#SatSpanks: From Irresistible Attractions…in the disciplinary chamber

CaraBristol_RandCSociety_IrresistibleAttractions_400x600Hello, Saturday Spankers! It’s time to heat it up with Irresistible Attractions, the newest book in the Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline series. It will release in about a month — Tuesday, May 26.

Hannah Laurie works nights cleaning the Rod and Cane mansion. She runs into the hero, Jordan Bevy, outside the elevator. He leaves the building, and she is alone. That’s all you need to know, except that Amberlyn is her cleaning partner who called in sick. Forgive me, I squeezed in one extra sentence.

The disciplinary chamber contained the serious implements: paddles of all shapes and sizes, canes, floggers, tawses, whips, and spanking benches equipped with restraints. Did they really whip and spank women here? In her imagination they did; she was one of the women. From the moment she and Amberlyn had discovered the room, the disciplinary chamber had set the stage for Hannah’s fantasies. She pictured herself naked and bound while a tall, dark, faceless man welted her tender cheeks as she pleaded for mercy and begged for more in the same tortured breath. Master Bob, as she had named her battery operated boyfriend, got quite a workout on Rod and Cane mansion cleaning nights.

She’d never been able to examine the items to her satisfaction because Amberlyn had accompanied her, flinging disparaging comments with every flick of her duster. Hannah had been forced to hide her curiosity.

Her slacker of a work mate wasn’t here tonight.

Muwahaha…you can guess from the blurb what’s going to happen. Come back next week if you want to see it…

Irresistible Attractions blurb

An “oops” baby born late in her parents’ marriage, Hannah Laurie never received the love or acceptance she needed, but she’s determined to make something of herself. Living on a shoestring, she’s paying her way through college by working nights for a cleaning service. Among its clients is the Rod and Cane Society of domestic discipline practitioners. As Hannah cleans its mansion headquarters, with its bold display of implements and artwork glorifying discipline, she is drawn to idea of being spanked. Although she prides herself on following the rules, one evening while alone at the mansion, she surrenders to the impulse to try out the equipment in the secret disciplinary chamber.

Millionaire cybersecurity magnate Jordan Bevy, Rod and Cane’s disciplinary proctor, is responsible for ensuring the rules of the organization are followed to a T. Using the disciplinary chamber for personal pleasure is strictly forbidden. But when he catches the shy little cleaner girl trying out the equipment, what’s a fellow to do but bend the rules by giving her a hand?

But when their relationship deepens, their respective worlds collide and clash, throwing into doubt that a lowly cleaner girl can find acceptance in her rich boyfriend’s monied world.

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The apocalypse as comedy, #TheLastManOnEarth, and plot holes

Who knew the decimation of mankind could be so quirky and amusing? If you haven’t seen it, The Last Man on Earth is a sitcom airing on Fox on Sunday nights.

Phil Miller finds himself alone and lonely after a virus wipes everyone else off the planet. For a year, he drives around the U.S. in his RV searching for signs of intelligent life, before holing up in Tucson, Ariz. In a stroke of foresight, he spray paints on a billboard, “Alive in Tucson” in case somebody happened to survive.

He’s on the verge of committing suicide out of loneliness and despair when he spots another human being–a quirky, maddening woman named Carol. Wouldn’t you know the two remaining people on earth can’t stand each other!

But Phil is desperate to get laid, and Carol sees it as their duty to repopulate the planet, so they get married (Carol won’t have sex unless they’re married). The nuptials are no sooner complete and the marriage consummated when Melissa arrives, having seen Phil’s billboard. Sweet and sexy, she is everything Phil would have wanted–and still wants. Only he’s attached to Carol. And the ball-and-chain won’t let him forget it.

Thus goes Phil’s life. Everytime he thinks he’s got something worked out, he gets thrown a curve ball. It’s hard to feel sorry him, because the guy is basically a jerk. Not a horrible person, just a run-of-the-mill lying sleazebag.

