Way to go Troy! #WIPITUP #CorbinsBend

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If you’ve been following along the last few weeks, I’ve been highlighing the beginning scene of my next Corbin’s Bend book, Psychology of Submission.   If you haven’t read the start of the scene, you might want to start here first.   I’m sharing the end of that first scene today as Troy convinces Traci she needs to get on a plane to Chicago.  I know my opinion doesn’t count (since I’m the author) but I just love Troy so much in this scene.  Would his argument persuade you to get on the plane if you were in Traci’s shoes?

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Excerpt from Psychology of Submission:

They were at the heart of her lie. The reason she’d avoided this discussion for months. If she couldn’t even talk about this with her brother, the man who loved her most in the world and who lived in Corbin’s Bend as the head of household in his domestic discipline marriage, how in the world could she get up in front of a bunch of professionals and talk about it?

Again, he waited patiently. The silence between them finally forced the words from her. “I just don’t think they want to hear about the kind of relationships I’ve studied.”

“Marriages?”

“A bit more specific.”

“Sexual relationships?”

“A bit more specific.”

“Rather than playing this guessing game, why not tell me the title of your work?”

Traci took a deep breath before continuing. “The Intimacy of Dominance and Submission. I study the psychology behind what makes Doms and HoH’s need to dominate and protect. I also study the psychology of why some people long to be submissive, both sexually and domestically.”

Troy whistled softly. “Well, you certainly have a hot-bed of test subjects here in Corbin’s Bend. At least that explains in part what made you want to move here, to live your research.”

Traci snorted an unladylike sound. “Researching others, yes. I wouldn’t say I’m living my research.” Traci had to push down the now familiar self-pity she’d been fighting since last year’s conference.

Troy didn’t seem to notice and pressed on. “But, I don’t understand. This seems like a very legitimate topic to present on.”

“If I stopped with the psychology of D/s, it might be. I dig a bit deeper.”

“And?”

“And, the heart of my research revolves around corporal punishment and the need for delivering and receiving discipline.”

“You mean spanking.”

“Among other things. I delve into everything from the psychology behind DD relationships to hard-core BDSM master/slave relationships and everything in between. I’ve focused a lot on defining the difference between abuse and discipline. How humiliation and pain factor into the dynamics of D/s. It’s actually very interesting stuff. I’ve developed several screenings to help couples understand their deepest drivers to better predict long term compatibility in relationships.”

Troy took time to internalize her words before he continued. “Honestly, learning this only makes me admire you all the more, Trace. More than ever, I don’t understand why you don’t want to go and represent your hard work?”

“Let’s just say many people choose to live here in Corbin’s Bend to escape the judgmental crap from people outside our community who don’t want to understand. The topic makes them uncomfortable and instead of studying it to learn more, they decide to act like immature jerks, ridiculing me and my research.”

“I bet you’re just being paranoid.”

Traci’s anger flared. “My nickname at the last conference was the ‘Spanko Shrink’. Some of the worst offenders were kind enough to have an official name-tag created for me and had it in large letters on the name plate that sat in front of me as I sat at the head table last year. I couldn’t figure out why people seemed to be pointing and snickering. Thankfully, an acquaintance of mine was kind enough to walk up and take it down.”

“Oh for Christ’s sake. I’ve never heard of such immature behavior. These were actual psychologists?”

“Yes, Troy. That’s what I’m trying to say. These are the same peers who will be sitting in the ballroom to listen to my keynote speech this year. Waiting to laugh and ridicule. Waiting to do who knows what to humiliate me. In my personal relationships, I may admit to living closer to the submissive end of the continuum, but I’d prefer not to be humiliated in public in front of professional peers.”

Troy pondered her words before speaking again. “Traci, do you use your research to help the residents you see here in Corbin’s Bend?”

“Of course. Every day.”

