Cover reveal for Mira’s Miracle!

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It’s here! It’s here!

 

The cover for Mira’s Miracle!

I usually say a bunch of things for the cover reveals, and then people only comment on the picture. This cover took a great deal of negotiation, and the first concept didn’t work out. I wanted to capture Mira’s loneliness and longing, as well as the promise of great love.

Mira’s Miracle. Coming to you from Blushing Books this Friday. The wait is nearly over!

 

Mira’s Miracle (with Maren Smith)

Whisked away to the fairytale Castle for a dream vacation, Mira confronts her darkest fears.

 

Vacationing at Master Marshall’s world-renowned Castle should have spelled Fantasy Land, but for Mira the trip means paying a debt. She promised to work hard at her translator’s certificate course while her advisor went on maternity leave, but distraction arrives in the form of her first love. Diplomat Hana Takahashi, from Desire in Any Language, captures Mira’s total attention. Between Hana’s stringent embassy security and Mira’s draconian school dormitory curfew, their stolen kisses drive Mira wild with desire. Hana makes a bet with Mira: keep up with her schoolwork or take a trip of Hana’s choice, according to Hana’s rules. No veto power.

 

When Mira presents her inadequate end-of-term report, Hana books a dream vacation—of Hana’s dreams. Safe within the Castle, the elaborate role playing kink haven, Hana turns Mira into her little girl. Complete with a private nurse, playroom with its nanny in charge, and a schoolroom filled with naughty pupils and a stern teacher, the Castle’s ageplay wing reduces Mira to a child from the moment of her arrival. Hana’s word is law, and all of the Castle employees carry out her orders for Mira.

 

However, Mira’s natural resistance leads to tantrums, defiance, and spankings from every adult who assists with her care. When she encounters a tutor who triggers her deepest fears, she must face her residual trauma over the duplicitous “Mistress Susan.” Is Mira ready for the maternal nurturing offered by Hana, or will her unhealed wounds drive everyone away? Can she become Hana’s little girl, or will she safeword out of the Castle to return to everyday life…without Hana? Will there be a miracle for Mira?

 

Warning: contains ageplay, mouth-soaping, spankings, and sex scenes

 

If you haven’t read Desire in Any Language yet, here’s your chance! Get caught up on Mira’s adventures before the sequel goes on sale Friday, January 10th!

Sunday Snippets: Mira’s Miracle and taming the wildness within

Today’s snippet comes from Mira’s Miracle, my latest book that will be released on January 10th from Blushing Books. Set within Maren Smith’s Castle world of a BDSM/kink playground, Mira from Desire in Any Language discovers what it is like to experience her first love.

 

I protest whenever she does so, but at the same time my heart swells with her self-assurance. I never knew I could like someone who takes without asking, who gives without being requested, and who loves without wondering why. For Hana, life consists not of polite rules but passions that erupt at any moment. Yet, she works by day as a diplomat. My Hana, the woman who throws every propriety to the wind, helps to smooth protocol for everyone else. Does her sophisticated, tactful job persona make it more exciting to abandon all rules with me? Or does she work as a diplomat in order to tame the wildness within? And how did she ever end up with a normal and boring girl like me?

(For an extended preview of this scene, please click here.)

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Desire in Any Language, Blushing
Mira thought she wanted a spanking.  What she got was love.

On her own for the first time, Mira is studying abroad for her translator’s certificate.  Unfortunately, the heady excitement of dance clubs, late-night parties, and endless shopping quickly distracts her from her educational goals.  Mira’s advisor offers her private tutoring, but the combined pressures of culture and language difference threaten Mira’s progress at school.  She is unable to get her act together until she makes a discovery that horrifies and tantalizes her: in her new country, corporal punishment is a way of life.  The secret to her academic success just might also fulfill her wildest, unspoken dreams.

 

Sexy. Seductive. Dangerous. A poignant and compelling read.

 

Mira’s Miracle (January 10th, 2014!)

Whisked away to the fairytale Castle for a dream vacation, Mira confronts her darkest fears.

