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I’m delighted to participate in BDSM Book Reviews’ second birthday party, and give to you a very spicy excerpt from my best-selling vampire historical, Temptation in Tartan. It’s over 90,000 hot, sexy words—plenty to satisfy the most voracious reader. One of you will be lucky enough to win a free ebook  copy! Just leave a comment to qualify. Contest ends tonight at midnight. temptationintartan_msr (4)

Here’s the blurb:

She had to marry a monster…

Rumors had followed the chieftains of Clan Kilborn for centuries. Said to be descended from the Viking Berserkers, they were ferocious in battle, known for tearing off the heads of their enemies and drinking their blood.

But English noblewoman Lydia Swann Williston would marry Kieran, Laird Kilborn, to bring peace to the Kilborn lands after the horror of Culloden and the brutal pacification. A widow, she also brought needed wealth to Clan Kilborn. For her part, eighteen-year-old Lydia wanted children. With her husband killed at Culloden, she would make a new life in the Highlands.

The old chieftain of Clan Kilborn also died in battle, and she hoped that the new young Laird would lack his ancestors’ ferocity.

She was wrong.

And here’s the excerpt—hope you like it! The set-up is that two clanswomen, one the Laird’s Lady, have defied Laird Kieran’s orders. Kieran prefers to be obeyed and enforces his will with the kind of discipline many of us know well.

Kicking the door closed, he flung her onto the bed. She landed in a dizzying tumble of skirts, but before she could compose herself, he’d seized her arms and pulled her upright.

“Take off yer clothes.”

She stared at him.

“Take off every stitch or I’ll cut ‘em off ye.” He pulled a small knife from his boot. The sharp silver blade glinted.

Her head spinning, she thought she’d faint but managed to remain upright. She tugged off her gloves and, with quivering hands, fumbled at the laces of her bodice. He leaned against the bedpost, watching her with cold onyx eyes, the eyes of an angry stranger, the same stranger who’d killed the MacReiver.

Her fingers simply couldn’t work the ties and she watched, frozen stiff in place, as Kier stepped toward her, his knife gleaming.

The tip raised toward her chin, then came down, decisively ripping through the laces. Her bodice opened, revealing her stays.

“Lydia.” His tone carried warning.

She tried again. The stays proved to be even more difficult.

Another slash of that wicked knife, and another. The stays, cut at each shoulder, dropped to her hips. He ripped them off her.

She stood in her shift, knees weak, but with every muscle alert and tight.

“Lydia…” His voice was hard, hard as the member thrusting against the front of his trews.

Hard as her nipples had become in the cool air.

She was not aroused. She couldn’t be! Yet, a telltale stickiness gummed her thighs together.

Her limp fingers strayed to the ribbon tying the neck of her chemise. She fumbled at it. Her hands dropped. The shining knife’s tip winked a moment before Kieran set it into the shift at its top. He cut it off her, the knife sliding through the thin pink silk with a hiss.

She stood before him naked but for her garters, stockings and boots.

He threw the knife and it thwacked into the wooden bedpost. Boneless, she dropped onto the bed.

“Take off yer shoon.”

When she was done, he hauled her to her stockinged feet and, turning her away, tethered her wrists to the upper rail of their bed.

She was stretched high, her toes barely touching the floor, her knees bumping their mattress. Horribly exposed, yes, but her lifted breasts ached for his touch. He ran a gloved hand down her quivering body, and she moaned from the pleasure of it, anticipating relief regardless of his threatening mien.

He pinched her nipple, searched between her legs. He caressed the moisture there, and she pushed against him. When he pulled away, she groaned in protest.

This was not so different from the twists and turns that their lovemaking occasionally took…had he forgotten her punishment? She allowed herself to relax, closing her eyes and tipping her head back, enjoying the sweep of her long hair against her naked back.

His gloved hand swatted her exposed buttocks, fierce as a whip. The shock of it sank into her a moment before the burn began. Shock and sizzle… Though he’d spanked her rear before, she realized he’d been holding back.

