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 Dahl—“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?
Friday: Bella Kate Pearce GuestBlogs to celebrate the drop of her new "Ride the Line" w/ a contest, too!
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