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Never Have You Ever Ever, sex-positive game, home and office edition.

12 May

Can you believe they trusted me with the mic?

What do sweet tea, brownies, free books, prize boxes filled with sex toys, swag bags featuring sexy body chains from Unbound Boxes, and highly personal, potentially inappropriate questions about your sex life have in common? If you joined us at the raved about Lady Smut Blogger’s RTBooklover’s convention event, Never Have You Ever Ever, you already know the answer.

If you weren’t able to join us, no worries. You don’t have to wait until next year to play. Here is the Never Have You Ever Ever home and office edition. How do you play?

  1. Gather a group of your friends.
  2. Do a trial run to make sure they know how to raise their hand. Do this by asking, “Do you want to play this highly personal and potentially inappropriate game?” Anyone who raises their hand is in.

Now that they’re in, here are the rules:

  1. You ask a question.
  2. If their answer is “yes,” they raise their hand.
  3. If their hand is up, they are still in the running to win.
  4. If their hand goes down, they’re out.

Variation: allow game players to rejoin if their subsequent answer are “yes.” To do this, they simply raise their hand to get back in. Later, you can switch to sudden death.

Variation: add your own questions.


Unbound Boxes, filled with sex toys.

The first round is the sweetness round. Here, the sweetest of the sweet is revealed. The sweetness finalists who attended our RT event were gifted with a box of sex toys…but, maybe you could simply offer your winners the great, well-kept secret underground website that only very few people know about: PORNHUB.

Ready, set, read the questions to reveal the sweetest of the sweet.

  • Raise your hand if you’ve had less than 2 sexual relationships in your whole life.
  • Keep your hand up if you’ve NEVER given or received oral sex.
  • Keep your hand up if you’ve NEVER EVER tried masturbating.
  • Keep your hand up if you’re a vaginal virgin.
  • Keep your hand up if you’ve NEVER EVER EVER French kissed someone.

The second round is the naughty round. Who among you has done…if not all, a lot. Same rules. Hand up for yes. Down for no. Again our RT finalists were gifted with an awesome box of sex toys. What should you give your winner? How about a pad of paper and a pen, so they can start writing some steamy romances for us all to read.

  • Raise your hand if you’ve ever done any role-playing.
  • Keep your hand up if you have any piercings below your neck.


    Hostesses Kris, Elizabeth, Isabelle & Stephy. 

  • Keep your hand up if you’ve ever intentionally seduced someone.
  • Keep your hand up if it’s not your bellybutton.
  • Keep your hand up if you’ve ever gotten or given a lap dance.
  • Keep your hand up if you’ve ever done any bondage or spanking.
  • Keep your hand up if you’re a member of the mile high club.
  • Keep your hand up if you’ve ever had sex with a younger person (by which we mean you were over the age of 30, and the person was at least 9 years younger).
  • Keep your hand up if you’ve ever had anal sex.
  • Keep your hand up if you’ve ever used a strap on toy .
  • Keep your hand up if you’ve ever interacted with a stripper or stripper–male or female.
  • Keep your hand up if you’ve ever had sex with more than one person at the same time?
  • Keep your hand up if you have been, or been with, a unicorn.
  • Keep your hand up if you’ve ever participated in an orgy.
  • Keep your hand up if you have a rumpus room at home.

There you have it, the official, abbreviated home and office edition of the first ever Lady Smut sex-positive game.

Start playing, folks! Share your discoveries and results in the comments! Follow us at Lady Smut! Subscribe to our saucy monthly newsletter!

-An Anthology of Romance and Horror-mediumIsabelle Drake writes erotica, erotic romance, urban fantasy, and young adult thrillers. Her latest story, BAIT, features a woman who hunts and sells zombies, can be found in the horror anthology GONE WITH THE DEAD.

Kinky Bank Robbers and Other Finds at the RT Booklovers Convention

29 May

by Elizabeth SaFleur

Greetings! I’ve recently returned from book paradise, also known as The Romance Times’ Booklovers Convention. Attendees get to meet and fangirl (or boy) all over their favorite authors, stock up on new book releases (they give you a rolling bag), and meet hundreds of other readers who get as excited as you over a shirtless guy on a book cover. And where else can you talk—actually talk—to the likes of Lexi Blake or Cherise Sinclair or Sylvia Day or [insert favorite romance author]?

RT is a reader’s heaven.

So, what’s next in the world of erotica and erotic romance? Literary agent Miriam Kriss (Irene Goodman Agency) believes we have yet to “peak” in the erotic romance market. During that panel, it was suggested Fifty Shades was just at the beginning of a trend for more explicit sexual romance. Yay for us. That means more scintillating tales to come.

Expect to see more stories of ordinary people set in the ordinary world. Lovers of billionaire romance, never fear. Tales of the super-rich are still hot. Therefore, they will be written. But we heard the millennial generation (which is frickin’ huge, by the way), wants more “real life.”

