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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

#MFRWHooks - 9/17/14 - A Dom's Dilemma - Sometimes a Dom's rules are meant to be broken #BDSM #EroticRomance


Erotic Torture: A pleasure so intense it borders on painful

This material is NSFW (Not Safe For Work). If you’re not over 18, please explore elsewhere.

Welcome back to Book Hooks, a regular Wednesday feature! In this blog loop, we hope to provide you with some tantalizing tidbits in our books.

My post for this Wednesday is from my 4th book, A Dom's Dilemma, an erotic BDSM/spanking novel published by Blushing Books.  Kelly and Jim, the two main characters, were secondary characters in Arrested by Love.  Though this story stands on its own, if you read Arrested by Love, you'll most likely recognize some of the scenes, since we see a little bit of Kyle and Tiffany in this book, too.



This scene in A Dom's Dilemma occurs near the beginning of Chapter Six.  Jim and Kelly are just starting to get to know each other when Jim discovers Kelly is still sore from the enema and examination he gave her a half-hour ago.  She knows that means he will want to examine and treat her, but she really wants to avoid him touching her back there again, if it's at all possible.  It isn't, but Jim compromises by making the experience as pleasurable as he can.  However, he's a Dom, so there are some rules Kelly will need to follow.  Rules he fully expects her to break.


             Kelly was moist and even started to leak a little as she let out a soft moan and began lifting her hips.
            "No, sub.  You're to remain exactly as I positioned you, until I say you can move."
            She groaned, but kept thrusting against his hand.  So, Jim put more weight on the arm holding her on his lap to still her movements.  Hearing her frustrated growl, he decided to push his erotic torture up a notch.


Jim is into control, not pain, and he wants Kelly to find pleasure in everything they do together, but the Dom in him insists upon taking the lead.  Things will happen his way, and on his terms.  End of story.  Even so, Jim finds a great deal of pleasure in Kelly's response, and her trust is of paramount importance to him.


M/F, Kinky happenings in rural Connecticut.

A Dom's Dilemma is available for sale at Blushing Books.  If you'd like to read more, I'm providing a 3 chapter preview on my web site's Spanking Romance page.

Now available on Amazon both for the Kindle and in Paperback!

Thanks for visiting.  Now go visit the other authors participating in Book Hooks

Sunday, September 14, 2014

#SPeekSunday - 9/14/14 - Acting Lessons - Knowing when to bluff and when to fold #KissMeKate #SpankingRomance


Peter loved Kate with all his being, but that didn't mean he'd tolerate an ultimatum from her.

For Sneak Peek Sunday we share six paragraphs from a published work or a WIP (work in progress).

My submission for this week is from my 5th book, and newest release, Acting Lessons.

 He was a strict and demanding college professor turned professional director who excelled at giving acting lessons.  She was his shy and uncertain former student who became a professional actress under his tutelage.  They fell in love, married, and won two Tony Awards before tragedy struck and a simple kiss ripped them apart.

After a six month separation, Peter Thorton decides to take matters into his own hands by making his famous wife, Kate, an offer she wouldn't refuse.  Plainly put, he wants her back and he intends to do whatever is necessary to achieve his goal, even if it means giving his stubborn, willful leading lady a daily reminder over his knee that she promised to obey him.


In this scene, which occurs early in the first chapter, Peter Thorton, seated comfortably in an agent's office, is attempting to convince his wife, Kate, to give their marriage a second chance by signing her to appear with him in a College Summer Stock production of "Kiss Me Kate."  Kate isn't sure she can trust Peter with her heart again, since she believes he's been unfaithful to her, but she's never stopped loving him.  And though Domestic Discipline originally played a part in their marriage, their last two years together had them living like polite strangers sharing the same house.

Peter realizes he made a mistake in letting Kate do as she pleased, so he's determined to rectify matters immediately by informing his famous wife that if she keeps acting like a brat, he will turn her over his knee. Since Kate doesn't believe him, she dares him to try it.  He doesn't hesitate, And before she gets another word out, Kate finds herself stomach down across her husband's knees.  Furious and humiliated by both her position and Peter's warning swat, she demands her agent call the police while Peter suggests the agent give them some time alone.  Furious, Kate makes the mistake of challenging her husband, and he lets her know right away what he will and will not tolerate by proving to her his threats are no longer idle.


