Authorversary Prize-A-Palooza Day 4

Vector flying Star with light pink christmas backgroundCongratulations to Elise-Maria Barton who won the $20 Amazon in yesterday’s Authorversary Prize-A-Palooza drawing.

Today’s prize is a $25 Amazon gift certificate. To enter, post a comment pertinent to something I’ve written and leave your email address. The winner will be announced tomorrow. But wait! That’s not all. For each day you comment, you receive an entry into a drawing for a bottle of Spanking Bottom Red Wine (a non U.S resident winner will receive a gift certificate instead of the wine).  Comment all five days, get five chances. Complete contest rules here.

Day 1 ♥ Day 2 ♥ Day 3

By 2013, I’d been published for four years, but success had been checkered. While my Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline series sparkled, several non spanking romances fizzled. Body Politics had come out in January 2013 and did very well. In May 2013 I had three releases–none of which produced any significant income. Destiny’s Chance, my main book and the one I’d counted on, bombed. Disciplinary Measures (Rod and Cane 4), a short story, was released initially on Loose I’d website only. Once it dropped off the home page, so did my  sales. (In October 2013 Loose Id finally released it on Amazon and sales took off). And after splitting royalties seven ways, the Coming to Terms anthology income was negligible also.

I had to get Rod and Cane 5 out in a hurry. I was chiseling away at it — had 20K written– when I got an idea for a sci-fi story, inspired by an idea of women as sex slaves.  These wouldn’t be consensual BDSM slaves protected by hard limits and safewords, but women who were by law without any rights. Of course, I could not set such a story in present times, so it had to be sci-fi.

Sci-fi? What did I know about sci-fi other than watching Star Trek and reading The Andromeda Strain?

But the idea wouldn’t leave me alone and gradually the kinky domination tale turned dystopian. What if society were a caste system and women existed on the lowest rung? What if women had so little value that men partnered with each other used women only as breeding incubators? What if one of the highest ranking males of the society  purchased a slave for breeding, fell in love with her and rejected his male partner? What if everything these people were taught and believed with unshakable certainty was bullshit?

CB_Breeder_coverlgBreeder!

Between the time I first got the idea for Rod and Cane 5 and when I finally got around  to writing it, my enthusiasm for RC 5 had cooled, while Breeder was shouting, “Write me! Write me!” But I was worried. And had reason to be.

Of three books that had bombed,  two were paranormal. I figured it was because I had no paranormal fan base. I damn sure had no science fiction fan base. Furthermore, people either like sci-fi or they don’t. I had serious doubts that my contemporary spanking fiction fans would follow me into a sci-fi world, and feared that science fiction readers would be turned off by the spanking.

I wasn’t even sure if I should include spanking. From the beginning, I did not see Breeder as a spanking romance. It was too dark. I saw it as a dystopian science fiction romance set a violent, misogynistic world. Omra isn’t secretly thrilled by male dominance, she fears it. She’s been brutalized by it. Can I/should I include spanking alongside vicious beatings? Could I write story that included domestic discipline and domestic violence? Would people confuse them?

Would Loose Id even want the story? M/M romance is one of its mainstays. Between the lines, Breeder has a pro-gay social message, but in the actual story the lead character rejects his M/M relationship for an M/F one.

I foresaw an M/M sex scene. Would M/F romance readers be turned off by M/M content, brief though it was?

I felt like I was taking a big risk with everything. I could make myself crazy thinking about all the what-ifs so I decided to write the story exactly as I envisioned it and worry about what happened later.

From the onset, I felt Breeder had the most compelling opening chapter of any book I’d written. My gut told me if I could get people read the first chapter, they would buy the book.  With previous works, I always had used the blurb as the marketing tool. With Breeder, I knew it was the excerpt.

So I broke one of my key rules of not releasing unedited excerpts, and I ran a first chapter of Breeder on my blog while still writing the first draft of the novel. (However,  I combed through the excerpted material meticulously). The reaction I got to the excerpt was heartening. People liked it. They were intrigued.

To save time in case Loose Id didn’t accept it, I submitted a partial and synopsis rather than the complete manuscript as was my practice.  I had a contract in a week.

Breeder was different from all my other book projects. I truly mean no arrogance when I say this, but for first time I did everything right.  I took a more active role with the cover art, and I changed the way I promoted the book so that there was a demand for it before the book came out. I also had huge support from my Street Team and my author friends. Many, many people shared Facebook posts, wrote reviews, tweeted, blogged. I had an entire village supporting this book.

Breeder released in October 2013 to instantaneous success. I made money more on Breeder in three months than I’d made in the previous year. It has become my most successful book to date.

