I wanted to ponder that with you this morning. First I want to say from the bottom of my heart – THANK YOU so much to all the wonderful people who downloaded On Becoming His over the weekend. While yes it was free, you took the time and wanted to and I had over 1300. That just amazes me and I can’t thank you enough. I’ve had some mixed reviews on the piece, mostly good to excellent, but I think people might have been expecting a little bit more 50 Shades and less emotional (although from what I’ve heard about 50 shades the sex was kinda… We’ll just leave it at that).
When I set out to pen On Becoming His, I didn’t really know at the time the idea would explode into what it is and will be. What does that mean? It means that it’s now only now slated for a trilogy – with On Becoming Her Sir already in outline form and will be coming from Luke’s POV, but also with several flash pieces that my now co-author, Benjamin Russell, and I are doing totally together. So On Becoming His – Lessons Learned will be coming out hopefully in the next week to ten days.
That being said, what both Benjamin and I realized was that the first story truly is the very VERY emotional side of what Jessie is thinking about as Luke truly asks her to reflect on whether or not she can even become a submissive. See, in learning as much as I have about the lifestyle (and I think I can speak for Benjamin here too) there is so much more to it than what most people think. I’ve written enough blogs about this so I won’t be repetitive except to say while there is great sex and perhaps some of what you call the kinky BDSM (floggers, “x” crosses, spanking benches), the truth is this has little to do with sex sometimes. It’s about control, trust, understanding, giving of one completely to another and about patience.
So – nothing wrong with great sex and I can tell you that Jessie and Luke do and will heat up the pages as they continue on the journey BUT – this is a love story about two people who decide to enter into the lifestyle. The aspect is NOT to be taken lightly and if she doesn’t spend a hell of a lot of time thinking and reflecting on her inner thoughts about the strong woman versus the sub, then they are DOOMED for failure. Hence the way On Becoming His was penned.
I have read and written a hell of a lot of BDSM books and I’ve concentrated on the kink and the sex. I’ve both been acclaimed from people who actually live the lifestyle and criticized for my portrayal of the sex even itself, so this one was personal – what would and how could a strong would feel and handle the concept alone of entering into the lifestyle? Hmmm… That really took me to some reflective and dark places in my mind and the truth is – I have my answer. For those of you who REALLY know me know what that is but I’m not telling…
For Benjamin and I this journey has been a true blessing in getting closer as friends and it’s expanded our writing styles and capabilities – at least I like to think so. For those of you who have read On Becoming His, we both hope you enjoyed and know that the next chapter brings more of her submittal to him, BODY and soul, and his acceptance of her completely – which is his angst. She is strong and willful and he has a very difficult time adjusting. Lessons Learned will begin to show you just how powerful not only their intimacy (hint hint sex) is but also how strong their relationship is becoming – think devotion. So may answer about whether there is an emotional side is – there better be or truly the D/s relationship at minimum can’t grow and will indeed probably fail. It is VERY emotional and very powerful. Don’t you think?
Another thank you and giving away a prize in honor of the event and cause it’s my birthday. The first three people who leave a review on Amazon have the choice of any of my books on backlist. So… let me know and I love you guys.