Dark Faerie Tales is bringing you a little something different today for the adults. Everyone please welcome Katie Porter (Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty) here today to talk about her upcoming release Chains and Canes, the second novel in the Club Devant series. *Warning: this is a series for mature readers.* Chains and Canes is an erotic romance story about a ménage relationship between a dominant and two submissives. This novel will be released in eBook format on July 9, 2013.
Today’s giveaway is provided by Katie Porter! One lucky winner will receive one copy of Chains and Canes in any format, plus the first novel in the “Vegas Top Guns” series, Double Down.
Katie Porter is the award-winning writing team of longtime friends Lorelie Brown and Carrie Lofty. Both are multi-published in several romance genres. Carrie holds an MA in history, loves movies, and has no fear of gross things like dissecting formaldehyde sharks. Her two daughters aren’t appreciative. Lorelie is a US Army veteran and true-crime devotee, whose three boys love when she screams like a little girl around spiders. Now, after years of wishing and planning, they finally share an office in the Chicago area. Chains and Canes is their eighth co-written book.
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Welcome Lorelie & Carrie!
DFT: Could you start things off by telling us a little about Chains and Canes?
Lorelie: “Happily engaged for three years, a repressed businessman and a dancer on the verge of stardom both fall for a troubled choreographer. He’s willing to indulge sexual desires, but it will take the love of both committed partners to explore their submissive sides, and to win his guarded heart.”
Carrie: In other words, two hot submissives double-team a Dom they both want. But, you know, jealousy and emotional baggage can heavy loads!
DFT: Could you tell us about your main characters in Chains and Canes?
Lorelie: Daniel is a high powered businessman who loves his fiancé deeply. Naya is a talented dancer who craves masochistic submission, but Daniel can’t bring himself to hurt his angel. Luckily they find Remy, a bad boy Cajun choreographer…who knows how to wield a belt.
Carrie: Along the way, they discover that Daniel has submissive tendencies of his own, but he’s no less of a willful, powerful magnate when outside of the bedroom. Remy learns that the hard way.
DFT: Who is your favorite character in this book and why?
Lorelie: Mine is Remy. Hands down. He’s so tasty, with the accent and the tumbled messy look and the growly way he has of dominating everyone around him. But then, Daniel’s no slouch either. He obeys Remy, but not easily. He’s a strong man and when it comes to defending Naya, all bets are off. So he’s completely tasty too. Wait. Maybe Daniel is my favorite…Do I have to decide?
Carrie: The boys are awesome hot. Seriously. But I adore Naya. She’s a peaceful soul who craves not-so-peaceful release. She trusts Daniel implicitly and comes to want that same trust from Remy. She knows exactly what she wants from both, and she’s not afraid to walk away if either crosses a boundary. I loved writing the contradiction between a fully independent woman who isn’t over-the-top bitchy—you can be in control of your life and decisions without being outwardly aggressive—but who also loves the endorphin release of serious BDSM and turning herself over, sexually, to the men in her life.
DFT: Do you have a favorite scene or line in Chains and Canes?
Lorelie: It’s more than a line, but I think it’s filthy-beautiful (Carrie: I’ll just agree, because it’s a damn good excerpt. My favorite is the finale in the town car. You’ll just have to trust me!)
Although Daniel obeyed, he hesitated this time. He was at the end of his leash, which remained wrapped around Naya’s neck. Her eyes fluttered so fast and wide that he saw the whites. “Oh, Cristo,” she gasped. “Baby. Sir. Oh.”
“You better come fast, Daniel,” Remy said with that intoxicating brand of control. “Naya’s waiting on you. She’s waiting to breathe and for her turn to come.”
DFT: Chains and Canes is about a Ménage relationship. Is it more of a challenge or is it more fun to write that kind of relationship, than the more traditional relationship?
Lorelie: I’d say both? It’s a total blast, because there’s three people to play with, and the sex is all sorts of fun to think up. But it’s complicated too, because we had to figure out why these three people fit together. What bits of them did the others need? The process added extra layers to consider. Then personally I struggle with the element of making the after-effect believable. How will they set up their life so that a three-way relationship makes sense?
Carrie: On a practical level, this was the first ménage we’ve written as a duo. Normally one of us writes the hero. The other takes the heroine. But what about the third person?? We shared duties depending on the scene and our preference at the time. It was a fun experiment in stretching our technical boundaries as a partnership.
DFT: Tell us about your creative process when writing as a team. How does it differ from your solo process?
Lorelie: The brainstorming process is the same no matter what. That’s part of how we ended up working together as Katie Porter: we’ve talked out stories really closely for quite a few years already. It’s wonderful to have someone to bounce ideas off of and help refine what you’re looking for. Things usually veer off when it comes to drafting. If we’re writing as Katie Porter, we usually split up character POVs and take turns. But throwing in a third POV meant having to adjust. We divided Daniel’s pages pretty much in half, and each of us wrote different chapters.
