This Tuesday, I am pleased to host Allison’s West, and her latest Victorian erotic romance, Little Brides (book two in the Victorian Chronicles.)
Allison took the time to tell us some more about herself, so take a look at her intriguing interview, and then read all about this
Thanks for stopping by, Allison. Is this your first series?
Writing as Allison West, this is the first series that I’ve done. However, I’ve written a young adult series that was three books.
How many books will be in the Victorian Chronicles series?
Right now there are only two books. I hope to write more, but I haven’t planned anything further.
I absolutely loved The Fault in Our Stars by John Green.
Favourite TV shows?
The 100, 13 Reasons Why, The Handmaid’s Tale
What makes a good story?
Characters with a solid backstory, a believable world –whether it’s historical, fantasy, science fiction or contemporary it has to be based on enough truth to seem real, a strong story arc, and a romance that is believable. I enjoy reading romances that aren’t just throw the characters together and let them make out. Obstacles and flawed characters are more genuine and real, they’re like us.
Tell us a crazy story about your life.
I recently got married and the week of the wedding, my fiancé was hospitalized in isolation for C-Diff. We weren’t sure the wedding would happen. When it came down to the wedding day, everything was beautiful, the ceremony was amazing, but at the reception – I was sick. We spent our wedding night in the ER and missed our first dance and reception. Talk about a crazy night.
In Little Brides, eager young Clara is looking forward to her arranged marriage. She has been waiting all her life for the day when she will meet her husband. Her father has spent many months searching for the man worthy of his daughter’s hand.
Clara learns that her future husband, Francis, requires the young woman to undergo a medical examination to ensure that she has remained pure and that she is as intact as her reputation. Clara has never felt more disgraced as she is forced to bare all of herself to the doctor, where she undergoes far more than she ever anticipated. Silently, she swears to herself that she will move past the humiliation and never speak of what happened with the physician.
When Francis pays a visit to Clara’s father to propose additional terms to the marriage, wanting to bring along one of her maids so he will have a nanny in the house for Clara, the young bride-to-be is shocked to realize that he was the man giving her an examination. Was he really a doctor, or was he playing the part to ruin her reputation?
Little Brides is the second book in the Victorian Chronicles. It can be read as a stand-alone story but it does follow the first book in the series: A Proper Punishment.
“I know you wish for a lady to join us after we are wed, but I do not prefer to have the company of Janie in your house. She has only caused me trouble and been in direct violation of orders that I have given.”
Francis nodded slowly as he listened to what Clara had to say. He found it interesting that she seemed to despise the maid her parents raved on about. “It is too late. I have already offered her the position to tend to you at our new home. There is nothing further to discuss. I assure you that if she has not been kind to you, Clara, I will make it so that she is.” He was not above putting a maid in her place if need be.
“There is nothing that you can do?” she asked, glancing up at him, meeting his stare. Her eyes were wide, filled with desperation.
He was not going to take back the offer that he had made. That would be uncivilized and improper. “I will guarantee that she does as instructed. If she cannot comply with the rules of our household, then I will be forced to let her go. Do not trouble yourself for how she has been, only how she will behave from this point forward.” Francis did not know whether Clara’s father ran a tight household or not, but he would not tolerate any form of insubordinate behavior. He wanted her to understand that, for her own sake as well.
“Is there anything else that you would like to discuss?” He was giving her the opportunity to be a lady, an adult, and an inquisitive mind. Once they were wed, he was to teach her to become young, a little, and would not deal in answering questions that were not hers to ask. As a little one, her responsibilities would be few and her worries would not be those of an adult.
“I do not know,” Clara said. The room was filled with silence for several long minutes. “You are a physician, I presume?”
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