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The Confessions by Tiffany Reisz

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The Confession of Marcus Stearns

It’s fantasy. You don’t have to play by the rules in fantasy.
Even the most intelligent people have to be reminded of the obvious sometimes. You are not judged by what you think, but what you do. We all have horrible thoughts, thoughts that shame us, thoughts we don’t even want God to see.

The Confession of Eleanor Schreiber

The Confessions Quote

If he had to describe this woman’s expression he might pick “confident” or “fearless,” but if he could choose only one word, he’d probably pick “shameless.”

The Confession of Tiffany Reisz

I love straddling the line. It’s where art lives.

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LIVE With Colleen Hoover!

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We were LIVE online with Colleen Hoover to celebrate the release of her newest book, November 9!

A few of Colleen’s biggest fans won the chance to join us in the live Google Hangout, and they’re super duper excited to represent all of CoHo’s butterflyingly awesome readers. Watch our talk with Colleen about her new book and all of the others she’s bestowed upon us.

And let’s see if we can get her to share Holder with us while we have a captive audience…

In case you missed our 5-star recommendation, check it out here!

Pre-order November 9 now!

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Just like Andy Cohen says, watch what happens!

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Hang Out With Colleen Hoover And SBC!

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Yep. You read that right!

We’re hanging with Mrs. Hoover THIS Saturday night, and a few of YOU are going to join us!

To celebrate the release of her new book, November 9 (did you see that we gave it 5 BIG STARS?), Colleen Hoover will be kickin’ it (isn’t that what the kids say these days?) with me and a few of her biggest fans.

Join us on Saturday, November 7th at 8pm EST for a live Google Hangout with Colleen Hoover! Enter to win a chance to be one of the FIVE live participants along with me, your hostess with the mostest.

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Winners and runners up must be available on Saturday, November 7th at 8pm EST. To participate, go to Google Hangouts and follow the directions to make sure you have everything ready for the LIVE chat! Participants will receive an email with a link to participate in the live Hangout around 7:45pm EST Saturday. Anyone unable to log in to the Hangout by 7:55pm will be replaced by a runner up.

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Jasinda Wilder Answers Questions On Madame X

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This week, Jasinda Wilder – author of some of my favorite books – released Madame X, her first book with a traditional publisher. To help celebrate the release, I asked Jasinda a few questions about the book and herself.

Madame X• Since the main character of your new release, MADAME X, is a man-fixer with a sexy side (possibly a paid Domme?), I’ll go ahead and assume you did some hands-on training. 

What was it like to go from being a regular everyday writer-mom into the head of a hardcore, high class dominating woman who whipped ninny-boys into shape?

Okay, well first off, Madame X is NOT—I repeat, NOT—a dominatrix or anything of the sort. She would be horrified at the insinuation. Unless you count Jack, I don’t think I have any hands on training—and my husband has never been a “ninny-boy.” But I’ll take the “hardcore, high-class, dominating woman” part, though!

• What are 3 important things you concentrate on doing or make sure to include in your stories?

Every book needs two strong, fascinating, sexy main characters, the hero and heroine. That’s huge. They have to be real, flawed, but still sexy and fun to read about. The plot has to be fairly simple, straightforward. Twists and such are great, but the characters have to dominate the story. The plot is just the engine. It has to be a good plot, though, with lots of drama and heat. And last but certainly not least, the book has to have at least one good sexy scene, preferably with a good amount of build-up leading to it, heaps of sexual tension piled on more sexual tension, leading to some seriously explosive sex. Those are the three key ingredients to any story, for me.

• What’s your favorite nomming food when you’re writing?

Almonds and cheese, and sometimes a Quest bar.

• When you write, do you sit down and run a marathon over the keyboard or do you write in bursts?

I keep business hours when we’re working on a book. We usually start work at 9ish, take a break for lunch, and work until the kids get home from school around 430ish. So I suppose “marathon” would be the correct answer.

• What’s the best music to listen to when you’re writing the sexy times? Did you have a playlist while writing MADAME X?

You know, I don’t really have any specific sexy-times music, it’s just usually whatever I’m listening to at the time. As for Madame X, I didn’t record the playlist, but I can tell you it was a lot of classical and instrumental. Lots and lots of cello music, instrumental. Zoe Keating, Yo-Yo Ma, Cello Fury, the Piano Guys, Escala, Philip Wesley, Takenobu, Rostropovich. It was a very classically-influenced writing experienced, as opposed to some of the more indie-folk playlists I tend to work from.

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Lightning Round!

• What’s your favorite word?

Wine

• What’s your go-to alcoholic drink?

See above. Red wine, pinot noir or cabernet franc

• What do you always have stocked in your pantry?

Quest bars, Clif Bars, chocolate, almonds

• Where is your favorite place to nap?

Nap? Who the hell has time to take naps? I certainly don’t!

• Do you like to drive or be driven?

Be driven. I don’t drive much, Jack usually does that.

• Are you a Target or Walmart person?

Target, for sure.

• What’s your favorite meal to make for your family?

Anything I can make on the grill; I’m the grill-master in our family.

• What’s your favorite gift to give?

A good book. And wine.

• When are you going to name a character after me?

Hmmmm. You’ll have to read them and find out!

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5 Awkward Questions with Joanna Wylde

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5 Awkward Questions with Joanna Wylde

I know you’ve missed this, these 5 Awkward Questions I ask authors in hopes they squirm a bit.

Because if they’re going to make us squirm while reading their books, they can squirm a little in return, AMIRITE?

Joanna Wylde is one of those authors who makes us squirm in our pants while reading her books. Her dirty, raw, over-sexed bikers are prime suspects in our fight against dry panties. Not that we’re complaining; just stating the facts.

We here at SBC are such big fans of Joanna’s motorcycle club books, we’ve named her an Elite Author and crowned her books Platinum. Her next book, Silver Bastard, will be the next to receive the prestigious title because Puck is the star of our recent dirty dreams.

Case in point, yesterday I read this quote from Silver Bastard:

“Touch yourself,” he demanded tightly. “Get yourself off while I’m fucking you. I own this body now—show me what it can do.”

I mean…

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And with that, here are Joanna Wylde’s 5 Awkward Questions:

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1. What’s the dirtiest, smuttiest book or series you’ve read?

Taken by the T-Rex. We have this thing about dino-porn in my reader group, the Joanna Wylde Junkies. It’s our running joke, and it all started with this book ;)

2. Who are the 5 celebrities on your Laminated List?

Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher, USAF crop.

Jason Momoa

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David Gandy

Brad Pitt

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Angelina Jolie

3. What’s a tattoo you want to be brave enough to get but will probably never have done?

Sorry to disappoint you, but if I want one, I get one ;)

4. Not including your own books, name the top 3 smut/romance books or series you recommend to friends.

All time favorites include Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley, The Last Hour of Gann by R Lee Smith and Painted Faces by LH Cosway.

5. Take a photo of yourself right now, including at least all or part of your face, and send it to me to be posted with your answers.

Joanna Wylde Dinosaur Sex

Bonus: Name a hero or anti-hero you keep stored in your Spank Bank that you’re embarrassed to admit is there.

The T-Rex, of course!

*evil cackle*

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Fourteen months. For fourteen months, Puck Redhouse sat in a cell and kept his mouth shut, protecting the Silver Bastards MC from their enemies. Then he was free and it was time for his reward—full membership in the club, along with a party to celebrate. That’s when he saw Becca Jones for the first time and set everything in motion. Before the night ended he’d violated his parole and stolen her away from everything she knew.

Five years. It was five years ago that Puck destroyed Becca and saved her all in one night. She’s been terrified of him ever since, but she’s even more terrified of the monsters he still protects her from… But Becca refuses to let fear control her. She’s living her life and moving forward, until she gets a phone call from the past she can’t ignore. She has to go back, and there’s only one man she can trust to go with her—the ex-con biker who rescued her once before.
Puck will help her again, but this time it’ll be on his terms. No more lies, no more tears, and no more holding back what he really wants…

About the author:
Joanna Wylde is the New York Times bestselling author of the Reapers Motorcycle Club series and currently lives in Idaho with her family.

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Rock Hard by Nalini Singh

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Favorite Quotes

If you tell me you don’t want me, I’m going to demand you give me your panties to prove they’re not damp.
“I want to crowd you,” he said, leaning back in his chair but maintaining the intimacy of the eye contact. “I want to pin you under me and fuck you hard, then I want to slam you up against pretty much every wall in this place. After which I want to bend you over my desk, my bed, this table. For starters.”
Tasting her lips, he licked his tongue over hers before kissing a path down her lusciously sensitive throat.  “You taste like my woman,” he said as she moaned.
“As long as I can throw you on the bed like a caveman and pummel you to orgasm with my love-club, I’m good.”  Her shoulders shook, a little snort escaping her as she said, “I am not laughing.”

Series Reading Order

1. Rock Addiction (Rock Kiss Book 1)  ← 5 Stars
1.5 Rock Courtship: A Rock Kiss Novella  ←4.5 Stars

Interview

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1. Which of your characters do you love most? Or maybe which character resonates with you the most. Why?
This is such a hard question for me to answer. I truly don’t have favorites – or if I do, it tends to be the protagonists of the book which I’m currently writing. They get all my focus, which I think is as it should be – it’s their turn to shine in the spotlight.
2. Which of your heroines (or heroes) would you like to be for a day? What would you do?
I think it would be a blast to be Elena for a day – to clarify, this would be a calm, sunny day when no one is trying to kill Elena. I’d just fly around New York, sweep past the skyscrapers and above the Hudson, and maybe play a game of angel baseball with the others!
3. Is there one type of genre you’d love to write but feel daunted trying it out? (Sci-fi, Fantasy, NA, BDSM, etc)
I LOVE reading historicals, but the idea of doing all that research is slightly terrifying. Still, you never know! Maybe one day, I’ll face the fear and give it a go.
4. How did you come up with the idea of calling Gabriel, “T-Rex?”
It just happened as I was writing. I was in Charlotte’s head – some of her thoughts are just hilarious. She might be a mouse on the surface, but she’s got this bright, sharp mind. And at some point, she just muttered how Gabriel was a T-Rex rampaging through the company and boom, that was it.
5. Do you have any authors that are go-to for you, you’ll 1-Click no matter what?
Oh, absolutely!! JD Robb, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Laura Florand are just three of my auto-buy authors who I’ve read recently. I have so many more – I’m a total lifelong bookworm.
6. You started writing contemporary and then branched into PnR. What do you like about writing one genre over the other?
I enjoy them both and have actually always written both, even if one was in the background. Overall, it depends more on the idea than the genre – for example, when I got the idea for what became my first paranormal series (Psy-Changeling), it was so powerful that it consumed me in the best way. The same with the Guild Hunter series, and now with the Rock Kiss series. When I sit down to write, I think about the stories that are compelling me – and then I just go with it.

7. Have you had any crazy/funny/bizarre typos when writing a sex scene?  I.e. Forgot where limbs were in previous paragraph, environment changed mid-scene, etc.

Hmm… *goes into memory vault* I can’t actually remember any really bad ones, but you know, that could be because I’ve erased them from the memory banks! The only one I can recall is a clothing mishap where I skipped the hero/heroine taking off certain important items of clothing. That was in an early draft though, so I caught it fairly early on (phew!).

EXCERPT

Charlotte arrived at work at seven-thirty the next morning to find Gabriel Bishop’s office door open, but no carnivorous predator inside. A fresh suit was hanging on the back of his door, however, which meant he’d been in already.

Deciding to catch up on e-mails that had come in overnight from international suppliers as well as stores involved in a stock take, she was typing a reply when a sweaty Gabriel arrived fifteen minutes later. He was dressed in black running shorts and a faded University of Auckland T-shirt that was currently sticking to his body.

She’d known he was in shape, but now she realized none of it was an illusion created by his well-cut suits. Okay, she’d already known that, but seeing his muscled body in the flesh was a whole different ball game. He was built like a tank, hard and powerful.

Each of his thighs was thicker than both of hers put together, his biceps toned, his shoulders appearing even wider than usual. Everything about him was big. Civilized clothing didn’t make him look better, she realized—it toned down his intense masculinity. Out of his suits, with the ink on the upper part of his left arm exposed, as well as that on his opposing thigh and…

Her skin hot and lower body clenching, she just nodded in response to his “Good morning.”

Disappearing into his office, he returned with his suit pants and a fresh shirt slung over his arm, along with a sports bag. “Push the meeting with Sales to nine, will you, Ms. Baird? I need to talk to HR about something before then.”

“Yes, sir,” Charlotte said almost soundlessly, but he was already gone, heading toward the employee shower one floor down.

The thigh tattoo went all the way around, the design intricate.

Heart rate a rapid stutter, Charlotte got up after he disappeared and decided to go grab him a coffee. He’d bought her one yesterday after all. She was just being nice. “Oh, shut up, Charlotte,” she muttered once she was in the elevator, and slumped her face into an upraised hand.

The truth was she was running away. Only for a few minutes, but that’s what this was: strategic retreat. Gabriel Bishop was overwhelming. Once, before she’d ever met him and under the influence of cocktails, she’d told Molly she wanted to rip off his shirt and sink her teeth into his pecs.

That desire hadn’t waned even now that she knew he was a T-Rex. Of course, the desire was all strictly in her imagination. The idea of actually handling him in real life? So impossible as to be laughable. Charlie-mouse was not about to play with a predator who could eat her alive and not even notice the bones. The good news was that she could admire him in relative safety—there was no chance in hell he’d ever notice her as a woman.

Getting the coffee from a nearby café, she took it back upstairs. He was in his office when she entered, the striped dark gray of his tie hanging around his neck and his damp hair roughly combed. The scent of clean, fresh soap over warm skin permeated the office. Shooting her a smile that turned him from gorgeous to flat-out devastating, he flipped up the collar of his white shirt to get the tie in place. “Thank you, Ms. Baird.”

Nodding, Charlotte escaped, though she really wanted to stay. She’d never realized how erotic it was to watch a man dress until this precise moment. And she shouldn’t be having these thoughts about her boss—especially since she couldn’t keep from quivering like a rabbit in his presence. Sometimes she just annoyed herself.

“Get to work,” she muttered and knuckled down.

