Master of the Shadowlands Character Interview and Giveaway from Cherise Sinclair

Posted August 23, 2011 by Nix in Guest Post / 55 Comments

So today the amazing Cherise Sinclair is allowing us access to her characters…well I think they decided that she was anyway! This author holds a special place in my heart as it was her books that introduced me to this genre. I have loved all of her work and some of my favourite Doms come from her pages. If I had to pick a couple of them, I think it could be Nolan  (Master of the Shadowland Series) or Jake (Mountain Masters Series). I can’t wait for Raoul’s book in November!

She is also offering up a ebook giveaway of her backlist. Its international and closes on the 24th of this month. I can’t recommend one to you (I love them all) but I will say that the series need to be read in order.

Anyway shall we get on with the interview with the delicious Z and Nolan from the Shadowlands? After this, I think I love Nolan even more! Over on Dawns Blog , she has the pleasure of hosting KB Alan for an interview and giveaway.

On a quick note, Cherise made this interview into a written piece straight out of the Shadowlands series and its fabulous. I’m not touching it with any formatting…..It stands below as it was sent to me and it’s perfect!  

Club Shadowlands (Masters of Shadowlands, #1)

Her car disabled during a tropical storm, Jessica Randall discovers the isolated house where she’s sheltering is a private bondage club. At first shocked, she soon becomes aroused watching the interactions between the Doms and their subs. But she’s a professional woman–an accountant–and surely isn’t a submissive…is she?

Master Z hasn’t been so attracted to a woman in years. But the little sub who has wandered into his club intrigues him. She’s intelligent. Reserved. Conservative. After he discovers her interest in BDSM, he can’t resist tying her up and unleashing the passion she hides within.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, strong BDSM theme and content (including/not limited to bondage, caning, restraints, spanking, etc), exhibitionism, voyeurism.

Please meet Master Z and Master Nolan who are representing the Masters of the Shadowlands. They decided that a vote for one of the Masters would be a vote for all of them–and since they’re Doms, their submissive author didn’t even try to argue.

Cheers for Nix from Scorching Book Reviews who bravely shows up at the Shadowlands to conduct the interview.“Your author has nominated the Shadowlands Masters as Perfect Men. How’s that feel?” Nix asks, trying to ignore the smacking sounds of flesh meeting flesh behind her. She’s beginning to realize that doing the interview in the notorious BDSM club is a serious mistake.

Dressed in black slack and silky black shirt, Master Z sits back in his leather chair, steepling his fingers. “I’m honored Cherise feels that the Masters come close to this standard, although–much as a Dom might like to appear that way–no one is perfect.”

“Speak for yourself. My Beth thinks I’m perfect,” –Master Nolan grins — “and if she doesn’t, I’ll tan her gorgeous little ass.” He pauses, then leans forward, elbows on his knees, dark gaze on the interviewer. “You’re squirming, Nix. Does thinking about being spanked make you uncomfortable…or excited?”

Surrounded by the sounds of pain and sex, talking to two utterly confident, powerful Doms, and having them toss out words like…spanking? Hot flash time. Dodging the question, Nix asks, “If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?”

Master Z frowns. “You were asked a question by Master Nolan, little one. Answer it.”

As Nix hears the steel in his voice, the pit of her stomach ends up somewhere near her feet, and she gulps. “Some of both.” And depends on who she’s with, right? She eyes Master Nolan. Black leathers, black eyes, black hair — talk about dangerous-looking.

Master Z’s smile warms with approval. “An honest answer. Good girl.” He studies her for a long minute. “If you wish, I’ll introduce you to a Dom, one who will show you how pain and pleasure can mix. Someone interviewing people in the BDSM lifestyle should be knowledgeable about it, don’t you think?”

“Well. Yes. All right.” Nix tries to swallow, but her spit is sadly lacking. “But, for now…my questions?”

“Right, you want descriptions.” Master Nolan picks up a beer and motions toward the owner of the Shadowlands BDSM club. “Let’s see, Z, what would we use to describe you? Rich, smooth, fucking mind-reader psychologist who butts his nose into everything?”

