Robert Cage & Kathryn Sparrow on Submit for Redemption: Book 1 – Submission ~ Blog Tour

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Title: Submit for Redemption: Book 1 – Submission

Author: Robert Cage & Kathryn Sparrow

Publisher: Storm Moon Press

Cover Artist: Lou Harper

Genre: BDSM, Contemporary, Gay, M/M Romance, Romance

Blurb:

When Army Ranger Captain Everett Palmer enters gay BDSM club Cuffed Links, he is seeking brutal punishment for what he perceives to be an unforgivable failure: allowing an entire squad of men under his command to die while he worked to defuse a bomb at his base. Everett initially wants only pure pain, which professional interrogator and jaded British aristocrat Colonel Phineas Bainbridge is more than prepared to give. Their meeting, however, is not at all by chance.

Phineas has been contracted to coerce a false confession from Everett, implicating the captain in planting the bomb. Phineas has tortured many men in the past, but there is something different about Everett Palmer, a man whose sheer purity of soul causes the colonel to question his every selfish, devious act and legion of war crimes.

In Submit for Redemption: Book One – Submission, erotic romance and spiritual redemption come from the most unexpected places – from the seedy extremes of a smoke-laden, neon-drenched bondage den to the tropical, hedonistic pleasures of Phineas’ private Greek island.

On this unbidden psychosexual odyssey, Everett and Phineas find exactly what they don’t expect: a chance to redeem their troubled souls and fulfil their every romantic ideal. But the clock is ticking. The deeper Phineas falls in love with Everett, the harder it becomes to finish his assigned task. If he succeeds, the consequences may be far more explosive than he ever anticipated.

Welcome to Prism Book Alliance! You may have noticed today’s guest posts are two-fold! Authors Robert Cage & Kathryn Sparrow have stopped by, a duo whose first book is hot off the presses and ready to get into the eager hands of contemporary BDSM fiction lovers! Submit for Redemption: Book 1 – Submission tells the story of Captain Everett Palmer and Colonel Phineas Bainbridge, the professional torturer who has been hired to break him. Ev wants only to punish himself when he first meets Finny, but between commands and lavish comforts, both discover the value of a loving BDSM relationship.


Writing BDSM – Kathryn Sparrow on “Submit for Redemption”

When I first started writing, I said I would never write a BDSM story.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked to read BDSM stories. The sex is smoking hot. From the reading I did, I learned that some people are drawn to BDSM. At some level, that’s how they tick. That’s okay with me.

I don’t happen to tick that way, and I never wanted to imply that I was providing a personal understanding by writing about BDSM, especially in the case of something as sweeping as Submit for Redemption. If anything, I’m a voyeur. I like to imagine it, but like many lovers of BDSM fiction, I had no personal experience in BDSM and wasn’t interested in gaining any.

Then I met Robert Cage. Robert writes BDSM and knows about it firsthand. We started talking about the writing we each did separately. At that point in time, I was at the beginning of learning how to write romance and was focusing on breaking into the M/M sub-genre.

Robert and I decided to write together and began work on Submit for Redemption. Although there is a ton of variety in the BDSM world, I started to hear about the parts that we would touch on in our book.

Robert and I had long talks about what it meant to be a Dom and the combination of control and caregiving that motivated someone with dominant tendencies. At first, this seemed like a contradiction to me. How can you control someone and take care of them at the same time? For some people, you can’t because controlling them negates the effect of taking care of them. But for others, those who have submissive tendencies, being controlled by a caring Dom makes them feel safe and loved. The Dom gets satisfaction from providing this feeling.

It was all new to me, but once I understood this concept, I was able to understand some people in my own life better who have tendencies in one direction or the other. Learning about BDSM opened up a new level of intricacy for me to explore in both fictional characters and real life individuals around me.

Much to my surprise, I co-wrote a BDSM book and learned about people who weren’t like me, and that was fantastic. I got to live in their heads and learn a little more about what they feel. This opened a whole world of new ideas for me.

It re-enforced one of my most basic beliefs: Two consenting adults, who aren’t harming anyone, should be free to explore without judgment. We each have our needs, interests, preferences, and desires, and that’s okay.

Such learning experiences are part of the joy of co-writing fiction, and I hope that you’ll check out Submit for Redemption and follow along as Ev and Finny both learn a thing or two about true, loving BDSM.


The Walking Conscience – Robert Cage on “Submit for Redemption”

I’ve always been fascinated with the relationships between masters and servants, whether in a BDSM context or merely in a professional one. A vague but surely erotic thread of co-dependence, deference, and submission exists in both of these worlds.

