Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Call for Submissions: Best Lesbian Erotica Volume 7

Shared with permission from the editor, here you'll find the call for submissions for the anthology Best Lesbian Erotica Volume 7:

Editor: Sinclair Sexsmith
Publisher: Cleis Press
Deadline: October 31, 2021
Payment: $50 and 1 copy of the book within 90 days of publication
Rights: non-exclusive right to publish the story in this anthology in print, ebook, and audiobook form. Authors will retain copyright to their stories.

Stories should be between 2000-4000 words.

Please submit your work through this Google form: https://forms.gle/rKpFPU1tE4URMdMUA


Sinclair Sexsmith is editing the next volume of Best Lesbian Erotica, and is looking for your best sexy stories about queer women.

“Queer women” is intended to be in the broadest sense of the word, including, but not limited to: trans women, women of all kinds of gender expressions, cis women, and nonbinary folks who are rooted in lesbian and queer culture are all welcome. Neopronouns can be used.

Representations of queer women, non-binary people, and trans women’s sexuality that are not as frequently seen — with ability, race, ethnicity, class, neurodiversity, ace-spectrum, size/fat, age, religion, or other social justice politic viewpoint — are particularly of interest.

Writers who have not previously published are encouraged.
Writers of color are encouraged.
Trans women writers are encouraged.

The anthology is not limited to certain kinds of sex acts. “Vanilla,” BDSM, fetish, ace, and all kinds of sensual and sexual expression are welcome. I look for a wide variety of sexual identities: mommy, mistress, sir, puppy, girl, servant, etc.

I will consider reprints of stories published in 2021, but prefer unpublished stories. No simultaneous submissions. Up to two submissions per author. No poetry or speculative fiction. Stories should be between 2000-4000 words.

Submissions in English required; American English not required, but we will edit it to be in American English for final publication. If there are cultural specifics, we’ll work on how to translate them into American English during the editing process.

Characters must be a minimum of 18. All stories have to be within legal guidelines [consult Sinclair's site https://sugarbutch.net/2021/08/cfs-ble7/ for details.] 

Queries are welcome; contact sinclair@sugarbutch.net.


Submit your story in a Word document or .doc file (you can export to .doc from Pages, Google Docs, and other word processing programs).

Name your file “Full Name – Story Title – BLE7.doc”, where “full name” is the name you wish to be published under.

Please use standard book publishing formatting:
— single space after the end of a sentence
– legible, standard font (times, arial) in a typical size (12ish)
– no underlines or bold, use italics for emphasis
– indents at the beginning of paragraphs and double space after paragraphs

Please submit your work through this Google form: https://forms.gle/rKpFPU1tE4URMdMUA

If it does not work to submit your story via this form, please contact Sinclair directly at sinclair@sugarbutch.net with the subject line “Best Lesbian Erotica submission” and include your story as an attachment in .doc, .docx or .rtf format (not a PDF). Include the story title, your legal name, pseudonym (if applicable), 150-word bio, previous publication information for the story, and mailing address. Submissions that do not have all of this information included will be considered incomplete and will not be considered.

Friday, October 22, 2021

Mindfulness Music for a New Age

I'm presenting you with another album I recorded. This one was released last year, but I chose to put it out under a made-up keyword-y name in hopes that people would stumble upon it. That didn't happen. At all! So I updated the metadata and Mindfulness Music for a New Age is now a Giselle Renarde production.

Be on the look-out (listen-out?) for my featured guest: the air conditioner I spent way too much money on that doesn't even work very well.  It was so loud that I chose to make a recording of it, distort that recording, and then loop it on a couple tracks.  It doesn't sound much like an air conditioner on this album--more like Hypnotoad from Futurama.

Listen Now: https://open.spotify.com/album/4uNztoB8tdezxOc6EY4XVZ

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Heaven's Diary: A Succubus Story from The Lesbian Diaries Series

Heaven’s Diary
A Succubus Story
Series: The Lesbian Diaries
Book: 9
Word Count: 48,000

What will Heaven do when her dream house turns into a nightmare?

As a young trans woman working in a soup kitchen, Heaven never imagined she'd be able to buy her own home. With the help of her girlfriend and best friend, she's finally able to achieve this goal. But from the moment Heaven, Terra and Elle move in, strange things happen in the house.

Why is Heaven the only one seeing ghosts and sensing a sexual presence in her bed? Terra and Elle tell her she's hallucinating, but is that really true? Is Heaven imagining the haunting or is a succubus stealing her soul?

Read the chilling tale in Heaven's Diary, lesbian fiction from award-winning queer Canadian author Giselle Renarde.

