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Dear Mistress: Back Up & Slow Down, Dave, Tara, Corporal Punisher

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Dear Mistress: Back Up & Slow Down, Dave, Tara, Corporal Punisher

Meet Dear Mistress
Your long-awaited chance to meet Dear Mistress in person is coming in October at Shameless Book Con 2017! This will be an intimate gathering to chat with her, ask questions, time to get hands-on with her implements, and receive an extra special gift from Dear Mistress herself. Passes will be EXTREMELY limited, free, and available to all #Shameless17 ticket holders.

Friday, October 20
8:30-9:30pm
Pool Bar

This Friday, July 21st, grab your pass to Meet Dear Mistress at Shameless Book Con 2017.

Meet Dear Mistress passes will be available on a first come, first served basis starting at 2:30pm ET on Eventbrite.

*An earlier version of this post said the event is scheduled for Saturday, October 21.

And now, scroll down to the newest column! Fair warning: She gets a bit testy with a reader. 😳

Dear Mistress,

I am a new mistress. I was given my first slave from a head mistress. I am learning about my new journey and I have to learn more about the control. The other day my slave informed me he was approached by another mistress and wanted to know what to do. I was told I have to realize it is ok to share my with other mistresses, and to enjoy the pleasures of other mistresses using my worthless slave. But I have the right to be in control on what they can and can’t do.

Dear Back Up & Slow Down,

I understand that you are new and I will be as gentle as I can be given your situation. Your questions worry me and I have questions in return:

  1. Do you have a mentor?
  2. Are you still working your way up and learning the ropes? If so, for how long?
  3. Is your slave collared? (I would hope so, but if you still have these basic questions, it does not sound like you are experienced enough to collar anyone, let alone have a slave.)
  4. Who told you it was “ok” to share your slave with ANYONE?
  5. Who thinks your slave is “worthless?”
  6. If your Head Mistress gave you your slave and (I’m assuming) is now telling you that you should share your worthless slave, I assume you have hesitation and are wondering if this is, in fact, acceptable. Is that the case?

As you can tell, all of this if of great concern to me. If you are still learning and have already assumed the title of “Mistress,” and you already have a collared slave, you need to slow down.

Having a slave is a MASSIVE undertaking and a MASSIVE responsibility. If you are unsure of the boundaries that should already be in place, this is an issue. How can you be in control of another person when you don’t understand what should be very clear and concise rules?

Your slave is YOUR responsibility and they live to serve YOU. Whether or not you choose to share your slave with others is up to you and you alone. No one makes that decision for you – especially your slave. You need to have clear rules, boundaries, and limits in order to be effective as a Mistress.

If your slave is collared, NO ONE APPROACHES A COLLARED SLAVE WITHOUT ASKING PERMISSION FIRST. That collar is a clear indication that your slave is off-limits.

Who is this Mistress you are training with? Who approached your slave without asking first? That is the biggest no-no in this lifestyle. If they are experienced and know what they are doing, they would know this basic rule. How dare they disrespect you. You absolutely have the right to say what can and can’t happen, but that needs to start between you and your slave first. Your dynamic, your rules.

It sounds like you need to take a step back, learn all of the aspects of your role, and then take it slowly.

And finally, who referred to your slave as “worthless?” Let me make this clear: anyone who CHOOSES to serve you for your pleasure is worth EVERYTHING.

Your slave is to be respected, cherished, and held in the highest regard. If your dynamic with your slave includes humiliation and degradation, that’s perfectly normal, but that is what makes them so revered. If that is difficult for you or anyone else to understand, it is time to back up and examine your true motives for being in this lifestyle.

How can you consider someone who is your responsibility, and someone who depends on you for their emotional well-being, as “worthless?” Your slave is your top priority.

If anyone referred to my submissive as “worthless,” they would see a side of me they would live to regret.

I suggest you do some reading on this lifestyle, your role, and how to develop your brand of control. Please feel free to reach out to me privately if you would like to discuss this further. I wish you luck and clarity.

Dear Mistress,

I am 33 years old and cannot get the desire to be dominated out of my head. I’m not talking about your normal BDSM stuff. Personally, I love to be objectified mostly by face-sitting. I enjoy being “encouraged” to wear panties by a woman and have even thought about receiving a golden shower.

I am completely straight but would simply love a woman to do this to me. I know it is not normal because it has cost me several relationships.

I guess I’m hoping you might help me figure out what is wrong with me. I really enjoy these activities but feel awkward trying to fulfill them.

I hope your expertise and advice may help me shed light on my psychosis. If you could get back to me, I would do greatly appreciate it. I thank you for taking the time to read this.

Sincerely and Respectfully,
Dave

Dear Dave,

First of all, there is nothing wrong with you. At all. You ARE normal. You obviously have not found the right partner yet.

Do I know people who are into the same things you are? You better believe I do. Is there something “wrong” with them? Not at all.

Each person is unique. If your thinking is correct, is there something wrong with me? I like to carve skin with blades. I get off on blood. What does that say about me? You’re coming to me for advice, so you must think that I can offer some form of solace or reassurance that you’re not a lost cause.

