On censorship, adult tags, and Breeder….

Release Breeder from the dungeon!

Release Breeder from the dungeon!

It’s the proverbial 2 a.m. knock at the door.

You’re dragged out of your bed, hauled away, and thrown into a dungeon never to be seen again. Your crime? You can only guess. No one will tell you.

How do you get out of the dungeon? They don’t tell you that either.

Who knows you’re there? Nobody.

Record of your existence is wiped out. When concerned family members ask about you by name they’re told, “Never heard of her.”

You exist in a no man’s land.

That’s what it’s like to have your book tagged by an “adult filter” on Amazon.  All of a sudden your book disappears from searches. No one–not even with the exact spelling of your author name and exact title–can call it up on Amazon. No one notifies you the author or your publisher that this has occurred. The only way you find out is if you or somebody you know happens search for your book. On your Author Central dashboard everything looks normal. Your book is still listed, and no mention is made of the adult tag that has rendered your book invisible and inaccessible.

When readers can’t see it or buy it, your sales go into a freefall. When you’re an ebook author like I am, 80-90% of one’s sales come from Amazon.

Readers’ choices have been eliminated, and they don’t even know it. The books of their favorite authors are no longer available to them.

The triggers are arbitrary and mercurial. What was acceptable when your book was released suddenly is not. One author’s book is tagged while another with similar material skates by.

Trying to get the tag removed is a stab-in-dark guessing game. Was is the photo on the cover? The title? A trigger word in the blurb?And which word? There is no official list of “bad” words. Authors can only guess.

This scenario happened to me on Tuesday when Breeder, my first sci-fi romance was “adult-filtered” on Amazon. My husband searched for it to check my rankings and said, “Hey Breeder isn’t here.” Nothing looked amiss on my Amazon author dashboard. Only by going to Sales Rank Express did I see the ugly red “adult filtered” tag on Breeder.

This book has been out for nearly a year. It’s a science fiction romance. When it released it, ranked No. 2 in science fiction romance and fantasy romance on Amazon. Its sales ranking has been as high as 1100 (out of millions, that’s pretty good).

Now it has disappeared from the Amazon search engines. Key in “Breeder by Cara Bristol” and the only book that pops up is Terran, the second book of the series.

Loose Id, the publisher, has rewritten the blurb, and is contacting customer service to see if the tag can be removed. Some authors who have experienced this have been successful; many others have not. This has killed some books.

The timing could not have been worse for me. I’m getting ready to release Warrior, the third book of the series next month, and my publisher is getting ready to put out a print version of Breeder, also likely in October.

You can still buy Breeder on Amazon if you have the direct link. And you can access it from my Cara Bristol Amazon Author Page. Also, you can Google it. It’s available on BN, ARe, and through Loose Id.

Save Omra! Release Breeder from the dungeon!

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To secure his legacy, Commander Dak, a ruling Alpha of planet Parseon, purchases Omra, a breeder slave. He intends to impregnate her, produce a son, and hand her off to his anointed beta partner. As Dak and Omra discover a sexual bliss banned by law, he begins to question the traditions and ways of his people, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.

 

 

Coming October 21 – Warrior! The final Breeder book

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00014]A female fighting for freedom. A male armed with determination. Can they save their people?

As a despotic Qalin marches through Parseon intent on conquering every province, Commander Marlix pledges his sister to another Alpha to protect her. Desperate to decide her own fate, Anika flees and finds refuge with the guerilla resistance movement against Qalin. Marlix’s beta Urazi, a male of lesser status, tracks her intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty. But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize home has ceased to exist and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and the end of the world?

 

 

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Cover reveal! Warrior, the final Breeder sci-fi romance

 

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Ta da! This is the cover for Warrior, the third and final book of the Breeder sci-fi romance series. Mina Carter, who did the covers for Breeder and Terran, also did this one. I have set a tentative release date of mid-to-late October. It will depend on how quickly it goes through editing.

