Today it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Sandra Bunino, author of books such as “Marooned in Miami“, “Lusted in Las Vegas” and now “Mia’s Submission“, book one in “The Satin Rose Experience” series.
CABR: “Mia’s Submission” is book 1 in the 10-part Satin Rose Experience series. What inspired you to create SRE, with its ten themed BDSM suites?
SB: That’s a great question. My DH and I actually have a friend who frequents BDSM clubs. He asked us to go with him (for research, of course!), so I checked it out online. Let’s just say it was not my kind of place. But it had me thinking, what would my kind of place be like? It would be elegant but trendy, high-end but comfortable – a place just like New York City’s W Hotel.
I wrote The Satin Rose as a short story for an anthology call. It was accepted and published as the lead story in Evernight Publishing’s “Keyboards and Kink” cyber-sexy anthology. I decided there was more of SRE to explore and expanded the idea into a series.
CABR: This is also your fifth book correct? How has your life changed, professionally and personally, since “Marooned in Miami” was published in January this year?
SB: It has changed my life in so many different ways. I’ve had the opportunity to meet many interesting people I’d never otherwise have had the chance to know. Many of those people have become good friends over the year and I don’t think I’d be where I am without them. I’ve learned so much about the industry, my writing and myself through the process.
CABR: That’s fantastic 🙂 When will your next book be out and will it be book 2 of the SRE or a stand-alone title?
SB: My current focus is on the SRE series. Brooke’s Wish was just accepted by Evernight. It’s a M/F/M holiday-themed SRE. Mafia Princess is also in the works. I’m not sure which will be released first but look for both of them sometime before the end of the year.
CABR: Sandra your recent interactive giveaway on your blog for “Mia’s Submission” – the Fluffy Pink Handcuffs Release Party, seemed like such fun. Have you done this before and where do you get inspiration from for these posts?
SB: I had so much fun with the Fluffy Pink Handcuffs Release Party! I did a smaller scale release for “Sara’s Smile“. Marketing and promotion is exciting and I’m always looking for new and innovative ways of getting my books to potential readers. I loved the real-time interaction with the release party. I will definitely do it again!
CABR: Good to know 🙂 OK, I’ve got to ask, what’s the funniest fan interaction you’ve had?
SB: I receive emails and Tweets from readers but the funniest interaction actually happened at my salon where I’m affectionately known as “The Gal Who Writes Dirty Books”. One of the hairdressers somehow thought I wrote children’s books…until I gave her one of my bookmarks. You should’ve seen the look on her face! We laugh about it now. 😀
Have you ever felt tongue-tied upon meeting a particular author/s?
SB: I attended the Romance Writers of America (RWA) Conference this year and had the opportunity to introduce myself to a few authors I’ve read or tweeted. It was great to see Tiffany Reisz, Roni Loren, Jaci Burton, Jane Porter, Victoria Alexander and many more. I wasn’t exactly tongue-tied but I was thrilled to meet them.
Fun, quirky question time…
SB: That would have to be my favorite artist, Georgia O’Keeffe. She was not only an incredible artist but she also had a brilliant mind. Here’s one of my favorite Georgia quotes that I apply to my writing:
“To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage.”
― Georgia O’Keeffe
CABR: That’s great advice.
Which character from fiction, yours or another author’s, would you like to spend time with and why?
SB: I would love to spend time with Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Claire is has a fiery personality and incredible wit. She’s tough as nails but at the same time she’s feminine and sensual. Plus, if I hung out with Claire, I would get to get a glimpse of the love of her life, the very sexy Jaime Fraser…and maybe, just maybe, he’d be wearing a kilt. 😉
CABR: Hehe, kilts are popular aren’t they? 🙂
What’s the best thing about living in the Northeast?
SB: I live on a wooded mountaintop with lots of wildlife. It’s a great place to write. I’m also about an hour outside of New York City so I consider it the best of both worlds.
Thank you for having me on your blog to share Mia’s Submission!
CABR: I had a blast learning more about your books and your inspiration. Georgia O’Keefe in particular.
A reminder folks that Sandra is giving away one (1) copy of “Mia’s Submission” and this contest is open worldwide, with the book available in most any eFormat you use.
Synopsis: Hardworking Mia Lavender’s been offered a promotion she can’t refuse–VP of Client Experience at New York’s exclusive BDSM club, The Satin Rose Experience, or SRE. Mia’s kept her submissive tendencies a secret, until now.
She’ll have ample opportunity to explore her fantasy because to succeed in her new role at SRE, she will need on-the-job training at the hands of Asher Cane. During Asher Cane’s very first training session with Mia, he fails to follow his own rules and has the hottest vanilla sex of his life. Mia needs training, and Asher is damned if he’ll allow another Dom to touch her.
Can Asher be the dispassionate trainer Mia needs to learn the exquisite give and take of dominance and submission? Or will her submission come only at the cost of his heart?
Mia’s Submission is Book One of The Satin Rose Experience (SRE) series.
