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To help celebrate the release of the kinktastic Power Play: Awakening, the authors wrangled their characters into an interrogation chair for your reading pleasure.
Today Brandon McKinney discusses the evolution of his D/s relationship with Jonathan Watkins, and how they finally found their happy ending.
Thanks for joining us today, Brandon. You’ve got big smile on your face. I take it everything’s going well with you and Jonathan?
Hi, yeah, yeah it is.
That’s quite a change from where we left you and Jonathan at the end of Power Play: Resistance. What made you decide to trust Jonathan after fighting him for so long?
I guess we both figured some things out about ourselves and each other, you know? Started meeting on middle ground a little— well, a lot more, actually. And part of it was that he earned my trust, but maybe even a bigger part of it was just me figuring stuff out in my own head, learning that some of the little voices in there were maybe not so good to listen to and that strength isn’t always about fighting.
Tell us about the time you spent together at Jonathan’s house in Big Sur.
Exhausting. *chuckles* Boy did he ever keep me busy there, but you know what? I can’t remember the last time—before Jonathan, that is—that I was that happy. And oh, hey, did you know he has a boat? I mean, like, a boat boat. Very cool.
I didn’t, no. But I guess he has a number of surprises up his sleeve?
You could certainly say that. Keeps me on my toes, whew!
How about your trip to China? We understand it ended on a rather . . . tense note.
Yeah, you could certainly say that too. But you know, for all that, looking back on it now? What I remember more than anything is how happy I was. How excited to get out there and see things I’d only ever dreamed of and do something I really honestly did not think I was capable of doing and realize, at the end of the day, that there actually was a way to take this . . . this kind of relationship and make it work in the real world.
You and Jonathan seem very happy together at the end of Awakening. How does a non-masochist find that kind of contentment living with a Dominant with a wide sadistic streak?
I try to be very, very, very good. *laughs* But, no, seriously—I mean, yeah, I do obviously try not to give him reasons to break out the cane—but when I do, it’s okay, you know? Because I don’t like who I am when I’m irresponsible or childish or when I let my anger take over, and because I love him too much to bear disappointing him and then not being an adult about it afterward. And sometimes, when he just wants, you know, to, um . . . I mean, when I haven’t done anything wrong and he does it anyway, it’s kind of amazing how . . . well, how good those times can be, because yeah, I’m not really a masochist, but I know now I’m definitely a submissive, and to let him take me by the hand and sink me into that headspace, and to know I’m doing it for him, and to know how much pleasure he takes from it and how much pleasure he can wring from me in the process . . . *blushes* Um. So, yeah. That’s how, I guess.
Blurb:Brandon McKinney is a man reborn. Newly awakened to the notion of consensual power exchange and the submissive urges inside him, he begs for a second chance from the man who opened his eyes to this world: Silicon Valley superstar Jonathan Watkins. But no birth is absent pain, and Brandon’s is no exception. He fears he’s not strong enough to see it through.
Jonathan knows better. He’s seen the iron core inside his new submissive, and the wounded heart inside him too. He means to teach Brandon to heal the one with the other. They have five months left on their contract, after all, and Jonathan has done more with less before.
It’s tough to stay objective, though, when you’re falling in love. Shame Brandon doesn’t feel the same. He’s only there for the three-million-dollar payout at contract’s end—a fact that Jonathan, nursing his own wounded heart, reminds himself of each day. For even as Brandon’s barriers break and his mind expands, even as he grows to love his place at Jonathan’s feet, he’ll never love life with a sadist—especially one who cannot escape the public eye.
About the authors:
Rachel Haimowitz is an M/M erotic romance author, a freelance writer and editor, and the Managing Editor of Riptide Publishing. She's also a sadist with a pesky conscience, shamelessly silly, and quite proudly pervish. Fortunately, all those things make writing a lot more fun for her . . . if not so much for her characters.
When she's not writing about hot guys getting it on (or just plain getting it; her characters rarely escape a story unscathed), she loves to read, hike, camp, sing, perform in community theater, and glue captions to cats. She also has a particular fondness for her very needy dog, her even needier cat, and shouting at kids to get off her lawn.
You can find Rachel at her website, Tweeting as RachelHaimowitz, chatting in the Goodreads forums, and blogging at Fantasy Unbound. She loves to hear from folks, so feel free to drop her a line anytime at metarachel (at) gmail (dot) com.
EPIC Award–winning author Cat Grant lives by the sea in beautiful Monterey, California, with one persnickety feline and entirely too many books and DVDs. When she's not writing, she sings along (badly!) to whatever's on her iPod shuffle, watches lots of movies, and fantasizes about kinky sex with Michael Fassbender.
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