Certainly there is nothing more decadent or indulgent than employing a person to wait on you full-time. But it’s also an enormous commitment and responsibility for the person being waited on. These types of professional positions (valets and ladies maids, in particular, most recently immortalized on Downton Abbey) have only shrunk in recent years, usually reserved now for the very rich and that rare person who really doesn’t mind someone else living inside their head every minute of every day, whether seen or unseen — and they will do just that — it’s their job.

Many people make the assumption that money can buy anything, but the days are long gone when men or women would place themselves in a position of being at another person’s disposal, 24/7, for just a paycheck. Like a BDSM relationship though, there’s a great deal of trust required. There must be something emotionally fulfilling at stake. I’ve been privileged enough to see many such relationships first hand. They either succeed or fail spectacularly if respect and consensual obligation aren’t given the highest priority. One of the quotes I remember hits this sentiment at its heart: “A personal servant pretty much forfeits their life for you. See that you are worthy of the compliment.”

Serving another person — in any capacity — can bring with it deep rewards and pleasure on many levels if the right personalities are in play and mutual respect and empathy are the watchwords. It’s a lot like the basis of a good master/servant relationship in BDSM, minus the sex, especially with a valet or ladies maid. They’re at your disposal in almost any capacity (excluding sexually, obviously), yet they see you naked and in the most humiliating of circumstances all the time. They’re privy to all of your conversations and if they’re not, rest assured they will find out about them eventually.

In both professional and Master/sub servitude, there must be a balance of give and take for the relationship to have any staying power. Both parties must not only respect the other, but have genuine platonic affection for each other as well. After a time, not only you, the master, but everyone you meet will begin to regard you and your servant as one person — which might explain why married couples encounter so much friction when such an intimate companion is thrown in the mix. You think your wife gets jealous now when you want to hang with your poker buddies or go bar hopping? Try explaining the need for another man to be in the same room while you dress and bathe.

This idea — that the professional servant/master relationship contained many of the desired principles of the ideal erotic servant/master relationship — made it essential for Lord Phineas “Finny” Bainbridge, as well as for many of his non-aristocratic Dom “associates” in his “professional troubleshooting” firm Stratham LLC, to have their own valets.

Habib Sahar, the Afghani valet of Submit for Redemption, not only serves Phineas but is a close friend to him as well — a relationship that Habib is watching deteriorate as Submit for Redemption: Book 1 – Submission begins. But I conceived of Habib as more than a friend — he’s the father Phineas always wished he had while growing up, and he’s the moral conscience that he so desperately needs to reengage with as a man. He’s a bit like the servants to the Roman emperors, who were said to constantly whisper into their master’s ears: “You’re only human.” And Finny, at least at the start of Submit for Redemption, is a lonely, empty man in dire need of a severe reality check.

When Everett Palmer comes into Finny’s life, he awakens a lot of different emotions, but one of the most striking (and unexpected, to Finny) is humiliation and even shame. Everett’s pureness of moral character and basic unselfishness constantly underline these deficits in Finny’s rotting character. Not that Finny doesn’t enjoy parading his wealth for Everett and lavishing luxury upon his new lover, but as the novel progresses, Finny becomes far more self-conscious of it, and even more ashamed of what he’s been doing to earn it for the past years — making his living as a professional torturer. As Finny’s humility grows, his walking conscience — Habib — begins to have a stronger voice — defying, challenging, and even disrespecting his master on occasion.

I think it’s Habib’s ability (and duty) to “nose-check” Finny that makes him such a popular character. He’s the one people most often tell me is their favorite in the Submit for Redemption series (Book Two is written and in editing at the moment). Habib’s definitely the character with the strongest moral compass (next to Everett), in a book full of tragically-flawed characters, though some might argue Habib is complicit in Finny’s crimes merely by remaining in his service. Ultimately, Habib feels responsibility for Finny, and he will find his loyalties continually tested — between Finny and Everett, evil and good — even more so in Book Two.

Here’s one of my favorite exchanges between Finny and Habib, in Book One, after Finny is hunting for a sedative and Habib fears (wrongly) that it will be employed against Everett:

Habib put a hand on his master’s shoulder. “You were just showing off for him, Your Excellency. You still are. You needn’t try so hard. Licorice tea with chamomile and ginger, coming right up. And some for you, too.” He turned away to fetch the service.

Finny grimaced. “It’s all I know how to do anymore, Habib. And he seems to need the attention, don’t you think? Do you have a Xanax somewhere, by the way?”

