Confessions of a Hybrid Author | It’s Not a Quantum Leap, But…

It’s fascinating to me that so many authors start with a story, and that story becomes their first finished rough draft and then, their first published book–no matter how long it takes them to accomplish each of those stages.

That is not how my writing journey started. The first rough draft I ever finished took me 5 years to complete and it’s still sitting on my computer unpublished, 11 years later. I’ve never even attempted to get it out on the market, and here’s where the plot thickens…

I write Erotic Romance. That’s my favorite genre to both read and write. Any kind of erotic romance; dark, light, kinky, paranormal, psychological, a combination of all of the above, it doesn’t matter.

But, my first completed manuscript was Epic Fantasy.

So, not a Quantum Leap, but…close-a-freakin-ough. Not only that ms, but the nearly completed sequel to it. Ready for the next plot twist?

That first book that gave me the thrill of writing “The End” is a spin-off from the first story I ever had an idea for when I was only 17 years old, and would take place between books 1 and 2 of the planned trilogy that has yet to be written.

Don’t look at me like that. I wish I could say it’s an exaggeration, but sadly, it’s not. However, I’ve already written a lengthy post about that dilemma right here, so I won’t rehash. What I really want to know is this:

Have any of you started off writing in one genre only to end up publishing in a completely different one?

If yes, did the genre(s) you were reading at the time play any part in that?

I didn’t take a direct reading path. One day I was a kid, reading children’s books, and the next I was grabbing books off my mom’s shelf, staying up too late reading V.C. Andrews and Ann Rule. Then, I went through what I call my ‘research’ phase, where the only books I read were about ancient Egypt and anything I could find on Vlad III of Wallachia.

My research on Vlad led me back into reading fiction for pleasure, diving right into Paranormal Romance with L.J. Smith, then taking a giant leap forward to Anne Rice. I was 14 when I read Interview With the Vampire, and that was two years before it was made into a movie. I gobbled down The Witching Hour after that and spent a lot of time dedicated to the Mayfair Witches before going back to the vamps.

Then, on a whim (aka I liked the cover art), I bought Kashiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey and no one even checked my ID at the cash register. O_o

Being introduced to High Fantasy and EXTREME Sadomasochism all in one book was a real eye-opener for my 16-year-old self. Christian who? Sorry Mr. Shades, you ain’t got nothing to bring to this table that hasn’t already been here waiting for you to catch the fuck up. #stillwaiting

Carey was a bit much for me to handle back then, not because of the whole *R.A.C.K. aspect as the main plot driven by an extremely masochistic protagonist, it was the High Fantasy of it all. Meanwhile, I was still reading Anne Rice like any dedicated fan would, but then a friend introduced me to Mercedes Lackey and I fell instantly in love. Not only was Epic Fantasy much easier to consume, it still had sex in it, so score!

I know it was a combination of these early influences that sparked my Epic Fantasy idea into life at 17, I just never expected it to become like the Venus Flytrap in Seymour’s basement; way too big and hungry for more.

But, despite it still being unpublished, completing that one Epic Fantasy manuscript knocked down whatever mental barrier had been standing strong in my head, and within two months I had written my second full-length novel start to finish; a Futuristic Romance, that would land me a contract with a publisher and become my first published work three years later.

I just had to prove to myself that I COULD finish writing a book, and it opened the flood gates. So, keep that in mind all you aspiring writers–sometimes it just takes reaching that finish line once, even if nothing comes of that particular draft! 😉

So, there’s my oddball confession. I’d love to hear from any of you who might have similar situations with switching genres or who might have also never published their first finished manuscript. Thoughts, feedback, questions, all are welcome–we creative types like knowing we’re not alone.

Unless, it’s for a book title. Stop using my book title ideas! ಠ_ಠ

❤ Happy Meh-day

*R.A.C.K. stands for Risk Awareness Consensual Kink, which covers the more extreme areas of S&M where physical injury, scarring, paralyzing, and even death have a higher chance of occurring.

Dear Indie | Writing BDSM / Kink Part 2: From The Inside

Hi Indies! I’m back with part 2 of Writing BDSM/Kink. Today, I’d like go over how you can use your characters’ reactions, emotions, and thoughts to add even more realism to the fantasy and talk a little about the different dynamics/areas of Kink.

