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Today I am guest blogging over at Close Encounters of the Night Kind, about how Tova’s Dragon came to be written.
Drop by to read an excerpt and to enter the rafflecopter giveaway for a chance to win a copy of the ebook and a $10 Bath and Bodyworks card.
Monday Update, Jan. 14:
My thanks to everyone who participated in the blog hop and visited the site or posted a comment.
Congratulations to Mary R. who won a $15.00 Amazon Gift Card!
The grand prize winners should be announced soon at blog hop central. (click on link below)
Welcome to the Something New, Something Naughty Blog Hop!
The something new and naughty in my part of the world is the reissue of How To Woo… A Reluctant Bride, my romantic Victorian short story.
The Victorians are known for being prim and proper, but appearances can be deceiving, and often were. Despite the veneer of gentility, prostitution was legal and widely available, esp. in London. Gentlemen still had their mistresses and frustrated ladies went to see the physician or midwife for treatment of hysteria, i.e. a hand job, until the much welcomed invention of the electric vibrator. (If you haven’t seen the movie Hysteria, I do recommend it for a good depiction of the times, as well as a charming and funny film.)
The sleazy tabloid papers came on the scene in the 1880′s and scandal suddenly became news, and the prolific author, Anonymous, penned a string of pornographic novels with titles like Three Nights in a Moorish Harem. Talk about a male fantasy! In 1883, the famous explorer Sir Richard Burton, translated the Kama Sutra from Sanskrit to English where it was quietly published by the Kama Shastra Society and no doubt sold in a brown paper wrapping.
The Kama Sutra plays an important part in my latest release when the hero uses it to woo his reluctant bride.
How To Woo… A Reluctant Bride
(Romantic Historical Short Story)
by Lyndi Lamont
A marriage contract, nothing more…until darkly handsome Evan Channing and demure Lydia Blatchford meet. Yet the rules are simple for an arrangement such as theirs. There should be no misunderstanding, no illusions of anything more.
But the rules are about to change when Evan is gifted with an intriguing copy of the Kama Sutra. He sets out to win his high-born bride, blending seductive heat with exotic lessons in love-making. With a little help from Sir Richard Burton’s new, provocative translation of ancient wisdom on seduction and arousal, the cold marriage bed of an arranged union is about to combust into a blazing flame of desire.
(Previously published under the title Love… By the Book)
After dinner Evan wandered around his bedroom, clad in his new blue and white striped pajamas, wondering how much longer he should wait before going to his new bride. He’d never felt so unsure yet so filled with anticipation. He pictured her in the red sari Zahra had given her, the cloth draped seductively around her curves. His cock was already partially hard just thinking about what was to come.
At the same time he was more nervous than he’d ever been in his life. It wasn’t as if it were his first time, but every woman he’d been with had been a prostitute, so he was never sure if their cries of pleasure were real or feigned. After all, they were paid to please their clients. But Lydia was a highborn lady, and a virgin. He just hoped he could make this pleasant enough for her she’d let him visit her room again. And again…
He glanced at his copy of the Kama Sutra. The book recommended waiting ten days before consummating the marriage. Bloody hell. He could no more wait ten more days to make her his wife than he could fly to the moon. He wanted her. Now. Badly.
Taking a deep breath, he walked to the door between their rooms and knocked. He let out his breath when she bade him enter. He found her perched on the edge of the bed in the red sari, but looking pale and apprehensive.
He sat on the side of the bed and took her hands in his. “You wore the red sari. I wasn’t sure if you would.”
She gave him a sheepish look. “I almost didn’t. At first, I couldn’t figure out how to put it on again, but I finally figured it out. I think.”
“Stand up and let me see.”
She rose and turned in a circle, all the while clutching the waist with one hand. “I don’t know how well it will stay on.”
“No matter,” he said, kissing one hand. “I am looking forward to removing it.”
“Evan,” she exclaimed.
He raised an eyebrow. “What did your mother tell you to expect on your wedding night?”
Lydia flushed and glanced away. “Very little actually. She said to lie back and let you take charge.”
He sighed and reached out to touch her face and turn it to him. “I’d really prefer it if you participated in what we’re about to do. It is much more pleasurable that way. Like it was when you kissed me back, like you did at Zahra’s. And in the carriage.”
She gave him a tentative smile. “If that’s what you want.”
“What I want is you naked and writhing in my arms.”
Now for the important details about the blog hop:
For my giveaway: Leave a comment below to win a $15.00 gift certificate of the winner’s choice, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, etc. Also, all comments across the hop count as entries for the grand prizes: a $60 EdenFantasys gift certificate and two $25 bookstore Gift Certificates donated by authors Jennifer Wright and Lisabet Sarai.
