Please join us in welcoming Vanessa North to Sinfully… we are thrilled she has popped in on the blog tour of her new release Rough Road. Read on, for her fabulous post on Writing Kink to Character and don’t forget to comment, for your chance to win a $25 Riptide Gift Certificate.
Hi, Welcome to the Rough Road Blog Tour!
I’m Vanessa North, and I’ll be sharing some of my thoughts throughout the week on writing the second book in the Lake Lovelace series, Rough Road. Join the conversation by commenting on the posts and you’ll be entered in the drawing for a $25 Riptide Publishing gift certificate. Thanks for reading!
You can find all of the Rough Road tour stops at http://riptidepublishing.com/titles/rough-road
Not My Kink: Writing Kink to Character
Over the last few years, BDSM romances have been experiencing quite the hey-day, and it seems the market for these stories trends toward Dominance/submission as the primary kinks. I love a good D/s story, and when I first started thinking about Eddie as kinky, I admit I started thinking I’d be writing one. (Yeah, I know…best laid plans and all that…)
The only thing is—Eddie isn’t a submissive. From the moment he swished onto the page in Double Up in his red bathrobe and skimpy bathing suit, he was snarky, sassy, combative, and absolutely spoiling for a fight.
I tried… I wrote scene after scene (after scene) with Eddie on his knees. Eddie lowering his eyes. Eddie…NOPE. Wasn’t working. There was just no way Eddie would submit to someone else. Not in bed, not anywhere.
So I started thinking back to what Ben said about Eddie: “He’s a kinky fucker, no two ways about it, and he’s definitely into things I can’t do for him.” And that was my lightbulb moment—Ben’s afraid of pain, both receiving and inflicting it. He’d already given me the biggest clue to Eddie’s personality and I hadn’t even realized it. Eddie thrives on conflict, aggression, and pain.
And from that moment on, instead of thinking I’d tell the kind of BDSM story I’m used to seeing and reading, I let Eddie show me the kind of story he needed, the kind of HEA he needed—even the meet cute he needed. Let’s face it—only a masochist would meet cute in a car accident.
Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing
Published ~ 28th September 2015
Genre ~ Contemporary M/M Romance
Eddie Russell is many things: A wealthy pillar of the community. An outrageous flirt. A doting best friend. A masochist with a kink for brawling with his bedmates. But he is definitely not a man who invites intimacy. His friends are close but few, his lovers rarer still.
When Eddie runs his Mercedes off the road on a hot July afternoon, Wish Carver comes to his aid—and leaves his number in Eddie’s phone. Wish, a road crew worker half Eddie’s age and sexy as sin, seems fascinated by Eddie’s different sides. Mutual attraction and compatible kinks ignite the sheets, but it’s their connection outside the bedroom that Eddie begins to crave.
When the two come down on opposite sides of a local issue, Eddie finds his growing feelings for Wish at odds with his business interests and his devotion to his best friend, local wakeboarding legend Ben Warren. Torn between old loyalties and his new love, Eddie is reluctant to make a choice. But he knows he can’t make Wish wait too long to make up his mind.
Meet Vanessa North
Author of over a dozen novels, novellas, and short stories, Vanessa North delights in giving happy-ever-afters to characters who don’t think they deserve them. Relentless curiosity led her to take up knitting and run a few marathons “just to see if she could.” She started writing for the same reason. Her very patient husband pretends not to notice when her hobbies take over the house. Living and writing in Northwest Georgia, she finds her attempts to keep a quiet home are frequently thwarted by twin boy-children and a very, very large dog.
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