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Romance Gives Back

20 Feb

by Kiersten Hallie Krum

Today is President’s Day, a national holiday that while ostensibly is about celebrating our most notable presidents, Washington and Lincoln, it mostly means a day off from work. But many people see President’s Day as a day to give back, a day in which to service their community. With the current administration seeming to work hard to destroy all that is good and just about our country, I wanted to take this opportunity to focus on how writers and readers in Romancelandia give back. No, it’s not terribly sexy on the surface, but to my mind, there’s a sexy quality to being of service to those who can’t do for themselves.

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A few weeks ago, Lady Smut Blogger Alexa Day threw down the gauntlet to challenge us as readers to support diversity in publishing by turning the page and not just buying and not just reading but truly making sure that we act on what we read to make that difference.

It’s not enough any more to just buy that book. It’s wonderful and all, but just having that one book doesn’t make you an ally. It doesn’t make you an activist. You’re going to have to read it.

Read that book. Then read another one with a different author. Consider the way the heroines walk through the world — the billionaire socialites, the ancient queens, the 18th century doctors. Travel through ancient Africa and the American South still smoldering after the Civil War. Immerse yourself in the authors’ blogs as well as their books.

We serve each other by going beyond the mere gesture. Buying that book, in order to support that author and the call for greater diversity in publishing, is absolutely fantastic. But reading it — taking in the places where your viewpoints differ, where the author’s culture teaches you something, where you have something in common — benefits both you and the author. Reading it is where we go beyond mere talk and good thoughts and move toward real understanding.

Alexa Day, Walk the Walk by Turning the Page

Many authors in Romancelandia choose to give back in tangible ways, using their exposure and reader base to support causes often near and dear to their hearts. The romance community is well know for supporting and contributing to such charities and organizations that support literacy, autism, and women and children in need, to name only a few. In this vein, I invited writer Diana Crosby to share about her current project with Habitat for Humanity, an organization I too have been privileged to work with in the past building homes in Kentucky.

NOTE: This is *not* an official Lady Smut sponsored project. All contributions by readers or bloggers are made of their own personal accord.

Take it away, Diana!

Diana Cosby’s Romance Reader’s Build A Habitat For Humanity House of Love

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Romance Writer Diana Crosby

Romance readers are AMAZING!  And, SO is Habitat For Humanity, a charity that I love supporting and volunteering for.  So, I thought, why not pair the two and help a deserving family receive a home?  And, the Diana Cosby’s Romance Reader’s Build A Habitat For Humanity House of Love fundraiser was born.

I contacted the Habitat For Humanity office in Grayson County, Texas, where I’ve had the honor of helping with several builds and spoke with Laurie Mealy, Executive Director.  She embraced the project, and was thrilled at the thought of pairing romance readers, who love stories where heroes and heroines overcome challenges to make their dreams come true, with making the dream of home ownership for a deserving family a reality.

Goal:  Fund an entire home – $55,000. 

I kicked off the challenge by donating $200.  As I write this, we’ve raised $9,165.  Romance readers are amazing, and I have complete faith that as the stories they love, they will join together to raise the amount necessary to give a deserving family a home.

How it works:

As readers send donations to Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County for the “Diana Cosby’s Readers Build A House of Love,” the total contributions are updated below the house graphic on the upper right side of the homepage. Donations can be sent via PayPal by clicking on the house, which takes you to the donation page, or by mailing a check or money order to:

Habitat for Humanity of Grayson County

901 N. Grand Avenue

P.O. Box 2725

Sherman, TX 75091

**Please note on your donation: ‘For the Romance Readers Build A HFH House of Love.’

Thank you so much, Kiersten, for inviting me to visit the Lady Smut blog today and also to everyone who contributes for helping to make an incredible difference in a deserving family’s life.  For when a family walk into a Habitat For Humanity house, it’s more than mortar and wood, it’s a place they can finally call home.

