Well, here we are, y’all! Another fun, yet naughty blog hop. BDSM. Near and dear to my heart. I’ve been a student of the BDSM lifestyle for more than 10 years now and it’s as fascinating to me now as it was when I first began the journey.
For my part of the hop, I will be giving away two ebooks (via All Romance eBooks) and one print book (via Book Depository) of authors are have written BDSM books that have touched me in ways I sometimes still can’t even describe. And my giveaway is international.
Eden Bradley’s The Darker Side of Pleasure.
Prepare to enter a provocative, scintillating world where three women are about to take ecstasy to the limit–and beyond. In “The””Bonds of Love” a struggling couple will do anything to save their marriage, even if it means experimenting with a little bondage. But once their research moves beyond the bedroom, how will they know if they’ve gone too far?… In “The Lair” a woman answers an ad for a female submissive, ready to surrender to her body’s deepest yearnings. Finding love is the last thing she anticipates… And in “Love and Discipline” a journalist expects her interview with a sensual extremist to be business as usual. Instead she finds herself submitting to the dominant desires of a handsome stranger–and discovering more about herself than she ever dreamed possible. Sensual and mysterious, this captivating collection is sure to seduce you, page after tantalizing page….
Annabel Joseph’s Comfort Object.
Nell, an out-of-work professional submissive, is desperate to find a job when she meets handsome film star Jeremy Gray at the restaurant where she works. He says he needs a personal assistant, but the work contract he shows her details not organizational duties, but sexual ones. Jobless and homeless, Nell agrees to work for him anyway, on the promise that he will pay for her to finish her college degree when her stint as his “assistant” is complete.
The start of their formal Dom/sub relationship is rocky, but they soon fall into a mutually satisfying, highly sexual routine. They play vanilla boyfriend and girlfriend in public, while Jeremy uses Nell as his kinky comfort object behind the scenes. Then a stalker threatens their secret lifestyle, and their contract may not be strong enough to hold them together.
Sierra Cartwright’s Hawkeye One: Danger Zone.
Who’s watching you…?
The highly specialized Hawkeye team protects the world’s most valuable things, secrets, even people. But now one of their own needs protecting. There’s a cool million dollar bounty on Dom Wolf Stone’s head. Trouble is, Stone’s a loner and doesn’t want the help.
That doesn’t stop his submissive and former lover, Nate Davidson, or another determined agent, Kayla Fagan, from showing up at his Colorado ranch, uninvited. The spark, the anger, the hurt is still there between Wolf and Nate, and their first kiss reignites the flames that time and distance have not diminished. With Nate’s help, Wolf uncovers Kayla’s unexplored submissive tendencies. Under the Dom’s unyielding instruction, Kayla explores her sexuality in ways that make her dizzy.
For Wolf, there’s nothing better than having two very different, very willing, very pleasing subs at his command. But Kayla and Nate both want more. In addition to his love, they want him to give up control long enough to share his life completely. And that’s the one thing Wolf is incapable of giving.
Of course, there’s more going on with the hop than just my giveaway… Below you’ll find the form for the overall hop giveaway and the links to all the blogs participating.
In order to win the three books I’ve listed above, please answer one of the two following questions in the comments section of my blog:
1. Why do you read/enjoy BDSM books?
2. If you could try any act you’ve read about in a book (which I don’t recommend unless you’ve thoroughly researched it in non-fiction ways like talking to those in the lifestyle and reading up on it from a real practitioner’s viewpoint) but if you could try any act you’ve read about in a book, which would it be? Bondage? Spanking? Flogging? Blindfolds? Plugs? Being forbidden to speak or make eye contact? Cages?
Also, if you’d like, because I’d like you to but it’s not a requirement for the hop, to follow me or my blog, over on the sidebar are delightful little coffee cups with the various way and places to do so. There’s also my newsletter, email sign-up, Networked Blogs, and Pinterest (I have several pin boards dealing with my books and other passions, including coffee and food).
So, any questions? The hop runs until the 20th of August.
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We have two days left here for my Birthday Bash and I hope all of you readers have had a little fun learning about authors and bloggers over the month of February. I hope some of you have found new authors to try, maybe a new genre to look into, a new publisher to seek out. I have loved having everyone here and posting. The comments have been great and I feel so incredibly lucky to know so many wonderful people and to call them friend.
Today, I have my very good friend, author Fallon Blake. We have a lot in common from food to BDSM, except she’s Vegetarian and I’m not. Grins…
Happy Birthday Lissa! May you get your forty spankings *evil grin*.
I have to be honest here; I have the most boring birthdays EVER. Well, that wasn’t always true, but no one wants to hear about my girl-gone-wild days and even if you do, I’m taking those secrets to the grave.
For me the very best part of the whole birthday deal is not feeling guilty about what you put in your mouth. I’m talking about food people! Well, I’m certainly not one to tell you to get your mind out of the gutter. Just make room for cake while you’re down there…dark chocolate cake…with raspberry. Sounds good doesn’t it? It is decadent even if you’re not veggie like me.
