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Meet Tabitha Black, Author of Masters of the Castle: Sharing Silver

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Spanking Romance Reviews invited Tabitha Black in today to talk about her writing and her latest release Sharing Silver.

SRR: What’s your preference in fiction…domestic discipline or erotic spanking? Why?

Tabitha Black: I actually adore both. Spanking for discipline and spanking for erotic purposes are completely separate things in my world, but they both have their place. One is more severe, the other more sensual… but then again, I find both arousing. Must be the masochist in me.

Do you see a difference between spanking fiction and BDSM? What is it?

Tabitha Black: There is definitely a difference. Spanking fiction is just that – a story wherein spanking takes place, either for disciplinary or erotic purposes… or both. Whereas BDSM is so much more; the voluntary power exchange, the contemporary scene and all the amazing activities it encompasses, things like needles, edge play, orgasm control, wax, fire, bondage etc. Up until recently, I wrote mostly spanking fiction, usually in historical settings, where the power exchange wasn’t really voluntary, in fact it was more derived from the circumstances the heroine found herself in. In ‘those days’, women had fewer rights and were often subject to domestic discipline, simple as that. Being forced to marry someone who believes in spanking for punishment is one thing (even if you do end up enjoying it!); living in today’s world and voluntarily giving up control to someone, including submitting to their punishment(s) where applicable, is a different thing entirely. Both have their appeal, although after writing several historical DD novels, writing Silver opened up a whole new avenue of opportunities for me to explore – things I’ve done but hadn’t necessarily been able to write about. Yet.

Did you read spanking fiction before you started writing it?

Tabitha Black: Yes and no. I actually started writing little spanking stories for myself long before I knew that anyone else out there was as ‘into it’ as I was. I thought there was something wrong with me. Later, thanks to the Internet, I discovered that I actually wasn’t alone, and in fact others were writing spanking fiction and even selling it online. As I’d always wanted to be a writer, and had always been fascinated by the genre, the next step was basically a foregone conclusion.

Tell us about your current release?

Tabitha Black: Maren Smith is something of an idol of mine – her Castle series is just so very, very hot. Her male characters, especially, are so easy to fall in absolute, panty-soaking lust with. So when the idea for an auction scenario came up, and it was suggested that we set it at the Castle, I was dancing with joy. I’d always wanted to write a ménage, so I asked for her permission to use her characters; Masters Travis and Trevor. She agreed and helpfully supplied all the notes she had on the twins until then, and I took it from there. I’d say it’s very intense and explicit ménage BDSM with all sorts of scenarios; spanking, paddling etc… but also fireplay, knife play, orgasm control and more. Sharing Silver (published by Blushing Books) is definitely my favourite of my own books so far.

Who was the first person you told that you were writing spanking fiction? What was his/her reaction?

Tabitha Black: That is a brilliant question, and one I’ve never thought about. I’m not ‘out’ to my family, so it would have to have been my partner at the time, who was also my Master. Now all my kinky friends know, but while my vanilla family and friends know I write erotica, they have no idea what genre. This year it’s been ten years since I had my first spanking novel published. Time flies when you’re having fun!

If you were asked to make a soundtrack for your novel, what songs would be on it?

Tabitha Black: Probably the entire playlist I listened to while writing it. Marilyn Manson, Rammstein and definitely Ordo Rosalius Equilibrio – I discovered their music just as I started ‘Silver’, and it fit so well they’re even mentioned in the book, playing during the fireplay scene.

Are you currently or have you ever been in a spanking relationship? Do you use real life experiences in your books?

Tabitha Black: Yes and yes. Where I last lived, I was very active in the local BDSM scene and was lucky enough to have a Dom who embraced my natural curiosity and allowed me to try pretty much anything I saw which interested me – including more high risk things (like cutting, suspension bondage) he didn’t have enough knowledge about to do himself. He was always there, watching, but generously allowed me to share some amazing experiences with some amazing people, so it goes without saying that some of those will make it into my writing. A lot of Silver’s play sessions with the twins were based on real life things I’ve done. Having said that, I have also played on the very extreme side of the spectrum, and I’m not sure how readers would receive all of the things I’ve tried, so I do pick and choose. Wouldn’t want to freak anyone out – well, not too much, anyway.

What is your favorite spanking implement?

Tabitha Black: That might possibly be the hardest question anyone’s ever asked me – maths questions excluded. They all have their uses, I suppose. It depends on the situation and the Dom/me, but I am fascinated by and terrified of the sjambok in equal measure. It’s the only implement that will actually leave proper marks on my ‘cast iron butt’ – and the sensation is extremely distinct and unique. Not for the faint of heart.

Spanking is a hot topic that pushes people’s buttons. They either like it or they don’t. What do you think makes it hot, both positive and negative? 

Tabitha Black: Wow, another very interesting question. I’ve never really thought about it, but now that you’re forcing me to, I’d say that it’s because for so long it was seen as something bad, a punishment, something to fear which could be inflicted upon you by authority figures, be they your parents, teachers or husband. The idea of being aroused by it is, therefore, to some degree ‘unnatural’. Having said that, there have been ‘spankos’ for as long as there’s been spanking (if historic literature and paintings are to believed) so there have always been people who found themselves oddly aroused by it. These days, everyone is so politically correct, and women have had to fight so hard for equal rights, no-one can imagine any woman willingly seeking out a situation where her husband has the authority and can – and does – discipline her. (I’m obviously aware that there are plenty of female Dominants, but for this interview I’m talking from a purely maledom M/f perspective, please forgive me.) Men, too, are taught these days that to hit a woman is a Bad Evil Thing – and if it’s non-consensual, it definitely is – but I think for people who don’t share our proclivities, the whole concept just seems wrong. From the outside looking in, it’s very difficult to distinguish between consensual BDSM and plain domestic abuse.

