Constrained by her life as a Society widow, Lady Olivia Xavier finds escape in two unusual ways: as the owner of a successful brewery, and as a secret reader of penny dreadful Western novels. But Olivia’s beloved brewery is being threatened, and she has no ally in her fight. Until a mysterious cowboy steps out from the London fog, saving her from a terrifying brawl. Suddenly, Olivia isn’t just reading about the Wild West, she’s living it.
Colorado cowboy Will Coffin has made the long journey from his Rocky Mountain home to discover his birthright. While searching for his family, he encounters the beguiling Olivia. Will’s never met a real English lady before—certainly not one as lovely and courageous as Olivia—and he can’t resist coming to her rescue.
Olivia is powerfully drawn to the rough but honorable cowboy. She proposes a most scandalous arrangement: in exchange for helping protect her brewery, she’ll help Will find his family. Even more scandalous is that he’ll be sleeping under her roof. The entire arrangement sets Society’s tongues wagging. Meanwhile, the danger to the brewery, and Olivia herself, keeps escalating. But nothing’s as dangerous, or seductive, as the growing desire between the lady and the cowboy…
amooseintransition asked: Re: The Morely quote. To add on to your comment - romance novels also tell women that being sexy and sexual in our own way is our right and that we are not bad people for wanting to schtup with the really, really, ridiculously hot guy or girl next door. In fact, it is our god given duy to jump that man or woman and ride him or her for all he or she is worth. . . . excuse me, while I go and spend the rest of my evening reading away from the interwebs. . . .
I definitely agree that an integral part of romance novels is that they give women a safe place to explore and enjoy their sexuality, and that there’s nothing shameful about desire. Women are taught to be ashamed of their sexual needs, which is why this whole “mommy porn” business is so infuriating. It completely denigrates women’s sexual needs, as well as mocks women for even contemplating sex after society has boxed them into the sexless role of “Mom” or “honey.” For some reason, we live in a culture that is utterly terrified of women’s sexual agency, as evidenced by the fact that non-romance readers immediately focus on the sexual element of romance novels and completely ignore everything else, including the fact that romance novels can be empowering.
A fun little thing authors are doing right now is tagging each other, and then we have to post seven lines from page 77 of our latest WIP or available release, starting after the seventh sentence. Wow, I just made it sound a lot more complicated than it is.
Anyway, here’s an excerpt from my latest, SKIES OF FIRE:
"You think I…" He swore again. "Good God,no."
Her caginess transformed into irritation. “You needn’t sound so revolted by the idea.”
One of the restraints holding him back snapped. Stalking toward her, he said, “Revolted isn’t the word I’d use. Part of me thinks I should just toss you onto my berth and show you how much I hated you, how much I missed you.”
Okay, I went one line over the allotment, but you can see why!
Now I’m tagging:
I’ll be at Sunshine Books in Cypress, California on Saturday, April 21st to meet readers and sign books! Come by and see me from 2-3 pm! I’ll have the Donovan series there, and a few historicals, but feel free to bring your own copies. I hope to see you there!
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