Guest Author: Tymber Dalton featuring The Reluctant Dom & Domme by Default

Saturday, August 1

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Today's special guest is Tymber Dalton featuring The Reluctant Dom. The Reluctant Dom is one of those very special books that receives notice due to word of mouth, in spite of it's being released with a smaller online e-publisher.

I first heard about this book when it was released as an e-book back in June of this year. There was a member in one of the Yahoo groups that I belong to who could not stop singing the praises for this book, but I was hesitant about it simply because of the subject matter. At the time I was still a little bit wary of books dealing with BDSM (was it only just a few short months ago?) She convinced more and more of the members to try this book, and one by one over the course of the last several months they would come back online after reading it saying how much they loved it, how they were moved to tears, and finally offering challenges to friends who had not read it to give it a try and dare them not to cry while reading it.

By this time I had already read Wicked Ties, and Sweet Persuasion and decided that I would give this new to me author a try after hearing so many good things about it, after all nothing is better than a recommended read from someone you trust and has similar reading tastes. So I downloaded it, and was very excited to start it. Now I have to say after hearing about this book for months, I knew the general plot of the book and that one of the main characters would die. I thought I was prepared for this eventuality, but let me tell you...when the time came I cried buckets of tears.

While this book has elements of BDSM, for me it's not what the story was really about, but a way to bring Kaden, Seth, and Leah closer together. Because the real story of The Reluctant Dom was the love and friendship between these three main characters. Words cannot even begin to describe the emotional connection that I made with this book. It was heart wrenching and touching, and at all times intense. Most of the story focuses on the friendship between Seth and Kaden, not in a M/M love relationship, but a long standing brotherly friendship. I was surprised by this the most, and unlike the majority of romances this story is told from Seth's perspective, not Leah's. An unusual choice, but all the more powerful because of it.

The Reluctant Dom is by far the most emotional story I've read that is being featured this week. I strongly caution you not to read this book in a public setting, or if you are PMS'ing (as I was), unless you are normally not a very emotional person, or are a very pretty cryer, or don't mind people asking you "Who died?", to which you would be forced to reply through choking heaving sobs "Kaden's dying....". Once you read Tymber's interview I think you will see why The Reluctant Dom is such a powerful and emotional read. I can't recommend this book highly enough. I know from some of the comments made this week that the majority of you will not have heard of this author, or read this book, but I can tell you that if you haven't then you are definitely missing out on some great reads!

How can you refuse when a dying friend asks you for the biggest favor of all?

Love hurts...if you're lucky.

Kaden knows he's dying, but before he goes, he has one problem he needs to solve - he must ask his oldest friend Seth to take over as his beloved wife's Dom and Master after his death. Seth has always seen himself as the perpetual screw-up and Kaden as the strong and steady one, so his friend's request rocks his world.

Now Seth finds himself immersed in a role he's far from comfortable with: inflicting pain to provide emotional comfort for the woman he's secretly loved for years. Can he deal with his crushing grief and learn the skills he must master in time to become THE RELUCTANT DOM?

Kinky never looked so normal.

What would you do for love? One woman's love for her husband is tested by her desire to make his deepest desires come true.

When a wife is faced with the question of what she is wiling to do for love, her answer is…anything. She sets aside her own inhibitions to fulfill her husband’s wildest fantasies.

But at what cost to her peace of mind?


Welcome to Seductive Musings Tymber. Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Thank you for having me! I'm flattered to be here! First of all, I want to send a HUGE shout out and MEGA thank you to my readers! Seriously, no b.s., you guys are the reason I can keep doing this, and I'm honored that you trust me with your time and your dollars when you buy my books. And I promise I'll do my best to try to never let you down.

About me - I'm a snarky fifth-generation native Floridian of the species "Taurean ballbusterous eroticus authorus." We're a rare, sedentary cave-dwelling species that thrives on coffee, very dark chocolate, and Air Supply set to repeat track on the MP3 player when very busy! *G*

I'm also married to the World's Best Husband (we celebrate twelve years of marriage on 8/2) and I have a thirteen year-old son who has apparently mutated into a different species since puberty hit, but I love him regardless. And he's a fantastic wheelchair athlete. (My book Cross Country Chaos was based on a real-life trip I took with him.) I have six dogs, a cat with major personality issues, two birds, and at last count two hermit crabs.

Oh, I've never seen real snow. (That claim to fame might end up on my tombstone, if I'm lucky! *LOL*)

You write as both Tymber Dalton and Lesli Richardson tell us what types of books are written under each name?

Tymber is a wild child. *G* She writes all the stuff that when I ask my best friend, "Is that too racy?" she says, "Hell, no! Write it! Write it right now!" LOL! (I should mention she is an editor and she reviews erotica, so it's hard to make her blush. *LOL*) In retrospect, I would have either written everything under one pen name or I would have just used my real name for everything. I had picked a pen name because even though my husband was cool with what I write, I wasn't sure if people he worked with would be, and I thought three years from his retirement, why risk it? LOL! But the funny thing is, the people he works with, they're like, "Where can we buy 'Tymber's' books?" LOL! But man, it's double the promotion. I still have people who say, "I didn't know you write as Lesli too!"

