Saturday, 18 January 2014

Blog Promo Tour post

This is my part of a blog tour that Jenny Kane at asked me to take part in, so here are some questions and my answers. Would be fascinating to see what answers other writers give to the same question! And check out my erotica workshop anyone who is going to Eroticon in Bristol 8/9th March 2014!
1)     What are you working on?

I am just halfway through the revisions on The Diamond Ring, the third book in my Unbreakable Trilogy. Having traced the love story of Serena Folkes and Gustav Levi through their meeting in London, their personal/professional contract, their slow burn commitment to each other as they move to New York, and then the threat to their relationship posed by faces from the past, this final book has been a challenge to keep up the tension while trying to wind everything down to a dramatic ending which will satisfy readers while making them miss the hero and heroine.

2)     How does my work differ from others of its genre?

My writing has been described as 'elegant', 'lush' and 'literary' and since being asked to write this Unbreakable Trilogy I have striven to keep it upmarket and classy. I have been writing erotica for 20 years and have therefore had plenty of time to hone my skill. I also write critiques for aspiring writers, which although pretty brutal at times, also makes me look at my own work with a more critical eye. Even so, when 50 Shades erupted on the world, it made me even more determined to write something that was more than just a 'naughty story with some whipping' and would really stand out from the crowd. I try to imbue my work with an accessible yet intellectual voice, and capture my readers with proper story telling while keeping it sexy and real. Because I love crime and psychological dramas, I have also given my Unbreakable Trilogy a thriller edge to keep readers on their toes.

3)     Why do I write what I do?

I fell into erotica by accident 20 years ago, having tried (and failed) to write for Mills and Boon. My natural bent is towards love stories, but my first short story to be accepted by a magazine was an erotic one about a lonely spinster receiving a man in a cage as a birthday present, and so my erotica career was born! Gradually the erotica I was writing for Black Lace through the years became more about sex, and edging towards pornography, than it was about love. In fact, two years ago I was on the point of giving up writing erotic altogether because I was being paid peanuts and I wasn't happy with the harder core stuff I was required to produce, but then I was asked by my editor at Harper Collins to try my hand at an erotic romance after the success of 50 Shades. This new erotic romance genre has opened up more range in subject, characterisation and expression, and has afforded the chance to return to good old fashioned romance, so I can now focus on writing the kind of love story (with impossibly beautiful protagonists and improbably frequent and climactic sex) that I would like to live in my own life. Having said that, I don't want to write within the parameters of erotic romance forever. I want to write a more commercial womens' novel next, under my own name, and indeed have written half of it already. Also, my sons are nagging me to try my hand at a far more difficult genre- children's fantasy!

4)     How does your writing process work?

I have two ways of working. One is to be given a brief, as I was with the Unbreakable Trilogy, and to work very closely with editors to shape my submission into what they want and what they think will sell. The other is to start with the kernel of my own idea that may come from a random comment or thought or news item or story or something from my own life (a pretty dramatic one, to date!) and then run with it as freely as I can. I hope to be able to do this with a spin-off idea I have as a kind of prequel to The Silver Chain. Once the idea has been tamed into a submission, it is then up to the editors to commission it, and then I treat the writing as more of an academic exercise, with notes and deadlines. But once the book is underway it becomes all consuming for the three months or so it take so write, so I am a slightly distracted, often pre-occupied wife and mother to live with. I have to plan my week very carefully to juggle the creative process with work and family, and my best writing is done when I am totally alone, in a totally empty house, in my own special corner. When a deadline is tight, I have to send everyone out at weekends to get it finished.


