Tuesday, 28 August 2012

C. Margery Kempe: The Swan Prince

Please help me welcome a woman who has been called the Queen of Erotic Fairy Tales, C. Margery Kempe. And with stories like Love Me Like a Reptile, Spinning Gold, and her latest, The Swan Prince, it's easy to see why C. Margery has picked up this monicker.

Her backlist doesn't stop there. C. Margery boasts a number of releases . . . Dragger Ella, Text Play, Sex Cymbals, and many more, including the popular Man City, published by our very own Tirgearr Publishing.

When not writing erotica, C. Margery can often be found blogging at Nights of Passion, researching her next sexy story, or traveling . . . and not necessarily in that order. In fact, C. Margery just spent a year in Ireland teaching at the esteemed University of Ireland at Galway. How cool is that?

C. Margery's latest story, The Swan Prince, was just published with Tirgearr Publishing. This is the story of Lena and Charles and and evil curse. You see, Charles was turned into a swan by an evil sorceress and is doomed to live out his days on the Serpentine in London's Hyde Park if he can't find a way to reverse the curse. Along comes Lena who falls head over heels for him. When she discovers his secret, and not being one to shy away from a challenge, Lena looks for a way to break the curse. And not being one to shy away from a little adventure, C. Margery lets her characters explore their sensuality . . . even if it's in the middle of Hyde Park in broad daylight!

The Swan Prince is a sweet erotica. C. Margery has left gritty language and bold scenes at the door with this story and focuses on how love and romance can heighten sexual response. Daring outdoor trysts enhance this story, and pulling in a bit of a fairy tale backdrop makes The Swan Prince a very elegantly told story. One with a VERY satisfying ending.

I've been chatting with C. Margery, as I'm wont to do, asked her about her life outside of her actual writing.

Hi C. Margery! Thanks for visiting us today. Readers will be familiar with your work, or will be soon! Your stories give us a view of what's inside your head when you're writing and what ends up on the page. But let's talk about where you work rather than how. Please describe your writing space.

At present I write in bed at my sweetie's house, a jumble of electronics on the table next to me, my calendar in the vague hope of remembering what day it is. My sweetie brings me tea while I write: how spoiled am I? I often drag my MacBook around the house, curling up on the sofa or sitting in the kitchen and writing away. If I feel restless, I head off to the library or the museum with a pad of paper to figure out what needs to filtered out.

What is your daily writing routine like?

I wake up, open the computer and write. When I've got a good bit done, I finally get out of bed and join the living. I generally do email and social media and some reading and then more writing later in the day, although often a different project than the morning.

What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?

Not...writing...? ;-) I like to dawdle. I wander around town and visit museums or the library or gardens or the lovely Howff Cemetery. When I was living in Galway, I would head to the bay, listen to the waves and watch the clouds. I love films and theatre, too. And then there's travel, too.

And we know C. Margery loves to travel. During her year in Ireland, she could be found as often traveling around Ireland and the UK as she was around Galway itself. And she spent the summer in Dundee, Scotland.

For those unfamiliar with C. Margery's work, and for those anxious for her most recent release, here's an excerpt from The Swan Prince.

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"Shall I walk you back to your side of the park?"

Lena smiled. "That would be lovely."

The shouts from the boaters as they crossed the Serpentine Bridge reminded Lena of the rescue. Was it only yesterday? She squeezed Charles' hand. He had taken it without comment when they began walking and she thrilled to the feel of his warm fingers. He had large hands that looked soft despite the recent scratches that adorned them.

He must be new to this kind of life. Lena's heart melted again to think of the burden he bore. What was he doing at night that he couldn't tell her? Something that shamed him? Something that worried him? Could he be in some kind of trouble? Maybe he's living rough in the park!

Once the idea had flown into her head, she couldn't chase it away. Surely he had to wait for darkness to fall and hide himself. Lena wondered if she could find a way to get him to reveal this secret, turning the thought over in her mind as they walked through the bright cheerfulness of the late afternoon sun.

"I guess we should say good-bye," Charles said when they reached Clarendon Gate. He blushed a little as he said so, looking down at his feet.

"Thank you for a lovely day," Lena said, stepping closer to him.

Charles gazed at her with a smile. The white shock of hair flopped over his forehead as he tilted his head down to meet her eyes, those blue orbs of his shining brightly. "Thank you for a tasty lunch."

And just like that their lips were touching in the first soft exploration of a kiss. Lena closed her eyes to enjoy the bliss. Charles moved his hands up to cup her face as Lena opened her mouth. His tongue thrust between her lips and she wanted to melt right there. Their chests pressed together as his fingers slipped into her hair.

This could go on forever and I wouldn't mind a bit. Lena had no concept of how much time had passed before they pulled apart and looked blinking at each other. Charles grinned. Lena grinned back.

"One of us ought to say something," Charles said at last.

"Why?" Lena leaned back in for another kiss. She slid her hands around his waist and thrilled to contours of his body. How simple but strong was the pleasure of being close enough to feel the power of his breathing, the beat of his heart.

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C. Margery Kempe is a writer of erotic romance distinguished by its humour, intelligence, and fearless sensual pleasures. Her stories range from contemporary thrillers to medieval era fairy tales.

An English professor by day, she also writes on medieval literature, film, creative writing and New Media, as well as humor, drama, mainstream and genre fiction under her real name and non-explicit romance as Kit Marlowe.

She's a weekly blogger at Nights of Passion on Sundays.

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For more information on The Swan Prince and C. Margery Kempe, readers are invited to visit these sites. C. Margery loves hearing from her readers, so drop be a note --

C. Margery's website - http://www.cmkempe.com
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/cmkempe
Twitter - https://twitter.com/cmkempe
C. Margery's blog: Nights of Passion - http://nightsofpassion.wordpress.com
Tirgearr Publishing - http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Kempe_CM

And if you want to buy a copy of The Swan Prince, be sure to visit C. Margery's page at Tirgearr Publishing with all her buy links. The Swan Prince is available for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Sony, iTunes/iBooks, and all other readers --

--- } http://www.tirgearrpublishing.com/authors/Kempe_CM

And don't forget to check our her previous release, Man City


This Wednesday, 29 August, Tirgearr Publishing is hosting a one-day only 50% off sale on all of our current titles. Don't miss this event. Just log into our website and click the buy links on your favorite authors. Readers can pick up both The Swan Prince and Man City at 50% off each title . . . as good as 2-fer-1. An excellent investment in any erotica reader's collection!


  1. Thanks for featuring me! I've been sick since I had to return to the States (tells me I ought to be back in Scotland, eh?) but I'm trying to catch up on things now.

    1. How horrible! Definitely you need to back in Scotland! I'm sure the perfect cure awaits you there. I just hope you don't have to wait until Hogmany to feel better though.

    2. December 14th I head back. And some small jaunts this fall term to keep me from pining too much to be back in Dundee. Well, to distract me from it anyway >_<

  2. At least you're going back on a regular basis. Would be fun for himself to see your neck of the woods, even if it's just so he can see why you love Scotland so much ;-)

    1. Oh, he would love to do so. He wants to see many parts of the States like Monument Valley and Grand Canyon, but will have to wait until the economic situation improves.

    2. Yep, it would help if the economy was better. Especially in that the exchange rate works better going to the US when you can get more dollars per pound sterling. At the moment, it's a better deal going into Europe from America.