Gabriel was fine for the first hour, but then he began barking orders even a six-armed woman with a split personality would have had trouble handling.

Finally, pushed to the edge, Charlotte snapped. “I’m going as fast as I can!” she yelled when he asked her for something a minute after he’d asked her to complete another task.

He scowled and held out a file. “This is a priority.”

Grabbing it from his hand, she said, “Fine,” and slapped it down on her desk.

It was over an hour later that he disappeared for ten minutes. When he returned, it was to put a small bakery box on her desk. “I think you need something to sweeten your mood today, Ms. Baird.”

What she needed was for the T-Rex who was her boss to stop snarling and growling, she thought as he returned to his office. Not opening the box until her curiosity had almost killed her, she found it held a slice of decadent chocolate cake with a white-chocolate ganache topped with curls of both white and milk chocolate. “I cannot be bribed with cake,” she muttered, eating a bite nonetheless.

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His To Take by Shayla Black

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Favorite Quotes

The way he looked at her right now, as if he would part the seas and scorch the earth just to reach her, made Bailey’s heart catch.
“You’re in so much trouble, baby girl.  I’m going to enjoy the hell out of this and make sure you do, too.  I won’t rest until I’ve wrung every ounce of pleasure from your body.”
Christ, his chest felt like it was going to burst.  His heart filled with something he couldn’t explain.  The rest of him swelled with pride because tonight he wasn’t just a man, but the man she needed.
“Sometimes, when you feel like your world is spinning out of control, it’s so comforting to hand yourself over to a man you know will help you relieve your troubles.”
Thorpe pointed out, looking at Callie like her ass was grass and he was the lawnmower.

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EXCLUSIVE: Shameless Book Club Interviews Sylvia Day

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In a move rivaled by the likes of Barbara Walters and Diane Sawyer, Shameless Book Club snags an exclusive interview with the one and only Sylvia Day!

Thank you, Sylvia! call me for a lunch date

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5 Awkward Questions with Kylie Scott

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Just in time for Kylie Scott’s newest release, Lead, I got her to answer (more than) 5 awkward questions. Granted, she might not think these are incredibly awkward considering she’s Australian and those chicks down under live their lives upside down, so their “awkward” is my “normal.”

At least… that’s what I learned in my Florida public school education.

We’re big fans of Kylie’s Stage Dive series here at SBC, and some of us have already read Lead.

Again, Kylie brings the hotness with some funny and some rock god-like strife and we love it!

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5 Awkward Questions with Kylie Scott

1. Who are the 3 authors whose books you’ll read as soon as their newest book is released?

Kristen Ashley, Joanna Wylde, and Karina Halle

*Angie’s Note: Oh, you mean like these ★★★★★ books? Creed by Kristen Ashley; Reaper’s Property by Joanna Wylde; Dirty Angels by Karina Halle

2. What’s a word you’ll never use in your books and why?

Moist. It’s for cakes, not pussies.

3. What’s your favorite sex toy and why?

The LELO Lily Personal Massager. It really gets rid of those annoying kinks after a hard days work. Know what I mean?

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Angie’s Note: Oh, yes Kylie. I know what you mean. *wink wink I also know how to get out the kinks with the SBC Certified Favorite “personal massager,” the LELO Ina 2.

4. Who are the celebrities on your Laminated List?

Karl Urban, Richard Armitage, Clive Standen, and Garrett Hedlund

*Angie’s Note: Uhmmm… Who are these guys? This is what I get for asking an Aussie girl. At least I had fun looking up these hotties to find out who they are. And after looking them up, it’s apparent I’ve been living under a rock.

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5. Take a photo of yourself right now and send it with these questions.

Alright. But I hate you a little for making me do that.

*Angie’s Note: You’re welcome.

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BONUS: What’s your favorite smell and a smell you loathe?

I love rose hip oil. I loathe my elderly dog’s frequent flatulence.

DOUBLE BONUS: What color are the underwear you’re wearing?

Black

Thanks, Kylie! Now, everyone go get 1-click busy with Jimmy in Lead.

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Kyleigh Jane Interviews Tiffany Reisz, Author of The Original Sinners

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Kyleigh Jane Interviews Tiffany Reisz, Author of The Original Sinners

Enter (below) to win a paperback of The Saint, Tiffany’s newest release, and recently declared the Best Book of All Time by Smut Book Club!

When I first read The Siren, I had no words. I still don’t, really. I was just like, complete goo. Not an adorable little squishy snuggly goo, but like a crusted-over-used-to-be-goo that you have to chisel-scrape off the floor with a knife…or something.

Now, I am floored once again after reading The Saint. It is, without question, Tiffany’s magnum opus. The crown jewel of The Original Sinners.

This series was — and continues to be — an experience. The Original Sinners is a boundary-pusher and is not for everybody (though if it isn’t for you, well, we aren’t going to get too far in our friendship). For those whom it is for, you will find that this series is everything that is good and right and hard and wrong and glorious. It’s everything you look for in a story but so rarely find. Sexy, sophisticated, smart, mysterious, engaging, unique, raw.

OS is everything. Every. Thing. All of the things. EV-ER-Y-THING.

So it is my greatest pleasure to be able to speak with Original Sinners author, the one and only, Tiffany Reisz.

Tiffany, thank you so very much for talking with me today!

Tis my pleasure!

Interviewing you gives me the dumbs. I just want to be like, “How do you doos the awesomes so awesomely?” haha…But seriously, how do you doos the awesomes so awesomely?

Magic! And I do twelve sets of revisions on every books.

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The Original Sinners has my all time favorite cast of characters in romance/erotica everrrr — main cast and supporting cast. But let’s talk about our leads first.

There is no one, NO ONE sexier than Søren. Sadly, Søren and I would never work out in real life because caning and blood-play just isn’t my game, but he is tied for my favorite fantasy man of all time. nod to Gabriel Emerson Sexually uninhibited, intellectual men of faith just flip all my switches, I guess. Then we have Nora. That mouth, that wit, that fortitude. She is perfection. Kingsley Edge… mercy, that man. He is suave, sexy, extravagant, dangerous, and so decidedly French.

What or who inspired these incredible characters?

They were all creations of pure imagination. I gave Nora my sense of humor. I gave Søren the attributes of God (I started writing while in seminary). I gave Kingsley Captain Jack Sparrow’s boots and swagger and Johnny Depp’s sexy olive skin and dark eyes. Other than that, they are nothing but figments of my imagination.

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The supporting cast actually play pretty major rolls in the books. Wesley — the virgin. Zachary — the editor. Griffin — the bad-boy sex god. It can’t be an easy task to develop such a large cast of fully-formed, dynamic characters.

How do you do it? Where does it all come from?

Hard work. Fun. Reading widely. The usual. Wes was vaguely based on a guy friend of mine. Zach was inspired by actor Jason Isaacs. Griffin was very loosely inspired by a bisexual L.A. dominant I used to talk to online who was very laid-back, funny and flirty.

Faith and religion are obviously a major part of this series. An aspect that I really appreciate, actually. You write like a kinky theologian.

Is faith a large part of your life?

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Faith is my life. I don’t know if I could get out of bed in the morning if I didn’t believe there was more to life than just this life. I was in seminary when I started writing the series. I still go to Mass every Sunday. Kink and Catholicism are very compatible bedfellows, and having a priest as a main character allows me a voice for my own faith inside the books. When Søren talks about God, it’s me talking through him.

Nora is a riot, and she is one smart cookie. I love her sass and irreverence. She is so exquisitely written, so complex, and personal and I have to wonder…

Is Nora you? Are you writing yourself as Nora?

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Nora and I have the same sense of humor and the same taste in men. Other than that we couldn’t be more different. I live a very happy boring life that involves monogamy, two kittehs, and lots of couch naps. I’m not a Dominatrix, and I have no desire to be one. I love kink and the kink scene, but it’s not my air and water the way it’s Nora’s. I love Nora with all my heart and see nothing but good in her, but I wouldn’t want to be her. Well, maybe for one night. ;)

What is the writing process for all of these scandalous scenes? Are you writing from personal experience? Is it life imitating art imitating life? Wait… that’s too many imitations. Is it scouring Tumblr and FetLife and secret seedy smoke-filled internet chat rooms full of suited men swirling Glenlivet in crystal tumblers? WHAT IS HAPPENING?!!!

Some of the scenes are inspired by real events in my past. Some are pure imagination. I just meditate on my characters and ask myself what sort of kink is the most appropriate for this moment in the book.

Your books, and certain messages in them, really stick with me. What is one thing that you would like your readers to remember or think about after they read your books?

Judge not!

Each book that comes out keeps being better than the last. I honestly don’t know how you do it. How you improve upon perfection, but you do. Every time I say, “Oh this one was my favorite!” and then the next one comes out. I never want it to end. I don’t ever want to say goodbye to the Original Sinners.

So what is on the horizon? What do we have to look forward to from you?

There are four Original Sinners books coming out this year and next year. I have another rom-com coming out this fall called “Seize the Night,” and it’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever written. I want to write a modern fantasy series, too. Lots of awesome stuff coming!

Who IS Tiffany Reisz?! Tell me everything. Start at the beginning and spare no detail. chin hands

Tiffany Reisz is a writer. The end.

Anyone that follows you on Twitter knows about your cat, HoneyToast, the saddest sad kitteh ever. Where did the name Honeytoast come from, and why does Honeytoast have the sads?

Honeytoast

My sister named Honeytoast. She was originally her cat, not mine. Then my sister had preemie twin babies and they couldn’t have pets in the house because of the babies’ underdeveloped lungs. I adopted Honeytoast. The name comes from Even Stevens, that Disney TV series. One of the characters needed a pseudonym for spying and he picked Lars Honeytoast because he’d had honey toast for breakfast.

Honeytoast is sad. No one believes me until they meet her and go, “Oh my God! She IS sad all the time.” She was born sad, she has a sad face, she makes sad sounds, she loves sad pets. She’s just a sad kitteh and that’s okay. We love her sads.

You recently moved to Portland (put a bird on it). How are you liking it so far?

We freaking love it here. It’s so beautiful and green. It’s like living in a Hipster Narnia.

Here is the portion of the interview where I ask you little rapid-fire questions about trivial things, that sometimes turn out to be quite illuminating. Sound good?

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Something you wish you could do, but fail miserably at?
Sing

What’s your vice?
Chocolate chip cookies

Favorite snack or food that you couldn’t live without?
See previous answer

What do you do that makes you feel empowered?
Write erotica under my own name

If you could be any animal, what would it be and why?
A bird so I could fly

Angie wants to know if you’ll make out with her.
Ask Andrew

Favorite song(s) on your iPod?
Too many to list but I love George Michael’s “Father Figure” and Jann Arden’s “Could I Be Your Girl?” as part of the soundtrack for THE SAINT

Pet peeve?
People who call me Nora instead of Tiffany

Dream vacation destination?
A train trip across Europe

Hidden talent?
I can knit and crochet

Dirty little secret?
I really want to delete my Twitter account forever but no one will let me

Favorite books? (other than your own)
The Vintner’s Luck by Elizabeth Knox
The Keep by Jennifer Egan
Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

Celebrity crush, male and female?
Male celebrity crush – Benedict Cumberbatch
Female celebrity crush – Emily Blunt

A picture of yourself right meow?

Tiffany Selfie

Parting words?
Go to church, you heathens!

Tiffany, I can not thank you enough for talking with me today. It has been an absolute treat. Thank you thank you. Looking forward to reading more of The Original Sinners!

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Okay, so let me back up and set the scene for you a little bit. I had been in a bit of a book slump. I was just kind of meep-merp about everything I was reading. Nothing was getting into my guts. Nothing was hitting my sweet spot.

There was no snap. No crackle. You guys… there was no pop.

So a trusted friend of mine mentioned that she really liked Unteachable by Leah Raeder. Unteachable has been on my Kindle for like, I don’t know, nine months or something. Just a ridiculous amount of time, really. It kept getting pushed for one reason or another. BUT, I was in a slump so I decided to finally crack open Unteachable and give it a whirl…

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Guys, I couldn’t put it down. I was like… what… what is this gloriousness?! What is this distilled genius?! What the hell is wrong with me just letting this sit on my Kindle forever?! Why did I wait so long?!!

Answer: I’m an ass.

Now we have me, all crazy crushing on Leah Raeder because she writes like a freaking ninja-poet, slinging words like Chinese Stars or something. Obviously, I had to do an interview.

So. Here we are! Leah Raeder! Thank you so very much for talking with me today!

Best. Intro. Ever. You are so welcome, Kyleigh. If I could just stop blushing so hard for a second…it’s igniting my brain and making the word-slinging difficult…

Seriously, thank you so much for having me. I’m honored to be here, even though I feel totally undeserving of it. This is all still so surreal at times–that I have a book out there, that a publisher is actually printing a bunch of copies to put on store shelves. Somewhere inside me, Little Girl Leah is jumping up and down ecstatically, all wild-haired and starry-eyed, going, “Do you like me? Do you *really* like me?”

First question: Will you marry me? I make a mean pot of coffee, and I’ve been told I am an excellent kisser with very pillowy lips… Just, ya know, if that sweetens the deal at all.

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You are just making this blush worse, dude.

Coffee and kissing are pretty much my two favorite things on this Earth. So… I will give due consideration to your offer. Maybe a test run first. Of both things.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Who is Leah Raeder?

This is my nightmare question, ha. I hate talking about myself. I’m just a person. Who likes words. A lot.

I am blown away that this is your freshman novel. The prose! My God, the PROSE! clutches chest I wish that I saw, and felt, and experienced the world the way that you do. Your writing… I mean… it’s art. Where does this all come from?! What were you doing before writing this book?

It’s technically not my first rodeo, so don’t be too impressed. I wrote several novels before it, had an agent, tried to get published, failed. Racked up a bunch of nice rejection letters that said my writing was good but I just wasn’t writing the “right” stories for the current market. I’ve wanted to be a published author since I was a kid, and everything else I’ve done with my life–graphic design and other artsy shit–has just been a diversion. I knew I had to be a writer if I wanted to die happy.