“I believe that’s more than three words,” Z says mildly.

“Hell, I don’t particularly like rules.” A smile flashes across Nolan’s darkly tanned face. “And I’m a Dom, so I get away with it more often than not.”

Z tilts his head. “For Nolan: stubborn, arrogant, experienced.” He smiles slightly. “Very experienced, or I’d never have chosen you to work with Elizabeth.”

Nix makes a note — ask about that later — then asks Z, “Why do you think your author picked you out for this event?

Master Z shakes his head. “Cherise is a sweetheart, but she was too intimidated to choose one of the Shadowlands Masters, so she drew numbers from a hat.” He leans back, arms along the back of the couch. “She might have cause to worry. When Master Cullen’s number didn’t get drawn, he told her she’d be serving as a bar ornament. We probably won’t see her in the club for another month.

“She’d make a fine ornament.” Nolan’s gaze lands on Nix. “As would you, pet.”

“Me?” Nix glances at the massive bar in the center of the room. God help me.

Master Nolan sets a finger under her chin and tilts her face up. “You’re flushed, little interviewer, and your heart’s beating faster than a jackhammer. Would you like to sit on the bartop for the Doms to enjoy?”

“No.” As a shiver of anticipation shakes Nix’s body, Nolan’s hard face creases with a smile. “I’m here to do an interview,” she says, firmly keeping her gaze on her subjects, not her imagination. Or the hum under her skin. “What can you tell us about the events in your published story? ”

“Events, huh.” Nolan sips his beer, then motions toward Z. “Z’s story.  After putting her car in the ditch in a storm, his short, curvy accountant walked into the Shadowlands, looking like a drowned poodle. Innocent. Sweet. The place was in full swing, and apparently, her big green eyes kept getting bigger. It went downhill from there.”

Z shakes his head. “I should never have let her in, but the way she responded to some of the scenes was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Jessica wants to be dominated. She needs the control…and I need her. “ His rich, smooth voice deepens. “She brings light into my life.”

“And tries to protect every sub in the club. Like my Beth.” When Nolan glares at Z, Nix pushes her chair back a foot.

Z glances at Nix. “When Nolan met his submissive, Beth needed to be dominated to feel alive, but she was terrified of giving up control. She always picked the weakest Doms to scene with, and it wasn’t working for her. She was getting close to breaking, so…” — he nods toward the cruel-looking Dom — “I coerced her into accepting Nolan as her Dom.”

“And manipulated me into taking on a terrified little bunny, you bastard,” Nolan said in his gravelly voice…then grinned. “Might I say thank you?”

Nix bites her lip. Master Nolan sure wasn’t the Dom she’d have chosen for a fearful submissive. “So, if you had to, how would you convince us you are the Perfect Man in your category?”

“You’d best vote for Z, Nix,” Nolan said. “Rich, powerful, experienced. Educated. Babysits all the little subbies in the club and teaches the Doms.”

“What about you, Master Nolan?” Nix ventures.

“Little subs flee when they see me. “ Nolan runs a finger down the long white scar on his face. “I’m rough, don’t talk much –“

“And he gentled a terrified submissive right out of her hole,” Z adds, a faint smile on his face, then nods at Nix. “Don’t worry, little one, I’ll start you with someone a bit less terrifying.”

“Um.” After a long moment, Nix manages to pull her gaze from Master Z’s. His devastating self-confidence is oddly reassuring. Maybe this is the time to stick her toe in the water. What would it be like…? Concentrate on the interview, Nix. She scans her notes. “Right. What would be your campaign slogan to win our imaginary crown?”

Z tilts his head and speaks directly to her. “I won’t give you what you want, pet, but you will always get what you need.”

A quaking started deep in her stomach as he traps her gaze, holds it until the room fades.

“And she needs to start with something easy,” Nolan says, breaking the spell. He rises and pulls Nix to her feet. “Come, subbie. Since Cherise didn’t show up for the interview, Master Cullen’s in dire need of a bar ornament. But you’re wearing far too many clothes.” He crosses his arms over his chest. “Strip for me, Nix.”

