Justine Elyot’s Uniform Behaviour Inspiration
I’m going to be posting a series of guest blogs and interviews over the duration of the Uniform Behaviour competition which will give an insight into the minds of the contributing authors. Here, Justine Elyot, author of Guard Mounting tells us where the idea came from for her awesome story…
Over to Justine:
They’re changing the guard at Buckingham Palace
Christopher Robin went down with Alice…
There’s no sign of Christopher Robin in my Uniform Behaviour story (thank goodness, because that would be weird) but the Buckingham Palace guard is strongly represented.
Its representative is Greg, a man in a bearskin hat and a red jacket who spends a lot of time standing stock still with a rifle lined up with the right side of his body. There’s nothing complicated or profound about the inspiration for Guard Mounting. Ever since my first childhood encounter with those impassive presences along Whitehall and outside the Queen’s gaff I’ve wondered exactly what it would take to rumple their composure. And the heroine of my story has the same preoccupation. And a plan…
Here’s a tiny snippet:
I heard him marching down the wood-floored hall, his steps quick but heavy and for a wild moment I wondered if he’d brought a gun. But when the door opened, no weapon could be seen, just six broad feet of uniformed soldier, topped with the mad bearskin hat so tall he had to duck to get under the frame.
I couldn’t see his eyes, so I could only gauge his reaction to my state of semi-undress by looking at his lower face. His mouth was stretched in a thin, clean line, just as if he were on duty, and his facial muscles betrayed nothing at all. It was impressive. He really was well trained. Exactly how well trained remained to be seen.
“So,” I mused, putting a finger to my lip. “Can I resist a man in uniform?”
“Any conclusions yet?” he asked, smirking and relaxing his pose.
“I think I need to carry out some tests,” I told him. “Why don’t you go and stand against the wall and pretend you’re on duty. I want to see if I can force a reaction from you. Go on then. You’re on duty, and I’m a tourist.”
“I’ve seen a lot, Annie, but a tourist in that outfit is new to me. Do you really expect me to keep a straight face when a gorgeous, nearly-nude girl is within my grasp?”
“Yes. Actually, I do. Please? I’ve been thinking about this all day and I really want to do it. Humour me – I’ll make it worth your while.”
Justine Elyot writes erotica and erotic romance for a host of publishers, including Black Lace, who published her first full-length book, On Demand, as well as Xcite Books, Carina Press, Total E-Bound and Noble Romance. Her third and fourth novels are due out later this year. She is never happier than when exploring the darker reaches of her imagination, and enjoys music, good food and wine, and living by the sea.