Thursday, June 07, 2007

Mea Culpa, Mea Big Fat Maxima Culpa

Grazie mille Playfriends -- and special guest Cap'n Jack -- for visiting yesterday for the WP/RBtheBlog 2nd Scavenger Hunt! To find whether you won the Scavenger Prizes, check in at Writing Playground during their special celebration today!
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Many of you have brought to my attention the fact I've been remiss in providing you with g-eye candy. I am a bad, bad girl. In an effort to make up for that -- and to brighten our day -- I present you with a series of happy pics.

Upper left, we have a lovely Brazilian boy of whom I'm quite fond. I can assure you, he is
not Brazilian in all ways, because I had to crop the photo to play in Peoria. As it is, I just got a call from the Peoria city council over our next selection of pretty boys...





Ah, yes. As sure as there's Ellora's Cave, I knowz some of you loves you some brothers fantasies. So -- since men have their twin fantasies -- I thought I'd offer some for the girls on the right.

Below left, our braw Brazilian. Support the arts, I say!











Finally, when I saw this last photo of m
y Canna, I couldn't stop laughing. I mean, what was his manager thinking signing him on to this promotion? How many times do you think his fellow Azzuri footballers were, like, "Hey, Canna! Didja play hide the Salamini last night?" Talk about poor product promotion planning.

See, Bellas? Not only do you get a day of hotties, you get a day of uninspired, sophomoric humor. Don't say I never have your best interests at heart.

Well, I always do, actually, cause tomorrow we have a renown queen of erotica and erotic romance visiting! Portia Da Costa GuestBlogs Tomorrow, Fri, June 8 with a great blog and contest. I'll be on my way to Boston to visit family, but I know you'll show Portia and the hot men -- remember, Portia prefers hers with a little brawn and a lot of experience -- she brings along a great time.

Oh. A question...hmmmm. OK. What do you think of Brazilian waxes? Are you as chicken about them as me? Do you like em on guys? Have you ever said to the man in your life, "I'll get one when you do, okey dokey?"
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Encore! Oh, I forgot to show you this from Forbes, "E-Bodice-Ripper."

44 comments:

Julie in Ohio said...

Awww, Michelle, you are too good to us.
LOL, I do love the pic of Canna.

I can honestly say I've never had a twin fantasy....before now. My mind is a wandering.... :o)

I'm also considering a trip to Brazil. Just sight seeing...

Portia Da Costa said...

Would it be lowering the tone to speculate that the delicious Canna's salami is maxi rather than mini? ;)

The Brazilian lad is rather tasty too... mmm...

Looking forward to tomorrow! Hope we can all have some fun...

Love

WendyPortia

Kelly F. said...

Thanks for the g eye candy. A girl can never get enough of that. LOL! Hope you have fun here. And don't forget to make your usual pit stops to your favorite places to eat. :-)

rachd said...

LOL Portia!

Aw, thanks Michelle for thinking of us. I know my day is brighter and better for having visited ;o).

I took a mental health day off from school (five days!!! But again, who's counting??) to go play with mil. We're going to make it a girls' day and do mani's and pedi's and fancy lunch. Oh, and for those of you who like baskets, we're making our own Longeberger basket today--the real reason for the day off. Although, given the yumminess Michelle presented, I might say *that* is the real reason for the day off ;o).

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Are you in Boston, Kelly?

Yes, Portia, my thoughts, exactly. I mean, we've seen the Dolce & Gabbana ads...

Jules, I know. I'm still really creeped out by the whole brother fantasy thing, but I have a friend who loves a particular one from Ellora's Cave. Something about brothers wearing these special space suits and gloves having at it with the same woman who was the woman who wronged one of them. Well, of course she needed punishing, didn't she?

MaryKate said...

Yeah, I definitely don't have the brother thing. But I'd really, really like to be that guitar. LOL!

Yay! Portia's blogging. I was just reading The Devil Inside last night. Love it. Especially the menage at the party. Oh yeah, it's a favorite of mine. Although I think The Tutor is my favorite of Portia's work.

Thanks for the eye candy, Michelle. Have a great time in Boston!

Playground Monitor said...

I've always rather fancied the guitar. You play it with your fingers you know. ;-)

Regarding that Forbes article, I just read where EC has penned a deal with Simon & Schuster.

And please come join us at the Playground today to celebrate a Playfriend's sale to Blaze!