Lesli writes the tamer stuff, although my shape-shifter series at Amira Press and my demons from Good Will Ghost Hunting are pretty racy. LOL Lesli writes stuff you mostly can let your mom know you're reading. (Lesli writes the stuff I can admit to MY mom I'm writing! LOL)

My mom knows I write as Tymber, but it's funny. She'll likely never read those books, but I caught her once whispering to someone, "Oh, yes, it's spelled T-Y-M-B-E-R and they're THOSE kinds of books, but she's good. Go check her out." ROTFL! So she's proud of me even if she won't read some of them.

Why did you decide to become a romance writer?

I'm a romance writer? Aw, crap! Why didn't anyone tell me! *LOL* (Sorry! *G* There was a recent article somewhere about the "shame" romance writers feel - I don't feel any shame, it pays my bills! LOL! I'm proud to say I write books that make people pant! LOL)

I've been writing since before high school. I always knew I wanted to be "an author." That was always my dream. I spent a lot of time between then and now working on my craft, honing my skills, both through workshop participation, some of that at the Internet Writing Workshop (all writers should do at least three months there, it will greatly improve your self-editing skills!) and as a non-fiction writer. Writing non-fiction really helps hone important skills, like producing copy on a tight deadline and critical self-editing skills a lot of newer writers need help with. This isn't just a hobby or part-time gig for me, this IS my "evil day job." LOL And I treat it like one. I have to sit down and be writing or editing or promoting from when I wake up to when I go to bed. Writing is the EASY part, it's the other stuff that's hard work.

Actually, I write in a wide variety of genres, but those pesky characters keep falling in love. LOL! Seriously though, some of my works aren't technically romance (Out of the Darkness is a very "Stephen King-esque" paranormal thriller, and I've got three different mystery series wips I haven't had time to fully develop yet) but I do keep ending up there a goodly chunk of the time. I follow my characters and the stories they tell me. I "see" my books in my head, like a movie, and I write what I see. I don't sit there agonizing over every little word - that's what my editing process is for.

When I'm writing, I'm blazing to keep up with the characters as they go about their business and show me the story. I caught flack from a (relatively) few for "Love Slave for Two" because the guys didn't nail the girl in chapter one, but considering it hit #1 on Amazon Kindle for erotica, and it was #1 at my publisher's site (Siren-BookStrand) and #1 in romance at Mobi for a while, I guess I don't need to apologize for that after all. LOL! I'm not saying my way of writing is the best or only way - it's just the best way for ME to write the stories I write. I hook into the characters, I've been known to talk to myself and work on dialogue in the shower or while driving, it's a very visual/audible process for me. I use music extensively to "soundtrack" my books while I'm working. It's not uncommon for me to set "repeat track" on one song for a scene or even for a goodly chunk of a book. I try to step into my characters' brains and write from their point of view as much as possible. I don't extensively outline either, which gives them the flexibility to do what they need to do as a character and still (hopefully) get my story where I want it to go.

When creating this series what came first for you, an idea for the plots, or were the characters your muse? Tell us the concept for how The Reluctant Dom and Domme by Default were created?

Let me start with TRD, because frankly, that's the book I'm most proud of out of all my books. A little backstory - my grandmother, who was like a second mother to me, had her first heart attack around the first of December in 2007, refused a triple bypass. So from that point on, it was a waiting game for us. She died in May of 2008, the day before my birthday (which fell on Mother's Day that year). I literally sat at my computer and wrote for about three weeks solid. The first was a very dark book in my Brimstone vampire series (I sat down to write one scene, and a week and 80k words later...). The second was "Love Slave for Two" and took about a week and a half to write the first draft. I call that my recovery book because while emotional, it was fun to write. I really couldn't grieve the way I thought I would, I found I could cry in tiny little jags on my own, but unless I was writing, it was like I was afraid to break down and cry because I didn't know if I'd ever stop. So instead I sat and worked for 18-20 hours a day, on average. (I'm a speed typist with a caffeine addiction. LOL)

Flash forward to November of 2008. We were approaching the first holidays without my grandmother and...I admit I self-medicate with writing. I don't "write for a living." I'm a writer. It's who I am. It's my love, my passion, my hobby. It's my favorite pasttime and even when I wasn't getting paid for my fiction, I still snuck it in when I had a chance to take time away from my "paying" non-fiction writing (before I started getting paid for my fiction, of course). I had been working on "Domme by Default" and this idea for a story came to mind of a guy dealing with his lifelong friend dying and asking him to do this for him. The idea scared me, because I knew it was going to be really tough emotionally to write. And it was. I didn't pull any punches. That's why the book was mostly from Seth's POV, because I WAS Seth. I spent six months waiting for that day I didn't want to come. And even when that day DID come, it was still a huge shock to the system because you just cannot prepare for it no matter how much you try. And now my grandfather, bless his heart, she died a week before their 65th anniversary. So now he's going around trying to put everything in order, give stuff away, and while it makes sense to him and we pretend it's okay with us, it's killing us inside at the same time.