Not sure where it comes from. I think some people just get lucky and discover their true passion early in life. My family was poor, and we didn’t have cable TV or tons of toys, but we always had the library and books, and that was infinitely better. Serendipity, I guess. I’m grateful I figured out my passion young and hung on to it all these years, despite the deluge of rejection and failure. That’s the truly hard part, IMO–not figuring out what you love to do, but holding on while the world tries to tear it away from you.

Unteachable CoverOn the surface this is a story about a love affair between a teacher and a student. Evan, the crazy hot teacher and Maise, the firecracker high school senior. But it is so much more than that. The relationships throughout the entire story are dynamic and engaging and personal. I could relate to so many parts of the story. What/Who was the inspiration behind Unteachable?

Sadly, I don’t have a scandalous origin story for Unteachable. I’m just kinda pervy about teacher/student romances. I love them, devour them, seek them out, read questionably-written ones just for the raw dirty thrill of the forbidden. I’m sure there’s some cesspit of weirdness in my subconsciousness that explains why I like it so much, but really it’s just hot as hell.

Most teacher/student romances fall into one of two categories: passion that ends in heartbreak or tame sugar-coated fantasy. I’ve searched desperately for something in between, something that embraces the wrongness and thrill of the taboo but isn’t irredeemably fucked-up and doomed to end in catastrophe. I never found that, so I wrote my own.

I think one of the reasons that I waited so long to read Unteachable, is that I don’t typically read New Adult. It just doesn’t appeal to me. But Unteachable doesn’t read like NA at all! It is so confidently written and grounded. It doesn’t have that vibe of reluctance that generally turns me off to NA and YA reads.

I am SO GLAD you used the word “reluctance.” That’s a major factor that disappoints me about so much NA and especially YA fiction. The reluctance makes sense: it springs from the uncertainty and confusion of adolescence/young adulthood. But I was an uncertain, confused teen once upon a time, too, and I wasn’t reluctant about throwing myself passionately into disaster. Adolescence is the time when you’re brave and foolish enough to make beautiful mistakes. I embarrassed the hell out of myself, but we have a word for that: living.

So many young characters in contemporary novels seem afraid to live and make mistakes. They wait for life to happen *to* them rather than going out on a limb and doing things, fucking up, failing, living.

I can tell you that this is going to be one of those books that I become unreasonably defensive of. Unteachable is now one of maaaaaybe three books that I will openly admit to judging you if you don’t like it. There isn’t really a question here… just… kinda giving you all a heads-up. #SorryNotSorry.

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Dude, thank you. I am seriously humbled. <3

Unteachable has a new cover, and it has also been picked up by Atria! Congratulations! That’s kind of a big deal!

It’s my childhood dream come true. I could die happy now. This is all I ever wanted. When the paperback comes out this Fall, and I walk into a store and see my name shining out at me from a shelf, I am pretty much going to lose my mother-effing mind. There will be A Scene. If you guys want to see a grown woman on her knees crying in the middle of Barnes & Noble, visit Chicago this October.

unteachable-picWhen I finished reading, I just wanted to start some sort of… I don’t know, some sort of Unteachable Evangelism. Hand out flyers on the streets. Knock on some doors. Witness to some folks. “Can I have a few minutes of your time to share the good works of Leah Raeder with you?”

So, whats next? What do we have to look forward to from you?

I am hard at work (read: softly, gently, sensitively at work) on a standalone New Adult contemp romance/suspense novel. Atria is planning to unveil the title and synopsis this July-ish, with a cover reveal to follow later this year. What I can tell you about it now:

It centers around three characters: the heroine and her two best friends — one female and one male. The three become extraordinarily close. But they’re keeping secrets from each other, too. When one of them does something very, very bad, they’re all forced into an uneasy pact…which soon starts to unravel.

This book is much darker than Unteachable, and much more personal. There are strong themes of mental illness, family dysfunction (as usual in my writing), personal identity, girl/girl love, the way the past ripples out to us in the present, and vengeance versus forgiveness, amongst other things.

Oh, and if you’ve read Unteachable, you’ll definitely recognize one of the minor characters. ;)

Alright, we are going to move this on to the nonsense, rapid-fire portion of the interview.

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Celebrity crushes, Male and Female?

Female: Ellen freaking Page (obviously), Jennifer Lawrence, Saoirse Ronan, Teresa Palmer, Kristen Stewart (shut up), Janelle Monae, Charlize Theron

Male: Matt Bomer, Chris Hemsworth, Michael Fassbender, Shaun Sipos, Edward Norton

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Oldest thing in your refrigerator?

There may be primordial lifeforms growing in a certain jar of mustard.

Pet peeve?

Bad grammar

Dirty little secret?

I have a secret Tumblr full of, um, hotness. Of the girl persuasion. Ahem.

Most prized possession?

My laptop, but that’s so unsentimental. So…probably the very first Createspace paperback of Unteachable. I MISS YOU RAINBOWFACE.

Favorite way to spend a Sunday?

In my backyard, getting high on the smell of fresh-mown grass, with a glass of bourbon at my side and my laptop on my knees, pretending to write but actually dicking around on Twitter.

Hidden talent?

I make electronic music. Wub wub wub. Don’t judge.

Let’s make out.

Kyleigh, this isn’t a ques–okay yes.

Favorite book? (other than your own)

Oh, c’mon. I’m not THAT vain. And Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov.

Best joke you’ve heard in a while?

God, I never remember jokes. But here’s something funny and/or unforgivably nerdy: one of my characters in a certain online game is from this race of plant people, and I named him Fernest Hempingway.

What.

Favorite song(s) on your iPod?

Lately I’ve been obsessing over “5-HT” by the Good Natured. Reminds me of someone.

A picture of yourself right now?

Leah

Leah, thank you so very much for talking with me today. I am a big big fan now, and I’m looking forward to reading more from you!

Dude, Kylez (can I call you Kylez?) (more importantly, can you stop me?), thank YOU so much for having me. I am super grateful for the love and energy people share with me, and the passion they pour into my stories. I’m living a dream here. <3

Let’s do this again sometime. Or just the making out part. #ForScience.

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So, UnRaveled was published May 5th as part of the Bend Anthology, and three days later it was pulled from Amazon. Total boner-kill.

Apparently, there was a lot of pearl-clutching or something. I don’t know. No one knows. Point is — IT’S BACK, BABY! UnRaveled is back and up on Amazon, standing tall and proud all on its own.

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To celebrate, Kristy is giving away a signed copy of Unraveled and sitting down with me to answer Five Somewhat Awkward Questions:

1. Top 3 favorite erotic romance books or series (other than your own)

Well when I push aside all of the typical answers that you’d expect from me (i.e. FSOG, Crossfire series, Blackstone Affiar, This Man –did you notice I just snuck those all in there as my answers too…lol), I’d say that my favorite one-handed reads are:

1. Wild Card by Lora Leigh (There is something about this book that is just…damn… lol)
2. Sinners Books by Olivia Cunning (Do I need to explain any further? Didn’t think so.)
3. Play by Play Series by Jaci Burton (There are a lot of books in this series so I feel like I’m getting more than three by adding these…plus, hot male athletes? Um…yes please.)

The problem is that I don’t get to read too much nowadays…like at all — so I know there are TONS of good, dirty reads I’m missing out on because I’m so busy writing my own sexy, smut…and besides, if I read this genre too much, my hand might be a little too cramped to type from … er… overuse… lol

2. Celebrity crushes on your laminated list?

Man…this is a hard one for me because I’m not a big ‘crush’ kind of girl… and I have a wide array of tastes (my dirty mind giggles like a little girl at that pun and what else I’d like to taste on these selections) Because I’m a list maker, I have to break them down categorically for you…so no snickering Kyleigh.

Rockers: Jared Leto (short hair – yes, I’m a picky bitch), Adam Levine
Actors: Taylor Kitch, hmm actors change for me, so this one’s hard.
Athletes: Erik Dekker, David Beckham

My readers are going to ask why I didn’t add Pedro Soltz or Stuart Reardon but it’s just kind of odd to add guys you speak with on my laminated list, you know? This was a super hard question for me, but hell… the fact that I had to Google any of them tells me that I don’t really have many ‘regulars’ in my spank bank (or finger vault I guess I should call it… lol) on speed dial.

3. Hidden talent?

Why does this question make my grin and shake my head, thinking the answer my husband would give and the one I’m going to give are two completely opposite things?

Hidden talent? I don’t think I really have one. I used be able to pick someone off of first or third base without looking (I was a softball catcher). That was a great talent to have at the time but pretty useless now as an author.

OH, I know one: as a kid I read really advanced stuff – like years beyond my age advanced books — and at one point my mom would get so annoyed with me asking what this word meant or that word meant and I didn’t want to look it up in the dictionary again so her or my sister would say ‘just skip over it.’ So my hidden talent is that I will use words that I don’t even know the meaning of (well, now I’m smart enough to look them up) but know that they fit perfectly in a sentence. Usually adjectives. Kind of a pretty cool talent to have as an author, really.

4. Most prized possession?

I actually had this discussion with an author-friend recently so the answer is rather easy. My most prized possession is my house. And I’m not saying that because of its size or its material value but rather because this is where my children are safe. It is where as a family we make memories together – every belly giggle, every slammed door, every sneak into our bed in the middle of the night for an extra cuddle, every stolen moment. Those memories of my family are my most prized possession and the one place that allows them to feel the safest so that we can have that, is our house. Is that a lame answer? It’s not fancy or stimulating or sordid, but it is my answer nonetheless.

5. A photo of yourself right now.

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BONUS: Embarrassing song that is so wretched and terrible, but you can’t help yourself. You love it and sing along. (If it helps, I LOVE The Spice Girls. No shame. This is a safe place.)

Haha. I do know your love of the Spice Girls, Kyleigh. I believe we hurt Twitter’s ears with ‘ZigaZigAh’ … lol. Hm. I like a lot of cheesy, wretched horrible pop music so picking just one of them is going to be difficult. Umm but I have to go with Salt N Pepa “Push It.” It was on when I was working out the other day and I was singing along and my daughter was dying laughing at me…Something about this song just makes me sing.

BONUS BONUS: What is your secret sexual fantasy?

Haha. You are asking this on the heels of UnRaveled being banned on purpose aren’t you? *sigh* Secret sexual fantasy… God you are going to make me blush here aren’t you? Can I just say I’d like to visit The Green Door in Las Vegas and leave it to your imagination which room(s) I’d like to visit?

Well played, Bromberg. Well played.

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Alice-mother-loving-Clayton! You ol’ so-and-so! How the hell are ya?

Welcome! Thank you so much for talking with me today!

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Though The Unidentified Redhead was released first, I think my introductory course into all things Alice Clayton was Wallbanger. Mother cuss, I was hooked. It was like… reading my inner monologue. Or hanging out with my best friend. I genuinely laughed. Not just an amused-snort-smirk, laugh-on-the-inside, but full on belly laughing.

“The British are coming! The British are coming!”

You, my dear, are one of my all time favorites. You do comedic erotica like… like someone who does comedic erotica really well. I have so much fun reading your books. I know you started off writing FanFic, and grew from there, so what made you decide to pick up a pen (laptop) and start writing?

This is seriously the coolest interview I’ve ever done. And bravo to you with all the pictures and the gifs, they’re fantastic. I may have watched the one with the cat more than a few times.

As for what made me start writing, it was something very specific. And that something very specific was Robert Pattinson. Yep. 100% RPAtz. The original inspiration for what became Jack Hamilton, he’s just to dreamy for words. Except I came up with a few words, and they’re all words like FUCK and HOT and NOW. So thanks Rob, thanks for the inspiration.

“He was wooing me. And I was letting him woo. I wanted the woo. I deserved the woo. I needed the wow that would surely follow the woo, but for now, the woo? It was whoa.”

You write such incredibly lovable characters. You want to be friends with the whole cast. The women are always smart, and feminine, and sassy, and strong. The men are charming and masculine, and sexy and adorable. Their relationships have a sort of a Lucy and Ricky vibe to them. What or who inspires these characters?

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The characters sometimes are inspired by real life people, people that I know personally. Especially my Redhead cast. Holly is based on my real life bestie (and narrator for the Redhead audiobooks Keili Lefkovitz) and the character of Michael is based on someone I went to college with. Because everyone has a Michael, right?

The Wallbanger cast is based more loosely on friends of mine throughout the years, although the character of Jillian is based very literally on a blend of two of my real life mentors.

And her house? With the Hillevator? REAL!

Simon is the dream.

“Simon does commando. God bless America.”

And then there are character like Clive, the anthropomorphic Cat. Please tell me about Clive. Is there a real Clive?

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Clive is the scene stealer for sure! And yes, Clive is based on my real life cat Bailey, who we sadly lost at 21 years. She was the best. And a total shit disturber, a la Clive. ;)

Before becoming a writer, you had a career as a makeup artist, esthetician and educator for a cosmetics company. Also, you were very active in the theater. How much of yourself is in the stories you write?

Oh Christ, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t draw from my own life when I write these books. The thing is, some of it is drawn straight from real life, some of it is inspired by, some of it are things I could only dream of. The theater is real, and something I’d very much like to get back to one day.

Can we just… hang out? Go get some coffee together? Laugh and be pervy and stuff?

Yes. Yes. Yes and yes.

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“Twenty-four-year-olds were my new favorite thing. I needed to tell Oprah to put them on her list.”

What is your favorite thing to read, and what is your favorite thing to write?

I love reading paranormal romance. I love writing meet-cutes.

Editor’s Note (because I didn’t know and had to ask): A meet-cute is when the main characters meet for the first time.

From FanFic to Simon & Schuster. How much did you freak out over all of us freaking out over you? Did you ever anticipate the success that has come your way?

Oh hell no. This is the best thing that could have ever happened, no one could have imagined this. But I will say that the one thing I’ve learned from all of this is to trust your voice. No one can tell your story better than you can.

What does a day in the life of Alice Clayton look like? I’m imagining vintage A-Line dresses, cupcakes, adorable klutziness, and sexual shenanigans. Oh, and martinis. I may be taking some artistic liberties here…

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Picture Christie Brinkley crossed with Sharon Stone crossed with Pamela Anderson crossed with Blake Lively crossed with Dame Edna.

Mostly I look like Edna…

What’s NEXT?! Rusty Nailed is set to release in June, (dance partyyyyy!) Can you tell us a bit about it?

