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Angel, Devil

3 Jun
This is actually a painting of Icarus, but you get the general idea.

This is actually a painting of Icarus, but you get the general idea.

by Madeline Iva.

I wish I knew more about angels.  They have their rankings, but I can never keep them straight–can you?  I know that the middle age was all about hierarchy, and there are orders of angels, and they’re in choirs or something.  It’s a complicated system, but not–sez I, who loves order–not necessarily a well organized system.

Out of the Jewish angels, my favorite type is the Hashmallim — the glowing ones, amber ones.  Because it just sounds hot, doncha know.

I did not know for a long time that Gabriel was the angel of revelation (again totally cool), and that he has an islamic counterpart named Jibrail — which is great sounding name–perfect for a romance novel.

Jacob wrestled the angel and's so wrong that I find this so hot.

Jacob wrestled the angel and then…it’s so wrong that I find this so hot.

Speaking of romance novels! Don’t you just love a good romance novel with a great angel hero? There is something about a type of angel — perhaps a little wild with the blaze of justice and the power of glory that’s appealing.  I think of your typical angel-hero as physically astounding and reassuringly good.  He has the tantalizing quality of a perfect temper and, often as well, the remoteness of a guy who you’re not supposed to touch.  Someone you want to want you.  Who you need to need you.

I could almost swoon looking at all the angel-ish romance novels listed at Goodreads. Angels:

Which is not to give short shrift to the devilish side of life.


She has the best romance covers...

She has the best romance covers…

Now the classification systems for demons are much clearer, and they are multi-indexed.  There are lists based on the nature of the demon, the sin with which they tempt people, the month in which their power was strongest, and the saints that were their adversaries, or other characteristics. (Thank you wikipedia.)

Meanwhile, there actually are Grimoires–who knew? Most of which were written in the mediaeval ages–again who knew?  And There’s even something like a Hell’s Dictionary, the Dictionnaire Infernale. (cool!)

I liked the idea of a demon having a particular sinful forte.  Lucifer has pride, Satan has wrath, Asmodeus gets lust.  Me, I can just imagine three sexy beasts–three smoldering bad boys who exemplify these sins and…and…pardon me, I had to bite my finger and breathe deeply to regain a little control over myself.

The demons are even organized by which saint they battle.  By what type of angel they were before they fell.  By whom they have the most power over–I’m getting the sense that the OCD go to hell when they die — it’s very well organized down there.

Kresley's king's got poisoned horns and claws...but he's really just an uptight guy who needs a little pervy sex.

Kresley’s king’s got poisoned horns and claws…but he’s really just an uptight guy who needs a little pervy sex.

Ultimately, what’s attractive about some steamy hot demon anti-hero is that he’s supremely confident.  Having fallen, he’s got nothing to lose and no where to go.  The bad boy is grounded and he oozes with such charisma that you are tempted to sin and sin again.  Yes, a demon is mouth watering.

I’ve got demons on my mind because I’m writing a story now that includes a demon in it.  It adds a touch of horror to the story, and yet the demon forces down the heroine’s barriers–sexual barriers–that once breached cannot be put back up.  The demon’s presence adds a scorching touch of kink into the goodie-goodie heroine’s life.

Read any good demon/angel stories lately? Do tell. (Seriously, hit us with your recs in the comments section below)

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The Dark Erotica Champ: Q&A with Erica Chilson

31 Jan

Brace yourselves readers! Last weekend Liz Everly reblogged this post against saccharine romance by Erica Chilson.  Here’s a shortened version of Erica’s thoughts on your typical alpha male transformation in an average erotic romance novel:

      The first 25% or so of these saccharine romance novels is the best of the book. The male is strong, gruff, often misunderstood.Yummy, angsty goodness ensues![…]The female is usually a career woman in her early twenties, who is a spunky little spitfire. Hot as F*ck, too! Yet, she is always a mary sue virgin. Yup, they manage to make it through high school, college, and work, without anyone tapping that hot, tight ass[…]Back to our alpha male. He is so fine that he woos that lacy thong (on a virgin, no less. *rolls eyes*) right off her perfect ass within hours of meeting her. He is so hot he could melt paint or burn Satan. He’s also a total badass.*Fans self* […]Cut to a hot smutty sex scene where our virgin is always shaved bare and an expert (no fumbling embarrassment whatsoever). They connect on a deeper level just hours after meeting. The I love yous flow like water. *Gags* […]Next morning my alpha male is a pussy-whipped, spineless doormat. EVERY FREAKIN’ TIME! I get turned the hell off. “Honey, let me do that for you. We don’t want you to break a nail. Let me carry that for you. Don’t worry your pretty, empty head for a moment…” You get the point… *caresses her cheek and tucks her hair behind her delicate ear*[…]I’m like, “What the F*ck, Batman. Where did my alpha go?”…I realize woman love this shit- NOT ME- EVER! Even in small doses. Yes, romance is supposed to be fantasy, but the lesbians in a ff book [have] a stronger personality than the alpha male once he has a taste of that irresistible, personality-changing cunny.

