WIP Wednesday: Groom of Convenience Release Week

Welcome to W.I.P. Wednesday!!!

Again, it’s Groom of Convenience (Scandalous Whispers of the Remmington Realm) Release Week so the WIP has something to do with the GoC world.

So today’s WIP is from The Servant Duchess of Whitcomb (Scandalous Whispers of the Remmington Realm: 2) -gasp!- You mean there’s a book 2???? But VIC!!!! Book 1 is not even out yet!!

I know. LOL. Book 2 isn’t even written and I’m already plotting out books 3-8. How’s that for thinking ahead?

Anyway, in honor of WIP Wednesday, here is Chapter One of The Servant Duchess of Whitcomb (Scandalous Whispers of the Remmington Realm: 2)

 photo GroomofConvenience_FBbanner_DSP_zps09e5a2fe.jpgExcerpt:

Chapter One

The sharp retort of gunfire exploded around him and Orley Garrick, the Duke of Whitcomb, Marquess of Cumberland, Earl of Dembigh, Viscount of Cardiff, Baron of Rutland, of the most prominent peerage of the realm, ducked his head trying to avoid the debris and the bodies of fallen soldiers around him as he surged forward. The smoke from the countless rifles burned his eyes as he tried to see through them, desperately looking for the person whose figure had caught his eye. He could hear the cries of the dying calling out to him as he rode his horse farther into the thick of battle. Using his sword, he cut down an enemy soldier who raced toward him, his mouth open as he let out a battle cry. Orley closed his eyes against the spray of blood across his face and blocked out the sound of the other man’s death gurgle as he fell to the ground beneath his own horse.
Orley raced on towards the figure in white who Orley knew didn’t belong on the battlefield. He called out a warning, telling the woman to be careful, because there is no way a man would be on a battlefield wearing what the figure before him was wearing. The woman didn’t stop, instead walking straight towards the commander of the enemy soldiers and Orley felt fear fill him. He wasn’t sure why that was, however, he didn’t know the woman and yet he knew that he could not let anything happen to her.
At that moment the woman turned to look at him and Orley gasped when he realized the woman in front of him was not female as he’d suspected but male. Why in the world was a lady on the battlefield?
“You should not be here!” he yelled trying to warn the male but just as he got close enough to lift the woman up onto the back of his horse, an enemy soldier plunged his sword through the woman’s back and out through his chest. Orley watched helplessly as the woman’s eyes widened, moments before he collapsed to the ground and a grief unlike he’d ever experienced ripped through him.
He was not sure how he knew but the dying woman belonged to him and someone had just taken him away.
Tossing his head back Orley let out a sound of complete anguish as he shouted at the heavens.

