Today I submitted Owned for Christmas to my publisher.That's right, I was inspired by Christmas again.
Earlier this year I found a submission request for Christmas themed stories. I read it, because it was on the list and why not, but I wasn't going to write another Christmas story again (famous last words, I know). But for whatever reason these characters immediately formed in my mind, and my heart instantly broke for Kate. Trapped between two brothers. Wanting both of them but afraid to jeopardize her relationship with one to reach for the other. She just wouldn't let me go. And neither would Grant (which is fine with me, as long as he keeps the whip away from me).
Here's a rough blurb of the story.
Kate Baker thought she was nervous to meet her boyfriend Daniel Farrell’s family over the holidays before. That is until she walked into the kitchen to find Grant, her former Dom, standing at the counter.
A year ago Grant left her with only a note, shattering her heart and breaking her trust with the whole BDSM scene. Daniel helped her mend her broken heart, and she won’t give him up. Even if she has to bury the submissive part of herself to do it.
Grant Farrell left the woman he loved to come home and tend the
family ranch after his father died. It almost tore his heart out but he had no
other choice. That is, until Kate walked into his family home, on his brother’s
Kate awakens his every dark and dominate trait. Now more than ever, he’s determined to keep her in his life, even if he has to share her to do it. But half measures won’t be enough anymore. He either needs to own her completely, or give her up to Daniel for good.
Can he convince Kate to forgive him for the pain he caused and trust him again? Or will he lose her to his brother forever for his past mistakes?
While this story is still Christmas themed, its very different than Naughty List. I think it shows how I've grown and changed as a writer these last four years. And I hope my editor and readers love these characters as much as I do. Only time will tell. My fingers are crossed.