"I'd like to start by saying hi to Gianna and her readers and thanks for the opportunity to be here. It's funny, but Gianna and I knew each other from 'another place' long before we both became Noble authors, and I couldn't be more thrilled to share a publisher with her!"
Introducing myself, I should mention that I'm Justine Elyot, a UK-based writer of erotica and erotic romance. My first novel, On Demand, was the last title to be published by iconic British label Black Lace and, while their withdrawal from the market was disappointing, I took some comfort from reaching the number one spot in the erotica chart at Amazon UK. I've written for a plethora of publishers and editors including Cleis Press, Xcite Books, Total E-Bound and Carina Press. My Noble book is called The Choirmaster and it's romantic BDSM. Check out the gorgeous cover:
The theme on Gianna's blog tour stop is magic and mysticism. I have to admit, I don't know much about either - my tastes tend more to the contemporary/historical than fantasy/paranormal - but I have spent a lot of time in one of the most haunted villages in England, so I thought I might tell you a little bit about that.
One summer when my mother was five years old, she was playing in the cornfields at the back of her house when she noticed the figure of a man rising up from the golden ears of wheat. This wasn't such an amazing sight in itself, but the fact that he was shirtless and his chest was green attracted her attention, as did the coronet of leaves in his hair. She raced off to tell her sisters, but by the time they came back, the man was gone.
Years later, she was reminded of her experience when she came across a picture of the man in a book about mythology. The caption identified him as Robin Goodfellow - a spirit whose appearance portended a good harvest. And, as it happened, they had a very good harvest in 1952.
The village where my mother grew up, in a fertile vale in the middle of England, famous for its lush fruit and vegetables, has more than its fair share of ghosts. A spectral horse and carriage are said to thunder over the crossroads just outside the village, while the manor house has its own 'white lady'.
As children, our absolute favourite story was of the local ghost, or 'spot loggin', a man who was allegedly hanged, or murdered (nobody seems to really know which). Great Uncle Fred reported being chased by the ghostly figure as he bicycled past the church one foggy night, and we could never resist the temptation to go to the old well, near the tithe barn, and walk around it three times anticlockwise and three times clockwise before uttering the magic words that would call up the spot loggin.
The problem was, we didn't know what the magic words were. My aunty Mary claimed to know them, but she wouldn't tell us.
So he stayed in the well and we eventually grew out of our fascination.
When I visit the village now, the thing that haunts me the most is the distant view of Long Lartin maximum security prison, where the terrorists are held. I wonder if any of their ghosts will ever drift across to join the spot loggin.
Now that I've spooked you, I must ask you to hurry along to say boo! to Indigo Skye who is gracing my own blog with her presence - http://justineelyot.wordpress.com/
Yeah, you certainly spooked me! But I love that village picture. I'm a bit of an Anglophile and long to visit England again someday. That pic just makes me more anxious! I'm a sucker for an old stone church, they call to me almost as much as the castles!
Thanks again for coming by Justine. The Choirmaster is a super hot read, I sucked it all down in just about one sitting, I couldn't put it down. And I agree with you 100% - that cover is gorgeous!
Here's where you can pick up a copy of The Choirmaster: http://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=224
And don't forget, Justine also has a story in the Red Roses & Shattered Glass anthology.
You can get your hot little hands on it here: http://www.nobleromance.com/ItemDisplay.aspx?i=260
Don't forget to leave comments and be eligible to win some super prizes. Make sure to stop by Justine's blog as well and talk to Indigo Skye, the next stop on the tour. Clickety-click on the button below: