Monday, March 11, 2013

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Take Me Break Me by Cari Silverwood

Please welcome back Cari Silverwood to My Secret Romance! Today on the blog stop, Cari will be giving us the insider scoop about TAKE ME BREAK ME. They're facts and tid bits that you wouldn't know about the book or writing process.

  • Take me Break Me came about partly because I’d read quite a few capture fantasies where the man, or men, seemed to be there mostly to act as ways for the woman’s sexual fantasies to happen. So they were predators, ruthless, and very dominant, but I didn’t really feel like I could like them as people. I wouldn’t want them as my partner.

  • I wanted to see if I could write a modern-day story where the man starts out as a good guy, and yet he forces the woman to do things she might not consent to if given a full choice. Because I wanted to understand him, I ended up writing more than half of it in his point of view. I wasn’t sure I could pull this off, but I think I may have gone close. Klaus, to me, is not a monster. He’s a man discovering his true self in a rather abrupt and forced way.

  • I think this story could be sub-titled, Evolution of a Sadist. Klaus is a sadist as well as dominant. I toyed with putting that on the cover. 

  • Originally, I planned to have multiple endings, as I could see them when I began writing. But, as I developed the character of Klaus, I came to love him so much, to understand him,  that I ended up with only the option I chose and wrote. I had darker ideas, but he just no longer fitted them. 

  • This story is set on Magnetic Island, off the coast of Australia. The town on the mainland, that they travel to, is called Townsville, but it’s such a boring name (sorry Townsville!) that I deliberately did not use it. By the way, it’s named after the explorer who discovered the area – Robert Towns. I also did not bother to get too precise about the setting as I would rather it be a little off center and surreal. I don’t want it to match reality.

  • The bamboo cane that Klaus uses is not really recommended for caning as it can split. However, some people do use it. Possibly green bamboo is safer, and that’s what Klaus uses. Dry bamboo, if it splits, can cause skin lacerations.

  • Though I planned this to be a story that skirts dubious consent, so far I’ve been surprised at how romantic readers find it. I guess I’m not that hardcore. I find it difficult to write a story where the man is truly unsympathetic  to the reader and unappealing to me – even though I do read those types of stories.

  • The ending was actually difficult for me to get right. I thought it would be the easiest part but once I got there I couldn’t see how to do it. Many of my beta readers told me it was too short, and I knew they were right, but it still took several tries to be satisfied with it. At first it was too short, then it was too ‘vanilla’. I mean this was a story about a sadistic Dom and yet the ending I first had was merely kissing.  I added several thousand words before I was happy with how Klaus and Jodie ended up.

  • Top drop, as detailed in the story, does seem to happen, and I’m not surprised that it does, yet experienced Doms may not have heard of it. Google it to find some references to the problem.
 But here is where I read about it -

  • When I began this story, I put an excerpt on facebook and I was astounded at how much it appealed to women. When my beta readers read the book that was the part several of them picked as ‘perfect’. Somehow I managed to pick exactly the right excerpt. If you’re curious, when you read the book, it’s the part where Klaus first uses the spider gag. And here is the link on facebook to that excerpt -

  • The blurb has changed since then.
  • Last of all, the cover. Lol
If you were in the Erotic group of Australian authors on facebook, you’d have seen all the covers I tried to do myself. Some weren’t too awful, but many were. I ended up getting Thomas Dorman to make the one that’s the final version and I’m so glad I did. He’s an award-winning film producer who is diversifying into book covers. Think of him if you’re looking for a cover. I’m more than happy to declare him bloody brilliant, as we Aussies say.  He’s on facebook as Dr. Benway and Thomas Dorman.

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Passionate About Books
Book Bitches Blog

Queen of the Night Reviews
My Secret Romance
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Sultry Storyteller
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Flirting With Romance

A Little Fiction of Every Flavour
Way Too Hot Books
Tattooed Book Review
Sunset Reader Reviews

Romance Book Craze
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Nicki B said...

This book sounds intense! Just the author's points make me want to read it.

erin said...

Sounds fantastic! Thanks for sharing and congrats to Cari on the new release!

laura troxel said...

This book sounds like a great read. Cant wait to read it. Difintely putting this book on my to buy list.
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Shannon Bereza said...

The cover is really intense in a good way. Adding this one to the TBB list for sure. I love the excerpt and am looking forward to reading this.

Beppe DM said...

It sounds good...Congrats!!!

Andrea @The Bookish Babes said...

I have issues w/the kinds of leading men I'm finding in. Lot of BDSM books, so I am loving the idea of Klaus. I'll definitely check this book out.

LM said...

Wow! Sounds like such a different POV-- can't wait to read this!

nicole said...

looks good! :)

Emily Bowes said...

Sounds great. Cant wait to read it. Thanks for the giveaway.

momma4teacher said...

Awesome giveaway!! Can't wait to read this book!

Cari Silverwood said...

Hope you all enjoy it and thanks for reading! It was fun digging up these little facts.

Nicole Tetrev said...


Nicole Delfs said...

Can't wait to read!

Lariza Ramos said...

Can't wait to read it!

Margarita Hernandez said...

This books sounds so good, can't wait to read it!

Lexiemendo said...

This looks like it's right up my ally! Can't wait :)

Jamie said...

This book sounds really different from books currently available. intense!

krg said...

Thanks for the facts and tidbits! You have me excited to read your book!


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