“Ye understand why I must do this, don’t ye?” His fingers roved across her stinging bottom, delved into her crack, circled her rosette.

Swallowing her gasp, she said, “Yes, I do. But…”

“But what?” Each word was punctuated by a slap.

She squirmed.  “Your power as laird…what of mine as your, as your…?” What was she? Lady Laird? Lairdess? Surely not.

“Lydia, look at me.” Holding her hips, he turned her around. Gone was the stranger. Kieran, her husband, had returned and he spoke with authority. “Your influence as my wife and consort willna be diminished. I promise ye, any man or woman who disobeys ye risks the pillory or worse. See here.”

He untied her and wrapped a plaid around her naked body, then urged her to through the door. “Get ye gone,” he snapped to a group of the curious who’d clustered outside in their hall. They scattered.

He took her to the window opposite, which overlooked the courtyard, and stood behind her so she could see. He leaned against her, forcing her forward over the deep embrasure. His cock pressed against her tender bottom cheeks. She wanted to be worthy of her birth and rank, but was quivering from a strange brew of dread and desire.

His orders had been obeyed, and Moira was bent over a barrel with her arms and head locked in the pillory. Her skirts were rucked up around her waist, with her naked buttocks exposed. They were already red with weals, with five distinct welts marking each thigh, as Kier had demanded.

As Lydia watched, one of the clanswomen spat in Moira’s face, then slapped her. “And stay away from me man!”

“She isna popular,” Kieran said.

“Except with some.” A line of grinning guards had formed behind Moira. Most had their trews open and were fondling their parts while they watched others use her. As one left, another began.

Kier leaned out of the window. “Know this!” His voice echoed through the bailed, and all activity below stopped. Heads craned to regard them and to hear their laird’s latest orders. “I have been merciful this one time. Anyone who endangers my lady or emperils her in any way will be severely punished.”

“But don’t get that one pregnant!” He pointed at Moira, and the watchers shouted with laughter.

One of the guards approached her naked posterior, tugging on his big, curved penis, which grew ever more distended. Lydia gasped. “He’s huge.”

“Aye, Bod an Deamhain, we call him. Duncan’s got the devil’s own cocky.”

She craned her head to regard Kier, disgusted. “You sound…admiring.”

He chuckled. “We males measure ourselves by our parts, ye know?”

“That’s silly.”

Below, Duncan punched his devilishly large shaft into Moira’s swollen quim.

“He’s…he’s raping her!”

“Nay,” Kieran said. “Moira isna chaste. She gives her favors freely to the guards. Watch.”

Moira grunted loud enough for Lydia to hear, and pushed back against Duncan with cries that spoke of pleasure rather than pain. He swived her vigorously before he pulled out and came, spurting thickly on her reddened arse. The onlookers cheered.

Lifting the plaid, Kier ran gloved hands over Lydia’s trembling body…

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Here’s a little about the author:

Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written over sixteen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s worked for Total-E-Bound, Liquid Silver Books and Ai Press, where she is currently Managing Editor. She also takes private clients.

Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.

A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing another vampire tale and planning her next trip.

–Find her books at http://www.suzdemello.com

–For editing services, email her at suzswift@yahoo.com

–Befriend her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sueswift, and visit her           group at http://www.facebook.com/HotWriters

–She tweets her reading picks @ReadThis4fun

–Her current blog is http://www.fearlessfastpacedfiction.com

 

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

No, actually—when I started writing for publication in 1996, erotic romance was not the developed subgenre it is now. And I wrote all over the map, though within the romance genre. Comedy, historical, mystery and so on. My books have tended to be sexy from the beginning, though. Even when I wrote traditional romance, which requires the H&H to be married before having sex, I was always figuring out a way to get them married and into the sack as fast as I could! I wanted to write about real people, not phony girls who remained virgins until they were 25.

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

I do. I use two pen names. This allows readers to identify romance as opposed to erotic romance.

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

Uh, that’s kind of personal. And right now I’m pretty tired of dating–trying to find my perfect    partner has been quite a task. I do enjoy social events and workshops, and have met lovely      people through them.