Marilyn

Vivi Anna said...

EC already had that deal with Pocket, about distrubuting a few anthologies, now it's been upgraded to single titles.

Samhain also penned a deal with Kensington to start a brand new imprint together. Samhain will acquire and edit, while Kensington will distribute and promote.

Sweet deals all around!!

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi MaryKate

Glad you're enjoying The Devil Inside! Is it the scene with the heroine and two exotic guys? That was fun to write!

My latest novel is released today in the UK, by the way... SUITE SEVENTEEN! There aren't technically any menages, but there is one scene where it's a woman with two men, sort of... ;)

Oh and a couple of naughty scenes where there's an 'observer'...

All extremely kinky, but with lurrrrve... LOL

MaryKate said...

Is it the scene with the heroine and two exotic guys?

Yes indeed, Portia! It is. What a great book!

When will we get SUITE SEVENTEEN in the States?

MaryKate said...

'Kay, I don't do this often, but Bellas, head over to Smart Bitches. They have a hilarious thread called, "If Romance Authors were Food."

Soooo freakin' funny.

http://www.smartbitchestrashybooks.com/

Portia Da Costa said...

Hi again MaryKate

Suite Seventeen is out in the US on 7th August, so not all that far off. I do wish my publisher would do simultaneous release [ooops, sounds like the big O] and then it would make life so much easier!

Waxes... well, I think I like to see a little bit of forestry down there on a guy. Some undergrowth around the mighty oak, so to speak. ;)

Nairobi Typ0 said...

I honestly think that brazilian waxes are flat out wrong. Why does a man want to infantalize his gf/wife and have her Woo Hoo look like it did when she was eight?! I understand trimming, i understand, the landing strip.. But the hair is there to tell us that we've left girlhood behind in favour of becoming women. If a guy wants his woman to look like a girl then well... he has some serious issues. IMHO

As for the boys... Um... I now want to learn to play the guitar... :p

Julie in Ohio said...

Amen, Miss Typ0!!! My feelings exactly.

And if my darling dearest proposed I get one my response would be "After you, Honey".

However, I have to say my feelings on a smooth man is the same as Portia. I don't want a gorilla but I like some texture to my man.

MaryKate said...

Hell, at this point, I'd take a man pretty much anyway. Although, the hairy back phenomenon is one that kind of grosses me out. Like a silver backed gorilla. LOL!

Nairobi, I'm with you though. I totally get the "topiary" work. Many of us have to do it. But to go hairless. Ick.

In fact, I was a bit squicked out in LOVER REVEALED when Butch was all happy, happy over Marissa's hairless state.

trish said...

I have one and love it, a shot or two of liquid couage and it's a breeze...on a guy no thanks, I agree with Portia, some undergrowth around the mighty oak is nice.

trish said...

*courage* sorry the hotness took away my spelling skills ;)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

You go, Trish! I've come soooo close a couple times and chickened. Maybe w/ painkillers. But why waste good painkillers, I say.

And, molto grazie, Trish, for we shall never think of Arbor Day the same way again here at RBtheBlog!

You know, typO, I waver back and forth about the whole infantilazation thing. I think it depends on the guy. Cause I think lots of guys think our vaginas are just very pretty to look at, and more power to those lovely men. It's also a sensation thing for lots of guys, too. And for women, cause it can feel rather nice to be sleek.

But overall, I just feel resentful that it's, like, one more piece of hair removal women are supposed to think about now if they want to be "sexy." You know, I think we need to have a blog about body hair and romance novels, too, from that "arrow of hair disappearing below the band of his breeches," to the "downy softness of her thighs."

Anywayz, I'm w/ Portia and the others on the liking the guys a little scruffy. Goodness, my mother would be so proud of me today.

flip said...

I don't care for the waxed chest look. I would hate a brazillian on a man. I like hair on a man's chest and pubic area. (Although I am fine with a bald head). Couldn't go for a brazillian thing for myself. My concern isn't the pain, I wouldn't care for the look.

Kate Pearce said...

Not into brazilian waxes-rather do natural childbirth personally.

I'm worried about the 'mini' salami-I've always thought bigger.

Oooh hot identical twins??? I have some!! Gideon and Gervase Harcourt in my Ellora's Cave Regency erotic romances-(I'm doing it again aren't I? promoting my own smut)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

We are nothing if not a hotbed of shameless self-promotion and, really, simply shameless broads.

