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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Maddie Taylor, Sent to the Dungeon for Being Naughty!





Hi Maddie! So nice of you to find time to come and talk to us today.



Thank you so much for inviting me. This is my first blog spot and I am very excited.



You have two books published so far is that right?


Yes. I have 2 books in a planned 6 book series called Club Decadence. My debut book was Captain My Captain and came out in March. You Said for ever is book 2 and followed at the end of May.
I also have 3 more accepted for publication by Blushing Books Publishing.



I believe you ran into a little bit of trouble with censorship. Would you like to tell us what happened?


Oh yes! Captain My Captain was flying off the virtual shelves at Blushing Books Publishing and at Amazon. I was thrilled. I had heard that new authors were lucky to sell 500 copies of a debut novel and mine had sold twice that many in just a month. I even hit the Amazon’s Erotica top 100 at #72. I about freaked I was so excited.
Then, along came book 2 suddenly my sales rankings started to drop sink like a brick. I went from a ranking consistently between 1200-3000 in May to 100,000 in June. I couldn’t figure out what was happening and why.
Fortunately, Bethany, my very wise publisher over at Blushing Books figured out the problem. My second book had been tagged as ADULT. At the same time that same censor (I’m not sure what else to call the busy bee at Amazon) went back and tagged Captain as ADULT, too. The problem we found out was the cover art was too sexy and suggestive. Here they are:























If you ask me, Book 1 is so much racier than book 2 and it passed through on release without any problems. It just goes to prove that there is no rhyme or reason to what gets tagged and what doesn’t.

Can you even tell why they tagged it as ADULT?


I had to look really close, too. See her hand down his pants? Well its actually her fingers in his waistband. That prompted the Amazon prude, I mean the nice person working at Amazon, to look at Captain and the “O” face got me the same treatment as well. Instant adult tag. Go directly to the Amazon Dungeon for naughty authors, do not pass go, etc.


Let me take a minute to explain the Dungeon. Unlike the dungeons in my novels,the Amazon version is no fun for an author. Once a book is tagged it is blocked from all those helpful tools on amazon like recommendations to readers, customers who bought this item also bought, and in the search bar you have to type the authors name and the title of the book to find it. Just typing Maddie Taylor brought up no links to my books.
It was very frustrating. And to make matters worse, the author and publisher are never even told when the book gets tagged that way. Some other authors and publishers have blogged about this as well. You can read more at http://disciplinedwriter.com/?cat=3



So now the problem has been identified it's full steam ahead. Why don't you tell us about Captain, My Captain.


Yes. You Said Forever’s cover was altered very slightly by raising the banner which hides the naughty hand. 















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Captain had to be changed entirely. How do you get rid of the “O” face and the hand on her breast? So here is the new cover. It is nice, but I wanted hot, sexy and steamy like my H/h in the book.



I really loved the first cover and was very disappointed. It was my first book and very personal for me. Fortunately, the original cover is still available on www.blushingbooks.com. And even http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/captain-my-captain-maddie-taylor/1115098203?ean=2940016749273 which is more proof of a widely varying industry standard.




My series is about a group of US Army Special Forces soldiers aka Green Berets. They are strong, sexy dominant men who are looking for their one, their special submissive. In Captain My Captain, the hero is Tony “Cap” Rossi. He commands the elite A Team of Green Berets through years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. The book begins when they retire and his men follow their Captain to San Antonio, Texas to join him at the start up of a private security business. There is lots of danger, intrigue, and bad guys operating through a Mexican drug cartel.
As a side business, the six of them open a private nightclub and you guessed right, it is a BDSM club. So we get to watch these sexy men work and play. And do they ever play.
Captain My Captain is a love story. Cap finally claims Megan, a girl he has loved for 15 years. He has kept his distance because he didn’t think it was fair to claim her when his first priority was his job; a dangerous job that kept him abroad for months and years on end with no guarantees he will return. But when he comes home for good, the gloves are off. And so are the bras and panties. LOL There is lots of spanking, both good girl and bad girl spankings as well as Cap introducing an eager Megan into the BDSM scene.


Do you think you write much of yourself into your characters?


Yes and no. Yes in that I think the sass and humor is all me. I also like to play. I have been married to my beloved for over two decades and have found that you have to play and be happy. Life is too serious much of the time.

The no part is that I know that my heroine’s are much braver than me. It is fantasy after all but I’m sorry 20 swats with a Lexan paddle would have me yowling for mercy, long before Megan ever cried uncle.




What made you choose to write Spanking Fiction?


That is my kink. I have always fantasized about it. Even as a child, playing dolls with friends the naughty girls got spanked. It’s funny though, because there was no corporal punishment for me as a child. Other than two years of Catholic school, but that’s a whole other story.
I wrote about my feelings on the subject in You Said Forever:


A spanking had an oddly calming effect on her that often lingered for days, plus she loved the aftercare. So, she often antagonized him to get the spanking she knew she needed. As a college educated woman, this seemed counterintuitive. Why not just ask for a spanking or go straight to the aftercare? She had tried to research the psychology behind her need for discipline, but had never come up with a convincing theory. She’d had a happy childhood with loving parents; no abuse, neglect or even any drama. When she’d asked her experienced Dom about it he said; “Everybody’s wired differently, baby. No need to wonder why, just buckle up and enjoy the ride.





What is the thing you find hardest about writing this genre?


My mind is switched on all the time. I get ideas constantly in the car driving, in the middle of the night, and in the shower. I get a lot of ideas in the shower <blush>. When I get an idea I have to write it down. So I have scenes written on scrap paper in my car on napkins or I just pull out my laptop and start writing.
The hardest part is learning the business of writing, not the actual writing or the genre. I have learned to use proofreading soft wear because I know typos drive readers crazy. I have also learned to phone friend and send her my story before its submitted. Sometimes a different set of eyes can tell you what works and what doesn’t. And see what your eyes miss because your brain is filling in what you wanted to write not what is actually on the screen.
Can I give a big thank you to my beta readers L.A. Cloutier and just recently Dinah McLeod? They both helped me on my most recent submissions. L.A. has been a godsend. As a new author we have teamed up to share thoughts, ideas, etc. And of course, Victoria my editor over at Blushing Books is wonderful. Her patience and feedback has been invaluable.




What's next for Maddie Taylor?


So many things. How much time do we have? <Giggle>
A prequel to the Club Decadence series called; Faithfully. It will be offered as a Kindle Select which will be exclusive to Amazon for 90 days after its release. During that time it will be offered for free for up to 5 days. Otherwise it will be at a great low price. I am hoping that it will give readers a taste for more Decadence.













Little Light of Mine, Book 3 will be released sometime after Faithfully. It is Dex and Elena’s story and has some very heart wrenching scenes like You Said Forever did. Oh and Dex is a master with the single tail. I think fans will eat up The Club’s sexy Master Dom with a spoon.
I also have a Victorian spanking romance titled “Surrender Your Grace” that’s in the works. My first venture out of my contemporary comfort zone that I hope everyone will enjoy. Want a teaser? Can you say birch rod? Ouch.
Oh and The Gift, which is currently exclusive to Bethany’s Woodshed right now. You can check out chapter one for free at www.herwoodshed.com. Or it will be released on www.blushingbooks.com and Amazon this fall.
And finally, I have a Medieval time travel in the works as well.
As you can see, my busy brain is full of fantasy that I just got to find an outlet for before I kill my poor exhausted husband.




L
astly, five quick questions so we can get to know you a little better.



Favorite TV show?

The Following. So dark and twisted. I love to hate Joe Carroll but love to love me some Kevin Bacon.


Favorite food?


Shrimp fettucini Alfredo; my guilty pleasure.


Most embarrassing moment?