Note: Everything I share here will be generalized and ‘under normal circumstances.’ There are always exceptions to the rule, but to keep my posts as short as possible, I’m sticking to the most common dynamics, personality types, and situations we find in BDSM fiction. Also, I don’t read, write or have any experience in Femdom, so my references mainly pertain to male Dominants and female submissives.

USING TRUE TO LIFE REACTIONS, INNER-MONOLOGUE & EMOTIONS WHEN WRITING BDSM/KINK

While Kink is essentially a physical desire and practice, it’s not emotionless. When writing BDSM/Kink, it is just as vital – if not more so – to show your readers the emotional stages your characters are going through. Especially, your subs. The “Act of Submitting” is an emotional need, not just a physical one. Most natural submissives crave their submission. It’s when they feel the most whole as a person; emotionally, physically, mentally and spiritually fulfilled. By no means, does that equate to a sub falling to their Dominant’s feet as the perfect example of ‘pleasing’ the world has ever seen. There are plenty of other emotions and outside factors that come into play. 

Ingrained mindsets and beliefs can contribute to your characters’ internal and external struggles. As readers, we often see this displayed in the newbie or novice submissive: those heroines being introduced to BDSM for the first time. It’s quite realistic for your female lead to be defiant against submitting, or to at least to have conflict within herself both mentally and emotionally over the fact that she likes it. We’re not supposed to like it, that’s what we’re taught our whole lives.

Most real life experienced Dominants are prepared for the ‘fight’ when they’re taking on a novice sub and tend to show a bit more patience, use positive reinforcement and encouragement because they want their submissive to embrace her role completely, not have more reason to run from it. That doesn’t diminish their authority or make them any less firm with their expectations because…

About 80% of a typical BDSM dynamic is Behavior Modification.

How many books have you read where there was a contract that came with a list of rules and expectations? That is all about Behavior Modification, not about kinky pleasure. A majority of the rules and expectations are “standard,” the ones a Dominant will use for all of their submissives, no matter what. This foundation of rules enables a Dom to mold a woman into the kind of sub he desires most, one that will meet his needs and fetishes. Often, the process and challenge of ‘molding’ his sub is something that gives him great pleasure. Other rules and expectations will be added to the “standard” list, and derive from what the submissive is hoping to gain from the dynamic.

Most subs have things they don’t like about themselves and are asking the Dominant for help with changing them, because they can’t do it alone. They need someone there enforcing the change, someone they’ve agreed to obey with the consequence of discipline, should they fail. We can always disobey ourselves and get away with it, but when there’s a higher authority to answer to, we’re less likely to revert to our old, bad habits. 

Using Behavior Modification practices between your hero and heroine can not only add realism to the fantasy, but provides an area for possible tension/conflict. Most of that tension and conflict would realistically stem from the internal struggle of your submissive character, because it’s uncomfortable and scary as hell to change, even when we know it’s for the better. Subs are going to lash out in their behavior because they are fighting against themselves just as much as being ‘forced’ out of their comfort zone. Note: Behavior Modification doesn’t require an actual contract or list of rules. A lot of dynamics are established with ‘verbal’ rules and expectations, rather than a printed copy.

What about heroines who aren’t new to the Lifestyle? How can we show the same kind of inner struggle or emotional upheavals with an experienced sub, as we do with a novice? The most obvious way is the most realistic: No two dynamics are the same. Your heroine might have years of experience in the Lifestyle, but she’s never been in a dynamic with your hero before. His fetishes, expectations, and reactions are going to differ from those she’s previously known. Those can cause her a little or a lot of struggle, depending on how you want your story to play out. Maybe your hero provides a secret fetish she’s always been ashamed of having, and being given the freedom to explore it puts her through an emotional roller-coaster as she learns to embrace/accept it and release all of the negative connotations she’s always associated with it.

