Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Book Blast, Giveaway & Interview: Safeword: Matte – In Training by @CandaceBlevins

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clip_image002_thumb[1]Safeword: Matte – In Training

Safeword Series

Number 7

Candace Blevins

Genre: BDSM Romance

Publisher: Excessica

Date of Publication: June 20, 2014

ISBN: Not yet available

ASIN: Not yet available

Number of pages: 202 pages

Word Count: 78,000 words

Cover Artist: Tara West

Book Description:

The wedding is four months away, and Ethan has promised to train Sam to handle a planned honeymoon activity. He’s calculated the math to figure out her goals each week. When she reaches the weekly target she gets a massage and lots of fun orgasms. But if she doesn’t, it’s the stainless steel cane.

All this along with navigating her clients’ drama, planning a wedding, dealing with her mother while planning the wedding, and having lots and lots of wild and kinky sex.

And we haven’t even mentioned the bachelorette party.

Warning: This title contains graphic language, consensual BDSM some may find objectionable, anal sex, bondage, and the use of toys including crops, clips, clamps, plugs, and gags.



When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?

I know people say if you are writing, you’re a writer, but for me, I didn’t consider myself officially a writer until I had a contract.

How long did it take to get your first book published?

From the time I decided to try, I think about six or eight months, maybe? I’d written for years before I decided to try, though.

Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?

Yes, I’m a computer geek during the day.

What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?

Safeword: Matte – In Training

Ethan is extremely well endowed, and has promised to prepare Sam to take him anally on their honeymoon.

Hah! Eighteen words! I almost never stay under the maximum number. You should know it’s a romance, though, and it’s about so much more than just the training.

Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?

Excessica, and I love them!

How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?

Some have only taken six or eight months, some have taken much longer. Just as all children are different, so are all of my books. Some chapters write themselves, others feel as if they extract a pint of blood for every page.

What can we expect from you in the future?  ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?

I have a paranormal series in my head, screaming to get out. My game plan at the moment is to finally begin it when I put Happily Ever After to bed.

What genre would you place your books into?

The Safeword series is Contemporary BDSM Romance.

Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?

My husband likes me close, so I kind of follow him around with my laptop. Most of my writing happens in bed after the kids are asleep, with my husband beside me. He’s often working on his laptop at night, too, but if he’s watching TV, sometimes I listen to Strauss or Bach through the headphones.

Do you read all the reviews of your book/books?

I read the ones I know about. Once upon a time I was a ballerina, and when an injury ended my career, I juggled professionally a while. You don’t get to that level of entertainer without learning to differentiate between constructive criticism and snark, and learning to appreciate and make use of constructive criticism.

Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?

Oh, I suck at titles. I love this series. I just have to think of a unique and creative safeword, and voila!

Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?

My characters live in my head a while before I start writing. The characters often come first, and then the plot. I don’t really decide on their traits, they just kind of come into being.  (Do the voices in my head bother you, too?)

Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?

I much prefer ebooks. I was sent a paper eArc a few months ago, and got so frustrated with it. When my eyes grew tired, I couldn’t increase the font. When my husband went to sleep I had to stop reading because he wanted the light off. I couldn’t put the book in a ziplock bag and take a bath with it. I had no idea how spoiled I’d become by ebooks.

Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?

Not usually, though there are a few exceptions. The Dexter series wasn’t a movie, but it’s one of the few times I’ve liked the screen adaptation better than the books. I loved The Lord of the Rings, but mostly because it brought what I’d seen in my imagination to life. In general, I think books allow us to get farther into a character’s head, and travel farther in our imagination.

Your favorite food is?

Potatoes, followed by chocolate.

Your favorite color is?




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Candace Blevins is a southern girl who loves to travel the world.

She lives with her husband of 16 years and their two daughters. When not working or driving kids all over the place she can be found reading, writing, meditating, or swimming.

Candace writes romance books about strong women who happen to be submissive, and in some cases have some pretty extreme kinks. Relationships can be difficult enough without throwing power exchange into the mix, and her books show characters who care enough about each other to fight to make the relationship work.

You can visit her on the web at candaceblevins.com, and feel free to friend her on Facebook at facebook.com/candacesblevins, and Goodreads at goodreads.com/CandaceBlevins.





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