The Assignment by Jade A. Waters Book Launch Blog Tour

Book Launch Blog Tour

Today I am very excited to be hosting Jade A. Waters as part of her blog tour for the launch of her newest book, The Assignment. I will hand you straight over to Jade.

the assignment

The ‘Interview’

Ladies and gentleman. I am so excited. First, because the lovely Horny Geek Girl has invited me here today (thank you, darling!). And second…

Because I’ve wrangled you an interview with Dean Sova!

Yes, you read that right—Dean Sova! That super yet dominant fella that Maya’s after in The Assignment. And I got him. Here!

So, listen…while I do know all sorts of things about Dean, I thought it was time I dig for you. The Assignment is told from Maya’s perspective, and though we get to know Dean well, I happen to know we find out even more about him in book 2, The Discipline. That said, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to give you a little more insight into Dean now. Consider it a sort of beyond-the-book detour into his life, in which I sweet-talked this sexy man (seriously, those slate gray eyes!) into an interview just for you. Dean’s a busy guy—what with all those beautiful buildings he keeps crafting when he isn’t hanging out with flirty, sassy Maya Clery—so I only get him for a short bit. But without any further ado…I’d like to welcome Dean to this page today.

 

Jade: Welcome, Dean!

Dean: Hello, Jade. [He sits comfortably back in his chair, looking sharp as ever in jeans and a thermal sweater.]

J: Well, look at you all calm and casual. It must be this aura of yours—you project lots of confidence. You really have it together.

D: I try.

J: Then, I have a bunch of questions to pull you apart. How about that? Are you ready?

D: [Chuckles.] Always.

J: Let’s start light. Tell our readers a little about yourself.

D: Okay. I’m Dean Sova. I’m 39. I’m an architect in the Bay Area. My company is Sova Associates, and we’ve been around a long time. I have an office in San Francisco, and I live in Half Moon Bay—but I grew up in Rock Hall, Maryland.

J: That’s a hike. How’d you get over here?

D: I followed a great man and a solid whim.

J: Niko, your pseudo-mentor, yeah?

D: That’s correct. He’s off sailing the world, now, but I stayed. I like it here. I’ve made it home.

J: Yes, let’s talk about your home life. What do you do in your spare time? Clearly, there’s a lot of good fun with Maya. [Dean flashes a playful smile, and since he hasn’t shaved off his five o’ clock shadow, I’m seeing why Maya finds this so damn sexy.] Dude. Stop. You’re killing me.

D: [Snickers and shifts in his chair.] All right. Fun…let’s see. I enjoy hanging with my brothers, Evan, Luka, and Dylan. Also, my niece, Katie. The five of us do a lot of sailing around the bay. I like some down time, too—with Maya, and at home. I like to cook, grab a drink, watch TV. And I read a lot.

J: What do you like to read?

D: Everything. Mostly the news, nonfiction books, memoirs. I read a bit on architecture, obviously, but I’m into fiction, too. Suspense and thrillers, and such. Sometimes lighter fare.

J: Gotcha. And TV-wise—Game of Thrones or Parks and Recreation?

D: Mmm…I do like comedy, but Game of Thrones, hands down. There’s a lot of tension and drama there. Violence. Sex. Good stuff. There’s no messing around and fading to black, either. It’s blatant. I like that.

J: That’s your thing, isn’t it? Directness? Maya loves that about you.

D: I think she does. But I like it about her, too. What’s the point of dancing around the truth? If you know what you want, you go for it.

J: You wanted her.

D: Oh, yes. She’s…amazing.

J: What about her made you want to shift into the roles you did? You’re pretty easygoing, and yet you definitely have this in-control, naturally dominant thing going on.

D: Well, I am…but she certainly brought more of it out of me. It’s something about the way she carries herself. She’s confident, independent, and fun…but she’s got that underlying enthusiasm for exploration in the same way I do. She knows what she wants, and she’s not afraid to say so. I love it when she tells me her thoughts, and her desires.

J: Yes. You two are really into the words. [Dean nods.] So what inspired that first assignment?

D: [Smiles.] Part is that vibe I got from her, the exploration bent. That’s something I love about her…about us. I still don’t know how it hit so hard. I mean, I’d played that way a little before, but not much. She, though…she just struck me. And when I gave her the assignment, I wanted to see how direct she’d be. She’s not scared to voice things, which I find incredibly sexy—her willingness to go there, try it out. I also wanted to see how creative she’d get with it…hence asking her to do what I did.

J: Thank you for keeping that vague. Can’t go giving away your assignment here—though you do end up offering a few, all through the entire series.

D: Right. [Dean is quiet for a while.]

J: You’re doing that mysterious, pensive thing. What’s that about? Sure, sometimes you’re thinking up some…um…experiences for you and Maya. But occasionally, you tend to hold your cards close.

