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Coming Unbound by Lacey Savage – Review/Author Interview

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BLURB:

Ginny and Cole have struggled to connect intimately since before their marriage. When Cole suggests they surprise each other with the most sexually daring things they can dream up for their anniversary, Ginny reluctantly musters every ounce of courage she possesses to get nipple piercings.

Cole’s surprise?

He’s turned their suburban basement into a dungeon—and hired a sexy Dom to teach them the art of BDSM.

Desperately in love with his wife, Cole’s aware of sensitive sexual demons in Ginny’s past, and will try anything to beat them. Whips, toys, ménage play with the Dom…all these and more could help Ginny find pleasure, break through her issues.

Or, if they’re not careful, possibly just break Ginny.

Excerpt:

By the time our third round of drinks arrived, we’d determined that I had no imagination of my own, which probably explained why I had chosen technical writing as a career.

We had also established that I’d never thought about dressing up as a naughty nurse or a strict schoolteacher or a sexy maid. I didn’t fantasize about being blindfolded or tickled with a feather or covered in chocolate sauce. I’d also never wanted to have sex in public or watch porn or pose for nude photos.

“Wow.” Donna twirled the stem of her martini glass between her fingers. “So what do you fantasize about?”

An image of a woman tied to a tree in a dark forest flashed through my head. It was brief and sudden, jolting me so I sat ramrod straight in my chair. “Nothing.”

She tilted her head at an angle and looked at me as if I’d just sprouted a third eyeball in the middle of my forehead. “Come on. You can’t be serious.”

I couldn’t hold her gaze anymore, so I looked past her right shoulder into the crowd. I used to have fantasies. Filthy ones that involved whips and pain and reddened flesh. But Ben had cured me of those long ago.

“There’s something wrong with me, isn’t there?” I was feeling more and more miserable with each passing second, and the cocktails weren’t helping. I huffed out a breath. “Listen, I like sex. It’s pleasurable and pleasant and nice.”

Donna’s laugh startled me. It went on and on. “Nice?” She gasped when she could finally catch her breath and dabbed a tear from the corner of her eye. “Sex is nice? No, no, no. A foot rub is nice. A perfect creme brûlée is nice. The sight of a sleeping kitten is nice. Sex is… It’s toe-curling, incredible, mind-blowing.”

I lifted an eyebrow. “Mind-blowing?”

She nodded. “If you’re doing it right.”

Clearly I’d been doing it wrong for a very long time. Was that my fault or Cole’s? I still had so many questions, and I was no closer to figuring out how to surprise my husband for our anniversary.

I stared down into my empty glass. “There aren’t enough drinks in the world for this.”

Welcome Lacey Savage! Please start off by telling us a little about yourself.

Hi Harlie! Thanks so much for having me here today.

I live in Ottawa, Canada, with my fabulous husband of 14 years and a cat who’s convinced he runs the place. (We don’t have the heart to tell him otherwise.) I’ve been published since 2003, and I currently write for Ellora’s Cave, Carina Press (under a different pen name), Changeling Press, Loose Id, and Amber Quill Press.

Is Coming Unbound a single title, or part of a series?

It’s a single title, but I’ve learned to never say never when it comes to possible sequels.

What were your inspirations for the story?

I had a flash of inspiration while lying in bed one morning. I imagined a married couple wanting to bring some heat back into their bedroom, and started to wonder how things could get complicated for them. I knew I had my story when I pictured the husband opening the door to what had previously been a run-of-the-mill suburban basement, and showing his wife the BDSM dungeon he’d had installed. Surprise!

 

Please share your setting for Coming Unbound. Have you ever lived or visited there? If so, what did you like most?  

Coming Unbound is set in Chicago, with a detour in San Francisco. I visited Chicago last year for the Romantic Times Convention, and promptly fell in love with the city. There’s so much wonderful architecture, and so many things to see and do. I’ve never been to San Francisco, but I have a friend who adores the place, so I’m looking forward to taking a trip there sometime soon.

 

When did the writing bug first bite?