And that’ the GOOD news, the bad news is that yesterday Breeder, the first book, was slapped with an “adult filter” by Amazon and relegated to the Amazon dungeon. Poor Omra. First she’s enslaved in the Breeder Containment Facility on Parseon, now she’s imprisoned in the bowels of Amazon! The only way you can access Breeder on Amazon is through a direct link OR on my Amazon Author Page. My publisher Loose Id is working on the trying to remove the adult tag.

Warrior blurb:

A female fighting for freedom. A male armed with determination. Can they save their people?

As a despotic Qalin marches through Parseon intent on conquering every province, Commander Marlix pledges his sister to another Alpha to protect her. Desperate to decide her own fate, Anika flees and finds refuge with the guerilla resistance movement against Qalin. Marlix’s beta Urazi, a male of lesser status, tracks her intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty. But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize home has ceased to exist and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and the end of the world?

A new Warrior excerpt!

(Anika has fled an arranged breeding. When Urazi, the hero, goes in search of her to bring her back to fulfill her duty to Parseon, he encounters a couple of vagrants…)

“So what province did you say you were from?” Icor, his face blackened by soot, except for a pus-oozing red scar zigzagging from eye to chin, stared at Urazi from across the smoking fire.

“I did not.” Urazi picked a stringy strand of meat from his teeth with his dagger. He had found a sizable fowl scratching along the road and had wrung its neck, intending to eat it when he stopped for the night.  Just as dusk had darkened the sky, he’d happened upon two males hunkered around a fire, sheltered from the worst of the bitter wind by a lean-to of metal scraps and half rotted boards. A TERRAN BAZAAR sign that once had symbolized a thriving economy and a promising future served as roof paneling of the makeshift dwelling.

Urazi had offered to share his meal in exchange for a night’s haven.

“What brings you to these parts?” Suspicion narrowed Icor’s eyes. Distrust had replaced hunger, now that the latter had been appeased.

The feeling was mutual. “What makes you think I am not from here?” Urazi parried.

“An inflection in your speech indicates you originate from another province,” the alpha’s accurate perception increased Urazi’s wariness. Who were these males who wore tattered uniforms of status? Why did they huddle in squalor rather than supporting the war effort—for whatever side?

Were they deserters? Refugees? Robbers? Spies? Urazi had encountered all four during his month’s journey.

First he had searched Marlix’s province. After finding no trace of Anika, with hope sinking, he expanded his search to Commander Dak’s territory.  Anika had lived at the Enclave and before that at the BCF, both of which were in Dak’s province. In hindsight, Urazi realized he should have begun here. The province probably felt like home, and where did one flee to but home?

Urazi schooled his expression to shield his worries. He had assumed he would have found Anika by now. Of course, a chance existed Zoulin had located her already and delivered her to Ilian. Urazi had no way of knowing because he’d left his PCD at the domicile so Marlix could not track him. He forged on because he had nothing to return to except a flogging.  The Alpha would be furious he’d disobeyed his direct order, and regardless of preference, Marlix would have no choice but to make an example of Urazi to retain his honor.

Urazi could endure the strike of the barbed-tipped whip if it would save Anika. He was less certain he could bear to hand her over her to Ilian, but his ability to care for her had worsened since he’d become a fugitive. He sized up his camp mates. Like them. Perhaps they were betas on the run in alpha dress too?

Urazi’s hair had been cut shorter than the chin-length beta style, a holdover from the time he Marlix had donned disguises and hidden at the Enclave, but Urazi had trimmed the regrowth and donned a gray winter alpha uniform.

By far, his behavior represented the biggest element of his masquerade. Urazi affected the bold strut and the hard of a male of status. Sometimes he almost believed his fiction. Most often reason ruled, and he remained conscious of the fraud he was.

“We are all from somewhere,” Urazi answered, sharpening his dagger on a stone. “The war has turned many into itinerants.”

Hoari, the questioner’s companion, nodded. “Many have passed through.”

Caution urged reticence, but he would not locate Anika if he did not inquire. “I am looking for someone,” he admitted.  “A female.”

