“The Dom with a Safeword” by Cari Silverwood, Leia Shaw and Sorcha Black was released on October 25th, 2012. I recently had the pleasure of reading the book and it was a unique story that absolutely set my kindle on fire!
Here is the official description of the book:
Late at night, on an amateur ghost hunt, Sabrina and her best friend Q are caught trespassing by the gorgeous, blond Jude. The embers of attraction between them sizzle when they discover Jude’s kinks match their own.
Jude is a Dom on his last summer of freedom before starting the prison sentence that is med school. Q is a bad-ass bi switch who knows what she wants, and for years it’s been her cute, doe-eyed straight friend Sabrina. But the only way into Sabrina’s heart and panties may be with Jude’s fist wrapped in her hair.Domming the bratty Q and mischievous Sabrina isn’t going to be easy but Jude relishes the challenge. At the end of the summer, will they find a way to stay together when everything is tearing them apart?
Ms. Silverwood did me the honor of answering a few questions about the book.
Cari, I am in awe of the storyline of this book! Alpha male, submission, love story, hot sex scenes...it was an all-around package! Where did you and your fellow authors come up with this concept?
Right, delving back into the murky fog that is my memory…we all wanted to try writing a contemporary story but none of us had the courage to do it by ourselves. We also all loved the idea of writing about a Dom with two brats as there were three of us and brats seemed, at times, a somewhat frowned upon part of the kink community. Yet those who are brats have an enormous amount of fun with their Doms, providing the Dom is up for the challenge and enjoys the exchange.People sometimes assume that all submissives toe the line and are ultra-respectful in all ways at all times. But not everyone uses the same rules. Not everyone calls their Dom by the terms Sir or Master or Him. It is up to those in the relationship.
So this story is dedicated to brats. And though what Q does in particular may seem over the top to some, she is based on someone real, a collared bi switch who has a long term relationship (married) with her Dom and also a brat submissive of her own.
Here is an excerpt from the book:
“Do you think he’s ever going to take his pants off?” Sabrina whispered in Q’s ear. “Maybe he shares his penis with another guy and today wasn’t his day to use it.”
“I kept the jeans on so I wouldn’t rush things,” Jude replied, slapping Sabrina’s ass.
“Well it’s not exactly rushing anymore. Both of us are naked, so how is this fair?” she retorted, gesturing at the offending article of clothing.
“I’m the dominant, so I get to make the rules.” His head tilted in a look of smug amusement.
“Fuck that!” Q knelt up on the window seat, leaned over Sabrina and pulled at the button of his jeans. “This is a mutiny, Captain!”
After wriggling free, Sabrina tried to hold him still while he batted away Q’s hands. They had just managed to get the button untied, when he dragged both of them over to sit on his lap. They didn’t quite fit, but he didn’t give them the option of getting up.
“Hold your hair up, both of you,” he ordered.
Looking askance at each other, they complied. The sensation of his breath rippling over Q’s neck sent shivers up into her hair. His mouth latched onto the place where her neck and shoulder met, and Q sighed in contentment. Sucking and nibbling on their necks and shoulders, he held them still for his enjoyment. Eventually he let them go so they could participate.
Sabrina sucked on Q’s bottom lip then trailed tiny kisses down to her chin, past her neck, to her breast. She paused as though she was having an internal debate. Slowly, she backed off Jude’s lap onto the cushion. She shifted onto her hands and knees, grazing Q’s nipple with her lips and making her groan. Her pink tongue darted out, licking the very tip. She looked up at Q mischievously, her ass wiggling.
Both she and Jude eyed Sabrina’s backside with interest, smiling at each other when they realized they were doing it simultaneously. Q’s smile became a gasp as something warm and wet engulfed her nipple. She watched in fascination as Sabrina’s sucking and nipping mouth alternated between her breasts. Her tongue investigated Q’s piercings. Enraptured, Q ran her fingers though Sabrina’s silky hair, the slide of it through her hands sensuous. The elastic that had been holding it when they were painting hung tenuously onto the bottom of a lock of hair, and she tossed it aside.
What was the hardest part about writing this book with 2 other authors?Doing the writing I had to do. Truly the interactive part made things easier. I always have bumps and mind tangles that get in the way but knowing that others needed me to do my part helped me enormously. You don’t get writers block when you co-write. If you try to they throw something at you.
But just getting words on paper and making things come to life is never simple. So I think that was the hardest. We did have arguments and sometimes one of us would dig our toes in (mostly Leia lol) but generally it worked out fine.
Do you relate more towards the bratty switch Q or the mischievous Sabrina? (And if Sabrina, do you believe in ghosts?)
Relate? I empathized with Q a lot with her unrequited love and mental anguish toward the end of the story. But there were aspects about both of them that I related to. I don’t believe in ghosts but Leia Shaw, who wrote 90 percent of Sabrina’s scenes, does. She also has a ghost in her house for real…if you believe that ghosts can exist.
I felt that the relationship between Q and Sabrina was so wonderfully in-depth. Did you have any real life inspiration for the couple?
Oh definitely. The love, Dominance and submission dynamic, and sexual attraction between these two was drawn from the lives of real people.
When you are writing, do you have any rituals? Any specific music that you listen to while you write?
I listen to music sometimes. But I loop it over and over and I often don’t consciously hear it much. But I’d say it does help me write. I tend to drink coffee, and tea, and more coffee. Big surprise that one! I fiddle about. If I get stuck I write things on paper, and I do housework. Things like housework can help jar problems loose and let you see them afresh.
What projects are you working on now and are Jude, Q and Sabrina involved?
We are doing a sequel with Godfrey Cross as the Dom and two submissives again. Jude, Sabrina and Q will be in the book in cameo parts.
Are you reading any good books right now?I’m reading a curious one called The Heartwood Box. I like the way she’s adapted the BDSM ethos into a traditional fairytale style. I like to see authors experiment and go outside the usual. I’m looking at buying the first in a series by Jacqueline Carey also – Naamah’s Kiss and I’d also like to get The Game of Thrones as a complete set. Jacqueline Carey wrote an immensely popular fantasy series that began with Kushiel’s Dart and uses BDSM as the backbone of her setting. Wonderful series if you like fantasy.
Oh and there’s another one called Beyond Shame that seems enticing – a post-apocalyptic story that oozes sex and seems very well written.
For all your followers out there, what can they do to help you make “The Dom with a Safeword” even more successful?
What a lovely question. It is difficult being seen among the huge outpouring of new erotic romance books. Word of mouth works best, I think. If you like it a lot, recommend it to your friends who share your taste in books. Reviews do help, but to most who read them you are an anonymous stranger. People you regularly talk to about books will value your opinion a lot more. So it’s far better to say on facebook, or Twitter, or Goodreads in particular, hey this one is worth reading. J
Cari Silverwood's website page with buy links and another longer excerpthttp://www.carisilverwood.net/the-dom-with-a-safeword-sample.html
Cari Silverwood's website