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Monday, March 30, 2015

Mansions and Penthouses - the Modern Castles, by Suzanne Rock

Hey everyone! This month's theme is castles, and I have to confess that, as a contemporary writer, my books don't really have castles in them. What they DO have are mansions, which can be thought of as modern-day castles, and penthouses for those living in the city.

Many mansions and penthouses have complex archetecture and layouts, much like the castles of old. Some are on sweeping landscapes, and others are in complex highrises. In my eserial, At His Service, Leo Perconti lives in a penthouse suite of a large hotel called the "Palazzo" which looks very much like a palazzo, or palace, in Italy. Personally, I have never spent time in a palace or castle, although there is a local resturant where I live that is a replica of a castle. It's awesome seeing all of the old armor and tapestries on the walls, and the bar area is what I imagine a typical ale house would look like during medevil times. We've enjoyed eating there on a number of occasions. 

I wonder, have any of you visited castles before? What is it about castles that you find most appealing?

And here is a little information about At His Service, for anyone who is interested. :)

~ A modern-day erotic Downton Abbey…AT HIS SERVICE ~

Praise for Suzanne Rock

"Deliciously seductive. At His Service will leave you breathless in the best way possible."  —Lisa Renee Jones, NYT bestselling author of the Inside Out series

“A forbidden affair, a masterful hero…oh, baby, get ready for some real heat!”  —Opal Carew, NYT bestselling author

In February 2015, Suzanne Rock heats up erotic contemporary romance with the four-part e-serial AT HIS SERVICE (St. Martin’s Paperbacks, February 2015). Part One of this exclusive and red hot mini-series will be released February 3, 2015, with three more installments to follow on February 10, 17 and 24. The full volume will be released in June 2015, from St. Martin’s Paperbacks.

Billed as a “modern-day erotic Downton Abbey,” AT HIS SERVICE features Leo Perconti and Karin Norell. Leo Perconti's life is spinning out of control. As head of his family’s hotel conglomerate, it’s his job to save his family from bankruptcy. At the center of his turmoil is Karin Norell, a quiet, alluring housekeeping manager who compliments his dominating personality and lets him feel in control once more.

As Karin explores her passion her feelings for Leo deepen. Unfortunately, Karin and Leo come from different worlds, and when the two worlds collide, the cost can be devastating. As the service staff at The Palazzo rise up against the Perconti family, both Leo and Karin are faced with losing what each of them holds most dear. Together they must learn that true power comes from vulnerability and trust that can only happen when you let your insecurities go.


Suzanne Rock resides in central Massachusetts with her college sweetheart and two daughters. She published her first book in June 2009 and has since written over thirty erotic stories with St. Martin’s Press, Simon and Schuster, Electric Ink Press, and others. In addition to writing, she teaches courses on craft and the publishing industry through Romance Writers of America and Savvy Authors. For a listing of her books and workshops, please visit her website (

Suzanne is represented by Deidre Knight of The Knight Agency ( and writes mainstream romances under the pen name Ava Conway (


Rose Gorham said...

Beautiful castle but scary hanging out there on the cliff like that. Added your new series to my 'Have To read List'.

Suzanne Rock said...

I know, right? I'm not sure if I'd visit there, lol. Thanks so much for trying the series, Rose. I hope you enjoy it!

Lynda Bailey said...

Great post, Suzanne! Never thought about the analogy between castles and mansions...duh, right? ;) At His Service sounds yummy!

Cara Marsi said...

At His Service sounds wonderful. I've only seen Windsor Castle outside London and that's hardly a drafty Medieval Castle. There's a tower of an old castle in my family's hometown in Italy. I assume my peasant ancestors were in service to those castle lords.

jean hart stewart said...

Love castles, although there are none in my books. Like your analogy. Some of these $53 million mansions on the web have got to qualify as castles.

Melissa Keir said...

I like the history of castles but not the thought of the drafty, cold, living without windows. And imagine cleaning them! Huge!

I love the covers from your series. :)

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