Today we welcome Vanessa Mulberry who is celebrating the release of Hector and Anatolius, the first book in her Trojan Men series.
Title: Hector and Anatolius
Author: Vanessa Mulberry
Series: Trojan Men #1
Release Date: May 9th 2016
Genre: Historical MM Romance, Paranormal
Guest Post – Why I’m drawn to MM Historical Romance
Why indeed? There’s nothing in historical romance that you can’t get in other sections of the romance genre. All romance can take you to different cultures and introduce you to people with lives nothing like your own. Contemporary, sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal… they’re all equally capable of transporting you to another world.
But there’s one thing you’re always guaranteed in a historical. I’m going to sound terribly shallow, but there’s something about a man in a pair of breeches, or a doublet, or a chiton. I’m quite partial to any period dress to tell the truth. And I do like it if he lives in a flash manor house, castle or palace, though that’s not always a given.
My debut novel, Hector and Anatolius, is set in ancient Troy. It should probably be called mythological romance instead of historical romance, because of the intervention of the gods. Little is known about what life was like there, so I’ve written my novel through the prism of later Greek eyes as the mythology of the city came to us initially. It has forever been described as a magnificent place, populated by brave, and often handsome, heroes. That attracted me to the idea of setting a novel there before I had even thought of the story.
So, what draws me to MM historical romance? I like the clothes, and the settings, and the way they talk to each other, which is often so very formal. I like a Regency Gentleman every bit as much as a Trojan Prince, and so I think it’s fitting that I end with a quote from Miss Bennett on when she fell in love with Mr. Darcy:
“I believe I must date it from my first seeing his beautiful grounds at Pemberley.”
Me too, Lizzy. Me too.
Hector has been a dutiful son and prince his whole life until his father orders him to marry. The Trojan was meant for no woman, and when he meets a handsome youth named Anatolius, he is more determined than ever to rule one day with a man at his side. However, after he is betrayed by his brother Paris his fate seems unavoidable. Hector needs all the courage he has learned in battle, and the assistance of a goddess, to win the hand of the man he loves.
This is a gay (MM) romance novel set prior to the events of the Trojan War. It depicts romantic and sexual love between two men in a broadly tolerant society.
Hector and Anatolius is the debut novel of British author, Vanessa Mulberry.
After the meal, Hector drew the lad to him, and they relaxed on the shared kline to talk about their histories and their beliefs. Both drank strong wine, but Hector watched Anatolius carefully, mindful of its dizzying effects. “Just a little,” he said when Anatolius asked one of the servants for a third cup. “I won’t touch you if you’re sotted, and you will have to wait another day for my attentions.”
Anatolius appeared embarrassed, but when the servant stepped away, he whispered, “Thank you. I don’t want to wait.”
When the conversation lulled, Hector scooped his guest up and carried him from the room.
Anatolius put his arm around Hector’s neck and rested his head against the prince’s powerful shoulder. He laughed and said, “I will walk to your bedroom if that is where we are going. I’ll run if you like.”
Hector strengthened his grip, pulling him a little closer. “You may race me there another day, but tonight you go in my arms.”
“Don’t you think you can beat me?”
“It wouldn’t worry me if you did. I carry you because I want it to be known I will be your man tonight. Tomorrow I will follow you to the bed if you wish.”
Soon they reached his private apartment. It was a magnificent space: large and airy, with room on one side for cozier entertaining than the andron permitted and a soft bed for afterward. It led onto a terrace, which looked down over the city, and, as the night was warm, the imposing doors to it stood open, their silver casings glowing faintly in the moonlight.
The lamps were already lit, illuminating murals dedicated to Eros. Hector set Anatolius down and saw the lad’s eyes widen as he looked around at the walls. “Gods,” he murmured, “is this a shrine or a bedchamber?”
Hector had worshiped a lot of men in that room, but he didn’t think the pictures so unusual. He reminded himself that Anatolius hadn’t been in as many beds as him.
“Do you want to pray? I don’t usually conduct rituals in the palace, but we can if you like.”
Anatolius continued to stare at the walls. Hector saw his eyes rest on an image of two men making love. One was bent over, being penetrated by the other who kissed his back.
“Do you think we should? I want my first time to be pleasurable.”
“You needn’t ask Eros for such a blessing. I will ensure that.”
About the Author
Vanessa Mulberry lives in England with her husband and daughter. Her achievements are numerous and of no interest to anyone reading this. Her hobbies include cheap alcohol and romance novels. Growing up, Vanessa dreamed of becoming Mr. T, but the position has not yet fallen vacant. She has settled for being a romance novelist instead.
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