Sapphiction

December 14, 2011

Sapphic Planet, my cliterary coterie, will be releasing a new anthology early next year.

My story in the collection is called "Bathing Beauty," and is a tale of showers and flowers and possible progeny.

Details, cover art, and story snippets forthcoming.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Sin with the New

November 18, 2011

Bound by Lust recently underwent a makeover, as well as a sex change of sorts.

Originally featuring one lustily bound lady on the cover, the anthology now features a lusty lady and a lustily bound lad. (Who is that masked man?)

Although not an exclusively heterosexual book - my story in the collection is on the Sapphic side - I think the new cover is more alluring, for all of the reasons that editor Shanna Germain cites in her blog entry.

From cover to cover... Hurts So Good is sporting a new look, too. I'm partial to the original cover (guess I'm just whipped), but I won't make a fuss. I'm not the old bawl and chain.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Roll Model

October 21, 2011

I roller skate, don't drive no car. Don't go too fast, but I go pretty far. - Melanie, "Brand New Key"

Ily Goyanes, editor of Locker Room, an anthology about sporty Sapphics, shared the stupendous news that my story, "Out and a Bout," will definitely be included in the collection!

To celebrate, let's get physical.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Summer of 69

September 29, 2011

Over the summer, I submitted two prurient tales of spontan-gay-ity for Sacchi Green's collection, Girl Fever: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex for Lesbians.

Sacchi selected my submissions, "Off and On" and "Femme's the Breaks," and recently I got word that Cleis Press will be publishing both pieces in the collection!

I'm in good company - take a gander at the table of contents. While you're (going) at it, check out Sacchi's scintillating introduction to the anthology.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Badonkadonk

September 25, 2011

That is possibly - no, positively - my favorite euphemism for caboose. I first heard the word on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, when Ellen quizzed House hottie Hugh Laurie on American slang.

Check out the backside on the front cover of Bound by Lust: Romantic Stories of Submission and Sensuality. The anthology, edited by Shanna Germain, will be released (in a manner of speaking) in April of 2012 from Cleis Press, and will feature my lovely, lusty lesbian story, "A Preference for Deference." If you can't exercise restraint until then (and why should you?) you have my permission to pre-order the book.

So, what do you think of the cover?

In the words of Jill Sobule, "They can have their diamonds and we'll have our pearls."

(I kissed a girl.)

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Re-Jew-venated

September 20, 2011

Richard Labonte reviewed Milk and Honey, a "vibrant collection" of Jewish lesbian poetry.

In the land of milk and honey, there is room for a myriad of voices expressing a spectrum of emotions and witnessing a pantheon of moments – rage and humor, passion and regret, secular necessity and sexual desire, political exhortation and personal reflection. That's how it is in this collection of work by more than 30 poets, every one somehow queer and in some way Jewish. It's a slim chapbook but it overflows with a wealth of imagery and ideas, featuring a well-curated mix of elders – Melanie Kaye-Kantrowitz is here, and Elana Dykewomon, and Joan Nestle, and Marilyn Hacker – and of a newer generation of poet, among them Jess Novak, Megan Volpert, Joanna Hoffman, Allison Wonderland, and editor Enszer. Ellen Bass celebrates loving a woman, Ellen Orleans honors the dead, Eleanor Levine pleasures herself in a bathtub on Yom Kippur, Eryca Kasse goes into Yom Kippur yearning to be loved – varied experiences, yet each centered on and drawing from a distinctive faith in this vibrant collection.

If you're in or around New York City, come out and hear "a myriad of voices" when Milk and Honey contributors read from the anthology.

You'll have an L of a time.

Thursday, September 22, 10:30 p.m. EST
Radio Interview with Lara Zielinsky on BlogTalkRadio
Join Lara Zielinsky, Marla Brettschneider, Sandra Tarlin, and Margarita Miniovich for a discussion of Milk and Honey on BlogTalkRadio.

Monday, October 10, 7:00 p.m.
172 Allen St.
New York, NY
Featuring Julie R. Enszer, Joanna Hoffman, and Eleanor Levine

Tuesday, October 11, 6:30 p.m.
Reading at The City College of New York, sponsored by The Simon H. Rifkind Center
160 Convent Ave.
New York, NY
Featuring Julie R. Enszer, Sandra Tarlin, Hilary Lustick, Rose Fox, and Sima Rabinowitz

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Cruising for a Bruising

September 6, 2011

I'm in a bind.

