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Are you celebrating Galentine’s Day?

13 Feb

It’s February 13th, which means 3 things:

Leslie Knope on Galentine's Day

Leslie Knope on Galentine’s Day

1.) You’ve got 24 hours, give or take, to buy any sweeties in your life awesome Valentine’s Day gifts.

2.) It’s probably time to take the Christmas decorations down.

And, most importantly,

3.) It’s Galentine’s Day.

For the uninitiated, Galentine’s Day is a day celebrating female friendship held the day before Valentine’s Day. The holiday was coined in 2010, on the second season of comedy Parks and Recreation by the fabulous Leslie Knope, who described it as “Lilith Fair minus the angst and plus frittatas.”

Since 2010, Galentine’s Day has become a thing. There are articles with Galentine’s Day Party ideas, adorable pink mugs, posts of gift ideas for your girlfriends–even Hallmark has a page dedicated to it. And we all know that Hallmark is the maker of holidays. (Just ask anyone who hates Valentine’s Day.)

I love the idea of Galentine’s Day. Sure, there’s a Friendship Day at some point in the year, but do you really know the date off the top of your head without Facebook telling you? I like the idea of Valentine’s being a celebration of love–not just romantic, but other types of love in our lives–so celebrating our friends the same week just makes bookstoresense to me. And our female pals–our gals–deserve a little love. Plus, they’re also more likely to appreciate all those pink, fuzzy, heart-shaped, and/or chocolate-covered things in all the stores right now.

One of the ways I celebrated Galentine’s Day this year was by doing a Secret Cupid gift exchange with an online group I belong to. Just shy of 20 of us bought gifts to mail to one other person. The fun part? We all got Harlequins for each other. So it was a win/win/win: a Galentine’s Day celebration, a fun book in the mail, and a chance to visit my local used bookstore.

How are you celebrating Galentine’s Day this year? Breakfast with your girl gang like Leslie Knope? A call or a care package to a friend across the country?

If you’re looking for a fun way to celebrate the holiday, fellow Lady Smut writer Rachel Kramer Bussel will be featured at a Galentine’s Day erotica writer panel tonight at WORD bookstore in Jersey City. She’ll be talking along with a group of authors about writing erotica, what makes a story sexy, how to get published, and more. Go here for details.

However you celebrate, have a happy Galentine’s Day from all of us at Lady Smut!

Speaking of romances and treating the ladies in our life right, remember to subscribe to the Lady Smut newsletter to get free stories and other goodies in your inbox all year long. It may not be frittatas, but they’re guaranteed to put a smile on your face.

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G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy. Her latest is the short story Girl Meets Grammarian, coming out Feb. 14th in the geek romance anthology Covalent Bonds. It involves a sexy sentence diagramming scene or two, because YES.

 

 

Join our Newsletter and Get FREE Stories All Year!

16 Jan

uzamr0jyqwi-les-andersonby G.G. Andrew 

I have some exciting news to share from the Lady Smut crew: we’re launching our newsletter! 

Starting January 21st, we’ll be sending out monthly newsletters with treats you”ll love. The newsletters will include links to our most popular posts, from robot sex to which Tv shows we can’t get enough of. There will be special profiles of our authors and sneak peeks at what they’re writing, which you won’t find on the blog. And, best of all, we’ll be offering FREE stories to our special subscriber list.

Because who doesn’t love free stories?

See the pink button at the top right of this page or go here to get these and other goodies delivered to your inbox all year.

Our free story sent in the January 21st newsletter will be Somewhere Warm, my short novella about a woman who falls for her best friend’s ex. It’s a snowbound, enemies-to-lovers tale, and a great read for a winter evening. It’s usually for sale for .99, but if you subscribe to our newsletter soon, you’ll have it in your hot little hands next weekend without paying a cent.

Here at Lady Smut, we not only know what we like, we know what you like. So subscribe and let us treat you each and every month with all things sexy and fun!

