My First Smut

My First Smut: From Roberts to Reage

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 KT Samois talks about the journey from Nora Roberts to The Story of O.


First romance novel you read:

Now that I think about it, I’ve been reading romance novels for so long that I actually can’t remember my first one! I remember a few that made particular impressions, though, so I’ll share those instead. I must have been in my early teens when I picked up Nora Roberts’ Taming Natasha. By sixteen, I’d progressed to titles like Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey, and the worldbuilding and villain were enough to have me hooked. Later on in college, I took a semester of French literature. What started with Voltaire’s Candide ended with Reage’s The Story of O… and after that, nothing else on the bookshelf was about to intimidate me!

How old were you?

I started reading softer romances in my early teens, but by the time I was in college I’d developed a preference for smut. You know how it goes… You start out as a little goth reading Interview With The Vampire in high school, and before you know it you’re purchasing The Taming Of Sleeping Beauty on your very first Kindle and wondering if you burst into flames before or after you read it! (Answer: After. Definitely after. You could have lit a candle off of my blush.)

How’d you get your hands on the book?

My mother’s a huge Nora Roberts fan, so I’d bet money on having found Taming Natasha on a bookshelf at home. On the other hand, I borrowed Kushiel’s Dart from the library the summer I interned there shelving books. Ironically, the dirtiest books I own were purchased at my Campus Bookstore for my French literature course. To this day, I have no idea how that reading list made it past the Dean.

What was the reading experience like?

Reading Taming Natasha felt terribly grown-up at the time, and I’m sure there were plenty of dreamy teenaged sighs at the tasteful fade-to-black scenes. By the time I made it to Kushiel’s Dart, I’d acquired a terrible habit of developing crushes on the villains, and a taste for dark smut written well.

On the other hand, Reage’s The Story of O was the first book in years I read with my back to a wall so nobody could read over my shoulder. The author managed to identify the thread of decadence I’d enjoyed in Kushiel’s Dart and had created a world where that dynamic was writ large. The book’s about as thick as a stack of playing cards, and I’m sure I put it down ten times a chapter… but it made its impression. In retrospect, I think Reage’s use of language — and her ability to titillate and challenge her reader simultaneously — was what attracted me to the genre as an author.

What made the experience special?

I remember having a moment of clarity after reading The Story of O for the first time. There was something about creating an experience that hovered at the intersection of beauty and decay that really interested me as an author, and as a reader. O wasn’t a typical heroine, and none of the men in the novel were heroes as I knew them, but there had been a certain ambition to her that drew me in. She wasn’t carried along by the plot; she was making unapologetic choices, even if they weren’t ones I would have made, and it was refreshing to see a female character written with such agency.

What role does smut play in your life?

Pre-Covid, I was often in the air a couple of times a month for business. A solid book gets me through the inevitable layovers and delays and once in the air, a spicy scene or two keeps me from crying when we hit turbulence. Now that I’ve transitioned from reader to author, it’s a fun opportunity to invite my readers to meet heroines that challenge their assumptions, and heroes that inspire all the best bad ideas.


K.T. Samois is the pseudonym for a duo of high-octane overachievers.

T is an account executive by day and airport insomniac by night, who passes the inevitable flight delays by writing spicy stories long-form. She is shamelessly ENTJ, and has a dog.

K is a published artist, professional designer, and hobbyist hacker who is sustained on Colombian coffee. She is proudly INTJ, and has a cat.

Together, they write romance novels about heroes with a license to thrill, and heroines with killer instincts. Follow them at www.ktsamois.com for behind the scenes peeks, upcoming releases, and the occasional pet and/or travel photo.


Thanks KT! KT’s debut novel, No Time for Caution, released on May 1! We look forward to reading it—watch this space for a review coming soon.

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My First Smut

My First Smut: A Whole New World of Books to Read

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, Karen from What the Smut podcast talks reading about The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, which is quite a place to start your smut journey.


First romance novel you read:

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by A. N. Roquelaure

How old were you?

18

How’d you get your hands on the book?

I bought it at Barnes and Noble while on a date with my now hubby.

What was the reading experience like?

At the time I was living with my mom so I was constantly hiding my books but I devoured it in one day.

What made the experience special?

This book opened my eyes to the world of erotica and bdsm. A whole new world of books to read!

What role does smut play in your life?

