Behind the Book: what readers didn’t get to see in the Rod and Cane romances


Four Rod and Cane Society domestic discipline novels have been published, with Reasonable Doubts (Rod and Cane 5) to release January 13, 2015. Yes! I have a firm date now! If you’d like to receive an email newsletter announcing when it’s available you can sign up with the button at the top of the sidebar. You will ONLY receive an email when there is a new release. You will not be contacted for any other reason at any other time.

In development of the series, several factors have affected the story direction—factors readers never got to see:

  • The series’ former publisher had me cut several scenes from False Pretenses (book 2), the story of Emma Dupree who goes undercover to get the dirt on the Rod and Cane Society. One of the deleted scenes showed how her story impacted the membership when Liz Davenport is called before the senior partner of her law firm. I resurrected the scene, revised it, and used it as a prologue of Reasonable Doubts.
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    Reasonable Doubts will be published January 13, 2015!

    Also, in that same deleted scene, readers were introduced to Regina Ellison, Liz’s assistant, who later became the heroine of Disciplinary Measures (Rod and Cane 4).

  • I tried out three different titles for Rod and Cane 5: Hasty Exits, Personal Sacrifices, and finally, Reasonable Doubts. I’d wanted  a legal sounding name all along because both the hero and heroine are attorneys, but it took me a while to come up with a suitable title.
  • All Rod and Cane titles follow the same grammar: adjective + plural noun.
  • The Rod and Cane series is set in a fictitious town in California—although I never name the state.
  • The working title of Unexpected Consequences was Spanking Melania. I’d originally intended to give all the books “spanking names” Disciplining Emma, Caning Candi, etc.
  • Heath was Jared Traynor’s original name in Unexpected Consequences. After I kept typing  it as “health,” I changed it to “Case.”  But when I finished the first draft, I had four characters with C names: Case, Chuck, Candi and Conner. Case became Jared and Chuck became Tucker. I’d always planned to write Tucker and Candi’s story. Someday…
  • Traynor is a deliberate play on words: “Train Her.” Dan Tanner (Tan Her) was purely accidental. Melania is named after Donald Trump’s third wife. One review criticized the name, saying, “Is there anyone in the world really named “Melania”? – I don’t think so.” Ha!
  • Paul McGinnis is the blustery pseudo villain in False Pretenses who wanted to cane Emma. I’d pitched an idea to my former publisher of doing a book of Rod and Cane shorts, which included revealing Paul’s deep dark secret: he was a spanked husband. But the series publisher wasn’t keen on a book of shorts and said that Femdom stories don’t sell well, so I ditched the idea. I decided not to make Paul a spanked husband. However, he does return as a villain in Reasonable Doubts.
  • Before False Pretenses, I’d noticed that whenever I mentioned a pet, it was always a cat. To get the feline thing out of my system, I created Jinx, the runaway cat who brings Emma and Dan together. I thought my stratagem had worked. But then in Body Politics, Mark nicknamed Stephane “Kitten.” So I guess it didn’t.
  • Jordan Bevy, Rod and Cane’s disciplinary proctor, will probably be the next character I write about. He’s a secondary character in False Pretenses and Reasonable Doubts.
  • Of all the heroines, Emma Dupree is most like me. She looks like me and has held similar jobs.  The one character I admire most and wish I could be like is Liz Davenport.
  • My favorite hero is Mark DeLuca of Body Politics. Damn, that man is sexy. The Bottom’s Up scene where Stephanie realizes she’s in a spanko bar and ends up having sex with Mark in the parking lot is my favorite part of all the Rod and Cane books.

Do you have a favorite Rod and Cane character? How about a favorite scene?

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12 Responses to Behind the Book: what readers didn’t get to see in the Rod and Cane romances

  1. I actually prefer Jared to any of the “C” names.
    hehe, gotta love the cats playing cameo. 🙂
    Ok, even though I have only read little bits about Liz, I think she is my favorite.
    She was the one I remember from the beginning, being this ball buster, awesomely tough lady. And I remember thinking how cool a dynamic that she was D/D.

    Melania still has a special place in my heart too (LOL about the unknown name;) ). I still use her as an example when talking to other DD friends, about her scene when she was cleaning the kitchen to bless her husband. That one really stuck with me.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Thanks, Katherine. I prefer the name Jared too. So glad you like Melania. Her and Jared’s story is special to me because it’s the first one of the series, and the one that got me focused on writing domestic discipline. BTW, I love Jinx. I’d do more with him, but I don’t want people to think I’m a crazy cat lady.

  2. I love your posts that have the behind the scenes tidbits like this. All of us authors have reasons why we make the decisions we do when writing about our characters. Thanks for sharing yours with us.

  3. I don’t like Paul!! Hated that he wanted to spank Emma!! I think she’s my favorite character out of the series (so far). I just really liked her and I don’t have a reason why. Favorite scene – ok, the scene where Emma is spanked at the end I just kept thinking “OMG, Cara’s going there! She is!!” I’m looking forward to Liz’s story.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      I felt quite bold and naughty when I wrote that scene. Public spanking. In my second erotic romance, Secret Desires, I’d written a “public” spanking, in which the hero spanks his girlfriend in front of his friends (but she was naughty, very naughty). My editor (from another publisher) had me make it private.

  4. Laurel Lasky says:

    My favorite was also Mark of Body Politics. What’s not to like, a big, strong sexy man who love to spank. I enjoyed this post and learning the background of these amazing characters. If you put spanking in the tag words, is it automatically put in the adult category?

    • Cara Bristol says:

      I don’t think so. I put spanking in my tag words, and the Rod and Cane books are not marked adult. Besides, if that did put it in the adult category, all the child rearing books could end up marked adult.

  5. S.J. Maylee says:

    Fun list, Cara. Thank you for the inside look. I can’t wait to read Reasonable Doubts!! I do believe my favorite scene is that car scene in Body Politics. It’s so delicious. 🙂

  6. Jule Kijek says:

    Dan and Emma are my favorite characters. Any man who crawls into a muddy ditch to rescue a missing cat has my heart. My favorite scenes are both from F.P. One where Emma comes home to find the lights in her house are on and “either lazy burglars were sitting around watching tv or her ex husband had stopped over. She hoped she was being robbed. LOL. I rolled on the floor over that one. My other favorite is when Otis evokes executive privilege and appoints Dan to carry out Emma’s public spanking. Wow. That was intense. I am not surprised to hear that the series is set in Cali. It is a very liberal state. Also when the view from Dan’s balcony is described it sounds an awful lot like Cali. That was my first real hint.

    I LOVE the title of the new book. It does sound very “legal eagle”. I was hoping for a January 1st release but I can live with the 13th. (If I must) Happy Thanksgiving to you (and all the others who post here). Enjoy all the blessing you have to be thankful for.

    • Cara Bristol says:

      Seeing you detail those scenes brought it all back for me! Made it real for me again. If you’re familiar with California, I used Topanga Canyon as the inspiration for Dan’s top of the canyon home.

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