Guest: Beth Williamson featuring On His Knees

Monday, July 27

****This contest is now over. Thanks for entering****

Many of you may know Beth Williamson's sizzlin' hot cowboys and historical westerns, but did you know she also writes contemporary romances as well? On His Knees was the first contemporary book of hers that I have read, and I loved it just as much as her historicals.

It is a story about a divorced couple that had been married for many years, and as is wont to happen let the passion in their marriage take a back seat to every other aspect of their individual lives.
They are each different people than they were when they first married, but are given a second chance to discover their hidden desires. And as with all of the books featured this week, it contains elements of BDSM, but the core of the story is about their relationship and how Renny and Nicholas fight to renew their love. I loved it, and hope that you will too.

Hell hath no fury like a scorned woman—with toys.

Renny Johnson has no idea why her ex-husband broke into her house in the middle of the night. She plans to find out—right after he wakes up from a close encounter with his own baseball bat. As long as she’s got him tied up, she might as well make him answer every unanswered question about their divorce.

Nicholas sneaked into the house, hoping to retrieve his precious autographed bat without having to face Renny’s wrath. He didn’t expect her to knock him out with it. Then again, who can blame her? He left her to take a walk on the wild side, to search for that missing something he thought he couldn’t find in his marriage.

Now that he’s completely at her mercy, he’s about to find out how merciless—and how incredibly sexy—his ex can be. The night becomes a wild roller coaster ride of amazing sex, dominance and submission, and maybe the beginning of a brand new chapter in their lives.

Unless the flames burn out of control…


So when Carrie asked me to do a guest blog, I really thought about what I’d write a post about. I’ve been a blogger for more than three years and rambling about stuff online is something I can do in a heartbeat.

Yet since the feature week is about authors with books featuring submission and domination, I thought perhaps that might be a good place to start my post. My book, On His Knees, was the first book I’ve written that was fully focused on a couple’s relationship with BDSM elements mixed in. Since it was a contemporary, it was also something different from the historical westerns I write.

OHK is a very personal book for me, it has elements from my own life in it. Although heroines usually have a flavor or two from the author, Renny has much in common with me emotionally and physically. She has suffered from low self-esteem most of her life, and never quite felt comfortable with who she is, until her husband divorces her after ten years of marriage. Then, and only then, does Renny come out of the darkness of her own emotions and find out who she really is.

Strength is something hard to find for a woman used to being meek or invisible. Renny not only spends a year discovering herself, she finds that inner well of strength that all of us have. It’s an incredibly powerful moment when she faces down a burglar in her house in only her panties. Truly, she becomes a warrior and takes down her enemy.

The enemy, of course, turns out to be her ex-husband, Nick. The story of the rest of their lives begins at that moment. Renny becomes a dominant personality, what she was meant to be, when Nick reveals his submissive side. Their relationship before that moment had been stale for so long, they forgot how to live.

OHK is by far the most surprising story I’ve written. In fact, when I sent it to my editor, she said as she was reading she kept thinking “Beth wrote this??”. LOL. I like to surprise people and the emotion, the incredibly hot sex, and the relationship that blossoms between Renny and Nick all came together and surprised me. I’ve had male readers write to me to let me know they love the female dominant and loved reading OHK.

I’ve put a touch of the dominant and submissive in other books, including The Education of Madeline, an historical western, where a strong woman gives control in the bedroom to a man, and the results are guaranteed to set the pages on fire.

I enjoyed writing OHK and am currently working on the second in the Private Lives series for Samhain. In this book, again about a couple in a troubled relationship, a woman bored in the bedroom finds her meek husband is actually a dominant. Together they find the dominant and submissive relationship is where they should have been all along. I think perhaps the third and final book will have another female dominant, just because I enjoyed Renny so much. :)

I’d love to find out from y’all what you find most appealing about reading a book with BDSM. Is it the departure from your own life? An extension of your deepest fantasies? Or maybe an extension of the lifestyle you already lead?

Read an excerpt from On His Knees here, and an additional excerpt here

Check out more from Beth Williamson at her website, on her blog, on Facebook, at Brava Publishing, and After Midnight Fantasies. You can buy her books at many booksellers, Amazon, and MBaM, and in 2010 make sure you look for her new series written as Emma Lang!

