Today I welcome the wonderful Jane Henry to my blog. Jane has been writing since her early teens, dabbling in short stories and poetry.
When she married and began having children, her pen was laid to rest for several years, until the National Novel Writing Challenge (NaNoWriMo) in 2010 awakened in her the desire to write again. That year, she wrote her first novel, and has been writing ever since.
In 2012, she became interested in the d/s lifestyle, and has discovered her love for writing romance with a d/s twist. With a houseful of children, she finds time to write in the early hours of the morning, squirreled away with a laptop, blanket, and cup of hot coffee. Years ago, she heard the wise advice, “Write the book you want to read,” and has taken it to heart. She sincerely hopes you also enjoy the books she likes to read.
Life is good for Meredith and her husband Paolo, when a terrible car accident leaves Paolo disabled. As he distances himself emotionally, Meredith seeks consolation in her fantasy world. Escaping into her erotic romance books not only helps keep the loneliness at bay, but also awakens in her a curiosity about the Dominant/submissive lifestyle.
The day she stumbles upon a website forum of actual submissives and dominants, her life is forever changed. These are not characters created by authors. They are real people who engage in real life dominance and submission. As her knowledge grows, she learns there is one question only she can answer—is she truly submissive, or is the fantasy better left on the pages of a book?
In a last ditch effort to discover who she really is, Meredith agrees to pledge her obedience to an anonymous on-line Dom. She convinces herself it can't be considered cheating if her Dom is just a faceless entity in cyberspace. But the first time she's given an order, it all becomes too real. Will her devotion to please her on-line Dom take precedence over her flesh and blood husband? Will Meredith's journey of self-discovery destroy their marriage or will they somehow find a way to begin again?
EXCERPT from Begin Again: Book one in the Bound to You series:
“Oh, now you'll pay for that, little girl,” he said, as he held her in the air, kicking and screaming. She was laughing so hard she had tears in her eyes.
He sat down heavily on the bed, easily turning her over his knee, her upper body laying on the bed and her feet dangling helplessly. He took both her arms gently but firmly and pinned them behind her, on her lower back.
“Let's see how full of sass you are now,” he continued, as she felt his hands on the back of her skirt, pulling it off and baring her to him. She felt the fabric dangle around her ankles, and heat moving through her. She squirmed with her pulsating arousal as he restrained her. It was always like this, when he overpowered her, pinned her arms down in bed, or pushed her up against the wall, his strength sending red-hot signals to her lower regions.
“What were you saying just a moment ago, young lady?” he said, his deep voice sending shivers down her spine. “Think you can get away?”
“No sir,” she said, and just for the hell of it, she tried to squirm a little. His large palm slapped down on her naked ass, and she squealed from the sting of it. Her arousal intensified, as she felt his warm, coarse hand caressing the spot he'd just spanked.
“Ah, but you've really been a good little girl, haven't you?” he murmured, his voice softening now, and she melted.
“Yes, sir,” she whispered. She felt his hand lift up and come down again, but it wasn't like being punished. No, nothing like that at all. It was nothing like the pain – both emotional and physical – of a hard disciplinary spanking. This was for her pleasure. He'd take her just below her tolerance, with firm but deliberate strokes.
“Good girls deserve good girl spankings,” he crooned, his voice sending shudders through her.
Getting to know Jane Henry
What are you working on at the moment?
I'm currently working on three novels. I don't know if I've ever been working on three at the same time, but one is a co-written book, another so intense I can only write in fits and starts, and another historical romance that is my first historical, and a completely different tact for me because it's the first time I've written both first person and historical.
Give us an insight into your main character in Begin Again.
In this novel, Meredith is someone that I think is a very relatable character. She craves deeper intimacy with her husband, but doesn't really know how to get that, and she's also erotically and emotionally drawn to being taken in hand.
How much research do you do?
It all depends. My current WIP, the historical, is requiring more research than I've ever had to do. I finally checked a bunch of books out of the library and have been gleaning everything I can about pioneers, wagon travel, and the like.
Have you written any other novels in collaboration with other writers?
Yes! Maisy Archer is a very dear friend of mine, and we're finishing up our third co-written novel together. It's SO fun and I highly recommend this approach. We have our first co-written novel coming out with Blushing Books later this year, and a second in the series we're finishing now.