Spotlight on Thianna D’s Breathe Each Other In

BEOTI-Final-300x500The spotlight today is o, Breathe Each Other In, an M/M domestic discipline romance by Thiana D. For Logan & Christian, one thing makes all the difference…

Breathe Each Other In

Author: Thianna D

3rd in the All They Ever Needed trilogy

Where to find it:

On Thianna’s website 

Or: Amazon | Blushing Books | Barnes and Noble

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Marketing copy:

While the outside world might try to undermine them, Logan and Christian’s relationship just grows stronger. In this, the final part of the All They Ever Needed trilogy, their lives take an unexpected turn.

Christian takes to heart everything he learns from Logan’s father and as he and Logan go forward in their DD relationship, he finds that he is willing to not just take on the mantle of Head of House, but to embrace it. With Logan graduating from college, Christian takes the next logical step and asks his boyfriend to move in.

Even with the stress of student teaching and trying to figure out what to do after graduation, Logan leaps at the chance to live with the man he loves. As the pressure of graduation begins to get to him, the only thing to keep him grounded is the amazing man at his side.

Those closest to them make huge changes in their own lives and when an unexpected job offer lands in Logan’s lap, the two have to make a life altering decision. No matter which way they go, they need to give something up. Play it safe and stay home or accept the job and move away from their families? When it comes to decision time, there is one thing they are not willing to part with. That one thing makes all the difference in the world.

All They Ever Needed trilogy:

Book 1: As Natural As Breathing

Book 2: Took My Breath Away

Book 3: Breathe Each Other In

Enjoy this little domestic discipline discussion between Christian and Logan’s father:

“Have you considered how you are going to start?” Gregory asked as they removed the last of the destroyed siding from his car.

“Start what?” Christian asked, his mind on the large piece of scrap metal in his hands.

“Your DD relationship with my son.”

Surprised, Christian placed the metal onto the heap and shook his head. “No. He won’t be home until June, so I figured we had plenty of time to figure that out.”

“True,” he said, walking around the car. “On the other hand, if you start before he comes home, you might find it easier to settle into your role.”

Well, there was a layer he hadn’t considered. “How do you do it long distance?” The confusion in his voice was evident, even to him. But Gregory never made him feel stupid for asking a question.

“It’s doing the same things. Setting boundaries and making sure he sticks to them. You will also want to choose a disciplinary action to use if he doesn’t.”

“What am I supposed to do, make him write lines?” Christian asked in amusement before remembering that Kimberley had mentioned she had to write lines a lot in the beginning of her and Gregory’s marriage.

“Possibly. Or make him stand in a corner and think about what he did.”

“How will I know he did it?”

“You stay on the phone with him. Believe me. Neither Kim nor Logan are good at covering their emotions. His voice will give him away. Plus, I know my son. If you tell him to stand in a corner, he might ask why, but if you insist, he’ll do it. Of course, you won’t see the glare he sends at the phone when he does so,” he added in amusement.

Spluttering a laugh, Christian walked over and crashed onto one of the sofas. “It all seems so simple and so impossibly difficult at the same time.”

“Yep. Both are true. And strangely enough, until you actually have to discipline him for something and he accepts it, you won’t really notice a difference. It will feel like you’re going through the motions. But that moment will come where you go, ‘ah, shit, I’m in charge.’ And it will change you in a really valid way. You’ll feel it, Logan will feel it, and your relationship will be better for it even though it felt like hell for those few minutes or hours.” Walking over, Gregory grabbed a couple sodas from the fridge and tossed him one. “And at the beginning you’ll second guess yourself a lot, Christian. It comes with the territory. But that first time the two of you butt heads?” He shook his head. “That moment when you wonder if you should continue down this road or give in? When you stick to your guns, not in a rough, mean way, but by continually plowing ahead, gently but firmly until he relents; that’s the moment you know what you got yourself into. And it feels amazing and a bit overwhelming. But most of all, it just feels right.”

Shaking his head, Christian drank half his soda quickly. “I think we’re on the right road and Logan is thrilled, but I’ve never done this before and—”

“Haven’t you?” he asked in amusement. “I saw you with my son in New York, Christian. You took control and you guided him out of his self-recrimination faster than I could have.”

