Excerpt from Controlling Chelsea: What’s Your Style?

Welcome to the inaugural post for Write Club, a blog hop hosted by Skye Warren and friends designed to take the place of the official Six Sentence Sunday hop that ended in January. It’s a bi-weekly blog hop, alternating between book excerpts and topics related to our writing process and inspiration. This week, I’m sharing a longer than average snippet from my work in progress Controlling Chelsea.

They chatted over drinks, Chelsea still trying to figure Ian out. She’d never dated anyone else with the courtesy Ian extended to everyone and she appreciated that. At the same time, though, she’d never known anyone who insisted on managing their surroundings the way he did either. On one hand, this take charge approach excited her. On the other hand, she wondered just how far this insistence went. After two drinks, she felt confident enough – or perhaps just emboldened by liquid courage – to ask.

“So, Ian, you’ve planned all of our dates. You’ve opened all my doors, ordered all of my food, paid for everything. All I’ve had to do is show up and be charming. Why? What are you getting out of this?”

“Do you like it?”

Chelsea flushed. “Don’t answer my question with a question. That’s evasive. Not fair. Answer me first.”

“I’ll answer you however I like. After you answer my question.” The blush on her cheeks told Ian everything he needed to know, but he wanted to hear her say it. To admit out loud how the interaction between them affected her. He looked straight into her eyes for a few moments before she dropped her gaze. Ian felt certain that if he slid his fingers under her skirt that her panties would be soaked through.

Chelsea squirmed in her seat and focused her attention on her empty drink, as if the answers were buried in the ice at the bottom her glass. After a few quiet minutes, she glanced back up at him.

“I don’t dislike it.” She practically whispered her response.

“That doesn’t answer the question. Do you like it? Does it turn you on when I make decisions and order for you?”

“Maybe.”

“Liar. There’s no maybe about it. If it didn’t, you wouldn’t be sitting across from me right now. If you weren’t excited by the interactions between us, you would have put up a much larger fuss at dinner last week and you wouldn’t have accepted a date with me tonight. I asked a yes or no question. Which is it? Yes or no?”

“If you’ve already determined the answer is yes, why do you need me to say it?” A slow grin spread across Ian’s face and he leaned towards her across the small table.

“Because your submission turns me on. I’m rock hard under this table right now. Admit it. Say yes. You’re aroused and we both know it.” His confidence made her want to kiss him and slap him at the same time.

“I don’t recall you being this aggressive on our first date.”

“Six years ago, my interests were mainly limited to the bedroom. Over time, and a few disastrous relationships, I realized what I want in a relationship is someone who’s comfortable letting me be the man – in a very traditional sense. I’m not just looking for a quick game of slap and tickle. That’s not my style.”

“What is your style?”

“Control.”

The Next Big Thing

What’s up, buttercup?

Last week, the incredible Annabel Joseph participated in THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP and then invited me to carry it on. AJ is releasing her newest book, Disciplining the Duchess, this week. I’ve had the chance to beta-read this book and, trust me, you want to check it out ASAP. It’s chock full of sexy yumminess. Get to know Annabel better and take a peak at the book cover and blurb of Disciplining the Duchess right here.

THE NEXT BIG THING BLOG HOP

In this blog hop, I and my fellow authors, in their respective blogs, have answered ten questions about our book or work-in–progress (giving you a sneak peek).  We’ve also included some behind-the-scenes information about how and why we write what we write–the characters, inspirations, plotting and other choices we make. I hope you enjoy it!

Here’s the scoop on my Next Big Thing! Ask me questions or share your thoughts in the comments!

1: What is the working title of your book?

Right now, the working title is Controlling Chelsea but that definitely won’t be the final title.

2: Where did the idea come from for the book?

