Friday, October 7, 2011

Guest Post & Giveaway: STILL TAKING CHANCES by Roz Lee

Hi Everyone! I would like to welcome author, Roz Lee to the blog. She is here today to promote her new book, Still Taking Chances and give us a sneak peek at the heroine, Mary Beth’s toy box.

A Peek Inside a Domme’s Toy Box

One of the most fun things about being an erotic romance author is research. I’ve never been one to enjoy searching through stacks of books for scraps of information, though I’ve done my share of it in college, and beyond. But that’s not the kind of research I’m talking about here. I’m talking about toy shopping.

Yes! Toy shopping. Adult toy shopping. In my latest release, STILL TAKING CHANCES, the heroine, Mary Beth Winters is a dominatrix with a well-stocked toy box. In order to write her character convincingly, I had to know what she had inside her box.

Mary Beth doesn’t usually let people snoop around in her toy box, but she’s agreed to let us see what’s inside! So, come on. Let’s go!

First, here’s Mary Beth’s toy box.
Nice, huh? It has a sturdy lock, and she wears the key on a string around her neck. Now, let’s look inside.

She has three types of toys, though most can serve more than one function. First up –

Mary Beth has a variety of restraints, but her favorite are the leather cuffs. With the chain between them, they’re very versatile, and the leather is friendlier on the skin than metal cuffs.
 Immobilizing a submissive is an important part of the power exchange. Though they do make things easier for the Domme, they are also a symbolic, as well as a physical, reminder that the submissive has surrendered all control to another.
In addition to the cuffs, Mary Beth has a wide selection of collars, spreader bars and harnesses.

Next we have-
Even though Elgin has voluntarily submitted (Mary Beth could never have restrained him without his cooperation), sometimes he isn’t forthcoming with the answers Mary Beth expects. When a submissive rebels, punishment must be meted out. With the right tools, much can be accomplished. *wink*
Mary Beth has a nice selection of whips, including this pink one, but she much prefers the more subtle ball clamps.
Weights are added until the submissive sees the error of his ways. A Domme must pay close attention, and not admininister more punishment than her submissive can take. Mary Beth always makes sure her submissive has a safe word he can use if she pushes too hard.

And finally –
One of the key elements of the power exchange is training the submissive to take his pleasure only when it is permitted by his Domme. Sometimes this involves denying the pleasure, other times it means forcing the pleasure. Mary Beth is skilled in both. One of the tools she relies on is a simple alarm clock. I’ll let you read the story to find out how she employs this simple tool.

For those times when a submissive refuses to find his pleasure, or is unable to come when Mary Beth commands it, she has been known to use a penis pump.
Compliance usually comes quickly (pardon the pun), when Mary Beth pulls this out of her toy box.

I hope you enjoyed this quick tour through Mary Beth’s toy box. Every submissive has different needs, and thus, different toys and methods are used to deal with those needs. These are just a few of the toys Mary Beth employed to help Elgin through his personal crisis.

Still Taking Chances
by Roz Lee
Publisher: Red Sage Publishing
Release Date: October 1, 2011

After a mission in a South American jungle goes wrong, DEA Agent Elgin ‘Hud’ Huddleston returns to his boyhood home to lick his wounds. Despite his better judgment, Hud is drawn to the woman across the street, a petite Dominatrix with a freeze your balls off name.

Mary Beth Winters packed away her toys and put the BDSM lifestyle behind her years ago when she realized the men she dominated didn’t need her as much as she needed them. But when a troubled bad-boy, Elgin ‘Hud’ Huddleston, moves in across the street, she dusts off her toy box and risks her heart to help him heal.

Book Excerpt

Her eyes raked over him and he had the impression she was mentally undressing him as thoroughly as he’d undressed her in his mind. Something about her perusal made him want to squirm, but he held still. “Do you always wear black?”

“Yes, Mistress.” Yeah, he could play this game. She jumped off the high stool she’d been sitting on, and walked around the worktable. He followed her with his eyes, admiring the curve of her legs and the fine bones in her feet and ankles. She stopped and dug around in a large pink canvas bag that sat on the end of the flower-print covered sofa along the long wall opposite the door. His heart almost stopped  beating when she pulled out a serious looking set of leather handcuffs and a length of chain. Whoa there! Where the hell did she get those? All the fight went out of him.

“Hold out your hands.”

Hud allowed her to fasten the cuffs around his wrists. She hooked them together with a short length of chain that looked like it came from a hardware store. If he twisted his hands around, he’d be able to unfasten the cuffs, he reasoned, as panic threatened to set in. He was momentarily distracted by the sweet curves of her ass as she walked away from him. She picked up a step stool and dropped it next to his feet. “Take your shoes off.”

He toed his shoes off and kicked them to the side. When he looked up from his task, Mary Beth was on the step stool, a head above him. In one hand, she held an S hook attached to a chain and pulley, the other she reached down to him. “Give me your hands.”

Hud swallowed hard and lifted his shackled hands. For the first time, he thought he might have underestimated Mary Beth Winters. She looped the chain at his wrists through the hook, and with a hand on the pulley chain, she jumped off the stool. Hud watched in dawning horror as she pulled the chain tight enough to make his shoulders burn and secured the pulley chain to a hook on the wall, well out of his reach even if he had his hands free. He cursed under his breath. How had he missed the chain pulley overhead? If he’d been on a mission, a mistake like that would mean he’d be dead.

Author Bio –
Roz Lee has been married to her best friend, and high school sweetheart, for over three decades. These days she splits her time between their home in rural New Jersey, and Southern California, where her husband works. Even though she’s lived on both coasts, her heart lies in between, in Texas. A Texan by birth, she can trace her family back to the Republic of Texas. With roots that deep, she says, “You can’t ever really leave.”

Roz and her husband have two grown daughters they couldn’t be more proud of, and are currently raising a ten-year-old Labrador Retriever, Betty Boop, who isn’t aware of her canine heritage.

When Roz isn’t writing, she’s reading, or traipsing around the country on one adventure or another. No trip is too small, no tourist trap too cheesy, and no road unworthy of traveling.

Giveaway Time:

Roz is offering a copy of the book KINKY CUPCAKES to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour. The more comments you leave the better your chances of winning the book.

To Enter:
Leave a comment or question with your email address.
Entry deadline: October 14, 2011
Be sure to visit the other blogs on this wonderful tour.


  1. I'd be happy to have the Toy Box without the toys. Mary Beth is a very interesting woman. I would love to read more about her.


  2. Thanks for having me over today! Hope you enjoyed the peek inside Mary Beth's toy box.

    @ Mary - Yes, isn't that a wonderful chest? I can think of all kinds of uses for it!

  3. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read t his book.

  4. The right supplies are very important! I enjoyed having a look at Mary Beth's toy box (and I love that box, must get one like that). I usually read about men being the doms and women subs, but this one really makes me want to read it.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  5. =D I love that box and I agree with June M. the right supplies are important. I really want to read this too, sounds pretty nefty.

  6. Look what's in the box!


  7. Great post, very interesting to see what's in a Domme's Toy Box. Still Taking Chances sounds good and Kinky Cupcakes? I'm really curious as to what that's about. Thanks!



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