Saturday, August 20, 2016

#SatSpanks - 8/20/16 - Past Interference - Showing is better than talking #DD #CorbinsBend


Sometimes you have to break the rules to get what you need.

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 an excerpt from my new spanking novella in the Corbin's Bend series, Past Interferencethe sequel to A Simple Misunderstanding.  It used to be available only as part of the Love in the Rockies anthology, but is now being sold as a single release.



In this scene, which occurs in Chapter Six, Eleanor Benson (Elly) has made more than a few mistakes, one of which results in her throat being injured when she experiences another run in with her ex-husband.  Having been cleared by the doctor to talk, Elly hesitates to talk through her issues with Jerry. Rather than push her he says he'll go back to work, but she knows it won't get any easier with time, so she calls him back saying postponing their discussion will only make her more nervous than she already was. So, Jerry offers to call into work then get them both a couple of drinks so they can talk undisturbed.


Given Colorado’s climate in February, Elly grew easily chilled, so Jerry fixed her a mug of Earl Grey tea and poured himself a cup of coffee, then sat beside her.
“Marcus said tea and honey would help soothe your throat.”
“Is that what you talked about? My throat?” she asked, bringing the steaming, aromatic fluid up to her nose and inhaling the unique citrusy fragrance deeply.
“We discussed the ways I could make you more comfortable. I wanted his take on your fear and what I could do to assuage it.”
She jerked her head up to stare at him. “You told him I asked to remove the word ‘obey’ from my wedding vows?”
Sitting back, he took a swallow of his coffee. “Not exactly. I mentioned how the changes that occurred in Arthur after you’d married him had left you uneasy and uncertain about marrying me, and asked if he had any recommendations.”
“What did he say?”
“That showing was better than talking.”

 

Aware that Jerry and Marcus were friends, Elly is still uneasy over the fact that Jerry discussed her issues with the doctor treating her.




M/F Domestic Discipline in Colorado.

Blurb:

Valentine's Day in Corbin's Bend.  As Elly Benson readies herself for her second wedding, the doubts and misgivings of any new bride-to-be are exacerbated by the abuse she suffered during her first marriage.


Though she's lived with Jerry Douglas for four months now, and been subject to his discipline more than once, Elly's first husband had been kind and careful with her, too, until the day she vowed to love, honor and obey him.  The lessons she's learned from the past make her doubt she can ever find happiness in the future.


Past Interference is available at the following locations.
I also have a page on my web site where I am offering a sample of the first two chapters. If you're interested, visit either the Spanking Romance or Past Interference page in the Over 18 section of my website.

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.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

#6BestHop - 8/14/16 - A Dom's Dilemma - Kelly reluctantly submits #BDSM #MedicalPlay


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

It's the last day of January and Sunday's Six of the Best again. 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, which eventually lead to the topic of trust.  When Kelly admits that she probably trusts him more not to hurt her than anyone else, he's pleased, but remains cautious.  He informs her, in no uncertain terms, that he can be a controlling SOB who expects a lot, but he gives back in return.  If she chooses to remain as his sub, he'll expect her to be open and honest with about everything in her life. Even those things she might not want to share, but for the moment he's content to simply know more about her life until she admits she's still sore. Jim promptly takes her to task for not telling him earlier.


             He doubted her face could have looked more dismayed.  "Would I have to go back to the medical station, Sir?" she asked, her voice soft and uncertain even as her nose wrinkled with obvious distaste.  He gave the offending member a firm tap.
            "You have to do whatever I say.  It's as simple as that, sub."
            "Yes, Sir," she replied, laying her head against his chest and watching him warily.
            "Better."  He gave her an approving nod.  "Now, as it happens, I think I've got everything I'll need in my pocket already.  The lighting here is far from ideal, but if you want to risk it, I can examine you through feel and reaction.  Fair warnin' though, doin' that will probably make my inspection more painful."
            "May I stay seated on your lap and keep my blanket on, Sir?"
            Jim started to shake his head, then reconsidered.  "You goin' shy on me, Kelly girl?"


