eBook Review: If Only in My Dreams by Keira Andrews

If Only in My Dreams is a new adult gay romance novella from Keira Andrews. It tells the story of Charlie Yates, who’s in a horrible predicament. He’s supposed to be heading home from college at Christmastime, and he’s promised his little sister – who’s been very ill – that he’ll be home to open presents

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Book Extract: Cupid by Lucy Felthouse

Cassius Cupid woke with a start, and then sat bolt upright in his bed. Shit, I’m going to be late! was his first thought. Milliseconds later his brain switched on, and he remembered. He was on holiday. Flopping back onto the warm mattress and pillows with a contented sigh, he smiled. No work for fourteen

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St. Valentine’s Day

A few Februaries ago my husband called me from the road one day to tell me what a fantastic wife I was, and how lucky he was to have me; I replied that although I wholly agreed with those statements, I was at a loss to understand what exactly had precipitated them in the middle

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Candlemas

Why, what’s the matter, That you have such a February face, So full of frost, of storm and cloudiness? – William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing (V,iv) Tomorrow is the ancient festival of Imbolc, celebrated by the Celts as the beginning of spring and the day sacred to Brigit, the goddess of fire and healing.

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Column: Year’s End 2014

The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. – Edward Powell As has been my custom for five years, New Year’s Eve is the occasion for a retrospective of the year’s news. But while in previous years I mostly reported on the things other people did, the biggest story this

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Yule 2014

Here comes the sun, Here comes the sun And I say it’s all right.  –  George Harrison Some people wonder why I, a pagan, celebrate Christmas.  Certainly many pagans don’t, and the same could be said of many atheists and many others of non-Christian faiths.  At the same time, many other non-Christians do indeed celebrate

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Even This Shall Pass Away

Lady fairest ever seen Was the bride he crowned his queen. Pillowed on the marriage-bed, Whispering to his soul, he said, “Though a bridegroom never pressed Dearer bosom to his breast, Mortal flesh must come to clay: Even this shall pass away.”  –  Theodore Tilton, “The King’s Ring” Every year on the Day of the

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Unreal Horrors

As befits a girl who was born on Halloween night, I’m a big fan of horror films, horror stories, horror TV shows, horror comics, horror poems and just about anything macabre and creepy.  I’ve written about horror fiction on my blog more than a few times, especially (though by no means exclusively) in October, which is

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Relax and don’t do it!

So, you’re 18 and it’s your first holiday away from your folks. No more boring treks around museums and old ruins, no more tedious family meals, followed by board games. You want to go clubbing, drink cocktails and get your end away. I hear you and I understand that now you have reached that age

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A Day for Whores

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.  –  Mahatma Gandhi Tomorrow is International Whores’ Day, the 39th anniversary of a protest in which… …over 100 French prostitutes occupied the Church of St. Nizier in Lyon.  In a very real sense, today is the birthday of the

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Sex Worker Rights Day

A slave is one who waits for someone else to free him.  –  Rosellen Brown Asian sex worker activists are my heroes; they are everything I wish American sex worker activists could be.  Here in the US, we let the media run so absolutely wild in spreading the prohibitionists’ poisonous lies that the few of

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Valentine’s Day

Most Christian holidays are based on older pagan ones, and Valentine’s Day is no exception; like Christmas, the modern celebration of love has much darker origins in a very ancient Greek festival which involved human sacrifice and cannibalism.  The original reason for the festival of Lykaia is unknown, but it was held in Arcadia sometime

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Year’s End

I’ve been writing for Cliterati for a year now, and have covered a plethora of topics.  In my own blog, I always do a year’s-end retrospective of the top stories, but since I only do one column per week here versus seven for mine (and none of these are multiple-item news columns), I think I

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6000 Years of Christmas

Holidays are protean things; not only do the rituals by which we celebrate them change, but also their rationales and even their names.  Over the course of millennia a celebration may eventually change so much that it no longer appears to be anything like it was to start with, yet there are always similarities and

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Honoring Our Dead

I know who held the knife, but they might as well have put it in his hands.  –  the mother of murdered sex worker Petite Jasmine Several days a year sex workers and our allies get together, either in person or in spirit, to observe certain occasions.  On March 3rd, we agitate for our rights and

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Bell, Hook and Kettle

The profession of a prostitute is the only career in which the maximum income is paid to the newest apprentice.  It is the one calling in which at the beginning the only exertion is that of self-indulgence; all the prizes are at the commencement.  It is the ever-new embodiment of the old fable of the

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Remembrance

Four things greater than all things are, — Women and Horses and Power and War.  –  Rudyard Kipling, “The King’s Jest” Ninety-five years ago tomorrow, at eleven o’clock in the morning, the armistice that ended the First World War went into effect; the anniversary was immediately established as Armistice Day among all the Allied nations. 

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Cleansing Fire

I personally call the type of government which can be removed without violence “democracy”, and the other, “tyranny”.  –  Karl Popper The casual reader can be forgiven for arriving at the erroneous conclusion that I become dreadfully morbid in autumn.  It starts subtly with my meditation on the dying year every autumnal equinox, increases through

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Columns: Friday the Thirteenth

In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends. – Martin Luther King, Jr. This coming Friday will be the first Friday the 13th since I’ve been writing for Cliterati; most of you are probably wondering what that has to do with anything.  Well, it’s just this:

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Wise Counsel from Susan Quilliam: I want my holiday fling to remain just that

Hi Susan I feel so stupid about this. I went on holiday with three girlfriends and we had an amazing time. But one evening towards the end of the holiday we all got hammered and I ended up spending the night on the beach with one of the reps. So far no problem, but… I’d

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Columns: Father’s Day

Unhappy that I am, I cannot heave My heart into my mouth: I love your majesty According to my bond; no more nor less.  –  William Shakespeare, King Lear (I,i) It has been noted by long-time readers that while I mention my mother and sisters from time to time and my Maman (paternal grandmother) and favorite

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Mother’s Day

In the United States and many other countries around the world, today is the day on which mothers and the concept of motherhood are honored; even most nations which don’t celebrate it on this particular day do so on some other date, usually at some point in the spring.  Celebrations of motherhood aren’t anything new;

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Wise Council From Susan Quilliam: I Want to Go Away With my Parents, Not my Partner Too

Hi Susan, I’ve been Sam for six months and he’s lovely. But I’ve got a holiday planned with my parents in the autumn and he’s hinting strongly that he wants to come along. I enjoy spending quality time with my family and I’d feel torn having Sam there too. I’ve offered to go away with

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Features: Toys on Tour – Holiday Sex Toy Tips

If your lucky enough to be going away this summer, there’s no need to take a holiday from your sex toys too. Sex retailer, Bondara.com has produced a guide for travelers who want to take their toys away without having problems with strict baggage restrictions and security searches. To make sure your luggage doesn’t give

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