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“Naked is normal”: Playboy restores the nude pictorial

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Nudity might be normal, but what about shame? Nudity might be normal, but what about shame?

By Alexa Day

I remember writing about Playboy’s decision to remove the nude pictorial from their print issues. At that time, the pictorials had already been removed from the online issues. I wasn’t sure how I felt about it at the time, in large part because I read Playboy for the articles. I’m just not that interested in the nude female form. If I want to see female nudity, I’ll take my own shirt off.

I thought I’d heard that nudity had returned to Playboy, and on Saturday, my colleague Elizabeth Shore confirmed my suspicions. This was just a couple of weeks after I named Playboy one of the three things that was getting me through a bit of a creative slump. So now I’m presented with another opportunity to examine my feelings about the presence of the nude pictorial in Playboy…

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Illicit Impulse: A Tempting Little Excerpt

Anyone else in the mood for a taste of female sexual autonomy? I’m happy to help.

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What's a little experimental drug testing between friends? Click to find out. What’s a little experimental drug testing between friends? Click to find out.

By Alexa Day

My colleagues and I have been celebrating the re-release of Illicit Impulse, my hot story with one sexy scientist, lots of experimentation, a spirited friend with benefits, and a pill designed to improve women’s sex lives. Sound complicated? Well, here’s the story in a nutshell:

Scientist John March has a problem. He needs the perfect subject to test out his new project, a sex pill called Impulse. His best friend, Grace Foley, might be the right woman for the job. She’s more than willing to see just how far these pills will take her … and her friend with benefits. But can John maintain his objectivity when he wants Grace for himself?

Grace wastes no time testing the big red pills and her own boundaries with her buddy, Tal Crusoe. Grace’s real fantasy is…

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Playing Our Own Game … and Keeping Our Headphones On

Tale as old as time …

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Ovid actually wrote about game many, many years ago. He'd have mentioned headphones if he could have. Ovid actually wrote about game many, many years ago. He’d have mentioned headphones if he could have.

By Alexa Day

Long ago, I would have been able to tell you the number to the pay phone in the center of the local mall, in the town where I grew up. This was back when there was such a thing as a group of pay phones in the center of the mall. In fact, I think the mall itself is gone now. But at one point, I had that number memorized.

Why?

At that point in time, long ago, I had a lot of people rolling up to me to ask for my phone number. It’s hard for me to say that; it sounds kind of immodest. I don’t think I was getting any more attention than any other woman moving unattended through the world. I do have a fairly high…

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Of Wings and Women

Shoutout to the wings who help us be fly. 🙂

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These two might not be doing it right. These two might not be doing it right.

By Alexa Day

Zig Ziglar had this to say about the fine art of having it all: “You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help other people get what they want.”

He probably wasn’t talking about being a wingwoman, but his message about service definitely applies.

What’s a wingwoman? Glad you asked.

The wingwoman accompanies a friend, either male or female, to a target-rich environment, to facilitate the friend’s meeting other people for fun, romance, and perhaps sexytimes.

A wingwoman’s job isn’t easy, although the best practitioners make it look that way. The real virtuosos are hard to find. In my time, I have known exactly three, two of whom have moved far enough away that I can no longer call on them when I need support.

I do think the requisite skills can be taught. It…

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You, Tarzan; Me, Conflicted

How do you solve a problem like Tarzan?

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An impressionable girl's first Tarzan. As I recall, he was quite articulate and well spoken. An impressionable girl’s first Tarzan. As I recall, he was quite articulate and well spoken.

By Alexa Day

I’m coming home from the RWA National Conference as I write this, and after several days of immersion in the industry I love, I’m asking myself tough questions and making big plans.

When can I finish that extensive set of edits?

Which of the many projects in my to-do list should move up to the on-deck circle?

And most importantly: should I go to see Tarzan?

I want to be okay with Tarzan. Hell, I want to love Tarzan. I’ve always wanted that.

But let’s be honest with each other. Tarzan is kind of a racially complicated story.

Tarzan has had my attention since I was a little girl parked in front of Saturday morning cartoons. That sort of adventure spoke to me for some reason. I’m not sure if I was…

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Sexy Saturday Excerpt: Alexa Day’s “Passing Through”

You can still get this story and 21 more for 99 cents, but you’d better hurry.

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If you like kinky stories with military heroes, click to preorder. Like right now. If you like kinky stories with military heroes, click to preorder. Like right now.

