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When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?  

Following the ‘write what you know’ instructions, I started out writing in the genre. I’d love to transition to Urban Fantasy at some point, but for now I’m having a lot of fun with the Safeword series.

Do you use a pen name? If yes (or no), why?

Yes. I have elementary and middle school aged children and don’t want them to be judged based on what I write. Not to mention the fact they don’t need to know what I write, either. Kids really don’t want to know those kinds of things about their parents.

Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?

I have a pretty demanding career, and no one at work would believe I have a submissive bone in my body. However, for my husband? I pretty much belong to him. We dated several years before marriage, and were married five years before we had kids. We played around with some pretty heavy-duty TPE for years, but these days our daily life looks pretty normal. We’re still 24/7, but we only play at night now, after the kiddos are asleep.

Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?

I’m a pretty heavy-duty masochist and my husband is an extreme sadist. All of my books have heavy S&M in them, though they seem to have varying degrees of D/s.

Do you write BDSM/kink erotica based on what you find interesting or sexy, or do you write more for your audience?

I write what interests me. My interests seem to be a bit more extreme than most people’s, but I work to show the emotional impact as well as the physical, and so far my writing seems to speak to people. My latest, Safeword: Quinacridone, focuses on objectification and explores some of my darkest subject matter yet. In some ways it’s less intense than my other books, as there is very little D/s, yet it explores how deep some couples can take objectification. How far can you safely take a fantasy?

Do you do any “hands-on” research when you’re writing BDSM/kinky themed erotica?

I occasionally ask my husband if we can do something in particular if I know I’m about to write it. More recently, instead of asking for it I can just tell him I’m about to write a scene about something in particular, and he’ll incorporate it in our play. He used the TENS on me quite a bit while I was writing the Davenport books, and we played around with chemical play and fisting more while I was writing Safeword: Quinacridone. We’ve done it all in the past but it’s kind of a refresher, to help me find the right words to describe the sensations.

What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing?

A fan who, for health reasons, needed help from her husband with enemas. She’d never understood how he could enjoy giving them to her until she read the two Davenport books. She’d felt bad about needing his help, not believing he could find the job pleasant. She saw bits of her husband’s attitude in the story, and finally understood he was being honest and not just trying to make her feel better.

Have you ever heard that a fan might have tried something from one of your stories and liked it? Did you take it as a compliment?

Oh yes, I get those emails quite a bit. We also have discussions on some of the Goodreads groups, where people talk about trying things in the various books. I try to stress how important it is to research safety advice on any activity before trying it. While I’ve experienced just about everything I write, I’m creating fiction and not a how-to manual, so you shouldn’t assume I cover everything you’d need to know to be safe.

What is your favorite flavor ice cream? And since this interview is for BDSM Book Reviews, vanilla is not an option!

Mint chocolate chip with hot fudge syrup. Put a warm brownie under it and it’s even better. Mmmmm.

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Lover’s Feud by Ann Jacobs

http://www.amazon.com/Lovers-Feud-Ann-Jacobs/dp/1419967525/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359638054&sr=1-1&keywords=Lover%27s+Feud+by+Ann+Jacobs

ISBN-10:1419967525

ISBN-13: 978-1419967528

Story Rating: 4.5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Blurb:

Hatfields & McCoys meet Dallas… What should have been simple BDSM club play becomes complicated when lifelong neighbors Bye Caden and Karen Oakley discover there’s more between them than one steamy night. But acting on their feelings is unthinkable, for if discovered, they could reignite a century-old feud between their families. Sneaking around to be together ups the heat factor, but it’s only a matter of time before the couple must come clean. Forever is hard to come by when one’s father shoots first and asks questions later. Against a larger-than-life ranch setting, the lovers must overcome not only their own misgivings, but the opposition of their respective families. A task that could prove to be as big as Texas.

Review:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I have enjoyed others by this author.  There is even some BDSM in the book, although it is very light, and one ménage scene.

Karen Oakley and Bye Caden are a modern Romeo and Juliet.  Both come from money, but Karen’s family is looked upon as white trash.  Bye is the son of the largest rancher in the area, and at first seems like a spoiled brat.  Their families have been feuding for over 100 years, although no one seems to know the real cause.