D: I’m not trying to be mysterious—I’m just gauging the scene. Feeling it out. Observing, and getting to know who I’m dealing with. [He laughs at my raised eyebrow.] But I will reveal more as I get to know you better.

J: Sounds like my cue to tell the readers that we find out a bunch more about you in The Discipline.

D: True.

J: Okay. Let’s bring it back to now, Dean. Since I know you’re pressed for time—

D: Yes. I’m meeting Maya in a few.

J: Ah. That’s sweet. [He grins mischievously.] Okay, so not sweet. I get it. [I drop my notecards.] Jesus Christ. Where was I? Oh, yes. I’m going to throw out five completely random questions for you. Sound good? And no thinking on your response, okay? Just spit out the first answer that comes to you.

D: Ready.

J: Cool. If you weren’t an architect, what would you be?

D: Something sailing related. I might teach with my brother, Evan. I love being on the water.

J: And there’s a lot of it here. Isn’t our area great? [He nods.] Okie doke, next question: glass half full or half empty?

D: Half full. No question.

J: Mmm-hmm. I thought you and Maya might have this in common. Next up…what do you think is the most important value in a relationship?

D: Are these speed dating questions, Jade?

J: Maybe… Or maybe I’m just researching. You know, for Maya.

D: I see. [He narrows his eyes. Oh, dang. Maya mentions that’s sexy. It is.] I’m going to go with openness.

J: Nice. I will report this back to Maya. Eh-hm. Now time for our last two questions… First, what makes you laugh?

D: Lots of things! Comedy, for one. And my niece. She’s adorable and five, so funny things get said. And of course, there’s Maya, with some of the sassy things she says. She’s got a mouth on her, that one.

J: Uh-huh. She does… [Both of us laugh.] Since that tends to get you two into particular situations…my last question. What’s your preference: rope, leather cuffs, metal ones, or something else?

D: Tough call. They’re all quite fun. But…I’m going to go with rope.

J: And you’re rather good with that, aren’t you? [Dean grins.] Yep. All righty! On that note, I suppose I should let you go. Hopefully our readers have gotten a little perspective on you.

D: I hope so.

J: Thanks so much for being here.

D: No problem. Enjoy your day.

J: You too!

 

Okay, all. There you have it: Dean Sova, in person! I hope for those of you who have already dipped into The Assignment, that you found out a few things to add to your take on him. And for those of you who haven’t, I hope you’ll join Maya and Dean on their adventures, soon!

In the meantime—a huge thank you to Horny Geek Girl for having us over!

The Assignment

the assignmentThe Assignment is the first book in Jade’s Lessons in Control series.

What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies?

Seductive.

Charming.

Dominant.

Dean Sova is everything Maya Clery craves. From the first touch, their connection is intense. After leaving her troubled past behind, Maya thought she was happy—she is happy—but meeting Dean forces her to acknowledge dark needs she longs to explore yet has never had the courage to face. 

Her perfect match, Dean encourages Maya to set loose the submissive urges inside her in a series of assignments intended to open her mind and test the limits of pleasure…but Maya isn’t sure she can fully let go of her inhibitions. 

What would you do if someone offered to fulfill your wildest fantasies?

The answer seems obvious. You take the offer and hope the price isn’t too high.

Buy Links for The Assignment

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About Jade

Jade A. Waters is an erotica author and poetess in sunny California. A lover of candy, coffee, dancing, and endless karaoke, she is happiest when surrounded by words—be they on the page or shared in good conversation. Her short fiction and poetry is featured in over a dozen anthologies from Cleis Press and Stupid Fish Productions, and currently, Jade is hard at work on the next book in the Lessons in Control series from Carina Press. Visit her at http://jadeawaters.com, or follow her at http://twitter.com/jadeawaters.

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Sexy Tattoo Erotica Inked – Edited by Anna Sky

Erotica Anthology

Tattoos are intimate and personal, yet can hide as much as they reveal…

This superb collection of sexy tattoo erotica will have you squirming in your seat! Inked contains first tattoos in Company Ink and first times in Scissoring. An intrepid ink artist crosses galaxies to save mankind in The Voron-Kali Emperor’s New Clothes whilst closer to home, a sub make a lifetime promise to her Master in Commitment.

In Venomous Ink, a vibrant tattoo shows there’s much more than meets the eye whilst an art student longs to ink the object of her desire with her permanent markers, in Sign Your Name. An uptight commuter finds herself attracted to her polar opposite in Uncovering Heather, while the ultimate Dom looks to get what he deserves in Her Midnight Roses.

And in Nine Lives, a top tattoo artist has never forgotten one particular customer and when they reconnect, she discovers he has new ink for each new life.

