Author in Our Dungeon
Lilith Bresson, an independent, successful young artist, is forced to travel from her home in Spain to the wild borderlands of northern England, to repay her feckless father’s latest debt by painting a portrait of the enigmatic Lady Blaine Albermarle.
On her first night at Albermarle Hall she meets Finn Strachan, Blaine’s ‘companion’, a cultured and hauntingly beautiful young man who seems to have it all. But Lilith has an artist’s eye, and a gift for seeing what lies beneath the skin. She soon discovers that Blaine is more gaoler than lover, and if the price is right, depravity has no limits.
As the weeks pass, Lilith finds that she too is drawn into the malign web that her patron has spun, yet against the odds she forges a strong friendship with the damaged, dysfunctional Finn. In a dark, modern twist to an age-old story, Lilith Bresson proves that sometimes it’s the princess who needs to become the rescuer.
Please note that this storyline contains depictions of drug abuse, violence and non-consensual sexual activity.
"I was born in the north of England, and apart from a brief adventure at university in west Wales, I’ve lived here all my life; my hobbies therefore include bear-taming, wolf-whispering and wearing sleeveless tops in temperatures of -10 degrees whilst commenting that it's a 'bit chilly'. I'm married to an incredibly tolerant and creative man, and we have a daughter who will always be my best creation; we also have a ridiculous menagerie which currently includes three dogs, four cats, two ferrets and a blind guinea pig called Philip.
I’ve been writing professionally for nearly 20 years now, predominantly as a playwright. This gives me my love of strong dialogue; even now, I tend to develop my characters by talking to them. On a good day they answer back, and that's when this whole ridiculous profession becomes worthwhile.
The Tied Man is my first full-length novel. I needed to create a world where the female protagonist wasn’t some passive foil just waiting to be ‘completed’ by a good (or bad) man, and I wanted to explore the darkness; after all, some of the very best stories tend to hide there… "
The sequel, 'The Tied Man - Unbound' is due for release in early 2014."
The Tied Man by Tabitha McGowan gives all new meaning to 'emotionally intense.' I read half of it through my fingers while sipping a healthy shot of vodka and toying with a bottle of valium. Well...Okay, not quite and maybe a little extreme, but the point I'm trying to make is trust me when I say that this book comes with a warning for a reason!
Tabitha is an incredible British writer who has delivered a very disturbing story of a high-class underworld of sexual slavery with honesty, guts and dry wit that can only be pulled off by a native. It's gritty, dark, disturbing and tests those moral high grounds on more than one occasion.
I honestly felt physically sick at one point and had to collect myself before I continued and yet I don't regret the experience at all because, in the words of Gabriel James, 'Jesus Christ on a fuckin' push bike"... was it good!
The Tied Man – Tabitha McGowen
Welcome to Albermarle Hall…
The glossy brochure depicts an opulent manor house standing tall and elegantly proud on it’s own secluded island in northern England. Surrounded by a serene lake on the outskirts of a small but thriving holiday village, it offers total privacy, isolation and rich luxury to all of its ‘high-profile’ guests. However, for those few individuals in the know, there is more to Albermarle Hall than meets the eye.
They say the she-devil comes in many disguises, in this story she trends cascading red hair held in a high chignon, an upper-class cut-glass dialect, an expensive 100% silk suit and fake silicone breasts. Her name is Lady Blaine Albermarle, and for the right price she will make all your sexual fantasies and desires a reality; all she requires is a hefty cheque, full nondisclosure,
...and a piece of your soul.
Lillith Bresson is a successful English self-portrait artist, who now resides in Spain. Having accepted an invitation to appear on a popular British chat show hosted by a household favourite, we are immediately introduced to a woman with a 'no-holds barred, take no prisoners' attitude. Her past is a sore spot and one that she refuses to discuss, not even with a pretentious prick like Johnny Buckle. As the interview takes an acidic turn, Johnny leaves the stage covered with the contents of Lillith’s glass with the whole world knowing he sports a very small penis.
