Today, we are part of the wonderful Kallypso Masters book tour for her latest release Somebody’a Angel. She talks about her Masters in the blog post below.
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Out of all the Masters who has been the most difficult to work with?
I was asked that question many times and I must say they’ve all a pain in the….um, ahem. Let me start again. All of the Masters have kept their personal pain hidden deep inside, so it’s been quite a feat getting any of them to reveal their deepest secrets. Each time I think one is the worst, then another shows me how easy I had it to that point.
But, I’d have to say hands down the most difficult Master to crack has been Marc. I know, he seems like the most easy-going one. His sense of humor and the way he loves women—melts your panties. But as one of my beta reader for book 2 (Nobody’s Angel) pointed out in 2011—he hadn’t grown at all in the book. (I know—tell me about it!). So his original book showed more of Angelina’s growth and her exploration of BDSM than any growth on his part, although there were the first glimpses at him finding something he wanted very much—but wasn’t able to go after.
I just kept writing and waiting, then Adam and Karla hijacked the end of Nobody’s Angel and decided they were moving on with or without me and whether Marc figured out his shit or not. So I just said, “Fine, Marc. We’ll do this your way—but I am going to crack you open one of these days and find out why you are the way you are.”
That opportunity came while writing book four—Nobody’s Perfect. (For those who haven’t read my books, they are written as a sage with installments, rather than stand-alone novels, because the characters are so intertwined and usually take more than one book to get to Happily Ever After, even though they don’t stop growing there either.) So, I realized Marc had too much to deal with for me to just write him as a subplot and the idea for Somebody’s Angel was born. (And this book is longer than Perfect, which means he really DID need his own space!)
In fairness to him, the inner pain had been inflicted at a very young age and then repressed. This one is NOT about child abuse, but deals more with abandonment issues. But the coping mechanism he used all his life—keeping things superficial and keeping people at a distance—damaged relationships with everyone to come in his life, including his brother, Gino, and the love of his life, Angelina.
So, HE wasn’t really holding secrets from me. He simply didn’t remember or know what had happened.
To give you an idea of what it took to break Marc’s psyche open, here’s an exchange he has with Master (Sergeant) Adam in Somebody’s Angel (release day is Dec. 23—uploading late on the 22nd to Amazon and B&N Nook, then on All Romance eBooks Monday):
“You willing to try an interrogation scene?”
Marc had seen Adam and Grant perform interrogation scenes in the club before. Some of them had caused him to flash back to his SERE School training after joining the Navy. They’d all been taught to survive if captured or lost behind enemy lines, including what to do if tortured in order to maintain some measure of self-worth. The truth was that no one could hold out forever. The best one could hope to accomplish was to hold on to their dignity and avoid giving in completely. Could his training help him if the enemy he faced was his own sub-conscious mind? The training had been so intense, he’d been given R&R leave afterward to recover. Most of the BDSM interrogations he’d seen, while intense, lasted only a few hours at most, and usually resulted in the subject confessing which playing card was being concealed from the interrogator. How could that be enough?
“Do you think we’re going to get anywhere with the typical club scene?
“Can’t say. If I need to employ SERE tactics, are you sure you want to willingly subject yourself to that level of intensity? This isn’t the Corps. You have a choice this time.”
Hell, no, he wasn’t sure. But deep down, he didn’t have a choice. No doubt in his mind it would take something along those lines to get him to break down the barriers he had painstakingly erected with years of practice. Perhaps he’d break before Adam had to take it to the SERE extreme of sleep-deprivation psychosis and torture. He hoped so. The short- and long-term effects of such manipulation weren’t anything he wanted to mess with. But if he did nothing, he was doomed to spend the rest of his life floundering much as he had been all year—perhaps most of his life, if he ever admitted to himself how empty it had been until Angelina had come along.
“It might be my only chance of finding out what has me so twisted up inside.”
“I want to hear the words of consent before we go any further.”
Marc paused to make sure he wanted to go through anything like that again. The prize at the other end would be being able to make a commitment to Angelina—if he didn’t wind up in the psych ward at the VA.
