One Dom to Love EXCERPT

Lots of readers are familiar with my Wicked Lovers series, but I’m excited to set aside a little time to talk about some other things I write. One I’m always giddy about is the Doms of Her Life series with Jenna Jacob and Isabella LaPearl. For me, this series is an opportunity to explore the deeply psychological bond between a man and a woman, between a Dom and his sub, between friends and enemies, to find out ultimately what happiness looks like for people who enter a relationship broken and come out whole. As this series has continued, I’ve come to love each and every moment I spend with Raine and the two men she’s torn between, Liam and Hammer. I also get a huge laugh out of supporting characters Beck and Seth. Full of ups and down, heartbreak and joy, and all kinds of unexpected drama, this series is one I love jumping into. We’re about to start writing book 3, The Bold and The Dominant, and I can’t wait to see what a tangled web these characters will weave…

Doms of Her Life series by Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob, and Isabella LaPearl
A super-sexy serialized tale of one tempestuous woman thoroughly in love with
two men and their fight to see which Dom will come out on top.

 

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Doms of Her Life, Book 1

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Raine Kendall has been in love with her boss, Macen Hammerman, for years. Determined to make the man notice that she’s a grown woman with desires and needs, she pours out her heart and offers her body to him—only to be crushingly rejected. But when his friend, very single, very sexy Liam O’Neill watches the other Dom refuse to act on his obvious feelings for Raine, he resolves to step in and do whatever it takes to help Hammer find happiness again, even rousing his friend’s possessive instincts by making the girl a proposition too tempting to refuse. But he never imagines that he’ll end up falling for her himself.

Hammer has buried his lust for Raine for years. After rescuing the budding runaway from an alley behind his exclusive BDSM Dungeon, he has come to covet the pretty submissive. But tragedy has taught him that he can never be what she needs. So he watches over her while struggling to keep his distance. Liam’s crafty plan blindsides Hammer, especially when he sees how determined his friend is to possess Raine for his own. Hammer isn’t ready to give the lovely submissive over to any other Dom, but can he heal from his past and fight for her? Or will he lose Raine if she truly gives herself—heart, body, and soul—to Liam?

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Sleep was impossible, and Raine was tired of trying. The night was warm for November, and she couldn’t get comfortable in any position in her bed. In fact, nothing about her life felt comfortable now.

Liam O’Neill had to be brave. He’d thumbed his nose at Hammer’s no-touching rule and kissed her. Actually, he’d more than kissed her. In that shocking moment, he’d owned her, and she’d been desperate for his mouth on her own, to feel his naked body sliding against hers as he spread her legs with his powerful thighs and filled her completely. He’d do her the way he did everything else: well and with a single-minded purpose. She might love Hammer, but Liam was very easy on the eyes and he intrigued her. No denying it had been forever since any man had touched her, but Liam had proven he could more than take her breath away.

More importantly, he was offering her something she needed: A chance to see if the submissive path was truly right for her.

She swallowed. It was probably time to give up on the dream of being Hammer’s. But Raine could barely remember a time she hadn’t loved him. He’d not only taken her in as a runaway, but given her a roof over her head, food in her belly, and a job she loved. He’d also taught her to drive, urged her to get her GED, and helped her pay her way through college until she had earned her bachelor’s degree. Hammer had held her and listened to the bits she’d confessed about her terrible childhood, then reassured her with his compassionate words that she wasn’t to blame. In many ways, he made her feel safe and cared for. And utterly treasured.

Just not as a woman.

The painful realization that he didn’t love her as anything more than a little sister made her soul bleed. And so her life had come to a fork in the road. Stay on the same path she’d dogged down for six years? Leave Shadows altogether? Or take a new trail to explore her submission with Liam?

Hammer probably wasn’t going to suddenly fall in love with her, not when he had women like Marlie at his beck and call. But if she gave up before she ever gathered her courage to show him that she was a woman who could please him, wouldn’t she always regret it? Could she say yes to Liam’s offer in good conscience if she was always haunted by the thought that Hammer might have come around if she’d just waited a bit longer?

Then she had to show him. Now. And she couldn’t do it halfway. No more coffee and muffins, like she was a damn waitress. She finally had to lay it all on the line and demonstrate that she could be everything he could ever want.

The clock said it was nearly four in the morning. She could take Hammer by surprise now, so he’d simply react, not think. His response when he wasn’t guarded would tell her all she needed to know.

She showered quickly. After hair, makeup, and lingerie designed for seduction, she was ready. After adding silk stockings and a pair of sexy stilettos, she slipped from her room by quarter ‘til five. Nerves scraped and knotted her stomach as she reached for her keys and made her way down the hall to Hammer’s room.

Opening the door to his private office and bedroom with a trembling hand, she tiptoed to minimize the clattering of her stilettos on the marble tiles, wincing with each little click. She prayed he was alone.

It seemed like forever before she reached his sleeping form, looking so strong and male, moonlight streaming in across his bare torso. And not curled up with someone like Marlie, thank god. Silvery beams highlighted the ridges of his shoulders, chest, and abdomen. His black boxer briefs barely concealed his cock.

For a moment, she couldn’t breathe. She rarely got the treat of seeing Hammer this bare. Her mouth was suddenly dry as she imagined sliding into bed with him and melting into him as he thrust inside her.

If she did this right, maybe she would finally know the joy of being Hammer’s. Really, truly understand what it meant to be taken and satisfied by the man she loved.

She eased into the bed beside him. The incredible slab of male occupied most of the mattress, but she didn’t let that deter her from curling against him and inhaling his scent. Musk, leather, sex, fresh cotton. Everything about him was so familiar, so sexy. Anticipation danced in her stomach as she trailed her fingers from the deep line between his rigid pecs, down his torso, watching his muscles bunch and flex with each touch. A curl of excitement pressed against her clit as she gently pushed his boxer briefs down to the tops of his thighs.

Her eyes widened. He was big, the head of his cock wide even while flaccid. His balls hung heavy. She wished she could see him better in the moonlight. But hopefully, they’d still be in bed long after the sun rose.

God, she’d dreamed for years of this…of him. She savored the moment, achingly aware of her pussy weeping.

Then, lowering her head, she licked her way up his shaft with the flat of her tongue, basking in the manly, salty taste of him, in the feel of his cock stiffening for her. In seconds, he was at full staff, and holy hell, he was a sight to behold. Thick, long, and ready, he would fill her needy body and then some. Raine shivered at the thought and closed her mouth around his cock, taking him all the way to the back of her throat with a groan.

As she sucked and laved her way up to the head, he arched his hips, slamming into her mouth. She engulfed him completely, and he cried out in agonized pleasure and wrapped his fingers in her hair, using his grip to thrust harder against her throat.

“Yeeessss. Deeper.”

Raine ached to take him there, so deep that he’d never want to leave. She stretched her lips to open completely for him.

“That’s it. Hmm…precious.”

When she glanced up, his eyes were still closed. Her heart quickened. Had he ever called anyone that but her? Not that she knew of. Was he thinking of her? Maybe, deep down, he wanted her, too.

With a whimper, Raine hollowed her cheeks as she sucked harder, moaning appreciatively at his masculine taste. Marveling as he stiffened even more between her lips, she closed her eyes and shivered when his grip in her hair turned rough, then he plowed into her mouth with another unrestrained thrust.

She opened her throat and breathed through her nose, as she’d heard other submissives describe a thousand times, licking the entire length of his shaft with her tongue, circling the head and teasing the sensitive underside. All the way down, a slow, thorough cradling of his cock until her lips pursed around the base. Then she bobbed back up even more slowly, working toward the crest once more.

This was where she belonged, serving him, pleasing him. He seemed pretty damn pleased, too. Yes, he might protest that she’d taken matters into her hands—and mouth—but he couldn’t deny how good this felt, not when his entire body tensed, his balls drew up, and his cock twitched on her tongue.

As she retreated and licked the head once more, she whispered, “Yes, Macen…”

He finally lifted his heavy lids, confusion evident in the shimmering moonlight. Then he zeroed in on her and recognition dawned. His eyes widened…

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The Young and The Submissive is now on Audio!!

I’m thrilled to announce that both Doms of Her Life books are now available on audio. The Young and The Submissive released Monday!! Narrator Christian Fox bring this hotness to life and keeps you eager for more! Listen to a snippet and purchase the audio book for 25% off.

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Doms of Her Life, Book 2

Raine Kendall has everything a woman could want…almost. Sexy, tender Dom Liam O’Neill is her knight in shining armor, but Raine keeps pinching herself. Is he too good to be true or is this growing connection one that coul

d last a lifetime? She’s constantly torn by her abiding feelings for her commanding boss, Macen “Hammer” Hammerman, especially in the wake of the mind-blowing night he cast aside the barriers between them and ravaged every inch of her body.

Hammer, Liam’s former best friend, can’t stop coveting Raine. But Liam is determined to hold and guide the woman he loves and see if she can be the submissive of his dreams. However, he’s finding that her trust is hard won and he needs a bloody crowbar to pry open her scarred soul. So he risks everything to win her once and for all. But once he’s put his daring plan in motion, will it cost Liam his heart if he loses Raine to Hammer for good?

 

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Haven’t started the series yet? These stories should be read and/or listened to in order. Begin with One Dom to Love, also narrated by Christian Fox and currently 25% off at Tantor. Or find the eBook and paperback at all the usual haunts.

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Doms of Her Life, Book 1

Raine Kendall has been in love with her boss, Macen Hammerman, for years. Determined to make the man notice that she’s a grown woman with desires and needs, she pours out her heart and offers her body to him—only to be crushingly rejected. But when his friend, very single, very sexy Liam O’Neill watches the other Dom refuse to act on his obvious feelings for Raine, he resolves to step in and do whatever it takes to help Hammer find happiness again, even rousing his friend’s possessive instincts by making the girl a proposition too tempting to refuse. But he never imagines that he’ll end up falling for her himself.

Hammer has buried his lust for Raine for years. After rescuing the budding runaway from an alley behind his exclusive BDSM Dungeon, he has come to covet the pretty submissive. But tragedy has taught him that he can never be what she needs. So he watches over her while struggling to keep his distance. Liam’s crafty plan blindsides Hammer, especially when he sees how determined his friend is to possess Raine for his own. Hammer isn’t ready to give the lovely submissive over to any other Dom, but can he heal from his past and fight for her? Or will he lose Raine if she truly gives herself—heart, body, and soul—to Liam?

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Shayla welcomes Jenna Jacob!!

Master of My MindShayla Black: Hello Jenna!! Welcome to Whispers!!

Jenna Jacob: Thank you so much for inviting me here today, Shayla. I’m super stoked and deeply honored!

SB: Jenna, for readers who don’t know, tell us a bit about the Doms of Genesis series.

JJ:  I’d LOVE to!!

The Doms of Genesis is a series of BDSM erotic romance novels featuring a wide variety of Dominants and submissives from the fictional BDSM club, Genesis.

Embracing My Submission is the first book, introducing Mika; Owner of Genesis – a Dom haunted by his past, and Julianna; a frustrated submissive on a quest to find the Dom of her dreams. Unsuspecting her bad ass Alpha Dom has been at the club all along, fate throws them together but a gunshot splits the night and Julianna is left to wonder if her chance at happiness will be ripped from her grasp.

Masters of My Desire is book number two. It’s a steamy ménage between Dylan, Nick and Savannah. The two seasoned Dominants dedicate a week, at a secluded Bed & Breakfast, to teach the joys of submission to the shy and inexperienced Savannah. But a week proves far too short once they’ve crawled inside her body, heart and soul.

Master of My Mind is the latest release in the Doms of Genesis series, but definitely not the last. After Leagh’s life is shattered, Tony—the resident sadist and shrink of the club—helps her pick up the pieces again. Tony and Leagh soon discover someone is trying to kill her. Is it the monster from her past or her recently deceased Master’s heirs? Protecting her at all costs, Tony pries her open and introduces her to the real meaning of submission.  

Each story takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster ride. The sex is raw, the passion scorching, and the struggle each Dom and sub endures is both powerful, and necessary… not only to find their BDSM fulfillment, but their happily ever after as well.

SB: How is Tony and Leagh’s story different than the other Doms of Genesis books?

JJ: I think “Master of My Mind” is more of an emotional roller coaster ride than the previous books in “The Doms of Genesis” series. I bawled like a baby and found myself laughing out loud while writing it.

SB: Tells us a little about Leagh Bennett.

JJ: Leagh’s life has been like a bad EKG. She’s a tough cookie, but fate seems to keep her in its crosshairs… continually dumping more and more on her tender shoulders. She’s got a lot of moxie and while it’s helped her survive, it has also gained her the reputation of “brat” at Club Genesis… until Tony comes along.

SB: Tony… Any thoughts you want to share about him?

JJ: ~Whimper~ Oh, oops, sorry! Ah-hmmm. Tony’s yummy!! Not only is he drop dead gorgeous, he’s also got the patience of a Saint – well most times – and possesses virtues that make a good Dom.

SB: What is one thing your readers may not know about you?

JJ: I’m a natural born smart-ass. (I can hear you laughing, Shayla!!) And while it sometimes gets me into trouble, it’s never malicious or at someone else’s expense. I’m staunchly protective of my family and friends, and I love to laugh. Above all I try to never take life too seriously. We’re only here for the blink of an eye; have FUN with it! Sorry, that’s more than one thing…. I tend to ramble, a LOT. (And there goes Shayla… laughing again!!) *Snort*

SB: Would you be so kind to share with us a snippet of Master of My Mind?

JJ: I would ~love~ to. This is one of my favorite scenes in the book. Leagh is hiding in the shadows at Genesis, watching Tony. She’s fragile and confused and questioning her submission. I hope you enjoy.

The recoil of a whip sent a shiver up my spine. Glancing toward the sound, I instantly wished that I hadn’t. The powerfully built Dom had his back to me, but it made no difference. I knew by the decadent muscles and colorful tattoos it was Tony. He stood behind a sub secured to a spanking bench, gripping a black and red plaited whip in his wide fist. Shirtless, his black leather pants hugged his tight ass and sturdy legs. His defined shoulders bunched and flexed beneath his bronzed flesh and his colorful tattoos rippled. I clenched my hands, itching to feel his tempting hard flesh again. I licked my lips and remembered the taste of his kiss.

As if sensing my presence, Tony turned. As his gaze locked with mine, I could almost feel him caress my skin. Feel the same stirring heat his fingers evoked as they plucked and pinched my nipples. The buds drew tight against my tee and tingled with the memory.

His mouth fluttered with a slight smile as my cheeks grew hot. Severing the connection, he turned his attention back to the sub bent over the spanking bench. Tony smoothed one broad hand over her pale skin. Jealousy pricked my heart. Glancing at the long blonde tresses shrouding the subs face, I knew Destiny—the lucky little bitch—had finally arranged her session with Tony. As he stepped back, I couldn’t take my eyes off him… couldn’t force myself to look away even as envy coursed angrily through my veins.

