The Submissive by Tara Sue Me
Release Date: November 16, 2012
Genre: Romance, Erotic, BDSM
Publisher: Red Publishing
Length: 333 Pages
Abby King has a secret fantasy.
The city of New York knows Nathaniel West as CEO of his father’s corporation, but Abby knows he’s more. He’s also a Dominant and when she hears he’s looking for a new submissive, she decides it’s time to do something about that fantasy.
After one weekend with Nathaniel, Abby knows she needs more. Nathaniel is equal parts stern Master and polite gentlemen. He can drive her to new heights of pleasure while at the same time nurture her novice submissive spirit.
But though he can command her body, her heart isn’t as easily controlled and she finds herself drawn more and more to the man whose collar she wears. At times she feels she is making progress in thawing his cool demeanor, but then just as quickly, he once more hides behind his carefully constructed wall.
Abby believes her relationship with Nathaniel can encompass the best of both worlds, that they can be beautiful together. But Nathaniel lives by a set of rules that don’t allow for negotiation and she fears he’ll never see the truth of what they could be. And though he is careful with her body, he just might end up breaking her heart.
While posted online, The Submissive garnered almost three million hits. Its characters and storyline captivated an entire fandom and inspired a multitude of BDSM fiction. It has now been edited and reworked for a broader audience. The Submissive is part one of a trilogy which attracted more than 8.5 million hits online, and a journey that proves everything is better with love.
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What kind of research, if any, did you have to do for the story?
I’ve always enjoyed the research involved in writing. I love how you can be looking for images of say, seventeenth-century silver, and while you’re looking over the various types of engravings, it’ll hit you all at once, that oh my goodness the younger sister is a spy! Then before you know it, the plot’s taken over and the story’s not quite like you thought it would be, but that’s okay because it’s even better.
The Submissive Series was no different. I’ll admit I hadn’t read much, if any, BDSM fiction before starting The Submissive and I’m not involved in the lifestyle. To make the story realistic, I had to do research. I went to the obvious places, online sites and discussion boards. There’s so much variety to be found in the community.
The biggest help for me has been in talking with people who have experience in the lifestyle or who are active participants. The Submissive is rather light when it comes to BDSM, but as the series progressed and the play intensified, it became imperative that I had more than a passing knowledge of what’s involved. To have people look over your work and give feedback like, I think she’s bound too long in this scene or that position puts too much weight on the spine is vital.
Speaking with people allows you the freedom to ask questions – “explain Top Drop to me” and “how are the play parties you’ve been to run.”
The great thing about research is you’re always getting new ideas while you do it.
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