Thursday, 5 January 2012

Thursday Teaser - ILLUMINATIONS

This time last year I wrote a story for the Summer Spectacles collection at Total-e-bound. It was a bit of a departure for me since the setting is Victorian England. All of my other books have been set in the present and in places I've been to. Yes, even Penang, where THE RELIC is set. So writing in another time period was both scary and liberating.  I know can never be called an expert in British history, or Victoria, but I did do a lot of research.  I really enjoyed the research into the sexual practices in that period :-).  The general consensus is that people were very conservative, but nothing can be further from the truth! They just hid their naughty sides well!

So we come to my Thursday Teaser - something new I'm trying for 2012.  Here is an excerpt from ILLUMINATIONS, which is available as a ebook HERE,

or HERE as part of the SUMMER SPECTACLES Anthology in PRINT. Enjoy!

Genre Historical/ Mild Bondage/ Ménage/ Voyeurism
Book Length Short Story
Erotic Rating Total-e-taboo
eBook Format ePub/HTML/PDF/MSReader(lit)/Mobipocket(prc)
eReaders Supported All current eReaders
Send direct to Kindle? Yes
Cover art by Posh Gosh
ISBN# 978-0-85715-601-3

London, 1895

Gemma Hudson felt heat rise from inside her body and spread over her skin. The sight in front of her was so shocking and so unexpected, most definitely something she had never witnessed in all her twenty-one years. When she had stumbled on the hidden doorway into this passage, nothing could have prepared her for what she’d see.
The woman lying naked on the bed sighed as she writhed, her white skin a deep contrast against the black silken sheets. Gemma gasped and drew away from the glass that separated her from the scandalous scene. She closed her eyes and crossed herself in the hope that praying to the good Lord and Saint Jerome would save her soul for having witnessed this forbidden sight.
Her mind knew what she should do, but her feet stayed planted in place, refusing to cooperate. She had suspected something was different about the entertainment offered to the guests at Maitland House, but she’d never imagined it would be so wicked. In the few weeks since she and her friend Lucy had been employed here, she’d noticed hints of secret goings- on behind closed doors, but she had not thought much of it. All who lived here had always shown kindness towards her and none had made any improper demands, not even the exceedingly handsome duo she saw before her.  Not once had Master Darius or Master Jamie ever so much as hinted at any impropriety towards her. Now she knew why.  They were finding their pleasure elsewhere.
The men in question moved around in the room before her. Fearful lest they’d see her through the darkened glass, she shrank back against the wall in the hidden hallway.
She watched, mesmerised, as each of them stood on opposite sides of the narrow cot and lifted the woman's arms behind her head, fastening them with a length of cloth. The woman writhed on the bed as Darius smoothed her auburn curls from her face and placed a mask over her eyes, but the sound coming from her mouth was not fearful. More a contented sigh of pleasure, thought Gemma as she fidgeted. She fanned her face as unfamiliar sensations stirred her body and she realised there was a dampness between her thighs she could not explain.
As a lady's maid to her best friend Lucy in her former employment, she had lived a very sheltered existence. Her mistress was as innocent as she in the ways of the flesh, and as she had been sent away from her home to work as soon as she was old enough, she had not been blessed with a mother to explain things to her. Lucy’s mother had died in childbirth and that witch of a stepmother was barely older than the two of them. Until this very moment she had not had occasion to want or need an explanation of the more intimate details between a woman and a man…or in this case, two men.
She had a feeling, however, that what she witnessed in front of her was not something a mother taught her daughter. Not unless she was a harlot. And Gemma’s mother most definitely had not been a harlot, despite her poverty.
Her mouth opened in a gasp. She watched, unable to tear her eyes away as the young men knelt either side of the bed and each claimed a plump breast with his mouth.  She bit her lip to stop any sound passing as she felt another intense tingle between her legs. Oh, my Lord.
Closing her eyes, she tried desperately to shut out the sinful scene, but failed, instead seeing herself on that bed, naked and restrained, with both men suckling her breasts. Her hands slid over the tight layers of her gown, and she pinched her nipples through the thick fabric. She tweaked them gently at first, imagining Darius’ and Jamie's mouths touching her, then harder as her body reacted to the intense pain and pleasure that ensued.
How could it be that she was here watching this act unfold, touching herself in this way, or that those soft cries of pleasure she heard were this time coming from her lips? It was not what a proper young woman ought to do. Though she was only a scullery maid, she had been a lady's maid and should know better. But instead of guilt for such perverted behaviour, she felt an incredible pleasure far beyond what she had ever imagined.
I am wicked.   
"Yes, yes. You are a good student, my dear," said a male voice, startling her.
She opened her eyes in shock. She breathed out, relieved to realise that the voice referred to the woman on the bed and not herself. She looked down at her hands, still over her nipples. Oh, God. Dropping her hands, she thanked all that was holy that the men had not heard her soft cries.
"Our guest deserves a reward for her studious behaviour. What do you think, Jamie?" said Darius.
"Oh yes. I believe you are quite correct, my friend. I have just the thing," he said, smiling.
"By all means. I believe it is your turn to finish off. I cannot wait to see what your wicked brain has in mind.” Darius chuckled as he went to the side of the room.
Jamie smiled and sauntered to the end of the cot. He smoothed his large hands along the creamy skin of the woman’s legs, then one by one bent them back, her knees brushing her breasts. He slid his hands under her bare buttocks and tugged her body to the edge of the mattress. Her arms strained against the ties as her body slid downward and her head turned to the side, a hint of a smile on her face.
Gemma inched forward, her face so close to the glass it began to mist over while she angled her head to see what Jamie was doing. Her breathing quickened when he knelt down and placed his mouth on the woman's exposed sex. She trembled, moving her hand over the skirt of her gown, inching it upward before she slipped a shaking hand inside her drawers. What would it feel like to have a man touch her so?
“More. I want more, Jamie,” the woman cried.
Jamie lifted his head and chuckled. “She is getting too demanding, Darius.”
Gemma sighed and closed her eyes, searching for some unknown place inside her that called out for something, pleading to soothe an ache she had no idea how to relieve.
"Yes, she is asking for a punishment. Don't you agree?" said Darius.
"Please, please don't, sir!”
"Please don't…what?" Jamie traced a finger along the plump lips of her sex.
The woman moaned and wrenched at her restrained hands, pulling desperately against the ties. "Please don't punish me, sir. I did not mean to be disrespectful."
Jamie chuckled. "Ah, but all the same you did say it."  He spread her nether lips open with the thumb and forefinger of one hand and then slapped her across her sex with the other. The woman screamed.
Gemma jumped at the sharp sound of skin hitting flesh. Her hand slid further inside her drawers and she was surprised to find even more dampness than before. Why did the thought of being slapped across her sex make her sweat? She should have been repulsed.
She was not.

