Monday's Muse & a Giveaway

Monday, July 27

***This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering!***

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This weeks muse wanted to give you a glimpse about what we will be featuring this week at Seductive Musings.

I thought I considered myself an an equal opportunity romance reader, or I used to until I realized that I routinely avoided books that mentioned they contained BDSM. I just could not fathom why someone would want to participate, nor experience this kind of lifestyle, therefore was not really interested in reading about it. But lately more and more of my favorite authors have been publishing books containing these elements. As a result I picked up a few not knowing they featured this, and I have to tell you that I was shocked and surprised that they were not at all what I thought they were going to be like. It wasn't necessarily about pain, degradation, and humiliation as I imagined it would be, but about power, control, desire, pleasure, and most importantly about trust in a loving relationship between the characters. So I invite you to explore a darker, sometimes forbidden, and often misunderstood facet of pleasure (not just physical, but emotional too).
The entire week is devoted to this subject, and it's many varying intensities. There is not one of these books that I read that I did not love, so if this is normally not your cup of tea, give these books a chance. I don't think you will be disappointed. We have an absolutely amazing group of authors to feature this week, and all have generously donated their time and are offering giveaways!
Here is the guest schedule for this week:
Monday 7/27: On His Knees by Beth Williamson & a giveaway

Tuesday 7/28: Wicked Ties by Shayla Black & a giveaway

Wednesday 7/29: Sweet Restraint by Beth Kery & a giveaway

Thursday 7/30: Sweet Persuasion by Maya Banks & a giveaway

Friday 7/31: Laid Bare by Lauren Dane & a giveaway

Saturday 8/1: The Reluctant Dom by Tymber Dalton & a giveaway

Sunday 8/2: Secret Ties by Opal Carew & a giveaway

...and as an added bonus Forever books has generously offered to giveaway 5 copies of Lilli Fiesty's highly praised novel Bound to Please. However, the only ways you can gain entries to win Bound to Please is by blogging in a post about this amazing lineup of guest authors this week, and by telling me what you think about this week's theme. See below for more details.

How to enter the Bound to Please giveaway:
  • Tell me what you think about this weeks theme, good for (1) entry
  • Each day you blog about the day's guest author, featured book, and giveaway you can earn 5 extra entries, for a possible total of 35 extra entries!
  • Just come back to THIS post (Monday's Muse 7/27/09) and leave me the link for each blog post and you earn 5 entries each time. But remember to leave your link on this post only, and not on the author's post!
  • Your comment MUST include your email address in order for you to be eligible
Rules and disclaimers for the Bound to Please giveaway:
  • This contest is open to residents of the U.S. or Canada only, and NO PO Boxes are allowed
  • The contest will end Monday August 3rd at 11:59 pm EST and winners will be contacted via email on Wednesday August 5, 2009
  • Winners will be selected using
  • All winners will have THREE days from the date they are contacted to provide your mailing address. If you do not respond within three days a replacement winner will be selected. NO EXCEPTIONS
  • The book(s) will be 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


Cathy M July 27, 2009 at 11:20 AM  

What an amazing list of authors. I love dark and edgey erotic romance and have something in my library from all of these authors, except for Tymber. Plus lots of new releases that I haven't had a chance to pick up yet, so I am really looking forward to learning more about these stories.


Armenia July 27, 2009 at 12:11 PM  

OMG Jennifer!! What an amazing week this will be with your lineup of authors and giveaways!! I'd love to know more about this week's subject. Count me in.

I am posting to my blog:

armiefox at yahoo dot com

Armenia July 27, 2009 at 12:13 PM  

That's amazing EYE CANDY. One HAWT Guy!! Great job, Jennifer

Estella July 27, 2009 at 5:18 PM  

I enjoy reading BDSM and these authors have some of the best stories.

Jenny N. July 27, 2009 at 6:36 PM  

I have read a few books of this genre and have enjoyed them and look forward to learning more about this week's featured authors.


Anonymous,  July 28, 2009 at 1:08 AM  

wow this great i love ertoic hot books great authors

thanks all

Shawna July 28, 2009 at 9:20 PM  

Shawna Lewis

Yep right up my ally thanks for the book giveaway!!

I LOVE this weeks theme Sexy and erotic with a tad bit of personal pleasure tied in to it!!

