Up first this week is author Leigh Court who has some secrets to share with my readers.
Thanks so much, Jennifer, for letting the authors from Red Sage Publishing’s Secrets Volume 27 anthology post during this “week of Secrets!”
My story in the anthology is a Victorian romance called THE BET. Here’s the blurb:
“I can satisfy a woman using just my words…”
That outrageous sexual claim made by a very drunk Damian Hunt, Viscount Atherton, somehow escalates into a high stakes wager between two best friends. Damian bets his prized racehorse that he can do it… George Beringer gambles his London townhouse that Damian can’t.
And the surprising woman George chooses for the bet is not only a virgin, she’s also George’s very respectable sister, Claire!
Since our blogs this week are talking about the “secrets behind Secrets” I’ll give you a few of mine.
My writing secret: As an author, I’m known for dropping my characters into impossible situations and then stepping back to gleefully watch what happens (while enjoying as they fall in love in the process, of course)! In THE BET, the impossible situation is set up right from the first line. In my story THE DISCIPLINARIAN in Secrets Volume 15, I have the outrageous situation of a Victorian husband sending his stubborn wife to London’s notorious Disciplinarian for instructions in wifely obedience. (Sparks fly in that story as well, but maybe not where you expect!)
I enjoy writing in the historical genre because I feel men were more noble and gentlemanlike in the past. And I particularly like to write about the Victorian era because my husband is English, and he’s my go-to expert on that time period! (My “secret” weapon, so to speak.)
The Victorian era is also a great setting for erotic romances because of the repressed sexuality of that time. Not only was the sight of a female ankle considered scandalous, but even table legs were required to be kept covered and out of sight! And yet, it was also during that time that Richard Francis Burton introduced the Kama Sutra to England. Another secret? The Kama Sutra plays a big role in THE BET.
The last secret I’ll share with you today is that I’m an ex-television news reporter who got so tired of covering bad news that I turned to writing romances! And since I was used to telling an entire story in one-minute-thirty-seconds for the nightly news, I find writing novella-length stories very satisfying.
I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Secrets Volume 27: Untamed Pleasures and let me know what you think of my Victorian romance THE BET! You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit me at: www.leighcourt.com . Or check out our awesome book trailer on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1oOOvTomv4.
And be sure to leave a comment today on Jennifer’s blog, because at the end of this week, she’ll be picking a winner to receive not only a copy of the book autographed by all four authors, but also a limited-edition “Secrets Society” pin!
Thanks so much for letting me spend some time with you today!
Readers, as Leigh mentioned leave a comment to be entered to win a fabulous prize. Details can be found here.
Check back tomorrow for more “secrets” with Nicole North.