            "Yes, I know I can't win," Kate answered finally.  "You are much stronger than I, so in a physical contest I am no match against your superior force and will."
            He sighed, then firming his hold; Peter brought his hand down for the seventh time.
            "What was that for?" she yelped, arching back in protest.
            "Do you think I can't tell when you are only pretending to agree in order to placate me?"  When she didn't answer, he said, "I can keep this up all afternoon, Kate.  So, you'd best decide how long it's going to take before you're convinced I'm serious."
            She ground her teeth together.  Admittedly, she had goaded him with her jabs, but then she hadn't believed he'd carry out his threat.  He certainly hadn't followed through during the last years of their marriage, although he seemed different today.  More adamant, yet concerned, too.  And, even though his arms restrained her, the firm touch of his hand sliding along her backside and thighs soothed her.  So, despite the precariousness of her position, she perversely enjoyed the attention.  She felt secure--and she hadn't been this content in a man's arms for a long time.
            None of that changed the fact she was still inwardly furious with him for spanking her in front of another person, but she had difficulty reconciling her righteous anger with the part of her that purred in response to his dominant and possessive posture.  Her emotions were so jumbled and opposite each other, she no longer knew what she wanted.


Kate pushed, so Peter pulled.  Now Kate's regretting having pushed so hard, but only because she got caught.

M/F, DD and a staged production of Kiss Me, Kate.

If you're 18 or older, you can read the first three chapters at Acting Lessons

Buy the book directly from Blushing Books

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed this brief excerpt and want more. Please click the link below to continue your hop Sneak Peek Sunday Wishing you a wonderful journey.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

#SatSpanks - 9/13/14 - A Simple Misunderstanding - That's going to hurt #CorbinsBend #SpankingRomance


He came to her rescue when she needed him most, almost to lose her when she disobeyed him.

Reading this material at Work could get you spanked.

Welcome to the Saturday Spankings blog hop.  My stories are all M/f with the dominant male determined to protect the woman he cares for and loves, or grows to love, by doing whatever it takes to ensure her safety and continued health.  This includes administering a spanking when she needs one.  

My submission for this week is a sneak peek from my fourth spanking book, A Simple Misunderstanding, a Corbin's Bend novel published on July 15 by Blushing Books.  I hope you enjoy it.


In this scene, which occurs in the last third of the book, Eleanor Benson (Elly) has moved in with Gerald Douglas (Jerry) after she is released from the hospital, still recovering from injuries she received from her husband.  Jerry insists she stay close to the house and not take her dog walking in the park on the first day she's home.  However, when an older neighbor calls to her from the dog park, Elly disobeys Jerry's instructions and takes their two dogs with her, unaware her abusive husband is lying in wait for her.

When her actions nearly get her killed, Jerry determines Elly needs to learn obedience to him is not optional. After making sure she's healthy enough to withstand punishment, he orders her to stand in the corner sans panties.  When he gives her permission to turn around, he's seated on the bed holding a blue plastic thong (shoe, not underwear).  After he outlines why he feels a spanking is necessary and informs her how many swats he intends to give for each infraction, she sums them up only to realize he's talking about giving her sixty swats with the plastic flip flop he's holding.


“That’s going to hurt,” Elly informed him, though she suspected he’d already come to a similar conclusion. After all, causing pain was part of the process, wasn’t it?
“Some, but I don’t think accepting the swats will be the difficult piece for you.”
His admission sent her stomach dropping to her feet. “You don’t?” When Jerry shook his head, she asked, “What part do you think I’ll have trouble handling?”
“I will give you a sentence you are to repeat with every strike I administer for each transgression. When the prescribed number is reached, we’ll stop. At that point, I’ll expect you to apologize and tell me why you won’t make the same mistake again."

 

After being abused by her husband, Elly is nervous about entering into another DD relationship, but she's disobeyed Jerry, and despite her stated excuses knows she was wrong to do so.  So she willingly, if not a little regretfully, accepts whatever punishment he decides is appropriate until she realizes exactly what he intends.


M/F Domestic Discipline in Colorado.

Blurb:

Though Arthur and Eleanor Benson have been practicing domestic discipline for three months since their wedding, he insists moving to Corbin's Bend, where domestic discipline is the norm rather than the exception, will revitalize their marriage. Elly has doubts, but since Arthur is the undisputed head of their household, they move. However, once Arthur becomes immersed in a community where spanking is not only permitted, but encouraged, his personality undergoes a dramatic change. Accusing his submissive wife of being lazy, disorganized and disobedient, he employs creative methods of pain and humiliation to mold Elly from the imperfect woman he married into the perfect woman he desires. And Elly finds herself a virtual prisoner in her own home, accountable only to the man who rules her life with a cane.