A retired Navy Chief, Diana Cosby is an international bestselling author of Scottish medieval romantic suspense.  Books in her award-winning MacGruder Brothers series have been translated in five languages.  Diana has spoken at the Library of Congress, Lady Jane’s Salon in NYC, and appeared in Woman’s Day, on USA Today’s romance blog, “Happy Ever After,” MSN.com, Atlantic County Women Magazine, and Texoma Living Magazine. Book two in her Forbidden series, Forbidden Knight, will be released in June 2017. Learn more about Diana’s books on her website www.dianacosby.com.

Now available exclusively from Kindle. Click image to buy!

Now available exclusively from Kindle. Click image to buy!

Writer, singer, editor, traveler, tequila drinker, and cat herder, Kiersten Hallie Krum avoids pen names since keeping her multiple personalities straight is hard enough work. She writes smart, sharp, and sexy romantic suspense. Her debut romantic suspense novel, WILD ON THE ROCKS, is now available. Visit her website at www.kierstenkrum.com and find her regularly over sharing on various social media via @kierstenkrum.

Sexy Saturday Round-Up

18 Feb

f11f687d892c4f39602ecf62b0a9e616Hello! Congratulations on surviving Valentine’s Day.  Here’s your reward — this week’s SSRU.  Now dive into that left over box of chocolates and enjoy.

Woot! Valentina Sampaio is French Vogue’s first trans cover model.

The Left Over Men.

Tom explains that I lurv Taylor Swift T-shirt debacle.

Dakota loves her some sex toys. Mmmm-hmmmm. Dornan still a kill-joy.

Booyah! The list of women making fearless sex comedies grows.

Proxy-what-what? Why is the guy who gets the gal so very attractive to other gals?

Cause the emperor’s court knew how to party! Ancient Chinese dildos and butt plugs discovered in crypts.

Why the grand romantic gesture will never die.

The Billionaire phenomenon: Why today’s hottest romance heroes have ten figures to go with their six packs.

He saved her.  Reader, she married him.

From G.G Andrews:

Finally a dating app that matches people who hate the same things.

From Thien-Kim:

Need some BDSM in your life? Check out these romances hotter than Fifty Shades.

Get ready for all the feels with this KissCam video

Too bad these adult happy meals aren’t available near me.

This takes edible underwear to a whole new, paleo-friendly level

From Elizabeth Shore:

In case you’re wondering what to watch this weekend, how about one of the best (or worst!) orgy scenes of all time?

Intimacy comes in many forms. What dating life is like when you’re celibate.

You had to have known this was coming. The world’s first mobile kissing messenger! Silicon lip sensors, anyone?

High!!!! The cannibis dating app.

 

 

 

 

 

How to write erotic flash fiction and turn readers on in a few pages

17 Feb

by Rachel Kramer Bussel

I’m a sucker for a good short story. I always have been, which is perhaps why I’ve made a career out of editing short story anthologies, but I’ve come to appreciate the genre anew by compiling three books of erotic flash fiction: Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex, The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories and The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales. Yes, the number 69 is a cheeky reference, but also rounds out these collections in a beautiful way, allowing room for plenty of variety.

Before I delve into why I love these super short tales so much, I want to let all you writers out there now that I’m looking for the last few ultra hot, creative and brilliant BDSM erotica stories to include in The Big Book of Submission, Volume 2, to be published in 2018 by Cleis Press. Get all the details in the call for submissions and send your stories in by February 28, 2017. Yes, I know that’s around the corner, but at only 1,200 words or less, writing one can be done in a day.

The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales

The Big Book of Submission: 69 Kinky Tales

So what do I love about these books? As an editor, I selfishly love that I get to say yes to 69 authors, since sending rejections is the part of the job I hate the most. As a reader, I relish seeing just how playful writers can be with such a limited word count. And as a person with ADD, I love that I can read one of these stories in just a few minutes, making them perfect for our often overbooked and overly busy culture.