In typical fashion, I started writing Breeder thinking it was going to be a stand-alone. But I got into it and realized it had series potential, and envisioned a trilogy: Breeder, Terran and Enclave. When I told my editor to expect a series, she asked if there would be five books since there were five Alphas of Parseon. Duh. I hadn’t even thought of that! I gave it serious consideration, but when I realized that two of the Alphas were hardcore bad guys, I knew I needed to stick with the trilogy.

As soon as I’d had Breeder finished (but before it was published), I’d begun working on Rod and Cane 5 again, but when Breeder did so well, I set Rod and Cane on the back burner again (poor Liz Davenport!) to write Breeder 2: Terran. That was something else I did right–this time I did not break the momentum.

CB_Terran_coverlgI knew at the start heroine Tara would be injured and would be taken to hero Marlix’s domicile to recover. What I didn’t know was how to get her there. It was the equivalent of a Walmart checker being brought to the Lincoln bedroom of the White House to convalesce.  And then, unbeknownst to me, Marlix kidnapped her. Problem solved!

But then he moved her to the Enclave. New problem created. The grand battle of book three was supposed to occur at the sooper sekrit Enclave, but Marlix revealed too much in Terran. Not to mention that Qalin burned it to the ground! Between the two of them they destroyed the setting for my third book. Now what was I going to do? To to complicate matters, I’d tagged Anika as the heroine but I had no idea who the hero was! Urazi? Commander Ilian? Tarbek’s replacement? The first two books starred Alpha Commanders. Shouldn’t I continue with an Alpha as the lead of book three? When I realized beta Urazi needed to prove himself—that he was in fact a mis-assigned alpha, I had my third book. Warrior.

All of the changes that have begun to occur in books one and two come to a head in book 3. I think readers will be surprised at what occurs. There are scenes in Warrior readers might find disturbing, but I chose to write it as I envisioned it. If Breeder was dystopian sci-fi and Terran was romantic comedy, Warrior is romantic suspense (and maybe a little erotic horror). It is the most action-packed of all the books.

I am in editing mode on Warrior, and will be submitting to Loose Id in a couple of weeks. I anticipate a fall publication date.

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.

Coming tomorrow: a sneak peek excerpt from Warrior and some thoughts of what I might do after the Breeder series.

Tomorrow’s Amazon gift certificate will be $30, plus a secret prize! A “surprise prize.” And remember, every time you post a comment, you’re entered for a chance to win a bottle of Spanking Bottom Red Wine. Be sure to leave your email address.

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Authorversary Prize-A-Palooza day 3

Vector flying Star with light pink christmas backgroundCongratulations to Nicole Zoltack who won the $15 Amazon gift card in yesterday’s Authorversary Prize-A-Palooza drawing.

Today’s prize is a $20 Amazon gift certificate. Leave a comment on today’s post and your email address and you’ll be entered.  In addition, commenters will enter a drawing for a bottle of Spanking Bottom Red Wine.  (Comment five days, get five chances to win). If a non US resident wins, a substitute prize of a commensurate gift certificate will be given instead.

Day One ♥  Day Two

Five years ago TODAY I signed my first book contract with Black Velvet Seductions. But it wasn’t until Loose Id published Unexpected Consequences, the first Rod and Cane Society spanking romance, two years later in the fall of 2011, that my erotic romance career started to move. With Unexpected Consequences, I received my very first four-digit monthly royalty payment, ended the year with five digits, and began to develop a fan base of spanking fiction readers. People started to identify “Cara Bristol” with spanking romance.

This is one of those books that received critical, but not popular acclaim. Great reviews. Poor sales.

This is one of those books that received critical, but not popular acclaim. Great reviews. Poor sales.

So it was time for another book! I had a draft of the second Rod and Cane story, False Pretenses, sitting my computer.

So I polished it up and submitted it, right?

Wrong. I started writing a new novel in a totally different genre. A contemporary “cougar” romance about a divorcee dumped by her husband for a girl their college daughter’s age. She finds solace in the arms of a young hottie—the sexy doctor next door. Reckless in Moonlight was published in January 2012. It was raunchy and sweet. A hot sexy read–that tanked. It never did well. I doubt its Amazon sales ranking  ever rose above 50K.

So I learned my lesson, and spanked False Pretenses into submission, right?

Uh…no.

I fell in love with Decadent Publishing’s 1NS series, got an idea for a vampire romance, and then wrote, submitted and published A Scent of Longing in April 2012. Sweet. Funny. So poignant, it made me cry at the end. Like Unexpected Consequences, it practically wrote itself. Unlike Unexpected Consequences, it, well, fizzled.

