Welcome to BRB, sweeties! I hope all is well. My guest today is an M/M author such as myself, who enjoys adding spice to her novels like a touch of BDSM. Tell us about yourself, Sage!
Well, hello there, my name is Sage Marlowe. I’m an MM erotic romance author with a serious addiction to books, caffeine and chocolate. Oh, and music, of course. I’m usually either working on a book or reading one, but I’m also frequently lurking in the depths of various romance loops or whiling away on Facebook.
Where and/or how do you find the greatest inspiration?
Hmm. I’d say, it’s more like inspiration finds me. Usually in the shape of a won’t-back-off character or two. But I’ve also found assembling the furniture for my daughter’s new room hugely inspiring – it’s what got me started with the “Ink, Sweat and Tears” series.
What made you chose to write m/m erotic literature in particular? And, is there any other genre you’d like to write? And, if so, why?
It just sort of developed that way. I’d been reading exclusively gay fiction stuff when I started writing my very first book. That one was still rather tame, and it has yet to see the light of day. After that, my writing and characters took on a dynamic of their own and – whoopie! – there I was submitting an erotic romance novel with a lick of BDSM.
Which appears first when contemplating a new project: a character, the plot or the title?
It can be any of those three. Most often, it’s just a plot element or maybe a line. Then, when I create a new folder for the document, I have to give it a name obviously which is when I come up with most of the titles. I even have a couple of titles in store that I have no story for yet but I know that one day, a story will present itself that will be the perfect match for the title.
What’s the hardest part of a novel for you to write: beginning, middle or end? Why?
Definitely the middle. It’s when I’m most prone to become distracted or bored or simply too impatient to get to the end. At that stage I either rush to get it finished or I’ll start working on a different project.
Has your own life influenced your novels? If so, how?
I sometimes sneak in anecdotes that I’ve experienced myself or that someone close to me has told me about. And I obviously have a thing about tattoos and piercings…
Writing sex/romantic scenes can be a challenge for some authors. Do you find it difficult? If yes, how do you compensate? If no, where do you draw your inspiration?
I find those scenes no harder to write than the rest of a story. If the chemistry between the characters is good, the sexy moments just develop.
Do you use a certain formula to write the sensual parts? Do you prefer the sex to be open and bold? Or left to the imagination?
I definitely don’t use a formula. It really depends on the characters and I tend to make the descriptions rather… let’s say realistic. Both as in body parts get named and you definitely know which bit goes where but also as in it’s not always perfect in-sync climaxes when my boys are at it. One of my characters even struggles with performance issues (Sorry, Cay, shouldn’t I have said that?)
Who is your favourite character, which you’ve created? And, why?
There’s no way I can narrow it down to just one. Sheridan from “Knives & Feathers” is definitely high up on my list. It broke my heart when I wrote some of his worst moments and I even cried during edits. So did my editor, btw, and that had nothing to do with the quality of my writing. (At least that’s what she said.)
Noah from “Sub-Mission” is also very special to me, and not just because he’s my first. He’s become like a friend. Oh, and Caelan from the “Ink, Sweat and Tears” series is the one I still have a crush on. I’ll stop now. What can I say, I just love my boys! All of them.
Tell us about your newest release.
Well, I’ve already had the pleasure of being your guest with my current release, the vampire novel “Newborn”, so I’ll tell you about my upcoming December releases instead. The first, is “Re-Submission”, which releases December 10th. This novel is a classic example for a very headstrong character who just takes over and sticks with you until he has his very own book. As a follow-up on my debut, “Sub-Mission”, it tells hunky Dom Francis’ story.
Francis is madly in love with his former sub Shae, but unfortunately Shae comes with a lot of emotional baggage which keeps him from being the perfect sub to Francis’ Dom. So when Francis meets Tyler, who is eager to get acquainted with the BDSM lifestyle, inviting him to play along seems to be a good idea – but whose idea was it, really?
“Re-Submission” is available to pre-order from Total-E-Bound Publishing
Just for fun–
What is your favourite colour?
Which do you prefer a great hero or villain?
Oh, a well-written villain can be very intriguing and a great hero needs to have some flaws to have depth. I guess I could fall for either, if they’re convincing
What is your favourite movie? Why?
That’s just as impossible to narrow down as a favourite book – or character – but if I really had to pick one, it would be the remake of “The Thomas Crown Affair”. Everything about this film is just perfect. The story line, the visuals, the music… And the actors, of course. The way these two dance around each other is hilarious and Pierce Brosnan courting the object of his desires is just – well, let’s say I’d be happy to play the woman’s part in this game.