For example: In my Avarice Trilogy, my heroine is an experienced submissive, but her most shameful desire is to be rendered completely helpless by a Dominant. To have no say, no choice, no control over any aspect of her life. Naturally, when she comes up against the hero and that’s exactly the kind of dynamic he’s proposing, she’s ready to run the other way. She goes through the emotional and mental wringer–even after she’s already submitted–every time he does or says something that reinforces this ‘shameful’ desire of hers. Because she’s a modern-day, independent woman and society says that what she wants, what she craves above all other things, is degrading and wrong. 

None of her past experience in the Lifestyle could prepare her for a Dom willing to go to such an extreme version of domination and stay there. Yet, in no way did my heroine stop being a strong, modern-day woman by submitting to this type of dynamic. Although, she willingly gave up most of her independence because what she ended up inside of was a TPE dynamic (see below). Most of my submissive heroines retain a good portion of their independence and always their inner-strength. 

How can my submissive character be naturally submissive and naturally independent/strong at the same time? Simple: Submission takes a butt-ton of courage. To allow yourself to be vulnerable, exposed, uncomfortably honest, and put all of your trust into another person that they won’t permanently damage you emotionally, mentally or physically, is one of the bravest things a human being can do. That goes for male and female subs. In the Alternative Lifestyle, submission is regarded as a Gift that’s given to a Dominant. Many believe that it’s really the sub who holds all of the power, because they are consenting and giving a Dominant permission to act out their desires on them. I think it’s more equal than that, simply because submissives equally desire being Dominated, so it’s a mutual exchange: need for need. No matter how you choose to view it, in no way does your character need to come across as timid, weak or easy to push around just to be considered submissive. And honestly, if your Dominant is coming across as someone who would push around, bully or walk all over their sub, they are not Dominant…they’re just an abusive asshole labeling themselves as such. There’s a huge difference between being Dominant and being Domineering.

Another positive result of submission is that it can heighten your heroine’s sensuality and boost her confidence/self-esteem. Submissives are highly aroused by being dominated in every possible way. They are turned on when their Dom flexes his authority muscles both verbally and physically, in and out scening. Praise coupled with the knowledge that they are bringing pleasure and/or pleasing their Dom can positively influence your heroine’s confidence, her body image/self-esteem and allow her to become more adventurous with her own sexuality. This is a good area of ‘personal growth’ to show to your readers, if one of your heroine’s flaws is a low self-esteem, lack of confidence or bad body-image. Since heroines with these flaws are the most relatable in romance fiction, I wouldn’t skip out on letting readers see her overcoming them and learning to love herself more as she becomes more comfortable with her own sensuality and body.

COMMON TYPES OF DYNAMICS IN BDSM FICTION VS REAL LIFE DYNAMICS & WHAT THEY ALL MEAN

D/s:  This simply means Dominant/submissive. It’s the umbrella term for any dynamic in the Lifestyle that involves a Dominant and a submissive, regardless of how they identify otherwise. 

The most common D/s dynamic used in BDSM fiction is Mono (meaning monogamous) – while in real life this is extremely rare. In fact, it’s safe to say that Monogamy is the #1 Fantasy element in BDSM fiction. More often than not, a real life Dominant is NOT monogamous, even if they spend more time with one submissive over others. This includes situations where they are legally married to their main submissive, as well. Most areas of kink follow the “open relationship” view, although submissives and slaves in committed dynamics are at the mercy of their Doms/Masters, unless otherwise agreed upon between both parties.

Tops & bottoms: This can be interchangeable with Dominants and submissives, but not always in the same regard. A Top is a person who is providing stimulation to a bottom, i.e. whipping, flogging, edging, etc. The bottom is the person receiving the stimulation. But, in D/s situations, Dominants do not become ‘bottoms’ just because they receive stimulation by ordering their submissive to pleasure them in some way. A Servicing Top is at the service of the bottom, therefore they’re not providing stimulation of their own choosing, but that which the bottom has requested.

In most BDSM fiction novels, the terms Tops and bottoms are used primarily for Kinksters who are not in a D/s dynamic with each other, they are only scening together, usually at a community or public venue like a kink club or Dungeon Party.

Switch: A Switch is a Kinkster who enjoys being both a Top/Dominant and a bottom/submissive, depending on how the mood strikes them.

