Friday, October 30, 2015

Author Interview & New Release: Sexual Sorcery by C M Fontana

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Sexual Sorcery : An Erotic Tale of Sex, Mystery and the Occult, in Victorian England
By: C M Fontana
Releasing September 18, 2015
Mystic Erotica

Buy Links:  Amazom US | Amazon UK


Synopsis


An unwitting academic stumbles into the erotically-charged occult underworld of Victorian London. With a cast of characters including an investigator with a talent for seduction, a mesmerist collecting a harem of beautiful ladies, and a woman who believes she has had sex with Satan, Sexual Sorcery is a sizzling story of decadence, conspiracy and carnality.

When a collection of books go missing from the University's collection, Fredrick Clifford travels to London in search of the likely culprit, an apparently respectable gentleman named Victor Braystone. But he soon finds that he is not the only one with an interest in Mr Braystone, and the manipulative Catherine Wolseley soon draws him into her own schemes.

As he, Miss Wolseley and their seductive accomplice begin to unravel Mr Braystone's plots, Fredrick Clifford finds himself both confused and entrapped in a shocking world of of sex and duplicity. And as the trail leads him from the seductions of a London club to a Satanic altar in the wilds of the Welsh borders, he struggles to make sense of both the dark uncertainties of the occult, and of an unfamiliar realm of debauchery and sex.



Excerpt

    “Fredrick Clifford,” he introduced himself. “I may be expected?”
    “Of course,” the maid curtseyed, with a hint of an accent, perhaps Italian or French, and stepped back to let him in.
    She took his coat, hat and cane, and then led him up the stairs, and into a well furnished sitting room. Tall windows let light flood into the room through lace curtains, the room was decked with a range of plushly upholstered chairs and settees, the largest of which, unusually, seemed to be the size of a single bed, but with ornate arms and a high back.
    The maid motioned him to take a seat in a plush chair by the window. She assured him, “I will say that you have arrived,” and then withdrew.
    As he waited, he looked around. The d├ęcor was, the more he considered the details, eccentric.
    Not only were the chairs unusually deeply upholstered, and the main sofa far wider than was needed, but there were numerous sturdy hooks, which looked like they might have hung chandeliers before gas lighting was installed, both in the ceiling and also, inexplicably in the skirting board at the foot of the wall. There was also a faint but spicy scent in the air, which he suspected might be incense – an unusual scent to encounter outside of a High or Catholic church.
    The door opened, and he turned to see a tall, graceful woman step into the room. She wore a red silk robe like a dressing gown, and around her neck an ornate necklace of black beads. Her brown hair hung loosely in flowing curls, cascading over her shoulders, and Fredrick’s eyes were drawn further down, to the sides of her firm breasts, indecently visible where the two sides of the robe met.
    “I’m so sorry!” he instinctively stood up and turned his back on her, to stare fixedly out of the window.
    “And why, Mr Clifford, are you sorry?” The voice was soft, the accent unmistakably continental.
    “I am… that is to say…” He could barely hear her approach, her bare feet on the carpet. “Perhaps I should return when you are properly dressed.”
    Her voice, now just over his shoulder, chided, “Mr Clifford, I was told that you were a gentleman.”
    “Well, yes!” he replied, indignantly.
    “And is it polite, when a lady enters a room, turn your back on her, and then proceed to criticise her choice of clothing.”
    “Well, I… there is a question of what is appropriate!”
    “Your lessons today,” she corrected him, “are to deal instead with the question of what is courteous – gentlemanly. You may be quite right about what is appropriate. But this afternoon, that is not our subject.”
    To Frederick, what was gentlemanly and what was appropriate seemed intimately connected. But Miss Wolseley had, presumably, some purpose in sending him here.
    “I apologise,” he conceded, turning to face her. It would be a shame to argue with such an attractive hostess.
    She smiled and inclined her head. “Then shall we start again?”
    Fredrick nodded.
    The woman turned and walked softly back to the door. He watched her robe sway against her legs, and was impressed by her grace. She left the room, and shut the door after herself. Fredrick sat down again, and waited.
    After a minute, the door opened again, and the woman returned.
    Fredrick stood up, and stepped forwards to greet her. “Fredrick Clifford, Madam. At your service.”
    She held out her hand, palm down, and he took it gently, and bowed slightly as he motioned to kiss it.     He could not help, bending forward, but appreciate the gentle curve of her breasts, barely draped in thin red silk.
    “Signorina Maria Cenci,” she replied with a hint of a curtsey. “Charmed to meet you, Sir.”