Are you vanilla? Nope. Am I vanilla? Nope. (I’m more like Tutti-Frutti). If vanilla works for you, awesome. I know I am not happy in the “normal” vanilla world, and neither are you. So as far as I can see it, you feel as though you’re out there on your own island, being branded a freak.

But guess what? There are so many others out there as well. You just need to find your tribe.

If you’re on dating sites, be honest about what you’re into. Join other sites that specialize in deviant lifestyles such as Alt.com and Fetlife.com where you can seek out others who are into the same kinks. (Don’t be afraid of the word deviant. Deviant is not a bad word.)

Visit your local kink shops and ask if they have meet-ups. Look at the brochures that are sitting out. This is where you will find your people. Go to local munches. Go to kink conventions.

Your proclivities may not be the definition of BDSM, but they fall within the kink community. Your fetishes are not abnormal; they are actually VERY popular.

I promise you, your people are out there. And when you find them, it will be like the clouds have parted and the sun is finally shining down on you. I want that for you. I wish you happiness and lots of flavors other than vanilla.

Please consider this reading material:

I can’t promise you an orgasm at the end of our adventure, but I can promise you a better understanding of why you get the ones you do.Jesse Bering

Dear Mistress,

Do submissives or slaves ever make their Dominant or Masters mad on purpose? Can you have play without it being a punishment?

Thank you,
Tara

Dear Tara,

I’m not for bratty behavior, but some Dominants are into it. Some like the challenge of having to punish and get off on the “play” aspect of it, but I don’t punish brats. To me, that makes it a game.

Bratty behavior will get nothing from me, which, to me, is worse than any punishment. Keep in mind that all dynamics are unique and different and the concept of being a brat to incite a punishment works for some. Some people get off on it. For me, it’s a no-go.

Can you have play without punishment? Absolutely. For me, it’s necessary. I don’t always want to have to punish to flex my control muscles. I do so whenever I need it.

Dear Mistress,

What are the best instruments to use for spanking on a amateur level?

Dear Corporal Punisher,

Spankings turn me on. Do they turn you on, too? You don’t have to look far for the proper implement.

Allow your eyes to travel down that predominant arm of yours and gaze lovingly at your hand. That’s really all you need. Your hand, a partner, and gusto.

I could go on and on, but there is this nifty little graphic I found, and they have spelled it out for all future spankers and spankees.

(images via)

In addition to your hand, there are some nifty implements to use. A hairbrush? Totally. A paddle? You betcha. A slapper? Fuck, now I’m turned on. I’ll include my favorites below.

Now, pull down those panties and bend over.

Books

Implements

 

About Dear Mistress

Do you have a question for our resident Dear Mistress?

She’s experienced in all things BDSM, power exchange, and general knowledge of anything outside of traditional vanilla relationships. With over 25 years in the lifestyle behind her, she continues to live what she preaches and she’s sharing what she knows with us.

Nothing is off limits. NOTHING. Too embarrassed to ask a friend or afraid your search history will be discovered? Ask Dear Mistress!

Authors: Are you writing a book with BDSM? Ask the Mistress! Just make sure you include your name and email address in the question submission box, and she’ll email you personally.

Check back every #BDSMFriday – or whenever it pleases her – for the answers to your questions.

Want to know more from the Lady in Charge? Visit Dear Mistress’s earlier contributions.

Shameless Book Con: 1,001 Dark Nights Sparkler

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Shameless Book Con: 1,001 Dark Nights Sparkler

Join 15 of your favorite authors for a mingle after our signing!

The authors of 1,001 Dark Nights will be hanging out with Shameless Book Con attendees for a little break in the busy day out at the pool patio!

Doors open at 5:30pm Saturday  

Lara Adrian
Tessa Bailey
Shayla Black
Lexi Blake
Mari Carr

Robin Covington
Jay Crownover
Megan Erickson
Avery Flynn
Jenna Jacob

Kimberly Kincaid
Angel Payne
Carly Phillips
Carrie Ann Ryan
Susan Stoker

Authors subject to change

No RSVP or Sparkler-specific ticket required
Swag available on a first come, first served basis

Still need a Shameless Book Con ticket?

Shameless Book Con: The Sunday Event

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Shameless Book Con: The Sunday Event

If you were lucky enough to attend UnHoly Day with Tiffany Reisz at Shameless Book Con 2016 last year, you left the event feeling… blessed.

In 2016, UnHoly Day was a whole morning with just Tiffany Reisz. It was an amazing, engaging event, and over 100 of Tiffany’s readers and superfans were excited to get the chance to listen to her and meet one-on-one.

This year, we’re doing it a bit differently.

Spend your Sunday morning in the presence of best-selling romance authors, each with their own take on Shameless Book Con 2017’s UnHoly Day: Angels & Sinners Sponsored by Elle Christensen.

UnHoly Day 2017 attendees will be the first to hear about upcoming releases, special announcements, and UnHoly Day attendee-only surprises! Find out what your favorite authors think makes a character an “angel” or a “sinner” and how their own ideas factor into their writing.

Join us for coffee and a downright religious experience on Sunday morning!

The UnHoly Day event is NOT for the faint of heart or anyone under 18. Prudes are not invited, and pearls will be checked at the door.

