2021 – A Year In Review

I haven’t written a year wrap-up in a while, but this year feels like a good time to do so. Even if only to remind myself of what I’m capable of. Everyone knows how difficult these last couple of years have been. So many unknowns with so much at stake. But I’m here. I’m still trying. Getting up each morning and facing each day. And that’s enough. I’ve been so focused on making it through these tough times, however, that I hadn’t really looked at my last year and all that’s happened, but it’s a lot.

Not everything has been big and complicated. For example, this last year, I tried my first macaron! Yes, this is a thing I’m so happy about! I’d seen them, wanted to try one for so many years, and this year, I finally tried one. They are delish, btw!

I also started grad school. I’m a year in now—have six months left—and have somehow managed to get a 4.0 each quarter so far. Like… what??? I was awarded a fellowship, got a wonderful practicum placement where I get to be around so many smart people each day, and I’ve even been asked to help inform an app (can’t share the details yet). It’s good. No, great. I didn’t think I’d still do so well, especially given I’m working full time in addition to full time school. But I’m enjoying it. Also thankful I’ll be done soon enough.

Having a full time job is another big thing for me. Until this last year, I hadn’t worked full time since 2004. So, big step! And I love working with my clients. They are amazing and wonderful and I appreciate all that we learn together.

This last year, I also learned to make deodorant, lip balm, perfume, lotion, and body butter. I’ve reduced paper consumption and plastic use in big ways too. In other creative areas, my press has released four books. I also wrote and sold three stories to anthologies.

I’ve had adventures too! Safe ones, or least as safe as possible in a pandemic. I stayed at two McMenamins, have been to the coast a couple of times, appreciated nature on many occasions, and discovered many new parks and trails with clients.

For self-care, I’ve finally learned to say no. I’ve even done this more than once! For those that know me personally, it used to be hard for me to say no. But I have. This has meant that even despite the busyness, I’ve been able to do things I want to do.

I’ve changed my diet, gotten medical care I’ve needed for a while, and even got the red mary jane shoes I’d been wanting for most my life. I’ve healed more, found better and healthier coping mechanisms, and learned to embrace myself as I am (including gender and sexual orientation).

There are, of course, many things I can’t put on here, but my biggest takeaway from 2021 is that I am no longer wasting time. I found my worth this last year. It was always there, I just couldn’t see it. But now I do. So despite being in a global pandemic still, worrying about climate change and other major things, I’m doing better than ever. Somehow, better than ever.

I hope 2022 brings relief to us all, but if it doesn’t, I’ll continue to take the needed steps to be my best self and live my best life.

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Happy Book Birthday to Scandalous!

Scandalous is taking part in a $10 Amazon gift card giveaway! If you’d like to take part, the raffle is here: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/…

Happy Book Birthday to Scandalous!
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Coming Soon Review!

Check out this great review for Coming Soon: Women’s Orgasm Erotica

In Sienna Saint-Cyr’s “The House of Fingers”, we meet an entire cast of queer, non-binary and fluid characters; indeed the story is about learning to let go and come when you’re really not sure how your sexuality is related to your body.

– Lisabet Sarai, Beyond Romance

Lisabet reviews several stories in the anthology. Check it out!

Purchase link: https://bookshop.org/books/coming-soon-women-s-orgasm-erotica/9781627783057

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Coming Soon is out today!

My story House of Fingers is in this anthology and it’s out today! Please check it out and leave a review! If you want to hear a reading, some of the authors are reading tonight at 5pm PDT/8pm ET. You can register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-hot-summers-night-virtual-event-tickets-149749196879

Multiple orgasms? Oh, yes!

What does it feel like to climax? Coming Soon: Women’s Orgasm Erotica offers wild and thrilling tales of female sexual pleasure that explore that question in a variety of wondrous ways. From a fetish that will appeal to any book lover and a waitress who’s seduced by her very attractive customers, to the thrill of artificial intelligence that knows exactly how to please a woman sexually, you’ll discover how delightful it is to come and come again. Read about women who like to watch, and others who love to get naked and show it all off.

With 20 erotic stories by popular authors such as Ella Dawson, Katrina Jackson, D. L. King, and Donna George Storey, you’ll be turned on with every page. Whether they’re enjoying multiple orgasms, playing with sex toys, attending a sex party or taking a thrilling business trip, the characters in Coming Soon savor every moment of their arousal. Edited by the award-winning Rachel Kramer Bussel, these sexy scenarios range from sex with strangers to the deepest of intimacy among couples, all while reaching the peak of erotic fulfillment.