Some people might see the words “1,200 words or less” and think, That’s nothing more than a sex scene. Au contraire! What’s been extraordinary to me is seeing just how much passion, heart and soul these authors have imbued into their relatively small amount of words. They’ve created stories that are rich with gorgeous imagery and eroticism, the kinds of stories I reread often. One of my favorites is “Housebroken” by Laila Blake, from The Big Book of Submission, about a special kind of roleplay. Here’s a snippet:

The tiny bell on her kitten-collar chimed whenever she moved her head a little this way or that, sparkling like her pink lips with their ubiquitous honey-scented gloss. All of her seemed to glow as she lay there ivory-pink, her knees pulled up in a shallow angle, leaning against each other, her toes wriggling a little. She never did lie completely still—for that she needed ropes and cuffs, commands and punishments. For the moment, though, Imani allowed it, smiling at her kitten’s antics and the way, in her apartment, her kitten could let go completely, with no care in the world but Imani’s pleasure and her own, attaining the purest sense of freedom humans could find.

Yes, in her limited space, Blake takes readers inside an intimate, loving lesbian BDSM relationship and helps bring their roleplaying to life.

The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories

The Big Book of Orgasms: 69 Sexy Stories

One of my favorite stories I’ve ever published is the humorous yet thought-provoking gender changing tale “Remote Control” by Logan Zachary in The Big Book of Orgasms. Using the hilarious premise that the title device can change everything from the weather to one’s genitals, Zachary presents a couple who transform themselves inside and out, with fascinating results. You can listen to the whole story on The Kiss Me Quick’s Podcast—I dare you to do so and not wonder what you yourself would do with such a remote in the palm of your hand! Not only is this story sexy and funny, it also manages to slyly comment on gender and sexual orientation.

What the writers who are successful at these sexy flash fiction stories know is that economy of language can indeed be hot, because it forces you to truly say what you mean and imbue every single word with as much power as possible. You can focus on the heart of what makes a relationship or sex act or scene so arousing, cutting out all extraneous distractions. Honing in on what’s vital can help authors see what makes the story tick and force them to value each thought, each touch, each movement as it builds to something greater than the sum of its parts. For the reader, the payoff is that they can get completely sucked into a story, knowing they can fully savor it in the time it takes to enjoy a morning cup of coffee.

Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex

Gotta Have It: 69 Stories of Sudden Sex

These tales capture the complexity of trying something new in bed, and instead of jumping straight into the screwing, they still take the time to make imbue realism into the equation. In “Anal-yzed” by Donna George Storey from Gotta Have It, she tackles the negotiation between a couple about exploring anal sex, covering a woman’s doubts, fears and uncertainties while still maintaining the heat level:

“Interesting. I have another theory, though.” As he said this, his finger dipped between my asscheeks to stroke my tender pink valley.

I shivered and arched up into his touch. “Theory?”

“Yes, that anal sex is an unnatural act, so it makes you feel like a dirty slut to do it.”

My muscles down there—belly, cunt, asshole—immediately went into spasm, prickles of shame mixed with sweet twinges of pleasure. He was right. It was a turn-on to be a naughty girl who let boys in the back door. But I suddenly realized something else too. Having him talk about fucking my ass—actually analyze it like this—was making me incredibly hot.

Yes, within the confines of her 1,200 word maximum, Storey takes a common sexual fantasy, deconstructs it and does it justice as the narrator and her partner find out just how they can make this fantasy come true. She doesn’t waste any words, but she doesn’t rush the action either.

For those who prefer watching a sex scene unfold, here’s me reading my face slapping erotica story “Manners” from Gotta Have It several years ago at erotic shop Coco De Mer in West Hollywood, a topic I enjoyed distilling into a few racy pages:

To play devil’s advocate, I know that for those who solely read and write novels, the idea of even attempting to narrow down a short story into the confines of flash fiction is anathema. The biggest complaint I get from readers is that these stories are too short, that just as they get started, they’re over. On that point, I agree; however, I see their shortness as their strength, their beauty, their brilliance, and if they leave you wanting to know more about these characters, I consider that a win. So if you’re pressed for time, have a limited attention span like me, or simply want a huge amount of variety in the palm of your hands, check out these flash fiction books, and perhaps they’ll even inspire you to write one of your own.

Rachel Kramer Bussel (rachelkramerbussel.com) has edited over 60 anthologies, including Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1, Come Again: Sex Toy Erotica, Begging for It, Fast Girls, The Big Book of Orgasms and more. She writes widely about sex, dating, books and pop culture and teaches erotica writing classes around the country and online. Follow her @raquelita on Twitter and find out more about her classes and consulting at eroticawriting101.com.