I am seriously so nervous AND so excited for you guys to all read RUSTY NAILED. I really never planned to write a sequel, but then everyone wanted to know what happened to them. And frankly, so did I. :)

Okay. Rapid Fire Round! READYSETGO!

Sexiest man ever, sexiest woman ever?

Man — Robert Pattinson has been my go-to for several years now and I don’t see anyone taking that away.

Woman — Elizabeth Taylor

Pet peeve?

Obnoxious spoiled children.

Hidden talent?

Singing. Not so hidden if you ever get me within two feet of a microphone.

Guilty pleasure?

Funyons.

Favorite cocktail?

Bloody Mary — no horseradish, lots of olives

What scares the bejeezus out of you?

Basements. Because come on, it’s a basement.

Oldest thing in your refrigerator?

Fish sauce.

Prized possession?

My grandmother’s engagement ring.

Favorite book (other than your own)?

The Stand

Favorite song(s) on your iPod?

Into the Mystic

A picture of yourself right now?

Right now I’m picturing myself with RPatz.

Parting words?

Part this.

Alice, thank you so very much for talking with me today. You are my favorite funny gal, and honest to God, I would read your shopping list. Looking forward to Rusty Nailed! Cheers!

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About Kyleigh Jane

Kyleigh Jane I suppose I was introduced to romance at an early age. When I was around 10 years old, I happened upon a highlighted and dog eared copy of “The Joy Of Sex” on my mother’s bookshelf. I was shocked. I was fascinated. Maybe it was the 1970s power muffs, maybe it was the mustaches, maybe it was phrases such as “tongue bath”, who knows. A couple of years later it was V.C. Andrews “Flowers In The Attic,” which upon discovery, my mom took away from me. From there I chugged along reading Danielle Steel novels, until one day, a little book called “Fifty Shades Of Grey” came along. It was a sirens call. It was everything I never knew I wanted. I was hooked. My love of reading romance blossomed into a new love for erotica, and I haven’t stopped reading since. I have a love for stories with grit, and substance, and meat on their bones. The dark stories, the format breakers, the unusual. I’m always searching for that next great read.

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A few weeks ago, we were honored with the presence of Mistress Z. Getting to delve into the mind of a practicing Mistress was so well-received that she wanted to answer your questions.

Mistress Z is new to me so I would like to know everything about her

I’m flattered. Thank you.

Did you ever feel the need to submit?

I only have once in my life and that feeling hasn’t come back around. I was terrible at submitting – constantly pushing limits. I would have driven myself crazy if I stayed in that situation. Now that’s not to say that I don’t enjoy being worked over with certain tools…I do. But under my direction and needs. I enjoy the release that the pain provides, but again, it needs to be on my terms. Always.

Oh lord……That was a great interview!

Thank you!! It was MY pleasure.

Love the interview ❤ I agree with Mistress Z, David Gandy is sexiest man alive!

He makes me growl. I would love to get my hands on him.

Great job… loved the insight.

It was my pleasure to give you a glimpse inside of my life.

Thank you so much for the interesting interview!

It was an honor to participate, thank you.

Any words of wisdom to someone new to the BDSM world?

Absolutely. Have an open mind and the guts to try new things. There are so many types of kink – some of which may make you nervous, but may also set you free. Just remember to always have open communication with your partner. If you do not trust them to keep you safe, move along. It always needs to be SAFE, SANE, AND CONSENSUAL. No exceptions.

What’s your favorite item for your pet to wear?

Good question! If my pet is male, I demand that he wear jeans and nothing else. No shirt, no boxers, and he must have bare feet. Depending on my plan, I may also require a 5-point harness to which I can attach implements to if I desire. For a female, I prefer a corset and panties, hair down unless I instruct otherwise, bare feet.

I know you said you don’t share your pet but do you share yourself? Meaning, do you ever have more than one pet at a time? And The Giving Tree is my favorite book too!!!

I am extremely possessive, so I do not like to share. I prefer to own my pet’s/submissive’s pleasure. And yes, I compartmentalize my life, so it is very normal for me to have more than one pet/submissive at any given time. My relationship and dynamic with each one is unique.

Depeche Mode is a smexy fave of mine as well! Excellent interview, Kyleigh!

You have great taste, Karalee.

Another awesome interview Kyleigh. I now have a major crush on Mistress Z. Wow. Very impressed. I know a few people in the lifestyle and my friends would love to meet up with her that is for sure. She sounds amazing.

Very kind of you to say, thank you. I am always up for meeting new people.

Great interview!

Thank you, Pam. Kyleigh was quite a delectable partner.

You like control, are you strict about your diet and what you put into your body?

Great question – yes. I try not to eat meat unless I am in dire need of protein. If I do, chicken only. I do not care for tofu or eggs, so in order to keep my strength, sometimes I must – but I do not enjoy it. I do not smoke or do drugs of any kind. I do drink alcohol socially. And just like my sexual indulgences, I do love to indulge in the occasional piece of cake – especially chocolate.

What is the best way for one to get started in BDSM?

Start discussing what you would like to try with like-minded individuals. Join an online community such as FetLife and start to explore. There are a lot of crazies in the world, so be careful! Start light – there is no need to jump into the deep end right out of the gate. If you have a current sexual partner – try some light bondage to see how you both respond. If you like it, start to expand your horizons. But if you do – talk it through!

Fabulous interview! If she no longer goes to clubs and plays privately, how does she meet her subs? While the exclusivity of the lifestyle may have been hurt with the explosion of FSOG, has there been an influx of new people to the lifestyle that weren’t necessarily aware of it before? Serious participants – not the curious who have a romanticized notion of the lifestyle.

Thank you! I have no issue meeting pet/submissive candidates. I have been in the lifestyle for so long, they tend to gravitate toward me – out of sheer curiosity. However I can only play with someone who I have a connection with – it’s a very intimate scenario and one that I cannot bring a stranger into. I have a rule that I do not play with strangers who I have not developed a connection with, nor do I play with close friends from my vanilla life. Online communities help as well for others in the lifestyle, but I have not relied on them personally.

For the second part of the question, yes! A massive influx. Many of which never knew this subculture even existed. I personally have seen an influx of more women than men – especially women over 30 years of age.

Great interview, as expected.

Major props to that vixen Kyleigh and to everyone who submitted questions – they were spot on.

When did she know she was a Dominant?

I have had a domineering personality since birth. I did not embrace the lifestyle until I was 17. It took many years to educate myself and get comfortable with the role of Mistress – not in the confidence sense, but education-wise. I did not accept the title of Mistress until I was in my mid-twenties. I personally feel those who come out of the gate demanding roles for themselves are on a power trip – and their play partners should proceed with caution. Inexperience and naivety can get people hurt in this lifestyle. I have zero respect for that behavior.

Excellent interview. What is your “aftercare” like? Have you ever sent your pet to sub space?

Thank you. Aftercare is essential and is just as, if not more important than the preparation and scene itself. Scenes can be heavy experiences – both mentally and physically. Coming to from subspace is different for everyone. I love to bathe my partners and make them comfortable and warm. Hydration is a must, and sugar is sometimes needed. I also massage any areas that have had contact with restraints or tools. They have given themselves to me for my pleasure and aftercare is a way to honor that gift – it’s extremely important.

Your favorite sex word / phrase is: cunt. What is your least favorite sex word/phrase?

If you say the phrase “make love” to me, I will want to hurt you – and not in a good way. I hate it. I am not about the soft & romantic.

What an amazing interview!!!!

Thank you!!!!

What made you go into the dominant role?

Nature. I did not choose this personality – I was born with it.

Is there anything at all about the life style that you don’t really like?

Yes, absolutely. Posers and people on a power-trip. If you don’t take it seriously or are out to inflate your ego, I want no part of you.

Interesting! Very very thought provoking interview that I could of sat through all day!

Me too! Have you gotten a look at Kyleigh??

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About Kyleigh Jane

Kyleigh Jane I suppose I was introduced to romance at an early age. When I was around 10 years old, I happened upon a highlighted and dog eared copy of “The Joy Of Sex” on my mother’s bookshelf. I was shocked. I was fascinated. Maybe it was the 1970s power muffs, maybe it was the mustaches, maybe it was phrases such as “tongue bath”, who knows. A couple of years later it was V.C. Andrews “Flowers In The Attic,” which upon discovery, my mom took away from me. From there I chugged along reading Danielle Steel novels, until one day, a little book called “Fifty Shades Of Grey” came along. It was a sirens call. It was everything I never knew I wanted. I was hooked. My love of reading romance blossomed into a new love for erotica, and I haven’t stopped reading since. I have a love for stories with grit, and substance, and meat on their bones. The dark stories, the format breakers, the unusual. I’m always searching for that next great read.

Read all of Kyleigh Jane’s recommendations here

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Kyleigh Jane Interviews Sylvain Reynard, Author of The Gabriel Trilogy

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Kyleigh Jane Interviews Sylvain Reynard, Author of The Gabriel Trilogy

Kyleigh Jane is what we in the industry call a Fangirl. She may seem like she’s cool, calm, and collected in this interview with Sylvain Reynard, but really, you should picture her doing a shimmy shake dance party in her living room while she communicated with the author.

If I knew how to make an animated gif, I’d have one here of KJ doing her booty dance. Alas, I do not, so you’ll just have to make her dance in your head.

The Gabriel Trilogy is a must-read series, and if you haven’t yet read it, get sucked heh in with the rest of the SR Fangirls.

Kyleigh Jane Interviews Sylvain Reynard

Hello, Sylvain! Thank you so very much for talking with me today!

And thank you for inviting me Kyleigh Jane. It’s a pleasure to be with you and your readers.

It is no secret that I am a Gabriel/Sylvain Reynard super-fan.

You know when you see old black-and-white clips of Beatles fans in the 60’s, crying and screaming, and clawing at their own faces in a blind fan fueled hysteria? Yeah. That’s me when it comes to the Gabriel trilogy.

When people tell me they didn’t like the books, I’m like…

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I have never really been nervous to interview someone, but when it came to interviewing you I was like, “But it’s Sylvain!”

Held up against your elegance and genius, I feel like a mouth-breather who just learned to walk upright. So going with that, I’ll ask: How do you put a sentence together so that it sounds different from everyone else’s sentences?

Thank you.

It could be the way I use language to try to paint a picture of a scene or to try to draw the reader into the story.

It could be the fact that I’m an auditory writer. I want the sentences to sound interesting.

When you tell a story, it isn’t just about the characters and the plot, it’s about the storytelling. I want to tell a story in such a way that the reader is entertained and amused and challenged and compelled. I try to use language to do that.

I highlighted more in this series, than any other book, ever. Quote, after quote, after quote. It’s like poetry.

“When I am an old man and I can remember nothing else, I will remember this moment. The first time my eyes beheld an angel in the flesh… I will remember your scent and your touch and how it felt to love you. But most of all, I will remember how it felt to gaze at true beauty, both inside and out. For you are fair, my beloved, in soul and in body, generous of spirit and of heart. And I will never see anything this side of heaven more beautiful than you.”

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I mean. I die. You write like you are bleeding your soul out on paper. Where do you find your inspiration?

Thank you.

As a character, Gabriel was inspired by Dante. His speech patterns are deliberately old-fashioned and Dantean. As a Dante specialist, he spends his life reading and thinking about Dante’s words. I think it’s reasonable to assume that he’d start speaking and thinking like him, as well.

I include themes in my writing that appeal to everyone — love, loss, sex, forgiveness, redemption. When those themes are presented with conviction, I think readers respond to them.

Can we just lay down in a meadow together while you read your book to me?

I’ll bring the wine… you bring the blanket.

I am a huge CS Lewis fan, and I also adore romance. I feel like you and this series are the perfect combination of my two great literary loves. What is your favorite thing to read, and what is your favorite thing to write?

I like reading nineteenth century European literature.

I enjoyed writing the argument between Gabriel and Julianne in the Dante seminar in “Gabriel’s Inferno.” They were arguing about Dante and Beatrice on the surface, but underneath they were fighting about something else. I liked the layers of meaning in the dialogue and I had a lot of fun writing it.

My personal faith is a big part of my life, and I really appreciated the spiritual aspect of the books. The faith — or lack of, at times — the human struggle for understanding, I really loved that element. I found myself comparing Gabriel to Jacob wrestling with the angel.

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Is faith a big part of your life?

I like the imagery of Gabriel as Jacob. Thank you.

Yes, it is. In my experience, questions about God, good and evil, hope and redemption are asked by everyone at some point. I wanted to present characters that thought about those questions as well. I also wanted to present some of the answers they considered. And I hope that all readers, no matter their beliefs, will find some hope in my writing.

I describe the love in this story as “indelible.” Sylvain, are you in love? Do you have a love like this in your life?

Yes. But love can be personality driven, which means some of us are stealthier as lovers than others … but just as passionate.

Gabriel is complex. Dichotomous. A gentleman savage. Science and mysticism. He is refined, yet an animal. He is cerebral, yet emotive. A civilized intelligent caveman. He is my favorite character ever written. Who is Gabriel? Are you Gabriel? Is Gabriel Emerson, Sylvain in print?

As the author, I am “in” all the characters. I have a special affinity with Gabriel, but I wouldn’t say that I’m him. I hope that I have better control of my temper, for example.

If one were looking to meet a man like the Good Professor, and one had no prior history with apple orchards, where would be the best place to go?

The literature section at Barnes and Noble.

David Gandy is my personal Gabriel. pause for dramatic swoon

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Who do you envision as the cast of the series?

I’ve tried to stay away from naming anyone. Readers have very strong feelings about this, so I’ve invited them to choose their favourites and I’ve tried to promote all of them.

“Don’t confuse my restraint with a lack of desire, Julianne. I burn for you.” These books breathe eroticism, without actually being erotica. It isn’t super smutty or filthy, yet somehow it manages to be some of (if not the) sexiest books I’ve ever read. What is the secret to that balance?

Thank you. Especially given the title of your blog, this is a very great compliment.

In The Gabriel Series, the erotic scenes take place within the context of love. This context provides a deeper connection between the characters.

I think love scenes are more sensual and appealing if there is a slow seduction, an exploration of all the senses, and delayed (but assured) satisfaction.

Writing a good scene is like being a good lover. You want your reader to be satisfied.

