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Enter to WIN a free PDF copy of my American Set Regency Novella, Grey's Lady.






Copyright © Natasha Blackthorne, 2011

"Grey’s Lady is the story of a wealthy New York merchant price, Grey Sexton, who falls for a poor but beautiful seductress, Beth McConnell. Yet, for all their social and economical differences, at their most basic level, Beth and Grey are very similar. This story explores how these similarities threaten to tear them apart before love can overcome the fear of being vulnerable.

Both Beth and Grey suffered isolation and emotional neglect in childhood. Grey grew up as a privileged only son, heir to Sexton Shipping, one of the fledging nation’s largest mercantile fleets. Grey’s father was a stern businessman who did not understand his daydreaming son and held him at a distance. A child in this position might take solace in a closer relationship with his mother. However, Grey’s mother was chronically ill and unable to bear his childish energy. She kept to her chambers and died while he was still quite young. Later at age nineteen, Grey engaged in an emotionally scarring experience with a slightly older woman, something that is not covered in Grey’s Lady. All of these backstory issues and more are explored in more depth in the sequel, White Lace and Promises, which is scheduled for release Dec. 26, 2011.



In contrast, the focus of Grey’s Lady is on the immediate interaction between two wounded and self-protective people who feel an overpowering attraction to each other but who do not want to admit it to themselves or the other.

I will let my character, Beth, tell her story in her own words.



Why should men always have the power of choice when it comes to love? Is it right that we women have no choice but to sit and wait for a man decide to honor us with his declarations–usually uttered in the form of a demand? And all we as women may do is say “yes” or “no” and hope we have made a wise choice. The man still has the power to break his promises and it will be our good name and heart that bears the damage.
 
My mother fell into an adulterous affaire with an unknown man and as a result I was created. Her husband put her out of their house. I would have been borne in the almshouse if not for the kindness of her employer. After my mother’s death, I would have gone to the foundling home without my kindly benefactress. My unknown father also took his power of choice, the choice to abandon me. How fair is it that men have all the power of choice?
 
Oh, you ask what about the gentlemen? Ha! The gentlemen. They are the very worst.
 
A gentleman once declared passionate love for me. He said this so ardently and his beautiful brown eyes shone with sincerity. I was young. I was naïve. I believed him. I trusted him and gave my heart wholly into his keeping. And as went my heart, eventually so went my virtue.
 
Do you what happened next? Surely, I don’t have to tell you. You know how these maudlin stories go. He married someone else. A lady. Someone of his own class. His took his power of choice. He became a respectable family man and I was left being a soiled dove. I had a good cry over it. I may have drank a little too much at his wedding celebration. What a pitiful little fool I was. But I did not wallow in my self-pity for long. So men have needs and desires? Well, I also have needs. I also have desires. Why should men have all the power of choice? Why should they have all the enjoyment in life?
 
I take my own power of choice now. I chose whom, when and for how long and I select only the most handsome, wealthy, and powerful of gentlemen.


 
Yes, I know you are asking do I not fear discovery? This is a worry and I take it seriously. Truly I do. I live with my half-brother and his family now. He is very protective and very touchy about matters of honor. Our mother was not faithful to his father. Now he takes such matters so seriously. Too seriously. If he had his way, I would stay home all the time, working in the backroom of his cobbler shop with one eye on the children. But honestly, though I love my nieces and my half-siblings, life there is dreary. It’s all work, work and more work. Everything is shabby, everything seems to stay gritty and grimy no matter how hard I work to keep things clean. There are always more shoes to repair. I swear my eyes shall go crossed trying to sew by candlelight night after night. I never get enough sleep or time to myself. If I couldn’t go out and seek my adventures, I should go mad. I have my mother’s wild blood in me and my desires can run so high I fear they shall consume me.
 
I could marry a nice man and he would carry me away from all of this. I would have my own cozy home and hearth. My benefactress has introduced me to a nice young minister and to a nice young but struggling legal clerk and a nice young medical student who trembled all over and went pale when I said good morning to him. I have no interest in nice young men. It’s the wealthy, powerful, arrogant gentlemen who fascinate me. I know they will never desire me for a wife but they shall burn for me. They shall remember me.

 
How do I protect myself from discovery? I limit my liaisons to one single meeting. I never meet with my gentlemen again, no matter how desperately they implore me. And they do implore me. Though I am poor, the child of adultery by an unknown man and powerless in my society, I have something gentlemen desire. I have beauty, and thanks to my mother’s wild blood, I understand their hot lusts better than the women of their class. I do gain a measure of satisfaction out of leaving them burning for more. Burning for me. No gentleman shall ever forget the one afternoon he spent with me.

 
Today is a special day for me. Mr. Asahel de Grijs, otherwise known as Grey to his friends, is coming to my favorite bookseller to give a lecture on privateering. He is a New York man, the owner of Sexton Shipping which has a fleet of over forty sea going vessels. He is rumored to be the wealthiest gentleman in America. I know this is not true. I know exactly who is the wealthiest man in America. But Mr. Sexton is among the top three wealthiest men in our nation. He is also politically connected and quite powerful. He would be the brightest feather in my cap. I think I shall wear my shabbiest dress because it is always more thrilling when these gentlemen cannot resist the tattered, poor little bastard girl. They are slaves to their own greed for beauty.
 
I don’t really deride gentlemen for their focus on beauty. I appreciate a handsome face and well-made masculine form. Well, if Mr. Sexton’s physicality matches his other attributes, then I shall be entertaining a gentleman today. In private. In his carriage. But only for today. Afterwards, he shall burn for me. He will never forget me.



So what happened next? Read the rest of the chapter and find out
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Reviews For Grey's Lady:

Just Erotic Romance Reviews gives Grey's Lady 4 out of 5 stars.
"Smoking hot from the start, the first exchange between the main characters is 'My goodness…it's so hard, isn't it?'…Those looking for a quick read full of passion and undeniable attraction are sure to enjoy this steamy novella." ~ Kendra Edens of JERR Nov 6, 2011

4.25 stars for Grey's Lady from Night Owl Reviews.
 "The secretive nature of their meetings added even more spice to their liaisons, and they were spicy as it was. A very emotional read that really had an edge...I look forward to more of Beth and Grey's dance toward a happily ever after together."  ~ Chris of Night Owl Reviews


5 of 5 Flowers For Grey's Lady by "A Chick Who Reads"
 "Natasha Blackthorne's Grey's Lady really delivers, almost from the first page...And the sex...well...steamy...can't wait to read the next book in this new series." ~ Andrea of "A Chick Who Reads"


4 of 5 Stars For Grey's Lady from Sensual Reads "This book follows a hot love affair that is bound to fail if both parties do not compromise." ~  Candy of Sensual Reads.


"I thoroughly enjoyed this. The tone and language felt authentic for the time, but it certainly didn't dampen the heat between the characters!...a seriously sexy read and one I'd recommend to others." ~ Lucy Felthouse of Erotica For All

"Author Natasha Blackthorne gives us a uniquely set American Regency that singes your fingers with tempestuous heat!" ~ Cerise DeLand of Delicious Romance

              "My heart got all fluttery with the sexual tension between the two of them. I'm gonna give Natasha an extra award for this book, because it has everything in it, romance, passion and so much more. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and tell you all to read this book. I know the Lady's I talk to are going to love this book. BUT this book is not for under 18's, be warned it very steamy in places and young people really should not read it, but for all you kink bags out there, then go a head. its GOOD!!!!!. lol." ~ Sue of Satin's Bookish Corner


“This Novella is about these two people with such strong wills trying to fight for dominance in their red hot affair. Anyone 18+ looking for a HOT read and strong characters really should pick up a copy of Grey's Lady.” ~ Skyla of Sinfully Tasty Reads

         "The fire between this two burns bright and the sex scenes in this book are absolutely intense. I kept expecting my fingers to be scorched by the pages. Not only was this book incredibly erotic, it also was interestingly enough romantic. So if you like your historical romances with a little bit more sizzle than sweetness, this is the book for you. My only regret was that it wasn't longer! I remember finishing it up and going noooo! This one's a page turner ladies and definitely leaves you wanting to be Grey's Lady!!!!" Nikki of Close Encounters With The Night Kind

Enter to WIN an e-copy of Grey's Lady by filling out the Rafflecopter below.

Mandatory Items:
1. Must be 18 years or older and have reached the age of majority in your locality.
2. Follow this blog.


Optional Items:
1. In the comments section at the end of this post, answer the following question: Does a double standard still exist for when it comes to sex and relationships?
2. Follow Natasha on Twitter.
3. "Like" Natasha's Fan Page.

Contest begins at 12:01 AM Nov 8 and ends 12:01 AM Nov 12, 2011.

Good Luck!

The winner will be posted to this blog on Nov 12 and will have 48 hours to contact Natasha at N (dot) blackthorne (@) Yahoo (dot) com to claim their prize.






18 comments:

  1. The double standard most certainly still exists, as illustrated by the terms "player" and "slut" -- same thing, different genders. Luckily the social ramifications (look at me with the big words lol) are much smaller nowadays than they were in historical times, but they're definitely still there.

    :)

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  2. Good evening TR, so nice to see you here again. Thanks for sharing your opinion. :)

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  3. I hope I get to win! AS for the Double standard, I see it allteh time no matter where you are. It seems like guys sometimes get away with way more than girls even now

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  4. I follow via gfc.

    slb3334@gmail.com

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  5. Oh yeah the double standard totally still exists majorly. Men still think they're all that and a bag of chips...women still have to be prefect. so sad.

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  6. I believe that the double standard still exists. The man can but the woman can't. Its good if he has experience, but she needs to be pure.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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  7. Yes, double standards mostly do exist. Why is that a man is called a 'player' and a woman a 'slut'...

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  8. I agree with the Romanceaholic. That double standard still exists today.
    I am having a wonderful time going to all the sites! I love visiting with old friends and finding new authors and books to add to my wish list. <^_^> !!

    Thanks for being part of the hop and for the chance to win!

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  9. Double standards are definitely still here - for example - better pay for Males over Females in the same field of work - it's really very sad :(
    Thank you for allowing us international book lovers to enter your giveaway!
    Kel xx

    lillie.rose.owen.jesse@gmail.com

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  10. The double standard absolutely exists. I don't see it ending anytime soon, which is sad...but true.

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  11. I agree with the other commenters. Unfortunately the double standard does exist. I sometimes find it hard to believe that in this day and age, the old if a woman sleeps around, she's a slut, but if a man does, he's a stud. Really gets me mad *shakes fist in air* :)
    Anyway, I've seen this book on some other blogs and would love to win it. Here are the things I've done to hopefully increase my chances of winning:
    I'm a GFC follower (as MJB); I'm following by email; I went to LIKE you FB page, but for some reason I can't LIKE your page in general, so I LIKED your reviews from TRR and ARe. Congrats on the great reviews.
    Thanks for being part of the hop!
    MJB
    msmjb65 AT gmail DOT com

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  12. Heck yes the double standard still exists, my daughter (23 yrs old) and I often discuss this as she finds out for herself that what her mother warned her about still exists and not just in the sexual context but career, financial, mechanical, etc. Let's just say that she used to think I was talking about something historical until she was in the workplace and had serious relationships, now she is outraged, as we all have been at different times.

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  13. Good evening everybody,

    MJB, I get that sometimes with FB, I am not sure why it happens.

    Thanks everyone for stopping by to comment. :)

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  14. It definitely does. I think, with some people, it's change fractionally, but we have a long way to go. Thanks for the giveaway! Gloria

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  15. Yes, I think it still exists.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Mary

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  16. most definitely...- (emscout9 at Hotmail dot com)

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  17. Great reviews Natasha. And I'm thrilled that Grey's Lady is the prize. Just awesome. I do believe the double standard still exists in as far as men being excused for their "playing" and a woman being "loose" to put it mildly. Even the older man dating a 20 something is "in the prime of his life" where as a women "should be ashamed". :) It will probably always be that way. But hey, you got to play as you got to play. :)
    We'll have to set our own standard.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

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