Adventurous, antsy, adorable Amanda! 

 

A pretty minx of mischievous disposition is unwittingly drawn into the deeply shadowed underworld of Victorian London. Amanda Beresford uncovers the dark deeds of a man whom society trusts.is a girl with a love of the simple pleasures in life, but Amanda soon discovers the adult delight of having not one, but two handsome admirers. Each man is compelling in a different way; one is as light as the other is dark, but which of these two gentlemen represents good and which evil? 

Join Amanda as she moves from the freedom of her lighthearted girlhood into the darker confusion of full womanhood while living in the hypocritical era of Victorian England. A place where ladies cover their pianos’ legs for fear of being considered indecent while their husbands, at the other end of town, are fondling the real thing!  

Publisher’s Note: This book contains elements of power exchange, old-fashioned discipline, and explicit scenes. If any of these offend you, please do not purchase. 

 

Author Interview

Hi Vanessa, so tell me, where do you live, you’re not an American are you?

No, I’m English, I live in a county called Sussex, in England, which is area rich in history. I have a number of castles that date back to around the 10-1300’s nearby to where I live. Including Lewes Castle, originally called Bray Castle, which was built in 1069. Living near to and visiting such amazing ancient buildings soon engendered a desire to know more about the people that lived there and about their daily lives.

So you like writing stories mainly set in the past?

Yes, I enjoy writing books set in past times. I’m interested in American history too; I mean who doesn’t love a hot sexy cowboy? I’ve written three westerns, one was for the popular Red Petticoat series.

Why do you prefer historical writing?

Well, I do enjoy the research and I guess growing up I became hooked on films of swashbuckling heroes and stoical cowboys, men of a bygone era. These alpha males thought nothing of turning a spitfire heroine across their thigh to deliver a well deserved spanking before kissing the lady passionately until she melted into his arms, these red-bloodied heroes thrilled me!

Ah, but then what about consensual spanking?

Yes, I totally agree that permission is necessary in the world we live in today. I would be the first to say equal rights for men and women.  However, in the past when a husband had the right to spank his wife, despite her objections, well, I have to tell you that just pushes all my buttons!

Ha, ha your secret’s out now!

Groan, but surely I am not alone in this? I’m guessing that some of my readers must feel the same way.

So tell me Vanessa, what is it about history that gets your creative juices flowing?

Hmm, well once I realised that these people from the past were simply men and women just like you and me, full of hopes and dreams; love and sexual desire, lived through disasters and suffered abject grief and misery. These things touched them, just as they do us today; I wanted to find out more about them.

I want to bring the era’s in which I write to life for my readers, to help them feel that they are actually there, experiencing that particular time in history.

I began to read in earnest in my later years of school. Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Wilkie Collins, and Thomas Hardy, Dickens of course. I couldn’t read fast enough! These authors brought history alive for me and I devoured them all. Then I discovered a different kind of author. Writers that drew me into a deeper world of passion, romantic historical authors, such as Anya Seaton, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Rosemary Rogers, Barbara Erskine and Diana Gabldon. These creative writers awoke a desire within me to write a story for myself.

So what was your first novel and when was it published?

The Adventures of Linnett Wainwright, came out in 2014 with Blushing Books. I was absolutely thrilled to have my manuscript accepted by them and the rest as they say is…history!

So now your new Victorian Melodramas are out soon. Can you tell us a bit about the plot of book two?

It is a story of obsession and of true love. Amanda is a young Victorian girl born into an upper middle class English family. She meets the assistant to the American envoy to Britain when she enters her cat into the first cat show to be held in England, which really was held during July 1871. Abel Lawson is smitten by this pretty English rose and she is enamoured with him. Abel begins to court her but is disgruntled to discover that another young man is out to woo her, an English man, Doctor Eugene Barker, a man who is not quite what he seems. As with book one, this tale has dark undercurrents and soon Amanda is put in danger by her own impetuous nature. Like all my books there is a good dose of humour, sex and spanking but most of all it has a darn good plot! I really hope my readers enjoy this unusual tale so evocative of Victorian England.

 

A Note from the Author

Hello,

I am Vanessa Brooks and I live in Sussex, England, this is a county rich in history. We have a number of castles that date back to around the 10-1300’s nearby, including Lewes Castle, originally called Bray Castle, it was built in 1069. Living near to and visiting such amazing ancient buildings engendered a desire to know more about the people that lived there and about their daily lives.

My stories tend to be about relationships set in the past. Why? Well, growing up I became hooked on films of swashbuckling heroes and stoical cowboys, men of a bygone era. These alpha men thought nothing of turning a spitfire heroine across their thigh to deliver a well deserved spanking before kissing the lady passionately until she melted into his arms, these red-bloodied heroes thrilled me!

What about consensual spanking I hear you cry. Yes, I totally agree that permission is necessary in the world we live in today. I would be the first to say equal rights for men and women.  However, in the past when a husband had the right to spank his wife, despite her objections, well, I have to tell you that pushes all my buttons!

I soon realised that these people from the past were simply men and women just like you and me. They were full of hopes and dreams; had families, lived through disasters and suffered abject grief and misery. Enjoyed romance and sexual desires, these things touched them just as they do us today.

This was when I began to read in earnest. Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Wilkie Collins, and Thomas Hardy, Dickens of course. I couldn’t read fast enough! These authors brought history alive for me and I devoured them all. Then I discovered a different kind of author. Writers that drew me into a deeper world of passion, romantic historical authors, such as Anya Seaton, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Rosemary Rogers, Barbara Erskine and Diana Gabldon. These creative writers awoke a desire within me to write a story for myself.

I wanted more descriptive spanking in my reading and so I began to write my own tale, my first novel, The Adventures of Linnett Wainwright, set in the 1700’s the story is about a spoilt young aristocrat who marries an American entrepreneur. They travel by sea, heading for Boson America, only to become shipwrecked along the wild eastern coast, some hundred miles from Boston. There were no roads or easy routes to Boston in the 17th and 18th century and so the distance forces them to remain and over winter in a small cabin deep in the wilderness.

I wrote as and when I could make the time, whilst raising my family of three very active boys. I never expected to have my book published but as soon as I had access to a computer and discovered Bethany’s Woodshed I began reading the free stories she published on line. Then one day I noticed that Blushing Books had been established as a publisher. I decided to send them my gritty spanking romance. I was absolutely thrilled to have my manuscript accepted by them in 2013 and the rest as they say is…history!