By Madeline Iva
Ladies and other naughty readers, today we have a treat for you–BROUGHT TO HIS KNEES is an anthology of eleven scorching stories about hot hard heroes brought to their knees by love.
Sabrina York and Lynne Silver–both authors included in the anthology–are here to roll their eyes, and trash talk about how ‘the harder they come the harder they fall.’
“Whipped” by Sabrina York.
Dane Coulter is mourning the loss of his best friend, fellow Special Ops buddy, Cody. Oh, Cody didn’t die. It’s worse. He’s getting married. Cody is, in Dane’s opinion, whipped.
Dane swears he will never suffer the same fate. But when he meets a woman who can take all his dominant loving and beg for more, he realizes he may have met his match. It’s a damn shame she’s the one woman in the world his man-code deems untouchable…his best friend’s sister.
“CRUISING FOR LOVE” is a short story by Lynne Silver.
When Andi Greene heads out on a cruise, she’s pumped for a fun week of sun bathing and chilling with her best friend. Little does she know her best friend has a number of surprises in store.
The first is the cruise’s theme of bondage and domination. The other? Ship’s doctor Jonah Coleman, Andi’s first love, her high school boyfriend—the boy she thought she’d marry before he moved across the country and eventually dropped her cold.
But there’s nothing cold about their reunion. Instead sparks fly, and Andi’s relaxing cruise seems set to turn into a week of hot loving.
SABRINA YORK: Hi Madeline! Let’s get this party started! What do you want to know???
MADELINE IVA: How did a couple of nice girls like you get involved in an anthology like this? ;>
SABRINA YORK: Um, nice girls? Actually I was thrilled when I was invited to play along with this group, because of the theme for the collection. OH. MY. GOD. Write a book about a man brought to his knees by love? Yes, thank you. What woman doesn’t have a fantasy like that??
LYNNE SILVER: I’m just here because they promised me alcohol.
Seriously, I got an email from Anya Richards asking me to be part of it, and since she writes some scary hot doms, I knew I had to join up or face the consequences.
MADELINE IVA: So we like a man brought to his knees. (Love that title!) In real life do you dine or do you dash when you encounter super-dominant he-males? What about men with ridiculously hard bodies?
SABRINA YORK: I wish I could say I am bold and brash and grab life (or hot guys) by the balls, but I must confess, I am a runner. Put me face to face, breath to breath, chest to chest with a hunka hunka burning hotness…and my inner teenager emerges with a passion. Like with braces and everything.
MADELINE IVA: Lynne, I know we’ve discussed hiding under the table from cavemen before–any thoughts?
LYNNE SILVER: Sabrina, you’re braver than I am posing for Caveman pictures at Romanticon. I wasn’t brave enough to do it.
SABRINA YORK: I did it on a dare. See, what I lack in courage, I make up for in gullibility…and the inability to resist a dare.
Did I mention I have pictures? I pull them out of my secret hiding place sometimes, curl up in a corner, stroke them and murmur, “my precious.”
MADELINE IVA: Why do we like seeing the big strong guy made weak in the knees?
SABRINA YORK: IMHO, nothing, nothing, is more attractive than a man who is totally, utterly and completely in love with a woman. (This is, of course, assuming she loves him back and he’s not some random dude peering in her window).
I delight is taking a hard hot hero–especially a hero who is resistant to love–and presenting him with the one woman he cannot live without, a woman who will make him question all of his assumptions about life and force him to make some difficult choices & sacrifices to win her.
Aside from that, I think it’s every woman’s fantasy to have this hot, handsome, horny hunk train his piercing attention directly on her.
MADELINE IVA: I think I have to stop for a moment and fan myself, Sabrina.
SABRINA YORK: That in my mind he almost always looks like Jason Momoa, is purely coincidental.
MADELINE IVA: So, when you have a hot hard hero who is resistant to love —Does the heroine have to work to get him? Or does he just see her and ba-bam!
SABRINA YORK: LOL Madeline. There is always a ba-bam! in my stories. But I do not make it easy on him! My girls usually drive him batty until he breaks. In “Whipped” it’s not until the next morning that the hero discovers who the heroine really is. His best friend’s sister, the one woman in the world his man-code deems untouchable.
