Can you tell us a little about yourself?
I’m a married mother of two, dancer, lover of Nia, PMP (Project Management Professional), book lover, coffee addict, and published author. TAKING COURAGE is my third book and I have another story releasing soon. It’s a part an Evernight Publishing anthology releasing on June 20th.
Have you always wanted to be an author?
Yes and no. There are a lot of writers in my family, but I was always the dancer. What I didn’t put together until later in life was that one of the things I LOVE about dancing is the story telling. Even as a little girl, I’d dance around my room acting out love stories.
Who are some of your favorite writers? Who do you feel has influenced your writing?
Two of my all-time favorites are Jane Austen and Cherise Sinclair. You might say odd couple, but I don’t think so. These two ladies tell a story so moving it makes me want to dance and write. J They taught me how to show in my stories, not just in the scene, but over the whole book.
Can you tell us what a typical writing day for you is like.
I’m a work from home mom. So, my days are crazy. For the most part, they start between 6 and 7am. On good days, I workout before I even having breakfast. Once I’m settled at the dining room table, I check into social media, review my blogging schedule, and open the work in progress. I try and get a sold hour of writing/editing in before the evil day job butts in. From that point until the end of the day, I get back to my WIP whenever I can. At the end of the day, I usually find time to setup new blog posts and read for fun. Mix in there a lot of mom and wife responsibilities too. My days move crazy fast.
Let’s talk about your new book. Can you tell us a little about it?
It’s the second book in my Love Projects series. Here is the blurb:
Janna’s ready to make over her life and get out from under the controlling thumb of her father. She doesn't want another failed arranged marriage. She’s ready to do whatever it takes for the career she wants, enter the lifestyle she craves, and to earn the trust and love of the man that has captured her heart, but heartbreak and career hiccups seem to be her destiny.
Simon’s still recovering after his last submissive lied her way into his life. He’s not ready for Janna and how she pushes against his prejudices. He needs to decide if he’s willing to lose her or if he’ll fight for her love and submission.
How did you come up with the idea for this story?
My initial idea came from my writing journey actually. Janna keeps trying to find her way in life. When she’s finally at the right place at the right time, she stumbles. I felt like that a million times already on this journey. The trick is to get back up and try again. That is exactly what Janna does. I’m so dang proud of her strength.
What is up next for you?
I’m in an anthology that’s releasing with a fantastic group of authors in just a couple weeks from Evernight Publishing called Executive Assistant. It’s filled with hot office stories. Yum! Currently, I’m putting the finishing touches on my next submission. It takes place in a new club in the basement of Club Voyage where my Love Projects series takes place. It’s called Club Blind. Think of those restaurants where you eat in the dark. I’m really excited about this story.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to a budding writer?
Write. Write. Write. Work on your craft and keep writing.
What is the next book on your To Read Pile that you are dying to jump into?
Sara Brookes new release, Riding Irish. I’ve also bought a couple of books form Evernight Publishing’s new series, Plant Alpha. I’m looking forward to reading those too.
Is there anything else you would like to add?
I want to thank you for having me here today, Kiru. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you through your fab teases. J
Favorite city: I set all my stories in Chicago, love it there. Florence, Italy has my heart.
Favorite beverage: coffee
Favorite place you’d like to visit: my downtown book store. They have a comfy couch with my name on it.
Favorite place to write: my back deck on a not too hot summer day.
Favorite hobby: gardening
Favorite movie: Star Wars
Favorite book: Pride and Prejudice
“Head up now.” Something was agitating the tender bundle in his arms. Simon wanted to help her through it. He may have taken a step back on his training responsibilities since his last experience, but Janna felt perfect under his hand. He’d have to find out if she’d be back.
“What's troubling you, pet?”
“I forgot to mention something earlier.” She tucked the blanket under her chin.
“Oh?” He rubbed in big circles around her back. “Why don't you tell me now?”
“This was my first time, Sir.”
“Your first?” His confusion was thick. She tried to hide her eyes from him, but he saw shame. Sometimes newer submissives struggled with firsts. “Is this your first time being a guest?”
“Is your home club much different?” The safe rules of BDSM clubs were pretty universal, a real gift to traveling kinksters, but sometimes a scene in a different setting could be unsettling.
“I don't have a home club, Sir. Well, not one that I physically visit.” She rubbed the edge of her blanket. “I'm an active member of their chat rooms.”
He hadn't heard her right. No. She felt like an experienced submissive. Was she just playing the part? Anger ticked a quick pace up his spine.
“Are you telling me I just gave you your first scene?”
“Why did you withhold this information?” When she didn't answer he added, “Why weren't you honest with me?” He pushed her slightly, in part to get some distance and to keep her safe from him. “Answer me, now.”
“I forgot. It all happened so fast, and I forgot one of my lines.”
“Lines.” He finished shoving her from his lap and stood. “I hope you had fun tonight.”
“I did, Sir,” she said as she stood to join him. She tugged at the edge of the blanket that had stuck in the couch. “Please, let me thank you for tonight.”
“There is no need. You lied to me, and you had your fun.” He scratched his brow. “Go home now.” He took two storming steps away and stopped. He forced himself to return to her, disgusted by how good it felt to see her face once more. He stopped within an inch, forcing her to look up. “Do yourself a favor. Enter that club at home, get yourself in a training program, and do not ever lie to a Dom again.”
He wanted to hit something. What was it with submissives and their lies? The lie might have been smaller this time, but it was still a lie.
He thundered past the scene areas and kept walking, increasing his speed. Folks saved themselves and moved out of his way. Fury radiated down his arms curling his fingers into fists, almost there.
Some members thought Keller was crazy when he’d installed the small gym next to the club. When the roster quickly filled, it was Keller that was laughing all the way to the bank. Simon had a regular date with the bag hanging in the corner. He may no longer enter the ring, but the regimented workouts kept him strong and centered.
A couple more steps and he'd entered the gym and saw the innocent bag hanging right where he needed it to be. He slammed his fist into the bag. Pressure reverberated from his hand straight to his heart, but it didn't release the revulsion.
He needed to get this out and get back on the floor. One of his best friends was about to collar his sub. The bag swung around. He walked around it and rolled his shoulders back. He wanted to witness the happiness a pair could have when things worked out and no one lied.
It was just a scene, something he could shake off, and she was just a guest sub. There was no possible way she could have felt as right as he thought. The anger was tricking him. She was just another lying sub. A sub to forget. A sub he would never see again.
An image of her regret filled face tugged at his resolve. His fingers flexed as he remembered her velvet channel. His cock twitched, and he hit the bag again.
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S.J. Maylee fell in love with storytelling at a young age and with it came a deep-seated desire for everyone to find their happily ever after. She’s finding the happy endings for her characters one steamy story at a time. When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her caring for her garden, laughing with her two young sons, or dancing to her husband’s music. She’s a PMP (Project Management Professional), Nia instructor, and coffee addict. As a writer she has a tendency to break hearts, but she always glues them back together.
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Simon definitely sees Janna again. Do you think she'll get a second chance with him?