My First Smut

My First Smut: Scarred by the Mists of Avalon

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, romance novelist Elva Birch talks The Mists of Avalon, which definitely has some crazy sex in it.


The first book I read with sex scenes was The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

I was probably nine. I had burned through the fantasy section in the kids room of our public library and was just starting to wander curiously out into the adult shelves. I found this beautiful, big, thick book with a picture of a woman on a horse with a sword and a swan. It looked exactly like a book I would love and I was so excited about it.

Reader, this was not a great first sex book for a very sheltered kid to start from.

By the end of that massive tome, there had been incest and sexy pagan rituals and some really dubious consent and apparently there is some actually Arthurian plot, but that is definitely not the part that stuck with me. I put this book down and went back to Sweet Valley High and Louisa May Alcott for a while. My mother, when I sheepishly confessed this book to her, carefully shared some much better romance novels with me, and eventually I came to love the genre. I never have been able to go back and read The Mists of Avalon, however.


Elva Birch is a full-time writer of paranormal smut. She particularly loves gorgeous shifters who aren’t jerks, competent women who aren’t doormats, magic, and detailed worldbuilding. The Dragon Prince’s Librarian, the second book in her series The Royal Dragons of Alaska, came out just last week!


Thanks Elva! We feel you on The Mists of Avalon – Holly had a similar experience reading it at a young and impressionable age. We look forward to reading The Dragon Prince’s Librarian! Watch this space for a review coming soon!


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My First Smut: “My teenage mind threatened to break under such rapture”

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, romance author Ashton Abbott talks about discovering romance novels AND reverse harem stories at the same time. And also about losing the shame of being sexually active. (Smut is amazing, y’all.)


First romance novel you read:

Seduced by Moonlight by Laurell K Hamilton

How old were you?

16, just a dorky girl without a clue of what actual romance entailed.

How’d you get your hands on the book?

I found it in a bookstore I used to frequent. It was on display at an endcap. The cover with the crescent moon navel ring caught my eye.

What was the reading experience like?

So…. yeah. To say this book blew my mind would be an understatement. I was 16 and this was my first romance novel. It is a reverse harem with enough steam to power a locomotive across the country. Not only was I floored to learn about the ‘brooding/sexy type’ but also about the art of foreplay. (My teenage-self had yet to be acquainted with such magic). Oh and as if that weren’t enough, this lady has a treasure trove on men at her sexual disposal. My little teenage mind threatened to break under such rapture. Life was never the same after that first reading.

What made the experience special?

Well besides the glory of finding out that reverse harem existed… it would have to be the character connection and treatment of sex in general. Merry Gentry is very relatable in the sense that she is struggling and is looking for a way to overcome her problems while taking care of everyone else. I felt that. I was also introduced to the idea that one can be open about being sexually confident and sexually active while maintaining respect from others. At this point I wasn’t a virgin and had been somewhat ashamed of that fact. This ‘smut awakening’ taught me that I not only deserved respect… I didn’t have to be sorry about my carnal side.

What role does smut play in your life?

Well, I write paranormal romance and sexy-times-laden dark fantasy. I also inhale smut like expensive perfume on an even more expensive…. gah, I ran out of metaphors… I read a lot of smut, ok?


Connect with Ashton: Twitter | Facebook | Goodreads | Website


Thanks Ashton! We love hearing smut stories that are intertwined with self-respect and sexiness and all the good things.

If you’re interested in checking out Ashton’s work, her novella “Lovers Lost” is currently on sale for 99 cents (until Aug 30, 2020). AND her latest book, Drawn in Shadow just released on Aug 20. And finally, here’s Ingrid’s review of Ashton’s debut, Necromancer Rising.


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Guest Post: “The descriptions of the hero were very enticing”

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, romance author Rosanna Leo talks about her literary sexual awakening. (Mmmmm…enticing heroes….)


First romance novel you read:

The Troubadour’s Romance by Robyn Carr

How old were you?

About fifteen…and very impressionable around brooding heroes!

How’d you get your hands on the book?

I worked as a student page at the local library in my teens, so I ran across a lot of books. If I recall, an older version of this story had a castle on the cover, and I was hooked by the fantasy of it all.

What was the reading experience like?

It opened my eyes to the world of romance. Before then, I’d read mostly paranormal books, but they never really had much of a romantic storyline. This one swept me away with its description of 12th-century England. The descriptions of hero Sir Royce Leighton were very enticing too!

What made the experience special?

