The Heat Wave of '76 and Other Award-winning Stories from the Stringybark Erotic Fiction Award

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Adult Erotica
Rated 4.57/5 based on 14 reviews
Twenty-one award-winning erotic stories are included in this anthology of short stories written by some of the best Australian and international writers. From the discreet to the explicit these stories will provide heat on the coldest evening, More

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About David Vernon

I am a freelance writer and editor. I am father of two boys. For the last few years I have focussed my writing interest on chronicling women and men’s experience of childbirth and promoting better support for pregnant women and their partners. Recently, for a change of pace, I am writing two Australian history books. In 2014 I was elected Chair of the ACT Writers Centre.

In 2010 I established the Stringybark Short Story Awards to promote the short story as a literary form.

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R Willsher reviewed on Sep. 14, 2020

Undeservedly, Erotica sometimes gets a bad wrap, especially when it is badly and thoughtlessly written. That is not the case in this anthology, which serves as an outstanding example in what other erotic fiction writing could be, if only their writers tried harder (forgive the pun). The exquisite story of “Sergei” or the masterful “Brushstrokes” are only a small illustration of the delicious treat in store. Try it!

R Willsher
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Dorian Grey, Jr reviewed on June 24, 2013

A lovely work. Sensuous at times. Explicit at others. Got me in. Great quality work too, which makes a nice change for for erotic in e-books Five star rated!
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
Peter Hill reviewed on April 2, 2013

What a quality publication with a wonderfully diverse collection of exotic stories. Many of the authors have created stories of great imagination - sexy but not sordid. Anais Nin would have approved.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Daniel Vane reviewed on April 10, 2012

Finally some quality erotica. I'm sure there is some good free stuff on Smashwords but I haven't read it yet! The stories here ARE erotic, ARE well written (I found no typos or spelling mistakes or even any grammatical errors) and ARE intriguing. As this is an anthology there are different writing styles but the editor has picked a collection of really sexy material. I'm delighted with it.
(reviewed 17 days after purchase)
Peter Thompson reviewed on March 22, 2012

I've been reading a lot of erotica on Smashwords recently and regretfully most of it is nothing better than Penthouse Letters - it is juvenile, badly constructed rubbish. This book is just the opposite. It is intelligent, adult, beautifully written material. There are some quite over-the-top stories which are very explicit but there are also some slow-paced-rising-to-climax wonderful tales. There is something here for every taste. Hopefully there will be another collection this year.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
V.S. Daley reviewed on March 20, 2012

Sexy stuff! There are some very sexy stories in this anthology. The Peter Smith duo are a real turn on. This e-book has high production standards which is great to see - more than can be said for much of the stuff on Smashwords.
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Clarissa White reviewed on March 8, 2012

I bought this a few months ago on a whim. I've not read erotica before and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised! This ain't porn. It is sometimes explicit (really explicit) but not nasty. It is often subtle and arousing. My partner is delighted I bought it! Worth every cent. Women should be allowed to like erotica and boy (or is that girl), I love it!
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Julie Davies reviewed on Jan. 19, 2012

If you are looking for intelligent erotica, this is the book for you. I wasn't sure at first I should write a review, considering one of the stories is mine, but I can comment on the whole collection. The stories are well written and incredibly varied: from past to present, realism to fantasy, heartbreaking to funny, hetero to gay, discreet to explicit. It was my first foray into writing erotica and I was hesitant about having it published. However, after seeing the quality of the other stories, I am thrilled to have mine in such good company in this well-produced anthology.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Jack A Benson reviewed on Dec. 1, 2011

Nothing sleazy about this book. This is erotica through and through. Great work!
(reviewed 19 days after purchase)
Gabion reviewed on Nov. 28, 2011

This is an erotic book — in the best sense of the word. Sexy, arousing, stimulating but above all, interesting. There is a range of stories here for everyone. Some stories are discreet while others are explicit. All are interesting and well written. Great work.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)

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