Prism Book Alliance would like to thank Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone for taking the time to talk with us today.
Title: Strangers in the Night
Author: Jaycee Edward and Helena Stone
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre/Sub-Genre: BDSM, M/M Romance, Contemporary
When Army veteran, Slade, stumbles upon an isolated cottage on a cold, dark, night, the young man finds more than just the shelter he’s seeking.
Former club Dominant Callum is surprised to find a handsome stranger knocking at his door but invites him in despite his reservations. A nightmare reveals Slade’s deep-seated emotional issues, and Callum knows he needs to get creative if he’s going to help Slade leave the past behind.
Neither man is prepared for the feelings Slade’s introduction into the world of BDSM will unleash, and thirty-six hours will either be enough to bind them, or they will remain forever strangers in the night.
What would constitute a “perfect” day for you?
Helena: My perfect day would involve warm, but not hot, temperatures on a sunny day. I’d be outside, in front of our house on a lounger with a good book and a mojito by my side while a mild breeze would keep me from overheating.
Jaycee: Getting up with the alarm at 3:30 a.m. and staggering into the bathroom to brush my teeth, dragging my butt out into the cold car and driving the freeway for half hour, standing in line after line before finally getting to sit down and then, four hours later, hopping a bus and driving until I see the “Welcome To Disney World” sign.
When did you last sing to yourself? To someone else?
Helena: I sing to myself almost every day. I have a fabulous memory for lyrics and love singing along when I hear a song. At the same time I’m very aware of the fact that I’m not a very good singer and I try to not make others suffer through my attempts. So while it isn’t impossible that others hear me sing, I do my best to avoid that situation 🙂
Jaycee: LOL. I’m singing now. “We could be immortals…immortals… Just not for long, for long..” As far as singing to someone else? When was the last time I cleaned house? My poor hubby… I throw the iPod in my pocket and sing at the top of my lungs. It ain’t pretty, but the house gets cleaned.
If you were able to live to the age of 90 and retain either the mind or body of a 30-year-old for the last 60 years of your life, which would you want?
Helena: For me this question is not as hard to answer as it might be for others. About fifteen years ago my chronic illness nearly got the better of me and as a result I have a pretty good idea what it might be like to live with a 90-year-old body. It wasn’t pretty or easy but I survived the experience and can now even laugh about some of the humiliations I suffered through at the time. I’m convinced I wouldn’t be able to cope with dementia or Alzheimer’s. I’d therefore pick the 30-year-old mind and it wouldn’t take me long at all to make the choice.
Jaycee: Hmmm. See, I think more like a 17 year old now, so, based on that, I will be thinking like a 30 year old when I’m 90, so I’ll take the body.
Name three things you and your c0-writer appear to have in common.
Helena: Jaycee and I are more or less the same age, we are both introverts and both of us abhor conflict.
Jaycee: Only three? Pffft! Can’t I just say, “a brain”? I mean, come on… we finish each others’ sandwiches. Alright, alright, here goes. We both think the world of The Original Sinners is a real place, we both love manly men yet can appreciate a beautiful boy, we’re both dying – yet terrified – to meet all our virtual friends.
“Have you ever heard of BDSM, lad?”
He expected the reaction and wasn’t surprised when he saw Slade tense.
“Yes. No. Sort of.”
“Okay.” Callum thought for a moment. “You’ve no doubt heard enough to think that BDSM is a form of semi-legitimate abuse. Am I right?”
Slade nodded his head. “Isn’t that what it is? Whips and chains and one person hurting the other?”
Callum smiled. “Sure, whips and chains can be involved. But it’s never about abuse.” Callum knew he had the boy’s attention, even if Slade wasn’t meeting his gaze. “The heart of BDSM is a consensual exchange of power. One person submits to their partner—turning control over to them willingly. There’s always a safety net for the person who submits. We call them safewords.”
“Safewords?” Slade seemed mesmerized.
“Safewords are for you to use if you need to slow things down or put an end to the scene. For instance, if you say ‘yellow,’ we’ll stop and discuss whatever issues you’re having and go from there. If you say ‘red,’ we stop the scene immediately and it ends.”
Callum fell silent and watched Slade’s face as the young man processed his words. He’d relaxed again, all sign of the earlier tension gone.
“So I wouldn’t be powerless at all, would I?” Slade reflected.
“No. You’d hold all the power, lad.”
“But there are whips and chains and stuff like that?”
For the first time that morning, Callum felt like laughing. The boy was worried there wouldn’t be whips. He shook his head. “Like I said, there can be.”
About the Author:
Helena Stone can’t remember a life before words and reading. After growing up in a household where no holiday or festivity was complete without at least one new book, it’s hardly surprising she now owns more books than shelf space while her Kindle is about to explode.
The urge to write came as a surprise. The realisation that people might enjoy her words was a shock to say the least. Now that the writing bug has well and truly taken hold, Helena can no longer imagine not sharing the characters in her head and heart with the rest of the world.
Having left the hustle and bustle of Amsterdam for the peace and quiet of the Irish Country side she divides her time between reading, writing, long and often wet walks with the dog, her part-time job in a library, a grown-up daughter and her ever loving and patient husband.
Jaycee Edward is no longer seventeen years old but don’t tell her that. She’s actually a tad older and lives in northeast Ohio with her handsome husband and one, big gorgeous dog. She has two grown stepdaughters and is proud to be the ultra-cool Nana to two amazingly incredible grand-teens. Jaycee loves pistol shooting and is has earned her Bar 7 Sharpshooter status in the Winchester/NRA Marksmanship Qualification Program and hopes to someday reach the level of Expert Marksman. She is the token liberal and constant source of fascination to the other members at her gun range. Jaycee knows way too much about the inner workings of Walt Disney World and anything related to One Direction. She’d love to pull you into the rabbit hole with her. All you have to do is ask. Find her there or contact her through social media.
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