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Rules? There *Are* No Rules–When It Comes To Love

29 Jun

by Madeline Iva

Airplane ride coming up? Click to buy.

Life is messy.  We know that.  I grab a romance to escape from all that chaos that whomps down on my head every so often.  Okay, frequently.  I call romances happiness machines. Though sometimes we love romances that it makes us ugly cry.  So…okay, catharsis machines.  And yet…sometimes I yearn for less romance tidiness.  Sometimes I just really like it when an author breaks all the rules.

If you know of any romances you LOVE that ‘break the rules’ –please let us know about them.  You can comment down below or post to our Lady Smut FB page. If you reallllly want to get into the nitty gritty about sex that breaks the rules in erotic romance books or erotica–about why you like it anyway (and believe me, I’m all ears) — then you’ll want to request that we add you to our Lady Smut Speakeasy –a private group on FB. Come talk to us there and tell us allll about it. ; >

I’ve talked before about Never Sweeter and Untamed.  Both are books that had my eyes widening and saying out loud “OH MY GOD!” But here are two books that break the rules quietly — and firmly.

REMINISCENT HEARTS by Rachel De Lune has that hot, “gotta have you, rip your clothes off right now” kind of sex that I always really love.  Ohhh, but Rachel De Lune makes you wait for it.

Here’s my blurb for Reminiscent Hearts:

Lily wants the bad boy Jake.  But Lily ends up doing what any sane, intelligent heroine would do. She gets together with someone equally wonderful, without all the twisted parts, and they live happily ever after.  Until they don’t.  When Jake runs into Lily again, things have changed.  She’s totally changed.  Now there are no rules. 

So shivery delicious.  The thing is this: I was told as a would-be romance author you CAN’T DO THAT.  You can’t show the heroine falling happily in love with someone else.  Noooooo.

Why not? This book shows that you can do it, and it’s a perfectly wonderful read.

Because readers don’t like heroines who are promiscuous is why.  But coming out of the sexual dark ages, let’s be real.  Most people in life that we know have had sex with more than one partner by the time they’re thirty.  And they’ve been in more than one happy relationship.  If you read the book, it’s quite clear that Lily is about as far from promiscuous as you can get without belonging to a religious cult or something.

But I have to say, that I quite like and cheer for someone who doesn’t succumb to the alpha male treatment, who doesn’t sign up for a relationship with a young ass-hat.  Jake needs to grow up some and gain some control–and he’s not ready for Lily until then…he doesn’t deserve her until then.

I whiffled right through it in one plane ride.  You will enjoy it too! Buy it here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01MTBPL5O?tag=books2read02-20

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Reminiscent-Hearts-Rachel-Lune/dp/194645415X

itunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/reminiscent-hearts/id1198006612

Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/ca/en/ebook/reminiscent-hearts

$4.99. Click to buy.

THE ART OF THREE by Erin McRae & Racheline Maltese is a book I’ve just started, so I can’t say anything about where it goes or how it ends–or even what kind of sex is in it.  It’s described as “contemporary romance/queer romance”. I’m already getting the feeling this is definitely NOT erotic romance and that with two bi-sexual men, it’s not menage either.  It’s polyamory.

I’m finding it terrifically soothing.

So far, everyone is behaving well towards each other, even though the characters constantly find themselves in social situations that are tricky to navigate.  I’m just at the part where the hot movie star is not seducing his hot male co-star, because the co-star is too sleepy. Yes, it’s that kind of book.  If you’re looking for a romance that’s modern, that celebrates instead of clashes, you’ll want this book.  It’s as good as settling down on your couch with a throw and the best cup of tea ever.

Buy it here:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Art-Three-Erin-McRae-ebook/dp/B01MZ4TY7Y

Oh, and check out their website: https://avian30.com/about/

And follow them on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Erin.and.Racheline

Meanwhile, follow us on Lady Smut — we’ll soothe your sensitive soul.

Madeline Iva writes fantasy and paranormal romance.  Her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, featuring a magic geek heroine, is available on AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo, and through iTunes.  Sign up for Madeline Iva news & give aways.

Disclaimer: I met Rachel De Lune recently at a writing retreat and we instantly bonded, I now consider her a friend.  I know Rachel Maltese via a facebook group we both joined.  

Your New Romance Cover Model Is Here: Grigoris Drakakis

9 Jul

Grigoris purple2By Madeline Iva

My friend the famous historical romance author would occasionally bemoan the fact that her cover model for two of her books had many, many more facebook followers than she had…

And indeed, her cover model-turned-online-cheff Nathan Kamp occupied that coveted Fabio spot for awhile when it came to romance covers.

http://www.nathankamp.com/

But who will take his place? Well, peeps, one day an email popped up in my inbox introducing me to a new contender for Supremely Hot Romance Cover Super-model. He is Greek and his name is Grigoris Drakackis – and he is every paranormal author’s dream come true.

Hot. Broody. Dark.   He belongs in a decaying weird castle, festering with tortured secrets.

There’s something dangerous about his look, something wild. He’s a serious bad boy.

Well, on the cover of a romance novel at least. Here’s what he had to say to us at Lady Smut.

GORGEOUS SUPER ROMANCE MODEL GRIGORIS DRAKAKIS: My name is Grigoris and I am from Lavrio, Greece.

(In case you don’t know, readers—Lavrio is a sunny port city –bustling with men who work on the docks ships, covered in sweat, muscles bulging.)

GORGEOUS SUPER ROMANCE MODEL GRIGORIS DRAKAKIS: But I also travel to the US as well to visit friends.

MADELINE IVA: Do you enjoy being every paranormal reader’s fantasy of a dark, brooding hero?

GORGEOUS SUPER ROMANCE MODEL GRIGORIS DRAKAKIS: My look of course helps open new opportunities in modeling but most important is personality and character. I believe this is the key for success!!!

MADELINE IVA: What are some of the ‘rules’ you’ve learned when it comes to modeling with women at a shoot?

GORGEOUS SUPER ROMANCE MODEL GRIGORIS DRAKAKIS: It is very important to have respect with a woman at a shoot and to make her feel at ease to have a successful result.

MADELINE IVA: What is involved in creating a successful romantic clinch?

GORGEOUS SUPER ROMANCE MODEL GRIGORIS DRAKAKIS: Of course chemistry is very important and a must for best results…Most of all it is what you emanate…

MADELINE IVA: How is modeling in America different from modeling in other places you’ve worked?

GORGEOUS SUPER ROMANCE MODEL GRIGORIS DRAKAKIS: Modeling in the US is very different because it is very advanced.

Grigoris also likes going to the gym and working with weights, (not surprising, right?) catching a movie now and then, and listening to music. And he has a dog.Grigoris chains3

MADELINE IVA: Thanks for stopping by Grigoris! We wish you the best of luck in L.A. and hope you are plastered all over hot romance covers across the land.  And don’t forget to enter our Goodreads giveaway for a free print copy of our Lady Smut anthology.  Today’s the final day of the Giveaway!

 

 

Gimme Some Ichabod: Thank God It’s October!

3 Oct
Crane

Sleepy Hollow has a great horseman, and a great Ichabod. Too bad it’s really kinda stupid. 😦

By Madeline Iva

It’s October already.  I think October is becoming my favorite month of the year.

Blog List for October:

-Loving Monsters

-Masquerade

-Does Zombie Lust Count as Necrophilia?

Meanwhile, gimme some of that Ichabod Crane guy.  The actor is Tom Milson and he is a long tall drink of water. I could stare at him all day, but tell me honestly readers–do you like the TV show? Not to be a hater or anything, but I can’t STAND it!

Bill...wait! You're not Bill...Stephen Moyer playing in ANOTHER vamp/synthetic blood TV show.

Bill…wait! You’re not Bill…Stephen Moyer playing in ANOTHER vamp/synthetic blood TV show.

There’s another show you could watch instead.  A show that’s about vampires, with Stephen Moyer, vampires and a synthetic blood plot line.  No, astonishingly, it’s not TRUE BLOOD–it came out years before True Blood.  It’s a British show called ULTRA VIOLET cancelled after six measly episodes.  It had a young (hot!) Stephen Moyer in it and was like True Blood meets X Files.

I kind of like these shows that don’t go heavy on the special effects.  They rely more on character.  When they are successful they create a sense of impending doom — like this show does –and I just love it.  The impending doom of humanity’s future lurks just off screen, in the viewers imagination.  (Now that’s what I call successful TV!)

Another reason to watch is that the show stars Idris Alba.  You can find the show on Hulu.com.Ultra

But if you’re sick of TV and want some paranormal goodness in your life, might I suggest a little YA paranormal romance? I recently bought these three hot titles: VAMPIRE ACADEMY, FALLEN and DIVERGENT.

I have a bone to pick with Vampire Academy.  It’s pretty okay, but it reads like there was some book that came before it.  Major summation of back story.  Yawn! Annoying.  Whatever.

Vampire

Divergent meanwhile, is a Hunger Games wannabe.  DivergentAnd so my hopes are on Fallen.  Going to start it tonight.  Southern Goth(ic)–we’ll see.  Updates to come.Fallen

So how do you celebrate glorious October? Do you par-tay? Do you like scaring kids who come to your house for Halloween? (It’s so sad most kids don’t go trick or treating anymore.) Do you break out the dry ice to create a witch’s brew–or celebrate with a horror film fest for your friends and loved ones? (My favorite horror film is THE SHINING, followed by SCREAM and ROSEMARY’S BABY.)

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