I about died reading this.  Like Tiffany Reisz, Eric Chilson has successfully tapped into this world of loving to hate and hating to love.  She does it with a brawler’s spirit that called to me. I simply could not resist asking her to participate in today’s Q&A.

A note of caution first–what is Dark Erotica you ask?  Well, according to Good Reads dark erotica books (most of which seem to be written by Kitty Thomas) involve a much more tortured side of erotic sex–and I mean that literally.

good girlMADELINE IVA: You say ‘there are no good girls and no bad girls, that we’re all just human beings’. But, come on, Erica, don’t bad girls have much better sex lives than the good girls? ;>

ERICA CHILSON: I’m a very good girl who can turn into a very bad girl in an instant. I hold my inner-bitch back for the safety of the universe.


ERICA CHILSON: I let her out to stretch her legs every once and a while. She leaves chaos in her wake. You’ll recognize her by her throaty, sadistic laugh and the trail of victims begging her to come back.

MADELINE IVA: Back to your blog post: how bad can a fight get between a ‘spunk bitch’ and her ‘mean, gruff alpha male’? And what’s the make up sex like afterwards?

ERICA CHILSON: A fantasy I’ve had for years is beating the ever loving shit out of my ex. I want to ride him to the ground, sit on his chest, and pound all of my aggression out on his patronizing face. The release would be epic.

checkmateI brought this lifelong fantasy to life in CHECKMATE. Two characters who hurt each other in countless ways engage in therapeutic ass-kicking sessions. Regina & Jamie beat each other until they reach climax. Anger and hatred […] are funneled into fiery passion that is stoked through sex or violence.

MADELINE IVA: Is there an erotic romance you’ve read in which the Alpha falls in love but doesn’t (in your own words) ‘lose his massive set of testicles’ afterwards?

ERICA CHILSON: Oh, wow! I’ve read thousands of books. I’ll seriously have to think on this one. I understand why a woman thinks the power of love will soften an Alpha male. Soften the edges perhaps, but not castrate him.

MADELINE IVA: I’ve never seen such unanimous reviews on Good Reads before. People say that reading to the end of your first book was ‘like watching a car wreck–I just couldn’t look away.‘ They also seemed to believe that the ending was ‘massively f***ed up.’ And these are the people that liked the book! Give us a hint–what are they talking about?

ERICA CHILSON: HEA! HEA! People only want to read about happily ever after. I put my characters through their paces. I offer them a glimpse of their HEA and rip it away just before their fingers find purchase.  Fantasy is sweet and everyone is happy in the end, [but] life is a wicked mistress. She doesn’t believe in HEA. A romance novel usually ends with a marriage. I can attest that a marriage is not HEA- it’s work, the hardest work you’ll ever trudge through. I don’t write HFN, either.  Life will tear a partnership to bits, but if you’re strong, you’ll survive.

RestraintMadeline Iva: I can believe what you say about the trudging hard work…I’ll have to take your word on the tearing partnership to bits part. Tell us about your book RESTRAINT.

ERICA CHILSON: RESTRAINT dealt with rape, the loss of innocence. Everyone was f*cked up in some unique way. They weren’t right within themselves. In no way were they ready by book’s end to be right with each other. Broken people will break anyone in their path.

MADELINE IVA: I hadn’t thought of it exactly that way before, but I can see what you mean. Your book comes with a warning that forced sex is involved. Do you draw the line at writing certain kinds of sex in erotic romance?

ERICA CHILSON: I draw no lines in my work. RESTRAINT’s foundation was built on the violent, life-altering effects of force. Something that happens to countless women every day. I’m drawn to Dark Erotica for a reason. I’ve been through situations that turned me into someone I won’t acknowledge. I read and write it to prove that I’m not there anymore.

As for whether or not rape lessens the saccharine nature of a book: It depends on the author, the way the force was presented, and the personalities of the characters. I’ve read a lot of this type of book and it has ranged from extremely syrupy sweet to a punch to the gut you’ll never forget. I don’t want my readers to forget the trials I put my characters through. They should expect that sharp jab.

unleashedMADELINE IVA: Part of the reason why I was drawn to your blog post was that it was written with a sort of over-the-top sort of intensity that made me cheer. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. What’s an ideal Valentine’s Day with your favorite hottie like? Whips? Chains?

