Today, Maisy and I are happy to have Louise Taylor visiting us with her new release!
Never trust the wrong man, especially with your heart. But how does one know ahead of time he is the wrong man?
In the case of innocent vicar’s daughter Faith Halstead, governess to a middle class family with a marriageable son, one only finds out he is a cad after it is too late. Now she is alone in the world, a fallen woman, facing a bleak and uncertain future.
While leaving London in disgrace, a chance encounter on the train lands Faith in front of the darkly dominant Duke of Buckingham. He is in search of a woman to serve as his slave at an upcoming Ruttingdon Club house party, and the shy, modest young woman has unaccountably captured his attention.
Desperate for any excuse not to return home to her harshly judgmental father, Faith rashly promises to serve as the duke’s absolute slave for a week, alone with him at secluded Ruttingdon Hall.
Will his dark and brutal desires and the oftentimes sweet pain he inflicts upon her ripe body drive her away, or will the awakening desires in her heart seduce her into staying longer with him – perhaps forever?
Publisher’s Note – This book contains adult, consensual spanking and discipline, and graphic descriptions of sexual activity. If such material bothers or offends you, please do not read it.
Faith swallowed hard. “I may be a fallen woman, your grace,” she said quietly, “but I am not a woman who will suit your needs either.”
“You don’t know what they are yet,” the duke pointed out. “And, may I say, that you are not exactly in a position to be choosy.”
Faith’s head snapped up and she glared at the duke.
He smiled at her. “There you are,” he said softly. “I wondered if there was a bit of spirit left in you.”
He pushed the piece of paper on the desk towards Faith.
“There,” he said. “There is a document stating in plain terms what I would expect of my mistress, and what her remuneration would be.”
Faith did not look at the document.
“Why are you offering me this?” she asked, confused. “You have a woman waiting for your carriage at the railway station. She is more worldly than I, and fully aware of what you need. I am not like her, your grace.”
“Read the document,” the duke ordered.
Her hands shaking slightly, Faith picked up the sheet of paper and started to read. She felt her cheeks begin to flush again after the first few sentences, but a mixture of horror and fascination kept her reading the scandalous document.
It was a contract, of sorts, she realised, a little like the one that she had signed on becoming the governess to the Bateman children. It spelled out, in simple terms and plain language, what the mistress of the Duke of Buckingham would have to endure, and how she would be remunerated. Faith’s eyes nearly popped out of her head when she saw the amount, neatly penned in at the bottom of the page.
Ten thousand pounds.
Ten thousand pounds!
It was an unbelievable amount of money, an absolute fortune, especially to a poorly paid governess such as Faith. She had thought that she was lucky to be paid twenty-five pounds a year by the Batemans; one month’s work for the Duke of Buckingham and she would earn what she never would earn working as a governess!
She took a deep breath. Now she understood why fallen women turned to sin. It seemed to pay a lot better than virtue did!
I’m Louise Taylor, and I love reading and writing historical romance novels! I’ve now written seven full length erotic historical romances, and all my novels are published by the lovely people at Blushing Books.
All my books have elements of power exchange, spanking and BDSM but none of my heroines are weak-willed or easily dominated – they make their men work for their love!
I live on the beautiful Welsh coast, and I love walking the cliff tops and visiting some of our wonderful historical ruins. I get my best ideas when I’m in the great outdoors and you can usually find me chasing after the piece of paper I’ve just scribbled my notes on!
I live in a late Victorian house with wonderfully high ceilings and no central heating – thank goodness for my fabulous fireplace! I’m owned by Alfred The Great, an enormous tom cat with very decided ideas about who gets to sit on the right side of the sofa and how long I am allowed to stay in bed in the morning.
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Interview with Louise Taylor, author of Having Faith
Can you tell my friends about your newest release?
Having Faith is the story of Faith Halstead, a governess who thought that she was set for a life of married bliss with the eldest son of her employer. She soon learns, however, that you have to be careful who you trust with your heart, and she finds herself thrown out of the house early one morning, in disgrace, with no references and no hope of a welcome back home with her judgmental father. A chance meeting on a train lands her in front of the in front of the darkly dominant Duke of Buckingham. He is in search of a woman to serve as his slave at an upcoming Ruttingdon Club house party, and the shy, modest young woman has unaccountably captured his attention. Desperate for any excuse not to return home Faith rashly promises to serve as the duke’s absolute slave for a week, alone with him at secluded Ruttingdon Hall. During the week both she and the duke are surprised by their reactions to her submission, but while the duke is desperate to keep Faith close to him for longer, she isn’t so sure she can cope with the demands of serving the duke.
No – the story continues in Volume Two, called Keeping Faith, on release September 3rd 2016! Once I got started on this story, it just wouldn’t stop!
You can get a sneaky preview of Keeping Faith at the end of this book – the first chapter will be included, so no horrible cliffhangers! I wouldn’t do that to you, readers. That’s just mean!
How did you come up with your title?
This book had a completely different title in the planning stages, but as the first two books in the series, The Incorrigible Annabelle Spencer and Annabelle’s Awakening, had the name of the heroine in the title, I knew I should probably follow the convention with third book. Faith was a popular name in the 1800s, and as she is the daughter of a clergyman I thought it was appropriate. Having Faith deals with Faith and the duke brokering their agreement, Keeping Faith is all about how they negotiate their relationship in the aftermath of the scandalous Ruttingdon Club house party hosted by the duke. There’s also a little punning going on, which is one of my favourite things!
What are you working on right now?
Book four of the Ruttingdon series! It follows one of the members of the Ruttingdon Club introduced in Keeping Faith, Dr Henry Sutherland. I don’t want to say too much as I’m still coming to grips with the story, but let’s just say that he runs up against an unusual patient who brings out his dominant side in way he’s never experienced before! The treatment he prescribes for her is very much in the spirit of the Ruttingdon Club…
What’s the hardest thing about writing your books?
Other than finding time to actually write them? Probably keeping track of my characters, actually. If I’m not careful I find them changing hair colour, eye colour, even their name as the book is being written! I think that comes from the fact that I really only have time to sit down and write on the weekends, so sometimes I forget what colour their eyes are or if they’ve already taken off their jacket in a scene, for example. Little things, but as I reader I find mistakes like that dreadfully distracting. For Having Faith and Keeping Faith I had to construct a timeline marking off their days together so I didn’t do something stupid like accidentally skip over a day. I constructed the timeline after I was editing the book and found out that I had done something stupid and accidentally skipped over a day. That taught me a valuable lesson! Always plan properly!
Do you have any advice for other writers?
I’ve only been a published writer for almost a year, so I feel a little silly acting as if I know anything important about writing. What I will say is that you can only call yourself a writer if you actually sit down and write something. It doesn’t matter if you don’t do very much, or you think it isn’t any good – small amounts add up, and you will undoubtedly go back and change most of what you write anyway! If you don’t carve out some time and put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, then you’ll never get it done. That’s a lesson I’ve had to learn. I may not be able to produce more than one or two books a year because of the demands of my day job, but it’s vital that I schedule time to write into my week.