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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Share My Cover and Win!

It's a live! From now to Sunday, July 20 , I'll be running a contest for my cover reveal! How do you enter? Easy...simply share the new cover to Uncommon Whore 3: Prince of Faith. Every share is an entry, whether its on Facebook, Twitter, on your blog or on your forehead. Simply leave a message here on my blog and every share is an entry. I'll draw winners on July 20!

What can you win? How about e-books, signed paperbacks, some cool swag or a signed poster of my new PL Nunn art? I need your help to share this image and let people know that the next book in this award-winning series is on its way!

Check it out! Then grab it and share!

And thank you SO MUCH! I want this book to fly, and with your help it will. :) 



If you'd like to join the official event page, you'll find it here:
 https://www.facebook.com/events/819073501449717/819073778116356/?comment_id=821317967891937&notif_t=like




Sunday, July 6, 2014

New Soap, Coming Soon!

If you didn't know already, I kinda have an obsessive hobby: soapmaking. I make a LOT of soap. In fact, my family tends to get irate with me because soaping takes a substantial amount of equipment and they get tired of all the clutter when I take over the kitchen. Not to mention trays of curing soap sitting around the house. LOL! Anyhow, I finally opened an Etsy page so I can get some of this stuff out of my house. It also allows me to buy more supplies...

Anyhow, here's what I've been working on the past week. They aren't cured yet, but so pretty I just have to share!

These are all cold process/oven process soaps, made primarily with olive, coconut, and palm oils, with other fine oils added to make them gentle and moisturizing.

1. Nag Champa: Smoky and sexy...just wonderful! This started as white soap with copper and brown streaks, but because of the nature of the fragrance oil, it morphed to this wonderful tan color with purple and dark pink streaks. Check out the copper streaks peeking out on top!



 2. "Mr. Darcy" is a wonderful soap fragranced with a blend of tobacco leaf, bay leaf and other warm, musky scents. This is my personal favorite!



3. Black Raspberry and Vanilla. This pour turned out amazing! The fragrance is warm fruity and sweet.



4. Blacque/Bleu: Wow. This is stormy, moody and gorgeous. The scent is Blackberry/Sage, and just perfect for the title characters.


5. Carnation: Not really the pour I intended, but still very pretty. :) Its floral and spicy, just like a bouquet of carnations. This soap was fun, it started yellow, then cured back to white.


While these aren't ready to go up for sale yet, here's my Etsy URL:

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Belindapendence

Sunday, May 4, 2014

What it Means to Hurt



Another convention has come and gone. :) This one took a little consideration and cogitation, letting it all sink into my brain and bubble around...
 
Yup. Bondage Expo. Not your ordinary convention.

This was hosted in the Crowne Plaza in Dallas Texas, and the hotel was conveniently located near Tiff's Treats, home of the world’s most wonderful cookies, available by delivery. :)

I arrived on Thursday, which gave me plenty of time to wander, explore the area and obviously, find the best bakery around. Once my roommate arrived (the fabulous J.A. Rock) we were off and running, attending workshops, a short signing, a play party and of course, the free range roping area. Being Texas, there were subs running around being lassoed and hogtied...just like a scene from Doms of Dark Haven!

I didn't get to attend all the workshops I wanted to, largely because of the book signing, but there were three that were outstanding for various reasons. Because of a situation I'm wrangling with in a manuscript (Destiny, anyone?) I decided to gird up my loins and attend those that focused primarily on pain.

Pain.

Ouch.

The workshops were "Because it Hurts," "Pain and Fear Play" and "Semenawa: The Beauty of Suffering."

Every workshop approached the giving and managing of pain via different perspectives. In "Because it Hurts" the presenter showed us pressure points that could be manipulated with rope and knots. His focus was on shifting the sub between the endorphin rush created by pain, and the adrenaline that negates the pain dulling properties of the endorphins.

In "Pain and Fear Play," the approach was similar, but the intent was more to keep the sub on an adrenaline high which is created not only by fear, but by the anticipation of fear. The presenter bound his partner to a chair and throughout the presentation, occasionally tipped the chair, keeping her on the rise and fall of fear.

The third presentation was the most difficult for me personally. The presenter took elements of Japanese tortures and adapted them to an erotic, BDSM environment. Like the others, he was manipulating the pain and fear of his partner, but on a higher level, as the methods were indeed derived from torture. He bound his partner in painful and difficult positions, suspended her, taunted her by simply sitting and watching her hurt. He also brought in breath play, which is frightening on so many levels. His intent was to keep the sub in a pain/fear state, leading to a state of hopelessness and surrender. This was play on a different level, and while I admire both the Dom and his volunteer, he scared me on a visceral level.

All three were of immense value to me as a writer, giving me insight to some of what my characters see, experience and crave. The workshops I attended were all hands-on, so I not only had the opportunity to watch the presenter, but the attendees as well.

Hopefully, I'll get the chance to attend again next year. In the meantime, Destiny is about to show her Dom the meaning of pain...

Happy tails! And happy May! I'll be on the convention trail for several weeks; hopefully I'll get a chance to post from the road.

 Bel