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Lady Smut Book of Dark Desires

9 Nov
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Hello Kittens! Cold? Unhappy? Wet? If you’re looking for fun on a grey rainy day, well, our anthology is on sale alllllllllll over the place for only $1.99.

Read about sexy goblins and Tech-savvy vampires.

Cavort with Gods locked up in spooky places and solve the mystery of where the girl with sexsomnia goes at night and who she’s doing it with.

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My Six Summer Obsessions

14 Jul

By Liz Everly

Every once in awhile we here at Lady Smut delve into our obsessions. It’s been awhile for me, so I thought it was about time.

1. I’ve started watching “Orange is the New Black.” We all know how behind I am on pop culture things. It’s like I’m constantly playing catch up since I’ve become a parent. I don’t really mind–I’m not much of a pop culture person. but in this case, I’ve said to myself, “self, you need to pay more attention!” This show is amazing. I’m not through with the first season yet. In-credible show.

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2. Lemon water. Oh yes. That’s it. I’ve been drinking it by the gallons this summer. They say it detoxes your system.  I don’t know, but I love it. In fact, I crave it. I don’t know how I will survive in NYC a week without my own stay of lemon water.

3. Cara McKenna. Why are her books not found at my local libraries? I can’t afford all the books I want. Oh Cara, let’s get you into the library.

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4. The RWA Annual conference in NYC. I’m not sure I’ll even ever been halfway prepared. But it is bound to be a hoot meeting some folks I’ve only known online. I can only take so many panels and often find myself overwhelmed and sipping a cold one in the bar. I am thrilled to be able to go this year.

5. Research. I know that sounds dreadfully boring to many of you. But I totally adore research. And I’ve been doing a lot of it for the historical I’m writing. Not a romance, alas. But I am working in some romantic elements and hoping to hook up with some historical folks at RWA. (See #4)

6. Paul McCartney and the Beatles.

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My husband and I took our daughters to their first rock concert. We agreed this one would be worth the price and the experience for our daughters. It was. And it was worth all of the crap we had to do to get there and get home. The crowds, the rain, the parking garage dramatics. This concert sort of set the tone for much of our family conversation this summer. We’ve been talking about the music, the lyrics, the history. How some of McCartney’s songs capture characters so well, in such few words. What a talent!

How about you? What are you obsessing about this summer?

In Praise of Italian Men

26 May

By Liz Everly

Sometimes I like to ponder the deeper things in life. What is love? What is the meaning of life? And what, just exactly, is the appeal of Italian men? Hmmm?

I grew up in a heavily-Italian populated part of the U.S. The “Sons of Italy” held fish fries on Fridays and were always participants in any kind of community food festival. For me, my love of Italian men might be traced back to my roots. They were so different from the blond, blue-eyed men in my family. (For me, being different from my family was an attractive quality.) They were dark, earthy, passionate men, bound by family and community. Yet, oh, so mysterious to me and very, very, VERY sexy.

I love their classic bone structure and deep-down love of good food. I love Thai food and Indian food and a variety of other kinds of food—but if I had to choose my favorite kind of “ethnic” food, it would be Italian. It tastes like home to me. In truth, so do Italian men.

Wouldn’t you like a bite of this?

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Eduardo Verastegui

And then there is the accent. Can you just imagine the sweet whisper and sighs between the sheets, punctuated with those sexy accents? Or maybe lovely Italian words “Bella…” (is there a language more beautiful?)

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Fabricio Zunino

Of course, Italy’s regions all offer up different kinds of food, traditions, and men (I suppose). When I was researching for the sixth installment of EIGHT LAYS AROUND THE WORLD, which is set in Italy, I focused on Tuscany because this is the white truffle region. I loved learning about the highly trained dogs and the methods of finding the very expensive nuggets. (I have a new Pinterest board Truffle Hunting, check it out.) Giovanni, the male character in this story, is a wealthy truffle hunter who is also, um, quite earthy and delicious. He has interesting thoughts about food. Of course.

“We stopped working at about 5 a.m. and I was tired and hungry when we stepped into the kitchen of the villa. The scent of frying butter and something else…earthy, musky wafted. When they sat a platter of it in front me, I nearly fainted from the richness of the butter, dripping off the truffles.

