Newsletter April 2017
We’re now housesitting in Bournemouth with weather so wonderful it’s sometimes hard to focus on work, but we’re doing our best finishing up “Laurent and The Beast”,which is coming out on the 29th of April – so only 10 days left! Yikes.
In our downtime we’ve visited an amazing mansion in the area, Kingston Lacy and it turned out to not only be amazing, but it also held a fascinating story of William John Bankes who made the house into the glorious building it is now.
“Bankes was eventually exiled from his home in England in 1841 due to homosexual indiscretions which led him to flee seeking refuge after being caught in compromising circumstances with a guardsman in Green Park in London. In that day and age, sodomy was considered a grave crime in England and carried with it the death penalty – the last executions in England for sodomy had occurred only six years earlier, in 1835.
Even though he was unable to return to Kingston Lacy, he continued to collect from abroad, sending his collections to be displayed in his beloved home. It is believed that he secretly visited Kingston Lacy to admire his home and collections before his death in Venice.”
Despite his exile and his homosexuality, he wrote to his family all the time, sent them furniture, designs and artwork he collected in Italy, and seemed to be in great contact with his sister. I like to think that with Italy being much more permissive in terms of homosexuality, he must have had a much happier time there than he would have had in England 😉
(Agnes in front of Kingston Lacy)
In the Newsletter:
- “Laurent and The Beast” and more about the Kings of Hell MC series
- “The Summer When It Snowed” – FREEBIE!
- “Posession 1” – by Yamila Abraham – Freebie!
-Kat &Agnes Merikan
P.S. Bluebells in Dorset 🙂
— Nothing can stop true love. Not time. Not even the devil himself. —
- Laurent. Indentured servant. Desperate to escape a life that is falling apart.
- Beast.Kings of Hell Motorcycle Club vice president. His fists do the talking.
Beast has been disfigured in a fire, but he’s covered his skin with tattoos to make sure no one mistakes his scars for weakness. The accident not only hurt his body, but damaged his soul and self-esteem, so he’s wrapped himself in a tight cocoon of violence and mayhem where no one can reach him.
Until one night, when he finds a young man covered in blood in their clubhouse. Sweet, innocent, and as beautiful as an angel fallen from heaven, Laurent pulls on all of Beast’s heartstrings. Laurent is so lost in the world around him, and is such a tangled mystery, that Beast can’t help but let the man claw his way into the stone that is Beast’s heart.
In 1805, Laurent has no family, no means, and his eyesight is failing. To escape a life of poverty, he uses his beauty, but that only backfires and leads him to a catastrophe that changes his life forever. He takes one step into the abyss and is transported to the future, ready to fight for a life worth living.
What he doesn’t expect in his way is a brutal, gruff wall of tattooed muscle with a tender side that only Laurent is allowed to touch. And yet, if Laurent ever wants to earn his freedom, he might have to tear out the heart of the very man who took care of him when it mattered most.
Themes: time travel, servitude, serial killer, cruelty, motorcycle club, alternative lifestyles, disability, demons, tattoos, impossible choices, deception, crime, self-discovery, healing, virginity, black magic, gothic
Genre: Dark, paranormal romance
Erotic content: Scorching hot, emotional, explicit scenes
Length: ~135,000 words (Book 1 in the series, can be read as a standalone)
WARNING: This story contains scenes of violence, offensive language, and morally ambiguous characters.
“The Summer When It Snowed” – Freebie!
This little novella has been discontinued, but we’ve been asked about it again and again so we’ve created a giveaway for you until the end of April on Instafreebie.
We decided to pull it from publishing because the style of this book is so different from what we usually do that it felt like the odd one out. It’s an M/M take on a Slavic folk fantasy fairytale. Be ready for something much sweeter and magical than our usual books.
The year winter came back in the summer, Kirkor, the young son of a chieftain meets Alin, a man with eyes so blue they seem to melt the snow around him. That same night, Kirkor loses Alin to another man’s ruthless greed, but he is only a child, and no one believes his testimony. Years later, Kirkor is unjustly accused of plotting against the chieftain and banished from his home. Roaming through the forest, he finds shelter under a lone weeping willow. There is nothing extraordinary about the tree, but if so, why does its whisper seem so familiar?
Themes: Slavic, supernatural, pagan, dark ages, ancient, god, magic, witchcraft, myth, fairy, folklore, warrior, betrayal, shape-shifting
Genre: historical fantasy, fairytale
Erotic Content: m/m erotic scene
Length: ~14.000 words
Check out the freebie by Yamila Abraham! 🙂