Writing Historicals and Researching Clothespins
Thanks so much HK for having me today on Pick A Genre Already. What a perfect place to talk about writing in a different genre. My new release, Rescued by the Buccaneer, is an erotic historical novel that follows the adventures of Frederica and the pirate she meets aboard the Neptune’s Damnation. I have been writing erotic romance for a couple of years but this book is my first historical erotic romance. As a reader I’ve always been drawn to historical fiction and historicals are my favorite movies to watch, so I knew I would eventually write about days gone by but it took the concept of sexy pirates to help me make that leap. Once I got started I became addicted, and I’m now obsessed with all things pirate-y.
I’ve also learned that writing historical fiction takes more time than writing contemporary because of the research, and you never know when you’re going to need to research something. It just pops up on you. For example, my characters are usually a bit kinky and when I realized there was no way they could use nipple clamps I did some research. Sadly, clothespins were not invented until 50 years later so my couple had to forego that whole idea. The upside was that I remembered that pirate ships have lots of rope and they used candles for lighting back then, which allowed my characters to still get creative in the bedroom.
Here’s more about Rescued by the Buccaneer, the first in the Pirates of the Jolie Rouge Trilogy:
When Frederica Beauchamp boards a ship for the Americas, she dreams of a life filled with adventure, but she gets more than she bargained for when her passenger ship is attacked by pirates. The heartless men kidnap her and force her to serve their captain—a fate that might be worse than death, since though he does not have his way with her, the captain delights in baring her, shaming her, and thrashing her bare bottom as punishment for every imagined disobedience.
After the pirates bring aboard an injured man found floating in the sea, Frederica tends to his wounds and learns that he is Gaston Galette, a survivor of a shipwrecked vessel. Gaston seeks her help to overthrow the vile captain, but when their plan goes awry he is forced to use all of his wiles to save them. As the naïve girl and the seasoned sailor navigate one perilous situation after another, he informs Frederica that the only way they can survive is if he is in command, and that if she thinks things can be otherwise, she will be taken over his knee for a bare bottom spanking.
As he watches the proud, willful Frederica bow to his authority, however, Gaston worries that her growing hold on his heart will be his downfall. He knows he cannot take a woman with him when he returns to his ship and crew, but when Frederica accepts his lustful dominance completely, submitting to him with grace and beauty no other woman could match, Gaston realizes that he may never be able to let her go.
Publisher’s Note: Rescued by the Buccaneer is the first book of the Pirates of the Jolie Rouge trilogy. It is an adventure and erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes including elements of BDSM and humiliation, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
In this scene Frederica has been captured by pirates and her wrists are restrained in iron shackles and Bradford, the bosun has taken her to the ship’s blacksmith to have them removed.
“What have we here?” Morgan asked.
“We need you to cut these shackles from her wrists,” Bradford said.
Morgan glared at Frederica, though he spoke to the bosun. “Captain alright w’dat?”
Bradford nodded. “Not like she’s going anywhere.”
Morgan snickered at the joke. “Alright. Set your arm here on me forge, wench.”
Frederica stiffened, not used to being addressed in this manner, but she knelt beside the large metal slab and placed her right arm upon it.
Morgan dragged out some tools and rotated her arm so as the hinge of the bracelet faced upwards. He set the coal chisel to the hinge and struck it with his hammer.
Frederica’s bloodcurdling scream rang throughout the ship. Good Lord, the man might smash her arm to bits! Panic overtook her and she begged him to stop.
“Frederica, calm yerself,” Bradford placed a comforting arm on her shoulder.
Heavy footsteps were followed by the appearance of an imposing figure hulked in the door frame, taking up most of the space. She recognized him as the pirate in charge during the raid on the Adelaide.
“What is the meaning of this?” the Captain barked.
“Trying to remove her shackles and she’s scared,” Bradford said sheepishly.
“Of what?” the Captain boomed.
“I guess that he’ll harm her during the proceeding,” Bradford said.
“Nonsense!” The Captain focused his attention on Frederica. “I’m Captain Humphrey, lass, and you’re my prisoner. You will do as I say, hear?”
“Commence,” Humphrey said to Morgan, who took another swing with his hammer.
As much as she tried not to, Frederica squealed again. She was petrified that the man was going to smash her wrist. There was no guarantee his aim was sound, and he used so much force her whole arm quaked with each blow.
“That’s enough. I’ll not have ye making all that racket, girl,” the Captain said. “Don’t make me sorry I saved your ass. I can always feed ye to the fishies.” He chuckled at this idea. “Stuff a rag in her mouth, Bradford.”
Bradford pulled a rag from his pocket and approached Frederica.
She widened her eyes, pleading with him not to do it.
“Open,” Bradford said.
If she refused, she feared they’d break her arm for spite. Seeing no alternative she complied. She bit down on the rag and her face pulled back in a grimace when the unfamiliar, bitter taste from the cloth registered in her brain. Morgan struck the chisel again against the metal, this time her cries were muffled by the makeshift gag.
Humphrey laughed. “That’s more like it.” He walked over and pinched her cheek hard. “I’ll be seein’ ye later, Lassy.”
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About the Author
A former psychologist, Normandie has always been fascinated by human behavior. She loves writing quirky characters that are all too human. Fiber arts, baking, and Pinterest are a few of her favorite pastimes. She lives on a farm with a passel of kids, an adorable husband, and a pet pig who’s crazy for Red Bull.
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