I liked the way they worked out a way to get past the feud, and I liked both the hero and heroine, although Bye comes across as almost too good to be true.

The book contains suspense, family secrets, lots of hot sex, and a satisfying HEA.

Reviewed by Karen

Reaper’s Fragile Ego by Charisma Knight

http://www.amazon.com/Reapers-Fragile-Death-Angel-ebook/dp/B008AQ593Y/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359611033&sr=1-1&keywords=reaper%27s+fragile+ego

ASIN B008AQ593Y

Story Rating: 2 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 1 out of 5

Blurb:

Death comes in various forms. Seductive and sometimes violent, the Reaper pervades into life like a thief in the night, and you’ll never know when he may strike. He holds a secret desire, one which has haunted him for a millennia, an obsession for an entity opposite of himself. If he could conquer her? Her powers of light and strength would complete his majesty of darkness.

After all, the Death Angel, Bane has a reputation to maintain, but how well will he deal with a blow to his fragile ego once he learns the truth about the object of his coveted obsession?

The Angel of Willpower, Willa Mae finds that her strength may be her downfall, as she fights hard to permeate mankind with the will to survive. In her quest to imbue hope and strength to those who despair, she steps on Death’s toes and he vows revenge on the dark beauty.

Review:

I’m not sure that I would categorize this as a true BDSM themed story. It’s short and even though there are only a handful of characters it still confused me. For me it wasn’t clear that Death, the Reaper, and Bane were the same person. Plus the characters weren’t very likeable to me; although this is so short it’s hard to feel any attachment to any of them.

One thing that bothered me were the terms like his “pleasure inducing tool” and her “tight cavern” or his filling every “nook and cranny of your pussy” during sex. And “weeping slit” always is a turn off to me, but that’s me.

While I read this I felt like it wasn’t really finished. It felt like a rough draft that needed to go through a few critique sessions and rewrites to truly polish the story that we only see a small part of instead of the entire picture. Same thing with the five page “bonus story” included at the end.

I wanted to like this more, especially when Brooks Johnson was on the cover. All in all though this just wasn’t for me and I prefer books with more hardcore BDSM.

Reviewed by Elizabeth

 

Need by Sherri Hayes

http://www.amazon.com/Need-Sherri-Hayes/dp/1612130976/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359584879&sr=1-1&keywords=need+by+sherri+hayes

ISBN-10:1612130976

ISBN-13: 978-1612130972

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Blurb:

As Brianna comes to terms with the realization that she is no longer a slave, she must figure out what she wants for her life. Forgetting her past isn’t an option. She knows she cannot imagine her life without the man who saved her, but can she be what he needs? Stephan never imagined falling in love with the woman he rescued. The scars from her past haunt her, and he is helpless to stop them. Can he be everything she needs and help her move on?

Review:

First off, I think I am the only person who hasn’t read the first book, Slave, in the Finding Anna series by Sherri Hayes. While it would have been helpful to read Slave first, you can still enjoy Need if you haven’t had a chance to start at the beginning. Although, it is highly, highly recommended to pick up Slave and follow it closely with Need and then wait with baited breath to read Truth, the third book in the series.

Brianna and Stephan entranced me from the very beginning. While they have a rocky relationship in many ways due to Brianna’s past, there are a lot of realistic and normal things that are easy for a reader to relate to. Stephan is spending time retraining Brianna to be more of a submissive and less of a mindless slave. With her past being what it is, this means a lot of steps forward with even more steps backward as they work through issues that some people might consider minor yet between them they are very major issues. Both of these characters have their good and bad points. Stephan earns points by working hard to help Brianna overcome her past yet still be able to participate in submissive activities. Yet he loses a few points by the manner in which he determines is best for her, because at times it seems like he is hurting her more and it leaves you questioning his reasons. Brianna has a lot to overcome and while some of her decisions and actions may make you cringe, others will just make you ache for her.

The story line is much more psychological than arousing, but the writing is so superb that is just sucks you in and when you reach the cliffhanger at the end, you’ll be looking for more pages and just have to sigh while you wait for the next installment. We are introduced to several others characters that help define Brianna and her past, and while it would have been nice to learn a bit more about Stephan and his past, this story is very much about Brianna and her struggles. Ms. Hayes does a marvelous job at giving the reader insight to Brianna and how different her original experiences are from those that Stephan gives her. It is very enjoyable to learn how Brianna grows and finds a little of her own voice and pleasure in things that she didn’t know could be pleasurable.

