Welcome to the blog Kallypso Masters.
As I’m going to explain in a minute, this is NOT a stand-alone series. One book builds on another and the romances aren’t contained in a single book.
That’s probably what was the most frustrating about Marc being the first to come to me to have his story told. At the time I wrote this, I had no idea what this seemingly silly lie meant. And I know Romance-novel readers have come to expect everything to wrap up at the end of a book and the couple to magically resolve all their issues and live happily ever after only to make cameo appearances in their friends’ books later on.
Not so for this series. I chose to write the kind of Romance I wanted to read–a realistic one. In my books, the couple may get to Happy For Now (which was all you got in this book), but even the ones who get the Happily Ever After ending aren’t finished. Life happens and they’ll have to deal with it.
So, Marc. This is my most stubborn Dom. I don’t plot or tell my characters you WILL do this in chapter twenty or anything like that. (Um, they are Doms and I’m not, so I just tend to say, “Yes, Sir.”) The lie bugged me. What bugged me even more was Angelina’s response to it. But I just wanted to point out that this couple’s journey in this book lasts ONE WEEK. In a traditional Romance, that’s no biggie. They’d be on the road to the altar by “the end.” Not so in real life (usually). Hints of problems will come up in the next two books and it’s no surprise or spoiler to anyone who checks out my social media and web sites–this couple is the main couple (again) in book 5, Somebody’s Angel. I had hoped to give them their HEA in book 4 (Nobody’s Perfect) until it FINALLY was revealed to me (and Marc) why he is the way he is.
I price my e-books incredibly low (only $4.99 for books well over 100k–the last one 450+ pages in print) because I want the messages of hope and healing in these pages to be read by as many of my fellow wounded-by-life readers to gain from that experience.
As to why I go into greater detail than some BDSM authors, it’s because I also chose to take a realistic approach. I don’t want to be a “BDSM” author. I’m an author of stories with realistic and compelling characters and stories that keep them wanting to turn the pages in book after book to find out what happens to the people they’ve come to love like family members or close friends. The majority of my readers haven’t read a BDSM novel before in their lives. And if they have read what they THINK was a BDSM novel, it was Fifty Shades of Grey, which was more about redeeming a dysfunctional, abusive man than it was about BDSM. (Oh, I do have dysfunctional characters, but none of my Doms has EVER crossed the line into abuse and I hope never will–but with them in the driver’s seat, I can’t say never because they love when I do that so they can laugh at me and show me differently. I love the psychology of the relationships. But I probably won’t appeal to readers who like to redeem the unredeemable. With my guys, you will want them to find their happiness and get their heads out of their asses–and will root for their strong, sassy women, too.)
For anyone who wants to come along for a very long ride, please trust me and my readers’ advice and read them in order or you’ll have a hard time understanding the characters. I’ve heard from many readers who jumped from Section 1 (Adam’s prequel) in Masters at Arms to book 3 (Nobody’s Hero) only to realize later when they re-read that Adam’s story actually continued in Sections 4 and 5 of the intro AND the last third or so of Nobody’s Angel.
I plan two books a year at least for the next decade, then my readers want to read about the next generation, who will be more grown up by then. Yes, I do show in my books that BDSM is not what happens in a vacuum at a club. My characters have families, jobs, and lives outside the club that you will read about a lot. I’ve consulted with lots of people who live in this lifestyle, and I want to show their lifestyle isn’t some freakish sexual thing, but as meeting any number of needs in their lives. I was recently named the Best Bondage Writer of 2012 at bondageawards.com, so I think I have received their approval for how I portray the community.
There are four installments in the ongoing story of the Rescue Me series available now in three trade paperbacks and in four e-books, and they should be read in this order:
Masters at Arms
If you like shorts that are primarily focused on sex or BDSM, this series may not appeal to you. (There’s hot sex–especially in Nobody’s Hero–and there are BDSM scenes, which doesn’t always involve titillation as readers of Nobody’s Perfect learned, But the sex and BDSM just aren’t the focus of the series. I want to show the journeys of these people’s stories toward love, acceptance, and healing.)
Sorry this was so long! (Did I mention that I write long? LOL)
(final revision Nov. 30, 2012)
Combined with Nobody’s Angel,
currently available at CreateSpace or Amazon
($18.95 for both stories),
and coming soon to other booksellers.
The e-book version is FREE at:
When Marc rescued Angelina from an abusive Dom at his fetish club, he never imagined she’d upend his safe, controlled life. But his SAR partner, Luke, a widower, thinks Angelina has been sent to him by his dead wife. Marc knows only he can fulfill her sexual needs, but won’t hurt his friend. When the abusive Dom stalks her, she turns to Marc for help…and learns a submissive has power, too.
Retired Marine Adam Montague has survived many war zones—but can he survive the war Karla Paxton has declared on his heart? Karla fell in love with Adam at 16; nine years later, she’s determined to make 50-year-old Adam see her as a woman. But can she submit to his dominant personality? And will she be able to him to surrender to her and lay his ghosts to rest? (Rescue Me #3–not a standalone!)
currently available at
CreateSpace and Amazon ($16.95),
and coming soon to other booksellers.
