Naked Reader Book Club Discussion: Foreign Affairs, Edited by Mitzi Szereto (August 23, 8-10 PM EST)

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Naked Reader Book Club Discussion: Foreign Affairs, Edited by Mitzi Szereto (August 23, 8-10 PM EST)

NuMe NuMe
Welcome to the Naked Reader Book Club! The amazing Sacchi Green will be our host this evening. Tonight's discussion should be a lot of fun!

Foreign Affairs — Erotic Travel Tales Edited by Mitzi Szereto

Escape the mundane. Fill your senses with the sights, sounds, and aromas of faraway places, the perfume counters of Dubai and the hidden waterfalls of St. Lucia, a café overlooking the beach on Tenerife and a men’s bathhouse on a back street in Brussels. These are stories of lush, ripe sex. In Linda Jaivin’s “Peking Duck,” a photographer eludes her watchful interpreter to tumble with a circus acrobat at the Old Summer Palace in Beijing. In Donna George Storey’s “Ukiyo,” an overworked professor tours the red light district of Kyoto, attracting unexpected pleasures. And Holly Farris’s magical “Continental Breakfast” puts a twist on the second honeymoon, when a woman staying at an auberge in Brittany finds that the cook and gardener can read her desire better than her neglectful husband. Foreign Affairs presents luminous erotica with the subtle, sexy undercurrent of unfamiliar waters.


Whether you've read the book or not, everyone is welcome to join the Naked Reader Book Club discussion! If you have had a chance to read Foreign Affairs, feel free to drop in and give us your opinion on the stories in the collection and the book overall.
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Sacchi Sacchi
For any eager early arrivals, here's an excerpt from Mitzi Szereto's own story "Odalisque." Read it now, before we get going at our usual breakneck pace.


So how’s Dubai? friends ask over the phone. Dubai. How can one possibly describe this mixed-up parcel of sand that’s part Arab, part British, part Indian, with some Lebanese, Malaysians and Iranians thrown in for added spice? Have I left anyone out? I’m sure that I have.

Hot and sandy, I say. I don’t say it’s a sand beneath which nothing grows…except perhaps, fundamentalism. How long will it be? I wonder. How long will the freedom last in decadent Dubai? In the neighboring emirate of Sharjah a man and woman can’t hold hands in public, nor can a woman wear short sleeves. They can get great rugs though. The winds of change blow close, I fear.

I don’t tell my callers about the smell of Arabic perfume that has made a permanent home in my nostrils. Oudh, amber, sandalwood, rose. These are the scents that fill my nose, seep into my skin and the skins of everyone around me. Arab perfume is a great equalizer among men and women; there are no His and Hers sections at the perfume counter. Eventually they stop asking about Dubai. Stop ringing to see how I am. Leaving me on my own, a foreigner in a foreign land. Forgotten by the West.

Citizen of the world, that’s what I am. What would my American friends think if they saw me now—a woman caught between two cultures? Their only reference points being harems, white slavery, religious fanatics. They know so little about this part of the globe. Only what they see on the news—the extremists, the haters of the West. The Death to America coalition. They would not know this beautiful Arab man on the prayer mat, his long limbs bent in supplication as a muezzin calls out the afternoon prayer through a loudspeaker hitched to a minaret, his smell of oudh, amber, sandalwood, rose teasing me, making me desire.

They would think I’m not safe here. Yet I am probably safer than on the street of any American city or town. (Crime is low in the United Arab Emirates; Sharia law makes a powerful deterrent.) They do not hear the lively Arab music coming through the open windows of taxicabs. They do not see burka walking alongside tank top, both of which have breasts bouncing beneath them. They do not taste the salt on the air blowing in from the Gulf. I hear and see and taste all of these things. I love them all.

Especially his prominent nose. We are in the land of prominent noses. Ah…but that is a superficial thing to say. An American thing to say. The cliché springs to mind of big noses and big—. No. I won’t even go there. Dubai may be a lot of things. A cliché isn’t one of them.
08/23/2011
NuMe NuMe
Check out some of the reviews of Foreign Affairs on the Naked Reader Book Club blog
08/23/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
I am almost done with this book, I've got about 6 stories to go I think. I'm hoping to have it entirely finished before the meeting tonight!
08/23/2011
oldhippy oldhippy
I thought at first I was late, but it looks like I am early. Hello everyone. I missed the forum last time. Made it to the beginning, then had to leave. I hope to be able to stay for this one. I am new to this forum, so I have not read the book. This is my first meeting, as such. I was referred by both LizNuMe and happystayathomemoms. (Not sure about the correct spelling of the second name.)
08/23/2011
Mitzi Szereto Mitzi Szereto
I'm here too. I kept wondering if I was in the wrong place, and apparently I was! Now I hope I'm in the right place.
08/23/2011
Mitzi Szereto Mitzi Szereto
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
I am almost done with this book, I've got about 6 stories to go I think. I'm hoping to have it entirely finished before the meeting tonight!
Hope you enjoyed it!
08/23/2011
NuMe NuMe
Quote:
Originally posted by Mitzi Szereto
I'm here too. I kept wondering if I was in the wrong place, and apparently I was! Now I hope I'm in the right place.
Yes you're in the right place.

Hello everyone! Glad you could make it...early...late...wh atever. We still love you! And I'm really looking forward to tonight! I LOVE the NRBC meetings!
08/23/2011
Blue Koi Blue Koi
Hi! Mitzi's story is so evocative and really transported me into the shoes of her protagonist. She did an interesting job of reframing many of the things about Dubai that offend my sensibilities—-the secrecy and segregation of sexes.
08/23/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Mitzi Szereto
Hope you enjoyed it!
Welcome!