In his years as a vet, Jerry Douglas has seen what abuse does to animals, and he recognizes those same signs in Elly Benson during her daily escape to the dog park with her tiny poodle. Jerry steadfastly supports the tenets of domestic discipline and enjoys the freedom Corbin's Bend offers its residents, but he remains fiercely protective of anyone in need of a champion. And when he witnesses evidence of harsh handling, his instinct is to rush in and rescue. Problem is Elly Benson is a married and consenting adult who insists all her bruises and welts are nothing more than a simple misunderstanding between her and her husband, until the day Arthur Benson takes his authority and discipline one-step too far, endangering Elly's life.

The Thong - pictured for my European friends

A Simple Misunderstanding is available at the following locations.

Blushing Books
Amazon
Barnes & Noble

I also have a page on my web site where I am offering a sample of the first three chapters. If you're interested, visit either the Spanking Romance or A Simple Misunderstanding page in the Over 18 section of my website.

A Simple Misunderstanding is currently the only full novel (vs. novella) in the Corbin's Bend line up, and it's receiving some excellent reviews on the Blushing site.

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed this brief excerpt and want more. Please click on one of the author's names below, or visit The Saturday Spankings Blog to continue your journey.

Friday, September 12, 2014

#Frisky Friday - 9/12/14 - Deadly Enchantment - Submit or leave #ParanormalRomance #Shapeshifters


An unhappy shape shifter can be a dangerous companion....

It's Frisky Friday, and for A Writer's Naughty Thoughts, Fridays are also anything can happen days.


My excerpt for this week is from my 2nd book, Deadly Enchantment.  A shapeshifting wizard romance set in Victorian England published by New Concepts Publishing, 



In this snippet, which occurs at the beginning of the third chapter, Dominic Westcroft has reason to suspect Serena Blanford, one of the guests his sister has invited for him to consider as a potential bride, possesses magical abilities she's trying to keep hidden.  Believing she may actually be a plant placed in his home by his treacherous brother, he decides to give her a purity validation test.

Serena has no idea what this "test" actually entails, but given the reaction of the other women who went through it, she knew it wasn't anything she wanted to experience.  Up until this point, she has successfully managed to keep both her and her cousin safe from having to undergo the ordeal, but now Westcroft is adamant they both submit to the procedure. 


            "How can you insist upon putting innocent women through a trial that causes them to suffer so?”
            “What is it you think transpires?”
            She hesitated again.  “I’m not sure exactly,” she admitted truthfully, “but no woman who submitted to it appeared better off for the experience.”
            “They weren’t harmed,” he insisted.
            “Maybe not, but they certainly weren’t enhanced by the ordeal either.  So why are you insisting upon it?”
            “It is a requirement that must be met if I’m to marry.”
            “I don’t understand.”
            “The woman I marry must be pure in both spirit and body.  She may not have known, in the biblical sense, any man before me.”
            “I hesitate to ask, but what would happen if you married only to discover your wife did not meet those qualifications?”
            “It would mean a forfeiture of my powers, among other things.”
            “You would no longer be a wizard, or sorcerer, or whatever it is that you are?”
            “I would still be what I am, but my capacity would be greatly diminished.  However, if my wife had powers of her own, her abilities would augment my own, assuming she met all the necessary qualifications.”
            Serena shook her head.  “I fear I must decline.  There is no point.”
            Dominic held still for a moment, and then gave a single nod.  “I regret you feel that way, but I understand and appreciate your position.”
            Serena was surprised and pleased that he did not try to give her an argument.  He merely walked her to the door and called a servant over.  “Henry, please assist Miss Blanford to pack.  She will be leaving this morning.”


Dominic Westcroft is determined to uncover his young guest's secrets even if it means "testing" her himself.
M/F, Shape shifting  wizards in Victorian England.

Read the first three chapters at: Deadly Enchantment

Available at NCPAmazonBarnes & Noble or ARe

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed this brief excerpt and wish you and yours a very Frisky Friday


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Hooks - 9/10/14 - Arrested by Love - Say the word and we'll stop #MFRWAuthor #SpankingRomance


Take one dominant police officer, add in a slightly spoiled socialite, toss together and savor the tangy result.

