Thursday, 12 April 2012

THURSDAY TEASER - Cari Silverwood

How the book was made -- Lust Plague -- #2 in the Steamwork Chronicles series.

Lust Plague is the first novel I’ve completed since I had my first book, CAPA nominated, Three Days of Dominance published back in June 2011. Iron Dominance and Rough Surrender were both written a bit earlier.

I decided Lust Plague would be as fun as I could make it. I used my pre-existing steampunk world from Iron Dominance with all the airships and wonderful weaponry and mechanical contraptions. I threw in a plot where a tear in reality allowed a foreign god to leak in and aimed at an ending with a sacrificial virgin and a stone beast for some strange and slightly ghastly action.


Hmmm. *looks at pile of screwed up paper*

The gods idea totally messed up the story and made it just awful to write. Too much room to play in for me and it changed my steampunk setting in some icky cringeworthy way.

The ending with the big sacrifice where the hero saves the lady…wrong also. For the strong, independent and heroic woman I chose for this story, Kaysana, that ending just never let her DO anything. *toss more crumpled paper*

After this Zombies came into my head and wouldn’t leave. Not sure why. Maybe Amber Green gave me the idea as she was doing a lesbian zombie series with other authors. The subconscious is a funny thing. I can’t recall where the idea came from. But it stayed. It gnawed on my toes and maybe my brain until I gave in.

I promptly let them eat one of my old characters and he became a wolf called Cadrach with less speaking (OK none) and way more purpose. Now you can pat him if you make friends first. The zombies gave me a new ending and let me truly create a romance. I found out I like blowing away zombies in an over-the-top steampunk way. In the final pages of Lust Plague, take care where you step as there are a few smoking zombie corpses -- though the smoke does clear so Sten and Kaysana can sit down and sort out if they love each other.

So…I ended up with what is now a story I like. It’s fun, sexy and has loads of action. There’s dominance and submission with some bondage, though not as creatively unusual as in Iron Dominance -- after all Sten and Kaysana are dodging zombies. Running and shooting cramps anyone’s bondage style, even when you’re as unstoppable and laidback as Sten.

I call this my lust-laden zombie-killing extravaganza. Here’s a little peek at the story.

Snippet from Lust Plague

     The whirling above flickered dark, light, dark, light. Thunder accompanied her. An engine? Kaysana shut her eyes, drifted away to the throb of her body, as if every cell inside her pined for something indefinable.
     She surfaced again, blinked away grit, groaned. Something plucked at her wrists, then at her ankles.
     “You awake?” A gruff voice. Not one she recognized. More blinking turned the blurred mess in front of her into a man. Tall, bulky, arms like, like -- she blinked again -- darn, big. Where’d she seen a man like that before? Black shirt and leather coat and brown leather trousers with a craggy face that said he’d lived. Gold wolf stud earring. Sten. He’d rescued her.
     Her sex flared with an ache so strong she barely understood it. Wetness surged between her legs.     She saw herself impaled on him…curving back, breasts upthrust.
     What’s wrong with me?
     Fear surfaced. She shoved the visions, the feelings, away. No. Never ever did she let her body rule her mind. The law, she followed the law, always.
     Under her back, rope crisscrossed and something hard, maybe rocks, poked at her, though some sort of cloth was between her and the earth. The sky above was blue, cloudless. Blink again. Half a mile away, she spotted her airship.
     “I’m awake, yes,” she croaked.
     On her ship, she’d been screaming. Flashes came to her -- the bite of clamps on her nipples, men watching, avid, their mouths open as if they swallowed her cries of pleasure… She remembered the hot, near-orgasmic flood of desire. Why, though? What the hell happened? I can think. I’m still me. Zombie F? Can’t be.
     Her rescuer put his hand at her naked shoulder. Even that made her jump and suck in a breath.
     “I have to take this last one off. Might sting.” Above the clamp on her left nipple, Sten poised finger and thumb.
     The attached wire trailed across her breast. The pain bothered her little. His hand, though -- broad fingers, man’s fingers, what they might do to her. She imagined him touching her cleft, sliding in. Her pussy spasmed and she bit her lip. What the… This is so wrong.
     “Wait!” She struggled to get her arms under her, to get some distance between her and Sten.     “Don’t touch --”
     Understanding flared in his eyes, and for a millisecond, there was something else.
     “No? Why not? You need that off.” Before she could react, he’d sat next to her and hauled her over his leg to sit between his knees.
     “Because --” With his arm across her middle, he kept her there. Wriggling made him hold tighter. She seethed, wriggled again, subsided. Damn him. “Because --”
     Being enclosed like she was, by a man, a hard, muscular man, sent everything whirling. And, out of all the men it might have been…Sten. From the moment he stepped aboard ship, she’d watched him. Suddenly nothing in her head seemed to work right anymore. Her thoughts, her emotions, her tongue were weighed down and drowning in warm jelly.
     “Because you’re a frigging frankenstruct. Let go!” The words spewed out, and like a balloon accidentally released to the sky, she clutched at the tail end, knew the terrible error she’d made. She gulped. Why’d I say that? Awful, awful thing to say…
     Yet his only reaction was to rest his cheek against her hair and say quietly, “Oh? I thought as much. Leave this on and your nipple’s gonna fall off. How about while I do this, to distract yourself, you tell me what happened up there?”
     He put his hand back where it had been.
     Fascinated by the sight of his fingers so close to her breast, she licked her lips.
     “Wait.” Grabbing his wrist seemed as likely to work as telling an avalanche to stop, but she tried.
     As his fingers nudged the clamp, she gripped him tighter, realizing too late what her body would do.

