Monday, March 31, 2008

A Gentleman's Wager's US re-release

by Madelynne Ellis

Tomorrow marks the US re-release of my Georgian set historical ménage-a-trois, A Gentleman's Wager. It's been out of print for years, so naturally I hope you're all going to rush out and buy a copy, read it, leave me lots of Amazon stars and tell all your friends how wonderful it is too. All in time for the release of the next part of the story, Phantasmagoria, at the end of the month.

Failing that, I hope you'll stick around to read the teaser excerpt posted below. And maybe stop by the comments and tell me which two men you'd most like to see making out. If you already have pics and video clips, so much the better. Gimme links.

Personally, I'm rather fond of this pair.


Lucerne closed his eyes and offered no resistance to Vaughan’s intimate caress. So it had all come down to this. He could sometimes deny his attraction to the other man, but he didn’t have the willpower to force him away. The muscles of his stomach tightened and his mouth opened, but he didn’t make a sound. Vaughan’s thrilling attention was worth the risk of weathering discovery here or gossip at Court. He reached out to Vaughan and met his friend’s desire with an urgency of his own. Outside, the muted hubbub of the inn went on. He hoped the latch was firm.

They clawed at each other’s clothing and ground their pricks together, rubbing and kissing, while Lucerne tried not to think too hard about what he was doing. He slipped his hand inside the waistband of Vaughan’s figure-hugging pantaloons, touched his sensitive glans and heard him gasp. The sound gave him a surprising sense of satisfaction, and he allowed Vaughan to pull away long enough for the marquis to pull his black cambric shirt over his head.

Vaughan’s body was lean but muscular and tapered neatly at the waist. His arms and shoulders were strong from his love of fencing, the same sport that gave him his oft-admired thighs. However, the most striking feature of his near-nakedness was the pale silvery line across his left side that marred the surface of his skin. Lucerne traced its length curiously with his fingertips, and then with his tongue. It appeared to be a duelling scar.

‘An unpleasant scrape,’ elucidated Vaughan, as he tilted his head forward to watch Lucerne. A fiery gleam showed through the shadow of his dark lashes, while his lips curled into an aggressive smile. ‘Deuced Italians. I swear they’ve fire for blood.’

Lucerne smiled and pressed himself against Vaughan’s warm body, glad that whatever implement had caused the wound hadn’t done more damage. He felt Vaughan’s arms snake around him and pluck at his coat. Lucerne shrugged it off, for once letting it fall to the floor. Then he unknotted his cravat, while Vaughan drew the curtain across the small, grimy window.

They fell upon each other again, as if mere closeness was not enough. Lucerne sank to his knees, then felt Vaughan about to follow suit and stopped him. He eyed the erect penis before him uncertainly. This would be a first. He cautiously closed his mouth over the head. It tasted salty against his tongue.

Vaughan inhaled sharply and sagged against the panelled wall for support, holding Lucerne’s head to his cock as he moved. He didn’t speak, but Lucerne didn’t need him to. He knew how this felt, knew exactly how incredible such focused attention was. What surprised him was the pleasure he was deriving from the friction against his lips, and the addictiveness of having his mouth repeatedly filled.

Vaughan’s fingers tangled in his hair. His hips rocked slowly. Lucerne knew he was resisting the urge to thrust deeper. He tried to take a little more, but felt the tip brush the back of his throat and had to fight back the instinctive cough that threatened to explode. He circled his fingers over Vaughan’s cheeks, and then moved one hand to cup his friend’s balls. Vaughan stiffened. He gave an emotive sigh and his whole body flexed as he came, shooting his seed into Lucerne’s waiting mouth.

Lucerne released his hold and kissed him once, intimately. He watched Vaughan’s prick continue to twitch as the afterglow of his orgasm washed over his body, and saw a contented smile spread over his face. Vaughan’s eyes flicked open as Lucerne stood; they were dilated and unnaturally bright. They fastened on the trickle of come at the corner of Lucerne’s mouth.

‘Come to me,’ he beckoned.

‘No.’ Lucerne wiped away the evidence of their encounter. ‘Later,’ he soothed, when he saw anxiety cloud the joy in Vaughan’s eyes. ‘Somewhere more private.’ The risk of discovery suddenly felt very real.

Vaughan smiled and nodded. He rose to his feet and dressed quickly. There was a fresh glow to his skin now, and he positively radiated sexuality. Once he’d buttoned himself, he turned to Lucerne and caught his wrist, then forced a kiss on him. This time Lucerne accepted it without question, then they went out to collect Charles.