One by one, survivors, having seen the billboard, straggle into Tucson and change the dynamic. As of last Sunday’s show there were seven people.

Like Carol’s personality, The Last Man on Earth is quirky and interesting. Not riotously funny, but certainly amusing and entertaining. The story has what I would call a “narrow focus” — it shows you only what occurs in this small area of Tucson where seven people have congregated. It doesn’t concern itself with the bigger picture.

And therein lies the rub–it leaves open a lot of questions.  The largest plot hole, big enough to drive bus though, is:

Where the hell are all the bodies?

The virus has wiped out nearly everyone on the entire planet. In the US, that means that more than 300 million people have died–yet on the show, the streets are devoid of bodies. After a year, while there may not be rotting corpses anymore, there would be bones. Lot of bones. Why do the characters not run into dead people?

Which leads to other inconsistencies:

2. What about animals? Other than a lone cow (which I’ll address soon), there are no animals. No dogs, no cats, no squirrels, birds, coyotes, rats. Did the virus wipe out all animal life? If you were the last man on earth, wouldn’t you adopt a dog if you could?

3. Several episodes ago, the characters found a cow, which they’ve using for milk, cheese, and ice cream. For brevity, I won’t go into the reasons why, but Carol leads the cow upstairs (supposedly cows can ascend stairs, but can’t descend). So the cow lives in an upstairs bedroom. What about all the cow poop??? Is somebody cleaning up? Doesn’t Carol’s house smell? And is anybody feeding and watering the cow?

4. It’s a comedy. I get that. And it’s been a year since the virus struck and everyone died. But shouldn’t the characters mourn lost loved ones at least a little? Phil’s despair in the first episode was more a result of loneliness than missing or mourning anyone specific. None of the characters talk about deceased spouses, children, parents, friends, etc.

5. There are no stranded cars ; the streets and highways are wide open.
Grocery stores do not reek of spoiled food. Everyone who died apparently left their homes in perfect condition despite having been ill.

6. Phil and Carol live in separate houses. He breaks her door, and although he promises to fix it, he never does. She continues to gripe about it. Why doesn’t she move to another house? She can have her pick!

Perhaps it’s my author mind at work, but the inconsistencies continue to crop up as I watch the show. Despite that, I  enjoy it, and I’m looking forward to seeing what happens with the new wrench the writers thrown — the addition of a male hottie!

I think Sunday is the last (or second to last) show of the season, but if you want to catch it, it airs at 9:30/8:30 central. I hear it’s been renewed for a new season.

 

 

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Cover reveal! Irresistible Attractions, Rod and Cane Society 6 #spanking

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Irresistible Attractions

Rod and Cane Society 6, will be released Tuesday, May 26

An “oops” baby born late in her parents’ marriage, Hannah Laurie never received the love or acceptance she needed, but she’s determined to make something of herself. Living on a shoestring, she’s paying her way through college by working nights for a cleaning service. Among its clients is the Rod and Cane Society of domestic discipline practitioners. As Hannah cleans its mansion headquarters, with its bold display of implements and artwork glorifying discipline, she is drawn to idea of being spanked. Although she prides herself on following the rules, one evening while alone at the mansion, she surrenders to the impulse to try out the equipment in the secret disciplinary chamber.

Millionaire cybersecurity magnate Jordan Bevy, Rod and Cane’s disciplinary proctor, is responsible for ensuring the rules of the organization are followed to a T. Using the disciplinary chamber for personal pleasure is strictly forbidden. But when he catches the shy little cleaner girl trying out the equipment, what’s a fellow to do but bend the rules by giving her a hand?

But when their relationship deepens, their respective worlds collide and clash, throwing into doubt that a lowly cleaner girl can find acceptance in her rich boyfriend’s high-powered, monied world.

Of all the Rod and Cane domestic discipline books, Irresistible Attractions is the kinkiest, and borders on BDSM. 

To be notified when Irresistible Attractions is published, sign up for my New Release Newsletter.

Tune in next week for a sneak excerpt!

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The Vampire Territory Series by @AllieRitch

AR_VT1_DrinkingPartnersCara’s note: Drinking Partners (The Vampire Series), a paranormal romance, by Allie Ritch, has the some of the best written sex scenes of any book in any genre! I’m reading it now, and it is hot!

By Allie Ritch

Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Cara. I have a great new paranormal romance series that I’m really excited about, and I’d love to share.

The truth is I’ve been a fan of vampire fiction for a long time. Anne Rice, Tom Holland, Laurell K. Hamilton, Kresley Cole, Fred Saberhagen—I could go on forever naming authors whose works I love. Pair vampires with romance, and I’m captivated. A man who can live forever has to pick up some serious skills in bed, right? Never mind that he can penetrate you with his fangs as well as his… But I digress. Having read tons of vampire romance over the years and dabbled in it some, I finally decided to jump in and launch the Vampire Territory series.

Although the books can be read as standalones, readers can follow the characters from the beginning if they want to read the series in order. The first book, Drinking Partners, introduces master vampires Alex Gage and Lucas Thane. Sparks fly when these two alpha personalities clash, but they’re the ultimate power couple. Just My Type then picks up right where book one leaves off, only it focuses on Alex’s personal assistant (Melody) and her guard (Eryx), who like to trade barbs. The sexual tension between the two mounts over time, but Eryx isn’t the only contender for Mel’s attention. Alex’s human brother Wess has been spending a lot of time with Mel, and she likes his delicious human heat. Which man will she choose?

Right now, I have six books planned for the series and have most of them drafted already. I’m thrilled by the enthusiastic reception readers have already given Drinking Partners and hope they enjoy the sequels. This series is definitely sexy, dark, violent (à la Kill Bill), and just a bit campy. I mean, who doesn’t like a heroine who literally takes people’s heads off when provoked?

Readers can find Drinking Partners and Just My Type at Loose Id and at Amazon, All Romance eBooks, B&N, Kobo, iBooks, and other places where e-books are sold.

Blurb for Vampire Territory 1: Drinking Partners

Being the master vampire for the Mid-Atlantic Territory is a tough job. Between the Human Rebellion trying to kill him with poisonous suicide donors and snobby born vampires bucking his authority, Lucas Thane has his hands full. What he needs is a regular drinking partner to feed from and a bigger power block. He finds both in the form of Alexandra Gage, the master of the territory south of his.

Alex could use a little help herself, but she has no intention of letting Lucas take over. Turned into a vampire against her will, she has had enough control taken from her. She’ll never let Lucas usurp her right to rule, but will she let him steal her heart? Passion ignites between them, and it’s amazing what vampire bodies can do.

AR_VT2_JustMyTypeBlurb for Vampire Territory 2: Just My Type

There’s trouble in vampire territory, and Melody is right in the middle of it. A new arrival from Eastern Europe named Taspar Tong is out to take over her masters’ domains using the army he has at his command. Mel is a personal assistant, not a soldier, and big male vampires scare her.

That includes Eryx, the dark-haired warrior who is always watching her and baiting her with his remarks. If only he didn’t look so sexy. Mel figures Wess Gage—their human captive—is a far safer love interest, although Wess is part of the Human Rebellion bent on exterminating all vampires. Can he really see past his prejudice, or will he turn on her?

There are two dangerous men in Mel’s life. She just has to decide which of them is her type—the one who makes her feel human again, or the vampire who makes her blood boil?

Excerpt from Just My Type (graphic sexual content):

Mel sank her fangs into the flesh above his heart. His nipple was right under her tongue, so she played with it as she drank. Eryx cursed in some language she didn’t recognize, though it was clear he wasn’t unhappy. She could feel how one part of his body felt about her sucking on him.