“So then I guess the question is, is that enough for you? Are you willing to turn your back on the millions of people living outside of Corbin’s Bend who might benefit from the knowledge you can pass along? Because that’s what you’d be doing. Your peers at the conference can learn from you. They can go back and help their own patients. Your research can influence them. You have the opportunity to impact many outside of this small town. The question is, are you willing to risk personal ridicule to help them? You have something important to share. You’ve worked hard at it and deserve your time at the podium. If you stay home, those small-minded bigots have won and you’ll be making the most submissive decision of your life. The decision to submit to their immature scare tactics.”

Traci’s heart raced. Her brother had a way of cutting through all the crap in just a few minutes on topics she’d wasted endless hours worrying about over the last twelve months. Could she face her fears and go to the conference?

“I’d like to make a date with you, Trace, for one week from today. I’ll meet you here on this very bench and we’ll talk about how your week went. I’ll want to hear every detail from you. Now here’s the million-dollar question. What will make you feel better one week from now? Having stayed home to safely go about your daily life without fear of ridicule? Or, will you feel better sitting here telling me about your week in Chicago? Even if some people act like idiots, I suspect you’ll feel better by proving you can hold your head up high, by not letting them stop you from doing what you’ve earned the right to do: present as an expert in your field.”

His words were a direct hit. He knew her so well. Finally, all of the self-doubt started to fall away. She knew it was probably going to be the hardest week of her life, but her brother had helped her understand the only thing worse than going to the conference was… not going to the conference.

Traci tried to smile. “I guess I’d better hurry up and finish eating. I have to get home to pack.”

Troy pulled her into a big hug. “That’s my girl. I’m so very proud of you.”

*****

Blurb:
Traci Jackson has been a therapist in Corbin’s Bend for several years. She’s helped many residents navigate their own D/s and DD relationships, but she hasn’t found her own HoH. Through her patients, she’s been researching and writing about the dynamics of dominance and submission in relationships for years. She loves her field, but she hates attending professional conventions where she’s treated like her specialty isn’t valid.

Sean Campbell is juggling raising his teenage daughter alone in Chicago while running a large convention hotel. When the annual psychologist convention comes to town, he literally bumps into the most beautiful and intelligent woman he’s met in a long time. He gets the surprise of his life when he finds out her specialty is D/s with an emphasis on corporal punishment.

They may find sparks from the minute they meet, but Traci and Sean have more than just the long distance between Chicago and Corbin’s Bend separating them. Sean has never heard of domestic discipline before. Will Traci pack up and leave Corbin’s Bend to be with the man she’s falling in love with, even if he can never be her true HoH?

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Who doesn’t Want it All?

Passion Series Book One

Passion Series Book One

I am so thrilled that Blushing Books is committed to helping draw in new readers to the Passion Series by lowering the price for Wanting it All, book one in the series, to $.99 and if you are in the Kindle Unlimited program, you can read it for FREE!     This is a full-length novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat.  It has some edgy scenes that might push you out of your comfort zone, but it will also make you fall in love with the ensemble cast of characters you will grow to love.

If you are on the fence, here is a link to the reviews.

Check out this pivotal scene near the beginning of the book.  I broke a few romance rules by including infidelity in this story, and while most would say no relationship could recover from a scene like this, I assure you, you’ll be rooting for Brianna, Markus, Lukus and Tiffany to work things out by the end of the story.

Excerpt:

Brianna’s heart is breaking. Witnessing Markus’ pain is her final undoing. The fact that he could walk out and leave her here tells her that she has truly lost him. She knows she should be afraid of what’s to come, but on another level she welcomes the pain she knows she’s about to receive. She deserves it.

She slowly looks up until her gaze falls upon the haunting dark eyes of her captor.

“I have some really bad news for you, sweetheart,” he says. “Markus is my friend – a very old friend. I owe him big time. So here’s how this is going to go. I’m going to take you down to that stage. And once we’re there, I’m going to make you wish you had never been born.”

When Brianna refuses to break his gaze, his grim scowl turns into an evil smile. “I see. So you think I’m bluffing? You don’t believe me?”

After several more seconds of their showdown, Brianna finally answers in a defeated tone. “Oh, I believe you. I just don’t care. I deserve everything you’re going to give me and more. You were right. I had it all, and I threw it all away. If I’ve lost Markus, then there’s nothing you can do that will hurt worse than that.” She continues to stare at him defiantly when it hits her. “So your name is Lukus? As in the Lukus he just won a case for today?”