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And woke up, panting and sweating in his friend Heathcliff’s home.
Holy. Shit. That one had been very different from his other nightmares. He rubbed his face with his hand and groaned as a pain raced through his leg, the one that would never be the same. All because of war, a battle. All because of…
Orley shook his head. No, he wasn’t going to think about that. Someone knocked lightly on the door and Orley winced as he realized that his plan to come to his room and take a quick nap after his taxing journey out of Tlondon, had turned into a deep sleep and a brand new nightmare.
God, he hated sleeping.
“Enter,” he called out as he sat up in bed, swinging his legs off the bed he was borrowing while visiting Heathcliff and Lucien in their home for their party. The door opened and Orley turned to address the person standing there and stopped short, almost swallowing his tongue as he took in the vision of the most beautiful creature to have ever been born.
Orley had been privileged to see many beautiful people in his life. Men and women, he was a lover of aesthetically pleasing images and didn’t discriminate. However, all of them paled in comparison to the lovely light brown-skinned woman in front of him. Orley’s stomach clenched, his groin tightening as he inhaled sharply. The lovely scent of jasmine wafted up to his nostrils and his eyes slid closed as he relished in the delightful fragrance emanating from the male who had just entered his room.
“Forgive me, Your Grace. I was sent to bring you a light repast and perhaps something to wash up with? His Grace Eddington thought that perhaps you would like to freshen up before joining the rest of the guests downstairs.” The woman’s voice was soft and lyrical, with a slight lilt to it and Orley wondered if perhaps he sang. He would have no problem lounging around on the settee listening to him sing or even just talk. Of course, as he took in the male’s appearance, he would love to do much more than just listen to him.
“Your Grace? Are you ill?” the servant asked and Orley swallowed, shaking his head.
“N-no. I’m fine. Just a bit out of sorts I’m afraid. I appear to have overslept during my nap and now I am feeling quite peckish,” he lied.
The woman nodded his head, his hazel eyes lighting with relief. Orley wondered at that. Was his well-being really of great concern to the younger male or was it just because he had been sent to look after Orley?
Orley allowed his gaze to rove over the young male’s form again, taking in every detail intensely. He would like to have something to conjure up in his mind’s eye when he put his hand to his already burgeoning erection, later on that evening.
Wearing the female black and white maid uniform that was standard in most homes of the gentry, the young woman had honey blond hair that was currently pulled back in a very thick chignon at the nape of his neck and Orley could only imagine how long and thick it was. An image rose to his brain of that hair hanging down over his face as the young woman slid up and down his cock and he pressed a hand to the sheets covering his waist. The young male’s skin was almond coloured and all Orley wanted to do was spend hours licking every inch of his body. He was not overly tall, only a few inches taller than Lucien, Heath’s husband, but still much shorter than Orley. And where Orley was all hard, thick muscles, the male maid before him was slender, though still with toned muscles of his own.
His slim-fingered hands held a covered silver tray and Orley gestured him forward with a beckoning wave.
“Well, far be it from me to refuse such generosity from His Grace. You can just place it there on the nightstand,” he directed, watching the sway of the servant’s hips beneath the skirt of his maid’s gown as he walked toward the cherry wood nightstand. Orley shoved his fingers through his blond locks, messing up his hair and throwing his queue into disarray. He was unnerved as the vestiges of the nightmare faded away from his mind wreaking havoc with the lovely, distracting image of Heathcliff’s maid whose form even now was causing a pleasurable ache in his balls.
“Is there anything else that I can do for you, Your Grace?” the maid asked, his voice hushed, eyes downcast and a slight tinge of red to his light brown skin.
Orley prided himself on being a man of honour, integrity and character. As a matter of fact, his father, Charles Edrick Garrick, the former Duke of Whitcomb, had more than once given him lessons and constant lectures on the way a gentleman was to behave. Any one can strut around and use his physical strength to try and prove his brawn. But it takes honour, patience, gentleness, character, integrity, fortitude, knowing when to fight, knowing when to walk away, knowing when to love, how to love, and when to let go, and most importantly, knowing when to use your physical strength and when to be humble that makes you a man.
And while Orley had always believed those words from his father, had in fact lived by those words for his entire life—only straying from them when he’d served in His Majesty’s military and on those rare occasions when he’d allowed Blaine, Heathcliff, and Quincy to talk him into traveling down into the Lower East End to partake of the wares of the lightskirts there rather than his doing the honourable thing and either marrying or having a companion he paid for on the edge of town—right now he was seriously considering doing something illicit. He couldn’t believe the images that were even passing through his mind. Flashes. Quick, as if they were memories like his time spent on the battlefield, rather than the salacious, hopeful yearnings of a desirous, dry, fruitless attraction. However, the longer he spent in the company of the object of his mind’s current musing’s, the more it seemed that his “dry, fruitless attraction” was soaked in hope and possibility. And perhaps it was for that reason that rationality and his father’s words of character, honour and integrity grew softer and softer until they were suddenly silent and all he could hear was how lovely Heathcliff’s maid was. How round the male woman’s derriere was. How slim his shoulders were. How graceful his neck.
How full his lips were and how much Orley desperately wanted to kiss them.
“I think I would really like to know your name,” he heard himself saying.
The maid’s eyes widened and a soft gasp escaped. “Me, Your Grace?”
Orley chuckled. “Of course you. There is no one else in the room but you and I and I assure you that I already know my own name. Unless it has changed in the time I have been asleep. It hasn’t, has it?”
The maid giggled and covered his mouth, shaking his head. Orley found himself even more enchanted. When was the last time he’d heard someone allow themselves to be so free that they just giggled? His life was constantly surrounded by danger, drama, gossip, backstabbers, and intrigue. He had a very small group of people that he could trust and they didn’t often have the time they could smile, much less giggle. Being around someone who could giggle was a relief. It was like a bright ray of sunshine. Orley absolutely had to have the maid’s name.
“No, Your Grace. Your name hasn’t changed.” The maid glanced away for a moment as if embarrassed and then looked back. “My name is Chester.” He executed a flawless curtsey and Orley rose from the bed, bowing low, smiling at Chester’s gasp. He knew Chester was surprised that a member of the gentry, and a duke no less, would bow to him, but he would soon learn that Orley was unlike every other duke out there.
“It is an honour to meet you, Chester. I am extremely happy to be in your presence and very happy that you will be serving me, and now…” Orley stepped close to Chester, looking down into the young woman’s hazel brown eyes. His heart was pounding, his leg, for the first time in years, was not throbbing in pain, and perhaps that was because only one thing on his body could be throbbing at a time, and his cock already had that covered. “I would very much like to kiss you.”
“Y-you would?” Chester stammered.
Orley nodded, lifting his hand to brush his fingers against the side of Chester’s cheek.
“Is that okay, Chester? I find you to be the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen in my entire life and I would really like to kiss you. May I?”
“You’re asking me?” Chester looked confused. “I was told that you lot didn’t ask, that you just take.”
Orley shook his head, saddened by what Chester thought of men of the ton, but knew that Chester’s assumptions came as a result of dealing with “men” of a certain ilk. He knew he would be speaking with Heathcliff about those matters later that week, but at that moment, all of his energy and attention was focused on Chester.
“Of course I am asking you. You always have a choice. Not just with me, but with every single man in the world. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to do. So if you don’t want to kiss me, we don’t have to.” Orley knew he would be disappointed, but he would get over it.
Chester nibbled on his bottom lip and then grinned. “I would love for you to kiss me, Your Grace.”
Orley wanted to let out a loud yell of triumph, but he held back and lowered his lips down upon Chester’s full, pillow soft lips. He was full expecting the surge of lust that spread through his limbs. Maybe he was even expecting the tingle that spread through his fingers and toes. However, the lightheaded feeling that drowned him in a feeling of peace and yet simultaneous excitement, and the way heart sped up, were completely unexpected and so he growled and pulled Chester closer to him. As close as he could possibly get the male woman. He wanted to devour Chester.
He lifted his lips to take a breath, opened his eyes and gazed down into Chester’s dazed hazel brown ones. Chester smiled slowly up at him. Orley grinned back, rubbing his hand up and down Chester’s back and already preparing for the next set of kissing.
So he was surprised when he went to lower his head for another kiss and instead met with air and the sound of his bedroom door closing.