I stared in fascination as his whip found its mark, time and again. Commanding and confident, Tony worked the sub. His shoulders widened; his chest expanded. I watched him drink in her cries of pain as if they were welcome nourishment. Red angry welts crisscrossed Destiny’s backside. Still, Tony didn’t stop. He landed the single tail’s popper with succinct and measured lashes. I cringed and searched deep for a sliver of any untapped longings within that called to his type of extreme play. No matter how hard I searched my fantasies, I couldn’t find a hint of desire close to the level he required. And still I stood mesmerized, watching.

The sensual sway of his body, the honed roll of his shoulder, and the quick flick of his wrist was an art form all its own. His focus, keen on the sub, never wavered. It was clear to see. His whip was an extension of his heart… his soul. The sadist’s pleasure was a sharp, wicked blade, and Tony walked the narrow edge with relentless precision. The intensity of his desire was a formidable mountain. Each lash commanded the girl to climb higher as he guided her through angry welts and imposing pain—persuading her ascent to the peak, absorbing her tears and screams, he fed his dominance.

Tony was poetry in motion, his command powerful and unyielding. Compared to Destiny, my submission was useless…weak. My heart grew heavy realizing that if given a chance to submit to Tony, I had nothing substantial to offer. I would simply slide through his sturdy fingers like sand.

Tony set the whip down, squatted next to Destiny, and gently brushed the hair from her face. Tears streamed from beneath her closed eyelids. Tony leaned in and sipped the moisture from her cheeks between his lips with tender reverence. The comfort he now showed Destiny wasn’t at all different from what he’d granted me. The realization I was just another sub in need of Tony’s compassion sucked the air from my lungs. I was nothing more than a Dominant obligation to him. And while I shouldn’t have allowed it to hurt…it did.

Hot tears slid down my face, yet I couldn’t stop watching his every move. Tony released the sub from the bench, wrapped her in a blanket, and lifted her into his arms. Lowering his mouth to her ear, he whispered, probably in the same whiskey smooth voice that made my pussy weep.

Betrayal stabbed deep. A voice screamed inside my head that my behavior with Tony had come full circle, and this was my comeuppance. Karma was indeed a hateful bitch.

Tony pressed a kiss to the sub’s forehead, awarding the same affection he’d given me. The tender act set my stomach swirling and my body quaking. Somehow I’d twisted myself into believing I was someone special in his eyes. How could I have been so damn naïve?

With Destiny’s limp body clutched to his chest, Tony turned toward me. Spying my tears, his brows furrowed as a puzzled look lined his features. And when he began walking toward me, I realized he would have to pass by me to take Destiny to his private room. He’d lay her in his bed and climb in next to her and drown the woman in sublime aftercare…maybe even make love to her. Tony would willingly give her all the things I’d stupidly let swim in my head and touch my heart.

I didn’t want to pass him and head to the bar, so I turned away as he approached, swiping off my tears, before casting my gaze to the floor. I didn’t want Tony to see the sophomoric hurt I’d inflicted upon myself. When I felt his presence behind me, it was like a fucking disturbance in the force. I closed my eyes for a half second, calling myself a zillion kinds of fool as Tony stopped alongside me.

“What’s wrong, angel?”

What’s wrong? You. Her. My whole fucking life!

“Nothing,” I mumbled.

I felt his stare bore into the side of my face, like a damn laser beam. I kept my gaze pinned to the floor and slid my trembling hands behind my back.

“Why are you standing in the hall crying, sweetheart?”

Sweetheart? I’m not your sweetheart… I’m the brat! Remember?

“I accidently locked myself out. I was on my way to get a key from Sammie.”

“Mistress Sammie, you mean.”

“Yes, Sir.” And, dammit, why was I allowing him to correct me? He wasn’t my Dom. He wasn’t my Mentor. He meant nothing to me, and I damn well didn’t matter to him. A fact I needed to start hammering into my head then and there. “Have a good night, Sir.” I replied in a curt and icy tone. Turning on my heel, I marched to the bar.

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SB: What else are you cooking up for this year with Doms of Genesis?

JJ: Saving My Submission is book four in the series. It’s a soft, sensual story about Savannah’s sister, Mellie, and world renowned sculptor, Joshua Lars (known to the readers and club members by another but familiar name). After a devastating break up with her Master, Mellie turns her back on the lifestyle and walks away. But Joshua can see the submissive hidden within and makes it his mission to unlock the stunning sub – even if another Dom has set his sights on Mellie.

 I’m also tossing around the idea of writing a Novella about the strict but lovable Daddy Dom, Drake and his hilarious, sassy, no-filter submissive; Trevor.

SB: Tell readers what’s up with the Doms of Her Life series.

JJ: The Bold and The Dominant is the third in The Doms of Her Life series, and boy-oh-boy is it going to be a nail biter. After Hammer, Liam and Raine finally worked through their issues and spent an explosive night tangling in the sheets, Liam receives a call from his ex-wife, Gwyneth. She’s back and what she wants threatens to turn the trio’s world upside down.

SB: Jenna, where can readers find you on the web and via social media?

JJ: They can contact me via email

Check out new releases and reviews on my website!

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Join my Fan Page on Facebook!

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A Year in Review: 2013

I’m a little late ge05_TheirVirginHostagetting home after the holidays, but I love ringing in the New Year!! A sign of new beginnings, new goals, new BOOKS, and more fun!! But before I do that, I like to look back over the past year’s highlights!

