Wednesday, February 4, 2015

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#AddysCouch Cara Bristol: Reasonable Doubts

Addy: Hi Cara! It's been a while since we've chatted on my couch. Thank you for coming over to visit.

I was curious about what is so different about Reasonable Doubts? How does it vary from your other stories?

Cara: Thank you for having me! Well, in all my spanking romances, the hero introduces the heroine to spanking. In Reasonable Doubts, the heroine must approach the hero and say, hey, I have this need.

Addy: Oh wow! That has to be a very hard thing to do since she doesn't know how it is going to be received.

Cara: This is what I wanted to talk about with you since it is different. Many of the M/f relationships I read about is where the male threatens his old-fashioned punishment via his hand or belt and warns the woman what will happen if her unbecoming or dangerous behavior continues.

While that set up interests me and I enjoy it, I like the idea of the female approaching the male, especially one who has never spanked for discipline, and trusts him enough to tell him what she needs. 

Addy: **nods** I like that setup as well, but this one ups the trust level as well. What else did you want for this particular book?

Cara: I wanted Reasonable Doubts to be sexy, but real. In the romance genre, it fulfills fantasy to have a dominant male lay down the law. But I know from my connections in the spanking community that often the woman introduces spanking to the relationship. I wanted to show the struggle she faces when has to open up to a man about her needs. Many women who are into spanking have married men who are not.

Addy: Absolutely! More often than not, at least from what I have gathered just from being in the community the past few years, it is the woman or the one to be taken in hand that approaches the one who will discipline.

Cara: The other reason I paired a spanko woman with a nonspanko man is because I developed Liz’s character back in Rod and Cane Society book 1, Unexpected Consequences. She is a lifelong spanko who was in a long domestic discipline marriage. After she is widowed, the “logical” choice would be for her to find a man through the Rod and Cane Society. But they would be a perfect match, and there would be no conflict, no obstacle, no tension, no story. So I had to fix Liz up with someone who was unlike her—which was a nonspanko.

Addy: **laughs** They do say opposites attract! Plus, tension and obstacles do make for one heck of a story! What else were you thinking about while putting this book together?

Cara: So many romance book heroes are over-the-top macho or dominant. In real life would you want to spend a lifetime with a man who spanked you any and every time you uttered a cuss word?

Addy: **shakes her head** No, but I've seen it done, and have done it myself in stories. But, I wouldn't want that in reality. Especially since I have quite the colorful vocabulary. **motions for Cara to continue**

Cara: Well, yeah. I don’t call that dominant; I call it domineering. I call it being an asshole. I know women read romance for the escape, for the fantasy, so I tried to fill that need while keeping it real.

In Reasonable Doubts, I created man who leads by the strength of his character and who is dominant in all the right ways: he sets aside his nervousness and puts his heart on the line to approach Liz, he leaps to her defense when she is threatened, and he puts his foot down when he knows she needs it. He’s a romantic fantasy hero a woman could marry in real life.

Addy: **swoon** I love when the hero puts his foot down. Is there anything else you want to share about this book or the series?

Cara: When I wrote Unexpected Consequences and created the Rod and Cane Society, I created a cross section of characters who belonged to the organization. I didn’t know at the time it would turn into a series. I put Liz “in her 40s” and had her married to man who was 20 years older. Well, that made Otis about 65. That’s okay when they’re secondary characters, but who is going to read a romance featuring a 65-year-old hero? **Addy snorts**
Maybe senior citizens would, but I’d lose all the 20, 30, 40, and 50-something readers.

Addy: Yeah, I suppose you're right. I don't think I'd like reading about depends being lowered to spank. **gives Cara innocent eyes**

Cara: Grant is younger than Liz by six years. He’s 39, she’s 45. This was a deliberate, serious marketing decision, and I did a lot of (age) number crunching.

That’s why I widowed Liz. I’m pushing it just by having Liz 45, but I couldn’t change her age, because it’s mentioned in book one.

To “young it up” I put Grant in his 30s, but still close to Liz’s age because I also learned through unfortunate experience that while people say, “oh, cougar, hot,” they don’t mean it. You lose readers when the woman is much older than the man.

Addy: Noted! I like the idea of them being close in age but her being a little bit older. I'm excited to read it!
Thanks again for coming over, Cara. You're welcome anytime!

Cara: Thanks Addy!

Reasonable Doubts Blurb
Widow Liz Davenport assumes when she begins to date, her new man will be like her late husband--a member of the Rod and Cane Society and an experienced disciplinarian who can provide her with loving guidance she requires to feel grounded and secure. So why is she attracted to Grant Davis, an ex-Naval JAG officer who works for her nemesis and has never spanked a woman in his life?
Events in his recent past have forced Grant to take stock of his life and try some new things. But spank a woman? He’s never considered that before, but with Liz’s coaching he’s willing to try.
But when the past collides with the present, will he be able to step up and become the disciplinarian Liz needs?

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