Included in registration:

  • Commemorative UnHoly Day 2017 swag
  • Coffee & tea
  • Small-setting author meet and greet opportunity
  • Spiritual awakening

Paperbacks will be available for purchase at the Sunday event, depending on availability.

UnHOLY DAY SCHEDULE

9:30am – Doors Open
10:00am – Angels Author Panel
11:00am – Break

11:30am – Sinners Author Panel
12:30pm – Author Meet & Greet

ANGELS 😇

Meredith Wild
Shayla Black
Angel Payne
Chelle Bliss
Helen Hardt
Lauren Rowe
Elizabeth Hayley

SINNERS 😈

Elle Christensen (sponsor)
Tiffany Reisz
Tessa Bailey

…and more to be announced

ABOUT ANGELS

Meredith Wild hand-picked a gaggle of smutty authors – Shayla Black, Angel Payne, Chelle Bliss, Helen Hardt, Lauren Rowe, and Elizabeth Hayley* to name a few – to team up with her to co-write a series of books in the upcoming series, Misadventures. Collaboration is so nice 😇 to see, don’t you think?

*Elizabeth Hayley will not be signing at our main event on Saturday, so if you’re dying to meet them, Sunday is your chance!

ABOUT SINNERS

Our event sponsor, Elle Christensen, joins Tiffany Reisz, Tessa Bailey, and several other to-be-announced authors to talk about how they use a little devilish 😈 humor in their books to bring levity to their stories. Snark and wit play a big part of their stories, and these funny ladies don’t hold back in person! Plus, hear how their bad boys and naughty girls make a scene into one you can’t put down. Get ready to be shocked at what they have to say!

Event plans are tentative; any major changes to the event will be announced but will not deviate from the spirit of the theme.

Still need your Shameless Book Con 2017 signing event ticket?
Get it now!

As indicated in the VIP ticket description, #Shameless17 VIP ticket holders as well as signing authors will need to purchase a ticket to this separate event.

Get a heads up on the exact time they go on sale!

Shameless Book Con: Authors-On-The-Rise Showcase

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Shameless Book Con: Authors-On-The-Rise Showcase

We’re adding EVEN MORE AUTHORS to our signing lineup at Shameless Book Con 2017!

This year, we’re giving a special selection of authors a showcase in which to “introduce” themselves to you. Friday night, October 20th, up to 20 authors we’ve hand-picked to appear, will be signing at #Shameless17.

During our VIP cocktail party, the Showcase authors will be set up to meet and greet VIPs and attending authors. Once our VIP cocktail party is over, we’re opening the space to all #Shameless17 signing event ticket holders!

Friday, October 20, 2017

5:30pm-8:30pm Authors-On-The-Rise Showcase

5:30pm-7pm – VIP Cocktail Party/Showcase
7pm-8:30pm – Authors-On-The-Rise Showcase Open to ALL Attendees

Visit this page to see the full Schedule of Events for Shameless Book Con 2017.

Who are these authors-on-the-rise we want to show off? We’ll be growing our list as more are accepting our invitations. If you’re an author and are interested in signing at Shameless Book Con 2017, please fill out our interest form.

Ace Gray
Books on Amazon

Amber Bardan
Books on Amazon

Angera Allen
Books on Amazon

Izzy Sweet & Sean Moriarty
Books on Amazon

Jennifer Michael
Books on Amazon

KD Robichaux
Books on Amazon

Lauren Campbell
Books on Amazon

LE Chamberlin
Books on Amazon

Leela Lou Dahlin
Books on Amazon

Lexi C. Foss
Books on Amazon

Noelle Bodhaine
Books on Amazon

SM Lumetta
Books on Amazon

Stasia Black
Books on Amazon

Stephanie St. Klaire
Books on Amazon

Tamsen Parker
Books on Amazon

Shameless Book Con: #Shameless17 Sponsorships

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Shameless Book Con: #Shameless17 Sponsorships

We’re now accepting sponsors for Shameless Book Con 2017!

Are women ages 24-54 your target audience? Do you want to get your brand in front of and in the hands of voracious romance readers?

Shameless Book Con attendees are college-educated professionals with buying power. Along with book purchases, our readers and attendees are health and beauty, household, and subscription consumers.

On October 21, 2017, over 1,000 romance book readers will attend Shameless Book Con 2017 in Orlando, Florida. From now until the event – and after – our sponsors are given the royal treatment. You’re our favorite people, and we want to make sure your brand is seen by our attendees and readers.

What does that entail? All of the information is below.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our attending authors have already snagged most of our sponsorships because we have the greatest authors EVER!

