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Cleis Press publishes provocative, intelligent books in the areas of sexuality, gay and lesbian studies, erotica, fiction, gender studies, and human rights. It is the largest independent queer publishing company in the United States, and celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2010. Among many lesbian, feminist, and gay presses that emerged in the 1970s and 1980s, Cleis is one of the only pressed that is still run by its founders. Felice Newman and Frédérique Delacoste founded Cleis Press in 1980, and have worked together as co-publishers ever since.

The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women
How to Become Orgasmic for a Lifetime
Mikaya Heart
Foreword by Violet Blue
An unflinchingly candid and thoroughly comprehensive exploration of female sexuality for all women, The Ultimate Guide to Orgasm for Women reveals how to have the sex life women desire, from young adulthood through menopause. By shrugging off the taboos against talking about sexual preferences and experiences, owning one’s desires becomes neither embarrassing nor uncomfortable. Topics include: physical types of orgasm; orgasm as an emotional release; the “elusive orgasm” and why some women have difficulty having one; how often they are fakes why; masturbation; multiple orgasms; the similarities and differences between men and women; penetration and the G-spot; defining the erotic; and the joy of sex toys.

Girls Who Bite
Lesbian Vampire Erotica
Edited by Delilah Devlin
In Girls Who Bite, Delilah Devlin delivers a sexy collection that readers can sink their teeth into every night. A female vampire is the ultimate bad girl — even the word vampire invokes images of dark, shadowy liaisons, forbidden desires, and sensual blood lust. Whether depicting a traditional blood-drinker seducing a meal, a psychic vampire stealing the life-force of an unknowing host, or a real-life sanguinarian seeking a partner to share a ritual bloodletting, the stories in Girls Who Bite are varied and unexpected. In “La Caída,” a Mexican “salt-eater” saves a fallen angel and redeems her own soul. In “Bloody Wicked,” a powerful witch’s spell to lure a lover turns her into a vampire’s love slave. Through a “Pet Door,” a shape-shifting vampire meets the dominatrix of her dreams. South African “Impundulu” sweeps readers back into a vampire’s primeval beginnings. Best-selling romance writer Delilah Devlin and her contributors investigate vampire myths from around the world, adding fresh blood to the pantheon of the paranormal.

Pride and Prejudice
Hidden Lusts
Mitzi Szereto
Imagine that Jane Austen had written the opening line of her satirical novel Pride and Prejudice this way: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a good romp and a good wife — although not necessarily from the same person or from the opposite sex.” In Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts Mr. Darcy has never been more devilish and the seemingly chaste Elizabeth Bennet never more turned on. This time Mr. Bingley and his sister both have designs on Mr. Darcy’s manhood; and, in this telling, men are not necessarily the only dominating sex. And of course, there’s some good, old-fashioned bodice ripping that shows no pride or prejudice and reveals hot hidden lusts in every page-turning chapter.

Lesbian Cops
Erotic Investigations
Edited by Sacchi Green
What is it about lesbian cops that pushes all the right buttons? It’s not just the uniform — with handcuffs and weapons — or the confidence, authority, and sense of danger. There’s an irresistible force that these writers have channeled into fiercely erotic stories of policewomen in or out of uniform. The action can be gut-level tough, as in Jove Belle’s “Hollis,” where anti-terrorism boot camp surges over the inevitable edge into BDSM, or heart-wrenching, as in Evan Mora’s “A Cop’s Wife,” where death threats sharpen the need for life-affirming sex. Delilah Devlin, Andrea Dale, R. G. Emanuelle, Cheyenne Blue, and all the other contributors, offer their own sizzling visions of the complexity and depth, the strength and vulnerability — and above all — the commanding, overwhelming sex appeal of Lesbian Cops.

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