Inked contains nine sexy and provocative stories from Gregory L. Norris, Annabeth Leong, Victoria Blisse, Zak Jane Keir, Harley Easton, Jillian Boyd, Alain Bell, Lilya Loring and Katya Harris.

 

Inked – Sexy Tattoo Erotica

sexy tattoo eroticaEdited by Anna Sky
Published by SexyLittlePages

£6.99, Paperback
12.7 x 1.1 x 20.3 cm

 

Sexy Little Pages is a sex-positive publishing venture supporting and promoting erotica authors and editors. As a society we’re ashamed of sex and sexuality but we should celebrate it. Sex is an integral part of life, whether it’s fun, filthy, flirtatious, unfulfilling, an escape from reality or something else entirely. Our needs, expectations and fantasies are all different so we aim to publish for everybody and every body, across the whole delicious spectrum of gender, ability, and desires.

Inked is a great collection of erotica, with nine stories there is sure to be something to please anyone. I especially enjoyed Her Midnight Roses by Zak Jane Kier. You can find an excerpt below:

Her Midnight Roses

Mac hefted the new, vicious flogger with the knotted rubber tails and brought it down with a splashy crack on the arse of the woman he’d bent over the whipping bench. She yelped, then giggled, so he tried to make the next stroke harder and the third one harder than that. He liked screams, not giggles. The woman, a dumpy blonde whose name he’d already forgotten, let out a yelp that sounded a bit more like she was feeling it, and he swung again. The music playing in the background was some shitty grime or urban or whatever the fuck they called it, and it was putting him off, interfering with his ability to find his natural rhythm. He stepped back for a moment, shaking out the tails of the whip and glancing from side to side, wondering how much of an audience he had. There were a few men standing around and he got the impression they were watching him appreciatively, but he supposed they might have been just as enthralled by the blonde woman’s naked backside, now bearing the marks of his skill. She had good skin, he’d say that for her, even if she was overweight.

He laid on the flogger again, delivering a succession of blows fairly quickly, not particularly inclined to take his time over it. She’d been easy enough to pick up: too easy, really. She was probably desperate, and while he didn’t mind a bit of desperation in a woman, he didn’t see the need to use the likes of this one for any more than a quick warm up. There were plenty of other women in the place, and bound to be one or two who were sevens or higher while this one, even with her nice smooth skin, was never going to rate above a five. He didn’t think he could even be bothered to make her suck him off once he’d finished flogging her.

 

Giveaway

If you’d like to win a copy of Inked enter below (goes live at midnight on 03/10/2016).

 

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Girl On The Net – How A Bad Girl Fell In Love – Giveaway

Girl On The Net

How A Bad Girl Fell In Love

On Thursday I celebrated the launch of Girl on the Net‘s new book, How a Bad Girl Fell in Love with a glowing review, which you can read here.

How a Bad Girl Fell in Love is part confessional, part drunken-rant-on-the-bus from the writer of one of the UK’s most popular sex blogs. Below is an excerpt, which I had to pick at random because actually choosing a quote was just too hard.

Excerpt

how a bad girl fell in love

When I told Mark about the sex blog, he was far more chilled than Adam. Perhaps because it was still early days: we hadn’t yet had the kind of sex he’d be nervous to tell his friends about. While he’d have loved the idea of calling me his girlfriend, he knew that’d mean a pretty swift separation without even a goodbye blow job. I was just a girl he liked, who met up with him twice a week or so, then rubbed against him in the hallway of his flat until one or both of us made a come face. We were new, casual, and definitely not significant. So, as with so much else in life, laid-back Mark made the sex blog chat simple:
“I’m going to write about sex on the internet. Can I write about what we do?”
“Of course. Let’s do it again now, though, just so it’s fresh in your mind.”
Afterwards, when we were sweaty and knackered and definitely not hugging, he sat up with a jolt, lips twitching like he’d just thought of a killer joke:
“I don’t have to actually read it, do I?”

 

Giveaway

Blink Publishing have very kindly offered to donate a copy of How A Bad Girl Fell in Love for one lucky HornyGeekGirl reader. To be in with a chance you just need to enter using the widget below. The more tasks you fulfil the more entries you receive. I do check entries, so I will know if you haven’t really followed someone. Competition only accounts will be removed.

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Girl on the Net – How a Bad Girl Fell in Love

Girl on the Net: How A Bad Girl Fell in Love

how a bad girl fell in loveFrom BLINK Publishing

£8.99, Paperback
336 pages, 15 x 2.2 x 21 cm

Girl on the Net is a London-based award-winning sex blogger and writer, with over 100,000 unique visitors per month, she has been voted one of the UK’s most influential sex bloggers, Best Sex Blogger 2014 and winner of Editorial of the Year 2014. How a Bad Girl Fell in Love is her second memoir.

