Sheep? You must be baaaaaarmy.
When one is writing erotica one doesn't expect to be looking up lambing and complications with birthing sheep really. Well I didn’t but as part of Good Manors that's just what I ended up doing...thank God for google!
Xander is trying different ways of making money and has decided investing in rare breeds is the way to go. Harriet is his first Castlemilk Moorit and she's expecting. It was really interesting looking up the lambing process, I'm glad I'm not squeamish though. Might have been interesting to witness an actual birth but it was far less messy looking at a few online articles. Not sure what Mr Blisse would make of that as research.
"Just off to deliver a lamb, love, it's for my novel. See you later. Yep, I'll remember to wipe my boots!"
He’s put up with all sorts in the name of research but I’m pretty certain he has limits and that might just be one of them.
Good Manors sprung some interesting surprises on me in fact, secret passageways were found that I had to check the validity of and I had to research roofing beams for one particularly hot rope scene. Not to mention Georgian libraries, bathrooms and dining furniture along with stables and out buildings and farm shops. Never a dull moment writing a Blisse novel.
Certainly kept me on my toes, anyway.
Blurb for Good Manors:
Mallard Hall plays host to games of submission and Dominance for one unique couple, but do the secrets of the past threaten the new bonds being forged?
India Grace, a respected journalist, is assigned to the estate for a behind the scenes look at how it runs. It is the last place in the world she wants to be. Back when she was young and naïve she took a photo of old Lord Mallard, which led to her success and his downfall. She carries the guilt with her to the location and it’s constantly in the back of her mind when she meets the hall’s latest owner, Xander Patrick.
Xander’s father died when he was only thirteen, and he doesn’t hold many good memories of him. He helped his mum build Mallard Hall back up, and since her death struggles to keep it going single-handedly. The last thing he needs is a meddling journalist poking into estate business, especially when the meager profits are mysteriously disappearing.
The two try to keep their distance but find themselves drawn together in many unexpected ways. A meal leads to an investigation of secret passageways and from that India and Xander explore their attraction, using different rooms of the hall for their kinky games.
In the end India’s secret will have to come out, but will it bring the couple closer together or tear them apart?
Excerpt from Good Manors:
“Do you know what you’re doing?” he asked once I had my arm inside his very expensive sheep.
“Bit late to ask that now, but yes, I trained to be a vet for a while.” I smiled over at him then cocked my head to the side. “Ah, there’s the problem, little ones got its elbows locked and mum can’t push it any further down.”
Scrunching up my face, I concentrated on manipulating the lamb backwards a bit until the legs extended straight.
“Right.” I pulled my hand free. “She should be able to do the rest herself.”
“How did you know what to do?” Xander asked as Harriet once more shivered and shook with a contraction.”
“Veterinary school, like I said. Mum wanted me to be a doctor, I couldn’t stomach it so we compromised and trained to be a vet. It wasn’t my calling, though, and after two years I changed my degree to journalism and the rest is history.”
“So you’ve done this before? I mean, practically.” Xander carefully watched Harriet, petting her nose tenderly.
“No, I only ever read about it.” I looked up from washing my arms in the soapy water, my face held in solemn lines.
His face dropped, and I laughed. “Of course I’ve done it before, spent time with a country vet in the spring. I brought many animals into the world, including a few sheep.”
“Good, sorry, I’m a bit all over the place. Harriet means so much to me, to the hall, I didn’t know what to do. I’ve read up, I talked to the vet but I just froze.” He sighed. The poor man was seriously frazzled.
“It’s okay.” I ran my hand down his arm. “It’s difficult to know when to intervene and you can do more harm than good if you don’t know what you’re doing. Hey, look, the nose is appearing.”
I’m sure the relief showed through my voice. I was confident that the birth was finally going the way it should.
“Oh yeah.” Xander’s face lit up. “Look at that!”
“Won’t be long now. Look, already the legs are following through!”
“It’s amazing,” he gasped.
“A miracle,” I sighed as the little life burst forth from the relieved ewe. She immediately set to looking after her offspring, licking its face to remove the mucus. Soon the little thing was bleating happily.
“Harriet’s a brilliant mum.” I smiled. “She’s a natural.”
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Victoria Blisse is a mother, wife, Christian, Manchester United fan and award winning erotica author.
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