Thursday, May 10, 2012

Kinky Kiss and Tell - Sam from Safeword: Matte, by Candace Blevins

I'd been invited to Sam's house for a daytime pool party followed by an evening play party in their new dungeon. She suggested I come early for our interview, and we decided to swim while we talked. I recorded the conversation, so I wouldn’t have to worry about taking notes.

Safeword: Matte by Candace Blevins
“Where’s Ethan? I figured he’d be underfoot while we talked.”

“He’ll be here later,” she said, rolling her eyes. “He insists on not moving in until the wedding.”

“Ah, that’s right, but it’s only a month away, so it won’t be long until he’s here full time. Are you nervous?”

“Not about the wedding, or him moving in, but the honeymoon? Equal parts terrified and excited.”

I smiled. “Yeah, but the fear’s kind of like the icing on the cake, isn’t it? Makes it that much richer.” Her smile told me she agreed, and I continued. “How’s the training going? Will you be ready?”

“The training is…” she blushed and gave a nervous laugh. “Uncomfortable. There are these interim deadlines, with amazing rewards when I meet them, and a session with the stainless cane when I don’t. I’ve met them all but one so far, and don’t intend to miss another.”

“Ouch, I bet. You know I have some specific questions to ask, too. Shall we get some of them out of the way? We’ll start with an easy one – what’s your favorite ice cream?”

“I think Ethan already answered that one for me, but it’s mint chocolate chip. Even better if it has chocolate topping – you know, the stuff that goes on liquid and then hardens? Yummm.”

“What does Ethan do that’s most annoying?”

She bared her teeth in obvious frustration. “The man organizes the freakin' dishwasher. The plates have a special place, each type of glass has its own section, the big spoons have their division, little spoons in another."

I couldn't help but smile at her affectionate exasperation as she threw her arms up and continued. "What difference does it make where they are? I make sure the plastic stuff goes on top, but other than that, I just stick it in and turn it on. I caught him pulling everything out and putting it all back in last week, and he tried to explain how you can get more in doing it his way, that my way we’ll have to wash twenty percent more often. I’m sure it’s because he knows so much about packing a moving truck, but still, it just seems so persnickety.”

She swam a few strokes closer to me, smiling. “I informed him the dishes are his job from here on out. Oddly enough, he’s okay with that. So, maybe it’s not such an annoying trait after all, if it means I never have to clean the kitchen again.”

“That’s right, the two of you are 24/7, but only when it comes to sex, so he can’t insist you do it his way.”

“Yeah. He can demand anything sexual at any time, as long as it doesn’t interfere with work. While we’re having sex or in a scene I have to follow instructions and obey the rules, but once the scene and aftercare are over, so’s the power exchange – and dishwashers have nothing to do with sex.”

“What’s Ethan’s best sexual talent?”

“Well, his mouth is pretty amazing, but his best talent is his ability to give me what I need, with no apologies. He can manhandle me into bondage, and can even have his way with me without using restraints. No matter how hard – or how smart – I fight; he can take me. I’d never found someone into kink who could handle me before, and it’s something I needed before I could submit all of myself – body and mind. But, best of all, once he’s got me where he wants, he’s not afraid to deliver the kind of pain I need. I have no problems with his sadistic streak, but sometimes his dominance is hard for me to deal with. I’ve never faced the kinds of expectations for my submission he demands, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. If it were easy, I’d probably get bored with it eventually, and I don’t see that happening. He’s more than earned my submission, and I appreciate a challenge.”

“What do you most fear?”

“Umm, my honeymoon?” She laughed. “No, not really, but I have to admit it’s pretty much front and center in my thoughts these days. Hmmm, hang on, let me think about it a minute.”

She dove under the water, swam the length of the pool, and freestyled back, wiping the water from her face before answering.

“I think my top two fears are pretty close to a tie. I fear something happening to Ethan, of course, but he’s so big and strong and healthy, it doesn’t seem likely, you know? It’s up there, but hard to put in first place, since my brain refuses to seriously consider it. I’m terrified of the possibility of losing my independence, though. Seven or eight years ago, my spinal cord was irritated during a fight, and I lost the use of my arms and legs for a few hours. Once the doctors got the swelling down I could move everything again, but it was terrifying. I need to fight, run, bike, hike. My identity is built around being able to take care of myself.”

“Yes, but I know how strong your willpower is – you’d deal with it, and find a way to make the best of it, once you got over being pissed. How does Ethan handle your independence? Do the two of you clash over him wanting to keep you safe?”

