Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Thrones of Desire

Bloody hell - is that not the most AWESOME cover for an erotica anthology EVER?! I've only just seen it and my heart is still racing. I love it! 

Thrones of Desire, edited by Mitzi Szereto, is out from Cleis Press in September. It includes my story, Of High Renown, which is romantic and full of clanky armour, and all about a knight who tries to be good but does something very bad.

And here's the full title/author lineup for the collection:

Hot as a Dragon’s Blood – Eric Del Carlo
Of High Renown – Janine Ashbless
At the Sorcerer’s Command – Kim Knox
Silver – Anna Meadows
In the Kingdom of Roz – Madeline Moore
Key to the Queen’s Elixir – Jo Wu
Here There Be Dragons – Ashley Lister
Flesh and Stone – Sacchi Green
Saints and Heroes – M. H. Crane
Escape – Mitzi Szereto
Eyekeeper – Aurelia T. Evans
The Widow’s Man – Nyla Nox
Jericho – Megan Arkenberg
The Last Sacrifice – Zander Vyne

Mitzi Szereto is the editor of Red Velvet and Absinthe and I think she's an editor not afraid to push the boundaries of erotica. She gives us stories that are challenging, sometimes dark, but are - above all - real stories. If RV&A is anthing to judge by, I cannot wait for this new anthology!


Scarlett Knight said...

That seriously is an awesome cover!

Jo said...

I didn't have ONE idea for that one, but I'd love to read it :)

Janine Ashbless said...

Cleis have done a great job for this cover (and Red Velvet and Absinthe, I'd point out) - different in style to their normal covers and much more striking, in my opinion. I wonder if they have a fantasy fan in the art dept?

Jo, it's one of those themes where you either have an idea at the right moment or draw a complete blank, I think.

Hmm... Wasn't it originally called "Swords of desire" or something, when the call went out?

aureliatevans said...

It was originally Kingdoms of Desire.


Janine Ashbless said...

Ah, thanks - and Hi, Aurelia!

I have a feeling I should keep a database of anthology submissions, you know, instead of just writing stuff down on scraps of paper. ;-)

Jo said...

Hi Janine!

I'm Jo, one of the fellow authors (I wrote "Key to the Queen's Elixir), and I just want to say that I'm really excited to be published with you in this anthology! Your story in Red Velvet and Absinthe was great, so I can't wait to read "Of High Renown."

Thanks for mentioning me with the rest of the authors, by the way. I included you in my blog post as well. :)

Jo said...

Which can be read here! Haha XD

Janine Ashbless said...

Hello Jo! Thanks for dropping by, and I'm looking forward to reading your story too!