Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tuesday Tangent with Selina Kray

The Girls Who Love Our Boys

Hi, everybody! I'm Selina Kray, and this is stop # 3 on the Like Stars blog tour! A huge thank you to the lovely people at Coffee and Porn for hosting me today, especially Evaine. The 'treat' portion of the post will of course be the giveaway! (If I could distribute Starbucks chai lattes—my poison of choice—to everyone reading this, trust me, I would!) In the meantime, I'd like to introduce you to three gals very close to my heart...

Being a long-time lurker here myself, I know Coffee and Porn readers aren't afraid of a little girl action, so I thought I'd take this opportunity to tell you about the women who fascinate, aggravate, and support Wesley and Nathaniel, the protagonists of Like Stars.

One of my pet-peeves in the M/M genre is the tendency to overlook female characters or depict them in stereotypical ways. This can be a particular problem in historicals because of how badly women were treated throughout the centuries. On one hand, you don't want to ignore the prejudices of the period; on the other, you don't want a character so cliché or boring that they lack complexity. It's a fine balance, writing a well-rounded female character that's also reflective of her time.

You, gentle readers, will be the judges of whether I've succeeded or not on that score, but I think you'll be as excited to read about my three great gals as I was to write about them.

Beatrice Harrow is the fifth daughter of a viscount with no dowry to speak of, though that doesn't stop her meddlesome mother and aunt from interfering in every aspect of her life. A wallflower who's just starting to bloom, she's both nurse and fiancée to Dr. Wesley Douglas, one of the male protagonists. She's learning to garden and make pies, but also how to be a supportive partner to Wesley, who she loves like a brother, as the events of the story sweep them both up. As the mystery of whether the hooded man is indeed Wesley's boyhood lover unfolds, she takes on the dual roles of confidant and bodyguard to the heartsick doctor, finding her voice in the process.

Georgiana Braithwaite is an odd bird, overly excitable and voraciously curious. But weren't we all at sixteen? Obsessed with scientific experimentation, she wants to follow in the footsteps of those first women accepted to medical school. Her parents, however, have other ideas for their firstborn daughter, namely a good marriage. Her and Wesley bond while tending to her ailing grandmother, the only one in her family who sees Georgiana for who she really is. But what restless, inquisitive young girl can resist a mystery like the one currently going on at Ravensworth Hall? Not this one, I promise you.

We meet Vivian Chatsworth at two different ages. First, in her late teens, when she's being courted by Nathaniel Thredgold and cuckolded by Wesley Douglas. Even a sheltered society girl is shrewd enough to sense that Wesley is her rival in more than just friendship, but she can't do much about it besides petty revenges. In her later incarnation as one of the jewels of London society, she's become a master of casual cruelties and unexpected kindnesses. She has never forgotten the tragic events of her girlhood, or the boy who broke her heart.

I hope you'll join all three ladies on their literary adventures when Like Stars comes out on November 14th from MLR Press!

Like Stars

What if your true love walked back into your life five years after his death?

Nathaniel Thredgold has finally returned from the war. Or has he? His lover, Wesley Douglas, isn’t sure. Wesley must put aside his engagement, his disbelief, and his anger to give his professional opinion. The truth about their relationship isn’t an option. But is this stranger really the Ravensworth heir and Wesley’s long-lost love? When your heart’s at stake, there’s no room for doubt.

Set in the Edwardian era, Like Stars is a tale of mysterious identities, scandalous family secrets, and lovers in a dangerous time.

Selina Kray is the nom de plume of an author and English editor. Professionally, she has covered all the artsy-fartsy bases, having worked in a book store, at a cinema, in children’s television and in television distribution, up to her latest incarnation as a subtitle editor and grammar nerd (though she may have always been a grammar nerd). A self-proclaimed geek and pop culture junkie who sometimes manages to pry herself away from the review sites and gossip blogs to write fiction of her own, she is a voracious consumer of art with both a capital and a lowercase “A”.

Having long ago realized that she was the Salieri to the lit world’s Mozarts, she has embraced her love of erotica with intricate plots, complex characters, and lots of heart. Whether she has achieved this goal is for you, gentle readers, to decide. At present, she is hard at work on future novels at home in Montreal, Quebec, with her wee corgi serving as both foot-warmer and in-house critic.

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  1. Sounds like a great book and I love to read about strong, female characters in my M/M :)

    And I totally agree with you on Starbucks Chai Latte! Yummy!!!

  2. Hi, everybody! Good luck for the giveaway! And a HUGE thanks to everyone at Coffee and Porn for letting me post here. You ladies rock!

    -Selina :D

  3. Wow I've not come across another chai fan. Everyone I know hates them, but they're life Christmas in a cup. As for the book, it sounds great. As a London girl, i'm all about strong female characters. Sx

  4. This sounds great. Thanks for the post!

  5. Love the sound of this, as both a fan of historicals and strong female characters.


  6. Wow this sounds like a great book!

  7. Thank you for another interesting post and I wonder how these three strong women will play their part in this story, Vivienne sounds most vengeful and may cause trouble, whilst Georginna and Beatrice might play a protective and stronger role in the two men's lives that gives them the freedom (the men and themselves) to be more independent, hmm I wonder?

    Thank you for a chance to win a copy of this book.

  8. Thanks for the great post! I love it when there are strong/complex female characters in a m/m story. Your ladies sound interesting.

    jen.f {at} mac {dot} com

  9. Thank you for describing the women in the story. We not always see strong examples of women in what we read, especially gay romance. Your story sound like it has great twists and turns and I'm looking forward to reading it and learning more about your works for you are a new to me author.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I'll have to put this on my list! Thanks for the giveaway.

    yvonnereads11 at gmail dot com