Blog Tour and Giveaway: Rude Britannia and Writing Rural England
A huge congratulations to Sandra Lindsey, the winner of the giveaway! Thanks to all who entered and thank you again to Josephine Myles for stopping by!
On Top Down Under welcomes Josephine Myles, author of the hot and sexy How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps, released by Samhain Publishing on September 23rd. A huge thank you to the author for stopping by! You can check out Cindi’s NSFW 5-star review of How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps here. Make sure you comment on this post for a chance to win one of Josephine Myles’ books!
Aside from the occasional short story, How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps is the first book I’ve written set in my adopted home of rural Somerset. It’s one of the most picturesque parts of the country with its quintessentially English patchwork fields and rolling hills, and getting stuck behind a tractor on a narrow country lane is a regular occurrence. I’ve lived here for eight years, but I’m still finding new byways and villages to explore. Collecting things I’ve purchased on eBay has led me to some wonderfully out-of-the-way locations, and I modelled Jeff’s unusual hilltop street on one I picked up a table from in the former mining village of Clandown.
But the thing that I love best of all about this area is some of the fantastic place names. While I might have modelled Jeff’s road on the one in Clandown, I borrowed the name, Featherbed Lane, from one I regularly pass by in another village on the road to Bristol. Who wouldn’t want to live down a Featherbed Lane? It sounds so deliciously cosy! I named Jeff’s fictional village Hook St. Norton, which isn’t a real place name but sounds very much like it could be; after all, I live close to Norton St. Phillip and Midsomer Norton. Incidentally, although those place names might sound picturesque, don’t be deceived. Midsomer Norton is a run-down town, and the local landscape is dominated by the towering old coal mining slag heap, known locally as The Batch.
But while there are some wonderfully evocative West Country village names, ranging from the poetic Temple Cloud and Ryme Intrinsica, to the intriguing Murder Combe and Vobster, it’s the smutty ones that I enjoy the most. There’s a hill in my town called The Butts, so you can literally go “up The Butts”—yes, it still makes me snigger after all these years. There are Cock Lanes aplenty, but I think my favourite place names have to be the nearby village of Friggle Street (go look up frigging if you don’t know what it means!), the holiday camp of Sandy Balls down in Devon, and my absolute favourite, the Hampshire village of Nether Wallop. Seeing as how this is a BDSM novel, I probably should have set it there, shouldn’t I?!
There is even a company dedicated to selling merchandise decorated with amusing British place names (that’s their Rude Britannia tea towel illustrating this post), so if you fancy getting yourself a mug decorated with “Twatt” (yes, it’s a Scottish village) head on over to Lesser Spotted Britain and get shopping 🙂
Readers, do you live near or have you visited anywhere with a particularly poetic or amusing name? Please share!
The How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps Blog Tour Giveaway!
I’m currently touring blog land, chatting about my latest Samhain Publishing release. Each post gives a unique insight into the book, and a lucky commenter will win a prize at every stop along the way. Winner’s choice of either:
- two of Jo’s backlist ebooks
- or a signed copy of Junk (or another backlist paperback, subject to availability) – shipping worldwide
Comment on this post for a chance to win today’s draw. The winning entry will be picked at random at midnight (U.S., EDT) on September 29th, and the winner will be notified by email within 48 hours.
Check out the full Blog Tour itinerary here.
Sometimes the little head really does know best.
Jeff White’s needs are simple. All he wants is a submissive to help him explore the dominant side that his ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle. Problem is, inexperience in both dating and domming has resulted in a string of rejections.
What he needs is an experienced sub willing to show him the ins and outs of controlling a scene. Unfortunately, the only one willing to take him on is male, and Jeff is straight. One hundred percent, never-gonna-happen straight.
Easygoing painslut Eddie Powell doesn’t care that Jeff is younger, working class, and shorter. Eddie likes a bit of rough, and Jeff fits the bill perfectly. The trick will be convincing him to follow Eddie’s five-step training programme—which would be easy if Eddie wasn’t starting to have feelings for the rough-around-the-edges landscaper.
Once Jeff lays his hands on Eddie, things definitely get out of hand. But it’ll take more than hot, sweaty, kinky sex to persuade him to come out of the closet—especially to himself.
Warning: Contains a happy sub, a confused Dom, a high ratio of sex to plot, misuse of root ginger, and a suitcase of kink. Written in Jo’s usual exceedingly “English” English.
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo publishes regularly with Samhain. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion.