The idea of revenge makes me very uncomfortable, and yet, when I watched the teaser for this proposed documentary, I teared up, then spent about five minutes crying before I could get myself together. What moved me so much was the meek hopelessness so clear and visible in Erica's telling of her story. After relaying an incident of sexual harassment, she concludes by saying, with flat eyes, "What could I even do?"
I've been that woman. I've been hurt, but felt there was no point in seeking recourse. I've tried to seek recourse, and found that hurt worse, in some ways, than sucking it up would have.
I understand why a friend would want to act on this woman's behalf, to do something, to make people pay, and maybe to make them understand. I'm not sure how I feel about revenge, and I'm glad the makers of the documentary aren't either. What I do know is that this feels important to me. Art can get at really uncomfortable things like this in a way purely cerebral exercises often can't.
I've supported projects on Kickstarter before, but rarely have I felt such urgency about it. It looks like Erica and her friends need this film to be made, but you know what? I need it, too.
Leticia and Rosalie are planning their wedding, wanting very much to make their special day one to remember, but Rosalie has something else weighing on her mind, one more thing she wants to make as special and as memorable as the ceremony itself—their wedding night. Rosalie wants to be with Leticia in a way that neither of them had ever been with anyone else. But finding something that would be a first time for both of them turns out to be harder than expected. As it turns out, there is one thing Leticia has wanted to do but has never trusted anyone enough to allow herself to overcome the fear of it. And it's something that Rosalie has never done either. The women discuss the idea of fisting as a means of connecting and forming an intimate bond with each other, one that they've never formed with anyone else. They've never loved or trusted anyone else they way the love and trust each other, and they are determined to find a way to make it work.
Run for Your Love
Everyone else is running away from the zombie apocalypse, but Zach Paul and Viola Ortiz are running towards it. Zach wants to honor a pact he made to look out for his brother, and Viola has unfinished business with an ex-boyfriend. Quickly, the two realize they need each other to survive, but it’s not long before they figure out they need much more than that. Together, Zach and Viola must make a desperate run for life, honor, and love.
Design and Scandal
Costume designer Kahala Lin didn’t get into her line of work to make clothes for tiny models. She dreams of creating high-fashion masterpieces for BBWs such as herself. When she’s hired to work on costumes for the science fiction movie Laser Sentinel, she passes up the opportunity to dress the film’s heroine and ends up with the hardest job on set—pleasing the demanding and devastatingly handsome star, James Corwin. James is one of Hollywood’s best known actors, but he’s in trouble when he’s forced into working on this dud of a movie. James can’t relax and enjoy the shoot on Hawaii’s black sand beaches. He needs to prevent this film from becoming an embarrassment, starting with making sure he’s not shot wearing nothing but spandex, a headdress and a ray gun. His collaboration with the new costume designer starts out promising, but soon he’s so busy taking off her clothes that he’s hardly thinking about what he’ll wear at all. The press, however, discovers their relationship almost before it begins, and the resulting scandal threatens both their livelihoods and James’ chances with Kahala. A Romantica® contemporary erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
Icarus, a man on the run, dreams of wings, and of taking flight like the surgicaly modified rich and famous of Central City. The hacker who harbors him will do anything to keep him, including paying for the dangerous operation in a back alley chop shop. Neither can imagine how much the wings will truly cost. (M/M; tragic romance)
While house-sitting, a young woman finds herself falling in love with the homeowner. So she sets out on a campaign to make herself an indispensable part of his home…and his life.
The Good Brother
In the second book of Samuel, the tragedies of the children of King David unfold. Tamar is raped by her brother Amnon. "The Good Brother" imagines Tamar, Amnon, and Absalom in a modern-day setting, and tells the story of Tamar's halting, stunted attempts at recovery after Amnon's attack, including her troubled & sexually charged relationship with Absalom. +++ Coming Together: By the Book is a collection of stories which depicts relationships as they are portrayed in the Bible. Slavery, stoning, virgin daughters... it's all fair game. This anthology was inspired by the vehement ranting of anti-gay preachers who profess to know how their Lord wants us all to behave by citing a couple isolated lines of Leviticus from the Christian Bible. Sales proceeds will benefit Darkness to Light, which works to end child sexual abuse.
Not the Leader of the Pack
Rival alphas Juli Gunby and Neil Statham want to tear each other apart — but will they do it in battle or as mates?