*as of 6.28.17

Sponsorship

Availability

Cost

PLATINUM: Overall Top-Level Event Sponsor 1 $5,000
GOLD: Overall Event Sponsor 2 SOLD
SILVER: Overall Event Sponsor 4 SOLD
BRONZE: Overall Event Sponsor 9 available $650
AFTER PARTY: Overall Event Sponsor 1 SOLD
VIP Cocktail Party/Showcase Sponsorship 1 $2,500
Sunday Event Sponsorship 1 SOLD
Swag Sponsor – Tote Bags 1 SOLD
Swag Sponsor – Lanyards 1 SOLD
Swag Sponsor – VIP Gift 1 SOLD
Swag Sponsor – Sharpies 1 SOLD
Event Booklet Ad – Back Cover 1 SOLD
Event Booklet Ad – Inside Front Cover 1 SOLD
Event Booklet Ad – Inside Back Cover 1 SOLD
Event Booklet Ad – Full Page varies $150
Event Booklet Ad – Half Page varies $75
Vendor Table varies $250
Design Your Own Sponsorship unlimited You tell us!

Sponsorship Details

PLATINUM: Overall Top-Level Event Sponsor – $5,000

One available

This sponsorship would give you exposure to thousands of romance readers and is a fast-track into a life-long place in our hearts.

Think of your name in lights, your name on swag, your name on banners, and your name plastered all over the book-loving internet!

  • Title sponsorship name or logo placed just above or just under the Shameless Book Con 2017 logo
  • Logo listed above all sponsors
  • Media acknowledgement in press releases and announcements
  • Web graphic listed above the fold (where available) or above all other sponsorships (in cases where sponsorships are listed together) on all Shameless Book Con 2017-related posts
  • Includes the following additions:
    • 1 Author Signing Table – Prime location of your choosing
    • 2 VIP Attendee Passes (Friday night cocktail party; Saturday signing with early entry; after-party) – Perfect for giveaways!
    • 2 Sunday passes (Event TBD)

Interested? Email Adrian to reserve your sponsorship.

Email
BRONZE: Overall Event Sponsor – $650

Nine now available

You get love, too!

  • 1 Author Signing Table (or fees refunded)
  • Name placement on the blog and some general signage
  • Logo listed with other Signing Sponsors (in cases where sponsorships are listed together; some exceptions apply)
  • 1 Attendee Signing-Only Pass – Perfect for giveaways!

Author/Buyer Name


VIP Cocktail Party/Showcase Sponsorship (Friday Night) – $2,500

One Available; Can Be Shared

This sponsor will be the only sponsor of Friday Night’s VIP Cocktail Party. Authors and paying VIP guests are invited to attend a cocktail party, complete with mingling, giggling, and a little bit of squeeing.

You’re guaranteed hero status with this sponsorship because who doesn’t love a party?!?

  • Name listed in mentions of VIP tickets
  • Web graphic (size TBD) on all VIP-related posts and many Shameless Book Con 2017-related posts
  • Media acknowledgement in press releases and announcements

Author/Buyer Name


Inside Full Page Sponsor – $150

Limited quantities available

This sponsor will provide a full-page graphic ad to be used inside the commemorative event booklet provided to each Author and Attendee.

Be spotted big-time!

  • Sponsor is responsible for providing an appropriately sized graphic
  • Placement is first-come, first-placed

Author/Buyer Name


Inside 1/2 Page Sponsor – $75

Limited quantities available

This sponsor will provide a half-page graphic ad to be used inside the commemorative event booklet provided to each Author and Attendee.

Be in memories!

  • Sponsor is responsible for providing an appropriately sized graphic
  • Placement is first-come, first-placed; limited quantities

Author/Buyer Name


Vendor Table Sponsorship – $250

         Limited availability; 1 vendor per company representative

This sponsorship is specially designed for vendors interested in having a table at the Author Signing.

So you say you’re not an author but you want a table at Shameless Book Con 2017, eh? This is your deal right here!

  • 1 Vendor Table at the Shameless Book Con 2017 Author Signing
  • Name placement on the blog and some general signage
  • Logo listed with other Signing Sponsors (in cases where sponsorships are listed together; some exceptions apply)
  • NOTE: One vendor per table will receive an Author-type event pass (includes all SBC-official Friday and Saturday events). Additional vendor representatives will need to purchase Assistant tickets to attend the same events.

Interested? Email Adrian to reserve your vendor table.

Email
Design Your Own Sponsorship
You tell us!

If you’re way more creative than we are and have thought of a fabulous way to sponsor Shameless Book Con 2017, we want to hear it! We’re shamelessly open to any and all ideas!

Interested? Email Adrian to reserve your sponsorship.

Email

Questions? Comments? Notes of praise?

Email Adrian

See you in October!

Shameless Book Con: #Shameless17 Reading Challenge

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Shameless Book Con: #Shameless17 Reading Challenge

Challenge

Read at least 1 book by each author appearing at Shameless Book Con 2017!

Reward

An upgrade to a VIP ticket OR 1 Golden Ticket*!

Deadline

The first 3 attendees to turn in their completed and verified spreadsheet to Angie between August 1 – October 10 will have their choice of a VIP ticket upgrade or a Golden Ticket*.

  • At least 10 of the books you read must have been read after June 15, 2017.
  • You may use book review(s) you’ve posted in the past.
  • ANY book by a #Shameless17 signing author qualifies.

This post will be updated when winners are announced as well as an announcement made in the Shameless Book Con Attendees group. It is your responsibility to find out if all 3 winners have been awarded.

Method

To prove that you’ve read a book, you must provide a link to your review on Amazon OR Goodreads. Please provide your proof in a spreadsheet like the ones I’m providing below.