Bella July 28, 2009 at 11:47 PM  

Jennifer, I like this topic and I love these authors. I have to say that I am into the erotic side of things, the dominance and submission, and some bondage, but stories that go too far, or involve humiliation, are a total turnoff. That's not what these authors are about.

Thanks for highlighting these books, interviewing these awesome authors, and the contests!


jwx4 July 29, 2009 at 1:27 PM  

I like this weeks theme. I will admit that I don't have a whole lot of experience with bdsm books. However these authors seem to be writing about this subject from a mutualy pleasureable aspect. I say bring on the rope.

Anonymous,  July 29, 2009 at 6:55 PM  

Wow you have a great list lined up and I am a little late making it in. Have been swamped! I have been skeptical about BDSM novels as well, but Lillian's book as well as some of the others you have lined up intrigue me. I also have to take into consideration the other greats works the authors in line up have come up with and your positive feedback (you feature some good stuff here that I've added to my wishlist :))!

Pam S

Anonymous,  July 29, 2009 at 7:11 PM  

I posted Beth Williamson's post and shared her giveaway on facebook:

Pam S

Anonymous,  July 29, 2009 at 7:20 PM  

I commmented on Shayla Black's giveaway and posted to my facebook:

Pam S

Anonymous,  July 29, 2009 at 7:31 PM  

I commmented on beth Kery's giveaway and posted to my facebook:

Pam S

Armenia July 30, 2009 at 3:04 PM  

I posted about Maya Banks giveaway at my blog:

Thanks for an awesome week. I am really enjoying your contest and the great authors you have invited to talk about BDSM. Learning lots, and expanding my mind. (new mantra) *giggle*

Anonymous,  July 31, 2009 at 12:06 PM  

I really like this weeks theme.A great list of authors,Many of them new to me.I loved all the blog posts this week.
please enter me in the giveaway for bound to please.

Anonymous,  July 31, 2009 at 1:00 PM  

I post about Maya Banks giveaway to my facebook:

Pam S

Anonymous,  July 31, 2009 at 1:01 PM  

I post about Lauren Dane giveaway to my facebook:

Pam S

Rhonda July 31, 2009 at 9:31 PM  

Awesome line up of authors!


Penny August 1, 2009 at 12:15 PM  

I have enjoyed reading about all the authors this week.

Anonymous,  August 1, 2009 at 2:14 PM  

I posted about Tymber Dalton's giveaway on my facebook:

Pam S

Armenia August 1, 2009 at 5:45 PM  

Can't help it. I am really enjoying this week and now just blown away by guest author Tymber Dalton. She is one funny lady and so amazed by that wonderful interview!!

Can't help myself and I don't know if I am doing this right...but I have to pimp her giveaway at my blog:

armiefox at yahoo dot dom, oh hell, I mean dot com

booklover1335 August 1, 2009 at 8:13 PM  

Thanks everyone for posting to your blogs, facebook, and just in general spreadin the word about these great books.

And yes Mistress Armenia you are doing it right :)

Armenia August 2, 2009 at 6:16 PM  

OOhHH, I LOVE it...Mistrss Armenia. Makes me want to buy some leather.

Thank you for a most enjoyable week and a GREAT contest!!! I've had so much fun. You did a fantastic job bringing us wonderful authors. Did I mention I loved the eye candy. Sorry, had to mention that again.*g*

I commented on Opal Carew's post and pimping her giveaway at my blog:

armiefox at yahoo dot com

Anonymous,  August 2, 2009 at 10:03 PM  

I posted Opal Crew's giveaway on my facebook:

Thanks so much for this week. I have learned alot here and am finding some reads I'd like to add to my list for sure ;).

Pam S

conb00 August 3, 2009 at 12:09 AM  

I just LOVE BDSM Books! thanks for everything I've learned about all the Authors and their wonderful books! oh! and the contest!!!

conb00 August 3, 2009 at 12:12 AM  

OOPS! here's my email c(dot)barkowski(at)yahoo(dot)com LOL!

Anonymous,  August 3, 2009 at 11:23 PM  

The theme is "intersting".
wandanamgreb (at) gmail (dot) com

マリアンナ August 6, 2009 at 8:14 AM  

"If I want to have an affair, or play sex games, or do M&M's, you can't stop me!" Damn straight. Never read anything like this, but I am game! Nice theme.


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