Print

Bookshop (supports independent bookstores)

Love’s Sweet Arrow (independent romance bookstore)

Powell’s (independent bookstore)

Amazon (all available countries)

Barnes & Noble

Books-a-Million

Chapters (Canada)

Ebook

Kindle (all available countries)

Nook

Google Play

iBooks

Kobo

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Review for Coming Soon

Great review from Publishers Weekly!

“Bussel (the Best Women’s Erotica of the Year series, editor) serves up a spicy array of 20 provocative erotic shorts, all centered on women reaching orgasmic peaks. The deliciously unusual “Love and Porn in a Retirement Home” by Claire Cupp showcases an elderly widow discovering and enjoying porn after a lifetime of religious repression. Evan Mora’s “Envy” features a hot m/f/f threesome and a strap-on. Gender-fluid Poppy has their first orgasm at a women’s sex party in Sienna Saint-Cyr’s “House of Fingers.” “After” by Katrina Jackson sees a new mom struggling to feel sexy again after the birth of her child. And Angela Addams’s “What You Need” follows a narrator who knows just how to distract and de-stress her workaholic partner. The stories are commendably inclusive, featuring characters of a variety of ages, ethnicities, and sexualities and so ramping up the number of readers who will find someone to identify with within the scorching pages. This sizzling anthology is sure to fuel fantasies. (July)

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Panelist Schedule for Norwescon 43

Friday

Relationship Communication

8:00pm – 9:00pm @ Mt. Rainier

Sar Surmick (M), Stella Harris, Sheye Anne Blaze, Sienna Saint-Cyr

Whether you’re monogamous, polyamorous, or anywhere else on the spectrum of relationship styles, effective communication takes practice. Are you listening to understand or to respond? Are you full of judgment or openness? Join panelists as they unpack the effective styles of communication. All-ages friendly.

Saturday

Is Asking Okay?

12:00pm – 1:00pm @ Mt. Rainier

Sienna Saint-Cyr (M), Annie Carl, Elsa Sjunneson, Xander Odell

When it comes to disabilities, whether intellectual, physical, or developmental, many of us are taught not to look (because it might be deemed staring) or to ask questions (because it might be seen as rude). But has this teaching helped or might it be marginalizing those with disabilities even further? Join this panelist led discussion.

Interview with Claire Eddy and Tor Spotlight

1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Evergreen 

Sienna Saint-Cyr (M), Claire Eddy

Interview with Tor Books Executive Editor, Claire Eddy, and “Tor Presents: Calling All Book Lovers” a video preview of what’s coming up from Tor Books.

Sunday

Kushiel’s Dart – Jacqueline Carey and Claire Eddy

1:00pm – 2:00pm @ Evergreen 

Sienna Saint-Cyr (M), Jacqueline Carey, Claire Eddy

Jacqueline Carey and Claire Eddy discuss the author-editor relationship behind Kushiel’s Dart, the first in book in the New York Times best selling series, Kushiel’s Legacy.

Body Positivity: Be Like Lizzo

3:00pm – 4:00pm @ Mt. Rainier

Sienna Saint-Cyr (M), Sang Kromah, Shweta Adhyam, Sonja Thomas

We’ve all heard that body positivity is important and that we should be confident in who we are. But that can be so hard when society is constantly telling us that we’re flawed if we’re not ‘thin and white’. Can Lizzo set us right? Join panelists as they discuss Lizzo and how she’s fighting back by being her authentic, beautiful, badass self.

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Coming Soon Anthology – Presale Links!

*Check out my story House of Fingers! Out July 13, 2021!

Multiple orgasms? Oh, yes!

What does it feel like to climax? Coming Soon: Women’s Orgasm Erotica offers wild and thrilling tales of female sexual pleasure that explore that question in a variety of wondrous ways. From a fetish that will appeal to any book lover and a waitress who’s seduced by her very attractive customers, to the thrill of artificial intelligence that knows exactly how to please a woman sexually, you’ll discover how delightful it is to come and come again. Read about women who like to watch, and others who love to get naked and show it all off.

With 20 erotic stories by popular authors such as Ella Dawson, Katrina Jackson, D. L. King, and Donna George Storey, you’ll be turned on with every page. Whether they’re enjoying multiple orgasms, playing with sex toys, attending a sex party or taking a thrilling business trip, the characters in Coming Soon savor every moment of their arousal. Edited by the award-winning Rachel Kramer Bussel, these sexy scenarios range from sex with strangers to the deepest of intimacy among couples, all while reaching the peak of erotic fulfillment.

Where to pre-order Coming Soon: Women’s Orgasm Erotica (additional print and ebook buy links to be announced soon):

Print

Bookshop (supports independent bookstores)

Love’s Sweet Arrow (independent romance bookstore)

Powell’s (independent bookstore)

Amazon (all available countries)

Books-a-Million

Chapters (Canada)

Ebook

Kindle (all available countries)

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Best Bondage Erotica of the Year Volume 2 is out in audiobook now!

