Sexy Summer Black Lace Reading at Sh!
This is what happened to SM Taylor whose story, Forbidden, won Black Lace‘s short story competition and is published in Thrill Seeker. These high jinx took place last night, Saturday, at Sh! Womenstore in London where Ms Taylor had joined me and the amazing Justine Elyot for our double book launch.
Punctuality’s not my strong point, as friends and colleagues will testify, but twice this year I’ve been late for my own book readings, and that really is beyond the pale! At Latitude Festival, I got lost in the woods and had to stand under a big tree while Black Lace’s editorial assistant came to find me. Last night, public transport conspired against me, meaning I arrived at Sh! around the time I should have been reading. Oops!
In my absence, Primula Bond was very kindly reading, giving me chance to catch my breath, knock back some fizz, and try not to squee disruptively when I realised I was sitting next to Justine Elyot.
It was a wonderful evening, full of kinkery, laughs, industry gossip and a fabulous generosity of spirit. I read a couple of pieces from Thrill Seeker; Justine read some hot, witty spankiness from Seven Scarlet Tales; and Ms Taylor read part of her supremely sexy story, Forbidden – and stayed perfectly poised as the vibrator-theft shenanigans clattered about in the shop upstairs. (Check out my interview with SM Taylor to learn more about this fab new writer.)
I got to chat to KD Grace who’s blogged about the evening – well, her weekend, by accident – and to a number of other writers, readers and bloggers I’ve met at various events during this last year. I’m reminded again what a wonderfully smart, supportive community we have in the world of sex and erotica, our sense of solidarity a consequence, no doubt, of us being deviants and misfits in a sexually-fucked up culture. It’s fabulous to be in a room, surrounded by dildos, crops and lingerie, discussing erotica and publishing, while over in the corner, someone is being gleefully flogged.
I’m hoping to make it to more Sh! events in this coming year. Next time, I’ll try not to be late!