Today I’ve got a peek at On the Edge of Fear, the third novel, 4th book, in the Elan Isle Contemporary BDSM Romance series. As of today, it’s on Early Release at my online store for $1 off the retail price… plus you can download and read it today!
This week, I’m giving you a look at Alexis, who is on her way to Elan Isle to pick a few pockets. She just doesn’t know what Elan Isle is.
The ferry docked and she waited for most everyone to leave before she stepped out onto the rocky beach. A path of gravel led up past a few buildings to a large set of wooden gates. As she passed by one of the buildings, a door opened and a man stepped out wearing nothing. Her mouth fell open in shock but he didn’t seem to notice. Technically he wasn’t wearing nothing. There was a leather collar around his neck. He walked up to a woman who connected a leash to it and smacked him on the ass.
What was going on? One quick glance around told her everyone was acting or dressed oddly. Skintight pants and beaming breasts were the least of the problem. One guy walked by in leather pants where the crotch was emphasized, surrounded in fake jewels, his cock filled out in an arc. It kind of looked like the nose of that one Muppet she recalled from her childhood. He liked chickens if she remembered correctly. Shaking her head to rid herself of that image, she followed the large group toward the gates.
A man in period garb leaned on a wall above the gates, grinning down at them. “Ah,” he said in a nice British accent, “well, once you’ve had a chance to look around, Lords and Ladies, come to the Altar. I’ll help your subs find some repentance.”
The lords and ladies remark was right for a renaissance fair. What was a sub?
“A switch does wonders,” one of the guys nearby shouted.
“Aye,” responded the brit. “But it’s amazing what a switch, combined with a few words from the good book, can do for a recalcitrant sub.”
“You gonna preach at us?” said a guy in a deep booming voice.
“Aye.” The guy grinned. “Perhaps I should introduce myself. I’m Father Mark Able. I work hard to make sure every sub’s soul’s been saved. I preach out of every good book. The Bible for those who really need it, The Story of O for the shy ones, and from the master of all masters, the Marquis de Sade, himself. Libertines, huzzah!” he shouted and everyone shouted “Huzzah!” back.
Alexis scratched her head. Was the Marquis de Sade the head of the fair? This was the strangest renaissance fair she’d ever seen. And she hadn’t even gotten inside yet.
Having survived the streets for five years, Alexis Amari knows that staying safe means keeping to herself and not getting attached to anyone. All her training and logic come to nothing the day she visits Ye Olde Kinke Faire, intent on picking as many pockets as she can, and meets Ryan Walston.
At twenty, Ryan has a good life and is training to be a Dom. He’s at home at Elan Isle and Ye Olde Kinke Faire and when he meets Alexis, falls head over heels. When he finds out about her past, he gets her a job on the island. He hopes to be a good Dom someday. With them starting out on a D/s relationship, someday is now today and he struggles with the gaping holes in his experience.
Real work is harder than Alexis anticipated and she finds it more difficult to follow the rules than she expects. They both worry they will mess things up. The best night of their lives is blown apart and their entire future hovers on the edge of a knife. To move forward, Ryan and Alexis must face their deepest fears without falling apart. The sacrifices they make will either save their relationship or send them careening over the edge.
Check out the other wonderful WIPs this week -who knows, maybe there will be some whips as well 😉