It wasn't until after I got the first draft of TRD finished (three weeks, give or take) that a good friend of mine who is a Dom and who advised me extensively on technical issues (as well as vetted the final ms of both stories for me) told me that he knew of a real-life couple that went through a similar situation a couple of decades ago. I've since been contacted by people in the lifestyle who said yeah, I got it dead-on right, including a lifestyle slave who said she went through a similar situation as the heroine, Leah, in her youth, and her Master and her Master's friend (also a Master) have an agreement that if one of them dies, the other will take care of the deceased one's slave.

Not to get on the soapbox, but there's a HUGE misconception by a lot of "vanilla" people about people who are into BDSM. There's no one size fits all. No two people practice BDSM (or any incarnation of it) in the same way, and that I've had lifestyle people tell me yes, I got it right, is a huge validation for me. Because I really strive to get things right, or as right as I can get them, when writing about a topic. There's also another irony out there that even in the lifestyle you'll get factions of people who practice one flavor of BDSM or another who look down on others who "don't do it right." WTF? LOL Another friend of mine who's a Dom, he told me the funniest thing is to sit back and watch some "purist" try to have an argument with someone, either in real life or online, when the truth is you can be "into" BDSM and just enjoy it every so often in the bedroom, or it can be a 24/7 way of life for you, you can be a total pain slut or you can just be a service-oriented submissive, and it's still the "right" way. As long as everyone involved is a consenting human adult, then that's all that matters. And another common misconception is that everyone into BDSM is broken in some way. That's not it at all. Some are, some aren't. Some are just naturally kinky, some found one aspect they liked and maybe they broadened their horizons along the way. Again, just like in the vanilla population, there's a flavor for every story and every person, there's no one size fits all.

Back to the act of writing it, TRD was one of the few stories I didn't jump around while writing, I wrote it pretty much from the first chapter to the last sentence, in order. That's very unusual for me. Usually I write scenes as they come to me and then I fill in as I go if there's anything missing. And it was...gutwrenching. My poor husband walked out to the living room one night about 3 a.m. and found me sobbing over my laptop. He said, "Reluctant Dom?" I just nodded and he turned around and went back to bed. LOL It hurt to write this book, but I really think it's a better book than if I'd tried to sugar-coat any of it. My editor joked she wanted an alien abduction or Dallas ending, at least for her own use so she could quit crying. LOL I would shoot her excerpts every morning with the first words in the subject line, "No Mascara." LOL We called it the "no mascara" edit.

And I don't want to come off sounding totally narcissistic when I talk like that, I just don't know of any other way to explain it. It was cathartic, I worked out a LOT of grief with that book. It finally gave me the outlet to safely process and cry and work through some of what I couldn't when my grandmother died. And I find I'm still doing that with my books, when there's an emotional scene, it's like I can really process and cry and it's safe to do it. I know that sounds weird but I guess it's cheaper than therapy. LOL (And hopefully it pays for itself! LOL)

Back to DBD...that one was already in the works when I got the idea for TRD and pitched it to my editor. (For those who've been asking, yes, Tony WILL get his own story, and Tony is a fictionalized homage to a very dear friend and mentor. LOL) That's a's a personal story, in some ways. The characters came to life and again, they took me along for the ride. I could really relate to the struggles they went through, the trust issues, the leap of faith it took for them to trust each other. Trust is a huge thing and it's one thing a lot of vanilla people don't understand about those kinds of relationships. The research I did for that story (which led to TRD as well) put me in touch with an amazing group of people I never would have known before, has given me a fantastic group of new friends, and it really opened my eyes in a lot of ways I never imagined. I've always prided myself on being open-minded, but the people I met through this process challenged that in some ways -- good ways -- and even more than ever now I'm convinced you cannot judge a person by appearances. I joke about a friend of mine that he's the sweetest sadist you'd ever hope to meet, and it's the truth. BDSM isn't the whole of a person, and I'm glad that my writing led me to new territories and increased my circle of friends because I never would have met them before, and I would have had a buttload of preconceived notions I might never have tossed out the window had I not met them.

Both of these books are categorized as erotic romance. What do you think makes a great love scene, especially while incorporating BDSM elements?