Blurb for Lust Plague

Saving the world should be easier. When airship captain Kaysana meets Sten the last thing she wants to do is have mad rough sex with him while bound by ropes and clamps…but fate pencils in their appointment. The lust plague strikes. From her infected crew, zombies arise. 

With her ship gone, she must rely on Sten, a human clone, a man who has fought all his life to master himself. She despises his kind and detests Sten’s growing hold on her. Though he never takes no for an answer, surely it’s the plague that makes yes slip from her tongue like melted butter? Or should she blame her own traitorous heart?

Hordes of slavering zombies await them. Sten and Kaysana unlimber weapons, don goggles, and set a course for the origin of the plague. Yet victory will be hollow if they cannot also solve the puzzle of their hearts.

Lust Plague - released March 27th from Loose Id
Cari's website:

Scorched Souls, Bound Hearts


Holy Cr*p!  I'm fanning myself here!  Thanks so much for sharing that Cari! I'm off to find....something!

So folks - what are your thoughts? BDSM and Steampunk? Hot or what!

Put your toys away and leave a comment!


Cari Silverwood said...

Naughty naughty , Maggie. You weren't supposed to read it.

Cari Silverwood said...

Thought I'd mention that this is Book #2 in the Steamwork Chronicles.

Book#1 IRON DOMINANCE has just won Best Book of 2011 at The Romance reviews for the Erotic Steampunk category.

These are both BDSM books, of course.

Maggie Nash said...

That's fantastic news Cari! You must be so excited!

Both these books are on my TBR list and I am currently reading Three Days of Dominance :-) Loving it too *sigh*

Cari Silverwood said...

Yep, I sure am, Maggie :)

I always think of Three Days as my experimental novel. Though a few readers keep asking for the sequel. It's on my list of possible next projects. I'm such a slow writer!

Lisabet Sarai said...

Gotta read this, Carri! Every excerpt is hotter than the last!

Glad you scrapped the virgin sacrifice, btw. It's been done way too many times!

Cari Silverwood said...

Lol Thanks Lisabet. Yes the whole ending was awful until Cherise gave me some pointers. Now though, I'm totally happy with it. As for the hotness, writing good sex scenes seems to be a knack I've had from the start. Getting the romance right took me a little longer. But now the people in my stories are real to me, and occasionally sit down and talk.

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