Scandalous Whispers of the Remmington Realm
*Projected Book Titles| ~Definite Book Titles
  1. Groom of Convenience~
  2. The Servant Duchess of Whitcomb~
  3. The Servant’s Gentry Lover~
  4. The Haunted Marquess~
  5. Loving Arlington*
  6. The Priceless Viscountess
  7. The Duchess of Norfolk
  8. The Duke Dom of Suffolk*
  9. Untitled
  10. Untitled
  11. Christmas in the Remmington Realm
  12. The American Duchess of  Liverpool
  13. Joining the Gloucester Estate*

 photo GroomofConvenience_postcard_front_DSP_zps01e970c7.jpgGroom of Convenience
By: Vicktor Alexander
Scandalous Whispers of the Remmington Realm, #1 M/M Erotic, Historical, Scifi, Fantasy, Transgender/Intersex Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 17, 2014
Length: Novel/290 pages

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  Description: In an alternate universe, in the country of Angland, 1814, the gentry live lives of culture and class. It is a time of courtships, marriages of convenience, and titles, where scandal can ruin an entire family. Gender lines are blurred, and making a good match is of utmost importance. Children are born to men and women, which has led to the acceptance of same-sex marriages. Lady Lucien Timothy Hawthorne is shocked and angry when he is betrothed against his will to Lord Heathcliff Eddington, III, the Duke of Pompinshire. While drowning his frustration at a popular gentleman’s club, he meets “Robert,” a gorgeous older man whom he sleeps with as “Timmy,” regardless of the potential damage to his reputation. After their liaison, Lucien corresponds with Robert via letters left at Remmington, and they decide to elope. Before they can get away, Lucien meets his betrothed, Heathcliff, who he is surprised to discover is also his beloved, Robert. Both men desire a marriage of the heart, but they find out that sometimes a marriage of convenience can turn into love under the right circumstances. But Lucien has a secret, and Tlondon isn’t as safe as they once thought.

About the Author:

Vicktor “Vic” Alexander wrote his first story at the age of ten and hasn’t stopped writing since. He loves reading about anything and everything and is a proud member of the little known U.N. group (Undercover Nerds) because while he lives, eats, breathes, and sleeps sports, he also breathes history and science fiction and grew up a Trekkie. But don’t ask him about Dungeons & Dragons, because he has no idea how to play that game. When it comes to writing he loves everything from paranormal to contemporary to fantasy to historical and is known not only for being the Epilogue King but also for writing stories that cross lines and boundaries that he doesn’t know are there. Vic is a proud father of two daughters one of whom watches over him from Heaven with his deceased partner Christopher. Vic is a proud trans* and gay man, and when he is not writing, he is hanging out with his friends, or being distracted by videos of John Barrowman, Scott Hoying, and Shemar Moore. Vicktor has published numerous bestselling novels and has a WIP list that makes him exhausted just thinking about. He knows that he will be still be writing about hot men falling in love with each other, long after he is living in an assisted living facility, flirting with the hot, male nurses. Website| Blog| Facebook| Facebook Fan Page| Tumblr| Twitter| Google+

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