A More Diverse Union: Interracial Romance Spreads Through History

29 Mar
History swirled all over the world. Click here for hot black Redcoats.

History swirled all over the world. Click here for hot black Redcoats.

By Alexa Day

Hippity hoppity, Outlander’s on its way! This week we celebrate the return of Outlander with a week devoted to historical romance. I’m a recent convert to historicals myself; I had a lot of help from a Big Gift Bag of Historical Romances from a couple of Love Fests ago. Now that I’ve joined the party, I’m pleased to present a host of historical romances from my chosen subgenre: interracials featuring black characters.

I have to get on the soapbox for just a second first. I promise I’ll only be a minute.

I’m really bothered by how difficult it is to find an interracial historical romance set outside the United States. I’m delighted that we have more of these stories from the American West and from the early 20th century; I’ve posted on them here. But black history exists beyond the narrow boundaries romance seems to have imposed on it. We do not have enough stories about the kingdom of Nubia, or about the descendants of the blamenn transported from Africa to Scotland and Ireland by the Vikings, or the many expats who made their way to Russia in the 1920s. Don’t even start me talking about the Regency period, which was PLENTY more diverse in reality than it is in fiction. Those stories are real and true, and publishing should be doing a better job of embracing diverse readers (or hell, curious readers) by presenting diverse stories.

Okay, I’m coming down. See? That just took a second. And by the way, if you have any idea where any of those stories are, definitely let me know.

Here’s a handful of interracial historical romances set outside the usual locations and time periods. Check them out and get your hot history on!

Don't worry, friends. May will be here before we know it.

Don’t worry, friends. May will be here before we know it.

1. Afton Locke’s Oyster Harbor series. Afton sat next to me at my first signing a couple of years ago, and I’m so glad we’ve gotten to know each other. She’s a great person and a fearless writer. I’ve mentioned her interracial historical, Plucking the Pearl, before; it’s set in 1930s Maryland, and the cover tells you everything you need to know about how hot it is. But Afton’s Oyster Harbor series tackles some thorny historical realities. The second book, Rose, Exposed, addresses passing. In Sadie’s Surrender, which is set for a May release, the hero is a reluctant member of the Klan (as were many businessmen who would otherwise have faced the Klan’s pattern of violent intimidation). I know I just said I was focusing on the interracial historicals outside the States and in unusual time periods, but I had to show up for an interracial romance where love beats the f*cking Klan.

2. Susanna Fraser’s A Dream Defiant. Look hard at that cover up top. That’s a black Redcoat. Do you need me to tell you anything else? This novella is set in Spain, in 1813, and it’s about a widow with dreams of becoming an innkeeper and building a life with Elijah, that hot fellow who’s out of uniform on the cover. Need more? Check out the excerpt and then have a look at her post on interracial historicals for an interesting perspective.

3. Agnes Moor’s Wild Knight by Alyssa Cole. This is a short story set in medieval England. Agnes is a black lady-in-waiting in the court of King James, and her wild knight wins a kiss from her as the prize in a jousting tournament. But here’s the best part: The Tournament of the Black Lady was absolutely real. You can read some more about it here. Maybe this is common knowledge in the UK. If it is … why aren’t people sharing from the other side of the pond?

4. Talk Sweetly to Me by Courtney Milan. Courtney Milan won my heart with her post about how

Rose here proves to Stephen that smart is sexy. Click to buy.

Rose here proves to Stephen that smart is sexy. Click to buy.

needlessly difficult it is to find a decent stock photo of a black bride. This novella tells the story of Rose, a mathematician who would prefer to avoid attention, and Stephen, who rather enjoys attention. Their romance, in the England of 1882, naturally draws attention, right?

Questions still abound, of course. Why are so many of these stories so short? Why aren’t there boatloads of them written by black authors? Why are these stories so tough to find? I wonder about all that, too. For the time being, though, this particular corner of the genre seems to be moving in the right direction, even if I’d like to see it moving a lot faster.

I would love to see some hot, swirly, historical word of mouth (forsooth, heyo!) in the comments — I think hungry readers are searching in vain for interracial historicals. If you’ve seen something, say something.