Everything spun as he turned and took three quick steps across the room. He slapped her back against the wall. The impact didn’t hurt, but it shocked her enough that she pulled her fangs free and loosened the grip of her thighs. He immediately set her on her feet and dropped to his knees—a position she’d never thought he’d take. She stared down at him as he undid her pants. Then he removed her left shoe and pant leg with a single tug before doing the same to the other side.

Mel licked her lips, still savoring his flavor. Eryx turned his intense stare on her pussy, which was hidden by the thin veil of her underwear. He framed her hips with his hands and surprised a giggle out of her when he blew a puff of air into her belly button. She made a very different sound when he caught the waistband of her panties between his teeth.

He flicked his dark brown eyes upward, trapping her in his gaze. She didn’t think she’d ever seen anything sexier than this ferocious man kneeling at her feet with hunger blazoned across his face. He had to be inundated with her personal scent as she creamed so hard her legs shook.

And that was before he tore her panties from her body. With an audible rip, he sliced through the fabric with his sharp fangs and left her underwear in tatters at her feet. One gasp turned into another when he followed up by draping her leg over his shoulder. In an instant, he had his mouth buried in her sex.

It was Mel’s first time having a man go down on her, and he didn’t ease her into it, either. He sucked her clit so hard she nearly went cross-eyed. Then he wedged his tongue inside her and laved as if he was chasing every drop of her honey. She could feel his fangs. They pressed against her intimate flesh without piercing her—a sexy threat that drove her arousal higher.

She rocketed toward the crest. Right when she was about to go over, he turned his head and bit her inner thigh. There was a flash of pain, followed by an erotic draw as he drank from her. A moment later, he plunged his finger into her sheath, and that was it. Her orgasm grew until it was off the Richter scale and blasted through her hard enough that he had to prop her up.

The convulsions went on for what seemed like forever. Although she expected to feel drained as she came down from the climax, she was charged up and eager for more. She cradled Eryx’s head against the inside of her leg until he’d taken his fill. He gave her shivers when he withdrew and licked the puncture marks.

She couldn’t look away as he undid his belt. The subsequent hiss of his zipper was overly loud, but that wasn’t what arrested her attention. She finally got a good look at what had tented his fly. His cock was too perfectly formed to qualify as monstrous, though it was definitely big. The veins along the side pulsed subtly in time to his heartbeat, and the mushroom head was engorged with blood.

As a human, she would have been intimidated by his size. He was far larger than anything she’d ever accommodated before, and it had been a long time. Mel did feel a small twinge of nerves, but as he’d pointed out, she was no longer human. She was done pretending.

Eryx slid up her body and brushed her lips in a sweet kiss once he was eye-to-eye with her. She caught his hard cock in her hand and felt a fresh flood of desire. He dropped his head back with a groan. His skin was silky smooth over the rigid core of his erection—the perfect marriage of soft and hard. She stroked him with firm pulls of her hand until he caught her wrist to stop her.

“You’ll have me on my knees again,” he warned her.

She liked that idea, but he didn’t let her do more exploring. He plucked her off her feet and pressed her tight to the wall. She had no choice but to wrap her legs around his waist, which placed her pussy right over his waiting erection.

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Allie Ritch’s Links:

Twitter ♥ Website/Blog ♥ Amazon Page ♥ Goodreads Page

Google+ ♥ ARe Café ♥ TRR Page

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On the Golden Rule and authors supporting authors…

The Golden Rule goes something like this: do undo others as you would have them do unto you. Treat others as you would like to be treated. Most of the authors I know do this. Some, not so much. They’re so focused on selling their books, they either don’t notice what others are doing, they think they’re too busy, or they choose not to help out.

Why would you want to help a fellow author?

Unselfish reason: to be nice, to do the right thing because it’s the right thing.

Self-serving reason: because the goodwill you generate will come back to you.

Here are 10 ways to pay it forward:

  1. Review other author’s books. Reviews don’t have be to a long. Three or four sentences can make a difference. Reviews are “currency” in the publishing world–they influence readers’ buying decisions.
  2. If you see another author’s book has gotten what you consider to be an unfair “driveby” attack, click the “this review was not helpful” button. If a review gets enough “nos” it drops down the list and becomes less visible.
  3. Mention other author’s books in your interviews. What??? Often authors are asked what their favorite book is and/or what they’re currently reading. Too often writers answer with a classic work of literature or a famous bestseller. The authors of those books don’t need the publicity. New and midlist authors do. Call attention to their books.
  4. Buy other authors’ books. Particularly in your genre. Some authors don’t read the genre they’re writing to avoid being influenced, but that shouldn’t prevent you from buying the books.  A purchase helps tremendously with Amazon “also boughts,”  sales rankings, and visibility. Mention your book purchases. Announce it on Facebook, on Twitter, on Goodreads.
  5. Respond to other authors’ promotional (cover reveal, new release, review announcement, etc) posts on Facebook. Do more than click “like,” comment on the post. Even a simple “congrats” helps because high activity posts are boosted so more people see them. Share other authors’s posts on your own timeline and in groups you belong to.
  6. Visit other author blog tours and leave a comment. You don’t have visit every leg of the tour, but drop in on occasion and show your support.
  7. Add other author’s blogs and website to your blogroll. If an author adds you to hers, reciprocate.
  8. Open your blog to authors for guest posts and appearances.
  9. Include a board(s) on your Pinterest and pin other authors’ books.
  10. If you’re on Triberr, share other author’s blog posts. Even if you haven’t blogged in a while, check in and share anyway.
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#8Sunday: From the Goddess’s Curse, another attempt to escape

If you were here last Sunday for Weekend Writing Warriors, you know that Reena of The Goddess’s Curse realized she was Garat’s captive and made a break for it. Alas, that attempt failed. But she’s still trying…

After tying her up, the barbaric lout had stomped around the kitchen, muttering, banging cooking pots. He’d chopped some root vegetables and sliced off some meat and had set both to cooking on the stove when the boy and another Lahon had arrived. Their resemblance to the lout suggested blood relations. Brother, nephew? Her captor had lowered the heat on the stove before he and the adult male disappeared into the other room, leaving the boy with her. She could hear the low rumble of their voices but could not make out the words.

She sized up the child. “I’ll bet you’re real good at untying knots, aren’t you, Jerak?”

The Goddess’s Curse blurb

Sharona women and barbarian Lahon men maintain separate lives until libidinal fever strikes, and the Sharona are forced to mate. Stricken by a mysterious terminal illness, Reena, the Sharona queen’s daughter, jumps at the chance to accompany a cousin on her mating journey so she can at least see a Lahon before she dies.

Garat, leader of the Lahon, has only hatred for the Sharona because of the woman who birthed and killed his son years ago. Now that a massive earthquake has left his people with precious little water, he has the perfect excuse to avenge his son’s death by driving the Sharona from their homeland to take what the Lahon need. When he encounters Reena on the mating journey he takes her hostage to force the Sharona to capitulate to his demands, but finds himself drawn to her instead. As his desire rises, lust for revenge wanes.

But after what he’s done, can he convince her of the evil that lies in the palace in time to save her life?

Print version on Amazon

It’s also available in ebook versions on these sites:

Amazon | Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble | All Romance

Kobo | Apple iTunes | Scribd

Thank you for visiting my blog. I hope you’ll visit some of the other authors of 8 Sentence Sunday/Weekend Writing Warriors. You’ll find a little bit of everything, romance, sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction. Check it out by clicking on the logo:

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#SatSpanks: From Irresistible Attractions, Rod and Cane 6

Irresistible Attractions, Rod and Cane Society 6, is going to heat up fast. But first, a little bit more about how Hannah and Jordan meet. If you recall from last week, in griping to herself about a co-worker, it appears as though she calls a man waiting for the elevator an asshole.

The elevator started to shut, and she lunged for the open button, but hit the close one by mistake. It wasn’t enough to insult him, now she’d slammed the door in his face. Hannah seriously considered hitting the 1st floor button and hauling ass. If he took the stairs and caught her barreling down the corridor she’d feel more humiliated than she did already. And she couldn’t leave the one room undusted and unvacuumed.

She gulped and pressed outward facing arrow.

The doors slid open.

“We meet again,” he said.

Watch for Irresistible Attractions, Rod and Cane 6, in May!

The unofficial blurb

rcs logoAn “oops” baby born late in her parents’ marriage, Hannah Laurie never received the love or acceptance she needed, but she’s determined to make something of herself. Living on a shoestring, she’s paying her way through college by working nights for a cleaning service. Among its clients is the Rod and Cane Society of domestic discipline practitioners. As Hannah cleans its mansion headquarters, with its bold display of implements and artwork glorifying discipline, she is drawn to idea of being spanked. Although she prides herself on following the rules, one evening while alone at the mansion, she surrenders to the impulse to try out the equipment in the secret disciplinary chamber.

Millionaire cybersecurity magnate Jordan Bevy, Rod and Cane’s disciplinary proctor, is responsible for ensuring the rules of the organization are followed to a T. Using the disciplinary chamber for personal pleasure is strictly forbidden. But when he catches the shy little cleaner girl trying out the equipment, what’s a fellow to do but bend the rules by giving her a hand?

But when their relationship deepens, their respective worlds collide and clash, throwing into doubt that a lowly cleaner girl can find acceptance in her rich boyfriend’s high-powered, monied world.

 

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Looking for a few good readers to join my street team!

Jumping cheerleader girl isolated on whiteAre you a Rod and Cane Society fan? Do you enjoy spanking romance, contemporary romance, a little sci-fi, good stories with hot sex? Do you like my books?

Would you like to read them for free? Recruitment is now open for Team Cara Bristol, my “street team.”

In exchange for helping to get the word out about my books, you’ll receive complimentary advance review copies of y new releases, cool swag, and many prize drawing entries.

As a team member, your responsibilities are:

  • Write reviews of my books. (I want only honest reviews. But, if you’re on my team, I assume you like my work. If you can’t genuinely rate a book of mine a minimum of 4 stars, please pass on reviewing it.)
  • Share, like, and comment on promotional tidbits on Facebook.
  • Tweet and retweet on Twitter.
  • Tell your friends, co-workers, strangers on the subway (lol) about my books.

As a team member, your benefits are:

  • Free ebooks of new releases (in exchange for review)
  • Free ebooks of backlisted books upon request.
  • For every review, you’ll receive points to be exchanged for an Amazon gift card.
  • Entry into a monthly random prize drawing for Team members
  • Double entries into any public contest I hold.
  • Cool swag

As a team member, you must have a Facebook account. The primary way I communicate to team members is via a private, closed Facebook group. Plus you need to be able to share FB posts.

How to Join Team Cara Bristol

A very limited number of team member slots are open, so contact me immediately. Email me at carabristol 50 at yahoo dot com and say, “Sign me up, Cara!” As a new member you’ll receive a copy of The Goddess’s Curse (my latest release) and a team hat.

Current team members who refer a prospective team member who joins will receive a $5 Amazon gift card. (Email me, or have the prospective member mention your name).

 

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The impossible quest for cover art…

It’s time to play, find that cover art! The first and second drafts of Irresistible Attractions, Rod and Cane Society 6, have been completed and I’ve contacted a graphics artist to design the cover. As always, I like to give her inspiration photos so she can “see” what I’m thinking. But first, I have to find the photos.

Join me on my quest for  a “sexy couple” (the search term).

Elvis! You ARE alive.

Is he trying to push her off the ledge or what?

Damn, I wish there was a motorcycle in my story.

Totally opposite MY story.

Geeks are in, but not this geeky.

I wish I’d found THIS when I did the cover of Body Politics. This is Stephanie and Mark to a T!

Argh…A little too much skin.

Sensual…or dead?

Feeling horny?

Alas, I did not find anything suitable from my search. I did send the artist links to some other book covers I liked.

