Saturday, January 31, 2015

Cassie and the Fire Captain by Katherine Deane (beware, hot fireman photo!)

 Please welcome my dear friend Katherine Deane!  I had the pleasure of beta reading her newest book Cassie and the Fire Captain and it is everything you want in a spanking romance-- hot, sweet, and good old-fashioned DD. Take it away, Katherine!

Thanks so much for having me today, Renee. This one was soooooooo much fun to write! And the fact that it has a hot, hunky, spanking, fireman… well that’s just icing on the cake.

The awesome thing about large, strong, men who work with their hands; is their big, strong hands.

Mmmm, big strong, spanking arms and hands. And those large thighs are made just for a naughty girl to
be placed over and spanked.

That’s why I fell in love with Eric so quickly. Well, that, and the fact that he knows just how to pleasure a woman.

Eric promised Cassie he was going to make everything perfect. But you know how quickly things can change after a hot spanking. And the spark between these two? Off the charts!

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Excerpt:

The sounds of the wet, stinging spanks almost threw her over the edge. She reached her hand between her legs, grinding against her fist as he spanked her again and again.

“I think you like being spanked with your arousal all over your bare bottom,” his voice sounded hoarse and low. Was he as turned on as she was?

She wiggled her bottom and pressed it up higher, so his fingers connected with her wet pussy lips.

“God, Cass, you’re killing me.” He groaned, and pulled her to stand, pressing her forward at the hips. “Bend over, and don’t you dare come without me.”

He quickly shucked his pants and donned a condom. “I’m sorry, honey. I know I promised you conversation and wine, but I need to have you now.”

In response she spread her legs and lifted her bottom. “We can talk later, and wine is overrated.”

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Blurb:

When twenty-four-year-old Cassie Stevens meets Eric Waters, her town’s hunky new fire captain, she assumes he is way out of her league. Cassie isn’t a beauty queen like her mother, and a mature, no-nonsense man like Eric would never be attracted to a fun-loving tomboy like her, especially considering her penchant for getting herself in trouble. So it comes as a shock when he stops by the diner where she works, steers her out of an altercation with some rude customers, and promptly asks her out on a date.

It doesn’t take Cassie long to realize that she has finally met the man of her dreams, and Eric seems to enjoy her sense of humor and playful ways. But after she pulls a foolish prank on him during their first date, he takes her over his knee for a spanking, and she quickly discovers how much a man’s firm hand can sting when applied to a naughty girl’s bare bottom.

Eric’s attention and affection make Cassie feel more loved than she has ever felt before, and despite her sore bottom, his discipline leaves her aroused and yearning to be his. But just as she’s about to give him her heart, it seems he’s no longer interested. Can Cassie put aside her fears and trust Eric, or will her doubts set off a chain of events which will tear their relationship apart?

Publisher’s Note: Cassie and the Fire Captain is an erotic romance novel that includes spankings, sexual scenes, and more. If such material offends you, please don’t buy this book.

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Katherine Deane is a romantic at heart. While she enjoys her life as a stay at home mom, married to the man of her dreams, she also loves fantasizing. She reads and writes in many different genres, but her favorites are: spanking romance, paranormal, fantasy, and science fiction. She blogs about her life as an everyday woman (and closet Spanko), and about her career as a newly published author.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Bring me a riding crop - #SatSpanks, When the Gavel Falls

Greetings Sat Spankers! I'm sharing from the newly released box set When the Gavel Falls, the five book series set at the BDSM castle from Maren Smith's Masters of the Castle series. Each book features a submissive slave purchased at a charity auction. In my book, Punishing Portia, Portia is purchased by the chef who she just lambasted in a review.

He held the stainless steel bulb up to her face. “Lick it.”
She reached forward with her mouth, sticking out her tongue and moistening the tip.
He slapped her ass so hard she yelped and jumped into the air. “Really, pet? Do you want me to stick this in your ass with that much saliva?”
“N-no, si--” She forgot too late not to speak.
“Miss,” he said, turning to the attendant. “What is your name?”
“Melony, sir.”
“Melony, please bring me a riding crop.”
Her inner thighs squeezed together as moisture gathered between her legs. It seemed it didn’t matter at all to her body that she did not like this man, the idea of punishment at his hands turned her to a noodle.