I want to thank Beth so much for agreeing to be my guest this week. On His Knees is a great way to start the Submit to Your Desires event, because this story like all of the ones that will be featured, is not necessarily about the lifestyle, but how it works within the relationship and fulfills their desires.

Now for the giveaway...Beth is giving away (1) download of On His Knees (is only available as an ebook) to a very lucky winner. All you have to do to enter to win is answer the question(s) Beth posed in her post.

And don't forget you can earn 5 extra entries to win Lilli Fiesty's book Bound to Please by blogging about Beth's guest post & giveaway at Seductive Musings. See the Monday's Muse post this week for specifics on how to gain these entries.

Rules and disclaimers:

  • This contest is open everyone. Ebooks can be read on your computer, on your Kindle, Sony ereader, other types of readers, iphones...
  • The contest will end Saturday August 1st at 11:59 pm EST and the winner will be contacted via email on Sunday August 2, 2009
  • Winner will be selected using
  • The winner will have THREE days from the date they are contacted to provide the file type you wish to read. If you do not respond within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be e-mailed directly from the publisher or author and no substitutions are allowed
  • Seductive Musings is not responsible for prizes that are not honored, distributed in a timely manner, lost, stolen, or damaged during transit
  • All giveaways are subject to change/cancellation without prior written notice

Good Luck!!!


Mary G July 27, 2009 at 9:32 AM  

Hi Beth
Yes BDSM used to have that "ick" factor with me. I've read books by Beth Kery, Shayla Black & Maya Banks that have changed that. In all the books I've read the relationships are loving & equal in terms of people getting what they want out of the relationship.
I also read somewhere that it's the submissive that really has the power because they decide the limits. Interesting concept.

Blanche July 27, 2009 at 9:54 AM  

Hi Beth!!

I love On His Knees!! (please don't enter me since I already have this one!!)

As for BDSM, for me it is a very fine line!! I love to read and I'll read almost anything atleast once but to be honest I've read some BDSM stuff that makes me very uncomfortable. Light BDSM is ok but I just don't get some of it. I don't like when I read where a sub is being led around naked on a leash in front of everyone or when a Master tells his sub to go and take care of so and so in front of all of them. Even though it is consensual between the sub/master, to me is still feels strange!

I hope that all made sense! LOL

Lea July 27, 2009 at 10:58 AM  

Hi Beth:

Wonderful post and discussion. I previously was very uncomfortable with BDSM themed books but through finding authors and reading work that develops a loving relationship within that contest. I've come to understand it more and grown to look forward to the reads crafted by certain authors.

It has been a growth experience.

Thank you for sharing your insight.

Best to you.

Carrie: I pimped you contest in my sidebar over at closetwriter and also mentioned it in my Monday morning post.

Great line up and theme this week Carrie!


amy July 27, 2009 at 11:28 AM  

Great interview! I do like BDSM. For me, it is a good way to escape into my own little world for a while. :) I love it when the man is very much in love with the woman and it is an enjoyable experience for both. No corersion or forcing him/her to do something they are not comfortable with. No game playing, just a true relationship.

Amy M

Cathy M July 27, 2009 at 11:31 AM  

Hi Beth,

BDSM is light years away from what I have experienced in my life, but I love the dynamics of a dom/sub couple, who push their desires to the edge out of trust and love.

I tend to steer away from stories that focus too much on the violent aspects of the life style, when it's all about power and pain. But when written into a well crafted love story, the give and take of the lifestyle, can definitely make for some great fantasy material.

On His Knees is already on my wish list,(because I always pick up your western stories), and after reading this post and the excerpt I can't wait to read it.


Armenia July 27, 2009 at 11:59 AM  

Hi Beth,

I really enjoyed THE REDEMPTION OF MICAH. And now I have to get the first book in that series, Madeline's story.

I am amazed when I read elements of BDSM in books. Its not a part of my lifestyle and I find it a little scary, but truly fascinating.

Both excerpts to OHK were great. I want to find out what Renny does to Nick and if they get their HEA.

