Welcome to the Clandestine Classics Hot for the Holidays celebration!
Total-e-Bound has chosen to "open the bedroom door" on several of the established classics with which we are all familiar. These romances have had a lot of spice added to them and we hope you enjoy the new flavor.
Please be sure to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of JANE EYRE along with being entered to win a $50 TEB gift certificate! Wouldn't that be an awesome Christmas gift for yourself?
Have you ever read one of the classics and wondered was happened behind those doors, curtains, trees? Yeah, us too. We've brought you the likes of JANE EYRE, PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, NORTHANGER ALLEY, and others with those thrilling bits included.
Well, get your favorite holiday libation and take a little time for yourself. Kick back to enjoy a taste of our Clandestine Classics…
Today I'll be talking about…JANE EYRE. I really loved working on this story. I’ve always been a huge fan of history, and since I’m from England, not far from where the Brontës are from the project had special meaning to me. (To see pictures of the estate, checkout my photos on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.491321024227196.137006.100000479092552&type=1
Honestly, it was considerably more work than I could have imagined when I first started. But I’ve also had a ton of fun with it in the meantime. I was interviewed by a local Fox station about the Clandestine Classics books, and here’s a link to the lighthearted and very entertaining bit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rxBwg2I5kPw
The original book had such a fabulous underlayment of sexual tension that inspired me. Charlotte Brontë’s lush storytelling lends itself to the addition of erotic content. Jane and Mr. Rochester had bedrooms just down the hallway from one another. They also spent time alone, including in the garden at night.
I believe Mr. Rochester to have been a very strong man who was attracted to the equally strong Jane. What a powerful dynamic. Brontë also penned this (Jane’s internal thoughts): I knew the pleasure of vexing and soothing him by turns; it was one I chiefly delighted in, and a sure instinct always prevented me from going too far; beyond the verge of provocation I never ventured; on the extreme brink I liked well to try my skill.
With lines like that as a perfect setup, how could any writer of erotic fiction not be stimulated?
Here's the blurb:
One of the world's best loved books, Jane Eyre, is retold with scorching passion....
Mystery, betrayal, scandal, and a love that transcends time....
There was only him...
From the moment Jane Eyre sets eyes on her one and true master, Mr. Rochester, her life is irrevocably changed. The tall, dark man is an enigma, complex, deep, compelling, frightening, and tempting beyond compare.
This stern, unyielding man brooks no refusal and demands l of what Jane has to offer as he invites her on a journey of the senses that would scandalise society.
He demands her abject surrender. In his strong and athletic arms, Jane submits to his darkest desires and discovers hers are every bit as searing, plunging her into a world she never suspected and never wants to escape...
It seems to me that the thrilling and beloved novel is more relevant today than it ever was. Jane Eyre's struggles to live a life of grand passion, compromising nothing, willing to sacrifice everything for what she believes, resonates with the modern woman's struggles to have it all, to be it all, and to love with uncompromising abandon.
And how about a little teaser of an excerpt...?
“You have me intrigued. Go on.”
“I took a book from your library.”
“Did you now? Which book did my little thief abscond with?”
“There are all manner of sketches in it.”
“What kind of sketches?”
For a moment, I hoped I could vanish, perhaps pull back the words I had boldly spoken. But I had taken a step down the path and I knew the master wouldn’t allow me to retreat. “The sketches are scandalous, sir.”
“What do they represent that you find so offensive?”
“Personal ones between a man and woman.”
His brows were drawn together, but there was no real shock or outrage in his countenance. “And did you perhaps return the book at your first opportunity?”
“I felt it better to keep it secure until I could return it you so that you could lock it up as it should be.”
“Ah, so you did not burn the pages in the first available fire?”
“I did not. As I have already said I thought to return it directly to you. I have had no opportunity, so I kept it.”
“Kept it did you? Do you look at it from time to time?”
“Every night, sir.” He hooked his hands behind his back. As for me, I folded mine primly in my lap and glanced down at them.
“Every night,” he repeated. “I see. And these—sketches—do they intrigue you?”
“They do indeed.”
“And you wish further exploration?” I kept my eyes downcast. “I have been exploring, sir.” There was a terrible silence. “Exploring? A solo expedition, Jane, or with someone else?”
And make sure you come back from now until Christmas Eve to see what we have in store for you. :)
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December 23 Wendi Zwadek
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