O Come All Ye Kinky Blog Tour

We are excited to have Kim Dare, the final author in the O Come All Ye Kinky Anthology here today to talk to us a bit about her story and the anthology overall. We’re very excited to have Kim here, give her a warm welcome!

Thank you for joining us on the O Come All Ye Kinky virtual book tour! For two weeks, anthology editor Sarah Frantz and her merry band of authors will be stopping by some of your favorite blogs to spread kinky holiday cheer! How, you ask? Well, if you don’t know what candy caning is yet, pick up your copy of O Come All Ye Kinky from Riptide Publishing today and see how these authors get into the holiday spirit.

Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, follow our tour for the chance to win one heck of a stocking stuffer—a $100 gift card to The Stockroom, where kinky dreams come true! Leave a comment on the post below by Dec. 16 and you’ll be entered to win.  Check out the complete tour listing to see all the places we’ll be stopping by to chat about BDSM, the holidays, and all eight steamy stories, and comment on each post to earn more entries.

*Holds up mistletoe*  Look at that—our lovely host today is under the mistletoe! You know what that means—a big kiss from the entire O Come All Ye Kinky group for hosting us today! We hope everyone enjoys today’s post from Kim Dare. 

 

“Loving Leather” by Kim Dare

I love leather—and not just as a writer. I’m pretty fond of it in real life too.

Kink, leather, BDSM—whatever you want to call it, given half a chance, I’ll be first in line. I’m a submissive. I prefer the lifestyle rather than the playtime end of the spectrum, although I’m probably more likely to be accused of acting like a brat than a slave. I have a reasonably well-equipped playroom in my house.

I’m also bi. For me that means I’m attracted to individuals, not to genders. If I fall in love with someone, I don’t care what bits they come with, I’ll love them just the same. And I like reading about all different gender combinations, too—probably M/M most of all.

So, for a long time it really annoyed me that, whenever I wanted to read something that appealed to my romantic side, I’d end up reading about straight, vanilla couples.

If I wanted to read porn—no problem. A simple Google search and I’d get page after page of links. Gay, lesbian, kinky, ménage, fetish. I could read whatever I wanted—providing I didn’t expect the characters to fall in love or live happily ever after at the end of the story.

It felt like there was some unspoken rule out there, saying that neither kinky people nor same sex couples could love each other, or achieve any sort of romantic happiness in their lives. It wasn’t just the people who “don’t get it” either. I come across the same attitude inside GLBT and BDSM populations over and over again. Love is not for “us”—it’s for soppy vanilla/straight people.

Perhaps there were stories out there that fit what I wanted to read, but I never found them. It was all a bit bloody depressing, if I’m honest. Sometimes I think that was why so many kinky M/M characters came into my head, asking me to write happy endings for them.

Kink, love and a happy ending—it was what I wanted to read then, and it’s what I write now.

Finding a way to bring love and leather together is a theme I come back to again and again in my stories. It’s something I never tire of writing about.

“His Very Last Chance,” my contribution to Riptide’s O Come All Ye Kinky anthology, is a story where this theme is front and centre right from the start. I had a great time writing it. The characters seemed to enjoy taking part in it, too.

 

 

Here’s the blurb for my story, “His Very Last Chance.”

Drew screwed up. So when his master, Kingsley, summons him on New Year’s Eve, he knows he deserves the punishment in store for him. Everything changed for Kingsley when he overheard Drew running his mouth to his friends on Boxing Day. Now, there’s only one way he can possibly ring in the New Year: starting over fresh, either with an ending or a new beginning.

And here’s what you can expect to find in the anthology as a whole:

Christmas is a time of love and joy, and the New Year is a time of renewal. But they are also times of stress and strife, family drama, pressure and heartache—a potent mix of high expectations and conflicted emotions. Add in power exchange relationships, kinky gift swaps, and unconventional love in a sometimes unforgiving world, and you have a formula for a sizzling anthology of stories that tug at your heart.

From Ava March’s forbidden Regency love between men, to Katie Porter’s scorching hot contemporary tale of two women discovering holiday happiness, everyone will find a favorite here. Pervertible toys abound: Lambda Literary Award finalist L.A. Witt’s candy cane, Jane Davitt’s wrapping paper and tape, and Alexa Snow’s Christmas candles all please and delight. Newcomer Elyan Smith and fan favorite Kim Dare both celebrate New Year’s Eve with romantic flair and kinky fireworks, while bestselling author Joey W. Hill’s poignant story of discovery and commitment will lead you home.

Whatever your desires, we invite you to explore new fantasies and old with these eight kinky tales of holiday happy endings.

 

20% of all proceeds from O Come All Ye Kinky will be donated to the Domestic Violence Project of the National Leather Association–International. (If you buy the book, digital or print, from Riptide’s website, more money goes to the charity because we’re not paying third-party vendor fees.)

You can find out more about the anthology and all the stories here.

 

About Kim Dare:

Kim Dare is a twenty-nine year old, full time writer from Wales (UK). First published in 2008, she has since released close to eighty BDSM erotic romance titles. While most of Kim’s stories follow male/male relationships, she also writes about characters that enjoy male/female, female/male (female dominant), female/female and all kinds of ménage relationships. Kim’s titles have included contemporary stories, fairytale re-tellings, vampires, time travelers, werewolves and werelions—not to mention the occasional wereduck.

Regardless of the gender of her characters or the different genres they inhabit, from short stories to full-length novels, there are three things Kim always wants to give her characters—kink, love, and a happy ending. You can find Kim on her website, contact here by e-mail, or check out her blog. If you’re really curious, you can even peek at her Pinterest boards.

 

Comments

  1. says

    Could not agree with you more, Kim! I love BDSM in all it’s forms – in my life, in my reading and in my writing – and I want romance in it too. I am in a monogamous kinky/leather relationship and we are very happy and in love. That’s what I crave and seek out. BDSM is fun, but BDSM with love and romance is earth shattering :)

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  2. Andrea says

    I didn’t know Kim Dare wrote female dominant books. I know I would like that. I need to go find one of those.
    andreagrendahl at gmail dot com

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  3. flchen1 says

    Yay for love and leather, Kim! Thanks for the great post and looking forward to enjoying your story in this collection!

    f dot chen at comcast dot net

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  4. Trix says

    My big problem with the way pop culture treats BDSM (or even kink in general) is that it’s generally approached as “kinky = brutal.” The doms are always just twisted control freaks, and the subs are broken people–horrible. Thanks so much for helping to fix that! I love CALL ME SIR, BOY!, and can’t wait to read this anthology…

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  5. Urb says

    Kudos to the versatile and prolific Kim Dare! I always want a happy ending when I read. Thank you!

    brendurbanist at gmail dot com

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  6. says

    Hi everyone,

    Thanks so much for leaving your comments. It’s amazing to know that there are other people out there who like the love and leather combination as much as I do!

    Hope everyone has a happy ending to 2012 :)

    *Hugs*

    Kim Dare.

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  7. Michelle (MiMi) says

    Love your post and your work Kim! I’m glad that you believe as you do… cuz so do I. There is room for Love in with the Leather. Count me in please. Thank you,
    chellebee66(at)gmail(dot)com

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