Monday, May 27, 2019

Wednesday Noir for Chemical [se]X

Wickedly talented author Wednesday Noir is a contributing author. Here's a little about her story, "Tilda's Chocolate Delight"

A fledging relationship… A shy man. Tilda needs to take her new relationship to the next level, but bookish Andrew isn’t picking up her all-so-subtle hints. A new chocolate promises the erotic experience she craves to take her date night from book talk to pillow talk. 

Thoughts from the Author:

When I was asked to join the Chemical [se]X 2 anthology, I was shocked and thrilled. Several of the writers, I fangirl over and being given the opportunity to work with them was such an unexpected honor. Especially when given such a fun world to play with. 

My idea for Tilda’s Chocolate Delight came to me while I was thinking about what aphrodisiac chocolate would do for me. I’m awkward, shy, and I miss obvious flirting attempts routinely, so a chocolate to help me break the ice would be a lifesaver. So I definitely identify with Andrew more than I do Tilda, but she was a delight to write. I wish I could be half as bold!

Working with other writers was amazing. I feel like I grew as a writer with their help. I’ve never written within a theme with other writers. Seeing how each of us took the theme and made it our own was a delight. I made new friends, found new writers to read, and had fun. It was an unforgettable experience that I will carry with me throughout my career. Thank you, ladies!

About Wednesday Noir

Wednesday Noir is a self-professed tea snob, grilled cheese connoisseur, and unrepentant smut peddler. She loves all things horror and avoiding in-person interaction. But they say she can be summoned with a cup of tea and cute cat videos.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Rachel Woe for Chemical [se]X Volume 2

Contributing to Oleander Plume's Chemical [se]X Volume 2 is the amazing Rachel Woe!

Here's a little about her story: Making Waves

A housekeeper working at a seaside hotel stumbles across an irresistible box of aphrodisiac chocolates—and a gorgeous younger man she can’t resist sharing them with.

Here's what Rachel Woe has to say about inspiration and this anthology:

I was invited to participate in Chemical [se]X, Volume 2 by Dr. J last summer. I had heard great things about the first anthology when it came out a few years ago, and the concept of aphrodisiac chocolates intrigued me. There are so many delicious ways you can tackle a concept like that—as I and my fellow contributors have done. It’s going to be a real treat, for sure.

My idea for “Making Waves” originated back in January of 2017. A story nugget fell into my lap about a hotel maid who gets together with a much younger man. But no matter how hard I tried to make the story work, something didn’t feel right, so I shelved it. When I was invited to write for Chemical [se]X, I started brainstorming and voila! I’d found what had been missing from my first few attempts. I love when things work out like that.

Getting to work with kick-ass erotica authors, most of whom I hadn’t worked with or spoken to prior to this project, has been lovelier than I could’ve expected. I’ve struggled with social anxiety my whole life, which makes it hard for me to reach out and meet new people. The amazing women behind this project have done a wonderful job creating opportunities for all of us to get to know one another, while promoting each other’s work.

I’m so grateful that I get to be part of this anthology. I can’t wait to read everyone’s stories!

About this author:

Rachel Woe is an erotica and romance author who probably watched too many inappropriate movies as a teen. A longtime lover of risqué fiction, she used to smuggle Story of O and The Sleeping Beauty Trilogy to school, folded inside brown-bag book covers. Her work has appeared on and in the Best Women’s Erotica and Big Book of Submission series from Cleis Press. On the rare occasion when she's neither reading nor writing, you can find her camped out at the cinema, or on the hunt for a perfect Irish eggs Benny.

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Sunday, May 12, 2019

Sally Bend for Chemical [se]X Volume 2

The creative Sally Bend is a contributor to Oleander Plume's Chemical se[X] Volume 2
Here's a little about her story: Vanilla Frosting

Ted isn’t gay. He can’t be gay. It’s simply not possible. Not proper. Everyone told him so. 

But what if they’re wrong? 

His new roommate would like very much for him to be gay. He even has a secret plan to help him realize his deepest, darkest, sweetest desires. They say chocolate is the way to the heart, but it may very well lead somewhere else as well.

What's it like to be a writer and take part in an anthology like Chemical se[X]? Here's what Sally Bend had to say:

Q: How did you become involved in writing for the Chemical se[X] Volume 2 Anthology?

A: "Two words – Oleander Plume. Okay, two more words – Horatio Slice.

Oleander and I met through my review of Horatio’s book and we instantly struck up a friendship. We talked, we interviewed one another, we guest posted, and then she invited me to become a Sister in Smut . . . and the rest is history. 

I was flattered and delighted when she invited me to join Chemical [se]X Volume 2. I had no idea where it would lead me and didn’t set out to do any sort of homage or tribute, but when my muse demanded I try my hand at a M/M story, I knew Oleander would approve."

Q: How did you feel about this anthology's theme of aphrodisiac chocolates?

A: "The idea of aphrodisiac chocolates was a tasty one, but it wasn’t until I went back and ready the first Chemical [se]X Volume that I realized how much potential there was in the concept. Reading it, I found myself drawn to the stories where chocolate was more than just an aphrodisiac, where it helped lovers overcome their inhibitions and discover themselves."

Q: How did you create a story to fit this anthology's theme?

A: "You know, it’s funny. I had a carefully constructed story all laid out. I knew the characters, the setting, and the plot. It was the kind of story I felt readers would expect of me. It was fun, and it was safe.

And then this day dream came out of nowhere. I saw these two roommates, with plenty of sexual tension between them, and I watched the entire story play out in my head. I knew, right then and there, that it had to be my story, no matter how challenging it was to write."

Q: Chemical se[X] is led by Oleander Plume and the Sisters in Smut. How has working in this all female-led collection impacted you?

A: "I am in awe of the talent assembled for Chemical [se]X Volume 2. I mean, seriously, look at that lineup! I am humbled to be a part of it, and I am ridiculously excited to see what everyone comes up with. I know some of the ladies very well – my fellow Sisters in Smut – and I’m getting to know everyone else as we all join forces to support and promote each other. This is not just an anthology, it’s become a community."

About This Author: 

Sally Bend is a queer reviewer, editor, and author of LGBTQIA books. Although shy and polite (she is, after all, Canadian), she loves the bold and boisterous expression of stories that bend the binaries of gender and sexuality. 

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Dr J for Chemical se[X]

Dr. J. is a contributing author to Chemical [se]X Volume 2: Just One More, in Oleander Plume's aphrodisiac erotic series Chemical se[X]. Here's a bit about her story, My Blu Valentine.

Sylvia’s friends arrange for an invitation to send her to a decadent Valentine’s party for singles. Her ex-best friend dares her to go, so she does. Sylvia and her sexy tablemate Blu, win the table display chocolate tower. She remembers her friend’s words: “Eat the chocolate.” So, she does and has quite a story to share. 

How did you become involved with this delicious anthology?

I Skype with Mischa Eliot and Oleander Plume, my Sisters in Smut colleagues, regularly. The amount has increased since we met in real life almost a year ago. We had talked about starting a project together, and when Oleander threw out the idea of another take on Chemical Sex, I was ready. 

How do you feel about the premise of an aphrodisiac chocolate anthology?

I love the premise of the original story Chemical [se]X where we meet Jane, Wyatt Henderson, and Ben Reynolds, their company CEO. The story starts in the laboratory where Ben explains the story behind the aphrodisiac component and tells them their job is to distill it from the leaves. When they do, they put it in chocolate and test it themselves. The outcome is epic. The notion that Oleander started this creative anthology concept from a call for submission that was rejected shows the love and belief in her work. 

How did you come up with your contributing story?

I wanted to write something different for me with my story, and I decided it would be female/female. When I write I choose elements from the world around me. I had attended a 1920s party for Halloween, and I had this phenomenal flapper dress, so it became the item that brought the story to light. Add a party, giveaway chocolates in a romantic place, and I had the setting. I worked a friend and enemies element into the mix. I loved it when Oleander said my story had a “twist in the tail.” 

As we progressed in creating the plan, the middle way through I offered to make an LLC publishing company. Of the three of us, I am the one who doesn’t punch a clock and can devote some extra time to the logistics of getting the book out to the world. Doing all the processes, writing, editing, business creation and development, at the same time has been overwhelming at moments. But it has been the fantastic work and excitement of women I respect, that made it easier to keep moving forward. These writers created a unique synergy that speaks to camaraderie and support. It has been an honor working with them. 

About Dr J.: Living the island life on the Atlantic coast, Dr. J. knits and supports all the visual and performing arts of the area. When not doing authorly things, you can see her on the pétanque court perfecting her competition moves while sipping something cold. 

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