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The Virgin and The Bull by Erato Book Tour and Giveaway :)
Virgin and The Bull
Noir Romance, Suspense Thriller
rape, murder — Love is a serpent more subtle than any of the field.
year old Charles Macgregor had everything going for him, so why did
he choose to take his own life? As the Sheriff-Depute of Edinburgh
reads through his collected letters, he uncovers a breathtaking story
of femmes fatales, jealous rivals, and love gone violently awry.
artful and intellectual thriller told with a noir style, The
Virgin and the Bull shocks
and startles with tense plot, lurid sex and vivid characters amidst a
seductive and scary vision of Old England and Scotland. The frisson
is out of this world when the fiery anatomist Macgregor risks life
and limb to fulfill his desperate desire for the dangerously
beautiful Constance Fawkes, pitted against her mad father and the
more-than-meets-the-eye “virgin” priest, Francis
“Erato did a superb job… the pace
is right on point… highly intriguing… It blows your mind.” - T.
Renee, author of Hearts
all my best friends and my dearest family — you could have never
done more for me than all the goodness, favor and friendship which
you have offered and provided unto me, your wretched relation who did
so ill-deserve them! You must know that what has passed is, in no
capacity, a mark against you. You cannot be blamed, and you could
have offered no help that would have altered, in any way, the outcome
of my unhappy condition. To the unfortunate man who shall find me, I
offer my deepest apologies and regrets that it must be you. As I was
a student of medicine, I know full well the horror that it is to look
upon a dead man for the first time, and to see the human form with
frightful lack of motion, heat and soul; but do not fear it; rather,
take comfort, and know that one day this sad fate shall befall each
and everyone that you have ever known. Be familiar with it now, and
know what lies ahead for you, rather than to find yourself blindly
leapt to the abyss of death — “And mind, for aw your mickle
pride, sae will become o thee.”
tears in my eyes, I know it is most probably my family that shall
ultimately take possession of this letter, and none but they shall
take concern with it. I have loved you all. Never doubt that I have
loved you, but familial love is not enough to sustain a soul that
writhes in such unending torment as mine, all my dreams dead, all
hope dispersed. Be not sad for my passing; be glad that I have ceased
to suffer a torment which has been endured for too many months, and
which it is evident shall never pass. If there is a Heaven, perhaps,
in spite of this deed, I may still be admitted thereunto, for this
sin has been committed only to prevent a greater misdeed; and in the
name of preserving whatever good may come of this, I beg of you to
never disclose my fate to the one named Constance Fawkes, or now that
she is to be married, called Constance Exenchester. If it comes,
ever, that she will ask what has become of me, tell her that I have
gone away to India or Jamaica, or that you know not where I am, but
that I am never expected to return. Do not mar the happiness in her
life with any cause to fret herself for me. But if she should pry and
insist to know my fate, or if she might catch a circulating rumor, or
by some accident come to know of what has passed — in a word, if it
cannot be helped, and the circumstance be such that denial of the
truth could do nothing more than to concern her the worse, then and
only then might you disclose the facts to her. That you might know
those facts, both for your own comfort and for hers, I have collected
here all the artifacts of my time with Constance; in particular my
letters to her, which have been returned by her own hand. How I have
suffered in my love for her! And she (though I do not blame her for
this) has chosen another for her spouse, my prior claim to her
notwithstanding. Perhaps I should not have done what was right.
Perhaps I ought to have kept her, greedily, for myself, and compelled
her to go forward with a match that would have shamed us both; but I,
so confident in her love, did allow her to slip from my hands, and I
shall never see her again. Now I have lost all; lost unspeakably.
cannot go on with this writing, with these thoughts, or else I shall
lose my resolve and merely spend another long, sad night wallowing in
tears. Having shed such oceans of sorrow already, one might expect
that my bodily humors would be so much disordered that a natural
death could easily come to me; but then, that is a slow and painful
process, and I would be at risk that some well-meaning surgeon might
indeed chance upon my cure. Then to what good will I have prolonged
my misery? The time is now. My victory shall be my success in this
endeavor — the accomplishment of my escape. I bid you farewell, my
loved ones. I pray that you shall forgive me, and I am sorry for what
I did to Exenchester, and to Fawkes.
own, Charles Macgregor.
the Sheriff-Depute of Edinburgh.
letter, which you have just read, was found atop a stack of papers
which had been carefully curated, even edited at times, by the late
Mr. Macgregor. When discovered, it was rather soiled from the blood
of its own author.
