Naked Reader Book Club Discussion: CAN'T HELP THE WAY THAT I FEEL (Lori Bryant-Woolridge) and MAKING THE HOOK-UP (Cole Riley)(July 27, 7-11 PM EST)

Kristina Wright Kristina Wright
Hi and welcome to the Naked Reader Book Club discussion! I'm Kristina Wright, your book club moderator.

Tonight we will be discussing two books: Lori Bryant-Wooldridge's Can't Help the Way That I Feel: Sultry Stories of African American Love, Lust and Fantasy and Cole Riley's Making the Hook-Up: Edgy Sex with Soul. Here are some thoughts and questions to get the conversation started, as well as a little bit about each book:


In Can't Help the Way that I Feel, Lori Bryant-Woolridge offers up a variety of stories of sensual enticements and includes three "story starters" designed to spark your erotic imagination. Do these unfinished stories make you more inclined to share the book with your lover? How do you interpret Bryant-Wooldridge's theme of "Lead Me Into Temptation?"


Urban fiction has a large and dedicated fan base and the roots of "street lit" are often dark and dystopic, but Cole Riley explores the depth and variety of black sexuality in In Making the Hook-Up. What books or authors do you think of when you hear the phrase "urban fiction?" Does Riley's take on African American erotica break new ground for the genre?

If you've read one or both of the books, we welcome your feedback, recommendations and insight into what defines African American erotica. If you haven't read the books or are new to the genre, please stop by for a lively discussion that will whet your appetite for more! As always, gift cards will be awarded to a few lucky participants!


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Can't Help the Way That I Feel: Sultry Stories of African American Love, Lust and Fantasy

Some temptations are just too tantalizing to ignore. Can't Help the Way That I Feel, edited by Emmy award-winning and Essence bestselling author Lori Bryant-Woolridge, is a collection of titillating stories, each exploring a delicious enticement. In "The Sangria Seduction," lemon sangria becomes the elixir of lust for a player trying to seduce the naughty out of one very nice girl. Hard as she tries, a God-fearing Georgia peach in "Bubble Music" can't resist getting her hands dirty at an erotic art party. A birthday massage in "Tandem" takes a decidely lusty turn when a team of hot masseuses rub their client in all the right ways. Making this erotic anthology unique and utterly fun are the "Lead Me Into Temptation" story bites—three short but deliciously sweet story starters designed to get your juices flowing and inspire your own ultimate tale of love, lust, and fantasy!

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Making the Hook-Up: Edgy Sex with Soul

Edited by Cole Riley, a master of urban fiction, Making the Hook-Up is a sensationally authentic set of stories that revels in all the richness and variety of black sexuality. Well-written, passionate, and provocative, this erotic anthology is a feast for the senses and a treat for the soul.

Cole Riley holds no bounds in this book of bold, black erotica, with stories as creative as the soulful simmer of Nina Simone, as urgent as the barely concealed bite of John Lee Hooker, and as innovative as the muted moans of Miles Davis.
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Misfit Momma Misfit Momma
Hello! I haven't read these books but they both sound great!
07/27/2010
Kristina Wright Kristina Wright
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Originally posted by Misfit Momma
Hello! I haven't read these books but they both sound great!
They are! Do you read/enjoy urban fiction?
07/27/2010
Cole Riley Cole Riley
Quote:
Originally posted by Kristina Wright
Hi and welcome to the Naked Reader Book Club discussion! I'm Kristina Wright, your book club moderator.

Tonight we will be discussing two books: Lori Bryant-Wooldridge's Can't Help the Way That I Feel: Sultry Stories of African ... More
Hello. I'm here, ready to go.
07/27/2010
Cole Riley Cole Riley
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Originally posted by Cole Riley
Hello. I'm here, ready to go.
Urban fiction is like all fiction. It's good or bad. Enjoyable or not.
07/27/2010
Misfit Momma Misfit Momma
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Originally posted by Kristina Wright
They are! Do you read/enjoy urban fiction?
hmm, yes on occasion.
07/27/2010
Splendwhore Splendwhore
Hey there! I'll post for as long as I can, but my sweetheart has plans to leave when he gets home in a few minutes. Just wanted to stop by and chat while I could. I own the Can't Help the Way That I Feel book, and from what I've read so far, I love it. =) I admit, I haven't read the whole thing yet. I'm too busy for that unfortunately!
07/27/2010
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
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Originally posted by Misfit Momma
Hello! I haven't read these books but they both sound great!
Hey Misfit Momma - and everybody else - I am giving away a copy of each of tonight's books on my blog Cupcake Fulla Malice. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the blog post, but tonight is the last night to do it!

The books are courtesy of Cleis Press – because they are awesome!
07/27/2010
Cole Riley Cole Riley
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Originally posted by Cole Riley
Urban fiction is like all fiction. It's good or bad. Enjoyable or not.
Hello, Kristina. Thank you for inviting me to the club.
07/27/2010
Kristina Wright Kristina Wright
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Originally posted by Cole Riley
Hello. I'm here, ready to go.
Welcome, Cole Riley! Thanks for stopping by!

Could you tell us what inspired Making the Hook-Up? It pushes the envelope and presents a wider variety of black sexuality than I've seen presented in urban fiction. Was this your original intent?
07/27/2010
*Keona* *Keona*
Hello everyone. I haven't read the books either. I've read some books by Zane and a book by Walter Mosley that might fall under the same category. I wish I had read these two books so I could contribute more. I did read a preview from Making The Hoop-Up and I loved it. I need to get my hand on a copy asap.
07/27/2010
Splendwhore Splendwhore
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Originally posted by LicentiouslyYours
Hey Misfit Momma - and everybody else - I am giving away a copy of each of tonight's books on my blog Cupcake Fulla Malice. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the blog post, but tonight is the last night to do it!