I had to stop and think about that one there are so many. I have it… My son’s best friend (an adult) walked in the back door when I had a very inappropriate video playing on my laptop. I couldn’t get it to stop as luck would have my accursed laptop froze up just then. The oohs and aahs just echoed through the room. Well after that we acted like nothing even happened. That was over a year ago and I still see him several times a week and we have never spoken of it. He doesn’t know I write about that kind of thing. It would melt a few circuits in his 22 year old brain.
Hey! I was doing research… really!



Favorite author?


There are so many. But in this genre, I’d have to say Cherise Sinclair. I fell in lust with Master Z in the Shadowlands and have gone back to visit him many times and always leave with damp panties. I’m such a naughty girl.
I just had to have a club full of Doms of my very own. So thank you Cherise for inspiring Club Decadence.




When you were little what did you want to be when you grew up?


A lawyer. HA! Did I veer off course or what? I’ve always thought corporal punishment for offenders would be highly effective tool in our legal system. If it works in some marriages its worth a try on those DUI repeat offenders. I’ll even lend the bailiff our paddle.
Maybe I’ll write a book about that.



Thanks so much for coming to talk to us today Maddie. It's been fun and very informative.


Thanks for inviting me Constance. It was fun. Thank you also for reaching out to a new author with a friendly welcome, a sincere offer of advice and a wonderful platform to share my thoughts.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Come and Join Us For Saturday Spankings!





Today for my Saturday Spankings excerpt I’m sharing the eight sentences from The Grass Could Be Greener that follow last week. I hope you’re not sick of it but I hate to leave it in the middle. I hope you don’t mind , I went slightly over but a few of my sentences were really small.








“What you can’t do is lie about it.” Joe pulled her over his knee and brought his hand down sharply in a fluid movement, first to one cheek and then to the other. 

“If you need something, you have to say!”

“I’m sorry!” she wailed, mortified that he was staring at the very object of her displeasure, her fat bottom. She could only imagine how it wiggled and wobbled like a jello mould at Thanksgiving. It’d be the colour of cranberry jello by the time he was finished with it. “Yeow, Joe, it hurts!”

“There is no reason you have to pretend you’re sick to get out of church!” Several more hard smacks landed on the wiggling target.

“Stop, Joe, please!” she said, kicking her legs wildly in a vain attempt to get away from that punishing hand.

“We have to trust each other,” he lectured, punctuating each word with a sharp whack to each thigh.

“I will, Joe, please!” she said “Please.”




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Friday, July 19, 2013

Come and Join Us For Some Saturday Spanking Snippets!



Saturday Spankings is a blog hop where writers share eight sentences of their work. Today I’m continuing from where I left off last week with The Grass Could Be Greener






“Why would you lie? “
“You know why.”
“If I ask you a question, it’s because I want to hear you answer it.”
“Nothing fits me! I hate still having to wear maternity dresses to church.”
“Why on earth didn’t you tell me that you needed clothes?”
“I just couldn’t. I couldn’t say to you that I was so fat that I had nothing to wear. I don’t even want bigger clothes! I just want to fit into my old clothes.”
“You can say anything to me,” Joe said with a thread of emotion cutting into his
normally clear voice.
“I know,” she said. The hurt in his voice was making her feel terrible.





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Friday, July 12, 2013

Saturday Spankings Again!






Time for Saturday Spankings again. This week for my 8 sentences, I’m going to pick up where I left off last week with The Grass Could Be Greener. Sarah is remembering a time that Joe had put her in the corner for lying.






She sniffled as the tears that so far were unshed escaped and ran down her flushed cheeks. It was ironic really. She was in the corner, in trouble and naked for lying about being sick because she had nothing to wear to church that wasn’t maternity wear because she was still so fat! So he made her stand in the corner wearing nothing. Near a mirror. It was torture. She closed her eyes and tried not to watch herself in the full-length looking glass that was mocking her. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fattest of them all. She pouted and Joe took her arm and frog marched her to the bed.


“Why are you in trouble?” he asked his face grim. 

“I lied,” she said looking him straight in the eye.




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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Introducing….drumroll Dinah McLeod!!!




