Guest: Cara Bristol

As an erotic romance author, I enjoy developing characters the most. The conflict, plot and story in my romances arise out of who my characters are, the kind of people they are. Put two opposite people together – or make them want different things and it becomes a natural story.
In Unexpected Consequences, my new release from Loose Id, I paired an young, innocent pampered young woman used to getting her own way with an older, mature man used to being in control – and then put them in a domestic discipline marriage. The sparks fly almost instantly.
I could tell you what the story is about, but I think I’ll let the characters speak for themselves with a brief sketch of who they are:
Name: Melania Traynor
Age: 23
Occupation: Court reporter
Marital Status: Married (newlywed)
Likes: expensive shoes, baking, entertaining
Dislikes: the beautiful red stilettos she fell in love with and the wooden “valet thingy” in her husband’s den, a gift from the Rod and Cane Society
Her happiest moment: when she married Jared Traynor, her knight in shining armor
How she gets her way: through feminine wiles. It always worked on her father, so why not with her husband?
Her biggest mistake: not reading the fine print of her marriage “contract of consent”
Her unhappiest moment: when Jared discovers she disobeyed a “request” and sneaked behind his back.
Her biggest secret: she has a packed suitcase hidden under the bed
Name: Jared Traynor
Age: 35
Occupation: investment banker
Affiliations: the usual civic organizations and the Rod and Cane Society
Marital Status: married (newlywed)
How he met his wife: at a charity event sponsored by the Rod and Cane Society, a secret organization of men who spank their wives to maintain discipline in the home
Likes: indulging his new bride
Dislikes: lying, disobedience
How he reacts to problems: Directly, swiftly, firmly
His biggest disappointment: when his wife spoils his attempt to surprise her with a pair of red stilettos
The worst thing he could imagine: that his wife would consider leaving him
Readers can read chapter one of Unexpected Consequences by clicking on the buy link and then on the excerpt button.

Guest: Cara Bristol

Hello and welcome Cara Bristol to my site. She has so graciously agreed to be interviewed. 
So lets begin…
1) First, tell us a little about yourself so the readers know who you are? 
First of all, thank you so much Sam for hosting me. It’s a pleasure to be here. I’m a somewhat shy, quiet, but outspoken writer, wife and stepmother. I live in the U.S., currently  in the Pacific Northwest near the water, but I’m a former California girl from the desert.
SC: Lovely to have you here and wonderful to know more about you. 
2) What made you decide to write? Was it something you accidentally began? Or what you wanted to do? Or annoying character who refused to leave until their story was told? 
I’ve always written in some form. I worked as newspaper reporter, PR manager and freelance writer. I’ve been writing fiction for a long time, mostly short stories, and had a few good sales. I started writing my first erotic romance just to amuse myself, but when I finished it, I thought it had potential.
SC: Excellent
3) I love hearing about first acceptances as an aspiring writer and now that I am e-published, I still love hearing about them. So tell us about that first acceptance.
I sold my very first erotic romance to the very first publisher I submitted it to, but that was after my editor at Black Velvet Seductions rejected it! She liked the work, but didn’t like the ending. She said if I reworked it, she’d take another look. I did, and she accepted it. That was Intimate Submission, which along with my second novella, are in the anthology, Spanked!
SC: Wow, fantastic
4) Tell us about your current release? Where can readers buy it from?
Unexpected Consequences, a domestic discipline erotic romance was released September 20 by Loose Id. Readers can buy it on Loose Id’s website,  Unexpected Consequences is about young woman who marries a man hoping he will love, protect and guide her with a firm hand. She has no idea how firm – her husband is a practitioner of domestic discipline! How they balance modern marriage with DD values is focus of the novella. It’s a fun, sexy, hot read.
SC: Sounds hot 🙂 
5) What are you currently writing?
I am writing a paranormal erotic romance about vampires. I have a contemporary cougar romance under submission, and I need to get back to the revisions for the sequel for Unexpected Consequences. I have a first draft completed.
SC: I love those vampires. 
6) What inspires you most when you write?
Usually it’s a scenario that I find intriguing. With Unexpected Consequences, it was finding out that real people practice domestic discipline for real.
7) What experiences have you had working with your publisher/s?
It’s been great. I’ve worked with two publishers now, and I learned something different from both of them, and it’s made my writing so much stronger. In writing, there’s tip called “show don’t tell.” It works the same with editing. Being given (told) a tip of how to do something isn’t nearly as impactful as being shown, i.e. seeing the edits in your manuscript.
8) What are you reading now?
Masters at Arms by Kallypso Masters, Are you there Blog, it’s Me Writer, by Kristen Lamb, Ten Beach Road by Wendy Wax, Despite the titles I’ve just listed, I’ve been on a historical romance kick lately.
SC: I adore Kallypso Masters. 
9) What are your guilty pleasures?
Watching reality TV shows and playing the games I have on my Kindle. Survivor favorite and Real Housewives are two of my faves. I love the game Triple Town for Kindle.
10) What would be your advice, if any, for other aspiring authors?
Learn the craft. Continually seek to improve your writing. Analyse what’s being published and how it’s written. Network with published authors. Be persistent. Write your first book, sub it out and keeping writing!
This is for you to talk more about yourself, leave your blogging details, site details and generally promote yourself.
I’m having a prize drawing for an ebook copy of Unexpected Consequences. I’m doing a number of interviews and guest blogs this month. Readers who post a comment and leave their email address will be entered to win. I’ll choose my favorite comment from among all my guest blogs during the month of September 2011. The schedule is listed on my blog.
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Publishers’ web sites:
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Blurb for Unexpected Consequences

