Book Title: Their Lady Gloriana
Publisher: Black Velvet Seductions
Date Published: Re-release August 2015 (May 14, 2011 original release)
Genre: Historical, gay romance, ménage, medieval romance
Heat Rating: 5
Page Count: 200
In medieval times honorable men had to do what was required of them by the kings to whom they were loyal…
Thomas Lancaster, a widower with bad memories of marriage and a young son he barely knew was a hardened knight loyal to his king. In reward for his efforts fighting in the Crusades, King Edward gave him Middlemound Castle to hold for the crown. But the king decreed that he must marry the beautiful young widow of the castle’s previous lord.
Lady Gloriana Stewart had suffered brutally in her first marriage and had no desire to marry again. Yet she had no choice. She had to protect her people and obey her king.
All she wanted was for her new husband to give her a baby.
Having already lost one wife in childbirth, Thomas refused to even consider it.
Sir Rowan Montgomery, Thomas’s first knight, friend, and lover complicated the situation even more. Thomas didn’t want to give up Rowan and Gloriana didn’t want to admit she had feelings for her husband and for Rowan.
Starla Kaye has been generous enough to take some time and sit down with her characters to ask them a few questions. Find out more about Thomas, Gloriana and Rowan below …
Can you tell the readers a little about yourself?
Thomas: I don’t like to talk about myself, not really seeing the point in it. But I guess I can share that I was a widower and one of King Edward’s favored knights before being requested—essentially ordered—to marry Gloriana Stewart. She was a recent widow, too, of a man who held Middlemound Castle. The king wanted to keep the important castle under his control, so I was his way of doing that. Reluctantly, I did as expected of me. Although the marriage didn’t end up being a hardship for me. A complication, yes.
Rowan: Yes, Thomas’ marriage complicated all of our lives. After meeting Thomas in the battles of the Crusades, we became…very close…lovers. We got along well together, whether fighting alongside one another, or dealing with our passionate natures. Both of us were highly respected by the king, and I was offered my own castle to hold many times. But I wanted to be near Thomas…even with the way our lives became way more complex with Gloriana added to our mix.
Gloriana: My first husband was a brute. He was verbally and physically abusive. I was relieved at the news of his death in the battles, as improper as that is to say. My relief was short-lived. Being forced by King Edward to marry a powerful knight with a fierce reputation was more than a bit disconcerting. But I am a survivor and did as ordered. The arrangement worked out well, for all of us. (looks fondly at Thomas and Rowan)
Do you have a couple of random thoughts about yourself that will surprise the reader?
Gloriana: I almost fainted when I first saw these two physically powerful, war-hardened men walking into my great hall. In the next minute, I found my heart racing, attracted to both of them. (blushing)
Thomas: I was absolutely determined not to get Gloriana with child after my first traumatic experience having a child. I was equally determined to endure the marriage, but not develop feelings for this woman I was forced to wed.
Rowan: Excuse my friend, for he is an idiot at times. While I love and respect him, I know Thomas’ stubborn ways. Fortunately Gloriana snuck past his barriers.
What makes you blush?
Rowan: I’m not sure if I have ever blushed. There isn’t much that either shocks or embarrasses me.
Thomas: Okay, I felt my face heat the first time Gloriana caught Rowan and I together.
Gloriana: I blush a lot of the time, particularly when anything has to do with intimacy. The first time Thomas saw me naked… Well, I’m certain I blushed mightily then. Oddly, seeing my husband and Rowan together never made me blush. I was only curious.
What do you think about “love and romance”?
Thomas: Before marrying Gloriana, I had never really known “love.” My first marriage was also arranged and there never were any warm feelings between us. As for “romance,” I doubt anyone will ever accuse me of being romantic.
Rowan: I have to agree with Thomas: “romance” is not in his skill set. He can burn up the bedcoverings and make a woman—or me—more than satisfied. After the hard life I’ve led, I admit the softness that should be part of “love” and “romance” elude me.
Gloriana: Being a woman—even one brutally abused in the past, I have longed for the magic of “romance” and being truly loved. While I have not found either Thomas or Rowan to be “romantic,” they know much about “love” and loving someone.
Would you rather be caught in a wild moment of passion or tied down and taken?
Gloriana: Let me answer this first before I become too embarrassed to talk about it. I wouldn’t like being caught in a passionate moment by an observer, but I have been such an observer. I found it very interesting, to say the least. I do not think I would like being tied down and taken (blushing) either.
Thomas: I would never do such a thing as tying Gloriana down. She was too abused by her first husband to ever have to experience anything so dominating as that again. But when I’m making love with her, I’m oblivious to what happens around us. Having someone witness a moment of our passion would not bother me.
Rowan: Having been caught by Gloriana on several occasions being…umm, passionate with Thomas, I don’t have a problem with that. Not that I would like anyone else to observe us together. As for being tied down…I’m not sure, but let me think about it some more.
What is the kinkiest sexual thing you’ve ever done?
Thomas: Kinky is a more modern concept than of our knowledge base, but I understand the concept. I’d have to say most of what Rowan and I do together would be considered “kinky.”
Gloriana: I don’t believe Thomas and I have ever done anything “kinky.” Probably the closest we’ve come to that was when I wanted to soothe his sore bottom one time after he and Rowan….
Rowan: (looking amused) That wasn’t actually “kinky,” Gloriana. I found it greatly amusing when Thomas told me about it, while he was mortified.
Read more of Their Lady Gloriana …
Lady Gloriana could barely draw in a breath. Her life with Geoffrey had done this to her. He’d battled down her self-worth, her dreams of having a happy family, and her natural zest for life. She needed to find the strength to face this new marriage to this war-hardened warrior. She had to make him respect her. Most of all, she had to endure relations with him until he got her with child.
The great hall rang with the sounds of joyous reunions. She heard the deep tone of an unfamiliar voice. It rang with authority, with power, much like Geoffrey’s voice had. Yet something about it drew her instead of repelling her. Something about it called to her woman’s place and she felt warmth spreading there. The reaction surprised her.
Her focus moved to the raised dais. Two such different—and yet the same—men stood there drinking cups of ale. Neither smiled. Both seemed to study her.
Gerald guided her to the dais. “Lady Middlemound, my lord.” He nodded toward the two powerfully built men. “Lord Montrose, my lady. And Sir Montgomery, his first knight.”
“Thomas,” Lord Montrose said and stepped down in front of her. He towered over her by at least a foot. His breadth and brawn made her heart race. Yet she didn’t feel intimidated by him.
Then the other man stepped down. As she glanced up, he gave her a crooked smile. “And you may call me Rowan.”
She felt her heart race even more.
Starla has been writing and publishing in different romance sub-genres and lengths for twenty years. Her first published book, Tug of Love, was a “sweet” romance published with iUniverse. Currently she mainly writes edgier romances with an erotic or slightly naughty focus.
She enjoys writing about strong-willed, independent women who butt heads with equally determined, self-confident, and slightly domineering men. Her belief in relation to her heroes is to find them their perfect match, but make him really work for the happily-for-now or happily-ever-after with the woman who wins his heart. Of course, she likes her heroines to be challenged as well. Love isn’t easy.
To date she has published 20 novels, 38 novellas, 8 anthologies, and 18 short stories. Starla writes for Decadent Publishing, Black Velvet Seductions, and Blushing Books.
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