Monday, August 25, 2014

Is it really possible to please your master?



A note to my friends in the North Bay. I was awoken in what felt like the middle of the night by the bed shaking slightly. I thought it was a minor localized tremor. Then I woke to reports of a 6.0 earthquake in Napa. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you and to everyone affected by the quake.
I hope everyone enjoyed the introduction to Monica from Pleasing Mr. Sutton on my last blog. Thanks again to Pamela Fryer for tagging me in the Character Blog Hop! Don’t forget, up today on the Blog Hop are Kate Curran at http://katecurran3.blogspot.com, Jean Oram at http://www.jeanoram.com/the-love-bug-blog/, and Jami Davenport at http://jamidavenport.blogspot.com. I can’t wait to read about their characters!
Thanks to Rae Monet for this fabulous cover. I love, love, love it! And for your reading pleasure, Pleasing Mr. Sutton is live! Book 5 in the West Coast series features Rance Sutton and Monica Dawson. You met them both in The Other Man, West Coast, Book 4. Ward and Spence bandy about the idea that the statuesque Miss Dawson is actually Mr. Sutton’s sex slave. Well, here’s the real story!
He has only one rule. She will do everything he says exactly when he tells her to do it.
Chairman of the board Rance Sutton is looking for a new playmate, an untried submissive he can train to do things his wicked way.
Miss Dawson, the chairman's personal secretary, wants to get a lot more personal. What better way than becoming his new submissive? After all, she already does everything his way. So really, what's a little spanking, flogging, handcuffing, and blindfolding if the payoff is Mr. Sutton in her bed? And that's something she's dreamed about for the entire five  years she's worked for him.
The problem? This will be no love affair. He will be her master. And she will be his slave. Miss Dawson's desires aren't part of the bargain; everything will be about pleasing Mr. Sutton...
Here’s an excerpt.
Copyright 2014 Jasmine Haynes
Chapter Two
“I have the perfect candidate for the new position.” Monica placed the resume on his big desk and slid it across to him. She’d given herself an hour to prepare before presenting it. That hour had also given Mr. Sutton a chance to enjoy his first cup of coffee, a special blend she brewed him. He’d be mellower now.
“That was fast work.” He remained seated while she stood before him. It seemed submissive, like the teenage girl who’s forced to stand before the headmaster.
“The choice ended up being quite easy.” She laced her fingers behind her back. Again there was a submissive feel to the gesture. She’d dressed for him. Her blouse was teal, sheer with a lacy camisole beneath, which she’d paired with a cream skirt that hugged her behind, but dropped tastefully to below the knees. She felt sexy but tailored, classy but inviting.
“Commendable work,” he said, picking up the resume.
Her tension began to rise as he read. She’d addressed every bullet point on his list. She was intrigued by the lifestyle, she’d never dabbled, she wanted him to teach her, she was willing to accept pain to receive pleasure, she needed his punishment, and so on. His eyes flicked back and forth across the page, but not another muscle twitched. Until finally he laid the single sheet of paper back on the expensively tooled leather top of his desk.
“You already have a job, Miss Dawson.”
She willed her cheeks not to flame. “Yes. But as I assume this new position”—she flexed the word, adding a sexual spin—“will be extracurricular, I believe I can carry out both functions to your complete satisfaction.”
He watched her unblinkingly, and the temperature in the office began to rise. A flush started inside, rushing out to her skin. He had to notice the scarlet blaze.
“I have no doubt about your abilities, but it’s never good to mix business and pleasure. We have a professional relationship. Making you my submissive would violate that.”
A kernel of ice expanded in her chest. He was turning her down.
“This is not the kind of thing you can turn on and off, Miss Dawson. I think it’s best—”
She couldn’t let him reject her. “A lot of people might consider that asking me to buy sex toys for you is violating our business relationship.”
“You are my personal secretary. I never asked you to demonstrate the devices for me.”
“In a corporate environment, the CEO doesn’t ask his secretary to search for submissive playmates.” She’d been about to cite Holt Montgomery, CEO of West Coast Manufacturing, as an example, but he was marrying his secretary next month, so that comparison might fall short.
“I mentioned when I hired you that some of the tasks I gave you would be of a more personal nature.” His face was implacable. Unreadable. Mr. Sutton could be a hard man when he chose. Last night’s bravado was starting to fade.
But if she backed down now, there would never be another chance. Just the fact that she’d asked had changed their working relationship. How would she get over the embarrassment, let alone the rejection? She’d made the choice, now she had to convince him.
“There are advantages you might not have thought of,” she told him. “Except when you have meetings or when we’re traveling”—she accompanied him and took care of the details—“we’re alone in this suite all day.” She flourished a hand to encompass his office, her smaller accommodations outside, and the conference room. “You must have thought about having a submissive you can command during the day.” She lowered her voice. “Make her do anything. Right here.” She lovingly stroked the desk’s leather top. “Or over there.” She pointed to the sofa.
She imagined herself splayed out on that genteel couch. Or facedown on his desk while he did all those mysterious dominant things to her. “Anything,” she said softly. “Anywhere.”
His nostrils flared slightly, the first indication of an emotion. “Miss Dawson.”
She wouldn’t let him stop her. “Every time you send me out to buy one of those devices”—she drew out the word for effect—“I’m dying to know exactly what you do with them.” She moistened her lips. “How it would feel.”
He swallowed, his Adam’s apple gliding slowly along his throat. “Miss Dawson.” It was all he seemed capable of saying.
How far could she go? She’d waited a long time for this opportunity. She’d go to great lengths to make it happen.
So she told him the truth, in a soft sexual purr meant for the bedroom. “And every time it makes me wet.”
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I hope you enjoyed this excerpt of Pleasing Mr. Sutton. You’ll find another excerpt on my website. You can find Pleasing Mr. Sutton at Kindle Kindle UK Kindle AU Kindle CA Nook iBooks iBooks UK iBooks AU iBooks CA. By tomorrow, I hope to have the book up at Smashwords, Kobo, All Romance, and Coffee Time as well.


