We are thrilled to welcome to Sinfully today… Christa Tomlinson She has also popped in for a quick Q&A on her busy schedule as she celebrates the release of her latest novel in the Cuffs, Collars, and Love Series… The Detective’s Pleasure.
Q&A With Christa Tomlinson
Do you buy a book because of the cover, the blurb, or something else?
Both! The cover catches my eye first, then I’ll read the blurb. If I like it, I buy. I don’t think I’ve ever picked up a book with a cover that wasn’t aesthetically pleasing to me.
What does ‘romance’ mean to you?
To me, romance is taking care of your partner in a way that makes them feel special and loved. It doesn’t have to involve anything expensive or material. Just doing things that you know will make them happy and letting them know that they are the first and last thing on your mind is what’s important. That’s romance.
What are your current projects?
I’m currently in the planning stages for Logan and Clay’s follow up story. They were the MCs for the first book in the Cuffs, Collars, and Love series. The Sergeant. Readers wanted to see more of them and honestly they have more to say.
What is the most difficult part of writing for you?
Patience. I have a gazillion stories in my head and I want to write them all right now! So staying focused on one project at a time is incredibly difficult for me.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people.
I don’t like romantic comedies! You’d think I would since I love romance and enjoy humorous romance novels like Loving Jay by Renae Kaye. But for some reason, big screen romances do nothing for me.
The Detective’s Pleasure
Series: Cuffs, Collars, and Love
‘The Detective’s Pleasure’ can be read as a standalone
Release Date: February 11, 2016
Categories: BDSM, Erotica, M/M Romance, Romance
“You’ll kneel for me without me having to tell you to. And when you do, you’ll feel so much better. Trust me.”
- Detective Sam Roberts
Officer Ryan Bennett: Ambitious and smart, Ryan Bennett is a young officer on Houston’s police force. He’s pursuing his dream of being promoted to the city’s elite SWAT team with a single mindedness that won’t accept any outcome but success. But that isn’t his only dream. Ryan wants more than a coveted position on SWAT. He wants to be owned by a strong Dominant. To give himself up to a Dom who will make him shudder with pleasure beneath a firm yet loving hand. Unfortunately, Ryan has had nothing but failure in that part of his life. Now, he’s hidden that dream away from everyone, including himself. And he refuses to let anyone close enough to see what he truly desires, and who he truly is.
Detective Sam Roberts: Cool and calm, Detective Sam Roberts is good at reading people, during the day as a detective and at night as a Dom. He easily sees past the hard layer of arrogance surrounding Officer Ryan Bennett to the hurt submissive hiding beneath. He wants to help Ryan, even though the stubborn young man resists him. But Sam isn’t one to back down from a challenge. He’s determined to help Ryan embrace the soft, giving nature of his submissive side. Using both a gentle hand and the sting of the whip, he’ll work to coax Ryan’s submission free. But what will Sam do if he’s successful? Let Ryan go as promised? Or give the young officer the very thing he’s wanted for so long?
Ryan stopped picking at the wax and met Sam's eyes in the mirror. He didn't say anything. He just stood there, looking at Sam's reflection.
“Do you need-.” Sam stopped. Ryan was on the brink of ... something. Sam knew what he said would either finally get him to open up or cause that hard shell to close even tighter around him. Remembering Ryan’s seeming aversion to needing someone, he asked instead, “Would you like some help?”
Ryan moved his head, the movement so slight it could barely be called a nod. If they hadn't been staring at each other in the mirror, he would have missed it. Sam touched his fingertips to Ryan's shoulder, waiting to see if he would be rejected. Ryan didn’t react, so Sam moved in closer. When he laid the warmth of his palm across his back, Ryan closed his eyes and shuddered. He gripped the countertop with both hands, his head hanging low.
“I don't know how to let go,” he said in a voice hoarse with restrained despair.
Sam stepped forward again, moving close enough behind Ryan that he could wrap an arm around him. Ryan stood there for a second before he turned and leaned into his embrace. Sam looked at their reflection in the mirror. Ryan's blond head was nestled against him, streaks of wax down his back. For the first time he looked truly vulnerable, just as Sam had wanted to see him all along. He stroked Ryan's hair, pressing a kiss to the soft strands.
“I'll show you, Ryan. All you have to do is trust me. I'll take care of the rest.”
Meet Christa Tomlinson
Christa Tomlinson is an exciting up and coming author in erotic romance. Her first self-published novel, The Sergeant, was an Amazon Best Seller for Gay and Lesbian Erotica for seven weeks straight.
Although Christa graduated from The University of Missouri-St. Louis with a degree in History, she prefers to write contemporary romance. She loves to create stories that are emotional and lovely with sex that is integral to the characters' romantic arc. Her books include straight couples, curvy couples, gay, and multicultural couples. Love is love and everyone should have their story told.
Christa lives in Houston, Texas with her two dogs, and is a semi-retired member of Houston Roller Derby. She enjoys hearing from readers. For more on Christa's work, including deleted scenes, excerpts, and free reads, visit www.ChristaTomlinson.com
Rafflecopter Prize: 3 copies of book one – ‘The Sergeant’
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