Macgregor was found dead in his house, in the Cowgate, discovered by
his landlord, Mr. Richards. The blast of the bullet had rendered his
corpse a most gruesome sight, such that would bring terror to the
heart of even a skilled medical man as himself. He had shot himself
through the skull, blown so thoroughly asunder that there was nothing
left to call a face upon the body. A butcher’s boy had to be
contracted to clean the room after the corpse was taken out, for not
even the lowest housekeeper could be persuaded to suffer the blood,
brains and skull that were strewn all over the floors and wall. Upon
further examination, a second, recent gunshot wound was discovered,
through the leftmost side of Macgregor’s hip. Two pistols, emptied
of their charges, were in reach of the body; one of which was found
in his hand.
life, Charles Macgregor had been the sort of man who dressed ever in
sad hues, and until a recent accident, he had been known as a very
handsome youth. It is said that many a man would have been proud to
possess such a face, and even his enemies are documented to have
called him “the Scottish Adonis”; yet Macgregor was not
previously known to have been caught into this trap of vanity, and he
was perceived to be generally of a sensitive temperament, and much
devoted to his studies. He had ice blue eyes and skin so fair it was
described as being like that of a ghost, yet his colorless complexion
was corrected by the vivid hue of his hair, which he wore a little
longer than is the present fashion, but in a styling that suited him
well. He stood a height of around five feet, ten inches. He was said
to have always carried in his breast pocket an edition of Fergusson's
Poems. This was found on his body, with a lock of woman’s hair
pressed inside. At the time of his death, he was aged three and
twenty years. The Macgregors were a family of intellectuals from
the city. Their financial condition saw that they were not altogether
lacking in resources; but Charles was not born into the ranks of
society which could have guaranteed his lifelong comfort out of
nothing more than his name or family connections. Thus it fell to
Charles to pursue a career. He had sought to better himself by
attending university in England; he received a scholarship at the age
of fourteen, and thrived. He subsequently believed himself to be
destined for a career in the high sciences, in which he should find
himself winning his income through patronage and patents. Certainly
he was understood to possess the attention to detail and the depth of
mind for such tasks, and nobody ever claimed that any lack of talent
or intellect would hold him back. He was known to have been committed
to his business, and demonstrated skill in his pursuit; and everybody
that knew him expected greatness from this young man. Through means
of much private effort, he had been able to secure for himself a
position alongside a most prominent anatomist by the name of Samuel
Fawkes, who dwelt without London. Charles Macgregor did little
suspect that this should beget his downfall; at the time, he
considered it only to be a great blessing. He went to the Fawkes
home, where he lived alongside the family: Samuel Fawkes having also
in his home a wife, his elderly mother, a young son, and a daughter
of marriageable age who answered to the name of Constance. These
letters are hereby collected and faithfully copied by myself,
assistive to the Procurator Fiscal in his reaching a true ruling on
the nature of Mr. Macgregor’s death, and to judge whether he was
killed by his own hand, by some coercive action, or any other cause;
for though the letter we found would appear to suggest he was felo
cases have been known in which a murderer did falsify such documents
in order to disguise his own guilt; and the wound to the hip does
raise some concern. Included in these papers are some very intimate
details, regarding the lives of Macgregor and others; my motive in
recopying the whole of them is to ensure that nothing shall be
subject to destruction or loss at the request of any relative or
acquaintance of the deceased, who might be disgraced by the
revelations within. Only truth and justice are sought from this
collection, and it is my hope that these words shall prove useful to
our investigation of the affair. — H. A.
taken to another ERA with ERATO.
Erato is a hispanic American
author of historical fiction. Her stories are often set in the
Georgian/Regency period, taking the characters past the traditional
bonnets and balls into gritty cities, forced marriages and painful
The name Erato belonged to one of the nine muses
of Greek mythology: that who ruled love stories. No, it's not the
same word as erOtic; literally Erato is "the Lovely," from
Greek erastos "loved, beloved; lovely, charming." The
author's own given name being that of a different muse, the name
Erato was chosen as the nomme de plume that seemed especially fit for
writing historical stories with a romantic theme, though she also
writes historical novels without strong romantic elements. Her works
are normally highly researched, subversive, and can tend toward
humorous even when telling of tragedy.
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