When the Castle loses one of its own to cancer, what better way to honor his memory than by hosting a charity event? Thirty submissives answer the call, offering themselves up on the auction block for four days, three nights, and anything goes. Meet five of them in five great, full-length brand new novels from five of erotic writing's best authors:

Sharing Silver by Tabitha Black: Six months since her marriage ended in divorce, and Sylvia is craving some excitement - not to mention kink. So when Rosa tells her about a slave auction being held at the Castle, Sylvia throws caution to the wind and flies to America to be sold off to the highest bidder under the nickname Silver. Gorgeous twin Castle Masters, Travis and Trevor, can have any girl they choose - and frequently do. The only downside professionally, however, is there's never enough time to build trust. So when Trevor hears about the auction, he and his brother set about looking for a plaything they can do whatever they want with - a girl with as few limits as possible. But the brothers are smitten by the mysterious girl from Australia, but whenever they try to get close, she clams up. Can the twins make her see what she means to them before it's too late? 



Punishing Portia by Darling Adams: When chef David Marone recognizes the food critic who just lambasted him in a review on the auction block, he bids to keep her as his slave for three nights. He remembers her from culinary school seventeen years earlier, and relishes the idea of getting even with her. Portia Sands hopes the gorgeous Chicago chef who won her at the auction doesn't know her real identity. Then, she discovers he knows who she is and means to exact revenge. She considers calling a safeword to end their time together, but some part of her won't allow it. Somehow she must survive three nights as his slave and keep her heart in the process.

Owning O by Maren Smith: She's the most highly-coveted submissive the Castle has ever known. She never says no, cries her safeword, or plays with the same Dom twice. For years Alan has watched her, looking but never touching until the night of the auction. Seizing his chance, Alan bids, but defeating the other Doms in the audience is only the first and easiest step in his bid to own the infamous O. Freeing her from herself quickly proves to be much, much harder....

Rosie's Resolutions by Maggie Ryan: "Don't Chicken Out" - those three words are at the top of Rosa's list of resolutions. Sure, she'd never before kept any of her past resolutions for week, but this year it will be different. The moment Master Marshall announced the Auction, Rosa knew it was fate. As an employee, this is her chance to remove her Nanny uniform. She can stand on the stage and pray that someone would want to be her "daddy."

The moment the hammer falls, Rosa becomes Rosie - the Little that will learn what it is like to be taken care of, to be cuddled and loved. Will she discover that being Little isn't all fun and games?

Buying Brianny by Abbie Adams: Kian's ex hadn't thought of it as loving when he'd busted her butt for drinking and driving. No, she'd ended the relationship in a hurry. Of course he'd never repeat the mistake with another women. Not even Brianny, who as it turns out, has craved discipline among other things. 
Some people go to strange lengths to prove their love. All Brianny wants as proof is for Kian to buy her at The Castle's New Year's Eve charity auction, then tie her up and take away her control. Will Kian pay the asking price?
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Five great new novels (with bonus novella "Fulfilling Her Fantasy" by Tabitha Black), this collection has it all at an amazing value price. Publisher's note: This erotic romance fantasy collection explores multiple kinks in the setting of a BDSM resort, including age-play, ménage, reluctant submission, and the spanking of adult women. If these themes offend you, please do not buy this collection.

