Character Interview: Trust by Sherri Hayes

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The Summary

 

Brianna is lost for the fourth time in her life. Each time was unexpected, and each changed the course of her future. The first life-altering event occurred when her mother died, and she moved to Minnesota to live with her father.

 

The second was when she was kidnapped at the age of seventeen and forced to be a slave. She would never forget those ten months. Brianna thought her life was over.

 

Everything changed again the day Stephan steamrolled into her life and brought her home to live with him. She had no idea what to expect—what life with her new Master would hold. That first month with Stephan was, in some ways, more confusing than the prior ten. As a slave, she’d known her place. With Stephan everything was new and different. He’d given her freedom and so much more.

 

Five months after Stephan rescued her, Brianna once again finds her life flipped upside down.

 

In this fourth, and final, installment of Finding Anna, Brianna must unearth strength she never knew she possessed. Stephan can no longer protect her from the outside world. She must learn to trust herself, embrace who she is, and discover who she wants to be. Only by facing her demons can Brianna find true happiness and peace.

 

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 Sherri spent most of her childhood detesting English class. It was one of her least favorite subjects because she never seemed to fit into the standard mold. She wasn’t good at spelling or following grammar rules, and outlines made her head spin. For that reason, Sherri never imagined becoming an author.

 

At the age of thirty, all that changed. After getting frustrated with the direction a television show was taking two of its characters, Sherri decided to try her hand at writing an alternate ending and give the characters their happily ever after. By the time the story finished, it was one of the top ten read stories on the site, and her readers were encouraging her to write more.

 

Seven years later, Sherri is the author of seven full-length novels and one short story. Writing has become a creative outlet that allows her to explore a wide range of emotions, while having fun taking her characters through all the twists and turns she can create.

 

Character Interview: Stephan

Good afternoon, Stephan. Most people have no understanding of your lifestyle, which is actually meant to be about mutual pleasure, not humiliation of one’s partner. Can you give any insights?

BDSM is about fulfilling the needs of the parties involved. Most of the people I’ve encountered who take issue with the lifestyle view it as nothing but inflicting and receiving pain. It is much more than that. It is a trust–a bond between the individuals. One that can transcend the parameters of play. When it’s with the right partner, it can be an almost spiritual experience.

At present, there’s a certain public fascination with BDSM but not all Doms can be trusted. What warnings would you give someone who’s curious?

First of all, if something doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t. Anyone can declare themselves a Dominant. That doesn’t mean they are. Many confuse dominant with being domineering. A Dominant leads. Someone who is domineering will attempt to push his or her will onto another.

One of the biggest red flags I’ve seen is when someone claiming to be a Dom tells the submissive that they need to do whatever they’re told and that they have no say in the matter. This isn’t how BDSM works. The submissive sets the parameters of play–they say what is off limits. Anyone who doesn’t respect that isn’t a true Dom.

What were you thinking when you bought Brianna?

I was thinking that I couldn’t wait to get out of that house and her away from Pierce. Through the years, I’ve meet some people who make my skin crawl, but he had to be the worst.

Could you please explain the difference between a Dom and a Master?

The answer to that question varies depending on who you ask. For me, a Dom is what I am. I like to be in control of both my life, and my partner’s sexual needs. Being someone’s Master is an honour and a responsibility.

Please tell us about Brianna. What qualities do you love most about her?

I love how caring and selfless she is. She will often put others before herself, even when it’s not in her best interest. Brianna feels other’s hurt deeply. She feels their pain, and she wants to help. I also love that she has an inner strength that constantly amazes me. She’s overcome so much, and continues to push through her fear to seek out the life she wants for herself.

It surprises me how many people assume that someone who’s been abused can’t have a normal relationship and fall in love with someone. Is there something you’d like to say to such people?

We all have the ability to love. Sometimes it takes a lot of work, but that usually only makes it all the better.

 

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Interview and Tour Mega Giveaway: Debra Anastasia

Poughkeepsie App Tour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Welcome to the Poughkeepsie Enhanced Collector’s Edition App Tour!

 

Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia has been a cult hit bestseller since 2011. A homeless guy counting the smiles of a kind train commuter spiraled into a novel that was nominated by the Rockstars of Romance as one of the most romantic stories ever and won 2nd place!   It was a story that deserved getting a jumbo-sized enhancement. Extra scenes out the ying yang was, of course, a huge part of the fun. Getting to spend some of those previously undiscovered first moments with Blake and Livia or the moment he proposed was worth exploring. In Debra’s wildest dreams she imagined Poughkeepsie with its own soundtrack, anchored by her favorite musicians. When blockbuster talent Ron Pope signed on with fourteen songs and then Rustic Overtones agreed as well, she knew things were going to get crazy cool.