SRE, New York’s elite BDSM club residing on the twentieth floor of Rosebud Resorts, contains ten uniquely themed suites, each with its own story to tell. You can find the introduction of SRE in The Satin Rose Experience, a short story in Evernight Publishing’s Keyboards and Kink Anthology.
OK here’s the EXCERPT:
“Training starts now, Mia. To do the job of Vice President of Client Services at SRE you must know what your clients will experience. They will come to you for information, advice and counsel. The only way you can truly help them is if you’ve experienced it yourself, to feel what they’ll feel. So, what do you think of Suite Five?”Asher asked, unknotting his tie and pulling it from his collar.
“It’s cold, both physically and visually. It’s not very comfortable.”
Asher grinned and nodded while draping the tie over his jacket. “Then it does its job. That’s exactly how it should feel in here. The submissive is supposed to feel physically insecure in this suite to help grow his or her trust in the Dominant.” He turned, locked eyes with Mia and sauntered toward her. “I hope to gain more of your trust today.”
Mia took a deep breath and her shoulders began to relax.
“Having said that, I’m sticking to the plan. Not like last night. Training is mandatory for this position and if I can’t control myself and train you properly, someone else will have to do it. I won’t have that. No one else touches you. Do you understand?”
“Of course,” Mia whispered. She couldn’t imagine going through this with anyone else.
“You remember our safe word, Mia?” She nodded and stared into his dark brown eyes.
“Yes and please use it when you need to. Don’t think of it as a show of failure or fear. It’s the only way I’m going to understand your limits. Any questions before we begin?”
Mia’s eyes darted around the stark suite. “Cameras?”
Asher grinned. “The camera is in the mirror…” He strode to the large mirror where the note was placed and pointed. “It’s off and security is instructed to leave it off, unless you prefer to have it on,” he said and raised his eyebrows.
“No. No camera. This is going to be hard enough for me.”
“The purpose of the surveillance is not so that our security can watch, believe me; they’ve seen so much that it’s like watching a baseball game to them. It’s for the safety of our clients.”
“I understand but I still don’t like it. Plus I don’t feel unsafe with you,” Mia said with a shy smile.
He stepped toward her while unbuckling his belt. “I’m glad to hear that. Now turn around.”
She smiled at him and turned to face the wall once again. His silky, commanding voice washed over her body and soaked the juncture between her legs. Strong hands immediately kneaded at her shoulders and down her arms. Warmth sank into her flesh and she leaned back to capture more of his body heat. She relaxed momentarily but was snapped back on guard when his powerful hands encircled her ribcage and his fingers slipped between the buttons of her blouse. The sound of tearing fabric filled her ears as buttons popped from their stitching and flew in different directions. She sucked in a breath as he rid her of her shirt in one fluid motion.
“Put your hands together behind your back,” Asher’s honeyed voice buzzed through her.
She did as she was told and laced her fingers together at the top of her ass. The jingle of his belt buckle rang in her ear followed by a whoosh of leather sliding through fabric. Warm straps encircled her wrists, the buckle clanging in uneven tones as he tied it tight between her hands.
Mia swallowed hard and pulled at her hands, trying to loosen the bonds. She was firmly bound with no chance of freedom. Her breath quickened, stoking the fire growing in her belly. The bed springs creaked and she turned her head toward the sound.
“A submissive would be punished for that peek,” he growled.
She whipped her head back to face the wall.
“Come to me.”
Relieved to leave her corner, Mia spun on her heels and stepped toward him. Asher sat on the edge of the bed with his feet apart and patted the top of his thighs, beckoning her to the spot in between his knees. She complied and the heat of his hands enveloped her body as he pulled her in. She arched her back while his fingers teased up to the lacey band across her ribcage. He unsnapped her bra before pulling her hairpins, releasing her long, dark locks. Coiling her hair around his palm, he pulled downward, tipping her face toward the ceiling. He fondled the lace fabric of her bra, which only stayed secured by her arms pressed against her body. He slowly removed the band of lace and a rush of chilly air surrounded her breasts. The cool temperature was replaced with liquid heat when he took her nipple between his teeth. Mia moaned as sparks traveled from her breasts down to her core.
“Keep your legs straight and bend forward.”
Heated palms slid down her back, encircled her waist and guided her forward so that she was bent over his leg, her face and chest resting on the bed.
From the corner of her eye, she caught a partial reflection of the back of her legs and her ass, lifted high in the air. Her pussy ached with exquisite need as she watched his hands gently lift the fabric of her skirt. Mia closed her eyes as his palm rubbed small circles over her ass cheek and thigh. The heat suddenly disappeared and her eyes shot open in time to watch his hand come down with a slap. She whimpered as the sound echoed through the room. His palm continued to rub the sting from her suddenly very pink cheek. He followed the same routine on the other side and she cried out in passion the second time, anticipating the erotic burn. Craning her neck, she admired the matching pink splotches on both ass cheeks.