This material is Not Safe For Work. If you’re not over 18, please explore elsewhere.

MFRW Book Hooks!  If you've visited before, you know I'm making this is a regular Wednesday feature on A Writer's Naughty Thoughts. In this blog loop, we hope to provide you with teasers that will whet your appetite into wanting more.

My post for this Wednesday is from my 3rd book, Arrested by Love. A spicy spanking romance published by Blushing Books.



In this scene, Kyle takes his recently engaged fiancee, Tiffany, on a secluded picnic where he plans to give the woman he adores everything she'd been attempting to seduce out of him for the past three years.  Her inexperience is a great turn on for him, but it also means he needs to take things far more slowly than his body desires.  But he wants her first time to be a pleasurable memory, not a painful one, so he does what he can to make sure she's fully aroused before he takes her. However, Tiffany is less than sure he'll fit inside her, and once she gets a glimpse of him unclothed she calls her safeword.  Realizing Tiffany is serious, Kyle takes a step back to talk things through with his girl to reassure her.



            He took a deep breath.  "Just say your word, darling, and everything stops.  I promise."
            She gave a tentative nod.  "Okay.  I mean I really want to make love with you, Kyle, but I'm a little scared right now."
            "It's my job to make sure you find this as pleasurable as I will, little one."
            She nodded again, then closed her eyes.
            "Tiff, I have one more question to ask before we go any further."  Opening her eyes, she gazed back at him inquiringly.  "Do you want me to use protection?"


An innocent in every sense of the word, Tiffany has wanted Kyle to make love to her for years.  In this case, however, size does matter and larger isn't necessarily better.


M/F, Sexy spankings in rural Connecticut.

If you're 18 or older, you can read the first three chapters at Arrested by Love
Buy the book directly from Blushing BooksAmazonBarnes & NobleARE

Thanks for visiting.  Now go visit the other authors participating in Book Hooks

Sunday, September 7, 2014

#SPeekSunday - 9/7/14 - A Dom's Dilemma - How a Dom builds trust #BDSM #D/s


He demanded her obedience, but what she wanted was his love.

It's Sneak Peek Sunday again and that means I get to share another 6 paragraphs from one of my books.  Yay!

My submission for this week is from my 4th book, A Dom's Dilemma, a BDSM/spanking novel that is sometimes playful, sometimes serious and sometimes terrifying, published by Blushing Books.  Kelly and Jim, the two main characters, were secondary characters in Arrested by Love.  Though this story stands on its own, if you read Arrested by Love, you'll most likely recognize some of the scenes, since we see a little bit of Kyle and Tiffany in this book, too.


In this excerpt, near the end of Chapter Five, Jim Evans and Kelly Franklin are together at "The Velvet Chains," a BDSM club where they met that evening.  Kelly is receiving some aftercare after a session of intensive medical play she did with Jim that seemed a lot more real than play.  Aftercare is an important part of the BDSM experience.  Both the Dom and the sub seek reassurance from the other.  Jim enjoys holding Kelly, and she likes being in his arms, so this is a quiet period of reflection and getting to know each other. Problem is, when Jim asks Kelly a question she really doesn't want to answer, her evasion serves as an admission she's lied to him.

Normally, a Dom would punish a sub for that infraction, but Jim has told Kelly he'll give her a onetime pass. Before they do anything else, however, he suggests they get to know each other a little better.  He begins by asking her some pertinent questions.  Kelly tells him her parents were killed in a 'break-in gone bad,.' and admits she was often chastised by the nuns.  However, when Jim asks what Kelly did once she left the orphanage, rather than answer she turns the tables by asking him how he learned so much about giving medical examinations and why he insisted upon using restraints on her.  He gives her a little bit of his history then admits he uses restraints to build trust.  To illustrate his point, he says, "A sub who's restrained during a medical procedure is very vulnerable.  Wouldn't you say?".


            "Yes, Sir."
            "So, for her to let me do what I want, knowin' she might find it uncomfortable and embarassin', takes a certain amount of trust, right?"  Kelly knew from experience that it did, so she agreed.  "That trust is precious, Kelly.  It's somethin' I would never abuse, but it is somethin' I have to build toward pretty quick if the two of us wanna start doin' some of the things I like.
            "I suspect if I told you I needed to give you another enema, you wouldn't be happy about it, but the notion wouldn't send you into a fit of hysterics, either.  Would it?"
            Admittedly, no, she wouldn't be happy.  However, when she considered how carefully he'd treated her, Kelly suspected he'd be able to convince her to submit, so she shook her head.  "No, Sir."
            "No, you'd most likely agree without too much fuss.  And if I said I wanted to have anal sex, you might be a little fearful of the act, but not of me directly.  You'd trust me, even if you were uneasy about doin' what I wanted.  Right?"
            Though that one wasn't quite so easy for Kelly to agree to, she did it to save an argument.  "Yes, Sir."