Not that kind of bind.

A book kind of bind.

Although if I were in that kind of bind, the characters in my new work, "A Preference for Deference," would be green with envy.

Which is good, since they're already red from a good, sound thump to the rump, and red and green look so festive together.

Shanna Germain has accepted "A Preference for Deference," my Sapphic spanking story, for inclusion in her forthcoming Cleis collection, Bound by Lust.

I am ecstatic about this news and tickled pink to be rubbing elbows (and heinies) with such magnificent writers.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

The Jewce Is Loose

September 1, 2011

I am jubilant.

Make that Jew-bilant.

Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry is now available! This collection, edited by Julie R. Enszer and published by A Midsummer Night's Press, features my poem, "Everything I Need to Know about Being Jewish I Learned from The Nanny."

It's true, you know, kind of like how Desi Arnaz said, "I Love Lucy was never just a title."

Well, don't schlep - get your copy today!

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

A Man's Man

August 23, 2011

Truth or dare.

And don't you dare pick truth.

Dare, you say? Good choice.

I dare you to read this snippet from "Dirty Mind Over Matter." Because the truth is, I think you might get a kick out of it.

…And that's how Gabe, who at present is sifting through a drawer in the His and His closet that is not his, swept me off my feet.

"You knock my socks off," I tell him.

"Your socks aren't the problem," Gabe returns, strolling toward a rack of cardboard cartons. "It's your shoes." He surveys the bevy of boxes. "Are you a centipede?" he ribs, inspecting the rows of rectangles. "You don't really need all of these, do you?" He reaches for one of the shoeboxes, snatches it off the rack.

My heart clobbers my ribs. I shove my palm against my chest, wrinkling my shirt. He flips the lid. Tennis shoes. He frowns, peeved.

I smile, relieved, and pluck the box out of his hands. "Look, why don't you go back and finish up in the living room? I think you've spent more than enough time in the closet, don’t you?" Gabe's brow scrunches like an accordion. "I just don't want your grubby little hands futzing with my footwear," I insist, grinning like a chimp. With an agitated sigh, I steer Gabe toward the door and propel him through the frame. "Now, shoo, spy, don't bother me."

He goes—for another box, a bigger box. I reach for his wrist but miss and now it's out of my hands. The top falls off and Gabe's mouth falls opens, stays slack, like a napkin dispenser, and he's processing, pondering, wondering what to make of his discovery.

"What have we here?" Gabe murmurs, fingering the contents. "Skeletons in the closet? Skeletons with sufficient meat on their bones, I see."

My head starts spinning like a pinwheel and I don't know what else to do except pray for my immoral soles. I've always stored my smut in shoeboxes, kept it hidden in plain sight. Each box contains magazines, rolled up like diplomas, and pictures, tucked like bookmarks between the pages of erotica anthologies. I figured, it's safe there, he'll never look there.

But he is looking there, right there, right here, right now. And I am experiencing the most mortifying moment of my entire life.

That was pretty painless, right? Well, for you it was. For our protagonist, not so much. He just has to remember that the fear of the dare is always much scarier than the dare itself. It's (dirty) mind over matter.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

P.S. For real shoe wheel by Rakku.

Gaydreaming

August 10, 2011

That's apparently what I've been doing for the past three months. Seriously, I have not updated this blog in three months? When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm bad... I'm very bad.

Um, I'm so busy? Normally, I stick a "t" in there by accident and turn "busy" into "busty." I'm not busty. But I am busy. However, I should never be too busy to update my blog.

On the sunny side, I come baring good news! The Slash Books anthology Truth or Dare, which features my foray into m/m erotica, called "Dirty Mind Over Matter," is now available as an e-book. It's a story of a man who periodically reads periodicals that are pornographic in nature, and is ashamed when his boyfriend discovers his heap of hunks.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Let's Queer It for the Boys

April 28, 2011

I've had a short story accepted by Slash Books for their Truth or Dare anthology. My piece, "Dirty Mind Over Matter," is a tale of two men who make a delightfully dirty discovery during an afternoon of spring cleaning. This is the first m/m story I've ever written, inspired by my belief in the proverb boys will be with boys.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

P.S. Design by GLBTshirts.

Out of the darkness...

April 2, 2011

...and into the light!

Coming Together: Into the Light won an EPIC eBook Award in its category, Anthology: Erotic Romance/Erotica. How rewarding!

