I thought of you when I read this quote from “The Bloodletter’s Daughter (A Novel of Old Bohemia)” by Linda Lafferty –

“Gossip is only meant to weaken your powers because people are afraid of anything but the most common and familiar.”

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The Sexy Thesaurus 2: A List of Action Words to Use in Your Romance Novel

Much needed! Thanks!

Words: A Steamy Love Affair

To date, the by-far most popular post on this blog is my “Sexy Thesaurus,” a list of nouns that can be used for the male and female sex organs.

However, if you’re writing, you might find yourself struggling with talking about not only his or her you-know-what, but also the actions they undertake! So, as a favor just for you, I’ve collected a whole list of sexy verbs. There are so many that this post will chronicle things that people do to others–keep an eye out for a list of sexy verbs that are responses. As with the nouns, some of these are cringe-inducing, and some blush-provoking, but I have not discriminated in collecting an assortment here. Even if you’re not writing, read on for entertainment purposes!

This time, I looked at a 2000 Robin Schone erotic historical romance, a 2006 MaryJanice Davidson paranormal, a 1992 Janet Evanovich…

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The Sexy Thesaurus: A List of Words to Use in Your Romance Novel

Useful words!

Words: A Steamy Love Affair

Genitalia. Coitus. Osculation.

You’d be hard-pressed to open a romance novel without finding these three things – but odds are, you won’t find these words. (By the way, osculation is the scientific word for kissing. I didn’t know either.) Writers and readers of romance know there are endless euphemisms for the private bits, the sexy times, and everything leading up to them.

If you’re writing, you might find yourself struggling with talking about his or her… err… you-know-what. But fear not – I’ve got you covered. Some of these are cringe-inducing, and some blush-provoking, but I have not discriminated in collecting an assortment here. Even if you’re not writing, I’m sure you’ll find some of these amusing. (And if you’re looking for more words, try Part 2!)

For research, I turned to my bookshelf, grabbing a 2010 Kieran Kramer Regency romance, a 2004 Julia Quinn Regency, a 2004 Mercedes…

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Dear readers,

  How many of you are participating in our annual beloved NaNoWriMo?  I certainly am and I plan to actually finish this year!  I may post some snippets from my Nano but I think you’ll all understand why I won’t post my whole story.

  Happy Nanoing and good luck!


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Domestic Servants – Part 2 – Men

Another great cheat sheet for us lazy writers. Thank you for all you work!

Making History Tart & Titillating

It’s not so much about the idealized “servant” above but really more about the stiff and serious, the proverbial butler.  Which isn’t so bad, mind you, but who wants to see a butler, looking all proper and superior, when you could have a man, getting down and dirty in the house?  Well, 18th century masters and mistresses for one.  Men simply did not do “women’s work”.  Unless their purview included luxuries, they did not clean, polish, mend, or launder anything.  They were considered skilled workers; having been apprenticed, they could rise to a greater position in the house, and in this way, they were far above women in regard to employment (although women could ascend to higher offices also).  Where a woman worked, a man managed and oversaw.  But lest this become a feminist treaty on sexual politics in the workplace, I’ll quit with the comparisions.  Just know that men, first and foremost, were…

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Domestic Servants – Part 1 – Women

A perfect shortcut for writing accurate historical household! Brilliant!

Making History Tart & Titillating

Ever wondered what it would have been like to be a domestic?  To slave over your mistress or master in the hopes of earning a few measly pounds a year?  You would have been one among many, that’s for sure.  Nearly every household who could afford the expense employed servants.  Their number was a symbol of social standing with the aristocracy employing as many as fifty while those of the middle class might employ three or four, or as was often the case, only one, most likely a maid of all work.

The Domestic Working Class

In 1806 the number of domestics numbered around 910,000, only 110, 000 of them men.  The first official census was enumerated in 1801, putting us a little off the mark for the 18th century, but the number of total population figures in at approximately 8,892,536 including Wales and England.   Greater London during that time had a population of about 900,000.

From estimates dated 1775 to 1801, servants accounted for…

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