Pleasing Mr. Sutton is a stand-alone story, but if you haven’t tried the series yet, look for Revenge, West Coast Book 1: iBooks iBooks UK iBooks AU Kindle Kindle UK Nook Nook UK Kobo All Romance Smashwords Coffee Time Romance. You can learn all about the West Coast series on my website: www.jasminehaynes.com. I’m going to have the book up for free by Sept 1. I can’t guarantee on the timing for Amazon, but I’ll do my best. 

A bonus for lovers of the Open Invitation series, we just put up the full series in a boxed set! I’m really excited about having Invitation Seduction, Invitation to Pleasure, and Invitation to Passion bundled together again as they were in the original anthology. Kindle KindleUK Nook iBooks iBooks AU iBooks UK. 




Monday, August 18, 2014

And just how is Monica going to Please Mr. Sutton??



Thanks to Pamela Fryer for tagging me in the Character Blog Hop! A little explanation, the character blog hop consists of answering a few questions to let our readers know about the new characters we’ve got coming for you in the near future.

Here’s a little bit about Pam: USA Today bestselling author Pamela Fryer writes edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense that will leave you breathless. She lives in Northern California, but has never worn Birkenstock sandals. You can keep informed about new releases by signing up for her newsletter at www.pamelafryer.com

And you must stop by her character blog at http://pamelafryer.blogspot.com/2014/08/meet-my-character-mystic.html. Oh my gosh, I LOVE the sound of her new book Kiss Me Before Dawn. Fabulous title, cover, and Mystic is a great character. I’m dying to read the book when it comes out in September!

Okay, now for my character. In a couple of weeks, I’ll be putting out Pleasing Mr. Sutton, Book 5 in the West Coast series. I call the book BDSM lite. There’s a little spanking, tying up, and other naughty things, including a trip to a BDSM club (which I researched with a visit to a real club in San Francisco!). So I’ll let Monica tell you a bit more about herself.


1) What is the name of your character?  Is he/she fictional or a historic person? 

I’m Monica Dawson, and I’m personal secretary to Mr. Sutton, chairman of the board. I’ve been attracted to him since I first starting working for him five years ago. I love authoritative, handsome older men, and Mr. Sutton is all that and more.

2) When and where is the story set?

Our offices are in San Francisco right in the heart of the financial district. And I live in SF, too, in a cute Victorian walk-up with my roommate Sean. He’s gay, by the way, and we’ve been BFFs since high school. But Mr. Sutton doesn’t know anything about Sean or even that I have a roommate. Somehow I’m not sure he’ll understand about my living with a man, even if he is gay.

3) What should we know about him/her?

