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Monday, February 4, 2013

Bdsm in a shot in the dark



Good day!  And many thanks to Carson for letting us have a spot in his February Blog. Torquere Press has published Shot in the Dark, a novelette by Kelly Wyre and I. It's set in our world of New Amsterdam, a gritty city with crime, intrigue, and political corruption. The whole series of New Amsterdam novels have, up to this point, been in sequential order, but this one explores the past.

Originally we'd wanted to write a "leather" themed story for the Torquere Charity Blitz, but the story needed more length. So they offered to sell it as a novelette, instead. I wanted to explore one of our side characters and how someone would approach the Scene as a complete beginner.

Both Kelly and I have written BDSM stories together and apart, and I've always been more satisfied when I can include specifics on how the preliminary negotiations go as well as the aftermath of heavy play. The emotional repercussions of trusting someone so completely and intimately are very real, and it's important to me to open scrutiny to those aspects of Scene. Being able to find an able partner who is capable of reaching the level of trust and need is really difficult, fraught with all sorts of communication problems, and requires a sort of vulnerability that's often uncalled for in regular relationships.


Shot in the Dark blurb:  
Ellis Parker is a military man who puts his faith in truth, duty, honor, and living for the moment. Keeping that peace isn't easy, and he reveres the person who helps him stay on his chosen path: Ellis' former Dominant lover and New Amsterdam's most well-connected bartender, Maxwell Clark. So when Clark makes a rare and unexpected offer that might let Ellis relive the days when Ellis was Clark's, who is Ellis to refuse such a chance?

Ellis Parker is a young man who has done his stints in the military, and came out of Afghanistan with PTSD. Several years ago, he joined a support group that happened to include Maxwell You-Can-Just-Call-Me Clark, one of the romantic interests in our first novel Hearts Under Fire. 
The book starts with a party that Ellis has organized for all his friends at the gun range that employs him. While he watches his friends, including Clark, enjoy the amenities of the range, Ellis reminisces about how he's thankful he met up with Clark all those years ago, before Clark ever even knew that his present husband, Daniel, existed. Ellis shows up in Hearts Under Fire as one of Clark's partners, before Clark gets together with Daniel. So this is set at the beginning of Clark's relationship with Ellis.

Ellis had a hard enough time confessing he was gay in front of all those military types, especially under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell strictures he'd worked under in the military. Clark made it easier by being obviously out, but even Clark didn't know that Ellis also held other desires close to his chest. On finding out that Clark is part-owner of the BDSM club Break, Ellis discovers the courage to talk about it.

Shot in the Dark is about Ellis taking the chance offered by Clark, letting himself talk when Clark asks him about his crazy dreams, desires, and wants, and then trusting Clark to do right by him.

Now, Ellis knows some of the problems that Clark shielded him from. With experience, time, and life, Ellis realizes just how thankful he should be for how he began down the road in Scene.

Thank you,
H.J. Raine

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