Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Next Big Thing

Hey spankypants!  Yeah, I'm talking to you!  I just got tagged by my friend Sarah Henning to be in "The Next Big Thing" blog tour.  I talk in-depth about my upcoming book and also dish about who I'd cast as my sexy Domme, Cerise, and flog-a-licious vamp, William!  Enjoy!


What is the working title of your book?
 
The title has had many iterations through this whole process (Sub Plans, The Substitute and the Submissive, Cherry on Top) but the title we announced with is THE SCHOOLTEACHER AND THE SUBMISSIVE.  We may still tinker with it, but for now that's the title.


Where did the idea come from for the book?
 
I like to pop my head into the echo chamber of pop culture, see what's bouncing around, and put unexpected things together.  What's more popular than vampires and BDSM?  This seemed like a no-brainer for someone who loves both of those genres.  So I wrote a vampire submissive.  But made it comedy.  And threw in role playing for good measure.


What genre does your book fall under?
 
I think it would be easier to rule out genres, haha.  It's an erotic paranormal comedy.  Yeah, pretty freaking niche.  I think it has something for everyone though, so hopefully I pull it off. 


What is your book about?

Cerise Norrel, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit
being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can
keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her
demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the
time she’s home from school.

Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just
when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to
vanilla relationships, or be alone forever--she meets William, who
wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a
geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he
uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even
rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with
canned goods.

But there's something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange
things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide
extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to
leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise's
over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn't redden when
he's spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise
discovers she's become domme to the infamous "Chilly Willy," as he's
known throughout BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there's a
whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a
hard body.

And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give
him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take
everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and
learn to be vulnerable.


Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
 
The book will be published by Simon and Schuster's Pocket Star imprint.  I'm represented by the amazing Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.


Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?
 
Even though she's not blonde, Mila Kunis.  She's so funny and so hot and so edgy.
 


Then there's Scar Jo.
 

 
I love everything about Scarlett Johansson.  I think she'd make an amazing Cerise because she can be funny but also be really badass.  Plus, that body!  Dayum!

Or Jennifer Lawrence because she's quirky and a total bombshell.


 
William is harder.  Heh.  No, I mean it's really hard to find a guy to properly represent my sweet, submissive hunk.  Sure, I could go to the easy picks, but most of these guys are currently associated with Mr. Christian Grey because of their light eyes and strikingly hot faces.  I'm talking specifically about Henry Cavill (my pick, cough cough).


 
I found a picture of this guy, however, and I can't find out anything about him.  BUT...he looks like William, too.
 
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Cerise is giving him a bit of a headache.
Runner up would be to dye Chris Hemsworth's or Sam Worthington's hair.  Mmm. 
 

 
 

 

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

Well, honestly I just think it would make people happy.  It's unexpected.  It's funny.  It's sexy.  Cerise is a heroine you really root for, and William is the kind of guy you'd die for.  I think it's a good mix.


On Wednesday, Feb. 27th, please visit a few of my writer friends Sarah L. Blair http://www.sarahleeblair.blogspot.com/ and Tamara Mataya www.feakysnucker.blogspot.ca as they write their Next Big Thing.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Summary: The Schoolteacher and the Submissive

Hey folks!  A lot of you have been asking to know more about this submissive vampire and his role-playing domme, so here goes!  This is the query that got the attention of my amazing editor!  Enjoy!


Cerise Norrel, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit
being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can
keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her
demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the
time she’s home from school.

Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just
when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to
vanilla relationships, or be alone forever--she meets William, who
wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a
geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he
uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even
rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with
canned goods.

But there's something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange
things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide
extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to
leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise's
over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn't redden when
he's spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise
discovers she's become domme to the infamous "Chilly Willy," as he's
known throughout BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there's a
whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a
hard body.

And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give
him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take
everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and
learn to be vulnerable.


Well, what do you think?  I can't wait for you all to meet William and Cerise.  :)

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Pin Up-Turned-Domme of the Week: Smile for the Camera

So I've decided to get a little photoshop-happy.  In honor of my debut, THE SCHOOLTEACHER AND THE SUBMISSIVE, and in addition to my love for sexy pin ups, I decided it may be fun to feature pin ups with some...unconventional captions. 

Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My NYC Extravaganza in Mostly Gif Form

This weekend I got to go to New York City to celebrate my book deal.  On the entire ride there, there was a nagging feeling inside me.  I knew I could completely dork-out at any minute and lose my well-practiced composure.  So, I lectured myself.


It was really hard to keep calm and carry on.  I was about to meet my agent, Jessica Sinsheimer.  I was going to hang out with her cool publishing friends.  I was going to MEET MY EDITOR Micki Nuding.  So, before the big reveal I just meditated about not being a total fruit bat and ended up feeling like this:

 
I was ready.  A kind and delightful friend I met at a writer conference let me stay at her apartment, so I took her along with me on the literary extravaganza.  She helped me keep my cool until I spotted her.  Jessica.  The best agent on earth.  So, then this happened:

 
She was gracious and wonderful and didn't even care that I probably cracked a rib. The lounge we met at was amazing, a really secret prohibition-style Speakeasy, complete with a copper bath tub in the middle  of the floor and velvet couches.  It was swanky and rad and we felt fancy.

 
Jessica's friends were SUPER COOL.  Writers, editors, agents, foodies, the list goes on.  They were all absolutely hip and fascinating.  Like, it's probably a good thing I don't live nearby otherwise I'd be knocking on their doors every day:

 
So this place, these people, were nothing short of incredible.  I feel like I talked all night and felt like a total rock star.  I should note that I only had one drink because I'm a complete lightweight and didn't want to end up looking like this:



Anyway, the next day, Jessica and I toured the city and had a total blast.  I got to see literary treasures, explore fascinating landmarks, and eat ramen.  These noodles, guys, they were BEYOND GOOD.  I was in a slurp-induced coma for hours later.

 
And that worried me.  The next day, we would be not just MEETING my editor,  (MY EDITOR.  MY SIMON AND SCHUSTER EDITOR) but we would be eating with her.  So not only was I terrified that I'd accidentally:

 
...but now I had to worry about my table manners.  Noodles you can slurp and still be a classy dame.  Real food, well, let's just say I'm a little enthusiastic when I like something.

 
I had a little nibble beforehand so I wasn't totally ravenous, but I knew I was in trouble when I saw the menu.  It was amazing. I wanted everything.  As I ogled, Micki walked in and sat with us.  I was so nervous.  When she first sat down and we exchanged pleasantries, I felt like I didn't have much actual content to say.

 
But after a sip of wine and a few bites of my delicious dish (called mash and cheese: potatoes, gruyere, duck confit, arugula and magic), I started to become myself again.  And I talked, and she listened, and it was absolutely magical.  She is such an interesting, fun, and overall brilliant person that I couldn't believe I was actually sitting there, listening to a senior editor of such a major publisher gush about my book.  It was surreal.

 
After a few hours of chatting, eating and sipping wine, we all had to part ways.  I was sad to leave, but so energized by the visit that I'm still buzzing with positive vibes.  I wish every writer could experience this. 

Even though I'm home now, I'm still overjoyed by the steps in this process that are still to come.  Picking covers, doing interviews, even copy edits are things that I simply can't wait for. 

And I managed to not do this.