Wednesday, February 18, 2009

"Lords of Desire" GuestBlog: Swept Away

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From Michelle: When I found out Bella Kristina Cook aka Krisi Astor has a naughty side, I immediately thought, “MUST know more!” So I asked her to gather her co-authors from their new erotic romance anthology, “Lords of Desire” to visit with us and tell more about the best parts of any romance – the guys who make the fantasy all worthwhile. Please welcome the “Ladies of Desire” -- led by romance royalty, crown princess Virginia Henley – with your warmest, “Oh, yes! Sweep me away!” Bella buongiorno…

From the Ladies of Desire: Virginia Henley—“Smuggler’s Lair
A calendar of magnificent ancient castles inspired my story. Bodiham Castle's deep moat, turreted towers, and portcullis, built on the River Rother ignited my imagination.
The Sussex coast was a hotbed for smugglers. In Georgian times Lord Hawkhurst occupied Bodiham and anchored his brigantine in the river. He was the mastermind of a smuggling gang and Bodiham Castle was his perfect lair. I realized what a titillating adventure it would be for a Victorian girl to be swept back to the bawdy Georgian era to go a-roving with Hawkhurst, and fall in love with the pirate adventurer.

Sally MacKenzie
—“The Naked Laird
When I write, I usually have a general idea of the hero and heroine’s story, but the details, including the other characters, reveal themselves as I go along. I was writing “The Naked Baron” (May 2009) when Lord and Lady Kilgorn stormed into a scene. They intrigued me, but I had no space to tell their story. Serendipitously, the phone rang--it was my agent with a novella offer! I knew immediately whose story I would tell. And since “The Naked Laird” happens during “The Naked Baron,” I had the fun challenge of keeping the two stories consistent.

Victoria Dah
l—“Lessons in Pleasure
Before I wrote “Lessons in Pleasure,” the story had been on my mind for a long time. I usually write very sexual heroines, but I’ve often wondered what it would’ve been like for a truly innocent Victorian woman to marry. If she’d been protected from even the sight of a man’s bare arms, as some women were, how could she be expected to lie down with her husband on her wedding night and be intimate? At best, it must have been shocking. At worst, it would’ve been terrifying and traumatic. I decided to put my heroine in this situation—with a true hero, of course—and find out if love could turn an imperfect start into a beautiful happy ending.

Kristi Astor
—“Swept Away
My Edwardian-set “Swept Away” was inspired by the BBC production of "North & South" (with the yummy Richard Armitage). I used a similar set-up—a well-bred heroine from the genteel south of England paired with a common-born hero from the industrial north. I think the similarities mostly end there, plot-wise, though the themes are similar.

The only problem with writing stories set during the Edwardian era is that, as a writer, I’m painfully aware of the Great War looming off on the horizon. So, just to satisfy my own happily-ever-after instincts, I gave my hero, John Leyden, a slight limp—nothing major, but hopefully enough to keep him from service!

So…if you could be swept away into the past—let’s say, just for a week, and with the guarantee of safety and good health, of course!—what era would you want to visit, and why?
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77 comments:

Kristina Cook/Kristi Astor said...

Buon giorno, Bellas, and thanks for having us Ladies of Desire here today! Ahhh, to be swept into the past with a *guarantee* of safety/good health....it's so hard to choose an era! I guess I'd probably pick Regency England, just to wear those gorgeous gowns, and just because the men looked so hawt in those tight pantaloons and cravats!

And Michelle, if you think this novella is naughty, wait till you read my first Harlequin Spice release in November!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Oh, buongiorono right back atcha, Kristi/kristina! I LOVE this topic!!! I daydreamed about this for hours as a kid! Like, the idea of going back in time was so wicked appealing. Not that I haven't mentioned this about a billion times, but I thought of myself as a really chubby kid and thought if I lived back in the 1600s, maybe, that I'd be considered ok, and that I might end up considered attractive by someone since they found 'fleshier' chicks attractive.

Then I figured since I was kinda nerdy, if I did go back in time, I'd end up trying to create penicillin from bread mold to save some baby's life, get accused of witchcraft and end up swingin from the gibbet, ya know?

That always ended the fantasy kinda cold.