Kelly knows she makes a lousy sub.  She has a temper and a mouth that constantly get her into trouble, but she sees something in Jim that makes her want more of the type of mastering only he could give her.


M/F, Kinky happenings in rural Connecticut.

A Dom's Dilemma is available for sale at Blushing Books in a variety of formats.  If you'd like to read more, I've provided a 3 chapter preview on my web site's Spanking Romance page.

Available as an eBook or in paperback!

Purchase the book directly from Blushing BooksAmazonARE

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed this brief excerpt and want more. Please click the link below to continue your hop Sneak Peek Sunday Wishing you a wonderful journey.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

#SatSpanks - 9/6/14 - Acting Lessons - Discussing Expectations #DD #SpankingRomance


Peter loved Kate with all his being, but that didn't mean he'd tolerate an ultimatum from her.

Reading this material at Work could get you spanked.

Welcome to the Saturday Spankings blog hop.  My stories are all M/f with the dominant male determined to protect the woman he cares for and loves, or grows to love, by doing whatever it takes to ensure her safety and continued health.  This includes administering a spanking when she needs one.  

My submission for this week is from my third spanking romance titled, Acting Lessons
He was a strict and demanding college professor turned professional director who excelled at giving acting lessons.  She was his shy and uncertain former student who became a professional actress under his tutelage.  They fell in love, married, and won two Tony Awards before tragedy struck and a simple kiss ripped them apart.

After a six month separation, Peter Thorton decides to take matters into his own hands by making his famous wife, Kate, an offer she wouldn't refuse.  Plainly put, he wants her back and he intends to do whatever is necessary to achieve his goal, even if it means giving his stubborn, willful leading lady a daily reminder over his knee that she promised to obey him.


Setup: After injuring her knee and spending a few hours in the hospital, Kate ends up sleeping in Peter's bed.  He's taken very good care of her and she's torn between allowing him to continue leading the dance they've started, or leaving before she gets hurt again.  Her heart is still bruised and tender and she's not entirely sure she trusts her ex-husband not to hurt her again.  Though he's warned her to call him before she gets out of bed, Kate decides she needs to be less dependent on him, and more self-reliant.  However, she didn't expect to get caught, either.  Unfortunately, she did, and when Peter threatens to give her a refresher course on his internal phone system, Kate suspects she's dipped into hotter water than she realized as she does her best to calm Peter down.



            Kate wrinkled her nose, but didn't stop the slow movement of her fingers as she sneaked another peek at Peter's stern features.  It was sort of like petting a wild animal when you weren't sure if it was going to lick or bite.  However, right now she knew enough not to challenge or antagonize the beast.  So, she lowered her gaze to the floor in a gesture of submission and softly murmured, "Yes, sir."  The moment she said those two words, she felt the tension in his shoulders ease, then his fingers began subtly stroking her tense buttocks and back.
            "How are you feeling?" he asked after a few moments had passed.
            "Fine," she answered, not about to admit she felt dizzy and achy.  "I do still need to go to the toilet, however."
            With a nod, he swept her into his arms and carried her into the bathroom.  "I made an appointment with Dr. Purcell for two o'clock this afternoon," he stated, carefully setting her down on the lushly carpeted floor.  "That gives us about four hours to discuss our expectations of each other."  Another knock sounded at the bedroom door.
            "That's probably your breakfast.  I'll get it."


Once again, Kate is not in an enviable position, and she knows better than to pull the lion's tail when it's growling a warning.
M/F, DD and a staged production of Kiss Me, Kate.

If you're 18 or older, you can read the first three chapters at Acting Lessons

Buy the book directly from Blushing BooksAmazonAmazon UK

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you enjoyed this brief excerpt and want more. Please click on one of the author's names below, or visit The Saturday Spankings Blog to continue your journey.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Guest Post - Richard Brawer discusses "Love's Sweet Sorrow" #RomanticSuspense #MFRWAuthor

What do a pacifist Quaker woman and a military weapons manufacturer find they have in common?  Richard Brawer is here to discuss that and more as he tells us about his new book, Love's Sweet Sorrow, so give him a warm welcome.