 

After almost two full years of development, the Enhanced Poughkeepsie is ready.  Debra lost count of the hours spent, as did the developer poured into this. It was beast, and more amazing than she could have ever imagined. This app became the most exceptional reading experience Debra could devise for her readers.

 

Check out what’s in store for you:

 

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This app will be available for all kinds of devices!

 

It is available now as Enhanced Poughkeepsie for iPad

Website for Droid, iPhones, and Computers is coming soon! Visit http://www.DebraAnastasia.com

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The website app (which is the same content as the iPad app) will be available this week.

 

For this tour, there is one HUGE giveaway that you totally should treat yourself to entering.

 

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Summary:

 

Immerse yourself in the world of Debra Anastasia’s Poughkeepsie.
Experience this bestselling novel for the first time…again as you break all the rules about books with Omnific Publishing and Debra Anastasia. In this enhanced version of the novel, you’ll enjoy insights from the author, music by Ron Pope and other artists to set the mood, and images and video that bring the scenes to life as you read. You’ll delve deeper into the world of Poughkeepsie through nearly 50,000 words of added scenes (more love, more drama, more romance!) and informative insights into how this marvelous story and its characters came to be.

Self-contained in this app (no wifi needed after downloading):
•complete novel Poughkeepsie by Debra Anastasia
•author/director’s pop-up commentary
•music by Ron Pope, Rustic Overtones, Monoxide G, Violet Winter, Bo Heart, and Jeff Epstein and the City Line Singers
•more than 100 images to enhance the story
•videos of your favorite characters in action
•special animation
•sound effects
•interviews with the characters, author, and more
•interactive games
•trailers for the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood series
•how-to knitting instructions
•how-to instructions for making a paper rose
•recipe for the dinner Livia makes for Blake

 

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Interview with Debra Anastasia:

I’m so glad to have Debra here today! She’s a friend to everyone she meets. And what a talented storyteller! The ground breaking, Enhanced Poughkeepsie app is an experience you don’t want to miss. Now let’s talk to Debra about the Poughkeepsie stories.

I love the covers of the Poughkeepsie books. How did you come up with them and how were they executed?

It was a team effort. With Omnific, they sort of ask for a general feeling from the author and then we work together. Micha Stone (the lead designer) and I have very similar tastes, so the process is pretty fast for us. Now that we have the hands set as the tone for the Poughkeepsie Brotherhood, it’s fairly easy to knock them out.

 

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This seems like a series that would require a lot of research into organized crime. How did you tackle it?

Google is a beautiful thing. I get to research anything! I’ve been known to tap my husband and his friends for suggestions on various guns and things too. And you’d be surprised how much a PTA board and the mafia have in common.

 

LOL! Not many surprises there! The subject matter of these books is gritty but fascinating. What made you want to write about these characters?

Thank you! It’s interesting, once they develop they sort of tell me how they want to be portrayed. Like I’ll plan for Beckett to do one thing, then he waltzes into the scene and changes everything. I think I’m driven to see what’s next for each of them.

 

I love it that Trish changed all Ryan’s phone contacts to Fifty Shades of Grey names!!! How brilliant. I laughed my ass off. But, wow, is she vindictive. It amazes me that people spend that much effort on being spiteful. Did you google ‘things people do to get revenge after break-ups’? I always thought sending bouquets of dung was kind of fascinating. Such people! *shakes head*

Sounds like you are coming up with a good idea there! I loved writing Trish. I actually changed my son’s phone’s contacts to Dr. Who characters a few weeks ago. He’s left them that way too! I pretty much turned any fun-loving pranks I could think of and mixed them in with a few mean ones and Trish was born.

 

In Return to Poughkeepsie, Father Callahan tells Kyle, “God does give us more than we can handle.” How important is that message to the overall series arc?

I think it is more of a life lesson. When I hear of things happening to people, I think we do get more than we deserve. We handle what we have to, but nice people deserve smooth lives.

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Blog Tour Character Interview: Hayden Stryker, Clipped Wings by H.Hunting

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Their body art is hot. Their chemistry is even hotter.From her dark hair sweeping below her waist to her soft, sexy curves, Tenley Page intrigues tattoo artist Hayden Stryker in a way no one else ever has…especially when she asks him to ink a gorgeous, intricate design on her back. Yet for all her beauty, there is something darkly tragic and damaged about Tenley that Hayden is everything.Covered in ink and steel, Hayden is everything Tenley has never dared to want, awakening a desire to explore more than the art adorning his stunning body. Trapped by a past that leaves her screaming from nightmares, Tenley sees Hayden as the perfect escape. Although he has secrets too, if they both keep themselves guarded perhaps their intense physical connection will remain only that.But nothing, not even passion, can keep them safe from their pasts…

 

Character Interview: Hayden Stryker

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Hello there, Hayden! You’re a bit of a mystery and I’m sure readers would like to know more about you. Thanks for joining us today!

Hey. Helena told me I needed to be here or she’d kick my ass and make sure Tenley and I didn’t hook up, so here I am. Shit. I probably wasn’t supposed to say that, was I? Can we start over?

LOL! Sure! You’re a tattooist and obviously very artistic. How did you choose this career path?

I don’t know that I specifically chose this career path as much as it chose me. I was young when I started apprenticing. I started as a piercer, but it wasn’t my bag. So when I didn’t have clients I designed tattoos for the other artists in the shop. I’d watch them work when I could, especially Jamie and Chris. Those two are stellar tattooists and they ended up being my mentors. Eventually they let me have at it. My first few tattoos were shit, but I put them on myself and Chris covered them over not long after with the phoenix, so it’s not like I have reminders of how crap I was when I started, other than the pictures they took. I enjoy what I do because it allows me to be an artist and I can make a reasonable living at it.

What was your first tattoo and why did you get it? How old were you?

My first tattoo is on my back. It’s difficult to describe, but most people tell me it’s creepy.

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hand tatt by Jason ButcherI was eighteen when I got it. I wanted one long before that, but I spent a long time scoping out artists to make sure they weren’t going to eff it up. It’s the darkest piece I have and reflective of my headspace at the time. It’s a reminder of how low the lows can get.

Your aunt has a bookshop across the street from your parlour. Family must be important to you.

Yeah, definitely. I’m pretty tight with Cassie. She’s always been a significant part of my life. I doubt she’d ever admit it, but I have a feeling part of the reason she bought Serendipity was so she could keep tabs on me. I think it was coincidental that it actually became a semi-viable business. Cass reminds me a lot of my mom, not like she’s a replacement for her, but they share a lot of the same traits and she’s always been supportive, even when I was effing my shit up. But family isn’t always about blood ties, yeah? Chris and Jamie and Lisa are just as much family as Cass is, even if we aren’t related by DNA.

Tell us about the new girl who works in the bookshop.

Tenley? That chick is effing hot. And she lives right above my Aunt’s store, which is extremely convenient, you know, since I live across the street in the condo above Inked Armor. I like that she’s into piercings. I have a lot of those. And she seems pretty cool from the limited number of times I’ve run into her. I plan to get to know her better.

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You and Tenley seem to have a bit of a mutual stalker thing going. *winks* You’ve both been caught lurking in each others’ haunts and peeking in windows. Care to explain?

What? Mutual stalking? I wouldn’t go that far. I visit Cassie all the time. I always have. She’s my family and there’s a coffee shop attached to her store. They sell awesome cupcakes so I usually scarf one of those back while I’m there so Chris doesn’t take the piss out of me. That Tenley works there now is a bonus. As for the peeking in the windows business, I’m not sure where you get your information from, but it sounds pretty effing skewed. There was only one time when I saw Tenley in her apartment and that wasn’t intentional. I was closing my curtains and when I looked across the street I noticed hers were wide open. It’s not my fault she was standing there, short shorts and a tank top.

What have you figured out about Tenley?

She likes ink and piercings, so we’ve got that in common. She’s skittish though which makes conversation with her difficult. I make her uncomfortable, or maybe I just make her nervous, but I’m trying to fix that. From what Cass has told me, she’s not from a big city, so I don’t think I’m the norm where she’s from. Oh, and she’s good at organizing books. I like that, too.

Thanks for chatting with me and my readers today.

No problem. Thanks for having me. Wait, that sounds wrong I mean thanks for interviewing me.

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Helena Hunting lives on the outskirts of Toronto with her incredibly tolerant family and two moderately intolerant cats. She’s putting her English degree to good use by writing popular fiction. She is the author of Clipped Wings, her debut novel, and Inked Armor.