And I do mean that in the nicest way possible, Kate.

The waxed chest is a little odd to me, too, flip. But it's interesting that in romance now, not every hero has a "thick pelt of hair" furring the planes of his rippling chest, ya know?

Sometimes, I think what women begin to find attractive comes from what we're offered through homoerotic imagery, because it's so much better than lots of the beefcake stuff we're supposed to love as women. But while we can attest to being as visually aroused as guys, I don't think the same things always do it for us. Although I do quite a bit of research on your behalves (is that a word?) at many a gay site around this fine Web of ours...cause, as MaryKate says, I'm a giver when it comes to finding how guys for my Bellas.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

rach, btw! happy day off! I'm so glad we could give you a little sweet creamy icing on top of your celebratory cake, as it were. :)

Julie in Ohio said...

Michelle, isn't there a self promotion rule that reads you must include an excerpt, blurb, chapter,etc. when promoting ones work?
If not, I think you should make it one and have Miss Kate expand on those twins of hers and Miss Portia with the exotic guys she mentioned.



(says Julie who is wishing this diet stuff would hurry up)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Oh, Jules, that begging and cajoling for excerpts is so not pretty. Shocking, really. I never would expect it from you.

But you're awesome and we love you anyway. :)

But, yeah, Kate and Portia, feel free to tease us here, ok?

Julie in Ohio said...

I'm sorry. I'll behave myself. :o)




My dh surprised me with tickets last night for "Riverdance". If you haven't seen it, it's AWESOME! The reason I bring it up is that the topic of waxing brought it to mind. The dancers were ALL smooth chested. It isn't normal to have an entire company of smooth chested men and they didn't all look to be 12 years old. I don't know the rules of dancing but I'm betting they wax.

Kalen Hughes said...

But it's interesting that in romance now, not every hero has a "thick pelt of hair" furring the planes of his rippling chest, ya know?

Not all men in real life have a "think pelt of hair furring the planes" etc. And thank god for that! Some of us are a little put off (ok, the correct word here is REPULSED) by men who look like they’re halfway through some kind of werebeast change. In fact, the vast majority of men I know seem to be naturally smooth chested (maybe a tiny fuzz between the pecks and a small “happy trail”, but that’s about all).

rachd said...

Man, you leave to go make a basket and have fancy lunch and come home to discussions of deforestation. Man. I miss *all* the fun ;o).

I can say I don't like a guy completely smooth, but nor do I like a guy who resembles a muppet or a shag rug either. Completely smooth might be a little strange.

As for women, I will admit I never thought about it in the prepubescent way. I know many women who do it for themselves for the sensation of it and it has nothing to do with what the men in their lives want.

It's kind of like when you wear a Band Aid on your finger for a week and then take it off--think of how sensitive the skin underneath is when you touch things.

orannia said...

Morning Michelle and Bellas,

Thank you so much for the pictures Michelle - you are too good to us :)

Hmmm, I have to say I've never had a Brazilian...but I have had a Hollywood (and no I'm not thinking about the lovely Rhage in Lover Eternal - more's the pity :) A Hollywood (at least when I was in the UK) was everything off. I will admit that it was a forfeit (the first time) - and yes, it was painful. The beautician suggested painkillers - I never quite got the timing right (but at least I didn't tell her to stop). One woman did - half way through the procedure!

orannia

PS I have to say, I love the fact that the WARDen's vampires are completely smooth. Each to their own I guess :)

Portia Da Costa said...

I'm not sure I have The Devil Inside on this computer... but I'll have a look and see! If not, I'll try and find it for tomorrow and post a bit or a link to an extract with the exotic duo.

Actually, I do like smooth chests. I used to flip for James Marsters during naked Spike season when he was shaven chested [have seen a bit of his chest in the flesh, and there was some fuzz there] although there was always that hint of the 'arrow of hair' lower down... mmm....

Julie in Ohio said...

LOL, Rach! I never thought of it like a band-aid before...



TMI territory: I have gone bald in the pubic area before (not via wax and we won't talk about what knicks feel like in that area) and it bugged the heck out of me. It just felt weird and when the hair was growing back it itched like a mother. I won't say I'll never do it again. However, I will say this, have you heard the song "Did I shave my legs for this?" by Deana Carter? When I do it again, the day had better end with a big smile on my face.

Playground Monitor said...

I gave birth to my older son back in the days when they automatically shaved you from your armpits to your knees. Oh dear Lord it's awful when it's growing out. When I had #2 I had a doctor who had stopped doing it because he said there was no real medical reason.

Waxing -- I bought one of those home waxing kits once to do the bikini line. I put the wax on one side, applied the cotton strip and yanked. Yeeeeeouch!!!!! I put the wax on the other side, applied tghe cotton strip and... and... and nothing short of having a pistol to my head could have made me yank it off. I got in a tub of hot water to soften the wax, picked it all off and shaved that side. End of my waxing adventure.

I read one woman's account of her Brazilian wax and it sounded more painful than going through a car windshield at 80 miles per hour. And the positions she had to get into for them to wax everything... She wrote it in a humorous fashion but the pain came through loud and clear.

M

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Rach, couldn't have said it better. :)

Hi, Kalen. Point was that that used to be all one read, remember?


I forgot about that , Play.

Yeah, it's the growing back that's the problem, Jules.

Portia. Vincenzo. Italian. Do you think he's kinda furry?

Portia Da Costa said...

Have seen some near nude shots of him, Michelle, and he appears lightly hairy, but not gorilla like...

Just perfect, in fact! :)

rachd said...

TMI ALERT!

I will admit to being bare and I have really enjoyed it. Yeah, there's some itching if things aren't taken care of as promptly as they should be, but all in all, it's totally worth it for me.

Portia Da Costa said...

p.s. I'm working on setting up a special excerpt of The Devil Inside, that I'll link to in comments tomorrow to give a taster of the exotic duo scene...

Julie in Ohio said...

Thanks, Portia! {{BIG HUGS}}

ev said...

ok, there is no way in hell I will ever let any one play "down there" besides dh and my gyn. The actual thought of just lying there while someone else does that??? ewwwwww.........

I can't remember the book (romance) that started with the heroine getting one, but at first you thought she was being raped- with a sense of humor. Very, very strange. But a good read.

I did the bikini wax thing for my honeymoon. Now I just wear bathingsuits that have shorts instead of bikini cut bottoms.

I love a bit of chest hair. It gives me something to grab onto or play with. And twist into knots when I get ticked. LOL

And I definately like some grass on the forest floor.

ev said...

I never did get to do yesterday's scavenger hunt. I started when I got home from work, had to stop and make dinner and then went to bed. LOL

Stacy~ said...

We are just letting it all hang out today, aren't we?

Well, I've never gone completely bare, and I'll admit mostly it's because of the whole pre-pubescent thing. Yet I am all about instant (and satisfying) gratification, so if it feels good, I might be persuaded. It's the upkeep that's a bee-yotch, regardless of what kind of upkeep you do.

On a guy, well I don't mind if he has a bare chest at all. I do like chest hair, just not a fur stole! As for the guy baring it down there, uh no. Grooming is fine, but I don't want him completely hairless. That seems creepy to me.

Geez, what else can we talk about now???

rachd said...

Stace, you object to TMI?? ;oP

We are pretty bad today, aren't we? But, Michelle started it with the big hunk of meat at the top of the post. Yum!

Stacy~ said...

LOL Rach, not at all...feel free to be as bad as you wanna be!

Angel said...

I just decide to check in after such a lovely time yesterday, and what do I find?!?! :)

Goodness, Bellas, we are letting it all hang out. But I have to agree, the upkeep would be horrible, and I just can't imagine letting a stranger (or worse yet, someone I knew) do that to me. Just... can't imagine it.

Did y'all have as many teeter totters as we did at the Playground today? Is that what got this started? Apparently I need to hang out here more often! :) Or was it the pictures worth drooling over?

Julie in Ohio said...

This has been a very educational day.
I have come to the conclusion that to look at I like the smooth chest as demonstrated by our lovely twins and gorgeous Brazilian but at the end of the day when I'm ready to snuggle down, I want some texture. I want my nose to be tickled as I lay my head down on his chest. Now, I'm off to bed to do just that. 'Night, All.

Kate Pearce said...

Sorry I missed all the conversation about excerpts!
thing is, Julie in O-I can't really post mine here cos they are all way too naughty...
of course in 2 months you'll be able to buy the print version of the identical naughty deviant twins in one volume called Pleasurable Bargains! (phew I think i got that in without Michelle noticing)