Tell me your secrets. Tell me everything. Who are you, Sylvain?

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It was recently hypothesized that I’m Batman.

I can neither confirm nor deny this.

What does a day in the life of Sylvain Reynard look like?

I write daily. At the moment, I’m finishing the manuscript to my next book, “The Raven.”

I’ve also been writing a series of blog posts that offer suggestions for aspiring writers.
The first in this series can be found here.

What’s next, what do we have to look forward to, from you? I’ve read about your next series, The Raven. Can you tell us a little bit about it? I want it. I NEED it!

Thank you. “The Raven” is the first book in my new series and it features new characters, although The Professor has a cameo. The novel is set in Florence and you can read more about it here.

What would Gabriel say to me if he didn’t like this interview? And if he did like this interview?

If he didn’t like the interview, he’d fabricate an excuse and leave early. I hope he’d be polite but one never knows.

If he liked the interview, he’d probably invite you for lunch.

Are you hungry?

Okay. Rapid Fire Round. READYSETGO!

What did you eat for breakfast this morning?

Coffee

What is the first thing you notice about a woman?

I have to be honest; I notice her physical appearance first. But then I try to hear her voice, see what she thinks, how she acts and treats others, etc.

Pet peeve?

Bad manners trouble me.

Hidden talent?

If I tell you, it won’t be hidden…

Prized possession?

Artwork and sculpture.

Favorite book? (Other than your own)

I’ve been reading Edgar Allan Poe recently.

Favorite song on your iPod (or most played right now)?

“Guatanamera” performed by Zucchero.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee.

Favorite way to spend a Sunday?

Reading.

Favorite TV show or movie?

I enjoyed this season of “True Detective.”

Can you take a picture of yourself right now and attach it?

You have to remember that you’re speaking with someone who’s technologically challenged.

What do you mean by “attach”? Should I use a paperclip?

Can I have your literary babies?

Let’s start with me taking you to dinner…

Parting words?

Thank you. This was very enjoyable and I really appreciate the invitation to talk to you.

Sylvain, this has been an absolute honor to talk with you. Thank you so very much!

Cheers, Kyleigh Jane. It truly was my pleasure, SR.

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Kyleigh Jane Interviews M. Pierce, Author of Night Owl

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Kyleigh Jane Interviews M. Pierce, Author of Night Owl

Kyleigh Jane Interviews M Pierce

Hi, M! Thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me, today!

Thanks for having me. It’s always a pleasure to work with Smut Book Club.

So step back to October 2013… I was just an unsuspecting little reader, all cozy and soft with my sweet little baby reader fur, and my sweet little baby reader eyes. Here I am all precious and fine, searching for my next read.

Hahaha. Baby reader fur? This is already getting interesting.

In my head: “Oh, Night Owl. I like the title, I like the cover, Ooo blurb looks interesting, let’s check it out…

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MIND. BLOWN. This book hauled back, slapped me in the face, gave it a little rub and a chuckle and then slapped me again. I went on a recruiting spree, telling anyone that would listen to READ. THIS. BOOK. (My motives were entirely selfish. I just wanted someone I could talk to about the book.) Did you ever in a bazillion years, anticipate the crazy wild success of Night Owl?

First off, thanks for pimping Night Owl. That’s what every writer wants to hear – that his or her story had an impact, and that readers are spreading the word. It’s incredibly flattering and so important. Word-of-mouth is still the best way for a book to get around, so thank you. (And Night Owl certainly did… get around.)

To answer your question – no, I didn’t anticipate the success of Night Owl. I dreamed about it, vividly imagined it, read countless anecdotes of indie authors finding success… but I knew that was a lofty goal. Thousands of wonderful self-published titles fall by the wayside every month. I hoped beyond hope that readers would connect with Night Owl, but the pessimistic part of me imagined otherwise. I’ll tell you the truth… at one point, I had about 10 reviews on Amazon, the sales just weren’t rising, and I said to myself… “Hey, at least I can pay my Netflix bill with earnings from this book.” It was a sad but realistic assessment of my “success” at the time.

And then… damn. I could tell the whole story of how Night Owl fever hit, but that would go on forever. Needless to say, bloggers and readers really responded to the book, and I’ll never forget that. Never. I owe you guys a lot, and I’m in a constant, pretty humbling state of debt.

I am not going to ask the gender question. It’s stale, it’s been asked and asked, and you don’t owe us that. You aren’t a product to be consumed, and you have to keep some of yourself for you. So I’m sorry readers, I won’t be digging in to that.

Thanks.

HOWEVER, since no one knows if you are a she or a him, I feel it is only fair to let you know that I refer to you as “Shim.” Gaaaaah… What a relief it is to tell you that. I feel unburdened. 

Haha. That’s pretty funny.

I know your personal faith plays are large role in your life, and I also know that Night Owl is loosely based on real life events. Can you tell us about that? How did Night Owl come to be? 

I wrote Night Owl because I wanted someone – someone I couldn’t have – and I exorcised a lot of emotion in the book. Yes, my faith is a big part of my life. It helps me stay sober. I’ve struggled with drug and alcohol addiction in the past, so I’m intimately acquainted with some of Matt’s demons. I don’t want to spoil the book for anyone, so I won’t be too specific, but I did draw on a good deal of personal experience to frame the story.

Night Owl opens with a ridiculously hot scene of mutual masturbation. I mean, that’s a helluva way to kick things off. What’s it like for you writing scenes like that? Is it real life, or is it fantasy? (nod to Freddie Merc.)

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I’ve definitely gotten off, so that’s no fantasy. And it’s fun to write scenes like that. Fun, challenging, occasionally very provocative. Of course, writing intimacy can be difficult – figuring out how much to describe, or how to capture passion – but that particular scene was fun. It’s very spontaneous for the reader, also for Matt. The rushed pace and potential shock value mimic his experience. Afterward, he’s stunned. He’s not sure what he’s done or why. I wanted the reader to be a little stunned, too. I mean, have you ever gotten off like that with a relative stranger? It’s a pretty stunning experience.

One of the dominating themes — to me — is obsession, whether healthy or unhealthy. (Can obsession be healthy?) Obsessive control, obsessive passion, obsessive writing, obsessive relationships, etcetera. What are the main “themes” in the story, to you? What’s your message?

Obsession is definitely one of the themes in Night Owl. Matt’s very passionate about his writing, his privacy, Hannah. Of course, passion for Matt is dangerous. He always feels too much, and I think even “love” for Matt is a state of suffering. He’s a very intense person. And obsession ties in with addiction, and addiction ties in with mental illness. Matt has some real psychological struggles in Night Owl. I’ve had similar struggles. If my fiction opens dialogue about that, then I’m honored.

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Another theme in Night Owl is art. Matt is my mouthpiece for a lot of ideas about writing and the creative process, and Hannah reflects a bit on Matt as an artist — i.e. a writer, whose first love is always going to be writing.

But if there’s one overall “message” in Night Owl from me, it’s that real love never burns out. I’m tired of the cultural concept that love terminates with the end of a relationship or the fading of passion or even with death. I think love is bigger than that. When Matt writes that “nothing lasts forever, and nothing ever ends,” it seems paradoxical. But that’s me talking about love. Relationships come and go. People don’t live forever. The things we feel, though – love, when it’s legit – echo after us indefinitely. I believe that.

The relationship between Matt and his brother, Nate, was one of my favorite parts of the book. “I love you buddy, your big brother loves you.” Their relationship really touched me. And Matt with that stuffed manatee. Beautiful. What are your favorite parts of the book?

I have a few favorite moments in Night Owl. Whenever Matt and Hannah are just chilling – eating dinner, or hiking in the mountains – I like that shit. I like the mellow stuff that doesn’t necessarily carry the story, but gives it flavor. For some reason, I also love when Hannah and Nate are hanging out. When they fly east and then drive to NY, I love their interactions. Nate is a natural storyteller and he talks passionately about Matt and the Sky family. More of that appears in book two, Last Light. Generally, whenever Nate’s on the scene, I’m enjoying the writing. That’s probably because Nate reminds me of my oldest brother, one of the best people I know.

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Laurence. That leash-walking bunny is just as much a character in this book as anyone else. Tell me about your Laurence.

What can I say that hasn’t already been said? He’s a ladies man. A player. “Can’t keep it in his pants,” according to one reader.

No, in all seriousness… Laurence is a great pet. Clean, quiet, super intelligent. Rabbits are naturally “prey,” so you have to break down a lot of barriers with them, build trust, socialize them.

Incidentally, I happen to feel very strongly about animal rights, and when I think about the fact that rabbits like Laurence are used for product testing, I get pretty upset. Animals aren’t our test subjects.

Mkay, so as I said in the opening, I was ca-razy about this book. Totally nuts… And then… I read the epilogue.

M. look at me. I am not, by nature, a violent person, but had you been near me when I finished the epilogue, I would have punched you in the face.

Oh damn. Hahaha. I’m sorry…

Do you, M. Pierce, hate people? Cuz that was not very nice. Borderline cruel, even. 

Hahaha. Oh Kyleigh, I love my readers. Let’s just say that I was a rather naïve author when I hit publish on Night Owl. I had absolutely no idea that Night Owl would become so successful, and that the cliffhanger would be that distressing. However, book 2 (Last Light) does clear up all the questions left by Night Owl, and I’m not planning to end Last Light with a cliff. Lesson learned for sure.

After reading the epilogue and doing the Tom-Cruise-Risky-Business-sock-slide all the way over to your blog, I was under the impression that book 2 was going to transition into paranormal. Which really irked me, because I don’t LIKE paranormal! Was the original plan to transition to that, or what? What the hell is happening? Something has happened. Who’s crying? Someone’s crying. Is it me?

Haha. This interview is pretty priceless. Yes, my original (insane) indie intention was to make book 2 paranormal. Don’t ask me what I was thinking. I wasn’t thinking. Vampires were going to be involved. (Yeah, I’m a big Anne Rice fan.) Anyway, here I am with my vampire idea, which is totally ridiculous, and then I get an agent. So I broach the idea to my agent. And the conversation goes like this.

Me: So. For book two, I was thinking of maybe introducing v—
Agent: No.
Me: Okay.

That’s a rough interpretation of our chat. We decided it would be unfair to confuse the market and upset reader expectations mid-trilogy by going paranormal. And I think that was a wise decision.

Wheeeeeen will Last Light be out?!!!

Fall 2014. I can’t wait. The pre-order is available now. I believe the current price tag of $9.99 is incorrect. We’re working on that. Prices and release dates do fluctuate before a book is officially released. 

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There are two more books in the Night Owl trilogy: Last Light and After Dark. What can we look forward to in Last Light?

Well, I don’t think it’s too much of a spoiler to say Matt isn’t dead. Of course. So, Last Light continues the story of Matt and Hannah, and they’re navigating some stressful situations. Lies are involved. Lots of drama. Matt’s brothers Nate and Seth make some appearances. And of course Matt is writing, always writing. Book three is going to be bittersweet for me, saying goodbye to Matt and Hannah. I want to give them one last good adventure, and lots of hot/nearly uncomfortably graphic sex, and some kind of closure. I have to say, I’m not looking forward to saying goodbye to those two – but they deserve some kind of happily ever after.

Looking forward- What’s next for M. Pierce?

More books — definitely more books. Maybe some more indie publications, maybe some more traditional publications – time will tell. I haven’t ruled out another self-published novel or novels. As to the genre, I have a couple ideas. I have some more ideas within the romance niche, and other ideas outside of that. So… haha. What a vague answer, huh? It’ll be a surprise, even to me. 

Ok, this is the rapid fire portion of the interview. READYSETGO!

Sexiest man of all time? Sexiest woman of all time?

Matt Sky and Hannah Catalano, of course.

Oldest thing in your refrigerator?

I think there’s some grape juice that needs drinking.

Dirty little secret?

I’m crazy about someone who’s not available, just like I’m not available.

Tomato, Tomahto?

Tomato for sure.

Pet Peeve?

When I say to someone, “I’m sorry,” and they say, “It’s not your fault.”

Hidden talent?

I’m very artistic.

Most prized possession?

My Bible.

Favorite book (other than your own)

My current favorite is Unteachable by Leah Raeder. My standing favorites (can’t pick one) are The Sound and the Fury, My Antonia, On the Road, Never Cry Wolf, This Boy’s Life, and The Catcher in the Rye.

Best joke you’ve heard in a while?

Nothing comes to mind, unfortunately. I think I need to hear more jokes.

Favorite song(s) on your iPod?

Right now, “Sweet Pea” by Little Hurricane. Very bluesy and chill, very sad.

A picture of yourself right now?

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Cheeky.

M, thank you so very much for talking with me. I cannot wait to hear more from you, and also more from Matt and Hannah!

Thanks so much Kyleigh. My pleasure, and let’s do this again some time.

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About Kyleigh Jane

Kyleigh Jane I suppose I was introduced to romance at an early age. When I was around 10 years old, I happened upon a highlighted and dog eared copy of “The Joy Of Sex” on my mother’s bookshelf. I was shocked. I was fascinated. Maybe it was the 1970s power muffs, maybe it was the mustaches, maybe it was phrases such as “tongue bath”, who knows. A couple of years later it was V.C. Andrews “Flowers In The Attic,” which upon discovery, my mom took away from me. From there I chugged along reading Danielle Steel novels, until one day, a little book called “Fifty Shades Of Grey” came along. It was a sirens call. It was everything I never knew I wanted. I was hooked. My love of reading romance blossomed into a new love for erotica, and I haven’t stopped reading since. I have a love for stories with grit, and substance, and meat on their bones. The dark stories, the format breakers, the unusual. I’m always searching for that next great read.

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Blog Tour + Interview: A Flare of Heat by Nicola Claire

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Paranormal Romance Recommendations Banner Not So

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A Flare of Heat by Nicola Claire

★★★★½

Favorite Quotes
I chuckled, which seemed to infuriate him more. “Sorry,” I murmured, watching as his shoulders relax a little and then I added, “I’m just picturing you turning green like the Incredible Hulk.”

It was slow and tender, the soft glide of flesh on flesh. The quiet moans of need and hunger. The exquisiteness of sated relief. “Yes,” and “More,” and “Please,” the only whispers to break the sighs. His and min. It was beautiful.

