I’m so happy to have another hot hot book from my friend and fellow Critter Daryl Devoré!
The book is Branwyn’s Love by Daryl Devoré, a new Erotic Medieval Romance published a few weeks ago.
The tale of a young woman sold as a courtesan in training. Branwyn arrives in a new land to begin daily lessons in the bewildering art of bedding a man.
The noblewoman chosen to be Prince Malacke’s bride rejects him by bedding his hated rival. Malacke turns his anger towards increasing the power and wealth of Black Dorn castle. And he succeeds until his attention is captured by the face of the woman who will be his queen.
Note: This book contains elements of domination, submission, and fetishes. If these concepts disturb you, please do not purchase or read this book. Branwyn’s Love was formerly known as Black Dorn and published by New Dawning.
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“Stop that crying or by all that is powerful, I will beat you.”
“Do not yell so. You will frighten the poor child.”
Through tears, Branwyn stared at her uncle and aunt. “I… I do not understand. Why must I go?”
Her aunt sat next to her. “It is your time, child. A husband has been chosen. You must leave us to join with him.”
“About time it is!” Her uncle’s face grew redder with each word. “One year shy of a score she is, and still unwed. She must fall to her knees to thank God someone wishes to marry such an old spinster.”
Branwyn slapped the arm of her chair. “I decline. It is my right. I shall not marry this man!”
“How many men do you think you can refuse?” Her uncle paced about the small room. “This is the fourth suitor to ask for your hand. You cannot. It is done. Your things are being loaded as we speak.” He jerked back a curtain in the window and pointed.
The door opened and in stepped a tall broad-shouldered soldier. “The carriage awaits.”
“Branwyn.” Aunt Selda patted her hand. “You have no dowry. This is a good match. He is a rich man. He will give you babies.”
Suspicion gnawed at Branwyn’s stomach. “And what did he give you?”
“Gold.” Uncle Egbert picked up his purse and dropped it, with a rattle, back onto the table.
Branwyn dried her eyes with the edge of her sleeve, stood, kissed her aunt on the cheek and strode out the door to face her destiny.
Bio and Where to find Daryl Devoré
Two writers in one. Daryl Devoré writes hot romances with sexy heroes and strong heroines. Victoria Adams is Daryl’s alter ego when she’s inspired to write sweet romances with little to no heat.
Daryl (@daryldevore) lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, two black cats – Licorice and Ginny-Furr Purrkins – and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks on her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth, and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.
I asked Daryl what is the genre she writes in, and she said….
Sorry, but I can’t answer that.
Genre is the type of story. At the base – is it a romance? A murder mystery? Then add time – medieval romance – contemporary murder mystery. Then add heat level – erotic medieval romance – sweet contemporary murder mystery.
The list of add-ons is vast. I actually saw a book’s genre listed as an New Adult Interracial Small Town Romance.
But choosing my genre isn’t difficult. It’s sticking to it.
I started off as a sweet New Adult romance writer. I published a book forever ago. I was still teaching and somehow the girls in the high school found out about the book and read it and loved it.
So I was feeling pretty confident. I penned a romance and submitted it. This was at the beginning of the ebook era. I got told the book was okay, but if I heated it up it would be sellable.
The sweet romance author suddenly finds herself as an erotic romance writer. Try explaining that to your mother!!! Heck, I got grief from a great-aunt because my gang member hero in my sweet romance dropped an F-bomb. I wasn’t looking forward to family members reading my new books.
I did a lot of interesting internet searches. Watched a lot of interesting videos. Then poured my new knowledge into my books.
Branwyn’s Love – a medieval romance – has mild BDSM and mild fetishes because it is looked at from the point of view of Branwyn – an absolute innocent when it comes to matters of sex.
Where is this leading? I have noticed that since Branwyn’s Love, the sex element has cooled off. I seem to be heading back to sweet romance.
Don’t get me wrong. Branwyn’s Love is a good story. The character has to survive in a bizarre world. It is told completely from her point of view.
My current WIP (work in progress) is also written in medieval times and I am at chapter 17 and the hero and heroine have done nothing more than a chaste kiss.
As an author – what is my genre? Hmm – sweet, hot, New Adult, Adult, contemporary, medieval, paranormal, fantasy, twisted fairy tale, episodic, flash fiction… and probably some other that I have forgotten.
I’ve never liked being categorised into a specific box and now, I am curious to see where my writing heads. What other genres are out there for me to try?