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, except she's not sure she can give him all the honesty he expects in return.


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!

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

#SatSpanks - 8/13/16 - Acting Lessons - Peter makes a stand #KissMeKate #DD


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. Though Peter is not above teaching Kate a lesson, he chooses instead to carry her over to the breakfast table that Consuelo set up in their bedroom. Consuelo has fixed one of Kate's favorites and she is audibly showing her appreciation. Peter waits until she's had her fill before he addresses Kate's disobedience the day before by asking her why she won't simply admit she'd been jealous. Kate admits that she may have acted out on purpose, but that doesn't mean she wants him to punish her for it. Peter disagrees saying her actions were a deliberate challenge, and if he ignored that he'd be doing them both a disservice.



            "Can't I just say I'm sorry I reacted the way I did, and leave it at that?"
            "No, Katie girl.  Because I'm making a stand, and if I don't carry through you won't believe my warnings next time."
            "I will.  Really.  It's just…"
            "Just what, Katie?"
            Sighing, she took a step closer.  "It's just…I don't like getting spanked."
            One eyebrow arched in disbelief.  "I believe that is the whole point of this exercise.  I wouldn't be doing this as a punishment if you enjoyed it.  However, there is an easy fix for that, isn't there?  You can stop behaving in a manner that requires me to prove how far I will go to protect you while demonstrating beyond a doubt just how deeply I love you."


Even Kate realizes what she did was wrong, but admitting her jealously only brings back bad memories.
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

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

#MFRWHooks - 8/10/16 - Lessons in Love - Facing consequences #OfficeRomance #DD


She needed a job, he needed a personal assistant. What could go wrong?

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 submission for this week's Book Hooks is from my 8th novel, Lessons in Love.


Pam Weston didn't have many choices as far as employment went. Her prison sentence saw to that. With limited secretarial skills, and an even more limited budget, she never considered herself executive material. So, when she was ordered to report to the CEO of her company as his new personal assistant, she fully expected to be checking out the "Help Wanted" section of the paper before the day was over.

Robert Peterson knew his management style was not HR approved, but he believed in using the stick as well as the carrot. Employing the tenets of domestic discipline, he helped mold his personal assistants into confident women who recognized their own self-worth. Even so, his unorthodox methods were only one of the reasons many considered the position of his assistant to be a revolving door. To Rob's mind, Pamela Weston was perfect for his purposes, though given her past he expected convincing her to agree to his program would be a challenge.


In this scene, which occurs in chapter eight, Robert Peterson is treating his new executive assistant, Pam Weston, to dinner at his exclusive club where he escorts her to a private dining room so she can ask her questions. However, when Pam refuses to sit down, Rob stands. The moment he does, Pam sits and picks up her menu saying she's not sure what she's going order. Rob steps over and asks her to take his hand. When she finally obeys, he holds her close and assures her she's safe. Once she's calm, he continues with his agenda.


"I've given you seven rules that are punishable if broken. Can you tell me what they are?"
A chill ran down Pam's spine, which his warm hands immediately traced. "I'm not sure I like the direction this conversation is taking."
"I’m sure you don’t, but I want you to repeat them anyway."
He ticked each rule off on his fingers as she relayed them. "Be respectful at all times. Never lie. Don't hesitate to obey you. Don't bite my nails. Get enough rest. Don't skip meals. Don't touch my backside after a punishment unless you give me permission."
He gave a nod. "Good. Next, tell me how many of those you broke today."
Now, she really didn't like the direction this conversation was taking. "No."
One eyebrow raised as his hold grew more confining. "Excuse me."
"I don't want to."
"I don't recall asking what you wanted, Miss Weston. What makes you think ‘no’ is an appropriate answer?"
"I can still refuse to participate, can't I?"
"You can, but there are consequences for that as well. What do you suppose they are?"
She closed her eyes and rested her forehead against his chest. "You'll relocate me."
"Correct. Is that what you want?"
"No, sir."
"Then answer my question, please."


