This Week in Misogyny is a Wee Bit Less Stabby Than Usual

After all, most state legislatures and Congress are on holiday, so they aren’t writing laws about my uterus this week. Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of other misogyny in the news! (Trigger warnings apply for just about everything.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is a Wee Bit Less Stabby Than Usual

This Week in Misogyny is Getting Pissed Off

Another week, another massive list of misogyny in the news. But never fear! This week there’s some misandry and penises to cheer you up. Ladies love misandry and penises! (Trigger warnings for just about everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is Getting Pissed Off

Smart and Sexy Romance: Elizabeth Hoyt Interview and Book Giveaway!

Guys. Guys. Guess what?! Last month, I got to have lunch with my very favorite romance writer!

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What I’ve Read So Far This Year

At the beginning of this year, I challenged myself on Goodreads to read an average of one book a week. I did the same thing last year and hit my goal in December, eventually finishing with 59 or 60 books officially read. (I’d left off a few that were so bad I didn’t really want to cop to them, but did count a few short novellas that went along with some series I’d been reading, so it pretty much worked out right.) This year I finished my 52nd official book in the wee hours of June 29th. Oops.  Read More What I’ve Read So Far This Year

Does Anyone (Outside of Naughty Books) Really Get That Wet?

Q: To counteract the insanity of the holiday season, I decided to treat myself to a number of romance/erotic novels. One thing that I keep wondering about is all these women who, when starting to get aroused, feel moisture on their thighs, or dripping down their legs… Read More Does Anyone (Outside of Naughty Books) Really Get That Wet?

Persephone Pioneers: Zoe Archer

Award-winning author Zoë Archer has been helping to redefine the romance genre with her widely acclaimed historical paranormal Blades of the Rose series, featuring ass-kicking female protagonists, and storylines that defy the stereotype of the romance novel. Please join me in welcoming Zoë Archer to Persephone!

Persephone Magazine: There’s a definite stereotype of romance novel heroines as damsels in distress. Your female protagonists are independent, strong, and not reliant on the male characters to save them from peril. What made you decide to approach your main characters this way, and do you feel that your heroines are more the norm or the exception for the romance genre nowadays? Read More Persephone Pioneers: Zoe Archer

Five Things I’ve Learned from Romance Novels

Romance novels are as mysterious and confounding as the emerald depths of our heroine’s eyes. Their pages overflow with sentimentality, romance, and ridiculous situations, much like bodices overflow with heaving bosoms. Throughout my adventures and dalliances with these books, I have learned these five things: Read More Five Things I’ve Learned from Romance Novels

Sexual Mythbusters, Vol. 2: All Hymens Are Created Equal

If bad romance novels are to be believed, the hymen is a few inches inside the vagina and must be abruptly broken with a dramatic, grunting thrust. As you may suspect, however, this is not quite accurate, and by “not quite” I mean “not at all.” (NSFW – drawings of vulvas at the bottom of the post.) Read More Sexual Mythbusters, Vol. 2: All Hymens Are Created Equal