Entwined with Z. Allora – Post + Giveaway

July 15, 2016

Hang out with Z. Allora today as she stops by to chat about new book Lock and Key!

Entwined... Where BDSM dreams become reality

I want to thank Dreamspinner Press for publishing Lock and Key and for hosting me here today.

If you’re one of my Facebook Pretties you’re aware I over share. Bucking the binary, worshipping the edges, sharing my truth and licking the fringes just to see what it tastes like… it’s what I do. This post is no different.

Let’s jump right in. Most of my stories are kissed by BDSM but I finally wrote an official BDSM story that is being released today: Lock and Key.

Why did I write a BDSM? Lots of reasons, but the biggest was I want everyone’s expression of their BDSM dreams validated no matter where they fall on the BDSM spectrum. (Not everyone fits into the standard boxes society has set for us.) And I wanted to explore aspects of this complex and fabulous practice/lifestyle/way of living not always written about in romance.

When I was four, I realized I was different. (Yes, age 4) Everything and anything vaguely relating to ropes, paddles, or control had my complete attention. Certain words caused an earthquake of confusion in me (and later on… need).

However, you’re taught early on that you aren’t supposed to yearn for those things. You learn to hide how you’re wired or face censure. Though I couldn’t deny myself peeks at the books that should have been on higher shelves in the library. Nor could I stop myself from hoping for a glimpse of BDSM on TV or in the movies. I longed for something I didn’t understand. Nonetheless, it had a huge influence over what I wanted and who I was…

If you’re lucky you find an amazing partner to discover the different facets of BDSM with, but if not, you may be desperate enough to ignore the difference between abuse and BDSM. I can tell you from experience, wait to find someone worthy who you can explore your needs with in a safe place. The other leads to places you don’t want to go.

It’s my hope that with the current attention being given to the practice of BDSM, people will educate themselves and find what works for them. Maybe we can forego the shame that accompanies wanting something a bit different. I’d love if we could accept and not judge people (or ourselves) for what they (we) require to find happiness.

My love is my Master/Owner/life. We’ll be celebrating twenty-nine years together on October 20th. We dabbled in BDSM until a turn of events allowed me to stop work so I could be his devoted love slave. (BTW love slave doesn’t mean doormat.)

I tell you this not to claim expertise but to share who I am with you. By stepping out of the shadows, I’ve found it allows others to feel safe and less alone. A number of my Facebook Pretties have honored me by admitting they are into or would like to be into BDSM. The exploration of BDSM can be a beautiful and rewarding experience.

In many ways writing Lock and Key was a stroll down memory lane. I had to dig deep to a long time ago when BDSM was shiny and new for me. The main character, Zack Davis is only 18 years old in chapter one. So I pulled from my memories the mind-blowing excitement of what it is like to visit a BDSM club for the very first time and allowed it to be his. The terror and absolute joy being in a place where you can explore what you’ve craved for years.

Lock and Key revolves around Entwined, the luxury BDSM dungeon of my dreams. The club is an affirming haven, where like-minded people gather to learn and grow within the lifestyle of BDSM.

I enjoyed sharing the surprise, disappointment, and excitement I had in finding out the practice of BDSM isn’t always what I thought it would be. Sometimes your BDSM dreams idealize the practice to a perfection that rarely exists and other times your imagination doesn’t even come close to the magic you can experience.

Lock and Key is about Zack Davis discovering who he is and how he wants to express it. Life isn’t a straight line and you might find elation in places you never expected. Find your joy and don’t let anyone invalidate you. Whether you’re into BDSM or not, I wish you love, happiness and romance always!

In celebration of Lock and Key, I’m doing a giveaway. You have a chance to win a $15 Dreamspinner Press gift card. Since I over share I encourage you do the same. Enter the contest by sharing your favorite type of BDSM activity to read.

Many Hugs,

Z. Allora

Check out Lock and Key today!

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Blurb

Rejected. Heartbroken. Devastated.

Zack Davis wanted to serve only one man, Andrew Nikeman. He was denied because Andrew thought he was too young and because their brothers were together. So Zack crushed his submissive tendencies and focused on being the perfect Dom, giving every sub he played with something he couldn’t have.

After years of denying his submissive side, Entwined’s charity auction “Are you Dom Enough to be a sub?” gives Zack an excuse to get a little of what he’s always craved.

Andrew doesn’t know when his infatuation turned into more, but it kills him to see Zack with a constant parade of submissives. He’d refused to jeopardize his brother’s relationship or become Zack’s regret; however, Zack isn’t a kid anymore, and his brother’s relationship is unbreakable. Now Zack’s popularity and success as a Dom might ruin Andrew’s dreams of collaring him, but he can’t wait any longer to confess his feelings or he risks losing the man he loves forever.

 

Author Bio:

Z. Allora believes in happily ever afters for everyone. She met her own true love through the personals and has traveled to over thirty countries with him. She’s lived in Singapore, Israel, and China. Now back home in the USA, she’s an active member of PFLAG and a strong supporter of those on the rainbow in her community. She wants to promote understanding and acceptance through her actions and words. Writing rainbow romance allows her words to open hearts and change minds.