Get Your Own Spreadsheet

Download the spreadsheet to track the books you’ve read.

  • Copy/download the spreadsheet on Google Sheets
    • OR
  • Click Download CSV below
Golden Tickets

*Golden Tickets are front-of-the-line passes to be used at the Main Event signing. No more than 3 Golden Tickets will be given out this year!

Click to go directly to the Shameless Book Con 2017 author sheet if the embed below is being a jerk.

Shameless Book Con: The Smut Gala Costume Contest Categories

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Shameless Book Con: The Smut Gala Costume Contest Categories

Want some direction on where to take your fantabulous costume for The Smut Gala: Paradiso vs Inferno?

These 5 categories are what you’re aiming to best!

Most Creative Interpretation of Paradiso
Sexiest Paradiso
Most Creative Interpretation of Inferno
Sexiest Inferno
Best Overall

Our sponsor, Meredith Wild, along with 3 of the Shameless Smut Fairies will be Judgey McJudgersons and pick our favorites to win prizes and bragging rights!

What prizes? Welp, I can tell you that last year, we gave out cash money, luxury vibrators, and awesome gift cards.

OH YES WE DID.

Need some costume ideas? Check out this helpful list we shared.

Good luck to everyone!

Protected: Shameless Book Con: Authors On-The-Rise Showcase Invitation

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Shameless Book Con 2017: Schedule Of Events

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Shameless Book Con 2017: Schedule Of Events

We’ll see you at Shameless Book Con 2017 in October, right?

Here’s a quick-and-dirty schedule of events to help you plan your trip!

This isn’t the final schedule, so don’t worry about printing it out and laminating it yet. We’ll keep updating and announcing events as we get closer to October 20th!

Friday, October 20, 2017

5:30pm-8:30pm – Authors-On-The-Rise Showcase

*5:30pm-7pm – VIP Cocktail Party/Showcase
*7pm-8:30pm – Authors-On-The-Rise Showcase (open to ALL attendees; no additional pass required)

8:30-9:30pm – Meet Dear Mistress (pass required)

Saturday, October 21, 2017

11am-12pm – VIP Entry to Author Signing
12pm-5pm – General Entry to Author Signing
5:30pm-6:30pm – Shameless Sparkler with 1001 Dark Nights (no additional pass required)
9pm-1am – The Smut Gala: Paradiso vs. Inferno with Meredith Wild

Sunday, October 22, 2017

10am-2pm – UnHoly Day: Angels & Sinners Sponsored by Elle Christensen

Purchase tickets now!

Let’s Play Gay Romance Roulette!

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Let’s Play Gay Romance Roulette!

Chicks Dig Men In Uniform: 16 Fleet Week Reads

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Chicks Dig Men In Uniform: 16 Fleet Week Reads

Fleet Week in New York City is upon us, so we wanted to put together a collection of exceptionally hot romance books featuring a Navy or Marine alpha hero. Enjoy the sexy-time, ladies!

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The Education of Sebastian by Jane Harvey-Berrick #Shameless17 Author

Protecting Caroline by Susan Stoker #Shameless17 Author

Hot SEAL by Lynn Raye Harris

Ultimate SEAL Collection by Sharon Hamilton #Shameless17 Author

Rock Hard SEAL by Rye Hart

Safe With Me by Kristen Proby

Fatal Pursuit by Elisabeth Naughton

Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley

Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley

Forged in Fire by Trish McCallan

To Temp a SEAL by Sara Jane Stone #Shameless17 Author 

Serving Trouble by Sara Jane Stone #Shameless17 Author

Falling for the Marine by Samanthe Beck #Shameless17 Author

Her Bodyguard by Sabrina Paige

Dangerous by RG Alexander

Catch a Ghost by SE Jakes

Fair Winds & Following Reads!

16 Romance & Erotica Books To Read Before You Die

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16 Romance & Erotica Books To Read Before You Die

16 Romance And Erotica Books To Read Before You DieWe see the desperate call from readers all the time: WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT?

Because I’m a mean, mean boss, I gave my Smut Fairies (“contributors” to the lay person) an assignment to name TWO and ONLY TWO standalone books and/or completed series to read before you die.

I know. I’m evil.

But my evil ways have made this list of 16 romance and erotica books to read before you die a real thing, so I will accept your messages of thanks.

Here are the end-all, be-all, read-all romance and erotica books we recommend you read! You’ll notice that most of the books are the first of a series. In those cases, the first book is a hook to suck you into the entire amazing, completed series.



The Original Sinners Series by Tiffany Reisz

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

On Dublin Street Series by Samantha Young

Beautiful Series by Christina Lauren

The Life of Anna by Marissa Honeycutt

F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher

This Man Series by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Cafe Series by Jana Aston

The Night Owl Trilogy by M. Pierce

The Boss Series by Abigail Barnett

Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

Rock Chick Series by Kristen Ashley

Love Me With Lies Series by Tarryn Fisher

Masters of Shadowlands Series by Cherise Sinclair

The Submission Series Series by CD Reiss

Angie

The Original Sinners Series by Tiffany Reisz
(some covers displayed are the new versions)

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay

Nelle

On Dublin Street Series by Samantha Young

Beautiful Series by Christina Lauren 

Angela

F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher

The Life of Anna by Marissa Honeycutt 

Marissa

This Man Series by Jodi Ellen Malpas 

Cafe Series by Jana Aston

Kyleigh Jane

The Night Owl Trilogy by M. Pierce

The Boss Series by Abigail Barnett

Lina

Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning 

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey 

Adrian

Rock Chick Series by Kristen Ashley

Love Me With Lies Series by Tarryn Fisher 

Theresa

Masters of Shadowlands Series by Cherise Sinclair

The Submission Series Series by CD Reiss

Shameless Book Con 2017: All The Things You Need To Take

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Shameless Book Con 2017: All The Things You Need To Take

All The Things You Need To Take To An Author SigningIt’s all about being prepared, friend. You don’t want to make all the plans and spend all the money it took to get to an author signing, only to realize you didn’t know you needed that one thing!

Here’s our packing list guide to all the things you need to take with you to an author signing event!

*click each heading to go down

HAULING
🛒 Rolling Cart
👜 Tote Bag
🛄 Luggage
CARRYING
🍿 Snacks
💊 Pharmaceuticals
💵 Cash
TAKING
✍🏼 Mementos
📱 Techno Accessories
📇 Business Cards
WEARING
👗 Smut Gala Outfit
👚 Book-Lover T-Shirt
👟 Comfortable Shoes

⟞ HAULING ⟝

🛒 Rolling Cart

We wrote about this spiffy cart for last year’s signing and it proved to be a great little way to tote your books and swag around the signing.

NOTE: As indicated on the Eventbrite page where you purchased your tickets, hard-sided carts, wagons, strollers, and luggage larger than a carry-on will not be allowed into the signing. This will be strictly enforced.

 

Smart Cart Rolling Multipurpose Collapsible Basket Cart Scrapbooking by dbest

👜 Tote Bag

You’ll be getting your very own new conference tote bag to hold some fun swag, but taking a keepsake tote bag that lasts you years and shows off that YOU WERE THERE is always fun.

Shameless Tote Bags

Shameless Tote Bags at Zazzle

🛄 Carry-On Personal-Size Luggage

These bags won’t count as a carry-on if you’re flying a budget airline. They are small enough to be considered a personal item and fit under the seat in front of you on the airplane!  ✈️ Trust me, I use them.

Vera Bradley
Weekender Travel Bag

Travelon
Wheeled Underseat Carry-On Bag

World Traveler
21-Inch Carry-On Shoulder Tote Duffel Bag

⟝ CARRYING ⟞

🍿 Snacks

Tuck away a Luna bar or 2 in your day bag for those times when you’re standing in line to see your favorite author and a wave of hunger passes over you. LAWD knows you don’t want to end up hangry when you get to the end of the line.

💊 Pharmaceuticals

✔️ Tums
✔️ Tylenol
✔️ Personal supply of Xanax

I have my little Henri Bendel pill case on my person at ALL times. A pill case is one of those things you saw your grandma pull out of her purse and though you’d never have but now that you’re a full-fledged adult, you realize it’s a necessity!

💵 Cash

It’s really up to you how much you want to take along. We recommend having some dollars with you at the signing as a back-up for purchasing books from authors.

⟝ TAKING ⟞

✍🏼 Mementos

After spending months planning, plotting, and looking forward to meeting your favorite authors, you won’t want to leave empty-handed! Bring along something special to have authors sign that will forever remind you of who you met. If you’ve never been to an author signing or fan event, trust me – the possibilities are endless. I’ve seen readers have authors sign their actual iPads, pre-made scrapbooks, large photo frames, t-shirts, and everything in between. If you can dream it, bring it!

Of course, if you like having signed books as your memento, bring your own from home, buy them at our onsite bookseller, or buy them directly from the authors (indie authors can sell their own books) at their tables.

Here are some ideas to help you figure out what you want to bring to have signed! And if you have another idea and want the official #Shameless17 logo, leave a comment.

Shameless Book Con 2017 Signing Poster – CUSTOMIZE

📱 Techno Accessories

Keep your battery charged up, friends. Don’t be that girl who needs to borrow someone else’s battery juice!

Poweradd
Slim 2 Ultra-compact 5,000mAh Portable Charger

AUKEY
20,000mAh Portable Charger with Lightning & Micro-USB

Anker
6ft/1.8m Nylon Braided Tangle-Free Micro USB Cable
Also available for Apple

📇 Business Cards

Have a blog? Sell a product? Wanna get subscribed to some newsletters? You’ll need an easy way to share your deets!

NOTE: We allow fellow book bloggers to share a business card and/or small swag item handed directly to authors and readers with the understanding that what you hand out is not co-branded with the Shameless Book Club or Shameless Book Con logo unless you are a paid sponsor. We reserve the right to ask anyone attending the event to stop sharing swag or business cards at any time. 

 

⟞ WEARING ⟝

👗 Smut Gala Outfit

Last year, we turned out a party that attendees are still talking about! You will want to attend and dress your best. Visit our Dress-Up Ideas post for a few dresses we think you’ll love.