If you really want to read a book that has a lot of realism and characters that are not perfect or doing everything exactly right all the time, then pick up Need.  Read it, dissect it, and most of all enjoy it.

Reviewed by Star

When you first started writing, did you have any idea you’d be writing BDSM/kinky books? Do you write in any other genre?

 I began writing more romance style stories that were pretty erotic, and these evolved into historical romances with heavy doses of BDSM. Before I engaged in BDSM, the relationships in my writing were vanilla. As I evolved into D/s relationships my romance couples did as well. This made my BDSM M/f slanted instead of F/f because M/f is much more mainstreamed throughout history. 

 I think it would be much harder to write a historical romance that involved a BDSM relationship between two women. Not because there weren’t women couples, but because they couldn’t go out and about in society in years past and relate to the world as an open lesbian couple. One book has spanking as a punishment and it more represents how many husbands chastised or treated their wives throughout history than it does BDSM, and that couldn’t be written as a F/f relationship.

 My other historical romance has BDSM. I refer to it as a kinky historical romance.  I am a huge history buff and somewhat of a geek, so historical romances satisfy that side of me. I have written some paranormal suspense as well and have a paranormal erotic historical romance in the works now.

 My BDSM books are collections of short stories. They are made from stories I have written for my submissives over time as little rewards or gifts, or derived from dare I admit it, fan fiction I once wrote.

 Are you actively involved in BDSM? If so how do you identify yourself? Dom(me)/sub? Top/bottom? Switch?

 I have been in BDSM relationships for over 10 years, am very involved in the kink community and live a D/s lifestyle. I identify as a dominant lesbian/ Mistress. I married and collared my wife a year and a half ago. We are monogamous and live a domestic discipline lifestyle. My wife is a stay at home housewife who cares for our home and for me. We purchased a home last February and now have the proverbial house with a white picket fence and a dungeon in the basement. Our power exchange relationship is that she cares for me and I care for us.

I also have several male service submissives who do household chores and yard work. One fixes things inside and is a handyman type, one cares for the outside landscaping, and one does chores that are too difficult for my wife and cooks the occasional meal. My relationship with my service subs is completely non sexual. Their reward comes from their sincere desire to serve, and from getting to serve at the occasional CFNM (clothed female, nude male) or play party.

I have a play partner who fulfills my very sadistic side. We engage in heavy impact play. He is a hard core masochist. Our play is completely non sexual. My wife and I do more sensual and sexual play. She enjoys floggings and light impact only, so there is a big difference in my play styles with each of them.

Is there one area of BDSM that you tend to write about more? Why do you think that area creeps into your writing more than some others?

Much of the play in my books is impact play that is very sexual. It’s what I enjoy most when I engage in BDSM activities, so it’s what I enjoy writing. I am somewhat rope impaired so bondage doesn’t come into play much, and I dislike humiliation. The terms of whore, slut, little bitch are mostly used as endearments. I enjoy having power over my wife’s orgasms so the play is heavily sexual as well. I write what I do. I think that’s pretty natural.

 Is there an area that is BDSM/kink-related that you haven’t written about yet that you’re interested in?

One of my guys would really like me to do a collection of F/m stories. I am considering that or possibly a how to guide for CFNM parties. They are widely fantasized about by a lot of guys on Fetlife, and I had great success with the CFNM party my wife and I held, so I will most definitely either write a shot story about the party, or as I said, write a how to guide.

 What have you written in the past that you think your BDSM/kink fans might find interesting?

I have a collection of M/f BDSM stories called “Sweet Agony”. I also have a short story called “Dining In” that is a very mild BDSM story that I published on its own to target erotica readers who might not be into heavy kink. Both are on Amazon as well as two kinky historical romances. “Lessons of Love” is more domestic discipline. “Elizabeth’s Destiny” is a historical romance with heavy BDSM scenes.

What is your favorite fetish? Why?

Most of my play involves impact. I’m a medium level sadist so that’s what gets me heated up. I also really enjoy giving anal because of the level of submission involved. It’s a great power exchange. If I am bottoming, I love electrical play. Violet wands are my new favorite toy for topping or bottoming. It’d hard to pick a favorite fetish. Why limit myself?