When I was in sixth grade, my parents and I moved to New York City from Romania. I was having trouble fitting in at school, but on a whim I entered a creative writing competition despite the fact that I barely spoke English. And let’s not talk about my grasp of English grammar or spelling, because both were pretty much non-existent at the time. So it wasn’t a surprise to me when my entry came back drowning in a sea of red pen. I don’t think there was one word the teacher didn’t have to correct. But what was surprising was the fact that despite all that, I actually won! Turns out my storytelling skills were much stronger than my grammar skills, and that’s what counted the most. Winning that competition gave me such a sense of accomplishment, and made me feel like I could follow my passion no matter what obstacles stood in my way.

Who are you favorite authors, book/series?

Oh boy, too many to count! I adore epic fantasy, so I’m a huge fan of George R.R. Martin’s A GAME OF THRONES. I also love Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum series. And a friend recently recommended Nalini Singh’s archangel series, which I’m devouring right now.

 

If you could have an author roundtable discussion with any authors, who would you invite?

I’d love to pick Nora Roberts’ brain, so she’d definitely be at the top of the list. I’d also like to talk to Stephen King and Dean Koontz, as well as George R. R. Martin, Tad Williams, and Janet Evanovich. That would be one fun discussion!

Do you have any hobbies or special things you like to do in your spare time? 

I’m an artist in every sense of the word. I sketch, draw and paint every day. I also scrapbook, make handmade greeting cards, and create a wide variety of home décor – everything from mixed media art canvases to upcycled antique furniture.

 

What’s the strangest thing you’ve heard or seen?

Hmm… When I was living in New York, my mom and I went for a walk in Central Park and saw a naked man selling flowers. He seemed completely unfazed by the fact that he was nude, and sold us a lovely bunch of carnations.

Review:

Oh my…take a tried and true troupe, married couple needs to get a spark back in their sex life, and spank it hard.  Yes, hard and bring in the St. Andrews Cross, toys and one sexy Dom and what do you get?  Coming Unbound by Lacey Savage.

Ms. Savage has managed to throw a troupe hard, against a wall and I’m still trying to catch my breath.  She writes intelligently about the one thing that most couples don’t talk about it and that’s the woman’s orgasm.  Yes, the elusive orgasm.  Its been argued, written about, talked about and laughed at for a long time.  Most men don’t understand it and women don’t like to talk about with their partners.  For them, its embarrassing and they don’t want to disappoint their lovers with their inability to have one.

Ginny is no different but with her, the orgasm has a lot more to do with a single thing in her life that she has repressed so far back in her mind that it wasn’t until the Dom figured it out and pulled it out of her.  Plus, it doesn’t help that her only other lover belittle her and suppressed even further her sexual needs.  Her husband Cole is well aware of her demons but is desperate to help her find her orgasm for her.  He just never knew how repressed she really was sexually.

*Taking a very deep breath*  The scenes were very well written and intense.  Ginny and Cole had no idea how the whole Dom teachings would take.  It would either make them stronger or pull them apart.  I held my breath after one scene because I became very afraid that they had reached Ginny’s breaking point.  While the sex scenes were highly intense they only enhanced Ginny’s journey to find the truth about her sexual needs.

Be warned that when you find out about what has been repressed in the far back of Ginny’s mind, you will be able breath again.  At least, I was.  :)  Ms. Savage wrote a beautifully intense, highly sexual book about sexually repression and the lengths that one couple went to find out the who, what, where and how to help Ginny.

I can not highly recommend Coming Unbound.  Yes, its that’s AWESOME.  :)

5harlies

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Award-winning author Lacey Savage loves to write about her dreams – or more specifically, she loves to breathe life into her steamy fantasies (and she’s got plenty!). She pens erotic tales of true love and mythical destiny, peopled with strong alpha heroes and feisty heroines. A hopeless romantic, Lacey loves writing about the intimate, sensual side of relationships. She currently resides in Ottawa, Canada, with her loving husband and their mischievous cat.

Links

Website: http://www.laceysavage.com

Blog: http://www.laceysavage.com/blog/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/laceysavage

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lacey.savage.7

Book buy link: http://www.ellorascave.com/coming-unbound.html

Updates and sorry for the MIA

I’m sorry that I’ve been MIA lately.  Its been a difficult year so far for me on the writing front.  My debut (in my mind) bombed.  Yes, I’ve written about promoting my debut, the troubles that I have had with getting reviews, being taken seriously…blah, blah, blah.  Well guess what?  There has been an upside to me writing and publishing book.  Yes, something positive as happened to Harlie…the review blog has exploded.   Something that I never expected was that people finally discovered the reviewer site of me.