And follow Lady Smut. We’re about to get historical on you.

Sexy Saturday Round-Up

28 Mar
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Click to buy at Amazon. :)

By Liz Everly and the Lady Smut Bloggers

Hello, Sexy! It’s Saturday! Time for YOU. We hope it’s time for Lady Smut, too. We’ve got some great blog posts lined up today for your reading pleasure. Enjoy!

From Liz:

Remittance Girl on CleanReader.

Northern Irish  Laws and the Sex Worker.

Yes, Instagram, we DO have periods.

From Elizabeth:

Scratching your head trying to figure out what to watch in 2015? Thankfully, Rolling Stone is here to help with their list of 10 shows you need to be watching.

Lessons learned from giving up porn for a month.

Think long and hard before you get one: here are 25 tattoes that the wearers will forever regret.

Here’s one guy’s opinion on why he’ll never marry a woman who doesn’t cook.

From Madeline:

Ever wonder why the buttons on your shirt mirror his?

Two articles about millennials n sex:

How race and religion shape millennial attitudes about sex

40% of millennials are not into one night hook-ups

Hate the person who evaluated your driver’s test? Here’s some vicarious revenge courtesy of a Malaysian race car driver.

From C. Margery Kempe:

Interview with Liz Everly 

What do your sex dreams mean?

A saucy Soviet alphabet?

Bringing romance back to comics!

Stay hungry,

Liz

HUNGRY FOR MORE: Q&A with RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL

27 Mar
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By Madeline Iva

Lucky readers–today on Friday Roulette, we have Rachel Kramer Bussel with us to answer a few questions about her fascinating life as a writer and editor in the big wide world of Lady Smut.

MADELINE IVA: Rachel, tell us a little bit about yourself and how a nice girl like you got the most interesting, hottest career evah!

RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL: I write erotica and personal essays and journalism about pretty much any topic that interests me, whether it’s Monica Lewinsky, French fries or kissing parties (fiction) or being a hoarder. I especially like to explore offbeat or unusual aspects of a given topic that readers may not have thought about before. By doing various types of writing, along with teaching and editing, I try my best to make sure I never get bored!

MADELINE IVA: You’re primarily known as an editor and writer of essays about sex.  What’s one of your favorite essay titles and what was it about?

RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL: I’m a fan of my essay “Is my vibrator ruining my relationship” I wrote a few years ago for Salon (http://www.salon.com/2012/12/29/is_my_vibrator_ruining_my_relationship/). It stemmed from my realizing that even though my boyfriend is totally cool with sex toys, there were still some issues around my favorite one (formerly known as Hitachi Magic Wand). I love topics that surprise me when they come up in my life, and ones that hopefully will resonate with other people.

MADELINE IVA: I think I read that one. How did you become an editor of erotic anthologies?

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RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL: I started by writing short stories for a few years, then I was asked to co-edit an anthology of true lesbian erotica called UP ALL NIGHT, and from there moved on to getting to pitch topics I was especially interested, like spanking (I’ve now editing 5 books of spanking erotica). It’s a perfect complement to writing and I love getting to work with a wide range of writers from around the world. I learn so much from every anthology, about writing, creativity and sexuality.

MADELINE IVA: You’re also a fiction writer — what kinds of stories do you write? How many short stories have you written? What are some of your favorite themes to write about?

RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL: I’ve written probably close to 100 short stories since 1999. I don’t necessarily have a favorite theme but it’s more I love the moment of inspiration for a story and being able to pull off stories that are a little different than what I’ve written before. I’ve written several humorous ones, such as “Two Guys, a Girl, and a Porno Movie,” which was published in Best American Erotica 2014, “Doing the Dishes,” which is about a woman with a dishwashing fetish, and “Secret Service,” about an oral sex restaurant, but humor isn’t necessarily my default writing style. The stories of mine I’m proudest of are some of the darker ones, such as “The End,” which is about a breakup.

MADELINE IVA: What’s your best selling topic for anthologies?

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You know you want it. Click to buy.

RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL: The BDSM themed anthologies like PLEASE, SIR have sold very well, and orgasms, especially THE BIG BOOK OF ORGASMS, which is actually my favorite (but don’t tell the others!)

MADELINE IVA: Why do you think women enjoy reading about female submissiveness?

RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL Sexuality is so often fraught for women; there are many spoken and unspoken rules we are supposed to follow, and that can be a lot to take on along with our own personal interests and explorations. I think submission can be intriguing for a lot of people, not just women, but with women there is extra baggage. On the surface, submission can seem to be about giving up one’s independence or power, and figuring out what role you want submission to play in your life often requires us digging through our own ideas that may question a lot of cultural assumptions about how women should behave.

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MADELINE IVA: As you know, I completely adore the cover of your essay Sex & Cupcakes and want to frame it and put it up in my home… ;>  Do you think cupcakes are inherently sexy? The cover shows someone eating a cupcake without her hands.  How easy is it to eat a cupcake without your hands? ; >

RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL: That is me on the cover! When I decided on the book’s title, I knew I wanted to use that image, which I’d taken a few years before. I think cupcakes can be sexy, but I think almost any food can be sexy in the right hands. It’s challenging to eat a cupcake without your hands, but it can be done, as long as you don’t mind getting a little messy!

The essay collection is somewhat of a mishmash of topics. I wanted to include a range of pieces, some older, some written just for the book. They’re all true essays (while one piece is journalism, about the connection between being pro-choice and sexual freedom) that I hope offer insight into both my life and broader topics like polyamory or body image. The kinds of essays I love to read are ones that make me think about my own life and whether I would make the same choices as the author, and I hope these appeal to people in the same way.

MADELINE IVA: What is the hallmark of the best erotica? What is it trying to do? How does it achieve that? I once read, for instance, that erotica–when compared to erotic romance – was about a personal sensual journey…is some stuff that’s called erotica just ‘porn-lite’? What’s the difference to you?

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RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL: I don’t draw too many hard and fast lines between erotica and erotic romance, because I think the line can be slippery. Not always, but often. To me, the best erotica both aims to arouse readers but also tells a riveting story. There are many paths to achieving that, and not all erotica is going to have the same emotional impact. I’ve read and written sad erotica, funny erotica, erotica that unnerved me. I tell my writing students that the more we can understand the characters motivations—the why of the sex along with the how—the more readers will appreciate whatever the characters do sexually. I think sometimes writers assume that because they are giving the reader a sex scene that alone will make the story erotic, but I want to know how they got there and why the sex is hot for them, not just hot in general.

MADELINE IVA: Some people say erotic romance and erotica live online.  But you’re out and about in the public all the time.  Do you ever have to worry about your personal safety or have to worry about a fan who’s just too into you?

Rachel Kramer Bussel -- celebrity editor of Lady Smut.

Rachel Kramer Bussel — celebrity editor of Lady Smut.

RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL:I think there can be a huge value in events like erotica readings or in-person workshops, because it helps break down some of the fear people have about talking about or hearing about sex out loud, in public. But it can also get uncomfortable and you have to be able to read social cues and also consider what other people, who may have different backgrounds and approaches than yours, are feeling. I generally don’t share my exact location online unless I’m doing a reading or class or other specific event. I am concerned about my personal safety but do my best to balance being careful without being paranoid.

MADELINE IVA: What kind of projects would you like to tackle next?

RACHEL KRAMER BUSSEL: I would like to continue doing what I do now, writing erotica and sex columns, editing anthologies, teaching, especially teaching online, as well as write longer form fiction. But I also take each day as it comes; sometimes I wind up writing a story I never would have expected to write, because the idea leapt out at me. I love those moments!

Thank you so much for being with us today, Rachel.  I have a feeling we’ll be seeing more of you at Lady Smut in the future. :)

Ladies — gentlemen, check out her glorious array of anthologies and essays and stop by in the comments section below to say ‘hi’ to Rachel.  I know she’d love to chat with you all and we’ll pick one commenter who will receive a paper copy of HUNGRY FOR MORE.  