Having been reared in a traditional family in which her father was the undisputed head of household, Melania Traynor eagerly vows to follow and obey her new husband. She’s thrilled to marry Jared Traynor, man who will love, protect and guide her with a firm hand.
She has no idea how firm.
Jared belongs to the Rod and Cane Society, an organization of men and their wives who are devoted practitioners of domestic discipline.
When Melania disobeys a “request” from her husband and attempts to hide her disobedience, Jared delivers the spanking he feels is warranted.
Although Melania consents, she fears that she got more than she bargained for and doubts she can submit to a lifetime of domestic discipline.
Jared doubts he can accept anything less.

Excerpt for Unexpected Consequences:

One second she stood beside him, her face pressed to the glass like a little kid at a candy store, and the next she’d evaporated, materializing inside the shop. Jared enjoyed seeing Melania so excited, her face lit up like a Christmas tree, but she had the proclivity to spend a lot of money if not restrained. It was one behavior, among others, she needed to work on, and there was no time like the present. This offered a prime opportunity to test and verify her trust and obedience.
He followed her into the shop.
“The clerk thinks she has my size.” Melania was seated in a chair, her sandals already off her feet.
“You don’t need another pair of shoes.” Jared shook his head. “It’s getting late. I have a full day tomorrow, and you have a list of things you wanted to get done for the party.”
“I’ll only be a minute. I want to try them. Please?” Her gaze turned beguiling, and even though he knew he needed to resist the pull, his resolve softened.
“You can try them,” he agreed pointedly.
The clerk, a woman about Melania’s age but with eyebrow and nose piercings and short, spiked hair dyed overly black, appeared with a box. “This pair is one of our best sellers. You’re lucky we have your size.”
She nudged a stool into place in front of Melania and straddled it. The clerk flipped the lid off the box and pushed aside the tissue paper to reveal the shoes. Melania stretched out a delicate, pedicured foot, and the salesgirl slid one shoe on, then the other. Even with the platform, the heels were incredibly high.
“Oh my God, they’re gorgeous.” Melania’s hushed tone was reverent.
Jared frowned. “How would you walk in those things?”
Melania exchanged an amused glance with the salesgirl. “Silly, they’re not for walking. They just make you feel good.”
She rose and tottered a few steps before finding her sea legs and striding confidently across the carpeted floor. The shoes caused her back to arch, accentuated her chest, and made her legs appear a mile long. Her perfect ass sashayed with each step, undermining his good intentions.
Jared envisioned her wearing the shoes and nothing else, bent over the dining table or the desk in his home office. His cock hardened. He curled his mouth with amusement. Melania was right. The shoes made one feel good.
She could wear them at their small dinner party. He would make love to her on the dining table before his friends arrived, and afterward, while she coolly attended to their guests, he would grin secretly at the memory.
He would buy her the shoes.
Melania performed a pirouette and glided toward him. “Please, Jared? I know they’re really expensive and I have red ones, but not like these.” She tilted her head to the side, her glowing hazel eyes beseeching him.
Melania loved the shoes.
He loved the shoes.
His cock loved the shoes.
“No.” He shook his head. “Not today, Melania.” He injected a steely edge into his tone.