Stevie: Okay, Korey Mae, spill all the juicy tidbits about this fabulous collaboration.
Korey Mae: Thanks so, so much for having me on your site, Stevie. You're fantastic, and you have me totally jazzed because I get to talk about the medieval spanking erotica collection, "Conquered Brides."
I love that I got to work on this project, with Renee Rose as our wonderful leader keeping us on-course, and I love how different it is compared to many other boxsets.
We all wrote novels, all 30,000 to ~45,000 words EACH, that all stand on their own, have full plots and can be read alone. But the way we wrote it is most powerful together, since all the books are taking place around the same event, in the same castle, in the same world, and the same time. We have a lot of interweaving between characters, histories, and story lines, which we hoped would it especially fun & rich for the readers who bought the entire collection.
The plot is set in the real world, in the middle ages, around a castle that still stands today, Hohenzollern. Although we played up the romance of the era and made sure that it wasn't based on actual historical figures, it was inspired by the castle's rich history, its beauty, and it's location. It was a really inspiring location, and it made it extremely fun to write. And I have to admit, I do like any book where I can make a cover that incorporates my vacation photo.
If someone's worried that these books might be similar, than think again! I was worried about the same thing, but once we were all done, I was astounded that 5 books with so many things in common like time, location, and events could still be so amazingly different in every other way. Some are hot and sexy and some are more on the sweet side. All of them have some rocking alpha males and spanking action, but the characters, dialogue and writing styles truly set each book apart.
It was fun to write, and I learned a lot. It's not often a writer gets the opportunity to work in a group, and these gals are amazing and so was the experience. We truly hope everyone who likes medieval romance and/or spanking will enjoy it as much as we enjoyed writing it!
The Mighty Blurb of the Conquered Brides Boxset:
When the castle they called home is besieged and ultimately falls, five women are captured and carried off as wives by their foes. Will they be treated as no more than the spoils of war, or can their new lords prove themselves worthy of the love and submission of their conquered brides?
Commanding the Princess, by Korey Mae Johnson
As the ruler of Hohenzollern Castle in name only, Susanna has watched helplessly for years as her power-hungry uncle made one enemy after another for her. One enemy stands out, and the moment she catches sight of him, Princess Susanna is certain that it will be Gerhard of Bavaria who brings her world down around her. As his army smashes through her gates, Susanna makes the only choice she has left. She surrenders herself to Gerhard, hoping to win mercy for her people, though she fears it will come at the cost of her life. But she soon learns that Gerhard has other plans for her, plans which may end with her surrendering much more than just her castle to him.
The Knight’s Seduction, by Renee Rose
Avowed to never again yield to a man’s ill-treatment, Lady Daisy stands ready to fight to the death when her castle is sacked. The imposing knight Sir Barrett has other ideas, however, and to her dismay, Daisy soon finds herself not only disarmed, but soundly spanked as well. Sir Barrett takes her as his captive bride, but when she shows real terror at the prospect of consummating their marriage, he offers her a bargain. She will offer her body to him and accept the pleasurable torments he inflicts, but he will not claim her fully until she aches for it so badly she begs him. Certain she will do no such thing, Daisy agrees, but can she resist the knight's seduction?
The Widow Is Mine, by Ashe Barker
Since her husband’s untimely passing, Lady Natalia has resigned herself to a quiet life as a young widow and perhaps one day as a nun. But when her adopted home is conquered by the enemy, her world is turned upside down. After he rescues her from the chaos of Hohenzollern’s fall, Duke Stefan of Richtenholst cannot imagine allowing Natalia to languish behind the walls of a convent. The duke takes Natalia home as his wife, and he quickly proves himself ready to compel her obedience when it is necessary, but can he ever truly make her his own?
Conquering Lady Claire, by Sue Lyndon
As Hohenzollern Castle falls, mayhem unfolds around Lady Claire, and her only aim is to lead as many women and children of the castle to safety as possible. In an odd turn of fortune, her courageous efforts ultimately lead to her capture by none other than Lord Galien of Minrova, the very man that her brother, a powerful duke, recently commanded to find her and claim her as his wife. Claire’s defiance is quickly overcome by means of a firm hand applied to her bare bottom, but Galien is not content merely going through the motions of a political marriage. His skilled lovemaking soon leaves his new bride begging for more, but can he conquer her heart as well?
Kidnapped and Claimed, by Dinah McLeod
When her husband’s repeated infidelities and drunken insults become too much to bear, Lady Cecily flees to her childhood home at Hohenzollern, but things quickly go from bad to worse and she is kidnapped from the castle stables only moments after her arrival. Cecily ignores her abductor’s warnings of ruin about to befall Hohenzollern and his claim that he took her from the castle only to keep her safe. She resists him every step of the way, until at last he spanks her long and hard. Despite his firm chastisement, it soon becomes clear to Cecily that her captor cares for her in a way her husband never did. But can she forgive him for stealing her from her home?
Publisher’s Note: The Conquered Brides contains spankings, sexual scenes, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.
Excerpt from “Commanding the Princess”:
“You are the most foolish woman I ever met,” he told her, feeling breathless. “You cannot go this far from me by yourself.”
“I am sorry,” she replied, her voice also quiet.
He pulled back from her and shook her hard. “Don’t you know you might have been killed? You had nothing to protect you. You were alone! I told you to stay in my sight!”
She swallowed and shook her head, still looking dazed. “I know, I know, I am sorry!”
Without another word he grabbed her forearm and pulled her firmly in the direction of their camp. His mind was reeling with images of what might have happened to her. How had he ever thought himself paranoid! He knew what could happen—he’d seen victims of wolf attacks many times before. They were all too common, especially in the winter months when their prey was scarce. And Susanna had gone marching away into danger just to pout!
“Gerhard, speak to me,” she begged, and by her tone she had to have known that she’d upset him greatly.
“I’m tired of letting you play the role of spoiled princess with me, Susanna. As I told you, you are no longer a princess. You are mine. You will be my wife, and I will not see you risk your safety. Do you understand me?”
“Y-yes,” she said uncertainly, sounding apologetic. “I said I was sorry, Gerhard, I—”
“You will be sorry,” he gritted. “You’re going to be one sorry girl when I’m done with you. I’m going to give you a whipping you’ll not forget anytime soon!”
She tried to stop and then dug in her heels when she stumbled slightly, finding that he wasn’t planning on stopping until they were safely back at camp. “Gerhard, stop!’ she whined. “Stop, please. Be reasonable—I was upset, I needed air!”
“And now you need a good spanking,” he retorted, yanking her back into step with him. Bacon had no objections—he was leading the way, apparently as eager to gain distance from the wolf attack as he was, oinking as only a living pig could.
She was trying to fight him now, slapping at his arm. “Please, I was grateful! Can’t you just let me be grateful?” she demanded.
“I am very glad you’re pleased with me, sweeting,” he gritted, “but I have to show you that, although I’ll be a patient husband with you, there is certainly still a line that I expect you not to cross. Anything that risks your safety is over that line.”
Stevie: It sounds wonderful and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for sharing this with us, Korey Mae, and best of luck with this new collection. Here's the buy link folks, or you can simply click on the cover above.