But I really did love the idea of being more accepted living in the past. Now, I just love the idea of living inthe past youguys create for me, that hybrid of reality with over-the-top sensuality applied to men that may/may not have existed. And, yeah, the tight pants on hot guys in any era before 1850 were kinda cool...

Sally MacKenzie said...

Just back from the gym--I probably saw some guys in tight pants--not always a beautiful sight, LOL.

I'd definitely go back to the Regency--IF you can indeed assure me of running water and modern health care. I read Georgette Heyer's books growing up, so I was sold on the Regency early--or else I wanted to go into the future or some fantasy land. Problem is, I'm mostly Irish, so I'd probably the maid and not the mistress--which wouldn't be so much fun.

Virginia Henley said...

I would love to go back to Regency times just to visit Almack's. Then I'd like to drop in on Elizabeth the First's royal court.
For just one night I would like to be Barbara Castlemaine, the mistress of King Charles II.

Portia Da Costa said...

I'd love to go back - temporarily - to Victorian times. Find the era fascinating!

This anthology sounds completely fabulous, ladies! Given what I've just said, Victoria's novella particularly intrigues me... I'll have to get a copy. :)

PJ said...

Buongiorno, Bellas! Wow, four fabulous authors and they come with sexy heroes in tow. Doesn't get much better than that! Must definitely check out Lords of Desire.

I'd probably choose the Regency but I'd only stay in London long enough to make my entrance at a grand ball before being swept away by a handsome, brawny, sexy lord to his secret pirate ship where we'd sail the seas to his private Caribbean island to frolic naked in the surf by day and make love under the starlit sky of those soft, sultry island nights.

You can probably tell that I've thought about this once or twice. :)

Charlotte Featherstone said...

As I have just spent the past 24hrs with a stomach bug that wiped out the entire family, I can attest that 'good health' is a total must. We were in agony with 21st century comforts, I can't imagine it in another era!

This is a really hard question! I can't pick one era, I'm torn between four. I know...greedy!
Ok, medieval, just because I'd love to see a knight on horseback come to a stop before me and take off his helmet and look at me with rakish eyes and sweaty hair. We won't talk bathrooms and sanitation!
The Georgian era because it was such a scandalous time and the womens gowns were over the top, and I'd love to see if I could get turned on by a man in heels in lace. The regency era because I'd love to wear the gowns and run into Mr. Darcy. The mid Victorian era during the romantic period because it was a time of change towards modernation, but still kept some of the 'old' ways of living.

Super cool post. I read the entire anthology at work one night. LOVED it, and persuaded another nurse to pick up a copy as well.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Peej writes:I'd only stay in London long enough to make my entrance at a grand ball before being swept away by a handsome, brawny, sexy lord to his secret pirate ship where we'd sail the seas to his private Caribbean island to frolic naked in the surf by day and make love under the starlit sky of those soft, sultry island nights.

Brava! Don't we love a woman who knows what she wants and knows how to ask for it! I love that you work in the pirate angle! And a cleanly pirate, to boot! :)

LOL, Sally! I always think about how people say they were someone else in another life, like Cleopatra or some Princess of India. I always assume I was some sturdy Italian farm girl -- probably tending the smelly animals -- well beneath the notice of the young, handsome, virile sons of the evil padrone. ah, well... I've really got to get better at this 'fantasy in the past thing, don't i?" But, see, you understand the way I think, don't you?

Welcome, Miss Virginia! How nice to have you here! don't you find it telling that as modern women we've become fascinated with the power wielded by the mistresses of powerful men in history? Well, and the clothes and jewels they got to wear were pretty marvelous, if I may be so mercenary as to admit. I'm very much looking forward to reading your novella, and those of your co-authors!

You know, Portia, I believe I can see you in Victorian times. And I'm having so much fun watching Dave (Male Perspective Guy) as he's reading your novel. He just keeps saying, "She writes this stuff? Portia? But it's only Chap 4, and already they've..."

Oh, gawd, Charlotte, you totally moved me into the medieval camp. With good sanitation and broad-spectrum antibiotics. Cause, um, you did say the knight was a rake. I hope you're all feeling 100% soon!

Victoria Dahl said...

Good morning! (Afternoon?) Sorry to be the last one to the party, but I was up late writing and only got to bed seven hours ago! Thank God the kids are out of school this week.

