Desired Discipline

I often receive questions from my readers about the toys I write about. Most often, they want to know where they can buy them. Some have suggested I should start my own line of toys.

Fast forward to my friend’s bridal shower and my bratty personality. I decided to make her a naughty basket. I had a ball putting it together. I based it off of one of her favorite books of mine, Bondage Seduction. bondageseduction_800 I included a purple flogger, nipple nooses, clothespins, blindfold and feather.

It was so much fun, I decided to take the plunge and open a naughty store on Etsy. I’m still adding to the line, but if you’re curious please check it out. Just click on the hyperlink. Sales are pretty good for only being open a week. Who knew there were so many naughty people out there?

Rude Magazine

Thanks to the great people at Totally Bound Publishing, I was given the opportunity to share my thoughts on Rude Magazine. It’s a little more reflective than you usually get from me so be sure and let me know what you think.

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http://www.rudemagazine.co.uk/arts/tori-carson-on-ageing-mirrors-and-the-importance-of-reviving-your-inner-wild-child.php

As the year of dreams comes to an end…

2014 began with dreams aplenty. My first book, Bondage Anniversary, was released to the public January 3rd. As the year comes to an end, five more have joined it on the book store shelves. My son, who turned twenty-one this year, has three on the market and two other series in the works. Our aspirations of following in EL James’s footsteps never came to fruition though.

Yet we continue to write, not to get rich, but because stories continue to fill our heads and demand to be put on paper…or computer screens as the case may be.

Reviews have been both uplifting and down right mean. I tell myself not to look, but I still do. Part of me is still that little girl who wants to be loved by everyone. Each time I get a less than favorable rating, I wonder what I could have done differently, but I don’t stop. Writing is a part of me and I hope it always will be.

But life is multifaceted and storytelling is only a small part of what makes the world go round. This year we’ve been blessed with a new member of our family, a beautiful baby girl was born to my nephew and his sweet wife. Sadly we’ve lost others. Their deaths were unexpected and heart wrenching. We weren’t prepared to say goodbye so soon and there’s a void we can’t seem to fill.

It seems each year our jobs become a little more harried. Do more with less seems to be the running theme. Yet we persevere.

And when life gets a little too strong to handle alone, we lean on each other. Our family unit has been on a hell of a roller coaster this year. We’ve each faced personal challenges that seemed too difficult to manage and they might have been had we faced them alone. But we aren’t alone. We are a family. Through good times and bad we stand together. We have each other’s back. I know that like I know the sun will rise in the morning. It may at times be obscured by clouds, but it’s there.

I have no idea what 2015 has in store for us. I pray that it’s kind. I will say I face the coming year with a bit more trepidation than I had this time last year. One by one I watched our plans fizzle like a bad bottle rocket.  But whatever the new year brings, we’ll face it together.

From the Carson family to yours here’s wishing 2015 blows your socks off.

Bondage…On Sale!

Now that I have your attention 🙂 let me tell you what the publisher has agreed to do to celebrate the release of Bondage Included. This week only, they are offering Bondage Anniversary, the first book in the Desired Discipline series, for free from the Totally Bound website and for only 99 cents on Amazon. Please help spread the word!

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Making Progress

It’s been a really productive week. Today alone, I wrote a little over five thousand words. More importantly, I got past a scene that had been dogging me and the end is in sight.

Today, I also received the author copies of Desired Discipline Volume II, the paperback version of Bondage Wedding and Bondage Seduction. I was also notified that Totally Bound has included Bondage Anniversary in an upcoming promotion. They only chose three titles. I’m so excited that mine was included.

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The One and Only is finally here!

I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. Many of you know I’ve been writing for close to twenty years, but mainly for my own pleasure. I’ve submitted several manuscripts in the past, but none were picked up. After I wrote Bondage Anniversary, my husband went nuts. He was so excited. He was sure this was the one. Turns out he was right.

I submitted the original manuscript to three publishers. While waiting to hear back, I wrote The One and Only. If Bondage Anniversary followed the same path as my other stories, I’d be starting from scratch here soon with a few more bruises on my ego.