Gustav shakes me, and the chill of sobriety nags me, because what my lover has produced from under the bed is a big, thick leather phallus, exaggerated in size but exact in anatomical detail, and curved slightly like a scimitar. This is a weapon, not a toy. He holds it up in the air between us like some kind of talisman, turns it so we can see it from every angle, then brings out a tiny jar of amber liquid.
'What are you doing?' I croak. I strain against the silver chain. 'That looks like honey.'
'Lubrication,' Gustav mutters in a deep, gutteral voice, dipping his fingers into the pot and running the honey over the leather. 'To anoint my little sinner.'
I whimper and wriggle as he runs the tip of the now dripping dildo under my nose, pushes it across my upper lip, between my teeth so that I'm forced to suck it like a lollipop, then he hitches up my velvet dress and draws the thing slowly and deliberately up and down my spine, over my bottom, painting me with a languid trail of amber which is already turning from warm liquid to prickling stickiness as it dries on my skin.
'Don't resist, Serena. I saw your eyes watering with desire when those strippers played with their dildos in the club earlier. So I asked them if I could have one for my girl to take home. I actually wanted one of the white ones they'd used, but they said this one was brand new and we could have it as a gift.' He laughs so boyishly just then that it infects me, too. 'They were all for coming home with us to demonstrate how best to use it, but I said no, I wanted you to myself. ButI took their number. For future reference!'
I giggle helplessly and feel my body going all soft and willingas he bends to his gentle task and runs the blunt end down between the cheeks of my bottom and burrows underneath me, pushing open my resisting body, nosing towards the centre. Those strippers oiled up their phalluses with something good enough to lick and then buckled on special belts and aimed them at each other, suggestively at first and then thrusting their pelvises like men, pushing in and penetrating each other, long and slow.
The resistance gives way to melting acceptance, and I revel in the fact that this is Gustav, my lover, who asked those scary strippers if he could have their dildo to take home and is wielding this thing and invading my most private part with it. I don't want anyone else to do this to me, not even some domineering woman I might play with in the future.
'Trust me. I'm your teacher. Although this is a first for me, I have to admit. We're experimenting together, remember? So think of this is not as punishment but as another pleasurable lesson. For both of us.'
I have managed to push away Pierre's presence at last, but I can't look at Gustav while this is happening. Now his other hand is lifting me to get a better angle I suppose. His long warm fingers are wandering over my bottom, following the path of the dildo, and the combination of sensations is emptying my mind of all thought, filling my body with a riot of responses. His fingers find another way in. How dirty can this get?
'I'm here, Serena,' Gustav grunts, reading my mind as always. 'I'll always be here. You're perfectly safe. Give in to it. Go on. See how good it can feel.'
Above my head the sun sinks rapidly over the Hudson River. Around us the city hums and sings.

'This is one book that should be read with the AC on full blast with a glass of ice water sitting nearby. The series is proving to be extremely hot and explosive.' Larena's Reviews, Goodreads.

'Bond’s Oxford University roots show, she has an amazing writing style – precise, clean and mature with a literary edge'.Nightlyreading.

'This book is very gripping and hard to put down, you just get lost and captivated in the story and cannot wait till the next page. My only fault with this Trilogy is having to wait till book 3 is released.' J Allen, Amazon
The Golden Locket paperback is in Tesco in the UK and in ebook and paperback on


K D Grace believes Freud was right. In the end, it really IS all about sex, well sex and love. And nobody’s happier about that than she is, otherwise, what would she write about? 

When she’s not writing, K D is veg gardening. When she’s not gardening, she’s walking. She walks her stories, and she’s serious about it. She and her husband have walked Coast to Coast across England, along with several other long-distance routes. For her, inspiration is directly proportionate to how quickly she wears out a pair of walking boots. She also enjoys martial arts, reading, watching the birds and anything that gets her outdoors.

K D has erotica published with SourceBooks, Xcite Books, Harper Collins Mischief Books, Mammoth, Cleis Press, Black Lace, Erotic Review, Ravenous Romance, Sweetmeats Press and others.

K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, The 
Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her 

Lakeland Heatwave trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available. She was nominated for ETO’s Best Erotic Author 2013. 

K D Grace also writes hot romance as Grace Marshall. An Executive Decision, Identity

Crisis, The Exhibition are all available.
K D’s critically acclaimed erotic romance novels include, The Initiation of Ms Holly, The Pet Shop. Her paranormal erotic novel, Body Temperature and Rising, the first book of her Lakeland Heatwave trilogy, was listed as honorable mention on Violet Blue’s Top 12 Sex Books for 2011. Books two and three, Riding the Ether, and Elemental Fire, are now also available. She was nominated for ETO’s Best Erotic Author 2013.
K D Grace also writes hot romance as Grace Marshall. An Executive Decision, Identity Crisis, The Exhibition are all available.
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