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Guest blogger: Cassandre Dayne

13 March 2011

A sensuous discovery

by Cassandre Dayne

As an erotic romance writer, I delve into many sides of passion and romance and love every minute of it. I recently attended a conference in which I was a panel guest: ‘Erotic romance – how much is too much?’ I can tell you that it was a hoot. The four of us on the panel write different heat levels from sensuous to highly erotic. Guess which category I fell into? I admit it. I write very spicy erotic contemporary romance. Granted, I also write paranormal and campy murder mysteries as well, but I thoroughly enjoy writing romance.

We entered into several fairly heated discussions that included everything from whether or not people were growing weary about reading so many sex scenes to listing the many ways certain body parts could be identified. We had folks rolling in the aisles. We discussed various erotic genres and lifestyles that many of you may not have tried, but perhaps have a craving to taste, including BDSM and voyeurism and by the end, almost everyone in the room was engaging in the conversations. While the entire hour was tremendous fun, the one aspect of the moment that I will remember forever fondly is when one young girl came up to me after the event.

Bashful and quiet throughout the discussion, she shook my hand and thanked me for making sex funny to her and thereby making it okay to talk about. Seems she had been abused as a child and hated even the thought of sex. Giggling, she asked if it would be okay if she purchased all of my books. Meeting her was so heartwarming I couldn’t stop smiling.

Throughout the entire presentation, I said time and time again that certain aspects of delving into a sensuous discovery involved trust between you and your partner. Whether you are in a hetero or same-sex relationship, we all need to feel that unbridled trust in order to feel comfortable within ourselves and to be able to explore. I have written often about everything from toys and BDSM to voyeurism and public display and while we may all have a naughty toy or two stashed in our drawers, the concept of BDSM and voyeurism is something else entirely.

Recently I have been a guest blogger on several fellow writer sites and discussed the research that I do in order to write accurately about any of the above and I was surprised that even my fellow writers didn’t truly understand how much trust there has to be in a dominant/submissive lifestyle. It is paramount. In doing my research, I have talked with real life doms and subs that simply enjoy that type to relationship during ‘playtime’ with both men and women taking the submissive roles. I have also talked with societies where generally the woman is in the submissive role and lives this twenty-four hours a day. It is a choice that both people make and a contract of trust between them. The bond is much stronger even than some marriages.

That being said, my stories generally involve playtime and the relationship is very consensual and extremely passionate. Readers want a good story along with their fantasy and sharing a little bit of kink doesn’t change that fact. We want to fall into a moment of rapture that takes us to distant shores. That’s why I enjoy writing about passion. You can savor almost anything your naughty imagination can think of.

I also put a wee bit of wicked voyeurism in a few of my stories. That dangerous little thought that someone might see you is a bit exciting. Here’s a little taste of my upcoming release on 20 March, Shadows of Panic and Wicked Desire from Rebel Ink Press. Don’t worry, the saucy excerpt totally PG!

Stealing one last look at her employees, wishing she had agreed to the fifty thousand dollar blinds for her office, she turned toward the gleaming windows facing the street. Her office overlooked some of the river city’s most spectacular views and several of the recently refurbished offices were ominously close. Close enough for someone to see clearly into her office with a telescope or a high-powered camera lenses. She studied the building across the street squinting, trying to detect any activity. Trying to detect him. Like that would ever happen. He enjoyed playing cat and mouse and she was his prey. Why was it she was quaking when she knew damn good and well he couldn’t see her? But then again, he had recently upped the game to near dangerous levels of exposure and still he wanted more. Anything was possible.

“Now!” His voice now a growl, his clipped laughter shuddered through the phone.

Halle loved the slice of anxiety, the rush of pleasure every time he suggested another nefarious act, but today his request caught her off guard. “I…I have to put the phone down to do what you want.”

“So do it!”

She laid the phone down carefully on her desk. Now fighting the urge to turn around, she simply eased her lithe fingers up her quivering thighs to her thirty-dollar panties. Never would she have believed she would have either cared or spent so much on underwear before. And now, Victoria’s Secret regularly sent her coupons for her extended misuse of the angel VIP card. Halle maneuvered the thong down her hips, shimmying as she stood in front of her desk praying to God the expansive mahogany hid her scandalous actions.

Halle jerked the thin lace over her heels and held it up directly in front of the gleaming window. The sunlight of the early summer sun danced across the reflection. The scent of her hunger, pungent and spicy, hardened her nipples. She scanned the horizon, searching. Wishing. Could he honestly see her and her panties? Knowing his amazing capabilities, the resounding answer was yes.

I hope your life and love is filled with moments of passion and while sometimes we may not chose to live out our fantasies, I hope that sometime you will …

Dare to take the plunge

Thank you so much for having me as a guest blogger. I would love feedback and any questions you might have. You can email me anytime and please enjoy my website where you’ll find saucy trailers and free reads!

  1. 20 March 2011 7:12 am

    Thanks guys for having me – I loved it!

  2. Barbara permalink
    15 March 2011 11:12 pm

    Hi Cassandre
    Good blog, thanks Barbara

  3. Aimee permalink
    15 March 2011 7:22 pm

    Hi Cassandre,

    Thanks for you time!

  4. 13 March 2011 12:36 pm

    Cassandre, your research sounds much more fun than mine, lol!

    Sounds like the panel discussion was a lot of fun and how wonderful that you helped some one through that open forum.

    • 13 March 2011 11:16 pm

      Thanks Helene – the research and the writing is fun, I cannot tell a lie! But you’re right, the conference meant to world to me and I hope to participate and bring at least a tiny bit of joy into other’s lives!


  5. Dawne Prochilo permalink
    13 March 2011 10:07 am

    LOVE this line- The scent of her hunger, pungent and spicy, hardened her nipples… what woman hasn’t had that feeling

    • 13 March 2011 11:15 pm

      Thanks so much Dawne – I like trying to create vivid images in my writing. Gives even me inspiration!


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