The New York Times bestselling author of The Submissive returns with a scintillating new tale about power, danger, and jaw-dropping passion….
Nathaniel and Abby are struggling to navigate the challenging waters of their own relationship, when they get a surprising phone call from their partners in play, Dena and Jeff, who are in need of a helping hand…
Seven years ago, blonde, beautiful lawyer Dena Jenkins was tired of her carefully controlled life. Desperate for something exhilarating to help her escape the pressures of her demanding job and her senator father, she joined a steamy, local BDSM club as a submissive. There she met brooding Dominant, Jeff. The attraction between them was undeniable, and, despite Dena’s doubts, they couldn’t stay away from each other.
Except, as the years have passed, their blazing connection has proven difficult to maintain. Dena and Jeff have a history they’d rather forget, but Dena can’t let go of the past, and Jeff is ready to move across the country to give her space. Now, to save their passion, they’ll have to rediscover what it means to trust each other—and give themselves to each other completely…
Please tell us about your novel.
THE COLLAR is the story of Jeff and Dena, a couple who were once in a collared Dom/sub relationship before tragedy broke them up. Even though years have gone by, they find themselves unable to move forward. In order to finally put the past in the past, Jeff plans to move across the country. Then he finds out Dena’s being threatened and he’ll move heaven and earth to keep her safe.
How did you research your novel, if applicable?
There’s a wax play scene in this novel and since I had never written wax play before, I had to do some research. The internet is helpful, but like anything online, consider your source. Anyone can put anything online. Make sure you verify the information you find.
In my case, I’m doubly fortunate as I have crit partners who either currently live or have haved the BDSM lifestyle.
Where can readers find you online?
I hang out on Twitter at @Tarasueme and you can find me on Facebook at TaraSueMeBooks.
When you are stuck on something, what is your go to cure?
I actually have several:
- Write the scene you’re stuck at from another character’s
- Jump ahead and write a scene you know is going to happen.
- Take a break from the computer and write by hand.
Who is your favorite literary hero and heroine?
Jamie and Claire from OUTLANDER. I’ve loved these two for over twenty years (man, that makes me OLD). There’s something about the relationship these two have that is so much stronger and more intense than any other couple I’ve ever read. It’s more than their physical connection (though that’s smokin’, too), it’s their mental and emotional connection. It’s so real, you can almost touch it.
How do you feel about social media? Is it a help or hindrance to you?
It’s a bit of both, actually. I like the ability to talk to readers and other authors on Twitter or Facebook, but there are times it becomes too much. I think people have a tendency to say things on social media that they’d never say in real life or to someone’s face. The ease of posting also makes it way too easy to react to something quicker than you perhaps should. Anytime I’m tempted to say something in retaliation, I remember that not once have I ever regretted sitting on my hands.
What are the first five titles on your kindle?
- An ARC I’m reading to blurb for an upcoming release. I can’t say anything other than, OMG, it’s good and I can’t wait to tell everyone!
- The Dumont Diaries by Alessandra Torre. I loved her THE GIRL IN 6E and this is one of her erotic reads.
- THE MASTER by me, because I sent it to my Kindle so I could read and make notes.
- BEYOND JEALOUSY by Kit Rocha. This came highly recommended and I totally see why!
- FOOL ME TWICE by Meredith Duran. I love a good historical and picked this one up when it was on sale. Haven’t had a chance to start it yet, but I’m looking forward to.
Where do you see yourself and your writing in the next five years?
I hope I’m still here writing away. When people ask what I do, I tell them I have the best job in the world. Of course there are hard days, but every job is like that. Seriously, what could be better? I get to write love stories and people actually read them! I don’t think that will ever grow old.
How many books do you own and what does your bookshelf look like?
Oh, man. I don’t even want to think about counting the books I own. Between print copies and Kindle books, let’s just say I have enough to read for a really, really, long time.
I have several bookshelves. One is where I keep print copies of my own books. I keep them them in publication order and it’s fairly neat and organized. In my office, I have two more bookshelves. They contain a hodgepodge of books: RITA judging books, books I received or picked up at book conferences, books I’ll giveaway, books to read, and my favorites: signed copies.
Tara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. It would be twenty years before she picked up her pen to write the second.
After completing several clean romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started The Submissive. What began as a writing exercise quickly took on a life of its own and The Dominant and The Training soon followed. An avid reader of all types of fiction, she soon discovered she enjoyed writing a variety as well.
Tara lives in the Southeastern United States with her husband, two children, two dogs, and a cat.
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