I was so happy to be asked by Valerie Mann and Kate Richards about possibly writing for their new One Night Stand series as part of Decadent Publishing. They were particularly interested in having me write in a sub-genre that I’ve been publishing in for a long time, D/s that focuses mainly on romance but includes some spanking elements. I don’t write about spanking for spanking’s sake.
When I first started reading stories involving varying levels of spanking elements, I became intrigued by the couples in these kinds of relationships. I’ve always liked strong Alpha men who want to be in charge. But my Alpha man must also respect his partner and absolutely end up loving her with all his heart. He must stay within the bounds of whatever agreements the two of them have made concerning D/s or domestic discipline. If he can’t do that, he isn’t a hero for me and he won’t be in my books.
I also like a woman who is willing to be submissive to the man she loves and respects, on her terms. In other words, she isn’t a doormat for abuse and accepts his need to occasionally discipline her because she is okay with it. Not to a crazy extent.
Not everyone who reads a good spanking romance can see beyond the fact that a man is physically disciplining his partner. They see only an abusive relationship. That isn’t what I write. I write about two people who have discussed the issue, decided they are both okay with it for their personal reasons, would not go against their agreement, and who—above all else—love and trust each other.
Maggie’s Secret Wish has a spanking element to it, mainly one borne of curiosity on the heroine’s part. She believes she will never want to be really involved in such a lifestyle, but she wants a taste of what it is like to be spanked. She ends up matched to a very special man who is part of that unique world. But Ian has come to realize that because of his experience with being a Dom, he probably won’t ever find a woman who can truly love him. He doesn’t believe a woman can see beyond his quirks, even if he might be willing to give them up.
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