“They are skittish and hard to catch.” Hoari’s ribald bark hinted he was not averse to bending Protocol and slaking his lust with an available female.

Icor did not join in the humor, but picked up a shiv, a jagged piece of glass wrapped in cloth at one end, and stabbed it into the fowl carcass, which they’d picked clean.

“Who is this female you seek?” Hoari asked.

“I had purchased a breeder, but she escaped before I could take possession,” Urazi assembled a story, avoiding any mention of Anika’s link to Ilian or Marlix in case his camp mates’ loyalties resided with the Qalin-Artom bloc.

“How long has she been missing?”

“About a month.”

Hoari drew his brows together in a pensive frown. “About three weeks ago, we captured a female for our use, but I do not think she is the one you seek.”

“Female drakor.” Icor spat.

Do not let it be Anika. I would prefer to not find her, than to think she encountered these alphas. And why is that? Was her appearance so unseemly that she would produce ugly offspring?” He faked a casual, humorous tone.

“She was not unattractive for a female,” Hoari replied. “She had a bounty of hair and amber eyes. She wore the oddest footwear. Terran, I suspect.”

Urazi’s blood chilled. What had they done to her? “What happened?”

“She attacked Icor and escaped.” Hoari motioned toward his wounded companion.

Urazi closed his eyes in thankfulness. He sucked in a surreptitious breath of relief, but rage began to build. He opened his eyes. The answer to his next question would determine whether Icor and Hoari lived or died.

He twisted his mouth into a semblance of grin, and stroked the blade of his knife. “Did you at least get to use her before she fled?”

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Breeder and Terran will soon be in PRINT (Breeder probably by the end of October). They’re available now in ebook form from Amazon, ARe, BN, etc. The books can be read as stand-alones, but one will appreciate the changes the society goes through if they are read in order.

Breeder on Amazon ♥ Terran on Amazon

 

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Celeste Jones on The Great Debate: Contemporary v. Historical

By Celeste Jones 

I have two new books out this month. Laying Down the Law is a contemporary spanking romance involving a 45 year old divorcee and her 29 year old law school classmate. Corrected By The Colonel is a historical Regency spanking romance about Miss Cassandra Sheridan who is desperate to get married because that’s the only way she can save her family from abject poverty. She sets her sights on Lord Owen Tyndall, but his cousin, Colonel Blaise Sinclair gets in the way.

I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to write in both genres. Although there are many similarities (hot sex, spanking and romance) there are also big differences between them.

Roles of Women:

In Corrected By The Colonel, Cassandra’s only hope for financial security is to find a husband with enough wealth to support her and her family. The basis for Laying Down the Law is Ali’s determination to finish law school so she can support herself and get as far away from her ex-husband as possible.

Marriage:

Cassandra, the heroine of Corrected By The Colonel, has one goal: marriage. Although both books have HEA endings (of course) there’s no real talk of marriage between Ali and Griff, just that they have a future together.

Sex:

Corrected By The Colonel has some pretty steamy pre-marital scenes, but no sex before marriage. You can guess how sex is handled in Laying Down the Law. J

The other issue with sex is sexual knowledge of the heroine. A proper Regency young lady would know almost nothing about sexual intercourse before her wedding night and she most certainly would not use words like cock or pussy, so finding words to describe what is happening to a woman with no sexual knowledge can be challenging.

In a contemporary romance, particularly with a divorced 45 year old heroine, it’s a bit easier.

Consent:

Consent to discipline can be a sticking point for some fans of spanking fiction and with contemporary books it’s a little harder for some people to understand why a modern, educated woman would allow herself to be spanked. In historicals, it’s assumed that corporal punishment was used in all phases of life, therefore, a woman being taken over the hero’s knee is not so hard to believe.

So, whether you are looking for a hot contemporary or a steamy historical, I’ve got you covered.

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Newly divorced and returning to law school after a twenty year absence, Ali Stewart has just one class to complete before sitting for the bar exam, becoming a lawyer and moving on with her life. She feels out of place with her much younger classmates, but she’s determined to succeed and put her ex-husband far in the past.

