Happy Release Day To Me!! The Westerman Affair is out!!
An acclaimed painter. His provocative muse. Her obliging husband.
The Westerman Affair.
A tale of spanking and polyamory in the Victorian art world
This is my first new full-length novel in a very long time and I am really excited to share it with you! The Westerman Affair was my 2014 NaNoWriMo Novel. I began cleaning it up during CampNaNoWriMo July 2015. In 2016, I submitted excerpts to a couple of contests and was a finalist in the North Louisiana Storytellers and Authors of Romance (NOLA STARS) Suzannah Contest (yay!). In 2017, I began to query agents. The book is good, really good, and I was hoping it was good enough for a big publisher. (I’ve since learned that big publishers aren’t taking historicals and aren’t taking stories with “mature” characters.) I also did not want to self-publish as I have a lot of self publishing ahead of me (more Harwell Heirs, and some other surprises!).
The book is dedicated to one of my art history thesis advisors who died last year. She was always so supportive of my writing — in her own way. After she finished the paperback of The General’s Wife, she deposited it in the library of a retirement home hoping to shake things up! It was her photo of a nude sculpture that graced the original cover of Hadrian and Sabina. She was a wonderful mentor and a good friend.
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Charles Westerman, Victorian England’s most sought-after landscape painter, is finished with love affairs. Yet after a taste of forbidden passion at a private art exhibition, he knows he’s met his muse in Rosamund. Problem is she’s married. For the sake of his career, Charles simply cannot afford to be distracted by another disastrous entanglement, especially one with a married woman.
Art curator Rosamund, Lady Threxton, needs a man to satisfy her predilection for spanking. Her husband, Jeremy, does not relish the role of chastiser and, besides, has his own mistress to please. Jeremy, however, is quite amenable to Rosamund seeking out another. Hired men from her favorite erotic club provide her with only a modicum of relief. The furtive fling with Charles, though, leaves Rosamund certain she’s found her perfect match.
Rosamund and Jeremy’s marriage is curiously modern for stodgy Victorian society. Together, the couple try to entice Charles into an unusual arrangement. Will Charles risk the threat to his reputation to explore passions and proclivities he never knew existed—and discover desires he never knew he had?
The Westerman Affair
A tale of spanking and polyamory in the Victorian art world.
For excerpts, reviews, and more see the book page!