Hey everyone I have a special treat for you today. It's April 1st, and the first of my featured authors is on here today. Please welcome MC Halliday to my blog!
MC Halliday: Historical research is invaluable but it helps to have been there…
And I am sincerely not referring to time travel. Although that would be rather nice!
When writing a historical of a particular era, research is essential but it helps a great deal to be able to envision the time and place with genuine perception. Born in the UK , I have walked on cobbled streets, visited the preserved public houses and restaurants of bygone years, and lived in several very old homes.
My paternal grandparents were Victorians and lived in a Victorian row house with early century furniture, all their lives. From this, and other centuries old places I lived or stayed, I know the homes and hotels of which I write in my historical, I Came Up Stairs: A Victorian Courtesan’s Memoirs 1867~1871.
My elders provided much insight about British history and relayed family values as influenced by Queen Victoria , all of which I have utilized in my book. My maternal grandmother went into service at very young age and she provided me with an understanding of poorly compensated servitude to the thoughtless wealthy; I employed this knowledge in writing, I Came Up Stairs.
And although train rides appear in my tale, it might be of interest to note that rail lines and stations had been constructed only about ten years before the memoir begins in 1867. When I was growing up, we took the train often and the railway stations at all the stops were the original buildings from the 1850’s.
We’d often journey by train down to Portsmouth and up land to visit friends in small towns but the special trip was to Guildford for a shopping trip on the High Street. In this case, the name ‘high street’ is terribly apt as it is on a steep incline. The cobbled street has existed as a centre for quality shops and restaurants since the mid 19th century. I fondly recall we always had a hot luncheon of roast beef and luscious apple tart with custard at the Corona; an antiquated restaurant with low, dark beam ceilings where patrons and staff wound their way through a labyrinth of narrow passages with creaking floor boards.
From my actual old world acquaintance, it is my hope you’re transported to another time and place when reading: I Came Up Stairs: A Victorian Courtesan’s Memoirs, 1867 to 1871 ~ a tale of love and lovers, war and heartbreak woven into the erotic memoirs of a woman unashamed of her lush curves and amorous adventures.
Led from filth and poverty by a gentleman in the hopes of gaining coin for his purse, Mae is shaped into a lady and tutored in the arts of pleasure. With raw sensuality, she creates a seductive dance that entices the peerage in puritanical England , and she quickly becomes favored courtesan to Prince of Wales. Her renown and riches ever rising, she continues to romp with gamely men and women of both the nobility and the lower classes. Eventually, Mae’s bohemian ways cause suffering for those she loves and her own heartbreak. Must she conform to Victorian mores, or can she remain true to her sensual desires?
These intimate memoirs reveal a young woman’s journey from the slums of Whitechapel to celebrated dancer of the Victorian music hall, and courtesan to the highest peers of the British realm. From the years 1867 to 1871, Mae recounts her varied lovers and false loves, and her heartbreaking losses in a quest for happiness.
Word count: 88,550
Historical Erotica, 5 flames: f/m, f/f, m/m/f, f/f/f
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Reviews for I Came Up Stairs
From the review at national examiner.com: “MC Halliday will pull you in from the first page and hold you hostage. Even if you’ve found sexual stories distasteful, this one, written as a memoir, allows you to peek into someone’s diary and you won’t want to miss a page. This book comes with a highest recommendation and an expression of surprise that a big-name publisher hasn’t snapped up this awesome author.”
New review releasing April 1st at ERWA: "This big, juicy historical novel resembles the underground fiction of the time…the combination of explicit sex and a fast-moving plot is irresistible." And, "For lovers of literary erotica and historical fiction, this book is a treat." JR
About the author:
British born, MC Halliday lives on an island, in a cottage at the edge of a forest, nestled in a mountain valley. In tranquil surroundings with her dogs at her feet, she pens tales of women through the ages, from contemporary dark mystery to medieval fantasy. No matter the genre, vivid characterizations, surprising revelations and depth-charged plot twists abound in her novels, as MC explores the unique challenges presented to women of various eras.
From MC: If you’re so inclined, you can discover lots more about me and my books with links to my website and more of my writing at:
Thank you for being here today. Grab your copy of I Came Up Stairs: A Victorian Courtesan’s Memoirs, 1867 to 1871 by MC Halliday today!
About Heather Dade, writing as Heather Kuehl
Heather Dade, writing as Heather Kuehl (pronounced "keel"), was born near the Great Lakes, but made her way to South Carolina where she lives to this day. She's the author of Epiphany (an ARe best seller) and The Sarah Vargas Series. The first installment of the Sarah Vargas Series, Fade to Black, reached #1 on Fictionwise.com's best seller list for fantasy ebooks. For more information about Heather's published works, upcoming releases, and events visit her website; http://www.mrsheyhey.com/