Friday, September 13, 2013

Bind Me and Keep Me Tour and Giveaway


How far would you go to protect your love and your life?

When two deaths turn his world upside down, Klaus must wrestle with a problem that goes soul deep. With Jodie it was capture fantasy but now he’s made the fantasy real, dragging her along as his accomplice. No one should feel so good about something so wrong.

Maybe his soul is darker than he feared. Maybe the rules shouldn't apply to him.

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Romance and Dubious Consent
The farther I’ve travelled into my writing of this Pierced Hearts series, the more I’ve learned about dubious consent stories. If you read these stories, you’ll have a fair idea as to what they involve. The average romance is totally consensual with very little hint of any noes from the heroine. A dub con story is based around the heroine going no when inside her head she’s going oooo…maybe. In real life this is that horror of horrors, a mindset that encourages rape culture, but inside a book it’s a very common fantasy of women.
Not real, fantasy. If you don’t like to read these stories, move on to one you do want to read, like that one about a serial killer terrorizing a town. Yes, us humans have some odd ideas about what to read.
Dub con comes on a sliding scale. Bodice rippers, where the heroine and hero fall in love, are at the mild end. At the other, dark and edgy end are stories which are pretty close to non-consent and rape. All dubious consent stories are closely intertwined with capture fantasy stories. I’ve loved reading these for many years and possibly John Norman’s Gor series were my first in this sub-genre. I used to hide them away in my bookshelf. Naughty me.
With this Pierced Hearts series of books, I’ve always meant to escalate the dubiousness of the consent as I went, as well as keeping the man someone you could understand and even, maybe, someone you have a strange urge to drool on and stroke the biceps of…
But as well as the dubiousness, I wanted to keep the romance alive. I wasn’t sure I could do that all the way through the story. I mean, if it’s full on dub con all the way, how can you have romantic love between him and her? Certainly the first book in the Pierced Hearts series, Take Me, Break Me, is a romance, but this one, Bind and Keep Me, was a more difficult nut to crack.
The ending had to be dub con, meaning the woman was still unsure in some way as to whether she wanted to be with him…
Yet maybe I could inject some romance?
Yes, writing this one gave me a few puzzles.
Can you have love if there is not full consent? Surely for two people to love one another it must be consensual? You cannot force love. You cannot force someone to love you. I’m pretty sure of that. But if you disagree, I’d love to hear your argument.
My first idea was, what if you love someone, but you don’t want to stay with them?
That might work. But the deeper I got into writing Bind and Keep Me, the more I doubted that I could end it with romance…or even that I wanted to. Jodie and Klaus were in love, did I really need any other romance to keep readers happy?
Would Stephanie fall in love with Klaus?
I never really figured out the answer to this question until I reached the end of the book.

This book was more than amazing. I started it yesterday, in a panic as the tour was getting closer and my schedule has been more than a little hectic of late. Figuring I would read for a short while and go to sleep, I was shocked to find a couple of hours had passed and thrilled to be deeply engrossed in this astounding book.
Cari Silverwood is one of my favorite BDSM writers. This story falls outside of those confines, as it is a non-con capture kind of story. The reasons behind it become abundantly clear and completely worked for me. What would any of us do in that situation? Well, I don't have a basement, but still...If you found yourself in the same position, what would you do? Hard question, but it is a compelling one that is still keeping me reading and I have great plans after lights out tonight to read some more. 
As a captive, would you submit to your captors, knowing it would be the way out eventually? Another great question. One that has me riveted as I crawl back into bed with my e-reader this evening. Only Cari Silverwood can make a capture fantasy like this into a toe curling scenario that haunts my dreams in a most delicious way.


Early praise for Bind and Keep Me:
“Bind and Keep me, leads you down a depraved path full of dark desires that you know are so wrong, but feel too good for you to care. Cari Silverwood makes losing what we all cherish—our freedom—sinfully erotic.” - Bianca Sommerland, author of Deadly Captive
“Enthralling and seductive, BIND AND KEEP ME brings the taboo into our basements and locks us inside. A must-read for lovers of dangerous erotic fiction.” - Skye Warren, author of Wanderlust

Explicit Excerpt
“I’m not yours.” Her answer was quiet and tremulous.

Such bravery in the face of overwhelming superiority.

I stopped with my palm pressing her upper back down onto the mattress. Enough pressure that she could feel my strength, enough so that she tensed and then, as I didn’t relent, she gave in, her head lowering, her body quivering. Was she a true submissive? I was fairly certain she was.

“You’re pretty, beautiful even. Desirable. Fuckable. I scare you because I like pain more than you can comprehend. I’m not going to kill you. I’m not going to carve off your flesh and eat it. But, little toy, I am going to hurt you more than you think you can take.” 

She froze in the middle of inhaling. I smiled and grasped a big handful of those dark locks just above her nape. I levered her head back until she was arched and her breasts were no longer concealed beneath her. So I took one in the grip of my other hand. “Mine,” I whispered. “You’re mine whether you fucking want to be or not.”
I squeezed both her breast and the fistful of hair, and I leaned down to look into her fear-darkened eyes.

“You need to learn not to be afraid of pain,” I murmured. “And you know why?”

She swallowed and I felt her endeavor to shake her head. Long strands of her hair fell across her face.

“If you lose that fear of pain, you will lose some of your fear of me. Not all, some. I’m not your nemesis, girl, I’m just going to be your master.”

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Glossary of US and Australian terms
In the interests of not jerking most of my readers out of the story with some unfamiliar word usages, I opted to sometimes use the US word instead. However, since I completed the book, I’ve been told by many American readers that they’d rather I use the Aussie words.
I’m not entirely convinced. Since I think I have far more American fans than Australian, I may still be tempted in Book 3, “Make Me Yours, Forevermore”, to use some American terms. If you want to tell me otherwise, feel free to pop a comment on my facebook wall.
This example is why I hesitate:
Klaus put on his thongs and strolled out the door to take his daily walk on the beach.
US word vs Aussie
Cell phone = mobile   US term used in the story
College  = University or Uni   Australian word used
Dishcloth = tea towel   I used the US word
Flip flops = thongs   This was explained in the story
Cooler = esky   US word used with the Australian word
Popsicle = ice block   US word used
Shrimp = prawn   This was explained in the story
Spatula = egg flip   This was explained in the story, and it’s a regional Australian term that isn’t used nationwide, I think
SUV = Four wheel drive   US word used
There may be others I substituted but missed seeing. I have become so used to doing this in my stories that it’s almost automatic. I have also used US spelling throughout. Though this book is self-published both of my earlier publishers, Loose Id and Lyrical Press, used US spelling.

About Cari:
Cari Silverwood writes the way the world should be - dangerous and sexy with bullets piercing the darkness and lovers wrenched close by ropes. When you need escape, when you need that rough lover to bring you to your knees, here you will find stories to singe your fingers. The taste of adventure, the tang of BDSM, the burn of fantasy run wild. Brace yourselves, if you dare to read.

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