Hi there. My name is Thomas Briar and I write erotic romance stories. Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to stop by and visit with me.
You know, I started a new novel last week. When I get it completed it will be the first novel that I’ve written in over four years. Can’t fathom why it’s taken me so long to get back to writing a longer book. But I’m glad I finally have.
I don’t have a finalized title for it yet. Got a working title, but I’m not really sure if I’ll keep it. Already checked Amazon and there isn’t another one like it so that’s a plus in its favor. Yet still, just don’t know if it’s going to be a perfect fit for the completed novel.
In all honesty, at this point I don’t even know how the book is going to end. I never do when I start one. I just try to make the characters interesting and their love story worthy of publication.
Speaking of which, I really like my new heroine. I bet I’ll even fall in love with her before I get her to her happy ending. The hero is admirable also. So I’ve already decided that I’m going to write half of the book from his POV.
But here’s the thing…like the rest of my books, it’s going to be edgy and provocative — the most edgy and provocative book that I’ll have ever written due to its storyline and sexual content. And let me admit something else since this post is turning into a confession. I’m already having reservations about how it will be received by acquisition editors.
The last book I started having reservations about I was three-quarters of the way finished with it and I ended up abandoning it for over a year and a half. I just couldn’t convince myself to go ahead and finish it because I’d come to believe that no publisher would want it due to its storyline and sexual content.
But thankfully, I eventually decided that I should finish it and send it out just to see what would happen.
Well, as it turned out, that book got accepted faster than any other that I’ve ever sent to a publisher that was new to me. Not kidding about this. It even made it onto Amazon’s Bestseller list in the categories of Interracial Erotica and Romantic Erotica during pre-order status. And it’s received two wonderful reviews on Amazon so far.
Titled Finding Acceptance in His Arms, it’s a BDSM erotic romance novella that was published by Secret Cravings Publishing several weeks ago.
Yeah, it now makes me wince to think that I almost never finished it. Thus, maybe my reservations about how my new novel will be eventually received are completely unfounded. I certainly hope so because I’m really enjoying writing it so far.
If I can just get it finished by the end of August? If I can then find it a good home? If the editor I end up working with doesn’t have any problems with the sexual content? If ultimately—and this is paramount—readers think the story is intriguing upon its release? So many variables still up in the air…
But the favorable outcome of Finding Acceptance in His Arms taught me a valuable lesson. Never abandon a work-in-progress. No matter what reservations I’m experiencing.
Well, that’s my big spill for today. Maybe we’ll meet again somewhere down the road.
The bartender poured the drinks and slid them across the bar.
“Thanks,” Evan said. He handed Kara her champagne and then tossed back his shot of whiskey in a single gulp. He didn’t order another. Winking at her, he weaved her through the crowd, offering polite greetings in passing to the various men and women who made eye contact with him. She followed his lead and did the same. They ended up standing directly in front of the stage, several yards away from any of the other guests.
He leaned down to whisper into her ear. “You certainly have poise, girl. You didn’t even flinch when Lance made his grab for you.”
She took a sip of her champagne. “I trusted you to stop him. If you remember, you once said that you wouldn’t ever let anything happen to me in your presence. I took you at your word.”
He smiled with admiration filling his eyes. “You look beautiful tonight. And I love the way your figure fills out all the right places in that dress. The color yellow really suits you. Plus, your perfume is intoxicating.”
“Thank you.” Kara smiled up at him, noticing again for perhaps the fiftieth time how great he looked and also smelled tonight. She categorized the latter as clean soap combined with a hint of musk. As afterthought, she added, “You look and smell really nice too.”
He transitioned into holding her free hand. “I’m starting to really like you, do you know that?”
She took a sip of champagne, enjoying the intimacy they shared. “Please remember to tell me that again some other time when we have a bit more privacy.”
“Don’t tempt me,” he warned. “I might surprise you.”
“And don’t you tempt me with a good time.” She giggled. “I’ll climb right on board every time.”
He chuckled. “I’m sure you would.”
“Try me later tonight and I’ll prove it to you.”
A comfortable silence engulfed them as the lighting in the room dimmed. The curtains opened up to reveal the stage. A lithe woman in a form-fitting black latex bodysuit stood in the center of a spotlight. She appeared twentyish and very attractive with short blonde hair and a slim face.
This woman held her arms out as she addressed the crowd. “Ladies and gentlemen, can I have your attention please? We’ve got a great exhibition in store for you. Her name is Isabella, and she has agreed to queen for us this evening. She revealed to me earlier in private that queening in front of an audience is her number one unfulfilled sexual fantasy.”
A few cheers from the audience echoed around the room and the blonde bobbed her head in deference. More cheers followed.
The blonde motioned her hands for silence. “Now, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? We’ve struggled at some point to find the right person or persons to help us achieve our heart’s greatest sexual desire. And so, all of you know as well as I that unfulfilled sexual desires can affect a person much like an untreated illness does. It twists us all up inside and gnaws away at us until we are only a shell of our former selves. The only cure to keep from finally succumbing to despair and then sheer madness is the achievement of said fantasy. Thankfully, in this house we can all be as we were meant to be. Beautiful, desirable, and uninhibited! Please put your hands together for Queen Isabella and her loyal subjects!”
Amidst the cursory applause, the orator took a deep bow and walked off stage as the truth conveyed in her words seeped into Kara’s heart. She inadvertently glanced up at Evan. She could tell by the approbation displayed in his face that he also identified with the declaration. She squeezed his hand tightly to let him know she now understood why he continually urged her to never give up her strange sexuality under the pressure of other people’s negative opinions. His reasons seemed transparent to her now. He’d always had her best interest at heart.
In this moment of clarity she let herself embrace her great love for him, wholly and completely. She forced her gaze back onto the stage to keep him from discovering her ascension into love.
After discovering that success in life is hollow if she can’t also fulfill her most secret sexual desires, twenty-two year old Kara Gibson is desperate to meet a certain man she’s heard about that can help her discreetly explore one of her most titillating fantasies.
Thus, upon instigating a sexual relationship with Evan Lars, a young man in his mid-twenties who is as handsome as he is sexually adventurous, Kara falls desperately in love with Evan from the way he easily accepts all of the unnatural things that turn her on and how he steadily proves he has her best interests at heart. But true love always comes with some sort of sacrifice, doesn’t it? And so, as their romantic entanglement hurtles toward its inevitable heartbreaking end, Kara becomes determined to stay with Evan despite the harsh realities of life threatening to steal away her happily ever after.
About the Author
Edgy and provocative in his erotic writings, Thomas Briar strives to exalt the virtues of love and lust in every story he creates. To date, he’s garnered eleven publishing contracts with three different publishers and has seven published books in the marketplace.
When he’s not writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife, reading, taking long walks, and people watching. Yeah, he’s always wondering what makes people do the things they do. He knows it’s usually something hidden in plain sight. He just has to figure out what it is, much like the motivations of the characters in his stories.