The Start of a Red Hot Summer

Welcome to the new site!

This is going to be a big summer for me, and I’d love for all of you to be part of it. I’ve renovated the website. I’ll be posting about upcoming projects and Facing the Shark, my self-confidence workshop. Pretty soon, I’ll even have some free reads to share with you.

It’s a good time to be here.

If you want to keep up, the best way is to follow the blog. There’s a button near the top of that column on the right.

You can also find me on Facebook and on Lady Smut, where I blog every Tuesday.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Many, many thanks to Lex Valentine, who designed my super hot website header. If you’re looking for some web design goodness, have a look at her Winterheart Designs!

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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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Fatal Error: A Ban on Robot Sex? Already?

The Robot Sex. A polarizing issue. But should it be? Shouldn’t we just capitalize it and call it a day?

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Shouldn't we be more concerned that Roy is going to hurt *my* feelings? Shouldn’t we be more concerned that Roy is going to hurt *my* feelings?

By Alexa Day

Longtime visitors to this blog perhaps remember a post I wrote a while back about robot sex. I am, not surprisingly if you know me, very much in favor of robot sex, and I’m pretty excited about the possibilities emerging in the field.

So this Saturday, I found myself a little conflicted by the very first link in our Sexy Saturday Round Up. My esteemed colleague, Madeline Iva, directed me to a story about a call for a ban on robot sex.

A ban on robot sex. To my knowledge, no one is actually having robot sex at this particular time. But no matter. Someone still stands ready to deny you that pleasure.

I tried to keep an open mind. I popped open a frosty cold beverage and considered why a…

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No Roads Lead to Rome: The Tragedy of Magic Mike XXL

They put Rome in a corner.

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She's wearing the pants in this movie, neighbors. What a shame. She’s wearing the pants in this movie, neighbors. What a shame.

By Alexa Day

Last week, I was struggling with my fears that Magic Mike XXL would turn out to be everything people said it was. A feminist stripper movie, which did not distract its primarily female audience with a plot or anything that might prove disturbing. Two hours of gentle reassurance that yes, you are pretty and men should be nicer to you! An evening of gentle hand-holding and slightly adventurous sexuality.

Basically, I was afraid it would turn out to be the gummy vitamin of stripper movies. Not frightfully stimulating, but good for you in small doses.

I also said I would eat all 800+ words of last week’s post if I was wrong.

And I was wrong about a couple of things. I was also right about something. Then, on top of that, I was disappointed by things I…

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Hey, What’s Your Number?

When it comes to The Number, how much approval do we really need?

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But did I carry the one? (This image was made by Loadmaster (David R. Tribble).) But did I carry the one?
(This image was made by Loadmaster (David R. Tribble).)

By Alexa Day

In yesterday’s Sexy Saturday Round-Up, my colleague Elizabeth Shore provided a link to a sexual history calculator. It’s over on Slate, and it collects your age, your gender (I know, I rolled my eyes here, too, but it’s necessary), and the number of people you’ve slept with. You plug this information in, and after a brief pause, during which the calculator wants to reassure you that this is supposed to be fun for you, you get a chart that compares your info with that of other people in your age group.

Simply put, the calculator is here to tell you — just for fun! — whether you’ve slept with more people or fewer people than the rest of your demographic.

So, just for fun, I plugged in my info, and…

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F*cking Outside the Lines: Erotic Romance’s Squicks and Surprises

So where do you draw the line?

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You going to say no to a title like that? Click and try it. You going to say no to a title like that? Click and try it.

By Alexa Day

I told someone not long ago that I was willing to read anything, as long as it was well written. It didn’t take long for me to realize that wasn’t altogether true. It turns out that I do have hard limits. Hang ups. Turn-offs. Squicks. I just don’t push those particular boundaries very often, and it turns out that having an untested boundary is much like not having a boundary at all.

Take dino porn. We have discussed dino porn before. You can look for it on Amazon if you want, but be warned that Amazon will then believe that you are interested in it and suggest future purchases accordingly. Dino porn, like Bigfoot porn, is one of those things that lies outside my boundaries. No matter how well dino porn is written…

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Fifty Shades of Grim Acceptance: Living with the Hatred of “That Book”

I can’t stop it; I can only learn to live with it.

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If you hated That Book (as I did), this book will help you live with it. If you hated That Book (as I did), this book will help you live with it. Click to buy.

By Alexa Day

If you’re following me on social media (which I encourage) or in real life (those folks, sadly, are stuck with me), then you’re well aware of my feelings toward Fifty Shades of Grey. You know that I insist on calling it out of its name; I refer to it as That Book with the Tie. You know that I will dive for the remote rather than let the movie trailer play on any television in my home. You know that it is one of only two books I’ve been ashamed to be seen with. (The other, for trivia’s sake, was Why He Didn’t Call You Back, a dating book which also no longer resides with me.)

In short, if you know me, you know that I…

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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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