Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Laura Braley: A Day in the Life. . . . R.E. Hargrave

Laura Braley: A Day in the Life. . . . R.E. Hargrave: Today I have the pleasure of hosting author R.E. Hargrave on her blog tour supporting her new release, To Serve is Divine. Like myself, she ...

Monday, January 28, 2013

B.F.Betty: To Serve is Divine by R.E. Hargrave

B.F.Betty: To Serve is Divine by R.E. Hargrave: As a new author, I know just how nervewrecking releasing a new book can be. R.E. Hargrave has released two books in the matter of a month an...

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Welcome To Serve is Divine and R.E. Hargrave!

I'd like to introduce to an author freind of mine: R.E. Hargrave.

She publishes at Renaissance Romance Publishing same as I do. I had the pleasure of being one of the editors on To Serve is Divine. If you like your BDSM books hot, hot, hot, this one is for you! But don't let the sex pull you away from the story. This one is not all pure smutt. Far from it! The draw is immediate and lasting as you are carried into the story of healing and regaining one's life.

So I give you a guest post from R.E.!
Howdy, and thanks for having me. It's a pleasure to be here! I will admit when our lovely PR lady at RenRom, Lisa, contacted me to let me know I had another guest post signed up, I was excited. Then she gave me just two words to work with and I facepalmed. She giggled at me and said, “It's Chel, what do you expect?”

You do love to challenge me, don't you? ( Yes, yes I do! )


Why Erotica?




Perhaps we should begin with: “What is erotica?” According to Wikipedia:


            Erotica(from theGreekἔρως,eros"desire") can describe any collectible object that   deals substantively with erotically stimulating or sexually arousing subject matter.  The object may be a painting, sculpture, photograph, dramatic arts, film, music or literature.


The important part of that definition is the variable “sexually arousing.” Nobody can tell us as individuals what is arousing. To adjust a well-known phrase – One man's pain is another man's pleasure.

For some, vanilla or “plain” sex is satisfying – they're happy and don't require any more than the sweet, creamy treat. They always know exactly how it's going to taste and just how much will fill them up but not go overboard.

But some of us want to go overboard. For those people, they like to pile on the toppings and mix them up: voyeurism, exhibitionism, toys, multiple partners, spanking, same-sex partners, bondage, submission – the list goes on and on.

Every adult should be free to partake in whatever they enjoy as long as it doesn't forcibly take away another person's rights away. Safe. Sane. Consensual – remember it, and live by it.

One thing is certain: people, as a rule, get aroused; what's uncertain is whether it'll be a story that heats them up or maybe the sight of leather that quickens their pulse. Could even be a smell or a sound – you never know.

Because the way of thinking and talking about sex has become more forward and acceptable than in the past, less things are seen as taboo. Therefore, more people are willing to admit what they like and what turns them on.

A little true story for you . . .

In honor of To Serve is Divine's release this month, I am having a tattoo done which incorporates my cover elements in addition to story themes. Like the cover, there are orchids and black pearls as a focal point of the tattoo.

It starts on my upper back, comes up and over my collarbone, and then down my chest. Due to the location my tattoo artist, we'll call him G, hand drew the design onto me. While he was working, we were discussing what the ink meant to me: my books. Another guy came up to watch. He glanced down at the assorted orchid pictures G was working from and made the comment: “Those are very vaginal flowers. What kind of book are you writing?”

I smirked at him, and replied: “BDSM erotica,” and immediately had the attention of everyone within hearing distance.

Flower guy started laughing and preened while claiming he'd called it on the orchid description.

It was almost comical to watch their faces as I explained why I really had chosen orchids. Not for the obvious sexuality of the flower's appearance (though that was a bonus), but because of what it takes to keep them alive. They are so delicate that you have to be meticulous with their care or they'll shrivel up and die – much like a Dominant must care for their submissive in order to earn their trust and submission completely.

Later, as I was paying and we were out of ear-shot from other people in the shop, G leaned in and asked if he could get an autographed copy of the book for his wife.

So, “Why erotica?”

Why not? People enjoy it and there's no shame in seeking pleasure – whatever form you find it in.


R.E. Hargrave is a fledgling author who has always been a lover of books and now looks forward to the chance to give something back to the literary community. She lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX with her husband and three children.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

From the desk of . . . R.E. Hargrave: Less than 24 hours to TSID!

From the desk of . . . R.E. Hargrave: Less than 24 hours to TSID!: Reality is starting to sink in, meaning the emotional roller coaster ride is about to take off. I have no doubts I'll run the gamut over t...

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Lisa Bilbrey: The Ending of a Trilogy

Lisa Bilbrey: The Ending of a Trilogy: Today, I am lucky to have an amazing author and friend with me. I first met Michele Richard just before she released her first book, Mocke...

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Friday, January 4, 2013

Cover reveal!

I wonderful author is revealing her cover today! Happily I am joining in on the affair! So ... drum roll!

Beautiful, isn't it?

Catherine O’Chancey is a reserved, demure, and graceful submissive. All traits she trained hard to enhance when she discovered the world of Dominance and submission in college. In an attempt to start fresh after the unexpected death of her last Dom, Catherine moves to Dallas, TX to escape the shroud of darkness he left behind in her life. She has tried to fight the need that resides deep within her to submit, but finally has to admit she can’t for it is not a choice, but part of who she truly is. After months of mental preparation, she ventures back into the lifestyle by attending a coveted open-night event at Dungeons and Dreams, an exclusive BDSM club.
Is it fate or coincidence that Catherine garners the attention of one of the club’s board members who happens to be on the hunt for the perfect sub – a partner who enjoys receiving pain and pleasure as much as he enjoys doling it out?
Jayden Masterson is many things: a firm Dom, a shrewd businessman, and a gentleman. What he isn’t, is someone who partakes in relationships outside of contractual ones with his multiple, uncollared, regular submissives. While he likes rough sex, he is not an animal, and can find pleasure only if it is consensual. What his harem is missing is a pain slut, could there be one in his future?
Upon meeting Catherine, Jayden feels an instantaneous spark inside him that has him wanting to know not just her body, but her mind. He wants to unravel her mysteries and discover her secrets. Through pain can they find the pleasure they seek? Can part-time pain lovers find full-time fulfillment when it’s not in their contract?

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R.E. Hargrave is a fledgling author who has always been a lover of books and now looks forward to the chance to give something back to the literary community. She lives on the outskirts of Dallas, TX with her husband and three children.

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