Romance with a Side of Ugly Deal Breaker (UDB)

26 Mar
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by Madeline Iva

Hey y’all! I’m back from being –as Sue London puts it– The Goddess of Love Fest.  That was fun!

Last week I wrote a post about a panel we were having at #VALoveFest called They Lived Happily Enough for Now — The Challenges of Writing Modern Love.  The panel and the blog post both were about the challenge of writing a romance that has obstacles–because what obstacles are left in modern times?

Nevertheless you can’t write something that’s too gritty, too heartbreakingly, unendingly sad and miserable, because even though we love to cry, cry, cry, romances are all about uplift, doncha know.

Sad is one thing.  Messy is another.  Messy is yummy goodness in romance.

So, once upon a time I had a friend who was a guy.  Only, I always thought it was sad we weren’t somehow better friends who saw each other more often.  Looking back on it now, I should have realized something funky was going on.  The big clue was when I ran into him after it had been awhile and told him the big news: I’d just gotten engaged.

His response was telling.  He said: “Well, but if you’re engaged, I mean, isn’t it important that you’ve gone through some relationship trials, some hard times, you know? I mean, if you want to make sure the relationship’s going to last.  You haven’t done that–have you? Gone through some hard times?”

I instantly reassured him, Oh yes we had! and he just kind of deflated.  Call me clueless, I didn’t think anything of it.  Later on we ran into him in the grocery store and he hugged DH to congratulate him saying “You’re a lucky guy, a lucky guy.” But then he wouldn’t let go, and DH was swearing at him and my friend just kept repeating, “You’re so lucky.”

An ugly moment people.  It was the last time we ever saw of him.

Needless to say, I not only went back in my mind and reviewed our whole ‘friendship’ in a new light, but I felt bad, really bad for him.  Yet I think he was right — we’d been through some hard times, and we knew we were rock solid.

(If you read the afterward in Carey Heywood’s book BETTER she had a smitten friend too–but it went in a completely different direction. He got cancer. You’ll need kleenex.  Just sayin’.)

Sam 1I noticed early on while watching Sex and The City that the show was built around nothing BUT an almost religious belief in the insurmountable obstacles to love.  They relished serving up a meal of NYC glam sexy with a side of ugly deal breaker (UDB).  And SATC women shy away from ugly like it’s plutonium.

Of course, some stuff really should be deal breakers – any man, woman, or Dr. Frankenfurter that leaves you feeling an eroded sense of self, a decline in overall happiness, etc. should be ditched pronto.

But have a sense of perspective – please. Avoiding Big Relationship Ugly served SJP and her crew well, because it allowed our four heroines to skip away in order to stay Happily Single season after season. Yet eventually even Sex & The City broke down and had to face that fact that every strong and abiding relationship comes with wee bit o ugly that must be tolerated and dealt with.  Or swept under the rug, ignored, and forgotten–whichever you prefer!

Because in the real world, in real relationships that go on and on and on, we keep marching, eyes upward, stepping neatly over the UDB poo on the sidewalk, thank you very much.

Exactly.

Exactly. Bitch.

Ultimately, what we gotta do is face the guy and ask ourselves: IS HE A GOOD GUY AT HEART? Not a perfect guy, not an always polished/powerful man–but a GOOD GUY.  Because that’s what really counts.

And that is why I will always despise Sex And The City forever and ever more.  Because in that show Carey finds a really good guy – and she stomps on his heart.   It’s unforgivable.  Yes, for the record, I’m still deeply unhappy about this.

So when it comes to talking true love, when it comes to forever and ever romance, I think it’s important that a guy not only pass the messy test–but that he pass the UDB test as well.

What’s a messy test?  Oh, I’m a big fan of messy in romance–whether in real life or in books.  They make for the best stories, I think.

Let me point to one of my friends in real life.  She hadn’t finished her degree, had a relationship with her dog that some people would say was a little too codependent, a mother that was like Blanche DuBois, drooled a little, and was on top of all that, literally messy. How messy? We’re talking black mold growing in dishes on the table.  One time there was a mouse living in a bag of potato chips on her living room floor.  Sounds like a perfect romance heroine, yes?