When she is paired with Griff for the semester, she learns that even though he is much younger, there is much he can teach her, in and out of the classroom.

Laying Down The Law is an erotic spanking romance that includes explicit sex, anal sex and legal terms used in an erotic manner.

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Corrected-by-the-Colonel-Final-LARGECorrected By The Colonel  Blurb

Miss Cassandra Sheridan is desperate to get married. Not because she is deeply in love, but because her family is deeply in debt. She leaves behind her two younger sisters to care for their ailing father while she heads out to do the only thing she can to secure the future for herself and her family—marry a rich man.

She sets her sights on Lord Owen Tyndall, attractive, rich and gullible. Just when Cassandra is sure a proposal is imminent, Lord Tyndall’s cousin, the annoying and attractive Colonel Blaise Sinclair, arrives.

The Colonel is not nearly so easily fooled as his cousin and he is determined to find out the real story behind Miss Cassandra Sheridan’s presence at Hadley Hall. If he must employ over the knee discipline to ferret out her plans, then so much the better.

Corrected By The Colonel is an erotic romance that includes explicit sex, rapid fire dialogue, anal play and anal sex all within the confines of proper Regency society. If such topics offend you, please do not buy this book.

Pre-order on Amazon for automatic delivery on September 20.

 Note from Cara Bristol: I’ve read Laying Down the Law and hereby attest that it is GOOD! I’ve read Celeste’s other Regencies, and they are fun. I’m looking forward to reading Corrected by the Colonel.

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(New) Cover reveal for Unexpected Consequences!

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It’s official! Loose Id has notified me the rights to Unexpected Consequences, the first Rod and Cane Society spanking romance, have reverted back to me. Unexpected Consequences was my third written and published erotic romance, back in 2010/2011. (In June I published my 15th title, and I recently finished writing my 17th book).

Syneca Featherstone (Original Syn) did the cover art.

As soon as Unexpected Consequences comes down from Amazon, I will be self-publishing it with this new cover and a new blurb:

Newlywed Melania Traynor loves life, shoes, and most of all, her husband Jared – a tall, handsome, protective man with a commanding side. He’s a member of the secret Rod and Cane Society, an organization of men who maintain discipline in the home with a loving heart and an open hand. When he tells her he believes in domestic discipline and will spank her if she misbehaves, she enters into their marriage with eyes wide shut confident she’ll never be on the receiving end. But when she disobeys Jared, she discovers that discipline isn’t all talk.

Watch for the new Unexpected Consequences later this month!

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Saturday Spankings, #8Sunday: From Warrior…they captured a female

Urazi, the hero of Warrior, searches for Anika on war-torn Parseon. When he encounters a couple of vagrants (Hoari and Icor), he asks if they have seen Anika. A little detail you should know:  when she ran away, Anika was wearing Tara the Terran’s boots. I had to employ a little creative punctuation and rewriting to make the excerpt fit in eight sentences.  We are in Urazi’s POV, the first line is Hoari’s:

Look for Warrior in mid-October!

Look for Warrior in mid-October!

“About three weeks ago, we captured a female for our use, but I do not think she is the one you seek.”

“Female drakor.” Icor spat.

Do not let it be Anika. I would prefer to not find her, than to think she encountered these alphas.And why is that–was her appearance so unseemly that she would produce ugly offspring?”

“She was not unattractive for a female,” Hoari replied, adding, “she had a bounty of hair and amber eyes, and she wore the oddest footwear–Terran, I suspect.”

Warrior blurb

A female fighting for freedom. A male armed with determination. Can they save their people?

As a despotic Qalin marches through Parseon intent on conquering every province, Commander Marlix pledges his sister to another Alpha to protect her. Desperate to decide her own fate, Anika flees and finds refuge with the guerilla resistance movement against Qalin. Marlix’s beta Urazi, a male of lesser status, tracks her intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty. But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize home has ceased to exist and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and the end of the world.

Earlier this week, I announced some big news involving Warrior and the Breeder sci-fi romance series series. Read about it here.

Weekend Writing Warriors goes live on Sunday. To check out those authors, click on the logo. To visit the Saturday Spankings authors, click on one of the links.

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What’s your favorite romance hero archetype?

bigstock-Dark-stylized-portrait-of-a-yo-19487603From my observation, romance heroes fall into categories (archetypes, stereotypes)  that are defined by what women find attractive in a male. Heroes can straddle more than one category. Occupation (job) becomes a subset of each of these categories.

Here are the types of heroes I see in romance fiction:

Brainiac/Geek – He’s the guy who dazzles the girls with his brilliant mind. These days, he’s often a computer nerd.

Bad Boy – He might be born on the wrong side of the tracks, be the black sheep of his family, or be an outright criminal.

Athlete - I suppose one could argue this is an “occupation,” but I think it’s a type–a man who is admired for his physical prowess on the playing field.

Dominant or macho guy — This hero is defined more by personality and behavior than physical brawn, although it usually includes the latter.  Think Navy SEAL who saves the world and gets the girl. I think this is probably the most common archetype–and the one that makes my heart go pitter-patter. I would put cowboys in this category. The rancher who owns half the state I’d put in the following  category.

Powerful man – This is the guy who wields influence in his domain. Think company CEO, military commander, a president or other leader. Said US statesman Henry Kissinger: “Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac.”

Rich guy – Millionaires and billionaires are a stable of romantic fiction. He has the money to sweep a girl off her feet.

The star -Famous guy! He can be a rock star or movie star or anybody in the limelight. I don’t see type often, but occasionally.

Artist - The creative, moody type. Musician, painter, etc. Can be combined with famous guy, but the type can stand on its own.

Are there other types you would add to the list? Which is your favorite type?

 

 

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Important updates regarding Warrior and the Breeder series…

Look for Warrior in mid-October!

Look for Warrior in mid-October!

Early in August, I had submitted Warrior, the third and final book of the Breeder science fiction romance trilogy to Loose Id, which published the first two books. At the end of August, Loose Id offered me a contract.

I have wanted more control over my work and my earnings for a while now, so I attempted to negotiate the Warrior contract to get a better deal. Loose Id remained firm on their terms, declining my requests, so I turned down the contract.

I am going to self-publish Warrior! Cara is going rogue!

My plan is to release Warrior in mid-October. I have hired content and line editors and a cover artist to work with me on the project.  I hope to have a cover to show you within a couple of weeks. I’m not sure how long the editing process will take. Once I have a better idea of that, I will announce a publishing date. In addition, I hope to offer Warrior as a pre-order on Amazon.

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Breeder will be going to print in a couple of months.

The prospect of self-publishing is exciting for me. I’ve watched many other authors I know break away and go off on their own and do very well. I admit I’m a little nervous about all processes involved, but I’m sure I can handle it. (As my husband says, “if you run into glitches, you can always ask a 10-year-old for help”).

That’s the first of my news. The second part is that Loose Id has informed me that they intend to go to print with Breeder and Terran.  Other than the anthology Spanked!, these will be my first print books. A paperback version of Breeder should be out “within two months,” (according to Loose Id) and Terran several months after that. My guess is that Breeder will be released before the end of October–the date at which print rights revert back to me. Likewise, a print version of Terran would need to be released by May 2015 (the date at which print rights revert).  Once Terran is released in print, I will follow up with print version of Warrior.

So what happens with the Breeder series after Warrior? I have some (still nebulous) ideas for a spin-off series that would be set in the future on planet Parseon. The hero/heroines

Terran will be going to print!

Terran will be going to print!

are the children of existing Breeder characters. I sowed some seeds for “Progeny” in the epilogue of Warrior. Since a story has not quite gelled in my mind, I don’t see a book occurring any earlier than late 2015. Under the terms of my contracts on Breeder and Terran, I will need to submit that series to Loose Id. I don’t know what will happen.

I foresee much more self-publishing in my future. The contracts on Unexpected Consequences (Rod and Cane Society 1) and A Scent of Longing (my vampire romance) will expire soon with the rights reverting back to me. I will self-publish those. Unexpected Consequences will be re-released fairly quickly after Loose Id removes it from retail sites, but it will a few months before I can self-publish A Scent of Longing. Since it was written for Decadent Publishing’s 1Night Stand series, I may need to rewrite Madame Eve and 1Night Stand out of the story, and  I have a lot on my plate right now.

In other news, Black Velvet Seductions, the publisher of my first books Intimate Submission and Secret Desires, and the anthology, Spanked!, has been sold to a new owner. The timing was right to reclaim the rights to Intimate Submission and Secret Desires. They will be removed from publication probably at the end of third quarter (September), but I have no plans to re-release them at this time. They are only 99 cents, and if you’ve ever thought about buying them, this would be the time because they’ll only be available for a couple more weeks.

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Intimate Submission ♥  Secret Desires

And lastly…I am wrapping up Rod and Cane 5, tentatively called Personal Sacrifices, which I will submit to Loose Id by the end of September. I don’t know what will happen with negotiations. They might take it or I might self-publish that one too. I have an idea for another science fiction romance that I am eager to begin writing –as well as a brand new spanking romance series.

I’ve known I’ve needed to take my career to the next level–I just didn’t expect it to happen all at once. Life is an adventure!

 

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#8Sunday, Saturday Spankings: From Warrior…what war has wrought…

Welcome to Saturday Spankings and Weekend Writing Warriors, “snippet hops” in which authors present an eight-sentence excerpt from a work. I am excerpting Warrior, the third book of the Breeder sci-fi romance series. On Monday, I will have some BIG NEWS about Warrior and the Breeder series overall.

But until then, here’s an excerpt!  In this scene, Anika has run away to avoid an “arranged breeding.” Urazi (the hero) is searching for her. If you’ve read  Breeder or Terran, you know the importance of the Terran Bazaar…

Coming in the fall 2014-- Warrior (Breeder 3), the end of the trilogy.

Coming in the fall 2014– Warrior (Breeder 3), the end of the trilogy.

“So what province did you say you were from?” Icor, his face blackened by soot, except for a pus-oozing red scar zigzagging from eye to chin, stared at Urazi from across the smoking fire.

“I did not.” With his dagger, Urazi picked a stringy strand of meat from his teeth. He had found a sizable fowl scratching along the road and had wrung its neck, intending to eat it when he stopped for the night.  Just as dusk had darkened the sky, he’d happened upon two males hunkered around a fire, sheltered from the worst of the bitter wind by a lean-to of metal scraps and half rotted boards. A TERRAN BAZAAR sign that once had symbolized a thriving economy and a promising future served as a roof panel of the makeshift dwelling.

Urazi had offered to share his meal in exchange for a night’s haven.

Unofficial Warrior blurb

A female fighting for freedom. A male armed with determination. Can they save their people?

As a despotic Qalin marches through Parseon intent on conquering every province, Commander Marlix pledges his sister to another Alpha to protect her. Desperate to decide her own fate, Anika flees and finds refuge with the guerilla resistance movement against Qalin. Marlix’s beta Urazi, a male of lesser status, tracks her intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty. But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize home has ceased to exist and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and the end of the world.

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Book Review: Wanting it All by Livia Grant #BDSM, #spanking

If you enjoy BDSM or spanking fiction, Wanting it All by Livia Grant is a must read. It blew me away. It is pure awesomeness.

Livia is a member of my Street Team. When she asked if I’d read her debut novel, I agreed, but I have to admit I was a little nervous. It’s her first book. What if I didn’t like it? What if I found all sorts of things “wrong” with it? I was blown away by how good it is, and I can offer an unreserved, unqualified five stars. 

