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Friday, February 26, 2016

Promo - What You Crave, by Landra Graf

Today, I'm thrilled to host Landra Graf, who's here to promote her new 1Night Stand book, What You Crave. We're going to take a walk on the wild side as she talks about her BDSM books (the writing of which I've dabbled in slightly, but have yet to fully jump into). Take it away, Landra!

First, I want to thank Thea for hosting me today. As my latest release, What You Crave plunges me back into the realm of BDSM erotic romance, I also celebrate two years since my first story released.

What You Need is a prequel of sorts to this new story and was born of the need to see more female dominants in erotic romance. Similarly, I wrote What You Crave with the goal of exploring another part of BDSM that fascinates me, Shibari. I wanted the rope bondage to play a big role and I wanted the characters to embrace the act, which thankfully they do.

As an author, I write what I want to read as well as challenge myself to explore new elements that I’m not familiar with. For the future I plan to continue on that path, though I’m not sure if it will be erotic romance.  I’m also not sure the stories will be mainstream or publishing house marketable. Regardless, I go where the stories take me and where the characters drive me to venture.

Authors, writers, and creatives typically believe in staying true to their stories. More and more I see this as an emerging fact, and I plan not to deviate or fall into the ‘what’s selling’ manhole. No, this gal plans to write the crazy ideas that come into my head. One story at time. 

Sigmund Bermudez has spent the last year out of the BDSM scene. Lauren Elser has heard about kinky escapades from one of her more challenging patients, and never taken in part in one.

When both of them sign up for a 1NS, courtesy of Madame Eve, they're not prepared for the bonds formed over a little rope play. It's time to confront their fears or faced getting burned.

“My relationships didn’t ever last long enough for gifts.”

“Because...” He waited, and as usual his hands sought their own occupation, twisting the cloth napkin into a simple slipknot.

“I had career goals. Relationships were a natural casualty in my pursuit of professional success. The one guy I got serious about—” She smothered a laugh with her palm.

He understood. “It’s weird wanting to tell someone you just met anything and everything.”

“You have no idea. I’m not used to doing the talking.”

Her job, a therapist. He’d been recommended to one, but preferred to work through his leftover emotions by saving the casino. Words were not action. Still, a profession like hers no doubt came with a big emotional cost. “I’m told doctors need therapy too. Keep going.”

Instead of rebuking at his gentle command, she relaxed. Tension eased from her shoulders, arms going to the armrests on the dining room chair. “His name isn’t worth mentioning, but he didn’t cut it... in the sack.”

“Too vanilla?”

“Too concerned with his own orgasm, and any requests or lack of enthusiasm earned me some rude responses. Then he told me I'm too frigid to try new sexual experiences. So I got rid of him.”

“Ouch.” Sig stood, walking around the table and offered to help her up. She took it. “I’ll try to make sure I meet all your needs, then.”

She laughed, a throaty, melodic sound, which had his half-mast cock springing to full attention. “I'd like a good submissive experience to see if this is something I want.”

“Are you enjoying yourself?” Time to find out if she’d admit to her submissiveness from the moment she’d walked in the door. He directed her actions and so far she’d capitulated like a pro.


“What do you want?” Normally he’d never ask such a question. It laid the foundation for a sub to top from the bottom, which he’d never agree to or condone.

“I want your ropes.”

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Landra Graf has been crafting stories since the tender age of too-young-to-watch-rated-R. When she finally got old enough for adult material, she believed adult meant anything besides the smexy. Then she discovered erotic romance and all things kinky. Since then it’s been a journey down a rabbit hole. Landra writes BDSM erotic romance and historical erotic romance, among other less smexy offerings.


Monday, February 15, 2016

Out of Orbit - The Fantasy Cast

Progress on Out of Orbit is slow, but steady. I'm not at the point yet where I can say "the end is in sight", but I'm at the point where being able to say "the end is in sight" is in sight. Or something like that. :D

Anyhoo, I decided to mix things up and do something fun on the blog - list my choices for what actors would play which roles when the book is published and becomes wildly successful and the movie version is planned. (Which OBVIOUSLY is going to happen!) I've done these before, and some are easier than others. Sometimes I even have people/faces in mind from the get go to help with description. Way back when, I had no trouble at all picking actors for the main roles in The Edge of the Sphere. On the flip side, regular readers will know I've always struggled with selecting someone to portray Ro (from Disintegration and The Fall of the Midnight Scorpions), and it wasn't until the summer until I finally found an actress I thought could do her justice.

So let's see what we have so far.

Captain Jasmine Hale: For our kickass heroine, I've decided to go with Emily Blunt. I'll admit that I'm probably swayed by her role in Edge of Tomorrow, but I've liked her in other stuff, and she always seems like a cool person in interviews. Plus, she fits the physical description and I think she has the maturity to pull off the role, as Jasmine is already pretty established in her career and not, like, some sweet little young naive thing. (She's probably around my age, cough cough.)

Aras: In what's sure to be a blockbuster hit, budget will not be an issue, so it probably makes sense to use CGI for the alien species in the book. However! Real people are still required somewhere along the line. Ever since I put "This Nearly Was Mine" on the playlist, I've been hearing Aras's dialogue in Brian Stokes Mitchell's voice. (Even though Aras at one point says he doesn't have a good singing voice, and Brian Stokes Mitchell's singing voice is like chocolate-covered angels descending from heaven on golden unicorns, spreading light and love to all the world.) I guess he'd work as a face/body model, too, for our hero/leader of the fictional planet. Since Aras is about 600 years older than Jasmine, I'm not concerned about his age. ;)

Lieutenant Moore: I write often about how much I've been inspired by games, and the Mass Effect series is high on my list of favorites. If I'm going to write a pilot of a spaceship, there are bound to be similarities to Joker. And Joker means Seth Green. That was easy. Next!

Rana: Again, CGI here, but we need a person. I'm going to try to phrase this in a way that doesn't come off as negative, as I'm really not trying to be insulting here, but Uma Thurman's...shall we say, distinct features make me think of how I've described Rana. She's tall enough, anyway.

I still have a couple minor characters who I haven't paired up with real people yet, but this is still a fun list. Now back to writing!