Her blog covers topics like erotica, feminism, popular culture and body confidence. With more than her fair share of sex and dating mistakes behind her, her unique mix of dirty stories, unusual advice and witty, funny, outspoken rants has gathered a wide audience both in the UK and abroad. The voice of a generation, she has also written for the Guardian, New Statesman, FHM, Debrief, Cosmopolitan, Reveal & Closer.

Girl on the Net

As well as being an avid reader of Girl on the Net’s blog, I had also read and loved her first book, My Not-So-Shameful Sex Secrets, if you haven’t read it yet, I highly recommend it. So when I was asked if I’d like to review her second book, How A Bad Girl Fell in Love, I jumped at the chance…..there may have been actual squealing and jumping. It arrived and I managed to read it in two days. Then came the hard part, for six weeks I had to pretend it didn’t exist. However, that gave me the perfect excuse to re-read it before I wrote this review.

How a Bad Girl Fell in Love

Girl on the Net – How A Bad Girl Fell in Love is part confessional, part drunken-rant-on-the-bus from the writer of one of the UK’s most popular sex blogs. Guiding readers through the lessons that a thirty-something sex blogger has learned about sex and love, the journey begins with a happy ending and goes swiftly downhill. The book dismantles some of the myths about romance as she learns to understand her own relationship, family and personal issues through stories and weird facts gathered from three years of sex blogging.

This book explores key sexual issues facing men and women: porn, kink, commitment, the biological clock, why feminist men are hot (!) and how society dictates how we should conduct and feel in our significant relationships. It also explores whether sex and love should really go hand in hand, or whether happiness lies in following your true desire…

In case you hadn’t already figured it out I really loved How a Bad Girl Fell in Love, and not just because I could identify with so many of the things Girl on the Net talks about. It is well written, entertaining, honest, and really fucking insightful. More and more of our generation are choosing to do things differently, to not follow the ‘path’ people expect, and so much of this book is telling you, “hey that’s okay, the people who matter won’t care about that stuff”. It can be figured out. Both times I read this book I actually hugged it when I finished, that only happens with very special books, with books that I really connected to.

The chapter titles are all taken from advice articles on the internet, and I love the little ‘quotes’ that go with them. Those funny little snippets of conversation that give us an insight into the connection between Sarah and Mark, and how they relate to each other. I want to tell you this book is about Sarah, and I guess it is; it’s told from her point of view, and is about how she sees the world. But in reality it’s so much more than that. For someone who professes right at the beginning that she isn’t really a romantic person, this book is actually very romantic, you could see the whole thing as one huge love letter to Mark. Through her eyes we see him…and what a picture she paints. I’m not saying he’s perfect, who is? But she manages to talk about his flaws in a way that shows she accepts them as part of him, and she loves him. It’s truly beautiful writing.

Don’t worry though, there’s also plenty of filth; those hot sexy stories we love, after all this is Girl on the Net. The description of the fast furious sessions in a hallway, her back to him hands braced against the walls, had me wiggling in my seat. The introduction of The Doxy body massager was a highlight of the book, that had me giggling madly…and then reaching for my own. Her description of Mark’s hesitation when first using it on her, almost makes you feel you were there, you can imagine his expression as he watches her responses to this magical toy; changing from flustered, to worried, to horny. It’s a fabulous piece of writing, and one of the best endorsements for The Doxy you will ever see.

My favourite chapter in How a Bad Girl Fell in Love was chapter four, entitled ‘When Did Sex Become The Wrong Way To Show Affection?’. The reason it’s my favourite is because it’s about hugging, I am a hugger. I love hugs. Quick friendship squeezes, long snuggles that help to calm me, and fun naked ones that tend to get naughty very quickly. I really love hugs. The chapter starts by talking about how Mark is a hugger, Sarah is not.  The phrase “I’d rather fuck than cuddle.” was particularly entertaining. But what I really liked about this chapter was how Girl on the Net’s way of thinking changed. She started believing she was being really subversive, behaving in a way that flew against everything she’d ever been given to believe was how ‘women’ should act. However she realises that actually it isn’t as simple as she thought, and really she was still the one dictating how things should happen.

Overall

I really loved How a Bad Girl Fell in Love. I think I loved it even more than her first book. I could go on and on about how amazing it is, the way she unashamedly talks about her struggles with a mental illness, and how hard it was to even admit it was an illness. How brilliantly she deals with her feelings about moving in together, or sharing the cost  of things, or sharing the household chores, while still keeping up a sex life, and holding her relationship together. But really you should just go buy her book, because it’s worth it.

 

*I received a copy of this in return for an honest and unbiased review. How a Bad Girl Fell in Love is available now, you can buy your copy here.