Friday, February 05, 2016

Blog Tour: Pain Slut: Subs Club II by J.A. Rock with Guest Post & Giveaway

Pain Slut

Please join us in welcoming J.A. Rock to Sinfully as she celebrates the release of Pain Slut the second book in her Subs Club series.

pink-divider-1_thumb2_thumb1_thumb_t

Hi! I’m J.A. Rock, and right now I’m touring the internet talking about my latest release Pain Slut—Book 2 in The Subs Club series. Thanks so much to the blogs that are hosting me on this tour, and be sure to leave comments on the tour posts for a chance to win your choice of two backlist ebooks and a $10 Amazon gift card.

 

BDSM and the Law

The Subs Club series takes place against the backdrop of a case in which two men, Bill and Hal, engage in a consensual breath play scene one night at a dungeon. Bill ties Hal to a bench and uses a rope cord to cut off Hal’s air supply for a few seconds at a time. When he’s done, he allegedly leaves Hal bound to the bench with one arm free and, the cord loose around his neck in a quick-release knot, and goes to get Hal some water. In his absence, Hal strangles to death. Bill is charged with second-degree murder, but is later acquitted in the absence of sufficient evidence to prove assault or recklessness. Hal’s friends, furious about the acquittal, band together to form the Subs Club, an online group that calls out irresponsible and/or predatory behavior in local doms.

Bill and Hal presented a strange and intentionally ambiguous situation, and I am insanely grateful to the law-ish friends who helped me wade into the murky waters of BDSM, consent, and the law. Any legal gaffs are mine, or are minor creative liberties taken to benefit the narrative. But here’s some basic background on BDSM and the law as it applies to the Subs Club books.

First of all, BDSM in the U.S. is a mess of legal gray areas. It’s still illegal in some states—mostly in the South. There are discrepancies in how different states define consent, assault, and rape; as well as state-based distinctions between second-degree murder, negligent homicide, voluntary manslaughter, and involuntary manslaughter. Typically, second-degree murder involves recklessness (dangerous behavior with awareness of the risk of one’s actions), or an unintentional killing that results from an assault.

While the city and state where the Subs Club series takes place is purposely unspecified, I can safely say that it’s not in the South. But even operating on the idea that the series takes place in a relatively progressive state, my legal crew and I still had to contend with the nuances of “consensual crime”—defined as a crime where all participants are willing. BDSM edge play, including breath play, often falls under that umbrella, and it’s still very possible in the U.S. to justify criminalization of these activities by presenting one party as the victim in spite of informed consent.

Drawing on aspects from a variety of cases, including Joseph Anthony Thomas. Jr., Thomas Clark, Rebecca and James Bargy, and others, we created a legal morass around Hal and Bill. With only one witness—who didn’t even see most of the incident—and a whole lot of people coming forward after the incident to offer “information” and theories (“Hal asked Bill to kill him.” “Bill was angry at Hal.”) it becomes impossible to tell what really went on that night.

Hal had a reputation for taking risks; he played with Bill while stoned and on poppers, and it’s alleged that he lied to Bill about being sober. Cue: victim-blaming. Bill, meanwhile, had a reputation for playing carelessly and exaggerating his experience level. Cue: demonizing speculation. The dungeon’s owners also face an inquisition, legal and public, for running a club in which a scene like Bill and Hal’s was able to take place unsupervised. Basically, nobody’s sure exactly how to divvy up the blame.

Vanilla authorities are sometimes predisposed to view BDSM accidents and injuries as nonconsensual crimes due to lack of understanding of and/or distaste for the lifestyle. In the case of Bill and Hal, what happens is more serious than an “accident.” The consensual breath play could be viewed, from a legal standpoint, as severe bodily harm that resulted in death (often a requirement for second-degree murder), and Bill leaving Hal bound and unsupervised walks a fine line between negligent and reckless.

Were the second-degree murder charges against Bill excessive or unfair? Resident Subs Club nerd Miles thinks that Bill should have been charged with manslaughter or negligent homicide, or at least allowed to plead down to those charges—since it would have been far more likely to result in a conviction.

I wanted to create a situation that allowed for a Bill-blaming spectrum ranging from “He’s a terrible human being” to “He made a mistake.” So often, books, TV, and movies that deal with BDSM and the legal system focus on the criminal activities of predators who use the kink world as a way to find victims. Which is a very real problem, But I wanted to look at what happens when a player does something incredibly stupid that has very serious consequences. I’m fascinated by what I’ve learned through Subs Club research, and look forward to a day when greater mainstream understanding of kink perhaps leads to a more informed legal approach to the lifestyle.

pink-divider-1_thumb2_thumb1_thumb_t

Pain Slut: Subs Club II

J.A. Rock

PainSlut_600x900

Publisher ~ Riptide Publishing

Published ~ 1st February 2016

Genre ~ Contemporary BDSM Romance

goodreads-add-to_thumb2_thumb1_thumb[1]

Synopsis

Honestly, I’m ready to take a step back from the Subs Club. Making the kink world a safer place for subs is the sort of bandwagon I’d have boarded as an idealist in my early twenties, but now I’m a pragmatist in my late twenties. I prefer to focus on adopting and raising a child.