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.

 

 

Bondage Rope Starter Guide: the busy woman’s cheat sheet on what to get to get what you want.

10 Feb

by Isabelle Drake

Thinking about buying some bondage rope? If you are, you won’t be alone this weekend.

First time thinking about buying rope? Again, you won’t be alone this weekend.

Headed to the hardware store because you want that rope – in – a – hurry?

Sounds good. But you may want to think about what’s going to work best for you ahead of time. You know, to avoid that awkward moment when the helpful salesperson asks you what type you want then, in attempt to assist you better, asks you what you want it for. See what I mean?rope-tape-cable-ties

There are three things to consider.

Fiber

Think of fiber as the rope’s texture and appearance. It’s what the rope is made from, so fiber determines the look, texture, pliability, smell, and overall aesthetic. The four most common fibers used in bondage are hemp, jute, nylon and MFP.

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Hemp rope

Hemp

Thanks to the fact that its natural, hemp offers great smell and texture. It’s soft but strong. It ‘breathes’ and bends, tucking itself into the contours of the body. The texture makes it easy to secure knots and this rope adjusts to varying tension levels.

Bonus, it has great old-school appeal, making it easy to imagine you’re being bound by a pirate or roped by a cowboy.

Notes on hemp:

  • it can be put through the washer but looses strength with each washing.
  • it looks wonderful in person but is hard to photograph.
  • its more expensive than the other commonly used roped.

 

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Jute rope

Jute

Jute, the other natural choice, is nearly the opposite of hemp.

This fiber starts out very strong, sturdy and rough. This makes it a favorite of those who prefer edge in their rope play. That same firm texture makes it hold knots very well and photograph really well.

Bonus, this rope is light and so travels well. And yes, it also has that old school appeal of hemp.

Notes on jute:

  • it has enough grip to stay in place, but not as much as hemp. As a result, careful tensioning is required when using jute.
  • it can be tricky to wash and must be stretch dried to retain length.
  • it requires careful selection when purchasing. Be sure to ask about the weave, as loosely woven jute will not last very long.

Nylon and MFP (multi-fiber polypropylene)

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Nylon rope

These are manufactured, oil-based ropes, so cost quite a bit less than the natural alternatives. Because they are not natural, they maintain their round shape consistently and over a long period. They both wash easily and can be used in the water.

Something to consider, they don’t hold body heat. As a result, some users find these feel less natural and say they fell disconnected from these ropes.

Bonus, these fibers comes in many bright colors, are super shiny and photograph great.

Notes on nylon and MFP:

  • in regard to weight, they are about the same as jute.
  • they are very strong.
  • they can be tricky to use as they are slippery so tension can be difficult to control.

Diameter

A good diameter to start with is between 4mm-8mm. 7mm and 8mm are frequently selected due to strength and comfort. Obviously, strength is very important when considering suspension. Also, the thicker ropes are easier on the skin and, as a result, are the better option for longer bondage sessions.

Thickness impacts rope stiffness and weight. Thicker ropes are more stiff. The stiffer the rope is, the less pliable it is. Therefore, knots and intricate patterns can be difficult. Thicker ropes are also heavier and, consequently, more difficult to transport.

Length

In regard to length, consider what the rope will be used for, ie, simple wrist ties or full body suspension, and the size of the person being bound.  The North American standard is about 30 feet, with 15 foot spares. The Japanese have a more complicated system of deciding rope length, basing the decision on the measurements of the rigger. The idea is to use a length that the rigger can work with easily and fluidly. That measurement is typically between 23 and 27 feet with 12.5 foot spares.

Not buying any rope for yourself? No worries. In an effort to make this knowledge useful, take yourself to the opening of FIFTY this weekend, reread your tattered paperbacks, and check out what they use, see if you would have made the same selections.

Be sure to come back all next week for our Fifty Shades Darker Celebration and Valentine’s Giveaway. We’ll be doing it Lady Smut style!

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Isabelle Drake writes erotica, erotic romance, urban fantasy, and young adult thrillers. She’s also working on her own sexy android erotica.

