I was educated in schools and convents run by the Sisters of Mercy and other religious orders so I totally enjoyed the Oprah Show featuring the Dominican Sisters of Mary and Sayuki (an Australian girl who became a geisha).
Geisha and nuns are similar in the fact that they both undertake a disciplined regimen in their daily lives.
Geisha or nun? Which life would you follow if you were a young American girl living in nineteenth century Japan?
In my Spice novel, The Blonde Geisha, my heroine, Kathlene Mallory, is headed to a nunnery to escape the wrath of Prince Kira when her life takes a most unusual turn…
I couldn’t tell anyone, not even the gods, but I was scared…really scared. Even before I got to the nunnery, I knew I had to escape. Though I respected the nuns for their piety and servitude, I wanted to be a geisha. Had to be. Didn’t nuns shave their heads and their eyebrows, making their eyes bulge big and unnatural in their faces? I held on to my long hair, vowing never to let them cut it. Even more disturbing, nuns wore plain white kimonos. White was the color of death. Why was my father taking me to a nunnery? Why?
Was I being punished?
Go to The BLONDE GEISHA on eHarlequin.com to read the complete excerpt!
Who is The Blonde Geisha?
In the ancient Japanese tradition of beauty and grace, sex and erotic fantasies are hidden secrets that only a select few may learn, and which are forbidden to foreigners. But when a threat to her father’s life puts her own in jeopardy, young Kathlene Mallory is sent to live in safety at the Tea House of the Look-Back Tree, where she is allowed to glimpse inside the sensual world of the geisha.
During the years of her training in the art of pleasuring men, Kathlene’s desires are awakened by the promise of unending physical delights, and she eagerly prepares for the final ritual that will fulfill her dream of becoming a geisha—the selling of her virginity. The man willing to pay for such an honor, Baron Tonda, is not the man for whom Kathlene carries a secret longing, but he is the man who will bring ruin to the teahouse, and danger to Kathlene, if he is disappointed…
The Blonde Geisha goes to Venice:
NEW: The Blonde Samurai:
“She embraced the way of the warrior. Two swords. Two loves.”
And check out the adventures of the heroine of The Blonde Samurai, Lady Carlton née Katie O’Roarke, in “Naughty Victorian Lady tells all blog at eHarlequin.com