The importance of setting
by Cassandra Carr
When Jami Davenport, Cristal Ryder and myself set out to write the anthology Public Displays of Eroticism, we chose to set our stories--at least partially--in a park. We did that for a number of reasons:
1- A park has many potential settings within it, especially since we had nature trails, scenic overlooks next to a lake, etc.
2- A park is out in the open, but not as much as, say, a mall or some other public building.
3- A park offers the opportunity for a lot of different types of people to be around.
There were other reasons, but those were some of the main ones. In the stories, we used lean-to's, benches, those scenic overlooks, and a bunch of other parts of the park. It wasn't like all our couples were getting it on in a car or something similar--they could express their individual personalities and desires by where in the park they chose to have their display of eroticism.
Our stories feature new couples, more established couples, younger couples, and somewhat older couples. All of them have their own reasons for wanting to be in the great outdoors, and the setting works for all of them.
Setting is an integral part of any story, but when you're doing related stories about exhibitionism and voyeurism, the setting takes on even more meaning. We talk about the people getting dirt on their hands, looking around trees, stumbling on rocky paths--all things relating to the setting. Sure, we could've written a hot anthology and used a different setting, but this one worked for us.
What are your favorite parts of setting in a story?
Public Displays of Eroticism-
The secret fantasy, sex in a public place. One couple's sexual antics at a local park inspires four other couples to bare it all in the open air. Featuring short stories by Cassandra Carr, Jami Davenport and Cristal Ryder.
Back to Nature by Cassandra Carr
A sub and her Master play hooky to indulge their exhibitionism kink and unknowingly start an entire chain of events.
Hail Mari by Jami Davenport
Meeting Mari Simms for one night of hot sex each year for the past four years is no longer enough for Wyatt Bedford, a ten-year veteran of professional football. This time, he plans on telling her he wants more. While waiting for her in a park, he stumbles upon a sight that changes his game plan and takes their relationship to whole new level. Can Wyatt and Mari find love in the final quarter with the clock ticking?
Taking it Outside by Cristal Ryder
Val sets up an afternoon of play with long-time boyfriend Tyler at a secluded beach. After packing a goodie bag with playthings, she leaves a note for Tyler. While waiting for his arrival, through binoculars Val spots lovers on the distance shore, and when Tyler arrives, together they watch the couple. Voyeurism at its best. Turned on by watching the couple have sex, Val and Ty have their own public display of eroticism.
Taking their loving outside is a surprisingly erotic treat neither expected to enjoy as much as they do. But a bigger surprise awaits them, leaving them wondering if there is more to come.
A Whole New World by Cassandra Carr
After witnessing some dirty deeds in the woods, Miranda finds she has some kinks she didn't know about and discovers her boyfriend, Ross, is more than happy to help her explore them.
In the Open by Jami Davenport
Once a year, Jaid Angelini takes a break from her demanding career as a criminal defense attorney for a night of passion with young, hot pro-football player Alex Greeley. Despite misgivings about their age difference, Jaid desires a more permanent relationship and concocts a scheme to brand her name on his heart. After witnessing an exhibitionist couple in the park, her plan takes a turn toward the great outdoors. Will Alex and Jaid finally go for the long bomb or settle for minimum yardage?
EXCERPT FROM BACK TO NATURE
We make the short drive to the lake and park the car. Dmitri takes my hand as we stroll around the perimeter.
He soon pulls me out onto one of many scenic points overlooking the lake, and places me in front of him so we’re both facing the pristine, peaceful view. His erection nestles into my bottom as his hands steal underneath my shirt, kneading my breasts. Dmitri pulls the shirt up to expose me and I dart a quick glance around, wondering if the hikers at the other overlooks around the lake can see me. I lean my head back on his shoulder like I know he wants me to as he pinches and tweaks my nipples.
Turning me around, he grabs me and lifts me to his pelvis briefly before setting me back on my feet. He leans down and re-wets the front of my shirt as he sucks on my nipples again. I moan, grabbing Dmitri’s head. A twig snaps and I look around him to see another couple about fifty feet away. They avert their eyes and walk past the overlook. As the exhibitionist in me comes alive, I grin and Dmitri’s head moves to my other breast.
Copyright 2012, Cassandra Carr
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