Rob knows Pam is nervous, and took her to his club so she could ask him questions with far more privacy than a restaurant would offer. Unfortunately, the ambiance of his club is making her very uncomfortable.


Lessons in Love (click to read first chapter)

M/F, DD on the executive floor.

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

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#WIPitUP - 8/10/16 - Past Interference - Elly is cranky #DD #CorbinsBend


WIP: Work in progress.  WIP it up Wednesday is a hop where writers share portions of the project they're working on with readers.  I really like the idea because it allows me to share something that's still in the creative stage as well as work behind the scenes as a prompt to keep me writing.

My current WIP is temporarily stalled, so today, I'm sharing an excerpt from my spanking novella in the Corbin's Bend series, Past Interference. Written as a sequel to A Simple Misunderstanding, Past Interference was originally part of the Corbin's Bend Valentine's Day collection "Love in the Rockies," but is now being sold separately.

What she needed was the opposite of what she wanted.


In this scene, which occurs near the beginning of Chapter Four, Eleanor Benson (Elly) is home from the hospital after nearly being choked to death by her ex-husband. Her throat is bruised, so she's forbidden to speak until her doctor gives the okay. However, letting a call from your best friend go to voice mail when you're bored out of your mind is criminal. Isn't it?  Unfortunately, when Jerry catches her talking, he makes it clear he doesn't agree. Since Elly was just released from the hospital, Jerry escorts her into the guest bedroom, places a chair in the corner and orders her to sit down and put her nose to the wall, giving her fifteen minutes corner time. Suggesting she think about what she did that earned this punishment, he informs her she'll be doing lines later to drive the point home. After corner time comes "the discussion."


“Okay.” Jerry’s warm hands settled on her shoulder. “You may straighten.” He helped position her against the chair back, but the resulting groan from her shift in posture earned her no sympathy whatsoever. It did gain her a Poodle on her thighs and a partial back rub, however, after he’d handed over her board and marker.
“What did you learn?” he asked, giving the board a tap before his strong fingers traversed along her aching spine.
Not to piss you off,” Elly wrote back.
His stroking stilled. “Attitude can earn you a trip over my knee as easily as disobedience, you know?”
Erase. “Sorry. Feeling cranky.
“Okay. Up.”
Lifting Muffin under one arm, Elly obeyed without comment, but when Jerry moved the chair closer to the center of the room and took her place, she winced. “Put Muffin down, and come here,” he ordered, patting his knee.
When she gave him a pleading look, he shook his head. “Sit.”
Grateful for another reprieve, she placed Muffin on the bed, gave her the signal to stay, then gingerly moved into position on his lap and curled up so her head rested beneath his chin. Admittedly, it was one of her favorite positions.

 

Knowing she's been caught disregarding doctor's orders and disobeying Jerry causes a sick feeling to roil in the pit of Elly's stomach, but she also doesn't feel what she did was all that egregious. Not really.



M/F Domestic Discipline in Colorado.

Blurb:

Valentine's Day in Corbin's Bend.  As Elly Benson readies herself for her second wedding, the doubts and misgivings of any new bride-to-be are exacerbated by the abuse she suffered during her first marriage.

Though she's lived with Jerry Douglas for four months now, and been subject to his discipline more than once, Elly's first husband had been kind and careful with her, too, until the day she vowed to love, honor and obey him.  The lessons she's learned from the past make her doubt she can ever find happiness in the future.

Muffin

Past Interference is available at the following locations.


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

Hope you enjoyed the excerpt(s).  Thanks for visiting.  Now go visit the other authors and see what they're sharing by either clicking one of the links below, or visiting WIP it up Wednesday.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

#SatSpanks - 7/30/16 - Lessons in Love - Negotiation and compromise #OfficeRomance #DD


She needed a job, he needed a personal assistant. It seemed like a match made in heaven until he laid out the rules he expected her to follow.

