THE PRICE OF HANNAH BLAKE is in the tantalizing tradition of the Victorian underground erotic novel, but with the pace and suspense of a contemporary thriller, as Hannah Blake fights for survival in Victorian England’s bizarre “Duke’s Troupe” of dancers and actors.
You fall in love with Hannah’s beauty, her courage in the face of unimaginable abuse, and her determination to assert her own awakening passion—and love—in the duke’s prison of luxury and license.
You are swept along as the unspoiled farm girl from Devon is torn from her family, stripped and appraised by her ruthless instructors, forcibly “initiated” into the cruel erotic games of the young men and women of the troupe—and fights to survive and preserve her deepest values. It is romantic suspense that seizes you and draws you forward ever faster as Hannah falls in love with the man who will risk everything to save her from enslavement to the duke and his consorts–a fate no one ever has escaped.
Here is a bitter and beautiful recreation of the Age of Victoria, a period that has become synonymous with modesty and sexual repression, but which concealed a frenzy of secret lust, twisted sexuality, and cruelty.
Striding through these pages, as the peril of young Hannah Blake and her daring lover mounts, are historic figures such as the great reformer Prime Minister William Gladstone, his First Lord of the Admiralty, Sherlock Holmes and the malevolent Professor Moriarty–and the prostitutes, sailors, lords and ladies, courtiers, and often desperately poor English country folk who gave the age its color and character.
Bringing them all together is the unbreakable spirit of Hannah, a prisoner of corruption and lust who awakens to a yearning passion—and love—few in the repressed and rigid age of Victoria could imagine.
Four steamy fantasies in four historical settings:
Anselm is a young novice at Worston Abbey. If he is to become a monk, he must maintain his vows. He follows the Vow of Obedience when Brother Cedric sends him to the luscious local herbalist, Ysabel, but once there he find his commitment to the Vow of Chastity is severely tested.
Petals and Pistons
Now that her husband Edgar is dead, Mrs. Adelaide Portsmythe is on a mission. She will travel up the Amazon in search of the fabled orchid, Queen of the Night. Like all good Victorian ladies, Mrs. Portsmythe is sensible, demure and modest. Until she meets the devilishly wicked Captain Rodriguez, that is. By the end of the voyage Adelaide has discovered that seeking pleasure is a goal in its own right.
A gang of marauders raid the town of Elleshire on market day. Aisla runs for her life but is abducted and trapped in a cave with the brigand’s anonymous leader. She wakes up blindfolded and naked on furs in front of the firelight. The brigand proceeds to use her perfect skin in very creative ways – and not at all how Aisla expects. Just who is this unusual man?
A Gifted Physician
What ails the lovely Lady Mary? She has taken to her bed and lies about in the ornate four-poster, complaining of fever and weakness. She insists that only the handsome physician, Edmund, can cure her. And there is only one cure she seeks. Edmund tries to resist, but the Lady is most persistent.
Arthur Tudor has made his existence as a vampire bearable for over three hundred years by immersing himself in blood and debauchery. Aboard an airship gala, he meets Avalon, an aspiring vampire slayer who sparks fire into Arthur’s shriveled heart. Together they try to solve the mystery of several horrendous murders on the dark streets of London. Cultures clash and pressures rise in this sexy Steampunk Romance.