The Novel Approach welcomes Cari Z. and Riptide Publishing on the Rules to Live By anthology blog tour. Every comment on this blog tour enters you in a drawing for a $15 credit at Riptide Publishing. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on February 22. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries.
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Cari Z.: When I wrote the first draft of House Rules last year, it was during the awards show season…pretty much right now, basically. It’s that glorious time of year when beautiful and talented people dress up in ridiculous, amazing clothes and give themselves more specific adulation. These shows are one of my guilty pleasures. I don’t even own a television, but the Oscars always find a way into my life.
The Oscars are fun in part because they’re the stuff of pure fantasy for me. I could never imagine myself on a red carpet—I’d be the person who wears a suit you can move in and sensible shoes and hightails it down the red carpet before anyone has a chance to ask me anything. I get secondhand embarrassment just watching the interviews sometimes, and that sort of feeling was the genesis of House Rules.
Jonathan Jones is a guy who could be at the Oscars—he’s nominated for an award for Best Original Screenplay. He also loathes the show with a passion and refuses to go, even though his partner Alistair, who’s nominated for Best Actor, is there being charming and delightful. Jonathan has to watch the show even though he hates it, just to see what happens. I tried to put myself in his shoes, thinking about watching someone I love on the cusp of achieving one of the greatest accomplishments in his industry, me feeling lip-bitingly, nail-chewingly nervous, and when the winner is finally announced…
Well, you have to read it to find out! *cue evil laugh, Oscar selfie with Meryl Streep, breaking the internet*
Four intimate tales of power exchange, discipline, risks taken, and pleasures earned.
A list of rules to live by.
In Cari Z’s House Rules, jealousy leads Jonathan to break the rules his lover has established. He can’t decide which he enjoys more: his punishment, or the reward afterward. Good thing he gets both.
A lesson in humility.
In The Harder They Fall by Heidi Belleau and Lisa Henry, spoiled college boy Tad hires a prostitute, but “Daddy” couldn’t care less about what Tad wants. Instead, he’s going to give his spoiled little boy exactly what he deserves.
A cage that means freedom.
In Master Key by Anah Crow and Dianne Fox, Marquis offers Navin the key to the most intimate of locks, hoping it will help them to prioritize their relationship. And it does—until work and insecurities threaten to drive them apart again.
A spool of rope and a desire to be bound.
In CTRL Me by Anna Zabo, a night out between friends turns hot and tempting when Gabe deliberately pushes Tom’s submissive buttons. Then Tom discovers rope in Gabe’s glove box—and not the type for securing luggage.