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Sexy Sunday Snippet: Dancing King by Rayanna James

6 Aug

Rayanna James, right now, right here. This excerpt is from her too hot to handle novella, Dancing King in the Royally Mine anthology, Royally Mine: 22 All New Bad Boy Romance Novellas.

About the book:

Powerful kings. Dirty-talking princes. Insatiable dukes.

They’re ready to rule your heart.

Royally Mine is a sexy collection of bad boy romances featuring HOT royal heroes, brought to you by twenty-two New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling authors. This deliciously naughty bundle of ALL-NEW standalone novellas stars panty-scorching kings, princes, and dukes who are used to being in command. Charge up your e-reader, clear your schedule, and put on your best tiara, because these royal bad boys are ready to conquer your heart while making you blush oh so hard.


Excerpt from Dancing King by Rayanna James (available exclusively in Royally Mine)

She wanted to hit me again, probably more than once. I wanted to kiss her until we both forgot everything we needed to forget. I won.

My lips covered hers in a kiss that was deep and punishing. I closed the space between our bodies, and held her wrist tight against the wall with one hand, while grabbing her thick hips with the other. I used the leverage to pull her to me, smirking when my cock throbbed against the crotch of her jeans.

She kissed me back, using her tongue like a seductive enchantress. When she kissed me like that, all I could think of was how gorgeous those lips would be curled around the tip of my cock while I watched her blow me.

She knew what she was doing to me, and she used it to her advantage.  Before I knew what was happening, her wrist was free, and she slapped me again. At this point, I couldn’t tell if she was still just that angry, or if she just liked it rough.

I didn’t care. I circled both arms around her waist and lifted her easily, while she shrieked in outrage as I tossed her over one shoulder. Small fists pounded my back as I began the long walk back to my room. Maids, groundskeepers, and security officers stared as we passed, but nobody dared say a damn thing. Apparently, my position in the kingdom had gotten out much faster than I had realized it would.

At this moment, the fact pleased me, though I knew it would annoy me later.

“Mazi! Are you crazy? Put me down right this instant, you self-important, Neanderthal bastard! Who do you think you are? You think just because you’re a prince it gives you the right to treat me like this?”

We reached my room then, and I unlocked the door quickly, still keeping a tight grip across her waist, until the door closed behind me.

I kept walking until I reached the middle of the massive suite and then, and only then, did I let her go, dumping her unceremoniously onto the newly made bed.

I had her right where I wanted her. And right where she belonged. Now, I just had to convince her of that.


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Rayanna is a coffee drinking, wine loving, sushi obsessed, knee sock fanatic who works her passions into every story she writes. She resides in Southern Utah with her husband, 2 kids, mother, grandfather, 2 dogs, and a lizard named Leo.

In her spare time, she enjoys celebrating life with good food, good drinks, and good friends.

She also writes kinky romance under the pen name Rayanna Jamison.

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KFC Colonel Sanders romance novel Tender Wings of Desire is a real love story

8 May

by Rachel Kramer Bussel

What does mom want for Mother’s Day (and dinner)? If you guessed fried chicken and romance, then KFC has just the thing for you: a free novella on Amazon called Tender Wings of Desire, starring (and written by) Colonel Sanders (aka Harland) as the hero (which they’re calling their “first romance novella”). They even made an ad for it, which you can watch to get a sense of the hilarity:

According to a press release, the fast food chain was inspired by the fact that Mother’s Day is their bestselling day of the year. “The only thing better than being swept away by the deliciousness of our Extra Crispy Chicken is being swept away by Harland Sanders himself. So this Mother’s Day, the bucket of chicken I get for my wife will come with a side of steamy romance novella. Dinner is taken care of and she’ll have the time to escape her busy schedule,” George Felix, director of advertising for KFC U.S, said.

While the ad is totally over the top, I wanted to read Tender Wings of Desire, described by The Daily Mail as a “steamy, greasy fantasy,” for myself to see whether it was super cheesy, full of product placement or whether it actually worked as a romance. The work is described in part in its official blurb like so: “When she finds herself swept into the arms of Harland, a handsome sailor with a mysterious past, Madeline realizes she must choose between a life of order and a man of passion.” Yes, it’s true: whoever actually wrote this novella has read a romance novel or two, because I was rooting for Lady Madeline, with her family part of the ton in Victorian England, bemoaning her fate of being married off to lackluster Reginald.