The characters and their emotions. Some books I read, it's like playing Twister in my head to figure out which tab is going in which slot, especially in a menage. LOL I don't like CSI or slurpy love scenes. I want to know what the characters are doing. I know HOW they're doing it, and yes, tell me that enough to keep me from getting lost in the scene, but more importantly, tell me why and what they're feeling in the process. So that's how I try to write my scenes. And I don't slap a love scene everywhere I can. There's no set formula. I've had "closed door" scenes in erotica before, because not every segue needs to include a good, hard butt-slapping boink. LOL

I mean, I know BDSM doesn't do it for some readers and that's fine, to each their own, there's nothing wrong with that at all. But for those who understand the lifestyle, they can totally relate to Leah's reactions and how when Kaden and Seth simply change how they speak to her it can put her into a headspace that's totally different. Or the mental struggle "him" went through when he finally made the decision to take matters into his own hands to give "her" what she truly needed, not just what he wanted to give her. And it's those kind of subtleties I try to capture. Not just in my BDSM stories, but in every story I write. My characters won't always behave romantically, because they're "real" in a way. They might act like jerks or do stupid things or stomp their feet and pitch tantrums. But that's because in real life, people do that. They don't have carbon copy sex. LOL

Most romance novels tend to be told from the heroine’s, or female lead of the story, perspective. However, in The Reluctant Dom the story really revolves around Seth and his emotions and reactions to the situation he finds himself in instead of Leah’s, the female character. Despite this unorthodox choice I think the reader becomes more emotionally ensconced in the story, than they would have if it would have been told from Leah’s perspective. Why did you decide to write this story from an outsider to the BDSM relationship’s point of view?

As I mentioned earlier, I was Seth, in a way. I totally related to his story and his emotions. And in a way, while Kaden and Seth are not romantically involved, they DO love each other. That's the running joke of, "I love you, still not doing you." It's a "bromance" in a way, it's a man dealing with losing his best friend, a man he's loved more than a brother for over 40 years, and dealing with all the related issues. Also, let's face it, Leah doesn't process emotions the way a lot of people do. (And her story is another based on true life instance, where there are people like that.) To try to tell the story from her point of view would have on the one hand been even more gut-wrenching, but on the other, I think there would have been people who would have hated her for her love for Seth. They would have thought dammit, your husband is dying, you selfish bitch. And that wasn't the case at all. Seen through Seth's eyes, the truth is known, and it makes it easier to explain his reactions to what happens. It also makes Kaden a more enigmatic figure, which of course, he really is to Seth in many ways. And that's by Kaden's choice.

I thought there were some very interesting choices made to tell the Domme by Default story: (a) was the choice to tell the story in the first person narrative, (b) that the chapters alternate between “his” and “her” perspectives of the same events as the story unfolds, (c) that the D in the D/s relationship was the wife and not the husband which is more typical, and (d) the characters didn’t have names but just referred to each other as “husband” and “wife”. Why did you decide to write it this way and what were some of the reasons behind these choices?

(a) I wanted to write a story that people could relate to in a way they might not normally. I wanted the reader to see what was going on in the characters' heads without the interference of point of view limitations. And frankly, I didn't realize at the time that some readers don't like first person narrative. I enjoy first person, especially authors like James Lee Burke, so it's a natural feeling for me to write in that pov. (And I think all writers should be required to read JLB, because he's a master of his craft. LOL)

(b)The chapters alternate because like life, we don't know what's going on inside someone else's head. To me, for this particular story, 3rd person pov would have felt wrong to me. I wanted the reader to see the story from the inside out, from both sides, without author voice interference. To show what is topping from the bottom to one partner is seen as loving suggestion from the other, and that's not something easily shown in 3rd person.

(c)Oh, Femdom is WAY more popular than people outside the lifestyle know about. For one thing, it's an ego issue. A submissive guy has to deal with the same kinds of issues the husband in DBD dealt with, worry about the woman's acceptance of the situation, peer pressure, societal "norms" to conform to, etc. The problem is, submissive men are seen as "less than" by a lot of people, ironically by even some people in the lifestyle (although fortunately not to the extent the vanilla population sees them that way). I wanted to show that just because a man is submissive, it doesn't make him a wimp. I've talked to a lot of submissive men, and frankly? What woman in her right mind WOUDLN'T want a guy who would do her bidding? How many women have complained their hubby didn't open doors when they see another guy doing it? (How many guys complain about another guy who makes him "look bad" to his wife, hmm? What a double standard we have...)

Submissive men are a pretty brave lot, ironically. It takes a metaphorically HUGE set of huevos to trust the woman in your life in that way. Women are conditioned (and no I'm not trying to turn this into a feminist debate, so please don't take it that way) to accept it's okay to be strong and independent and yet still be a wife and be taken care of. Yes, we have the right to be strong and independent, but it's okay to go home to our husband. We're allowed to do that without question by most of the population. We have the luxury of being able to have that dichotomy. But guys generally don't. I have nothing but the utmost respect for submissive men (and women too, not meaning to sound like I don't), and while this wasn't an overt attempt to blast away at a stereotype, I'm not ashamed to say that I'm glad it also has that effect. Another irony is that these men are sometimes belittled for the fact that while they might be total Alpha men and dominant in all other areas of their life, they trust the woman in their life so much that they are willing to give themselves to her. I mean, if that's not the epitome of a romantic ideal, what is? He would still kill and die for her, still protect her, still put himself in harm's way for her, still sweep her off her feet onto the white steed, but he'd also paint her toenails and do the dishes all as part of serving her to make her happy.