What projects are you working on at the present?

Tabitha Black: I’m currently writing the first in what will hopefully become a contemporary BDSM series, along similar lines to Silver; edgy, intense, realistic and loosely based on some of my own experiences. The setting alone is far more involved than I’ve ever done before – I’ve even had to draw a map! – but I’m really enjoying being able to lose myself in the contemporary genre without having to research timelines, costumes and implements all the time.

Thank you so much for hosting me!

Sharing Silver (Masters of the Castle)

It’s been six months since her vanilla marriage ended in divorce, and Sylvia is craving some fun and excitement – not to mention kink. So when her friend Rosa tells her about a slave auction being held at her workplace, the Castle, Sylvia throws caution to the wind and signs herself up to fly all the way to America to be sold off to the highest bidder under the nickname Silver. Gorgeous twin Castle Masters, Travis and Trevor, can have any girl they choose – and frequently do. The only downside to topping female guests, however, is the fact that there’s never enough time to build trust. So when Trevor hears about the auction, he decides it’s time to be selfish, and he and his brother set about looking for a plaything they can do whatever they want with – a girl with as few limits as possible.

When Silver and the twins meet, the chemistry is instantaneous and palpable. But all too soon, something more begins to develop between the three. What should have been a few days of physical excitement turns into an emotional roller coaster – not only for Silver, but for Travis and Trevor as well.

Overwhelmed by the events at the BDSM resort – and her feelings – Silver tries to get to grips with her past, as well as the fact that she’s rapidly falling in love with the two biggest playboys in Ohio.

In turn, Travis and Trevor are smitten by the mysterious girl from Australia, but whenever they try to get closer emotionally, she clams up. Can the twins make her see what she means to them before it’s too late, and Silver gets back on the plane home?

 

Excerpt:

“So, I see you’re for sale.” He reached out a finger and stroked the ribbon around her throat.

The throbbing between her legs was growing, and Silver shivered at his touch, despite herself. “Why?” she asked, hoping she sounded more confident than she felt. “You buying?”

“Perhaps. If I see something I like.”

The way he said it, the way his eyes were devouring her as he said it, that single fingertip still tracing the velvet on her skin…

“Er, where’s the bar?” she blurted out, desperate to break the spell.

“I can take you, if you like. Have you had a drink yet today?”

“Only coffee.”

“Of course.” She almost groaned as his finger left her throat. “Come on then.”

Silver trotted obediently at his heels like a loyal little puppy dog, inwardly cursing herself all the way. So much for playing hard to get. You’re just like all the other girls after all, damn you. The first man to touch you since Stephen, and you’re practically climaxing in public.

“What’s your poison?” Trev moved aside once they had reached the bar, allowing her to speak directly to the bartender.

“Wait,” the girl said, “hold your arm under this.”

“What’s that?” Silver asked, as a scanner was run over her wrist.

“She’s checking to make sure you haven’t had any drinks yet today. Can’t have you taking leave of your senses.” Reaching out, he took a lock of her hair and twirled it casually. “Very pretty.”

“Thank you. Um. Can I have a glass of red, please? Merlot? Or maybe a Pinot if you have it?” Silver stammered to the girl behind the bar, trying to ignore the little jolts of electricity his touch was shooting directly to her scalp.

“Which do you prefer? We have both.”

“Pinot, please.”

The glass, when it arrived, was disappointingly small. “That’s it?”

“You shoulda ordered something stronger,” he said with a grin.

“Like?”

“A Long Island iced tea. Lots of bang for your buck there, in every sense of the word.”

“This is fine, thank you.” Silver let the girl stamp her arm and took a deep, grateful swallow, wondering how the hell she was meant to get through the evening sober.

“Well they wouldn’t want you barfing up on stage,” Trev said, as though he could read her mind.

She chuckled. “Barfing. So American.”

“Why? What do you call it?”

“We have lots of words for it, but barfing isn’t one of them. Puking is probably one of the most common expressions.” Well isn’t this a sexy conversation, she thought ruefully. It was a moment before she realised that he was staring at her. “What?”

“You have such an adorable accent,” he said slowly, “I was just wondering what you sound like when you’re begging to be allowed to come.”

 

Sharing Silver (Masters of the Castle)

 

Tabitha Black Contact info:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/BlushingTabitha

Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlushingTabitha

Blog: http://tabithablack.blogspot.com/

Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Tabitha-Black/e/B00FADLNLC

 

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One Response to “Meet Tabitha Black, Author of Masters of the Castle: Sharing Silver

  1. Maggie Ryan says:

    Tabitha Black is an amazing woman and author. Her book, Sharing Silver, is a fantastic glimpse into the more realistic aspects of BDSM. She draws readers in and keeps them involved until the very last page. I was honored to be in the boxed set with her and am anxiously awaiting her next book. If you haven’t read her books, I highly recommend you do – you won’t regret it.

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