Buy Now from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09H8R58L8?tag=dondes-20
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=5d5FEAAAQBAJ
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1107098?ref=GiselleRenardeErotica

Apple: https://books.apple.com/ca/book/heavens-diary-a-succubus-story/id1588667050
BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/heavens-diary-giselle-renarde/1140275910
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/heaven-s-diary-a-succubus-story

Universal Book Link: https://books2read.com/u/3GwJJK

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Maggie's Diary: Now Available from More Retailers! Plus there's an audiobook!

Maggie’s Diary
A First Time for Everything

by Giselle Renarde
Series: The Lesbian Diaries
Book: 7
Word Count: 38,000
Ebook ISBN: 9781005962371
PRINT ISBN: 9798201430658

Maggie has just started her first year at university, but living at home is cramping her style. When she meets another student commuter, it's clear that Patience is looking for more than just a study buddy. Maggie isn't attracted to her fellow student, but when Patience brings her home to a nudist household, she can't control her desires. How many good-looking girls can Maggie get with before Patience finds out? And what will she do when her world of lust comes crashing down around her?

You can find the ebook at many different ebook retailers, including Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=zfo_EAAAQBAJ
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/maggie-s-diary-a-first-time-for-everything

Apple: https://books.apple.com/ca/book/maggies-diary-a-first-time-for-everything/id1586660787
BN: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/maggies-diary-giselle-renarde/1139384892

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1101812?ref=GiselleRenardeErotica
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08XW13QJ9?tag=dondes-20

Universal Book Link: https://books2read.com/u/4Dx8ok

If audiobooks are more your style, be on the lookout for Maggie's Diary. I narrated it myself, as usual!

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

But Fear Itself: Snake Shifter Short Romance by Giselle Renarde

You might remember this short romance from an Evernight anthology called Alpha's Claim. That book is no longer available, and I've got the rights back on my story from it, so I'm bringing you this sssssexy tale about a shapeshifting sssssnake! 

But Fear Itself
Snake Shifter Short Romance
by Giselle Renarde
Word Count: 7,000
ISBN: 9781005234263

When Racine finds out her lover of the past four years is married with kids, her world crumbles. She'll never find another love. Life is closing in on her. The years are catching up. But, when Racine burns every belonging her ex left at her house, the fire attracts a creature that scares her stiff. Racine's never been a fan of snakes, but when Boh transforms before her eyes, she's willing to make an exception. Can she ever hope to trust another man? And, even if she does, how can she possibly share her life with a snake? 

Buy BUT FEAR ITSELF Now from Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1101393?ref=GiselleRenardeErotica
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=yKU_EAAAQBAJ

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09DVR2TBV?tag=dondes-20 

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/but-fear-itself-giselle-renarde/1140114827
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/but-fear-itself

Or read it at Scribd: https://www.scribd.com/book/522400868/But-Fear-Itself


“Going back to him is not an option,” said that deep, masculine voice in the darkness.

Racine felt a tickle across her bare foot. When she looked down, a garter snake glided effortlessly across her toes. She screamed, dropping the hose, and accidentally kicked the snake into the air. In the darkness, its black skin shimmered orange with firelight.

She stumbled backwards, tripping over the hose and falling flat. Her wet clothes adhered to her skin like they’d been glued on, but she couldn’t steal her gaze away from the snake caught mid-air.  

Was it stuck in a spiderweb, or something? How was it doing that, floating there?

And then, as the lawn held her down, something unbelievable happened: the snake… changed. At first, she couldn’t tell what was going on. It grew bigger, wider, thicker, and as it did so, its form altered considerably. The snake became more than just a snake. It sprouted arms, sprouted legs. The tail remained a tail, of sorts, except it moved to the front and… oh! Racine felt awfully naughty when she realized she was staring unapologetically at a cock.

Her gaze darted up the man’s form, stumbling over rippling abs and a hard chest. His skin was as dark as could be—much darker than hers—but it lost the characteristic glimmer of a snake’s. Standing before her was a man, no question. A naked man—no question about that, either.

“What… who…” Racine skittered away from the stranger, her hands and feet slipping against the wet grass. “Is this for real?”

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

Home Fires: 10 Kinky Sex Stories

 Hi, fam! 

I uploaded this book last week and then I got food poisoning and was out of commission for days.

So I apologize for the delay in telling you about it!

This book has been in the works for years, since I got my rights back on a bunch of short stories I'd written for erotic anthologies about a decade ago. I used to do a lot of short story writing. I was so prolific early in my career. 

When I looked over the list of stories I had to work with, I got the idea of dividing them into stories that took place at home (ie. in the character's own house) and stories that took place elsewhere.

What I like about this theme of at-home sex is the idea that my characters could feel really... well... at home. That way, they're comfortable enough to delve into new desires and kinks.