Nobody’s Hero is available
in e-book form for $3.99 at:
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Kallypso is giving away one “culinary bondage” apron or t-shirt, set of first four e-books, and Kallypso Masters swag packet to one commenter. Please comment and fill out the rafflcopter below to enter.
One last thing! After you fill out the rafflecopter to enter for this giveaway, be sure that you click on the image below for a very special contest featuring a new Phoenix Agency couple!!
I am so very honored and pleased you are partying width us today, Kally. And I love your series.
Thanks for having me here, Desiree! All the best with your latest launch! Hope our paths cross again soon, whether virtually or, better yet, in person! Just stop corrupting me by taking me to male strip clubs and dungeons, please. I’ll never be the same! lol
It’s called “RESEARCH,” Kally. That’s what Desiree calls it. LOL I’m glad you were there to check those 2 things off of my bucket list with me. I will miss you if you don’t go next year. They are doing a book signing…… Temptation???
I have only read the Masters at Arms but I enjoyed it very much. Where does the inspiration for your amazingly sexy, slightly damaged, heroes come from ❓
To be honest, Heather C., they just show up and start talking. Sometimes in dreams, sometimes while I’m trying to work on something else. Sometimes they just drop a line and wait for me to ask questions and flesh out the scene.
But I’m a firm believer in Happily Ever After being a beginning not an ending, so my characters will continue to be faced with real-life situations, but having each other to lean on (and the Masters at Arms “family” continues to grow to include just about every hero and heroine and good-guy secondary character in the books) makes the hurdles surmountable.
Be sure to download Nobody’s Angel. It’s free, too!
Thank you for having such a unique giveaway. I love it.
One of the best series ever!!! 😛
I love this series. I can’t wait until the next book comes out. Thanks for the giveaway. 😛
Kally is awesome ! I’m so happy she is a part of your celebration Desire. I love the whole Rescue Me series & can’t wait for Somebody’s Angel !
Love, love, love Kally’s books! And I love Kally too! See you next month, Kally.
love Kallypso’s books. I definitely a devoted long term reader
I love this series!! It’ kept me up late for almost a week reading them all.
This series sounds really hot!!
Kally’s character-driven books grab you from the beginning, ramp up the tension, and spit you out at the end feeling as if you went through what each character did. Most authors do not know how to do that…Kally does.
I can’t say enough about Kallypso. She is amazing. I love her characters. All the characters are different and have their own personalities. She makes them come alive.
OMG, 2 fabulous authors in one spot!!!
What can I say Kally is awesome and she writes outstanding books. I am patiently awaiting Somebody’s Angel to be released. 😀 I know it will be just as wonderful as the rest of the series.
Re reading this series for the 4th time while trying to be patient for tge next book
LOVE LOVE LOVE you Kally!!!! I’m being a good Brat and not stomping and throwing a fit while waiting for the next book because I want the perfection you give us with all your books!!!! So I will re-read and wait patiently for my chance at more of your Greatness!!!!!
Love the Masters at Arms series! Its a highly recommended read!
Thanks for sharing Kallypso’s books. I recommend them all the time. Best series around. Can’t wait to read the next. Didn’t realize you had so many books Desiree, sure i have read a few, but obviously have missed out on some. 😛
So glad to see you here today Kally! Your Rescue Me Series is absolutely one of my all time favorite series because of the very realistic characters and storylines. I never miss an opportunity to recommend this series!
I love this series! Thanks for continuing to write about these characters and their world.
I love all of Kally’ s books. She makes the characters seem so real. These are my daughter and my favorites!! Can’t wait for the next one!!! 😉
Love Kally!!!! One of my favorites!
Thanks, everyone, for stopping by Desiree’s launch party today–and my contribution. Wow–you all say such lovely things! Just what an author loves to hear!
Now back to work on Somebody’s Angel so you won’t be disappointed and it won’t be delayed!
I love how emotional vested I get in your characters….I feel their pain and root for their HEA. That doesn’t happen in many of the books I read. Love ya Kallypso!
Working though the series now. I just finished Nobody’s Hero and completely feel in love with Adam and Karla! Truthfully, I feel in love with them in Masters at Arms! I can’t wait to start Nobody’s Perfect! Thank you for writing such amazing books!
Love ya Kally…I’d wait until the end of time to get the ‘whole’ story from the boys and you. 😉
Love Kally’s books and I can’t wait for Somebody’s Angel to come out.
I love the idea of BDSM characters that are normal people! Thank heavens for authors that do this 🙂
Oh good grief Kallypso, you’ve addicted me so very much to the Masters that I’m eagerly awaiting the next book and for Christmas will be giving your series as gifts! Oh and I addicted my aunt as well.
As always I love your work. If I’m the lucky one today, I’m going to give my prize to my roomie Sheila from the sleepover back in February. While I love going o dungeons, I will pass on the strip clubs.
I LOVE the Masters at Arms series! I read them all on my tablet, transferred them to my Kindle and also bought the books! Can’t wait for the new one to come out, but I am overly anxious for Luke and Cassie’s story. I’ll try to be patient! 😥
This series is great, waiting patiently for the next book.
Love Kally series, cant wait for the next one out.
I love everything Kally writes and can’t wait to get my hands on the next book.
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I already have the first two books in this series – why on earth haven’t I read them yet??? Moving them up on my list NOW…..
I really like books that are “real life” and just happen to include great sex!