Month: January 2015

The Guys Have It: What Makes a Man’s Romance?

Celebrating release weekend for my new short story, “1-800,” I wondered what makes a man’s romance manly. Hmm.

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It's the thought that counts ... but some thoughts count more than others. It’s the thought that counts … but some thoughts count more than others.

By Alexa Day

It’s been a very exciting week! My colleague, C. Margery Kempe, loaned me her blog day so that I could celebrate my new release, “1-800.” It’s a hot little story told from the male POV, about how one man’s search for the perfect Valentine’s Day gift leads him to a sexually explicit home shopping channel. The story’s out today on Amazon, and I’ve enjoyed reading this week’s posts on What Men Want.

I’ve only gotten to visit the male voice intermittently as a romance writer, but I enjoy hanging out on the dude’s side of the book. While it’s certainly a story for both men and women, “1-800” is supposedly a men’s romance, but what makes a men’s romance a men’s romance?

Is it coarse language? My vision of the erotic romance for men…

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Is Seduction Dead? No. Not Yet.

I feel better about the future of seduction now. At least I think I do.

Lady Smut

When did this become Point B? (Image by Pavalache Stelian) When did this become Point B?
(Image by Pavalache Stelian)

By Alexa Day

Long ago, I briefly dated a man called Bob. Bob was not his name, mind you. But it is what my wingwoman and I called him.

Bob was not the sort of man I usually dated. He was far more established and more successful and more confident than the guys I was used to, and I dated some pretty successful, confident guys. But I couldn’t sort out whether I was attracted to Bob — or attracted enough to him. That confusion was interesting, in a way, after I’d gotten used to being sure right away, and it freed me to concentrate more on whether I was enjoying Bob’s company instead of sizing him up as a sex partner.

In other words, I had no idea at all where things were going with Bob, and I liked that.

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