Featured New Release: Colette Gale’s Bound By Honor


Contest is now closed!

I know! It hasn’t been very long since my last Featured New Release, but this is going to be a hum-dinger of a book, especially if you like your well-written period pieces to be steamy. Better than a hot shower after sledding steamy.

The book is called Bound By Honor, and it’s Colette Gale’s third release. It hits bookshelf stores today (Cinco de Mayo!), so venture on out amidst the parties and pick up a copy. Just… don’t do a reading AT the party or clothes might go flying.

I asked Colette the famed question: What song makes you think of your book?

Here’s what she had to say:

I had a really hard time trying to figure out which song reminds me of BOUND BY
HONOR. Interestingly enough, every other book I’ve written has always had a
song associated with it in my mind.

For example, UNMASQUED: An Erotic Novel of the Phantom of the Opera‘s song was
“The Point of No Return” from the play/movie, of course. And for MASTER: An
Erotic Novel of The Count of Monte Cristo
, the song was “Love Hurts” by
Nazareth. But it wasn’t so easy for this one.

But I finally decided on “Bad” by U2. I selected “Bad” because of the angst
and depth of despair in the song, and the mood of the music is raw and rough.
This book is filled with darkness and angst, along with some really hot sex
scenes–most of which take place in Prince John’s Court of Pleasure. And Prince
John is a really *bad* man! 🙂

So is the Sheriff of Nottingham, the dark, brooding Will de Wendeval. A very
man who negotiates with John to have Maid Marian in his bed…instead of the

And then there is the charming, devil-may-care rogue, Robin Hood, who also
Marian–along with any other woman he can woo into a dark corner.

There is a happy ending for those who deserve it, though! And this book is
probably the sweetest, most romantic of the three “seduced classics” I’ve
written–although there is plenty of erotica to keep me happy.

It’s the sweetest? Wow. Now I NEED to read it.

Here’s the cover blurb:

Bound by Honor: An Erotic Novel of Maid Marian
by Colette Gale

Maid Marian, now Lady of Leaford, is sent to the court of Prince John—-not to
take part in the debauchery of his Court of Pleasure, but to spy on him for his
mother. Little does she know that her secret mission will thrust her into a
whirlwind of intrigue, terror, and carnal temptations.

At court, Marian is torn between her duty to the queen and her desire for two
men: one, the mysterious highwayman the peasants call Robin Hood, and the
other, the dark, cold Sheriff of Nottingham. Given an impossible choice, she
must submit to the carnality of Prince John’s court in order to fulfill her
duty and maintain her honor. But in the end, there is only one man for whom she
will risk her life and give her heart.

Still here? Good. Colette has allowed me to jump back in the giveaway game. Leave a comment about WHY you’d like to explore the erotic side of Robin Hood and Maid Marion. This is a US-only contest, and you’ve got until next Monday, the 11th. Leave an e-mail so I can contact the winner (chosen by one of the Opening Act, at random ’cause if you think I let them near this place, you’re nuts!).



  1. Kristyn

    May 5, 2009 12:56 pm

    This book looks amazing!! I’m definitely going to check it out!

    I really enjoy novels like this, a guilty pleasure. There are so many tales of Robin Hood and Maid Marion, the canon is full of them, but nothing like this. They’re such intriguing characters,it’s about time someone addressed them in a more personal, sensual way.

    Since you’re giving one away, I’d love to have it. My email address is kristynmarie[at]gmail[dot]com.

    Kristyn’s last blog post..Decisions, decisions

  2. cheryl kellery

    May 5, 2009 1:28 pm

    How cool to explore a personal side of characters we read as youngsters and to make them come alive more as adults on a personal level.

  3. Ashley Madden

    May 5, 2009 1:29 pm

    OMG!! That cover is awesome! I didn’t even need to read the blurb to want it! Of course it helped though 🙂

    Ashley Madden’s last blog post..Mailbox Monday- May 4, 2009

  4. Diana Owen-Emerson

    May 5, 2009 3:22 pm

    Why do I want to read this book so badly? I love medieval romances. I love the Robin Hood story, and what could be better than adding an erotic element? The cover is beautiful. Please include me in the contest!

    ~ Diana

  5. flip

    May 5, 2009 3:52 pm

    I have to agree. The cover is beautiful. Love the concept. Marian sounds intrepid.

    flip at tetonvalley dot net

  6. Teresa W.

    May 5, 2009 4:34 pm

    I have her read Unmasqued and loved it, if this as good I can’t wait to read this one too! tWarner419@aol.com

  7. Dawn

    May 5, 2009 5:10 pm

    I LOVE Colette Gale. Her writing is sexy and her topics are exotic,yet familiar. Can’t wait to read this one. When is Ms.Gale writing an erotic version of Wizard of Oz?

  8. Janel

    May 5, 2009 5:35 pm

    Why do I want to read it? Because when you mentioned Robin Hood the Shrek movies popped into my head and now I need to get that animated version OUT of my head!

    jgbeads AT gmail DOT com

    Janel’s last blog post..Mailbox Monday 5/4/09

  9. Marial

    May 5, 2009 7:18 pm

    I would love to win this one! It would be interesting to see the erotic side of Robin and Marion because really, the characters in most of the film adaptations have cast Robin as almost a robotic Prince Valiant. In an erotic retelling, it would add a human element to the story.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

  10. Colette Gale

    May 6, 2009 2:14 pm

    Well, Robin is definitely a handful in this book. And Nottingham is so angsty. So. Broody. And angsty.

    Yum. Love them both!

  11. Sandy

    May 6, 2009 5:06 pm

    YIPPEE! Using your other sign in, I got to the right page. Thanks, I was confused.

    Thanks for the feedback

    Sandy’s last blog post..Muir Woods, California

  12. Ann

    May 6, 2009 7:38 pm

    Very cool. The cover gods have surely smiled upon you. 🙂 It sounds like a great story.

    Ann’s last blog post..Happy Easter

  13. Katrina

    May 7, 2009 1:52 pm

    I would love to read this because I have never read an exotic book in my life and I am in my final year of library school. I think it is time to read one.

  14. Marie

    May 7, 2009 4:51 pm

    This sounds wonderful, I’d love to read it!


  15. Rene

    May 8, 2009 3:11 pm

    Gosh, I’ve been out of the hot romance loop for so long and I’ve been looking to get back into it, maybe because of the heat of summer. This looks like a fun book. Will definitely look for it at the bookstore.

    Rene’s last blog post..We Are Family

  16. Alice Audrey

    May 12, 2009 5:48 pm

    Why wouldn’t I want to explore a well written, steamy Robin Hood story?

    Alice Audrey’s last blog post..Mercury Retrograde

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