“Not often. He respects the fact I can take care of myself, and most of the time, lets me. I have a case right now, a battered wife leaving a jerk of a man. She’s staying somewhere secret, with the judge’s okay for her to keep the location of their children from him, based on documented injuries to the mom and the oldest son, and testimony about the dad’s anger issues.”

Sam had floated to the edge of the pool as she talked, and now reached for her lemonade, taking a sip before continuing. “He approached me while I was eating lunch on the courthouse lawn -- threatened me, trying to get me to tell him where she’s living. When threats didn't work, and I obviously wasn't scared of him, the jerk tried to hit me, but I blocked his punch and put him on the ground." Her face lit up, a happy smile with a touch of sadism. "And held him there until police arrived."

She shrugged. "Turned out okay. I wasn't hurt, and the idiot slam-dunked my case, since there were witnesses. Ethan’s not at all happy about the situation, but he’s letting me handle it my way – through the police and courts.”

“Wow, I imagine Ethan’s chomping at the bit, though. If it weren't work related, do you think he’d still stay in the background?”

“I’m not sure, actually. I don’t think he’d beat him up, but I believe he’d insist on having a conversation with him. Ethan can be pretty intimidating when he’s not trying. When he makes an effort to be scary?” She shuddered. “Even when we’re playing around, and I know he won’t hurt me, my insides quake with fear.”

A deep male voice startled me. “Nice to know I have that effect on you, Samantha darling.”

Sam’s head snapped around, her smile lighting up her face. “It’s no secret you’re scary when you want to be, but I know you’re really just a big teddy bear.”

Already in swim trunks, he walked down the steps into the water, pulling her to him and giving her a quick kiss before looking my direction. “I assume it’s okay for me to be here for the rest of the interview?”

“Of course, I was just about to ask the last two questions.” I said, turning to Sam.

“If your life were a book, what would you prefer the author not tell readers about you?”

“Oh, that’s easy; I wouldn’t want anyone outside of the scene to know I’m submissive. Vanillas have this crazy idea that submitting to someone means you’re weak. Drives me crazy.”

“Yeah, that's one of my pet peeves, too. Final question: Before you met Ethan, your goal was to develop a relationship with enough trust to give up your safeword. I know you and Ethan have been at odds on the subject, and the wedding is only a month away. Have the two of you resolved this, yet?”

Ethan growled under his breath, and Sam rolled her eyes. Ouch, maybe I should have asked before Ethan arrived.

“I’m ready to give it up," Sam said, "but the big lug behind me won’t agree to it. He says if I don’t want to safeword, I shouldn't’ say it.”

She pulled out of his arms, swam closer to me. “He’s being deliberately obtuse, refuses to understand I don’t want to have it available. At all.”

He grinned at her, affection and mischief lighting his eyes. “Oh, I get it, but I won’t agree to it until I can be sure I’m up for the responsibility.”

Switching his focus to me, he said, “Aren’t you missing someone? You’re staying for the party, right?”

“Wouldn’t miss it for the world. His Highness got drafted into taking our youngest to rehearsal this morning. He'll drop her off at his mom’s when it’s over and should be here shortly after everyone else. Are Tyler and Viv still coming?” Sam answered from the diving board. “Yes, and Dana’s coming, too. She pulled away from all of us after Garnet died, but Kirsten told me if I invited her and made it clear she could bring guests, plural, that she’d probably come. She’s bringing three men with her, can you imagine?”

I smiled. “Oh yeah, I can imagine.”

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9 comments:

  1. I have not read this book yet, but after this interview, I really want to learn more about Sam and Ethan. Great questions.

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  2. I haven't read this book yet either, bit i would love for a chance to.

    mpashon at hotmail dot com

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  3. The training!! The Training! I want more deets. Poor Sam. hehehhe. I can't wait to read a follow up on Sam and Ethan. ooh Ethan...

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  4. I can' t wait to read this! The interview was awesome!

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  5. Joanne and Melanie, you really need to read this book, it's awesome. I couldn't put it down and I can't wait for Candace's next book to come out!
    I'm with you La Crimson Femme, Ethan is awe-inspiring. LOL I really enjoyed Safeword: Matte, can't wait for a follow-up story.

    Qwillia

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  6. I haven't read this book yet, but I have heard about it. I'd love a chance to win it. Thanks!

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  7. I can't wait to get this book!

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  8. Interesting interview and it definitely made me curious to read the book.

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  9. And the winner is... Melanie!

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    Thanks to everyone who commented!

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