M/s: This means Master/slave, and is a TPE (Total Power Exchange) dynamic (often referred to as TTWD This Thing We Do in cases of Domestic Discipline.) 

Unlike subs who still retain a certain amount of freedom, choice, and independence, a slave has given all control and power over her existence to her Master. He will tell her if she can or cannot work, what to wear, how to eat and take care of her body, what household chores/routines she will be expected to do on a daily basis, etc. The list, of course, depends on the individuals. A slave has no say over what her Master does or doesn’t do, either, like take on multiple other submissives or turn their house into a Poly Household (Polygamy/Polyamorous). Slaves are “consensual” and willingly place themselves in their dynamics just like every other submissive, but they’ll still have moments of defiance and disobedience. They tend to be more wary of consequences than the average sub, though.

Note: While most Master/slave dynamics are Total Power Exchanges, not all TPE dynamics are M/s. How a Dom and sub identify individually or as a couple, doesn’t always determine what kind of dynamic they’re going to end up in.

DD/s, DD/lg, DD/bg: In these instances, DD means Daddy Dom and is the second most popular type of Dom in BDSM fiction. Daddy Doms usually have more patience, less sadism, and gain pleasure through being the Protector, Provider, Teacher and Nurturer to their submissives. Daddy Doms take on a large variety of submissives from little girls, baby girls, brats, princesses and even subs who don’t identify as anything in particular. While most Doms who partake in Age Play are Daddy Doms, not all dominants who identify as Daddy Doms partake in Age Play dynamics. Note: When seen on its own, DD usually refers to Domestic Discipline, which is one of many sub-cultures in the Lifestyle.

Pets/Pet Play: Pets are popular in BDSM romance, and can range from exploratory to fully-realized. Exploratory pet play is when the Dom calls his sub by a pet name like “kitten” and maybe has her wear ears and a tail, sometimes makes her eat and drink from pet dishes on the floor and might even go as far as having her sleep on a “pet bed.” Fully-realized pet play is when the Dom treats his sub like a pet all of the time, including feeding, grooming, bathing and housing their submissive exactly like the animal they’re portraying. Fully-realized pet play dynamics may also include Humiliation and Degradation fetishes. The most popular pet types are kittens, puppies, horses/ponies, and pigs.

SM: Sado-Masochism is one of the more common types of dynamic situations in BDSM fiction. Rarely does a BDSM/Kink book not include some form of SM, even if it’s just spanking. SM can range from the standard SSC (Safe, Sane & Consensual) to R.A.C.K. (Risk-Aware Consensual Kink).

Just to be clear: Safe, Sane & Consensual covers ALL areas of the Alternative Lifestyle, regardless if there’s any SM involved or not. I’m simply using it here to clarify the difference between mild and extreme Sado-Masochism. The most common acts of SM, like spanking, flogging, caning, whipping, edging, wax play, sensory deprivation, etc. which don’t result in extreme pain or wounds that have the potential of scarring would be considered the ‘norm’ that falls under SSC. Though some bleeding can occur with whipping no matter how mild.

R.A.C.K. covers the areas of extreme SM that explores dangerous or risky fetishes such as Erotica Asphyxiation (Breath Play), Blood Play, Piercing/Sewing, Machines, Body/Limb Stretching, Nipple Torture, Breast or Genital Mutilation, or any other fetish that could result in permanent bodily damage, scarring, and even death. As I’m sure you’re already aware, R.A.C.K. is the least common type of kink explored in most BDSM fiction, especially under the Romance genre.

Cuckolding: Cuckolding is becoming more and more popular in BDSM fiction every day, though isn’t necessarily experienced between individuals who identify as Dominant or submissive or even belonging to the “Alternative Lifestyle” at all. The fetish of cuckolding is when a man becomes sexually aroused by watching his wife have sex with other men. Sometimes in fiction, this will also include Humiliation and Degradation fetishes, portraying that the husband is further sexually aroused by being made to feel inferior or inadequate compared to his wife’s lovers. In some scenarios the wife is the Dominant force, in others it’s her lover who is dominant over both her and her husband – or it can be a team effort by both the wife and her lover. 