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 selection from my sixth spanking book, Lessons in Love.


"Lessons in Love" centers around a wealthy business owner who believes in helping his executive admins using politically incorrect, H.R.unapproved, and therefore clandestine, Domestic Discipline techniques.  Since DD isn't for everyone, he does tend to go through admins rather frequently.  However, he also makes sure if they choose not to work for him because of his unorthodox management style, that they are given another suitable position in his company if they wish to stay, or a handsome severance package if they choose to leave.

In her discussion meeting with Mr. Peterson, Pam lets it slip that Krista talked to her about Peterson's previous assistant.  His lips set in a firm line, Mr. Peterson promptly calls Krista into his office. When Pam immediately leaps to her friend's defense, her boss pulls a thin paddle from his desk's top drawer. This time Krista is the one to protest as she demands to know if Pam consented to follow Peterson's program. Terrified Krista will be fired for her slip, Pam she blurts out that she'll agree to Mr. Peterson's discipline. With a nod, he sends Krista home for the rest of the day and orders Pam to stand in the corner. After a few minutes, he asks her to tell him why she's being punished. She knows why. She'd been disrespectful by cutting him off and continuing to state her case even after he cautioned her to be silent.



"Do you think I'm being cruel or unreasonable by insisting on this?"
"No, sir. Though I never expected you to use a paddle."
"Do you wish to object to the paddle?"
Surprised, she glanced at him. "Is that allowed?"
"Not always, but I will allow it this time."
"I would prefer you only use your hand, sir."
"Exception noted."
His expression was grim and resolute but not unkind as he extended a hand to her. "Perhaps it's best we get this over with. I sense this aspect still upsets you, so once you gain a better understanding of what to expect, you won't continue to be plagued by doubts over the unknown."


Pam Weston has worked in Robert Peterson's company for nearly six months as a temp when she is reassigned to the President's office.  She has caught glimpses of Mr. Peterson when she temped on the executive floor, but she never expected she'd be summoned to work for him.  Pam has a criminal record and a murky past, which has made her practically unemployable, and yet now H.R. has assigned her to work for the president of their company, and after her first day she suspects working for Mr. Peterson will be a very different experience.



Blurb:

Pam Weston didn't have many choices as far as employment went. Her prison sentence saw to that. With limited secretarial skills, and an even more limited budget, she never considered herself executive material. So, when she was ordered to report to the CEO of her company as his new personal assistant, she fully expected to be checking out the "Help Wanted" section of the paper before the day was over.

Robert Peterson knew his management style was not HR approved, but he believed in using the stick as well as the carrot. Employing the tenets of domestic discipline, he helped mold his personal assistants into confident women who recognized their own self-worth. Even so, his unorthodox methods were only one of the reasons many considered the position of his assistant to be a revolving door. To Rob's mind, Pamela Weston was perfect for his purposes, though given her past he expected convincing her would be a challenge.


Lessons in Love (click to read first chapter)


M/F, DD on the executive floor.

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


Buy the book directly from Blushing Books,  Amazon, or Barnes & Noble

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, July 21, 2016

Guest Post - 7/21/16 - "Dominus: God of Yule" by J. Rose Allister #RomanticFantasy #MFRWAuthor

Today, I've got J. Rose Allister over for an interview discussing her writing process along with giving us an excerpt from her new release "Dominus: God of Yule."

How long did you write before you were published?
When the fiction bug bit me back around 2001, it was no fairy tale. I didn’t plunge into a novel and come out with a book contract soon after. In fact, I never dreamed I’d be able to write a whole full-length story. I’d been so entrenched in non-fiction writing (articles and humor essays) that I had to learn how to make the switch. I read everything I could get my hands on about crafting fiction, did months of writing exercises, workshops, etc. before anything else. My earliest stories were never published, but I kept trying. I got my first acceptance in 2003 by a small magazine, then I won a story contest in 2004. By then, I had a plot idea that kept growing until I realized I had a novel on my hands. It took me two years to finish that first book, then another eight months to shop it around before a publisher picked it up. Visions, written under my first pen name, came out the following year in 2007.