“I don’t deserve you,” I whispered and he smiled. “I was thinking how lucky I am,” he offered.

Heat Rating: Molten
Genre: Modern Romance, Suspense
Series: Part of a Series, Should Be Read in Order—H.E.A.T.

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H.E.A.T. Series Reading Order

  1. A Flare of Heat
  2. A Touch of Heat – September Release

Marissa Says:
When I’m talking about this book and explaining how it’s written, I like to refer to one of my all-time favorite cops, JD Robb’s Eve Dallas. Nicola Claire’s heroine, Lara, has just lost her partner, so not only is she dealing with the loss of her mentor, but now she has a case that partners her with an old lover. You feel Lara’s grief, even as she tries to hide it from everyone, going so far as to talk to her mentor in her mind. She is a tough cop, but she knows when she can rely on a fellow cop and also the man she gave her heart to once. There were plot twists galore, some I could see coming and others that snuck up on me, and while Lara is dealing with the two intertwining cases, she’s also falling back into love with Damon, and boy is the love making hot. This is a great romantic crime thriller, I like seeing the inner workings of Lara’s mind as she thinks through the cases, her interactions with fellow cops and especially one of her informants.

It was hard to choose 3 quotes for my review, because I love Nicola’s writing so much. I’m in awe with how quickly she writes and publishes a new book. Plus, she has a few different series that are all unique from each other. If you’ve read her Sweet Seduction series, you’ll recognize a few names in this series, but they are completely separate and not needed to understand this series.

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INTERVIEW

Hello, and thank you for agreeing to this little email interview. Though I can tell you I wish I was doing it in person. It’s about 1 degree with snow on the ground here.  Feel free to embellish any stories or answers.  :)

  1. What was the reason you decided to take a chance on becoming an author?

Too many stories clambering inside my head, I needed an outlet and writing just kind of happened. It started out as a personal pastime and progressed into a four book series over the course of several months. By the time I stopped to take a breath, I was already an author – at least in my own mind!

  1. How do you begin writing a story?  With an outline? Or do you just write freehand style, letting the words flow onto your computer, then going back and editing things?

It varies. The first series I wrote, Kindred, just appeared in my mind overnight. I sat down to write the first few lines and didn’t stop until the first four books were written. My family sort of lost me there for a while! Those early books did require extensive editing and tweaking, but they just kind of formed all by themselves. Since then each new story has progressed in its own unique way. My latest book, A Flare Of Heat, was fully outlined, story-arced, and character profiled before I started writing a word. Both were blasts to write.

  1. Is there a current author (or authors) that is an inspiration to you?  And not just with their books, but maybe the person themselves?

There is no way I can narrow that down to just one. How about the top three? Fellow New Zealander, Nalini Singh; it was pure delight to find a Kiwi who wrote such absorbing and brilliant paranormal romance. Karen Chance, for her descriptive language which sometimes I have to go back and read several times, with a huge smile on my face, just because. And, from left field here, J.A. Konrath who writes mystery/crime-thrillers; mainly because the guy is a whiz with advice on self publishing. What Joe doesn’t know, isn’t worth knowing. So, thanks guys! I still refer to all three, for their various inspirational influences, again and again to keep me on track.

  1. Do you listen to music while writing?  If so, do you have a Playlist of some favorite songs or ones you remember listening to while writing A Flare of Heat?

I don’t tend to listen to music while I write, I’m too focused. I’m so absorbed by the story, I don’t even hear my husband when he calls out. But, I am influenced by music frequently. For The Soothing Scent Of Earth Adele’s “Lovesong” was on repeat in the car; a perfect representation of Casey and Theo. And anyone who has read Sweet Seduction Serenade will know Garth Brooks was permanently on my CD player. Maybe a little too much!For A Flare Of Heat John Legend’s beautiful song “All Of Me” kept popping into my head; and that was courtesy of a Facebook fan – I hadn’t really listened to that song until she listed it one day in a post I did about love songs. You’d be surprised how much influence readers actually have!

  1. You’ve mentioned that the basis of this new series is your own job history working as a paramedic.  Was there a specific story that helped form this one book?

I started writing a paramedic story, the first scene in particular was drawn from an on-the-job experience that left an imprint. It happened to be a shooting, and the first words in the book were, “There are times when I truly believe humanity will not survive.” The paramedic series eventually got shelved, but not the first line. You’ll find it still exists in A Flare Of Heat, but the original scene does not. There are, however, several “moments” in A Flare Of Heat that are directly drawn from my time as a paramedic. And just so you know, Pitt Street Fire Station does exist. I’ve had many a Sunday roast with the blue watch boys on night shift back in the day!

  1. Are any of your characters (from SS or H.E.A.T.) modeled on people you know?  Or are they just a conglomeration of friends and family?

I can honestly say that there is a little of my husband in each of my male lead characters. I just can’t help it, he’s my alpha man and I love him! As for the ladies, well they’re a mishmash of many people I’ve known over the years mixed in with a very healthy imagination. Also, writing from the first person perspective means I get to “pretend” to be a different person in each new book I write. It’s fun! But it does help to have “someone” in mind when I set a character profile, that way they’re not all me!

  1. I read on the Sweet Seduction page of your blog that you believe in love at first sight, or pretty close to it.  Can you tell your story?  

This brings a big, fat smile to my face. I met my husband on the first day of a new job. He wasn’t the one to hire me, thankfully — don’t want any favouritism here! — but he was the person assigned to greet me when I arrived for my orientation. I literally took one look at him as he stormed in the room — you could say put-out at having been phoned at the last minute to look after the new girl — and I felt all kinds of romance novel swooning. He stole my breath away. Maybe it was the attitude; the take command, I’m-in-charge, and slightly arrogant style. Or maybe he was just that good looking. In any case, I fell for him straight away, and luckily he wasn’t far behind.

  1. Do you have pictures of people who are your inspiration for your characters, specifically Lara and Damon?  Our readers love looking at hot guy and girl pics, plus seeing what the author modeled their characters after helps too.

Oh, I spend way too much time on Pinterest! You can find all my books there: Nicola Claire on Pinterest. For A Flare Of Heat I fell for British model David Gandy as Damon Michaels and American actress Jessica Biel for Lara Keen. You can find the A Flare Of Heat Inspirational Pinterest Board.

  1. Do you think we’ll see Gen and the gang from the Sweet Seduction series cross over into H.E.A.T. at all?  Or just Ryan and Nick?

It would be kind of cool to have Lara and Damon stumble into Sweet Seduction Café, wouldn’t it? But my lips are sealed. So far, Ryan Pierce has a big role in Lara’s life, and I can already envisage Nick Anscombe being called upon. But, we’ll just see how the rest of the series pans out. As it’s a trilogy of trilogies, there’s bound to be a chance meeting!

  1. What is the next work in progress you will release?  And can you tell us a little bit about it?

I tend to write what feels right, so sometimes my schedule can get blown apart on pretty much a whim. But once I hear a character’s voice inside my head, they can be a little hard to ignore. Right now it’s Georgia Deverell’s voice jabbering away, so I’m revisiting book one in the Mixed Blessing Mystery series, getting ready to write Dark Shadow. This is a spin-off to my completed Kindred series, a paranormal romance featuring vampire hunters & vampires, and a kindred connection between them never before seen. Georgia is a combination of the two, a Nothus or dhampir, part Nosferatin (vampire hunter), part Nosferatu (vampire). It’s such a pleasure to be back in the Kindred World, and I’m really looking forward to revisiting characters from the original series in this second instalment. Blood, fangs, passion and intrigue, what more could a romance novelist want?

And now for my silly portion of the interview.  

  1. Now, I know you live in New Zealand, so I’m afraid I have to ask questions about LOTR and The Hobbit.  Mainly for my own personal curiosity. Do you live near any of the places shown in any of the 5 movies so far?  Or visited them?  If so, can you describe it?

LOL. You crack me up! Is that a Kiwism? Anyway, I’m in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand, not too far away from Matamata (The Shire, Hobbiton) and Wellington (Gardens of Isengard, the River Anduin, Rivendell, Osgiliath Wood, Paths of the Dead), two of the filming locations. By “not too far” I mean just over 60 miles to Matamata and about 230 miles from Wellington. Although I haven’t visited either set – I know, sacrilege to live so close and not pop in for a cuppa – I have seen some of Weta Digital’s work on display at Courtenay Place in Wellington. As for the South Island sets, I can highly recommend the scenery in that part of the world – truly lovely.

  1. If you could be any animal in the world, what would it be and why?

It’s funny you should ask this question. It’s one my husband has asked in many interviews over the years – not mine! He wasn’t even there! But, he did ask me it much later, and for the life of me all I could think of was my favourite animal, the giraffe. I love the way they run, you can never really tell if it’s graceful or slightly ungainly. But it sure looks like fun and puts a smile on your face.

  1. We have a few rugby fans (English and Aussie rules) but we’d love to hear about your favorite team and players.

All Blacks, baby! All the way. Go the Blacks! And in case you didn’t know, that’s New Zealand’s team for our national game. ;) And as for favourite players, that would be captain Richie McCaw, for his leadership and consistent performance (despite injuries) and Ma’a Nonu, for those awesome dreadlocks!

  1. If you had to quit writing tomorrow, what dream job would you love to try and make a career out of it?

I’m not sure anything could top being an author, but if I had to get on out there and pick something it would be test driver for McLaren Formula 1. Or maybe team physio for the All Blacks! Yum!

  1. Can you take a picture of what you see right outside your office (or wherever you write) window and send to me?

Easy-peasy. Sheep, cattle, horses and sometimes deer play backdrop to my creativity. Ah, this is the life!

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About Marissa

MarissaMy first foray into the Romance genre came my freshman year in high school English, where the teacher had us all read books from several different genres. So, my first book boyfriend and PnR introduction, if you will, was Richard Merlin, from The Wizard of Seattle. Prior to that, I’d only read Fantasy or Sci-fi, with a little teen horror thrown in for angst. I was reading The Vampire Diaries decades before it was even a twinkle in the eyes of the producers. Now, I am addicted to PnR, always reading at least one book a week about vamps, wolves, angels, demons, Fae, or overall magic. Follow me on Goodreads

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Interview With The Mistress

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Interview With The Mistress

Kyleigh Jane Interviews The MistressWhen Kyleigh Jane started here at Smut Book Club as the Resident Misfit, she told me she wanted to get to know the authors and people in our community through interviews. After interviewing a few authors and delving into the inner workings of the minds of a writer, I thought it would be fun to attempt to get into the mind of a practicing Mistress.

Through some connections I have, I was put in touch with Mistress Z. I have not met Mistress Z in person, but I trust my source to put me in touch with someone who would give us true insight into the BDSM lifestyle without holding anything back.

Not every Master or Mistress is the same, just as you and I are different. There are certain lines they in the lifestyle will not cross, and anonymity is one line Mistress Z required we stay behind. She is not an author, nor is she someone you think you know. Mistress Z is a long-practicing Mistress with decades of practical knowledge most of us will never experience with her own set of rules and beliefs.

Mistress Z lives the life we read and fantasize about. Kyleigh Jane and I hope your mind is opened and your nethers tingled as you read the interview with Mistress Z. If you have any of your own questions you’d like answered by Mistress Z, leave them in the comments section below.

–> Just for funsies, I’m giving away books from Mistress Z’s favorite series below. <—

Good evening, Mistress Z. I appreciate you taking the time to talk with me.

It’s my pleasure.

It’s not every day that we are able to get such an intimate view inside the real life of BDSM — and even more rare for it to be from a Domme’s perspective, so thank you! How would you prefer that I address you?

I prefer Mistress, thank you.

When I told our readers that I would be interviewing you, I invited them to submit some of their own ideas, and they came up with some incredibly thoughtful and insightful questions.

Here is what our inquisitive readers wanted to know:

Carol: How did you get into the lifestyle?

The simple answer comes down to two words: “Make Me.” Those two words were whispered to me by my then-boyfriend, and they unleashed the beast, so to speak. A light bulb went off in my head, and I suddenly knew how to channel my control issues. They changed my life.

Do you live the lifestyle 24/7?

Mentally, I do. Life circumstances make it impossible to physically live the lifestyle 24/7. It’s an inherent part of my personality, so I am never without it really.

Do you go to any special clubs? If so, what sorts of things do you personally do in the clubs? Do you display your skills for others to see?

Yes. Having been a part of the lifestyle for over two decades, going to clubs used to be beneficial and necessary to meet and interact with like-minded people, to learn new techniques, and try new products. Now that we’re all spoiled by modern technology, the clubs have died down for me personally. The Internet, cellphones, FaceTime, and Skype have revolutionized the way we interact. Websites such as Facebook and FetLife have made it much easier. I’m from the days of meeting in dark clubs in those rooms that no one knew existed. I miss that in a way…the excitement, I suppose.

The club scene is interesting. It’s just an opportunity to remove the mask of daily life. As a voyeur, I’m turned-on by seeing others in their element.

I have participated in public floggings, whipping, suspensions, hands-on demonstrations of different tools, and the public walking of my leashed pet.

Chandra (one of my favorite questions): What perfume do you wear?

Damn Chandra — great question. Not many people think of the sensory aspects of the lifestyle. Scent is a big part of my scenes, especially if I chose to restrict my pet’s vision. I prefer scents that are striking and warm. My go-to is Dior’s Hypnotic Poison. It’s heady and intoxicating which coincides with how I want my scenes to be.

Shara: Do you dominate only men, men and women, or both? What, if any, are the differences between dominating a man and dominating a woman?

Both. I’m not partial to either. Speaking from personal experience, there are differences. Women tend to gravitate toward the sensual aspect of submitting, whereas a male responds more to the physical rawness of submitting. The males tend to want humiliation and raw pain more than women. Again, this is from my experience. The lifestyle and dynamic are different for everyone, just as my needs are my own. Everyone has their own kink.

What do you think about the Fifty Shades of Grey explosion? Has it helped or hurt the lifestyle?

I knew this question was coming. I’ll start by saying I’ve read the series (who hasn’t?) and enjoyed it. Let’s be honest, without the Fifty Shades frenzy, this interview would not be taking place. People like me were only discussed privately. I feel the author was well-researched and depicted some actual BDSM scenes in an elementary manner which made them easier to swallow. The author focused on the sensual aspect of the lifestyle, which is not always present. There are real fetishes that require no sexual release. Basically it’s not always about the love story and sex. But it’s easy to see why they were the focus.

