Monday, April 22, 2013

Sidney Bristol's BOUND WITH PEARLS (Guest Post/Giveaway)

Good morning lovelies, I hope that everyone's weekend was great! This morning I would like to give a warm welcome to author, Sidney Bristol!

 Thanks so much to the team here at Reading Between the Wines for having me! I feel it’s necessary to pour a glass of my favorite sweet moscato in honor of the blog today. Cheers! Currently I’m touring the blogesphere celebrating the print release of my very first Taboo line book from Ellora’s Cave, titled Bound with Pearls. It’s not my first print book, but it’s so very exciting to hold the physical book in my hands. It’s very much a dream come true for me each time it happens.

So what is this book all about and why am I not sharing the wine? I’ll tell you the first, for the second you have to bring your own glass.

Bound with Pearls started with a simple idea: Let’s explore the Dominance and submissive dynamic in an everyday setting. What does the kink lifestyle look like for normal people?

To start, I must admit that I’ve always been a sucker for a really super alpha hero. Stepping into the BDSM arena, my fictional ideal Dominant embodies those ideas. Disciplined, creative, strong, demanding, a true alpha, the list goes on, but at the core, you’re dealing with another human being who has to pay bills, make money and worry about remembering his parents birthdays. In essence, he could be your neighbor, if your neighbor has a preference for chains, whips and having a woman do exactly as he says.

The power dynamic when it comes to BDSM is as unique as your finger print. It’s different for each person, every couple. There are individuals who want a strict relationship where every part of their life is followed to the letter of the agreed upon rules, and then there are those who want it confined to the bedroom. And you know what? It’s all Dominance/submission, or D/s for short.

In Bound with Pearls I wanted to write a couple establishing their dynamic, negotiating how their relationship will work. Both the hero, Daniel, and heroine, Christine, aren’t strangers to the D/s dynamic. I think that stories about people discovering BDSM are fascinating peeks into the minds of other people, but there’s a certain deep, instant connection that two people who fully embrace who and what they are can have. These two meet, they play together at a club, but what does power exchange look like to them in the daily life?
How do they make it work?

Given that I like a very strong, determined hero, it shouldn’t surprise you that I’m going to tell you that the hero, Daniel, is something of a control freak, but in the nicest way possible. The question I had to answer as I wrote was: How would a heroine as strong and independent as Christine react to their new relationship?

Relationships rooted in BDSM fail outside of the kink factor all the time because though two people might have amazing chemistry and their desires might match up, their lifestyles do not. It’s one thing to be attracted to another person, it’s another to be compatible. One way kinky folk in real life test the relationship waters is to participate in BDSM scenes, or play, together, they’ll hang out and do activities away from the dungeon.

That was the uncertainty I started with when I sat down to write Bound with Pearls.

Would these two strangers be able to click beyond physical attraction? Could their relationship become something more?

I can’t answer that question here today, because then why would you read the book?

I’ve already said that I enjoy a strong, alpha Dominant in my BDSM, what about you? What’s your idea type of hero?

Series:  Atlanta BDSM Series, Book 1
Release Date: December 12, 2012
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary erotic/BDSM/Taboo
The last thing Christine wants to do is another favor for her sister, but Lucy always gets what she wants. This time it’s Chris playing sub to a demanding Dom. Their relationship begins with a power exchange and progresses to time spent between the sheets. Now emotions are getting complicated and the Dom isn’t just a hunky guy in black.Daniel’s expectations are turned upside down when he meets Chris. She’s more than a well-trained submissive. She’s a woman with a body he wants to memorize. He’s willing to spend as much time as it takes to learn her, because she might be his match and his muse. He’ll make her come so hard he’s imprinted on every inch, and then he’ll offer her the most precious thing he can, himself.
Purchase print:  Barnes & Noble | Amazon
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It can never be said that Sidney Bristol has had a ‘normal’ life.  She is a recovering roller derby queen, former missionary, and tattoo addict. She grew up in a motor-home on the US highways (with an occasional jaunt into Canada and Mexico), traveling the rodeo circuit with her parents. Sidney has lived abroad in both Russia and Thailand, working with children and teenagers. She now lives in Texas where she splits her time between a job she loves, writing, reading and belly dancing.
Connect with Sid: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads

Sidney is giving away the following prizes on her tour:

  • Grand Prize: $25 gift certificate to Amz/B&N/Ellora's Cave.
  • Runner-up:  an eBook of the winner's choice from Sidney's backlist.

Sidney Bristol's Bound by Pearls Tour Schedule
4/27-  The Jeep Diva


  1. I agree with Sidney: I LOVE an alpha hero! I also love the heroine to be tough and give the hero a "run for his money"!


  2. I love alpha heroes that are willing to put everything out there, no excuses. They are who they are and won't apologize for it. Not that they don't care about other people but they don't let other people manipulate them. They will listen and make up their own mind. Strong, loyal, dependable and hopefully a bit funky.

  3. I met Sydney at Romanticon 2012, but I haven't had a chance to read any of her books. I'm looking forward to changing that.
    My hero is a little bit of a bad boy, is confident, strong, loyal, not afraid to fight for what he believes is right and guards his feelings well. I love it when a heroine can turn the alpha male on his heel and give him a run for his money. It's also neat when he lets his walls crumble and lets her in.

  4. I love the alpha, dominate hero too! A sexy guy who knows what he wants and makes sure that both his needs and his subs needs get met is hawt :) I do like for the heroine to be tough too, not some meek woman who just does whatever anyone tells her. So the hero needs to command respect as well as give it.

  5. Love this =) and can´t wait for my chance to read! I´m a sucker for an Alpha *rawr*
    Thanks for the giveaway & Happy Tuesday!

  6. Oh man, I go to bed early and miss all the comment fun! Sorry about that guys.

    @Barrie - I LOVE, I mean, seriously ADORE a heroine that gives the hero a run for his money. Nothing gets me more amped up about a book.

    @Patti P - Totally agree! There's something dangerous and refreshing about a hero who owns who he is and what he wants. It's a favorite!

    @Julianne Keller - Hey!! Thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you at this year's Romanticon. Maybe? Come on! You know you want to go!

    @June M. - Oh man, heroes who take care of their girls, a total plus!

    @Linda - Hope you enjoy the book! I know it was tons of fun for me to write.

  7. Enjoyed reading the post & synopsis for the book. Love alpha men! Thank you for the giveaway

  8. thx u sidney for ur donation in this giveaway :)

  9. I do love a hero who takes control!!

  10. I do not share wine too, my friends think I'm greedy

  11. Wine is just the best when shared with friends who can appreciate it- like those in my books (hah). This book looks to have some good friends inside. sdylion(at)gmail(dot)com


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