So the short answer is that I spent almost two years writing fiction before seeing my first story in print, but almost six years before I held a novel in my hands.

What were the challenges you faced (research, literary, psychological, and logistical) in bringing your latest book to life?
Honestly, the biggest challenge in writing Dominus: God of Yule was that it was the first book I wrote after an unplanned two-year writing hiatus. I’d shelved another book, the last in a werewolf series, when I started battling the inexplicable (at first) writer’s block, so it was my first natural choice when I went back to writing. I wasn’t ready to do that finale justice, however, so I needed something different. Sons of Herne was nothing more than a vague series concept sitting in a slush file of random writing ideas, and when I was browsing for inspiration, I saw it and jumped. Writing about nature, honoring ritual/routine, and personal power was right where I was at, so I tasked myself with the challenge of writing a year-long novella series, releasing one book for each of the eight sabbats.
I won’t say it was a simple matter, rolling with Dominus: God of Yule after two years. The writing began slowly, awkwardly, with me only writing a few hours per week. But the tale started coming together, and much like a reader who keeps turning pages, I had to write faster in order to find out more about the characters and learn what was coming next. The writing flow kicked in again, and that book marked the official end to the “writer’s block”.

What or who inspired your main characters?
The Sons of Herne series came about as a result of thinking to myself that it would be intriguing to learn more about the pagan sabbats. For me, there is no greater avenue of learning than through writing, so creating stories based on old celebrations brought the rituals and symbolism to life. Many of the sources I sought out for research focused on goddess-centered practices, and one of the books acknowledges Brighid, goddess of the Imbolc sabbat. In the long run, however, I wanted to focus on male aspects of pagan symbolism, horns and hunters, fertility gods and reapers of harvest. So the series revolves around fictional sons of the pagan god Herne, who embodies many aspects of male deity.

Are you a plotter or a pantser?
Yes! I am both plotter and pantser, sometimes identifying more with one or the other. I went through a phase where pantsing was all I wanted to do, challenging myself by starting with a vague concept and launching into Chapter One. For the second book in my Immortal Paradise series, I announced a contest asking readers to come up with the hero’s line of work and why he goes to the island setting the series was based on. The winning entry was written into the book during NaNoWriMo. I’ll have to say, Tropical Heat was great fun, with the winner’s suggestion of a private eye coming to the paranormal island to investigate a cheating husband. Since then, however, I’ve found it much easier for me to work off a story outline, and for this I find Scrivener’s corkboard feature indispensable. I create virtual index cards, each with a quick blurb summarizing the high points of a scene and what needs to happen to move between one and the next, and I arrange them on the corkboard. This is not to say I don’t ever go off script, as sometimes a story takes a much more intriguing direction than originally planned. But I do like having a general idea of where the story is trying to go.

When do you write, morning or night?
I used to be a devout midnight oil burner for writing, sometimes pounding keys until first morning light. Nowadays, I prefer mornings. I set my alarm clock seven days per week, rising well before the rest of the household to write, edit, and do writing “biz” stuff. Although admittedly, I’ve been known to shut that alarm off a couple times per week and catch an extra half hour of zzz’s.

What are you currently reading?
I’m never only reading just one book, much like I’m typically writing multiple books at the same time. I’m notorious for reading across the spectrum, everything from Jane Austen to Stephen King to sci-fi, but the in-progress books on my Kindle all happen to be erotic romance at the moment. I’m reading Dirty Sexy Saint by Carly Phillips, Claimed by Evangeline Anderson, and the Downfall boxed set by Colleen Charles.