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G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy. Sometimes it’s paranormal, sometimes it’s New Adult, sometimes it’s between two consenting adults in the real world who are arguing about grammar–but it always involves a lot of awkwardness and ill-advised kisses along the way. Her latest is the short story Girl Meets Grammarian, coming in February in the geek romance anthology Covalent Bonds from World Weaver Press.

Workplace Romance–Oh, How I Love Thee!

1 Jul
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by G.G. Andrew

This week we are celebrating the release of Hero to Obey, a box set featuring military heroes which has Alexa Day’s story “Passing Through” in it, along with a great selection of other novellas.

Along with being a military and femdom tale, Alexa’s “Passing Through” is also a workplace romance between a heroine and her employee. Like many other romance readers, I adore workplace romances. Let me share the reasons why–

They’re relatable
Besides school, work is the other common context where people meet other people to date, marry, or sleep with. Probably most of us have had office crushes of one sort of another, from the CPA where we interned to the movie projection guy at the theater in high school. We understand how these affairs can work: you’re seeing a lot of this person, which can make feelings come fast…or awkwardness and jealousy ensue.

They add sizzle to monotony
Along with us being able to relate to the world of work, all of us have likely experienced being incredibly bored on the job. Long, pointless meetings, daily drudgery, that guy who doesn’t know how to work the register–all are situations ripe for fantasy to come in and whisk us away from the doldrums.

They’re deliciously forbidden
Especially in certain supervisor/employee circumstances, workplace trysts are ill-advised. Ever heard the phrase, “Don’t shit where you eat”? It’s not always a great idea to begin sleeping with someone you’ve got to have a healthy working relationship with outside of bed…which is exactly why it’s so hot to succumb. Sometimes nothing feels better than being bad.

They come with a crapload of sexual tension
Usually work affairs equal secrecy, since co-workers may balk at their boss dating a new employee on the sly. Even without the secrecy, though, sleeping on the job usually is frowned upon, which means you may be working next to that co-worker you’re hot for and trying to pretend you’re very interested in the latest budget figures. (You’re really not.)

If you love these stories like I do, check out Alexa’s novella and the rest of the stories in Hero to Obey. Here’s a bit more about her “Passing Through”…

The summer’s brought two surprises to bar owner Gigi Deane: the former Army Ranger she hired is the perfect barback, and he takes orders in bed as well as he does on the job. Noah Malone’s told her that he’s just passing through, but as the seasons change, can she convince him to make their summer thing a little more permanent?

This box set is available now!

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On a personal note, today is my last post for Lady Smut. Due to some boring health issues which require a couple upcoming surgeries and increased freelance writing, I’ll be taking a break, though I’ll still be active as a reader and commenter here. I’ve had so much fun writing for this site, so do stick around and follow Lady Smut–there are some awesome posts planned in the next couple months you won’t want to miss!

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G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy–stories about people who fall in love with the most unlikely person, and who stumble through some awkward conversations and ill-advised kisses along the way. Her latest book is SCARY, LOVESICK, FOOLISH, a New Adult goth rom-com about a couple in love who find their relationship tested when they compete against each other in a horror festival.

Sexy Saturday Round Up

11 Jun

SSRUHello you sexy beast! Enjoy the weather, enjoy the summer — and most of all enjoy our links from around the world about the state of all things gender-ific.

From Madeline Iva:

Spotted by Alexa: Can we stop hating princesses?

From Warning Curves Ahead: 24 things women should wear when you’re over 30.  (If you’ve seen the other blog post — 24 things NOT to wear when you’re over 30, then this will make you smile.)

Our gal-pal Liz Everly is in France — with that in mind here are 10 things you need to know about sex with the french. “The pleasure has to be shared.”

The Swedish heroes who stopped an assault on an unconscious woman.

Whitney Houston is outted by her ex.

From Elizabeth Shore:

Coincidence…or not? One woman says she couldn’t get pregnant until she used a vibrator.

And in other vibrator news…She heard the voice of God, and he told her to get a vibrator.

Those well-meaning assumptions about women may just be benevolent sexism.

Getting your vajay-jay high…a review of cannabis lube.

From G.G. Andrew:

Marilyn Monroe would’ve just turned 90. Check out these gorgeous “lost” photos of her.

A real-life couple in North Carolina took some seriously sweet and sexy engagement shots. Novel inspiration, anyone?

The United State of Women Summit is convened by the White House. Check out this video, with everyone from Michelle Obama to Kerry Washington.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are You Doing the #ReadHotter Challenge?

3 Jun

by G.G. Andrew

Back in January, we introduced something fun for the year here at Lady Smut: the 2016 Read Hotter Challenge. The idea was simple: ten categories to expand your reading and bring more fun to your book binges.ReadHotter

It’s hard to believe, but the year is almost half over! (Cue wailing and gnashing of teeth.) I’ve taken my relationship with books to the next level by vowing to #ReadHotter; have you? Post in the comments and let us know what you’ve been reading if you have–or feel free to hop on this train for the rest of the year! The Read Hotter Challenge can be done in any order, at any time.

Here are some of the categories I’ve ticked off the list:

A romance set overseas
For this, I’ve recently read How to Fall by Rebecca Brooks. Set in Brazil, it’s the romance between an American teacher and an Australian screenwriter. And it’s hot. Brooks has a knack for good writing and developed characters, and she also brings the steam. (There’s a scene in a pool…and the back of a bus.)

A story with a hero with magical powers–and fingers
On St. Patrick’s Day, I read Paula Millhouse’s novella Three Wishes. The idea of the hero being a leprechaun interested me (Can leprechauns be hot? Turns out they can.), and this was a fun read with a unique premise.

A short, hot novella you read in one sitting.
Molly O’Keefe’s The Heart of It was my first time reading her, and I’m hooked. This story was short enough to read in a day, and took a tricky premise–a hero with a painful past trying to overcome it with an escort–and made it something very emotional and very sexy.

A love story set between 1900-1970
This past winter I read the novella A Midnight Clear by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner. Set in 1940s Annapolis, this was a really romantic read, and a free story introduction to their space-race romances set in the 1960s.

That book about a guy you couldn’t bring home to your parents.
I’m about to start the second in Darynda Jones’s Charley Davidson series, Second Grave on the Left. I really enjoyed the first book in this series, and from it I know that the hero, Reyes, is also the son of Satan–which would probably get a strong NOPE from most parents and thus make this book an excellent fit for this category.

I’m halfway there!

For all of you reading at home: have you read any books that fit these categories, or others on the list? Comment here, and/or post on Twitter under the hashtag #ReadHotter and let us know which stories are heating up your reading life!

 

G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy–stories about people who fall in love with the most unlikely person, and who stumble through some awkward conversations and ill-advised kisses along the way. Her latest book is SCARY, LOVESICK, FOOLISH, a New Adult goth rom-com about a couple in love who find their relationship tested when they compete against each other in a horror festival.

 

 

 

 

Sexy Saturday Round Up

7 May

SSRUHalllllllo my fellow vaginas! We’ve got goodies for you below.  Check out these wonderful posts from the Lady Smut Gals as you start off your weekend right. (It’s like taking your vitamins, shaving your legs, and eating a salad, all in one!)

From Madeline:

TODAY is World Naked Gardening Day. Just looked at their website here and–my eyes! My eyes!

Poor male models.  They suffer so.

I love the show, but what’s a pennydreadful?

Saw this link over at SBTB–A wonderful timeline of slang for the va-jay-jay.

Do you agree: The 100 sexy male names ranked according to sexiness. (Lenny, Tim, Liam????? These are in the top 100?)

The world of vegan bullies.  Yeah, you heard me.

Friendship is like art according to the Atlantic Monthly.

Are you one of the Urban Professional Poor? Here’s what it’s like to starve on Starbuck’s coffee.

Marisol, a cool pop art queen, has died.

What if you tried to rock bad fashion, *on purpose*?

From G.G. Andrew:

Magic Mike Live? It’s happening. In Vegas in March 2017. Check out this hilarious and sexy video from Channing Tatum.

Does computers driving cars mean they’ll be more sex in cars in the future? 

From Buzzfeed: 21 Pieces of Handwriting So Perfect They’re Borderline Erotic.

Sexy Saturday Round Up

30 Apr

SSRUWhat glorious spring weather we’re having! When you’re done waltzing about outside singing Tra-la! under blue skies, we’ll be here so you can settle down and follow the latest and greatest in erotic romance reads, romance, gender, and other simply fascinating news and opinion.

Jezebel sez Chyna deserved better.  R.I.P. Chyna, world wrestling great.

From Heroes & Heartbreakers: 7 reasons to binge watch The Night Manager and #Hiddlesbum

Use simple mathematical science to unlock the secrets of online dating!

Why you should stop hugging your dog.

Maybe you’re straight, maybe you’re gay, or maybe you’re asexual? Learn about this hub for asexuals & a pod cast about their lives. 

Another wonderful article on why women who want to look younger should stop dying their hair and go grey.

OMG! I want to see this movie sooooo badly! The AB/FAB movie trailer is here!

Best erotic romance bets for April.

You look so young! New Science says you might be a ginger.

From Rolling Stone: More on millennials & Sex! 

Are you perpetuating these 6 tricky toxic relationship behaviors?

From G.G. Andrew:

The Southside with You trailer, a movie about the Barack and Michelle falling in love, lands. Swoon!

Is there a connection between DNA and when we lose our virginity?

Tinder has a new feature. Like it? Hate it?

From Elizabeth Shore:

Is it art or just plain weird? We return for a second week: The woman with tons of dick pics turns her collection into a show.

Filed under the headline of WTF??! – An Oklahoma court rules that forced oral sex isn’t rape if the victim is unconscious.

The end of an era – after 30 years on the air, “Loveline” calls it quits.

Sex and Shakespeare – much ado about pain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sexy Saturday Round Up

23 Apr

SSRUFrom Madeline:

“Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to get through this thing we call life.” –R.I.P Prince, 11 songs you didn’t know Prince wrote.

One woman’s quest to turn her collection of unsolicited dic pics into art.

Young swingers discuss their intro into kinky orgies.

Side saddle is back.  You heard me.

Mice squeak, er, speak a sophisticated language of love.

Best kiss cam evah? This woman double fisting her pizza.

For Alexa: So you need to trim the budget on your ridiculously successful TV show? Just kill off the leading female stars.

And for Sue London: Game of Thrones characters take the Myers Briggs Test.

From G.G. Andrew:

Empathy is hot: we’re more attracted to people whose emotions we can read.

The 10 Most Deadly Phrases in a Relationship. Do you agree/disagree with these?

Charlotte Bronte was born 200 years ago this week. Here are 5 books to read if you love Jane Eyre.

 

 

Sexy Saturday Round Up

16 Apr

SSRUHappy spring, Lady Smut lovelies! We’ve got a plethora of orgasmic links for you today.  So settle in and get your Lady Smut buzz on.

From Jezebel: Horror novel in which the relationships are chewy with toxic badness

Outlander costumes O My!

Are you ready? No, you’re not ready for this Outlander costume. (Remember the French King’s mistress? Remember her swan nipples dress?)

Everything you wanted to know about FemSlash

We Are All Perverts, Book Says. Does this really surprise you?

Got fairies? Liz Everly found a great blog all about them

DA recommends book called Navel Gazing about a guy thinking about his mother’s body. Sounds weird but they say it’s excellent– – check it out here!

I wanna be One Armed Keith, you can be Nicky Two Suits. Which banned pub person are you? Play along at home with this whacky list.

Sandstorms, Segregation, and Other Challenges of Running a Women’s Video Games Convention in Saudi Arabia.

Amazon has a new e-reader called the Oasis. Do we care?

From G.G. Andrew:

Artist in Singapore inks beautiful blackout tattoos.

A Kanye/Beethoven mashup? This orchestra is doing it.

Do young women want to split the check on a date? Sometimes.

From Elizabeth Shore:

Proof positive that we’re all going to hell. Female masturbation is a straight path to Satan.

Don’t be one of these if you want to get dates. Five types of women whom guys say are a nightmare.

36 sex toys you didn’t know you need.

Pay attention guys: 6 things you think we care about, but we don’t.

 

 

 

 

Six Ways Sweet Valley High Lied To Us

1 Apr
Double Love

Photo courtesy of Goodreads and my childhood.

by G.G. Andrew

There are many memories that burn bright in my early days of reading, but few can compete with the day I discovered Sweet Valley High.

As a third grader, I was at a friend’s house when we stepped into her sister’s room and saw a revolving book carousel filled with paperback Sweet Valley books. Those 1980s covers held such pretty, pastel images of handsome guys, pink phones, and two perfect blond twins (with their matching size six bodies, aquamarine eyes, and lavalier necklaces). It was book love at first sight.

A lot of my friends read The Baby-Sitters Club books, but here was something even better. Smuttier. Older girls who drove and french-kissed! Much to my mom’s chagrin, I spent the next couple years devouring the series whenever I could (and even, years later, still read book blurbs to find out what befell my beloved Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield).

But, as much as Sweet Valley has fed my fascination with sisters, opposites, and relationship drama through the years, it wasn’t all that…realistic. Here are six ways Sweet Valley lied to me about love and life:

1.) Kisses don’t always taste like french fries and milkshakes. 
In Sweet Valley, Elizabeth Wakefield’s perfect boyfriend Todd always seemed to be french-kissing her after they left the Dairy Burger, the local hangout. In real life, it’s more likely you’ll be kissed by someone who recently drank a Pabst Blue Ribbon, or just rolled over in bed.

Secrets

Photo courtesy of Goodreads and my desire for that pink phone.

2.) Your flirty and likely evil sister will probably get the guy.
We were supposed to root for Elizabeth in Sweet Valley High, the “good” sister who kept up her grades, worked on the school newspaper, and was kind to all. And Elizabeth usually ended up with the best high school boys. But in real life it’d be Jessica who’d nab all the guys. Sure, Jessica was pretty much a sociopath, but she was a perfect size six too, and she wore bikinis and knew how to flirt.

3.) You don’t get to date the high school basketball star and then the stellar soccer player.
It just won’t happen.

Dear Sister

Photo courtesy of Goodreads and my irrational fear of motorcycles.

4.) If you land in a coma, then come out of it with a temporarily different personality, people aren’t going to let that slide.
Elizabeth Wakefield took an ill-advised ride in her boyfriend’s motorcycle in Dangerous Love, and as a result got into an accident and slipped into a coma–and then somehow woke up with a completely different personality. She flirted shamelessly, she hung out with rich bad boy Bruce Patman, she was irresponsible–shit, she was like Jessica. Then something happened like she got hit on the head again and bam! back to the old Elizabeth, and everybody was happy. But if this ever happens to you in real life, you’ll be lucky to come back with any friends, let alone the star basketball player by your side.

5.) Getting listed in anything resembling a slam book will be more likely to lead to an uglycry, not romance.
Superlatives (“Most popular,” “Most likely to marry”): less likely to start love connections, more likely to ruin your life.
Slam book

6.) That rich, arrogant jerk you knew in high school probably isn’t going to do a 180. 
In a strange followup to the world of Sweet Valley, in 2011 Francine Pascal published Sweet Valley Confidential, an update of the Wakefield twins ten years after high school. Elizabeth and Todd had broken up, and he was now with Jessica, and (spoiler alert) Elizabeth developed feelings for… Bruce Patman? While the pairings were kind of inspired, the book was not so much, and I couldn’t help but think that Bruce probably couldn’t go from alphahole to Nice Guy in ten years. Unless, of course, he had a motorcycle accident that landed him in a coma. Then, as we all know, anything is possible.

 

G.G. Andrew writes quirky romantic comedy–stories about people who fall in love with the most unlikely person, and stumble through some awkward conversations, mistaken identities, and ill-advised kisses along the way. Her latest book is GRAFFITI IN LOVE, a romance between an infamous British graffiti artist and the American woman who hates him. There are no twins in it. Nor, sadly, pink phones.

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