Read all the Saturday Spanks

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Slave Orientation

Portia and Tina followed a pretty staff member named Kaylee to the orientation for the auction slaves. She counted twenty-seven women in all, but probably quite a few more had arrived the day before. She’d been told they could come up to thirty-six hours in advance in order to enjoy the Castle experience prior to the auction. Tina had not been able to afford an extra day off work, and Portia didn’t want to come without her only friend, so they would only have the remainder of the day. She didn’t mind. She knew it would be easier to experience all the Castle had to offer under the direction of a dominant.
It was the beauty of submission--all she had to do was follow directions and she couldn’t mess up. She found it far easier than trying to navigate situations on her own, where she got bogged down with trying to figure out just how she was supposed to act or what she should do or say.
Master Marshall, who she recognized from the brochure as the head honcho and one of the owners of the Castle, greeted them himself. She tried not to stare at the handsome man, who cut an elegant figure in an 1800’s gray suit, his piercing blue eyes sweeping across them. “Thank you all for volunteering to serve as slaves for our New Year’s charity auction. While you will not have a choice of who you will serve, nor will you have a choice of how you serve, your hard limits will be respected, and the Castle safeword, “onions,” will always be in effect.”
Tina looked at her and grinned, her nervous excitement palpable. She returned the smile, but with slightly less enthusiasm. After sweating through the first orientation with David Marone breathing down her neck, her nerves had frayed. While fairly confident he hadn’t recognized her, the less she had to see of him, the better. Honestly, she couldn’t wait until the auction when her master took control of her and she no longer had to worry about interacting with the masses.
She’d given the name “Kitty” as her alias while at the Castle. Not the most original name, but it seemed like a decent porn star name. Tina had opted for “China,” which suited her in the china-doll sort of way. She didn’t know if Kitty really suited. The cutesy vibe wasn’t her, but she did have the aloofness of a cat and she had a feeling she could wear the hell out of a catsuit. Not that she’d checked “pet play” on her interest list.
After the welcome, she and Tina walked to their adjacent rooms to drop off their luggage before the optional tour.
“Oh my God,” she said in awe, when she’d opened her door. The four-poster bed sported rings and more rigging hardware had been installed in the ceiling. Her nipples tightened at the thought of being strung up from one or more of them, the pulse beginning in her sex making her squeeze her thighs together.
“Nice,” Tina said, entering behind her to look around.
“I hope I get strung up to one of those tonight,” she said, imagining herself blindfolded and secured spread-eagle while her new master fucked her with a vibrator. Or his hot cock. A tremor ran from her pussy, down her inner thighs to the arches of her feet. Now she knew where the term “curled her toes” came from. She suddenly wished Tina would leave so she could get busy with her fingers. But no, they had to meet back downstairs for a Castle tour in fifteen minutes. Tina had befriended a submissive who offered to take them around with some other new arrivals.
“I’ll just drop my stuff off and freshen up,” Tina said, rolling her suitcase behind her. “Meet you back here in ten.”
“Sounds good,” she said absently, still imagining the feel of restraints on her wrists and ankles. Shaking herself, she removed her winter coat and threw her suitcase up on the bed. Pulling out her cosmetic case, she went to the bathroom and freshened up, brushing her teeth and reapplying lipstick. She gave the mirror a fake smile, examining herself critically. She rubbed the line between her brows. Worry marks. Her face looked pinched and anxious. She stretched her lips wider, as if the smile could hide the almost forty years of high stress living. Well, the lighting would probably be dim at the auction. And besides, a dominant looked for more than a pretty face in choosing his play mate.
She met Tina in the hall and the two walked back downstairs, joining a group of men and women for a tour. “First of all, everyone will need to visit Wardrobe, because street clothes are not allowed. Otherwise, you risk being spanked,“ their guide said cheerfully.
A man with dark hair, ocean-blue eyes and a goatee gave Portia a seductive look, just bordering on a leer. “Your first time, too?”
She gave a nervous bark of laughter. “Does it show?”
“Well, no. But you’re on the tour.”
“Oh, right,” she said. Duh. “Sorry, I’m a little nervous.”
He moved in closer, his predatory look warming into friendly. “Nothing to be afraid of. Everyone here just wants to have a good time.”
She should appreciate being chatted up by a good-looking dominant. So why had her belly tightened into a knot? “Right,” she said, drawing a breath and looking around for an escape.
Tina caught her eye and gave her an encouraging smile.
The dom picked up her hand and touched the bands at her wrist. “Yellow is for...what? The school room?”
“The naughty maids, actually,” she said.
He gave her a leering up and down look. “Mmm, I hope I get to see you in one of those outfits,” he said, lifting his chin toward a girl who tottered by in high heels and the most revealing maid costume she’d ever seen.

She managed a tight smile, but turned away, toward Tina, who had not yet picked up the “save me” vibe. She couldn’t explain why she’d taken a disliking to the guy, who had done nothing worse than show an interest in her, but she had.



