Guest post and giveaway by Josephine Myles: Inexperienced Doms
Part of the How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps Blog Tour
Doms in BDSM fiction are nearly always older, richer, more experienced, and physically larger than their subs. It’s a cliché I’ve written before in Screwing the System, so for my second BDSM novel—How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps—I was keen to try something very different. Why not write an inexperienced Dom who needs to be trained by a sub? And to make it even more interesting, why not make the sub richer, posher, older and taller than him?
It’s not the first time I’ve written a novice Dom and experienced sub—I explored the idea in a short story in the Winter Warmers anthology—but it’s not a dynamic I’ve read outside of the occasional erotic short story. It got me wondering why this is. I mean, I can certainly see the attraction for the sub in teaming up with someone who knows the ropes. BDSM fiction abounds with novice subs on their erotic journey, but spare a thought for the poor old Doms. They aren’t born knowing exactly how to wield a flogger; they need to learn how to do this stuff too.
Spend any time plying a kinky type with drinks, and they’ll soon start telling you a bunch of hilarious stories about the times things went wrong. But that’s what learning and growth is all about, after all. Having a Dom learn from his mistakes interests me far more than him being perfect—I want to see character growth, and the emotional journey involved in accepting you get your kicks from dominating, humiliating and/or hurting your (willing) partner is a fascinating one to explore.
However, in addition to the emotional growth in this scenario, the potential for slapstick comedy is one I just couldn’t pass up. Jeff—the hapless and apparently straight hero of How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps—has a history of failed first dates with women. What’s more, gossip about one particularly embarrassing screw up is circulating in the local scene, meaning none of the women want anything to do with him. Fortunately Eddie can see his potential and is convinced that once Jeff grows in confidence he has the makings of an excellent Dom. And perhaps having a male sub to train him will be helpful as Jeff will be better able to concentrate on the technical aspects of Eddie’s Five Step training regime if he isn’t distracted by lust.
Readers, what do you think: are novice Doms sexy and interesting, or would you rather read about men who know it all already? And do you have any recs for other stories featuring Doms who are still learning the ropes?
The How to Train Your Dom in Five Easy Steps Blog Tour Giveaway!
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Sometimes the little head really does know best.
Jeff White’s needs are simple. All he wants is a submissive to help him explore the dominant side that his ex-girlfriend couldn’t handle. Problem is, inexperience in both dating and domming has resulted in a string of rejections.
What he needs is an experienced sub willing to show him the ins and outs of controlling a scene. Unfortunately, the only one willing to take him on is male, and Jeff is straight. One hundred percent, never-gonna-happen straight.
Easygoing painslut Eddie Powell doesn’t care that Jeff is younger, working class, and shorter. Eddie likes a bit of rough, and Jeff fits the bill perfectly. The trick will be convincing him to follow Eddie’s five-step training programme—which would be easy if Eddie wasn’t starting to have feelings for the rough-around-the-edges landscaper.
Once Jeff lays his hands on Eddie, things definitely get out of hand. But it’ll take more than hot, sweaty, kinky sex to persuade him to come out of the closet—especially to himself.
Warning: Contains a happy sub, a confused Dom, a high ratio of sex to plot, misuse of root ginger, and a suitcase of kink. Written in Jo’s usual exceedingly “English” English.
English through and through, Josephine Myles is addicted to tea and busy cultivating a reputation for eccentricity. She writes gay erotica and romance, but finds the erotica keeps cuddling up to the romance, and the romance keeps corrupting the erotica. Jo blames her rebellious muse but he never listens to her anyway, no matter how much she threatens him with a big stick. She’s beginning to suspect he enjoys it.
Jo publishes regularly with Samhain. She has also been known to edit anthologies and self-publish on occasion.
Website and blog: http://josephinemyles.com/