Author’s Note: I want to thank Scorching Book Reviews and DayDreamszzz for inviting me and the Masters to the Perfect Man event.  It’s been fun…although I swear, I’m sooo not returning to the Shadowlands until Master Cullen forgets my name. 

I love hearing from readers. You can find me in the following places:


55 responses to “Master of the Shadowlands Character Interview and Giveaway from Cherise Sinclair

  1. Awesome interview! I love the Masters of the Shadowlands. All of Cherise's Doms are my Perfect Men. 😉

    bimmergrlmd at gmail dot com

  2. I think I would be speechless if I had to talk to either master z or master nolan. I just love all the masters but I am so interested in master raoul.

  3. The only thing that would have made this better is Master Dan, but I'm sure he's up to his brawny elebows in diapers right about now. 😉

    ann_mayburn AT hotmail DOT com

  4. Wasn't Nix a brave interviewer? (and Master Cullen was very pleased with his bar ornament too, although apparently they had to…help…her when she got down to just a thong. )

    Thanks, everyone for the compliments! And Search and BookSavvy, I hope you'll get to enjoy the Shadowlands.

  5. Cindy

    Cherise I've always known what an inspiration you are to your readers but it has also been great to see what an inspriration you are to authors.. Keep doing what you do best.

  6. OOh Cherise love your books. And masters love them too. I do have a question for Cherise, will there be more to come, when does Master Raoul find a little subbie.. He is hot..

  7. Anonymous

    Cherise was the first author I read in this genre, and man-oh-man am I glad!

    Can't wait for Raoul!

  8. *fans self* Wow! I loved that interview! Nix, as a journalism major, the closest my interviews came to two Doms in a BDSM club was an Asian massuese sitting on a mattress in her parlor. LOL

    Cherise is an AWESOME mentor to me and so many other authors. She's the Alpha Sub to us. And she's also become my fairy godmother lately on Facebook. (You don't want her to wave her

  9. Thanks, people!

    Elain8, I hope you enjoy the series!

    Jean, Master Raoul's story will tentatively be released Nov 29th. (woot!) And then, I'll see if I can find someone or someones for Sally.

  10. Anonymous

    Hi Cherise , and Hi Nix !
    Loved the interview and I do love the Masters from the Shadowlands, but my fav has to be Master Cullen. And I can't wait for the next books so Hurry hurry pleaseeeeee. !!!

  11. nix

    Hey all!!

    Thank you SO much for entering! I can promise all you that are new to books by Cherise that you won't be disappointed 🙂

    On a quick note, please can I ask that you leave us some way to contact you if you win? It's a lot easier for us if we can just pass your details onto Cherise. I'm sorry, I should have made it clearer in the entry!

    Thanks :

  12. Like others this is the first books I read in this genre. Boy did Cherise ever set a high bar for others, love them all. Can't wait for the next and the next and the next.

  13. Oh how I love these books – I could not get these books in any of the bookstores in Australia, but thank god for the kindle because I was able to download them. After the first book I was super addicted, I have been pimping your books to all of my friends, who have also downloaded them to their kindles.

    I have a question for Cherise… If you could vote someone out of your book series

  14. hi cherise:) thanks for getting the masters to do the interview lol
    <3 it! your books are my only brush with the genre so far but once I finish reading them all I'll probably go exploring other authors too. I just like your guys so much though:D any rec's of others I should try?
    bells DOT franco AT gmail DOT com

  15. Kally, you're so sweet! And people, she's starting a BDSM series that looks like it's going to be really hot! The first book (prequel) is up on Amazon etc. Master of Arms.

    SD and Becca and Cris and Gabrielle, thank you!

  16. Xander, thank you for the pimping! LOL

    And vote someone out of the series? Are you talking about voting one of the Masters out?

    Egad. Now would it be Z who comes up with the most devious punishments or Master Dan who's just straight-forward and a you-won't-sit-down-for-a-week master, or Nolan who has a fondness for ropes and floggers or…

    Nope, I do

  17. Christina, I hope you'll give them a try. 🙂

    Bella, thank you! Other authors…hmm. Joey Hill's Ice Queen books, Shayla Black's Wicked Ties, Tymber Dalton's The Reluctant Dom (a tear-jerker), Sophie Oak and Leah Brookes and Lorelei James. How's that for starters?

