~ Book#1 in the Dangerous Letters Trilogy
Surely young Mr
Frederick Whyatt could never had imagined that he would manage to
get himself all tangled up with a flamboyant rake and a pretty prostitute
during his first trip to London? All he wanted was to see the wonders
of the crown jewel of the British Empire while accompanying his
parents and sister.
Naive and innocent, he instead finds himself in love with a young
gentleman, and then makes a terrible mistake: He writes love letters.
However, love letters can easily be used for blackmail, and soon
he asks himself what he is willing to do to get the letters back.
Category: Gay Victorian Romance and Erotica
Length: 32pages, 18o00 words
File size: 300KB
Publisher: Independently published by
My Secret Quill
The idea to the novella “Blackmail”
was inspired by the wonderful scene between the footman Thomas and
his lover in Downton Abbey. (All hail BBC for having a gay character
in a historical drama series!)
The story was also partly influenced by the footnotes in the Penguin
classic edition of “The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde”
by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, where homosexual
blackmail is hinted. I was also inspired by the novel “The
Picture of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde where Dorian in one
scene blackmails a former male friend to get rid of the dead body
I did quite a lot of background research for the story, which always
takes me in all kind of research historical detours. I did, of course,
investigate homosexual blackmail during the Victorian era, and the
laws around male homosexuality from The Buggery Act 1533 to the
passing of the Offences against the Person Act in 1861. Other research
included Victorian fashion, the railway system, and marriage proposal
during the Victorian era.
Any French spelling mistakes are mine and mine alone, and should
not be blamed on Vincent or Micah.
“I write because I must! If I do not, I think I shall
go completely mad! My quill pen shivers and its steel nib threatens
to destroy the pages as I write down these lines. How could it ever
come to this?
The section in my journal was written late at night in London in
the end of April, almost six months ago. The handwriting which filled
the vellum pages of the leather-bound notebook was unsteady and
marred with numerous ink blotches covering the papers. I acutely
remember the pure desperation and the agony from that time.”
Tags: London, first love, persuasion, voyeurism, threesome (MMM)
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~ Book#2 in the Dangerous Letters Trilogy
Mr Frederick Whyatt is returning to London to attend his sister, Emma’s wedding. However, before his family leave Devon, Frederick is forced to promise that he will behave like a proper gentleman–if he does not, his cold-hearted father threatens to cancel the wedding and disinherit Frederick.
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The Secret Diary
~ Book#3 in the Dangerous Letters Trilogy
Young Mr Frederick Whyatt is joining his family to spend the Christmas season in London.
However, Frederick sneaks out together one late night together with Vincent D’amonte, a flamboyant rake, to search for Micah who has disappeared.
But Frederick gets caught–and one little, white lie swiftly leads to disastrous consequences.
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