By Alexa Day

Happy weekend, sexy people! Learned colleague Madeline Iva has allowed me to stage a Sexy Saturday takeover so I can hit you with a lick of excerpty goodness from my novella, “Passing Through.” It’s one of 22 stories featured in the box set, Hero to Obey, from Blushing Books. Joining me in the collection are Sierra Cartwright, Selena Kitt, Desiree Holt, along with Lady Smut guests Tabitha Black and Lee Savino. If you like your stories kinky and your heroes in uniform, you want to get involved with this big box.

My contribution, “Passing Through,” is a femdom-themed story featuring bar owner Gigi Deane and Noah Monroe, the former Army Ranger who’s spending the summer working as her barback. Gigi likes her men tall, hot, and obedient, and Noah certainly…

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The Magic Word Is ‘Now’: A Glance at Femdom in Erotic Romance

Femdom lives!

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Don't let that cover fool you -- the heroine is definitely in charge here. Click and get yours. Don’t let that cover fool you — the heroine is definitely in charge here. Click and get yours.

By Alexa Day

Don’t call it a comeback. Femdom has been here for years.

And why not? Female dominance has a great deal to offer erotic romance. Next week, on the release day for my own femdom-themed story, “Passing Through,” I will devote a great deal of time to exploring what’s hot about the woman on top. For now, consider the obvious benefits. Femdom books focus on the woman in charge. She might be at the top of the food chain at work. She might be the leader of her single-parent household. Maybe she’s redefining herself, and by extension, the world surrounding her. Whatever her situation, the femdom heroine has a lot in common with the increasingly kink-curious reader, the modern woman who finds herself in control of more things now than…

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Hero to Obey … Deal to Love

Hero to Obey cover image

Want to hear some great news? I’m contributing to Hero to Obey, a box set of 22 stories featuring military heroes and loads of kink. It’s a collaborative effort unlike any I’ve ever worked on, and I’m proud to be a part of it!

The box set releases on June 28, but you can preorder your copy right now for just 99 pennies. You can find all the links over on the shop page.

Need convincing? I get it. Times are hard. Who knows what you might do with 99 cents?

But here are five reasons you should go ahead and drop that money on this box set.

1. Hot military men. What is it about military men? Is it their code of honor? Is it the air of command? Maybe it’s their well honed physiques. That’s my guess, anyway. Whatever the appeal is, the military man is very well represented in these 22 stories. You are sure to find someone to make you very tingly indeed.

2. A veritable smorgasbord of kink. Left cold by the same old kinky stories? Fear not. Hero to Obey covers a huge spectrum of naughtiness. From my femdom story (more below) to some hot historicals to some splendidly dark capture erotica, the set covers a wide range of wicked temptations. You will definitely find something you enjoy. (Especially if you happen to enjoy spanking.) You might also discover something new to tickle your fancy.

3. Femdom. The women are usually in charge in my stories, but not in quite this way! In “Passing Through,” the heroine, Gigi, owns a beachside bar and is crushing hard on her barback, a former Army Ranger. She wants him on his knees and at her service. And who wouldn’t? Whose heart doesn’t race just a little at the thought of having a man at the height of physical and mental fitness under her exclusive control? Who wouldn’t want a man like that at her command? That’s certainly a thought to sleep on, right?

4. It’s so … big! You’re not getting 22 short stories here. These are nice hefty novellas, weighing in between 15,000 and 35,000 words. Oh, yes, my friends. You’re welcome.

5. The outstanding company. My fellow contributors include some real luminaries in the world of erotic romance. Sierra Cartwright is among us, as is Desiree Holt. Paige Tyler and Alta Hensley are both here. There’s something for kink-loving fans, and there’s plenty of opportunity to find a new author to love.
Now’s your chance. Click on over to get your preorder on. Then get ready for a very hot summer!

Snctm: House of Raised Eyebrows

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Being in charge is about more than just holding the crop. Being in charge is about more than just holding the crop.

By Alexa Day
Full disclosure: I first heard about Snctm in the goop.com sex issue. Also in the goop.com sex issue is a list of sex toys, which includes something called — and I am not kidding here — the Mandingo. The Mandingo is a 7-inch long bloodstone (which is black) “love wand” intended to “bring healing and orgasmic energy into your life.” I just want you to have some context.
In fairness, Snctm is also in The Daily Beast. I enjoyed reporter Jen Yamato’s coverage; she seems to view the Snctm experience without goop-colored glasses. That’s definitely worth reading.
It’s kind of difficult to describe anything in goop.com with any level of specificity, but I’m going to try to do it with Snctm.
Snctm is a sex club in Beverly Hills. (They’ve apparently had a party in New…

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