Monday, April 27, 2015

Guest Blog and Giveaway: Finding Acceptance in His Arms by Thomas Briar

Hi there. My name is Thomas Briar and I write erotic romance stories. Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to stop by and visit with me.
It may interest you to know that back on March 26th my eighth book, a full-length M/F BDSM erotic romance novella titled Finding Acceptance in His Arms, was published by Secret Cravings Publishing.
In all honesty, it was the first BDSM story that I’d written to completion in over two years. Yeah, I’d kind of gotten sidetracked by writing other kinds of erotica, mostly shorter works. Three of those stories are slated to come out later this year and I’m really looking forward to their releases. But none of those forthcoming tales involve BDSM.
BDSM…this little four-letter acronym encompasses pretty much everything within the sexual realm of the human imagination. Thus, it’s the only lifestyle choice that actively encourages consenting adults to explore any and every variation of the sexual experience.
But that’s one of the most important things in life, isn’t it? For each and every one of us to have the option to pursue exciting and fulfilling sex lives if we so desire? For the record, I believe it is.
This is one of the reasons why I love writing characters that are bold and determined in going after what they really want in life. And I’ve found this to be especially true when I’m writing characters that want to achieve something that the moral majority might not agree with—whoa, let me stop right here and make a slight correction by saying that I absolutely love writing characters that are most certainly striving for something that the moral majority will definitely not agree with.
I suppose this is because it takes real courage to challenge society’s conventions. And when people choose to be courageous, well, it’s always interesting. At least, it is to me.
This was the case with Evan and Kara in my aforementioned novella. As I was writing their love story I just couldn’t help admiring the both of them. They were just so sure of what they wanted out of life and their certainty was matched only by their determination to get it.
But they had obstacles in their way. The kinds that can destroy a burgeoning romance. Also, if they managed to somehow overcome those obstacles, sacrifices would have to be made if they were to stay together for the long term.
Unfortunately, I’ve found that anything worth winning in life comes with some sort of sacrifice. It’s just a side-effect of achieving our heart’s most secret desires. Yet, when I take a moment and really think about it, it’s not all that awful to give up something dear in exchange for something much better, especially if one’s life is then forever changed in the most extraordinary and marvelous ways.
Yes, without a doubt, finding acceptance in the arms of one’s true love has the power to do exactly that.

I’m going to leave you with that thought now. Thanks again for stopping by and visiting with me.

Finding Acceptance in His Arms
Thomas Briar

Genre: Contemporary Erotic Romance

Publisher: Secret Cravings Publishing

Date of Publication: 3-26-15

ISBN: 978-1-63105-534-8

Number of pages: 146
Word Count: 51148

Cover Artist: Dawne Dominique

Book Description:

After discovering that success in life is hollow if she can't also fulfill her most secret sexual desires, twenty-two year old Kara Gibson is desperate to meet a certain man she's heard about that can help her discreetly explore one of her most titillating fantasies.

Thus, upon instigating a sexual relationship with Evan Lars, a young man in his mid-twenties who is as handsome as he is sexually adventurous, Kara falls desperately in love with Evan from the way he easily accepts all of the unnatural things that turn her on and how he steadily proves he has her best interests at heart. But true love always comes with some sort of sacrifice, doesn't it? And so, as their romantic entanglement hurtles toward its inevitable heartbreaking end, Kara becomes determined to stay with Evan despite the harsh realities of life threatening to steal away her happily ever after.

Available at   Amazon    Secret Cravings    BN

Excerpt 2

The bartender poured the drinks and slid them across the bar.

“Thanks,” Evan said. He handed Kara her champagne and then tossed back his shot of whiskey in a single gulp. He didn’t order another. Winking at her, he weaved her through the crowd, offering polite greetings in passing to the various men and women who made eye contact with him. She followed his lead and did the same. They ended up standing directly in front of the stage, several yards away from any of the other guests.

He leaned down to whisper into her ear. “You certainly have poise, girl. You didn’t even flinch when Lance made his grab for you.”

She took a sip of her champagne. “I trusted you to stop him. If you remember, you once said that you wouldn’t ever let anything happen to me in your presence. I took you at your word.”
He smiled with admiration filling his eyes. “You look beautiful tonight. And I love the way your figure fills out all the right places in that dress. The color yellow really suits you. Plus, your perfume is intoxicating.”

“Thank you.” Kara smiled up at him, noticing again for perhaps the fiftieth time how great he looked and also smelled tonight. She categorized the latter as clean soap combined with a hint of musk. As afterthought, she added, “You look and smell really nice too.”

He transitioned into holding her free hand. “I’m starting to really like you, do you know that?”

She took a sip of champagne, enjoying the intimacy they shared. “Please remember to tell me that again some other time when we have a bit more privacy.”

“Don’t tempt me,” he warned. “I might surprise you.”

“And don’t you tempt me with a good time.” She giggled. “I’ll climb right on board every time.”

He chuckled. “I’m sure you would.”

“Try me later tonight and I’ll prove it to you.”

A comfortable silence engulfed them as the lighting in the room dimmed. The curtains opened up to reveal the stage. A lithe woman in a form-fitting black latex bodysuit stood in the center of a spotlight. She appeared twentyish and very attractive with short blonde hair and a slim face.

This woman held her arms out as she addressed the crowd. “Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention please? We’ve got a great exhibition in store for you. Her name is Isabella, and she has agreed to queen for us this evening. She revealed to me earlier in private that queening in front of an audience is her number one unfulfilled sexual fantasy.”
A few cheers from the audience echoed around the room and the blonde bobbed her head in deference. More cheers followed.

The blonde motioned her hands for silence. “Now, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? We’ve struggled at some point to find the right person or persons to help us achieve our heart’s greatest sexual desire. And so, all of you know as well as I that unfulfilled sexual desires can affect a person much like an untreated illness does. It twists us all up inside and gnaws away at us until we are only a shell of our former selves. The only cure to keep from finally succumbing to despair and then sheer madness is the achievement of said fantasy. 

Thankfully, in this house we can all be as we were meant to be. Beautiful, desirable, and uninhibited! Please put your hands together for Queen Isabella and her loyal subjects!”
Amidst the cursory applause, the orator took a deep bow and walked off stage as the truth conveyed in her words seeped into Kara’s heart. She inadvertently glanced up at Evan. She could tell by the approbation displayed in his face that he also identified with the declaration. She squeezed his hand tightly to let him know she now understood why he continually urged her to never give up her strange sexuality under the pressure of other people’s negative opinions. His reasons seemed transparent to her now. He’d always had her best interest at heart.

In this moment of clarity she let herself embrace her great love for him, wholly and completely. She forced her gaze back onto the stage to keep him from discovering her ascension into love.

About the Author

Edgy and provocative in his erotic writings, Thomas Briar strives to exalt the virtues of love and lust in every story he creates. To date, he's garnered eleven publishing contracts with three different publishers and has seven published books in the marketplace.

When he's not writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, taking long walks, and people watching. Yeah, he's always wondering what makes people do the things they do. He knows it's usually something hidden in plain sight. He just has to figure out what it is, much like the motivations of the characters in his stories.

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