The one picture that truly conveys the tone and mood of Rod and Cane 6, Irresistible Attractions, is one I can’t use. I would be thrown into the Amazon dungeon never to surface. This is a photo I’ve had on my Pinterest board for a while. Take a peek if you dare (NSFW).

Watch for Irresistible Attractions in mid May or June.

Irresistible Attractions blurb

rcs logoAn “oops” baby born late in her parents’ marriage, Hannah Laurie never received the love or acceptance she needed, but she’s determined to make something of herself. Living on a shoestring, she’s paying her way through college by working nights for a cleaning service. Among its clients is the Rod and Cane Society of domestic discipline practitioners. As Hannah cleans its mansion headquarters, with its bold display of implements and artwork glorifying discipline, she is drawn to idea of being spanked. Although she prides herself on following the rules, one evening while alone at the mansion, she surrenders to the impulse to try out the equipment in the secret disciplinary chamber.

Millionaire cybersecurity magnate Jordan Bevy, Rod and Cane’s disciplinary proctor, is responsible for ensuring the rules of the organization are followed to a T. Using the disciplinary chamber for personal pleasure is strictly forbidden. But when he catches the shy little cleaner girl trying out the equipment, what’s a fellow to do but bend the rules by giving her a hand?

But when their relationship deepens, their respective worlds collide and clash, throwing into doubt that a lowly cleaner girl can find acceptance in her rich boyfriend’s high-powered, monied world.

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Real Neat Blogger Award

real-neat-blog-awardI was nominated by Christina of Red Booty Woman for the Real Neat Blogging Award. Thank you, Christina for thinking of me! The rules of the meme are:

  • Post the logo
  • Answer the seven questions asked by the nominator
  • Nominate any number of bloggers and link to their blogs
  • Let them know you nominated them

The questions asked of me:

1. What blog post or story are you most proud of?

Of stories, probably the Breeder sci-fi romance series. I think it’s the best written and the best plotted (even though I “pantsed” most of it). It’s about a male dominated society in which women are virtually slaves. It was a new genre for me, and it had a huge impact on  my career. Of blogs, I’m most proud of my Authorversary Prize-a-Palooza series that ran during the summer when I marked my five-year anniversary as a published author.

2. What advice would you give your younger self when you were 18 years old?

Take more risks. Stop playing it so safe. Have a bigger vision for your life. And knowing what I know now—change college majors!

3. What food item would be “comfort food” for you?

Spaghetti and garlic bread.

4. What are you wearing right now as you read and answer this question?

Pajamas and a robe. And a cat. She’s on my lap.

5. If I came to your house and went snooping and looked in your beside table drawer, what would I find?

The remote to our Sleep Number bed, a pretty little wicker oval potpourri box that I realize I ought put someplace else, fingerless gloves (for when my hands get cold while reading), and hand lotion.

6. Do you have a favorite TV show and/or movie? What is it?

“Survivor.” I’m a loyal fan.

7. Do you have a current goal you are working towards? What is it? If not, where would you like to see yourself 5 years from now in April 2020?

My goal is to achieve a certain level of steady income. I’m not there yet—but I can see it from here! My dream is write an epic “grand romance”—one that will readers on a rollercoaster ride of emotion, make them laugh and cry, make people gawk at them while they read my book. I’m waiting for inspiration on that one.

My nominations:

I nominate Casey McKay, Rollin Hand, Katherine Deane, SJ Maylee, and Natasha Knight. I like Christina’s questions so I’ll ask some of those, plus a few of my own:

  • What is your idea of a dream vacation?
  • If you had one piece of advice to give to other spanking romance authors, what would it be?
  • Are you a rule follower or rule breaker? And why? What is the payoff for that choice?
  • What advice would you give your 18-year-old self?
  • What blog post or story are you most proud of?
  • Do you have a current goal you are working towards? What is it? If not, where would you like to see yourself 5 years from now in April 2020?
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