What inspired you to write your first book? 
Becoming an author was the last thing I thought I would ever do. I did poorly in English in college, especially in creative writing classes. However, my first job after college was in New York City. I commuted by train. I read newspapers in the morning and to pass the time at night I read mysteries.

Then one day I read a horrendous article in the newspaper about a father in Boston whose child was born with brain damage and he refused to take him home from the hospital.  He thought he could return the child like a damaged piece of merchandise he bought in a store. The nurses were outraged and their disgust was quoted in the article.  The article never said what happened to the baby. That’s when my imagination took over, and I asked myself, Was it murdered? Was it secretly switched in the hospital for a healthy baby?

With mysteries being my favorite genre to read I took those thoughts and began making notes.  The notes turned into paragraphs and the paragraphs into chapters.  “Secrets Can Be Deadly” was born in 1994. After that I was hooked on writing.

How long did you write before you were published? 
Being a complete novice, I did the usual things most new writers do, for months I sent out query letters to agents and received a stack of rejection letters. Lamenting my woes to a friend, he told me about a publisher in a town near mine that specialized in publishing books about nurses. Since a nurse played a prominent role in this book, I dropped in cold to their office. Two weeks later they said they wanted to publish my book. Wow! (Unfortunately the publisher of this book has passed away and the company has closed.)

Can you share a little of your current work with us?
Love’s Sweet Sorrow is a romantic suspense novel. This is the book jacket: It is said opposites attract. There can’t be two people more opposite than Ariel and Jason. Ariel is a traditional Quaker with an absolute aversion to war. Jason is the lead council for America's largest weapons manufacturer.

Their budding romance is thrown into turmoil when Jason uncovers evidence linking his employer to international arms deals that could devastate America. His determination to stop the treason puts Ariel in the middle of dangerous territory.

As the chases to retrieve the evidence intensify Ariel is forced to kill to save Jason’s life. She withdraws into a battle raging inside her, unable to reconcile whom she has been to whom she has become. Delving deeply into hers and Jason’s long-held opposing convictions she questions whether they are truly meant to be together.

Who or what inspired your main characters? What were the challenges you faced (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing Love’s Sweet Sorrow to life? 
Love’s Sweet Sorrow started as a strictly suspense novel with a different title.

All my books have a strong female character who is more than someone the protagonist has sex with. She has to challenge him to try and make him a better person.

I was having trouble creating the female character so I put the book aside and went to explore one of my favorite pastimes, local history. Shrewsbury, NJ, a town twenty minutes north of mine, was having an Octoberfest. One section of the town is on the National Historical Register.

In the historic district was a Society of Friends (commonly known as Quakers) meeting founded in the 1660s. The festival was Saturday and the Friends were giving a tour of their meeting house.

As I listened to the guide explain the Quaker religion it hit me, why not make my female character a Quaker. What could be more opposite and create more conflicts between the two major characters than have one working in the military weapons business and his love interest a pacifist.

Ariel is a traditional Quaker with an absolute aversion to war and killing. She is an idealist who finds some good in even the worst person. She believes in truth, honesty and whatever happens in the world is God’s will.

Jason is a cynic who believes that if this crazy world should blow itself up and only two people remain, when they cross paths one would throw a rock at the other.

The biggest challenge was to write about the Quaker religion without preaching and the book being labeled a book only for Christian readers. I did that in dialogue and the kidnappings and harrowing chase scenes where the characters different philosophies continually clash.

For example when Jason and Ariel are locked in a basement and he asks her to help him build a weapon from items laying around she refuses. Until this point their relationship was working despite their differing philosophies.

To paraphrase some dialogue this is their first verbal blowup:

“If I am not successful in making this weapon, we are going to die.”

“If that is God’s will.”

He jumped up. “God’s will! That’s the excuse you Quakers use to let someone else do your fighting for you.”

“I didn’t expect to hear that from you. I thought you were different.”

It was the first time he ever saw her angry. He hadn’t meant what he said and wanted to suck it back into his mouth the instant it came out, but he was so frustrated with her because she wouldn’t help him. “I’m sorry.”

“No you’re not. You said what you thought.”

He started to reply.

