Show Me, Baby
(A Masters of the Shadowlands Novella)
by Cherise Sinclair
When Rainie rushes an injured dog to a clinic, she’s appalled to recognize the veterinarian, Jake Sheffield. So not fair. His memory has haunted her for over a decade. And then he showed up at her Shadowlands BDSM club. And now, he owns the veterinary clinic? The Gods of Cruelty must be laughing at her.
Master Jake is sophisticated, wealthy, and gorgeous. Rainie’s a fluffy, ex-slum-rat. He’d never be with a woman like her. Besides, she’s been burned enough times that she won’t get serious about any man. Sure, the BDSM club trainees are supposed to be seeking a permanent Dom, but no harm, no foul—the Masters don’t need to know the truth.
As a Shadowlands Master, Jake watches out for all the trainees. But one is special. Lush body, a gift for living life to the fullest, always laughing or smiling. Now he’s learned she also has a big heart. Although Rainie trips all his switches, she’s avoided him since the moment she arrived…and he let her have that play. But when she lies to him about her goals, he knows the time has come for a Master to take an active part in her training.
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An Exclusive Interview With Cherise Sinclair:
~ with Jillian Stein of Read Love Blog
The BDSM lifestyle has helped many people face issues in theirs lives and relationships. Have you ever gotten any reader letters that have said you’ve introduced them into the lifestyle and it has been a positive point in their life?
I get letters like that every week. Some are grateful to gain a deeper understanding of their own personalities. Some tell me that what they learned enhanced their sex lives or even helped their marriages. I love hearing that what I write has a constructive impact. But, truly, my respect goes to those who absorbed the knowledge and had the courage to make a change—because even a tiny change can be scary.
On the flip side, many people don’t understand the lifestyle. Do you have any thoughts on that?
I’m grateful to the 50 Shades furor for drawing BDSM out of the shadows and making D/s a topic of conversation in the everyday world. I think that the more a person discovers about the variety of sexual expression and behavior, the more a person can meet her own needs.
What made you choose Rainie and Jake for your 1,001 Dark Nights couple?
Blame Liz Berry. *pointing a finger at the blonde* Liz wanted to see Rainie and Master Jake together, and I have trouble saying no to that woman. Maybe it’s her southern accent?
I’d thought Rainie and Master Jake to be an unlikely couple, but damn, I was wrong. Rainie needed a Master with that kind of subtle strength.
What is next for you in your writing projects?
Right now, I’m working on the next book for my paranormal ménage series. The first book had cougar shifters, the second had werewolves, and now the werebears insist that they deserve a turn. I must admit, I feel rather cruel when dreaming up disasters to inflict on the heroine, as well as the town. Does this make me a bad person?
The Pacific Northwest must be an amazing place to inspire creativity. Where is your favorite spot to write?
My office window overlooks Puget Sound so I watch the seagulls and sailboats…or more commonly, the rain clouds coming in. lol But what could be better than hiding inside, listening to the rain, and telling stories?
Are there any early works hidden on your bookshelf that will never see the light of day?
There are. And, as with a first romance, there’s a bittersweet acknowledgement that you left something you loved behind. Nonetheless, boxed away they will stay.
You have the Sydney Author Event in Sydney, Australia coming up and that looks amazing. Is there any international city you would love to set a story in?
I have a feeling I’m going to have to write about an Aussie Dom as a result of visiting Sydney. But my first choice of an international setting would be somewhere in the British Isles. A Master with a Scottish accent? Mmmhmm.
Each of your series covers have a cohesive feel and they work beautifully in conveying the emotion of the book. How important is cover art to you and do you have a lot of freedom in your design?
The Cover Art Goddess has looked with favor upon me, yes. I think that while good cover art might help sell a book, bad cover art can doom it. My favorite covers are those that manage to evoke the feeling of a sensual D/s relationship.
I was thrilled that the 1001 Dark Nights people checked in to be sure that I was happy with the design. And I’m still awed at how much the hero and heroine on Show Me, Baby’s cover actually look like Rainie and Master Jake. Even better—somehow within those black circles, the expressive body language and eyes let you know exactly which one is the Dom.
Ok, give us one quirk you do when writing. A favorite snack you have to have? A certain music you need to listen to?
I have to have a constant caffeine intake going, starting with hot tea, moving to coffee, and finishing with an energy drink. Of course, all of that is simply to counteract the sedative effect of a purring cat on my lap. My well-padded calico supervises all writing and is directly responsible for the quirky pets that sneak into my stories.
And finally, we are so excited to have you back in the 2015 1,001 Dark Nights line-up! We know you can’t give specifics or names, but do you already have a couple in mind?
Well, I have the Dom picked out. The book (in the Mountain Masters series) will be set in a small town in the Sierras. Introduced in Edge of the Enforcer, the detective has a cop’s self-sacrificing courage—and a rogue’s sense of humor.
Dubbed a nerd at an early age, Cherise Sinclair has been trying to live up to the stereotype ever since. And what better way than being an author?
Known for writing deeply emotional stories, the USA Today Bestselling Author has penned sixteen erotic romance novels, most with a BDSM theme. (Please do not mention the phrase mommy porn in her presence.) Her awards range from a National Leather Award to a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice nomination to a GoodReads BDSM group award for best author of the year.
Cherise lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Their two fledglings have left the nest recently to try their wings and hopefully will fly high and strong. The “ascendant erotica queen” (Rolling Stone Magazine) now spends her days writing with occasional supervision from a sadistic calico cat.
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