Throwback Thursday: Naughty, not Nice with Callie Hutton @calliehutton

Today, I’m thrilled to have Callie Hutton here on the blog, sharing a fabulous historical tidbit with us!

author photoNaughty, not Nice

In my book, Seducing the Marquess, my heroine finds a naughty book in a bookstore. After acquiring it, she decides to use the advice in the book to entice her husband to make love to her as if she were a mistress. He’s been raised to believe he needs to be aware of his wife’s ‘delicate sensibilities,’ and not show lust and passion with her. Not so, says Eugenia.
A reviewer or two questioned the historical accuracy of my story. They claimed those sorts of books were not around in those days. Well, then. I saw that as a challenge. A very cursory search revealed such goodies as the very famous Kamasutra, published in the 3rd century, as well as other well-known stories such as Justine, by Marquis de Sade (1791), Fanny Hill (1748) and of course the very famous The School of Venus, or the Ladies Delight, Reduced into Rules of Practice, published in England in 1680.
So, dear readers, Fifty Shades of Grey was nothing new. Sex has been popular since, well, since the beginning of time.

Tell us something fun about the relationship conflict.

Devon is unhappy with his married sex life, but doesn’t know why. Shouldn’t he be aware of his wife’s delicate sensibilities? When Eugenia finds ‘the book’ and starts to use information to steam things up, Devon thinks she’s having an affair. He begins to follow her, while she’s following him to keep him from finding a new mistress. It made for some fun scenes.

How much research do you do?

Quite a bit. I have four binders full of Regency information, as well as a membership in the Beau Monde RWA chapter where I ask questions all the time. For Seducing the Marquess I had to find erotic books that were available in the time period. I did LOTS of research, in fact. Yes, LOTS . . . .

What do you like best about historical romance?

The restrictions. I think the fact that there were so many rules in place makes for excellent sexual tension between the couple.

book coverSeducing the Marquess

Lord and Lady Devon have a perfectly proper and good ton marriage. Devon is satisfied. And Eugenia was. Until she found the book . . .

Series Name: Lords and Ladies in Love
Genre: Regency
Heat level: One or two love scenes
ISBN: 9781539181712

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  1. Annette Naish - Reply

    I am not a writer who does research, but just thinking off the top of my head,,,,,if there were no sex and sex stories there probably would be no people to read the sex stories. We all would have died out due to not knowing how things work.

  2. Brian P Lane - Reply

    You ask what book changed my life? The answer is a book by an author who found fame and fortune as James T. Kirk. I am speaking of William Shatner and hes “TekWar” series. I had given up reading but this book grabbed and said, “read me”. I did and have been gobbling up books ever since then.

  3. Jeni P - Reply

    I feel like every book I read has changed or impacted my life in one way or another. If we were being really specific (and literal) I’d say the US Pony Club handbook, or college textbooks, because you know, education!
    But seriously, I like to think that when we pick up an author’s book, they have put a bit of their soul into it, and so we do the same in return. How many books have you read where you’ve been completely immersed in another world or another time? How many times have you finished a book and have been sad that you had to leave that world? Or how about that time that you were so absorbed that night turned to morning or your chores were completely neglected? Books are the only way we can completely immerse ourselves like that, I believe, and I think it’s special. So in a way, every book that isn’t utter crap, shifts the paradigm and our perspectives just a little bit, broadening our horizons, and making the normal abnormal, the banal magical, and the trite spellbindingly glorious, no matter what age, genre, or interest. Go stick your nose in a goo book and get lost in storylandia!

  4. Heather Myatt - Reply

    When I was in High School my grandmother had breast cancer. She started doing girls night with my aunt’s and mother. Well one night my aunt’s couldn’t go, so my mother took me. We went to see a movie, Quills. That movie taught me a lot, especially when Geoffrey Rush’s Marquis De Safe bared it all, while I was sitting between my mother and grandmother. Lol. But it also opened my eyes to the Times in which he lived. I already had a love of reading, but that’s probably where my adoration for historical romances started. It became a joke in my family and we passed the DVD around to my aunt’s who had missed out on an awkward moment or two. I also received several quills as gifs as reminders.

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