ERICA CHILSON: My answer will undoubtedly surprise readers. I’m a highly cerebral person, who finds sex to be 90% mental. Our date would involve tests of mental and physical prowess. Nothing gets me hotter than a man who can best me. If he can catch me, he can have me- in any way he pleases.

MADELINE IVA: What’s an average hospital visit from your favorite hottie like? Whips? Chains?

ERICA CHILSON: Hmm… now, why am I in the hospital? The answer is drastically different if some toxic relationship with an asshole landed me in the hospital. That would be the moment for a long lost badboy hottie from my past to swagger in.  My TRUE knight in shining armor’s first words will be, “You look like shit. Is the other guy still breathing?”

A Blood Seduction: Q&A about Vamp City with Pamela Palmer

1 Nov
Hi, it’s Madeline! Pamela Palmer is with me today for Q & A on Lady Smut.  Pamela’s first book in her new series is called A BLOOD SEDUCTION.  Set in VAMP CITY  (which is also the name of the series) Pamela’s distopian novel is about a dark parrallel decaying world.  This alternative D.C. capitol mixes the ante-bellum past with an apocalyptic present.

MADELINE IVA:  Pamela, what a bold choice to create this tormented, and (literally) dark world! Were you nervous about having floggings, torture, and human slavery in this new series? Are there other urban fantasy authors out there who inspired you to get so grotty? ;>

PAMELA PALMER: LOL. I wish I could blame it on another author, but no. It’s all my doing. : ) Things got dark
when I went searching for what made MY vampires different from everyone else’s. There are
so many vampires out there now and every writer puts his or her own spin on them. It
occurred to me that my vampires didn’t feed solely on blood, but also on emotions. And
that’s what set the path. After all, vampires aren’t likely to feed on joy and laughter, but on
fear and pain. And pleasure. The situation in Vamp City is worse than it should be and
Arturo and Quinn will eventually figure this out. I can’t say more or I’ll give away spoilers!

MADELINE IVA:  As you mentioned, the vampires in this world can literally feed off pain and fear, not just blood.  In Vamp City how are the vampires created?

PAMELA PALMER: Vampires are sired, just as in most traditional vampire tales, but it takes a conscious act by
the siring vamp to make it happen. Much like Ann Rice’s vamps. There are no accidental
vampires. And in my world, most humans don’t survive the transition.

MADELINE IVA: You’ve got some other interesting characters lurking out there in the darkness surrounding the city as well–can you tell us a little about the other creatures of the night in your series?

PAMELA PALMER: There are werewolves in Vamp City. And at least one werevamp (a werewolf who was long
ago turned into a vampire). There are a couple of sorcerers and a sorceress (our intrepid
heroine). And other things, which will come to light as the story progresses. ; )

MADELINE IVA: Vamp City was made back in the 19th century and seems more “period” than our modern world. What was it like having to do historic research for an urban fantasy novel? Did mixing history and the contemporary ever tangle you up as you were writing the series?

PAMELA PALMER: I had a blast researching 1870 Washington, D.C. Fortunately, I live in the D.C. suburbs, so I
have easy access to the real place. But I collected old photos, history books, old maps, etc. to
really understand what D.C. was like at the time of the Civil War and shortly afterward. (There
was little infrastructure (no sewage lines, and of course no electricity or phone lines) The
streets hadn’t even been paved! They were still dirt.Then I used my imagination to figure out what a duplicate of that world would look like if left
to rot and decay in the dark for one hundred forty years, its only caretakers the vampires
who resided within. Especially since those vampires had access to the real world. I figured
some would take advantage of modern inventions and bring in generators, televisions (with
DVD players), vehicles, etc. Other vamps would cling to the old ways and what they knew.
With dirt streets and and no gas stations, horses would still be the transportation of choice.
I’m still figuring out all the interesting little idiosyncrasies of this place. And I’m having so
much fun doing it!

MADELINE IVA: I REALLY want to ask you about the vampire that your heroine ends up knocking boots with.  Their situation is certainly complicated.  He’s a sometimes bad guy, sometimes protector who could conceivably turn into a hero one day–but in A Blood Seduction he seems like he’s got miles and miles to go before he can become a “good guy” we root for.  What I really want to ask you is: did you flinch while creating this guy as a love interest? It’s just such a bold move–did your agent flinch on your behalf? ;>

PAMELA PALMER: Ha! Actually, no, I didn’t flinch. Because I know the whole story. ; )A Blood Seduction is only book one of four or five (I still don’t know which). In many of my romances, the hero is more anti-hero than hero during the first 20-25% of the book, especially toward the heroine. (If you’ve read my Feral Warriors book, think Jag with Olivia. Or Paenther with Skye.) At the beginning of the romance, the hero is very much his old, flawed self. It takes his clashing with the heroine…and his starting to care about her…for him to wake up to his flaws. Arturo is no different. Throughout book 1, he remains loyal to his vampire master even when it becomes harder and harder to do. And while I don’t want to give away spoilers, at the end of book 1 he does something that’s a bit disloyal. And it changes everything. Book 2 is written and I can tell you Arturo is changing, though it’s not easy for him or anyone around him. Quinn, too, is changing. Ultimately they’ll earn their happily ever after, but they have a long, difficult, exciting road to travel before they get there.