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Brianna Lambert’s husband Markus is gentle, loving and is crazy about her–and she loves him. Yet she can’t stop herself from cheating on him with her abusive pseudo Dom ex-boyfriend. When Markus finds out, he is so hurt and angered that he drops her off at The Punishment Pit—a BDSM club where Doms take their wayward subs to be punished by the master of all Masters. There, Brianna is a given the choice to either sign divorce papers or submit to severe, humiliating punishments. Desperate to save her marriage, Brianna chooses the latter. Markus’s friend Lukas proceeds to put her through the paces in an attempt to break her down and get her to sign the papers. In the process, Lukas learns why Brianna cheated, and he begins to have sympathy for her. But will the information be enough to convince Markus to give her another chance?

I was blown away by this debut novel by author Livia Grant. First, it is very well written and the story was so gripping it wouldn’t let me go until I finished it. I lost sleep over this book. Second, Livia Grant did something that many other authors don’t do—she took risks by tackling a taboo head on. No, not BDSM. Infidelity. I read a lot of domestic discipline novels and a fair amount of BDSM and when punishment occurs it is usually for something insignificant—the hero tells the heroine to stay put—she disobeys. She does something a little reckless that he feels isn’t safe, she talks back. I always wondered why no one ever wrote a story in which the heroine did something truly bad, something that was unquestionably wrong.

Brianna Lambert does that when she cheats her husband. And Markus does that when, knowing of the physical abuse in her past, he washes his hands of her and abandons her to be caned, whipped and God- only-knows-what else until she signs divorce papers. Yet the reader has sympathy for both of them. The emotions are raw, honest, and real.

This is not a typical erotic romance (I would call it erotica, but even then it’s not typical). For a good part of the book, “hero” Markus isn’t even in the picture—the story shifts to his friend Lukas who administers the punishments. And then it shifts again to Tiffany, Brianna’s BFF, who goes in search of Brianna when she turns up missing.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a gritty, edgy novel that lays it on line. For BDSM and spanking fiction fans, Wanting it All is a must read.

♥ Buy Wanting it All on Amazon ♥

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Recommended Reads for September

August was a month of amazing reads–which I’m now recommending to you for September. When books are really good, I read faster, and I read more books. I have to say, I was a tad surprised when I received my visa bill for Kindle purchases. I bought that many? Ahem.

The Best of 1950s Wife Vol 2 (spanking satire) by Claire Colingrove – A compilation of  satirical blogs about naughty wives. Spanking gone retro. A hoot.

The Marriage Agenda (contemporary erotic romance) by Sarah Ballance – A senatorial candidate contacts the ex-girlfriend he jilted with an arranged marriage proposal.

Unmasked (paranormal romance) by Allie Ritch – He has evidence the government bad guys want; she’s the sexual psychic hired to get him to talk.

Given to the Savage (bdsm sci-fi romance)  by Natasha Knight – Formerly titled His to Breed. Due to a plague, only 10 percent of the population can reproduce. She’s one of them. She’s given to a “barbarian” to be impregnated in hopes of producing another breeder. Contains  a strong dose of medical humiliation.

Cat Nip (Jinx book 1) (paranormal) by Gem Sivad – She’s a witch with healing magic, he’s a sexy cat shifter who can’t stay away. Love the tone and characters in this book. BTW, this book is only 99 cents!

Pleasure Bay (BDSM) by Maddie Taylor and Melody Parks -Four interwoven stories of four couples finding love at a BDSM tropical resort. Well written. Great scenery. I felt like I was at the resort!

For Ben (spanking romance) by Kate Richards – Book six of the Corbin’s Bend series about a community of spankos. After the death of family members, this couple in a struggling marriage become instant parents. Can they get it together “for Ben?”

Taming Naia (bdsm) by Natasha Knight – A re-release of Naia and the Professor. He’s a college professor whose career is ruined when a student accuses him of spanking her. Years later, she tries to make amends. He’ll forgive her if she takes the spanking she accused him of. Very well done. My favorite book of Natasha Knight’s so far

The Coach’s Discipline (spanking romance) by Katherine Deane -She’s a marathoner who needs a little discipline to achieve her goals. Can her coach provide it? You’d never know this was only Katherine Deane’s second book. Well written and realistic.

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