I have the lovely LM Somerton again as a guest today. Since her last visit here, LM as extended her published library with two more novels, Stroke Rate and Mountain Rescue. But today she’ll be giving us an insight to her newest release, Reaching the Edge.
Please join me in welcoming LM back, and feel free to leave a comment or two. 🙂
When and why did you begin writing?
I’m often asked how I got started and why I chose the genre I did. Well, it was a challenge – a dare really from a gay friend, who I’ll call Sam (not his real name). Over drinks one evening he showed me a chart he’d drawn up of all his mates, who they were with, whom they’d been with and which ones he wouldn’t mind being with! It was beautifully drawn with coloured arrows, circles and stars. There seemed to be an awful lot of arrows criss-crossing the page and a lot of boyfriend swapping going on.
I think I remarked that his social life would make a good plotline for a book and that’s how it started. He bemoaned not being able to find many gay stories he enjoyed and confessed to a liking for kink. A few drinks later and he had me promising to attempt an MM BDSM novel. The rest is history and the root cause of my vow never to drink again.
What inspired you to write Reaching the Edge?
I actually wrote the second book in the series first. When I posted some chapters on my blog, my readers really wanted a story about two of the peripheral characters, Joe and Olly, but it made more sense chronologically to have their story first. I often find inspiration in landscapes and had just been on holiday in North Yorkshire – that gave me the location for The Edge, a corporate training company owned by two of the characters.
How did you come up with the title Reaching the Edge?
I knew the book was going to be the first in a series and wanted to play with The Edge as a connecting point between the characters. So Reaching the Edge will be followed by Living on the Edge and Dancing on the Edge later this summer.
If you were to give your book a Heat Rating, (lowest) 1—simmering, 2—sizzling, 3—on fire, or 4—blazing (highest), which would it be and why?
All The Edge books are BDSM themed, so there’s plenty of MM kinky action – I think I’d go for 2) sizzling.
What’s next for you?
I’m working on plotlines for books 4 and 5 in The Edge series and am close to finishing the first in another series about two police detectives.
Joe Dexter leads a complicated life. In one world he is a consultant criminal psychologist; in another he runs The Edge, a successful corporate training company. He’s also an active Dom in the London BDSM scene.
A social call to The Underground, a club owned by an old friend, turns into much more when Joe is introduced to a prospective sub. Falling hard for the boy’s tumbling blonde curls, huge blue eyes and desperate need for protection Joe carefully coaxes him out of his shell. By the end of an intense weekend, unbreakable bonds have been forged and Joe is well on the way to becoming Olly’s master.
Joe knows that there is trauma in Olly’s past, but it is not until his professional and private lives collide that Joe discovers the truth. He knows he shouldn’t have let Olly out of his sight but it’s too late – Olly’s old master is back on the scene and he’s not in the mood to forgive and forget.
With Olly’s life on the line, Joe risks everything to save him. Has Joe found his perfect submissive only to lose him in a horrible twist of fate, or will love win the day? They’ve reached the edge and there’s no avoiding a leap of faith.
Angel was slim, his body smooth and firm. The short leather kilt he wore sat low on his hips and emphasised the gentle curve of his arse. Joe judged that he must be around five feet ten. Apart from his spectacular eyes, his hair was his most remarkable feature—a tangle of unruly, loose golden curls that cascaded onto his neck and around his face. No wonder his nickname was Angel.
Joe knew that he must look intimidating and tried to move slowly. He reached out and tackled the buckle that held Angel’s kilt closed. Angel didn’t move, but there was obvious tension in his stance.
“It’s all right, I’m not going to hurt you.”
With the buckle undone, Joe allowed the scanty strip of leather to slip to the floor. The tiny net thong that held Angel’s dick was doing a very poor job of containing his burgeoning erection. Joe allowed himself one more circuit, drinking in the sight of a perfect arse, before he headed across to the cupboard and pulled out a big, fluffy robe.
He wanted to test Angel’s willingness to be naked in front of him, so he ordered him to remove the thong. There was no hesitation, but as Angel clasped his hands behind his back again Joe could detect the trembling he was trying to control. Angel’s cock bounced just a little, then settled into position, jutting firmly from his body. His chest was completely smooth and hairless, his cock and balls in perfect proportion to his body, nesting in delicate golden curls.
“Beautiful.” Joe handed over the robe with some regret. “Put this on, Angel, and take a seat.”
Angel looked at the robe in his hands as if it were a totally unfamiliar object. “I don’t understand, Sir.”
“It was a simple instruction. Do as you’re told.”
The firmness in Joe’s voice did the trick. Angel looked almost relieved at the tone of command. He slipped the robe on and wrapped it around himself, then took a seat on the sofa as far away from Joe as he could get, tucking his bare feet beneath him in an attempt to make himself as small as possible.
“Relax, Angel. You haven’t done anything wrong.”
Big blue eyes glistened with tears. “Do I displease you, Sir?” His voice shook.
Joe gave a small smile. “Quite the opposite, I can assure you.”
Buy link: Total-E-Bound
From tomorrow, Reaching the Edge available on general release at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, All Romance Café etc., just search for the title.
L M Somerton lives in a small village in the English countryside, surrounded by rolling hills, cows and sheep. She started writing to fill time between jobs and is now firmly and unashamedly addicted.
She loves the English weather, especially the rain, and adores a thunderstorm. She loves good food, warm company and a crackling fire. She’s fascinated by the psychology of relationships, especially between men, and her stories contain some subtle (and not so subtle) leanings towards BDSM.
You can find LM at her blog: LM Somerton writes…