Release Day Spotlight For ‘Like Stars’ by Selina Kray
This historical M/M novel will be published on November 14, 2014 by MLR Press.
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What if your true love walked back into your life five years after his death?
Nathaniel Thredgold has finally returned from the war. Or has he? His lover, Wesley Douglas, isn’t sure. Wesley must put aside his engagement, his disbelief, and his anger to give his professional opinion. The truth about their relationship isn’t an option. But is this stranger really the Ravensworth heir and Wesley’s long-lost love? When your heart’s at stake, there’s no room for doubt.
Set in the Edwardian era, Like Stars is a tale of mysterious identities, scandalous family secrets, and lovers in a dangerous time.
Buy Link: MLR Press
When Is a Comet Not a Comet? Notes on Historical Accuracy by Selina Kray
Hi, everybody! I’m Selina Kray, and this is stop #2 on the Like Stars blog tour! A huge thank you to the lovely people at Rainbow Gold Reviews for hosting me today, especially Marc. And thank you for reading!
I am here to make a confession. It’s not something I’m proud of, and I would have avoided it if I could have, but… well. There’s nothing for it. I cheated. The comet in my book is not a real comet. “How is that possible?” you might ask. Also, “What do you mean, it’s not a real comet?” I understand your confusion. Let me explain.
The timeline of major events in my book Like Stars is very specific. One of my main characters, Nathaniel Thredgold, fights in the Second Boer War (Yes, there were two. One, apparently, just wasn’t enough for the Brits.). It was a brief war, as these things go, October 1899 to May 1902, and because of various plot circumstances, such as the year he left for military school, the regiment he was commissioned to, and some events in the later stage of the war it was vital he be a part of, the timing was very tight. I could shift certain events in the story by a year, two at most, but big things had to happen within this short period. We don’t spend a lot of time with Nathaniel in the war, but the fact that he went to war is absolutely critical to the narrative.
Cut to a few months after I’ve set the book’s timeline in stone. During a scene when Nathaniel and his paramour Wesley are teenagers, I find myself in need of a comet. Wesley is something of an amateur astronomer, you see, which is integral to his character because it’s his way of feeling close to his father. Another major character decision that I don’t particularly want to undo.
The scene is set in 1897. They are star-gazing—and, not incidentally, falling for each other. I want them to see something spectacular in the night sky, a discovery that shows Nathaniel what a wonderful thing astronomy (and, by association, Wesley) is. What astronomical phenomenon could I use? A shooting star? Too clichéd, and not scientifically interesting. A meteor? Well, that would just be crashing to Earth, and it would be better if this whatever-it-is stayed in the sky for a while.
A comet? Perfect. Lovely. Make it so. But as I research what years comets were observed, I see that there wasn’t one in 1897. Or 1896. Or 1898. And I can’t stretch the timeline any more than that. Of course, it’s possible that a comet passed and no one observed it. But that’s stretching the truth a bit, no? None of the big observatories of the time saw it, but two amateur astronomers with one pretty groovy telescope did? Pull the other one.
Now comes the confession part: I put the comet in anyway. You can see it featured prominently on the cover of the book, in fact. I tend to be a staunch defender of historical accuracy. If you do your research thoroughly and strive for authenticity in your writing, in my humble opinion, the piece will be richer for it. Even if your readers aren’t as familiar with the minutiae of the time period you’re writing about as you are, it’s worth it. And certainly I did that when researching the Second Boer War, the Victorian and Edwardian eras, the medical and legal facts in the novel, the fashions, the traditions, the mores—every aspect I could think of. And I’m sure there are mistakes; they are mine and I own them.
But. Sometimes you need a comet, and don’t want to re-arrange all the other tidbits of story, great and small, in the name of strict historical accuracy. My name is Selina Kray, and I have employed a bit of dramatic license in my novel, Like Stars (and lots of fun, twisty, sexy stuff that’s purely from my imagination).
Gentle readers, consider yourselves warned. 😉
Like Stars is out November 14, 2014, from MLR Press
Join me for the rest of the Like Stars Blog Tour!
Nov. 11th at Coffee and Porn and Love Bytes
Nov. 12th at Sinfully Sexy Books and Prism Book Alliance
Nov. 13th at Eressë’s Live Journal
Selina Kray is the nom de plume of an author and English editor. Professionally, she has covered all the artsy-fartsy bases, having worked in a book store, at a cinema, in children’s television and in television distribution, up to her latest incarnation as a subtitle editor and grammar nerd (though she may have always been a grammar nerd). A self-proclaimed geek and pop culture junkie who sometimes manages to pry herself away from the review sites and gossip blogs to write fiction of her own, she is a voracious consumer of art with both a capital and a lowercase “A”.
Having long ago realized that she was the Salieri to the lit world’s Mozarts, she has embraced her love of erotica with intricate plots, complex characters, and lots of heart. Whether she has achieved this goal is for you, gentle readers, to decide. At present, she is hard at work on future novels at home in Montreal, Quebec, with her wee corgi serving as both foot-warmer and in-house critic.
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