Guest Author & Giveaway: Sidney Bristol featuring Bound with Pearls

Wednesday, April 24

I have a birthday coming up in a few months.  I was born in June.  A Gemini, though I don't really believe in astrology.  What I do believe in however is my birthstone, which happens to be a pearl :)  Aren't pearls lovely?

My guest Sidney Bristol things pearls are pretty great too, which is why she centered her newest erotic romance, Bound with Pearls, around a strand of pearls that just happens to be a catalyst for her heroine to find her perfect happy ever after. Enjoy!


Thanks so much to the Seductive Musings team for hosting me! I’m touring around the blogosphere celebrating the release of the print version of my first Taboo line book from Ellora’s Cave titled, Bound with Pearls. It’s still a little surreal to see this book in print. It’s one I never thought I would write and I still can’t believe that it’s out there. People are reading it. And they like it! Or at least some do, and that’s fine by me.

As the cover and blurb suggest, this book lives on the kinkier side of things. . The Taboo line focuses on books with a strong BDSM or kink dynamic, and Bound with Pearls is firmly in that realm. The heroine and hero have a decidedly Dominant/submissive relationship. Daniel, the hero of this little tale, takes the alpha role a step farther in the bedroom, which is exactly what our heroine, Christine, is looking for in a man. Through the story, they discover who they are as a Dominant and submissive, but also who they are as individuals away from the kink. I wanted to write about real people, who just happen to be a little, or a lot, kinky.

I can hear you now: So what do pearls have to do with whips and chains and all that scary stuff?

The art department at Ellora’s Cave really did a fantastic job with this book cover. Can I just gush a moment about it? I love the contrast between the beautiful, classic pearls and the black leather cuffs and whip. It’s such a visual statement about the character’s relationship.

I’ve always loved pearls. I think it has something to do with that old country song with the line, “You wore blue jeans with your pearls/That’s when I knew you were my kind of girl.” My fascination with this gemstone has grown the older I’ve become. While I still wear them with jeans and a t-shirt, I appreciate them in a more classic kind of style. I love the retro, housewife image of a woman with her full skirt and a string of pearls. I might be guilty of owning several such strands. In varying colors and lengths.

Do you see a fascination here? Besides simply looking beautiful, there’s a lot of neat history behind pearls, such as…

Did you know pearls are the only gem that’s made by a living creature? Okay, so we can debate how alive an oyster or a mussel is, but it fits the basic parameters. There’s no other precious stone that’s made by something. Sure we can make some synthetically now, but not like the pearl. It’s a creation of life and the natural process.

Pearls take their coloration from the inside shell of the creature they’re “grown” inside. They can be white, gold, purple or black, all depending on the color of the shell! This is how we can get so many shades of beautiful, natural pearls. A little pigment is put inside of the oyster or mussel and out pops a pink, black or chocolate pearl.

Some of the earliest jewelry we’ve found, dating back to 520 BC, was made from pearls.

There are several historical occurrences of entire military campaigns being funded by selling a few pearl earrings. They’ve been that highly valued through history! Other rare stones that we value now are relatively babies in the gemstone world in comparison with the pearl.

I could go on, but you get the gist. Pearls are diverse. They’re a hardy gemstone and they’ve stood the test of time. They’re beautiful, classic and more than a little unique. I mean, no two are the same. They’re as individual as your fingerprint.

I’d like to think that the characters in Bound with Pearls emulate some of those characteristics. Their kinky lifestyle can be beautiful or hard, they’re both unique individuals from pasts that are diverse and complicated, and they reflect the colors of their history. I think pearls are the perfect symbol for them. And maybe their future?

The last thing Christine wants to do is another favor for her sister, but Lucy always gets what she wants. This time it’s Chris playing sub to a demanding Dom. Their relationship begins with a power exchange and progresses to time spent between the sheets. Now emotions are getting complicated and the Dom isn’t just a hunky guy in black.

Daniel’s expectations are turned upside down when he meets Chris. She’s more than a well-trained submissive. She’s a woman with a body he wants to memorize. He’s willing to spend as much time as it takes to learn her, because she might be his match and his muse. He’ll make her come so hard he’s imprinted on every inch, and then he’ll offer her the most precious thing he can, himself.

Thanks Sidney for being my guest today!  If you'd like to learn more about Sidney and the books she writes you can find her at her website, her blog, at Facebook and on Twitter.

To celebrate the release of Bound with Pearls, author Sidney Bristol is giving away a $25 Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or All Romance gift card to a randomly selected Grand Prize winner from the tour, and a runner-up will receive an eBook of the winner's choice from Sidney's backlist.  Enter to win and read all of the rules and restrictions for the giveaway in the Rafflecopter form below.

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Mimi Smith April 24, 2013 at 10:14 AM  

Thanks for the giveaway!

Soft Fuzzy Sweater April 24, 2013 at 3:26 PM  

I love pearls. I cannot live without my Mikimotos! So when I saw the title I was intrigued, to say the least. Good luck with your new book.

Thanks for the giveaway.

Arely ZPerez April 24, 2013 at 9:44 PM  

Yay, thanks :D

rubyswan April 25, 2013 at 7:06 AM  

yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I sooooo heart Bks.! thanQ!

Meghan April 26, 2013 at 12:12 AM  

What a beautiful cover! Thanks for the giveaway!
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