This was my first paranormal. I LOVED this story, but it never sold well.

This was my first paranormal. I LOVED this story, but it never sold well.

So this time, I got with the program and finished up False Pretenses, right?

Yes, finally I did.  Loose Id published False Pretenses in June 2012. Of all the characters I’ve created, Emma Dupree most resembles me. She is a petite blond, who worked in insurance and wanted to be a journalist. I am a petite blond who was journalist but ended up working in insurance. Of all the heroes, Dan Tanner is probably the “nicest.” He’s the good guy who never gets the girl—except in False Pretenses, he does.

False Pretenses sold well. I followed up with Rod and Cane 3, Body Politics (released January 2013). I had a lot of fun writing it, and its feminist v. dom conflict  was quite popular with readers too. Of all my heroes, Mark DeLuca is my favorite (Shh! Don’t tell the others). Damn, that man is sexy! After Body Politics was published, I received my single largest royalty check EVER until this year (more about that later). At this point in my career, I had three Rod and Canes published, and I was cooking with gas!

The second Rod and Cane Society book. Yep. It sold very well.

The second Rod and Cane Society book. Yep. It sold very well.

Next I wrote a story for the Coming to Terms domestic discipline anthology with six author friends, and Rod and Cane 4, Disciplinary Measures, which as a Loose Id “Fling” (short story), was initially only published on LI’s website (another mistake on my part). Not having fully learned my lesson about changing horses in the middle of the stream, I also wrote and published Destiny’s Chance, a reincarnation paranormal that was cursed from the onset. I must have incurred some bad karma somewhere. Why Loose Id accepted it, I’ll never know. I wish they hadn’t. Loose Id wanted so many changes to the original manuscript that I deemed it unfixable, threw it out. and started from scratch, from once upon a time. And I still ended up rewriting at least half of version two, after which it still went through a couple more rounds of edits. I hated that book by the time it was done. That was the only time in my erotic romance career that I dreaded writing. In the end, I think Destiny’s Chance turned into interesting story, but it never sold well.

My personal favorite of the Rod and Cane books. Feminist v. Dom! Another hit!

My personal favorite of the Rod and Cane books. Feminist v. Dom! Another hit!

And then I started writing Rod and Cane 5. I knew it would sell.  Fans had begun asking for it and revving up their one-click fingers. I was 20K into Rod and Cane 5, when out of the blue I got an idea for a totally different story in a totally different genre—sci fi!

Decades ago I’d written a couple of Twilight Zone-ish short stories, but other than that, I’d never written science fiction before. I’d read some sci-fi, but didn’t read a lot of it. I had no sci-fi fan base. Zero. I was pretty sure most of my spanking fiction readers did not read sci-fi. There’s a lot of overlap in sci-fi/fantasy/paranormal and both my paranormals had bombed. I would be stupid to abandon a guaranteed money-maker (Rod and Cane) for a probable crash-and-burn (sci-fi).

Hadn’t I learned my lesson? Apparently not.

I dropped Rod and Cane 5 like a hot potato and dove into the sci-fi story.

And had the biggest hit of my career. Coming tomorrow: what I did right with the Breeder series.

Every wonder what you would you would do if you were reincarnated and had a second chance at love? Well, apparently readers don't. This book tanked. And it had spanking in it!

Every wonder what you would do if reincarnation gave you a second chance at love? Apparently readers don’t. This book tanked. And it had spanking in it!

Leave me a comment and your email to enter to win today’s prize of a $20 Amazon gift certificate. and an entry for a bottle of Spanking Bottom Red wine.

Tomorrow’s prize will be a $25 Amazon gift certificate and another wine entry. Be sure to leave your email address!

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Authorversary Prize-A-Palooza Day 2

Vector flying Star with light pink christmas backgroundCongratulations to SJ Maylee who won the $10 Amazon in yesterday’s Authorversary Prize-A-Palooza drawing.

Today’s prize is a $15 Amazon gift certificate. Remember all commenters from all the days will be entered into a drawing for a bottle of Spanking Bottom Red Wine.  (Comment all five days, get five chances to win).

Day One post here

Complete contest rules

By August 2010, a year after I signed my first contract (Intimate Submission with Black Velvet Seductions), I had two short novellas published on the BVS website and one anthology available as an ebook and in print on Amazon. But no one seemed to know BVS existed. Ellora’s Cave people knew. Samhaim, yes. Loose Id, yes. Black Velvet Seductions, uh no. I had a freebie WordPress blog (see it here) and nobody knew it existed either. In a week, I’d get maybe 50 visits.

afterwards

After completing the first drat of Spanking Melania, I stumbled across this photo. These were my characters!

And then on August 2, 2010, I logged onto my blog at 9 a.m. and discovered 75 people had visited already. I checked where they were coming from, and they were referred by “My Bottom Smarts.” If you write spanking fiction, you know exactly who that is. MBS (now defunct) was a very popular spanking blogger who listed MY blog as being friendly to spanking. By the end of day, I’d  had 350 hits! More–way more–than I usually got in a month at the time.

I was over the moon with excitement, and I thought, wow, spanking is hot. There’s a market here. I got a surge of motivation and inspiration from those hits.

I’d researched domestic discipline and spanking. The secrecy of the lifestyle intrigued me. Spankos do not tell their kids, their family, their vanilla friends about their kink. When I got that spike in blog hits, it sparked an idea…what if spanking didn’t need to quite so secret? What if there was a private club of men who spanked their wives? What if a naïve bride married a man who belonged to that club but she thought it was just a fraternal organization?

And Spanking Melania was born. I wrote the first draft of 26K words in 13 days (upon revision, it ended up over 30K). That book remains to this day the single most effortless piece of writing I’ve done. The story felt channeled. It was magical.

I realized midway through writing I had a series on my hands–that I could write about all the couples who belonged to the secret society. I submitted Spanking Melania first to BVS in September, who accepted it informally  immediately (though it took a couple of months to get a contract). By January 2011, my publisher hadn’t done anything with Spanking Melania, had not begun to edit it, and from looking at  my 2010 year-end royalties, it was clear none of my other books were selling with BVS.  My gut (and my husband) told me Spanking Melania  needed a larger, more visible publisher–especially since it would be a series.

It was a wrenching decision, but I asked BVS to release me from the contract, and the publisher graciously agreed.

The little book that could. Unexpected Consequences launched a series AND  my career.

The little book that could. Unexpected Consequences launched a series AND my career.

I was so disheartened to be starting over at square one. But I polished Spanking Melania some more, retitled it Unexpected Consequences,  and began researching publishers, devising a shortlist of three who might be interested in my kinky little DD romance.

Loose Id had said on its website that they wanted stories that would “make them squirm.” I thought Unexpected Consequences was squirm-worthy (it made me squirm!), but Loose Id was number three on my list because its focus seemed to be M/M and I was writing M/F.

I had my submission ready to send to Ellora’s Cave, which had just come out with a new”Taboo” line, which seemed perfect for a kinky DD romance. Samhain, because of its emphasis on quality stories ranked high on my list at number two.  I had planned to sit on my submission over the weekend, read over my query one more time and click send on Monday morning. I’d been tweeting about my upcoming submission (not specifying where I would submit). That Saturday an editor at Loose Id DMed me on Twitter, said she’d read and liked Intimate Submission, and asked if I ever had considered submitting to Loose Id.

Now what the hell was I going I do? Should I stick to my strategy and send an “over the transom” submission into the “slush pile” of my first choice or do I submit it to my third choice who actually requested the manuscript?

Another pivotal, wrenching decision.

I chose Loose Id. I signed a contract in April 2011, and Unexpected Consequences was published September 21, 2011. I did not expect it, but on September 25, 2011, I received a royalty statement for four days. UC had made more money in four days just on LI’s website (Amazon royalties would come months later) than I had gotten in any quarter with the BVS books.

Unexpected Consequences became the goose that laid bronze eggs. It sold quite well for about year, and now nearly three years later, still has sales spikes and maintains a nice little income stream. UC gave me my first four digit monthly royalty check, and started to generate a fan base of spanking fiction readers. Momentum built. I was selling books!

And then I did something stupid, reckless.

Coming tomorrow: mistakes and setbacks. Tomorrow’s prize will be a $20 Amazon gift card.

Post a pertinent comment about something I’ve written today, leave your email, and you’ll be entered into the drawing for a $15 Amazon gift certificate and a chance at the bottle of Spanking Bottom Red Wine.

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Authorversary Prize-A-Palooza Day 1

Vector flying Star with light pink christmas backgroundFive years ago this week I signed my first erotic romance publishing contract. Since then, I’ve released 15 titles. During my authorversary I will share the stories behind the books,decisions and consequences, and offer a new prize drawing each day of the event. Every day the prize increases! In addition, everyone who posts a comment will receive an entry into a  drawing for a bottle of Spanking Bottom Red Wine. (Comment on multiple days, get multiple entries for the wine). To receive the wine, you must live in the U.S. and must provide a street address (not a post office box). If the winner lives outside the U.S., a substitute prize will be awarded.

Today’s prize is a $10 Amazon gift certificate. The winner will be announced tomorrow. Be sure to leave your email address! (Complete contest rules here).

Let’s begin at the beginning…

Before erotic romance, I wrote mainstream women’s fiction. Five years ago in 2009, I had one self-published print novel under my belt (which I’d lost money on), three unpublished novels, and a collection of short stories, a few of which had been published in magazines (biggest coups: a $2,000 sale to Good Housekeeping, and a $1,000 sale to Woman’s World ). I’d won a dozen fiction writing awards. But with the exception of infrequent, limited short story successes, mostly I’d garnered rejections. Between agents, publishers, and magazines, I had racked up several hundred. I’d been contracted with two agents both of whom were unable to sell any of my novels.

I’d read romance since I was a teenager. But sometime in the mid 2000s, I started reading erotic romance. I’d read a Lora Leigh ménage book that contained spanking within a sex scene, and I remember thinking, hm…that’s interesting. I also read a Shayla Black BDSM book that I thought was very well written.

But I wrote mainstream and planned to hop back on the hamster wheel and begin submitting my short story collection to agents.

The original cover of Intimate Submission. The current cover looks like the one on Spanked!

And then I got the idea.

One day, I was bored and for fun wrote a playful story about an employment interview that turns sexual when the female job candidate and her prospective male boss succumb to their mutual attraction.  I threw everything I could think of into the story. It had BDSM undertones and a sexual smorgasbord that included sex toys, anal sex, and spanking. At the end, the reader learns that the couple are married and are role playing to celebrate their anniversary. I had wanted to write something different from what I was reading (Danger, Will Robinson, danger!)—so I juxtaposed the past with the present, contrasting what happened when the couple first had met with what was occurring now.

I titled the story Intimate Submission.

In my typical humble way, when I completed the story I thought, this isn’t bad, maybe I can sell this. Where I acquired the optimism after garnering hundreds of rejections, I don’t know.  Um…ego?

That was May 2009.  The ebook market was very different then. I was aware of Ellora’s Cave, but did not know of any publishers who published erotic shorts. Through the miracle of Google, I landed on Black Velvet Seductions, a small ebook publisher who’d put out a call for submissions for a “spanked wives anthology.” The stories had to be 5-15K  (at 11K mine was). They had to focus on a relationship (mine did). And they had to contain spanking. (Check, please!).

I fired off a submission immediately. I’d never felt more positive about a submission in my life. I was almost sure I had sold it.

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This is the cover of my second erotic romance, Secret Desires, as it looked when it was first released.

A month later I received a one page critique of my story—and a rejection. Basically, BVS hated the way I played fast and loose with the time and did not like the ending (that the couple was married), but offered to look at the story again  if I reworked it and rewrote the end.

Rewrite the end?! That was the POINT of the story! My first inclination was to say no thanks. But by morning I admitted to myself that I wasn’t getting anywhere doing things my way, so I would give it a shot. I emailed the editor thanking her for the critique (seriously, no one has ever written a full-page manuscript critique after a submission before) and said I would resubmit.

I kept many of the same scenes, switched to a strict chronology, changed the characters’ motivation, and rewrote the end. Off it went.

And BVS sent me an acceptance letter and a contract, which I signed on July 23, 2009! Intimate Submission was first published in October 2009, but it was only available on the BVS website as a pdf. Amazon was not accepting works of less than 30K at that time. (Later when Amazon started taking shorts, BVS did release it for Kindle as a stand-alone).

By the time Intimate Submission came out, I’d read the two stories by anthology co-authors Starla Kaye and Richard Savage and saw that their novellas focused more on domestic discipline than erotic spanking. So I decided to try that. My second erotic romance, Secret Desires, was an M/F/M ménage DD story (I was still going with the smorgasbord theme). I submitted it to BVS, and it was accepted for the “spanked wives” anthology and published as a stand-alone July 2010 on the BVS’s website. Both stories came out in the anthology Spanked! in ebook and print in October 2010.

Yay! I was published! I had a foot in the door!

Spanked! contains both Intimate Submission and Secret Desires. This same cover is also used on both stories which are available individually for 99 cents.

Spanked! contains both Intimate Submission and Secret Desires. This same cover is also used on both stories which are available individually for 99 cents.

Foot in the door? More like a toe—maybe. And just the little one. Not even the big toe. I received my very first quarterly royalty check for Intimate Submission in January 2010, and it was $30. At the end of 2010, with the two stand-alone stories and the anthology, I only made $300 for the entire year.

And then out of the blue something happened to change everything.

Coming tomorrow: an unexpected surprise and the book that did get me a foot in the door. Tomorrow’s prize will be a $15 Amazon gift card.

Reminder: today’s Authorversary prize is a $10 Amazon gift certificate. To enter, leave me a comment pertinent to this post and your email address either in the sign-in box or in the comment box. The winner will be chosen by random drawing and announced in tomorrow. Also, You’ll receive one entry toward the bottle of Spanking Bottom Red Wine.

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#8Sunday: From Terran…she’s a feisty one!

Vector flying Star with light pink christmas backgroundWelcome to Weekend Writing Warriors. Thank you for visiting today.  You’re invited to join me July 21-25 for my 5-year authorversary celebration. I promise prizes. Lots of prizes. (Details here).

But now, my weekend excerpt from Terran, book 2 of the Breeder sci-fi romance series.

CB_Terran_coverlgHis eye detected a shadow, a flash of movement, and instinctively he ducked. A ewer flew over his head and shattered against the door frame.

“You son of a bitch!” Tara yelled.

She hurled a cooking pot lid, and then the pot itself at his head. Marlix stepped out of the path. “Monto! What are you doing?”

“How dare you!”

Terran blurb – Buy Link

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: How it all began…with Unexpected Consequences

Once upon a time I wrote a little 30K novella about a naive bride who enters into a domestic discipline marriage with her eyes wide shut…

Welcome to Saturday Spankings and my five-year authorversary month! All next week I’ll have prize giveaways, and during the month for Saturday Spankings, I’m excerpting from some of my backlisted spanking romances. Today’s is from Unexpected Consequences, the start of the Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline series.

Going against her husband’s “request,” newlywed Melania Traynor buys a pair of very expensive shoes on the sly. Jared has found out…

CB_UnexpectedConsequences_coverlgHe stroked her cheek with his thumb. “Not only did you defy me, but you lied about it and attempted to hide it. You have to learn your behavior will have consequences.”

“But a spanking?” She looked shocked, as if this were the first time she’d heard of the possibility of a physical reprimand.

Jared dropped his hand. “We’ve talked about this, haven’t we? You knew it was possible I would enforce discipline by spanking you.”

“But I didn’t think you’d do it!” Her eyes widened with disbelief.

Unexpected Consequences - Rod and Cane Society 1 – Blurb

Jared belongs to the Rod and Cane Society, a secret organization of men who spank their wives to maintain domestic discipline. When Melania ignores a “request” from her husband and attempts to hide her disobedience, Jared spanks her.

While Jared believes the unpleasantness has been settled, for Melania it only has begun. Although she consented to the spanking, her fairytale notion of marriage has been shattered and she makes plans to leave Jared as soon as her parents return from vacation.

While she waits, Melania begins to see more positive aspects of domestic discipline. But just as she decides her love for Jared is paramount and she might be able to accept a domestic discipline marriage, Jared discovers she’d planned to leave him and once again her marriage is in jeopardy.

Unexpected Consequences on Amazon

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Grammar for spankos: lie v. lay

He lay the paddle on the nightstand, and ordered, “Lie on the bed, I’m going to spank you.”

Author Alta Hensley suggested I do a blog about this—no, not spanking, but the rules for using lie and lay. One way to remember the proper usage is by the definition:

Lie– to recline. She lies on the bed.

lay — to place. He lays the riding crop on the coffee table.

 Another way to remember the difference is that lay (to place) requires a direct object, while lie does not take one.

 She lies over his lap.

He lays the belt (direct object) on the table.

 What confuses people is that the past tense of lie is lay!

 She lies over his knee to receive a spanking. (present tense)

Yesterday she lay over his lap for a paddling. (past tense)

She thinks she has lain over his lap too much! (present or past participle of lie is lain).

 The past tense and participle of lay (to place) is laid.

He lays his belt on the dresser. (present)

Yesterday he laid his belt on the dresser, but it’s gone now. (past)

He has laid his spanking implements out for her to see before each spanking. (participle).

 Got it? Or do you need a spanking to help you remember?

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Get ready for the Authorversary Prize-A-Palooza! Details!

Vector flying Star with light pink christmas backgroundOn July 23, 2014 I mark my fifth year as a published author, and I’ll be celebrating the entire week (July 21-25).

You can expect:

      • A prize giveaway each day-with the prize increasing every day.
      • Behind-the-book insights
      • A career retrospective—how I got started down this wild and crazy path-AND what I did right and what I did wrong
      • A sneak peek excerpt from Warrior, the third Breeder sci-fi romance.

Official Contest Rules:

  1. To enter the daily prize drawing you must post a pertinent comment on that day’s blog topic and leave your email address either in the comment box or the sign-in.
  2. Winners will be chosen daily using random.org and will be announced on the next day’s blog. In the event that I am unable to contact an individual, a new winner will be selected.
  3. Each time you enter a daily drawing, you’ll receive an entry for an additional “surprise prize” at the end of my authorversary. That winner will be announced Monday, July 28. Enter the daily drawing every day and you’ll have five entries.
  4. Prizes will be awarded after July 28, 2014.

You’re all invited to the celebration!

 

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An interview with Katherine Deane on the The Coach’s Discipline

coachsdiscipline coverIt takes discipline to run a marathon–sometimes the domestic discipline kind. Today I have Katherine Deane with her second book and first solo, The Coach’s Discipline. Katherine has been a great support to many spanking romance authors and especially to me (she’s on my Street Team) so it’s my pleasure to see her come out with her own spanking fiction!

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Cara Bristol: I understand that you love to run. Tell us about that? How long have you been doing it? How often do you run? What’s the farthest you’ve ever run? Have you ever done a marathon?

Katherine Deane: Ooh, one of my favorite past times! I’ve been a runner for most of my life, ever since my middle school P.E. teacher discovered I could run a mile without keeling over. (He gave me a donut as a reward!)

Before I had my children, I ran every day, with the occasional double during longer race seasons. My longest has been the marathon. I was actually training for an Olympic Trials qualifier when I had my big accident, and then had kids (so I won’t complain about the accident. :-)

I’ve run two so far, and would love to get back into it again, now that my kids are a bit more self sufficient. :-)

Cara Bristol: Did your story idea for Coach’s Discipline come while running? Did you plot it out while running? What inspired the idea?

Katherine Deane: LOL, the first time I thought of the story, I was knee deep in stories from the Discipline and Desire website. (great quick stories there if you like DD!). After a few weeks of laziness, I started a fantasy of a “coach” who would spank me to help me get back into shape. :-)

Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out a way to make THAT into a full romance story, so I just used it as “get out of bed at 6 am and run” fuel.  But then some of my past issues crept into my mind, and bam! The real story went from there.

Cara Bristol: Tell us a little about the story.

Katherine Deane: Ok, I’ll be honest. When I first started the story a few years ago, the MC, Claire was used for me to work through some of my own needs for closure, and fantasies about being pushed that extra mile. Claire is a 32 year old competitive runner, at the peak of her abilities, who just can’t find the right formula to achieve her goals – the Olympic Trials in the Marathon. (This has always been my goal as well J ) Between past issues of harmful bad habits, and some tough role models, she has turned to  self sabotage.

That’s where Nick, the awesome coach who kicks ass and doesn’t apologize for it, comes in.  His job is to help her see past her insecurities and self doubt, and to help her to not be her own worst enemy.

Cara Bristol: I love the concept of the story, that a marathoner might need a little extra motivation. What made you want to write domestic discipline?

Katherine Deane: I think domestic discipline wasn’t even a question for me. I love the concept of DD in all the stories that run through my head. I like the “strong male leading the way” dynamic- as long as he isn’t an *ss!

Cara Bristol: What comes first for you—the spanking or the story? Meaning, do you develop a story idea/plot and add spanking to it or come up with a spanking scenario and then develop a plot that supports it?

Katherine Deane: hehe, I can add a spanking to any scene that runs through my head. (I had a delightful one remaking a bunch of scenes from The Sound of Music a few months ago! ;) ) But in answer to your question, I am huge plot / idea person. I like to have a fun story with lots of interesting characters first. And then when the timing is right, the spankings (hopefully) fit naturally.

Cara Bristol: What is your writing process/style?

Katherine Deane: Oh my Lord! This changes for me every few weeks! Last year, I was sure I was a pantser! Then I remembered how stinking type A and control freakish I am. ( I like to plan back up contingencies for all my plans on my lists. My husband calls is worrying. :-)

Now I am in between plotting and pantsing, and write wherever I can find 30-50 minutes of quiet, because of little people being on summer break. After the fall, I hope to start in with morning writing again- when I am fresh from exercise and coffee.

Cara Bristol: What makes spanking hot?

Katherine Deane: um, everything!?! No, seriously. The sounds- the different descriptions of the sounds of bare flesh meeting bare flesh, echoing throughout the room, her muffled cries getting louder and more intense.

The visual- the wonderful colors streaking over a firm round bottom as it wiggles back and forth trying to escape the implement being used.

