Becoming His Master (Neighborly Affection #4) by M.Q. Barber ~ (Blog Tour, Excerpt, Giveaway + Author Interview)
Title: Becoming His Master
Series: Neighborly Affection #4
Author: M.Q. Barber
Genre: Adult, M/M Erotica
Release Date: March 17, 2015
Published By: Lyrical Press
From rescue to romance…
Teach a wounded submissive the value of his service. The task ought to be an easy one for an experienced dominant like Henry Webb.
But novice Jay Kress challenges his teacher like no other. Still bearing the bruises of an encounter outside the bounds of safe consensual play, Jay is desperate to submit to the man who saved him—and shamed by his desires.
Henry recognizes the dangers of a relationship built on hero worship. He’ll teach Jay how to stay safe, that’s all. He won’t take advantage of the younger man’s trust. He won’t share his fantasies about his dark-haired, athletic student. He’ll never claim this submissive for his own...
What interests you in writing about BDSM?
I enjoy focusing on the D/s relationship — the communication, the trust, and the control. The reciprocal exchange of any relationship is made more explicit when partners are negotiating for their needs in the open. Ideally, of course. Exposing your deepest desires can be scary when you don’t know what they are or you do and you’re afraid your partner(s) won’t like them. I’m interested in exploring the internal conflicts that arise as partners reveal themselves to each other and the rewards that come from greater trust. What those rewards are depends on the personalities involved, and that interests me, too.
When did you consider yourself a writer?
I suppose it’s an incremental realization, and I’m surprised when I think about it. So the answer is both “always” and “never.” I’ve written stories since I was a child. I’m still writing stories now. But the idea that I’m a “writer” or an “author”? That just hits me at odd times and I still don’t quite believe it.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere. It’s a mode of looking at the world, and it becomes hard to shake once you let yourself start thinking that way. Inspiration is no more complicated than following a string of “what if.” It can be as simple as seeing someone wearing muddy shoes in the grocery store. How did the mud get there? Who was the shoe-owner spending time with? Chase down imaginary answers and embellish a bit, and characters and a plot start to develop.
How do you come up with your book titles?
With the Neighborly Affection series, I try to pick a title that conveys the main theme of each book from the point-of-view character’s perspective. Becoming His Master is Henry’s perspective on the beginning of his relationship with Jay. Playing the Game was what Alice believed she was doing in the first book; likewise, Crossing the Lines reflects the trespasses, real and imagined, good and bad, in the second book. Healing the Wounds is exactly what it says: Each character is working toward healing his or her own hurts as well as helping the others do the same. The book I’m currently working on is the fifth book in the series, and it’s tentatively titled Finding Their Balance.
What book are you reading now?
I’m editing Finding Their Balance now, so I’m focused on reading that very closely. But next up on my to-read-for-fun list is The Merchant Emperor by Elizabeth Haydon. I tend to read more fantasy than anything else when I have free time. It’s easier to get lost in a story that’s outside the genre I write in.
USA Today bestselling author M.Q. Barber likes to get lost in thought. She writes things down so she can find herself again.
Often found staring off into space or frantically scratching words on sticky notes, M.Q. lives with one very tolerant, easily amused husband and one very tolerant, easily amused puppy.
She has a soft spot for romances that explore the inner workings of the heart and mind alongside all that steamy physical exertion. She loves memorable characters, witty banter, and heartfelt emotion in any genre.
The former Midwestern gal is the author of the Neighborly Affection contemporary romance series. Pick a safeword, grab a partner or two, and jump in.