👚 Book-Lover Shirt

If there was ever a place to show off your reader status, wearing a book-lover t-shirt at an author signing is THE place to do it.

Shameless Book Con 2017 (dark) T-Shirt
Smuffin Love (Dark Shirts) T-Shirt

Official Shameless Book Con 2017 T-Shirt
in Black or White
Just One More Chapter T-Shirt
Variety of Colors
Smuffin Love T-Shirt
Variety of colors

👟 Comfortable Shoes

You don’t think your feet will hurt as much as they end up hurting, but MAN, they will hurt! You’ll be standing all day and walking more than you’ve walked in the last week. Trust us – you need comfortable shoes for the signing. And if they’re cute, too? Even better!

TOMS

TOMS

Converse All Stars

Sketchers

Keds

⟞ See you at Shameless! ⟝

Giveaway: Enter To Win Buns + $25 Gift Card + Goodies!

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If you’ve read Alice Clayton’s books, you know you’re in for a giggle and a guffaw or two. Obviously we love her books because Alice is a Shameless Platinum Author! She’s also going to be signing at Shameless Book Con 2017, so we extra love her.

For real, the names of the books in her latest series Nuts, Cream of the Crop, and Buns (releasing May 23rd – Pre-order it now!) are giggle-worthy. 

Actually, many of her book titles are double entendres. You should read them all. Just saying.

Giveaway

To celebrate the upcoming release of Buns, enter to win our giveaway!
*open to US-shipping only

💰 Amazon Gift Card (value $25)
📕 Paperback Copy of Buns by Alice Clayton (value $11)
✏️ Betsey Johnson Red Quilted Hearts Faux Fur Pompom Pencil Case (value $48)
🙆🏼 About Face Designs Black “Eyebrows” Cosmetic Pouch (value $15.99)

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Shameless Book Con 2017: The Smut Gala Dress-Up Ideas

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Shameless Book Con 2017: The Smut Gala Dress-Up Ideas

Shameless Book Con 2017: The Smut Gala Dress-Up Ideas

We made the announcement, and now it’s time to make your plans for what to wear at the Shameless Book Con 2017 Smut Gala! What does the theme mean?

Paradiso vs. Inferno is what you make of it. Go naughty, go angelic, go straight-up YOU! No matter how you choose to represent yourself, we want you to make it special for yourself. We’ll take care of everything else!

Get your tickets now for Shameless Book Con 2017!

*The Smut Gala is sponsored by Meredith Wild.

Inferno 🔥


JUST FOR WRAPS
Sleeveless Slit Bodycon Dress
Sizes S-XL
at Nordstrom Rack



Flame V-Neck Drawstring Waist
Evening Party Prom Formal Dress
Sizes 1X-6X
at Amazon



HaoDuoYi Womens Flashy Mermaid Sequin
Spaghetti Strap V Neck Party Short Dress
Sizes S-XXL
at Amazon



Women’s Strapless Sequined Tulle Column Long Dress
Sizes S-XXL
at Amazon



LOSRLY Womens Glitter High Split
Sequin Maxi Long Party Evening Dress
Sizes S-L
at Amazon



EZON-CH Women’s Sexy Sparkling Sequin
Tank Dress
Sizes S-XL
at Amazon



Chase Secret Womens Casual Flared Swing
Party Cocktail Formal Skater Dress
Sizes S-XXL
at Amazon



Meilun Womens Rayon Lace Patchwork Sleeveless
Bandage Bodycon Club Party Dress
Sizes XS-L
at Amazon



Illusion Gown
MORGAN & CO.
Sizes 1/2-11/12
at Nordstrom



Nightway
Lace Open-Back Halter Gown
Sizes 8-14
at Macy’s

Paradiso 😇

Cherished Merriment Maxi Dress in Ivory in 2X
Cherished Merriment
Maxi Dress in Ivory
Sizes XS-4X
at ModCloth



Red Carter
Iman Dress
Sizes XS-L
at Bloomingdale’s



AQUA
Sequin V-Back Dress
Sizes 0-12
at Bloomingdale’s



ANGVNS Women Halter Off Shoulder Slim
Long Mermaid Formal Dress Sexy Evening Gown
Sizes S-XXL
At Amazon



Angel-Fashions Women’s Sequin Strapless
Sweetheart Mesh Lace up Banquet Dress
Sizes XS-XXL
at Amazon



Gauze Crochet Dress
Sizes 14-32
at Avenue



Soft Cotton Bell Sleeve Dress
Sizes 1X-6X
at Avenue



Adult Angel Wings
No Size
at Amazon

Shamelessly Outside-The-Box Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Shamelessly Outside-The-Box Mother's Day Gift IdeasWhen mom opens these gifts, you’ll instantly become her favorite. We put together a little list of Mother’s Day gift ideas that will be hard to pass up and are super easy to get shipped right away.

Pop-Up Personalized Mother’s Day Card from LovePop

Don’t think of sending a card as the easy way out. Think of these greeting cards as surprise works of art to replace the janky flower pot handprint your mom still has on her mantle.

Shop Mother’s Day Pop Up Cards Now
New customers get 10% off!


Tweezerman Slanted Tweezer Set

Because your mom has a unibrow, and no one wants to tell her. Fingers-crossed she gets the hint.

Order from Ulta ($3.50 off any qualifying purchase of $15 or more with code 509681; exclusions apply)
Order from Sephora

 


Prepara iPrep Foldable/Adjustable iPad, E-reader, Phone and Tablet Stand

You don’t want your mom getting her brand new iPad dirty with chicken juice while she makes your favorite dinner on Mother’s Day, now do you?

Buy from Amazon


Starbucks Ember Temperature-Controlled Mug

Your mom is a fucking prima donna when it comes to her coffee. Treat her to the best damn coffee mug ever.

Buy from Starbucks


Silicone Wine Glasses – Set of 4

If your mom’s anything like mine – and you’d be lucky if she is – she loves her a glass of wine or 4.

Buy from Amazon


Alex & Ani Wonder Woman Bangle Bracelet

You know your mom wanted to grow up to be Wonder Woman (or at least look just like Linda Carter.) She’s your Wonder Woman with this shameless cross-promotion pretty bracelet.

Get it on Alex & Ani


L’Occitane – The Ultimate Gift of Youth

Don’t be ridiculous. Your mom will LOVE this gift because she’ll know you want her to live forever! It’s not because she’s got a little turkey neck showing. Not. At. All.

Enjoy FREE Shipping! Get Your Mother’s Day Gifts in Time!
From 4/30 at 12 AM EST until 5/10 at 11:59 PM EST only.
Use code: SHIPFREE


Shit List from Knock Knock

Shit List Pad

Let’s not pretend you mom won’t put you at the top of her shit list because she’ll have it engraved.

Get it from Knock Knock

Knock Knock


Kindle Paperwhite

Your mom is probably still reading on an old-school Kindle with a keyboard and she’s constantly complaining how she can’t keep it charged. Be a good kid and upgrade her to a new Kindle Paperwhite.

Get it on Amazon

29+ Ways To Make Your Device Speak Your Book Lover Truth

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Need a Mother’s Day gift? Your mom needs a book nerd sticker.

Need a few stocking stuffers (7 months early)? Your family needs to a unicorn reading sticker.

Need an adorable way to show off your book-loving status? You need ALL THE STICKERS!

Buy 10 small stickers with designs by indie artists at Redbubble, get 50% off!

Click the sticker to add to your cart or start shopping.




See hundreds more indie artist-designed stickers at Redbubble!

60+ Book Giveaway: Their Loss Is Your Gain!

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Oh, Mama. This is big.

It seems that more than a few past giveaway winners have slacked off on claiming their winnings. I found almost 70 (SEVENTY!) Kindle books still sitting in my Amazon account, lonely and waiting to be claimed.

I went through the list of unclaimed books and weeded out the ones I know are no longer valid. But I’m left with over 60 (SIXTY!) books ready, willing, and able to be read by you!

Enter to win as many of these unclaimed Kindle books as you want! See the list below of the books available in the giveaway.

Entry closes Friday, April 14, 2017 @ 4pm EDT.

Giveaway

Available Unclaimed Books with Links

18 (Mostly) New Releases We’re Reading And You Should, Too

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Shameless Book Con 2017: The Smut Gala

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Shameless Book Con 2017: The Smut Gala

Shameless Book Con 2017: The Smut GalaDo you know the The Met Gala? It’s an annual event that takes place in NYC at Metropolitan Museum of Art. The gala celebrates something unique and striking in the fashion world. It’s over-the-top; it’s high fashion; it’s creativity; it’s art at its finest.

Here are a few examples of how designers (broadly) interpreted last year’s theme:

Some of us Smut Fairies had the pleasure of seeing the Manus x Machina exhibit last year, and the creativity and artistry brought tears to our eyes. We walked out and looked at the steps that the celebrities walk up to be photographed, and that’s when it hit us: THE SMUT GALA at Shameless Book Con!

We screamed liked schoolgirls and jumped up and down and immediately started plotting this year’s theme for Shameless Book Con 2017’s after party. We’ll change the theme each year just like The Met Gala, but ours will always be THE SMUT GALA.

So this year… behold…

THE SMUT GALA:
Paradiso vs. Inferno

Now you’re asking yourself… WHAT DOES THAT EVEN MEAN?

It’s simple, but not really. We’re going to ask attendees to dress according to what you feel is your best, most creative interpretation of the theme. Pick one or both of those words, and make it come to life.

There are no rules. No limits.*

Do you want to be creative and outrageous? Go for it.

Do you want to be inspiring and elegant? Go for it.

Do you want to skip dressing up? You can do that too.

We can’t wait to see how you interpret those words!

Thanks to our amazing sponsor, Meredith Wild, we’ll have excellent prizes for the most creative, evil, beautiful, imaginative, etc. And we give good prizes. (see: adult toys, money, gift cards)

You decide what you want to wear. You define the theme.

Just get ready for an epic party that will blow your panties off!

*Buzzkill: Unfortunately, nudity, fire, and glitter are not allowed into the event hall.

Get your tickets to Shameless Book Con 2017 now!

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