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Guest Blogger: KJ Charles (Contest)
Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

Hello, and a huge thank you to Delilah for hosting me! I’m KJ Charles, and my paranormal romance The Magpie Lord is just out with Samhain. The book is set in Victorian England and —

Excuse me? Victorian England? I came here for erotic romance!

Are you suggesting the Victorians aren’t sexy?

Bonnets? Top hats? Frilly bloomers on their piano legs? That is not sexy.

Did you know that Victorian women could go to the doctor for an orgasm?

Say what?

True. Women suffering from ‘hysteria’, a catch-all diagnosis for being overwrought, emotionally unstable or (as we’d see it) frustrated, could go to the doctor, who would induce a ‘hysterical paroxysm’ to relieve the symptoms. Guess what a hysterical paroxysm is?

You are having a laugh.

Nope. The electric vibrator was invented because doctors complained of repetitive strain injuries to their hands. (‘How was work, dear?’ ‘Exhausting. I had to induce fourteen clitoral orgasms. My fingers are killing me.’ ‘That’s outrageous! You should complain to your boss!’)

Tell me more.

About the Femme de Voyage blow-up doll, perhaps? Or the Victorian obsession with spanking? Go on, ask your local library for a copy of Victorian bestsellers Lady Bumtickler’s Revels or The Whippingham Papers. Or, if you have your m/m kink on, try Sins of the Cities of the Plain, the earliest English gay porn, which includes your actual fan-fiction of a famous real-life transvestite and his noble husband…

All right, you’ve convinced me. The Victorians were as kinky as the rest of us. Carry on.

Thank you.

The Magpie Lord is an m/m paranormal romance, featuring Lord Crane, a smuggler turned earl, and magician Stephen Day, who has every reason to loathe Crane’s family. Stephen has a moral obligation to save Crane from a curse but he does not want to find himself in the devastatingly attractive nobleman’s bed – and in the excerpt below, he’s even ready to abuse his magical gifts to stop himself from giving in to temptation.

I hope you enjoy it! The Magpie Lord is out now with Samhain, and I’ve a free electronic copy to give away – please just comment, ensuring you leave an email address, for a chance to win. (Drawing closes Thursday!)

Magpie Lord

The shaman knelt before him in the moonlight, painfully close. At some point, Crane wasn’t sure when, he’d moved so that his arms were now resting on Crane’s thighs, warm and heavy. His hair glimmered dark copper in the cold light, and his caressing thumb was sending spangles of sensation up towards Crane’s elbow now.

Crane looked down at him. As if he’d felt the gaze, Stephen looked up, mouth slightly open, and his wide eyes met Crane’s for a long breathless moment.

Crane reached out with his free hand and brushed his thumb slowly over Stephen’s lips, pushing them gently apart, feeling his mouth move softly, opening, accepting the touch. His breath came fast against Crane’s hand. Crane’s need was suddenly, violently urgent after the night’s terror, and Stephen Day was kneeling before him, lips inviting, pupils dilated, a gift to be unwrapped. He pushed his thumb further into the warm mouth and felt a flicker of tongue against his skin, a tentative taste.

“Stephen,” said Crane softly, trying out the name.

Stephen tilted his head back a little. “I…I don’t…”

“Oh, you do.” Crane stroked his fingers possessively over the small chin. “You really do. Lovely boy.”

“I’m twenty-eight,” Stephen said weakly, and Crane’s lips curved, knowing that was surrender.

His hand closed on Stephen’s jaw, pulling him closer. “Come here. Unless you want to stay on your knees, of course,” he added, with a twitch of a brow, and something in the other man’s eyes went suddenly dark.

“Listen to me,” Stephen said. “I have been clearing the abreaction for the last few minutes. This has been dull and uneventful, and you’re keen to go in and do something more interesting than talk to me. I’m very boring and drab and unattractive, after all, and you’d be much happier talking to Mr. Merrick. You want to forget about me and go in, so you’re quite glad to hear that the abreaction has cleared.”

“Has it?” said Crane. “Oh, good. Can we go in?”

“Of course,” mumbled Stephen. He leaned backwards, shifting his bony elbows off Crane’s legs. The moonlight greyed his rather dull, mud-coloured eyes and nondescript features. He looked drawn and tense, almost distressed. Crane didn’t know why.

Please comment for a chance to win The Magpie Lord (or if you want to chat about Victorian kink!) Click on the cover to learn more about the story!

10 comments to “Guest Blogger: KJ Charles (Contest)”

  1. Teresa Hughes
    · September 10th, 2013 at 9:12 am · Link

    Sounds hot! Thanks for the giveaway:)

  2. Toni Whitmire
    · September 10th, 2013 at 9:45 am · Link

    I just love the excerpt and can’t wait to read the rest

  3. J. Brooks
    · September 10th, 2013 at 10:08 am · Link

    Historical MM romance is a great combination! I’m intrigued by what form the paranormal aspects will take…:)

  4. Michelle Willms
    · September 10th, 2013 at 10:10 am · Link

    I loved the excerpt, as well as the interview. I didn’t realize how very kinky the Victorians were. How fun! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Ilona
    · September 10th, 2013 at 11:54 am · Link

    Having already known about just how kinky the Victorians could be I was more interested in the book excerpt. I really should stop reading them because as usual I have now added yet another book to my wishlsit :S

  6. Becky H
    · September 10th, 2013 at 12:22 pm · Link

    YUM! I was aware of how salacious the Victorians were. Love the era and writers who take advantage of ALL aspects of it. After reading this, I feel a case of hysteria coming on. *sigh* Another must read to add to my tbr mountain! Thank you so much for sharing! pansyparsons at hotmail dot com

  7. Shelley Munro
    · September 10th, 2013 at 9:20 pm · Link

    The Victorian era was one of extremes for sure! Great excerpt.

  8. Mandy
    · September 10th, 2013 at 11:42 pm · Link

    Please count me in. Everyone I know is raving about this book and it’s now on the top of my must reads. 🙂


  9. Liv Rancourt
    · September 11th, 2013 at 10:41 am · Link

    Cool excerpt – thanks for the giveaway!
    livrancourt (at)yahoo(dot)com

  10. KJ Charles
    · September 14th, 2013 at 12:18 am · Link

    Thanks for commenting, everyone! The winner picked by random selection is… Toni Whitmire! Hope you enjoy it!

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