Neither is looking for love, much less for forever. But when a tornado traps them in a laundromat, one night together just isn’t enough.
Hard-working Laura Turner dotes on her family but she has little life of her own. After a loveless marriage and a bitter divorce, a dominant man is the last thing she wants.
James Black has worked hard to establish his construction business. Divorced for three years, he knows what he wants, and it isn’t the too-young and too-demanding submissives who throw themselves at him at Club Indigo. When James introduces Laura to the pleasures of the lifestyle, he realizes he may have found what he has been looking for – an intelligent woman who can be his partner, as well as his submissive.
A tornado brought them together, but a dark past keeps driving them apart. Can James coax Laura from the fear that won’t let her get what she needs, or will she stay trapped by her memories?
Publisher’s Note: This steamy contemporary romance contains elements of power exchange.
When did you know you wanted to be an author?
(Karen) I don’t know that I ever seriously wanted to be an author, but ever since I started reading BDSM romances I’ve thought, “I could do better than that.” So here I am, trying to do something better than some of what’s out there.
(Nappa) I’ve always been a writer, it only took me half of my life to write a romance novel and become an author
What is your writing process like?
A story starts with an idea. It can be a quote, a random message or something that happens to one of our characters. Just like in real life our characters don’t live in isolation and sometimes people around them meet and they have their own stories.
For us, once we have some notion of who our characters are and what might happen one of us, usually Nappa, starts writing. Then we discuss, Karen may do editing and writing as well. We discuss and edit jointly. We outline. We decide who will tackle what piece. We go back and forth with ideas until we agree about things. Sometimes characters just seem to pop up with their own notions of where they should go.
Do you like to listen to music while you write? If so, what kind?
(Karen) Not really, but then I do a lot of my writing at work in between other things.
(Nappa) I do like to listen to music. I have a playlist that I like to listen to while reading or writing. It has all kinds of music from Pink to Imagine Dragons and from Disturbed to Dutch pop bands, like Racoon, Kayak and Kensington, but my absolute favorite is Maiden United.
What do you love most about books?
(Karen) Good books are like old friends to me. You can always come back to the best ones for something more.
(Nappa) Books are always available, even in the middle of the night, whether to help with boredom or to grant you wisdom and information. Books don’t discriminate, whatever your skin color, gender or preferences you can always pick up a book and read.
What is your favorite novel?
To name one book here would be impossible. There a too many wonderful and inspiring books
Who are some of your favorite BDSM romance authors?
Maren Smith, Cherise Sinclair, Evangeline Anderson, Lexi Blake, Sparrow Beckett, Candace Blevins, Joey W. Hill, Annabel Joseph (the list could go on)
What is your favorite genre?
BDSM Romance, but I also enjoy thrillers and fantasy stories.
Libraries or bookstores?
(Karen) Definitely libraries, but then I was a librarian in a former life.
(Nappa) I don’t care as long as I can read I’m happy
What genres do you write in?
Where do you find inspiration for writing?
In the stories themselves, in everyday appearances, a quote. Everything is a story. It’s probably the reason we don’t write paranormal and our characters aren’t billionaires with helicopters and houses all over the world. There are so many interesting things in normal life. Trapped started out as a funny text message and we ran from there.
If you could travel to any time, what time period would you like to explore?
(Karen) I’d like to say something like Jane Austen’s England, but I really don’t think I could cope with the lack of plumbing then.
(Nappa) I would say the Middle Ages, but they didn’t have contact lenses then so I would be blind and utterly defenseless. I think I’ll stick to this day and age.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where you go?
Would you rather do the spanking or be spanked?
Chocolate or Vanilla?
Tea or Coffee?
(Karen) Tea, I can’t stand the taste of coffee. It smells good, but the taste, not so much.
(Nappa) Coffee, I only drink tea when I’m ill (so drinking tea makes me feel …)
If your mood was a song right now, what would be playing?
(Karen) Passionate Kisses by Mary Chapin Carpenter
(Nappa) Just the Way It Goes by Damian Wilson
Tell us about your most adventurous experience.
(Karen) Writing this book
(Nappa) My first visit to a BDSM club (you can read how that was in Trusted, our next book)
What was the hardest part about writing Trapped?
Pressing “Submit” to send it to Blushing Books. A story is like a child, you know you have to let him go if you want for him to explore, but it’s scary as hell.
How does being one author with another person work for you and why do you write together?
I would never have written Trapped without a co-author, so for me, it’s the only way to write. I have someone that I am responsible to when it comes to getting writing and editing done. We have fun Skyping (text only) once or twice a week to go over edits, changes and comments. This work has all been done by text. We’ve never met in person. At least not while writing this book. We will meet for the first time on publication day. One of the great things about writing together is we have built-in critique partners. One half is a native American English speaker, the other isn’t. The American half does most of the editing, while the European half writes a bit more. I think we’re both better writers as a result of collaborating.
You’re active in the lifestyle, I want to be, what advice do you have for someone dipping their toes in for the first time?
Do not try this at home, even with someone you trust. I can’t stress this enough! Of course mild play, like over the knee spanking, doesn’t contain much risk, but even light bondage can be dangerous when not done properly. Knots on pressure points can have nasty consequences.
If you’re not an exhibitionist it might be daunting to go to a club, but I highly recommend it. Remember BDSM is all about Safe, Sane and Consensual!
I know we Europeans are a lot more at ease with nudity than people in the US are, but at a club nobody will judge you.
Do you think your book is better because you have direct experience?
Hmm, hard to say. I’d like to think it is, because the scenes are realistic. Mind you, the books are romantic fiction and not meant as a ‘how to,’ but a lot of acts in the book I’ve experienced or witnessed. I know how clothespins, a whip and forced orgasms feel. I know what it is to submit and to serve a Dominant. I hope I’ve succeeded in putting that experience into words so it can come to life on paper.
Five fun things
Book characters we would like to have a drink with, what to drink and why.
- Talisker single malt scotch with Master Z from Cherise Sinclair’s Masters of the Shadowlands series. It’s even better than Glenfiddich and who wouldn’t want to spend time with Master Z.
- Water with Jesse Ward from Jodi Ellen Malpas This Man. He’s an alcoholic, hence the water. Interesting company means we don’t need an interesting drink.
- His choice of wine with Lord Peter Wimsey from Dorothy L. Sayers series of classic mysteries. Lord Peter was reputed to be an impeccable judge of good wine and his character has always fascinated me. I think I would love to be in a relationship with him, but he’s taken already.
- Any umbrella holding frou-frou drink with Ian Taggart of Lexi Blake’s Masters and Mercenaries series. It would be such fun to hear him make sarcastic commentary about the drink.
- Diet Coke with Master Dominick of Maren Smith’s Masters of the Castle series, most notably Maddy Mine. He would spank me because he doesn’t drink “diet” anything and I should know better.
Karen Nappa interviews Laura Taylor, the main character in Trapped (Club Indigo #1)
Hello Laura, I believe congratulations are in order?
Thank you Karen, it’s really an honor to have James’ and my story published. Or do you mean my collar?
You and James are both fairly private people, what made you decide to participate in this novel?
I think we did it for several reasons. First because our story shows that it can be worth it to fight for something you really want and how important it is to communicate with your partner. The second is to tell people that you’re never too old to find love. The third reason is, I like sharing the beauty of a D/s relationship, because it has made me so much stronger. The most important reason is because I want people to know normal people with normal jobs and normal family lives have D/s relationships.
You had some difficulties with communicating with James in the beginning. How did you overcome your reservations?
(Laura laughs ruefully) Yes, I drove him nuts. Of course James is very persistent and patient. He kept coming back for me. What happened near the end of the story helped me put things in perspective and realize how much I loved him. I also learned that love doesn’t make you weak.
