Sexy Summer Reads Inspired by the Feminist Erotica Podcast

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The Feminist Erotica podcast is on hiatus, and we’re hoping you’ll use this time off to revisit your favorite episodes and check out some of the amazingly sexy reads we talked about on the show.

Here are a few of our faves to heat up this already steamy summer.

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“Flying Solo” by Rachel Kramer Bussel
This is one of our most popular episodes for a reason: Listen to our voiceover artist read Rachel’s story from the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1 collection. And hear our first interview with Rachel. Order Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1 from Amazon.

Big Bad Wolf by Suleikha Snyder
During our interview, Snyder said she likes to throw a bunch of genres in a blender and see what happens. Big Bad Wolf follows irresistible shifter Joe Peluso and lawyer and psychologist Neha Ahluwalia. Order Big Bad Wolf from Amazon.

The Spies Who Loved Her series by Katrina Jackson
While recording this episode, Karen and Princess quickly decided Katrina is their new best friend—a queer Black writer who spins wild spy tales with perpetually horny characters? #Besties. The Spies series follows a multiracial polyamorous triad and the characters around them; don’t miss Pink Slip—the story that got it all started. And listen to Karen fangirl some more on a quick-hit bonus episode with Jera on erotica and violence. Order Pink Slip from Amazon.

Femme Tales by Anne Shade
You don’t realize how much you need Black, lesbian retellings of fairy tales in your life until they’re right in front of you. Femme Tales gives “Beauty and the Beast,” “Sleeping Beauty,” and “Cinderella” a modern twist with interconnected stories and fiery characters. Keep an eye on Anne Shade—she’s got more intriguing stories coming. Order Femme Tales from Amazon.

Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 5
Another audience favorite, Sinclair Sexsmith, edited last year’s anthology of required reading for lovers of sexy lesbian short fiction. Once you listen to our interview, stick with us to hear Sinclair read our Christmas Quickie, and drink along to our happy hour with BLE authors Rain Degrey, Mary P. Burns and June Amelia Rose. Order Best Lesbian Erotica of the Year, Volume 5 from Amazon.

Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 6
Rachel Kramer Bussel is back! And she’s got a slew of writers with her for happy hour, reading from their stories and offering their takes on erotica as self care. Order Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 6 from Women & Children First.

Blood & Ancient Scrolls Series, by Raven Belasco
After the incredible Raven joined us for our Halloween episode, we knew we’d have to bring her back. Hear Raven’s take on why vampire stories are inherently sexy and buckle up for her reading from one of the Blood & Ancient Scrolls books. Order Blood Ad Infinitum, Blood Ex Libris, or Blood Sine Qua Non from Amazon.

The Power of Mercy by Fiona Zedde
Three of our loves all in one book: sexy mysterious superheroes, BIPOC queer characters, graphic novel form. BOOM. A book club favorite that took Karen and Princess two full episodes to fully unpack. (Well, we also just loved talking to Fiona.) Order Power of Mercy from Amazon.

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