Totally Bound was the first to answer. They wanted a few changes but were interested in Bondage Anniversary. I was absolutely ecstatic. I made the changes, crossed my fingers and waited some more. In the mean time, the second publisher came back with the familiar ‘thank you, but no thank you’.Instead of being devastated as every other time in the past, I took it in stride. Even if Totally Bound said no, I was making progress. Getting the opportunity to receive constructive criticism rather than the bland ‘you suck’ letter had my hopes up. During this waiting period, I began on Bondage Celebration. My wonderful editor came back after only a week or two and said, we love it We’ll take six.

After coming up for air, wiping away the tears of joy, and pinching myself to make sure I was really awake–not living in fantasy land, I accepted. The next month or so was a flurry of activity. The paperwork was a bit daunting and the reality of agreeing to write six books had my head spinning. When I learned the time table was one every three months, I almost went into panic mode.

About this time my son submitted his book and his pacing began. I knew where he was coming from and I felt a bit of tension for him. I didn’t want my son to ever feel the hurt and disappointment I felt every time I received the ‘your writing has merit, but not what we are looking for at this time’, letter.

My husband decided we needed to get away. The plans were set, reservations made and bags packed. The morning we were scheduled to leave, I heard back from the third publisher, Ellora’s Cave. They wanted to buy Bondage Anniversary. The letter she sent was the exact opposite of all those rejection letters I’d received in the past. She was bubbly and enthusiastic and I was devastated to have to tell her it was already going to print.

We arrived at the hotel and checked into our suite. It was gorgeous as always and very fitting. He’d booked the same room that I’d used as inspiration for Bondage Anniversary. I went out on the balcony, let my hair down and began to relax. From inside, I heard my phone ping letting me know I had an email. I ignored it for a few hours.Towards dinner time, I booted my laptop to download some pictures and remembered the email. It was Ellora’s Cave, again. 

Her email was sweet and asked that I keep her in mind for any new projects. I immediately thought of The One and Only. I still needed to fix a few things, but it was virtually done. After discussing it with my husband, we changed the focus of the weekend and turned it into a working holiday. We made the changes and submitted it. 

The wait was short this time. She’d made sure I could contact her personally and cut through the red tape. Not only did she buy it, she wanted two more.

In the middle of all this, my son’s story was picked up and they also wanted to turn it into a series. Having waded through the paperwork once already, we were able to wiz through his a little easier, but the emotional high was even better. Now, we both had someone to share our hurdles and milestones with. It’s been an exhilarating experience and I couldn’t be more thankful.

As this new series begins, I have butterflies in my tummy. Sean and Michelle talked to me as a writer and I hope you give it a look. 

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Interesting Times

Though my husband has been off all week and we’ve been having a wonderful time together, I snuck away for lunch with a dear friend. We were talking about everything under the sun and getting caught up on all the latest gossip…I mean news, when she asked me about a particular scene in Bondage Anniversary. She asked if there was a specific hotel that I used as my inspiration for that book.

Now my husband travels a lot and we’ve spent more than our fair share of time inside hotels. Those are business trips, for the most part and the rooms are functional. The hotel room I wrote about in Bondage Anniversary was more upscale than our usual haunts. It was a suite we’d rented for a get-away weekend. When our children were little, we would often send them to their grandma’s house to visit and we would take the weekend to relax and enjoy each other’s company. It was one of those trips that we discovered the hotel I used as inspiration for Bondage Anniversary.

It has become a favorite of ours and we try to go there at least three or four times a year. Usually during the summer when the rates aren’t quite as shocking 🙂

Now that our son is moving out and we will have the house to ourselves again for the first time in twenty-four years, I wonder if we will ‘get-away’ as often. When we were younger, going to a hotel was an adventure. The resort setting, beautiful grounds and luxurious amenities were appealing. At this point in our lives, I like our home. It’s quiet, comfortable and there are no strangers to intrude on ‘special’ moments. I look into the future and wonder where we’re headed. I’m both excited and a little nervous.

I’m curious what you think. Do you feel it’s important for couples to ‘get away’ or do you think simply setting time aside to be alone together, without the daily hassles, is sufficient?

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Exclusive Interview with Female First

Exclusive Interview with Female First

If you have a moments, please check out my interview with Female First magazine. I’ve never been interviewed for a magazine before. It was an exhilarating experience, to be sure!

I love that the headline reads ‘Exclusive’, it makes it sound like everyone is clamoring to talk to me. I can’t help chuckling about that one.