The Masters of Ménage series saw two releases in 2013. In January, Their Virgin Princess released and in June, Their Virgin Hostage became available.

I added two titles to the Wicked Lovers series. In May, Xander, Javier and London got their happily-ever-after in Ours To Love (Wicked Lovers 7). Decker picked up Rachel and never let go in Wicked All Night, A Wicked Lovers Novella, which released in the Wicked and Dangerous anthology (with Rhyannon Byrd) in October.

Finally, Book 2 in The Doms of Her Life series, The Young & The Submissive, released at the end of October. Hammer, Raine, and Liam have been on quite the ride—and it’s not over!

All my Wicked Lovers books received beautiful new covers, as did Bound and Determined, Strip Search, and Dangerous Boys and Their Toys.

Wicked Lovers and Sexy Capers books began appearing in Target Stores, including copies of Bound and Determined specially signed by me just for their end caps!!

I also sold three more Wicked Lovers to Berkley, which will begin releasing in Fall 2015. Lexi Blake and I revealed a new cover for the sixth book in the Masters of Ménage series, Their Virgin Secretary. Jenna Jacob, Isabella LaPearl, and I also showed off the cover for the third book in the Doms of Her Life series, The Bold and The Dominant.

I also attended several conventions this year, met wonderful new friends, and saw wonderful old friends. I enjoy each and every one of you!

So now it’s timtheirs to cherish_front mech.indde to look forward to this new year and the 2014 releases:

Forever Wicked, a Wicked Lovers novella (1001 Dark Nights launch book) – January 14.

Theirs To Cherish (Wicked Lovers 8) – March 4.

Their Virgin Secretary (Masters of Ménage 6) – April 15.

The Bold and The Dominant (Doms of Her Life 3) – Date TBD.

Somewhere in there, I’ll also be releasing My Brothers In Arms medieval series, starting with His Lady Bride soon! And hopefully I’ll find room for some other surprises along the way!

*Raises Glass* Here’s to what was 2013 and what will be in 2014!!! Thank you all for being with me in my heart! I can never say enough how truly grateful I am to all of you!!

Cheers!

Shayla

Introducing…Ask Shayla!

Happy Friday the 13th! I’m often asked questions about being an author and my particular writing process. I’ve been sitting on some of these questions for a while, trying to think of the best way to answer them. You know, something pithy and fun. I finally opted for simple honesty. I hope you enjoy!

1. What is your favorite book?

I don’t favor any one particular book. In fact, I’m not a big believer in “favorite” anything. I tend to do things by mood, so whatever I’m in the mood to read is my go-to of the moment. I’m also a little eclectic with it comes to reading. (Same is true for music, TV, movies…) Some things on my keeper shelves are titles from Lora Leigh, Rhyannon Byrd, Pamela Clare, Tami Hoag, and Lexi Blake, all the way to J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown. I even count some non-fiction among my favorites. I don’t have the chance to read as much as I used to, but I still find things I love every so often.

2. How crazy does it drive you when more than one character is demanding his/her story, and how do you choose which one gets their story told? Whoever is the loudest?

It’s happened, absolutely. The most notable case was between Hunter and Logan, the Edgington brothers in my Wicked Lovers series. Logan couldn’t wait to get his story out there. He yelled, hopped up and down, kept me awake with everything he wanted to do to win Tara back. Hunter didn’t want to talk at all. Before I started the book, he hadn’t met Kata, so he had no reason to be eager. As far as he was concerned, there was nothing wrong with him. Can you see me rolling my eyes here? Anyway, I exerted my will (a fun thing with two strong-willed Doms) and wrote them in the order I originally intended, refusing to put Logan ahead of Hunter on the schedule. They both grumbled, but I’m pretty sure my way was the right way.

3. I always love to hear where authors get their inspiration for books and characters.

I would say my biggest inspiration is music. I’m always listening for something new or finding fresh meaning in an old favorite. I write with music playing, and whether that’s alternative, classical, pop, or new age, there’s always something blaring in my office if I’m creating. Really juicy plotting time is in the shower, while I’m driving, or when I’m talking shop with other writers. Lexi Blake and I bounce ideas off one another really well…often with a bottle of wine.

4. Who is your favorite author, and is your writing style similar to theirs?

The answer to this question is much like the answer to #1. Since I don’t really do the whole favorite thing, I can’t pick just one. I’ve been influenced by a lot of people—not just authors, but family and friends, music, even where I live and the places I visit. I think it’s important, however, for an author to sound like themselves and no one else. I don’t want to be known as the person who imitates one of my peers. I once attended a writing class where the instructor said that a reader buys an author’s book over another because s/he is buying that author’s world view. That’s always stuck with me, so I think it’s important to present mine, and no one else’s.

5. The question I would ask is do you enjoy writing as much as we enjoy reading?

It depends on what day you ask me. LOL! Some days are lovely and beautiful. I’m in sync with the characters, and it’s a fabulous, almost symbiotic relationship. Then there are days where it’s like groping in the dark while walking barefoot over hot coals. And much like Forest Gump’s theory about life being like a box of chocolates because you never know what you’re going to get, the same is true of writing. When I sit down in the morning, I’m braced for greatness or frustration because one eventually leads to the other and back again. But if I plod ahead a little every day, I finally finish the book and I’m happy with the finished product. When I hear from lots of you with your reactions, any difficulty I experienced is worthwhile.