“I want you to do whatever it takes. If that means SERE training revisited, then so be it.”
Adam nodded, giving no visual cues as to what he thought about the idea. The scene wouldn’t be easy for him either. It was one thing to break the enemy and quite another to do the same to a friend.
“I appreciate that you’re willing to do this.”
“I’m not making any promises it’s going to help.” Adam reached for a legal pad and pen. “First, though, we need to set some ground rules. Any triggers I need to be aware of?”
Marc thought back to an aversion he’d had for a very long time, but couldn’t explain. “Stilettos.”
“Wasn’t planning on wearing any. What else?”
Marc would have laughed if he weren’t so nervous.
“I’m sure I’ve got a mixed bag of crap from childhood, adolescence, even adulthood that may churn up and need to be addressed.”
“What types of implements would you place on the hard-limit list?”
Did Adam plan to use them if Marc identified them? Didn’t matter. Marc had to answer honestly. “Paddles.”
“Hard or soft?”
“Hard.” Very hard. Marc didn’t mind using them, and Angelina sure loved them, but he hadn’t let her use one on him. She’d honored his limits.
“Not too crazy about ball gags.”
Angelina had used one on him, and he hadn’t totally freaked out. “Soft, but leaning toward hard, if that makes sense.”
Adam nodded. “Blindfolds?”
“No known issue. But you need to push me to the limit if I’m going to get past whatever is holding me back.”
“I didn’t say I planned to avoid your triggers or limits. I just need to know what they are, if possible.”
Merda. What did Adam plan to do with him? Marc’s heart rate ramped up.
“Doc, if you had to guess the root of your problem, what would it be?”
“Wanna be a little more specific?”
“And yet you’re doing all this to win back a certain Italian woman?”
Marc shrugged. “I’m an enigma.”
“Wrapped in a fucking riddle.” Adam tapped the pen against the pad.
Marc grinned, even though there was nothing humorous about his situation.
When Marc d’Alessio first rescued the curvaceous and spirited Italian Angelina Giardano at the Masters at Arms Club, he never expected her to turn his safe controlled life upside down and pull at his long-broken heartstrings. Months later the intense fire of their attraction still rages but something holds him back from committing to her completely. Worse, secrets and memories from his past join forces to further complicate his relationships with family, friends, and his beautiful Angel.
Angelina cannot give all of herself to someone who hides himself from her. She loves Marc, the BDSM world he brought her into, and the way their bodies respond to one another but she needs more. Though she destroyed the wolf mask he once wore, only he can remove the mask he dons daily to hide his emotions. In a desperate attempt to break through his defenses and reclaim her connection to the man she loves, she attempts a full frontal assault that sends him into a fast retreat, leaving her nobody’s angel once again.
Marc finds that running to the mountains no longer gives him solace but instead leaves him empty and alone. Angelina is the one woman worth the risk of opening his heart. Will he risk everything to become the man she deserves and the man he wants to be?
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Masters at Arms begins the journey of three men, each on a quest for honor, acceptance, and to ease his unspoken pain. Their paths cross at one of the darkest points in their lives. As they try to come to terms with the aftermath–forging an unbreakable bond–will they ever truly become masters of their own fates? Or would fate become masters of them?
For those new to this series who want a free glimpse into the Rescue Me world, you can get started with the FREE introduction, Masters at Arms. This book introduces six characters who will go on to have happily ever after Romances shared about them. (Adam & Karla, Damián & Savannah, Marc, and in a small part here but with more to come later, Grant.)
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I’m giving away a $5 Gift Card at each stop. Be sure to leave your email in your comment. I am also giving away a grand prize of a $500 Gift Card, be sure to fill out the rafflecopter to enter for that one.
As with all of my giveaways, this is open internationally. And we’ll also send through the mail some cool swag items, including this red Ka-thunk!™ pen, hand fan, a Masters Brat button, and other cool stuff! (I’m not mailing the swag out until my brand-new “Embrace your inner PRINCESS SLUT™” pens arrive, though. It’s a reference to a scene in Nobody’s Perfect.)
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