Monday, March 19, 2012

A Courtesan's Desire and Giveaway

Today, my guest is Killarney Sheffield discussing her release, A Courtesan's Desire.  Killarney is offering a free copy of A Courtesan's Desire  to one lucky commenter, so be sure to comment and leave your contact information.

AUTHOR: Killarney Sheffield
BOOK TITLE: A Courtesan's Desires
PUBLISHER: MuseItUp Publishing

Tell me a little about your book.

“What are you thinking?” His breath tickled her ear.
                      “What makes you think I am thinking anything?”
                      He chuckled softly. “You were not sleeping because your breathing is shallow and your body stiff. It stands to reason if you are not dreaming then you are awake and thinking.”
                      “I was just thinking...” she trailed off and bit her lip, unwilling to admit her feelings.
                      “I was thinking this is...nice.”
                      “What is?”
                      “Just lying here, like this.”
                      “With me?”
                      Against her better judgment she nodded.
                      “I am glad.”
                      His answer baffled her. “Why is it you care about what I am thinking and how I feel?”
                      “Should I not?”
                      She shrugged. “I was taught a man would not. It would be bothersome for a protector to consider what I want, think or need.”
                      “Rest assured, Rachel, you could never be a burden to me. To some men perhaps you may be nothing more than a body to use as they desire, but you will never be only that to me.”
                      “But you attained my services for just that, did you not?”
                      He was silent for a moment. “Initially yes, but it was wrong of me to think that way. You are a lovely, desirable woman. I cannot deny I crave your body, but you are so much more than that and I wish to know all of you, not just the outside.”
                      “Oh.” She smiled to herself. It pleased and frightened her at the same time to know he held her in his esteem. To let him get to know her would be freeing, but to reveal things that should be left hidden would put her existence in danger.

What gave you the idea for this particular story? I visited a Hutterite Colony and was fascinated with how they lived, thus my heroine Rachel evolved. She starts the story as a young Hutterite girl making the journey to England in 1820. Through another's evil misdeeds she ends up becoming the most sought after courtesan in all of London. A Courtesan's Desires is the story of her struggle to find herself and learn that everyone is deserving of love.

How much is your protagonist like you? How different? I think Rachel feels like all of us do at some point or another, like the decisions in life are sometimes taken away from us.

What kind of research did you do for this type of story? I spent a day at the Red Willow Hutterite Colony in Stettler Alberta, Canada, learning their ways and customs.

Do writing violent or highly sexual scenes bother you? Why or why not? This was a difficult book to write as a Hutterite is about as far away as you can get from a courtesan. The challenge with this story was how to show such a dramatic change without showing all the sometimes gory or reprehensible deeds that lead up to her position. According to my original editor Karen McGrath who died not long after reading it, the story pushed the boundaries of mainstream but through careful wording I managed to keep it in there. (just barely). It is my most sensual historical romance to date, and be forewarned, you made need a lot of tissue to make it through the ending. 

Where can people learn more about you and your work? Http://

NOTE:  It's official! From now until the end of the 3yr contract for her historical romance 'Guilty Kisses' all the proceeds will be going to! They are the wonderful Juno connected charity that helps keep music in school so we can have amazing musical talents like Canadian Lawrence Gowan who loaned her his lovely song 'Love Makes You Believe' for the official trailer for the book. Thank you Lawrence and Anthem Entertainment Canada! Please pass this on and FB and Tweet it if you can to help raise awareness and money for the charity. Thank you!


  1. Thanks again for having me Penny, visiting your blog is always a pleasure! I should mention that one lucky commentor will recieve an advance copy of A Courtesan's Desires.

  2. Killarney it's my pleasure and thanks for letting me know about the giveaway. I've added the information to the post. Let's hope we get some interested folks!

  3. Hey Killarney, good to see you out and about. Congrats on your upcoming release. Great interview.


  4. Thanks! I am still busy at work here. Just finished 2 historical romances that I am looking for homes for plus trying to finish another historical romance for MuseItUp and a time travel romance. And yes Nancy I am working on those edits for my final 2012 muse release. I'm re writing the whole thing. Don't panic, no need for cussing editor dear. It will be fine, trust me. (;

  5. I'm feeling extra generous today so Cheryl and Penny send me an email to each recieve your copy of A Courtesan's Desires, dont forget to tell me the formatt you want it in. (:

  6. Killarney, that is so sweet of you. Thank you. I'll be sending my email :-)

  7. It really is sweet! Thank you! I'll be in touch.

  8. Nice Blog.

    Found you on Book Blogs.



    Silver's Reviews

  9. Elizabeth, it's always nice to "see" a new follower. Thanks for stopping by. I'll check out your blog, too.

  10. The story site over at is great for outlining and understanding hero's journey.