To celebrate my first Thursday Teaser, I'm offering a prize to a randomly selected commenter!  You will receive a PRINT copy of the SUMMER SPECTACLES anthology!
So comment away - let me know what you think!


Heather Boyd said...

First visit to your blog and what an excerpt to read! LOL Totally hot read.

Maggie Nash said...

Thanks Heather :-) I hope you can drop by more often!

Anonymous said...

Well, I had to open the freezer door and stick my head in, hot, hot!

Maggie Nash said...

Hi efthaliapegios!

Can you tell I wrote it during a heatwave?

Thanks for visiting my blog today :-)

Come on folks...we need a few more comments! I thought everyone loves to get a free book! I'll post anywhere...any country! No geographical restrictions here :-)

Jeaux Raynebeaux said...

Awesome excerpt

flchen1 said...

Heavens, Maggie! Just the thing to raise temperatures during the cold season! That was a scorcher ;) I love the sounds of this anthology--your story sounds most... educational ;)

Patti P said...

This excerpt was awesome. What a way to introduce me to your site!
Now I have to have this book.

VampedChik said...

Sounds yummy! I would love to read it! :)

Dalton Diaz said...

Oh holy cow, you are a tease!

WildAboutBones said...

Thanks for warming me up with this steamy excerpt. It was 32 last night but it is 98 in here now. LOL I'd love to read more. Thanks for the invite and the opportunity to win.
WildAboutBones at gmail dot com.

Maggie Nash said...

Thanks Jeaux :-)

Hi flchen - glad to warm you up! I think my story is pretty educational LOL

Hey Patti P! Thanks for coming over!

Amber! Good to see you here!

DD - I try!

WildAboutBones! Great to see you here again! I'm glad to help you keep warm in the cold!

Thanks everyone for coming by and reading my excerpt! I'll be announcing the winner in a few hours time...stay tuned!

StacieD said...

The anthology sounds lovely Maggie. I'm a big fan of anthologies. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

Geishasmom73 AT yahoo DOT com

Maggie Nash said...

Hi Stacie! Thanks for coming over to my blog! You just made it in time for the draw! I'll be making it momentarily!

Maggie Nash said...

And now, scientifically chosen by the Random Number Generator, the winner of the PRINT copy of the anthology is...Drum roll
AMBER! Congratulations! I'll contact you for your snail mail address!

Thanks to everyone for visiting me and saying such nice things about the excerpt! (of course you wanted to win, so I guess you had too! LOL)