The books ... More
That's so awesome that you're doing another giveaway!! I was really tempted to enter, but I think I'll give everyone else a chance at these two excellent books.
07/27/2010
Kristina Wright Kristina Wright
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Originally posted by Splendwhore
Hey there! I'll post for as long as I can, but my sweetheart has plans to leave when he gets home in a few minutes. Just wanted to stop by and chat while I could. I own the Can't Help the Way That I Feel book, and from what I've read so ... More
Would you like to share your favorite story so far?
07/27/2010
Cole Riley Cole Riley
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Originally posted by Cole Riley
Hello, Kristina. Thank you for inviting me to the club.
Can I say something else? Cleis Press is incredible. As someone said from the ERA, Cleis Press is the forerunner of erotica in this country. I'm so pleased to be affiliated with the publisher. A great shout-out!
07/27/2010
Kristina Wright Kristina Wright
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Originally posted by *Keona*
Hello everyone. I haven't read the books either. I've read some books by Zane and a book by Walter Mosley that might fall under the same category. I wish I had read these two books so I could contribute more. I did read a preview from Making ... More
Hi Ke! I think if you enjoy Zane, you will certainly enjoy our two book club selections!
07/27/2010
Splendwhore Splendwhore
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Originally posted by Kristina Wright
Would you like to share your favorite story so far?
I don't think I could choose... I'm fond of a few of them already.
I'd rather not name favorites until I read the book all the way through.
07/27/2010
Cole Riley Cole Riley
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Originally posted by Cole Riley
Can I say something else? Cleis Press is incredible. As someone said from the ERA, Cleis Press is the forerunner of erotica in this country. I'm so pleased to be affiliated with the publisher. A great shout-out!
The book was inspired by Calvin Herndon, who probably was the forerunner of Black erotica. He wrote several erotic stories, some published in leading magazines. I saw several stories from Evergreen and the like. I modeled my book on his intent.
07/27/2010
Cole Riley Cole Riley
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Originally posted by Cole Riley
The book was inspired by Calvin Herndon, who probably was the forerunner of Black erotica. He wrote several erotic stories, some published in leading magazines. I saw several stories from Evergreen and the like. I modeled my book on his intent.
I wanted to push the envelope a bit. I still didn't quite my goal but next time I will. There are so many themes and stories to be told. So many fetishes.
07/27/2010
Kristina Wright Kristina Wright
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Originally posted by Cole Riley
Can I say something else? Cleis Press is incredible. As someone said from the ERA, Cleis Press is the forerunner of erotica in this country. I'm so pleased to be affiliated with the publisher. A great shout-out!
I agree, Cole! Do you think you were able to push boundaries with Cleis that another publisher wouldn't have allowed?
07/27/2010
Cole Riley Cole Riley
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Originally posted by Cole Riley
I wanted to push the envelope a bit. I still didn't quite my goal but next time I will. There are so many themes and stories to be told. So many fetishes.
I will personally sign the books from the club as a thank you for being here tonight.
07/27/2010
Misfit Momma Misfit Momma
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Originally posted by LicentiouslyYours
Hey Misfit Momma - and everybody else - I am giving away a copy of each of tonight's books on my blog Cupcake Fulla Malice. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on the blog post, but tonight is the last night to do it!

The books ... More
Thanks! I'll go enter
07/27/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
I can't believe I missed the beginning of the discussion! Idk why, but I thought it started an hour later than it does, lol
07/27/2010
Cole Riley Cole Riley
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Originally posted by Cole Riley
I will personally sign the books from the club as a thank you for being here tonight.
Cleis is great. They will let you go as far as the market will bear. They are very shrewd. They know trends and fads. That is why they are so successful. I admire them so much.
07/27/2010
Splendwhore Splendwhore
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I can't believe I missed the beginning of the discussion! Idk why, but I thought it started an hour later than it does, lol
The time always gets me mixed up too. I'm on the West coast.
07/27/2010
*Keona* *Keona*
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Originally posted by Kristina Wright
Hi Ke! I think if you enjoy Zane, you will certainly enjoy our two book club selections!
Excellent. I've been trying to find something that I'll enjoy for a while since I'm rather picky about what I read when it comes to erotica.
07/27/2010
Cole Riley Cole Riley
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Originally posted by Cole Riley
Cleis is great. They will let you go as far as the market will bear. They are very shrewd. They know trends and fads. That is why they are so successful. I admire them so much.
In my other publishing life, I tried to do this with a traditional publisher and I was shouted down. Hurray for Cleis.
07/27/2010
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Splendwhore
The time always gets me mixed up too. I'm on the West coast.
I'm Central, but I remembered 7! lol

I also got sidetracked trying to finish up my sponsored reviews. Almost done with the last one now!
07/27/2010
Cole Riley Cole Riley
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Originally posted by Cole Riley
In my other publishing life, I tried to do this with a traditional publisher and I was shouted down. Hurray for Cleis.
If the stereotypes are blown up, then we will really get to the nitty gritty. I cannot wait for that day. That is the problem with the mainstream. They are afraid to let the boundaries go.
07/27/2010
Misfit Momma Misfit Momma
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Originally posted by Jul!a
I'm Central, but I remembered 7! lol

I also got sidetracked trying to finish up my sponsored reviews. Almost done with the last one now!
Central time for me too! Have to make supper real soon, once everyone has ate will head out for laundry
07/27/2010
Cole Riley Cole Riley
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Originally posted by Cole Riley
If the stereotypes are blown up, then we will really get to the nitty gritty. I cannot wait for that day. That is the problem with the mainstream. They are afraid to let the boundaries go.
Do you think I accomplish my goal?
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