Calinda Byer is a powerful woman in the everyday world. She owns her own business teaching others to take control of their own professional lives, to be assertive, straightforward, to communicate and climb the ladder of their chosen careers. But when she steps through the door at home, she leaves her will at the door along with her clothes. Two years in love with a vampire, exploring the edges of BDSM, have shown her that taking the submissive role, putting her trust in the ultimate being of power, gives her more than any other relationship she could have imagined.
But she and Adam, her Dom, have reached an impasse in their relationship. He has always held back the full meaning of what it meant to be a vampire from her, not wanting to bring her into what he sees as his darkness. She loves him and the kinky path they've walked together. The possibility of eternity with him holds no fear for her, but the idea of losing him does. They comprimise: she will have a taste of the part of his existence he's kept from her. A weekend of depraved delights at his country estate, a demonstration of the depths of his desire, his hunger. Meet his longtime vampire lover. If all of these things please her, if she still wants him to bring her across, then...
All Calinda has to do is say the safe word, and she can return to the "normal" world... or can she?
IF WISHES WERE SHADOWS contains ADULT MATERIAL, and may not be appropriate for all erotica fans. It includes extreme hardcore BDSM, vampire violence and bloodplay, m/m and m/f/m sex, and dirty talking fun!
In other news, my next short story, the m/m paranormal short DIE FOR YOU, is off on its first submission journey. This is the most difficult of the process for me, the waiting. Rejections don't bother me -- not every editor is going to enjoy my stories. I never take that personally, and that just means I need to find a more suitable home for that particular piece. Most rejections I've ever received have been very helpful, and included personal notes from editors talking about what they liked and why specifically they didn't accept the book or story. Constructive criticism is ALWAYS a good thing.
Waiting... sucks. I'm so obsessive, I'll check the mail every few hours even though I KNOW it could be weeks, months, or longer before I hear anything. Sure, the waiting is as much a part of the publishing process as writing, preparing submission packages, publicity, etc. etc. etc. I can handle all of that. The only things I can't deal with are the initial waiting time and nasty reviews. But that's a rant for another day.
Of course, the best way to deal with the waiting is... writing! the NEXT project, another m/m paranormal, this one named TRUE HOLLYWEIRD NIGHT, is waiting for a third, and then a final editing pass before it goes off to the horror of Submission Limbo. THEN work begins on my first novel length piece -- and my first contemporary, gay or otherwise! I've never had just... human characters pop up with a story in my head before. With the acception of my VERY FIRST attempt at an original romance many moons ago. The less said about that, the better. ;)
Many busy days to come as we rocket into the holiday season! There will be lots of blog hops, giveaways, and assorted other fun here related to SHADOWS and other upcoming projects. Please follow via your favorite method to keep up to date.
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