Did I answer your burning question? If not, leave a comment and I just might answer in a future blog… From among the thoughts left here, I’ll draw one for a special prize: A signed copy of the first book in any series I write. (U.S. only please.) Can’t wait to hear what interests you!

**Congratulations to the winner of the first Ask Shayla! blog contest, Heather Avilla!! Rachel will be reaching out to you via email and coordinate delivery of your prize. Thank you so much for participating in Ask Shayla!!**

Chats with Hammer, Raine, and Liam from Doms of Her Life

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Doms of Her Life, book 1

Recently, Jenna, Isabella, and I chatted with the main characters from the Doms of Her Life series – Macen Hammerman, Raine Kendall, and Liam O’Neill. Divided allegiances, torn friendships, unrequited love, drama and angst surround these three almost from the first page. Take a peek at what they had to say just before the start of The Young and The Submissive.

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Shayla, Jenna, and Isabella sit down with Hammer in the bar at Shadows. It’s early afternoon, and he’s pouring a shot of Patrón, broad shoulders straining the seams of his suit coat. He stands as they enter and waits until they each grab a barstool.

Hammer: Drink, ladies? As you can see, I like tequila. Margaritas?

Shayla: Hi, Hammer. You’re on. No salt, please.

Isabella: Absolutely.

Jenna: *Eyes him* Yes, please.

Hammer pours and serves with a smile, but it’s not his usual charming grin. Shayla, Jenna, and Isabella all look at one another, hoping to get to the bottom of the problem.

Jenna: Thanks for taking the time to meet with us. I know you’re plate is full with a business to run and personal problems to unravel.

Isabella: Are you all right? *She sips her drink*

Shayla: Or are you having trouble knowing the woman you love is collared by another man?

Hammer: *Shoots Shayla a glare* Why would that be a problem? I’m having a great time listening to Liam all over Raine through the thin walls between our rooms. It’s fabulous. He’s such a prick… *He grits his teeth* But this isn’t over yet. I haven’t given up.

Isabella: *Clears throat* Obviously, that’s an upset for you. I guess you’re still remembering the incredible night you spent with Raine.

Hammer: Is the sky blue?

Shayla: I’ll take that as a yes.

Jenna: How will you try to lure her from Liam so you can have her for yourself?

Hammer: Liam can’t handle her. He doesn’t understand her. He’ll give her back to me soon enough.

Isabella: And if you’re wrong? What if Liam intends to do whatever it takes to win her for good?

Hammer: I have a backup plan.

Jenna: Is your plan waiting to see if Raine is pregnant? *Sends him a quelling stare*

Hammer: *Growls and glares.* I’m keeping my eye on that situation. I’ll know soon. I think that’s enough for now. Excuse me, I have things to take care of. Enjoy your margaritas.

As he leaves the room, Shayla, Jenna, and Isabella all take their drinks and wander down the hall to find either Raine or Liam.

Doms of Her Life, book 2

Doms of Her Life, book 2

Shayla, Jenna, and Isabella wander into the kitchen to find Raine baking. Her movements are rapid, almost manic as she stirs together ingredients, grabs items from the refrigerator, and checks a pan in the oven.

Isabella: Hello, dear. Everything smells wonderful.

Raine: *Turns to the women and puts on a smile* Hi, ladies. Help yourself. There are cookies in the jar on the counter. I’ve got a banana bread coming out soon. Any other requests?

Jenna: No. You don’t have to bake anything special because we’re here. Obviously, you’re upset. Talk to us. Tell us, is it that difficult being in love with two men?

Raine: *Presses her lips together and tries to hold it together* It’s fine. I’ll be fine.

Shayla: You’re not. Why don’t you tell us what’s wrong? We’re your friends. We can help.

Raine: *She slams down her spoon as her expression crumbles* It’s impossible, all right? They can’t stop fighting, and I’m squarely in the middle. They’re both good men in different ways, but I swear… There are times I’m not sure whether I should referee or submit.

Isabella: Probably a bit of both, but you’ll figure it out. *She smiles gently* What makes them fight? If you know, maybe you can remove the problem and simplify everything.

Raine: It’s me. I’m the problem. Don’t think I haven’t thought about leaving. But this is home…

Jenna: There’s nothing you can’t solve, Raine. What could be so terrible that you’d have to leave everything behind…or *Takes her hands* Last time readers saw you, weren’t you worried about being pregnant?

Raine: I don’t know yet. I…it’s too early to know. *She grabs the spoon and stirs the batter frantically*

Shayla: But isn’t your period late?

Raine: Not you, too. *She sighs heavily* Just leave it. When I know something, I’ll tell everyone, all right? Right now, I don’t know anything. Banana bread? *She pulls the loaf from the oven and sets it on the counter*

Isabella: With margaritas? No, thank you, dear. *Takes Raine by the shoulders* Putting aside the baby issue for one moment, tell us your next move. I’m sure you’d feel better if you knew for certain which man you intended pick. Any ideas?

