Guest post: Livia Grant on BDSM, infidelity and Wanting it All

Wanting It All cover 500x755I’m happy today to host Livia Grant with her debut BDSM novel, Wanting it All. Livia tackles some taboos in her first book–I can wait to read it.

Livia Grant is Feeling Like a Virgin

By Livia Grant

I want to thank Cara Bristol for letting me guest here on her blog. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt virginal, but that’s my impression of these past few weeks, metaphorically speaking of course. I am, after all, an erotic romance author who’s having the time of my life going through the process of getting my first book, Wanting it All, published. As I brainstormed ideas for this first post-published blog post, the comparisons to losing one’s virginity could not be ignored. Do these sound familiar?

1) Once I’ve taken the plunge, there’s no going back. – Yep, there will be no un-ringing this bell. As anxious as we all might be for that first time of anything, if you’re like me, there’s that small let down after when you realize something you’ve looked so forward to is over. As authors, we can only hope the realities of publishing outshine our dreamlike fantasies of being an author.

2) Am I doing the right thing? – Taking the leap into publishing erotic romances is not for the faint of heart. It’s not only putting your writing out for inspection, but more importantly, those fragile thoughts floating through your brain that you’ve captured and wrangled into a book. I suspect I’m not the only erotic romance author to question their sanity at diving into publishing.

3) Performance anxiety – Do I have what it takes? Are they going to laugh at me? Will readers hate it? In this respect, publishing that first book is a bit like making your first time with the football team. Each of them get to form their own opinions on your performance and you hope they don’t try to humiliate you when it’s over.

4) Fanatic Adoration – So, unless you lost your virginity to a celebrity, this one may be a stretch, but the fact that I am posting this blog on Cara Bristol’s website is a huge fan moment for me. I’ve been lurking, following not only Cara, but dozens of talented authors in social media for years. I’m the newbie among the professionals and am overwhelmed by the support I’m receiving with my virgin release.

Time to talk about my story. Wanting it All is the first in the four book Passion Series. Book two, Securing it All is due out in September and book three, Having it All later this fall. The release date is still TBD for Protecting it All, book four.

I took a few chances and broke a few well-established publishing rules when I wrote my series. For one thing, the books follow more than one couple and are about a whole cast of friends. The friendships are rich and add a layer of complexity and reality to the series that I feel other books sometimes lack. Another key differentiator is that this book takes on the taboo topic of infidelity and how a marriage can fight back from the unforgivable. The first half of Wanting it All in particular is not for the faint of heart as there are some very edgy scenes that border on non-consensual, but readers who stick with me will be rewarded with a very rich character driven story with multiple HEA’s. There is a strong BDSM theme throughout the entire series but the story is as much about the psychology behind people’s desires for domination and submission as it is the physical sexual activities. Websites similar to broxxx have plenty of BDSM themed content if you’re interested.

Wanting It All cover 500x755Wanting it All blurb

Brianna Lambert has it all. After escaping an abusive ex-Dom, she has the good fortune to find and marry the love of her life. Markus’ gentle and devoted love has helped her put the pieces of her life back together. There’s only one problem. As the years go by, Brianna finds herself missing the excitement of the BDSM lifestyle. If only she could talk to her gentle husband about her secret desire to be dominated in the bedroom, but as a submissive, she finds she can’t make the words come.

When her ex-Dom resurfaces in her life, the flames of lost desire are reignited, leading Brianna to made a decision with shattering consequences.

As Brianna’s best friend, Tiffany O’Sullivan understands and even shares Brianna’s hidden desire for a alpha male to protect, cherish and punish her when she’s earned it. Still, Tiff is furious when Bri puts her life and marriage at risk for a fling with her abusive ex.

When Brianna disappears, Tiff tracks her down at a local BDSM club similar to what might be found in videos on sites like dosexvideo where Markus has sent his wayward wife to atone for her infidelity at the hands of his own best friend – club owner, Master Lukus Mitchell. Tiff may go to The Punishment Pit to rescue her best friend, but quickly finds she may need rescuing herself after encountering the Master’s Master. And when Markus is again ready to confront his wayward wife he, too, must come to terms with a secret past.

Wanting It All explores the delicate balance of dominance and submission as well as the importance of trust and communication within D/s relationships with a story that features believable characters along with explicit, no-holds-barred acts of sexual dominance and submission, as well as domestic discipline.

In one extraordinary weekend, four best friends are thrown into circumstances that force them to open old wounds and dig deep to discover what they really need to make them happy in life.

If you’re looking for a book featuring explicit, intimate, and heartfelt look into the physical and psychological attraction of BDSM, this is the one book you must put on your reading list.