When the Castle loses one of its own to cancer, what better way to honor his memory than by hosting a charity event? Thirty submissives answer the call, offering themselves up on the auction block for four days, three nights, and anything goes. Meet five of them in five great, full-length brand new novels from five of erotic writing's best authors:

Sharing Silver by Tabitha Black: Six months since her marriage ended in divorce, and Sylvia is craving some excitement - not to mention kink. So when Rosa tells her about a slave auction being held at the Castle, Sylvia throws caution to the wind and flies to America to be sold off to the highest bidder under the nickname Silver. Gorgeous twin Castle Masters, Travis and Trevor, can have any girl they choose - and frequently do. The only downside professionally, however, is there's never enough time to build trust. So when Trevor hears about the auction, he and his brother set about looking for a plaything they can do whatever they want with - a girl with as few limits as possible. But the brothers are smitten by the mysterious girl from Australia, but whenever they try to get close, she clams up. Can the twins make her see what she means to them before it's too late? 


Punishing Portia by Darling Adams: When chef David Marone recognizes the food critic who just lambasted him in a review on the auction block, he bids to keep her as his slave for three nights. He remembers her from culinary school seventeen years earlier, and relishes the idea of getting even with her. Portia Sands hopes the gorgeous Chicago chef who won her at the auction doesn't know her real identity. Then, she discovers he knows who she is and means to exact revenge. She considers calling a safeword to end their time together, but some part of her won't allow it. Somehow she must survive three nights as his slave and keep her heart in the process.

Owning O by Maren Smith: She's the most highly-coveted submissive the Castle has ever known. She never says no, cries her safeword, or plays with the same Dom twice. For years Alan has watched her, looking but never touching until the night of the auction. Seizing his chance, Alan bids, but defeating the other Doms in the audience is only the first and easiest step in his bid to own the infamous O. Freeing her from herself quickly proves to be much, much harder....

Rosie's Resolutions by Maggie Ryan: "Don't Chicken Out" - those three words are at the top of Rosa's list of resolutions. Sure, she'd never before kept any of her past resolutions for week, but this year it will be different. The moment Master Marshall announced the Auction, Rosa knew it was fate. As an employee, this is her chance to remove her Nanny uniform. She can stand on the stage and pray that someone would want to be her "daddy."

The moment the hammer falls, Rosa becomes Rosie - the Little that will learn what it is like to be taken care of, to be cuddled and loved. Will she discover that being Little isn't all fun and games?

Buying Brianny by Abbie Adams: Kian's ex hadn't thought of it as loving when he'd busted her butt for drinking and driving. No, she'd ended the relationship in a hurry. Of course he'd never repeat the mistake with another women. Not even Brianny, who as it turns out, has craved discipline among other things. 
Some people go to strange lengths to prove their love. All Brianny wants as proof is for Kian to buy her at The Castle's New Year's Eve charity auction, then tie her up and take away her control. Will Kian pay the asking price?
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Five great new novels (with bonus novella "Fulfilling Her Fantasy" by Tabitha Black), this collection has it all at an amazing value price. Publisher's note: This erotic romance fantasy collection explores multiple kinks in the setting of a BDSM resort, including age-play, ménage, reluctant submission, and the spanking of adult women. If these themes offend you, please do not buy this collection.


Check out all the first chapters from When the Gavel Falls:

Cue the soundtrack: Bad to the Bone



He could not believe it. Portia Sands, here at the Castle. She’d recognized him, too.  He’d seen the way she dropped her coffee and left it spilling across her boots when he’d stepped out of his car. And she’d come alone. Or at least, not with a partner. She and her friend both had the aura of submissives, no matter how haughty they’d tried to appear. And they’d sized up him and Paul with the assessing interest of females in search of a mate.
He sank into his seat on the bus, realigning his view of the stuck up princess from culinary school with a BDSM submissive. Maybe that’s why he’d been interested in her way back then. He’d picked up her vibe. But she certainly had rejected his.
He’d tucked a copy of the Windy City Magazine in the outer pocket of his suitcase, not because he wanted to read the review again, but more to prove to himself that it truly didn’t matter, and he wasn’t hiding his head in the sand by running off this New Year’s. Now he rejoiced at that stroke of genius, because before the weekend ended, he resolved to get the little brat over his knee for a thorough spanking--with the rolled up magazine, of course. The thought cheered him and he smiled to himself in anticipation.
The bus pulled up at the Castle and he got out, stretching his legs and picking up his suitcase from the back.  He hadn’t visited in winter before, but, if possible, the structure appeared even more impressive, the great stone structure appearing like a mirage against the Ohio landscape. Just seeing it made his pulse quicken with excitement at all the thrills the weekend would hold for him. He couldn’t wait to put on his white dominant’s bracelet and begin the play.
“Welcome to the Castle,” the submissive at the outdoor reception tables said with her sweet, eager-to-please smile.
He gave her a wink and handed over his paperwork.
She wasn’t quite his type--big-eyed and dimpled, with the naive innocence of the submissive who needs a strong daddy. No, his type was more...he stole a glance to his left where Portia stood, her back ramrod straight, her black hair twisted and pinned on the back of her head. With the regal composition of her face, only the tight cords in her neck belied her nerves. Yes, he preferred a challenge. He liked a complex woman, the kind he had to drag to the edge but take care not to drop. A woman with a heavy dose of pride, where humiliation became the game but crossing the line ended it. Okay, if he admitted it, he wanted Portia Sands. He wanted her on her knees begging his forgiveness for the damn review, not out of fear but out of a genuine desire to please him--her only master.
He gave himself an inward shake. Pull it together, David; that’s not going to happen. And the sooner he got over her nasty review, the sooner he could start enjoying himself with the multitude of other submissives far more likely to kneel at his feet.
Mrs. Hardwick, a stern-looking housekeeper, called them in for orientation and he dallied, watching the others moving toward the room.
“See anyone interesting?” Paul said, appearing at his elbow.
It took willpower not to turn his head toward Portia.
“Not yet,” he said, making his decision and striding toward a seat. He took the place directly behind the slender food critic, loving the way she jerked her head straight forward to prevent seeing him. But he knew she’d noticed him. The flush of color spreading down her bare neck told him everything.
He wanted to torture her until she screamed.
Mrs. Hardwick gave her usual lecture about safety and Castle rules, which he barely heard. Instead, he spent the entire introduction becoming intimate with every detail of Portia Sands’ back. She’d crossed her long legs, her full-length, fawn-colored jacket falling open to expose tight black jeans and high heeled, knee-high boots.  The toe of her boot jiggled in a frantic dance. She held her hands clasped in her lap, her lightly manicured nails appearing natural and healthy under a clear coat of gloss. She wore the yellow wrist band for the naughty maid program and she and her friend also sported black velvet ribbons around their necks. He didn’t remember neck ribbons from his past visits. What could they designate? He made a mental note to find out as soon as possible.
He pinned his gaze to her left ear and willed her to turn and look at him. People know when they’re being watched, particularly so intently. She would feel it. Sure enough, her head wobbled a little on her neck and her chin began to turn, her eyes sliding to look over her shoulder.
He smirked, meeting her gaze with cool amusement.
She drew in a sharp breath, her eyes widening before she whipped her head back front, sitting up straighter than an Army general with a pole up her ass.
He almost laughed out loud. Paul shot him an amused look and he grinned. If life came with a personal DJ and soundtrack, right now he would cue “Bad to the Bone” because he truly felt like the big, bad wolf.
Mrs. Hardwick divided the group into dominants and submissives and his group left for a separate orientation. David knew without looking that Portia’s eyes followed him as he left.
After the dominants’ orientation, he stopped at the reception desk. “What do the black velvet ribbons designate?” he asked the sweet-looking girl who had checked him in earlier.
“Oh! Those are worn by the slaves who will participate in the charity auction. Do you plan on attending?”
“Hmm, no. But what happens if I change my mind? Do I need to register or anything?”
“No, you can sign up when you get there. The auction will take place in the Middle Ballroom and there will be a meet and greet in the adjoining ballroom an hour before the auction so you can mingle with the slaves and get a feel for each one.”
He tapped the counter thoughtfully. “About how much would you guess slaves will go for?”
“I’m not entirely certain. Of course, all the money goes directly to charities that fund cancer research.”
“Yes,” he mused. “But do you know what the starting bids will be?”
“I heard two hundred dollars, but please don’t quote me on that.”
“Thank you,” he said, giving her a smile.
He brought his suitcase up to his room, hardly noticing all the froliciking going on around him. His mind kept repeating on one thrilling idea: he was going to make Portia pay.