Raine: No. None.

The ladies surround Raine as she fights tears. They share hugs all around.

Jenna: I know it hurts, honey, but you’ll have to choose.

Raine: Yeah. I don’t know how. I love them both for different reasons. How do I give up half my heart?

The ladies look between each other, empathy on everyone’s faces.

Shayla: Think long and hard. Go with your gut. If you need us, we’re here.

Raine: Thanks. You guys are great. Would you mind if I spent some time alone?

Isabella: Of course not, dear. Rest up. Hopefully, you’ll find answers soon.

The women all leave the kitchen and go in search of Liam. Maybe one person they talk to today will be happy.

As Shayla, Jenna, and Isabella roam the halls looking for Liam, they hear him come in the front door and double back. As one, they stop in the foyer and stare. He’s just come in from the gym and looks so manly and hard and shirtless. Jenna groans. Shayla blinks. Isabella sighs, then nudges the other two.

Isabella: Hi, Liam. Good time at the gym?

Liam: Hello. Not really. I wish I could say I’d worked off my aggression, but I make it a point not to lie to lovely ladies like you. *He tries to give them a gallant smile*

Jenna: Problems?

Liam: The usual. My raven-haired hellcat. I swear sometimes Raine should have been named Tempest or Storm. *Tosses keys on the table* You’ll have to forgive my mood. And my attire. If you’d like, I’ll shower and dress so we can continue this conversation.

Shayla: Don’t worry about us. We’re fine. Raine says she is, too, but—

Liam: *snorts* She could be drowning in a pit of alligators and she’d still say she’s fine. I mean to fix that. It’s only been a few weeks, but I will.

Isabella: But isn’t it more difficult to reach her because she’s not just in love with you? Are you worried about her feelings for Hammer?

Liam: I can’t speak for what’s in Raine’s heart. She hasn’t shared that with me. But I know what’s in mine. You already know how I feel about her… And Hammer? *He shrugs his shoulders* The man had years to claim Raine and didn’t. Now she’s mine. End of story.

Jenna: Unless she’s pregnant. What then?

Liam: Last week, Raine said she wasn’t late. This week…I don’t know. I guess we’ll find out. And I’ll deal with it, but I told her I’m not leaving. I meant it.

Shayla: I think Hammer has different ideas. What will you do if he makes a play for her?

Liam: *Determination tightens his face* Raine still wears my collar, and Hammer can kiss my ass. I think I’ve said enough on this, ladies. If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to the shower.

Liam ducks past them grimly, gym bag in hand, and makes his way down the hall, slamming into his bathroom.

Isabella: Isn’t this a fine pickle? I’m not sure we’ve seen any happy people at Shadows.

Jenna: It’s a tangled mess, for sure. I’m not sure I see any good resolution here.

Shayla: One where everyone can be happy? Yeah, that’s a tough one. We’ve got our work cut out for us!

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Look for book 3 in the sexy, serialized Doms of Her Life series, The Bold and The Dominant, in 2014. Cover and release coming soon!

The Young and The Submissive – Author Interviews

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Hi all!  I wanted to share an interview Jenna, Isabella, and I recently participated in, all about The Young and The Submissive. There have been a lot of burning questions about the series out there, so I hope this helps answer some of them. Enjoy! If you’ve got more burning questions about the series, post them here. Jenna, Isabella, and I just might follow up with answers…

Congratulations to M.Steele for winning my last blog post contest. William (hubby) Black will be in contact soon to coordinate delivery of your prize!

Hugs,
Shayla

 

 

 

Hello, my name is Book Reporter. It took some time, but I finally tracked down the lovely ladies who write The Doms of Her Life Series: Shayla Black, Jenna Jacob, and Isabella LaPearl. Until recently, they’ve been hidden away writing Book 2, The Young & The Submissive, which just released on October 29.

When I arrived at Shadows, they were all waiting for me at the bar. After we ordered drinks, we sat at a table and began to visit.

BR: Will there be a book about Beck?

Authors: You never know… As we spend more time with Beck, we’re growing fonder of the big lug, and you’ll see lots of him in The Young and The Submissive, including a side or two of him that might surprise you.

BR: I have a crush on Beck, so this is all good news to me! *Crosses fingers for a Beck book* Next question… Should Raine choose Team Liam, Team Hammer or Team Ménage?

Authors: Raine should think carefully about her choices. All of them deeply impact her future and her happiness. Knowing exactly what she wants and why is critical.

BR: It will be interesting to watch Raine come to a decision. I always want to wrap her up in a hug. She’s a doll. I’ve heard this rumor that The Doms of Her Life series is a trilogy. Is that true?

Authors: No. We won’t elaborate beyond that. You’ll have to wait and see. But this is NOT a trilogy.

BR: Maybe that means there will be a ton of Doms of Her Life books. I’m definitely ok with that! *Grins* I’m not the only one dying to know something vital. Is Raine pregnant?

Authors: You’ll have to wait and find out. Yes, we might be tormenting you a little.

BR: The suspense is killing me! Telll me, do we learn any deep, dark secrets about any of the characters in The Young and The Submissive?

Authors: Yes! You’ll learn lots of new facts about a few characters that should help you understand what makes them tick. Lots of juicy stuff to come…

BR: *Sigh* Looking forward to it! And being the hard hitting reporter that I am, I saved the most difficult questions for last. Chocolate OR Strawberries?

Shayla: Both! They go together really well, so why choose?

Jenna: Both. Together. In bed. LOL!

Isabella: Strawberries. They’re juicy. Unless you give me white chocolate, too. Then it’s on!

BR: Black OR White?

Shayla: Both—and most every shade in between! But together, these two are striking.

Jenna: Both, but my favorite color is green.

Isabella: Both, preferably at the same time.

BR: Dogs OR Cats?

Shayla: I’m definitely a feline person. My friends know that I’m all about my furry baby that meows. I’ve had dogs, too and enjoyed their company. But I definitely have an affinity for cats.

Jenna: Dogs. Does anyone want a black lab puppy that weighs 85 pounds? Love him, but wow, what a handful!

Isabella: Neither. That way I’m the center of attention. LOL!

BR: Margarita OR Wine?

Shayla: How about margaritas AND wine? Really, that’s one ultimatum I just refuse to accept.

Jenna: Margaritas on the beach with cabana Doms. Not that I’m being greedy.

Isabella: Absolutely!

As you can see, these are fun, talented writers we can count on for an intense story. Thank you for chatting with me today. I leave you with a small snippet from the book.

Chapter 1

Macen “Hammer” Hammerman stifled the mundane conversation with his assistant, Raine Kendall, and stood, bracing his hands on the desk between them. Though his office door stood open—he wasn’t “allowed” to talk to her otherwise—they were as alone as they’d been in weeks. It was now or never. He had an important question to ask.

“Tell me something, Raine. Your period is what, five days late?”

 

The Young and The Submissive has released!

Have you heard the news? The Young and The Submissive (Doms of Her Life, 2) is available on most eBook sites!! It picks up where One Dom To Love (book 1) left off. For a peek into the continuing adventures of Raine, Hammer, and Liam are up to, read the excerpt posted here.

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The Young And The Submissive
Doms of Her Life, Book 2

Raine Kendall has everything a woman could want…almost. Sexy, tender Dom Liam O’Neill is her knight in shining armor, but Raine keeps pinching herself. Is he too good to be true or is this growing connection one that could last a lifetime? She’s constantly torn by her abiding feelings for her commanding boss, Macen “Hammer” Hammerman, especially in the wake of the mind-blowing night he cast aside the barriers between them and ravaged every inch of her body.

Hammer, Liam’s former best friend, can’t stop coveting Raine. But Liam is determined to hold and guide the woman he loves and see if she can be the submissive of his dreams. However, he’s finding that her trust is hard won and he needs a bloody crowbar to pry open her scarred soul. So he risks everything to win her once and for all. But once he’s put his daring plan in motion, will it cost Liam his heart if he loses Raine to Hammer for good?
Congratulations to the winner of the Decadent blog contest, Jamie W.!! William Black will be reaching out to you via email and coordinate delivery of your prize. Thank you so much for sharing the news about Decadent!!

Updates – The Young and the Submissive and Wicked All Night (Excerpt)

What have I been up to you ask? A few things… The finishing touches on The Young and The Submissive with co-authors Jenna Jacob and Isabella LaPearl, copy edits for Theirs To Cherish (Wicked Lovers 8), and, of course, celebrating last week’s release of Wicked and Dangerous!

Included in the Wicked and Dangerous anthology is my novella Wicked All Night (Wicked Lovers 7.5), featuring Decker McConnell and Rachel Lindon’s sexy, funny, thrilling story. If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you enjoy this little taste.

Wicked All Night Excerpt
© Shayla Black (Shelley Bradley LLC)

Rachel smiled and braced her chin on his chest again.

“You’re easy to talk to.”

“You are, too,” he answered honestly. “Sorry if I got a little, um . . . demanding earlier. I promise I won’t drag you off by your hair— at least not often.”

“Did you hear me complaining?”

“Hmm . . .” He pretended to cock his head in thought. “Unless please, don’t stop’ is some new code for ‘no,’ then I guess not.”

Even in the dim light, he could see a faint flush crawl up her cheeks. “In fact, it was . . . wow.”

He cupped her chin and brushed a thumb over her slightly swollen lip. “It was pretty ‘wow’ for me, too, beautiful.”

And he meant that. It wasn’t because of her spectacular technique or her deviant sexual kink. It definitely wasn’t because she dressed as scantily as a Hollywood Boulevard hooker. It wasn’t at all because she knew how to seduce a man in sixty seconds or less. It was precisely because none of those things were true about Rachel. She had permanence stamped all over her, and he wasn’t a staying sort of man. He was going to have to be careful not to hurt her if— no, when— he left. Why lie to himself? This cozy feeling would pass, right? Probably, but . . . he didn’t want to know why the idea of parting ways with her made him somewhere between grumpy and enraged.

“Tired?” she asked with a smile.

“No.”

“Hungry or thirsty?”

“No.” He grinned. “Ask me if I’m horny.”