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Guest: Phyllis Campbell


Ahhhh…Victorians!  I absolutely love this era.  I once had a Regency author ask me why I love the Victorian era, especially when those times (in England) were so strict and gloomy compared to Regency times.  My answer… (you’re going to laugh) was this – I ADORE their clothes!   heehee. 

Yep, you heard me correctly.  I love fashion.  I love the big puffy sleeves on the gowns.  People back then who designed clothes certainly knew what they were doing.  Regency’s clothes were so…boring.  I love that men wore trousers instead of breeches. (yeah, kind of girlish if you ask me) So what if those times were gloomy and strict.  Guess what? 

I don’t care, because I will always write about those people who broke the rules.  Come on…we all know there were people who didn’t follow societies rules, right?   We know men were rogues…and women loved them. We also know that not all women were proper, especially if given the chance to show their passion.  This is what I love to write about.

What about you?  Do you like to read about proper ladies and true gentlemen – or those rogues who can make our hearts hammer and knees weak?

One particular story of mine that fits with this is Her Knight Of Seduction.  I received many 5-star reviews and a Recommended Read for this story! 

Lady Megan Saxton will do anything—naughty if necessary—not to marry the drunken lord her grandmother selected.  But when she thinks she’s trapped herself a duke, will a mistake in identity have her falling in love with the man who put her family in financial ruins? 

Clever Scoundrel, Edmund Knight will stop at nothing to take back the deed to his goldmine that has been stolen.  When his enemy’s daughter mistakes him for someone else, his plans change.  Now he’s after her virginity. 

Check out the awesome Book Trailer  

My hero, Edmund Knight, is the perfect rogue!  So many of my readers have told me they couldn’t stop thinking about him even after the story ended.  Gads, I love to hear that.  Here is a sexy excerpt from the story…  Don’t we all love strip poker? heehee   In this scene, heroine thinks hero is the duke her parents want her to trap, not knowing that he’s really the enemy of her father. 

 Every card Megan picked was a high card, and it surprised her to see four Aces in her hand.  If what the duke told her about the game was correct, she had won.  Lifting her chin in triumph, she smiled.

He chuckled, shaking his head.  “You, my dear, don’t have a face made for this sort of game.” 

  “Whatever do you mean?” 

 “By the wide smile stretched across your tempting mouth, I assume you have an exemplary hand?”

 She shrugged one shoulder.  “How do you know this is not a deliberate attempt to mislead you?”

 “No, I’m certain it isn’t.”

 “Then do you call?” 

 He laid down five cards, all the same suit, numbered in order.  “If you can beat a small straight, then you have me licked.”  He laughed.  “And the prospect of being licked sounds rather enjoyable at this moment.”   

Megan’s heart thundered in her ears.  He shouldn’t have suggested something so shocking.  Now she imagined it, too, and it sounded very pleasing. 

 With shaky hands, she laid her cards on the table.

 “I have four Aces and a five of clubs.  I suppose that means I win.”   

 “Yes, you do.”  He shrugged, the corner of his lips lifted in a cocky grin.  “I’ll now have to forfeit something.” 

 By his creased forehead and shadowed gaze, he appeared deep in thought.  She observed his meditations in keen interest, but his eyes revealed none of his innermost thoughts.  Finally, he smiled, reached up and loosened his cravat.  “It’s up to you.   My cravat or a kiss.” 

A cravat?  What would she do with his cravat?  Yet she knew what she would do with a kiss.  She swallowed hard, deciding to let the teasing game play on. 

“I will take your cravat.”  She grinned and took the article of clothing handed to her, its silky smoothness still warm from his throat.  She placed it on her lap, and his musky scent engulfed her, heating her that much more.  He gathered the cards and shuffled again.

 The next game went as before, and she held four Kings.  Amazing.  She was better at this game than she thought.  It was time for him to forfeit, and he once again pondered on this, biting his bottom lip during the silence.

A grin tugged on his lips.  “My waist-coat or a kiss?” 

 “Your waist-coat.” 

 With a nod, he smiled and shrugged out of the garment.  She knew his game.  He was purposely losing.

 “Why are you forfeiting your clothing?” she asked in a mocking tone. 

 “As I see it, you have more need for it than I.  Doubtful your riding habit is dry as of yet.”

 Megan nodded.

 Once the third hand was dealt, she held a royal flush.  He’d tricked her!  What other excuse could there be?  She decided not to say anything, just to see where this led.  As he unbuttoned his shirt, she caught a breath in her throat.   This wasn’t good; or was it?  She had vowed to seduce him, but now faced with disrobing a man in person, the thought made her feel a bit green—yet excitement bubbled inside her chest. “Your Grace.”  She lowered her eyes as her cheeks burned.  “I’d rather you leave your shirt on.”

 “But my lady, what would you have me forfeit?  Are you ready for a kiss?”

 “I…I don’t know, but—”

 “Have you never seen a man without a shirt?” 