What would you advise a friend who wants to explore BDSM?
Join Fetlife and visit a munch or two. It can be scary to go by yourself, but it’s the safest way to explore. In general, the BDSM community is open and welcoming. Get to know people in the lifestyle in your area. Never meet someone you only know from the internet in private. If you want to meet that person do in public first or – even better – at a munch.
What is the most rewarding part of BDSM for you?
Like many highly educated women it’s hard for me to let go and really feel. When I’m with James I can let go of the control and give everything over to him. By doing that I get to this peaceful state of mind that allows me to enjoy what he’s doing. I don’t have to think.
How would you react if someone from your family or colleagues read the story?
My first reaction is embarrassment, but when they read these book they’re interested in the lifestyle, maybe even active. But still some of the scenes you’ve described are very – Can you change our names, Karen?
Who from Club Indigo do you think will have the next romance?
That’s a hard question Karen. I’m wondering if Chris might be falling for Suzie, but then Chris flirts with almost every female he comes close to. I would love for Kate to find her HEA, but it will be hard for her given her preferences.
Speaking of Suzie, did you realize your sister Suzie was into kink?
I was as surprised about that as you were, Karen. The way she reacted that one time she saw my marking, I’d never had guessed she ever step foot inside Club Indigo – even for my collaring. Then she hung around after James and I left? I never expected that to happen.
I think our time is up for now Laura, thank you for taking the time to talk with me..
It was my pleasure Karen.
A Note from the Author(s)
I learned to read at a young age and preferred the company of books real people in my younger years. I didn’t particularly care if the book was for informational, educational or recreational purposes. I loved to read. I still do. In those days, books were mostly one format: physical. A book cover with some color and white thin sheets inside.
Now we can choose between different formats:
I love eBooks. I really do!
They’re usually cheaper than print. You don’t have to wait to have them shipped to you – instant gratification. You don’t have to keep getting more bookcases. Since the eBook I’ve read hundreds of books a year, which I couldn’t have done if I bought print copies of them all.
They’re convenient, too. It saves me a lot of suitcase space when traveling. When I find myself waiting for something or someone, I open my kindle app on my phone and I can continue reading where I left off.
About two to three years ago I discovered audiobooks. What an amazing creation. Audiobooks help me through the day. A long commute from work to home? No problem, I’ll listen to my audiobook. Tedious chores like cleaning? So much easier with an audiobook. Too tired to read but too restless to sleep? Audiobook!
A couple of times a year I still buy books. Somehow, I’ve never been fond of lending books. Partly because I like to reread books when I feel like it. Partly it’s because I’m quite possessive when it comes to books. The thing is my husband refuses to buy a bigger house so we could fit more bookcases in it. But I love the smell and feel of a book. The easy way you can go back and reread a part.
I love the way books can take my mind off things. I love the way they allow me to picture the scenes and the characters. A good book, whether in physical, digital or audio format, will be always welcomed and cherished by me.
“Wait, what punishment?!”
He chuckled. “I love your wide-eyed helpless look. Your punishment for running away and not communicating with me. I think I’m going to enjoy this a lot more then you will.” He bent and picked up lube and a big wand with a round head. He spread some lube on her clit.
Fuck, that was cold. The wand came buzzing to life. Without preamble he put the wand down on her exposed pussy and the low humming and buzzing coursed through her lower body. Damn that thing was potent. Her own vibrator had nothing on it. Faster then she thought possible, an orgasm started to build in her body and then all the sensations fell away. She opened her eyes. She hadn’t been aware she had closed them. As her eyes focused, a devilish grin spread across James’ face. The next thing her pussy stretched as he was pushing a dildo deep inside her. He didn’t move it, only letting it fill her and the wand came in contact with her clit once again. Somehow the vibrations were different this time, deeper.
“As you can feel, this wand has different settings. I believe there are twelve. When we’re finished, I want you to tell me which ones you liked and didn’t like and why.”