Cari Z stops by to discuss Camellia with Giveaway!

I would like to thank Cari Z for taking the time to talk to us about their first co-authored project with Caitlin Ricci Camellia, which will be released on 7 May by Less Than 3 Press.    There is also a giveaway, so stay tuned for that.


Sometimes an idea hits you and utterly takes over your mind.  Everything you’ve been working on gets pushed aside in favor of this bright new star, and then it’s a question of how much you can do, and how far you can go, before the flame ebbs and normal reality starts to creep back in.  That’s what happened to me with Camellia, and it’s all Caitlin Ricci’s fault.
I was always unsure about writing with someone else.  I’m a bit of a control nut when it comes to what I put out there, and I was lucky enough to get the offer to write together from Caitlin, who puts up with my personality foibles quite gracefully.  In exchange, I let her bombard me with ideas, and Camellia was one of them.  Caitlin asked me, in her innocent/devious way, “Want to write a story for this blog hop?  Just a quickie, five thousand words, it’ll be easy!”  And I said, “Sure, what do you have in mind?”
Apparently, tea ceremonies and BDSM.  Neither of which I knew much about, but she had my attention, so I did some research and we ran with the idea.  The short story turned into a short novel, the short novel turned into a series, and I’ve never been happier about something getting out of control.  Lucy and Danny have quite a story to tell, and I can’t wait to get started on their next steps.  This story started out as a stretch for me, but sometimes you need to stretch if you’re going to grow.
Today you meet Danny, who’s definitely stretching herself in this scene.  This isn’t a cut scene from the book, but a chance to gain a little insight into one of my favorite people.  Thank you, Prism Book Alliance, for giving Danny the floor.


Danny – Flash Fic

“If you’re gonna do it, you should really do it tonight.”

“I know,” Danny muttered, taking another sip of her lukewarm beer.  She stared unseeing at the television, nervously knocking her heels against the base of the couch.

“I’m serious,” Zach said.  “I leave for boot camp next week, and Dad’s finally feeling better after the surgery.  Not to mention, it’s your birthday,” he pointed out.  “Nobody’s gonna get mad at you on your birthday.”

“Do you not remember my sixteenth birthday?” Danny demanded.  “Because I do, and it ended with me getting grounded.”

“You stole Dad’s car and took it for a joyride at midnight!”

“Well, it’s not like I scratched the paint or anything!”

“Getting pulled over by the cops isn’t much of a consolation prize,” Zach pointed out.  “Dad had to go pick you up at the station at two in the morning, so yeah, he wasn’t happy.  But this is different.”

“It doesn’t feel different,” Danny said.  “What if…”  She lowered her voice.  “What if he hates me for it?  What if he kicks me out?  I can’t go live with Grandma, she’s ten times worse and I’d never get the smell of cat piss outta my clothes.”

Zach gently bopped her upside the head.  “Dad’s never gonna kick you out,” he said.  “He just might take a little time to come around.  That’s why it’s best if you tell them now, Danny, while I’m still here to help you out.  You don’t have to do this alone.”

Danny smiled weakly at her younger brother.  “How’d you get to be so smart, huh?”

“The smart gene skipped every other kid, so too bad for you and Clint,” Zach replied.  

“Yeah, well I got all the looks, so there.”  She stuck her tongue out at him.

“Can’t argue that,” he agreed.

The thunderous sound of teenage feet broke the moment, as Clint thudded downstairs.  “Jesus, why aren’t we eating cake yet?” he asked, glaring at Danny and Zach like they were personally responsible for everything wrong in the world.  “I’m starving!”

“You ate two burgers and a hot dog for dinner, you can’t be starving,” Zach said.

“Duh, I’m fifteen.”

“Duh, more like five, and we can’t cut the cake without Dad and Neil,” Danny said.  “They’re out back in the garage, go get them.”

“I’m not your slave, go get them yourself,” he replied.

“You want me to cut the cake, you’ll go get them!” Danny snapped.  “Otherwise I’ll just wait until they wander back in.  Could be hours, but I don’t care, I can wait all night.”

“Fine, I’m going, all right?  Damn, when did you get to be such a—” The back door slammed shut on his insult, and Danny rolled her eyes.  

“I can’t believe you’re leaving me alone with these crazy people.”

“I wish I wasn’t, but I have to go, and you’d be awful in the army.”

“No shit,” Danny said with a smile.  “I don’t think I’d be very good at taking orders.”

“Exactly.”  Zach stood up from the couch and held out his hand.  “You ready to do this?”

No.  “Yeah,” she sighed, and let him help her up.  The back door slammed again, and she heard her father and brothers filter into the kitchen.  “I can do this.”

The cake was already sitting on the kitchen table when she and Zach got there.  Dad was sitting down, taking the weight off of his leg as he lit candles, and Neil was preoccupied with his phone.  “Hey, honey,” her dad said with a grin.  “You ready to make a wish?”

Danny tried to smile for him.  “Yeah, Dad.”

“Good.”  He stuck the last tiny candle into the homemade chocolate cake, still sitting in the baking pan, and sat back.  “First we gotta sing, though.”  Danny blushed through their off-key rendition of Happy Birthday, complete with a warbling falsetto at the end from Zach, and then leaned over the cake.  Nineteen flickering flames danced before her eyes, and she drew a breath and wished from the bottom of her heart as she blew: I hope they take this well.

“Finally!” Clint said, pushing a butter knife at her.  “C’mon, cut it already.”

“In a sec.”  Danny glanced at Zach, who put his hand on her shoulder.  “There’s something I want to tell you guys first.”

“Yeah?” her dad asked a little nervously.  “What’s that, honey?  You feelin’ okay?”

“Are you pregnant?” Neil chimed in.  

“Oh Jesus, honey, are you—”

“I’m not pregnant!” Danny exclaimed.  “Or sick, or dying, or anything like that.  No, what I want to tell you is…”  She shut her eyes for a moment, not wanting to see how their expressions changed as they looked at her.  “I’m gay.”

From the Publisher:

Danny doesn’t expect much to come from the interview she has lined up through her modelling agency, who told her only that it involved tea and a kink convention. She thinks it won’t be much more than wearing some strange outfit, sitting around, and getting easy money that she desperately needs.

What she gets instead is Lucy, a formidable woman in riding boots and a corset, who makes Danny want to please her without saying a word. By the end of the interview, Danny is convinced that her new job isn’t going to be anywhere near as easy as she first believed. Can Danny make the woman determined to keep her at the end of her riding crop let her into her heart as well as her bed?

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Cari Z has kindly offered 1 lucky commenter an eBook of their choice from her backlist. 

Contest ends 12 May 2014 @ 11:59pm CDT.  Must be 18 or older, void where prohibited.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

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5 thoughts on “Cari Z stops by to discuss Camellia with Giveaway!

  1. Cari Z is one of my favorite authors. I haven’t had the chance to read any of Caitlin Ricci stories but this collab story they’ve done together sounds like a interesting read.

  2. I’ve only had the chance to read one of Cari’s short story, but appreciate the chance to read another.

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