For me personally, it was quite alarming to see this once very taboo lifestyle forced into the mainstream. Suddenly, soccer moms were reading about butt plugs and spreader bars outside of their child’s school. I was put-off at first, but I’ve since calmed my tits and now get a kick out of overhearing conversations while in line at the grocery store. I do think it’s important for readers to not get lost inside the fantasy world of Christian and Anastasia. The harsh reality of the lifestyle is not always as candy-coated. I do think it’s helped to open eyes and minds, but also hurt the exclusivity of the lifestyle.

Melinda: Does it get stressful always being in control? Do you ever just let go and let something happen spontaneously, or is it always thought out, planned, and controlled?

Oh Melinda, control is a bitch. I need it in my life, but yes it’s stressful. Control issues for me started as a child. I have difficulty relinquishing control in everyday situations such as flying, ordering in a restaurant, or being a passenger in a car. I keep my life structured and clutter-free. Clutter gives me major anxiety.

Funny story — when I was 4-years-old, my mother was driving and managed to get us lost. I chimed in from the backseat, “If you don’t know where you’re going, you shouldn’t be driving!” I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t like this.

As far as scenes go, I’m in control. I have it planned out ahead of time. Everything is thought-out. It’s a responsibility I have trouble putting into words. My desire is to first and foremost fulfill my needs, while at the same time, predicting and controlling my pet’s reactions; this control/responsibility is even harder when he/she is inexperienced. I sometimes envy people who can just let shit go.

Angie, our Fearless Leader in Smut: Do you read smut, or do you keep smut to your real life only? If you do read smut, what is your favorite?

Ahhh a fellow leader! You’ll be happy to know that I enjoy good smut. Both on the page and in real life. And fuck, do I have some character crushes: Gideon, Gabriel, Ethan, Damien, Nora, but most of all Soren. I probably come at it from a different angle though; I want to make all of those cocky Alpha’s weep at my feet. Naturally.

Expanding on that question, Cheryl wonders if there are any BDSM books you have read that are very true to the lifestyle?

Oh Cheryl, most definitely. Tiffany Reisz has done me proud. The Original Sinner series is always my first recommendation for those who want a true taste of what this lifestyle is about.

What is the most important thing you require from a sub?

Obedience and trust. And without an open mind, we’re wasting our time. Move along.

Rita: How do you start a discussion with your partner about exploring a D/s relationship? What is the best way to get into the lifestyle?

Each relationship is different. You have to be with someone who is open-minded and not afraid to experiment. Crossing that line from a “vanilla” relationship to one that starts to incorporate touches of BDSM can be as simple as saying, “Honey, I want to try something…” or just being honest. If you are interested in submitting and your partner is a man, MEN LOVE VISUALS. You may want to broach the subject with your partner by talking dirty during sex. Throw in a, “I would come so hard for you if you restrained me while you licked my pussy.” Or perhaps, “I really want you to tie my hands behind my back, put me on my knees, and fuck my mouth.”

Men can be idiots, trust me. Women tend to pick up on things a lot quicker. Most men have that inner need to dominate their women — to know that she comes only for him.

Now if you’re looking to be the one cracking the whip — by all means, you should already have that inner confidence required. Speak up! Be the aggressor during sex — start playful. Start with playful commands to get your partner in the mindset that you are in control.

Granted, bringing on a full-blown D/s relationship is trickier. Those roles, in most cases, need to be in ingrained in your being. I feel in most cases you need to be born with those tendencies. That does not mean they cannot happen — of course they can.

Start by talking about how much it turns you on. Talk about the things you want to experience — only with him/her. Let your partner know how it would make you feel. If you are shy, write down your desires and have your partner read your words.

Jaden: Do you practice alone or within a BDSM community?

Hi Jaden. I love your sexy name. As the present time, I practice alone. However, in the past, I needed a community to make connections. I’m beyond that point now and prefer to be the ruler of my own kingdom.

Do you enforce a collar/contract with your subs, or is it more liberal in your partnerships?

That depends on the dynamic with the individual. I used to collar my pet, but extenuating circumstances do not allow it at this time.

However, there is someone new in my life, and she makes me want to rethink things. I get very possessive and need to be careful to curb those tendencies — especially if circumstances prevent me from collaring.

Have you ever submitted to anyone? (Such a great question.)

Yes, I knew this one was coming, too. Yes. Over the years I have only submitted to one individual. It was an intense two-year learning experience and one that I did not enjoy. The idea fascinates me, but I don’t have the demeanor for handing over control. I’m an Alpha-Dominant type.

Jessica: What is the biggest mistake a Domme can make, and what is the biggest mistake a sub can make?

Ooooo difficult question. Each Dominant/Domme has a different set of rules and things that they find unacceptable. As a Domme, the biggest mistake I could make is not properly learning my pet/submissive — taking the time to invest in their personality, wants, and needs.

Ultimately, my goal is to know what my submissive needs without having to ask. Having a pet/submissive use a safe word feels like a failure on my part. On the flip side, the biggest mistake my pet/submissive could make is to deny my pleasure. Period.

Kyleigh Jane's Interview with The Mistress

Okay, now from me:

I’m a fashion girl myself, so my mind immediately goes to, what do you WEAR?!? Is it latex suits and stilettos, or are my Cat Woman fantasies all in my head?

Oh Kyleigh…MEEEOOOWW! They are most certainly not all in that pretty little head of yours. Would it help to know that I am wearing my cat ears at this very moment? I’m a fashion fiend! I have a serious patent leather fetish — oh and buckles. Buckles make me wet. My personal kink wardrobe consists of numerous corsets, dresses, gloves, ears, fishnets, and don’t even get me started on shoes. I have several pairs of fuck-hot boots that I would love to make you lick.

If you could give every woman in the world ONE sex toy, what would that toy be? Secondly, what is your favorite BDSM toy/implement?

Never underestimate the power of your hand. Ten digits, endless possibilities. Have you ever noticed how sensitive your palms are? Go ahead — scratch your palm. Your hand is a glorious instrument. You can get yourself and your partner off. And let’s not forget spanking.

My favorite BDSM tool is my 5′ black leather bull whip. It’s heavy and intimidating. I’ve had my current one for about ten years. It defines who I am.

What is your sexual kryptonite? What, if anything, brings you to your knees? What’s your favorite kink?

Possessiveness. I don’t like to share. Having my pet/submissive kneeling at my feet solely for my pleasure is what satisfies my soul. It destroys me and builds me up at the same time. I need it and I want it. I tend to covet, so I want to cage my possessions for my pleasure only.

Favorite kink?

Reward/Punishment and Bondage/Restraint

I think I would make a terrible “real life” submissive. I don’t know, maybe I’m more of a switch. I love submission, but I want to be made to submit. I want unicorn vs. pegasus, battle royale. I want the fight. Make me submit. Break me. How would you make me submit to you?

Oh Kyleigh, now my fingertips are tapping with excitement! Since you have such a way with words and seem to be quite chatty, let’s start by gagging you.

That’s better.

Normally I would not use a cage as punishment, but in your case, I would want to take you out of any comfort zone you know. If you’re a good girl and stop grunting in frustration, I’ll let you out. If I decide to let you out, I’ll restrain you. I’ll put you over a bench and restrain your wrists and ankles. I will not remove the gag — and you’re not permitted to make a sound.

I’ll start by using a wand on your clit. One sound out of you, and I will remove it and it will be replaced by a hard slap to your ass with my slapper. It will hurt and sting and your eyes will tear. I will alternate until you figure out that if you do things my way, you’ll let go, and I will let you come. When I give you permission to come, you will. I’ll remove the gag, and you’ll thank me.

That was fun. Everyone is different. To push someone to their mental breaking point, you need to have insight into what makes them tick. My goal would be to take you where you are afraid to go.

Surely you’ve seen some pretty weird shit. What is the craziest thing you have ever seen in the BDSM community?

I respect all kink. What I consider crazy is perfectly normal to the next person. I will say that I cannot get into enema play. It’s disturbing to me. But if that’s what gets you off, have fun.

I, Kyleigh Jane, will NOT be peed on. And no poo play! I mean… ick. What’s your hard limit?

Caning. I don’t like to receive it, and I prefer not to be on the giving end. However if I feel that my pet/submissive needs it, I will indulge.

Music is a big part of my life, and I ask about musical favorites in every interview. What is your favorite sex music?

Oh sweetie, you’re speaking my language. Music is bigger than scent for a scene for me. It can alter the mood and set the tone. Not to mention, it really helps with pacing.

Not many people consider the physical toll being a Domme takes on your body. Would you believe that I have developed something called De Quervain’s Tenosynovotis in my right wrist and require cortisone shots? Whipping, flogging, etc. take a lot of you. It’s a repetitive movement, usually in varying intensity. I guess you could say I have “whipper’s wrist?” But in all seriousness, music is essential — not only for mood, but to control my breathing and pace.

You’re welcome.

What is the difference between a Domme and a Dominatrix?

A Domme is a female Dominant; a Dominatrix is a professional female Dominant who charges for her services. Nice living, right?

Rapid Fire Round! READY—SET—GO!

Favorite sex word/phrase? Cunt

Favorite post sex snack? Post sex — water; Post session — water and Advil

Best bedroom advice? Obey me.

Stranded alone on island, what do you want with you? Solar powered battery charger and my iPhone which holds all of my music and books.

Guilty pleasure? My life is a guilty pleasure. But I’ll say red candy apples.

Pet peeve? The phrase “it is what it is.”

Sexiest man alive, sexiest woman alive? Man — Gandy. Fuck. Me. Woman — Kyleigh, you’re looking pretty good right now, but I prefer blondes.

What makes your eyes roll to the back of your head? Sitting on my pet’s/submissive’s face.

Leather or lace? Do I look like a lace gal? LEATHER.

Over-stimulation, or deprivation? They both have their place.

Tomato/Tomahto? Tomato

Favorite book of all time? The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (Didn’t see that coming, did you?)

Let’s make out. Get on your knees so I can properly kiss you.

Parting words?

If you decide this lifestyle is for you, just remember it needs to be Safe, Sane, and Consensual. No exceptions.

Thank you so much, Mistress Z. This has been an absolute pleasure.

The pleasure is all mine, Kyleigh. As always.

If you have any questions for Mistress Z, we’d love to forward them to her to be answered. Leave your questions in the comments below.

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About Kyleigh Jane

Kyleigh Jane I suppose I was introduced to romance at an early age. When I was around 10 years old, I happened upon a highlighted and dog eared copy of “The Joy Of Sex” on my mother’s bookshelf. I was shocked. I was fascinated. Maybe it was the 1970s power muffs, maybe it was the mustaches, maybe it was phrases such as “tongue bath”, who knows. A couple of years later it was V.C. Andrews “Flowers In The Attic,” which upon discovery, my mom took away from me. From there I chugged along reading Danielle Steel novels, until one day, a little book called “Fifty Shades Of Grey” came along. It was a sirens call. It was everything I never knew I wanted. I was hooked. My love of reading romance blossomed into a new love for erotica, and I haven’t stopped reading since. I have a love for stories with grit, and substance, and meat on their bones. The dark stories, the format breakers, the unusual. I’m always searching for that next great read.

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Kyleigh Jane Interviews Anthony Bryan, Author of The Suicide Princess

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Kyleigh Jane Interviews Anthony Bryan, Author of The Suicide Princess

Not Your Mama's Romance Books

A spectacular interview by Kyleigh Jane and a generous giveaway from Anthony Bryan are down there.
*heh… down there*

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The Suicide Princess by Anthony Bryan

★★★★

Favorite Quote
“I have some tricks, brother, but basically just treat a slut like a lady and treat a lady like a slut, and they’ll love it. If she’s a nice girl, the kind that always does the right thing, treat her like a whore and she’ll love it. Don’t ask me why, just is what it is.”

Heat Rating: Molten
Kink Level: Medium = Dominance and submission
Genre: Modern Romance, BDSM, Erotica, Suspense
Series: Standalone

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Kyleigh Jane Says:
What… what the hell did I just read?

One third cautionary tale, one third psychological/erotic thriller, and one third social experiment.

I’ve read many many books with horribly unlikable, dastardly, devious characters- murderers, rapists, adulterers, con artists, criminals, jerks- and I’ve defended them. Loved them. But I hated Stephanie. I know we aren’t supposed to like her, I know that was the intent-I get it- but I reeeeeally didn’t like her. She’s weak, and easily manipulated, and takes no responsibility for her own actions. And yet, somehow, I managed to really enjoy this story. There were times I had to pause and set my kindle down before I threw it. If Stephanie were a real woman standing in front of me, telling me her story, I would donkey punch her in the throat.

We have Stephanie, Derrick and Jacob. Derrick gives off major American Psycho vibes, and Jacob is our resident “good man.” We travel along while Stephanie makes a series of decisions that (surprise surprise) have a devastating impact on her life.

This is a twisted, psychological erotic romance, that stuffs you in a can, shakes you up, spins you around, and then dumps you back out in a gelatinous mass of “what the eff?!” (I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion.)[/box_light]

Kyleigh Jane Interviews Anthony Bryan on Smut Book Club

*Alright, so do you want me to verbally blow you and stroke you, and tell you how your book was like, the literary Mary Poppins, ‘practically perfect in every way,’ or do you want me to get down to the nitty-gritty and ask you all the questions that I really want to ask you?

I always play in the nitty-gritty, so bring it on!

*I’ve read many many books with horribly unlikable, dastardly, devious characters- murderers, rapists, adulterers, con artists, criminals, jerks, bitches- and I’ve defended them. Loved them. But I hated Stephanie. I know we aren’t supposed to like her, I get it, but I really didn’t like her. She’s weak, and easily manipulated, and takes no responsibility for her own actions. At one point, after it has all hit the fan, Stephanie just goes SHOPPING. Chaos, hellfire, brimstone, destruction all around—and she’s all, “I’m going to Ikea.” It was at this point that I had to pause, and set down my kindle before I threw it. I just… I hate Stephanie. Decisions. Consequences. Miraculously, while I loathed Stephanie, I still managed to enjoy the story quite a bit!
Without divulging too much, (no spoilers!) can you tell us a little bit about Stephanie from your point of view?