Bondage: Bondage is usually happening in one form or another in BDSM fiction, but can be the main theme when the Dominant identifies as a Rope/Shibari Master. Rope Bondage is its own sub-culture in the Lifestyle, just like Leather is. It’s also common for a Rope Bondage scene NOT to result in or involve sex. Rope Bondage is commonly accompanied with photography, and those in this particular lifestyle thoroughly enjoy conducting  both private and public performances to show off their craft/art. Outside of Rope/Shibari, other forms of Bondage can and will result in sex, especially with the use of a bondage table, pillory (or stocks), shackles on a bed, suspension cuffs, St. Andrews’ Cross, etc. It covers a wide range of Kink Scenes in both real life and fictional BDSM.

Discipline: This circles back around to Behavior Modification in most cases, and is seen quite frequently in BDSM fiction and real life. The use of Discipline, of course, varies depending on the Dominant and the situation. A sub can be made to stand in a corner, suffer a humiliation (as long as that’s not a trigger or hard limit for them), perform a difficult task, be denied a reward/pleasure, get spankings, floggings or whippings, etc. Some Dominants have been known to keep a tally of ‘wrongs’ and will discipline their sub for them all at once, so they can be forgiven, get a clean slate and move on. Disciplinary Acts should absolve the submissive of guilt afterward. They did wrong, they suffered the consequence, and now it’s done. Their wrong doing shouldn’t continuously be held over their heads or brought up in conversation, unless they are committing the same ‘bad behavior’ repeatedly. Natural submissives suffer in guilt, even when they consciously make the choice to disobey, the guilt over it will consume them. They will actually crave being disciplined because it’s the only way they can let go of the guilt.

One of the cruelest things a Dom can do is NOT discipline their submissive, and especially never forgive them for their bad behavior. If a submissive’s behavior is that extreme, a Dominant is more apt to ‘release’ them from the dynamic, which in itself, is the “Ultimate Punishment.”

Discipline is used to correct a bad, disrespectful, rule-breaking, or self-destructive behavior, it is NOT ever to be conducted out of ANGER. If your Dominant is whipping his submissive while he is angry, that is ABUSE. It is not–in any way shape or form–discipline! Shaming and Degrading out of anger is also ABUSE. Any act where the Dominant treats their submissive with abnormal cruelty just because they are angry is 100% abuse.

Most acts by a submissive that would result in a Disciplinary Action tend to cause their Dominant disappointment, not anger. If your Dominant gets angry, have them walk away until they’ve calmed down or issue a partial Discipline like standing in the corner, until they can calm down. In no way should you ever write a scene where your Dominant verbally or physically assaults your submissive while angry as a form of Discipline.

Another type of dynamic that I’ve seen “touched on” more often than fully-realized in BDSM romance is Primal. Primal is pretty much exactly how it sounds. It’s based on the desire to follow natural instincts and urges, rather than conventional ones, which is also why it’s a less defined or structured type of dynamic, and might be harder to pin down. Some Primals identify as wild animals such as wolves or lions, and live in Poly Households run by an Alpha or Alpha Pair with multiple betas. Other Primal scenarios include the “hunter and the prey”: a kink scene where the Primal Hunter will chase down the Primal Prey and then ‘ravage’ them with much rougher sex than normal. Some Primals simply identify as such because they prefer to live their lives as raw and unfiltered from society’s expectations as possible, and that includes the entire spectrum of emotions and behaviors, not just rough or savage.

Okay, I think that’s all for this post. I probably won’t have a Part 3, as I’ve covered more than I anticipated with just the 2. But, let me know if I missed one of your favorite types of dynamics or if there’s a related topic you’d like to see a post about. Also if you have any questions or feedback, those are always welcome! 😀

❤ Happy Saturday!

My Review ♥ Sell My Soul by Jade West

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Sixty days of total submission. 
No safe words. No limits. No holds barred. 
Sixty days of your body being used and abused and pushed to extremes.

Then you were free to go, no further dues, thanks and goodbye. 
And your bank balance looked seriously healthy for the experience. 

I should never have been tempted. Not for a second. 
I should never have even thought about putting myself up for sale for sixty days, not after hearing the brutal tales of what happens to you. 
But I had to. 
My sister desperately needed the money. Needed Me. Needed more than I could ever give her. 

I’d just never have guessed in a million years that soon enough I’d be needing him.
The beautiful stranger. 
The dangerous monster. 
The guy who’d be responsible for my pleasure and pain and everything between for sixty days straight. 
And the man who’d want my very soul along with my body. 

No holds barred doesn’t even come close to his requirements. 
But I’m willing to give him everything. 

First full-length novel in a trilogy.

♥ My Review ♥

Title: Sell My Soul (Sixty Days, #1)
Author: Jade West
Length: Full Length
Genre: BDSM Erotic suspense
Rating: 5 Depraved ♥’s

Holy f&ck, I’m still shaking. This book is a tumultuous ride between self-loathing, self-evaluation, societal judgment, loneliness, betrayals, the darkest of sadomasochistic depravities and family drama. And the sixty days hasn’t even begun yet!

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Brandon and Paige, because their worlds are already unraveling at the seams and their desires are already flaring out of control, which can’t be a comfortable situation for such a sadistic, controlling monster like Brandon.

And when I say monster (as I drool all over myself), I mean that both endearingly and literally. The man is a whole new definition unto himself.

Could you give your mind, body and soul over to the darkest sadists in the underground for a whole 60 days just for a fat payday?

What if it was the only way to keep your sister alive? Paige is a better person than I am and my sister would be screwed 6 ways from Sunday, while I was still recovering from the test on the beach…omg, no spoilers, just READ THE BOOK!!!

♥ This is an honest review from a book I got during a free promotion. It was not given to me in exchange for this review and I would happily purchase this book, along with the other two I now need to one-click in a hurry! 🙂

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Title: Avarice Collection (Hell on Earth 1-3)
Author: A.C. Melody
Genre: Dark Erotic/BDSM/Paranormal

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Devils Only.
It was a permanent note-to-self right above her panties, because anything less was a disappointment. She never meant it as an invitation…

Avarice is what makes the world go round, and Kameo Kross never cared to be an exception to the rule. Her sole ambition is to avoid joining the ranks of New York’s poorest denizens. Between a bastard of a new boss and a Dom who tempts her darkest, depraved needs, Kami reevaluates her goal for sanity’s sake. She doesn’t fear pain, death or eternal damnation, but the idea of submitting completely has her itching to run.

Unforgiving, destiny’s twisted plot thrusts Kami into a world she’d never feared existed, and the crosshairs of an enemy threatening to expose all of her shameful secrets to the media. As her life is completely altered, good versus evil becomes a matter all too personal. Yet, nothing’s more difficult than facing the truths of her heart, and finding the courage to embrace the kind of submission she’s always longed for.

Unleashed in a hailstorm of fury, Hell will come for those seeking glory from Kami’s missteps and she’ll face off with the Devil, himself, to get what she’s finally accepted as hers to have: Happiness. As the calendar races toward Beltane, sordid plots of single-minded obsession and greed continue to thwart their eternal bliss, but the real challenge awaits in the aftermath of retribution. Can Kami and her Master find some semblance of redemption in one another at last, or will the demon within change everything?

Trigger/Content Warning: This collection is Dark, BDSM Paranormal Romance, all references to devils in the blurb are sincere. Possible triggers include but are not limited to demonology, violence, R.A.C.K. (Risk Awareness Consensual Kink), graphic sex and explicit language. Not intended for readers under the age of 18.

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EXCERPT

His wet fingers abandoned the inside of her throat, cupping the curve of her jaw, and his mouth crushed down on hers.

It was a whole new kind of oral sex. That was the only way to describe the aggressive, needy assault. His tongue thrust as his lips dominated hers harder and greedier, like there was some kind of climax waiting for him at the end. A preview of his skills, or a promise that it would be the only way he would invade her body, no matter which part of himself he was using? Regardless, it was ferocious, filthy, and the best damn kiss Kami had ever experienced.

She could feel his mask bumping alongside her temple, as if he’d turned the bull snout to the side, but that meant his face was still mostly covered. He must not trust the blindfolds. Did that mean he wasn’t planning on removing the mask at all? Kami hoped not. She wanted him to keep it on. That way her imagination could continue filling in the blanks the way she wanted them, rather than chance being disappointed by reality. She didn’t care how damn shallow that made her. This was her night, and it was already panning out better than any Halloween before it, so no. She didn’t want anything to ruin it.