At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?

I started writing erotic romance in 2004 and my work has grown steadily kinkier.

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

Erotica is so dependent upon individual taste,  I think, more than most other reading. My wildest book is Queen of Shadow, a futuristic set in a world where public sex is encouraged due to the low birthrate of the unusual planet. So there’s a fair level of exhibitionistic and group sex. Other readers who may prefer historical novels would enjoy my series of Scottish vampire historicals, which begins with Temptation in Tartan.

What might be something of interest to your fans that you don’t think they know about you?

I collect art masks, masks to wear at events, and corsets. I like to dress up :)

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

Absolutely. It’s way fun to write.

If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?

Tastes vary so much that I hesitate to choose, but I can say that For My Master has remained very popular over time. And it’s a short, quick read, aside from being really hot. So it’s a good intro to my writing.

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?

I enjoy social events and workshops and go to quite a few locally.

Website, links info:

Best-selling, award-winning author Suz deMello, a.k.a Sue Swift, has written over sixteen romance novels in several subgenres, including erotica, comedy, historical, paranormal, mystery and suspense, plus a number of short stories and non-fiction articles on writing. A freelance editor, she’s worked for Total-E-Bound, Liquid Silver Books and Ai Press, where she is currently Managing Editor. She also takes private clients.

Her books have been favorably reviewed in Publishers Weekly, Kirkus and Booklist, won a contest or two, attained the finals of the RITA and hit several bestseller lists.

A former trial attorney, her passion is world travel. She’s left the US over a dozen times, including lengthy stints working overseas. She’s now writing a vampire tale and planning her next trip.

Find her books at http://www.suzdemello.com

For editing services, email her at suzswift@yahoo.com

Befriend her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/sueswift, and visit her group at http://www.facebook.com/HotWriters

She tweets her reading picks @ReadThis4fun

Her current blog is http://www.fearlessfastpacedfiction.com 

For My Master by Suz deMello

http://www.amazon.com/For-My-Master-ebook/dp/B008JIM53A/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1346018339&sr=1-1&keywords=for+my+master 

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Story Rating: 3 out of 5 paddles

Sting Factor (kink): 3 out of 5

Mixing work with pleasure never seemed so sexy as when Kathy agreed to her boss, Ross Guerrero’s harebrained scheme.  Kathy Belmont is twenty nine with a few years under her belt as a law enforcement officer.  She currently works for a secret US agency.  Their current mission is to cross the Mexican border and destroy El Silencio’s drug fortress.  Ross’s plan is to get them into the drug lord’s home through a sex party invite.  The catch – Kathy will need to go in as a sex slave.  This would be a sex slave to her uber sexy boss, Ross.

The premise of this story and some of the BDSM scenes need a heavy dose in suspending reality.  The short story is on the edge of unbelievable cheesy territory.  The predictable sexual fantasies of a young woman for her older male boss are trotted out.  Her lust to submit to him in delicious deviant ways is amusing and smexy.  One particular noteworthy desire involves a dildo, lube and her slutty asshole. 

The submissive training Ross gives Kathy is a joke.  It’s more like a horny sex starved high school boy prematurely ejaculating all over his date.  This is clearly not an experienced Dom who knows how to train a newbie submissive.  Still, the sex scenes are hawt as well as the non-negotiated permanent mark.  The other BDSM clichés make a presence in the drug lord’s home.  Between the threats of breaking a disobedient slave and a psychotic Dominatrix, it’s all good fun.

Ms. de Mello writes a good paced story with humour and hot sex.  The D/s element is more crass than subtle.  Still, it’s a fun and quick read.  Both Kathy and Ross are sweet in their romantic love.  The villains, El Silencio and daughter, Reina are natural in their perverted psychosis.  There is a clear delineation between good and bad in this story.  This book is recommended to kinky readers who enjoy subordinate submitting to a boss theme.

Reviewed by Book Addict

Below is our interview with Sue Swift/Suz deMello. Be sure to leave a comment and be eligible to win an e book from either pen name backlist. 

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

Writing BDSM didn’t occur to me when I was writing “straight” romance, but as soon as I branched out into erotic romance, I promptly wrote a BDSM novel. BDSM has always intrigued me.

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

I do. I write “straight” stories as Sue Swift, and erotic romance as Suz deMello. I enjoy having alternate identities, and the two names lets readers know what kind of story to expect.

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

LOL… I wish my life included anything resembling sex, but at the moment I’m taking care of my 82 y-o mom, who has Alzheimer’s. When I’m sexually active, I notice that I have a little bit of both top and bottom in me. I want what I want, but sometimes that includes being tied up and allowing a partner I trust and want to have his wicked way with me :)

4. At what point did you decide you wanted to write BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?

When I ventured out of “straight” romance and into more erotic fiction, I instantly gravitated to BDSM.

5. Was there something that happened to you in your life or career that made you want to begin thinking about writing BDSM/kinky-themed erotica?

My career seemed to be at a standstill and I decided to shake up the writing :)

6. 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 occasionally enjoy bondage, so naturally that sneaks into the writing fairly often.

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

I’ve pretty much covered everything that publishers will accept.

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

That varies. Because I’ve written about everything I’m interested in, I tend to search out kinks and fetishes I haven’t thought of, and write about those just to keep the stories fresh and interesting.

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

IMO they’d be interested in Toe Cleavage, a free story involving foot and shoe fetishes; Phoenix and Dragon, a BDSM romantic suspense, and Queen of Shadow, a futuristic which includes a number of different, umm, activities with a lot of exhibitionism. That is available in both print and digital formats. My latest book, Temptation in Tartan, is a historical that has a fair amount of BDSM content.

My next erotic release is For My Master, BDSM romantic suspense.

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

When I have a partner, I do :)

11. What is your favorite fetish? Why?

I don’t really have one. There are a few things I won’t do involving bathroom functions, animals, permanent injuries, and excessive pain, but other than those qualms, I’m pretty open.

12. What might be something of interest to your fans that you don’t think they know about you?

I’m pretty open, but a lot of people aren’t aware that I have a passion for world travel. I’ve visited over a dozen countries and even lived overseas for months at a time.

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

Absolutely–it’s hecka fun to write.

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

I occasionally get a review complaining that I haven’t described “the lifestyle” correctly, which makes me wonder if people can tell the truth from fiction. I don’t write about a lifestyle. I write stories. There’s a big difference.

15. 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?

No, I’ve never heard that, but I’ve tried most of what I write about and liked most of it :)

16. When you’re writing BDSM/kinky-related erotica, is there a particular movie or music that you might watch or listen to that helps you get in that frame of mind?

I think The Doors are way sexy.

17. If someone new to your work is going to start with a story, which one would you recommend they read first?

Reading and writing is very personal, so no, I don’t have a universal recommendation.

18. 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?

I’m not a conference sort of person. The only conference I attend with any kind of regularity is the Women’s Fiction Festival in Matera, Italy. I manage to get there every two or three years mostly because it’s in a really cool Italian hill town, and I have friends who attend also.

19. What is your favorite BDSM/kinky website that you have shopped at online?

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20. Who is your favorite BDSM/kinky author?

Portia DaCosta Movie? n/a

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

At the time of this writing, it’s after Christmas and the thought of eating anything cold is…brrr…not happening! Hmm. I’m not an ice cream person, but I like rocky road or anything made with fresh fruit. Mint chip is great when it’s hot out–the mint is cooling and the chocolate, well, is there ever a bad time for chocolate?

Website, links info:
http://www.suzdemello.com
http://www.fearlessfastpacedfiction.com

Phoenix and Dragon by Suz deMello

http://www.amazon.com/Phoenix-and-Dragon-ebook/dp/B004XVM2IA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1336051775&sr=8-2 

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Story rating: 1 out of 5 paddles  

Sting factor (kink): 3 out of 5

In order to find a missing woman, Detective Liz Bowman hands herself over to notorious gangster and whore master James Li. She makes a bargain with him: she gives herself to him until the end of the week, he tells her what she knows. Li is ravenously sexual with some . . . interesting needs.  He also employs some unorthodox methods of keeping his new sex slave in line.

