November 28, 2012
I self-published To Seduce an Earl over a year ago. It wasn’t my first historical romance, but it was something totally different for me. Not only is it about male prostitutes during the Victorian era, but I’d always relied heavily on a suspenseful plot, in other words a lot of external conflict. This book was more about the emotion and the internal struggle.
And believe me I worried about finding that balance between harsh realism and romance. I wanted my hero, Alex, to be your typical charming rake, but I also didn’t want to downplay the seriousness of his situation. Not that I’m speaking from personal experience, but I think it’s safe to say that working in a brothel isn’t all rainbows and unicorns. The book was met with mixed reviews. People seemed to either feel for Alex or not. But after one particular review, that just happened to be from The Season, I was greatly relieved to realize I’d done what I set out to do:
“Brighton perfectly captures the detachment sex workers develop to cope with their lives (yes, my day job as a social worker recognized this right away).” — The Season
Getting a thumbs up from a social worker definitely put my mind at ease. Last spring Amazon’s romance publishing branch Montlake took notice of the book and ended up buying the rights to a three book series. To Seduce an Earl was relaunched last week and to celebrate I’m giving away 3 signed print copies. Just leave a comment! And if you’re interested, you can read the blurb below!
For years, Alex Weston has plied his trade at Lavender Hills, an all-male brothel catering to London’s most fashionable women. His beauty and sexual prowess are legendary, yet his charmed life masks an ugly truth. Alex is a prisoner in a gilded cage, blackmailed into service and desiring only freedom—until the night she walks through his door…
Grace Brisbane is desperate. Her dying mother needs medicine she cannot afford, and her dissolute stepbrother is gambling away what little money remains. Her only hope of saving her family is to marry the Earl of Rodrick, her brother’s wealthy best friend. There’s just one problem: Rodrick has no interest in virgins. To win him, Grace must learn the secrets of seduction. Secrets Alex knows all too well…
It should be a simple business transaction. And yet with a single kiss, Grace ignites a passion unlike any Alex has ever known…and unlike any she could ever imagine. They are not free to love—but their hearts will accept nothing less.