Actually, my novella Love's Master, originated from something called The Agony Column. This column appeared in the Times of London throughout the 19th century and even into the mid-20th century. In the 1800s, it was actually on the first page of the newspaper because very few people had any interest in reading actual news. The Agony Column was far more interesting, with its secret notes between lovers and coded messages from business partners to secret investors. Even family members looking for long lost brothers and sisters used the column to communicate.
The column was full of sadness, despair, and passion, and a brief read of it shows much of what life was like in a time when the written word was vital to contacting others. I found The Agony Column, and it didn't take long before a notice jumped right out at me. Referring to something I highly doubt had anything to do with BDSM, the advertisement said S.B is a strict disciplinarian and not afraid of an unruly pupil (or something very close to that). As soon as I saw it, I thought, "That's a great idea for a story--an erotic romance with BDSM!"
It didn't take long for a story to form and in the end, Love's Master became my second novella set in Victorian England after Vampire Dreams, which began what has grown into a trilogy. Here's the blurb for Love's Master to give you a little taste:
23 year old Lily finds herself widowed and forced to live with her brother and his family, including his eight year old son William, who is nothing short of a terror. Sure she cannot go another day with his behavior, she begins to search for a new nanny and tutor for her nephew with little success. But when she happens across an advertisement in the Times that seems to be the answer to her problem, she is set on a path that will take her where she's never been before. Victorian England is a place of strict social codes, and the sensual world she enters is strictly forbidden for a woman of her social stature.
Her guide in this world is a man named Kadar, and the feelings he stirs in Lily threaten to change her forever. However, Victorian society is never far away, and her brother intends on seeing his sister remarried and settled into a home near him in Regent's Park. Lily will have to choose between Kadar,who makes her feel more alive than she ever believed she could and Captain Mason Danvers, the gentleman who can offer her security and comfort for the rest of her life.
For an adult excerpt from Love's Master, visit my blog at http://gbisset.blogspot.com/p/loves-master.html
And leave a comment telling me if you like BDSM in stories or if you haven't tried any yet, do you think you would. I'd love to hear your ideas!