24 Aug '12

BDSM Day Twenty-Three – Guest-interview from fellow Blogger Dawn plus a giveaway

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Welcome to Day Twenty Three of the BDSM Appreciation Event here at Scorching Book Reviews. So far we still have the wonderful Kele Moon giving away her Eden series,the lovely Cari Silverwood giving away a bookJoely Sue Burkhart giving away her latest release, Eve Berlin giving away the first book in a wonderful seriesSherri Hayes giving away a copy of Need, there’s a giveaway on Eliza Gayles post, the marvelous Bridget Midway is also hosting a giveaway, an amazing giveaway from Lissa Matthews, a fab giveaway from the amazing Kim Dare, a femDom giveaway from Lucy Felthouse, A Lexi Blake giveaway, A Portia Da Costa Giveaway, a Kelly Jamieson Giveaway, a Cassandra Carr giveaway, a HC Brown giveaway , two giveaways from Sierra Cartwright, an amazing post from Joey W.Hill and there is also a fabulous article by Reggie and kasi Alexander on the BDSM lifestyle. Just Click on the name in the above paragraph to play along. There is also an amazing excerpt (which I think may be exclusive…not sure) from Cherise Sinclair’s new book (Xavier…be still my beating heart). There is also an amazing International giveaway of a SIGNED hardback copy of The Siren by Tiffany Reisz 

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Today, we are doing something slightly different. Around a year ago, I held the first event on the blog. I was a blogger that only had 20 hits a day and really had no idea what the blog was about. The event changed that and I realized that I truly enjoy organizing stuff like this. The first event could not have gotten off the ground without the fabulous Dawn and her list of contacts. She is one of the most avidest readers of this genre, so today I asked her to guest-post about it. She decided to do something a little different too….

Thank you Nix for having me.  I feel so honored to be part of this event with all these other bloggers and amazing authors.
So Nix asked to tell you all why I read BDSM and what it is that draws me, but I decided to add a twist. I invited author Eden Bradley to help me out with this.  As many of you know, Eden Bradley (aka Eve Berlin) writes for Bantam/Delta, Berkley Heat, HQN and Harlequin Spice, and Samhain Publishing. She’s written over 30 books and many contain BDSM elements.

We normally ask the author questions, so I thought switching roles would be fun, this is a BDSM event after all!  This time she will ask me the questions and I will try my hardest to make it interesting for you.

What was your gateway book into the BDSM genre?

This is actually a funny story.  About 12 years ago I bought the Anne Rice Sleeping Beauty series for a very conservative friend of mine for her birthday. Now mind you I was not a reader then so I had no idea that these weren’t like her vampire series. If any of you have read Anne Rice’s Beauty series you know that this is not a book for a conservative catholic girl – lol.


So, after realizing I had corrupted this sweet girl, I had to see what see what it was all about.  I borrowed the books and still have not given them back! (Thankfully there are no late fees with friends—I’ve had them for 12 years now.)  So my gateway was a pretty fun adventure with Anne Rice and her Sleeping Beauty Series.  After the Beauty series, I didn’t touch a book again until I got my Kindle and picked up a free read on Amazon, which happened to be R.G. Alexander’s Regina In The Sun. 

Have you found a difference between reading Literary Erotica to BDSM Romance?

I think Eden is making me work for these questions – Damn!

Okay, yes I do see a difference between Literary Erotica and BDSM Romance.  I think the biggest difference for me is the voice and tone of the writing. While I don’t think I have a preference (at least consciously), after looking at my books it seems I tend to read more BDSM Romance.

Do you know the difference?

I think this is the easiest way for me to separate them (I may be wrong, but this is how I see it).
Literary Erotica – doesn’t have to have an HEA, usually no relationship arc, and more sex.
BDSM Romance – has to have an HEA, has a relationship, and tends to be more romantic but still gives us the sex we want.

The Arc type of a dominant man seems to be the most attractive to the BDSM & Erotic reader. How do you feel about Fem-Dom? Do you like it?  Why or why not?

I do love me a dominant man but a well written Fem-Dom book can light my spark as well. For me it’s the submission, it’s a beautiful thing whether it is male or female. It takes a strong individual to release, give up that power, to take on the pain, or sensation.

I have read several Fem-Dom books and have enjoyed many of them. For me, in my reading, I need well written characters and if a writer can capture the strength in a submissive, they have me.

Do you think readers feel Fem-Dom is Taboo? Do you think more want to read it than will actually admit to it?

I do feel Fem-Dom still is a Taboo subject. Most women “think” they want an Alpha Male because this is what we are raised to look for in a man (for the most part) but what they don’t realize is that it takes a great deal of power and pride to give up that persona and surrender. To show a male character submitting and still have him maintain his strength and virility—but he is still able to obey the commands and wishes of his Mistress or Master *shivers*—when I find authors like this… I become a loyal subject.

Recently I have asked friends if they have read Fem-Dom and I was surprised how many have, but they just hadn’t referred them to me or even talked about them. So, yes I think there are more readers of this sub-genre out there than admit to it.  Start sharing, people!

Of the many trappings a BDSM author can write about do you prefer the S/M (meaning the pain- paddles and whips) or the D/s (more role play) or does it depend on the story? What about these aspects intrigue you?

Oh this is a hard question for me to answer. All the aspects of BDSM intrigue me. While BDSM is my go-to genre to read it isn’t just the whips, chains, and pain I love to hear about. Don’t get me wrong, I love that part but it’s the head games I think that keeps me going and craving more.

At first it was the S/M that I saw then once I continued to read BDSM and look more into it I found the D/s aspects so much more intriguing. For a Dominant – focusing on one (sometimes more) individual(s) to achieve their pleasure through pain, sensation, or in their head, what a power trip to know you control it all.  For a submissive – The trust it takes to relinquish inhibitions, offer up their body, senses, and will to a person to do what they want.

As a reader, and a BDSM reader, do you feel the Fifty Shades phenomenon affected you, what you read and do you feel it has an impact on the writing community as a whole?

Yes, I believe this book has impacted BDSM, Erotic Romance, and Romance in whole.  Before these books came out I had friends that knew I was an avid reader/reviewer but never really asked me questions. Since this book has come out I have had some of my most conservative friends ask me questions about BDSM and who they should read now that they have found this genre.

I think that because it went so main stream it opened up so many minds to Erotica Romance. I mean take a look at the Amazon top 15 list and you will see 5 of those books are Erotic Romance…that’s HUGE! The Kindle and Nook opened up a new avenue for readers to find “like” authors as well such as Eden Bradley/Eve Berlin, Maya Banks, Jaci Burton, Lisa Renee Jones, and Sylvia Day.

I personally read E.L. James’s book and enjoyed them. While yes there where issues I saw with the book, no book is perfect. I am glad I read it and I am thankful for the recognition she has brought to this genre.  I hope that it brings new readers and that they will find all these amazing authors (like the ones in this hop) along with a newfound love of BDSM, Erotic Romance, and Romance.

Again, I want to thank Nix for having me and thinking that someone would want to know why I read BDSM and what I love about it.

I also want to thank Eden Bradley/Eve Berlin for taking the time away from her crazy “new release” schedule to ask me some questions – I hope I did them justice.

Here are a few authors I would suggest if you are a BDSM fan like me – HAPPY READING!

Tymber Dalton
Cassandra Carr
Sylvia Day
Ann Mayburn 
Molly Weatherfield
Kallypso Masters
Cherise Sinclair
Shayla Black
Eliza Gayle
Portia Da Costa

Dawn can be found at
Blog-  Day Dreaming
Twitter – @drmgrl99dawn
FB – Daydrmz Blogg
I had no idea what to give away with this post until I saw this. This is an anthology of BDSM shorts from some of the authors Dawn recommended above. Its released because of the hype from the Fifty Shades trilogy. The stories in the book are :
Megan hart – The Challenge

Anne Calhoun – Under his Hand

Eden Bradley – Night Moves

Saskia Walker – Going Down

Alison Tyler – Cuffing Kate

Emilia Elmwood – The Envelope Incident



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Nix

24 Responses to “BDSM Day Twenty-Three – Guest-interview from fellow Blogger Dawn plus a giveaway”

  1. While I haven't read 50, I can appreciate how it has opened up to the reading/writing world to more acceptance of erotic and BDSM novels

    modularmates(at)comcast(dot)net

    ** I love the interview reverse! So fun to read!

  2. Kaylyn I think she did enjoy the role reversal, lol and let me tell you after doing that… I love my authors even more now! Wow that was a hard thing to do, don't know if I could do it all the time.
    Nix thank you so much for the sweet welcome. I loved organizing that event together it was so much fun! The two of us made a fabulous pair. Thanks again for having me here once again xoxox

  3. The Beauty books were my first BDSM type book as well. My reading choice before that was historical romance and I think because historical men were more Alpha! I love a good BDSM story or really any story with an Alpha male. Great interview!

    susanmplatt AT hotmail DOT com

  4. Great twist with the interview by Eden. I still have my Beauty Trilogy, they were my first (but by no means last) BDSM books. Thanks for the contest as well.

    nancyg5997 at gmail.com

  5. I like BDSM in the m/m and femdom genres best. The dynamic seems more interesting than the usual way, which seems to go along gender cliches for me.

    vitajex(at)aol(dot)com

  6. I like reading BDSM books dont care if its m/m or m/f or f/f, I just love the the relationships that and trust that is shared in the books. Thx for giveaway.

    blinkysthebest at aol dot com

  7. I have not read the FS books, just not high on my list really. However, I love the list of great authors that you included. I love & follow (stalk) many of these authors. I have only been reading erotic romances for about a year, but I am proud of how many I have read in that time 🙂
    Some of the authors you listed are my faves and auto-buys for me.
    June
    manning_J2004 at yahoo

  8. Dawn, that was a great interview! I hadn't realized how long I've actually read BDSM until I started following the blog hops that really got going after the 50 Shades books. I just read what I liked. I haven't read 50 Shades but because of it I've found so many new to me authors to enjoy. Most of the authors on your list I already enjoy and I will be checking out the others!

  9. Great interview Dawn & Eden! I must be one of the conservative girls you corrupted lol. Or should I say, corrupted more *wink* I never noticed how much BDSM romances I did read and of course, you recommended some more authors to me and have loved them. I admit I like the m/f and m/m D/s stories more than the FemDom. I've really enjoyed some of the authors on your list and some I still

  10. Great post Dawn, I found I agreed with pretty much all of your answers, I bet that was fun huh? And thanks for the recommendations also 🙂

    Eva
    evitap67(at)gmail(dot)com

  11. Thanks for the give-away AND the list of great authors to read! I'm always looking for more books ( and new favs) to pick up!

    Beth

  12. Great role reversal with a twist Ladies. Really enjoyed it.

    I haven't read 50 Shades of Grey & I have NO intention to either. I have several EXTREMELY Talented BDSM Authors that I have been reading for some time now, Eden Bradley (aka Eve Berlin) VERY High on my list 😉 WoooHooo can she melt our panties away when reading her Books 😉 , all of which have obviosuly done their

  13. I wasn't going to read 50 because I was already reading BDSM. But when my mom bought it and asked if I wanted to borrow it. So I said yes and then had to read the rest. I also have the Beauty series but I haven't read it yet.

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