I should probably admit that I’ll do just about anything to get Mr. Sutton to notice me. I’ll even become his submissive.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Okay, so here’s what’s got me really going. Mr. Sutton has just asked me to find him a new submissive. Remember, I am his PERSONAL secretary. And he often asks me to do things of a very personal nature, like buy sex toys for the women he dates. His submissives. But this is beyond the pale. I’ll be damned if I’ll find a woman for him. Especially since I know I’m perfect for the job. Of course, Sean tells me I’m a pathetic idiot, but I don’t care. I will not pass up this opportunity.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

I’m not sure if I’m after love. I just want this fantasy I’ve had about Mr. Sutton to be real for a little while. I want to experience the things he can teach me. And yes, I’m titillated by the whole BDSM scene. Can pain be pleasure? All I want right now is to please Mr. Sutton. I want him to dress me for his pleasure, spank me, punish me, tie me up. I want to be his.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

Here’s a blurb for Pleasing Mr. Sutton:

He has only one rule. She will do everything he says exactly when he tells her to do it.

Chairman of the board Rance Sutton is looking for a new playmate, an untried submissive he can train to do things his wicked way.

Miss Dawson, the chairman's personal secretary, wants to get a lot more personal. What better way than becoming his new submissive? After all, she already does everything his way. So really, what's a little spanking, flogging, handcuffing, and blindfolding if the payoff is Mr. Sutton in her bed? And that's something she's dreamed about for the entire five  years she's worked for him.

The problem? This will be no love affair. He will be her master. And she will be his slave. Miss Dawson's desires aren't part of the bargain; everything will be about pleasing Mr. Sutton...

7) When can we expect the book to be published?

Book 5 in the West Coast series will be released by Aug 27th. I love the cover! Here’s where you can find Revenge, West Coast Book 1: iBooks iBooks UK iBooks AU Kindle Kindle UK Nook Nook UK Kobo All Romance Smashwords Coffee Time Romance. You can learn all about the West Coast series on my website: www.jasminehaynes.com

Up next on the Character Blog Hop (on Aug 25) is my good friend Kate Curran. I love her books, heart-warming stories about family. A little about Kate:

My journey as a writer began when I turned 30, my youngest started kindergarten, and I went back to college. I took a class on fiction writing and the author was born—except it wasn’t a direct route to publishing my novels. I took a 20-year detour as a photojournalist specializing in agriculture. Twenty years later I published my first book, but it wasn’t the romance novel I’d anticipated—it was a children’s book. Three more children’s books have followed and now, finally, my romance novels.
Find her Character Blog Hop at http://katecurran3.blogspot.com
 
Contact Kate at on the web at: www.katecurran.net
Email Kate at: katecurran3@gmail.com
Tweet Kate at: twitter.com/Katecurran3Kate

Also joining the blog hop on Aug 25th is Jean Oram, a wonderful new friend I’ve made on Facebook.

Jean Oram grew up in a small town in Alberta, Canada and her experiences have inspired her Blueberry Springs series. But while Jean grew up in an old schoolhouse tending to the family's honeybee operation, her characters haven't! Well, not yet, anyway. Her new series, the Summer Sisters, was inspired by her summers spent in the Canadian Muskokas where she would visit her grandmother in her century-old cottage. But while Jean's characters fall in love with movie stars and millionaires, Jean found her husband in the Canadian far north. And he's not a millionaire. Yet.

Jean loves to ski (downhill and cross-country), hike, camp, read, write, watch romantic comedies, and say random things like "Buckle your seatbelts, kids, Mama's driving!" in order to make her kids crack up.

She lives in Canada with her husband, two kids, very large dog who sheds like she's trying to clone herself, her cute cat that's been nicknamed Nermil, as well as tons of nature. You can read, dream, laugh, and love along with Jean's novels at www.jeanoram.com/books. You can also find her not quite over-sharing the crazy life of being an author in her new fan girl group at www.facebook.com/groups/JeanOramFans. Come join the fun and vote for the sexiest heroes on earth.

Find her Character blog Hop at  http://www.jeanoram.com/the-love-bug-blog/

Jami Davenport will also be joining us. She's a fabulous new author I met while writing my Kindle Worlds story.




An advocate of happy endings, Jami Davenport writes sexy sports romances, including her bestselling Seattle Lumberjacks football series and her new adult spinoff titled The Rookies. Jami lives on a small farm near Puget Sound with her Green Beret-turned-plumber husband, a Newfoundland cross with a tennis ball fetish, a prince disguised as an orange tabby cat, and an opinionated Hanoverian mare. She works in computer support in her day job and juggles too many balls, but she wouldn't have it any other way.

Her Character Blog Hop can be found at http://jamidavenport.blogspot.com
 

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