Of course, they also want more of the young adult paranormal and magical realism they grew up with, like the Harry Potter series and Twilight. Only with sex. Yeah, Harry and Ginny getting it on. (You were either turned on by that last sentence or completely squicked out.) The readers in their mid-twenties and younger want what they grew up with – plus some ordinary people thrown in – doing the Big Deed.

We also might finally see the end of cheesy covers. Oh, who am I kidding? Someone will always put out a Fabio-look alike ripping off a corset. I was still glad to hear much discussion about the quality of book covers—and how they’re going to grow hotter but classier.

Truth is, at RT, you can’t get away from sizzling book covers. They are plastered on every conceivable space in the hotel. I give you . . . one of the hotel’s elevator doors. With nipple-age!


 As for lovers of the male/male (M/M) genre, hang on to your panties. The LGBT sessions were standing room only at RT.  I couldn’t stand in a coffee shop line without hearing someone talk about M/M, specifically. During a panel with Sylvia Day, Liliana Hart, Julie Ann Walker, Jill Shalvis, and Jennifer Probst, one attendee asked if they had planned on writing (more) M/M stories. The hundred or so audience members bounced in their seats in anticipation to the answer. Most of the author panelists reported that, yes, a M/M story was in their writing future. Unimpressed by vague answers, the woman asked, by when? When told it could be a year or more, the audience engaged in distinct pouting.

An author friend, who also attended RT, says no one does M/M like Kindle Alexander. I have yet to read her, but my friend swears by her stories. She also reports Riley Hart, L.A. Witt, Laura Harner, Alexa Land, and Ella Frank are must-reads in this genre.

Speaking of recommendations, below are three books I simply had to read after seeing their covers everywhere at RT. My three new “finds:”


At the Giant Book Fair, I rushed to Kresley Cole’s table to buy The Master after staring at the cover on the elevator every day. Kresley Cole is an insta-buy for me but she outdid herself with this book. The plot has heroine Catarina Marin on the run from a scary ex – until she gets involved with billionaire Russian politician and Mafiya boss, Maksimilian Sevastya. It’s off-the-charts hot. I want a Russian now.

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How could anyone resist a title like Taken Hostage by the Kinky Bank Robbers? I’m only a little way into heroine Melinda’s adventures, but I expect all those bad boy fantasies to be satisfied by book’s end. Annika Martin also writes laugh-out-loud dialogue to go with the hot sex, which makes this book doubly fun. Who says erotica and romance has to be so serious, anyway?

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I read Beth Kery’s brand-spanking-new, Glimmer, during the Convention. As with every Beth Kery novel, just when I thought I had the plot figured out, bam! Plot twist. This book also is hotness incarnate, but a little more sophisticated than most. This author is another one-click buy for me. But I’m especially impressed with this new series she’s started.


Oh, and a bonus read…Spurred (Studs in Spurs) by Cat Johnson. I haven’t read the book (yet). But I did stare at her covers on the elevator banks every day. Anyone who puts that much male nipple action out there deserves an honorable mention at the very least. Bring on the ranch hands!

The RT Booklovers Convention is in Las Vegas next year. Who’s going with me? (Bring an extra suitcase.)

Tapped Out

19 May

by Kiersten Hallie Krum

I am tapped out this week. Between busy day job shenanigans during the week and BFD—Big Family Drama—on the weekend, I’ve been basically sitting in a chair all Sunday in a stupor, moving only to refill my glass and re-position the cats.

There are a lot of people in Romancelandia tapped out tonight thanks to the RT Booklovers Convention in New Orleans that ran all last week. Despite my best (or perhaps worst considering the host city) intentions, I was unable to attend and instead took solace from my tapped out week in the fantastic tips and treats filtering out from the convention on The Twitter. Also, I now have extreme NOLA envy beyond description. Truly, there is no better social media venue than Twitter for getting the sense of an industry event if not actually attending it. I highly recommend a perusal of the #RT14 hashtag to get a taste of all the buzz, much of which was about erotic romance, interracial couples and diversity in romance and especially in the covers , romantic suspense, and new adult romantic fiction. I nearly wore out my favorite button…

Reading the tweets and quotes and summaries from the convention brought home how broad an umbrella erotic romance extends over a bevy of varying sub genres like the deeply developed dystopian world of Kit Rocha’s Beyond series on one end and the disturbing trend of Dino Porn at the other. As a sidebar, Kit Rocha’s alter egos were giving out O’KANE FOR LIFE flasks at RT this week. I may have offered nefarious services if someone would grab one for me. Jury’s still out.

And finally, because when I’m tapped out, I troll for videos of mellifluous actors reading sensual poetry, a little taste of Tom Hiddleston reading E. E. Cummings’ “May I Feel Said He.” to start your week off right.


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