What inspired you to write your first book?
My first novel was inspired by a dream! I’d had this dream about a man (who may or may not have been a major celebrity heartthrob, ahem) who bumped into a strange woman and suddenly inherited her psychic powers. There was a sense of drama about it, a dream knowledge that these visions would cause trouble for his public persona, but would ultimately turn a movie star into a real-life hero. That became the basis for Visions.

How did you come up with your title?
Well, there’s the title I first came up with, and the title that ultimately became a stronger choice to convey the theme of the story. The book was initially “soft released” under the title Season of Light, the title referencing the Yule light released during the plot. When getting feedback on that soft release, it was pointed out that the Sons of Herne books are ultimately stories about gods, not the sabbats, and that the titles should reflect this. So Season of Light became Dominus: God of Yule, and the series covers were changed to showcase the strong, sexy gods who find love despite stubborn flaws, sacred duty, and outside influences.

Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I just finished Mrs. Dumont by Alessandra Torre, which was smoking hot awesomeness. Couldn’t put it down. She’s got something like eleven books out, most are bestsellers, all within the past few years. She’s a breakout hit for contemporary erotic romance, and I can see why. Hot sex, complex characters, and plots that pile on the complications. I recommend grabbing one of her titles ASAP!

What are your current projects?
The sixth Sons of Herne book, Feillor: God of Lammas, released this month, and two more are coming to wrap up the series. Plus I’ve got a ninth planned that will become an exclusive. Aside from Sons of Herne, I’m working on another series involving hot, naughty gods! This one is a three-book urban fantasy/BDSM called Bound to Her Master. Maddie is pregnant and on the run when she stumbles into a strange realm where seductive gods practice ancient traditions of sexual dominance. Her best chance of getting by involves posing as the slave of Lord Stepanyan, a ruling class god in the midst of his own troubles. Their “arrangement” will not only threaten his rise to rulership over the high seat, but could jeopardize Maddie’s safety should the true nature of their relationship be discovered.

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would certainly have used the current title and cover art from the beginning! And as I’ve continued on in writing the series, seeing how the arc has unfolded, I would have loved to expand Dominus’s story into a full-length novel rather than a novella, elaborate more on the budding romance and the issues surrounding his choices and his influence on Lorayna. Who knows? This would be fun to write up and offer as bonus content.

Thanks for stopping by J. Rose. Now on to Dominus, and check out the giveaway being offered below.


Excerpt:

            Dominus thought of his last visit to Lorayna, how he had stood at her bedside, whispering ancient secrets while her hair spilled across her pillow and her round curves beckoned. His male need flared into a sharp ache at her beauty, and how he longed to plunge his fingers through that silken hair, run his tongue over every sultry dip and swell on her body. He never touched her. He could not. He had stayed overlong on that visit, for he knew the time had come—a time he both longed for and resented. The time when his visits to her, unwanted though they had begun, would be at an end. A lump in his stomach punctuated the thought.
            A figure passed by the sheer curtain drawn halfway across the front window, and his pulse quickened.
            Lorayna.
            He heard the name dance through his thoughts, and try though he might, he could not wave it away. He typically preferred not to know the names of the women whose light he released. There was little point in it, for he would not see nor know anything of the females once his mission was complete. For their part, the women would know nothing of him, either. The majority of humans were blissfully unaware that their world sat tightly against a realm of immortals and magic, nor did they care to know just how much their gods were still at work to this day, walking the woods, tending to fields and lusty lasses, and generally keeping the balance of their worlds at peace.
            Laughter rose to his ears, and he drew back instinctively behind the cover of trees. Humans would not see him while he wore the veil charm, rare few, anyway, but best not to chance it. The door to the cottage opened, and several people spilled out, happy and carefree and followed by a waft of alcohol that was apparent to his keen, supernatural senses. Then there she was, Lorayna, standing in the doorway with a wide smile that tightened Dominus’s chest. She wore a pure white sweater, oversized and yet clinging to her ripe figure, and while she chatted to her departing guests, she tucked a silken strand of dark brown hair behind one ear. Blue and silver bells tinkled on her earrings, jingling as she nodded and laughed. Her lips, painted pink and glossy, caught his eye, and he found himself staring at how they puckered and released with every syllable she spoke. Long, well-manicured nails had been painted to match.
            His cock throbbed in earnest, already impatient with the guests who were lingering far too long at the threshold for his tastes. He was eager for their time together, yearning to see his months of attention to her physical and emotional well-being come to fruition.
            One of the males leaned close to kiss Lorayna on the lips, and a swell of unpleasant heat rose in Dominus’s stomach. She was not his to own, of course, and he had no cause for jealousy. She would no doubt sleep with other men in the future, probably many others. But she had kept herself pure since May Day, because she knew deep in her subconscious that she was fated for no other until Dominus helped her birth the shining light he saw inside her even now. The sun’s energy pulsed from within, a bright, glowing force like a singular joy that was at the apex of its power. He alone would bring back that light, coaxing it from her in an explosion of climax. She would feel exquisite pleasure as she returned that energy to the universe, followed by a temporary sense of loss. She would move forward, however, unaware of her crucial role in the wheel’s turn of the coming year. 
            The overly attentive male turned to a man beside him and laid a suggestive kiss on him, complete with a sweep of the tongue while squeezing his ass. Dominus relaxed his fists. So, the male had other inclinations. Good.
            “Try not to be a stranger,” the other male said with a flourish. “Make a New Year’s resolution to come out into the world more than once a month.”
            “It’s not New Year’s yet,” she said.
            “Before you know it.”
            “I just can’t believe it’s already over,” Dominus heard Lorayna saying to the two men who were now holding hands. “I’ve felt such a holiday spirit this Yule.”
            She glanced over the man’s shoulder, looking straight at Dominus while those perfect nails raked strands of her hair smooth. “Of course. It just feels like it tonight, is all.”
            He held her gaze, fully aware that she did not truly see him. At most, perhaps, she was aware of a by now familiar presence. As her dark eyes penetrated him, however, he began to wonder. 


Blurb:

Loving Lorayna could cost him his sacred power...

It is the time of Yule, and Dominus, god of the sabbat, should never have had to spend half the year nurturing the latest light bearer himself. Now, months of visiting Lorayna, present only as a whisper, has sparked a yearning inside of him that he cannot shake.
Lorayna has felt herself drawn to the pagan path by a presence she has been unable to resist. When she discovers her “holiday spirit” is in fact a mouthwateringly sexy god, she’s ready for whatever sabbat ritual he chooses. To her disappointment, his intentions are strictly hands-off.

Giving up her light is not as easy as surrendering to his will, however. Dominus is forced to break the rules and give into his urges before the Yule power consumes her from within. The ripples of their passion will alter many sabbat unions to come—and Dominus must defy his father, Herne, to follow his desires and prove to Lorayna that she was not merely another light bearer.

About the Sons of Herne series:

The god Herne has appointed eight of his most virile, headstrong sons as keepers of the pagan holidays. To honor their sabbat, each must join with a mortal female in a ritual to maintain the balance between worlds.

The Fates have conspired to grant the gods one thing they lack--a true union of male and female that will last beyond the fleeting passion of a sabbat joining.

Herne’s sons will wrestle with the conflict between sacred duty and their own yearnings, a struggle that will not only challenge their beliefs, but may threaten the success of rituals that must be observed lest the mortal and immortal worlds collide in chaos.

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About the Author:

J. Rose Allister has penned over twenty-five novels and numerous short stories from her home in Southern California, including ten publisher bestsellers. She is a TV and movie buff, enjoys the bittersweet discord between obsessing over chocolate while striving for the benefits of a fresh, organically-influenced diet, and is a firm believer that daydreaming, people watching, and yes, chocolate are the greatest fuel for the writing imagination. That and coffee. Or coffee with chocolate stirred into it. She has more books in her to-be-read pile than she can ever hope to find time to sit and enjoy, but this never stops her from adding more.

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