First, let me share a little bit about this story:

Chelsea Ashby has built a business for herself as an internet personality. Companies pay her to go on adventures, host their parties, try their new products and then tell everyone about her awesome experiences via her blog and social media. In order to keep up her image, Chelsea’s connected to the world via social media 24/7 and there only a few aspects of her life she won’t source as material for her website. Through sheer hustle, she’s built an enviable life but is starting to feel the effects of being a public figure.  When her biggest teenage crush, who was also witness to her biggest personal humiliation, Ian Black seeks her out, Chelsea’s drawn into an intense relationship as Ian’s submissive.

After a disastrous date that ended with Ian telling Chelsea she needed a spanking six years ago, Ian hasn’t been able to fully purge Chelsea from his mind. Ian’s idea of a relationship is extremely traditional. He’s looking for a lady in the street but a freak in the bed. He’s convinced Chelsea could be his perfect submissive but her lack of concern for keeping her private life private and insistence on being connected 24/7 leaves him questioning what she really wants.

When Chelsea’s careless actions encourage an unexpected, unwanted event she’ll have to decide what’s most important to her .

As far as Chelsea’s career – I’m friends with and follow the blogs of several inspiring women who have built incredible lives for themselves as personality brands online. On the upside, these ladies get paid to enjoy regular trips, have fun adventures and get to try new products regularly. On the downside, just like a Kardashian, they have to build a brand to do this. When you become a brand, you attract creepy stalkers. The story idea came to me after watching this happen and watching these women put safety measures in place to protect themselves.

As far as the relationship between Chelsea and Ian – who didn’t have an inappropriate crush on someone older or with a reputation as someone “dangerous” as a teenager?

3. What genre does your book come under? 

The book I am currently working on, plus all of the future book ideas I have drafted out, are erotic romances. Specifically, M/F erotic BDSM romance. If you enjoy your romances with a healthy dose of power exchange, you’ll enjoy the relationships between the characters in my novels.

4: Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

Controlling Chelsea is book one of a planned three book series about a group of friends and their kinky relationships. I keep head shots of people I envision as my characters and photos I find inspiring tacked to an ideas page in Scrivener for my books.

Check out this hotness:

Ian Black Inspiration: Jason Momoa 

Jason Momoa Jason Momoa

Chelsea Ashby Inspiration: Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan  Carey Mulligan dressed up

When it comes to how they view the world and their relationships, these characters are polar opposites. I love that their physical appearances contrast as well.

5: What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

When internet personality Chelsea Ashby gets swept up into an intense D/s relationship with Ian Black, a man who values privacy, she struggles with deciding what she wants until an unexpected, unwanted event leads her to re-evaluate everything.

6: Is your book self-published, published by an independent publisher, or represented by an agency?

After talking with several writer friends, my plan is to self publish. I think publishers can certainly bring a lot to the table for writers who just want to write, but I’m excited about the business aspect of publishing as well. There’s also a lot to be said for having complete control over your story and how it appears in print/online.

7: How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript? 

It took me three days to get a working picture of my characters and to draft the outline of the book. This was back in November 2012. According to my self-imposed calendar, the first draft should be wrapped up the end of March.

8: What other books would you compare this story to within your genre? 

Books should stand on their own as original works, so I’m steering clear of saying my book is like someone else’s.

9: Who or what inspired you to write this book?

The idea of writing my own book has been floating around inside my head for a LONG time. In 2012, I was thinking about it more seriously when I (by sheer fate) ended up at lunch with Annabel Joseph and members of a writing group she helped start. They invited me to join them and that’s when I started working on my manuscript in earnest.

10: What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I  personally practice and enjoy BDSM romance. My bookshelf is full of authors like Annabel Joseph, CJ Roberts and Tiffany Reisz who write emotional stories that include situations and sexual activities that go beyond light BDSM play. As I am very inspired by these writers, I would say that readers who enjoy their books might enjoy mine as well.

Follow this blog hop along next Wednesday with the lovely Joan Defers.  Actually, while you’re here, just go ahead and check her out. Her post on ebook covers includes the some hysterical spoofs that you have to see to actually appreciate (because Dongzilla in Mantitty City sounds ridiculous, but you can’t appreciate just how ridiculous until you see her cover mock-up).

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