Luanna has worked hard to brush off the stigma and scandal of being a single teenage mother. These days, she is better known for her calm composure and serene disposition, but despite that, things start to sizzle between Luanna and her company’s legal director, Logan.
Logan might seem like a mild-mannered corporate lawyer, but in lifestyle circles, he is better known as Master Baku, the Shibari expert. His dream is to publish a series of artistic poses which incorporate his three loves – Shibari, suspension, and photography, and he has his sights set on Luanna as the model.
But Luanna has led a deliberately quiet and modest life. She knows nothing about bondage or the intricacies of D/s relationships. She’s always had to rely on herself, and her current reputation has been hard won. Even if she decides to throw caution to the wind and finally live a little, is there really any room left in Logan’s life for yet another love, especially if she can’t find it in herself to share the ones he already has?
Logan has Luanna tied up in knots, both literally and figuratively. Is it possible to find a compromise, or will circumstances conspire to pull them apart?
Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary romance contains elements of power exchange. Though it is part of the Club Risqué series, it can be enjoyed as a standalone.
- What is your writing process like?
My writing process can be a bit hit and miss and sometimes I am guilty of procrastinating for so long that I get nothing done at all. So I’ll be like ‘I really need to tidy up and do the laundry and clean the bathroom and vacuum etc, etc, but then I feel guilty that I’m not writing. Just as likely I’ll sit in front of my laptop and think, I really need to do some marketing and promotion, or some re-writes or some editing and equally I’ll get nothing done in either scenario. It wasn’t until my husband gave me the very obvious advice to timetable my writing time and do everything else around it that I managed to knuckle down. That along with meeting some other fantastic UK authors at a writers retreat and was introduced to the art of ’sprinting’. Now I also do that every day in a writing support group and my productivity has literally tripled.
- Do you like to listen to music while you write? If so, what kind?
I really can’t tolerate music while I write. In fact I prefer it to be completely silent. My office is next to the laundry room and I even find the hum from the washing machine or the tumble dryer irritating!
- Do you like to outline or just dive right in when writing?
I’m a bit of a ‘pantser’ when it comes to writing. Although I generally have a basic idea of the story line, and the characters, sometimes the finished article is very different from what I imagined it would be. That’s actually one of the things I love most about writing though, the fact that it can be as much of a surprise to the writer as to the reader.
- How much research do you typically do on a novel?
The amount of research I do varies depending on whether I have a specific theme going on. I read all the time, it’s what I do to relax, since I rarely watch TV, so I feel that a lot of my research is simply ongoing. For Ties that Bind I did more research than usual as I needed to know all about the history of Shibari, the names of various types of ropework, descriptions of how different ties were achieved. I looked up images of what the finished article looked like and I even practiced some basic knots and ties for myself to get an idea of how complicated it was and how long it might take. (You can see photos of the finished results on my FB page or my website)
Q. What would you say is your strongest character trait?
A: People say I am calm and serene. I have tried my hardest to come across that way, so that people see the responsible, mature me and not the single teenage mother.
Q: How would you describe your relationship with Logan?
A: Logan ties me up and then unravels me. He sees the truth that exists underneath the façade I project to everyone else.
Q. How do you think people view you?
A: People see the staid and somber lawyer, but I like to think I’m a bit like Clark Kent. When I go to Club Risqué, I become someone else entirely; Master Baku, the Shibari expert.
Q. What are you looking for in your relationship with Luanna?
A: Everything! I want the day to day connection, but when all of our responsibilities fall away, I want to tie her up in my ropes, pose her, suspend her and make her fly. Make us both fly.
“I’m going to make love to you, with or without,” he told her in a low voice. “But if you really don’t like this, I’ll free you right now. Just nod to continue, or shake your head, and it’s gone.”
It was Luanna’s turn to take a leap of faith. He’d taken her by surprise, but she didn’t hate the sensations already coursing through her heated blood.
Finally, she nodded her head. She saw the lust and also the relief that fired in Logan’s eyes, but still, he gave her another out. “Are you certain?”
Luanna nodded again.
Logan closed his eyes and tucked his head into the crook of her neck. Then he sucked at the delicate skin on her collarbone and lifted his head once more. “I won’t do anything unexpected,” he promised her. “I just want to make love to you like this, give you a little taste of being bound. I want to fasten your wrists to the headboard, too; you okay with that?”
Luanna’s breath caught at the thought. It was strangely erotic, and she nodded once again in consent.
Logan was surprised at the slight tremor in his hands as he secured Luanna’s bound wrists to the convenient wooden crossbar at the head of the bed. He’d bound a woman hundreds of times in complex and contorted poses, for his sexual and aesthetic enjoyment. But never before had it ever meant as much to him as this simple, improvised act of bondage.
Logan sat back on his haunches and admired his handiwork, makeshift as it was. Luanna looked beautiful, restrained. She would look even more magnificent in his ropes. Just the thought had his cock throbbing. She would suit a colour that was strong, like her. Not red, that would clash with her hair and overpower her pale skin. But still something bold, brighter than black. Purple, perhaps, or yellow. God, he hoped she would allow him to tie and bind her. He could start with something unrestricting and erotic like the karada, or rope dress, to introduce her to the art of Kinbaku. And from there, once she was comfortable, maybe she would permit something more intricate and confining—something that would allow the rope to pose her body, and finally, perhaps she would agree to be suspended, modelled like a ballerina, frozen mid-jump. Eventually, she might even allow him to record those moments for posterity.
The thought had him sucking in a harsh breath, and suddenly, he couldn’t keep his hands off her for a moment longer.
A note from the author
Since this is book 3 in the Club Risque series, I deliberately wanted to make it completely different from the first two. So in Ties that bind, I decided to have my characters involving themselves in a relationship from the very beginning and added a bit of a twist by providing a family scenario.
5 Fun Facts
- My own love life could be part of a book plot! I met my husband when our spouses ran off together. I had been married for ten years, but my now husband had only been married for four months!
- After twenty-four years together and twenty years of marriage, we are planning to renew our vows this year. Sometimes fate just takes a hand. J
- When we married, I wore a long, full, princess dress which I made myself – It was purple!
- I also made a lot of the wedding party outfits: 7 cravats, 4 waistcoats, 2 maid-of-honor dresses, 2 bridesmaid dresses and 2 flower girl dresses.
- We have a wedding date that even the most absent-minded husband could not possibly forget – 9.9.1999