The Fugitive's Sexy Brother
Emily Boysen is sick of low-level bounty hunting jobs that don’t pay her rent, and sick to death of her ex-boyfriend taking credit for her work. Ready to claim her due, she takes on the quarry of a lifetime, the notorious Fernando Bonavita. But instead of the fugitive, she captures his sexy younger brother, Javier. Javier Bonavita never wanted to know the truth about his older brother’s activities, instead protecting him out of loyalty. When he uses his hacking skills to pose as Fernando, he never expects to uncover crimes he can’t stomach. Beautiful Emily has no idea how glad he is to be in her custody—as long as he’s her prisoner, he doesn’t have to face his brother. Passion flares between Emily and Javier, and soon he’s putting the handcuffs on her. Suspicion grows along with their feelings, though. A sinister plot centers around Fernando, and untangling it will test their loyalties to the limit.
Renovators have invaded the home of Jason and Eliza Wu. The two haven't seen a clean surface in months and, even worse, haven't had a moment to themselves. With stress in their work lives added to stress at home, the couple desperately needs to have some fun. Jason and Eliza embark on a bold plan to make love and get out of the house — at the same time. Through a series of hot adventures and wild mishaps in the car, at Eliza's mother's house, on the top floor of the library, and everywhere in between, Jason and Eliza find that not only can they survive renovations, they might even be sorry when they're over.
When Briseis had belonged to noble Achilles, she had been better able to bear slavery. Now, though, the heroes have all sailed away home, leaving baser men to strip the carcass of Troy. Briseis has been given into the hands of cruel Calygdus, and nightly she suffers for his every shame and weakness — until Andromache and the women of Troy fall upon the Greek camp, slaying the men and releasing the women slaves, promising them freedom in the City of Women. Freedom — and love. (M/F, F/F) (warning: contains humiliation and nonconsensual scenes)
Not His Territory
Raul Silva is an investigator for the Werewolf Council, and has dedicated his life to procedures, regulations, and holding back the beast within. When he visits Big Timber, Montana, to investigate reports of unruly pack behavior, he meets Chandra Williams, ex-wife of the local pack alpha and the best reason he's ever found to unleash the beast. According to Council law, she still belongs to the pack alpha, but Chandra insists that she is not his territory. How many rules will Raul break for Chandra's sake?
Right Message, Wrong Man
Lila texted a come-on to her sometimes hook-up Jason, but instead it wound up going to her boss, Jaron. Afraid to upset her sadistic superior, Lila follows through when he responds with excitement, only to discover that Jaron knows how to hurt her in exactly the way that she needs. (M/F)
The Six Swans
The young King Evan struggles to become a man and ruler amid the choking influence of his mother’s spies and machinations. When he meets a silent, beautiful woman in the woods, he can’t resist the pure, honest sensuality of her touch. Bringing her to the castle as his wife and queen is Evan’s declaration of independence. The king’s hard-won happiness falls apart, however, when his mother accuses his new wife of murdering their first-born child. Evan believes that the private, physical language he shares with his queen tells him everything he needs to know, but as tragedy strikes again and again, his love and faith are tested to the breaking point. "The Six Swans" retells an old fairy tale of a princess who must take a vow of silence to save her brothers from a curse, the king who falls in love with her despite the seeming insanity of the curse conditions, and the sexual connection that’s strong enough to overcome the isolating power of the princess’ vow. (warning: contains disturbing pregnancy-related scenes)
The Three Wives of Bluebeard
The cruel captain Bluebeard marries Mollena moments after her father's burial, only to brutalize her and abandon her in his isolated mansion. Her only consolations are dream visits from two beautiful, seductive women and her explorations through her husband's mysterious house. But Bluebeard forbade Mollena from the door locked with the small, gold key—and that's the one place her dream lovers want her to go. (F/F, M/F) (warning: contains nonconsensual scenes)
In the Death of Winter
A priestess offers a young postulant as a sacrifice on the night of the winter solstice. The God of winter saves—if she can survive paying his price. (F/F, M/F, dark, rough)
The Snake and the Lyre
Eurydice longs to marry Orpheus, but his self-centered love for his music blinds him to her sensuality. A cruel Naiad seduces and kills Eurydice, unleashing the full hunger of her desire. When Orpheus braves the Underworld to save his lost Eurydice, can he pull his bride away from its depraved pleasures? (F/F, dark, rough, tentacles)
Less Than A Day
Tod is a harbinger of imminent death. He doesn't use his powers for good—instead he offers women a last fuck before they die. Jaded, Tod is surprised when one woman gets to him like no other. The last sex of her life is the best sex of his. (F/M, dark, rough, strangers)
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