Fairy Tale Castles and Book Giveaway by Leta Blake and Keira Andrews
Keira and I are in the erotic fairy tale business. We have a love and fascination with everything fairy tale related, such as princes, princesses, elves, fairies, witches, queens, kings, castles, and happily ever afters. Especially, happily ever afters. When crafting one of our tales, we always give consideration to the kind of home our protagonists will live in, and while some will live in humble cottages or elfin glens, quite a number will inhabit a version of the most famous fairy tale residence of all — the castle.
We’ve created a lovely Pinterest Board of Castles to wet our inspiration and at which to stare, marvel, and daydream from time to time. Take a look yourselves and be transported.
America, bless her young puppy heart, is rather short on castles, having been a bit late to the game of building them. But there are still a few large private homes which might qualify. They tend to lack the massive walls to protect against attack — a standard aspect of the definition of the word ‘castle’ — but they are still glorious in their opulence and splendor.
The Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, North Carolina, remains the largest private home ever built in the United States, and served as such until the 1950s. The story of the construction of Biltmore House, as it has always been known, is a fascinating one. In 1889, a very long time ago by American standards, and not at all long ago by the standards of everywhere else, construction began on the Biltmore House. It was a massive undertaking that transformed the area around it. The artistry demanded by Vanderbilt in all aspects of his home required the importation of artisans and craftsmen from all over the world. This turned Asheville from a typical, tiny Appalachian town, into the beautiful, successful, artists haven that it remains today.
The home is host to amazing architectural delights, and awesome views of the surrounding Appalachian Mountains. In addition to the astoundingly opulent rooms, there is an art gallery to be envious of with many pieces by John Singer-Sargent amongst others.
As a child, I visited the Biltmore House nearly every summer with my family. I’d walk through the massive home and imagine what it would be like to have lived there as a Vanderbilt, or to have been an invited guest. In my adult life, I prefer to imagine what it must have been to be a servant, and work in the main kitchen, or at the beck and call of all the servant bells. Check out our Biltmore Estate Pinterest Board for more pictures of the inside and outside of this beautiful American castle.
Perhaps the Biltmore will play a role in one of our future erotic fairy tale retellings. In the meantime, check out Earthly Desires, the first novella in our Tempting Tales series from Ellora’s Cave.
Cursed as an infant with a lack of physical and emotional gravity, Prince Efrosin can’t keep his feet on the ground or his head out of the clouds. Laughing his way through life, he’s never been weighed down by love and lust.
Then one fateful day, his tenuous tie to the earth is severed and he blows away on the wind. He’s rescued by Dmitri, a handsome young woodsman who suffers from a mysterious curse of his own, and the two strangers are irresistibly drawn together. Experiencing sex and love for the first time, they dive into a delightfully sensual and passionate affair.
But the evil witch who cursed them is planning her ultimate revenge. Efrosin and Dmitri must fight to find their fairy tale ending and live happily ever after.
We’d love to know if there have been any castles that have particularly inspired you? Also, we’re giving away a free copy of Earthly Desires. To enter the drawing, just comment with your name and email addy. Thanks for reading today!