Friday, September 28, 2012

N.B.P.'s Back to School Bash

For me, growing up, going back to school was always bittersweet. Sure, I'd get bullied at school (the bitter LOL) but at least I'd be out of the house for a while - the sweet!

Once I had kids, I started to appreciate back to school for different reasons - Quiet. Calm. Time to myself. But also it meant school functions, football games, and baseball games. Of course, it also meant fights over  homework. :-)

For  my prize today, I'm offering a free PDF copy of my m/m, BDSM story, "Relearning the Ropes." It kinda fits with the theme, in that one of the main characters, Marcus, has to go back to basics and relearn a few things in order to be with his new sub, Charlie.

To enter to win, just leave a comment below with your e-mail!

Here's the blurb:

When his good friend Julius dies unexpectedly, Marcus finds himself saddled with a new submissive—Charlie. But Charlie comes with a history, and more pain and need than Marcus has ever encountered. Marcus knows he loves Charlie, and Charlie loves him, but Marcus must set aside his old theories about BDSM and relearn the ropes if he wants to be the Dom—and the lover—they both need.

And an excerpt:

Charlie pushed his breakfast around on his plate, tapping his fork against the edge of the white china and frowning.

"Is there a problem with your eggs?" Marcus asked. He'd followed Julius's recipe exactly, right down to the Roma tomatoes and fresh parsley. Since Julius's death, Marcus had tried hard to keep life normal for Charlie—to show him that nothing had changed. God knew Charlie had been abandoned—physically and emotionally—too much in his life. The fact that Marcus and Julius were polar opposites when it came to how they treated their subs had been jarring enough.

Marcus had painstakingly cataloged the contents of Julius's food cupboard and stocked his own with the same items, going across town for some things. He had even gone so far as to bring some of Julius's art pieces to his house so Charlie would have something familiar to look at, though he had to admit, he hated the brightly colored, chaotic abstract pieces. Although more than a few other Doms had warned Marcus that keeping things status quo was the wrong tactic.

"No." Charlie shook his head quickly. "They're perfect. Thank you for cooking them."

Marcus nodded. Cooking. Another thing he'd had to learn. They'd realized quickly that, unlike Marcus, Charlie's temperamental stomach simply couldn't handle eating out for every meal. If Marcus didn't want Charlie to starve, one of them needed to cook, and Charlie was far too timid and scatterbrained in the kitchen.

"May I speak to you man-to-man, not sub to Dom for a minute, please?" Charlie asked.

Man-to-man. A phrase Charlie had picked up from Julius. "You may."


****PLEASE BE AWARE: I write GLBTQ romance. GLBTQ stands for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer. This means my works feature same sex relationships AND same sex sexual acts. If winning that kind of a book isn't your cup of tea, kindly pass on to the next blog in the hop and leave the spot open for someone else. Thank you.****


  1. DC, I love all your books and always look forward to reading them. Although I have always loved school, I was never a big fan of all the "crap" and drama...still am not, as a teacher. My major pet peeve in school is bullying, and I teach my students acceptance of all!

  2. While bullying didn't seem to be a big issue in my school, I guess I was lucy in that I was ignore except by my own little circle of friends.

  3. I loved school,until,I was transferred to a program across town. So school started out sweet, but ended up bitter--until,I went back to grad school a few years ago. That was so sweet, but I had to stop due to illness. So that was bitter...I'm too ambivalent to decide! I would love to discover you as a new author' though.


  4. I was bullied by family members, cousins who were encouraged by their mother. In later years they apologized and seemed to want to be friendly but I was really not interested. Great excerpt. I follow by email.

  5. i was the tallest girl in school, with the wild curly hair and glasses. That alone stamped me with bully bait most of my elementary school life.

  6. I loved the schoolwork...hated being around that many people. Thanks for the giveaway...Michelle

  7. I loved my niche of friends in high school, but I can sympathize with being bullied. Bad with the good and all that... anyway, thanks for the giveaway!

  8. I was never a fan of being in school lol
    Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  9. I pretty much hated school until I went to college. College rocks! Thanks for participating!


  10. Didn't back down from bully in school or had to face family.

  11. Hi. School was okay but there were other things I'd rather be doing. Lucky for me I was never bullied but I know that luck didn't hold the same for others. I'm glad my kids go to a school system that has no tolerence for bullying. They even have speakers and seminars for the kids.

    Book looks great. Thanks for the giveaway chance.