She raised her hand to silence him. “You malign me because I am true to my beliefs and the testimonies of my forbearers. In every war this country fought Friends have been branded traitors and cowards because we held fast to our beliefs that war and fighting and killing are against God’s will. Yet we were there on the front lines, unprotected, helping the wounded and those that suffered because of war.


 How did you come up with your title? Who designed the cover?
The book was originally titled The Bishop Committee because the leader of the conspiracy was named Maurice Bishop. Once the novel became a romantic suspense novel that title no longer described the story. I needed a title that would reflect the conflicted characters.

I had watched a few of the Hallmark Channel “Love” movies with my wife. I went to google and searched all those titles. Naturally I did not want to use any of them because they were already books that had been adopted for TV. But the titles gave me ideas. I worked on it with the publisher tossing around a few titles, Blessed Love, Love’s Enduring Courage, and Love’s Sweet Sorrow.

We chose Love’s Sweet Sorrow because it best portrayed the characters’ love in turmoil.

After we came up with the title, I checked Amazon to make sure there was no book with that title.

The cover was easy. Ariel in tears because she was distraught at losing her faith. The cover was designed by the publisher.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Rewriting to please editors and publishers.

Here are a couple of examples that I faced. I received two requests from publishers to publish Love’s Sweet Sorrow. One publisher sent me a list of things she wanted changed in the book. I thought it ruined the story and explained that to her why. She wouldn’t listen so I declined her contract.

The second publisher, Vinspire Publishing, was concerned with a sex scene and said they don’t publish explicit sex scenes. That was not a problem. Turning it to implied sex didn’t affect the novel.

Then the book went to the editor. After the implied sex I put in Ariel’s feelings in Ariel’s point of view. The book is mainly in Jason’s point of view but in a few places I had switched to Ariel’s. The editor said in this case I didn’t need Ariel’s POV. I told her, she was a virgin. How can she have sex for the first time and not express how she feels?

The only comment from the editor, “Oh, yes. Of course.”

In conclusion, the first thing you have to remember when someone requests a rewrite is that it’s your story. You have to examine the criticisms. If they don’t make sense you have to say no. If the editor and you disagree then you have two choices, make the changes or don’t sign.

What sort of research did you do for your book?
The tour of the Quaker meeting house was interesting and they handed out brochures to visitors. But there was not enough depth in them to create my character. The internet was not really helpful in giving me insight into the Quaker philosophy so I went to the library and read non-fiction books on how the Society of Friends came to their convictions. One book that was especially helpful was A Procession of Friends, Quakers in America, by Daisy Newman. It gave historical prospective into the creation of the Society of Friends.

Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I had my protagonist living in Nevada until he was twelve. His best friend was a Paiute native American. I researched the Paiutes and learned about the Ghost Dance the native Americans developed to chase away the “white man.” I put a small piece of it in the book. To make it fit I related it to Ariel’s faith. I think readers will find it interesting.

What genres do you write besides suspense and mystery novels?
In 2004 I wrote an historical fiction novel titled Silk Legacy. In 2010 I also wrote The Nano Experiment, a novel with a black female protagonist. I am a male white man so this was a bit challenging. However it turned out to be my most widely read novel with 71 reviews on Amazon with a 4+ average.

Do you have any advice for other writers?
Creating characters and scenes: The first thing I think about when creating characters and scenes is conflict. Characters in conflict and how they resolve their conflicts keep the readers turning the pages. So when creating a scene I ask what will be the conflict of the scene’s feature character.

For example, this is what one reader said about Love’s Sweet Sorrow: “I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to see if they were able to resolve their differences or if they would split up.”

Conversely, this is what can happen if your characters are not conflicted: My wife was having a weekly Mah Jongg game at our house. I overheard the ladies talking about a book. One said the characters bored me so I stopped reading after 100 pages.

Conflicts don’t have to be knock-down drag-out fights. They can be scolding, bickering, differences of opinion, veiled threats, hurt feelings, sarcasm, warnings, inner torment, silently question a person’s veracity, loyalty, truthfulness. Conversations can start out congenially and up in confrontations. I have many of these in Love’s Sweet Sorrow.

Once you begin your writing try to find a critique group that will give you honest feedback on character development, dialogue, voice, plot, conflict and setting.  But don’t automatically take anyone’s critique as gospel.  Refer to what I said about, it’s your story.  Analyze the critiques to see if they have merit.  Say you have a six person group.  If one person criticizes something then it may or may not be valid.  But if three or four in the group say the same thing about a segment then you should take it under serious consideration.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
If you are thinking about becoming a writer you can read books about writing, but I think the best thing you can do is read books by major authors. Once you have decided you want to write, you will analyze how the authors create characters, scenes and conflicts.


