Quick, Dirty Reads and The End Of Slut Shaming

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The Core 1 - Ignite

Enticed - Nola Sarina & Emily Faith

Last summer, Emily Faith and I took a long walk and talked about the erotica genre, and why we love it so much. That conversation sparked an idea in our heads, which immediately after became The Core.

As readers, we’re both extremely busy people with family and commitments so short stories are one of our favorite purchases. We also love that you can get a really intense experience in a quick read by grabbing erotica short stories. The characters are always ones we can find pieces of ourselves within, whether they’re trying things out for the first time or finding that unlikely someone who likes to get kinky in similar ways. They are experiences we’ve had and want to relive, or experiences we never will have and would like to explore.

We went home from that walk (talking about erotica while walking is some KILLER cardio, just FYI) and dove into pages upon pages of writing The Core by hand. We took a girl who felt trapped by her circumstances and helped her release herself into something new and exciting: a fetish club that looks, on first glance, like every other club you see in the movies – neon, chrome, leather, and those mysteriously enticing upper levels. And then when she looked closer, what she saw was opportunity. So Andee embarked on the wildest night of her life: five different sexual encounters, and new friendships with people who admired, rather than judged, her for it.

As novelists, we tend to put a lot of heart into our characters and their backgrounds. In The Core, you get to see into Andee and Alice’s characters in little glimpses. They reveal more about themselves as each story moves along, as they dive in with both feet and get hot and rowdy in a rave club designed for people to explore anything they want in a safe environment.

But on another level, we wanted to showcase one of our beliefs: the right to explore. We believe in the right to express your sexuality however feels right for you, as long as no one gets (unwillingly) hurt in the process and it’s all consensual. Jacqueline Carey said it best: “Love As Thou Wilt.”

Personally, I see a lot of “slut shaming” online. I see judgement on every celebrity news site shaming famous women for public displays of affection, or for changing up their idea of sexy. And I hate that judgement. I hate the judgement of their clothes, the criticism of who they’re kissing. Women don’t need to fit into one cookie-cutter definition of sexy. Emily sees women who feel pressured to seek that settle-down-and-get-married relationship, even if what they really want is to just get laid, and be free to love how they want to for a while.

So The Core became our conversation with readers who want to explore but feel pressure from society to fit into one box or another: We will not shame you. We WILL tell you it’s okay to have some slutty fun. Slut it up, ladies! Dive in with both feet and figure out what turns you on, even if, like Andee, you decide to do it all in one night. If you don’t want a happily-ever-after, you don’t have to have one. If you just want a lot of sex, you CAN have it.

In The Core, Andee is stepping out of her life of meeting everyone’s expectations to try something new. And she finds her element, her home. She’s the kind of girl who wants to try anything and everything, and in her night at The Core, that’s exactly what she does. She doesn’t hesitate. She breaks out of the boxes she felt she had to fit into. She lets go of the idea that she has to settle down. There’s nothing WRONG with letting your sexuality out of it’s kennel. If you’re wild and kinky, you’re powerful and beautiful.

And we hope, as you read The Core, you find pieces of your history or pieces of your present, or even your future, that make you say, “Hey, I don’t need to feel ashamed for that. I had a BLAST. I lived how I wanted to live.” And if we’ve truly succeeded, we hope you’ll go on to say, “Hell yeah! That was fast, hot, and fucking fun! I’m hot and fucking fun! My vagina is the BEST THING EVER!”

Slut shaming is a practice that needs to DIE. As women, we have the right to explore. We have the right to try things out. And if we don’t want to settle down – or DO want to settle down in a relationship that is open or non-traditional – that is our RIGHT. Emily and I are both settled down and happily married, but we sure love our quick reads that allow us to fantasize and sometimes, reminisce.

So join us, hop in and fantasize about the stuff that turns you on. Say NO to slut shaming and, in the words of Jacqueline Carey who shattered illusions about the need to define “proper” sex, “Love As Thou Wilt.”

In honor of the kinks you might have, here’s some more quick, dirty free reads for you! Don’t forget IGNITE is now free, too! Click the covers to go to Amazon and check them out.

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  1. Pingback: Coming Thursday… The Core #3: PULSE! | Nola Sarina

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