My short-story ‘Hot Air’ is  in the Coming Together anthology of lesbian erotia ‘Girl on Girl’ edited by award winning author Leigh Ellwood.

The authors for ‘Coming Together: Girl on Girl’ have waived any royalties and all proceeds of the anthology go to the (US) National Center for Lesbian Rights.

Story synopsis

When Sally Sparrow-hawk, the renowned Edwardian lady parachutist comes to a Gala in her home town Kitty is so excited.  She will do anything to meet her heroine so she climbs into the balloon before its ascent.  When she emerges from under a piece of tarpaulin and makes herself known, her horizons are widened in more ways than one!

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The story is set at the Pickering Gala in 1911 and is about a lesbian encounter in a hot air balloon, a common Gala attraction in the Edwardian period.  There are two blogs on this site with information about what inspired the story; one about the Pickering Gala and another about the remarkable Dolly Shepherd, the Edwardian lady parachutist.

Story extract

Kitty clinched the flimsy printed flyer to her chest. There wasn’t a day over the last few weeks she hadn’t gazed at this poster in eager anticipation of the event it publicised.  It was a notice advertising Pickering Gala on 24th July, 1911.  This thin sheet advertised a fun fair, a tug of war competition, and a grand fireworks display as its finale. Most exciting for  Kitty was the star attraction, whose name was emblazoned in large Gothic script across centre of the poster: Sally Sparrow-hawk—The Amazing Bird Lady of London Town. Below it, an engraved illustration of a figure dangled precariously in the sky from a trapeze and ropes attached to a hot air balloon.

The poster was another item to add to her collection of newspaper cuttings and memorabilia about Sally Sparrow-hawk, the renowned lady parachutist, whose reputation for daring and death-defying aerial feats had spread across the country.  Kitty found it hard to explain how her fascination for this person had developed.  It all started after reading an account in The Illustrated London News a customer had left in the Castle Tea Rooms where Kitty worked as a waitress. She was gripped by the description of the balloon ascent above Alexandra Palace and then the daring leap into the air trusting only to a billowing swathe of material to bring her down safely. There was a photograph of the descent, a tiny figure dropping out of a vast sky above the glass domes of Alexandra Palace.

The favourite item in her collection was a studio postcard of Sally in her parachutist uniform.  Kitty found it hard to explain the feelings this picture aroused in her.  Certainly there was admiration for the bravado needed to carry out such death defying feats, and then there was perhaps some envy for the adventurous and exciting lifestyle she must lead, but there was something else as well, a tingling feeling that churned up her insides.  If the picture was of a male parachutist or some dashing young army captain of the kind her friends swooned over she could understand, but the attraction this dashing figure in a navy blue knickerbocker suit and peaked cap stirred up in Kitty confused her.

Reviews for Coming Together Girl on Girl

5 * By  Mokosama on Amazon.com – Wonderful Book a Wonderful Cause

With so much erotica and romance focused on men with women or men with men, this lesbian collection is both welcome and worthy of your time.  Leigh Ellwood is an experienced writer and editor, and she’s chosen tales from well-known to unpublished authors to build this well-rounded anthology. Genres within range from historical and contemporary to science fiction.  You’ll find both kinky and vanilla, lush prose and bare-bones, and attention to race and interracial relationships in several stories.  Furthermore, the book is a charity anthology, with all profits going to the National Center for Lesbian Rights.  Frankly, at $2.99, even one of the sixteen stories or just the introduction by Lambda-winner Debra Hyde is worth the price of admission–but you’ll enjoy plenty.

5* By Kent on Amazon.com – Like a tasty sampler platter of amazing lesbian erotica!

Well I find it difficult to truly review an anthology such as this because there are just so many wonderful stories by such amazing authors.  As I said to a friend on Goodreads who is also reading this book, “I have found it to be like a tasty sampler platter.”  I enjoyed every story.  Of course some I enjoyed more than others, but there wasn’t a single story that I thought was bad.  I am relatively new to this genre so I am unfamiliar with most of the authors in this collection but this “taste” has given me many more wonderful authors to check out.

4* By LL Reviews on Amazon.com – Something for Every Taste

Coming Together: Girl on Girl was not my first lesbian themed anthology I’ve picked up.  The two others I set down after a couple of stories and returned the book to the library or my bookshelf.  However, this anthology was so good I can honestly say I didn’t dislike one story in this collection.  Every story and every author shined with their ability to write a small, yet interesting story.  Each short story was different than the last and the variety was a refreshing change of pace for me. There is literally a little piece of every genre or flavor in this collection.
While I enjoyed every story, there were a select few that stood out to me.  I was happy to read new stories by some authors I’ve already read and enjoyed: Harper Bliss, Scarlet Chastain, and Beth Wylde.  I also discovered some new authors that I’d be interested in reading more of their work.