Habib spun sharply. “You’re not planning on another one of your cocktails for him, I hope?” he said, his voice slightly rising. “Because if you are, Your Grace, you’ll have my notice as soon as we land!”

The two sets of dark eyes locked for a moment, neither blinking.

Finny burst into laughter. Habib just glared at him.

“My god, Habib, one would think you’d just adopted a brother! The Xanax, old man, was meant for me!”

Habib reddened and bowed his head in shame. “A thousand pardons, Excellency,” he said weakly, turning back to his work. He focused on evenly peppering a cappuccino with shaved chocolate, and then set the block of mocha down, frowning. “I don’t know what it is about that man, but he touches something in me which I can’t describe. He’s strong in so many ways, yet such a babe in the woods.”

“Well put,” Finny agreed solemnly. “And I’m feeling less worthy the more I’m around him. Do you have anything to calm my nerves?” he said, searching the shelves, his eyes desperately falling on a first-aid kit on the wall.

“Nonsense, Your Excellency,” Habib chided. “The only medicine you need is right back in that bedroom. Take a deep breath, go to him, and I’ll be in shortly with this.” He poured boiling water into two cups.

[…]

“Habib, what would I do without you?” Finny asked. “Really.” He parted the curtain, and turned, adding a postscript: “And Habib? You’re the only valet I’ve ever known who can make ‘Your Grace’ sound distinctly like ‘get stuffed!'”

“Yes, Your Grace,” Habib said automatically, smiling to himself as his master took his leave.

Submit for Redemption: Book 1 – Submission by Robert Cage & Kathryn Sparrow — NOW AVAILABLE in e-book formats!

Excerpt

When Army Ranger Captain Everett Palmer enters gay BDSM club Cuffed Links, he is seeking brutal punishment for what he perceives to be an unforgivable failure: allowing an entire squad of men under his command to die while he worked to defuse a bomb at his base. Everett initially wants only pure pain, which professional interrogator and jaded British aristocrat Colonel Phineas Bainbridge is more than prepared to give. Their meeting, however, is not at all by chance.

Phineas has been contracted to coerce a false confession from Everett, implicating the captain in planting the bomb. Phineas has tortured many men in the past, but there is something different about Everett Palmer, a man whose sheer purity of soul causes the colonel to question his every selfish, devious act and legion of war crimes.

In Submit for Redemption: Book One – Submission, erotic romance and spiritual redemption come from the most unexpected places – from the seedy extremes of a smoke-laden, neon-drenched bondage den to the tropical, hedonistic pleasures of Phineas’ private Greek island.

On this unbidden psychosexual odyssey, Everett and Phineas find exactly what they don’t expect: a chance to redeem their troubled souls and fulfil their every romantic ideal. But the clock is ticking. The deeper Phineas falls in love with Everett, the harder it becomes to finish his assigned task. If he succeeds, the consequences may be far more explosive than he ever anticipated.

About the Author

Robert Cage has been writing BDSM novels and short stories for close to twenty years, publishing on the Web through various eBook publishers. From 1997 to 2010 he authored four novels and one collection of short fiction under another pseudonym. He has always striven to make his fiction “more story and character-focused” than much of what he sees published in the BDSM world. This approach alienated a good part of his audience, but also won him some extremely devoted fans over the years.

He met Kathryn Sparrow while working at a local Tech company as an author of technical publications, and she introduced him to the romance genre. Pleasantly surprised at the potential for a richer emotional palate than he had been limited to with strictly BDSM fiction, Robert began to trade ideas with Kathryn, and then eventually pages of what would come to be Submit for Redemption, whose first draft clocked in at 550 pages. Two years later, Robert and Kathryn are proud to present the first instalment with Book One – Submission. Look forward to blog posts that will tell you even more about Submit for Redemption’s multi-faceted characters and ever-expanding and changing universe.

In addition to writing fiction, Robert collects books, music, and movies avidly, and also contributes to a number of online film sites as a movie reviewer. Fans can reach him at robert@robertcage.com or follow him on Twitter @RobertCage2.

Kathryn Sparrow has had stories spinning around in her head her whole life and finally decided it was time to write them down. After working twenty years in the Software Industry, she has left the engineering world to be a chauffeur mom (because she doesn’t really get to stay-at-home). She lives with her fantastic, geek husband and her two adorable, sometimes infuriating daughters, who are too smart for their Mommy’s own good. If she had spare time she would spend it knitting, crocheting, cross-stitching, and doing any other handicrafts that catch her fancy. She can be reached at kathryn@kathrynsparrow.com or follow her on Twitter @KSparrowAuthor.

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