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17 Responses to “Entwined with Z. Allora – Post + Giveaway”

  1. Denise Dechene says:

    Hi Z,
    I enjoy reading about all aspects of the BDSM lifestyle,though 2 different areas really fascinate me. I love to read about sounding. I have no idea why just that I do. The other area is Domestic Discipline. (I know totally different ends of the spectrum) I have only found one author who writes Domestic Discipline stories. Until i read her I didn’t realize how diverse BDSM is.

    Congratulations on finding someone who was able to understand your needs and being together for 29 years. I am not into the lifestyle but it is not outside the realm of possibilities for the future

    Really looking forward to Zach story.

    Hugs

  2. Solaria Saturn says:

    Looking forward to Lock and Key. Thanks for the give-a-way. Can’t wait for more character chatter on z-bies it’s always my favorite. HUGZ

  3. Helena Stone says:

    My favourite part of BDSM to read about is not actually physical but psychological. It is what goes on and happens in the minds of both the submissive and the Dominant while in a scene, and I love nothing best than reading about the first time they truly experience those feelings.

    Happy release day and good luck with Lock and Key!

  4. Z.Allora says:

    Denise:
    Both interesting aspects. DD fascinates me. I can see the sexy in sounding none of my characters want that… yet.
    Hugs, Z.

    Solaria:
    Glad you enjoy the character chatter. I hope you enjoy Lock and Key.
    Hugs, Z.

    Helena:
    I totally agree. The WHY of it is more enticing for me then the HOW of it. The gift of surrender and the acceptance of it… yum!
    Hugs, Z.

  5. Trix says:

    I always think of that T-shirt Jon Ginoli wore in a Pansy Division video that said “Feel no shame in your desire.” Anyway, I like reading BDSM for the dynamic between characters involved, so edging is probably my favorite!

  6. susana says:

    I’ve always felt intrigued by BDSM, maybe because it has been considered “dark” for so long, you could not recognize you liked it because people would consider you weird or even worse. I’m glad nowadays people can talk about their options freely, although there is still a lot to do towards full acceptance of everybody’s reality… Thank you for sharing your experience with us, Z!

  7. H.B. says:

    Congrats on the new release! I can’t say I have a particular bdsm activity that is my favorite. I’m more comfortable with the lighter activities i.e. spanking, flogging, bondage. More than anything I enjoy reading about the aftercare (which I don’t think is showcased enough in bdsm books).

  8. Cinders says:

    I love when the use rope and knots on pressure points also I like reading about turning the buttocks pink!

  9. Debra Guyette says:

    This sounds very intriguing. Hard to go against what you instinctively are. I look forward to reading their story. I do not really have any favorite. They are all still new to me.

  10. Z.Allora says:

    Trix: Edging… yes. Delicious.
    Hugs, Z.

    Susana: I agree with you. When I say I’m a sub/love slave there’s an interesting play on the person’s face (disbelief to sorrow to a mask of blankness so as not to offend to “fuck yeah” LOL).
    Hugs, Z.

    HB: Good point… not a lot of aftercare shown.
    Hugs, Z.

    Cinders: Pressure points… yum.
    Hugs, Z.

    Debra:
    Have fun exploring!!!
    Hugs, Z.

  11. I one-clicked this one as soon as I read the blurb! I like to read about literally all aspects/activities of BDSM, especially in the M/M genre. I love the building of trust and love between the characters. Congrats on your new release and for sharing a little of your life story!

  12. sherrys1977 says:

    I want to thank you first for being so honest and open with your relationship. And how you feel about BDSM ! Not a lot of people would put them selves out there like that. I actually read your post before I started reading Zack’s storey and it did put a different prospect on the story. you can see the realism and his struggle on finding himself and what he truly wants. It also shows us that everyone is different and what one needs is not always what someone else needs. This community is not always understood and I believe it is due to education. Your book shows I believe what it truly is and I will recommend your book to anyone who is ever curious.
    Your me I have read several stories in this genre and I am most interested in blindfolded and some ropes I do like the stories of one coming into this new and finding themselves. I think that is a little like me and maybe some day I will find the right partner to take a step that way

  13. Z.Allora says:

    Booklover Sue: Awww! Thank you. You’re totally right it’s about trust.
    Hugs, Z.

    sherrys1977: Thank you. Please remember my writing comes from the filters I’ve developed through my experiences… there’s a huge variety of expression in BDSM (I guess that’s the big thing I hope people take away: there’s not just one way to top/sub space and sometimes BDSM expression evolves into places you didn’t expect.) I wish you the right partner and in the meantime there’s lots of learning to be done and your own interests to explore. Hugs, Z.

  14. Z. Allora says:

    Greetings!!! Thank you everyone for your comments. I’m going to pick a winner tomorrow (after 8am East Coast time) SOOOOOOOO any last minute sharers… Have at it.
    Hugs, Z.

  15. Elayne Young says:

    I don’t read very much BDSM, but I do love your books, so will be giving this one read. Congratulations on your upcoming release.

  16. Z. Allora says:

    Greetings!!! Thank you all for sharing!!! I really believe sharing who we are helps others be themselves.

    The winner of the $15 Dreamspinner Gift Card is sherrys1977. Someone will be e-mailing you soon.

    Hugs, Z.

  17. sherrys1977 says:

    Thank you thank you I can’t wait!!
    Do you have any books or authors you recommend on the site? I am always looking for new ones and this gives me a perfect opportunity to try some new ones.

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