 

Vacationing at Master Marshall’s world-renowned Castle should have spelled Fantasy Land, but for Mira the trip means paying a debt. She promised to work hard at her translator’s certificate course while her advisor went on maternity leave, but distraction arrives in the form of her first love. Diplomat Hana Takahashi, from Desire in Any Language, captures Mira’s total attention. Between Hana’s stringent embassy security and Mira’s draconian school dormitory curfew, their stolen kisses drive Mira wild with desire. Hana makes a bet with Mira: keep up with her schoolwork or take a trip of Hana’s choice, according to Hana’s rules. No veto power.

 

When Mira presents her inadequate end-of-term report, Hana books a dream vacation—of Hana’s dreams. Safe within the Castle, the elaborate role playing kink haven, Hana turns Mira into her little girl. Complete with a private nurse, playroom with its nanny in charge, and a schoolroom filled with naughty pupils and a stern teacher, the Castle’s ageplay wing reduces Mira to a child from the moment of her arrival. Hana’s word is law, and all of the Castle employees carry out her orders for Mira.

 

However, Mira’s natural resistance leads to tantrums, defiance, and spankings from every adult who assists with her care. When she encounters a tutor who triggers her deepest fears, she must face her residual trauma over the duplicitous “Mistress Susan.” Is Mira ready for the maternal nurturing offered by Hana, or will her unhealed wounds drive everyone away? Can she become Hana’s little girl, or will she safeword out of the Castle to return to everyday life…without Hana? Will there be a miracle for Mira?

 

Warning: contains ageplay, mouth-soaping, spankings, and sex scenes

Tell me the color of your panties: #Satspanks, #SnippetSunday, #SeductiveSnS, and #Wewriwa

Welcome to Saturday Spankings, Seductive Studs and Sirens, Snippet Sunday, and Weekend Writing Warriors!

My newest release, Mira’s Miracle, follows the adventures of Mira from Desire in Any Language. This week, I’ll let the sentences speak for themselves. 🙂

Mira’s Miracle sneak peek #1

Mira’s Miracle sneak peek #2

“Mira-chan,” she purrs into the small electronic earpiece for my cell phone, “tell me the color of your panties.”

The luscious red apple splurts juice as my fingernails dig into the flesh. “I’m at the supermarket!” A bent-over curly-haired woman hobbles by with a baby bundled on her back, and a loudspeaker blares with some harried employee’s voice extolling the virtues of some limited time offer promotion. Buy one get one free, or fifty percent off, or a special sample, or a cooking demonstration. I shuffle in between stacks of food. When I came to South Korea last year to enroll in a translator certification course, I knew many things would be different from my native United States. I expected the language and cultural differences, but I didn’t expect the rest.

 

Mira’s Miracle sneak peek #2: F/F ageplay romance

How far would you push your boundaries for someone you loved? Mira, the study-abroad schoolgirl heroine of Desire in Any Language, has found a new crush in Hana Takahashi, a Japanese diplomat to South Korea. When Mira loses a bet, Hana whisks her away to the Castle (of Maren Smith’s Castle series) to try out Hana’s ageplay fantasies. Mira becomes her little girl, complete with a schoolroom and its strict teacher. One of my favorite fantasies is of getting in trouble at school and then having to bring a bad report home. Anyone else? Surely someone… 🙂

Yesterday, Hana’s aunt, Atsuko, writes to her best friend from childhood, Miranda, who helps to run the Castle. She asks Miranda to let Hana and Mira stay at the Castle. Here is Miranda’s reply:

Sneak peek #1 (Atsuko’s letter to Miranda)

Postscript from Atusko’s letter to Miranda:

P.S. Enclosed is a photo I found of us on graduation day. Can you believe it’s already been years since our last day at Miss Sadler’s Finishing School? Sad to think of Miss Sadler gone and her protégés scattered all over the globe. Still, sometimes I close my eyes and can see you laughing on the dormitory bed across the room from me. Dare we ever tell our children about our wild days? Just remember—the bedsheet rope was your idea!

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Miranda Hardwick’s response letter to Atsuko Takahashi:

Atsuko, you silver-tongued flatterer,

 

You still try to blame your escapades on me! You’re lucky you didn’t break your neck climbing out of our dorm room window. I can’t believe we were ever that young. Poor Miss Sadler, driven to an early grave by the antics of her students. If she’d taken the cane to you a bit oftener, she would have saved herself a great deal of grief. Ha! And never you mind how often that cane was taken to me!