To be frank, it was the first time I’d read a sexy story. In a way, it was my literary sexual awakening. There was something new and exciting about seeing a romantic relationship develop, and it lit a fire under me. At that point, I wasn’t sure I wanted to write yet, but that book changed the way I read. From then on, it was pretty much all romance, and I still regard The Troubadour’s Romance fondly for introducing me to a new world.

What role does smut play in your life?

It plays a huge part in my life. If I’m not writing sexy romance, I’m plotting it. If I’m not actively plotting a new book, I’m thinking about sexy scenarios. It’s what inspires me. It’s the last thing I think about when I go to bed (which is when the plot bunnies always attack) and I’m still mulling it over first thing in the morning. I dream of throwing characters at each other and seeing how they’ll work together. My characters are always with me, and I strive to write romance that’ll linger for my readers.


Rosanna Leo writes contemporary and paranormal romance. She is the First Place Winner of the 2018 Northern Hearts Contest (Contemporary Romance) for A Good Man. From Toronto, Canada, Rosanna occupies a house in the suburbs with her husband and their two sons, and spends most of her time being tolerated by their cat Sweetie. When not writing, Rosanna works for her local library, where she is busy laying the groundwork to become a library ghost one day.

My new release, An Irresistible Force, Handymen 2, is now available for pre-order!

You can find Rosanna here: Newsletter | Twitter | Bookbub


Thanks Rosanna! Ingrid really enjoyed A Good Man, and is looking forward to reading An Irresistible Force (watch this space for a review coming soon).

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Guest Post: “It was fun and naughty and I wanted more”

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, romance author Carla R. states what we all know is true: that reading romance can help you spice up your love life.


First romance novel you read:

Naked (Blackstone Affair) by Raine Miller

How old were you?

Late 30ish. I was a new mom just looking for something new to read.

How’d you get your hands on the book?

Searching for Ebooks on Amazon, and it jumped out at me.

What was the reading experience like?

I loved it, I couldn’t put it down and I immediately downloaded the next one.

What made the experience special?

I had read books with romance in them, but never books with descriptive sex scenes. It was fun and naughty and I wanted more.

What role does smut play in your life?

It’s an escape from everyday life. But it also gives me inspiration for my own love life sometimes.


Bio

Carla R. is a married, mom of two that loves to read a good love story. She got it in her head one day that she could write one too, and so she did. She loves to write about strong independent women and the sexy men that love them. When she’s not writing, she’s usually spending time with her hubby, kids and pets or binge watching The Office …again. She’s a stay at home mom with a caffeine addiction, a part-time hairstylist, and a full-time smart ass.

Connect with Carla: Instagram | Facebook


Thanks, Carla, for sharing! We are right there with you on sexy smut being super fun to read. We look forward to reading Carla’s recent release Badass in the near future – watch this space for a review coming soon!

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My First Smut: Read What Brings You Joy

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, we hear from romance author Hallie Alexander, who was hooked when she read her first book by Lorraine Heath.


First romance novel you read:

Falling Into Bed with a Duke by Lorraine Heath

What stage of life were you in?

Very much an adult. I grew up in a “literature only” house so there wasn’t any smut lying around for preteen-Hallie to happen upon.

How’d you get your hands on the book?

I picked it up on a whim at the library where I worked. I must have liked the cover. I knew absolutely nothing about romance except that it was a forbidden genre growing up.

What was the reading experience like?

I couldn’t believe books with happy endings existed! I plowed through all the Lorraine Heath’s my library carried. Then I tried my first Kristan Higgins (it was probably the next shelf down) and read everything of hers. For the first time in my life, I enjoyed reading!

What made the experience special?

We had recently moved 600 miles from family and everyone we knew. Escaping into those books gave me comfort.

What role does smut play in your life?

I know when I open up a book of smut I will get an empowering story full of hope, even if the H/H have to struggle to get there. They will get there. That’s the point. Where else can you find that kind of emotional journey with a guarantee that it will all work out in the end?

TL;DR: Life is messy. Read what brings you joy.


Bio:

Hallie Alexander’s debut historical romance, A Widow’s Guide to Scandal, was published in 2020 by Soul Mate Publishing. It was a finalist in the 2019 Cleveland Rocks Romance Contest. She writes steamy, feminist historical romances that take place in America with feisty heroines who become the heroes of their own story as their swoon-worthy partners work to deserve their love. She is a Northerner living in the South with her husband, three children, and Doodles of Mayhem™, Bruno and Willow.

Connect with Hallie: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram


Thanks, Hallie, for sharing! We are always happy to connect with smut enthusiasts, and are super excited to read A Widow’s Guide to Scandal. Watch this space for a review coming soon!

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