“He still had you spank him.” The moment the words were out of his mouth, Christian regretted them. He never meant to bring them up, especially in that annoyed tone.

Chuckling, Gregory nodded as he leaned back. “Yes, I did. Do you know why?”

“He explained that he asked you to.”

“He did, and the two of you hadn’t gotten to the point where he could ask you.”

Startled, Christian looked up at him.

“Logan needed to let that go and I was the only one he thought could take that pain away. Believe me, Christian, those thoughts are changing. He sees you more as head of his house than he even did a couple months ago and he’s quite happy to have you do it. No matter if his ass gets paddled for it or not.”

ThiannaD_NewAvatarAbout the author:

Thianna D is a writer of both het and m/m erotic romance. Most of her works include BDSM or DD. Logan and Christian brought together the domestic discipline way of life, spanking in an erotic context, and two amazing characters she loves very much. It is difficult to say goodbye to them as this is the final book in the trilogy. Thankfully she has a list of books she’s writing – that should help.

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Taming the email monster…

Computer VirusVictory! Last week I cleaned out my email inbox. I had email dating back to May. To some authors, that won’t sound like a long time, but for me it is because I don’t like clutter. I dislike opening up my email and seeing hundreds of emails. It makes it harder to find things, costs time, and slows my ability to respond to messages.

Although I always vow that I will keep my inbox clean, invariably the emails pile up because before too long something happens (life!) that prevents me from dealing with email for a day or two and then whamo! Hundreds. I cringe when I receive an email from my publisher that a new author has been signed because that means that shortly I will receive a barrage of email from my fellow authors who have clicked “reply all” to say “welcome.”

I try to deal with actionable items as they occur but while they are important, they sometimes are not as urgent as something else I might be working on, and I try to prioritize my tasks in a way that makes sense.

But my inbox is clean now. And I vow to keep it that way from now on! (Ha ha ha ha).

This is my process for both “spring” and “daily” inbox cleaning:

  • I usually delete without reading any email notifications that someone has liked or repinned a Pinterest pins, has retweeted a tweet, or has followed me on Twitter. I used to look at them all, but I don’t have the time anymore. Not only that—reading them puts me too close to the vortex, and it’s too easy to get sucked into Pinterest or Twitter. Once in a while I will look at one or two at random.
  • I star (flag) any emails that are super important or that I know I will be referring to a lot. This saves me a huge amount of time. Even when my inbox gets cluttered, this is a time-saver.
  • I read, then delete any Facebook mentions, chatty emails from friends, and any minor business matters.
  • I only save those emails that I either need to act on—or that contain information that might be useful to me in the future. Once I’ve acted on an email, unless it contains information I need, I delete it.
  • If there is an conversational thread involving a project, I try to save only the email with the most salient info. I don’t feel the need to keep a dozen emails that say, “Good, idea Bob!”
  • I move emails that I need to save into folders. I have a folder for each book I’ve written, one for guest blogs , one for reviews, one for my street team. I also create “ad hoc” folders for short special projects (for instance a blog hop) and then delete all the emails and the folder when the project is finished.

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Saturday Spankings, #8Sunday: A revealing moment from Warrior…

How do you show the effect society has on its people? In small, revealing moments. Like this one from Warrior, the third and final book in the Breeder sci-fi romance series. We are in the hero’s POV (Urazi):

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.

Her teeth flashed white in a tremulous smile, then she scooted upwards, and ran her hand over the lightscan. The room remained shrouded. She waved again.

They always engaged in their perversions cloaked by darkness. Though unlikely Marlix or Tara would investigate, he had no desire for his shameful transgressions to be discovered.

“Leave it,” he said.

“I wish to see your face.” Anika persisted and palmed the lightscan again.

“You do not have authorization to turn the lights on in my chamber,” he explained.

Warrior has been submitted to Loose Id. I anticipate publication in the fall.

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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By the numbers: Breeder series trivia

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.

Warrior, the third and final book of the Breeder sci-fi romance series has been submitted to my publisher (not accepted yet). I anticipate a fall 2014 publication date. Some trivia about the series:

Books in the series: 3 (Breeder, Terran, and Warrior)

Approximate series word count: 184K

Longest book: Warrior 66K.