Another honor worth mentioning - To Love and To Cherish: An Anthology of Lesbian Love and Marriage has been nominated for a Lesbian Fiction Readers' Choice Award for Favorite Anthology/Short Story Book.

Gee, it's good to be back!

I'm curious about these random disappearing acts of mine. Perhaps in another life I was a magician's assistant? Beats me. All I know is that I need to get my act together. You forgive me, don't you? I mean, you're not going to do anything rash, are you, like pelt me with knives?

At least let me live to see the release of Milk and Honey: A Celebration of Jewish Lesbian Poetry. I've got a poem in this collection, edited by Julie R. Enszer and slated for a summer release from A Midsummer Night's Press, and, well, I'm kinda kvelling about it.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Fant-ass-tic

February 3, 2011

That pretty much sums up Alison Tyler's review of Spank!

This anthology, edited by D.L. King and published by Logical Lust, contains my m/f story, "Fit to Be Tied, Bound to Be Gagged." (Subtlety is my specialty.)

Check out Alison's rousing review at Erotica Revealed.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

P.S. The unique and kinky card was designed by Unique and Kinky.

Simply Ear-resistible

February 2, 2011

Did you know that Alison's Wonderland, which received a 4-star review from Romantic Times, not only makes for interesting reading but also makes for interesting listening?

The anthology, edited by Alison Tyler, is available as a print book, an e-book, and an audio book.

So put on your listening ears and enjoy an audio wet dream while "Sleeping with Beauty."

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Friends of Dorothy

January 29, 2011

Alessia Brio, who, in P!nk think, is "wrong in all the right ways," has recently assembled a keister-kicking journal called Over the Rainbow.

This audaciously awesome LGBT ally and altruist will be donating 100% of the proceeds from the sale of the journal to the It Gets Better Project.

After you order a copy, treat yourself to a complimentary download of the Sapphic Planet / loveyoudivine anthology, To Love and To Cherish: An Anthology of Lesbian Love and Marriage, which includes my short story, "The Felicity of Domesticity," and is currently available free of charge from All Romance Ebooks.

Curiouser and curiouser,

Allison Wonderland

P.S. Outrageously fabulous Golden Girls art is called "Birth of Zbornak" by Sam Carter.

Femme Nom

January 29, 2011

I am delighted to announce that Alessia Brio's collection, Coming Together: Into the Light, has been named a finalist in the Anthology: Erotic Romance/Erotica category of the 2011 EPIC eBook Awards!

Into the Light, with its theme of revelation, contains my f/f short story, "Smut Puppy," about a writer of erotic fiction who is contemplating whether or not to reveal to her partner that she is a smut scribe.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland

Fairy Necessary

January 13, 2011

I'm feeling a little nostalgic. Perhaps that's why I initially dated this entry 2010.

In addition to reminiscing, I've been doing a little pre-spring cleaning on my hard drive. I found an author interview I did for Fairy Tale Lust: Erotic Fantasies for Women, edited by Kristina Wright and featuring my story, "Mind Your Peas and Qs," which Kathleen Bradean at Erotica Revealed calls "deftly funny." (You'll have to scroll down some, but feel free to check out the review for Alison's Wonderland as well - I've got a tale in that collection, too.)

Although I much prefer T&A to Q&A, I decided to share the questionnaire I filled out:

What inspired you to retell this particular fairy tale?

Everyone's familiar with the concept of sleeping your way to the top, so I thought: what if someone could sleep their way to the bottom?

"Mind Your Peas and Qs" re-envisions the story of the princess and the pea. And what better tale to retell in the erotica genre than one in which mattresses feature prominently? In my version of the fairy tale, bachelors vie for the affections of a princess by proving their worth, their wealth, and their willingness to perform through the pleasure of pain.

How long have you been writing erotica?

I've been writing erotica for three years.

What is your writing routine like?

I'm not exactly a creature of habit when it comes to writing. At least not in the way I should be. The wheels are always turning, but the car is rarely in park. I spend way more time writing in my head than I do writing on paper. Oh, sure, my mental notes usually make their way into a spiral, but the truth is, if it weren't for deadlines, I'd probably be the most unprolific writer on the planet. It's funny, though, because I love to write – once I put caboose to chair and fingers to keyboard, that is. I think it's the perfectionist in me. Or maybe I'm just an incurable procrastinator.

Curiouser and curiouser,
Allison Wonderland