Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year. It's the 20th anniversary edition and I feel very privileged that "Dust" is the lead story in the book.
It was inspired by, of all things, the cover art of Scarlet's Walk by Tori Amos. In a stained and gritty Polaroid, a woman stands alone on a dusty road in the middle of nowhere, gazing wistfully off into the distance. I just found the image so intriguing. Tori's expression looks both melancholy and hopeful and yet there's a sense of adventure about her too, as though she could go anywhere from here.
So I put the melancholy, hopeful girl in a flashy yellow Mustang and conjured the person I imagined her most wanting to meet on her long journey.
BOOK GIVEAWAY: Throughout February, we’re presenting a blog tour featuring the writers in this year’s volume of Best Lesbian Erotica. A comment on any of the posts constitutes an entry in the drawing for a free copy of the book. So go forth, read and comment! Editor Sacchi Green will randomly pick a winner by 28 February and announce the winner by 5 March.
The Library Journal gave the book a starred review and said of my story:
Rose de Fer’s “Dust” packs poetic grit and sensuality into lonely Alice’s otherworldly encounter with a beautiful hitchhiking stranger.
You can read an excerpt from it in my previous blog entry.
Your journey starts here...
Sacchi Green - Introduction
Rose de Fer - “Dust”
Louise Blaydon - “Ascension”
Megan McFerren - “The Royalty Underground”
Harper Bliss - “Reunion Tour”
D L King - “Hot Blood”
Jean Roberta - “Tears from Heaven”
Sinclair Sexsmith - “Luscious and Wild”
R G Emanuelle - “Smorgasbord”
Rose P Lethe - “A Professional”
Anna Watson - “Easy”
Valerie Alexander - “Grind House”
Annabeth Leong - “Give and Take”
Frankie Grayson - “Mirror Mirror”
Cheyenne Blue - “The Road to Hell”
Emily L Byrne - “The Further Adventures of Miss Scarlet”
Sossity Chiricuzio - “Make them Shine”
Teresa Noelle Roberts - “Tomato Bondage”