Guest Author & Giveaway: Karen Erickson featuring Lessons in Indiscretion

Wednesday, June 22

Have I ever mentioned that I don't really care for the popular term "cougar" when referring to an older woman/younger man couple?  It just sounds so predatory...and not romantic in the least. That doesn't mean however that I don't enjoy an older woman/younger man romance (within reason).  In fact the older I get the more I like's like a Muse fantasy come to fictional life :)  Which is why when I found out author Karen Erickson, who is best known for her Samhain and Ellora's Cave erotic romances, had written a sensual historical romance involving an older heroine and a younger hero, I was over the moon excited! 

Karen is my guest today to share her debut historical romance Lessons In Indiscretion with us, explaining why writing what you know can lead to a more than satisfying conclusion....for everyone involved :)  Read and enjoy!

Ah, the older woman, younger man trope. You don’t see it too often in historical romances (and if you do, please recommend those books to me in the comments – I’d love to read them!). I’m married to a younger man (by only two years but he loves to point out he’s younger as often as possible). My mother married a younger man, too (seven year difference – I guess my mom was a cougar before the term was coined. She will kill me for saying this).

I’m not quite sure where I got the idea in the first place for my novella Lessons In Indiscretion. It sort of came at me out of nowhere, fully fleshed out. This is an absolute rarity so I had to jump on it. And jump on it I did. I lived and breathed writing this novella and I’m almost embarrassed to say I had the first draft completed in a matter of days.

You see, I like the idea of Julia being a little bit older than Bedingfield. She wasn’t a young, innocent debutante (don’t get me wrong—I do love me some young, innocent debutantes and the incorrigible rakes who ravish them). Julia is a woman who knows what she wants. And she wants the Earl of Bedingfield. She just doesn’t think she deserves him. He’s young, wealthy and it’s known he’s on the hunt for a proper wife. Julia’s a widow, used goods and well, not what society would consider proper wife material for an earl. She tells herself she just wants a quick affair…

But Garrett wants more. And secretly, so does Julia.

Once Carina Press offered a contract for Lessons, I knew I wanted to make it a series. And so the Merry Widows were born. The second novella, Her Christmas Pleasure, comes out this November. I’m really excited for you all to meet Celia and Damien…but in the meantime, you need to get to know Julia and Garrett first.

So tell me, do you enjoy an older woman/younger man story? Have any books to recommend for us to read with an older woman/younger man couple? Leave a comment and I’ll give away a $10 gift card to Amazon to one lucky winner!

Also, in celebration of my first historical romance release, I've been having a big contest over on my blog. All the details are here. What’s the grand prize? I'm giving away a KINDLE. And I've extended the contest through June 24th so if you haven't entered yet, what are you waiting for? Check out my contest now!

You can find Lessons In Indiscretion at Carina Press, Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Widowed Lady Julia Renwick is still young enough to crave a man’s touch; but she’s too old to think that the Earl of Bedingfield could see her as anything more than a family friend. Garrett Walker is handsome, charming and only 26 years old—the perfect catch for any one of this year’s debutantes.

Garrett has no interest in the maidens vying for his attentions. He wants only Julia. With just two weeks left in the season, he makes a bold move by asking her to dance. When she counters with a shocking request of her own, Garrett eagerly agrees.

Soon, they are stealing away for passionate encounters at every society event they attend. Garrett introduces Julia to excitements she never knew existed, and her newfound confidence quickly attracts other eligible men. It’s not long before Garrett realizes he must find a way to keep the lady all to himself…

Read an excerpt, an additional excerpt, & an exclusive excerpt to Seductive Musings in the flipbook below or here:

Congratulations Karen on your historical romance debut! I for one certainly hope it won't be your last :) Thank you so much for being my guest today and sharing your new story with us. 

If you'd like to learn more about Karen and all of the different types of romances that she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, her group blog Smutketeers and the Smutketeers Yahoo Chat Group. Make sure you check out her Kindle giveaway that ends on June 24th because time is running out soon!

