Where in the world is Skylar Kade this week? On a blog tour!

I’m hosting a big giveaway for the release of Surrender to Fire. Winners will receive a $50 Amazon gift card and $30 Stockroom gift card! Increase your chances of winning by visiting these tour stops:

Tara Lain

Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Rachel Leigh

We Love Kink

Harlie’s Books

 

 

 

 

5 Pervertibles from Damien Winter

SurrenderToFire72lgMeet Damien Winter, Dominant and hero of Surrender to Fire (coming Feb 18 from Samhain Publishing). Like all good Doms, he’s got a wickedly creative mind. He was kind enough to stop by the blog today and give me his 5 favorite pervertibles.

“What’s that?” you ask?

Damien, evil Dom grin on his face, explains: “A pervertible is something incredibly innocent that can be used in naughty ways in the bedroom–or wherever you decide to play.”

Damien Winter’s 5 Favorite Pervertibles

1. Ice: As I taught Camille [Skylar: she’s the submissive who gives Damien a run for his money in Surrender to Fire], ice is for more than cooling your drinks. It can soothe bruised muscles, tease skin, and “torture” a sub when you’ve commanded her to stay still.

2. Novena candles: go for the white wax and you ARE going to research and practice on yourself first. But once you know what you’re doing, wax play is a cheap (messy though!) and fun part of your toy bag.

3. Tangerines: indulge all her senses. A blindfolded and bound sub is expecting impact play, not a juicy, tangy slice of citrus.putty knife

4. Putty knife: Cool the blade. Warm the blade. Drag the edge along her skin (be careful of the sharpness of the blade!). Smack her skin. This is a versatile tool for a creative Top.

5. Chains: anything metallic that can absorb hot/cold can be used in devious ways. For example, chill links in cold or hot water (test the chain’s temperature on your own skin first), then drape across a sub’s back.

I do feel obligated to include a caveat with all of this. Aside from the usual “Safe, sane, consensual” mandate that accompanies ALL kink play, you must research and practice (on yourself) and/or be trained by a more experienced player before trying something new. The least sexy thing in a scene is injury.

One scorching-hot lesson could leave her begging for more.

The Maison Chronicles, Book 3

Reeling from the double whammy of her Dom’s abandonment, and accusations of colluding with a plagiarizing author, all literary agent Camille Winter wants is some low-profile, drama-free quality time.

Just as she’s settling into a Maison Domine cabin with her to-be-read pile and a full slate of spa appointments, she finds herself sweet talked into playing topless assistant so some Dominant can run a BDSM educational demo.

Architect Damien Winter is on a relationship hiatus, so he focuses his dominant energies on teaching BDSM classes. A chance encounter in Maison’s parking lot with a woman who angrily insists she’s no sub—though every line of her body screams otherwise—turns shocking when she winds up as temporary replacement for his demonstration partner.

Damien is unprepared for the way her beautiful submission gets under his skin. And Camille never thought she’d fall, hard, for just the kind of man she’s sworn off. But when her ex’s vague threats turn serious, Damien fears he’s already lost the chance to claim her for his own.

Product Warnings

This book contains a fiery woman burned one too many times and the Dom who entices her to submit to the heat between them.

Writing Wednesday: Maison Domine updates

ImageSurrender to Fire, the 3rd book in The Maison Chronicles, comes out next Tuesday. I’m excited to return to the world of Maison Domine and can’t wait for you to meet Camille and Damien.

I’m also working on the next book in the series, featuring two characters you’ll briefly meet in Surrender to Fire. Not to be a tease, but here’s a little excerpt:

She shook against him. Damn it, he could be a grouch to this woman in the office and she’d just give a sweet smile back, but one moment of empathy and she broke down.

 A laugh burst from her, then another, until she was cracking up in his arms. Letting him go, she patted him on the chest. “Thanks. That was exactly what I needed.”

 Now he was confused and aroused. Rule #1: Don’t fuck the staff.

 Right now, though, he was tempted to change that to Rule #1: Fuck the rules. He had less than seven hours to get his head on straight before Los Angeles, because he’d never hear the end of it from Damien if he caught on.

#FridayReads: SWEAT from LadyLit Publishing | #FF release week

sweatIt’s been a super-busy week getting ready for my new F/F release from Decadent Publishing, Exposing Ellen. Because of the time crunch, I needed something I could read in bits. And, because I was in the mood for F/F, Sweat: Five Sporty Tales of Lesbian Lust was a natural choice.

Short and sweet (okay, short and hot), this anthology has been the perfect complement for my week!

I think you should grab it right now on Kindle or Nook, but if you’re the lucky sort, you can enter my Exposing Ellen giveaway and you might win a copy of Sweat, or a one of seven other lesbian romances! (Enter here)

Happy reading and good luck.

 

 

#Thursday13: Things I learned while writing Exposing Ellen | #FF release week

ExposingEllen_highres1. I hate pronouns. When you have a same-sex scene, you can’t rely on “she” anymore.

2. F/F readership is growing, yay!

3. There are some AMAZING F/F authors telling wonderful love stories. (Check out my giveaway to win some of their books!)

4. When you’re writing about two women falling in love, you think more about how men and women view the process differently.

5. And yet, you realize that gender norms about falling in love can be total bullshit.

6. You party even harder when states challenge legal restrictions against gay marriage (Virginia is NOT yet for lovers…)

7. General genre misconceptions about outside the awesome romance community–only EROTICA contains two girls, and its usually only in a threesome with a guy, and who wants to read about two GIRLS falling in love…

8. Again…pronouns suck. Especially when you re-read a sentence and see that what you’re describing is anatomically impossible because you didn’t distinguish between characters.

9. More MFF happily-ever-after stories are being written. Yay!

10. “Still not a good enough reason to use the word ‘penetrate'”

11. Some people (men in particular) still fetishize F/F relationships

12. When I see two women having lunch together, I think about whether they’re together…or TOGETHER. And it makes me smile.

13. F/F covers are GORGEOUS. exposing ellen cover collage

 

#PoetryTuesday: To Andromeda (Sappho) | #FF release week

To Andromeda

That country girl has witched your wishes,
all dressed up in her country clothes
and she hasn’t got the sense
to hitch her rags above her ankles.

–Sappho (Translated by Jim Powell)

This week, my next release comes out! Exposing Ellen is a F/F short story from Decadent’s 1Night Stand series.

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Ellen Porter is a stranger to the single life–as much a stranger as she is to facing her same-sex desires. The recent divorcee, desperate to prove that her attraction to women is just a phase, enlists the help of Madame Eve for one night of “getting it out of her system.”

Aimee Tran has had enough of the Los Angeles bar-hopping scene. In pursuit of a genuine romantic connection, she discovers Madame Eve and decides that maybe, just maybe, a one-night stand will tide her over until she finds The One.

Neither woman expects lust to burn down their preconceived notions–or to crave more than one desperate tryst.

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It’s redundant because she didn’t need to ask it—the answer was obvious.

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#MusicMonday: Zumba tracks

Part of me misses going out to clubs, but that chapter ended after college. Zumba is a REALLY good approximation for it, perfect for the reader or writer who wants to practice shimmying and sexy hip circles.

Let’s get down!

Zumba from Sadteenswithhappyfaces on 8tracks Radio.