MADELINE IVA: You know, when you said that, I was like really? But then I asked my husband if that whole “yer buddy’s little sister” is really SO off limits. He said yeah, because your friends know exactly what a shithead you are to women and so they don’t want you near their kin.
SABRINA YORK: PMBO. Sooooo true. Dudes have such double standards when it comes to their baby sisters.
LYNNE SILVER: I don’t know exactly how it works in real life, but since romance novels are a fantasy escape, I think readers like to see the man pursuing the woman in a non-stalker way. The reader wants to see the guy have to work for it so the pay off in the end is worth it.
SABRINA YORK: LOL Lynne is right. While the readers really dig a darkly determined hero…you have to be careful that he doesn’t come off as creepy. To me, the dividing line between off the charts romantic and stalker-land is how the heroine feels about the guy in her heart of hearts. If she digs this guy and his persistence, it’s hot. If she doesn’t, then yeah, it’s time to call the cops. 😉
MADELINE IVA: Do either of your stories relate back to any of your previous works? In theme perhaps or romance flavor if not in actual characters in a series…
SABRINA YORK: My story, WHIPPED, is a brand new piece of work. I wrote it at the same time I was writing Stone Hard SEAL (for the Hot Alpha SEALs Collection) and since I was doing so much research for that story, I think the special ops vibe leaked into WHIPPED.
Aside from that, it takes place in Vegas, one of my favorite places.
LYNNE SILVER: My story, CRUISING FOR LOVE, is in first person for the heroine. I loved getting really inside Andi’s head as Jonah is dominating her. It’s also a bit lighter and more fun than my Coded for Love Series which can be a bit darker.
MADELINE IVA: Lighter how?
LYNNE SILVER: Andi (our heroine) thinks it’s a normal cruise, but is surprised by her best friend who informs her the cruise has a BDSM theme. Surprise! Jonah (our hero) THINKS she’s on the cruise for the BDSM and tries to give her what he thinks she wants. So it’s two vanilla people pretending to be a dom and a sub because each thinks the other wants it. They quickly discover their mistake, but they also discover they kinda like the role playing.
MADELINE IVA: I *love* it! Do any other writers inspire you?
SABRINA YORK: I am pleased to say, some of my faves are in this collection. Tina Donahue has always been one of my heroes, and not only because she is one of the most generous people on the planet! Jennifer Kacey and I have been friends since she was a baby author celebrating her first release. She is crazy talented and loads of fun to be with. Cynthia D’Alba introduced me to Shane Rice, her steamy cover model, at RT. You gotta LOVE a woman who will introduce you to hot guys over lunch. Just sayin.
LYNNE SILVER: There are a few authors I read as my benchmark and I pray that one day I can craft a story as compelling as they do. Some of those authors include: Kresley Cole, Nalini Singh, Kristan Higgins, Eloisa James, and recently- Courtney Milan (Huzzah Suffragette!)
MADELINE IVA: Lynne, our faves list is almost identical…I recently read something that indicated if you write erotica or erotic romance these days you simply MUST be in anthologies. And why do readers just gobble up boxed sets?
SABRINA YORK: Why do readers gobble up box sets? Because they’re smart. It is a great deal for them and they have the benefit of trying new authors for a very low price.
LYNNE SILVER: I agree, I think it’s a great chance for readers to try new authors, often for a very good price point.
MADELINE IVA: Any wild and raucous moments from your last romance conventions that you can recall thinking “No one could believe this is happening outside a book.”
SABRINA YORK: Yeah, I gotta plead the fifth here. But let me say OMG it was fun!
LYNNE SILVER: I attend the Washington Romance Writer’s retreat. Let’s just say what happens at Romance Jeopardy, stays at romance jeopardy.
But I’ll give a few juicy deets: Cathy Maxwell in a kilt, an editor singing show tunes, and an author (who will remain nameless) flashing her boobs.
MADELINE IVA: Now I have a picture in my mind of Cathy Maxwell dancing the Highland Fling.
LYNNE SILVER: Also there was much dodging of candy missiles.
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