Banished from her home for loving a man her parents didn’t approve of, Amelie is forced into the depths of the country, away from London.
Maud runs away from her overprotective aristocratic family only to find herself stuck in the country, far from all the excitement she longs for.
Viscount Cheviotdale has run through his entire fortune and his only hope of recovery is Amelie’s money. But it’s no easy task trying to persuade Amelie’s family he’s a desirable husband for their daughter.
Bev Grainger, newly bought out of the Royal Navy with a fortune in Prize Money, is just beginning to enjoy all the delights of London when his family needs him to take possession of a disputed country estate until the law can decide on the rightful heir.
Four young people looking for life, and maybe love, in a small country district in Regency England during the coldest year anyone can remember. Will it all end happily?
Publisher’s Note: This steamy historical romance contains elements of power exchange.
Interviewer: Your new book, The Year Without a Summer, is a Regency romance set in 1816. Why that year and why this book?
Jamie: I love history and I’ve always loved Jane Austen, my favorite author, who wrote during the Regency Period in England. Also, I love Georgette Heyer, possibly the first modern writer of Regency romances. After my own Regency novel, Forceful Engagement, did so well, I wanted to do another one. It seems to be an era that lends itself well to the spanking romance genre. But how to say something different about the period? Well, to the people who lived in 1816 and after, that year was known as the ‘year without a summer’. Today, Climate Change is always in the news so a book set in a year of extreme cold seemed a nice blending of ‘topical’ with ‘historical’ with ‘sexual’. The idea was good but it turned out to be a very difficult book to write because I got too wrapped up in the world’s lack of warmth instead of the character’s growing warmth.
Interviewer: Regency novels are generally known for their focus on manners and morals; doesn’t that make it hard to introduce sexual themes, particularly discipline, into the story?
Jamie: It’s true that Regency novels are usually written and filmed as you describe, and of course those written in the past were constrained by the times in which they were written, but the era wasn’t actually like that. Physical punishment and domestic discipline were normal, so normal no one even mentions them in books or plays, which I feel makes my two Regency novels more correct than the soft portrayal of the period we see so often.
Interviewer: What are Jamie Phillips’ feelings regarding domestic discipline?
Jamie: Ambiguous. Obviously, I enjoy writing and reading about it but I’m also wary of it. All the characters in all my books are happy taking part and that’s how I think it should be. It should be fun rather than punishment, though I can equally understand that for some people it can be both punishment and fun. Like I said, mixed feelings but very much in the ‘Yay for spanking’ camp.
Interviewer: Do your characters always know they like spanking or do they sometimes learn to like it?
Jamie: It would be dull if everyone in the story did everything from the start with the full consent of everyone else, wouldn’t it? There has to be some ‘learning’ taking place and the best way to learn about spanking is over someone’s lap. As well, surprises in stories keep the reader interested. For my characters, one surprise they get is that they like having a man take them in hand sometimes.
Interviewer: Your stories are generally on the ‘sweet’ rather than ‘intense’ end of the scale. Is that a choice for your readership or your preference?
Jamie: Very much my own preference. I have attempted to write harder stories in the past and they’ve always been re-written back to where I find it fun. It’s the childhood intensity I find sexy, rather than an adult sadist level of pain. Bottoms and botties, smacks and spanks, and pink and rosy are the keywords in my story lexicon.
Interviewer: Does that mean we can anticipate an age-play story in the future?
Jamie: My next story is likely another Regency tale but, yes, I can see an age-play story being written. I have one that’s started and awaits my attention. To be clear though, age-play for me means teenagers not toddlers. We all find sex to be most moving and magical when it’s new for us, when we’re in our teens — hence the schoolgirl uniform themes we see so often in fashion, movies and images.
“I choose not to die of boredom, Captain, so unless you have more sermonizing in mind, I suggest you have your way with me and then I can find a more amusing companion for the rest of the evening.”
Bev’s face flushed red. He felt it grow hot under her derisive gaze and his mood of cool detachment became one demanding an appropriately strong response.
“Very well, madam,” he said coldly, though his temper was hot, “bend over the bed again and spread your legs.”
When she’d done so, he added, “Now spread those cheeks and invite me in.”
He waited, letting her hold herself open for him to remind her what her role in this was noting as he did so the pink folds between her thighs were open, dewy and glistening in the candlelight. It seemed she really did know her true nature.
“I can’t speak from experience, Captain,” Virginia said, breaking into his thoughts, “but I think you will need some dampness to force your way inside my virgin bumhole.”
Bev couldn’t speak from experience either but was sure she was right. “Then, madam,” he said, “your mouth is required. On your knees before me.”