I feel sorry for people who don’t believe in fairy tales anymore. I’m not talking about the hokey, lame crap with pixie dust and poofy shoulder sleeves from the Eighties. I’m talking about the serendipitous events and moments that can actually change your life. How do you expect magic to happen if you deny its very existence?
In this story, my fairy godmother was Heather Howland, senior editor at Entangled. She took an unknown author with only one hot-and-heavy novella under her belt and asked, “Hey, would you like to write a book or two for Tessa Bailey’s new Serve series?”
(Imagining me doing a spit-take all over my computer screen) “Um, did you say Tessa Bailey? As in THE Tessa Bailey?”
This is all over email, but I picture Heather delivering a melodious laugh here, one attracting bluebirds and deer and other woodland creatures.
“Yes, that one,” she answered.
“Sure, I can do that,” I typed back. And in my head I was happy-girl-screaming: “Sign. Me. UP!”
For those of you new to the Serve series, it’s about a very hip-and-happening BDSM club in New York City and while I know a lot of readers may be expecting a typical story of domination and submission, I wanted to share something different this time around.
It’s about Cassidy Peyton, new to the Big Apple and looking to finally get her dream life started after having a rocky start. Now that she’s all grown up, the last thing our heroine wants to do is submit her will and sexuality over to some guy.
Only one problem: she doesn’t have the first clue about what she wants or how to go about getting it.
Enters our hero, David Cavill. He is former military and a top security expert with a wall around him sturdier than Fort Knox. He’s also had a rough past, one in which he can’t find any solace or escape. Yet Cassidy draws him in, an intoxicating combination of strength, candor, and sensuality that David can’t resist. While the kink these two explore is Japanese rope bondage, called Shibari, what they really are delving into is sharing sexual power with one another. It’s not about the rope: it’s about binding themselves to one another through communication, trust, and – in spite of themselves – love. I hope you love reading Cassidy and David’s story as much as I got off on writing it.
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