~ MEGAN HART ~
Hello Megan and welcome back to Under the Covers! We are huge fans of your work and is always a pleasure to have you here. Today we wanted to share a different aspect of your books in our historical romance month event.
Thank you so much for having me!
I read the Order of Solace series a while back when I went on my Megan Hart binge and decided to devour everything you had ever written. I was immediately taken with the world you created because of how different it is to other historical romances. What three words would you use to describe the Order of Solace series?
Thanks for that, I loved writing the Order of Solace world. The three words I’d use to describe it would be — sensual, emotional and complex.
With all the interesting worldbuilding that goes on in this series, how do you keep track of all the details of the world?
At this point, having written only four books in the world, I haven’t had to do more than keep some general notes. With further stories, though, I’d make up a “bible” to keep track of important details.
This series has a BDSM erotic focus on historical romance that is not often touched. How did you come up with this concept which, at the time, I’m sure would’ve been a bit out of the box and not as popular as it is now.
Honestly, I couldn’t tell you exactly where the idea came from. I’d been writing online with some friends in some online games, and the concept of submission and offering comfort in the form of a BDSM relationship came up. The idea of having it be a religious order came later. As with all my ideas, I can’t usually pinpoint any one place where the idea came from; it’s always a mashup of lots of different influences!
What was the easiest and the most difficult thing about writing this series?
The easiest was creating the characters. I love all of them. The hardest would be keeping track of the historical details to keep the story accurate — even though their world is made up and doesn’t follow our history, it has to be consistent within the series!
Historical Romance heroes can be one of the hottest across all genres. Tell us who your all-time favorite Historical Romance hero is and explain why you adore him so much.
Mr. Rochester from Jane Eyre. Hands down. He’s so deliciously damaged!
Since it’s Historical month at UTC, we want to know why you love the era in which you wrote this series in and perhaps share with us one or two of your favorite books that explore that time period.
The Order of Solace books take place in a pseudo Regency era world with some historical anachronisms. I love the time period that’s so rigidly defined in terms of what people in society were expected to do and how they were to behave — at least the upper class. Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice absolutely come to mind. There are so many wonderful contemporary Regency novels as well, I couldn’t possibly name one without naming fifty.
Do you have any plans to write any other historical romances in the future?
I don’t, though I’d love to revisit the Order of Solace in the future!
PLEASURE AND PURPOSE
Order of Solace # 1
Introducing the women of the Order of Solace, three new novellas from the national bestselling master of erotic romance.
The handmaidens of the Order of Solace are each named for the exquisite service that best reflects their true calling. Their greatest delight is giving pleasure?devoted as they are to fulfilling the desires of the mind, the needs of the soul, and the cravings of the body.
Meet Stillness, called upon to soothe the conscience of a man in need of redemption after a shocking act from his sexual past. Then there’s Honesty, whose vow of Solace is to a prince looking for a submissive handmaiden. Instead, he gets the unexpected. And finally, Determination, a handmaiden confronted with a client lost in a haze of random sex and drugs. She has just the plan to literally whip her man into shape.
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NO GREATER PLEASURE
Order of Solace # 2
From the national bestselling author of Pleasure and Purpose, a provocative new novel of a woman who lives to serve…
It was at the request of Lord Gabriel Delessan that a handmaiden of the Order of Solace be delivered to his manor house. For young and ingenuous Tranquilla Caden, it would be her new position of service?devoted as she was to fulfilling every demand of her new master, to stimulating his mind, stirring his soul, and arousing his body. Yet something happens that Quilla never counted on: she was falling hopelessly, dangerously in love with the enigmatic and very married?man she was required only to service.
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SELFISH IS THE HEART
Order of Solace # 3
The national bestselling author of No Greater Pleasure delivers a new novel featuring a reluctant student of seduction.
To escape an arranged marriage, Annalise Marony decides to become a Handmaiden of the Order of Solace. But she is thwarted at every turn by Cassian, a teacher of the faith, who must test her dedication. Older than most of the girls, Annalise knows that she will be expected to please a patron in pleasures of the flesh-and she is not shy about teasing Cassian. And as they both play out the game of master and student, the secrets in their souls will either tear them apart-or bind them together forever.
VIRTUE AND VICE
Order of Solace # 4
A national bestselling author introduces a woman versed in the erotic who discovers the one thing she hasn’t trained for: true love.
Years ago, while lowly kitchen maid Notsah was fleeing the king’s guard, she burst into the private chambers of the very man she was stealing from: Prince Jarron Bydelay. But he showed her mercy and dismissed her pursuer, Erekon, Captain of the King’s Guard. Ten years later, Notsah has returned as Handmaiden to the new king. He might not remember her past, but Erekon does-and is determined to use her to get what he wants from his new king. Now, if Jarron learns her secret, she’ll lose the only man she’s ever loved-and if she doesn’t tell him, he’ll never truly love her back…
Megan Hart is giving away a signed paper copy of Virtue and Vice. US only.