 

Of course your niece Hana is welcome to visit us next month, although we will miss you greatly. I have already cleared the matter with Master Marshall, who bids me let you know just how much he shall miss you and your ever-patient shibari tutelage.

 

As for dear Hana, heavens, how they do grow up. It seems only yesterday she was desperate to tag along behind us, following in all our naughtiest and grandest adventures. We were a horrible influence on her, but gazing on her has always been so much like gazing on a mirror to our wayward youth. I can’t wait to see her again. Tell me, Atsie, has she any special requests either for herself or her new partner? How lucky she is to have found someone. I admit, I envy her that.

 

As for me, my online search has hit an interesting turn in the road.  I am chatting with Ana daily now. She knows me only as “Miss M.,” and I have not let on that I live quite close to her. Mere hours are all that separate us. I want to meet her, but she is reluctant and I’m afraid of scaring her away. She is brand-new to the lifestyle, can you imagine? I must go gently so as not to frighten her, but I long to see her for real. I know you worry about me, as always, but I am careful. Everything about her checks out. I think she might even be my one.

 

Must dash—one of the silly new visitors has lied on her paperwork, as if we wouldn’t spot her lack of experience straightaway. Sometimes I’d like to give them all a good thrashing. The only problem is, they’d like it!

 

Send me the dates for your niece’s visit and let us know which wing she will want to stay in. I’ll go through my lists to ensure she has the best of care while she is here.

 

Fondly,

 

Miranda Hardwick

Mira’s Miracle sneak peek #1

As promised, today I’ll show you a sneak peek of Mira’s Miracle. For those of you who haven’t read Desire in Any Language, here’s a quick synopsis: Girl studies abroad, discovers that corporal punishment is used in the schools, and immediately begins a flight of fantasizing that focuses on her tutor. Mira’s Miracle, the sequel, tells the story of Mira’s new crush, a diplomat named Hana.

Whisked away to the fairytale Castle for a dream vacation, Mira confronts her darkest fears.

 

Vacationing at Master Marshall’s world-renowned Castle should have spelled Fantasy Land, but for Mira the trip means paying a debt. She promised to work hard at her translator’s certificate course while her advisor went on maternity leave, but distraction arrives in the form of her first love. Diplomat Hana Takahashi, from Desire in Any Language, captures Mira’s total attention. Between Hana’s stringent embassy security and Mira’s draconian school dormitory curfew, their stolen kisses drive Mira wild with desire. Hana makes a bet with Mira: keep up with her schoolwork or take a trip of Hana’s choice, according to Hana’s rules. No veto power.

When Mira presents her inadequate end-of-term report, Hana books a dream vacation—of Hana’s dreams. Safe within the Castle, the elaborate role playing kink haven, Hana turns Mira into her little girl. Complete with a private nurse, playroom with its nanny in charge, and a schoolroom filled with naughty pupils and a stern teacher, the Castle’s ageplay wing reduces Mira to a child from the moment of her arrival. Hana’s word is law, and all of the Castle employees carry out her orders for Mira.

However, Mira’s natural resistance leads to tantrums, defiance, and spankings from every adult who assists with her care. When she encounters a tutor who triggers her deepest fears, she must face her residual trauma over the duplicitous “Mistress Susan.” Is Mira ready for the maternal nurturing offered by Hana, or will her unhealed wounds drive everyone away? Can she become Hana’s little girl, or will she safeword out of the Castle to return to everyday life…without Hana? Will there be a miracle for Mira?

One of the most fun parts of writing Mira’s Miracle was creating a link between Maren Smith’s Castle world and Mira’s world in South Korea. We plotted and planned until I hit on an idea–Hana’s aunt, Atsuko, has connections to the Castle! In fact, she is the childhood/lifelong best friend of Miranda Hardwick, one of the founders of the Castle.

Today I’ll show you Atsuko’s letter to Miranda arranging Hana’s trip to the Castle with Mira. Tomorrow, I’ll show you Miranda’s reply letter. For the weekend snippet, I’ll show you eight sentences from a spicy scene with Hana and Mira.

