Guest Blog: D. L. King
Gambling, Drinking and Generally Behaving Badly by D. L. King
Besides being a writer and editor of erotica, I am a Vegas junkie. It’s true; I’ve been going to Las Vegas at least once, sometimes as many as three times a year for, well, a lot of years. It’s practically my second home. I know the Las Vegas Strip as well as a native and can give directions to tourists. I can recognize pretty much any casino on film – in any movie shot in the last couple of decades. I loved watching the television show, Las Vegas, (with Josh Duhamel) because it was like being “home” when I had to be in NYC – which really is my home. By the way, in case anyone was wondering, that show was shot in several casinos, not just one, so don’t go looking for the Montecito.
A lot of people go to Vegas for the adult amusement park atmosphere; for the great celebrity chef restaurants, for the really amazing shopping and to people watch. I go to Vegas because I enjoy gambling. There are a number of bars that make outstanding pomegranate martinis and I enjoy those too. I have my favorite restaurants and favorite hotels. As a gambler, I have my favorite casinos and know which ones not to play in (it’s all superstition, but I’m luckier in some, than I am in others).
So, holding the first-ever erotica writers conference in Las Vegas was a no-brainer. The city is adult-friendly and my personal playground! So, when Essemoh Teepee brought up the idea of an anthology to benefit the conference, utilizing Las Vegas as a setting, that was also a no-brainer for me. As a New Yorker, my stories tend to be very New York centric, so it was fun writing about my “second city.”
There’s a lot of “me” in that story. After all, it begins this way:
I come to Vegas to gamble. I enjoy having relaxed cocktails while surrounded by frenetic energy, the chef’s tasting menu at many of the most illustrious, internationally known culinary destinations, shopping at fun and funky stores, art galleries and specialty shops and the feeling of anonymity one gets while surrounded by all the glitz, glammor and tackiness that is Las Vegas. But, first and foremost, I come to gamble.
And that much is true – I do go to Vegas to gamble; to eat and drink and gamble. I’ll let you decide how much of the rest of the story is true, because that’s half the fun of reading erotica.
I hope you’ll check out the book, Erotic Encounters in Sin City: Voyeur Eyes Only. Buying the book will help to support the Erotic Authors Association Conference. I know what you’re saying: “So what? What does that have to do with me?” Well, here’s what: A lot of ideas for books and stories were born at that conference. A lot of writers learned things to help make their writing even better and a lot of people who were on the cusp of putting their work out there for us all to see, got the courage to do just that! So, helping to support the conference translates into better erotica for you! And hey, it’s a fun book. Take a look. You know you want to.
D. L. King is a smut writer from New York. She publishes the erotica review site, Erotica Revealed (http://www.eroticarevealed.com) and, when not writing erotica, she can be found editing anthologies of erotica. Most recently, she has edited Voyeur Eyes Only for Xcite Books, Spankalicious for Ravenous Romance, The Harder She Comes, Carnal Machines, The Sweetest Kiss and Where the Girls Are for Cleis Press and Spank! for Logical Lust. Look for Seductress (an anthology of succubi stories) being released in the fall, also from Cleis Press. Her short stories have appeared in numerous anthologies such as Best Women’s Erotica, Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica, Best Lesbian Erotica, Power Play, Sex in the City: New York, Please Ma’am, Yes, Ma’am, Fast Girls, Hurts so Good and Luscious, among many more. She has written two novels of female domination, The Melinoe Project and The Art of Melinoe. Find her at http://dlkingerotica.blogspot.com.
An erotic collection of short stories by best-selling authors with a central theme of voyeurism in Las Vegas.
What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas? Not anymore…
High above the Las Vegas strip, at the top of Skylane Tower, the rooms come with one special amenity; a high powered telescope. When a group of erotica writers descend on Sin City for their annual conference, the voyeurs witness first hand, that some authors live by the adage, ‘write what you know’.
A woman’s curiosity is piqued as she observes a beautiful stranger being bound in silky red rope. A man scouting for new sex slaves, watches as an elegant woman gets more than her hands dirty. A prostitute pulls a switch – sending her lover out on a call. A simple slip of the hand, causes a case of mistaken room identity and a linen closet at a nearby hotel, sees more action than all of them combined. And that is just the beginning…
They say perception is reality. Is what the Voyeur sees through their spyglass just a fantasy; on which side of the lens would you like to be?
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