Erotic gifts?

Have a special event coming up? A Bondage Celebration perhaps?

Check out these gift options.

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Baskets include flogger(s), nipple nooses, bedazzled clothespins, clip-on belly button rings and some are available with silky soft, lace blindfolds.

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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?

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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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.

Fun Day Planned

Last night, I received the paperback copies of volume one of the Desired Discipline series. Basically, it’s just the paper copy of Bondage Anniversary and Bondage Celebration combined into one. It’s silly, really, I’m a total ereader fan. I hardly ever buy an actual paper or hard bound book anymore. Yet, holding a copy of my own book, in my hands, somehow made this crazy journey feel real.

As I’ve mentioned, probably way too many times, our anniversary is Friday. We had the whole day planned, but the weather is trying to put a damper on it. Luckily, we found out in a enough time to switch things up a bit. Instead of hitting the lake tomorrow, as is our tradition, we will go out tonight and watch the sun set. We will bring the camera and try to catch the breathtaking views on–well I was going to say film, but I guess that’s a bit out dated–let’s try…the memory card. It doesn’t flow quite as well, but I suppose it’s accurate.

A few of you have been asking, so I wanted to update you…I’ve got good news. My wonderful husband canceled his trip to Boston. It will be rescheduled once I’m able to accompany him. Hopefully, when it’s a bit warmer. I doubt it can be postponed until September or October, but I would love to visit during the early fall.

His to Own is due to my editor tomorrow and unfortunately, it’s going to be late. Life has been getting in the way too often. The story is coming together quite well though and it should be finished shortly. Some of my readers are encouraging me to hurry it up and start on Bondage Unlimited, Andre’s story. Apparently, he’s a bit anxious too. He visited me in the shower this morning and told me a bit of his predicament. Funny, how such a nice guy managed to mess up his life so completely. He is resourceful and has a host of friends, I have no doubt he will find his happily ever after.

I’m off to pack for our sunset lake trip and then I promise, I’ll start writing 🙂

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Anniversary

Friday, marks our 30th wedding anniversary and though many people assume that Bondage Anniversary is an autobiography,it really isn’t. While we share some of the character traits…married fresh out of high school, two kids and a few other life events, the actual premise of the book shares nothing in common with our relationship.

Believe it or not, in my youth, I was a literary snob. Please don’t tell my children, they think all I’ve ever read is ‘smut’ as they call it. I get a kick out of our kids referencing something from the classics as if I have no clue what they’re talking about. It’s akin to when they listen to our conversations but pretend they can’t hear a word because their ear buds are in.

When I finally did read my first romance story, the first person I shared it with was my husband. At the time, he was a non-fiction snob. If it wasn’t a manual of some sort, he didn’t have time for it. After I read the book, twice, I knew he had to read it so we could discuss it. Now my husband would move heaven and earth to make me happy and I knew once I asked him to read it, he would. However, he is also a very busy man and his time table and mine don’t always match up. Patience, though, is not one of my virtues. If something is important to me, I want it now and I can be damn persistent.I carried the book in my purse and whenever he was sitting still, I read it to him until he was finally hooked. Ever since then, we’ve read most books together.

Unlike Laura, there has certainly never been a book that I read secretly. There would be no point. As Alexa (from His To Own) is learning, experiencing something alone isn’t half as enjoyable as sharing something with a loved one. How many times have you found something on Facebook, Tumblr or Reddit and just had to share it with your best friend? For us, erotic romance is the same thing. It’s also a great way to get new and naughty ideas…

Great weekend

Wow, what a wonderful weekend. The weather was beautiful, sunny and 80ish. It was so nice, I spent most of it outside and therefore didn’t write much. I plan to make up for that today.

Last Friday was an eventful day book wise. Bondage Celebration was released to Amazon and all the major markets in e-form. Volume one of Desired Discipline, which is a paperback version containing both Bondage Anniversary and Bondage Celebration, became available for order through Totally Bound, Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

A few people have asked if I will signed their copies. You have no idea how foreign that concept is for me. Of course, I’ll do it, but it’s something I never considered when this adventure began. I’m a little freaked out by it. I know that sounds wimpy, but it’s the truth.

Speaking of freaked out…Alexa almost had a panic attack when Brett started explaining his theory of soulmates. After her disastrous marriage, the last thing she wants is a long term committed relationship. As they explore D/s together, Alexa has found she is falling hard for the handsome, persuasive Dom. Although he has encountered a few of her triggers, he’s still trying to unravel what exactly happened to make her so skittish. He is hopeful that given enough time and, though it’s killing him, space that she will work her way to him.

Time to get busy. These two have been waiting long enough to have their story told. Have a wonderful week!

Fabulous February!

This is quite the month for our household. Bondage Celebration will be available on Amazon and all the major sellers on Friday. Bondage Wedding will be available through Totally Bound the following Friday, the 21st, and my son’s first book, Night, will hit the major markets the week after that on the 28th. Plus it’s our 30th wedding anniversary. What’s not to love about February?

I’m feeling a bit like a slacker. My editor for the Desired Discipline series, was asking me what my plans were for after the series is completed. I didn’t really have an answer. Several ideas have been floating around my brain. I’ve enjoyed writing these stories and have considered extending it beyond the six books currently slated for publication. I also have another story line in mind. The focus is less sexually based, more romantic suspense. I’ve even considered a paranormal series, but I think I will leave that to my son.

One thing is for sure, a year ago, I never dreamed I’d be having that discussion at all. I don’t think I’ve fully come to grips with it. Over the weekend, I had an amazing experience. My family and a bunch of friends went to a local Renaissance Fair. One of the ladies in our group was asking me something about the books and our discussion was overheard. It turns out one of the women a table away from us had read the book. She asked for my autograph. Well honestly, my brain went offline. I never expected to have such an encounter. She was bubbly and sweet. I know she spoke to me for several minutes, but I have no idea what she said. The whole time I kept thinking, she must have me confused with someone else. Someone more worthy. When she handled me the program for the fair and asked if I’d sign it, I completely froze. I thought, if I sign my name she’s going to get home and realize I wasn’t who she thought I was and will be upset I ruined her program.

My friends had a wonderful time teasing me the rest of the day. Although my family assured me that she knew the names of the characters and really was talking about my book, it still seems surreal. to me. I may have made her day, but she blew my mind.