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Making the Hook-Up
Edgy Sex with Soul
Edited by Cole Riley
ISBN: 9781573443838
Book (Paperback)
Cleis Press
$14.95
5 1/2 x 8
220 pages
March 9, 2010


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"An assortment of authors promises and delivers a new and refreshing tale in each story the reader begins. Focusing on African American characters and sexuality, as a reader, I found myself putting myself in the characters experiences and emotions. A perfect read for any consenting adult of any nationality and color." —Night Owl Reviews

"Sexuality is raw, primal, and can speak of much that words won't allow to be said. Making the Hook-Up: Edgy Sex with Soul is a collection of stories edited by Cole Riley as he presents many stories of black sexuality, showing raw emotion and thought in its many forms, as the writings range from passionate to erotica and everything in between. Making the Hook-Up is a choice addition to any collection focusing on black sexuality." —Midwest Book Review

Making the Hook-Up heats up the pages with characters from every walk of life who get in where they fit in. With African American erotica that brings an urban edge to sweet kink, Cole Riley has collected a sensational, authentic set of stories that revel in all the richness and variety of black men and black women's sexuality. Well-written, passionate, and provocative, this one-of-a-kind 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 bluesman John Lee Hooker, and as innovative as the muted moans of jazz trumpeter Miles Davis.

Cole Riley, an innovative voice in urban literature, produced several early street classics: Hot Snake Nights, Rough Trade, The Devil To Pay, The Killing Kind, Dark Blood Moon, and more recently, Harlem Confidential and Guilty As Sin. His erotica has been featured in many anthologies, including Intimacy and Maxim Jakubowski's The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica. In literary legend Ishmael Reed's newest book, Mixing It Up, Riley is cited as one of the influences on top-notch crime scribes Richard Price, George Pelacanos, and others. He lives and writes in New York City.
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