Hmm, marry a jerk who doesn't give a patooty about your needs, or marry a guy who will give you everything he is and be what you need him to be. Hmmm... I'll pick the sub-hub every time. LOL The funny thing is, a lot of my friends, when they realized the reality of a submissive man is totally different than the stereotype they had in their mind, they were totally on board with the concept. And let's face it, you've got a guy who maybe he's in charge at work, spends all day making decisions and giving orders, maybe the last thing he wants to do when he gets home is be in charge there, too. I've talked to men who are high up in the ranks in the military who are submissive at home, men who spent decades in successful, high-stress careers, law enforcement -- you name it. But again, the dynamic comes down to trust. That's the most basic tenet of any BDSM relationship regardless of whether or not it involves S&M or not. Frankly, many people in BDSM DON'T practice any form of "pain play." Some are in it simply for the relationship dynamics. Again, there are as many flavors to BDSM as there are people in it.

(d)Again it came back to they really didn't have names in my head while I was writing. I hit my editor up during the process and said, um, is this really going to be a problem and she was totally supportive and agreed it actually gave the story a level of depth it might not have achieved had I tried to fit "Bob" and "Sue" into those roles. Ironically, I WAS halfwy through the story when I realized I hadn't named them. LOL They can be anyone, because they are anyone. Next time you see a guy wearing an odd-looking necklace, you might wonder what's really going on. The guy you see opening and closing doors for his wife all the time...maybe there's more to it. We joke about guys who are "henpecked" and that's in some cases certainly a less healthy form of a FLR (female led relationship) but it's the same principle.

What can readers look forward to in the near future?

I'm working on Tony's story (a recurring character in both TRD and DBD) for Lyrical Press; the third in my Good Will Ghost Hunting series (Lyrical); the prequel to "Love Slave for Two" is in the pipe at Siren-BookStrand and I'm working on book 3 (technically book 4 now lol) in that series; I'm about to enter final edits for Three Dog Night: Triple Trouble 3; I'm working on the third book in my Brimstone vampire series (Amira Press); and I have a couple of other wips I'm currently working on.

For someone who has not discovered either of these books yet, what would you say to a reader to convince them to buy it?

Wow. Um... I hope they keep an open mind. I had a reader write me that she normally didn't like first-person, but she loved Domme by Default, so that was good. As far as The Reluctant Dom goes... It's a love story. It's a story of a deep friendship, and what people who love each other will do to make the end as easy as possible on all involved when that luxury is present. It's about saying good-bye and and in some ways, it's about saying hello to new life and love. It's about healing and starting over and opening your heart. BDSM isn't what the story is about, although it plays a role.

And finally, just for fun…if you could write a “fortune” in a fortune cookie, what would it be?

This is a paraphrase of a quote I saw somewhere: Live your life so you slide into the grave old and worn out and yelling, "Whoo-hoo! What a great ride!"


**Bonus excerpt from The Reluctant Dom** (explicit excerpt must be 18 or older)

Seth awoke Sunday morning to bright daylight streaming through his window and hitting him in the face. He was surprised to see it was after eight. Leah hadn’t brought his coffee in yet, even though he smelled it brewing.

His TV was still on, too.

He got out of bed, used the bathroom, and shut off the Today show while Lester Holt was in the middle of talking to someone about innovative pet accessories.

Sudden, irrational fear flooded him. He hoped Leah wasn’t upset at him for not playing with them last night after class.

That’s stupid. She’s not yours to play with, dude. No matter what the two of them say. This should be Kade’s time with her.

It still disturbed him.

He walked out to the kitchen and didn’t look into the living room as he passed. He poured himself a mug of coffee, debated whether to shower or go jogging, finally opted for a shower. He could spend time swimming that afternoon. Frankly, it was probably too hot already for a good run. Dropping dead of heat stroke wouldn’t help anyone.

He turned to walk down the hall and froze as he passed the living room doorway.
Kaden was stretched out on the couch, reading the Sunday paper and dressed in shorts and a T-shirt.

Leah was…

Holy fuck!

She was…


Kaden had bound her to the sturdy coffee table.

Not on.


The rope harness formed intricate patterns around her torso. Her hands were bound behind her back, and she was trussed on her knees, ass in the air. Kaden had looped the rope around her legs in such a way that they were spread, leaving Seth staring at her open and defenseless shaved pussy. The rope was looped multiple times around her legs, forming another intricate pattern.

Seth’s jaw gaped.

Kaden looked up and reached for his coffee mug. “Oh, good morning.”
Seth stared.

Kaden took a sip of coffee, put his mug down, and went back to reading his paper.
Seth stared.

He didn’t know how long he stared, only that not only was his morning boner back with a passion, it was probably standing straight out in his boxers. He couldn’t bother looking. The sight of Leah tied to the table…

Holy fuck!

Seth slowly walked around the back of the couch. Kaden continued reading the paper, as if this was the most normal thing in the world. When Seth finally made it to the other end of the couch, where he could see Leah’s head, he realized she had a pillow beneath her and she lay with her left cheek against it, staring at him and Kaden. She was also gagged. When she caught Seth’s eye, she winked.

Holy freaking fuck!

Kaden read the paper.

