It’s with great pleasure I welcome K D Grace onto my web site.  She’s here talking about how the Lakeland landscape inspired her new book ‘Body Temperature and Rising’.  I remember visiting Castlerigg Stone Circle a while ago and I can vouch that it’s an awesome site – I can well imagine how it would inspire a bit of ritual sex magick!

Take it Outside!

That’s what my mother used to tell me when I was a child if I got a little too rowdy in the house. Mind you, I didn’t really want to be in the house anyway, and it was a tragedy- for me and for my mother- if the weather was bad enough that I had to stay inside.

There’s never been a time in my life when I haven’t preferred to ‘take it outside,’ and that’s as true in my writing as it is in my real life. Taking it outside has always been the fastest path to inspiration for me, and it’s not surprising that it should also be true of my characters. The majority of my stories are about people outside, people in jeans and t-shirts, people who like their life and their sex al fresco. The first two major sex scenes in Body Temperature and Rising take place outside, and my setting in the Lake District during an overly warm May just happens to showcase the fabulous out of doors as it was on my first visit to the Lakes, when I first fell in love with the place.

However I’ve done my share of dragging my butt up the fells in the mist and rain. In fact the inspiration for Body Temperature and Rising came from an experience of being caught out on the fells in a storm. That’s another reason why the story is so perfectly suited for the Lake District. Body Temperature and Rising is a story of witches and demons and ghosts, and anyone who has ever been caught out on the high fells in bad weather will know how easy it would be to imagine ghosts and demons appearing in the mist, to imagine some sort of dark magic causing the eerie weather.

But it’s more than just the changeable weather and the breath taking scenery that makes the Lake District the perfect setting for Body Temperature and Rising and the whole Lakeland Heatwave Trilogy. Set right at the foot of the fells within easy walking distance from Keswick is Castlerigg Stone Circle, to me a sign that the Lake District was home to magic and ritual long before people were writing down histories, back when stories were passed from one story teller to the next by word of mouth.

The opening scenes of Body Temperature and Rising take place with sex and ritual on the top of the ridge walk between the fells of Maiden Moor and High Spy above Keswick, and end in a steep treacherous descent in a storm, down through the slate mining ruins of Rigg Head. It’s not just prehistory that makes the setting perfect for a story of ghosts and magic, but it’s the colourful mining history of the area as well, with tales of whiskey smugglers and cave dwelling hermits.

Rising above Thirleme Reservoir is the deceptive fell, Raven Crag, which is a doddle up through the forested front side to the top, stopping to admire the earthworks of an Iron Age hill fort well protected by the cliffs below. As much of a doddle as the main path up is, the cliff side is a challenge to climbers and a place notorious for suicides. It’s the perfect setting for dark magic and a daring cliff rescue in my novel.

I really have ‘taken it outside’ with Body Temperature and Rising and the whole Lakeland Heatwave Trilogy. And for the next two books, I’ve got a whole wonderful outdoor playground of magic and history and stunning natural beauty in which my imagination can run wild.

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American transplant to the Lake District, MARIE WARREN, didn’t know she could unleash demons and enflesh ghosts until a voyeuristic encounter on the fells ends in sex with the charming ghost, ANDERSON, and night visits from a demon. To help her cope with her embarrassing and dangerous new abilities, Anderson brings her to the ELEMENTALS, a coven of witches who practice rare sex magic that temporarily allows needy ghosts access to the pleasures of the flesh.

DEACON, the demon Marie has unleashed, holds an ancient grudge against TARA STONE, coven high priestess, and will stop at nothing to destroy all she holds dear. Marie and her landlord, the reluctant young farmer, TIM MERIWETHER, are at the top of his list. Marie and Tim must learn to wield coven magic and the numinous power of their lust to stop Deacon’s bloody rampage beforethe coven is torn apart and more innocent people die.

Excerpt and buy links: http://kdgrace.co.uk/books/lakeland-heatwave-book-i/

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K D Grace was born with a writing obsession. It got worse once she actually learned HOW to write. There’s no treatment for it. It’s progressive and chronic and quite often interferes with normal, everyday functioning. She might actually be concerned if it wasn’t so damned much fun most of the time.

K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels, The Initiation of Ms Holly, The Pet Shop and Lakeland Heatwave Book 1: Body Temperature and Rising are published by Xcite Books and are available from all good paperback and eBook retailers.

Her erotica has been published with Xcite Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, Sweetmeats Press and Scarlet Magazine.

 

Find out more about K D Grace on her website, http://kdgrace.co.uk. She’s also on Facebook and Twitter.

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