So what happened? Well, this guy came along.  He was a wealthy business man who was looking to get married.  Handsome? Yes, I’d say. Like a GQ model.  And he had a great sense of humor.  He leapt over the problem of her messy side.  He leapt over the fact that she had a birthday party for her dog each year with a homemade dog-cake.  He tried charming the future mother-in-law and it didn’t work, but he kept trying anyway. I don’t think he even noticed the drool.  He took us out to dinner without our friend and his big question was: Is she going to finish her degree?

We said she was and reader, she did and they got married in a wild blueberry field and now have two disgustingly gorgeous well-behaved children and a home that would make a life style editor’s eyes bleed.  The blood test for the wedding revealed she had a vitamin deficiency and so now she doesn’t drool anymore either.

Now THAT’S a messy test — and my friend’s husband passed with flying colors.

Well, if that’s messy, then what’s ugly?

That's Carey Heywood second from the right.  She told the story about Better and she cried, and *I* cried, and the audience cried, and it was good.

That’s Carey Heywood second from the right. She told the story about Better and she cried, and *I* cried, and the audience cried, and it was good.

I think ugly in romance is when the heroine is sick and the hero sees she looks like a hag, but realizes that he just doesn’t care because he feels so strongly about her.  He can’t help being concerned about her welfare to the point where he’s there for her and she’s snoring on his chest while zonked on Nyquil.

A scene like that makes my heart go pitter-pat.  The true hero in Carey Heywood’s book BETTER is her real life husband in the afterward where she tells us the story how she came to write this story in the first place.  Heywood’s husband passes the test with flying colors and you’ll need a lot more kleenex.

In my own ancient relationship we survived heapings of ugly right off the bat. I’m talking severe stomach flu—for both of us. Ask me to tell you the story of DH clasping a hand over his mouth and then vomiting through his nose, go on, ask me.

Then came mono.  I would schlep gallons of DH’s obscure drink of choice, (Hawaiian Punch) a mile and a half from the grocery store. On foot.  Seriously.  At night DH would lie next to me, with his glands swollen up like a little hamster with full cheeks, watching me swallow in my sleep and just hate me for it.

Then I had a minor hospital procedure to remove a cyst on my back.  Utterly gross, and not only that, it required some bandaging where I couldn’t reach–and so guess who had to do it?  That was all in the first six months we were together.

Wow. Pretty ugly stuff for people not old enough to drink yet.

Yet we passed these tests to our relationship with flying colors–we didn’t even think of them as testing our commitment to be together.  I don’t know if we’re still going strong because we handled the initial ugly so well — I mean, if you still love a guy after you’ve seen him vomit through his nose, you’re set for life, IMHO.  Or maybe we had some kind of fated relationship DNA to be together and it was so robust that it helped us overcome right from the start. What do you think? Hope you sound off in the comments section below.

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Tease Him to Please Him

25 Mar

Garter beltBy Elizabeth Shore

Don’t touch me, please
I cannot stand the way you tease
I love you though you hurt me so
Now I’m gonna pack my things and go
Tainted love (
bop! bop!) Tainted love …

Ah, “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell. An ’80s classic. I always thought that if I ever became a stripper (an odd fantasy I had in my youth), this would be my theme song. I’d sashay out in my skimpy sexy stripper clothes and slowly take them off while “Tainted Love” blares in the background, my hips swaying to the bop! bop! parts. It would be, I thought, the perfect strip tease song to tease the men. How they’d eat it up! ‘Cause men love the tease. Right?

That’s what I thought, anyway. But a recent lunch conversation with a male work colleague got me thinking. We were talking about women who date men they’re not necessarily super interested in. I maintained that we women need to explore our options. Just because we’re not head over heels in lust from second one doesn’t mean we won’t eventually get there. He scoffed it was all a load of nonsense and that women who do that are just teases. Hmmm, but don’t you men like being teased? Apparently, he said, only if we know we’re gonna get it in the end.

