Today we welcome Bonnie Dee to Two Men Are Better Than One!
I’m Bonnie Dee and I love gay historical romance. If you only read contemporaries or paranormals, I hope to convince you historical doesn’t equal stuffy or boring. Historical novels have automatic built-in high stakes for gay lovers since sodomy was considered a crime punishable by hanging and in more recent years by fines and jail time. Add in the great divide of the upper and lower classes and the story seethes with angst.
As with any romance, the reader desires a happy ending, or at least happy for now. In historicals, the writer must figure out how the couple can manage to remain as close as possible without drawing attention to their relationship.
Some historical writers to check out: Ava March and her intensely erotic gay Regencies, Eli Easton’s The Lion and the Crow, Charlie Cochrane’s Cambridge Fellows mysteries, Jordan L. Hawk’s Whyborne and Griffin series, KJ Charles’ Charm of Magpies series, the list of sexy historicals to explore goes on and on.
Then there is my own backlist, mostly co-written with Summer Devon, but also some solo works. You can read blurbs and excerpts on my web site: http://www.bonniedee.com/genre/gay-romance/
Here’s a graphic of covers from our many books about lords and commoners, wealthy and workingmen, closeted and fully out—or as fully as a man dared be in the past, all the characters we’ve created over a nearly ten year collaboration.
My latest solo release is The Tutor. I had a really fun time taking the standard elements of gothic romance and giving them a unique spin. Graham, the hero and narrator, amused me with the dry comments that seemed to pop out all on their own as I wrote. Not to mention, his forbidden relationship with the master of the house is searing.
Elements of The Sound of Music, The Enchanted Garden, Jane Eyre, and “true” ghost hunting shows make this story feel familiar. Gay love makes it unique.
Seeing an ad for a position at a Yorkshire estate, typesetter Graham Cowrie decides to make an upward career move by passing himself off as a tutor. How hard can it be to teach a few subjects to a pair of nine-year-old boys? But on his arrival at the ancient house, he finds the staff creepy, the twins odd, and the widowed master temporarily absent.
His first meeting with brooding, stern, but oh-so-attractive, Sir Richard doesn’t go well, but with no other prospects vying for the teaching position, Graham manages to keep it. His mission soon becomes clear, break down the walls of reserve both father and sons have erected and attempt to bridge the gap between them.
But strange sounds, sights and experiences keep Graham on edge until he finally admits the Hall is haunted by two entities with very different agendas. Graham works to appease one and combat the other while protecting the broken family he’s grown to care for.
I appreciate this opportunity to spread the word about historicals at Two Men Are Better Than One. Thanks for hosting me.
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