Sharing Backstage by Paige Parsons
Drenched in sweat and covered in sawdust, Harper was still trembling.
What happens when the girl who runs from everything finally decides to stay put?
Harper Harrison is an accomplished, independent, and vibrant young woman. As a freelance production stage manager, she’s no stranger to being in charge. She knows how to get the impossible done, even if she has to take a few shortcuts for the sake of theatre magic. She has one fatal flaw, though. When things get complicated, uncomfortable, or she even thinks they might go wrong, especially in her personal life, she bolts.
Lucas Mason is a fellow freelancer, and when they work the same show, sparks fly. They share a love of the stage and high stakes sex. They’ve christened nearly every location backstage unashamedly, but Harper wants more. Lucas makes every effort to keep her at arm’s length. He blames it on their crazy schedules, but Harper believes something more is going on.
They reconnect after an extended break and Harper is shocked to find out that Lucas is now her boss. He has a dominant streak that he isn’t afraid to display, and she isn’t a fan. Answering to Lucas takes more than a little getting used to, and after a trip or two over his knee, she decides that maybe a relationship with him is more than she bargained for, after all.
Harper leaves town to chase her Broadway dream and to take comfort in the familiarity of her ex-boyfriend. New York isn’t home, though, and Harper has to face the truth of her situation. The easygoing man she’s with isn’t the one she wants or needs. Lucas is three thousand miles away, and he has no intention of chasing her.
To have the life she wants, Harper will need to face all of her demons, confess her transgressions, and accept her punishment. It’s the only way they’ll ever find themselves sharing backstage again.
Publisher’s Note: This work contains depictions of adult sexual activity and adult domestic discipline. If you would rather not be exposed to such topics, please don’t read this book.
“Hopefully the memory of this spanking will better help you control your impulses and reflexes.”
“¡Ay! Tómalo con calma. Sí, papi!”
She wasn’t even close to tears, but these spanks packed a lot more power than what she’d been getting in passing. There was no doubt he meant business. It wasn’t that she didn’t take him seriously before, but now it felt like he was drawing his own hard line. Focused in on the searing happening on her backside, Harper became acutely aware of the sound. Lucas had stopped lecturing, and now the only audio vibrating off the walls were her cries and the sound of flesh on flesh impact. Her subconscious was having its own internal dialogue now.
It was just an impulse, right? She didn’t have some sort of impaired psyche that really wanted to feel what a serious punishment would be like, did she?
Lucas tapped her hip so she would lift a little for him to get her pajama bottoms and panties down. The girl hardly kept clothes on in the house and only ever slept in tank tops and panties, but he guessed self-preservation had kicked in and motivated her to slip on his old University of Arizona flannel bottoms. If he weren’t about to redden her backside, for scaring a year off his life, he’d have appreciated the look more. She had to wear them cuffed at the top and bottom to get around in them, but she loved them and looked adorable on the rare cold Arizona night.
Harper reached back in a futile attempt at impeding his clothing removal process. That sting was pretty powerful through her clothes, and she didn’t want to gain any knowledge of how painful it might be without them.
“I promise I will start from scratch, Harper if you don’t get those hands back in front of you.”
When did you know you wanted to be an author?I’ve been writing since I was a child. For years it was poetry, journaling, and short family stories. Academic writing and later news writing took up the bulk of my time and my creative writing was reduced to overly emotional poetry. The idea for my first novel came to me, after I quit teaching full time and went back to being a full time stage manager. I wrote it off and on for a couple of years. During this time becoming a published author was taking root as a real possibility.
What do you love most about books?
Being transported to a new world and lost in the lives of the characters. Before the era of the e-book I also loved the smell of a new book (lol).
Do you like to outline or just dive right in when writing?
I just dive right in the moment inspiration hits!
Where do you find inspiration for writing?
Every day life, music, random heard one liners and conversations, my family, and headline news.
Do you have a favorite vacation spot?
Top of my list is anywhere at the water’s edge. The beach, preferably private on small and secluded. My favorite locations to date are the black sand beach in Positano, Italy and Martinique, Virgin Islands.
Would you rather do the spanking or be spanked?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Swirl of both
What was the hardest part about writing Sharing Backstage?
The hardest part, while writing Sharing Backstage, was making the hero someone the reader could love. He went through numerous physical and personality changes during the process. I also had to put the story away multiple times, as I had various scenes and encounters written, but it wasn’t coming together. When it finally clicked it suddenly all made sense and flowed.
“I made a difference, and I won’t be disappointed in that.”
~Taking the Stage
Taking the Stage by Paige Parsons
Her lying, cheating husband betrayed her. Devastated, she quit her teaching job. Now Robyn Rose isn’t sure she has it in her to start over again in the only job she ever really enjoyed—the theatre.
But support for her penniless artistic future is limited, until she meets Joseph James Davis. He is the director of Robyn’s last-chance gig, and has some unique, over-his-lap sorts of ideas about what it takes to keep his stage manager on her best behavior. He also might just be her last chance at love.
Now, if only they can get their lead actress (who is also his ex-girlfriend) to take the stage without destroying their possibility at a future together.
Publisher’s Note: Taking the Stage features descriptions of nudity and adult, consensual spanking. If you are uncomfortable with these subjects, please read something else.
“This is the life you were meant for, and I’m so happy you found it and have accepted it.”
~Taking the Stage
Paige Parsons is a creative Joan of all Trades, with her first love being theatre. Now living and working in Japan, Paige, a native New Yorker, has always loved the world of make believe. Whether reading, writing or putting on a show she loves a good story.
This intro-extrovert has spent 23 years as a stage manager and 18 years as an educator. Seamlessly moving between both careers isn’t always easy (and often leads to being too pooped to party), but this lady needs theatre like she needs air.
Paige holds an undergraduate degree in Communications-Broadcast Journalism/English-Creative Writing, a graduate degree in Elementary Education, and is ABD for her doctorate in Education-Brain Research (if novel ideas stop coming faster than research ones).
Having spent the last 25 years collecting stories around the stage as an actress, stage manager, and production manager, it is no surprise that Paige loves to tell stories, read stories, and put stories up on the stage.