For my audiobook peeps, Best Bondage Erotica of the Year Volume 2 is out in audiobook now!


https://www.audible.com/pd/Best-Bondage-Erotica-of-the-Year-Volume-2-Audiobook/B08XT7BMPL

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Book Release Day For Best Bondage Erotica of the Year, Vol. 2

Praise for Best Bondage Erotica of the Year, Vol. 1

With characters of all ages, genders, and sexualities represented, the diversity of this anthology ensures that any reader with even a glancing interest in bondage will find something that piques.

—Publishers Weekly

One of the things I love about Cleis Press is their drive to be inclusive in their work, and Best Bondage Erotica of the Year, Vol. 1 was no exception. Editor Rachel Kramer Bussel has included a range of gender identities and sexual identities as well as bondage types and styles in this volume.

—Mistress Holly GoLightly

If you have a deep love for bondage and are interested in exploring the cerebral and emotional side as well, this hot collection is definitely for you!

—Leandra Vane of the Unlaced Librarian

How do you like to be tied up? Silk scarves and designer stockings . . . nipple clamps, collars, and riding crops? Or are you the one with the key to the cuffs?

Best Bondage Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 brings you nineteen delectable adult stories of teasing, tantalizing, and begging for more. Award-winning editor Rachel Kramer Bussel allows you to shamelessly delve into your forbidden desires—from the most innocent to the truly deviant. These sexy tales include a double-dom three-way in a locked escape room, an outrageous kitchen tryst, a couple discovering their penchant for the perverse, kinky commands in space, and a range of role-play scenarios, each wilder than the last.

Succumb to the thrill of surrender with this exquisite anthology from a collection of writers who have truly mastered the not-so-gentle art of sexual power and erotic restraint.

Purchase links!

Powells (independent bookstore): https://www.powells.com/book/best-bondage-erotica-of-the-year-volume-2-9781627783026

Amazon (works on all Amazon sites): http://mybook.to/bbe2print

Books-a-Million: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Best-Bondage-Erotica-Year/Rachel-Kramer-Bussel/9781627783026

Kindle (works on all Amazon sites): http://mybook.to/bbe2ebook

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/best-bondage-erotica-of-the-year-rachel-kramer-bussel/1134703836?ean=9781627785150

GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rachel_Kramer_Bussel_Best_Bondage_Erotica_of_the_Y?id=iV4MEAAAQBAJ&hl=en_US

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/best-bondage-erotica-of-the-year-volume-2/id1543033031

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/best-bondage-erotica-of-the-year-volume-2

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Best Bondage Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 – Cover and Presale Links!

My story, Activist, is part of this anthology. It was so much fun to write. 🙂

How do you like to be tied up? Silk scarves and designer stockings . . . nipple clamps, collars, and riding crops? Or are you the one with the key to the cuffs?

Best Bondage Erotica of the Year, Volume 2 brings you nineteen delectable adult stories of teasing, tantalizing, and begging for more. Award-winning editor Rachel Kramer Bussel allows you to shamelessly delve into your forbidden desires—from the most innocent to the truly deviant. These sexy tales include a double-dom three-way in a locked escape room, an outrageous kitchen tryst, a couple discovering their penchant for the perverse, kinky commands in space, and a range of role-play scenarios, each wilder than the last.

Succumb to the thrill of surrender with this exquisite anthology from a collection of writers who have truly mastered the not-so-gentle art of sexual power and erotic restraint.

This anthology releases February 9, 2021, but the presale is open now!

Print
Bookshop (supports independent bookstores) – available soon

Powells (independent bookstore): https://www.powells.com/book/best-bondage-erotica-of-the-year-volume-2-9781627783026

Amazon (works on all Amazon sites): http://mybook.to/bbe2print

Barnes & Noble – available soon

Books-a-Million: https://www.booksamillion.com/p/Best-Bondage-Erotica-Year/Rachel-Kramer-Bussel/9781627783026

Ebook
Kindle (works on all Amazon sites): http://mybook.to/bbe2ebook

Nook: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/best-bondage-erotica-of-the-year-rachel-kramer-bussel/1134703836?ean=9781627785150

GooglePlay: https://play.google.com/store/books/details/Rachel_Kramer_Bussel_Best_Bondage_Erotica_of_the_Y?id=iV4MEAAAQBAJ&hl=en_US

iBooks: https://books.apple.com/us/book/best-bondage-erotica-of-the-year-volume-2/id1543033031

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/best-bondage-erotica-of-the-year-volume-2

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