Announcement, Smut & Activism

Hide Your Wallets: Romancing the Runoff

Don’t actually hide your wallets, because there is some excellent smut coming soon to an auction block near you, as long as you have an internet connection.

We’re super excited about Romancing the Runoff because…

  • All proceeds benefit organizations doing amazing work protecting voting rights and democracy in Georgia
  • Look at all this cool stuff!

In all seriousness, if you have a smut lover in your life (even if that smut lover is you), there are some amazing items available, including signed books, annotated books, various arts and crafts, or the opportunity to have your favorite author name a character after you. And if you’re a writer, tons of the biggest names in romance are offering book critiques.

You can start looking through and tracking items here (you’ll have to make an account). Bidding opens Wednesday, Nov 18.

Announcement

Erin wrote a smut!

Dear Faithful Readers of the Smut Report:

We have some exciting news! Erin (aka Daphne Green) wrote her very own romance novel, now available for purchase as an ebook through Kindle Unlimited. 

Holly and Ingrid have both read it – and you know that if it got past two very tough reviewers, it’s pretty delightful!

For all the updates on Erin’s writing, follow her author account on Instagram and/or Twitter.

Announcement

We’re doing a giveaway!

To celebrate reaching 1000 followers on Instagram (how did we even get to be that fancy?!?!?) we’re hosting a giveaway. As a “thank you!” we’re giving away three bundles of three books to three winners (three is our magic number, after all).

Historical Romance Bundle
  1. Historical Romance bundle: The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare, An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale, An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole
  1. Contemporary Romance bundle: Finding Joy by Adriana Herrera, Love Hard by Nalini Singh, Hate Crush by Angelina M. Lopez
  1. Bananas Romance bundle: Soulless by Gail Carriger, Some Like it Plaid by Angela Quarles, Ice Planet Barbarians by Ruby Dixon (or another Ruby Dixon of your choice)

To win:

Click this link and submit the entry form. That’s it! We’d love it if you’d follow us on Instagram if you aren’t already, but we’re most excited to spread the smut. #ReadRomance


The Fine Print:

No purchase necessary. Winners must live in the United States and be 18 years of age or older. Closed to entry Friday, August 7, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. One entry per person. Winners will be announced Monday, August 10, 2020. Giveaway sponsored exclusively by The Smut Report, which will select one winner at random for each of the three packages. Packages including paperback books will be mailed to winners; winner of ebook package will receive ebooks by electronic transfer. All entry forms will be deleted when the giveaway is completed. The giveaway is not sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram or WordPress or any authors or publishers of books shown.

Announcement

Bookshop Announcement

Does anyone else feel a little ambivalent about the ubiquity of Amazon these days? Like, maybe it’s not a good thing that we do all our shopping at one online behemoth just because it’s so convenient. 

We certainly feel the same ambivalence, which is why we’re super excited to announce that we have joined the affiliate program with Bookshop.org. You can find our shop here. We currently have most of our Recommended Reads listed there, organized primarily by mood. For example: if you’re looking for something soothing – we have a list for that!  

Want more info? Here are all the details.

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Announcement, Smut & Activism

Smut is Political

We at The Smut Report are opposed to racism in all its forms, including pervasive systemic racism. And we want to state this out loud because it is our responsibility to speak out.

We feel compelled to state this outright in view of the ongoing protests in the US after the horrific murder of George Floyd (and Breonna Taylor) (and Ahmaud Arbery) (and and and). Black lives matter, and we recognize that we are part of the culture that has ignored and minimized Black voices for decades and centuries. Beyond that, we had planned to recognize and celebrate Pride Month in June, highlighting other marginalized voices. 

Because of the situation we currently find ourselves in, we want to be explicit: Smut is Political. And therefore, the work we do is also political. It’s easy to declare that some things – like romance books – shouldn’t be political, but that’s a viewpoint of the privileged.

When we say politics, we don’t mean voting (though you should definitely vote!), but rather the fact that smut can reinforce narratives about what stories are worth telling, what stories are worth listening to – and by extension, which people deserve happily ever afters and which lives have value. 

Smut might provide an avenue for escapist fantasy, but smut has historically and also continues to:

  • Glorify the military-industrial complex by valorizing hyper-alpha heroes with guns
  • Gloss over an economic slump, massive civil unrest, state violence, and repressive laws in the years following the Napoleonic Wars and during the Gilded Age
  • Paint ruthless businessmen as the most desirable romantic partners
  • Portray the Ideal Town in the United States as lily-white and straight and Christian and homogenous 

This doesn’t mean that we’re never going to read another military or cop hero, or another Regency romance, or another billionaire romance, or another romance set in Anytown, USA. But when we read these stories, we read them with the understanding of both why we’re reading them (sometimes fantasy is satisfying and fun) and what they represent. And we recognize that, while we might read these stories, we also want to read books that tell other, less well represented stories. Everyone deserves a happily ever after; we all deserve to have our love stories told with dignity and respect. We want to see the communities and diversity of our world reflected in the stories we read, as beautiful and messy and complicated on the page as they are in real life. 

We will therefore continue to read and promote stories by marginalized voices and about marginalized people. We will do our best to highlight problematic content – and problematic erasures – in the books we read. We will continue to educate ourselves so we can be better allies in this ongoing struggle. 

Right now, as we look forward to Pride Month and back to the systemic racism and violence perpetrated against Black citizens that has culminated in our current upheaval, we as persons of privilege are hyper-aware of our responsibility to acknowledge and amplify marginalized voices. But our responsibility doesn’t end when quiet normalcy returns. Amplification of marginalized voices is an ongoing responsibility, and one which we will continue to take seriously. We have been linking to various resources to promote allyship on our social media pages – especially our Twitter page – so if you would like more information about what you can do to be a good ally, we encourage you to head over there.

In addition, we encourage you to head over to these sites that promote Black authors and Black romance:

Girl, Have You Read…?

Black Chick Lit

WOC In Romance