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Friday, August 31, 2018

Fight or Flight & Sexual Arousal


I think it is safe to say that everyone will have heard of the fight or flight reflex. But there is another aspect to this, which is sexual arousal.

There are various reasons why being scared can also trigger sexual attraction. 
First you must understand that even in this day and age we are still mostly driven by primal instincts from way back when. We aren’t aware of it, yet it does happen. Many of these instincts have to do with procreation, survival of the species, and you surviving potentially dangerous situations. 
In 2018 we don’t often end up in really dangerous situations, yet there are plenty of non-dangerous situations that trigger these deep primal instincts. And we all still have the fight or flight response.

When you get scared, massive amounts of stress hormones are dumped into your bloodstream, like adrenaline, dopamine, endorphins. These hormones will help you to either fight or run a few miles to get you to safety. There’s also reward hormones involved, dopamine and endorphins, to make you feel great for succeeding at your self-preservation. 
These pleasure hormones are one reason why you can get aroused when afraid, as the brain/body can get confused at making the distinction.
Another interesting fact is that strong sexual desire -which is not at all fight or flight of course- can trigger the same response stress response as a scary situation!
Again an indication that stress and sexual arousal seem closely related when it comes to how our body and mind reacts to it, however weird it may sound. 
Sometimes our bodies and brains allegedly simply get confused by what’s going on. It means your body can’t tell the difference between a state of arousal and a state of fear. 
This is the reason that people can feel frisky after watching a horror movie, and also why people can get excited by (the idea of) having sex in public. 
Don’t forget that people in general like to get a bit of a scare. Think of thousands of people who love horror movies, roller-coaster rides, or get addicted to the buzz of other scary activities.

There’s another reason that could be at play when it comes to fear and sexual attraction, which again has to do with survival, but in a totally different way. 
Just imagine living in the Stone Age and you were being threatened by someone. If you had no means of escaping, then you have another option that could mean surviving the ordeal: creating a bond with the one who’s a threat. Having sex can potentially form such a bond. Now remember, these are primal instincts, survival is the strongest instinct we have and when it comes to the crunch we will instinctively go to great length to get out of a situation alive and kicking.

Back to being a bit more lighthearted, because this fight or flight & sexual arousal response can also be fun to play with, provided of course that it is safe and consensual. 
Rebecca, the main character in my book Free Me, Master!, also gets herself in that situation with her Master, in her own garden at that. It was a scene that I enjoyed writing tremendously as there is no real threat, no real reason to be afraid, yet when someone ends up chasing us, even when in fun and by someone we love, this weird thing happens; our fight & flight response gets activated and we run! The combination of it being a person you love and find highly attractive triggers a sexual response as well. After all, we’ve just learned that our bodies don’t know the difference between fear and arousal, imagine what can happen if you combine the two, again in a safe, playful setting. Fireworks! 
If you’re desperate to find out how and what goes down between Rebecca and her Master, well, then you have to read the book! I do promise it is good. 
They talk about it afterwards as well, as Rebecca feels a bit awkward for having enjoyed it so much. Her Master explains her the ins and outs, and then they… well, read the book!
After writing this I’m now so into this scene I think I’m going to re-read it myself too!
Love ~ Dani Rose

My Website: Dani Rose Books


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Wednesday, August 29, 2018

First Ever--Obstinate Headstrong Girl Awards

Hi All,

I hope you've been turning the pages this summer on a beach or a cabin porch! 

When I first began writing romance, my favorite reviewers gave monthly awards for heroes, like the K.I.S.S. award—Knight in Shining Silver and the Rake of the Month. I delighted when my heroes were chosen (Leigh Nash in Winterburn’s Bride, soon to be re-released, and (Nick Seymour in Sweet Bargain, free when you sign up for my newsletter).

 In hindsight, I wonder that I didn’t notice that heroines were quite overlooked in the awards department. Holy slumbering feminism! How did I miss that fact?!  Too many years later, I say there ought to be some heroine awards. I’m going to start the trend with the first ever Obstinate Headstrong Girl Award.

I have lots of candidates and models to choose from—Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey from the British detective series—Scott & Bailey; Stephanie Plum from Janet Evanovich; Elizabeth Bennet, Austen’s original obstinate, headstrong girl; and Amanda Price, her alter ego, from Lost in Austen; Georgette Heyer’s Sophy, J. K. Rowling’s Hermione Granger, Rowling herself, and, of course, Jane Eyre.

A likely candidate, you may or may not know, is Alan Bradley’s Flavia de Luce, an extraordinary young sleuth. In love with chemistry and language, and undeterred by villains of every size and shape, fearless Flavia loves a puzzle. As Flavia herself claims, “Murder, urgency, frenzy, fear: Who could resist? It was my cup of tea.”

Flavia has an almost Homeric Greek way of looking things like corpses in the face without being dismayed (like Scott and Bailey, too). So her favorite snails, for example, are “those denizens of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the effects of whose venom are so disgusting that they can only be fully described in medical texts with plain brown wrappers.”

You can meet Flavia in Alan Bradley’s The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. You’ll find Scott & Bailey on Hulu.


Thinking about these “obstinate headstrong girls” has inspired my latest heroine, Emily Radstock, an earl’s daughter who takes on the male establishment by writing letters to the Times, until she meets counter-spy Ajax Lynley and plunges into adventures only an obstinate headstrong girl would enjoy. Emily and Lynley appear in A Spy’s Guide to Seduction, coming from Kensington in 2019.

I hope you’ll join me and use the comment box here to nominate one of your favorite strong heroines for an “Obstinate Headstrong Girl” award.

Thanks for joining the blog today, and happy reading as always,

Kate

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Monday, August 27, 2018

Outfitting my heroes of Waterloo for CHRISTMAS BELLES series, debuting October 29!

'Capture of the Eagle' by Royal Dragoons, 1815, Battle of Waterloo,
only capture of French Eagle by British cavalry.
By William Holmes Sullivan, 1898

Outfitting a Waterloo hero for my CHRISTMAS BELLES series I spent many hours combing pictures of Waterloo period memorabilia, diagrams and more!

Here are a few for your enjoyment. First, the Victorian era painting by William Holmes Sullivan of the 'Capture of the French Eagle' by the Royal Dragoons. A dashing scene, this depicts the impression Sullivan gave of the cavalry unit that brought home the only French Eagle from that famous battle at Waterloo in Belgium. This uniform is that of my hero in THE EARL'S WAGERED BRIDE, Book 1, of CHRISTMAS BELLES.  Here I imagine he looks like Luke Evans, but he is really Griffith Harlinger, fourth Earl of Marsden! And yes, I really do have A Thing for Evans, so I show him to you in period and contemporary!
Luke Evans. Love the hair!

Luke Evans
Two friends travel with Griff from Paris to Brighton for the Christmas house party. One is Alastair Demerest, newly named Duke of Kingston, Viscount Lowell, the hero of THE DUKE'S IMPETUOUS DARLING. This novella debuts in a box set with 5 other marvelous Regency authors. (I promise to post that book cover when it becomes available along with a buy link!)

Griff's other friend is Neville Vaughn, Viscount Bromley, a major in the Foot Guards, Coldstream Guards. Their uniform you see here too! Bromley is about to resign his commission and return home to his profitable estate. He hopes to take one of the charming Craymore sisters with him as his second wife! Look for him in THE VISCOUNT'S ONLY LOVE, BOOK 2. I imagine he resembles this charming man whom you know as actor Cillian Murphy.

Perhaps the biggest surprise in this series is a man who is charmingly handsome, in his mid-thirties, and is recently hired by the Countess of Marsden, Griff's widowed step-mama. Not only is Simms, the butler, (that is Mister Octavian Simms, please) droll, dapper and decidedly opinionated, but he spouts quotes of Shakespeare at any opportune moment. And like any self-respecting butler, he knows everyone everywhere, even the staff at Prinny's Royal Pavilion. And who, pray tell, represents Simms in our modern era? Why this super(b) man, of course. Another heart-throb, Henry Cavill! Just where did Simms acquire his marvelous education? And why, for heaven sakes, is he in service?

Cillian Murphy, or Neville Vaughn, Viscount Bromley
Henry Cavill or Octavian Simms,
Marsden Hall's butler




2nd Regiment of Foot Guards, 
Coldstream Guards
Uniforms

Uniforms of various Regiments,
Waterloo, 1815. Note #1 and #2 Dragoons.


Sunday, August 26, 2018

His Innocent Bride
A stand-alone regency Romance

By Kryssie Fortune



Going about her mundane life in a small fishing village, Alethea never dreamed she would end up with a man like the Earl of Deanswood, yet when she caught the handsome gentleman's eye he wasted no time in making her his wife. Unbeknownst to Alethea, however, her conniving mother has convinced Deanswood that she has no interest in the marital bed. Devastated by his seeming disinterest, Alethea searches for someone to instruct her in the ways of enticing a man.

When a friend informs Deanswood of Alethea's plans, he decides to train his new bride himself. Soon enough, Alethea finds herself naked, blindfolded, and helplessly bound as she is thoroughly spanked and then brought to one blushing, quivering climax after another. But when Alethea's life is threatened by her mother's vicious scheming, can Deanswood protect his innocent bride?

Publisher's Note: His Innocent Bride is a stand-alone novel which shares the Regency-era setting of Wickedly Used. It includes spankings and sexual scenes. If such material offends you, please don't buy this book.

