Author Pic - Raven ShadowhawkHi everyone *waves* my name is Raven ShadowHawk and it’s a pleasure to be here today. ^_^ Does it matter that I don’t drink coffee? If I’m honest, caffeine makes me a bit (more) weird – but I do enjoy a good cup of herbal tea. Well, if I get a tall mug and take only small sips, no one will know. 😉

I’ve not been here before (can you tell?) so I’ll get the introductions out of the way before chatting about some other stuff.

Strap in.

Let’s see… I’m thirty-*mumbles* years old and I’ve been doing this writing thing for about two years. At least under this name. I’ve written stuff since I was 14, but nothing quite so smexxy as I do these days. 😉 I used to be a closet geek (now I’m just a geek) and I enjoy things like LARPing, table top RPGs and Candy Crush (that last one is a recent addition. Damn you Facebook *shakes fist*). I also swear a lot, which I’ll try not to do here. 😉 I have twin sons (and yes, before you say it, it IS hard work) and a loving partner who puts up with a hellalotta crap from me on both my good and bad days. As I write this I’m listening to Weird Al’s Albuquerque which is the only excuse I give for some of the nonsense you’ll experience as you continue to read.

People ask me where my inspiration comes from, especially a BDSM series like Slippers & Chains which has such a strong D/s core. People ask ‘Is that your lifestyle?’ or they don’t ask and just silently wonder while stroking their chins and searching my neck for a collar. Or scanning my exposed skin for tattoos of the Triskelion. I don’t wear a collar (I can’t wear any jewellery; the kids would throttle me with it). I don’t have any tattoos (sulk). I do, however, have a wild imagination and some very interesting friends.

Not to say that any of my characters and/or stories come from the real experiences of my friends (though I hear one friend of mine in every word Cindy speaks). I mean only that my friends offer me an excellent spring board to dive into something new, fresh and exciting.

Oddly enough, the initial spark of inspiration for Slippers & Chains came from my partner. I think we were talking about Fifty Shades of Grey (like everyone was back then) and wondering what it would be like if someone wrote about sex as it actually is: awkward, difficult and kinda funny. I told him that I do that already, particularly in some of my independently published books, so he said I should try to do something similar with a BDSM theme.

Heh, I rarely back down from a challenge.

Thus Slippers & Chains was born and the first in that four part series (Sugar Dust) will be out on 23 January 2015.

So what is it all about, (I hope)you cry. Well… it’s about BDSM (!!!) but it’s also about relationships. Romantic ties between a man and woman (or two women, or two men, apparently I cover a lot of bases here!). Family ties between son and mother/father. Ties of friendship between best bros or sassy sisters. All of those things form the fabric of Slippers & Chains: Sugar Dust, though at the core of it all, the story follows submissive Karen Owusu and her Master, Daniel Scotney as they try to balance their vanilla lives with their kinky one.

I deliberately wrote the story to be drop-your-biscuit-in-your-tea-funny in some places and cross-your-legs-beneath-the-table-sexy in others. I did it because that’s exactly what life is most of the time, at least in my experience. Nothing is always super-sexy,  perfect and well lit in real life, not like the movies. It’s often fumbling in the dark, neck cramps, pulled hair and dead batteries *wink wink nudge nudge* But I don’t see that very often, which is why I wanted to write about it. I often write about thinks I would like to see if I can’t find them myself.

In fact, I would love to know your thoughts on that matter. Fiction is escapism, but can you still escape if the story you read reflects real life? Do you find yourself wishing for something more fantastic/amazing/incredible/insert suitable descriptive word here, or do you take comfort in the hum-drum that may or may not mirror your own lives? I’ve always been curious about this because reader opinion guides a lot of what I write, so it would be great for me to have that chat with you. Ping me a message in the comments, so we can talk about it. ^_^

Right! I’ve babbled enough. In fact, looking back I think you guys got off light: I normally talk much more than this. And make less sense. You should see my blog, it’s a very odd study of ramblings versus topical factoids and personal anecdotes about the writing process.

Thanks for having me, CTR. It’s been a pleasure.

*mwah!*

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SugarDust-200x300After an unwelcome family visit highlights romantic insecurities, Dan takes Karen to exclusive fetish club, Sugar Dust. Will the trip rescue or destroy their relationship?

Dan loves submissive women and longs to build a harem of willing females to fill what he lovingly calls his “Slave Library.” He shares his plans for sexual bliss with Karen, the first of his submissives in both his mind and his heart. But when an unexpected visit from his mother leads to uncomfortable questions about his ex, Dan realizes that past mistakes are catching up to him, faster than he can run.

The first D/s relationship to blend comfortably with her vanilla life is the one Karen shares with Dan. She treasures the freedom in the act of submission and wants nothing more than to share it with her Master for as long as possible. Why then does he insist on bringing other women into their beds? And why can’t he say he loves her?

As Dan battles his inner demons, Karen hopes a sexy mini break at the exclusive fetish club, Sugar Dust will allow them time to relax and reconnect. There she meets Beth, the personification of Dan’s past, storming in to demolish her present. Can Karen show Dan that their relationship is strong enough to break the chains of his past, before Beth drives an immoveable wedge between them with her tales of what once was?

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