What readers have said about Love’s Sweet Sorrow:

“Excellent writing, impeccable plotting, and nicely developed characters. Shoshana Hathaway

“Your writing is very strong, and you have developed a gripping story.” The Writer’s Edge

“The characters and the plot were both extremely well-crafted.” S. Lynn

Read the full reviews at Richard’s website: www.silklegacy.com or on Amazon.

Published by Vinspire Publishing. www.vinspirepublishing.comLove’s Sweet Sorrow is available in a trade paperback and e-book wherever books are sold and can be ordered by title or ISBN: 978-0-9890632-7-2

E-book: $2.99 
Trade Paperback: $11.99

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Richard Brawer writes mystery, suspense and historical fiction novels. When not writing, he spends his time sailing and exploring local history.  He has two married daughters and lives in New Jersey with his wife.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

#MFRWHooks - 9/3/14 - A Simple Misunderstanding - Jerry needs to keep calm - #DD #MFRWAuthor


It's Book Hooks Wednesday!  Yay!  And I'm sharing another excerpt from my new spanking romance in the Corbin's Bend series, A Simple Misunderstanding.

He came to her rescue when she needed him most, almost to lose her when she disobeyed him.


In this scene, which occurs near the beginning of Chapter Six, Eleanor Benson (Elly) is asleep in intensive care, recovering from surgery after she's been attacked by her husband.  Seated beside her is Gerald Douglas (Jerry) who feels responsible for Elly's condition.  He suspected she would get in trouble if her husband discovered her unapproved absence, and even called to remind her she should come to him if Arthur discovered her disobedience.  However, rather than show up at her home, as his conscience urged, Jerry honored her request to stay away, and now she suffered because of it.


Lost in thought, Jerry occupied a physician’s rolling chair next to Elly’s bed in the ICU and watched her sleep. Her unit was separated from the others in intensive care by small partitions, which gave the patients a sense of privacy without hindering the nurse’s movements from one patient to the next.
Elly looked so vulnerable and frail with tubes running in and out of her. So fragile. He wanted nothing more than to protect her, but a part of him was furious with her for not coming to him as he’d asked. He could have prevented this from happening, but she was too proud. Too insistent she and Arthur were fine, and everything that happened between them was the result of a simple misunderstanding. A part of him swore if she ever tried to say those words to him again, he’d turn her over his knee and spank the truth out of her.

 

Jerry is determined Elly will never be hurt by her husband again, but that means he first needs her to admit she has a problem.



M/F Domestic Discipline in Colorado.

Blurb:

Though Arthur and Eleanor Benson have been practicing domestic discipline for three months since their wedding, he insists moving to Corbin's Bend, where domestic discipline is the norm rather than the exception, will revitalize their marriage. Elly has doubts, but since Arthur is the undisputed head of their household, they move. However, once Arthur becomes immersed in a community where spanking is not only permitted, but encouraged, his personality undergoes a dramatic change. Accusing his submissive wife of being lazy, disorganized and disobedient, he employs creative methods of pain and humiliation to mold Elly from the imperfect woman he married into the perfect woman he desires. And Elly finds herself a virtual prisoner in her own home, accountable only to the man who rules her life with a cane.

In his years as a vet, Jerry Douglas has seen what abuse does to animals, and he recognizes those same signs in Elly Benson during her daily escape to the dog park with her tiny poodle. Jerry steadfastly supports the tenets of domestic discipline and enjoys the freedom Corbin's Bend offers its residents, but he remains fiercely protective of anyone in need of a champion. And when he witnesses evidence of harsh handling, his instinct is to rush in and rescue. Problem is Elly Benson is a married and consenting adult who insists all her bruises and welts are nothing more than a simple misunderstanding between her and her husband, until the day Arthur Benson takes his authority and discipline one-step too far, endangering Elly's life.


How can you say "no" to this face?
A Simple Misunderstanding is available at the following locations.

I also have a page on my web site where I am offering a sample of the first three chapters. If you're interested, visit either the Spanking Romance or A Simple Misunderstanding page in the Over 18 section of my website.

A Simple Misunderstanding is currently the only full novel (vs. novella) in the Corbin's Bend line up, and it's receiving some excellent reviews on the Blushing site.

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