The meaning of Nick’s collar and brand

May 23, 2011

On the cover we see Nick kneeling beside Todd. He’s wearing a collar, a symbol of slavery in this world. Slaves are required to wear their collars in public, but wearing one continually and in private gives it a different, deeper meaning. Slave collars can also show the world a master and slave have more to their relationship. Nick’s collar is a symbol of what their relationship is and what it means to each man. He’s very proud of his collar.

Just like there are different types of jewelry there are different kinds of collars. To Todd it has always been of paramount importance that Nick has a good home, along with that he wanted Nick to have a nice collar. Some slaves wear simple or inexpensive collars. Others, like Nick, are given collars that are more personalized for both owner and slave.

For Nick his collar not only indicates he’s a slave, but ties him to Todd in a very personal way.

In this world slaves are branded with the initials of their owners. Nick has an extra brand, the one on his chest that helps protect him and shows the world he’s a sentry. A crucial part of the book is how Todd and Nick feel about these brands. I think readers might be surprised to find out their opinions.

My friend, Terry, whipped me up a cool bookmark design. Leave me a comment or ask a question to any of the posts here and then send your mailing address to and when I get them (I’m just waiting for them to be delivered) I’ll send them along.

I think she did a pretty cool job!

9 Responses to “The meaning of Nick’s collar and brand”

  1. Beatrice says:

    I finally remembered my question! From what I’ve read (the blurb, the excerpt) it appears that Nick doesn’t have a surname, while Todd’s is Ruger. Um, is there a reason behind this – like, is Nick going to take Todd’s surname similar to a marriage, or was he really born without one? Or was it just coincidence that you didn’t mention it?

    Anyway, this feels like such a silly question but it’s been bothering me, haha.

  2. The slave children raised in the villages are given only one name. So, he was born without one. They don’t know their birth parents and that way they can never find them.

    It’s addressed in the book, so I don’t want to spoil it too much, but slaves, no matter what their relationship with their owner, use their owner’s surname if one is needed.

  3. Beatrice says:

    I see! Thank you for answering my question!

    I also kind of have another one? Um. What determines whether one is born a slave or a master? Is it some kind of social caste in which one is born into this or that? Would two slaves bearing a child make their child a slave as well? What happens if a master and slave bear a child – or is that forbidden?

    LOL I have so many questions. I’d most definitely understand if you don’t wish to answer my questions – especially if answering them would mean spoiling some stuff for those who haven’t read it yet.

  4. LOL…questions are good! In the prologue there is a little bit about how a woman can bear a child specifically meant to be a slave. The baby is then raised in a slave village. It’s done for money and I haven’t addressed the issue of the fathers as yet.

    As to the other questions, this book is the first in–hopefully–a series, though I haven’t heard if the next I’ve submitted has been accepted yet. The question of owner and slave bearing a child is addressed, but I think it wouldn’t be a huge spoiler to say it is not forbidden.

  5. Beatrice says:

    Thanks so much for answering my questions, LOL! I’m sure I can hunt down a few more I would like to ask you, but I don’t want to hound you anymore haha. I would just like to extend my congratulations on your first release! I love the basic premise of your universe and I am so happy to find a book that tackles the master/slave dynamic without going hardcore BDSM with it. If ever your next books gets accepted, I’d most definitely support that one as well! :)

  6. Well thank you so very much! I consider it more D/s with just a smattering of BDSM. I’m always happy to answer questions, feel free to email me at or visit my website with is Asking questions is never a bother.

  7. Heather Night says:

    I’m reading as fast as I can but I adore how protective Todd is of Nick. I know I might be pushing things but any chance there will be a sequel?

  8. Glad you’re liking the excerpt. And as to another? Gosh I hope so.

  9. Just a reminder to anyone who wants a bookmark, just send your mailing address to

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