Well now. maintain that that’s a load of nonsense. Because if it were true, how do you explain the allure of strip clubs? Picture this: guy goes into a strip club. He’s going to see naked women. Lots of them. Presumably, he’s going to get aroused. But – also presumably – what he’s not going to get, at least not from the strippers strutting their stuff, is laid. They’ll only tease him, but they’re not going to please him. So why does he go?

In an article by our friends at AskMen.com, author Vanessa Burton states that men with whom she spoke say they love strip clubs not because they get frustratingly teased, bur rather for just the opposite reason: because there’s a 100% guarantee that they’re going to see women without their clothes on. Oh, OK. So they DO love to be teased. Except if it’s by a cock tease. You clear on that now?

Oh, those naughty cock teasers. Much worse than shameless flirts, cock teasing women are those who suggest, through words and geatures, that sex is an option, only to withdraw the perceived invitation at the critical moment and leaving the guy with a horrendous case of blue balls. But lest it be said that teasing’s only done by the gals, a study by researchers at the University of Texas, Austin, revealed that 43% of college-age men admitted to sexually teasing women. Why? Because 1) it turns them on; 2) they wanted to see how far they could get; 3) they wanted to have something to tell their friends. Vastly different reasons from why women say they do it, which is primarily because it gives them attention. They feel attractive, desireable, and in control.

This whole teasing thing seems to be a giant case of everybody using everybody, which frankly I find rather depressing. So much fluff, so little substance. I love the idea of doing a tease to please, but not if it’s founded on false pretense. Do we women crave attention so much that we’re willing to pretend we’ll put out all the while knowing we won’t? Hmmm. I’m sensing a future post.

In the meantime, as far as I’m concerned, if I’m going to start slooooowly pulling my clothes off and making my guy’s eyes glaze over with lust, it’s not just an appetizer – he’s getting the whole enchilada.

Follow us here at Lady Smut. We’ll give you thought-provoking posts every week. No teasing.

 

Sex and Romance–Civil War Style

24 Mar

By Liz Everly

I always said I’d never write a Civil War book. But, as I’ve learned time and time again, NEVER say never. Now, I am writing one under yet another name. It’s a straight up historical with romantic elements—based on a true story. So, I’ve been reading some Civil War novels, along with some non-fiction. The good news is there is some really wonderful new Civil War fiction out there. Two books I’ve read that I thought I share with you here, even though they are not “romances,” and definitely not “erotic.” (We’ll get to that later, I promise. Grin.) But they are relevant to what we talk and write about on Lady Smut.

Both books featured women who went off to war disguised as soldiers. We all know now that there were many women who did this—for whatever reason. Several made names for themselves. Others are just now being discovered and celebrated. It’s estimated that between 500 and 1,000 women went into the war disguised as men.

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In “Neverhome,” by Laird Hunt,  the story begins with a married couple living on a farm. When the War of the Rebellion starts, they feel the farm should be represented—as a matter of pride and honor. The only impediment is the male half of the couple is rather sickly, whereas the woman is strong and vibrant. (How cool is this?) She talks him into allowing her to represent the farm in the war. One of the interesting modern components to this story is that the main female character has a lesbian affair while she is away and lost from her batallion. She does go back to her husband at the end of the book. But she thinks seriously about staying with her lover. The book doesn’t  have a happy ending, necessarily,  and I don’t want to give out spoilers here. But I liked this lesbian-affair device because so often in mainstream historical fiction about things like the Civil War, writers tend to grandize and homogenize. (I always wondered about the gay folks. Is it just me?)

Unknown-10Interestingly enough, the other book that I read recently, “I Shall Be Near to You” by Erin Lindsey McCabe, also has a gay person in it. The story begins with a newly married couple. He goes off to the war and she decides to follow him. She goes into battle with her husband. She curls up with her husband in the tents, under the stars, and so on. They don’t have sex frequently—there are always others around—but every once in awhile they sneak away. (I do love a good sneak.)

I’ve never found romance in the Civil War. I mean after “Gone with the Wind,” where is the romance?  Right? But I love the idea of following your husband into war—very romantic and something I found relatable. The main character (a woman) in this book also spots other women along the way. There were so many more than I had realized and there’s plenty of new books out there detailing the heroic women of the Civil War. In the book I’m writing, my main female lead will not follow men in to battle. She will do what most other women did: stay at home and support the soliders in countless ways. (My book is based on a true story, so this part must remain.)

