Guest Blog: Penelope Friday

One Long Hot SummerI first read Jane Austen’s novels when I was 16. Okay, that’s not quite true: I read Northanger Abbey a couple of years earlier, because I had to for school, but that’s not the same. I first fell in love with Jane Austen’s novels when I was 16, shortly before that BBC version of Pride and Prejudice came out. And it started a love affair with the Regency Period that I still haven’t managed to get over.

The manners. The dresses. The social rules. The people.

I didn’t think at the time that I’d end up writing stories based in the Regency Period, though I loved (and still love) Georgette Heyer’s historical novels. But writing my way back in history was too complicated, too difficult – what if I got it wrong? Would anyone else actually want to read it, even if I wrote it? I put the thought to one side and wrote safer stories about the here and now. But the idea, once planted in my brain, wouldn’t quite disappear…

It started slowly: I wrote a short story for Xcite’s Ultimate Sins book about two Regency girls’ forbidden love affair, and it was accepted. Before I knew it, I’d written another couple of short stories about Regency lesbians, and then a novella. I was hooked. So when the opportunity to take part in The Secret Library came around, I couldn’t resist. A chance to break out and write some hot het loving from my favourite period.

Of course, I’ve probably got a detail wrong somewhere: no matter how much research you do (quite a lot, in this case), something always slips through the net. And I feel sure a friendly reader will tell me about it. So much so that I’m offering a copy of my lesbian historical ebook, Loving My Lady to the first person to point out a mistake!

So, without further ado, here’s an except from Just Another Lady – I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!


The feel of Lucius’s fingers running down her spine made Elinor want to shiver. Even though she was protected by layers of clothing, the knowledge that he was stripping her – that shortly she would be naked in his company – made every touch tingle with what Elinor had to acknowledge to herself was excitement as much as embarrassment. As he unfastened the final button, she wriggled impatiently and the dress fell in a pool at her feet. The petticoat she could divest herself; the corset, however, needed Lucius’s aid to remove. Elinor could feel his breath warm against her neck as he teasingly took his time to undo the strings. When at last it expanded around her, Elinor took what felt like the first decent breath since that morning, almost moaning her relief.

‘You looked beautiful in it,’ her husband (her husband!) murmured in her ear, ‘but even more so out of it.’

He pushed it off her shoulders, so that she stood dressed only in the light cotton shift in front of him. As he turned her to face him, Elinor was suddenly made all too aware of her semi-nude state compared to Lucius’s full dress. She could feel her nipples peaking against the cloth, almost begging for Lucius’s touch.


About The Author

Penelope Friday fell in love with the Regency in her teens, after becoming obsessed with Jane Austen’s novels. As well as writing erotica set in the period, Pen also writes articles for Jane Austen’s Regency World, which allows her to be excessively and gleefully geeky about the whole period.

When not writing, Penelope has an eclectic range of interests including knitting, Dr Who, children’s literature and playing the piano. She blogs at and her website is


The Secret Library is a new range from Xcite Books which will appeal to the female romance reader market. Each book contains three specially commissioned novellas guaranteeing a satisfying and varied selection.

The story content is relationship led with a strong alpha male hero, a level of conflict and a climactic, explicit ending.

The covers are deliberately designed without visual imagery to be discreet. These books could be comfortably read in public, given as gifts and left on a bedside table.


The Secret Library contains six books with three erotic romance novellas in each:

Traded Innocence – Toni Sands, Elizabeth Coldwell and K D Grace

Silk Stockings – Constance Munday, Jenna Bright and Lucy Felthouse

One Long Hot Summer – Elizabeth Coldwell, Penelope Friday and Shanna Germain

The Thousand and One Nights – Kitti Bernetti, Primula Bond and Sommer Marsden

The Game – Jeff Cott, Antonia Adams and Sommer Marsden

Hungarian Rhapsody – Justine Elyot, Charlotte Stein and Kay Jaybee

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