Well, we’ve had a great week so far, spending some time with talented and fun authors. Today, I thought I’d tell you a bit about Daring Time, my erotic romance time travel that comes out on May 5; not so much with blurbs and excerpts, but with photos of the still hauntingly elegant avenue where Daring Time takes place, the six blocks that once housed the wealthiest and most august citizens of Chicago–Prairie Avenue, brief descriptions of Ryan and Hope and blurbs from early reviewers Lea and Shannon. Leave me a comment and you’ll qualify to win either a Beth Kery Paradise Rules T-shirt (my steamy erotic contemporary that comes out in October, 2009) or a free download of Flirting in Traffic.
They called it the sunny street of the sifted few.
This house on the corner of eighteenth and Prairie Avenue is the mansion which I loosely based Ryan’s and Hope’s residence. He lives there in the present; she in 1906. Here are some of Ryan’s thoughts when he first enters the house he unexpectedly inherited:
Sunlight spilled from a row of four exquisite stained glass windows, casting a landscape of rosy light and trellis-like shadows onto the mahogany floors. For a brief moment, Ryan Daire perfectly envisioned what it must have been like: the crystal chandeliers alight with newly installed electricity, a fire leaping in the marble encased fireplace, the ladies in their gowns and jewels, the men in their evening attire, the rich, acrid smell of fine cigars, the tinkling sound of champagne glasses being removed from a tray.
That’s me standing in front of the Kimball mansion (the same one on the corner above.) I got to tour it when I was writing Daring Time. Amazing.
Beth Kery set a high standard with her excellent previous novel, Wicked Burn; with Daring Time, she’s proven she’s no one-hit wonder. If this is a taste of Kery to come, we’re in for a real treat. It’s a powerful, explosive novel of intensely erotic sexual hunger, cleverly constructed time travel, and two wonderfully developed and very real characters.
The city of Chicago in the 1900s came alive for me ““ I’ve never been, but I could feel and taste it even though Kery doesn’t overburden her prose with long descriptions. There’s a slightly gothic flavour to the story, especially the scenes within the mansion, as if the house is a character in and of itself.
Me in front of one of the few remaining Prairie Avenue Mansions. This one is the house of Marshall Field’s son. Every time I visit Prairie Avenue, I can almost see my heroine Hope marching down the street…off to save the world.
Hope walked along briskly, as at home amidst the young, brash city as she was in the elegant silences of Prairie Avenue. Chicago was a city of industry, a town that knew where it was headed. As a young woman of determination and purpose, Hope innately understood and appreciated her place in the sprawling miasma of bustling humanity.
This is the house I’ve used as a loose basis for a sequel I’m proposing for Daring Time called Making Time. It doesn’t look as imposing as Ryan’s and Hope’s house from the outside, but I got to tour it and was completely stunned by its beauty. Perfectly, meticulously restored.
Daring Time, Ms. Kery’s wonderful erotic fantasy, time travel novel to be published in May 5, 2009, was a thoroughly enjoyable “escapist” read, however it was also an enriching experience. I learned about Chicago’s history, some famous people that lived in the Prairie Avenue District, and with each of Ms. Kery’s books my comfort level with BDSM themed stories is increasing. “Love’s not Time’s fool”, and this exquisite story, while a fantasy, proves that short beautiful line of poetry true.