Guaranteed good health, I'd jump at the chance to go back in time. (In reality, I would've been long dead from the putrid sore throat. Or childbirth. Or both.) The Victorian fascinates me, but I'd rather see the past without all the coal dust and industrialization.

I'm thinking Regency, though I'm not sure my bosoms would work in those gowns. Then again, I might attract a lot of attention from men in tight breeches! Always a plus.

azteclady said...

Welcome, ladies!

What an intriguing question!

One week only, so many different places and times, how can anyone chose?

(are we allowed repeats?)

Perhaps Mesoamerica, at the height of the Mayan Empire.

Or South America, at the height of the Incan Empire.

Or hey, follow Marco Polo as he travels East!

Or Colombo as he sails West...




Sorry, no can choose.

amy*skf said...

Oooh, Aztec so exotic, I like.

But I think I'll have what Charlotte's having--I like her choices and the reasons behind them, sorry, no originality here.

LeeAnn said...

I would have to go back to the Medieval era. I want some yummy Scottish Lord in a kilt, with big broad shoulders, and a deep voice that could just make you cream (ok wow tmi?). You know those men knew how to keep your bed warm at night :o)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

oh, gulp, no, [cough, cough], of course, not tmi, LeeAnn,. Although I think the 'nobody'll ever make Michelle blush' threshold just has been breached! Yes, the kilted medieval lord is a prime choice. Deep voice; verra nice addition. Did you ever see the Sex and the City eppie with the Scottish guy nobody could understand? Just popped into mind...

Welcome, Victoria!! Glad you got some rest. :) Yet another one who has a bit o trouble getting past the reality of no modern medicine inher fantasies. Although, ya kinda shied into braggin territory withthe Regency decolletage, is all's I'm sayin. But that could just be resentment on my part.

Azteclady, I'm w/ames: very exotic! And those were cultures that appreciated sensuality! All those hard-bodied warriors out on those courts playing those jai-alai-like games. so what that they played to the death? I'm bettin the guy that won had some wicked battle "energy" goin that could be nicely tapped. Oh. TMI again?

Portia Da Costa said...

About ten years ago, I had a big craze for all things Victoriana, and I'm just now rediscovering it. I've got a couple of short and very naughty Victorian set Spice Briefs in the pipeline, and I'd love to write a full length Victorian erotica novel some time... It'd be a huge challenge, but I think it'd be fun and an energising change for me... :)

I hope Dave is enjoying the book... and that he doesn't now think that I'm too much of a wicked reprobate and a bad influence on you, Queen Bella! ;)

It's really funny, I found a discussion of my books on a message board the other day, where someone who liked my writing said they couldn't believe how naughty it was, because in my online photos etc I seem so 'innocent' and nice! LOL

Amy C said...

This anthology sounds so good :).

If I could be swept away, it would be to any time between 14th century and 18th century Scotland. I would love to see some of those castles when they were at their finest and the Lairds who ruled them.

A week though, in that time would definitely not be too awful pleasant. I would need bathing provisions! ANd a bathroom. A real bathroom! As much as I would love to SEE that time, I would not want to actually experience it.

amy*skf said...

LeeAnn, what can I say? You make me laugh.
Ooh, I love battle "energy"--and the ways in which it can be used.

I meant to tell Charlotte, that I'm verra attracted to men in high heels an lace--Rocky Horror Picture Show anyone?

Portia, good things come in innocent packages.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Portia, I believe we refer to you as "everyone's slightly-pervy-but-touchingly kind favorite auntie."

Couldn't agree more, Amy C! Just think of the juxtaposition of the bright colors of the tapestries against the dark stone and the echoes w/in the hallways and great hall. And maybe the baudiness ofthe entertainment and knights. And the gorgeous gowns and jewels (if I may again be so mercenary and assume that I wouldn't be ladling the mutton stew onto the trenchers with Victoria). But the garderobe thing doesn't hold much appeal, you're right. :)

ames. Still more tmi.

Virginia Henley said...

I know readers love Scottish Lords. My book TEMPTED has just been reissued at the lower price of $4.99 and I am re-reading it this week. Black Ram Douglas was definitely my most dangerous hero. He is tough as boiled owl, and in bed a force to be reconned with. The things I wrote in TEMPTED make even me blush!

LeeAnn said...

LOL sorry if you couldn’t tell I have a thing for deep voices :o) Michelle if it made you blush then I think it was TMI ;op

Virginia I haven’t read a good Scottish Lord in a while I’ll have to look up your book. It sounds very intriguing.

Victoria Dahl said...

and in bed a force to be reconned with.

Heehee. I just wrote my first erotic novella. The hero is a Wild West sheriff who's the big, strong, silent type. He's ashamed of his secret desires to tie women up and dominate them. *g*

Anyway, Virginia, your line reminded me of the song I listened to for inspiration when writing that story.
"I was a hero
Early in the morning.
But I ain't no hero
At night."

Jody F. said...

Since I'm a huge Jane Austen fan, I would love to go back to Regency times. I loved the clothing and the laid back atmosphere. It's such a simpler time.

And Kristi, I too love North & South. Richard is amazing in it, but then when isn't he amazing.

Amy C said...

You described it all so beautifully, Michelle! Yes, the tapestries on the walls!!

Virginia, I just looked into your book, Tempted. I'm making a note of that. Thank you for mentioning it :).

Kate Pearce said...

Ooh some of my favorite ladies all in one big hot anthology with a fab cover! Congrats and I can't wait to read it :)

Lois said...

Oh boy, this sort of question I would always be inclined to say Regency first, because, well, never know if one will bump into a Darcy lookalike! :)

But another choice might be Ancient Egypt - love the 18th/19th dynasty, so maybe something good could happen there. . .

Victorian France would be good for one reason - to see if there really is anyone running around under the Paris Opera House in a lair with a lake that runs to it that wears a mask. . .

And Victorian England would be good for one reason - to check out the occupants of 221B Baker Street. Like a guy with a big brain and all. :)

Lois

Kate Pearce said...

And, duh- I was so excited I forgot to add what era I'd go back to-Regency of course or Georgian or Roman.

Barbara said...

This anthology sounds wonderful! I'm getting my paws on it regardless but here's my answer to the question:

I would choose the Victorian Era. Yes, I know that probably a typical blah answer, but there was something so beautiful and romantic about that time.

I had visited Victorian Cape May New Jersey a while back with my husband and completely fell in love with the era. The homes were grogeous, the clothes (not including bathing suits), tea parties, the whole horse and carriage bit. Yes, women didn't have as much freedom as they do today, but it makes for a better forbidden romance ;) BTW, we're only talking a week here. I don't think I could last long in a corset, lol.

Kristina Cook/Kristi Astor said...

Well, I *said* Regency, but now that I think about it....LOL.....but now I'm thinking Medieval would be fun, too--if only for a week, because I don't know if I could take the personal hygiene/sanitation issues longer than that. But I remember driving around Ireland and being fascinated by the castle ruins--I would love to see some of those castles during their heyday. And maybe witnessing some of the chivalry in action would be cool, too.

Edwardian era New York City would be cool, too--the gilded age. Because I live here in NYC and it would interesting to see the city when all those mansions were first being built on Fifth Avenue. All the old buildings would be new!

Kristina Cook/Kristi Astor said...

And Virginia, I MUST get a copy of TEMPTED now! Heading over to Amazon now....

Kristina Cook/Kristi Astor said...

Barbara, regarding the corset issue, a couple of years ago I attended a Regency Ladies' weekend at a historic house near Washington D.C., along with Sally MacKenzie (who nicely acted as my 'lady's maid', lacing me up!).

It was SO much fun--we ate period food cooked by Regency-era methods, danced, learned games and other entertainments from the era. Regency clothing was optional, so I donned my lovely gown and chemise and Regency-era corset (which is WAY less restrictive than a Victorian-era corset!).

Anyway, I was shocked at how helpless I was. I quickly learned that I had to put on my shoes *before* my corset/dress, because once I was laced up, I couldn't bend down to put on my shoes! Simple things, like picking things up off the floor, became unbelievably complicated. At one point, I was reading aloud and got breathless, just reading a single paragraph! Eating was challenging, because I basically had to perch on the edge of my chair with my back perfectly straight. My arms felt restricted, too--it was hard to raise my arms past shoulder height, I think because the corset's shoulder straps weren't stretchy.

All in all, I felt SO limited--and I had to laugh at a scene in my debut book where my Regency-era heroine climbs a tree! It really made me more conscious of what a Regency heroine could and couldn't do.

Sally MacKenzie said...

Hmm. My last comment didn't post...wonder why? But my main point in that missing post was I was SO glad it was Kristi and not me in that corset!

Barbara said...

LOL! Oh, jeez! Shhhh...we readers like to believe a woman in a corset and gown can handle most any situation--incuding climbing into trees ;)

Ah, well, I can pretend it would be quite a romantic week, anyway.

Charlotte Featherstone said...

I'm wondering what the well endowed Victorian woman did with corsets, because, and hope this isn't TMI, my cleveage up to my throat in a corset......

Cheri2628 said...

I love historical romances, so I would love to visit a lot of different time periods. Note that I said "visit" not "live". This girl could never give up today's conveniences and luxuries for long!

These are some of the time periods I would visit: Regency, Medieval, the American West in the 1800's, and Colonial New England.

"Lords of Desire" sounds wonderful!

orannia said...

Hmmmm. Not an easy question. There are so many periods of history I would like to visit, but I think if I could only be one it would be circa 1260. Ever since I read Falls the Shadow by Sharon Penman I have wanted to meet Simone de Montfort and Llywelyn ap Gruffudd.

Kristi/Sally/Victoria/Virginia - all the best with the release of Lords of Desire!

Princess Bumblebee said...

Boun giorno, Bellas! Oh, what a great topic today. Hmmm...it's so hard to say. I was always the tomboy playing cowboys and Indians, but lately, depending on my mood, the Regency, 18th century, (Pirate, anyone. By the way, Nathan Kamp very much reminds me of Johnny Depp in Pirats, by the way, in this picture, hehe) But, right now, I would have to say I would love to live in viking times. Love slave to a big, handsome Viking, anyone?

Kristina Cook/Kristi Astor said...

One thing in defense of the corset, though--because it forces perfect posture, my back felt *wonderful*! It was probably the only time in my life when I didn't slouch.

robynl said...

I'd love to be in the Victorian period with all the lace, flowers, doilies etc. The beautiful gowns and ballroom dancing, etc. I love the elegance of this period.

Jessa Slade said...

I like Lois's suggestion of ancient Egypt. Maybe because I'm chilly at work today and the thought of warm sun and some thick-thewed man waving a palm frond over my head while I lounge by a soft blue pool under a hard blue sky sounds just about perfect.

Caroline Linden said...

I'd have to pick 1770s Boston, partly because I live here now and would die to see all the historical sites when they were new. There was no worry about the size of one's hips, with the wide skirts. Plus, it's got every kind of hero: spies, soldiers, smugglers and pirates, English lords and wealthy colonials. But yeah, only to visit; the first hint of scratchy throat would send me into a severe panic.

This anthology looks great! I can't wait!

Estella said...

I would pick Regency England so I could see Almacks.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Apparently, Estella, the lemonade at Almacks' bore an uncanny resemblence to my 9-year-old daughter's way with a canister of Country Time. :)

Principessa B!!!! A viking! I'm shawked, i tell you, shawked! 'tho I must say, there just aren't enough Viking romances being written. This is a new side to you, pbee. I'm imagining Shia wrapped in animal skin clothes and a horned hat...

oh, victoria, re your new cowboy: sigh. just: sigh.

Jessa, you had me at "thick-hewn man" Lois is right: All the sun-bronzed man flesh. And amyskf -- as we found out earlier -- would dig the eyeshadow on the guys. Sorry. no high heels, ames.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

lovely caroleena,, those hours of 17th c fantasies of my usually took place in NE. Never thought of the wide-pannier angle. :) Why can't we all forget about the putrid throat and get on w/our fantasies! We;re just all too smart for our own goods, we romance chicks.

Elegance is something to be wistful about, robynl. we seem to be missing it these days. The victorian era also was pretty naughty beneath the surface. Just thought I'd toss that in there for fun. :)

Jill James said...

With so many great historical romances at our command we are able to dream of another time and place. I would love to go back to the pre-civil war South. The dresses, the manners, the gentlemen willing to fight a duel over you. Ahhhh! I just have to say, the biggest moment of this reader's life was meeting Miss Virginia at a publisher signing at RWA National in Reno. I thought I had gone to romance novel heaven to meet the author of The Dragon and the Jewel.

MarthaE said...

Sounds like a great anthology from wonderful authors! I think I like Charlotte's choices too... Medieval - Scotland maybe or Regency England. But of course I would want to be of the wealthy class in either time/place!!
That sounds like a very interesting conference that Kristina went to! I do think some British tend to have better posture than we Americans -- look at Julie Andrews!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Thanks for sharing that special meeting, Jill. And what an interesting time to dream of! Would there have been jewels to go along with those gowns? (I know, I know, too mercenary, right?)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

marthaE,, see you wouldn't laugh at my wanting the jewels, too (and no I do not mean family jewels, cheeky Bellas!) Martha, is your avatar a piccie of your keeper shelves?

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Kristina, what an incredible experience. And so lucky of you to have brought your Abigail. We do take for granted the freedom of our 21st c clothes. Makes it easy to identify w/heroines' loving to cross-dress as stable boys, no? Was this a writers' retreat or something anyone can attend?

You know, Barbara wrote this, and I'd love for young authors of historicals to keep it tacked by their keyboards: Shhhh...we readers like to believe a woman in a corset and gown can handle most any situation--incuding climbing into trees ;)

Readers in general are much easier on authors than authors are on themselves. We appreciate and respect historical accuracy, but accept that fiction is just that, and to be entertained, we give you some latitude.

So, while we wouldn't accept a making the heroine Prime Minister, do toss her up the tree and over the stile, etc. We believe in you and your story. We don't as a rule == not the majority of us -- consult our research manuals while we read romances. We're kinda just waiting for the magic to happen.

Jane said...

Welcome ladies,
I would love a chance to visit Ancient Egypt. I want to experience the political and internal intrigue of the pharaohs and their royal court. Maybe I could participate in an ancient ritual and observe the mummification of a queen.

Sally MacKenzie said...

Michelle, the weekend Kristi and I went on was open to everyone--it was sponsored by the county parks department, I believe. So if you have an historic house in your vicinity, check it out. There might be interesting programs offered!

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

oooh, jane,mummification. Did you ever spend time thinking about the whole burial process and how servants were buried w/ masters, etc? I could creep myself out about that for days as a kid. Recently, my son's class went to a museum w/an Egyptian exhibit on mummification, and I creeped them out about it. So cool.

And those Egyptian queens had some nice jewels...

Santa said...

I just finished this book Monday and dove into Victoria's contemporary yesterday. I absolutely loved both books. I've been a fan of Sally MacKenzie's ever since her first Naked book. All the other ladies were new to me. I'm glad I've finally made their acquaintence.

Now, what era would I go to? It's a toss up between WWII in the USA, specifically the Hollywood Canteen because I love the clothes, the music, the men and Buzby Berkley dances. I'd also love to go back to Ireland or Scotland and land me a Chieften on Tara or a laird to call my own. I've a thing for men in kilts, you see.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

sally, I'm guessing you don't hire out for just anyone? Thanks for the info! Oh...guess what arc came in the mail todaY? Hint: it involves a titled man, and he's not dressed... :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

gee, Santa,, if only you could develop an opinion! Did I ever tell you my girlfriend TD's take on why chick's dig guys in kilts? Her husband's a piper, btw...

And, oh, the WWII days. All that glorious big-band music, peplums and jeweled hairnets men in uniform going off to war the next day and USO girls dancing with GI Joes. Great call.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

You know, in some ways, I'm looking forward to my dotage since by then the romance authors who aren't born yet will be writing 'historicals' in time periods a bit later...

Victoria Dahl said...

Thank you, Santa!

I loved the other three stories by the way. I found it especially thrilling to see an historical hero driving an automobile! *g*

Sally MacKenzie said...

LOL, hope you like the Baron, Michelle. And I have to say...I'm not the best lady's maid, but I do come cheap. Kristina didn't reveal that I've played that role for her before at National one year. Those back-lacing corsets need a lady's maid.

And Santa! We're facebook friends, no? I'm so glad you're enjoying the Naked guys. The viscount is giving me fits at the moment. Sigh. Right now he and his heroine are at a very naughty party....

David B. said...

Male Perspective Guy here...

I'm with Caroline. Send me back to 1776. Boston or NYC or better yet, Philly where they were writing the Declaration of Independence. Then I'll flirt with Abigail Adams and Martha Washington and get the real scoop from our founding mothers. :)

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

Abigail, Abigail, Abigail. Ever since he read, "John Adams," all I hear from Male Perspective Guy is how hot Abigail Adams was, how supportive of John she was, how sexy she looked in those panniers when the wind teased the hem and showed the lovely curve of a delicate ankle. Sheesh. A girl could get a complex.

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

ooohhh, tell more, sally, you naked tease, you!

Kristina Cook/Kristi Astor said...

David, that does sound like fun! I'd love to spend some time chatting up Abigail Adams. Or Ben Franklin. Or Thomas Jefferson. I'm fascinated with Thomas Jefferson, actually.

I think it would be fascinating to hear exactly what our founding fathers' thoughts were as they crafted the Constitution.

Kristina Cook/Kristi Astor said...

And Sally, you make an *excellent* abigail! I think Janet Mullany had to stand in for you at one point, though.

kimmyl said...

Hi everyone. Hope I'm not late.

David said...

Thanks, Kristi. And, lol, Michelle. I'm a "pantser" or at least partly so. I have a general idea of what's going to happen in my books, but I also need my characters to help me out. The viscount and his lady are at this darn party, but they haven't decided exactly what they're going to do first. I keep trying to nudge them along, but they're just hanging around the punch bowl at the moment.

Sally MacKenzie said...

Oops. That wasn't David that posted about the viscount at the punch bowl. The kid came home from work and got into his google mail account--he's sharing my computer for the nonce.

Caroline Linden said...

MPG, you flirt with Abigail Adams and I'll chat up John. Score!

Has anyone else seen the recreated portrait of Martha Washington as a hot young woman? Does that sound like a historical romance or what: beautiful rich young widow falls for tall, reserved military hero. Mmm.

kimmyl said...

I haven't seen that.

Sally MacKenzie said...

Hey, Caroline, I saw that picture--very cool.

Here's a question for the assembled multitude. When I saw the cover for Lords of Desire, I thought the guy looked familiar--does he look familiar to anyone else? Hmm, or maybe I'm just shocked to have an actual person on a cover.

Kristina Cook/Kristi Astor said...

I know there was some speculation that it was *maybe* Nathan Kamp, but it just doesn't look like him to me--his face looks too broad. Does anyone know for sure??

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

You know, sally, I've been thinkng the same thing all day! He's another good one, no? Like, he's got that Nathan Kamp 'all man' vibe goin. at least on this cover anywayz... It's a great cover, too. love the perspectve w/the arched window in the back.

ooo, yeah, caroline. could you add Tommy jefferson in and make it a lovers' triangle? Shut up! I didn't say sammich; I'm not that sacrilegious. sheesh

Michelle Buonfiglio said...

We'd need Bella Stacy to do the final authentication, but I don't think it's NK. But whomever he is, I like. I does like. The cover gods have smiled upon the Ladies of Desire.

Sally MacKenzie said...

I'm heading off to bed--thanks so much for having me and the other ladies of desire today, Michelle. (Love that name, btw, but I think it would make my husband snort.) And thanks, too, to Kristi for organizing us ladies. It was great fun hanging out with you all here at RBTB.

Victoria Dahl said...

I've gotten sooo many comments on the cover! That guy is gorgeous! AND he's got a big sword!

flchen1 said...

LOL, Victoria! ;)

Chiming in late to say congrats on the lovely cover (and more importantly, the insides!)

As for time period I'd love to visit (with safety and good health!), dynastic China--hopefully as someone wealthy, but minus the foot binding. It's always about the clothes, and those embroidered silk get-ups seem incredible ;) Or Scotland--something about those castles and warriors... :)

Pat Cochran said...

My choice of a time period to visit
would be a toss up between Regency
and early days in Scotland with all
those handsome lairds. In fact, I
just this afternoon saw a title that
really caught my attention: The Naked
Laird!

Pat Cochran

Santa said...

It matters not how big the sword is but how he uses it, my dears. From the looks of him, I'd venture to guess he does fine on all counts.

I just realized that I've read three of the four authors here. Sorry I didn't recognize Kristi Astor as Kristina Cook. Big 'duh' on my part!

Kristina Cook/Kristi Astor said...

That's okay, Santa--it confuses even ME! LOL!

Laurie said...

I'd like to visit the mythical realm of Camelot:
King Arthur,Knights of the Round Table,Merlin 's magic, the pagentry, integrity vs treachery!