Compared to the rest of her poly family, Jessie Chambers—“sunni” to the local BDSM community—needs to grow up. While her serious sister slave, sage, struggles through college, their master, Sir Rune, insists that sunni needs a job. sunni finds a position at the local goth/kink store, The Fringe Element, and is immediately embraced by its quirky owner.
Things start to get complicated when sunni’s ex tracks her down, claiming he’s found God wants to be together again, and a video of sunni and Sir Rune doing a dramatic scene at the Keyhole ends up on television. sunni must find a way to restore her relationships, keep her master from being deported, take over running the store, and stop everyone else from trying to “save sunni.”
And as an extra bonus for all of the readers, and most especially Sir Rune lovers, we are releasing a free short about Rune's beginnings as a companion to the series. Learning the Ropes will give readers a great peek into how Rune became the strong Master that he is.
Reggie and Kasi were nice enough to take on our interview questions to let readers into their process and to pick out one of their favorite excerpts from their new book, Saving Sunni (okay their second favorite, because their first was too telling!).
Omnific: Okay, I know the story behind your new co-author, but can you take a few minutes to introduce Reggie to everyone and tell us a little about how the writing process worked for you two?
Kasi: Reggie and I have been in a polyamorous Master/slave relationship for almost six years now. He decided to help me pursue my goal of becoming published, so we made it an M/s exercise, where he would set word goals for me and monitor my progress. All of our projects have been done like this. We work out the plot as a group and split up which scenes each one wants to write. Then I put them all together in a single voice and make them consistent. I think the process works well for us.
Omnific: Saving Sunni is the second book in your Keyhole Series, was writing your second novel a different experience from your first? Was it a little easier knowing what to expect from the process?
Kasi: The second one was much easier than the first. I had much more confidence in myself and the process and we both had a better idea of how to plot and what pitfalls to avoid. We’ve had wonderful editors who have taught us the things to watch for in our writing as well. Saving sunni took about 2/3 the time to write that sage did!
Omnific: Your books center around the BDSM world, and the relationships of the people who live that lifestyle, are you finding there is more interest these days with the success of other books dealing with the same subject?
Kasi: Absolutely. The recent success of 50 Shades of Grey has generated (or at least brought out into the open) a wide interest in BDSM. The advent of Kindle and Nook also allows more readers to explore the genre without advertising what they’re reading, so they can give themselves permission to enjoy a wider range of books without censure.
Omnific: Since we are all about romance here at Omnific, what is your favorite romantic scene in a book?
Reggie: Ok, I know it’s selfserving, since there are so many wonderfully written romantic scenes in the world, but I have to say that my favorite is from Becoming Sage. The scene towards the end of the book that we will call "The Dudley DoRight Scene" is my favorite. I know kasi likes it too but to me it sums up the whole point of the book and it makes me laugh every time I read it. That scene allowed us to share some very private and personal connections between the characters. It gives the readers a glimpse into the often hidden playful nature of the “Big Bad Dominant" Sir Rune. Finally, it shows his level of commitment to the girls and that BDSM and power exchange can be light and fun as well as intense. The collaring scene right after is pretty powerful in my mind as well but the fun one is my favorite.
Omnific: So, if they made that book into a movie, who would you want to see in that scene? (or if they already have were you happy with who was cast or would you recast?)
Both: Sir Rune would have to be Ryan Reynolds. He is such a versatile actor as he can be very serious and yet maintain a fun and playful (smart-ass) persona, both of which are important to portray our leading man. sage would be Emma Stone, I think. She is a very attractive brunette who can play a thoughtful and serious role without becoming a one-dimentional characture of our girl sage.
sunni is a tougher call for me. She has to be someone who is playful, adventurous (if you've read the book I will just say "puppy" and you will know what I mean. If not, what are you waiting for? Go read it so you won't be left out! lol) and just a bit bratty. So I would have to say either Elisha Cuthbert or Amanda Seyfried.
Omnific: You know how much I loved Becoming Sage, and I love Saving Sunni as well (and who can forget Sir Rune’s little tidbit also available from Omnific Publishing…YUM!), do you two have any idea who will be next? (If I have a say, I really want to know Amy’s story and how she and Sir Matthew came to be…if you’re so inclined to please one of your editors.)
Kasi: amy’s story is certainly something we’re considering. Next we have tentative plans to continue the story from Rune’s point of view, and we are also intrigued by the idea of a book from the perspective of the new character, daisy.
Here is their favorite excerpt from Saving Sunni, released on June 19, 2012.
“I wanted to see you. So—how have you been?” His voice was casual, like he lived down the block and had just strolled in for a cup of tea, instead of having travelled halfway across the country to annoy me.
“I’ve been fine,” I said stiffly. “But that doesn’t answer the question. Why are you here?”
I saw movement from the corner of my eye. Geri was slowly meandering toward us down the length of the opposite wall. She was probably trying to look like she was shopping, or maybe counting inventory or something, but to me she looked more like Elmer Fudd ducking behind bushes hunting wabbits. I hoped Randy wouldn’t notice her. I didn’t think he was particularly dangerous, but he had hit me a few times when we were married and I couldn’t be completely sure. Come to think of it, it was a bit funny that I would divorce someone for hitting me, and then get into a BDSM relationship where I was struck regularly, and quite a bit harder. But of course it was a completely different thing. With Sir it was something I had negotiated and consented to.
Randy was considering the mannequins in the window and didn’t seem to notice Geri. When he turned back to me, there was a very serious look on his face. I immediately went into defensive mode and cringed away from him. I knew that look.
“Frankly,” he said quietly, “I don’t think you’re safe here. I heard that you’re in an unhealthy relationship and I’m very concerned about you.”
That didn’t ring true. “Who told you that?” I demanded.
“It doesn’t matter. What matters is your safety.”
My mother. It had to be my mother. But I hadn’t told her anything about my relationship, other than that I was living with an Austrian chemist named Rutger. She hadn’t even met him.
“Yes,” I agreed. “My safety is important to me, too. I want you to leave now before I get thrown in jail for assault. I don’t think jail would be the safest place for me either.”
Suddenly Geri was standing in front of him, her head coming to the approximate level of his nipples. She looked like a banty rooster about to attack a Great Dane.
“Please get out of my store,” she said, her voice shaking with what I presumed was anger, although by the way Randy looked down at her, it was obvious he thought it was fear.
“It’s a public place.” He smirked at her.
Not a good thing to do. She stood up on her tiptoes and hissed, “It’s my store and I have the right to ask you to leave. Now leave before I am forced to do something violent. I hate violence.”
Thank you both for taking the time to answer our questions. I know that you have a lot of readers who are looking forward to this new installment in The Keyhole Series, Saving Sunni. Congratulations and I can't wait to see what you have for us next!
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