And there's a lot of kink in this book! Off the top of my head, I can recall threesomes and moresomes, voyeurism, butt stuff, various forms of BDSM. Have you ever been whipped with a damp towel? It hurts! And I don't want you thinking this is all straight stuff. There are lots of lesbian couples in this book, too. 

Have fun with this one. I hope you thoroughly enjoy it. 

Home Fires
10 Kinky Sex Stories

Giselle Renarde

Happy husbands, loving wives, kinky couples, trios and more! The amorous folks in this erotic anthology know they can get the good stuff under their own roof. Only at home do they feel safe enough to truly let their freak flags fly. Why go out? Stay in tonight and keep the home fires burning bright!

Buy HOME FIRES from Apple: https://books.apple.com/ca/book/home-fires-10-kinky-sex-stories/id1581882144
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/home-fires-giselle-renarde/1140035101
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/home-fires-10-kinky-sex-stories

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1099715?ref=GiselleRenardeErotica
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=bBM-EAAAQBAJ

Get the Hardcover version from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09CRSNR8C?tag=dondes-20
Universal Link: https://books2read.com/u/mdDDkZ

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Play It On My Radio: A Diary In Music

I'm ridiculously excited about this new book. It's full of posts from my music blog, A Friendly Musical Visitor Every Day. You can still read the posts in this book for free on that site, but you can also own your own curated copy in a form that can sit on your bookshelf--whether your bookshelf is digital or physical.

Writing daily posts for my music blog has been a life-saving endeavour. I hope you'll enjoy visiting or revisiting my words in this fabulous new book!

Play It On My Radio
A Diary In Music
By Giselle Renarde

Join award-winning queer Canadian author Giselle Renarde for a year's worth of music and memories. As we listen to songs from a variety of genres, Giselle shares anecdotes about growing up in the 80s, being a teen of the 90s, and listening to the radio on those long and lonely nights in her first apartment. Accompany Giselle on a musical journey as she revisits the days of her youth through song.

From the introduction to Play It On My Radio:

My name is Giselle and I'm your new best friend. Well, maybe not "best friend." A best friend usually listens in addition to talking, but that's not me. What I will do is be here every day to share whichever song pops into my head.

Why? What's the point?

Well, here's the thing: I'm a writer. It's a pretty lonely job. Over the years, I've become increasingly socially isolated and you know what? It sucks. It sucks bad.

The truth of the matter is that a lot of us are socially isolated, these days. And not just older people—younger ones, too. There are "friendly visitor" programs for seniors, but those of us under 65 are kind of lost at sea. I speak from experience.

If you need a no-pressure visit every day, let me be your friendly visitor. I'll bring a song—whichever song pops into my head, gets stuck in my head, or seems relevant to something that day.

As a person with chronic depression, music has helped me more than anything. It's magic, I swear. I hope my little musical visits will give you something to look forward to every day, because they'll certainly do that for me.

Get the hardcover version from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09C356XW7?tag=dondes-20

Buy your digital copy now from Apple: https://books.apple.com/us/book/id1580636705
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/play-it-on-my-radio-a-diary-in-music
Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1098514?ref=GiselleRenardeErotica

Or read it free with your Scribd subscription: https://www.scribd.com/book/519662407/Play-It-On-My-Radio-A-Diary-In-Music

Be sure to look for PLAY IT ON MY RADIO wherever you buy or read books, including your local library!

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Come Play (Solitaire) With Me

 I've been playing Solitaire on Youtube, and I invite you to join me! I'm very chatty when I'm alone in my apartment, so it's a pleasure to talk to you. 

Thanks for joining me! 

More videos to come, so be sure to subscribe to my channel.

Sunday, August 1, 2021

POPPY'S DIARY from The Lesbian Diaries series is now available in more stores!

You can now purchase Poppy's Diary from more online retailers! 

Check your favourite online bookstore to see if Poppy's Diary is in stock!

Poppy's a small-town girl and that's the way she likes it. She loves working at the only hotel in Friendly Corners, taking walks by the river, and coming home to her comfortable apartment. Life is great. She just wants to share more of it with her long-distance girlfriend, Kristen.

When Poppy proposes, Kristen is hesitant to leave her lucrative job in the city. She likes their relationship the way it is. But it's not enough for Poppy.

Can she sell her girlfriend on the small-town experience, or is life about to send Poppy more surprises than she can handle?

There's drama around every corner in Poppy's Diary, lesbian fiction from award-winning queer Canadian author Giselle Renarde.

Now available from the following stores, with more being added every day!

Smashwords: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/1096659?ref=GiselleRenardeErotica
Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B093X2W92Y?tag=dondes-20
Google Play: https://play.google.com/store/books/details?id=FbQ6EAAAQBAJ

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/poppy-s-diary-1
Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/poppys-diary-giselle-renarde/1139926010

Universal Book Link: https://books2read.com/u/b5oQr6