Lukus smirks. “So now you understand just how much I owe him. The ironic thing is tonight was meant to be a celebration for me and Derek and Markus. Instead, you had to go and let someone stick his dick in you and break my friend’s heart. I almost feel sorry for you,Brianna. I’m not the kind of man you want to make angry. But I am angry, and this is personal. You hurt my friend. I’m going to hurt you… bad.”

Blurb:

Brianna Lambert has it all. After escaping an abusive ex-Dom, she has the good fortune to find and marry the love of her life. Markus’ gentle and devoted love has helped her put the pieces of her life back together. There’s only one problem. As the years go by, Brianna finds herself missing the excitement of the BDSM lifestyle. If only she could talk to her gentle husband about her secret desire to be dominated in the bedroom, but as a submissive, she finds she can’t make the words come.

When her ex-Dom resurfaces in her life, the flames of lost desire are reignited, leading Brianna to make a decision with shattering consequences.

As Brianna’s best friend, Tiffany O’Sullivan understands and even shares Brianna’s hidden desire for a alpha male to protect, cherish and punish her when she’s earned it. Still, Tiff is furious when Bri puts her life and marriage at risk for a fling with her abusive ex.

When Brianna disappears, Tiff tracks her down at a local BDSM club where Markus has sent his wayward wife to atone for her infidelity at the hands of his own best friend – club owner, Master Lukus Mitchell. Tiff may go to The Punishment Pit to rescue her best friend, but quickly finds she may need rescuing herself after encountering the Master’s Master. And when Markus is again ready to confront his wayward wife he, too, must come to terms with a secret past.

Wanting It All explores the delicate balance of dominance and submission as well as the importance of trust and communication within D/s relationships with a story that features believable characters along with explicit, no-holds-barred acts of sexual dominance and submission, as well as domestic discipline.

In one extraordinary weekend, four best friends are thrown into circumstances that force them to open old wounds and dig deep to discover what they really need to make them happy in life.

If you’re looking for a book featuring an explicit, intimate, and heartfelt look into the physical and psychological attraction of BDSM, this is the one book you must put on your reading list.

*****

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Unclear Who’s in More Trouble #SatSpanks

It’s Saturday Spanks day!  I’m sharing a snippet from my newly released full-length novel, Having it All, Book Three in the Passion Series.   In this scene, Markus and Lukus are waiting for Brianna and Tiffany to arrive at the loft to get their evening out on the town started.  The ladies are running late and just arriving.

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Snippet:

The seductive smiles on their faces tells Lukus they know how amazing they both look.

“Holy shit, we might be in trouble.” Markus’s soft expletive tells Lukus his best friend is having the same problem he’s having.

“Fuck. This is gonna to be a long night.” Lukus can’t contain the low groan at the end of his sentence.

Markus tries to convince Lukus to change course under his breath. “Let’s just stay here. They look great the way they are. We can play until it’s time to go down at midnight.”

Lukus hisses back, trying not to let the girls hear him. “No way. As hot as that dress is on her, I’m not missing out on Tiff modeling lingerie.”

“Oh, and that’s gonna make this hard-on so much better?” Markus’s sarcasm is thick.

Lukus looks up at his friend with a pained smile. “Just wait. We haven’t spanked them yet for being late.”

“Christ.”

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Blurb:

Lukus Mitchell is the owner of The Punishment Pit, Chicago’s top BDSM club. As the Master’s Master, he has enjoyed his freedom to play with a stable of subs over the years. He’s never contemplated settling down before, but is growing increasingly bored of the meek, pliant submissives who fail to challenge him. Then he meets Tiffany O’Sullivan, a beautiful BDSM novice who has always yearned to explore her edgy dreams of submission, but whose sassy mouth always seems to land her in trouble. Their attraction to each other is intense and immediate, but Tiffany challenges her new Dom like never before. They may start out at opposite ends of a BDSM tug-o-war, but can they meet somewhere in the middle-and if they do, can they both find happiness with the compromise?

Meanwhile, their best friends, Brianna and Markus Lambert, are still reconnecting after a recent event which almost ended their marriage. As awful as it was, it made them both realize not only how much they love each other, but also how important it is to share your darkest desires with your spouse. Markus is more than willing to accommodate Brianna’s desire to be dominated in the bedroom, yet the couple has more than a few growing pains to work through as the dynamics of their marriage change from vanilla to D/s, with a sprinkle of DD.

Not content with almost having wrecked the Lamberts’ marriage and threatened Tiffany, Jake Davenport remains a threat in the two couples’ lives and relationships, and Lukus soon discovers that Brianna and Tiffany aren’t the only women Jake is targeting.

Can Tiffany find the strength to overcome her fears in order to let Lukus love her not only as a woman, but as his submissive? Can Lukus deal with the way his new love challenges him at every turn, forcing him to confront fears he never even knew he had? Can Markus and Lukus protect the women they love when Jake gets too close for comfort?

Find out in this, the third book in the Passion series. With the characters from previous books which readers have come to know and love, as well as introducing new ones, this is a fast-paced, intensely sexy, edgy and emotional story that combines humor, drama, friendship and romance in the way Livia Grant fans have come to expect, and new readers are sure to enjoy.

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Traci dreads her conference #WIPITUP

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Since Having it All is technically no longer a work in progress but is instead a NEW RELEASE any time now (yippy!)  I’m sharing an excerpt from my next Corbin’s Bend book instead for #WIPITUP this week.   We are joining Traci and Troy just after the last snippet I posted of this opening scene of Psychology of Submission.  Let’s see what Traci and Troy are talking about after he drags her away from the picnic area.

Excerpt:

“Then tell me why you decided not to go to the conference. You’ve been working so hard on your research. You just got another article published in Psychology Today. I’m so proud of you, Trace. Why wouldn’t you want to go and enjoy talking about your research with other psychologists?”

“Conferences are boring. It’s no big deal.” Traci shrugged.

Troy turned his body to face his sister, pulling her hands until she had to shift to face him. Traci was careful not to look him in the eye. She was unprepared when he lifted her chin with his finger. The love and concern she saw warmed her.

“You’ve been hiding things from me and now you’re lying to me, Trace. I’ve been reluctant to push you before now, but that was a mistake. You’ve worked too hard on your research to just walk away from it now. That tells me something big is going on in that beautiful head of yours and I want you to share it with me.”

“Really, Troy. You’re making a mountain out of a molehill. It’s nothing. Let it go.”

His hands moved to her upper arms, gripping her tightly. “I asked you to stop lying to me. If you recall, there are consequences for lying in our relationship.”

Traci’s heart rate jumped as she remembered clearly what those consequences were. “Oh, for crying out loud. You wouldn’t dare spank me again.”

“I never dreamed I’d need to, but I will if I think it will help. Please, Trace. I can’t help you if I don’t know what’s wrong. I love you. Let me in.”

Traci looked away, calming herself by watching children playing on the enormous jungle gym several hundred feet away. Sounds of joyful play filled the air. She felt the familiar tug of submission, reminding her of her natural desire to submit to a stronger man. She’d spent thousands of hours studying the psychology behind dominance and submission. It was her specialty. Still, resentment flared within that she couldn’t stop it from happening within her own mind. She was an intelligent, strong woman. Understanding the reasons why she still yearned to submit to the will of a man didn’t make her any less pissed when she couldn’t stop it from happening.

All of the damn research, and I’m still no closer to being able to stop my own mind from betraying me. Life would be so much easier if I could just settle for a vanilla relationship.

Her inner anger flared, making it harder to hold up her protective shield. Her brother waited her out, seeming to understand she was waging an internal emotional struggle.

“Fine. I don’t want to go because my area of specialization isn’t well received in the psychological community. It’s easier to just stay home than to go and feel like everyone around me is ridiculing me.”