More excerpts available at my website.

Madelynne Ellis

Addendum: Read Bev's new review of A Gentleman's Wager at The Good, the Bad & The Unread.

Credits: Film clip: Velvet Goldmine. Photo: Anthony Gayton.


Portia Da Costa said...

I've read both these books and they're both awesome!

You don't need me to wish you good luck with this re-release because it's a fabulous book and a whole new audience is going to absolutely adore it.

You are the Queen of Randy, Risque, Regency Rakes! :)

Janine Ashbless said...

Nothing like a bit of m/m to wake me up in the morning...

Now, who would I like to see making out... How about Russell Brand and the fey/goth one from the Might Boosh?

Lawrence Llewellyn-Bowen and Diarmuid Gavin?

Olivia Knight said...

Meep! Once more, I'm overcome with desire to be a gay man. Damn the electric fence! Damn the electric fence! (And funnily enough, I'll be walking right past Borders later... perhaps not past, now...)

Of course, I have to provide my standard picture of Legolas and Aragorn. Old faithfuls of the blog will have seen this one before - but I just can't get enough of it...

I'm still waiting for Captain Jack and the Doctor to be reunited; the omnisexual captain, for whom all others go knock-kneed and then some, carrying a torch for his beloved Doctor... is the Doctor straight? Will Jack ever be permitted, with infinite gratitude, to kiss him?

Any man Jude Law wants to kiss is fine by me, though I'd rather like it if it were one of the Fiennes brothers, for preference.

In general, though, men should take a leaf out of the girls' book here, and snog each other at parties for the delight of the onlookers. Not enough men kissing in the world.

Erastes said...

Oooo - lovely excerpt *fans self*

What? How did I miss out on this one?

*frowns at Mad*

I'll definitely be buying it (will be skipping the het scenes) and will add to Speak Its Names list.

Does anyone else have any historicals with M/M please that I don't know of?

Madelynne Ellis said...

Um, yeah, Phantasmagoria, AGWs sequel. LOL

Janine: Now I'd like to see Lawrence with Mr Brand. I was never much for Diarmuid.

Wasn't someone going to write a post about LL-B. I have to admit to stealing one of his ideas of Phantasmagoria. Ages ago he did a TV program in which mad fools (people) let him into their homes to design them their perfect room, and one guy wanted the full Jane Austen experience. Mr LL-B naturally provided complete with swooning maiden wallpaper. So, I figured if he could do wallpaper, than Henry could definitely have a suit made of the stuff.

Madelynne Ellis said...

Olivia - Jude Law may have provided a certain amount of inspiration for one of the characters.

Janine Ashbless said...

The main point about watching that design programme with Dairmud and LL-B was to see them bickering. Upper-class dandy v. Irish son-of-the-soil. Then LL-B would make arch comments about homoerotic tension. And I'd shout "Rip his clothes off!" at the screen.

Madelynne Ellis said...

Ah, clearly I missed out.

Kate Pearce said... of my favorite names, seeing as it's very close to my husbands anglicized version :)

Love m/m historicals-love writing them too, looking forward to these arriving into my hot little hands!

Great excerpt!

Angell said...




Legolas - Aragorn....HOT...

Deanna Ashford said...

I loved A Gentleman's Wager - I read it a long time ago now. I think I'll indulge myself and read it again before I read the next one.

Olivia I think on The Friday Night Project David Tennent said no he and Captain Jack would not be getting together on-screen - a pity.

Nothing like a bit of homo-erotica - I think it is incredibly sexy.

t'Sade said...

I need to get both of those. M/M has been turning me on like no tomorrow lately and I'm solely in need to balance out my male female ratio of my library. :)

Hot scenes just make it easier.

Madeline Moore said...

Congratulations. I know they'll both be big sellers.

limecello said...

Wow. What an excerpt. I'd never heard of this :X - but I read the review on TGTBTU and was very impressed - A+! I'm definitely looking for this book now!

Bev(QB) said...

When I think of classic Black Lace releases, three books immediately come to mind that represent to me what Black Lace is all about: Menage by Emma Holly, Continuum by Portia Da Costa and A Gentleman's Wager by Madellyne Ellis, probably the best damn erotic historical ever written.

The three best examples of why I refer to Black Lace as intelligent erotic fiction.