Hey folks! Today I’m happy to introduce you to Roxy Soulé and her story Tight Laced!
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My first toys were newspapers with which I’d entertain myself for hours in the playpen while my mum zipped about. We lived in Vienna’s International District, and my early playmates lived all over the world. I suppose that honed my curiosity for language, idioms, and accents. Even after decades in the States, I retain my Anglophile nature.
And that brings me to the hot, little Victorian novellas herewith. Actually, I prefer the word “novelette” – because that’s how I see them. Petite novels that offer everything in a tome, but with a lighter touch.
The Dragon Duchess series will encompass four of these tiny, hot books, and each will revisit an ensemble of headstrong, sex-positive women who defy period stereotypes. They are set in a fictional city, on the spicier side of late Victorian England, but delve into some actual historical events.
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Roxy Soulé’s debut Dragon Duchess series explores the spicier side of late Victorian England, and centers around a family of headstrong, sexpositive women who defy period stereotypes.
Oh, yes, there are Alpha Dukes aplenty, and a bevy of villains who continually torment and thwart, but at the end of the day, these heroines create their own Happily Ever After, sometimes with their lovers and sometimes despite them.
These rather short, hot books may be a bit bold for the tame reader, but if you like your stories with heat and heart – with a bit of sass, humor and spark – perhaps you will enjoy these.
Release dates: TIGHT LACED August 11th – TIGHT LIPPED September 15th – TIGHT FISTED October 13th – With more in the queue!
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A Victorian take on Cinderella – with a touch of spice!
In TIGHT LACED, the first of the Dragon Duchess series, Lady Lacilia Bloomsbury (Lacy) is bereft after her beloved father, the Earl of Highcastle, dies, leaving her with a spiteful, conniving stepmother – the Countess Bloomsbury – and a less-than brilliant half-sister, Sarah Jane.
When dashing Duke Darlington Moore of Blantyre Highmeadow arrives to pay his respects, Lacy’s stepmother figures out a way to blackmail him into marrying the highly undesirable Sarah Jane. After all, Blantyre has just suffered a horrible mining disaster (an actual 1877 event), the duke’s estate is in jeopardy, and the countess holds a note that the duke is not able to repay.
Darlington has no choice but to agree to the betrothal.
After happenstance finds them alone in an inn one night, Lacy and Darlington uncover a burning desire for one another. One that cannot be contained. When the countess discovers the tryst, Lacy is called out as a “sexual deviant” and sent off to an asylum.
Darlington must make a choice. Keep his family solvent and marry a woman he does not love, or risk everything to clear Lacy, and save her from torturous “cures” where she will never feel pleasure again. With a little help from the late earl’s valet, Darlington sets off on a daring rescue.
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Lacilia fingered the edges of the duke’s handkerchief. She ran the tip of her pinkie over the nubbed Scottish beast.
The embroidered dragon was impressive: a huge reptilian body covered with a mail of plate and scales from head to tail, ending in a great and deadly stinger. From gaping jaws emerged dangerous fangs and the belching of flame. The stitch work was more detailed than any Lacy had come across. The dragon’s beady eyes, a sharp spike on his nose, a forked tongue, eagle’s feet and bat’s wings.
From her tutors she had learned a bit about the rampants of Scotland. The dragon symbolized power, wisdom and clear-headedness.
But the duke? He certainly did not display clear-headedness. And what of wisdom? Lacy had no evidence of that, either.
So why did she tingle so, holding the handkerchief in her palm?
Why did her center suddenly throb with desire?
Would it be sacrilegious to pleasure herself on such a day?
Lacilia rose from her bed and tiptoed to her door. She peeked out into the long, dark hallway.
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Roxy Soulé will give a randomly drawn commenter a $25 Amazon/BN GC. Enter to win a $25 Amazon/BN GC – a Raffleocopter giveaway! Readers, follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates and places can be found here: Tour Schedule
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Roxy Soulé, thank you for stopping by today!
Love & blessings to all! ❤