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Author interview

I'm delighted to have C M Fontana join me to anwer a few questions for the blog.

Thank you for having me here today!

Where are you from?
I'm British by nationality, but my family history isn't so straight-forward, and I'm living in Italy. So, am I British? Italian? And where am I actually from? I describe myself as European – it's easier.

When and why did you begin writing?
I don't remember a time when I didn't write. I've loved writing short stories and poems since I was a child. As I got older, the works got longer – and, I'd hope, rather better!

So, what have you written?
For years I just wrote short stories for my own entertainment. I always told myself I could never write a novel. Then a few years ago I decided that I was sick of making excuses to myself – so, over a year or so, I sat down and wrote a 100,000 word novel. It was big hurdle. I never published it, but after that I found it easier to commit to writing longer works – novellas and novels.

And so, I've just published two novels which mix mystery and erotica, with supernatural elements. Deadly Adultery is a police investigation with a paranormal twist. Sexual Sorcery is mystery set in Victorian London. Both are categorized as erotica, to keep the unwary away from books which have a lot of explicit sex, but the mystery plots are just as important as the carnality.

What draws you to this genre?
Mystery stories seem to come to me quite easily – I love thinking through the plans that the villains have laid, wondering how they might unravel, and then letting the heroes try to deal with these schemes. And the erotica is just fun – the sex adds excitement. But the decision that I took very self-consciously was to add supernatural elements. These are useful in that they allow me to twist the plots in surprising directions, but they also make it really obvious that the books are not realistic – which is important for erotica. Nobody really wants to read about realistic sex-lives, just as action-movie fans don't want to watch realistic depictions of police-work, but I'd hate anyone to think that this kind of outrageous sex is realistically attainable. Having the fantastical elements in the books hopefully stops anyone taking them too seriously.

What is your most recent book about?
Sexual Sorcery follows an unwitting Victorian academic trying to find a few seemingly innocuous missing books. But this gentleman, Fredrick Clifford, finds himself in a very unfamiliar world, and in the midst of a scheme that goes far beyond the theft of a couple of books. The plot unfolds because of his investigations, but the focus switches, and most of it is told by following the very capable women who he meets in London's occult underworld.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Nothing quite as simple as a single message. I want the reader to enjoy following the mystery, to wonder with Fredrick who he can trust and whether he is being manipulated and what might really be going on. I want the reader to enjoy the plot twists and of course the sex scenes. But I'm also happy for the reader to reflect and consider. Books are more interesting if they reflect on things, as well as just describing events or characters. There are some obvious issues that the book has to touch upon, like the status of women in Victorian society, but there is also a theme of that runs through the book: there is a question of when persuasion is morally acceptable, and when it is not, which the book touches on repeatedly.

Where can we buy or see the books?
Both of the novels and two novellas, including Sexual Sorcery, can be found at http://mysticerotica.com, and digital versions are available for Kindle on Amazon.

What are your current projects?
I'm working from both of these last novels, Sexual Sorcery and Deadly Adultery, to create ongoing series of books. The Victorian occult setting of Sexual Sorcery, in particular, is far too interesting to just leave after one or two books, and I want to see how several of the characters develop over the next few years of their lives. Hopefully the next full length novel, Sorcerer's Proposal, will be out before Christmas.


Author Info


C M Fontana is a British erotic author, fusing plots of mystery, intrigue, and the supernatural with racy erotica. The first full-length novels, Sexual Sorcery, was published for Kindle in September 2015, with two novellas continuing the series released soon after.

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