 Her face scorched with heat.  “Once, I accidentally caught my father without a shirt.”

 “I assure you, I’m built no differently.”

 She dared to look up, and at that moment his shirt came off.  Her mouth turned dry.  He lied.  He wasn’t a thing like her father.  Her father would consider himself privileged to have even half the definition the Duke had sculpting his wide chest. 

 A maelstrom of sensations flooded her mind, and she found she couldn’t remove her gaze from his masculine body.  His bronzed body glistened with hardened muscles sprinkled with a few soft hairs around his dark, tight nipples.

 Inwardly, she moaned.  She swept her tongue across her parched lips to moisten them before swallowing.  It didn’t register in her mind that he held out the shirt for her to take until he stood and walked to her.  She should have paid better attention.

 The shirt dropped in her lap and his masculine scent of spice and leather surrounded her.  Bending over, he placed his face very close to hers.  Hesitantly, she met his heated stare.

 “You know, my sweet lady, you shouldn’t look at a man with wide, curious eyes, and a gaze that devours his body.  It might give him improper thoughts.”

 Megan swallowed again, this time seeming harder than the last.  “Please forgive me, but…you look nothing like…my father.”

 He chuckled, tracing his finger along side her jaw before moving back to his chair.  She breathed a little easier, but not much.   

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  1. cmkempe says:

    Ah, the appeal of the loosened cravat! Have you seen Young Victoria? The fashions are amazing especially that strawberry dress! Simply gorgeous — and no, I don’t just mean Rupert Friend, although he makes a dashing Albert.

  2. Great excerpt, Phyllis! Definitely got my interest. I love Victorian clothing too!

    Off to check that trailer!

  3. Denise Eagan says:

    Sounds fantastic, Phyllis. I love those clothes too. I’ve got a notebook of research on ’em, not because I need it so much as it’s fascinating to how the styles changed with time. Love it, love it.

  4. Isabel Roman says:

    Thanks for stopping by, Phyllis! And great excerpt. 🙂

  5. Thanks ladies! Yes, I’m into fashion…gotta see those clothes on my characters. (grins)

    And no, I haven’t seen Young Victoria. Darn!


  6. Celia Yeary says:

    Phyllis–very interesting! Loved the excerpt! I love Victorian, too, but I’m more interested in the American version. During the US Victorian era, the motto was, “too much is not enough.” Celia

  7. Mary Ricksen says:

    Great excerpt. I sure hope you sell a ton of books. Good luck.
    Gosh I love the Victorian era.

  8. Heather says:

    this sounds very exciting! I would love to read this! I love historical romances.

  9. Hi, Phyllis. Great excerpt. I love the story, too. Ya’ll it’s a great, sexy read! Frankly, I have one of those ‘proper men’ in my life….I want to read about a rogue!

  10. Wow Phyllis,
    What can I say – hot, hot hot.


  11. Thanks again, ladies! Your comments make me smile. And Margaret…this isn’t hot. Not compared to what’s coming up in the story… This is only like chapter two. lol

    Anna Kathryn, I LOVE ROGUES!!


  12. So glad to have you visit with us today Phyllis. I agree with you on the clothes – as a seamstress, though, I am glad not to have to make them.

    Your story is very intriguing. I loved your video and look forward to giving it a read. I also love characters who break the rules. Who wants to conform in our choice of heros and heroines???

  13. Thanks for visiting, Phyllis. I’m with Paisley, not as a seamstress, but thinking about all the material one would have to buy!

    Oh well, I guess those wearing all those beautiful gowns and dresses didn’t have to worry about money.

  14. They did have great wardrobes and at least they also had underwear. LOL I pikced the late Georgian period for my latest series for pretty much the same reason(Loved the Scarlet Pimpernel) Great blog. Hannah

  15. hotcha1 says:


  16. I’m loving these comments…smiling the whole time. Thanks ladies! And Paisley…I LOVE characters who don’t follow the rules. It makes for a more interesting story.

    Thanks for having me as a guest on this blog! It’s been fun!


  17. So…who would like to win a PDF copy of this story? If so, email me @ and I’ll put you in a drawing!


  18. Ciara Gold says:

    Oh wow, I so remember this story. For those that have not read Phyllis’ work, you’re missing out. And Hey Marie, I’m into the Victorian Mood also. Yep, I’ve been revamping one of mine set in Victorian times. I loved the clothes, the manners and those rogues we love to read about.

    Excellent excerpt. Gotta love Edmund.

  19. Joan K. Maze says:

    Delicious. And I’ll take a rogue any time.

    What an enticing excerpt. This one goes on my list.


  20. Sara Rodriguez says:

    Hi Phyllis, I’m a bit late this week catching up with my email notices but not too late I hope. I love a hero with a sly sense of humor and Sir Knight seems like he fits the bill in more ways than one. And those Victorians ~ all that flamboyant repression! On my list for sure.

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