Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Today, Taught to Serve is in the spotlight. There is something scintillating about an office romance. Jaye kicks it up a notch with some D/s kink.
She brought along a wicked excerpt, too. You've heard of texting, then there's sexting. Jaye brings a delightfully naughty new twist by adding self-spanking. So what do we call that? Spexting???
Taught to Serve Blurb:
Let's get to know Jaye Peaches a bit better in the Authors Corner today. Oh Boy!!!
MT: Jaye, this is the first time we've chatted and I have so many burning questions. Some are serious, but don't worry, I have some fun stuff, too. Q#1: How much of your books are realistic or based on your own experiences?
JP: I don't generally write about realistic scenarios, nor do I base what I write on my own lifestyle, which isn't DD or anything 24/7. I like the concept of fantasy and escapism, something that takes the reader away from the realities of life. My BDSM books have a more thrilling element, in that there is often a little mystery to be solved. Taught to Serve is a series of lessons which eventually lead to romance and love for the main characters. Spanking books to me are all about secret lives - that is the realism, because most spankos don't come out to the vanilla world. The only true life experience comes from the first chapter, which is about service. MY grandmother would serve tea in a traditional English way, a legacy of her days as a domestic servant in a great house during the 1920's. She continued to have that service mind-set until she passed away, something I wish I could emulate.
MT: How same/different are you from your main character in Taught to Serve?
JP: I don't write myself into my characters. Maybe they reflect bits of my personality, although if anything, Casey is the opposite of me. I'm not that disorganized or unfocused! In my other books, there are character traits I identify with to a degree, hidden underneath, but I don't think 'oh, that is so like me' and then write it down.
MT: Is there a message in Taught to Serve that you want readers to grasp?
JP: That sounds very deep!
MT: <laughing> I did say some of the questions were serious...
JP: Spanking comes in all varieties - the erotic kind, the playful tease through to discipline and punishment. Taught to Serve happens to be about all of these and an added dash of romance, hopefully something for everyone. To some extent, any relationship with TTWD (That Thing We Do) is all about choosing what is best for you and your partner and making it work.
MT: I Internet stalked you to prep for this interview and see that your books hit amazon in 2013. Having recently taken the plunge, what advice would you give to aspiring writers?
JP: Writing should be enjoyable, not a chore. Don't begrudge yourself the bad days when nothing gets written. Keep a note pad and pen about you all the time. You never know when those words might strike.
MT: Excellent idea about the pad and paper, Jaye. I find ideas strike while I'm driving, not ideal for writing, so I have recently started recording my ideas. If you pass me on the road I am not talking to myself or singing, I'm working. haha
Okay, now for the fun stuff...
If you could be a tree, what kind would you be? HA... Just kidding, but here are a few quickies to help us get to know you better.
What is the trait/characteristic you find most appealing about your husband?
JP: Humour. Cliché maybe, but we are at our happiest when we're laughing together.
MT: Does your husband read your work?
JP: He hasn't read my books. He has read a few short stories. He's not a big fiction reader of any genre-his idea of relaxing is reading a computing manual.
MT: Spanking: OTK or different position?
JP: Stretched out, rather than bent over
MT: Worst spanking memory
JP: The night the crop broke, then the paddle...
MT: Yowza, he really wore you out. How about your best spanking memory?
JP: Probably the ones where I remember little... I'm not all there, but someplace else
MT: Favorite après-spanking activity?
JP: That's probably not for repeating. :)
MT: Last question, what is your biggest guilty pleasure, for which you are willing to risk a spanking...
JP: CHOCOLATE... I'm supposed to share in his dieting.
MT: Ah, the decadent delight that we would risk almost anything for. Thanks for stopping in and playing along, Jaye. It's been fun. I wish you great success.
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Big, strong, handsome and ripped. Works for me! No wonder a man in uniform makes me melt.
Shelby Davies has been the perfect Army wife for almost two decades. When her husband, Dean, decides to retire early it throws their world into chaos. Suddenly, she is the one supporting the family financially and every day she wonders where her take-charge solider went to.
Dinah:Aw, thanks, Maddie! That means a lot coming from you. I didn’t start doing it intentionally, but in each of my books there is something hiding within that is a direct personal experience. Now that’s kind of my signature, even if I’m the only one who knows it. In a way, for this book, I was imagining what my life might have looked like if my husband had stayed in the military.
MT: We have a couple of things in common Dinah, not the least being our interest in similar kind of men. Funny that our hubby's both have the same first name. LOL. In Sir, Yes Sir, Dean's character is certainly HOT, but he has a lot of emotional baggage, understandably so. What is the trait or characteristic you find most appealing about your own husband?
Dinah: His sense of humor! And his sexy….never mid. I’m not telling! Anyway, we both think we’re funny, which is double-funny to other people because I don’t always think his jokes are funny and vice versa. So, whatever audience is lucky enough to have us is usually rolling on the floor because we’re goofing up together but each of thinking we’re the best stand up. J
MT: Does he read your work?
MT: Last question... What is your biggest guilty pleasure, for which you are willing to risk a spanking.
MT: Hm... Interesting, risking a spanking over Pretty Little Liars. I think there is some irony here, especially if there is a cover up happening to get your fix. LOL
Great answers Dinah! Thanks for being the first to try out my new format. What do you think readers? I love learning little tidbits of personal information about authors. Gives me a little insight into where they are coming from.
Drop by again next week when my guest will be Jaye Peaches. I am acquainted with Jaye only through FB so I am looking forward to finding out what makes her tick. See you all next week!
Friday, February 14, 2014
When a mysterious invitation to a new BDSM club arrives in Valerie Thornton's mailbox, she sees it as a fateful intervention. She has long suppressed her desire for a strong man who can nurture her inner-most desires and bring the submissive inside her to life. Now widowed with n empty nest, she's alone, unfulfilled and wondering hat she's been missing.
My little eight lines...
Then hop around the blog hop and see what the other authors have in store for you today. See you next week :)
Finally, I am ready to reveal the results of the With Hearts Aflame authors survey. It was a lot of fun and I thank everyone who participated.
Favorite Cover: Master My Love 37%
Lovely Little Liar 21%
Hottest Hero: Master Eric from Master My Love 45%
Vin from Lovely Little Liar 30%
Best Heroine: Valerie from Master My Love 31%
Sinclair from Sweet Sinclair 27%
Most Likely to Push the Envelope: Maren Smith with a whopping 63%.
How can we compete with the exhilarating, titillating, scintillating and oft times scandalous Masters of the Castle. Although I did try with a ride on the carousel and Dinah did with her first BDSM scene, but we must bow to the master. Or should I say Mistress Maren? <giggle>
Yo Mama--Most Nurturing and Motherly of the Group: Another close one.
Maren Smith: 32%
Dinah McLeod 29%
Although all of these lovely ladies are very nurturing, I found that Patty was our cheerleader, time keeper and task master when it came to deadlines for blog posts and submitting blurbs and excerpts. I think she may have evening scolded a few of us procrastinators, sweetly and kindly of course.
Cover Diva: Maddie Taylor 48%
Yes, it was me and I did send it back 4 times for revision. But, it was worth the effort because of the positive feedback. I had a picture in mind for Master Eric and Valerie and I just wouldn't settle for less. I think the finished product is sexy and Eric's hand wrap around Val's pearls makes me all tingly inside every time I look at it ~sigh~
Most Punctual: Patty Devlin 24%
This was another toss up and until late this evening there was a three way tie. Unfortunately, readers, your streak ends here. It was actually Robin Smith who beat us all into submission, with the deadline, of course. Patty was a close second. It's possible she could have been first, but a last minute revision caused a delay but was well worth the extra effort. So voters, you were close, but no cigar.
Biggest Insomniac: Dinah McLeod with 51% of the vote was the hands down winner.
Have you slept since the release date Dinah? I doubt it, I think I saw she had another new release today. The woman is a dynamo!
Most Likely To Exceed: Maren Smith 63%
We can't fool you. Indeed, Maren exceeded our target word count for the novellas with >43,000 words in Sweet Sinclair. Well above the 28K limit we had set. Of course, Patty, Dinah and Maddie also were non-compliant. So you lucky readers got bonus chapters. Yippee!
Coffee Whore... The DISHONOR goes to Patty Devlin 41%
I do have to give honorable mention to Maren and Robin who admittedly pulled some all-nighters at the end and I heard them talking about more pots (note plural) of coffee. Thanks for being a good sport Patty, we had a lot of fun with her on this category, at least I did.
There you have it. That was a blast and I thank all of you who participated.
Now for what you have really been waiting for.
Drum roll please...