But unexpected factors inevitably derail my plans. Like Drix Seger—attractive and the first genuine sadist I’ve encountered. If I were not in the process of renouncing my masochistic ways and becoming the normal, responsible potential father the adoption agency wants to see, Drix and I might do well together. But he has a foolish name and belongs to a cult of vampyres, and I am quitting kink. So why does Drix’s infatuation with blood and biting make me so hot I can’t think straight? And why, when he looks at me, does he seem to see something beyond a basket case with a stick up my ass?

Can I start a new phase in my life without leaving part of myself behind? Please send help.

—Miles

Purchase Link

Riptide Full Logo

AGL_thumb1_thumb1

pink-divider-1_thumb2_thumb1_thumb_t

About the Subs Club series

After the death of their friend Hal at the hands of an irresponsible dom, submissive friends Dave, Kamen, Miles, and Gould band together to form the Subs Club—an organization seeking to expose dangerous local doms. The club slowly evolves as romances blossom, loyalties are tested, and tensions mount in a community already struggling for unity in the wake of Hal’s death.

From domestic discipline to knife play to fashion paraphilia, and from family drama to new jobs to first loves, the members of the Subs Club explore life’s kinks inside and outside of the bedroom as they attempt to let go of the past and move forward.

pink-divider-1_thumb2_thumb1_thumb_t

Connect with the Author

J.A. Rock is the author of queer romance and suspense novels, including BY HIS RULES, TAKE THE LONG WAY HOME, and, with Lisa Henry, THE GOOD BOY and WHEN ALL THE WORLD SLEEPS. She holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Alabama and a BA in theater from Case Western Reserve University. J.A. also writes queer fiction and essays under the name Jill Smith. Raised in Ohio and West Virginia, she now lives in Chicago with her dog, Professor Anne Studebaker.

Website_thumb2_thumb1  Facebook_thumb2_thumb1  Twitter_thumb2_thumb1 

pink-divider-1_thumb2_thumb1_thumb_t

Giveaway

PainSlut_TourBanner

Leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of two backlist titles from J.A. Rock and a $10 Amazon gift card. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 6, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. Entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

20 comments:

  1. I really like the sound of this series an dneed to catch up by reading book #1, though Pain Slut seems to be edgier than what I'm used to. Thanks for all the infos you share through this tour.

    foebz (at) hotmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  2. What an interesting post! I've never considered the legal implications of accidentally killing someone during consensual sexual game... I know I'm going to be pondering it the whole morning...
    I'm really looking forward to read this series. thank you for the post (and giveaway)
    susanaperez7140(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  3. Congratulations on the release, it looks good; thanks for the chance to win :)
    jslbrown2009 at aol dot com

    ReplyDelete
  4. Wow, this sounds like a really different BDSM read for me. I've read paranormal stories and a few straight mysteries with vampire groupies (be vampires "real" or not in the book world), but not a BDSM book.

    Your comments, the first I've read about this, on the legal consequences of kink gone wrong is interesting. Getting proper training, which I have read posts about, is so important for the more extreme activities.

    acm05atjuno.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. I never thought of legal issues on BDSM, That is a very interesting post.
    Congratulations on the release.


    ticuv@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  6. So much of BDSM in books begins and ends with a safeword (if you're lucky)...there's definitely a lot more to think about!

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  7. Very interesting blog post, now I'll have to find the others:-)

    yvonnereads11 at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  8. What an interesting post, quite informative. I'm not much for reading BDSM story and confessed to carry incorrect assumption all this time. Or perhaps I picked wrong book to read. A friend recommended this series to me and, after reading this post, I'm gonna give this a try and start from #book1. :)
    puspitorini(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  9. I have rarely read a BDSM containing book where the law got involved with what happened in a scene. I can see how it could be become very messy and lead to all kinds of miscues by the legal system simply due to lack of knowledge about the lifestyle. Thank you for another great post.
    Jczlapin@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  10. This series, and the situation involved sounds interesting. Looking at it from a legal standpoint, in the way in which you have is an interesting twist. I look forward to read this book as well as the rest of the series.
    saphicwitch@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Thanks for another very insightful post. Too bad criminal stupidity isn't a legal term. It would solve so many issues. Looking forward to reading the series. legacylandlisa(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  12. Very interesting post.

    debby236 at gmail dot oom

    ReplyDelete
  13. an interesting post

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  14. This has been a very interesting book tour...very educational. :-)

    aelnova@aol.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. sounds like a great series

    leetee2007(at)hotmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  16. Congrats on the new release!

    humhumbum AT yahoo DOT com

    ReplyDelete
  17. Such an interesting post thank you. I had not thought of the legalities before.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow, I never thought of any legal issues that might arise with BDSM, but it does make sense. Your new release sounds really good! Thanks for the chance!

    anamaribelcardenas@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  19. I really wanna read this series !

    ReplyDelete
  20. Definitely intriguing. Thanks for the great post.

    waxapplelover (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete