Monday, May 26, 2014

3 DIGITAL GIVEAWAY & GUEST POST - AUTHOR VIVEKA PORTMAN'S NOVELLA HISTORICAL ROMANCE BOOKS - ESCAPE PUBLISHING - BOOK BLITZ




Today on Novels On The Run I have a fantastic giveaway of  3 digital novellas by Viveka Portman, from Escape Publishing, an imprint of Harlequin.

I also have a wonderful Guest Post from Viveka, titled, Disrobing Historical Romance.

Check out the blurbs for each novella below and enjoy the guest post. 



THE SECRET DIARY OF LADY CATHERINE BEXLEY

Released : 1st July 2013

Lady Catherine Bexley is new to marriage and the marriage bed, but surely there must be more to it than this? Her husband is proper and perfunctory — treating her with careful respect but leaving her aching for more.

When she witnesses a gentleman disciplining a maid at a house party, the ache explodes into ravenous desire. She finds herself no longer willing to wait for her husband’s stiff and passionless attentions — and soon develops a naughty plan to finally get what she wants.





THE WICKED CONFESSIONS OF 
LADY CECELIA STANTON

Released : 1st December 2013

When faced with a rakish, lusty husband, what is a proper English wife to do but educate herself in the art of bedplay?
“Marriages are strange things, none stranger perhaps than this betwixt me and my lord husband.”

Lady Cecelia is married to the dashing and philandering Lord William Stanton, a situation that would distress even the most composed and refined gently-born lady. However, Cecelia has a secret balm to her dissatisfaction: her maid, Bess Miller.

Cecelia’s inexperience and William’s insatiable appetites fuel her desire to learn, and Bess is a willing teacher. Then, when Cecelia blossoms into pregnancy and can no longer accommodate William’s needs, he distances himself, and Bess becomes her only solace and comfort — and the channel for her most intimate desires. As Cecelia struggles to understand her own feelings, gossip begins to spread. William starts asking questions, and wicked confessions must be made...



THE PRIVATE AFFAIRS OF LADY JANE FIELDING

Releases : 1st June 2014

In the world of Regency England, only one thing matters — the begetting of an heir…

There is one fact I cannot hide nor deny. I have borne my husband no sons…

When Lord Jacob Fielding suffers a traumatic injury denying him more children, it devastates both his present and his future. He and his wife Jane have only daughters, and the brother in line to inherit his title and lands is a disgusting reprobate, a man who should never have power over anyone.

In desperation, Lord Fielding formulates a wicked plan. He invites his distant cousin Matthew to come and share their home…and possibly more. Jane is shocked, but cannot deny her curiosity. She loves her husband, and their situation is desperate, and Matthew is a kind, gentle, attractive man. But what can this situation bring, but tension and jealousy?

Emotions and libidos run high as the Fielding men search for a way to satisfy the need for an heir, their own lusts, and, most importantly, the desires of Lady Jane, before time runs out.


GUEST POST by VIVEKA PORTMAN

Disrobing Historical Romance

The genre of Historical Romance is traditionally quite prim and proper with love scenes largely relegated to closed doors.

Yet, I wanted to know what happened after Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy’s wedding in Pride and Prejudice. I wanted to know if any peculiar sounds came from Mr and Mrs Collins’ room when Elizabeth stayed at their house.

 I confess to feeling a little ripped-off when a love scene fades to black.

Things however, are changing.

When I wrote my first erotic Regency romance, The Secret Diary of Lady Catherine Bexley, I didn’t know if any publisher would buy it. I hoped they might, but I wasn’t confident. Most of the historicals I’d read were much more traditional. The Secret Diary, however, was anything but your traditional Regency Romance.
Firstly, it was a diary, written by the heroine herself, lamenting her arranged marriage to a much older and stuffier husband.  She writes of her dismal first sexual experience, and expresses her concerns to a diary, because societal limitations on the behaviour of women prevented her from broaching them with him. I wrote the story considering how it might feel to be a Lady in that era – behind closed doors, with all the gritty bits, and without the benefit of ‘romance coloured glasses’.

As it turned out, my publisher loved it and it became a bestselling title, and my Regency Diaries series grew from there.

For me, there is something utterly exhilarating about erotic historicals. They focus on a time when sensuality and the relationships between men and women (or same sex couples for that matter) were subject to strict rules and codes, and explore how sexuality is affected by those same rules. They detail how men and women negotiated pleasure in a time when negotiations between sexes weren’t as explicit or as open as it is now. Done well, an erotic historical story can create beautiful simmering tension and conflicts for the reader to revel in.

And then there is the language! I rather dislike the ‘frank and graphic’ prose of contemporary erotic writing. If I’m not prepared to call my own genitals by that name, I really don’t want to hear my heroine to do it either. In historical romance however the range of descriptive language and euphemisms is massive. For example, you can’t imagine a contemporary character referring to her privates as ‘her womanhood’ nor would she admire a ‘ruddy headed staff.’ A historical character, however, may indeed do just that.

A well written historical with an erotic edge can be an utterly sensual read. So if you’re looking for a little more dirt on those squeaky clean gents and ladies you’ve fantasised about in Pride and Prejudice why not seek out an historical erotic romance? I’m sure you’ll find it enlightening.



About the Author:


Viveka Portman is an author of romantic erotic fiction, and has a fascination about times past. With a bachelor degree in anthropology, Viveka weaves historical fact into fiction to create lively, realistic and thrilling tales, sure to titillate and engage the most discerning reader. Considered an upstanding member of society, Viveka does not make a habit of eavesdropping, gossiping or making vulgar displays of impropriety — except, that is, in writing.




GIVEAWAY 

The lovely Polina at Escape Publishing is giving one person the chance to win these 3 digital novellas by Viveka Portman.



Entry Requirements

1 WINNER GETS ALL 3

Leave a comment below with your contact addy.

It can be twitter, facebook, email. 

Answer this Q : Have you read any Escape Publishing books?
If so , which ones? If not no worries :) 

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INTERNATIONAL

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ENDS 2ND JUNE 2014



GOOD LUCK!!

Michelle

5 comments:

  1. I am sad to say that I have not yet read anything by Escape Publishing. I came here drawn by the story and the guidance of a friend to see books that look truly intriguing. Regardless of the outcome of this competition, Escape is on my list of things to check out for future releases

    sonnetodell@hotmail.com

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  2. I've read a lot of Escape books (but none of Viveka Portman's) and I was lucky enough to have my debut book published with Escape too. They pride themselves on picking stories that are a bit 'out of the box' and they aren't afraid to push boundaries. For those reasons alone, I think they are a very interesting digital publisher. lilymalone@mail.com

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  3. I'm actually not sure if I have read any Escape Publishing books.

    These books do look amazing.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  4. Looking through the list of books on the left there are many that grab my interest. It could be my next hobby or addiction. Viveka Portman's trilogy would be my first from Escape Publishing.
    paul.cathy@bigpond.com

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  5. Congratulations Lily you are the winner of this digital pack. I shall email publisher and they will contact you :D

    Mich

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