Smut is what brings my friends and I together. We have a podcast called What The Smut where we read and talk about paranormal erotica romance novels. We have way too much fun with it.

Website: whatthesmut.com | Connect on Facebook


Thanks for sharing, Karen! Erin had a blast chatting with the ladies of What the Smut! (you can find the episode here)

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My First Smut: Sometimes bodice rippers just work, you know?

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 Carly Spade talks about reading her very first bodice ripper.


First romance novel you read:

Bodice Ripper (can’t remember title)

How old were you?

13

How’d you get your hands on the book?

“Borrowed” from my aunt

What was the reading experience like?

I had no idea such things existed and loved everything about it including the fantasy aspect.

What made the experience special?

It introduced me to a realm like Lord of the Rings that I enjoyed but with described intimacy.

What role does smut play in your life?

I’ve elevated from not just reading it but also including it in the books I write. For me, it’s not just about the smut, it’s about to journey to it and the emotion behind it.

Bio

An adult romance writer who has been writing since she could pick up a pencil. After the insanity of obtaining a bachelor’s and master’s degree in cybersecurity, creating worlds to escape to still ate at her very soul. She started writing FanFiction (which can still be found if you scour the internet 😉 ), and soon felt the need to get her original ideas on paper. And so the adventure began.

She lives in Colorado with her husband and two fur babies, and revels in an enemies to lovers trope with a slow burn.

Connect with Carly: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


Thanks Carly! Carly recently rereleased her first book, The Power of Eternity. Watch this space for Erin’s review, coming soon!

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My First Smut: Sexy Audiobooks Make Roadtrips Better

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, Kandy from What The Smut Podcast talks about reading Outlander for the first time.


First romance novel you read:

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

How old were you?

In my thirties

How’d you get your hands on the book?

I was making a 22 hour drive from California to Oklahoma alone and needs something to listen to in the car. I found the book under sci-fi and time travel and it was LONG!

What was the reading experience like?

It is an awesome sci-fi book with the time travel angle but geez louise I near ran my car into a ditch when the first EXPLICIT sex scene started. Of course, I have devoured every line of that series and reread the entire lot whenever a new book comes out. May all of the gods bless you Diana Gabaldon.

What made the experience special?

I had read teen romance as a kid but had no idea that this was a thing. Give me more, give me more!!

What role does smut play in your life?

I spend a lot of time and effort co-hosting a podcast dedicated to Smut!


Thanks Kandy! Outlander was a formative romance-reading experience for Holly as well. (Thanks Mom!)

My First Smut

My First Smut: Escape into a hot, sexy romance

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 Claire Ballentine talks about getting hooked on smut with her older sister. (Ingrid can relate.)


First romance novel you read:

Jilly Cooper – Riders

How old were you?

Early teens

How’d you get your hands on the book?

My older sister. Wild and adventurous, with a feline curiosity and devil may care attitude – she paved the way for many of my firsts and encouraged me to follow. She was, and still is in many ways one of my all-time favourite heroines, and my go to. What she didn’t know back then, she made up and always left me wide eyed with fascination. Taboo should have been her middle name.

What was the reading experience like?

Fun, and far more exciting than I could have imagined – quite an awakening!

What made the experience special?

Giggling with my sister later as we tried to make sense of everything we’d read.

What role does smut play in your life?

I absolutely love it. There is no better place to escape than in the pages of a hot, sexy romance – I like the slow burn, the building sexual tension as the couple navigate their way towards the climax – in both ways. I love most genres as long as the characters are engaging, but my all time weakness is Georgian / Regency. Dreamy setting, witty banter, all prim and proper on the surface but smoldering underneath.

Bio:

Originally from England, Claire now lives in the beautiful Whitsundays in North Queensland – Australia. An avid reader of most genres, her all-time favourites have always been historical romance, and after a lifetime of daydreaming about becoming an author, she finally plonked her bum on a chair and started to write… and has no intention of ever stopping.

The Duke with No Smile is Claire’s first book in the Regency Romance Series – THE UNOBTAINABLES.

Connect with Claire: Website | Instagram | Facebook


Thanks Claire! We look forward to reading The Duke with No Smile – sad Georgian dukes are basically Erin’s catnip. And we’ve gotta say it, holy cow, Riders has some of the most amazing cover art we’ve ever seen, so that delicious snack is going straight to the TBR.

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