HUNTED by Claire Thompson
Brand New Dark Erotic BDSM Book -- Banned by Amazon
*****Your fantasies should never be censored!*****
You’ve been asking for a new dark erotic tale from Claire Thompson, and I have delivered! Hunted is my latest release - a sexy, edgy abduction tale too hot for Amazon to handle! In spite of Amazon’s refusal to distribute this hard-hitting erotic drama that takes the reader on an intense but deeply satisfying erotic journey, this book is available for sale at Romance Unbound Publishing, iTunes Excitica and Smashwords for only $2.99! Hunted is a powerful tribute to the strength of the heroine, who finds romance, an HEA and vindication at the end of her erotic journey.
I know you want to support indie authors and publishers, even when our work isn’t always available at the huge, inscrutable monolith that is Amazon. Despite their Goliath-size status, they won’t stop authors from creating and offering the work our fans demand. They won’t stop you from reading what you want to read.
Please support this grassroots effort to reach readers of dark erotica who enjoy testing their erotic limits and taking a wild ride. You can get the Kindle/mobi file, as well as epub and pdf, at Romance Unbound Publishing. It only takes a few minutes to create your account. I am appealing to my readers and fellow dark erotica authors to spread the word, and share this post on all your social media! Let us all support creative effort without fear of censorship. When the box has become too confining, it’s time to leap out! Check out my latest release, too hot for Amazon, but just right for my fans!
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“Your former life is over. Your apartment will be emptied, your car disposed of, your life erased. You are now the property of Pirate Island, to be used and enjoyed as we see fit. Your life is quite literally in our hands.”
Mara Stevens jumps at the chance for a job at a new premier resort on the North Carolina coast. All she has to do is fly out to the private island and get through one more interview. Unfortunately, what should be a shiny new career opportunity turns into a living nightmare.
Upon landing, she learns the truth. She’s been taken to serve as a plaything to the owners and their chosen guests—high-powered, dangerous men who see her as nothing more than their sexual toy to use and abuse at their whim.
With no escape possible, Mara is forced to submit to the training and discipline of a sadistic taskmaster—or suffer the consequences. Good girls are rewarded; bad girls are punished—severely. Deep into her harrowing journey of forced sexual servitude and submission, Mara becomes prey for The Hunt. Naked and alone, Mara must summon all her courage and cunning, drawing on the indomitable spirit that still secretly burns inside her.
Let’s get the obvious, usual question out of the way. Do you write from personal experience, particularly in the BDSM realm? That’s one of the first questions most BDSM readers ask.
Yes, I have personal experience in the lifestyle. I have been active in BDSM since 1996, and know from personal experience what it feels like to be kissed by the whip and hugged by the ropes… Then, of course, there is life experience. I think all writers must write from their own experience, emotional connections and life lessons, if they are going to write something that resonates, that matters, to their readers.
How do you do research for your books? Online? TV and/or movies? Travel?
If I need to research a particular (how to hold your wrist when using a bullwhip, for example, or safety issues when engaging in various sorts of edge play, which I don’t have personal experience with), I find the internet to be a vast and marvelous resource. By the same token, you have to consider the source, and not just assume because someone has posted something, it is therefore true!
When did you decide to become an author, and what’s your training and background?
I have always loved to write, and kept a journal for much of my life (before children, after which, there was simply no time!) I got into writing as a career kind of by accident. I was just exploring and discovering my own submissive/masochistic impulses, and began to write short stories as a way of processing my feelings. I shared these with a few people, who shared them with a few more, and someone in the publishing biz said, Hey! You should think about publishing these. And the rest, as they say, is history…
Which of your books is your absolute favorite and why?
Gosh. That’s like asking me to pick my favorite child. How do you do that? I pour my heart and soul into every novel. It’s very hard to pick just one. I guess, though, genre-wise, my favorite type of book to write are the non-cons. The dark ‘n dirty abduction tales. I love to write these because I enjoy delving into the evil minds and hearts of the bad guys. I love to try to understand what motivates them, what makes them who they are. And on the flip side, I love to write about strong, kickass women who don’t take what is happening to them lying down (no pun intended). They fight back, they refuse to be subjugated, and, because this is fiction, they are always vindicated and the bad guys always get their just desserts in the end.
Are you a “pantser” or a “plotter?” Do you come up with a plot and then fill in with characters? Or do you have characters and then plan a plot around them?
I come up with a basic storyline, a plot, first, and one or two key characters. I have in mind who the characters are, and what their life story is that brought them to the point where the story begins. Then, if the story is working properly, and I’m in the groove, the characters begin to come alive, and they will nudge me in new directions. It’s a wonderful process and I never tire of it.
When you’re not writing, what do you like to read?
I like fiction of all kinds. I enjoy the futuristic dystopia stuff, I like crime fiction and murder mysteries. I like literature that deals with the human experience. I like historical fiction too. Lately I’ve been reading books by Amy Bloom, Justin Cronin, Walter Mosley, Michael Connelly, Robert B Parker, Mo Hayder, Phillipa Gregory, Marian Keyes, to name a few. (I read constantly.)
You’ve taken some heat from the “establishment” over your non-consensual work. What made you decide to write in that direction?
As I mentioned in an earlier question, it was a way for me to explore my own darker impulses and fantasies. The work has sold very, very well over the years. When it isn’t censored, my non-cons are up and away my bestsellers. They have put my kids through college and paid my mortgage. So in addition to being satisfying and fun for me to write, they have been my bread and butter.
Is there any subject that’s off-limits in your writing and, if so, what?
I don’t really think of it as off-limits. I have zero interest in writing about children in any sort of sexual context, and sex with animals seems silly to me. Really, I write what compels me. Hopefully it compels my readers as well.
What are your writing goals?
My goal now that I am writing full time is to produce three to four novels (60-80K) per year. I want to keep writing work that matters, that challenges and excites me, and that people want to read.
Can you share a little about projects you have in the works?
I have just completed Hunted, the dark and sexy non-con that Amazon banned, even though it has a happy ending and some romance mixed in. I am now tossing about new ideas for a dark but consensual romance with a working title of The Stepford Subs – about a young woman who joins a community that purports to train women to be the perfect submissive, but turns out to be more, way more, than she bargained for. She thinks she’s going to learn things like proper technique to serve a Dom, and how to handle intense bondage, how to worship a man’s body, etc. Fun stuff. But instead, she is forced to go from house to house in this enclosed community and submit to an extremely rigorous training program designed to turn her into a kind of sex slave. This is not for her, but she can’t find a way out. There will be romance, and she will navigate her way through the process and come out a better person. It’s still very much in the formative stages, but I’m looking forward to getting started on it this weekend.
Looking back at your writing career, what would you have done differently?
Found a way to stay under the radar with Amazon. They crippled my earnings when they yanked down half my catalog a few years back, and I’ve never fully recovered. But now I’m working on getting the word out that ALL my work is available at Romance Unbound Publishing (http://romanceunbound.com), nothing censored, nothing held back. You can get epubs, kindle files and pdf files there. I hope all your readers will stop by and check it out, especially my newest released (blacklisted by Amazon), Hunted.
About the Author:
Claire has been writing for nearly two decades, and has published over 70 novels. She writes BDSM romance and non-con abduction tales, spanning both m/f and m/m genres. Her darker works press the envelope of what is erotic and what can be a sometimes dangerous slide into the world of sadomasochism. Ultimately her work deals with the human condition, and our constant search for love and intensity of experience.
Connect with Claire:
Romance Unbound Publishing: http://romanceunbound.com