Wanting it All Excerpt

Brianna’s heart is breaking. Witnessing Markus’ pain is her final undoing. The fact that he could walk out and leave her here tells her that she has truly lost him. She knows she should be afraid of what’s to come, but on another level she welcomes the pain she knows she’s about to receive. She deserves it.

She slowly looks up until her gaze falls upon the haunting dark eyes of her captor.

“I have some really bad news for you, sweetheart,” he says. “Markus is my friend – a very old friend. I owe him big time. So here’s how this is going to go. I’m going to take you down to that stage. And once we’re there, I’m going to make you wish you had never been born.”

When Brianna refuses to break his gaze, his grim scowl turns into an evil smile. “I see. So you think I’m bluffing? You don’t believe me?”

After several more seconds of their showdown, Brianna finally answers in a defeated tone. “Oh, I believe you. I just don’t care. I deserve everything you’re going to give me and more. You were right. I had it all, and I threw it all away. If I’ve lost Markus, then there’s nothing you can do that will hurt worse than that.” She continues to stare at him defiantly when it hits her. “So your name is Lukus? As in the Lukus he just won a case for today?”

Lukus smirks. “So now you understand just how much I owe him. The ironic thing is tonight was meant to be a celebration for me and Derek and Markus. Instead, you had to go and let someone stick his dick in you and break my friend’s heart. I almost feel sorry for you,Brianna. I’m not the kind of man you want to make angry. But I am angry, and this is personal. You hurt my friend. I’m going to hurt you… bad.”

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13 Responses to Guest post: Livia Grant on BDSM, infidelity and Wanting it All

  1. Sue Lyndon says:

    Ohh great excerpt. Gave me a shiver.

    Congrats on your new release, Livia! 🙂

  2. Tara Finnegan says:

    Congrats on your new release, Livia.
    I agree with Sue, that excerpt was spine-chillingly thrilling. The blurb is very intriguing too.

  3. Laurel Lasky says:

    I’ve read and reviewed this book. It was one of the best books I’ve read in a long. The emotions were strong and found myself, crying, laughing,and a host of other emotions. I hope there is a sequel as some of the characters deserve there own story. ( hint hint)
    My review is on BB. Bravo 🙂

    • Livia Grant says:

      I saw your review on BB and LOVED it. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave it and I am so very glad that you loved Wanting it All. If you want more, you are in luck! In about 4 weeks book two, Securing it All, will come out. It is completed and in final edits now. Then about 4 weeks after that, Having it All is due out which was a fun book to write because I get to show the couples learning to adjust their lives to having it all. I do have a 4th book outlined which is the story of how Lukus and Markus deal with Jake and it introduces some new hot characters. Hope you’ll stick with me and my cast of characters. ~Livia

  4. S.J. Maylee says:

    Fabulous post, Livia! I so know what you mean. I totally felt like a virgin with my first, lol. Congrats on a fabulous start. 🙂

    • Livia LB Grant says:

      Thanks and that’s great S.J. I’m glad I’m not the only one feeling all of these fun emotions on release week. 🙂 Thanks for the support.

  5. Gea says:

    Livia love your new book. I can’t wait to see how things develop within each relationship. Communication is key. And it was clearly missing with Markus and Brianna. I really enjoy that you are creating characters that have depth and are weaved together so closely. You have written more than just the main plot and actions. There is a vivid character rich world unfolding. And I believe that the Punishment Pit will be much more than the ordinary pick up dance club with some toys and stations placed around the room enticing the read. The TPP will propell the way BDSM is written by other authors. I love that this is NOT the regular girl needs to be taken in hand and only a strong man can right her. I love that Bri is not wrestling with her thoughts on submitting, she wants to, eagerly. I love that it is she who is blazing the way to her happiness and not accepting what she will be given. Now that her “pain” needed is known she will get her full of it and have it all.
    This story puts relationships on the front burner and explores BDSM, D/s M/s, and DD/HoH. I believe that you Livia will leave no stone to be unturned, allowing many fetishes to be revealed in a healthy supporting way.
    Thank you for your amazing story, and thank you Cara for giving Livia a sounding board today.

    • Livia LB Grant says:

      Holy moly, Gea! You almost made me cry. What a wonderful comment to leave about Wanting it All. I am so very glad you loved the book and you absolutely captured so many of the things that I try to convey in my writing. The pressure is on now to make sure I can continue to deliver! I hope you will pick up Securing it All in a few weeks and I can’t wait to hear if it lives up to your expectations. Thanks again for making my night! ~Livia

  6. Love the virgin analogy! Congrats on your new book. Looking forward to checking it out.

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