“Mmm, you taste foolishly brave,” he groaned quietly as he licked and nibbled at her lips, diving back in for one last devastating kiss.

Settling back in the seat, he returned the mask to its rightful place and forced her down onto her knees again. His thumb picked up its previous stroking over her lips, but when her bound wrists slid down the hard plane of his stomach and into his lap, there was no mistaking the bulging line of his erection. The feel of it had her lust spreading hotter, dampening her panties with desperate anticipation.

She earned a soft mocking laugh when she started rubbing her arms over the steely line.

“You like knowing what you do to my cock, demon? How hard you make it just by choking on my fingers?” he asked. “Is that what you were hoping to accomplish while you were dancing for me?”

If he was trying to embarrass her with that insight, he was going to be disappointed. Knowing he knew, that he’d been aware, only turned her on more.

“No, but it’s a start,” she replied.

He laughed appreciatively at that, and it was far more sinister than his mocking laugh.

“Ambition and Greed go hand-and-hand, little one. As you said, it’s a start.”

He wanted her to be greedy? He probably shouldn’t have told her that. Before she could reply, the limo slowed to a stop, reigniting the thrill of uncertainty. When the driver opened the door, her bull man climbed out first, then reached inside and hauled her out by the waist.

Once she was on her feet, he grabbed her bound wrists and started leading her across old asphalt. Her heels clicked and wobbled in the rough patches. She thought she heard water lapping and a nearby buoy. It definitely smelled like the docks. The way the noise and voices echoed indicated they were surrounded by warehouses or giant shipping containers.

Again, it should have been a red flag, but Kami wasn’t afraid, only morbidly curious. It took her a moment to realize they were drawing closer to the pulsing bass of music. Her escort paused for a moment before a door opened and it washed over them loud and clear. They stopped directly inside to wait for everyone. When the metal door finally closed, her bull man untied the blindfold.

Blinking in the dimly lit entrance, Kami saw that it was a makeshift foyer with draping velveteen crimson, black-and-white jack-o-lanterns, Gothic candelabras, antiqued mirrors, and other décor that would indicate they were getting ready to enter a vampire’s secret lair. Even the music thumping and crawling over her flesh was more along the lines of Screamo-Goth-Rave, than the Dubstep bass would suggest.

“You know, there are at least a hundred different horror movies that begin this way,” she referred to the space around them by drawing a small square in the air with her index fingers.

A more difficult task than one would think with bound wrists.

“That’s what makes decorating so easy,” he said, pulling her against his body to slip a hand under her skirt and take his fill of her ass cheek. “The question is, was that just an observation or cold feet?”

“My feet never get cold,” she replied.

She barely heard the low rumble of his laugh when he bowed his head right beside her ear. “Careful, demon. Some might take that answer as a deliberate challenge.”

It was a seduction, his mind. The things he picked out of the air, as if her thoughts were broadcasting on wavelengths he could read like a digital marquee. Things that no other man on the planet had ever been able to hear between the lines of her responses before.

“You’re free to take it however you like,” she pointed out, but it wasn’t flippant.

No, it was more like poking the growling lion with a sharp stick just to see what would happen.

“I don’t need you to tell me that, demon. I always take what I want, however I want, whenever I want,” he stated, before lowering his voice even more. “I don’t wait for holidays.”

AUTHOR BIO

A.C. Melody is a hybrid author of Erotic Romance and all its savory sub-genres. Confessed javaholic, introverted geeky girl with a twisted sense of humor and a wretched muse. She has a weakness for hard ass Alphas and the strong women who capture their hearts, without damaging their rough edges.

A lifetime lover of fairytales, myths, legends and ancient pantheons, A.C. spends more time researching than writing. Her biggest goal is to provide new, captivating angles on old, favorite tales with enticing twists and characters that redefine preset expectations.

She’s 100% guilty of placing all her money on the underdogs, anti-heroes and shameless whores. A.C. loves to hear from her readers and can be found at any of the following sites:

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