MADELINE IVA: Overall, I have to say that the book has really stayed with me.  The more I think about it, the more I like the rich complexities you’ve created — it’s my favorite book of yours at this point!PAMELA

PALMER: I’m so glad, Madeline! Thank you. : )

So readers — are you hooked yet? Leave a comment below and you can win a copy of A BLOOD SEDUCTION today!

Horror Sex Camp

20 Sep

Hi there–Madeline here today.  I’m picking up from where Elizabeth Shore’s post left off yesterday.  She was talking about how well horror and erotic romance go together.

Meanwhile my favorite type of horror — campy horror — goes even better with sex.  I’m talking hot, uninhibited, I-don’t-care-that-you’re-not-my-boyfriend sex.

I mean, before the 80’s you had horror films that had sex stuff in them.  Sure.  The sexy popular girl always got slashed first, of course.  Female audiences weren’t supposed to enjoy the sexy part of these films though.  You had women taking off their sweaters as suspense built, blah, blah, blah to get men off.  They were thrown a gratuitous arousal boner as a way of staving off boredom until the part came where their date would jump around, scream, and cling unto her date.  Which led to boinking said date afterwards. (Apparently almost all horror films make bank for this very reason.)

Although, I never quite understood how that worked.  You just watched a film about a woman going off with a guy alone, getting all slutty, and then getting slashed.  So after the movie, you go off with a guy alone, and you get all slutty with him…

BUT THEN! Along came a time-warping little freaky-deaky project called The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975).

This film was less about horror and really more of an excuse to display one giant, cross-dressing, trans-gender orgy. But the film was an important one.  First it gave teens across our suburban lands something to do on a Saturday at midnight.  Second, in this film Janet made it quite clear she needed someone to touch her.  Lucky for her, there happened to be this specially made big golden hottie around to do it.  We learned from Rocky Horror that even nice girls needed to get some.

And with Rocky Horror Picture Show, the age of the 80’s and political correctness was spawned.  But despite the money grubbing, despite the cold war repression, a new tradition was born.  Ironic Camp came of age.  Yes, Poltergeist, The Shining, and a remake of The Thing happened, but this new trend in horror films took our lives in a whole new direction.

For instance, American Werewolf in London (1981).A sexy, slightly unsure American tourist is bitten.

Now, it’s the cute guy getting naked, not the cute girl.

The film was also funny, providing a different kind of release.  Horror and camp go together. As certain horror films got campier, they also got sexy in a different way–in a way that was definitely aimed at women.

[People older than I would say–well, what about Michael London, Mr. Little House on the Prairie, who was in “I Was A TeenAge Werewolf”? And I would say, “What’s that grandma? I can’t hear you over the loose dentures rattling around in your mouth.” And they would say, “Fine, smarty-pants, but they’re remaking it–aren’t they?” And I would shrug, because I dunno, maybe they are? Was that show campy? I doubt it.  I’m talking about camp here, grandma. Camp.]

The Lost Boys (1987) came along.  They were troubled bad boys, their leader a totally hot Jason Patric.

Oh, and Kiefer Sutherland was sneering about in the  background too.

Then you had the (mostly forgotten) film Lair of The White Worm (1988) starring an unknown British actor named Hugh Grant.  (Which also had a hot Scottish guy in it, btw, pictured here, covered in blood.)

After that came Buffy — the movie (1992), wherein cute Luke Perry got to stand around and watch his girlfriend kick ass. Feminism had truly arrived.  (Luke, you are cute, but not enough for me to bother getting your pic and showing it here.)

And Buffy begat Scream (1996).  In which Skeet Ulrich seduces and betrays and slays — His best. Role. Ever.

And Scream begat Buffy again–this time the TV show (1997-2003).  Spike.  Angel.  Need I say more?

And Buffy the TV show, in some ways, begat Torchwood (2006)

Which was horror/sci-fi and very sexy, yes, but in ways you were never expecting—and in ways which left you totally uncomfortable afterwards.   Oy.  Not one person in that cast ever had hot, uncomplicated sex.  EVER.   It was Tortured, as much or more than it was Torchwood.

So, what’s coming next for Horror Sex Camp? Maybe there’s something out there right now that I’m missing–? Leave a comment.  Let me know.

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