this would mean a boring, ordinary story. But Rachel and Penthouse were both willing to give the nod to a quieter, more subtle, if no less satisfying, form of mile-high pleasure. I raise my glass of champagne to you both--and happy flying to all!


Danielle said...

awsome news!!!! congrats..lets have champagne!!

Erobintica said...

Congrats Donna!

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Danielle said...

sorry..i just had to come back to repeat howawsome those news are!!!

Craig Sorensen said...

Wow! Such an accomplishment, and such a deserving story too!


Verification word: initall

Methinks you're initall, lovely lady.

Jeremy Edwards said...

This is definitely the last word in "in-flight" magazines! Huge congrats!! I've always loved that tender, honest, exquisite tale of airborne sexual tension.

[Aw, hon ... my spamword is awnhon.]

EllaRegina said...

Fantastic news! Yay!!! I love the illustration, too.

Donna said...

Indeed, I'm pouring Pol Roger for everyone! Thank you all for sharing in my good news :-).

I've been feeling jaded about publishing, but I returned briefly to a state of dewy innocence when I opened up the magazine and saw my byline. The issue comes with a 2010 calendar, too. Perfect for the kitchen!

SusanD said...

Congrats, Donna! Wonderful news!

Emerald said...

Congratulations Donna!!! I found "Nasty Little Habit" a lovely story and am delighted to hear such exciting news about it. Yay!!

Justine said...

Oh, how delicious, Donna! I've followed your fiction for several years, especially in Rachel's book. I ALSO loved your mention of your "first" encounter with Penthouse, years ago. I too saw girls (albeit airbrushed ones) cavorting so shamelessly together! Not real, but damned important to one girl's sense of erotic possibilities! (Why should guys get that titillation, when WE girls love seeing girls-on-girls?

Congrats again, sweet Donna!

Hugs, Justine

Isabel Kerr said...

Wonderful Donna! Huge congratulations.


Donna said...

Susan, Emerald, Justine and Isabel! I've opened another bottle of bubbly, ladies, thanks so much for your kind words :-).

It's been a crazy week, so I haven't been online much (or maybe I'm just too tipsy ;-).

Dorkys Ramos said...

Congratulations from one mag writer to another! And I must say that's one great illo.

Charlene said...

Bit late, but congrats on the article, glad you liked the artwork. I've done a few more for them in the last year. My site is '' if you want to see the other work I have done for them and other (less risque) clients.