When her poor excuse for a male of a Father darkens her doorstep, she knows nothing good can come out of this surprise visit, and she was right! With a debt to repay, he blackmails his Daughter into leaving Spain and heading back to England to paint a portrait of one, Lady Blaine Albermarle.
On the first-class flight, she meets rising musician and notorious hedonistic, Gabriel James. When they are caught in a compromising position, with Lillith between his thighs, ‘looking for her pencil,’ it’s not long before it makes tabloid headlines.
(A word of advice: Laugh all you can in these moments. Bottle those laugh out loud moments up, and lock them safely within your heart, because this is where all joviality ends!)
Upon her arrival, Lillith is treated to further first-class hospitality but she has a talent, a knack for seeing behind the façade, and immediately she feels something is greatly amiss at Albermarle Hall. All is confirmed when she sees him for the very first time, Finn Strachan, as he makes his descent down the opulent staircase. Introduced as Blaine’s companion, he smiles, playing his part well.
”Finn has the face of a fallen angel. Wide, dissolute eyes the colour of moss agate gazed out from behind a long, thick fringe of muddy blond hair, and loose strands fell to frame a snub nose and sensuous cupid’s bow of a mouth that was just saved from being feminine by a square, stubborn jaw. The very first time I met him, Finn Strachan stole my breath.”
When Finn is ordered by his ‘Lady’ to show an extra interest in her new houseguest, Lillith is horrified when she realises that he is a glorified rent-boy, subjected to carry out sexual favours on Blaine’s behalf, as a way of ‘entertaining’ her special guests.
As the façade starts to slip, Lillith finds herself in a very difficult situation when Finn starts to open up and share his horrific back-story and how he came to sign away his freedom to the devil in Prada.
"Y’know what my job is, huh? It’s to say ‘Yes’ and keep saying it until whoever’s paying decides they’ve had enough. It doesn’t matter if I’m not happy, of if it disgusts me, or even if it hurts like I’d rather fucking die. So deal with it. I have to.”
But nothing could prepare Lillith for the level of depravation, the vile acts of sexual abuse and blackmail Blaine’s staff are subject to in order to keep the high-ranking lawyers, police sergeants, doctors, politicians and top businessmen in the sordid life of debauchery they so desperately desire.
”I was painfully aware that for the first time in my life I was using avoidance to deal with a situation so huge that there was nothing I could change.”
With Finn’s only coping mechanism lying heavily in illegal substances, a full blister pack of tremazepam at his side, Lillith knows she needs to intervene, if anything to help save the beautiful Irish shackled boy she has come to call friend.
However, Blaine Albermarle has other ideas, and it’s only a matter of time before Lillith finds that Finn isn’t the only one incarcerated inside the prison, prominently disguised as a luxurious English manor home.
At times I couldn’t quite believe what I was reading, some of the abhorrent events in this book really took me out of my comfort zone and made me question myself as to why I felt the need to continue, but that’s what makes this book incredible because it’s written so beautifully profound that it was impossible to stop.
The characters felt real, their pain was real, their nightmare became my nightmare, and I had to see it though until the very end, because I needed to know!
Lillith Bresson is one tough cookie. Her own past was shocking; originally cut from the same pompous cloth as the lady herself, but with a whore Mother suffering with schizophrenia, her own childhood took a dramatic turn, making her one very strong character… and Finn’s saviour.
This is NOT a new-adult romance, this is not a naughty escape into BDSM Erotica - this is a story that will shock you, and yet at the same time you will pull strength from it in order to continue.
Without giving anything else away, I advise going into this book knowing that it’s not going to be an easy read as it covers some very disturbing subject matters involving non-consensual sexual activity, drugs and violence. Yet, if you want to escape into something dark that is incredibly well written and has the capability to shock, then go for it. Just remember to wear your big girl pants!
Looking forward to book two!