I'm so happy to introduce a fellow author and a new friend Dinah McLeod. Welcome Dinah!



Thank you Constance! I'm so happy to be here! Thank you for having me!



You're very welcome Dinah. Now, you've come to talk about your new book An Errant Bride. I'm dying to hear all about it. Is this your first published book?


Yes it is. It's been out for about three weeks now, and it's been so fun to see how readers are responding to it.


Tell us about An Errant Bride.


Sara Harris has married a wonderful man, Ethan, and she thinks everything is going OK. He has other thoughts, and she is surprised, horrified and a bit sore after that discussion! She's never heard of domestic discipline before, but she already knows she doesn't like it one bit! She fights it tooth and nail until something has got to give...either a love for her bottom, or her love for her husband.




Where did the idea of the book come from?



Well, I live in a DD relationship, and I brought the idea of DD to my husband. In some ways he was resistant to the idea, so I knew how that story played out. I got to wondering if I could imagine it from the other side. A woman who, already married, was presented with this idea of being spanked for misbehaving. I didn't think it would go over well at first, and sure enough...



Fireworks right? Did you write much of yourself into the main character of Sarah?



Gosh, I hope not! I find Sara just a bit of a brat! Of course I have had people that know me read it and tell me it rings pretty well true to myself so maybe I'm a brat and I just don't know it!



Tell us the part you had most fun writing.



You know, it was actually after the book was written. I thought it was done, then a fellow author read it and told me to change something. At first, I thought it would be a small fix, but as you know,
stories sometimes write themselves. That ended up being a six page add-on, the scene between Sara and her Dad. I love it because it's her talking about her issues with her domestic discipline.





Are you working on something new? Give us an idea what we have to look forward to.





I have had several new projects, but the one coming next is called “Mona's Second Chance”. Mona has a cameo in An Errant Bride, so you get know her a bit. Mona has been divorced for over a year
now, and while she knows all the reasons her marriage ended, they no longer seem important. Colby, her Ex-husband, has moved on now and is serious with someone new, but Mona doesn't know if she can ever move on. Especially when he comes to help her when her car won't start, and all her old feelings come rushing back…




Just for fun here's five short questions so we can get to know you....


Sure, sounds like fun. Let's hear it.



What was the first book you read that had an impact on you? One that you just couldn't put down?


It was The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. The first in the Narnia series. I was listening to a teacher read it in the fifth grade, and up until then I really wasn't interested in doing extracurricular
reading but hearing her read it I decided to read it for myself. It was the first time I realised that reading could take you to different worlds. I loved that feeling and later I decided that I wanted to do that for other people.



If you could be someone other than who you are who would that be?



The answer that might surprise you, but I think I'd be an actress. I've always thought there wasn't much of a leap from writing to acting, but I could be wrong. Still it would be fun to see. So let's see... I love Julia Roberts, so I'd trade places with her for a little while.



What's your favourite food?



Anything Italian.




Something that would surprise us about you.




Anyone that knows me would be surprised that I write spanking romance! Some might keel over from the shock, actually, but you already know that so...Oh I know. My celebrity crush is Tom Hanks. I know, I know. Most of my friends think I'm creepy to be in my twenties and have a crush on Tom Hanks, but I think he's amazing, and he's still cute so yeah.


Nothing wrong with Tom Hanks! What's your favourite TV show or movie?



I love TV in general, which makes it ironic that I don't have cable. My husband and I watch a lot together. We just got done watching How I Met Your Mother. I love that show. I love watching a romance unfurl, and you definitely have time to do it in this one!


What is the most exciting moment in your life so far?


Finding out I was pregnant with my first child. That was pretty awesome. A close second would probably be getting my book published. I have wanted to be a writer since I was little. A lot of my writer friends have moved on from that dream, but I never have, so it's so amazing to see it come true.



I have to agree with you on that one Dinah.




I guess that's all for now Dinah, it’s been a pleasure getting to know you a little better and hearing about your new book. Thanks so much for coming to visit!



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