To celebrate the release of Lessons in Indiscretion, Karen would like to giveaway a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky Musings follower.  Here's how you can enter to win:

Ways to earn entries:
  • Mandatory:  Answer the question Karen asked readers in her post (good for 1 entry)
  • Mandatory: You MUST be a Google Friend Connect (GFC) follower in order to be eligible to win (unfortunately an email subscriber, or subscription in Google reader, and a follower are not the same thing so make sure you are signed up as a follower if you'd like to win this book)
  • If you have a blog, or even if you don't, you can earn extra entries by telling your friends. If they successfully enter to win and mention that you sent them you can each earn extra entries. You can blog about it with a link to this post, post it on Facebook, Twitter, email...or even word of mouth (good for 5 entries for the referrer and the commenter for each friend) . Please note that to earn the points they must mention your GFC name so that I can match you.
  • You can also earn extra entries by sharing the flipbook excerpt on Facebook, Twitter, your website or blog or other social media sites. You can earn 5 entries for each place that you share it and leave a link in the comments.
  • Purchase any item from the Seductive Musings Amazon store by using this link, or the Amazon widget contained within this post and email a copy of your purchase receipt to me no later than the deadline to enter (email available in sidebar). Sorry purchases made prior to this date do not apply, and link contained in this post must be used. No faxes or snail mail copies are allowed. No purchases are necessary to win. (good for 25 entries, or 50 entries if a purchase is made from the featured author's available titles)
How to enter:
  • You can choose to enter as many different ways that you want, but please place all of your entries in ONE comment 
Rules and disclaimers:
  • This contest is open to US only
  • You must be at least 18 years or older, or of legal age in your country
  • The contest will end on June 25th at 11:59 pm EST and winner will be posted after they have been selected
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  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit 
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice
Good Luck!

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June M. June 22, 2011 at 12:19 AM  

I do like older women/younger men stories, but right now I really can't think of any (Insomnia is messing with my mind).

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Sheree June 22, 2011 at 12:53 AM  

My first romance read was an older woman/younger man book: "Anyone But You" by Jennifer Crusie (she's 10 years older than he!).

A historical I remember reading is Monica Burns' "Pleasure Me". Not only is the hero younger but he's a virgin, too!

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Jane June 22, 2011 at 2:58 AM  

Congrats to Karen on the new release. I have read and enjoyed a few books featuring a younger man and an older woman like Justine Davis' "Backstreet Hero" and Erin McCarthy's "Flat Out Sexy."

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Maureen June 22, 2011 at 6:02 AM  

Congratulations on the new series Karen. I do enjoy the older woman, younger man stories but there are hardly any of them, especially historicals. A good one that I did remember is Just One of Those Flings by Candice Hern.
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debbie June 22, 2011 at 6:54 AM  

I agree, I don't like the cougar term, either. I do like the idea for a story,though. I just can't remember if I have read any.

Amy S. June 22, 2011 at 8:07 AM  

I do like books like that. Lessons In Indiscretion sounds great! I'm a google connect follower.

CrystalGB June 22, 2011 at 8:45 AM  

Hi Karen. Your book sounds good. I do like the older woman/younger man trope. I have read some books with this trope and enjoyed them.
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Mary June 22, 2011 at 8:58 AM  

I do like to occasionally read older women younger men stories and the last one I read was Pleasure Me by Monica Burns.

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Tore June 22, 2011 at 9:22 AM  

I do like older women and younger man stories. I can't think of any though. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book.

JenM June 22, 2011 at 10:25 AM  

Yup, hate the term cougar, but absolutely love this trope in romance (and in real life, since my husband is 3 years younger than me). The most recent books I read with this theme were The Perfect Dish by Kristen Painter, which was a great self-pubbed contemp. romance and Bound to Please by Lilli Feisty, also a contemp. romance. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. This theme is hard to find in Regencies.

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gamistress66 June 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM  

congrats on the release. I enjoy the older woman/younger man for the occasional change of pace though not often seen in historicals. As I've gotten older I seem to have developed a further appreciation for the more mature heroine. ;)

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Chele Blades June 22, 2011 at 1:07 PM  

congrats again on the release

i really enjoyed Butterfly Kisses by Lizzie T Leaf

as a mother of a 20 & 19 year daughters i have to say i do enjoy looking at their "friends" but i just call them my eye candy...i do like to make them blush...

Maria June 22, 2011 at 1:22 PM  

I do like the older woman, younger man storyline and recently read one I really liked - Scoring Lacey by Jenna Howard, it's a contemporary and very erotic. Can't think of any historical ones, though I will look up some of the ones other's have suggested:)

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Cathy M June 22, 2011 at 1:43 PM  

Hi Karen,

Happy release week.

I am not a big fan of the term cougar either, but I really enjoy an older woman younger man storyline. Just got thru reading Genetic Attraction by Tara Lain, with gives you a m/m menage with an older woman, which was wonderfully erotic and very well done.

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flchen1 June 22, 2011 at 2:46 PM  

Happy release, Karen! I can't wait to read your historical! And I'm thrilled to see that it's the start of a series--that makes me SUPER happy! As for OW/YM stories, I do enjoy them (though I'm only older than my husband by a month or so ;))... I took a peek at All About Romance's list, and there were quite a few I haven't read yet, including a couple already on my TBR (Lisa Kleypas's Suddenly You, for instance...)