Shortest book: Terran at 58K

Characters mentioned by name: 36 (there are many more “bit” characters such as guards, medical technicians, betas, Market vendors, etc.)

CB_Breeder_coverlgNumber of main characters: 6 (3 H/h pairings)

Villains of at least secondary character status: 7

Characters mentioned by name who die:  14

Letters of the alphabet used for character names: all 26! Yep, even Q, X, Y and Z. Most common letter used: A.

Number of offspring spawned by the characters: 4

Seasons covered: 4. Breeder late spring; Terran late summer/early fall; Warrior winter

CB_Terran_coverlgNumber of alien species mentioned as living on Planet Parseon (from the Parseon’s POV): 3 – Terran, Veronian, and cachinna

Release dates: Breeder – Oct. 2013; Terran – May 2014; Warrior – TBD (fall 2014).

Number of possible spin-off series: 1

 

 

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Warrior, final Breeder book, has been submitted!

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.

Friday I clicked send and transmitted Warrior to Loose Id, my publisher. Now, I wait. I anticipate a fall publication date, but that will be up to my publisher. Warrior is the final book in the Breeder sci-fi romance series. Here’s the blurb:

A female yearning 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.

Like Breeder and Terran, the first two books, Warrior can be read alone because it focuses on a (new) specific hero and heroine. However, planet Parseon evolves, and those changes run sequentially from book 1 to 3.

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The first draft of Warrior was 71,642 words. After I revised and edited it came to 66,268 words but that included a 1,600-word epilogue that was not part of the first draft. The epilogue sets the stage for the spin-off series. I think readers will be very surprised by what happens! Warrior is my longest book to date.

It took four months to write. I started Warrior on April 8, 2014 and finished the first draft on July 5, 2014. It took a month to revise, edit and proof. I submitted it on Friday, August 8. (It should have taken three months, but I “lost” several weeks of writing due to family emergencies and the RT conference.)

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Wednesday, I’ll present some Breeder series trivia with “Breeder by the numbers.”

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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 Protocol-sanctioned male domination, causing him to jeopardize his command and endanger the life of the woman he has come to love.

 

 

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After fleeing heartache on Terra, Tara Diehl has adjusted to male-dominated Parseon better than most vendors until she is kidnapped by Alpha Marlix, a ruling commander. At first her tall, muscled abductor terrifies her, especially when he doesn’t hesitate to quell her struggle for freedom with some force. When her attempts to escape fail, she decides to seduce her way to freedom.

But out of seduction and subterfuge grow a true intimacy that cause Marlix and Tara to take action that drives Parseon to the brink of civil war, threatening not only their relationship, but also their lives.

Terran, the second book in the Breeder sci-fi series, is a “capture” romance involving a domineering but hunky alien, a female with a bad dye job and an even worse attitude.  All Breeder books can be read as stand-alones.

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Saturday Spankings & 8 Sunday: a scene from Warrior

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.

In the coming months, I’ll be posting excerpts every weekend from Warrior (Breeder 3). I anticipate a fall publication. I do plan to skip around, so don’t expect the story to flow. But this scene is near the beginning. Civil war has broken out in Parso. To protect his younger sibling, Commander Marlix is sending his younger sibling to become the breeder of another Commander.

“Does it not matter what I want?” In desperation, she grabbed for any argument that might sway him. “What if I have regard for another?”

Marlix whipped around, his gaze narrowing to razor sharpness. “Do you?”

In truth, she desired no male overseer—kind or cruel they all sought control. It only differed to the matter of degree. Unbidden, an image of a tall male with somber eyes, his body marked by faded scars, his hair shorn constricted her heart. 

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 down intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty. But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize the home they knew has ceased to exist, and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and a fate worse than death.

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Heading east:  a “pantser’s” process

A plotter decides what will happen before he/she  begins to write.

A plotter decides what will happen before he/she begins to write.

A plotter plans out a novel before he or she begins to write, while pantser writes by the seat of one’s pants and makes it up as he/she goes along.

Author Natasha Knight has called me a “plantser” –a cross between a plotter and a pantser and requested that I share how I do it.