It’s a simple, solid plot with opportunities for lots of smoldering, kinky sex that ought to have been rocket fuel. It just didn’t ignite anything but the fires of smoldering rage. We’ll get to that, but first, I really want to talk about what it did well.

First, kudos for Ms. de Mello for writing a book with a biracial lead and an Asian love interest. There isn’t enough variety in the genre, so this made me really happy.  There were, in fact, very few white characters in the book at all. Refreshing.

There’s a lot of kinky sex here – lots of anal, some mild breast and clit torture, a little fun with a riding crop, a little spanking,some group fucking, a little bondage, some blindfolding, and a lot of being controlled and treated like a sex object. She also works in a little figging, which, despite its non-euphonious name, is always a nice surprise. (Figging, in case you have never looked into it, is applying raw, peeled ginger root to some of the more . . . sensitive parts of the anatomy, and it’s great stuff.) As far as the BDSM stuff goes, de Mello is really quite creative, and the kinky bits are never repetitive.  I liked what was happening, even if the writing wasn’t great line by line.

My major problem is that the main character, Liz Bowman, doesn’t act like a cop.  She doesn’t think things through at all, she’s far too easily cowed, and she is entirely too sanguine about Li’s possessive and increasingly creepy behavior.

She’s a lady cop in San Francisco.  Someone like Bowman would not have made it out of the academy. Her interesting back story is not enough to convince us that she’s a tough woman, because we never actually see her acting tough, physically or emotionally. Even at the end, where the action happens, she’s not the one laying the smack down.  It’s Li.

Second, James Li is hot and he’s compelling, but man, his behavior was creepy, and the fact that she totally accepted it, as though it didn’t even occur to her that it was wrong and damaging, was disturbing.  Seeing this behavior rewarded with the genuine affection of a very sexy woman was even more disturbing.

 And then there’s the social issues.

A lot of it is little bits in the internal monologue that are judgy or slut-shaming.  At first, I blamed the character.  “What is her problem?”  But it kept going, and I started to wonder if it was the author.

Maybe in another context I’d have said “Hey, maybe the writer didn’t know that ‘she-male’ is an offensive term for a transgendered person, so I’ll bring it up but won’t get too angry,” but I got the feeling that it was there not to be colorful or inclusive, it was just there to be freak show set-dressing.  If it was there to be colorful and inclusive, it failed.  There were also pervasive, subtle, fucked-up ideas about sex workers here, too, which I found unwelcome and unfair.  If the reader cannot tell whether it’s the character who has the attitude problem or the writer, that’s not good.  And either way, sympathy evaporates rapidly. I ended this book angry, and required rum and cherries to console me.

And, finally, SPOILER ALERT:

The woman she’s looking for was abducted, and from her witness statement, she woke up being raped – this word is explicitly used. She was then, under threat of death, told she had to work as a prostitute for the guy who abducted her.

Good thing the police show up to get her out of that mess,right?

No, she apparently is totally okay with this.  And the cops just let this go.  She’s happy there, we’ll leave her with her captors.  We don’t even see her explain this personally, which might have made me believe it, it’s just relayed to us as an afterthought.

I realize that in the real world travesties of justice happen every day and that what should be an honorable profession is peopled with utter assholes, just like any other profession, but this is not the sort of thing that should be allowed to happen without remark in fiction. Especially not erotic, romantic fiction, which is primarily marketed to women and which, in this case, was written by a woman and from a woman’s point of view.  I say that as someone who doesn’t actually object to rape scenes in principle. Even if it had been done as part of an effort to depict the unfair, gritty ugliness of the city’s seamy underbelly, a la Sin City, well, I still would have been grossed out, but this didn’t even have the virtue of acknowledging its own ickiness.

I hate being hard on a book that was so good in places, I really do, but the issues it raised were just too much for me, and I can’t in good conscience recommend it.  This author can do better, and so can you.

Reviewed by Naamah