Friday, September 5, 2008

Reflections (on Spiced Tea and Strumpet Crumpets)

It’s funny that we’re saying goodbye to the Spiced Tea Party blog just as we’re also saying goodbye to summer (verrry sad up where I live, where the good weather doesn’t last long). School just began for my wee ones, with my son heading off for his very first year. He loves it, but I definitely had some teary eye moments as I watched him go.

I’m going to miss blogging here. It’s been a year of changes for me—some health issues in the extended family, the writing my first book for Bantam Dell (The Club), and then the revising :-). This week brought good news—author copies of Hot Silk (my next Aphrodisia) and coverflats for The Club. Much loving caressing of the embossed title on The Club's cover occurred. And also sadness, this week, as I chose my day to say good bye here.

One of the main things I’m going to miss, as Kate mentioned, is the chance to read the posts of my fellow strumpet crumpets—Celia, Colette, Jane, Kate Lacy, Pam. I loved having the chance to learn, to discover a new book (or an interesting invention of human sexuality) I’d never heard of before. I loved to mull over the posts for a few days after, then apply the thoughts they inspired to my books. When it was my turn, I’d sit down at the keyboard and wonder what I could share…

Kate and Celia did a wonderful job of pinpointing what was unique about we crumpets’ posts. And I appreciated the times I got to meet my fellow crumpets, and having the chance to form friendships.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a photo to top Jane’s photo of Prince Harry. (Honestly, I doubt I could ever find one!) But I wanted to post an excerpt from Hot Silk:


She had stood there and listened to the twaddle his bloody titled brother had fed her, but she ran away from him.

Devlin would not stand for it.

All he wanted to do was help her.

Heedless of the wet rock, he took the steps three at a time. Grace reached the small terraced plateau before he caught her.

Not there. He was not about to have a confrontation in this place—so he scooped her into his arms. She squealed and pushed against his biceps. "Don’t struggle, love. If I drop you here, you’ll roll down the steps."

God, she was a delicious weight in his arms. Her lush bottom rested against his forearm and his hand splayed over her shapely back. Instead of taking the path down, he took a narrow track away from the edge of the ridge and found his father’s folly. Bushes now obscured the path, but the branches were only budding and the white columns and oriental roof peeked through.

Slowly, Grace slid her hands up to his shoulders and held on as she twisted in his arms. "What is this?"

"Where I was conceived," he said with wry humor.

Pushing open the door with his boot, he gave a sigh. The daybed cushions bore stains and mildew, and dirt and dust coated everything. "Apparently my father hasn’t been trysting with the same regularity he used to."

"You are not taking me in there. It was bad enough that I went to the summerhouse at his lordship’s summons—I will not be carried in against my will."

Her breath brushed his face, warm and sweet.

"Is it against your will, Grace? Is that the truth?"

God, but her scent drove him mad. Rock hard, aroused to the point he could barely think, he refused to press his interests. He was not going to seduce her. He was not going to act like his damned brother.

"You thought I would be willing to become his mistress. After what he did. What he said. You think nothing of me—of course, you don’t—"

Putting her on her feet stopped her words. He touched his thumb to her lips in the doorway of the once sumptuous room where a hundred women had fallen in love with his randy father. Even through the leather of his glove, he caught his breath at the softness of her mouth, the sheer velvet perfection of those rose-pink lips. "I was afraid you felt forced to accept, love."

Her breath hitched—he heard it—and she brushed a soft kiss to his black gloved thumb. "I turned down your offer, Mr. Sharpe. I would never accept his."

From "Hot Silk" by Sharon Page ©2008. Coming October 2008 from Kensington Aphrodisia.


Gillian Layne said...

Ladies, I've lurked more than I've posted, but I've really enjoyed the posts.

Thanks for everything, and I'll be looking for you on the shelves! :)

Jane Lockwood said...

Thanks for dropping by Gillian, and I hope we'll see you at our other haunts.

Caffey said...

I'm so going to miss it here. I hope I can find you around to chat soon, I so loved the discussions here! But know I'll be following to where ever your books are too! I know I seem down but just have an empty nest here too Sharon with my son off too, his second year, but it doesn't get any easier.

Gosh, can't wait for this book! Loved loved SIN and need to get BLACK SILK. These rock!

indigo said...

I'm so sorry for not de-lurking sooner to say how much I enjoyed this blog. I've been a closet romance reader, and this blog has pointed me to many good reads. Thank you.

Hope you're not going to disappear into the ether but will post your appearances around the net. Any chance of another blog/site on more lovely romance novels?

Pam Rosenthal said...

I love closet readers, indigo. In fact, my fantasy of the ideal reader is a babysitter coming across my book after the kids have been put to bed -- reading reading reading, quiet and alone, late at night.

As for other blogs about romance and erotica: if you go to the front page over to the right and find OTHER FAVORITE BLOGS, that'll get you started. After which you can go to the recommended blogs on all THOSE sites. After which...

Anyway, thanks for being here and for posting your farewell.

Sharon Page said...

Hi all,
Thanks so much for coming by and commenting. It's been great to have the chance to "talk" through our posts.

Caffey, I know what you mean about it not getting easier. While I can get lots more work done--I miss them.