Another favourite is “Brokeback Mountain”, which I’ve only seen once and will probably never watch again because it’s heartbreaking.
If you could be anyone in the world who would it be? And, why?
Hmm. Let me think… Anyone?… Anyone… No, sorry, can’t make up my mind. Too many options. Never give me more than two to choose from.
Where do you see your writing career in the next five to ten years?
Hopefully having kicked off…
Website Link: www.sage-marlowe.com
Rubbing a toppy sub, a submissive Top and a Dom with attitude together is guaranteed to send sparks flying — but what will they ignite?
Meet Tyler Kane. Ballsy and headstrong, he's far from being the submissive type. Francis Hollister, Dom and proud owner of a BDSM club, couldn't agree more — and yet, as Tyler carelessly suggests a bet, Francis sees an opportunity arise and decides to take him up on it.
Soon Tyler finds himself in Francis' club and about to be trained as a sub. When Shae, the gorgeous Top Francis has assigned to teach him, doesn't appear to be quite as dominant as his role would lead to believe and Francis turns out to be a rather versatile Dom, Tyler sees a perfect match just waiting to be made happen. Too bad though that he's the only one who sees it. Or maybe he isn’t?
Curious to find out what happens when you rub a submissive Top, a toppy sub and a Dom with attitude together and what exactly the sparks from that explosive combination ignite, Tyler enlists the help of Pierce, Francis' brother, and his partner Noah, and sets out on a mission.
While Tyler's plan seems to work out astonishingly well, it seems that there's more than one man in the club who is pursuing a hidden agenda
Reader Advisory: While this book stands alone, it features Noah and Pierce from 'Sub-Mission' and follows up on their story, so you might wish to read that first
When several minutes had passed and Shae still didn’t show any signs of being about to move, Tyler quietly left his watching post and went to him.
“Shae?” he whispered.
Shae jumped. “Yeah?”
“Everything all right?”
For a moment, Tyler thought Shae was crying. He looked upset enough, and there was a giveaway tightness in his voice, but his eyes were dry.
Shae rubbed his forehead. “Yeah, sure.”
“That was Francis, right?”
“A bit late for a social call, isn’t it?”
“Depends on your working hours, I guess,” Shae replied.
“What did he want?” Not the most discreet of approaches, but Tyler didn’t believe in pussyfooting around.
“He…” Shae glanced up at him, and for the fraction of a second, the extent of his misery showed in his eyes before he managed to get a grip on himself and shook his head. “That’s between him and me.”
“He’s not…pestering you, is he?”
“Pestering me?” Shae let out a soft chuckle at the suggestion. “Gosh, no. What makes you think that?”
“Only that he seemed to want something that you weren’t willing to give.”
“Oh. You’ve been listening.”
“Yes. I’m sorry, but I couldn’t help it, what with the lack of walls and all. If it’s any consolation, I didn’t catch the details, though.”
“I just thought that maybe there is something you would like to talk about,” Tyler offered.
“No. Thanks, but no.”
“What’s the deal between the two of you?”
“What makes you think there was anything between us?”
“Hmm, let me think.” Tyler put on a mock thoughtful face. “You have sessions together that you don’t want the others to know about. He turns up at your place in the middle of the night and whatever he wanted from you leaves you in distress.” Placing the tips of his fingers under Shae’s chin, he made him tilt his head up to meet his eyes. “Come on, spit it out. Tell me what’s upsetting you so much.”
“It’s not…” Catching Tyler’s stern glance, Shae huffed. “Looks like it’s not just back to bed for us now, huh? Coffee?”
Shae went to the kitchen and busied himself with the coffee machine, obviously unwilling to say more.
“So, what is it?”
“It’s just…hard sometimes,” Shae said, keeping his back turned to Tyler.
“What is?” Tyler asked again. He had a suspicion of what was going on, but he wanted to hear it from Shae. When Shae didn’t answer, Tyler went to stand behind him and put his hand on Shae’s shoulder, giving it a gentle squeeze. “You love him, don’t you?”
Shae’s head snapped up and he looked gobsmacked. “L—what? I… What makes you think I…uh, that?” The expression in his eyes said everything that his mouth didn’t.
Awesome interview and excerpt, Sage! All the best! ~ Blak Rayne