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Book Blast, Gibeaway & Hot Interview: Safeword: Matte – In Training by @CandaceBlevins

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clip_image002Safeword: Matte – In Training

Safeword Series

Number 7

Candace Blevins

Genre: BDSM Romance

Publisher: Excessica

Date of Publication: June 20, 2014

ISBN: Not yet available

ASIN: Not yet available

Number of pages: 202 pages

Word Count: 78,000 words

Cover Artist: Tara West

Book Description:

The wedding is four months away, and Ethan has promised to train Sam to handle a planned honeymoon activity. He’s calculated the math to figure out her goals each week. When she reaches the weekly target she gets a massage and lots of fun orgasms. But if she doesn’t, it’s the stainless steel cane.

All this along with navigating her clients’ drama, planning a wedding, dealing with her mother while planning the wedding, and having lots and lots of wild and kinky sex.

And we haven’t even mentioned the bachelorette party.

Warning: This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM some may find objectionable, anal sex, bondage, and the use of toys including crops, clips, clamps, plugs, and gags.

 

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Welcome to Darkest Cravings, tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m forty-seven, and have twelve and eight year old daughters. I’ve been married to my soul mate for sixteen years. I spent my twenties having adventures and travelling the world, and by the time I had kids, I was ready to settle down and be a mom.

Writing adult fiction isn’t for everyone, how did you end up writing for the toughest audience?

I’m an avid reader, and I decided to write what I’d want to read.

Most of the intimidating parts of being an adult fiction writer is the steamy scenes, how did you overcome the “stage fright”?

Pen name? No one knows it’s really me. Which means my actual first stage fright was my first convention, where I met readers in person.

Your favorite adult fiction books is-?

No way can I just pick one. Not possible. I love Annabel Joseph’s Cirque series, and then there’s the Deviations series by Chris Owen and Jodi Payne.

Do you think adult fiction have reached its full potential yet, or are we still in for a huge surprise?

Adult fiction has probably been around since the printed word. One Thousand and One Nights was mentioned as far back as the tenth century. In the modern era, The Story of O was first published in 1954. As for where we’re headed? We’ll find out when we get there, I suppose. For my part, I’m hoping to show that the phrase BDSM Romance is not an oxymoron.

We all have a treasured possession, what is yours?

I’m not big on possessions. We live in an older house, and one of the reasons we bought it is the pool. It was built back when swimming pools were still big, and I love it. Honestly though, my husband, kids, and other family members are what’s most important. Everything else is just details.

Are your characters based on real people or did you create them from scratch?

Most of my characters have elements of real people. For instance, my husband likes to organize the dishwasher, and I have a discussion between Sam and Ethan when he keeps rearranging the dirty dishes in her dishwasher.

There is an older gentleman, not a main character, but a recurring character, who is based off of a real person. He was very dear to me, and he’s no longer with us. It’s my way of honoring him, I guess.

Do you think adult fiction helps improves relationships?

I’d like to think it does. In the end, each person is responsible for their actions, but if they can learn from other people’s mistakes, perhaps it can keep them from making their own.

If you have to pitch adult fiction to someone that’s too shy to read it, what would you pitch?

I don’t think I’d try to convince them. If they aren’t comfortable with it, they should read something else. Reading is supposed to be fun. Fun for me is probably torture for someone else, and I’m not big on insisting others like what I like.

What is your motto?

When I’m 80, I’d rather regret what I’ve done, than wish I’d done more. I want to grab life by the horns and ride it, instead of sitting inside and watching others live.

You have a few steamy moments in your novel. Were they created from fantasy or is there real life experience behind it?

*Cough* A few steamy moments? I think there may be a few not-steamy moments. Either way, the vast majority of all my characters’ experiences are drawn from personal experience. Write what you know, right?

Why did you choose a more experienced woman rather than a virgin?

I write strong women who happen to be submissive. They’ve all taken charge of their lives, so none are still virgins.

Foreplay, some say it’s just a waste of energy, others feel that it’s a must. Your opinion?

I think the negotiation before a scene is the ultimate form of foreplay, rivalled only by a proper warm-up spanking, of course.

What sexual position is your favorite?

Again, it isn’t possible to choose a favorite. I’m happy tethered into a bondage swing, bent over the bed, legs bound over my head…I think I’ll stop there.

Have you ever used your nails and left marks?

I’m pretty sure I haven’t.

Do you think lingerie is a must for a relationship?

No. Not if the Dom prefers his submissive naked, anyway :)

Are you a screamer or the bite it down kind of lover?

I’m a screamer, but with kids in the house, I’ve been trained to be quiet. I love it when they spend the night with their grandparents and I can let it out, though.

Have you ever participated in BDSM?

Oh, yes. For, ummmm, somewhere around twenty-five years.

BDSM has been described as the ultimate form of trust between two people, do you agree?

I certainly agree. My husband and I were together a few years before we married, and after more than 18 years together, we’ve reached a level of trust I’m not sure many people manage. I consider myself incredibly lucky to have found my soul mate.

Any favorite toys?

The slapper is my favorite, followed by about a half a dozen floggers.

Does pain really enhance the sexual experience?

It’s pretty much a requirement for me. It’s possible I’m addicted to the endorphins — LOL.

Who is the better Dom? Male or Female?

Why does one have to be better? I prefer a male Dom, but this doesn’t mean they’re better, just that they are better for me.

Your perfect male Dom would be?

My husband :) He’s smart enough I can’t top from the bottom, he doesn’t let me get away with anything, and yet he’s fair, and understands I’m human. Actually, the perfect Dom would be my husband without his nipple torture fetish, because I detest nipple torture – LOL. However, I have a few kinks he wasn’t fond of when we met, and he makes sure I get enough of them to keep me happy, so… it all works out, I suppose.

What is you’re perfect game setup?

It isn’t really a game for us. Before we had kids, our relationship was heavy-duty TPE. These days it could be more accurately described as 24/7, and our days look pretty normal. However, once the kids are asleep? Well, that’s a different story :)

 

 

 

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abouttheauthor

Candace Blevins is a southern girl who loves to travel the world.

She lives with her husband of 16 years and their two daughters. When not working or driving kids all over the place she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming.

Candace writes romance books about strong women who happen to be submissive, and in some cases have some pretty extreme kinks. Relationships can be difficult enough without throwing power exchange into the mix, and her books show characters who care enough about each other to fight to make the relationship work.

You can visit her on the web at candaceblevins.com, and feel free to friend her on Facebook at facebook.com/candacesblevins, and Goodreads at goodreads.com/CandaceBlevins.

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