Madeline runs away on her horse, escaping a life of luxury that felt stifling to her. She reaches a tavern two hours away and quickly finds herself a job and friend, becoming immersed in a new way of life. Soon, she meets “the most handsome man she had ever seen,” Harland, a dashing sailor. The attraction is mutual, even though, of course, it takes them a little while to figure that out.

Soon she winds up giving in to her urges and kissing him. “This was the closest she had ever been to a man, and she would not want it any other way. She felt as if she were a woman on fire, feverish in the best way possible, and something seems dot take her over when he deepened the kiss.”

Though the book isn’t actually all that “steamy,” with more of a fade to black approach to sex, it does manage to get in some plugs for independence and against slut-shaming. “Kissing a man who wasn’t her betrothed was supposed to imply that she was tainted in some way, as though she had been spoiled for her future husband. Perhaps that might have been true, but as she drifted off to sleep, the only thing she could think was that she felt free. She felt in charge. She felt as though she were finally coming face to face with the wonder of her destiny.”

Now, is Tender Wings of Desire the best historical romance I’ve ever read? No. But I can’t dismiss it simply as a corporate stunt (even though I would strongly urge you to try a home-cooked meal for mom rather than fast food) because it completely conforms to the romance genre, with a happily ever after that never once mentions fried chicken. It manages to play on the character of Colonel Sanders (who Harland is revealed to be) in a way that actually made me smile at the end, rather than the slightly smarmy guy hawking deals in their recent commercials. In truth, the novella is as much about Madeline discovering who she really is when not under so many rules about what she can and can’t do as it is about her falling in love. When she falls fast and hard, Harland really is tender and patient and sweet with Madeline. She really does end the book far happier than she was when it started. And you don’t even have to be a mom to appreciate that!


Rachel Kramer Bussel (rachelkramerbussel.com) has edited over 60 anthologies, including Best Women’s Erotica of the Year, Volume 1 and 2, 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 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.





Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish: Goth Rom Com

26 Oct

by G.G. Andrew

Halloween is the scariest holiday of the year and the sexiest. Whether it’s meeting a mysterious masked stranger at a party, or clutching that hot guy while you’re watching a scary movie…Halloween offers us a chance to shiver, a chance to flip expectations playing naughty to our usual nice.Crazy Sexy Ghoulish Cover Publishing Version JPG

I’ve always loved tales of gothic romance like Jane Eyre and Rebecca dripping with dark, shadowy mystery. Women hold candles while they roam the halls at midnight wearing long white nightgowns. Handsome, brooding men lock away their secrets, like a mad wife hidden in the attic. New romance lines like Harlequin E Shivers keep with the tradition of dark, secretive heroes offering us sensible heroines “beguiled by male magnetism and allure against all better judgment.”

I wrote my novella Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish out of this love for all things mysterious, spooky, and romantic. The novella is set in a haunted house during Halloween week. It features dark hallways, monsters, and romantic intrigue. With this story I enjoyed playing with genre in two different ways.

Unlike the classic gothic romances, it’s a lighter story, with zombie jokes and plastic vampire teeth thrown in–what I like to call a “goth rom-com.”

Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish also twists the usual gender roles. Instead of the hero being dark and mysterious, I made the heroine, Nora, the one who’s potentially mad, bad, and dangerous to know. Nora is a haunted house diva, acting out various creatures of the night to scare guests like the famous online horror geek Brendan. Yet Nora is hiding a secret of her own: she’s a monster.  Back in the day, she was one of those popular, mean girl who tormented Brendan all throughout middle school.  Nora only learned the error of her ways later on, after getting a nasty facial scar of her own.

Crimson Peak is the latest film to offer that gothic/romance/horror sensibility we crave.

Crimson Peak is the latest film to offer that gothic/romance/horror sensibility we crave.

On the flip side, Brendan is the innocent hero with a dry sense of humor and a pair of awesome shoulders. He’s drawn to Nora against his better judgment, while owning his special brand of horror-loving geek-ness.

It’s a play on the gothic thang, but subverted. Why should guys get to keep all the dark secrets?

Crazy, Sexy, Ghoulish is available on Amazon. Check it out HERE.

Also check back at Lady Smut on the first Friday of every month when I’ll be regularly posting about all things smexy as the new girl for Lady Smut’s ‘Friday Roulette’.  Til then, fang bangers.

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