Monday, November 16, 2009
Lust and Lace!
A strange combination to be certain, epecially when both things pertain to men! lol!
So, you might be wondering what the heck? But I as Charlotte) am very happy and proud to say that I have finally fully developed my Sins and Virtues series, but more importantly, I've pin-pointed exactly what the Unseelie Court of my Fey princes look like! Which was no small feat!
One of the reasons I wanted to set the S&V series in the late Georgian period was because in my mind, Fey princes went about in elborately embroidered vests and frock coats with lace jabots and cuffs. It can be extremely difficult making a man dressed in lace (no court shoes with heels for my Fey, thanks!)masculine, alpha, and sexually dominant. But I have such a damn fascination with the frock coat.
My Unseelie Court is decadent, opulent with a heavy dose of sensuality. Think silks, brocades and velvets in black, plum, burgandy, gold...heavy, dark, thick like a cloud of opium. No opium for my Fey, though, they prefer those elixirs that are naturally occuring!
This past weekend, I finally found some visuals and I made my collage board as I do for all my 'series' ideas. (One day, I'll take a picture of my study and you can see them. I have one for Annwyn, and now this one. I've already taken down the one for Addicted and Sinful!)I have found a great number of Georgian period clothing for both my heroine and Fey prince on the net. It's been great fun dressing them, and designing the Unseelie Court. The mortal realm, I'm afraid, is rather fixed in history. Palladian styles, symmetrical gardening, and furniture arrangements, and court dress, which meant men did indeed wear shoes encrusted with heels and gems! I can't muck with that, but the Unseelie Court...that was a free for all. I kind of took my favorites and threw them into the pot; medieval, medieval fantasy, gothic, etc...
I also wrote that exciting first scene, when my prince of Lust finally discovers his virtue's ONE weakness. I'll be interested in hearing from readers what they think about how he goes about exploiting that one weakness!
I'm in the process of filling out the Art Fact Sheet for the cover. Knowing what Spice gave me for Addicted and Sinful, I'm postitively panting to see what they come up with for Lust. I think the title is staying the same.
So, Lust is schedule for release in Feb 2011, and Vanity in April 2012.
I am working on more Charlotte stuff, and hopefully I'll have more through the year to release to tide you over.
Anyway, Sinful and Velvet Haven are ALL done. The dedications are made, the final proofs are finished, and now it's on to new projects. I hope you guys won't mind coming along for the ride with me as I write the Sins and Virtues series.
Now, I'm off to Lust, who has just transformed into a thin, vaporous--aromatic cloud. He's made his way to Chastity, and has just begun to wrap himself around her exposed bosom, in those scandalously low cut, corseted Georgian gowns.....
BTW, I love frock coats, and the hint of lace cuff that dangles on a very large, masculine, and highly skilled hand...what of you? What is your favorite male garment, from any era?