Please welcome Carole Remy. She's giving away one ebook copy of her novel. To enter, leave a comment with a valid email address, and a winner will be chosen at random on Monday, May 20.
Thank you so much for inviting me to your lovely blog, Louisa! My novel Beauty of the Beast is set in 1950, so here’s a little peek into the different world of our parents and grandparents.
In 1950, the world was emerging from a long, hard war, World War II. After years of rationing, air raid drills, and widespread military service, the populace was ready to let loose and have fun! Many veterans, like my father, enrolled straight into college on the G.I. Bill. While money was tight, the mood was upbeat and optimistic.
The war effort had meant outside-of-the-home jobs for women in unprecedented numbers. While the men were off fighting, the women learned they could weld and drive buses and run factories. In Beauty of the Beast, Mary Jane is an ambitious young reporter, fighting for recognition in what was still a male dominated newsroom. Soldiers came home to a different world from the one they had left. The Master, the Beast, has returned from a German prisoner of war camp, embittered and bent on revenge.
Women feeling empowered + Men returning as conquering heroes with tormented souls = Instant sexual tension! You can see it in the advertisements of the day. I can’t include them here for copyright reasons, but you can see 23 sexy images I’ve collected on the Beauty of the Beast Pinterest board.
Then as now, sex sells, and the images were screaming hot and obvious in the 1950s! Spanking is a familiar theme, from college party photos to men punishing their wives for buying the wrong brand of coffee.
Overt SM became mainstream in the 1950s. Sexy pinup images for soldiers overseas came home with them. The hugely popular Bettie Page posed with whips and enacted spanking scenes for photographer Irving Klaw. Photographs of naked women in ads for products as diverse as stockings to car wax were “photoshopped” to appear to be sketches.
This is the world Mary Jane and the Master inhabit. This is the world where they meet, clash, and light sparks to bonfires of desire, a world where the fiery Mary Jane confronts the carnal darkness of the Beast. Can she unleash the gentle beauty trapped deep in his soul? Can he trigger the wild wanton beast beneath the prim business skirts? Will they find heartbreak or true love in the wicked 1950s?
Beauty of the Beast
Genre: erotic romance
Number of pages: 265
Word Count: 65,500
The year is 1950. The town is Austin, Texas. Young reporter Mary Jane Andrews isn’t sure what SM is, but she’s heard that it’s going on outside Austin, and she’s determined to investigate.
Mary Jane Andrews is what Texans call a pistol. She thinks fast, acts faster, and takes the consequences with a laugh. The year is 1950. Young reporter Mary Jane isn’t sure what SM is, but she’s heard that it’s going on outside Austin, and she’s determined to investigate. Once she meets the Master, she’s both enthralled and scared spitless.
What’s a Master to do when his hotter-than-sin sexual soul mate shows up at the door of his highly illegal sex house? Don’t worry, he has lots of ideas...
Trouble is, Mary Jane wants the story. And the Master won’t spend the rest of his natural life in jail. The sex is explosive, inventive, and addictive, both ways. Will it be bend or break for the insatiable Beauty and the masterful Beast?
About the Author:
Carole Remy lives in Mexico with her beloved dog Gemma. When she isn’t writing and touring her novels, you can find her rescuing dogs, learning wood sculpture, and salsa dancing!
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