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Buy now!


When the Castle loses one of its own to cancer, what better way to honor his memory than by hosting a charity event? Thirty submissives answer the call, offering themselves up on the auction block for four days, three nights, and anything goes. Meet five of them in five great, full-length brand new novels from five of erotic writing's best authors:

Sharing Silver by Tabitha Black: Six months since her marriage ended in divorce, and Sylvia is craving some excitement - not to mention kink. So when Rosa tells her about a slave auction being held at the Castle, Sylvia throws caution to the wind and flies to America to be sold off to the highest bidder under the nickname Silver. Gorgeous twin Castle Masters, Travis and Trevor, can have any girl they choose - and frequently do. The only downside professionally, however, is there's never enough time to build trust. So when Trevor hears about the auction, he and his brother set about looking for a plaything they can do whatever they want with - a girl with as few limits as possible. But the brothers are smitten by the mysterious girl from Australia, but whenever they try to get close, she clams up. Can the twins make her see what she means to them before it's too late? 


Punishing Portia by Darling Adams: When chef David Marone recognizes the food critic who just lambasted him in a review on the auction block, he bids to keep her as his slave for three nights. He remembers her from culinary school seventeen years earlier, and relishes the idea of getting even with her. Portia Sands hopes the gorgeous Chicago chef who won her at the auction doesn't know her real identity. Then, she discovers he knows who she is and means to exact revenge. She considers calling a safeword to end their time together, but some part of her won't allow it. Somehow she must survive three nights as his slave and keep her heart in the process.

Owning O by Maren Smith: She's the most highly-coveted submissive the Castle has ever known. She never says no, cries her safeword, or plays with the same Dom twice. For years Alan has watched her, looking but never touching until the night of the auction. Seizing his chance, Alan bids, but defeating the other Doms in the audience is only the first and easiest step in his bid to own the infamous O. Freeing her from herself quickly proves to be much, much harder....

Rosie's Resolutions by Maggie Ryan: "Don't Chicken Out" - those three words are at the top of Rosa's list of resolutions. Sure, she'd never before kept any of her past resolutions for week, but this year it will be different. The moment Master Marshall announced the Auction, Rosa knew it was fate. As an employee, this is her chance to remove her Nanny uniform. She can stand on the stage and pray that someone would want to be her "daddy."

The moment the hammer falls, Rosa becomes Rosie - the Little that will learn what it is like to be taken care of, to be cuddled and loved. Will she discover that being Little isn't all fun and games?

Buying Brianny by Abbie Adams: Kian's ex hadn't thought of it as loving when he'd busted her butt for drinking and driving. No, she'd ended the relationship in a hurry. Of course he'd never repeat the mistake with another women. Not even Brianny, who as it turns out, has craved discipline among other things. 
Some people go to strange lengths to prove their love. All Brianny wants as proof is for Kian to buy her at The Castle's New Year's Eve charity auction, then tie her up and take away her control. Will Kian pay the asking price?
___
Five great new novels (with bonus novella "Fulfilling Her Fantasy" by Tabitha Black), this collection has it all at an amazing value price. Publisher's note: This erotic romance fantasy collection explores multiple kinks in the setting of a BDSM resort, including age-play, ménage, reluctant submission, and the spanking of adult women. If these themes offend you, please do not buy this collection.


Check out all the first chapters from When the Gavel Falls:

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Portia Requires Punishment

Save 50% with box set

Meet Portia, the heroine of Punishing Portia. The authors of When the Gavel Falls, the new Masters of the Castle box set are sharing from their books this week to kick off our new release. For yesterday's introduction of David Dean Marone, click here.
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Portia took another sip of her ginger spice latte. She and her friend Tina stood outside the coffee shop, watching the people get off the bus that had just pulled in from the Castle. Just the sight of it made her want to chuck her beverage in the trash and run for the rental car. What the hell was she doing here?
She’d been on the BDSM scene for a little more than two years--since her divorce from Fred, when she finally admitted to herself that the reason she’d never wanted to have sex with him was because she didn’t like slow and tender. She regretted not learning that one important fact about herself earlier, because it probably could have saved her marriage. After fifteen years of her frigidity, her husband had thrown in the towel. Her inability to conceive probably helped his decision--no children to keep things together. The doctors had never found anything wrong with either of them, but she always felt Fred blamed her for it.
But she couldn’t hate Fred for calling it quits. She wouldn’t have wanted to be married to herself, either. The years of trying everything--spending their entire savings on one in vitro treatment after the next--only to wallow in failures had left her more than a little bitter. The divorce had been a wake-up call.
She discovered yoga. And BDSM. She’d learned more about herself in the past two years than she had in the entire first thirty-seven years of her life. What a fucking waste.
She pulled out the crumpled letter accepting her as a slave for the New Year’s Eve auction. She’d read and re-read it a dozen times. Her questionnaire with her interests and hard limits would be passed on to the dom who bought her. Her safe word would always be honored. So why did she feel like the coffee was shooting through her digestive system like the metal ball in a pinball machine? Because knowing she is a submissive who likes it rough is one thing. Volunteering to sell herself in a charity slave auction quite another. What the hell did she know about being a slave?  For three nights and two days, no less.
This was going to be a total disaster.
“Look how happy everyone looks getting off,” Tina chirped with her characteristic optimism.
She saw nothing of the kind. Some people looked relaxed, some looked exhausted. Some actually looked like they were going to cry, but that probably didn’t mean they had a terrible time. She’d felt like crying at the end of a BDSM party before.
Tina had talked her into volunteering to be a slave along with her because it gave them a chance to experience the Castle for free, when normally a three-night stay like this would cost upwards of four thousand dollars. It had been on her wishlist to attend ever since she’d first heard of the place. The idea of showing up and being someone else--leaving her entire, uptight barren journalist life behind and just living out her fantasies--made her ache with wanting.
But now the reality of it had her chewing the inside of her cheek. She’d never scened with any man for more than a few hours--how could she possibly be one man’s slave for seventy-two hours? What if she didn’t like him? What if he played too rough? Well, of course she knew she’d have a safeword, but still...she didn’t want to fail at this. Failure was the one thing she avoided at all costs.
A car pulled up and two good-looking men got out, looking confident in the way dominants always do. Her heart rate picked up speed just thinking about all the alpha men she’d be rubbing elbows...and other parts with very soon.
“Mmm, mmm. They look yummy,” Tina remarked out of the side of her mouth, not turning away from the men.
“Tell me about it. Oh shit!” she said, dropping the coffee cup which lost its lid and splattered creamy liquid all over her boots. “Oh no. Oh God. This is bad,” she said, turning away from the men and pulling up the collar of her coat.
“What? What is it?”
“David Dean Marone. Owner of David Dean’s, the five-star restaurant I just ripped apart in last week’s Windy City Eats.
“Uh oh. Does he know what you look like?”
“I don’t know. He might. We went to culinary school together, but that was almost twenty years ago. He is notoriously self-absorbed, he probably would never remember me.”
“Good. Then just play it cool. Dropping coffee all over our boots is not cool.”
“Sorry,” she muttered, bending to pick up the cup. “I’ll get some napkins.”
“Don’t. Just chill out. Everything’s going to be fine.”
Easy for her to say.
“Come on, let’s get on the bus,” she said between clenched teeth.
“Okay,” Tina said, grabbing the handle of her rolling suitcase.
The two of them marched forward while she held her breath, trying to look like she owned the place.
This New Year’s was going to suck. Big time.
The bus driver checked off their names and took their bags. They found a seat in the back. It was like junior high all over again--the cool kids seeking out seats where they could stake out their own space.
She slouched in her seat and pretended to check her email on her phone, stealing glances at each person who climbed on the bus. Lots of other excited submissives, coming alone, like them. A handful of couples. And three doms. David Marone and his friend and one other guy.
David looked right at her when he climbed on, but his gaze traveled to Tina and then around the bus to the other women with nothing more than an assessing gaze.
She exhaled. He didn’t recognize her. If he had, he surely would have stalked over and given her a piece of his mind because her article hadn’t just been negative--it had been scathing. And she’d hit below the belt, attacking David Dean as a human being, and not just as a chef.
All the vindication she’d experienced when writing it now ebbed in the reality of having to see the man face to face and stand behind her critique. She grit her teeth. But she could. She’d said absolutely nothing that wasn’t true. David Marone deserved to be put in his place--he was not God’s gift to eaters, as he seemed to believe. Nor was he God’s gift to women.
Although seeing him here made her squirm a little in her seat. He probably made a damn good dom. He’d had the confidence of a politician even as a twenty-two year old.
She looked at the back of his head where he’d chosen to sit about four seats ahead of them. With dark, thick wavy hair, brown eyes with curling lashes and one dimple on his cheek, if she remembered right, he had the handsome look of a politician, too.
She squeezed her fingers together to stop the trembling, which was just nervousness about having to defend herself to him. It had nothing to do with the strange squirming going on deep in her belly when she thought about his aggressive charm.


