Saturday, May 10, 2014

[Blog Tour] Finding Their Bliss

Brent Carmichael loved Corbin's Bend. A small community at the base of the Rocky Mountains just for spankofiles, he worked tirelessly to make sure everything ran smoothly and that the residents were safe and happy. He never intended1! to fall in love but when Charmagne Kendle stumbled into his life, he found an attraction he had no intention of fighting.

Char moved to Corbin's Bend after losing her job, her apartment, and her fiancé all in one day. She had no idea she was actually moving to a spanking community but with the freedom to explore her secret fetish, she found herself happily upended over Brent's lap.

As their relationship deepened into domestic discipline, her ex appeared wanting her back. Now she had to choose. The rich, handsome, and charming Nathan Korven or former police officer Brent Carmichael. To find her bliss, there was really only one choice.

Brent and Marcus spoke in quiet voices as she was given two shots and four stitches. When he finished the tape on her bandage, she was glad. Doctors were not her favorite people.
“I would like to see you tomorrow,” Marcus said as Brent helped her to her feet.
“I’m sure I’ll be fi—”
“I'll bring her by. What time?” This time she did not swing her head to look at him, but she glared daggers at the floor, imagining it as his face. How dare he just lord it over her?
And worse, how dare it make her body tingle in a way she had not felt in a very long time?
“I’m sure I’ll be fine,” she said after he insisted on carrying her back out to his huge monster truck and setting her in the passenger seat as gently as if she were a baby. “I’ll just go to bed the moment I ge—”
“No, you won’t,” he said firmly as he put the key in the ignition and started up the beast with a mild roar. “You were in an accident, Ms. Kendle, and hit your head. You need to be watched tonight and, as you don't have someone else to do it, I will.”
The words should have set her off, but strangely she felt taken care of. She was not sure how to feel about that and, as she was not sure how to respond, she changed the subject. “There's all sorts of food in my truck. It's probably frozen by now.” Great, she’d just purchased all that food and it would probably be unusable.
“I texted Lelo to check out your truck. Knowing his wife, Kelli, she would have noticed the food and put it somewhere safe.”
That was… strange. Nice, but strange. Who goes out of their way to look after their neighbors like this? What was this? The twenty-first century version of Leave It To Beaver?
Even with the pain medication, her head still hurt and she found herself squinting since even though it was dark, there was still a tremendous amount of snow falling and, combined with what was already on the ground, it was rather blinding in the headlights. As Brent turned onto her drive, she tensed, sure that at any moment they would slide backward and this time she would end up in the hospital.
Surprisingly, his vehicle never swerved or slid once, just made slow and easy progress up the hill. When they pulled around the trees, it was to find her truck and a tractor parked in front of her garage. “I’ll get you inside and then talk to Lelo about your truck.”
Okay, so that was taking things a bit too far. It was obvious he was a nice guy, but he was also a bit of a Neanderthal. She could take care of herself; she had been doing it for close to thirty years. The problem was fighting the person inside who was shouting Let him do it, dummy!
Between the day she’d had and the meds the doctor had given her, she was actually stunned when he suddenly appeared on her side of the truck, quickly undoing her seatbelt and lifting her up just as gently as he’d put her down.

Funishment or Discipline, that is the question.

In many spanking romance books, there is a defined cross-over from discipline to funishment. What is funishment? The ‘act’ of punishment that fulfills a sexual desire. Such as being spanked, knowing it turns the two of you on, wherein at the end, the spanking turns into sex.

There is nothing wrong with that. But funishment is NOT the same as discipline. At all. Discipline at its true nature is not going to end in pleasure. If it did, if the person being disciplined ends up loving the outcome, it rather negates the concept of discipline – that the intended act is to pay for/overcome something you have done wrong and makes you think twice about doing it again.

That is not to say one is better than the other. For some people one works, for others they need something different.

I know most people enjoy funishment. While I think it’s cute, I prefer a line drawn between sexual play and discipline. I never want the two combined for me. For others, they prefer the play aspect. And as everyone should get what they need out of it, I’m all for it.

But readers of spanking romances may get confused at times. True discipline does not usually make you sexually excited, unless you’re a masochist or sadist at heart – and some are. At which point, discipline would probably take the form of something else. Funishment, however, is likely to bring about sexual desire. Many scenes you read within spanking or BDSM romance novels are funishment in one form or another.
If you elect to try this in real life, don’t get the two mixed up. Real, honest discipline is entirely different. You may find you prefer funishment and I’d say go for it. Or you may find, like me, that at times discipline is the best – if most embarrassing or painful – thing you can go through at the time.

If you are interested, honesty is the only policy for this kind of play/lifestyle. Talk to your partner, try things out. Just don’t expect it to be like a romance novel. Real life is nothing like a spanking novel. Know what you’re getting into before you leap.

In my novella, Finding Their Bliss, I made Brent an experienced top and as Char was a completely inexperienced bottom, the contrast works nicely. But if you are both inexperienced, realize it’s going to take time to figure out what works. Play, have fun with it, but don’t be afraid to go after what you want. And definitely get books on the subject. There are places on the body it is okay to spank, and others you should NEVER hit – like near the kidneys. Learn first. If you’re adult enough to want spanking in your life? You need to be adult enough to educate yourself first.

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Thianna D is an author of erotica and erotic romance, many of her books either domestic discipline or BDSM in nature. She loves to write about the emotional aspects of these kinds of relationships.
Finding Their Bliss came about from her fantasy about a perfect community where spanking and loving discipline were the norm. She was thrilled with nine other authors joined in to create the Corbin's Bend series, a set of erotic spanking novels and novellas.

She hopes you have enjoyed Finding Their Bliss and that you will check out the other Corbin's Bend books coming Summer 2014.

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