What are you doing for Valentine’s Day? Taking a bath with your book boyfriend?

Click to see other wonderful spa items from Lux Aromatica.

This Valentine’s Day weekend, we’re offering a Kama Sutra giveaway from Lux Aromatica that includes massage oil, soap, a candle, and lip balm.

To enter the giveaway, hit the SUBSCRIBE button on our blog now–it’s the pink button up at the top on the right–and fill out the form.  One random winner will be chosen from central Virginia where Kerensa’s stores are located and one random winner from the nation at large. (Continental US only, please!)

Fifty Shades Darker Celebration & Valentine’s Giveaway

9 Feb

by Madeline Iva

Are you going to see FIFTY SHADES DARKER this weekend? We are!fifty-ball

Well, Elizabeth SaFleur and I are. We’ve already got our tickets and we’re taking our spouses.  Not only that–we’re holding a celebration event on Facebook to chat with y’all about the FIFTY SHADES DARKER movie.  We hope you join us!50shadesshouldersleeping

Go to our event on facebook, press the *interested* button, then tell us what you thought about the movie:

  • What did you love? The actors, characters, settings, costumes, plot?
  • How did FIFTY SHADES DARKER compared to the book and the first movie?
  • Do you love billionaire romance themes in general? Or BDSM romances in particular? ; >

We’re also blogging about fascinating aspects of the movie here.  (Don’t worry, we’ll post everything over at the fb event too.)

  • Reasons Why Billionaire Romances Are Never Going Away
  • My obsession with Jamie Dornan
  • 5 Ways In Which Real Life Millionaires Aren’t Like Us
  • Jackie Horne from ROMANCE NOVELS WITH FEMINISTS will stop by. We’re discussing where young women are going with BDSM and how this is or isn’t reflected in the movie.
  • Joey Hill shares with us how to get kinky with her 10 favorite kitchen items.

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Admittedly, not all of us at the blog are 50 Shades lovers.  You might not be either — that’s why we have other smexy Valentine’s Day posts to offer you this month.  pantiesCheck out our posts on:

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!

This Valentine’s Day weekend, we’re offering a Kama Sutra giveaway from Lux Aromatica that includes massage oil, soap, a candle, and lip balm.

To enter the giveaway, hit the SUBSCRIBE button on our blog now–it’s the pink button up at the top on the right–and fill out the form.  One random winner will be chosen from central Virginia where Kerensa’s stores are located and one random winner from the nation at large. (Continental US only, please!)

We look forward to seeing you all this weekend, even if you’re just stopping by to say hi. — xoxo

wickedapprenticefinal-fjm_low_res_500x750Madeline Iva writes fantasy and paranormal romance.  Her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, featuring a magic geek heroine, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and through iTunes.  Sign up for Madeline Iva news & give aways.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Wisdom From A Cover Model

8 Feb

By Elizabeth Shore

So here we are at the time of year when flower vendors, chocolatiers, and jewelers all lick their chops in anticipation of cash register glory. That’s right, my friends. Love it or hate it, we’re staring down the road of another Valentine’s Day.

For the loveless out there, it can be a bleak day. No special someone to take them out to dinner, bring flowers, or simply tell them how special they are. No one sprinkling rose petals on the bed or shining moonbeams in the eyes. Grim indeed! If you’ve vowed that next Valentine’s Day will not consist of eating Chinese take-out alone while binge watching Grey’s Anatomy, you’re in luck. Romance’s top cover model, Jason Aaron Baca, recently offered his tips to writer Gersh Kuntzman for how to get the girl. If you see a guy putting this sage advice into action, you’ll know he’s trying to make the moves and can respond accordingly.

First thing’s first. Be confident. Jason sure is! On the covers of romance novels, he says, he’s the “ultimate object of desire.” So all he has to do to attract a lady is stay in character. At the gym working those pecs, while grocery shopping to nourish that bod, when flexing hard on the set of a shoot, Jason maintains the cool and confident. You’ve been forewarned. If a guy approaches you with a swagger that would make John Wayne proud, know that he’s just playing it cool and keeping in character.

If this gets your heart thumping and your interest soaring, Jason says we women need to be the ones to initiate contact. You see a guy who looks too cool for school? Go up to him and start asking questions. This will show him he’s caught your eye. However, don’t be put off if he stays guarded, ’cause that’s another of Jason’s tips for getting the girl: don’t reveal too much. See? Because just being around indicates the guy’s interested. In case you didn’t know. That’s why we’ve got to then be the ones who start the conversation. The man’s job is just to “be there” and flex his pecs to show he’s oozing with confidence. Ah, right. That all makes sense.

Another tidbit of Jason Baca wisdom is for the man to play hard to get. So don’t be discouraged! It’s not that “he’s just not that into you,” as Sex in the City would have us believe, but rather, as Jason puts it, “I like to make sure she’s wondering, “What is this guy thinking? I don’t know if he likes me.” How awesome! We can be delightfully confused with mixed messages as to whether he’s really digging us – and playing hard to get –  or hopes we’d just go away – which is why he’s hard to get. Cause he doesn’t want to be gotten. Or something.

I’m pretty sure that the male readers among us are no doubt taking copious notes and preparing their strategy for how to bag a babe. Yet what if the guy doesn’t have 4% body fat and ripped abs that double as a shaving device like Jason does? What’s the average Jason to do? First off, work out a lot. So there’s that. And second, says Jason, simply envision the studly guy you want to be. “Picture yourself moving towards the woman of your dreams and talking to her and asking her out. And then wake up and do it.”

Go get ’em, guys!

Elizabeth Shore writes both contemporary and historical erotic romance. Her newest book is an erotic historical novella, Desire Rising, from The Wild Rose Press. Other releases include Hot Bayou Nights and The Lady Smut Book of Dark Desires

 

Sexy Saturday Round Up

28 Jan

Ready to settle down to a quietly satisfying weekend? Well, you’ve come to the right place.  The world outside may be going to hell in a handbag, but you can cozy up here to our fire and enjoy yourself with some fascinating blog posts around the world about the funny, bad, weird world of sex, love, and the clitoris. Enjoy!

From Madeline

What’s a Beardosexual? Read all about it at Heroes & Heartbreakers.

A must-read ling from Alexa’s blog post: Just have sex with ugly people.

Because after all, science has discovered that you are less beautiful than you think.

This top model is intersex and telling the world all about it.

The UK gives the side eye to employee dress codes.

From Mental Floss: 10 Exceptional Female Con artists 

From Thien-Kim

Run out of batteries or misplaced your battery operated buddy? You’ll never look at your household items the same way.

Apparently men with big bellies can last 5 minutes longer in bed. Almost 3 times as long as the average “skinny” man.

Let’s bust these vaginal care myths once and for all.

Curious about anal play? Read this guide for beginners, which includes toy recommendations.

From Elizabeth Shore:

Sitting in and watching movies this weekend? Here are 10 sexy ones that’ll lead movie night straight to the bedroom.

Beauty’s no longer just for the girls. Here are 10 men who are rocking the beauty industry.

Forget lacy lingerie! For Valentine’s Day this year, Goop says you should buy a gold butt.

Straight guy ends up in a gay sex club, leaves an awesome Yelp review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crazyhead Is NOT Just Buffy With Demons

26 Jan
Raquel and Amy--ready to bash some demon booty.

Raquel and Amy–ready to bash some demon booty.

by Madeline Iva

CRAZYHEAD meets my important criteria for binge-worthy TV watching:

  • At least one female main character—check
  • Main character who’s POC–check.
  • And this is the key point: the main character/POC character is not just token fodder, nor all plastic-y perfect, but like, ACTUALLY interesting–check
  • Romance*Sex*Attractions of any gender/combo you like–-check.
  • Side characters we enjoy as much if not sometimes a wee bit more than the main characters – the single mum demon, for instance, or Amy’s possessed roommate Suzanne. Check.
  • Has characters who aren’t all physically gym-rat perfect. Since this is British TV—check.
Amy and ever-helpful puppy dog Jake

Amy and ever-helpful puppy dog Jake

The opening is SO good.  Amy and Raquel form a bond when they realize that they both can see demons. Raquel fights demons while Amy, alas, has a possessed roommate. Both have been convinced throughout their lives that they are a bit crazy.  (Later on in the season this vulnerability is exploited–lurv it!)