Story ideas come to me as concepts or scenarios (as opposed to a character, or a plot, or a setting which also can inspire stories). For Unexpected Consequences the concept was to take a secret practice (spanking) and make it not so secret. For Breeder, it was the enslavement of women.

Once I get an idea, I daydream about it. More accurately, the story begins to insinuate itself into my thoughts.

A "pantser" flies by the seat of one's pants -- making up the story as one writes

A “pantser” flies by the seat of one’s pants — making up the story as one writes

Character, tone, and setting start to take shape. In the back of my mind I know there has to be conflict and goals that are opposed.  My process goes something like this:

  1. A story scenario arrives out of the ether.
  2. I daydream.
  3. When I know how the story starts (can “see” the scenes of the first few chapters) and how it ends I start writing.
  4. Out of character, the plot begins to form.

As possible plot points come to me, I jot them down in a notebook. Depending on the length of the piece, I will “hard plot”* a sketchy outline from beginning to end. If it’s a short novella, I may not bother with this step. How sketchy are my outlines? Here are the word-for-word first two chapter outlines/plot points of Rod and Cane 5. In the brackets are my thoughts to you of why the info is important, the motivation, how the details move the story, but that information is not written on my outline. As you can see, I don’t write down everything that is in my head.

 Chap. 1

  • They meet at a coffee shop. Attraction.  [The H/h meet. Starting to develop character]
  • Girls get together. [Bring in characters from previous Rod and Canes to show…] Heroine’s feelings for the guy. Time to move on [Letting the past go.]
  • He tells her where he works. She tells him she used to work there. [This is not idle chit-chat. There are hard feelings between the heroine and her former employer. This is part of the story conflict]

Chap. 2rc 5

  • First date. [Where? Hell, I don’t know. But they need to spend time alone together]
  • Sex? [Maybe, maybe not]
  • He had cancer. Almost died. Received medical discharge from Navy. Felt need to reprioritize, meet his father. Mother had never told him who his father was. [Hero’s past & motivation. Begin to introduce the question, who is his father? Also plays to the conflict.]

[By the way, attorney Liz Davenport is the heroine of Rod and Cane 5. However, Otis is not the hero. And that's all I'll say about that....]

Sometimes I outline and never look at it again!  Sometimes I follow it halfway through, then veer off. When I get an “inspired” idea—I run with it.

With the first few chapters my goal is to create the characters and define the setting. In the process of doing that, I create stuff, which through inspiration or conscious choice, I later use to further the story.

If I put the right two characters together the conflict occurs organically, and the story naturally evolves as the characters interact:

    • A feminist and a Dom who spanks are set up on a blind date – Body Politics
    • A spunky Terran with an alien who hates Terrans – Terran, Breeder 2
    • A reporter planning to expose the Rod and Cane Society and a man bound by confidentiality  not to disclose he’s a member of the Society – False Pretenses
    • A woman bitter over being dumped by her  husband for a younger woman is pursued by a younger man – Reckless in Moonlight.

In the first few chapters, I create secondary characters, settings, scenarios to illustrate tone and mood which I use later as plot points. I show society through the effects on the characters.

In Breeder, I wanted to show the bleakness, the degradation, the violence of Parseon society so I opened with Omra hiding in a dank cell. She is beaten and nearly raped by the man in charge (Sival). How do you think that translates to how women are treated on the planet? Not so good, huh?

Natasha Knight calls me a  "plantser" -- part plotter, part pantser.

Natasha Knight calls me a “plantser” — part plotter, part pantser.

I rely heavily on my daydreams.  When I am in first draft mode, I brainstorm with myself about my story a lot–often during my 45-60 minute daily walk, in the shower, while driving, when I wake up to pee at 3 a.m. (TMI?) I get far more creative, interesting ideas that way rather than through hard plotting.

I try to circle back and use things I’ve created so that everything appears to be tied together. For instance, In Warrior, I wanted to show the devastation that war has had on the people, so I have Urazi stumble into a refugee camp and meet a hideous man named Icor. At the time I wrote that scene, I had no other plans for Icor other than what I just described. But I decided to use him alter as a threat.

