Congratulations to Kas! She’s the winner of this giveaway.
The fabulous Sacchi Green is with us again today and she’s giving away a copy of her latest anthology. Rules are at the bottom of this post. Good luck!
If you can’t wait for the drawing, which I totally understand, it’s available to purchase at Amazon.com.
Do you enjoy new takes on traditional fantasies like fairy tales?
Do you try to envision “he” as “she” when you’re reading them? Those flights of imagination can sweep you up into worlds of magic and sensual delights—or would, if all those heroes winning the day (and, of course, the girl) didn’t get in the way. Don’t you long for heroines who win each other?
I do, so for Witches, Princesses, and Woman at Arms: Erotic Lesbian Fairy Tales I wanted erotic romance and wild adventure with women who use their wits and/or weapons and come together in a blaze of passion. These twelve wonderful writers (I’m in there, too, though not necessarily wonderful) gave me all I hoped for, and more. Some adapted traditional tales, and some updated old stories to contemporary times, not merely changing the gender of a character but making the female aspect essential. Some created original plots with a fairy tale sensibility, while others wrote with just a subtle aura of fantasy. Their heroines are witches, princesses, brave, resourceful women of all walks of life, and even a troll and a dryad. There are curses and spells, battles and intrigue, elements of magic and explorations of universal themes, and, yes, sex, sensuality and true love, all bound skillfully together into complex and multi-layered stories.
Royalty or a miller’s daughter, a woman warrior passing as a man, a sorceress in flowing robes, even a window inspector dangling in harness on a high-rise building—who better to rescue a long-haired captive in a tower?—all of them are made so real that you long to touch them, and be touched. The relationships are intense, sometimes quick to ignite, sometimes all the hotter for restraint that flares at last into a fierce blaze.
My writing roots are in speculative fiction, mainly fantasy, where I published a moderate number of stories years ago under my real name, Connie Wilkins. A couple of those were for children’s anthologies, so when I was seduced by the erotic side of the Force I thought I’d better use a pseudonym for what I thought would be some minor excursions into the erotica genre. Nope. Didn’t turn out that way. I’ve longed for years for the chance to combine the genres, and have done it a few times with stories in other people’s anthologies, but this is the first time I’ve managed to edit an erotic fairy tale anthology of my own, and I’m overwhelmed by how well it turned out thanks to these writers who are so at home in both genres that they have combined them seamlessly, and brilliantly.
So what do you think? Is this something you’d like to read? The Library Journal Review says, “There is one creative hit after another…An excellent series of Sapphic fantasies. Highly recommended.”
Just comment here for a chance to win a free copy of the paperback (or the Kindle format if you happen to live outside North America.) I’ll do the drawing for the winner on Wednesday, April 26th.Co