Friday, September 25, 2015

Brand by Sierra Cartwright Blog Tour

He wants her subject to his will. She’s scared she may never want to get away.

The first time Sofia McBride meets the strong and determined Cade Donovan, he warns her to keep her distance. She tells herself to heed his words, but she’s stunned to realize her depth of attraction to this intimidating man.

She knows she should stay away from him, but try as she might, she’s unable to resist him or his sexy, erotic demands. The deeper she becomes ensnared, the more she realizes she may never want to escape.

All his life, enigmatic rancher Cade Donovan has chosen women who don’t expect too much from him. But when a storm strands him with Sofia, his lovely, won’t-take-no-for-an-answer event planner, all his dominant and protective instincts flare.

Cade wants everything she has to offer, but he soon discovers Sofia’s beauty hides a determination he hasn’t counted on. Her untamed responses send him on a journey that will banish his demons and change them both forever.

Reader Advisory: This book contains scenes of anal play.

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Hello to my friends at Wicked Reads! Thank you for hosting me on your site. :) It’s a pleasure to share some time with you!

The Dungeon Master’s Chair
By Sierra Cartwright

I never know where ideas are going to come from. But there are times when I see or hear something that I just know is going to show up in a book.

Last year, I was at a friend’s home in Texas. She showed me to her eclectically decorated guest-quarters that also serve as a meeting space. A seating area is arranged in a semicircle, with a number of small antique chairs and a Victorian-era settee. But the most startling piece is an enormous chair that’s upholstered in red, has claw feet, and seems to swallow normal-sized human beings.

It’s a provocative furnishing, and it invites questions which my friend is happy to answer. It turns out that the chair belonged to the Dungeon Master of a BDSM club near Houston.

Of course, I thought about it a lot. I wondered if and how it might have a starring role in a book. It wouldn’t work in most settings simply because of its size. So even though I didn’t have a starring role for the Master’s chair, I didn’t forget about it. And then I started to write Brand, my most recent book.

In addition to being a Dominant, Cade Donovan is a cowboy. He’s a tall man, broad, determined. To me, he had the right personality, and he was certainly big enough to be comfortable in such a chair. But I wasn’t sure where it would fit into his family’s ancestral ranch home.

Since he lives on a rather large parcel of land, it made sense to me that he would have a big barn that had a loft. And I could think of no better setting for an imposing Master’s chair.

Sofia McBride, a lovely party planner, inadvertently stumbles into Cade’s dungeon. The chair is a dominant feature of the space. Despite her very real fear, she’s fascinated, not only by the play area, but by Cade and his explanations of BDSM and about how important the chair is to him. Soon, her imagination is soaring.

I invite you into Cade’s dungeon. If you dare.

“I acquired this chair from a defunct BDSM club. The Dungeon Master was the only one allowed to sit in it.”

“Dungeon Master? Seriously? He was actually called that?”

“Most of us in the lifestyle are very serious,” he assured her. “That doesn’t mean there aren’t lighthearted, enjoyable exchanges, but safety is the number one concern.”

Sofia took a step toward the chair, then stopped. “It’s imposing.”

“It’s meant to be.”

“Do you sit in it? Or is it just for show?”

“Nothing here is just for show,” he replied.

For a moment, she imagined him in it, hands curved around the ornate arms. She realized the chair wasn’t just tall at the back, the seat was a bit higher than normal, and it was significantly wider than a normal chair. Even if other people were nearby, its occupant would be slightly above everyone else. “So…”

“Go on. I promise I won’t be offended.”

“What do you do in the chair, if it’s not for show?”

“Often I contemplate a submissive. Maybe as she strips, or kneels and waits for a command, perhaps dances.”

“A woman really does that for you?”


“Kneels naked and waits?”

“With grace and patience.” He nodded toward a circle on the floor. “There.”

She sucked in a breath. Though she tried to banish the image, she pictured herself doing exactly that.

“Or I can enjoy the sight of her on the table.”

“You just sit there and watch?” she asked, incredulous, wondering what it would be like.

“I find there’s something exquisitely sexy about sight of a woman’s nude body—my submissive’s nude body—as she’s strapped down waiting for my attention, my touch.”

His voice had strokes of sensuality that painted a vivid, breathtaking picture.

“Across the room, I can watch her every movement, see her ribcage rise and fall as she breathes. I can tell whether or not her nipples are hard. If her feet are in stirrups, I know if she’s wet with anticipation.”

My God.