Seth swallowed hard. “Um.”

Kaden nodded. “Shibari. Also known as Kinbaku, depending on who you talk to.” He held up the rest of the paper, offered it to Seth, who numbly shook his head.

Kaden went back to reading the paper.

After more long, silent minutes, Seth managed to form vowels. “Is she…comfortable?”

Kaden didn’t look up from the paper. “Are you comfortable, sweetheart?”

Well, they obviously weren’t formal this morning.

She made a sign with her right hand. From this angle, Seth could also see the harness formed a sort of bra around her boobs, pushing them out in a way that didn’t help things on his end.

Kaden glanced over the top of his glasses at her hands. “She’s comfortable.”

He went back to reading the paper.

Seth stared. He wasn’t sure how long he stood there and stared. He was sure, however, that if Leah didn’t have the ball gag in her mouth she’d be smiling. He knew that playful look in her eyes.

Seth walked around the couch and sat at the end, near Leah’s head, staring at her. The knot work looked intricate, amazing.

That’s when he noticed the paramedic scissors and Leatherman tool for the first time. Kaden had laid them on the table, near Leah’s right knee.

“What are those for?” Seth hoarsely croaked.

Kaden looked to where Seth pointed. “Just in case. Never do rope bondage without them.”

He went back to his paper.

“How long are you leaving her like that?”

Kaden glanced at the cable box. “Another ten minutes. Then her torture starts.”
Seth thought Leah moaned but it wasn’t an oh, shit moan. It was an oh, goodie moan.


“Yeah. For being a little on the pushy side yesterday. She’s going to spend the day being tortured. Aren’t you, love?”

She definitely moaned that time.

Seth stared, realized he still held his coffee mug and that his hands were trembling. He set it on the coffee table near Leah’s head. Somehow that didn’t feel right, so he picked it up and moved it to the end table.

“Do I want to know how you’re going to torture her?”

“You should. You’ll find this very effective.” He lost himself in the paper again.

“Um, dude. Focus. What are you going to do to her?”

“Keep her on edge all day long, not let her come. Later tonight, if she’s a good girl,” that comment he directed at Leah, “I might let her have an orgasm. If she’s very good, I’ll let her have two.”

She moaned again.

Nope, definitely an oh goodie moan.

Seth could sympathize, because his dick throbbed in his pants.


Find out more about Tymber Dalton on her website as Tymber Dalton, and as Lesli Richardson, on Facebook, Myspace as Tymber and Lesli, her blog as Lesli, and Twitter

You can purchase her books as Tymber Dalton at Once Upon a Bookstore, Bookstrand, and She also writes as Lesli Richardson ( and has several books available under that name, including the Brimstone vampire series and two shape-shifter shorts from Amira Press, Cross Country Chaos from BookStrand, the Good Will Ghost Hunting Series and Out of the Darkness from Lyrical Press.

Thanks so much to Tymber for being my guest today. Retelling your inspiration for The Reluctant Dom brought tears to my eyes. For readers who don't like to, or can't read ebooks, you'll be happy to know that The Reluctant Dom has just been released in print!! You can purchase it @

Tymber has offered to give away a $5 gift certificate to Lyrical Press & a $5 gift certificate to Amira Press (both to one single winner) . All you have to do to win is leave a comment.

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

How to enter the Tymber Dalton giveaway:

  • To enter you must leave a meaningful comment

Rules and disclaimers:

  • This contest is open to anyone, as long as you are 18 or older
  • The contest will end Tuesday August 4th at 11:59 pm EST and the winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday August 5, 2009
  • Winner will be selected using
  • The winner will have THREE days from the date they are contacted to provide the requested information. 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 notice

Good Luck!!!

Join us tomorrow for another special guest, Opal Carew, and if you joined the party late and have not entered the giveaways for Beth Williamson, Shayla Black, or Beth Kery....hurry because they are ending soon!!!


Amy M,  August 1, 2009 at 9:22 AM  

WOW! I have just become a fan off the excerpt alone! This book sounds fantastic! Great interview.

Amy M

Sewicked August 1, 2009 at 9:51 AM  

Judging by the excerpt, the book does sound fantastic.

I am so sorry about the loss of your grandmother and yet glad that it gave you an opportunity to write such a fantastic story. It's good that you have such a great support, both husband and editor to let/help you get it out.

LottieP August 1, 2009 at 11:22 AM  

Tymber/Lesli I've been a fan of yours since I read Love Slave for Two. You are one of the few authors that I buy just on the strength of it being by either of your personas. Thanks for all the blood, sweat and tears that you and your family go through for us readers.

joder August 1, 2009 at 11:52 AM  

I really enjoy a well-written BDSM story and this definitely sounds like a winner! And congrats on your son's athleticism! I'm a quadraplegic and would love to get into more sports than just bowling, not sure what would work best for me though.

Penny August 1, 2009 at 11:52 AM  

I lok forward readung your books. They sound very interesting.

Lesli Richardson August 1, 2009 at 12:25 PM  

Amy M - Thank you so much, I'm glad you enjoyed it, hope you like the book!

Sewicked - Thank you, it was and still is rough, but time is helping a little. And I am very blessed with the world's best husband, and a fantastic editor I'm also proud to call my friend.

Charlotte (LottieP) - *blushing!* Thank you! I am really honored to have that distinction, and it's not one I take lightly. I promise to keep trying so I don't disappoint you.

joder - Thanks! He was born with spina bifida, and he's about an L2/3 or so, incomplete. If you haven't already, sign up for the website, they have a lot of great resources there. Depending on your level of ability, there are some sports like bocce ball, seated volleyball, and others. If you have some hand dexterity, you might want to look into a handcycle. Also, if you can, look into a Wii gaming system, they're amazing and have been using them for physical rehab in some facilities now. Even though it's a video game, you really get into it. My son loves his.

Penny - Thank you, and I hope you enjoy them!

ScorpJen1121 August 1, 2009 at 12:35 PM  

This looks really interesting. As someone whose recently started to get into such things, It sounds like an interesting read.

Cathy M August 1, 2009 at 1:36 PM  

Fascinating blog, Lesli. You had me tearing up at the excerpt on your website and laughing at the excerpt you posted here, love that. I look forward to reading your book.

lastnerve August 1, 2009 at 1:50 PM  

I know what it is like to have a grandmother that was like a mother. I still think about mine all the time and am sorry for your loss. That was an outstanding excerpt! I loved the interview!


Anonymous,  August 1, 2009 at 2:12 PM  

I just have to say I've had the opportunity to read the Reluctant Dom and it is one of the books out there that made me rthink my skeptisim of BDSM books. It is a heartfelt, emotional read, that had me balling in parts. A great read in which u really connect with the characters, especially Seth.

Pam S

Rhonda August 1, 2009 at 2:22 PM  

Sorry for the loss your grandmother, I miss mine everyday too. This was a great interview. I belong to the same group mentioned, but I'm sorry to say I have TRD but have not read it yet since my family has been going through some things and I know I will be crying my eyes out on this one. I just have to get to that place to be able to read it.


ccastano August 1, 2009 at 2:28 PM  

Amazing interview, amazing excerpt! I admit, I'm on that Yahoo group that has been raving, and I might be the only hold out to have not read TRD yet. Not because it doesn't sound wonderful, or the BDSM, because I'm very interested in the personal aspect of BDSM, but because I'm afraid to cry over Kaden, lol. I know I will!! After reading the Shibari excerpt though, I find myself looking into the abyss...and I'm jumping soon. Thanks for the awesome interview, both of you ;)

I loved that you went into the mental aspects and variety of BDSM, because that has interested me for some time Tymber, looking foward to reading this, when I've steeled myself for it, lol.

Lesli Richardson August 1, 2009 at 2:46 PM  

ScorpJen1121 - Thank you, and I hope you enjoy it!

Cathy M - Thanks! My poor editor, every time she reads a review and there's an excerpt, she says she tears up still. *LOL* I can't read certain sections without crying, and I wrote the book! *LOL* I did make a lot of use of humor though. Let's face it, life's inherently funny sometimes. *LOL*

Val (lastnerve) - Thank you. I think she would have been happy for me for this book even if she wouldn't have read it. *LOL*

Pam S (pams00) - Thank you for that, Pam. I appreciate it! I'm glad I was able to pull you into that world for a little while.

Rhonda - Thank you, and I can honestly say I STILL cry over sections of it, so yes, you probably will cry. *LOL*

ccastano - My editor, she REALLY tried to get me to write an alien abduction ending to TRD to save Kaden. *LOL* (Not seriously, she knew I'd say no, but she gave it the good ole college try. *LOL*) I hated it when I knew from the get-go he would be dying in the end, but with every ending there is a new beginning.


I'm really enjoying all these comments, please keep them coming, and feel free to ask me any questions about any of my books or writing or even BDSM if you want, I'll be around all day. Thanks!!


Mary G August 1, 2009 at 3:34 PM  

Hi Tymber
I read an excerpt yesterday so I'd be ready today & OMG I was hooked.
What an amazing premise for a story.Sorry about your grandmother. I lost mine 3 yrs ago & it doesn't matter how old you are or they are, you're never ready to let go.Your son sounds like an pretty amazing person.
Love the "no mascars edit"

Jess August 1, 2009 at 4:33 PM  

Ok excellent excerpt. I now must read this book please count me in for the giveaway which I really hope I win however I now also have a new author written down who I must look up if I should not win. Why do libraries not carry books like this???

LORETTA CANTON August 1, 2009 at 5:05 PM  


This was a Great Interview. I enjoyed it and learned something new.


Terri,  August 1, 2009 at 5:11 PM  

I, too, have been part of the forum and reading the raves about this book. It's on my want to buy list. Of course, then it goes on the to be read pile! I really need mroe hours in the day to read but it's not happening any time soon.

Tymber, you have a special book out there that has touched a lot of lives. I was surprised to see so many women bringing this book up time and time again. Each bringing something new and fresh to their opinions and willing to share with a group. Congratulations on a job very well done.


Alexa August 1, 2009 at 5:17 PM  

Both of your books sounds really good. I haven't read any of your books yet, but I definitely want to.


Armenia August 1, 2009 at 5:35 PM  

Lesli..that was an AMAZING interview. I have learned so much about BDSM this week (since I know so little about it). I loved the excerpt, and now, am fascinated and enthralled with TRD. I definitely need to read this book and make sure I don't wear any mascara.

armiefox at yahoo dot dom, I mean dot com

Kris August 1, 2009 at 7:14 PM  

Awesome excerpt! I have read Domme by Default and enjoyed it and meant to get The reluctant Dom, but forgot :( I also just got a Lesli Richardson book (have not read it yet) and did not realize that was you as well, cool.

Nicole Morgan August 1, 2009 at 7:35 PM  


First I love your name. I'm sure other people have told you that, but it's different, which makes it nice. Okay, sorry, first I have to say that All of your books sound amazing. I wasn't fortunate enough to know of your work too much until recently.

However, the one book that has been recommended to me time and time again is none other than the Reluctant Dom. I must admit though that I was hesitant to purchase it. Everyone tells me I will most certainly cry. I hate to cry, but I'm told that not only will I be glad that I read it but It will be worth the cost of the two boxes of kleenex I will go through.

So, with that being said, this morning I went to Amazon and purchased/downloaded it to my husband's iPod. He has the fancy touch, I only have the nano, so he's going to have to suffer without it for a while.

I am excited and scared at the same time to read it. But I trust the readers who assured me that I would be better off for having read it than not at all.

Thank you ~ Nicole

Lesli Richardson August 1, 2009 at 7:47 PM  

Mary G - Thank you, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I'm really proud of my son, he is an amazing kid. He never ceases to surprise me!

Jess - LOL! From your mouth to the library gods' ears! LOL!

LorettaC - Thank you, glad you enjoyed it!

Terri - I know I could use about 48 hours in every day. LOL! And thank you for the compliment, I'm glad it resonated with so many people.

Alexa - I hope you enjoy them when you do! :)

Armenia - LOL definitely no mascara! BDSM is a very complex subject, and a lot of people don't realize how much trust plays a role. I wanted to bring that across for people.

Kris - Yep, a lot of people don't know Lesli is me. *LOL* (Hint to all - I've got a kick-butt demon series with Lyrical, "Good Will Ghost Hunting," and a unique take on vampires with my Brimstone vampire series over at Amira Press. *LOL*)

Nicole - Thank you! It's a blessing...and a curse, for both pen names. *LOL* I can't count the number of times I've had to tell someone, "That's L-E-S-L-I-that's it, no E." or "It's T-Y-not I-M-B-E-R." LOL!) If it helps, you'll laugh pretty hard in places too. *LOL* I hope your husband doesn't mind sharing his iPod with you! *LOL*

Susan Helene Gottfried August 2, 2009 at 8:50 AM  

Hey ladies! I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail, Carrie. I've got this posted at Win a Book. Tymber, if we can help you spread the word about other promotion you're doing, drop us a line. We're here to be of service.

Lesli Richardson August 2, 2009 at 8:57 AM  

Thanks Susan! I am participating in the Two Lips Reviews scavenger hunt, both as Lesli and Tymber. And if the yahoo group people have mentioned (I don't know which one it is) wants me to come give a talk about any of my books or any topic, I'd be more than happy to oblige! (Or any group for that matter.)


Jane August 2, 2009 at 5:22 PM  

Happy Anniversary. Thanks for the great excerpt. Looking forward to reading your books.

janie1215 AT excite DOT com

Calila1988 August 2, 2009 at 7:52 PM  

wow just from the excerpt alone the books sounds great. look forward to reading it

flchen1 August 2, 2009 at 9:09 PM  

Tymber, I'm very glad to learn more about you and your writing--I've heard mention of your books before, but haven't had a chance to read them for myself. The buzz is all about how you've written a beautifully emotional story that really resonates with readers--I definitely enjoyed the excerpt!

conb00 August 2, 2009 at 11:57 PM  

Hi Lesli/ Tymber Wonderful interview can't wait to read the book Your one HOT author who keeps my attention when reading your books!!c(dot)barkowski(at)yahoo(dot)com

Kytaira August 3, 2009 at 12:56 AM  

You books sound wonderful! I really want TRD. It's been on my TBB list for awhile now. Knowing that Kaden is going to die just makes me want to cry already and I don't even own the book yet! I was glad to see that he's enigmatic. Maybe that will help me not get as emotionally attached to him.

lynda98662 at yahoo dot com

Lesli Richardson August 3, 2009 at 12:43 PM  

Jane - Thank you, and I appreciate it!

Calila1988 - I hope you enjoy it! :)

flchen1 - Thank you, and I hope you enjoy them. :)

conb00 - Wow! Thank you! *blushing*

Kytaira - Keep in mind despite the ending, it is still a "happy ever after" in many ways. :)

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