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Wrapped up in Chains by Cindy Sutherland

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Title: Wrapped Up in Chains
Author: Cindy Sutherland
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 250
Sub-Genre: BDSM, Contemporary
Kisses: 5


Blurb:

Devon and Chase were abused by the same Dom, James. Now a Dom himself, Devon rescues Chase. But James is still obsessed with Devon.
Devon West is a professional Dom who runs his own club, doesn’t believe in romance, and has never been in a long-term relationship. All this changes when he rescues Chase Mackenzie.

Chase is a runaway who has been kept as a slave since he was sixteen. Now twenty-three, he’s still innocent and sweet despite being severely abused and left behind by his Dom.

When Devon finds out that the man who held Chase hostage is the same man who hurt him terribly when he started learning about the sub/Dom lifestyle, he knows he has to keep Chase safe.

Spoiled rich boy and sociopath James Kingston is obsessed…

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A few words from another writer in my family….

My 12-year-old daughter wrote this today. She says its how bullying makes her feel. It’s an assignment she wrote for school and I’m so damned proud I could smile and cry at the same time. I’m raising her to be kind, compassionate and understanding. She doesn’t put up with bigotry or intolerance and she will defend anyone whether she knows them or not. It scares me because it’s a scary world out there and I want to keep her safe, but I won’t stop her from being who she is. She’s going to attend pride with me this year and she’s so excited already. I can’t wait. The people in the poem are made up characters but the feelings are real and all hers.

Dear people who put me down,
I’m done listening to you clowns,
Done crying at night,
Done hoping for a little light.

What started out as ‘joking’ and ‘fun’,
Went downhill as quick as the sun,
You teased and taunted- I never as why,
It went darker then the night sky.

You’re words would cut, scratch and bruise,
You acted like it was as fun as a summer cruise,
But the waves turned rocky,
You got too cocky.

Diana Marie,
You would hurt me,
In more ways than one,
I bet you never thought I’d be done.

I know you will never change,
It’s like the sweetness you show to others is trapped in a cage,
Unlike me,
Who holds the key.

And then you pull in John,
You would con,
Make him as bitter as you,
Or maybe he would be just a cue.

Then it happened;

What started out as words,
“losers’ and ‘nerds’,
Quickly escalated,
And I contemplated.

Contemplated the Pro’s and Con’s,
Of telling someone,
Or fighting back,
Though it may only be a smack.

Then the emotional and mental cuts,
Became real and there was no ‘what’s’ or ‘buts’,
Because you still held onto,
The fake you.

You’re a monster in disguise,
Covered yourself in lies,
Nobody would believe me,
Said my lies was bigger than a tree,

But I know the real you,
The one where I would bruise,
Get accused,
Lose.

I never once did a thing,
Though it started last spring,
When the birds were chatting away,
And I was in the play.

That girl who loved to act,
She would even chat,
To the people backstage,
Since a young age,

Is now gone,
She doesn’t get to see dawn,
Broken beyond repair,
Trapped down in a lair,

I call my heart,
She used to love art,
Then BOOM!
You walked in the room,

Calling me out,
You would scream and shout,
The damage was mind blowing,
My self-esteem was lowering and lowering,

So dear people who put me down,
Make fun of my knowledge of nouns,
Make me feel bad about my last test score,
I bet I got more,

Than you,
You think this is cool?
If you only knew,
The things you put me through,

Would’ve changed me,
Killed me,
From the inside out,
And I have no doubt,

That these thoughts never cross your mind,
But you must be blind,
If you can’t see,
What you’ve done to me,

So today’s the day that I’m set free,
Because todays the day I stay me,
The day that I stand up,
The day I’ve had enough,

Sincerely,
The history nerds who remember the dates,
The science geeks going to NAIT,
The English losers who’ve read the book,
And the math people without the looks,
And from me,
Sandra Lee.

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Monday morning of my big RELEASE WEEK…ramblings and a fic rec

You know, when I’m waiting for a novel to release, time somehow seems to speed up and slow down at the same time.

Once all the editing and cover making and all the other details are taken care of, I want it out as quickly as possible because I want everyone to see it and read it and love it!

But that’s also the problem. People are gonna see it and buy it (hopefully) and read it and what if the DON’T like it? The thought makes me tremble in my slippers and feel sick to my stomach. This is a little bit of my heart and soul that I’ve put down into words and the thought of people thinking it sucks is almost too much for my poor little writer self to bear. But then again that’s the nature of the writing beast. Write your little heart out and then put it out there for people to see, hoping they don’t trash you too badly.

My biggest bane of publishing is promoting. “What do you mean the book won’t sell itself?” Reminding myself that my name isn’t Stephen King or Danielle Steele, I am forced to accept that people will not buy my book just because my name is one the cover. Well, except maybe my family and friends. They probably will. (**waves** thanks guys)

So, promote I must. I post on Twitter and Facebook like crazy, tell pretty much every person I meet on the street about it and jump through all the hopes I can. One of the reasons I do my fic recs on here is to promote my fellow authors and hope that they will do the same for me. It’s good Karma and we can all us a little more than that. Besides, when I read something awesome, I feel like it’s my duty as a hardcore reader to share it with other people who might appreciate it.

On Friday I will be taking over the Dreamspinner Press Blog, talking about me and my novel and answering any questions that people might wanna ask. I hope someone actually shows up! You can check it out here if you’re interested: Dreamspinner Blog It’s my first time doing this so please bear with me as I probably make a fool out of myself. Oh and I will be giving away copies of Wrapped, so tune in to enter!

In other news, it’s finally nice enough for me to actually leave the house and get some exercise, so I’m starting up my routine again, walking at least three times a week and eating much better. I’m still waiting for the Snap Fitness to open and once it does, I will be getting by butt down there to join up. I have my starting weight recorded (nope, not sharing that) and I will go from there. Wish me luck!

So, now it’s time for a fic rec.

Something in the Way He Needs by C. Cardeno is a story about two men who’ve been looking for something and when they find it in each other, it seems like the least likely place for both of them. Asher is a man who needs routine and control and Daniel is the exact opposite, drifting he way through life. The attraction is instant and intense but being so different brings a lot of issues to overcome into their relationship. If they can get through them, it will be the best thing that could ever happen to either of them.

You can get it here at Dreamspinner: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=3599&cPath=55_376

And here at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Something-Way-He-Needs-Family-ebook/dp/B00BKSTKFW/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1394461387&sr=1-3&keywords=something+in+the+way+he+needs

And of course, as always you can find my stories here at Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Cindy%20Sutherland&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank

And here at Dreamspinner, including the pre-order for Wrapped Up in Chains: http://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/store/index.php?cPath=55_454

Also, have another beautiful picture from my friend Ty! It’s kind of stormy but I love a good storm!

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