It’s a total privilege to be here blogging, especially as it’s my release day!! *grabs champagne and tops up glasses all round*.
As we’ve both got new books out around the same time, ZAM and I arranged a little blog swap, and threw a few little questions at each other, including… What do we do on a typical writing day? I’ve had a little peep at ZAM’s answer (she’s at my place on the 2nd February) and her day sounds more fun, not least because she’s in Southern California and I’m staring out into the icy gloom of Southampton, UK. (Hey, one of the cruise liners is just setting sail from the port as I write this. How do I know that? Well, because they’ve let off the foghorn and the WHOLE FLAT IS TREMBLING!)
So, my typical writing day. Well, I write about half the week (and at weekends) and do my day job the rest. So on my writing days, I’m pretty focused and routine-orientated. After popping out for groceries, it’s a feast of writing (or editing) doused in coffee, then after lunch, maybe a short run or a swim to jog my creative juices into action. Then the coffee is replaced by mint tea for the afternoon and evening, and off I go writing again. If I reach my target for the day early, then I get to read. Yay!!!
I don’t write much in the evening, as I’m more of a morning person. I tend to watch TV, maybe fiddle on the internet and do some promo or admin while my husband works on his writing (He’s an academic and proud author of 200 published papers and books! I’ll never catch up.) Our fave shows to have on? Hmmm, I still love NCIS best, but I’m quite looking forward to the new series of Game of Thrones right now (though I shut my eyes during the gory bits.) I love history and travel documentaries too—they give me tons of ideas for characters and settings. And Brian Cox (the BBC science presenter) is hot!
Talking of books, okay, the new release—Bad Slave, what the heck’s that about? Yup, it’s a BDSM fantasy story, but it’s a love story at heart and it’s got a BIG HEART. Jay and Alix’s romance was a blast to write, and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I loved writing it.
Bad Slave by Kay Berrisford. Published by Loose Id. Genre: LGBTTQ, BDSM & Fetish, Fantasy & Paranormal.
Blurb: When the king commands former war hero Captain Jay Ghair to find him the perfect royal sex slave, Jay’s quiet new life as a librarian is shattered. Jay discovers the boy he’s looking for in Alix, a lowly miner and wannabe court scientist, whom Jay can’t help but secretly adore. However, teaching the rebellious Alix to be a docile slave is difficult. Alix will behave for just one man, and it isn’t the king. It’s Jay.
Standing by while the king’s treatment of Alix becomes cruel is torturous for Jay. He longs to return to his library, yet he can’t bear to leave Alix, or his people, unprotected. To rescue Alix—and save the realm from the increasingly tyrannical king—Jay must confront the demons of his military past and take up the sword again. But his most important battle must be won through returning Alix’s love and learning to master this bad slave who submits only for him.
ADULT EXCERPT from Bad Slave
Jay leaned forward so his brow nearly touched Alix’s. Hot breaths mingled. “Listen. I’ve been charged this night with finding the king an attractive young man. Somebody ready and willing to, uh, well—”
“He wants to know if you’ll suck the king’s cock,” interjected Gareh, coming to the rescue, albeit in a crude fashion.
Alix’s jaw dropped. “You want me to become one of the king’s sex slaves?”
It seemed everybody knew more about King Lyam’s lifestyle than Jay had. His stomach clenched.
“King Lyam’s a good-looking chap,” added Ned, who’d warmed to the task of procuring Alix, probably because time pressed on. The sun had sunk beneath the horizon, and evening dew beaded the grasses and cooled Jay’s blazing visage. “From what I’ve heard, his boys live a coddled existence.”
“The choice must be yours, Alix,” said Jay. “But Farmer Derren might find you and kill you if we let you go free, and we can’t take you back to the palace with no reason. You must face trial or elect to serve the king.”
Jay’s conscience stabbed like an ice pick, because there was little choice, really. He wished the lad, who remained motionless, would say something to put him out of his misery. Alix raked his fingers through his short brown hair. Then, sudden as the first morning cry of a cockerel, he laughed. And sweet mother of all the starlords, it was the dirtiest and most charming sound that’d ever blessed Jay’s ears. Alix’s smile was delicious too, though he couldn’t disguise his trembling or the gleam of fear in his eyes. Jay suspected this unforeseen mirth to be an act, so it didn’t make him feel any better.
Nevertheless, Lyam had asked for a man with some spirit. Alix indeed possessed that.
“All right, I’ll do it.” Alix dabbed away the last of the blood. “Um, should I thank you? I mean, yes, I really should. You just saved me from—”
“No. That’s not necessary at all.” Any decent man would’ve done the same thing.
Without requesting the rescued party become a sex slave.
Jay rose, then took Alix’s arm and helped him up. Once upright, Alix hissed in pain, then balanced on one leg. Jay clamped the lad’s shoulders. “Are you badly injured?”
“Just a minor sprain.” Alix mustered a faltering grin. “Doesn’t hurt.”
“We’ll tend to your wounds when we get back.”
It seemed the least he could do. Then again, he had saved Alix’s life. Serving at court, even as one of the king’s pets, could well be preferable to laboring in the mines, let alone languishing in prison or facing the chop.
Not quite reassured, Jay scooped an arm about Alix and supported the lad in hopping over to the horse. He helped Alix up—involuntarily confirming that Alix had a firm and rounded butt and sinewy thighs—then sighed and nodded to Gareh and Ned.
“Lead on back to the palace.”
Want more? Read chapter one at Loose Id