For those of you who were unsettled by Becoming Clissine and wished for a happily ever after, Mira’s Miracle is the story for you. Heart, soul, love, and a fairy godmother in the form of an aunt who gives Mira the vacation of her dreams.

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My dear Miranda,

 

I hope this letter finds you well and enjoying your work, as always.

 

I apologize for my absence next month. I dearly wish I could get away for some rest and relaxation at your magnificent Castle, but my presence has been requested at the international summit I’ve been dreading. I would much rather enjoy myself teaching your staff the delights of a new shibari technique I’ve invented. By using Yakitsu’s new midori rope, I have combined three of my favorite designs. You have quite a promising future shibari student. I would love to give her a private lesson the next time I visit.

 

I must confess I need to make an imposition on you. Since I won’t be taking up my usual residence next month, could you possibly allow my niece, Hana, to visit in my stead? She trained under me as best as she could at a distance, but she has never shown interest before. A pity, when she shows real talent both in physical skill and emotional control. If only I could interest her in more than a small, playful act here and there! Still, she has found herself a nice submissive girl and wants to introduce her to the lifestyle. Nothing could be better than a visit to your lavish playground of the mind. It’s time to see whether the girls can handle the Takahashi discipline. Hana is long past time to come into her own. I’ve worried about her for years, but just a few months ago she wrote to me of her new relationship. Nieces! With nothing better to do than worry their poor Obas.

 

How has your search been for your own submissive? Do be careful online. It’s so easy for people to pretend to be something they are not. Don’t sell yourself short. You deserve the best and shall get it, if I have anything to say.

 

With much love,

 

Atsuko Takahashi

Let’s play book tag! (Advent Calendar, Day 22)

Good morning (or afternoon/evening), lovely Advent Calendar players! It’s been a hectic week, hasn’t it? We’ve had five guest posts and even a day of guest replies. I’m still impressed with all the story endings from Kate’s post last Sunday. Zee’s tropical December barbecue sounds delicious, as does Michael’s Italian-American celebration. Many of us are keeping the memory alive of a loved one, the way Renee described. And who doesn’t want a new toy for Christmas, even if it’s not Siobhan’s shoes? Thank you to Joanne for her loving replies to my call to action for compassion in loving our neighbor.

I’ve been scarce the past few days because I’ve been burning the midnight oil (literally! 25 hours in a row) editing and proofreading Mira’s Miracle, the sequel to Desire in Any Language. I don’t have cover art to show you yet, but the blurb is below. Mira and Hana visit a BDSM/kink resort created by Maren Smith in her new Castle series that includes (so far) Kaylee’s Keeper, Holding Hannah, and Saving Sara.

Mira’s Miracle 

Whisked away to the fairytale Castle for a dream vacation, Mira confronts her darkest fears.

Vacationing at Master Marshall’s world-renowned Castle should have spelled Fantasy Land, but for Mira the trip means paying a debt. She promised to work hard at her translator’s certificate course while her advisor went on maternity leave, but distraction arrives in the form of her first love. Diplomat Hana Takahashi, from Desire in Any Language, captures Mira’s total attention. Between Hana’s stringent embassy security and Mira’s draconian school dormitory curfew, their stolen kisses drive Mira wild with desire. Hana makes a bet with Mira: keep up with her schoolwork or take a trip of Hana’s choice, according to Hana’s rules. No veto power.

When Mira presents her inadequate end-of-term report, Hana books a dream vacation—of Hana’s dreams. Safe within the Castle, the elaborate role playing kink haven, Hana turns Mira into her little girl. Complete with a private nurse, playroom with its nanny in charge, and a schoolroom filled with naughty pupils and a stern teacher, the Castle’s ageplay wing reduces Mira to a child from the moment of her arrival. Hana’s word is law, and all of the Castle employees carry out her orders for Mira.

However, Mira’s natural resistance leads to tantrums, defiance, and spankings from every adult who assists with her care. When she encounters a tutor who triggers her deepest fears, she must face her residual trauma over the duplicitous “Mistress Susan.” Is Mira ready for the maternal nurturing offered by Hana, or will her unhealed wounds drive everyone away? Can she become Hana’s little girl, or will she safeword out of the Castle to return to everyday life…without Hana? Will there be a miracle for Mira?