DFT: What influences and inspirations (both literary and non-literary) do you draw from while writing?
Lorelie: Lots and lots of music. I have playlists I create for each book. I’m so sad that my hard drive recently died and had to be replaced—my play lists were one thing I didn’t have backed up.
And I’d be disingenuous if I didn’t admit the influence that “So You Think You Can Dance” has had on the whole “Club Devant” series. They’re tiny stories told with bodies. I adore that show.
Carrie: WE adore that show! And yes, give me music all day long.
DFT: Which genre do you prefer to read? Do you have any favorite authors or series?
Lorelie: I read romance, for sure. I’ve been really, really digging both Charlotte Vale and Cara McKenna lately. I fan-girled when I heard they were co-writing a super sekrit project. I plan to stalk them until I figure out what they’re doing with it.
Otherwise I’ve adored Laura Kinsale for years. I’m doing some road tripping this summer and I’ve bought The Prince of Midnight on audiobook to listen to. I can’t wait!
Carrie: I am a damn slow reader. I recently finished Silver Linings Playbook, which was a strange thing for me—because I finished it. I have a difficult time shutting off my writing/editing/creative brain, so I tend to stray beyond romance…and then I watch movies or TV *g*
DFT: If you weren’t a writer, what would your dream job be?
Lorelie: But…writer is all I’ve ever wanted to do. There are other jobs? *dumbfounded* No, really, this week I’m home visiting Orange County where I grew up, and everyone’s reminding me how I’m doing exactly what I dreamt of. It’s kind of an excellent feeling. But I suppose if I had to pick, I’d say history teacher. Probably high school. (Because I’m obviously insane.)
Carrie: Ditto, and nearly ditto. I have a masters in history and intended to earn my PhD to become a history prof. Unfortunately for my career in academia, every time I pictured being published, the book had shiny foil lettering and a half-naked man on the cover!
DFT: Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?
Lorelie: I’m hip-deep in edits for a solo contemporary romance due out from Signet in 2014, about a world class millionaire surfer and the girl he left behind! Plus we’ve just turned in Watch and Wait, the third book in the Katie Porter “Club Devant” series. The wrap-up to our “Vegas Top Guns” series, Bare Knuckle, will be out in October, all from Samhain.
Carrie: I’m in the process of launching a new pseudonym, Lindsey Piper, writing the paranormal “Dragon Kings” series that debuted in June with CAGED WARRIOR. I’ll also have a new adult contemporary out under my own name by December, all through Pocket.
DFT: What is your favorite fairy tale? Why?
Lorelie: The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen. I think because there are so many feels. Seriously, it regularly makes me cry. God, I’m tearing up just thinking about it.
Carrie: The original Brothers Grimm Cinderella (Aschenputtel) where the evil stepsisters are advised by their mother to mutilate their feet in order to fit the glass slipper, and then their eyes are pecked out by doves from Heaven during happy ending wedding. Ha!
[We're pretty sure these choices mean we're warped, and therefore perfectly suited writing partners.]
DFT: I want to thank you for taking the time to answer these questions.
Lorelie: No problem! Thanks for having us to visit!
Carrie: Happy reading, everyone!
This contest is provided by Katie Porter!
One lucky winner will receive one copy of Chains and Canes in any format, plus the first novel in the “Vegas Top Guns” series, Double Down
Available July 9, 2013 from Samhain Publishing
About this Book:
A Dom double-teamed by two submissives? He doesn’t stand a chance.
Wealthy businessman Daniel Baker doesn’t have a creative bone in his body, but he knows art and craves beauty. Contemporary dancer Naya Ortiz, his fiancée of three years, embodies both. His protective commitment to her happiness extends to hiring Dominas to satisfy the sexual masochism she craves.
The balance of their relationship is tipped when Naya dances with reckless Cajun choreographer Remy Lomand. His magnetism as a Dom carries over to a backstage encounter that leaves Naya breathless—and Daniel unable to look away.
Remy knows the deal. The fancy people want to play with a disposable boy toy. He’s fine with that…but not with letting Daniel remain a bystander. As their sessions intensify, Remy guides Daniel’s awakening as a sexual submissive. Their no-strings threesome reveals the physical connection Daniel and Naya have lacked—and the emotional depth Remy fears.
When Remy and Naya tirelessly work to found a professional dance company, Daniel is left on the outside looking in. And although he and Naya are ready to submit to Remy for the rest of their lives, the man they call Sir may not want their love at all.
Warning: A sexy-as-hell Cajun choreographer plays slap, tickle, chains and canes with a muy caliente Puerto Rican dancer and her repressed businessman fiancé. What could possibly go wrong?
Click HERE to read an excerpt