“As I mentioned, it’s not just kinky sex. It’s more complex than that. For me, transcendence matters. Can a sub quiet her mind enough to remain still? To be fully present in the moment? I want my sub to focus on pleasing me.”

She couldn’t believe she was here, listening, and yet she couldn’t make herself move.

“If I’ve blindfolded her, can she keep her head from moving even if she hears a movement off to her left side as I approach the wall?”

Unable to stop herself, she looked. At the paddles. Some had round heads, a few were oblong. Most were crafted from wood, others from leather.

The rich timbre of his voice drew her back.

“Sometimes I may instruct her to keep her eyes open, but to focus on an overhead beam. Maybe on that crystal.”

Until now, she hadn’t noticed it. The exquisite piece of glass was shaped like a teardrop, and it hung from an overhead beam, unmoving.

“Other times, I may request she keep her eyes closed. That can be a real challenge. A sudden sound, like a smack”—he clapped and she yelped—“might tempt her to disobey.”

Desperately she wanted to know what happened if the sub didn’t do as she was told.

As if he hadn’t just startled the hell out of her, he continued, “I can see whether or not she tests the bonds. Does she need to see if they’re tight? Is she hoping she can escape them? Or praying she can’t?”

Sofia’s wrists seemed to chafe.

“Or perhaps I have positioned her in a way that’s pleasing to me and I’ve instructed her not to move. Depending on the sub, that can be all the more challenging.”

She could imagine it. Vividly. The waiting. The anticipation. Wondering if he’d touch her, when he’d touch her, and would it be a caress, or something harsher? This, her reaction, couldn’t be happening to her.

“Alternatively, my sub can be draped over my knee while I please her.” He paused. “Maybe I’d tease her clit. Maybe I’d put a finger up her ass.”

Her mouth dried. She’d never been with a man who was this frank, and she’d never had a guy even suggest trying anal sex. And he spoke of it so casually.

“Depending on my mood, I might spank her. It could be a pleasure paddling, but perhaps it’s something more serious, a transgression that needs to be rectified. My imagination is my only limitation.”

His words seemed to swim in her mind. No matter what she did, she couldn’t banish the images that had formed. Instead, a wicked part of her yearned to be the nameless submissive, doing as he commanded.

Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

This is the second in the trilogy and not only is it as good as the first, but it hits different chords. The themes of family, BDSM basics and the dynamics of a new relationship undoubtedly feature, but this time we have the hidden illegitimate son, Cade as the centre of the story. We still meet the extended family, but his acceptance of how he grew up is an essential part of the story. Sofia is the perfect foil to him, and her bravery is amazing. I loved Loopy the dog, and her antics, and changing loyalties too. It is most definitely a hot read, and a novel way of introducing the lifestyle, which worked well I think. It was a touch precipitous for me at the end, but lovely, nonetheless.

Overall, this was an excellent read, which had me up till 4am to finish it! Thanks again Ms. Cartwright for a super story.

I really enjoyed this book. Although it has a BDSM aspect to it, there is so much else that goes on between the couple. I loved the way they handle exploring different scenes and emotions. It was a very different plot and take on BDSM.

I will say that there were quite a few words that aren't commonly used in book and that to me took away from the book and the flow. It's not that I didn't know the meaning of the words, but that I thought there were other words that would've flowed better than say 'discombobulated' (which was used at least twice in the book).

All in all another great installment of this series and I can't wait for more!

Also Available in The Donovan Dynasty Series

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Sierra Cartwright was born in Manchester, England and raised in Colorado. Moving to the United States was nothing like her young imagination had concocted. She expected to see cowboys everywhere, and a covered wagon or two would have been really nice!

Now she writes novels as untamed as the Rockies, while spending a fair amount of time in Texas…where, it turns out, the Texas Rangers law officers don't ride horses to roundup the bad guys, or have six-shooters strapped to their sexy thighs as she expected. And she's yet to see a poster that says Wanted: Dead or Alive. (Can you tell she has a vivid imagination?)

Sierra wrote her first book at age nine, a fanfic episode of Star Trek when she was fifteen, and she completed her first romance novel at nineteen. She actually kissed William Shatner (Captain Kirk) on the cheek once, and she says that's her biggest claim to fame. Her adventure through the turmoil of trust has taught her that love is the greatest gift. Like her image of the Old West, her writing is untamed, and nothing is off-limits.

She invites you to take a walk on the wild side…but only if you dare.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Brand (The Donovan Dynasty #2) by Sierra Cartwright to read and review for this tour.

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