Armenia July 27, 2009 at 12:01 PM  

Sorry, forgot my email

armiefox at yahoo dot com

Beth Williamson July 27, 2009 at 12:43 PM  

Sounds a lot like what I experienced. I think the whole BDSM aspect has been portrayed pretty badly in a lot of movies and TV. Although there have been some shows, like Lady Heather on CSI, that did it tastefully.
I think everyone should take a chance and reading a well done story, definitely one of the ladies being featured this week because they are all phenomenal. I'm a little fish in that big pond for sure!
Ya never know what might happen when you try something new. ;)

joder July 27, 2009 at 2:04 PM  

If written well, BDSM books show a way for couples to be even closer together. It brings strength to a character that's normally weak and puts both partners on a level playing field. I like reading about things outside my comfort zone and things I'd probably never do. Living vicariously is a good thing.

joderjo402 AT gmail DOT com

Estella July 27, 2009 at 5:15 PM  

I enjoy books with BDSM because it is a departure from my lifestyle.

LighthouseSandy July 27, 2009 at 6:43 PM  

I can't say that BDSM appeals to me yet. It's definitely something that's a departure from the lifestyle I'm comfortable with. But I keep reading it when I can to learn more, and when I find a well-written BDSM book, I find I don't have as difficult a time with as I do in other books. I have yet to read one of yours, Beth, and from reading your Malloy family westerns, I have a feeling I will like yours.

Beth Williamson July 27, 2009 at 7:31 PM  

Living vicariously is a very good thing. :)
I enjoy reading simply for the reason it allows you to step outside yourself.

Tracy July 27, 2009 at 7:56 PM  

I love a BDSM book where the woman is the dom, and the man is the sub! However, it must be done in a loving, consensual, and respectful way. This is a difficult balance to achieve. Too many BDSM books are about subs on leashes, and sharing partners, etc. Thanks for the giveaway.

Caffey July 27, 2009 at 10:50 PM  

Hi Beth!!! I have this one waiting for me to read! I'm recalling this book and wondering if this was a re-written or expanded from when it was out originally Beth?

I remember when I first read BDSM themes and it was in the book and I wasn't aware of the theme too much then. For me, I enjoy so much variety in what I read and it doesn't necessarily match to what I personally enjoy but more so of what I enjoy reading in the various relationships and what builds on that. It being BDSM or not. So for me, I accept the various lifestyles that the story tells and enjoy so much reading about them and getting caught up emotionally with them. There's really no way for me to read and enjoy the stories without that understanding I get. And I love how you include that growth of the relationships in your books Beth! I think the other most I get from my reading as such is the opening more of the communication!

(Don't put me in for this contest, I haven't miss any of Beth's ebooks).

MoziEsmé July 28, 2009 at 2:30 AM  

I've never read it and am not sure that I would like it... :)

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Beth Williamson July 28, 2009 at 6:10 AM  

No leashes in this book Tracy. Promise. :)

Caffey! *hugs* No, it's not been expanded just edited really, really well. ;) Thanks doll - you are such a sweetie!

And remember, you never know what you're missing until you try it, right janemartiz?

flchen1 July 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM  

Hi, Beth!

I'm intrigued by your story! I love second-chance type stories--Renny and Nick sound like quite the couple!

As for what I find most appealing about reading a book with BDSM, it's mainly a chance to take a bit of a walk on the wild side :) It isn't something I've tried (yet ;)), but I love how books give us a chance to learn and explore without risk.

Thanks for sharing!


Anonymous,  July 29, 2009 at 7:08 PM  

Hi Beth, Great interview!

I haven't really read BDSM. I had picked up a title or two and they just were not for me. I do notice alot of authors are going in that direction. I realize what I read doesn't count for all out there and so thought I'd be open to it.

Pam S

Cheryl McInnis July 29, 2009 at 7:28 PM  

I just started reading BDSM romances a few years ago. I had always been hesitant to try them because I had a picture in my head of them being like really cheesy dirty movies. I was pleasantly surprised to find that BDSM works really well in a romance, maybe because of the trust and emotions involved? Although I'm not sure if I want to try out that whole lifestyle, reading about it has certainly spiced up my love life ;- )

Rhonda July 31, 2009 at 9:33 PM  

Hi Beth, I love your books.

BDSM is a departure from my life, so that is why I like to read about it, as long as it doesn't get too heavy.

Penny August 1, 2009 at 12:13 PM  

I have never ready any of your books but I am going to start now.

Beth Williamson August 3, 2009 at 8:46 AM  

Thanks for coming out and giving me a chance, y'all. I appreciate it!

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