Okay, so maybe it is Buffy With Demons — but there is So Much Buffy Goodness I don’t care.  Yes, it’s New Adult comedy-horror. Yes, there’s meta-ness.  Yes, it’s tightly scripted with that touch of gloom cause the bad guys are winning, the world is indifferent to or unable to fight horror (and we all know what THAT feels like, don’t we?).  The future is not looking bright.

Watching Jake's character change is half the fun.

Watching Jake’s character change is half the fun.

Also the most savory yummilicious part towards the end involves my favorite suspense/horror plot device: is-he-honestly-into-me-or-does-he-really-want-to-kill-me.  I know, I’m twisted and perverse but I LOVE THIS KIND OF FATAL ATTRACTION DYNAMIC SO HARD.

Amy's roommate Suzanne is possessed, alas. But she still loves cuddles.

Amy’s roommate Suzanne is possessed, alas. But she still loves cuddles.

And! Crazyhead also explores that dynamic of the nice guy (Jake) who likes the girl (in this case, Amy) even though she’s utterly indifferent.  (Perhaps because of his lack of alpha qualities?) Anyway, as the season goes along he becomes ever more helpful as a demon-basher driver and general side-kick.  But you only have to fight demons so long before you start to grow and change as a human being, and watching Jake slowly morph is enjoyable.  Amy can’t help but sit up a little and take notice. (There’s more to it than that but hee-hee-hee I’m not telling!)

Check out Crazyhead on Netflix.

Meanwhile, did any of you out there watch The AO over the holidays? I quit about five or six episodes in cause it was:

  1. not at all what I was expecting
  2. much more serial-killer-y than I ever ever wanted.
  3. taking ***forever*** to get to the point. (Spoiler alert: I’m just sayin’— if you were locked up and in peril, and I had vowed to rescue you, would you want me to take no less than two whole nights to sit and tell my rescue posse all about how your perilous situation before we saddled up for a rescue? I don’t think so. I think you’d want me to get my f**king ass in gear.)

But hey! Sometimes I’m too quick to give up on something – if you liked it, and if it’s worth another shot lemme wanna know.  After all—the first ten minutes of Stranger Things didn’t hook me and I ended up being TOTALLY wrong about that.

Follow us at Lady Smut (don’t forget to subscribe too!) and we will happily bash away at any demons you might have lying around the house.

wickedapprenticefinal-fjm_high_res_1800x2700Madeline Iva writes fantasy and paranormal romance.  Her fantasy romance, WICKED APPRENTICE, featuring a magic geek heroine, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, and through iTunes.  Sign up for Madeline Iva news & give aways.

 

Went to DC This Weekend: Hung out with some friends who knit hats & did some people watching.

23 Jan

by Madeline Iva

Some of us at Lady Smut went to D.C. this weekend. (Kiersten Hallie Krum *cough*.) It was packed. It was *very* peaceful and after a while I was filled with a sort of euphoric love.  I had to keep reminding myself not to hug the strangers. But I did hug my Sweetie–lots.  Pictures are worth a thousand words — so here they are. Enjoy!

 

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Is this woman a writer?

Left home at 5 in the morning...

Left home at 5 in the morning…

Metro was PACKED. These two are kissing close.

Metro was PACKED. These two are kissing close.

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That’s the great thing about Trump–there’s something for everyone.

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Lots of uterus imagery invoked throughout the march.

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It got packed.

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And then it got…even MORE packed. Crazy wall to wall people. I was up against a tree with some very nice Canadians. 🙂

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The signs were of course, fabulous!

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Hadn’t thought about that before–but thank you sir! I totally agree.

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Who is that caped crusader?

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This woman could have leapt right off the Lady Smut blog.

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I thought the heroic folks were the moms who brought their kids to the march. Daughters everywhere. Made me so emotional.

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No, there were not only white women at the march.

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Vag-woman–we salute you! #Va-jay-jay #VagPositivity

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On the metro headed home…

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Did you march? What was the experience like for you?

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