I haven't had a chance to sit down and start reading the rest of it, but I didn't love this book. The stories were written well for the most part, I just couldn't get into a bunch of them.
08/23/2011
Blue Koi Blue Koi
Quote:
Originally posted by Mitzi Szereto
I'm here too. I kept wondering if I was in the wrong place, and apparently I was! Now I hope I'm in the right place.
Hi Mitzi! Thanks for staying up so late to be with us.
08/23/2011
Sacchi Sacchi
Hi Oldhippy, glad you made it here. (I could qualify for that name, too.)

Mitzi, it's great that you could come.

Folks, Mitzi can only be here for a brief time, so now's your chance to ask or tell her anything you want to. You might ask what her most recent project has been, and what she has coming up next...
08/23/2011
Mitzi Szereto Mitzi Szereto
Quote:
Originally posted by Sacchi
Hi Oldhippy, glad you made it here. (I could qualify for that name, too.)

Mitzi, it's great that you could come.

Folks, Mitzi can only be here for a brief time, so now's your chance to ask or tell her anything you want to. You ...
How come the page doesn't refresh for me? :-(
08/23/2011
Mitzi Szereto Mitzi Szereto
Quote:
Originally posted by Blue Koi
Hi Mitzi! Thanks for staying up so late to be with us.
Thanks! I'm in my pajamas in bed lol!
08/23/2011
NuMe NuMe
Quote:
Originally posted by Mitzi Szereto
How come the page doesn't refresh for me? :-(
You need to hit refresh or F5 on your computer. It doesn't do it automatically.
08/23/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Mitzi Szereto
How come the page doesn't refresh for me? :-(
You have to hit f5
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Sacchi Sacchi
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
Welcome!

I haven't had a chance to sit down and start reading the rest of it, but I didn't love this book. The stories were written well for the most part, I just couldn't get into a bunch of them.
Sam, you kind of have to be in the right frame of mind. To me, the writing is seductive, even when it isn't about explicit sex (and, of course, when it is.)
08/23/2011
Mitzi Szereto Mitzi Szereto
Quote:
Originally posted by Blue Koi
Hi! Mitzi's story is so evocative and really transported me into the shoes of her protagonist. She did an interesting job of reframing many of the things about Dubai that offend my sensibilities—-the secrecy and segregation of sexes.
Thanks! And it's all very accurate too.
08/23/2011
NuMe NuMe
Quote:
Originally posted by oldhippy
I thought at first I was late, but it looks like I am early. Hello everyone. I missed the forum last time. Made it to the beginning, then had to leave. I hope to be able to stay for this one. I am new to this forum, so I have not read the book. ...
Welcome! Glad you could make it. Since this is your first "official" visit to our club, you get a free copy of the book we are discussing tonight. Please email me at Liz @ Edenfantasys.com with your full info and we'll get that out to you.

Hope you enjoy the evening!
08/23/2011
Mitzi Szereto Mitzi Szereto
Quote:
Originally posted by NuMe
You need to hit refresh or F5 on your computer. It doesn't do it automatically.
That took me to Yahoo home page! I think I'll just hit that refresh button instead. All to complicated at this hour!
08/23/2011
Sacchi Sacchi
Quote:
Originally posted by Jul!a
You have to hit f5
Thanks, Sam, I hadn't figured that out myself.
08/23/2011
Mitzi Szereto Mitzi Szereto
Quote:
Originally posted by Blue Koi
Hi Mitzi! Thanks for staying up so late to be with us.
Great to be here. And thanks for selecting the book!
08/23/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
Hi everyone! I am back again after enjoying myself thoroughly the last time. I am sad to admit that I have not had a chance to read this book. However, the reviews I have read (such as the one Ivy Wilde wrote) and the excerpt have me intrigued. When I was reading Ivy's review, she mentioned a story that takes place in the Holy Land. The female protagonist is a free spirit married to a conservative religious man. Could anyone tell me more about the story and share some thoughts?
08/23/2011
oldhippy oldhippy
Quote:
Originally posted by NuMe
Welcome! Glad you could make it. Since this is your first "official" visit to our club, you get a free copy of the book we are discussing tonight. Please email me at Liz @ Edenfantasys.com with your full info and we'll get that out to ...
Thank you. I'll e-mail seperatly.
08/23/2011
Mitzi Szereto Mitzi Szereto
I'm so pleased that Naked Reader book Club has selected "Foreign Affairs: Erotic Travel Tales." Thanks very much for that!
08/23/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
Quote:
Originally posted by Sacchi
Sam, you kind of have to be in the right frame of mind. To me, the writing is seductive, even when it isn't about explicit sex (and, of course, when it is.)
Being in the right frame of mind definitely helps. I got through a few of the stories really easily, they were awesome and totally turned me on. Some of the rest, ehh, not so much. That happens from time to time with erotica for me as well.
08/23/2011
Blue Koi Blue Koi
Mitzi, what was the most important thing about choosing stories for this collection? In many erotic anthologies the sex gets central billing. That wasn't always the case in these stories. Mood and location seemed (refreshingly) equally important.
08/23/2011
Kayla Kayla
Hello everyone!
08/23/2011
Yaoi Pervette (deleted) Yaoi Pervette (deleted)
Quote:
Originally posted by Mitzi Szereto
Great to be here. And thanks for selecting the book!
Hi Mitzi! As I stated before, I have not read Foreign Affairs yet, but I have read The Best Bondage Erotica. "Melinda" was one of my favorite stories in that collection.
08/23/2011
Top Kat Top Kat
Quote:
Originally posted by Sacchi
For any eager early arrivals, here's an excerpt from Mitzi Szereto's own story "Odalisque." Read it now, before we get going at our usual breakneck pace.


So how’s Dubai? friends ask over the phone. Dubai. How can one ...
One of my favorites. Evocative.
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