At this point in your career, do you think you’ll write more BDSM/kinky erotica?

Absolutely. I am compiling and editing my collection of F/f  BDSM erotica right now and have been thinking on the best approach for a F/m book. My muse is always whispering ideas for kinky books into my ear so I don’t see my stopping anytime in the future. The amount of fetishes that potential readers have is huge, so my well of kinky ideas should never run dry.

What’s the most surprising piece of feedback you’ve ever received from a fan of your writing?

I was a bit taken aback the first time someone told me they masturbated to my stories. People had told me that they needed a cold shower or things like that, but when she came right out and told me how she had to touch herself it was a bit surprising. Now I’m pretty used to people telling me they need to get their Hitachi or some such thing. I joke and say I’ve made hundreds of people orgasm. It’s honestly a heavy dose of power for the dominant in me.

 Do you attend BDSM, kink, or fetish conferences? Or do you attend any other “vanilla” type of conferences? Attending any in the near future you want to mention?

My wife and I love the big events. We’ve been to Kinky Kollege in Chicago a couple of times, Madtown Kinkfest quite a bit, and would really like to do a road trip out to Denver for Thunder in the Mountains. The last time we went to Kinky Kollege they had well known BDSM authors as the main theme. My wife was so excited, she got to meet Janet Hardy. It was a great time. Being surrounded by kinky people for a whole weekend is a great feeling.

 Sometimes my work schedule is hard to work with when trying to get to events. I have to be conscious of what kind of security they have as well, in order to keep my activities a secret because of my job.  As for a regular or vanilla convention, I haven’t been to anything that wasn’t work related.

 Blog:  http://jolynnraymond.com/

Author page:  http://www.amazon.com/Jolynn-Raymond/e/B0090BBN8I/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/JolynnRaymond

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JolynnRaymond

 

Venetian Love Knots by Normandie Alleman

In Venice, Allison Fox will find love in the arms of two men. Her past collides with her future in a battle for her heart. Which one will win?

Travelling to Venice to be the maid of honour in her best friend’s wedding sounds like a great vacation, and a romantic way to spend Valentine’s Day. But when Allison Fox discovers who the best man is, she is torn between duty and self-preservation.

It has taken Allison four years to put her tumultuous relationship with the rodeo cowboy behind her after a violent incident ripped them apart. Now Allison must find a way to face her past and find closure with her old flame. But will she be able to put the past behind her?

Cole is the Texas cowboy who has never got over his love for Allison. But when he declares his love for her after all this time, is she strong enough to walk away from the intense passion they share?

For years Nico, a handsome Italian, was committed to nothing but his work. Nico never expected he would meet an American beauty who would awaken in him a desire to love again. Once he finds her, Nico vows to never let Allison go.

It will be a Valentine’s Day to remember, but who will win Allison’s heart?

http://www.total-e-bound.com/product.asp?strParents=&CAT_ID=&P_ID=2003

The Mayor’s Daughter: Draft Pony by Will Versuch

http://www.amazon.com/The-Mayors-Daughter-Draft-ebook/dp/B004LDLAJC/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_3

ASIN B004LDLAJC

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 5 out of 5

Blurb:

Stopped for speeding while on the way to her 19th birthday party, the sexy young Jessica Miller assumes she’ll get by with the usual warning. Although her glove box is filled with unpaid tickets, she’s sure that her daddy, the Mayor, will ‘take care of it,’ just as he always does. However, once the officer pulls her driving records, he abruptly orders her from the car, subjects her to a demeaning pat down, then cuffs her ankles and wrists, and shoves her into the back of his cruiser. Arrested for attempted armed robbery! Oh, but this is a huge mistake!

On the way to the police station, the stunned Jessica rattles off a battery of questions, only to learn from the smooth-talking officer that she’s not been arrested at all. She’s been kidnapped! Taken to a secluded grist mill, she’ll be held until her daddy pays the ransom demands. Once in the mill her terror multiplies, as her captor begins an S&M ‘birthday celebration,’ during which she’s bound and gagged, in a ‘bobbing for apples’ style contest with a tub of water and balls, then photographed in her dire state. The photos will land in daddy’s email, proof she’s alive and in danger. The officer continues her torment with his roving hands moving adroitly over her body and rousing her sexual desires. Much to her further distress, her excited body climaxes in its prison of rope.

While waiting for daddy to respond, the officer begins the ‘training’ portion of her captivity: a regime of bondage and female pony training designed to turn the terrified girl into a human pony, fitted with the appropriate harness, bridle, bit, tack and tail. “There’s always a good market for a well-trained filly,” he tells her. If daddy doesn’t want her, he’s sure some wealthy man will. He won’t miss his chance to cash-in on this pretty pony.

In time, Jessica will learn the shocking truth about her nightmarish captivity. Until then, she’ll endure humiliating and often painful pony workouts as she learns to become both a hard-working ‘draft’ pony and a prized ‘show pony’ in a fancy costume.

Please Note: portions of this work have been previously posted to several sites on the internet, titled The Mayor’s Daughter. This newly released version includes a final chapter not previously posted or published.

Review:

Goodness, where to start with this one. This was one of the grittiest and “dirty” books I have ever read. At the very beginning of Jessica’s captivity I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to read this entire piece. I experienced a moment where I cringed and my stomach started hurting. This is so incredibly overwhelming to read. It reminded me a little of the “Saw” movies or any other horror movie where the main character is so  fucked and you know it but they don’t. The type of thing where you watch it but you feel like it’s wrong doing it.

The amount of abuse this poor girl goes through is intense and she has absolutely no way out. And while I have heard of pony play, this was more like batshit crazy pony play. But… that being said… this is really an amazing book. I know, I know, I said I wasn’t sure a few pages in if I was even going to be able to finish it. But I did and in the end I was blown away. Yes it’s cruel and harsh and scarey as hell. But it was also very well written and the author really knows his stuff. It is truly disturbing watching someone lose their sense of self and very sense of being human. This girl gets mind fucked and physically fucked. She gets no real down time, being tortured even when she goes to sleep.

After reading this I am definitely going to read books two and three to see how this all plays out. I feel like I am emotionally invested in Jessica so I have to read the other books. I recommend this for readers who like their BDSM hard, gritty, dark as fuck and over the top intense. This is not for the weak of heart or newbies thinking about pony play. (Newbies would go running for the hills, tails swooshing after them!)

Reviewed by Elizabeth

Desire in Any Language by Anastasia Vitsky

http://www.amazon.com/Desire-in-Any-Language-ebook/dp/B00B54ENFI/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1359382749&sr=1-1&keywords=desire+in+any+language

ASIN B00B54ENFI

Story Rating: 5 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 4 out of 5

Review:

When a foreign student goes abroad to study post college, she finds a culture of taking up the rod. Now that is a story I can get in to.

Spanking stories are a particular favorite of mine. When Mira agrees to attend a language school overseas, she is unaware of some of the cultural differences that don’t exactly translate into American life. One of those is physical punishment when a teacher is not pleased with a pupil’s work. It is used to motivate and encourage by showing consequences for actions. I should point out that this is a tale of post college age students and no one underage was spanked or throttled.

One of the particulars of this story is that it never exactly says where the story takes place; whether it is in Japan or China. It is decidedly Asian in culture and mannerisms and has a rich background of world building and artful prose. The build-up to the spanking scenes was truly erotic. Mira is horrified at what her hidden desires are costing her after she witnesses another student being punished. She can’t focus on her school or her life and fantasizes about her teacher spanking her with a rod. Knowing in her heart this is what she deserves is a gut wrenching journey of self-actualization and sexy self-awareness.

I enjoyed the texture of the writing, the smooth descriptions of the lessons in a language that is beautiful and ornate and how the main character strove to meet her teachers’ demands. The gradual realization as to what she (Mira) needs is an awakening and in some ways a birth by fire. Passion runs hot in this short novel and I found myself pondering about its nuances even when I wasn’t reading it at that moment. If a book makes you think, that is one of the highest complements you can give it. While there was no outright sex in this book, the erotic focus on the spankings and the kiss between two young ladies left me happy and satisfied at the book’s end.

Excellent spanking scenes and a radiance that went beyond a typical school room drama. This short book was sexy, smart and quite delicious.

Reviewed by: Erzabet