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I’m thrilled to welcome one of my favorite authors, Ashe Barker, to my blog today to talk about her new book, Tell Me.
Ashe Barker – Tell Me
Hi Renee, and thank you for inviting me back over to your blog today to chat a little about my latest release. Tell Me is now up on Amazon and is without doubt one of my favourite stories ever. It was fun to write but a challenge too. The characters are complicated, and like most of us I suppose they can occasionally be their own worst enemy.
Tell Me is about a woman who can’t accept her submissive nature. Neither can she resist it. She plays in secret, with a Dom she met at a BDSM club. They know nothing about one another, and they have nothing in common apart from their mutual love of kink.
Or do they? When Thea’s separate worlds collide she is stunned, and her instinct is to run. Her Dom has other ideas. Tony is not about to let her scurry away and hide from him any more. He is uncompromising in his demands, he wants all of her, not just the sexy little sub he plays with at their BDSM club. It’s now or never, and Thea has to make a choice.
Tell Me is about trust, and acceptance, and about breaking down barriers. It’s a gritty, realistic story, set in the UK. There are plenty of hot, sexy scenes – these two love their kink and bring out the best in each other – but it’s also about one woman’s inner struggle to feel good in her own skin. I hope readers love it as much as I do.
Here’s the back cover stuff…
Tell me, Thea.
After months of frequenting her local BDSM club, Thea has found what every submissive dreams of, the perfect Dom. He understands every gasp and shiver of her response and gives her exactly what she craves. He pushes her limits, takes her to the edge and then holds her while she floats back to reality. He knows every inch of her body in intimate detail, but nothing else about her at all. Though he tries to delve into her personal life, he respects her wishes when she refuses. Thea feels compelled to keep her ‘real’ life separate from anything that happens on the BDSM scene, it’s the only way she can exist.
Tony is bewitched from the first moment he lays eyes on his perfect little sub at The Wicked Club. Months of scening with her only makes him crave more. But any pressure for information about her private life has her scurrying away like a frightened kitten. He needs to keep his cool and take it slow in order not to scare her away.
That is until a twist of fate lands Thea in Mr Tony diMarco’s office and her worlds collide. Her perfect Dom is sitting behind the desk at her new job. It’s too much and she refuses to mix her personal and professional lives. But Tony won’t take no for an answer. He needs Thea Richmond in his bed and in his office and he is determined to have his way.
Thea is reluctant to blur the lines, but it’s becoming more and more difficult to maintain her well-ordered existence. Will she trust her Dom to push her to the edge like he always does? Or will she risk losing the man she has come to love?
And of course, here’s a steamy excerpt to get you in the mood.
Thea counted the strokes in her head, picking up where they had left off before she begged for a time out, fifteen, sixteen, seventeen. She had enough experience now to recognise the moment her endorphins kicked in to blunt the intensity, to welcome that heady rush that felt like flying but through treacle. She was straining, reaching, almost, not quite…
“Enough.” The sweet whipping stopped, and Tony stepped back in front of her. His expression was stern. She cringed, but still couldn’t stem the words of protest.
“No, not yet. I need more. Sir, please.” Thea shivered, her pussy clenching, her clit swollen and throbbing. So close, so fucking close.
Gentle, firm hands unfastened the buckles securing her wrists. Thea slumped forward to be caught in Tony’s arms. He hauled her against him, holding her for the few moments it took for her legs to regain enough sensation to support her.
“You stopped too early, I was almost there.”
Her petulant tone was not to his liking if the sharp slap to her bottom was any indication. “I decide when you’ve had enough, not you. I’ve warned you enough times about topping from the bottom.”
Thea was contrite instantly. “I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to. You know best, I realise that. Thank you Sir.” Despite her desire for more, Thea had no wish to earn a punishment, not in her current delicate, fragile state. She was physically close to her limit, and emotionally strung out to the point where she couldn’t think straight. His anger now would be unbearable. She hesitated for a few moments, waiting for his response. Was he displeased?
It would seem not. His arms remained around her body, offering support, comfort, security.
Relieved and reassured Thea attempted to stand upright, damping down the bitter frustration of unmet need, unsatisfied lust. Tony pulled her back against him, turning her now so her shoulders rested against his chest. He cupped her breasts in his hands. Thea gasped, the forgotten nipple clamps now back in sharp focus. Tony chuckled as he pressed his palms against the pebbled nubs, pinched mercilessly in the clover-leaf grips.
“Not done yet, my sweet slut. I think we need something a little more—severe—to satisfy you this evening. Would you agree?”
Thea nodded, her yearning almost palpable, like a living, breathing entity snapping around her ankles, demanding satisfaction.
More about me:
I’ve been an avid reader of fiction for many years, erotic and other genres. I still love reading, the hotter the better. But now I have a good excuse for my guilty pleasure – research.
I tend to draw on my own experience to lend colour, detail and realism to my plots and characters. An incident here, a chance remark there, a bizarre event or quirky character, any of these can spark a story idea.
When not writing – which is not very often these days – my time is divided between my role as resident taxi driver for my teenage daughter, and caring for a menagerie of dogs, rabbits, tortoises. And a very grumpy cockatiel.
I have twenty four (at the last count) titles on general release with publishers on both sides of the Atlantic, and I have several more in the pipeline. All my books feature BDSM. I write explicit stories, always hot, but they offer far more than just sizzling sex. I like to read about complex characters, and compelling plots, so that’s what I write too. Strong, demanding Doms are a given, often paired with new submissives who have a lot to learn.
I have a pile of story ideas still to work through, and keep thinking of new ones at the most unlikely moments, so you can expect to see a lot more from me.