Interview with Salime from Jewel of the East
Today we welcome a special guest to The Delighted Reader. One of Victoria Vane’s characters from her latest in the successful erotic historical romance series, Devil DeVere, set in the Georgian Era, has agreed to stop by and answer some of my questions.
Salime is a mysterious lady from the East. Her exotic looks and ways make her a true Jewel of the East which is the title of the book where she is the main character.
Greetings Salime and welcome to our cozy blog! I would offer you a graceful salam, but I would probably fall over and embarrass us both. You have led a rather intriguing life and I have enjoyed my introduction to you when you appeared in the Devil DeVere series. I know our readers would enjoy knowing you too.
For those who are unfamiliar, would you please share a bit about yourself? What were your first impressions of Georgian London when you arrived?
As readers will learn, I was taken from my home at an early age and raised in Topkapi Palace in Constantinople where I was an odalisque to Mihrişah Valide, the sultan’s mother, the most powerful woman in the Ottoman Empire. The harem is not as Westerners imagine it. It is the private residence of the most venerated women in the empire—the mother, wives, and concubines of the sultan. It is a place of training for young women.
Even a slave has a chance for a better position in the harem if she is possessed of beauty and talent. When I proved to be the best of the dancers, I found favor with the Valide Sultana, who selected me to be presented to the sultan. Being chosen as a concubine is the only path to a life of ease and security for a woman such as myself … but that was not to be. Any chance I had was destroyed by a jealous rival.
After coming to England, I became the reigning courtesan at King’s Place, the most exclusive brothel in London. Sadly, a woman of pleasure in the western world has no guarantees at all. If she ages or her lovers tire of her, she is as readily cast aside as a worn slipper.
In the series, you were close to DeVere and he trusted you. Was it hard to give him up?
Lord DeVere was my rescuer, my salvation, and we were almost as intimate as lovers. I danced for him, smoked with him, and tended him in the hammam. In truth, I worshipped him as a god. For years I tried to win his love, but his heart always belonged to another. In the end, I only cared for his happiness and sacrificed my own to help my rival, Diana, the woman he loved.
Did he ever speak of his friend Simon? If so, what did he share about this man who will be the hero in your story?
In the past, DeVere had never spoken of Simon, probably because he believed him dead—killed in the war with the American Colonies. Once he became aware that Simon lived and had returned to England, DeVere desperately desired to help ease Simon’s way back into his old life. I did not fully understand what Lord DeVere expected of me in regard to Simon, nevertheless, I was willing to do anything to please the man who had saved my life—the man I thought I loved.
What were your first impressions of Simon when you met him?
(She snorts.) He was exceedingly unkempt- evenly by the slovenly English standards. Yet he also had very much the look of a wounded animal. It was his haunted eyes that first called out to my heart.
Your training in the sensual arts has left you with many skills and activities that bring pleasure to a man. I know I am always looking for ways to keep things interesting in my own relationship. Do you have a few suggestions for us unimaginative and unskilled females who might want to surprise our menfolk?
Most women are not aware that they have it fully within their power to control a man’s boşalma. There are at least three methods by which a woman can delay his emission. If these methods are employed six times, the final release will be unlike anything he has ever known.
Can you give us an example of what you would organize for an evening with a man or a scene from the series if that’s easier?
She smiles. My dance of seduction has never failed to bring a man to his knees.
The air had become hazy, and his blood weighted and torpid. Another lungful of smoke brought with it a wonderful sense of well-being. His body was strangely light, as if it defied gravity, but his mind was still sharp and clear. Take care, Sin. It would be damnably easy to adopt this hookah and smoke himself into an eternal slumber.
A whisper, a rustling, and a soft jingle stole his attention.
Salime came into view again, and Simon almost swallowed his tongue.
Good God! She wore almost nothing at all!
Her breasts rose high, round and soft as choice fruit from her bodice, a scanty garment that failed to cover more than a few inches of her torso. Her Turkish trousers were replaced with a diaphanous scarlet petticoat that revealed the shadowy outline of her long and slender legs. Low on her curvaceous hips was a heavily embroidered girdle covered with coins that jangled as she moved. With her hair hanging loose in a long, silky cascade, he couldn’t help but stare where it tickled the dimples above her lovely arse. The display of olive-colored flesh was almost too much.
“Music, Mustafa,” she commanded. The tiny brass cymbals on her fingertips clattered as she clapped her hands, adding percussion to the symphony.
Her eunuch appeared with a strange lute-like instrument. Mustafa settled cross-legged in an unobtrusive corner of the chamber. A moment later the music commenced. The instrument had a tone similar to a guitar Simon had once heard played by a renowned Spanish master. At times plucking and at others strumming, Mustafa played his instrument with comparable skill.
She came toward him with a slow sway of her hips. Every movement made the coins jingle. Salime dominated the room, retreating into the music with arms outstretched and eyes shut as if she were in another world. Her head swung side to side in slow cadence with her swaying hips. Her black hair tumbled across her face. There was nothing earthly about her. That body moved unnaturally, perfectly. Her seductive undulations made his mouth go dry.
Simon lay back on the cushions and groaned. His senses basked in the sounds, scents, and sights. Even without touching her, he felt her inside him. It all seemed like an erotic dream from which he never wanted to awaken.
Thank you, Salime, for taking your time and coming to visit us today at The Delighted Reader.
JEWEL OF THE EAST
(The Devil DeVere #5)
Having once lived his life only for larks, laughter, and ladies of easy virtue, Captain Simon Singleton has returned from the war with the colonies a shambles of a man. Now free from six years of captivity, he’s still fettered by irrational fears that confine him to a life of seclusion.
Once the crowning jewel of the most lavish brothel in London, the exotic Salime finds her reputation and livelihood destroyed by a bitter rival. With a closely guarded secret stripped away, Salime fears no man will ever desire her again. Seeking aid from one who once saved her life, Salime accepts a proposition to repay her debt by becoming a companion to his war-scarred friend.
Circumstance brings these two damaged souls together; but fate ignites a love story worthy of the Arabian Nights.
Victoria Vane is an award-winning author of smart and sexy romance. Her collective works of fiction range from historical to contemporary settings and include everything from wild comedic romps to emotionally compelling erotic romance. Her biggest writing influences are Georgette Heyer, Robin Schone, and Sylvia Day. Victoria is the founder of Goodreads Romantic Historical Fiction Lovers and the Romantic Historical Lovers book review blog. Look for her sexy new contemporary cowboy series coming from Sourcebooks in 2014.
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