Author: Vanessa Mulberry
Series: Trojan Men #1
Release Date: May 9th 2016
Genre: Historical MM Romance, Paranormal
Hector has been a dutiful son and prince his whole life until his father orders him to marry. The Trojan was meant for no woman, and when he meets a handsome youth named Anatolius, he is more determined than ever to rule one day with a man at his side. However, after he is betrayed by his brother Paris his fate seems unavoidable. Hector needs all the courage he has learned in battle, and the assistance of a goddess, to win the hand of the man he loves.
This is a gay (MM) romance novel set prior to the events of the Trojan War. It depicts romantic and sexual love between two men in a broadly tolerant society.
Hector and Anatolius is the debut novel of British author, Vanessa Mulberry.
After the meal, Hector drew the lad to him, and they relaxed on the shared kline to talk about their histories and their beliefs. Both drank strong wine, but Hector watched Anatolius carefully, mindful of its dizzying effects. “Just a little,” he said when Anatolius asked one of the servants for a third cup. “I won’t touch you if you’re sotted, and you will have to wait another day for my attentions.”
Anatolius appeared embarrassed, but when the servant stepped away, he whispered, “Thank you. I don’t want to wait.”
When the conversation lulled, Hector scooped his guest up and carried him from the room.
Anatolius put his arm around Hector’s neck and rested his head against the prince’s powerful shoulder. He laughed and said, “I will walk to your bedroom if that is where we are going. I’ll run if you like.”
Hector strengthened his grip, pulling him a little closer. “You may race me there another day, but tonight you go in my arms.”
“Don’t you think you can beat me?”
“It wouldn’t worry me if you did. I carry you because I want it to be known I will be your man tonight. Tomorrow I will follow you to the bed if you wish.”
Soon they reached his private apartment. It was a magnificent space: large and airy, with room on one side for cozier entertaining than the andron permitted and a soft bed for afterward. It led onto a terrace, which looked down over the city, and, as the night was warm, the imposing doors to it stood open, their silver casings glowing faintly in the moonlight.
The lamps were already lit, illuminating murals dedicated to Eros. Hector set Anatolius down and saw the lad’s eyes widen as he looked around at the walls. “Gods,” he murmured, “is this a shrine or a bedchamber?”
Hector had worshipped a lot of men in that room, but he didn’t think the pictures so unusual. He reminded himself that Anatolius hadn’t been in as many beds as him.
“Do you want to pray? I don’t usually conduct rituals in the palace, but we can if you like.”
Anatolius continued to stare at the walls. Hector saw his eyes rest on an image of two men making love. One was bent over, being penetrated by the other who kissed his back.
“Do you think we should? I want my first time to be pleasurable.”
“You needn’t ask Eros for such a blessing. I will ensure that.”
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About the Author
Vanessa Mulberry lives in England with her husband and daughter. Her achievements are numerous and of no interest to anyone reading this. Her hobbies include cheap alcohol and romance novels. Growing up, Vanessa dreamed of becoming Mr. T, but the position has not yet fallen vacant. She has settled for being a romance novelist instead.
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Today I am lucky enough to be able to add a short interview with VanessaHello Vanessa and welcome to my blog.
Which one current author in your genre do you find inspiring?
Everyone. It takes a lot of nerve to put yourself out there like this, so they’re all my heroes.
Tell us a fun fact about your WIP?
It’s set in Elizabethan England and features an actor with a colourful past and his eager new apprentice.
Is there one subject you would never write about?
That’s a tough question. There are things I find unpalatable, but that doesn’t mean I would never address them within my writing, even if I wouldn’t go out of my way to court them in other areas of my life. So, no, I don’t think anything is completely off limits.
What made you choose to set your novel in Ancient Greece?
I love mythology and enjoy new interpretations of old characters. I also really like the aesthetic of that part of the ancient world and knew I wanted to set a series there because of that.
Which of your characters in Hector and Anatolius was the most difficult to write?
Hector and Anatolius were equally challenging, both because I let myself worry about other people’s opinions of them. Hector is very well known, and I knew I couldn’t please everyone with my interpretation, which made it more difficult for me to write. Anatolius is an original character, but his difficulty came from his looks and personality. Via a magical bracelet, he is literally seen as a woman in parts of the book, and I deliberately tried to give him some traditionally feminine traits to match that.
Thank you Vanessa, it's been a pleasure having you join me.