Kay Berrisford

England, 1817. Ex-soldier Melmoth Brien returns to his ancestral home in the ancient Greenwood, intending to retrieve his family's valuables and get the hell out of there. When he's beaten to it by Scarlet, a young woodsman turned thief, Brien overpowers him and ties him up, demanding he help get the family fortune back by leading him deep into the forest. The flash of sexual fire between them is undeniable, but a force more powerful than rivalry or lust is ratcheting up the tension.


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Brien's family are Protectors of the Greenwood, a responsibility he has discarded like every other in his life. To Scarlet, whose very life-force is bound to the Greenwood, this makes Brien a traitor. He would use anything, even his body, to drive him away. After all, a traitor may stir the fouler Spirits, who will demand blood. And Scarlet knows he is marked for sacrifice...

Lured ever deeper into a realm of ritualized sex and magic, bondage and blood, the fighting gives way to rampant lovemaking, but Scarlet needs more than just sex to survive. Can Brien admit his identity as a Protector and bind his underling forever, or will the Greenwood Spirits enslave them both?

 

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About Kay Berrisford


Kay is a historian who realized it was even more entertaining to make stories up and add a ton of fantasy, sex, and BDSM fun. She loves writing stories set in any time and place where she can indulge her love for research while imagining two hot guys getting it on, but she has a particular passion for English folklore.

She lives in Hampshire, UK, with her beloved 'other half,' Chris. When they aren't both madly working, they enjoy drinking wine, visiting castles and gorgeous countryside, and stalking cats and greenfinches.

 

An Interview with Kay Berrisford
By Holly Hewson for The Romance Studio

HH: Kay, thank you for talking with us at TRS BLUE! Your featured book is Bound for the Forest and the cover is beautiful! Where did you get the idea for this thrilling romance?

KB: Thank you for having me, and I'm glad you like the cover. The beautiful art work is by Anne Cain.

Bound was born of my fascination with English myth and folklore, which pulses with sex, magic and blood, as well as providing us with some great brooding heroes, like Robin Hood and Herne the Hunter. How could I not be inspired by medieval tree-shifters and dark fairies? To my glee, my research also uncovered a plethora of historical bondage. The cliché of being blindfolded, bound and taken to the hidden camp in the heart of the forest can be traced back to the Romans.

So I figured the forest realm would be a sizzling setting for an m/m romance with a touch of BDSM. In wandered Scarlet and Brien and the rest wasn't easy, but it was certainly a fun ride.

HH: What do you like best about Brien and why will readers relate to him?

KB: Brien has a great body and he's hot. But that's not the only good thing about him, honest! Brien is an ex-soldier, a wanderer, a restless soul. He's returned from fighting in the Napoleonic wars to a life of drinking, gambling and casual sex, so he's far from the perfect hero -- but who among us is? When it comes to the crunch, he'll do the right thing. Probably...

HH: What do you like best about Scarlet and why will readers love him?

KB: Scarlet is stubborn as steel but he'll fight to the death for what he believes in. He's ethereal and mysterious and, almost despite himself, he adores a bit of bondage play!

HH: What benefits and obstacles are there in setting an m/m story in a historical setting?

KB: Even though Bound for the Forest is a historically-set fantasy, I took the period backdrop very seriously. Gender roles were never as fixed as the conduct books would have us believe, but as a man of 1817, Brien would have been shocked by the alternate sexualities he encounters in the greenwood realm, which he called "a world turned upside down."

By setting the book in a quasi-fantastic forest, I sidestepped some of the historically-specific issues concerning homosexuality that form the heart of many period m/m romances. On the other hand, imaginings of the forest as a dark exotic place representative of "deviant" sexuality have a history too, which was a huge inspiration. The forest has long been the realm to which lovers escaped to shake off the shackles of social and sexual norms -- think of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream -- while pre-modern folk tales were saturated with dark seductive fairies, male and female, and orgiastic witches.

HH: What else do you have in the works?

KB: I have three WIPs that I hope will see the light of day early next year, all m/m romance. The first is the story of Herne the Hunter, a glowering alpha male bearing the antlers of a stag and whose mysterious origins lie in the horned gods of Norse and Anglo-Saxon myth. I also have a contemporary-set fantasy novella in the works, featuring elves on the London underground, and a fairly kinky historical set in the Victorian theatre.

HH: How do you view the future of ebooks?

KB: It's going to be massive! I don't think print books are dead for libraries and reference, but e-books are the future of fiction.

HH: How much of your day is devoted to your writing career?

KB: I'd love to spend all day every day writing fiction, but I also do free-lance research for commercial history books, so it depends upon how much of that I've got on.

HH: What's your favorite way to interact with readers?

KB: I'm really new to all of this as Bound for the Forest is my first published fiction, but I'm enjoying Twitter, Facebook and Live Journal, which is my favorite. I can be found there easily under my author name, and I'd love to chat to readers more there.

http://kayberrisford.livejournal.com

http://twitter.com/#!/KayBerrisford

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109758893

HH: What is your favorite Halloween type/themed story? Why?

KB: Oh help! Maybe I'm just too British, but all I can think of right now is the episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer where they all turn into their trick-or-treat costumes' characters. I need to go find myself a Halloween-themed fantasy to read right this instant! There must be some great ones out there.

HH: What do you most enjoy about Autumn?

KB: The colors in the New Forest, near where I live in Hampshire, Southern England, are glorious. I also enjoy the dark nights closing in so I can get cosy in my little study with my writing, and maybe a glass of wine. If there's rain hammering on the window, even better. Let the inspiration flow!

HH: Thank you!

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