To keep hopping. click on one of the author names in the links below. Happy hopping!
A Victorian Christmas
My latest release, How To Woo… A Reluctant Bride, takes place in the summer of 1885, but since it’s now December, I got to wondering what Lydia and Evan’s first Christmas might be like. Many of our most treasured Christmas traditions – Christmas cards, lighted trees – didn’t become widely popular until the Victorian era, largely thanks to Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Caroland Prince Albert introducing German traditions to Britain, including the Christmas tree.
But back to Lydia and Evan. They could stay in town and celebrate quietly, but I think they’d hop on a train and go to her childhood home in the country. Thanks to Lydia’s marriage settlement, the Blatchford family fortunes are in better shape, so they will be celebrating in style this season. The manor house will sport wreaths and garlands of evergreen, holly, ivy and mistletoe.
If the weather is cold enough, there might be skating on a frozen pond or sleigh rides to the village or a neighbors’ house.
Cook will roast a fatted goose for dinner with all the trimmings, topped off by the traditional plum pudding. The servants will have to work preparing and serving dinner, but there will be treats for them, plus a day off on December 26 called Boxing Day.
In the evening, the family can gather around the piano while Lydia plays Christmas carols for all to sing. There are no little ones to dream of sugar plums yet, but next year things will be different. Lydia has a little secret to confide to Evan.
If you’re curious as to how Evan won over his Reluctant Bride, check out the excerpt on the book page.
My Question: Does Boxing Day take place on Dec. 26?
Now back to the Secret Santa Blog Hop:
There are three ways to enter: One for following my blog (enter email address in space in left sidebar and click Subscribe), one for leaving a comment and another for answering my question.
Grand Prize: 7″ Kindle Fire HD preloaded with books by authors on the blog hop, including a copy of my latest release How To Woo… A Reluctant Bride. Must be 18 to win.
My Prize: $15.00 Gift Certificate of winner’s choice. (Amazon, B&N, iTunes, etc.)
After you are finished hopping, send Tabby an email and tell her which blogs you went to and what you did at each, including the answers to the questions. You are not required to go to every blog to win but the more blogs you go to the better your chance of winning is. Send info to (careydoucet AT yahoo.com). Please send it all in one email.
Click link below to keep hopping on for more prizes!
To celebrate the release of How To Woo… A Reluctant Bride, available now from Amazon, B&N and Smashwords, I’m doing a blog hop & mini-tour next week, with prizes.
For the Secret Santa Blog Hop, I’m giving away a $15.00 Gift Certificate of winner’s choice. (Amazon, B&N, iTunes, etc.)
The Grand Prize for the Blog Hop is a 7″ Kindle Fire HD preloaded with books by authors on the blog hop, including a copy of my latest release How To Woo… A Reluctant Bride. Must be 18 to win.
I’ll also be giving away two ebooks of the winner’s choice at the other blog stops from Dec. 20-22. Leave a comment anywhere and you will be entered.
Here is the schedule:
Dec. 17-19, Secret Santa Blog Hop
Dec. 20, Servants of the Muse blog
Dec. 21, The Romance Studio blog
Dec. 22, Victoria Pindar/Greta Buckle blog
Hope to see you soon!
UPDATE: Congratulations to Mindy G. who won the Conference giveaway package!
In July I attended the RWA National Conference in Anaheim and collected free books and promo for one lucky winner. Details on how to enter are found on my Stay-at-Home Conference Giveaway page. Winner will be chosen on September 5. Must be 18 or older and a resident of North America.
The contest features free books and promo items as well as The lucky black Kinklab Padded Blindfold from the Passionate Ink Chapter’s Dungeon Party that resulted in me winning a beautiful pair of rhinestone handcuffs donated by erotic author Sabrina York.
And check out Sabrina York’s blog contest. You could win a pair of rhinestone handcuffs similar to the ones I won!
Friend and erotic romance author Jina Bacarr interviewed me at the recent RWA National Conference in Anaheim, California, after I won the Grand Prize at the Passionate Ink Dungeon Party. Yes, I am now the proud owner of a pair of rhinestone handcuffs!
My thanks to Jina for the fun interview.
Update: Congratulations to Amy H., winner of my Erotica Stay-at-Home Conference Bag of goodies!
I’ve posted the details of this year’s Erotica Stay-At-Home Conference Bag giveaway featuring trade paperbacks, assorted promo items and candy. Click here for details:
I’ll be posting another Tarot card blog in a day or two.