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?
TOUR GIVEAWAY DETAILS
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
4/22- Toot's Book Reviews
4/23- Book Monster Reviews
4/23 - Literal Addiction
4/23- Riverina Romantics
4/24- Seductive Musings
4/25- My Reading Obsession
4/26- Babbling About Books
4/27- The Jeep Diva
4/28- The Reading Café