Welcome to Glitter and Kerosene’s first Guest Blog! Today, the lovely Mina Vaughn will be joining us to talk about her book, How to Discipline Your Vampire, which is being released by Simon & Schuster a week from tomorrow!
Kink with a wink! Mina Vaughn is an international woman of mystery and a shoe whore with a heart of gold. When she’s not writing her unique brand of silly smut, she’s plundering Sephora for any pin-up girl makeup she can find. Mina’s debut novel, an erotic comedy entitled How to Discipline Your Vampire is about a punishment-seeking vampire who meets a quirky Domme with a serious role play fetish, coming out August 19, 2013 from Simon and Schuster’s Pocket Star.
I recent met Mina at RWA13 and I am so excited to have her guest posting today.
You market yourself as “Kink with a Wink.” What do you hope your readers take from HTDYV?
MV: I hope to put some fun into the bedroom. BDSM doesn’t have to be scary or weird, it could be lighthearted. Role play isn’t just football players meeting cheerleaders, it could be an intricate scene between a knight and a feisty princess. There are so many ways to have fun with the one you love, why limit yourself?
What did you learn about yourself while writing this book? Anything surprise you?
MV: I learned a lot! I learned that I could make myself blush when I wrote. I learned that I could manage to balance humor and heat and still pull off plot. I also learned that turning conventions on their heads was something that I really liked in writing.
Writing sex is WEIRD. How did you handle the dirty bits of HTDYV? Was is strange for you?
MV: I got so wrapped up in the “scenes,” since it’s about role play, that the sex wasn’t tricky to write. I wanted to get the fantasy of it down, and like good sex should be, it just happened naturally. It wasn’t strange because it just felt right writing Cerise and William. Their relationship may be unconventional, but their chemistry in my mind was undeniable.
Who are YOUR favorite authors?
MV: I love Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series so damn much. The characters are so real and the entire cast is lovable. Plus, hot hot hot. I also really love Delilah S. Dawson’s Blud series, which is how you and I met, chatting with her on Twitter, so yay for that! I also am crazy about my friend Alice Clayton’s Redhead series and Wallbanger. That girl is funny as hell and I’m proud to call her a friend.
What sort of stories are you interested in writing in the future?
MV: I’m going to continue writing my “kink with a wink” offbeat comedic erotica with paranormal twists. I think it’s very different but it’s also very me. And I like being me.
I know you had a blast at RWA this year. Any future con plans?
MV: Yes, I will be at the Romantic Times conference in New Orleans in May 2014.
Your website is a mecca of fabulous shoes and you’ve got a love for vintage fashion. How’d you discover your inner bombshell?
MV: Thank you! And my inner bombshell appreciates the compliment, too. I just think that women today are so busy that often we put doing fun things like shoe shopping in a “want” category not a “need” category. I think it should be a NEED. Work must be balanced with play. Business should be balanced with shoes. Cleaning should be balanced with cookie consumption. Celebrate your own hotness and take time for yourself.
If you could share with your readers just ONE THING about anything, what would you say?
MV: I would say to never settle. Life is extraordinary and if you work at a job you don’t like or are with a partner you wouldn’t want to wear a crazy costume and bang like newlyweds, what’s the point? Go out there and live the best life possible. Try new things. Be wacky. Wear awesome wigs in public. Hell, I write funny vampire smut… who saw that coming? Surprise your own life.
Thank you, Mina! I appreciate you taking the time to do this guest post! Happy soon-to-be release day!
About the Book:
Cerise Norrel, Type A substitute teacher by day, is ready to quit being a domme. Despite her best intentions, none of her partners can keep up with her scene fetish and attention to detail—let alone her demand that they have a costume and set waiting every afternoon by the time she’s home from school.
Over a dozen potential subs have left her in the past year, but just when Cerise thinks it’s impossible—that she’ll have to go back to vanilla relationships, or be alone forever–she meets William, who wants to make all her fantasies come true. He turns her home into a geisha’s dream apartment, a concert hall with a grand piano (which he uses to play an original composition while wearing a tuxedo), and even rents an abandoned loft for a zombie apocalypse scene—complete with canned goods.
But there’s something strange about William. Well, a lot of strange things. He must be absurdly rich, since he can afford to provide extravagant costumes and props on a daily basis without having to leave work early. He must be insane, since he puts up with Cerise’s over-the-top demands. And most importantly, he doesn’t redden when he’s spanked, and his skin is as cool as satin sheets. When Cerise discovers she’s become domme to the infamous “Chilly Willy,” as he’s known throughout BDSM urban lore, she begins to find out there’s a whole lot more to her handsome submissive than a creative mind and a hard body.
And when it’s William, ironically, who starts pressing Cerise to give him the kind of commitment she’s never given anyone, it’ll take everything she has to work through her issues, confront her past, and learn to be vulnerable.
Find Mina on Twitter: @minavaughn