The fight or flight moment- when she goes from flailing arms and kicking and hollering to finally just submitting to it.

And the tears. The visual and sound of this awesome release that comes from the period of crying. (That was probably weird, but I feel so much better when I have a huge cry. It doesn’t usually happen during spankings, though L )

Cara Bristol: Who are you when you’re not writing?

Katherine Deane: I’m an almost 42 year old stay at home mom, runner (If my back will cooperate, I hope to start competing again soon ), knitter, seamstress, singer, and dog lover – who now owns two kittens, and is trying to figure out why they like me so much. I am also in a DD relationship with my husband, and am ok finally, with admitting, that I am in fact, a Spankophile. :-)

Quick Five:

Your favorite food: Chocolate

A food you can’t stand: liver and onions eeew!

The last book you read was: Etta Stark’s Lady Westbrook’s Discovery (really funny!)

If you could invite to dinner five famous people (dead or alive) who would you invite? Jr Ward, JK Rowling, JRR Tolkien, Sean Connery and Laura Ingles Wilder.

Other than a cellphone, what is something you always carry with you? Chapstick (I reapply every ten minutes or so)

The Coach’s Discipline – Blurb

coachsdiscipline coverMarathon runner Claire Jacobs has always dreamed of making it to the Olympics, but she has a habit of getting in her own way. With the help of Nick Fox, a legendary coach known for his unconventional techniques, she prepares for one last shot at her dream. Traumatic memories of her experience with her last coach still haunt Claire, though, and in spite of his reputation she finds it hard to trust Nick’s authority.

The more time he spends with Claire, the more Nick finds himself enchanted by her drive and deep commitment to her fellow runners. But when her self-destructive behavior crosses the line, Nick realizes he has only one option to help the woman he has come to care about so much—he will need to give her the first spanking of her life and make sure it is one she will not forget.

Despite his firm discipline, Claire quickly comes to crave Nick’s dominance and direction, and soon he has grown to be much more than just her coach. But when jealousy and misunderstandings threaten to tear the team apart, will she run away as she always has in the past, or can she trust in her newfound love and race toward her goals with an open heart?

Publisher’s Note: The Coach’s Discipline is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, anal play, elements of BDSM, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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And an excerpt!

He smirked as he pulled her up, and took her position on the towel, straightening his legs. “You. Do. Me.”

Her cheeks heated, and  she tried to slow her breathing as she reached for him. She carefully placed her hand on his right leg, above the knee, and pressed down lightly. His legs were so muscular and hard. She had to work hard to keep her breathing even, and her face professional.  This was her coach, not some man to lust after because he had a few muscles.

Then he raised and straightened his left leg.  Oh my god, when his shorts raised up just below his rear end, she thought she would faint. The man had tremendous muscle tone, perfectly tight hamstrings running into heavenly gluteals.  She started massaging his hamstring, as she held above the knee and pressed into him, using her body weight to ease him into a deeper stretch. 

How low could she rub?  His hamstrings were pretty tight after all. She licked her lips and watched the movement of his shorts.  If they moved up a little bit more—

“Not too fast, Claire. You don’t want to hurt me.” He groaned.

“Sorry,” she mumbled, and let off the weight. 

“Now, massage, lightly.”

She couldn’t quite reach him, so she placed her leg in-between both of his.

When he gave her an odd look, she said, “I thought it would be easier if I straddled you. But you’re kind of wide. Would you prefer me to come from behind?”

The women snickered, and Nick’s eyebrows rose over his sunglasses.

She felt her cheeks heat, “I, I mean, I can’t get enough strength behind my push, and I don’t want to accidentally fall and injure you.”

She thought saw a hint of a grin, when he replied. “You can straddle me if you need to.”

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Ifs, Ands, & Buttocks…

Sexy woman trying on a pair of blue jeansI’m always on the lookout for illustrative photos for my blog and as inspiration for the characters I write about in my erotic and spanking romances. I’ve googled and searched on stock photography sites for “spanking” many times.

But you know what I never until recently thought to search for?

Buttocks!

What a wealth of photos I found. For your titillation and amusement, here is a sampling of what pops up on Bigstock Photography when you search for “buttocks”:

The classic pose

Classical

Always nice in lace

There’s something naughty about plaid

Got his hands full

Equal time

Not quite what I expected

What do you suppose he’s thinking?

Bullseye!

No, I said “buttocks.”

Soccer anyone?

Santa, baby…

Buttocks do come in “pairs”

More equal time

Let me see that one again

Bottoms Up!

You’re welcome! :-)

 

 

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