My First Smut

My First Smut: “Romance Novels Aren’t Just Stories, They’re Experiences”

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, author Skylar Shoar talks about catching the romance bug by reading The Notebook.


First romance novel you read:

The Notebook

How old were you?

17

How’d you get your hands on the book?

A colleague was reading it at work so I borrowed it after she’d finished.

What was the reading experience like?

FANTASTIC! It blew my mind wide open to the world of romance novels. I’ve always loved to read but romance just hits different and I craved more of the swoon factor. From there I read every romance book I could get my hands on, BUT you may be shocked to learn that they were clean romances and I didn’t discover smut until I started writing my debut novel. Becoming an author opened a whole new world to me and thanks to Bookstagram, I am now a proud member of the Romance Smut community!

What made the experience special?

As I’ve already mentioned, The Notebook was a rite of passage for me. It made me realise that romance novels aren’t just stories, they’re experiences that speak to the hopeless romantic inside me. It will forever be my favourite book.

What role does smut play in your life?

Smut is freedom and power. It allows readers to indulge in desires they may not feel comfortable sharing with people in real life.

Connect with Skylar:

Website | Instagram | Facebook


Thanks Skylar! We’re looking forward to reading her book, Dreams of Fate. Watch this space for a review coming soon!

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My First Smut: Smut is Empowering

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, romantic suspense author Kelly Finley talks Fear of Flying and the role of smut in combatting shame about sexuality.


First romance novel you read

Fear of Flying by Erica Jong

How old were you?

almost too young (maybe about 13)

How’d you get your hands on the book?

I stole the tattered copy from my mom’s bookshelf

What was the reading experience like?

The biggest thrill—a mix of shock, fascination and that yummy stomach tickle you get when you’re young. And most of all, intrigued. I wanted to read more books like it.

What made the experience special?

Now I realize what a landmark book that was for the sexual revolution, women’s fiction, smut and feminism. It made me expect a proud celebration of women’s sexuality. And also to know when shame was being peddled instead.

What role does smut play in your life?

Smut is empowering. There should be no shame in adult, consensual sexuality. Be it on the page, on the screen, or in our lives. Shame begets silence. Silence perpetuates violence. I see smut as one of the many ways to counter rape culture and sexual violence. My only wish? We had more diverse voices, genders and sexualities in the genre.


Connect with Kelly:

www.kellyfinley.com | Instagram @kellyfinleyauthor


Thanks Kelly! We look forward to reading Kelly’s book Pierce Her, which features a bad-ass female bodyguard. Watch this space for a review coming soon!


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My First Smut: Judy Blume Edition

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, author Samantha Michaels talks about the joys of Judy Blume.


First romance novel you read

Forever by Judy Blume

How old were you?

I was in junior high, so 13/14

How’d you get your hands on the book?

From the school library. We had to have a signed consent form from a parent because of the content, so I may have left out some of the details when I told my mom what it was about.

What was the reading experience like?

I felt like I was being rebellious. It was my first experience reading anything even remotely explicit. It also left me with a lifelong thirst for smut!!

What made the experience special?

I was always one of those kids who never really fit in, but since all the cool girls were allowed to read it, the fact that my mom also let me helped me feel a little less an outcast.

What role does smut play in your life?

I love reading and writing smut. It’s a way to escape reality and drool over some hot men without having to deal with all the real-life strife that comes with relationships.


Bio

Samantha Michaels was born in 1973 in the small town of Abington, PA and was raised and still lives in Hatboro, PA (both suburbs of Philadelphia). She is married to her high school sweetheart and they have a rescue dog, a beautiful Black Lab named Holly. When she’s not writing or working at her full-time job, she enjoys watching her Philly sports team (hopefully) win, listening to heavy metal/hard rock music, reading, and spending time with friends and family.

Her love of reading began at a young age, thanks to her mother and Sesame Street. Her mom read to her constantly, and by three years old, she was reading on her own, and hasn’t stopped. This eventually turned into a love of writing. She was writing for herself and then for a small group of friends, one of whom told her she should be writing books. She took her friends’ advice and has since published her first romance book, Leather and Lace, released April 20, 2021.

Website: www.samanthamichaelsbooks.com

Instagram: www.instagram.com/samanthamichaelsauthor


Thanks Samantha! We look forward to reading your books—watch this space for a review of Pet Shop Passion coming soon!

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My First Smut: Teen Vampires are Sexy

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, author Phoebe Thorpe talks about getting started with teen fantasy romances.


First romance novel you read:

The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith

How old were you?

Middle school

How’d you get your hands on the book?

I won an anagram contest at a bookstore, allowing me a number of free books and my mother generously allowed me to pick some of them myself. I selected a number of young adult fantasy/romance novels, much to her chagrin.

What was the reading experience like?

Fun, and it spurred me on to read more fantasy romances by L.J. Smith (Night World, Vampire Diaries, Forbidden Game, Dark Visions). They were more romance than smutty, with the age-appropriate longing looks, deep sighs, and breathtaking kisses. There was a lot of forbidden romance or enemies to lovers business, and of course the supernatural, which made it all the more exciting.

What made the experience special?

Prior to this most of my reading had been fairly curated by my mother, an elementary school English teacher. I had always enjoyed reading, but my interest in the supernatural romances had me requesting weekly visits to the bookstore. The fairly tame romances definitely captured my pubescent attention.

What role does smut play in your life?

It’s a delightful escape. I enjoy reading and writing smut, and have graduated beyond the tamer stuff I started on. Given the current state of the world, sometimes it is nice to slip into a scene where none of my stressors exist and pleasure is the goal.


Connect with Phoebe:

Facebook | Instagram | Amazon


Thanks Phoebe! Phoebe’s book, A Graduate Education, was Ingrid’s favorite read of December 2021 and we’re looking forward to more smut from Phoebe in the future.


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My First Smut: The Birds and the Bees, Johanna Lindsey Style

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, author Dianna Roman talks about reading Johanna Lindsey as a teenager.


First romance novel you read:

Keeper of the Heart by Johanna Lindsey

How old were you?

14

How’d you get your hands on the book?

My mother had them lying around the house, mostly in a stack next to the magazine rack by the toilet 🤦‍♀️

What was the reading experience like?

Eye-opening to say the least, and probably not what a fourteen-year-old should have started with for her foray into romance novels due to some of the unrealistic elements since the story’s setting was another planet 😆

What made the experience special?

Well, I felt like I was stealing forbidden knowledge since sex was never talked about in my house or by my family. My parents never gave me a “birds and bees” talk or even about my cycle. I’m 40 now and to this day, neither still has ever broached either subject! I had to figure everything out on my own.

What role does smut play in your life?

It is my escape from my busy, hectic life and all the seriousness and tough things we all experience. Smut most always has a happy ending, which is what I want when I read. I love seeing two people work out their issues to fall in love or accept an attraction.


Connect with Dianna:

Website | Instagram


Thanks Dianna! We look forward to reading Dianna’s romance debut, A Fair Warning, coming out next spring!