I think Stephanie is like a lot of women in that she should be happy with her life – it’s nearly perfect, but she’s not. The romance in her marriage is gone, and she is desperately looking to reignite that flame. However, Stephanie is so desperate to fill that void, the lengths she goes to cross every line imaginable, and she falls deeper and deeper into a mess that she just can’t fix!

*Our main characters are Stephanie, Derrick, and Jacob. Derrick set off some serious alarm bells for me right out of the gate. Very American Psycho. I kept waiting for him to be like, “… I have to return some videotapes.”
Tell us about Derrick.

Derrick is very hard to describe without giving away too much of the story. He’s very masculine, he’s not controlling yet always in control, he’s extremely sexy, and he’s Stephanie’s dream come true. But… Derrick is proof that things are rarely as they seem ;)

*Jacob is our resident ‘good man’. He’s solid, he’s loyal, he’s dependable… he’s vanilla.
WHY is that always such a bad thing? Why is the ‘good guy’ always getting shafted?

Women are biologically hardwired to be sexually attracted to strong, dominating Alpha males – these are the mates who you were most likely to survive with 150,000 years ago. “Nice guys” don’t trigger that “Oh my God, I want to fuck him,” response in women, so it’s hard for a woman to develop a secondary attraction to them without that first initial oomph. It leaves women stuck between a rock and a hard place in that they will always want the guys that are bad for them and rarely want the guys that are good for them. What guys need to do is learn to be both….recognize and learn the characteristics of both Alpha and Beta males and balance the good qualities of both.

*Are you more Derrick, or Jacob?

I’m actually very much both. I have the stability and reliabilty that Jacob brings, but I have the unpredictability and thrill that Derrick brings. It’s all about the balance!

*This felt one-third cautionary tale, one-third psychological/erotic thriller, and one-third social experiment.
What is the voice you want to be heard? What was your message here?

I really didn’t write this to beat a message into people; I just wanted it to be a fun, thrilling, and totally unique read for my readers. But with that, I think a message does shine through – learn to be happy with what’s right in front of you. If you keep chasing happiness, you’ll never enjoy it because you’re always striving for more.

*I had highlighted a quote: “Treat a slut like a lady, and a lady like a slut, and they’ll love it.” This is actually pretty spot on, I think. Quite the little nugget of wisdom for the fellas.
What’s the best sex advice you’ve ever received?

This isn’t advice I received, but it’s something I figured out… PAY ATTENTION! Most women won’t come right out and say “I like when you press this, rub that, and fuck here;” you need to figure out what they want. The best way to do that is try different things, and pay attention, close attention, to her reactions. Listen to her breathing, watch for her chest and face to redden, and so on. When you pick up on her little clues, you’ll know what she enjoys; then put them all together and blow her panties off!

okay…. that was hot.

*The feedback on the book has been almost entirely positive. At my last check 157 of your 167 reviews are 4 stars or higher. (a whopping 119 being 5 stars). That’s pretty remarkable for a freshman author. There is definitely some novelty to romance that’s written by men, but that only goes so far, and certainly there is more to it with reviews like yours.
What do you think it is about this story that is resonating with readers?

I think it’s hitting so hard because it’s different. I believe in innovating not immitating, and my story somewhat goes against the grain. I’ve heard so many readers say that if you read one book on the market, you’ve read 90% of everything that’s out there….they’re all the same, and it’s getting tired. I’m throwing some gasoline on the fire, and it shows.

*Suicide Princess is your debut novel. What makes a young guy like you decide, “Hey, I think I’ll take a stab at writing romance”?

I’ve always loved writing, and it’s my first work under my name. I was a ghost writer hired to write for others, and I primarily helped athletes who wanted to write auto-biographies. However, it got really old watching someone else brag about my work as their own – I know, that was my job, but it sucked. So, I decided to get out there and start writing for me, and I couldn’t think of a more exciting or more fun genre to be in right now!

*Who is Anthony Bryan, REALLY? What does a day in your life look like? Who are you when you aren’t being an author? Tell us a bit about the man behind the book.

This may break a lot of hearts, but before anything else, I’m a husband and a dad. That is my world, and everything else revolves around that! I’ve trained in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai since I was 14, and fighting is still a big part of my life. I’m also an adventure/adrenaline junky. This past wekeend, I broke three ribs in the 2014 Great Bull Run, and I’m in the process of planning a trip to Mount Everest for the spring of 2015…it’s never dull!

*Sooooo there is some serious hotness in this book. Dirty talkin, panty-wrecking boner jams. I’ve found there to be a significant difference between male penned erotica, and female written erotica. (Men being visual creatures, and women being so much more cerebral.) I have to admit… there was one line: “His circumcised head and long shaft ran down to his closely groomed pubic hair and shaved scrotum.” I love balls just as much as the next girl, but the word “scrotum” just… it doesn’t do it for me. To be fair, I also don’t like when women write “mound.”
Discuss.

I also hate when someone is trying to be sexy yet uses the clinical term for something, but sometimes it’s hard avoiding it. “His penis entered her waiting vagina” is a total turnoff, but when describing certain things, a writer has to strike a balance between being intensely erotic and coming off as cheesy. For your scrotum example, a lot of the alternatives are very juvenile, and I just can’t see making a scene that is otherwise so hot sound silly over one word. But in my next book, I’ll be certain to use “ball sack” just for you….actually, I won’t!

*What is the writing process like for you when it comes to sex scenes?

Honestly… I just tap into experience. I’ve been blessed with an incredibly hot sex life, and by basing it on reality, it allows me to pass that emotional connection off to the reader and it makes the scene come alive. It keeps it raw and hot!

*We smut sluts like our smut smutty, and Suicide Princess does not disappoint! You’ve established a bit of a cult following online, your book is gaining momentum, and the chicks dig ya.
What’s next from Anthony Bryan?

My writing style is all about grabbing emotions and twisting the shit out of them until you read the last page while asking yourself, “Oh my God, what the hell just happened?” while catching your breath. TSP is all about playing off of suspense, thrill, excitement, anger, and angst. I want there to be moments you LOVE each character, and moments where you HATE them…emotional highs and lows make you feel! My next book, in progress now, is the exact same, but it goes after a whole new set of emotions. But I promise, the “hot” will always be there ;)

OK, Rapid Fire Round! READYSETGO!

*True or false: You have a bit of a shoe fetish.
So true… I am so turned on by a woman in heels!

*What makes a woman sexy?
Confidence and attitude… and a hot pair of heels!

*Sexiest woman ever? Sexiest man ever?
My hot little wife, and of course, my sexy ass!

*Oldest thing in your refrigerator?
I don’t eat any processed food, so my fridge is packed with everything new and fresh!

*Dirty little secret?
A pair of Converse Chucks on a girl are just as sexy as heels ;)

*Most prized possession?
I don’t prize my possessions, just the people in my world. Possessions are just “stuff,” and that shit coems and goes.

*Pet peeve?
Please, please, please… Know the difference between “know” and “no,” “there” “they’re” and “their,” and so on…

*Hidden talent?
I’m an awesome fighter.

*(you brought this question on yourself during an earlier conversation) Tell us a little bit about your penis. (chin hands)
You have to be a lot more specific than that…but I’ll tell you, it’s just right!

*Confucius say, Man with hand in pocket feel cocky all day.
Is this a question?
Nope. Moving on!

*Favorite Book? (that was not written by you)
Any work by Poe

*Favorite song on your iPod?
I love music way too much to narrow it down to one genre nevermind one song!

*Favorite sexual position or sexual act?
Putting her face down, ass up, with me in back!

*Favorite food?
Sushi and Thai

*Boxers or Briefs?
At this moment, commando
pause for mental image….. k, got it.

*Can you take a picture of yourself right at this very moment?
I can! Will I? Probably not ;)
cheeky bastard.

*Parting words?
Thanks so much, for writing this interview, and everyone needs to go out and read The Suicide Princess…..just have a spare pair of panties ready to go. ;)

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About Kyleigh Jane

Kyleigh Jane I suppose I was introduced to romance at an early age. When I was around 10 years old, I happened upon a highlighted and dog eared copy of “The Joy Of Sex” on my mother’s bookshelf. I was shocked. I was fascinated. Maybe it was the 1970s power muffs, maybe it was the mustaches, maybe it was phrases such as “tongue bath”, who knows. A couple of years later it was V.C. Andrews “Flowers In The Attic,” which upon discovery, my mom took away from me. From there I chugged along reading Danielle Steel novels, until one day, a little book called “Fifty Shades Of Grey” came along. It was a sirens call. It was everything I never knew I wanted. I was hooked. My love of reading romance blossomed into a new love for erotica, and I haven’t stopped reading since. I have a love for stories with grit, and substance, and meat on their bones. The dark stories, the format breakers, the unusual. I’m always searching for that next great read.

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Jason Luke Addresses the Inquiries into His Past: An Interview

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Jason Luke Addresses the Inquiries into His Past: An Interview

When you get the opportunity to ask both pointed and entertaining questions of a man who has lived the lifestyle of a Master, you jump on him it. Kyleigh Jane got that opportunity this week when she sent her own style of questions to Jason Luke, author of Interview with a Master. (It also happens to be the same time she interviewed Dr. Ivan Rusilko, co-author of the Winemaker’s Dinner, which you can read here.) Here’s how it all went down.

This week, I had the chance to have a little chat with Mr. Jason Luke, who has just published the much talked about “Interview with a Master.” All the hype surrounding this male-penned BDSM erotica had me wondering, is this the real life, or is this just fantasy…?

*Good evening, Mr. Luke… Or should I address you as sir? *batting eyelashes, girlish giggling*

*Ok, you know what I’m going to ask you right out of the gate, don’t you?
The first question everyone wants to know is…. are you a Master? Are you involved in the lifestyle at all?

No. I have not been involved in the lifestyle for several years. I have been in a wonderful relationship with my amazing girlfriend for the past 4 years. My experiences in the lifestyle go back to a time before I met my girlfriend.

*I have this image of you in my head, Jason Luke as a sort of Charlie, from Charlie’s Angels. This urbane, and mysterious, cigar smoking alpha male, drinking scotch from crystal tumblers, penning your book in some luxurious environment, your disembodied voice speaking to me through an adorably antiquated intercom system. “Good morning, Charlie!”

So, I’m preeeeetty sure I nailed it, but if that isn’t what you’re actually like, then could you maybe tell us a little bit about Jason Luke?

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I’m perfectly happy if you go with the Charlie from Charlie’s Angels analogy.

*So, just between you and me, (nudge nudge, wink wink) are any of these steamy scenes based on real life events?

Yes. The scenes described in ‘Interview with a Master’ are a combination of real events and real people mixed with fictional characters and fictional events.

*Following the Fifty Shades of Grey juggernaut, BDSM and erotica books have made masochism almost mainstream. This new sexual revolution. But so far, it’s mostly been a romanticized chick-lit take on dominance and submission. Like, If Bondage brought you flowers and took you out to eat at Olive Garden before it flogged you. Anyway, this male voice is a fresh perspective- a glimpse into the minds of men. Honestly, at times this almost felt like a self help book. Did you consider this to be somewhat of a “self help” for women who were Fifty Shades of sexually frustrated?

No. My intention was merely to write a book that readers would find entertaining and emotionally engaging. If, in the course of Jonah’s interview he explains and clarifies things that readers can relate to – then that is a wonderful bonus, but it was not the motivation for the story.

*In the book, Jonah says, “Falling in love with your submissive is about the biggest mistake a Master can make.” Now, I know there are some people within the lifestyle who were picking up torches and pitchforks over that quote. Can you explain that?

I think Jonah explained it fairly well in the book. Jonah believes that if you fall in love with your submissive, a Master is then likely to moderate rules and punishments. That’s just what Jonah believes. I am sure everyone has a different idea.

*Do you read your reviews? You seem to have some very enthusiastic, and loyal fans, who have not taken kindly to any less than stellar feedback. Do you find negative reviews to be helpful?

Every reviewer is entitled to their opinion. I may not like their opinion but I do respect their right to voice it. I am very keen to take on board constructive criticism in fact there are three critical points within ‘Interview with a Master’ that I altered directly because of the feedback of bloggers who received the initial early scenes of the story.

*What was your favorite part of the book to write, and what is your favorite part of the book to read?

My favourite scene to write in the book was the scene in the training room where Jonah handcuffs Leticia and places the key between her teeth. That entire scene came out of thin air in an instant and it was good fun to write.

*This is the first in a trilogy, yes? When can we expect more of the delicious and deviant Jonah Noble?

No. There is absolutely no trilogy planned at all. At the time of answering this question I do not even know if there will be a second book. ‘Interview with a Master’ was written as a stand alone book – that was always my intention.

[Editor’s Note: The day after we received his answers, Jason Luke announced via the Henry Cavill fan blog that he does indeed have plans for future books in the series.]

*Mr. Luke, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with me. Looking forward to hearing more from Master Jonah, and you!

While I had more questions, (some serious, some personal, some funny—like the ones asked of Dr. Rusilko), Mr. Luke chose to maintain his air of mystery. While we may not be able to delve into the personal mind of Jason Luke, we can certainly delve into the mind of Jonah Noble in Interview with a Master, which is out now. Perhaps fiction is best after all.

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About Kyleigh Jane

Kyleigh Jane I suppose I was introduced to romance at an early age. When I was around 10 years old, I happened upon a highlighted and dog eared copy of “The Joy Of Sex” on my mother’s bookshelf. I was shocked. I was fascinated. Maybe it was the 1970s power muffs, maybe it was the mustaches, maybe it was phrases such as “tongue bath”, who knows. A couple of years later it was V.C. Andrews “Flowers In The Attic,” which upon discovery, my mom took away from me. From there I chugged along reading Danielle Steel novels, until one day, a little book called “Fifty Shades Of Grey” came along. It was a sirens call. It was everything I never knew I wanted. I was hooked. My love of reading romance blossomed into a new love for erotica, and I haven’t stopped reading since. I have a love for stories with grit, and substance, and meat on their bones. The dark stories, the format breakers, the unusual. I’m always searching for that next great read.

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