Saturday, December 1, 2012

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Boone Brux: AAD Spotlight

So it’s that time of the year again, when out of town guests and friends invade our homes for holiday merriment. It’s particularly exciting for me because it’s a chance to show all the people in my life my new release, Kiss of the Betrayer. Hey, if they’re going to come to my house to eat my food and drink my booze they can damn well listen to me pimp my series.
Anyway, Kiss of the Betrayer is book two of my Bringer and the Bane series, and is set in an alternate medieval world.  With my incredibly honed skill of random thought, I started to ponder what the holidays must have been like in a medieval castle. You’re probably thinking, I know where you’re going with this, Boone, food, drink, general merry-making traditions.

No, I’ve chosen a holiday subject that I am sure is near and dear to everybody’s heart—or bum—the bathroom.

Whenever I have company, the main area that gets the most use and abuse is the bathroom. It’s bad enough when Uncle Alan takes his cup of coffee and a copy of Field and Stream into the privy for a little quality time after a big meal, but just think what it was like in a castle that housed dozens, sometimes hundreds of people. The toe-tapping that must have gone on after a feast of course bread and ale makes me shudder.

There were many names for the bathroom in medieval times. The privy, garderobe, wardrobe, and nessecarium were just a few. By the way, I’m going to start calling my bathroom the nessecarium.

“If you’ll all excuse me, I must retire to the nessecarium for a brief respite.”

It sounds so much nicer than toilet. I digress. As a romance writer I gloss over this aspect of my characters’ lives. My readers don’t want to hear the intimate and frankly, disgusting details of this bodily function. It’s not sexy or romantic. Sure my heroine may take care of her personal needs behind a tree, but that’s as far as the description goes.

To illustrate the reasoning behind my lack of detail in my stories, I thought I’d include some pictures of medieval bathrooms.

The first picture is fairly self-explanatory. Often times the poo dropped directly into the moat or a big dung heap that was then covered with straw. I’ve read the stench was great. See what I mean? Sooo not sexy.

I doubt the medieval residents were shrewd enough to put the metal bar across to prevent anyone from falling in, so I’m assuming this is a modern addition.

Can you imagine the cold blast of air you’d get on a frigid Christmas morning?

Now this was what every castle needed when a horde of merry-makers descended. It’s a medieval maiden’s dream come true. She and her BFFs can travel to the garderobe together—no waiting.

I’m sure you get the idea. Like with my stories, I won’t go any deeper with the details and I’ll end my tidbit of Medieval trivia here. 

Feel free to use it as a conversation starter during your family festivities. It’s my little gift to you. You’re welcome.

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December 22 Interview

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December 26 Guest blog
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December 27 Interview

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Kiss of the Betrayer
Bringer and the Bane Book Two
Boone Brux

Genre: Fantasy Romance          
Publisher: Entangled Publishing

ISBN: Print: 1620610353
E-book - 978-1620610350
Number of pages: 400
Word Count: 100,000

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Book Description:

For fifteen years Luc Le Daun has blamed himself for the death of the woman he loved. His secret guilt has led him into a life of danger, risking all and committing to none.

Killing Luc Le Daun has been all Jade Kendell has thought about for years. But when her plan goes awry and she's brought into the Bringers' fold, her own dark secret threatens to be revealed. Desire for a better life wars with a promise made long before she understood the ramifications.

In a deadly mission, Jade and Luc embark on a journey into the Shadow World. As they attempt the impossible, ignoring the attraction growing between them becomes harder to deny. The slightest misstep could mean the loss of their souls and give the Demon King exactly what he needs to open the Abyss of Souls and annihilate the Bringers.

About the Author:

As a multi-published and an award winning author, Boone's writing drips with experiences from real life. Addicted to anything that might make a good story, she weaves tales that range from dark fantasy to humorous romance. Settled in the icy regions of Alaska with the love of her life and twin daughters, it's not uncommon to find her tapping away on her iPad on a windy beach or the barren tundra. Be warned, anyone and every even is fodder for one of Boone's novels.

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Debby said...

Thanks for the great post. I am going to use some of that at school.
Debby236 at gmail dot com

Boone Brux said...

Thanks Debby. Glad I could provide top educational knowledge.:)


Sandy said...

Congratulations on the new release. All the best. I am looking forward to the chance to read and review at The Reading Cafe;

Boone Brux said...

Thanks, Sandy! You're so sweet.

Morgan O'Reilly said...

Boone, you never fail to amaze and amuse me. The privy of all things! LOL. And how spot on you are, as usual. It is the most important room in the house!

Looking forward to my autographed copy of Kiss of the Betrayer to put right next to Shield of Fire. A great addition to my most treasured books!

Hugs n Kisses

Teri said...

The next time the kids want to study castles, I'll have to remember this!

This was a hoot and I agree, if they come and eat your food, drink your booze, and use your privy- they need to buy your book! :)

zuwkeeper at

bn100 said...

Fun post. I'd like to read the book.


Barbara E. said...

Great post! Now I know way more than I ever needed to know about medieval bathrooms, LOL. I can't imagine sitting with cold air blasting me, a cold toilet seat is bad enough. :D

Barbed1951 at aol dot com

Boone Brux said...

Yep, I'm a font of useless knowledge. You're all welcome:). Thanks for stopping by.

donnas said...

Sounds great. thanks for sharing!!

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