She detected disbelief as her brother answered. “I bet you’re just being paranoid, Trace. You’re a published professional. Why wouldn’t they want to hear what you have to say? Are you sure this isn’t more about fear of public speaking?”

“I’m sure. Public speaking makes me a little nervous on its own, but it’s the fear of getting rotten tomatoes thrown at me that has me dreading it.”

He laughed at her. Too bad she hadn’t been exaggerating. “Now you’re being ridiculous, but I’ll play along. What about your study of relationship dynamics do you think they don’t respect?”

They were at the heart of her lie. The reason she’d avoided this discussion for months. If she couldn’t even talk about this with her brother, the man who loved her most in the world and who lived in Corbin’s Bend as the head of household in his domestic discipline marriage, how in the world could she get up in front of a bunch of professionals and talk about it?

Again, he waited patiently. The silence between them finally forced the words from her. “I just don’t think they want to hear about the kind of relationships I’ve studied.”

“Marriages?”

“A bit more specific.”

“Sexual relationships?”

“A bit more specific.”

“Rather than playing this guessing game, why not tell me the title of your work?”

Traci took a deep breath before continuing. “The Intimacy of Dominance and Submission. I study the psychology behind what makes Doms and HoH’s need to dominate and protect. I also study the psychology of why some people long to be submissive, both sexually and domestically.”

Troy whistled softly. “Well, you certainly have a hot-bed of test subjects here in Corbin’s Bend. At least that explains in part what made you want to move here, to live your research.”

Traci snorted an unladylike sound. “Researching others, yes. I wouldn’t say I’m living my research.” Traci had to push down the now familiar self-pity she’d been fighting since last year’s conference.

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Cover Reveal Time! Having it All, Passion Series Book Three

It’s been a long time coming, but I am thrilled that we are only a few days away from the release of Having it All, Book Three in the Passion Series.   If you’ve been wondering what is happening with our kinky quartet (Lukus and Tiffany, Markus and Brianna)  your wait is almost over.  If you haven’t read the first two books in the series, no worries!  You can start with book three as it can read as a stand alone.

Here is the new cover and blurb!

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HAVING IT ALL
Passion Series Book Three
Release Date: 4/21/15
Publisher: Blushing Books

Lukus Mitchell is the owner of The Punishment Pit, Chicago’s top BDSM club. As the Master’s Master, he has enjoyed his freedom to play with a stable of subs over the years. He’s never contemplated settling down before, but is growing increasingly bored of the meek, pliant submissives who fail to challenge him. Then he meets Tiffany O’Sullivan, a beautiful BDSM novice who has always yearned to explore her edgy dreams of submission, but whose sassy mouth always seems to land her in trouble. Their attraction to each other is intense and immediate, but Tiffany challenges her new Dom like never before. They may start out at opposite ends of a BDSM tug-o-war, but can they meet somewhere in the middle-and if they do, can they both find happiness with the compromise?

Meanwhile, their best friends, Brianna and Markus Lambert, are still reconnecting after a recent event which almost ended their marriage. As awful as it was, it made them both realize not only how much they love each other, but also how important it is to share your darkest desires with your spouse. Markus is more than willing to accommodate Brianna’s desire to be dominated in the bedroom, yet the couple has more than a few growing pains to work through as the dynamics of their marriage change from vanilla to D/s, with a sprinkle of DD.

Not content with almost having wrecked the Lamberts’ marriage and threatened Tiffany, Jake Davenport remains a threat in the two couples’ lives and relationships, and Lukus soon discovers that Brianna and Tiffany aren’t the only women Jake is targeting.

Can Tiffany find the strength to overcome her fears in order to let Lukus love her not only as a woman, but as his submissive? Can Lukus deal with the way his new love challenges him at every turn, forcing him to confront fears he never even knew he had? Can Markus and Lukus protect the women they love when Jake gets too close for comfort?

Find out in this, the third book in the Passion series. With the characters from previous books which readers have come to know and love, as well as introducing new ones, this is a fast-paced, intensely sexy, edgy and emotional story that combines humor, drama, friendship and romance in the way Livia Grant fans have come to expect, and new readers are sure to enjoy.

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