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Karen Erickson June 22, 2011 at 3:21 PM  

Hi everyone! Thank you so much for stopping by. :)

I read Monica Burns' book and enjoyed it. I've always wanted to write a virgin hero. I'm pretty sure Eloisa James has a virgin hero in one of her books, too.

In fact...I'd decided a while ago that if I write a 4th Merry Widows novella, I want the hero to be a virgin. Whee!

Fedora, thanks for the link to that list!

Ju Dimello June 22, 2011 at 4:14 PM  

Hi Karen! Congrats on the release :)

I love reading about older women, younger men - as long as the age difference isn't too much... 2-5 yrs seems okay to me ;) Anything more.. kinda feels ick..

That being said, I'm not sure I've read any historical featuring the same :)

But when I read the other comment about virgin hero, the first book that came to my mind was : Untouched by Anna Campbell ! (I had the weird notion that the hero was younger too..but I'm unable to recall that 'point' yet)

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mhsweeney June 22, 2011 at 4:29 PM  

I have never read a Historical romance but once I saw this on Facebook (I follow Carina Press) I thought...WOW..the guy on the cove is HOT!! So I followed all the links and became a fan of the Karen Erickson on FB and Twitter...I can't wait to pick this book up and read.

Estella June 22, 2011 at 5:06 PM  

I do enjoy the older woman/younger man trope.

Can't think of any titles right now.

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lindalou June 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM  

I do enjoy older woman/younger man stories... especially as I'm getting older (58!). The last one I read was Pleasure Me by Monica Burns which was very good...
Thanks for the contest!

lindalou June 22, 2011 at 5:58 PM  

I forgot to confirm that I'm a GFC follower.

Jen B. June 22, 2011 at 6:39 PM  

Well, I promised I wouldn't follow any more blogs. But, what the heck? I really want this book and the site looks really intersting. I have read a few really good younger man/older woman stories. I don't search them out but I don't turn them down either! And if they are well done, then I am all for them! Thanks for the giveaway!
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Barbara E. June 22, 2011 at 6:43 PM  

I do enjoy an older woman/younger man story as long as the age difference isn't too extreme, say 5 years or so. The only book I can think of that I've read with an older woman/younger man couple is Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas.

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Leni June 22, 2011 at 9:02 PM  

It really depends on the story and if I like the characters. So, I'd like the older heroine/younger hero characters if they intrigued me.

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Pommawolf Emeraldwolfeyes June 22, 2011 at 10:00 PM  

I see nothing wrong with an older woman/younger man. Why should there be?
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that I can think of off hand.
Thank you for the contest !



Leslie Burral June 22, 2011 at 11:03 PM  

I think that there's nothing wrong with Cougars and cubs mn have been doing it for centuries.

Artemis June 22, 2011 at 11:31 PM  

Yes, I do enjoy an older woman/younger man story line, but there just aren't that many available to read. I don't have any to recommend either. I sure do like the cover on this book. Nice to see the man getting seduced for a change!

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Donna June 23, 2011 at 9:52 AM  

I guess you could say I like the "older woman/younger man" romance. I'm living one. My husband is younger than I am:) That's my title - Donna

Would love to read the book. I am a GFC follower. I am hosting a giveaway this week. Hope you enter.

Carol L. June 24, 2011 at 2:29 AM  

Congrats on this release Karen, I'm looking forward to reading it.The older woman/younger man is always a fascinating read. The last one I read was by Mary Balogh in her Huxtable Family series. The fourth book "Seducing an Angel" was really good.GFC follower under Lucky47.
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Samantha June 25, 2011 at 12:26 PM  

It depends on how the author handles the subject matter. Years ago, I've read a romance story where the heroine was much older than the hero. The age didn't bother me but the heroine had a lot insecurities and used the age to constantly push the hero away. It distracted from the storyline and by the end of the book, I wondered if she really connected with him at all. Since then, I've read books with the older heroine and enjoyed a few of them. Needless to say, that it is not always my favorite theme in my romance but it is an interesting point and can really be just as great as the reverse (older man/younger woman).

I'm a GFC follower!

scottsgal June 25, 2011 at 3:52 PM  

GFC follower. I do like the older woman/younger man story although there doesn't seem to be too many out there with that emphasis
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Robin July 21, 2011 at 10:31 PM  

I haven't read many older woman/younger man stories, but it is an interesting theme! I am a google friend connect follower under robindpdx (at) gmail (dot) com.

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