“I Shall Be Near to You” also has a gay character in the book who befriends the married couple. I can’t tell you too much more without giving away a major plot point here. But I find it refreshing to find gays on the battlefield in these books, as there most assuredly were.

As to whether or not they were having sex, well, I have no idea. But there was plenty of sex going on. There were over 100,000 cases of gonorrhea documented during the Civil War—just on the Union side. And there was ramped prostitution. One “floating brothel” fascinates me and may find it’s way into my other fiction. In fact, prostitution and disease became such a problem that in Nashville, prostitution was legalized and they had to have a license to practice. In order to get the license, the prostitutes had to pass health exams–352 women were registered in 1864.  In Washington, D.C., there were 450 registered “bawdy houses.”

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I don’t know about you, but it gives me great comfort to know there was a lot of sex going on during the Civil War–not the disease part, of course, but the pleasure part. If anybody needed pleasure and comfort, it was those soldiers.

Unknown-5Unknown-6images-6Also, I LOVED finding out about the thriving underground press, which produced a large number of erotic novels for the troops. Some of those novels were: Maria Monk, a “rabidly anti-Catholic novel, with wild sex scenes between priests and nuns,” The Lustful Turk, and the ever popular Fanny Hill. There also were erotic photos — Daguerreotypes, for instance, had been around for 20 years by the start of the Civil War —and “dirty” cartes de visite, French-made or -inspired post cards, which proliferated at this time were all over the Civil War camps.

As for modern erotic or romance (or both) books based in this time period, I’ve not read any yet. But these books are definitely on my list:

Land of the Falling Stars by Keta Diablo.

The Cameron Family Saga by Heather Graham. (“One Wore Blue,” ” One Wore Gray,” and “One Rode West”)

Yankee Stranger by Elswyth Thayne

Have you read any Civil War erotic romance, erotica, or romance?  Do tell!

 

 

 

 

 

A Season for Throwback

23 Mar kittydontdash

by Kiersten Hallie Krum

It’s finally Spring! Unless you’re on the east coast, that is, where we had yet another snowstorm, ironically on the official first day of Spring. Since Mother Nature (the bitch) is determined to give us throwback weather, here are a few of my favorite throwback posts. Enjoy and Happy Monday!

Let’s Go Be Bad Guys

Banshee just finished its game-changing third season while Strike Back, after a looooong hiatus thanks to the fact that one of the stars had a long convalescence after being injured on set, returns in a few months for its fourth and final season. In this post, I look at good guys being bad and vice versa and how both have oodles of appeal. Boy. Howdy.

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Love and Bromance in the Air

We all love a good bromance. This post names five of my favorites, which we all know is barely scratching the surface. Feel free to name a few of yours!

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Outlander Fever and Outlander: A Spanking! A Spanking!

It’s no secret I’m a huge Outlander fan, both of the books and of the outstanding TV series. Droughtlander, the seemingly unending hiatus between the two parts of the series’ first season, is almost over–only two weeks to go! These posts talk about the series and, specifically, about that controversial spanking scene, which makes its debut in the very next episode…

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Sexy is as Sexy Does

Some thoughts on writing emotional sex scenes

Shoe Porn, Kissing, Heroes for Hire, and The Privilege of a Woman’s Pleasure

Think of it as a theme…

Follow Lady Smut. We’ll show you a good throwback anytime.

No Holds Barred: Knocked Out by Sexy Fighters

22 Mar
You like it rough? Yeah, me too. Click to buy.

You like it rough? Yeah, me too. Click to buy.

By Alexa Day

It’s been a good week in my corner of Romanceland. I’m working on a couple of stories featuring fighter heroes. In the stories, each heroine is tempted by her man’s powerful frame, of course, but she’s really drawn to his ability to stay one step ahead of her. He senses what she’s about to do, where she’s about to go, and he knows how to use his body in concert with hers and in opposition to hers. Like a dancer, the fighter’s graceful and quick, and he knows how to lead. Beneath all that, an undercurrent of danger flows through him.