“This is the best way to have them,” Giovanni told me. “You can do all kind of things with them—dress them up, add special sauces, but those of us who know will tell you. Plain. In butter,” he said with butter dripping down his chin. “It’s like sex. If it’s good, you don’t need, um, embellishment.” ”

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Another little bit of wisdom from Giovanni:

“We used to talk about food and cooking, You know, Marko used to say that cooking is about control,” he said. “Eating is about submission. He said that people who really enjoy their food are great in bed.”

So there you have it. Sexy-food wisdom from my hunk of a truffle hunter.

This series has been fun for me to write. I’ve learned a lot about other cultures in my research, and had fun creating my multinational cast of men. Two more installments to go in the series. Check out my Italian men Pinterest board. Yowzah. In the mean time, to celebrate the release of “Italy,” I’m offering the first in the series for free until Friday. Enjoy!

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Click to go to Amazon and download this freebie! Just until Friday!

We’re Warming Up For Summer!

17 May
Doesn't everyone have a pre-summer beach practice run?

Doesn’t everyone have a pre-summer beach practice run?

Hey there, neighbors!

The ladies of Lady Smut are taking a bit of a vacation this week, in order to properly prepare for the summer. There’s just so much to do. Scheduling pedicures. Shopping for sundresses. Popsicle-licking classes. The annual changing of the cabana boys. (That one might be just me, but if you’re interested, you know where to find me.) We’ll be back in time for Memorial Day, though, with loads of summer fun to keep everyone hot and bothered in the coolest possible way.

While we’re gone, consider this a week-long open house. Check out the Shop and some of our most recent posts. And enjoy one of my favorite summertime anthems.

(A lot of so-called “official” videos of this song are only four minutes long. Just think that over, little lobsters.)

Get ahead of the game, and hit that Follow button now. See you soon!

Don’t forget to head over to Goodreads and get in the drawing for a copy of The Lady Smut Book of Dark DesiresYou need some hot beach reading.

My Writer-Girl Crush on Susanna Kearsely

21 Apr

By Liz Everly

Have you ever just fallen so hard for a writer’s work that all you want to do is read ONLY their books? I admit it’s a rarity for me. There have been a few series that I follow, but eventually, I get bored and move on, or I can see a pattern developing in the writer’s work and it’s the same story, but just a retelling of it. Sometimes, it can be very disappointing as a reader when that happens.

So I’ve been reading a lot of Susanna Kearsley. First, I read THE WINTER SEA, an extraordinary book on all counts.

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But the romance? Beautifully written. Yet, I’m not sure I’d even call it a romance book. I’d say it’s a novel with strong romantic elements. Her books don’t have graphic sex in them. But yet, one line can be as sexy and romantic as any line in any erotic romance novel I’ve ever read.

This is how she describes herself on twitter “NYTimes bestselling writer who can’t choose between Historical, Contemporary, Paranormal, Romance & Suspense … so I just blend it all together in my novels.”

Does she ever.

And I really have kind of, um, fallen for her.

In THE WINTER SEA, she weaves history, romance, suspense, and a very interesting paranormal  (for the lack of a better word here) thread into this story. Plus, here was a romance arc so skillfully done that it took my breath away. The “paranormal” element was about the way the main character-writer in the story appeared to be channeling memories of an ancestor. I eat up this kind of thing. I can ponder where writers get idea for hours. Sometimes I wonder where I get mine. (But then I ask myself: do I really want to go there? It may be best to NOT look too deeply at it.)

Kearsley’s writing has been compared to both Mary Stewart and Diane Gabaldon. Her obvious love of history, archeology, landscape, romance, with interesting paranormal elements leads me straight to Gabaldon. I just finished another one of Kearsley’s books, which is a time-travel adventure romance—THE ROSE GARDEN, very much in the same vein at Gabaldon’s OUTLANDER series.

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But I can also see so much of Mary Stewart in her writing—the atmospheric language, the love of suspense, the sweeping landscapes, and moody skies.

One thing all three writers have in common, no matter where they take their heroines, is that their lead characters are all independent, strong women, not likely to fall in love with the first handsome bloke who looks her way. And they are also not likely to be women who will believe easily that they have fallen through a time-warp, are channeling long-lost ancestors, or in ghosts and psychics. But they are all faced with unexplainable happenings, nonetheless.

