MEET MY MUSE: Elsa Holland



Meet My Muse with Elsa Holland

All writers have a muse and I think they are all hard task masters. My muses (and there are more than one and they do gang up on me!) tend to make me write things I think I shouldn’t. I tried to steer them in other directions and they marched off and refused to talk to me until I went back and wrote what I was given. When I do this, invariably the answer to why a character or a plot turn needed to be a certain way becomes apparent. I’ve now come to a point where I slide my mental head shaking aside and push forward to see where we land.

The consequence of all of that muse following is that I find myself writing in a somewhat less defined landscape of romance than I had intended. I write what would be best termed Victorian historical that has a somewhat gothic eroticism or perhaps borderline dark romanticism (I’m way too romantic and hopeful to fall fully in either category). Hopelessly Devoted 2 Books reviewed my first book, The Veiled Heart, released in July this year saying This story is very unlike anything else on the market at the moment! Yes, it’s certainly erotic, and yes, it’s a historical romance…but it’s so much more than either of those things!” 

I think it’s the Victorianism which lends itself to presenting a more troubled character and different strata’s of society. It’s a time when we really started to build the foundation of our modern society,  issues back then reflect our current issues and the mass of sexuality rippling under the surface of a corseted facade is a wonderful landscape to explore the social and value constructs we still carry.

Aside from the churning society, the gothic curiosities and eroticism, The Veiled Heart is a deep, rich story of true love. I think it’s a very romantic read. I have a snippet below to give you a feel for it.

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London 1898.

Miriam couldn’t say how long it was before he lifted from her and tapped his cane on the cab roof.

She should move but she couldn’t even open her eyes; and really, how could anyone expect her to? The cab must be full of feathers. She’d clawed up angel wings in that white cloud of bliss and she was still floating back down to the bench. Back to a life that would now look entirely different.

Gentle hands worked to straighten her skirts. There was no impetus to move. The firm but gentle administrations, adjusting her skirt, stroking her arm, small murmurs, were melting her on the inside with the soft kindness of it all. Even out of courtesy. She wanted to say something, give something back.

“Thank you; that was most enlightening.” Heat immediately rushed up her face at the absurd whisper.

Idiot; she was keeping her eyes closed, perhaps for the rest of her life.



The Veiled Heart
Elsa Holland


After a cold and cruel Victorian marriage, Miriam rejects the foibles of her class and is determined to help London’s fallen women. A fleeting brush with a handsome stranger at the scandalous Velvet Basement creates a chance encounter to sin. Surrendering once could be forgiven, but what happens when this dangerous game promises to extend beyond one unforgettable encounter to a passion that threatens the very foundation of her world?

Max, is delighted at the invitation by the veiled visitor to the decadent Velvet Basement. But the flammable seduction turns world-shaking when the veil is torn and reveals the woman who has always haunted him. Can he play a dangerous game and win the heart of the woman he wants? Or will discovering his true identity push Miriam far out of reach forever?





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8 Comments on MEET MY MUSE: Elsa Holland

  1. Thank you J’aimee and AuSRom. I’m thrilled to be featured *beaming as I type*

  2. catherinewinther // August 17, 2015 at 11:44 am // Reply

    I LOVED this book. To quote my own review: “The rich tapestry that is The Veiled Heart is not just a book but an experience – allow yourself to sink in to it and you wont be disappointed.” Whoever and whatever Elsa’s muse is, I hope it keeps inspiring her for a long, long time. A beautiful read.

  3. I would think a rich and guaranteed different read. It’s on my TBR pile and hopefully Elsa’s muse will stay for Elsa to create many more stories.

  4. I love hearing about your muse(s) Elsa …. They really crawl up out of your murky depths. I loved The Veiled Heart and I can’t wait for the stories still coming

    • Thx Nicolette, I’m so glad you like TVH! The murky depths… I think all our stories come from there in some way. I’m looking forward to knowing more about your muse!! BTW the advanced reader copy of The Arrangement was a great read!!

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