    And there's a group on Goodreads called Kindle Smut–I've heard they enjoy making

  18. Anonymous

    I loved the interview…thanks so much Cherise for writing about such great men. I have actually read and re-read your series quite a number of times, I never get tired of them. And I cannot wait to read Raoul's story.


  19. Loved the interview. I've only read one of Cherise's books (The Dom's Dungeon) but I loved it! And pretty much all the rest are on my TBR.


  20. Cherise, I'm new to reading your writing, but I've had it recommended to me quite a few times! Definitely adding some to my TBB, and thank you for the terrific interview 🙂 It's fun to get to know the characters and story a bit that way!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

  21. Anonymous

    The interview was incredible! Cherise, I can't wait for your next book!

    beckera_ann AT yahoo DOT com

  22. I have the first book on my kindle and really need to read it so I can move on to the rest of the series, they sound really great. Thanks so much, This is a great giveaway.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  23. Anonymous

    Wow! That's all I can say. Wow. All the Shadowland books are awesome, but my favourite would have to be Cullen, followed closely by Nolan (or even better, both together ;). O be still my heart :). I love your work and your support of fellow authors.

  24. Hi Cherise!!

    I feel like the odd one out here to say that I haven’t read any of your books yet!!!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway. Would love to win one of your books 😉

    judimello AT gmail DOT com

  25. Thanks, everyone!

    For y’all that are maybe going to read one of the Shadowlands, I hope you enjoy it!

    Lisa, I sooo understand about the book budget. Me, too!

    B — Seems like Master Cullen and Nolan did enjoy sharing submissives before they each found their own. You could be in trouble. LOL

    Nix and Daydrmzzz, thanks for setting up this great event–and letting me come and play too. 🙂

  26. Fantastic interview! Exciting in itself. Please enter my name in the draw. Based on what I’ve read here, this is one author I’ve overlooked for too long. lornel AT xplornet DOT ca

  27. Z tilts his head and speaks directly to her. “I won’t give you what you want, pet, but you will always get what you need.” This sentence says it all. I was lucky enough to read The Shadowlands in order as the first of my collections. I own every book Cherise has written and I keep telling her “LESS CHATTING MORE WRITING!” Truthfully, thanks to Cherise I have found my own “Master Z” but to me, he is just Master…to you? Master W! I would absolutely kill to meet Cherise! lol. Valerie

  28. StacieDM

    Hello Cherise!
    I love the Masters of the Shadowlands series. I have all but Breaking Free on my Kindle (I have BF in paperback). All of the heroines and Doms have their own issues to overcome. I like to see how they open up to each other.

    User1123 AT comcast DOT net

  29. Anonymous

    Wow! I loved this interview and agree that it was "brilliant"! I've re-read both series and love them. I enjoy reading about all the Doms but I'd have to say that my favorite "Dom" would have to be Cullen with Nolan a very close 2nd. Looking forward to Raoul's story and hopefully Sally's story with 1 to 2 interesting guys from "Make Me Sir".

  30. Valerie, I love hearing about you and Master W. 🙂

    Lynne, I was just teasing Sally with a couple of FBI agents in Raoul's book. LOL

    Lorraine, thank you. I hope you get a chance to enjoy the Shadowlands.

    Thanks, Bungle and Stacie!

  31. Cherise's Masters are my favourite Masters. Every single one of them makes my knees weak. *smiles* I'm slightly obsessed with her Masters to be honest. But how can a person not be when she writes them so beautifully.

  32. Tina

    I landed here on a search for a character’s last name, I stayed for the interview, now I’m looking forward to revisiting the Shadowlands and falling for Master Z all over again. *swoon* Thank you Cherise, for creating the perfect men!

  33. Ann

    I love the Shadowlands masters not sure which one gets my motor running quicker will have to keep a good air to the wall and find out about ghost hopefully the next Shadowlands master

Leave a Reply to Book Savvy Babe Cancel reply