Title: Like Stars
Author: Selina Kray
Publisher: MLR Press
Release: 14th November 2014
Genre: M/M (historical)
What if your true love walked back into your life five years after his death?
Nathaniel Thredgold has finally returned from the war. Or has he? His lover, Wesley Douglas, isn’t sure. Wesley must put aside his engagement, his disbelief, and his anger to give his professional opinion. The truth about their relationship isn’t an option. But is this stranger really the Ravensworth heir and Wesley’s long-lost love? When your heart’s at stake, there’s no room for doubt.
Set in the Edwardian era, Like Stars is a tale of mysterious identities, scandalous family secrets, and lovers in a dangerous time.
Guest Post by Selina Kray
Hi, I’m Selina Kray, and this is stop #6 on the Like Stars blog tour! A huge thanks to the lovely folks at Sinfully Sexy Books, especially Mark, for hosting me today. And thanks to you for reading! :D
I’m one of those odd types that thinks there’s nothing sexier than keeping your clothes on. I love muscular arms, taut thighs, firm buttocks, and a hint of iliac crest as much as the next girl—don’t get me started on the suprasternal notch!—but I find nothing sexier than a bit of frottage and a peek of skin. This is probably why I write historical romances. There are just so many layers to strip away before getting to… well, the meat of the matter.
To me, one of the most erotic scenes of all time is the so-called ‘glove scene’ in The Age of Innocence (nothing innocent about Daniel Day-Lewis’ intentions, I can promise you that!). An affectionate touch—even if that contact is forbidden outside the confines of their carriage—prompts him to slide off his glove, revealing lithe, nimble fingers. The kind of fingers that always get described in romance novels as ‘pianists’ hands’. From there, he caresses Michelle Pfeiffer’s gloved hand, turns it over, then slowly plucks open the four buttons that bind her wrist, splitting the fabric as tenderly as he might her thighs.
By the time he puts his lips to her bare skin, not a woman in the cinema isn’t squirming in her seat. That’s the kind of sexy that inspires me (though there’s plenty of good ol’ getting down in Like Stars, too, don’t you fret).
I thought, to get us all in the mood for a long, hard read, I could show you a bit of what I’m talking about. The Edwardian era, the age when the book is set, was a time of change. The Industrial Revolution was revving up, and fashion was starting to lose some of its Victorian stiffness—though we’re still a far cry from the loosey-goosey fashions of the 1920s.
It was so much fun imagining some of my cutthroat social climbers, such as my character Vivian Chatsworth, in the fashions of the day, especially the ‘S’ silhouette in the following two photos. The ‘S’, of course, is for sexy, seductive, slinky, sensual. This dress begs for some bodice-ripping. How my male characters manage to resist… well, it’s pretty obvious they only have eyes for each other. ;)
Even better were the hats: the wide brims; the ribbons, lace, and exotic birds; the artfully styled feathers. It was probably the equivalent of having a Thanksgiving centerpiece on your head, but, hey, then as now, we suffer for fashion.
For upper-class men, silhouettes were sleeker, tailored at the waist to give them more shape. Shoulders looked broader because their jackets were longer. Top hats gave them added height, while the fashionable Homberg… well, it’s a bit phallic, no? (Even has a slit…)
But men’s fashion also trended towards the sporty and casual, hence the popularity of the Norfolk jacket. The tapering at the waist reminds me of a smoking jacket, which men wore over pyjamas, before bed. Basically, I don’t know how they kept their hands off each other. The phrase ‘walking streak of sex’ come to mind.
These are only a few of the costumes that inspired me to create the world of Like Stars—one full of dashing viscounts, scheming countesses, and an indecent amount of clothes porn. You’re all invited to the ball!
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About the Author
Selina Kray is the nom de plume of an author and English editor who is currently making the transition from fan-fiction to original M/M romances. Professionally, she has covered all the artsy-fartsy bases, having worked in a book store, at a cinema, in children’s television and in television distribution, up to her latest incarnation as a subtitle editor and grammar nerd (though she may have always been a grammar nerd). A self-proclaimed geek and pop culture junkie who sometimes manages to pry herself away from the review sites and gossip blogs to write fiction of her own, she is a voracious consumer of art with both a capital and a lowercase “A”. Having long ago realized that she was the Salieri to the lit world’s Mozarts, she has embraced her love of erotica with intricate plots, complex characters, and lots of heart. At present, she is hard at work on future novels at home in Montreal, Quebec, with her wee corgi serving as both foot-warmer and in-house critic.
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Selina will be giving away an eBook copy of Like Stars to one lucky winner as soon as the book is released! Just enter the draw below.