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Columnist Bridget Hartwell agrees to write about BDSM to impress her new executive editor at Sultry, the “sex-positive magazine for sex-positive women.” Unfortunately, it’s a topic she knows absolutely nothing about…but if she ever wants that promotion, she’ll need to learn the ropes, fast.
English professor Max Harlow is active in the Dom/sub scene, but only for casual play—he’s never found his ideal partner: a woman who is his equal, but sexually submissive. When he’s asked to explain the lifestyle to his cute but obviously inexperienced neighbor, Max is certain it’s best to approach it academically—to keep things purely professional.
Until Bridget’s first article is a huge hit, giving her the perfect excuse to delve deeper into the naturally submissive side of her sexuality. But as their encounters intensify and each of her boundaries is skillfully pushed, Bridget must decide what this all means… for her identity, her career, and, most importantly, her future with Max.
“For this to work, and I’m not saying it will, you would have to reveal everything to me. Tell me all your deepest, darkest fantasies. I want to know the secret things you don’t tell anyone.” Max moved closer, one arm draped on the back of the sofa, the other hand moving to her knee, and Bridget jumped. His touch felt like a smoldering coal even through the fabric of her jeans. “I’ll tease you, make you beg me for more, and then sometimes I won’t give it to you. This won’t be a game for me. I take my role very seriously. I’ll demand control of your entire sex life, and I’ll drive you completely crazy. You’ll be uncomfortable, nervous, aroused, exposed.” He lifted one hand off the back of the sofa and cupped her jaw, his fingers just resting against the skin there as he brushed his thumb across her lower lip. “Are you sure this is what you want?”
At his touch, Bridget pressed her hands to the sofa to steady herself, and she actually had to stop herself from moaning. There seemed to be no air in the room. His thumb had moved off her lip and was caressing her cheek. Unable to look away from his darkened eyes, at last she whispered, “Yes. I want that. I want all that.”
I really enjoyed this book and learning all about the BDSM lifestyle with Bridget. She is given the topic to write about by her new boss so she has to learn all about it and fast. She finds out Max, the hot professor next door, is into the lifestyle so she asks to interview him. Her first article is a hit so the boss now wants 2 blog posts a week from her. She makes a deal with Max for him to teach her the lifestyle as a “strictly professional” relationship. She really enjoys what he is teaching her as she never knew she was submissive deep down inside until sex with Max. Can they change the terms of the agreement as they both find they are falling for the other? Fun read with light bondage, a little spanking and some really hot sex!!!! Stars for hotness!
Where do you get your book ideas?
I’m always on the hunt for book ideas! I don’t necessarily look for whole plots, but I look for unique characteristics: personality quirks, interesting jobs, situations where two people might meet. I rob small details from my own experiences and the anecdotes of my friends, too. The characters and relationships develop from there.
Do you write an outline to start or just start writing?
I write an outline first and some character profiles, and then I write a first draft that tends to deviate wildly from that outline and those character profiles. Once that messy first draft is done, I go back and rewrite my outline and my character profiles to what I now know about the book and what should happen. That outline tends to be much more detailed. When I finish that outline, I’m ready to revise, throwing out everything that doesn’t fit the new plan and filling in all the gaps.
How long does it normally take to write the book before edits?
I write my first drafts very quickly. It comes from fourteen years of participation in National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. So my first drafts tend to only take about four weeks. Granted, the editing process takes much longer, usually about three months of solid work. I’ve done it in less time, but I wasn’t very fun to live with during that time.
Are you an indie author or mainstream author?
I’m mainstream. I know it’s not the right route for everyone, but I’ve been very happy with my path to publication. My agent is wonderful. When I decided to pursue writing erotic romance, she was my first choice agent, and when she offered representation, I felt like all my dreams were coming true. She’s been completely invaluable in this whole process and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
How did you get started, can you give people wanting to write an idea how to get started?
This is a bit of a long story, so strap in.
I’ve been writing novels since I was in high school. They were Star Wars fanfiction, they were horrible, and they taught me a lot about long-form writing. Then I moved into writing original novels. I sought publication far too early, only a few novels in, and I was rightfully rejected – my novels just weren’t very good. I kept writing, though, and each novel made me a better writer, but I wasn’t ready to go through the publication rigmarole again for some time. I was just writing for myself, and it was rewarding, and that was enough for me for a while. I knew I wanted to get published “someday” but wasn’t ready to work for it yet.
Finally, I wrote the novel I’d had in my head for most of my life. It was a high fantasy coming-of-age story with strong feminist overtones. I drafted it, then revised it painstakingly over several months until I thought it was as good as it could be. While I was revising, I took time out to write Purely Professional for my ten year anniversary of NaNoWriMo. This was a just-for-fun novel, an indulgence in all my whims and kinks. I thought I might publish it someday, but I wasn’t ready to be “out” as a BDSM aficionado and commit to erotic romance. Out of curiosity, though, I looked into agents in the genre, found one I really liked – Saritza Hernandez – and started following her on Twitter to get a sense of what kind of person she was.
My fantasy novel kept getting rejected by agents. Finally, I took an honest look and realized that as much as I might love that novel, it just wasn’t particularly compelling. I set it aside. Instead, I turned to Purely Professional. I edited it and queried just one agent – Saritza. She wrote back and asked for the full manuscript, and I didn’t sleep at all for the next six weeks. When she called and offered representation, I lost my mind completely.
I firmly believe I would not be published if I stuck with one book and queried it forever. I just kept writing more books. My biggest advice to people in the hunt is to keep writing books. You’re going to need more than one book to be successful, anyway, so just write them all now. If one is getting rejected, move on to the next one. I might someday take another look at my high fantasy book, but for now, I’m having a hell of a good time writing erotic romance.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Elia Winters has always been a New England girl, despite having spent much of her childhood in Florida. She holds a degree in English Literature and teaches at a small rural high school where she runs too many extracurricular activities. She balances her love of the outdoors with a bottomless well of geekiness.
Elia dabbles in many genres, but erotic romance has been one of her favorites since she first began sneaking her mother’s romance novels. In high school, she kept her friends entertained with a steady stream of naughty stories and somehow never got caught passing them around. Her erotic fiction and poetry have been published online at Clean Sheets and Scarlet Letters under a different name. Elia currently lives in New England with her loving husband and their odd assortment of pets.
Elia’s virtual life is as busy as her real life. In addition to her website, http://eliawinters.com/, you can also find her on:
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