I wanted to share the cake recipe I make for my birthday every year. What? I like to bake, and this way I always get the cake I want. Anyway, it’s really hard to find a bakery around here that can do a good vegan cake. The best part is you’d never know it was vegan. Whenever anyone asks me to bring something to a get-together, I bring this baby. There is never a crumb left and everyone is always shocked it’s vegan. Of course I don’t tell them until after they’ve eaten it *snicker*.
Raspberry Blackout Cake
Recipe from Vegan with a Vengeance
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups plain soy milk
1/2 cup of canola oil
1 (10 oz.) jar raspberry jam – reserve 1/2 cup for batter *note: the original recipe calls for preserves, but I am so not down with picking seeds out of my teeth four hours after I eat a piece so I switched to jam. You’ll thank me.
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/4 cup sugar
Fresh raspberries for decorating and yuminess
Preheat oven to 350. Spray two 8-inch round cake pans with cooking spray. I use Wilton’s Cake Release to keep it from sticking *note: I have no idea if it’s vegan, but it rocks for baking cakes.
Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Combine the soy milk, oil, 1/2 cup of the preserves, the vanilla, and the sugar in a large bowl and mix with a hand mixer or strong fork. For the most part, the jam should dissolve with the rest of the ingredients, but some small clumps are okay. Add the dry ingredients to the wet in batches and mix until everything is incorporated. Divide the batter between the prepared pans and bake at 350F for 40-45 minutes.
When the cakes have cooled, spread one layer of cake with a thin layer of raspberry jam. Spread a layer of chocolate frosting on the top of the preserves. Place the other layer of the cake on top and spread its top with preserves. Spread chocolate frosting over the top, then ice the sides.
CHOCOLATE GANACHE FROSTING:
3/4 cup of soy creamer (Silk soy creamer, or plain soy milk)
6 tablespoons non-hydrogenated margarine
10 oz. semisweet chocolate chips
In a saucepan, over medium heat, bring the soy creamer to a low boil. All margarine, turn off the heat, stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Let sit for at least 1 hour. It should have a pourable consistency. If you want a spreadable consistency, then refrigerate for one hour. Do not refrigerate it for more than an hour, it will set too much to be spreadable. Allow the ganache to set then eat until your chocolate lovin’ heart is content!
Available at Ellora’s Cave
Plus-sized fetish model and aspiring chef Indigo Hartley has plenty of tattoos and a fiery attitude to match. When she’s offered a job as a sushi model for one of Miami’s trendiest restaurants, she jumps at the chance. Little does this country-mouse-turned-city-vixen know that what starts out as a modeling job will end up the answer to all of her kinkiest fantasies. Three days serving as a sub to this hot chef is too tempting an offer to refuse.
Banner Faust has worked his ass off and sacrificed his love life to become a rock star in the culinary world. On what should be the biggest night of his career, he realizes something is missing from his life—the submissive woman he’s always craved. The curvy new model with the blue-streaked hair and innate submissive nature just might be the one he’s been waiting for. And when he gets her home—and in his bed—he soon realizes three days will never be enough.
Visit Fallon at www.fallonblake.com
Yes, I had a new release this week from Loose Id. It’s part of their new Not Quite Christmas Collection. I’ve heard from some readers already that have enjoyed it, loved it, said it was hot, surprising, erotic, fun, unexpected, and naughty. What more could ya ask for, right?
I haven’t done a lot of promotion for it this week. Been sick. Came down with a sudden cold and it’s gotten worse by the hour. I can’t breathe, my ears are stopped up and hurting, my sinus’ are so painfully swollen, and I can’t stop coughing.
The writing has been a bit on the fuzzy side, but I’m working on it.
Next week I’ll be giving y’all a glimpse of my December 24th release from Ellora’s Cave, Ink Spots.
I hope all of you have had a great week and are getting ready for the upcoming holidays. We’ll be discussing wish lists and cookies and fudge and marshmallows and movies and all sorts of fun and yummy things when I’m feeling better.
And, check out my book, Arrested Holiday from Loose Id… complete with a naughty cop, spankings, handcuffs, hot chocolate, Yahtzee, grilled cheese sandwiches, snowball fights, and naps.
Holiday ‘Holli’ James looks forward the week between Christmas and New Year’s. This is her one chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of her successful decorating business. The plan this year is a trip to New York City to see the sights and the lights.
The plan didn’t include a side trip to a small town jail in the middle of Pennsylvania. Nor did the plan include Officer Hunky.
A single police officer, Michael is working the holidays — again. With no local family and no interest in accepting the pity invitations to Christmas dinner from his married friends, he’s content to work and earn extra cash. Besides, this year looks to be as uneventful as ever. Until he pulls Holli over for speeding, only to discover she’s wanted on charges of fraud.
Sexual tension spikes as Michael begins to investigate and discovers Holli isn’t who her record says she is. While they await answers, Michael is granted permission to remove Holli from the jail and place her under house arrest.
Only his idea of house arrest is much more personal than the law ever intended.
Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: anal play/intercourse, bondage, spanking.