Let’s back up a bit…when I realized that my debut was not going to go anywhere, anytime soon, I put my energy into the review blog.  I hired an assistant (LOVE HER), we set a schedule of what the blog would do every day, cleaned up the review form, emailing the authors that sent requests and basically slowed down.  Well, I didn’t slow down on the blog.  I decided to do a spotlight that is exclusive on Thursday.  I figured why not do a Harlequin Spotlight on Thursday.  I mean, I did pick my pen name and name my review blog in honor of Harlequin.

Okay, it has already exploded.  Yes, the Harlequin Spotlight has exploded.  I’m completely booked until May now.  Oh and I have a very special guest that will be on the Thursday spotlight for the next couple of months…Sherryl Woods.  I nearly fainted when her PR person emailed me to set up some spots for her new trilogy that starts releasing in March.  I mean, really?  Me…Harlie…the reviewer that most people ignore or sneer at times?  I fist pumped so many times that my husband that I was crazy.  After setting up the schedule with her and just basically pinching myself over this coup, I’m still in the clouds.

I realize that I’ve been too hard on myself as a writer but there has been silver lining to this all.  People are starting to notice me and seek me out.  In fact, I recently signed a contract with Secret Cravings to work as their Promotions Manager for the Southeast Region.  It’s in the pilot program stage now but so far, I love it.  I work with about 10 authors with their releases and basically helping them set up their blogs, FB pages, helping them with promotion and helping them any other way I can.

Don’t think that I have abandoned my writing.  Oh no, I have to finish a book in about 4 weeks before my chapter conference.  I’m pitching it to two different editors and it has to be done.  The synopsis is done and the first three chapters are done.  Still need to write about 7 more chapters or 15k in words left.  I can do this, I know I can.  The worst is over…the synopsis.

So now, did my debut do what I wanted it to?  No, it didn’t but its very slowly being reviewed and the reviews have been excellent so I’m getting out of my funk as an author.  But the flip side to all of this is that the review blog is getting its due and more.

To all the readers, authors, PR people and publishers, I can not thank you enough for the consideration and positive feedback that Harlie’s Books has gotten from my debut novel.  :)

Keep it coming and get the fingers crossed about my two editor appointments in March.  Maybe I’ll be a published author again.

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A question for authors and readers…

News, sorry its been too long

He’s pretty, isn’t he?

Okay, that wasn’t the question, sorry but feel free to comment.  :)

Here’s the question:

For readers:  What draws you to read a book?  Length?  Cover?  Blurb?  Author name?

For authors:  When you were a debut author, what got readers to your book?

The reason I’m asking these questions is because hardly anyone is reading my debut.  I know, I know, its been out a month and it takes awhile for people to find it.  I’ve already heard these from authors…you need a back list, don’t worry about your debut, concentrate on your next book, promo, promo, promo, did you have a mentor when you wrote the book (no I did not), have you joined a writer’s blog (tried but I’ve been rejected more times than I can count).

That’s all well and good and great advice but consider these facts that I have realized:

1.  No one pays that much attention to me on FB or Twitter, so any and all promo that I have done is ignored.

2.  I have/had ARC copies of my book and no one wanted them.

3.  I realize that my book is only 20 pages, it won’t win the Pulitzer but I’m proud of it.

4.  I know that most reviewers are backed up.  It happens, trust me.

5.  I know that the playing field is crowded out there with books, so I’m not sure how to stand out.

6.  I don’t have a posse.  Maybe I should get one…

You are probably thinking that I have sour grapes and in some respects I do.  It hurts when you do something that most people wouldn’t dream of doing, you are proud of it and it seems that no one cares.  It hurts that I have done everything right so far and nothing.  Nada…zip…crickets chirping.

Well, I know that there are people who have read it and liked it.  In fact I was told that I actually mislead them into thinking it was just hot and spicy and its more than that.  ;)

I have two blog tours that will start next month and I will post every day where I am for that day.  Hopefully, people will find me on the tours and want to read the book.  It’s all I can hope for now.

Have a great weekend y’all.

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