I am so excited to be here today and announcing the release of not only my first Carina Press novella, LADY SEDUCTRESS’S BALL, but also the release of a story that has been waiting a long time for readers to enjoy… and perhaps one that might even spark a bit of controversy… You see, my heroine commits adultery.
Now, before you all start tossing tomatoes, my heroine was guilt-tripped into marrying a man old enough to be her grandfather, who is very ill. I don’t blame her for falling in lust and eventually in love with another more virile man. In my opinion, she deserves love and pleasure, just as all women do. The few instances that her elderly husband has made it to her bedroom have been embarrassing, quiet, uncomfortable moments. This story is not only about a discovery of love, but a discovery of one’s body. An invitation to pleasure I was so pleased that (after several rejections from elsewhere) my editor at Carina, Charlotte, actually GOT the story and was willing to give LADY SEDUCTRESS’S BALL a chance, for it isn’t an adultery tale, it is story of love and discovery.
Olivia hears women in drawing rooms talking about love making, and enjoying it. She doesn’t feel the things they are talking about when she is with her husband. In fact, Olivia starts to feel that she might truly have something wrong with her—even dubbing her affliction, amatory deficiency.
But there is one thing she’s fighting inside—her dreams. Dreams of a man who brings her to the brink of pleasure, but never to completion. This makes her feel even more inferior. She isn’t supposed to feel these things, and top of it, feel them with a man who is not her husband. And then, her dream man walks into her drawing room. Everything changes.
I’ve always been fascinated with how sex and pleasure were treated in history. In Regency times, women were just supposed to grin and bear it. Not enjoy it. Women who did enjoy it were looked upon as harlots in Society (although I suspect if a man married a woman who enjoyed it, he counted himself lucky!). This past summer I visited the Museum of Sex in NYC, and the contraptions they had to keep people from masturbating, and then instruments physician’s used to bring women to orgasm (treating them for hysteria—more likely they were just sexually frustrated) looked painful. But more to the point, I feel that a woman’s pleasure is still looked upon as “you’re lucky if you do.” I remember the first time I read a romance novel, my mother telling me that all the sex was fake and it wasn’t so in real life. I set out to prove her wrong
LADY SEDUCTRESS’S BALL is about living out your fantasy. Taking your life into your own hands and discovering who you are. Shucking off the rigors of society and giving into your heart’s desire. It is about love, romance and pleasure.
Ever been to the Museum of Sex? I highly suggest it!
I truly hope you enjoy this tale, and I wish you all the best in 2012! I would also like to say, I have really enjoyed my experience with Carina. My editor really was instrumental in making this story come alive! I want to wish Charlotte, Angela and the rest of the Carina team Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year!
LADY SEDUCTRESS’S BALL now available!
Invitation to Pleasure
As the wife of the elderly Earl of March, Olivia Covington has never known the intimacies of the bedroom. Though her curiosity is piqued by the shocking whispers of society ladies, she is too wary of causing scandal to indulge in an affair. But Tristan Knightley, Earl of Newcastle, tempts her to throw off propriety.
Tristan wants Olivia for his own, and has sworn off all others until he can rid himself of the obsession. He is sure once he has a taste, he will tire of her, and can return to his rakish existence. Unable to wait to have her in his bed, he invites her for a tryst at Lady Seductress’s Ball…
Eliza Knight is the multipublished author of sizzling historical romance and erotic romance. Eliza grew up playing in castle ruins and traipsing the halls of Versailles when visiting her grandparents during the summer, which instilled a love of history at an early age. While not reading, writing or researching for her latest book, she chases after her three children. In her spare time (if there is such a thing…) she likes daydreaming, wine-tasting, traveling, hiking, staring at the stars, watching movies, shopping and visiting with family and friends. She lives atop a small mountain, and enjoys cold winter nights when she can curl up in front of a roaring fire with her own knight in shining armor. She is the owner of the popular historical blog, History Undressed.