Author’s Blurb
Consummating her marriage shouldn’t be so hard.

Raised in a dour religious sect, Alethea Allerton dreams of dancing, laughter, and love. She fell for the Earl of Deanswood within five minutes of meeting him. They married by special license a week later, but he’d rather spend time with his mistress than bed his wife. Alethea has no idea how to seduce her husband. Desperate, she visits a house of ill-repute and hires a tutor. He agrees to meet all the costs as long as she remains blindfold throughout their lessons.

The Earl of Deanswood, a Waterloo veteran, wed Alethea to father an heir. He steps in as her tutor but he teaches her as much about spanking as sex.

Alethea survives an attempt on her life. Circumstances implicate Deanswood, and terrified, she flees London. He pursues her, and when he kisses her, she recognizes the touch and taste of him. She’s hurt and humiliated by his deception.

Deanswood sets out to win back her trust. Along the way, he teaches her about ropes, spectators in the bedroom, submission, and sex toys. Only one thing mars their happiness. Someone wants Alethea dead.

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Excerpt 1
The way he ran his hand up and down her spine made her thighs turn weak, but she’d promised to obey him. Unfair as that seemed, she would do as he asked. He’d already told her to strip, so rising to her feet, she let the blanket fall to the floor and untied the belt of her borrowed dressing gown. The silk slid from her shoulders and slithered down her arms. It pooled on the floor at her feet.

She covered her nipples with her right arm and used her left hand to shield her pussy.
He sucked in a breath. Voice stern, he commanded, “Arms at your sides. That’s it. God, woman, you’re temptation personified. I’ve pictured you naked since I brought you off that first time, but I never imagined you as beautiful as this. Turn around, let me see every inch of you.”

All her life, her mother had insisted vanity was a sin. When her husband called her beautiful, Alethea’s smile shone brighter than the summer sun. As she pirouetted before him, her nipples hardened, and damp heat flooded her pussy. In a perfect world, she’d study his bare chest and delicious-tasting cock too, but she was too shy to ask.

Holding her gaze, he beckoned her closer. “Come here, chick. Because you’ve accepted that I’m in charge in our marriage, I’ll forgo the punishment spanking you deserve. Instead, I’ll spank you for our mutual pleasure. Put yourself in danger again, and I’ll blister your beautiful bottom with my belt. Do you understand?”

She nodded and took a nervous step toward him. How any spanking could be for pleasure was beyond her, but she’d trust her husband and obey his commands. Another two steps and she stood with her knees at right angles to his lap.

A nervous glance showed her his cock had grown to humongous proportions. When she’d worn her blindfold, she’d never seen his arousal. Now it fascinated and delighted her.
When he pulled her over his knee, his cock dug into her hip. Positioned like this, she felt like a naughty child. She tensed when he stroked her bare bottom.

Deanswood patted it gently. “Relax, or this will hurt more than it should.”

Those were easy words for him to say, but hung over his lap with her bottom in the air, she felt vulnerable and scared. Taking a deep breath, she untensed the muscles in her bottom.

He brought his hand down in a sharp smack that made her yelp. Heat exploded through her, warming her bottom. Another two blows followed in quick succession, one on each cheek. 
The way he spread the pain made her wail. Tears misted her eyes, but she clasped his ankles and tried to stay still. Another slap, harder than before, made her sob in earnest. Her bottom blazed. Pain crescendoed through her like thunderbolts that jarred her bones.

Her mind fogged and her vision blurred. She forgot the terrors of her day. Forgot where she was. She couldn’t even remember her name. Her world narrowed until only she and Deanswood existed. His next two strikes made her howl.


Excerpt 2
Legs trembling, arms extended, she took a step forward. When she heard the door close behind her, she took off her blindfold. She stood in the room that had horrified her yesterday. She should hate this, but determined to please her tutor, she studied the two ways he could restrain her. The thought of a flogging terrified her, so she decided on the spanking bench.

Turning to the wall covered in floggers and paddles, she wondered which to choose. The smaller the better, she thought. Or maybe a large one would spread the pain. She tested a few against her thigh.

The small bendy one felt like a branding iron against her skin. The large one hit too many nerves. Finally, she decided on one about the size of her tutor’s hand. Polished smooth, she loved how it felt beneath her hand. Since it had small circles cut into it, it shouldn’t hurt so much. She hoped.

Paddle in hand, she opened the door and replaced her blindfold. “You can come in now.”
She’d hoped to catch a glimpse of her tutor, but she didn’t. Was he handsome? Dark-haired like Viscount Stonehurst? Or blond like her husband? Knowing she could walk past him in the street and not recognize him hurt.

She heard another door close then her tutor was at her side. “You decided on a spanking, then. Let’s get you into position.”

He seemed to enjoy carrying her since he picked her up again. When he set her down, he took her arm. “Kneel on here, chick.”

Nervous, she clambered onto the lower platform of the spanking bench. He pushed her torso forward, pressing it into the top platform. “Good girl. Now stretch your arms out.”
Once she’d found her balance, he moved around her and fastened her wrists into the restraints. Alethea whimpered and tested her bonds. There was no give in them.

Thoughts of what would come next made her heart pound. Even restrained, her hands shook. She could call a halt and walk away, but then he’d never give her another lesson. That was a price she wasn’t willing to pay.

Gritting her teeth, she sighed and rested her cheek against the cold leather. The position thrust her bottom in the air. She wriggled, trying to find a position that would lessen the pain of her spanking. There wasn’t one. When he bunched up her skirt, she froze.

Reaching between her legs, he caught her honey on his finger then slid it between her lips. “Taste yourself. Your juices are like sweet ambrosia.”

Obediently, she swirled her tongue around his finger. He hitched in a breath, and as if needed to show her who was in control, he brought his hand down on her bare bottom.
She yelped and tensed her arse cheeks. “That hurts.”

He slapped her again. “It’s meant to. This won’t be as easy a spanking as yesterday. I’ll start with my hand then when you’re ready, I’ll use the paddle.”
  

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More about Kryssie Fortune.

Kryssie reads everything and anything, from literary fiction to sizzling romance. Her earliest memory is going to the library with her mother. She can’t have been more than two at the time. Reading, especially when a book’s hot and explicit, is more than a guilty pleasure. It’s an obsession.

Kryssie loves to visit historic sites, from Hadrian’s wall to Regency Bath. The first book she fell in love with was Georgette Heyer’s The Unknown Ajax. After that, she devoured every regency book she could. After a while, they went out of fashion, but part of Kryssie’s psyche lives in Regency London. She longs to dance quadrilles and flirt behind fans. Of course, Kryssie’s heroines do far more than flirt.

Kryssie lives in Bridlington on the Yorkshire coast –about thirty miles from Whitby, where Bram Stoker wrote Dracula. She enjoys gardening, travel, and socializing with her author friends. You’d be surprised how many erotic romance authors live in the North of England. 

August 22, 2018
Format: Kindle Edition

I love when I read a story that keeps the pages turning with engaging characters and plenty of action. His Innocent Bride did not disappoint and it is packed full of mystery, suspense, danger, deceit, greed, lies, scandal, and attempted murder along with romantic suspense and passion.

Alethea was raised in a small fishing village run by a zealot preacher and his rules and iron fist. She has kept the books and has had to train someone to take over for her when she marries. Leaving her mother to take care of her wedding gown and trousseau. She is looking forward to her marriage to Lord Deanswood and everything that marriage will entail.

Deanswood is a haunted man from his time at the Peninsula war, losing his father and brother to a boating accident, and his mother’s health deteriorating. He has accepted her recommendation to see Alethea and offered her marriage. He can always have his heir and spare and send her to the country.

What a shock when from the marriage celebration his former mistress shows up and then Alethea’s mother tell Deanswood that Aletha doesn’t want to share his bed. It is one issue after another that keeps these two apart. A new bride shunned by her husband and she doesn’t know why, does he want his mistress? A crazy plot to hire a tutor to teach her the art of seduction is formed. She will go to Viscount Stonehurst's house of pleasure where she will meet a tutor but is always blindfolded for her lessons. Stonehurst will get Deanswood involved, and he will tutor his own wife.

“Letting go of control freed her spirit. Beyond hurting, she was lost in wicked needs and dark desires.”

The story is full of misunderstanding that is brought about by an evil, deceitful woman that nearly ruins the marriage of Alethea and Deanswood from the beginning. Alethea is so confused; she has looked at Deanswood with affection from the first time he came to meet her, and then his cold shoulder leaves her hurt. Will her leaving and going to the cottage she inherited be the answer? Can she live her life without him since he seems to reject her?

“Trapped, not knowing if she was his prisoner or his treasure.”

Become the Earl of Deanswood was never part of his plan, serving in the military was. Now Deanswood has made it his mission to aid the soldiers and widows by improving their lives. Making his mother happy by marrying was to make life better, but it hasn’t happened that way. What will it take for Deanswood and Alethea to find happiness in their marriage? Will she ever enjoy the martial side and the marriage bed? When he goes to Stonehurst to act as her tutor, he discovers an eager wanton that desires her husband and pleasing him. But where does this leave them? Will she continue with her lessons or will she turn to her husband?

There is plenty of secrets, lies, and greed that will be revealed. The story has several spanking scenes, including using a strap, it has erotically explicit sex scenes between a husband and wife, even a few before she knows who he is under his tutelage

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