I create things and don’t use them. In Warrior, I had envisioned that Qalin would place a double agent in Marlix’s inner circle. I wanted to keep readers guessing, so I created two possible suspects: Zoulin, a guard (new, “highly recommended” by a subcommander) and Nibor, a cook and household aide. I ended up not using the spy angle, but the two characters play small roles.

One reason Marlix appears to be a bad guy in Breeder is because originally I had intended him to be. When I wrote the dinner scene with Dak, Marlix and Tarbek, my intent was to show the threat to Dak’s authority and force Dak to take a public stand in support of Omra. I planned for Marlix to betray him. But when I realized that Marlix was such a bad guy, I decided it would be too obvious. While walking I had an epiphany that Tarkek was Dak’s twin. Who better to betray him than his own brother? I went back and changed some scenes—and hinted at Tarbek’s identity by giving him ice blue eyes like Dak.

When the High Council tries to depose Dak, I had to save him, so I used a reluctant Marlix to do it. However, that gave me an excuse to later turn bad guy Marlix into a good guy and the hero of Terran.

Sometimes my lack of plotting/forethought creates challenges. When I developed Tara, I did not intend for her to be more than a colorful secondary character to astound Omra and show the contrast between the bleakness of Parseon and the freedom of Terra. So I had fun with her and gave her pink hair and a full sleeve tattoo.

I’d designed Parseon uniforms to cut across the chest leaving the right breast bare to show how women are dominated. (That the clothing is referred to as uniforms and only comes in gray, brown and beige speaks to the militarism and drabness of the society).

But when Marlix kidnaps Tara and hides her, there came the challenge: how the hell do you hide a woman with pink hair and full sleeve tattoo that is revealed by a sleeveless dress?

As I create challenges for myself as the author—I create more interesting stories. When I have to get out of jam—so do my characters. If hard plotted my stories, I don’t think they would be as creative. I would play it safer. I wouldn’t create pink-haired tattooed Terrans, nipple insignia, breeder rings.

Had I hard-plotted the Breeder series, I probably would have used Dak and Omra as the H/h throughout all three books. But then I would not have created the relationship between Tara and Marlix—and they turned out to be such colorful characters. I love Marlix’s humor and Tara’s spunkiness. I don’t see Omra as a “warrior” like Anika. I pretty much tormented Anika during the first two books just to show how violent Parseon is and what the threat to the other characters could be—but the experiences honed her strength and motivation and enabled her to emerge as the heroine of Warrior.

I don’t always use the things I  envision/create. When I first conceived Breeder, it was going to be a kinky ménage rather than a sweet love story set in a dark and dystopian world. I had envisioned that Dak would share his female slave with his beta—and the visiting Alphas. But as their characters developed, Dak and Omra fell in love (in “regard”!), and Dak didn’t want to share her. But by falling in love with her, he cheats on Corren, his beta. Cheating does not go over well with readers. So I made Corren a bad guy with ulterior motives.

In plotting Warrior, I decided that Qalin would plant a spy in Marlix’s household who would later turn Anika over to Qalin. I wanted to keep readers guessing so I created two possible characters I could use. One, Zoulin, was a guard new to Marlix’s service. The other was Nibor, a beta cook Marlix hired after Urazi was injured in Terran. I didn’t know exactly what would happen or when, but I had those two characters on standby.

Pantsing through Warrior, I got about 2/3 done with the first draft, and I realized I’d done nothing with the spy angle! Since the story was trucking along quite nicely without it, I decided not to use it at all. Nibor and Zoulin do play small roles in the story, however.

I would define plot as the sequence of events that moves the story. Hard-plotting* is when I plant my butt in the chair at my desk with a blank notebook or sticky notes and define what those events are. Soft plotting is when I’m walking and daydreaming about all sorts of things and bits and pieces of story drift through my head. Hard-plotting feels forced, stilted. Soft-plotting feels more organic.

Have you noticed how often I’ve used the word “show”? I think that’s significant. In showing (rather than telling) setting and character, the plot develops.

I like to have some idea of what is going to happen when I start to write each day, but sometimes during the middle of the books, I don’t.  That makes for sloooow writing.

I think of writing as a road trip. I start in Los Angeles and know I want to end up in New York. I have a few a few cities and attractions along the way that I want to visit, but I don’t have a route mapped out. However, I know NY is east of LA so I head east.

And that’s how I do it. Questions?

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Recruiting for street team members!

Jumping cheerleader girl isolated on whiteDid you enjoy the Breeder series? Rod and Cane? Have you written reviews or considered writing reviews for my books? Do you hang out on Facebook?

Why not join my “street team” aka “Team Cara Bristol”?

What is a street team? A street team is a group of readers and fans that help an author get the word about his/her books by talking about it. Because I write ebooks, most of “conversation” will occur online.

“Team Cara Bristol” helps with the following:

  • Writing reviews of my new releases (No. 1 priority)*
  • Posting and sharing on Facebook
  • Tweeting
  • Blogging (if one has a blog)
  • Occasionally helping with small special tasks

My team members receive ARC copies of my new releases, Typically, I publish three or four books  a year. I expect my next release to be Warrior (Breeder 3) in the fall. In addition to ARCs, team members work on a point system toward Amazon gift certificates—and there are other prize drawings for members as well.

To join team Cara Bristol you must have a Facebook account because I communicate with the team primarily through a private, closed Facebook group. Having a Twitter account or blog is helpful, but not required. If you are interested in joining my Team email me at carabristol50 at yahoo dot com and put “Sign me Up Cara” in the subject line. You will also need to friend me on FB so I can add you to the private group. (I’m on Facebook as Cara Bristol).

If you would like more information before joining, email me at the aforementioned email address.

All new members will receive a “signing bonus” of 10 points plus their choice of one of my backlisted books. If you’re already a team member, refer someone who joins and you’ll receive 10 points!

* A word about reviews: I don’t expect any team member to write a rave review for a book they don’t like. However, I assume that if one is interested in joining my team, that he/she knows what I write and likes my books.

Hope you have you on my team!

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Saturday Spankings and #8Sunday: From Warrior (Breeder 3)!

Welcome to the very first snippet hop installment of Warrior. In the weeks to come, I’ll be excerpting eight sentences every weekend from the third and final Breeder science fiction romance novel.

Warrior opens with planet Parseon embroiled in civil war. Commander Marlix is sending his sibling Anika to become Commander Ilian’s breeder. Anika does not want this. In this scene, Anika has just opened a bag handed to her by Tara, Marlix’s breeder/wife. (Note: bleach is deliberated misspelled).

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.

She frowned as she extracted a box with a picture of smiling Terran female with light yellow hair.

Bleeech,” Tara explained.

“What is that?”

Tara flipped a shock of pink hair over her shoulder. “A substance to remove the color from your brunette hair and turn it blond like the shade on the picture.”

Anika dropped the box. “Why would I want that?”

“To disguise your appearance so people won’t recognize you–you are intending to run away, aren’t you?”

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 down intending to bring her home to fulfill her duty. But when love blossoms between them, and provinces fall to Qalin, Anika and Urazi realize the home they knew has ceased to exist, and they alone are all that stand between the people of Parseon and a fate worse than death.

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Recommended Reads for August

July was busy month for me: I’ve been holed up in my editing cave getting Warrior (Breeder 3) ready for submission, my mom had rotator cuff surgery and needed help, and I marked my five-year authorversary with a big blog celebration. However, while it may appear I only read/recommend two books, one of them is a boxed set of five novellas.

This month’s recommendations are:

The Sons of Johnny Hastings Boxed Set by Patty Devlin, Patricia Green, Renee Rose, Maddie Taylor, and Mary Wehr – Five western historical spanking romances. An excellent example of what spanking romance is all about. A sure pleaser for spanking romance fans and a good intro to the genre. Check this one out!

The Naked Truth about Self-Publishing by The Indie Voice (10 authors) – Everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask by self-published authors who have hit it BIG. (I heard some of these authors speak at “The Millionaire’s Club” panel at RT2014. This book is chock full of invaluable information. I also loved the individual stories of the authors who told about their struggles and eventual successes in publishing.

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Do you know people who continually get involved with the same type of person — the wrong type? Is it possible to break the cycle? Come join the discussion of Long Shot on Celeste Jones’s Spanking Stories Book Club.

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