Mira is one of my favorite characters, a young woman on the cusp of adulthood. With Desire in Any Language, several readers expressed disappointment not to learn more about Mira’s adoption or her relationship with Hana. Your wish is my command, and this story will give plenty of details about Hana. Including a phone sex call. Oops, did I say that out loud? I’m a good girl, really. 😀 At any rate, on Thursday and Friday I will post sneak peeks of the book leading up to (what I hope will be!) the Saturday night release for publication on the Blushing website.

Special thanks to Maren for allowing me to play in her Castle sandbox. Also thank you to Cat, who enlightened me about a special kind of oil. Shh, Cat! Don’t ruin the surprise. 😀 Also thank you to my wonderful friends who gratified me with squeals, shock, and disbelief as I teased them about every juicy detail. Did I say juicy? I meant splurting.

Grin.

Never fear, though. The Ana repression (thank you, Emily!) remains intact, and all scenes are tastefully done. I hope. 😀

At any rate, I realized we have not yet talked much about books. *gasp* What a terrible oversight! Plus, we haven’t had chaos for an entire week, and surely it’s time for some more? *grin* I propose that we play book tag. Remember the game we used to play as children? You’d run and tap someone who then had to tap someone else?

List a book, author, or sub-genre/fantasy you enjoy. If someone has already listed the book, author, or sub-genre/fantasy, reply to the post with more information.

Example A:

Ana: Maren Smith

Renee Meyer: Kaylee’s Keeper.

Chickie: I love that book! The only thing that would have made it better would have been a turkey.

JC: Saving Sara. But Kaylee’s Keeper was my favorite. I wish I could visit the Castle!

Ana: No more turkeys! I also like Maren’s Pets series.

Okay, maybe that wasn’t such a good example. 😀

Example B:

Ana: I LOVE F/F! F/F FTW!!

Emily: Are we allowed to use chatspeak here?

Ana: Shh, Emily. WOOT WOOT!!!

Emily: Aren’t you supposed to give an example?

Ana: Oh, come on, Emily. Hairbrush. F/F. OTK. Rocking horse. Professor.

Emily: WOOT WOOT!!!

Ami: Good thing *I* know how to behave, at least. Kat and Natalie were my first F/F, so The Way Home.

Holla: I’m confused.

Irishey: (some hilarious comment that I can’t imitate because she’s too funny)

Ahem. Another bad example? Let’s try one last time.

Example C:

Ana: The Switch, by Kate Richards

TL: I haven’t read that book. What’s it about?

Katie: A husband and wife try out DD, but the husband isn’t responsible.

Sassy Twatter: Ana, I logged in with the wrong name! Can you delete it? I’m texting while driving.

Ana: SASSY TWATTER!

Sassy Twatter: Don’t get so upset, sheesh.

Minelle: What was that sound?

PT: If anyone’s going to spank around here, it would be me!

*sigh*

*giggle*

Let’s just have a free-for-all. That’s how it will turn out in the end, right? 😀 List your favorite books, authors, sub-genres, fantasies, whatever.

My favorite (obviously!): F/F. WOOT WOOT! Oh, wait, what was I supposed to say? Right. F/F. WOOT!

*clearing throat*

I love stories that are semi-consensual or consensual non-consent. I don’t like stories of brutality (such as, “I’m a man so will make you submit because you’re a woman”), but I do like stories where the main character struggles with wanting and not wanting a spanking, and especially when the main character is in an environment where spanking/corporal punishment is part of the societal structure.

One book I love, even though I’m uncomfortable with the “women preparing girls for a man who will own them” trope, is Childebride Island by Alice Liddell. It’s harsh and includes kidnapping, but the writing is wonderful and the F/F sublime. (Not family friendly, folks, but not much here is…despite Mister Rogers. 😀 )

Tag! You’re it! What book, author, or sub-genre/fantasy do you like? Come back to add to others’ responses!

P.S. WordPress flags comments with multiple links as spam. It’s a good practice, but on days like today it can be really annoying! If you want to list multiple books/give multiple links, please put each one as a separate comment. Sorry, but that way your comments won’t disappear into the spam junkyard. I’ve already had to rescue a few. 🙂