The fighter fantasy has earned a place in erotic romance, right? So I thought I’d share some goodies from the squared circle for your enjoyment.

One of my favorite fighter stories is Cara McKenna’s Willing Victim. Flynn’s an underground boxer who likes it rough. Very rough. Laurel, the heroine, likes it rough, too. Their attraction makes for an edgy story, but McKenna never forgets it’s a romance. I’ve mentioned her and this story here before, and you’ll probably hear me talk about it again before too long. It’s just that good.

Sometimes, just for fun, I like to check out this ancient video of Lyoto Machida from his Men’s Fitness photo shoot. Lyoto is of Japanese and Brazilian heritage, and about 35 seconds in, you’ll catch a tiny little ghost of a smile on his face. I wish he’d smile more (and I have no problem with saying it, friends), but I don’t suppose one gets to be Lyoto Machida by smiling all the time.

Happy viewing!

I had to research the myth that fighters perform better in the ring if they avoid sex before a bout. Many of them do. Many others don’t, however. The practice of abstinence before a fight goes back to antiquity and has its roots in the belief that sex reduced both testosterone and aggression. Modern science suggests instead that abstinence actually reduces testosterone, while sexual activity increases testosterone levels. Check this out.

Who else is intrigued by the fighter’s beautiful physicality? Who’s got a favorite fighting style? I want to know all about it in the comments.

And follow Lady Smut. We like it pretty and gritty.

Sexy Saturday Round-Up

21 Mar

By Liz Everly and the Lady Smut Bloggers

Hello, Sexy! Here’s wishing you happy weekend reading!

From Liz:

The Secrets of Wattpad.

Real life porn plots?  What not to try at at home.

Is sex better in your 40s?

Great Sexpatations. Great post from Wonkomance, which is rapidly becoming my favorite blog.

From Madeline:

Everything you’ve always wanted to know about female ejaculation

I want to go to there — Extraordinary Libraries

What your face betrays about your health & why some of you are rocking it as you get older

From Elizabeth:

You want it, we found it. The ultimate guide to giving a great blow job.

Tossing your hair up in a bun no longer needs to be a megahorn announcing you haven’t washed your hair. Here’s the lazy girl’s guide to fashionable buns.

The worst thing ever to happen to sex? Choreplay.

Trying to find people into fetishes and kink? There’s an app for that.

Stay Hungry,

LIz

Friday Roulette

20 Mar

thepinkbow_msrby Madeline Iva

Hello readers! In search of your Friday romance fix?

Here’s a new feature at Lady Smut: it’s called FRIDAY ROULETTE.

Each Friday we try to bring to you a new author–someone who can rock the Lady Smut vibe and tell you all about her latest smexy obsession.

In case you missed our last several Fridays — here’s a recap of who’s been by on the blog recently:

Jackie Horne: No More Slutty-Slut Shaming pt. 1

Jackie Horne: No More Slutty-Slut Shaming pt. 2

Wendy LaCapra: Lady Vice: The Historical Scandal Behind LaCapra’s Debut Novel

Isabelle Drake: Tie Me Up, I’ve Been Bad

Kel: Fan Fiction 101

And here are some of our other recent distinguished LadySmut visitors — just ’cause they’re cool.

Madeira Darling: Dominatrix Princess Turned Writing Bitch

Shari Slade/Robin Covington: It’s All Part Of My Rock N Roll Fantasy

Geneva Decroix: The Open Door

dealershipElizabeth SaFluer & Adriana Anders: Tormented & Tortured–Books You Can’t Forget

A “Reader”: Hungry Like the Wolf, Sexy Paranormal Recs

Geneva Decroix: Erotica, Invention, and Living the Dream

Kemberly Shortland: Beardy Goodness

Adriana Anders: XXXMas Wishes

Megan Morgan: How I Learned to Stop Worrying & Fall in Love with Love

Isabella Drake: The Nicer Side of Naughty

Enjoy! Don’t forget to follow us at LadySmut.com — where we satisfy your sexy romance cravings 24/7.

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