One story that really stood out to me was Same But Different by Kate Atwood.  The author is an amazing wordsmith and the symbolism in this story was breathtaking.  Two women share their passions with a horrific, natural disaster on the news in the background. A story with an intense mix of beauty and ugly.

Another story that stood out to me was Sundae, Bloody Sundae by Lisabet Sarai.  This story captured the D/S relationship between two women, one of whom has an eating disorder.  Personally, I found the way the author presented the character with an eating disorder distasteful but this story did arouse a question many probably haven’t thought of:  How does an eating disorder affect a dominant/submissive relationship?  I thought this was a question worth pondering and would bring up an excellent debate.

I mentally cheered when I came across Worth the Wait by Beth Wylde because I have been waiting very impatiently to read a good story between a butch and femme.  There is something so classic and romantic with the butch/femme dynamic yet it seems these love stories are hard to find.  Since this story was so short I am still actively looking for an amazing love story between a butch and femme character.

Also included in this anthology is a ghost love story, a princess and her princess,  a steamy interracial rendezvous, and a college girl’s first time. I’d highly recommend this anthology- it will not disappoint!  Plus all sales go to a good cause- have I convinced you yet?!A very good collection of short stories, none of which were duds.  I found that refreshing in this anthology.  Many different themes and settings.  Food played a role in a few of them, including my favorite of the book.  “Sundae, Bloody Sundae” was not only a very steamy read with BDSM, but it also sensitively dealt with eating disorders.  I also loved “All Keyed Up” and “New Girl” by two authors I really enjoy, Scarlet Chastain and Harper Bliss respectively.  Only problem I had was with one story where a woman was cheating on her husband.  Stories where characters are cheating are turn offs for me and the main reason I will not give the book as a whole five stars.  But the overall quality of these talented authors shows in this collection.

4* Lance at Goodreads

A very good collection of short stories, none of which were duds.  I found that refreshing in this anthology.  Many different themes and settings.  Food played a role in a few of them, including my favorite of the book.  “Sundae, Bloody Sundae” was not only a very steamy read with BDSM, but it also sensitively dealt with eating disorders.  I also loved “All Keyed Up” and “New Girl” by two authors I really enjoy, Scarlet Chastain and Harper Bliss respectively.  Only problem I had was with one story where a woman was cheating on her husband.  Stories where characters are cheating are turn offs for me and the main reason I will not give the book as a whole five stars.  But the overall quality of these talented authors shows in this collection.

5*  Vanessa Clark – Erotica, Glitterotica, Wicked Romance

Hot Air by Slave Nano
 This short is a unique one! It’s about a woman (“Kitty”) and her idolization for a renowned lady parachutist (“Sally Sparrow-hawk”). The way the two meet and partake in sensual pleasure was a tad far-fetched and unrealistic (I couldn’t believe for a second that it could actually happen the way it did), but it was well-executed and hot nonetheless!
Rating: 4.5 stars 

Overall Impressions:    Coming Together: Girl-on-Girl is by no means the only lesbian anthology that is out there, but I would say that it just may be one of the most eclectic, smart, varied, and sexiest that I have read. It truly is a breath of fresh air. The genres vary, which means that there’s a higher chance that you may not like all of the stories (but honestly, it’s nearly impossible to find an anthology where every story will be adored by the reader!). But, that’s what makes this anthology more interesting. As they say, variety is the spice of life, and this anthology certainly shows that. There is also a mixture of seasoned and established authors in here as well as lesser-known or new authors. Not one author overshadows another; they each display their talents in their unique stories that stands them out as authors in their own right regardless if she is well-known or not. As I said before, not all of the stories will tickle your fancy. Like with all anthologies, some stories you will gush about and love to bits while others may not be your cup of tea or will not entirely keep your interest. But even the stories that do the latter are still fantastically written and are by no means awful or boring; they are far from it. There is not one bad short in this anthology; they are all wonderful and share the same common theme: women in lust, in love, in yearning, in rapture, and in glorious heat with other women. None of these stories cater to the male ego or male fantasy either. Every story is very raw, real, and convincing in exploring how women express their lusts, yearnings, and desires of their fellow sex. With the erotica genre being frankly way too over-saturated with M/F and M/M stories, I think F/F often gets neglected, ignored, or just taken for granted. It’s really lovely to see an anthology that I hope will remind readers that F/F is just as hot, sexy, entertaining, and fun as M/F and M/M.
I can’t recommend this anthology highly enough. Whether you are new to reading F/F or have an entire collection of F/F on your book shelf, Coming Together: Girl-on-Girl is a must-read and a must-own to have either in e-book form or paperback. Or both! You won’t regret it, especially since the proceeds made from this anthology will go to such a good cause!

 

 

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