I think this is the key to making this kind of fiction work. These women characters are formidable—it they did not have it together, they would not be up for the adventure. These are not the swooning types. (That is not to say, however, that they don’t have wounds.)

In THE SHADOWY HORSES, for example, the main female character is an archeologist, very driven by science and not looking for romance, at all. Of course, she finds it, along with a psychic boy and a ghost haunting the ground she is digging in. This is the kind of material that just sucks me in. It’s when a grounded, normal, every-day, maybe smarter-than-average woman who thinks she’d got parts of life figured out (and she does), confronts things she never imagined existed. Ghosts? Time travel? Channeling an ancestor through your writing? Pshaw.

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You know this is part of why OUTLANDER works so well. Claire is nobody’s fool, right? She’s a nurse, very practical, earthy, and outspoken. Gabaldon has written these characters so well and wrapped the story in such detailed history and descriptions that she pulls whatever skeptics there are among us right into the story. We think, “Okay, maybe, Yeah. This COULD happen.” Okay so even if we don’t quite get that far in our thinking, the story is so good that we don’t care. Fall through a standing stone and landing in Jacobite Scotland? Okay. Slip into a trance-like state and channel your ancestor’s story into your book? Yes, because the characters, the setting, everything else is so believable.

Falling in love with a writer can be frustrating. I’ve picked up several other books while I’m waiting to get Kearsley’s next one. I am stopped dead in my tracks. I can’t do it. Nope. I give up. It’s simply a wave I must ride, enjoying every minute of it, of course. I’m embracing my writer-girl crush. Why fight it, right?

Has this ever happened to you?

 

Sexy Saturday Round-Up

11 Apr
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Click to buy at Amazon. 🙂

 

By Liz Everly and the Lady Smut Bloggers.

Hello, Sexy!  Looking for fascinating, fun, and intriguing reading this weekend? Look no further. We’ve got you covered on Lady smut.

From Liz:

Great Bette Davis quotes.

Pat Roberston is afraid gays all make us all want anal sex.

Drawing the line between nasty and kinky.

From Madeline:

France just banned ultra thin models. When will the U.S. follow suit?

From Two Nerdy History girls — A Short History of Undergarments

A make-under for Bratz dolls: the woman who removes make-up from dolls.

The Feds impersonated a woman on fb–endangering her life, and paying her in court, but not saying they won’t do it again.

They say ‘healthy’, I say ‘lesbian derby porn’. Snort! You decide.

 

Stay Hungry,

Liz

 

 

Could she have been saved by a pen name?

7 Apr

By Liz Everly

No matter what your stance is on writers taking pen names and all of the explosions from the last few weeks on on the Internet that Kiersten Haillie Krum wrote about in the Professional Ethics of Pen Names, history is full of writers who took several names, especially women. And many with good reason. I recently had a chance to visit Warm Springs , Va., and was yet again reminded of good reasons to use a pen name—stay with me reader, this is a story of a writer you need to know about, but you probably don’t. She never took a pen name and she probably should have.

I had discovered Mary Johnston and her story years ago when I was writing and researching  about another woman. I stumbled on Mary looking at me, defying me to forget about her, on the page of a history book.

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I don’t know if it was the look she bore, or her story that reached out and grabbed me, haunting me to this day. Both my subject and Mary had been to the bathhouse enclosing the famous natural springs.

The round bathhouse, with chipped paint and rickety boards with strands of light escaping through, had sheltered the sulfur springs for years and years—so many women healed their weary bodies in the springs. The day I was there, shoulders and hips and part of faces moved through the steam and smell of the sour sulfur permeated. I was surrounded by other women, but I could think of nobody else but Mary.

Mary Johnston was a famous novelist in her day. She was first woman novelist to hit the New York Times Bestseller list and was no ordinary writer—or woman, for that matter. She turned from being a very successful writer of turn-of-the-century romance novels into an early feminist and defiant champion of women’s suffrage—at serious cost.

Johnston was a successful novelist during a time when “genteel” women working for themselves—let alone as writers—were looked down on in society circles. Mary was Southern, and perhaps it was worse for her. Sometimes I think we modern women writers forget that it’s really only  in our recent history that writing was considered an appropriate undertaking for women. Mary, however,  was widely accepted—as long as she concentrated her efforts on historical romances like “Prisoners of Hope” (1898), “To Have and to Hold” (1900), and “Sir Mortimer” (1904)—all focusing on colonial times in Virginia. “To Have and to Hold” was published in 1900 by Houghton Mifflin and became the bestselling novel in the United States in 1900. Mary’s next work “Audrey” was the 5th bestselling book in the U.S. in 1902. So was “Sir Mortimer” in 1904.

Three of Mary’s books were adapted to film. “Audrey” was made into a silent film of the same name in 1916, and her blockbuster work “To Have and to Hold” was made into a two silent films—the first in 1918 and another in 1922. “Pioneers of the Old South” was adapted to film in 1923 under the title “Jamestown.”

Along the way, Mary built a colonial revival mansion in Warm Springs, Va., that architects say is every bit as defiant as Mary. She called the place Three Hills because of its view.

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Mary, who had lived in Richmond, Va., had been summering with her family in the old Warm Springs since 1903—and had grown to love the area. She earned plenty of money from books sales and film rights—three of her novels would be made into movies. (Yet, how many of us have even heard of her?) She had not married, and had no close male relatives, and so had become independent. She chose where on the property she wanted to build the house and live with her two sisters, Eloise and Elizabeth. She commissioned the architects, and planned and built the gardens. Articles of the time point out how unusual it was for a woman to have such a take-charge attitude and work with builders on her own.

Unknown-5But, unfortunately, Mary’s career spiraled downward with the publication of “Hagar” in 1913—a favorite book of mine. It was one of the first feminist novels—somewhat autobiographical—and not surprisingly, created a backlash. Hagar captures the early heady days of women’s rights. Mary’s personal letters are full of correspondence from women working for the right to vote.

But husbands and fathers were outraged by the book’s progressive ideas and refused to purchase it, or subsequent Johnston novels, for their wives and daughters, most of whom had very little power to protest.

Part of Mary’s personal story can be found in the novel’s pages. Like “Hagar,” she was born in a small Southern town (Buchanon, 1870); she wrote secretly until she was published; she traveled through Europe with her father; and she spent a good bit of time in New York City. “Hagar” was published shortly after Johnston moved into Three Hills, and she almost went broke. Though she continued writing and collecting money from her earlier works, until her death in 1936, Johnston and her sisters struggled to maintain the grand house. They were forced to take in boarders. Against the advice of her publisher and editors, Mary continued to write about social and political topics. Those were the ideas that intrigued her, and she refused to live her life in anything but her own way.

Though largely forgotten, Johnston’s work is sometimes dusted off by scholars and readers. I wonder what Mary would think of Lady Smut. I wish I could ask her if she wishes she’d used another name for her romance writing, so that she could be free to write about the other subjects that interested her. Mary Johnston’s readers loved her, but they were quite unforgiving when she left historical romances for feminism. Yet another good reason for a pen name. If she had, she might have done much better and her name would be better known.

I like to think Mary would fit right in here at Lady Smut. After all, her dying words were, “Listen to me…” She had something to say, but left us to wonder.

Follow along with us on Lady Smut. We have something to say—and we won’t leaving you wondering.

 

 

Sexy Saturday Round-Up

4 Apr

By Liz Everly and the Lady Smut Bloggers

Hello, Sexy! How handy would a tex toy disguised as a household object be?  Ever wonder if porn was really a relationship-killer? Ponder these and other complex, deeply disturbing, and fun issues with Lady Smut. We’ve got the best blog posts of the week right here for your reading pleasure.

LS Fb squareFrom Liz:

Embrace: A New Body Image Movement.

Sex toys disguised as household objects.

The “self-aware alpha.” Great blog post by Meg Benjamin.

From Elizabeth:

He just won’t lisen to me! If you’re dealing with that (and frankly, who isn’t?), give him these 10 tips to be a better listener.

Turns out, recent studies suggest porn isn’t the sex-killer of your relationship after all.

Want a great orgasm? Make sure other women think your guy’s attractive.

Here’s what guys think they should be doing to seduce us. Do you agree?

From Madeline:

Easy to miss signs that a shy person has a crush on you.

A twisted take on beauty.

Flirt Better.

Stay Hungry,

Liz

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

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.

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

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