Let’s Hear It For The Girls


In tribute to the recently announced passing of Tereska Torrès, who’s credited with writing America’s first lesbian pulp novel, Women’s Barracks, I thought it would be fitting to talk about romances for girls who, you know, like girls. According to the obituary in the New York Times, two years after Ms. Torrès’  novel was published, The House Select

Bad Boys and Circus Freaks


Been reading some interesting stuff this week and I’ve got a couple of recommendations for your weekend downloads. Sheltered, by Charlotte Stein, is quite a good read. There are some interesting elements to her characters that drew me in from the start. The heroine is Evie, an only child who lives with a horribly abusive, domineering father who

Horror Sex Camp


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

Can erotic horror be romantic?


I”m always up for a good scare. Ghosts, abandoned houses, demonic possession, things going bump in the night . . . bring it on, I say. The horror genre fascinates me because I find it interesting to consider what truly frightens people. The causes can be so vastly different. A writer who’s figured out how to

Researching aphrodisiacs


“Saffron Nights” will be released in February and one of the questions I am sure I’ll be asked is if aphrodisiacs really work. Well, I am not going to answer that. I reserve the right to be coy and say “read the book and you will know what I think.” But I did find out

Sexy Saturday Round-Up


It’s Saturday! So it’s time for a Sexy Saturday Round-Up on Lady Smut. I’ve got a bit of writerly advice today from blogs and writers I love to watch and read. Have fun checking them out. First, on dialogue and being verbal, Ms. Grace Burrowes. Tara Fuller writes about the hot, hot, genre of YA

A good-old fashioned gothic romance. I think.


I recently finished The Lantern, a book that draws similarities to Daphne Du Maurier’s classic Rebecca in both setting (crumbly old farmhouse in Provence) and suspensful atmosphere. Author Deborah Lawrenson’s book has been labeled as “a modern gothic novel of love, secrets, and murder,” and that’s what enticed me to read it in the first place. I dug Rebecca and

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