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When the Castle loses one of its own to cancer, what better way to honor his memory than by hosting a charity event? Thirty submissives answer the call, offering themselves up on the auction block for four days, three nights, and anything goes. Meet five of them in five great, full-length brand new novels from five of erotic writing's best authors:

Sharing Silver by Tabitha Black: Six months since her marriage ended in divorce, and Sylvia is craving some excitement - not to mention kink. So when Rosa tells her about a slave auction being held at the Castle, Sylvia throws caution to the wind and flies to America to be sold off to the highest bidder under the nickname Silver. Gorgeous twin Castle Masters, Travis and Trevor, can have any girl they choose - and frequently do. The only downside professionally, however, is there's never enough time to build trust. So when Trevor hears about the auction, he and his brother set about looking for a plaything they can do whatever they want with - a girl with as few limits as possible. But the brothers are smitten by the mysterious girl from Australia, but whenever they try to get close, she clams up. Can the twins make her see what she means to them before it's too late? 

Punishing Portia by Darling Adams: When chef David Marone recognizes the food critic who just lambasted him in a review on the auction block, he bids to keep her as his slave for three nights. He remembers her from culinary school seventeen years earlier, and relishes the idea of getting even with her. Portia Sands hopes the gorgeous Chicago chef who won her at the auction doesn't know her real identity. Then, she discovers he knows who she is and means to exact revenge. She considers calling a safeword to end their time together, but some part of her won't allow it. Somehow she must survive three nights as his slave and keep her heart in the process.

Owning O by Maren Smith: She's the most highly-coveted submissive the Castle has ever known. She never says no, cries her safeword, or plays with the same Dom twice. For years Alan has watched her, looking but never touching until the night of the auction. Seizing his chance, Alan bids, but defeating the other Doms in the audience is only the first and easiest step in his bid to own the infamous O. Freeing her from herself quickly proves to be much, much harder....

Rosie's Resolutions by Maggie Ryan: "Don't Chicken Out" - those three words are at the top of Rosa's list of resolutions. Sure, she'd never before kept any of her past resolutions for week, but this year it will be different. The moment Master Marshall announced the Auction, Rosa knew it was fate. As an employee, this is her chance to remove her Nanny uniform. She can stand on the stage and pray that someone would want to be her "daddy."

The moment the hammer falls, Rosa becomes Rosie - the Little that will learn what it is like to be taken care of, to be cuddled and loved. Will she discover that being Little isn't all fun and games?

Buying Brianny by Abbie Adams: Kian's ex hadn't thought of it as loving when he'd busted her butt for drinking and driving. No, she'd ended the relationship in a hurry. Of course he'd never repeat the mistake with another women. Not even Brianny, who as it turns out, has craved discipline among other things. 
Some people go to strange lengths to prove their love. All Brianny wants as proof is for Kian to buy her at The Castle's New Year's Eve charity auction, then tie her up and take away her control. Will Kian pay the asking price?
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Five great new novels (with bonus novella "Fulfilling Her Fantasy" by Tabitha Black), this collection has it all at an amazing value price. Publisher's note: This erotic romance fantasy collection explores multiple kinks in the setting of a BDSM resort, including age-play, ménage, reluctant submission, and the spanking of adult women. If these themes offend you, please do not buy this collection.


Check out all the first chapters from When the Gavel Falls: